TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi Final – Clare 3-14 Tipperary 2-16

Clare defeated Tipperary by 3-14 to 2-16 in the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi Final on Saturday September 3rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football championship semi-final

Clare 3-14 Tipperary 2-16

By Jackie Cahill

NIAMH O’Dea’s super-show steered Clare into a first TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football final since 2009.
The Banner County avenged their Munster final defeat against Tipp to book a Croke Park slot with Kildare on September 25.

And O’Dea bagged 2-5, all but one score from play, as Clare emerged by just a single point against their provincial rivals at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. In a thrilling finish, Tipp had chances to level but Clare, with suspended manager Neil Moynihan watching from the stands, held out.

By half-time, Tipp had got themselves to within a point, trailing by 1-9 to 2-7, after Clare established a six-point advantage. A stunning scoring blitz saw Clare hit 2-2 without reply in a three-minute spell – O’Dea scoring both goals. The Banner star had her first in the 23rd minute with an unstoppable left foot shot and she was on target again a minute later with another clinical finish.

O’Dea collected Ailish Considine’s lengthy delivery and after completing a brilliant catch, fired a low shot past Patricia Hickey. Clare were now 2-7 to 0-7 clear but Tipp, crucially responded with points from Aisling McCarthy (free) and Eimear Myles.

Clare then went close to another goal when Gráinne Nolan fired inches wide before Tipp found the net in the final minute of the half. McCarthy and Orla O’Dwyer did well in the build-up work before Cathríona Walsh pounced from close range. It was a cracking final ten minutes to a half that had been level three times.

Clare did create the better goal chances but Tipp, with Mairead Morrissey orchestrating matters from centre forward, hung in and were within striking distance at the break. Clare came close to the game’s opening goal when Ciara Hickey fired a shot at Hickey but O’Dea took her chances when they arrived.

Shortly after half-time, Clare were six points clear again – 3-9 to 1-9. Gráinne Nolan got Clare off to a flier with the opening point of the second half before Niamh Keane fired home a sensational goal that rattled the back stanchion.

A run of four points without reply brought Tipp right back into contention and sub Róisín Howard netted a sensational solo goal with 16 minutes left – an effort that put Tipp a point clear. Crucially, Emma O’Driscoll made a brilliant point blank save to keep out Orla O’Dwyer shortly after and Clare hit back at the other with an equalising point from O’Dea, tying the scores at 3-11 to 2-14.

In a frantic finish, Clare hit the front twice more but were reeled in by Tipp on both occasions. After O’Dea knocked over the late point that would prove to be the winner, Tipp had chances to draw level but couldn’t find a leveller.

Scorers for Clare: N O’Dea 2-5 (0-1f), N Keane 1-1, G Nolan 0-4 (3f), C Hickey 0-2, L Henchy & A Considine (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: A McCarthy 0-8 (4f), C Walsh 1-1, R Howard 1-0, M Morrissey & E Myles 0-2 each, J Grant, L O’Shea & O O’Dwyer 0-1 each.

CLARE: E O’Driscoll; E O’Dea, L Ryan, L Egan; R Considine, E O’Gorman, G Harvey; L Henchy, K McCormack; S Bohannon, A Considine, N Keane; C Hickey, N O’Dea, G Nolan
Subs: C Harvey for E O’Dea (inj. 13), B Mahon for Egan (h.t.), A Keane for Bohannon (46), C Hester for R Considine (59).

TIPPERARY: P Hickey; L Morrissey, B Condon, S Lambert; C O’Dwyer, A O’Dwyer, J Grant; L O’Shea, S Carew; E Carroll, M Morrissey, E Myles; O O’Dwyer, A McCarthy, C Walsh
Subs: E Buckley for L Morrissey (35), R Howard for Carroll (36), K Davey for Walsh (53), C Mullins for Myles (57).

Referee: G McMahon (Mayo)

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TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Semi Final – Cork 2-10 Monaghan 1-10

Cork defeated Monaghan by 2-10 to 1-10 in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Semi Final on Saturday September 3rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship semi-final

Cork 2-10 Monaghan 1-10

By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

IN his first season at the helm, Ephie Fitzgerald has guided holders Cork through to another TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship final.

Cork will contest their 11th final in 12 seasons when they take on Dublin for the Brendan Martin Cup on September 25 – the third successive season that the counties will meet for the silverware. Cork’s six-in-a-row hopes remain on course but they were given a stern test by Ulster champions Monaghan at the Gaelic Grounds this evening (SAT).

Monaghan registered 14 wides during the game – seven in each half – and paid the price for that. They also had a strong wind at their backs in the second half but Cork, superbly marshalled by player of the match and dual star Briege Corkery, held firm. Monaghan also suffered a blow 12 minutes from time when corner back Lianne Ward was sin-binned but in the time she was off the pitch, the Farney girls outscored their opponents.

Monaghan had a spell of four points without reply, including two from Rosemary Courtney, and that brought them to within three points, trailing by 1-8 to 2-8. Corkery steadied the ship with a superb score for the Rebelettes and they had the answers down the home straight as Monaghan could never get closer than three points – despite outscoring Cork 4-2 with Ward off the pitch.

At half-time, Cork had a 2-4 to 1-2 lead but Monaghan’s decision-making and use of the ball let them down on numerous occasions, while they also struggled on their own kick-outs. Cork went 11 minutes without a score in the opening half but Monaghan weren’t clinical enough to punish them at the other end of the field.

Cork, who had 11 wides of their own, were off to flier when Orla Finn, one of their big stars this season, found the net in the third minute. And when Ciara O’Sullivan finished an excellent move from close range in the 14th minute, Cork had a seven-point lead, 2-2 to 0-1, and looked on course for a big win.

But as they went scoreless from there until the 25th minute and in that time, Monaghan roared back into contention.
Cora Courtney’s shot was half-blocked midway through the half and when the ball went loose, midfielder partner Eimear McAnespie netted for Monaghan. A Courtney free had Monaghan back to within a goal but Cork had the final two points of the half from Finn (free) and Corkery.

Finn and Caoimhe Mohan traded points early but Cork managed to grab a stranglehold on the game again, going close to a third goal on a couple of occasions but doing enough to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Cork were seven points clear – 2-8 to 1-4 – but Monaghan showed resilience to make a game of it.

Cork, however, have been down this road so many times before and when the dust settled, they were back in familiar territory. Monaghan, who contested finals with Cork in 2008, 2011 and 2013, had that sinking feeling again but their progress has been remarkable under manager Paula Cunningham this year, winning Ulster despite losing six of their seven outings in Division 1 of the Lidl National League.

Scorers for Cork: O Finn 1-3 (0-3f), B Corkery 0-4, C O’Sullivan 1-0, V Foley, A Walsh & E Scally 0-1 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: E McAnespie 1-0, R Courtney 0-3, E McCarron & C Courtney (2f) 0-2 each, L McEnaney, C McAnespie & C Mohan 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, R Phelan; V Foley, D O’Reilly, S Kelly; R Buckley, B Corkery; A Walsh, C O’Sullivan, O Farmer; L Coppinger, D O’Sullivan, O Finn
Subs: H Looney for Farmer (h.t.), R Ní Bhuachalla for Coppinger (h.t.), E Scally for D O’Sullivan (53), J O’Shea for Looney (57).

MONAGHAN: C McKenna; R McKenna, J Fitzpatrick, L Ward; A McAnespie, S Courtney, G McNally; C Courtney, E McAnespie; L McEnaney, E McCarron, T Scott; C McAnespie, C Mohan, R Courtney
Subs: L Jones for Scott (45), M Atkinson for Mohan (56).

Referee: G Carmody (Mayo)

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Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final – Tipperary 1-21 Limerick 0-17

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 1-21 to 0-17 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 4th at Croke Park.

Tipperary see off Limerick to take minor hurling title

Tipperary 1-21 Limerick 0-17

By Eoghan Cormican, Croke Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

It was a case of sweet redemption for the Tipperary minors as Liam Cahill’s young charges went one step further than was the case 12 months ago.

The crucial score arrived early in the second-half as Jake Morris, put through by Mark Kehoe, drilled a low shot into the bottom right corner of Mark O’Kelly’s goal to put Tipperary 1-10 to 0-8 clear.

The centre-forward, mind you, was lucky to remain on the field having struck out at Limerick’s Josh Adams directly after the goal. Neither the linesman nor the referee saw the incident and Morris escaped without even a yellow card.

Limerick, through Brian Ryan (free), Ciarán O’Connor, Kyle Hayes and Paul O’Brien, tallied four of the next six scores, to bring it back to a three-point game. No closer would they come, however. Hayes and O’Brien both had goal chances, but both efforts were sent wide.

It wasn’t so clear in the first-half as Limerick rallied from five down to leave just the minimum between the sides at half-time. Their failure to find the net, ultimately, proved their downfall.

Colin English, Mark Kehoe, Lyndon Fairbrother, Shane Neville and Ger Browne were the Tipperary scorers in the final quarter as the favourites ran out deserved seven-point winners.

Scorers for Tipperary: J Morris (1-3); L Fairbrother (0-5, 0-4 frees); C English (0-4); S Neville (0-3); B McGrath (0-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 ’65), M Kehoe (0-2 each); D Walsh, G Browne (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: B Ryan (0-11, 0-9 frees); C O’Connor, D Carroll, C Boylan, K Hayes, D Woulfe, P O’Brien (0-1 each).

Tipperary: C Barrett (Clonmel Óg); K O’Dwyer (Killenuale), M Whelan (Carrick Davins), T Murphy (JK Brackens); C Flanagan (Newport), B McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), J Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs); P Cadell (JK Brackens), G Browne (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams); R Doody (Cappawhite), J Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg), C English (Fr Sheehy’s); L Fairbrother (JK Brackens), C Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), M Kehoe (Kilsheelan Kilcash)
Subs: S Neville (Lattin Cullen) for Doody (26 mins); G Dunne (Holycross-Ballycahill) for Murphy (36); D Walsh (Ballingarry) for Darcy (51); C Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields) for Browne (61).

Limerick: M O’Kelly (Croom); B Nash (South Liberties), C Nicholas (Monaleen), R Connolly (Adare); J Adams (Ballybrown), C O’Connor (Kilmallock), F Hourigan (Murroe/Boher); J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), D Carroll (Newport); M O’Grady (Knockainey), A Barrett (Kilmallock), B Ryan (South Liberties); C Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), K Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), C Magner-Flynn (Killeedy)
Subs: P O’Brien (Mungret/St Paul’s) for Magner-Flynn (34); J Flynn (Patrickswell) for Carroll (36); D Woulfe (Kilmallock) for Barrett (42); M Bourke (Garryspillane) for Adams (44); D Quirke (Clonoulty Rossmore) for Flanagan (51); C O’Grady (Hospital/Herbertstown) for M O’Grady (60).

Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow).

Team News

Tipperary minor team manager Liam Cahill has named his side to face Limerick in their All Ireland Final clash which throws in at 1.15pm.

Showing one change from the their semi-final also, Tom Murphy returns to corner back having recovered from injury.

The Tipperary Minor team to take on Limerick lines out as follows;
1. Ciarán Barrett – Clonmel Óg
2. Killian O’Dwyer – Killenaule
3. Michael Whelan – Carrick Davins
4. Tom Murphy – J.K. Brackens
5. Cian Flanagan – Newport
6. Brian McGrath (Capt.) – Loughmore-Castleiney
7. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
8. Paddy Cadell – J.K. Brackens
9. Ger Browne – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
10. Rian Doody – Cappawhite
11. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
12. Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
13. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
14. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
15. Lyndon Fairbrother – J.K. Brackens

The management team of Pat Donnelly (Manager) (South Liberties), selectors Brian Foley (South Liberties), John Mulqueen (Bruff) and Anthony Daly (Coach) has released their team to face Tipperary in this Sunday clash with Dublin in the All Ireland minor hurling final in Croke Park at 1.15pm.

The Limerick minor hurling team and panel is as follows –
1. Mark O Kelly (Croom), 2. Brian Nash (South Liberties), 3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen), 4. Ronan Connolly Adare, 5. Josh Adams (Ballybrown), 6. Ciaran O Connor (Kilmallock), 7. Finn Hourigan (Murroe/Boher), 8. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 9. Darragh Carroll (Newport), 10. Michael O Grady (Knockainey), 11. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 12. Brian Ryan (South Liberties), 13. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry)(Captain), 15. Cian Magner Flynn (Killeedy).
16. Jamie Power (Monaleen), 17. Micheal Bourke (Garryspillane), 18. John Flynn (Patrickswell), 19. Darren Golden O Mahony (Monaleen), 20. Dan Minehan (Ahane), 21. Conor O Grady (Hospital/Herbertstown), 22. Paul O Brien (Mungret/St. Pauls), 23. Paul O Riordan (Bruff), 24. David Wolfe (Kilmallock).

In a repeat of this year’s Munster Final, Tipperary take on Limerick in the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final which opens the day’s events in Croke Park at 1.15pm.

Ahead of contesting their sixth championship match in the current campaign, Tipperary have shown great maturity and unity since their opening round loss to Waterford back in April by getting their challenge well and truly back on track. That renaissance has given hope to the county claiming the Irish Press Cup for the first time since 2012.

Under the watchful eye of manager Liam Cahill and his backroom team of Michael Bevans (coach), selectors -John Sheedy, TJ Ryan and Sean Corbett, the management team have plotted a way to the final for the second year in a row harnessing the experience of last year’s loss into a force to be reckoned with this time round. Keeping their side grounded and focused on the task at hand will be the main priority if Tipperary is to have a successful start to the day in Croke Park on Sunday.

Here too we send best wishes to the team and management and hope that the recent run of good form will continue unabated on Sunday. The referee for the minor final will be John Keenan (Wicklow).

The All-Ireland minor hurling final between Limerick and Tipperary will be a repeat of the Munster decider, which Tipp won by 1-24 to 0-10, Jake Morris (1-4) and Lyndon Fairbrother (0-7) were top scorers for Tipperary, who led by 0-13 to 0-7 at half-time.

Tipperary last won the All-Ireland title in 2012 while Limerick are seeking their first success since the GAA’s Centenary year in 1984. Cian Darcy scored 3-2, Rian Doody 2-2 and Mark Kehoe 1-4 as Tipperary hit Galway for 7-12 in the semi-final.

Limerick recovered well from the Munster final setback to beat Wexford in the All-Ireland quarter-final, followed by a win over Dublin in the semi-final. Brian Ryan scored 0-10 (0-8 frees) for Limerick in the semi-final.

Limerick 2-11 Clare 1-8
Limerick 0-19 Waterford 0-17
Tipperary 1-24 Limerick 0-10 (Munster final)
Limerick 0-17 Wexford 0-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Limerick 1-18 Dublin 0-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-17
Tipperary 2-15 Clare 0-12
Tipperary 0-23 Cork 1-15
Tipperary 1-24 Limerick 0-10 (Munster final)
Tipperary 7-12 Galway 2-12 (All-Ireland semi-final)

21 – Kilkenny (1931-35-36-50-60-61-62-72-73-75-77-81-88-90-91-93-2002-2003-2008-2010-2014)
19 – TIPPERARY (1930-32-33-34-47-49-52-53-55-56-57-59-76-80-82-96-2006-2007-2012)
18 – Cork (1928-37-38-39-41-51-64-67-69-70-71-74-78-79-85-95-98-2001)
10 – Galway (1983-92-94-99-2000-2004-2005-2009-2011-2015)
4 – Dublin (1945-46-54-65)
3 – Wexford (1963-66-68)
3 – LIMERICK (1940-58-84)
3 – Offaly (1986-87-89)
2 – Waterford (1929-48)
1 – Clare (1997)

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Final – Kerry 4-17 Meath 3-11

Kerry defeated Meath by 4-17 to 3-11 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Final on Saturday September 3rd at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Conway leads Kerry’s blistering late blitz

Kerry 4-17 Meath 3-11

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Kerry continued their dominance of this grade as a devastating late salvo saw off a determined Meath side at Semple Stadium on Saturday.

The sides were deadlocked on 2-14 to 3-11 with five minutes to go before the Kingdom fired 2-3 to wrap up a fifth straight title.
Kerry led by 2-6 to 1-8 at the break thanks to an Eric Leen goal on the stroke of half-time. Shane Conway had scored a stunning early goal.

Three points by Conway, two from Barry O’Mahony and one each from Leen and Padraig O’Mahony eased the Kingdom five points clear midway through the second half, but Meath captain Will Flynn got two goals to level the contest. Kerry responded as champions do with a scrambled goal from O’Mahony and superb points from Conway, Colin Sheehy and O’Mahony before an injury time goal by Gearoid O’Mahony sealed victory.

Scorers – Kerry: S Conway 1-8 ( 0-4fs), E Leen, P O’Mahony 1-2 each, G O’Mahony 1-0, B O’Mahony 0-3, C Sheehy 0-2. Meath: W Flynn 2-0, P Farrell 0-5fs), M Mullin (-1, J Leavy, J McNally 0-2 each, S Coffey 0-1 s-l.

Kerry – A O’Sullivan; B McAuliffe, L Mullins, P Maunsell; E Murphy, C O’Keeffe, G Fennessy; T O’Connor, E Leen; C Sheehy, B O’Mahony, N O’Mahony; M O’Connor, S Conway, P O’Mahony
Subs: G O’Mahony for Fennessy (44), M McCarthy for O’Connor (49), T Quinlan for Sheehy (60), D Goulding for O’Mahony (60), C Galway for Leen (60)

Meath: C Ennis; S Coffey, C McNally, B Kelly; J Ryan, B McGowan, J McNally; R Byrne, S Martin; W Flynn, J Leavy, M Mullin; M Cullen, P Farrell, D Gilmartin
Subs: B Dowling for Byrne (13), D Murtagh for Gilmartin (37), B Reilly for McNally (41), C O Farrell for Cullen (56).

Ref – P Burke (Kilkenny)

Fixture Details

03.09.2016 (Sat)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 14:00
An Mhí v Ciarraí
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Kerry Minor Hurling Team to play Meath in the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling B Championship Final in Semple Stadium Thurles on Saturday at 2:00pm is as follows:

1 Adam O’Sullivan Crotta O’Neills
2 Bryan McAuliffe Lixnaw
3 Liam Mullins Lixnaw
4 Philip Maunsell Kilmoyley
5 Evan Murphy Causeway
6 Conor O’Keeffe Lixnaw
7 Gearoíd Fennessy Kilgarvan
8 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills
9 Eric Leen St Brendans
10 Colin Sheehy Lixnaw
11 Barry O’Mahony Crotta O’Neills
12 Niall O’Mahony Abbeydorney
13 Maurice O’Connor Kilmoyley
14 Shane Conway (C) Lixnaw
15 Padraig O’Mahony St Brendans
Fir Ionaid:
16 Robert Silles Lixnaw
17 Thomas Quinlan Crotta O’Neills
18 Darragh Behan Crotta O’Neills
19 Gary Carey Causeway
20 Micheál McCarthy Kenmare
21 Conor Galwey Ballyheigue
22 Darragh Goulding Ballyduff
23 Jeaic McKenna Crotta O’Neills
24 Ciarán Breen Tralee Parnells
Bainisteoir: John Hennessy (Ballyduff)
Róghnoirí: Jerome O’Sullivan (Crotta O’Neills), Eamonn Fitzgearld (Causeway), John Healy (Ballyheigue).
Treánalaí: John Barry (St Senans)

Additional Panel Members:
25 Jack O’Sullivan Ballyduff
26 Shane O’Mahony St Brendans
27 Brandon Conway Crotta O’Neills
28 Gerard Leen Causeway
29 Geroid O’Mahony Causeway
30 Adrian Nolan St Brendans
31 Chris Creedon Kilgarvan
32 Sean O’Donoghue Crotta O’Neills

All-Ireland intermediate Camogie Championship Final – Kilkenny 3-6 Cork 1-11

Kilkenny defeated Cork by 3-6 to 1-11 in the All-Ireland intermediate Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 11th at Croke Park.

Fennelly brace gets Kilkenny home

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

Kilkenny 3-6 Cork 1-11

THE Fennelly name lit up Croke Park once more as Kilkenny produced a strong second half performance to just edge out Cork in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final at Croke Park.

Keeva Fennelly was central to the effort, scoring two goals as Kilkenny overturned a four-point interval deficit to get their hands on the Jack McGrath Cup. Fennelly’s father Ger won three Hurling All-Irelands with Kilkenny – including one as captain – and joined his six brothers as Ballyhale Shamrocks garnered three more at club level.

Michael and Colin have been among the latest generation gracing Croke Park but it was their first cousin’s turn to capture the headlines this time, finishing expertly on the double to break Cork’s hearts. It had looked bleak for the victors in the first half and they could probably count themselves slightly fortunate to be only 0-7 to 0-4 behind at half time.

Cork played in a similar style to the Seniors, linking well, running off the shoulder and always attempting to find a colleague.
Linda Collins was on fire and the Courcey Rovers full-forward had three points as Paudie Murray’s side scorched into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Crucially, Collins had a shot at goal blocked that would have put them even clear and Ciara Holden, who had slotted their only point at that juncture, added a couple of more to keep them in contention. Amy Lee did well to deny Kilkenny at the other end but Finola Neville and Rachel O’Shea were on the mark to make it 0-7 to 0-4 at the change of ends.

Kilkenny returned to the pitch with their intent visible in body language and how they met their opponents as they resumed their positions. It showed as they were level within three minutes, Holden pointing before Jenny Clifford hand-passed to the Cork net.
The momentum swung back in the Leesiders’ direction however as Collins provided a deservingly resounding finish for a goal in the 38th minute after Caroline Sugrue’s dancing feet had created the chance.

Sugrue laid the groundwork for a magnificent point by Collins from the next attack and Cork were four ahead once more. Within a minute, Fennelly did well to hand-pass to Cork net though and she repeated the trick five minutes later.

Both sides had plenty opportunities in the final quarter but despite points from O’Shea, Collins and the final score of the game from Keeva McCarthy, Kilkenny just kept their noses in front, Holden’s successful free just before that proving significant.

SCORERS FOR KILKENNY: K Fennelly 2-0; C Holden 0-5(4fs); J Clifford 1-0; A Fahey 0-1

SCORERS FOR CORK: L Collins 1-5; R O’Shea 0-4(3fs); F Neville, K McCarthy 0-1 each

KILKENNY: K Maher, R Phelan, J Norris, N Sweeney, N Leahy, K Nolan, E Frisby, A Kenneally, L Greene, K Fennelly, C Holden, J Clifford, S Walsh, Á Fahey, E Coonan
Subs: C Walsh for Coonan (42), L Phelan for Sweeney (45), C Phelan for Fahey (52)

CORK: A Lee, L Coppinger, L Weste, N Ní Chaoimh, J Crowley, S Buckley, S Harrington, C Sigerson, J Barry, K Hickey, S Fahy, F Neville, R O’Shea, L Collins, C Sugrue
Subs: E Murphy for Coppinger (41), L Lynch for O’Shea (46), K McCarthy for Fahy (49)

REFEREE: J McDonagh (Galway)

Team News

All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final – Kilkenny 1-13 Cork 1-9

Kilkenny defeated Cork by 1-13 to 1-9 in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 11th at Croke Park.

Hungry Cats end 22 years of hurt

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

Kilkenny 1-13 Cork 1-9

ANN Downey was the centre of attention but it was a team effort that landed Kilkenny’s first Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie title since 1994.

Downey was captain 22 years ago and having played in Kilkenny’s 12 successes at this level, accumulated in a 20-year period from 1974, remains an ever-present in the Noresiders’ winning history, as manager of the new champions.

There had been many devastating heartbreaks since legendary figure climbed the steps of the Hogan Stand to receive the O’Duffy Cup, as Kilkenny had fallen at the final hurdle on six occasions.

She was boss when a team comprised largely of teenagers lost to Cork in 2009 and many of those were still there when she returned to the fold to finish the job at the beginning of this year.

They had fallen short in the 2013 and 2014 deciders in the interim, but with Conor Phelan and Paddy Mullally in situ as well, the brains trust behind WIT’s Ashbourne Cup success were ready to apply their winning formula.

They appeared to have struck the right balance in terms of positional switches, while the likes of WIT player Julie Ann Malone was introduced to the squad for the first time. With four points, the Mullinavat attacker repaid that faith and ended this game as Liberty Insurance Player of the Match.

Kilkenny played the wings as much as possible, although Gemma O’Connor still got in plenty of possession. Meanwhile, Denise Gaule had a free role that saw her having a very influential role. Crucially, Cork could never get their overlapping game going, with the likes of Katrina Mackey, Briege Corkery and Amy O’Connor less prominent than normal.

Added to all that were the lessons learned from previous disappointments, and the ravenous hunger to get over the line. Kilkenny looked composed throughout and with the defence on top, Gaule unerring from placed balls and Malone on fire, they always held the upper hand. A 42nd minute goal from Shelly Farrell – one of three sisters lining out for Kilkenny – gave Cork a mountain to climb and they never looked like reeling in the deficit.

They weren’t helped as Gemma O’Connor was sent off in the 53rd minute having been shown a second yellow card but typical of a team that has won the last two titles, they kept trying right to the end. Emma Kavanagh had to make a very smart save from Eimear O’Sullivan on the hour and Orla Cotter drove a powerful shot beyond her from a free in the third minute of injury time but Kilkenny were able to see it out comfortably to complete a famous double, having bagged the Intermediate crown earlier.

They sealed another double too, as they harnessed the National League title in May, so there can be no argument about their status as the nation’s premier outfit this season. As expected, team lists were of statistical interest only, with both outfits rotating regularly in a bid to create some element of space. Kilkenny were more successful in this regard and Miriam Walsh wasted a goal chance after just 20 seconds when failing to gather 20m out from the Cork posts.

Meighean Farrell and Gaule (free) got the scoreboard going, but Cotter, who was one of Cork’s best performers throughout responded with a free. Malone hit a super score as she dropped to her knees but Cotter launched a mighty effort from 50m to put one between them once more.

Alarm bells must have been ringing as the normally solid Cork full-back line allowed a long ball to clear them. Aoife Murray rushed out to meet Michelle Quilty, doing enough to put off the Kilkenny skipper, whose first time shot rolled inches wide. Cork made the most of the let-off, enjoying perhaps their best period of the game, as Mackey fired over a spectacular point to bring the sides level and then O’Sullivan finished well from wide on the right to give them the lead for the only time in the game.

This was where the Black and Ambers were different to previous years, remaining calm and displaying real mental resolve to hit the next four points – Gaule with three frees and Malone the other, after showing good strength and then composure. Ashling Thompson ended the run with a 22nd minute point before Cork were awarded a penalty, when Davin Tobin dragged down Hannah Looney.

Aoife Murray came forward to take the penalty and her rasping shot was destined for the top corner before Anne Dalton deflected it over.
That was probably a crucial moment four minutes from the break and Gaule slotted a free at the other end to make it 0-8 to 0-6 at half time. Gaule and Malone were on the mark early in the second half as Kilkenny went three clear before Farrell took a pass from Katie Power and drove a ferocious shot high to the far corner of the Cork net.

There were still 18 minutes remaining but in a game with so little space, it was always going to be tough for the Rebels to get back, particularly as Power and Malone added points to open a nine-point gap. Mackey and Libby Coppinger – introduced after playing the first 40 minutes of the Intermediate final – did their bit as Paudie Murray’s charges dug deep but there would be no way back.

SCORERS FOR KILKENNY: D Gaule 0-7(fs); J A Malone 0-4; S Farrell 1-0; M Farrell, K Power 0-1 each

SCORERS FOR CORK: O Cotter 1-2 (1-1fs); K Mackey 0-2; A Murray (pen), A Thompson, H Looney, E O’Sullivan, L Coppinger 0-1 each

KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, D Tobin, E Keane, J Frisby, C Dormer, A Dalton, C Phelan, A Farrell, M Farrell, S Farrell, D Gaule, J A Malone, M Quilty, K Power, M Walsh
Subs: K A Doyle for A Farrell (59), A Dunphy for Power (60+2)

CORK: A Murray, L O’Sullivan, R Buckley, L Treacy, M Cahalane, G O’Connor, P Mackey, O Cotter, A Thompson, E O’Sullivan, H Looney, K Mackey, A O’Connor, O Cronin, B Corkery
Subs: L Coppinger for L O’Sullivan (48), J Hosford for Cronin (57)

REFEREE: E Cassidy (Derry)

Team News

KILKENNY (SC v Cork) – E Kavanagh; J Frisby, D Tobin, C Dormer; C Phelan, E Keane, M Farrell; A Farrell, A Dalton; D Gaule, JA Malone, K Power; M Quilty, M Walsh, S Farrell

CORK (SC v Kilkenny) – A Murray; P Mackey, L Treacy, L O’Sullivan; M Cahalane, G O’Connor, R Buckley; O Cotter, A Thompson; H Looney, O Cronin, E O’Sullivan; A O’Connor, B Corkery, K Mackey

Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final – Kilmoyley 1-17 Ballyduff 2-14

Kilmoyley drew with Ballyduff in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 11th at Austin Stack Park Tralee – Final score Kilmoyley 1-17 Ballyduff 2-14

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 A Championship Final – Waterford 5-15 Galway 0-14

Waterford defeated Galway by 5-15 to 0-14 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 A Championship Final on Saturday September 10th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Final


By John Harrington at Semple Stadium for

Waterford won this evening’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Final in five-star style as the swept Galway aside at Semple Stadium. In the first-half especially it looked like men against boys as a bigger, stronger, faster, and more skilful Deise outfit cut loose.

The Tribesmen battled back in the second-half to make a contest of it, but then Waterford simply put their foot on the accelerator again and zoomed off into the sunset. The writing was already on the wall for Galway after just 45 seconds when Waterford scored their first goal of the match.

A long ball from defence was broken past the Galway half-back line and DJ Foran raced onto it, soloed towards goal, and then smashed the sliotar to the back of the net. Foran played a key role in Waterford’s second goal 12 minutes later when his hand-pass sent Patrick Curran clear and the corner-forward cleverly improvised to bat the ball past Galway goalkeeper Cathal Tuohy.

That put Waterford 2-3 to 0-3 ahead, and a bad situation for Galway then got much worse when they conceded another goal a minute later. Curran was the creator this time as a delicious reverse hand-pass sent Stephen Bennett clear and Waterford full-forward lanced his drive to the top corner via Tuohy’s hurley.

Galway were already looking like a beaten docket, but team-captain Brian Molloy at least kept carrying the fight to a superior Waterford. He was up against the mighty Austin Gleeson, but was getting the better of their own personal duel as he hit two nice points from play. Molloy couldn’t do it all on his own though, and Galway were being beaten in too many other areas of the pitch.

Michael Kearney was the third member of the on-fire Waterford full-forward line to get in on the scoring act as two sweet points in a row form him stretched their advantage to 12 points. Tom Devine came very close to scoring Wateford’s fourth goal of the day, but his driven shot was superbly tipped over the bar by Tuohy. By now Waterford centre-back Gleeson was warming to the task and a typically brilliant point from him brought the curtain down on the first-half as Wateford went into their dressing-rooms leading by 3-10 to 0-6.

There was little expectancy that Galway would be able to make a match of it from there, but to their credit they tried their very best. Perhaps Waterford thought the match was already won, but for the first ten minutes of the second-half they were very much second-best as Galway slung over five unanswered points in a row.

Brian Molloy was still doing some classy work, but now he was ably assisted by Seán Linnane and Eanna Burke who had both suddenly thundered into the game. A Patrick Curran free finally got Waterford off the mark, but Galway still smelled blood and it was no surprise that Molloy went for goal from a 25-yard free. Unfortunately for him, he drove it well wide.

Galway kept trying to work the ball into goal-scoring positions, and might have been better off had they continued to take their points because they were creating the sort of opportunities that were marked absent in the second-half. All their good work was then undone when Waterford struck for their fourth goal of the match, and it was something really special.

Stephen Bennett zoomed onto a long clearance into the left corner and immediately dove a low ball across goal where his brother Shane slid in connected with a one-handed swipe to the back of the net. Waterford were in full flow again all of a sudden, as Patrick Curran swept over two great long-range points in a row.

Then came the fifth goal, and it was the most spectacular of the lot. Stephen Bennet reached high to snatch an Austin Gleeson sideline ball and roofed the ball to the net from what seemed an impossible angle. A couple more points from Shane Bennett and Curran rounded off the scoring before the final whistle finally went and the blue and white hordes invaded the pitch to hail their heroes. This generation of Waterford hurlers is something special. It’s surely only a matter of time before they deliver big in the senior grade too.

Scorers for Waterford: Patrick Curran 1-9 (6f), Stephen Bennett 2-0, Shane Bennett 1-1, DJ Foran 1-0, Michael Kearney 0-2, Austin Gleeson 0-2 (1f) T Devine 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Brian Molloy 0-6 (3f), Eanna Burke 0-3 Seán Linnane 0-2, Conor Whelan 0-2, Kevin McHugo 0-1.

Waterford: Jordan Henley; William Hahessy, Conor Gleeson, Darragh Lyons; Michéal Harney, Austin Gleeson, Conor Prunty; Mark O’Brien, Shane Bennett; Colm Roche, Tom Devine, DJ Foran; Patrick Curran, Stephen Bennett, Michael Kearney
Subs: Adam Farrell for Tom Devine (56), Dermot Ryan for Darragh Lyons (58), Billy O’Keefe for Mícheál Harney (60), Peter Hogan for Shane Bennett (61), Barry Whelan for William Hahessy (61)

Galway: Cathal Tuohy; Conor Jennings, Darragh O’Donoghue, Declan Cronin; Vincent Doyle, Shane Cooney, Seán Loftus; Dan Nevin, Darragh Dolan; Kevin McHugo, Brian Molloy, Seán Linnane; Thomas Monaghan, Éanna Burke
Subs: Eamon Brannigan for Thomas Monaghan (ht), Jack Grealish for Kevin McHugo (43), Fintan Burke for Dan Nevin (55), Cian Burke for Seán Linnane (60)

Ref: Seán Cleere (Kilkenny)

Attendance: 14410

Fixture Details

10.09.2016 (Sat)
Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 17:00
Gaillimh v Port Láirge
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Waterford Team to face Galway tomorrow in the Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final against Galway at 5pm in Semple Stadium has being named!

1. Jordan Henley (Tallow)
2. William Hahessy (Clonea)
3. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
4. Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan)
5. Míchéal Harney (Bunmahon)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
8. Mark O’Brien (Ferrybank)
9. Colm Roche (Shamrocks)
10. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
11. Tom Devine (Modeligo)
12. DJ Foran (Portlaw)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan) – (Jt Capt.)
14. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)
15. Michael Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)


1. Cathal Tuohy (Tommie Larkins)
2. Conor Jennings (Loughrea)
3. Darragh O’Donoghue (Kilnadeema Leitrim)
4. Declan Cronin (Cappataggle)
5. Vincent Doyle (Turloughmore)
6. Shane Cooney (St Thomas)
7. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)
8. Darragh Dolan (Cappataggle)
9. Dan Nevin (Cappataggle)
10. Kevin McHugo (Tommie Larkins)
11. Brian Molloy (Kilnadeema Leitrim – Capt.)
12. Sean Linnane (Turloughmore)
13. Thomas Monaghan (Killimordaly)
14. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)
15. Eanna Burke (St Thomas)

Semple Stadium, Thurles will host the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U-21 finals next Saturday when Mayo and Meath clash in the ‘B’ decider at 3.0, followed by Galway v Waterford in the main event at 5.00.

Waterford won the Munster title by beating Clare (3-23 to 1-11) and Tipperary (2-19 to 0-15), landing the provincial prize for the first time since 1994. They had an easy win over Antrim (5-25 to 1-8) in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Patrick Curran (2-25, 0-16 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’) is top scorer for Waterford, who are bidding to win the All-Ireland U-21 title for the first time since 1992. That was their only All-Ireland success in the grade while Galway, who were last successful in 2011, are bidding for their 11th title. They qualified for the final by beating Dublin (0-21 to 0-19) after extra-time. Team captain, Brian Molloy scored 0-10 (0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65’) for the winners.

Meath beat Wicklow in the quarter-final and Kerry in the semi-final of the ‘B’ competition while Mayo beat Kildare and Roscommon.

11: Cork (1966-68-69-70-71-73-76-82-88-97-98)
11: Kilkenny (1974-75-77-84-90-94-99-2003-04-06-08)
10: Galway: (1972-78-83-86-91-93-96-2005-07-11)
9: Tipperary (1964-67-79-80-81-85-89-95-2010)
5: Limerick (1987-2000-01-02-15)
4: Clare (2009-2012-13-14)
1: Waterford (1992)
1: Wexford (1965)

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final – Kerry 3-7 Galway 0-9

Kerry defeated Galway by 3-7 to 0-9 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday September 18th at Croke Park.

Kerry win third All-Ireland Minor Final in a row

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final

Kerry 3-7 Galway 0-9

By John Harrington at Croke Park for

Kerry won an impressive third Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship in a row in Croke Park today, but they were made to work hard for it by a tigerish Galway side.

The final winning margin was comfortable enough in the end for Kerry, but this game was still in the melting pot until David Clifford scored an outrageously brilliant goal for the Kingdom late in the second-half. Galway had been coming on strong at that stage in the game but Clifford’s sucker-punch floored them. Until then their hard-working, counter-attacking strategy put them in with a shout of pulling off a big shock, but Clifford proved there is no substitute for pure class.

Kerry had won their five matches on the way to this All-Ireland Final by an average of 14 points, so it was hardly a surprise that Galway set up with a safety-first approach from the start. Full-forward Seán Raftery played deep as a sweeper, they defended in numbers and tackled with great tenacity.

That Galway grittiness combined with a slippery sod meant that Kerry struggled to find their usual rhythm for most of the first half and as a spectacle it as far from the free-flowing, high-scoring encounter most had predicted. Seán O’Shea did open the scoring for Kerry after two minutes, but another 17 would elapse before the scoreboard operator would be called into action again.

Galway were frustrating Kerry, but their good-work in defence was being undone by some poor shooting at the other end of the field when they successfully created scoring opportunities on the counter-attack. They were made pay for that profligacy when Kerry scored the first goal of the match after 19 minutes, in slightly fortuitous circumstances.

Centre-forward O’Shea was almost certainly shooting for a point when he kicked the ball-goalwards from 35 yards out, but it landed in the small square and wing-forward Diarmuid O’Connor had timed his run perfectly to get his fist to the ball and direct it past Galway goalkeeper Cormac Haslam. Galway finally got a score of their own a couple of minutes later when a surging run from Ryan Forde earned a free that Desmond Conneely converted.

Moments later though the Tribesmen were reeling again when Kerry scored their second goal of the match. And, once again, they made good use of their height advantage against a Galway full-back line conceding inches in all positions. This time David Clifford won a high delivery into the box and immediately hand-pass to full-forward David Shaw who finished low and hard to the net. For those of you who like tracing the GAA Gene, Shaw is a first-cousin of Mayo footballers Aidan, Séamus, and Conor O’Shea.

Galway midfielder Céin D’Arcy hit back with Galway’s first score from play, but Kerry and Shaw had the last say of the half with a really classy, curling point. Six points down at the break, 2-2 to 0-2, Galway required a strong start to the second half if they were going to make a match of this, and they got it by scoring two fine points within a minute of the resumption.

First wing-back Adam Quirke charged forward and arced over a lovely right-footed effort on the run. Possession was won again straight from the resultant kick-out, and when the ball was transferred to Robert Finnerty he made no mistake from close range. Kerry were looking a little bit rattled all of a sudden, a poor wide from the normally lethal Clifford summing up their state of mind.

Finnerty reduced the gap to just three points to a free, before Kerry finally got some sort of purchase on the game again when defender Niall Collins charged forward and pointed from a tight angle to show his forwards how it was done.

The Kingdom still didn’t look as comfortable as we’ve become used to seeing them this year though, and a point from Ryan Forde and another free from Finnerty meant Galway were still within three by the mid-way point of the second-half, as they trailed by 2-4 to 0-7.

A buzz went through the ground when Desmond Connelly then cut the deficit to two with another free, as Galway and Mayo supporters alike roared on the boys from the West. But just when it looked like the underdogs were building up a real head of steam, Clifford settled the game with a piece of individual brilliance.

He’s been Kerry’s key player all year but was finding the going tough in this match against Galway’s number three Seán Mulkerrin, a hardy bit of stuff from the Aran Islands. Clifford’s moment came though when he moved out to wing-forward and Mulkerrin passed him on rather than continue to shadow him.

A promising Galway attack broke down when two players went for the same ball and allowed Kerry to turn it over, and when it was cleared to Clifford on the wing he put his head down and ran straight at the Galway goals.

He covered around 40 yards at high speed before he unleashed a blistering shot right into the top left-corner of the net past a helpless Cormac Haslam. Pure quality.

Kerry now had a five-point buffer, and never looked like being caught from there. They finished the match with a flourish as points from Dara Moynihan, Cormack Linnane, and Seán O’Shea put a gloss on the final score-line that was a tad unfair on a gutsy but ultimately outclassed Galway side.

Scorers for Kerry: David Shaw 1-1, David Clifford 1-0, Diarmuid O’Connor 1-0, Seán O’Shea 0-2 (2f), Dara Moynihan 0-2, Cormac Linnane 0-1, Niall Collins 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Robert Finnerty 0-3 (2f), Desmond Conneely 0-2 (2f), Ryan Forde 0-1, Céin Darcy 0-1, Adam Quirke 0-1, Rory Cunningham 0-1 (1f)

Kerry: Billy Courtney; David Naughten, Niall Collins, Graham O’Sullivan; Michael Potts, Daniel O’Brien, Mícheál Foley; Mike Breen, Mark Ryan; Dara Moynihan, Seán O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connor; David Clifford, David Shaw, Brian Friel
Subs: Cormac Linnane for Brian Friel, 48; Caolim Teahan for Niall Collins, 54; Bryan Sweeney for David Shaw, 60; Kieran Dwyer for Micheál Foley, 65; Stefan Okunbor for Diarmuid O’Connor, 67.

Galway: Cormac Haslam; Liam Boyle, Seán Mulkerrin, Eoin McFadden; Adam Quirke, Ernán McDonagh, Fionán Garvey; Céin D’Arcy, John Maher; Finian Ó Laois, Evan Murphy, Ryan Forde; Robert Finnerty, Seán Raftery, Desmond Connelly
Subs: Barry Goldrick for Evan Murphy, 38; Ross Murphy for Séán Raftery, 50; Rory Cunningham for Robert Finnerty, 56; Eoghan Deely for Fionán Garvey, 56.

Ref: Ciáran Branagan (Down)

Team News

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Galway in the Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor Football Final at Croke Park on Sunday next (1:15) shows one change from the side that defeated Kildare in the semi final; Brian Friel, originally named on the semi final side, but who cried off with an injury on the morning of the game, is fit to resume and comes in at corner forward instead of Bryan Sweeney.

In the subs, Cian O’Callaghan of Firies comes into the match day squad in place of clubmate Niall Donohue.

The team, captained by Sean O’Shea is as follows:
1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. David Naughten Dr. Crokes
3. Niall Collins Listowel Emmets
4. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
5. Michael Potts Dr. Crokes
6. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
7. Micheál Foley Ballydonoghue
8. Mike Breen Beaufort
9. Mark Ryan Rathmore
10. Dara Moynihan Spa
11. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
12. Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil
13. David Clifford Fossa
14. David Shaw Dr. Crokes
15. Brian Friel Rathmore

Fir Ionaid:
16. Sean Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
17. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
18. Kieran Dwyer St. Pats
19. Ferdia O’Brien Austin Stacks
20. Micheál Reidy Ballymacelligott
21. Caolim Teahan Glenbeigh-Glencar
22. Stefan Okunbor Na Gaeil
23. Cormac Linnane Beale
24. Cian O’Callaghan Firies

Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)
Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy
Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)

Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
Cormac Leane Milltown Castlemaine
Nill Donohue Firies
Tomás O’Connor Ballymacelligott
Fionán Mackessy Ardfert
Darren Casey St. Mary’s
Ryan O’Neill Na Gaeil
Chris O’Donoghue Glenflesk
Cian Gammell Killarney Legion
Fiachra Clifford Laune Rangers

Additional Information
The team contains two of the starting fifteen from last year’s All Ireland final win over Tipperary – Billy Courtney and Sean O’Shea while three others who played in that final –Daniel O’Brien, Mike Breen and Graham O’Sullivan (introduced as subs) also make the starting fifteen. Bryan Sweeney who started at full forward in last year’s final, and who played in the semi final against Kildare, is included among the subs.
Seven of the St Brendans Killarney Hogan Cup winning team of 2016 are included, Billy Courtney, Davin Naughton, Daniel O’Brien, Michael Potts, Dara Moynihan, David Clifford and David Shaw.

Kerry Minor Footballers take on Galway in All Ireland Final
Sunday next will see the culmination of a long drawn out championship season for the Kerry Minor team when they take on Galway in Croke Park with a 1:15 throw-in. The road to Croke Park started way back on 13th of April in Dungarvan when Kerry got their season of to a good start with an emphatic victory over the local side. A month later, Kerry had six points to spare over Clare at Milltown-Malbay and they then had to wait until July 3rd for the Munster final with old adversaries Cork, a game that Kerry eventually won by six points despite the concession of three goals. The quarter final and semi final victories over Derry and Kildare were due to exceptional second half displays on both occasions and there is no doubt that Kerry are well worth their final place.

Opponents Galway come into the game with a fine pedigree also. They had ten points to spare in their opening game against Roscommon and then defeated Mayo by six points in the Connaught final. They defeated Laois by seven points in the quarter finals and then accounted for many people’s favourites for eventual honours, Donegal, far more comfortably than the four points winning margin would suggest.

So the scene is set for an epic battle between two footballing sides with Ciaran Branagan of Down the man in the middle.

While Kerry have won the previous two All Irelands in the grade, as manager Peter Keane pointed out at the team press briefing, this particular group of players and their management are looking to make their own bit of history in Croke Park on Sunday. Some players of course have experience of All Ireland final day from last year and others were part of the Hogan Cup colleges victory with St Brendans in Croke Park earlier in the year and this no doubt will be of benefit to them, however, every game presents a new challenge and collectively they will know that only a top class performance on the day will suffice. We wish all involved the very best of luck on Sunday.

GALWAY: C Haslam (Glenamaddy); L Boyle (Kilkerrin-Clonberne), S Mulkerrin (Aran Islands), E McFadden (Salthill-Knocknacarra); A Quirke (Annaghdown), E McDonagh (Bearna), F Garvey (Monivea-Abbey); C D’Arcy (Caherlistrane), J Maher (Salthill- Knocknacarra); F Ó Laoi (An Spidéal), E Murphy (Salthill Knocknacarra), R Forde (Annaghdown); R Finnerty (Salthill-Knocknacarra), S Raftery (Glenamaddy), D Conneely (Moycullen).

Kerry are bidding to win the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship title for a third successive year, a feat they last achieved in 1931-32-33. Cork were the last county to complete the minor treble in 1967-68-69. Galway last won the title in 2007. Galway and Kerry last met in the minor final in 1994 when Kerry won by 0-16 to 1-7.

Galway 3-11 Roscommon 1-7
Galway 1-9 Mayo 0-6
Galway 3-10 Laois 0-12
Galway 2-12 Donegal 1-11
Kerry 2-21 Waterford 1-2
Kerry 1-13 Clare 1-6
Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-8
Kerry 1-24 Derry 2-10
Kerry 2-26 Kildare 0-10

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

Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay – Kilmoyley 1-18 Ballyduff 2-13

Kilmoyley defeated Ballyduff by 1-18 to 2-13 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay on Saturday September 24th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.