Allianz NHL Division 1 – Waterford 4-13 Dublin 0-12

Waterford defeated Dublin by 4-13 to 0-12 in Round 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday in Walsh Park Waterford.

Waterford opened their Allianz GAA National League Division One campaign in style with a 4-13 to 0-12 win over Dublin at Walsh Park on Sunday. The Déise, who were missing several of their most recognisable names, led 1-10 to 0-6 at the break before hitting three goals in the second half to condemn the Dubs to a worrying opening day defeat. Of more pressing concern to Dublin boss Anthony Daly, however, will be the well-being of All Star forward Alan McCrabbe, who was taken to hospital in an ambulance after suffering a leg injury. The game was held up for ten minutes as the Craobh Chiaráin clubman received attention on the field after the second half incident. Waterford raced into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead thanks to two Maurice Shanahan points and a goal from former dual star Gary Hurney

Shanahan, the younger brother of 2007 Vodafone Hurler of the Year, scored 0-5 in total in the first half, while Kevin Moran was on target just before the break to give the Déise a seven-point advantage at the change of ends. Moran nudged Davy Fitzgerald’s charges further ahead on the resumption of play, before Shane Walsh hit the back of the net after a neat move involving Stephen Molumphy and Moran. David Treacy hit back for the Dubs, but Waterford were far too strong and eased to victory in the end, with Molumphy adding a third goal and Moran crowning a superb display with his side’s fourth.

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Team News

Waterford (NHL v Dublin) – C Hennessey; J Meagher, L Lawlor, N Connors; D Prendergast, M walsh, J Murray; J Nagle, R Foley; M Shanahan, K Moran, T Connors; S Walsh, G Hurney, S Molumphy (capt).

Dubin (NHL v Waterford) – Gary Maguire, Niall Corcoran, Tomás Brady, Óisin Gough, Stephen Hiney, Ronan Fallon, Maurice O’Brien, Johnny McCaffrey, Joseph Boland, Peter Kelly, Liam Rushe, Shane Durkin, David Treacy, Kevin Flynn, Alan McCrabbe.
Subs – Alan Nolan, Dave Byrne, Michael Carton, Simon Lambert, David Curtin, Shane Ryan, John Kelly, Peadar Carton, David O’Callaghan.

Corn an Uachtaráin SF B Final – Clonmel CBS 1-9 Midleton CBS 0-4

Clonmel CBS defeated Midleton CBS by 1-9 to 0-4 in the Corn an Uachtaráin Senior B Football Munster Colleges Final on Sunday in Mallow.

Allianz NHL Division 3A – Kerry 2-12 Derry 1-7

Kerry defeated Derry by 2-12 to 1-7 in Round 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A on Sunday in Celtic Park Derry.

Team News

The Kerry V Derry Sun 21st of February in Celtic Park 2.30pm is as follows:

1 John Brendan O’Halloran Kilmoyley

2 Colin Harris Kilmoyley

3 Aidan Healy Abbeydorney

4 Andrew Keane Crotta O’Neills

5 James Godley Kilmoyley

6 Liam Boyle Ballyduff

7 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

8 Mike Conway Lixnaw

9 John Griffin Lixnaw

10 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

11 Gary O’Brien Ballyduff

12 Shane Brick, Capt Kilmoyley

13 Michael Boyle Ballyduff

14 John Mike Dooley Causeway

15 Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

16 Nicky Leen Ballyduff

17 Jason Casey Ballyheigue

18 David Fitzelle Kilmoyley

19 Eoin Sheehy Kilmoyley

20 James Flaherty Lixnaw

21 Sean Young Kilmoyley

22 Sean Maunsell Kilmoyley

23 James McCarthy Kilmoyley

24 Brian O’Leary Abbeydorney

25 Colm Harty Causeway

26 Ronan Kenny Ballyheigue

27 Padraigh Monson Causeway

28 Richard Nolan Crotta O’Neills

29 Niall Young Kilmoyley

30 Turlough Bonnar Cashel King Cormacs, Tipperary

Corn Uí Mhuirí Football S-Final – St. Brendan’s, Killarney 2-7 Col.na Sceilge Cahirciveen 0-12

St. Brendan’s, Killarney defeated Col.na Sceilge Cahirciveen by 2-7 to 0-12 in the Corn Uí Mhuirí Football Semi-Final on Sunday in Milltown.

All Ireland Vocational Inter County “A” Hurling Final – Tipperary 2-13 Kilkenny 1-13

Tipperary defeated Kilkenny by 2-13 to 1-13 in the All Ireland Vocational Inter County “A” Hurling Final on Saturday evening in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Tipperary led by four point at the interval but Kilkenny were quick out of the blocks in the second half and drew level with four unanswered points. The game was tit for tat thereafter until the last 10 minutes where Tipperary got the scores to secure a three point victory in spite of late pressure from Kilkenny.

Cool Murray on target for Tipp

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday February 22 2010

FIRST-half goals from Tommy Heffernan and Sean Cleary proved crucial to Tipperary’s victory at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Kilkenny were reduced to 14 players two minutes from time when captain Padraic Gahan was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Heffernan and Cleary had responded to Cormac Heffernan’s early goal to hand Tipperary a 2-6 to 1-5 half-time lead before six second-half points from Premier County midfielder Stephen Murray helped them to pull away.

Scorers — Tipperary: S Murray 0-6 (0-4f), S Cleary 1-2, T Heffernan 1-1, E Ryan, J Ryan 0-2 each. Kilkenny: D Waugh 0-6 (0-6f), C Heffernan 1-0, G Malone, C Tobin (0-1f) 0-2 each, S Lawless, M Grace, K Bergin 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY — J Sampson; E Hogan, J Carroll, D Morkan; J O’Dwyer, J Mulqueen, J Fitzpatrick; S Murray, S McKelvey; J Ryan, N O’Meara, T Heffernan; E Ryan, S Cleary, M Ivors. Sub: J Bergin for O’Meara (59).

KILKENNY — D Walsh; J Bergin, L Kennedy, T Phelan; B Murphy, C Tobin, J Phelan; P Gahan, P Keneally; C Heffernan, S Lawless, G Malone; D Waugh, K Bergin, M Grace.

Ref — A Stapleton (Laois)

Allianz NFL Division 4 – Limerick 1-8 Longford 0-9

Limerick defeated Longford by 1-8 to 0-9 in Round 3 of the Allianz National Football League Division 4 on Saturday in Pearse Park Longford.

Limerick maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign and moved to the top of the Division Four table with a 1-8 to 0-9 over Longford at Pearse Park. Midfielder Jim O’Donovan got the all-important goal three minutes into the first half for Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s side, who led by 1-5 to 0-5 at the break. However, Longford will view this as a missed opportunity to claim their first league points of the year as they played much of the second half with 14 men and had a last-minute goal disallowed.

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Team News

The Limerick Senior Football Team to play Longford this Saturday in Pearse Park, Longford (2.30pm) in the third round of the Allianz NFL, Division 4 has been confirmed. The team shows three changes from the side that started against Carlow last weekend. Mickey Ned OSullivan continues his policy of rotating the goalkeeping position, this week its Conor Ranahans turn between the posts instead of Brendan Moran, Shane Gallagher makes way for team captain Johnny McCarthy who missed last weeks game due to injury and John Galvin replaces Eoin Joy at mid-field. Limerick will be hoping they can continue their unbeaten run before they take a three week break from NFL action.

Limerick SF Team: Conor Ranahan, Mark ORiordan, Conor Mullane, Andrew Lane, Stephen Lavin, Johnny McCarthy (Captain), Pa Ranahan, James ODonovan, John Galvin, Padraig Browne, James Ryan, John Mullane, Ger Collins, Ian Ryan, Cormac Joyce-Power.

Allianz NFL Division 4 – Carlow 1-11 Waterford 1-11

Carlow drew with Waterford in Round 3 of the Allianz National Football League Division 4 on Saturday in Dr. Cullen Park Carlow on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-11.

Carlow and Waterford shared the spoils in a fiery game at Dr Cullen Park, where referee Brian O’Shea dished out ten yellow and three red cards. The sides finished level on 1-11 apiece, but the three dismissals took the sheen off an entertaining game. JJ Smyth was sent off for Carlow, while Waterford’s Wayne Hennessy and Tony Grey also saw red.

Report from the GAA.ie web site

AIB All-Ireland Club SHC Semi-Final – Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) 0-19 Newtownshandrum (Cork) 0-17

Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) defeated Newtownshandrum (Cork) by 0-19 to 0-17 in the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Shamrocks show just enough

Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) 0-19 Newtownshandrum (Cork) 0-17

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 15, 2010

LOOKS like it was a cracker, doesn’t it, 36 scores in a 60-minute game between two of the premier clubs in the game over the past several years? Looks deceive, however, on this occasion as the All-Ireland Club senior hurling semi-final between the winners of 2007 (Ballyhale) and the winners of 2004 (Newtown), was a free-ridden error-fest, a game that was just bursting to break out but never quite made it. Ten points from placed balls for Ballyhale’s Henry Shefflin and nine for Newtown’s Ben O’Connor, yet this wasn’t a dirty game by any means, despite the late, injury-time red card issued to Newtownshandrum substitute Maurice Farrell. It was just that both sides were stale, rusty and showed the effects of a long competitive layoff. What we witnessed in Semple Stadium yesterday bolstered the argument, surely, for this competition to be played to its conclusion on an open-draw calendar-year basis.

Neither side was anywhere near maximum capacity but Newtownshandrum were the ones more off the pace of their own regular free-flowing game, and ultimately, paid the price. The first half was dominated by Ballyhale. Playing with the aid of a stiff breeze, they led at the break by three points, 0-13 to 0-10, but it could as easily have been three goals. In the 4th minute, the 11th, the 17th, the 25th, the 28th, Newtown keeper William Biggane was called on to make either a big save or an under-pressure catch to keep his side in the game. Despite that, one would also have to question the finishing of the Ballyhale forwards – two of those shots were from narrow angles and should have been pointed, while two more should have been goaled.

It was not what you’d expect from a Kilkenny team, normally lethal in that kind of situation. In the second half, after Newtown were forced into a change of keeper (young Biggane injured just before the break and replaced by the experienced Paul Morrissey), Ballyhale missed a golden opportunity to wrap up the game. In the 53rd minute, with Shefflin in splendid isolation 20m from goal and screaming for the pass, full-forward Paddy Reid opted to shoot under pressure from wide right but drove wide. From the Newtownshandrum perspective, however, it was even worse. Hard as they tried, they just could not get their running/possession game going. The goal opportunities missed at the other end aside, that they were as close as they were to Ballyhale at the break was due to their sheer doggedness. But even at that stage, and even allowing for the wind, it was obvious – the first touch you normally associate with this team, was off.

Even the twins, Ben and Jerry O’Connor, the two who have carried Newtownshandrum to success after success since 1996, struggled – when is the last time anyone can remember that happening? And yet, in that second half, granted the reprieve by the stuttering Shamrocks attack, Newtown came close and could even have won this game. Where it was Ballyhale missing the goal chances in the first half, now it was the turn of the Corkmen: a half-chance ground flick by Jamie Coughlan that flew across the face of the goal and out wide almost immediately after the restart. Then, in the 34th minute, a superb save by keeper James Connolly denied the flying Cathal Naughton (by far Newtown’s most impressive performer). Three minutes later, it was Connolly again to the fore, stopping a Ryan Clifford penalty after big James Bowles was fouled. And finally, in the 58th minute, Newtown coming in search of the winner, it was Connolly again to the rescue, batting out a dangerous centre.

A litany of missed chances, a succession of hard-luck stories; throw in the points gifted to Ballyhale when a couple of experienced defenders were caught – needlessly – in possession, and when it’s all added up it’s Newtownshandrum bowing out, Ballyhale progressing. On the day’s play, just about deserved, but improvement will be needed if they’re to put a stop to the Portumna gallop.

Scorers for Ballyhale Shamrocks: H. Shefflin 0-13 (0-8 frees, 0-2 65’s); M. Aylward 0-2; E. Reid, TJ Reid, C. Fennelly, J. Fitzpatrick, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Newtownshandrum: B. O’Connor 0-9 (0-7 frees, 0-1 65, 0-1 s/l); M. Bowles 0-3; R. Clifford 0-2; Jerry O’Connor 0-2; C. Naughton 0-1.

BALLYHALE SHAMROCKS: J. Connolly; A. Cuddihy, A. Cummins, T. Coogan; P. Shefflin, E. Walsh (c), B. Aylward; J. Fitzpatrick, M. Fennelly; C. Fennelly, H. Shefflin, TJ Reid; E. Reid, P. Reid, M. Aylward.

Sub: J. Holden (P. Shefflin 60+1).

NEWTOWNSHANDRUM: W. Biggane; J. O’Mahony, B. Mulcahy, D. Gleeson (c); S. O’Riordan, P. Mulcahy, P. Noonan; PJ Copse, C. Naughton; R. Clifford, Jerry O’Connor, M. Bowles; J. Coughlan, J. Bowles, B. O’Connor.

Subs: P. Morrissey (Biggane inj. 30); J. Herlihy (Copse 54); John O’Connor (Clifford 54); M. Farrell (J. Bowles 58).

Referee: J. Ryan (Tipperary)

Allianz NFL Division 4 – Clare 4-18 Kilkenny 0-2

Clare defeated Kilkenny by 4-18 to 0-2 in Round 2 of the Allianz National Football League Division 4 on Sunday at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

Allianz NFL Division 4 – Waterford 1-16 London 0-8

Waterford defeated London by 1-16 to 0-8 in Round 2 of the Allianz National Football League Division 4 on Sunday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.