Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-10 to 1-9 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday June 10th at Pairc Ui Rinn.


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Munster SFC: Cork finish strongly to defeat Tipperary

Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Report By Denis Hurley for GAA.ie

Luke Connolly’s 70th-minute goal sent Cork into the Munster SFC final as Tipperary were edged out at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening.

Not since 1940 and ’41 had the Rebels been defeated by their Premier County counterparts in the football championship in consecutive years, but that seemed set to happen with Conor Sweeney netted for Tipp on 69, making it 1-09 to 1-10.

However, Cork held their nerve and the ball was worked through Michael Hurley, James Loughrey and Mark Collins, whose pass allowed Connolly to palm home.

Cork will know that work is needed ahead of the final, though. Peadar Healy’s side only managed one point in the first half, shooting nine wides, but their saving grace was that Tipp were also inefficient in front of the posts, registering four points, but with seven wides of their own.

Twice, Cork had good goal chances, with Colin O’Neill denied by a Ciarán Kenrick save in the second minute and Paul Kerrigan shooting wide on 10. When Conor Sweeney – Tipp’s attacking talisman after Michael Quinlivan was forced off injured in the first half – kicked two points on the resumption, Tipp were 0-6 to 0-1 ahead and Cork were up against it.

Even though they responded through Kerrigan and substitute Donncha O’Connor, Cork were still finding the Tipp defence difficult to pierce and a counter-attack after such a turnover gave Liam Boland a great chance. He was allowed to carry the ball deep into Cork territory and opted to go for goal, but Cork goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran saved with his legs. Had that gone in, Tipp would have had a 1-6 to 0-3 lead but, as instead, by the time they would score again, Cork had made a game of it.

Captain Kerrigan led by example, rounding off a team move to get his second, and Luke Connolly, Mark Collins, and Barry O’Driscoll all scored in quick succession to make it 0-7 to 0-6 with 18 minutes remaining. Sweeney equalised, as he would do after O’Connor made it 0-8 to 0-7 with a free, but the introduction of Mark Collins helped to give Cork a presence in the middle and Kerrigan and O’Connor pushed them two clear by the 64th minute.

Tipp sub Kevin O’Halloran’s shot from distance landed just over the crossbar of his namesake Ken to leave just one in it coming down the stretch. When Sweeney palmed home a high delivery, the Cork faithful were shellshocked. But the Rebels produced a response.

Scorers for Cork: Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O’Connor (2fs) 0-3 each, Luke Connolly 0-2, Barry O’Driscoll, Mark Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 0-5 (1f), Robbie Kiely, Liam Boland, Liam McGrath, Kevin O’Halloran 0-1 each.

CORK: Ken O’Halloran; Michael Shields, Jamie O’Sullivan, Kevin Crowley; Colm O’Driscoll, James Loughrey, Tomás Clancy; Ruairí Deane, Ian Maguire; Brian O’Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan, John O’Rourke; Colm O’Neill, Peter Kelleher, Luke Connolly
Subs: Donncha O’Connor for Kelleher (30), Barry O’Driscoll for Brian O’Driscoll (35), Seán Powter for Colm O’Driscoll (half-time), Mark Collins) for Barry O’Driscoll (44-50, blood), Mark Collins for Deane, Michael Hurley for O’Rourke (59), Gary Murphy for O’Neill (66).

TIPPERARY: Ciarán Kenrick; Shane O’Connell, Paddy Codd, Alan Campbell; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan; Liam Casey, George Hannigan; Josh Keane, Diarmuid Foley, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Liam McGrath
Subs: Liam McGrath for Quinlivan (19, injured), Kevin for Foley (47), Alan Moloney for Casey (52, injured), Kieran Bergin for Hannigan (57), Colm O’Shaughnessy for O’Connell (57), Jason Lonergan for Boland (66).

REFEREE: Ciarán Branagan (Down)







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Team News

The Cork team to play Tipperary in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final tomorrow Saturday 10th June in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 5pm has been announced as follows.

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. James Loughrey (Mallow)
3. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)
7. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
8. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
10. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
12. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) – Captain

The Tipperary team to play Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final in Páirc Uí Rinn at 5pm this Saturday evening, June 10th, has been announced by manager Liam Kearns and lines out as follows –

1. Ciarán Kenrick – Moyle Rovers
2. Shane O’Connell – Golden-Kilfeacle
3. Paddy Codd – Killenaule
4. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Liam Casey – Cahir
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers
12. Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney


They meet for a second successive year, with Tipperary having won last year’s semi-final by two points in what was their first championship success over the Rebels since 1944.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2016: Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
2014: Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11 (Munster semi-final)
2007: Cork 2-18 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster semi-final)
2002: Cork 1-23 Tipperary 0-7 (Munster final) – Replay
2002: Cork 2-11 Tipperary 1-14 (Munster final) – Draw


*Cork beat Waterford by 1-12 to 1-11 in this year’s Munster quarter-final; Tipperary will be having their first championship outing
*Tipperary were promoted from Division 3 as champions this year, winning six of eight games. Cork finished fourth in Division 2, winning two, drawing three and losing two of seven games.
*Managers, Peadar Healy (Cork) and Liam Kearns (Tipperary) are both in their second seasons.
*Peadar Healy’s League and Championship record since taking over as Cork manager at the start of last season reads: Played 19; Won 8, Lost 8, Drew 3.
Liam Kearns’ record with Tipperary in the same period is: Played 21, Won 11, Lost 7, Draws 3.


Match Programme

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DID YOU KNOW?

Tipperary are bidding to reach successive Munster finals for the first time since 1993-94. The last time Cork missed out on reaching the Munster final in successive years was in 2003-2004.


Munster SHC Semi-Final – Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21

Waterford defeated Cork by 3-19 to 1-21 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 7th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Waterford reach Munster final with win over Cork

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21

The good news story that is Waterford hurling continued this afternoon as they made it a deserved double over Cork to reach their first Munster final in three years. Five weeks after beating Cork in a Division 1 final, they were too good again for their neighbours in Thurles, Maurice Shanahan and Michael Walsh leading the line in the closing stages to ensure they stayed ahead and the Déise retained their unbeaten 2015 record.

A Patrick Horgan penalty goal in the first minute of injury time reduced the margin to two points only for substitute Tom Devine to goal at the other end. He needed three attempts to hit it but eventually struck it past Anthony Nash to seal Cork’s fate. It was just desserts for Waterford having look so controlled for most of the second half as the Bennett brothers, Stephen and Shane, weighed in with a brace of points each. Noel Connors once more kept Horgan at bay and Cork will have serious questions to answer before the qualifiers on July 4.

The game came to life with Waterford’s two goals in the 27th and 30th minutes. Up until then, wides more than points was the order of the day with Austin Gleeson, with four, and Aidan Walsh, shooting one less, the worst offenders. Waterford trailed Cork until Shanahan caught a delivery from Gleeson, a change for the better from the Mount Sion man, and his finish was just too good for Anthony Nash. Tadhg de Burca fired over a point virtually from the resultant puck-out and the initiative had switched.

A Luke O’Farrell response in the form of a point threatened to halt Waterford’s momentum only for Shane Bennett to find Walsh with a short range stick-pass and Walsh found Jake Dillon, who had left his marker Cormac Murphy, and his shot was just as scintillating as Shanahan’s. Leading 2-5 to 0-8, Kevin Moran made a handling error just as it appeared Cork were to be opened up again before Nash had to snuff out another Dillon shot, this time from a tighter angle. Shanahan followed that up with a 65 although Cork finished the half the better with three points on the trot to close the gap to one, 2-6 to 0-11, at half-time.

Scorers for Waterford: M Shanahan (1-9, 0-6 frees, 1 65); J Dillon, T Devine (1-0 each); K Moran, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett (0-2 each); A Gleeson (free), T de Burca, C Dunford, P Curran (0-1 each).

Subs for Waterford: E Barrett for K Moran (blood, 10-12); S Bennett for B O’Halloran (45); T Devine for Stephen Bennett (60); E Barrett for C Dunford (63); P Curran for J Dillon (68).

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (1-7, 1-0 pen, 0-6 frees); P Cronin (0-5); A Cadogan (0-2); C Lehane, M Ellis, D Kearney, L O’Farrell, A Walsh, B Cooper, D McCarthy (65) (0-1 each).

Subs for Cork: R O’Shea for C Murphy (47); D McCarthy for D Kearney (51); P O’Sullivan for A Walsh (57).

Red card: L O’Farrell (straight, 64).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; B Coughlan, N Connors, S Fives; A Gleeson, T de Burca, P Mahony; C Dunford, J Barron; M Walsh, K Moran, J Dillon; S Bennett, M Shanahan, B O’Halloran.

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, B Murphy; D Cahalane, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, B Cooper; C Lehane, P Cronin, A Walsh; A Cadogan, P Horgan, L O’Farrell.

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)





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Team News

Cork Senior Hurling Team v Waterford

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk) Capt.
2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
3. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
4. Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers)
5. Damien Cahalane (St. Finbarr’s)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
9. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
10. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
11. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita’s)
12. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

Subs:
16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. William Kearney (Sarsfields)
18. Killian Burke (Midleton)
19. Aidan Ryan (Midleton)
20. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)
21. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
22. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)
23. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)
24. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
25. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
26. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum)

Waterford Senior Hurling Team

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Búrca (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
21 Maurice Shanahan (Lismore)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle) CAPTAIN
11. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
13. Brian O’Halloran (Clashmore Kinsalebeg)
14. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)


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List of Centra / Supervalu outlets in Cork

Centra Carrigtwohill Cork
SuperValu Hollyhill Cork
SuperValu Blarney Cork
SuperValu Castletownbere Cork
SuperValu Dunmanway Cork
SuperValu Kanturk Cork
SuperValu Millstreet Cork
SuperValu Newmarket Cork
SuperValu Skibbereen Cork
SuperValu Blackrock Cork
SuperValu Glanmire Cork
SuperValu Ballincollig – Quish’s Cork
SuperValu Charleville Cork
SuperValu Youghal Cork
SuperValu Togher Cork
SuperValu Bandon Cork
SuperValu Midleton Cork
SuperValu Carrigaline Cork
SuperValu Fermoy Cork
SuperValu Bantry Cork
SuperValu Mallow Cork
SuperValu Clonakilty Cork
SuperValu Ballincollig – Down’s Cork
SuperValu Merchants Quay Cork
SuperValu Mitchelstown Cork
SuperValu Grange Cork
SuperValu Cobh Cork
Centra Fermoy Cork
Centra Mallow Cork
Centra Bishopstown Cork
Centra Crosshaven Cork
Centra Charleville Cork
Centra Tower Cork
Centra Togher Cork
The Pavilion Cafe Bar Cork
Pluggd Records Cork

List of Centra / Supervalu outlets in Waterford

Centra Coolagh Service Station Waterford
SuperValu Dungarvan, Garvey’s Waterford
SuperValu Dungarvan, Morrissey’s Waterford
SuperValu Tramore Waterford
SuperValu Waterford Waterford
SuperValu Cappoquin Waterford



Useful Information

Cork bridged an 8 year gap to win last year’s Munster championship – the longest gap since the 10 year period between their 1956 and 66 wins.

Waterford defeated Cork by 1-24 to 0-17 in the Allianz Hurling League final at Semple Stadium on Sunday May 3rd. The game was refereed by Johnny Ryan of Tipperary who also refereed the replay between the two sides in last year’s Munster championship which Cork won by 0-28 to 0-14.

With Limerick’s victory 2 years ago and Cork’s victory last year, Clare are the only one of the 5 participating counties not to have one the Munster SH Championship since 2010, a record which will continue to 2016 at least following their narrow defeat to Limerick in this year’s quarter-final.

Prior to last year’s victory over Waterford, Cork last won a replay in the Munster SHC in 1987, a 3-14 to 0-10 victory over Limerick.

Prior to last year’s draw and replay Cork and Waterford previously met in the Munster senior hurling championship July 17th 2010 when Waterford defeated Cork by 1-16 to 1-13 aet in the Munster final replay. An 83rd minute goal by current Waterford selector, Dan Shanahan, proved to be the difference between the sides after 2 epic encounters in 6 days.

The last 8 Cork v Waterford games in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have produced 29 goals.

Four of the five games in last year’s Munster Championship were played at Semple Stadium Thurles with the only exception being the final which was played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh which was hosting its last senior final before being redeveloped. Páirc na nGael in Limerick will host its first Munster senior hurling championship since the 2013 final in June 21st when Limerick host Tipperary.

Patrick Horgan of Cork scored a total of 0-21 in the drawn and replayed games (0-11 in draw, 0-10 in replay) against Waterford in 2014 while Pauric Mahony scored a total of 0-17 (0-12 in draw, 0-5 in replay) for Waterford in the same 2 games.

Cork will meet Waterford in Munster Under 21 hurling semi-final in Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday June 17th.



Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (52) – 1888, 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2014

Tipperary (40) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Limerick (19) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996, 2013

Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998

Kerry (1) – 1891

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sh_teams/


Munster Senior Hurling Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990


All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 3 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 4 titles in 1914, 1995, 1997 and 2013 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information


Match Programme

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Munster SHC Quarter-Final – Limerick 1-19 Clare 2-15

Limerick defeated Clare by 1-19 to 2-15 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 24th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Munster SHC: Limerick beat Clare in thriller

MUNSTER SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL: LIMERICK 1-19 CLARE 2-15

By Brian Murphy at Semple Stadium, Thurles for GAA.ie

Limerick moved into the semi-finals of the Munster Championship and a meeting with Tipperary on June 21 after a heart-stopping one-point win over Clare at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Sub John Fitzgibbon hit the winner for Limerick in the 68th minute, sealing a superb win for Shannonsiders, who were six points clear at the three-quarter mark but found themselves in real trouble when Aaron Cunningham sparked a brave Clare comeback with two superb goals in the closing stages.

After a poor and largely uneventful first half, the game crackled into life at the start of the second half, Clare having lost joint captain Patrick Donnellan to a red card for an off-the-ball incident involving Donal O’Grady which sparked a melee just before the break. That incident added the necessary spice to a game that was memorable to that point only for the performance of Limerick’s precocious attacker Cian Lynch, who hit three points from play on a debut brimful of promise. Cunningham stole his thunder, though, scoring 2-1 for Clare after coming off the bench in the 48th minute.

Limerick, however, looked on course to win comfortably at that point, and were six ahead, 1-16 to 0-13, when Graeme Mulcahy pounced for a goal after 52 minutes. Cunningham responded with a goal almost immediately for Clare, showing the kind of direct running and killer instinct Clare had lacked in support of the brilliant lone front man Shane O’Donnell.

Limerick were then reduced to 14 men when Seánie Tobin was given his marching orders for a shoulder charge within seconds of coming on, and suddenly Clare had all the momentum. When Cunningham knifed through the Limerick defence and hammered home a second goal in the 64th minute, and O’Donnell got off the mark having toiled manfully after a super battle with Richie McCarthy, Clare were level with four minutes to go. However, Limerick dug deep and found a winner in the end, Fitzgibbon striking a fine shot from play over the bar to settle a hugely enjoyable tussle.

As expected, Conor McGrath was not fit to start and was replaced in the Clare line-up by Gearóid O’Connell from Ballyea, who started in midfield, allowing O’Donnell and David Reidy to form a two-man inside forward line. Limerick lined out as selected earlier in the week, Barry Hennessy, Seánie O’Brien and Lynch making their championship debuts.

Clare were short four of their eight All Stars from 2013 – Podge Collins, Conor McGrath, Colm Galvin and the suspended Brendan Bugler – and started like a team still getting to know each other, although neither side had in fact been in competitive action since late March, when their respective Allianz League campaigns ended in disappointment.

Shane Dowling, whose contribution of 0-11 from placed balls was ultimately the difference between the sides, was causing Clare all sorts of problems in the opening quarter, his physical presence on the edge of the square giving his team-mates a target they looked to at every opportunity.

It was the skill levels of and youthful audacity of Lynch, though, that lit up an untidy opening to the game – last year’s minor captain marking his senior championship debut with a superb score on 12 minutes. By the time Lynch had snapped his second of the game stylishly over the bar, Limerick were 0-7 to 0-4 up and must have been very happy with their first 20 minutes’ work.

Slowly, though, Clare worked their way back into the game, perhaps affronted when Lynch audaciously flipped the slither over Domhnall O’Donovan’s head and collected it at speed in another wonderful cameo from the precocious Patrickswell man, who has pedigree running through his bloodlines.

O’Donnell’s movement and willingness to battle up front on his own was giving McCarthy the jitters, while Limerick never seemed quite at ease with having a spare man at the back. When McCarthy fouled O’Donnell in the 25th minute, Clare had the gap back to one, with Colin Ryan firing over his fifth score of the half from a free.

If Limerick had a ‘spare’ man at the back in the first half, they had two when Donnellan was given his marching orders for felling Donal O’Grady with a stray hurl as the sides went in at the break, sparking a melee which just about summed up an untidy an error-strewn first half.

Clare seemed to gain strength from being a man down and led for the first time six minutes into the second half when John Conlon fired over three scores from play in a spell of dominance. Limerick hit back, and when Shane Dowling found his rhythm with a series of placed balls and then Mulcahy pounced for a 52nd minute goal, hitting a ground stroke past Patrick Kelly with the glee of a real poacher, Limerick were six clear, a man up, and seemingly on their way to a comfortable win.

It wasn’t until Cunningham came on to join him at the apex of the attack that Clare really reached the pitch of the game. Cunningham had hit a superb point within seconds of coming in for David Reidy to show he meant business and his two brilliantly-taken goals had Limerick in all sorts of trouble before they helf their nerve to win it through Fitzgibbon at the death.
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Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-11 (0-10f, 0-1 65), Graeme Mulcahy 1-1, Cian Lynch 0-3, Paudie O’Brien 0-1, Seánie O’Brien 0-1, Tom Condon 0-1, John Fitzgibbon 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: Aaron Cunningham 2-1, Colin Ryan 0-6 (0-5f), John Conlon 0-3, Tony Kelly 0-2, Shane Golden 0-1, David Reidy 0-1, Shane O’Donnell 0-1.

CLARE: Patrick Kelly; Domhnall O’Donovan, David McInerney, Cian Dillon; Jack Browne, Conor Ryan, Pat O’Connor; Patrick Donnellan, Shane Golden; John Conlon, Tony Kelly, Colin Ryan; Gearóid O’Connell, Shane O’Donnell, David Reidy
Subs: Aaron Cunningham for David Reidy (48), Seadna Morey for Domhnall O’Donovan (55), Bobby Duggan for Gearóid O’Connell (58), Darach Honan for Shane Golden (67), Nicky O’Connell for Tony Kelly (69).

LIMERICK: Barry Hennessy; Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy, Seamus Hickey; Tom Condon, Gavin O’Mahony, Seánie O’Brien; Paudie O’Brien, James Ryan; Paul Browne, Declan Hannon, Donal O’Grady; Cian Lynch, Shane Dowling, Graeme Mulcahy
Subs: Seánie Tobin for Donal O’Grady (55), Dan Morrissey for Stephen Walsh (63), Wayne McNamare for Seamus Hickey, John Fitzgibbon for James Ryan (both 66), Kevin Downes for Paul Browne (71).

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

Attendance: 21,493




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Ticket Information

Adult Covered Stand: €25
Adult Uncovered Stand: €20
Adult Terrace: €15
(Limerick have been allocated the Killinan End terrace, Clare the Town End terrace)
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Team News

Clare SH team – 1.PKelly 2.DODonovan 3.CDillon 4.DMcInerney 5.PDonnellan 6.CRyan 7.JBrowne 8.POConnor 9.GOConnell 10.SGolden 11.TKelly 12.ColinRyan 13.JConlon 14.SODonnell 15.DReidy


List of Centra / Supervalu outlets in Clare

SuperValu Killaloe Clare
SuperValu Tulla Clare
SuperValu Ennistymon Clare
SuperValu Kilrush Clare
SuperValu Miltown Malbay Clare
Centra Scariff Clare
Centra Ennis – Ryan’s Clare
Centra Ennis – Lynch’s Clare
Centra Ennis – Donnellan’s Clare
Centra Kilmihil Clare
Centra Sixmilebridge Clare


List of Centra / Supervalu outlets in Limerick

Centra Ennis Rd – Rodahan’s Limerick
Centra Drumcollogher Limerick
Centra Kilfinnane Limerick
Centra Hospital Limerick
Centra Raheen Limerick
Centra Bruff Limerick
SuperValu Abbeyfeale Limerick
SuperValu Castleconnell Limerick
SuperValu Corbally Limerick
SuperValu Kilmallock Limerick
SuperValu NewcastleWest – Dooley’s Limerick
SuperValu NewcastleWest – Garvey’s Limerick
SuperValu Askeaton Limerick
Centra Patrickswell – Hodkinson’s Limerick
Centra Dooradoyle Limerick
Centra Castletroy Limerick
Centra Clarina Limerick
Centra Pallas Green Limerick


Clare and Limerick meet for the 53rd time in the championship, with Limerick leading 34-17 (one game was drawn) from their previous 52 clashes.

This will be their first meeting in the Munster championship since 2008 when Clare won by 4-12 to 1-16 in the semi-final in Thurles. They met again in the 2012 All-Ireland qualifiers, when Limerick won, but it was Clare’s turn a year later when they won the All-Ireland semi-final by seven points.

Last Five Championship Clashes
2013: Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2012: Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2008: Clare 4-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2006: Clare 2-21 Limerick 0-10 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

Limerick are seeking to win their first Munster championship game of the season for a third successive year, having beaten Tipperary in 2013 and 2014. Clare lost to Cork in their opening game last year and beat Waterford a year earlier.

Davy Fitzgerald played against Limerick in the championship on seven occasions, winning three (1993-95-2006) and losing four (1990-1991-94-96). TJ Ryan played against Clare in three championship games, winning in 1994 and 1996 and losing in 1995.

Clare have won only one competitive game since the beginning of April last year. It came against Dublin in this year’s League. Otherwise they lost to Tipperary (twice), Cork (twice), Kilkenny (twice), Wexford (once), Galway (once) in League and Championship. They also drew with Wexford in last year’s All-Ireland qualifiers.

Clare were eliminated from last year’s All-Ireland race after losing a Round 1 qualifier replay against Wexford, having earlier lost the Munster semi-final to Cork. Limerick beat Tipperary and lost to Cork in Munster before beating Wexford in the All-Ireland quarter-final. They lost the All-Ireland semi-final to Kilkenny by two points.

Clare were relegated from Division 1A this year after losing a play-off with Kilkenny. They had earlier lost four of five games.

Limerick finished second in Division 1B this year (three wins, one defeat, one draw) before losing the quarter-final to Dublin by 12 points.

Next Sunday’s winners will play Tipperary in the Munster semi-final on June 21.


Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Limerick 3-14 Clare 2-15

Limerick defeated Clare by 3-14 to 2-15 in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 24th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Willie Griffin plays captain’s part as Limerick march on

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 3-14 Clare 2-15: Willie Griffin played a captain’s part in Thurles as Limerick’s intermediate hurlers got a memorable day off to a winning start.

Adare clubman Griffin hit 2-6 as his side saw off a youthful Clare outfit in the Munster intermediate hurling championship quarter-final, to set up a Munster semi-final with Tipperary on June 21.

Limerick were six points behind in the first half but a deadly two-goal blast midway through the second half provided a winning platform.

Mike Fitzgerald was on the pitch less than four minutes when he blasted home Limerick’s second goal before Griffin struck a beauty. The quickfire strikes handed Limerick a 2-13 to 2-9 lead . The sides were level twice in the early stages, and again after half-time, but Limerick were full value for the win.

At half-time, Limerick were 0-9 to 1-8 behind as Ian Galvin’s sixth minute goal effectively separated the sides.

And Clare bagged a second goal in the 38th minute, with opposite corner forward Ryan Taylor on target. That prompted a response from Limerick and the introduction of Fitzgerald was a masterstroke from boss Don Flynn.

He cracked home the goal that renewed the Limerick challenge before Griffin netted twice in five minutes. 2007 All-Star goalkeeper Brian Murray also played his part for Limerick between the sticks, with crucial saves.

Galvin hit 1-5 for Clare but it wasn’t enough to prevent defeat for the team managed by Donal Moloney, one half of Clare’s former U21 management team. David Conroy also impressed with four points from play, including three in the first half, for Clare.

Limerick were wasteful before the break, registering eight wides, but when goal chances presented themselves, they were clinically taken. Limerick haven’t won the Munster intermediate hurling title since 2008 but victory over Tipp next month would put them within an hour of provincial glory.

For Clare, the dream of a first Munster crown since 2011 came to an abrupt end, despite an encouraging first half.

Scorers for Limerick: W Griffin 2-6 (0-3f), M Fitzgerald 1-0, D Byrnes 0-3 (2f, 1 65), W Hickey & M Carmody 0-2 each, K O’Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: I Galvin 1-5 (0-4f), D Conroy 0-4, R Taylor 1-0, M O’Malley 0-3 (1f), S McGrath, S Ward & D Moloney 0-1 each.

CLARE: E Quilligan; A McGuane, E Quirke, L Corry; D Fitzgerald, B O’Gorman, B Carey; S McGrath, D Conroy; M O’Malley, S Ward, S Taylor; I Galvin, D Moloney, R Taylor.
Subs: B Corry for Moloney (37), R Hayes for O’Gorman (47), K Hehir for Carey (49), C Moloney for Taylor (52), C Fennessy for L Corry (58).

LIMERICK: B Murray; S Finn, B O’Connell, M Reidy; D Moloney, D Byrnes, B Lynch; R O’Donnell, A Brennan; K O’Brien, W Hickey, M Carmody; W Griffin, M Fitzgibbon, M Ryan.
Subs: D O’Donovan for O’Donnell (28), M Fitzgerald for Hickey (41), C Ryan for Fitzgibbon (56), G Murphy for Brennan (60+1).

Referee: J O’Brien (Tipperary)


Team News

Limerick Intermediate Hurling team v Clare – 1.Brian Murray (Patrickswell), 2. Seán Finn (Bruff), 3. Barry O’Connell (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 4. Mike Reidy (Dromin/Athlacca), 5. Denis Moloney (Doon), 6. Diarmuid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 7. Barry Lynch (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), 8. Robert O’Donnell (Pallasgreen), 9.Andrew Brennan (Caherline), 10. Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), 11. William Hickey (South Liberties), 12. Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), 13. Willie Griffin (Adare)(Captain), 14. Mike Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh/Castlemahon) and 15. Mikey Ryan (Murroe-Boher).
16. David McCarthy (Glenroe), 17. Tommy Quaid (Effin), 18. Cathal McNamara (Doon), 19. Mike Fitzgerald (Doon), 20. John Ryan (Cappamore), 21. Richie English (Doon), 22. Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), 23. Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen) & 24. Gary Murphy (Caherline)

Munster SFC Q-Final – Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13

Clare defeated Limerick by 0-15 to 0-13 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday May 23rd at Cusack Park Ennis.

Munster SFC: Clare hang on to beat Limerick

MUNSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QURTER-FINAL: CLARE 0-15 LIMERICK 0-13

Clare edged into a Munster Football Championship semi-final meeting with Cork next month after suffering a real scare against neighbours Limerick at Cusack Park.

The hosts looked to be cruising at half-time with a 0-9 to 0-4 lead until Limerick brought a real fight to the contest after the restart spearheaded by Ian Ryan and Peter Nash.

But two late scores from Clare substitute Cathal McInerney proved the difference to send his side into the last four and dispatch Limerick to the qualifiers.

In the opening half Clare started brightest with skipper Gary Brennan embarking on a solo run and fisting over inside the opening 20 seconds.

Robert Browne got Limerick off the mark at the other end before Clare’s best goal chance of the half arrived when Shane Brennan’s low drive was well saved by Brian Scanlan.

Ian Ryan then gave Limerick the lead as Clare’s Eoin Cleary, Pádraic Collins and Shane Brennan were all guilty of kicking wides; but they got away with it as the Banner still managed five scores on the trot.

Eoin Cleary fisted over before Shane and Gary Brennan stretched Clare’s lead, with Limerick starting to give the ball away very cheaply.
Cathal O’Connor’s pointed 45 was followed by Pádraic Collins’ first point of the evening which received a huge roar from the Clare faithful inside Cusack Park.

Limerick finally ended a 20-minute scoring drought when goalkeeper Scanlon dispatched a free but Clare responded with three more unanswered points through Cleary and a double from skipper Brennan to bring his personal tally to 0-4.
Scanlan fired over a 45 for John Brudair’s charges in stoppage time at the end of the half to make it 0-9 to 0-4, with the hosts in firm control of the contest.

But Limerick greatly improved after the restart and despite falling six behind when Jamie Malone scored early on, they would manage to get within a point of their neighbours.

Peter Nash, Stephen Cahill, Ian Ryan and Iain Corbett and Cian Sheehan all contributed to Limerick’s fine revival as Clare were suddenly on the ropes and badly needed a score.

That score eventually came from Rory Donnelly before Ryan kept Limerick just a point behind once more, and David McInerney and Scanlan swapped scores from placed balls to set up a tense finish.

As Limerick fought bravely for a leveller, McInerney popped up again at the death to dispel any chances of a replay by firing over and dragging his side over the line and end a cracking second half of football.
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Scorers for Clare: Gary Brennan 0-4, Eoin Cleary, Rory Donnelly and Cathal McInerney (0-1f) 0-2 each, Jamie Malone, Paraic Collins, Cathal O’Connor (0-1 45), Shane Brennan and Sean Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Ian Ryan 0-4 (0-2f), Brian Scanlan 0-3 (0-1f, 0-2 45), Peter Nash 0-2, Iain Corbett, Robert Browne, Stephen Cahill and Cian Sheehan 0-1 each.

CLARE: J Hayes; C Russell, K Hartnett, M McMahon; S Hickey, G Kelly, D Ryan; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins, J Malone, S Brennan; E Cleary, P Collins, P Burke
Subs: S Collins for Hickey (36), R Donnelly for Brennan (40), D O’Halloran for Malone (Black card, 47), C McInerney for Cleary (58), C Dunning for S Collins (66), K Sexton for Burke (70).

LIMERICK: B Scanlan; S O’Dea, J McCarthy, R Browne; I Corbett, C Fahy, S Cahill; T Lee, G Hegarty; J Riordan, P Ranahan, D Tracey; P Nash, S Buckley, I Ryan
Subs: D Neville for Lee (35), C Sheehan for Riordan (36), K Moore for Ranahan (56), G Noonan for Browne (62), C Phair for Nash (Black card, 70)
Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)
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Report: Jason Byrne for GAA.ie




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Team News

The Limerick senior football manager John Brudair has named his team to start the Munster senior football championship match against Clare in Ennis on next Saturday 23rd at 7pm. Four players are making their Munster championship debut, Robert Browne at corner back, Cillian Fahy at centre back, Stephen Cahill at wing back and Peter Nash at corner forward.

Limerick senior football team will line out as follows, 1. Brian Scanlan (Gerald Griffin’s), 2. Sean O’Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 3. Johnny McCarthy (St.Kieran’s), 4. Robert Browne (Fr. Casey’s), 5. Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest), 6. Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 7. Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins), 8. Thomas Lee (Ballylanders), 9. Gearoid Hegarty (St. Patrick’s), 10. John Riordan (Fr Casey’s), 11. Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen), 12. Darragh Tracey (St. Kieran’s), 13. Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 14. Seanie Buckley (Captain)(Dromcollogher/Broadford) & 15. Ian Ryan (St. Senan’s)

Clare Senior Football team to play Limerick –

1. Joe Hayes (Lissycasey)
2. Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg Ennis)
3. Kevin Hartnett (Meelick)
4. Martin McMahon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane)
5. Shane Hickey (Kilmurry-Ibrickane)
6. Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay
7. Dean Ryan (Éire Óg)
8. Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen)
9. Gary Brennan (Clondegad)
10. Shane Brennan (Clondegad)
11. Jamie Malone (Corofin
12. Sean Collins (Cratloe)
13. Eoin Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown-Malbay)
14. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
15. Pat Burke (Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin)
Subs
16. Pierce Deloughrey (Cratloe)
17. Stephen Collins (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield)
18. Rory Donnelly (Cooraclare)
19. Chris Dunning (Wolfe Tones)
20. Sean Haugh (O’Curry’s)
21. Cathal McInerney (Cratloe)
22. Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora)
23. Davy O’Halloran (Éire Óg)
24. Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil)
25. Alan O’Neill (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield)
26. Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry-Ibrickane)



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Munster GAA Championship – Dual Package (Limerick v Clare)

This ticket includes admission to both the football and hurling fixtures, details below:

Munster GAA Football Championship Quarter Final
Saturday 23rd May 2015
Cusack Park Ennis
An Clar v Luimneach 7pm
Junior Game 5pm

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Munster GAA Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Sunday 24th May 2015
Semple Stadium
An Clar v Luimneach 4pm
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Clare and Limerick last met in the championship in 2012 when Clare won a Munster semi-final by a point. However, their most recent clash was in this season’s Allianz Football League when Limerick won by 2-10 to 1-5 in a Division 2 tie at Newcastlewest. It was level at 1-5 each early in the second half before Limerick took control to run out eight-point winners.

Last Five Championship Clashes
2012: Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15 (Munster semi-final)
2009: Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9 (Munster semi-final)
2006: Limerick 2-5 Clare 0-8 (Munster quarter-final)
2003: Limerick 2-14 Clare 0-12 (Munster semi-final)
1988: Limerick 2-4 Clare 0-5 (Munster quarter-final)

Both Clare and Limerick won three and lost four of their seven Division 3 League games this year.

Clare drew with Waterford in the Munster first round last year before winning the replay. They lost the semi-final to Kerry by 1-17 to 1-13 before beating Carlow (4-26 to 2-13) in the second round of the All-Ireland qualifiers. They lost the third round to Kildare by 0-13 to 0-12.

Limerick lost to Tipperary by 2-14 to 1-11 in the Munster first round last year. They later beat London (1-16 to 1-13) and Antrim (3-11 to 0-15) in the qualifiers before losing to Sligo (0-12 to 0-10) in Round 3.

Next Saturday’s winners will play Cork in the Munster semi-final on June 14.

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18

Cork defeated Clare by 2-23 to 2-18 in the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


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Munster SHC: Revenge for impressive Rebels

Munster SHC Semi-Final: Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s Cork have defeated Clare by five points in this afternoon’s Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. Patrick Horgan scored 2-11 from placed balls for the Rebels, who will now meet Limerick in a second successive provincial decider on July 13.

This was sweet revenge for Cork – who lost to Clare after two classic All-Ireland finals last September. And Horgan was the star turn in front of 28,660 spectators in Thurles – hitting 1-8 before half-time, with 1-3 added in the second half. Horgan found the net from a free in the 33rd minute – striking the ball from the 20m line and surprising the Clare players on the goalline after the initial award was given a couple of metres further back.

And Horgan struck again with eleven minutes remaining, lashing home a penalty at head height to establish a 2-20 to 1-16 lead for Cork. Two minutes later, Paudie O’Sullivan flashed over a point with his first touch after coming on as a substitute and Cork were rampant. The tie was effectively over as a contest as Clare – playing their first competitive game for eight weeks – struggled to cope. In between, Cork had come through two games against Waterford and they looked sharper and fitter all over the pitch as the game wore on.

Cork had the breeze from the start but the sides were level six times before Horgan put some daylight between them approaching half-time.
There was still time for John Conlon to find the net from close range with a Clare goal that kept the Banner County in touch at half-time, trailing by 1-10 to 1-13. Clare were back to within two points of the winners twice in the second half but Cork held their nerve and a quickfire brace of scores from Daniel Kearney within a minute were massive points.

Horgan’s penalty strike, buried following a Brendan Bugler foul on Seamus Harnedy, put the seal on a memorable Cork display and the Leesiders march forward to a final meeting with Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Sub Darach Honan bagged a consolation goal for outclassed Clare in the final minute but the clock was against the Banner men, who will now attempt to regroup for the All-Ireland qualifiers.
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Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 2-11 (1-0 pen, 1-11f), D Kearney & A Cadogan 0-3 each, C Lehane 0-2, D Cahalane, A Walsh, W Egan & P O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan 0-6 (5f, 1 65), J Conlon 1-2, C Galvin, C McGrath & N O’Connell 0-2 each, P Donnellan, T Kelly, P Collins & C McInerney 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C Joyce; D Cahalane, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, A Walsh; S Harnedy, B Cooper, C Lehane; A Cadogan, P Horgan, P Cronin
Subs: S Moylan for Cooper (59), W Egan for Kearney (60), P O’Sullivan for Harnedy (60), E Cadogan for Ellis (67).

CLARE: D Tuohy; D McInerney, C Dillon, J Browne; P O’Connor, C Ryan, B Bugler; C Galvin, P Donnellan; J Conlon, C Ryan, P Duggan; T Kelly, C McGrath, P Collins
Subs: S Morey for Browne (h.t.), N O’Connell for Donnellan (45), C McInerney for Galvin (51), D Honan for Conlon (63).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)



Horgan provides cutting edge

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18

It was a lovely sunny afternoon in Semple Stadium yesterday for this Munster SHC semi-final, yet only one third of the crowd that saw these sides contest two All-Ireland finals last year were there to see it.

It was a very different result also but a fair one, regardless of the justified sense of grievance from the Clare supporters at the imbalance in the refereeing in the first half. And their manager Davy Fitzgerald admitted as much. “There were other factors which I won’t get into,” he said. “I think the free count was 12-5 in the first half. Conor McGrath was absolutely pulled to pieces but no free. “But listen, Cork were faster, better and stronger than us all over the field and deserved their win. They killed us at midfield, were very dominant there. Fair play to them, they were very strong today.”

The big questions beforehand centred around preparation and how much of an advantage would Cork’s two games against Waterford prove, especially given that they are still blooding five newcomers to this year’s championship starting 15? How ready would Clare be, given that they haven’t had a competitive game in eight weeks? A major advantage was the answer to the first question. Not ready enough, the second.

Clare started well and were looking the sharper outfit in the opening 11 minutes at the end of which they led 0-5 to 0-3, courtesy of points from John Conlon and Podge Collins and three frees from Colin Ryan. Gradually, however, Cork began to get a foothold in the game and from there to just before half-time set the trend. Out-hustled. Out-muscled. Out-hurled. And outscored 1-10 to 0-5.

Clare managed a goal just before the break, a ball that could have and should have been cleared from inside the Cork square was pounced on and tapped home by John Conlon, leaving just three points between them at the break (1-13 to 1-10). Even at that stage though, and refereeing non-decisions notwithstanding, it was clear this wasn’t the Clare of 2013.

Midfielders Daniel Kearney and Aidan Walsh were the driving force for Cork. Walsh with some phenomenal leaping catches and both with great box-to-box runs. Defence though was the foundation and here Cork got their match-ups spot on.

Damien Cahalane — one of the championship newcomers — was named to start at full-back and there were fears his inexperience might be exposed by All Star Conor McGrath. It didn’t happen. Damien lining out instead at wing-back on Peter Duggan and giving a stellar performance. At full-back on McGrath was Stephen McDonnell — the Glen Rovers man was magnificent.

Christopher Joyce was switched from wing-back to the corner and again, an excellent game, quelling 2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly. Shane O’Neill did likewise in the other corner on All Star Podge Collins.

The inside threat that had cost Cork last September thus neutralised, Mark Ellis and Lorcán McLoughlin also superb in the half-forward line, the new midfield pairing growing in dominance as the game progressed, it was now up to the Cork forwards to deliver. They did so, but here was the only imbalance in the Cork team.

Alan Cadogan was again lively, again causing problems, drawing several fouls from his marker Jack Browne while also scoring a fine point. Conor Lehane also did well in that half, two fine points, one after a little bit of stick magic to control the ball over the head of his marker.

Not for the first time, though it fell to Patrick Horgan to do the bulk of the scoring for Cork and not for the first time he delivered. All from placed balls, yes, a few of the simple variety for the Glen’s finest. Some weren’t, however, not least the goal he belted home from a 25m free left of centre in the 33rd minute, the score that really lifted Cork.

Into the second half and though again Clare started reasonably well, reducing the Cork lead to two points within eight minutes (1-15 to 1-13, Ryan with two pointed frees), again it was Cork looking the better side. And again, though Cadogan and midfielder Kearney came in with a fine brace apiece, it was Horgan doing the bulk of their scoring. The pick of his scores in this half was his penalty, awarded after a foul on Seamus Harnedy in the 59th minute, after Clare had made a bit of a run to reduce their deficit to four (1-20 to 1-16).

The new and temporary rule introduced by Croke Park last week states that a penalty or 20m free can’t now be struck from inside the 20m line. It proved no problem to Patrick. He placed the ball about four metres outside the line, a straight-forward two-step lift, bullet strike, and this game was decided. Sub Darach Honan managed a late consolation goal for Clare, but this day belonged to Cork.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 2-11 (1-11f, 1-0 pen), A Cadogan, D Kearney 0-3 each, C Lehane 0-2, D Cahalane, A Walsh, W Egan, P O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-6 (5f, 1 65), J Conlon 1-2, D Honan 1-0, C McGrath, C Galvin, N O’Connell (0-2 each), T Kelly, P Collins, P Donnellan, C McInerney 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C Joyce; D Cahalane, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, A Walsh; S Harnedy, B Cooper, C Lehane; A Cadogan, P Horgan, P Cronin (c).
Subs for Cork: S Moylan for Cooper (59), W Egan for Kearney (inj. 59), P O’Sullivan for Harnedy (60), E Cadogan for Ellis (inj. 67).

CLARE: D Touhy; D McInerney, C Dillon, J Browne; P O’Connor, Conor Ryan, B Bugler; C Galvin, P Donnellan (c); J Conlon, Colin Ryan, P Duggan; T Kelly, C McGrath, P Collins.
Subs for Clare: S Morey for Browne (35), N O’Connell for Donnellan (45), C McInerney for Galvin (51), D Honan for Conlon (63).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)

Attendace: 28,660




Team News

Cork (SH v Clare): Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Damien Cahalane, Stephen McDonnell; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Lorcán McLoughlin; Daniel Kearney, Aidan Walsh; Conor Lehane, Bill Cooper, Seamus Harnedy; Alan Cadogan, Patrick, Patrick Horgan

1. Donal Tuohy
2. Cian Dillon
3. David McInerney
4. Jack Browne
5. Brendan Bugler
6. Conor Ryan
7. Pat O’Connor
8. Colm Galvin
9. Pat Donnellan
10. John Conlon
11. Colin Ryan
12. Peter Duggan
13. Podge Collins
14. Conor McGrath
15. Tony Kelly


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Shannon Airport Munster Go Games launched

Championship fever begins for children as Shannon Airport Munster Go Games launched

Championship excitement for almost 400 primary schoolchildren across Munster took flight today as the Shannon Airport Primary Go Games were launched.

Photos from the launch

The Go Games are an integral part of the Munster Championship season as children from across the province get to play for their respective counties at half time in all senior matches.

This year’s Go Games are being boosted by Shannon Airport, which has come on board as a title sponsor. The launch of the games took place at Shannon Airport with schoolchildren, representatives of Munster GAA, including Chairman Robert Frost, members of the airport executive and GAA stars Podge Collins, Conor Ryan, Séadna Morey and Colin Ryan of Clare and Limerick hurler Stephen Walsh.

Two games, one each for boys and girls, with eleven players per team, will take place at the break in big matches at Semple Stadium, Páirc Uí Chaoimh and other iconic venues throughout the province during what promises to be another magical summer for championship football and hurling in Munster.

The Go Games are a long standing fixture in the province, with many leading stars of the games today having made their inter-county bow in the primary school game, among them Limerick hurlers Seamus Hickey and Declan Hannon and camogie stars Niamh and Claire Mulcahy; Tipperary’s Noel McGrath and Cork’s Paudie O’Sullivan.

On the footballing side, Declan O Sullivan, who led the Kingdom to the Sam Maguire in 2006 and 2007, made his inter-county debut also in the Go Game, as did Kerry midfield duo Anthony Maher and Denis Moran.

“The emphasis in Go Games is on participation, enjoyment and developing skill,” said Robert Frost, Chairman of the Munster Council. “Children who get to play in these games get a magical experience in their ‘field of dreams’ in front of huge crowds. All you have to do is be there on the day and see the excitement in their eyes in the moments before they get to step out onto the pitch. Participation in the games creates a memory that lasts them a life-time.

“We are delighted this year to have Shannon Airport on board as a sponsor. Shannon is such an important airport for Munster, the only one with transatlantic services for example. It enables so many emigrants fly back in for matches and is also a place that creates huge excitement for children.”

Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey, an immediate convert to the magic on the GAA on his arrival here last year from the UK to take up his role, said that the Go Games typify the uniqueness of the GAA.
“There’s so much to admire about Irish culture but the GAA is such a stand out piece. It knits communities together and has the family and children at its core as well. The Go Games typify this. You won’t see too many sports around the world that will have children on their pitches at half time in major games playing in front of huge crowds like this.

“We jumped at the opportunity to sponsor the games when it was put to us. We make a big effort here to make Shannon as child friendly as possible through a range of initiatives. Last Christmas, for example, we flew 4,000 parents and children 15,000ft into the sky to meet Santa for free and this sponsorship is continuing in that vein.”

Joe Lyons, Chairman of Munster Cumann na mBunscol emphasised the importance of the games: “This year’s Shannon Airport Primary Go Games promise to be very exciting for all the children. Innovative ideas such as this are the lifeblood of our games.”

ENDS

Further details:

Joe Lyons, Chairman. Cumann na mBunscol
(086) 8113284 joegreenandwhite@gmail.com

Gearóid Ó Riain, Munster GAA PRO, OCP Comhairle na Mumhan
086-8149146 pro.munster@gaa.ie