GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final – Kilkenny 2-23 Cork 2-18

Kilkenny defeated Cork by 2-23 to 2-18 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final on Sunday July 23rd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Kilkenny crowned All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Champions

Kilkenny 2-23 Cork 2-18

Report By Denis Hurley for

A second-half blitz was the deciding period of the game as Kilkenny claimed the first silverware in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh as they saw off Cork on Sunday.

Leading by 0-11 to 0-10 at half-time, the Cats conceded a goal to Cork’s Jerry O’Neill straight after the resumption and they were 1-15 to 0-15 behind with 16 minutes of normal time remaining.

They were level as Paul Holden, Martin Keoghan and Robbie Donnelly all pointed and, when Cork goalkeeper Patrick Collins tripped Darragh Brennan after saving from Martin Power, Donnelly drilled the penalty home.

A long-range free from the same player – he finished with 1-11 – opened up the biggest lead of the game up to that point and the outcome was more or less decided when sub Tom Phelan pulled a loose ball home after Donnelly’s free broke.

The first half was an even affair, with more than a point separating the teams on only one occasion. Cork had a greater spread of scorers but also more wides, while goal chances were at a premium.

The Rebels led for much of the half and looked to have opened up some daylight when Seán Hayes’s fourth point put them 0-9 to 0-7 in front in the 26th minutes. Kilkenny responded well though as Robbie Donnelly got his third and then fourth to tie the game.

William Leahy’s booming effort after Patrick Collins’s puckout made it 0-10 to 0-9 but Kilkenny led at the break as Paul Holden and then Donnelly were on target before the break.

O’Neill’s goal, set up by Leahy and sub Rob O’Shea, lifted Cork and Hayes, O’Shea and Leahy pointed after Donnelly had replied with two frees.

Kilkenny found their rhythm again though and Phelan’s goal put them firmly in control. O’Shea’s free ended Cork’s drought but Kilkenny replied through Donnelly and impressive pair Edmond Delaney and Keoghan to move nine clear.

Cork did pull a goal back through O’Shea, but Kilkenny were not going to allow any more, ensuring they retained the title.

Scorers for Kilkenny: Robbie Donnelly 1-11 (1-0 penalty, 0-9 frees), Edmond Delaney 0-4, Martin Keoghan, Paul Holden 0-3 each, Tom Phelan 1-0, Martin Power, John Cahill 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Seán Hayes 0-6 (0-5f, 0-1 sideline), Rob O’Shea 1-2 (0-1f), William Leahy 0-4, Jerry O’Neill 1-1, David Drake, Michael Collins 0-2 each, Danny O’Flynn 0-1.

KILKENNY: David Aylward; David Prendergast, Ger Teehan, Niall Doherty; Barry Whelan, Cormac Fleming, John Cahill; JP Treacy, Martin Keoghan; Paul Holden, Darragh Brennan, Eedmond Delaney; Seán Carey, Martin Power, Robbie Donnelly
Subs: Tom Phelan for Fleming (half-time), Liam Hickey for Carey (40), Niall Walsh for Hickey (42-44, blood), Colum Prendiville for Keoghan, James Power for Delaney, Damien Walsh for Cahill (all 60).

CORK: Patrick Collins; Brian O’Sullivan, Shane O’Donovan, Shane Hegarty; Kieran Morrison, Donnacha O’Donovan, Kevin Kavanagh; Danny O’Flynn, Michael Collins; Darren Casey, Nicky Kelly, Jerry O’Neill; Seán Hayes, William Leahy, David Drake
Subs: Tom Lawrence for Morrison, Rob O’Shea for Casey (both half-time), John Cooper for O’Flynn (44), Mark Kennefick for Hayes (52), Noel McNamara for O’Neill (57).

Referee: Colum Cunning (Antrim).

Fixture Details

23.07.2017 (Sun)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 14:00
Corcaigh v Cill Chainnigh
Referee: Colum Cunning (Aontroim)
(E.T. in Necessary)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Waterford 1-23 Wexford 1-19

Waterford defeated Wexford by 1-23 to 1-19 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 23 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Match Highlights

All-Ireland SHC Quarter-Final: Waterford too good for Wexford


Report By John Harrington for

It wasn’t the prettiest game of hurling in the world, but Waterford won’t mind, they’re through to the All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final. After a tight, tactical battle, their greater overall cuteness and cutting edge in attack made them deserving victors over Wexford.

The win came with a cost though. Sweeper Tadhg De Búrca was red-carded in the second-half after an off-the-ball incident and is likely to be suspended for the All-Ireland Semi-Final. That would be a massive blow for Declan McGrath’s team given how central De Búrca is to how they set up defensively.

He was rock-solid again in this match and Wexford never really managed to find a way to prise open the well organised Waterford defence on a consistent enough basis. Davy Fitzgerald’s side showed a lot of tenacity to stay in the fight for as long as they did, but they never quite looked capable of finding a way to win it.

Once Waterford moved 0-8 to 0-4 ahead after the 17th minute, Wexford were chasing the game and that’s how it remained all the way to the finish. They did manage to close the gap to the minimum by the 24th minute after hitting three points in quick succession through Lee Chin, Paul Morris, and Diarmuid O’Keeffe, but that’s the closest they would get.

Waterford upped the ante again after that and struck a really decisive blow just before half-time when the influential Kevin Moran goaled. It was something of a self-inflicted wound as far as Wexford were concerned.

Eoin Moore’s attempted pass along the ground was miscued and Shane Bennett reacted smartly to intercept the ball and put through Kevin Moran behind the suddenly out of position Wexford defence. Moran still had a lot to do, but he kept his cool to direct a low ground stroke to the net past the advancing Mark Fanning.

Kevin Moran goal

A five-point lead at half-time was a significant one in a game where sweepers and massed defences ensured a claustrophobic sort of contest, littered with rucks and turnovers.

Wexford did start the second-half strongly, scoring the first three points, but after that Waterford reasserted themselves and hit back with three of their own.

After that, no matter how hard they tried, Wexford couldn’t really land a heavy blow on the De Burca marshalled Deise defence, and they also struggled to contain an increasingly influential Austin Gleeson at the other end of the field.

Waterford’s bench also had a major bearing on the contest. Maurice Shanahan gave them a real focal point in attack and two points from him pushed his team six points ahead by the 60th minute.

Wexford never really looked like reeling them in from there, even when De Búrca was red-carded with four minutes of normal time remaining.

Two points from another lively Waterford substitute, Brian O’Halloran, made the game safe, and a late Wexford goal from Jack O’Connor was nothing more than a consolation.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-9 (0-9f), Kevin Moran 1-3, Austin Gleeson 0-3 (0-1f), Brian O’Halloran, Maurice Shanahan 0-2 each, Conor Gleeson, Jake Dillon, Michael Walsh, Darragh Fives 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wexford: Jack Guiney 0-6 (0-6f), Jack O’Connor 1-2, Lee Chin 0-3 (0-2f), Diarmuid O’Keeffe 0-2, Liam Ryan, Aidan Nolan, Conor McDonald, Paul Morris, Eoin Moore, Rory O’Connor 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Darragh Fives, Tadhg De Búrca, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson; Kevin Moran, Austin Gleeson, Pauric Mahony; Jake Dillon, Michael Walsh, Shane Bennett
Subs: Maurice Shanahan for Jake Dillon (44), Brian O’Halloran for Shane Bennett (46), Stephen Bennett for Michael Walsh (54), Colin Dunford for Jamie Barron (62), Tommy Ryan for Pauric Mahony (71)

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Willie Devereux, Liam Ryan, James Breen; Eoin Moore, Matthew O’Hanlon, Diarmuid O’Keeffe; Shaun Murphy, David Redmond; Rory O’Connor, Lee Chin, Conor McDonald; Podge Doran, Jack Guiney, Paul Morris
Subs: Aidan Nolan for David Redmond (28), Jack O’Connor for Paul Morris (41), Harry Kehoe for Conor McDonald (58), Shane Tomkins for Podge Doran (63)

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

Austin Gleeson point

Fixture Details

23.07.2017 (Sun)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 16:00
Loch Garman v Port Láirge
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)

They meet for a second successive year in the quarter-final. Waterford won by
ten points in Semple Stadium last July

Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
Waterford 1-35 Offaly 0-14 (Qualifiers – Round 1)
Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 – after extra-time (Qualifiers – Round 2)
Top Scorers

Pauric Mahony…….0-22 (0-13 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Austin Gleeson…….0-13
Maurice Shanahan..2-6 (0-4 frees)
Wexford 3-25 Laois 1- 17 (Leinster quarter-final)
Wexford 1-20 Kilkenny 3-11 (Leinster semi-final)
Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17 (Leinster final)

Top Scorers
Conor McDonald…….0-20 (0-13 frees)
Lee Chin………………..0-12 (0-8 frees, 0-3 ‘65s’)
Paul Morris…………….0-10

Waterford have a very good record in quarter-finals, winning eight, drawing one
and losing two of their previous 11 appearances.
2016: Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11
2015: Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19
2012: Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19
2011: Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13
2010: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18
2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15
2007: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (Replay)
2007: Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (draw)
2006: Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-14
2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13
1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10

This will be Wexford’s seventh quarter-final appearance, having won three and
lost three of their previous six.
2016: Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11
2014: Limerick 4-26 Wexford 1-11
2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15
2007: Wexford 3-10 Tipperary 1-14
2003: Wexford 2-15 Antrim 2-12
2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15

*Waterford were all-the-way winners over Wexford in last year’s quarter-final.
They led by 0-6 to 0-1 after 10 minutes and by 0-12 to 0-5 at half-time before
out-scoring the Model men by 0-9 to 0-6 in the second-half.
*Wexford are seeking their first win an All-Ireland quarter-final since 2007.
They have since lost to Waterford (2008), Limerick (2014) and Waterford
*Thy may be close neighbours but Wexford and Waterford have met only four
time in the championship, all since 2003. It’s two wins each, with results as
2003: Wexford 1-20 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2014: Wexford 3-15 Waterford 2-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2016: Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)