EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 All-Ireland Championship Final – Mayo 5-7 Cork 1-14

Mayo defeated Cork by 5-7 to 1-14 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 All-Ireland Championship Final on Saturday April 30th at Cusack Park Ennis.

EirGrid All Ireland U21 Final: Mayo win thriller in Ennis


Mayo 5-7 Cork 1-14

By Cian O’Connell at Cusack Park, Ennis for GAA.ie

Mayo finished a brilliant EirGrid All Ireland Under 21 Final with a flourish to claim a first national title at this level since 2006. Conor Loftus and Liam Irwin netted late goals for Mayo, who shaded a gripping game at Cusack Park. Cork had fought back to level with five minutes remaining, but Mayo pinched two goals to seal a dramatic triumph.

A lively opening period was laced with drama as Mayo finished strongly to depart at the break armed with a 2-5 to 0-7 advantage. Despite being backed by the wind Mayo trailed by three points as the interval approached, but Michael Solan’s team struck 2-1 without reply. That Mayo burst ensured they went in heartened at the interval even though Cork were productive early on.

Brian Coakley, Ryan Harkin, and Sean Powter all impressed for the Rebels, who led by 0-7 to 0-4 as the first half entered stoppage time. Mayo then pounced for a goal when Diarmuid O’Connor palmed home following smart approach work by Michael Plunkett. Liam Irwin subsequently banged over a free and Mayo netted a second goal with Plunkett again the provider. On this occasion Plunkett’s pass was gathered by Irwin, who supplied a crisp finish, and suddenly Mayo were ahead by four at the turnaround.

Loftus bagged a 37th minute goal to edge Mayo 3-6 to 0-10 on front, but Cork kept battling away to narrow the gap. A 46th minute Peter Kelleher major injected Cork with confidence and a Brian Coakley point on 55 had the Rebels trading at parity again. But Mayo weren’t going to be denied as they punished costly Cork lapses in concentration late on with Loftus and Irwin supplying the decisive blows.

Scorers for Mayo: L Irwin 2-2 (1f, 145), C Loftus 2-2 (2fs), D O’Connor 1-0, M Plunkett 0-2, M Ruane 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: B Coakley 0-5 (3fs), S O’Donoghue 0-4 (3fs, 145), P Kelleher 1-0, R Harkin 0-2, R O’Toole 0-1, M Hurley 0-1, S Powter 0-1.

Mayo: M Flanagan; E O’Donoghue, S Cunniffe, D Kenny; S Akram, J Kelly, M Hall; M Ruane, S Coen; F Boland, C Loftus, D O’Connor; L Irwin, F Duffy, M Plunkett
Subs: J Carr for Duffy (44 mins), B Duffy for Kelly (56 mins), M Lyons for Plunkett (56 mins).

Cork: A Casey; J Mullins, M McSweeney, K Histon; K Flahive, S Cronin, E Lavers; R O’Toole, S White; S O’Donoghue, S Powter, R Harkin; B Coakley, P Kelleher, M Hurley
Subs: S O’Leary for O’Toole (37 mins), D O’Duinin for White (45 mins, bc), C Kiely for Harkin (54 mins), S Sherlock for Hurley (57 mins), D Quinn for McSweeney (60 mins).

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh

Fixture Details

EirGrid GAA All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Final
Cork v Mayo
Venue: Cusack Park, Ennis
Date: Saturday April 30th, 6pm
Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)
Extra Time If Necessary

Team News

The Cork team to play Mayo in the EirGrid GAA All-Ireland U21 Football Championship Final on Saturday April 30th at 6pm in Cusack Park Ennis has been announced as follows.

Cork Team

1. Anthony Casey – Kiskeam
2. Michael McSweeney – Newcestown
3. John Mullins – Eire Og
4. Dylan Quinn – St Finbarrs
5. Kevin Flahive – Douglas
6. Stephen Cronin – Nemo Rangers Captain
7. Kieran Histon – Cobh
8. Sean White – Clonakilty
9. Sean O Leary – Bantry Blues
10. Sean O Donoghue – Inniscarra
11. Sean Powter – Douglas
12. Ryan Harkin – Mallow
13. Brian Coakley – Carrigaline
14. Peter Kelleher – Kilmichael
15. Michael Hurley – Castlehaven
16. Ross Donovan – Nemo Rangers
17. Kevin Cremin – Boherbue
18. Eoin Lavers – Dohenys
19. Cian Kiely – Ballincollig
20. Ronan O Toole – Eire Og
21. Stephen Sherlock – St Finbarrs
22. Dan O Duinin – Cill Na Martra
23. Sean O Donovan Ilen Rovers
24. Cian Dorgan – Ballincollig

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Munster Under 16 Hurling Inter-Divisional Blitzes

The 2016 Munster Under 16 Hurling Inter-Divisional Blitzes took place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (April 30th & May 2nd).


1. Groups 1, 2 & 3 – All games 30 minutes a side. Group 4 All games 20 minutes a side
2. Top teams in each Group qualify for semi finals on Bank Holiday Monday
3. In the case of two teams finishing level the ‘head to head’ game first will decide. If a draw then least scores conceded decide

Group 1 – Bushy Park
West Waterford
Cork City
Mid Tipperary

Coord: Barry Dunne

Cork City 4-11 West Waterford 2-11
Mid Tipperary 4-22 West Waterford 0-6
Mid Tipperary 4-15 Cork City 1-9

Group 2 – Castlemartyr
East Cork
North Tipperary
East Waterford

Coord: Shane Supple

North Tipperary 1-12 East Cork 0-10
East Waterford 1-11 East Cork 0-12
North Tipperary 4-14 East Waterford 4-10

Group 3 – Bruff
South/East Limerick
East Clare
West Cork

Coord: Eoin Ryan

South/East Limerick 2-11 East Clare 0-9
South/East Limerick 2-9 West Cork 1-12
West Cork 3-22 East Clare 0-9

Group 4 – Rathkeale
South/West Tipperary
City/West Limerick
Mid Clare
North Cork

Coord: Ollie Coffey

South/West Tipperary 1-11 City/West Limerick 1-8
North Cork 0-14 Mid Clare 1-10

South/West Tipperary 2-8 Mid Clare 1-11
North Cork 3-10 City/West Limerick 1-9

North Cork 1-10 South/West Tipperary 2-6
City/West Limerick 1-18 Mid Clare 3-7


Semi Finals
North Tipperary 2-7 Mid Tipperary 0-7
North Cork 0-8 West Cork 0-5

Final – North Cork 2-5 North Tipperary 0-10
Plate Final – Mid Tipperary 1-11 West Cork 1-5


1. All games 20 minutes a side
2. Top team in group is winner of competition
3. In the case of two teams finishing level ‘head to head’ game first decides. If a draw then least scores conceded will decide

Mallow – 30th April
West Cork B
East Cork B
Cork City B
North Kerry

Coord Sean Crowley

East Cork B 2-11 West Cork B 1-13
North Kerry 2-10 Cork City B 0-6

North Kerry 1-15 West Cork B 0-3
East Cork B 7-9 Cork City B 1-6

East Cork B 4-7 North Kerry 3-8
West Cork B 6-7 Cork City 4-8


North Cork Captain Ronan Sheehan receiving Under 16 Inter Divisional Winners Cup from Munster GAA Vice Chairperson Liam Lenihan


Mid Tipperary Captain Andrew Ormonde receiving the Under 16 Inter Divisional Hurling Plate Shield from Munster Gaa Vice Chairperson Liam Lenihan

Munster MFC Playoff 2 – Limerick 1-13 Waterford 1-5

Limerick defeated Waterford by 1-13 to 1-5 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Playoff 2 on Wednesday April 27th at Lemybrien.

Limerick midfield duo put paid to Waterford hopes

Report by Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 1-5 Limerick 1-13: Midfield combination Diarmaid Kelly and Josh Ryan powered Limerick into the Munster semi finals at a breezy Leamybrien last night as they reeled in early pace setters Waterford.

The hosts enjoyed a 1-3 to 0-0 lead with seven minutes elapsed of this play-off clash but could only add two more points for the remainder of the contest. Limerick drew level in the third quarter and when captain Kelly crashed to the roof of the net on 40 minutes, Jerry O’Sullivan’s side completely took over.

The towering Ryan kicked three second-half points to see them advance to a last four date with Cork on May 11 at Páirc Uí Rinn. The newly furbished Kilrossanty venue hosted its first inter-county fixture for seven years with 261 spectators in attendance.

Waterford faced the breeze initially but rustled the net in the second minute. Ciarán Kirwan prised open the Limerick defence before offloading to corner-back Jake Mulcahy on the support run. He passed across to Paddy Prendergast who slid the ball home.

Dylan Guiry added a point followed by two Sean Martin frees. Limerick adapted and Diarmaid Kelly raised their first white flag after nine minutes. Kelly and Eoin O’Mahony both landed frees for the visitors. The Treaty men started to pressurise the kickouts and towering number eight Josh Ryan drove them on. Anthony Barrett curled over off his right and another Kelly free left one between them.

Waterford enjoyed a period of dominance before the break but finished the half with six wides. They held a slender 1-3 to 0-5 advantage. Kelly equalised two minutes into the second period. Ryan launched a boomer from 40 metres to send them in front. Billy Power replied with Waterford’s first single in all of 33 minutes (0-7 to 1-4).

O’Mahony and Barrett teed up Kelly’s decisive green flag on 44 minutes. Ryan and Barrett sealed it with points shortly after. Aaron Beresford saved twice from Colm McSweeney and Noel Callinan as Limerick piled forward in the closing minutes. Déise centre forward Sean Martin got his marching orders in the sixth minute of injury time.

Scorers for Waterford: P Prendergast 1-0; S Martin 0-3 (3fs); D Guiry, B Power 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: D Kelly 1-4 (2fs); Josh Ryan 0-3; A Barrett 0-2; E O’Mahony (f), N Callinan, James Ryan, D Ranahan 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: A Beresford; A O’Sullivan, J Skehan, J Mulcahy; C Ó Cuirrin, M Daly, TJ Veale; J Beresford, C Curran; B Power, S Martin, T Barron; C Kirwan, D Guiry, P Prendergast
Subs: S O’Meara for Barron (31); T Barron for O Cuirrin (38); T Looby for J Beresford (55); D Fitzgerald for Veale (58).

LIMERICK: A Murray; G Brennan, F Murphy, D Enright; O Collins, A Kearns, S Hurley; Josh Ryan, D Kelly; A Storan, E O’Mahony, C McSweeney; C O’Grady, A Barrett, James Ryan.
Subs: N Callinan for Storan (27); D Ranahan for O’Mahony (53); J Kiely for O’Grady (58); S Ryan for James Ryan (64); P Sheehy for Barrett (64).

Referee: S Joy (Kerry).

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Team News

The Waterford Minor Football Team to face Limerick this coming Wednesday in Lemybrien at 7pm.

1. Aaron Beresford (Ballinacourty)
2. Adam O’Sullivan (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
3. Jack Skehan (Sliabh gCua)
4. Jake Mulcahy (The Nire)
5. Conor Ó Cuirrín (An Rinn)
6. Dylan Guiry (The Nire)
7. Cathal Curran (Brickey Rangers)
8. Maurice Daly (Brickey Rangers)
9. James Beresford (Ballinacourty)
10. Billy Power (Rathgormack)
11. Sean Martin (Tramore)
12. Tom Barron (The Nire)
13. Cíarán Kirwan (Kill)
14. Shane O’Meara (The Nire)
15. Paddy Prendergast (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)

The Limerick minor football manager Jerry O Sullivan and his selectors John Clifford and Gerry Phillips has released their match day team and panel for this Wednesday Munster minor football championship playoff 2 game against Waterford in in Lemybrien Co. Waterford at 7pm.

The management team has stuck with the same team and match panel that defeated Tipperary last Wednesday evening in the Munster minor football championship playoff 1.

The Limerick minor football team and panel is as follows 1. Aaron Murphy (Fr Casey’s), 2. Gearoid Brennan (Claughaun), 3. Fionn Murphy (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 4. Daniel Enright (Monaleen) 5. Seamus Hurley (Newcastlewest), 6. Adam Kearns (St Senans), 7. Oran Collins (Adare), 8. Josh Ryan (Oola), 9. Diarmaid Kelly (Newcastlewest)(Captain), 10. Eoin O Mahony (Ballylanders), 11. Colm McSweeney (Gearld Griffins), Noel Callinan (St Kierans), 13. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 14. Adam Storan (Mungret St Pauls), 15. James Ryan (Athea)
16. William O Mahony (Oola), 17. Conor O Grady (Hospital/Herbertstown), 18. Sean Ryan (Athea), 19. Darragh Ranahan (Ballysteen), 20. Paudie Sheedy (Kilmallock), 21. Luke Cardy (Adare), 22. Eoghan Carew (Monaleen), 23. Jason Kiely (Claughaun), 24. James Kelly (Monaleen).


Allianz Football League Division 1 Final – Dublin 2-18 Kerry 0-13

Dublin defeated Kerry by 2-18 to 0-13 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final on Sunday April 24th at Croke Park.

Dublin step on the gas to blow 14-man Kerry away

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for the RTE GAA web site

Dublin 2-18 Kerry 0-13

It’s becoming a familiar tale at this stage as Dublin overcame Kerry at a packed Croke Park again to etch their names in Gaelic football history as four-in-a-row Allianz Football League champions.

The memory of previous Championship clashes lingered beforehand, particularly last September’s All-Ireland final win for Dublin, but Jim Gavin’s side once again came out on top and with plenty to spare. Dean Rock top scored with five points while Bernard Brogan kicked four from play though the crucial score was Paul Flynn’s 67th-minute goal.

There was just four points in it at that stage and Kerry still weren’t out of it but Flynn pounced with a thunderous finish when goalkeeper Brendan Kealy’s short kick-out went astray. Substitute Eric Lowndes added a second goal in injury-time after good work by Brogan along the endline to give the scoreline a slightly flattering appearance.

But it was a comprehensive win for the Dubs who head into the Championship on a 22-game unbeaten streak and as strong favourites to retain their All-Ireland title. Kerry finished the game with 14 men after Aidan O’Mahony’s 51st-minute dismissal following an incident that left Jonny Cooper grounded.

The feeling beforehand was that Kerry needed the win that bit more having lost three high profile Championship encounters to Dublin since 2011, two of those being All-Ireland finals. The most recent, of course, was last September’s decider when Kerry kicked themselves for a lethargic display and three-point defeat.

Kerry lost their opening two league games of 2016 but have been excellent since, winning six games on the trot to secure this rematch with Dublin at Croke Park. But Dublin weren’t found wanting in the hunger stakes though and an exciting tussle developed with intriguing angles and side stories emerging all over the field.

Dublin went in 0-10 to 0-08 ahead at half-time thanks partly to three points from Brogan who closed the half strongly and escaped Marc O Se three times from the 27th minute. It was the latest instalment in a series of thrilling personal duels between the pair and there was plenty of history surrounding Dublin defender Philly McMahon too.

McMahon memorably escaped Kerry attacker Colm Cooper in last year’s All-Ireland final and kicked an excellent score. But Cooper got a little piece of revenge this time, leaving McMahon grasping at air after a dummy solo before kicking a point. McMahon also clashed with Kieran Donaghy in last year’s final, Donaghy himself suggesting his eye was gouged by the Dubliner. Donaghy won a free off McMahon late in the half this time and followed up by barging the defender as he retreated.

Man of the match Ciaran Kilkenny simply went about his business in Dublin’s attack and kicked two important points, one off either foot, while Jonny Cooper, Brian Fenton and Paul Mannion were on the mark too. Dublin doubled their advantage to four points early in the second-half but it didn’t last long as Kerry ate into the deficit.

Peter Crowley grabbed his second point of the game before scores from Donaghy and Darran O’Sullivan that left just one in it again. Kerry, crucially, never got back to level terms and a tough job was made all the more difficult by O’Mahony’s 51st minute dismissal.
Dublin led 0-15 to 0-13 with 62 minutes on the clock but took off from there with 2-03 without reply to seal the win in some style.

Dublin: S Cluxton; David Byrne, P McMahon, J Cooper (0-01); J Small, C O’Sullivan, J McCarthy; B Fenton (0-01), D Bastick; P Flynn (1-00), D Rock (0-05, 0-03f, 0-01 pen), C Kilkenny (0-02); P Mannion (0-01), D Connolly (0-01), B Brogan (0-04).
Subs: MD Macauley for Bastick, K McManamon (0-02) for Connolly, C Costello (0-01) for Rock, M Fitzsimons for McMahon, E Lowndes (1-00) for Mannion, D Daly for Small.

Kerry: B Kealy; M O’Se, P Crowley (0-02), S Enright; A O’Mahony, M Griffin, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy (0-01), D Moran; D Walsh (0-01), P Murphy (0-01), B Sheehan (0-03, 0-03f); D O’Sullivan (0-02), C Cooper (0-01), S O’Brien (0-02).
Subs: K Young for Fitzgerald, B O’Sullivan for Walsh, J Lyne for Griffin, BJ Keane for O’Brien, P O’Connor for Crowley, M Geaney for Murphy

Referee: E Kinsella (Laois)

Fixture Details

24.04.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:30
Áth Cliath v Ciarraí TG4
Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Kerry have made two changes for Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division One final against Dublin at Croke Park. Goalkeeper Brendan Kealy replaces Brian Kelly, while captain Bryan Sheehan is included with Johnny Buckley named among the substitutes. The Kerry team features nine of the side that started when Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s outfit lost to Dublin in the opening round of the competition at GAA headquarters.

Kerry: B Kealy; M O’Se, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy, D Moran; B Sheehan, P Murphy, D Walsh; D O’Sullivan, C Cooper, S O’Brien.

Dublin side to face Kerry:

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)
2. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)
3. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)
4. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)
5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
6. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
7. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)
8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. Denis Bastick (Templeogue Synge Street)
10. Paul Flynn (Fingalians)
11. Paddy Andrews (St Brigids)
12. Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)
13. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)
14. Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s)
15. Bernard Brogan (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh)

Allianz Football League Division 3 Final – Clare 2-17 Kildare 1-19

Clare defeated Kildare by 2-17 to 1-19 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final on Saturday April 23rd at in Croke Park.

Allianz FL D3: Gutsy Clare claim silverware


Clare 2-17 Kildare 1-19

By Daragh O’Conchuir for GAA.ie

These two teams produced a high-scoring game when they met in the final round of the regulation section of the Allianz Football League and it was more of the same in this hugely entertaining Division 3 final. The vital difference from the Newbridge tie though was that with silverware on offer, it was Clare that came out on top on a historic day.

The defensive coaches certainly won’t be happy with what they saw at Croke Park, but for Colm Collins and his crew, it was a continuation of the progress they have been making in the past 18 months. Kildare flew into a six-point lead early on, as U21 star Neil Flynn scored a wonderful goal and added some points from dead balls.

Crucially though, captain Gary Brennan and Cathal O’Connor began to turn the tide around the middle and that gave the Clare forwards a greater supply, while Flynn and co were denied it at the other end of the pitch. Alarmingly for Kildare, they gave up four goal chances in the first half and in a familiar theme from the group games, gave away countless senseless frees, with five points alone coming from placed balls in that initial period.

David Tubridy and Eoin Cleary edged Clare back into the game, while the pacey Jamie Malone was also on the mark from play. Finally, the Bannermen found the net as Brennan caught a delivery by Keelan Sexton, held off Kevin Feely and fed the onrushing Tubridy, who made no mistake to give his side a 1-10 to 1-9 interval advantage.

The second half remained open, and the lead changed hands on numerous occasions. Kildare led by a point when Feely was sent off for a second yellow card offence in the 59th minute, but Cian O’Neill’s charges appeared to manage the closing period well. Tommy Moolick was desperately unlucky to see his piledriver cannon off the crossbar six minutes from time, but when Paul Cribbin sent over two booming points, it looked like Kildare would just get over the line.

That was to reckon without the inspirational Brennan though, who was now operating at full forward. The international rules star made another brilliant catch and held off two defenders, before again finding a team-mate, Dean Ryan this time having the simple task of palming to an empty net. That brought the sides level in the 70th minute. There were eight minutes of extra time, as the teams exchanged points and Clare had Graham Kelly dismissed for a straight red card.

Cleary held his nerve to slot the winner in the seventh minute of extra time and there were 78 minutes on the clock when the unfortunate Flynn dragged a free from outside the 45 just wide.

The glory was Clare’s.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 1-5 (5fs); E Cleary 0-6 (5fs); D Ryan 1-0; P Lillis, J Malone 0-2 each; E Coughlan, P Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kildare: N Flynn 1-6 (5fs); A Tyrrell 0-6 (4fs); P Cribbin, E O’Flahetry 0-2 each; F Conway, A Smith, T Moolick 0-1 each

Clare: J Hayes, S Malone, K Harnett, M McMahon, S Collins, D Ryan, C O’Dea, G Brennan, C O’Connor, P Lillis, E Cleary, J Malone, D Tubridy, K Sexton, P Burke
Subs: P Collins for S Malone (ht), S McGrath for Burke (54), E Coughlan for O’Dea (67), G Kelly for Sexton (68), J O’Dea for McMahon BC (70+7).

Kildare: M Donneallan, O Lyons, C Fitzpatrick, D Hyland, R Houlihan, F Conway, J Byrne, K Feely, T Moolick, A Tyrrell, E O’Flaherty, P Cribbin, E Callaghan, A Smith, N Flynn
Subs: C McNally for Callaghan (47), K Murnaghan for Tyrrell inj (54), E O’Connor for Smith (58), E Powderly for Fitzpatrick inj (70+1), Daryl Flynn for Moolick (70+6), E Bolton for Conway (70+7).

Referee: N Mooney (Cavan)

Fixture Details

23.04.2016 (Sat)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 18:00
An Clár v Cill Dara
Referee: Noel Mooney (An Cabhán)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Clare: J Hayes; S Malone, K Hartnett, M McMahon; J Malone, D Ryan, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins, D Tubridy, P Lillis; E Cleary, K Sexton, P Burke

The Kildare team for Saturday evening’s Allianz Football League Division Three final against Clare at Croke Park has been announced.

Kildare: M Donnellan; P Kelly, D Hyland, O Lyons; R Houlihan, F Conway, C Fitzpatrick; P Cribbin, T Moolick; A Tyrell, N Kelly, E O’Flaherty; A Smith, K Feely, N Flynn.

Munster Minor Hurling Play-off 1 – Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-17

Waterford defeated Tipperary by 1-20 to 1-17 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-off 1 on Saturday April 23rd at Walsh Park Waterford.

Waterford led at half-time by 0-11 to 1-6, the Tipperary goal coming in the fifth minute by Dillion Quirke. Waterford dominated the third quarter and a Neil Montgomery goal in the 43rd minute put the home side in front by six points. Tipperary reduced the deficit late on but Waterford finished as deserving winners by three points.

Tipperary will now play Clare for the final semi-final place with Waterford joining Cork and Limerick in the semi-finals due to be played on June 29th.

Murray points Waterford to Munster minor semi-finals

Munster MHC Play-Off – Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-17

Report by Tomas McCarthy for the42.ie

EOGHAN MURRAY SPRAYED over 11 points in the Walsh Park sunshine as a hungry Waterford recovered from their first-round loss against Cork to dispatch Tipperary in an entertaining Munster MHC play-off.

The Ballyduff Upper attacker delivered six points from play, four frees and a stunning sideline cut for Stephen Gough’s side to push them through to the semi finals on June 29. The teams were level on seven occasions before Waterford cut loose in the third quarter. Neil Montgomery rifled to the net on 43 minutes and the Déise never looked back.

Goalkeeper Billy Nolan made a vital intervention midway through the second half when he parried away Dillon Quirke’s goalbound drive. Harry Ruddle, Cathal Curran and Jack Prendergast also starred on the winning side. The reigning provincial champions travel to Clare next month in an attempt to resurrect their campaign. Lyndon Fairbrother recorded 10 points for Liam Cahill’s charges including eight in the second period.

The home side got their noses in front at the break (0-11 to 1-6) as they outscored Tipperary by six points to one over the last 10 minutes of the half. Dillon Quirke blasted the sliotar past Billy Nolan on six minutes after Lyndon Fairbrother collected a Jake Morris sideline (1-1 to 0-1). Waterford restored parity with three quick points.

Fairbrother and Mark Kehoe opened up a 1-5 to 0-5 lead for Tipp on 21 minutes. Murray and Ruddle scored three points apiece however at the tail end of the half to edge the hosts two points clear. The Premier levelled matters twice on the resumption as Fairbrother and Ger Browne raised white flags. Waterford strung together a purple patch of 1-3 without response to pull away from last year’s All-Ireland runners-up.

The lively Jack Prendergast notched his first single before Murray added two more. On 43 minutes, Nolan lofted a long distance free around the goalmouth and even though Ciarán Barrett saved a stinger from Thomas Douglas, Montgomery hammered in the rebound (1-15 to 1-9).

Despite the best efforts of Fairbrother on placed balls, Waterford kept their distance. Murray completed a spectacular afternoon with a line cut from all of 55 metres by the stand sideline. Cian Darcy and Fairbrother pared the margin down to three but the time ran out on the visitors. It marked Waterford’s first minor triumph over Tipperary since 2011.

Scorers for Waterford: Eoghan Murray 0-11 (4fs, 1 s-l); Harry Ruddle Redmond 0-5 (3 65s, 2fs); Neil Montgomery 1-1; Jack Prendergast 0-2; Thomas Douglas 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: Lyndon Fairbrother 0-10 (7fs, 2 65s); Dillon Quirke 1-0; Cian Darcy 0-3; Ger Browne 0-2; Jake Morris, Mark Kehoe 0-1 each.


1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)
2. Conor Giles Doran (De La Salle)
3. James Flavin (Ardmore)
19. Tom Barron (Fourmilewater)
7. Michael O’Brien (Geraldines)
9. Harry Ruddle Redmond (Ballygunner)
17. Conor Dalton (Clonea)
5. Donal Power (Passage)
12. Cathal Curran (Brickey Rangers)
14. Neil Montgomery (Abbeyside)
13. Michael Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Eoin McGrath (Butlerstown)
10. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)
6. Eoghan Murray (Ballyduff Upper)
15. Thomas Douglas (De La Salle)
11. Dylan Guiry (Fourmilewater) for Mahony (51)
18. Ciarán Kirwan (Fenor) for Montgomery (59)
20 Jack Reade (St Mollerans) for Eoin McGrath (60)
4. Darragh McGrath (Abbeyside) for Douglas (62)


1. Ciarán Barrett (Clonmel Óg)
2. Cillian O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
3. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
4. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
5. Gavin Dunne (Holycross-Ballycahill)
6. Michael Whelan (Carrick Davins)
7. Tom Murphy (JK Brackens)
8. Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill)
9. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg)
10. Ger Browne (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams)
11. Dillion Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore)
12. Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
13. Shane Neville (Lattin Cullen)
14. Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
17. Cian Flanagan (Newport) for O’Mara (H-T)
21. Dean O’Connor (Killenaule) for Morris (42)
18. Paddy Caddell (JK Brackens) for Murphy (48)

Referee: Rory McGann (Clare)

Team News

Heading out on a new campaign the Tipperary team to face Waterford in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 1 in Walsh Park, Waterford this Saturday, April 23rd at 2pm has been announced by manager Liam Cahill.

Brian McGrath from Loughmore-Castleiney assumes captaincy as team captain Gavin Ryan from St. Mary’s is ruled out through injury. In all there are eight surviving members in Saturday’s match day 24 from last year’s All-Ireland Final squad with 3 of those – Brian McGrath, Cian Darcy and Lyndon Fairbrother the only ones to start in that All-Ireland Final.

The Tipperary starting 15 for Saturday is as follows;

1. Ciarán Barrett – Clonmel Óg
2. Cillian O’Dwyer – Killenaule
3. Brian McGrath (Capt.) – Loughmore-Castleiney
4. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
5. Gavin Dunne – Holycross-Ballycahill
6. Michael Whelan – Carrick Davins
7. Tom Murphy – J.K. Brackens
8. Bryan O’Mara – Holycross-Ballycahill
9. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
10. Ger Browne – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
11. Dillion Quirke – Clonoulty-Rossmore
12. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
13. Shane Neville – Lattin Cullen
14. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
15. Lyndon Fairbrother – J.K. Brackens
16. Barry Hogan – Kiladangan
17. Cian Flanagan – Newport
18. Paddy Cadell – J.K. Brackens
19. Kieran Breen – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
20. Rian Doody – Cappawhite
21. Dean O’Connor – Killenaule
22. Robbie Quirke – Cappawhite
23. Conor Stakelum – Thurles Sarsfields
24. Ciaran Kelly – Kiladangan

Extended panel:

Eoin Barry – Killenaule
Gerry Kelly – Borris-Ileigh
Gavin Ryan – St. Mary’s (Capt.) Injured
Darragh Woods – Holycross-Ballycahill
Diarmuid Ryan – Clonakenny
Jimmy Ryan – Clonoulty-Rossmore
Dylan Walsh – Ballingarry
Adam Hogan – Moneygall

Management Team:

Liam Cahill – Manager – Ballingarry
Michael Bevans – Coach – Toomevara
John Sheedy – Selector – Portroe
Sean Corbett – Selector – Durlas Óg
T.J. Ryan – Selector – Clonoulty-Rossmore

Backroom Team:

Kevin O’Sullivan – Goal-keeping Coach
Paddy Julian – Physio
John Durnan – Kitman
Darragh Blake – Stats

The Waterford Minor Hurling Team to face Tipperary in Walsh Park has being named.

1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)
2. Conor Giles Doran (De La Salle)
3. James Flavin (Ardmore)
19. Tom Barron (Fourmilewater)
5. Donal Power (Passage)
6. Eoghan Murray (Ballyduff Upper)
7. Michael O’Brien (Geraldines)
8. Eoin McGrath (Butlerstown)
9. Harry Ruddle Redmond (Ballygunner)
10. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)
17. Conor Dalton (Clonea)
12. Cathal Curran (Brickey Rangers)
13. Michael Mahony (Ballygunner)
14. Neil Montgomery (Abbeyside)
15. Thomas Douglas (De La Salle)

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John West Féile na nGael Launch Night

The John West Féile na nGael takes place from 17th to 19th June and is being hosted between Tipperary and Waterford.

This national tournament is an annual festival encompassing Hurling, Camogie and Handball at U14 level. It is a fantastic honour to host this auspicious event and welcome participants and their families from all over Ireland and beyond.

The ethos of Féile is to ensure that all players are given the opportunity to partipate and play in their respective Féile tournaments. Clubs gain the experience of playing teams from other counties and also to foster links and friendships with these clubs.

Féile weekend will see the host clubs in both Tipperary and Waterford welcome hundreds of people to their area’s and to promote and show our facilities and localities to a wide audience.

The National Launch of John West Féile na nGael will take place on Thursday 21st April at 7.00pm in Ballymacarbry Community Centre, Ballymacarbry nestled in the Nire Valley on the Waterford / Tipperary border.

This night of music, dance and celebration will showcase local talents from the national schools of Newcastle, Co. Tipperary and Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford as well as other local dignitaries.

The Presidents of the GAA, Camogie and Handball Associations will also be in attendance on this night.

The Launch night is open to all clubs to attend and to local media personnel, we hope to see you there to celebrate and foster our National Games

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Munster Minor Football Playoff 1 – Limerick 3-8 Tipperary 0-11

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 3-8 to 0-11 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Playoff 1 on Wednesday April 20th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Limerick minors bounce back to end Tipperary’s campaign

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 0-11 Limerick 3-8: They contested Electric Ireland Munster and All-Ireland minor football finals in 2015 but Tipperary will play no further part in this year’s campaign after being dumped out by Limerick in Thurles last evening.

The Shannonsiders were full value for a six-point win to set up a clash against Waterford next week, with the winners to play Cork in the Munster semi-final. It was Cork who defeated Tipp last week at Páirc Uí Rinn and a second defeat in a week for Mick O’Sullivan’s Premier County ends their 2016 campaign prematurely.

O’Sullivan was also sent to the stands in the second-half following a verbal altercation with an official on a forgettable evening for Tipp. But credit Limerick with an impressive display as the Treaty boys bounced back from their one-point defeat to Clare in Miltown-Malbay last week. And maybe this win shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise when you consider Limerick had 12 wides in the second-half of the Clare game.

They can create chances and while they missed a few last night, particularly inviting goal opportunities, they took enough to advance. Wind-assisted from the start, Limerick took on the challenge with gusto and were 1-4 to 0-0 clear within 11 minutes. Captain Diarmaid Kelly, who scored 1-1 in each half, waltzed through the Tipp defence for a fifth-minute goal and by half-time, Limerick were 1-7 to 0-5 clear.

This was a night when Tipp finished with just two points from play, one in each half, and Limerick added their second goal in the 34th minute when Kelly netted a penalty Jack Dolan got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.

Tipp’s best goal opportunity saw Dolan’s opposite number Aaron Murphy deny John Lyons but Limerick wasted some great chances before Eoin O’Mahony, scorer of 1-4, rammed home a clinching goal in the final minute. It allowed Limerick boss Jerry O’Sullivan breathe a little easier as Tipp had got to within two points, 0-11 to 2-7, with six minutes left. But Tipperary could never conjure enough attacking consistency to really compete, as a campaign dogged by talk of dual players that were unavailable petered out.

Tipp boss Mick O’Sullivan admitted: “I think the better team won to be honest, the more clinical team that took their chances in front of goals. I’d say if you looked back at the stats, we probably both created the same amount of opportunities, it was just on the night they took theirs and we probably didn’t take ours. They came out of the traps, they had the aid of a strong breeze. Fair play to Limerick they’re a good team, we were putting out fires all over the field but our lads showed great character to come back.”

Delighted Limerick boss O’Sullivan smiled: “It’s tough enough to come come up to Thurles any day of the week but to come up here and win is brilliant, great for the lads. It wasn’t so much the wides against Clare that bothered me, more the way we distributed the ball,” he added.

“I think I was more upset over that. I don’t mind kicking a wide if you’re in a scoring position, and it’s on but what killed me that day was that we brought it to the final third and we just didn’t execute it properly.”

Scorers for Tipperary: J Lyons 0-6f, M Barlow 0-2f, C English, B Hyland (45) & A English 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: D Kelly 2-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), E O’Mahony 1-4 (2f, 1 45), S Hurley & A Barrett 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: J Dolan; J Harney, D Brennan, J Flannery; C English, P Feehan, S Nolan; C Cashman, B Hyland; R Lambe, C Boland, D Egan; J Lyons, M Barlow, A English.
Subs: E Ryan for Feehan (b/c 18), S Ryan for Boland (25), J Delahunty for Cashman (h.t.), A Vance for Lambe (54), Boland for A English (57).

LIMERICK: A Murphy; G Brennan, F Murphy, D Enright; S Hurley, A Kearns, O Collins; J Ryan, D Kelly; E O’Mahony, C McSweeney, A Storan; A Barrett, N Callinan, J Ryan
Subs: D Ranahan for Callinan (37), J Kelly for Barrett (49), L Cardy for J Ryan (52), S Ryan for Storan (60), J Kelly for Hurley (60+2).

Referee: Eddie Walsh (Kerry).

Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
Juvenile (Under 16 years of Age): Free of Charge
Student/OAPs: €5.00 rebate available at the venue on match day on full price ADULT tickets at the designated stile with a valid ID
All tickets for this fixture are UNRESERVED

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Team News

The Tipperary team to play Limerick in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Semi-Final Playoff on this Wednesday night, April 20th in Semple Stadium Thurles at 7pm is unchanged from the side which started against Cork in the first round.

1. Jack Dolan – Fethard
2. Jack Harney – Moyle Rovers
3. Paudie Feehan – Killenaule
4. Jake Flannery – Galtee Rovers
5. Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
6. Daire Brennan – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
7. Stephen Nolan – Drom & Inch
8. Conor Cashman – Cahir (Captain)
9. Ben Hyland – Fr. Sheehy’s
10. Ryan Lambe – Clonmel Commercials
11. Calvin Bolan – Clonmel Commercials
12. Daire Egan – Galtee Rovers
13. John Lyons – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
14. Michael Barlow – Ardfinnan
15. Adrian English – Ballyporeen

16. David Croke – Holycross-Ballycahill
17. Eoghan Ryan – Loughmore-Castleiney
18. Shane Ryan – Galtee Rovers
19. Michael Purcell – Thurles Sarsfields
20. Stephen Quinlan – JK Brackens
21. Conal Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
22. Andrew Vance – Emly
23. Conor Murphy – Thurles Sarsfields
24. Oscar O’Dwyer – Arravale Rovers

The Limerick minor football manager Jerry O Sullivan and his selectors John Clifford and Gerry Phillips has released their match day team and panel for this Wednesday Munster minor football championship playoff 1 game against Tipperary in Thurles at 7pm.

The Limerick minor football team and panel is as follows 1. Aaron Murphy (Fr Casey’s), 2. Gearoid Brennan (Claughaun), 3. Fionn Murphy (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 4. Daniel Enright (Monaleen) 5. Seamus Hurley (Newcastlewest), 6. Adam Kearns (St Senans), 7. Oran Collins (Adare), 8. Josh Ryan (Oola), 9. Diarmaid Kelly (Newcastlewest)(Captain), 10. Eoin O Mahony (Ballylanders), 11. Colm McSweeney (Gearld Griffins), Noel Callinan (St Kierans), 13. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 14. Adam Storan (Mungret St Pauls), 15. James Ryan (Athea)

16. William O Mahony (Oola), 17. Conor O Grady (Hospital/Herbertstown), 18. Sean Ryan (Athea), 19. Darragh Ranahan (Ballysteen), 20. Paudie Sheedy (Kilmallock), 21. Luke Cardy (Adare), 22. Eoghan Carew (Monaleen), 23. Jason Kiely (Claughaun), 24. James Kelly (Monaleen).

Extended panel members are Robert Childs (Galtee Gaels), Ciaran Laffey (Mungret St Pauls), Padraig McGrath (Galtee Gaels), Dara O Farrell (Croom), Dylan Corrigan (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), Tadgh Leddan (Hospital/Herbertstown), Evan O Donoghue (Ballysteen) and Conor Staff (Kildimo/Pallaskenry).


Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final – Waterford 3-23 Limerick 1-18

Waterford defeated Limerick by 3-23 to 1-18 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Waterford victorious in tough battle against Limerick

Limerick 3-23 Waterford 1-18

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A comfortable win for Waterford eventually in this NHL semi-final, the holders easing away from Limerick in the second half thanks to two timely goals.

Limerick attacked the town end goal with a slight breeze in the first half: both sides operated with a spare defender, Ronan Lynch sweeping for Limerick and Darragh Fives free for Waterford. Early on both sides swapped scores with neither gaining primacy, Tom Morrissey’s snap shot from the wing the best score of the opening period.

Limerick were one up on twelve minutes, five points to four, with Paul Browne and James Ryan beginning to impress. Waterford had Patrick Curran playing as a centre-forward instead of Shane Bennett and missed Bennett’s presence outfield, but they won frees when running at Limerick, and that kept them in touch.

A monster Austin Gleeson free put Waterford ahead, 0-8 to 0-7, on twenty minutes, but Limerick nudged ahead by two, thanks to Ronan Lynch (two frees) and Morrissey, the men in green and white hitting form, only for a Curran free and Gleson to level matters. Limerick were ascendant, though, hitting another Lynch free and a terrific Diarmaid Byrnes point to lead 0-12 to 0-10 with half-time looming, though there was still time for Curran to cut the deficit to the minimum with another free before the break.

Limerick resumed with another Lynch free before Gleeson soloed through for a goal chance, smartly saved by Quaid. Waterford then took over, hitting four points in a row, the last an over-the-shoulder gem by Curran, before Bennett was grounded for a penalty on 42 minutes: Bennett buried the penalty himself to make it 1-15 to 0-13.

When Curran added another free four minutes later Waterford had 1-5 on the bounce and Limerick were hard pressed. They rallied, however, with three on the trot, Barry Nash’s the pick of them, to make it 1-17 to 0-17 with fifteen minutes left; Waterford responded with three points in a row, though, to restore their advantage to six.

They then walked through for a second goal, Brian O’Halloran and Michael Walsh combining to place Curran for a smart ground finish, and the Deise were never going to let a nine-point lead slip. Late goals for both teams (Shane Dowling for Limerick, Tom Devine for Waterford) only exercised the scoreboard keepers.

Scorers for Waterford: P. Curran (0-2 65s, 0-7 frees) 1-10; S. Bennett (1-0 pen) 1-3; T. Devine 1-1; A. Gleeson (0-1 free) 0-3; C. Dunford 0-2; T. de Burca, D. Fives, K. Moran, B. O’Halloran, T. Devine each.

Scorers for Limerick: R. Lynch (frees) 0-7; S. Dowling (frees) 1-1; T. Morrissey 0-3; D. Byrnes, B. Nash 0-2 each; P. Browne, J. Ryan, T. Condon 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S. O’Keeffe, S. Fives, B. Coughlan, N. Connors, P. Mahony, T. de Burca, D. Fives, J. Barron, K. Moran ( c), M. Walsh, A. Gleeson, J. Dillon, P. Curran, S. Bennett, C. Dunford.
Subs: B. O’Halloran for Dunford, 48; S. McNulty for S. Fives, 55; T. Devine for Dillon, 58; P. Mahony for Walsh, 65; S. O’Sullivan for Moran, 67.

LIMERICK: N. Quaid ( c), S. O’Brien, R. McCarthy, R. English, P. O’Brien, D. Byrnes, R. Lynch, G. O’Mahony, P. Browne, G. Hegarty, J. Ryan, C Lynch, B. Nash, K. Downes, T. Morrissey.
Subs: J. Fitzgibbon for Hegarty, 48; T. Condon for S. O’Brien, 50; D. Hannon for Downes, 57; S. Dowling for P. O’Brien, 60; G. Mulcahy for R. Lynch, 65.

Referee: B. Kelly (Westmeath)


Team News

The Limerick team will line out as follows – 1 Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain) 2 Seanie O Brien (Patrickswell) 3 Richie McCarthy (Blackrock) 4 Richie English (Doon) 4 Paudie O Brien (Kilmallock) 6 Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell) 7 Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh) 8 Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 9 Paul Browne (Bruff), 10 Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), 11 James Ryan (Garryspillane), 12 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13 Barry Nash (South Liberties), 14 Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh) 15 Tom Morrissey (Ahane)

Waterford team –

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
18. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle) – Capt
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
14. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final – Clare 4-22 Kilkenny 2-19

Clare defeated Kilkenny by 4-22 to 2-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

No cream for the Cats as Clare clean up in Thurles

Clare 4-22 Kilkenny 2-19

Report by John Fogarty from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare and Waterford will meet twice in the space of five weeks after the Division 1B winners avalanched scores down on Kilkenny in this Division 1 semi-final in Thurles, writes John Fogarty.

One look at the Kilkenny starting line-up wouldn’t deem this a shock but the manner of their errors in the first half certainly was a surprise although Clare were full value for their victory watched by a 20,481 crowd.

Leading by 11 at half-time (3-12 to 0-10), Clare goaled for a fourth time in the 51st minute when Conor McGrath hammered home an unstoppable shot. A brace of points from substitute Tony Kelly extended their advantage to 13 (4-18 to 1-14) before Jonjo Farrell goaled adding to TJ Reid’s earlier effort from a close-range free, which was deflected over the goal-line.

Clare’s first half goals weren’t as much down to ingenuity on their part as errors on Kilkenny’s. The Banner were 0-6 to 0-3 to the good in the 17th minute when John Conlon poached on a mix-up between Eoin Murphy and Joey Holden as they tried to retrieve a Colm Galvin delivery from distance.

Aaron Cunningham’s goal three minutes later came as he was given too much space to shoot past Eoin Murphy on his near side. Jackie Tyrrell made way shortly afterwards as Brian Cody acknowledge the full-back line was leaking like a sieve. However, a third goal came in the 26th minute when David Fitzgerald drove a long ball in and once more Murphy was in trouble, Cunningham pouncing to finish to the net.

Kilkenny had a couple of goal opportunities via Reid and Richie Hogan but Clare defenders managed to get either ash or a body in the way.

Scorers for Clare: A Cunningham (2-3); J Conlon (1-1); C McGrath (1-5, 0-2 frees, 0-2 65s); C Galvin (0-5); T Kelly (0-3); D Honan (0-2); P Collins, D Reidy, C O’Connell (0-1 each)

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid (1-7, 1-6 frees); JJ Farrell (1-1); K Kelly, P Walsh, W Walsh, C Bolger (0-2 each); R Hogan, J Power, C Buckley (0-1 each).

CLARE: P Kelly; O O’Brien, P O’Connor, P Flanagan; C Cleary, B Bugler, D Fitzgerald; D Reidy, C Galvin; D Honan, C McGrath, P Collins; C Dillon, A Cunningham, J Conlon
Subs for Clare: T Kelly for J Conlon (inj 51); C O’Connell for D Honan (57); Colin Ryan for D Reidy (64); A Shanagher for A Cunningham (67); B Duggan for P Collins (70+1).

KILKENNY: E Murphy; J Tyrrell, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C O’Shea; L Ryan, C Buckley; W Walsh, TJ Reid, K Kelly; J Power, JJ Farrell, R Hogan
Subs for Kilkenny: B Kennedy for J Tyrrell (22); L Blanchfield for C O’Shea (55); C Bolger for K Kelly (63).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)


Team News

Kilkenny: E Murphy; J Tyrell, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C O’Shea; L Ryan, C Buckley; W Walsh, TJ Reid, K Kelly; J Power, J Farrell, R Hogan.