Munster Senior Football Quarter-Final – Clare 1-13 Limerick 1-12

Clare defeated Limerick by 1-13 to 1-12 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 28th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Munster SFC: Clare edge out Limerick


Report By Peter O’Connell for

Clare scraped into a second successive Munster semi-final meeting with Kerry when they held on for a one point win over Limerick in Cusack Park.

Clare were four points ahead in the second minute of injury time when Limerick’s Seán O’Dea intercepted a Joe Hayes kick out. O’Dea placed substitute Josh Ryan and his goal reduced the deficit to a single point. Limerick had a chance to fashion an equaliser but Seán McSweeney’s shot went high and wide, when a bit more patience might have been the better option.

Twelve minutes from time Clare led by six points, 1-11 to 0-8 and a Limerick comeback looked very unlikely. However that Ryan goal left Clare clinging on in in injury time.

In a game which was played in front of an attendance of 2,968, the home team led 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time. Eoin Cleary put away their goal in the ninth minute. He held off Limerick corner-back Daniel Daly, collected a Jamie Malone long delivery and applied a right footed finish.

Keelan Sexton pointed two quality points for Clare in that half, while Pearse Lillis also pointed, raiding from wing back. A feature of the first half was the fact that while Limerick gave the ball away sixteen times, Clare were much more efficient in this respect, turning over just five first half possessions.

However Limerick could have goaled twice in that half, with David Ward shooting low and wide in the 22nd minute, while in first half injury time Seamus O’Carroll had a shot saved by Joe Hayes, who diverted it around for a 45. Eoin Cleary kicked Clare six points ahead immediately after half-time but the home county then dropped the tempo and the following 15 minutes were scoreless, until Danny Neville kicked a Limerick point.

Clare had two goalscoring chances with Jamie Malone and Keelan Sexton not taking full advantage of good opportunities. Sexton produced a good save from Limerick goalkeeper Donal O’Sullivan, nine minutes from time. A goal at that juncture would have finished Limerick but instead they stayed in the game and Ryan’s late goal almost helped them to rescue at least a replay.

Both teams went short with most of their kick outs and the game featured just one mark. In fact both struggled to retain their own kick outs, on the rare occasions that they went long.

Clare will have to improve radically if they are to compete with Kerry on Sunday week, while Limerick will have to wait until the weekend of June 24 before they return to championship action in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Scorers for Clare: Eoin Cleary 1-4 (2f), David Tubridy 0-4 (2f), Keelan Sexton 0-3 (1 ’45), Sean Collins 0-1, Pearse Lillis 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: Josh Ryan 1-1, Seamus O’Carroll 0-3 (1 sideline), Danny Neville 0-2, Ger Collins 0-2 (1f), Darragh Treacy 0-1, James Naughton 0-1, Sean O’Dea 0-1, Iain Corbett 0-1.

CLARE: Joe Hayes; Dean Ryan, Kevin Harnett, Martin McMahon; Pearse Lillis, Gordon Kelly, John Hayes; Gary Brennan (C), Cathal O’Connor; Shane Brennan, Seán Collins, Jamie Malone; Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy, Keelan Sexton
Subs: Liam Markham for O’Connor (60), Gearóid O’Brien for Collins (65), Seanie Malone for Tubridy (69).

LIMERICK: Donal O’ Sullivan, Daniel Daly, Johnny McCarthy, Seán O’Dea, Paul White, Iain Corbett (C), Brian Fanning; Darragh Treacy, David Ward; Peter Nash, James Naughton, Garrett Noonan; Seamus O’Carroll, Danny Neville, Ger Collins
Subs: Josh Ryan for Ward (42), Seán McSweeney for Nash (46), Jamie Lee for Naughton (57), Tony McCarthy for Daniel Daly (60), Padraig Scanlon for Collins (62), Padraig Quinn for O’Carroll (67).

Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)

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Fixture Details

28.05.2017 (Sun)
Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final
Cusack Park, Ennis 15:30
An Clár v Luimneach
Referee: Cormac Reilly (An Mhí)

Team News

Limerick senior football manager Billy Lee and his selectors has released their starting fifteen and match panel for this Sundays clash with Clare for the Munster senior football championship quarter final. Billy Lee and his selectors Paudie Kissane, Brian Begley and Ricky Ronayne has released the following team and match panel game for the Cusack Park Ennis clash at 3.30pm.

1. Donal O Sullivan (Monaleen), 2. Daniel Daly (Fr Caseys), 3. Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), 4. Sean O Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 5. Paul White (Rathkeale), 6. Iain Corbett (Newcastle West) (Captain), 7. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 8. Darragh Treacy (St Kierans), 9. David Ward (Fr Caseys), 10. Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskernry), 11. James Naughton (St. Senans), 12. Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 13. Seamus O Carroll (Castleknock), 14. Danny Neville (Ballysteen), 15. Ger Collins (Monaleen).
Subs: 16. Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffin’s), 17. Tony McCarthy (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 18. Padraig Quinn (Monaleen), 19. Jamie Lee (Newcastle West), 20. Padraig Scanlon (Glin), 21. Josh Ryan (Oola), 22. Sean McSweeney (St Kierans), 23. Padraig De Brún (Firies), 24. Sean Sheehan (Rathkeale), 25. Bill Creamer (Cappamore), 26. Jamie McGarry (Claughaun).


They meet for a second successive year in the Munster championship, with Clare having won by three points in the Gaelic Grounds last May. It was their third successive championship win by the Bannermen, leaving Limerick seeking their first win over their neighbours since 2009.

2016: Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
2015: Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
2012: Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15 (Munster semi-final)
2009: Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9 (Munster semi-final)
2006: Limerick 2-5 Clare 0-8 (Munster quarter-final)

Clare finished fifth (2 wins, 1 draw, 4 defeats) in Division 2 of this year’s Allianz League. Limerick finished fourth in Division 4 (4 wins, 3 defeats).

  • The winners play Kerry in the Munster semi-final on June 10/11.
  • Colm Collins is in his fourth season as Clare manager; Billy Lee lads Limerick into the championship for the first time.

    It’s 21-10 in Clare’s favour with five draws from the previous 36 championship games between the counties

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    Munster Senior Football Q-Final – Cork 1-12 Waterford 1-11

    Cork defeated Waterford by 1-12 to 1-11 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday May 27th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

    Munster SFC: Cork survive scare
    Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Munster SFC Quarter-Final

    CORK 1-12 WATERFORD 1-11

    Report By John Fallon for

    A brave Waterford effort came up just short at Fraher Field in Dungarvan.

    Cork were forced to dig deep to prevent a shock, loss but the Rebels came good in the closing minutes to set up a semi-final date with Tipperary. Cork played against the wind in the opening half and while they struggled to deal with Waterford’s crowded defence, they were well on their way to victory when they led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the interval.

    Waterford packed out their defence, regularly keeping two sweepers in position and, inevitably, Cork struggled to find the space to kick scores. Waterford were dependent on breaking from deep and trying to exploit the open spaces up front, but scores were hard to come by at either end.

    Waterford shot six wides in the opening half with the wind while Cork kicked seven at the other end, constantly having to shoot under pressure in a crowded sector. Waterford suffered a huge blow after 18 minutes when a lapse saw Mark Collins solo through before crossing for Paul Kerrigan to fist to the net.

    That put the Rebels 1-1 to 0-2 in front and took the wind out of the Waterford challenge, having twice led prior to that with the breeze behind them. Donie Breathnach got them off the mark with a fifth minute free which John O’Rourke cancelled with the first of his three excellent points from play in the opening half.

    Tommy Prendergast went forward to edge the Deise back in front after eight minutes before 10 scoreless minutes were ended when Kerrigan fisted home from close range, Waterford responded well with Michael Curry pointing before O’Rourke got another good effort from the right.

    Aidan Trihy cut the gap to a point a minute from the break, but Cork finished the half strongly and efforts in stoppage time from O’Rourke and Kerrigan saw the Rebels lead by 1-4 to 0-4 at the interval. Waterford goalkeeper Stephen Enright produced a superb save to deny Colm O’Neill just 17 seconds after the restart.

    And then Waterford responded by finding the net to tie the match when Gavin Crotty shot low to the right corner after goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran failed to hold a free from distance by Joey Veale.

    Captain Paul Whyte then edged Waterford in front after 43 minutes with a point from the right to make it 1-5 to 1-4. Donie Breathnach doubled that lead after 50 minutes before Cork hit back with points from Donncha O’Connor and James Loughrey.

    The sides then exchanged points twice before Cork, who lost Alan O’Connor to a red card after 65 minutes, went two in front from Paul Kerrigan and Donncha O’Connor. Waterford hit back in a frenetic finish and levelled through Paul Whyte and the excellent Breathnach to tie them heading into seven minutes of stoppage time.

    Colm O’Neill and Kerrigan saved Cork with points before they endured a nervous finish when Breathnach cut the gap to the minimum, but Waterford ran out of time after a brave effort.

    Cork: K O’Halloran; J Loughrey (0-01), J O Sullivan, S Cronin; T Clancy, M Shields, K Crowley; A Walsh, R Deane; K O Driscoll, M Collins (0-01), J O Rourke (0-03); C O Neill (0-01, 0-01f), P Kelleher, P Kerrigan (1-03).
    Subs: A O Connor for Walsh (11), D O Connor (0-03, 0-01f) for K O’Driscoll (46), I Maguire for Deane (49), S Powter for Cronin (53), G Murphy for Kelleher (63), B O Driscoll for O’Rourke (65).

    Waterford: S Enright; B Looby, T O’Gorman, T Ó hUallacháin; J McGrath, S Prendergast, R O’Ceallaigh; T Prendergast (0-01), M Curry (0-01); F O Cuirrin, P Whyte (0-02), A Trihy (0-01); D Breathnach (0-06, 0-05f), J Veale, G Crotty (1-00).
    Subs: C Murray for O Cuirrin (44), M O’Halloran for Veale (49), L O Corraoin for Looby (65), D Guiry for Trihy (69).

    Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare).

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    Fixture Details

    27.05.2017 (Sat)
    Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final
    Fraher Field, Dungarvan
    19:00 Port Láirge v Corcaigh
    Referee: Rory Hickey (An Clár)

    Team News

    The Cork team to play Waterford in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final next Saturday 27th May in Fraher Field, Dungarvan @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

    1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
    2. James Loughrey (Mallow)
    3. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
    4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
    5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
    6. Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)
    7. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
    8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
    9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
    10. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
    11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
    12. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
    13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
    14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
    15. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) – Captain


    16. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
    17. Alan O Connor (St Colums)
    18. Barry O Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)
    19. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
    20. Donncha O Connor (Ballydesmond)
    21. Gary Murphy (Castletownbere)
    22. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
    23. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)
    24. Kevin Conlon (Douglas)
    25. Sean Powter (Douglas)
    26. Sean White (Clonakilty)

    The Waterford Senior Football Team to face Cork on Saturday’s Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final has been announced.

    1. Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty)
    2. Brian Looby (Ballinacourty)
    3. Thomas O’Gorman (The Nire)
    4. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin (An Rinn)
    5. James McGrath (The Nire)
    6. Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
    7. Ray O’Ceallaigh (An Rinn)
    8. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
    9. Michael Curry (Rathgormack)
    10. Michael O’Halloran (Ballinacourty)
    11. Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty) – Capt
    12. Conor Murray (Rathgormack)
    13. Donie Breathnach (An Rinn)
    14. Joey Veale (Kilrossanty)
    15. Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan)

    They meet in the championship for the first time since 2011 when Cork easily won a Munster semi-final clash.

    2011: Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8 (Munster semi-final)
    2009: Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-7 (Munster quarter-final)
    2001: Cork 3-16 Waterford 1-7 (Munster quarter-final)
    1999: Cork 3-23 Waterford 0-4 (Munster quarter-final)
    1995: Cork 0-23 Waterford 0-9 (Munster quarter-final)

    Cork finished fourth in Division 2 of this year’s Allianz League (two wins, three draws, two defeats); Waterford finished sixth in Division 4 (two wins, five defeats)

  • Waterford last won a game in the Munster championship in 2010, beating Clare in the quarter-final.
  • Peadar Healy is in his second season as Cork manager; Tom McGlinchey is in his third year as Waterford boss
  • The winners will play Tipperary in the Munster semi-final on June 10

    Waterford’s last championship win over Cork was in 1960 when they won a Munster semi-final by 1-9 to 0-11.

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  • Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Cork 3-21 Waterford 0-9

    Cork defeated Waterford by 3-21 to 0-9 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday May 27th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

    Buckley books Cork’s final spot

    Cork 3-21 Waterford 0-9

    Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

    Cork’s juniors fired 2-15 in an impressive second-half showing on Saturday night to march on to next month’s Munster final. With five of last year’s U-21 team on board, Paul McCarthy’s side were in ruthless form and administered a 21-point hammering. Corner-forward Eoghan Buckley led the way with 1-5, while Michael O’Leary bossed the midfield exchanges.

    John Cronin slid home a goal on 15 minutes after he cut through from the left wing and three unanswered points by Buckley, Ryan Harkin and Killian O’Hanlon allowed the visitors to open a 1-6 to 0-5 lead at the interval. Déise attackers Conor McGrath and Shane Walsh bagged two points each.

    Roy Downey stepped in for the black carded Sean T O’Sullivan and claimed 0-3 as the Rebels cut loose and Buckley palmed in their second goal 10 minutes from time. From the next attack, Seamus Hickey calmly added a third, as the full-forward division totalled 2-13. McGrath was Waterford’s most potent threat and registered four points. The Rebels will meet either Kerry or Limerick on June 27.

    Team News

    The Cork team to play Waterford in the Munster Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final next Saturday 27th May in Fraher Field, Dungarvan @ 5pm has been announced as follows.

    1. Anthony Casey – (Kiskeam)
    2. Kieran Histon – (Cobh)
    3. Peter Murphy – (Bandon) – Captain
    4. Paraic Clancy – (Fermoy)
    5. Darren O Regan – (St Vincents)
    6. Bart Daly – (Newmarket)
    7. John Cronin – (Lisgoold)
    8. Micheal O Laoire – (Naomh Aban)
    9. Ronan O Toole – (Eire Og)
    10. Ryan Harkin – (Mallow)
    11. Killian O Hanlon – (Kilshannig)
    12. Don O Driscoll – (Clann na nGael)
    13. Eoghan Buckley – (St Michaels)
    14. Seamus Hickey – (Rockchapel)
    15. Anthony O Connor – (Knocknagree)


    16. Anthony Kidney – (Passage West)
    17. Diarmuid Colfer – (Glanworth)
    18. Lorcan O Neill – (Kanturk)
    19. David O Neill – (Mayfield)
    20. Jason Collins – (St Marys)
    21. Roy Downey – (Delaneys)
    22. Mark Healy – (Kanturk)
    23. Sean T O Sullivan – (Garnish)
    24. Matthew Bradley – (Aghabullogue)

    Management: Paul McCarthy (Manager), Stephen Calnan, John Geaney, Pat Mackey, Alan Whelan.

    The Waterford Junior Football Team to face Cork tomorrow evening in Fraher Field is named! Throw in at 5pm.

    1. Kevin Dwane (Ballinacourty)
    2. Conor McCarthy (Ballinacourty)
    3. Ronan Cahill (Rathgormack)
    4. Darach O’Cathasaigh (An Rinn)
    5. Conor Phelan (Brickey Rangers)
    6. Oran Keevers (De La Salle)
    7. Darren Guiry (The Nire)
    8. James O’Mahony (Ballinacourty)
    9. David Gartland (Ardmore)
    10. Cillian O’Keeffe (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
    11. Conor McGrath (Brickey Rangers)
    12. Shane Ó Ceallaigh (An Rinn)
    13. Brad Carroll (Gaultier)
    14. Shane Walsh (The Nire)
    15. Paul O’Connor (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)

    Munster Senior Hurling Quarter-Final – Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26

    Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-27 to 1-26 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 21st at Semple Stadium Thurles.

    Munster SHC: Rebels ambush Tipperary

    CORK 2-27 TIPPERARY 1-26

    Report By John Harrington at Semple Stadium for

    After the final whistle blew on this epic game of hurling, the Semple Stadium pitch quickly turned red. You don’t normally associate Munster quarter-finals with pitch invasions, but the explosion of joy that greeted their team’s win under-scored just how big a result this was for Cork hurling and their supporters.

    The Rebels have been down for longer than they’re used to, but this win, and nature of it, felt like a rebirth of sorts. They didn’t just beat the All-Ireland champions on their own patch, they did so with the sort of flair and grit that was long the hallmark of successful Cork hurling teams.

    Tipperary were torn apart at times by the fluency, speed, and ruthless finishing of his Cork team. All of Cork’s forwards were superb, but Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston, and Patrick Horgan in particular took a wrecking ball to the Tipperary defence.

    It wasn’t just Cork’s pace and power in attack that caught the eye, there was also a steely approach in defence that has been marked absent for too long. Colm Spillane and Mark Coleman were particularly heroic throughout, but it was the collective effort that proved most critical in the final 20 minutes of the game.

    From the very start, this match took on a very different aspect to the Munster Quarter-Final the two teams contested last year. Back then it was a grey, wet day, and Cork’s decision to play with an extra man in defence leached even more of the colour out of the occasion.

    This time around things were very different. Cork backed themselves to go toe for toe, man to man with Tipperary, and with both teams committed to attack it was an open, free-flowing game from the off.

    One of the variables coming into the game was just how Cork’s young guns would cope with the heat of a high-stakes Championship match against the reigning All-Ireland Champions.

    The entire left-flank of the Cork team as it was named – Corner-back Colm Spillane, wing-back Mark Coleman, midfielder Darragh Fitzgibbon, wing-forward Shane Kingston, and corner-forward Luke Meade – were making their first championship starts.

    So the extent to which all five of them all played with such confidence from the very start was a huge boon for Cork and really laid down a marker.

    Spillane caught some great ball in the full-back line, Coleman’s deliveries from the half-back line were excellent, Fitzgibbon was busy in midfield, Kingston’s athleticism was hugely impressive, and Meade’s movement and finishing was top-class.

    One of the stand-out features of the game throughout was the manner in which the Tipp half-back line was being dragged out of position which left acres of space in front of their full-back line.

    That’s never an ideal scenario against a Cork inside forward line blessed with real pace and finishing power in the shape of Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, and Seamus Harnedy, and by the eight minute both Tipperary full-back James Barry and corner-back John O’Keeffe were on yellow cards as they were forced to tackle desperately.

    By that stage in the game we already had a shoot-out on our hands with the teams level on five points apiece, and the action didn’t let up from there. As much as the Tipp defence was struggling to contain the Cork attack, at the other end of the field they looked extremely dangerous themselves.

    Centre-forward Michael Breen was winning his battle against Mark Ellis, and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer was looking sharper than at any time since last year’s All-Ireland Final. Much of his work was self-less too, as he assisted four first-half Tipperary points with some slick passing. As the half progressed, the action never let up as it swung from one end of the pitch to the other and blow was met by counter-blow.

    When the half-time whistle blew the teams were level at 0-15 apiece, but it was the Cork supporters who rose to their feet to applaud their team off. This wasn’t just an acclamation of how well their young team were hurling against the All-Ireland champions, it verbalised the growing sense in the ground that Cork were more up for this battle than Tipperary were.

    The All-Ireland champions were somehow keeping pace despite being half a yard behind their men to the majority of balls, but in the second-half Cork’s greater appetite and athleticism ultimately told. The first big breakthrough came on 43 minutes when Shane Kingston scored a goal that Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson will have a few sleepless nights about next week.

    Kingston’s initial shot was hooked/blocked by a trio of Tipp tacklers, but he collected the ball again and somehow got off a shot that bounced over Gleeson’s hurley and into the back of the net.

    Tipperary’s initial response was positive as they scored the next two points of the match, but Cork just never let up as Conor Lehane in particular came roaring into the game at centre-forward.

    Tipp were staying in touch thanks mainly to the heroism of Michael Breen who would finish the day with six points form play, and then it looked like they’d seized the initiative when John McGrath blasted a goal after a brilliant pass from Seamus Callanan.

    But Cork simply refused to be denied and immediately struck back with two points from the by now on-fire duo of Kingston and Lehane.

    Tipperary were struck a sickening blow when their best defender Cathal Barrett was forced off after 62 minutes with what looked like a bad knee injury, and slowly the self-belief seemed to drain from Tipp whereas Cork struck for home confidently.

    Two more points from Lehane had the one ahead before they struck what was ultimately the decisive blow of the game when substitute Michael Lehane raced onto a Darragh Fitzgibbon delivery and finished with aplomb.

    Tipp fought to the death, but it was Cork who delivered the final fatal cuts with points from Luke O’Farrell and Seamus Harnedy that drew great, triumphant roars from their support.

    The summer has just begun and it will be interesting to see where the Rebels go from here, but this game really felt like an important milestone for their developing, young team. As for Tipperary, they have a lot of soul-searching to do, but it would be very premature to write them off just yet.

    Scorers for Cork: Conor Lehane 0-10 (4f, 1 ’65), Shane Kingston 1-4, Patrick Horgan 0-4, Michael Cahalane 1-0, Luke Meade 0-3, Alan Cadogan 0-3, Seamus Harnedy 0-2, Luke O’Farrell 0-1

    Scorers for Tipperary: Michael Breen 0-6, Seamus Callanan 0-6 (2f), John McGrath 1-1, Noel McGrath 0-3, Dan McCormack 0-3, John O’Dwyer 0-2 (1 sideline), Brendan Maher 0-2, Padraic Maher 0-1, Niall O’Meara 0-1, Sean Curran 0-1

    CORK: Anthony Nash; Stephen Mcdonnell, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Seamus Harnedy, Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Luke Meade
    Subs: Luke O’Farrell for Alan Cadogan (57), Michael Cahalane for Luke Meade (66), Lorcan McLoughlin for Darragh Fitzgibbon (70)

    TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, John O’Keeffe; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Dan McCormack, Sean Curran, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath
    Subs: Niall O’Meara for Sean Curran (50), Joe O’Dwyer for Seamus Kennedy (57), Alan Flynn for Cathal Barrett (64)

    Ref: James Owens

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    Team News

    The Tipperary senior hurlers open their campaign in defence of their Munster SH Championship crown with a Quarter-Final fixture against Cork in Semple Stadium on Sunday next; May 21st at 4pm.

    In naming his side manager Mick Ryan has made one change in personnel from the team that won the corresponding fixture last year, with John O’Keeffe coming in at left-corner back for the injured Michael Cahill.

    The starting XV lines out as follows –

    1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
    2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
    3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
    4. John O’Keeffe – Clonoulty-Rossmore
    5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
    6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
    7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
    8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
    9. Michael Breen – Ballina
    10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
    11. Sean Curran – Mullinahone
    12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
    13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
    14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
    15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

    CORK (SH v Tipperary): A Nash (Kanturk); S McDonnell (Glen Rovers), D Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), C Spillane (Castlelyons); C Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), M Ellis (Millstreet), M Coleman (Blarney); B Cooper (Youghal), D Fitzgibbon (Charleville); S Harnedy (St Ita’s), C Lehane (Midleton), S Kingston (Douglas); A Cadogan (Douglas), P Horgan (Glen Rovers), L Meade (Newcestown)
    Subs: P Collins (Ballinhassig), C O’Sullivan (Sarsfields), K Burke (Midleton), L McLoughlin (Kanturk), C O’Leary (Valley Rovers), B Lawton (Castlemartyr), D Brosnan (Glen Rovers), L O’Farrell (Midleton), M Cahalane (Bandon), M O’Halloran (Blackrock), C Murphy (Mallow).

    2016: Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
    2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2012: Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24 (Munster semi-final)
    2011: Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 (Munster quarter-final)
    2010: Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14 (Munster quarter-final)
    2009: Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 (Munster quarter-final)

    Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (2016 Munster quarter-final, Semple
    Tipperary led by 0-14 to 0-5 at half-time; Cork cut the deficit to seven
    points in the second half but the home side finished strongly to run
    out nine-point winners in front of a 29,114 crowd.

    Cork 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 (Allianz HL 26 March 2017, Pairc Ui Rinn)
    Cork led by 0-14 to 2-6 at half-time; it was level in stoppage time in
    the second half before Patrick Horgan scored the winning point for
    the Leesiders, taking his total to 0-15 (0-10 frees, 0-1 sideline)

    Tipperary: 1st 1A; Reached final, losing to Galway. Played 8, Won 5,
    Drew 1, Lost 2.
    Cork: 2nd 1A: lost quarter-final to Limerick. Played 6; Won 3, Lost 3

    Cork’s last championship win over Tipperary in Semple Stadium was
    in 2006 when then won the Munster final by 2-14 to 1-14.

    The winners play Waterford in the Munster semi-final on June 18; the
    losers head for the qualifiers on July 1.

    Michael Ryan (Tipperary) and Kieran Kingston (Cork) are in their
    second seasons.

    Tipperary scoring ace, Seamus Callanan (28) is heading into his 10th
    championship season, having made his debut against Cork in the 2008
    Munster championship.

    Match Programme

    Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Sunday’s 64 page souvenir match programme.

  • Munster Senior Camogie Championship Final – Limerick 1-13 Cork 0-14

    Limerick defeated Cork by 1-13 to 0-14 in the Munster Senior Camogie Championship Final on Saturday May 20th at Charleville.

    Munster Under 17 Football Final – Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-10

    Kerry defeated Cork by 0-15 to 0-10 in the Munster Under 17 Football Final on Tuesday May 16th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

    Munster Under 17 Competition Final

    Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-10

    Report from the Kerry GAA web site

    Kerry became the first – and probably the last – winners of the special Munster Under 17 football competition following a deserved victory over Cork before a fine attendance of 1,631 at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park this evening. It was a tough encounter between these age old rivals with no quarter asked or given and while Cork may have had as much possession as the winners, Kerry were the better side at taking the chances that came their way.

    Cork it was who got off to the better start reeling off three points within the first four minutes courtesy of Blake Murphy (free and play) and the towering Mark Keane and at that stage Kerry certainly looked like they were in for a torrid evening of it. Sean Doherty opened Kerry’s account in the 5th minute but then Kerry had a let-off when Conor McMahon hit the cross bar when he looked like goaling. Kerry, with the aid of the wind, improved and points from Michael Slattery and Michael Kelleher levelled the game up after 15 minutes by which stage Cork had kicked four wides.

    Kerry showed a gradual improvement and Michael Kelleher’s pointed free was followed by good scores from Dara Casey and Michael Slattery who had by now moved out to centre forward to good effect. Minor player Mark Cronin had his first point in the 24th minute for Cork followed by another from Blake Murphy but Sean Keane responded for the homeside and the sides swapped points again before the break with Blake Murphy for the visitors and Michael Slattery for the home side pointing to leave the half time score reading 8 points to 6 in Kerry’s favour.

    Emotions were high as the sides left the field but Kerry resumed in a determined mood and had three quick-fire scores inside the opening five minutes of the half before Cork had settled. Each of them, from Franz Sauerland, halftime sub Dáire Cleary and Barry Keane , could arguably have been goals as Kerry made inroads for the first time through the centre of the Cork defence and Kerry were 11 to 6 clear. Mark Cronin and Conor Russell responded as Cork began to use the wind advantage and while Sean Keane had a good score for Kerry, Blake Murphy was almost in on goal but settled for the point to leave Kerry three ahead at the three quarter stage.

    Cork were on top by now but poor finishing was to cost them while Kerry also had a couple of bad wides from good positions. Sean Keane gave Kerry breathing space with a point in the 20th minute and Fergal Barry had a great run out of defence which ended with him being hauled to the ground at the other end at the expense of a black card as he bore down on goal. The free, from an advantageous position, was missed but the siege at the other end had been lifted and Kerry added two more points from the impressive Dáire Cleary and Michael Kelleher either side of a Mark Cronin point for Cork. At the very end Sean Keane had a great chance to wrap it up when he was one on one with Cork keeper Cian Lankford but the Corkman stood his ground.

    So a very satisfying win for the homeside who recovered from a shaky start to take the game to their opponents. Kerry’s next outing will not be until the August weekend when the semi finals – Munster V Connaught – will be played. The final is on August 20th. After the game the Chairman of the Munster Council, Jerry O’Sullivan presented the Cup to winning captain Sean O’Connell who had put in a great hour’s work around the centre of the field.

    Scorers: Kerry: Michael Slattery, Sean Keane and Michael Kelleher (1 free) 0-3 each, Dáire Cleary 0-2, Franz Sauerland, Dara Casey, Sean Doherty and Barry Keane 0-1.

    Cork: Blake Murphy 0-5 (1 free), Mark Cronin 0-3, Conor Russell, Mark Keane 0-1 each.

    Referee: Donnacha O’Callaghan (Luimneach)

    Team News

    The Kerry Under 17 Football Team to play Cork in the final of the Munster GAA Under 17 Football competition at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park at 7pm on Tuesday evening has one change in personnel from the side that defeated Tipperary in the semi final; Donal O’Sullivan misses the final due to a hand injury sustained in the closing stages of the Minor semi final between the sides and is replaced by Sean Doherty of Glenflesk with Barry Slattery of Legion joining the match day squad.

    The team contains three players who saw action in that Minor semi final; Goalkeeper Deividas Uosis and centre back Eddie Horan started in that game while Michael Slattery was introduced as a sub. Under 17 captain Sean O’Connell and Dylan Casey were also members of the Minor panel.

    The team, captained by Sean O’Connell of Cordal is as follows:

    Deividas Uosis Dingle

    Gearóid Lyne Annascaul

    Dylan Casey Austin Stacks

    Fergal Barry Na Gaeil

    Luka Brosnan Castleisland Desmonds

    Eddie Horan Scartaglen

    Thomas Devane Dingle

    Seán O’Connell (C) Cordal

    Franz Sauerland An Ghaeltacht

    Dara Casey Glenbeigh/Glencar

    Sean Doherty Glenflesk

    Michael Kelleher John Mitchels

    Barry Keane Listry

    Michael Slattery Austin Stacks

    Seán Keane Listowel Emmets

    Fir Ionaid:

    Brian Lonergan Ballymacelligott

    Donagh McMahon Austin Stacks

    Dáire Cleary Laune Rangers

    Micheál Devlin Killarney Legion

    Muiris Fitzgerald St Mary’s

    Barry Slattery Killarney Legion

    Darren Looney Killarney Legion

    David Shanahan Castleisland Desmonds

    Daragh O’Connor Laune Rangers


    Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)

    Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy

    Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin), Colm Whelan (St Senans)

    Coach: John Dillon (Duagh)

    Additional Players on the Kerry Under 17 Panel

    Shay Walsh Scartaglen

    Daniel Casey Kilgarvan

    Brian O’Regan Ardfert

    Oisín O’Connor Glenbeigh/Glencar

    Ian McGillycuddy Beaufort

    William Goodwin Castlegregory

    Rehabbing from Injury

    Donal O’Sullivan Kilgarvan

    Kerry and Cork go head to head again in the Under 17 Final

    Following fast on their Munster Minor Championship semi final clash last week, Kerry and Cork go head to head once again, this time in the Munster GAA Under 17 Football Final in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Tuesday evening at 7pm.

    Both sides have a number of players from that Minor Semi Final eligible to play; Kerry can call on the likes of goalkeeper Deividas Uosis , Edward Horan, Michael Slattery and Dylan Casey and Cork have the likes of their towering midfielder Mark Keane, wing forward Jack Murphy and corner forward Mark Cronin available.

    Kerry will be without Donal O’Sullivan who picked up a hand injury in the closing stages of the minor semi final and he will be a big loss to the home side. A feature of the Kerry panel of players is the spread of clubs and in particular the fact that a lot of the smaller rural clubs are represented.

    Cork have had two games in the competition defeating Waterford by 6-24 to 0-1 in Fraher Field in Round 1 and they then accounted for Limerick by 5-18 to 1-6 in the semi final. Kerry have played just one game in the competition when defeating Tipperary by 3-11 to 1-6 in the semi final in Austin Stack Park.

    Donnacha O’Callaghan of Limerick will be the referee on Tuesday evening and following this final, the competition will be parked until later in the Summer.

    The Semi finals will be played on the August weekend – Munster V Connaught – and final on August 20th.

    The Cork team to play Kerry in the Munster U17 Football Competition Final on tomorrow Tuesday 16th May in Austin Stack Park Tralee @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

    Cork U17 Football team

    1. Cian Lankford – (Kilavullen)
    2. John Corcoran – (Nemo Rangers)
    3. Daniel O Mahony – (Knocknagree)
    4. Eoin Murray – (Dohenys)
    5. David Lardner – (Fermoy)
    6. Greg Lardner (Fermoy)
    7. James O Mullane (Kilmurry)
    8. Mark Keane – (Mitchelstown)
    9. Neil O Sullivan – (Adrigole)
    10. Fionn Herlihy – (Dohenys)
    11. Blake Murphy – (Na Piarsaigh) – Captain
    12. Jack Murphy – (Eire Óg)
    13. Mark Cronin – (Nemo Rangers)
    14. Conor Russell – (Douglas)
    15. Conor McMahon – (Kilshannig)
    16. Diarmuid Doody – (Buttevant)
    17. John Kelleher – (Glanmire)
    18, Killian Murphy – (Glanmire)
    19, Liam Twohig – Aghinagh
    20. Conor Crowley – (Glanmire)
    21. Ronan Dalton – (Nemo Rangers)
    22. Adam Coleman – (Nemo Rangers)
    23. Sean Desmond – (Clondrohid)
    24. Colin Walsh – (Cullen)

    Coach: James McCarthy (Castlehaven)
    Selectors: James McCarthy (Castlehaven), Brian Lotty (Glanmire), Ben Flahive (Douglas), Michael Beston (Mitchelstown)

    Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin – Laois 2-21 Kerry 3-15

    Laois defeated Kerry by 2-21 to 3-15 in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin on Sunday May 14th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

    Laois see off 14-man Kerry to book knock-out spot

    By Paul Brennan for

    Kerry 3-15 Laois 2-21

    Laois will play Wexford in the Leinster SHC quarter-final after overcoming the resolute challenge of Kerry in a gripping contest in Tralee. This was a winner-takes-all game as both teams chased a place in the next round of the provincial championship.

    In the end Ross King’s expertise from placed balls and a costly sending off for Kerry proved decisive to the outcome with the visitors just about getting over the line to set up a quarter-final crack off Davy Fitzgerald’s Yellow Bellies.

    Laois will be joined in those quarter-finals by Westmeath – who will play Offaly – while Kerry just about retained their Leinster SHC status on scoring difference, which means Meath are relegated to next season’s Christy Ring Cup.

    A win for Kerry could have qualified them for their first Leinster quarter-final but Laois were, arguably, the slightly better side overall in Tralee, although the home side pushed the winners all the way to the last puck.

    Laois got the perfect start with Neil Foyle finding the Kerry net after just two minutes when Martin Stackpoole had initially saved well from Patrick Purcell, but Kerry were soon back on level terms with points from Jordan Conway, Mikey Boyle and two Shane Nolan frees to make it 1-01 to 0-04 after five minutes.

    Nolan and King divided the next six points between them, before Patrick Purcell and Nolan swapped points from play to make it 0-08 to 1-05 after 25 minutes.

    It was another 11 minutes before the next score arrived – a long-range point from Aaron Dunphy – but then Kerry hit Laois for two goals in additional time, with Nolan scoring twice past Enda Rowland to send the Kingdom to the half time break 2-8 to 1-7 in front.

    Kerry would have hoped to built on that momentum after the break but Laois started the second half the better team, and when midfielder Patrick Pucell goaled in the 41st minute Laois took the lead and the momentum at 2-10 to 2-08.

    Laois kicked on with King converting three more frees, as well as points from Purcell and Stephen Maher, as they extended their lead to 2-15 to 2-09, with Kerry defender Sean Weir being sent off for a second booking in the just after the three-quarter hour mark.

    Kerry battled away and when Mikey Boyle’s retaken 25-metre free breached the Laois goal line the deficit was to three points, but with their numerical disadvantage the hosts couldn’t get any closer.

    Late scores from King and substitute Stephen Bergin helped Laois see out the victory and put them into the open draw that saw them pulled out to face Wexford at the end of the month. Shane Nolan’s two goals for Kerry weren’t enough

    Kerry: M Stackpoole, J O’Connor (0-01), R Horgan, S Weir, J Buckley (0-01), D Dineen, T Murnane, J Goulding, P O’Connor, B O’Leary, M O’Leary, J Conway (0-01), P Boyle (0-02f), M Boyle (1-01, 1-00f), S Nolan (2-06, 0-04f, 0-01 ’65’).
    Subs: J Griffin (0-01) for J Goulding (58 mins), M O’Connor for J Conway (60 mins), B Murphy (0-01) for T Murnane (64 mins), P Lucid (0-01) for S Nolan (68 mins).

    Laois: E Rowland, L Cleere, L Bergin, D Palmer, C Collier, C Dywer, M Whelan, R King (0-13, 11f, 1 ’65’), P Purcell (1-02), S Downey (0-01), R Mullaney, P Whelan, A Dunphy (0-01), N Foyle (1-00), S Maher (0-01)
    Subs: J Lennon for P Whelan (inj, 32 mins), Aidan Corby (0-01) for R Mullaney (HT), M Kavanagh (0-01) for S Downey (57 min), S Bergin (0-01) for S Maher (64 mins), B Corby for N Foyle (69 mins).

    Refere: Alan Kelly (Galway)

    Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay – Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

    Tipperary defeated Wexford by 0-15 to 1-10 in the Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay on Sunday May 14th at St. Brendan’s Park Birr.

    Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 final replay

    Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

    By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

    AISHLING Moloney and Aisling McCarthy contributed 0-11 between them as Tipperary were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 champions on Sunday.

    Despite losing three players to second half sin-binnings, and finishing the game with 13 players, Tipp held out in an enthralling replay against Wexford at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

    Beaten finalists after a replay with Waterford last year, Tipp got over the line this time to secure promotion to Division 2. And they had to do it the hard way, coming from six points down in the first half to hold on with two to spare.

    Ultimately, it was a strong second half display from Tipp that ensured silverware for the Premier County. Behind by 0-5 to 1-8 approaching the break, McCarthy’s point kept Tipp in touch at the interval, trailing by five.

    They’d played against the wind in the opening half but opened the second half with seven unanswered points, as Wexford lost former Kerry star Bernie Breen to the sin-bin. Tipp went from six points down to two points up with eight points in a row either side of the break, and they won the second half by 0-9 to 0-2.

    After half-time, McCarthy knocked over two frees before Moloney hit three on the trot from play. Gillian O’Brien put over a 41st minute point and when Moloney was on target again, Tipp moved 0-13 to 1-8 in front.

    O’Brien was sent to the sin-bin in the 44th minute and when Maria Curley and Moloney followed, Tipp were down to 12 players. Wexford’s long run without a score had finally ended in the 47th minute when Ellen O’Brien pointed and Catriona Murray’s levelled the game at 1-10 to 0-13.

    Wexford were lucky not to concede a goal seven minutes from the end when McCarthy’s free dropped short before Roisin Howard forced a brilliant save from Mary Rose Kelly, who tipped the ball onto the post. Wexford were reduced to 14 players late on when Sarah Harding-Kenny was sin-binned before O’Brien’s return brought Tipp back to 13. And Tipp managed to find the crucial late scores to secure victory, McCarthy taking her tally to 0-5 with a brace of frees.

    In the first half, it had looked positive for Wexford, playing with that strong breeze and frustrating Tipp with a packed defence, while breaking at pace. Clara Donnelly was particularly dangerous for the Slaneysiders, with probing runs from deep, and captain Fiona Rochford showed up well again, after her last-gasp free ensured a replay.

    With less than 19 minutes on the watch, a tight game was level at 0-4 each, after Wexford had led by three.
    Orla O’Dwyer’s leveller for Tipp had forced a brilliant tip-over save from goalkeeper Kelly and Rochford’s goal in the 25th minute was another major fillip.

    Rochford’s speculative effort from distance deceived Tipp goalkeeper Lauren Fitzpatrick and dipped into the net, putting Wexford 1-5 to 0-4 clear. That goal helped Wexford to lead at the break but Tipp began the second half firing on all cylinders, and would eventually prevail following an incident-packed game.

    Scorers – Tipperary: A Moloney 0-6 (1f), A McCarthy 0-5 (4f), O O’Dwyer 0-2, J Grant & G O’Brien 0-1 each.

    Wexford – F Rochford 1-3 (0-1f), E O’Brien & A Murphy 0-2 each, B Breen, K Kearney & C Murray (f) 0-1 each.

    Wexford – M.R. Kelly; M Doyle, M Cullen, S Harding-Kenny; N Mernagh, R Murphy, G Hearne; B Breen, K Kearney; C Donnelly, C Murray, N Butler; A Murphy, F Rochford, E O’Brien
    Subs: S Cloake for Hearne (46), F Rowe for Butler (57).

    Tipperary – L Fitzpatrick; E Buckley, S Condon, C Condon; B Condon, S Lambert, M Curley; J Grant, A Moloney; E Fitzpatrick, A McCarthy, N Lonergan; G O’Brien, O O’Dwyer, M Morrissey
    Subs: R Howard for Lonergan (46), E Kelly for Morrissey (52).

    Referee: S McNulty (Wicklow)

    Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 2 – Limerick 0-19 Waterford 1-7

    Limerick defeated Waterford by 0-19 to 1-7 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 2 on Thursday May 11th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

    Perfect 10 for O’Brien as Limerick advance to Munster semi-final

    Limerick 0-19 Waterford 1-7

    Tomás McCarthy reports from the Gaelic Grounds for

    PAUL O’BRIEN DELIVERED 10 points (nine from dead balls) as the Limerick minors shrugged off a sticky Waterford challenge in the final quarter at the Gaelic Grounds.

    The lethal marksman from Mungret St Pauls didn’t shoot a wide all evening with Dylan O’Shea (0-3) and Ronan Connolly (0-2) providing support in attack. Conor Nicholas and Jerome Boylan starred in defence as the Shannonsiders advanced to the provincial semi-finals next month.

    Waterford closed to within a point early in the second half mainly through the endeavours of Billy Power. But James Lacey’s charges hit 11 wides and Thomas Douglas pinged the ball off the crossbar at a crucial stage. Five of the six starting forwards were replaced before the full-time whistle. Waterford were dealt a blow prior to throw-in as full-back James Flavin missed out through injury.

    Limerick midfielder Rory Duff snapped the sliotar immediately and split the posts after just seven seconds and O’Brien, Ronan Connolly and Dylan O’Shea quickly developed a four-point gap.
    The visitors recovered though as Ian Beecher and Billy Power raised white flags. Seven minutes before the break, Iarlaith Daly was sandwiched by Nicholas and Mikey O’Brien and referee John McCormack signalled for a penalty. Captain Thomas Douglas billowed the roof of the net with an absolute stinger to level matters (0-5 to 1-2).

    The Treaty men claimed the last four points of the half, however. Paul O’Brien knocked over two frees and a ’65 while O’Shea registered his second single to make it 0-9 to 1-2 in favour of John Mulqueen’s side. On the change of ends, Power narrowed the gap to two with an early brace before Douglas cracked a shot off the metalwork five minutes into the second half. Another Power double from frees then left only a point between them (0-10 to 1-6).

    But the team in green eased the pressure through three unanswered points. Iarlaith Daly got the Déise back within striking distance heading into the last quarter but it proved to be their final score of the evening. Jerome Boylan took charge at centre-back and late points by David Woulfe, Connolly and Paul O’Brien wrapped up a home victory.
    Limerick face an away trip to Clare in the last four on 28 June.

    Scorers for Limerick: Paul O’Brien 0-10 (8fs, 1 65’), Dylan O’Shea 0-3, David Woulfe, Ronan Connolly 0-2 each, Dan Minehan, Rory Duff 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Waterford: Billy Power 0-5 (4fs), Thomas Douglas 1-0 (1-0 pen), Iarlaith Daly, Ian Beecher 0-1 each.


    1. Daithi Heffernan (Mallow)
    2. Conor Flahive (Mungret St Pauls)
    3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen)
    4. Ciaran Barry (Ahane)
    5. Mikey O’Brien (Doon)
    6. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)
    7. Dan Minehan (Ahane)
    8. Michael O’Grady (Knockainey)
    9. Rory Duff (Mungret St Pauls)
    10. Paul O’Riordan (Bruff)
    11. Paul O’Brien (Mungret St Pauls)
    12. David Woulfe (Kilmallock)
    13. Dylan O’Shea (Garryspillane)
    14. Ronan Connolly (Adare)
    15. Ryan Tobin (Garryspillane)
    22. Brian O’Grady (Kilteely/Dromkeen) for Mikey O’Brien (13)
    24. Eoin Sheehan (Garryspillane) for O’Riordan (41)
    23. Jack Ryan (Doon) for Duff (41)
    19. Calvin Carroll (Patrickswell) for Tobin (48)


    1. Eoghan Browne (Mount Sion)
    18. Dan Booth (Colligan)
    17. Matt Noonan (Cappoquin)
    4. Tadhg Foley (Ballygunner)
    5. Mairtín Power (Clonea)
    6. Tom Barron (Fourmilewater)
    7. Luke O’Brien (Mount Sion)
    8. Sean Whelan-Barrett (Abbeyside)
    9. Edward Cullen (Mount Sion)
    10. Conor Whelan (Brickey Rangers)
    11. Iarlaith Daly (Lismore)
    12. Ian Beecher (Tallow)
    13. Tom Looby (Abbeyside)
    14. Thomas Douglas (De La Salle)
    15. Billy Power (Clonea)
    22. Niall O’Keeffe (Passage) for Looby (h-t)
    24. John Devine (Dungarvan) for Whelan (h-t)
    19. Sean Carton (De La Salle) for Douglas (49)
    23. Kyle Bennett (Lismore) for Beecher (56)
    21. Evan McGrath (Mount Sion) for Power (56)

    Referee: John McCormack (Tipperary)

    Team News

    Manager John Mulqueen and his selectors has released their minor hurling team and match panel for this Thursday evenings Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship semi final meeting with Waterford in the Gaelic Grounds at 7pm. The Limerick Team and match panel is as follows
    1. Daithi Heffernan (Mallow), 2. Conor Flahive (Mungret St. Pauls),
    3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen) (Captain), 4. Ciaran Barry (Ahane),
    5. Mikey O’Brien (Doon), 6. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 7. Dan Minehan (Ahane), 8. Michael O’Grady (Knockainey), 9. Rory Duff (Mungret St. Pauls), 10. Paul O’Riordan (Bruff), 11. Paul O’Brien (Mungret/St. Pauls), 12. David Woulfe (Kilmallock), 13. Dylan O’Shea (Garryspillane), 14. Ronan Connolly (Adare), 15. Ryan Tobin (Garryspillane).
    Subs: 16. Gearoid Barry (Kilmallock), 17. Kevin Bonar (Bruff), 18. Ken Byrnes (Old Christians), 19. Calvin Carroll (Patrickswell), 20. Jason Fitzgibbon (Cappamore), 21. David Moloney (Monaleen), 22. Brian O’Grady (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 23. Jack Ryan (Doon), 24. Eoin Sheehan (Garryspillane).

    Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-17 Cork 1-10

    Kerry defeated Cork by 2-17 to 1-10 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday May 10th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

    Kerry run rule over Cork to claim impressive win in Páirc Uí Rinn

    Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

    Kerry 2-17 Cork 1-10

    For the second time in as many months, a Kerry team travelled to Páirc Uí Rinn and all but obliterated the home outfit. There was 16-points between the two counties at the end of the Munster U21 final in late April and while this Munster minor semi-final win wasn’t as comprehensive, it was every bit as impressive.

    David Clifford proved the headline act, the Firies full-forward terrorising the Cork defence during an hour’s fare where he helped himself to 2-8, just 0-3 of that total arriving via the dead ball. The travelling defence also played a significant role in advancing the reigning All-Ireland champions into the Munster decider, routinely hunting down Cork forwards in packs of three and four.

    That said, Cork engineered the dream start for themselves when Evan Murphy put the ball in the back of the Kerry net 10 seconds after the throw-in. It was to prove a false dawn, however, as the home side failed to add to their tally during the subsequent quarter of an hour.

    The visitors, during this period, kicked 1-6 on the bounce as David Clifford and Donal O’Sullivan led the Cork defence on a merry dance. This pair landed the three points which cancelled out Murphy’s early rocket and it was Clifford who propelled Kerry in front on seven minutes, holding off full-back William Ronan and slipping the ball past ‘keeper Kevin McMahon.

    The full-forward would also provide their second goal on 26 minutes, finishing a sweeping move involving Brian Friel and Fiachra Clifford. The gap was seven come the break and it might have been a tad more manageable from a Cork perspective had two scoreable chances on the stroke of half-time not been kicked wide.

    Two from David Clifford and Donnchadh O’Sullivan’s first increased the difference between the sides upon the restart. Cork’s day was done when Kerry ‘keeper Deividas Uosis kept out a Damien Gore penalty on 42 minutes. He made a second superb save later on, this time denying Mark Keane. Two more from Clifford and a Jack Griffin point completed the 10-point rout for the Kingdom.

    Scorers for Kerry: D Clifford (2-8, 0-3 frees); Donal O’Sullivan (0-1 free), Donnchadh O’Sullivan (0-2 each); A Donoghue, F Clifford, C Gammell, J Griffin (0-1 each).

    Scorers for Cork: E Murphy (1-2, 0-1 ’45); D Gore (0-4, 0-2 frees); C Myers Murray (0-3); M Keane (0-1).

    Kerry: D Uisis (Dingle); R O’Neill (Na Gaeil), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), M Potts (Dr Crokes); C Gammell (Legion), E Horan (Scartaglen), N Donohue (Firies); B Mahony (St Senan’s), D O’Connor (Na Gaeil); A Donoghue (Castleisland Desmonds), B Friel (Rathmore), F Clifford (Laune Rangers); Donnchadh O’Sullivan (Firies), D Clifford (Fossa), Donal O’Sullivan (Kilgarvan)
    Subs: J Griffin (Dr Crokes) for Friel (38); M Slattery (Austin Stacks) for Donnchadh O’Sullivan (47); C O’Reilly (Austin Stacks) for F Clifford (48); P Warren (Gneeveguilla) for Donal O’Sullivan (55); S O’Leary (Kilcummin) for O’Neill (59); M O’Leary (Renard) for Gammell (60).

    Cork: K McMahon (Kilshannig); L Finn (Mitchelstown), W Ronan (Kilmurry), D Ward (Douglas); J Harrington (Adrigole), P O’Driscoll (Ilen Rovers), J McCarthy (Carrigaline); M Keane (Mitchelstown), R Walsh (Kanturk); E Murphy (Dromtariffe), C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg), J Murphy (Éire Óg); M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), D Gore (Kilmacabea), C O’Mahony (Mitchelstown)
    Subs: C Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s) for O’Mahony (22 mins, inj); C Barrett (St Finbarr’s) for Murphy (HT); D O’Mahony (Knocknagree) for Ronan (39); S Hickey (Millstreet) for Walsh, S Meehan (Kiskeam) for McCarthy (both 42); R O’Driscoll (Garnish) for Harrington (45, bc);

    Referee: A Kissane (Waterford).

    Admission Prices
    Adult: €10.00
    Student/Senior’s receive €5 concession on a full price ticket at the designated stile prior to entry with valid id.
    U-16’s: Free

    Tickets available to purchase in participating Centra and Supervalu outlets.

    Team News

    The Cork football team for tomorrow night’s Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final v Kerry in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

    1) Kevin McMahon – Kilshannig

    2) Lorcan Finn – Mitchelstown

    3) William Ronan – Kilmurry

    4) Dylan Ward – Douglas

    5) Jason Harrington – Adrigole

    6) Peter O Driscoll – Ilen Rovers

    7) Jack McCarthy – Carrigaline

    8) Mark Keane – Mitchelstown

    9) Ryan Walsh – Kanturk

    10) Evan Murphy – Dromtariffe

    11) Colm O Callaghan – Eire Og (Captain)

    12) Jack Murphy – Eire Og

    13) Mark Cronin – Nemo Rangers

    14) Damien Gore – Kilmacabea

    15) Cathail O Mahony – Mitchelstown


    16) Ian Giltinan – Carrigaline

    17) Daniel O Mahony – Knocknagree

    18) Rory O Driscoll – Garnish

    19) Sean Meehan – Kiskeam

    20) Shane Hickey – Millstreet

    21) Colm Barrett – St Finbarrs

    22) Cillian Myers Murray – St Finbarrs

    23) Daragh Moynihan – Ballydesmond

    24) Mark Hodnett – Carbery Rangers

    Selectors : Brian Herlihy (Dohenys), Bernie Collins (Castlehaven), Donal McCarthy (Valley Rovers), Jim O Donoghue (St. Finbarrs), Noel O Leary, (Cill na Martra)

    The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Cork in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi -Final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday evening shows 2 personnel and a number of positional changes from the side that defeated Clare in the Quarter Final.

    Cian Gammell and Niall Donohue, both members of last year’s panel, come into the defence in place of Sean O’Leary and Patrick Warren both of whom picked up injuries in the quarter final tie and who are included among the substitutes.

    The team contains just four of the side who played in the All Ireland Minor Final last year – Michael Potts, Diarmuid O’Connor, Brian Friel and David Clifford.

    Potts, together with Chris O’Donoghue, Cian Gammell, Niall Donohue and Donnchadh O’Sullivan, were members of the St Brendans College Hogan Cup winning side this year.

    The team, captained by David Clifford of Fossa is as follows:

    Deividas Uosis Dingle

    Ryan O’Neill Na Gaeil

    Chris O’Donoghue Glenflesk

    Cian Gammell Killarney Legion

    Michael Potts Dr Crokes

    Eddie Horan Scartaglen

    Niall Donohue Firies

    Barry Mahony St Senans

    Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil

    Adam Donoghue Castleisland Desmonds

    David Clifford (C) Fossa

    Donal O’Sullivan Kilgarvan

    Fiáchra Clifford Laune Rangers

    Donchadh O’Sullivan Firies

    Brian Friel Rathmore

    Fir Ionaid:

    Nelu O’Doherty Dr Crokes

    Ciarán O’Reilly Austin Stacks

    Sean O’Leary Kilcummin

    Michael Slattery Austin Stacks

    Patrick Warren Gneeveguilla

    Jack Griffin Dr Crokes

    Michael O’Leary Renard

    Dylan Casey Austin Stacks

    Cathal Ferriter Annascaul


    Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)

    Treanalaí: Chris Flannery (Killarney Legion) and Padraig Murphy (Laune Rangers)

    Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)

    Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel

    Ciaran Kennedy (Beaufort), Sean O’Connell (Cordal), Eddie Browne (Listowel Emmets), Cian O’Callaghan (Firies), Mark Ashe (Dingle).