AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final Replay – Cuala (Dublin) 2-17 Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 1-17

Cuala (Dublin) defeated Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) by 2-17 to 1-17 in the AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final Replay on Saturday March 24th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Match Highlights

Kerry Senior Hurling Final Replay – Ballyduff 4-13 Lixnaw 1-19

Ballyduff defeated Lixnaw by 4-13 to 1-19 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Final Replay on Sunday October 15th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.4

Brilliant Boyle bags hat-trick and 25th title for Ballyduff

Kerry SHC final replay: Ballyduff 4-13 Lixnaw 1-19

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

A first-half hat-trick from full-forward Aidan Boyle laid the foundations for Ballyduff completing their drive for 25 in a thrilling replay at Austin Stack Park.

Ballyduff’s confidence that could beat Lixnaw was a result of change of game plan by their manager, Blackrock native Bobby Thornhill. And also a glorious past in which Ballyduff have never lost to Lixnaw in a final.

Boyle’s goals came in the third minute, 10th minute, and the hat-trick was complete in first-half injury time – and they led 3-7 to 1-10 at the interval, with Ricky Heffernan goaling for Lixnaw in the 18th minute.

Two early Lixnaw points on the resumption were cancelled out when Aidan Boyle this time turned provider for brother Mikey to rattle the net. Trailing 4-9 to 1-14 midways through the half, Lixnaw looked in trouble but then full-back Padraig O’Grady was red-carded and Lixnaw had the momentum.

Mike Conway kept converting frees but Ballyduff captain Mikey Boyle was now playing heroically in defence as Paud Costello and birthday boy Eoin Ross displayed warrior like qualities and Lixnaw just could not get the goal they craved.

Scorers –

Ballyduff: A Boyle 3-1; M Boyle 1-1; P Boyle (0-4frees), D O’Carroll (0-4), L Boyle, J O’Sullivan and J Goulding (0-1 each).
Lixnaw: M Conway (0-10, 9 frees), R Heffernan (1-1), B Brosnan (0-3, 2’65), J Buckley (0-2), S Conway (0-2, 1f) and J Flaherty (0-1).

BALLYDUFF: PJ O’Gorman; A O’Connor, P O’Grady, C Kearney; D Goulding, P Costello, E Ross; D O’Carroll, A O’Carroll; L Boyle, A Boyle, J O’Sullivan; P Boyle, M Boyle, J Goulding
Subs: J Hussey for L O’Boyle (45), G O’Brien for J O’Sullivan (53), P O’Carroll for A O’Carroll (57), L Boyle for P Boyle (62).

LIXNAW: M Stackpoole; D McCarthy, P Corridan, D Shanahan; B Brosnan, S Power, C O’Keeffe; J McKenna, B McAuliffe; J Buckley, R Heffernan, R Galvin; C Sheehy, M Conway, S Conway
Subs: J Flaherty for C Sheehy (h/t), M Corridan for D McCarthy (h/t), G Stackpoole for S Power (39), L Mullins for R Galvin (46), E Galvin for J McKenna (54).

Ref: C McAllister (Cork).

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay – Cork 2-22 Tipperary 2-19

Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-22 to 2-19 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay on Monday July 3rd at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final replay: Classy Cork advance


Report By Jackie Cahill for

Cork’s minor hurlers ensured that they will join their seniors in Thurles next Sunday, as they scored a three-point victory over Tipperary in an entertaining Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Semi-Final replay.

A massive 8,142 attendance descended on Páirc Uí Rinn for the second instalment – and Cork ended Tipp’s reign as provincial and All-Ireland champions.

Cork were 11 points up in the second half but Tipp – boosted by goals from substitutes Cathal Bourke and Kevin McCarthy – had the gap down to just a single point in stoppage time.

But up stepped star man Brian Turnbull to stretch Cork’s lead back out to two points, before Daire Connery’s late, late free sealed victory.

Last Thursday, Turnbull and Connery collected 0-16 and they were on fire again this evening, registering 0-14 for the young Rebels. Craig Hanafin was another to excel for the hosts, sniping 1-4 from play over the hour.

Despite registering eight of their 12 wides in the first half alone, Denis Ring’s young guns were still 2-11 to 0-10 clear. After Tipp, playing with the breeze, had cruised into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead, Cork opened up with a devastating scoring run that yielded 2-5.

Hanafin netted in the fifth minute, taking a pass from Liam O’Shea before finishing well, before O’Shea himself raised a green flag six minutes later. That run left Cork 2-6 to 0-4 in front – an eight-point lead – before Tipp stopped the rot through Jake Morris, who would finish with five points from play.

Conor Bowe also enjoyed a good first half for Tipp, but Cork were nine points clear approaching half-time, before the visitors kept themselves rallied to keep themselves just about in touch. Cork could also have had another goal in the 22nd minute – but O’Shea flashed an effort across the face of goal.

Tipp opened the second half with the opening score but Cork gained a firm stranglehold on proceedings and were 11 ahead – 2-17 to 0-12 – in the 42nd minute.

Back came Tipp with a gritty rally and Bourke’s goal with nine minutes left gave them hope. Tipp lost Jerome Cahill to a second yellow card in the 60th minute, but were still knocking on the Cork door late on, as sub Darragh Woods collected five of his six points from frees.

In the second minute of stoppage time, Kevin McCarthy found the net and Tipp sensed blood. But Cork steadied and two of their leading stars – Turnbull and Connery – found the range to edge them home and end a run that had seen the county lose their previous four Munster semi-finals.

Next Sunday’s tussle with Cork marks the first Munster minor hurling decider for the county since 2008 – and they’ll join their seniors on a double-bill against Clare.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 0-8 (4fs), Craig Hanafin 1-4, Daire Connery 0-6 (2fs, 1 sideline), Liam O’Shea 1-0, Robert Downey 0-2, Sean O’Leary Hayes and Evan Sheehan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Darragh Woods 0-6 (5fs), Jake Morris 0-5, Anthony McKelvey 0-4f, Cathal Bourke and Kevin McCarthy 1-0 each, Conor Bowe 0-3, Niall Hoctor 0-1.

CORK: Ger Collins; Eoin Roche, James Keating, Conor O’Callaghan, Brian Roche, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Aaron Walsh Barry; Ger Millerick, Daire Connery; Evan Sheehan, Craig Hanafin, Diarmuid Lenihan; Liam O’Shea, Robert Downey, Brian Turnbull
Subs: Declan Hanlon for O’Shea (51), Barry Murphy for Sheehan (58).

TIPPERARY: Eoin Collins; Michael Purcell, Michael Feehan, Jerome Cahill; Robbie Quirke, Craig Morgan, Kieran Breen; Bryan O’Mara, Paddy Cadell; Conor Bowe, Jake Morris, Ray McCormack; Niall Hoctor, Anthony McKelvey, Conor McCarthy
Subs: Darragh Woods for McCarthy (h.t.), Eoghan Connolly for O’Mara (h.t.), Kevin McCarthy for Breen (42), Cathal Bourke for Hoctor (43), Billy Seymour for McKelvey (46).

REFEREE: Johnny Murphy (Limerick).

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Adults – €10
Students / OAPs – €5
Under 16s – Free

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Match Programme

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay – Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

Tipperary defeated Wexford by 0-15 to 1-10 in the Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay on Sunday May 14th at St. Brendan’s Park Birr.

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 final replay

Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

AISHLING Moloney and Aisling McCarthy contributed 0-11 between them as Tipperary were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 champions on Sunday.

Despite losing three players to second half sin-binnings, and finishing the game with 13 players, Tipp held out in an enthralling replay against Wexford at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

Beaten finalists after a replay with Waterford last year, Tipp got over the line this time to secure promotion to Division 2. And they had to do it the hard way, coming from six points down in the first half to hold on with two to spare.

Ultimately, it was a strong second half display from Tipp that ensured silverware for the Premier County. Behind by 0-5 to 1-8 approaching the break, McCarthy’s point kept Tipp in touch at the interval, trailing by five.

They’d played against the wind in the opening half but opened the second half with seven unanswered points, as Wexford lost former Kerry star Bernie Breen to the sin-bin. Tipp went from six points down to two points up with eight points in a row either side of the break, and they won the second half by 0-9 to 0-2.

After half-time, McCarthy knocked over two frees before Moloney hit three on the trot from play. Gillian O’Brien put over a 41st minute point and when Moloney was on target again, Tipp moved 0-13 to 1-8 in front.

O’Brien was sent to the sin-bin in the 44th minute and when Maria Curley and Moloney followed, Tipp were down to 12 players. Wexford’s long run without a score had finally ended in the 47th minute when Ellen O’Brien pointed and Catriona Murray’s levelled the game at 1-10 to 0-13.

Wexford were lucky not to concede a goal seven minutes from the end when McCarthy’s free dropped short before Roisin Howard forced a brilliant save from Mary Rose Kelly, who tipped the ball onto the post. Wexford were reduced to 14 players late on when Sarah Harding-Kenny was sin-binned before O’Brien’s return brought Tipp back to 13. And Tipp managed to find the crucial late scores to secure victory, McCarthy taking her tally to 0-5 with a brace of frees.

In the first half, it had looked positive for Wexford, playing with that strong breeze and frustrating Tipp with a packed defence, while breaking at pace. Clara Donnelly was particularly dangerous for the Slaneysiders, with probing runs from deep, and captain Fiona Rochford showed up well again, after her last-gasp free ensured a replay.

With less than 19 minutes on the watch, a tight game was level at 0-4 each, after Wexford had led by three.
Orla O’Dwyer’s leveller for Tipp had forced a brilliant tip-over save from goalkeeper Kelly and Rochford’s goal in the 25th minute was another major fillip.

Rochford’s speculative effort from distance deceived Tipp goalkeeper Lauren Fitzpatrick and dipped into the net, putting Wexford 1-5 to 0-4 clear. That goal helped Wexford to lead at the break but Tipp began the second half firing on all cylinders, and would eventually prevail following an incident-packed game.

Scorers – Tipperary: A Moloney 0-6 (1f), A McCarthy 0-5 (4f), O O’Dwyer 0-2, J Grant & G O’Brien 0-1 each.

Wexford – F Rochford 1-3 (0-1f), E O’Brien & A Murphy 0-2 each, B Breen, K Kearney & C Murray (f) 0-1 each.

Wexford – M.R. Kelly; M Doyle, M Cullen, S Harding-Kenny; N Mernagh, R Murphy, G Hearne; B Breen, K Kearney; C Donnelly, C Murray, N Butler; A Murphy, F Rochford, E O’Brien
Subs: S Cloake for Hearne (46), F Rowe for Butler (57).

Tipperary – L Fitzpatrick; E Buckley, S Condon, C Condon; B Condon, S Lambert, M Curley; J Grant, A Moloney; E Fitzpatrick, A McCarthy, N Lonergan; G O’Brien, O O’Dwyer, M Morrissey
Subs: R Howard for Lonergan (46), E Kelly for Morrissey (52).

Referee: S McNulty (Wicklow)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final Replay – Clare 1-23 Waterford 2-19

Clare defeated Waterford by 1-23 to 2-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final Replay on Sunday May 8th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Last gasp Tony Kelly point wins Allianz HL Final replay for Clare

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final replay

Waterford 2-19 Clare 1-23

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

CLARE are Allianz Hurling League Division 1 champions for the first time since 1978. The Banner County ended a 38-year wait for glory by defeating Waterford in a cliff-hanger at Semple Stadium this afternoon. 14,210 spectators witnessed an epic finish as 2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly scored two late points to snatch victory and dethrone last year’s champions Waterford.

Clare’s victory sets it up nicely for a repeat meeting between the counties in four weeks’ time – when they face off in a Munster SHC semi-final. But Clare may claim a psychological edge after coming from three points down to win by one, with a run of four unanswered points. Sub Brian O’Halloran put over a 66th minute-point to put Waterford 2-19 to 1-19 in front but there was still life in Clare. Colin Ryan reduced the deficit to two points before Darach Honan brought Clare to within the bare minimum in the second minute of stoppage time.

A hotly-disputed free won by Kelly allowed the Ballyea wizard to slam over the equaliser, wind-assisted, from inside his own half, in the third minute of additional time. And there was still time for Kelly to pop up on the opposite touchline to convert the winning score with what was essentially the last puck of the game.

Kelly collected 1-6 for Clare on an historic day, all but one point of that tally from play, but Waterford claimed that they should have been awarded that late free themselves for an infringement on Jamie Barron. But referee Diarmuid Kirwan pointed towards the Killinan End and Kelly obliged – before converting the winner within a minute.

It was a stunning end to a game that was so much better than its predecessor. The scene was set within 17 seconds when Patrick Curran scored Waterford’s opening goal – with Clare’s spare man marked absent. Curran, who bagged 1-9 in total, cut in from the right touchline inside Pat O’Connor before beating Patrick Kelly from close range.

But Clare settled and were level by the quarter-hour mark, with Conor McGrath lofting over a free before adding another to put Davy Fitzgerald’s charges in front. Curran responded with a free of his own to level matters and Waterford struck for a second goal in the 20th minute, O’Connor giving the ball away with a crossfield pass and allowing the Déise to pounce.

Curran found Jake Dillon who made no mistake and Waterford went on to build six-point leads twice approaching half-time. But McGrath was keeping Clare in it and at the break, and having played against the breeze, they were three points behind, 0-12 to 2-9. It was set up for an intriguing second half and that’s how it panned out but Waterford looked the more likely as they led by 2-15 to 0-15 with 22 minutes of normal time remaining. Kelly’s goal from Aaron Cunningham’s pass gave Clare hope, however, and it was very much game on from there.

Waterford still managed to keep some daylight between the sides, moving three points clear after Clare had got to within one down the home straight. But remarkably, there was that late purple patch from Clare as they stepped on the gas to claim the silverware – and strike a notable psychological blow four weeks out from the Munster SHC semi-final between the counties.

Scorers for Clare: T Kelly 1-6 (0-1f), C McGrath 0-8 (5f), D Honan & C Ryan (1f) 0-2 each, P O’Connor, D Fitzgerald, D Reidy, A Cunningham & P Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 1-9 (0-6f, 0-1 65), J Dillon 1-0, A Gleeson 0-3, J Barron & S Bennett 0-2 each, K Moran, D Fives & B O’Halloran 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; B Coughlan, N Connors, S Fives; D Fives, K Moran, P Mahony; T de Búrca, J Barron; M Walsh, A Gleeson, S Bennett; J Dillon, P Curran, T Devine
Subs: C Dunford for Devine (46), B O’Halloran for Dillon (57), M Shanahan for Bennett (68), T Ryan for Walsh (70+1).

CLARE: P Kelly; P O’Connor, C Dillon, D Fitzgerald; J Browne, C Cleary, B Bugler; D Reidy, C Galvin; T Kelly, C McGrath, P Collins; D Honan, A Cunningham, S O’Donnell
Subs: C Ryan for Galvin (43), C O’Connell for Collins (55), A Shanagher for O’Donnell (65).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

Fixture Details

08.05.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final Replay
Semple Stadium, Thurles 15:30
An Clár v Port Láirge TG4
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Corcaigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Ticket Information
Stand: €25.00
Juvenile (Under 16 years of Age): €5.00
Concession Student/OAP: €20 – €5 concession available on €25 tickets prior to entry with valid ID.
Unreserved Seating – Stand Specific

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Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Clare in the Allianz National Hurling League Final Replay was named following training tonight in Walsh Park. Throw in at 3:30pm on Sunday in Semple Stadium.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
18. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
14. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
24. Tom Devine (Modeligo)

Clare (SH v Waterford): Patrick Kelly; Oisín O’Brien, Pat O’Connor, Cian Dillon; Brendan Bugler, Conor Cleary, David Fitzgerald; David Reidy, Com Galvin; Darach Honan, Tony Kelly, Aaron Cunningham; Podge Collins, Peter Duggan, Conor McGrath.

Cork Senior Football Final Replay – Nemo Rangers 1-10 Castlehaven 0-11

Nemo Rangers defeated Castlehaven by 1-10 to 0-11 in the Cork Senior Football Final Replay on Sunday October 25th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final Replay – Cork 0-14 Galway 1-10

Cork defeated Galway by 0-14 to 1-10 in the Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final Replay on Saturday May 16th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Team News

Corn Ui Mhuiri Final Replay – PSCD 1-10 Rochestown 0-10

PS Chorca Dhuibhne defeated St. Francis College Rochestown by 1-10 to 0-10 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Final Replay on Sunday March 8th at Rathmore.

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Fourth crown for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne

By Eoghan Cormican from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-10 St Francis College, Rochestown 0-10

Tour-de-force performances from Tom Ó Súilleabháin and Cathal Ó Bambaire secured a fourth consecutive Corn Úi Mhuirí crown for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne this afternoon. It was further heartbreak for the vanquished St Francis College, Rochestown. The three-point defeat represented their second Munster final loss in the space of a fortnight, having come up short against Thurles CBS in the Harty Cup decider.

Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh pounced for the only goal of the contest after seven minutes and it was a lead they would never relinquish thereafter. Shane Kingston and Ciaran Cormack were on the mark for Rochestown approaching the break, Liam Ó Murchú’s side trailing 1-3 to 0-4 at the interval.

Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh and Cathal Ó Bambaire split the posts for the reigning champions early upon the change of ends, but their march to victory was halted by three on the hop from Roco – Cormack, Kingston and Liam Dineen on target. Rochestown were unable to hit the front and Pobailscoil Chorca Dhuibhne made the decisive break through the left boot of Tom Ó Súilleabháin to secure the four-in-a-row.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: C Ó Géibheannaigh (1-3, 0-2 frees); T Ó Súilleabháin, C Ó Bambaire (0-3 each); M Ó Conchúir (0-1).

Scorers for St Francis College, Rochestown: S Kingston (0-2 frees, 0-1 ’45), C Cormack (0-3 each); E Ryle, K O’Donovan, C Sheehan, L Dineen (0-1 each).

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: L De Bhailís (Daingean Uí Chúis); C Ó Súilleabháin (Daingean Uí Chúis), T Ó Súilleabháin (Daingean Uí Chúis), C Ó Murchú (An Ghaeltacht); A Ó Conchúir (Daingean Uí Chúis), B Ó Beaglaioch (An Ghaeltacht), T Ó Súilleabháin (Daingean Uí Chúis); M Ó Conchúir (Daingean Uí Chúis), P Mac An tSíthigh (An Ghaeltacht); M Ó Gormáin (An Ghaeltacht), S Ó Gairbhia (An Ghaeltacht), G H Ó Brosnacháin (Daingean Uí Chúis); C Ó Bambaire (Daingean Uí Chúis), S Ó Muircheartaigh (An Ghaeltacht), C Ó Géibheannaigh (Daingean Uí Chúis).
Subs: PJ Mac Láimh (An Ghaeltacht) for Ó Brosnacháin (HT), BS Mac an Bhradáin (Rinn Mhaoil, Gaillimh) for Ó Muircheartaigh (57), T Mac An tSíthigh for Ó Bambaire (bc, 60).

St Francis College, Rochestown: P Lynch (St Michael’s); K O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), N Quirke (Carrigaline), D Murphy (Douglas); A Geaney (Douglas), D Griffin (Carrigaline), S Powter (Douglas); E O’Brien (Douglas), E Ryle (Carrigaline); L Dineen (Douglas), D Meaney (St Michael’s), L O’Sullivan (St Michael’s); M McAuliffe (Douglas), C Cormack (St Michael’s), S Kingston (Douglas)
Subs: C Sheehan (Douglas) for O’Sullivan (52 mins), D Stack (Carrigaline) for Murphy (52)

Referee: R Hickey (Clare)

Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna Na Mumhan would like to clarify that they attempted to avoid a clash of fixtures with the Allianz Football League game involving Cork & Kerry. Due to circumstances in the schools, a date change wasn’t feasible and this binds the committee by rule to play the match as originally scheduled on the agreed replay date of the 8th March. Comhairle Iarbhunscoilenna Na Mumhan has upheld it’s fixture procedure which state ‘that all fixtures will be played at a neutral venue with equal traveling distance for both teams unless otherwise agreed by both schools’.

Kerry Senior Football Final Replay – Austin Stacks 2-13 Mid Kerry 1-7

Austin Stacks defeated Mid Kerry by 2-13 to 1-7 in the Kerry Senior Football Final Replay on Sunday November 2nd at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Kerry Senior Hurling Final Replay – Lixnaw 1-12 Kilmoyley 0-12

Lixnaw defeated Kilmoyley by 1-12 to 0-12 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Final Replay on Saturday October 11th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.