League: Munster Championship

Cork v Tipperary – 2020 Munster Football Final – Live score commentary

It’s a surprise 2020 Munster Football final Cork v Tipperary after the rebel county beat Kerry, we have live score commentary and team news, start time 1:30pm Sunday.

The first Munster Final without Kerry since 2012 is the one with the highest reward. The winner of Cork vs Tipperary will go straight to an All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo on the 6th of December. Tipperary played Mayo at that stage of the competition in 2016 but should this fixture come around again they’ll fancy their chances even more. Meanwhile, Cork haven’t been in an All-Ireland semi-final since 2012.

Fighting for the Final

There is little need for a reminder about how Cork got to this final. Their last-minute defeat of Kerry is one of the greatest GAA upsets in recent memory. After salvaging extra-time, Cork looked as if they were finally beat when the clock was in the red and Kerry had a two-point lead. However, the script wasn’t written in stone and Mark Keane emerged as the Rebels’ saviour. Luke Connolly backed himself from far out on the left-hand side to kick the equaliser but his shot was short. Thankfully, Keane was in the right place and he plucked the ball out of the Páirc Uí Chaoimh floodlights and poked it goalwards. As a result, Cork march on and the 2019 runners-up won’t be heard from again in 2020.

There was similar drama in the other Munster semi-final. Tipperary went in as favourites. But, as time was up they were a point-down and had a free from the sideline in the Limerick ’45. Conor Sweeney fancied it and rightly so. A sweet strike with the outside of his left foot hit the post and went over. Next, extra-time continued in that same manner. The Championship’s first-ever penalty shoot-out seemed certain but Brian Fox had other ideas. The Premier County veteran kicked a point in injury time that Limerick could not cancel out.

Super Sunday

Now, Tipperary have a golden opportunity to win their first Munster title since 1935. They enter the game as underdogs though given the manner in which Cork won their semi-final.

Ronan McCarthy will expect his Cork team to lift the Munster Cup after dethroning Kerry. However, Tipperary have the players to upset the Rebel parade. Last time out both Cork and Tipperary displayed huge amounts of heart and desire to win. It may take the same sort of display again to separate these teams.

With that in mind, both managers will be glad for the two-week recovery their players have had.

The Munster Final is live on RTÉ on Sunday.

Cork are 11/5 favourites with Paddy Power versus Tipperary’s 4/1. A draw is 12/1.

Prediction: Cork. It may be another game that requires extra-time. But, Cork will be desperate not to let such a remarkable opportunity to go abegging.

Munster Football Final: Cork vs Tipperary, Sunday, 22nd November, 13:30 (Páirc Uí Chaoimh). 

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Limerick v Waterford – Munster Hurling Final – Live score commentary

Limerick v Waterford play in the Munster hurling final, we have live score commentary and starting teams for the 4pm throw in. 

Limerick have a chance to make it back-to-back Munster Championships on Sunday. The 2018 All-Ireland Champions got off to a flying start by defeating last year’s winners Tipperary a fortnight ago. On the other hand, Waterford overcame Cork to reach their first Munster final since 2016. The winner of this final goes on to the semi-final where they’ll patiently await the 29th of November.

Since Waterford won Munster in 2010, they have returned to the final four times. However, each of these ended in defeat. Now, there is a chance for Waterford to capitalise on the new Championship format and claim Munster after just two games.

Previously, they began their Championship against Cork. Entering the game as underdogs, they soon showed they were there to play. A frantic opening ten minutes had the score at 0-5 to 0-4 for Cork. But, then Waterford enjoyed a good spell. Soon after the first-half water break, they made it double scores at 0-10 to 0-5. Although Cork kept coming back, Waterford took a three-point lead into the break.

Waterford were against a stiff wind in the second period. Yet, they more than held their own. Another frantic restart saw them go point-for-point with the rebels. Then, the ever-impressive Calum Lyons made a characteristic burst up the wing, holding off Cork challenges before firing into the net. That gave the Déise men a six-point lead.

From there, Waterford kept the scoreboard ticking over at a safe pace. At the full-time whistle they celebrated a 1-28 to 1-24 win. Ten different scorers contributed to the Waterford tally. This is something Liam Cahill will be delighted about. However, they still accumulated a worrying amount of wides. Limerick are more efficient than Cork and will punish Waterford for such wastefulness.

Limerick earn the badge of favourites

Last year’s Munster winners came back with a point to prove after losing the All-Ireland semi-final last year. They did just that against Tipperary who they took apart ruthlessly in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Limerick applied the lessons they learned about winter Championship in their opener against Clare to their semi-final tie. As a result, there was a physical duel in the middle third that Limerick’s middle eight embraced. Their superior conditioning stopped the Tipperary charge at its source and in turn supplied the forwards with all the chances they needed.

When Aaron Gillane scored Limerick’s first goal shortly after the first-half water-break, Limerick were four points ahead. From then until half-time they put their opponents to the sword. As a result, it was 1-17 to 1-8 at the break.

Facing a strong wind in the second-half, Limerick’s work rate off the ball made sure they were never on the back foot. Furthermore, they were incredibly economical in possession, making sure to be patient with the sliotar in midfield and finding the right passes inside. It ended 3-23 to 2-17 and Limerick’s performance saw them jump the queue to be favourites for this year’s Championship.

But, they won Munster convincingly last year and still failed to reach the All-Ireland final. Based on the evidence thus far, John Kiely’s side are out to prove a point to themselves.

Waterford have already proved capable of competing with the big teams. But, they need to be at their best and above to trump this Limerick team. Even if they fail to conquer Munster for the first time in a decade, Waterford could have a big part to play in the rest of the Championship.

Whereas, Limerick should have too much class for their opponents here. They know how to manage games and the competition within the team is only driving them on.

The Munster Hurling Final is on RTÉ on Sunday.

Limerick are 2/9 favourites with Paddy Power versus Waterford’s 4/1. A draw is 11/1.

Prediction: Limerick.

They meet in the Munster final for the first time in 13 years when Waterford won by nine  points (3-17 to 1-14) in 2007. Limerick later avenged that defeat in the All-Ireland semi-final,  winning by 5-11 to 2-15. 

HOW THEY GOT HERE 

Limerick 0-36 Clare 1-23 

Limerick 3-23 Tipperary 2-17 

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Waterford 1-28 Cork 1-24 

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS 

2019: Limerick 2-24 Waterford 0-10 (Munster round robin) 

2018: Limerick 2-26 Waterford 1-16 (Munster round robin) 

2011: Waterford 3-15 Limerick 3-14 (Munster semi-final) 

2009: Waterford 0-25 Limerick 0-17 (Munster semi-final) Replay 

2009: Waterford 0-11 Limerick 1-8 (Munster semi-final) Draw 

MUNSTER FINAL MEETINGS 

2007: Waterford 3-17 Limerick 1-14 

1934: Limerick 4-8 Waterford 2-5 

1933: Limerick 3-7 Waterford 1-2 (unfinished – Limerick awarded game) 

Facts and Figures

*Limerick are seeking their 21st Munster title; Waterford are bidding for their 10th

*Limerick beat Waterford by 2-24 to 0-10 in last year’s Munster championship ‘round robin.’  The last competitive clash between them was in this year’s Allianz League when Limerick  won by four points in March. 

*Limerick are attempting to win the Munster title in successive years for the first time since  1980-81. Waterford last won the title in 2010 and were last in the final in 2016 when they  lost to Tipperary.

*Aaron Gillane 2-18 (0-14 frees, 1-0 pen, 0-1 ‘65’), Ger Hegarty 0-7, Tom Morrissey 0-6,  Diarmuid Byrnes 0-6 (0-2 frees) are Limerick’s top scorers in their two championship  games to date. 

*Stephen Bennett 0-12 (0-12 frees), Calum Lyons 1-2 were Waterford’s top scorers in the  semi-final win over Cork.

Munster Hurling FInal: Limerick vs Waterford, Sunday, 15th November, 16:00 (Semple Stadium, Thurles). 

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Cork vs Kerry: Munster Football – Preview & Live score commentary

Cork vs Kerry: Munster Football Championship – Preview & Live score commentary, the match starts at 4pm on Sunday.

After coming close to dethroning Dublin last year, Kerry will try again in 2020. They begin their Championship on Sunday against Munster rivals Cork. Cork, sailed to the top of Division 3 and aim to bring that form into Sunday.

For the first time since 2017, Kerry won the National League by capitalising on Galway’s poor results in the last two games. Firstly, a win on the round to Monaghan showed no signs of rustiness after an extended absence. Secondly, a strong performance against Donegal in round 7 reminded everyone why Kerry are serious Championship contenders.

The Kingdom’s full-forward line has been firing on all fronts. David Clifford continues to be a generational talent. Furthermore, Tony Brosnan of Dr Crokes looks to have a place in the first fifteen nailed down.

Further back, Brosnan’s clubmate Gavin White has also made himself almost undroppable. Two outstanding games has seen the half-back nominated for Player of the Month.

In Division 3, Cork had a perfect record. In seven games, the rebels showed they were a class above their opponents. However, without ever being truly tested, it’s been hard to get an accurate reflection of how Ronan McCarthy’s team are shaping up ahead of the Championship.

2012 was the last time they won the Munster Championship. Yet, Cork still often emerged from the qualifiers. But, this year’s competition offers no back door. McCarthy’s side are major underdogs going into this one but they’ve rivalries like this always bring out the best performances.

Cork have had a week longer than Kerry to prepare for this game. Peter Keane has suggested this is an advantage to his opponent given the toll taken by the winter conditions.

The competitiveness of this rivalry has somewhat diminished in recent years. However, there have already been shocks in this year’s Championship. Hence, Kerry can’t afford to take their foot off the gas in Munster.

Paddy Power have Kerry priced at 1/5 as opposed to Cork’s 4/1. A draw is 11/1.

The match is live on RTÉ.

Prediction: Kerry.

Munster Championship Semi-Final: Cork vs Kerry, Sunday, November 8th, 16:00 (Páirc Uí Chaoimh).

 

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Munster Football – Limerick v Tipperary – Live score commentary

Munster Football – Limerick v Tipperary – Live score commentary, preview and starting teams – Match starts at 1:15pm Saturday

The counties of Limerick and Tipperary meet in Championship for the second week in a row on Sunday. However, this time football is the code. For the first time in four years, a team that is not Kerry or Cork will compete in the Munster Football Final.

Limerick overcame Waterford in their Championship opener last weekend by a comfortable 11 points. Early goals from Cillian Fahy and Adrian Enright set them on their way.

Previously, Limerick won Division 4 by defeating Sligo. Manager Billy Lee will be glad to see his team’s league success carry into the Championship. Limerick followed up on their good start against Waterford by managing the game well in the second half, picking off points with no major pressure ever coming on them.

Limerick last reached the Munster final in 2010. Now, they have a great chance to begin the new decade in the same way.

Last season, Tipperary’s Championship was a short one. Firstly, they lost to Limerick in Munster. Next, Down knocked them out in round 1 of the qualifiers.

This year, the absence of a back door means their form has to be better. So far, they have started well by beating Clare.

Last Sunday, they led from start to finish to eliminate the Banner county. Like Limerick, two goals went a long way to their dominance. Conor Sweeney and Brian Fox raised green flags to open an eight-point lead that Clare couldn’t reel in.

In recent seasons, Tipperary have failed to replicate the form that saw them reach the 2016 All-Ireland semi-final. However, nine survivors from the side that lost that game to Mayo started last Sunday. Those players know how to win and they’ll be keen to take advantage of being on the opposite side of the draw to Kerry and Cork.

Paddy Power have backed Tipperary to qualify at 4/11. Otherwise, the Division 4 Champions are 11/4 and a draw is 15/2.

RTÉ News Now are showing the game live.

Prediction: Tipperary. It will be a very close game but Tipp have found form at the right time.

Munster Football Championship Semi-FInal: Limerick vs Tipperary, Saturday, November 7th, 13:15 (Gaelic Grounds).

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Tipperary vs Limerick Munster Hurling – Click for live score commentary

Tipperary vs Limerick Munster Hurling – Preview, starting teams and live score commentary for the game that starts at 4pm

Last weekend, Limerick opened the Munster Hurling Championship by beating Clare by ten points. The result was a statement of intent from the 2018 All-Ireland winners who now face the holders Tipperary just a week on from their victory. Tipperary vs Limerick is at 4pm on Sunday.

Limerick had eleven different scorers in the game against Clare that doubled as the League final. In the forwards, Tom Morrissey (0-4) and Gearóid Hegarty (0-5) found their performances worthy of a Team of the Week inclusion. Likewise, the defenders got in on the action. Diarmuid Byrnes hit 0-3 and Declan Bannon got a point to justify their selections in the week’s finest fifteen.

Limerick’s second-half performance was what really set them apart from a brave Clare team. This sort of seventy-minute performance will encourage John Kiely who knows his team will need to go the distance on Sunday.

Tipp not phased by being the ones to beat

Tipperary are without the advantage of having a competitive game since the GAA’s resumption. However, the fresh legs could be an advantage in itself as the winter setting will take its toll on teams quickly.

In the run to Tipperary’s All-Ireland victory last year, Limerick were the only team to beat them. This was in the Munster final that saw a twelve-point difference between the sides. Despite eventually winning the Liam McCarthy, there will be an element of revenge on the Tipperary players’ minds.

This year, the Championship again offers a second chance via the qualifiers. However, Tipperary captain Seamus Callanan is planning on taking a more direct route this time around.

“We’re in a Munster semi-final, going through the back door is not going to enter our heads. It’s a situation you can only deal with if you’re put in it,” he said. “We’re going all out to win and not thinking that there’s a crutch to fall back on in case anything else happens.”

Limerick’s outing against Clare made them the favourites for this one with Paddy Power. They are 8/11 to defeat the holders. Meanwhile, Tipperary are 11/8 and a draw is 8/1.

RTÉ Sport are showing the game live.

Prediction: Limerick.

Munster Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Tipperary vs Limerick, Sunday, November 1st, 16:00 (Páirc Uí Chaoimh).

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Tipperary vs Clare Munster Football – Click for live score commentary & Starting Teams

Tipperary Starting Team

Evan Comerford: Alan Campbell Jimmy Feehan Colm O’Shaughnessy ; Bill Maher Kevin Fahey Robbie Kiely; Steven O’Brien Liam Casey; Jack Kennedy Michael Quinlivan Conal Kennedy; Jason Lonergan Conor Sweeney Brian Fox;

Clare  Starting Team

Eamonn Tubridy; Gordan Kelly Cillian Brennan Eoghan Collins; Pearse Lillis Aaron Fitzgerald Alan Sweeney; Gary Brennan Cathal O’Connor ;  Ciarán Russell  Eoin Cleary (C)  Jamie Malone ;  Keelan Sexton  Joe McGann  Cian O’Dea

 

Munster football quarter-final Tipperary v Clare, we have live score commentary and starting teams, game starts with a throw in at 1:15pm

A Munster semi-final awaits the winner of Tipperary vs Clare this Sunday. These two teams went through their respective League campaigns without making any headlines and remaining in their respective divisions. But, Championship football can throw up surprises. This year, the knock-out format means there is no room for error so games will be nervy and anything can happen.

Clare’s win over Fermanagh in the first game back proved to be enough to save them in Division 2. Last weekend, they lost to Armagh but remained above the dropzone. There were some good spells against Armagh that Colm Collins will be very encouraged by. However, it will take a good performance for the full 70 minutes to advance in the Championship.

In Division 3, Tipperary secured their survival by beating Leitrim in round 7. A goal in each half went a long way to their success. Liam Casey’s strike five minutes from time put the game beyond Leitrim. But, the Connacht side fought for the full game. As a result, Tipperary are well prepared heading into the Championship.

Last season, Tipperary lost two in a row in the Championship. Now, it will only take one game to end their season. Hence, there is no room for error. In contrast, Clare bounced back from their defeat to Kerry in the Munster semi-final by going all the way to the fourth round of the qualifiers. There, just a point stopped them from going to the Super 8s.

Paddy Power have gone with Tipperary as the 8/11 favourites. Clare are 11/8 and a draw is 15/2.

GAA GO are live streaming the game.

Prediction: Clare.

Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final: Tipperary vs Clare, Sunday, November 1st, 13:00 (Semple Stadium). 

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Waterford vs Limerick – Click for Team News & Live Score Commentary

Its the Munster football championship – Waterford vs Limerick – Team News & Live Score Commentary start time is 7pm on Saturday 31st October.

After all the doubt and all the rumours surrounding this year’s football Championship, it is back. To add to the excitement, the Winter setting is sure to throw up a few left-field results. In Munster, Waterford vs Limerick kicks off the action.

These teams met all the way back in January in Division 4 of the National League. On that day, Limerick claimed a three-point win that set the trend for the rest of both counties’ League campaigns.

Limerick eventually topped the Division. Before the lockdown, Billy Lee’s side were in pole position for promotion. But, a defeat to Wexford in the first game back threatened to spoil the party. A win in Sligo in the final round ensured they got the finish they deserved.

Last season, Limerick’s Championship campaign left a lot to be desired. An opening win over Tipperary was a promising sign. But, they never came close to Cork in the Munster semi-final. Next, Westmeath eliminated them from the qualifiers in round 2.

Lee will be hoping that his side can take some of the confidence of their League win into their Championship. With no qualifiers this year, there is no time for settling in.

Meanwhile, Waterford lost to Antrim in their final League game. But, there was positives for the Munster side. Previously, they sat out round 6 because of London’s unavailability. Then, the Antrim fixture was on the verge of being called off. The Waterford players voiced concerns over having to isolate after traveling to Northern Ireland. Thankfully, Antrim agreed to meet them halfway. As a result, they got a much-needed match under their belt. Yet, they will still wish they had more time to prepare for this one.

Waterford have not beaten Limerick in the Championship since 1981. Without the guarantee of a second game this year, they need to be ready to go toe-to-toe with teams.

Limerick are favourites are 1/3. On the other hand, Waterford are 3/1 and a draw is 8/1 with Paddy Power. The game is live on GAA GO.

Prediction: Limerick.

Munster Football Championship Quarter-FInal: Waterford vs Limerick, Saturday, October 31st, 7pm (Fraher Field).

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Cork vs Waterford Munster Hurling – Team News & Live Score Commentary

Cork vs Waterford Munster Hurling semi-final we have team news & live score commentary, match start time is 3:30pm Saturday.

The Munster Hurling Championship commenced last weekend with Limerick vs Clare. Now, Cork vs Waterford will mark the first Munster semi-final on Saturday. Waterford enter this game with more to prove. On the other hand, Cork went steady in last year’s Championship without ever really threatening to be All-Ireland contenders.

Unfortunately, Cork will be without Eoin Cadogan and Darragh Fitzgibbon for the game due to injury. In addition to this, Robbie O’Flynn will serve his suspension for a red card received in March. On the other hand, Colm Spillane is available for selection. Furthermore, the suspension of the U20 Championship could mean Kieran Kingston adds some youth to his panel.

Previously, Cork’s League campaign was underwhelming as the team transitioned into Kingston’s return. This came off the back of last year’s quarter-final defeat to Kilkenny. After failing to make the Munster final last year, this is a chance to prove their ambition.

Waterford failed to win a single game in the 2019 Championship. However, Tadhg de Búrca’s return to top-form after injury means Austin Gleeson may once again feature in the forward line. A boost up front is exactly what Waterford need and Gleeson is more than worthy of providing it. The winter setting might see Waterford compete once again.

Cork are 8/15 favourites to advance to the final with Paddy Power. Meanwhile, Waterford are 15/8 and a draw is 8/1.

Sky Sports are sending their cameras to Thurles for this game.

Prediction: Cork.

Munster Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Cork vs Waterford, Saturday, October 31st, 15:30 (Semple Stadium). 

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Dara Moynihan

Dara Moynihan is a Kerry footballer, he plays in the forward line and made his debut for Kerry against Waterford in 2016.