All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifier Round 2 Draw

Kildare or Antrim vs. Leitrim

Dublin vs. Tipperary

Cork vs. Cavan

Offaly vs. Waterford

Galway or Sligo vs. Wexford

Fermanagh vs. Armagh

Down vs. Longford

Westmeath vs. Derry

Teams drawn first have home advantage

Ties to be played on July 10 / 11

Venues and throw-in times to be confirmed

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 2 Draw

Offaly vs. Limerick
Dublin vs. Clare

Teams drawn first have home advantage
Ties to be played on July 10
Venues and throw-in times to be confirmed

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Tipperary 0-13 Laois 0-12

Tipperary defeated Laois by 0-13 to 0-12 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Sunday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

GAA Qualifiers Round 1: Mulvihill wins it for Tipp

From the web site

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A point in injury time from sub Brian Mulvihill gave Tipperary a 0-13 to 0-12 victory over Laois in their GAA All-Ireland Football Senior Championship Qualifier Round 1 clash at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Sunday afternoon. In a game that was level eight times, both sides could put forward cases for having deserved victory, but in the heel of the hunt, Tipp showed the greater composure to eke out the win, whereas Laois had 11 wides in the second half. Playing with the wind in the first half, Tipp must have feared the worst when the half-time interval came with the sides level at 0-7 each, Tipp’s Barry Grogan with four of his side’s tally, but some canny changes by Tipp manager John Evans at half-time helped to keep them in the game after the restart.

Mulvihill was brought on, while George Hannigan was restationed from wing-forward to midfield and he had a hugely positive impact around the middle in that second period. Grogan would also continue his fine form, ending the game with seven points, and with time running out, Tipp seemed fairly safe, leading by 0-12 to 0-10. The lead could have been even greater, as Stephen Hahessy and Philip Austin both missed good goal opportunities for the home side in the second half. Late points, however, from Laois’s Padraig McMahon and John O’Loughlin then looked to have forced the game into extra time before Mulvihill popped up with his vital late intervention

Team News

LAOIS SF V Tipperary: Michael Nolan; Peter O’Leary, Mark Timmons, Denis Booth; John O’Loughlin, Cahir Healy, Padraig McMahon; Kevin Meaney, Brendan Quigley; Billy Sheehan, Niall Donoher, Padraig Clancy; Michael Tierney, Donie Kingston, Ross Munnelly

TIPPERARY SF V Laois: Matthew O’Donnell; Paddy Codd, Robbie Costigan, Alan Morrissey; Ciaran McGrath, Brian Jones, Brian Fox; George Hannigan, Kevin Mulryan; Seamus Hahessy, Hugh Coghlan, Peter Acheson; Philip Austin, Barry Grogan, Conor Sweeney.

Last year’s qualifiers
Tipperary 2-10 Louth 1-12; Sligo 1-13 Tipperary 1-12; Down 2-9 Laois 0-7.

2010 Championship
Kerry 2-18 Tipperary 2-6; Meath 2-13 Laois 1-16 (After extra-time); Meath 2-14 Laois 0-10 (replay).

ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Cork 0-24 Waterford 2-18

Cork drew with Waterford after extra time in the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday after extra time in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Winners all round in another minor thriller

Cork 0-24 Waterford 2-18 (aet)

By Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, June 28, 2010

A POINT on the call of full-time in extra-time by Paudric O’Mahony earned Waterford a draw in this throbbing, absorbing ESB Munster MHC semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday night. It was no more than the defending champions deserved. Indeed neither side deserved to lose what was truly one of the great games at this level. Trust us: head to Walsh Park on Wednesday, July 7 for the replay. This game of 44 scores had many talking points, not least some of the inexplicable decisions of Tipperary referee Tommy Ryan, who didn’t endear himself to either side or the good crowd who were left breathless by the thrilling end to the game.

For all that, however, Waterford and Cork served up a wonderful contest that ebbed and flowed over the 80 minutes, and at the finish both managers were of the same view, that the result was a fair one. “I’m happy to be still in the championship”, said Cork coach John Considine. “We had a great 20 minute period in the second half of normal time when we went three points clear and I felt we would win it. But we showed a lot of indiscipline in defence and conceded some silly frees which were punished every time by the Waterford free taker, and it’s an area we will have to seriously look at ahead of the replay. “In the end a draw was a fair result and it’s still all to play for. The extra game will benefit most of our lads, but it’s going to very difficult now down in Walsh Park.”

Waterford coach Jimmy Meaney was equally relieved to get another chance, and to have the replay at home. “The game ebbed and flowed and it could have gone either way”, he said. “We struggled a bit around the middle and couldn’t pick up breaking ball. “The Cork forwards were very pacy and caused us a lot of problems but our defence stood up well. Some of the refereeing decisions were strange to say the least, but over the 80-odd minutes, the result was about right. Roll on the replay.”

Among the highlights of the game was the superb accuracy of Paudric O’Mahony from frees. A winner of back to back Harty Cup medals with DLS Waterford, he contributed 1-12 from placed balls and at times looked as if he would win the game single handed. Waterford can also be thankful to defenders Stephen O’Keeffe, Luke Egan and Darragh Fives, while up front and apart from O’Mahony, the contribution of Jake Dillon was also significant. The Cork team showed seven changes from the side that defeated Tipperary in the previous round, three of them in defence where the full back line of Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane and Diarmuid Lester acquitted themselves well.

The home side won the midfield exchanges thanks to Darren Sweetnam and the impressive Nicky Kelly while up front, Conor Lehane, Jamie Coughlan and Brian Hartnett could never quite get away from their markers but to be fair to all three, they contributed 15 points between them. Waterford were the hungrier side in the opening half and chased and harassed Cork at every opportunity, but for all their outfield superiority, could only manage a 1-8 to 0-8 half time lead, their goal coming in the third minute from Eamon Murphy, and seven of their points coming from frees scored by O’Mahony.

Cork upped the tempo on the change over and were on level terms by the end of the third quarter thanks to excellent points by Conor Lehane and Jamie Coughlan, both of whom began to exert enormous pressure on the Waterford defence. The dominance of Nicky Kelly and Darren Sweetnam at midfield ensured the pressure on Waterford was constant and as the tension mounted Cork appeared to have the game in safe keeping as they took a three point coming up to the end of normal time. However, there was a dramatic end to the 60 minutes when Waterford won a 20 metre free to the right of the Cork goal and Paudric O’Mahony’s powerful shot found the corner of the net to force extra-time. Cork shaded the first period at the end of which they led 0-23 to 2-15 and where still clinging to that two point lead until Jake Dillon and O’Mahony pointed to earn their side a deserved second bite of the cherry in 10 days time.

Scorers for Cork: B. Hartnett 0-6 (three frees); C. Lehane 0-6; J. Coughlan, N. Kelly 0-3 each; D. Lordan, K. Hallissey, S. Moore, B. Murray, D. Sweetman, R. O’Shea 0-1 each.

Waterford: P. O’Mahony 1-13 (1-12 frees); E. Murphy 1-0; M. O’Neill, J. Dillon 0-2 each; C. Chester 0-1.

CORK: W. McCarthy; D. Cahalane, C. Spillane, D. Lester; K. Buckley, F. O’Mahony, C. Joyce; D. Sweetnam, N. Kelly; S. Moore, D. Lordan, C. Lehane; K. Hallissey, J. Coughlan, B. Hartnett.

Subs: B. Murray for Hallissey (half time); S. O’Keeffe for Lordan (38); R. O’Shea for O’Mahony (55); D. O’Carroll for Spillane (60); J. Wall for Moore (60); K. Burke for Cahalane (70); S. Moore for Kelly (75); D. Stokes for Buckley (77).

WATERFORD: D. Duggan; J. Barron, D. O’Keeffe, L. Egan; M. O’Neill, D. Fives, E. Madigan; P. Prendergast, G. O’Brien; P. O’Mahony, E. Murphy, Curran; J. Dillon, C. Heffernan, S. Roche.

Subs: C. Chester for Curran (22); R. Barry for S. Roche (49); S. Roche for Murphy (65); C. Curran for Prendergast (77).

Referee: T Ryan (Tipperary)

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Offaly 2-18 Clare 1-18

Offaly defeated Clare by 2-18 to 1-18 after extra time in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday at 2:00pm in Tullamore.

Pride shines through as Offaly dig deep to reel in Banner

Offaly 2-18 Clare 1-18

By Alan Walsh for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, June 28, 2010

‘OFFALY PRIDE’ was the key ingredient, according to manager Tom Cribbin, as his side rallied bravely to get the better of a David Tubridy-inspired Clare in this All-Ireland SFC Qualifier. Clare enjoyed leads of 0-6 to 0-1 at half-time and 1-12 to 1-5 after 55 minutes, but Offaly dug deep and found reserves of heart to draw level on the stroke of full time thanks to impressive sub Graham Guilfoyle. And during the opening half of extra time the ‘Faithful’ went score crazy, kicking seven points to Clare’s one but Clare bounced back in the second period of extra time as Barry Toner and the brilliant Tubridy (0-3) kicked four points on the trot but Offaly sealed the deal as Anton Sullivan curled over a beauty.

Both sides lost a player each during this spell – Clare’s Graham Kelly and Offaly’s Brian Darby seeing red – after they were penalised for second bookable offences. It was Offaly’s first win in the qualifiers since 2004 when they defeated Kildare and relieved manager Cribbin admitted there was some harsh talking at half time. Cribbin explained: “I didn’t have to say a terrible lot to them. We announced the three changes and I’ll be honest, selector Declan Farrell, a very passionate Offaly man, stood in just before they went out. He spoke and the players knew they kicked nine wides in the first half and they had also dropped two shots into the goalkeeper’s hands.

“So we were five behind (0-1 to 0-6) but we kicked 11 possible scoring opportunities away and Declan, in Offaly language, told them that. He wanted to see Offaly pride. “You can’t beat one of your own letting them know how hurt he was. And the players felt it and they went out and released the shackles and took off. It took a while but it did happen.” One of Offaly’s three half-time subs, David Egan, provided them with a lifeline, looping the ball over ‘keeper Joe Hayes for a 45th minute goal.

With McNamee (0-2), Casey (free) and McManus kicking points earlier it meant the ‘Faithful’ had clawed back to within a point, (1-5 to 0-9). Clare responded magnificently, registering 1-3 without reply between the 48th and 55th minutes. That man Tubridy dispatched three points, bringing his tally to eight and sub Kevin Cahill rattled the net. Offaly fought back and incredibly they managed to level it and force extra-time. Ken Casey slammed home a 68th-minute goal after McNamee’s strike was palmed onto the crossbar and sub Graham Guilfoyle calmly clipped over the equaliser. “Cork are the one team you’d really like to avoid,” said Cribbin. “We’d like to get another home fixture and I think we’ll improve an awful lot. The pressure will be off the players now and I think you’ll see a different team the next day.”

Offaly: A Mulhall; B Darby, S Brady, K Slattery (0-1); P Sullivan, R Brady, N Darby; B Geraghty (0-1), R Dalton; J Reynolds (0-1), B Connor, C McManus (0-3, 1f, 1’45); A Sullivan (0-1), K Casey (1-4, 4f), N McNamee (0-5).

Subs: S Pender for P Sullivan, G Guilfoyle (0-1) for Dalton, D Egan (1-1) for N Darby, P McConway for Geraghty, S Longeran for Slattery, A McNamee for Egan, N Dunne for A Sullivan.

Clare: J Hayes; M Tubridy, B Duggan, B Carrig; M McMahon, G Kelly, D Callinan; G Quinlan, G Brennan (0-1); D Daly, P O’Dwyer, A Clohessy (0-1); D Tubridy (0-12, 7f, 1’45), D Russell, D Molohan (0-1, f).

Subs: K Cahill (1-1) for Molohan, J Hayes for Russell, L Healy for Carrig, G Kelly (0-1) for Daly, B Clancy for Callinan, B Toner (0-1) for Clohessy, C Dunning for Clancy, S McNeilis for Duggan.

Ref: M Higgins (Fermanagh)

GAA Qualifiers Round 1: Offaly lower Banner in extra-time

From the web site

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Offaly are in the draw for Round 2 of the GAA All-Ireland Qualifiers after a staging a remarkable comeback before completing a 2-18 to 1-18 extra-time victory over Clare in Tullamore on Saturday afternoon. The home side were trailing by seven points, 1-12 to 1-5, with 15 minutes left on the clock, but a Ken Casey goal sparked a remarkable comeback that saw the Faithful men force the game into extra-time in a dramatic finish with the sides finishing level on 1-13 to 2-10. Clare imploded in the first half and the excellent David Tubridy’s point was their sole response to seven scores from Offaly in the first period of extra-time.

Offaly’s forwards were on fire by the end of the game, but they started quite differently. The Banner led 0-6 to 0-1 at the break after Offaly had kicked eight wides in the first half, with their solitary score coming from the boot of Brian Geraghty after 25 minutes. Niall McNamee and Ciaran McManus finally pointed the way for a resurgent Faithful outfit after the break, before they came right back into the game seven minutes into the second half when David Egan’s shot was cruelly deflected past Joe Hayes, the Clare goalkeeper, to leave just a point between the sides. Clare, however, fashioned the best possible response when David Tubridy moved them two points clear with his fourth free of the afternoon.

Two minutes later, the Banner had a goal of their own when Gary Brennan burst through on goal and fed Kevin Cahill, who finished neatly to leave his side 1-10 to 1-5 clear. Tubridy knocked over another free as well as his third from play to leave Clare seven clear and, seemingly, in cruise control. However, Offaly showed true grit in the closing stages to haul back their opponents’ lead. McManus, Casey and Geraghty all hit the target for the home side as they clinically reeled Clare in over the final quarter. Graham Kelly stemmed the tide momentarily, but Casey pounced for a crucial Offaly goal with two minutes left on the clock to leave just a point between the sides. Graham Guilfoyle then clipped over the equaliser from play a minute later and the sides were level.

Remarkably, Offaly even had a chance to win the game in injury-time, but Ken Casey struck a free wide and the game went to extra-time. Offaly had all the momentum and they made that advantage tell by kicking the four points in succession in the first half of extra-time, with Casey and Guilfoyle again striking crucial points from play. Tubridy, again, was ploughing a lone furrow for Clare while offally were reeling off points with ease to cruise six clear at the end of the first period of extra-time.

Clare, however, were not finished and a pair of Tubridy points as well as a Barry Toner effort cut the gap to three. Tubridy even had time to miss a great goal chance, hitting the side netting when he might have levelled the game. Clare’s hopes were finally ended when they had Graham Kelly sent to the line following an off-the-ball incident. Ciaran McManus sealed the win with an injury-time point for Offaly, who, on this evidence, could prove a tough nut to crack in Round 2.

Offaly: A Mulhall; B Darby, S Brady, P Sullivan; N Darby, R Brady, K Slattery; B Geraghty, R Dalton; J Reynolds, B Connor, C McManus; A Sullivan, K Casey, N McNamee.

Clare: J Hayes; M Tubridy, B Duggan, B Carrig; M McMahon, G Kelly (captain), D Callinan; G Quinlan, G Brennan; M O’Shea, P O’Dwyer, A Clohessy; D Tubridy, D Russell, D Daly.

Team News

Offaly (SF v Clare) — A Mulhall; B Darby, S Brady, P Sullivan; N Darby, R Brady, K Slattery; B Geraghty, R Dalton; J Reynolds, B Connor, C McManus; A Sullivan, K Casey, N McNamee.

Clare (SF) — J Hayes; M Tubridy, B Duggan, B Carrig; M McMahon, G Kelly, D Callinan; G Quinlan, G Brennan; M O’Shea, P O’Dwyer, A Clohessy; D Tubridy, D Russell, D Daly

Last year’s qualifiers
Donegal 0-13 Clare 1-7; Wexford 2-11 Offaly 0-16.

2010 Championship
Waterford 1-10 Clare 0-9; Meath 1-20 Offaly 2-7.

ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Clare 1-17 Limerick 2-12

Clare defeated Limerick by 1-17 to 2-12 in the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Friday in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Arthur’s accuracy the catalyst as Clare march on

From the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-17 Limerick 2-12

Saturday, June 26, 2010

AN exhibition of free-taking by Niall Arthur, who scored eight times from placed balls, earned Clare a two point victory over Limerick in a keenly contested ESB Munster MHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick last night. However, Clare were always the better team and fully deserved their win, Limerick’s second goal coming in the 60th minute from a free by Shane Dowling. Apart from Arthur’s contribution, David O’Halloran and Paudge Collins also make outstanding contributions up front while Paul Flanagan and Kevin Lynch were the pick of their backs.

Limerick had hoped to build on the success of the Árd Scoil Rís team who won this year’s Dr Harty Cup title for the first time, but on the night could never match the pace and skill of their opponents. Only Kevin McDonnell, Declan Hannon and Shane Dowling came out of this game with their reputations fully intact. Clare got the perfect start and stormed into an 0-4 to nil lead after just five minutes. Their hurling was far crisper all over the field with Kevin Lynch who had finished his Leaving Cert earlier in the day, a commanding figure at centre. Up front, O’Halloran’s pace troubled the Limerick defence and after John Fitzgibbon opened the home side’s account with a point, Arthur wasted a glorious chance of a Clare goal, driving into the side netting after O’Halloran put him through. But it was a temporary let-off for Limerick. From a lengthy clearance by Enda Boyce, O’Halloran won possession and took off on a great run before rattling the Limerick net from 12 metres for a superb individual goal.

Limerick struggled to come to grips with the pace and skill of a very talented Clare side, and were in real danger of being completely over-run. However, after going 12 minutes without a score, Sean Kelly landed a point and it sparked a tremendous revival by the home side which yielded four points without reply. It was now Clare’s turn to soak up the pressure, and at the break it was all to play for at 1-8 to 0-8.

There was a far great pep in Limerick’s step on the changeover and they were level after 33 minutes when Declan Hannon’ free from inside his own 65-metre line wasn’t cleared and Michael Ryan first-timed the loose ball to the net. The goal tied the game for the first time and they were level twice more after exchanging points, but O’Halloran continued to torment the Limerick defence and with Collins equally efficient at centre forward, the visitors edged three points clear thanks to the excellent accuracy of Arthur’s frees.

Limerick were in need of a goal if they were have any chance, and it didn’t look like coming as a resolute Clare defence, in which corner back and captain Flanagan was outstanding, gave nothing away. Points by the busy Collins and another from a free by Arthur put Clare five up with minutes to go. There was still a kick left in Limerick however, and they won a 20-metre free which Shane Dowling drilled to the net, but it was too little too late and Clare held on for a well-deserved victory and a place in the final against the winners of tonight’s second semi-final involving Cork and Waterford.

Scorers for Clare: N Arthur 0-8 (all frees); D O’Halloran 1-1; P Collins 0-3; J Shanahan, T Kelly 0-2 each; D Keane 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: D Hannon 0-6 (0-2 65s); S Dowling 1-2 (frees); M Ryan 1-0; J Fitzgibbon 0-3 (0-2 frees); S Kelly 0-1.

CLARE: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, N Purcell, S Morey; E Boyce, K Lynch, S O’Halloran; C Galvin, T Kelly; C Malone, P Collins, J Shanahan; D O’Halloran, N Arthur, D Keane.

Subs: A Mulready for Malone (40); H Vaughan for Purcell (48).

LIMERICK: OW O’Rourke; B Murphy, A Dempsey, B Hannigan; M Carmody, K O’Donnell, C O’Riordan; D Hannon, S Kelly; M Fitzgibbon, T Ryan, D Morrissey; J Fitzgibbon, S Dowling, M Ryan.

Subs: D Murphy for O’Riordan (22); J Mulcahy for Kelly (half time); B O’Connor Mulcahy (45); R Ryan for T Ryan (51); J Aherne for M Fitzgibbon (55).

Referee: D Copps (Cork)

Munster SHC S-Final – Cork 2-19 Limerick 0-12

Corl defeated Limerick by 2-19 to 0-12 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final on Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Cork 2-19 Limerick 0-12

From the web site

Sunday, 20 June 2010 21:01

Substitute Paudie O’Sullivan’s late goal put the seal on a comfortable Munster SHC semi-final win for Cork, as 14-man Limerick’s resistance eventually petered out at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. This inexperienced and youthful Limerick side started well under a strength-sapping sun, but Sean Herlihy’s first half dismissal for striking was a serious setback. Cork were 1-10 to 0-06 ahead by half-time, with Pat Horgan netting from a penalty and Graeme Mulcahy impressing for the underdogs with three points. The second half was a one-sided affair, however, and although midfielder Tommy O’Brien finished with six points for the Shannonsiders, Cork’s Man of the Match Niall McCarthy (0-05) was just as influential.

With the dispute between last year’s panel and manager Justin McCarthy still not resolved, the Limerick starting line-up included nine Championship debutants. David Breen, Paul Browne, Paudie McNamara, new captain Bryan O’Sullivan and James O’Brien were the only survivors from last August’s All-Ireland semi-final loss to Tipperary. Cork, the recent conquerors of Tipp, had chosen an unchanged team during the week, but a hamstring problem saw midfielder Tom Kenny replaced by the 20-year-old Lorcan McLoughlin who made his SHC bow. When these sides met in National League Division 1 in February, Denis Walsh’s charges gained a 2-21 to 1-14 victory and most pre-match predictions suggested a cakewalk for the league champions.

Certainly given Cork’s electric triumph over Tipp and the lack of Championship experience across the current Limerick squad, a heavy beating looked on the cards for the visitors. It was a cagey opening from both sides with little final product. James O’Brien, Pat Horgan, Niall McCarthy and Tommy O’Brien all hit wides before Paudie McNamara converted a sixth minute free for the lead score. Andrew Brennan darted forward for Limerick’s second point, sandwiched between Cork’s opening efforts from Jerry O’Connor and Horgan. But the Rebels took a lead they would not relinquish, courtesy of an 11th minute penalty which was won and sent to the net by corner forward Horgan. Amid a spell of fluent, fleet-footed attacking from Cork, Horgan then took his tally to 1-02 with a well-taken point. Limerick stuck stubbornly to their task, albeit with McNamara struggling from placed balls. A brace of points from Mulcahy moved Limerick onto 0-04, but with ten minutes remaining in the half, Cork had cantered on to 1-07.

McCarthy, McLoughlin and Ben O’Connor all pointed during that period, and Horgan missed a second penalty – Shane O’Neill, the defender who fouled him, doing well to block the shot and clear. An Anthony Owens point was followed by two from the O’Connor twins, Jerry and Ben, with the latter’s being probably the point of the half – a sublime strike from a tight angle near the right sideline. Cork seemingly had the quality to pull clear, but with target man Aisake O hAilpin kept quiet by David Breen, Limerick were growing in confidence by the minute. They earned a penalty of their own when John Gardiner floored the onrushing James O’Brien. Yet Cork goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack rescued his wing back when he saved McNamara’s penalty effort and the danger was averted.

A knee injury to corner back Brian Murphy left Cork having to readjust and Limerick suffered a huge blow in injury-time when referee James Owens gave a straight red card to Limerick wing forward Sean Herlihy as he was seen swinging out at Cork substitute Shane Murphy in retaliation. The sides split two points as the half came to a close, Mulcahy and Cork captain Kieran Murphy on target, and Walsh’s side were able to build a match-winning lead in the opening minutes of the second period. Tommy O’Brien nipped it back to 1-10 to 0-07 for Limerick, before scores from Ben O’Connor, McCarthy and Jerry O’Connor launched Cork towards a double figures lead.

McCarthy’s youngsters were fading, despite the best efforts of top scorer O’Brien, and they had goalkeeper Tadhg Flynn to thank for a smart save as he denied Paudie O’Sullivan a goal after a clever attack involving Sean Og O hAilpin. O’Brien had closed the gap back to 1-15 to 0-09, prior to that. Cork replied through wing forward McCarthy who hit another gear in the second half. He tagged on two excellent scores. It was now becoming a shootout between O’Brien and McCarthy as the result had long been put to bed. Cusack did well again to prevent Mulcahy from rippling the net. It was a goal that Limerick’s dogged efforts had deserved, but it never came and O’Sullivan, taking a pass from fellow substitute Michael Cussen, thundered through to bat home Cork’s second in the 69th minute. Cork skipper Murphy struck the final point to make the winning margin 13 points. A satisfactory scoreline for the Rebels who march into their first Munster final since 2006, while Limerick can, at least, take some positives from today into the All-Ireland qualifiers.

CORK: D Og Cusack; S O’Neill, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner (0-01), R Curran, S Og O hAilpín; L McLoughlin (0-01), C Naughton (0-01); B O’Connor (0-03, 0-01f), J O’Connor (0-03), N McCarthy (0-05); K Murphy (0-02), A O hAilpin, P Horgan (1-02, 1-00 pen).

Subs used: S Murphy for B Murphy (33 mins), M Cussen for A O hAilpin, P O’Sullivan (1-01) for Horgan (both 49), G Callanan for Naughton (54), R Ryan for S Og O hAilpin (62).

LIMERICK: T Flynn; S O’Neill, D Breen, K O’Rourke; S O’Riordan, B O’Sullivan, P Browne; T O’Brien (0-06, 0-03f, 0-01 ’65’), A Brennan (0-01, 0-01f); P McNamara (0-01, 0-01f), J O’Brien, S Herlihy; G Mulcahy (0-03), A Owens (0-01), R McKeogh.

Subs used: L O’Dwyer for O’Riordan (24 mins), C Mullane for McNamara, P Russell for McKeogh (both half-time), N Quaid for Brennan (44), A O’Connor for Owens (59).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

Team News

CORK (SHC v Limerick): D Og Cusack; S O’Neill, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S Og O hAilpin; T Kenny, C Naughton; B O’Connor, J O’Connor, N McCarthy; K Murphy (capt0, A O’hAilpin, P Horgan.

LIMERICK (SH v Cork): T Flynn; S O’Neill, D Breen, K O’Rourke; S O’Riordan, B O’Sullivan, P Browne; T O’Brien, A Brennan; J O’Brien, P McNamara, S Herlihy; G Mulcahy, A Owens, R McKeogh.
Subs: B Hennessy, S O’Connell, L O’Dwyer, N Quaid, D Madden, D Kenny, C Mullane, P Russell, A O’Connor, C Hayes, D Moore, M Deegan, A O’Connell, M Noonan, D Lynch.

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Cork 1-24 Limerick 3-17

Cork defeated Limerick by 1-24 to 3-17 after extra time in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Team News

LIMERICK (IH v Cork): A Murphy; M Keane, E Kiely, C Noonan; D Ahern, R McCarthy, J Riordan; J Dillon, D Hanley; G Murphy, M Noonan, T Quaid; P Harty, T O’Brien, L Costello. Subs: S O’Donoghe, C Kearney, P Leahy, D Moloney, T Crawford, W Griffin, D Quaid, A McAuliffe, D McCarthy.

Munster SFC S-Final Replay – Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-14

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-15 to 1-14 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final Replay on Sunday after extra time in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Kingdom edge out Cork after extra time

From the Setanta web site

For the second time in seven days 70 minutes could not separate Kerry and Cork, but it is the Kingdom who advance to the Munster SFC final after an extra-time win. The Sam Maguire holders will go on to meet Limerick in the provincial decider after a 1-15 to 1-14 success over their great rivals at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, the men in green and gold having the greater legs in the latter stages and kicking four points to Cork’s three in the additional twenty minutes.

Colm Cooper was punished for a poor early wide as Cork took a lead of two thanks to frees from Daniel Goulding and Donncha O’Connor, a set-piece from Bryan Sheehan getting the Kingdom off the mark after a cautious opening. Kerry goalkeeper Brendan Kealy has been pinpointed as a weak link by some because of his perceived uncertainty under the high ball and Goulding almost profited when he rose above him to get a hand to the ball but the danger was cleared. A few minutes later, however, the same Cork man did raise the green flag after the Kerry number one caught another high one but then lost it on the ground as the forward whipped it away and found the net. Kerry dragged the gap back to one with a point from Cooper and a nice one from range for Donaghy just after he had been off target with a similar effort.

Goulding then sent another goal chance across the goalkeeper but it was deflected behind for a ’45 which the forward kicked over. A score from O’Connor and a fine individual point from defender Michael Shields then saw the Rebels stretch their lead to five points, necessitating the introduction of Paul Galvin from the bench from Jack O’Connor after Declan O’Sullivan had trimmed the gap by one. Derek Kavanagh and Graham Canty found themselves booked after an ugly scuffle that saw Cooper grabbed by the throat, but Cork put those breaches behind them as Ciaran Sheehan rifled over his first Championship point, though he was probably gong for goal with his left foot. Kerry’s own Sheehan kicked over his second point before Donaghy rose above Canty and set up Cooper whose effort at goal from straight in front went desperately wide, the All-Ireland champions trailing by 1-6 to 0-5 at the interval.

But they started the second half with gusto and goaled almost immediately. Donaghy was the man who got it as he towered above Canty again to collect a hand-pass from Cooper and finished coolly beyond Alan Quirke. Donncha O’Connor responded with a couple of scores, one from a free, with Sheehan’s third point keeping the Kerry scoring ticking over. Next was a sublime point from Patrick Kelly who curled the ball over from the right flank before points were traded between O’Sullivan and Goulding, Cooper’s second score of the day leaving the gap at two. The Rebels really should have extended that lead but an admittedly difficult free from sub Colm O’Neill was sent wide at the far post before Alan O’Connor blazed wide during a spell of Cork possession. Cooper punished them with two frees to level the game, the second coming after a foul by Canty on the Dr Crokes ace, one which saw the Cork captain receive a second yellow card and resulting red.

Cork full forward Sheehan managed to reinstate his side’s lead after pointing when he collected a Donncha O’Connor free, but Kerry responded with a super score from Marc O Se who bypassed all challengers on the left to fire over a score and take the game to an extra 20 minutes. The first score of the extras was sent over by Cork’s Fintan Goold, but Cooper kicked a softly-awarded free and two very well-taken scores from Barry John Keane had the Kingdom 1-14 to 1-12 ahead at half-time in extra-time. A rare point was kicked over with composure by Cork’s Noel O’Leary to drop the Kerry lead back to one again but a foul by Eoin Cadogan on Donaghy gave Cooper the chance to tuck over the decisive free, a later effort from the Leesiders’ John Hayes not enough for Conor Counihan’s charges who must now take the long road of the qualifiers.

Munster SHC Final Venue – Munster GAA Statement


The Officers and members of the Competitions Control Committee of Comhairle na Mumhan CLG wish to inform its members and patrons of the facts involved in its recent decisions regarding the possible venue for the Munster Senior Hurling Final should Waterford and Cork qualify to meet in this year’s final.

On Thursday April 1st a scheduled meeting of Munster GAA Competitions Control Committee had on its official agenda the appointment of venues covering all permutations of possible participants in the Senior Hurling Final. This is normal practice so as to facilitate early decision making and preparing event management for such an iconic event in the GAA calendar not just in Munster but Nationally. At this meeting, Semple Stadium, Thurles was duly proposed and seconded as the venue for the possible meeting of Cork and Waterford in this game, were both counties to proceed to this stage of the competition.
As far as the Munster GAA Council was concerned this was now a scheduled fixture and the press and all counties were notified.

At a further Competitions and Control committee meeting of the Council held on May 13th where other regular agenda items were being decided upon, the Waterford Delegate on the committee informed the members that Waterford were in consultation with Tipperary and Cork on the venue for the Munster Final were his county to reach that stage of the competition against either opposition. He informed the members present that this was decided on by the County GAA Executive in Waterford and further stated that an agreement had been reached with Tipperary to play the game at Semple Stadium should both of those counties qualify for the Munster Senior Hurling Final. He added that discussions were ongoing with Cork on the matter. The Council Chairman expressed the view that our fixture had been made but that in light of such a proposal and agreement coming before the committee it would need a two thirds majority to alter the venue from what had already been decided. The Cork delegate expressed reluctance to make a decision on behalf of Cork as the matter had not properly been considered by the Cork Executive, as it had only come to light in recent days. The committee expressed the view that if the participating counties in the final were in agreement about the venue then a further meeting would revisit the decision but that it would still take a two thirds majority to overturn its original decision. It was agreed that following the Quarter Final meeting of Cork and Tipperary in Pairc Uí Chaoimh the Munster Competitions Control Committee would meet to consider the situation.

A  number discussions took place between Waterford Officers and Officers of Munster GAA and it was clear to the Council Officers that the request from Waterford to revisit the venue decision was considered and decided on by the Executive of Waterford GAA County Committee.

In a telephone conversation between the Chairman of Waterford GAA and the Secretary/CEO of Munster GAA on Friday May 28th the Waterford Chairman requested that the decision be not made until after the Waterford versus Clare game on Monday June 7th He stated “the Waterford Senior Hurling Manager does not want to give the impression that we are taking Clare for granted and hand them an advantage”. The Munster Secretary expressed the view that a decision had to be taken at the meeting on the following Sunday after the game but stated that he would inform the Council chairman of this request. This he did. The chairman held the same view and the meeting of the Competitions Control Committee which had been properly convened and communicated to the members of the Competitions Control Committee went ahead as scheduled.
At this meeting on Sunday May 30th, a proposal from Waterford to refix the Munster Hurling Final should Cork and Waterford meet in the decider was discussed and put to the meeting. The vote on the proposal to change the venue from Semple Stadium to Pairc Uí Chaoimh received the necessary two thirds majority and was carried.

The Council Competitions Control Committee, the Council  Officers and members at all times acted in good faith and with due consideration to all concerned made its decision to change the venue following a strong and reasonable case being presented to it by Waterford GAA. It is dismayed by media reports quoting the Waterford Chairman a stating that this decision was somehow flawed and did not represent the views of the Waterford GAA Executive. The Officers and members of Munster Competitions Control Committee are fully aware that this proposal emanated from the Waterford GAA Executive and not from the Waterford delegate as was hinted in these press reports. The article referred to above which appeared on Tuesday June 2nd also gave the view that this decision was made behind closed doors without the knowledge of Waterford GAA Executive.   Nothing could be further from the truth, as Waterford GAA Executive requested Munster Council to reverse its earlier decision and subsequently Officers of Waterford GAA including the Chairman discussed the proposal with Officers of Munster GAA. Sean Walsh Chairman of Munster GAA .spoke on behalf of the Committee when he stated “The Committee fully accept that the Waterford  Delegate on the Munster Competitions Control committee was acting on behalf of the Waterford GAA Executive when he spoke on this issue and the Council acknowledge the fact that Cork were drawn into this situation, like the Council, by Waterford’s original proposal which they later did a u-turn on. The Council also acknowledges the gracious manner which Cork allowed the Council Competition Control Committee to again revisit and alter the game from Pairc Uí Chaoimh when it had been scheduled there”.

Munster GAA wishes to put on record the following:
1: It was Waterford GAA Executive who requested and proposed moving this potential fixture to Pairc Uí Cahoimh from Semple Stadium,
2: This fixture was discussed at three meetings of the Munster GAA Competitions Control Committee as listed above.
3: Where the two participants in any Championship game are agreed on a venue for a fixture, it has previously been policy for the competitions Control Committee to accept their proposal provided the venue is suitable to host such a fixture.
4: Munster GAA completely and emphatically reject contentions made by the Chairman of  Waterford GAA in a newspaper article on Tuesday June 2nd that this matter was not discussed by Waterford GAA Executive and Munster GAA Competitions Control Committee fully accepts the bona fide proposal by the Waterford Delegate at the meeting when he made the proposal to change the venue on behalf of Waterford GAA Executive. This was substantiated in telephone conversations between members of the Waterford GAA Executive and Officers of the Munster Council.
5: Cork GAA did not initiate this proposal and agreed reluctantly to the original approach. Like the Council they were the innocent parties in the middle of this controversy.
6: Munster GAA accepted in good faith the proposal from Waterford GAA and in light of the u-turn by Waterford GAA had no option but to move the possible fixture back to its original venue.
7: Hints in the media that this was to be the commencement of a “Home and Away  agreement” in Senior Hurling were very wide of the mark as this was never even considered by the committee as Waterford does not have a suitable venue for such a game.
8: We expect the Waterford GAA Executive and in particular the Waterford Chairman to clarify fully their role in this decision and also expect that any inference given that the Council acted secretly or in any way other than with propriety be withdrawn.  
Issued on behalf of Munster GAA by
Jim Forbes