All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Mayo 1-13 Cork 2-6

Heart and hunger the winners for Mayo

Mayo 1-13 Cork 2-6

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, August 01, 2011

RETAINING All-Ireland titles brings a heavy load but there was something particularly dispiriting about Cork crashing out of the championship yesterday. Like Kerry at the same quarter-final stage last year, they were attempting to win without key personnel. But with the nugget of facing their neighbours on offer, there should have been enough impetus to cross the line. The motivation was there but the fight in the Cork players certainly was gallingly absent as they lost for the first time in the championship in seven years to a team other than the Kingdom. These men who steamrolled a path to the greatest prize last year were the road-kill in yesterday’s second-half, going down to a team that had not won in Croke Park since 2006. When it was put up to them by an ultimately hungrier and more cohesive side, Cork had no answer. Mayo had form for nullifying teams in second-halves albeit with the help of the elements. Galway had been restricted to a solitary point. Roscommon had been held to two.

But Cork? In Croke Park? The All-Ireland champions can now be added to the pile of teams Mayo have shut-out after the half-time break with John Miskella’s 52nd minute fisted point proving to be their only score. Admittedly, they also had six wides and Fintan Goold’s poorly executed goal attempt in the 56th minute after he was put through by Mark Collins was a major turning point. At that stage, Cork had lost the lead for the first time in the game. An Enda Varley free two minutes into the second-half followed by a Rob Hennelly ‘45 brought the sides level, 2-5 to 1-8. Fuelled on momentum and the massive gains they were making in the middle of the park, Alan Dillon finished off Mayo’s best score of the game.

After a number of players had advanced the ball calmly and assuredly down the left wing, the prodigious Cillian O’Connor laid off to Dillon who struck it over with ease. Miskella’s response was absorbed quickly when Keith Higgins sped through before steadying himself and pointing in the 55th minute. What was most disappointing from a Cork point of view was the space and time the corner-back got to take the shot. It put Mayo ahead for the first time — 1-10 to 2-6 — and they didn’t look back. Although Goold had managed to get through, it was obvious even at that early juncture that Cork were running out of ideas.

With their more than deliberate build-up play, Cork were playing into Mayo’s hands. Their power running, which so often compensated for it, never got started. Paddy Kelly, their one true playmaker, was never given the latitude to exert himself on the game but then Cork’s midfield weren’t providing him with much possession either. Unlike last weekend against Down, Donncha O’Connor didn’t get the same level of service and he was finding Tom Cunniffe a sticky marker. At the other end, Michael Shields was finding Andy Moran more than a handful. Indeed, Mayo’s last score in the 65th minute came by way of an O’Connor free after Shields had fouled the Ballaghaderreen man.

Preceding that score, substitute Jason Doherty and O’Connor picked off a point each from play, the net results of some Trojan work around the centre. Granted, Mayo were systematically fouling to keep their foot on Cork’s necks but it was Miskella who lashed out and saw red in the 70th minute to end a torrid day for the champions. And yet it had looked so good for them in the early stages when Mayo were picking up yellow cards — three in the first 24 minutes — and the scores were going over. Ger Cafferkey was the first name to go in Rory Hickey’s book in the fifth minute when he upended O’Connor who couldn’t have tucked away his penalty any better.

The other place-taking O’Connor responded with a free after Moran was fouled by Noel O’Leary. But with Alan O’Connor lording the centre, there was only one team in it. O’Connor and Kerrigan scored from play within seconds of one another and then Goold added a free after Cafferkey illegitimately stopped Fiachra Lynch. Kerrigan then had a goal-bound shot blocked by Higgins but with O’Connor following up with the resultant 45 putting them 1-4 to 0-1 ahead all was looking rosy for Cork. Even when Mayo replied with 1-2 without response, they kept their cool. After an O’Connor free, Kevin McLoughlin tagged on a point and then cut through the Cork cover in the 22nd minute to send the ball hurtling past Alan Quirke and into the net.

Eoin Cadogan and Lynch had been made to look ordinary by the dashing McLoughlin but Cork came up with another of their own when Kerrigan got a glancing touch to a Lynch pass to beat Hennelly three minutes later. But it was Mayo who finished out the half the stronger. Kerrigan’s second point was the only thing Cork had to offer against a couple of O’Connor frees and a point from the brilliant Moran. It did seem at that stage that it was a portent of things to come. But it was.

Scorers for Mayo: C O’Connor 0-6 (5f); K McLoughlin 1-1; A Moran, E Varley (f), R Hennelly (45), A Dillon, K Higgins, J Doherty 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: D O’Connor (1-0 pen, 0-1 45), P Kerrigan 1-2 each; F Goold (f), J Miskella 0-1 each.

Subs for Mayo: J Doherty for Freeman (48); P Gardiner for Freeman (58); R McGarrity for S O’Shea (59); A Campbell for McLoughlin (65); L Keegan for Feeney (71).

Subs for Cork: G Canty for O’Leary (37); M Collins for Lynch (48); N Murphy for A O’Connor (61); D O’Sullivan for Goold (64).

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)


Team News

Cork (SFC v Mayo): A Quirke; E Cotter, M Shields, E Cadogan; N O’Leary, J Miskella, P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, P Kelly, P O’Neill; D O’Connor, N Murphy, P Kerrigan.

Mayo (SF v Cork): R Hennelly; K Higgins, G Cafferkey, T Cunniffe; R Feeney, D Vaughan, T Mortimer; A O’Shea, S O’Shea; K McLoughlin, A Dillon, A Moran; E Varley, A Freeman, C O’Connor.

Match Preview

They meet in the championship for the first time since 2002 when Cork won an All-Ireland quarter-final by 0-16 to 1-10. Despite being top counties down through GAA history, they have met rather infrequently in the championship – in fact next Sunday’s will be only the 10th clash between them, with the score standing at 7-2 to Cork from the previous nine. Cork won in 1901-06-07-89-93-99-2002 while Mayo’s two successes came in 1916 when they won the All-Ireland semi-final.

They beat Cork by 1-2 to 0-2 first time out but, following a Cork objection, the match was re-fixed, with Mayo again winning, this time on a 1-2 to 1-1 scoreline. The most recent competitive clash between Mayo and Cork was in the Allianz Football League on April 3 last when Mayo won by 1-13 to 0-14 in Castlebar. Alan Dillon (0-5) and Jason Doherty (1-1) were Mayo’s top scorers while Daniel Goulding (0-7) was Cork’s main marksman.

Cork are back in the quarter-finals for the seventh successive year and for the eighth time in all. Cork have a 100 per cent record, winning all seven previous quarter-finals in 2002-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009-2010. Mayo last reached the quarter-finals in 2009 where they lost to Meath.

Paths to the quarter-final


Mayo 0-19 London 2-10 (Connacht quarter-final)

Mayo 1-12 Galway 1-6 (Connacht semi-final)

Mayo 0-13 Roscommon 0-11 (Connacht final)

Average For: 1-16 Average Against: 1-9

Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)

Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8 (Munster semi-final)

Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 (Munster final)

Cork 2-20 Down 0-14 (Qualifier Round 4)

Average For: 2-19; Average Against: 1-12

Last five Championship Clashes

2002: Cork 0-16 Mayo 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

1999: Cork 2-12 Mayo 0-12 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1993: Cork 5-15 Mayo 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1989: Cork 0-17 Mayo 1-11 (All-Ireland final)

1916: Mayo 1-2 Cork 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Previous Quarter-final appearances


2009: Meath 2-15 Mayo 1-15

2006: Mayo 0-14 Laois 0-11 (replay)

2006: Mayo 0-15 Laois 0-15 (draw)

2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18

2004: Mayo 0-16 Tyrone 1-9

2002: Cork 0-16 Mayo 1-10

Played 6, Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 3.


2010: Cork 1-16 Roscommon 0-10

2009: Cork 1-27 Donegal 2-10

2008: Cork 2-11 Kildare 1-11

2007: Cork 1-11 Sligo 0-8

2006: Cork 1-11 Donegal 1-10

2005: Cork 2-14 Galway 2-11

2002: Cork 0-16 Mayo 1-10

Played 7, Won 7

All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-20 Limerick 0-10

Just routine as Kerry set up Mayo clash

Kerry 1-20 Limerick 0-10

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

THE only source of surprise from Kerry’s All-Ireland Croke Park outing came long after the final whistle had blown as Mayo knocked All-Ireland champions Cork out of the race for Sam Maguire. Kerry’s tie with Limerick followed predictable lines as they eased to a 13-point victory thanks to their superior array of attacking options and highly disciplined defending. It was a routine win for Jack O’Connor’s side and there was never a sense that this last eight outing would prove to be the graveyard for their ambitions for the second successive year. But instead of reacquainting themselves with their Munster rivals in three weeks time, they must now face another county who they have held a hex over on big days at GAA headquarters.

For the first time this season in championship, Kerry will face a team from outside their province with the level of organisation and resilience displayed by Mayo bound to focus their minds before August 21. An emphatic 13-point success suggests Kerry’s game is in perfect working order yet there are plenty of things that Jack O’Connor will seek to brush up on before the last four showdown. O’Connor rightly pointed out afterwards that there was a distinct lack of sharpness in their play at times and they tended to become too elaborate at stages in their passing movements up front.

Some of that can be attributed to the four-week layoff since the Munster final and to still triumph so comfortably on an afternoon when attacking stars like Kieran Donaghy and Colm Cooper were largely peripheral figures will provide its own satisfaction for the Kerry camp. Of greater concern for Kerry was the sight of Darran O’Sullivan exiting before half-time, as he clutched his hamstring and limped off the pitch. The Glenbeigh-Glencar man will be anxious to regain fitness before the semi-final and those views will be shared by his team-mates and supporters. O’Sullivan has been in electric form this season and after looking to have sewn up the goal-of-the-season accolade with his strike in the Munster final, he managed to register a better one here. Bryan Sheehan’s fist pass towards him in the 28th minute came at an awkward low height but O’Sullivan, rushing in towards goal, adjusted his body superbly to produce an outrageous flick with his right foot and the send the ball nestling in the bottom corner. It was reminiscent of Gianfranco Zola’s effort against Norwich City in an FA Cup tie back in 2002 and was a rare moment of illumination in a humdrum encounter.

Limerick battled valiantly throughout but as manager Maurice Horan conceded afterwards, Kerry provided a superior level of opposition to that which they have faced in the qualifiers in recent weeks. Their cause was not helped by the continuation of the injury streak that has plagued them throughout this campaign. Stephen Lucey, parachuted in before throw-in, was gone after eight minutes while John Cooke had to retire at the break. Johnny McCarthy produced his customary level of excellence at the back, youngsters like John Riordan and Seamus O’Carroll demonstrated again that they are adapting to the senior game while Stephen Kelly provided flashes of attacking inspiration with some fine points from play.

But ultimately this was a game that Kerry were the masters of. They kept Limerick scoreless for the first 16 minutes of the game and were 1-8 to 0-4 to the good at the break. The Shannonsiders briefly rallied early in the second-half as they rattled over three quick points courtesy of a Kelly brace and a neat point by Ger Collins. Yet Kerry simply stepped up the gears after that and demonstrated their superiority once more. Their defence was excellent. Marc Ó Sé had another outstanding outing as he held Ian Ryan scoreless from play while outside him older brother Tomás slipped seamlessly back into the inter-county game after being sidelined for the past two months through suspension. O’Connor will also have been glad to see Paul Galvin get badly-needed game time in attack while the performance of Sheehan around midfield silenced some of his critics. That sector has been a worry for Kerry of late but Sheehan grafted well in the physical exchanges, frequently claimed clean possession in the air and potted his placed balls with typical efficiency.

Limerick’s hopes of fighting their way back into contention were dependent on grabbing a goal to ignite their challenge. An errant Aidan O’Mahony pass almost handed them a chance in the early exchanges but Kelly found the side-netting with his close range shot. A couple of other chances flew just over the crossbar but in general Kerry never afforded them the latitude to cut loose. After Limerick trimmed the gap to four points by the 39th minute, the Munster champions responded decisively by registering seven of the game’s next eight points. They were never in danger of being tripped up then. Their semi-final place was assured before the finish yet the identity of their opponents will generate fresh intrigue.

Scorers for Kerry: Darran O’Sullivan 1-3, B Sheehan 0-6 (0-4f, 0-1 ‘45), C Cooper 0-3 (0-1f), Declan O’Sullivan, T Ó’Sé 0-2 each, K Young, A Maher, K Donaghy, J O’Donoghue 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: S Kelly 0-4, I Ryan 0-2 (0-2f), G Collins, S O’Carroll, B Scanlon (0-1f), J Riordan 0-1 each.

Subs for Kerry: K O’Leary for Darran O’Sullivan (inj) (32), S Enright for O’Mahony (49), S Scanlon for Maher (62), D Bohane for Brosnan (62), J O’Donoghue for Galvin (62).

Subs for Limerick: M O’Riordan for Lucey (inj) (8), J Mullane for Cooke (inj) (half-time), J O’Donovan for Gallagher (half-time), B Fitzpatrick for O’Riordan (59), E Hogan for Mullane (62).

Referee: Pat McEnaney (Monaghan)


Team News

The Kerry team to play Limerick in The All Ireland Quarter Final on Sunday next the 31st July at 2pm in Croke Park is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy, (Kilcummin)

2.Killian Young (Renard) 3 Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) 4 Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore)

5. Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltact) 6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr. Crokes) 7. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

8. Anthony Maher (Duagh) 9.Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s)

10. Paul Galvin (Finuge) 11. Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada) 12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane),

13. Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes) Captain 14 Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks) 15. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

Subs: 16. Tomás Mac a t’Saoir (An Ghaeltacht) 17. Shane Enright (Tarbert) 18. Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes) 19. Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks) 20. Michéal Quirke (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 21. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 22. Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmett’s) 23. Séamus Scanlon (Currow) 24. Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin) 25. Niall O’Mahony (Spa) and (26) James O’Donoghue (Legion)

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Physical Coach: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Coach: Donie Buckley (Castleisland Desmonds)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) & Diarmuid Murphy (Daingean Uí Chúis)


1. Brian Scanlon Gerald Griffin’s.

2. Tommy Stack Dromcollogher-Broadford.

3. Shane Gallagher Ballysteen.

4. Stephen Lavin Adare.

5. John Riordan Fr. Casey’s.

6. Johnny McCarthy St. Kierans.

7. Pa Ranahan Ballysteen.

8. Seanie Buckley Dromcollogher-Broadford.

9. Jim O’ Donovan St. Kierans.

10. Stephen Kelly Newcastlewest.

11. John Mullane St. Patrick’s.

12. Mike Sheehan Fr. Casey’s.

13. Ger Collins Monaleen.

14. Seamus O Carroll Cappagh.

15. Ian Ryan St. Senan’s

Match Preview

They meet for the second time in this year’s championship, with Kerry having won the Munster semi-final easily (1-26 to 3-9) in the Gaelic Grounds on June 4. Kerry raced into a lead of 1-10 to 0-1 after 30 minutes before Limerick rallied to trail by 1-10 to 1-4 at half-time. However, they had left themselves with far too much to do and while they scored 2-5 in the second half, Kerry added 16 points. Colm Cooper (0-7), Darran O’Sullivan (1-3) and Declan O’Sullivan (0-4) were top scorers for Kerry while Ger Collins (1-4) was Limerick’s main marksman.

Kerry have reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals every year since the new championship system was introduced in 2001. Their only defeat came last year when they lost to Down by six points. Limerick are in the quarter-finals for the first time.

Paths to the quarter-final


Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)

Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9 (Munster semi-final)

Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 (Munster final)

Average For: 1-20; Average Against: 1-12


Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9 (Munster semi-final)

Limerick 3-13 Offaly 0-15 (Qualifiers R2)

Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-9 (Qualifiers R3)

Limerick 1-18 Wexford 1-17 (Qualifiers R4)

Average For: 2-13; Average Against: 1-16

Last Five Championship Clashes

2011: Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9 (Munster semi-final)

2010: Kerry 1-17 Limerick 1-14 (Munster final)

2005: Kerry 2-10 Limerick 0-10 (Munster semi-final)

2004: Kerry 3-10 Limerick 2-9 (Munster final) Replay

2004: Kerry 1-10 Limerick 1-10 (Munster final) Draw

Previous Quarter final appearances


2010: Down 1-16 Kerry 1-10

2009: Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7

2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16

2007: Kerry 1-12 Monaghan 1-11

2006: Kerry 3-15 Armagh 1-13

2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18

2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8

2003: Kerry 1-21 Roscommon 3-10

2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12

2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (replay)

2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (draw)

Played 11, Won 9, Drew 1, Lost 1

All Ireland Poc Fada Championships 2011

Brendan Cummins secured the 2011 Poc Fada Craobh na hEireann title on Annaverna mountains in Cooley, County Louth. Tipperary’s All Star goalkeeper went around the 5km mountain course in 50 pucks. A delighted Cummins won by a four-puck margin over 2010 Poc Fada champion Graham Clarke of Down. Cummins said afterwards that the all Ireland title, in this the 50th year of the contest, ranked special to him. Cummins along with Down’s Karol Keating claimed the Comortas Beirte (Pairs) title with a combined score of 108 pucks.

Round-up from the web site


The All-Ireland Poc Fada competition will take place on Saturday July 30th on the Cooley Mountains.

An Poc Fada – The Competition

The Poc Fada All Ireland Finals Championship is the only national contest for individual players of both Camogie & Hurling competing in their relevant categories. Since 2006 they must qualify via County and Provincial finals (prior to 2006 Counties could nominate players to compete in the Provincial finals).

At present there are four categories

Seniors, Camogie, Boys U16 and the Comórtas Beirte (Pairs – Senior Hurlers).


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Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final – Limerick 2-19 Clare 1-15

Deadly Downes drives Limerick

Limerick 2-19 Clare 1-15

By Diarmuid O’Flynn, Cusack Park Ennis for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

IN perfect summer conditions, a powerful Limerick side proved too strong for Clare in Cusack Park yesterday as they booked their place against Cork in next Wednesday’s Munster Under-21 hurling final. When Limerick step out onto their home turf in the Gaelic Grounds next week it will be for their first Munster decider since 2002 and the heady days of the All-Ireland three-in-a-row. Limerick had entered the game as underdogs but inspired by the contributions of senior stars Kevin Downes and Declan Hannon up front belied that tag with a performance of subtlety, pace and power. All over the pitch they were sharper, faster, hungrier and from first whistle to last always looked the more likely winners.

Playing into a slight breeze, the visitors had the ideal start, a goal within two minutes from flying corner-forward Michael Ryan, and by the 10th minute had increased that lead to six points, 1-4 to 0-1, courtesy of points from midfielder Seán O’Brien (two), Shane Dowling and Ryan, Clare’s reply coming from their speedster in the corner, Paudge Collins. The next 10 minutes saw Clare on top, a regular supply of good ball to the attack resulting in points from senior stars Conor McGrath (two) and Cathal McInerney (another senior) and fellow half-forward Tony Kelly, this year’s minor captain. Cue the entry of Kevin Downes, and after a quiet start the powerful youngster, who still has two years left at this level, began to assert himself on the edge of the square. He helped himself to three well-taken points before the break and that, together with points from Ryan, William Griffin and Niall Kennedy, was enough to see Limerick seven points ahead at half time, 1-10 to 0-6, and with the breeze behind them in the second half.

On the resumption it was Clare now with the better start, half-time substitute David O’Halloran with a point inside a minute. McInerney then powered a shot past Limerick keeper Aaron Murphy from close range after a pass from the ultra-dangerous McGrath, followed by a Tony Kelly point. Suddenly it was all back in the melting-pot, 1-10 to 1-8. Minor Shane Dowling ! settled Limerick nerves with a fine point after a huge Murphy puck-out and, using their superior size and power, gradually the visitors began again to impose themselves. Points from long-range free-taking midfielder Conor Allis, Hannon and Dowling (two) soon had them back in the driving-seat and when Downes robbed full-back and Clare captain Patrick O’Connor on the end-line in the 50th minute and batted to the net to make it 2-16 to 1-11, it was all but over.

Clare fought to the finish, the flying O’Halloran and Conor McGrath constantly probing for a weakness in the Limerick defence — they found none. Full-back Patrick Begley was immense, corner-backs Alan Dempsey and Steve O’Reilly fast and sure when attacking the ball and emergency centre-back Cian Hayes — filling in for domestic accident victim James O’Brien — commanded the middle. Limerick also had to do without senior star Graeme Mulcahy, forced to cry off after suffering a shoulder injury in last Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final loss to Waterford. This was an impressive win for Limerick as manager Leo O’Connor’s charges maintained the 2011 good news story for the Treaty county hurlers for another week at least. On the basis of this display Cork had best be on their guard.

Scorers for Limerick: K Downes 1-4; M Ryan 1-2; S Dowling 0-4 (2f); C Allis 0-3 (1f, 2 65s); S O’Brien 0-2; W Griffin, N Kennedy, D Hannon, M Carmody 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C McGrath 0-5 (3f, 1 65); C McInerney 1-1; T Kelly 0-3; D O’Halloran 0-3; L Markham 0-2; P Collins 0-1.

LIMERICK: A Murphy; A Dempsey, P Begley, S O’Reilly; C McNamara, C Hayes, T O’Callaghan; C Allis, S O’Brien; S Dowling, D Hannon, N Kennedy; M Ryan, K Downes, W Griffin.

Subs: B Cleary for O’Callaghan (41); M Carmody for Griffin (44); S Madden for Ryan (61); B O’Connor for McNamara (59); T Fleming for Downes (62).

CLARE: K Brennan; D Nash, P O’Connor, P Flanagan; K Ryan, C Chaplin, S O’Halloran; C Ryan, L Markham; C McInerney, S Golden, T Kelly; P Collins, C McGrath, F Kennedy.

Subs: D O’Halloran for C Ryan (30); A Lynch for Kennedy (30); J Fennessey for Golden (41).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Team News

Clare — K Brennan; D Nash, P O’Connor, P Flanagan; K Ryan, C Chaplin, S O’Halloran; L Markham, C Ryan; S Golden, C McInerney, T Kelly; P Collins, F Kennedy, C McGrath

Limerick – TBC

For the Record

Clare Limerick
2011 Team Management John Minogue (Manager);
Cyril Lyons (Selector),
Sean O’Halloran (Selector), Alan Dunne (Selector)
Leo O’Connor (Claughaun – Manager); Pat Davern (Ballybrown – Selector); John Kiely (Galbally – Selector);
Pat Donnelly
(South Liberties – Selector)
2011 Team Captain TBC Kevin Downes
(Na Piarsaigh)
2010 Championship Performance Clare defeated Limerick in the Munster Semi-Final before losing to Tipperary by 1-22 to 1-17 in the Munster Final at Semple Stadium Thurles Limerick lost to Clare by 1-15 to 1-12 in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick in the Munster Semi-Final.
Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles 1 5
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling  Title 2009 2002
Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship Record since 2000 Played – 16
Won – 6
Lost – 10
Drawn – 0
Played – 21
Won – 11
Lost – 8
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship July 14th 2010 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Clare 1-15 Limerick 1-12 (Munster Semi-Final) – a late Darach Honan goal ensured Clare defeated Limerick by 3 points.
What happened 3 years ago? 

2008 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round-up

Clare defeated Cork by 2-17 to 2-16 in the first round at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Two months later, Clare lost the Munster Semi-Final to Tipperary by 2-12 to 1-10 at Thurles. Limerick lost to Tipperary by 3-21 to 1-12 in the first round at Thurles before bowing out to Cork in the Semi-Final playoff by 0-23 to 1-11 in Pairc Ui Chaoimh




Wednesday June 1st

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 4-12 Waterford 1-16



Friday July 15th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Cork v Tipperary 7:30pm

Tuesday July 26th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare v Limerick 7:30pm

Wednesday August 3rd

Venue Permutations as follows –

@ Cusack Park Ennis                                    Clare v Tipperary                                                        7:30pm
@ Cusack Park Ennis                                    Clare v Cork                                                               7:30pm
@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick               Limerick v Tipperary                                                   7:30pm
@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick               Limerick v Cork                                                          7:30pm

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (20) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Cork (18) – 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007

Limerick (5) – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002

Waterford (3) – 1974, 1992, 1994

Clare (1) – 2009

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1964 –

Munster Under 21 Hurling Cup

Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship

In the Under 21 Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts along with Kilkenny with 11 titles. Tipperary are joint-third with 9 titles, tied with Galway. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade while Waterford and Clare have 1 title each.

2011 Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling

Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 4-12 Waterford 1-16 – June 1st @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary – P Ryan; C Haugh, K O’Gorman, S Maher; B Stapleton, J Barry, P Heffernan; N McGrath, J Gallagher; S Curran, P Murphy, A Ryan; J O’Neill, B O’Meara, J O’Dwyer.
Subs: S O’Brien for Barry (inj, h-t), A McCormack for Ryan (39), M Sheedy for Curran (56).

Waterford – S O’Keeffe; J Barron, D Fives, N Connors; P Prendergast, Philip Mahony, S Daniels; S Roche, A Brophy; E Murphy, Pauric Mahony, M O’Neill; B O’Sullivan, M Shanahan, J Dillon.
Subs: O Whelan for O’Neill (h-t), O Connors for Brophy (47), E Madigan for Murphy (inj 56).

Referee – Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

2011 Top Scorers – Bord Gais Energy
Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship

John O’Neill (Tipperary) 2-2

Brian O’Sullivan (Waterford ) 1-4

Pauric Mahony (Waterford) 0-6 frees
Noel McGrath (Tipperary) 1-1 (1-0 penalty)
Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) 0-4

Sean Curran (Tipperary) 1-0
Adrian Ryan (Tipperary) 0-3
John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Brian Stapleton (Tipperary), Paddy Murphy (Tipperary), Brian O’Meara (Tipperary), Mike Sheedy (Tipperary), Jake Dillon (Waterford), Owen Connors (Waterford) 0-1 each

Odds and Ends

Waterford had 10 points to spare over Tipperary in the 2009 Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final at Fraher Field Dungarvan. 14 months later, 8 of the Tipperary team played in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling defeat over Kilkenny – Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill, Brendan Maher, Seamus Hennessy, Gearoid Ryan, Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan and Patrick Maher. 7 other Tipperary hurlers who played that night are members of the 2011 Tipperary Senior Hurling panel – namely Pa Bourke, John O’Neill, Shane Bourke, John O’Keeffe, Sean Carey, Michael Heffernan and John Coghlan. By contrast, Noel Connors was the only Waterford player to start for Waterford in the 2010 Munster Final and Replay while Maurice Shanahan and Shane Casey made brief substitute appearances.

Shane O’Neill captained Cork to Munster Under 21 Hurling success, their last title at this grade. Shane is the Cork Senior Hurling captain for 2011. The Cork team included Eoin Cadogan, Pat Cronin, Cathal Naughton and Pat Horgan.

Waterford’s last Munster Under 21 Hurling title came in 1994 with James O’Connor as Captain. Tony Browne lined out at centre-back while Paul Flynn was corner-forward.

Tipperary have played in 28 finals, winning 20. Cork have contested 27 finals, being successful 18 times. Waterford have qualified for just 6 of the 47 finals played to date, winning 3. Limerick’s records is Played 16, Won 5, Lost 11. Finally, Clare lost 11 finals before winning their first in 2009 before going on to lose the 2010 final to Tipperary.

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13

Waterford atone in style to claim semi-final place

From the web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final

Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13

On a redemptive day for Waterford hurling, Davy Fitzgerald’s side reached the semi-finals of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship with a 10-point defeat of Galway at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Just two weeks after suffering the humiliation of a seven-goal loss in the Munster final, Waterford completely outplayed Galway with a performance full of passion and desire to reach the last four of the Championship, where they will play Kilkenny. “We got two weeks to make up for it and get back. We worked very hard and we didn’t do ourselves justice in the semi-final,” said an emotional Waterford boss Fitzgerald afterwards. “I think today we went out and showed what we are really about. I am just delighted for the boys. It’s nothing to do with me; it’s the boys who went out on the field and did the business. They played with heart and courage and hats off to them.”

The Déise scored goals in the first and the very last minutes of the game, Shane Walsh hitting the back of the net at the start of the game and substitute Tommy Ryan completing the rout with a 73rd minute effort. Waterford led 1-9 to 1-7 at the break and then hit five points without reply on the resumption of play to take complete control of the game. Although Aidan Harte did grab a goal back for Galway in added time, the Déise were never in any danger of losing this game. Waterford needed a good start after the dispiriting mauling they suffered in the Munster final – and they got exactly that when Shane Walsh stunned Galway by snaffling the first goal of the game in the opening minute. The Déise were awarded a 21-yard free and Eoin Kelly, as is his wont, went straight for goal, and when his shot was blocked Walsh was on hand to tap home the rebound. Further scores from Kevin Moran and a Pauric Mahony free ensured Waterford hammered home their early superiority to lead by 1-2 to 0-0 after just five minutes.

Andy Smith finally got Galway off the mark in the sixth minute and John McIntyre’s men got a foothold in the game, as Ger Farragher, Iarla Tannian and Joe Canning all found the target from play. Galway were ahead by the 18th minute, when they were awarded a penalty after Tannian was fouled in the square, having been pulled back by Liam Lawlor when he was bearing down on goal. Canning stepped up to take the penalty and his low strike gave the Déise defence no chance. After a poor start to the game, Galway were suddenly ahead, 1-5 to 1-4, but Fitzgerald’s side reasserted their grip on the game with points from Mullane and Shane Walsh, who was causing all sorts of problems for the Galway defence.

When Canning levelled things up on 22 minutes with his second from play, the game, for some reason, went through a 10-minute spell without a score, as Galway squandered possession and Waterford began to rack up wides, looking over-anxious to make up for the Munster final defeat two weeks ago. Moran ended that dull spell with a point from play, before Shane Walsh and a Mahony free in added time gave Waterford a tidy advantage at the break, 1-9 to 1-7. That gap had increased to six by the 42nd minute, as Waterford hit five points in succession on the resumption of play. Three Mahony frees were added to by efforts from play from Eoin Kelly and Shane Walsh.

Canning got Galway off the mark in the second half in the 45th minute, but the Tribesmen were struggling badly in every area of the field and the Portuman man was not getting any sort of decent service in the full-forward line. Galway manager John McIntyre brought Cyril Donnellan and Kevin Hynes on in order to shake things up, but Canning aside, Galway appeared to have already resigned themselves to yet another defeat at the quarter-final stage of the All-Ireland Championship.

As close as they came to a comeback in the second half was when they closed the gap to six points thanks to a Barry Daly point from play with six minutes left. However, any thoughts of a comeback were quickly smothered when Stephen Molumphy scores two points in succession from play and Shane Walsh brought his tally to 1-4. Daly, a second half sub, then forced Waterford goalkeeper Clinton Hennessy into an incredible, flying save, before his goal was breached for a second time, when Harte let fly from distance a minute into added time. However, Waterford’s afternoon would end on the high note it deserved, as Tommy Ryan left a clear 10 points between the sides with a well-taken goal seconds after he had been brought on in place of John Mullane.

Galway Scorers: A Smith 0-1, J Regan 0-1, T Regan 0-1 (0-1 ’65) G Farragher 0-2, I Tannian 0-1, J Canning 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), B Daly 0-1, A Harte 1-0.

Waterford Scorers: S Walsh 1-4, K Moran 0-3, P Mahony 0-7 (0-7f), S Molumphy 0-3, J Mullane 0-3, E Kelly 0-1, S O’Sullivan 0-1, S Prendergast 0-1, T Ryan 1-0.

Waterford: C Hennessy; D Fives, L Lawlor, N, Connors; T Browne, N Walsh, K Moran; D O’Sullivan, S Molumphy; E Kelly, S O’Sullivan, P Mahony; J Mullane, S Walsh, S Prendergast. Subs: R Foley for E Kelly (65), S Casey for S Prendergast (70), D Prendergast for T Browne (71), T Ryan for J Mullane (72)

Galway: J Skehill; F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Collins; D Barry, T Óg Regan, A Cullinane; A Smith, D Burke; J Gantley, G Farraher, I Tannian; D Hayes, J Canning, J Regan. Subs: C Donnellan for J Gantley (40), K Hynes for D Barry (43), J Lee for A Cullinane (47), B Daly for A Smith (53), A Harte for D Burke (61)

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

Attendance: 33,535


Match Preview

Waterford are bidding to reach the All-Ireland semi-final for a fourth successive year while Galway last reached the semi-final in 2005 where they beat Kilkenny. Waterford have never lost to Galway in the championship, having won all nine previous contests. They last met in the championship two years ago when Waterford won a quarter-final by a point, 1-16 to 0-18.

Paths to the Quarter-final


Galway 4-17 Westmeath 2-14

Dublin 0-19 Galway 2-7

Galway 4-25 Clare 0-20

Galway 2-23 Cork 1-14

Average For: 3-18; Average Against: 1-16

Top Galway Scorers

Joe Canning………..2-25

Damien Hayes…….2-10

Cyril Donnellan…..4-1


Waterford 3-15 Limerick 3-14

Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19

Average For: 1-19 Average Against: 5-17

Top Waterford Scorers

Pauric O’Mahony….0-20

John Mullane………..2-2

Shane Walsh………….1-2

Last Five Championship Clashes

2009 – Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2006 – Waterford 1-25 Galway 2-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

1998 – Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

1966 – Waterford 2-16 Galway 1-9 (Munster championship)

1960 – Waterford 9-8 Galway 4-8 (Munster championship)

Previous All-Ireland Quarter-final appearance


2009: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15

2007: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (replay)

2007: Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (draw)

2006: Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-13

2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13

1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10

Played 7, Won 5, Lost 2.


2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16

2009: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

2007: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 1-18

2006: Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 3-14

2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18

2002: Clare 1-15 Galway 1-14

2001: Galway 4-23 Derry 1-11

2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15

1999: Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (Replay)

1999: Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (Draw)

1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10

1997: Kilkenny 4-15 Galway 3-16

1996: Galway 4-22 New York 0-8

1994: Galway 2-21 Roscommon 2-6

1992: Galway 4-19 Carlow 3-9

1990: Galway 1-23 London 2-11

1988: Galway 4-30 London 2-8

1986: Galway 4-24 Kerry 1-3

1984: Galway 2-17 Westmeath 2-8

1983: Galway 3-22 Antrim 2-5

1982: Galway 6-19 Antrim 3-12

1981: Galway 6-23 Antrim 3-11

1980: Galway 5-15 Kildare 1-11

1979: Galway 1-23 Laois 3-10

1978: Galway 4-19 Antrim 3-10

1976: Galway 3-12 Kerry 3-9

1975: Galway 6-14 Westmeath 1-8

1974: Galway 3-13 London 0-6

1973: London 4-7 Galway 3-5

1972: Galway 7-16 Antrim 4-7

1971: Galway 7-24 Antrim 1-8

Played 31, Won 21, Lost 9, Drew 1.


2000 All-Ireland Quarter-final

Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

Waterford: Clinton Hennessy; Eoin Murphy, Aidan Kearney, Noel Connors; Tony Browne, Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, Declan Prendergast; Jamie Nagle, Shane O’Sullivan; Kevin Moran (0-2), Stephen Molumphy, Seamus Prendergast (0-1); Shane Casey, John Mullane (0-1), Eoin Kelly (0-12).
Subs: Maurice Shanahan for Nagle; Shane Walsh (1-0) for Casey; Dan Shanahan for Moran.

Galway: Colm Callanan; Fergal Moore, Eugene McEntee, Ollie Canning; Damien Joyce, John Lee, Eoin Lynch; Ger Farragher (0-2), Kevin Hynes; Aonghus Callanan (0-2), Cyril Donnellan, Andy Smith (0-1); Damien Hayes (0-3), Joe Canning (0-9); Niall Healy.
Subs: Joe Gantley (0-1) for Healy; Kevin Hayes for Donnellan; Alan Kerins for Smith.

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Dublin 3-13 Limerick 0-18

O’Dwyer hat-trick inspires Dublin

From the web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Champions Quarter-Final

Dublin 3-13 Limerick 0-18

Dublin have qualified for the semi-finals of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship for the first time since 1948 following a 3-13 to 0-18 defeat of Limerick at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday afternoon. Ryan O’Dwyer claimed a first-half hat-trick and added two points from play as the Dubs hung on for a famous win in the second half despite a strong Limerick comeback. O’Dwyer’s heroics gave the Dubs a 3-6 to 0-10 half-time lead, but Donal O’Grady’s side had pared that advantage back to just two points with eight minutes remaining. However, the Allianz Hurling League champions showed tremendous composure in the closing stages to hit the final two points of the game, Shane Ryan and O’Dwyer on target, to ease to a four-point win.

Limerick, though, will rue the fact that they hit an alarming 15 wides throughout the game and failed to take an abundance of chances in the second half especially. They were also in defensive disarray in the first 24 minutes, as O’Dwyer ran riot at full-forward, scoring three goals, before a defensive reshuffle from manager Donal O’Grady settled them at the back. Declan Hannon hit 0-11 of Limerick’s total, but Donal O’Grady and Kevin Downes were the only other green-clad players to get on the scoresheet from play. Two frees from Brian Geary in the first four minutes gave Limerick the perfect start, but O’Dwyer struck for the first of his three goals in the fifth minute, pouncing on a loose ball after Tom Condon had slipped and sweeping a shot past Nicky Quaid. Paul Ryan tagged on a free immediately to hammer home that early advantage.

However, Hannon was having some luck in picking up breaking ball in the half-forward line for Limerick and he picked off two points from play before Dublin struck for a second goal. Donal O’Grady’s side were struggling at the back, especially with the aggressive Tipperary man, who took a brilliant crossfield pass from Alan McCrabbe 13 yards out and fired a shot high and beyond Quaid. Two more frees and a pair of points from play from Liam Rushe and O’Dwyer put Dublin two points clear before Limerick centre-back Brian Geary, who had struggled with the pace of Alan McCrabbe on the ’40, had his pocket picked and was stripped of the ball. McCrabbe bore down on goal but his shot was saved and O’Dwyer was on hand once again to finish smartly to complete his hat-trick.

A minute earlier, Dublin goalkeeper Gary Maguire had denied Seán Tobin with a brilliant save, but Dublin appeared to be getting all the breaks in the first-half. O’Grady, the Limerick manager, recognised that there was a little more than bad luck involved and immediately substituted Geary, with Stephen Walsh coming on in his place. Nine points down, Limerick needed a response before the break to avoid a chastening second half. They got it. Three placed balls from Hannon and Kevin Downes’ first of the afternoon ensured they hit four points without reply and had shaved the deficit back to a more manageable six points at half-time, 3-6 to 0-10.

Limerick started the second half with a bang, captain O’Mahoney and Hannon (2) reducing the gap all the way back to two points within three minutes of the restart. The Treaty men has hit seven without reply and Dublin appeared to be in grave trouble. However, two Paul Ryan frees steadied Dublin, although it was clear that McCrabbe was having less of an influence and he was taken off after 44 minutes. Limerick, despite an abundance of possession, could never quite reel Dublin back in, as David O’Callaghan and Ryan managed to find scores against the run of play. When the Limerick skipper O’Mahoney sent over a free in the 62nd minute, the gap was back down to two, but O’Dwyer brought his tally to 3-2 with a fine score from play and former footballer Shane Ryan knocked over the insurance score in added time.

Limerick Scorers: B Geary 0-2 (0-2f), D Hannon 0-11 (0-4f, 0-1 ‘65), D O’Grady 0-1, K Downes 0-2, G O’Mahoney 0-2 (0-2f)

Dublin Scorers: R O’Dwyer 3-2, P Ryan 0-8 (0-6f), L Rushe 0-1, D O’Callaghan 0-1, S Ryan 0-1.

Dublin: G Maguire, N Corcoran, P Kelly, P Schutte, J Boland, L Rushe, S Durkin, J McCaffrey, P Carton, C McCormack, M O’Brien, A McCrabbe, D O’Callaghan, R O’Dwyer, P Ryan. Subs: D Treacy for C McCormack (32), S Lambert for A McCrabbe (44), D Plunkett for M O’Brien (51), D Sutcliffe for S Lambert (59), S Ryan for D O’Callaghan (66).

Limerick: N Quaid; D Moloney, S Hickey, T Condon; W McNamara, B Geary, G O’Mahoney; D O’Grady, P Browne; N Moran, J Ryan, D Hannon; G Mulcahy, K Downes, S Tobin. Subs: S Walsh for B Geary (26), D Breen for S Tobin (49), R McCarthy for N Moran (53), S Lucey for D O’Grady (66).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)


Match Preview

They have met just five times previously in the championship, the last coming in 2009 when Limerick won an All-Ireland quarter-final by 2-18 to 1-17 in Thurles. Limerick won all five previous clashes. Limerick are seeking to reach the All-Ireland semi-final for the second time in three seasons while Dublin last played in the All-Ireland semi-final in 1948 when they beat Antrim by 8-13 to 2-6. They later won Leinster titles in 1952 and 1961 and advanced directly to the All-Ireland final in both of those years.

Previous Championship Meetings

2009: Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2006: Limerick 2-16 Dublin 1-13 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

1934: Limerick 5-2 Dublin 2-6 (All-Ireland final) Replay

1934: Limerick 2-7 Dublin 3-4 (All-Ireland final) Draw

1921: Limerick 8-5 Dublin 3-2 (All-Ireland final)

Paths to the Quarter-final


Dublin 2-21 Offaly 1-20

Dublin 0-19 Galway 2-7

Kilkenny 4-17 Dublin 1-15

Average For: 1-21 Average Against: 2-16

Top Dublin Scorers

Paul Ryan…………..2-30

Alan McCrabbe….0-6

Conal Keaney…….0-5


Waterford 3-15 Limerick 3-14

Limerick 1-22 Wexford 2-13

Limerick 3-22 Antrim 0-12

Average For: 2-21 Average Against: 2-13

Top Limerick Scorers

Declan Hannon…………………0-17

Niall Moran………………………1-8

Kevin Downes…………………..2-3

Previous All-Ireland quarter-final appearances


2009: Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17

2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16

2006: Cork 0-19 Limerick 0-18

2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13

2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15

Played 5, Won 2, Lost 3



2009: Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17


2009 All-Ireland quarter-final

Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17

Limerick: Brian Murray (1-0); Damien Reale, Stephen Lucey, Mark O’Riordan; Seamus Hickey, Brian Geary, Mark Foley; Donal O’Grady, Gavin O’Mahony (0-8); Paul Browne, James Ryan (0-4), Wayne McNamara; David Breen (0-1), Paudie McNamara (1-0), Andrew O’Shaughnessy (0-5).
Subs: Ollie Moran for Wayne McNamara; James O’Brien for Browne, Donie Ryan for O’Shaughnessy.

Dublin: Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Tomas Brady, Maurice O’Brien; Stephen Hiney (0-1), Joey Boland, Michael Carton (0-1); John McCaffrey, Alan McCrabbe (0-8); Ross O’Carroll (0-1), Liam Ryan (0-1), David Sweeney (0-1);
David Treacy (0-1), David O’Callaghan (0-2), Liam Rushe (1-0).
Subs: Shane Durkin (0-1) for McCaffrey; Kevin Flynn for Ryan; Peadar Carton for O’Carroll; Simon Lambert for Sweeney.

All-Ireland GAA Football Championship Qualifier Round 4 – Limerick 1-18 Wexford 1-17

Limerick 1-18 Wexford 1-17

From the web site

Saturday, 23 July 2011 22:07

Emotions ran high in O’Moore Park after the final whistle signalled the end of this hugely dramatic fourth round All-Ireland SFC qualifier. The Limerick players were ecstatic to have qualified for their first ever All-Ireland quarter-final thanks to a heart-stirring injury-time comeback, but every Wexford person in the stadium was spitting fire. The source of their ire was referee Derek Fahy who had allowed Ian Ryan’s last-gasp winning free to stand even though one of his umpires had waved it wide. Wexford had seemed set for victory when they led by three points as the 70th minute ticked by, but Limerick substitute Eoghan O’Connor drew his team level with a coolly finished goal after winning possession in a crowded square.

In the final minute of injury time Ian Ryan won and converted that winning free, but after the match every Wexford player swore it had drifted wide of the post. It was a fittingly frantic finish to a match that was played to a great tempo from the very start as both sides moved the ball with pace and tore into every physical exchange with gusto. Wexford’s forwards were in a constant state of positional flux in the opening minutes and with the Limerick defence confused by their perpetual motion, gaps started appearing. Limerick goalkeeper Brian Scanlon wasn’t exactly helping his full-back line settle by hitting every kick-out short and putting them under immediate pressure by the swarming Wexford attack.

In the opening minutes Wexford kept winning turnover ball deep in Limerick territory, and PJ Banville in particular was keen to make the most of it as he slotted over two nice points to help his team into a 0-04 to 0-01 lead after seven minutes. Limerick needed someone to show some leadership, and Ian Ryan was the first to put up his hand. The St Senan’s man has a tendency to blow hot and cold, but there’s no doubting his class and he scored two beautiful points to give Limerick some much needed momentum. From then on the first half was a rip-roaring to and fro struggle with neither team managing to establish any real dominance.

When Wexford hit three points in a row Limerick simply went down the field and emulated them by doing the very same, with forwards Stephen Kelly and Ger Collins really coming into the game with a vengeance. It was Wexford who finished the half on a high though, as points from the Duracell Bunny midfielder Adrian Morrissey and Ciaran Lyng (f) helped them into a 0-10 to 0-09 lead at the break. They maintained the momentum into the second half as Red Barry filched a well taken point under pressure, and then Eric Bradley struck for a controversial goal when it looked like he’d fouled the ball by throwing it from one hand to another before blasting it to the net. Limerick responded to this massive set-back in a very positive fashion. Ian Ryan curled over another super score and then John Cooke and Ger Collins (f) followed it up with another couple of points to reduce the deficit to the minimum again – 1-11 to 0-13.

Wexford seemed to be suddenly in reverse, but few teams are capable of suddenly changing through the gears like they are and they put their foot to floor again to score four points in little more than as many minutes. The fact that all four points came from four different men – Brian Malone, Red Barry, Adrian Flynn and Ben Brosnan – only made the feat more impressive. Limerick mightn’t have as much skill as Wexford, but they make up for it in heart, and once again they found their feet again just when it seemed like they were heading for the canvas. They strung their own necklace of four points together, three of them frees, to move within one, but missed the chance to draw level when Ger Collins kicked another free-kick wide. Wexford looked to have done enough when Shane Roche and Brosnan clipped over two late points, but once again Limerick proved they just don’t know when they’re beaten as O’Connor and Ryan produced those ever so late heroics.


Wexford: E Bradley 1-0, R Barry, PJ Banville, B Brosnan (2f) all 0-3, A Morrissey, A Flynn, C Lyng (2f) all 0-2, S Roche, B Malone both 0-1

Limerick: I Ryan (1f), S Kelly (3f) both 0-5, G Collins 0-4 (2f), E O’Connor 1-0, J Cooke 0-2 T Lee, S O’Carroll both 0-1

Wexford: Anthony Masterson; J Wadding, G Molloy, B Malone; A Morrissey, D Murphy, A Doyle; D Waters, A Flynn; PJ Banville, C Morris, E Bradley; B Brosnan, C Lyng, R Barry. Subs: P Byrne for A Doyle (33), S Roche for C Morris (53), N Murphy for D Murphy (57), A Doyle for A Morrissey (65), C Carty for R Barry (69)

Limerick: B Scanlon; T Stack, S Gallagher, S Lavin; J Riordan, J McCarthy, P Ranahan; S Buckley, T Lee; S Kelly, J Mullane, M Sheehan; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan. Subs: J Cooke for J Mullane (22), E O’Connor for M Sheehan (50)J O’Donovan for S O’Carroll (55), J Kelly for J Cooke (64), B Fitzpatrick for J Riordan (67)

Ref: D Fahy – Longford

2011 Championship

Wexford 2-16 Offaly 0-8; Wexford 1-24 Westmeath 0-15; Wexford 4-12 Carlow 0-10; Dublin 2-12 Wexford 1-12.

Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9; Limerick 3-13 Offaly 0-15; Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-9.

Match Preview

They met in the Allianz Football League (Division 3) last April when Limerick won by 2-12 to 0-14 in Newcastlewest. Goals by Ger Collins and Seanie Buckley gave Limerick the edge in a game where Wexford had to play with 14 men for 45 minutes after midfielder, Daithi Waters was sent off on a second yellow card.

Team News

Limerick Senior Football Team V Wexford on 23rd July 2011.

1. Brian Scanlon Gerald Griffin’s.

2. Tommy Stack Dromcollogher-Broadford.

3. Shane Gallagher Ballysteen.

4. Stephen Lavin Adare.

5. John Riordan Fr. Casey’s.

6. Johnny McCarthy St. Kierans.

7. Pa Ranahan Ballysteen.

8. Seanie Buckley Dromcollogher-Broadford.

9. Thomas Lee Ballylanders.

10. Stephen Kelly Newcastlewest.

11. . John Mullane St. Patrick’s.

12. Mike Sheehan Fr. Casey’s.

13. Ger Collins Monaleen.

14. Seamus O Carroll Cappagh.

15. Ian Ryan St. Senan’s.

Fir Ionaid

16. Donal O’Sullivan Monaleen.

17. Barry Fitzpatrick Monaleen. Captain.

18. Mike McCormack Mungret.

19. Ray O’Flaherty St. Senan’s.

20. Paul Kinnerk Monaleen.

21. Eoin Hogan Na Piarsaigh

22. Eoghan O’Connor St. Mary’s/Sean Finn’s.

23. James Kelly Newcastlewest.

24. Liam Costello Adare.

25. John Cooke Bruff.

26. Jim O’ Donovan St. Kierans

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Waterford 0-15 Kilkenny 0-9

Waterford defeated Kilkenny by 0-15 to 0-9 in the All-Ireland GAA Hurling Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday in Walsh Park Waterford.

All-Ireland GAA Football Championship Qualifier Round 4 – Cork 2-20 Down 0-14

Clinical Cork canter into last eight

From the web site

GAA Football Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 4

Cork 2-20 Down 0-14

Cork moved into the quarter-finals of the GAA Football Senior Championship for the seventh straight season after a comfortable 12-point defeat of Down in a one-sided Round 4 Qualifier at Croke Park on Sunday. Cork led by 2-8 to 0-9 at the break after first half goals from Donncha O’Connor and substitute Fintan Goold left the defending champions in a commanding position. Although Peter Fitzpatrick did force a brilliant save from Cork goalkeeper Alan Quirke three minutes into the second half, the Rebels took complete control of the game with a match-winning spell 10 minutes into the second half.

To make matters worse from a Down point of view, their playmaker Martin Clarke was sent off in the 57th minute following a second yellow card offence. With Clarke set to return to Australia to pursue his AFL career at the end of the year, it would appear to be a particularly disappointing end to the An Ríocht man’s two-year return to Gaelic football. After last year’s All-Ireland final between the sides ended in the narrowest of wins for the Rebels, it was remarkable just how much the Mourne men appear to have regressed since then. After flickering back to life at the start of the second half, James McCartan’s players appeared to lose their stomach for the battle and a relentless Cork attack showed no mercy when they smelled blood.

Incredibly, 10 Cork players got their name on the scoresheet, though it was Donncha O’Connor who led the way with 1-7, double his tally in the All-Ireland final against the Mourne men last September. The only sour note from the Rebels’ point of view was an ankle injury sustained by forward Daniel Goulding, who was forced off the field after 20 minutes. However, there is hope that Goulding will be back for the quarter-finals when it was confirmed that he had not sustained any long-term damage. Given Cork were already short cruciate victims Ciaran Sheehan and Colm O’Neill and were missing Goulding for most of the game, it must have been comforting for Cork manager Conor Counihan to see some of his more peripheral players step up to the plate. Goold, in the side in place of Sheehan, showed his worth with Cork’s second goal as well as two points from play in an eye-catching display.

The game started in whirlwind fashion. The sides were level at 0-2 apiece inside three minutes. It was a portent of what was to follow for the remainder of a brilliant first half, as both sides went toe-to-toe in a game of old-fashioned, attacking football. Cork made two changes to their defence, as Graham Canty and Jamie O’Sullivan were left out of the starting XV, with Eoin Cotter and Eoin Cadogan, as had been widely expected, coming into the side. Michael Shields was handed man-marking duties on Benny Coulter, while Noel O’Leary was assigned the role of shadowing Down playmaker Clarke. However, neither defence shone in the opening half, and Down looked in real trouble when their goal was breached for the first time after just 11 minutes.

Already trailing 0-3 to 0-2, Goulding found his partner in the inside forward line, Donncha O’Connor, with a brilliant pass and the Ballydesmond man finished low past Brendan McVeigh to give his side a five-point lead. Cork’s second goal came 13 minutes later. This time the Down defence went AWOL. Alan O’Connor found centre-forward Paddy Kelly in space and the Ballincollig man made a mazy run before finding Goold, whose cool finish under pressure was superb. After a helter-skelter first 25 minutes, the tempo of the game finally abated and the sides split four points evenly between before the break and Cork led by five at half-time.

The gap was down to four when Clarke landed a free on the restart, but when Fitzpatrick’s shot was saved by Quirke a minute later, it seemed that Down had missed their big chance. And so it proved as Cork made their break for the line in a devastating 10-minute spell. They hit four points without reply to extend their lead to 2-15 to 0-10 by the 56th minute. By this point, Cork had brought in Canty and the Cork captain’s cameo included a fisted point when he popped up to finish a move he had started in his own half. With Clarke already sent off, it had turned into a procession for Cork. Donncha O’Connor kicked the last point of the game to bring his total to 1-7, as Cork coasted into the quarter-finals with the most comprehensive win imaginable.

Cork Scorers: G Canty 0-1, J Miskella P Kissane 0-1, A Walsh 0-1, F Goold 1-2, P Kelly 0-2, P O’Neill 0-1, D Goulding 0-1 (0-1f), D O’Connor 1-7 (0-4f), P Kerrigan 0-3.

Down Scorers: K McKernan 0-1, C Garvey 0-1, D Hughes 0-1, M Poland 0-1, C Maginn 0-1, C Laverty 0-1, B Coulter 0-2, M Clarke 0-3 (0-2f), P McComiskey 0-2, A Rogers 0-1.

Cork: A Quirke; E Cadogan, M Shields, E Cotter; N O’Leary, J Miskella, P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, P Kelly, P O’Neill; D Goulding, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan. Subs: B O’Driscoll for Goulding (20, inj), F Lynch for B O’Driscoll (29), G Canty for N O’Leary (51), M Collins for A Walsh (60), R Carey for E Cadogan (64).

Down: B McVeigh; A Branagan, D Gordon, G McCartan; D Rooney, K McKernan, C Garvey; K King, A McArdle; D Hughes, M Poland, C Maginn; C Laverty, B Coulter, M Clarke. Subs: P Fitzpatrick for K King (34), Caolan Mooney for D Hughes (42), A Rogers for a McArdle (45), D O’Hagan for A Branagan (49), P McComiskey for C Maginn (54).

Referee: Michael Duffy (Sligo)

Attendance: 31,072


2011 Championship

Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8; Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12.

Armagh 1-15 Down 1-10; Down 1-13 Clare 1-12; Down 1-16 Leitrim 1-8; Down 3-13 Antrim 0-10.

Match Preview

A re-run of last year’s All-Ireland final which Cork won by a point (0-16 to 0-15). That was only their second meeting in championship history, having first met in the 1994 All-Ireland semi-final when Down won by 1-13 to 0-11.

Last year’s All-Ireland final provided a fascinating encounter where fortunes swayed from side to side before Cork finally edged home by a point. Down led by 0-7 to 0-2 after 27 minutes but Cork fought back and were three points clear after 68 minutes before Down pulled two back. Daniel Goulding (0-9) and Donncha O’Connor (0-5) were Cork’s top scorers while Martin Clarke (0-3), Danny Hughes (0-3) and Paul McComiskey (0-3) were Down’s leading marksmen.

Team News

Cork team to play Down in the All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifer at Croke Park on Saturday 23 July (6pm): Alan Quirke; Jamie O’Sullivan, Graham Canty (c), Michael Shields; Noel O’Leary, John Miskella, Paudie Kissane; Alan O’Connor, Aidan Walsh; Fintan Goold, Paddy Kelly, Pearse O’Neill; Daniel Goulding, Donncha O’Connor, Paul Kerrigan