All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-18 Galway 0-13

Kerry defeated Galway by 1-18 to 0-13 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 30th at Croke Park.

Match Highlights

All Ireland SFC Q-F: Comfortable win for Kerry

KERRY 1-18 GALWAY 0-13

Report By Paul Keane for

Allianz League form held good at Croke Park where Kerry, the Division 1 champions, saw off Galway, the Division 2 winners, to claim a familiar All-Ireland football semi-final berth.

The Munster champions and 2014 All-Ireland winners brought all their big game experience to bear on the contest with veteran Kieran Donaghy playing an important role.

The big full-forward scored a crucial first-half goal and 1-1 in total as Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men built an early lead and held onto it to secure their fifth consecutive quarter-final win.

Forward colleague Paul Geaney helped himself to 0-4 while David Moran, Johnny Buckley and Paul Murphy all boomed over a brace of points apiece.

It’s the end of the line for Galway who bounced back from their Connacht final defeat to Roscommon with a big win over Donegal but never truly looked like taking down Kerry.

Kevin Walsh’s Galway outscored Kerry by 0-6 to 0-3 in a period stretching from late in the first-half until the 50th minute.

That reduced their arrears to four points with around 20 minutes remaining but they never got any closer and are still searching for that first win in a Championship game at Croke Park since 2001.

Kerry came into the contest buoyed by their 79th Munster title success and looking to stretch their impressive record in All-Ireland quarter-finals.

They slipped up just twice at this stage – to Down in 2010 and Donegal in 2012 – having never failed to reach the last eight.

They lived up to that impressive record with a surprisingly comfortable win and never once trailed in the encounter.

Ian Burke, who kicked four points for Galway in the opening half, cancelled out an early Kerry effort from Murphy to tie the scores at 0-1 apiece.

But Buckley’s ninth minute point for Kerry moved them back into the lead and they remained in the ascendancy from there onwards.

Kerry were excellent in the opening quarter hour and profited from both long and diagonal balls into their full-forward line.

David Walsh, a late addition to the Galway lineup in place of Cathal Sweeney, marked Donaghy but struggled against the six foot six Tralee man in their aerial duels.

Donaghy scored a thrilling 14th minute goal when he rose up above Walsh and Liam Silke in the Galway defence, found some space on his left side and blasted a left footed shot to the net.

Donaghy finished the half with 1-1 and also created points for James O’Donoghue and Donnchadh Walsh in a typically excellent display of high fielding and distribution.

Donaghy’s goal helped Kerry into a 1-5 to 0-3 lead after 15 minutes but the Kingdom didn’t scored again until the 27th minute as the game entered a lull.

Kerry stepped on the gas again with four points in to open up an ominous seven-point lead but a strong Galway finish to the half that included back to back Burke points steadied them.

Kerry still led 1-10 to 0-8 at the interval and looked in a strong position to return to the last four. Galway asked more questions of Kerry after the restart with three points and reduced their arrears to four points to hint that they may rescue a result from the game.

Kerry’s response was impressive though with points from Jack Savage, Stephen O’Brien and Geaney to put themselves in the clear again. The game lacked a vital cut and thrust in the closing minutes as Kerry ran in their full allocation of subs and picked off more points through O’Brien and Barry John Keane to win by a handsome eight-point margin.

Scorers for Kerry: Kieran Donaghy 1-1, Paul Geaney 0-4 (1f), Johnny Buckley 0-2, Paul Murphy 0-2, David Moran 0-2, Stephen O’Brien 0-2, Barry John Keane 0-2, James O’Donoghue 0-1 (0-1f), Donnchadh Walsh 0-1, Jack Savage 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Ian Burke 0-5 (1f), Sean Armstrong 0-4 (1f), Eamonn Brannigan 0-1, Shane Walsh 0-1 (0-1f), Michael Daly 0-1, Johnny Heaney 0-1.

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Shane Enright, Mark Griffin, Fionn Fitzgerald; Tadhg Morley, Peter Crowley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Jack Barry; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Stephen O’Brien for M Geaney (39), Jack Savage for O’Donoghue (49), Anthony Maher for Barry (54), Barry John Keane for Donaghy (57), Killian Young for Morley (63), Jonathan Lyne for Walsh (67).

GALWAY: Bernard Power; Eoghan Kerin, David Walsh, Declan Kyne; Gary O’Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, Liam Silke; Paul Conroy, Thomas Flynn; Johnny Heaney, Michael Daly, Shane Walsh; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Sean Armstrong
Subs: Cathal Sweeney for D Walsh (39), Eamonn Brannigan for Walsh (44), Michael Farragher for Bradshaw (52), Fionntan O Curraoin for Daly (58), Cillian McDaid for Flynn (63), Danny Cummins for Armstrong (66).

REFEREE: David Coldrick (Meath).

Team News

Kerry: Brian Kelly; Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Jack Barry; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley (capt), Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney; Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue.

They last met in the championship in the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final, which the Kingdom won by seven points.


Kerry 1-18 Clare 1-12 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15 (Munster final)

James O’Donoghue…….0-16 (0-9 frees)
Paul Geaney………………..1-9 (0-3 frees)
Stephen O’Brien………….1-4
Galway 0-15 Mayo 1-11 (Connacht semi-final)
Roscommon 2-15 Galway 0-12 (Connacht final)
Galway 4-17 Donegal 0-14 (Qualifier – Round 4)

Sean Armstrong……….0-12 (0-7 frees, 0-3 ‘45s)
Johnny Heaney………..2-3
Shane Walsh…………..0-8 (0-4 frees)

2014: Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2000: Kerry 0-17 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland final) Replay
2000: Kerry 0-14 Galway 0-14 (All-Ireland final)
2016: Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-11
2015: Kerry 7-16 Kildare 0-10
2014: Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10
2013: Kerry 0-15 Cavan 0-9
2012: Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10
2011: Kerry 1-20 Limerick 0-10
2010: Down 1-16 Kerry 1-10
2009: Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7
2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16
2007: Kerry 1-12 Monaghan 1-11
2006: Kerry 3-15 Armagh 1-13
2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18
2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8
2003: Kerry 1-21 Roscommon 3-10
2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12
2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (replay)
2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (draw)

2016: Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-10
2014: Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10
2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16
2005: Cork 2-14 Galway 2-11
2003: Donegal 0-14 Galway 0-11 (replay)
2003: Galway 1-11 Donegal 0-14 (draw)
2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12
2001: Galway 0-14 Roscommon 1-5

*Kerry, who are the only county to qualify for the All-Ireland quarter-finals every year since their introduction in 2001. They have won 14, lost two and drawn one of 17. The defeats were against Donegal in 2012, Down in 2010 while they drew with Dublin in 2001 before winning the replay.
*Galway have won one, lost six and drawn one of their eight All-Ireland quarter-finals. Their only win was against Roscommon in 2001.
*Kerry and Galway have met 20 times in the championship, with the Kingdom leading 11-6, with three draws.
*Galway’s last championship win over Kerry was in the 1965 All-Ireland final. The counties have met six times since then, with Kerry winning five while the 2000 All-Ireland final was drawn.
*Kerry have scored almost identical amounts against Galway in their last three championship clashes: 2014: 1-20; 2008: 1-21; 2002: 2-17.
*Next Sunday’s winners will play Mayo or Roscommon in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 20.

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 17 Competition Semi-Final – Cork 1-19 Galway 1-17

Cork defeated Galway by 1-19 to 1-17 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland U17 Competition Semi-Final on Thursday July 27th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Team News

Munster Under 21 Hurling Final – Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-11

Limerick defeated Cork by 0-16 to 1-11 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Final on Wednesday July 26th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Match Highlights

BGE Munster U21 Final: Limerick secure victory


Report By Jackie Cahill for

Limerick were crowned Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 hurling champions tonight – as Pat Donnelly’s charges edged past Cork by two points.

Defeat for the visiting Rebels denies the county a Munster ‘clean sweep’ – after a glorious summer saw U-17, minor and senior titles collected.

But Cork failed in their quest for a first U-21 crown in 10 years, as Limerick marched on to an All-Ireland semi-final clash with Galway on August 20.

A massive crowd, 11,774, was present at the Gaelic Grounds to witness Limerick claim their eighth Munster U-21 title in all. And Cian Lynch claimed the man-of-the-match award on the back of an industrious performance.

It was that kind of night for Limerick, in marked contrast to their 11 and 13-point victories over Tipperary and Clare in previous outings.

This was much more of a dogfight for Limerick, but they emerged to claim the silverware, as Aaron Gillane top-scored with six pointed frees.

They had roared into a 0-7 to 0-0 lead within 14 minutes, before Cork rallied to trail by just four points at the break, 1-4 to 0-11.

The goal for the Rebels was a real tonic, scored by Tim O’Mahony in the 26th minute. Mark Coleman, a leading contender for the Young Hurler of the Year award, helped to create it with some excellent work inside his own half. Paul Leopold moved the ball inside to O’Mahony and he got inside his man before beating Eoghan McNamara at his near post with a one-handed strike.

But Limerick, who turned to play into the breeze in the second half, would ultimately prevail, despite going 18 minutes without a score from the 39th minute.

That allowed Cork to work their way back to within two points – 1-9 to 0-14 – before a Gillane free with three minutes left stopped the Limerick rot.

Gillane lofted over another to give Limerick a four-point cushion, but Cork hit back with points from senior stars Coleman (free) and Shane Kingston.

But this was a night when, bar O’Mahony’s effort, Cork found goal chances at a premium. Kyle Hayes operated effectively in the sweeper role for Limerick, and the Leesiders struggled to break through.

Declan Dalton was Cork’s semi-final hero with a massive 1-12 haul against Waterford – but he was restricted to just two pointed frees here.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-6 (6fs), Ronan Lynch (2fs), Thomes Grimes, Peter Casey and Barry Nash 0-2 each, Mike Mackey and Tom Morrissey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Tim O’Mahony 1-1, Shane Kingston 0-3, Mark Coleman (2fs), Michael O’Halloran and Declan Dalton (2fs) 0-2 each, Robbie O’Flynn 0-1.

LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara; Sean Finn, Darragh Fanning, Dan Joy; Ronan Lynch, Kyle Hayes, Thomas Grimes; Colin Ryan, Robbie Hanley; Aaron Gillane, Mike Mackey, Cian Lynch; Barry Nash, Peter Casey, Tom Morrissey
Subs: Paudie Ahern for Casey (43), Conor Boylan for Mackey (47), Barry Murphy for Morrissey (56), Lorcan Lyons for Hanley (60+2).

CORK: Patrick Collins; David Griffin, Eoghan Murphy, John Cashman; Sean O’Donoghue, Mark Coleman, Darren Browne; David Lowney, Paul Leopold; Chris O’Leary, Michael O’Halloran, Shane Kingston; Declan Dalton, Robbie O’Flynn, Tim O’Mahony
Subs: Jack O’Connor for O’Leary (40), Dave O’Neill for Lowney (56), John Looney for O’Mahony (57), Conor Cahalane for Cashman (60+2).

REFEREE: Rory McGann (Clare).

Limerick beat Cork to earn second Munster U21 hurling title in three years

Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-11

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

A seven-point headstart helped Limerick to their second Munster U21 hurling title in three years. The Treatymen led 0-7 to no-score after 13 minutes, although Cork closed the gap to four at half-time, thanks to Tim O’Mahony’s goal.
But in front of 11,774 fans, Cork couldn’t get any closer than two points as Aaron Gillane’s six converted frees saw Limerick home safely.

Scorers for Limerick: A Gillane (0-6, 0-6 frees); R Lynch (0-2 frees), B Nash, P Casey, T Grimes (0-2 each); T Morrissey, M Mackey (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: T O’Mahony (1-1); S Kingston (0-3); D Dalton (0-2 frees), M Coleman (0-2 frees), M O’Halloran (0-2 each); R O’Flynn (0-1).

Limerick: E McNamara (Doon); S Finn (Bruff), D Fanning (Pallasgreen), D Joy (Kilmallock); R Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), K Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), T Grimes (Na Piarsaigh); C Ryan (Pallasgreen), R Hanley (Kilmallock); A Gillane (Patrickswell), M Mackey (Adare), C Lynch (Patrickswell); P Casey (Na Piarsaigh), T Morrissey (Ahane), B Nash (South Liberties)
Subs: P Ahern (Killeedy) for Casey (43 mins); C Boylan (Na Piarsaigh) for Mackey (47); D O’Neill (Mayfield) for Lowney (56); B Murphy (Doon) for Morrissey (56); L Lyons (Monaleen) for Hanley (61).

Cork: P Collins (Ballinhassig); J Cashman (Blackrock), E Murphy (Sarsfields), D Griffin (Sarsfields); S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra); D Browne (Kanturk), M Coleman (Blarney); D Lowney (Clonakilty), P Leopold (Sarsfields); M O’Halloran (Blackrock), D Dalton (Fr O’Neill’s), S Kingston (Douglas); T O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum), R O’Flynn (Erin’s Own), C O’Leary (Valley Rovers)
Subs: J O’Connor (Sarsfields) for O’Leary (40); J Looney (Aghada) for O’Mahony, D O’Neill (Mayfield) for Lowney (both 57); C Cahalane (St Finbarr’s) for Cashman (61)

Referee: R McGann (Clare)

Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €15.00
Juveniles: €5.00
Students/OAP’s receive €5 concession with valid id prior to entry.
Stand Specific, Mackey and North Open Stand

Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Limerick, Cork and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.

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 this Wednesday evening’s Munster U21 hurling championship final clash with Cork. Pat Donnelly side are home in the Gaelic Grounds and with the throw in at 7.30pm supporters are asked to come 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 Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), 8 Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 9 Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), 10 Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), 11 Mike Mackey (Adare), 12 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13 Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 14 Tom Morrissey (Ahane)(Captain), 15 Barry Nash (South Liberties)
16 Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown), 17 Paudie Ahern (Killeedy), 18 Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 19 Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 20 Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 21 Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), 22 Barry Murphy (Doon), 23 Jack O Grady (Knockainey), 24 Oisin O Reilly (Kilmallock), 25 Josh Adams (Ballybrown), 26 Brian Ryan (South Liberties).

The Cork team has been announced as follows –

1. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
2. John Cashman – Blackrock
3. Eoghan Murphy – Sarsfields
4. David Griffin – Carrigaline
5. Sean O Donoghue – Inniscarra
6. Darren Browne – Kanturk (C)
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. David Lowney – Clonakilty
9. Paul Leopold – Sarsfields
10. Michael O Halloran – Blackrock
11. Declan Dalton – Fr O’ Neills
12. Shane Kingston – Douglas
13. Tim O Mahony – Newtownshandrum
14. Robbie O Flynn – Erins Own
15. Chris O Leary – Valley Rovers
16. Eoghan Healy – Ballymartle
17. Jack O Connor – Sarsfields
18. Darren O Driscoll – Carrigtwohill
19. Dayne Lee – Na Piarsaigh
20. Dave O Neill – Mayfield
21. Conor Cahalane – St Finbarrs
22. John Looney – Aghada
23. Seadna Smyth – Midleton
24. Ian Cahill – Cloyne

Match Programme

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All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Waterford 1-23 Wexford 1-19

Waterford defeated Wexford by 1-23 to 1-19 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 23 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Match Highlights

All-Ireland SHC Quarter-Final: Waterford too good for Wexford


Report By John Harrington for

It wasn’t the prettiest game of hurling in the world, but Waterford won’t mind, they’re through to the All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final. After a tight, tactical battle, their greater overall cuteness and cutting edge in attack made them deserving victors over Wexford.

The win came with a cost though. Sweeper Tadhg De Búrca was red-carded in the second-half after an off-the-ball incident and is likely to be suspended for the All-Ireland Semi-Final. That would be a massive blow for Declan McGrath’s team given how central De Búrca is to how they set up defensively.

He was rock-solid again in this match and Wexford never really managed to find a way to prise open the well organised Waterford defence on a consistent enough basis. Davy Fitzgerald’s side showed a lot of tenacity to stay in the fight for as long as they did, but they never quite looked capable of finding a way to win it.

Once Waterford moved 0-8 to 0-4 ahead after the 17th minute, Wexford were chasing the game and that’s how it remained all the way to the finish. They did manage to close the gap to the minimum by the 24th minute after hitting three points in quick succession through Lee Chin, Paul Morris, and Diarmuid O’Keeffe, but that’s the closest they would get.

Waterford upped the ante again after that and struck a really decisive blow just before half-time when the influential Kevin Moran goaled. It was something of a self-inflicted wound as far as Wexford were concerned.

Eoin Moore’s attempted pass along the ground was miscued and Shane Bennett reacted smartly to intercept the ball and put through Kevin Moran behind the suddenly out of position Wexford defence. Moran still had a lot to do, but he kept his cool to direct a low ground stroke to the net past the advancing Mark Fanning.

Kevin Moran goal

A five-point lead at half-time was a significant one in a game where sweepers and massed defences ensured a claustrophobic sort of contest, littered with rucks and turnovers.

Wexford did start the second-half strongly, scoring the first three points, but after that Waterford reasserted themselves and hit back with three of their own.

After that, no matter how hard they tried, Wexford couldn’t really land a heavy blow on the De Burca marshalled Deise defence, and they also struggled to contain an increasingly influential Austin Gleeson at the other end of the field.

Waterford’s bench also had a major bearing on the contest. Maurice Shanahan gave them a real focal point in attack and two points from him pushed his team six points ahead by the 60th minute.

Wexford never really looked like reeling them in from there, even when De Búrca was red-carded with four minutes of normal time remaining.

Two points from another lively Waterford substitute, Brian O’Halloran, made the game safe, and a late Wexford goal from Jack O’Connor was nothing more than a consolation.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-9 (0-9f), Kevin Moran 1-3, Austin Gleeson 0-3 (0-1f), Brian O’Halloran, Maurice Shanahan 0-2 each, Conor Gleeson, Jake Dillon, Michael Walsh, Darragh Fives 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wexford: Jack Guiney 0-6 (0-6f), Jack O’Connor 1-2, Lee Chin 0-3 (0-2f), Diarmuid O’Keeffe 0-2, Liam Ryan, Aidan Nolan, Conor McDonald, Paul Morris, Eoin Moore, Rory O’Connor 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Darragh Fives, Tadhg De Búrca, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson; Kevin Moran, Austin Gleeson, Pauric Mahony; Jake Dillon, Michael Walsh, Shane Bennett
Subs: Maurice Shanahan for Jake Dillon (44), Brian O’Halloran for Shane Bennett (46), Stephen Bennett for Michael Walsh (54), Colin Dunford for Jamie Barron (62), Tommy Ryan for Pauric Mahony (71)

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Willie Devereux, Liam Ryan, James Breen; Eoin Moore, Matthew O’Hanlon, Diarmuid O’Keeffe; Shaun Murphy, David Redmond; Rory O’Connor, Lee Chin, Conor McDonald; Podge Doran, Jack Guiney, Paul Morris
Subs: Aidan Nolan for David Redmond (28), Jack O’Connor for Paul Morris (41), Harry Kehoe for Conor McDonald (58), Shane Tomkins for Podge Doran (63)

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

Austin Gleeson point

Fixture Details

23.07.2017 (Sun)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 16:00
Loch Garman v Port Láirge
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)

They meet for a second successive year in the quarter-final. Waterford won by
ten points in Semple Stadium last July

Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
Waterford 1-35 Offaly 0-14 (Qualifiers – Round 1)
Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 – after extra-time (Qualifiers – Round 2)
Top Scorers

Pauric Mahony…….0-22 (0-13 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Austin Gleeson…….0-13
Maurice Shanahan..2-6 (0-4 frees)
Wexford 3-25 Laois 1- 17 (Leinster quarter-final)
Wexford 1-20 Kilkenny 3-11 (Leinster semi-final)
Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17 (Leinster final)

Top Scorers
Conor McDonald…….0-20 (0-13 frees)
Lee Chin………………..0-12 (0-8 frees, 0-3 ‘65s’)
Paul Morris…………….0-10

Waterford have a very good record in quarter-finals, winning eight, drawing one
and losing two of their previous 11 appearances.
2016: Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11
2015: Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19
2012: Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19
2011: Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13
2010: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18
2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15
2007: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (Replay)
2007: Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (draw)
2006: Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-14
2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13
1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10

This will be Wexford’s seventh quarter-final appearance, having won three and
lost three of their previous six.
2016: Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11
2014: Limerick 4-26 Wexford 1-11
2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15
2007: Wexford 3-10 Tipperary 1-14
2003: Wexford 2-15 Antrim 2-12
2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15

*Waterford were all-the-way winners over Wexford in last year’s quarter-final.
They led by 0-6 to 0-1 after 10 minutes and by 0-12 to 0-5 at half-time before
out-scoring the Model men by 0-9 to 0-6 in the second-half.
*Wexford are seeking their first win an All-Ireland quarter-final since 2007.
They have since lost to Waterford (2008), Limerick (2014) and Waterford
*Thy may be close neighbours but Wexford and Waterford have met only four
time in the championship, all since 2003. It’s two wins each, with results as
2003: Wexford 1-20 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2014: Wexford 3-15 Waterford 2-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2016: Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final – Kilkenny 2-23 Cork 2-18

Kilkenny defeated Cork by 2-23 to 2-18 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final on Sunday July 23rd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Kilkenny crowned All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Champions

Kilkenny 2-23 Cork 2-18

Report By Denis Hurley for

A second-half blitz was the deciding period of the game as Kilkenny claimed the first silverware in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh as they saw off Cork on Sunday.

Leading by 0-11 to 0-10 at half-time, the Cats conceded a goal to Cork’s Jerry O’Neill straight after the resumption and they were 1-15 to 0-15 behind with 16 minutes of normal time remaining.

They were level as Paul Holden, Martin Keoghan and Robbie Donnelly all pointed and, when Cork goalkeeper Patrick Collins tripped Darragh Brennan after saving from Martin Power, Donnelly drilled the penalty home.

A long-range free from the same player – he finished with 1-11 – opened up the biggest lead of the game up to that point and the outcome was more or less decided when sub Tom Phelan pulled a loose ball home after Donnelly’s free broke.

The first half was an even affair, with more than a point separating the teams on only one occasion. Cork had a greater spread of scorers but also more wides, while goal chances were at a premium.

The Rebels led for much of the half and looked to have opened up some daylight when Seán Hayes’s fourth point put them 0-9 to 0-7 in front in the 26th minutes. Kilkenny responded well though as Robbie Donnelly got his third and then fourth to tie the game.

William Leahy’s booming effort after Patrick Collins’s puckout made it 0-10 to 0-9 but Kilkenny led at the break as Paul Holden and then Donnelly were on target before the break.

O’Neill’s goal, set up by Leahy and sub Rob O’Shea, lifted Cork and Hayes, O’Shea and Leahy pointed after Donnelly had replied with two frees.

Kilkenny found their rhythm again though and Phelan’s goal put them firmly in control. O’Shea’s free ended Cork’s drought but Kilkenny replied through Donnelly and impressive pair Edmond Delaney and Keoghan to move nine clear.

Cork did pull a goal back through O’Shea, but Kilkenny were not going to allow any more, ensuring they retained the title.

Scorers for Kilkenny: Robbie Donnelly 1-11 (1-0 penalty, 0-9 frees), Edmond Delaney 0-4, Martin Keoghan, Paul Holden 0-3 each, Tom Phelan 1-0, Martin Power, John Cahill 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Seán Hayes 0-6 (0-5f, 0-1 sideline), Rob O’Shea 1-2 (0-1f), William Leahy 0-4, Jerry O’Neill 1-1, David Drake, Michael Collins 0-2 each, Danny O’Flynn 0-1.

KILKENNY: David Aylward; David Prendergast, Ger Teehan, Niall Doherty; Barry Whelan, Cormac Fleming, John Cahill; JP Treacy, Martin Keoghan; Paul Holden, Darragh Brennan, Eedmond Delaney; Seán Carey, Martin Power, Robbie Donnelly
Subs: Tom Phelan for Fleming (half-time), Liam Hickey for Carey (40), Niall Walsh for Hickey (42-44, blood), Colum Prendiville for Keoghan, James Power for Delaney, Damien Walsh for Cahill (all 60).

CORK: Patrick Collins; Brian O’Sullivan, Shane O’Donovan, Shane Hegarty; Kieran Morrison, Donnacha O’Donovan, Kevin Kavanagh; Danny O’Flynn, Michael Collins; Darren Casey, Nicky Kelly, Jerry O’Neill; Seán Hayes, William Leahy, David Drake
Subs: Tom Lawrence for Morrison, Rob O’Shea for Casey (both half-time), John Cooper for O’Flynn (44), Mark Kennefick for Hayes (52), Noel McNamara for O’Neill (57).

Referee: Colum Cunning (Antrim).

Fixture Details

23.07.2017 (Sun)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 14:00
Corcaigh v Cill Chainnigh
Referee: Colum Cunning (Aontroim)
(E.T. in Necessary)

GAA Football Senior Championship Round 4A – Mayo 0-27 Cork 2-20

Mayo defeated Cork by 0-27 to 2-20 after extra time in the GAA Football Senior Championship Round 4A on Saturday July 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Round 4A Qualifier: Mayo win epic encounter

MAYO 0-27 CORK 2-20

After Extra-Time

Report by Paul Keane for

Cillian O’Connor’s 87th minute point, his 11th on a dramatic evening at the Gaelic Grounds, secured a remarkable win for Mayo and a place in the All-Ireland football quarter-finals for the seventh season running.

O’Connor was a class apart on the evening, kicking six of his points from play though none was more important than that late, late winner from a 45.

The score actually put Mayo two ahead though Michael Hurley pulled back a score for courageous Cork to leave just the minimum in it.

Mayo ultimately advance after the blood and thunder epic though exactly how much over 90 minutes of pulsating action in front of 13,545 has taken out of them remains to be seen.

The 2016 All-Ireland finalists led by seven points with just over 20 minutes to go of normal but were pegged back by Cork goals from Sean Powter and Luke Connolly, forcing extra-time.

Underdogs Cork led by two at one stage in the extra period, but couldn’t hold on and four late Cork points in a row got them over the winning line.

It was tough on Cork who battled tremendously and lost James Loughrey and Aidan Walsh to injuries throughout though Mayo also rued the 58th minute black card dismissal of Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan.

Aidan O’Shea made his 100th appearance for Mayo, in league and Championship, and was excellent throughout.

He contested the throw-ins as a midfielder but played at centre-forward and was marked by experienced Cork defender Eoin Cadogan for the duration of an incredible game.

O’Shea got the better of that duel and laid on first-half points for Keegan, Andy Moran and O’Connor as well as punting one over himself.

Moran was terrific in the inside forward line for Mayo despite his advancing years. He scored two points in each half and played the final pass for O’Shea’s first score which helped Mayo to lead 0-10 to 0-7 at half-time.

But Cork gave as good as they got for the majority of the first-half and the sides were level three times up to 0-7 apiece.

Donncha O’Connor, 36, rolled back the years in Cork’s attack with the Rebels’ first four points as they moved 0-4 to 0-2 up. Every Mayo point was greeted with a huge cheer compared to the muted applause for each of Cork’s scores.

Cork lost corner-back Jamie O’Sullivan to a black card late in the opening half for a late hit on O’Shea. O’Connor converted the free and Mayo closed out the half with three points in a row to put some daylight between the sides.

Cork were rocked by the loss of star midfielder Aidan Walsh for the second-half after injuring his ankle during the throw-in.

Mayo piled on the misery with four cracking points to open up a 0-14 to 0-7 lead and they looked set to go on and close out the game.

It didn’t quite pan out that way though as Cork simply refused to throw in the towel and 56th and 71st minute goals from Powter and Connolly dramatically tied up the game.

Patrick Durcan put Mayo ahead in the 75th minute but a last gasp converted Connolly free forced extra-time at 2-15 to 0-21.

Peadar Healy’s Cork moved two clear in the first-half of extra-time thanks in part to a brace of points from Paul Kerrigan. But Mayo’s battling instincts ultimately got them over the line with brothers Cillian and Diarmuid O’Connor scoring vital late points.

Scorers for Mayo: Cillian O’Connor 0-11 (4fs, 145), Andy Moran 0-4, Aidan O’Shea 0-3, Patrick Durcan 0-2, Conor Loftus 0-2, Diarmuid O’Connor 0-1, Jason Doherty 0-1, Lee Keegan 0-1, Tom Parsons 0-1, Keith Higgins 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: Donncha O’Connor 0-6 (4fs), Sean Powter 1-0, Luke Connolly 1-1 (1f), Paul Kerrigan 0-3, John O’Rourke 0-3, Colm O’Neill 0-3 (1f), Michael Hurley 0-2, Barry O’Driscoll 0-1, Tom Clancy 0-1.

MAYO: David Clarke; Brendan Harrison, Ger Cafferkey, Chris Barrett; Leeroy Keegan, Keith Higgins, Colm Boyle; Seamus O’Shea, Tom Parsons; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connor; Jason Doherty, Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran
Subs: Patrick Durcan for Barrett (44), Stephen Coen for Seamus O’Shea (49), Donal Vaughan for Boyle (53), David Drake for Keegan (59, black card), Conor Loftus for Moran (63). Caolan Crowe for Cafferkey (80+3), Evan Regan for McLoughlin (HT ET), Boyle for Doherty (HT ET), Alan Dillon for Diarmuid O’Connor (87).

CORK: Ryan Price; James Loughrey, Jamie O’Sullivan, Michael Shields; Tomas Clancy, Eoin Cadogan, Colm O’Driscoll; Aidan Walsh, Ian Maguire; Mark Collins, Sean Powter, John O’Rourke; Barry O’Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O’Connor
Subs: Kevin Crowley for Loughrey (20), Stephen Cronin for O’Sullivan (35+1, black card), Ruairi Deane for Walsh (37), Colm O’Neill for Shields (46), Luke Connolly for Barry O’Driscoll (54), Michael Hurley for O’Connor (62). Sean White for O’Rourke (E/T), Kevin O’Driscoll for Maguire (E/T), Alan O’Connor for Colm O’Driscoll (E/T), Conor Dorman for Crowley (76), Kevin O’Driscoll for Powter (80+3), Shields for Cronin (87).

REFEREE: Ciaran Branagan (Down).

Fixture Details

22.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 4A
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 17:00
Corcaigh v Maigh Eo
Referee: Ciaran Branagan (An Dún)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

They meet in the championship for the 12th time with Cork leading 7-4 from their previous eleven meetings. This is the first time they have met in the qualifiers.

Cork 1-12 Waterford 1-11 (Munster quarter-final)
Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15 (Munster final)
Mayo 2-13 Sligo 0-11 (Connacht quarter-final)
Galway 0-15 Mayo 1-11 (Connacht semi-final)
Mayo 2-21 Derry 1-13: after extra-time (Qualifiers – Round 2) Mayo 2-14 Clare 0-13 (Qualifiers – Round 3)

2014: Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2011: Mayo 1-13 Cork 2-6 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2002: Cork 0-16 Mayo 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1999: Cork 2-12 Mayo 0-12 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1993: Cork 5-15 Mayo 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

*Mayo are attempting to reach the All-Ireland quarter-final for the seventh successive year.
*Cork are attempting to reach the quarter-final for the first time since 2014. Prior to that, they reached the last eight in success ie seasons (2005-2014).

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Galway 2-19 Clare 1-12

Galway defeated Clare by 2-19 to 1-12 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday July 22nd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Fixture Details

22.07.2017 (Sat)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Finals
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 13:00
An Clár v Gaillimh
Referee: John O’Brien (Laois)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Clare Minior Hurling team to play Galway at 1.00 p.m. on Saturday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh has been named. Killian McDermott, Cathal Darcy and Gearoid Cahill come into the starting 15 in place of Lee Brack, Eoin Fitzgerald and Conor Tierney.

1 Eamon Foudy
2 Cian Mclnerney
3 Ross Hayes
4 Bradley Higgins
5 Diarmuid Ryan
6 Cian Minogue
7 Aidan McCarthy
8 Cathal Darcy
9 Killian McDermott
10 Gearoid Cahill
11 Tiernan Agnew
12 Keith White
13 Gary Cooney
14 Breffni Horner
15 Rian Considine

16 Ronan Callinan
17 Sean Crowley
18 Eoghan Wallace
19 Lee Brack
20 Conor Tierney
21 Eoin Fitzgerald
22 Colin Haugh
23 Tom O’Rourke
24 Paul Corry

GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 1-16 Leitrim 1-9

Kerry defeated Leitrim by 1-16 to 1-9 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Semi-Final on Saturday July 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Fixture Details

22.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Semi-Finals
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 15:00
Ciarraí v Liatroim
Referee: Barry Tiernan (Áth Cliath)
(E.T. if Necessary)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Tipperary 0-28 Clare 3-16

Tipperary defeated Clare by 0-28 to 3-16 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday July 22nd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

All-Ireland SHC Quarter-Final – Tipp hold out against Clare


Report By John Harrington for

The curtain was drawn, and drama ensued for the first big show on the shiny, new Páirc Uí Chaoimh stage today.

After a fairly bonkers game of hurling, the reigning champions Tipperary are still standing, but they made hard work out of beating a Clare team that refused to die.

Tipp played the crisper, cleaner hurling for most of the contest, but Clare scored heavily in a couple of purple patches and in the end Tipp had to show a lot of bottle to keep them at bay.

The Banner County looked like the team with all the momentum when they scored six points in a row to close within one of Tipp by the 66th minute.

But when they needed one last kick it wasn’t there, and instead Tipperary finished stronger down the final straight, scoring five points to clinch victory.

It was a frenetic, open contest throughout, and that was always likely to be the case with both teams setting up with three-man inside forward lines.

From the very start there was plenty of space at either end of the field for forwards, but Tipperary made much better use of it in the opening quarter of the game.

They had opened up a 0-8 to 0-2 lead by the 14th minute with Noel McGrath, John McGrath, Seamus Callanan, and John O’Dwyer all scoring from play.

Clare weren’t nearly so clinical, as they repeated the crime that blighted their Munster Final performance by shooting bad wides from long-distance.

There had been some early signs that a much more profitable route to goal would be for them to deliver in ball to their inside forwards rather than shoot rashly from range.

Early on Conor McGrath had rattled the back of the net only for a free to be awarded against him for over-carrying, but the fragility of the Tipp full-back line was obvious even then.

It was confirmed when they were pulled apart twice in the space of a minute as Aaron Cunningham struck for two Clare goals that turned the game on its head.

There was nothing complicated about either goal. Conor McGrath won a long delivery for the first one to set up Cunningham for the finish.

And then Shane O’Donnell soared impressively to catch a high ball before also laying off to Cunningham who rounded Mooney and finished with aplomb again.

For the next five minutes Clare were the team on the front-foot, but once again their good work was being undone by some more poor shooting.

That gave Tipp time to catch their breath, and when Michael Breen settled their nerves with a point they once again assumed dominance of the contest.

It must be said too that Clare did themselves no favours either in the minutes before half-time when they conceded four points in a row that all came from a failure to secure possession off their own puck-out.

Tipp’s lead stood at five points at the break, and they quickly set about stretching it out further on the resumption.

The McGrath brothers John and Noel were on fire, and a brace apiece from them had helped Tipp into a 0-23 to 2-10 lead by the 55th minute.

At that point it looked like Tipp were easing to a pretty comfortable victory, and perhaps maybe the players themselves relaxed ever so slightly.

If they did, then they very nearly regretted it, because Clare suddenly found a new impetus as they reeled off those six points in a row, with substitutes Peter Duggan and Cathal McInerney playing a prominent role in the revival.

A John O’Dwyer free settled Tipp’s nerves, and then two of their key leaders – Padraic Maher and Brendan Maher – combined for what was a really decisive moment in this match.

Padraic plucked a brilliant ball out of the clouds through a thicket of Clare hurleys, and when he won a free his namesake stepped forward and drove it over the Clare cross-bar from all of 90 yards.

More Tipp points followed from John McGrath and substitutes Steven O’Brien and Jason Forde to make the game safe. Cathal McInerney struck for a last-gasp Clare goal after a scramble in Tipp’s small square, but it was too little, too late.

And so, Tipperary march on to an All-Ireland semi-final joust against either Galway or Cork. The quality of their attacking play means they’ll be a dangerous opponent for either, but they’ll need to shore up that full-back line if they’re to retain their crown this year.

Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-7 (3f), John McGrath 0-6, Noel McGrath 0-4, John O’Dwyer 0-4 (1f), Patrick Maher 0-2, Michael Breen 0-1, Seamus Kennedy 0-1, Brendan Maher 0-1 (f), Steven O’Brien 0-1, Jason Forde 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: Tony Kelly 0-6 (4f), Aaron Cunningham 2-0, Cathal McInerney 1-1, Shane O’Donnell 0-2, Conor McGrath 0-2, David Reidy 0-2 (2f), Peter Duggan 0-1, Jamie Shanahan 0-1, Colm Galvin 0-1.

TIPPERARY: Daragh Mooney; Donagh Maher, Tomás Hamill, James Barry; Séamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher, Dan McCormack; John O’Dwyer, Séamus Callanan, John McGrath
Subs: Subs: Sean O’Brien for James Barry (45), Jason Forde for Michael Breen (60), Niall O’Meara for John O’Dwyer (68), Steven O’Brien for Callanan (71).

CLARE: Andrew Fahy; Seadna Morey, Patrick O’Connor, Cian Dillon; David Fitzgerald, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly; Cathal Malone, Pádraic Collins, John Conlon; Shane O’Donnell, Aaron Cunningham, Conor McGrath
Subs: Peter Duggan for John Conlon (32), David Reidy for Podge Collins (52), Cathal McInerney for Cathal Malone (57), Jason McCarthy for Kelly (67),

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

Fixture Details

22.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 15:00
An Clár v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)

Team News

TIPPERARY: Daragh Mooney; Donagh Maher, Tomas Hamill, James Barry; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher, Dan McCormack; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath.

CLARE: Andrew Fahy; Seadna Morey, Patrick O’Connor, Cian Dillon; David Fitzgerald, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Gavin, Tony Kelly; Cathal Malone, Podge Collins, John Conlon; Shane O’Donnell, Aaron Cunningham, Conor McGrath.

They meet in the championship for the first time since the 2011 Munster semifinal.

Clare 3-17 Limerick 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20 (Munster final)

Top Scorers
Conor McGrath……..2-4
Tony Kelly……………0-10 (0-6 frees, 0-1 pen)
Shane O’Donnell…….2-2
Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 2-18 Westmeath 0-15 (Qualifier – Round 1)
Tipperary 6-26 Dublin 1-19 (Qualifier – Round 2)

Top Scorers
Seamus Callanan…..3-22 (0-15 frees, 0-1 ’65’)
John McGrath……….3-4
John O’Dwyer………1-9 (0-1 free, 0-1 s/l)

2011: Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19 (Munster semi-final)
2009: Tipperary 3-28 Clare 1-22 (Munster semi-final)
2008: Tipperary 2-21 Clare 0-19 (Munster final)
2005: Tipperary 2-14 Clare 0-14 (Munster semi-final)
2003: Clare 2-17 Tipperary 0-14 (Munster quarter-final)

This will be Clare’s 12th appearance in the quarter-finals, having won five, lost
four and drawn two of their previous eleven.
2016: Galway 2-17 Clare 0-17
2013: Clare 1-23 Galway 2-14
2008: Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17
2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16
2006: Clare 1-27 Wexford 1-15
2005: Clare 1-20 Wexford 0-12
2004: Kilkenny 1-11 Clare 0-9 (Replay)
2004: Kilkenny 1-13 Clare 1-13 (Draw)
2002: Clare 1-15 Galway 0-17
1999: Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (Replay)
1999: Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (Draw)

Tipperary have been in eight quarter-finals, winning five and losing three.
2014: Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-14
2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16
2007: Wexford 3-10 Tipperary 1-14
2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18
2003: Tipperary 2-16 Offaly 2-11
2002: Tipperary 1-25 Antrim 2-12
2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15
1997: Tipperary 3-24 Down 3-8

*Tipperary have reached the All-Ireland semi-final in eight of the last ten
seasons, missing out in 2007 and 2013 only.
*Clare are bidding to reach the semi-final for the first time since 2013.
*The counties met in this year’s Allianz League when Tipperary won by 0-28 to
0-21 in Semple Stadium on March 5. John McGrath on 0-10 (0-5 frees) and
John O’Dwyer on 0-5 were Tipperary’s top scorers while David Reidy on 0-6
(all frees), John Conlon and Podge Collins on 0-4 were Clare’s main marksmen.
*Clare and Tipperary had some great battles in Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the late
1990s and early in the new Millennium. They drew on Leeside (Clare 2-12
Tipperary 0-18) in the 1999 Munster semi-final before the Banner boys won the
replay, 1-21 to 1-11. They met again in the 2000 semi-final, with Tipperary
winning by 2-19 to 1-14. Tipperary beat Clare (0-17 to 0-14) in the 2001 semifinal
and by 1-18 to 2-13 in the 2002 quarter-final but Clare turned the tables in
2003, winning a semi-final by 2-17 to 0-14.