Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 0-18 Galway 1-13

Clare 0-18 Galway 1-13

Report from the web site

Clare held on to claim a 0-18 to 1-13 victory in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B despite a determined Galway revival in Ennis. The Banner led 0-12 to 0-08 at the break with Colin Ryan outstanding for the home side. Under pressure Clare stayed calm to eke out a vital win and Joseph Cooney dragged a last gasp goal chance wide for the visitors

Backed by a strong wind Clare were on top for the majority of the opening period with Colin Ryan sharp from frees. Galway had offered glimpses of their potential with Joe Canning also effective from placed balls, but Clare were primed for a battle. From an early stage it was apparent that Clare wanted to make a statement following the surprise loss to Waterford. Five points on the spin between the 11th and 19th minute ensured Clare seized the initiative as Galway’s lapse in concentration was punished. Colin Ryan (4) and the impressive Padraic Collins found the range as the Banner accumulated a 0-09 to 0-04 advantage.

From then until the break Galway began to cause Clare problems with the lively Davy Glennon earning several frees. Canning was converting them with trademark accuracy, but Clare still went in armed with a four point cushion at the turnaround. Despite facing the elements Clare were determined after the restart as John Conlon’s influence increased significantly. Conlon landed three splendid scores as Clare edged 0-16 to 0-9 in front by the 43rd minute before Galway launched a comeback. The excellent Canning smashed a 20 metre free to the back of the Clare net and Galway trimmed the deficit to the minimum. Clare, though, ploughed on defiantly with late scores from Tony Kelly and substitute Fergal Lynch earning them a merited triumph.

Scorers: Clare: Colin Ryan (0-08, 7fs), T Kelly (0-03), J Conlon (0-03), P Collins (0-02), S O’Donnell (0-01), F Lynch (0-01).

Galway: J Canning (1-09, 1-8fs), D Glennon (0-01), A Harte (0-01), A Smith (0-01), N Donoghue (0-01)

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, D McInerney, S Morey; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; N O’Connell, Conor Ryan; Colin Ryan, T Kelly, E Barrett; S O’Donnell, J Conlon, P Collins.

Subs: F Lynch for Barrett (53 mins), C Galvin for Conor Ryan (56 mins), D Honan for O’Donnell (62 mins), J Clancy for Collins (62 mins)

Galway: C Callanan; F Moore, K Hynes, J Coen; D Collins, J Cooney, N Donoghue; I Tannian, A Smith; D Hayes, J Canning, T Haran; N Healy, J Glynn, D Glennon.

Subs: A Harte for Haran (41 mins), B Flaherty for Smith (52 mins), S Moloney for Healy (56 mins), T Og Regan for Donoghue (62-66 mins)

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 0-15 Cork 1-12

Waterford 0-15 Cork 1-12

Report from the web site

Waterford and Cork shared the spoils – 0-15 to 1-12 – after a hard-fought contest in wet and windy Dungarvan in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A. Brian O’Halloran’s brace had Waterford leading by 0-05 to 0-01 after 15 minutes. They ended the half with five unanswered scores to give them a 0-10 to 0-02 interval lead. Stephen Moylan’s 41st-minute goal roused the Rebels who finished strongly, edging ahead through Conor Lehane and Peter O’Brien before Brian O’Sullivan and Seamus Prendergast secured the draw for the Déise.

In deplorable conditions in Dungarvan, Cork had clawed back an eight-point interval deficit to lead by two entering the dying minutes but in an exciting finish, Waterford applied ferocious pressure and deservedly levelled matters late on through O’Sullivan and Prendergast. Waterford won the toss and played with the strong breeze in the first half. They pressed home that advantage in the opening exchanges. O’Halloran struck over two points from play, Pauric Mahony nailed two frees and Seamus Prendergast added one.

Patrick Horgan pegged one back for the Rebels on 16 minutes but they found it difficult to adapt to the testing conditions. It was to prove their last score of the half as Waterford hit five points without reply. The Waterford half-back line of Jamie Nagle, Michael Walsh and Kevin Moran stamped their authority on a scrappy affair and the forwards kept the scoreboard ticking over. Shane O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan and Seamus Prendergast were all on target from play before Pauric Mahony and goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe landed frees to give a dominant Déise side a healthy half-time buffer.

On the resumption, the sodden surface continued to cut up but wind-assisted Cork received a boost when corner forward Moylan was quickest to react to whip the sliotar to the net. Four swift points from the Rebels brought them back to within two (0-11 to 1-06), but Waterford bounced back through Pauric Mahony and Brian O’Sullivan to leave them four points up by the close of the third quarter. Jimmy Barry-Murphy introduced William Egan and Conor Lehane and it had the desired effect as two points from the accurate Patrick Horgan and one from Lehane made it 0-13 to 1-09 entering the closing stages.

The Glen Rovers man equalised from a ’65’ with five minutes remaining before Lehane nudged Cork in front for the first time. Peter O’Brien extended their lead to two but Waterford rallied again. Brian O’Sullivan reduced the arrears to the minimum as Michael Ryan’s men bombarded the Cork goal. Net minder Anthony Nash produced two eye-catching saves before Prendergast conjured up the equaliser in the last minute of normal time.

Waterford scorers: P Mahony 0-05 (0-05f), S Prendergast, B O’Sullivan 0-03 each, B O’Halloran 0-02, S O’Sullivan, S O’Keeffe (0-0f) 0-1 each

Cork scorers: P Horgan 0-07 (0-05f, 0-01 ’65’), S Moylan 1-01, C Lehane 0-02, C McCarthy, P O’Brien 0-01 each

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; S Daniels, L Lawlor, S Fives; J Nagle, M Walsh, K Moran; S O’Sullivan, D Fives; B O’Halloran, P Mahony, S Prendergast; J Dillon, B O’Sullivan, S Walsh.

Subs used: P Prendergast for D Fives (26 mins), J Barron for S Walsh (44), M Shanahan for O’Halloran (62), R Barry for B O’Sullivan (68).

Cork: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C O’Sullivan; C Joyce, P Cronin, S White; L McLoughlin, D Kearney; C McCarthy, P O’Sullivan, S Harnedy; S Moylan, P O’Brien, P Horgan.

Subs used: C Lehane for Harnedy (48 mins), W Egan for McDonnell (54), T Kenny for McLoughlin (62), M Walsh for Kearney (65), L O’Farrell for P O’Sullivan (66).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)

Team News

Jimmy Barry-Murphy has made three changes to the Cork hurling team for this Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League Division IA game against Waterford.

Two of the changes see players making their first league starts for Cork. Kildorrery’s Peter O’Brien is named at full-forward for what will be his Allianz League debut. He replaces Luke O’Farrell, while the other personnel change sees newcomer Seamus Harnedy replace Conor Lehane in the half-forward line.

Captain Pa Cronin returns from suspension to line out at midfield alongside Daniel Kearney, with Lorcan McLoughlin moving back to number six. William Egan makes way for Cronin, dropping to the bench, with Christopher Joyce taking his place at left half back, having played at centre half back in the win over Waterford on February 23.

CORK (SH v Waterford): A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C O’Sullivan; S White, L McLoughlin, C Joyce; P Cronin, D Kearney; C McCarthy, P O’Sullivan, S Harnedy; S Moylan, P O’Brien, P Horgan

Waterford Senior Hurling Team to play Cork on Sunday in Fraher Field, Dungarvan at 2.00pm in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League (Div. 1A)

1. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner

2. Shane Fives Carrigtwohill

3. Liam Lawlor Fourmilewater

4. Stephen Daniels De La Salle

5. Jamie Nagle Dungarvan

6. Michael Walsh Stradbally

7. Kevin Moran (CAPT.) De La Salle

8. Shane O’Sullivan Ballygunner

9. Darragh Fives Tourin

10. Brian O’Halloran Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

11. Seamus Prendergast Ardmore

12. Jake Dillon De La Salle

13 Brian O’Sullivan Ballygunner

14. Shane Walsh Fourmilewater

15. Pauric Mahony Ballygunner


Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 2-17 Kilkenny 1-19

Tipperary 2-17 Kilkenny 1-19

Report from the RTE web site

Tipperary scored their first victory against Kilkenny in five outings this afternoon with a 2-17 to 1-19 win in the Allianz National Hurling League. Kilkenny’s Tommy Walsh and Tipp’s Noel McGrath were both dismissed in the second half, both for second bookable offences. Tipperary, who led by seven points in the first half, clung on for a narrow one-point win, which which reignites their League hopes following the heavy loss to Cork in the opening round of fixtures. But Brian Cody’s Kilkenny have plenty of work to do if they want to retain their League crown, after suffering a second successive defeat.

When these sides last met, in the All-Ireland semi-final of August 2012, Kilkenny secured an 18-point win. But Tipp gained some manner of revenge in front of 5,697 specators at a bitterly cold Semple Stadium. And there was redemption too for Lar Corbett, who was castigated following last year’s clash. Corbett scored his first goal for Tipperary since the 2011 All-Ireland semi-final victory over Dublin and enjoyed a productive outing.

Playing with the aid of a stiff breeze in the first half, Tipp went on to establish a 2-11 to 1-8 interval lead. Richie Hogan netted a 15th minute goal to put Kilkenny 1-4 to 0-4 clear but Tipp hit back with two goals before half-time. Tipp’s first goal, in the 27th minute, was a fortuitous effort as Conor O’Mahony’s long ball bounced off the helmet of John O’Dwyer and into the Kilkenny net. Corbett struck three minutes before half-time, beating Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity to Pádraic Maher’s lengthy delivery with a neat flick.

Bit by bit, Kilkenny clawed their way back into contention during the second half, closing to within a point with eleven minutes remaining. Tipp sub Seamus Callanan made an immediate impact with a score from the left touchline before both teams lost a player. Walsh was sent off for a swipe at Callanan and McGrath followed suit for a tangle with Richie Power. The Carrickshock forward popped over a free to cut the deficit back to just a point but Tipp responded through another sub, Shane Bourke. Eoin Kelly’s free pushed Tipp three points clear again but Kilkenny were back within striking distance again when Power and Hogan landed points. Time ran out for Kikenny, however, and the Noresiders could badly do with a victory against Waterford in their next outing.

Kilkenny scorers: R Power 0-9 (8f, 1 65), R Hogan 1-2, E Larkin 0-3 (1 sl), P Hogan 0-2 (1f), A Fogarty, M Ruth & C Fennelly 0-1 each.

Tipperary scorers: E Kelly 0-9 (7f, 1 65), L Corbett 1-1, J O’Dwyer 1-0, P Bourke 0-2 (1f), P Maher, N McGrath, B Maher, S Bourke & S Callanan 0-1 each.

Kilkenny: D Herity; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, C Fogarty; T Walsh, B Hogan, P Hogan; L Ryan, R Power; M Kelly, C Fennelly, E Larkin; M Ruth, R Hogan, A Fogarty.

Subs: K Joyce for B Hogan (47), T Breen for Ruth (52), G Aylward for Kelly (65).

Tipperary: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; P Maher, C O’Mahony, C O’Brien; A Ryan, B Maher; N McGrath, L Corbett, J O’Brien; J O’Dwyer, E Kelly, P Bourke.

Subs: S Bourke for Ryan (51), S Callanan for O’Dwyer (57), T Hamill for O’Mahony (58), B O’Meara for Bourke (61), J Forde for J O’Brien (66).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)


Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Kilkenny in next Sunday’s Allianz Hurling league at Semple Stadium has 8 changes from the side which was defeated by Cork in the first round. Darren Gleeson starts in goals in place of Brendan Cummins with whom he will share goalkeeping duties during the league. The other changes see Michael Cahill, Conor O’Mahony, Adrian Ryan, Lar Corbett, John O’Brien, Eoin Kelly and Pa Bourke come into the team in place of Conor O’Brien, Johnny Ryan, Shane McGrath (injured), Seamus Callanan, Patrick Maher (work commitments), Brian O’Meara and Shane Bourke. The team is:

1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7. Donagh Maher (Burgess)

8. Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

9. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh) CAPTAIN

10. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

11. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

12. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

13. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

14. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone)

15. Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)

The Kilkenny line up is –

David Herritty; Paul Murphy, JJ Delaney, Conor Fogarty; Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Paddy Hogan; Lester Ryan, Matthew Ruth; Mark Kelly, Richie Power, Eoin Larkin; Aidan Fogarty, Colin Fennelly, Richie Hogan. Subs Richie Reid, Kieran Joyce, Ger Aylward, John Tennyson, Willie Phelan, Tom Breen, Mark Bergin, Brian Kennedy, Tomas Keogh, Padraig Walsh.


Allianz Football League Division 1 – Donegal 1-12 Kerry 0-6

Donegal 1-12 Kerry 0-06

Report from the web site

Kerry are in deep relegation trouble after slumping to their fourth successive league Allianz Football League Division 1 defeat, going down 1-12 to 0-06 to Donegal. Michael Murphy scored 1-05 in all for the All-Ireland champions in Ballybofey, helping them take a 1-05 to 0-03 interval lead. Johnny Buckley, Tomás Ó Sé and Eoin Brosnan scored Kerry’s early points, but an injury sidelined Ó Sé’s brother Marc. Donegal went on to dominate the second period during which Tomás Ó Sé earned a straight red card.

Jim McGuinness’ men bounced back from last weekend’s four-point defeat to Tyrone with a comfortable victory in the end, with captain and All-Star Murphy once again stealing the show. His scoring haul included a first half penalty on a day when Donegal had seven different scorers. The win eases the Ulster side’s relegation worries while this latest loss sees Kerry drop into serious relegation bother, propping up the Division 1 table with no points from their four games to date.

Donegal broke from the traps in great style and were 1-01 to 0-00 up after Leo McLoone scored the game’s opening point on four minutes with Murphy netting the goal one minute later. Murphy, who had a first half penalty saved in the previous round in Omagh, made no mistake this time when he drilled low and hard past goalkeeper Brendan Kealy. The penalty was awarded after Ross Wherity was tripped by Johnny Buckley as he was about to pull the trigger on an open goal.

Donegal were playing like All-Ireland champions and dominating in all sectors despite playing into a biting swirling breeze. A point from Patrick McBrearty saw them race into a six-point lead by the eighth minute. His strike was a product of a period of sustained pressure and a neat lay-off from Murphy. Donegal shot a few wides and had an appeal for second penalty turned down when Murphy was seemingly dragged back and tripped before Buckley opened the Kerry account on 18 minutes.

Buckley, who was named at half forward, played most of the half around midfield and was sent clear by Kieran Donaghy. His score sparked a Kerry surge that saw them add two more points in the space of the next seven minutes from the raiding Tomás Ó Sé and captain Eoin Brosnan. Brosnan kicked the highest point of the day when he lofted over Paul Durcan’s crossbar after Donaghy had mopped up a breaking ball in the Donegal defence. In between the latter two points, Murphy shrugged off Aidan O’Mahony way out wide on the right to kick a brilliant point. Donegal were 1-05 to 0-03 in front in the 26th minute following a great run and point from Ryan Bradley, who took the ball on the burst after Declan Walsh had broken up a Kerry attack at the other end. That was the final score of the first half.

Donegal, through Murphy (0-02) and one each from McLoone, Neil Gallagher and Rory Kavanagh, continued to dominate in the third quarter. Kerry’s cause was not helped by the sending off of Tomás Ó Sé within five minutes of the restart. The veteran defended received his marching orders for an incident that happened off-the-ball and was reported to referee Derek Fahy. With the game over as a contest, Donegal continued to press and Murphy added two points, one a nonchalant strike from 40 metres which sailed over the bar to extend the lead out to ten points with seven minutes remaining. Kerry did put on a late spurt and goalkeeper Durcan made two superb saves both from substitute Kieran O’Leary, one from play and the other from a penalty, before man-of-the-match Murphy wrapped up the scoring with a close-in free.

Donegal: Paul Durcan; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Eamonn McGee; Anthony Thompson, Frank McGlynn, Ryan McHugh; Rory Kavanagh (0-01) Neil Gallagher (0-01); Ross Wherity, Leo McLoone (0-02), Ryan Bradley (0-01); Patrick McBrearty (0-01), Michael Murphy (1-05, 1-00 pen, 0-02f), Colm McFadden (0-01, 0-01f).

Subs used: Martin McElhinney for Wherity (53 mins), Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy for McBrearty (55), Matthew Smyth for Kavanagh (60); Gary McFadden for Gallagher (65).

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane McEnright; Tomás Ó Sé (0-01), Killian Young, Peter Crowley; Kieran Donaghy, Eoin Brosnan (0-01); Jonathan Lyne, Donnchadh Walsh, Johnny Buckley (0-03, 0-02f); James O’Donoghue, Darran O’Sullivan (0-01), Michael Geary.

Subs used: Brian McGuire for M Ó Sé (28 mins, inj), Fionn Fitzgerald for J O’Donoghue (47), Jack Sherwood for Crowley (53), Kieran O’Leary for O’Sullivan (60), Andrew Garnett for Donaghy (69, inj).

Referee: Derek Fahy (Longford)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Donegal in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League in Ballybofey on Sunday next shows 3 changes in personnel from the side that started in Round 3 against Kildare.

Peter Crowley comes in to the half back line in place of Jonathan Lyne who moves to the half forward line where he started against Kildare, Darran O’Sullivan, introduced as a first half substitute against Kildare and Michael Geaney start in the full forward line with Michael O’Donoghue, Barry John Keane and Kieran O’Leary dropping to the substitutes bench.

The team in full is:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Marc Ó Sé An Gaeltacht

3. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore

4. Shane Enright Tarbert

5. Tomás Ó Sé An Gaeltacht

6. Killian Young Renard

7. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers

8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks

9. Eoin Brosnan (Capt) Dr Crokes

10. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

11. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

12. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes

13. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion

14. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh/Glencar

15. Michael Geaney Dingle

16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion

17. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes

18. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

19. Michael O’Donoghue Spa

20. Brian Maguire Listowel Emmetts

21. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes

22. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilemore

23. Jack Sherwood Firies

24. Andrew Garnett Spa

25. Darragh O’Sullivan Dingle

26. Shane Carroll Austin Stacks

– The team features 10 of the side defeated by Donegal (1-12 to 1-10) in the All Ireland Qtr Finals last August.

The following players are unavailable for Selection:

Declan O’Sullivan Recovering from back Injury sustained against Dublin.

Anthony Maher Recovering from Calf Injury sustained against Dublin

Colm Cooper Has some niggly injuries at the moment and is rehabbing same

Bryan Sheehan Working on his fitness

Paul Galvin Back Training – Won’t be available for a couple of weeks

Patrick Curtin Shoulder injury sustained in training Thursday before Kildare game

Paul Geaney Recovering from Hamstring injury

• Some other players are on the extended panel but are not on the travelling party of 26 for this game.

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Laois 2-20 Kerry 2-12

Laois defeated Kerry by 2-20 to 2-12 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A Round 2 on Sunday at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Laois in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Div 2A in O’Moore Park on Sunday next shows one change from the side that defeated Westmeath in Round 1 – John Griffin, who came on as a sub in that game, is retained at midfield in place of Brendan Brosnan. The team is as follows:

1. Bernard Rochford Killeagh (Cork)

2. Rory Horgan St Brendans

3. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

4. Patrick O’Keeffe Glenflesk

5. Tommy Barrett Causeway

6. Darren Dineen St Brendans

7. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

8. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

9. John Griffin Lixnaw

10. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

11. Gary O’Brien Ballyduff

12. Willie O’Dywer Mullinavat (Kilkenny)

13. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

14. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff (Captain)

15. Shane Nolan Crotta O Neills

16. PJ Gorman Ballyduff

17. Brian O’Leary Abbeydorney

18. Pat Joe Connolly Ballyduff

19. Sean Maunsell Kilmoyley

20. John Egan St Brendans

21. Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

22. Colm Harty Causeway

23. David Fitzell Kilmoyley

24. Jason Leahy Causeway

25. Cyril Lynch Crotta O’Neills

26. Diarmuid Walshe Ballyheigue


Manager: Tom Howard

Trainer: Fergie O’Loughlin

Selectors : Padraig Regan, (Kilmoyley); Mike Burke (Causeway); Noel Browne (Ballyduff)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick 0-10 Carlow 0-9

Limerick make it four out of four

By John Redington for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 0-10 Carlow 0-9

A fourth win from four at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday has left Limerick on the cusp of promotion from Division 4 of the Allianz Football League and, like the others that preceded them, the team’s victory over Carlow was by the slimmest of margins. Trailing for most of the second-half, Maurice Horan’s side finally drew level six minutes to go with an Ian Ryan free before the skipper added another to settle the nerves of supporters in the crowd of 1,004. Carlow might have upset the odds had they built on a burst of scores when they used Brendan Murphy as a ball-winner rather than a target at the edge of the square where he could never break free of Johnny McCarthy.

But even when still led by two at the three-quarter mark, they were already in containment mode and it proved fatal against opponents whose self-belief must be rock solid after winning two ties by two points and the other two by just one. Although Carlow struck twice inside a minute, patient buildup had the hosts leading coming up to the break despite playing into a stiff breeze. However, Darragh Foley’s free, Benny Kavanagh and Kieran Nolan left the Barrowsiders leading 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time. The margin remained the same after two exchanges before Limerick took control coming into the final quarter in which Ryan sent over three frees.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-7fs, E O’Connor, T Lee, B Scanlon (45) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Carlow: D Foley 0-3fs, M Doyle 0-2, Brian Murphy (f), W Minchin, B Kavanagh, K Nolan 0-1 each.

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

Subs: S Buckley for O’Carroll (ht), I Corbett for Treacy (48), D O’Connor for Collins (60), L O’Dwyer for Coady (67).

CARLOW: T O’Reilly; C Lawler, S Mernagh, B Kavanagh; K Nolan, S Redmond, M Doyle; D Foley, Brendan Murphy; R Walker, P Reid, E Ruth; Brian Murphy, J Murphy, W Minchin.

Subs: S Gannon for Minchin (57), A Kelly for Reid (64), K Jackson for J Murphy (64).

Referee: M Condon (Waterford)

Team News

The Limerick Team to play Carlow has been announced and shows just one change from the team that beat Waterford last weekend. Darragh Treacy replaces Bobby O’Brien.

1. Brian Scanlan

2. Cian Coady

3. Johnny McCarthy

4. Mark O’Riordan

5. Stephen Lavin

6. Paudie Browne

7. Pa Ranahan

8. Darragh Treacy

9. Thomas Lee

10. James O’Meara

11. John Riordan

12. Seamus O’Carroll

13. Ger Collins

14. Eoghan O’Connor

15. Ian Ryan

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 3-10 Carlow 1-13

Limerick 3-10 Carlow 1-13

Report from the web site

Declan Hannon hit two first-half goals to help Limerick to their second division 1B win of the season, with a 3-13 to 2-14 victory over Carlow at the Gaelic Grounds. Hannon’s brace was added to by Seanie Tobin’s goal before the break as John Allen’s side struggled to the win with Paul Coady’s late goal leading to a nervy closing five minutes for Limerick. After a bizarre opening half, Limerick somehow held a three-point lead at half-time, despite being out-hurled for the large part by John Meyler’s side, who picked up their second defeat of the campaign. In the end the three goals in that opening 35 minutes from the Treaty men proved crucial, the first arriving from Hannon’s 20-metre free in the 12th minute, which helped Limerick past Carlow’s early superiority, which had opened out a 0-3 to 0-1 lead.

But the Leinster men responded well to that goal and they hit the next four points – three frees from the deadly accurate Shane Kavanagh and a fine point by skipper Edward Coady after some clever interplay from the Carlow forwards. But just as they recovered from the first goal, Hannon struck again in the 25th minute with a bullet shot to the top corner and two minutes later Tobin got in on the act and poked in an arrowed pass from Graeme Mulcahy to give Limerick a 3-2 to 0-8 lead at half-time.

After the restart Limerick looked like they had gotten rid of their first-half lethargy as three points in a row from Mulcahy, Hannon and Paudie O’Brien saw their advantage open out to six points by the 40th minute. Craig Doyle slotted his first point for Carlow soon after and Shane Kavanagh also hit his second from play to keep Meyler’s men in touch, but three scores in a row from Hannon gave Limerick their biggest lead of the day at 3-8 to 0-10 in the 52nd minute.

But from then on they only managed to hit the target twice as Carlow showed admirable spirit to work their way back into the game. Shane Kavanagh landed two more frees before substitute Paul Coady flicked a Kavanagh 65 to the net to put just three between the sides but Limerick held on to set up an exciting clash with Dublin next weekend.

Limerick scorers: D Hannon 2-6 (1-4 fs), S Tobin 1-0, S Hickey, G Mulcahy, P O’Brien & A Breen 0-1 each.

Carlow scorers: S Kavanagh 0-9 (7fs), P Coady 1-0, C Doytle 0-2, S Murphy & E Coady 0-1 each.

Limerick: A Murphy; A Dempsey, R McCarthy, T Condon; C King, D O’Grady, G O’Mahoney; P Browne, P O’Brien; D Hannon, S Hickey, D Breen; G Mulcahy, N Moran, D Tobin.

Subs: W McNamara for O’Grady 22, K Downes for Moran h-t, J Ryan for O’Mahoney 50, A Breen for Tobin 52, S Dowling for Mulcahy 68.

Carlow: N Roberts; H P O’Byrne, E Nolan, D Shaw; J O’Hara, R Cody, Derek Byrne; M Brennan, E Coady; J Kavanagh, S Kavanagh, S Murphy; P Nolan, J M Nolan, C Doyle.

Subs: D Roberts for P Nolan h-t, Diarmuid Byrne for Derek Byrne 42, P Coady for J Kavanagh 46, A Guale for J M Nolan 52, D Galwey for O’Hara 58

Team News

The Limerick Management has announced their starting fifteen and panel for the Allianz hurling league game Limerick v Carlow at the Limerick Gaelic Grounds at an earlier starting time of 12.45pm.

1 Aaron Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown)

2 Alan Dempsey (NaPiarsaigh)

3 Richie McCarthy (Blackrock)

4 Tom Condon (Knockaderry)

5 Cathal King (NaPiarsaigh)

6 Donal O’Grady (capt) (Granagh/Ballingarry)

7 Gavin O’Mahoney (Kilmallock)

8 Paul Browne (Bruff)

9 Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock)

10 Declan Hannon (Adare)

11 Seamus Hickey (Murroe Boher)

12 David Breen (NaPiarsaigh)

13 Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)

14 Niall Moran (Ahane)

15 Seanie Tobin (Murroe/Boher)

16 Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock)

17 Stephen Walsh (Glenroe)

18 Wayne McNamara (Adare)

19 James Ryan (Garryspillane)

20 Conor Allis (Croom)

21 Shane Dowling (NaPiarsaigh)

22 Paulie Ahern (Kilteely/Dromkeen)

23 Shane O Neill (South Liberties)

24 Kevin Downes (NaPiarsaigh)

25 Adrian Breen (NaPiarsaigh)

26 Mark Carmody (Patrickswell)