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Dublin: 5 °C Wednesday 11 December, 2019


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Another Sunday of championship action is going down pretty nicely.

Welcome along to our match tracker for this evening’s action in Munster, Leinster and Ulster, all getting underway at 4pm. Another busy day, but we’ll be focusing mainly on the big one between Limerick and Clare at LIT Gaelic Grounds, and the Croke Park Leinster semi-final meeting of Dublin and Kildare. We’ll have updates from Clones where Cavan and Armagh lock horns in their Ulster semi-final replay also.

  • Munster SHC round four: Limerick v Clare, LIT Gaelic Grounds 4pm (live on RTÉ)
  • Leinster SFC semi-final: Dublin v Kildare, Croke Park, 4pm
  • Ulster SFC semi-final: Cavan v Armagh, Clones, 4pm

Stick with us through it all. We’ll be back shortly with team news and anything else of importance in the build-up.

The teams for the crucial Munster SHC battle at the Gaelic Grounds…

One change each: Diarmuid Byrnes in for Dan Morrissey on the Limerick starting team, while Conor Cleary replaces David Fitzgerald for the Banner.

A massive game ahead for the 2018 All-Ireland champions. Lose and it’s all over.


1. Nicky Quaid (Effin)

2. Sean Finn (Bruff)
3. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh)
4. Richie English (Doon)

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)
6. Declan Hannon (Adare)
7. Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock)

8. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)
9. William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh)

10. Gearoid Hegarty (St. Patrick’s)
11. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)
12. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)

13. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)
14. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
15. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)


1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)

2. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber) (Captain)
3. David McInerney (Tulla)
4. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)

5. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
6. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
7. Conor Cleary (Kilmaley)

8. Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
9. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)

10. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin)
11. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)
12. Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe)

13. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)
14. John Conlon (Clonlara)
15. Podge Collins (Cratloe)

The Dublin and Kildare teams now.

Again, one change each. The Dubs have Paddy Andrews starting with Paul Mannion making way. Neil Flynn replaces Jimmy Hyland in the Lilywhite’s 15.


1. Stephen Cluxton

2. David Byrne&nbsp
3. Michael Fitzsimons
4. John Small

5. James McCarthy
6. Cian O’Sullivan
7. Jack McCaffrey

8. Brian Fenton
9. Darren Gavin

10. Niall Scully
11. Cormac Costello
12. Brian Howard

13. Ciarán Kilkenny
14. Con O’Callaghan
15. Paddy Andrews


1. Mark Donnellan

2. Mark Dempsey
3. Mick O’Grady
4. David Hyland

5. Peter Kelly
6. Eoin Doyle
7. Keith Cribbin

8. Kevin Feely
9. Tommy Moolick

10. David Slattery
11. Paddy Brophy
12. Fergal Conway

13. Adam Tyrrell
14. Ben McCormack
15. Neil Flynn

A big day for this man.

Stephen Cluxton is set to make his 100th championship appearance for Dublin.

And here are your Armagh and Cavan teams for what should be an intriguing Ulster semi-final replay in Clones.


1. Blaine Hughes

2. Mark Shields
3. Aaron McKay
4. James Morgan

5. Paul Hughes
6. Ryan Kennedy
7. Aidan Forker

8. Jarly Óg Burns
9. Niall Grimley

10. Aidan Nugent
11. Rory Grugan
12. Jemar Hall

13. Rian O’Neill
14. Jamie Clarke
15. Stefan Cambell


1. Raymond Galligan

2. Jason McLoughlin
3. Padraig Faulkner
4. Conor Moynagh

5. Martin Reilly 
6. Killian Clarke
7. Conor Rehill

8. Conor Brady
9. Gearoid McKiernan

10. Oisin Kiernan
11. Dara McVeety
12. Niall Murray

13. Cian Mackey
14. Thomas Galligan
15. Conor Madden

One change to the Kildare team:

Chris Healy replaces Paddy Brophy


Few changes in Clones:


21. Andrew Murnin replaces Stefan Campbell

22. Charlie Vernon replaces Rory Grugan

26. Paddy Burns replaces Aaron McKay

Aidan Forker takes over as Captain


 22. Oisin Pierson replaces Cian Mackey

“It is what it is,” says Limerick manager John Kiely, “we have to get a result today”.

“This is a defining afternoon for Clare hurling,” according to Gerry O’Connor.

Late Clare changes: Aron Shanagher starts in place of Diarmuid Ryan. Conor Cleary takes Seadhna Morey’s spot at corner back, while David Fitzgerald — who was originally dropped — comes in.

Limerick start as named.

Podge Collins Podge Collins is ready for off. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Brian Fenton arrives Fenton is focused. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Aidan Fosker and Martin Reilly And we're set for more of this in Clones. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

1 min – Limerick 0-1 Clare 0-0

What a start for the All-Ireland champions. Kyle Hayes attacks at pace and rips the Clare defence to shreds, he’s fouled before the posts and Aaron Gillane pops the free over.

1 min – Kildare 0-1 Dublin 0-0

1 min – Armagh 0-1 Cavan 0-0

Kildare and Armagh start brightest in their respective encounters. Adam Tyrrell for the Lilies, Rian O’Neill from a free for the Orchard.

4 mins – Limerick 0-2 Clare 0-1

Peter Duggan with an early free to level, and settle the visitors. Gillane fires an immediate response at the other end, the first score from play.

4 mins – Dublin 0-2 Kildare 0-1 

Paul Mannion — he was one of two late changes — levels matters at HQ, before Cormac Costello pushes the Dubs ahead with a free.

The late changes, by the way: Michael Darragh Macauley and Paul Mannion started for Darren Gavin and Paddy Andrews.

8 mins — Limerick 0-5 Clare 0-1

It’s been a lively start at the Gaelic Grounds. Clare went hammer and tongs at the goal there but were cut out and the chance went, before Limerick went up the other end and stretched their lead through another Gillane free.

A second massive goal chance for Clare there with messing around the goalmouth, but it’s kept out somehow, someway.

Gearoid Hegarty and Kyle Hayes pounce on Clare mistakes, and snap over points. What a start.

8 mins — Cavan 0-3 Armagh 0-1

To Clones, and Cavan have powered into the lead. Niall Murray with two — one from play, the other from a free — adding to Dara McVeety’s opener.

11 mins — Dublin 0-6 Kildare 0-1

After Kildare snatching the earliest of early leads, Jim Gavin’s men have found their groove in Croker. Kildare are really struggling with their kick-out, while Mannion, Ciaran Kilkenny, Brian Fenton and Ciaran Costello have tagged on scores.

13 mins – Limerick 0-6 Clare 0-2

The latest offering at the Gaelic Grounds is a Duggan free. Clare are playing catch-up but they’ll be happy with their response over the past few minutes.

Declan Hannon and Duggan with the scores before that one.

13 mins – Cavan 0-5 Armagh 0-1

And Cavan’s fine start continues with points from Gearoid McKiernan and Conor Moynagh. 

14 mins – Dublin 0-7 Kildare 0-3

Neil Flynn and Ben McCormack grab much-needed scores for Cian O’Neill’s men. 

16 mins – Limerick 0-8 Clare 0-4

Another Duggan free, cancelling out Gillane’s at the other end. Tom Morrissey adds another from play as Limerick keep their foot on the pedal.

16 mins – Cavan 0-6 Armagh 0-2

Rian O’Neill with a much-needed Armagh score, Niall Murray bites back for Cavan. Four in it in Clones.

19 mins – Limerick 0-9 Clare 0-4 

A super point from Graeme Mulcahy. This is the Limerick we know!

jero,e Source: Jerome O'Connell Twitter.

McCormack has added another for Kildare, Dublin have slipped into being a little more sloppy but it’s 0-7 to 0-4 in Croke Park, 20 minutes gone.

21 mins – Limerick 0-9 Clare 0-5 

Duggan with another free. They’re yet to score from play. Limerick have been dictating matters at the Gaelic Grounds but Clare, to their credit, have kept in touch after a shaky enough start and plenty of missed chances.

22 mins – Cavan 0-8 Armagh 0-2

The Breffni are flying high in Clones! Oisin Pierson and Killian Clarke with their latest scores.

23 mins – Limerick 0-9 Clare 0-6

Duggan, from a free, makes it a three-point game.

24 mins – Dublin 0-9 Kildare 0-4

After 10 minutes without scoring, Con O’Callaghan and Costello points lift Dublin. The second of those was brilliantly taken from a tight angle.

At the other end, McCormack had a great goal chance, but Cluxton — in his 100th championship appearance — made a superb save.

27 mins – Cavan 0-10 Armagh 0-4

Cavan’s blitz continues with a pointed-free from goalkeeper Rayond Galligan and another from play from McKiernan has them in double figures. O’Neill and Jamie Clarke fire back for Armagh though.

30 mins – Limerick 0-11 Clare 0-7

Gillane leaps to snatch the sliotar from the air and fires over on the turn to power Limerick onward. Morrissey scored a brilliant effort moments before that. They’re well in control.

Tony Kelly has got a few touches in the last few minutes. He needs to step up. Duggan scores Clare’s seventh, capitalising on a Hannon mistake. It’s taken Clare 30 minutes to get their first point from play, while all their scores have come from one player.

30 mins – Dublin 0-10 Kildare 0-5

Kilkenny and Tyrrell trade scores as half time approaches.

32 mins – Limerick 0-12 Clare 0-7

William O’Donoghue with an excellent score from play.

32 mins – Cavan 0-11 Armagh 0-6

A Jamie Clarke free is the latest piece of action from Clones. Seems to be a brilliant game.

35 mins – Limerick 0-13 Clare 0-7

A beautiful score from Hegarty. John Kiely’s men will be going in at half time with their tails well and truly up. Clare are falling more and more behind by the minute, completely losing the physicality battle. 

Two minutes added on, Limerick have a free in…

HT – Limerick 0-15 Clare 0-7

That’s unreal, every single player in the Limerick forward line — half and full — have their name on the scoresheet. Peter Casey with their last of the first half.

HT – Cavan 0-11 Armagh 0-8

Armagh finish with four unanswered points in-a-row – Clarke with the last of those.

db Source: Donnchaddh Boyle Twitter.

Limerick are looking very slick, it must be said. They’re winning pretty much every battle at the Gaelic Grounds. Every single one of their forwards have scored, they’re blocking down every Clare effort and are looking strong and physical all around. They know they have to win, that’s for sore.

In Croke Park, Kildare are asking questions of four-in-a-row All-Ireland champions Dublin…

mg Source: Mark Gallagher Twitter.

What do ye all reckon? Any thoughts or opinions are more than welcome in the comments section, as per, whether you’re at any of the three games, watching the hurling on TV or just following the action here or on Twitter.

Attendance at Croke Park has been announced as 36,126, by the way. Meath beat Laois in the early throw-in there, so the winner of Dublin and Kildare face the Royals in the provincial decider.

Aidan McCarthy on for Shane Golden at the Gaelic Grounds, and we’re back underway there. Gillane with his seventh point, five of those from frees, to get us started. 0-16 to 0-7 on the restart. Clare need to get going, they’re in trouble and it’s do-or-die.

We’re back in action at HQ and in Clones also…

38 mins – Cavan 0-12 Armagh 0-8

Cavan start the second period the brightest, Galligan with a point from a free.

40 mins – Limerick 0-16 Clare 0-8

More like it from Clare. Tony Kelly becomes Clare’s second scorer of the afternoon — it’s been all Peter Duggan up until now.

39 mins – Dublin 0-12 Kildare 0-7

Costello gets the Dubs up and running for the second half, before McCormack misses a goal chance at the other end… so close, could have been huge.

42 mins – Cavan 0-13 Armagh 0-10

Oisin Kiernan and Rian O’Neill exchange scores before the latter pops over another to bring the difference to three.

Cian Mackey is on the field for Cavan, to the delight of fans around Clones. He was the hero last week, and he replaces Conor Madden.

45 mins – Cavan 0-13 Armagh 0-11

That man Jamie Clarke with another free… exciting stuff.

The atmosphere at the Gaelic Grounds is absolutely unreal right now, the sea of green roaring their heroes on. They know how important this is. Clare aren’t giving up though.

Graeme Mulcahy with the latest point their, cancelling out Duggan at the other end. 0-17 to 0-9… sit tight!

45 mins – Dublin 0-15 Kildare 0-8

Mannion and Howard back-to-back for Dublin, Kevin Feely for Kildare, before Con O’Callaghan grabs another to drive Gavin’s charges on.

49 mins – Limerick 0-20 Clare 0-9

10 in it after Diarmuid Byrnes stepped up with an inspirational effort. Actually, make that 11. Morrissey with another stunning effort. Limerick with nine different scorers, Clare with two.

An absolute cracker in Clones…

Stefan Campbell brought the gap to one, Murray from a free brought Cavan two clear again, but Clarke has brought it back to one. 

By God… 

Wait, Galligan from a free has Cavan two up. 0-15 to 0-13, 15 minutes of the second half gone.

51 mins – Limerick 0-21 Clare 0-10

Duggan with Clare’s latest. Eight of the nine points he’s scored have been from frees.

Gillane with a score from play before that. Fresh legs are being introduced by both sides.

51 mins – Dublin 0-18 Kildare 0-9

All go in Croker too. Tyrrell and Costello trade scores, O’Callaghan with another and Mannion follows that up. 

In the middle of it all, Cluxton produced another outstanding save to deny Kildare a goal. Again, how big would that have been?

55 mins – Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-10

Casey with Limerick’s most recent score, while Duggan nails a superb sideline cut at the other end. Darragh O’Donovan comes in for Will O’Donoghue to a rousing reception.

56 mins – Cavan 0-17 Armagh 0-13

Cavan are pushing on — McVeety with an important point from play to put them three up, before Martin Reilly makes it four. What a game, this. Can Armagh find it in them to claw back once more?

57 mins – Cavan 0-17 Armagh 0-14

The answer is yes! Rory Grugan pulls one back.

58 mins – Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-11

Peter Duggan again. The commentators just mentioned Shane O’Donnell there, he has been fairly absent today, it must be said…

Gillane’s goal there, what a cracker!!! Peter Casey adds to Clare’s woes with a point from play just after. And another, actually. So that’s 1-24 to 0-11 just like that!

59 mins – Dublin 0-22 Kildare 0-10

61 mins – Cavan 0-17 Armagh 0-16

To Clones… God! Stefan Campbell and Jamie Clarke make it a one-point game. But that man Dara McVeety has just put Cavan two up once again.

27 minutes gone in the second half, it’s 0-18 to 0-16.

63 mins – Limerick 1-25 Clare 0-12

A Colm Galvin point is all Clare can find.

A look at that Gillane goal:

Cavan go three up after Conor Moynagh fires over from play. 

It’s 0-23 to 0-10 in Croker, 62 minutes gone with the Dubs well in control.

Mackeeeeey! Cavan are four up. 65 minutes played, it’s 0-20 to 0-16.

68 mins – Limerick 1-27 Clare 0-13

Duggan with Clare’s latest point, before they’re denied another goal opportunity. It’s cleared off the line by Casey. Immense. Darragh O’Donovan with a score at the other end.

68 mins – Cavan 0-20 Armagh 0-17

Armagh’s Mark Shields in for a goal and he blasts over the bar.

68 mins – Dublin 0-24 Kildare 0-11

Rory O’Carroll is on, as is Paddy Andrews. Cormac Costello has a goal chance saved, he pops over the resultant 45.

McVeety again! 0-21 to 0-17. Looks like it’s Cavan’s day!

But five minutes have just been added on.

72 mins – Limerick 1-27 Clare 0-13 

We’re going through three minutes added time at the Gaelic Grounds. Clare……. no comment at this stage.

37 mins – Cavan 0-22 Armagh 0-17

Gearoid McKiernan, Cavan are loving this.

72 mins – Dublin 0-26 Kildare 0-11 

Mannion with the latest.

FT – Dublin 0-26 Kildare 0-11

Job done for the Leinster and All-Ireland champions at HQ.

Well, what an evening of action that was. An 18-point hammering of Clare as All-Ireland champions Limerick send out a strong statement of intent, Cavan reach their first Ulster final in 18 years and Dublin march on to yet another Leinster decider. 

The Limerick-Clare and Dublin-Kildare reports are live and ready for reading here, and we’ll have all you need to know from the Cavan-Armagh clash shortly on The42.

All-Ireland champions Limerick send out clear message with 18-point hammering of Clare

Costello and Mannion hit 0-16 between them in Dublin’s 15-point defeat of Kildare

That’s all from me. Thanks so much for tuning in, but make sure to check back in through the evening for all the GAA reports, analysis and reaction you need.

Have a good one!

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