Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland U16 Hurling Tournament

Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland U16 Hurling Tournament

28th & 29th Aug 2010

Finals – Sunday 29th August in Semple Stadium

Cup Final – Tipperary 2-20 Galway 1-9 – Referee: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)

Shield Final – Corcaigh 1-12 Luimneach 0-11 – Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipp)

The Final Countdown


The Final Countdown is a bash the night before each final in Croke Park- dinner, drinks and entertainment and GAA legends as special guests.

Hurling Saturday 4th September

Football Saturday 18th September

The evening will begin with a Two Team cocktail in the GAA museum, then dinner & entertainment will follow in the Cusack Suite on level 5 (premium level). There will be a few surprises on the night too (signed jerseys/ hurls from finalists)! And of course some All Ireland tickets are prizes!

Our hosts for the evenings are Ger Gilroy and Eoin McDevitt from Newstalk.

Tickets €59

Starts 7pm

Click here for more information

ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final – Cork 3-15 Galway 5-8

Cork defeated Galway by 3-15 to 5-8 in the ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Croke Park.

Cork stage stunning comeback to reach Minor final

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Brian Hurley’s three injury time points were crucial as Cork completed a remarkable comeback to secure a 3-15 to 5-8 win over Galway, claiming their place in the final of the ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship, where they will face Tyrone. Cork trailed by 5-6 to 2-6 with 16 minutes left, but they ate into Galway’s lead in the final quarter and Hurley was the Rebels’ hero in added time. Kevin Hallissey was immense for the Leesiders, scoring 2-2, including the equalising point in the 57th minute. Hurley’s winner came three minutes into stoppage time after he was fouled by a Galway defender and then kicked the ensuing free himself.

Galway’s opening goal came seven minutes in. Peadar Ó Griófa, who had opened the Tribesmen’s account minutes earlier, was the man who did the damage. Wing-forward Niall Quinn made a searing run and appeared to attempt a long-range point, but his shot dropped short and Ó Griófa was on hand to gather possession and drop kick the ball past David Hanrahan, the Cork goalkeeper. Cork responded immediately, with John O’Rourke hitting the target after Mark Sugrue had given the Rebels the lead in the third minute. A further effort from Damian Cahalane, the rangy midfielder, reduced the gap to one – 1-1 to 0-3 – with 12 minutes gone. Galway, however, scored three successive points to take control of the game. Niall Walsh, Quinn and Conor Robbitte did the damage for the Westerners as they moved four points clear.

Credit to Cork, they hit back and Brian Hurley grabbed one back, having been denied a goal minutes earlier by a brilliant save by Galway goalkeeper James Keane. A Daniel Fitzgerald free brought Cork right back into the game. With two minutes left to the break, there was a goal between the sides when Cathal O’Neill, who had just come on as a substitute, struck a fine point from play. But all the action in the first half came at the death. Cork were level when they pillaged a fine goal, as the effervescent O’Rourke fed Kevin Hallissey, who placed the ball to the back of the net. They were on terms for just a minute, however. Again, Ó Griófa was Cork’s tormentor. Dual star Daithí Burke dropped a shot short and the Galway corner forward pounced to ram home his second of the game, giving his side a 2-5 to 1-5 half-time lead.

The second half started as the first had ended. Cork hit the back of the net inside three minutes of the restart, as Hurley struck a fine goal after collecting a long ball into the danger area. Once again, Cork were level for less than a minute. Daithí Walsh squirmed clear of the Cork defence and rippled the net from a tight angle before Rabbitte added another four minutes later after terrific work by Shane Maughan. Galway led 4-5 to 2-5. In a helter skelter game full of incident, Galway would score their third goal of the half when Maughan once again set up Rabbitte for another fine goal. Cork were three goals down and in major trouble.

Brian Cuthbert’s men refused to panic, though, and set about tearing into the nine-point gap. Their task was helped when Hallissey stole in for his second goal in the 46th minute. Cork then hit five points in succession to level the game with three minutes left, Hallissey scoring the equaliser with a towering effort from play. Galway then ended an 18-minute scoreless spell to regain the lead, as Maughan found his range from play. However, the Rebels secured their spot in the final when their hero of the hour, Hurley, scored three injury time points. The winner, in the 63rd minute, came after the Castlehaven man had scorched clear of the Galway defence and was fouled. He picked himself up off the ground and tapped over the free to secure a scarcely believable win for the Rebels.

Cork: D Hanrahan, J Goggin, M O’Shea, D Murphy, D Lester, T Clancy, J Wall (0-1), J Burns, D Cahalane (0-2), J O’Rourke (0-1), D Fitzgerald (0-1, 0-1f), A Cronin, K Hallisey (2-2), M Sugrue (0-2), B Hurley (1-5, 0-5f).

Subs: D McEoin (0-1) for Fitzgerald, K Fulignati for Murphy, C O’Sullivan for Goggin, S O’Mahony for Sugrue, T Hegarty for Lester

Galway: J Keane, C MacDonnacha, J Shaughnessy, P Varley, M Loughnane, M Kelly, J Vaughan, E Commins, T Flynn, N Quinn (0-1), F O Curraoin, N Walsh (1-1), P Ó Griófa (2-1, 0-1f), C Rabbitte (2-1), S Maughan (0-3, 0-1f).

Subs: D Burke for Vaughan, C O’Neill (0-1) for Commins, F O Bearra for Quinn, A Varley for Walsh, D Black for Mac Donnacha

Referee: E Kinsella (Laois)

Team News

The Cork Minor Football team to play Galway on Sunday at 1.30pm in Croke Park will line out as follows:

CORK (MF v Galway) – David Hanrahan; James Goggin, Matthew O Shea, Darren Murphy; Diarmuid Lester, Tom Clancy, Jamie Wall; Jamie Burns, Damian Cahalane; John O Rourke, Daniel Fitzgerald, Alan Cronin; Kevin Hallissey, Mark Sugrue, Brian Hurley

Subs: – Shane Masters, Kevin Fulignati, Kevin Sheehan, Tom Hegarty, David O’Donovan, Conor O’Sullivan, Dan McEoin, Luke Connolly, Stephen O’Mahony

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final – Kilkenny 2-17 Cork 1-13

Kilkenny defeated Cork by 2-17 to 1-13 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Clinical Cleere helps classy Cats end Cork’s reign

From the Irish Times newspaper

ALL-IRELAND IHC FINAL Kilkenny 2-17 Cork 1-13: KILKENNY’S quest for a hat-trick of All-Irelands got the perfect start when the intermediates got the better of reigning champions Cork at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Goals at the start and the end of the game from Peter Cleere helped Kilkenny grab their second title at this grade in three years – and avenge last year’s final defeat. Cleere’s second goal in the 61st minute sufficed to dampen Cork spirits which had soared after Colm Casey’s fine goal left them just two points down, 1-15 to 1-13, with a few minutes remaining.

Cleere won a dropping ball and blasted a shot past goalkeeper Declan McCarthy and Bill Beckett added two late points to stretch the winning margin to seven. Cleere’s first goal gave Kilkenny a 1-3 to 0-2 lead after seven minutes. However, Cork rallied and edged ahead midway through the half thanks to a points from Bill Cooper and Danny O’Callaghan. Kilkenny led 1-6 to 0-8 at the interval and the sides were then level three times but once midfielder Niall Walsh fired a long-range point in the 47th minute Kilkenny never looked back.

KILKENNY : L Tierney; M Phelan, P Murphy, K Mooney (0-1, free) ; J Cotterell, R Cody, Niall Doherty; P Hartley, N Walsh (0-1); B Beckett (0-4, one free), R Dollard (0-2), N Cleere (0-1, free); M Grace (0-2), P Cleere (2-0), A Healy (0-4, three frees). Subs: B Lennon (0-1) for Cody (37 mins); Noel Doherty (0-1) for N Cleere (47 mins).

CORK : D McCarthy; M Walsh, C Fogarty, B Coleman; T Healy, K Hartnett, M Ellis; D O’Callaghan (0-2, frees) , B. Fitzgerald; B Corry, B Cooper (0-3), C Casey (1-1) ; M. Harrington, E Conway (0-7, all frees) , M. O’Sullivan. Subs : S Corr for B Fitzgerald (48 mins), B. Lawton for Conway (53 mins), J Halbert for O’Sullivan (55 mins).

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)

Munster Fe 15 Hurling competition


5 Counties, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Waterford will take part in the 14th. Annual Carrigdhoun/Munster Fe 15 Hurling Competition which will be played in the Ballymartle GAA Grounds, Riverstick, Co. Cork on Saturday next August 28th with games starting at 10.30a.m. and the Finals scheduled for 4.00p.m.

Limerick were winners of the inaugural competition in 1996 when they beat Cork in the Final while Clare were winners in 1999 and 2006 and Tipperary won their only title in 2008 while the Cork side has been victorious on eight occasions and on Saturday next will be hoping to win the competition for the ninth time

The competition is run on a round robin basis with the Preliminary games of 30 minutes duration (15 minutes each half) while the Final will be of 40 minutes duration.(20 minutes each half)

The Programme of games is as follows

Pitch 1                                                                                                   Pitch 2

10.30am               Cork v Waterford                                             Limerick v Tipperary

11.20am               Limerick v Clare                                 Cork v Tipperary

12.15pm               Cork v Limerick                                  Clare v Waterford

1.45pm                 Clare v Tipperary                                              Waterford v Limerick

2.45pm                 Waterford v Tipperary                                   Cork v Clare

4.00pm                 FINAL                                                    3.45pm – PLATE FINAL

The Final takes place on Pitch 1 at 4.00p.m. with the winners presented with the Ted Hanley Memorial Cup while the Plate Final will take place on Pitch 2 commencing at 3.45p.m.

The Competition is organised by the South East GAA Board.

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship S-Final – Cork 1-15 Dublin 1-14

Cork defeated Dublin by 1-15 to 1-14 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Semi-Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Rebels come good at the death

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final
Cork 1-15 Dublin 1-14

Sunday, August 22, 2010

From the GAA.ie web site

It was a game Cork should never have won. For 55 minutes Pat Gilroy’s young Dublin side controlled a fascinating semi-final at Croke Park. They played with a rabid intensity that never dropped, not for one moment, and stifled and frustrated Cork to the point where Conor Counihan’s men looked a pale shadow of the team that has become one of the dominant forces of the modern game. Dublin, as expected, didn’t contest Cork’s kickouts, allowed them to have the ball in defence and then set up an impregnable blue wall just inside their own half. Cork attacked and attacked and kept coming up empty, as Dublin showed an unrestrained zeal and desire to go about their defensive duties. They stripped Cork of the ball time after time and closed down the space so that the Rebels looked like they were entangled in poison ivy every time they crossed into the Dublin half.

However, Dublin’s plan had a flaw and it was exposed as the game entered the final quarter. The intensity remained constant but the concentration levels dropped in the closing stages and their discipline suffered as a result. Cork never gained as much as a toehold – they did have a fleeting period of dominance in the first half – in the game until the 53rd minute, when they were awarded a penalty after substitute Colm O’Neill was fouled by Ross McConnell and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Dublin had maintained a constant lead of around four points to that point, but when Donncha O’Connor stepped up and drilled a low shot from 11 metres off the post and to the back of the net, Cork were suddenly back in the game.

McConnell had been immense to that point, but the intensity levels he and Michael Dara Macauley had shown in dominating the midfield battle meant that he was weary – both mentally and physically – as the game entered its most critical juncture, when tired minds can be as dangerous as battered limbs. Bernard Brogan, who finished the game with another incredible tally of 1-7, and Bryan Cullen responded with points for the Dubs and nudged them back into a three-point lead.

But, with the clock ticking down, Cork came into their own, as Colm O’Neill and Paddy Kelly put them into a perfect position to mount a late assault with a pair of well-taken scores. It was then that Dublin’s inexperience betrayed them and they began to concede frees within O’Connor’s range. In a three-minute spell, O’Connor punished the Dubs with three brilliantly-taken frees, the second of which leveled the game in the 69th minute, before he nudged Cork ahead for the first time in the first minute of stoppage time. The prelude to the third of those scores saw McConnell sent off on a second yellow card for a late foul on Cork wing-back Noel O’Leary. Dublin were creaking and Cork had, without warning, taken control of the game. The Rebels attacked again and Derek Kavanagh, now free of his marker, slotted over the insurance point. Although Bernard Brogan did land a latepoint for the Dubs, it was too late; they had blow their chance of making it to the All-Ireland final.

Cork are now in an All-Ireland final, which they will be strong favourites to win, after a season that has been pockmarked by poor performances and erratic form. This showing will have done little to convince their detractors that they are ready to end a 20-year stretch on Leeside without and All-Ireland title. Cork’s flaws were routinely exposed by Dublin, especially in the first half of an exciting game, when they were caught cold by a sucker punch of an early goal. Just two minutes in, Cork were punished for poor organisation at the back as Ray Carey was left one-on-one with Bernard Brogan and the Dublin danger man collected a Niall Corkery pass to hit the net. Dublin were humming after their electric start and Philly McMahon and Alan Brogan had them 1-2 to 0-2 ahead after 10 minutes.

Cork were being overrun in midfield and struggled to cope with Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton’s clever kickouts. However, Cork might have been on level had Cluxton not spread himself brilliantly to deny Pearse O’Neill after Alan O’Connor had punched a massive hole in the Dublin defence. Bernard Brogan and Eoghan O’Gara were causing panic in the Cork defence in those opening stages and it wasn’t long before Graham Canty, who had passed a late fitness test to take his place at centre-back, and Michael Shields were brought back to shepherd the pair. Cork were drowning in midfield and Macauley and McConnell were winning an abundance of possession which the Brogan brothers were thriving on.

Eventually, Cork began to settle and Aidan Walsh’s point 19 minutes in, having kicked two bad wides earlier, was the point they needed to ease their way back into the battle. Paul Kerrigan reduced the gap to just three when he kicked his sole score of the afternoon just before the break, and, amazingly, he might have then leveled the game had his attempted point from an angled not cannoned off a post. Bernard Brogan did hit a late score for the Dubs to give the score line – 1-8 to 0-7 – a more accurate reflection at half-time. Cork lost Canty to injury at the break, with dual star Eoin Cadogan coming into the full-back line to replace the Rebels’ leader. They got to know each other in the 42nd minute, when O’Gara was lucky to escape with a yellow card after clashing with the Douglas man.

Dublin dominated the third quarter, but a couple of points from McConnell and Bernard Brogan was their only return. Cork were completely frustrated and they were unable to implement their strong-running game, as every time they made it into the opposition territory they seemed to turn over possession or shoot aimlessly and make questionable decisions. However, for all their dominance, Dublin were completely reliant on Bernard Brogan for scores and they never managed to build up anything more than a five-point lead. Those failings would haunt them when Donncha O’Connor clinically punished them in the closing quarter.

Dublin: S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, R O’Carroll, P McMahon (0-1); K Nolan, G Brennan, C O’Sullivan; R McConnell (0-1), MD Macauley (0-1); N Corkery, A Brogan (0-2), B Cullen (0-1); D Henry, E O’Gara, B Brogan (1-7, 0-1f).

Dublin Subs: B Cahill for O’Sullivan ’33, P Flynn for Henry ’46, E Fennell for Corkery ’57, C Keaney (0-1, 0-1f) for O’Gara ’63, D Bastick for O’Carroll ’68.

Cork : A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, J Miskella; N O’Leary, G Canty (captain), P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh (0-1); P Kerrigan (0-1), P O’Neill, P Kelly (0-2); D Goulding (0-4, 0-3f), C Sheehan, D O’Connor (1-5, 0-4f, 1-0 pen).

Cork Subs: E Cadogan for Canty HT, N Murphy for O’Connor ’43, C O’Neill (0-1) for Sheehan ’52, D Kavanagh (0-1) for Miskella ’61, F Goold for O’Leary ’71.

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Attendance: 82, 225

Odds and Ends

Cork and Dublin last clashed in the championship in the 1995 All-Ireland semifinal when Dublin won by 1-12 to 0-12 en route to winning the title. The sides clashed in Round V of the Allianz GAA Football National League campaign last spring with Cork winning by 2-13 to 2-6 in Páirc Uí Rinn. Cork last won the All-Ireland in 1990. This is the first year since 1999 that Kerry won’t be in the All-Ireland semi-final.

In fact, none of the counties who won All-Irelands since 1996 will be in the semi-finals. Meath (1996-99), Kerry (1997-2000-2004-2006-2007-2009), Galway (1998-2001), Tyrone (2003-2005-2008), Armagh (2002), won all the titles since 1996 but haven’t made the last four this time.


The pairing is set for the GAA All-Ireland senior hurling final and now it’s the turn of the footballers to embark on the semi-final trail, starting this Sunday when Cork play Dublin in Croke Park (3.30pm).

Cork will be appearing in the senior semi-final for the sixth successive year (they won two, lost three and drew one of six appearances since 2005) while Dublin’s last semifinal outing was in 2007 when they lost to Kerry. Dublin’s last semi-final win was in

1995 when they beat Cork by a goal and went on to win the All-Ireland title.

Cork have had only one championship win over Dublin, which came in 1989 when they finished four points ahead in the semi-final, en route to winning the title. Cork’s last All-Ireland win was in 1990, while Dublin last claimed ‘Sam Maguire’ in 1995.

Paths to the semi-final


Dublin 2-16 Wexford 0-15 (After extra-time) Leinster quarter-final Meath 5-9 Dublin 0-13 (Leinster semi-final) Dublin 1-21 Tipperary 1-13 (Qualifier – Round 2) Dublin 0-14 Armagh 0-11 (Qualifier – Round 3) Dublin 2-14 Louth 0-13 (Qualifier – Round 4) Dublin 1-15 Tyrone 0-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Average For: 1-16; Average Against: 1-13


Cork 0-15 Kerry 0-15 (Munster semi-final) Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-14 (After extra-time) Replay Cork 1-19 Cavan 0-4 (Qualifier – Round 2) Cork 0-12 Wexford 0-5 (Qualifier – Round 3) Cork 0-16 Limerick 1-11 (Qualifier – Round 4) After extra-time Cork 1-16 Roscommon 0-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Average For: 1-14 Average Against: 0-11

Dublin Scorers

Bernard Brogan…………..2-35 (0-16 frees) ‘Mossy’ Quinn…………….0-12 (0-7 frees, 0-1 ‘45’) Eoghan O’Gara……………3-2 Conal Keaney……………..0-8 (0-6 frees) Alan Brogan……………….0-8 Bryan Cullen……………..0-6 Michael Macauley……..1-2 Stephen Cluxton……….0-5 (0-5 ‘45s’) Paul Flynn…………………0-3 Ross McConnell…………0-3 Kevin McManamon…….0-3 Eamonn Fennell………….0-2 Philip McMahon………..0-2 Kevin Nolan………………0-1 Ger Brennan……………..0-1

Cork Scorers

Daniel Goulding……………..1-30 (0-21 frees, 0-2 ‘45s’) Donncha O’Connor………… 0-11 (0-5 frees, 0-1 penalty) Paddy Kelly…………………….0-10 (0-6 frees) Ciaran Sheehan………………..0-9 Pearse O’Neill………………….2-3 Colm O’Neill…………………..0-7 (0-1 free) Paul Kerrigan…………………..0-5

Paudie Kissane…………………0-3

Aidan Walsh……………………0-2

Derek Kavanagh……………..0-2

Graham Canty…………………0-2

Alan O’Connor………………..0-2

Fintan Goold………………….0-2

Michael Shields………………0-1

Noel O’Leary………………….0-1

John Hayes……………………0-1 (free) John Miskella…………………0-1

Previous Championship Clashes

All but five of the previous Cork-Dublin games took place more than one hundred years ago with club clubs sides representing the counties in some cases.

They have clashed five times since 1974 with Dublin wining in 1974-83 (replay) and 1995 while Cork won in 1989 while there was one draw (1983)

1995: Dublin 1-12 Cork 0-12 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1989: Cork 2-10 Dublin 1-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1983: Dublin 4-15 Cork 2-10 (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay

1983: Dublin 2-11 Cork 2-11 (All-Ireland semi-final) Draw

1974: Dublin 2-11 Cork 1-8 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1908: Dublin 0-6 Cork 0-2 (All-Ireland final)

1907: Dublin 0-5 Cork 0-4 (All-Ireland final)

1902: Dublin 1-2 Cork 0-4 (All-Ireland ‘Home’ final

1899: Dublin 1-10 Cork 0-6 (All-Ireland final))

1897: Dublin 2-6 Cork 0-2 (All-Ireland final)

1894: Cork 1-2 Dublin 0-5 (All-Ireland final replay) Unfinished

1894: Dublin 0-6 Cork 1-1 (All-Ireland final) Draw – A goal equalled five points

1891: Dublin 2-1 Cork 1-9 (All-Ireland final) A goal outweighed any number of points

Last Five Semi-finals


2009: Cork 1-13 Tyrone 0-11

2008: Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-13 (Replay)

2008: Kerry 1-13 Cork 3-7 (Draw)

2007: Cork 1-16 Meath 0-9

2006: Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-9


2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16

2002: Armagh 1-14 Dublin 1-13

1995: Dublin 1-12 Cork 0-12

1994: Dublin 3-15 Leitrim 1-9

1993: Derry 0-15 Dublin 0-14

Last Championship Clash

Dublin 1-12 Cork 0-12 (1995 All-Ireland semi-final) A goal by Jason Sherlock proved the difference between the sides. Dublin led by 1-5 to

0-6 at half-time and were five points clear after 39 minutes. Cork battled back but Dublin held solid to qualify for the final where they beat Tyrone.

Dublin: John O’Leary; Keith Galvin, Dermot Deasy, Paddy Moran; Paul Curran, Keith Barr, Mick Deegan; Paul Bealin, Brian Stynes; Jin Gavin, Paul Clarke (0-1), Dessie Farrell; Charlie Redmond (0-7), Jason Sherlock (1-0), Mick Galvin (0-4).

Subs: Pat Gilroy for Bealin, Ciaran Walsh for Keith Galvin, Vinny Murphy for Clarke.

Cork: Kevin O’Dwyer; Mark Farr, Mark O’Connor, Niall Cahalane; Ciaran O’Sullivan, Stephen O’Brien, Brian Corcoran; Liam Honohan, Danny Culloty; Don Davis, Larry Tompkins (0-2), Padraig O’Mahony; Mark O’Sullivan (0-2), Joe Kavanagh (0-1), Colin Corkery (0-7)

Subs: Stephen Calnan for O’Mahony, Shea Fahy for Davis, Padraig O Regan for Calnan

Last Competitive Clash

Cork 2-13 Dublin 2-6 (NFL: 20 March 2010, Pairc Ui Rinn)

Scorers: Cork: D Goulding 1-4 (0-2 frees), P Kerrigan 1-2, D Kavanagh, P Kelly 0-2 each, P O’Flynn, C Sheehan, A O’Connor 0-1 each. Dublin: B Brogan 1-2 (0-1 free), K McManamon 1-1, E Fennell, C Keaney (free), A Hubbard 0-1 each.

Cork: P O’Shea; R Carey, M Shields, E Cotter; N O’Leary, P Kissane, E Cadogan; A O’Connor, D Kavanagh; F Gould, N Murphy, P Kelly; D Goulding, P Kerrigan, J Hayes. Subs: C Sheehan for Murphy (9), S Kiely for O’Leary (63), F Lynch for Gould (68), B O’Regan for E Cotter (68).

Dublin: M Savage; P Conlon, M Fitzsimons, P McMahon; H Gill, C O’Sullivan, G Brennan; E Fennell, R McConnell; A Hubbard, M Macauley, P Flynn; D Henry, B Brogan, K McManamon. Subs: K Nolan for Brennan (30), D Kelly for McAuley (h-t), D Magee for McConnell (43), C Keaney for Flynn (48), M McAuley for Fennell (63).

GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final – Sligo 2-10 Kerry 1-7

Sligo defeated Kerry by 2-10 to 1-7 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final on Saturday in Pearse Stadium Galway.

Sligo claim historic Junior title

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sligo’s Junior team made amends somewhat for the disappointing end to their Senior side’s season by claiming the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship title after a 2-10 to 1-7 defeat of Kerry at Pearse Stadium on Saturday. Yeats’ manager and Galway native Kevin Walsh led his adopted county to its first success in the grade since 1935.

David Maye, who finished with 0-8 for Sligo, was the standout performer on the day, while early Kieran Finan and Ciaran McNamara goals helped the winners to a 2-4 to 1-3 half-time lead. Brendan Poff raised a green flag for the Kingdom in response. Kerry’s hopes of staging a comeback after the break were all but ended when they had three men sent off – Brendan Guiney, Michael Murphy and Colin O’Mahony.

Team News

The Kerry Junior team to play Sligo in The All Ireland Junior Final in Pearse stadium in Galway on Saturday next is as follows: 1. Séan Óg O’Ciarubháin, Cordal 2. Gavin O’Connor, Castlegregory 3. Fergal Griffin, Glenbeigh/Glencar 4. Aidan Cahill, Spa 5. Eamon Hickson, Annascaul 6. Adrian Greaney, St. Pats 7. Brendan Guiney, Listowel Emmets 8. Mike Coakley, Scartaglin 9. Don Murphy, Gneeveguilla 10. Michael Murphy, Gneeveguilla 11. Michael O’Donoghue, Spa (Capt) 12. Alan O’Sullivan, Tousist 13. Gary Sayers, Keel 14. Aodán MacGearailt, An Ghaeltacht 15. John Buckley, Currow

Substitutes are as follows:

16. Paul O’Sullivan, Churchill 17. Brendan Poff, St. Pats 18. Brian McGuire, Listowel Emmets 19. Tom McGoldrick, Brosna 20. Alan Fitzgerald, Castlegregory 21. Brian Gleeson, Spa 22. Francis Courtney, Beaufort 23. Colin O’Mahony, Ballydonoghue 24. Daniel Doyle, Churchill 25.Flor McAuliffe, Brosna

Trainer: Kerry O’Sullivan, Currow

Selectors: Tim Dennehy, Castlegregory and Pat Brosnan, Brosna

Bord Gais All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 2-32 Antrim 1-7

Tipperary defeated Antrim by 2-32 to 1-7 in the Bord Gais All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday in O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Tipperary cruise through to U-21 hurling final

From the Breakingnews.ie web site

All-Ireland U-21 HC semi-final

Tipperary 2-32 Antrim 1-7, Tullamore

Tipperary registered 15 wides but it mattered little as they easily saw off the challenge of Antrim in the first of today’s Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship semi-finals at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Corner forward John O’Dwyer was the star of the show, bagging a goal in either half as Tipperary advanced to the showpiece final on September 11. Antrim boss Dinny Cahill got not change from his native county who dominated throughout, with O’Dwyer’s first goal setting Tipperary on their way. O’Dwyer’s spectacular first came in the second quarter, and Tipp pushed into a 1-11 to 0-0 lead before Thomas McCann eventually opened the Saffrons’ account in the 26th minute. The centre-forward’s point was a well-taken score but Tipp continued to dominate up to half-time. Scores arrived from all sectors for the Munster champions, indeed nine players were on target for the Premier County side in the opening half. Brian O’Meara, Patrick and Brendan Maher and O’Dwyer claimed points to power Tipp towards a 1-18 to 0-1 interval lead.

Tipperary manager Ken Hogan could afford to call senior star Noel McGrath ashore at the break. The midfielder had contributed six points during the opening half hour, and was replaced by Adrian Ryan for the second half. Tipperary were hungry for goals and although Cormac Donnelly denied John O’Neill, and Antrim goalkeeper Eoin Gillan blocked John O’Dwyer on the rebound in the 47th minute, a second goal came quickly for Hogan’s youngsters. O’Dwyer sent Tipp into a 2-25 to 0-4 lead with a superb 48th minute ground strike, after Michael Heffernan had played the ball in from the corner. Antrim quickly made amends, with Michael Armstrong doubling on a speculative PJ O’Connell shot, 30 seconds later, for the Ulster side’s only goal. Defender James Campbell and Armstrong (0-2) adding points late on, but Tipp were not going to be reeled in and they comfortably cruised to a 28-point win. For Antrim, it is another crushing blow as their wait for a first ever All-Ireland final appearance at this age grade continues.

Scorers: Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 2-3, N McGrath (0-2f, 0-2 ’65’), M Heffernan 0-6 each, S Carey 0-4, B O’Meara, K Morris 0-3 each, Padraic Maher, B Maher, S Hennessy (0-1f), Patrick Maher, P Murphy, J O’Neill, A Ryan 0-1 each.

Antrim: M Armstrong 1-2, T McCann 0-2, J Campbell, C Carson, D Hamill 0-1 each

TIPPERARY: J Logue; K O’Gorman, J Coghlan, M Cahill; J Barry, Padraig Maher, B Maher; S Hennessy, N McGrath; S Carey, P Murphy, Patrick Maher; M Heffernan, B O’Meara, J O’Dwyer.

Subs used: A Ryan for N McGrath, K Morris for Patrick Maher (both half-time), C Hough for B Maher (39 mins), J O’Neill for Hennessy (41), A Ryan for Carey (49), C Coughlan for O’Gorman (50).

ANTRIM: E Gillan; K Molloy, C Donnelly, S Shannon; L McAuley, M Donnelly, J Campbell; PJ O’Connell, E Laverty; M Devlin, T McCann, C Rocks; M Armstrong, C Carson, D Hamill.

Subs used: G Laverty for McCann (12-13 mins, temp), M Burke for McAuley (39), G Laverty for Rocks (49), N Cunningham for C Donnelly (52), M Lynch for O’Connell (59).

Referee: Tony Carroll (Offaly)

Team News

The Tipperary under 21 hurling team to play Antrim in the All Ireland U-21 semi-final on Saturday afternoon in Tullamore shows no change from the team which defeated Clare in the Munster final. The team is:

1. James Logue (Ballingarry)               
2. Kevin O’Gorman (Thurles Sarsfields)         
3. John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy)          
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)  
5. James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane)
6. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)  Captain
7. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)       
8. Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
9. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)      
10. Seán Carey (Moyle Rovers)                      
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)              
12. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)    
13. Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)         
14. Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg)              
15. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 ‘B’ Championship Semi-Final – Kerry v Fermanagh

Kerry will play Fermanagh in the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 ‘B’ Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 21st at 1:15pm in Pearse Stadium Galway.

Fixture Details

21.08.2010 (Sat)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 ‘B’ Championship Semi-Final

Pearse Stadium 1.15 pm    
Ciarraí v Fear Manach
Referee: Sean Whelan (Loch Garman) 
(E.T. if Necessary)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 3-19 to 1-18 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Sheedy hits right note in ruthless Tipp attack

Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

All-Ireland SHC semi-final

By Martin Breheny for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday August 16 2010

WATERFORD finished with five of their six starting forwards sitting in the stand, a statistic which goes a long way to explaining why their latest attempt to reach the All-Ireland final ran aground on the jagged rocks strategically placed by hard-working Tipperary. John Mullane took the forward battle to Tipperary with as much efficiency as he could muster but was left so short of support that he would be forgiven for ignoring his colleagues on the lonely journey back home last night. It was evident from quite early on that he was very much on his own in terms of being a consistent source of menace against a well-organised Tipperary defence. Davy Fitzgerald’s decision to promote Brian O’Halloran to the starting line-up (he came in for Seamus Prendergast, who was named on the team on Friday night) didn’t work as the youngster found Paul Curran’s power, craft and experience all too much. In fairness to O’Halloran, he needed low deliveries played left and right of him so that he could draw Curran out of position but instead had to make do with high, hanging balls, which were far more suited to his vigilant marker. Prendergast replaced O’Halloran after 22 minutes but that didn’t bring about much improvement either. Indeed, it wasn’t until Ken McGrath was introduced after 51 minutes that Waterford made any real progress against a defence where Curran, Declan Fanning, Padraic Maher and Conor O’Mahony ran the security operation with considerable authority. Further up, Shane McGrath was the dominant presence at midfield, while the attack was quick and slick, frequently stretching Waterford to breaking point. Liam Sheedy’s pre-match switch of Noel McGrath from right corner-forward to centre-forward worked superbly, as did the recall of John O’Brien.

Noel McGrath hurled like a man who was delighted to be liberated from the confines of the corner. He scored five points from  open play while also undermining Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, who has so often been the anchor that held the Waterford defence in place. With Walsh under intense pressure, uncertainty spread through the defence and was ruthlessly exploited by the Tipperary attack. O’Brien, back in favour after doing well as a sub against Galway in the quarter-final, seized his big chance and played himself on to the team for the All-Ireland final by scoring six points from open play in what was probably his best performance at Croke Park. Lar Corbett was hugely productive too, covering acres of ground, bringing colleagues into play with accurate passes, while decorating it all by scoring 1-2.  Eoin Kelly’s radar wasn’t at its sharpest from frees (rather uncharacteristically, he sent four wide) but he more than compensated in open play with two second-half goals. Noel McGrath, O’Brien, Kelly and Corbett scored 3-13 between them from play, which was in sharp contrast to their Waterford counterparts.

Their starting six forwards managed just five points from open play, with three coming from Mullane. It highlighted the extent to which the Waterford attack struggled on a day when their Eoin Kelly made no impression in open play and also missed two frees he would normally stroke over with effortless ease. Despite their problems, Waterford stayed with Tipperary up to the three-quarter mark,  due mainly to the honesty of their efforts and the hard-working ethic, which is a trademark of their game. Indeed, when they reduced the six-point interval deficit (1-11 to 0-8) to only three points (1-12 to 0-12) in the 46th minute, it looked as if they might be heading towards building up a momentum that would compensate for their difficulties in attack.

However, Tipperary’s response was quick and effective. Noel McGrath and Lar Corbett pointed before Eoin Kelly’s poaching instincts took him clear of the Waterford defence as the ball broke off a line cut and he swept it past Clinton Hennessy. It put Tipperary eight points to the good (2-14 to 0-12) after 52 minutes and on their way to another All-Ireland final date with Kilkenny. Waterford won the final quarter by a point (1-6 to 1-5) but Tipperary were in cruise mode for much of it, safe in the knowledge that they weren’t in any danger of being reeled in. Eoin Kelly added their third goal on the hour mark, while Waterford’s consolation goal was scored by substitute Eoin McGrath in the 68th minute.

It really was a frustrating day for Waterford, who faced their first big test after 22 minutes when Corbett took a delivery from Padraic Maher and shot to the net.  Like quite a few other of Tipperary’s scores, it came as a direct result of sloppy play by Waterford as Maher easily picked up a poor clearance out of defence. There were other occasions too when poorly directed passes cost Waterford dearly. Tipperary were far more accurate with their transfers and, with so many of their forwards very much on their game, it was always likely that they would run up a big score. Waterford’s tactic of swarming around midfield never really worked. It left them short-handed close to goal and while Mullane did his best, there was a limit to what he could achieve on his own.

So then, Tipperary are back in the All-Ireland final and another clash with Kilkenny, whom they matched for over an hour last year before being overtaken on the run-in.  Are they better this year? They hadn’t been up to now but there’s no doubt that they moved up a gear yesterday and they will feel that they’re coming good at exactly the right time of the year. They have averaged 3-18 in their two games at Croke Park over the past three weeks, a sizeable return which, if repeated against Kilkenny, would give them a right good chance of capsizing the five-in-a-row boat.  Mind you, it’s most unlikely the attack will get anything like as much room against Kilkenny, the proven experts at closing down opposition forwards.

As for Waterford, it turned into yet another depressing August Sunday at Croke Park. It was their seventh defeat in eight All-Ireland semi-finals since 1998, a disappointing return for a team that has won four Munster titles in the past eight years. It keeps them rooted as a top-four team who just can’t make the breakthrough. They would have thought in advance that a 1-18 return might prove enough but it didn’t come close against a much a more enterprising Tipperary outfit. Besides, 1-3 of Waterford’s return came in the final 10 minutes, by which time Tipperary were already thinking ahead to the final.  One suspects that, had it been closer, the Tipperary defence would have been far more difficult to breach on the home stretch, just as they had been when the game was finely balanced earlier on.

Scorers — Tipperary: E Kelly 2-3 (0-3f), N McGrath 0-7 (0-1f, 0-1 ’65’), J O’Brien 0-6, L Corbett 1-2, S McGrath 0-1. Waterford: E Kelly 0-5 (0-5f), T Browne (0-2f 0-1 ’65’), K McGrath (0-1f), J Mullane 0-3 each, E McGrath 1-0, R Foley, K Moran, S Prendergast, S Molumphy 0-1 each.

Tipperary — B Cummins 7; M Cahill 7, P Curran 8, P Stapleton 6; D Fanning 8, C O’Mahony 8, Padraic Maher 8; B Maher 6, S McGrath 7; G Ryan 5, N McGrath 9, Patrick Maher 6; E Kelly 8, L Corbett 9, J O’Brien 9. Subs: S Callanan 7 for Ryan (50), P Bourke 6 for Patrick Maher (62).

Waterford — C Hennessy 6; E Murphy 5, L Lawlor 5, N Connors 6; T Browne 6, M Walsh 5, D Prendergast 6; S O’Sullivan 5, R Foley 5; S Molumphy 5, K Moran 5, E Kelly 5; J Mullane 9, B O’Halloran 5, S Walsh 5. Subs: S Prendergast 6 for O’Halloran (22), K McGrath 7 for Kelly (51), D Shanahan 5 for Moran (55), E McGrath 7 for S Walsh (55), T Ryan for Molumphy (66).

Ref — J Sexton (Cork)
All action Tipp in mood for final atonement

Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, August 16, 2010

AFTER this, a far more comprehensive All-Ireland semi-final win than the scoreline would suggest, it can be said with certainty – Tipperary are back. Back in another All-Ireland final and back to the kind of form they showed in almost toppling Kilkenny in last year’s decider.  Seems like a long time ago now that this same Tipperary team were suffering something of a crisis against Cork down in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in the first round of the Munster championship.  Yet it was only a few months ago, May 30 to be exact, when they crashed to a 10-point defeat.

After that defeat we were left wondering which was the aberration, that startlingly poor performance, or the heights of last September? Well, now we know. In Tipperary’s subsequent All-Ireland qualifier wins over first Wexford, then Offaly, there were hints; then came the All-Ireland quarter-final and a late, late win over Galway, a victory chiselled from adversity, coming from two points behind in the final minutes to win by one. That win showed character, showed steely determination, vital ingredients in any ambitious side. This one though showed class, real class, a comprehensive beating of a Waterford team that all season had set out its stall to defend, to keep the score down and then count on the likes of their two marquee forwards, John Mullane and free-taker Eoin Kelly, to do just enough for them to win.

Mullane was superb again yesterday, scored three points from play and was fouled for three more, and Eoin contributed five points from placed balls but was well held otherwise by the tenacious Declan Fanning. With no-one else really featuring, however, against an on-fire Tipperary defence in which Paul Curran and Conor O’Mahony were superb, a dominant midfield of Brendan Maher and Shane McGrath, and a sizzling attack that was firing on all cylinders, that wasn’t even nearly enough.  A start-to-finish and front-to-back team performance, everyone contributing, this was a rallying cry for Tipperary, a real return to form.  The first quarter was a battle, the kind of dogfight Waterford wanted, the kind of dogfight they had thrived on in winning Munster, and after 17 minutes they were level, 0-5 apiece.

Already, however, the signs were there. Young Noel McGrath (hard to believe he’s still only 19) was having a field day at centre-forward for Tipp on Waterford’s outstanding defender Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, while John O’Brien – whose selection had caught many by surprise – was causing huge problems in the corner.  All over the field there was a purpose about Tipperary’s play, and Waterford were struggling to contain the Premier men’s pace and power. When the first Tipperary goal did come, however, it was a simple affair. Another huge ball from the Tipperary half-back line by the unchallenged Padraic Maher was plucked from over the head of Waterford full-back Liam Lawlor by Lar Corbett – Clinton Hennessey was given no chance.

That strike put Tipperary five points ahead by the 23rd minute, and though Waterford fought back again, a flurry of points before the break (O’Brien, McGrath and Tipp free-taker Eoin Kelly) saw Tipp, the odds-on favourites, ahead at the break by six (1-11 to 0-8).  Waterford were in trouble and a good start to the second half was needed by the Munster champions. It came too with points from Kelly (two frees), a long-range free by Tony Browne, and a super score by Mullane bringing them back to within a goal of Tipp in the 46th minute (1-12 to 0-12). That was their last hurrah though as points from Noel McGrath (took over the long-range frees from Eoin Kelly) and Lar before the second Tipperary goal. Battling a back injury for the last week, Eoin Kelly was now in another battle, with all the various members of the Waterford inside defence but with Noel Connors particularly. But then a moment of genius. A clever touch on a long McGrath sideline ball, a quick pounce on the break, a first-time ground shot, and Eoin had his first goal to propel Tipperary into an eight-point lead (2-14 to 0-12).

That was the end of it. Oh, there was a third Tipperary goal, Eoin Kelly again, put clear in the 60th minute by the pace and pass of Lar Corbett for an open shot, but the game was already decided.  As they had done on a few successful occasions this season Waterford brought on the cavalry, five of their starting forwards replaced, Big Dan Shanahan and the McGrath brothers, Ken and Eoin, coming in for the final 20 minutes. All too late, even if Ken (3 points) and Eoin (a goal) McGrath did suggest that they had much more to offer.  Overall, a complete team performance for Tipperary in a complete win, and it throws up the prospect of another hotly contested All-Ireland final.  Would anyone have seen that at the end of last May, however? So much can change in less than three months.

Tipperary: Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Paul Curran, Michael Cahill; Declan Fanning, Conor OMahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Shane McGrath (0-1); Gearóid Ryan, Patrick Maher, John O’Brien (0-6); Noel McGrath (0-5), Eoin Kelly (2-5), Lar Corbett (1-2).
Subs: Seamus Callanan, Pa Bourke.

Waterford: Clinton Hennessy; Eoin Murphy, Liam Lawlor, Noel Connors; Tony Browne (0-3), Michael Walsh, Declan Prendergast; Shane O’Sullivan, Richie Foley (0-1); Kevin Moran (0-1), Stephen Molumphy (0-1), Eoin Kelly (0-5); John Mullane (0-3), Shane Walsh, Brian O’Halloran.

Subs: Seamus Prendergast (0-1), Ken McGrath (0-3), Tommy Ryan, Eoin McGrath (1-0).

Referee: J Sexton (Cork)
Tipperary get past Waterford to face Kilkenny in final

From the Breaking News.ie web site

Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

Tipperary will face Kilkenny in the final of the GAA All-Ireland Hurling Senior Championship for the second year in a row after they overcame Waterford at Croke Park today. Goals proved to be the deciding factors for Liam Sheedy’s side, who were fully deserving of their win, benefiting from some astute tactical decisions on the sideline. Noel McGrath was probably Tipp’s brightest star, though captain Eoin Kelly plundered two goals while John O’Brien, Shane McGrath and Padraic Maher also shone. John Mullane showed up well for Waterford but not enough of the rest of their forwards did so, in contrast to Tipp’s attacking division.

After an even opening, Tipp powered ahead to lead at half-time, 1-11 to 0-8, the crucial score coming from Lar Corbett in the 22nd minute, when he caught an excellent Padraic Maher delivery to kick the sliothar past Clinton Hennessy in the Waterford goal. That, and the performances of Noel McGrath and John O’Brien, who scored seven points between them in the opening period, was the difference between the sides. McGrath, playing at centre-forward, was in excellent form as he was involved in a number of scores, curbing the influence of Déise centre-back Michael Walsh in the process. While midfield was even for the most part, Shane McGrath’s display meant that Tipp were shading matters there, but even though some of Waterford’s distribution was poor, Eoin Kelly was on form from frees for the most part while John Mullane also contributed two good points. Paul Curran and Padraic Maher were shining in defence for Tipp, who never trailed in the opening half bar the game’s opening score, from Richie Foley. By the time of the goal, Tipp had forged 0-7 to 0-5 ahead, and though Waterford stayed in touch from there to the break, Tipperary looked that bit sharper, Corbett’s point in injury time meaning that there were six points between the sides at the interval.

A Tony Browne free within a minute of the restart gave Waterford some hope, however, and when Eoin Kelly converted his fourth free the gap was down to four, while his Tipperary namesake was struggling from placed balls, missing three in the opening nine minutes of the second half. O’Brien’s fourth point had put them four ahead again though, but Waterford looked to have the momentum now, Mullane with a fine score and another Kelly free making it 1-12 to 0-12 in the 46th minute. Davy Fitzgerald’s side were defending far better than they had been in the first half, but in attack they were still being made to work hard for their scores, as evidenced by the withdrawal of Eoin Kelly for Ken McGrath in the 51st minute.

At the other end Noel McGrath, having taken over free-taking duties, restored Tipp’s four-point lead before Corbett added a wondrous point, and then came the second goal, Kelly showing brilliant skill to create a chance from Noel McGrath’s sideline. With an eight-point lead, 2-14 to 0-12, Tipp were now fully in command and Waterford went for broke, bringing on Dan Shanahan and Eoin McGrath for Kevin Moran and Shane Walsh. Points from another sub, Ken McGrath, and Stephen Molumphy got them back into it somewhat, but Noel McGrath was in irrepressible form, sending over two points in the space of a minute.

Waterford needed a goal and they almost got it but Mullane’s tame shot was saved by Brendan Cummins and though a Ken McGrath point followed, less than a minute later the game was as good as over, as Eoin Kelly scored his second goal, profiting from a Corbett handpass. Mullane did have another goal chance brilliantly blocked by Cummins while Ken McGrath had a 20m free stopped, and though Tony Browne scored the 65s that resulted from both of those chances, Waterford needed more. They got it when Eoin McGrath flicked the ball past Cummins when a Walsh free floated over the Tipp defence, making it 3-18 to 1-17, and his brother Ken followed that immediately with a point to leave two goals in it as the game entered its final minute of normal time. Tipp were not going to be caught though and O’Brien’s sixth point wrapped things up for them, setting up a rematch with the Cats next month.

TIPPERARY: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath (0-1); G Ryan, N McGrath (0-7, 0-1f, 0-1 65), Patrick Maher; J O’Brien (0-6), L Corbett (1-1), E Kelly (2-3, 0-2f).

Subs: D Young for Fanning (blood, 33-34), S Callanan for Ryan (50), B O’Meara for O’Brien (blood, 54-57), P Bourke for Patrick Maher (62)

WATERFORD: C Hennessy; E Murphy, L Lawlor, N Connors; T Browne (0-3, 0-2 65, 0-1f), M Walsh, D Prendergast; S O’Sullivan, R Foley (0-1); S Molumphy (0-1), K Moran (0-1), E Kelly (0-5f); J Mullane (0-3), B O’Halloran, S Walsh.

Subs: S Prendergast (0-1) for O’Halloran (22), K McGrath (0-3, 0-1f) for Kelly (51), D Shanahan for Moran, E McGrath (1-0) for Walsh (both 54), T Ryan for Molumphy (66)

Referee: J Sexton (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Waterford in the All Ireland senior hurling semi-final against Waterford on Sunday shows one change from the team which defeated Galway in the quarter-final. John O’Brien returns to the team at left half forward in place of his Toomevara clubmate, David Young with Shane McGrath being named in midfield instead of Young.

The team is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Declan Fanning (Killenaule)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

12. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

14. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain

15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)