Lidl Ladies NFL Division 2 Final – Tipperary 0-21 Cavan 3-10

Tipperary defeated Cavan by 0-21 to 3-10 in the Lidl Ladies NFL Division 2 Final on Sunday May 6th at Parnell Park.

Joe McDonagh Cup Senior Hurling Round 1 – Carlow 0-21 Kerry 0-18

Carlow defeated Kerry by 0-21 to 0-18 in Round 1 of the Joe McDonagh Cup on Sunday May 6th at Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park Carlow.

Fixture Details

06.05.2018 (Sun)
Joe McDonagh Cup Round 1
Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow 14:00
Ceatharlach v Ciarraí
Referee: Justin Heffernan (Loch Garman)

Match Preview

They last met in the championship two years ago when Kerry won a Leinster ‘round robin’ game by 2-19 to 0-17 in Tralee. Carlow didn’t compete in last year’s Liam MacCarthy Cup Tier, instead playing in the Christy Ring Cup which they won.

Carlow won five of six games in Division 2A in the Allianz Hurling League this year and were crowned champions after beating Westmeath in the final. Kerry won three of five games in 2A, finishing third behind Westmeath and Carlow.

Carlow beat Kerry by 1-18 to 1-11 in Tralee in the second round of the 2A campaign in early February.

Munster U21 Hurling Q-Final – Limerick 3-18 Clare 0-13

Limerick defeated Clare by 3-18 to 0-13 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 21 Championship Quarter-Final on Monday May 7th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Match Highlights

Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship


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Conor Boylan and Seamus Flanagan both hit 1-2 as the reigning All-Ireland U-21 champions defeated Clare in the Munster quarter-final at Cusack Park in Ennis. Brian Ryan also scored six points from play, and substitute Mark O’Dwyer added a goal just after his introduction late on. Limerick completely dominated the first half and should have held a more substantial lead, than their 0-10 to 0-8 interval advantage. But after Conor O’Halloran was sent-off Limerick wore Clare down, and the goals arrived in the final quarter.

Limerick began well and senior star Flanagan was a big presence in the full-forward line. Kyle Hayes was dominant in the half-back line too, and they built from there. The visitors scored three points in a row, with Boylan the first to find his range inside the opening minute. Points from Barry Murphy and Ryan followed and Clare looked in real trouble. Michael Corry replied with a badly needed effort in the sixth minute, but that was cancelled out by Ryan and Darren O’Connell. And Flanagan got his deserved point in the 14th minute. The Feohanagh clubman moved out to the half-forward line where he began to supply some brilliant passes inside, and Limerick continued to win all the personal battles apart from some inspired play from Clare captain Jason McCarthy.

Aidan McCarthy’s point in the 15th minute was a timely reprieve and Clare trailed by 0-7 to 0-3 when Gary Cooney scored shortly after. The teams went point for point, but Clare didn’t go away, and despite some erratic shooting they were still right in the game as it approached half-time. However, Ryan was in fine form and scored his fourth point from play while Murphy’s second opened up a 0-10 to 0-4 lead in the 25th minute. Limerick looked to be in control but Clare rallied before the interval, and points from Padraic O’Loughlin, Gary Cooney and Aidan McCarthy (two frees) meant they only trailed by 0-10 to 0-8.

But O’Halloran’s red card in the 32nd minute, for a clash with Darren O’Connell, was a turning point. Clare stayed in the game with McCarthy’s frees, he finished with six points, but Limerick hammered home their advantage once Flanagan scored the crucial goal. That arrived in the 45th minute, Boylan found the net eight minutes from time, and O’Dwyer sealed the victory with his first touch.

Scorers for Limerick: Brian Ryan 0-6, Seamus Flanagan 1-2, Conor Boylan 1-2, Barry Murphy 0-5 (4fs), Mark O’Dwyer 1-1, Darren O’Connell 0-1, Paddy O’Loughlin 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: Aidan McCarthy 0-6 (6fs), Gary Cooney 0-2, Padraic O’Loughlin 0-2, Michael Corry 0-1, Steven Conway 0-1, Sean O’Loughlin 0-1.

LIMERICK: Jamie Power; Brian McPartland, Josh Adams, John Flynn; Daniel Minehan, Kyle Hayes, Thomas Grimes; Paddy O’Loughlin, Mike Mackey; Brian Ryan, Barry Murphy, Conor Boylan; Darren O’Connell, Seamus Flanagan, Oisin O’Reilly.
Subs: Paudi Ahern for O’Connell (44), Willie O’Meara for Minehan (50), Mark O’Dwyer for O’Reilly (54), Micheál Houlihan for Ryan (57), Brian Timmins for McPartland (57).

CLARE: Killian Nugent; Bradley Higgins, Ross Hayes, Conor O’Halloran; Diarmuid Ryan, Jason McCarthy, Pauric McNamara; Michael Corry, Kieran Galvin; Steven Conway, Gary Cooney, Aidan McCarthy; Joe Carmody, Colin Guilfoyle, Billy Connors.
Subs: Padraic O’Loughlin for Carmody (21), Sean O’Loughlin for Conway (30), Liam O’Connor for Corry (half-time), Cathal Darcy for Galvin (39), Michael O’Shea for Connors (51).

REFEREE: Philip Kelly (Tipperary).

Ticket Information
Adult: €10.00
Under 16s: Free
Student/OAP receive €5 concession on full priced adult tickets with valid id prior to entry at the designated stile.
This is an unreserved seating fixture

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Team News

LIMERICK: Jamie Power (Monaleen); Brian McPartland (Doon), Josh Adams (Ballybrown), John Flynn (Patrickswell); Daniel Minehan (Ahane), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh); Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), Mike Mackey (Adare); Brian Ryan (South Liberties), Barry Murphy (Doon), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh); Darren O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry) Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Oisin O’Reilly (Kilmallock). Subs: Adam O’Brien (Ahane), Paudi Ahern (Killeedy), Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), Jack Casey (Murroe-Boher), Micheal Houlihan (Kilmallock), Eoin Mulcahy (Mungret), Mark O’Dwyer (Monaleen), Willie O’Meara (Askeaton), Brian Timmins (Murroe-Boher).

CLARE: Killian Nugent; Conor O’Halloran, Ross Hayes, Bradley Higgins; Diarmuid Ryan, Jason McCarthy, Pauric McNamara; Michael Corry, Kieran Galvin; Aidan McCarthy, Gary Cooney, Steven Conway; Joe Carmody, Colin Guilfoyle, Billy Connors. Subs: Eamonn Foudy, Liam O’Connor, Cathal Lynch, Cathal Darcy, Sean O’Loughlin, Padraic O’Loughlin, Michael O’Shea, Darren Cullinan, Ian Murray.

Match Programme

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Munster Under 15 Hurling Development Squad Competition

The Munster Under 15 Hurling Development Squad Blitzes took place on Saturday May 5th and Monday May 7th.

Group 1 – Dr Morris Pk Thurles
North Tipperary
Cork City
East Waterford
Mid Clare
Coord: Dinny Maher

11.00am North Tipperary 3-12 Cork City 1-10
11.00am East Waterford 1-05 Mid Clare 0-15
12.30pm North Tipperary 3-07 Mid Clare 0-12
12.30pm East Waterford 1-07 Cork City 1-13
2.00pm Cork City 5-12 Mid Clare 0-02
2.00pm East Waterford 0-04 North Tipperary 1-13

Group 2 – Dungarvan
East Cork
West Waterford
South/East Limerick
Coord: Barry Dunne

11.00am East Cork 1-20 West Waterford 1-10
12.45pm South/East Limerick 4-12 East Cork 2-08
2.30pm West Waterford 4-12 South/East Limerick 1-10

Group 3 – Mallow
Mid/West Cork
South Tipperary
North Clare
Coord: Colm Crowley

11.00am Kerry 0-06 Mid/West Cork 3-16
11.00am South Tipperary 2-11 North Clare 2-06
12.30pm Kerry 1-08 North Clare 4-14
12.30pm South Tipperary 2-12 Mid/West Cork 4-10
2.00pm Kerry 0-03 South Tipperary 9-10
2.00pm Mid/West Cork 2-04 North Clare 1-11

Group 4 – Clarecastle
North Cork
Mid Tipperary
East Clare
City/West Limerick
Coord: Peter Casey

11.00am North Cork 1-11 Mid Tipperary 3-08
11.00am East Clare 1-06 City/West Limerick 1-09
12.30pm North Cork 3-04 City/West Limerick 1-12
12.30pm East Clare 1-03 Mid Tipperary 2-14
2.00pm Mid Tipperary 6-08 City/West Limerick 1-06
2.00pm East Clare 4-11 North Cork 4-11

1. Games in Groups 1,3 & 4 are 20 minutes a side. Games in Group 2 are 30 mins
2. Top teams in each Group qualify for semi finals.
3. In the case of two teams finishing level the ‘head to head’ game first will decide. If a draw then least scores conceded will decide
4. Unlimited Substitutions

Finals – Monday May 7th 2018 – Mallow

Semi Finals
11.00am East Cork 1-19 North Tipperary 0-13
11.00am South Tipperary 1-13 Mid Tipperary 0-15

12.30pm Final – East Cork 3-14 South Tipperary 4-4
Plate Final – North Tipperary 1-9 Mid Tipperary 0-6
Co ord: Kevin O’Callaghan

Joe McDonagh Cup Senior Hurling Round 2 – Kerry 3-20 Laois 0-19

Kerry defeated Laois by 3-20 to 0-19 in Round 2 of the Joe McDonagh Cup on Sunday May 13th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Fixture Details

13.05.2018 (Sun)
Joe McDonagh Cup Round 2
Austin Stack Park, Tralee
15:00 Ciarraí v Laois
Referee: David Hughes (Ceatharlach)

Team News


They meet in the championship for a second successive year, with Laois winning a Leinster ‘round robin’ tie by 2-21 to 3-15 in Tralee last season. Kerry led by four points at half-time but Laois improved consider-ably in the second and ran out three-point winners. Both lost their opening Joe McDonagh Cup games last weekend. Kerry went down to Carlow while Laois lost to Westmeath.

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-10

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-11 to 1-10 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Semi-Final on Tuesday May 8th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Match Highlights

A familiar tale as Kerry break Rebel hearts

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Just when you think you have them cornered, Kerry find a way out. Yesterday evening in Tralee, the Cork minors were sure they had done enough to force extra-time against a county which has not tasted defeat at this level since August of 2013.

As Cork celebrated Conor Corbett’s 61st-minute equalising goal, Kerry quickly reset. Referee Sean Lonergan had indicated three minutes of stoppages and the hosts had no intention of holding on for two additional 10-minute periods. A county does not win four All-Irelands on the hop with a keep-ball mentality.

Goalkeeper Marc Kelliher put the ball back in play, possession was worked to Jack O’Connor, the substitute from Beaufort had ghosted up the field without little or any attention being paid to him, and despite numerous Cork shirts closing in, he held his nerve to land the winning point.

There was time for Cork to chase an equaliser. None was forthcoming. The defeat marks a fifth consecutive summer where the county’s minor campaign has ended at the hands of their neighbours. No more than the 2015 extra-time semi-final defeat in Tralee, this one will hurt.

Cork, aided by the wind, were the more probing side in the opening half and yet went back down the tunnel tied at 1-3 to 0-6. The result appeared beyond them when Kerry kicked six unanswered points between the 38th and 44th minute, but the visitors refused to go away.

Two Aodhán Ó Luasa frees and a Jack Kelleher minor had them within touching distance, 1-10 to 0-10, as the clock entered the red. Their equalising goal came from the likeliest of suspects. Conor Corbett had been a thorn in the Kerry defence all evening, kicking four points from play in the opening half. He smashed a low shot past Kelliher to tie up matters. And still, Kerry march on.

The development of this Cork group, as in 2015 and 2017, will be somewhat stunted by a failure to negotiate the Munster semi-final hurdle. Kerry will be kicking ball until at least late July, looking forward to a seventh straight Munster final.

Trailing 0-7 to 1-3 early in the second half, the hosts appeared to have made the decisive burst when kicking six unanswered points to move 1-9 to 0-7 ahead. Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoich (two frees), O’Connor, Dan McCarthy, Jack Kennelly, and Paul Walsh were all on the mark as a Kingdom attack, so subdued in the opening period, sparked to action.

O’Connor’s winner aside, they’ll have been disappointed by the manner in which they allowed Cork restore parity. They’ll be disappointed too by a first half where they went scoreless for periods of 11 and 16 minutes. Having recovered from the setback of Paul Walsh’s seventh-minute goal, Cork had the deficit cut to the minimum by the 18th minute. Corbett had a goal shot blocked by the body of Dan Murphy. In the subsequent action, Niall Hartnett and Aodhán Ó Luasa put through Corbett for another green flag opportunity. This time, the crossbar denied the Clyda Rovers corner-forward.

And when Sean McDonnell dropped a pointed effort short, one wondered if Cork would ever get back on level terms. On 23 minutes, Corbett did just that, also edging them in front for the first time approaching the break.

Kerry could have had a second goal if Patrick D’Arcy offloaded to the unmarked Paul Walsh in first-half stoppage time. It didn’t materialise, although Walsh did have the final say of the half when kicking Kerry’s first score in 16 minutes to tie matters. Their unbeaten run extends to 26. The drive for five continues.

Scorers for Kerry: P Walsh (1-3, 0-2 frees); R Ó Beaglaoích (0-2 frees), D McCarthy, J O’Connor (0-2 each); D Rahilly, J Kennelly (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: C Corbett (1-4); A Ó Luasa (0-4, 0-4 frees); N Hartnett, J Kelleher (0-1 each).

Kerry: M Kelliher (Glenflesk); K O’Donoghue (Legion), C Moriarty (Annascaul), C Flannery (Dingle); D McCarthy (Kenmare), D Murphy (Rathmore), D Mangan (Laune Rangers); P O’Shea (Kilcummin), D Lyne (Legion); D Rahilly (Rathmore), P D’Arcy (Glenflesk), K Falvey (Annascaul); J Kennelly (Ballydonoghue), P Walsh (Brosna), R Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht)
Subs: J O’Connor (Beaufort) for Rahilly (40 mins); D Dineen for Kennelly, S Quilter (Austin Stacks) for D’Arcy (both 55).

Cork: D Doody (Buttevant); D Connolly (Glanworth), D Buckley (Newcestown), C O’Donovan (Glanmire); F Cronin (Cullen), D Phelan (Aghada), E Nation (Nemo Rangers); N Hartnett (Douglas), J Harte (Douglas); H Murphy (Éire Óg), D O’Sullivan (St Finbarr’s), E Cooke (Ballincollig); S McDonnell (Mallow), A Ó Luasa (Naomh Abán), C Corbett (Clyda Rovers)
Subs: M O’Neill (Buttevant) for McDonnell (27); J Kelleher (Canovee) for O’Sullivan (46); G Carey (Buttevant) for Harte (47); R Lombard (Ballyhooley) for Hartnett (55); J O’Shea (Urhan) for O’Donovan (57).

Referee: S Lonergan (Tipperary).

Team News

Kerry: M Kelliher (Glenflesk); C Flannery (Dingle), K O’Donoghue (Legion), D Mangan (Laune Rangers); C Moriarty (Annascaul), D McCarthy (Kenmare), D Murphy (Rathmore); D Rahilly (Rathmore), D Lyne (Legion); P Walsh (Brosna), P O’Shea (Kilcummin),K Falvey (Annascaul); P D’Arcy (Glenflesk), J Kennelly (Ballydonoghue), R Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht).

Cork: D Doody (Buttevent); D Connolly (Glanworth), D Buckley (Newcestown), C O’Donovan (Glanmire); F Cronin (Cullen), D Phelan (Aghada), E Nation (Nemo Rangers); N Hartnett (Douglas), J Harte (Douglas); H Murphy (Eire Óg), Dara O’Sullivan (St Finbarr’s), E Cooke (Ballincollig); S McDonnell (Mallow), A O’Luasa (Naomh Aban), C Corbett (Clyda Rovers).

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Semi-Final – Clare 1-9 Tipperary 2-4

Clare defeated Tipperary by 1-9 to 2-4 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Semi-Final on Tuesday May 8th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Match Highlights

Banner finish with a flourish

Report by Michael Dundon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-9 Tipperary 2-4: A strong finish by Clare yielded three points and clinched their place in the Munster minor football semi-final at the expense of a disappointing Tipperary side before 885 spectators at Semple Stadium last night.

The win was no more than Clare deserved as they were the more enterprising team throughout but they made life difficult for themselves with some erratic shooting, off target no fewer than 16 times in a game of moderate standard.

The throw-in was delayed for over 20 minutes due to the late arrival of the Clare side and this may have explained their slow start which saw Tipperary hit the front with a Max Hackett goal after eight minutes.

In a lacklustre first half, in which both sides were guilty of handling errors and poor shooting, Tipperary should have had a second goal after 25 minutes but Sean O’Connor failed to convert after being set up by Kyle Shelley.

It was an expensive miss and a brace of Shane Meehan points just before the break had Clare hot on Tipperary’s heels at half-time, with the home county leading 1-2 to 0-4.

Four minutes after resuming, Clare hit the front when Kevin Keane netted with Tipp defenders claiming a square ball, but referee David Murnane awarded the goal after consultation with his umpires.

A minute later, Cian McDonagh blazed wide for Clare with the Tipp goal at his mercy. Clare were the dominant side and Shane Meehan extended their advantage, 1-5 to 1-3, after 41 minutes.

Tipperary were level after 42 minutes when Christy English slipped his marker to crack home a fine goal and with five minutes of actual time to play, there was still deadlock between the sides.

In the closing minutes, Clare found an extra gear. Firstly Emmet McMahon pointed a 45 for the lead. A minute later, Shane Meehan extended their advantage and, in injury-time, Meehan clinched the victory with his fifth point, sending Clare forward to meet Kerry in the Munster final.

Clare fully deserved their win but they will have reservations about slack finishing and some basic handling errors which need to be addressed before the final. Shane Meehan and Emmet McMahon led by example but Cillian Rouine, Cian McDonagh, and John Murphy also had big games.

Clare scorers: S Meehan (0-5,3fs), K Keane (1-0), E McMahon (0-3,2fs), T Kelly (0-1);

Tipperary scorers: C English (1-1,0-1f), M Hackett (1-0), S O Connor (0-2,1f), K Shelly (0-1).

CLARE: M Garrihy; J Reidy, D Connelly, J Murphy; C Carrig, C Rouine, A O Connor; C Okoye, E McMahon; T Kelly, C McDonagh, P O Donoghue; K Keane, S Meehan, M McInerney
Subs: G Daurio for O Donoghue; S Lillis for Keane.

TIPPERARY: C Scully; T McDonagh, S Lowe, C McDonagh; M O Meara, G Meagher, J Ryan; K Ryan, K Hayes; M Hackett, D Ryan, C English; K Shelly, S O Connor, E Daly.
Subs: R Byron for K Ryan; B Murphy for Hayes; J Holloway for D Ryan; P Creedon for O Connor; J O Sullivan for Byron.

Referee: D Murnane, Cork

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 1 – Limerick 1-17 Tipperary 2-12

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 1-17 to 2-12 in Round 1 of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship on Sunday May 20th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Team News

Joe McDonagh Cup Senior Hurling Round 3 – Westmeath 2-12 Kerry 0-15

Westmeath defeated Kerry by 2-12 to 0-15 in Round 3 of the Joe McDonagh Cup on Sunday May 20th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Fixture Details

Sunday May 20th
Joe McDonagh Cup Round 3
Austin Stack Park, Tralee 15:00
Ciarraí v An Iarmhí
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)

Munster Senior Hurling Championship – Limerick 1-23 Tipperary 2-14

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 1-23 to 2-14 in Round 1 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday May 20th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Match Highlights

Dan McCormack goal

Match Preview

Traffic Information

Team News

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid (Effin); Sean Finn (Bruff), Seamus Hickey (Murroe-Boher), Richie English (Doon); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Declan Hannon (Adare), Dan Morrissey (Ahane); Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell); Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Tom Morrissey (Ahane); Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
Subs: Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), Paul Browne (Bruff), Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), Barry Murphy (Doon), William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Pat Ryan (Doon).

Video Preview – Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager Michael Ryan

Video Preview – Limerick Senior Hurling Manager John Kiely

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