Munster MFC – Waterford 2-7 Clare 1-9

Waterford defeated Clare by 2-7 to 1-9 in Round 3 of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 on Wednesday April 24th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


Waterford storm back to claim stirring victory

Report By Tomas McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 2-7 Clare 1-9

Waterford won their first Munster MFC game in five years as they stormed back from six points down to surprise Clare in Dungarvan tonight.

Midfielder DJ Melia netted two late goals to give Tom Guiry’s men a morale-boosting victory. The players celebrated the landmark result in the post-match huddle as family and friends joined them on the field.

It wasn’t enough to seal a place in the Phase 1 final, however, as Clare will meet Tipperary in a fortnight.

Tomás Meenahan bagged a first half goal and captain Shane Meehan scored three points as they led 1-7 to 0-4 after 48 minutes. Those two Melia majors and three Tom Dalton points from play turned the game on its head.

The game was overshadowed by a facial injury to Clare defender Matthew Reidy which led to an hour delay as an ambulance arrived in the centre of the field to bring the Shannon Gaels man to hospital. In first half injury time, two Clare players, Reidy and Meenahan, collided accidently with Waterford corner back Archie Walsh as they contested for a ball in front of the stand.

Reidy suffered a nasty facial gash and lost a tooth in the incident. He was assisted back to the Clare dugout by the medical staff.

The teams re-emerged for the second half but Reidy remained in the dugout and Limerick referee Jonathan Hayes informed both camps that an ambulance was called. The players soon returned to the dressing rooms. Reidy was able to walk into the ambulance when it parked outside the dugout.

Before a small crowd of 210, Meehan kicked the opener from a free before Sean Walsh levelled in the fifth minute. Clare then shot three wides in a row. Waterford also wasted three opportunities including two frees.

In the 20th minute, Liam Murphy hand passed across goal to Meenahan who palmed the ball into the net. Sub Tadgh Lillis, who replaced midfielder Cillian McGroary early on, added a point off the next attack (1-2 to 0-1). Tom O’Connell converted a free at the other end after 22 minutes.

Lillis landed the point of the game with the outside of his right. Waterford had a lucky escape as Liam Murphy saw a shot come back off the metalwork and Taidgh Murray saved the rebound from Meenahan. Aaron Ryan nailed a free for the hosts on 28 minutes. 1-3 to 0-3 at the break.

When the match resumed, after 60 minutes of inactivity, Eoin Rouine extended the Clare lead to four. Tom Dalton replied for Waterford. O’Connell was then denied by a diving save from Thomas Collins. The magical Meehan, with the yellow boots, added two frees to the Clare total before he struck the post on 40 minutes. A Jamie Stack 45 widened the gap to six.

Ryan and Dalton fired quickfire points for the home side. With seven minutes left, midfielder DJ Melia rifled a shot to the roof of the net (1-8 to 1-6). A thumping goal. Dalton then kicked his third from play. A late Liam Murphy point put Clare two up. In the last minute, Ryan was fouled by Lillis for a penalty and the Clare man got his marching orders. Melia duly slotted the spot kick. A shot in the arm for Waterford football.

Scorers for Waterford: DJ Melia 2-0, T Dalton 0-3, A Ryan 0-2 (1f), S Walsh, T O’Connell (1f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: T Meenahan 1-0, S Meehan 0-3 (3fs), T Lillis 0-2, J Stack (45), E Rouine, E Talty, L Murphy 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: T Murray (Dungarvan); B O’Brien (Stradbally), S Boyce (The Nire), K Taylor (St Saviours); M Dalton (Shamrocks), C Foley (Ballinacourty), A Walsh (Portlaw); S Walsh (The Nire), DJ Melia (Brickey Rangers); T Dalton (Shamrocks), C Scanlon (Kill), A Ryan (The Nire); M Mullaney (Stradbally), C Rooney (Portlaw), T O’ Connell (Brickey Rangers).
Subs: P Skehan (Stradbally) for S Walsh (46), C O Dalaigh (Ballyduff Lower) for O’Connell (46).

CLARE: T Collins (Lissycasey); F Kelliher (St. Josephs Doora/Barefield), M Garry (Cooraclare), C McMahon (Ennistymon); E Walshe (The Banner), F Guinnane (Kildysart), M Reidy (Shannon Gaels); E Rouine (Ennistymon), C McGroary (Corofin); S Casey (Clondegad), T Meenaghan (The Banner). K Crowley (Kilrush Shamrocks); L Murphy (Wolfe Tones), S Meehan (The Banner), E Talty (St Josephs Doora Barefield).
Subs: T Lillis (Doonbeg) for McGroary (5), S Browne (O’Currys) for Meenahan (35), C Hassett (Kildysart) for Reidy (35), J Stack (St Breckans) for Crowley (36), S McNamara (Michael Cusacks) for Casey (45), C Killeen (Doonbeg) for Meehan (49), M Comber (Kilmurry Ibrickane) for Walshe (54), D Whelan (Newmarket on Fergus) for Kelliher (54).

Referee: J Hayes (Limerick)


Fixture Details

Wednesday April 24th
Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 3
Waterford v Clare
Venue: Fraher Field Dungarvan @ 7pm
Referee: Jonathan Hayes (Limerick)


Team News

Munster MFC – Clare 1-10 Tipperary 0-6

Clare defeated Tipperary by 1-10 to 0-6 in Round 2 of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 on Wednesday April 17th at Cusack Park Ennis.



Impressive Banner see off Premier in cagey affair

Report by Páraic McMahon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-10 – 0-6 Tipperary

It is expected that these sides will meet again before the championship is out should Tipperary overcome Limerick in their final round-robin meeting, so it comes as no great shock that this 60 minutes resembled a game of cat and mouse, with neither side keen to go at full tilt.

On the back of scoring 3-15 and 4-13, respectively, Clare and Tipperary were at least expected to keep the scoreboard ticking in this contest, but Seamus Mulvihill’s umpires had little stretching to do when it came to reaching for flags of either colour.

A brilliant Ben Comerford run set up Kyle Shelly for the first score of the evening, 20 minutes in. Shelly was fouled minutes later by Micheal Garry, with the resulting free calmly slotted over by Thurles Sarsfields’ Paddy Creedon. The subsequent restart was won by the Tipp attack, with the menacing Liam McCormack offloading to Creedon who doubled his tally.

Clare’s first score, an Eoin Talty goal, came courtesy of a misplaced Tipperary kickout, which ended up in the hands of danger man Shane Meehan, who ducked and dodged past oncoming defenders before offloading to Talty, who fired past James Griffin. White flags from Meehan and Conor Hassett would see Dermot Coughlan’s side surprisingly lead by two points at the break.

Having had to wait 20 minutes for a score in the first half, the 1,268 strong attendance had no such complaints in the second, as Creedon was on target 20 seconds into the restart. Clare improved as the game developed, dominating the second half and outscoring their opponents eight points to three. Captain Shane Meehan was the common denominator for the increase in Banner scores for the second half. As the mastermind behind several moves, he would finish the hour with five points to his name. Kyle Shelly fired over the final score from the Premier County on 55 minutes in what was a below-par outing from the visitors.

If this wasn’t an example of shadow boxing, Kerry will be licking their lips as their attempt to win seven provincial titles in succession will be much easier.

Meehan was the maestro for the winners and was ably assisted by Michael Garry, Brendan Rouine and Ciaran McMahon. For Tipperary, Christy McDonagh impressed, along with Paddy Creedon, Ben Comeford and the ever-troubling Kyle Shelly.

Both sides are back in action next week, with Clare already guaranteed a place in the phase-one final on May 7, but Tipp will have it all to do when they host Limerick.

Scorers for Clare: S Meehan (0-05 1f), E Talty (1-01), J Stack (0-02 2f), C Hassett (0-01), S Casey (0-01)
Scorers for Tipperary: P Creedon (0-03 1f), K Shelly (0-02 1f), C Shanahan (0-01).

CLARE: O O’Loughlin; T Lillis, M Garry, C McMahon; C McGroary, A Killeen, M Reidy; E Rouine, B Rouine; C Hassett, D Fahy, D Nagle; E Talty, S Meehan, J Stack.
Subs: E Walshe for Hassett (57), S Casey for Nagle (61)

TIPPERARY: J Griffin; T Condon, C McDonagh, E Butler; J Armstrong, D Hickey, C Shanahan; P Creedon, T Tobin; L Seacy, B Comerford, D King; L McCormack, K Shelly, E McCarthy.
Subs: L King for D King (37), M O’Connor for McCormack (37), C Cadell for McCarthy (46), L Kennedy for Seacy (51), D McCahey for McDonagh (57) (Inj)

Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry)


Match Preview


Fixture Details

Wednesday April 17th
Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 2
Clare v Tipperary
Venue: Cusack Park Ennis @ 6:45pm
Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (Kerry)


Admission Details

Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 16s – Free


Team News

The Tipperary team to play Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 2 fixture in Cusack Park, Ennis this Wednesday evening, April 17th at 6:45pm has been announced by manager Matt O’Doherty and lines out as follows;

1. James Griffin – Upperchurch-Drombane
2. Christy McDonagh – Cahir
3. Tadhg Condon – Clonmel Commercials
4. Emmet Butler – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
5. James Armstrong – Thurles Sarsfields
6. Donagh Hickey – Arravale Rovers
7. Conor Shanahan – Inane Rovers
8. Paddy Creedon (Vice-Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
9. Tom Tobin – Rosegreen
10. Luke Seacy – Inane Rovers
11. Ben Comerford – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
12. Dara King – Ballina
13. Liam McCormack – Durlas Óg
14. Kyle Shelly (Capt.) – Moycarkey-Borris
15. Eoin McCarthy – Clonmel Commercials

16. Cian O’Mahony – Ardfinnan
17. Darragh McCahey – Loughmore-Castleiney
18. Liam King – Ballinahinch
19. Edward Meagher – Loughmore-Castleiney,
20. James Corcoran – JK Brackens
21. Leon Kennedy – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
22. Jack Lillis – Drom-Inch,
23. Mark O’Connor – Clonmel Commercials
24. Conor Cadell – JK Brackens


Match Programme

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the souvenir match programme for 2 euro.

Munster MFC – Clare 3-15 Limerick 0-10

Clare defeated Limerick by 3-15 to 0-1 in Round 1 of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 on Wednesday April 10th at Newcastlewest.


Match Highlights




Banner send out warning signals with win over Limerick

Report By Mark Keogh for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Munster MFC

Limerick 0-10 – 3-15 Clare

Munster minor football finalists in the last two seasons, Clare began their 2019 campaign with a comfortable 14-point win over Limerick in Newcastle West.

The Banner were only four points ahead at half-time but raced clear of the home side in the second half against a Limerick side that failed to score in the final quarter.

While Limerick will attempt to get their championship back on track with a trip to Dungarvan next Wednesday, Clare will welcome fellow round one winners Tipperary to Ennis.

In this win over Limerick, Clare were 1-7 to 0-6 ahead at half time after trailing by three points after 12-minutes.

There were encouraging signs for the home side in the early minutes with two points each for captain Eliah Riordan and Michael Southgate.

At the other end of the field, Clare were forced to wait until the 14th minute to open their account from play but once they got a handle on Limerick’s extra man in defence they found their scoring touch. Six successive scores for The Banner put them in the driving seat.

In the 17th minute came the Clare goal – exciting corner forward Jamie Stack powering through the centre before coolly crashing a low drive to the net to level up the contest.

That injection of confidence saw Clare pour forward and Dara Nagle, Stack and Shane Meehan all added points to move Clare 1-7 to 0-5 clear.

Limerick early scoring run dried up and in first half injury time they finally ended a 15-minute barren spell when Shane O’Donoghue kicked a pointed free.

The sides evenly shared six points early in the second half and 10-minutes into the new half it was 1-10 to 0-9 to Clare.

But the next score was to be a Clare goal and the Diarmuid Fahy strike had them well positioned for the home straight, where they found the final six scores without a response against a Limerick side who had lost defender Patrick Dolphin to a second yellow card.

The third goal came in injury time from Eoin Talty to embellish the scoreline.

Scorers for Limerick: S O’Donoghue (0-4, 1free), E Riordan (0-3, 2frees), M Southgate (0-2), S Hanrahan (0-1, free)

Scorers for Clare: S Meehan (0-6, 4frees), J Stack (1-3, 0-2frees), E Talty (1-2), D Fahy (1-0), T Lillis (0-2), D Nagle and C McGroary (0-1).

LIMERICK: S O’Connell; D Geraghty, P Dolphin, F Corcoran; E McGrath, E Riordan, T Marsden; M Southgate, D O’Keeffe; M Donnellan, S O’Donoghue, P O’Dwyer; C Galvin, S Hanrahan, R O’Connor.
Subs: J Corkery for O’Connor (46), J Quinlivan for O’Dwyer (46), R McBrearty for Marsden (50), R O’Connor for Hanrahan (52), S Kilbridge for McGrath (57), J Killian for Donnellan (57m).

CLARE: O O’Loughlin; T Lillis, M Garry, C McMahon; C McGroary, A Killeen, M Reidy; E Rouine, B Rouine; P Doherty, D Fahy, D Nagle; C Hassett, S Meehan, J Stack.
Subs: E Talty for Doherty (h-t), F Kelleher for Reidy (46), S Casey for E Rouine (55), T Meenahan for Hassett (58), E Walshe for Stack (62).

Referee: B Griffin (Kerry)


Match Preview


Fixture Details

Wednesday April 10th
Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 1
Limerick v Clare
Venue: Newcastlewest @ 6:45pm
Referee: Brendan Griffin (Kerry)


Admission Details

Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 16s – Free



Team News

LIMERICK MINOR FOOTBALL TEAM V. CLARE on Wednesday 10th. April in Newcastlewest @ 6.45pm has been selected.

1. Shane O’Connell Fr.Caseys

2. Daniel Geraghty St.Kierans

3. Patrick Dolphin Crecora

4. Frank Corcoran Mungret/St.Pauls

5. Eoin McGrath Galbally

6. Eliah Riordan (Captain) Fr.Caseys

7. Tom Marsden Ahane

8. Michael Southgate Adare

9. Darragh O’Keeffe Fedamore

10. Mark Donnellan Ahane

11. Shane O’Donoghue Ballylanders

12. Peter O’Dwyer Galbally

13. Conor Galvin Mungret/St.Pauls

14. Shane Hanrahan Galbally

15. Ruadhán O’Connor Newcastle West

16. Dylan O’Sullivan Kilteely/Dromkeen

17. Rian McBrearty Monaleen

18. Sean Kilbridge Fr.Caseys

19. Conor Twomey Croom

20. Jack Corkery Knockaderry

21. Rory O’Connor St.Senans

22. Jack Quinlivan Fr. Caseys

23. James Killian Mungret/St.Pauls

24. Killian Bennett Bruff

Extended Panel Members: Cormac Woulfe (St.Senans), Caillum Hedderman (Ballybricken/Bohermore), Josh Dineen (Galbally), Mark Walsh (Galtee Gaels), Conor Stack (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), Jamie Baynham (Monagea), Tomas Sheahan (Askeaton/Ballysteen), Eddie Murphy O’Connor (Askeaton/ Ballysteen), Michael O’Mahony (Adare) & Micheal Cuddihy (Kildimo/Pallaskenry).

Management: Manager: Joe Lee (Newcastle West), Coach: James Ryan, (Galbally), Selectors: Ollie Coffey (Ballylanders), Michael Lenihan (Mountcollins), Liaison Officer: Jacqueline O’Connor (Athea) & Physio: Angela Hogan


1.Oisin O’Loughlin O. Ó Lochlain (St. Breckans)
2.Tadgh Lillis, T. Ó Laighléis (Doonbeg)
3. Micheal Garry M. Mag Fhearaigh (Cooraclare)
4.Ciaran McMahon C. Mac Mathúna (Ennistymon)
5. CillainMcGroary C. Mag Ruairí (Corofin)
6. Alan Killeen A. Ó Cillin (St. Josephs Doora Barefield)
7. Matthew Reidy M. Ó Riada (Shannon Gaels)
8. Eoin Rouine E. Ó Ruaín (Ennistymon)
9. Brendan Rouine B. Ó Ruaín (Ennistymon)
10. Pat Doherty P. Ó Dochartaigh (St. Breckans)
11. Diarmuid Fahy D. Ó Fathaigh (Ennistymon)
12. Dara Nagle D. de Nógla (St.Josephs Doora Barefield)
13. Conor Hassett C. Ó hAisí (Kildysart)
14.Shane Meehan S. Ó Miacháin (The Banner – Captain)
15. Jamie Stack S. Stac (St. Breckans)
Subs:
16.Thomas Collins T. Ó Coileáin (Lissycasey)
17.Fionn Kelliher F. Ó Céillachair (St.Josephs Doora Barefield)
18.Stephen Casey S. Ó Cathasaigh (Clondegad)
19.Eoin Talty E. Ó Taltaigh (St.Josephs Doora Barefield)
20.Shane Browne S. de Brún (O’Currys)
21. Tomas Meenahan T. Ó Mianáin (The Banner)
22. Fergal Guinnane F. Ó Coinneáin (Kildysart)
23.Eoin Walshe E. Breatnach (The Banner)
24. Keith Crowley C. Ó Crualaoich (Kilrush Shamrocks)

Manager: Dermot Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
Selectors: Mike Neylon (Éire Óg, Inis) Sean Haugh (O’Currys), Michael Griffin (Doonbeg), TJ Carey (Liscannor), Frank Kelly (Shannon Gaels), Jim Conlan (Clondegad)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final – Waterford 0-31 Clare 1-14

Waterford defeated Clare by 0-31 to 1-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final on Saturday March 16th at Walsh Park Waterford.


Match Highlights



Match Day Information


Team News

Clare: Donal Tuohy; Seadna Morey, David McInerney, Jack Browne; Patrick O’Connor, Conor Cleary, Cathal Malone; Shane Golden, Colm Gavin; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, Aidan McCarthy; Gary Cooney, Aron Shanagher, Podge Collins.

Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane McNulty, Philip Mahony, Noel Connors; Callum Lyons, Kevin Moran, Austin Gleeson; Jamie Barron, Colm Roche; Jack Prendergast, Mikey Kearney, Pauric Mahony; Tommy Ryan, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett.

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Details Confirmed

Munster GAA Press Release

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Details Confirmed.


At a meeting of the Munster CCC on Thursday March 7th, the dates, times and ticket arrangements for the 2019 Munster GAA Hurling Championship were confirmed.

Opening Weekend

The first round of fixtures will take place on Sunday May 12th. Walsh Park Waterford will be the venue for the throw-in of the 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship with Clare playing the hosts Waterford at 2pm while at 4pm, defending Munster champions Cork take on old rivals Tipperary in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. The Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Championship games between the same counties will serve as the curtain-raiser to both fixtures.

Hurling Championship Round-Robin extended by 1 week

The 2019 Munster Senior and Minor Hurling Championships Round-Robin series will be run over six-week period rather than five weeks as was the case in 2018. This will eliminate the scenario of counties playing on four consecutive weekends.  While two counties (Limerick and Clare) will play on three consecutive weekends, the schedule has been configured to ensure those counties finish their programme with these 3 games, all taking place in June.

The alternative system, which sees all counties play 2 weekends in a row, would have seen one county starting the campaign with 2 away games and one county finishing with 2 away games. It was decided to remain with the system agreed prior to the start of the new format, which ensures a home/away/home/away or away/home/away/home sequence. Counties also decided against starting on May 5th in order to give maximum time for club games in April.

Ticket Prices

Senior and Minor Hurling Round-Robin Championship Matches

Adult: Stand €20, Terrace €15
Under 16s: €5 all areas
Student/OAP: Concession of €5 with valid ID prior to entry at the designated stile.

The above prices are pre-purchase prices, applicable until midnight of the night before the game with prices being consistent for all venues. All adult ticket prices increase by €5 on the day.

Ticket Sales

Tickets for the Munster Senior Hurling Championship games are scheduled to go on public sale via tickets.ie and Centra / Supervalu outlets from Wednesday April 24th. Due to the restricted capacity at Walsh Park Waterford, tickets for both Munster Hurling Championship games scheduled for the Waterford city venue will not go on public sale and will be made available via the participating counties and clubs only.


Fixture Details

2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Fixtures

2019 Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Fixtures

Munster Scor Sinsear Final 2019


Munster Scór Sinsir Torthai


Exciting fare emerged at the 50th Munster Scór Sinsir Finals hosted in Cork City Hall with GAA clubs displaying their cultural talents much to the enjoying of an appreciative attendance.

An occasion to remember for Cork and Tipperary, a hat trick of wins for both the Rebel and Premier counties. Kanturk’s Muireann Vaughan retained her title, Kilshannig and St. James added breakthrough wins much to the delight of their supporters.

Newcastle enjoyed a double for Tipp with Newport adding a popular win at Leiriú., Elsewhere Lissycasey Set Dancers gave Clare a lone victory.

Fear An Tí for the prestigious occasion was former Munster Council Chairman, Jerry O’Sullivan with present Chairman Liam Lenihan on hand to present the prizes.


Click to view photos of the winners


List of Winners

Rince Foirne: Newcastle – Tipperary
Amhránaíocht Aonar: Muireann Vaughan- Kanturk – Cork
Aithriseoireacht: Treasa McGrath- Newcastle-Tipperary
Bailéad Ghrúpa: St. James – Cork
Leiriú: Newport-Tipperary
Ceoil Uirlise: Kilshannig – Cork
Rince Seit: Lissycasey – Clare


Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Cork 1-20 Clare 0-20

Cork defeated Clare by 1-20 to 0-20 in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 16th at Pairc Ui Rinn.




Allianz Football League Division 2 – Clare 3-13 Cork 1-10

Clare defeated Cork by 3-13 to 1-10 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday February 10th at Cusack Park Ennis.




Fixture Details

10.02.2019 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 2 Round 3
Cusack Park, Ennis 14:00
An Clár v Corcaigh
Referee: Paddy Neilan (Ros Comáin)


Team News


Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 2-20 Kilkenny 1-22

Clare defeated Kilkenny by 2-20 to 1-22 in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 3rd at Cusack Park Ennis.





Fixture Details

03.02.2019 (Sun)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 2
Cusack Park, Ennis 14:00
An Clár v Cill Chainnigh
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)

Allianz Football League Division 2 – Armagh 1-13 Clare 2-10

Armagh and Clare finished level on a scoreline of 1-13 to 2-10 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday February 3rd at Páirc Esler, Newry.