Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final – Donegal 2-13 Cork 0-13

Donegal defeated Cork by 2-13 to 0-13 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday July 30th at Croke Park.

Electric Ireland MFC Q-F: Donegal finish strongly

Donegal 2-13 Cork 0-13

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for GAA.ie

They lived dangerously initially, but Donegal eventually came good at Croke Park with a storming second-half display to secure their Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor football semi-final spot.

The Ulster champions were fortunate to be just four down after a poor first-half, but blitzed the Rebels after the break to march confidently through to next month’s semi-final. The 2014 All-Ireland finalists outscored Cork by 1-10 to 0-3 in the second-half to comfortably secure a clash with Galway.

Jason McGee’s first-half goal kept Donegal in it when they were struggling and sub Shane McGrath’s goal in the 57th minute ultimately secured the win. Niall O’Donnell’s five point haul was significant also while Cork finished with 14 men following the second yellow card picked up by corner-back Alan McCarthy in the 52nd minute.

Donegal will hope for a more rounded performance next time out because they survived on scraps early on and were grateful for McGee’s 27th minute goal. The north westerners fell 0-5 to 0-1 down and didn’t score their first point from open play until first-half injury-time.

But McGee’s excellent goal when he punished Cork on the counter attack with a penetrating burst through the middle and rifled shot to the left corner hauled them right back. O’Donnell added a point from a free shortly after Donegal trailed by just one at 0-6 to 1-2.

Cork finished the half with a burst though and four points on the trot, two of those from the excellent Mark Buckley, left clear daylight between them again. Cork were 0-10 to 1-3 up at the break though surprisingly added just three more points in the game, two of those from frees.

Donegal restarted with three points in a row and drew level in the 42nd minute when Enda McCormick scored his first of two points. Donegal led by a point with 10 minutes to go, but finished strongly, capitalising on the Cork dismissal to reel off 1-2 without reply in the final seven minutes or so.

Scorers for Donegal: N O’Donnell 0-5 (4fs), J McGee 1-0, S McGrath 1-0, P Mogan 0-3 (3fs), A McLaughlin 0-2, E McCormick 0-2, E McGettigan 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: M Buckley 0-5 (1 45), D Gore 0-4 (3fs), T Corkery 0-1, C Maguire 0-1, C O’Callaghan 0-1, C O’Mahony 0-1 (f).

Donegal: G Mulreany; S Ferry, A McCrea, M Curran; O Shiels, JD Boyle, A McLaughlin; J McGee, K Gallagher; P Mogan, N Boyle, E McCormick; O McFadden-Ferry, N O’Donnell, E McGettigan
Subs: A Deeney for McCrea (35+2), S McGrath for Shiels (h/t), B O’Donnell for Boyle (54), G Molloy for McFadden-Ferry (64).

Cork: ​M White; A McCarthy, N Walsh, T Corkery; A Browne, R O’Driscoll, L O’Donovan; S Minihane, C Foley; S O’Sullivan, M Buckley, C Maguire; D Gore, C O’Callaghan, C Og Jones
Subs: K McMahon for White (12), S Ryan for Minihane (h/t), C O’Mahony for Maguire (44), J Twomey for O’Driscoll (46), R Fowley for O’Sullivan (50), L Fahy for Jones (54).

Referee: J Henry (Mayo)

Team News

The Cork Minor Football team for tomorrow All-Ireland Football Championship Quarter-Final v Donegal in Croke Park has been announced as follows

1) Mark White (Clonakilty)
2) Alan McCarthy (St Finbarrs)
3) Aidan Browne (Newmarket)
4) Liam O Donovan (Clonakilty)
5) Sean Minehane (Ilen Rovers)
6) Nathan Walsh (Douglas)
7) Rory O Driscoll (Garnish)
8) Cathal Foley (Kilmichael)
9) Tadgh Corkery (Cill Na Martra)
10) Chris Og Jones (Iveleary)
11) Colm O Callaghan (Eire Og)
12) Cathal Maguire (Castlehaven)
13) Damien Gore (Kilmacabea)
14) Mark Buckley (Dohenys)
15) Sean O Sullivan (Mitchelstown)

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Quarter-Final – Kerry 2-20 Kildare 2-10

Kerry defeated Kildare by 2-20 to 2-10 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Quarter-Final on Saturday July 30th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Team News

The Kerry Minor Hurling Team to play Kildare in the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling B Championship Quarter Final at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on this Saturday at 2:30pm is as follows:

1 Adam O’Sullivan Crotta O’Neills
2 Philip Maunsell Kilmoyley
3 Liam Mullins Lixnaw
4 Evan Murphy Causeway
5 Darragh Behan Crotta O’Neills
6 Conor O’Keeffe Lixnaw
7 Gearoíd Fennessy Kilgarvan
8 Shane Conway (C) Lixnaw
9 Conor Galwey Ballyheigue
10 Coilin Sheehy Lixnaw
11 Eric Leen St Brendans
12 Padraig O’Mahony St Brendans
13 Micheál McCarthy Kenmare
14 Barry O’Mahony Crotta O’Neills
15 Maurice O’Connor Kilmoyley
Fir Ionaid:
16 Robert Silles Lixnaw
17 Thomas Quinlan Crotta O’Neills
18 Darragh Goulding Ballyduff
19 Shane O’Mahony St Brendans
20 Jeaic McKenna Crotta O’Neills
21 Gary Carey Causeway
22 Ciarán Breen Tralee Parnells
23 Adrian Nolan St Brendans
24 Gerard Leen Causeway

Additional Panel Members:
25 Brandon Conway Crotta O’Neills
26 Jack O’Sullivan Ballyduff
27 Chris Creedon Kilgarvan
28 Sean O’Donoghue Crotta O’Neills
29 Geroid O’Mahony Causeway
30 Nial O’Mahony Abbeydorney
31 Bryan McAuliffe Lixnaw
32 Fionán Mackessy St Brendans

Bainisteoir: John Hennessy (Ballyduff)
Róghnoirí: Jerome O’Sullivan (Crotta O’Neills), Eamonn Fitzgearld (Causeway), John Healy (Ballyheigue).
Treánalaí: John Barry (St Senans)

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Donegal 0-21 Cork 1-15

Donegal defeated Cork by 0-21 to 1-15 in Round 4B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 30th at Croke Park.

Round 4B Qualifier: Late Donegal burst decisive

Donegal 0-21 Cork 1-15

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for GAA.ie

Paddy McBrearty’s 11-point haul proved crucial as Donegal bounced back from their Ulster final heartache to set up a mouthwatering All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Dublin.

Rory Gallagher’s side had to dig deep, though, as underdogs Cork conjured a strong display after a difficult season that yielded Allianz league relegation and a shock Munster championship defeat to Tipperary. The Rebels were right in late on and led by two with 17 minutes remaining, but had no answer to Donegal’s strong finish.

A six-in-a-row of Donegal points including three from the excellent McBrearty ultimately eased the 2012 All-Ireland winners through to the last eight. Aside from McBrearty, Ryan McHugh was excellent with three points while another McHugh, Eoin, scored two important points. Donegal will need a significant improvement to overcome the Dubs though they’re still alive at least.

Cork have now missed out on an All-Ireland quarter-final spot for the second year running having contested one in each of the previous 10 seasons. Donegal set up in traditional defensive fashion and got 14 men behind the ball from the off when defending, leaving McBrearty alone up front.

Yet it opened out into a surprisingly attacking and exciting affair with both sides profiting from counter attacking movements. Cork dominated the first quarter and led 1-6 to 0-4 after 18 minutes. Peadar Healy’s side shook off a patchy season so far with some of their best football in this period.

Defenders Tom Clancy (Fermoy) and Sean Powter bombed forward for Cork points and Paul Kerrigan curled in a beautiful goal. The vastly experienced Nemo Rangers man took on Clancy’s pass, cut inside Neil McGee and curled a right footed shot beyond Mark Anthony McGinley to the right corner. It was reminiscent of Cork’s excellent start against Dublin here in the Allianz league though Donegal came roaring back into the game in the next 15 minutes or so.

Eoin McHugh began a blitz of points that ended with Donegal outscoring Cork by 0-7 to 0-1 between the 21st and 32nd minutes. It was superb football as Donegal attacked at pace, weaving some spectacular passing moves and, for the most, finding McBrearty at the end of those moves to take scores.

Donegal led 0-11 to 1-7 after 32 minutes but Cork finished the half strong with Clancy’s second point and one from Donncha O’Connor to lead 1-9 to 0-11 at the break. Aidan Walsh came on for Cork late in the first-half, replacing the injured Alan O’Connor. It was Walsh’s first football action in exactly two years having joined the hurling setup for 2015.

The sides were level on a number of occasions in the third quarter as both sides did their best to move clear. McBrearty and Ryan McHugh scored some excellent points for Donegal while Walsh hit a score for Cork who led 1-14 to 0-15 after 53 minutes. But Donegal showed their hunger for progression with those six points on the trot to advance impressively. McBrearty picked up a black card in the 76th minute for a drag down, but was afforded a huge ovation as he walked off.

Scorers for Donegal: P McBrearty 0-11 (4fs), R McHugh 0-3, E McHugh 0-2, M Murphy 0-2 (1f), K Lacey 0-1, F McGlynn 0-1, O MacNiallais 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: P Kerrigan 1-1, D O’Connor 0-2, K O’Driscoll 0-2, T Clancy (Clonakilty) 0-2, C O’Driscoll 0-2, C O’Neill 0-2 (1f), S Powter 0-1, M Collins 0-1, T Clancy (Fermoy) 0-1, A Walsh 0-1.

Donegal: MA McGinley; P McGrath, E McGee, N McGee; K Lacey, M O’Reilly, F McGlynn; O MacNiallais, M Murphy; A Thompson, M McElhinney, E McHugh; R Kavanagh, P McBrearty, R McHugh
Subs: C Gillespie for E McGee (43), L McLoone for Kavanagh (46), C Toye for Thompson (55), M McHugh for McGlynn (61), E Doherty for N McGee (68), H McFadden for MacNiallais (71). McBrearty BC 76, not replaced.

Cork: R Price; S Cronin, E Cadogan, T Clancy (Clonakilty); C O’Driscoll, S Powter, T Clancy (Fermoy); A O’Connor, I Maguire; K O’Driscoll, M Collins, M Hurley; D O’Connor, P Kelleher, P Kerrigan
Subs: A Walsh for A O’Connor (35+1), P Kelly for Kelleher (42), C O’Neill for D O’Connor (47), B O’Driscoll for Clancy (Clonakilty) (48), J O’Rourke for K O’Driscoll (62), A Cadogan for Powter (68).

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)

Team News

The Cork senior Football team for tomorrow All-Ireland Football Championship Qualifier Round 4B v Donegal in Croke Park has been announced as follows

Cork Senior Football Team
1. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
2. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
5. Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
7. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
8. Alan O Connor (St Colum’s)
9. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
10. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
11. Paddy Kelly (Ballincollig)
12. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)
16. Micheal A Martin (Nemo Rangers)
17. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
18. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)
19. Niall Coakley (St Jude’s)
20. Kieran Histon (Cobh)
21. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)
22. Fintan Goold (Macroom)
23. Donncha O Connor (Ballydesmond)
24. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
25. Sean Powter (Douglas)
26. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)

Donegal: Mark Anthony McGinley, Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Ciaran Gillespie, Ryan McHugh, Karl Lacey, Frank McGlynn, Rory Kavanagh, Martin McElhinney, Anthony Thompson, Odhrán MacNiallais, Eoin McHugh, Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy, Martin O’Reilly

They meet in the championship for the fourth time with Cork winning two of the previous three meetings while Donegal won one. Donegal’s success came in the 2012 semi-final, winning 0-16 t0 1-11 while Cork’s victories were both in quarter-finals. In 2009, they won by 1-27 to 2-10 and by 1-11 to 1-10 in 2006.

The last competitive clash between the counties was in Round 2 of the Allianz League last February when Donegal won by 2-14 to 1-7 in Ballyshannon.

Donegal are bidding to reach the quarter-final for a sixth successive year. Cork missed out last year, losing to Kildare in a Round 4 qualifier, having qualified for the quarter-final in each of the previous ten seasons.

Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Cork 2-12 Limerick 0-10 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
Cork 2-9 Longford 1-6 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 3)
Donegal 2-12 Fermanagh 0-11 (Ulster quarter-final)
Monaghan 0-14 Donegal 1-11 (Ulster semi-final)
Donegal 0-17 Monaghan 2-10 (Ulster semi-final) Replay
Tyrone 0-13 Donegal 0-11 (Ulster final)