Munster MFC – Clare 1-10 Tipperary 0-6

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



Impressive Banner see off Premier in cagey affair

Report by Páraic McMahon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-10 – 0-6 Tipperary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry)


Match Preview


Fixture Details

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


Admission Details

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


Team News

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

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

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


Match Programme

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All-Ireland Scór Sinear Final 2019

The 2019 All-Ireland Scór Sinear Final will take place on Saturday April 13th at 3pm in Castlebar.


Munster Senior Hurling Championship Details Confirmed

Munster GAA Press Release

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Details Confirmed.


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

Opening Weekend

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

Hurling Championship Round-Robin extended by 1 week

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

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

Ticket Prices

Senior and Minor Hurling Round-Robin Championship Matches

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

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

Ticket Sales

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


Fixture Details

2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Fixtures

2019 Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Fixtures

Walsh Park confirmed as venue for Munster SHC 2019

Press Release – Walsh Park confirmed as venue for Munster SHC 2019

The CCC of the Munster Council has (today) confirmed that both Waterford’s home games in the 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship (on May 12th v Clare & June 2nd v Limerick), will take place at Walsh Park in Waterford.

Earlier today, officers of the Munster Council and Waterford County Board met to discuss the use of the venue, following confirmation by GAA Health and Safety Consultants that the capacity for both games will be set at 11,000.

Munster Council Chairman, Liam Lenihan said “I am pleased to confirm that Waterford will play their two home games in Walsh Park on May 12th and June 2nd. Today’s decision confirms that all of the competing counties in the 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship will have two home games. We look forward to working with Waterford County Board to ensure the smooth running of both fixtures scheduled at the Waterford City venue”.

Waterford County Board Chairman, Paddy Joe Ryan said “We are delighted to be playing our home games in Walsh Park on May 12th and June 2nd. Due to a structural issue at the ground in 2018, which significantly reduced the capacity, we didn’t play Senior Hurling Championship games at the ground. However, this issue has since been resolved and the capacity set at 11,000. These games will be a big boost for the county and local businesses and we look forward to welcoming the supporters of Clare and Limerick to Waterford City. We are embarking on a redevelopment of the ground, which will bring the capacity to 15,500, including 9,000 seats.”


Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Limerick 1-21 Tipperary 1-14

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 1-21 to 1-14 in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 2nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.










Fixture Details

02.02.2019 (Sat)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 2
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 19:00
Luimneach v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)




Team News

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid (Effin); Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Sean Finn (Bruff), Richie English (Doon); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Declan Hannon (Adare), Dan Morrissey (Ahane); Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen); Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh); Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
Subs: Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Aaron Costello (Kilmallock), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Barry Murphy (Doon), Michael O’Brien (Doon), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), Pat Ryan (Doon).

Munster Hurling League Final – Clare 4-19 Tipperary 1-18

Clare defeated Tipperary by 4-19 to 1-18 in the 2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final on Sunday January 13th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.



Superior goalscoring helps Clare claim early silverware with win over Tipp

Report By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 4-19 – 1-18 Tipperary

Early silverware to Clare, who picked up the Co-Op Superstores Munster SHL trophy yesterday in the Gaelic Grounds before 4,531 spectators. The Banner’s goalscoring ability proved crucial in an entertaining game.

Tipperary started with the breeze, and a sideline cut pointed by Jason Forde, while Clare hit early wides before Colin Guilfoyle tied the game up. A Seamus Callanan 65 was the other score in a low-key opening ten minutes.

Callanan (free), Alan Flynn and Jason Forde pushed Tipp’s lead to 0-4 to 0-1 when Clare struck on 17 minutes – a long delivery spilled to Cathal McInerney near the square, and he buried a goal: 1-1 to 0-5.

The game picked up in intensity. Diarmuid Ryan levelled for Clare and they goaled again, a sweet passing move involving Michael O’Neill and Cathal McInerney ended with Tony Kelly batting to the net. Forde pointed on the puck-out and Callanan added a free: 2-2 to 0-7 on 25 minutes.

Ryan and Niall Deasy (free) pushed Clare three ahead by the half-hour, but Forde, Flynn and Mark Kehoe levelled with three on the spin. There was time for Ryan Taylor and Forde to swap points, leaving it 0-11 to 2-5 at the break.

Clare resumed with a Shane Golden point and a Colin Guilfoyle goal from close range after a good run, with Callanan pointing a free in reply. A Kelly point and it was 3-7 to 0-12 on 40 minutes.

Clare were now on top – a long-range effort from Kelly went all the way to the net on 44 minutes and Ryan, Deasy, Taylor and Guilfoyle points pushed them to 4-13; all Tipperary had in response was a Mark Kehoe point, making it 4-13 to 0-13 at the three quarter stage.

The Banner duly pushed on for the win, despite a late goal by Tipp sub Dan McCormack.


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Scorers for Clare: T. Kelly (2-3)(1 free); C. Guilfoyle (1-3); C. McInerney (1-2); N. Deasy (2 frees), D. Ryan (0-3 each); S. Golden, R. Taylor (0-2 each); M. O’Malley (0-1).

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan (0-8)(6 frees, 1 65); J. Forde (0-5)(1 sideline, 1 free); D. McCormack (1-0); A. Flynn, M. Kehoe (0-2 each); N. McGrath (0-1).

CLARE: D. Tuohy, J. McCarthy, D. McInerney, R. Hayes, A. McCarthy, C. Cleary, C. Malone, S. Golden, T. Kelly (c), D. Ryan, N. Deasy, R. Taylor, C. Guilfoyle, C. McInerney, M. O’Neill.
Subs: P. Collins for O’Neill (53); D. Conroy for Ryan (55); M. O’Malley for A. McCarthy (58); G. Cooney for C. McInerney (65); J. Browne for Hayes (67).

TIPPERARY: B. Hogan, C. Barrett, Padraic Maher, D. Maher, A. Flynn, S. Kennedy, J. O’Dwyer, W. Connors, M. Breen, J. Forde, Patrick Maher, C. English, M. Kehoe, S. Callanan, J. Morris.
Subs: R. Maher for Connors (HT); N. McGrath for Morris (44); D. McCormack for Kehoe (48); K. O’Dwyer for Barrett (57); R. Byrne for Kennedy (inj, 57).

Referee: T. Walsh (Waterford).



Fixture Details

Sunday January 13th
2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final
Clare v Tipperary
Venue: Gaelic Grounds Limerick @ 2pm
Referee: TBC
Extra time if necessary (Result on the Day)


Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10
U-16’s Free
Students/OAPs will receive €5 concession on full priced tickets with valid id prior to entry.

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Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Centra & Supervalu outlets.


Team News

As Tipperary prepare to meet Clare in the 2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday next, January 13th, at 2pm, manager Liam Sheedy has announced his side to contest this final and it is as follows;
1 Barry Hogan – Kiladangan
2 Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3 Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
4 Donagh Maher – Burgess
5 Alan Flynn – Kiladangan
6 Séamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
7 Joe O’Dwyer – Killenaule
8 Willie Connors – Kiladangan
9 Michael Breen – Ballina
10 Jason Forde – Silvermines
11 Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
12 Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
13 Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
14 Seamus Callanan – Drom-Inch
15 Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
16 Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
17 Robert Byrne – Portroe
18 Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
19 Tom Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
20 Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
21 Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
22 Mark McCarthy – Toomevara
23 Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
24 Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
25 Killian O’Dwyer – Killenaule
26 David Sweeney – Kiladangan

Clare
1. Donal Tuohy

2. Jason McCarthy
3. David McInerney
4. Rory Hayes

5. Aidan McCarthy
6. Conor Cleary
7. Cathal Malone

8. Shane Golden
9. Tony Kelly

10. Diarmuid Ryan
11. Niall Deasy
12. Ryan Taylor

13. Colin Guilfoyle
14. Cathal McInerney
15. Michael O’Neill

Substitutes

16. Keith Hogan
17. Gary Cooney
18. Michael O’Malley
19. Brian Corry
20. Jack Browne
21. Colm Galvin
22. Ian Galvin
23. David Conroy
24. Rian Considine
25. Podge Collins
26. Jamie Shanahan


McGrath Cup Football Final – Clare 1-9 Cork 0-9

Clare defeated Cork by 1-9 to 0-9 in the 2019 McGrath Cup Football Final on Saturday January 12th at Hennessy Memorial Park Miltown Malbay.


Late rally sees Clare claim first McGrath Cup since 2008

Clare 1-9 – 0-9 Cork

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A flurry of late points saw Clare crowned McGrath Cup football champions for the first time in 11 years.

With the sides deadlocked at 1-6 to 0-9 entering the final 10 minutes, it was the home outfit who made the decisive burst as back-to-back Keelan Sexton points were followed by a game-clinching score from half-back Dean Ryan in the second minute of stoppages.

Cork required a goal to force extra-time at Miltown-Malbay, but it was Clare who engineered a green flag opening in injury-time, Cork ‘keeper Chris Kelly expertly tipping Sexton’s drive around the post.

The three-point win represented Clare’s first McGrath Cup success since 2008 and will have them in confident mood ahead of the visit of Donegal to Ennis, for the first round of the Allianz league, in a fortnight.

The pick-up in intensity in the second period, as well as the mildly entertaining conclusion, stood in stark contrast to a pretty dire first-half of football which saw Clare lead 1-3 to 0-3 at the break.

Spectators at Miltown-Malbay were treated to just seven scores during the opening 35 minutes of football, only three of which arrived from open play. The score which separated the sides at the break was Gordon Kelly’s eighth-minute goal, his speculative effort from out the field deceiving newcomer Kelly between the Cork sticks.

With Gary Brennan at full-forward, Clare had thrice gone long in the opening minutes in a bid to exploit the offensive mark, but with no success enjoyed, it was a ploy that was largely abandoned for the remainder of the half. Brennan, with a fine kick, was responsible for Clare’s sole first-half point from play.

Down the other end of the field, Cian Kiely’s 5th-minute effort was Cork’s sole first-half score from play. Two Stephen Sherlock frees completed their measly 0-3 total.

The introduction of Keelan Sexton at half-time gave Clare a second forward target to aim at, the Kilmurry Ibrickane sharpshooter and Gary Brennan extending the Banner’s lead at a wet and windy Miltown-Malbay to five points.

Cork finally shook themselves into action thereafter. Two apiece from Mark Collins and Damien Gore, along with a Peter Kelleher white flag, had the visitors back on level terms. This five-in-a-row was by some distance their most productive spell of the game. Crucially, though, they never snuck their noses in front, with Clare landing the vital scores as the finishing line came into view.

Scorers for Clare: K Sexton (0-4, 0-3 frees); G Kelly (1-0); C O’Connor (0-2 frees), G Brennan (0-2); D Ryan (0-1).

Scorers for Cork: S Sherlock (0-2 frees), M Collins (0-2, 0-1 free), D Gore (0-2, 0-1 free); E McSweeney, C Kiely, P Kelleher (0-1 each).

Clare: E Tubridy; G Kelly, C Brennan, K Harnett; D Ryan, A Fitzgerald, E Collins; D Bohannon, C O’Connor; C O’Dea, D O’Halloran, D Coughlan; G Cooney, G Brennan, K Malone.
Subs: K Sexton for O’Halloran, S O’Donoghue for Gooney (both HT); G O’Brien for Malone (47 mins); D Tubridy for Bohannon (55); S Collins for Coughlan (57).

Cork: C Kelly; S Ryan, P Murphy, A Browne; L O’Donovan, T Clancy, S Cronin; J Fitzpatrick, R O’Toole; J O’Rourke, E McSweeney, C Kiely; M Collins, P Kelleher, S Sherlock.
Subs: D Gore for Sherlock (43 mins); N Walsh for Ryan, K O’Donovan for O’Rourke (both 51); T Corkery for Kiely (60); for B Murphy for Cronin (66).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)


Fixture Details

Saturday January 12th
2019 McGrath Cup Football Final
Clare v Cork
Venue: Miltown-Malbay @ 2pm
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)
Extra time if necessary (Result on the Day)


Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
U-16’s Free
Students/Seniors will receive €5 concession on full priced tickets with valid ID prior to entry.

Click here to buy tickets online

Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Centra & Supervalu outlets.


Team News


Munster Hurling League – Limerick 4-14 Kerry 0-11

Limerick defeated Kerry by 4-14 to 0-11 in Round 2 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Thursday December 20th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Slick Limerick’s class proves too much for gutsy Kingdom

Report By Mortimer Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 4-14 – 0-11 Kerry

All-Ireland champions Limerick proved too strong for a young Kerry side in this Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Group A, Round 2 game at Austin Stack Park last night.

Played in difficult conditions, Limerick manager John Kiely made seven changes to the side that lost to Tipperary in round one just six days ago. But it mattered little as they excelled in front of 800 hardy spectators.

Robbie Hanley from Kilmallock put in a strong claim to be part of the league squad at a minimum while his club mate Barry Hennessy got a start in goal. Diarmaid Byrnes was the winner’s most impressive defender while Barry Murphy caught the eye up front.

Limerick made an explosive start with two goals inside the opening three minutes with David Reidy hitting the back of the Kerry net after 18 seconds and two minutes later Oisin O’Reilly intercepted a poor Kerry clearance and shot low to the corner of the net. When Barry Murphy added a point, Kerry looked in deep trouble but they rallied and fired over four unanswered points from Michael O’Leary (two), Shane Conway, and Jordan Conway.

Limerick finally ended a 12-minute wait drought that included four wides when Tom Morrissey fired over from an acute angle but the Kerry defence — particularly Sean Weir, Jason Diggins, and Mikey Boyle — were making life were uncomfortable for the Limerick attack. Conditions made even holding the hurley difficult as Limerick added a free from Colin Ryan and a beauty from play by Barry Murphy. But Kerry hit back with two Shane Conway points, one from play and the other a free as Kerry retired happy at the interval trailing by just four, 2-4 to 0-6.

The Limerick full-back line had repelled a number of dangerous Kerry attacks with Sean Finn and Byrnes outstanding but they lost centre forward David Reidy with a shoulder injury. However within 13 seconds of the restart Limerick struck for a killer goal when Graeme Mulcahy slipped in for a third goal. Limerick dominated the rest of the game with Barry Murphy impressing with some fine points, while Diarmuid Byrnes came up from wing back to make it 3-9 to 0-7 with 20 minutes remaining.

Kerry wing-back Jason Diggins scored possibly the point of the game from in front of the stand in the 65th minute which drew applause from supporters who enjoyed the physical nature of the contest.

Though Kerry put it up to Limerick in the opening half, class won out in the second, though Pádraig Boyle came on for Kerry and scored a nice three-point cameo, it was the All-Ireland champions who finished in style with Barry Murphy lobbing Kerry keeper Martin Stackpoole for goal number four while Oisin O’Reilly added a point as Limerick eased to a comfortable 15-point win.

Scorers: Limerick; B Murphy (1-6, 3 frees), O O‘Reilly (1-1), D Reidy and G Mulcahy (1-0 each), G Hegarty (0-3, 1 s/l), C Ryan (0-2, 1 free), D Byrnes and T Morrissey (0-1 each)
Kerry: S Conway (0-4, 3 frees), P Boyle (0-3, 2 frees), M O’Leary (0-2), J Diggins and J Conway (0-1 each)

Teams:

LIMERICK: B Hennessy ; W O’Meara, S Finn, L Lyons; D Byrnes, D Morrissey, P O’Loughlin ; R Hanley, C Ryan ; G Hegarty, D Reidy , T Morrissey ; B Murphy , S Flanagan, O O’Reilly.
Subs: G Mulcahy for D Reidy (35), A Costello for L Lyons (48), R Connolly (Adare) for W O’Meara (53),

KERRY: M Stackpoole; S Weir, B Murphy, E Leen; J Diggins, M Boyle, P Kelly ; D Griffin, B Barrett; J Conway, M O Leary , M Leane; J Goulding, S Conway, D Goggin
Subs: J O’Connor for E Leen (h/t), Pádraig Boyle Ballyduff for D Goggin (48), Michael Slattery (Abbeydorney) for P Kelly (48), Niall O’Mahony (Abbeydorney) for D Griffin (54), E Murphy for M Leen (66)

Referee: C Lyons( Cork)


Fixture Details

Thursday December 20th
2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Group A Round 2
Kerry v Limerick
Venue: Austin Stack Park Tralee @ 7:30pm
Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)


Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
U-16’s: Free
Students/OAP’s receive €5 concession at the designated stile prior to entry with valid id.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance via participating Centra and Supervalu outlets


Team News

Munster Hurling League – Tipperary 4-14 Limerick 2-17

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 4-14 to 2-17 in Round 1 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Friday December 14th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Tipperary give Liam Sheedy winning start against All-Ireland champions Limerick

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Limerick 2-17 – 4-14 Tipperary

A crowd of 3,224 is not what you expect for a first-round Munster SHL fixture on a cold and, at times, wet evening in mid-December. Then again, this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill pre-season blowout.

In one corner, you had a county who had not lost a competitive fixture since June 17, their string of victories thereafter captured and documented in the yearbook and DVD which were on sale underneath the Mackey Stand before throw-in.

In the opposing corner, you had a county who had not played a competitive fixture since June 10 and were without a win since March 31. Ironically enough, that victory had come at the expense of the team they provided with a guard of honour to this evening.

The spoils, in the end, went to Liam Sheedy and Tipperary; the former enjoying his first win as Tipp manager in eight years, his players bridging an eight-month gap to the last occasion they came out on top. Eight was also the number of players on the Limerick team who started the All-Ireland final win.

Tipperary, heavily reliant on Seamus Callanan for scores and having not found the target from play until the 14th minute, led by 3-6 to 0-11 at the break. Their four-point advantage was eked out in the three minutes before half-time, the visitors to the Gaelic Grounds taking their hosts for an unanswered 2-1.

With Aaron Gillane and Colin Ryan both having swollen their personal tallies to 0-3 to move the hosts in front (0-9 to 1-5) for the first time on the half-hour mark, Tipperary fired back with Callanan taking advantage of a Dan Morrissey slip to register his second goal. The delivery for that score was provided by Dan McCormack and it was roles reversed in the ensuing passage of play as Callanan teed up the Borris-Ileigh man for a point.

On 34 minutes, Sheedy’s charges bagged their third goal, Jason Forde and Callanan putting Mark Kehoe clear, with the All-Ireland U21 winner duly obliging.

Unfortunately, this three-minute burst of scores and fairly fluent hurling which accompanied it was out of kilter with an opening half which produced 20 wides (11 to Limerick, nine to Tipperary).

The visitors kept up the pace upon the change of ends, a Callanan free followed by a Patrick Bonner Maher goal on 37 minutes which shoved the Premier men 4-7 to 0-11 ahead. Not since January of this year had John Kiely’s charges been hit for four or more goals.

The game continued to move away from the All-Ireland champions as another Callanan free and a point from debutant Colin English put nine between the sides.

David Reidy buried the sliotar past Brian Hogan at the end of a free-flowing move involving fellow half-forwards Gearoid Hegarty and Barry O’Connell to put a dent in their opponents’ lead. And while Gillane and O’Connell succeeded in paring the margin to five (4-10 to 1-15), four in a row from the blue and gold took them across the line.

Limerick peppered Hogan’s goal with shots at the end, but only one, from Gillane, found its way across the white paint.

Tipp back to winning ways, Limerick back motoring. Everyone, well almost everyone, left satisfied.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan (2-8, 0-7 frees, 1-0 pen); P Maher, M Kehoe (1-0 each); R Maher, J Forde (0-2 each); C English, D McCormack (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: A Gillane (1-8, 0-6 frees); D Reidy (1-3); C Ryan (0-3); B O’Connell (0-2); A La Touche Cosgrave (0-1).

TIPPERARY: B Hogan; S O’Brien, J Barry, D Maher; B Heffernan, S Kennedy, T Fox; M Breen, W Connors; C English, R Maher, D McCormack; J Forde, S Callanan, M Kehoe
Subs: Patrick Maher for Kehoe (HT); J O’Dwyer for S O’Brien (49); J Morris for Breen (54); J Cahill for Connors (64); M McCarthy for Forde (65).

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Finn, D Morrissey, W O’Meara; A La Touche Cosgrave, D Hannon, P O’Loughlin; C Lynch, C Ryan; B O’Connell, D Reidy, G Hegarty; G Mulcahy, A Gillane, P Ryan.
Subs: S Flanagan for Mulcahy (29 mins, inj); C Boylan for O’Connell (56); O O’Reilly for P Ryan, D Byrnes for Hannon (both 60).

Referee: R McGann (Clare).


Fixture Details

Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League
Limerick v Tipperary @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Friday December 14th at 7:30pm


Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
U-16’s: Free
Students/OAP’s receive €5 concession at the designated stile prior to entry with valid id.


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Team News

Tipperary will be contesting the Co Op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League for the first time since 2015, this Friday December 14th, in the Gaelic Grounds at 7:30pm. And ahead of this fixture, manager Liam Sheedy has announced his side which will line out against Limerick in Group A Round 1 and it is as follows;

1. Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
2. Seán O’Brien – Newport
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Donagh Maher – Burgess
5. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
6. Séamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s Clonmel
7. Tom Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
8. Michael Breen – Ballina
9. Willie Connors – Kiladangan
10. Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
11. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
12. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
13. Jason Forde – Silvermines
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom-Inch
15. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
16. Barry Hogan – Kiladangan
17. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
18. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
19. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
20. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
21. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
22. Mark McCarthy – Toomevara
23. Brian McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
24. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
25. Joe O’Dwyer – Killenaule
26. Killian O’Dwyer – Killenaule

Limerick Senior Hurling Panel for Round 1 of Co-Op Superstores Munster League 2019 v Tipperary at Pairc na nGael on this Friday evening @ 7.30pm.

1. Nicky Quaid
2. William O’Meara
3. Sean Finn
4. Richie English
5. Paddy O’Loughlin
6. Declan Hannon
7. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave
8. Cian Lynch
9. Colin Ryan
10. Gearoid Hegarty
11. Barry O’Connell
12. David Reidy
13. Aaron Gillane
14. Graeme Mulcahy
15. Pat Ryan
16. Barry Hennessy
17. Tom Condon
18. Lorcan Lyons
19. Aaron Costello
20. Ronan Connolly
21. Diarmaid Byrnes
22. Dan Morrissey
23. Michael O’Brien
24. Robbie Hanley
25. Tom Morrissey
26. Kyle Hayes
27. Conor Boylan
28. Barry Murphy
29. Oisin O’Reilly
30. Seamus Flanagan


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Seamus O’Sullivan, Co-Op Superstores Ardagh Manager with Sean Finn Limerick Hurler and John Kiely, Limerick Manager at the launch of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2019 at Co-Op Superstores, Raheen, Limerick (the flagship store of Dairygold’s Retail Network in Munster).
Pic Arthur Ellis.

Marie Fitzgerald Co-Op Superstores Cahir Manager with Liam Sheedy Tipperary Hurling Manager and Seamus Callanan, Tipperary Hurler – At the launch of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2019 at Co-Op Superstores, Raheen, Limerick (the flagship store of Dairygold’s Retail Network in Munster).
Pic Arthur Ellis.

Munster Club SFC Final – Dr. Crokes 1-21 Miltown Malbay 2-9

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated St. Josephs Miltown Malbay (Clare) by 1-21 to 2-9 in the AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday November 25th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


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Dr Crokes triumph in Munster

AIB Munster Club SFC Final

DR CROKES (KERRY) 1-21 ST JOSEPH’S MILTOWN MALBAY (CLARE) 2-9

By Paul Brennan at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Dr Crokes are champions of Munster for the fifth time in eight years after a comprehensive win over Clare’s St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay. The Killarney club justified hot favouritism to bank their fifth provincial title since 2011 – and eighth in all – although they were made to work hard for their win by a Miltown Malbay that soldiered gamely to the end.


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This was Dr Crokes toughest game of their provincial campaign, but a nine-point win illustrates their dominant position in Munster club football and franks their ambition to regain the All-Ireland title they won and then lost in 2017.

With a busy domestic season still to conclude in Kerry, Dr Crokes will be pleased to have come through this final without any fuss, but the concession of two goals and a two-month gap until an All-Ireland semi-final will focus the minds around Lewis Road over the Christmas.

In perfect conditions in the Gaelic Grounds, Miltown Malbay did exactly what they needed not to do, which was to concede an early goal to Dr Crokes, but it took less than three minutes for David Shaw to find the net after Gavin O’Shea’s point had got Crokes off the mark in the second minute.

Points followed from Daithi Casey, Kieran O’Leary, a pair from Tony Brosnan and a converted ’45’ from goalkeeper Shane Murphy to put the Kerry club 1-6 to no score ahead by the 11th minute, and this final had all the ingredients of a forgettable landslide.

But just as soon as this final looked to be heading towards an embarrassment as such, Miltown Malbay got their game together, kick-started by Kevin Keavey’s 13th minute point.

Midfielder Darragh McDonagh added a second and then in the 20th minute Eoin Cleary played in Oisin Looney who finished confidently past Murphy to cut the gap to five points, 1-7 to 1-2.

Casey and Brian Looney extended the Crokes lead back out to seven points, but Eoin Cleary and then Kieran Malone mined late scores for the west Clare club to help make it a six-point game at the interval, 1-10 to 1-4.

Early points from Brosnan and Looney stretched Dr Crokes’ lead after the restart and they never looked in danger after that as they ran their full bench, including Colm Cooper, who still has to make do with a place on the bench.

Points from McDonagh, Enda O’Gorman and a couple of Eoin Cleary frees kept the scoreboard respectable from Miltown Malbay’s perspective, and it was further embellished when McDonagh scored an added-time goal to give the large Clare support more to cheer about.

Few in Killarney would argue that this win is just the means to a greater end, one they’ll hope ends in the Hogan Stand on St Patrick’s Day.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: Tony Brosnan 0-8 (5fs), David Shaw 1-0, Daithi Casey 0-3 (2fs), Kieran O’Leary 0-2, Brian Looney 0-2, Micheal Burns 0-2, Gavin O’Shea 0-1, Johnny Buckley 0-1, Jordan Kiely 0-1, Shane Murphy 0-1 (’45’).

Scorers for Milltown Malbay: Darragh McDonagh 1-2, Oisin Looney 1-0, Eoin Cleary 0-3 (2fs), Kieran Malone 0-2, Kevin Keavey 0-1, Enda O’Gorman 0-1.

DR CROKES: Shane Murphy, John Payne, Michael Moloney, Fionn Fitzgerald, David O’Leary, Gavin White, Shane Doolan, Johnny Buckley, Daithi Casey, Micheal Burns, Gavin O’Shea, Brian Looney, David Shaw, Kieran O’Leary, Tony Brosnan.
Subs: Michael Potts for S Doolan (40), Colm Cooper for Looney (44), Alan O’Sullivan for M Moloney (48), Jordan Kiely for Shaw (50), David Naughton for D O’Leary (55), Brian Fitzgerald for M Burns (59)

MILLTOWN MALBAY: Sean O’Brien, Aidan McGuane, Enda O’Gorman, Eoin O’Brien, Colin Hehir, Gordon Kelly, Jamesie O’Connor, Oisin Looney, Darragh McDonagh, Kevin Keavey, Conor Cleary, Kieran Malone, Brian Curtin, Eoin Cleary, Cormac Murray.
Subs: Michael Murray for C Hehir (29, inj), Eoin Curtin for K Keavey (ht), Graham Kelly for J O’Connor (44), Sean Malone for B Curtin (50), Euan Reidy for A McGuane (55), Gerard Malone for C Murray (60)

REFEREE: A Kissane (Waterford).


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Match Day Adult: €20
Juveniles: Free

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