Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 1-22 Cork 1-16

Cork 1-16 Clare 1-22

Report from the web site

Clare struck ten unanswered points in a 12-minute second half spell as they beat Cork 1-22 to 1-16 at Páirc Uí Rinn. When Pat Horgan pointed for Cork in the 46th minute, they led by 0-15 to 0-10, but an excellent comeback, with Colin Ryan and Tony Kelly among the scores, propelled Clare to victory and top spot in Allianz Hurling League Division 1A. Cork had been far better in the first half, Horgan and Lorcan McLoughlin both shining.

But Clare found an extra gear or two in the the second period as they first drew level with their opponents and then powered ahead, the free-taking of Colin Ryan impeccable with Shane O’Donnell’s 63rd-minute goal more or less ended any lingering hopes Cork had of making it two wins from their first three games. Colin Ryan finished with 12 points, Tony Kelly and Conor Ryan also getting their names on the scoresheet, while Patrick Donnellan, Brendan Bugler and Patrick O’Connor were outstanding in the half-back line in the second half, making life very difficult for the Rebels attack.

It was all a far cry from the opening 35 minutes when Cork looked very comfortable at times. Though Colin Ryan put Clare ahead with the opening score, Cork would lead thereafter, Horgan on target with frees while McLoughlin added three points from midfield. The home side led by 0-09 to 0-04 after 27 minutes. It would have been more but for Patrick Kelly’s save from Stephen Moylan. After Tony Kelly gave Clare a first point from play, they began to eat into the lead more. Nevertheless, Paudie O’Sullivan’s point in first-half injury-time meant that Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side possessed a 0-12 to 0-07 interval advantage, and early second half scores from Seamus Harnedy and Horgan meant that the lead was six, 0-14 to 0-08.

Crucially, however, Clare were not as reliant on Colin Ryan for scores as they had been, Conor Ryan and Tony Kelly getting in on the act, though it took a wonderful block from Donnellan to deny O’Sullivan a goal on 44 minutes. Once Clare got going there was not stopping them, though. Kelly levelled on 51 minutes before Colin Ryan put them in front, and though Paudie O’Sullivan had another goal chance, Patrick Kelly was again equal to it. Nicky O’Connell added another for Clare and Cork were struggling, as indicated by an uncharacteristic Horgan miss. John Conlan and Kelly helped Clare to pull further clear before O’Donnell’s goal put seven points between the teams. Substitute Darach Honan also scored before Colin Ryan got his 12th of the match. Substitute Luke O’Farrell nabbed a late goal, but it was far too late to inspire to a Cork comeback and the Banner took the points home.

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, B Murphy, C O’Sullivan; C Joyce, P Cronin, W Egan; D Kearney (0-01), L McLoughlin (0-03); C McCarthy, P O’Sullivan (0-02), S Harnedy (0-02); S Moylan, P O’Brien, P Horgan (0-08, 0-06f, 0-02 ’65’).

Subs used: C Lehane for Moylan (50 mins), L O’Farrell (1-00) for O’Brien (55), T Kenny for Kearney (59), C Naughton for Harnedy (60).

CLARE: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, D McInerney, S Morey; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; N O’Connell (0-01), Conor Ryan (0-02); E Barrett, T Kelly (0-04), Colin Ryan (0-12, 0-09f); S O’Donnell (1-00), J Conlan (0-02), P Collins.

Subs used: F Lynch for Barrett (41 mins), C Galvin for Collins (48), C McInerney for Conor Ryan (61), D Honan (0-01) for O’Donnell (66).

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling Team to play Clare on Saturday night at 7pm in Páirc Uí Rinn will line out as follows:

1. Anthony Nash

2. Shane O’Neill 3. Brian Murphy 4. Conor O Sullivan

5. Christopher Joyce 6. Patrick Cronin 7. William Egan

8. Daniel Kearney 9. Lorcan Mc Loughlin

10. Cian Mc Carthy 11. Paudie O’Sullivan 12. Seamus Harnedy

13. Stephen Moylan 14. Peter O Brien 15. Patrick Horgan


16. Darren McCarthy Ballymartle

17. Kilian Murphy Erin’s Own

18. Mark Ellis Millstreet

19. Tom Kenny Grenagh

20. Stephen White Ballygarvan

21. Michael Walsh Kildorrery

22. Conor Lehane Midleton

23. Luke O Farrell Midleton

24. Cathal Naughton Newtownshandrum

25. Brian Hartnett Midleton

26. Michael O’Sullivan Tracton

The team shows two changes from the fifteen that defeated Waterford: Brian Murphy comes in at full back to replace the injured Stephen McDonnell, while William Egan resumes his place at wing-back at the expense of Stephen White. Captain Patrick Cronin continues in the centre-back position in what will be his first home Allianz League game as captain, having missed the victory over Tipperary through suspension.


Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 0-11 Down 1-5

Kerry 0-11 Down 1-05

Report from the web site

Kerry turned in a much-improved performance as they beat Down 0-11 to 1-05 in Tralee to register their first Allianz NFL Division One win. Johnny Buckley’s five first-half points provided the platform for the Kingdom. Connaire Harrison scored the visitors’ only point as Kerry led 0-08 to 0-01 at the break with the influential Declan O’Sullivan hitting a brace. Donal O’Hare poached an opportunist second-half goal, but Kerry managed to see out a deserved victory despite Darran O’Sullivan’s penalty miss.

Pointless after four Division 1 matches, Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men were in desperate need of a result against a Down side that opened their win account against Mayo last weekend. After early wides at both ends, the returning Declan O’Sullivan was out smartly to win a ball and Buckley slotted the 40-yard free. The same two players combined for Buckley’s only point from play, with Buckley and his Dr Crokes club-mate Eoin Brosnan swapping positions. Buckley struck an eighth minute free before experienced defender Aidan O’Mahony was forced off with a suspected ankle injury. Mark Griffin came on in his place, joining fellow league debutant Fionn Fitzgerald in the home defence.

While Kerry were thriving from the direct play of Buckley and O’Sullivans along with a stellar defensive display from Marc Ó Sé, Down were rather toothless in defence and attack. Buckley landed another pointed free, following a strong run from Ó Sé, and Declan O’Sullivan added his name to the scoresheet with Buckley and Kieran Donaghy involved in the build-up. Donal O’Hare, the scoring star for the Mourne men against Mayo, fluffed his lines from a kickable free and he missed a further two efforts that he would have usually converted.

Down’s only point of the opening 35 minutes came when Mark Poland ran hard at the Kerry defence, a goal chance was briefly on before he passed for Harrison to split the posts. Jonathan Lyne and Darran O’Sullivan set up Declan O’Sullivan for a 20th-minute score, and Brian Maguire then cut in from the wing to fist over with his right hand. With O’Hare and Benny Coulter adding to Down’s wides tally, Buckley registered his fourth pointed free at the start of a four-minute period of injury-time.

Down tightened up for the start of the second half, defending deep in numbers and squeezing the space on what had been a fluid Kerry attack. The complexion of the game changed when a Poland point attempt came back off the woodwork and O’Hare finished the loose ball to the net. O’Hare followed up with pointed free to reduce the arrears to 0-08 to 1-02, as James McCartan’s charges suddenly played their way back into contention.

Paul Galvin, coming on for captain Brosnan, made an immediate impact as he created an opening for Declan O’Sullivan’s third point. O’Hare and Jonathan Lyne traded points as Kerry kept their noses in front. They had a serious chance to put the game to bed in the 59th minute, but Darran O’Sullivan, having just been pulled down by Keith Quinn, sent the resulting penalty wide. Paul McComiskey provided the assist for a Coulter point as the margin was cut to three again, however, Kerry did just enough to see out this much-needed win.

Impressive wing back Maguire left-footed Kerry’s 11th and final point with aplomb, with Down’s only response being an Arthur McConville free. After a scrappy conclusion, Rory Hickey’s final whistle was greeted with relief more than anything. Whether Kerry are back on track remains to be seen – next weekend’s visit of old rivals Cork should provide a more definite answer.

Scorers: Kerry: Johnny Buckley 0-05 (0-04f), Declan O’Sullivan 0-03, Brian Maguire 0-02, Jonathan Lyne 0-01

Down: Donal O’Hare 1-02 (0-01f), Connaire Harrison, Benny Coulter, Arthur McConville (0-01f) 0-01 each

KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Fionn Fitzgerald, Killian Young, Brian Maguire; Anthony Maher, Eoin Brosnan; Jonathan Lyne, Donnchadh Walsh, Johnny Buckley; Declan O’Sullivan, Kieran Donaghy, Darran O’Sullivan.

Subs used: Mark Griffin for O’Mahony (13 mins), Paul Galvin for Brosnan (46), Kieran O’Leary for Walsh (57), James O’Donoghue for Declan O’Sullivan (66).

DOWN: Brendan McVeigh; Daniel McCartan, Brendan McArdle, Ryan Boyle; Ryan Mallon, Aidan Carr, Keith Quinn; Kalum King, Kevin McKernan; Conor Laverty, Mark Poland, Paul McComiskey; Donal O’Hare, Connaire Harrison, Benny Coulter.

Subs used: Conor Gough for Carr (25 mins), Damien Turley for Mallon (32), Arthur McConville for Harrison (46).

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Down in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday evening next shows 4 changes in personnel and a number of positional changes from the side that started in Round 4 against Donegal.

Fionn Fitzgerald of Dr Crokes comes in to make his full League debut in place of the suspended Tomás Ó Sé at No. 5, Brian Maguire replaces Peter Crowley at left half back, Anthony Maher returns from injury to partner Eoin Brosnan at midfield with Kieran Donaghy moving to the edge of the square and the Austin Stacks man is joined in the full forward line by the fit again Declan O’Sullivan. James O’Donoghue and Michael Geaney are the players to lose out up front.

The substitutes bench is notable for the return of Paul Galvin while David Moran is also named.

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. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes

6. Killian Young Renard

7. Brian Maguire Listowel Emmetts

8. Anthony Maher Duagh

9. Eoin Brosnan (Capt) Dr Crokes

10. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

11. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

12. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes

13. Declan O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses

14. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks

15. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh/Glencar

16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion

17. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers

18. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion

19. Michael Geaney Dingle

20. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes

21. Paul Galvin Finuge

22. Jack Sherwood Firies

23. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilemore

24. Patrick Curtin Moyvane

25. Michael O’Donoghue Spa

26. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys

The team features 10 of the side defeated by Donegal (1-12 to 1-10) in the All Ireland Qtr Finals last August. (Toma Ó Sé, Bryan Sheehan, Paul Galvin, James O’Donoghue and Colm Cooper being the absentees).

The following players are unavailable for Selection:

Tomás Ó Sé Serving 1 Game suspension

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

Bryan Sheehan Working on his fitness

Paul Geaney Recovering from Hamstring injury

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Kerry 1-12 Wicklow 2-5

Kerry defeated Wicklow by 1-12 to 2-5 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A Round 3 on Saturday in Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Wicklow in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Div 2A in Austin Stack Park on Saturday next shows one change in personnel from the side that went down to Laois in Round 2. David Fitzell comes into midfield in place of Daniel Collins who moves to corner forward to the exclusion of Padraig Boyle. The team is as follows:

1. Bernard Rochford Killeagh (Cork)

2. Patrick O’Keeffe Glenflesk

3. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

4. Rory Horgan St Brendans

5. Tommy Barrett Causeway

6. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

7. Darren Dineen St Brendans

8. David Fitzell Kilmoyley

9. John Griffin Lixnaw

10. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

11. Gary O’Brien Ballyduff

12. Willie O’Dywer Mullinavat (Kilkenny)

13. Shane Nolan Crotta O Neills

14. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff (Captain)

15. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

16. PJ Gorman Ballyduff

17. Pat Joe Connolly Ballyduff

18. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

19. Jason Leahy Causeway

20. Colm Harty Causeway

21. Brian O’Leary Abbeydorney

22. Diarmuid Walshe Ballyheigue

23. John Egan St Brendans

24. Cyril Lynch Crotta O’Neills

25. Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

26. Sean Maunsell Kilmoyley



Manager: Tom Howard

Trainer: Fergie O’Loughlin

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

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 1-21 Dublin 1-15

Allen happy hard work finally paying off

By Paul Keane for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 1-21 Dublin 1-15

Limerick boss John Allen says his side are finally turning preparation into performance as they close in on a promotion play-off place. The Shannonsiders gave their best display of the season in Division 1B on Saturday evening to take pole position in the race for a final spot and a shot at promotion. They had just three points to spare in previous outings against Carlow and Antrim. But with their full-forward line delivering 1-16 at Croke Park, they came from behind to overcome what Allen believes are their biggest rivals in the division.

Limerick trailed by six points after a slow start and by five after 40 minutes of play. But a storming second-half performance that included 1-3 from Graeme Mulcahy and a straight red card for Dublin’s Paul Ryan, for an off the ball clash with Tom Condon, secured an important win. “When you’re working with a team and you see how well they’re doing in training, in the gym and with their eating programmes and so on, you’re waiting for it to transfer onto the field of play,” said Allen. “This was the first day that I could say that happened, that it transferred onto the field of play. This was a key game for both teams. I presume that we would be seen as the two strongest teams in the division. So this was key.”

Limerick have testing ties against Offaly and Wexford to come as they seek to preserve their 100% record in the lower tier. Allen hailed Mulcahy as instrumental in their latest win. The corner-forward shot 1-3 in a storming second-half as Limerick came from 1-11 to 0-9 down after 40 minutes. Free-taker Declan Hannon shot nine points but Mulcahy was the man who did most damage. His 56th minute goal was crucial, just minutes after Ryan’s red card, and it gave resurgent Limerick a lead they stretched to six by full-time.

If both sides win their remaining two games they’ll meet again in the Division 1B final – with the winners gaining promotion. “As we all saw last year, Graeme Mulcahy’s a lethal finisher,” said ex-Cork chief Allen. The Limerick full-forward line of Mulcahy, Kevin Downes and free-taker Declan Hannon shot 1-16 as a group. “Kevin has threatened at training and been very impressive,” said Allen. “He hasn’t brought it onto the field of play so I was particularly delighted for him. Because we all know he has it and that it is in him. Declan Hannon has as much hurling as anyone in the country. So it was great to see all those fellas doing well.”

Dubs boss Anthony Daly lamented three early goal chances that they wasted while they notched 15 wides overall. “All the chances we missed in the first-half, that was the crucial part of it,” said Daly. “It sealed our fate maybe but we were in there pitching away right to the very end.”

Scorers for Limerick: D Hannon 0-9, 6f, G Mulcahy 1-3, K Downes 0-4, P Browne 0-2, N Moran 0-2, P O’Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: C McCormack 1-1, J Boland 0-4, P Ryan 0-3, 1f, A Nolan 0-2, 2f, D Sutcliffe 0-2, J McCaffrey 0-1, C Keaney 0-1, D O’Callaghan 0-1.

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahoney; P Browne, J Ryan; S Dowling, S Hickey, D Breen; K Downes, D Hannon, G Mulcahy.

Subs: N Moran for Dowling h/t, C Alliss for Hickey 69, S Tobin for Mulcahy 72, C King for Ryan 73.

DUBLIN: A Nolan; R Trainor, P Schutte, P Kelly; M Carton, L Rushe, S Lambert; J Boland, K Byrne; C Keaney, J McCaffrey, D Sutcliffe; C McCormack, D O’Callaghan, P Ryan.

Subs: J Doughan for Schutte 46, S Durkin for Byrne 50, D Treacy for McCaffrey 58, E Dillon for O’Callaghan 61, S McGrath for McCormack 70.

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)

Team News

The following is the Limerick team and panel to play Dublin – Nicky Quaid, (Effin), Stephen Walsh (Glenroe), Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock)(Captain), Wayne McNamara (Adare), Gavin O’Mahoney (Kilmallock), Paul Browne (Bruff), James Ryan (Garryspillane), Declan Hannon (Adare), Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), David Breen (Na Piarsaigh), Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh) and Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock).

Panel for the match is as follows, Aaron Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown), Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Cathal King (Na Piarsaigh), Niall Moran (Ahane), Conor Allis (Croom), Sean Tobin (Murroe/Boher), Paudie Ahern (Kilteely/Dromkeen), Shane O’Neill (South Liberties), Tom Ryan (South Liberties), Adrian Breen (Na Piarsaigh) and David Reidy (Dromin/Athlacca).

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 0-12 Donegal 0-10

Rebels avenge Donegal defeat

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Cork 0-12 Donegal 0-10

IT might not have exorcised the demons of last August’s All-Ireland semi-final loss, but Cork finished strongly to overcome Donegal at Pairc Ui Rinn last night and advance their chances of reaching the Allianz Football League Division 1 semi-finals. When Michael Murphy converted a ’45’ in the 43rd minute, Donegal led by 0-7 to 0-5, but from a position where they were struggling, Cork managed to impressively turn things around to secure a third successive win after beginning with two losses. Despite Cork starting with wing-forwards Andrew O’Sullivan and Fintan Goold dropping deep to assist the defence, Donegal began well and were in a 0-3 to 0-0 lead inside five minutes, Murphy with two points and Patrick McBrearty getting the other.

Cork found their feet thanks to two excellent Colm O’Neill points, one with each foot, and the stage looked set for an intense game, the hosts attempting to match their opponents by funnelling men back at every opportunity and looking to attack with great pace. After Colm McFadden and Barry O’Driscoll exchanged points, the game took an irrevocable turn as O’Neill crumpled in a heap when trying to win a ball in the 16th minute. Cork’s most threatening attacker had to be stretchered off, the extent of the damage for O’Neill – who had previously suffered two cruciate ligament injuries – not known by the end of the game. His absence denied Cork a focal point up front. The strong wall of defence put up by Donegal proved too difficult to breach, with the home side reduced to speculative crossfield passes in a bid to stretch their opponents.

Donegal were more impressive in their attempts to cut through at the other end, but even so they were not operating in top gear. With a two-point interval advantage, at half-time Donegal were favourites to go on and win after the restart, and though Paul Kerrigan cut the gap, Ross Wherity twice had goal chances for Jimmy McGuinness’s side in the first seven minutes of the second half. Dead balls from Michael Murphy ensured that Donegal responded to any efforts Cork made to make inroads, such as after good scores from Kerrigan and Paudie Kissane, but with the game becoming loose, Collins and sub Liam Shorten had Cork level at 0-7 each by the 47th minute.

Aided by the introduction of Donncha O’Connor, Cork now had the momentum, but they struggled to take advantage. Kissane and Shorten both had chances to put them ahead for the first time but both did poorly with scoreable opportunities. Andrew O’Sullivan finally did the needful, fisting over after Kerrigan did well to win Kissane’s delivery, and with Donegal not as fluent as they could be, Cork sensed victory, Shorten with another after Michael Shields hit the post with a long-range effort. Kissane again and Collins added others as the fight went out of Donegal, and while a Murphy free and a McFadden ’45’ set up a tense finish, Cork held out.

Scorers – Cork: M Collins 0-3, P Kissane, C O’Neill, L Shorten 0-2 each, A O’Sullivan, B O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan 0-1 each. Donegal: M Murphy 0-5 (4f, 1 ’45’), C McFadden 0-3 (1 ’45’, 2f), P McBrearty, D Molloy 0-1 each.

Cork: K O’Halloran; J O’Sullivan, M Shields, E Cadogan; T Clancy, N O’Leary, P Kissane; G Canty, A Walsh; A O’Sullivan, F Goold, M Collins; B O’Driscoll, C O’Neill, P Kerrigan. Subs: L Shorten for O’Neill (18), D O’Connor for Goold (45), A O’Connor for J O’Sullivan (61), E O’Mahony for Canty (65), D Goulding for A O’Sullivan (70).

Donegal: P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, E McGee; D Walsh, F McGlynn, L McLoone; R Kavanagh, M Murphy; R Bradley, P McBrearty, R Wherity; D Molloy, C McFadden, N Gallagher. Subs: M McElhinney for Molloy (53), R McHugh for Wherity (53).

Referee: D Coldrick (Meath)

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Donegal on Saturday at 5pm in Páirc Uí Rinn has been named as follows:

1. Ken O Halloran

2. Michael Shields 3. Jamie O’Sullivan 4. Eoin Cadogan

5. Paudie Kissane 6. Noel O’Leary 7. Tomás Clancy

8. Graham Canty 9. Aidan Walsh

10. Fintan Goold 11. Donncha O’Connor 12. Mark Collins

13. Barry O’Driscoll 14. Colm O’Neill 15. Paul Kerrigan


16 Andrew O’Donoghue Aghada

17 Eoin O’Mahony Macroom

18 John McLoughlin Kanturk

19 Brian Shanahan Carbery Rangers

20 Conor O’Driscoll Ilen Rovers

21 James Fitzpatrick Carbery Rangers

22 Andrew O’Sullivan Castletownbere

23 Liam Shorten Beal Atha’n Ghaorthaidh

24 Alan O’Connor St. Colum’s

25 Daniel Goulding Eire Og

Ciarán Sheehan is on the injury list having damaged his shoulder during the win over Tyrone, and is replaced by Donncha O’Connor in the only personnel change from that game. Alan O’Connor and Daniel Goulding return from injury and are named in the replacements. Sub goalkeeper David Lordan is injured, and Andrew O’Donoghue of Aghada comes in to take his place.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Tipperary 0-15 Limerick 0-9

Tipperary back in promotion race

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 0-15 Limerick 0-09

Peter Creedon’s Tipperary stormed back into the promotion race by ending Limerick’s 100% record in Division 4 of the Allianz NFL on Saturday. Tipp won for the third successive game as the Shannonsiders finally tasted defeat after a run of four successive victories. Limerick boss Maurice Horan watched his side miss two penalties and fumed: “We were going around saying that we were promoted and it was just a mathematical formality more or less.”

Barry Grogan was his side’s leading scorer and after Limerick stormed into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead, the visitors rallied to lead 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time. Eoghan O’Connor’s brace of points early in the second-half brought Limerick level again in front of 585 spectators but once Tipp regained the lead, they would not be caught.

Scorers for Limerick: G Collins, E O’Connor & I Ryan (2f), 0-2 each, S O’Carroll (45), J Riordan & L O’Dwyer, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 pen), C Sweeney (2f), B Fox, P Acheson & M Quinlivan 0-2 each, G Hannigan & L McGrath, 0-1 each.

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

Subs: L O’Dwyer for Coady (20) D O’Sullivan for Scanlon (39), S Buckley for O’Carroll (46), I Corbett for Treacey (54), D Quaid for O’Riordan (63).

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; J Coghlan, R Costigan, D Leahy; P Acheson, G Hannigan; B Fox, H Coghlan, A Matassa; M Quinlivan, B Grogan, C Sweeney.

Subs: L Egan for Morrissey (22), B Mulvihill for Matassa (44), D Lowry for Sweeney (47), L McGrath for Fox (63), T Dalton for Quinlivan (70).

Referee: D Brazil (Offaly)


Limerick footballers lose to Tipp

Report from the Limerick Leader newspaper

Limerick’s unbeaten run in Division 4 of the Allianz Football League came to an end in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday when they were beaten by 0-15 to 0-9 by Tipperary. After four narrow wins in the earlier rounds, Limerick’s luck finally ran out here as two missed penalties proved to be their downfall. Limerick started well in the opening half but were still 0-7 to 0-5 down at the break, Ian Ryan having missed their first penalty after Ger Collins had been fouled.

When Eoghan O’Connor struck twice in the first three minutes of the second half, it looked as if Limerick were aiming at another second-half comeback but the burst of scores died with the equaliser. A Conor Sweeney free restored Tipp’s lead and, and points from Peter Acheson and Barry Grogan stretched Tipp three clear. Then Limerick missed their second penalty – Collins firing wide after Seanie Buckley had been fouled. Ian Ryan did reduce the deficit to two with a free but Tipp kicked for home and eventually ran out six-point winners. The result still leaves Limerick on top of the table with eight points and they will need to win their final two games – away to London and Clare – to secure promotion. Tipp are now in second on six points and a repeat meeting between the sides in the Division 4 final can’t be ruled out.

SCORERS – Tipperary: Barry Grogan 0-5 (0-4 frees, 0-1 penalty), Michael Quinlivan, Conor Sweeney (both frees), Brian Fox, Peter Acheson 0-2 each, George Hannigan, Liam McGrath 0-1each; Limerick: Ger Collins Ian Ryan (both frees), Eoghan O’Connor 0-2 each, John Riordan, Séamus O’Carroll (‘45’), Lorcan O’Dwyer 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY – Paul Fitzgerald; Andrew Morrissey, Paddy Codd, Ciarán McDonald; John Coghlan, Robbie Costigan, Donagh Leahy; Peter Acheson, George Hannigan; Brian Fox, Hugh Coghlan, Aldo Matassa; Michael Quinlivan, Barry Grogan, Conor Sweeney. Subs: John O’Callaghan for An drew Morrissey (22 mins), Brian Mulvihill for Aldo Matassa (43 mins), Darren Lowry for Conor Sweeney (46 mins), Liam McGrath for Brian Fox (63 mins), Timmy Dalton for Michael Quinlivan (69 mins).

LIMERICK – Brian Scanlon; Cian Coady, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Steven Lavin, Paudie Browne, Pa Ranahan; Tom Lee, Darragh Treacy; James O’ Meara, John Riordan, Séamus O’Carroll; Ger Collins, Eoghan O’Connor, Ian Ryan. Subs: Lorcan O’Dwyer for Cian Coady (20 mins), Donal O’Sullivan for Brian Scanlon (38 mins), Seanie Buckley for Séamus O’Carroll (45 mins), Damien Quaid for Mark O’Riordan (63 mins).

Referee – Damien Brazil (Offaly)

Team News

There are no changes to the Limerick Senior Football team to play Tipperary tomorrow in the Gaelic Grounds from the team that beat Carlow last Sunday.

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 Captain

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Leitrim 3-14 Waterford 3-7

Beirne goal seals victory for Leitrim

By PJ Leddy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Leitrim 3-14 Waterford 3-07

Leitrim easily overcame Waterford in a low-key tie in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday. Leitrim led 1-9 to 2-3 at the interval, thanks to Ray Cox’s 13th minute goal, but a goal apiece by Robert Aherne and Darren Guiry kept Waterford in contention. A third Leitrim goal, from Conor Beirne in the 55th minute, sealed the home side’s win.

Scorers for Leitrim: R. Cox 2-1, E. Mulligan 0-7 (0-5 f); C. Beirne 1-2, E. Williams 0-2, G. Reynolds, B. Brennan 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: T. Grey 1-2, G. Hurney 0-4 (frees), R. Aherne 1-0, D. Guiry 1-0, S, Aherne 0-1.

LEITRIM: B. Flynn; F. McMorrow, C. Egan, P. Maguire; G. Reynolds, E. Williams, D. Beck; B. Brennan, T. Beirne; R. Lowe, E. Mulligan, P. Brennan, B. McDonald, C. Beirne, R. Cox.

Subs: G. Hickey for Lowe (HT); S. Moran for McDonald (62); Gavin Reynolds for Cian Reynolds (65), B. Prior for Beck (68); P. McGowan for Mulligan (69).

WATERFORD: S. Enright; C. Phelan, S. Prendergast, M. O’Gorman, T. Grey, S. Briggs T. Ó hUallacháin; S. Aherne, T. Prendergast; L. Ó’Lonáin, S. Ó hEithir (5), Paul Whyte; D Guiry, R, Aherne, G. Hurney.

Subs: P. Hurney for T. Prendergast (41), J. Hurney for Guiry (45); B. Wall for S. Aherne (54); D. Hallahan for S. O’Hare (61), S. Dempsey for S. Prendergast (64).

Referee: E. McHugh (Tyrone)

Team News

Waterford Senior Football team to play Leitrim in Carrick On Shannon tomorrow is as follows:-

1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty

2. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers

3. Stephen Prendergast Kilrossanty

4. Maurice O’Gorman Nire

5. Tony Grey Stradbally

6. Shane Briggs Ballinacourty

7. John Hurney Ballinacourty

8. Shane Aherne Stradbally

9. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty

10. Liam Ó Lonáin An Rinn

11. Sean O Hare Ballinacourty

12. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty

13. Darren Guiry Nire

14. Robert Aherne Stradbally

15. Gary Hurney Ballinacourty (Captain)

Masita GAA All-Ireland Vocational Schools Junior Hurling Final – Gairmscoil Mhuire, Athenry Vocational School 2-14 Causeway Comprehensive 1-16

Gairmscoil Mhuire, Athenry Vocational School defeated Causeway Comprehensive by 2-14 to 1-16 after extra time in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Vocational Schools Junior Hurling Final on Saturday in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior Hurling ‘A’ Championship Quarter-Final – St.Kieran’s College, Kilkenny 4-11 Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore 2-8

St.Kieran’s College, Kilkenny defeated Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore by 4-11 to 2-8 in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior Hurling ‘A’ Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday at the Fenians GAA Club, Johnstown.