GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3 – Armagh 2-16 Clare 1-15

Armagh defeated Clare by 2-16 to 1-15 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3 on Saturday June 30th at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

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EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Final – Kerry 3-11 Cork 0-14

Kerry defeated Cork by 3-11 to 0-14 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Final on Friday June 29th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

EirGrid Munster Under 20 Football Championship Final

KERRY 3-11 CORK 0-14

Report by Paul Brennan for

Six days after retaining their senior and minor titles, and 48 hours after the Juniors made it five provincials in a row, Kerry claimed the inaugural Munster U-20 title to complete the set and put their preeminent position in Munster football in italics, in bold and underlined.

It was a comfortable win in the end for Kerry but it took a timely substitution and a penalty goal in the second half for the Kingdom to shake off a gutsy Cork side that competed gamely, but left themselves down with some poor shot selection and execution.

That timely substitution was the 41st minute introduction of Eddie Horan who, with his first touch of the ball, scored a goal to put Kerry 2-6 to 0-10 in front, and 12 minutes later Donal O’Sullivan was tripped in the square with Mark Ryan sliding his low penalty kick past Ian Giltinan to make it 3-9 to 0-12.

A brisk first 30 minutes failed to separate the teams with both having periods of dominance but in the end neither could get their nose in front at the interval.

It took Cork just 15 seconds to open the scoring, Mark Keane tapping down the throw-in to midfield partner Colm O’Callaghan who did the rest. Damien Gore and Colm Barrett added points to put Cork three up in as many minutes, but Kerry settled into the game and were back on terms with scores from Cormac Linnane, Fiachra Clifford and Donal O’Sullivan as the game took on the ebb and flow of a decent Munster Final.

Mark Keane’s 11th minute point nudged Cork back in the lead but then the hosts hit the front when David Shaw fielded high over Liam O’Donovan, turned and placed a low shot beyond Giltinan to make it 1-3 to 0-4.

Bloodied, but unbowed Cork responded with the next four points, three from Chris Og Jones, to put them back in front, 0-8 to 1-3, and it was matters even, 1-6 to 0-9, at the interval.

An early Jones free put the Rebels in front again and Kerry struggled in that opening period of the second half, but when their first score of the half arrived in the 41st minute it was a game changer. Clifford did the approach work to set up Horan for his goal, and the home side were in the ascendancy thereafter.

Clifford and O’Sullivan were the pick of the Kerry forwards but the defence stood firm too, Stefan Okunbor putting in a man of the match performance at full back, and the half back line finding a winning balance between defence and offence.

Cork will rue some needless turnovers and poor accuracy in a game they were comfortable in for 40 or so minutes, but the old adage of goals winning games rang true. So, the quartet of minor, U-20, junior and senior titles will winter in the Kingdom, with this U-20 team now set to face the Leinster champions in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Scorers for Kerry: D O’Sullivan 0-4 (2fs), M Ryan 1-0 (pen), D Shaw 1-0, E Horan 1-0, F Clifford 0-2 (1f), C Linnane 0-2, Sean O’Leary 0-2, G O’Sullivan 0-1

Scorers for Cork: C Og Jones 0-7 (3fs), C O’Callaghan 0-2, M Keane 0-2, T Corkery 0-1, C Barrett 0-1, D Gore 0-1.

KERRY: Brian Lonergan, David Naughton, Stefan Okunbor, Micheál Reidy, Mike Breen, Graham O’Sullivan, Daniel O’Brien, Mark Ryan, Diarmuid O’Connor, Fiachra Clifford, Cormac Linnane, Dara Moynihan, Donal O’Sullivan, Bryan Sweeney, David Shaw.
Subs: Brian Friel for C Linnane (37), Eddie Horan for D Shaw (41), Sean O’Leary for D Moynihan (42, b/c), Michael Potts for F Clifford (51), Micheal Foley for D O’Connor (57), Cian Gammell for D Naughton (62)

CORK: Ian Giltinan, Nathan Walsh, Sean Walsh, Kevin O’Donovan, Liam O’Donovan, Aidan Browne, Tom Linehan, Colm O’Callaghan, Mark Keane, Maurice Shanley, Tadhg Corkery, Cathal Maguire, Colm Barrett, Chris Óg Jones, Damien Gore.
Subs: Sean O Sullivan for C Maguire (ht), Killian Myers Murray for M Shanley (37), Matthew Bradley for C Barrett (50), Mark Cronin for D Gore (50), Liam Wall for S Walsh (50), Alan McCarthy for K O’Donovan (54, b/c).

Referee: Sean Lonergan (Tipperary)

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Man of the Match Stefan Okunbor (Kerry)

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Munster Junior Football Championship Final – Kerry 2-14 Cork 1-15

Kerry defeated Cork by 2-14 to 1-15 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Final on Wednesday June 27th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

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KERRY: D Ó Sé (Ballydonoghue); T Wallace (Ardfert), D Donohue (Spa), P O’Sullivan (Valentia); P Clifford (Templenoe), A Barry (Na Gaeil), S Moloney (John Mitchels); K Murphy (Kilcummin), R Murphy (Beaufort); E Cronin (Spa), P Clifford (Fossa), L O’Donoghue (Glenflesk); T Hickey (Castleisland Desmonds), D Daly (St Mary’s), N O’Shea (Dromid Pearses).
Subs: E O’Brien (Churchill), D Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), ST Dillon (St Senan’s), P O’Connor (Gneeveguilla), C O’Shea (St Mary’s), R Buckley (Listry), B Crowley (Templenoe), C Farley (Dromid Pearses), C Fitzgerald (Churchill).

CORK: C Kelly (Éire Óg); P Clancy (Fermoy), P Murphy (Bandon), D O’Regan (St Vincent’s); K Cremin (Boherbue), B Daly (Newmarket), J Cronin (Lisgoold); K O’Hanlon (Kilshannig), BT O’Sullivan (Garnish); S Hickey (Rockchapel), C Vaughan (Iveleary), E McSweeney (Knocknagree); J O’Connor (Boherbue), D Dineen (Cill na Martra), A O’Connor (Knocknagree).
Subs: J Creedon (Iveleary), C Dennehy (St Finbarr’s), G McCarthy (St Finbarr’s), G O’Connor (Knocknagree), M Vaughan (Millstreet), R Harkin (Mallow), D Cremin (St Michael’s), S O’Donovan (Mayfield), B Murphy (Iveleary), D Pyne (Glanworth), A Murphy (St Finbarr’s), A Murphy (St Finbarr’s).

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Clare 1-19 Offaly 2-14

Clare defeated Offaly by 1-19 to 2-14 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 on Sunday June 24th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 3-18 Cork 2-4

Kerry defeated Cork by 3-18 to 2-4 in the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final on Saturday June 23rd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

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Munster Senior Football Championship Final

KERRY 3-18 CORK 2-4

Report By John Harrington for

Kerry’s young gun-slingers shot Cork full of holes in this evening’s one-sided Munster SFC Final at Páirc Ui Chaoimh. With an average age of just 24 this Kerry team is going to be around for a while, but they’re clearly determined to make their mark now and won’t be content this year with just a Munster Championship.

They toyed with Cork at times this evening. Some of their attacking thrusts were a joy to behold, and they turned over opposition ball carriers time and again with aggressive and co-ordinated tackling. But as comfortable as the win was, it’s clear too that this Kerry side is still a work in progress.

Some of their defending would have made Dublin manager Jim Gavin’s video analysts smile, and if Kerry have serious ambitions about knocking Dublin from their pedestal this year they’ll need to tighten up that aspect of their play.

And as slick as they looked this evening, it’s hard to know yet just how good this young Kerry team is until they’re faced with serious adversity and have to dig deep.

That never happened in this match, because apart from a quick start, Cork were well off the pace. Time and again men in red jersies were left in the wake of jet-heeled Kerry players, and with what limited possession they had they struggled to put together cohesive attacking moves with any real consistency.

Cork’s challenge petered out fairly meekly in the end, but for the first ten minutes of the contest they at least gave their supporters something to really shout about.

The match couldn’t really have gotten off to a more dramatic start, with the Rebels scoring a goal in the second minute and Kerry replying in kind not long afterwards.

Cork’s goal was a product of their own opportunism and some slack Kerry defending as Ruairi Deane collected a pass from Sean White and soloed towards goal.

He muscled his way in along the end-line and when he hand-passed a ball across the face of the Kerry goal there was the unexpected figure of Cork full-back Jamie O’Sullivan to palm it to the net. The Cork defender collided with the post in the process of scoring which forced him off the field for a few minutes, and his absence was costly.

Jamie O’Sullivan goal for Cork

You’d imagine if he had been on the field he would have had the defensive instincts to intercept Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien when he picked the ball up on the Cork ’45 and made a bee-line towards goal. He was allowed bring the ball all the way as far as the ’14 yard line and then blasted it emphatically to the back of the Cork net.

Stephen O’Brien goal for Kerry

When Paul Geaney then kicked a point to put Kerry 1-2 to 1-0 ahead it looked like they were beginning to settle into a comfortable rhythm, but they sustained another sharp shock on nine minutes when they conceded a second goal.

It was pretty much a carbon copy of the first as once again Ruairi Deane was allowed to solo towards goal, come in along the end-line, and hand-pass it across the face of the goal, and this time Mark Collins was on hand to palm it to the net. It was poor defending by Kerry, and you can be sure both goals will be mentioned in training next week by manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

Mark Collins goal for Cork

When Luke Connolly followed up the Collins goal with a brilliant point from play it drew a crescendo of cheers from the home supporters, but they’d have nothing else to shout about for the remaining 25 minutes of the half.

Kerry took complete control of the match, and that was largely thanks to the manner in which they pushed up successfully on the Cork kick-out.

With no targets to kick short to, Cork goalkeeper Mark White was forced to go long and his outfielders were cleaned out in the middle third by Kerry’s ball winners.

Kerry kicked nine unanswered points from the 10th minute to the half-time whistle to storm into a 1-10 to 2-1 lead, with the inside forward line of Geaney, David Clifford, and James O’Donoghue doing most of the damage.

Clifford was poetry in motion whenever he ran with the ball, and the two points he scored in the first half were typically classy efforts. As good as Clifford is, at this point in his career he’s still very much the apprentice in the Kerry attack to master magician Geaney.

The Dingle man kicked three brilliant first-half points, and then effectively killed the game stone dead when he hammered home Kerry’s secondd at the start of the second-half. From that moment on it was only a question of just how handsome a margin Kerry would win the match by.

Quite handsome, as it turned out. The introduction of substitutes like Kieran Donaghy, Darran O’Sullivan, and Barry John Keane meant Kerry never let up, and even if they were sloppy at times the scores kept mounting steadily.

Geaney had already kicked two more nice points when he capped a man of the match display with his second goal in the final minute of normal time.

In the end it was a stroll in the sun for this talented Kerry team, but it’ll be very interesting to see how they cope with the tougher tests ahead that await them in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final series, like the impending showdown with Connacht champions Galway.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 2-5, Sean O’Shea 0-4 (2 ’45, 1f), James O’Donoghue 0-3 (1f), Stephen O’Brien 1-0, David Clifford 0-2, Paul Murphy 0-2, Gavin White 0-1, Barry John Keane 0-1

Scorers for Cork: Mark Collins 1-1, Jamie O’Sullian 1-0, Luke Connolly 0-2, Peter Kelleher 0-1

KERRY: Shane Murphy; Jason Foley, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich; Paul Murphy, Tadhg Morley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Berry; Micheál Burns, Seán O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Kevin McCarthy for Stephen O’Brien (23 black card), Darran O’Sullivan for Micheal Burns (ht), Mark Griffin for Jason Foley (53), Kieran Donaghy for David Clifford (55), Barry John Keane for James O’Donoghue (58), Killian Young for Tadhg Morley (64)

CORK: Mark White; Kevin Crowley, Jamie O’Sullivan, Sam Ryan; Stephen Cronin, Kevin Flahivev, Tomas Clancy; Aidan Walsh, Ian Maguire; Kevin O’Driscoll, Sean White, John O’Rourke; Mark Collins, Ruairi Deane, Luke Connolly
Subs: James Loughrey for Sam Ryan (20, black card), Paul Kerrigan for Ruairi Deane (33, black card), Brian Hurley for John O’Rourke, Peter Kelleher for Kevin O’Driscoll (both half-time), Brian O’Driscoll for Stephen Cronin (58), Colm O’Neill for Aidan Walsh (59)

Ref: Ciarán Branagan (Down)

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We are expecting a substantial attendance at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sat 23rd June 2018.

Cork City Traffic will be busy generally & we wish to advise that they will be some traffic delays / congestion.


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CORK (SFC v Kerry): M White (Clonakilty); S Ryan (St Finbarr’s), J O’Sullivan (Bishopstown), K Flahive (Douglas); K Crowley (Millstreet), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers), T Clancy (Fermoy); A Walsh (Kanturk), I Maguire (St Finbarr’s); K O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), S White (Clonakilty), R Deane (Bantry Blues); J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), M Collins (Castlehaven), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
Subs: R Price (O’Donovan Rossa), J Loughrey (Mallow), M Taylor (Mallow), C Kiely (Ballincollig), B O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), R O’Toole (Éire Óg), P Kelleher (Kilmichael), P Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), M Hurley (Castlehaven), B Hurley (Castlehaven), C O’Neill (Ballyclough).

Kerry: Shane Murphy; Jason Foley, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich; Paul Murphy, Tadhg Morley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Barry; Michael Burns, Seán O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.

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GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Monaghan 5-21 Waterford 0-9

Monaghan defeated Waterford by 5-21 to 0-9 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 on Saturday June 23rd at 2pm in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Mayo 1-19 Tipperary 1-11

Mayo defeated Tipperary by 1-19 to 1-11 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 on Saturday June 23rd at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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Tipperary: Evan Comerford, Shane O’Connell, John Meagher, Alan Campbell, Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan, Liam Casey, Steven O’Brien, Josh Keane, Jack Keane, Jack Kennedy, Brian Fox, Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Liam McGrath

Mayo: David Clarke, Chris Barrett, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins, Colm Boyle, Stephen Coen, Patrick Durcan, Seamus O’Shea, Lee Keegan, Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Cian Hanley, Jason Doherty, Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran.

TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final – Cork 5-13 Kerry 2-10

Cork defeated Kerry by 5-13 to 2-10 in the TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final on Saturday June 23rd at the Cork Institute of Technology GAA grounds.

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Final – Kerry 3-21 Clare 1-7

Kerry defeated Clare by 3-21 to 1-7 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Final on Saturday June 23rd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Final

KERRY 3-21 CLARE 1-7

By Denis Hurley for

Kerry’s supremacy was never in doubt as they achieved a sixth straight Electric Ireland Munster MFC title with a win over Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening.

The Kingdom began with a pair of early points from Jack O’Connor and man of the match Paul Walsh, but Clare’s response was strong and they took the lead as Thomas Kelly netted from Jack Regan’s pass on 11 minutes.

Unfortunately for the Banner, it was a fleeting and unique experience to hold the upper hand. Dylan Geaney levelled for Kerry and then added a goal when Walsh’s free kick came back off the post. From there, Kerry drove on, nine different players scoring 11 points in a row, and by the time the first half finished, they led by 1-15 to 1-2.

Walsh and Paul O’Shea were full of guile for Kerry while Geaney chipped in impressively too and Darragh Rahilly and Darragh Lyne ensured a midfield dominance.

Clare did have the first score of the second half through sub Tadhg Lillis, but Kerry had a second goal immediately after, Geaney again on hand when a Walsh free broke near the Clare goalmouth.

That made it 2-15 to 1-3 but, to Clare’s credit, they didn’t wilt. Mark McInerney was unlucky to see his goal attempt saved by Marc Kelliher for a 45, which Emmet McMahon put over the bar.

Shane Meehan added another fine point for the Banner and then Chibby Okoye had another goal opportunity, Kelliher again coming to Kerry’s rescue. They saw out the game impressively, with Walsh adding a third goal as he punched home from sub Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaioch’s delivery.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Walsh 1-7 (4fs), Dylan Geaney 2-3, Jack O’Connor, Darragh Rahilly, Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaioch (1f) 0-2 each, Dan McCarthy, Darragh Lyne, Killian Falvey, Michael Lenihan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Thomas Kelly 1-0, Shane Meehan (1f), Emmet McMahon (1 45) 0-2 each, Mark McInerney (f), Conor Hassett, Tadhg Lillis 0-1 each.

KERRY: Marc Kelliher; Conor Flannery, Owen Fitzgerald, David Mangan; Colm Moriarty, Dan McCarthy; Dan Murphy; Darragh Rahilly, Darragh Lyne; Paul Walsh, Paul O’Shea, Killian Falvey; Dylan Geaney, Jack O’Connor, Michael Lenihan.
Subs: Seán Quilter for O’Shea (41), Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaioch for Lenihan (42), Jack Kennelly for Geaney (48), James McCarthy for Fitzgerald (53), David Dineen for Rahilly (55), Seán Óg Moran for Mangan (58).

CLARE: Michael Garrihy; Jack Reidy, Darragh Connelly, Gavin D’Auria; Cillian Rouine, John Murphy, Aidan O’Connor; Chibby Okoye, Emmet McMahon; Jack Regan, Cian McDonough, Thomas Kelly; Mark McInerney, Shane Meehan, Joey Droney.
Subs: Tadhg Lillis for Regan (half-time), Pádraic O’Donoghue for Droney (half-time), Kevin Keane for McInerney (45), Conor Hassett for D’Auria (54), Ryan Barry for O’Connnor (60), Manus Doherty for Lillis (60, black card).

REFEREE: John Ryan (Cork).

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EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 3-22 Waterford 0-1

Kerry defeated Waterford by 3-22 to 0-1 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Semi-Final on Friday June 22nd at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Waterford score just one point as Kerry run riot

Kerry 3-22 Waterford 0-01

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Kerry booked their place in next Friday’s inaugural Munster Under-20 football final with a facile 30-point win over Waterford that will serve them little to no use when they face Cork back at the Tralee venue in seven days.

Without any irony, the most memorable moment of the game was Aodhan MacGearailt’s 42nd minute point for Waterford.

It was the Sean Phobal man’s first touch after coming in as a substitute and it was Waterford’s first, last and only score of the game.

Kerry had 1-17 on the scoreboard at that stage, having led 1-11 at half time, the goal courtesy of Donal O’Sullivan in the 24th minute. It’s likely Kerry boss Jack O’Connor had some harsh words for his players at the interval despite them leading by that 14-point margin: the Kingdom were sloppy and wasteful at times, but then who could blame them.

They beat Limerick by 28 points the previous week in the quarter-final and this contest was expected to be easier again for them. David Shaw had kicked Kerry into the lead after 15 seconds and it signalled a long evening for both teams and the 666 spectators at a sun-splashed Stack Park.

Dara Moynihan kicked three points from play in the first period with midfielder Diarmuid O’Connor closing out the half with a neat brace, but the pressure on the Kerry players by an extremely limited Waterford side was virtually non-existent.

Bryan Sweeney, Moynihan and Shaw landed early second half points for Kerry as the second half followed a similar pattern, and the hosts were 20 points to the good when MacGearailt raised that metaphorical white flag for the Deise.

Ciaran Kennedy scored Kerry’s second goal in the 51st minute and the third arrived two minutes later from a Shaw penalty kick after Sweeney was pulled down. That penalty and an earlier ’45’ from Shaw were the only scores not from play as in a contest whre referee David Murnane had little to fuss over.

Kerry have a week now to get down to the serious business of preparing for Cork, when the questions asked of them should be much tougher.

Kerry: B Lonergan, D Naughton, S Okunbar, M Reidy, C Gammell, M Breen, D O’Brien, M Ryan 0-01, D O’Connor 0-02, F Clifford 0-01, C Linnane, D Moynihan 0-05, D O’Sullivan 1-01, B Sweeney 0-02, D Shaw 1-04 (1-00 pen, 0-01 ’45).
Subs: B 0-02 for F Clifford (ht), S O’Leary for M Reidy (38), M Potts 0-02 for C Linnane (40), C Kennedy 1-01 for D O’Sullivan (40), E Horan for D O’Connor (45), M Foley 0-01 for M Ryan (45),

Waterford: A Beresford, T Barron, J Skehan, L Cooney, C O Cuirrin, C Walsh, M Twomey, C Kennedy, D Fitzgerald, J Devine, S Whelan Barrett, B Lynch, B Power.
Subs: C Gough for L Cooney (ht), J Harrington for J Beresford (ht), S Aherne for D Booth (ht), A MacGearailt 0-01 for M Twomey (41), R O’Neill for B Power (46), R Coffey O’Shea for B Lynch (56)

Referee: D Murnane (Cork)