Tipperary have made a host of changes for the Allianz NFL Division 3 final clash with down on Saturday evening.
There are 11 changes from the team which played Longford in the last round of the league.
Goalkeeper Paul Fitzgerald returns, along with Conor Morrissey, Ciaran McDonald, Brian Fox, and Christy Aylward in defence. George Hannigan and Brian Jones are at midfield and there are four changes to the attack with Sean Carey, Niall Fitzgerald, James Tierney and Barry Grogan making their return.
TIPPERARY team to face Down in the Allianz NFL Division 3 Final:
1 Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)
2 Conor Morrissey (Clonmel Óg)
3 Ciaran McDonald) Aherlow
4 Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers) Captain
5 Brian Fox (Eire Óg Annacarty)
6 Hugh Coghlan (St. Vincents)
7 Christopher Aylward (Clonmel Óg)
8 George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)
9 Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers)
10 Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers)
11 Niall Fitzgerald (Moyle Rovers)
12 Brian Mulvihill (Moyle Rovers)
13 James Tierney (Golden Kilfeacle)
14 Brian Coen (Fethard)
15 Barry Grogan (Aherlow)
16 Matthew O’Donnell (Killenaule)
17 Christopher Higgins (Galtee Rovers)
18 Eamon Hanrahan (Clonmel Commercials)
19 Damian O’Brien) (Eire Óg Annacarty)
20 Robbie Costigan (Cahir)
21 Kevin Mulryan (JK Brackens)
22 John Cagney (Clonmel Óg)
23 Michael Phelan (Ardfinnan)
24 Ian Barnes (Clonmel Commercials)
Kerry 2-15 Galway 1-11 – Kerry will play Derry in the National Football League Final following their defeat over Galway. Match Report
Cork 0-19 Armagh 1-7 – Cork earned promotion to Division 1 thanks to a victory over Armagh. Cork will play Monaghan in the Division 2 Final. Match Report
Longford 0-10 Tipperary 0-9 – Already promoted Tipperary lost to Longford by a point at Semple Stadium. Tipperary will play Down in the Division 3 Final. Match Report
Offaly 2-11 Limerick 2-8 – Limerick were relegated to Division 4 following a three point defeat at the hands of Offaly. Match Report
Sligo 0-16 Waterford 1-11 – Waterford’s chances of promotion were dashed following a two point defeat at the hands of Sligo. Match Report
Leitrim 2-9 Clare 1-9 – Clare lost their fifth game in Division 4 at the hands of Leitrim.
Nemo Rangers (Cork) qualified for the All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Final thanks to a 0-14 to 1-4 victory over Ballina Stephenites (Mayo) on Sunday.
NEMO RANGERS: B Morgan; N Geary, D Kavanagh, D Breen; G O’Shea, M Cronin, B O’Regan (0-1); P Morgan, M McCarthy; R Kenny, D Mehigan (0-2), A Cronin; J Masters (0-8, 2 45) ,D Kearney, P Kerrigan (0-3). Subs: S O’Brien for Kenny (HT); D Niblock for McCarthy (51); B Twomey for Kearney (56); B O’Driscoll for A Cronin (56); G Murphy for Geary (57)
BALLINA STEPHENITES: D Clarke; G Cafferkey, E Devanney (1-0), M Wynne; B Ruane, C Leonard, S Sweeney; R McGarrity, D Brady (0-1); P McGarry, P Harte, E Casey; S Hughes (0-1), G Brady, L Brady (0-2, 1f). Subs: D O’Mahony for Cafferkey (10); C Sweeney for Casey (44); J Devanney for McGarry (54).
REFEREE: Maurice Deegan (Laois)
The second round of the National Hurling League takes place this weekend. Check out the Match Programme (left) for the fixtures.
CLARE (SH v Laois): P. Brennan; T. Keogh, D. Clancy, F. Lohan; J. McInerney, C. Plunkett, G. Quinn; C. Lynch, B. O’Connell; J. Clancy, D. O’Rourke, T. Carmody; N. Gilligan, F. Lynch, M. Flaherty.
LIMERICK (SH v Tipperary) – D. Bulfin; M. O’Riordan, S. Lucey, S. Hickey; M. O’Brien, P. O’Dwyer, D. Clancy; D. O’Grady, W. McNamara; S. Lavin, H. Flavin, A. O’Connor; A. O’Shaughnessy, P. Brown, P. Tobin
TIPPERARY (SH vs. Limerick): Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange); Eamonn Buckley (Drom & Inch); Declan Fanning (Killenaule), Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty);Eamon Corcoran (JK Brackens), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Benny Dunne (Toomevara); James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), Shane Maher (Burgess); Seamus Butler (Drom & Inch), Ryan O’Dwyer (Cashel King Cormacs), Pat Kerwick (Killenaule); Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields), Willie Ryan (Toomevara)
The first round of the ESB Munster Minor Football Championship will get underway on Wednesday evening match with three matches down for decision. 2008 Munster champions Kerry will play Tipperary in Thurles in a repeat of last year’s final which went to a replay. Cork will host Limerick while Clare travel to play Waterford in Dungarvan. All games throw-in at 6:30pm.
KERRY (MFC v Tipperary): P O’Sullivan; P O’Connor, P Galvin, N Fitzgerald; D Wrenn, J Hoare, M Finnegan; S Carroll, M Thieman; J Sherwood, D Kelly, M Brennan; N O’Shea, E O’Connor, D O’Sullivan.
TIPPERARY (MFC v Kerry): A Wall; E Fitzpatrick, J Ryan, P Dalton; D Dwyer, G Quinn, L Murphy; S O’Meara, E Kent; R McGrath, L Treacy, R Peters; G Mulhair capt, J Lonergan, B Hewitt.
Subs: E Kendrick, S Taylor, J Ryan, B O’Hara, J Carroll, A Matassa, J McMahon, T Hill, B Lowry.
CORK (MFC v Limerick): S Mellett; D O’Donovan, D Rodgers, D Cahalane; A Cronin, R O’Sullivan, S Finn; E Healy, P Wiley; G Minihane, John O’Rourke, D Drake; D Fitzgerald, J Dineen, B Hurley.
Subs: A O’Donoghue, S O’Shea, S Down, W O’Mahony, D Brosnan, D Murphy, R Deane, D Nations, M Russell.
WATERFORD (MFC v Clare): F Condon; C Buckley, R Cahill, S O’Connor; B Nolan, S Leahy, C Faherty; M O’Halloran, K Murphy; S Lynn, P Whyte, S Nolan; B O’Halloran, K Moore, K Guiry
CLARE (MF v Waterford): W DeLoughrey; M O’Connor, G Johnson, S Brennan; S Collins, E Malone, S Malone; K O’Connor, A Malone; S Brennan, C Ryan, S Tierney; C McInerney, E Finnucane, C Nolan
Waterford recorded their first minor football victory since 2004 last night when they defeated Limerick in Fraher Field, Dungarvan. They now advance to play Tipperary in a second play-off to decide who advances to play Cork in this years ESB Minor Football semi-final.
The Waterford v Tipperary play-off will take place on this Friday, April 24th at 6.30pm in Semple Stadium, Thurles.
Waterford v Limerick
Venue: Fraher Field, Dungarvan
Referees: D. Cahill (Tipperary)
KERRY lodged a positive result in their Munster MFC account, with victory in last night’s quarter-final clash at Semple Stadium. Read full match report
Drom & Inch (Tipperary) defeated Athenry (Galway) by 1-8 to 0-10 in the All Ireland Club Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final on Saturday. Drom & Inch will now play O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim) in the All-Ireland Final. Drom & Inch will hope to emulate fellow Tipperary outfit Cashel by winning the title in a fortnight’s time. Inspired by Therese Shortt and Siobhán McGrath, Drom & Inch overturned a 0-7 to 0-4 half-time advantage to reach the decider for the very first time. Athenry, heavily reliant on Jessica Gill’s eight points, were caught by Joanne Ryan’s goal nine minutes from time which sent Drom & Inch 1-7 to 0-8 in front. Drom held off a late Athenry charge and breathed a huge sigh of relief when Nicola Nally shot over the crossbar in stoppage time as the Galway girls threatened to score a winning goal.
Kilmayley (Clare) defeated Four Roads (Roscommon) by 4-11 to 0-3 in the All Ireland Club Junior Camogie Championship Semi Final. Kilmayley will now play The Harps (Laois) in the All-Ireland Final. Clare outfit Kilmaley will attempt to stop Laois side Harps capturing a third successive crown when the teams contest the junior final on November 16. Emma O’Driscoll (2), Katie Cahill and Helen McMahon scored the Kilmaley goals as they ran out 4-11 to 0-3 winners against Roscommon’s Four Roads at the grounds of St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield.
It will be a historic day for the Munster championship as, irrespective of who wins, new champions will be crowned, bringing to 22 the number of clubs who have won the hurling title since the official launch of the championships in 1971. De La Salle won the Waterford title for the first time this year and are now bidding to join Mount Sion and Ballygunner as Waterford winners of the Munster crown. All Star forward, John Mullane is De La Salle’s best known player but they can also call on his county colleagues, Kevin Moran and Brian Phelan to lead what is sure to be a stirring effort to land the big prize.
Adare are in the Munster championship for a second successive year but have been more successful this time. They lost to Loughmore-Castleiney in last year’s semi-final but gained revenge on Tipperary champions this year when they beat a highly-rated Toomevara side in the semi-final. Mark Foley, Wayne McNamara, Donncha Sheehan and Timmy Houlihan are Adare’s best known players on what is a well-balanced squad. Adare are bidding to become the first Limerick club to win the Munster title since Kilmallock were successful in 1994. Kilmallock, Patrickswell and Ballybrown are the Limerick clubs who have won the Munster title so far.
Adare 1-11 Toomevara (Tipperary) 0-10
Conor Fitzgerald shot 0-6 as Adare beat Toomevara in the Gaelic grounds. A blistering start which yielded 1-4 in the first quarter set the Limerick champions on their way to victory and while Toomevara cut the gap to two points in the second half, Adare powered on to earn a place in the Munster final for the first time.
De La Salle 0-18 Sarsfields (Cork) 0-16.
Brian Phelan scored 0-5 and John Mullane and James Quirke 0-4 each as De Salle clinched a place in the final for the first time. The sides were level on eleven occasions, including half-time (0-9 each). It was equally tight in the second half before De La Salle edged home to complete a great week, having won the Waterford title for the first time seven days previously.