All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 4A – Galway 4-17 Tipperary 4-12

Galway defeated Tipperary by 4-17 to 4-12 in Round 4A of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on Saturday July 26th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

SFC Round 4A: Galway hold on to win thriller

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 4A: Galway 4-17 Tipperary 4-12

Galway made short work of Tipperary thanks to four goals each side of half-time which set up a meeting with Kerry in next weekend’s All-Ireland football quarter-final. Fiontán Ó Curraoin and Tom Flynn hit the net before the break, while Danny Cummins and Michael Lundy put the result beyond all doubt with goals in the 36th and 37th minutes.

Brian Fox got one back for Tipp in the 12th minute of the second-half, but at that stage Galway were rampant and it hardly interrupted their canter to victory. Three goals from Brian Mulvill and Colin O’Riordan and a Conor Sweeney penalty meant Galway’s lead was well trimmed in the end, but they had the work done at that stage.

The opening 20 minutes were dominated by Tipperary though and they led by 0-6 to 0-4 after Colin O’Riordan’s sweet score. But Galway took over from there to the interval and after a Shane Walsh point earned with a sublime piece of control, O’Curraoin and Flynn’s goals set them on the road to victory with a 2-7 to 0-7 half-time lead.

Fifty seconds after the restart Cummins rattled the Tipp net for the third time, while Lundy followed suit just over a minute later following good work from Michael Martin and Paul Conroy. Fox – who was lucky to escape a black card earlier – rattled home a fine Tipperary goal in the 47th minute, but Galway eased to the win as Paul Varley, Walsh and Sean Armstrong all kicked late points.
Scorers for Galway: S Walsh 0-5 (3f), M Lundy, D Cummins 1-1 each, M Martin, P Conroy 0-3 each, F Ó Curraoin, T Flynn 1-0 each, S Armstrong 0-2, P Varley, D Comer 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney 1-4 (1-0 pen, 4f), C O’Riordan 1-2, B Fox 1-0, P Acheson 0-2, S O’Brien, M Quinlivan, B Grogan 0-1 each.

GALWAY: T Healy; D O’Neill, F Hanley, J Moore; G Bradshaw, G O’Donnell, P Varley; F Ó Curraoin, T Flynn; M Lundy, S Walsh, J Kavanagh; M Martin, P Conroy, D Cummins
Subs: D Burke for O’Donnell (33 mins), S Armstrong for Cummins (51), A Varley for Martin (56), J O’Brien for Lundy (57), D Comer for Kavanagh (57), S Flynn for Austin (63), E Hoare for Walsh (69).

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; P Codd, J Coghlan, C McDonald; C O’Riordan, R Kiely, G Mulhair; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; M Quinlivan, B Fox, P Acheson; C Sweeney, B Grogan, P Austin
Subs: I Fahey for Mulhair (31 mins), C Kennedy for Quinlivan (43), A Campbell for Grogan (50), H Coghlan for O’Brien (BC 53), B Mulvihill for Fahey (61).

Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway is unchanged from the side which defeated Laois in Round 3 of the Qualifiers.

1. Paul Fitzgerald Fethard
2. John Coghlan Moyne Templetuohy
3. Paddy Codd (Capt) Killenaule
4. Ciarán McDonald Aherlow
5. Colin O’Riordan J K Brackens
6. Robbie Kiely Arravale Rovers
7. Ger Mulhair Aravale Rovers
8. Steven O’Brien Ballina9. George Hannigan Shannon Rovers
10. Michael Quinlivan Commercials
11. Brian Fox Eire Óg Annacarty
12. Peter Acheson Moyle Rovers
13. Conor Sweeney Ballyporeen
14. Barry Grogan Aherlow
15. Philip Austin Borrisokane

16. Colum Nugent Ardfinnan
17. Alan Campbell Moyle Rovers
18. Hugh Coghlan Moyne Templetuohy
19. Lorcan Egan J K Brackens
20. Ian Fahey Commercials
21. Sean Flynn Fr Sheehys
22. Seamus Grogan Aherlow
23. Colman Kennedy Commercials
24. Conal McCullough Commercials
25. Andrew Morrissey Galtee Rovers
26. Brian Mulvihill Moyle Rovers

GALWAY (SFC v Tipperary): T Healy; D O’Neill, F Hanley, J Moore; G Bradshaw, G O’Donnell, P Varley; F O Curraoin, T Flynn; M Lundy, S Walsh, J Kavanagh; M Martin, P Conroy, D Cummins


All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 3B – Kildare 0-13 Clare 0-12

Kildare defeated Clare by 0-13 to 0-12 in Round 3B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on Saturday July 19th at Cusack Park Ennis.

SFC Round 3B: Kildare deny brave Bannermen


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Kildare needed six points from Alan Smith to get across the winning line at Cusack Park on Saturday evening, as Clare looked like causing one of the shocks of the year with a super performance. The Banner men led by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time and by six points with 25 minutes remaining, but Jason Ryan’s men stormed into the final quarter and kicked the last seven points of the game to clinch a one-point win.

Two late first-half points from Shane McGrath gave Clare a decent cushion at the break, but with Smith in fine form at the other end, Kildare managed to stay in touch with the home side despite a poor start. Smith was the main reason Kildare managed to clinch the win, but they also had three points from substitute Eoghan O’Flaherty to thank for avoiding a shock defeat.

After keeping his side within range of Clare, Smith had cut the lead to two points immediately after the restart, but the Banner men then kicked five in a row to take a convincing lead. But Kildare finally clicked thereafter and once O’Flaherty stopped the rot with a fine point, further scores from Smith, Eamonn Callaghan and Paddy Brophy eventually saw Kildare over the line.

Kildare now go on to meet one of the losers of the Ulster and Leinster finals – if Meath lose to Dublin, Kildare will definitely play the Ulster runners-up as they have already faced the Royals this year.
Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-4 (3f, 1 ’45’), S McGrath 0-2, G Brennan 0-2, E Coughlan 0-1, P Collins 0-1, R Donnelly 0-1, M McMahon 0-1

Scorers for Kildare: A Smith 0-6 (1f), E O’Flaherty 0-3, E Callaghan 0-2, P O’Neill 0-1, P Brophy 0-1

CLARE: J Hayes; S Hickey, K Hartnett, M McMahon; J Malone, G Kelly, C Russell; G Brennan, S McGrath; S Collins, E Coughlan, S Brennan; P Collins, D Tubridy, R Donnelly
Subs: D Ryan for S Collins (56), E Cleary for Donnelly (56), M O’Leary for Coughlan (60), S McNelis for Hickey (65), P McMahon for S Brennan (66), L Healy for Russell (70).

KILDARE: M Donnellan; C Fitzpatrick, O Lyons; E Bolton, M O’Grady, F Conway, K Cribbin; T Moolick, G White; C McNally, N Kelly, P O’Neill; E Callaghan, P Fogarty, A Smith
Subs: T O’Connor for Fogarty (31), E O’Flaherty for White (43), P Brophy for Kelly (48), E Doyle for O’Grady (52), S Hurley for Moolick (58), M Conway for (70)

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

Team News

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Hugh McGrillen, Ollie Lyons; Emmet Bolton, Fergal Conway, Keith Cribbin; Tommy Moolick, Gary White; Cathal McNally, Niall Kelly, Pádraig O’Neill; Eamonn Callaghan, Pádraig Fogarty, Eoghan O’Flaherty

1. Joe Hayes (Lissycasey)
2. Shane Hickey (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
3. Kevin Harnett (Meelick)
4. Martin McMahon (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
5. Jamie Malone (Corofin)
6. Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown)
7. Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg)
8. Gary Brennan (Clondegad) (Capt)
9. Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis)
10. Sean Collins (Cratloe)
11. Enda Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
12. Shane Brennan (Clondegad)
13. Padraic Collins (Cratloe)
14. David Tubridy (Doonbeg)
15. Rory Donnelly (Cooraclare).

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 1 Replay – Wexford 2-25 Clare 2-22

Wexford defeated Clare by 2-25 to 2-22 after extra time in the replay of the Round 1 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers game on Saturday July 12th at Wexford Park.

SHC Round 1: Wexford finally win another epic

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Replay: Wexford 2-25 Clare 2-22 (AET)

Report from the web site

Wexford Park erupted in joyous celebration this evening after Wexford knocked out the reigning All-Ireland champions Clare in the first-round of the qualifiers. This was scintillating hurling and an energy-sapping game for all the players. While Clare were reduced to 14 before half-time and 13 men later in the second-half, the visitors continued to work doggedly but Wexford’s new-found sense of resilience reached its climax in the second-half of extra-time.

Earlier in the year, Liam Dunne spoke of how he knew his men had the potential to pull off “a big scalp” and that someone would “feel the force” of his youthful charges. Davy Fitzgerald’s brigade is the first to fall victim to the blistering progress of the Model County. The first-half was low-scoring but it was pumped with the same passion that was evident in the game in Ennis. This time Wexford didn’t have the same composure and aimless shooting hampered the hosts’ progress as they struck 12 wides in the first-half in comparison to three Clare misses.

Since the first game, improvement was evident in the Clare camp. They were much more clinical in defence. Despite playing against a strong wind, Conor McGrath opened the visitors’ account with four minutes gone. Even though Conor McDonald and Podge Doran efforts had been denied by the impressive Patrick Kelly, Paul Morris eventually established parity with a pointed free. It continued to be tit-for-tat until Clare reached the 20th minute when Tony Kelly and John Conlon points preceded a brilliant Banner movement of play. Colm Galvin picked out Darach Honan who weaved through the Wexford defence at one of its weakest moments. Clare now led by 1-5 to 0-3 on 22 minutes.

Wexford’s unquenchable thirst for victory was renewed by the impressive defensive endeavour of Keith Rossiter and Andrew Shore. David Redmond, Paul Morris and Lee Chin all obliged with points to pare down the half-time gap to 1-5 to 0-6. But there was drama in the dying minutes of the half. Brendan Bugler was dismissed by Johnny Ryan and an Eoin Moore free from distance was flicked to the net by 18-year-old Conor McDonald, but the Tipperary referee cancelled the goal due to a square-ball infringement. The stage was set for a cracking second-half.

Wexford re-opened with points from Liam Óg McGovern and Paul Morris (free) but they were soon matched by John Conlon and Honan points. While Conlon had to be substituted temporarily twice in the game, the Clonara clubman did dogged work in attack. A pair of Jack Guiney pointed frees were interrupted by a Colm Galvin point, which was the second to come from a Patrick Kelly ball-in. An inspirational point from Tony Kelly and a further Conor McGrath effort epitomised the strength of the Banner men as now led by a goal with 46 minutes on the clock (1-10 to 0-10).

Clare defender Jack Browne then saw red for a second bookable offence, and even though Jack Guiney pointed the resultant free, it was Clare who sought to reassert their dominance. Honan played the ball back towards John Conlon who netted a sublime shot. The home crowd might have become nervous by this five-point lead, but a piece of magic from Naomh Éanna clubman Conor McDonald took them off tenterhooks. McDonald caught the delivery and buried the ball in the back of the net to pull the gap back to two-points. Wexford Park was rocking.

McDonald’s major ignited the Wexford revival as a trio of points from Rory Jacob, McGovern and Guiney gave Wexford the lead for the first time of the game on 55 minutes (1-14 to 2-10). It was helter-skelter for the final 15 minutes. Colin Ryan made it all square with a pointed free and the sides shared the next four points. With the game’s fate hanging in the balance, Jack Guiney, a member of Wexford’s recent Leinster U21 two-in-a-row team, landed a brace of points but Colin Ryan’s two placed-balls established parity. It was time for extra-time once more.

With the replenished squad of 15, Davy Fitzgerald introduced Paul Flanagan in defence and Jamie Shanahan up-front. After Conor McGrath had exchanged points with McDonald, Shanahan made an impressive mark on the game as he claimed two white flags. But Wexford bounced back in style. After Paul Morris had split the posts, a marvellous piece of play placed the initiative back in Wexford’s favour. Lee Chin caught the ball from the half-way point and Jack Guiney subsequently found Harry Kehoe who rifled the ball to Patrick Kelly’s net. Wexford now led by 2-20 to 2-18 at the break.
But the All-Ireland champions made it even within three minutes of the restart. Colin Ryan’s pointed free was followed by a John Conlon point, which had been set-up by Colm Galvin. The crowd’s roar matched the intensity of the game’s flow as Morris’s pair of points were interspersed by spectacular points from Conor McGrath and Tony Kelly. The latter’s point levelled the game for the 13th time. But Wexford were not willing to succumb to the reigning champions.

Andrew Shore, Richie Kehoe and Keith Rossiter all thwarted the Clare attack and a string of three Jack Guiney points (2 frees) was the sucker-punch to Clare’s title defence and the first championship replay victory for Wexford since a 1994 tie against Dublin. Wexford now face Waterford on Saturday next.
Wexford Scorers: J Guiney (0-10, 8f); P Morris (0-7, 4f); C McDonald (1-1); H Kehoe (1-0); Liam McGovern (0-2); L Chin (0-2); D O’Keefe (0-1); D Redmond (0-1); R Jacob (0-1).

Clare Scorers: J Conlon (1-5); Colin Ryan (0-5, 4f, 1 65′); C McGrath (0-4); D Honan (1-1); Tony Kelly (0-3); J Shanahan (0-2); P Kelly (0-1); C Galvin (0-1).

Wexford: M Fanning; L Ryan, M O’Hanlon (capt.), K Rossiter; A Shore, E Moore, C Kenny; D Redmond, L Chin; P Morris, P Doran, D O’Keefe; G Sinnott, C McDonald, L McGovern
Subs: J Guiney for P Doran (27); R Jacob for G Sinnott (HT); I Byrne for P Morris (41); PJ Nolan for D Redmond (45); H Kehoe for D O’Keefe (59); P Morris for I Byrne (FT); R Kehoe for C Kenny (FT); S Tomkins for PJ Nolan (ET); P Doran for R Jacob (ET); W Devereux for K Rossiter (ET); K Rossiter for E Moore (ET).

Clare: P Kelly; C Dillon, D McInerney, J Browne; B Bugler, Conor Ryan, P O’Connor; S Morey, C Galvin; P Duggan, T Kelly, Colin Ryan; C McGrath, D Honan, J Conlon
Subs: C McInerney for J Conlon (27 – HT); P Donnellan for P Duggan (55); A Cunningham for D Honan (65); C McInerney for J Conlon (72 – FT).
Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary).
Report: Michael Dwyer

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 1 – Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13

Tipperary defeated Galway by 3-25 to 4-13 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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All-Ireland SHC: Superb Tipp surge past Galway


Report from the web site

Eamon O’Shea secured a first championship victory as Tipperary senior hurling manager in Thurles with victory over Galway on Saturday evening.
O’Shea’s battling Premier County came from six points down to beat Galway by nine in a quite remarkable All-Ireland qualifier, played out in front of 18,467 spectators.

When Galway sub Davy Glennon fired over a 51st minute point, a score that followed two clinical Johnny Glynn goals, Galway were 4-12 to 1-15 clear and in the driving seat. But in the remaining 19 minutes, plus stoppage time, Tipp outscored their opponents by 2-10 to 0-1.

Seamus Callanan scored Tipp’s two goals down the home straight and when the dust settled, the Drom & Inch hitman had posted a total of 3-8. John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer was excellent too for Tipperary as he finished with 0-6 from play and Noel McGrath chipped in with 0-5 from play. McGrath was quite magnificent in the second half, popping up with big scores and providing leadership when Tipp needed it most.

And 2010 Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett also played his part, landing two superb scores from the New Stand side of Semple Stadium into the Town End.
Ironically, Corbett was set to be replaced by Jason Forde before he caught fire but Tipp would go on to claim a first championship win since the 2012 Munster final.

At half-time, the sides were level at 2-9 to 1-12, with Callanan netting for Tipp in the 13th minute. That followed Galway’s opening goal of the game, scored by Jason Flynn in the fourth minute, after he took a pass from creator Glynn. Galway nudged in front approaching half-time when David Burke touched home a long Iarla Tannian delivery but Tipp recovered to restore parity at the midway point.
Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 3-8 (0-7f), J O’Dwyer 0-6, N McGrath 0-5, L Corbett 0-2, J Woodlock, Patrick Maher, K Bergin & S McGrath 0-1 each.
Scorers for Galway: J Glynn 2-0, J Canning 0-5 (1 sl), C Cooney 0-4f, C Mannion 0-2, P Brehony & D Glennon 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, Padraic Maher, M Cahill; B Maher, J Barry, C Barrett; R Maher, J Woodlock; G Ryan, Patrick Maher, N McGrath; J O’Dwyer, S Callanan, L Corbett
Subs: K Bergin for R Maher (HT), S McGrath for G Ryan (69), J O’Brien for Corbett (70+2).

GALWAY: C Callanan; F Moore, R Burke, D Collins; I Tannian, Daithi Burke, J Coen; A Smith, P Brehony; David Burke, J Canning, C Mannion; J Flynn, C Cooney, J Glynn
Subs: J Cooney for Brehony (h.t.), D Glennon for David Burke (HT), A Harte for Smith (46), N Burke for Tannian (58), D Hayes for Mannion (68).
Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway on Saturday shows three changes to the team that started against Limerick. Ronan Maher and James Woodlock come into the team at mid-field in place of Kieran Bergin and Shane McGrath. Lar Corbett starts in attack in place of Niall O’Meara. The starting team is :

1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)
2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
3. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
7. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
8. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
9. James Woodlock (Drom-Inch)
10. Gearoid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
14. Seamus Callanan (Drom-Inch)
15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

Ticket Information

The Double Header in Semple Stadium this Saturday is an all ticket fixture with reserved seating and tickets are now on sale from Lár na Pairce, via stores & on-line with prices as follows;

€15 for adults
€10 students/OAPs (€5 concession given on the day)
€5 juveniles

The Juvenile group pass rate will also apply, €3 per child & 1 free adult with every 10 juveniles

Season Ticket holders from Competing Counties will be charged in advance for this fixture (€5 discount). The cut-off for Opt-Out is midnight Tues prior to the fixture. Opt-outs must be completed via their Online Accounts. All Season Ticket holders have been advised of details.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 1 – Limerick 1-16 London 1-13

Limerick defeated London by 1-16 to 1-13 in Round 1 of the the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday June 21st at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Limerick come through London test


Report from the web site

London – last year’s Connacht finalists – bowed out of the 2014 championship after a three point loss to Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday afternoon. Ian Ryan was the star of the show for Limerick as he scored eight points, three from frees to lead his team to victory. Limerick got things going when Ian Ryan linked with captain, Seánie Buckley in the fourth minute, while Damien Dunleavy scored in the sixth minute for London, yet that would be their last point for 20 minutes.

Slowly but surely Limerick were getting on top up front and with their defence rock solid they attacked at will. A fine score from John Galvin began the rout in the 12th minute and with Danny Neville, Ger Collins, Brian Scanlon, Killian Phair and Ryan, with two more, all finding the target in a devastating 15 minute spell, the signs were ominous. Mark Gottsche’s introduction for Brian Collins in the 24th minute gave the Exiles more impetus going forward and he got their account up-and-running again with a point four minutes later.

Joe Feeney and goalkeeper, Adrian Faherty, from a free brought London to within four points with five minutes left in the half only for Limerick to go in with a 0-11 to 0-6 lead at the break as Phair, Ger Collins and Ryan all scored. London were emphatic in the opening exchanges of the second-half and by the 43rd minute they had taken a shock 1-10 to 0-11 lead thanks mainly due mainly to the sharp-shooting Dunleavy, and it was he that got their goal eight minutes after the break to surge into the lead.

Nonetheless, Limerick did not panic and substitute Gearóid Hegarty soloed through to finish forcefully into Faherty’s goal and give his side a two point lead with 12 minutes left. Lorcan Mulvey and Tony Gaughan pointed for the visitors to draw them level and it was set for a grandstand finish, but that was as good as it got as Brian Scanlon, from a free and two points from Ryan saw Limerick ease to victory.
Scorers for Limerick: Ian Ryan 0-8 (0-3f); G Hegarty (1-0); K Phair, G Collins and B Scanlon 0-2 each, J Galvin and D Neville 0-1 each.
Scorers for London: D Dunleavy 1-5; J Feeney 0-2; A Faherty 0-1 (0-1f), M Gottsche, M Miskelly, L Mulvey, E O’Neill and T Gaughan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; J McCarthy, S O’Dea, M O’Riordan; I Corbett, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Lee, J Galvin; S Buckley, G Collins, D Tracey; D Neville, K Phair, I Ryan
Subs: G Hegarty for Buckley (16); M Brosnan for Treacy (43); E Hanrahan for Phair (48); S Lucey for Corbett (53); J O’Riordan for T Lee (58); J Lee for Neville (63)

LONDON: A Faherty; B Collins, S Curran, D McCarthy; P Butler, S Mulligan, S Hannon; A Bradley, M Carroll; G Crowley, D Dunleavy, L Mulvey; M Miskelly, T Gaughan, J Feeney
Subs: M Gottsche for Collins (24); B Mitchell for Feeney (55); S Kelly for Bradley (62); C O’Neill for Crowley (68); C Carty for Hannon (71)

Referee: Pádraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Attendance: 607

Limerick footballer survive severe London test

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

THE Limerick senior footballers have advanced to the second round of the All Ireland SFC Qualifiers after a severe test from London. In the Gaelic Grounds this Saturday afternoon it finished 1-16 to 1-13. Limerick advance to round two on July 5 against one of the losing provincial semi-finalists; Galway/Sligo, Donegal/Antrim, Cork/Tipperary, Dublin/Wexford.

London led 1-11 to 0-12 entering the final quarter but John Brudair’s Limerick came back strongly in the end.It was 1-13 each with five minutes to play but late scores sealed the nervy Limerick win in front of just 607 spectators. Limerick were 0-11 to 0-6 up at half time. The home side had made all the early running but found it hard to break down a packed London rearguard. By the 12th minute it was only 0-2 to 0-1 to the home side, who were wearing blue.

Ian Ryan and John Galvin had those opening Limerick points. Then Limerick took over and by the 25th minute were 0-8 to 0-1 clear. Debutantes Killian Phair and Danny Neville were along this scoring streak as well as goalkeeper Brian Scanlon (free). But London then came to life with three points in a row. Indeed they were to out score Limerick 0-5 to 0-3 in the final eight minutes of the half.

The start of the second half was all London and they kicked 1-4 without reply to go 1-10 to 0-11 ahead for first time. An Ian Ryan free had Limerick off the mark in the 12th minute of the half. Inspired by goalscroer Damien Dunleavy, London kept pouring forward and held the lead until the 57th minute. That’s when Gearoid Hegarty had the all-important Limerick goal. But London had two points in replay to level up the contest with five to play.

But goalkeeper Brian Scanlon and Ian Ryan had Limerick frees to ease the tension. Then in injury time Ryan capped a fine individual performance with his fifth score from play.

Limerick: Ian Ryan 0-8 (3frees), Gearoid Hegarty 1-0, Ger Collins, Brian Scanlon (2frees), Killian Phair 0-2 each, John Galvin, Danny Neville 0-1 each.
London: Damien Dunleavy 1-5, Joe Feeney 0-2, Mark Gottsche, Adrian Flaherty (free), Marcus Miskelly, Sean Hickey, Lorcan Mulvey (free), Tony Gaughan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon; Sean O’Dea, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Iain Corbett, Paudie Browne, Pa Ranahan; Tom Lee, John Galvin; Darragh Treacy, Ger Collins, Seanie Buckley; Danny Neville, Killian Phair, Ian Ryan
Subs: Gearoid Hegarty for Seanie Buckley, inj (15mins), Micheal Brosnan for Darragh Treacy (43mins), Eoin Hanrahan for Killian Phair (48mins), Stephen Lucey for Iain Corbett (53mins), John Riordan for Tom Lee (57mins), Jamie Lee for Danny Neville (65mins).

LONDON: Adrian Flaherty; Philip Butler, Stephen Curran, Donnacha McCarthy; Seamus Hannon, Tony Gaughan, Shane Mulligan; Aaron Bradley, Martin Carroll; Greg Crowley, Damien Dunleavy, Joe Feeney; Marcus Miskelly, Brian Collins, Lorcan Mulvey
Subs: Mark Gottsche for Brian Collins 24mins), Sean Hickey for Marcus Miskelly (44mins), Barry Mitchell for Joe Feeney (55mins), Sean Kelly for Aaron Bradley (62mins), Cathal O’Neill for Greg Crowley (69mins), Caoimhin Carty for Seamus Hannon (71mins).

REFEREE: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Fixture Details

All Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 1A
Limerick v London, Gaelic Grounds, 3.00pm
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan, Kerry
E.T. if Necessary

Team News

Limerick Manager John Brudair has named his starting team for All Ireland Qualifier V London on 21st June in the Gaelic Grounds at 3.00pm.

Limerick make 4 changes to the team defeated by Tipperary 3 weeks ago, in come Brian Scanlon, Pa Ranahan, John Galvin and Killian Phair who is making his championship debut for Limerick. There are also a number of positional changes. The team captain is Seanie Buckley.

Limerick: Brian Scanlon; Seán O’Dea, Johnny McCarthy, Colm Moran; Iain Corbett, Pádraig Browne, Pa Ranahan;Thomas Lee, John Galvin; Darragh Tracey, Eoin Hanrahan, Seánie Buckley (Captain); Ger Collins, Killian Phair, Ian Ryan (Vice-Captain)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 2 – Offaly 1-18 Limerick 1-13

Offaly defeated Limerick by 1-18 to 1-13 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday in Tullamore.

Offaly put Treaty out of their misery

Offaly 1-19 Limerick 1-13

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 12, 2010

THE fading sunlight in O’Connor Park on Saturday evening provided the backdrop as the Limerick hurlers finally bid their farewells to championship 2010. A season that has been laced with controversy and rancour concluded with the predicted defeat to a more seasoned Offaly team in this phase two qualifier. The bald statistics of the audit for this campaign will paint a depressing picture of results, with seven straight league defeats having preceded two championship losses. 2010 will be a year the Limerick hurling cognoscenti will want to scrub from the memory banks.

But Limerick’s band of young players left this encounter with little shame. Their display was brave and defiant, as they provided their hosts with a severe test. With seven minutes left they trailed by two points and had the locals shifting anxiously in their seats. Ultimately Offaly settled those nerves and reeled off four points to close out the game. The match had been a contest, albeit one where Offaly always looked to be the masters of their destiny. The Faithful men never replicated their firework displays in the two-game saga against Galway and this was a victory they had to grimly dig out. But there was an unmistakable sense that Offaly were afflicted with the condition that has plagued several teams facing Limerick this season. The expectation that they would win at a canter seemed to weigh down upon them and Offaly found the role of heavy favourites to be ill-fitting.

They are a county that is traditionally attached to the tag of plucky underdog and manager Joe Dooley revealed his unease at that pre-match talk. He revealed: “It was one of those games where we were at home and we were expected to win well. We’d the favourites tag and we don’t do that, that well as a county. There is something about the Offaly psyche that says we’re better as the underdogs it seems. “It was a bit hairy as Limerick did put it up to us. But I thought we showed huge character when they got it back to two, to pull away to win by six. It could have been easy to drop the heads there, but the lads kept at it which I was very glad to see.”

Limerick boss Justin McCarthy was fulsome in his praise of his players afterwards and their unstinting refusal to cave in at any stage. Kieran O’Rourke embellished his reputation as a specialist man-marker by managing the considerable feat of keeping Shane Dooley scoreless from play. Lorcan O’Dwyer and Bryan O’Sullivan hurled with authority in the half-back line, and the pace and touches of Thomas O’Brien enabled him to chalk up 1-7. The manner in which Limerick set their team out clearly indicated a desire to stack their defence but similar to the Munster semi-final against Cork, it compromised their attacking ambitions.

O’Brien’s freetaking was the scoring sustenance they relied on for long stages and Graeme Mulcahy was well-policed on this occasion. Limerick’s forwards could have done with the scoring threat that Bryan O’Sullivan and Paul Browne would offer. They also benefited from some errant marksmanship by the Offaly attack. The hosts led 1-8 to 0-7 at the interval, but Offaly should have been much further ahead as they spurned two gilt-edged goal opportunities. They amassed 15 wides during the game and Derek Molloy’s opportunist 11th minute goal enabled them to keep Limerick at bay for long stages. The excellence of Shane Dooley has been at the core of Offaly’s drive this season but it was another corner-forward who provided their attacking spark on Saturday night. Cathal Parlon was in sublime form as he clipped over five tidy points while captain Brian Carroll had an influential second-half.

Limerick were determined throughout the second-half and even when Offaly went seven points clear, (1-15 to 0-11) by the 57th minute the Shannonsiders hauled them back to two points with a quick scoring burst. O’Brien grabbed their goal after a well-worked team move with ten minutes left but the manner in which Offaly finished the game illustrated their greater experience and nous. Rory Hanniffy, Paul Cleary and Derek Morkan were at the forefront of a resilient defence that ensured Limerick were never going to generate enough scores to spring an upset. The challenge ahead of them next weekend against Tipperary is significant, as Dooley conceded afterwards. “Tipperary were the team to avoid but we’ve to face them now. I saw them against Wexford and they were very impressive. They’re getting stronger as the year goes on but we’ll have a crack off them and see what happens.”

Scorers for Offaly: S Dooley (0-5, frees), C Parlon (0-5), D Molloy (1-2), B Carroll (0-3), B Murphy (0-2), J Brady, J Bergin (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: T O’Brien (1-7, four frees, two ‘65), J V O’Brien (0-2), N Quaid, G Mulcahy, C Mullane, P Russell (0-1 each).

Subs for Offaly: K Brady for Hayden (52), G Healion for Molloy (66).

Subs for Limerick: C Mullane for Moore (34), A Brennan for J O’Brien (ht), M Noonan for McKeogh (48), P Russell for Owens (60).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

Offaly set up Tipperary clash

From the Breaking web site

Offaly 1-19 Limerick 1-13

Four unanswered points in the closing seven minutes gave Offaly victory against Limerick and a shot at Tipperary in phase 3 of the SHC qualifiers. Offaly looked for long stretches of this Tullamore clash to be on course for the win. However, they were met with a late onslaught from Justin McCarthy’s young Limerick side who bagged 1-2 inside a five-minute spell to cut the deficit to two points with just eight minutes remaining. But closing scores from Cathal Parlon (0-2), Shane Dooley and Joe Bergin dashed any hopes of a major Championship upset at O’Connor Park.

Offaly led by 1-8 to 0-7 at half-time, thanks to a 12th minute Derek Molloy goal, with Thomas O’Brien and James V O’Brien keeping Limerick in touch. Limerick had gained the early initiative with fine points by the aforementioned O’Briens, inside two minutes, getting the underdogs off to a solid start. Both sides were producing fast flowing hurling despite the heavy underfoot conditions. Offaly responded to the visitors’ early burst as scores from Dooley and Parlon tied the contest at 0-2 apiece Indeed, the hosts were unlucky not to snatch a fifth minute goal, but Limerick keeper Tadhg Flynn pulled off a fine save from a Joe Bergin shot.

Offaly did bulge the net, seven minutes later, when Bergin’s initial shot was blocked by Limerick defender Kieran O’Rourke, and Molloy pounced on the resulting break to slot to the net from 13 metres out. Offaly strung together some fine scores from play from Parlon, Molloy and Brendan Murphy to claim a 1-8 to 0-5 lead by the 32nd minute. Thomas O’Brien bagged his fifth point inside two minutes of the restart, but Offaly were beginning to win the breaking ball at midfield, and capitalised with Brian Carroll hitting two points from play to push 1-10 to 0-8 ahead in the 40th minute. Thomas O’Brien and substitute Cathal Mullane cut the deficit to a goal with 12 minutes remaining, but Offaly hit back with four unanswered points, seemingly doing just enough to keep ahead.

As the showers turned to glorious sunshine, the game suddenly upped in intensity, with points from Nicky Quaid and Peter Russell either side of Thomas O’Brien’s goal cutting the deficit to two points with eight minutes remaining. O’Brien did well to create enough space for himself to fashion a shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper James Dempsey. But Offaly dug deep with Parlon, Dooley and Joe Bergin pointing them home and into phase 3 of the qualifiers. This win for Joe Dooley’s men eliminates the need for a hurling qualifier draw tomorrow evening, and the confirmed fixtures are Offaly v Tipperary and Antrim v Dublin. The phase 3 games will take place at neutral venues to be decided by the GAA on Monday.

Scorers: Offaly: D Molloy 1-2, C Parlon, S Dooley (0-5f) 0-5 each, B Carroll 0-3, B Murphy 0-2, J Brady, J Bergin 0-1 each

Limerick: T O’Brien 1-7 (0-4f, 0-2 ’65’), JV O’Brien 0-2, N Quaid, G Mulcahy, C Mullane, P Russell 0-1 each

OFFALY: J Dempsey; D Franks, P Cleary, J Rigney; D Kenny, R Hanniffy, D Morkan; B Murphy, D Hayden; D Molloy, J Brady, B Carroll; C Parlon, J Bergin, S Dooley.

Subs used: K Brady for Hayden (53 mins), G Healion for Molloy (66).

LIMERICK: T Flynn; K O’Rourke, C Hayes, S O’Neill; L O’Dwyer, B O’Sullivan, P Browne; T O’Brien, D Moore; James O’Brien, James V O’Brien, N Quaid; G Mulcahy, A Owens, R McKeogh.

Subs used: C Mullane for Moore (34 mins), A Brennan for James O’Brien (half-time), M Noonan for McKeogh (47), P Russell for Owens (61).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2 – Clare v Donegal

Donegal defeated Clare by 0-13 to 1-7 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday in Ballybofey.

Fixture Details

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Round 2
Saturday July 11th
Ballybofey 7.00pm
Dún na nGall v An Clár
Referee: Martin Higgins (Fear Manach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Donegal (SFC v Clare): P Durcan; F Mc Glynn, N McGee, K Lacey; B Dunnion, E Mc Gee, M Maguire; C Toye, K Cassidy; R Kavanagh (capt), L McLoone, D Walsh; C Dunne, M Murphy, S Griffin.

Clare (SFC v Donegal): TBC

Match Preview

Donegal got their season back on track last Saturday when they beat Carlow in the qualifiers and will again have home advantage against Clare who lost the Munster semi-final to Limerick.

2009 Championship

Antrim 1-10 Donegal 0-12
Donegal 2-13 Carlow 1-6

Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9

Last Championship Clash: None

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2 – Longford v Kerry

Kerry defeated Longford by 1-12 to 0-11 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday in Pearse Park Longford.

Kerry 1-12 Longford 0-11

From the web site

Kerry stuttered to a less than convincing four-point win over Longford at rain-lashed Pearse Park on Saturday evening. The Kingdom led by 1-10 to 0-4 at the break, and with Kieran Donaghy in imperious form at full forward, they looked to be cruising to a comfortable win.

However, the game changed utterly in the 46th minute when the ‘Star’ was forced off with what looked like a nasty knee injury. Thereafter, Kerry looked bereft of imagination and scored just two points in the entire second half. In the end, Jack O’Connor’s side were lucky that Longford did not have the forwards to punish their increasingly ragged play in the final minutes of an entertaining second half.

The Barden brothers, Paul and David, hit 0-7 between them, but had they been given more support in the final ten minutes, Glenn Ryan’s charges could have pulled off a massive shock. David Barden, in particular, was in fine form, scoring 0-3 after replacing the ineffective Brian Kavanagh in the first half.

It all looked so simple for Kerry in the early stages, especially when Tommy Walsh pounced for an 11th minute goal after he had beaten his man to a deflected ball and finished neatly past Diarmuid Sheridan. Kerry’s tactic of playing long, diagonal balls into Donaghy on the edge of the square was paying off handsomely, with Colm Cooper and Donncha Walsh benefiting from the basketball star’s dexterity. Remarkable, Kerry led by 1-10 to 0-2 after just 27 minutes.

However, Longford struck the final two scores of the half to reduce the gap somehwhat, with Cian Mimnagh and David Barden giving the home side some hope.

The Barden brothers both struck for points on the resumption of play, as did Kevin Smith, but Tommy Walsh hit back with a pair for the Kingdom. Donaghy’s exit then changed the game. Jack O’Connor made a number of changes and Kerry seemed to lose their shape and the stranglehold they had enjoyed in midfield. The deficit was reduced to just five points with ten minutes left on the clock.

However, with Kerry looking completely incapable of adding to their total, Longford added just one more score and were left to rue an opportunity missed.

Agony for ‘Star’ as Kerry limp on

Kerry 1-12 Longford 0-11

By Liam Kelly for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday July 13 2009

THE sight of a distraught Kieran Donaghy limping out of Pearse Park, Longford on crutches was one to chill the heart of any Kerry follower. Donaghy’s return from a broken metatarsal bone provided both encouragement and focus to a Kerry side which came to Longford on Saturday night seeking to find their form after defeat to Cork in Munster. The big man was playing well within his comfort zone but proved highly effective as Kerry surged into an 11-point lead with less than half an hour played in the game. But a jump for a high ball followed by an awkward landing after 45 minutes left him writhing in pain and though he limped on for a couple of minutes, he had to be helped off the pitch.

Today, ‘Star’ Donaghy goes for a scan on the foot but initial examinations suggest he has again broken the metatarsal. If that is confirmed, then he faces at least another two months out. Kerry manager Jack O’Connor now faces a huge challenge to get this team back on track, but first, credit must be given to Longford. They went into half-time trailing by nine points on a 1-10 to 0-4 scoreline and displayed huge courage and commitment to haul themselves to within four points by the final whistle. Could they have won? Certainly, considering that they restricted Kerry to only two points in the second half and bombarded the Kerry posts with a barrage of shots.

The problem was that though Longford scored seven points in the 37 minutes the second half lasted, they shot 11 wides, and you can’t do that and expect to be giant killers. Longford manager Glen Ryan’s personal competitiveness showed clearly as he spoke of how gutted he felt at the missed opportunity. “At the moment I feel sick that we didn’t win the game and that’s the over riding factor,” he said. “We showed great heart and great spirit which is what you expect from fellas but certainly it was one that got away.” Driving rain made the pitch slippery and a strong breeze favoured Kerry in the first half, which was notable for Longford’s over-use of hand passing and two key incidents around each goal mouth.

Sean O’Sullivan had taken the first score of the game from a free to give Kerry a second-minute lead, and Tommy Walsh’s opportunism stretched that to four points when he snatched an eighth-minute goal. Donaghy was twice involved in the move, first palming a high ball down to O’Sullivan, then taking it from Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper to pass for Killian Young. Young kicked the ball hard and low towards the Longford goal, and Paul Barden dived to try and block it. Unfortunately for the Longford player, the ball squirted across to Walsh who shrugged off Noel Farrell’s challenge, bent down to flick it on to his foot before calmly slotting the ball into the net. Longford claimed he had touched the ball on the ground illegally, but Walsh was adamant that he didn’t. Most important, neither the umpires nor the referee found any fault with his score. The next key goal incident came after 33 minutes. Kerry led by 1-10 to 0-3 when Barden broke through with only the ‘keeper to beat. Goalie Diarmuid Murphy dived to block the initial shot and Barden had another go from the rebound, only to see Murphy parry it for a ’45.

The Gooch, though not on his best form, claimed five points, two from frees in that first half, feeding nicely off the ability of Donaghy, who ate up the high balls. At half-time, with Kerry leading 1-10 to 0-4, the game looked over as a contest, but Longford came out fighting. David Barden had come on as a first-half sub, and scored a point. He got two more in the second half, while brother Paul got four in all. Big Paddy Dowd made his appearance as sub for midfielder Ger Dennigan after 32 minutes and helped Longford gain an edge in that area during the second half. The problem was that though they took some fine scores, every Longford forward was guilty of some bad shooting, with too many balls dropping short into the Kerry goal area or finishing wide of the posts. Longford were gallant losers, but losers. Kerry unimpressive winners, but winners, and as O’Connor said: “We’re just glad to get out of here with a win.”

Scorers — Kerry: T Walsh 1-2, C Cooper 0-5 (2f), S O’Sullivan 0-2 (2f), T O Se, D Walsh, D O’Sullivan 0-1 each. Longford: P Barden 0-4 (1f), D Barden 0-3, K Smith 0-2 (2f), F McGee (1f), C Mimnagh 0-1 each.

Kerry — D Murphy 7; K Young 7, T Griffin 7, T O’Sullivan 7; T O Se 7, M O Se 6, A O’Shea 6; D O Se 6, S Scanlon 6; D Walsh 6, D O’Sullivan 7, S O’Sullivan 7; C Cooper 7, K Donaghy 7, T Walsh 7. Subs: Darran O’Sullivan 6 for Declan O’Sullivan (45), BJ Walsh 6 for Donaghy (47), M Quirke 6 for Scanlon (59), D Moran 6 S O’Sullivan (59); B Sheehan 6 for D O’Se (64).

Longford — D Sheridan 7; D Reilly 7, B Gilleran 6, D Brady 7; D Masterson 7, E Williams 7, N Farrell 7; G Dennigan 6, K Smith 7; P Berry 8, F McGee 7, S Mulligan 7; P Barden 8, C Mimnagh 7, B Kavanagh 6. Subs: D Barden 7 for Cavanaugh (24); P Dowd 7 for Dennigan (32); P Foy 7 for Farrell (44); K Mulligan 6 for Mimnagh (64); P Reynolds for Smith (70).

Ref — G O’Conamha (Galway)

Fixture Details

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Round 2
Longfort 5.00pm
Longfort v Ciarraí
Referee: Gearóid Ó Conamha (Gaillimh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Preview

Kerry and Longford meet for the second time in three years in the qualifiers. Eoin Brosnan scored 3-0 and Colm Cooper 1-3 as Kerry beat Longford by three goals in the 2006 qualifiers in Killarney.

2009 Championship

Wicklow 2-12 Longford 1-13

Longford 0-13 Leitrim 0-10

Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-13 (draw)

Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (replay)

Last Championship Clash: Kerry 4-11 Longford 1-11 (2006 All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 4)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TV3

TV3 have confirmed its first pick choice from the GAA Football Championship Second Round qualifiers, with the meeting of Longford and Kerry scheduled to be broadcast on Saturday 11 July from 4.30pm. (Throw-in time of 5pm). Matt Cooper will be live at Pearse Park in Longford with Peter Canavan and Senan Connell.

Kerry last met Longford in the qualifiers in 2006, in a game best remembered for the conversion of Kieran Donaghy from midfielder to full forward. The Kingdom went on to lift Sam Maguire for the 35th time that year.

TV3 Sports Editor Kieran Holden said “This is the most intriguing fixture from Sunday’s second round draw with many GAA fans keen to see if Kerry can bounce back from their disappointment in the Munster Football Championship. We are looking to another double weekend of games on TV3, with Dublin and Kildare contesting the Leinster Senior Football Final on Sunday. Last weekend’s ‘Silverware Sunday’ attracted a peak audience of 422,000 viewers and we are sure that our live matches this weekend will prove equally attractive”.


Team News

The Kerry team to play Longford on Saturday 11th July 09 is as follows:

(1) Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle)

(2) Killian Young (Renard)

(3) Tommy Griffin (Dingle)

(4) Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore)

(5) Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

(6) Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

(7) Aidan O’Shea (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

(8) Darragh Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

(9) Seamus Scanlon (Currow)

(10) Donnacha Walsh (Cromane) (Captain)

(11) Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

(12) Seán O’Sullivan (Cromane)

(13) Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes)

(14) Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

(15) Tommy Walsh (Kerins O’Rahilly)


(16) Ger Reidy Castleisland Desmonds)

(17) Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

(18) Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

(19) Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin)

(20) Micheal Quirke (Kerins O’Rahillys)

(21) Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s)

(22) David Moran (Kerins O’Rahilly’s)

(23) Mike McCarthy (Kilcummin)

(24) Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks)

(25) Paul O’Connor (Kenmare)

(26) Barry John Walsh (Kerins O’Rahillys)

(27) Kieran Quirke (Duagh)

(28) Maurice Corridan (Finuge)

(29) Rónán Ó Flatharta (An Ghaeltacht)

(30) Anthony Maher (Duagh)

Bainsteoir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahilly’s)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) Eamon Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

LONGFORD (SF v Kerry): Damien Sheridan; Declan Reilly, Barry Gilleran, Dermot Brady; Diarmuid Masterson, Enda Williams, Noel Farrell; Ger Dennigan, Kevin Smyth; Shane Mulligan, Francis McGee, Padraig Berry; Paul Barden, Cian Mimnagh, Brian Kavanagh.

All-Ireland SHC Qualifiers Phase 2 – Limerick v Wexford

Wexford overcome

Home fightback is in vain as two injury-time points send Limerick through to next phase

Limerick 1-13 Wexford 0-14

Report by Brendan Furlong for the Sunday Tribune newspaper

Wexford Park

TWO points deep in additional time saw Limerick overcome a gallant Wexford challenge in this enthralling All Ireland SHC Qualifier played in appalling conditions at Wexford Park yesterday evening. Despite the incessant rain both sides served up a stirring opening 35 minutes. It was always going to be difficult but the players produced some nice first touches leading to some excellent scores. After Niall Moran and Diarmuid Lyng, with a free, had exchanged points during the opening five minutes, it was Limerick replacement full-forward Patrick McNamara picked off two excellent points to leave his side leading 0-3 to 0-1 after nine minutes. Wexford, given the fact they were short so many regulars, were dependant on their more experienced players to lead by example. Rory Jacob, who had been having such an indifferent season, shot a point, while Willie Doran, who was having a huge tussle with Brian Geary, picked off a long-range point to put the sides level, 0-3 each after 12 minutes.

The respective defences enjoyed their share of luck in front of goal. As Wexford reshuffled their attack it was Rory Jacob who pointed the Model County in front for the first time after 14 minutes, but the Shannonsiders struck back a minute later for the opening goal. Andrew O’Shaughnessy won possession close to the sideline, shook off Malachy Travers and his low hard shot beat Damian Fitzhenry at his right-hand post, to put his side in front, 1-3 to 0-4. As the tempo of the game picked up, David Redmond and Gavin O’Mahoney exchanged points, but Wexford then struck four unanswered scores through Willie Doran, Rory Jacob, Diarmuid Lyng (free) and Jacob once again to lead 0-9 to 1-7, 27 minutes into the game. Wexford were now applying the pressure with Stephen Doyle hit the crossbar. The sides finished the half with two points apiece, Seamus Hickey and Patrick McNamara, a delightful effort off the sideline, with Lyng having pointed free for the home side, leaving the Model County side ahead 0-11 to 1-6 at the interval.

The second half produced a marvellous tussle as both sides set about taking the initiative and points from Donal O’Grady and Donnacha Sheehan brought the sides level. Limerick were now playing with more purpose with Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Seamus Hickey and O’Shaughnessy once again, finding the target putting their side into a 1-11 to 0-11 lead after 55 minutes. Wexford’s battling qualities shone though as they responded with points from Lyng, Stephen Doyle and a Lyng free two minutes from the end, bringing the sides level, 1-11 to 0-14. With extra time beckoning, it was Limerick who finished strongest in the six minutes of additional time with points from Patrick McNamara and substitute James Ryan to secure their passage through to the next phase.

Limerick B Murray; D Reale, S Lucey, M O’Riordan; S Hickey (0-2), B Geary, M Foley; G O’Mahoney (0-1, free), D O’Grady (0-1); J Ryan (0-1), W McNamara, N Moran (0-1); D Sheehan (0-1), P McNamara (0-4), A O’Shaughnessy (1-2, 0-2 frees) Subs P Browne for Moran 10 mins; M O’Brien for W McNamara 30 mins; James Ryan for J Ryan 49 mins; D Moloney for O’Riordan 49 mins; O Moran for O’Grady 55 mins

Wexford D Fitzhenry; M Travers, P Roche, K Rossiter; D Stamp, R Kehoe, C Kenny; H Kehoe, D Lyng (0-6, 0-4 frees); PJ Nolan, W Doran (0-2), R Jacob (0-4); D Redmond (0-1), E Martin, S Doyle (0-1) Subs M Jacob for Nolan, 55 mins; S Banville for Martin 66 mins; J Berry for Redmond 66 mins

Referee M Wadding (Waterford)

McNamara breathes life back into Limerick

By Ruaidhri O’Connor for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday July 13 2009

The last time Limerick beat Wexford in a senior hurling championship game the 1918 All-Ireland final had been delayed until January 1919 due to an outbreak of influenza. The GAA will hope swine flu doesn’t have a similar impact on this year’s showpiece but the Shannonsiders won’t mind the omens as on that day they lifted the Liam McCarthy Cup, something they haven’t done now for 26 years. It was a little revenge for the dark days they’ve endured against the south-easterners since, most notably the 1996 All-Ireland final, but they won’t get ahead of themselves after this result.

They did, however, show a fighting spirit that will stand to them in later stages after losing four players to injury. In a match notable for its skill levels, despite being played in the torrential downpour and on a pitch that had just endured 90 minutes of football, the eventual winners had dominated the second half only for their opponents to storm back in the closing stages. Level after 70 minutes in Wexford Park on Saturday, the home side looked favourites heading into injury-time, having come back from a goal down with three consecutive points, only for debutant Paudie McNamara to score a fine point to edge Limerick in front, with substitute James Ryan finishing the job.

Their manager Justin McCarthy was understandably delighted with his charges. “Weather-wise, it was one of the worst days for hurling I’ve seen for a long, long time. The field was good and sewn right but you couldn’t blame a fellah for losing a game there,” he said. “We were so determined that we weren’t going to be knocked out of this championship, there’s life still in Limerick. We had to create the spirit since we were beaten by Waterford and some of the seasoned players led the way and that’s what counted at the end.” Wexford will feel that this was one that got away, having played the better hurling for much of the first half.

Rory Jacob was particularly impressive during the period, notching four fine points, but he may rue his decisions not to push in for goals when opting to put the ball over the bar instead. Andrew O’Shaughnessy did put the ball in the net to keep Limerick in touch and it’s one Damien Fitzhenry won’t want to see again, a low effort somehow trickling underneath him on 16 minutes. But, having lost the influential Niall Moran, they were somewhat fortunate to trail by just two points at the break, with their big full-forward McNamara scoring a sublime point from the left touchline after Damien Reale made a crucial intervention at the other end.

After the interval they pushed on, keeping Wexford scoreless for 30 minutes as conditions worsened. In that period, Limerick notched up five successive points, with Seamus Hickey’s run and shot the pick, before the pendulum swung and two points from Diarmuid Lyng and another from Stephen Doyle levelled the scores. With six minutes of added-time and the crowd on their feet, the odds were against Limerick but McNamara clutched Hickey’s pass and swung the crucial point over.

SCORERS — Limerick: A O’Shaughnessy 1-2 (0-2f), P McNamara 0-4, S Hickey 0-2, G O’Mahony (1f), D O’Grady, N Moran, D Sheehan, J O’Brien 0-1 each. Wexford: D Lyng 0-6 (4f), R Jacob 0-4, W Doran 0-2, S Doyle, D Redmond 0-1 each.

LIMERICK — B Murray 6; D Reale 8, S Lucey 7, M O’Riordan 6; S Hickey 9, B Geary 6, M Foley 7; G O’Mahoney 6, D O’Grady 6; J Ryan 6, W McNamara 6, N Moran 7; D Sheehan 7, P McNamara 8, A O’Shaughnessy 8. Subs: P Browne 6 for N Moran (22), M O’Brien 6 for W McNamara (31), D Moloney 6 for O’Riordan (49), J Ryan 6 for Ryan (49), O Moran 6 for O’Grady (55).

WEXFORD — D Fitzhenry 5; M Travers 7, P Roche 6, K Rossiter 5; D Stamp 6, R Kehoe 7, C Kenny 6; H Kehoe 6, D Lyng 8; PJ Nolan 7, W Doran 7, R Jacob 8; D Redmond 6, E Martin 6, S Doyle 6. Subs: M Jacob 5 for Nolan (56), S Banville for Redmond (66), J Berry for Martin (66).

REF — M Wadding (Waterford)

Limerick show they have the character

From the Irish Times newspaper

Limerick 1-13 Wexford 0-14: IT WAS a miserable afternoon in Wexford Park as Limerick showed their character with two injury- time points to charge past Wexford in this All-Ireland senior hurling championship qualifier game on Saturday afternoon. Wexford were winning possession through the second quarter of the opening period, a 15-minute passage of play in which they outscored the Shannonsiders 0-7 to 0-2, but their failure to score a goal came back to haunt them. In the 20th minute a Stephen Doyle ball picked out Rory Jacob but having swivelled around his marker, he elected to point from 10 metres when a goal was there for the taking with only Brian Murray to beat.

Despite the incessant rain, both sides served up a stirring opening 35 minutes. It was always going to be difficult and surface water appeared to make it even more so but still the sides produced nice first touches, leading to some excellent scores. The conditions deteriorated but Wexford seemed to be coping better, particularly when they elected to play a more direct style of hurling. It was in the half-forward line the home side were faring best, with centre forward Willie Doran picking off two excellent points, while the return to form of Rory Jacob during this period was welcome as he chipped in with four points.

Limerick were digging deep, with the half-back line of Séamus Hickey, Brian Geary and Mark Foley becoming more influential. Hickey struck a rallying call after a great run out of defence, while Patrick McNamara, a late call-up to full forward, struck over two marvellous points. Wexford, short so many regulars, were dependent on their more experienced players to lead by example. Rory Jacob shot a point, while Doran, who was having a huge tussle with Brian Geary, picked off a long range point to have the sides level, 0-3 each after 12 minutes. Rory Jacob put the Model County in front for the first time after 14 minutes, but the Shannonsiders struck back one minute later for the opening goal.

Andrew O’Shaughnessy, having won possession out close to the sideline, shook off defender Malachy Travers on his path to goal and beat Damian Fitzhenry at his right hand post with a low, hard shot. David Redmond and Gavin O’Mahoney exchanged points, before Wexford struck four unanswered points through Doran, Rory Jacob, Diarmuid Lyng (free) and Jacob once again to lead 0-9 to 1-4. Limerick’s Hickey and Patrick McNamara, a delightful effort off the sideline, traded points with Lyng to leave Wexford leading 0-11 to 1-6 ahead at the interval.

Early second-half points from Donal O’Grady and Donnacha Sheehan had the sides level but points from O’Shaughnessy, Hickey and O’Shaughnessy once again, earned Limerick a 1-11 to 0-11 lead after 59 minutes. Wexford responded with points from Lyng, Stephen Doyle and Lyng’s free two minutes from the end, brought the sides level, 1-11 to 0-14. With extra-time beckoning it was Limerick who finished strongest in the six minutes of additional time with points from McNamara and substitute James Ryan proving enough to secure their passage through to the next phase. Limerick manager Justin McCarthy was happy with his side’s response: “It was clearly a most difficult day for hurling. It was a case of battling through the elements but credit to the lads, they showed tremendous spirit and commitment to sneak victory in the end. Given the conditions one would have to admire their display.”

WEXFORD: D Fitzhenry; M Travers, P Roche, K Rossiter; D Stamp, R Kehoe, C Kenny; H Kehoe, D Lyng (0-6, four frees); PJ Nolan, W Doran (0-2), R Jacob (0-4); D Redmond (0-1), E Martin, S Doyle (0-1). Subs: M Jacob for Nolan (55 mins), S Banville for Martin (66 mins), J Berry for Redmond (66 mins).

LIMERICK: B Murray; D Reale, S Lucey, M O’Riordan; S Hickey (0-2), B Geary, M Foley; G O’Mahoney (0-1, free), D O’Grady (0-1); J Ryan (0-1), W McNamara, N Moran (0-1); D Sheehan (0-1), P McNamara (0-4), A O’Shaughnessy (1-2, two frees). Subs: P Browne for Moran (10 mins), M O’Brien for W McNamara (30 mins), James Ryan for J Ryan (49 mins), D Moloney for O’Riordan (49 mins), O Moran for O’Grady (55 mins).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)


Wexford v Limerick, Wexford Park, Saturday, 7.0pm

Last Five Championship Clashes

2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15 (2001 All-Ireland quarter-final)

1996: Wexford 1-13 Limerick 0-14 (All-Ireland final)

1955: Wexford 2-12 Limerick 2-3 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1918: Limerick 9-5 Wexford 1-3 (All-Ireland final)

1910: Wexford 7-0 Limerick 6-2 (All-Ireland final)

2009 Championship

Wexford 2-17 Offaly 0-16

Dublin 0-18 Wexford 1-13

Waterford 0-11 Limerick 1-8 (draw)

Waterford 0-25 Limerick 0-17 (replay)

All-Ireland SFC Qualifier Round 2 Draw

All-Ireland SFC Qualifier Round 2 Draw

From the web site

Sunday, July 5.

The draw for Round Two of the GAA All Ireland Qualifiers has put Derry and Monaghan in direct opposition once again. The Ulster heavyweights met in the provincial championship back in May, with Derry emerging as winners by a narrow margin on that occasion. Monaghan qualified for the second round after a one-point win over Armagh on Saturday night. The other big game of the round will be the meeting of neighbours Westmeath and Meath. Kerry will look to get their season back on track when they meet Longford, while Wicklow, who had a fine win over Fermanagh on Saturday night, will play Cavan.

GAA All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round Two

Longford v Kerry

Tipperary v Sligo

Donegal v Clare

Down v Laois

Monaghan v Derry

Wexford v Roscommon

Westmeath v Meath

Wicklow v Cavan

(All games to be played on Saturday, July 11)