Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 0-14 Ardscoil Ris 1-11

Our Lady’s Templemore and Ardscoil Rís Limerick played out a draw (0-14 to 1-11) in the Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final on Sunday at MacDonagh Park Nenagh. The replay has been fixed for Saturday February 9th at 2:30pm in Nenagh.

Match Preview

Ardscoil Rís will not underestimate their Tipperary opposition in what should be an extremely tight game. Templemore have displayed a true fighting spirit to advance this far and this was in evidence in the victory over Midleton CBS in the last round. In atrocious conditions, Brian Kennedy was the match-winner for Our Lady’s Templemore as his late point secured them a 2-5 to 0-10 success. Last year’s All-Ireland minor winner John McGrath is the driving force behind this team that combines sublime hurling with a strong physical presence. Ardscoil Rís, champions in 2010 and 2011, reached the last four for the fifth successive year with a 0-14 to 1-6 win over Doon CBS. Ronan Lynch and Michael Casey have been very effective in a half back line that is proving to be the foundation of this team. This game should go right to the wire, as a tight and tense encounter is expected.

Templemore Results to date

Our Lady’s Templemore 1-18 West Limerick Schs. 1-18

Our Lady’s Templemore 1-13 Charleville CBS 0-14

Our Lady’s Templemore 1-19 Blackwater C.S. 1-18

Our Lady’s Templemore 1-12 Abbey CBS Tipperary 0-7

Our Lady’s Templemore 2-5 Midleton CBS 0-10

Ardscoil Rís results to date

Ardscoil Rís 2-14 Castletroy Coll. 0-8

Ardscoil Rís w/o Coláistí Chiarraí scr.

Ardscoil Rís Limerick 2-15 St. Colman’s Fermoy 2-12

Ardscoil Rís Limerick 1-10 DLS Waterford 1-9

Ardscoil Rís Limerick 0-7 Clonmel CBS 0-6

Ardscoil Rís Limerick 0-14 Doon CBS 1-6


Ardscoil Ris Harty Cup Panel

The Ardscoil Ris CBS panel for the Dr. Harty Cup is as follows –

Conor Houlihan (Na Piarsaigh)

Barry Fitzpatrick (Sixmilebridge)

Mark Buckley (Na Piarsaigh)

Josh O ‘Halloran (Na Piarsaigh)

Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh)

Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh)

Andrew Carroll (Patrickswell)

William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh – Captain)

Michael Foley (Na Piarsaigh)

Cian O’Brien (Mungret)

Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)

David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh)

Colin Crehan (O’ Callaghan’s Mills)

Eoin Keogh (Na Piarsaigh)

Micheal O’Loughlin (Clonlara)

Aaron Guillane (Patrickswell)

Paraic O Loughlin (Clonlara)

Kevin McGlennon (Parteen)

Ian Galvin (Clonlara)

Eoghan Costelloe (Adare)

Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh)

Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh)

Gordon Brown (Na Piarsaigh)

Jack English (Adare)

Cian McCarthy (Parteen)

Niall Mulcahy (Mungret)

Lee Coughlan (Na Piarsaigh)

Eoin Quilty (South Liberties)

Killian Hannon (Adare)

Evan O’Brien (Na Piarsaigh)

Sean Moriarty (Clonlara)

Ronan Broderick (O’Callaghan’s Mills)

Alex Potter (Mungret)

Enda Meaney (South Liberties)

Oisin Heffernan (Adare)

Michael O”Neill (Crecora)

Keith Cawley (Patrickswell)

Fionn Larkin (Clonlara)

Coaches: Niall Crowe, Victor Leyden


Our Lady’s Templemore Panel

The Our Lady’s Templemore panel for the Dr. Harty Cup is as follows –

John McGrath – Loughmore\Castleiney

Tommy Maher – Loughmore\Castleiney

Denis Brereton – Loughmore\Castleiney

Joseph Nyland- Loughmore\Castleiney

Bill O’Connell – Loughmore\Castleiney

Jason Ryan – Toomevara (Captain)

Tommy Nolan – Drom\Inch

Jamie Bergin – Drom\Inch

Michael Campion – Drom\Inch

Kevin Ahearn – Drom\Inch

Kevin Hassett – Drom\Inch

Emmet Moloney – Drom\Inch

Joey Maher – Drom\Inch

Colm Kinane – Drom\Inch

Robert Ryan – Drom\Inch

Colin O’Riordan – JK Brackens

Sean Patrick Guerins – JK Brackens

James Bergin – JK Brackens

Jack Fogarty- JK Brackens

Dean Mcenroe – JK Brackens

Brian Kennedy – JK Brackens

Tommy Brett – JK Brackens

JohnJoe Ryan – Clonakenny

Paul Bergin – Clonakenny

Dylan Carey – Templederry Kenyons

Padraig Hogan – Templederry Kenyons

Matt Stapleton – Borris-Ileigh

Jacque Dowling – Erril\Rathdowney

Gary Russell – Moyne\Templetouhy

Shane Ryan – Moyne\Templetouhy

PJ Bourke – Upperchurch\Drombane

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick 0-11 Leitrim 0-9

Composed Limerick halt Leitrim’s charge

By John Redington from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 0-11 Leitrim 0-09

Leitrim’s giant killing start to 2013 came to an abrupt end at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday when they lost their opening Division 4 tie to a Limerick side that outgunned them in midfield and showed enough composure at the back to soak up a late rally. Despite being struck by the late withdrawal of their two main scorers, Ian Ryan and Ger Collins, the hosts always looked the more likely to succeed. Had they pressed home their advantage when they were on top they would have won more comfortably.

Although Emlyn Mulligan gave wind-assisted Leitrim an early lead, Eoghan O’Connor’s free and James O’Meara and O’Connor from play put the hosts in front before two Mulligan frees had the sides level again. After an exchange of frees between O’Connor and Mulligan, Paul Brennan gave the visitors a half-time lead of 0-5 to 0-4. Limerick were back in front within five minutes of the restart through O’Connor’s free, Steven Lavin and O’Connor and, after Adrian Croal replied, were four points to the good. But after O’Connor’s shot screamed off the upright, they allowed Leitrim take the initiative and Gerry Hickey, Mulligan and Brendan Brennan brought the gap back to the minimum before Paul Kinnerk ensured the home victory with a late point.

Scorers for Limerick: E O’Connor 0-7 (5fs), J O’Meara 0-2, S Lavin, P Kinnerk 0-1 each.

Scorers for Leitrim: E Mulligan 0-5 (3fs), P Brennan, A Croal, G Hickey, B Brennan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; C Coady, J McCarthy, M O’Riordan; S Lavin, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Lee, B O’Brien; I Corbett, J Riordan, J O’Meara; E O’Connor, S O’Carroll, D O’Connor.

Subs: P Kinnerk for T Lee (61), D Treacy for I Corbett (67).

LEITRIM: C McCrann; D Beck, P Maguire; C Clarke, P Brennan, A Wynne; W McKeon, P McGowan; A Croal, E Mulligan, G Hickey; R Cox, J Glancy, B McDonald.

Subs: B Brennan for P McGowan (42), K Conlon for B McDonald (50), S McWeeney for C Clarke (53), C Beirne for R Cox (54), C Reynolds for J Glancy (66).

Referee: D O’Mahony (Tipperary)


Limerick defeated Leitrim by 0-11 to 0-9 in the Allianz Football League Division 4 Round 1 on Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Round-up from the GAA.ie web site

Another game which showcased exactly how tight Division IV will be this season was the meeting of Limerick and Leitrim at the Gaelic Grounds. Limerick prevailed by two points in the end after a very close contest. It was a strong second half performance from Maurice Horan’s side which got them the win. Leitrim led 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time, but Limerick hit three in a row after the break, from Eoghan O’Connor (2) and Stephen Lavin. They were four up with 15 minutes to go after another O’Connor point, and although Leitrim hit back with scores from Gerry Hickey, Emlyn Mulligan and Kevin Conlon, Limerick held on for the win.

Team News

The Limerick Senior Football team to play Leitrim on Sunday next in the Gaelic Ground at 2.00pm is as follows –

1 Brian Scanlan

2 Cian Coady

3 Johnny McCarthy

4 Mark O’Riordan

5 Stephen Lavin

6 Paudie Browne

7 Pa Ranahan

8 Thomas Lee

9 Bobby O’Brien

10 Seamus O’Carroll

11 John Riordan

12 Derry O’Connor

13 Eoghan O’Connor

14 Ger Collins

15 Ian Ryan Captain


Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 1-9 Clare 0-11

Wasteful Banner frustrate Micko

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford 1-9 Clare 0-11

With Clare having dominated the opening half and gone in at the break leading 0-7 to 0-5, this game at Miltown Malbay turned when Waterford corner-forward Darren Guiry fired home the only goal in the 49th minute. With 10 minutes to go to the break, Waterford edged in front with a Paul Whyte point, but three unanswered Clare scores from Daivd Tubridy (2) and Martin McMahon ensured a two-point half-time advantage.

Waterford came thundering back, however, as points from Robert Aherne (2) and Whyte drew them level before Guiry’s goal. Clare did have their chances, but five wides in the final nine minutes from the Clare attack prompted manager Mick O’Dwyer to remark “when you don’t take your chances you’re not entitled to win.” Tubridy did have a chance to level at the death but his free from the sideline on the ’45’ sailed wide of the posts.

Man of the Match: S Aherne (Waterford)

Scorers – Waterford: D Guiry 1-1, P Whyte 0-3 (2f), R Aherne 0-2f, S Aherne, P Hurney, C McGrath 0-1 each. Clare: D Tubridy 0-5 (3f), S McGrath 0-2, C O’Connor, A Clohessy, C Dunning, M McMahon 0-1 each.

Waterford – S Enright 7; C Phelan 7, S Prendergast 7, J Hurney 7; P Whyte 8, M O’Gorman 7, T Grey 6; S Aherne 9, T Prendergast 8; C McGrath 7, P Hurney 7, S Briggs (capt) 8; D Guiry 8, R Aherne 8, L Ó’Lionáin 7. Subs: G Nugent for McGrath (60), R Cahill for J Hurney (63), D Hallahan for Guiry (68).

Clare – J Hayes 7; L Healy 7, S McNelis 7, E Coughlan 8; D Callinan 7, G Kelly 7, M McMahon 8; G Brennan (capt) 7, C O’Connor 7; C Dunning 7, A Clohessy 7,S McGrath 7; M McCarthy 6, N Kelly 6, D Tubridy 7. Subs: G Quinlan 7 for Kelly (45), J Keane for McGrath (64).

Ref –P O’Sullivan (Kerry)


Waterford defeated Clare by 1-9 to 0-11 in the Allianz Football League Division 4 Round 1 on Sunday at Miltown-Malbay.

Round-up from the GAA.ie web site

Darren Guiry’s goal was the difference as Waterford opened up with a win against Clare in Division IV. Both sides went into the game with new managers at very different ends of the experience spectrum, Mick O’Dwyer with Clare and Niall Carew with Waterford.

It was the younger man who presided over the opening round win though, with Guiry’s second half goal settling what had been a very close match to that point. Clare led 0-7 to 0-5 at the break, and then scored the first point after the restart, but three Waterford points took them level before Guiry grabbed the key score.

Team News

Waterford Senior Football team to play Clare in the opening Allianz League game.

1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty

2. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers

3. Stephen Prendergast Kilrossanty

4. John Hurney Ballinacourty

5. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty

6. Shane Briggs (Captain) Ballinacourty

7. Tony Grey Stradbally

8. Shane Aherne Stradbally

9. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty

10. Conor McGrath Brickey Rangers

11. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty

12. Maurice O’Gorman Nire

13. Darren Guiry Nire

14. Robert Aherne Stradbally

15. Liam Ó Lionáin An Rinn

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Mayo 0-15 Kerry 1-6

Mayo punish wayward Kingdom

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Mayo 0-15 Kerry 1-6

Last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists, Mayo, made the perfect start to the new season, and their 2013 Allianz Football League Division I campaign, by beating a very disappointing Kerry side at Elvery’s MacHale Park on Sunday. Although Kerry were short a number of high-profile names due to injury and Dr. Crokes’ involvement in the All-Ireland Club Championship, much was still expected of the Kingdom in Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s first game in charge. However, the new manager will be gravely disappointed by his side’s performance, especially in the second half when Kerry failed to register a single score. It’s a damning statistic that looks even worse when you consider the visitors’ final point of the game came from the boot of Conor Cox before the half hour mark, the youngster giving his side a 1-6 to 0-7 lead after James O’Donoghue’s 17th minute goal had helped peg Mayo back after the Westerners made by far the better start. Mayo fought back before half-time, with points from Jason Doherty, who scored 0-5 in the first half alone, and Kevin McLoughlin leveling matters at the break, 0-9 to 1-6.

Although Kerry did have to face into a reasonably stiff breeze in the second half, their failure to register another score was down to far more than just the elements. Anthony Maher’s dismissal for a second yellow card on 49 minutes didn’t help, but Kerry were already in big trouble at that stage. Kerry dug in and 16 untidy minutes’ play elapsed before Mayo began to press home their numerical advantage. Michael Conroy fired over his third of the afternoon to end the stalemate, while Enda Varley came off the bench to light up the Mayo attack in the closing stages. Varley boosted his hopes of more permanent inclusion in the Mayo team with two late points that helped the home side to a deserved victory, and to two Allianz League points. It was a very disappointing performance from a young Kerry outfit unable to call on the experience of Colm Cooper, Tomás Ó Sé and Kieran Donaghy. With Dublin the visitors to Killarney next Sunday, things won’t get any easier for the Kingdom in Round 2.

Scorers for Mayo: J Doherty 0-6 (5f), M Conroy 0-3, K McLoughlin 0-3 (2f), E Varley 0-2, R Feeney 0-1

Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 1-0, M O’Donoghue 0-2, C Cox 0-1, A Maher 0-1, J Buckley 0-1 (1 ’45) D O’Sullivan 0-1

Mayo: D Clarke, S McHale, G Cafferkey, K Higgins,T Cunniffe, C Boyle, C Barrett, A O’Shea, S O’Shea, L Keegan, R Feeney, C Freeman, K McLoughlin, J Doherty, M Conroy. Subs: A Freeman for C Freeman, B Moran for S O’Shea, E Varley for R Feeney

Kerry: B Kealy, M O Se, A O’Mahony, S Enright, J Lyne, P Crowley, K Young, A Maher, J Buckley, M Geaney, D O’Sullivan, M O’Donoghue, J O’Donoghue, P Curtin, C Cox. Subs: BJ Keane for Cox, B Sheehan for Geaney, S O’Carroll for M O’Donoghue.

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)


Mayo cruise as Kingdom off the pace

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Mayo 0-15 Kerry 1-06

The annals of Kerry football were consulted in MacHale Park late yesterday afternoon to track down the last time their senior team went a half of competitive football without scoring. The search is continuing this morning. What’s concrete is that this was one of the poorest performances by a Kerry team since their All-Ireland semi-final loss to Meath in 2001. In total, they went close to 43 minutes without raising either flag, Conor Cox’s 31st minute point, which had then put the visitors two points ahead.

Kerry aren’t the first team not to score in a second half of a league game in Castlebar. Such was the verbal abuse he received, Tomás Quinn was forced to change his phone number after a day to forget nine years ago this month when Dublin went the 35-plus minutes scoreless. But this being Kerry, the general view of Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s early reign will be scrutinised more keenly after this setback. And that’s exactly what it was. At the same time, maybe there will be a tad more sympathy for him and his management too. Kerry, at full strength, are a force but beyond their strongest 15 lies the problem, as was so acutely emphasised yesterday.

Fitzmaurice wasn’t going to question the faith he has in his young players, certainly not after one defeat, no matter how galling it was, but in hindsight it was a second rate Tipperary team Kerry had beaten in the previous weekend’s McGrath Cup final. Having two clubs involved in All-Ireland series mightn’t affect a bottomless pool like Dublin’s but on top of injuries Kerry suffer without the likes of Messrs Cooper, Donaghy and Galvin. What about Mayo? In recent weeks, James Horan has complained about the lack of credit dished out to his team.

If most of the attention is focused on Kerry this morning, he can have no qualms. Mayo weren’t super yesterday, just adequate, in inflicting a third consecutive defeat over their All-Ireland jinxes in front of the 7,124 crowd. Up until the 63rd minute, Kerry were still in the game at least on the scoreboard, trailing 1-6 to 0-12, before Kevin McLoughlin and a brace from Enda Varley extended Mayo’s lead to six. No, this was a defeat all of Kerry’s own making. All they could muster in the second half was two shots past David Clarke’s dead-ball line, the latter an awful effort from a Bryan Sheehan free.

Let’s not forget either that they had only two points to Mayo’s four by the 17th minute, despite a more than generous breeze at their backs. Having returned to collective training over four weeks ahead of Mayo, Fitzmaurice was only right not to blame fitness as an issue following the game. Mayo’s full-forward line were spoilt by the amount of ball that came their way against the wind and the home side should have gone in at the break better than on level terms, 0-9 to 1-6.

As a spectacle, there wasn’t much to write about this affair either. If Kerry’s scoreless gap was yawning, Mayo contributed to the drabness by going 16 minutes without a point in the second half despite the favour of the wind. There was also enough cynicism to go around but referee Padraig Hughes’ constant whistling did stagnate the flow of the game. Anthony Maher was shown to the line for a second yellow card offence in the 50th minute after becoming entangled with Aidan O’Shea, who was the stand-out midfielder on the afternoon. Although four of his six backs picked up yellow cards, Horan could be pleased with his team’s discipline, the defence conceding just two frees in scoring areas which were both missed.

He was also satisfied with how his team began the game against the wind, James O’Donoghue’s slip through Shane McHale and Tom Cunniffe for Kerry’s goal the only real blot on their copybook. “We started the game well and showed good intent and got some good scores early on,” said Horan. “We conceded a few soft goal chances and Kerry took one quite well but we responded and kept plugging away so I’m happy with a lot.”

Despite an experimental FBD Connacht League campaign and only a month’s worth of work done, Horan was confident his team would put together a display. “I had a strong feeling we’d do well today but you never know until you play. We had a good meeting yesterday and went through a few things. That was talking about it — you have to go and do it but we did today so I’d be happy.”

Scorers for Mayo: J Doherty 0-6 (5fs), M Conroy, K McLoughlin (2fs) 0-3 each, E Varley 0-2, R Feeney 0-1.

Subs for Mayo: A Freeman for Freeman (ht), B Moran for S O’Shea (61), J Gibbons for A O’Shea (blood 63-65), E Varley for Feeney (blood, 66).

Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 1-0, M O’Donoghue 0-2, J Buckley (45), Darran O’Sullivan, A Maher, C Cox 0-1 each.

Subs for Kerry: B Sheehan for M Geaney, BJ Keane for Cox (both 43), A Garnett for Curtin (61), S O’Carroll for M O’Donoghue (65), S Enright (inj 71). Red card: A Maher (50, second yellow).

Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Mayo in the opening round of the Allianz Football League in Castlebar on Sunday next sees Jack Sherwood from Firies and Michael O’Donoghue from Spa make their League debuts; The team is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Marc Ó Sé An Gaeltacht

3. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore

4. Shane Enright Tarbert

5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

6. Jack Sherwood Firies

7. Killian Young Renard

8. Anthony Maher Duagh

9. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes (Capt)

10. Michael Geaney Dingle

11. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh/Glencar

12. Michael O’Donoghue Spa

13. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

14. Patrick Curtin Moyvane

15. Paul Geaney Dingle

16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion

17. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

18. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers

19. David Culhane Ballylongford

20. Brian Maguire Listowel Emmetts

21. Conor Cox Listowel Emmetts

22. Andrew Garnett Spa

23. Barry John Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys

24. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilemore

25. Shane O’Carroll Austin Stacks

26. Darragh O’Sullivan Dingle

Jack Sherwood who makes his League debut is a member of the Firies Club. He is the holder of 2 Munster Minor Championship medals with Kerry (2008, 2009) and was on the Kerry Under 21 team defeated by Cork in 2012. He won a Junior All Ireland title with Kerry in 2012. He is the first player from his Club to play with Kerry since Donal Daly and is a first cousin of his team mate Peter Crowley.

Michael O’Donoghue who makes his League debut is a member of the Spa Club Killarney. He is the holder of All Ireland medals with Kerry at Under 21 and Junior level and has a Munster Minor and 3 Munster Junior medals as well as a Munster Intermediate Club medal won with Spa. He was Munster GAA U21 Footballer of the Year in 2008 and Munster GAA Junior Footballer of the Year in 2010. He holds 3 Munster Colleges Corn Uí Mhuirí medals. Affectionately known as “Stam” to one and all, he is a nephew of former Kerry and Spa player Mick Gleeson.


The following players are unavailable for Selection:


Declan O’Sullivan Wear & Tear Due Back Latter Stages of NFL

David Moran Cruciate Due back latter stages NFL

Donnchadh Walsh Hip/Groin Due back Championship

Stephen O’Brien Shoulder Due Back Latter stages NFL


Kieran Donaghy Honeymoon Due back Rd 3 NFL

Tomás Ó Sé Unavailable this weekend


Club Tied:

Colm Cooper, Eoin Brosnan, Kieran O’Leary, Brian Looney (Dr Crokes). Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes) has been released to play.

Paul Galvin (Finuge) Due back Rd 3 NFL

Paul O’Connor (Kenmare)

All Ireland Senior Club Camogie Semi-Final – Milford (Cork) 1-12 Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) 1-7

Milford (Cork) defeated Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) by 1-12 to 1-7 in the All Ireland Senior Club Camogie Semi-Final on Sunday at Oulart the Ballagh.


Allianz Football League Division 4 – Carlow 1-14 Tipperary 0-16

Courageous Carlow deliver for Rainbow

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 0-16 Carlow 1-14

Anthony Rainbow’s Carlow survived a couple of real hammer blows to get off to a winning start in Division 4 of the Allianz National Football League at Semple Stadium yesterday. Carlow corner-forward Daniel St Ledger was stretchered off with a serious injury in the first-half and the Barrowsiders lost wing back Kieran Nolan to a second yellow card midway through the second half. But the 14 men, with the aid of a second half breeze, held firm and emerged one-point winners. With Brian Fox, Alan Maloney and Barry Grogan in good scoring form, Tipp were six points clear approaching the break, in front of an official attendance of 474. But Carlow struck for a crucial goal from Paul Reid on the stroke of half-time and when Willie Minchin added a point, Rainbow’s men trailed by 1-6 to 0-11 at the midway point.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 0-5 (2f, 1 45), A Maloney 0-4fs, B Fox 0-3, G Hannigan 0-2, C Sweeney, L McGrath 0-1 each.

Scorers for Carlow: P Reid 1-1, Brian Murphy (3fs), D Foley (2fs) 0-3 each, W Minchin, E Ruth 0-2 each, T Bolger, D St Ledger (f), B Murphy (f) 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, J Coghlan; B Fox, R Kiely, C McDonald; G Hannigan, P Quirke; D Leahy, A Maloney, D Lowry; M Quinlivan, P Acheson, B Grogan.

Subs: L McGrath for Quinlivan (44), A Campbell for Morrissey (54), H Coghlan for Maloney (58), C Sweeney for Lowry (63), A Matassa for Quirke (66).

CARLOW: T O’Reilly; BJ Molloy, S Mernagh, B Kavanagh; K Nolan, D Hayden, T Bolger; D Foley, S Redmond; R Walker, P Reid, E Ruth; Brian Murphy, W Minchin, D St Ledger.

Subs: Brendan Murphy for St Ledger (inj, 26), J Murphy for Foley (66).

Referee: P Fox (Westmeath)


Carlow defeated Tipperary by 1-14 to 0-16 in the Allianz Football League Division 4 Round 1 on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Round-up from the GAA.ie web site

New Carlow boss Anthony Rainbow saw his side get off to a fine start in Division IV with a superb victory over Tipperary in Thurles on Sunday. For long stages it looked as if Peter Creedon’s side would prevail, and they led 0-8 to 0-4 after 25 minutes, with Carlow’s task made harder when forward Daniel St Ledger was forced off through injury.

However, Paul Reid’s goal before the break brought Carlow right into it and despite having Kieran Nolan sent off in the second half, they began to get on top. Carlow finally got into the lead towards the closing stages and despite Tipperary levelling twice, Rainbow’s side did just enough to secure the win.

Team News

The Tipperary senior football team to play Carlow in the Allianz Football League Division 4 round 1 at Semple Stadium on Sunday is:

1. Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)

2. Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers)

3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule) Captain

4. John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy)

5. Brian Fox (Eire Og Annacarty)

6. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers)

7. Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow)

8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)

9. Philip Quirke (Moyle Rovers)

10. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)

11. Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers)

12. Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois)

13. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)

14. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)

15. Barry Grogan (Aherlow)

All Ireland Intermediate Camogie Club Championship Semi Final – Rower Inistioge (Kilkenny) 2-9 Kilmayley (Clare) 1-5

Rower Inistioge (Kilkenny) defeated Kilmayley (Clare) by 2-9 to 1-5 in the All Ireland Intermediate Camogie Club Championship Semi Final on Sunday at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

Waterford Crystal Cup Semi Final – Tipperary 1-20 LIT 2-12

Tipp seal final berth

By Shane Brophy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 1-20 Limerick IT 2-12

A goal two minutes from time from sub Michael Heffernan helped Tipperary reach a second successive Waterford Crystal Cup final after defeating Limerick IT in yesterday’s semi-final at Dolla. Backed by a strong wind, the holders opened up a 10-point lead at half time but were made to endure a nervy finish when Gary Guilfoyle’s second goal reduced the margin to two — but Heffernan’s strike set up a final meeting with Clare next weekend. After an even first 10 minutes, Tipperary — with six debutants — went on to score 11 points without reply with man-of-the-match John O’Dwyer leading the way, scoring five and setting up three more. John O’Neill and Jason Forde also chipped in with five points from play between them with Shane McGrath, John O’Brien, Joey McLoughney and corner back Christy Coughlan were also on target.

The hosts led 0-13 to 0-3 at the break with all LIT’s scores coming from Guilfoyle frees and it took until the 43rd minute for the students to register from play, again through Guilfoyle. Gary Guilfoyle blasted a 20-metre free to the net in the 49th minute and when the same player deflected a John Guilfoyle shot past Darren Gleeson to reduce the margin to two points it looked like a shock was on the cards but sub Heffernan eased any possibility of same a minute later with a goal of his own.

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-7 (2f, 2 65s); J Forde, J O’Neill 0-3 each; M Heffernan 1-0; S McGrath, J McLoughney (1f) 0-2 each; J O’Brien, C Coughlan, S Bourke 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick IT: G Guilfoyle 2-10 (1-9f); J Guilfoyle, S Collins 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Coughlan, T Stapleton, T Treacy; J McLoughney, R Sherlock, O Quirke; S McGrath, C O’Brien; J O’Dwyer, J Woodlock, J Forde; J O’Neill, C Hogan, J O’Brien.

Subs: D Maher for Stapleton (ht); N McGrath for C O’Brien (ht); S Bourke for J O’Brien (45); M Heffernan for Hogan (54); B O’Meara for O’Neill (65).

LIMERICK IT: A Fahy (Clare); A Dempsey (Limerick), P Begley (Limerick), C Barrett (Tipperary); P Ahern (Limerick), J O’Keeffe (Tipperary), P Flaherty (Galway); J Guilfoyle (Clare), E O’Sullivan (Cork); G Guilfoyle (Clare), S Collins (Clare), J Fitzgibbon (Clare); P Greene (Tipperary), P O’Brien (Limerick), P Hickey (Clare).

Subs: C Madden (Limerick) for Fitzgibbon (24); P Dalton (Tipperary) for Hickey (47); C Nelson (Clare) for O’Sullivan (47); S O’Connor (Clare) for Dempsey (59).

Referee: P Casey (Waterford)

Team News

The Tipperary SH team to play LIT on Sunday in Dolla in the semi-final of the Waterford Crystal Cup has a number of senior inter-county debutants – Christy Coughlan (Templederry Kenyons), Tom Treacy (Cappawhite), Ronan Sherlock, Orrie Quirke and Jason Forde (all Silvermines) and Cian Hogan (Lorrha and Dorrha). The team is:

1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

2. Christy Coughlan (Templederry Kenyons)

3. Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

4. Tom Treacy (Cappawhite)

5.  Joey McLoughney (Toomevara)

6.  Ronan Sherlock (Silvermines)

7.  Orrie Quirke (Silvermines)

8.  Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

9. Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty)

10. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

11. James Woodlock (Drom and Inch)

12. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

13. John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore)

14. Cian Hogan (Lorrha & Dorrha)

15. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

For the Record

Tipperary LIT
2012 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated LIT, UL, Cork and Clare to win the title Lost to Tipperary by 2-24 to 1-16 in the Preliminary Round
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 3 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2012 N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 18
Won – 14
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0
Played – 10
Won – 3
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Waterford Crystal Cup 2012 Preliminary Round – January 27th at Dolla – Tipperary 2-24 LIT 1-16 

Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 0-13 (12f); J O’Neill 1-1; S McGrath 0-3; T Hammersley 1-0; B Maher, A Ryan, B O’Meara 0-2 each; D Collins 0-1.

Scorers for LIT: J Canning 1-8 (0-6f); P Browne, S O’Brien 0-2 each; C McInerney 0-2f; E Ryan, C Madden 0-1 each.

Tipperary: D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; S Maher, J Coghlan, Padraic Maher; B Maher, J Woodlock; Patrick Maher, S McGrath, A Ryan; P Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Neill.
Subs: J Ryan for Woodlock (51); T Hammersley for O’Neill (60); D Collins for McGrath (62); C O’Brien for Cahill (66).

LIT: A Fahy (Clare); E Glynn (Clare), R McCarthy (Limerick), B Glynn (Clare); O Whelan (Waterford), J O’Keeffe (Tipperary), P O’Brien (Limerick); P Browne (Limerick), E Ryan (Limerick); S O’Brien (Limerick), S Collins (Clare), C Madden (Limerick); C McInerney (Clare), J Canning (Galway), C O’Connell (Clare).
Subs: J Hayes (Limerick) for Whelan (ht); S Lambert (Galway) for Ryan (ht); C Nelson (Clare) for McInerney (63).

Referee: J Sexton (Cork)

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2013

Preliminary Round

Saturday January 19th

@ Kilmallock                               Limerick 3-15 Mary Immaculate College 0-13

@ The Mardyke                          Cork 3-20 UCC 1-16

Sunday January 20th

@ Abbeydorney                          Kerry 6-17 IT Tralee 0-12

@ WIT GAA Grounds                  University of Limerick 1-20 Waterford 0-18

Thursday January 24th

@ Abbeydorney                          Limerick Institute of Technology 1-25 Kerry 3-7

Saturday January 26th

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                           Cork 4-16 Waterford Institute of Technology 1-8

Sunday January 27th

@ Sixmilebridge                          Clare 3-13 University of Limerick   1-13
@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary 0-22 Limerick 1-9

Semi-Finals (Extra Time)

Friday February 1st

@ Sixmilebridge                          Clare 0-20 Cork 2-11

Sunday February 3rd

@ Dolla                                      Tipperary v Limerick Institute of Technology      @ 12:00pm

(Extra Time)

Sunday February 10th

Clare v Tipperary or LIT

Venue Permutations

@ Tipperary venue                            Clare v Tipperary (last meeting – 2012 Final at Sixmilebridge)
@ Clare venue                            Clare v LIT

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

35 goals were scored in the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This contrasts with 23 goals in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match). In the first eight matches in the 2013 competition, there were 28 goals scored (an average of 3.5 goals per match)

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (16 wins), Tipperary (14 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 43 of the 79 victories in the competition (54%).

Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.

None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 74 games have been played with just 1 draw – the 2012 Limerick v Clare Quarter-Final after two periods of extra time.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 21, Lost 44, a 32% success rate.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (1) – 2009

Limerick (1) – 2006

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Final Fixture

The Munster GAA Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Final between Tipperary and Clare will take place on Saturday February 9th at 7:30pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Final


Tipperary v Clare
Venue: Semple Stadium Thurles @ 7:30pm
Referee: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)
Extra time if necessary


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Semi-Final

Tipperary 1-20 Limerick Institute of Technology 2-12


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Semi-Final

Clare 0-20 Cork 2-11


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter-Finals
Tipperary 0-22 Limerick 1-9
Clare 3-13 University of Limerick 1-13


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter-Final
Cork 4-16 Waterford Institute of Technology 1-8

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter-Final
Limerick Institute of Technology 1-25 Kerry 3-7


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Preliminary Round Results

Kerry 6-17 IT Tralee 0-12

University of Limerick 1-20 Waterford 0-18


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Preliminary Round Results

Limerick 3-15 Mary Immaculate College 0-13

Cork 3-20 University College Cork 1-16