All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Clare 2-12 Roscommon 1-9

Clare defeated Roscommon by 2-12 to 1-9 in Round 4A of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 23rd at Pearse Stadium Salthill.

Roscommon disappoint as Clare’s footballers make history

By Brendan O’Brien, Pearse Stadium for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 2-12 Roscommon 1-9

Clare made a little bit of history in Salthill this afternoon, securing a first ever place in an All-Ireland football championship quarter-final at the expense of a Roscommon side whose season petered out tamely after a promising league campaign.

The Banner did make the All-Ireland semi-final as Munster champions in 1992 but this is the first time the county has made the last eight since the back door format was introduced back in 2001 and they made it by playing some superb football.

Clare were exceptional in the first-half, taking the game to Roscommon throughout despite the fact that they faced into a stiff wind and the attempts of the Connacht side to push up on their kickouts and stem their attacks at source.

The problem for Roscommon was that they were ridiculously open at the back which meant that Clare had ample space and time to do damage on those occasions when they were able to manoeuvre possession beyond their own half.

They had already sniffed about Darren O’Malley’s net by the time David Tubridy scored the first goal seven minutes in and another followed on 24 minutes when Jamie Malone finished off a team effort that will be a contender for score of the summer.

Gary Brennan hadn’t much of a hand in either of those scores but the dynamic midfielder had a key role in all half-dozen of Clare’s point in the period. The man was a colossus but he had plenty of support from Colm Collins’ well-oiled side.

Roscommon, by way of contrast, looked rudderless and clueless. So good going forward during the league, they reverted to mass defence against Galway and they appeared lost between those two stools back on this return to Pearse Stadium.

Management made a raft of changes to the team that appeared in the programme but there was no kick in them, not even when Clare’s Cathal O’Connor was harshly sent off on a straight red after catching Niall Daly late with what was an admittedly late tackle after 37 minutes.

That at least set the tone for a scrappy second period that was marked by cards of all three colours. Roscommon’s Kevin Higgins was the next to walk, for a black. Teammates Sean Mullooly and David Murray would follow for a second yellow and a black respectively.

Enda Smith did bring Roscommon back to within three points with his 55th-minute goal but it was a rare score in a low-scoring half until Clare, who spurned a number of good scoring opportunities in the third quarter, rediscovered their rhythm with five of the last seven points.

Croke Park and the last eight awaits them. What a story!

Scorers for Clare: E Cleary (0-6, 2 frees); D Tubridy (1-2, 0-1 free); J Malone (1-0); D Ryan, G Brennan, S McGrath and S Malone (all 0-1).

Scorers for Roscommon: E Smith (1-1); C Murtagh (0-3 frees); S Mullooly and C Devaney (both 0-1); N Kilroy, D Shine and D Murtagh (all 0-1 frees).

Clare: J Hayes; M McMahon, K Harnett, S Hickey; D Ryan, G Kelly, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor; J Malone, K Sexton, S Collins; P Lillis, D Tubridy, E Cleary
Subs: P Collins for Tubridy (48); S McGrath for Lillis (52); E Coughlan for Sexton (61); S Malone for Cleary (74); P Burke for S Collins (75); D Burke for Malone (76).

Roscommon: D O’Malley; S McDermott, S Mullooly, N McInerney; J McManus, N Daly, D Murray; D Keenan, C Compton; U Harney, N Kilroy, E Smith; C Cregg, D Shine, C Murtagh
Subs: T Corcoran for Compton (32); C Connolly for Murtagh and K Higgins for Harney (both HT); D Murtagh for Cregg (42); F Cregg for Shine (68).

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)

Team News

They meet for the first time in a competitive encounter since Round 6 of the 2011 Allianz Football League Division 4 campaign when Roscommon won by 0-16 to 1-10 in Ennis.

Both counties have made great progress since then, with Roscommon now a Division 1 side while Clare won promotion to Division 2 this year.

Roscommon last reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals in 2010, having won the Connacht title. Clare reached the All-Ireland semi-finals as Munster champions in 1992. The new championship system, which introduced quarter-finals, was launched in 2001.

Roscommon 1-15 New York 0-17, Gaelic Park (Connacht first round)
Roscommon 1-21 Leitrim 0-11, Carrick-on-Shannon (Connacht semi-final)
Roscommon 4-16 Sligo 2-13, Dr.Hyde Park (Connacht semi-final)
Roscommon 1-10 Galway 0-13, Pearse Stadium (Connacht final)
Galway 3-16 Roscommon 0-14, Elverys MacHale Park (Connacht final replay)
Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Clare 0-14 Laois 1-10 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
Clare 2-17 Sligo 1-13 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 3)


All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 4-17 Lancashire 3-10

Kerry defeated Lancashire by 4-17 to 3-10 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday July 23rd at Old Bedians Sports Ground, Manchester.

Second-half goal rush fires Kingdom into junior decider

Kerry 4-17 Lancashire 3-10

Kerry turned on the gas in the second half to ruthlessly crush the best efforts of the Red Roses of Lancashire and set up a final against Mayo on August 6.

The opening half was nip and tuck and, if anything, Lancashire were playing the more composed football as they took the fight to their more renowned visitors.

Michael Higgins pointed for the home team before Kerry took a 0-3 to 0-1 lead as Sean Mici O Conchuir and Kieran Hurley pointed. Kerry native Darren Russell then collected a rebound off the upright to goal for Lancashire. Kerry replied through Niall O’Shea and David Foran to leave the sides tied at the interval, Lancashire 1-6 to Kerry’s 0-9.

Kerry resumed a rejuvenated side after the break, helped by three substitutions, and they put Lancashire to the sword. The Kingdom scored 1-3 without reply, with the goal coming from Kevin O’Sullivan when he easily palmed into an empty net.
Gerry McCaughey replied with a major for the hosts; however Kerry rattled off the next six scores, three of them goals from Kieran Hurley, Robert Wharton and O’Shea.

Young players like Wharton, Andrew Barry, Patrick Clifford, Fionan Clifford, Cathal O Luing, Adrian Spillane and Jason Foley look likely to graduate to Kerry’s senior ranks in the near future. A late consolation goal by McCaughey was just reward for a valiant Lancashire effort.

Scorers – Kerry: K Hurley 1-4, S M O Conchuir 0-6 (2fs), N O Shea 1-2, R Wharton and K O’Sullivan 1-0 each, F Clifford 0-2, J C O’Connor, D Foran and D Roche 0-1 each. Lancashire: G McCaughley 2-0, D Russell 1-1, S Sands 0-3, C Harper 0-2 (1f), M Higgins, C Conway, P McGuirk, and D Meaney 0-1 each.

KERRY – D O’Shea; F Clifford, J Foley, C Ó Lúing; L Bastible, A Barry, R Wharton; A Spillane, M O’Donnell; B Ó Seanacháin, K O’Sullivan, D Foran; S Michéal Ó Conchúir, K Hurley, N O’Shea
Subs: J C O’Connor for M O’Donnell (h-t), P Clifford for L Bastible (h-t), L O’Donoghue for D Foran (h-t), P O’Donoghue for K O’Sullivan (50), D Roche for A Spillane (53), Dara O’Shea for R Wharton (55).

LANCASHIRE – M Donnelly; C Owens, D McTaggart, M Collins; M Higgins, P McGuirk, G Morris; S Sands, N Donnelly; M Comney, G McCaughley, C Mullen; D Russell; C Conway, C Harper
Subs: D O’Malley for G Morris (42), R Devlin for M Collins (43), D O’Neill for C Mullen (43), J O’Hagan for N Donnelly (48), P Murphy (Brendans) for C Conway (55), P Murphy (Mitchels) for D Russell (55).

Ref – N McKenna (Monaghan)

Team News

The Kerry Junior team to play Lancashire in the All Ireland Junior Football Semi Final in Manchester on Saturday (2pm) shows 3 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in the Munster final.

Fionán Clifford comes into the full back line in place of the injured Darren Brosnan; Robert Wharton starts in the half back line instead of Patrick Clifford and Kevin O’Sullivan starts at centre forward in place of team captain Paul O’Donoghue who is carrying an injury. Sean T Dillon, John C. O’Connor and Dara Roche join the substitutes list.

The team lines out as follows:

1 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
2 Fionán Clifford Waterville
3 Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4 Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
5 Laurence Bastible John Mitchels
6 Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
7 Robert Wharton Renard
8 Adrian Spillane Templenoe
9 Michael O’Donnell Austin Stacks
10 Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11 Kevin O’Sullivan Kenmare
12 David Foran St Senans
13 Sean Michéal Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
14 Kieran Hurley St Pats
15 Niall O’Shea Dromid Pearses
Fir Ionaid:
16 Kieran Fitzgibbon Kenmare
17 Dara O’Shea Kenmare
18 Patrick Clifford Templenoe
19 Sean T Dillon St Senans
20 John C. O’Connor Kerins O’Rahillys
21 Lee O’Donoghue Glenflesk
22 Paul O’Donoghue (C) St Marys
23 Dara Roche Glenflesk
24 Adam Barry Brosna

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
Daniel Daly (St Marys), Conor O’Shea (St Marys) and Shane Fitzmaurice (Brosna). Darren Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), Stephen O’Sullivan (Templenoe) and Ciarán Keating (Skellig Rangers) were not considered due to injury.

All you want to know about Lancashire
Britain, just like Ireland, is divided into playing counties and within these counties are clubs. In Lancashire, there are 11 clubs. Manchester has 7 clubs: St.Lawrences, St.Brendans, Oisins, St.Peters, St.Annes, St.Marys and Fullen Gaels. In Liverpool there are two clubs: Wolfe Tones and John Mitchels; whilst Ellan Vannin Gaels are from the Isle of Mann and St.Patricks operate out of Chester.

Wolfe Tones are a dual club, whilst Fullen Gaels are a hurling only club. They are joined by Emerald Gaels in Leeds to complete a three team Lancashire Hurling League.

Ladies football is well represented in Lancashire where St.Lawrences, Oisins, John Mitchels and Wolfe Tones compete; they are joined by St.Christophers in Leeds. There are both Senior and Junior leagues to cater for all in both men’s and ladies football.

Lancashire men’s football can claim to be the strongest footballing county outside of London. They last won the All-Britain Inter-County Championship, the ‘Sam Maguire’, apart from this year; in 2013. This was the fourth consecutive year in which they won the competition. On the club front the competition is fierce. Typically, the club which captures the Lancashire Senior Championship go in as favourites for the All-Britain club championships. John Mitchels have won this competition for the last three years, having to compete with the winners of all the other counties. There are 8 competing counties in Britain .St.Peters won it only 6 years ago.

John Mitchels have competed in the All-Ireland Junior Final on two occasions, where they were defeated on both occasions by Kerry clubs. First up, was in 2009 when Skellig Rangers beat them by a single point. Secondly, Brosna stopped them only last year when they were defeated by only a point again. The Liverpool men were once again halted in their pursuit of the All-Ireland glory last year by another Kerry outfit, the impressive Templenoe.

In hurling, Lancashire have entered the Lory Meagher Cup this year for the second time and are competing well.

Kerry or Lancashire?
Darren Russell hails from Kerry and now plays for John Mitchels and Lancashire. He is a small and nippy corner forward and his fantastic ball skills and quickness of thought are a huge asset for Lancashire. He has settled well in Liverpool since he arrived this year and is vital not only vital for his club, John Mitchels; but also for the county.
Name: Darren Russell
DOB: 25/02/1998
Club in Kerry: Asdee
School: Tarbert Comprehensive
Honours: County and Munster Junior B Champions 2014
Difference between football home and abroad: The main difference is probably tactically as here you have many teams playing a short hand passing game where as at home most teams tend to play more direct. There’s definitely a difference in the physicality over here as well.

Kerry Juniors in action in Manchester

The Old Bedians Grounds in Manchester is the venue as Kerry Juniors put their All Ireland title on the line when they take on British champions Lancashire in the semi final that has a 2pm throw in time on Saturday Having won the title last year means that manager Stephen Wallace and his management team had to assemble a whole new team this season and while understandably, they were far from a coherent outfit in their opening game against Limerick, they played well against a seasoned Cork outfit in the Munster final.

Of course it must be conceded that they had a little element of good fortune in that semi final against what was effectively a second string Limerick side and Adrian Spillane’s winner could not have come at a better time given that Limerick had no time to respond. In the provincial decider, we saw the attacking side of the team in the first half while in the second period when their backs were to the wall at times, we saw at first hand the defensive qualities of the side.
Team captain Paul O’Donoghue led by example in those two games but he is rated doubtful for Saturday’s game as is corner back Darren Brosnan, half back Patrick Clifford and Stephen O’Sullivan. John C. O’Connor of Kerins O’Rahillys, who did not play senior championship with his club last year, has been drafted into the panel for Saturday’s game. This is a potential banana skin for Kerry but knowing the management team, they will leave no stone unturned in an effort to reach a third successive final. Referee is Niall McKenna of Monaghan. Beaten finalists from last year, Mayo and beaten semi finalists from last year, Wexford meet in the other semi final, also on Saturday.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Tipperary 1-21 Derry 2-17

Tipperary defeated Derry by 1-21 to 2-17 in Round 4A of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 23rd at Kingspan Breffni Park Cavan.

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Fightback takes Tipperary’s footballers into their first ever All-Ireland quarter-final

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 1-21 Derry 2-17

Conor Sweeney was the hero for Tipperary in Cavan as they mounted a late fightback to reach their first All-Ireland quarter-final. Liam Kearns’ side will face Galway in Croke Park tomorrow week after Sweeney slotted over two additional time points as Tipperary recovered from a Eoghan Brown goal in the 67th minute.

In a fascinating game spoiled by a glut of questionable refereeing decisions that hurt both sides, Derry went two points up via the excellent Danny Heavron in the last minute of regulation time but Tipperary responded impressively with points from Kevin O’Halloran (free) and Sweeney’s sweet brace.

Tipperary would have kicked themselves had they lost this having been five points up on the hour mark. O’Halloran goaled in the 48th minute when he made the most of a poor Thomas Mallon clearance after he fielded a Bill Maher point attempt that had dropped short.

It was Maher’s point which put Tipp five clear but Derry responded with points from Mark Lynch, Liam McGoldrick and Chris Bradley before Brown finished to the net from a move involving Lynch and Ciaran McFaul saw Derry go one up.

Tipperary didn’t register a wide until the 25th minute but they then accumulated four in as many minutes. Aided by the wind, those misses were costly and underlined further by Derry’s flurry towards the end of the half.

In two minutes, Derry took Tipperary for 1-2, a Lynch free and Enda Lynn finding the posts either side of Lynch’s goal, which was created by a brilliant burst from midfield from Heavron, Derry’s best player in that period. Niall Loughlin scored three first-half points but Tipperary were struggling to handle Heavron’s runs.

Both teams were also poor on their own kick-out and at least 1-5 of Derry’s 1-7 first half total came by way of winning ball from Tipperary restarts. Tipperary went in one behind, having scored 10 points, but they badly needed a goal yet it was Derry who were threatening more at the other end.

Tipperary led by four points in the 19th minute but they needed scores from injury-time points from O’Halloran and Quinlivan to give them something more to show for a first half where they were marginally the better side.

Scorers for Tipperary: K. O’Halloran (1-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 45); M. Quinlivan (0-6, 4 frees); C. Sweeney (0-5); J. Keane (0-2); P. Austin, P. Acheson, B. Maher (0-1 each).

Scorers for Derry: M. Lynch (1-4, 0-3 frees); D. Heavron (0-4); N. Loughlin (0-3); E. Brown (1-0); J. Kielt (0-2, 1 free); E. Lynn, E. Bradley, L. McGoldrick, C. Bradley (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: E. Comerford; C. McDonald, A. Campbell, J. Feehin; B. Maher, C. O’Shaughnessy, R. Kiely; P. Acheson (c), G. Hannigan; J. Keane, M. Quinlivan, B. Fox; K. O’Halloran, P. Austin, C. Sweeney
Subs for Tipperary: A. Moloney for G. Hannigan (h-t); S. Leahy for R. Kiely (67); M. Hanley for C. O’Shaughnessy (70+4); K O’Halloran (black, 75).

DERRY: T. Mallon; O. Duffy, B. Rogers, C. Mullan; K. McKaigue, C. McKaigue (c), C. McAtamney; C. McFaul, N. Holly; E. Lynn, D. Heavron, N. Loughlin; J. Kielt, E. McGuckin, M. Lynch
Subs for: N. Toner for E. Lynn (43); C. Bradley for J. Kielt (50); E. Bradley for N. Holly (52); L. McGoldrick for O. Duffy (56); E. Brown for E. McGuckin (62); N. Forrester for D. Heavron (inj, 70+3).

Referee: M. Duffy (Sligo)

Ticket Information

Adult: €20.00/£16.00
Juvenile (Under 16 Years of Age): €5.00/£5.00
Concessions (Student/OAP): €10.00 tickets available at the stadium on match day with valid ID

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Team News

The Tipperary team to play Derry in tomorrow’s All-Ireland Football Championship round 4A qualifier in Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan has been announced by manager Liam Kearns. Liam keeps faith with the starting 15 that lined out against Kerry in their recent Munster Final.

The Tipperary team lines out 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. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Peter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
12. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
13. Philip Austin – Borrisokane
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen

The Derry team to play Tipperary in Round 4A of the All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers at Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday (5.00pm) is as follows:
1. Thomas Mallon (An Lúb)
2. Gareth McKinless (Baile an Doire)
3. Chrissy McKaigue (Sleacht Néill) (C)
4. Karl McKaigue (Sleacht Néill)
5. Ciarán McFaul (Gleann)
6. Brendan Rogers (Sleacht Néill)
7. Ciarán Mullan (Eoghan Rua)
8. Conor McAtamney (Suaitreach)
9. Niall Holly (Eoghan Rua)
10. Daniel Heavron (Machaire Fíolta)
11. Christopher Bradley (Sleacht Néill)
12. Eoghan Brown (Baile Eachaidh)
13. James Kielt (Cill Ria)
14. Emmett McGuckin (Machaire Fíolta)
15. Mark Lynch (Beannchar)
16. Conor McLernon (Machaire Fíolta)
17. Neil Forester (Baile Stíl)
18. Liam McGoldrick (Eoghan Rua)
19. Michael McEvoy (Machaire Fíolta)
20. Cailean O’Boyle (Leamhaigh)
21. Oisín Duffy (Forghleann)
22. Niall Toner (Leamhaigh)
23. Niall Loughlin (Grianloch)
24. Emmett Bradley (Gleann)
25. Enda Lynn (Grianloch)
26. Gerard O’Kane (Gleann an Iolair)

Another novel championship pairing as Tipperary bid to reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the first time while Derry are attempting to qualify for them for the first time since 2007.

Derry are coming off three successive qualifier wins over Louth, Meath and Cavan while Tipperary beat Waterford and Cork before losing to Kerry in the Munster final.

Tyrone 3-14 Derry 0-12 (Ulster quarter-final)
Derry 1-18 Louth 2-10 (All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 1)
Derry 1-14 Meath 1-11 (All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 2)
Derry 1-17 Cavan 0-18 (All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 3)
Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 1- 7 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 3-17 Tipperary 2-10 (Munster final)