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Brave Dublin Bow Out As Cork Advance To All Munster Final

DannySutcliffeDublinHurling2012_largeCork overcame Dublin yesterday in a highly entertaining fast-paced furious game to advance to the All-Ireland Hurling Final on the first weekend in September. At the beginning of the year nobody including myself gave this Cork side much chance of achieving this but Jimmy Barry Murphy and his team have worked wonders in progressing to the showpiece finale.

Yesterday was a toss of a coin really , in which I had predicted heads and tails came up. Credit to Cork they thoroughly deserved their victory and hurled with intensity and aggression right from minute one. Continue reading

Hurling Preview – Clash of the Capitals Part 2

cdOn Sunday the first of the All Ireland Senior hurling Semi-finals takes place with Cork and Dublin locking horns for a place in the final.

Dublin enter the game as Leinster Champions and Cork have got here via the back door/quarter-final after losing to Limerick in the Munster final. Having lost to Limerick a lot of pundits wrote off the rebels to progress any further having drawn Kilkenny, but they showed massive maturity and composure to dispose of the All-Ireland champions. In truth the sending off of star forward Pat Horgan against Limerick had a big impact on the outcome and to Cork’s credit they stuck with extra man Limerick for the majority of the game. Cork have not been given the plaudits their performances deserve and will now have a belief in the squad that they can go all the way. Jimmy Barry Murphy has done wonders with this young bunch of players, not only installing a stellar belief and hunger but also transforming the way they play. The players have bought into every aspect of his ways and from Anthony Nash in goal through to Luke O’Farrell at corner forward , they possess tireless hurlers who want to work and hurl in the right manner. Continue reading

The Quest For Liam McCarthy – The Story So Far

Liam MacCarthy 25609c13aJust a few days until the All-Ireland quarter-finals and as six teams becomes four we take a look at the championship so far and the winners and losers.


The real winners thus far in the championship has been the supporters who have been treated to possibly the best championship for entertainment and quality for many years. The qualifiers have provided games never seen in this format before and in both provincial championships we have seen the odds upset. Continue reading

Hurling Round Up – Cats Topple Tipp As Dublin End 53 Year Wait


Leinster Senior Hurling Final

Dublin 2-25 Galway 2-13

Dublin bridged a 53 year gap on Sunday when they overcame Galway in Croke Park. From start to finish Dublin were the better team displaying levels of hunger and aggression that Galway couldn’t get near. Dublin led by eight points at half time after dominating the first half with Keaney, O’Callaghan and Ryan lethal up front. The second half was similar with any attack that Galway would conjure; Dublin always seemed to have a response and in truth could have won by more at the final whistle. Quite the transformation for Anthony Daly’s team since Wexford let them off the hook earlier in the championship. Since then they have found belief and with it hunger and will be considered now as serious Liam McCarthy contenders. They are solid in defence playing educating ball out and in attack hold some potent sharpshooters none other than Paul Ryan who scored 2-06 and scooped man-of-the-match. Galway will be disappointed with again an over reliance on Joe Canning and lack of a plan B. They fall back into the quarter finals now and will need to re-group quickly and use this loss as a wake up call. They still look a few players short of title winners. As for the Dubs massive credit most go to the neglected brother of the footballers. They have finally stood up and shown their worth and much credit must go to Daly and co. They will fear nobody now in the All-Ireland semi and upset all the odds and go all the way. For now they will enjoy this victory and end to the barren spell. Another boost for hurling in general this summer. Continue reading

Cork Prevail As Kilkenny Narrowly Survive Dublin Scare

hurlingCork 0-23 Clare 0-15

In windy conditions on Sunday afternoon Cork outmuscled and outfought Clare to advance to the Munster Final where they will pit their wits with Limerick. Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half Cork worked tirelessly to close down Clare and ensure they kept in touch going in at half time. Clare suffered an early setback with injury to star attacker John Conlon but that doesn’t excuse the fact that their forwards didn’t fire on the day. In the first half they had four goal chances and took none of them each time giving the Cork team added fuel to their tank. Credit to Cork they never let Clare settle and unsettled them with constant pressure. Cork went in at half time three points behind but knowing they had the breeze in the second and vitally came out and from the thrown-in they brought the intensity. Cork scored a few early accurate points to increase their confidence and put the wind behind their sails. Clare were now chasing the game and needed somebody or a few leaders to step forward. Alas nobody did with wasteful passing and inaccurate shooting now common in their game as Cork grew in stature. All of Cork’s forwards scored from play as did subs Coughlan and Cronin and together they worked well as a unit with debutant Seamus Harnedy very impressive at centre-forward. Continue reading

All-Ireland SHC: Dublin Advance As Galway Overcome Stubborn Laois

Liam MacCarthy 25609c13aLeinster Senior Hurling Quarter Final Replay – Dublin prevail at second time of asking against 14-man Wexford

Dublin 1-17 Wexford 0-12 

Dublin comfortably advanced to the Leinster semi-final at the expense of Wexford on Saturday evening at Parnell Park. Dublin dominated most of the game with man-of-the-match Paul Ryan helping himself to 1-09. Wexford’s case wasn’t helped by the dismissal of centre back Andrew Shore as early as the 7th minute and from this moment struggled to contain Dublin who were more efficient and productive than the week previous in Wexford Park. The Dublin forwards had a better understanding and balance this week and now advance to a semi-final with kingpins Kilkenny. Although showing improvement in this game Anthony Daly will need his troops to up their game considerably again to worry the cats. For Wexford its back to the drawing board and re-group ahead of their qualifier clash with Antrim. Manager Liam Dunne will be disappointed that his side couldn’t back up last weeks impressive showing in Wexford but will start favourites to get past Antrim and hope to get their challenge back on track. Continue reading

Wexford Steal Late Draw Against The Dubs

duDublin rolled into Wexford Park last night looking for a morale-boosting win against Wexford. The Dubs have suffered a tough twelve-month spell, and really needed a win and a good performance against the Yellow Bellies, who have turned into a second-tier team in recent years. In the end, they got neither, as Wexford deservedly came out of the game with a hard-fought draw. Continue reading