All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Dublin 0-22 Kerry 2-14

Dublin defeated Kerry by 0-22 to 2-14 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 28th at Croke Park.

All-Ireland SFC Semi-Final – Dublin edge out Kerry

Dublin 0-22 Kerry 2-14

By John Harrington at Croke Park for

When the story of this Dublin team is written, this thrilling All-Ireland semi-final will surely feature prominently in it. The resolve they showed in the face of serious adversity proved once again they have serious grit to complement the outstanding ability in their ranks.

There can be no doubts now that their appetite has been in any way diminished by last year’s All-Ireland success, because they wouldn’t have survived this epic battle with Kerry if it was. Five points down at half-time and still trailing by three with 62 minutes played, Dublin were standing on the precipice. But they dug their heels in, showed tremendous grunt and guile, and found a way to win the game without ever being at their absolute best.

In a match of very fine margins, Dublin’s mixture of fire and focus in extra-time ultimately proved to be the difference. No-one summed up those two qualities more than the brilliant Kevin McManamon. He edged Dublin ahead with an outrageous left-footed point from a tough angle, and then put in a massive hit on Kerry’s Peter Crowley that stopped Kerry dead in their tracks as they came looking for a late equaliser.

Dublin went down the field from there and Diarmuid Connolly kicked the insurance point that sealed the victory. When the final whistle blew the emotional celebrations of the Dublin players told you just how much this victory of the nature of it meant to them.

As they fist-pumped, jumped for joy, and screamed to the heavens, all around them Kerry men fell to the ground in utter devastation. They had given everything of themselves and were both brave and smart in terms of how they took the game to Dublin, but in the end it wasn’t enough.

As a contest, this match had everything, and there was intrigue before a ball was even kicked as both teams made a number of changes to the selections they’d named earlier in the week. Michael Darragh MacAuley and Kevin McManamon came in for Dublin in place of Denis Bastick and Paul Mannion, while Kerry brought in Aidan O’Mahony, Anthony Maher, and Darran O’Sullivan with Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Stephen O’Brien and James O’Donoghue.

That meant Kerry lined out with both Kieran Donaghy and Colm Cooper in their full-forward line, a clear indication they were targeting the Dublin full-back line. That statement of intent didn’t translate to much conviction from Kerry on the field of play in the early stages of the match, though.

Dublin monopolised possession and came rolling forward in wave after blue wave as Kerry struggled to extricate themselves from their own half. Their kick-passing in the first twenty minutes was sloppy, but most damaging of all was their inability to retain possession from their own kick-outs.

By the 12th minute Dublin were 0-4 to no-score ahead and Kerry were already sucking for air. It was Paul Geaney who breathed some life into their challenge by kicking some really clinical scores when the ball finally made its way up to him. Three points from the classy full-forward by the 25th minute helped keep Kerry in touch as they trailed by 0-9 to 0-5, but you got the feeling they were only holding on by their finger-nails.

Then, suddenly, the whole mood of the contest changed when Kerry scored their first goal of the match after 31 minutes. They rolled the dice by pushing right up on Stephen Cluxton’s kick-out so they only had two men inside their own half marking four Dublin forwards.

It’s the sort of thing you see a lot in Australian Rules Football and is a risky tactic, but it paid off in a major way as Geaney intercepted a poor Cluxton kick-out and passed the ball to Donnchadh Walsh who palmed it with precision timing to the onrushing Darran O’Sullivan who roofed it to the net.

Their high-press was effective again from the following kick-out as Geaney won a free that Cooper converted to put Kerry into the lead for the first time in the match. The Kerry supporters and really found their voice by now and nearly took the roof off Croke Park when Geaney then scored their second goal.

Anthony Maher skied a shot for a point that came down on the edge of the Dublin square where Geaney was waiting to get a fist to it. Cluxton scrambled backwards to claw the ball away, but the umpire ruled it had crossed the goal-line, and rose his green flag. Cooper kicked another free just before half-time, so in the space of six minutes Kerry had turned a four-point deficit into a five-point lead. Dublin were reeling, but the half-time break gave them the opportunity to refocus and reset.

Had Kerry managed to kick on again at the start of the second-half then they would have won this match, but instead it was Dublin who seized the initiative as they set about chipping away at Kerry’s lead. They huffed and puffed and struggled to really find their rhythm, but they were doing enough and steadily reeled Kerry in thanks mainly to the accurate free-taking of Dean Rock.

In a match of very fine margins, a few moments stood out as decisive ones. One of them came when Colm Cooper had a very kickable chance on 50 minutes to put Kerry two ahead, but Cluxton stretched ever sinew to catch it above the cross-bar and from there Dublin moved the ball down-field to Brian Fenton who kicked an equaliser.

At that moment Dublin looked like the side with all the momentum, but you have to give Kerry a lot of credit for the way they found a second-wind and moved three points ahead again thanks to some great shooting from Barry John Keane, Paul Geaney, and substitute James O’Donoghue.

When Paul Murphy landed another sweet score after 62 minutes, Kerry were still three points ahead, but they just couldn’t hold on. They visibly tired down the home straight, retreated into their own half, and invited Dublin onto them. Philly McMahon raided downfield for a point that gave Dublin renewed hope, and Dean Rock followed up with two pointed frees to level the game before McManamon edged his team again with that special point in injury-time.

There was one last kick in Kerry when Steven O’Brien briefly brought them level with a fisted effort, but Dublin patiently worked their way down the field to create an opening for Eoghan O’Gara that he took brilliantly.

Then came the McManamon hit on Crowley that Kerry will argue should have earned them a free, and Dublin swept down the field again to seal the deal with a typically classy point from Diarmuid Connolly. It was a seriously gutsy victory for the Dubs, but Kerry earned a lot of honour in defeat.

Scorers for Dublin: Dean Rock 0-12 (8f, 2 ’45), Kevin McManamon 0-3, Diarmuid Connolly 0-2, Bernard Brogan 0-2, Philly McMahon 0-1, Eoghan O’Gara 0-1, Brian Fenton 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 1-4, Colm Cooper 0-5 (4f), Darran O’Sullivan 1-0, David Moran 0-1, Stephen O’Brien 0-1, Paul Murphy 0-1, James O’Donoghue 0-1, Billy John Keane 0-1.

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; Philip McMahon, Jonny Cooper, David Byrne; James McCarthy, Cian O’Sullivan, John Small; Brian Fenton, Michael Darragh MacAuley; Paul Flynn, Kevin McManamon, Ciarán Kilkenny; Dean Rock, Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan. Subs: Paddy Andrews for Paul Flynn (46), Paul Mannion for John Small (50), Eoghan O’Gara for Michael Darragh MacAuley (60), Michael Fitzsimons for Jonny Cooper (67), Cormac Costello for Bernard Brogan (71)

Kerry: Brian Kelly; Shane Enright, Mark Griffin, Kilian Young; Aidan O’Mahony, Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Paul Murphy, Colm Cooper, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, Darran O’Sullivan. Subs: Stephen O’Brien for Darran O’Sullivan (40), James O’Donoghue for Kieran Donaghy (50), Barry John Keane for Donnchadh Walsh (52), Brian Ó Beaglaoich for Tadhg Morley (56), Bryan Sheehan for Anthony Maher (59), Marc Ó Sé for Paul Geaney (67)

Ref: David Gough (Meath)

Fixture Details

28.08.2016 (Sun)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:30
Áth Cliath v Ciarraí
Referee: David Gough (An Mhí)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Dublin in the All Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi Final in Croke Park on Sunday (3:30pm) shows just one change in personnel from the side that defeated Clare in the All Ireland Quarter Final; Colm Cooper returns to the forward line following injury to the exclusion of Darran O’Sullivan. Michael Geaney and Johnny Buckley also return to the match day squad following injury.

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

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

Additional Info:
Colm Cooper – Plays in his 85th Championship game for Kerry – he is 3rd behind Tomás and Marc Ó Sé in the list of Championship appearances for Kerry.

Kieran Donaghy – Plays in his 60th Championship game for Kerry having made his debut against Cork in 2005 – has scored 13-32 in championship.

Brian Ó Beaglaioch (An Ghaeltacht) – Made his Championship debut against Clare in the Munster semi final having made his League debut against Dublin in the AFL Round 1 earlier in the year. He also played in the McGrath Cup in January. Brian won an All Ireland Minor medal with Kerry in 2014 in the full back position and has 2 Hogan Cup (2014 & 2015) and 3 Munster Colleges (Corn Uí Mhuirí) medals being joint Captain with Mark O’Connor for Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne last year.

Tadhg Morley (Templenoe) – A Primary Teacher who made his Championship debut against Clare in the Munster semi final, Tadhg played Minor for Kerry in 2010 and 2011 and Under 21 for the county in 2012 and 2013. He was centre back on the Kerry team that won the All Ireland Junior title last year. He captained Templenoe to County, Munster and All Ireland Junior Club titles 2015/16.

All Ireland Final 2015 – In all, the team shows 6 changes in personnel from the side that took the field in the All Ireland Final last September – Brian Kelly, Mark Griffin, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Tadhg Morley, Kieran Donaghy and Paul Murphy replace Brendan Kealy, Fionn Fitzgerald, Aidan O’Mahony, Jonathan Lyne, Anthony Maher and Johnny Buckley.

Dublin (SFC v Kerry): Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon, Jonny Cooper, David Byrne; James McCarthy, Cian O’Sullivan, John Small; Denis Bastick, Brian Fenton; Paul Flynn, Paul Mannion, Ciaran Kilkenny; Dean Rock, Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan.


It’s one of the great rivalries in Gaelic football and it’s coming your way for the 29th time in Croke Park next Sunday (3.30) when Dublin and Kerry meet in the second All-Ireland semi-final to decide who plays Mayo in the final on September 18.

The senior game will be preceded by the Kerry v Kildare Electric Ireland minor semi-final (1.30) to decide who plays Galway in the final.

Dublin v Kerry is a repeat of last year’s final which Jim Gavin’s men won by three points in what was their third successive championship victory over Kerry, having also won the 2013 semi-final and 2011 final. It leaves Kerry seeking their first win over their great rivals since 2009.

This will be the third meeting between the counties this year, with Dublin having won the previous two in the Allianz League. They won by 2-14 to 0-14 in the first round and by 2-18 to 0-13 in the final.

Dublin 2-21 Laois 2-10 (Leinster quarter-final)
Dublin 0-21 Meath 0-11 (Leinster semi-final)
Dublin 2-19 Westmeath 0-10 (Leinster final)
Dublin 1-15 Donegal 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Dean Rock…… …….1-33 (0-27frees, 0-1 ‘45’)
Diarmuid Connolly…..1-11
Bernard Brogan………1-7
Kevin McManamon…..1-6
Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 3-17 Tipperary 2-10 (Munster final)
Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Paul Geaney….. ……2-12 (0-4frees)
Stephen O’Brien…..1-7
James O’Donoghue…0-9 (0-5 frees)
Darran O’Sullivan…..1-5

This will be the 29th championship meeting between the counties since they first met in 1892. Kerry have won 17 times to Dublin’s nine while there were two draws from the previous 28 clashes.

2015: Dublin 0-12 Kerry 0-9 (All-Ireland final)
2013: Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2011: Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11 (All-Ireland final)
2009: Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final replay)
2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1985: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 2-8 (All-Ireland final)
1984: Kerry 0-14 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)
1979: Kerry 3-13 Dublin 1-8 (All-Ireland final)
1978: Kerry 5-11 Dublin 0-9 (All-Ireland final)
1977: Dublin 3-12 Kerry 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1976: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-10 (All-Ireland final)
1975: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-11 (All-Ireland final)
1965: Kerry 4-8 Dublin 2-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1962: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1959: Kerry 1-10 Dublin 2-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1955: Kerry 0-12 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)
1941: Kerry 2-9 Dublin 0-3 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
1941: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1934: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1932: Kerry 1-3 Dublin 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1924: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-3 (All-Ireland final)
1923: Dublin 1-5 Kerry 1-3 (All-Ireland final)
1908: Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland final)
1904: Kerry 0-5 Dublin 0-2 (All-Ireland final)
1892 Dublin 1-4 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland final)

This will be the 11th semi-final meeting between them, with Kerry having won
six to Dublin’s three with one draw from the previous ten.
2013: Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11
2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16
1977: Dublin 3-12 Kerry 1-13
1965: Kerry 4-8 Dublin 2-6
1962: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-10
1959: Kerry 1-10 Dublin 2-5
1941: Kerry 2-9 Dublin 0-3
1941: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-4
1934: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-6
1932: Kerry 1-3 Dublin 1-1

Dublin have won two, lost two and drawn one of their last five semi-finals;
Kerry have won three, lost one and drawn one.

2015: Dublin 3-15 Mayo 1-14 (replay)
2015: Dublin 2-12 Mayo 1-15 (draw)
2014: Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17
2013: Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11
2012: Mayo 0-19 Dublin 0-16

2015: Kerry 0-18 Tyrone 1-11
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (replay –aet)
2014: Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16 (draw)
2013: Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11

Dublin 2-18 Kerry 0-13 (24 April, Croke Park)
Dublin led by 0-10 to 0-8 at half-time and by 0-13 to 0-11 when Kerry had Aidan O’Mahony sent off in the second half. Dublin out-scored Kerry by 2-3 to 0-0 in the final ten minutes.

Dublin: S Cluxton; P McMahon, J Cooper (0-1), D Byrne; J McCarthy, C O’Sullivan, J Small; B Fenton (0-1), D Bastick; P Flynn (1-0), D Rock (0-5, 0-3 frees, 1-0 pen) C Kilkenny (0-2); P Mannion (0-1), D Connolly ((0-1), B Brogan (0-4).
Subs: MD Macauley for Bastick; K McManamon (0-2) for Connolly, C Costello (0-1) for Rock, M Fitzsimons for McMahon, E Lowndes (1-0) for

Kerry: B Kealy; M O Se, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley (0-2), A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy (0-1), D Moran; B Sheehan (0-3 frees), P Murphy (0-1), D Walsh (0-1); D O’Sullivan (0-2), C Cooper (0-1), S O’Brien (0-2).
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.

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-26 Kildare 0-10

Kerry defeated Kildare by 2-26 to 0-10 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 28th at Croke Park.

Electric Ireland MFC S-F: Kerry too good for Kildare


By John Harrington at Croke Park for

The conveyor belt of young talent in Kerry football is turning merrily. Their minors put on a show in Croke Park in this All-Ireland minor semi-final as they swept Kildare aside with ease. Their kick-passing, support-play, and score-taking was a joy to watch and the Lilywhites simply couldn’t cope with the finishing power of players like David Clifford and David Shaw.

Clifford finished the match with six points from play, as he showed just why he’s regarded as the outstanding young talent in the Kingdom. He’s powerfully built, tremendously skilful, and can kick just as accurately off both feet. He and Shaw have an instinctive understanding in that Kerry full-forward line that makes them a frightening proposition for opposition full-back lines to cope with.

Kerry came into the game with a big billing, but in the early stages of the match at least Kildare weren’t overawed by the challenge facing them. They took the game to Kerry and were 0-4 to 0-2 ahead by the eleventh minute. Jimmy Hyland had impressed for the Lilywhites all year and was to the fore again in early stages of this game as he opened the scoring with a classy left-footed point on the run and then won a free that he knocked over himself.

Kerry were starting to assert themselves though and looked really threatening whenever the ball made its way into their inside forward line where David Clifford and David Shaw had the beating of their man. That started to happen more and more when the Kingdom started to dominate possession in the middle third, and Clifford in particular was proving hot to handle for the Lilywhite defence.

He kicked three quality points in the first half, two of his right foot and one off his left, the Fossa teenager showing just why he’s regarded as the outstanding young talent in Kerry. Shaw was getting in on the act as well with two points from play, as Kerry moved into a 0-8 to 0-5 lead by the 24th minute.

Kildare rallied briefly as Paddy Woodgate and Cian Costigan kicked two lovely scores, but Kerry turned the screw just before the break as three unanswered points saw them take a 0-11 to 0-7 lead into the dressing-room. They then blitzed Kildare in the first nine minutes of the second-half as they scored 1-7 with just a single point in reply.

Dara Moynihan set the tempo with two well-taken points in as many minutes, and any prospect of a Kildare comeback was dead and buried when Shaw scored the first goal of the match. It was created by Clifford who fielded the ball superbly and then immediately hand-passed to his onrushing team-mate who finished the ball calmly and clinically to the bottom corner.

The stuffing was completely knocked out of Kildare now, and the rest of the match was simply an exercise in how much Kerry would score and how many of their players would get on the scoresheet. In the end, an impressive 12 of them did, two of them substitutes, as the closing minutes of the match played out like an exhibition game.

There was one final exclamation mark from the Kingdom as Diarmuid O’Connor scored a fine goal in the last play of the game. Kerry now progress to the All-Ireland Final against Galway where they will bid to win a third title in a row. If they can reproduce the quality they showed here, they’ll be hard to stop.

Scorers for Kerry: David Clifford 0-8 (2f), David Shaw 1-3, Seán Ó’Shea 0-5 (2f), Diarmuid O’Connor 1-1, Dara Moynihan 0-2, Niall Collins 0-1, Graham O’Sullivan 0-1, Michael Potts 0-1, Mícheál Foley 0-1, Mike Breen 0-1, Ferdia O’Brien 0-1, Cormac Linnane 0-1

Scorers for Kildare: Ciarán Kelly 0-3 (2f), Jimmy Hyland 0-2 (1f), Cian Costigan 0-1, Paddy Woodgate 0-1, Jack Robinson 0-1, Kevin Foley 0-1, Danny O’Sullivan 0-1.

Kerry: Billy Courtney; David Naughton, Niall Collins, Graham O’Sullivan; Michael Potts, Daniel O’Brien, Micheál Foley; Mike Breen, Mark Ryan; Dara Moynihan, Seán O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connor; David Clifford, David Shaw, Bryan Sweeney
Subs: Cormac Linnane for Dara Moynihan (44), Caolim Teahan for Bryan Sweeney (50), Ferdia O’Brien for David Shaw (55), Stefan Okunbar for Mark Ryan (55), Kieran Dwyer for NiallCollins (60), Seán Ó Lúing for Billy Courtney, (60)

Kildare: Luke Mullins; John O’Toole, Mark Dempsey, Danny O’Sullivan; Tony Archbold, Jason Gibbons, Sam Doran; David Marnell, Aaron Masterson; Jack Robinson, Paddy Woodgate, Cian Costigan; Ciarán Kelly, Brian McLoughlin, Jimmy Hyland
Subs: Kevin Foley for Paddy Woodgate (44), Mark Barrett for Tony Archbold (44), Sean Kavanagh for Brian McLoughlin (40), David Kelly for Cian Costigan (40), James Burke for David Marnell (46), Niall Murphy for Jack Robinson (53)

Ref: Martin McNally (Monaghan)

Fixture Details

28.08.2016 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:30
Ciarraí v Cill Dara
Referee: Martin McNally (Muineachán)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Kildare in the Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor Football Semi Final at Croke Park on Sunday next (1:30) shows 2 changes from the side that started against Derry in the Quarter Final; Up front, Diarmuid O’Connor and Brian Friel come into the side in place of Bryan Sweeney and Ferdia O’Brien.

The team, captained by Sean O’Shea is as follows:
1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. David Naughton Dr. Crokes
3. Niall Collins Listowel Emmets
4. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
5. Michael Potts Dr. Crokes
6. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
7. Micheál Foley Ballydonoghue
8. Mike Breen Beaufort
9. Mark Ryan Rathmore
10. Dara Moynihan Spa
11. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
12. Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil
13. David Clifford Fossa
14. David Shaw Dr. Crokes
15. Brian Friel Rathmore
Fir Ionaid:
16. Sean Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
17. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
18. Kieran Dwyer St. Pats
19. Ferdia O’Brien Austin Stacks
20. Micheál Reidy Ballymacelligott
21. Caolim Teahan Glenbeigh-Glencar
22. Stefan Okunbar Na Gaeil
23. Niall Donohue Firies
24. Cormac Linnane Beale

Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)
Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy
Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)

Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
Cormac Leane Milltown Castlemaine
Darren Casey St. Mary’s
Tomás O’Connor Ballymacelligott
Fionán Mackessy Ardfert
Ryan O’Neill Na Gaeil
Cian O’Callaghan Firies
Chris O’Donoghue Glenflesk
Cian Gammell Killarney Legion
Fiachra Clifford Laune Rangers

The team contains two of the starting fifteen from last year’s All Ireland final win over Tipperary – Billy Courtney and Sean O’Shea while three others who played in that final –Daniel O’Brien, Mike Breen and Graham O’Sullivan (introduced as subs) also make the starting fifteen. Bryan Sweeney who started at full forward in last year’s final, is included among the subs. Seven of the St Brendans Killarney Hogan Cup winning team of 2016 are included, Billy Courtney, Davin Naughton, Daniel O’Brien, Michael Potts, Dara Moynihan, David Clifford and David Shaw.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14

Mayo defeated Tipperary by 2-13 to 0-14 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 21st at Croke Park.

All Ireland SFC S-F: Late Conor O’Shea goal seals Mayo win

Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park for

Stephen Rochford has guided Mayo to a third All-Ireland senior football final appearance in five seasons – but they had to work hard for it against Tipperary at Croke Park this afternoon.

The Premier County gave it everything in their first semi-final appearance in 81 years, but avoidable goals in either half proved crucial as Mayo moved on to a September 18 showdown with Dublin or Kerry. Mayo will know they will have to improve considerably for their first final since 2013 as surprise packets Tipp asked plenty of questions.

But the pre-match underdogs finished the game with 14 players when Bill Maher was issued with a straight red card for an off-the-ball offence in the 65th minute. It was another sickening blow for Tipp, who lost Robbie Kiely to a black card as early as the ninth minute for a foul on Jason Doherty.

Mayo had Andy Moran in excellent form but they struggled otherwise in front of 53,212 spectators at GAA headquarters. And for the game’s opening goal, scored by Doherty in the 27th minute, the Premier County were very much the architects of their own downfall.

Colm O’Shaughnessy coughed up possession inside his own half and Mayo broke with lightning pace, Keith Higgins cutting a swathe the middle before off-loading to Doherty. The forward’s finish was cool, as he side-stepped goalkeeper Evan Comerford before shooting into an empty net.

That goal helped to turn Mayo’s fortunes around in the first half, after they fell 0-3 to 0-6 behind against a fired-up Tipp. It was a fortunate break for Mayo as, in truth, they could have been further behind as Tipp missed some good early chances.

After scoring the goal, Mayo added four points to necklace 1-4 without reply, as a Conor Sweeney point in the 33rd minute stopped the rot for Tipp. But by half-time, they were six down attain as Andy Moran (two) and Aidan O’Shea collected points before the break.

After Conor Sweeney kicked Tipp’s sixth point in the 25th minute, they would add just one further score before the interval and in that time, Mayo hit 1-7.

Finding a more clinical edge, Mayo turned up the heat but Tipp opened the second brightly and by the 48th minute, they had cut the deficit back to two points. Mayo were 1-11 to 0-12 in front and Mikey Quinlivan’s effort, which was shown to be wide by HawkEye, could have had the margin back to the bare minimum.

Tipp goalkeeper Evan Comerford kept his side in it with a smart save to deny Moran 16 minutes from time, but Mayo did get their second goal in the 64th minute. Evan Regan’s mishit effort dribbled behind the Tipperary inside line and Conor O’Shea drew on the loose ball to find the bottom corner.

From there until the finish, Mayo had little trouble in closing the game out in their sixth successive semi-final, particularly when Tipp lost the services of Maher. Mayo had Donal Vaughan black-carded in the sixth minute of stoppage time – and finished the game with 14 players too after using all six subs – but they had the job done by then.

Scorers for Mayo: A Moran 0-4, J Doherty and C O’Shea 1-0 each, C O’Connor 0-3 (3fs), D O’Connor 0-2, L Keegan, C Boyle, K McLoughlin and A O’Shea 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: M Quinlivan 0-7 (7fs), C Sweeney 0-3 (1f), K O’Halloran 0-2 (1f), B Maher and P Austin 0-1 each.

Mayo: D Clarke; B Harrison, B Moran, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, P Durcan; S O’Shea, D Vaughan; K McLoughlin, A O’Shea, D O’Connor; J Doherty, A Moran, C O’Connor
Subs: T Parsons for S O’Shea (53), C O’Shea for Doherty (58), E Regan for Moran (63), C Barrett for Boyle (67), A Dillon for McLoughlin (69), C Loftus for C O’Connor (70+1).

Tipperary: E Comerford; C O’Shaughnessy, A Campbell, C McDonald; B Maher, R Kiely, J Feehan; P Acheson, G Hannigan; J Keane, M Quinlivan, B Fox; K O’Halloran, C Sweeney, P Austin
Subs: S Leahy for Kiely (b/c 10), A Moloney for Leahy (32), S O’Connell for O’Shaughnessy (56), I Fahey for O’Halloran (66), M Dunne for Keane (70+2).

Referee: D Coldrick (Meath)

Fixture Details

GAA Football All-Ireland Championship
Semi-Final 2016
Mayo v Tipperary
Throw-in: 3:30pm

Donegal v Galway
Throw in: 1:30pm

Team News

After an eighty one year wait the Tipperary team to play Mayo in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final in Croke Park, on Sunday next, August 21st has been announced by manager Liam Kearns. With some positional switches Liam keeps faith with the starting 15 that lined out in their recent All Ireland Quarter-Final success.

The Tipperary team lines out as follows;

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Peter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
12. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
13. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
14. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
15. Philip Austin – Borrisokane

The Mayo team for Sunday’s semi final game against Tipperary in Croke Park at 3.30pm is:

1. David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites)
2. Brendan Harrison (Aghamore)
3. Kevin Keane (Westport)
4. Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis)
5. Lee Keegan (Westport)
6. Colm Boyle (Davitts)
7. Patrick Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels)
8. Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy)
9. Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe)
10. Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore)
11. Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy)
12. Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber)
13. Jason Doherty (Burrishoole)
14. Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen)
15. Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber, captain).

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Tipperary’s return to the GAA football All-Ireland senior semi-final for the first in 81 years will bring a fresh favour to Croke Park on Sunday when they line up against Mayo to decide who plays Dublin or Kerry in the final on September 18. Throw-in will be at 3.30 and the senior game will be preceded by the minor semi-final between Galway and Donegal at 1.30.

While Mayo are appearing in the semi-final for a sixth successive year, it’s Tipperary’s first venture in the last four since 18 August 1935 when they lost to Cavan (1-7 to 0-8). Cavan went on to win the All-Ireland, beating Kildare in the final. Tipperary finished sixth in Division 3 this year but beat Cork (Division1) in the Munster semi-final, Derry (Division 2) in a Round 4 qualifier before recording a great nine-point victory over Connacht champions, Galway (Division 2) in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Mayo’s bid for a sixth successive Connacht title ended when they lost to Galway in the semi-final but they have since won four games to arrive in the semi-final. They are bidding to reach the final for the first time since 2013 while Tipperary last reached the final in 1922. Both counties are under managers (Liam Kearns in Tipperary, Stephen Rochford in Mayo) who are in their first year.

Mayo 2-16 London 0-9 (Connacht quarter-final)
Galway 1-12 Mayo 0-12 (Connacht semi-final)
Mayo 2-14 Fermanagh 1-12 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
Mayo 2-17 Kildare 0-14 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 3)
Mayo 3-15 Westmeath 1-14 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 4)
Mayo 0-13 Tyrone 0-12 (All-Ireland quarter-finals)

Cillian O’Connor……2-25 (0-16 frees, 2-0 pen, 0-2 ‘45s)
Evan Regan……………1-16 (0-10 frees)
Jason Doherty………..2-4
Diarmuid O’Connor…1-7

Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 1- 7 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 3-17 Tipperary 2-10 (Munster final)
Tipperary 1-21 Derry 2-17 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 4)
Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Kevin O’Halloran……..1-24 (0-13 frees, 0-5 ‘45s)
Michael Quinlivan…….2-20 (0-9 frees)
Conor Sweeney………….3-7

Mayo are appearing in the semi-final for a sixth successive year, having won two, drawn two and lost three in 2011-2015. The wins were over Dublin (2012) and Tyrone (2013). The defeats were against Kerry (2011 and 2014) and Dublin last year while the draws were against Kerry in 2014 and Dublin last year.

2015: Dublin 3-15 Mayo 1-14 (replay)
2015: Dublin 2-13 Mayo 1-15 (draw)
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (replay – after extra-time)
2014: Mayo 1-16 Kerry 1-16 (draw)
2013: Mayo 1-16 Tyrone 0-13
2012: Mayo 0-19 Dublin 0-16
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11

Tipperary won nine Munster titles between 1888 and 1935 but All-Ireland semi-finals were not played in all of those years.
Tipperary’s most recent semi-final in 1935 ended in a two-point defeat by Cavan (1-7 to 0-8). Tipperary beat Clare and Cork to win that year’s Munster championship (Kerry did not compete.)

This will be the fourth championship clash between them, with the previous three ending as follows.
2002: Mayo 0-21 Tipperary 1-14 (2002 All-Ireland qualifiers)
1922: Tipperary 1-5 Mayo 1-0 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1919: Tipperary 2-2 Mayo 1-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Mayo 0-21 Tipperary 1-14 (2002 All-Ireland Round 4 Qualifier, Cusack Park, Ennis)
Mayo had four points to spare over Tipperary, who six days earlier, had lost the Munster final replay to Cork. Mayo later lost to Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final. James Horan, who later went on to manage Mayo was their top scorer on 0-5 while Declan Browne (0-7) and Peter Lambert (1-4) were top scorer for Tipperary.

Mayo: Peter Burke; Kenneth Mortimer, David Heaney, Pat Coyne; Noel Connelly, Alan Roche, Aidan Higgins; David Tiernan, David Brady; Colm McManamon, Trevor Mortimer, James Gill; Stephen Carolan, Brian Maloney, James Horan.
Subs: James Nallen for Roche; Ciaran McDonald for Gill; Marty McNicholas for Tiernan; Ray Connelly for K Mortimer; Shane Fitzmaurice for McManamon.

Tipperary: Philly Ryan; Benny Hahessy, Niall Kelly, Damien Byrne; Liam England, Kevin Mulryan, Willie Morrissey; Eamonn Hanrahan, Sean Maher; Paul Cahill, Fergal O’Callaghan, Damien O’Brien; Peter Lambert, Declan Browne, Benny Hickey.
Subs: Niall Fitzgerald for Maher; Michael Spillane for O’Brien

They have played 13 Allianz League (Div 1), Connacht and All-Ireland championship games, winning eight and losing five. They finished fifth in Division 1.
WINS: Monaghan, Down, Roscommon (League); London (Connacht championship), Fermanagh, Kildare, Westmeath, Tyrone (All-Ireland championship)
DEFEATS: Cork, Dublin, Donegal, Kerry (League); Galway (Connacht championship)

They have played 12 Allianz League (Div 3), Munster and All-Ireland championship games, winning six, drawing three and losing three. They finished sixth in Division 3.
WINS: Clare, Offaly (Div 3), Waterford, Cork (Munster championship), Derry, Galway (All-Ireland championship)
DEFEATS: Longford, Kildare (League); Kerry (Munster final)
DRAWS: Limerick, Westmeath, Sligo (League)


Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 B Championship – Richie McElligott Cup Semi-Final – Meath 1-21 Kerry 1-12

Meath defeated Kerry by 1-21 to 1-12 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 B Championship – Richie McElligott Cup Semi-Final on Saturday August 20th at Trim.

BGE Under 21 B Hurling Championship Semi Final

Kerry 1-12 Meath 1-21

Round-up from

A physically stronger Meath side qualified for the BGE Under 21 B Hurling final with a comprehensive 9 points victory over Kerry at Trim this afternoon. Kerry were dealt a blow before the start when they had to line out without the injured Keith Carmody and Michael O’Leary and the loss of these two influential players was a sorely felt throughout the game. Kerry also wasted many scoring opportunities throughout the hour and had 14 wides to their discredit.

The sides traded points right throughout the first half before Jordan Conway found the net on the stroke of half time to give Kerry a 1-9 to 0-8 lead at the break. However Meath took over in the second half outscoring the visitors by 1-13 to 0-2. They had levelled up the game by the 40th minute with three points and followed with a goal in the 43rd minute to take a lead they never relinquished and now go on to meet Mayo, one point conquerors of Roscommon, in the final.

Team News

The Kerry Under 21 Hurling Team to play Meath on Saturday in Trim at 3pm. is unchanged from the side that defeated Donegal in the previous Round.

The Team captained by Keith Carmody is as follows:
1 Stephen Murphy Causeway
2 Fionán Horgan St Brendans
3 Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw
4 Billy Lyons Causeway
5 John Buckley Lixnaw
6 Jason Diggins Causeway
7 Keith Carmody (C) Causeway
8 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue
9 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
10 Jack Goulding Ballyduff
11 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney
12 Jordan Brick Kilmoyley
13 Cian Hussey St Brendans
14 Fionán O’Sullivan Kenmare
15 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills
Fir Ionaid:
16 David Silles Lixnaw
17 Jason Wallace Lixnaw
18 Daniel O’Carroll Ballyduff
19 Stevie O’Sullivan Abbeydorney
20 Matthew Flaherty Dingle
21 Robert Collins Kilmoyley
22 Cathal Kearney Ballyduff
23 David Egan Abbeydorney
24 John Hussey Ballyduff

Additional Members on the Kerry Panel: Joe Diggins (Causeway, Adrian O’Mahony (Crotta O’Neills), Ronan O’Donovan (Abbeydorney), Brendan Dunne (Ballyheigue), Kieran McCarthy (Kilmoyley), Willie O’Connor (Lixnaw),

Bainisteoír: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)
Roghnoirí: D.J. Leahy (Causeway), John Lucid (Ballyheigue), Aidan O’Mahony (St Brendans)

Meath: Charlie Brid; Conor Dempsey, Iarla Hughes, Liam Ferguson; Sean Coloe, Ronan Ryan, David Reilly; Luke Martyn, Sean McGrath; Jack Regan, Fergal McCabe, Stefan Kelly; Ryan Moore, Gavin McGowan, Ross Ryan.

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Quarter-Final – Tipperary 5-13 Wicklow 0-3

Tipperary defeated Wicklow by 5-13 to 0-3 in the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 20th at St.Lomans Pitch Mullingar.

Team News

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 A Championship Semi-Final – Waterford 5-25 Antrim 1-8

Waterford defeated Antrim by 5-25 to 1-8 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 A Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 20th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

BGE U21 Semi-Final: Waterford cruise to victory

Waterford 5-25 Antrim 1-8

By Cian O’Connell at Semple Stadium for

There was never any sign of a shock as a star studded Waterford cruised to a convincing win in Thurles. Antrim were spirited throughout, but Waterford, with Patrick Curran effective, had sufficient character and class registering a comfortable triumph.

Despite playing into the teeth of a strong breeze Waterford quickly seized control reeling off 2-5 without reply. Austin Gleeson was splendid at centre back, drilling a brilliant point which was followed by scores from Patrick Curran and Stephen Bennett.

Tom Devine pounced for a 12th minute goal for a dominant Waterford, who were dictating the agenda early on. In the 16th minute Waterford bagged a second major when Antrim corner back Eoin McManus, under duress from Stephen Bennett, put the sliotar into his own net.

Saul McCaughan eventually ended an 18th minute search for an Antrim score and the Saffrons rallied briefly. Waterford, though, weren’t overly concerned as Patrick Curran batted a third goal following a Ryan Elliott save from a Stephen Bennett shot. When the interval eventually rolled around Sean Power’s immensely promising Waterford side led by 3-10 to 0-6.

McCaughan drilled a goal for Antrim within 90 seconds of the restart, but Waterford responded once more. Gleeson’s 44th minute pass was gathered by Curran and his cute pass released Stephen Bennett, who rattled the Antrim net. From then until the bitter end Antrim battled, but Waterford closed out the deal with the minimum of fuss.

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 2-7 (4fs), T Devine 1-2, Stephen Bennett 1-1, DJ Foran 0-4, M Kearney 0-4 (1 sideline), E McManus 1-0 (OG), A Gleeson 0-2, Shane Bennett 0-1, M O’Brien 0-1, A Farrell 0-1, P Hogan 0-1, J Fagan 0-1.

Scorers for Antrim: S McCaughan 1-4 (3fs), M Connolly 0-2 (1f), D Nugent 0-1, D McMullan 0-1 (f).

Waterford: G Power; W Hahessy, C Gleeson, D Lyons; M Harney, A Gleeson, C Prunty; C Roche, Shane Bennett; Stephen Bennett, T Devine, M O’Brien; M Kearney, DJ Foran, P Curran
Subs: P Hogan for Shane Bennett (17 mins), A Farrell for Roche (39 mins), B O’Keefe for Lyons (42 mins), J Fagan for Devine (44 mins), D Ryan for Gleeson (50 mins).

Antrim: R Elliott; G Walsh, T Burns, E McManus; D McMullan, P Burke, R McCambridge; C Ross, A Delargy; M Connolly, D Nugent, J O’Connell; S McCaughan, TT Butler, R McKee.
Subs: J Connolly for Ross (25 mins), R Gillan for Walsh (40 mins), C McNaughton for Nugent (43 mins), C McAllister for O’Connell (47 mins), R Delargy for McManus (52 mins)

Referee: D Hughes (Carlow)

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Team News

The Waterford Under 21 Hurling Team to face Antrim in the All Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday in Thurles at 4pm has been named!

1. Gavin Power (Dungarvan)
2. William Hahessy (Clonea)
3. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
4. Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan)
5. Míchéal Harney (Bunmahon)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
8. Mark O’Brien (Ferrybank)
9. Michael Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)
10. DJ Foran (Portlaw)
11. Tom Devine (Modeligo)
12. Colm Roche (Shamrocks)
13. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)
14. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
15. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)

TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final – Cork 3-17 Cavan 1-3

Cork defeated Cavan by 3-17 to 1-3 in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 20th at Birr.

Cork 3-17 Cavan 1-3

Cork’s quest for a sixth successive TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC title remains on track after a superior second-half performance saw off Cavan in Birr early on Saturday afternoon.

While Ephie Fitzgerald’s side, playing into a stiff breeze in the first half, fell behind to a Caitríona Smith goal inside 13 seconds, they responded to lead by a point at half-time. Goals soon after the restart from sub Rhona Ní Bhuachalla and then captain Ciara O’Sullivan put them in a commanding position, with Cavan struggling to make headway in the second period.

The Ulster runners-up competed very well in the first half, with some excellent defending frustrating Cork, who were short of their usually imperious standards. Cavan also benefited from the best possible start as Rosie Crowe gained possession from the throw-in and exchanged passes with captain Sinéad Greene. Though the latter’s shot was blocked, Smith was on hand to send home the rebound.
While it took Cork a while to get going – full-back Bríd Stack got forward to eventually open their account in the ninth minute – they were ahead by 0-4 to 1-0 when Áine O’Sullivan pointed on 13.

Neasa Byrd and Smith put Cavan in front again only for Finn and Stack to reply for Cork, but while Aisling Doonan levelled for the Breffni County on 25, Finn’s third had Cork 0-7 to 1-3 up going in at the break.

Ní Bhuchalla, a half-time sub, made her presence felt by setting up a point for Annie Walsh and then she was there to send the loose ball home after Clodagh Doonan had made a great save to deny Ciara O’Sullivan following good work by Áine O’Sullivan.

Ciara O’Sullivan struck then, a marvellous individual goal with Doonan unlucky as she got a hand to the shot. From there, though, Cork were rampant as the points continued to come, with subs Orlagh Farmer, Hannah Looney and Eimear Scally all getting on the scoresheet too. Finn put a gloss on the scoreboard when she palmed home Ní Bhuachalla’s pass on 51, giving her a final tally of 1-4.
Cork await either Monaghan or Kerry in the semi-final.

Scorers –
Cork: O Finn 1-4 (0-4f), R Ní Bhuachalla 1-2, C O’Sullivan 1-1, O Farmer, A Walsh, B Stack 0-2 each, B Corkery, H Looney, E Scally, Á O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Cavan: C Smith 1-1, A Doonan (0-1f), N Byrd 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; R Phelan, B Stack, M Ambrose; S Kelly, D O’Reilly, V Foley; B Corkery, A Walsh; R Buckley, C O’Sullivan, J O’Shea; L Coppinger, Á O’Sullivan, O Finn.
Subs: R Ní Bhuachalla for Á O’Sullivan (half-time), O Farmer for O’Shea (34), H Looney for Coppinger (41), E Meaney for Ambrose (45), E Scally for Finn (52)

CAVAN: C Doonan; S Lynch, R Jordan, J Moore; S Greene, L Fitzpatrick, S Reilly; D English, R Crowe; N Byrd, S O’Sullivan, R O’Keeffe; N Halton, A Doonan, C Smith.
Subs: A Kiernan for Lynch (35) R Doonan for Byrd, R Talbot for Smith (injured) (both 43).
Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry)

TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final – Monaghan 6-17 Kerry 1-16

Monaghan defeated Kerry by 6-17 to 1-16 in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 20th at Birr.

Monaghan 6-17 Kerry 1-16

Seven unanswered points coming up to half-time were the catalyst as Monaghan eased clear of Kerry the second half of their TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final in St Brendan’s Park in Birr on Saturday.

Leading by four points at half-time, 1-10 to 0-9, Monaghan added another 2-3 before the Kingdom opened their second-half account, ensuring that they advance to a semi-final tie with holders Cork.

Early on, Kerry had made use of the wind at their backs as Sarah Houlihan, Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh and Laura Rogers were among the points as they built a 0-5 to 0-2 lead. The Ulster champions drew level though when Laura McEneaney profited from good play by Mohan and McAnespie to score a lovely goal in the tenth minute, but points from Lorraine Scanlon and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh had put Kerry 0-8 to 1-3 in front again. They were left to rue a brilliant Cathriona McKenna save to deny Ní Mhuircheartaigh, however.

Monaghan managed to necklace together a series of well-taken scores, with Caoimhe Mohan beginning the run and Ciara McAnespie, Cora Courtney (two frees), a pair from Ellen McCarron and Mohan again had them five in front. While Sarah Houlihan’s third point from Kerry did reduce the gap slightly before half-time, Monaghan’s start to the second half ensured that they were put in a commanding position. McCarron’s fourth from play was followed by Mohan’s third and then centre-back Sharon Courtney got forward well, a wonderful swivel giving her space before a super low finish to the corner.

Ciara McAnespie put ten points between the teams before Therese Scott made Kerry’s task harder with the third Monaghan goal. Houlihan, sub Anna Galvin and Rogers had three Kerry points in response but, after McCarron and Mohan pointed for Monaghan, the Munster runners-up lost midfielder Bernie Breen to a red card.

Wing-back Denise Hallissey did provide a glimmer of hope when her speculative effort crept in to reduce the deficit to eight points with as many minutes left while Ní Mhuircheartaigh went close, but Monaghan closed out the game well. Midfielder Eimear McAnespie scored a late goal after Cora Courtney’s brilliant pass and her sister Ciara added a fine individual effort before setting up Rosemary Courtney for a sixth green flag. By the end, they were 16-point winners, setting up the tie with Cork on September 3.

Scorers –
Monaghan: E McCarron, C Mohan 0-5 each, C McAnespie 1-3, C Courtney 0-4f, L McEneaney, S Courtney, T Scott, E McAnespie, R Courtney 1-0 each.

Kerry: Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-6 (0-3f), S Houlihan 0-4 (0-3f), D Hallissey 1-0, L Rogers, L Scanlon, A Galvin 0-2 each.

MONAGHAN: C McKenna; R McKenna, J Fitzpatrick, L Ward; A McAnespie, S Courtney, G McNally; C Courtney, E McAnespie; L McEneaney, E McCarron, T Scott; C McAnespie, C Mohan, R Courtney.
Subs: N Callan for Ward (37), L Jones for Mohan (51), M Atkinson for L McEneaney (57).

KERRY: E Murphy; A O’Connell, A Desmond, C Murphy; D Hallissey, C Kelly, E Lynch; B Breen, E Sherwood; K O’Sullivan, L Scanlon, J Lynch; S Houlihan, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh, L Rogers.
Subs: A Leonard for E Lynch, A Galvin for J Lynch (36), A Brosnan for Sherwood (49), P Dennehy for Rogers (50), M O’Connell for Houlihan (54).

Referee: J Niland (Sligo)

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final – Clare 2-9 Tyrone 1-4

Clare defeated Tyrone by 2-9 to 1-4 in the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 20th at St. Lomans Mullingar.

Team News

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18

Tipperary defeated Galway by 2-19 to 2-18 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 14th at Croke Park.

All Ireland SHC S-F: Tipp edge thriller

Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for

Two goals in as many minutes late on from Tipperary sealed a remarkable All-Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final win at Croke Park, securing a glamour final date with old rivals Kilkenny next month.

The Munster champions trailed a determined Galway side by two points with nine minutes to go, but showed both character and class to get the job done with crucial goals from sub John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and John McGrath.

The 61st and 63rd minute strikes put Tipp three ahead and Michael Ryan’s side held on despite late Galway points from their top scorer Conor Cooney and substitute Shane Moloney.

Ironically, it was Moloney who tipped the balance Galway’s way with a late winning point in last year’s semi-final, but Tipp held out this time for revenge and a third final place in four years.

O’Dwyer’s introduction was vital as he also played in Noel McGrath for an important point and he will hope to have done enough for a starting place on September 4.

Seamus Callanan hit nine points for Tipp though all were from placed balls and he was well shackled by Daithi Burke having hit 3-9 in last year’s semi-final and 3-8 in the qualifiers against Galway the previous season.

It was tough on Galway, the beaten Leinster finalists, as they lost talisman Joe Canning and Adrian Tuohy to injuries at half-time. Galway at least led by two points at that stage after a strong first-half when they bounced back from the concession of five points in a row with a six-in-a-row of their own.

Canning scored four of those from placed balls while David Burke and Joseph Cooney got the other to put them 1-10 to 0-11 up at the break. The Galway goal was scored by Conor Cooney in the seventh minute when he was played in by Johnny Coen from the left and shot back across the ‘keeper.

The injuries were costly though and defender Tuohy left the fielding cradling his arm after picking up an injury while in the process of clearing a ball while Canning pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury. They were two huge blows for Galway though they battled on well and increased their lead to three points in the 43rd minute when Joseph Cooney punished slack Tipp defending with a brilliant second goal.

Brendan Maher tried to play a one-two with Seamus Kennedy, but Cooney nipped in to intercept and sped clear down the left before releasing a brilliant low shot across the ‘keeper to the net.

With Canning out of the action, Conor Cooney took over the free-taking duties and converted four of them in the second-half. Those strikes and points from Jason Flynn and Conor Whelan kept Galway in the ascendancy entering the final 10 minutes when they led 2-15 to 0-19.

But those two Tipp goals ultimately decided the contest. O’Dwyer got the first, capitalising on a great pass by John McGrath to beat Colm Callanan with a shot off the turf from a tight angle along the right endline.

Less than two minutes later McGrath struck himself, Callanan this time providing the pass from the left and a heavy shoulder from McGrath on the ‘keeper gave him the vital space and time to blast in what proved to be the winning score.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 0-9 (8fs, 165), J McGrath 1-1, J O’Dwyer 1-0, N McGrath 0-3, M Breen 0-3, B Maher 0-1, R Maher 0-1, Padraic Maher 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: C Cooney 1-6 (4fs), J Canning 0-5 (3fs, 165), J Cooney 1-1, J Flynn 0-2, C Whelan 0-2, David Burke 0-1, S Moloney 0-1.

Tipperary: D Gleeson; C Barrett, J Barry, M Cahill; S Kennedy, R Maher, Padraic Maher, B Maher, M Breen; D McCormack, Patrick Maher, N McGrath; J McGrath, S Callanan, N O’Meara
Subs: T Hamill for Padraic Maher (25-27 blood), J O’Dwyer for O’Meara (45), J Forde for N McGrath (57), S Curran for Breen (68), Hamill for Kennedy (72).

Galway: C Callanan; A Harte, Daithi Burke, J Hanbury; A Tuohy, P Mannion, G McInerney; David Burke, J Coen; C Mannion, J Cooney, J Canning; J Flynn, C Whelan, C Cooney
Subs: A Smith for Canning (25-27 blood), Smith for Tuohy (h/t), C Donnellan for Canning (h/t), S Moloney for Whelan (66), N Burke for C Mannion (66), D Collins for Harte (68).

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

Team News

It’s as you were for Michael Ryan’s side as there are no changes in the first 15 to face Galway from that which started in last month’s Munster Final victory. Therefore, the Tipperary team lining out in Croke Park at 3.30pm is as follows –

1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
11. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
13. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs

Galway have named an unchanged team from the side which defeated Clare in the Quarter-Final

1. Colm Callanan — Kinvara
2. Johnny Coen — Loughrea
3. John Hanbury — Rahoon-Newcastle
4. Padraic Mannion — Ahascragh-Fohenagh
5. Gearóid McInerney — Oranmore-Maree
6. Daithí Burke — Turloughmore
7. Aidan Harte — Gort
8. David Burke — St Thomas’
9. Adrian Tuohy — Beagh
10. Conor Cooney — St Thomas’
11. Joseph Cooney — Sarsfields
12.Joe Canning — Portumna
13. Conor Whelan — Kinvara
14. Cathal Mannion — Ahascragh-Fohenagh
15. Jason Flynn — Tommy Larkin’s

Ticket Information
Sunday 14th August 2016
GAA Hurling Semi Final
Minor: 1.30pm Galway v Tipperary
Senior: 3.30pm Galway v Tipperary

Ticket Prices

  • Hogan Stand (No Concession) – €40
  • Cusack Stand – €40
  • Hill 16 – €25

    Family Tickets
    Family Tickets- Cusack and Davin Stands
    Adults – €40 Juveniles – €5
    Students & Senior Citizens (Cusack & Davin Stand Only):-
    Purchase full price tickets and get rebate of €10 with valid I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand (Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via BLOCK D)

    Group & Club Pass

  • Group pass- Juveniles U-16 €3 each (you are permitted to bring 1 adult free with every ten Juveniles) any additional adults pay full price for their tickets.
  • Club Pass for adults- €10. Max 50 tickets per club, one application only per club.
  • Deadline is Friday 5th Aug 2016 (subject to availability)
  • Forms for both can be downloaded from

    Tickets are now on general sale online and via the SuperValu/Centra stores.

    Click to purchase tickets in advance

    Tipperary Semi Final Package
    Championships 2016
    The Tipperary Semi-final package entitles you to attend both:
    GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Semi-Final 2016
    Tipperary v Galway
    Sunday, 14th August 2016
    Senior Throw in: 3:30pm


    GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Semi-Final 2016
    Sunday 21st August 2016
    Senior Throw in: 3:30pm

    Ticket Prices:
    Hogan Stand: 
    Adult ONLY: €60.00 / £52.00

    Cusack Stand:
    Adult: €60.00 / £52.00
    Juvenile (Under 16 years of Age): €10.00 / £9.00

    ***Please make sure to retain your ticket and present for entry into both fixtures*** REPLACEMENT TICKETS WILL NOT BE ISSUED

    Tipperary Semi Final Package Tickets are no longer available to purchase online but are available via participating Centra and Supervalu stores

    They meet in the semi-final for a second successive year, with Galway having won by a point – 0-26 to 3-16- last August. This will be the 28th championship clash between them, with Tipperary having won 20 to Galway’s seven of the previous 27. However, it has been a much closer rivalry over the last 30 years, standing at 6-6 wins from 12 games.

    Galway 3-27 Westmeath 0-19 (Leinster quarter-final)
    Galway 2-19 Offaly 2-9 (Leinster semi-final)
    Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22 (Leinster final)
    Galway 2-17 Clare 0-17 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

    Joe Canning………..1-30 (0-21frees, 0-4 ‘65s, 0-1 sideline)
    Conor Cooney………2-10
    Joseph Cooney…….1-6
    Conor Whelan………1-5
    David Burke…………0-7
    Cathal Mannion……0-8
    Jason Flynn………….1-3 (0-1 free)
    Davy Glennon……..0-4
    Niall Burke………..1-1
    Padraig Mannion…0-3
    Cyril Donnellan…..0-3
    Padraig Brehony….0-1
    Shane Maloney……0-1
    Andy Smith………..0-1
    Johnny Coen………0-1
    Aidan Harte……….0-1
    Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
    Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
    Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13 (Munster final)

    Seamus Callanan………..2-25 (0-16 frees)
    John McGrath…………..3-4 (1-0 pen)
    Michael Breen…………..3-2
    John O’Dwyer…………….0-7 (2f 1`65)
    Noel McGrath…………….0-6
    Padraic Maher……………0-3
    Jason Forde………………0-2
    Brendan Maher………….0-1
    Kieran Bergin……………0-1
    Patrick Maher…………..0-1
    Aidan McCormack….0-1

    It’s 6-4 to Tipperary in their last ten championship clashes with Galway.
    2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2014: Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13 (All-Ireland qualifier)
    2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
    2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
    2003: Tipperary 1-18 Galway 1-17 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland final)
    2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
    1993: Galway 1-16 Tipperary 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    1991: Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    1989: Tipperary 1-17 Galway 2-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)

    2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16
    2012: Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17
    2005: Galway 5-18 Kilkenny 4-18
    2001: Galway 2-15 Kilkenny 1-13
    1996: Wexford 2-13 Galway 3-7

    2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16
    2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11
    2012: Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15
    2011: Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18
    2010: Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

    Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 (2015 All-Ireland semi-final)
    A late point by sub, Shane Moloney clinched victory for Galway. Seamus Callanan scored 3-9 for Tipperary but it wasn’t enough to sway the verdict their way in front of a crowd of 58,495. Galway led by 0-13 to 1-9 at half-time.

    Galway: Colm Callanan; John Hanbury, Padraig Mannion, Johnny Coen; Daithi Burke, Iarla Tannian, Aidan Harte; Andy Smith (0-1), David Burke (0-2); Jason Flynn (0-5, 0-1 free), Cyril Donnellan, Jonathon Glynn; Conor Whelan (0-2), Joe Canning (0-10, 0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65’, 0-1 sideline), Cathal Mannion (0-5).
    Subs: Joseph Cooney for Donnellan, David Collins for Smith, Greg Lally for Harte, Shane Moloney (0-1) for Cooney, Padraig Breheny for Hanbury.

    Tipperary: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Conor O’Brien; Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher, Kieran Bergin; James Woodlock, Shane McGrath; Jason Forde (0-1), Brendan Maher (0-1), Patrick Maher (0-1); Niall O’Meara, Seamus Callanan (3-9, 0-3f, 0-1 65, 0-1 pen), John O’Dwyer (0-2).
    Subs: Shane Bourke for Forde, Lar Corbett for McGrath, Noel McGrath (0-1) for Bourke, Conor O’Mahony (0-1) for Woodlock, Michael Breen for R Maher.

    Galway 2-19 Tipperary 1-22 (Allianz League, 13 March 2016, Pearse Stadium)
    A late point by John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer earned Tipperary a draw on day when Joe Canning scored 1-11 for Galway.

    Galway: James Skehill; Paul Hoban, Daithi Burke, Fergal Moore; Gearoid McInerney, David Burke, Aidan Harte; Iarla Tannian (1-0), Andy Smith; Cathal Mannion, Niall Burke (0-4), Davy Glennon (0-1); Jason Flynn (0-3), Joe Canning (1-11, 0-8 frees, 0-1 lineball), Conor Whelan.
    Subs: Richie Cummins for Tannian, Eanna Burke for Whelan, Padraig Brehony for Smith.

    Tipperary: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett (0-1), Tomas Hamill, Michael Cahill; Barry Heffernan (0-1), Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher (0-1); Brendan Maher (0-2), Michael Breen (0-3); Noel McGrath (0-3), Kieran Bergin, Dan McCormack; Adrian Ryan (0-2), John McGrath (0-6, 0-4 frees), Niall O’Meara (1-0)
    Subs: Conor O’Brien for Cahill, Conor Kenny for Bergin, John O’Dwyer (0-2) for McCormack, Daire Quinn (0-1) for Kenny; Gearoid Ryan for A Ryan.