GAA ‘Round The Square Super Scores Week 16

Week 16 of our Super Scores look back on the best from two Super games – Kerry vs Mayo (replay) and Dublin vs Donegal. Re-live the best moments from these two GAA Football All-Ireland Semi-Finals – features Kerry’s Killian Young, Paul Geaney and Jonathan Lyne, Mayo’s Jason Doherty, Dublin’s Paul Flynn and Diarmuid Connolly, and Donegal heroes Odhrán Mac Niallais, Ryan McHugh and Colm McFadden.

All-Ireland Senior Football S-Final Replay – Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13

Kerry defeated Mayo by 3-16 to 3-13 after extra time in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final Replay on Saturday August 30th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

All-Ireland SFC: Kerry beat Mayo after extra-time

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final Replay: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (AET)

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Where do you begin? For starters, Kerry are in the All-Ireland final on September 21 after beating Mayo in an other epic game, this time after extra-time at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Kerry emerged three-point winners, and after 160-plus minutes of gripping action, the only thing that separated them from Mayo in the end was their fresher legs and a stronger bench in the second period of extra-time.

Kerry were 2-3 to 0-2 down after 25 minutes, a goal down at half-time but thanks to the brilliance of Kieran Donaghy and James O’Donoghue, who hit another stunning total of 2-6, Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s charges fought back and two O’Donoghue penalties had them ahead going into the closing stages of normal time.

However, Mayo fought back and a Donal Vaughan score in the 72nd minute forced extra-time. James Horan’s charges moved two clear in the first period of extra-time and had the chances to kill the game, but Kerry came back in the final 10-minute period and points from Kieran O’Leary, Paul Geaney and Jonathan Lyne helped them over the line.

Match Statistics
Kickouts: 28-30
Own Kickouts Won: 15-12
% Won: 53.57%-40%
Shots: 40-32
Scores: 19-16
Tackle Turnovers Lost: 10-10

Kerry led by 0-2 to 0-1 after 14 minutes after a tetchy start in which the Kingdom managed to hit four wides, with O’Donoghue’s effort the only score from play in the opening quarter. Things changed in the 19th minute when Aidan O’Shea skied a shot which fell kindly for Cillian O’Connor, who fielded well and was fouled by his marker Shane Enright. Referee Cormac Reilly pointed to the spot and for the second week in a row, O’Connor beat Brian Kelly from the spot, shooting low to the right hand side of the goal.

Remarkably, Mayo had a second goal within two minutes. Both Aidan O’Shea and O’Connor were heavily involved again, O’Shea winning a great ball in the middle and running at the Kerry defence, before offloading to a better-placed O’Connor, who clipped a shot over Kelly. By now, O’Connor had 2-3 and was causing havoc, so there was little surprise when Shane Enright was hauled off and replaced by Marc Ó Sé, whose omission from the start was a big surprise.

Paul Geaney pulled a score back for Kerry from a free, but by now – the 29th minute – Donaghy, in for Stephen O’Brien from the start, was causing problems for the Mayo defence. O’Donoghue escaped Keith Higgins’s tight marking for once, but Higgins recovered to block the shot and the ball fell kindly for Donaghy to fly-kick to the net.

Mayo hit back with two scores from the boot of Jason Doherty, finally relieving O’Connor of the scoring burden he had shouldered so gracefully, but Killian Young snaffled a point in a rare raid from the back, while Paul Geaney chipped over his third point of the game, leaving a goal in it at the break, Mayo 2-5 Kerry 1-5.

Kerry lost captain Fionn Fitzgerald to a black card in the 43rd minute, but they were level when O’Donoghue was fouled and he slotted the penalty past Robbie Hennelly. O’Donoghue then had Kerry ahead for the first time since the first quarter, and Ó Sé put them 2-8 to 2-6 clear with a wonderful point from play.

However, with Aidan O’Shea now back on the field of play now after a horror collision with team-mate O’Connor threatened to rob them of their most influential players, Mayo got a third goal against the run of play, Andy Moran tapping home after Kerry goalkeeper Brian Kelly had dropped a long punt into his area.

O’Donoghue twice leveled for Kerry, as his partnership with Donaghy continued to cause mayhem, and the Killarney Legion man looked to have delivered the decisive blow for Kerry in the 62nd minute, when he fired home a second penalty. This time he went to Kelly’s left, having been fouled himself by Ger Cafferkey.

Michael Conroy pulled one back for Mayo immediately, but they had to wait until the second minute of added time before they were level, Donal Vaughan fisting over to send the game to extra-time. Goalkeeper Hennelly had a late chance from a free to win it for Mayo, but his late free fell short.

O’Connor and Kevin McLoughlin had Mayo two clear in the first period of extra-time, but Kerry hit the last five points of the game to seal an incredible win. Deep into added time, Mayo had Cillian O’Connor sent off for a straight red card offence at a time when his side were desperately searching for an equalising goal.
Scorers for Kerry: James O’Donoghue 2-6 (2-0 pen, 0-2f), Paul Geaney 0-4 (0-3f), Kieran Donaghy 1-0, BJ Keane 0-2 (0-2f), Jonathan Lyne 0-2, Killian Young 0-1, M Ó Sé 0-1.

Scorers for Mayo: Cillian O’Connor 2-5 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), Andy Moran 1-1, Jason Doherty 0-3, Alan Freeman 0-1 (0-1f), Kevin McLoughlin 0-1, Michael Conroy 0-1.

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Killian Young, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Fionn Fitzgerald; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Kieran Donaghy, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Marc Ó Sé for S Enright (21), Pa Kilkenny for F Fitzgerald (BC, 39), BJ Keane for P Geaney (39), Declan O’Sullivan for J Buckley (54), Kieran O’Leary for M Geaney (60), Jonathan Lyne for D Walsh (69), Mark Griffin for P Crowley (80), Paul Geaney for J O’Donoghue (80), Bryan Sheehan for A O’Mahony (83).

MAYO: Robert Hennelly; Tom Cunniffe, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Donal Vaughan; Barry Moran, Seamus O’Shea; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty; Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran, Alan Dillon
Subs: Tom Parsons for A O’Shea (36-HT), Tom Parsons for B Moran (HT), Alan Freeman for Cillian O’Connor (HT-40) Michael Conroy for Aidan O’Shea (HT-48’), Kevin Keane for G Cafferkey (68), B Harrison for D Vaughan (79), Cathal Barrett for C Boyle (84).

Referee: Cormac Reilly
Attendance: 36,256

Report: Brian Murphy

Fixture Details

30.08.2104 (Sat)
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final Replay
Gaelic Grounds Limerick 17:00
Ciarraí v Maigh Eo
Referee: Cormac Reilly (An Mhí)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Ticket Details

GAA reduce ticket prices for Kerry-Mayo replay

The GAA can confirm the following ticket prices for next Saturday’s GAA Football semi-final replay at Páirc na nGael in Limerick.

Stand tickets have been reduced to €30 from €40 and terrace tickets from €25 to €20. Children’s tickets are also available for €5.

Tickets are available through the usual sources including

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Mayo in the All Ireland Football Championship Semi Final Replay in Limerick on Sunday shows no changes from the drawn game.
The team, captained by Fionn Fitzgerald lines out as follows:
1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
3. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Paul Murphy Rathmore
6. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
7. Fionn Fitzgerald (Capt) Dr Crokes
8. Anthony Maher Duagh
9. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
10. Michael Geaney Dingle
11. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
14. Paul Geaney Dingle
15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion
Fir Ionaid :
16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. Declan O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
18. Killian Young Renard
19. Bryan Sheehan St Marys
20. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
21. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
22. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
23. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes
24. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
25. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
26. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Traenálaí: Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks).

Rehabbing from Injury
Daithí Casey Dr Crokes (Knee)
Paul O’Donoghue St Marys (Ankle)
Jack Sherwood Firies (Hamstring)
Colm Cooper Dr Crokes (Knee Ligaments)

Additional Panel Players
Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory
Marcus Mangan Milltown-Castlemaine
Shane O’Callaghan Austin Stacks
Fearghal McNamara Austin Stacks

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final Replay – Cork 1-15 Wexford 0-8

Cork defeated Wexford by 1-15 to 0-8 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final Replay on Saturday August 30th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Camogie: Cork set up final meeting with Kilkenny

Liberty Insurance Senior Insurance Semi-Final Replay: Cork 1-15 Wexford 0-8

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Cork will face Kilkenny in the All Ireland camogie final after they overpowered Wexford in their semi-final replay in Walsh Park, Waterford on Saturday afternoon.

Katriona Mackey’s first half goal gave the Rebels a precious one point lead at the interval, and they simply tore Wexford apart in the second half, restricting the Leinster side to just a single point in the final thirty minutes. Although Orla Cotter had given the Cork women an early lead in the first half it was Wexford who settled better and a brace from Ursula Jacob either side of a Shelley Kehoe point put the 2012 champions two points clear by the fifth minute, and the signs were ominous for the Leesiders.

However, despite playing against a stiff breeze in that opening half Cork came roaring back and a Katriona Mackey point was followed midway through the half by a stunning goal by the corner forward as she pounced on Jennifer O’Leary’s pass and slammed the ball beyond the reach of Mags D’Arcy. Three Cotter frees against a solitary Wexford reply from the hard-working Katrina Parrock gave Cork what looked like a commanding four point lead going into the break, but three quick-fire Wexford points in injury time gave the score-line a very different complexion.

Jacob, Una Leacy, the Wexford heroine in the drawn game and Bríd Gordon reeled off that trio of points to leave it 1-5 0-7 narrowly in favour of Cork going into the second half, but hinting at another closely fought finish. That however was not to transpire as Cork completely dominated the final half an hour, sweeping over seven unanswered points before Wexford raised their sole white flag of the half with six minutes remaining. To the credit of the Model County women they never threw in the towel but three brilliant points in the final minutes from Cotter (2) and Mackey confirmed that Cork remain on course for a first Senior camogie title since 2009.
Scorers for Cork: O Cotter 0-8 (4f), K Mackey 1-3, A Murray, J White, B Corkery, J O’Leary 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wexford: U Jacob 0-3 (1f), S Kehoe, K Parrock, U Leacy, B Gordon, L Bolger 0-1 each

CORK: Aoife Murray, Joanne O’Callaghan, Anna Geary, Laura Treacy, Eimear O’Sullivan, Gemma O’Connor, Pamela Mackey, Rena Buckley, Aisling Thompson, Jennifer O’Leary, Angela Walsh, Briege Corkery, Julia White, Orla Cotter, Katriona Mackey
Subs: Amy O’Connor for White (53m), Joanne Casey for Buckley (56m), Denise Cronin for Walsh (61m)

WEXFORD: Mags D’Arcy, Deirdre Codd, Noeleen Lambert, Karen Atkinson, Bríd Gordon, Mary Leacy, Shauna Sinnott, Josie Dwyer, Shelley Kehoe, Kate Kelly, Fiona Rochford, Jackie Quigley, Ursula Jacob, Katrina Parrock, Una Leacy
Subs: Lisa Bolger for Gordon (30m), Eimear O’Connor for Fiona Rochford (45m), Fiona Kavanagh for Quigley (54m)

Referee: John Dolan (Clare)

2014 North American Gaelic Games Finals

The 2014 North American Gaelic Games Finals will take place from Friday, August 29th to Sunday, August 31st in the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Massachusetts.

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The 2014 playoffs will see over 120 teams gather in Boston, some traveling from as far as Seattle, Washington and the Cayman Islands. More than 2,500 GAA players will be taking part in what promises to be a marathon festival of Irish sports. Since the start of the North American GAA Season in April this year, the regional divisions that make up the North American County Board (NACB) have been running their divisional competitions in Hurling, Camogie & Gaelic Football. From Páirc na nGael in San Francisco to Gaelic Park in Chicago, teams have been battling it out locally with each in order to qualify for what are commonly referred to as the “North Americans”.

The five playing fields at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, MA, will be filled throughout Labor Day weekend with teams from all over North America. After more than 120 games of Hurling, Camogie and Gaelic Football, the North American Champions at all adult levels will be crowned on Sunday afternoon. The current President of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Liam O’Neill will be on hand to present cups and medals to the winning teams and players.


‘Round The Square Super Scores Week 15 brings you some of the best scores from last weekend’s GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Semi-Final thriller where Mayo and Kerry could not be separated after an enthralling contest.

All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final – Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16

Kerry and Mayo finished in a draw (1-16 to 1-16) in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 24th at Croke Park. The replay will take place on Saturday August 30th at 5:00pm in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

All-Ireland SFC: Kerry and Mayo level after epic


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A brilliant All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Mayo finished level at Croke Park on Sunday, with a late Kerry comeback denying Mayo after a tremendous second half display from the Connacht champions. The replay is scheduled to take place next Saturday evening at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Mayo looked dead and buried at the interval. Down to 14 men following the sending off of Lee Keegan, and trailing by four points after an excellent first-half Kerry display, it looked as though James Horan’s side’s quest to reach a third successive All-Ireland final was over. But Mayo, written off many times in the past for a supposed lack of stomach at key moments, produced one of the all-time great comebacks in a magnificent, gusty second half display which thrilled their supporters.

They started to run at Kerry more and more, and with Cillian O’Connor, Alan Dillon and Andy Moran all on song, they overturned the deficit and were level at 0-13 apiece with 15 minutes to go. Then, O’Connor smashed in a penalty to send a resurgent Mayo three clear. Mayo looked set for victory when they went five clear with five minutes to go but Kerry introduced Kieran Donaghy, and his knockdown set up a late goal for James O’Donoghue to turn the game around.

Kerry pressed forward in injury-time in search of an equaliser, and it arrived from substitute Kieran O’Leary, who kicked a brilliant point under pressure to bring a conclusion to a great game of football. Kerry led 0-9 to 0-5 at half-time, but the most significant moment of the opening 35 minutes was the sending off of Keegan just before the break. Referee David Coldrick dismissed the Westport defender after he appeared to kick out at Johnny Buckley, and the red compounded a difficult situation for Mayo after Kerry had dominated the second quarter.

The opening 15 minutes saw the sides trade four points each, with Stephen O’Brien and Dillon scoring the openers, before points from O’Connor (free), O’Donoghue, David Moran and O’Connor again had it at 0-3 apiece after 10 minutes. Mayo were double marking O’Donoghue with Keith Higgins his direct opponent, and Tom Cunniffe operating as a sweeper, but Kerry’s other players were flourishing, and they had eight different scorers in the first half.

After a lengthy scoreless spell for both sides, points from Donnchadh Walsh, Paul Geaney and Michael Geaney had Kerry 0-7 to 0-4 ahead with five minutes to go before the break, and although Keegan ended a 17 minute scoreless spell for Mayo with a good score, Kerry were getting on top, and a superb point from David Moran, his second, edged them three clear again.

The sending off of Keegan just before the break was a huge blow to Mayo and even the most optimistic of Mayo fans would have found it hard to see a way back for their team at half-time. But they started the second half very well, and points from Dillon (2), O’Connor (2) and Colm Boyle had them level at 0-11 apiece just 10 minutes after the restart.

Mayo had emerged as a totally different force; they were winning all their individual battles, and the introduction of folk hero Andy Moran only served to further stir a simmering and increasingly enthused Mayo support in Croke Park. Kerry retook the lead twice through Donnchadh Walsh and O’Donoghue, the latter score coming when the Legion man was clean through and should have buried to the net, but Mayo equalised both times through Jason Doherty and Moran.

Then on 58 minutes, Donal Vaughan surged towards the Kerry goal and was pushed in the back by Peter Crowley. O’Connor showed nerves of steel to drive the resulting penalty to the roof of the net, and when the goal was followed by two superb O’Connor points, Mayo led by five, 1-15 to 0-13.
However, having completely gone out of the game, Kerry roused themselves and rescued a draw in the dying minutes. Peter Crowley and Andy Moran exchanged points, but a Bryan Sheehan free cut the gap to four with five minutes to go.

Then Donaghy, on as a sub, broke the ball to O’Donoghue, who buried to the net to leave one between them with a minute of normal time remaining. Kerry poured forward in search of the equaliser, and it came from the boot of O’Leary, whose brilliant kick from well out on the right was as fitting a way as any to end an outstanding game of Gaelic football.
Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 1-3, D Moran 0-2, D Walsh 0-2, S O’Brien 0-1, J Buckley 0-1, P Geaney 0-1 (1f), M Geaney 0-1, F Fitzgerald 0-1, P Murphy 0-1, P Crowley 0-1, K O’Leary 0-1, B Sheehan 0-1 (1f)

Scorers for Mayo: C O’Connor 1-8 (1-0 pen, 5f), A Dillon 0-3, A Moran 0-2, L Keegan 0-1, C Boyle 0-1, J Doherty 0-1

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Fionn Fitzgerald; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Stephen O’Brien, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue. Subs: Declan O’Sullivan for O’Brien (20), Bryan Sheehan for M Geaney (43), Killian Young for A O’Mahony (52), Kieran Donaghy for Maher (59), Barry John Keane for J Buckley (63), Kieran O’Leary for D Walsh (67).

MAYO: Robert Hennelly; Donal Vaughan, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Tom Cunniffe, Colm Boyle; Jason Gibbons, Seamus O’Shea; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty; Cillian O’Connor, Alan Freeman, Alan Dillon. Subs: Tom Parsons for J Gibbons (HT), Andy Moran for A Freeman (48), Michael Conroy for J Doherty (54), Mickey Sweeney for A Dillon (64), Kevin Keane for G Cafferkey (70).

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

Attendance: 52,495
Report: Arthur Sullivan

Team News

KERRY (SF v Mayo): Brian Kelly; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Fionn Fitzgerald; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Stephen O’Brien, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 1-14 Mayo 2-7

Kerry defeated Mayo by 1-14 to 2-7 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 24th at Croke Park.

All-Ireland MFC: Kingdom power into final


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Kerry advanced to the All-Ireland MFC Final on Sunday after an impressive final quarter showing saw off Mayo at Croke Park. In a somewhat strange game that saw just seven points in the first half, Kerry took control of things with 15 minutes to go, hitting five points without reply in a decisive closing quarter.

Kerry looked like they were heading towards a straightforward win when Tomás Ó Sé’s goal put them five clear early in the second half, but it was followed seconds later by a Mayo goal from TJ Byrne. Kerry had another chance to kill off Mayo’s challenge later in the half from the penalty spot, but Jordan Kiely’s shot was saved by Matthew Flanagan, and when it was followed by a point from Gary Boylan, the lead was down to two with 15 minutes to go.

However, Kerry kicked on brilliantly from there, with impressive substitute Liam Byrne leading them to victory with a couple of outstanding scores. A late goal from Byrne made little difference, as Kerry had built up a big lead by that point and the win was their’s. Mayo led 0-4 to 0-3 after a low-scoring first half in which both defences did well to contain their opponents. It took Kerry just shy of 20 minutes to register their first score, with Mayo kicking the first two points, through a Cian Hanley free and a Fionán Duffy point, in a tense and error-ridden opening quarter.

Kerry were wasteful and seemed quite nervous early on, but when their first score came it was worth the wait – Killian Spillane showing all his class with a superb individual score off his left foot. Kerry midfielder Mark O’Connor levelled up the sides moments later, but Mayo finished the half with two frees from Gary Boylan to leave them just ahead at the break. However, the Westerners lost influential forward Hanley to injury in the 24th minute, the Ballaghaderreen youngster forced off after landing awkwardly following a fine catch. That proved a significant blow, as Mayo struggled without him after the break.

Kerry started the second half well, and when Ó Sé palmed to the net on 41 minutes, the Kingdom went five clear. However, it was followed instantly by a well-worked Byrne goal, and Mayo were back in it. Points from Matthew Flaherty and the gifted Spillane, who finished with 0-6, put Kerry three clear again, but Kiely’s weak penalty was well saved by Flanagan, and that gave Mayo another avenue back into the game just when it looked as though Kerry were closing them down for good.

Mayo’s revival never fully materialised though, and Kerry finished strongly to take the win. Byrne, introduced at the break, led the charge in the final quarter, while Kerry also had scores from Spillane and goalkeeper Shane Ryan, who landed a brilliant free from nearly 55 metres. Kerry will play either Dublin or Donegal in the All-Ireland MFC Final on September 21.
Scorers for Kerry: K Spillane 0-6 (3f), L Carey 0-3, T Ó Sé 1-0, M O’Connor 0-1, M Burns 0-1, M Flaherty 0-1, J Kiely 0-1, S Ryan 0-1 (1f)

Scorers for Mayo: TJ Byrne 2-0, G Boylan 0-4 (3f), C Hanley 0-1 (1f), F Duffy 0-1 B Reape 0-1

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Dan O’Donoghue, Briain Ó Beaglaíoch, Tom O’Sullivan; Brian Sugrue, Andrew Barry, Cormac Coffey; Barry O’Sullivan, Mark O’Connor; Matthew Flaherty, Brian Rayle, Micheál Burns; Jordan Kiely, Killian Spillane, Tomás Ó Sé. Subs: Liam Carey for B Rayle (HT), Liam Kearney for M Flaherty (46), Robert Wharton for Sugrue (53), Stephen O’Sullivan for Kiely (56), Ivan Parker for Spillane (61).

MAYO: Matthew Flanagan; Conor Kilkenny, Séamus Cunniffe, Eoin O’Donoghue; Jason Forkan, Barry Duffy, Seán Conlon; Gary Walsh, Matthew Ruane; Gary Boylan, Cian Hanley, Sharoize Akram; Fionán Duffy, TJ Byrne, Brian Reape. Subs: Liam Byrne for Hanley (24), Stephen Brennan for Barry Duffy (Temporary, 29-31), Brennan for C Kilkenny (Black Card, 41), David Clarke for Forkan (47), Keith Hopkins for M Ruane (50), Jack Reilly for Duffy (59), Dylan Cannon for S Conlon (62).

Referee: Seán Hurson (Tyrone)
Report: Arthur Sullivan

Team News

The Kerry Minor Team to play Mayo in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Championship Semi Final in Croke Park on Sunday next shows one change in personnel from the side that defeated Kildare in the Quarter final. Brian Rayle, who played in the Munster Final victory over Cork, comes back into the side at centre forward in place of Liam Carey.

The team, which will be captained by Spa’s Dan O’Donoghue, will line out as follows:
1 Shane Ryan Rathmore
2 Dan O’Donoghue (C) Spa
3 Briain Ó Beaglaíoch An Ghaeltacht
4 Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
5 Brian Sugrue Renard
6 Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
7 Cormac Coffey Kerins O’Rahillys
8 Barry O’Sullivan Dingle
9 Mark O’Connor Dingle
10 Matthew Flaherty Dingle
11 Brian Rayle Lispole
12 Micheál Burns Dr Crokes
13 Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes
14 Killian Spillane Templenoe
15 Tomás Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
Fir Ionaid
16 Eoin O’Connell St Senans
17 Liam Kearney Spa
18 Liam Carey Beaufort
19 Stephen O’Sullivan Templenoe
20 Robert Wharton Renard
21 Ivan Parker Churchill
22 Jack Morgan Austin Stacks
23 Sean Ryan Austin Stacks
24 Jason Foley Ballydonoghue

Bainisteoir: Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)
Roghnoirí: Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), John Galvin (Dr Crokes), Eamon Whelan (St Senans).
Tréanálaithe: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald.
Logistics: Ger O’Mahony
Physio: Kieran O’Shea
Doctor: Dr Dave Geaney

Extended Training Panel Members

Gavin White Dr. Crokes
Cathal Bambury Dingle
Aaron Murphy Dr Crokes
Brian Ó Seanacháin `Ballydonoghue
Conor Geaney Dingle
Roibeárd Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada Final 2014

The 2014 M. Donnelly GAA All-Ireland Poc Fada finals have been rescheduled for Sunday 24th August 2014 on Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale in Co. Louth.

The eagerly-awaited finals were due to take place on Saturday the 2nd of August, but were postponed due to the adverse weather conditions, following a course inspection.

This unique GAA sporting and cultural contest promises to be a great day of sport. Tipperary’s Cummins is the man of the moment, though, as he is looking to win a record 8th title but will have stiff competition form 2013 All Ireland Winning goalkeeper Patrick Kelly and Laois’ Eoin Reilly.

The provincial Poc Fada Champions Donal O’Brien (Mayo), Eoin Reilly (Laois), Andrew Fahy (Clare) and Ruairi Convery (Derry) and the four provincial runners-up Patrick McKillion (Tyrone), Stevie Brenner (Waterford), Nigel Daly (Galway) and Kevin Walsh (Kilkenny) will compete against Patrick Kelly (Clare), Alan Nolan (Dublin) and Stephen Clynch (Meath).

Patricia Jackman of Waterford will also be attempting to make history by winning her sixth M Donnelly Camogie Poc Fada title in a row. The decorated camogie star will, however, face strong competition from Catriona Daly (Galway), Martine McMahon (Limerick), Stephanie Carthy (Dublin), Louise Dougan (Derry), Aoibheann Murphy (Armagh) & Niamh Mackin (Louth).

The M Donnelly Under 16 All Ireland Poc Fada will see Alan Kelly (Laois), Barry Kenneally (Cork) & Donal McKernan (Antrim) compete again last year’s winner Jack Coyne (Galway) for the prestigious title.
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Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 B Hurling Championship Semi Final – Roscommon 4-10 Kerry 2-13

Roscommon defeated Kerry by 4-10 to 2-13 in the Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 B Hurling Championship Semi Final on Saturday August 23rd at Cusack Park Ennis.

Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi Final – Clare 4-28 Antrim 1-10

Clare defeated Antrim by 4-28 to 1-10 in the Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi Final on Saturday August 23rd at Semple Stadium Thurles.

All-Ireland U21: Clare humble Saffrons in semi


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Clare’s bid for three All-Ireland U21 titles in a row remains firmly intact after they recorded a massive 27-point victory in the semi-final over Antrim at a sun-kissed Thurles on Saturday. They will face Wexford in the final on September 13, after the Model County defeated Galway in the second semi-final on Saturday

The champions of 2012 and 2013 were operating on a different level to their northern opponents, and the match was simply not a contest as Clare’s experience and class proved utterly overwhelming for Antrim. Full-forward Aaron Cunningham plundered 3-3 for Clare, while Tony Kelly struck the other goal in what turned into a total rout. Clare will face either Wexford or Galway in the All-Ireland final on Saturday, September 13.

Clare led by 18 points at the end of an extremely one-sided first half. Antrim started reasonably well, but points from David Reidy (2), Colm Galvin and Bobby Duggan had Clare 0-5 to 0-0 ahead on 10 minutes. Then, Cunningham pounced for his side’s first goal on 13 minutes and the floodgates opened thereafter. Cunningham flicked home after Ciarán Butler had saved a Peter Duggan shot, and that goal was followed by points from Reidy and Shane O’Donnell to leave Clare 10 clear.

In a rare moment of Saffron inspiration on 19 minutes, Ciarán Clarke burned towards goal from the right wing, and crossed for Seán McAfee, who put the sliotar past Keith Hogan in the Clare goal. It was a very brief moment of respite for Antrim though, as Clare totally dominated the remainder of the half. Cunningham fired home a sweet second goal on 21 minutes, while Kelly, Galvin and Bobby Duggan all found their range as Clare had 2-16 on the board by the interval.

Antrim hit the first points of the second half through McAfee and Clarke, but a beautifully struck goal from Kelly on 39 minutes put a renewed gallop in Clare. Antrim’s second half challenge was much greater than it had been in the first half, but Clare continued to find their range, with Kelly, Cunningham and substitute Cathal O’Connell all raising white flags. Cunningham completed his hat-trick with 10 minutes to go with a controlled finish, and while Antrim continued to battle and pick off scores, it was all a mere formality at that stage as Clare surged into the final.
Scorers for Clare: A Cunningham 3-3, T Kelly 1-3, C O’Connell 0-6 (5f), B Duggan 0-5 (3f), D Reidy 0-3, C Galvin 0-2, S O’Donnell 0-2, E Enright 0-1, J Shanahan 0-1, N Deasy 0-1, S Gleeson 0-1

Scorers for Antrim: Stephen McAfee 0-3, Seán McAfee 1-0, C Clarke 0-2, C Burke 0-2, D McKernan 0-1, S McCaughan 0-1, M Bradley 0-1

CLARE: Keith Hogan; Jarlath Colleran, Jack Browne, Seadna Morey; Gearóid O’Connell, Alan O’Neill, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Eoin Enright; Bobby Duggan, Tony Kelly, Peter Duggan; Shane O’Donnell, Aaron Cunningham, David Reidy. Subs: Cathal O’Connell for Reidy (31), Niall Deasy for B Duggan (HT), Shane O’Brien for Morey (46), Shane Gleeson for Galvin (46).

ANTRIM: Ciarán Butler; Michael Dudley, Paddy Burke, Michael Bradley; Ryan McCambridge, Jackson McGreevy, Tomás Ó Ciaráin; Eoghan Campbell, Stephen McAfee, Darragh McGuinness; Daniel McKernan, Seán McAfee, Ciarán Clarke. Subs: Conor Burke for Seán McAfee (29), Saul McCaughan for Daniel McCloskey (HT), James O’Connell for McKenna (38), Maol Connolly for McCambridge (44), Éamonn McCaughan for Seán McAfee (52).

Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)
Report: Arthur Sullivan

Clare crush Antrim in under-21 semi-final

CLARE 4-28 ANTRIM 1-10

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Clare’s quest for a third All-Ireland under-21 hurling title in a row continued apace with a 4-28 to 1-10 win over Antrim at Semple Stadium this afternoon.

Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor’s charges were never behind during this game, with the Banner County giving a solid performance throughout. With senior stars, such as last year’s Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly, Aaron Cunningham and Shane O’Donnell to the fore, Clare powered to a 2-16 to 1-01 interval lead.

Eight players were on target for the Munster champions before the break, including Cunningham, who fired 2-01, his goals coming in the 13th and 20th minutes. Antrim worked hard on the restart, with the likes of Ciaran Clarke, Stephen McAfee and Ryan McCambridge on target. However, Kelly bagged Clare’s third goal in the 39th minute, and the Banner County stormed to victory with Cunningham completing his hat-trick 10 minutes from time.

22 points separated the sides when they met in last year’s All-Ireland decider, and Clare were even more impressive this time around, with 27 points to spare at the full-time whistle. The Banner County looked like emulating this from the off, with Antrim under huge pressure defensively in the opening stages, and after 17 minutes, Clare led by 1-07 to 0-00.

Points flowed freely for the Banner County in the opening minutes, with Colm Galvin, David Reidy and Bobby Duggan on target to ensure a 0-05 to 0-00 lead after nine minutes. Clare pressed hard, but Antrim goalkeeper Ciaran Butler worked tirelessly between the posts.
The MacUilin’s clubman denied Jarlath Colleran in the 12th minute, and followed up by denying Peter Duggan’s goal-shot soon after.

However, Cunningham smashed the ball to the net for Clare’s first goal on the follow-up. 10 points clear, Clare were in firm command, but Antrim finally broke their scoring deadlock in the 18th minute. Ciaran Clarke set off on a bursting run, and crossed the ball, for Sean McAfee to tap the ball to the net to ensure a 1-07 to 1-00 score-line.

Clare responded with quick-fire points from Eoin Enright and Bobby Duggan, before Cunningham broke through for his second goal to open up a 12-point gap. The Saffrons answered this with a Daniel McKernan point, but Clare fired seven scores without reply, Cunningham, Galvin, Duggan, Kelly and Jamie Shanahan on target to ensure a 2-16 to 1-01 half-time lead.

Antrim battled bravely on the restart, and indeed the Saffrons outscored their opponents by four points to two inside the opening seven minutes of the half. iaran Clarke, Stephen McAfee and Ryan McCambridge were on target for Kevin Ryan’s charges, but once Kelly pounced for Clare’s third goal there was simply no looking back.

Kelly’s goal started a period which saw Clare score 1-05 without reply in an eight-minute spell. Substitute Conor Burke, Stephen McAfee and Saul McCaughan responded with points for Antrim, but Clare were cruising to victory.

Cunningham’s third goal came with exactly 10 minutes of normal time remaining, and despite the defensive efforts of goalkeeper Ciaran Butler and centre-half-back Jackson McGreevy, Clare stormed to an impressive win, although Clarke and defender Michael Bradley claimed consolation points for Antrim late on.

Clare: K Hogan; J Colleran; J Browne, S Morey; G O’Connell, A O’Neill, J Shanahan (0-01); C Galvin (0-02), E Enright (0-01); B Duggan (0-05, 3f), T Kelly (1-03), P Duggan; S O’Donnell (0-02), A Cunningham (3-03), D Reidy (0-03). Subs: C O’Connell (0-06, 5f) for Reidy (31); N Deasy (0-01) for B Duggan (HT); S O’Brien for Morey (45); S Gleeson (0-01) for Galvin (45); A McGuane for Shanahan (51).

Antrim: C Butler; M Dudley, P Burke, M Bradley (0-01); R McCambridge (0-01), J McGreevy, T Ó Ciaráin; E Campbell, N McKenna; D McCloskey, Stephen McAfee (0-03), D McGuinness; D McKernan (0-01), Sean McAfee (1-00), C Clarke (0-02). Subs: C Burke (0-01) for McGuinness (28); S McCaughan (0-01) for McCloskey (HT); J O’Connell for McKenna (37); M Connolly for McCambridge (44); E McCaughan for Sean McAfee (51).

Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)