Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final – WIT 2-21 LIT 3-17

Waterford Institute of Technology defeated the Limerick Institute of Technology in the Irish Daily Mail  Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final on Friday February 28th at Queens University Belfast.

Waterford IT into Fitzgibbon final after thriller

Report by Orla Bannon for GAA.ie 

IDM Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final: Limerick IT 3-17 Waterford IT 2-21 (AET)

WIT staged a remarkable comeback from ten points down to beat Limerick IT after extra-time in Friday’s first Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final in Belfast. Ballygunnar’s Pauric Mahony hit an incredible 0-16, all but one from placed balls, with 12 of those points coming in normal time, but it was full-forward Jake Dillon who hit the winning point for WIT three minutes before the end of extra-time.

LIT manager Davy Fitzgerald will wonder how he let this one get away from him as his side led by 1-15 to 0-8 after 39 minutes and looked totally comfortable. Cathal McInerney got the only goal of the first-half after 25 minutes after a lovely turn and low finish to the net to give LIT a 1-12 to 0-6 lead at half-time. WIT were reliant on frees from Pauric Mahony and Cathal Kenny got their only other point from play.

Even though the Waterford college had the wind in the second-half, LIT stretched their lead further with points from Alan Dempsey, Philip Ivors and Paul Flaherty to take a commanding nine point lead with 21 minutes to go. WIT sprang to life however, and hit 1-7 without reply in the second-half.

Harry Kehoe got the first of two goals for WIT in the 46th minute to ignite the fightback and with Mahony punishing every LIT foul with unerring free-taking, WIT drew level at 1-15 each with two minutes remaining. In an exciting finish, there was still time for two late goals before the game went to extra-time. Clare’s Cathal McInerney thought he’d won it for LIT when he kicked the ball into the net with only 51 seconds remaining, after a great catch by Philip Ivors to set up the chance. WIT goalkeeper Stephen O’Keefe instantly shrugged off the disappointment of conceding a last minute goal and launched the ball long. LIT goalkeeper Aaron Murphy came off his line and batted the sliotair down straight into the path of Harry Kehoe who pulled on it brilliantly first time from 30 yards out and the ball flew into the net seconds before the hooter sounded. 

The sides still could not be separated at half-time in extra-time, Tony Kelly with LIT’s third goal drawing them level at 3-16 to 2-19 at the break. The sides traded points before Dillon’s late winner put WIT through to tomorrow’s final.

***

Scorers for LIT: T Kelly 1-5 (4f), C McInerney 2-2, J Shanahan, A Dempsey 0-3 each, P Flaherty 0-2, P Ivors, P Begley 0-1 each

Scorers for WIT: P Mahony 0-16 (13f, 2 ‘65s’), H Kehoe 2-1, E Murphy 0-2, C Kenny, J Dillon 0-1 each

LIMERICK IT: A Murphy; S O’Gorman, M Minehan, C Nolan; P Kileen, E Boyce, B O’Connell; P Flaherty, A Dempsey; T Kelly, P Begley, M Gennery; P Ivors, C McInerney, J Shanahan. Subs: S McGrath for Kileen (46), P Hickey for Gennery (59)

WATERFORD IT: S O’Keefe; G Teehan, P Gahan, J Maher; T Hamill, J O’Dwyer, S Murphy; S Roche, C Kenny; H Kehoe, P Mahony, E Murphy; L McGrath, J Dillon, G O’Brien. Subs: J Langton for Kenny (44)

REFEREE: Brian Gavin

***

 

Match Preview

Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final – Cork IT 1-17 UCC 0-19

University College Cork will play the Cork Institute of Technology in the Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final on Friday February 28th at 4:30pm in Queens University Belfast.

Cork IT to face WIT in Fitzgibbon Final

Report from the GAA,ie web site

IDM Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final: Cork IT 1-17 UCC 0-19

Cork IT got revenge on UCC with the narrowest of wins in the Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final in Belfast on Friday. They will face WIT in the final, after they defeated LIT in the first semi-final earlier in the day. UCC beat Cork IT in the competition in each of the last two years, including the 2012 final after extra-time, but Cork IT survived an almighty scare to cling on to victory this time. Inspired by Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer, Cork IT led by 1-12 to 0-7 at half-time with skipper John Cronin getting the only goal of the game in the 28th minute.

They stretched that lead out to nine points in the second minute of the second-half but UCC came roaring back into the game with Conor Lehane hitting seven points, six from frees, in the second period. UCC hit ten points without reply between the third and 22nd minutes. Colm Spillane put them briefly in the lead with 52 minutes gone and Cork IT must have feared a third defeat on the trot to their city rivals. However they responded brilliantly to going behind for the first time since the 16th minute of the match with substitute Kevin O’Connor levelling the scores again.

Lehane drove through the tackles to score his only point from play to again put UCC noses in front again but Cork IT scored three of the last four points to squeeze through. Alan Cadogan levelled the scores with his second point of the match after 57 minutes and O’Dwyer, who was joint top-scorer with Lehane with eleven points, hit the winning frees two minutes from the end to set up a final against WIT.

***

Scorers for Cork IT: J O’Dwyer 0-11 (0-7f, one ‘65’), J Cronin 1-2, D Drake 0-2, K O’Connor, K Hallissey 0-1 each

Scorers for UCC: C Lehane 0-11 (9f), A Cadogan, S Harnedy 0-2 each, P Sullivan, P Prendergast, C Spillane, J Barron 0-1 each

CORK IT: S Nylan; S Murphy, A Dennehy, T Lawrence; E Keane, M Ellis, P Butler; M O’Sullivan, J Coughlan; J O’Dwyer, J Cronin, C Hammersley; B Cooper, D Dooley, D Drake. Subs: K O’Connor for Dooley (46), W Murphy for O’Sullivan (51), K Hallissey for Coughlan (56).

UCC: D McCarthy; S Maher, D Glynn, P Sullivan; J Barry, P Prendergast, C Murphy; B Murray, A Cadogan; S Harnedy, D McCormack, R O’Shea; W Griffin, C Lehane, J Barron. Subs: C Spillane for Maher (37), S O’Donnell for Griffin (46), B Lawton for McCormack (53).

REFEREE: Alan Kelly (Galway)

Match Preview

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Kilkenny 5-20 Tipperary 5-14

Kilkenny defeated Tipperary by 5-20 to 5-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 2 clash on Sunday February 23rd at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

Fennelly hat-trick downs Tipp in classic

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A: Kilkenny 5-20 Tipperary 5-14

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Kilkenny overturned a 10-point first half deficit to beat their great rivals Tipperary in an incredible game which produced 10 goals at Nowlan park on Sunday afternoon.

Colin Fennelly was the Cats’ hero, scoring 3-5 from play, as Brian Cody’s side recovered from last week’s defeat to Clare, and the concession of four first half goals, to open their account in the 2014 Allianz Hurling League.

In keeping with recent encounters between the sides, this was a classic. Tipperary led by 4-9 to 2-9 at the break and there looked to be no way back for a Kilkenny side whose defence was torn apart at will in the opening 20 minutes. Walter Walsh was the only player in tiger stripes to show any sort of resistance, hitting four super points from play in the first half.

Noel McGrath, Jason Forde and the outstanding Séamus Callanan (2) all fired goals as Tipperary moved 4-9 to 1-8 ahead. Henry Shefflin, who finished with 1-5, then left just two goals in it at the break with the Cats’ second goal.

Fennelly cracked home a third Kilkenny goal in the 44th minute, but Callanan then responded for Tipperary with his third with 50 minutes on the clock. Remarkably, Callanan bettered Fennelly’s tally, scoring 3-6, and still ended up on the losing side.

Fennelly completed his hat-trick in the 56th minute to level the game and then Mark Kelly kicked home a fifth for the home side with two minutes remaining. The Cats then hit three points without reply at the death to complete a stunning comeback win.

Scorers for Kilkenny: C Fennelly 3-5, H Shefflin 1-5 (5f), W Walsh 0-5, M Kelly 1-1, P Walsh 0-1, TJ Reid 0-1, R Hogan 0-2.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 3-6 (3f, 2 65), N McGrath 1-3, J Forde 1-0, M Cahill 0-2, J Woodlock 0-1, P Murphy 0-1, B Maher 0-1.

KILKENNY: D Herity; W Phelan, K Joyce, B Kennedy; J Holden, B Hogan, T Walsh; L Ryan, P Walsh; W Walsh, C Fennelly (3-05), H Shefflin; J Farrell, M Kelly, TJ Reid. Subs: P Murphy for Phelan (26), R Hogan for B Hogan (HT), C Buckley for T Walsh (HT), E Larkin for Farrell (53), J Brennan for Fennelly (70).

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, T Stapleton, C Barrett; S McGrath, C O’Brien, M Cahill; Padraic Maher, J Woodlock; K Bergin, P Murphy, B Maher; N McGrath, S Callanan, J Forde. Subs: Patrick Maher for Forde (51), J O’Dwyer for Bergin (60), D Maher for S McGrath (64), M Heffernan for Murphy (67), R Maher for O’Brien (70).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

Match Preview from GAA.ie

Fixture Details

23.02.2014 (Sun)

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 2

Nowlan Park 14:00

Cill Chainnigh v Tiobraid Árann

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Corcaigh)

Std By James McGrath (An IarmhÍ)

Linesman: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)

Sideline: Jason Mullins (Luimneach)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Kilkenny in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash on Sunday next shows one change from the team which defeated Waterford last Saturday. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh) comes in to the team in place of John O’Dwyer and is named at left half back in a reshuffled lineout.

The team will line out as follows –

TIPPERARY (SH v Kilkenny): Darren Gleeson (Portroe); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields); Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh); Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – Captain), Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty Donohill); Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch); Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Eire Og), Jason Forde (Silvermines)

League Admission Prices

The price of admission to Nowlan Park on Sunday next for adults if you arrive without a pre-purchased ticket is €15. However, tickets can be purchased in advance for €10 from any of the usual Supervalu or Centra retail outlets or from the GAA web site (gaa.ie/tickets). Note there are no concessions available on the pre-purchased tickets.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Dublin 2-17 Clare 0-17

Dublin defeated Clare by 2-17 to 0-17 in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 23rd at Parnell Park, Dublin.

Dublin bounce back with win over Clare

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Dublin 2-17 Clare 0-17

Dublin bounced back from their opening weekend humiliation to record a two-goal win over All-Ireland champions Clare at Parnell Park. Beaten by 0-28 to 1-12 by Galway last Sunday, Anthony Daly’s side were transformed seven days later, with a goal in each half from Conal Keaney and Colm Cronin earning them a deserved win.

Keaney was the star of the show for Dublin, returning 1-3 from play from his station in the full-forward line. Alan McCrabbe chipped in with 0-9, negating the loss of regularly free-taker Paul Ryan with all of his tally coming from placed balls. Keaney’s goal after 14 minutes helped his side to a 1-12 to 0-10 half-time lead, with McCrabbe landing eight of his haul in the opening period. Colin Ryan sent over five frees in response for the Banner County and John Conlon landed two from play.

Despite playing with the wind in the second half, Clare lost further ground in the third period, and the game was over as a contest when Colm Cronin netted the Dubs’ second goal on the 45 minute mark, following good approach work by Keaney and McCrabbe, making it 2-14 to 0-12 in the hosts’ favour. Clare’s expected final quarter push never materialised and two points from Shane Durkin guided the Dubs over the line in the closing stages.

Scorers for Dublin: A McCrabbe 0-9 (8f, 1 sl), C Keaney 1-3, C Cronin 1-1, S Durkin 0-2, J McCaffrey 0-1, D O’Callaghan 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-7 (7f), J Conlon 0-3, T Kelly 0-2 (1f), B Duggan 0-2 (2f), P O’Connor 0-1, C McGrath 0-1, C O’Connell 0-1,

Dublin: G Maguire, N Corcoran, P Kelly, S Timlin, S Durkin, L Rushe, M Carton, C Cronin, J McCaffrey, R O’Dwyer, A McCrabbe, D Sutcliffe, D O’Callaghan, M Schutte, C Keaney. Subs: J Dougan for Timlin, E Dillon for McCrabbe, D Treacy for O’Callaghan, N McMorrow for O’Dwyer.

Clare: D Tuohy, D McInerney, C Dillon, S Morey, P O’Connor, Conor Ryan, B Bugler, P Donnellan, S Golden, J Conlon, T Kelly, Colin Ryan, C McGrath, S O’Donnell, C Galvin. Subs: N O’Connell for Golden, C O’Connell for Conor Ryan, B Duggan for Colin Ryan, D Reidy for Morey.

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Kerry 2-24 Kildare 0-13

Kerry defeated Kildare by 2-24 to 0-13 in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on Sunday February 23rd at Abbeydorney.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 0-22 Galway 1-13

Waterford defeated Galway by 0-22 to 1-13 in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 23rd at Walsh Park, Waterford.

Mahony points the way as Waterford beat Galway

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Waterford 0-22 Galway 1-13

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Waterford recorded a rousing win at a blustery Walsh Park with Pauric Mahony leading the way with eleven points to dismiss Galway. Young stars Ray Barry and Ryan Donnelly also caught the eye as a hard-working home side took control around the half-back and midfield sectors.

Derek McGrath made six changes from the narrow loss to Tipperary with Ian O’Regan, Tadhg Bourke, Ray Barry, Stephen Molumphy, Ryan Donnelly and Séamus Prendergast all drafted in. Galway boss Anthony Cunningham brought Kevin Hynes into the team instead of Jonathon Glynn. The sides were level on five occasions during the first 35. Conor Cooney started the scoring within five seconds for the wind assisted Tribesmen. Further points from Pádraig Brehony and Cathal Mannion gave them a 0-3 to 0-1 lead with five minutes on the watch.

The Waterford half back line steadied the ship and a brace by Pauric Mahony followed by a Kevin Moran single put the hosts ahead (0-4 to 0-3). Cooney equalised with his second strike. Mahony (free) and Cooney then traded points. The teams exchanged scores twice more. With Mahony directing affairs and striking six first half efforts (three from play), Waterford moved two points up. Cathal Mannion, with his second white flag, had the last word in the first half to leave them one adrift (0-9 to 0-8).

Three swift points at the beginning of the second period (Mahony, Séamus Prendergast and Ray Barry) kept the home side in control. On 48 minutes, Jason Flynn pounced on a slip by Tadhg Bourke to make it all square for the seventh time (0-14 to 1-11). Waterford recovered with long distance points from Ray Barry and Pauric Mahony.

The half-back line of Jamie Nagle, Michael Walsh and Philip Mahony continued to offer the launch pad for Derek McGrath’s determined outfit. Kevin Moran and Shane O’Sullivan also broke forward from midfield. Ray Barry raised three second half white flags and enthusiastic newcomer Ryan Donnelly pushed the Déise into a four point lead with ten minutes remaining (0-19 to 1-12).

Pádraig Brehony brought Galway within three but Waterford finished with a flourish to delight the home support among the 2,616 in attendance. Substitutes Jake Dillon and Stephen Roche got in on the act and fittingly Mahony rounded off the scoring business.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-11 (6fs), R Barry 0-4, S Prendergast 0-2, S Molumphy, S Roche, K Moran, J Dillon, R Donnelly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: C Cooney 0-6 (2fs), J Flynn 1-0, C Mannion 0-3, P Brehony 0-2, N Healy, David Burke 0-1 each.

Waterford: I O’Regan; T Bourke, S Fives, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, Philip Mahony; K Moran, S O’Sullivan; R Barry, Pauric Mahony, S Molumphy; R Donnelly, S Prendergast, B O’Sullivan. Subs: J Dillon for B O’Sullivan (45), J Barron for Molumphy (50), E Barrett for S O’Sullivan (59), S Roche for Prendergast (63), G O’Brien for Barry (66).

Galway: C Callanan; F Moore, R Burke, J Coen; A Harte, I Tannian, D Collins; David Burke, P Brehony; K Hynes, C Cooney, J Flynn; N Healy, C Mannion, D Glennon. Subs: P Landers for Hynes (28), Daithi Burke for Glennon (43), D Dolan for Landers (62), R Cummins for Mannion (65).

Referee: J Sexton (Cork)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 3-26 Antrim 0-12

Limerick defeated Antrim by 3-26 to 0-12 in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday February 23rd at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 2-14 London 1-8

Clare defeated London by 2-14 to 1-8 in round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday February 23rd at Ruislip.

McGrath sends Banner top

Clare 2-14 London 1-8

Clare kept their promotion bid on track with a nine-point victory at Ruislip. The Banner netted twice in the opening 13 minutes and never looked back. Colm Collins’ side had the strong breeze during the first half and built a sizeable lead. Enda Coughlan pounced on a defensive mistake to tee up Shane McGrath for Clare’s first goal on six minutes, and Gary Brennan added a second after Martin O’Leary’s point attempt came back off the post and fell into the midfielder’s hands.

London responded with a fine point by Cathal McCarron and they cut the deficit to two points on 20 minutes when Lorcan Mulvey flicked the ball over Pearse De Loughrey. Clare led 2-7 to 1-3 at the interval. A pair of scores from Sean Kelly gave the Exiles hope but then Joe Feeney missed a goal chance on 55 minutes.

Clare added four further points during the closing stages, McGrath grabbing their final two to put them top of table. “It’s very frustrating; we know we’re a lot better than that,” said London boss Paul Coggins. “They’re a fine bunch of players who are training hard, but we need more time on the pitch. We’ve trained once on a pitch since Christmas and unfortunately that won’t cut the mustard at this level.”

Scorers – Clare: S McGrath 1-3, M O’Leary 0-4 (1f), G Brennan 1-1, P Collins, D Tubridy (1f) 0-2 each, D Ryan, S Collins 0-1 each. London: L Mulvey 1-1, S Kelly 0-2, C McCarron, G Crowley, J Feeney, L Colfer (f), E O’Neill 0-1 each.

Clare – P De Loughrey 6; D Ryan 7, G Kelly 7, M McMahon 7; M Murphy 6, E Coughlan 7, K Hartnett 7; G Brennan 8, S Collins 6; D Tubridy 7, P Collins 7, S McGrath 8; M O’Leary 8, S Brennan 6, M O’Shea 6. Subs: C O’Connor 6 for S Brennan (h-t), R Donnelly 6 for O’Shea (45), J Malone 6 for Tubridy (62).

London – D Traynor 5; P Butler 5, S Curran 6, D McCarthy 6; S Hannon 5, S Kelly 7, C McCarron 7; M Gottsche 5, M Carroll 6; B Mitchell 6, G Crowley 6, M Miskelly 5; A Moyles 5, L Mulvey 7, C Magee 6. Subs: B Collins 6 for Butler (15), S Hickey 5 for Mulvey (40), J Feeney 5 for Mitchell (43), E O’Neill 6 for Moyles (45), L Colfer 6 for Miskelly (46), S Mulligan 6 for Magee (64).

Ref – J Hickey (Carlow)

Sigerson Cup Final – UCC 0-10 UUJ 0-9

University College Cork defeated the University of Ulster Jordanstown by 0-10 to 0-9 in the Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup Final on Saturday February 22nd at Queen’s University Belfast.



UCC win Sigerson Cup in thrilling finale

Report from the GAA.ie web site 

IDM Sigerson Cup Final: University College Cork 0-10 University of Ulster, Jordanstown 0-9

UCC are the 2014 Sigerson Cup champions are coming out on top in a dramatic final against UUJ at Queens on Saturday evening. The Cork side lead 0-9 to 0-2 heading into the final quarter but seven unanswered points from UUJ drew the Jordanstown side level, and set up a thrilling finale. However, Conor Dorman made himself a hero as he ended the scoreless streak to kick the winner for UCC in the dying stages. It was a special night for UCC boss Billy Morgan, with the legendary former Cork goalkeeper hailing his young charges for winning a competition he was first involved with 50 years ago as a player.

UCC advanced to the final on Friday with a gutsy victory over NUI Maynooth, advancing despite having just 13 men for the closing stages of the game, and they overcame the odds again on Saturday, defeating a star-studded UUJ side. UCC lead 0-6 to 0-2 at the interval, making the most of UUJ’s struggles against the wind. UUJ were playing against a strong gale in the first half but they were totally ill-equipped to deal with it, kicking a large number of poor wides. UCC on the other hand, had no such problems in front of goal, with Conor Cox negotiating the difficult conditions with a number of excellent frees. He kicked five of his side’s six first half points.

UCC powered further clear in the third quarter, with a superb point from Luke Connolly pushing them into a seven point lead with 15 minutes remaining. However, UUJ finally began to play some quality football as the finish loomed, and they reeled off seven points without reply in a short space of time. Conor McAliskey, Ronan O’Neill and Kieran Hughes all fired over to reduce the deficit, and then O’Neill kicked his fourth point of the game to level the sides up with time almost up. It was a spectacular comeback from UUJ, and with a minute or so remaining, they looked like the more likely winners. However, Dorman steamed up the right wing in his side’s last attack and had a go from distance. His shot curled over the bar with a strong wind behind it, and UCC were champions, repeating their most recent triumph of 2011, when they also defeated UUJ in the decider.

***

Scorers for UCC: Conor Cox 0-6 (5f), Tom Clancy, Michael Quinlivan, Luke Connolly, Conor Dorman 0-1 each.

Scorers for UUJ: Ronan O’Neill 0-4 (2f), Kieran Hughes 0-2 (2f), Rory Beggan (0-1 ’45), Matthew Donnelly, Conor McAliskey 0-1 each.

UCC: Brian Kelly (Kerry); David Culhane (Kerry), Eoin O’Mahony (Cork), Fergal McNamara (Kerry); Tom Clancy (Cork), Conor Dorman (Cork), Brian Shanahan (Cork); David Nation (Cork), Ian Maguire (Cork); Luke Connolly (Cork), Sean Keane (Kerry), Brian O’Driscoll (Cork); Conor Cox (Kerry), Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary), Paul Geaney (Kerry).

UUJ: Rory Beggan (Monaghan); Barry Tierney (Tyrone), Chrissy McKaigue (Derry), Dean McNally (Tyrone); Luke Keaney (Donegal), Colin Walshe (Monaghan), Killian Clarke (Cavan); Matthew Donnelly (Tyrone), Nial McKeever (Antrim); Kieran Hughes (Monaghan), Ronan O’Neill (Tyrone), Danny Savage (Down); Jamie Clarke (Armagh), Caolan O’Boyle (Derry), Conor McAlliskey (Tyrone).

 

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Cork 0-14 Laois 0-7

Cork defeated Laois by 0-14 to 0-7 in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Saturday February 22nd at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise.

Division IB: Cork hold off battling Laois

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Allianz Hurling League Division IB: Laois 0-7 Cork 0-14

Cork were given some nervous moments in the second half, but an eight-point interval lead, despite shooting 10 wides was enough to see them home against an ever-improving Laois unit on Saturday night. Alan Cadogan and the returning Seamus Harnedy were dangerous up front for the Leesiders, with the latter’s aerial threat and eye for a score notable on his return to the side from injury.

Laois did have much more of the territory in the second half but lacked enough of a cutting edge to avail of it. Eoin Reilly missed a 28th minute penalty and apart from that, their best chance of a goal came just after Stephen Moylan had gotten the Leesiders’ opening second half score in the 49th minute. Reilly launched the resultant puckout that landed inside the opposition 14m line. King ran in behind the cover and the sliotar hopped perfectly in his path but the shot from his first-time pull flashed across the face of the posts.

Christopher Joyce had Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s crew in front after just nine seconds and within a couple of minutes, Pat Horgan (free) and Cadogan had added to that tally. Stephen Maher converted a free at the other end very quickly but Cork had six of the next seven points, with a Maher free splitting two three-point bursts. Harnedy and Horgan had two points each from that tally and when William Egan drove off his left, from just inside the 65 and tight to the sideline, it was 0-9 to 0-2. That was stretched to eight points by the interval (0-11 to 0-3).

Maher reduced the margin to six with two pointed frees soon after the resumption but that was as close as Laois got. Had King managed to find the net though, it would certainly have made for an interesting conclusion. They never threatened the net again. It took them until the 53rd minute to register their first and only score from play – a fine effort by Fitzgerald – but Cork were always just doing enough. Cadogan was much quieter in the second half than initially, but he provided the last score after managing to find a rare amount of space and the win was secured.

***

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-6 (5f); A Cadogan 0-3; S Harnedy 0-2; C Joyce, W Egan, S Moylan 0-1 each

Scorers for Laois: S Maher 0-6 (6f); T Fitzgerald 0-1

CORK: D McCarthy; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C Spillane, L McLoughlin, C Joyce, W Egan, M Ellis, P Haughney, S Harnedy, J Coughlan, M O’Sullivan, A Cadogan, P Cronin, P Horgan. Subs: D Kearney for O’Sullivan (ht), S Moylan for Cronin (ht), R O’Shea for Harnedy (51), C McCarthy for Haughney (56).

LAOIS: E Reilly; JA Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton, J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, C Dunne, P Whelan, C Collier, C Dwyer, J Purcell, S Maher, T Fitzgerald, D Palmer, N Foyle. Subs: R King for Foyle blood (21-26), W Hyland for Purcell (34), King for Foyle (ht), J Campion for Dwyer (43), W Dunphy for Phelan (51).

REFEREE: C Browne (Galway)