Wednesday 29 January 2020

GAA Flashback: Highlights this weekend in past seasons

Lar Corbett
Lar Corbett
Tom Kenny, Cork
DJ Carey

5 years ago this week: Corbett leads Tipp rout

Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7

All-Ireland SHC semi-final

A six-goal demolition job ended Limerick's Championship dreams as Liam Sheedy's Tipperary put them to the sword at Croke Park.

The fact that Treaty goalkeeper Brian Murray scored as much as all of his forwards combined told you everything you needed to know about a miserable afternoon for the Shannonsiders.

Lar Corbett embodied Tipp's dominance as he helped himself to a hat-trick of goals. Eoin Kelly, Pat Kerwick and Noel McGrath also raised the green flag as Limerick were completely out-fought by the Munster champions.

The Premier County led by 13 points at the break (3-8 to 0-4) and there was no let-up from them in the second half as they scored a further 3-11 to set up a final clash with Kilkenny - the first since 1991.

Limerick's defeat was the biggest in an All-Ireland semi-final since Cork hammered Antrim in 1984.

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Murray rattled a penalty into the back of the net while substitute Brian O'Sullivan also scored for Limerick in a seven-minute spell, but it only spurred Tipp on even more.

10 years ago: O'Connor brothers shine

Cork 1-27 Wexford 0-12

All Ireland SHC semi-final

Serious questions were raised about the standard of hurling in the country as Leinster champions Wexford were mauled by a Cork side who hadn't won the Munster title.

It was the second successive year that the Rebels had beaten Wexford but at least the previous year the Model County had drawn first time out before succumbing to a 13-point replay defeat.

This time it was a similar story as Wexford were no match for the firepower of Cork's forward line.

Ben and Jerry O'Connor were in sparkling form as between them the brothers contributed 14 points.

Tom Kenny scored a spectacular goal in the 29th minute which signalled the end of Wexford's challenge as they went into the interval trailing 1-13 to 0-4.

Cork continued to fire over points from all angles at ease as they booked their place in the decider against Kilkenny for the second year running.

Elsewhere, Derry ended Westmeath's campaign as Enda Muldoon and Paddy Bradley's scoring sprees eased the Oak Leafers through the last four of the football championship.

15 years ago: Kilkenny edge thriller

Kilkenny 2-14 Clare 1-13

All-Ireland SHC semi-final

Kilkenny had appointed their third manager in three seasons, but Brian Cody's midas touch guided the Cats back to the All-Ireland final in his first year in charge of the county.

They didn't have it all their own way, however, as Clare made it yet another memorable encounter between two powerhouses of the game. Stephen McNamara was sent off in the second half for a late challenge on Philly Larkin which didn't help the Banner's cause.

Charlie Carter and Henry Shefflin could both afford off-days as DJ Carey, Brian McEvoy and John Power all hit form at various stages of the game.

Things may have panned out much differently but for a terrific 14th-minute James McGarry save from Niall Gilligan.

Carey hit 1-3 for the Cats, while Ken O'Shea also found the back of the net, but they had to weather a storm against the resilient 14 men of Clare.

There were still questions for Cody's side to answer but he would have been quietly confident that they still had plenty left in the tank.

Kilkenny marched on to the final where they looked to avenge their defeat to Offaly 12 months earlier.

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