Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-21

Tipperary and Cork finished level after extra time on a scoreline of 2-18 to 1-21 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Thursday June 29th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Electric Ireland Munster MHC: Thurles thriller ends in a draw

Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-21 (AET)

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Evan Sheehan’s goal from a 20m free, in the 83rd minute, salvaged a dramatic draw for a fancied Cork outfit from a gripping Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling semi-final in Thurles.

Provincial and All-Ireland champions Tipperary looked set for victory as they held a three-point lead deep in stoppage time – before Sheehan struck.

Both sides will do it all over again at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday afternoon – with more drama expected.

In the second half of normal time, Cork came from six points down to level in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Robert Downey on target.

Tipp then looked to have won it when Jake Morris pointed, but that man Downey responded again as the sides finished level at 0-16 to 1-13, Ray McCormack on target with the first half goal for the hosts.

Darragh Woods hit 1-4 in extra-time for Tipp, the reigning provincial and All-Ireland champions, but Cork had a late kick in them.

It was a quite enthralling encounter and while Sheehan had so much to do as he faced five Tipp players on the line, it was perhaps inevitable that he would find the net at the Killinan End.

Cork had excellent contributions on the night from Brian Turnbull and Daire Connery, as the pair contributed 0-16 between them.

Woods was a real tonic for Tipp in extra-time, while skipper Paddy Cadell drove his side forward all through. Anthony McKelvey top-scored with eight points for the Premier – but also registered six wides over the regulation 60-plus minutes.

Cork had played some good stuff in that first half, Turnbull particularly dangerous and causing problems for more than one marker. But Tipp stuck at it and had Cadell in fine form at midfield, partnered there by Jerome Cahill before he switched to corner back on Turnbull in the 18th minute, and nullified him to a degree.

With less than ten minutes on the watch, Cork led by 0-4 to 0-2, before Tipp full forward McKelvey flashed a goal chance across the face of goal and wide. But with Turnbull threatening almost every time the ball came his way, Cork had the edge and were three points up, 0-7 to 0-4, by the 18th minute.

The visitors would not score again until stoppage time, however, and Tipp hit 1-3 without reply. Cadell popped over his second point but Cork had a chance to open up the Tipp defence in the 21st minute, the ball going through Liam O’Shea and Craig Hanafin, but fumbled by Sheehan at a critical moment.

A McKelvey free had Tipp back to within a point, 0-6 to 0-7, before McCormack struck for goal. Conor Bowe, not for the first time, pulled off a terrific catch but McCormack had work to do when he picked up possession.

The Borris-Ileigh clubman took off, however, and flashed a shot past Ger Collins from the 14m line. Cadell added a point and Tipp had turned the game around, leading by 1-7 to 0-7, but Daire Connery added a point for Cork to keep them in touch at the interval.

The second half promised much and really delivered – but there was even better to come later.

Scorers for Tipperary: Anthony McKelvey 0-8 (7fs), Darragh Woods 1-4 (2fs), Ray McCormack 1-0, Paddy Cadell 0-3, Jake Morris 0-2, Willie Barry 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 0-9 (5fs), Daire Connery 0-7 (5fs), Evan Sheehan 1-0 (f), Robert Downey 0-2, Diarmuid Linehan, Liam O’Shea and Declan Hanlon 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Eoin Collins; Kieran Breen, Michael Feehan, Michael Purcell; Robbie Quirke, Craig Morgan, Bryan O’Mara; Jerome Cahill, Paddy Cadell; Conor Bowe, Jake Morris, Ray McCormack; Niall Hoctor, Anthony McKelvey, Cathal Bourke
Subs: Andrew Ormonde for Bourke (37), Kevin McCarthy for Hoctor (58), Billy Seymour for O’Mara (60+1), Darragh Woods for Ormonde (60+3), O’Mara for Bowe (60), Eoghan Connolly for Quirke (60), Bowe for McKelvey (69), Willie Barry for McCormack (74).

CORK: Ger Collins; Conor O’Callaghan, Sean O’Leary-Hayes, Eoin Roche; James Keating, Ger Millerick, Ross Howell; Daire Connery, Diarmuid Lenihan; Craig Hanafin, Liam O’Shea, Brian Roche; Evan Sheehan, Robert Downey, Brian Turnbull
Subs: Aaron Walsh Barry for Howell (30), Barry Murphy for O’Shea (38), Colin O’Brien for Hanafin (47), Declan Hanlon for Sheehan (50), O’Shea for Murphy (64), David Jones for O’Brien (70), Sheehan for Roche (77).

REFEREE: Rory McGann (Clare)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Cork in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final in Semple Stadium this Thursday night, June 29th at 7:30pm has been announced by manager Liam Cahill and lines out as follows;

1. Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch)
2. Michael Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields)
3. Michael Feehan (Sean Treacys)
4. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
5. Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
6. Robbie Quirke (Cappawhite)
7. Kieran Breen (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)
8. Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill)
9. Paddy Cadell (Capt.) (JK Brackens)
10. Conor Bowe (Moyne-Templetouhy)
11. Jake Morris (Nenagh Eire Óg)
12. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Cathal Bourke (Clonoulty-Rossmore)
14. Anthony McKelvey (Moycarkey-Borris)
15. Conor McCarthy (Nenagh Eire Óg)

The Cork Minor Hurling team to play Tipperary next Thursday 29th June in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final in Semple Stadium Thurles @ 7.30pm has been announced as follows.

1- Ger Collins – Ballinhassig
2- Conor O’ Callaghan – Dromtarriffe
3- Sean O’ Leary Hayes – Midleton – (Captain)
4- Eoin Roche – Bride Rovers
5- Ross Howell – Douglas
6- James Keating – Kildorrery – (Vice Captain)
7- Ger Millerick – Fr. O Neill’s
8- Daire Connery – Na Piarsaigh
9- Diarmuid Lenihan – Ballyhooly
10- Craig Hanifin – Na Piarsaigh
11- Liam O Shea – Lisgoold
12- Brian Roche – Bride Rovers
13- Evan Sheehan – Na Piarsaigh
14- Robert Downey – Glen Rovers
15- Brian Turnbull – Douglas
16- Ian Butler – Kildorrery
17- Jack O Callaghan – Charleville
18- Ronan Sheehan – Mallow
19- Aaron Walsh Barry – Carrigtwohill
20- Barry Murphy – Castlelyons
21- Brian Buckley – Dromina
22- David Jones – Dromina
23- Declan Hanlon – Blarney
24- Colin O Brien – LiscarrollChurchtown Gaels

Additional Panels Members
25 – Conor Desmond – Ballinhassig
26- Jack Twomey – Kilshannig
27- John Geary – Newtownshandrum
28- Jordan Murray – Ballìncollig
29- Conor Power – Blarney.
30- Eoghan O Leary – Ballymartle

Match Programme

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-17

Clare defeated Limerick by 0-19 to 0-17 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday June 28th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Clare find extra gear to topple Limerick

By Kieran Shannon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

CLARE 0-19 – LIMERICK 0-17: There was probably too many wides for this to be considered a classic but in a way that was a measure of why it was such an epic.

With 3,697 people watching on, these were two sides desperate to prolong their summer and everything about the game reflected it — in the fact it went to extra-time, extending the losing side’s championship by at least 20 minutes, and in the fact every score was excruciatingly hard earned.

Even getting a shot off was an achievement. That Clare had 21 shots waved wide was not so much a reflection of their inaccuracy as the tenacity of Limerick’s defending. Any ball played into a forward, he had a man right up on him. Any time he went to strike, he still had a body or hurl in on him.

About the only thing more difficult than to get separation from your man here was to get separation from the opposing team. At half-time, it was seven points each. In the second half they each scored seven points as well. At the end of the first half of extra-time they were still dead even, 16 points apiece. Nothing between them.

In the end, the reason why Clare will advance to the Munster final and the All-Ireland series while Limerick’s summer is over is because upfront, the home side is because they had two men with the capacity to come up with huge plays, as much as Paul O’Brien and David Woulfe excelled for Limerick.

Tiernan Agnew, after playing most of the game in the half-forward line, moved to the edge of the square to claim a ball a man his side had no real right to win and duly turned to whip over his 10th point of the night. Then with two minutes to go, Gary Cooney notched his fourth point from play with a terrific score along the right touchline. Ultimately that was the difference.

The other outstanding feature of the game was Clare’s halfback line. It will be little consolation to Anthony Daly, Limerick’s coach here, that the display of Diarmuid Ryan, Cian Minogue and Aidan McCarthy was reminiscent of when he, Liam Doyle and Seanie McMahon were in their pomp. Minogue and Ryan were exceptional in the air, while McCarthy was majestic, winning virtually every puckout that came his way and then landing a magnificent long-range point on the stroke of half-time in extra-time to bring Clare level again.

On an initially dark, wet night, Limerick started the brighter, scoriing the first four points of the game, all from their dainty centre forward Paul O’Brien. Clare were being repeatedly caught and hooked in possession and when Agnew missed a close-in free you were wondering when or even if the home side would ever score.

But then they did, rattling off the next four points of the game in fact, all courtesy of Agnew as the Sixmilebridge youngster impressively parked his earlier miss. After 20 minutes of O’Brien and Agnew being the only two men to have scored, the game then opened up, with five different scorers banging over points before half-time.

The second half was also nip and tuck. With 10 minutes to go Clare had eked out a three-point lead only for Limerick to rattle off the last three points of normal time. They wanted to keep this summer going. And they did. For 20 more minutes. But then McCarthy, Agnew and Cooney came up with more magic.

Clare: T Agnew 0-10 (7f, 1 65), G Cooney (0-4), D Ryan, A McCarthy, K White, B Horner and G Cahill 0-1 each.
Limerick: P O’Brien 0-9 (5f), D Woulfe 0-4, M O’Brien, D Minehan, D O’Shea and R Connolly 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: D Heffernan (Mallow); C Flahive (Mungret/St Paul’s), C Nicholas (Monaleen), C Barry (Ahane); M O’Brien (Doon), J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), K Bonar (Bruff); D Minehan (Ahane), M O’Grady (Knockainey); P O’Riordan (Bruff), P O’Brien (Mungret-St Paul’s), D Woulfe (Kilmallock); D O’Shea (Garyspillane), R Connolly (Adare), Gearoid Barry (Kilmallock).
Subs: B O’Grady (Kilteely-Dromkeen) for O’Riordan (halftime), R Tobin (Garryspilane) for Barry (38 mins), R Duff (Mungret-St Paul’s) for O’Grady (49). Extra time: M O’’Grady (70 mins) for O’Brien (70), O’Riordan for Duff (blood sub, 57), D Burke (Dromcollegher-Broadford) for O’Shea (80)

CLARE: E Fourdy (Inagh-Kilnamona); S Crowley (Kilmihil), R Hayes (Crusheen), B Higgins (Kilmaley); D Ryan (Cratloe), C Minogue (Bodyke), A McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona); K White (Inagh-Kilnamona), L Brack (Clarecastle); T Agnew (Sixmilebridge), R Considine (Cratloe), E Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona); G Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills), P Corry (Sixmilebridge), B Horner (Crusheen).
Subs: C Tierney (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield) for Corry (halftime), C Haugh (Ruan) for Considine (42 mins), G Cahill (Corofin) for Fitzgerald (48), C McInerney (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Crowley (inj, 53), E Wallace (Clarecastle) for Ryan (inj, 58). Extrat-time: K McDermott (Clarecastle) for White (75).

Referee: P Kelly (Tipperary)

Team News

The Limerick minor hurling management has released their starting team and match panel for this Wednesday evening’s Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship semi final against Clare. Manager John Mulqueen (Bruff) and his selectors, coach Anthony Daly (Clarecastle), Liam Lyons (Monaleen), Liam Reale (Hospital/Herbertstown) & Damian Reale (Hospital Herbertstown). This championship game takes place in Cusack Park Ennis with a throw in start of 7.30pm. The following is the team and match panel.

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. Kevin Bonar (Bruff), 8. Dan Minehan (Ahane), 9. Michael O Grady (Knockainey), 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. Gearoid Barry (Kilmallock)
Substitutes 16. Brian Curtin (Adare), 17. Padraig Maher (Patrickswell), 18. Damien Burke (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 19. Ken Byrnes (Old Christians), 20. Josh Considine (Patrickswell), 21. Rory Duff (Mungret/St Pauls), 22. David Moloney (Monaleen), 23. Brian O Grady (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 24. Ryan Tobin (Garryspillane).

Munster Junior Football Championship Final – Kerry 4-24 Cork 3-20

Kerry defeated Cork by 4-24 to 3-20 after extra time in the Munster Junior Football Championship Final on Tuesday June 27th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Kerry claim fourth consecutive Munster JFC title with extra-time win over Cork

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 4-24, Cork 3-20 (AET): For Kerry, the grand slam remains in play.

With the Munster U21 title already safely stored away in the Kingdom, the provincial junior crown was returned to the cabinet yesterday evening. And should they manage a senior and minor double this Sunday, it will be the first time since 1997 Kerry have won all four Munster football titles in the one summer.

This was a remarkable fixture, as is evidenced by the seven goals and 51 scores. The pendulum oscillated wildly throughout, with Cork, early in the second-half, holding a nine-point lead. Kerry, mind you, countered this with a burst of 2-5. And back and forth they went for the remainder of the 80 minutes.

It goes without saying there wasn’t a sweeper or a defensive blanket to be got at Páirc Uí Rinn. This was a refreshingly open game with almost every player keeping to the area in they were selected. Having finished level at 2-17 apiece at the end of normal time, the two deciding scores arrived within a minute of each other at the end of the first period of extra-time. Ahead by 2-20 to 2-18 on 69 minutes, a breakaway run by Brendan O’Sullivan ended with an offload to Philip O’Connor and the Kerry half-forward delivered his second goal of the evening.

In the ensuing play, Tomás Ó Sé toe-poked home his second green flag following two superb saves by Cork ‘keeper Anthony Casey. Eight clear at the quick turnaround, the second period fizzled out to its inevitable conclusion. Ronan O’Toole struck a consolation goal for Cork but there was to be no denying the visitors a fourth successive Munster title at this grade.

Cork led 1-11 to 0-9 at the interval and this lead was all the more impressive when you consider they found themselves 0-6 to 0-2 behind 14 minutes in. Each member of the Kerry full-forward line – Tomás Ó Sé, Conor Cox and Killian Spillane – had written their name onto the scoresheet by this juncture as both attacks thrived in the absence of extra defensive bodies.

Cork, while creating chances, were letting themselves down with the final product. Kerry ‘keeper Tomás Mac an tSaoir kept out a Seamus Hickey effort on four minutes and he was also equal to Ryan Harkin’s shot two minutes later.

Cork’s first goal arrived on the quarter-hour mark, O’Toole blasting past the Kingdom custodian. Cox posted the Kerry response but of the 11 scores produced between there and half-time, nine fell to Cork. Chief contributor for the Rebels was the excellent Anthony O’Connor. He’d finish with 0-11 to his name.

Eoghan Buckley goaled for the hosts within 27 seconds of the restart and when O’Connor added a free, the scoreboard had them 2-12 to 0-9 in front. There followed the aforementioned 2-5 from Jimmy Keane’s troops, with O’Sé and O’Connor supplying the goals. The 929 present were treated to a most dramatic finish to regulation time with Sean T O’Sullivan nudging Cork into a 2-16 to 2-15 lead on the hour mark. O’Connor and Liam Carey appeared to have won it for Kerry, but Killian O’Hanlon popped up in the third additional minute to force extra-time. Thereafter, it was a familiar tale of Kerry joy and Cork woe.

Scorers for Kerry: T Ó Sé (2-4); P O’Connor (2-3); C Cox (0-5, 0-3 frees); L Carey (0-4); J O’Donoghue (0-3, 0-1 free, 0-1 ’45); I Parker (0-2 frees), K Spillane (0-2 each); B O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: A O’Connor (0-11, 0-6 frees); R O’Toole (2-1); E Buckley (1-2); K O’Hanlon (0-3); D O’Regan, ST O’Sullivan, R O’Callaghan (0-1 each).

Kerry: T Mac an tSaoir (Brosna); E Kiely (Brosna), J McGuire (Listowel Emmets), P Kilkenny (Glenbeigh-Glencar); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), M Foley (Ballydonoghue), D O’Brien (Glenflesk); R Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), B O’Sullivan (Valentia); P O’Connor (Cordal), J O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), E Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht); T O Sé (An Ghaeltacht), C Cox (Listowel Emmets), K Spillane (Templenoe).
Subs: L Carey (Beaufort) for O’Donoghue (41); I Parker (Churchill) for Cox (58); PJ Mac Laímh (An Ghaeltacht) for Foley (60); B Barrett (Ardfert) for Ó Conchuir (60, bc); E Cronin (Spa) for Spillane (70); DJ Murphy (Gneeveguilla) for Walsh (75); S O’Sullivan (Templenoe) for Carey (77).

Cork: A Casey (Kiskeam); K Histon (Cobh), P Murphy (Bandon), P Clancy (Fermoy); D O’Regan (St Vincent’s), B Daly (Newmarket), J Cronin (Lisgoold); M O’Leary (Naomh Abán), R O’Toole (Éire Óg); R Downey (Delanys), K O’Hanlon (Kilshannig), R Harkin (Mallow); E Buckley (St Michael’s), S Hickey (Rockchapel), A O’Connor (Knocknagree).
Subs: S T O’Sullivan (Garnish) for Downey (40); L O’Neill (Kanturk) for O’Regan (51); R O’Callaghan (Fermoy) for Hickey (66); M Bradley (Aghabullogue) for ST O’Sullivan (70); D Colfer (Glanworth) for Murphy (77, bc).

Referee: S Lonergan (Tipperary).

Team News

KERRY (JFC v Cork, Pairc Ui Rinn, Tuesday): T Mac an tSaoir (Gaeltacht), E Kiely (Brosna), J McGuire (Listowel), P Kilkenny (Glenbeigh-Glencar); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), M Foley (Ballydonoghue), D O’Brien (Glenflesk), R Ó Sé (Gaeltacht), B O’Sullivan (Valentia); P O’Connor (Cordal), Jeff O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), Eánna Ó Conchúir (Gaeltacht); Killian Spillane (Templenoe), C Cox (Listowel), Tomás Ó Sé (Gaeltacht)
Subs: K Fitzgibbon (Kenmare Shamrocks), T Hickey (Castleisland Desmonds), L Carey (Beaufort), E Cronin (Spa), S O’Sullivan (Templenoe), I Parker (Churchill), D.J. Murphy (Gneeveguilla), PJ Mac Lámh (Gaeltacht), B Barrett (Ardfert)

The Cork Junior Football team to play Kerry in the Munster Junior Football Championship Final in Pairc Ui Rinn on tomorrow Tuesday 27th June @ 7.30pm has been announced as follows.

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


16. Anthony Kidney – Passage West
17. Matthew Taylor – Mallow
18. Lorcan O Neill – Kanturk
19. Jason Collins – St. Marys
20. Diarmuid Colfer – Glanworth
21. Sean T. O Sullivan – Garnish
22. Mark Healy – Kanturk
23. Ronan O Callaghan – Fermoy
24. Matthew Bradley – Aghabullogue

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 1B – Wexford 0-12 Limerick 0-11

Wexford defeated Limerick by 0-12 to 0-11 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 1B on Saturday June 24th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

All Ireland SFC Qualifier: Wexford defeat Limerick


Report By Declan Rooney for GAA.ie

Ciaran Lyng and PJ Banville pointed the way for Wexford as Seamus McEnaney’s side edged a tight tussle with Limerick by 0-12 to 0-11 to reach Round 2B.

Three points from Banville in the second period proved crucial, although Limerick’s wides tally mounted in the closing stages as they chased the equaliser.

Substitute Jamie Lee and Iain Corbett were off target at the death and Corbett also fired a first-half penalty over the bar for Limerick, but Wexford were fully deserving winners at the Gaelic Grounds.

Playing with the wind at their backs, Limerick’s Brian Fanning’s interception started the move for the opening score, and after a couple of quick kick passes, Seamus O’Carrol pointed.

Wexford soon levelled when Ciaran Lyng pointed his first free from the left, but after 14 minutes Ger Collins kicked a free to to push Limerick ahead. Wexford impressed before the interval, and after Lyng drew them level with a good point from the left, Michael Furlong robbed the following short kick-out to give Wexford a 0-3 to 0-2 lead.

With Johnny McCarthy and Sean O’Dea solid at the back, Limerick improved, while at the edge of the square their goal hero against Clare, Josh Ryan, showed his class with an effort over his shoulder which levelled the game again after 24 minutes.

A Lyng free put Wexford a point ahead, before a stunning save from Donal O’Sullivan meant Adrian Flynn’s shot went over rather than under the bar, but nevertheless McEnaney’s side led by two points with seven minute to go before half-time.

But Limerick finished the half strongly when Ryan moved out to midfield following the withdrawal of David Ward. Ryan’s mark was moved closer and Sean McSweeney converted the free that followed, but Limerick would have been dismayed to only be level, 0-7 each, at half-time, when Corbett blasted a 33rd minute penalty over the bar for the home side following a foul on Darragh Treacy.

Both sides employed a sweeper at the Gaelic Grounds – Conor Carty and Peter Nash – but Wexford struck in the 39th and 43rd minutes when PJ Banville clipped over two points from distance to give Wexford a two-point advantage.

Collins missed an easy free to cut that advantage, but Limerick rallied well and Danny Neville andJamie Lee saw the match squared up again at 0-9 each after 51 minutes.

Substitute John Tubritt and O’Dea swapped points; Lyng and Treacy did similarly, but the winning score was hit by Banville from a free, a minute from time.

Scorers for Wexford: Ciaran Lyng 0-4 (2fs), PJ Banville 0-4 (1f), Michael Furlong 0-2, Adrian Flynn 0-1, John Tubritt 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: Seamus O’Carroll 0-2 (1 45), Iain Corbett 0-2 (0-1 pen), Sean O’Dea 0-1, Ger Collins 0-1 (f), Josh Ryan 0-1, Danny Neville 0-1, Sean McSweeney 0-1 (f), Jamie Lee 0-1, Darragh Treacy 0-1.

WEXFORD: Shane Roche; Michael Furlong, Brian Malone, Jim Rossiter; Eoghan Nolan, Joey Wadding, Tiarnan Rossiter; Diathi Waters, Naomhan Rossiter; Ben Brosnan, Kevin O’Grady, Adrian Flynn; Conor Carty, Ciaran Lyng, PJ Banville
Subs: John Tubritt for O’Grady (47), Paul Curtis for Brosnan (54), Jake Firman for Flynn (63).

LIMERICK: Donal O’Sullivan; Sean O’Dea, Johnny McCarthy, Garret Noonan; Paul White, Iain Corbett, Brian Fanning; Darragh Treacy, David Ward; Peter Nash, James Naughton, Ger Collins; Seamus O’Carroll, Josh Ryan, Danny Neville
Subs: Sean McSweeney for Ward (28), Jamie Lee for McSweeney (51), Padraig Scanlan for Collins (56), Sean Buckley for O’Carroll (65), Ian Ryan for Naughton (67).

REFEREE: Pádraig O’Sullivan (Kerry).

Fixture Details

24.06.2017 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1B
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 15:00
Luimneach v Loch Garman
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Ciarraí)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

WEXFORD: Shane Roche; Michael Furlong, Naomhan Rossiter, Jim Rossiter; Adrian Flynn, Joey Wadding, Brian Malone; Daithi Waters, Eoghan Nolan; Kevin O’Grady, Ciaran Lyng, Tiarnan Rossiter; Conor Carty, Ben Brosnan, PJ Banville.

*Limerick lost to Clare (1-13 to 1-12) in this year’s Munster quarter-final; Wexford lost to Carlow (2-17 to 2-13) in the Leinster first round.
*Limerick and Wexford last met in the championship in the 2011 All-Ireland qualifiers when the Shannonsiders won by 1-18 to 1-17 in Portlaoise.
*Their last competitive clash was in Round 1 of this year’s Division 4 Allianz League campaign, when Wexford won by 0-14 to 1-8 in Innovate Wexford Park. Wexford later went on to win promotion after finishing second to Westmeath on 10 points. Limerick finished fourth on eight points.
*Limerick beat Antrim and lost to Cork in last year’s qualifiers; Wexford lost to Fermanagh in the first round.

Both counties have enjoyed big-time success in the qualifiers. Wexford reached the 2008 All-Ireland quarter-final when beating Down in a Round 4 qualifier. Wexford beat Armagh in the quarter-final before losing to Tyrone in the semi-final.

Munster Poc Fada Final 2017

The 2017 Munster Poc Fada Final took place on Saturday June 24th at the Michael Cusack Centre, Carron, County Clare.


Winner: Brian O’Loughlin (Clare)
Second: John Chawke (Limerick)
Third: Mike Flannery (Tipperary)

Under 16
Winner: Ryan Renehan (Tipperary)
Second: Jack Franklin (Limerick)
Third: Jack McGann (Cork)

Munster U21 Hurling Q-Final – Limerick 2-24 Tipperary 0-19

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 2-24 to 0-19 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Thursday June 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

BGE Munster U-21 Hurling: Limerick too good for Tipp

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship quarter-final

Limerick 2-24 Tipperary 0-19

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Pat Donnelly’s Limerick produced a powerful performance against an inexperienced Tipperary side to book a place in the semi-finals of the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship.

In front of 3,076 spectators at the Gaelic Grounds, the Shannonsiders avenged last year’s defeat against their neighbours to justify a heavy pre-match favourites tag.

Limerick, littered with senior panellists, are favourites to win the provincial title and on this evidence, they’ll prove stiff opposition for Clare on July 12, and with home advantage.

All six of Limerick’s starting forwards were on target from play as Limerick marched on to the last four, seeing off a mini-Tipperary revival in the second half to win by 11 points.

Playing with the breeze in the first half, and with senior star Kyle Hayes excelling in a sweeper role, the supply of ball into the Limerick forwards was plentiful and of high quality.

Man-of-the-match Tom Morrissey was close to an early goal but he did find the back of the net in the sixth minute, bundling the ball home from close range at the second attempt after Tipp goalkeeper Brian Hogan performed heroics to keep out first Barry Nash and then Morrissey.

That goal helped Limerick to lead by 1-4 to 0-0, as Tipp, with some of their 2016 minor All-Ireland winners making their U21 debuts, struggled to settle into the game.

Mark Kehoe, one of Tipp’s bright sparks on the night, got them off the mark with an eleventh minute point before Billy McCarthy, one of just two senior panellists on the starting U21 team, cut the gap back to five.

But Limerick were just too good and kept the scoreboard ticking over, before senior ace Nash struck the second goal in the 16th minute, bursting clear of Kevin Hassett before beating Hogan from close range.

By half-time, Limerick were 2-12 to 0-8 clear but Tipp, with Ger Browne impressive, opened the second half with clear intent.

Eleven minutes in, Tipp had cut a ten-point half-time deficit back to just six but Limerick responded with six unanswered points to stretch the lead out to 12.

Aaron Gillane, another senior panellist with Limerick and leading scorer on the night, struck four points in a row during that purple patch to hand Donnelly’s young guns breathing space again.

From there until the finish, it was a procession for Limerick, as both managers emptied the bench. Tipp had excellent contributions from Browne, Kehoe and Brian McGrath, while Willie Connors started well, but Limerick had too much class and physicality on the night.

In many people’s eyes, this Limerick team could emulate the class of 2015 by going all the way to an All-Ireland title – and this was a good way to start.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-9 (7f), Tom Morrissey 1-4, Barry Nash 1-0, Peter Casey 0-3, Ronan Lynch, Colin Ryan & Barry Murphy 0-2 each, Cian Lynch & Paudie Ahern 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Ger Browne & Lyndon Fairbrother (4f) 0-5 each, Mark Kehoe 0-3, Cian Darcy 0-2f, Billy McCarthy, Willie Connors, Gavin O’Halloran & Tommy Nolan 0-1 each.

Limerick: Eoghan McNamara; Sean Finn, Darragh Fanning, Dan Joy; Ronan Lynch, Kyle Hayes, Josh Adams; Robbie Hanley, Colin Ryan; Aaron Gillane, Cian Lynch, Tom Morrissey; Peter Casey, Barry Nash, Barry Murphy
Subs: Conor Boylan for Hanley (40), Thomas Grimes for Adams (41), Oisin O’Reilly for Murphy (48), Lorcan Lyons for Ryan (53), Paudie Ahern for Gillane (59).

Tipperary: Brian Hogan; Paul Maher, Emmett Moloney, Kevin Hassett; Robert Byrne; Brian McGrath, Enda Heffernan; Billy McCarthy, Ger Browne; Andrew Coffey, Stephen Quirke, Mark Kehoe; Lyndon Fairbrother, David Gleeson, Willie Connors
Subs: Michael Whelan for Maher (blood 37-39), Ronan Teehan for Gleeson (42), Tommy Nolan for Connors (47), Cian Darcy for Fairbrother (47), Paul Ryan for McCarthy (47), Gavin O’Halloran for Heffernan (59).

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

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Team News

The Limerick U21 management team of Pat Donnelly Manager (South Liberties), Mike Kiely (Coach/Selector)(Ballybrown), Brian Foley (Coach/Selector)(Adare), Maurice O’Brien (Coach/Selector)(Garryspillane) has released their match team and panel for their Thursday evening’s Munster U21 hurling championship quarter final clash with Tipperary. Pat Donnelly side are home in the Gaelic Grounds and with the throw in at 7.30pm supporters are asked to came early to the grounds. The following is the team and match panel.

1 Eoghan McNamara (Doon), 2 Sean Finn (Bruff), 3 Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen), 4 Dan Joy (Kilmallock), 5 Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 6 Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 7 Josh Adams (Ballybrown), 8 Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), 9 Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 10 Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), 11 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 12 Tom Morrissey (Ahane)(Captain), 13 Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 14 Barry Nash (South Liberties), 15 Barry Murphy (Doon).
16 Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown), 17 Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), 18 Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), 19 Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 20 Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 21 Oisin O Reilly (Kilmallock), 22 Paudie Ahern (Killeedy), 23 Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 24 Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh)

The Tipperary team to play Limerick in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U21 Championship Quarter-Final in the Gaelic Grounds tomorrow evening, Thursday June 22nd at 7:30pm has been announced by manager William Maher.

It includes 6 of the side that started last years U21 Munster Final with one of those Andrew Coffey captaining the side, while 4 of the 2016 All-Ireland Minor winning team – Brian McGrath, Ger Browne, Mark Kehoe and Lyndon Fairbrother make their U21 championship debut.

The team lines out as follows;

1 Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
2 Paul Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
3 Emmett Moloney – Drom & Inch
4 Kevin Hassett – Drom & Inch
5 Robert Byrne – Portroe
6 Brian McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
7 Enda Heffernan – Clonoulty-Rossmore
8 Billy McCarthy – Thurles Sarsfields
9 Ger Browne – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
10 Andrew Coffey (Capt.) – Nenagh Éire Óg
11 Stephen Quirke – Moyle Rovers
12 Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
13 Lyndon Fairbrother – JK Brackens
14 David Gleeson – Ballinahinch
15 Willie Connors – Kiladangan

Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15

Cork defeated Waterford by 0-23 to 1-15 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 18th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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Munster SHC: Classy Cork register another victory

Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Patrick Horgan scored 10 points as Cork booked their place in a first Munster senior hurling final since 2014.

The Rebels came good again to defeat Waterford at Semple Stadium – four weeks after defeating last year’s provincial and All-Ireland winners Tipperary at the same venue.

Cork lost corner back Colm Spillane to a second yellow card in the 62nd minute, but held out in front of 33,163 spectators to send Waterford heading for the qualifiers. Conor Lehane was deemed fit enough to start, and scored four points, but he limped off late on with a recurrence of the ankle problem that had threatened his participation.

Cork will now face Clare in the decider – the first Munster senior final between the counties since 1999. It was a generally forgettable afternoon for Waterford, who had hoped to book a third successive Munster final appearance. Hurler of the Year Austin Gleeson produced a couple of classy cameo moments, but didn’t have the impact he or manager Derek McGrath would have wished for – and he was replaced in the second half.

The sides went in level at 0-10 apiece at the end of a rip-roaring first half. They were level three times inside the opening 13 minutes, but Cork held the lead from the 15th minute until Kevin Moran’s equalising point for Waterford just before the interval.

There were some brilliant individual moments to savour, chief among them a wonderful pick-up and Waterford point from an initially grounded Gleeson in the 10th minute.

Cork’s leading scorer Horgan was inches wide with a goal effort minutes later as the game ebbed and flowed.

With both sides adopting a ‘man on man’ approach, it was bubbling up into an absorbing fixture. By the 19th minute, Cork had managed to get three points clear, 0-8 to 0-5, but Waterford continued to battle. Cork’s fifth point was another eye-catching score, Conor Lehane fetching Mark Coleman’s pass brilliantly before racing away and firing over from the Old Stand side of the field.

The respective puck-out strategies were working well – Cork favouring the superb Coleman on the left touchline on more than one occasion, while Waterford were hitting the flanks and trying to keep the ball away from Mark Ellis. The Cork man was effective in the opening half, but his direct opponent, Pauric Mahony, still managed to get away for three points from play.

Content to hold his position, Ellis was prepared to concede some ground to Mahony and this duel was just one of the many sub-plots from an intriguing game. Approaching half-time, Waterford received a massive psychological lift by drawing level.

Before Moran’s equaliser, Waterford goalkeeper produced heroics to deny first Alan Cadogan and then Seamus Harnedy, the latter an absolutely brilliant save low down to his right. Goal opportunities came and went early in the second half and as the game wore on, Cork thrived.

Spillane was dismissed soon after, but Waterford couldn’t find a way back in the closing stages as Cork finished strongly. Shanahan had netted in the 46th minute to draw Waterford level at 1-12 to 0-15, but the Déise could only muster 1-5 after half-time.

Cork finished with 10 different scorers ensuring jubilant fans invaded the Semple Stadium sod at full-time to savour a famous win.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-10 (7fs, 1 65), C Lehane 0-4, S Harnedy 0-2, M Ellis, M Coleman (sl), B Cooper, D Fitzgibbon, A Cadogan, L O’Farrell and M Cahalane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-5 (1f), M Shanahan 1-1 (1f), A Gleeson, J Barron and Stephen Bennett 0-2 each, K Moran, Shane Bennett and B O’Halloran 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; S McDonnell, D Cahalane, C Spillane; C Joyce, M Ellis, M Coleman; B Cooper, D Fitzgibbon; L Meade, C Lehane, S Harnedy; A Cadogan, P Horgan, S Kingston
Subs: M Cahalane for Kingston (55), D Kearney for Fitzgibbon (60), L O’Farrell for Meade (60), B Lawton for Lehane (68), D Brosnan for Cadogan (70+3).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe, S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; C Gleeson, T de Búrca, Philip Mahony; J Barron, K Moran; Stephen Bennett, Pauric Mahony, M Walsh; A Gleeson, M Shanahan, Shane Bennett
Subs: T Ryan for Stephen Bennett (47), B O’Halloran for Shane Bennett (54), D Fives for S Fives (58), J Dillon for Gleeson (63), P Curran for Walsh (66).

REFEREE: B Kelly (Westmeath).

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    Team News

    CORK: Anthony Nash; Stephen McDonnell, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Luke Meade, Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston; Alan Cadogan, Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan.

    WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Tadhg de Burca, Austin Gleeson, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson, Kevin Moran, Pauric Mahony, Stephen Bennett; Shane Bennett, Michael Walsh, Darragh Fives.

    Fixture Details

    18.06.2017 (Sun)
    Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final
    Semple Stadium, Thurles
    16:00 Port Láirge v Corcaigh
    Referee: Barry Kelly (An Iarmhí)

    It has been a very busy rivalry over the past 18 years, in particular, with the sides having met on 16 occasions in the championship since 1999.

    Cork have won seven times (1999-2003-2005 (twice)-2006-2012-2014); Waterford have won six (2002-2004-2007 (twice), 2010 and 2015 while they drew in 2007-2010-2014.

    2015: Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21 (Munster semi-final)
    2014: Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14 (Munster quarter-final (Replay)
    2014: Cork 1-21 Waterford 1-21 (Munster quarter-final)
    2012: Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19 (2012 All-Ireland quarter-final)
    2010: Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (Munster final) Replay – after extra-time

    *This will be the 64th championship clash between the counties. It’s 43-14 in Waterford’s favour with six draws. Cork also had a walkover when Waterford failed to field in 1890.
    *Cork are having their second outing in this year’s championship, beating Tipperary by 2-27 to 1-26 in the quarter-final. Conor Lehane (0-10, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65’) and Shane Kingston (1-4) were top scorers for the Rebels.
    *Waterford are having their first outing of the 2017 SHC. They won three and lost three games in the Allianz League, exiting at the quarter-final stages when losing to Galway.
    *Cork beat Waterford by 1-21to 1-13 in this year’s Allianz League clash in Walsh Park. Cork, for whom Conor Lehane scored 0-8 (0-6 frees), led by 0-14 to 1-4 at half-time.
    *Waterford are bidding to reach the Munster final for a third successive year. Cork last reached the final in 2014.

    Match Programme

    Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Sunday’s 64 page Souvenir Match Programme.

    Derek McGrath is in his fourth season as Waterford manager, with the following championship record: Played 13, Won 5, Drew 2, Lost 6.

  • Munster Under 25 Reserve Hurling Final – Limerick 4-12 Waterford 1-19

    Limerick defeated Waterford by 4-12 to 1-19 in the Munster Under 25 Reserve Hurling Final on Sunday June 18th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

    Oisin O’Reilly hat-trick leads Limerick past Waterford to Munster U25 reserves hurling crown

    Limerick 4-12 Waterford 1-19

    Report by Jackie Cahill for the42.ie

    OISIN O’REILLY bagged a hat-trick of goals to seal the inaugural Munster U25 Reserves hurling title for Limerick in Thurles this afternoon.

    In sweltering conditions, the Shannonsiders had a decisive goal touch to deny Waterford at Semple Stadium, in what was the first final of a competition which has replaced the intermediate grade.

    First half goals from O’Reilly and Kyle Dillion helped to keep Limerick in touch at half-time, trailing by 2-6 to 0-13 against the Déise. The sides were level on six occasions in that first half and this tie was very much in the melting pot right up until the end.

    While Limerick finished with four goals, Waterford net-minder Billy Nolan was still one of Waterford’s most impressive performers on the day, pulling off a number of fine saves. O’Reilly’s second goal, in the 49th minute, edged Limerick back in front by a point, 3-9 to 0-17, before Waterford’s leading scorer Shane Ryan bagged his side’s only goal a minute later.

    That was the cue for Limerick to hit back in kind with six minutes of normal time remaining, as O’Reilly completed his treble. Having regained the whip hand again, Limerick would not be caught, as manager Pat Donnelly got to run the rule over some players who could feature against Tipperary in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 championship later this week.

    Nolan had the chance to level matters late on from a 20m free, but his rising drive cleared the crossbar, after Limerick had lost Andrew La Touche Cosgrave to a red card following a high tackle on Edmund O’Halloran.

    Scorers for Limerick: Oisin O’Reilly 3-1, Kyle Dillion 1-3 (0-3f), Seamus Flanagan & Brian Ryan (2f) 0-2 each, Jack Cagney, Conor O’Grady, Lorcan Lyons & Mike Mackey 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Waterford: Shane Ryan 1-5 (0-2f), Jack Prendergast & Cormac Curran 0-3 each, Andy Molumby, Edmund O’Halloran & John Paul Lucey 0-2 each, Billy Nolan (f) & Ryan Grey 0-1 each.

    1. Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown)
    4. Luke Doran (Ballybrown)
    17. Willie O’Meara (Askeaton)
    2. Sean Hogan (Adare)
    18. Jack O’Grady (Knockainey)
    5. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen)
    7. Cian O’Brien (Mungret/St Paul’s)
    19. Conor O’Grady (Hospital-Herbertstown)
    8. Jack Cagney (Granagh/Ballingarry)
    10. Brian Ryan (South Liberties)
    22. Mike Mackey (Adare)
    12. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)
    13. Kyle Dillion (Bruff)
    11. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh)
    14. Oisin O’Reilly (Kilmallock)
    21. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen) for O’Grady (35)
    20. Cian Magnier Flynn (Killeedy) for O’Brien (38)
    23. Finn Hourigan (Murroe/Boher) for Hogan (46)
    24. Eoin Ryan (Adare) for Dillion (49)

    1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)
    2. David Prendergast (Lismore)
    3. Stephen O’Neill (Mount Sion)
    21. Darragh Lynch (Passage)
    5. Jordan Henley (Tallow)
    6. Ray Barry (Lismore)
    7. Dermot Ryan (Fourmilewater)
    15. Andrew Casey (Ballyduff Upper)
    8. Andy Molumby (Cappoquin)
    9. Edmund O’Halloran (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg)
    12. Cormac Curran (Brickey Rangers)
    11. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)
    14. Shane Ryan (De La Salle)
    22. John Paul Lucey (Shamrocks)
    20. Eddie Meaney (De La Salle)
    24. Ryan Grey (Tallow) for Casey (28)
    4. Mikey Daykin (Mount Sion) for Barry (48)
    17. Conor Morrissey (Brickey Rangers) for Meaney (51)

    Referee: Philip Kelly (Tipperary)

    All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 1A – Derry 1-17 Waterford 0-13

    Derry defeated Waterford by 1-17 to 0-13 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 1A on Saturday June 17th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

    Derry boss annoyed by ‘stupid’ Enda Lynn injury

    All Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 1A

    Waterford 0-13 Derry 1-17

    Report by Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

    A first championship win as Waterford boss eluded him on a scorching Saturday but Tom McGlinchey couldn’t question the character of his players. They gave another honourable display in defeat, particularly in the first half.

    Waterford’s Michael O’Halloran goes past Derry’s Conor McAtamney in Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier. Picture: Sean Byrne Photography
    “That’s the one thing I always say about these lads, they die with their boots on. The same thing happened today and I just said to the players inside that we had the last play and it was Thomas O’Gorman up there trying to win the ball and conjure a goal. I can never fault these lads’ commitment and dedication. We scored 13 points and that will win a lot of games over the course of the championship. I can’t be anything but proud of the lads.”

    This game rounded off his third season in charge of the Déise but he will hold off on any decision about his future for now. “I’ve got a great relationship with the county board, with the players and with our tight-knit group of supporters. I’ve loved my time in Waterford but tonight’s not the night to be talking about that; there’s a lot of wounds to be licked.”

    Their summer showings belie a team stranded towards the bottom of Division 4. “We operate with a very small base. Out of the team that were involved today, eight of them didn’t play in the middle four games of the league. Waterford can’t compete with that. You’re dealing with a small pool of players; we got a few injuries and suspensions so ultimately we suffered during the league. It’s frustrating.”

    He didn’t start with his strongest hand on Saturday either. Brian Looby left for America after the Cork defeat while experienced defender Tadhg Ó hUallacháin sustained a broken nose in a recent challenge game. “Tadhg is a Waterford diehard; if you had 15 Tadhg Ó hUallacháins you would be going a long way. He underwent surgery this morning and he texted me before it and after it.”

    Derry boss Damien Barton praised his team for avoiding a potential banana skin but criticised captain Enda Lynn for exacerbating a hamstring injury in a league game earlier in the week. The Greenlough forward came on in the second half against Slaughtneil.

    “Enda didn’t start because he participated in a league game stupidly on Monday night. Enda is crazy whenever it comes to football and whenever it comes to training. He came into a game against Slaughtneil and it was 3-2 at half time so Enda thought he could do something. He aggravated a hamstring injury which was stupid on his part. He wasn’t supposed to play. The physio tells you one thing and he does the opposite. It was stupid on his part and it’s not acceptable what he did either because at the end of the day a lot of people have made a commitment to this. He’s our best player in terms of carrying a ball past the tackle and pace through the middle third.”

    In front of 1,067 spectators, Danny Heavron’s thumping strike fifteen minutes into the second half decided this first round tie. After clutching a two-point half time advantage, the away side came out and posted 1-5 without response.

    Derry stamped their authority from the throw in by striking four points inside eight minutes. Waterford wore an unfamiliar navy and blue combination and worked themselves back into contention through the endeavours of Gavin Crotty, Fearghal Ó Cuirrín and Tommy Prendergast. Goalkeeper Stephen Enright also saved brilliantly from Heavron.

    The Déise squandered five opportunities during the third quarter however and went 25 minutes without a score.

    Scorers for Waterford: D Breathnach (0-5, 3 frees); G Crotty (0-3); T Prendergast, F Ó Cuirrín (0-2 each), P Whyte (0-1).

    Scorers for Derry: D Heavron (1-1); J Kielt (2 frees), D Tallon (0-3 each); N Loughlin (1 free), C McFaul, R Bell (0-2 each); N Keenan, C McKaigue, E McGuckin, M Lynch (0-1 each).

    WATERFORD: S Enright; A Trihy, T O’Gorman, S Dalton; C Murray, R O Ceallaigh, J McGrath; T Prendergast, M Curry; J Veale, P Whyte, S Prendergast; D Breathnach, F Ó Cuirrín, G Crotty.
    Subs: M O’Halloran for McGrath (17, BC); P Hurney for Veale (47); D Guiry for Murray (50); L Ó Corraoin for Dalton (54); F Galvin for Ó Cuirrín (61); K Murphy for Prendergast (71).

    DERRY: B McKinless; N Keenan, B Rogers, K McKaigue; M McEvoy, C McWilliams, C McFaul; C McAtamney, C McKaigue; J Kielt, B Heron, D Tallon; R Bell, D Heavron, N Loughlin.
    Subs: E McGuckin for Loughlin (H-T); M Lynch for Bell (45); S McGuigan for Kielt (48); N Forrester for McFaul (55); C Nevin for McAtamney (60); G O’Neill for Heron (63).

    Referee: J Henry (Mayo)

    Fixture Details

    17.06.2017 (Sat)
    GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1A
    Fraher Field, Dungarvan
    15:00 Port Láirge v Doire
    Referee: Jerome Henry (Maigh Eo)
    (E.T. if Necessary)

    TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship – Kerry 2-15 Cork 2-13

    Kerry defeated Cork by 2-15 to 2-13 in Round 3 of the TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship on Saturday June 17th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.