Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Clare 3-20 Waterford 2-12

Clare defeated Waterford by 3-20 to 2-12 in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 5th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Clare cruise into Munster intermediate final with 11-point win over Waterford

Clare 3-20 Waterford 2-12

Jackie Cahill reports from Semple Stadium for

CLINICAL CLARE CRUISED into their first Munster intermediate hurling decider since 2012 with an 11-point victory over Waterford in this afternoon’s semi-final at Semple Stadium.

Inside forwards Danny Russell, Ryan Taylor and Colin Crehan hit 1-2 from play each as the Banner men recovered from a sluggish start to set up a 6 July decider with Limerick or Tipperary.

DJ Foran, whose club form recently for Portlaw has seen him tipped for a senior call-up, hit 2-4 from play for Waterford but it wasn’t enough as Clare, managed by former All-Ireland U21 winning joint-boss Donal Moloney, were hugely impressive.

Clare won pulling up but they were seven points down early in the first half before turning up the heat. Waterford, with Foran excellent, roared into a 1-5 to 0-1 advantage but Clare were 2-10 to 2-7 clear at half-time.

Foran grabbed Seamus Keating’s free before lashing home his opening goal in the eighth minute and he struck again a minute before the break to keep the Déise in touch after Clare came storming back. Taylor latched onto David Conroy’s delivery that took a vicious bounce off the turf and walked past goalkeeper Gavin Power before finding the net for Clare in the 19th minute.

Three minutes later, a flowing Clare move ended with Grehan finding the bottom corner with a low drive across the boughs of Power.
Foran’s point cut the gap back to just two early in the second half but that was the last time he would score Clare switched Eoin Quirke across to mark the full-forward, with starting full-back Barry Fitzpatrick replaced.

Russell’s 36th-minute goal ended the game as a contest, opening up a 3-13 to 0-9 lead for Clare, and it was an avoidable concession from a Waterford viewpoint as Power’s pocket was picked by Russell before he applied the finish.

Scorers for Clare: Shane McGrath 0-7 (5f, 1 65), Danny Russell, Ryan Taylor & Colin Crehan 1-2 each, Oisin Donnellan & Michael O’Malley 0-2 each, Jason McCarthy, David Conroy & Rory Hayes 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: DJ Foran 2-4, David Gartland 0-4f, Mícheál Harney, Seamus Keating, Andy Molumby & Tommy Waring 0-1 each.


1. Daniel Vaughan (Tulla)
2. Eoin Quirke (Whitegate)
3. Barry Fitzpatrick (Sixmilebridge)
4. Ciaran Cooney (O’Callaghans Mills)
7. Dara Walsh (Éire Óg)
6. Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley)
5. Jason McCarthy (Inagh Kilnamona)
8. David Conroy (St Josephs Doora Barefield)
9. Kevin Hehir (Inagh Kilnamona)
10. Oisin Donnellan (Feakle)
11. Shane McGrath (Feakle – capt.)
12. Darragh Corry (Tulla)
13. Danny Russell (Éire Óg)
14. Ryan Taylor (Clooney Quin)
15. Colin Crehan (O’Callaghans Mills)
17. Rory Hayes (Wolfe Tones) for Fitzpatrick (half-time)
21. Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley) for Corry (45)
23. Michael O’Neill (Kilmaley) for McGrath (51)
20. Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones) for Hehir (54)
22. Cian Moloney (Kilmaley) for Donnellan (56)


1. Gavin Power (Dungarvan)
2. William Hahessy (Clonea)
3. Niall Fives (Tourin)
4. Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart)
5. Mícheál Harney (Bunmahon)
6. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
7. Billy O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
8. Seamus Keating (Ardmore)
9. Mark O’Brien (Ferrybank)
10. Andy Molumby (Cappoquin)
11. David Gartland (Ardmore)
12. Jordan Henley (Tallow)
15. Tommy Waring (Erins Own)
14. DJ Foran (Portlaw – capt.)
13. Peter Hogan (Ballygunner)
21. John Paul Lucey (Shamrocks) for Molumby (half-time)
17. Dermot Ryan (Fourmilewater) for Fives (36)
22. Edmond O’Halloran (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg) for Waring (46)
20. Robbie Flynn (Clonea) for Henley (48)
23. Criostóir Breathnach (An Rinn) for Gartland (56)

Referee: John McCormack (Tipperary)

Team News

The Intermediate Hurling Team to face Clare on Sunday at 2pm has being named.

1. Gavin Power (Dungarvan)
2. William Hahessy (Clonea)
3. Niall Fives (Tourin)
4. Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart)
5. Míchéal Harney (Bunmahon)
6. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
7. Billy O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
8. Seamus Keating (Ardmore)
9. Mark O’Brien (Ferrybank)
10. Andy Molumby (Cappoquin)
11. David Gartland (Ardmore)
12. Jordan Henley (Tallow)
13. Peter Hogan (Ballygunner)
14. DJ Foran (Portlaw)
15. Tommy Waring (Erins Own)

Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-16 Limerick 1-16

Kerry defeated Limerick by 2-16 to 1-16 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 12th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Heartbreak as late goal denies Limerick in Munster semi final

Report by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

It was heartbreak for the Limerick junior footballers this Sunday in the Munster championship semi final with an injury time goal giving Kerry a 2-16 to 1-16 win. Limerick looked on course for a first Munster JFC final since 2010 until the winning Kerry goal in the sixth minute of injury time.

Limerick lost the last two Munster junior semi finals to Cork by two and three points and looked on course to win this game in Killarney until the late dramatics. Jame Lee was the Limerick leader with 11 points, including six pointed frees.

Kerry were 1-5 to 0-7 ahead at half time but there were plenty positives for a Limerick side that kicked six points in a row during a 20-minute spell that saw the home side held scoreless. It was Kerry that hit the ground running and were 1-4 to 0-1 ahead by the 12th minute.

Jamie Lee had the only Limerick score of the opening quarter in the third minute and it was a 10th minute Kieran Hurley goal that helped Kerry into the early six point lead. But the Limerick response was impressive and led by Jamie Lee, who ended the first half with six points – three superb points from play and three frees.

Adrian Enright was the only other Limerick scorer in the half and it was his 29th minute score that had the game level, 0-7 to 1-4. Hurley’s injury time point gave Kerry the interval lead by just a point.

In the second half Limerick were superb but it was Kerry that kicked the first three points of the half to move four points clear. Points from Lee, Tony McCasrthy and Padraig Scanlan moved LImerick closer until the goal came in the 15th minute of the half.
It was Adrian Enright that crashed the ball to the net for a 1-12 to 1-10 lead for Limerick. Kerry replied but Lee and Seamus O’Carroll moved LImerick 1-14 to 1-11 ahead. But in injury time Kerry levelled with Paul O’Donoghue and Niall O’Shea points. Brian Donovan looked to have won it for Limerick until the late dramatic Kerry goal.

SCORERS: Limerick: Jamie Lee 0-11 (6frees), Adrian Enright 1-1, Tony McCarthy, Seamus O’Carroll, Padraig Scanlan and Brian Donovan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: James Brouder; Mike O’Keeffe, Maurice O’Sullivan, Colm Moran; Tony McCarthy, Lorcan O’Dwyer, John Bourke; Michael O’Donovan, Tommie Childs; David Ward, Adrian Enright, Kieran Daly; Padraig Scanlan, Seamus O’Carroll, Jamie Lee
Subs: Sean Flanagan for John Bourke (13mins), Dale Fitzgerald for Colm Moran, inj (21mins), Bill Creamer for Lorcan O’Dwyer, b-c (37mins), Sean Murphy for David Ward (45mins), James Naughton for Kieran Daly (57mins), Brian Donovan for Padraig Scanlan (59mins).

KERRY: Darragh O’Shea; Darren Brosnan, Cathal O’Luing, Fionan Clifford; Patrick Clifford, Laurence Bastible, Robert Wharton; Adrian Spillane, Michael O’Donnell; Brian O’Seanachain, Liam Carey, Paul O’Donoghue; Dara Roche, Kieran Hurley, Niall O’Shea
Subs: Adam Barry for Dara Roche (41mins), Dara O’Shea for Robert Wharton (47mins), Lee O’Donoghue for Liam Carey (48mins), Kevin O’Sullivan for Michael O’Donnell (50mins), Michael O’Donnell for Kieran Hurley (56mins).

REFEREE: James Bermingham (Cork)

Team News

The Kerry Junior Football Team to play Limerick in the Munster Junior Football semi Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday is a completely new side from the team that won the All Ireland title last year.
Four of the side, Darren Brosnan, Robert Wharton, Brian Ó Seanachain and Liam Carey have won All Ireland Minor medals in the last couple of years, while Fionán Clifford was on the Kerry Junior team that reached the All Ireland Final in 2014.

The team captained by Paul O’Donoghue of St Marys is as follows:

1 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
2 Darren Brosnan Gneeveguilla
3 Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
4 Fionán Clifford Waterville
5 Patrick Clifford Templenoe
6 Laurence Bastible John Mitchels
7 Robert Wharton Renard
8 Adrian Spillane Templenoe
9 Michael O’Donnell Austin Stacks
10 Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11 Liam Carey Beaufort
12 Paul O’Donoghue (C) St Marys
13 Seán Michéal Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
14 Kieran Hurley St Pats
15 Niall O’Shea Dromid Pearses
Fir Ionaid:
16 Kieran Fitzgibbon Kenmare
17 Dara Roche Glenflesk
18 Kevin O’Sullivan Kenmare
19 Adam Barry Brosna
20 Kieran O’Neill Templenoe
21 Dara O’Shea Kenmare
22 Eoghan Courtney Ardfert
23 Evan Cronin Spa
24 Lee O’Donoghue Glenflesk

Bainisteóir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Róghnóirí: Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys), Jimmy Keane (Brosna), Brian Hickey (Skellig Rangers).

Additional Players on the Kerry Junior Panel:
Caoimhín Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht) and Paudie Clifford (Fossa).

Limerick Junior football team and panel to face Kerry this Sunday afternoon at 1.30pm in the Munster junior football championship semi final in Killarney is announced. Limerick manager Diarmuid Sheedy and his selectors Moss McCarthy and Ger O Connor has released the following team and match panel.

(1) James Brouder (Mountcollins), (2) Mike O Keeffe ( Newcastlewest), (3) Maurice O Sullivan (Galtee Gaels), (4) Colm Moran (Monaleen), (5) Tony McCarthy (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), (6) Lorcan O Dwyer (Pallasgreen)(Capt), (7) John Bourke (Oola), (8) Michael O Donovan (Galbally), (9) Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels), (10) David Ward (Fr Casey’s), (11) Sean Murphy (Newcastlewest), (12) Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh), (13) Padraig Scanlan (Glin), (14) Seamus O Carroll (Cappagh), (15) Jamie Lee (Newcastlewest)
(16) Gearoid Greaney (Dromcollogher/Broadford), (17) Bill Creamer (Cappamore), (18) Dale Fitzgerald (St Senans), (19) David Cussen (Galbally), (20) Shane Brosnan (Monagea), (21) Adrian Enright (Fr Casey’s), (22) James Naughton (Adare), (23) Brian Donovan (Monaleen) (24) Keith Hartnett (Rathkeale).

Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Cork 1-21 Tipperary 0-10

Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-21 to 0-10 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 12th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Clinical Cork make light work of Tipp to book spot in Munster junior final

Cork 1-21 Tipperary 0-10

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Independent newspaper

Clinical Cork had Michael Vaughan, Killian O’Hanlon and Mark Sugrue in free-scoring form as they demolished Tipperary by 14 points in yesterday’s Munster JFC semi-final in Thurles.

The Rebels, aiming for a first provincial crown since 2013, booked a final spot with Kerry on June 30 after leading from start to finish. Vaughan, O’Hanlon and Sugrue bagged 12 points from play between them as Gerry O’Connor weighed in with three of his four points from placed balls.

And given Kerry’s struggles against Clare in Killarney yesterday, Cork will feel confident of avenging their heavy final defeats against the Kingdom in 2014 and again last year. Leading by 1-11 to 0-6 at half-time, Cork pushed on after the break and inflicted further punishment on Tipp.

Fielding four players who started the EirGrid U21 final defeat to Mayo, and with Sean O’Leary boosting that contingent by coming off the bench, Cork had too much craft and guile for their outclassed hosts.
One of those U21 stars, Kieran Histon, scored a 19th minute goal as Cork stormed into a 1-5 to 0-3 lead and they were nine clear twice in the first half before claiming an eight-point interval lead.

Tipp managed just five points from play in the entire game, two of them supplied by one of last year’s minor stars, Aidan Buckley, and they never looked like mounting a second half comeback.

Scorers for Cork: M Sugrue 0-6 (2f, 1 45), M Vaughan 0-5, K O’Hanlon & G O’Connor (3f) 0-4 each, K Histon 1-0, B Coughlan & D Harrington 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: J Ryan 0-4f, A Buckley 0-2, T Hanley, D Butler (f), J Kennedy & S Grogan 0-1 each.

CORK: A Casey; D Colfer, P Murphy, J Mullins; D O’Neill, B Daly, K Histon; B Coughlan, C Brosnan; M Vaughan, K O’Hanlon, R Harkin; M Sugrue, G O’Connor, D Harrington.
Subs: E Buckley for Harrington (44), S O’Leary for Brosnan (50), C Moynihan for Harkin (50), N McCarthy for Histon (52), TJ Brosnan for Mullins (53), P Condon for Vaughan (56).

TIPPERARY: J McDonald; C O’Connor, R O’Callaghan, A McGuire; L Moore, E Moloney, G Ryan; A Buckley, C Dillon; T Hanley, N McKenna, J Bergin; J Ryan, D Butler, J Kennedy.
Subs: M O’Dwyer for McKenna (h.t.), D Bargary for Moloney (39), S Grogan for Butler (40), TJ Ryan for Hanley (44), D Hayes for Dillon (51), G Peters for McDonald (54).

Referee: S Joy (Kerry)

Team News

The Tipperary Junior football manager Tommy Toomey has announced his side to face Cork in the Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final in Semple Stadium, at 1.30pm next Sunday. Showing a number of changes to his side, Tommy has drafted in minor star of last year Jack Kennedy from Clonmel Commercials at top of the left while Christy O’Connor from Newport comes in at left corner back. Elsewhere, Rian O’Callaghan, Gavin Ryan, Aidan Buckley and Jamie Bergin all introduced the last day, retain their places.

The full panel is as follows –

1. Jake McDonald – Clonmel Commercials
2. Adrian McGuire – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
3. Rian O’Callaghan – Ballyporeen
4. Christy O’Connor – Newport
5. Luke Moore – Clonmel Commercials
6. Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch
7. Gavin Ryan – Rockwell Rovers
8. Aidan Buckley – St. Patrick’s
9. Cathal Dillon (Capt.) – Aherlow Gaels
10. Thomas Hanley – Aherlow Gaels
11. Niall McKenna – Cahir
12. Jamie Bergin – Drom & Inch
13. Joe Ryan – Kilmurry
14. David Butler – Drom & Inch
15. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials

16. Gordan Peters – Aherlow Gaels
17. Daithi Bargary – Golden-Kilfeacle
18. Mikey O’Dwyer – Arravale Rovers
19. Stephen Ryan – Golden-Kilfeacle
20. David Hayes – Fethard
21. Mark Butler – Loughmore-Castleiney
22. Graham Quinn – Clonmel Óg
23. Seamus Grogan – Aherlow Gaels
24. T.J. Ryan – Rockwell Rovers

The Cork Junior Football team to play Tipperary on Sunday 12th June @ 1.30pm in Semple Stadium has been announced as follows

(1) Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)
(2) Diarmuid Colfer (Glanworth)
(3) Peter Murphy (Bandon)
(4) John Mullins (Eire Og)
(5) David O’ Neill (Mayfield)
(6) Bart Daly (Newmarket)
(7) Kieran Histon (Cobh)
(8) Brian Coughlan (Kinsale)
(9) Cillian Brosnan (Brian Dillons)
(10) Michael Vaughan (Millstreet)
(11) Killian O’ Hanlon (Kilshannig)
(12) Ryan Harkin (Mallow)
(13) Mark Sugrue (Bandon)
(14) Gerry O’ Connor (Boherbue)
(15) David Harrington (Adrigole)
(16) Anthony Kidney (Passage)
(17) Colm Hyde (Naomh Aban)
(18) Matthew Taylor (Mallow)
(19) Niall McCarthy (Kinsale)
(20) T.J Brosnan (Newmarket)
(21) Sean O’ Leary (Bantry Blues)
(22) Chris Moynihan (Gabriel Rangers)
(23) Eoghan Buckley (St Michaels)
(24) Paul Condon (Mayfield)

Munster SHC Semi-Final – Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17

Waterford defeated Clare by 1-21 to 0-17 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 5th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Munster SHC: Waterford dominate Clare

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final

Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

AUSTIN Gleeson produced a Semple Stadium tour de force this afternoon as Waterford powered into a second successive Munster SHC final.

The Mount Sion star scored six points, including five from play, as Waterford avenged their Allianz League final replay defeat at the hands of Clare four weeks ago. It was also a good day for Pauric Mahony as he also bagged six points, five of them frees, on his first championship start since the 2014 All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Wexford.

Mahony was called up as a late replacement for Colin Dunford and rewarded McGrath’s faith by easing himself back into championship fare and proving accurate on placed balls. But Gleeson was a class apart in Thurles as Waterford claimed a handsome seven-point victory.

There were other massive displays from Maurice Shanahan, scorer of 1-2, Darragh Fives and captain Kevin Moran, particularly in the second half, as Derek McGrath’s charges advanced to a July 10 Munster final with Limerick or Tipperary.

That clash will be Waterford’s 7th provincial final appearance in 10 seasons (excluding the 2010 replay), a record that can’t be bettered by any other county in the province in that period. The League final replay between the counties may have been pleasing on the eye but the first half of this championship tussle reverted to type. The sides registered 20 wides between them before half-time, Clare responsible for 11 of them. Normally reliable forward Conor McGrath, who was later hauled off, had five alone, and Tony Kelly three, as the Banner men misfired attacking the Killinan End.

Again, the match-ups were fascinating but difficult to pinpoint throughout the first half as players seemed more content to track players in a zonal manner. In front of 19,715 spectators, Waterford held a valuable four-point half-time advantage, leading by 1-9 to 0-8.

They had roared into a 1-1 to 0-0 lead within four minutes, Shanahan scrambling the ball home following an aerial delivery with Clare’s full-back exposed. In a game of fine margins, Shanahan’s strike came just two minutes after Clare midfielder David Reidy bombed forward to force a brilliant diving save from Waterford net-minder Stephen O’Keeffe.

But Clare settled and were level by the 14th minute, as a run of four unanswered points ensured parity, and Waterford went 11 minutes without a score. They were level twice more before Waterford gained the initiative in the final 12 minutes of the first half, with Darragh Fives particularly impressive for the Déise.

Gleeson, who had three first half points, arced over a delicious 20th minute effort from the New Stand touchline and while Waterford looked the more capable up front, they could have had been further ahead at the break. Shane Bennett was content to loft over a 34th-minute point after Clare were turned over but if the Ballysaggart player had lifted his head, Patrick Curran was unmarked on the 14-yard line and would surely have netted.

But that chance would not matter in the overall context of the game as Waterford, despite going 11 minutes without a score again in the second half, got the job done. Gleeson put over a beautiful sideline cut in the 56th minute to end that barren run and the Déise kicked for home to put themselves within touching distance of a first Munster senior crown since 2010.

Waterford built on their half-time lead and their lead was as big as eight points (1-20 to 0-15) before they won pulling up, condemning League champions Clare to another run through the qualifiers.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony (5f) & A Gleeson (1 sl) 0-6 each, M Shanahan 1-2, K Moran 0-3, D Fives, Philip Mahony, S Bennett & J Dillon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C McGrath (2f) & C O’Connell (2f) 0-3 each, P Collins & C Ryan (1 65) 0-2 each, C Cleary, B Bugler, D Fitzgerald, D Reidy, C Galvin, T Kelly & J Conlon 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; B Coughlan, N Connors, S Fives; D Fives, T de Búrca, Philip Mahony; J Barron, K Moran; M Walsh, Pauric Mahony, Shane Bennett; A Gleeson, M Shanahan, P Curran.
Subs: T Devine for Bennett (54), J Dillon for Curran (57), B O’Halloran for Pauric Mahony (63), C Dunford for Shanahan (70), Stephen Bennett for Walsh (70+5).

CLARE: P Kelly; C Cleary, P O’Connor, C Dillon; O O’Brien, B Bugler, D Fitzgerald; D Reidy, C Galvin; P Collins, T Kelly, C McGrath; D Honan, S O’Donnell, J Conlon.
Subs: C Ryan for Honan (43), C O’Connell for McGrath (50), S Golden for Fitzgerald (53), A Shanagher for Collins (58), A Cunningham for Galvin (66).

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)

Ticket Information
Adult Covered Stand: €30
Adult Uncovered Stand: €25
Adult Terrace: €20
(Waterford have been allocated the Killinan End terrace, Clare the Town End terrace)
Student’s/OAP: Purchase Adult tickets and receive a €10 concession at designated turnstiles prior to entry
Under 16’s: €5

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Team News

Clare: P Kelly; O O’Brien, C Dillon, C Cleary; B Bugler, P O’Connor, D Fitzgerald; D Reidy, C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly, D Honan; P Collins, S O’Donnell, C McGrath.

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Clare in Semple Stadium on Sunday at 4pm has being named.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
18. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
21. Maurice Shanahan (Lismore)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

Clare v Waterford Snippets

The menu could scarcely be more appetising with a third helping five weeks awaiting supporters in Thurles. Only one point separated the sides after 160 minutes (draw/extra-time/replay) of intense action in the Allianz League final, with Clare edging to victory in the most dramatic circumstances. The total score from the two games was: Clare 1-45 Waterford 2-41.

2013: Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15 (Munster quarter-final)
2012: Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18 (Munster semi-final)
2010: Waterford 0-22 Clare 1-15 (2010 Munster semi-final)
2008: Clare 2-26 Waterford 0-23 (Munster quarter-final)
2005: Clare 4-14 Waterford 0-21 (All-Ireland qualifier)

Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15 (2013 Munster quarter-final)
Waterford led by 1-9 to 0-8 at half-time but goals from Shane O’Donnell and Conor McGrath in the second-half game helped Clare to a comfortable win in a season where they later won the All-Ireland title.

Clare 1-23 Waterford 2-19 (2016 Allianz League final – replay: Thurles, May 8)
A late point by Tony Kelly secured a great win for Clare, who trailed by a point in stoppage time. Kelly, who scored 1-6, levelled it up from a free before striking the point that brought the League title to Clare for the first time since 1978.

Clare: Div 1 champions: topped 1B (Played 9, Won 8, Drew 1)
Waterford: Div 1 runners-up: 2nd 1B (Played 9, Won 5, Drew 2, Lost 2)

Dave Fitzgerald is in his fifth season as Clare manager; Derek McGrath is in his third with Waterford.

Only one of the last ten championship games between the sides failed to produce a goal. It came in 1992 when Waterford won a quarter-final replay by 0-16 to 0-14 in Thurles

The winners will play Limerick or Tipperary in the Munster final on July 10; the losers will enter the All-Ireland qualifiers on July 2.


Munster SFC Semi-Final – Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17

Kerry defeated Clare by 2-23 to 0-17 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 12th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Munster SFC: Early goals crucial for Kerry

Munster Senior Football Championship

Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17

By Paul Brennan at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney for

Kerry set up a Munster Final showdown against Tipperary next month after dishing out a 12-point defeat to a Clare side simply overpowered and outclassed by the defending provincial champions. Two goals in the first four minutes laid the foundation for Kerry’s win, and despite a courageous rally for the remainder of the half by the Banner men, they were simply overran by Kerry in an impressive second half showing.

Showing five changes from the team that lost the Allianz Football League final to Dublin in April and eight changes to the team that started last year’s All-Ireland final, there was plenty of interest leading into this game. And with Clare having impressed in their Division Three campaign there was a sense of anticipation about this contest.

The game wasn’t two minutes old when Colm Cooper’s under-hit attempt at a point caught goalkeeper Joe Hayes off his goal line and nestled in the Clare net. David Tubridy and Stephen O’Brien traded points before O’Brien gathered Donnchadh Walsh’s through ball and his shot hit the net with the help of the two posts.

Another O’Brien point made it 2-2 to 0-1 after seven minutes and Clare were in trouble. By the game’s end they would be soundly beaten, but they deserve credit for not throwing in the towel. They refocused and worked their way back into the game, and made Kerry work hard for their seven-point half time lead.

Podge Collins and Eoin Cleary points steadied them, and further along Garry Brennan and Cleary, again, kept them in touch. Clare did play a high-wire act in defence, though, and in the 19th minute O’Brien shaved the crossbar on the way to scoring a point. Pearse Lillis – on as a black card replacement for Podge Collins – added a late point to leave it 2-10 to 0-9 at the break.

The second half went along expected lines, with Kerry controlling the game and Clare chasing it. Points from Darran O’Sullivan (2), Bryan Sheehan and Cooper moved Kerry further in front at the start of the second half, and as the half wore on Kerry pulled clear.

Marc Ó Sé, David Moran and Anthony Maher were introduced to make Kerry’s finishing team arguably stronger than the one that started, although Championship debutants Brian Ó Beaglaoich and Tadhg Morley acquitted themselves very well in the half back line. Tubridy and Lillis kept fighting hard for Clare, but Kerry tacked on the points with considerable ease, despite finishing the game with just 13 players on the field – with no substitutions to replace Killian Young (injured) and Michael Geaney (black card).

Scorers for Kerry: S O’Brien 1-5, C Cooper 1-3 (1f), P Geaney 0-5 (1f), D O’Sullivan 0-2, BJ Keane 0-2, B Sheehan 0-2 (2fs), K Young 0-1, D Moran 0-1, A Maher 0-1, P Murphy 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-7 (4fs, 245s), P Lillis 0-3, E Cleary 0-3 (1f, sideline), G Brennan 0-2, C O’Connor 0-1 P Collins 0-1.

Kerry: B Kelly; S Eright, M Griffin, K Young; B Ó Beaglaoich, P Crowley, T Morley; K Donaghy, B Sheehan; P Murphy, C Cooper, D Walsh; D O’Sullivan, P Geaney, S O’Brien
Subs: M Ó Sé for Morley (48), D Moran for Sheehan (50), J Lyne for Ó Beaglaoigh (52), BJ Keane for O’Sullivan (54), M Geaney for Walsh (56), A Maher for Donaghy (64), K Young (injured, 67 not replaced), M Geaney (black card 73 not replaced).

Clare: J Hayes; D Ryan, K Hartnett, M McMahon; S Collins, G Kelly, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor; E Cleary, J Malone, S McGrath; K Sexton, D Tubridy, P Collins
Subs: P Lillis for P Collins (black, 28), P Burke for McGrath (46), S Hickey for S Collins (52), S Malone for O’Dea (59), D McMahon for Kelly (black card, 66)

Referee: F Kelly (Longford)

Early goals ease Kerry’s path to Munster final

Kingdom will meet Tipperary in decider after Cork beaten in Thurles

By Ian O’Riordan in Killarney for the Irish Times Newspaper

Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17

Without much effort and certainly no fuss Kerry have booked their place in the Munster football final, the only surprise in Killarney this afternoon being the announcement of who their opponents will be.

The general assumption that Cork would be back here on July 3rd was turned on its head when news emerged they’d lost to Tipperary: so Kerry will now face Tipperary instead, not necessarily with any assumption about the outcome there, either.

Nothing nearly as stirring here, nor a repeat of two years ago, when Clare ran Kerry to a relatively close four points. Thanks to two goals from Colm “Gooch” Cooper and Stephen O’Brien inside the opening five minutes, Kerry laid down the foundation for the victory early on, then simply built on it brick by brick.

Cooper didn’t necessarily even plan his, kicking what looked like a short-range point, tempting Clare goalkeeper Joe Hayes to move off his line intending to intervene. Only instead of fetching it the ball dropped over his hands and into the back of the Clare net. The game was about 80 seconds old.

Then, on five minutes exactly, O’Brien charged on goal with limited resistance and added Kerry’s second, his shot rocketing into the net with the help of the upright. So, before they’d much time to settle into the task, Clare were faced with a mountain to climb on the scale of the daunting background that was MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. They also lost one of their central forwards before half-time as well, when Podge Collins was black-carded for a kick on Tadhg Morley.

Gary Brennan and Cathal O’Connor were doing their best to drive things from midfield, but still, Clare were being softly killed on their own kick-outs, conceding a couple of points in the process. Brennan’s two points and a neat sideline kick from Eoin Clearly were the highlights of their first half, which ended 2-10 to 0-9 in Kerry’s favour.

Into the second half and Clare still had plenty to play for, only for Kerry to soon hit them with three more points without reply, adding some further daylight to an already clear scene. With that the game fizzled out without any air of excitement, the most obvious positive for Kerry being the first appearance of the year of Anthony Maher, who came off the bench to score one of the closing points.

KERRY: 1 B Kelly; 2 S Enright, 4 K Young (0-1), 3 M Griffin; 5 B Begley, 6 P Crowley, 7 T Morley; 8 K Donaghy, 9 B Sheehan (capt) (0-2, both frees); 10 P Murphy (0-1), 11 C Cooper (1-3, one free), 12 D Walsh; 13 D O’Sullivan (0-2), P Geaney (0-5, one free), S O’Brien (1-5).
Subs: 18 M Ó Sé for Morley (47 mins), 17 D Moran (0-1) for Sheehan (49 mins), 22 J Lyne for Begley (52 mins), 20 BJ Keane (0-2) for O’Sullivan (54 mins), 21 M Geaney for Walsh (57 mins), 23 A Maher (0-1) for Donaghy (64 mins).

CLARE: 1 J Hayes; 2 D Ryan, 3 K Harnett, 4 M McMahon; 5 C O’Dea, 6 G Kelly, 7 S Collins; 8 G Brennan (0-2), 9 C O’Connor (0-1); 17 S McGrath, 10 J Malone, 13 E Cleary (0-3, one sideline, one free); 18 P Collins (0-1), 11 Keelan Sexton, 14 D Tubridy (0-7, four frees, two 45s).
Subs: 12 P Lillis (0-3) for P Collins (28 minutes, black card), 15 P Burke for S McGrath (45 mins), 21 S Hickey for S Collins (52 mins), 20 S Malone for O’Dea (61 mins), 23 D McMahon for Kelly (65 mins, black card).
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)

Attendance: 11,358

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Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Clare in the Munster Championship Semi Final on Sunday contains two players making their Championship debuts – Brian Ó Beaglaoich from An Ghaeltacht and Tadhg Morley from Templenoe will man the wing back positions. The team shows 5 changes in personnel from the side that did duty in the recent Allianz League Final and 8 changes in personnel from the side defeated by Dublin in last year’s All Ireland Final.

The team, captained by Bryan Sheehan is as follows –

1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Shane Enright Tarbert
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Killian Young Renard
5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
6. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
7. Tadhg Morley Templenoe
8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
9. Bryan Sheehan (C) St Marys
10. Paul Murphy Rathmore
11. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
2. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
14. Paul Geaney Dingle
15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
Fir Ionaid:
16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
18. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
19. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
20. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
21. Michael Geaney Dingle
22. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
23. Anthony Maher Duagh
24. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
25. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory
26. Mark O’Connor Dingle

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

Additional Info:

Brian Ó Beaglaioch (An Ghaeltacht) – (Pronounced “Briain”) is making his Championship debut having made his League debut against Dublin in the AFL Round 1 earlier in the year. He also played in the McGrath Cup in January. Brian won an All Ireland Minor medal with Kerry in 2014 in the full back position and has 2 Hogan Cup (2014 & 2015) and 3 Munster Colleges Corn Uí Mhuirí medals being joint Captain with Mark O’Connor for Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne last year.

Tadhg Morley (Templenoe) – Tadhg played Minor for Kerry in 2010 and 2011 and Under 21 for the county in 2012 and 2013. He was centre back on the Kerry team that won the All Ireland Junior title last year.

Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh-Glencar) – Who made his championship debut in the All Ireland Final of 2005, is playing in his 60th Championship game on Sunday. He has scored 9-32 in championship football.

Shane Enright, who turns 28 on Sunday, made his Championship debut against Tipperary in 2011 and will play his 25th championship game for Kerry on Sunday.

Allianz League Final – The team shows 5 changes from the side defeated by Dublin in the Allianz League Final with Brian Kelly, Killian Young, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Tadhg Morley and Paul Geaney replacing Brendan Kealy, Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony (Suspended), Fionn Fitzgerald and David Moran.

All Ireland Final 2015 – In all, the team shows 8 personnel changes from the side that took the field in the All Ireland Final last September – .Brian Kelly, Mark Griffin, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Tadhg Morley, Kieran Donaghy, Bryan Sheehan, Paul Murphy and Darran O’Sullivan replace Brendan Kealy, Fionn Fitzgerald, Aidan O’Mahony, Jonathan Lyne, Anthony Maher, David Moran, Johnny Buckley, and James O’Donoghue.

Clare team to play Kerry

1. Joe Hayes (Lissycasey)
2. Dean Ryan (Éire Óg)
3. Kevin Harnett (Meelick)
4. Martin McMahon (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
7. Sean Collins (Cratloe)
6. Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown)
5. Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora)
8. Gary Brennan (Clondegad)
9. Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen)
12. Pearse Lillis (Cooraclare)
10. Jamie Malone (Corofin)
13. Eoin Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown)
11. Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
14. David Tubridy (Doonbeg)
15. Pat Burke (Kilmacud Crokes

Last year’s All-Ireland runners-up have home advantage as they begin the defence of the Munster title against a Clare team that already has a win behind them, having beaten Limerick last Sunday week. Kerry beat Clare by 12 points the last time they met in the Munster championship in Killarney, back in 2008.

2014: Kerry 1-17 Clare 1-13 (Munster semi-final)
2012: Kerry 2-22 Clare 1-6 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2008: Kerry 1-14 Clare 0-5 (Munster semi-final)
2004: Kerry 2-10 Clare 0-9 (Munster quarter-final)
2000: Kerry 3-15 Clare 0-8 (Munster final)

Kerry 1-17 Clare 1-13 (2014 Munster semi-final)
Paul Geaney (0-6), Bryan Sheehan (1-0) and Paul Murphy (1-0) were top scorers for Kerry. Shane McGrath (1-2) and David Tubridy (0-4) were Clare’s top scorers.


Kerry reached the Allianz League Division 1 final, where they lost to Dublin. (Played 9, Won 6, Lost 3). Clare won the Division 3 title (Played 8, Won 5, Lost 3) before beating Limerick by 0-16 to 0-13 in the Munster quarter-final.

Colm Collins is in his second season as Clare manager; Eamonn Fitzmaurice is his fourth year with Kerry.

Clare last beat Kerry in the championship in the 1992 Munster final.

The winners play Cork or Tipperary in the Munster final on July 3; the losers enter Round 2 of the All-Ireland qualifiers on July 2.

Munster SFC Semi-Final – Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16

Tipperary defeated Cork by 3-15 to 2-16 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 12th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Heroic Tipperary stun Cork with first Championship victory in 72 years

Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16

Tipperary stunned Cork in Thurles this afternoon to book a first Munster final appearance in 14 years, writes Eoghan Cormican of the Irish Examiner.

Not since 2002 have Tipperary been present on Munster football final afternoon and one has to go all the way back to 1944 to locate the last occasion a Tipperary team defeated Cork in the football championship.

Liam Kearns’ men were full value for the win, but had to withstand a nervy final 10 minutes, during which Cork bombarded the opposition goal. The step up in Cork’s play was a direct product of an incredible two-minute spell where Tipperary hit their opponents for 1-2. Brian Fox bagged Tipperary’s third goal on 60 minutes following a poor Ryan Price kick-out.

The ensuing kick-out also went wrong and was punished by Fox to put Tipperary 3-13 to 1-10 in front. Cork then set about launching the comebacks of all comebacks, Peadar Healy’s men hitting 1-6 without reply in a nine-minute spell to level the game at 3-13 to 2-16 one minute from the end of normal time.

Kevin O’Halloran held his nerve to slot a ’45 one minute into injury time after Price had saved an Ian Fahey goal effort. And Tipperary were out the gap when O’Halloran slotted his third free on 73 minutes.

Cork, despite playing with the benefit of a slight breeze in the opening period, found themselves in serious bother at half-time – the hosts enjoying a 2-7 to 0-6 lead.

Tipperary’s opening goal arrived at the end of the first quarter, Brian Fox creating the chance with a searing run down the left wing. The Tipperary half-forward, having drawn a number of Cork defenders, offloaded to Conor Sweeney and he finished to the net following a neat sidestep.

Tipperary, in truth, should been celebrating a second green flag by this juncture after Robbie Kiely had won them a seventh-minute penalty. Peter Acheson assumed responsibility, but his tame effort was saved by Ryan Price.

Sweeney’s major put the underdogs 1-4 to 0-3 in front and while Cork outscored them 0-3 to 0-2 in the subsequent quarter of an hour, Tipperary put significant daylight between the teams when Quinlivan goaled on 33 minutes. Brian Fox was again central to the score with yet another superb burst.

A Michael Quinlivan point thereafter had Tipperary 2-7 to 0-6 to the good at the break and despite seeing this lead fluctuate in the second period, they just about held on.

Scorers for Cork: M Collins (1-1); D O’Connor (0-3 frees), P Kerrigan (0-3, 0-1 free); D Goulding (0-2 frees), C O’Neill (0-2 frees), C Dorman (0-2); P Kelleher, B Hurley, J O’Rourke (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: K O’Halloran (0-7, 0-3 frees, 0-2 ‘45’s); M Quinlivan (1-3, 0-1 free); B Fox (1-1); C Sweeney (1-0); P Acheson (0-2); B Maher, C McDonald (0-1).

Cork: R Price; J Loughrey, E Cadogan, C O’Driscoll; K O’Driscoll, B O’Driscoll, T Clancy; S Kiely, I Maguire; J O’Rourke, C Dorman, M Collins; C O’Neill, B Hurley, P Kerrigan
Subs: R Deane for Kiely, P Kelleher for Hurley (both HT); S White for Deane (bc, 42); S Powter for Dorman (48); D O’Connor for O’Neill (53); D Goulding for O’Rourke (62).

Tipperary: E Comerford; C McDonald, C O’Shaughnessy, A Campbell; B Maher, R Kiely, J Feehan; P Acheson, G Hannigan; P Austin, K O’Halloran, B Fox; J Keane, M Quinlivan, C Sweeney
Subs: S Leahy for Keane (bc, 34); M Dunne for Kiely (54); I Fahey for Austin (60); A Moloney for Sweeney (67); S O’Connor for B Maher (69); B Hewitt for Fahey (bc, 72).

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)

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Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final in Semple Stadium, Thurles, next Sunday, June 12th, at 3.30pm has been announced by manager Liam Kearns. Aside of positional changes, it is the same starting XV that lined out in Tipperary’s quarter-final win two weeks ago.

The full panel is as follows –
1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Peter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers
7. Shane Leahy – Arravale Rovers
8. Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Alan Moloney – Rockwell Rovers
12. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
13. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Philip Austin – Borrisokane
16. Ciarán Kenrick – Moyle Rovers
17. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
18. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
19. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
20. Ian Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
21. Billy Hewitt – Ardfinnan
22. Mark Hanley – Aherlow
23. Donal Lynch – Clonmel Commercials
24. John O’Callaghan – Ballyporeen
25. Donough Leahy – Arravale Rovers
26. Shane O’Connell – Golden-Kilfeacle

The Cork Senior Football Team to play Tipperary in the Munster Senior Football
Championship Semi-Final on Sunday has been announced as follows

1. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
2. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. James Loughrey (Mallow)
5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
7. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
8. Sean Kiely (Ballincollig)
9. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
10. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
11. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
12. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
15. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
16. Micheal Martin (Nemo Rangers)
17. Daniel Goulding (Eire Og)
18. Donncha O Connor (Ballydesmond)
19. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
20. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)
21. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
22. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
23. Sean Powter (Douglas)
24. Sean White (Clonakilty)
25. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
26. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)

It hasn’t been an especially busy rivalry in recent times – this will be only the fifth championship clash between the counties in 21 years – but they did meet two years ago when Cork were stretched to the limit before winning by two points in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

2014: Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11 (Munster semi-final)
2007: Cork 2-18 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster semi-final)
2002: Cork 1-23 Tipperary 0-7 (Munster final) – Replay
2002: Cork 2-11 Tipperary 1-14 (Munster final) – Draw
1994: Cork 2-19 Tipperary 3-9 (Munster final)

Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11 (2014 Munster semi-final)
Tipperary led by two points late on before Cork kicked four points to edge to victory.

Cork were relegated from Division 1, finishing second last after winning three and losing four games. Tipperary finished sixth in Division 3 (2 wins, 3 draws, 2 defeats) before beating Waterford by 1-15 to 1-7 in the Munster quarter-final.


Peadar Healy (Cork) and Liam Kearns (Tipperary) are both in their first seasons.

Tipperary’s last win over Cork in the Munster football championship was in 1944.

The winners play Kerry or Clare in the Munster final on July3; the losers enter Round 2 of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Leitrim 0-12 Waterford 0-8

Leitrim defeated Waterford by 0-12 to 0-8 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Sunday June 19th at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada Carrick-on-Shannon.

Losing streak continues for Waterford footballers at Leitrim

By Declan Rooney for the Irish Examiner online

Leitrim 0-12 Waterford 0-8

There wasn’t quite the same fanfare that greeted Leitrim’s first qualifier win against Wicklow back in 2012, but Shane Ward’s side were far more convincing today as they picked up their second backdoor victory in Carrick-on-Shannon.

A 13-point defeat to Roscommon saw their Connacht championship campaign grind to a halt in May, but the home side were far better than their visitors, who finished with a flourish, but only when Leitrim realised they had the win secured.

Waterford are still without a championship win since 2011 and Tom McGlinchy’s side will regret 13 wides – although two of them looked like they could have been awarded by the ponderous umpires – while Patrick Hurney also missed a 13 metre free from in font of the posts in the first half. It could have been a lot closer.

McGlinchey didn’t want to be drawn on his future after two years as Waterford manager, but he hinted that it might be time for a change after a couple of seasons with little progress. “We’re still in Division 4 and we still haven’t won a championship game so there’s no progression really. It’ll take time,” said McGlinchy.

“When you’re playing football in a hurling county, it’s hard because the lure of hurling always wins out. Even next year, whoever’s there next year and whoever’s playing next year, you just don’t know are fellas going to progress on to hurling or whatever they’re going to do. There’s potential there.”

This game was really won by Leitrim’s Ronan Kennedy either side of half-time. The Mohill forward brought his first-half tally to four point with two sweet points in the dying embers of the first-half, and put his team seven points clear with another two straight after the restart. Even when Liam Lawlor and sub Mark Ferncombe combined for the last four scores of the game there was no way back for Waterford.

“It’s a good day out. Despite the conditions, I thought we worth it today. I thought there was bit of response from the boys and they played well for large parts of the game,” said Leitrim manager Shane Ward. “We spoke about it before, playing well for 15 and then lying low for 15 but I thought we worth it today and we were really good for large parts of the game which makes me somewhat happy.”

Leitrim: B Flynn; K McHugh, R Gallagher, P Maguire; S McWeeney, G Reynolds (c), J Rooney; P McGowan, S Moran; T Mulvey, E Mulligan (0-3, 2f), C Gilheaney (0-1); R Kennedy (0-7, 2f, 1’45), D Wrynn (0-1), A Croal.
Subs: B Prior for Rooney (h-t), N O’Donnell for Mulvey (68), C Gaffney for Croal (68), R O’Rourke for Gilheaney (71).

Waterford: S Enright; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, T Ó hUallacháin; S Prendergast, J McGrath, B Looby; R Ó Ceallaigh, T Prendergast (c); G Crotty (0-1), P Hurney (0-1, 1f), M O’Halloran; J Veale, L Lawlor (0-2), L Ó Corraoin.
Subs: C Murray for O Ceallaigh (h-t), F O Cuirrin for Hurney (h-t), S Corcoran (0-01) for O Corraoin (h-t), M Ferncombe (0-3, 3f) for Veale (43 BC), M Curry for O’Halloran (51), J O’Mahony for Looby (68-70 temp).

Referee: Noel Mooney (Cavan)

They meet in the championship for the first time. Their last competitive clash was in this year’s Allianz League Division 4 when Waterford won by a point (0-10 to 1-6) in Dungarvan in the final round in early April.

Leitrim lost to Roscommon by 1-21 to 0-11 in the Connacht quarter-final while Waterford lost to Tipperary by 1-15 to 1-7 in the Munster quarter-final.

Louth 1-16 Leitrim 0-11 (Round 1 – Drogheda)
Offaly 1-20 Waterford 1-7 (Round 1 – Dungarvan)

Leitrim last won a qualifier game in 2012 (v Wicklow) while Waterford’s last win was in 2011 (v London).

The winners will enter Round 2 of the qualifiers on July 2; the losers’ season will be over.

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Limerick 2-11 Tipperary 0-15

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 2-11 to 0-15 in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Limerick secure Intermediate hurling final spot

LIMERICK will face Clare on July 6, in the Munster Intermediate Hurling final, following a 2-11 to 0-15 win over Tipperary in Thurles this afternoon. The game, a curtain raiser for the senior clash at 4pm, saw Leo O’Connor’s men claim the final spot with a spirited display in atrocious weather conditions.

Seven points, (five frees), from Patrickswell’s Aaron Gillane, coupled with goals from wing forwards David Dempsey and Pat Ryan, saw Limerick progress in what was a tight affair. Having played with the help of a big wind in the first 30 minutes, Limerick led 1-6 to 0-7 at half time. Indeed it was Pat Ryan’s net rattler, that kick started the Shannonsiders’ into life following a good start by Tipperary to the second period.

Limerick can now look forward to that Munster final on July 6, in the knowledge that there is more to come from this side and with better weather, this young team could have more to come.

Limerick: E Mc Namara, M Casey, B Lynch, J Hannon, M Carmody, A La Touche Cosgrave, C Ryan, W O’Donoghue (0-1), L Lyons, D Dempsey (1-0), M Fitzgibbon, P Ryan (1-1), A Gillane (0-7, 5 free), K O’Brien (0-1), D Coleman.
Subs: S Flanagan for J Hannon (17mins), T Grimes for D Coleman (H/T), B Murphy (0-1) for D Dempsey (35), J Fox for M Fitzgibbon (50)

Tipperary: B Hogan (0-1, 1 free), G Fennelly, J Peters, P Maher, B Stapleton (0-3), T Fox (0-1), S Ryan, A Coffey (0-1), W Connors, J Shelly, B Mc Carthy, S Quirke (0-2), A McCormack (0-5, 2 free), M Russell (0-1), T Nolan.
Subs: C Hammersley for T Nolan (H/T), P Ryan for W Connors (39), J Cahill (0-1) for J Shelly (46)

Referee – Damien Fox (Clare)

Half Time – Limerick 1-6 Tipperary 0-7

Team News

Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Manager, William Maher has tonight announced his side that will line out against Limerick in their Munster Championship Semi-Final in Semple Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

The team lines out as follows;

1. Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
2. Ger Fennelly – Ballingarry
3. Jack Peters – Kilruane MacDonaghs
4. Paul Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
5. Brian Stapleton – Templederry Kenyons
6. Tom Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
7. Sean Ryan – Sean Treacys
8. Andrew Coffey – Nenagh Éire Óg
9. Willie Connors – Kiladangan
10. Jack Shelly (Capt.) – Mullinahone
11. Billy McCarthy – Thurles Sarsfields
12. Stephen Quirke – Moyle Rovers
13. Tadgh Gallagher – Kiladangan
14. Mark Russell – Lattin Cullen
15. Tommy Nolan – Drom & Inch

Limerick Intermediate hurling manager Leo O Connor and his selectors Anthony Riordan and Denis Barry has released their starting fifteen for this Sunday’s opening game at Semple Stadium. Limerick intermediate hurling side will take on Tipperary in the Munster intermediate hurling championship semi final at 2pm. The starting fifiteen is as follows 1. Eoghan McNamara (Doon), 2. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 3. Barry Lynch (Feohanagh), 4. Jody Hannon (Adare), 5. Mark Carmody (Patrickswell)(Captain), 6. Andrew La Touche-Cosgrave (Monaleen), 7. Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 8. William O Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh), 9. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 10. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 11. Mike Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh), 12. Pat Ryan (Doon), 13. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), 14. Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell) and Dean Coleman (Doon).

Munster SHC Semi-Final – Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 1-16

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 3-12 to 1-16 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Limerick still couldn’t get past Tipperary despite John O’Dwyer’s sending off

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 1-16

The loss of John O’Dwyer to an early red card didn’t deter Tipperary from confirming a second successive Munster final date with Waterford.

Limerick never looked like making the most of their numerical advantage and it was Tipperary, led by Cathal Barrett in defence, who looked like they had the extra man for large swathes of the game.

O’Dwyer will miss the July 10 final through suspension but this latest victory in front of 25,531 supporters in difficult playing and numerical conditions will give Tipperary plenty of encouragement.

Tom Morrissey’s injury-time goal after Darren Gleeson had saved from another substitute Kevin Downes gave Limerick supporters a small hope but Tipperary saw out the remaining action with little fuss.

Michael Breen, who found the net against Limerick in last year’s corresponding fixture, was given the chance to make amends when after running through he gave a poor hand-pass into Callanan. Dan Morrissey slipped up trying to gather possession and the midfielder’s ground stroke beat Nickie Quaid.

The Limerick goalkeeper was picking the sliotar from behind him again in the ninth minute. After Callanan was set up by Patrick Maher, Breen was quick to react to Quaid’s save and Tipperary were 2-0 to 0-1 up.

The game took a different complexion in the 14th minute when O’Dwyer deservedly saw the line for a strike on Richie English and the next three points came from Limerick. The margin was cut to one but then Callanan followed up with 1-1 in the space of a minute, his goal assisted by Noel McGrath as Limerick were cut open again.

Limerick once more reduced the difference to a solitary point but a brace of scores from Callanan ended the half to leave it 3-5 to 0-11 in Tipperary’s favour.

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan (1-6, 0-3 frees, 0-2 65s); M. Breen (2-1); N. McGrath (0-3); J. McGrath, Pádraic Maher (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: S. Dowling (0-9, 8 frees); T. Morrissey (1-0); D. Hannon (0-2); B. Nash, C. Lynch, G. Hegarty, J. Ryan, J. Fitzgibbon (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: D. Gleeson; C. Barrett, J. Barry, M. Cahill; S. Kennedy, R. Maher, Pádraic Maher; B. Maher (c), M. Breen; N. McGrath, Patrick Maher, D. McCormack; J. O’Dwyer, S. Callanan, J. McGrath
Subs for Tipperary: N. O’Meara for D. McCormack (60); D. Maher for R. Maher (inj 64); J. Forde for Patrick Maher (69); K. Bergin for B. Maher, D. Quinn for M. Breen (both 70+1).

Sent off: J. O’Dwyer (straight, 14).

LIMERICK: N. Quaid (c); S. Hickey, D. Morrissey, R. English; D. Byrnes, G. O’Mahony, S. Hickey; J. Ryan, P. Browne; G. Hegarty, S. Dowling, C. Lynch; B. Nash, D. Hannon, G. Mulcahy
Subs for Limerick: T. Morrissey for J. Ryan (inj 48); K. Downes for B. Nash (55); J. Fitzgibbon for G. Hegarty (58).

Referee: J. McGrath (Westmeath)

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Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Limerick in the Munster Championship Semi-Final in Semple Stadium on Sunday next, June 19th at 4pm has been announced by manager Michael Ryan.

There is one change in his side which sees Patrick Maher from Lorrha Dorrha return for his first full start since injury ruled out his starting inclusion in Tipperary’s recent league run.

The team lines out as follows;

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

Limerick senior hurling manager TJ Ryan and his management team has released their starting fifteen for this Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final clash with Tipperary. With a 4pm throw in at Semple Stadium Thurles, TJ Ryan’s fifteen will be as follows, 1. Captain Nickie Quaid (Effin), 2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 3. Dan Morrissey (Ahane), 4. Richie English (Doon), 5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 6. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 7. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 8. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff), 10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), 11. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), 12. Barry Nash (South Liberties), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Declan Hannon (Adare) and 15. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell).

They have met 67 times in the championship – 65 in Munster, one in the All-Ireland semi-final (2009) and one in the All-Ireland qualifiers (2004) with the results standing as follows: Tipperary 34 wins; Limerick 23 wins; Draws 10.

2015: Tipperary 4-23 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
2014: Limerick 2-18 Tipperary 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
2013: Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
2012: Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19 (Munster quarter-final)
2009: Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Tipperary 4-23 Limerick 1-16 (2015 Munster semi-final)
Seamus Callanan scored 2-5, John O’Dwyer 0-7 and Jason Forde 1-3 as Tipperary romped to victory in the Gaelic Grounds before going on to take the title when beating Waterford in the final.

Limerick are having their first outing in this year’s championship while Tipperary beat Cork by 0-22 to 0-13 in the quarter-final.

This will be the 15th championship clash between the counties in the new Millennium with Tipperary having won eight times (2015-2012-2009-2006-2005-2004-2002-2001), Limerick three times (2014-2013-2007) while there were three draws (twice in 2007 and once in 2005) in the previous 14 games.

The winners will play Waterford in the Munster final on July 10; the losers enter the All-Ireland qualifiers on July 2.


All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Limerick 2-6 Antrim 0-9

Limerick defeated Antrim by 2-6 to 0-9 in Round 1B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday June 25th at Corrigan Park Belfast.

Round 1B Qualifier: Limerick defeat Antrim

All Ireland Football Round 1B Qualifier

Limerick 2-6 Antrim 0-9

By Declan Rooney at Corrigan Park for

Three excellent saves from Limerick goalkeeper Donal O’Sullivan helped John Brudair’s side to their first win in 12 competitive games. Goals from Ian Ryan and Sean McSweeney against the wind in the opening eight minutes proved crucial for Limerick, who looked the better side throughout.

Limerick led by 2-2 to 0-6 at the interval, but crucially they held Antrim to three frees in the second half and they now can plan for Round 2B in a fortnight’s time. With a very strong wind at their backs in the first half Antrim got off to an impressive start and a free from Ryan Murphy after 40 seconds and a Kevin Niblock score from the right had saw the home side into a 0-2 to 0-0 lead.

But McSweeney settled his side with a fine free into the teeth of the wind from around the 45 metre line after four minutes. And Brudair’s side received a huge boost a minute later when Seanie Buckley picked out Ryan at the edge of the square and the St Senan’s man hit the net with a low shot past Chris Kerr.

It only took Limerick another three minute to find the net for a second time from McSweeney’s penalty. Midfielder Darragh Treacy was fouled when he managed to creep in behind the Antrim cover, and McSweeney tucked his kick into the bottom right corner for a 2-1 to 0-2 lead for the Treaty men. Matthew Fitzpatrick found the range with a good score from the right in the 13th minute – maybe he could have gone for goal – and four minutes later Patrick McBride kicked his side’s fourth point to cut the gap to three points.

Thomas Childs was a late introduction for injured Limerick captain Iain Corbett, and he set up a fine score from the right for Ryan after 18 minutes. Ryan had a great chance for his second goal nine minutes from time when he got up ahead of substitute Martin Johnson, only for Kerr to deny him with a great save with his feet. And Antrim then finished the half strongly and McBride and Sean Burke pointed to make it 2-2 to 0-6 at the interval.

Armed with a two-point lead and a strengthening wind at their back, Limerick were bright from the off in the second period and after some solid defensive play, it was corner-back Cahill that extended their lead to three in the 44th minute. After shooting just six points in 50 minutes Antrim were always going to need a goal to launch a comeback and that chance came to Martin Johnson as he cut in from the right, but Donal O’Sullivan pulled off a super save to keep his goal intact.

The introduction of Tomas McCann gave Antrim a much needed injection of pace up front and he followed a free from Ryan Murray with one of his own to cut the Limerick lead to two points with nine minutes remaining. A free from Ryan gave Limerick a three-point cushion, but Limerick had O’Sullivan to thank on two occasions in the closing five minutes when he denied Ryan Murray and Martin Johnson with great saves, but despite a late Niblock free Limerick held on for a memorable win.

Scorers for Limerick: S McSweeney 1-3 (1-0 pen, 3fs), I Ryan 1-2 (1f), S Cahill 0-1.

Scorers for Antrim: R Murray 0-2 (2f), P McBride 0-2, K Niblock 0-2 (1f), M Fitzpatrick, S Burke, T McCann (1f) 0-1.

Limerick: D O’Sullivan; P Browne, S Cahill, S O’Dea; B Fanning, J McCarthy, P Ranahan; D Treacy, S Buckley; G Noonan, P Nash, T Childs; S McSweeney, I Ryan (c), H Bourke
Subs: E Hogan for Bourke (50), P Hannon for Nash (63), I Corbett for Childs (66).

Antrim: C Kerr; K O’Boyle, J Crozier, R Johnson; P McBride, P Gallagher, M Sweeney; S McVeigh, M McCann; J Laverty, M Fitzpatrick, K Niblock (c); R Murray, N McKeever, S Burke
Subs: M Johnson for McVeigh (20), D McAleese for Laverty (30), C Murray for Gallagher (h-t), P McAleer for R Johnson (h-t), T McCann for McKeever (56), J Carron for Burke (66).

Referee: S Hurson (Tyrone)

Team News

They meet for the second time in the championship, with Limerick having won their first encounter by 3-11 to 0-15 at the Gaelic Grounds in a Round 1 Qualifier clash in 2014. Ger Collins (2-0), Ian Ryan (0-4) and Darragh Treacy (1-0) were Limerick’s top scorers while Paddy Cunningham (0-7) was Antrim’s main marksman. Limerick were relegated from Division 3 this year while Antrim were promoted from Division 4.

Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Fermanagh 1-12 Antrim 0-9 (Ulster preliminary round)

Limerick are seeking their first win of the year, having had ten outings. They lost their two games in the McGrath Cup, lost six and drew one of seven Allianz League (Div 3) games, before going down to Clare in the Munster quarter-final.

Tyrone 1-14 Limerick 0-8 (Round 1B)
Antrim 2-15 Laois 1-16 (Round 1A)
Fermanagh 1-21 Antrim 0-11 (Round 2A)

The winners advance to Round 2B on July 9; the season will be over for the losers.