Allianz NHL Division 2 – Clare 2-15 Kildare 0-11

Clare defeated Kildare by 2-15 to 0-11 in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 2 on Sunday at Newbridge.

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Dublin 6-30 Limerick 2-11

Dublin defeated Limerick by 6-30 to 2-11 in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday at Parnell Park Dublin.

Limerick get six of the best from Dublin

By TOM HUMPHRIES at Parnell Park from the Irish Times newspaper

ALLIANZ NHL DIVISION ONE Dublin 6-30 Limerick 2-11: IT WOULD be easy to be pious after this car wreck of a match. It would be grand to cluck the tongue and say that this was a bad day for hurling. It would be easy and maybe it would be right. Yet, Dublin fans have sat through so many cold and bitter days in Parnell Park watching their hurlers toil against Westmeath, Laois and Antrim that any day in the top division that brings 6-30 against another county, any county, is reward for hard time previously done. And as for Limerick. Twice in this league campaign they have faced serious teams. Tipperary demanded a performance of themselves after they lost to Dublin.

Stung, they came away and beat Kilkenny and the next day out they had 21 points to spare on Limerick. Dublin needed a performance to survive in Division One yesterday. They prevailed by 31 points. If that makes any or all parties in the Limerick mess wake up to the nature of the ongoing folly it will have been a good day for hurling. The thought of this Limerick side going out into the heat of a Munster championship afternoon is slightly distressing. Brave and promising as they may be (depending on what side you are looking from) they don’t deserve to have their dignity stripped from them again. Neither does the hallowed Limerick jersey need to be seen trampled on the ground of another massacre – not with the competition for hearts and minds that the game faces in the county.

JP McManus, the game’s most influential supporter in Limerick was in Parnell Park yesterday (One venue where he could never be accused of being part of the prawn sandwich brigade, what with hot dogs and cuppa soup being the fare even at premium level.) and his thoughts on what he saw will perhaps play a part in determining what shape Limerick are in come the summer. Whatever happens, Limerick have a long way to travel Dublin, it has to be said, are in better shape. A lot of yesterday’s game was so facile that it is beyond analysis, yet Anthony Daly had reasons to be cheerful afterwards. Dublin have had their troubles delivering the best of themselves against teams which they have been fancied to beat and if this seasons prime examples so far were the losses to Waterford and Offaly, last season’s most distressing moments came in two games against Limerick.

It was pleasing then that Dublin never looked like losing this game. They were six points to two ahead as the clock slipped past the 10-minute mark and pulled away steadily from there on. The one crisis they faced was a goal from Paudie McNamara in the second half when the big forward appeared to mishit a 21-yard free in the 29th minute. Dublin came back with four goals in six minutes, a giant declaration of confidence and will from a side who had only scored three goals in the league to date. Those goals had a significance beyond the scoreboard.

Two of them fell to David “Dotsie” O’Callaghan, who until yesterday looked to be struggling with his confidence. Yesterday, he looked his best again. sandwiched between his goals were two of interest. One, from Shane Ryan, where the former footballer caught a fine diagonal ball from the born again Ronan Fallon, turned and finished beautifully to the net, caught the eye of those following this work in progress. The other, a nice goal from John Kelly at the end of a splendid move, suggested that Kelly may press claims for a place come the summer. Dublin added two more goals before the end. Liam Rushe, picked at centre forward, but operating at full forward, took the first, a fitting decoration for an afternoon filled with aggression and adventure.

Paul Ryan, the promising Ballyboden player, had the other (set up by Shane Ryan). Paul Ryan had a quiet enough afternoon for a man thought to be auditioning for bigger things, but what he did was done with certainty and a little panache. Limerick will look back and feel that if it wasn’t for bad luck they wouldn’t have had any luck at all. Several of their best moves produced fine saves from Gary Maguire in the Dublin goal. And in the second half after eight minutes they lost the services of James O’Brien after an off-the-ball incident. Paudie McNamara had a penalty turned away by Ronan Fallon on the Dublin line. To their credit having crumbled for that period when it rained goals for Dublin the Limerick lads regrouped and Graeme Mulcahy’s late goal, kicked to the net after a turbo charged solo run was a minor consolation, but underlined the promise shown by Mulcahy and Limerick’s other corner forward Richard McKeogh.

DUBLIN : G Maguire; N Corcoran, R Fallon, O Gough; S Hiney, J Boland (0-1) , M O’Brien; J McCaffrey (0-1) , S Durkin; P Ryan (1-2, 0-1 free), P Kelly (0-3), S Lambert (0-4); D O’Callaghan (2-3), L Rushe (1-5), A McCrabbe (0-10, eight frees). Subs : R Treanor for Gough (h-t), J Kelly (1-1) for P Kelly (47 mins), P Carton for P Ryan (47 mins), S Ryan (1-0) for McCaffrey (47 mins), D O’Dwyer for D O’Callaghan (55 mins).

LIMERICK : T Flynn; D Lynch, D Kenny, S O’Neill; L O’Dwyer, A Brennan, N Quaid; B O’Sullivan, S O’Riordan; P Browne, P McNamara (1-7, 1-4 frees), J O’Brien (0-1), G Mulcahy (1-1) , D Breen, R McKeogh (0-2). Subs : T O’Brien for Quaid (27 mins), S Herlihy for Browne (h-t), K O’Rourke for Lynch (53 mins), C Hayes for Kenny (53 mins), D Madden for Brennan (59 mins).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Kilkenny 1-20 Waterford 2-12

Kilkenny defeated Waterford by 1-20 to 2-12 in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

Kilkenny end their campaign on a high note

From the Irish Times newspaper

ALLIANZ NHL DIVISION ONE Kilkenny 1-20 Waterford 2-12: KILKENNY ENDED their league campaign on a winning note, but had to endure a late rally at Nowlan Park yesterday. The home team hit the ground running, dominating the scoreboard over the opening 35 minutes. Early points from TJ Reid, Eoin Guinan (2) and Michael Grace gave them the advantage before Grace goaled Kilkenny into a commanding lead. The corner forward showed great awareness to watch a JJ Delaney sideline cut that sailed over the head of his marker, Aidan Kearney, then gave goalkeeper Adrian Power no chance with ground strike, stretching Kilkenny’s lead to seven points by the 12th minute, 1-4 to 0-0.

Waterford didn’t get off the mark until the 14th minute, John Mullane opening their account with a point. With their forwards taking control of the game Kilkenny pointed themselves further in front, stretching their lead through points from TJ Reid (2), James Fitzpatrick and Richie Hogan (free) to comfortably go 10 points up. The gap grew even greater before the interval. Eoin Larkin made it an 11-point game, but, although Mullane doubled his tally, Eoin Guinan restored Kilkenny’s handsome lead with the last puck of the half, 1-10 to 0-2. Waterford made a better start to the second half. Substitute Eoin Kelly opened his account with two quick frees, but a point apiece for brothers Richie (free) and Paddy Hogan, plus another from Reid, left the Munster men chasing that same 11-point gap with 26 minutes left to play.

They set about working off that deficit and, within 12 minutes, had closed to within six points of the leaders, Eoin Kelly grabbing a precious goal when he drilled a 56th minute penalty to the net. That goal brought some life to the game, as both sides set about picking off points. Mullane helped himself to a brace, as did Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan. Another Eoin Kelly free kept the Deise moving, but a Michael Grace point ensured Kilkenny were still that bit further in front. Waterford set the game up for an interesting finale when Kevin Moran fired a shot to the Kilkenny net three minutes from the end. That left just three points between the sides (1-18 to 2-12), but Kilkenny upped the pace, Richie Hogan and Eoin Guinan grabbing the insurance scores.

KILKENNY : PJ Ryan; M Kavanagh, N Hickey, J Tyrrell; J Tennyson, B Hogan, JJ Delaney, J Fitzpatrick (0-1) , D Lyng, TJ Reid (0-5) , E Brennan, R Hogan (0-5, four frees, one 65), M Grace (1-2), E Larkin (0-1), E Guinan (0-5, 0-1 free). Subs : J Dalton for B Hogan (36 mins), P Hogan (0-1) for JJ Delaney (36 mins).

WATERFORD : A Power; J Maher, L Lawlor, A Kearney; S Daniels, T Browne, D Prendergast; B Phelan, J Murray; T Connors, K McGrath (0-1) , E McGrath; J Mullane (0-4) , S Walsh, S Casey. Subs: E Kelly (1-5, 1-0 pen, 0-5 frees) for Murray (27 mins), K Moran (1-1) for Lawlor (36 mins), E Murphy for Casey (36 mins), S Molumphy (0-1) for Connors (36 mins), S Prendergast for Walsh (56 mins).

Referee: A Stapleton (Laois)

Munster Camogie Intermedate Championship Semi-Final – Limerick 2-11 Cork 2-8

Limerick defeated Cork by 2-11 to 2-8 in the Munster Camogie Intermedate Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Effin Co. Limerick.

Munster Camogie Senior Championship Semi-Final – Clare 3-10 Waterford 1-6

Clare defeated Waterford by 3-10 to 1-6 in the Munster Camogie Senior Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Ballygunner.

Cadbury All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final – Donegal 0-12 Tipperary 0-4

Donegal defeated Tipperary by 0-12 to 0-4 in the Cadbury All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday in Parnell Park Dublin. 


Murphy sends Donegal into U21 decider 

From the web site 

Saturday, April 17, 2010 

Michael Murphy kicked six points as Donegal gave a much-improved second half performance to seal a 0-12 to 0-4 victory over 14-man Tipperary in the Cadbury GAA Football All-Ireland U21 semi-final at Parnell Park on Saturday night.  Donegal led by 0-3 to 0-1 after a tight first half, but the dismissal of Tipperary’s Ciaran McDonald after the break helped Donegal and Murphy to take complete control in the final 20 minutes. 

A tepid first half produced just one point from play – a Leo McLoone effort for Donegal after a mazy run through the Munster champions’ defence. Despite the absence of open, attacking football, both sides had goal chances in the opening 30 minutes. Aldo Matassa, the Tipperary wing-forward, was the first to go close, walloping a fierce shot off the crossbar after he had weaved through a thicket of yellow-shirted defenders. Murphy, inevitably, had Donegal’s best goal-scoring chance, but he sent a shot just wide after beating McDonald to a high ball just before the break. Jim McGuinness’s Donegal side led 0-3 to 0-1 at the break, before the game, thankfully, sprung to life after the interval. 

Murphy, the Donegal full-forward, started the half like he meant business, kicking a fine point from  play inside the opening minute. Tipperary’s prospects of progressing to an All-Ireland final were then dealt a fatal blow when their full back, McDonald, who had managed to keep Murphy relatively quiet to this point, was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Donegal’s danger man. 

John Evans, the Tipperary boss, reacted by bringing John Coghlan back into the full-back line to mark Murphy, but by now another pointed free from the 2009 Young Footballer of the Year had nudged the Ulster men into a four-point lead. Séan Carey temporarily stemmed the tide with Tipp’s first point from play, but Murphy was in irresistible form and he immediately exerted his dominance over his new marker to reinstate his team’s comfortable buffer. 

Tipperary pulled another point back through Carey before Peter Acheson wasted their best opportunity of the half, blasting a shot off a defender after Robbie Kiely had presented him with a glorious chance. Dermot Molloy instantly made Tipperary pay by popping over a point with his fist when he might have goaled from a tight angle. Alan Moloney gave Tipperary hope when he reduced the gap to four with a glorious left-footed point from way out on the touchline. However, that was to prove to be Tipperary’s last score of the game and Donegal finished by kicking four successive points to seal a comfortable win. Murphy kicked his fifth and sixth points of the night, while Molloy and James Carroll were also on target for the Ulster champions.


Donegal advance as Tipp fall foul of Murphy 

Donegal 0-12 Tipperary 0-04 

By Fintan O’Toole from the Irish Examiner newspaper 

Monday, April 19, 2010 

THE attacking genius of Michael Murphy has caused suffering for plenty teams in recent seasons and Tipperary’s U21s became the latest victims of the Glenswilly man’s prowess in Saturday night’s All-Ireland U21FC semi-final in Parnell Park. Murphy was at the core of Donegal’s drive for success here, contributing half of their total, but his influence extended beyond scoretaking. He provided his team with a brilliant focal point and gave the second-half leadership that steered his side towards an All-Ireland date with Dublin in a fortnight.  That will be an evocative clash for Donegal football as they collide with the county their seniors trumped on a famous September afternoon in 1992 and indeed the game will represent the first All-Ireland football final a Donegal team has contested since that day. 

If Murphy’s strong input was one key element in deciding this game, then the other indisputably centred on the fate that befell his marker Ciaran McDonald. The Tipperary captain is an inspirational player and for 32 minutes he fought a terrific tussle with Murphy, as his resolute and clever play only yielded one point from play to the Donegal man. But the Aherlow youngster’s night ended when referee Damien Brazil flashed a yellow card in the 32nd minute that coupled with a booking in the ninth minute, led to McDonald trooping off in disconsolate fashion. Both bookings seemed harsh.  In Tipperary manager John Evans’ eyes, the first yellow card was a moment of panic by the match official: “I think he just panicked with the first yellow but the referee’s entitled to be nervous just like everyone else.  “Ciarán was doing tremendously well and he had the upper hand on Michael Murphy in the first half. These are the decisions that are made and we have to abide by them.” 

What was certain was how Donegal exploited the numerical advantage.  They led 0-5 to 0-1 after Murphy tapped over the free awarded following McDonald’s sending off and from there until the end, played intelligent and controlled football. Their rotating cast of midfielders – Conor Classon, Leo McLoone, Kevin Mulhern and Danny Curran – gave them a strong foothold, while in defence Paddy McGrath and Declan Walsh excelled.  The calm and alert Mark McHugh, son of Donegal great Martin, exerted a sizeable influence as well while James Carroll and Dermot Molloy assisted Murphy in the scoring stakes. 

By the end of the third quarter Donegal led 0-8 to 0-3 and their leading attacking trio embellished their advantage to read 0-12 to 0-4 at the final whistle. But manager Jimmy McGuinness was quick to pinpoint the sending off as the moment when the match turned irrevocably in their favour.  “It changed the game. I feel for the lad. He’s a phenomenal player and it was a phenomenal tussle between himself and Michael before that. It definitely had a huge bearing and it freed things up for us around the middle.  “We’re delighted though. It’s great for the lads as four months ago this moment was a long way away. They’ve worked very hard to get here.” 

After a stunning season, Tipperary ultimately limped out of the championship. Aside from the loss of McDonald, other factors hastened their exit. Munster final man-of-the-match Peter Acheson spent Friday night in hospital with illness and although he lined out here, he was unable to command midfield proceedings like he had in the provincial decider. Scores proved difficult for Tipperary to source and they only managed two points from play over the hour. Tipperary came desperately close to goaling twice but Aldo Matassa’s stinging drive in the 24th minute cannoned off the crossbar and in the 43rd minute Acheson’s low shot was tipped away by Peter Boyle.  Alan Moloney and Padraig O’Dwyer were shining lights for Tipperary yet Donegal were always difficult to break down, with their physical play and ploy of pulling 13 players behind the ball. But their persistent second-half battling in the face of impossible odds led to praise from Evans afterwards.  “I’m very proud. They went for 27 minutes with fourteen men but they didn’t lie down. When these lads line up with those U21s from last year and year before, Tipperary can have a bright senior team down the tracks.” 

Scorers for Donegal: M Murphy 0-6 (0-3f), D Molloy 0-3 (0-1f), J Carroll 0-2, L McLoone 0-1. 

Scorers for Tipperary: S Carey 0-2 (0-1f), C Sweeney (0-1f), A Moloney 0-1 each. 

DONEGAL: P Boyle; D Walsh, C Boyle, P McGrath; E Doherty, D Curran, K Mulhern; L McLoone, C Classon; D McLaughlin, D Molloy, T McKinley; A McFadden, M Murphy, M McHugh.
Subs: J Carroll for McLaughlin (half-time), P McNelis for McKinley (45), C Morrisson for McFadden (60), D Murphy for McGrath (60), S O’Kennedy for Curran (60) 

TIPPERARY: K Kenrick; D Lynch, C McDonald, R Kiely; D Dwyer, J Coghlan, P O’Dwyer; A Moloney, P Acheson; S Carey, B O’Brien, A Matassa; C Sweeney, S Egan, M O’Dwyer.
Subs: P McEvoy for M O’Dwyer (ht), T Hanly for Matassa (45), B O’Meara for Egan (48), G Ryan for O’Brien (55), D Heffernan for Carey (60). 

Referee: Damien Brazil (Offaly)


Team News 

The Tipperary U-21 Football team to play Donegal in the All Ireland U-21 Football Semi-Final on Saturday evening in Parnell Park, Dublin shows one change from the team which started against Kerry in the Munster final. Shane Egan of Galtee Rovers, who scored 2 crucial second half points in that game after coming on as a half time substitute, will start at full forward in place of Brian O’Meara. The team is:  

1          Kieran Kenrick             Moyle Rovers  
2          Robbie Kiely                Arravale Rovers          
3          Ciaran McDonald         Aherlow           Captain
4          Donal Lynch                 Commercials   
5          Padraig O’Dwyer          Eire Óg-Annacarty      
6          John Coghlan                Moyne-Templetuohy   
7          Dara Dwyer                 Moyle Rovers  
8          Alan Moloney               Rockwell Rovers         
9          Peter Acheson              Moyle Rovers  
10        Sean Carey                  Moyle Rovers  
11        Bernard O’Brien           Aherlow          
12        Aldo Matassa               Commercials               
13        Conor Sweeney            Ballyporeen
14        Shane Egan                  Galtee Rovers  
15        Michael O’Dwyer         Arravale Rovers  

Match Preview  

Cadbury GAA Football U21 Semi-final Previews  

From the web site  

Friday, April 16, 2010  

The Cadbury GAA Football U21 Championship reaches the All-Ireland semi-finals stage on Saturday, when Munster champions Tipperary face Donegal and Dublin go head-to-head with Connacht kingpins Roscommon.    

Cadbury GAA Football All Ireland U21 Championship 2010 semi-finals  

Saturday, April 17
Parnell Park: Tipperary v Donegal, 7.30pm  

These are heady days for Tipperary football, with the historic victory over Kerry last month the latest in a series of impressive performances. At Senior level the Premier County achieved promotion in successive years in the Allianz Football National League (although they were relegated this season), while at Minor level they contested the last two provincial finals.  

It looked as if it could be another hard luck story for the U21s before that stunning success at Tralee. The irony of the win is that Tipperary are managed by John Evans, a native of Kerry.  

Just 200 spectators attended the semi-final joust with Limerick at Thurles where the foundations for victory were laid in the opening half against the wind (0-9 to 1-3). The hosts increased the lead to five points on the restart and that was also the margin at the final whistle as a fourth successive final berth was secured.  

Not surprisingly, Tipperary were massive underdogs for the final against Kerry. The Kingdom had 25 provincial titles to their credit, Tipperary none. Kerry also enjoyed the home advantage of Tralee and had sauntered past the reigning Cadbury All-Ireland U21 champions Cork in the quarter-final before trouncing Waterford. It all pointed to a comfortable Kerry victory, but Tipperary hadn’t read the script.  

Initially it looked as if things would go as expected with the hosts leading by 1-2 to 0-1 after 15 minutes despite playing against the wind. The visitors dominated thesecond quarter thanks to Peter Acheson’s efforts, and Bernard O’Brien’s goal helped them into a 1-4 to 1-2 interval lead. Kerry hit three unanswered points in the third quarter before Séan Carey levelled for the underdogs. A couple of Shane Egan points edged the visitors clear and a lone Kerry reply was not enough to deny them a historic victory.  

Other surprise successes in recent times by Limerick and Waterford brought mixed fortune at the All-Ireland semi-final stage…the former beat Westmeath in 2000, the latter lost to Dublin three years later. Tipperary will be hoping to emulate the Shannonsiders today.  

In years to come when the 2010 Cadbury GAA Football U21 Championship is recalled, the one charge that will not be levelled against it was that it was predictable.   

Ulster was no exception to this unpredictability with Donegal (in their first provincial final for ten years) taking the crown for the first time since 1995, when, incidentally, they also defeated Cavan. Such a relatively novel pairing did no harm to the attendance, as more than 6,000 spectators made their way to Brewster Park, Enniskillen for last Wednesday week’s encounter.   

Initially, little separated the sides, but a goal by Michael Murphy just before the break gave Donegal a reasonable cushion. However, the Breffni men had the better of the third quarter and closed to within a point, but potential parity was snatched away by a quick goal and a point from Dermot Molloy, with Donegal eventually easing to a slightly flattering seven points victory.  

Naturally, many of the after-match plaudits were directed towards the two leading marksmen, but the Donegal defence has been key in their regaining the title after a 15-year lapse. They have yet to concede a goal in the campaign, and with the opposition averaging less than nine points per match, they are proving an incredibly difficult proposition.  

Down had been in pursuit of a third successive provincial title but were thumped by Cavan in the quarter-final, while the All-Ireland Minor champions for the last two years, Tyrone and Armagh, didn’t muster a win between them. Derry assumed favouritism after wins over Tyrone and Fermanagh but fell to the eventual champions in the penultimate round.  

Five of the starting XV ten days ago (Walsh, McLoone, Molloy, Carroll and Murphy) played in Donegal’s provincial Minor title win four years ago, and they provide the nucleus as the county faces into its first All-Ireland semi-final since they went down to Kerry in 1995 (1-5 to 2-6). In all Donegal have played in five semi-finals with a record of two wins and three losses.

Munster Camogie U18 Championship – Cork 4-12 Tipperary 2-6

Cork defeated Tipperary by 4-12 to 2-6 in the Preliminary round of the Munster Camogie U18 Championship on Saturday at Ballincollig.

Munster U18 Camogie Championship

Preliminary Rd

Cork 4-12 v 2-06 Tipperary

Scorers for Cork: J Casey 1-5 (0-3f, 0-1 pen), Aine O Donovan, Ailin O Donovan 1-2 each, F Neville 1-0, P Mackey, M Reidy, M Scannell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary; A Kennedy 1-1, C Shortt1-0, C Devane 0-2 (0-1f), N Walsh, A Fogarty, C Kennedy 0-1each.

CORK : J Kavanagh (c),R O’ Mahony, N O’ Brien, L Browne; E Kingston, P Mackey, S Harrington; S Meeney, F Cotter; C Sugrue, F Neville, M Reidy; Aine O’ Donovan, J Casey Ailin O ‘ Donovan.

Subs: E Coughlan for E Kingston (inj 21), M Scannell for C Sugrue (49), S Coomey for Aine O’ Donovan (54) A Coughlan for N O’ Brien (56), S O’ Flynn for J Casey (56).

TIPPERARY: Moira Ryan; M Barry, S Ryan (c), A Cahill; E Spillane, L Cahill, L Hayes; E Casey, N O’ Donoghue; A Fogarty, C Devane, A Kennedy; E Fryday, N Walsh, C Shortt.

Subs: S O’ Meara for L Hayes (h/t), Maura Ryan for N O’ Donoghue (h/t), B Quinn for A Cahill (49), C Kennedy for E Casey (51), L Hogan for E Fryday (52).

Ref: Peter Whelan (Waterford)

ESB Munster Minor Football Championship – Kerry 1-12 Tipperary 2-7

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 1-12 to 2-7 in the ESB Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday at Austin Stack Park Tralee.Tipperary will now play the winners of Clare and Waterford on April 24th for a place in the Munster semi-final. 


Kerry rattled by battling Premier 

Kerry 1-12 Tipperary 2-7 

By Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper 

Thursday, April 15, 2010 

KERRY had their expected victory over Tipperary in the opening round of the ESB Munster MFC in Tralee last night but it was a close-run thing in the finish as Tipperary banged in two late goals to leave the home side hanging on with just two points to spare. In truth the final scoreline is not a true reflection of the game as Kerry were always in control of a game that rarely reached the heights. However had the visitors not wasted a gilt-edged goal chance in the opening half, the result might have been different. Judgment on this Kerry team will be reserved until later but the majority of the 2,002 spectators went home happy in the knowledge that there are a couple of excellent players on the horizon. 

Full back David Culhane, centre back Laurence Bastible and wing back and captain James Walsh excelled in defence; Damien Somers and George Durrant did well at midfield after a shaky start while up front the pace of Mark Reen, and the excellent point scoring of Eanna O’Connor and Gavin O’Grady ensured the home side advanced to the semi-final. Playing an excellent brand of direct fast football, Kerry hit Tipp early and often with scores to lead 1-4 to nil after just eight minutes and the signs were ominous for the visitors. Mark Reen began the scoring burst with a point after 40 seconds and when the same player took a delightful pass from Gavin O’Grady before slipping home a goal, Kerry got the best possible start. 

Eanna O’Connor who was the only survivor from the starting 15 which won last year’s title, landed a point from a sideline kick and to confirm just how dominant Kerry were in that opening period, Gavin O’Grady pointed a 40-metre free to put his side seven points ahead. Kerry were totally on top in most sectors of the field but strangely, struggled at midfield where the tall Kevin Seymour and John O’Callaghan were dominant, and it came as a surprise when Tipp took off Seymour in the 20th minute. 

Tipperary switched full forward Billy Hewitt out onto the 40 for the remainder of the half and it had the desired effect. They finally got on the scoresheet with a Liam Boland point and two more by Hewitt had them back in the game. Hewitt lost a glorious chance of a goal when Liam Boland put him through, but with only the keeper to beat, he blazed wide. It was a huge let off for Kerry who had gone eight minutes without a score before Barry Dwyer landed a point which gave his side a 1-6 to 0-3 half-time lead. 

Kerry maintained their strong grip in the second half and the scores continued to flow. By the end of the third quarter they had stretched their lead to nine points, 1-11 to 0-5 and looked on course for a comprehensive victory. However Tipp finished strongly with two goals in the closing minutes, and were made to rue that costly miss by Billy Hewitt in the first half. 

Scorers for Kerry: M Reen, 1-2; G O’Grady, 0-4, (2f); E O’Connor, 0-3, (2f); B Dwyer, 0-2; T Hickey, 0-1. 

Scorers for Tipperary: L Boland, 1-3 (0-1f); S Leahy, 1-1; B Hewitt, 0-3, (1f). 

KERRY: P McCarthy; P Kilkenny, D Culhane, F McNamara; J Walsh, L Bastible, J Hickson; D Somers, G Durrant; M Reen, T Hickey, M Mangan; B Dwyer, G O’Grady, E O’Connor.
Subs: J Moynihan for Dwyer, 42; T Morley for O’Grady, A Thompson for Hickson, both 50; E Kiely for Somers, 55; C Cox for O’Connor, 58. 

TIPPERARY: P Nolan; P Dalton, J Ryan, S Taylor; M Murphy, N O’Meara, P O’Meara; K Seymour, J O’Callaghan; D Leahy, B Harkin, B Maher; L Boland, B Hewitt, L McGrath.
Subs: M O’Sullivan for Murphy, 9; S Leahy for Seymour, 20; K Kennedy for N O’Meara, 35; C O’Sullivan for J Ryan, 44; S Power for B Maher, 45; L Treacy for D Leahy, 50. 

Referee: Roy Hickey (Clare). 

 Kerry survive late blitz 

 For the Irish Independent newspaper 

Kerry 1-12 Tipperary 2-7 

Thursday April 15 2010 

Two Tipperary goals in injury-time put a gloss on the scoreline as Kerry, under new boss Pat O’Driscoll, advanced at Austin Stack Park.  Mark Reen opened Kerry’s account with a superb point in the second minute before Thomas Hickey added another within 60 seconds.  Hickey then raced through the middle in the fourth minute and fed Gavin O’Grady, who passed to Reen, who blasted the ball to Tipperary net.  Eanna O’Connor saw his sideline ball hop over the bar and O’Grady made it 1-4 to 0-0 in the eighth minute with a pointed free. 

Two Billy Hewitt points and a Liam Boland free was all Tipp’ could muster as Kerry led 1-6 to 0-3 at the interval.  Kerry took over again in the third quarter with points from O’Connor, O’Grady and Hickey as they led 1-11 to 0-4. However Tipperary never gave up and two late goals from Boland and Shane Leahy cut the deficit to two points. 

Scorers — Kerry: M Reen 1-2, G O’Grady 0-4 (2f), E O’Connor 0-3 (1f), T Hickey 0-2, B Dwyer 0-1. Tipperary: L Boland 1-3 (0-1f), S Leahy 1-1, B Hewitt 0-3 (1f) 

Kerry — P McCarthy, P Kilkenny, D Culhane, F McNamara, J Walsh, L Bastible, J Hickson, D Somers, G Durant, M Reen, T Hickey, M Mangan, B Dwyer, G O’Grady, E O’Connor. Subs: J Moynihan for B Dwyer (47), T Morley for G O’Grady (50), A Thompson for J Hickson (54), E Kiely for D Somers (58), C Cox for E O’Connor (60). 

Tipperary — P Nolan, P Dalton, J Ryan, S Taylor, M Murphy, N O’Meara, P O’Meara, K Seymour, J O’Callaghan, D Leahy, B Harkin, B Maher, L Boland, B Hewitt, L McGrath. Subs: M O’Sullivan for M Murphy (10), S Leahy for K Seymour (25), K Kennedy for N O’Meara (32) ( blood) , C O’Sullivan for J Ryan (44), S Power for D Leahy(44) , L Treacy for B Maher (46). 

Ref — R Hickey (Clare) 

Perfect start puts Kerry clearFrom the Irish Times newspaper  

MUNSTER MFC FIRST ROUND/Kerry 1-12 Tipperary 2-7: TWO LATE Tipperary goals put a gloss on the score as a Kerry side under new boss Pat O’Driscoll deservedly advanced at Austin Stack Park last night. Kerry did the damage in opening eight minutes with an explosive scoring burst of 1-4 without reply.  Mark Reen opened Kerry’s account with a superb point in the second minute and Thomas Hickey added another within a minute. Tipperary were chasing shadows as Hickey raced through the middle in the fourth minute and he fed Gavin O’Grady, who quickly transferred the ball to the inrushing Mark Reen, who blasted the ball to Tipperary net. Two Billy Hewitt points and a Liam Boland free was all Tipp had to show as Kerry led 1-6 to 0-3 at the interval.Kerry took over again in the third quarter with a string of points from Eanna O’Connor, Gavin O’Grady and Hickey as they looked to be cruising as they led 1-11 to 0-4 at the end of the third quarter. Tipperary never gave up as Kerry ran their bench and two late goals from Boland and Shane Leahy cut the deficit to two points. Time, however, was not on Tipperary’s side. 

KERRY: P McCarthy; P Kilkenny, D Culhane, F McNamara; J Walsh, L Bastible, J Hickson; D Somers, G Durant; M Reen (1-2), T Hickey (0-2), M Mangan; B Dwyer (0-1), G O’Grady (0-4, two frees), E O’Connor (0-3, one free). Subs: J Moynihan for B Dwyer (47 mins); T Morley for G O’Grady (50); A Thompson for J Hickson (54); E Kiely for D Somers (58); C Cox for E O’Connor (60). 

TIPPERARY: P Nolan; P Dalton, J Ryan, S Taylor; M Murphy, N O’Meara, P O’Meara; K Seymour, J O’Callaghan; D Leahy, B Harkin, B Maher; L Boland (1-3, 0-1 from free), B Hewitt (0-3, one free), L McGrath. Subs: M O’Sullivan for M Murphy (10 mins); S Leahy (1-1) for K Seymour (25); K Kennedy for N O’Meara (32, blood); C O’Sullivan for J Ryan (44); S Power for D Leahy (44); L Treacy for B Maher (46). Referee: R Hickey (Clare)
 Team News The Tipperary Minor Football team to play Kerry in the Munster Minor Football Championship in Tralee this evening is: 1. Paul Nolan                     Clonmel Commercials
2. Paddy Dalton                 Arravale Rovers – Captain       
3. Jonathan Ryan               Ardfinnan        
4. Shane Taylor                 Clonmel Commercials
5. Micheál Murphy            Ballylooby/Castlegrace
6. Niall O’Meara                Kilruane MacDonaghs
7. Padraig O’Meara           Shannon Rovers          
8. Kevin Seymour              Burgess           
9. John O’Callaghan           Ballyporeen     
10. Donagh Leahy               Arravale Rovers          
11. Benny Harkin                 Borris-Ileigh    
12. Bill Maher                      Kilsheelan/Kilcash       
13. Liam Boland                  Moyle Rovers  
14. Billy Hewitt                    Ardfinnan        
15. Liam McGrath               Loughmore/Castleiney

The Kerry Minor Team to play in the Munster Quarter Final is as follows:1. Padraig McCarthy Rathmore 2. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar 3. David Culhane Ballylongford 4. Ferghal McNamara Austin Stacks 5. James Walsh Knocknagoshel Captain 6. Laurence Bastible John Mitchels 7. Jason Hickson Annascaul 8. Damien Summers St Senans 9. George Durrant Dingle 10. Mark Reen Rathmore 11. Thomas Hickey Castleisland Desmonds 12. Marcus Mangan Milltown/Castlemaine 13. Barry Dwyer Waterville 14. Gavin O’Grady Glenbeigh/Glencar 15. Eanna O’Connor St Michael’s Foilmore
Substitutes are: 16. Damien Horgan St Mary’s Caherciveen 17. John Moynihan Rathmore 18. Andrew Thompson Kerins O’Rahillys 19. Tadhg Morley Templenoe 20. Daniel Daly St Mary’s Caherciveen 21. Eamonn Kiely Brosna 22. Conor Cox Listowel Emmett’s 23. Alan O’Leary Kenmare 24. Pa Wrenn Milltown/CastlemaineManager Pat O’Driscoll Ardfert
Selectors: Willie Maher ( Kilcummin,) Michael Moynihan (Na Gaeil), John Shanahan (Valentia) and Padraig Corkery (Dingle)

ESB Munster Minor Football Championship – Limerick 3-10 Waterford 2-4

Limerick defeated Waterford by 3-10 to 2-4 in the ESB Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday at Kilmallock.

Limerick keep brave Déise at bay

Limerick 3-10 Waterford 2-4

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A WELL-DRILLED, highly-skilled Limerick were far too strong for Waterford in this opening round of the Munster MFC in Kilmallock last night, qualifying for a semi-final meeting with Kerry and condemning the Déise boys to a backdoor meeting with Clare on Monday evening next. From the time corner-forward Danny Frewn blasted home the first Limerick goal in the fifth minute, the signs were good for the home side; by the 13th minute they were looking home and hosed, 2-4 on the board (wing-forward Brian Noonan with the second major) with Waterford yet to register. The visitors made a fight of it and in the next 10 minutes, in their best spell of the match, they scored 1-2 without reply. Full-forward Eoin Walsh opened Waterford’s account with a point and talented corner-forward Paul White then notched 1-1, and it was game on. Limerick responded well, however, and two further points (one each from Jamie Lee and freetaker Pádraig Scanlon) made it 2-6 to 1-3 at the break, double scores.

On the resumption of play Limerick again had a tonic start, a goal after three minutes, when the alert Patrick O’Donnell pounced on a dropped ball by Waterford keeper Conor Mulcahy. Again, however, Waterford refused to lie down, and though Limerick built on their lead with points from hard-running corner-back Shane Reynolds (point of the match, in fact) and Padraig Scanlon, a second Waterford goal – from White again – had the margin back to just seven points (3-8 to 2-4) with 10 minutes left to play. In the last quarter, Limerick went to the bench, and the fresh legs of Seán O’Donnell, Liam Quinn and the pacy Kevin Brosnan was enough to see the well-supported home team record a well-merited win.

They’re a talented bunch, this Limerick team, strong down the middle of the defence where the tenacious Shane O’Connor – mentioned already – was always on top, James O’Meara a class act at centre-back. Midfielders Ian Corbett and Padraig Scanlon are both dangerous as supplementary attackers but also cover back well, while Dara Treacy – nominally full-forward but given a roving role – was man-of-the-match. They have real pace too, in defence and attack, in corner-forward Danny Frewn especially. Frewn scored one goal and could easily have had a hat-trick. As for Waterford, they too had their performers (and Paul White will do damage against any team, given a decent supply of ball) but sadly, on this night at least, not enough of either.

Scorers for Limerick: P O’Donnell, 1-2; P Scanlon, 0-5 (3f); D Frewn, 1-1; B Noonan, 1-0; S Reynolds, J Lee, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: P White 2-1 (0-1f); E Walsh, E Power, C O’Shea, 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: J Greaney; S Reynolds, S O’Connor, B McCarthy; M O’Leary, J O’Meara, B Doherty; I Corbett (capt), P Scanlon; B Noonan, M Brosnahan, P O’Donnell; J Lee, D Treacy, D Frewn.

Subs: G O’Connor for Brosnahan, 43; S O’Donnell for Noonan, 55; L Quinn for O’Donnell, 55; K Doody for Lee, 56; K Brosnan for O’Leary, 59.

WATERFORD: C Mulcahy; C O’Hare, K Phelan, S McGrath; L O Corraoin, D Duggan, B Carroll; R Sheehan, D O’Brien (capt); E O Ceallaigh, S Lawless, E Power; D Hallihan, E Walsh, P White.

Subs: C O’Shea for Lawless, 38; R Dunfort for O’Brien, 45; C Condon for O Ceallaigh, 47; L Middleton for O’Hare, 57.

Referee: G O Loinsigh (Kerry).

Frewen sends Limerick on way

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Limerick 3-10 Waterford 2-4

Thursday April 15 2010

Limerick cruised into the next round when they outplayed Waterford in Kilmallock. A goal inside two minutes by Danny Frewen put Limerick on their way and when Brian Noonan got a second after 10 minutes, the home side were up 2-3 to 0-0. The Treaty County went on to lead 2-6 to 1-2 at the interval with full-forward Eoin Walsh getting the Waterford goal.

Limerick kept up the pressure on the resumption and a goal by Pat O’Donell killed off the game as a contest. Such was their dominance that corner-back Shane Reynolds was able to move forward sufficiently to score a point. Waterford introduced Cormac Condon for Eanna O Ceallaigh late on and Condon got their second goal, but it was too late as Limerick had the game won at that stage..

Scorers — Limerick: P Scanlon 0-5 (0-4f), D Frewen, P O’Donnell 1-1 each, B Noonan 1-0, J Lee 0-2, S Reynolds 0-1. Waterford: E Walsh 1-1, C Condon 1-0, S Lawless, E Power P White 0-1 each.

Limerick — J Greaney; S Reynolds, S O’Connor, B McCarthy; M O’Leary, J O’Meara, B Doherty; I Corbett, P Scanlon; B Noonan, M Brosnahan, P O’Donnell; J Lee, D Treacy, D Frewen. Subs: S O’Donnell for Noonan, G O’Connor for Brosnahan, K Doody for Lee, K Brosnahan for O’Leary.

Waterford — C Mulcahy; C O’Hare, K Phelan, S McGrath; L O Corraoin, D Duggan, B Carroll; R Sheehan, D O’Brien; E O Ceallaigh, S Lawless, E Power; D Hanlon, E Walsh, P White. Sub: C Condon for O Ceallaigh.

Ref — G Lynch, Kerry

ESB Munster Minor Football Championship – Cork 1-9 Clare 0-9

Cork defeated Clare by 1-9 to 0-9 in the ESB Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday at Cusack Park Ennis.

Rebels survive stern Banner test

Cork 1-9 Clare 0-9

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, April 15, 2010

CORK progressed as expected in last night’s ESB Munster MFC quarter-final at Cusack Park in Ennis but no one in their camp need to be reminded that they made heavy weather of seeing off a brave and spirited Clare side. The home team were crestfallen at the final whistle of this game and it was easy to understand their dejection, as they appeared on the cusp of a famous win with six minutes remaining. Neat footwork by lively wing-forward Padraig Collins saw him stride through for a left-footed point and with a 0-9 to 1-5 advantage against a Cork team that were down to 14 men after Sean O’Shea saw yellow for the second time in the 37th minute, the momentum appeared to be with Clare.

But while their performance was below-par for large chunks of this match, Cork summoned up the goods when their situation was most critical and they wrestled back the initiative. On a night when they largely flatlined in attack, it was the West Cork combination in their full-forward line that caught fire in the closing stages. Castlehaven’s Brian Hurley tied the game when swinging over a lovely shot with his left in the 57th minute and Ilen Rovers’ Daniel McEoin pushed them ahead when he thumped over a 62nd minute free. With Damien Cahalane lording matters at midfield with three magnificent catches from kickouts in a row, Cork continued to pour forward and belied their numerical disadvantage. There was still time for Hurley and McEoin to grab a point each which gave some gloss to Cork’s eventual winning margin. Clare will head for the backdoor section with regrets that they could not close out this game. They got excellent displays from full-back Graham Johnson, centre-back Enda Boyce and captain Padraig Collins at wing-forward.

But they never led by more than two points in the second half and that meant Cork were able to grip onto their coat-tails. Cork’s resilient streak and some fine individual efforts by Derek Crowley and Tomás Clancy in defence kept them in the hunt, and when the chances presented themselves late on, Hurley and McEoin held their nerve to find the range. The opening half was shrouded in mediocrity with the frequency of referee Keith O’Brien’s whistle blasts for fouls stalling the flow of the game. Cork just edged ahead on the scoreboard 1-2 to 0-2 after the first quarter, yet they owed large debt to good fortune for their advantage. The critical score arrived in the 13th minute when corner-forward Hurley’s under-hit shot for a point looped into the net and Hurley contributed the total sum of Cork’s first-half scores on his own, with two accurate pointed frees to complement that goal.

Cork’s attack carried little punch early on and Clare’s defence, spearheaded by Johnson and Boyce, soaked up the pressure. By half-time the sides were locked together 1-2 to 0-5. Yet that state of parity masked the fact that Clare should have been in front given their territorial dominance. Deep-lying half-forwards Seanie Malone and Padraig Collins were impressive ball-carriers, while their ploy of using Darragh Sexton as a third midfielder paid dividends. Tony Kelly and Niall Hickey looked useful in their contributions close to goal, and they each popped up with a splendid point.

Clare began the second half with Niall Hickey curling over and big midfielder Aidan Malone popping over a free. By the 38th minute they were 0-7 to 1-2 ahead and coupled with the dismissal of O’Shea, everything looked to be falling in favour of the home side. Cork ploughed on and a point apiece by Hurley and McEoin brought them back into contention at 1-4 to 0-7 by the 42nd minute. Hickey pushed Clare ahead again before a McEoin free tied matters again with 10 to go. Scores were at a premium now but Collins fine shot in the 54th minute seemed to be crucial, only for Cork’s powerful late rally to ensure they triumphed.

Scorers for Cork: B Hurley, 1-5 (0-3f); D McEoin, 0-4 (0-2f).

Scorers for Clare: A Malone (3f), N Hickey, 0-3 each;, P Collins, 0-2; T Kelly 0-1.

CORK: D Hanrahan; D Crowley, S O’Shea, D O’Donovan; T Clancy, D O’Carroll, M O’Shea; D Cahalane, J Byrne; J O’Rourke, A Cronin, C O’Sullivan; D McEoin, T Hegarty, B Hurley.

Subs: D Murphy for O’Donovan (24), P Hicks for O’Sullivan (ht), D Lester for O’Carroll (41), D Ring for Hegarty (44).

CLARE: R Dunne; J Colleran, G Johnson, O Vaughan; S Lineen, E Boyce, W De Loughrey; R Linnane, A Malone; S Malone, C O’Reilly, P Collins; T Kelly, N Hickey, D Sexton. Subs: A Downes for O’Reilly (41), A Murrihy for S Malone (47).

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary).

Cork 1-9 Clare 0-9

Thursday April 15 2010

The Cork minors left it late to secure their semi-final place at Cusack Park, Ennis. Going into injury-time, the scoreboard read Clare 0-9, Cork 1-6, but then a tremendous late burst yielded three points courtesy of corner-forwards Daniel McEoin (two) and Brian Hurley. The young Leesiders had to contend with being a man down for most of the second period after full-back Sean O’Shea was dismissed in the 37th minute for a second yellow card.

A tightly contested game saw the sides level at the break (Cork 1-2 to Clare 0-5), with Cork’s Hurley providing the only goal of the contest in the 13th minute. Cork were wasteful in front of goal over the hour, shooting a total of 14 wides. Midfielder Damien Cahalane was an inspiration for the Rebels while, up-front, McEoin and Hurley showed some sparkle. The home side had to rely on team captain and half-forward Padraig Collins to provide most of their best moments.

Scorers — Cork: B Hurley 1-5 (0-5f), D McEoin 0-4 (2f). Clare: N Hickey, A Malone (3f) 0-3 each, P Collins 0-2, T Kelly 0-1.

Cork — D Hanrahan; D Crowley, S O’Shea, D O’Donovan; T Clancy, D O’Carroll, M O’Shea; D Cahalane, J Byrne; J O’Rourke, A Cronin, C O’Sullivan; D McEoin, T Hegarty, B Hurley. Subs: D Murphy for O’Donovan (24), P Hicks for O’Sullivan (h-t), D Lester for O’Carroll (41), D Ring for Hegarty (45).

Clare — R Dunne; J Colleran, G Johnson, O Vaughan; S Lineen, D Sexton, W De Loughrey; R Linnane, A Malone; S Malone, C O’Reilly, P Collins ; T Kelly, N Hickey, E Boyce. Subs: A Downes for O’Reilly (40), A Murrihy for S Malone (46),

Ref — K O’Brien (Tipperary)