Munster U21 Hurling Final – Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-19

Limerick defeated Clare by 0-22 to 0-19 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship Final on Thursday July 30th at Cusack Park Ennis.

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Munster U21 Final: Limerick end Clare dominance

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 Championship Final: Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-19

By Daragh Small for

Wing-forward Ronan Lynch was the hero for Limerick as they brought Clare’s dominance of the Bord Gais Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship to an end in a thriller at Cusack Park.

A crowd of 14,311 witnessed a great contest as Limerick captured their seventh Munster U-21 title and their first since 2011. In the process they brought a halt to Clare’s hopes of a fourth title in a row after the Bannermen failed to make the breeze count in the second-half.

Lynch was in superb form for Limerick and he finished with 0-13 — three from play. John Kiely’s side boasts much of last year’s All-Ireland minor winning side and they go on to play Galway on August 22 in the semi-final.

They were the last side to win in Munster before the Bannermen assumed control and the hosts couldn’t replicate their semi-final heroics against Waterford. Limerick captain Barry O’Connell won the toss and chose to play with the breeze but they didn’t make use of it in the opening half.

They trailed Clare 0-12 to 0-10 at the break even though Limerick were four points ahead after 23 minutes. David Dempsey and Darragh O’Donovan gave Limerick an early lead but Clare hit the next four scores. Shane Gleeson struck two with Shane O’Donnell and Bobby Duggan also on target.

But Limerick reassumed control with Ronan Lynch on form from the placed-ball. By the time Dempsey hit his second they were 0-8 to 0-4 up but in the next five minutes Clare asserted their dominance. Corner-back Eoin Quirke slotted an inspirational effort from inside his own half and Ian Galvin also found his touch.

The former Ardscoil Rís student hit two as Clare took a 0-10 to 0-9 before Ronan Lynch tied it up for the fifth time on the half-hour. But points from Gleeson and Duggan gave Clare the 0-12 to 0-10 half-time advantage. Galvin and Stephen Ward pushed Clare further clear on the resumption but Limerick and Ronan Lynch hit back.

He brought his tally to eleven for the day when he gave them a 0-16 to 0-15 lead in the 48th minute. Clare couldn’t handle Limerick at this stage, Quirke offered a reprieve with his second of the day. But it was short-lived and substitute Jack Kelliher sealed it with a late point for Limerick.
Scorers for Limerick: R Lynch 0-13 (8f, 2 65), D Dempsey 0-2, D O’Donovan 0-1, R Hanley 0-1, C Lynch 0-1, C Ryan 0-1, T Morrissey 0-1, P Ryan 0-1, J Kelliher 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan 0-6 (5f), I Galvin 0-4, S Gleeson 0-3, E Quirke 0-2, D Conroy 0-1, S O’Donnell 0-1, S Ward 0-1 (sideline), M O’Malley 0-1.

Limerick: D McCarthy; M O’Callaghan, R English, M Casey; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, G Hegarty, D O’Donovan, P Ryan; R Lynch, R Hanley, C Lynch; C Ryan, T Morrissey, D Dempsey
Subs: S Flanagan for Hegarty (34), A La Touche Cosgrave for Hanley (35), S Finn for M O’Callaghan (46), J Kelliher for Morrisey (59), D Condron for Dempsey (60).

Clare: K Hogan; A McGuane, D Fitzgerald, S O’Brien; C Cleary, B O’Gorman; D Conroy, K Hehir, E Quirke; B Duggan, S Gleeson, I Galvin; S O’Donnell, S Ward, R Taylor. Subs: M O’Malley for Gleeson (45), N Deasy for Hehir (49), D Moloney for Ward (52), C Crehan for Taylor 58.

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)


July 29th 2015

The Munster Council is pleased to confirm that 12,000 tickets of the 14,500 capacity have now been sold for Thursday evening’s (July 30th) Munster U21 Hurling Final between Clare and Limerick at Cusack Park in Ennis.

Supporters wishing to attend are asked to note that ticket sales through the Supervalu/Centra network will cease tomorrow (Thursday) at 2 pm. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the ground with sales opening at 3.30 pm.


July 28th 2015

The Munster Council is pleased to confirm that 10,000 tickets have been sold for the BGE Munster Under 21 Final between Clare and Limerick at Cusack Park, Ennis at 7 pm on Thursday July 30th, with 2,000 sold in the last 24 hours. The ground has a capacity of 14,500.

Supporters planning on attending this game are urged to pre-purchase their tickets through the participating County Boards or the participating Supervalu and Centra outlets. Tickets will only be on sale at Cusack Park on Thursday evening if all tickets have not been pre-sold.

The Under 21 final will be preceded by a Development Squad game between Clare and Limerick at 5 pm. Supporters are encouraged to enter the grounds as early as possible on Thursday evening and not later than 6.30pm.

Munster GAA – Statement re BGE Munster Under 21 Hurling Final

The Munster Council has confirmed that the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 Hurling Final between Clare and Limerick will take place on Thursday July 30th at 7pm in Cusack Park, Ennis.

The game will be all ticket and supporters are asked to pre-purchase their tickets in advance of the game. Adult and Juvenile tickets will go on sale through clubs, online through and through the usual participating Supervalu and Centra Stores.

Adult Terrace and Sideline tickets are €15, while Juvenile (under 16’s) tickets are €5. There will be a limited number of covered stand tickets available at €20. A student/OAP discount of €5 can be redeemed at the venue, available on adult tickets only. Tickets will go on sale at 10 am on Wednesday morning, July 22nd.

Fixture Details

Clare v Limerick
An Clár v Luimneach
Venue: Cusack Park, 7pm
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)
Extra time if necessary

Under 16 Hurling Challenge – Clare v Limerick
Throw-in 5.00pm

Ticket Information

Stand Adult: €20 (distributed through participating County Boards)
Terrace Adult: €15
Terrace Juvenile (Under 16): €5
Concessions: Available on the day of the match, purchase a full price adult ticket and you can claim a rebate of €5 when you produce appropriate I.D. at the designated stile prior to entry

Terrace tickets are now available to purchase via Centra and Supervalu outlets. Check out the Ticketing Store Locator to find the outlet closest to you.

Next round – winners play Galway in All Ireland semi-final on Saturday August 22nd.

Match Programme


Team News

LIMERICK: David McCarthy (Glenroe); Mark O’Callaghan (Knockaderry), Richie English (Doon), Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Pat Ryan (Doon); Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh); Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)
Subs: Eoghan McNamara (Doon), Sean Finn (Bruff), Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), David Condron (Granagh-Ballingarry), Liam O’Sullivan (Knockaderry) Jack Kelliher (Patrickswell), Jody Hannon (Adare), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)

Keith Hogan (Clooney Quin)
Eoin Quirke (Whitegate)
David Fitzgerald (Inagh/Kilnamona)
Shane O’Brien (Clonlara)
Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley)
Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay)
Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones)
David Conroy (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield)
Kevin Hehir (Inagh/Kilnamona)
Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
Shane Gleeson (Cratloe)
Ian Galvin (Clonlara)
Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)
Stephen Ward (Clarecastle)
Ryan Taylor (Clooney-Quin)

For the Record

  Clare Limerick
2015 Team Manager Donal Moloney John Kiely
2014 Championship Performance Defeated Limerick by 2-20 to 1-14 in quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds.

Defeated Tipperary by 5-19 to 1-25 in semi-final after extra time at Cusack Park.

Defeated Cork by 1-28 to 1-13 in Munster final at Cusack Park.

Defeated Antrim in All Ireland semi-final by 4-28 to 1-10 at Semple Stadium.

Defeated Wexford by 2-20 to 3-11 to win All Ireland title at Semple Stadium.

Lost to Clare by 2-20 to 1-14 in quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds.


Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling Titles 4 6
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling Title 2014 2011
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 hurling championship June 4th 2014 – Munster Quarter-Final – Clare 2-20 Limerick 1-14 at the Gaelic Grounds. Click here for match report.




Wednesday June 17th 

@ Páirc Uí Rinn Cork                    Waterford 1-21          Cork 1-11


Wednesday July 15th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare 0-23                 Waterford 1-18

Thursday July July 16th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick 3-16            Tipperary 3-14


Thursday July 30th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                                Clare v Limerick                                           @ 7pm

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 (6) – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002 , 2011

Waterford (3) – 1974, 1992, 1994

Clare (4) – 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014

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. Galway have 10 titles followed by Tipperary with 9. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade. Clare have won 4 titles (all in the last 6 years) while Waterford have 1 title.

Useful Information

Clare are seeking to win 4 Munster and All Ireland titles in a row. Cork achieved the 4 in a row of Munster and All Ireland titles between 1968 and 1971. Tipperary won 4 Munster titles in a row between 1978 and 1981. 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981

Clare have gone on to win the All Ireland title on each of the occasions they have been Munster champions.

Clare and Limerick only met once previously in a Munster under 21 hurling final in 1986 when Limerick won their first provincial title after a replay.

Clare have won their last 14 games in the under 21 hurling championship to secure 3 Munster and All-Ireland titles. Their last defeat was by Limerick in the 2011 Munster semi-final on a scoreline of 2-19 to 1-15 on July 26th at Cusack Park.

Since 2007, 4 of the 5 counties in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship have won the title – Cork (2007), Tipperary (2008 and 2010), Clare (2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and Limerick (2011).

The Munster Under 21 Hurling champions have captured the All-Ireland crown on 8 occasions since 2000 – Limerick (2000, 2001, 2003), Clare (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014) and Tipperary (2010). In the other 7 years the Munster championship winners which failed to go on to win the All Ireland title were Tipperary (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008),Cork (2005, 2007) and Limerick (2011).

By Thursday night Clare and Limerick will have shared the 5 most recent Munster under 21 hurling titles between them, the longest period ever without Cork or Tipperary winning the title.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Q-Final – Galway 2-28 Cork 0-22

Cork will play Galway in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 26th at 4pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.

SHC Q-F: Young guns fire Galway into semi-final

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final: Cork 0-22 Galway 2-28

By Brian Murphy at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

From the moment Jonathan Glynn put Galway ahead with a brilliant solo goal within a minute of the start of the game, it was apparent that Galway had turned up in Thurles intent on destroying Cork.

Anthony Cunningham’s side had played with a serious ferocity in the Leinster final defeat to Kilkenny, but here they married the savagery of their tackling and intensity of their work-rate with some superb score-taking and exuberant hurling, although their final wides tally of 23 will be of concern ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Tipperary on August 16.

Cork were badly exposed once again on the big stage – this performance was on a par with their implosion against Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final last August – and speaking to RTÉ after the game, their manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy said “I can’t wait for next year” when asked about his future with the Rebels.

The build-up to the game had been dominated by talk of how Cork had recalibrated their defence in the Qualifiers, using Mark Ellis as a sweeper to provide their full-back line with an additional layer of cover. The return of Shane O’Neill also looked to have bolstered their full-back line, but the Rebels’ defence was made to look gossamer-thin inside the opening minute when Glynn sallied past a series would-be tacklers and then flipped the sliotar over Ellis before tapping his shot past Anthony Nash for a brilliant goal.

The goal was timed at 60 seconds, and it rocked Cork on their heels, their defence struggling to rediscover their composure for the rest of the half. It was quite remarkable to see a Galway man waltz through the Cork rearguard without a glove being laid on him, and it made for a scarcely believable start to the game, and set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.

Ellis was rendered redundant by the quality of Galway’s passing, which was methodical and precise in the absence of any major pressure being applied by the Cork forwards, who had worked so tirelessly and effectively in the Round 2 Qualifier win over Clare. Glynn, the goalscorer, had a huge game for Galway, but it was Galway’s young guns, Cathal Mannion, Jason Flynn and debutant Conor Whelan who did most of the damage for the Tribesmen, scoring a massive 1-12 between them. On a day when Joe Canning was off-colour and contributed hugely to Galway’s wides tally, that young trio effectively won the game for the Tribesmen.

Galway were 1-15 to 0-14 up at the break and Cork were still in the game when they had Damien Cahalane sent off for a foul on Joseph Cooney in the 50th minute. Cork managed to create their only goal chance of the game – Colm Callanan saved smartly from Patrick Horgan – before sub Paudie O’Sullivan left four between the sides with 12 minutes left.

However, Cork crumbled in the closing stages, and a mistake from Ellis allowed the brilliant Mannion in for his sixth score of the game before Galway took over completely. The killer goal came in the 66th minute when Glynn broke a high ball into the square to 19-year-old Whelan, and he struck a low shot past Anthony Nash. Galway added to their winning margin in the final minutes, making it a painful afternoon for Cork who have now crashed out of successive championships with huge defeats and puzzling non-performances.

Cork’s new system was intended to bring their best score-getters into the game, but when Conor Lehane scored his third point from play in the 54th minute, it was his first touch of the ball in the entire second half. Patrick Horgan, who coaxed them over the line against Clare, scored just one point from play, while Brian Lawton and Bill Cooper failed to exert anywhere near the dominance they can around the middle third.

Daniel Kearney was Cork’s most effective player, but much of the ball he won was wasted by a Cork attack that was chewed up and spat out by a Galway defence led by the magnificent Daithí Burke. The closest Cork got to Galway all afternoon was when Cormac Murphy’s point had them 1-10 to 0-12 down after 26 minutes, but in reality they were outplayed and outfought by a Galway side that will take some beating when they face Munster champions Tipperary in three weeks’ time.
Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-9 (0-8f), C Lehane 0-3, S Harnedy 0-3, D Kearney 0-2, C Murphy 0-1, B Lawton 0-1, P O’Sullivan 0-1, A Cadogan 0-1, A Walsh 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: C Mannion 0-7, J Canning 0-5 (0-2f, 0-1sl, 0-1 65), Whelan 1-2, J Glynn 1-2, J Flynn 0-3, A Smith 0-1, David Burke 0-2, C Donnellan 0-2, A Harte 0-2, J Cooney 0-1, Niall Healy 0-1.

CORK: Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Brian Murphy, Stephen McDonnell; Damien Cahalane, Mark Ellis, Cormac Murphy; Aidan Walsh, Daniel Kearney; Brian Lawton, Patrick Cronin, Bill Cooper; Conor Lehane, Séamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan
Subs: Jamie Coughlan for Pa Cronin (HT), Lorcán McLoughlin for Cormac Murphy (44), Alan Cadogan for Brian Lawton (46), Paudie O’Sullivan for Bill Cooper (57).

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Johnny Coen, John Hanbury, Padraig Mannion; Aidan Harte, Iarla Tannian, Daithi Burke; Andrew Smith, David Burke; Conor Whelan, Cyril Donnellan, Jonathan Glynn; Jason Flynn, Joe Canning, Cathal Mannion
Subs: Joseph Cooney for David Burke (HT), David Collins for Cyril Donnellan (57), Greg Lally for Iarla Tannian (61), Fergal Moore for Andrew Smith (65), Niall Healy for Johnny Glynn (67).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

Attendance: 33,150

Fixture Details

26.07.2015 (Sun)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 16:00
Gaillimh v Corcaigh
Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)

Team News

Cork Senior Hurling team to play Galway

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
3. Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers)
4. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
5. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
9. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
10. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
11. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)
12. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
13. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
14. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita’s)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

Galway (v Cork): C Callanan; J Coen, J Hanbury, P Mannion; A Harte, I Tannian, Daithi Burke; A Smith, David Burke; C Whelan, C Donnellan, J Glynn; J Flynn, J Canning, C Mannion.

How they got here

Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21 (Munster semi-final)
Cork 2-22 Wexford 0-20 (Round 1 Qualifier)
Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17 (Round 1 Qualifier)

Patrick Horgan……….. 1-24 (0-17 frees, 1-0 pen)
Conor Lehane…………. 1-9
Pa Cronin…………………0-8
Seamus Harnedy……… 1-3
Bill Cooper……………… 0-4
Alan Cadogan…………. 0-3
Aidan Walsh…………… 0-2
Brian Lawton ………. … 0-2
Luke O’Farrell………….0-1
Mark Ellis………………..0-1
Daniel Kearney………..0-1
Darren McCarthy………0-1
Damien Cahalane………0-1
Cormac Murphy ……….0-1
Jamie Coughlan …………0-1
Paudie O’Sullivan………0-1

Galway 1-17 Dublin 0-20 (Leinster quarter-final)
Galway 5-19 Dublin 1-18 (Leinster quarter-final) Replay
Galway 3-28 Laois 1-14 (Leinster semi-final)
Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 2-15 (Leinster final)

Joe Canning………… 4-32 (0-20 frees, 0-3 ‘65s)
Cathal Mannion……..3-8
Jason Flynn…………..1-11 (0-7frees)
Cyril Donnellan…….. 0-7
Davy Glennon………. 1-2
Andy Smith ………….0-4
Johnny Coen……….. .1-0
Joseph Cooney………1-0
Aidan Harte………… 0-3
David Burke………….0-3
Padraig Brehony……0-2
Niall Healy…………….0-2
Padraig Mannion……..0-2
John Hanbury………….0-1
Jonathon Glynn……….0-1
Fergal Moore ………….0-1

Previous Championship Clashes

This will be the 33rd championship clash between the counties, with Cork winning 25 to Galway’s 7 from the previous 32. All of Galway’s seven wins have come in the last 40 years, a period in which they lead Cork 7-6. Galway have won their last three championship clashes with Cork.

2012: Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2011: Galway 2-23 Cork 1-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2009: Galway 1-19 Cork 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2008: Cork 0-23 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2005: Cork 1-21 Galway 1-16 (All-Ireland final)
2002: Galway 0-21 Cork 1-9 (All-Ireland qualifier)
1990: Cork 5-15 Galway 2-21 (All-Ireland final)
1986: Cork 4-13 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland final)
1985: Galway 4-12 Cork 5-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1983: Cork 5-14 Galway 1-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1979: Galway 2-14 Cork 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1977: Cork 3-14 Galway 1-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1975: Galway 4-15 Cork 2-19 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1969: Cork 3-15 Galway 1-10 (Munster semi-final)
1968: Cork 3-15 Galway 1-6 (Munster semi-final)
1964: Cork 4-14 Galway 2-7 (Munster quarter-final)
1954: Cork 4-13 Galway 2-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1953: Cork 3-3 Galway 0-8 (All-Ireland final)
1952: Cork 1-5 Galway 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1946: Cork 2-10 Galway 0-3 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1944: Cork 1-10 Galway 3-3 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1942: Cork 6-8 Galway 2-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1929: Cork 4-9 Galway 1-3 (All-Ireland final)
1928: Cork 6-12 Galway 1-0 (All-Ireland final)
1927: Cork 5-6 Galway 0-2 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1919: Cork 3-8 Galway 0-2 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1914: Cork 6-6 Galway 0-0 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1910: Cork 7-3 Galway 1-0 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1908: Cork 2-8 Galway 1-7 (1907 All-Ireland semi-final)
1906: Cork 5-13 Galway 0-4 (1905 All-Ireland semi-final)
1902: Cork 10-13 Galway 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1901: Cork 7-12 Galway 1-3 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Cork and Galway clashed in the Allianz League in Pearse Stadium on March 16 last, when the Leesiders won by 2-17 to 0-20.

Galway are appearing in their 15th All-Ireland quarter-final, having won three, drawn one and lost ten of their previous fourteen.
2013: Clare 1-23 Galway 2-14
2011: Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13
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 0-17
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

This will be Cork’s 10th appearance in the All-Ireland quarter-finals, having won seven, drawn one and lost one of the previous nine.
2013: Cork 0-19 Kilkenny 0-14
2012: Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19
2010: Cork 1-25 Antrim 0-19
2008: Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17
2007: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (Replay)
2007: Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (Draw)
2006: Cork 0-19 Limerick 0-18
2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13
2004: Cork 2-26 Antrim 0-10


All-Ireland Senior Hurling Q-Final – Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19

Waterford defeated Dublin by 2-21 to 1-19 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 26th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

SHC QF: Waterford see off Dublin in Thurles

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-final: Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19

By Peter Sweeney in Thurles for

Waterford booked an All-Ireland semi-final date with Kilkenny on August 9 at Croke Park thanks to a five-point win over Dublin.

Trailing by a point at the break, the Déise put on the gas in the second half and were well deserving winners of this quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Goals from Shane Bennett, a real rasper within two minutes of the restart, and Maurice Shanahan five minutes from time tied up the result.

Having narrowly edged the first half, the Dubs appeared to be floating towards inevitable defeat through the third quarter. Then, 13 minutes from time, Mark Schutte rattled the Waterford net to cut the gap to four points and this game reignited.

Fair play to the Deise, they reacted strongly and booked their last four spot against their neighbours and reigning All-Ireland champions. This game finished with ugly scenes, Dublin centre-back Liam Rushe seeing red for striking Maurice Shanahan off the ball deep into injury time.

The Dubs played with the not insignificant wind in the first half and led at the break by a single point, 0-13 to 0-12, getting the last three scores of the period. Waterford’s Division 1 League title win and march to the Munster final, where they lost to Tipperary earlier in the month, was based solidly in defence.

Manager Derek McGrath had adopted a defensive system that many people felt was inspired by football’s fashion for getting me behind the ball. On this occasion though they played a far more open game than usual, with Colin Dunford, picked in the full-forward line as usual, playing close to the opposition goal rather than working back.

It’s certainly a tactic that paid early dividends when he picked off two first half points. Austin Gleeson too spent more time in the opposition half, rather than sweeping back in front of his defence. Of course, this allowed Dublin more room to operate in attack and their 13 first half points was a fair return in a free-scoring opening.

The Boys in Blue were extremely economical up front, hitting just three first half wides, an had a spread of six scorers. Danny Sutcliffe weighed in with three points in the first half and exerted a major influence on proceedings. The Dubs’ defence was shaky at times at the start, their skills letting them down even when they were first to the ball on a wet day at Semple Stadium.

Goalkeeper Gary Maguire, a former All Star, came under pressure on a number of occasions too. Once he was impressive when he came to take man and ball, clearing a dangerously dropping effort. A move then swept up the field and ended with Paul Ryan putting over free. A few minutes later Maguire did well to deal with a tricky low shot from Bennett, though he fumbled possession and a debatable ’65’ was awarded that Shanahan flew over as part of his 0-8 first half haul.

On the half-hour Noel Connors limped out of the action, his suspect hamstring giving way. He was replaced by Stephen Daniels, playing his first Championship game in two years following his horror leg break early last summer. Waterford were level within seconds of the restart, the always impressive Kevin Moran adding the second point to his account for the day, and were in front almost straight away.

Shahanan pounced on a Cian O’Callaghan error and just as he was about to point he spotted Bennet free near goals. Bennett fumbled what was a perfect pass, but more than made amends when he hit the ball on the half volley and hammered it into the net. From here they worked a seven-point lead and it appeared as though they were cruising into the next round.

Credit to Dublin, they managed to pull themselves out of their steep decline and Mark Schutte’s goal gave them hope, Ryan O’Dwyer doing well to get his centre away to set up this key score. Waterford were more compact in the second half as they defended their lead, though they did break out to score a magnificent second goal. The move started with Daniels in the left back-back position and ended with Shanahan blasting past Maguire, rounding off his 1-12 total.
Scorers for Waterford: M Shanahan 1-12 (9f, 2 ’65’); A Gleeson 0-4 (1 sideline); Shane Bennett (1-0); C Dunford, K Moran 0-2 each; J Dillon 0-1

Scorers for Dublin: M Schutte 1-2; P Ryan 0-5 (5f); D Sutcliffe, D O’Callaghan 0-3 each, R O’Dwyer 0-2, D Treacy 0-2 (1 ’65’); C Crummey, N McMorrow 0-1 each

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Darragh Fives, Tadhg de Burca, Philip Mahony; Kevin Moran, Jamie Barron; Shane Bennett, Austin Gleeson, Jake Dillon; Maurice Shanahan, Michael Walsh, Colin Dunford
Subs: Shane Daniels for Connors (30); Patrick Curran for Dunford (54); Tom Devine for Dillon (67); Stephen Bennett for Shane Bennett (71); Eddie Barrett for Gleeson (71).

DUBLIN: Gary Maguire; Shane Barrett, Cian O’Callaghan, Paul Scutte; Chris Crummey, Liam Rushe, Joseph Boland; John McCaffrey, Niall McMorrow; Paul Ryan, Danny Sutcliffe, Ryan O’Dwyer; David O’Callaghan, Conal Keaney, Mark Schutte.
Subs: Peter Kelly for Barrett (47); Cian Boland for McMorrow (53); David Treacy for Ryan (63); Eamon Dillon for Keaney (66); Oisin O’Rourke for Sutcliffe (71).

REFEREE: J Ryan (Tipperary)

Fixture Details

26.07.2015 (Sun)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 14:00
Áth Cliath v Port Láirge
Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tiobraid Árann)

Team News

DUBLIN (SH v Waterford): G Maguire; S Barrett, C O’Callaghan, P Schutte; C Crummey, L Rushe, J Boland; J McCaffrey, N McMorrow; P Ryan, R O’Dwyer, D Sutcliffe; D O’Callaghan, C Keaney, M Schutte.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe, S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; T De Burca, A Gleeson, P Mahony; J Barron, D Fives; K Moran, Shane Bennett, J Dillon; M Shanahan, M Walsh, C Dunford.

How they got here

Galway 1-17 Dublin 0-20 (Leinster quarter-final)
Galway 5-19 Dublin 1-18 (Leinster quarter-final) Replay
Dublin 4-17 Laois 0-19 (Round 1 Qualifier)
Dublin 1-17 Limerick 1-16 (Round 2 Qualifiers)

Paul Ryan………………… 0-24 (0-13 frees, 0-3 ‘65s’)
David Treacy………. ….0-13 (0-9 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Mark Schutte…………….2-6
Eamonn Dillon………….1-5
Conal Keaney…………..1-3
‘Dotsy’ O’Callaghan…2-0
Danny Sutcliffe…. …..0-4
Liam Rushe…………….0-3
Ryan O’Dwyer………..0-3
Daire Plunkett…………0-3
Johnny McCaffrey…. 0-2
Darragh O’Connell….0-2
Cian Boland……………0-2
Simon Lambert……… 0-1
Shane Barrett………… 0-1

Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 (Munster final)

Maurice Shanahan…1-17 (0-10 frees, 0-3 ‘65s’)
Kevin Moran…………0-4
Jake Dillon…………….1-0
Tom Devine…………..1-0
Austin Gleeson……….0-3 (0-2 frees)
Stephen Bennett…….0-2
Shane Bennett……….0-2
Colin Dunford……….0-2
Patrick Curran………..0-2
Shane Fives………….. 0-2
Tadhg De Burca……..0-1

2005: Waterford 4-17 Dublin 1-3 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
1948: Waterford 6-7 Dublin 2-2
1938: Dublin 2-5 Waterford 1-6

Dublin have won one and lost two of their previous three appearances in the All-Ireland quarter-final.
2014: Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16
2011: Dublin 3-13 Limerick 0-18
2009: Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17

Waterford have won six, drawn one and lost two of their previous nine quarter-finals.
2012: Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19
2011: Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13
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 3-14
2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13
1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10


Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Galway 1-14 Limerick 0-13

Galway defeated Limerick by 1-14 to 0-13 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 26th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

MHC Q-F: Galway too strong for Limerick

Electric Ireland All-Ireland MHC Quarter-Final: Galway 1-14 Limerick 0-13

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

Evan Niland hit 0-9 as Galway advanced past the challenge of Limerick in this afternoon’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling quarter-final. Niland bagged five first half points and added four after the break as the Westerners set up an All-Ireland semi-final clash with Kilkenny on August 9.

Jack Grealish scored the crucial Galway goal in the 36th minute and while Limerick battled gamely to the finish, getting back to within three points in the final minute, sub Cianan Fahy slotted over the insurance score. Galway were a point clear at half-time, 0-9 to 0-8, but Limerick would have been reasonably happy after playing against the breeze in greasy conditions.

Galway led by five points – 0-9 to 0-4 – before Limerick hit four unanswered points before half-time.
Scorers for Galway: E Niland 0-9 (5f, 2 65s), J Grealish 1-0, B Concannon, T Monaghan, F Burke, M Lynch & C Fahy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: P Casey 0-5 (4f), C Magner-Flynn & E McNamara (1f, 1 65) 0-2 each, O O’Reilly, K Hayes, B Murphy & M Mackey 0-1 each.

GALWAY: D Gilligan; S Bannon, J Fitzpatrick, K O’Connor, C Mulry, I O’Brien, A Greaney; J Grealish, J Coyne; B Concannon, T Monaghan, F Burke; M Lynch, E Niland, S Loftus. Subs: C Fahy for Coyne (46), L Forde for Lynch (55), P Foley for Burke (60+1).

LIMERICK: E McNamara; O O’Reilly, C McSweeney, J O’Grady; C Byrnes, C Houlihan, S Flanagan; T Grimes, D O’Carroll; M Mackey, B Murphy, P Casey; K Hayes, P O’Loughlin, C Magner-Flynn. Subs: C O’Connor for O’Loughlin (38), B McPartland for D Carroll (40), C Carroll for Houlihan (43), C Boylan for Mackey (44), W O’Meara for Magner-Flynn (56), T Hayes for O’Connor (temp 58-60+1).

Referee: T Carroll (Offaly)

Fixture Details

26.07.2015 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 12:00
Luimneach v Gaillimh
Referee: Tony Carroll (Uíbh Fhailí)
E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Limerick Minor Hurling team to play Galway

1. Eoghan McNamara (Capt) Doon, 2. Oisín O Reilly (Kilmallock), 3. Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), 4. Jack O Grady (Knockainey), 5. Conor Byrnes (Murroe/Boher), 6. Paddy O Loughlin (Kilmallock), 7. Conor Houlihan (Na Piarsaigh), 8. Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), 9. Darragh Carroll (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 10. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Palllaskenry), 11. Barry Murphy (Doon), 12. Michael Mackey (Adare), 13. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh/Castlemahon) & 15. Cian Magner Flynn (Kileedy).
16. Adam O Brien (Ahane), 17. Colum Carroll (Ahane), 18 Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 19.Ciaran O Connor (Kilmallock), 20. Tom Hayes (Doon), 21. Paudie Ahern (Kileedy), 22. Willie O Meara (Askeaton), 23. Darren O Connell (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 24. Brian McPartland (Doon) & 25. Eoin Ryan (Adare).

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers – Kildare 1-21 Cork 1-13

Kildare defeated Cork by 1-21 to 1-13 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 25th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Listless Cork felled by Qualifier kings Kildare

By Brendan O’Brien, Semple Stadium for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kildare 1-21 Cork 1-13

Kildare more than lived up to their reputation as the Qualifier kings with a comprehensive victory over a disappointingly flat Cork side in their All-Ireland qualifier Round 4A qualifier at Semple Stadium this evening. Time and again in recent seasons the Leinster county has resurrected their summer with a long and winding run through the back door. They will now once again see action in the month of August after confounding the majority of pre-match expectations and odds.

Kildare had been heavily beaten by Dublin in Leinster before righting the ship in the Qualifiers, first with a narrow win against Offaly and then with a comprehensive beating of Longford. Cork, of course, were seven days off a Munster final replay loss to Kerry. The hangover looked pronounced.

Cork could argue that nothing went right for them on the night between James Loughrey’s early black card, Alan O’Connor’s loss before half-time with suspected knee damage and Conor Dorman hitting the crossbar soon after the interval. Not to mention Kevin O’Driscoll’s straight red after 55 minutes.

That would be to gloss over a listlessness that made one wonder how this was the same group of players who had a Munster title snatched from their grasp by Kerry. To think, too, that Kildare probably should have lost their summer opener to Laois. Such is the beauty, sometimes terrible, of the qualifiers.

The sides chaperoned each other closely through the first 25 minutes or so with the scores standing at four points apiece before Kildare went on the rampage to claim eight of the next nine white flags before the half-time whistle. Dorman hitting the crossbar with a palmed effort after 37 minutes was compounded shortly after when Niall Kelly – superb all evening – finished off a team move at the far end with a lovely effort to the net and suddenly Kildare led by seven.

Cork fell away thereafter and the gap had grown to a dozen points before Colm O’Neill caught the Kildare defence napping when sending a free low into the semi-guarded net with 13 minutes to go. Points soon after from Colm O’Neill and Brian Hurley gave the hint of it being an unlikely comeback.

It wasn’t. Kildare steadied and saw out the remainder of this comfortably enough despite losing Emmet Bolton to a late red card.

Scorers for Kildare: N Kelly (1-3); E O’Flaherty (0-5 frees); P Fogarty (0-3, 1 free); A Smith and P Cribbin (0-2); M Donnellan (0-2 frees); O Lyons, E Doyle, P O’Neill, C McNally (all 0-1).

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill (1-4, 1-2 frees): D O’Connor (0-5, 4 frees); B O’Driscoll, M Collins, P Kerrigan and B Hurley (all 0-1).

Kildare: M Donnellan; O Lyons, C Fitzpatrick, M O’Grady; K Mufrnaghan, E Doyle, E Bolton; T Moolick, P Cribbin; C McNally, E O’Flaherty, P O’Neill; N Kelly, A Smith, E Callaghan
Subs: P Fogarty for Callaghan (inj, 35+4); P Kelly for O’Grady (38); M Sherry for O’Flaherty (black card, 51); M Conway for McNally (57); F Conway for Kelly (64); G Whyte for Smith (71).

Cork: K O’Halloran; S Cronin, J O’Sullivan, M Shields; C Dorman, J Loughrey, B O’Driscoll; A O’Connor, E Cadogan; C O’Driscoll, M Collins, K O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan
Subs: B O’Driscoll for Loughrey, black card (12); F Goold for O’Connor (inj, 20); B Hurley for C O’Driscoll (HT); T Clancy for Cronin (43); J O’Rourke for Dorman (48); D Og Hodnett for O’Sullivan (66).

Referee: M Duffy (Sligo)

Team News

Cork Senior Football to play Kildare

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s)
3. Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown)
4. James Loughrey (Mallow)
5. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
6. Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
7. Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)
8. Alan O’Connor (St. Colum’s)
9. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
10. Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
12. Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
13. Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
15. Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond)

16. Paddy O’Shea (St. Vincent’s)
17. Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)
18. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)
19. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)
20. Ian Maguire (St. Finbarr’s)
21. Fintan Goold (Macroom)
22. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
23. Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg)
24. Donal Óg Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa)
25. John Hayes (Carbery Rangers)
26. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

Note: Due to injury Tom Clancy (Clonakilty) and Patrick Kelly (Ballincollig) were not considered for selection for this game.

How they got here

Cork1-20 Clare 1-8 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 (Munster final) Draw
Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6 (Munster final) Replay

Kildare 0-16 Laois 0-16 (Leinster quarter-final)
Kildare 3-18 Laois 1-11 (Leinster quarter-final) Replay
Dublin 5-18 Kildare 0-14 (Leinster semi-final)
Kildare 1-15 Offaly 1-13 (Round 2 qualifier)
Kildare 2-24 Longford 0-11 (Round 3 (qualifier)

This will be only the fifth clash between Cork and Kildare in championship history, with previous results as follows:
2012: Cork 2-19 Kildare 0-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2008: Cork 2-11 Kildare 1-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1956: Cork 0-9 Kildare 0-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1928: Kildare 3-7 Cork 0-2 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Cork are attempting to qualify for the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the 12th time, having missed out on three occasions (2001- 2003-2004) since the new championship system was introduced in 2001. A win would see them reach the last eight for the 11th successive year.

Kildare are bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the sixth time, having previously got there in 2008-2009-2010-2011-2012).


All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 3-13 Wexford 2-9

Kerry defeated Wexford by 3-13 to 2-9 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday July 25th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Kerry perform great late escape

By Kieran McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 3-13 Wexford 2-9: The full-time score gave a somewhat misleading representation as Kerry performed a late escape act in Dungarvan on Saturday afternoon to remain on course for a 16th All-Ireland junior title.

With 46 minutes on the clock, the Munster champions trailed by 2-8 to 0-9 after Michael Dwyer rammed to the roof of the net for Wexford, who were boosted by the arrival of Mattie Forde in the second half.

It forced the Kingdom to take drastic action. Manager Stephen Wallace sprung Brendan O’Sullivan and Thomas Hickey from the bench and the fresh legs powered them forward over the final quarter.

O’Sullivan and Liam Kearney managed to monopolise midfield while Hickey showed enthusiastically in the corner. On 49 minutes, leading marksman Conor Cox palmed to the net at the back post following a fluent passing move and Kerry were back in the game. Seven minutes later, Kearney produced a huge catch before Hickey sprayed across for Cox to punch home once again.

The comeback was complete when Killian Spillane finished another defence-splitting attack involving O’Sullivan and David Culhane in the final minute of normal time. A lethal injection of 3-4 in the space of 13 minutes. It could have turned out very differently as David Power’s Wexford fully deserved their five-point lead entering the last leg of the journey. A thumping drive from Paudie Barden to the top corner of Shane Murphy’s net on 16 minutes gave them encouragement.

Donal Shanley and Niall Harney also knocked over fine scores to leave them 1-6 to 0-7 in the clear at halfway. Only a late brace by Philip O’Connor prevented Wexford from holding a more sizeable advantage.

They kicked on further when Power sent in 2004 All-Star Forde for the second half. The Kilanerin man only needed 50 seconds to make an impression and measure a point from the right wing.

Although Cox and O’Connor pared down the arrears to one, Forde sprinkled more magic dust at the other end. He intercepted a stray sideline ball and slipped a pass inside for Michael Dwyer to finish emphatically past Murphy. A seven-point Kerry win looked implausible before Wallace’s rejig turned things round.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cox (2-4, 4 frees); K Spillane (1-0); P O’Connor (0-3); B O’Sullivan (0-2); T Hickey, L Kearney, J O’Donoghue, J Walsh (0-1 each).

Scorers for Wexford: P Barden (1-1); M Dwyer (1-0); D Shanley (0-3, 3 frees); N Harney (0-2); C Redmond, D Murphy, M Forde (0-1 each).

KERRY: S Murphy; D O’Donoghue, D Culhane, G Crowley; J Walsh, T Morley, E Kiely; G O’Sullivan, L Kearney; P O’Connor, J O’Donoghue, B Crowley; A O’Donoghue, C Cox, J Kiely.
Subs: K Spillane for J O’Donoghue (44); B O’Sullivan for G O’Sullivan (47); T Hickey for Kiely (47); A Barry for A O’Donoghue (56).

WEXFORD: R Cleary; P Curtis, J Rossiter, P O’Keeffe; S Doyle, R Vallejo, G Carty; G Malone, J White; N Harney, D Shanley, M Dwyer; M Rossiter, P Barden, K Rowe.
Subs: M Forde for Rossiter (HT); C Redmond for Rowe (33); A Maddock for Curtis (44); D Murphy for Malone (50); S Gaul for White (58).

Referee: J Bermingham (Cork)

Fixture Details

25.07.2015 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Semi Finals
Fraher Field, Dungarvan 14:00
Loch Garman v Ciarraí
Referee: James Bermingham (Corcaigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Kerry Junior Football Team to play Wexford in the All Ireland Junior Football Semi final in Dungarvan on Saturday at 2pm shows one change in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in the provincial final with Listry’s Gary O’Sullivan, introduced as a sub in that game, coming in at midfield in place of Brendan O’Sullivan. Killian Spillane joins the match day panel instead of the injured Greg Gibson. The team, captained by Alan O’Donoghue of John Mitchels is as follows:

1 Shane Murphy Kilcummin
2 Dan O’Donoghue Spa
3 Jack McGuire Listowel Emmets
4 David Culhane Ballylongford
5 James Walsh Knocknagoshel
6 Tadhg Morley Templenoe
7 Gavin Crowley Templenoe
8 Gary O’Sullivan Listry
9 Liam Kearney Spa
10 Brian Crowley Templenoe
11 Jeff O’Donoghue Glenflesk
12 Philip O’Connor Cordal
13 Thomas Hickey Castleisland Desmonds
14 Conor Cox Listowel Emmets
15 Alan O’Donoghue (C) John Mitchels

Fir Ionaid:
16 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
17 Eamon Kiely Brosna
18 Brian Sugrue Renard
19 Michael Brennan Churchill
20 Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
21 Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes
22 Adam Barry Brosna
23 David Griffin Ardfert
24 Killian Spillane Templenoe

Bainisteoir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Roghnoirí: Fergus Clifford (Listry), Denis O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Additional Info:

Additional Squad Members:
Paudie Clifford Fossa
Roibeard Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

On the Injured List:
Denis Daly St Marys
Greg Gibson Waterville
Patrick Clifford Templenoe
Liam Carey Beaufort
Brian Rayel Lispole

Munster SFC Final Replay – Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-11 to 1-6 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Replay on Saturday July 18th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Munster SFC Final: Kingdom see off Rebels again


Report from

Paul Geaney’s goal with 20 minutes to go was the key score as Kerry defeated Cork to win their 77th Munster title in the Munster SFC Final replay on Saturday night in Killarney.

On a wet, dark evening at Fitzgerald Stadium, Kerry ground down a competitive Cork side in a match that was not conducive to a good game of football.

There was just a point between them at the break, Kerry leading by one, and the sides were level with 20 minutes to go when a quick thinking Colm Cooper set up Geaney for the vital goal.

Cooper took a quick free into Donnchadh Walsh, Walsh’s shot broke to Geaney and Geaney rattled home to the net. That put Kerry three ahead, and Cork didn’t actually score again as Kerry hit the final two points of the game in a dour closing quarter to win by five.

Kerry had Stephen O’Brien sent off late on, but it mattered little as the Kingdom were very comfortable at the end. Cork only scored two points in the entire second half, and overall, Kerry were much improved from their below par display in the drawn game two weeks ago. Kerry led by a point at half-time after a first half that struggled to get going in light of the poor weather conditions, with wind and rain prevailing in Killarney.

The sides shared the first four points, Colm O’Neill and Donncha O’Connor slotting frees for Cork either side of Kerry points from Walsh and Bryan Sheehan (free). Sheehan’s freetaking, as ever, was a joy to behold in the first half as he hit five placed balls between the posts. His second followed two smart breakaway Kerry points from Geaney and that left a sharp looking Kingdom 0-5 to 0-2 ahead after 14 minutes.

Cork responded quickly with points from O’Neill and Brian O’Driscoll, but two frees from Sheehan – including an absolute stunner from 60 metres – left Kerry 0-7 to 0-4 ahead with five minutes left to the break. Then came the Cork goal. The Rebels held possession intelligently in the middle third before a sharp ball inside found O’Neill. In an instant, O’Neill released to the onrushing Paul Kerrigan, and the Nemo Rangers flyer brushed off the attention of two diving Kerry defenders to lash past Brendan Kealy into the roof of the net.

Cork dominated the closing minutes of the first half after the goal and they had their chances to go ahead. However, Kerry completed the first half scoring with another Sheehan free. Cork drew level early in the second half through Colm O’Neill, but Jonathan Lyne restored Kerry’s lead shortly afterwards. Cooper came on 10 minutes into the second half but Cork levelled immediately after the eight-time All Star’s arrival, Kevin O’Driscoll landing a superb point.

However, on 50 minutes came the vital Kerry goal. David Moran’s long punt forward resulted in a scoreable free for Kerry, which Cooper held, seemingly set to shoot for a point. Then, in a moment not entirely unlike Mikey Sheehy’s 1978 stroke of genius against Dublin, Cooper took the free quickly and found Walsh.

Walsh was clean through on Ken O’Halloran and he fired at goal. The shot ricocheted into the arms of Geaney, who showed great composure to put the ball past Michael Shields, who was trying to block on the line. Cork never recovered from this concession. Although Sheehan and Geaney were withdrawn before the end, Kerry found two points to extend their lead, with James O’Donoghue landing his only score of the game to leave them five clear with just five minutes to go. O’Donoghue had been superbly marshalled by James Loughrey throughout.
Paul Galvin’s entrance as a substitute before the end provided the biggest cheer of the day for Kerry, the Finuge man making his first appearance since ending his retirement in March.

Things ended somewhat sourly for Kerry with the dismissal of O’Brien, but the prevailing feeling for the Kingdom at the end was probably relief. They can now look forward to the All-Ireland quarter-finals in a few weeks, whereas Cork must beat Kildare in Round 4A next weekend to seal a place in the last eight.

Scorers for Kerry: P Geaney 1-3 (1f), B Sheehan 0-5 (5f), D Walsh 0-1, J Lyne 0-1, J O’Donoghue 0-1

Scorers for Cork: P Kerrigan 1-0, C O’Neill 0-3 (2f), D O’Connor 0-1 (1f), Brian O’Driscoll 0-1, K O’Driscoll 0-1

KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Jonathan Lyne, Killian Young, Paul Murphy; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Johnny Buckley, Bryan Sheehan, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Colm Cooper for K Donaghy (45), Steven O’Brien for B Sheehan (58), Barry John Keane for P Geaney (62), Paul Galvin for D Walsh (66), Peter Crowley for Killian Young (69).

CORK: Ken O’Halloran; Michael Shields, Jamie O’Sullivan, James Loughrey; Barry O’Driscoll, Brian O’Driscoll, Stephen Cronin; Alan O’Connor, Paddy Kelly; Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O’Connor, Kevin O’Driscoll; Colm O’Neill, Mark Collins, Brian Hurley
Subs: Fintan Goold for D O’Connor (47), Conor Dorman for K O’Driscoll (54), Daniel Goulding for P Kelly (59), Tomás Clancy for Barry O’Driscoll (66), John Hayes for B Hurley (67).

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Attendance: 32,233

Paul Geaney goal helps Kerry claim Munster crown

Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6

Report from

Colm Cooper came off the bench to set up the crucial score of the game as All-Ireland champions Kerry captured their 77th Munster SFC crown in a replay played in a downpour at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney.

Cooper dispatched a quick free which led to Paul Geaney finding the net and taking the sting out of the Cork challenge after another good contest. The goal pushed the Kingdom three points in front and Cork never recovered and did not score again after that. Indeed, they managed only two points in the second-half and went scoreless from the 46th minute to the end and will now need to regroup for the qualifiers.

The accuracy of Bryan Sheehan was decisive in Kerry opening up a 0-07 to 0-04 lead after half an hour, but they were rocked when Cork countered and Colm O’Neill set up Paul Kerrigan and he blasted to the net for the seventh goal the Kingdom have conceded in this year’s championship. Sheehan edged the Kingdom back in front just before the interval with his fifth free to lead by 0-08 to 1-04 at the break.
O’Neill had given Cork a good start with the opening point after two minutes before Donnchadh Walsh and Sheehan got the All-Ireland champions ahead.

Donncha O’Connor tied the sides with a free and they were level four times during the opening half as the huge crowd of 32,233 enjoyed the exchanges despite the constant wind and rain. Paul Geaney landed two good points for Kerry but O’Neill and Brian O’Driscoll responded for the Rebels to tie the sides again after 17 minutes.

Three frees in-a-row from Sheehan saw Kerry open up a lead but then O’Neill put Kerrigan through and he shot home a fine goal. O’Neill tied the match four minutes after the restart before wing-back Jonathan Lyne went forward to edge Kerry back in front.

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice then introduced Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper for Kieran Donaghy, but it was Cork who levelled when Kevin O’Driscoll landed an excellent effort from 45 metres to tie the sides a sixth time. But then Cooper made an immediate impact, taking a quick free which put Donnchadh Walsh through and while his effort was saved by Ken O’Halloran, the rebound fell to Paul Geaney and he sidestepped Michael Shields to shoot to the net from close range.

That put the Kingdom 1-09 to 1-06 in front with 20 minutes remaining and they expected that lead with efforts from Paul Geaney and James O’Donoghue to lead by five. Kerry drafted in Paul Galvin for his first action in almost two years when he came on for Walsh four minutes from time as Kerry supporters began celebrating the retention of their Munster crown. However, they finished with 14 when Stephen O’Brien picked up a second yellow card in the closing stages

KERRY: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, S Enright; J Lyne (0-01), K Young, P Murphy; A Maher, D Moran; J Buckley, B Sheehan (0-05, 0-05f), D Walsh (0-01); P Geaney (1-03, 0-01f), K Donaghy, J O’Donoghue (0-01).
Subs: M Geaney for Buckley (30 mins), C Cooper for Donaghy (45 mins), S O’Brien for Sheehan (58 mins), P Galvin for Walsh (66 mins).

CORK: K O’Halloran; M Shields, J O’Sullivan, J Loughrey; Barry O’Driscoll, Brian O’Driscoll (0-01), S Cronin; A O’Connor, P Kelly; P Kerrigan (1-00), D O’Connor (0-01, 0-01f), K O’Driscoll (0-01); C O’Neill (0-03, 0-02f), M Collins, B Hurley.
Subs: F Goold for D O’Connor (47 mins), D Goulding for Kelly (55 mins), J Hayes for Hurley (67 mins).

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois).

Fixture Details

Cork v Kerry
Corcaigh v Ciarraí
Venue: Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, 7pm
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)
Extra time if necessary

Live Entertainment Planned ahead of Saturday’s Munster Final Replay

Munster GAA is delighted to announce that there will be two top artists providing pre-match entertainment at the Munster Senior Football Final replay at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on Saturday evening next July 18th. The Munster Council is asking supporters attending the replay to arrive early at the grounds.

Stiles will open at 5pm and the entertainment will begin at 5.15pm with the vibrant and energetic traditional Irish musician, Liam O’Connor.


Liam will be followed at 5.45pm by one of Ireland’s top singer/songwriters, the internationally acclaimed Ryan Sheridan.


Cork will be on the pitch by 6.30pm and will be followed shortly afterwards by Kerry with throw in at 7pm. Supporters are advised that in order to avoid congestion at the stiles they should plan an early arrival at the stadium and by doing so they can enjoy 2 great musical acts in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tickets for Saturdays game remain on sale through Centra and SuperValu shops and online at Remember there is a discount of €5 on all adult tickets purchased before midnight on Friday night July 17th.

So don’t miss out, arrive early and enjoy two of Ireland’s best musical performers followed at 7pm by two of Ireland’s best Gaelic Football teams in Kerry and Cork.

Ticket Information


The Munster Senior Football Final Replay between Cork and Kerry will take place at 7pm on Saturday July 18th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney. The game will be televised live by RTE.

All ticket prices for the replay will be reduced by €5 for tickets purchased up to midnight on Friday July 17th. Tickets purchased on the day of the game will be charged at full price.

In the interests of ease of access, comfort and safety, Munster GAA requests all patrons to:
1) Purchase their tickets in advance
2) Arrive at the grounds 1 hour before throw-in time

The ticket prices are as follows –

Adult Terrace: €20 (if purchased in advance); €25 if purchased on match day
Blue and Green Terrace: Adults Only
Red Terrace Family Area: Adults €20, Juveniles €5 (if purchased in advance); €25 for adults if purchased on match day
Students & OAP’s can buy full price Adult tickets and receive concession of €10 at designated turnstiles on the day.
Stand tickets (€30) are being allocated to the two participating County Boards and Season Ticket holders

Terrace Tickets are available now via Centra, Supervalu and

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Team News

Kerry Senior Football Team V Cork Munster Final Replay 2015

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final Replay in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on Saturday evening (7pm) shows 4 changes in personnel from the side that did duty in the drawn encounter between the sides.

Aidan O’Mahony comes into the full back line in place of Fionn Fitzgerald; Paul Murphy returns after injury in the half back line instead of Peter Crowley; Anthony Maher is named in midfield with Bryan Sheehan moving to the half forward line instead of Stephen O’Brien and in the full forward line, Paul Geaney comes in for Barry John Keane.

The substitutes list is notable for the return of Paul Galvin to the match day squad.

The team, captained by Kieran Donaghy is as follows:
1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
3. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
6. Killian Young Renard
7. Paul Murphy Rathmore
8. Anthony Maher Duagh
9. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
10. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
11. Bryan Sheehan St Marys
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Paul Geaney Dingle
14. Kieran Donaghy (C) Austin Stacks
15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion
Fir Ionaid
16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
17. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
18. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
19. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
20. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
21. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
22. Michael Geaney Dingle
23. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
24. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys
25. Jack Sherwood Firies
26. Paul Galvin Finuge

Cork Senior Football Team to play Kerry

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s) Capt.
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. James Loughrey (Mallow)
5. Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)
6. Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
7. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
8. Alan O’Connor (St. Colum’s)
9. Fintan Goold (Macroom)
10. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
11. Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond)
12. Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
13. Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
15. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
16. Paddy O’Shea (St. Vincent’s)
17. Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown)
18. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)
19. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)
20. Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)
21. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
22. Patrick Kelly (Ballincollig)
23. John Hayes (Carbery Rangers)
24. Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
25. Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg)
26. Donal Óg Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa)

Referee – Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Standby Referee – Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

Linesman – John Hickey (Carlow)

Sideline Official – Brendan Cawley (Kildare)

Umpires – Kevin O’Brien, Tomás Moore, Sean Langton, Ritchie Oxley (Laois)

Extra Time – 2 periods of 10 minutes each in the event of a draw at full-time

Next Round – the winners qualify for the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals against Westmeath or Fermanagh on weekend of August 1/2/3, the losers qualify for the All-Ireland Qualifiers Round 4A against Kildare on Saturday July 25th.

Ticket Details

Stand – €35 – discounted price of €30 until midnight on Friday July 17th.
Terrace – €25 – discounted price of €20 until midnight on Friday July 17th.
Sideline – €20 – discounted price of €15 until midnight on Friday July 17th.
Student / OAP – pay full or discounted price and get a refund of €10 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of valid Student/OAP I.D.) except for side-line where concession refund is €5.
Juvenile – €5 (Red Terrace only)

Tickets available through clubs, selected SuperValu and Centra outlets and online through

For the Record

  Cork Kerry
2015 Team Manager Brian Cuthbert Eamonn Fitzmaurice
2014 Championship Performance Defeated Tipperary by 0-16 to 1-11 in Munster Semi-Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Lost Munster Final to Kerry by 0-24 to 0-12 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Defeated Sligo by 0-21 to 1-11 in Qualifiers Round 4 in Tullamore.

Lost All Ireland Quarter-Final to Mayo by 1-19 to 2-15 at Croke Park

Defeated Clare in Munster Semi-Final at Cusack Park Ennis by 1-17 to 1-14

Defeated Cork by 0-24 to 0-12 in Munster Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Defeated Galway by 1-20 to 2-10 in All Ireland Quarter-Final in Croke Park.

Drew with Mayo 1-16 each in All Ireland Semi-Final at Croke Park.

Defeated Mayo by 3-16 to 3-13 aet in All Ireland Semi-Final replay in Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Won All Ireland championship defeating Donegal by 2-9 to 0-12 in the final.

Number of Munster Senior Football titles 37 76
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2012 2013
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 38
Won – 23
Lost – 10
Drawn – 5
Played – 41
Won – 31
Lost – 5
Drawn – 5
Last 2 meetings in the Munster Senior Football Championship July 5th – Munster Senior Football Final – Cork 3-12 Kerry 2-15

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July 6th 2014 – Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Click for more details

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at for more information

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2015


Saturday May 23rd

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare 0-15                 Limerick 0-13

Sunday May 31st

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Tipperary 1-24         Waterford 0-5


Sunday June 14th

@ Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork                    Cork 1-20                  Clare 1-8

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Kerry 2-14                 Tipperary 2-8                                              


Sunday July 5th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney   Cork 2-15                  Kerry 3-12                             Draw

Final Replay

Saturday July 18th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney               Cork v Kerry                                                7pm

Kerry v Cork
Past Munster Senior Football Championship Meetings

Year Stage Kerry Cork Venue Notes
1889 Semi Final Kerry 0-1 Cork 0-2 Mallow  
1890 Final Kerry 0-0 Cork 0-0 Markets Field Abandoned
1890 Final Kerry 0-1 Cork 1-4 Banteer  
1891 Semi Final Kerry 0-2 Cork 2-5 Killarney  
1892 Final Kerry 3-6 Cork 0-5 Killarney  
1893 Final Kerry scr Cork w.o Mallow  
1901 Round 1 Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-6 Limerick Draw
1901 Round 1 Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-8 Millstreet Replay
1902 Semi Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 0-3 Millstreet  
1903 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-3 Markets Field  
1904 Semi Final Kerry 1-4 Cork 0-0 Markets Field  
1905 Semi Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-5 Cork A G  
1906 Final Kerry 0-3 Cork 1-10 Tipperary  
1907 Semi Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 1-9 Limerick  
1909 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 2-4 Markets Field Draw
1909 Final Kerry 1-5 Cork 0-6 Cork A G Replay
1910 Final Kerry 0-4 Cork 0-3 Cork A G  
1912 Round 1 Kerry 2-3 Cork 0-1 Tralee  
1913 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 0-1 Cork A G  
1914 Final Kerry 0-5 Cork 0-1 Tralee  
1920 Semi Final Kerry 2-6 Cork 0-4 Cork A G  
1923 Semi Final Kerry 3-4 Cork 0-3 Cork A G  
1924 Semi Final Kerry 4-3 Cork 2-1 Cork A G  
1925 Semi Final Kerry 3-8 Cork 1-0 Tralee  
1926 Semi Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 2-1 Listowel  
1927 Round 1 Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-1 Cork A G  
1929 Semi Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 1-3 Cork A G  
1934 Round 1 Kerry 2-6 Cork 0-3 Fermoy  
1937 Round 1 Kerry 6-7 Cork 0-4 Killarney  
1938 Final Kerry 4-14 Cork 0-6 Clonakilty  
1942 Final Kerry 3-7 Cork 0-8 Tralee  
1943 Semi Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 2-3 Cork A G Draw
1943 Semi Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 2-5 Cork A G Replay
1945 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 1-11 Killarney  
1946 Round 1 Kerry 1-8 Cork 1-4 Killarney  
1947 Final Kerry 3-8 Cork 2-6 Cork A G  
1948 Final Kerry 2-9 Cork 2-6 Killarney  
1950 Final Kerry 2-5 Cork 1-5 Cork A G  
1951 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 0-4 Killarney  
1952 Final Kerry 0-2 Cork 0-11 Cork A G  
1953 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 2-3 Killarney  
1954 Final Kerry 4-9 Cork 2-3 Cork A G  
1955 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 2-6 Killarney  
1956 Final Kerry 2-2 Cork 0-8 Cork A G Draw
1956 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 1-8 Cork A G Replay
1958 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 0-3 Cork A G  
1959 Final Kerry 2-15 Cork 2-8 Killarney  
1961 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 1-7 Cork A G Draw
1961 Final Kerry 2-13 Cork 1-4 Killarney Replay
1962 Final Kerry 4-8 Cork 0-4 Cork A G  
1963 Final Kerry 1-18 Cork 3-7 Killarney  
1964 Final Kerry 2-11 Cork 1-8 Cork A G  
1966 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 2-7 Killarney  
1967 Final Kerry 0-7 Cork 0-8 Cork A G  
1968 Final Kerry 1-21 Cork 3-8 Killarney  
1969 Final Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-4 Cork A G  
1970 Final Kerry 2-22 Cork 2-9 Killarney  
1971 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-25 Cork A G  
1972 Final Kerry 2-21 Cork 2-15 Killarney  
1973 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 5-12 Cork A G  
1974 Final Kerry 0-7 Cork 1-11 Killarney  
1975 Final Kerry 1-14 Cork 0-7 Killarney  
1976 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-10 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1976 Final Kerry 3-20 Cork 2-19 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
1977 Final Kerry 3-15 Cork 0-9 Killarney  
1978 Final Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-7 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1979 Final Kerry 2-14 Cork 2-4 Killarney  
1980 Final Kerry 3-13 Cork 0-12 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1981 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-3 Killarney  
1982 Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 0-9 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1982 Final Kerry 2-18 Cork 0-12 Killarney Replay
1983 Final Kerry 3-9 Cork 3-10 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1984 Final Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-10 Killarney  
1985 Final Kerry 2-11 Cork 2-7 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1986 Final Kerry 0-12 Cork 0-8 Killarney  
1987 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 1-10 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1987 Final Kerry 1-5 Cork 0-13 Killarney Replay
1988 Final Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-14 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1989 Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 1-12 Killarney  
1990 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-23 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1991 Semi Final Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-11 Killarney  
1992 Round 1 Kerry 2-14 Cork 0-10 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1993 Semi Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 1-10 Killarney  
1994 Semi Final Kerry 2-8 Cork 1-13 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1995 Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 0-15 Killarney  
1996 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-11 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1998 Semi Final Kerry 1-14 Cork 1-11 Killarney  
1999 Final Kerry 2-4 Cork 2-10 P. Ui Chaoimh  
2000 Semi Final Kerry 2-15 Cork 1-13 Killarney  
2001 Final Kerry 0-19 Cork 1-13 P. Ui Chaoimh  
2002 Semi Final Kerry 0-8 Cork 0-8 Killarney Draw
2002 Semi Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 0-15 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2004 Semi Final Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-7 Killarney  
2005 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11 P. Ui Chaoimh  
2006 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-10 Killarney Draw
2006 Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 1-12 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2007 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-13 Killarney  
2008 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-15 P. Ui Chaoimh  
2009 Semi Final Kerry 0-13 Cork 1-10 Killarney Draw
2009 Semi Final Kerry 0-12 Cork 1-17 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2010 Semi Final Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-15 Killarney Draw
2010 Semi Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-14 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2011 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 Killarney  
2012 Semi Final Kerry 0-12 Cork 0-17 P. Ui Chaoimh  
2013 Final Kerry 1-16 Cork 0-17 Killarney  
2014 Final Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12 P. Ui Chaoimh  
2015 Final Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 Killarney Draw

Munster Senior Football Championship
Kerry vs. Cork Past Meetings Breakdown

  Overall Record Matches at Cork venue Matches at Kerry venue Matches played at a Neutral venue Munster Finals Only Matches played when Cork are defending All-Ireland Champions Matches played when Kerry are defending All-Ireland Champions
Played 107 59 45 3 72 7 33
Cork 30 20 8 2 20 3 5
Kerry 63 31 32 0 43 4 22
Drawn 13 7 5 1 8 0 6
Abandoned 1 1 0 0 1 0 0

Note – All-Ireland Championship matches between Kerry and Cork are not included
These are Munster Championship stats only

Useful Information

There have been 12 Munster championship replays between Cork and Kerry with Cork winning 7 of the replays compared to 5 for Kerry. There have been 3 replays at Killarney with Kerry winning 2 (1961 and 1982) and Cork winning the other in 1987. The last 4 replays have been at Páirc Uí Chaoimh with Cork winning 3 (2002, 2006 and 2009) to Kerry’s 1 victory in 2010.

In the last 4 Munster championship meetings between Cork and Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium, Kerry won the 2011 and 2013 finals and drew the 2010 semi-final and 2015 final.

Cork’s last championship victory over Kerry in Killarney was the 1995 Munster Final on a scoreline of Cork 0-15 Kerry 1-9.

Kerry have never beaten Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship at a neutral venue (it happened 3 times!). Cork have never beaten Kerry in the All-Ireland Championship at Croke Park.

“Points win games”!! – Or so you would think until this year’s drawn Munster final looking at the recent record of Cork and Kerry. Neither County had recorded more than 1 goal in Munster Senior Football Championship meetings since the 2000 Munster Semi-Final which Kerry won by 2-15 to 1-13. During the 17 subsequent Munster Championship matches between the counties, they combined to score a total of just 14 goals between them in the first 16 and then in the drawn game there were 5 scored between them.

The highest score by an individual team in a Cork vs. Kerry Munster Senior Football Championship match was the 1976 Munster Final replay at Pairc Ui Chaoimh which Kerry won by 3-20 to 2-19.

The highest margin of victory between the teams was in the first round match in 1937 played at Killarney with Kerry winning by 6-7 to 0-4 – a margin of 21 points.

In the 1890 Munster Senior Football Final, Laune Rangers (Kerry) and Midleton (Cork) were the finalists.   The game was 57 minutes old, with the sides scoreless, when the ball burst and as there was no replacement ball the game could not continue and was abandoned.

In the 1893 Final, Laune Rangers (Kerry) and Dromtarriffe (Cork) were fixed on two occasions to play this final in Millstreet but the Kerry side did not travel. The game was fixed for a third time in Mallow but there was still no show from the Kerry side and Cork received a walkover.

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (4 v Cork & 1 v Limerick) as compared to 5 defeats (all v Cork) in 41 matches played.

The average number of scores per game in the Munster Senior Football championship since 2008:

2008 – 21 scores per game; 2009 – 24; 2010 – 28; 2011 – 33; 2012 – 27; 2013 – 30.8, 2014 – 28.6; 2015 so far: 29.2.

Match Programme


All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Tyrone 0-19 Tipperary 0-7

Tyrone defeated Tipperary by 0-19 to 0-7 in round 3B of the All Ireland Football Qualifiers on Saturday July 18th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Tyrone run riot against disappointing Tipperary

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium for

Tipperary 0-07 Tyrone 0-19

Tyrone demolished Tipperary by 12 points in this afternoon’s All-Ireland SFC round 3B qualifier, running out 0-19 to 0-07 winners in front of 4,620 spectators at Semple Stadium. Mickey Harte’s Red Hands ran riot in the second half, outscoring the hosts by 0-12 to 0-01.

Tyrone led by 0-07 to 0-06 at the break as tempers boiled over on the stroke of half-time, with players from both sides becoming involved in a number of scuffles. And it turned into a dreadful second half for Tipp as they fell to a big defeat.

In a game that was billed as a grudge match following the controversial All-Ireland Under-21 final between the counties, the Premier County had seven players booked, one black carded and another sent off. Liam Casey was handed a red card in the 56th minute, just two minutes after coming on, for a stamp on Colm Cavanagh. Experienced defender Ciaran McDonald was black-carded soon after as the Tipp challenge crumbled.

That exchange of pleasantries before half-time seemed to benefit Tyrone more as they turned up the heat in the second half, with Tipp desperately lacking inspiration all over the pitch. Despite playing against the breeze, Tyrone romped to a comfortable win to book their place in round 4B. Free-takers Darren McCurry and Connor McAliskey finished with five points each but the Cavanagh brothers, Sean and Colm, were both excellent, along with Peter Harte.

For Tipp, this is a major setback after running Kerry to six points in the Munster semi-final, followed up by a 21-point victory over Louth last weekend. Tyrone flattered to deceive against Meath but this was a much-improved display from the Ulster men.
They were 0-07 to 0-06 clear at half-time before unloading with ferocity on Tipp in the second half.

The hosts managed just one point in the entire second half – a 66th minute Kevin O’Halloran free – as Tyrone turned up the heat. And yet the sides were level at 0-04 apiece by the 19th minute as Tipp recovered from falling three points down to level.

O’Halloran was in good form from placed balls but Tipp were finding it difficult to break through the massed Tyrone ranks. Mickey Harte’s men packed bodies behind the ball and broke with pace when they had the opportunities to do so. And once they got into their stride in the second half, they were simply too good for Division 3 opponents.

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; A Campbell, P Codd, C McDonald; S Kennedy, R Kiely (0-01), B Fox; P Acheson, C O’Riordan; G Mulhair, S O’Brien, P Austin; K O’Halloran (0-05, 4f 1 45), M Quinlivan (0-01), C Sweeney.
Subs: J Lonergan for Sweeney (40), L Casey for O’Brien (54), J Feehan for McDonald (b/c 59), B Grogan for Austin (61), B Mulvihill for O’Riordan (65), C O’Shaughnessy for Mulhair (67).

TYRONE: N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; R McNabb, J McMahon, P Harte (0-02); C Cavanagh (0-03), M Donnelly (0-03); T McCann, M Bradley, C Meyler; D McCurry (0-05, 3f), S Cavanagh, C McAliskey (0-05, 3f).
Subs: C McCann (0-01) for McCurry (51), B Tierney for Meyler (58), C Clarke for C Cavanagh (61), R O’Neill for Bradley (61), P McNulty for Harte (63), C McShane for McAliskey (67).

Referee: D Gough (Meath)

Fixture Details

18.07.2015 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3B
Semple Stadium, Thurles 15:00
Tiobraid Árann v Tír Eoghain
Referee: David Gough (An Mhí)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Ticket Information

Adult: €20.00/£16.00
Juvenile (U16): Free of Charge
Student / OAPs: €15.00/£12.00 can be purchased at the venue with valid I.D.

This is an unreserved fixture

Tickets are available now via Centra, Supervalu and

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Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Tyrone, in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3B, in Semple Stadium, on Saturday next July 18th at 3pm has been announced by manager Peter Creedon. It shows one change to the side announced for last week’s fixture against Louth with Martin Dunne from Moyle Rovers getting the nod at number 9 partnering Colin O’Riordan.

The team for Saturday is as follows –

Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan Kilcash
Ciarán McDonald – Aherlow
Paddy Codd Capt. – Killenaule
Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
Seamus Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
Peter Acheson – Moyle Rovers
Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
Colin O’Riordan – J K Brackens
Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers
Brian Fox – Eire Óg Annacarty
Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
Liam Casey – Cahir
Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
Philip Austin – Borrisokane

Tyrone team to play Tipperary

1. Niall Morgan
2. Aidan McCrory
3. Ronan McNamee
4. Cathal McCarron
5. Ronan McNabb
6. Joe McMahon
7. Peter Harte
8. Colm Cavanagh
9. Mattie Donnelly
10. Darren McCurry
11. Tiernan McCann
12. Rory Brennan
13. Mark Bradley
14. Sean Cavanagh
15. Conor McAliskey


Munster U21 Hurling S-Final – Limerick 3-16 Tipperary 3-14

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 3-16 to 3-14 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Thursday July 16th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Limerick reach Munster Under-21 final after repelling Tipperary comeback

Limerick 3-16 Tipperary 3-14

Report from

Limerick maintained their composure to record a thrilling 3-16 to 3-14 victory over Tipperary in the semi-finals of the Bord Gáis Energy Munster Under-21 Championship at the Gaelic Grounds.

John Kiely’s team led by 12 points in the first half before Tipperary embarked on a stirring revival which saw them draw level with five minutes left. But with Limerick substitute Colin Ryan effective in the closing stages, Limerick set up a 30 July Provincial decider with Clare.

Only 14 seconds had elapsed when Limerick grabbed a delightful goal courtesy of Cian Lynch’s sweet strike. Pat Ryan burst through the heart of the Tipperary defence before slipping a clever pass to Lynch, who found the back of the net. Tom Morrissey was unfortunate not to add a second Limerick goal after only 90 seconds as midfielders Darragh O’Donovan and Ryan Limerick completely dominated the opening period.

With Cian Lynch and David Dempsey especially prominent in attack, Limerick led by 1-07 to 0-02 after 22 minutes. Then a splendid move finished with Limerick rattling the Tipperary net again in the 23rd minute as Robbie Hanley provided a crisp finish.

Ryan drilled over a fine point from distance as Limerick went 12 points clear before Tipp responded with an enterprising burst. Two Colin O’Riordan goals were sandwiched either side of a Stephen Cahill point as Tipp narrowed the gap to five. In the remaining minutes of the opening period O’Donovan and John McGrath traded points as Limerick departed with a 2-09 to 2-04 interval advantage.

After the restart, Tipp hit four of the next five points to move within two points of Limerick, who subsequently had Barry O’Connell sent off for a second bookable offence for a foul on substitute Jack Shelley. Limerick pilfered a third goal in the 45th minute when Tom Morrissey reacted smartly to score following a Paul Maher save from Colin Ryan.

But Tipp were back on level terms in the 51st minute as Tadhg Gallagher drilled a great goal from an acute angle. Substitute Jack Kelliher made an instant impact, scoring a point for Limerick before a Colin Ryan free and Limerick held out as Tipp’s Michael Breen was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Lynch in stoppage time.

Limerick: D McCarthy; M O’Callaghan, R English, M Casey; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, G Hegarty; D O’Donovan (0-02), P Ryan (0-01); R Hanley (1-00), R Lynch (0-02, 165, 1f), D Dempsey (0-04); K O’Brien, T Morrissey (1-01), C Lynch (1-01)
Subs: C Ryan (0-04, 3fs) for Hanley (31 mins), S Finn for O’Callaghan (32 mins), L O’Sullivan for R Lynch (37 mins), J Kelliher (0-01) for O’Brien (56 mins), A Gillane for Ryan (60 mins)

Tipperary: P Maher; T Fox, M Breen (0-01,f), J Peters; R Maher, B Heffernan (0-01), T Hamill (0-01); B Maher (0-01), S Cahill (0-02); J McGrath (0-06, 2fs, 265s), W Connors, C O’Riordan (2-00); B McCarthy, P Shanahan, T Gallagher (1-00)
Subs: J Keane (0-01, f) for Connors (22 mins), J Shelley (0-01) for Shanahan (31 mins), A Coffey for McCarthy (50 mins), P Maher for Gallagher (56 mins)

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Fixture Details

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Semi-Final
Date: Thursday 16/7/2015
Teams: Tiobraid Árann v Luimneach
Venue: Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Time: 7.30pm
Extra Time if necessary i.e. 2 x 10 minutes only
Referee: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)

Ticket Information

Adult: €10.00
Juvenile (U16): Free of Charge
Student/OAPs can buy a full price adult ticket and receive a concession of €5 at designated stiles at the venue with valid I.D.

This is an unreserved fixture

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Team News

The Tipperary U21 Hurling starting XV to meet Limerick in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final, this Thursday, July 16th at 7.30pm in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, has been announced.

Manager TJ Connolly has eight of last years first fifteen at his disposal as his side sets out to reach the Munster decider. His side includes senior panelists Michael Breen, Ronan Maher, Barry Heffernan, Bill Maher (also U21 dual player) and also other U21 dual players Paul Shanahan, Colin O’Riordan and John McGrath.

The team lines out as follows;

1 Paul Maher (Moyne Templetuohy)
2 Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
3 Michael Breen (Ballina)
4 Tom Fox (Eire Óg Annacarty)
5 Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
6 Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)
7 Tomás Hamill (Moyne Templetuohy)
8 Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash – Captain)
9 Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
10 Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields)
11 Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch Drombane)
12 Willie Connors (Kildangan)
13 Tadhg Gallagher (Kildangan)
14 Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens)
15 John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

Limerick under 21 hurling team & match panel has been announced by team manager John Kiely and selectors Jimmy Quilty Blackrock & John Flavin Monagea. Limerick U21 hurling team will face Tipperary this Thursday evening at the Limerick Gaelic Grounds at 7.30pm. Diarmaid Byrnes of Patrickswell will captain the side the following is the line out of the team. 1. David McCarthy (Glenroe), 2. Mark O Callaghan (Knockaderry), 3. Richie English (Doon), 4. Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)(Captain), 6. Barry O Connell (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 7. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), 8. Darragh O Donovan (Doon), 9. Pat Ryan (Doon), 10. Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), 11. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 12. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 13. Kevin O Brien (Patrickswell), 14. Tom Morrissey (Ahane) and 15. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell).

19 May 2015; Tipperary v Limerick. Launch of the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. The Championship gets started on May 27th with three quarter finals down for decision in the Leinster Championship. For all the latest Championship news, fixtures and results visit Bord Gais Energy U21 Launch. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

19 May 2015; Tipperary v Limerick. Launch of the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. The Championship gets started on May 27th with three quarter finals down for decision in the Leinster Championship. For all the latest Championship news, fixtures and results visit Bord Gais Energy U21 Launch. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Match Programme


Munster U21 Hurling Semi-Final – Clare 0-23 Waterford 1-18

Clare defeated Waterford by 0-23 to 1-18 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday July 15th at Cusack Park Ennis in front of an attendance of 6,639.

Bobby Duggan drives Clare to fourth Munster Under-21 hurling final in a row

Clare 0-23 Waterford 1-18

Report from the Irish Times Newspaper

Thirteen Bobby Duggan points helped Clare stun hot favourites Waterford at Cusack Park to reach their fourth Munster Under-21 hurling final in a row.

Ian Galvin weighed in with six points from play, but Austin Gleeson’s late 20-metre free was blocked by the Clare defence to clinch the win and the place in final against the winners of tomorrow’s semi-final between Limerick and Tipperary in two weeks’ time

Operating with a two-man inside forward line, Mikey Kearney had licence to roam out around the middle while DJ Foran proved an excellent target man at the edge of the square for Waterford. And in the early stages they looked like the more experienced team. Despite trailing 0-2 to 0-1 after five minutes thanks to two points from play from Duggan, Waterford hit six of the next eight points to surge three clear by the end of the first quarter. Three of those scores came from Patrick Curran frees, while Austin Gleeson at centre-forward also weighed in with two from play.

But Duggan, one of five senior panellists for Clare, was in inspired form and he hit all of Clare’s first five points to keep them in touch. Much of the Waterford focus at the back centred on Shane O’Donnell and the 2013 All-Ireland final hero hardly had a sniff before the break. The closest he came to a score arrived in the 18th minute when Davy Conroy’s effort rattled the post and the Eire Og man gathered the rebound. But Tadhg De Burca crowded him out immediately and his shot under pressure failed to find the target.

Waterford, who had 10 points to spare against Cork in the last round, frustrated Clare with their tight cover inside, but the points soon rolled from further out the field. Galvin – younger brother of Clare senior Colm – Ryan Taylor and Shane Gleeson all pointed before the interval to leave Waterford leading by 0-11 to 0-10.

Once again after the restart Clare’s intensity, and eagerness to hook and tackle their opponents stood out and that led to the equalising score from Duggan in the 32nd minute. A great move featuring Eoin Quirke, Kevin Hehir sent Galvin on his way for the lead score three minutes later – the first time they led for half an hour – and wing-back Aidan McGuane made it 0-13 to 0-11 a minute later with his first point.

Waterford weren’t helping themselves with three poor wides to start the half but Austin Gleeson settled them with a long range free after 38 minutes. Clare responded with three more points in a row as Donal Moloney’s side looked like pulling clear. But this is a quality Waterford outfit, and in the 43rd minute Patrick Curran followed Colin Dunford’s point with a goal for his side to put them back in front once again. But three on the bounce from Clare – two from Galvin – saw them into the Munster final yet again.

CLARE: K Hogan; S O’Brien, D Fitzgerald, E Quirke (0-1); A McGuane (0-1), C Cleary (capt), B O’Gorman; D Conroy, K Hehir; B Duggan (0-13, seven frees), S Gleeson (0-1), I Galvin (0-6); R Taylor (0-1), S O’Donnell, S Ward
Subs: S Taylor for Gleeson (38 mins), N Deasy for Hehir (58 mins).

WATERFORD: J Henley; C Gleeson, K Bennett, S McNulty; M Harney, T De Burca, T Devine; C Dunford (0-1), R Donnelly; Shane Bennett (0-2, one 65), A Gleeson (0-5, one free, one 65), Stephen Bennett; M Kearney (0-1), DJ Foran (0-1), P Curran (1-7, 0-5 frees)
Subs: D Lyons for Harney (h-t), C Curran (0-1) for Donnelly (40 mins), S Keating for Foran (46 mins).

Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)

Fixture Details

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Semi-Final
Date: Wednesday 15/7/2015
Teams: An Clár v Portláirge
Venue: Cusack Park, Ennis
Time: 7.30pm
Extra Time if necessary i.e. 2 x 10 minutes only
Referee: Johnny Murphy (Luimneach)

Ticket Information

Adult: €10
Juvenile (Under 16): Free of Charge
Student/OAPs can buy a full price adult ticket and receive a concession of €5 at designated stiles at the venue with valid I.D.
This is an unreserved fixture

Tickets are available now via Centra, Supervalu and

Click here to buy your ticket online

Team News

1. Keith Hogan (Clooney Quin)
2. Eoin Quirke (Whitegate)
3. David Fitzgerald (Inagh/Kilnamona)
4. Shane O’Brien (Clonlara)
5. Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley)
6. Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay)
7. Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones)
8. David Conroy (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield)
9. Kevin Hehir (Inagh/Kilnamona)
10. Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
11. Shane Gleeson (Cratloe)
12. Ian Galvin (Clonlara)
13. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)
14. Stephen Ward (Clarecastle)
15. Ryan Taylor (Clooney-Quin)
16: Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle)
17: Brian Carey (Sixmilebridge)
18: Liam Corry (Éire Óg)
19: Shane Taylor (Broadford)
20: Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley)
21: Rory Hayes (Wolfe Tones)
22: Diarmuid Moloney (Broadford)
23: Colin Crehan (O’Callaghans Mills)
24: Niall Deasy (Ballyea)

Waterford Under 21 Hurling team to play Clare in Wednesday’s Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final is as below.

1 – Jordan Henley – Tallow
2 – Shane McNulty – De La Salle
3 – Kieran Bennett – Ballysaggart
4 – Conor Gleeson – Fourmilewater
5 – Michéal Harney – Bonmahon
6 – Tadhg de Búrca – Clashmore Kinsalebeg
7 – Shane Bennett – Ballysaggart
8 – Austin Gleeson – Mount Sion
9 – Tom Devine – Modeligo
10 – Colin Dunford – Colligan
11 – Stephen Bennett – Ballysaggart
12 – D.J. Foran – Portlaw
13 – Ryan Donnelly – Dungarvan
14 – Patrick Curran – Dungarvan
15 – Mikey Kearney – Ballyduff Upper

Match Programme