Corn Ui Mhuiri Semi-Final – DLS Macroom 1-9 St Fachtnas Skibbereen 1-7

DLS Macroom defeated St Fachtnas Skibbereen by 1-9 to 1-7 after extra time in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Semi-Final on Saturday February 22nd at Ballineen.

Dr. Harty Cup Final – Ard Scoil Ris 2-13 STN Doon 0-4

Ard Scoil Ris defeated Scoil Na Troinoide Doon by 2-13 to 0-4 in the Dr. Harty Cup Final on Saturday February 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.



Ardscoil Rís claim Dr Harty Cup title for the third time in five years

Report from thescore.ie

Ardscoil Rís 2-13 Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa (Doon) 0-4

RONAN Lynch inspired Ardscoil Rís to Dr Harty Cup glory against Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa Doon at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick this afternoon. The 2013 Munster GAA minor player of the year scored 0-6, including five in the second half, as Ardscoil claimed a third Harty Cup title in five seasons. In the first all-Limerick decider, Ardscoil came good after half-time to add another Munster senior colleges A title to their 2010 and 2011 successes.

Ardscoil led by just two points at half-time, 0-4 to 0-2, in front of 3514 spectators but they produced a powerful second half performance to win by 15 points. Doon managed just a point from play during the entire game, scored by substitute Mark Coleman, as Ardscoil proved resolute in defence, with corner back Eoghan Costelloe particularly good. Further up the field, Ardscoil had proven matchwinners in Ronan Lynch, Cian Lynch and Ian Galvin (brother of Clare senior star Colm). And when Colin Crehan netted Ardscoil’s first goal midway through the second half, the tie was over as a contest.

That score handed the winners a 1-8 to 0-2 lead and with the breeze at their backs, they went on to inflict further pain on Doon. Galvin cracked home a second goal with nine minutes remaining and Doon’s afternoon was summed up when Barry Murphy saw his ground shot cannon to safety off the post in the 53rd minute. Ardscoil are safely through to the semi-finals of the All-Ireland series (Croke Cup) and Doon now attempt to regroup for a crack at the Connacht champions in the quarter-finals.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: Ronan Lynch 0-6 (0-3f), Ian Galvin 1-2, Colin Crehan 1-0, Alex Morey 0-2, Cian Lynch, Micheal O’Loughlin & Thomas Grimes 0-1 each.

Scorers for Doon: Colin Ryan 0-3 (0-3f), Mark Coleman 0-1.

ARDSCOIL RÍS: Paraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara); Eoghan Costelloe (Adare), Barry Fitzpatrick (Sixmilebridge), Josh O’Halloran (Na Piarsaigh); Jack English (Adare), Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Gordon Browne (Na Piarsaigh); Cian O’Brien (Mungret), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh); Ian Galvin (Clonlara), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Charlie McCarthy (Adare); Micheal O’Loughlin (Clonlara), Alex Morey (Sixmilebridge), Colin Crehan (O’Callaghans Mills)
Subs: Conor Fitzgerald (Claughaun) for O’Loughlin (43), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh) for English (55), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell) for McCarthy (55), Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh) for Crehan (57), Eoghan Mulcahy (Mungret) for O’Halloran (57).

DOON: Shane Stapleton (Sean Treacys); Brian McPartland (Doon), Thomas Hayes (Doon), Darren Roche (Pallasgreen); Jack Cummins (Doon), Stephen Ryan (Doon), Brian McCarthy (Pallasgreen); Mike Dee (Murroe-Boher), Patrick Cummins (Doon); Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), David Buckley (Cappawhite), Shane O’Connell (Doon); Barry Murphy (Doon), Dean Coleman (Doon), Joe Lonergan (Cappamore)
Subs: Mark Coleman for Lonergan (39), Anthony Foley (Cappamore) for P Cummins (48), Fiachra O’Grady (Doon) for Buckley (52).

Referee: John O’Brien (Tipperary).

John O’Brien (Arravale Rovers and Tipperary) will be the referee for the Harty Cup Final and he will be joined all Tipperary officials – linesmen Fergal Horgan and John McCormack (both Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams) and umpires James O’Brien, Roger O’Connor, Brian Glasheen and Darren Lowry (all Arravale Rovers).

ARDSCOIL RIS PANEL – Michael Andrews (Na Piarsaigh), Gordon Browne (Na Piarsaigh), Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Peadar Collins (Na Piarsaigh), Eoghan Costelloe (Adare), Colin Crehan (O’Callaghan Mills), Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh), Jack English (Adare), Conor Fitzgerald (Claughaun), Barry Fitzpatrick (Sixmilebridge), John Flynn (Patrickswell), Nathan Fox (Parteen), Ian Galvin (Clonlara), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), Sean Hogan (Adare), Conor Houlihan (Na Piarsaigh), Fionn Larkin (Clonlara), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Michael Mackey (Adare), Charlie McCarthy (Adare), Alex Morey (Sixmilebridge), Eoghan Mulcahy (Mungret), Niall Mulcahy (Mungret), Cian O’Brien (Mungret), Evan O’Brien (Na Piarsaigh), Josh O’Halloran (Na Piarsaigh), Micheal O’Loughlin (Clonlara), Paraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara), Sean Phelan (Broadford), Eoin Quilty (South Liberties), Eoin Ryan (Adare).

DOON PANEL- Shane Stapleton (Sean Treacys), Brian McPartland (Doon), Jack Cummins (Doon), Darren Roche (Pallasgreen), Brian McCarthy (Pallasgreen), Stephen Ryan (Doon), Shane O’Connell (Doon), Mike Dee (Murroe-Boher), Patrick Cummins (Doon), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Fiachra O’Grady (Doon), Dean Coleman (Doon), Joe Lonergan (Cappamore), David Buckley (Cappawhite), Barry Murphy (Doon), Shane Murphy (Pallasgreen), Adam Coleman (Cappamore), Matt Feehan (Sean Treacys), Anthony Foley (Cappamore), Thomas Hayes (Doon), Tadhg Whelan (Doon), Robbie Quirke (Cappawhite), Mark Coleman (Doon), Mikey Leahy (Cappawhite), Bernard Kennedy (Caherline), Dylan O’Dwyer (Doon), Darragh Clancy (Cappawhite), David Lonergan (Cappamore), Alan Cosgrave (Pallasgreen).

Corn Ui Mhuiri Semi-Final – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-13 St Brendan’s Killarney 1-7

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne defeated St. Brendan’s Killarney by 1-13 to 1-7 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Semi Final on Saturday February 22nd at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, coached by ex-Kerry greats Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Tommy Griffin, will be chasing their school’s third successive title after they won out at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. The teams were tied at 1-4 to 0-7 at the interval with Jordan Kiely grabbing St Brendan’s goal.

But PS Chorca Dhuibhne took control in the second-half and were 0-12 to 1-6 in front entering the closing stages. Then they sealed their success when Sean O Bambaire fired home a penalty to the net.

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Sigerson Cup Semi-Final – UCC 1-14 NUI Maynooth 0-12

University College Cork defeated NUI Maynooth by 1-14 to 0-12 in the Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup Football Semi-Final on Friday February 21st at the Academy pitch at Queens University Belfast.

13-man UCC dig deep to hold off Maynooth

Report from the GAA.ie web site 

Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup Semi-Final: UCC 1-14 NUI Maynooth 0-12

UCC are through to the final of the Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup final for the second year in a row after a gritty five-point defeat of a star-studded NUI Maynooth side at Queen’s, Belfast on Friday afternoon. After losing last year’s final to DIT, Billy Morgan’s charges will be confident of winning their 21st title tomorrow after a remarkable backs-to-the-wall performance, which saw them face into the wind in the second half with a narrow lead and then overcome the dismissals of Alan Cronin and Michael Quinlivan.

After an early Paul Geaney goal, UCC led by 1-6 to 0-6 at the break, but Maynooth came back strongly in the third quarter and looked to be on course for victory when they equalised in the 41st minute, shortly after Cronin was sent off. The script appeared to be written when Quinlivan joined him, but UCC dug deep and, quite incredibly, defended superbly in the closing stages, before hitting the final two points to seal a place in Saturday’s final.

Playing with the strong breeze, UCC were 1-1 to 0-1 up inside the first two minutes with Kerry native Geaney hitting the early goal. Maynooth hit back with a couple of scores from their star attackers Paddy McBrearty and Eamonn Wallace, the Meath man popping over the bar after midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley had cracked a post. Both sides missed golden goal chances, with UCC hitting the crossbar, before Geaney and Conor Cox hit the target from frees for the Leesiders, who led by 1-6 to 0-6 at the break.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, Maynooth set about reeling in the Leesiders, with Donegal’s McBrearty opening their second half account shortly after the Kildare side’s goalkeeper, Mark Donnellan, had made a super save to deny UCC. Paddy Brophy then lofted over a long-range free to leave just a point in it.

Conor Cox nudged UCC two clear again with another free, but Morgan’s charges were dealt a hammer blow when centre-forward Cronin was shown a straight red card following an off-the ball incident. McBrearty had Maynooth level at 1-7 to 0-10 by the 41st minute, but Tipperary native Quinlivan restored UCC’s lead shortly after with a fine score from play and Cox drove over yet another superb long-range free.

Incredibly, UCC were reduced to 13 men when full-forward Quinlivan was sent off for a black card offence, having been yellow carded earlier in the game. UCC were forced to withdraw deeper and deeper into their own half in the final 10 minutes, but still had a three-point advantage with four minutes left when Tom Clancy found his range.

McBrearty pulled one back for Maynooth, but corner back David Culhane, a late addition to the UCC team, fired over an inspirational score from way out to restore his side’s one-goal cushion. The ever-reliable Cox grabbed the insurance point late on as UCC completed a quite remarkable victory. They now face the winners of the second semi-final between UUJ and UCD.

NUI Maynooth: M Donnellan; C O’Shea, P Faulkner, D Hyland; E Lowndes, F Conway, J Gonoud; MD Macauley, D Kelly; P Cribben, P Brophy, E Wallace; S Mattimoe, P McBrearty, D McNicholas.

UCC: B Kelly; D Culhane, E O’Mahony, F McNamara; T Clancy, C Dorman, B Shanahan; D Nation, I Maguire; L Connolly, A Cronin, B O’Driscoll; C Cox, M Quinlivan, P Geaney.

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Report: Brian Murphy

Video by Jerome Quinn for HE GAA

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 1-16 Kilkenny 0-18

Clare defeated Kilkenny by 1-16 to 0-18 in round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 16th at Cusack Park, Ennis.

Ryan shines as Clare beat Cats in thrilling opener

Report from GAA.ie 

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Clare 1-16 Kilkenny 0-18

All-Ireland champions Clare made the perfect start to their 2014 Allianz League campaign with a narrow defeat of reigning champions Kilkenny in an exciting game at Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday. Colin Ryan, who finished with 1-9 on the day including 1-2 from play, scored the only goal of the game in the first half, while Henry Shefflin had a second half penalty saved by a combination of Ryan and Clare goalkeeper Dónal Tuohy.

Played in front of 10,125 supporters, despite warnings from rival managers Brian Cody and Davy Fitzgerald, both sides looked in pretty decent shape and served up a hugely entertaining game. With Newmarket-on-Fergus man Ryan hitting 1-5 in the opening quarter, including a well-worked goal after a pass from Conor McGrath, Clare bossed the opening stages and Kilkenny stayed in touch largely thanks to the free-taking prowess of Henry Shefflin, who finished with a tally of 0-12.

Ahead by five with nine minutes to go in the first half, Shefflin and Kilkenny dug deep and hit five points in a row, including a superb effort from the 11-time All Star from play, to draw level at the half-time whistle, 1-8 to 0-11.

Inseparable for the opening 10 minutes of the second half, Shefflin had a golden opportunity from the penalty spot, but his effort in the 45th minute was superbly blocked on the line, with Colin Ryan and goalkeeper Tuohy managing between them to deflect the sliotar out of harm’s way. With 13 minutes left, the Cats appeared to make a break for the line when Pádraig Walsh, the younger brother of defender Tommy, nudged them 0-17 to 1-13 ahead.

However, the All-Ireland champions showed the kind of character that will please their manager with an impressive response in the final 10 minutes. Sub Cathal O’Connell nailed the equaliser, before Conor McGrath and match-winner Ryan added scores. Shefflin pegged it back to a point in the final minute, but Clare held out for a valuable win after a tremendous battle on an energy sapping pitch.

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Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 1-9 (7f), Conor McGrath 0-3, John Conlon 0-1, Patrick Donnellan 0-1, Colm Galvin 0-1, Cathal O’Connell 0-1.

Scorers for Kilkenny: Henry Shefflin 0-12 (8f, 2’65), Walter Walsh 0-2, Pádraig Walsh 0-2, Jonjo Farrell 0-1, Colin Fennelly 0-1.

Clare: D Tuohy; C Dillon, D McInerney, S Morey, P O’Connor, C Ryan, B Bugler; P Donnellan, S Golden; C Ryan, T Kelly (Ballyea), J Conlon; C McGrath, S O’Donnell, C Galvin. Subs: P Collins for Kelly (48), C O’Connell for Bugler (55), N O’Connell for Golden (60).

Kilkenny: D Herity; C Fogarty, M Walsh, B Kennedy; J Holden, L Ryan, Paul Murphy; C Buckley, P Walsh; H Shefflin, C Fennelly, E Larkin; JJ Farrell, M Kelly, W Walsh. Subs: J Tyrrell for Fogarty (HT), J Brennan for Kelly (53), A Fogarty for W. Walsh (65), T Walsh for Buckley (65).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

M. Donnelly Interpro Football S-F – Connacht 3-19 Munster 2-16

Connacht defeated Munster by 3-19 to 2-16 in the M. Donnelly GAA Football Interprovincial Championship 2014 Semi Final on Sunday February 16th at Tuam.

Connacht 3-19 Munster 2-16

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

Connacht will hope for a first inter-provincial football title since 1969 when they face Leinster in next weekend’s final after they came out on top in a pulsating semi-final at Tuam Stadium.

In front of a shocking crowd of approximately 100 people, Connacht and Munster served up a game for the Gaelic football purists. Five goals and 35 points – all but five from play – were delivered, it was just a shame the game wasn’t given top billing, said Munster manager Ger O’Sullivan.

“I think it’s a pity that even cameras don’t come to record this to show it on the dreary Christmas nights, and let people see what kind of football is being played. We’ve had the same experience last year against Ulster and the previous year against Ulster,” O’Sullivan said.

Munster had an excellent first half-hour and at one stage led by 1-8 to 0-4, thanks to Brian Hurley’s third-minute goal. But after David Kelly hit a bullet to the net in the 30th minute the game turned on it’s head, and only Hurley’s stunning pile-driver saw Munster lead by 2-9 to 1-9 at half-time.

A lightening start to the second-half from Connacht saw Aidan O’Shea goal in the 37th minute, while Cregg sealed the win when he palmed Kelly’s pass past Brendan Kealy in the final quarter.

CONNACHT: R Hennelly; G Reynolds, J Moore, N Ewing; G Bradshaw, N Daly, K McLoughlin; A O’Shea (1-0) , J Gibbons; C Cregg (1-7), E Mulligan (0-5, 1f, 1’45), S Armstrong; M Conroy (0-1), P Conroy (0-5), D Kelly (1-0). Subs: T Flynn for Gibbons (26-34 mins blood), J Duane for Bradshaw (46 mins), E Concannon (0-1) for Armstrong (54 mins), D Cumminsor for Cregg (63 mins), M Breheny for Kelly (66 mins), G Bradshaw for McLoughlin (66 mins).

MUNSTER: B Kealy; M Ó Sé , M Griffin, B McGuire; J Lyne (0-1) , A O’Mahony, K O’Driscoll; R Deane, D Moran; P Kerrigan (0-2), M Collins (0-1), D Walsh (0-1); D Goulding (0-5, 1f, 1’45), D O’Connor (0-2, 1f), B Hurley (2-2). Subs: J O’Rourke for Lyne (35 mins), BJ Keane (0-1) for Deane (45 mins), B O’Driscoll for Walsh (53 mins), M Geaney (0-1) for K O’Driscoll (59 mins), K O’Halloran for Kealy (60 mins), J McLoughlin for Ó Sé (63 mins).

Referee: Cathal O’Hagan (Tyrone).

Munster Football Panel

The Munster senior football panel for the M. Donnelly Inter-provincial semi-final between Munster and Connacht in Tuam at 2pm on Sunday next, February 16th is as follows:

Corcaigh (11) Mark Collins, Ruairi Deane, Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley, Paul Kerrigan, James Loughrey, John McLoughlin, Donncha O’Connor, Barry O’Driscoll, Ken O’Halloran, John O’Rourke

Ciarraí (13) Peter Crowley, Shane Enright, Michael Geaney, Mark Griffin, Brendan Kealy, Barry John Keane, Jonathan Lyne, Anthony Maher, Brian McGuire, David Moran, Aidan O’Mahony, Marc Ó Sé, Donnacha Walsh

Banisteoir: Ger O’Sullivan (Corcaigh)

Roghnóir: Ger O’Keeffe (Ciarraí)

The team will not be announced until just before the game on Sunday.

Connacht Football Panel

Joss Moore, Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Armstrong, Paul Conroy, Danny Cummins, Tom Hughes, Eoin Concannon (Galway) Gary Reynolds, Emlyn Mulligan, Cathal McCrann (Leitrim) Mark Gottsche(London) Robert Hennelly, Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’ Shea, Jason Gibbons, Michael Conroy (Mayo) Niall Daly, Cathal Cregg (Roscommon) Neil Ewing, David Kelly, Pat Hughes, Mark Brehony (Sligo)

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Kerry 4-24 Derry 3-8

Kerry defeated Derry by 4-24 to 3-8 in round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on Sunday February 16th at Owenbeg.

Kerry – T Flynn; D Fitzell, B Murphy, J Leahy; S Weir, A Fealy, K Carmody; J Egan (0-1), D O’Connell (0-7); M Boyle (0-1), D Collins (1-1), C Harty (0-1); S Nolan (1-11, 0-9f, 0-1’65), A Boyle (2-1), D Butler.
Subs: J Casey for Leahy, B O’Leary for Collins, P Lucid (0-1) for Carmody, P O’Connor for Weir.

Derry – D McDermott; A Rafferty, L Hinphey, E McGuckin; R McCloskey, O McCloskey (0-1), B Rodgers (0-1); M Warnock, D O’Neill; A Grant (1-4f), S McCloskey (0-1), T McCloskey; J O’Dwyer (1-1), P McCloskey (1-0), P Cleary.
Subs: C McQuillan for O’Neill, C Convery (0-1) for R McCloskey, T Henry for Cleary.

Referee – G Duffy

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Derry in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 2A on Sunday next in Owenbeg contains 5 League debutantes with Dougie Fitzell, Jason Leahy, Sean Weir and Keith Carmody starting in defence and Tipperary native, David Butler starting at corner forward. The team lines out as follows:

1. Tadhg Flynn Causeway

2. Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley

3. Brian Murphy Causeway

4. Jason Leahy Causeway

5. Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

6. Darren Dineen St Brendans

7. Keith Carmody Causeway

8. John Egan St Brendans (Captain)

9. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

10. Mikey Boyle Ballyduff

11. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

12. Colm Harty Causeway

13. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

14. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff

15. David Butler Knockavilla Kickhams

Fir Ionaid:

16. Nicky Leen Ballyduff

17. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

18. Philip Lucid Ballyheigue

19. Anthony Fealy Causeway

20. Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley

21. Jason Casey Ballyheigue

22. Kevin Orpen St Brendans

23. Conor O’Brien Lixnaw

24. David Goulding Ballyduff

25. Pa Joe Connolly Ballyduff

26. Kieran Dineen Abbeydorney

Management

Manager: Eamonn Kelly (Kildangan)

Trainer/Coach: Brian Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams)

Selectors: D. J. Leahy (Causeway), Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

Rehabbing from Injury:

Liam Boyle Ballyduff

Thomas Casey Causeway

Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

John Griffin Lixnaw

On Extended Panel

Brian O’Leary Abbeydorney

Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

Paul McGrath Causeway

Darren Leahy Causeway

Aidan McCabe Kilmoyley

Aidan Cummins Cashel King Cormacs

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 0-16

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 2-13 to 0-16 in round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 15th at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Tipp open up with win over Waterford

Report from the GAA.ie web site

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION IA: TIPPERARY 2-13 WATERFORD 0-16

Tipperary got off to a winning start against Waterford in Saturday evening’s Allianz Hurling League Division IA opener at Semple Stadium. Without ever hitting the heights, Tipp did just about enough against the visiting Déise, in front of 4,786 spectators in chilly Thurles. Tipp recovered from a disappointing first half display to set themselves up nicely for next weekend’s visit to Kilkenny.

At half-time, Waterford were 0-8 to 0-5 up and under new manager Derek McGrath, they were full value for that lead. The margin could have been even greater at the break for Waterford shot eight of their 13 wides in the opening half.

On the resumption, Waterford picked up where they had left off as Maurice Shanahan opened the second half scoring. And when Jake Dillon pointed in the 40th minute, McGrath’s men were five points clear, leading 0-10 to 0-5. But Tipp set about eating into the lead and by the 47th minute, they were level as Seamus Callanan, scorer of 1-4 in the second half, banged home a fine goal after taking a clever pass from Noel McGrath.

Callanan put Tipp, now playing with the breeze, ahead in the 56th minute from a free and the hosts held on from there until the finish. And Waterford were caught by a 70th minute sucker punch as Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson netted from a long-range free that somehow found its way past his opposite number Stephen O’Keeffe.

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Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 1-4 (2f), J O’Dwyer 0-4 (4f), D Gleeson 1-0 (1-0f), N McGrath 0-2, J Woodlock, K Bergin & D Maher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-10 (9f), Philip Mahony 0-2, Kevin Moran, J Dillon, M Shanahan & B O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, C O’Mahony, M Cahill; S McGrath, P Maher, C O’Brien; B Maher, J Woodlock; S Callanan, N McGrath, K Bergin; J Forde, P Murphy, J O’Dwyer. Subs: L McGrath for Forde (43), D Maher for O’Dwyer (49), S Bourke for Murphy (56), R Maher for Woodlock (59).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; B Coughlan, S Fives, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, Philip Mahony; K Moran, S O’Sullivan; J Barron, Pauric Mahony, J Dillon; M Shanahan, S Walsh, B O’Sullivan. Subs: S Molumphy for S Walsh (48), S Prendergast for Dillon (58), E Barrett for Shanahan (67), S Roche for S O’Sullivan (70).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork).

Match Preview

Admission Details

Only the New Stand will be open and admission on the night is €15 but tickets can be purchased in advance for €10 at any of the usual Supervalu or Centra retail outlets around the county (No concession on these). Tipperary supporters have purchased 1200 GAA Season tickets to date so a crowd of up to 4000 is expected on Sat night. With no curtain raiser the message for non ticket holders is to come early and avoid the queues as tickets must be purchased at the ticket booths before going to the stiles. Patrons should note the following stile allocations; Season tickets at stiles 48 to 51, Player passes at stile 41, Juveniles including Groups at stile 45, Concession refunds at stile 52/53.

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Waterford in the Allianz Hurling League on Saturday next at 7pm in Semple Stadium Thurles has been announced. Right corner-back Cathal Barrett from the Holycross-Ballycahill club will be the sole League debutant in a team captained by midfielder Brendan Maher. In total, there are 7 changes to the Tipperary team which captured Waterford Crystal Cup honours last weekend.

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea has also named his 26 man panel for the Allianz Hurling League. The panel will be subject to changes as required during the group stages of the competition.

TIPPERARY (SH v Waterford) – Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, Conor O’Mahony, Michael Cahill; Shane McGrath, Padraic Maher, Conor O’Brien; Brendan Maher (Captain), James Woodlock; Seamus Callanan, Noel McGrath, Kieran Bergin; Jason Forde, Paddy Murphy, John O’Dwyer

Tipperary Senior Hurling panel for the Allianz Hurling League group stages – Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields), Darragh Egan (Kildangan), Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Tomas Hamill (Killea), Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone), Conor Kenny (Borris-Ileigh), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – Captain), Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Eire Og), Conor O Brien (Eire Og Annacarty), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch)

Waterford Team to play Tipperary in their opening Allianz Hurling League Game on Saturday night next in Thurles.

1.Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner

2.Barry Coughlan Ballygunner

3.Shane Fives Carrigtwohill

4.Noel Connors Passage

5.Jamie Nagle Dungarvan

6.Michael Walsh Stradbally

7.Philip Mahony Ballygunner

8.Kevin Moran De La Salle

9.Shane O Sullivan Ballygunner

10.Jamie Barron Fourmilewater

11.Paraic Mahony Ballygunner

12.Jake Dillon De La Salle

13.Maurice Shanahan Lismore

14.Shane Walsh Fourmilewater

15.Brian O Sullivan Ballygunner

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AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo) 3-13 Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-11

Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo) defeated Dr. Crokes (Kerry) by 3-13 to 1-11 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday February 15th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Castlebar Mitchels cruise into All-Ireland final

Report from GAA.ie 

AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Club Championship Semi-Final: Castlebar Mitchels 3-13 Dr Crokes 1-11

The loss of Colm Cooper through injury after just 20 minutes proved too much of a handicap for Dr Crokes to carry, as they lost an AIB GAA All-Ireland club SFC semi-final for the third consecutive time at O’Moore Park this afternoon.

Cooper suffered an injury to his right knee when scoring his second point and while Alan O’Sullivan was outstanding for Dr Crokes in attack, with four points from play, the Kerrymen lacked the cutting edge needed to translate their greater share of the possession into a match-winning scoring tally.

Within seconds of Cooper hobbling from the fray, player of the match Patrick Durcan was kicking the first of his two goals, converting at the second attempt after Donal Moloney had saved the rampaging wing-back’s initial attempt.

That pushed Castlebar into a 1-4 to 0-6 lead but to give Dr Crokes credit, they showed considerable mettle to respond immediately with a goal of their own. It was a stunning score. Teenager Michael Burns, who replaced Cooper, fed Kieran O’Leary with a magnificent kick-pass and the corner-forward finished clinically on the turn.

Significantly though, the Mitchels kicked the next three points via Richie Feeney, Tom King and captain Donie Newcombe. King and Feeney had the margin to three soon after the resumption, but a brilliant point from Daithi Casey, and another score from O’Sullivan soon had it back to one.

A 42nd minute goal by King was vital but Crokes showed their determination again to peg it back to one. They weren’t to score again however and the Mitchels produced their customary strong finish to claim the coveted All-Ireland final berth.

King, Ger McDonagh, Aidan Walsh and Neil Lydon all kicked points before Durcan provided the final flourish in injury time, taking a pass from Barry Moran to bag his second goal.

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Scorers for Castlebar Mitchels: T King 1-3 (3fs); P Durcan 2-0; B Moran, A Walsh, R Feeney 0-2 each, D Kirby, D Newcombe, G McDonagh, N Lydon 0-1 each

Scorers for Dr Crokes: A O’Sullivan 0-4; K O’Leary 1-1; C Cooper 0-2; F Fitzgerald, D Casey, A O’Donovan, J Buckley 0-1 each

Castlebar Mitchels: C Naughton; R O’Malley, T Cunniffe, A Feeney, D Newcombe, E O’Reilly, P Durcan, R Feeney, B Moran, N Lydon, A Walsh, G McDonagh, D Kirby, N Douglas, T King. Subs: J Durcan for R Feeney (51); D Joyce for A Feeney (52)

Dr Crokes: D Moloney; F Fitzgerald, E Brosnan, L Quinn, D O’Leary, M Moloney, K Ward, A Donovan, J Buckley, A O’Sullivan, D Casey, B Looney, K O’Leary, C Cooper, S Doolan. Subs: L Quinn for Payne (5); M Burns for Cooper inj (22), S Meyers for Ward (ht); G O’Shea for O’Donovan (50)

Referee: C Reilly (Meath)

AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Final Replay – Creggan Kickhams (Antrim) 1-11 Ballysaggart (Waterford) 1-7

Creggan Kickhams (Antrim) defeated Ballysaggart (Waterford) by 1-11 to 1-7 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Final Replay on Saturday February 15th at Cusack Park Mullingar.

Small stands tall as Creggan celebrate replay win

Report from the GAA.ie web site

AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Final Replay: Kickhams Creggan 1-11 Ballysaggart 1-7

Creggan Kickhams were crowned All Ireland junior hurling champions after an intensely fought replay with Ballysaggart at a blustery Cusack Park on Saturday afternoon. Conor Small’s second half goal swayed the contest in their favour despite the gritty battling qualities displayed by Saggart. The young forward emerged as their star performer as he bagged 1-3 from play. Conor McCann also came to the fore in the closing stages.

Although the scoring rate was slower than last Saturday, this tie was played at a frantic pace throughout. A high level of work rate was evident all over the field. Both sides finished with fourteen players after Kieran Bennett and Martin Johnston received their marching orders from referee John Keenan.

Ballysaggart played with the aid of the strong breeze in the first half and clung to a two point lead (1-5 to 0-6). Shane Bennett and Oran McCann (free) exchanged the opening blows. After seven minutes, Stephen Bennett’s free from 45 metres out dribbled along the floor and past Brendan Prenter. Lively corner forward Conor Small maintained Creggan’s interest with three points from play. Ballysaggart kept their noses in front through two Bennett frees and one apiece from Darren Meagher and substitute Colin Kearney.

Saggart began the second half in solid fashion when Kieran Bennett extended their advantage with a rousing score on 36 minutes. Conor Small levelled two minutes later however when he turned swiftly to smash into the corner beyond Matty Meagher. Oran McCann followed with a free to send the Antrim side in front for the first time.

Ballysaggart received a body blow when star midfielder Kieran Bennett was dismissed on a second yellow after a foul on Ruairi McCann midway through the half. Conor McCann nailed the resultant free (1-8 to 1-6). Roared on by their vocal following, Saggart fought determinedly against the elements. Shane Bennett earned and converted a free to reduce the deficit to a single point on 48 minutes.

The physically robust Ulster champions finished with three on the trot to take away the silverware. Martin Johnston lashed over from inside his own half and Conor McCann added two, including a sensational wind assisted effort from midfield. They managed to absorb the loss of wing back Martin Johnston who also saw a second yellow for an off the ball altercation. Ballysaggart desperately searched for the scores to drag them back into the frame. Creggan protected their goal however and the green and gold celebrated success at the sound of the full time whistle.

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Scorers for Creggan Kickhams: C Small 1-3, C McCann 0-4 (2fs), O McCann 0-3 (3fs), M Johnston 0-1.

Scorers for Ballysaggart: Stephen Bennett 1-2 (1-2fs), Shane Bennett 0-2 (1f), C Kearney, D Meagher, K Bennett 0-1 each.

Creggan Kickhams: B Prenter; B Maguire, A Maguire, D Carey; F McAuley, T McCann, M Johnston; R McCann, A McKeown; K Rice, O McCann, J Carey; C Small, S Maguire, C McCann. Subs: M Nelson for S Maguire (47), D McCann for McAuley (53).

Ballysaggart: M Meagher; B Ryan, K Fennessy, D Devine; B Murphy, E O’Brien, C O’Gorman; C Murphy, K Bennett; K Cashell, D Meagher, Shane Bennett; Stephen Bennett, R Walsh, T Bennett. Subs: C Kearney for Walsh (16), S Hale for T Bennett (H-T).

Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow)