TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final – Tipperary 1-13 Tyrone 1-10

Tipperary defeated Tyrone by 1-13 to 1-10 in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 24th at Croke Park.

Tipperary win Intermediate title

TG4 All Ireland Ladies Intermediate Championship Final


Report By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park for

Aisling McCarthy scored 1-4 and landed the player of the match award as Tipperary were crowned TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate football champions at Croke Park.

Shane Ronayne’s charges ground out a three-point victory over Tyrone – to seal Senior Championship football for themselves in 2018.

Victory caps a glorious season for the Premier County, who also won the Lidl Division 3 and Munster titles.

Gillian O’Brien chipped in with four points while Róisín Howard and Mairead Morrissey, a survivor from Tipp’s previous intermediate win in 2008, landed two points each.

Tipp, who survived some nervy moments before landing the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup, were extremely well-organised for the most part, with another 2008 winner, Jennifer Grant, operating in the sweeper role.

Tipp held on grimly at the finish and just before the hooter went, Aishling Moloney lashed the ball triumphantly into the Davin End.

Tyrone battled extremely hard, but they’ll operate in the intermediate ranks again next year – as Tipp join Kerry, Cork and Waterford to make a four-team Munster senior championship.

Tipp end the 2017 season unbeaten and with a glut of silverware to show for their efforts – and it was a vital run of 1-3 without reply in the first half that proved crucial to this win.

Tipp found themselves on the back foot right from the start, as Lauren Fitzpatrick denied Lycrecia Quinn with a brilliant save after 15 seconds.

Tipp settled, though, and were 0-3 to 0-1 clear before Gráinne Rafferty slotted home a classy 16th minute goal for Tyrone.

The response from Tipp was excellent as Howard and McCarthy (free) landed points before McCarthy netted in the 18th minute.

It was a moment of quick-thinking from the Cahir midfielder as she picked off Caoileann Conway’s handpass before lobbing stranded goalkeeper Shannon Lynch.

O’Brien was almost in for a second Tipp goal a minute later – but Lynch pulled off a brilliant save to keep Tyrone in it.

A point from O’Brien completed Tipp’s purple patch but at the other end, they were opened up in the 23rd minute by a slick Tyrone move, but Niamh O’Neill blazed wide.

Tipp were almost in for a second goal of their own before half-time, Moloney fouled in the process of shooting, but with play allowed to continue, Morrissey fisted the ball over for a point.

Gemma Begley, one of Tyrone’s 2010 senior finalists, completed the first half scoring but Tipp had a four-point interval lead to protect – and they managed to do so.

The lead was out to five points early in the second half and while Fitzpatrick saved from Begley in the 37th minute, Tipp were managing to keep Tyrone at bay.

Chloe McCaffrey’s magnificent point in the 47th minute brought Tyrone to within three, but a brace of McCarthy frees pushed the gap out to five again.

Tyrone weren’t finished as Maria Canavan (free) and Begley landed late points – but Tipp held out to atone for their 2013 final loss to Cavan.

Scorers for Tipperary: A McCarthy 1-4 (4fs), G O’Brien 0-4, M Morrissey and R Howard 0-2 each, A Moloney 0-1.

Scorers for Tyrone: G Begley 0-4 (3fs), G Rafferty 1-0, E.J. Gervin and M Canavan (2fs) 0-2 each, N O’Neill and C McCaffrey 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: L Fitzpatrick; S Condon, M Curley, E Buckley; B Condon, S Lambert, L Dillon; A McCarthy, J Grant; N Lonergan, M Morrissey, A Moloney; R Howard, G O’Brien, O O’Dwyer
Subs: C Condon for Lonergan (47), C Walsh for Howard (56).

TYRONE: S Lynch; E Brennan, E Mulgrew, C Conway; N Woods, S Cunningham, C Hunter; M Mallon, E.J. Gervin; N Hughes, L Quinn, Á Canavan; N O’Neill, G Begley, G Rafferty
Subs: N McGirr for Conway (20), M Canavan for Rafferty (37), E Hegarty for Á Canavan (37), C McCaffrey for Quinn (50).

REFEREE: G McMahon (Dublin).

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Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final – Kerry 6-17 Derry 1-8

Kerry defeated Derry by 6-17 to 1-8 in the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final on Sunday September 17th at Croke Park.

Match Highlights

Kerry win fourth All-Ireland minor football title in a row

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Final

KERRY 6-17 DERRY 1-8

Report By John Harrington at Croke Park for

The irresistible David Clifford inspired Kerry to a comfortable win over Derry in today’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Final. Clifford scored an incredible 4-4 from play, and there was a touch of class to every score.

His ability to create space for himself with dummy solos before finishing clincially was a joy to watch, and totally befuddled a Derry defence that, try as they might, couldn’t really land a glove on the Fossa teenager. There can be no doubt Clifford will become a star in the senior game, he’s just too good not to make the grade.

It didn’t take him long to leave his stamp on this game, just 12 seconds to be precise. Right form the throw-in Kerry stormed downfield, and when the ball made its way to Clifford he jinked inside onto his left foot and guided a lovely finish to the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Derry’s reaction to this early set-back was impressive as big midfielder Oisin McWilliams flighted over a fine-point. And when they hit three more points in a row from Mark McGrogan and Lorcan McWilliams (2), there was just a point between the teams, 1-2 to 0-4.

But with Clifford in the driving seat, Kerry then put their foot on the gas to zoom off into the distance leaving Derry choking in their dust. Clifford scored his second goal and then set up his name-sake, Fiachra Clifford, for Kerry’s third with an outrageous cross-field defence-splitting pass.

By the 25th minute Kerry had moved 3-7 to 0-4 ahead having scored an unanswered salvo of 2-5, and the match was effectively over as a contest. Derry kept plugging away and scored a goal of their own in the second-half when impressive substitute Callum Brown scored a penalty that Patrick Quigg converted, but it was still mainly one-way traffic.

Clifford struck for two more goals in the space of a couple of minutes to push Kerry 6-10 to 1-7 ahead, and from there they free-wheeled all the way to the final whistle. That’s four All-Ireland minor titles in a row now for the Kingdom, a serious achievement and a testament to the great work being done in the county at schools and underage level.

Scorers for Kerry: David Clifford 4-4, Fiachra Clifford 2-0, Brian Friel 0-5 (1f), Jack Griffin 0-2, Adam Donoghue 0-2, Donal O’Sullivan 0-2, Donnchadh O’Sullivan 0-1, Eddie Horan 0-1

Scorers for Derry: Patrick Quigg 1-1 (pen), Lorcan McWilliams 0-3 (1f), Oisin McWilliams 0-2, Richie Mullan 0-1, Mark McGrogan 0-1

KERRY: Deividas Uosis; Sean O’Leary, Chris O’Donogue, Cian Gammell; Patrick Warren, Michael Potts, Niall Donohue; Barry Mahony, Diarmuid O’Connor; Adam Donoghue, David Clifford, Donial O’Sullivan; Fiachra Clifford, Jack Griffin, Brian Friel
Subs: Eddie Horan for Jack Griffin (44), Donnchadh O’Sullivan for Donal O’Sullivan (49), Ciaran O’Reilly for Fiachra Clifford (53), Michael O’Leary for Cian Gammell (56), Ryan O’Neill for Niall Donohue (57), Michale Slatttery for Adam Donoghue (59)

DERRY: Oran Martin; Oran McGill, Conor McCluskey, Sean McKeever; Simon McErlain, Padraig McGrogan, Conleth McShane; Oisin McWilliams, Dara Rafferty; Patrick Quigg, Richie Mullan, Martin Bradley; Ben McCarron, Lorcan McWilliams, Mark McGrogan
Subs: Conor Quinn for Conor McCluskey, Callum Brown for Dara Rafferty, Declan Cassidy for Ben McCarron (all ht), Odhran Quinn for Conleth McShane (40), Tiarnan McHugh for Richie Mullan, John Paul Devlin for Mark McGrogan (both 42)

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow)

Fixture Details

17.09.2017 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:15
Ciarraí v Doire
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)

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Kerry are bidding to win the title for the fourth successive year and for the 15th time overall while Derry, who are seeking their fifth title, were last successful in 2002.

Derry 0-18 Tyrone 1-14 (Ulster quarter-final)
Derry 3-17 Antrim 0-10 (Ulster semi-final)
Derry 1-22 Derry 2-12 (Ulster final)
Derry 1-13 Sligo 0-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Derry 0-17 Dublin 0-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Kerry 2-16 Clare 1-6 (Munster quarter-final)
Kerry 2-17 Cork 1-10 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 2-21 Clare 0-3 (Munster final)
Kerry 1-21 Louth 2-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Kerry 2-2 Cavan 2-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

14 – KERRY (1931-32-33-46-50-62-63-75-80-88-94-2014-2015-2016)
11 – Dublin (1930-45-54-55-56-58-59-79-82-84-2012)
10 – Cork (1961-67-68-69-72-74-81-91-93-2000)
8 – Tyrone (1947-48-73-98-2001-2004-2008-2010)
7 – Mayo (1935-53-66-71-78-85-2013)
6 – Galway (1952-60-70-76-86-2007)
4 – DERRY (1965-83-89-2002)
4 – Down (1977-87-99-2005)
4 – Roscommon (1939-41-51-2006)
3 – Laois (1996-97-2003)
3 – Meath (1957-90-92)
2 – Cavan (1937-38)
2 – Louth (1936-40)
2 – Armagh (1949-2009)
2 – Tipperary (1934-2011)
1 – Clare (1929)
1 – Offaly (1964)
1 – Westmeath (1995)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final – Cork 1-9 Meath 1-9

Cork and Meath finished level at 1-9 to 1-9 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 10th at Croke Park.

Meath and Cork draw Intermediate Camogie Final

All Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final

CORK 1-9 MEATH 1-9

By Daragh O’Conchuir at Croke Park for

Cork and Meath will have to do it all over again on October 1.

The Rebels would have been extremely disappointed had they let it slip for a second consecutive year, however, as they led for the majority of proceedings and wasted a couple of gilt-edged opportunities with some dreadful wides in the final quarter in particular.

It would have been hard on Meath to lose out too, however, as they showed tremendous grit to drag themselves back level after falling four points behind in the first half, and then recovering from the concession of a goal just before the break to reel in a similar deficit in the second period.

Both full-forward lines came into the game as the strongest sections of each unit and they advertised their talents especially in a more fluid opening period although they were shackled well in a tight second half.

Rachel O’Shea opened the scoring for Cork and by the 10th minute, her colleagues on the inside line, Caroline Sugrue and Linda Collins had also gotten off the mark.

Keeva McCarthy shot a brace, the second a really well-crafted score after good work by Sugrue and Collins as Cork went 0-6 to 0-2 ahead, but Meath responded with four in a row, Jane Dolan converting three frees and Sinéad Hackett slotting well.

McCarthy was on target once more for Cork however before Katelyn Hickey finished brilliantly to the corner of the Meath net to make it 1-7 to 0-6 at the change of ends.

The second half lacked the fluidity of the first, although it had a rip-roaring start, with Amy Gaffney pointing directly from the throw-in, and then Kristina Troy blasting a goal just over a minute later.

That score was all about Aoife Minogue as the young Dunderry forward drew the cover with a powerful run through the middle and timed her pass to perfection. Troy made no mistake despite Amy Lee, who had a fine game, closing in.

Player of the match Finola Nevile and O’Shea moved Cork ahead quickly, but the Leesiders failed to score in the last 26 minutes, including three of injury time.

Dillon halved the gap in the 52nd minute, but it wasn’t until the second minute of injury time that she was able to hit the leveller, just after Hickey had been sent off for a second yellow card offence.

Scorers for Cork: R O’Shea (1f), K McCarthy (2fs) 0-3 each, K Hickey 1-0, F Neville, L Collins, C Sugrue 0-1 each.

Scorers for Meath: J Dolan 0-5 (fs), K Troy 1-0, S Hackett 0-2, A Gaffney, A Minogue (f) 0-1 each.

CORK: A Lee, L Weste, S Harrington, N Ní Chaoimh, R Kileen, S Buckley, L Callanan, F Neville, J Barry, K Hickey, K McCarthy, M McCarthy, R O’Shea, L Collins, C Sugrue
Subs: M Buckley for M McCarthy (46), S Fahy for O’Shea (60).

MEATH: E Mangan, E Coffey, C Coffey, E Burke, Á Keogh, A Maguire, L Donoghue, C O’Brien, M Thynne, A Gaffney, K Troy, A Minogue, C Quinn, J Dolan, S Hackett
Sub: A Slattery for Quinn (43).

REFEREE: L Dempsey (Kilkenny).

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Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final

Cork v Meath, Croke Park, 2pm

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

MEATH are appearing in their first Intermediate Final, while Cork are returning to the scene of the crime after being edged out by a point by Kilkenny in last year’s deciding outcome.
It has taken the Royals a little while to establish themselves in the second tier after enjoying Croke Park glory when annexing the Premier Junior crown in 2012. They showed that they had found their feet when winning the National League Division 2 title last season however and spent the spring this term in the rarefied atmosphere of Division 1.

There were some tough outings as they failed to collect anything in terms of points but the experience of operating at a quicker level and higher intensity than anything they would have been accustomed to was invaluable.
John Davis’ crew finished the campaign positively, losing by just two points to Offaly, who missed out on making the knockout stages of the Senior Championship on score difference by one point. Meath carried that form right through the Championship. Although drawing to Down, they had earlier edged out Cork in a cracker by 3-9 to 0-17 in Trim, assuring themselves of top seeding in the Semi-Finals.

There the Royals met old rivals Kildare. Buoyed by a quick goal from Kristina Troy and a strong final quarter that yielded seven successive points after falling two points behind, they were able to concede a late goal and still prevail by two.

Jane Dolan has long been acknowledged as one of the most dangerous forwards in the land but she has strong support in the likes of Troy, Megan Thynne, Aoife Minogue and Cheyenne O’Brien. Cork will be concerned by the three goals they conceded when the sides met on July 8th but apart from that, they have enjoyed a flawless season. The League ended with a 14-point defeat of Derry and they repeated that win over a side that had been campaigning in the top tier for the previous four years in the Championship Semi-Final.

The margin this time around was 10 points. Linda Collins, who scored 1-5 from play in last year’s All-Ireland and played along with Jennifer Barry in this year’s National League Division 1 decider, did the damage with two goals. Finola Neville, Lauren Callanan and Amy Lee are just some of the others with Senior experience. Keeva McCarthy and Maeve McCarthy are other threatening attackers capable of scuppering Meath’s dreams.

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final – Cork 0-10 Kilkenny 0-9

Cork defeated Kilkenny by 0-10 to 0-9 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 10th at Croke Park.

Revenge mission secured: All-Ireland senior camogie title heading Leeside

Cork … 0-10, Kilkenny … 0-9:

Report by Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The first hour was nothing to write home about but it ended in a whirl of drama with Cork coming from behind to claim a record 27th All-Ireland senior camogie title thanks to an injury-time winner from substitute Julia White.

Julia White winning point

For the Munster side, this was about more than just securing their place atop the roll of honour ahead of Dublin: it was revenge for defeat to Kilkenny this time 12 months ago when the Cats had stalled their three-in-a-row bid here at Croke Park.

Both sides lined out with an onus on defence but, though everyone anticipated a low-scoring affair, few thought that the number of talking points would be at such a premium until the last seconds of normal time ebbed away.

The chat at the first whistle was the sight of Gemma O’Connor lining out at centre-back for Cork. The St Finbarr’s player had been all but ruled out, publicly at least, after picking up a knee injury against Galway in the semi-final. O’Connor would play a huge role, firing over a monster equaliser on the brink of 60 minutes and that on the back of a superb display further back the field where, along with Ashling Thompson, she had been a rock on which so many Kilkenny attacks were dashed.

Gemma O’Connor equaliser

Kilkenny were further hamstrung by the fact that Cork’s Orla Cronin was doing such an effective job on Anne Dalton whose role at the heart of the Leinster side’s defence was so central to preventing opposition attacks and setting up forays of their own.

If the tactical machinations were intriguing then that was about it. Cork took the half-time break with five points to their credit, Kilkenny with just two. The reigning champions would have been delighted with such a deficit given the way the game had panned out by then and they hit their stride in the third quarter, taking a 0-7 to 0-6 lead after 39 minutes.

Four times the pair drew level between the 38th and 60th minutes but it was White, a former captain who has endured two years of injury torment, who came off the bench to claim the winner with what was effectively her first touch.

A fairytale ending to a grim afternoon.

Not just for her but for Cork captain Rena Buckley who collected her 18th All-Ireland medal between camogie and football and who became the first person, male or female, to captain her county to senior honours in both codes.

Cork Scorers: A.O’Connor 0-02, O.Cronin 0-03, O.Cotter 0-02, K.Mackey 0-01, G.O’Connor 0-01, J.White 0-01

Kilkenny Scorers: M.Farrell 0-02, K.Power 0-01, D.Gaule 0-02, S.Farrell 0-01, M.Walsh 0-01, J.A.Malone 0-02

Cork: A Murray; R Buckley, L Treacy, L Coppinger; P Mackey, G O’Connor, C Sigerson; E O’Sullivan, A Thompson; A O’Connor, K Mackey, O Cotter; H Looney, O Cronin, N McCarthy.
Substitutes: L Homan for Looney (52); J White for Sigerson (62).

Kilkenny: E Kavanagh; C Foley, A Dalton, G Walsh; A Dunphy, C Dormer, D Tobin; M Farrell, A Farrell; JA Malone. D Gaule, K Power; D Morrissey, S Farrell, M Walsh.
Substitutes: M Quilty for Morrissey (HT); J Reddy for Malone (59).

Referee: O Elliott (Antrim).

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Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final

Cork v Kilkenny, Croke Park, 4pm

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

THIS is a repeat of last year’s decider in which Kilkenny put paid to Cork’s three-in-a-row bid with a four-point victory, and of the National League Division 1 Final, which went the Noresiders’ way too. There were just three points separating them at Semple Stadium but just as in September, the sense was that the victors were more comfortable than the margin suggested. Add the fact that they are now one step from a fourth consecutive national title, a ‘Double-Double’, and there is no doubt that Ann Downey’s side have established themselves firmly as the undisputed number one outfit of the game.

That will rankle with Cork, not least because they have failed to sparkle in those last two major clashes, due to a combination of Kilkenny’s quality and their own underperformance. Being accustomed to a place on the top step of the podium, they will want it back. Neither side pulled up trees in their Semi-Finals. A portion of this can be accredited to the longer lay-offs (five weeks for Cork, four for Kilkenny) compared to facing teams buoyed by Quarter-Final triumphs a fortnight previously but it would be wrong to minimise the efforts of the players and managements of both Dublin and Galway in terms of performance and tactical application.

Kilkenny did not have it all their own way in the group phase, needing a point from 2016 Player of the Year Denise Gaule to escape with a share of the spoils against Clare in Nowlan Park on July 1st. As has been customary under a management set-up that has always learned lessons from mild setbacks, and a roster that has applied them well, they came out the next week and were full value for a five-point win over Galway in Athenry that helped cement their direct progress to the last four. They got off to a perfect start against Dublin with a goal from a penalty by Gaule two minutes in, but were still only five points clear by the time substitute Jenny Clifford sent a rocket to the Dublin net in injury time, having struggled with the high intensity and physicality of the Metropolitans, and the direct running of the likes of Siobhán Kehoe. The Stripeywomen’s much vaunted attack spluttered and there were only glimpses of the counter-attacking game from deep that has yielded such dividends.

Once more though, one expects that there will be an improvement and that Downey will be happier that her charges were put through the ringer rather than enjoying the cakewalk many had predicted. The depth of the panel was advertised once more too with the continuing blossoming of newcomer Danielle Morrissey, and the impact off the bench of Clifford and Jenny Reddy. Kilkenny have serious operators in every line, from Emma Kavanagh in goal, right through Anne Dalton, who was magnificent against Dublin, captain Anna Farrell, Katie Power, Gaule and Shelly Farrell to name just a few. Many of those will be smarting from quiet outings last time out and it is reasonable to expect a response.

Whereas the Cats ground it out in the second half in their Semi-Final, Cork were hanging on against Galway but this was always expected to be a stern challenge given the talent at the westerners’ disposal. It said much therefore, that Cork were leading by eight points early in the second half and it could have been much more had they not spurned four goal chances.

What was notable too was that they found a way to win, as they have done so often over the years. Galway had all the momentum in the final quarter but Cork stemmed the tide, thanks to the likes of Chloe Sigerson, Rena Buckley and Ashling Thompson. Like Kilkenny, some stars did not enjoy their best of days but Hannah Looney and Niamh McCarthy stood up to the plate and Orla Cotter was exceptional in the first half in particular. Apart from the aforementioned, Aoife Murray and Katrina Mackey are key operators.

The message coming from the Cork camp all summer has been that they are playing catch-up on Kilkenny, even as they cruised through their group with a 100% record. Paudie Murray continued the theme after the Semi-Final but beating a team as strong as Galway after a five-week lay-off was no mean feat. Again, one can expect the engine to be running more smoothly on the biggest day of all. Kilkenny’s hunger remains insatiable despite their recent success while Cork’s appetite is ravenous after some of the recent reverses. The teams play similar styles, attempting to cut off space in their own halves and to create it in the opposition’s, harnessing the speed at their disposal to fashion scoring opportunities.

What measures might be taken to neutralise the opposition strengths will be intriguing. We cannot wait.

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 Championship Final – Limerick 0-17 Kilkenny 0-11

Limerick defeated Kilkenny by 0-17 to 0-11 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 Championship Final on Saturday September 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Victory for impressive Limerick in BGE U21 decider

Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final


Report By Cian O’Connell at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

Limerick underage teams are becoming accustomed to dealing with high expectations and a second title at this grade in three years was met by a great green and white roar in Thurles.

A huge Limerick support made up the majority of the 15,485 crowd and they gleefully celebrated a deserved success. For much of the past decade Limerick’s Academy system has produced a raft of talented hurlers, who are beginning to acquire silverware on the national stage.

Match Highlights

Pat Donnelly’s charges governed vast chunks of the opening period with their self sufficient forward line causing Kilkenny plenty of bother.

By the time the interval rolled around Limerick led 0-11 to 0-4 which was an accurate reflection of their supremacy when backed by a significant breeze. There were streaks of Kilkenny defiance with Shane Walsh and Billy Ryan contributing good scores, but Limerick grated impressively.

It wasn’t all about hard work, though, because Aaron Gillane, Cian Lynch, and Barry Nash demonstrated some flashes of real class up front. Shane Walsh rifled over an early point for Kilkenny, but Limerick responded impressively reeling off seven points on the spin.

That was a seriously damaging spell for Kilkenny, who were battling bravely, but Limerick, prompted by Gillane’s precise shooting, were in the groove. Billy Ryan terminated an 18 minute search for a Kilkenny score, but Limerick struck four of the next six points to lead by seven at the turnaround.

Kyle Hayes was safe and sound anchoring the defence, while at centrefield Robbie Hanley buzzed about craving involvement. While Limerick weren’t as efficient converting opportunities after the restart they were still doing enough and were 0-14 to 0-6 ahead by the 47th minute.

Kilkenny struck five points in eight minutes with Alan Murphy sharp from frees, but Limerick were still four clear as Conor Boylan raised a white flag in that stint.

Just as Kilkenny were posing some questions Limerick had the resolve and resilience to locate the answers with Gillane and substitute Oisin O’Reilly decorating the triumph with late grace notes. Limerick weren’t going to be denied. All those weekend mornings at UL with the Academy had them prepared for days like these.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-7 (2fs), Peter Casey and Ronan Lynch (3fs) 0-3 each, Oisin O’Reilly, Cian Lynch, and Barry Nash 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: Alan Murphy 0-5 (4fs, 165), Shane Walsh 0-3 (2fs), Liam Blanchfield, John Donnelly, Billy Ryan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara; Sean Finn, Darragh Fanning, Dan Joy; Ronan Lynch, Kyle Hayes, Thomas Grimes; Colin Ryan, Robbie Hanley; Tom Morrissey, Barry Nash, Cian Lynch; Peter Casey, Barry Murphy, Aaron Gillane
Subs: Conor Boylan for Cian Lynch (40), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave for Tom Morrissey (47), Oisin O’Reilly for Barry Murphy (53), Lorcan Lyons for Barry Nash (60).

KILKENNY: Darren Brennan; Michael Cody, Conor Delaney, Niall McMahon; Huw Lawlor, Jason Cleere, Tommy Walsh; Luke Scanlon, Richie Leahy; Billy Ryan, Sean Morrissey, Liam Blanchfield; John Walsh, John Donnelly, Shane Walsh
Subs: Alan Murphy for Sean Morrissey (25), Pat Lyng for John Walsh (HT), Eoin Kenny for Shane Walsh (40), Martin Keoghan for Billy Ryan (41), Darren Mullen for Richie Leahy (45).

REFEREE: Paud O’Dywer (Carlow).

Fixture Details

09.09.2017 (Sat)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 15:00
Cill Chainnigh v Luimneach
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

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LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara (Doon): Sean Finn (Bruff), Daragh Fanning (Pallasgreen), Dan Joy (Kilmallock): Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh): Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock): Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Barry Murphy (Doon), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell): Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Barry Nash (South Liberties)
Subs: Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown), Paudie Ahern (Killeedy), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), Mike Mackey (Adare), Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), Jack O’Grady (Knockainey).

KILKENNY: Darren Brennan (St Lachtains); Michael Cody (Dunnamaggin), Conor Delaney (Erins Own), Niall McMahon (Erins Own); Huw Lawlor (O’Loughlin Gaels), Jason Cleere (Bennettsbridge), Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan); Luke Scanlon (James Stephens), Richie Leahy (Rower Inistioge): John Walsh (Mullinavat), John Donnelly (Thomastown), Sean Morrissey (Bennettsbridge): Shane Walsh (Tullaroan), Liam Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge), Billy Ryan (Graigue Ballycallan)
Subs: Alan Murphy (Glenmore), James Burke (Thomastown), Darren Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Aidan Nolan (Dicksboro), Pat Lyng (Rower Inistioge), Martin Keoghan (Tullaroan), Eoin Kenny (Slieverue), Conor O’Carroll (Lisdowney), James Bergin (Conahy Shamrocks).

2014 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final Highlights – Kilkenny v Limerick

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Final – Kerry 2-12 Wicklow 2-8

Kerry defeated Wicklow by 2-12 to 2-8 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Final on Saturday September 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Kerry claim BGE U21 B title

Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 B Hurling Final


By Cian O’Connell at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

Maurice O’Connor pounced for the decisive goal as Kerry produced a solid second period display to secure silverware in Thurles.

Inspired by the efficient Shane Conway, who finished with a 1-6 haul, Kerry just had too much attacking craft for a spirited Wicklow outfit. Michael Boland’s 24th minute goal was an important first half score for Wicklow, who departed at the break armed with a 1-5 to 0-6 lead.

Match Highlights

Kerry had started brightly with Shane Conway sharp from frees, while Ronan Donavan and Maurice O’Connor landed scores from play. Four Kerry points on the spin ensured they led by 0-5 to 0-3 by the 17th minute, but Wicklow responded as Boland mined an opportunistic goal following a Stephen Murphy save from a Seanie Germaine effort.

That major helped Wicklow into an interval advantage, but Kerry came thundering back in the third quarter to level courtesy of points from Jack Goulding (sideline cut) and Shane Conway.

It remained keenly contested as Enda Donohoe and Conway traded frees before both teams pocketed goals inside a minute. Boland concluded a sweeping and stylish move with a Wicklow goal, but Conway replied for Kerry to level matters, 1-9 to 2-6, at the three quarter mark.

But Kerry subsequently hit the front in the 48th minute when Maurice O’Connor flicked a goal for Ian Brick’s charges. Wicklow trimmed the gap down to the minimum again, but Kerry finished strongly with substitute Daniel O’Carroll and two Conway frees sealing the deal.

Scorers for Kerry: Shane Conway 1-6 (6fs), Maurice O’Connor 1-1, Jack Goulding 0-3 (1 sideline), Ronan Donovan and Daniel O’Carroll 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wicklow: Michael Boland 2-0, Enda Donohoe 0-3 (3fs), Jack Doyle and Seanie Germaine (2fs) 0-2 each, Shaun Hughes 0-1.

KERRY: Stephen Murphy; Stevie O’Sullivan, John Buckley, Billy Lyons; Eoin Ross, Jason Diggins, Jordan Brick; Barry O’Sullivan, Tomas O’Connor; Ronan Donovan, Michael O’Leary, Shane Conway; Maurice O’Connor, Brandon Barrett, Jack Goulding
Subs: Daniel O’Carroll for Ronan Donovan (46), Robert Collins for Brandon Barrett (51).

WICKLOW: Cian Staunton; Shaun Hughes, Oisin Furlong, Seanie Maloney; Matthew Traynor, Andrew Hughes, Terry Healy; Christy Moorehouse, Cormac Whitmore; Gary Hughes, Jack Doyle, Michael Boland; Enda Donohoe, Padraig Doyle, Seanie Germaine
Subs: Padraig O’Toole for Cormac Whitmore (32), Tiernan Mellon for Terry Healy (44), Aaron Kinsella for Jack Doyle (59).

REFEREE: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)

Fixture Details

09.09.2017 (Sat)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21B Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 13:00
Ciarraí v Cill Mhantáin
Referee: Johnny Murphy (Luimneach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final – Galway 0-26 Waterford 2-17

Galway defeated Waterford by 0-26 to 2-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 3rd at Croke Park.

Match Highlights

Galway end 29-year wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final


Report By John Harrington at Croke Park for

Tony Keady must have been smiling down from heaven as Galway ended their 29-year wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup with a deserved victory over Waterford.

Keady’s death four weeks ago was a real body-blow for Galway hurling, and for every Tribesman and woman this win must have felt like the perfect way to honour his memory.

Keady was Man of the Match from centre-back when Galway last won the All-Ireland in 1988, and their centre-back today, Gearoid McInerney, will go close to earning the same distinction.

Gearoid’s father Gerry McInerney hurled alongside Keady in the Galway half-back line in ’88, so there’s a real sense of a circle being closed with this win.

That Galway team of the ‘80s were famed for their mental strength as well as skill and athleticism, and today this Galway side showed all of the same qualities.

Some of their attacking play was a joy to behold, they hit ferociously hard in the tackle, and they never lost faith in themselves despite the concession of two goals against the run of play in the first-half and a strong showing from Waterford in the third quarter.

They had key leaders in every line of the field. Daithi Burke took no prisoners in the full-back line, McInerney ate Austin Gleeson without salt, captain David Burke hit four points in a hugely influential display, while Joe Canning and Conor Cooney were the pick of a very sharp forward-unit.

Waterford deserve credit for ultimately making this match the contest it was, because a cold dread must have trickled down their spines when Galway fired over four points in the first four minutes.

It was starting to look like 2008 all over again with Waterford players looking bewildered by the power and pace of Galway’s attacking thrusts much like they did in the face of Kilkenny’s tsunami nine years ago.

Canning hit two of those first four Galway points and seemed to be on a one-man mission to fulfil his destiny and finally get his hand on that elusive All-Ireland medal.

Waterford couldn’t get their short-passing game into gear because as soon as one of their players got his hand on the ball he was coming under immediate pressure and had little time to strike never mind getting his head up before doing so.

They were gasping for air, but suddenly some life was breathed into their challenge when Kevin Moran scored a break-away goal against the run of play.

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh was the creator, getting his hand on the sliotar and immediately off-loading to Moran who had run from deep like he so often does to great effect. He still had a lot to do as he raced towards goal, but struck his shot sweet and true to beat the slightly out of position Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan on his near post.

It was just what Waterford needed, but it didn’t seem to knock a beat out of Galway as they continued rolling forward in wave after maroon wave and hit the next two points of the game through Conor Cooney and David Burke.

But a three-point lead still didn’t seem reflective of their dominance, and now that Waterford had their bearings they started to inch their way more and more into the contest.

Tadhg de Búrca was now making his presence felt, firing a steady stream of deliveries into his forward line where ‘Brick’ Walsh was doing Trojan work to win it despite being so often outnumbered.

Successive points from Pauric Mahony and Kevin Moran gave further credence to the Waterford revival, but Galway’s forwards were still looking razor sharp and they hit the next three points of the game from Cathal Mannion, Joe Canning and Conor Cooney.

But, having hit nine points in the opening 14 minutes, Galway would score just five more over the course of the remaining 24 minutes of the half.

Points from Pauric Mahony and ‘Brick’ Walsh gave further impetus to Waterford and then, incredibly, they were level on 22 minutes when they scored a very fortuitous goal.

A long ball from Kieran Bennett landed on the edge of the Galway square and bounced to the net past Colm Callanan who seemed to momentarily lose his bearings while Shane Bennett and Adrian Tuohy contested the sliotar.

A penny for the thoughts of the Galway players at that moment. They’d done most of the hurling but now had no advantage on the scoreboard to show for it.

That would have a real blow for a mentally fragile team which Galway have been accused of being in the past, but this side is clearly made of sterner stuff.

By half-time they’d edged into the lead again – 0-14 to 2-7 – but their resolve would be tested again in the third quarter when Waterford enjoyed their best spell of the match.

That was largely thanks to the efforts of Pauric Mahony who scored five points in a row, two of them from play, to push his team a point ahead.

But the fourth quarter is always the most important, and Galway really came good in it thanks in no small part to the impact of their bench. Substitute Niall Burke showed his class with two points in a minute, while Jason Flynn would also hit a brace of points after his introduction.

Waterford had a couple of lively subs of their own in the shape of Brian O’Halloran and Tommy Ryan who hit a point each to reduce the gap to the minimum by the 59th minute, but that was as close as Derek McGrath’s team would get. In a crucial three-minute spell between the 60th and 63rd minutes Galway hit three points from Joe Canning, Conor Cooney and Jason Flynn to move four points ahead, and it proved to be a winning buffer.

There was one late scare in injury-time when Tommy Ryan wriggled into enough space to unloose a shot at the Galway goal, but David Burke blocked it and the ball was eventually cleared.

When Waterford’s last attack went out for a Galway side-line in the dying seconds of the fourth and final minute of injury-time, the result was sealed.

Galway supporters had the luxury of basking in the final few seconds of the match as Joe Canning took his time over the side-line, safe in the knowledge that their long famine for the Liam MacCarthy had ended. And when the Fergal Horgan finally sounded the final whistle, Croke Park lifted as 29 years of frustration were blown to smithereens by an explosion of pure joy.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-9 (6f, 1 sideline), David Burke 0-4, Conor Cooney 0-3, Cathal Mannion 0-2, Joseph Cooney 0-2, Niall Burke 0-2, Jason Flynn 0-2, Conor Whelan 0-1, Johnny Coen 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-11 (8f), Kevin Moran 1-1, Kieran Bennett 1-0, Jamie Barron 0-2, Michael Walsh 0-1, Brian O’Halloran 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-1.

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Jonathan Glynn; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion
Subs: Niall Burke for Jonathan Glynn (43), Jason Flynn for Cathal Mannion (55), Shane Maloney for David Burke (68).

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Kieran Bennett, Tadhg de Búrca, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Kevin Moran; Darragh Fives, Austin Gleeson, Pauric Mahony; Shane Bennett, Michael Walsh, Jake Dillon
Subs: Maurice Shanahan for Shane Bennett (22), Brian O’Halloran for Jake Dillon (48), Tommy Ryan for Michael Walsh (56), Colin Dunford for Jamie Barron (64), Patrick Curran for Kieran Bennett (64).

Ref: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

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It’s down to the last two in the race for the Liam MacCarthy Cup, with Galway and Waterford set to meet in the final for the first time in Croke Park next Sunday (3.30).

It promises to be quite an occasion at the end of what has been a fantastic season for hurling. The senior final will be preceded by the Electric Ireland minor decider between Cork and Galway (1.15).

Waterford are bidding to win the title for the first time since 1959 while Galway’s last success was in 1988. Waterford played in two All-Ireland finals since their last win but were beaten by Kilkenny on both occasions (1963 and 2008).

Galway have been in seven finals (including one replay) since their last success but won none. They lost to Cork in 1990 and 2005, to Kilkenny in 1993, 2012 (replay) and 2015 and to Tipperary in 2001. They drew with Kilkenny in 2012.

Galway 2-28 Dublin 1-17 (Leinster quarter-final)
Galway 0-33 Offaly 1-11 (Leinster semi-final)
Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17 (Leinster final)
Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Average For: 0-30;
Average Against: 1-16

Galway’s Top Scorers
Joe Canning………..0-37 (0-25 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’, 0-2 s/l)
Conor Cooney……..1-14
Conor Whelan……..0-16
Niall Burke………… 0-09
Joseph Cooney…….0-08 (1f)

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)
Waterford 1-23 Wexford 1-19 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Waterford 4-19 Cork 0-20 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Average For: 2-24;
Average Against: 1-19

Waterford’s Top Scorers
Pauric Mahony……………. 0-39 (0-27 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Austin Gleeson……………. 1-18 (0-2 frees)
Jamie Barron………………..3-08
Maurice Shanahan……….. 2-09 (0-4 frees)
Kevin Moran………………..1-12

Waterford have won all ten of their championships clashes with Galway. Three were in All-Ireland semi-finals, three quarter-finals, three Munster championship (Galway competed in Munster in 1959-69) and one All-Ireland
2011 – Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2009 – Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2006 – Waterford 1-25 Galway 2-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
1998 – Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1966 – Waterford 2-16 Galway 1-9 (Munster championship)
1960 – Waterford 9-8 Galway 4-8 (Munster championship)
1959 – Waterford 7-11 Galway 0-8 (Munster championship)
1957 – Waterford 4-12 Galway 0-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1948 – Waterford 3-7 Galway 1-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1938 – Waterford 4-8 Galway 3-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Galway have lost four and drawn one of their last five All-Ireland final
appearances while Waterford have won one, drawn one and lost three of their
most recent five.

2015: Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18
2012: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11 (Replay)
2012: Galway 0-19 Kilkenny 2-13 (Draw)
2005: Cork 1-21 Galway 1-16
2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15

2008: Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13
1963: Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8
1959: Waterford 3-12 Kilkenny 1-10 (Replay)
1959: Waterford 1-17 Kilkenny 5-5 (Draw)
1957: Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12

Galway 2-22 Waterford 2-19
(Allianz Hurling League Q-Final, 2 April 2017)
Waterford led by 0-15 to 1-9 at half-time in Pearse Stadium and increased their lead to ten points in the third quarter before Galway staged a great rally and ended up winning by three points.
GALWAY: C Callanan; J Hanbury, Daithi Burke, A Harte (0-2); P Mannion (0-1), G McInerney, P Killeen; A Tuohy, J Coen; J Cooney, J Canning (1-10, 1-0 pen, 0-4 frees), David Burke (0-1); C Whelan (0-3), C Cooney (1-0), C
Mannion (0-2).
Subs: T Monaghan (0-1) for Hanbury; N Burke (0-2) for J Cooney; S Moloney for C Cooney.

WATERFORD: I O’Regan; K Bennett, S McNulty, S Fives; C Gleeson, T DeBurca, S Keating (0-1); K Moran (0-2), M O’Brien (0-1); Stephen Bennett (0-1), S Roche (0-3), DJ Foran (0-2);T Ryan (0-2), M Shanahan (0-6, 0-4 frees), T
Devine (2-1).
Subs: Shane Bennett for Foran; N Connors for Keating; M Walsh for O’Brien,; B O’Halloran for Ryan; P Mahony for Roche.

– Galway’s only defeat in 12 Allianz League and championship games this year came in Round 2 of the Division 1B campaign when they were defeated by Wexford by 1-21 to 3-13 in Pearse Stadium last February.
– Waterford have won seven and lost four of their eleven Allianz League and championship games this year.
– Derek McGrath is in his fourth season as Waterford manager. Their championship record under him reads: Played 18, Won 9, Drew 2, Lost 7.
– Micheál Donoghue is in his second season as Galway manager, with his championship record reading: Played 9, Won 7, Lost 2.
– Waterford are bidding to become the sixth team to win the All-Ireland after losing in the provincial championships. The five who previously achieved it were: Clare 2013; Kilkenny 2012; Tipperary 2010; Cork 2004
and Offaly 1998.
– Referee, Fergal Horgan (Tipperary) will take charge of an All-Ireland senior final for the first time

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final – Galway 2-17 Cork 2-15

Galway defeated Cork by 2-17 to 2-15 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 3rd at Croke Park.

Galway crowned Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling champions

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final

GALWAY 2-17 CORK 2-15

Report By John Harrington at Croke Park for

The appetiser before the main meal was seriously tasty as Galway edged out Cork in today’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final.

The young Tribesmen came into the game as underdogs but they hurled their hearts out to record a brilliant victory. Cork had a big billing after an impressive run to the Final and their undoubted class was plain for all to see, but Galway matched them for pure skill.

But in the final reckoning it was pure hard graft that probably won them this match, because the doggedness of their tackling, hooking, and blocking was of the very highest calibre. They showed impressive mental strength too because they shipped some heavy blows in the first half but their resolve never wavered.

Cork scored their first goal of the match straight from the throw-in as Brian Turnbull hit a ground-stroke to the back of the net after just six seconds. And when his fellow corner-forward Evan Sheehan cracked home a brilliant second goal from a tight angle to put Cork 2-3 to 0-3 ahead after 13 minutes, it looked like the game would go like most predicted it would.

But Galway hadn’t read that script. They dug in, defended with great tenacity, and began slowing the quantity and quality of ball making its way into Turnbull and Sheehan. At the other end of the field the strapping Sean Bleahene was starting to make his presence felt and a couple of points from him and some sure free-taking from Conor Molloy had reduced the gap to just three points at the break – 2-7 to 0-10 in Cork’s favour.

Galway’s star man Jack Canning had been well marshalled in the first-half by Cork captain Sean O’Leary Hayes, but he exploded into life in the second-half and provided Galway with the impetus to win the game. He bore more than a passing resemblance to his uncle Joe when he smashed home two brilliant goals to the roof of the Cork net in the first ten minutes of the second-half to turn the contest on its head.

The confidence seemed to drain from the young Cork hurlers, and they struggled to find an adequate response in the face of some brilliantly aggressive Galway defending. Canning and Bleahane were now bullying the Cork full-back line and two more points from the deadly duo pushed Galway 2-16 to 2-11 ahead.

Credit to Cork, they came with a late charge that ensured the game went right down to the wire. Two points from the brilliant Turnbull sandwiched one from Robert Downey to reduce the gap to two points with five minutes to go.

Craig Hanafin had a half-chance to score a goal for Cork after a powerful run and smart pass from classy centre-forward Liam O’Shea, but he couldn’t get his shot off and was then suffocated by the scrambling Galway defence. Try as they might Cork just couldn’t make any more inroads into Galway’s lead, and that was thanks largely to some truly inspirationa blocking and tackling by Jeffrey Lynskey’s young charges.

When the final whistle blew Croke Park erupted as the Galway supporters hailed the perfect start to their afternoon. It wasn’t Cork’s day, but many of their players clearly have very bright futures despite this result.

Scorers for Galway: Jack Canning 2-2, Conor Molloy 0-7 (7f), Sean Bleahene 0-5, Ben Moran 0-1, Donal Mannion 0-1, Daniel Loftus 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 1-7 (3f), Evan Sheehan 1-0, Liam O’Shea 0-3, Craig Hanafin 0-2, Robert Downey 0-1, Daire Connery 0-1, Barry Murphy 0-1.

GALWAY: Darach Fahy; Caimin Killeen, Daniel Loftus, Darren Morrissey; Ronan Gleenon, Conor Caulfield, Mark Gill; Conor Walsh Conor Fahy; Ben Moran, Conor Molloy, Martin McManus; Sean Bleahene, Donal Mannion, Jack Canning
Subs: Shane Ryan for Martin McManus (ht), Sam McArdle for Daniel Loftus (54), Mark Kennedy for Ben Moran (56), Enda Fahy for Conor Walsh (60).

CORK: Ger Collins; Conor O’Callaghan, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Eoin Roche; Aaron Walsh Barry, James Keating, Ger Millerick; Daire Connery, Diarmuid Linehan; Craig Hanafin, Liam O’Shea, Brian Roche; Evan Sheehan, Robert Downey, Brian Turnbull
Subs: Declan Hanlon for Diarmuid Linehan (39), Barry Murphy for Aaron Walsh Barry (46)

Ref: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny)

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They meet in the final for the first time since 2001 when Cork won in what was their last All-Ireland title success. Galway have won five titles since then (2004-2005-2009-2011-2015).

Cork 1-24 Waterford 0-9 (Munster quarter-final)
Cork 1-24 Waterford 0-8 (Play-off)
Cork 1-21 Tipperary 2-18 (Munster semi-final)
Cork 2-22 Tipperary 2-19 (Munster semi-final) Replay
Cork 4-21 Clare 0-16 (Munster final)
Cork 0-23 Dublin 2-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Galway 2-19 Clare 1-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Galway 1-12 Kilkenny 2-8 (All-Ireland semi-final)

TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final – Mayo 3-11 Cork 0-18

Cork will play Mayo in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday September 2nd at 4:45pm in Kingspan Breffini Park Cavan.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies IFC semi-final

Mayo 3-11 Cork 0-18

Report By Jackie Cahill at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan

CORA Staunton-inspired Mayo have ended Cork’s reign as TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football champions.

The Westerners washed away a year of hurt to score a two-point victory over the seven-in-a-row chasing Rebelettes at Kingspan Breffni Park in Saturday’s enthralling semi-final. Staunton collected 1-9 as Mayo made up for last year’s heartbreaking one-point semi-final defeat to Dublin at the same venue – to reach a first Brendan Martin Cup decider in ten years.

For Cork, it’s their first defeat in the All-Ireland series since the 2010 quarter-final loss to Tyrone – but their third of the season following losses to Kerry and Waterford in the Munster championship. For Mayo, it’s been a remarkable turnaround since their Connacht final loss to Galway on July 2 – and they’ll now meet Dublin on September 24 for national silverware.

Mayo survived the loss of Fiona Doherty to the sin-bin for a ten-minute spell in the second half to edge home. Orla Finn scored 13 points for Cork but the Rebelettes couldn’t find a crucial goal to ask real questions of Mayo.

They had a glorious chance when referee Niall McCormack adjudged that Finn was fouled by Yvonne Byrne with four minutes left. But the Mayo goalkeeper saved the resultant penalty from Eimear Scally, who picked up an injury in the warm-up, when a goal would have put Cork a point clear. Finn’s 11th free of the afternoon cut the deficit back to just a point but in the 59th minute, Staunton put over what would prove to the insurance score.

Cork boss Ephie Fitzgerald also decided to take off 2016 Player of the Year Bríd Stack, who’d carried a hamstring injury into the game, with eight minutes left. And the 11-time All-Ireland senior medallist was visibly distraught at full-time as she raced down the tunnel.
Cork died with their boots on but this was Mayo’s day and they’ll have the chance to claim just a fifth All-Ireland senior crown in three weeks’ time.

The first half was level five times, with goalkeepers Byrne and Martina O’Brien excelling with some brilliant saves. It was a first half shoot-out between Finn and Staunton – as the Cork forward collected seven points (six frees), with Staunton registering 1-6 (two points from frees).

Staunton struck for goal in the 25th minute, getting away a left-footed strike that O’Brien got a hand to, but couldn’t keep out. Earlier in the half, O’Brien had denied Grace Kelly and Ciara Whyte with fine saves, while Byrne was on hand to stop Niamh Cotter’s 17th-minute effort.

And after Staunton’s goal, Byrne produced another vital save from Áine O’Sullivan, to help Mayo lead by 1-7 to 0-8 at the break.
Cork, assisted by the wind, turned up the heat after half-time to move two points clear – 0-14 to 1-9. But two quick-fire goals swung the pendulum back in Mayo’s favour – Aileen Gilroy taking a pass from Doherty to slam a shot past O’Brien in the 42nd minute, before sub Amy Dowling netted with her first touch midway through the second half.

Dowling came on to replace Rachel Kearns and she made an immediate impact – palming the ball home from a tight angle after Sarah Rowe’s point effort dropped short. That score put Mayo four points clear – 3-9 to 0-14 – but Cork kept on battling and could have had an elusive goal with 11 minutes left.

Áine O’Sullivan looked certain to find the net but she skied an effort off the upright and the ball rebounded to safety.
Cork had now pushed right up on Mayo’s restarts and there were some nervy moments for manager Frank Browne to endure before full-time. Staunton missed a straight-forward free by her standards down the home straight but Mayo had a let-off when Byrne stopped Scally’s poorly-struck penalty.

Fittingly, it was Staunton who would have the final say with a late point to seal Mayo’s first senior championship victory over Cork since the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final. And for Browne, the wheel has very much come full circle, as he was also manager in 2007 when Mayo fell to Cork in the final.

A decade later, a season that’s brought Mayo back to Croke Park could have a much happier ending. And the scene is now set for Dublin and Mayo to battle it out for senior glory in the men’s and ladies grades.

Scorers for Mayo – C Staunton 1-9 (0-2f), A Gilroy & A Dowling 1-0 each, N Kelly & C Whyte 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork – O Finn 0-13 (11f), Á O’Sullivan 0-2, R Phelan, C O’Sullivan & B O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Mayo – Y Byrne; O Conlon, S Tierney, M Carter; M Corbett, R Kearns, F Doherty; A Gilroy, F McHale; D Hughes, N Kelly, C Whyte; S Rowe, C Staunton, G Kelly
Sub – A Dowling for Kearns (44).

Cork – M O’Brien; E Spillane, B Stack, R Phelan; A Hutchings, E Meaney, S Kelly; N Cotter, M Duggan; C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, B O’Sullivan; Á O’Sullivan, E Scally, O Finn
Subs – L Coppinger for Scally (25), M Ambrose for Meaney (37), O Farmer for Cotter (46), Scally for Á O’Sullivan (51), L Coholan for Stack (52).

Ref – N McCormack (Laois).

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