Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 3-21 Carlow 2-10

Clare defeated Carlow by 3-21 to 2-10 in round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 30th at Cusack Park, Ennis.

Team News

Clare Football Team to play Carlow – Pierce De Loughrey, Dean Ryan, Kevin Hartnett, Martie McMahon, Shane Hickey, Gordon Kelly, Ciaran Russell, Gary Brennan, Cathal O’Connor, Sean Collins, Jamie Malone, Shane McGrath, Martin O’Leary, David Tubridy, Enda Coughlan

Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior A Football Semi-Final – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 2-11 St Gerald’s College Castlebar 2-2

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne defeated St Gerald’s College Castlebar by 2-11 to 2-2 in the Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior A Football Semi-Final on Saturday March 29th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

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Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne seal Hogan Cup final spot with 9-point win

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 2-11 St Gerald’s, Castlebar 2-2

Report by Cian O’Connell for thescore.ie

POBALSCOIL CHORCA DHUIBHNE booked a place in the Hogan Cup final on April 12 by defeating St Gerald’s Castlebar at McDonagh Park, Nenagh.
A clash with St Patrick’s, Maghera awaits for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, who are managed by Kerry senior boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

Chorca Dhuibhne, who have won three Corn Uí Mhúirí titles on the spin, settled quickly as Séamus O’Muircheartaigh (2), Conchúir O’Géibheannaigh, and Cathal O’Bambaire all landed fine points. But Gerald’s pinched an opportunistic goal against the run of the play in the 15th minute when Gareth Dunne, a significant threat, rattled the Chorca Dhuibhne net.

Máitiú O’Flatharta replied with a point for Chorca Dhuibhne, but Gerald’s reacted sharply to add a second goal in the 17th minute.
Ryan Collins’ clever hand pass released Dunne, who scorched clear to blast another major for the Connacht standard bearers.
Philip Ruddy and Brian O’Raoil swapped delightful long range points as Gerald’s led by one five minutes before the break. Chorca Dhuibhne, though, finished the opening period strongly reeling off 2-3 without reply including two gorgeous goals from Tomás O’Sé and O’Géibheannaigh as the Kerry side went in seven ahead. After the restart Chorca Dhuibhne, with midfielder Barra O’Suilleabháin immense, were never seriously troubled as Gerald’s were unable to find a way back into the reckoning.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: Conchúir O’Géibheannaigh 1-3 (2fs), Tomás O’Sé 1-0, SeamusO’Muircheartaigh 0-3 (1f, 145) Cathal O’Bambaire 0-1, Maitiú O’Flatharta 0-1, Barra O’Suilleabháin 0-1, Brian O’Raoil 0-1, Marc O’Conchúir 0-1.

Scorers for St Gerald’s, Castlebar: Gareth Dunne 2-0, Philip Ruddy 0-1, Daire Morrin 0-1.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: Dáithí O’Conchúir; Conchúir Ó’Súilleabháin, Brian O’Beaglaoich, Tom Ó’Súilleabháin; Máitiú O’Flatharta, Caoimhín O’Beaglaoich, Seán Ó’Gairbhia; Barra Ó’Súilleabháin, Marc Ó’Conchúir; Roibeard Ó’Sé, Brian Ó’Raoil, Séamus
O’Muircheartaigh; Conchúir Ó’Géibheannaigh, Cathal Ó’Bambaire, Tomás O’Sé.
Subs: Gareth O’Brosnacháin for O’Raoil (47 mins), Seán O’Bambaire for C O’Bambaire (49 mins), Cian O’Murchú for O’Gairbhia (55 mins), Brian O’Murchú for O’Muircheartaigh 56 mins), Tadhg de Brún for O’Sé (60 mins).

St Gerald’s, Castlebar: Cian Mitchell; Colum Dravins, Patrick Bourke, Sean Kelly; Daire Morrin, Michael Hall, Sean Conlon; Matthew Ruane, Diarmuid Gibbons; Ryan Collins, Michael Plunkett, Stephen McDermott; Philip Ruddy, Gareth Duane, Johnny Maughan.
Subs: Dylan Cannon for Collins (31 mins), James McGinty for McDermott (43 mins), Eoghan Grady for Gibbons (46 mins), Jarlath O’Malley for Ruane (55 mins).

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior A Hurling Niall McInerney Cup Final – Kilkenny CBS 1-7 Midleton CBS (Cork) 0-7

Kilkenny CBS defeated Midleton CBS (Cork) by 1-7 to 0-7 in the Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior A Hurling Niall McInerney Cup Final on Saturday March 29th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Sheehan goal seals glory for Kilkenny CBS

Kilkenny CBS 1-7 Midleton CBS 0-7

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Bill Sheehan’s first-half goal allowed Kilkenny CBS capture the Niall McInerney Cup on an afternoon of piercing wind and lashing rain at Fraher Field. The victors failed to register in the second half against the breeze but they had completed the heavy lifting in establishing an eight-point advantage beforehand and defended their lead under sustained Midleton pressure.

Kilkenny CBS more than merited a 1-7 to 0-2 first-half advantage. They moved four clear (0-5 to 0-1) after 18 minutes. Andrew Gaffney posted two, with Chris Kavanagh, Mark Drennan and Sean Bolger all striking singles. On 22 minutes, Mark Drennan lobbed a long-range free into the goalmouth and after a scramble, corner-forward Bill Sheehan netted. Sheehan tacked on a further point to see them leave as eight point front-runners.

Midleton shot four points in seven second half minutes. Brendan McCarthy landed a smashing free from his own ’65’ and that was followed by three on the trot from Garan Manley. Corner-forward John Looney created a Midleton goal chance but a combination of centre-back Conor Doheny and goalkeeper Eoin Byrne swatted away for a 65.

Manley brought it back to three but the Cork school were unable to maintain their momentum and rued misses from placed balls. Kilkenny CBS survived the loss of Andrew Gaffney to injury and defended firmly.

Scorers –
Kilkenny CBS: B Sheehan 1-1; A Gaffney 0-2 (1f); M Drennan, C Kavanagh, J Quinn, S Bolger 0-1 each. Midleton CBS: G Manley 0-5 (4fs); B McCarthy (f), J Beausang 0-1 each.

Kilkenny CBS – E Byrne; R Crotty, S Mahony, C Ryan; C Fitzpatrick, C Doheny, M Drennan; C Kavanagh, J Quinn; A Gaffney, J Leahy, J McEvoy; S Bolger, R O’Driscoll, B Sheehan. Subs: D Wall for Gaffney (43), R Murphy for Quinn (54).

Midleton CBS – R Walsh; E Leahy, C Hegarty, M Millerick; D Harrington, S Smith, S O’Connor; B McCarthy, C Parker; K Moynihan, J McDonnell, G Manley; K Treacy, J Beausang, J Looney. Subs: D Crotty for Parker (28), E Moloney for Moynihan (47), P O’Brien for Treacy (50).

Ref – F Horgan (Tipperary)

Kilkenny CBS 1-7 Midleton CBS 0-7

Round-up from thescore.ie

KILKENNY CBS are the All-Ireland Colleges Junior hurling champions after victory over Midleton CBS in Dungarvan. However, the were made to fight all the way by the Cork school. In less-than-ideal conditions in the Fraher Field, the Kilkenny side raced into a 1-7 to 0-2 half-time lead, thanks to a very significant wind.

However, while Midleton fought back gamely in the second-half, they couldn’t find the goal they needed to bring themselves back into the contest and so it is Kilkenny CBS that will lift it’s first Niall McInerney Cup since 1981.

Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Football Paddy Drummond Cup Semi Final – Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig (Cork) 2-9 Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew (Galway) 2-8

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig (Cork) defeated Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew (Galway) by 2-9 to 2-8 in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Football Paddy Drummond Cup Semi Final on Saturday March 29th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

Colaiste Choilm (Ballincollig) 2-9 Holy Rosary (Mountbellew) 2-8

Round-up from thescore.ie

Colaiste Choilm are through to the Paddy Drummond Cup final in Croke Park after a narrow one point win over Holy Rosary in Nenagh on Saturday.
Holy Rosary led by as much as 1-4 to no score early on as they looked to book their place in the All Ireland Senior ‘B’ football final but a Conor Hughes goal sparked the Cork side into life and the sides went into half-time level at 1-5 apiece.
Cian Kiely raised the green flag for Ballincollig to give them a four point lead late on and though Michael Daly bagged his second goal of the game in the closing stages, it was too little too late for the Mountbellew school.

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Allianz Hurling Leagues – It’s getting serious

And then there were eight: tensions are at a high this week as teams get down to business and look to secure their spot in the top four if they are to keep their dreams of Allianz League glory alive.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-19

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 1-19 to 0-19 in round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 23rd at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Source: TG4

Tipp ride their luck and stay in hunt

Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-19

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary cut it fine, very fine, at chilly Semple Stadium yesterday. In the final round of the Allianz Hurling League with everything still finely poised, a win for Tipperary by three points or more meant they would contest a league quarter-final and condemn Dublin to a relegation play off; any other result and the opposite would be the case.

Into the final minute of the three signalled for added time and Tipperary were leading by those three points, a series of Dublin passes ended with sub Niall McMorrow standing on his own on the 45m line with plenty of time and space to slot a crucial point.

Instead, and not at all true to form, Niall sent in a low probing centre which was controlled and comfortably dealt with by Tipp full-back Conor O’Mahony. Seconds later, the final whistle sounded. So, did Niall know Dublin needed only that point?

“I’m not certain,” said manager Anthony Daly. “I didn’t pin him to the wall inside and say, ‘Did you know the story?’ “I suppose he was just thinking of the game and got caught up in that. I think everyone knew the situation if Tipp won by three, but I suppose that’s the whole ebb and flow of the thing. It was a really good point chance but Niall had done some great work when he came on for us and set up a few things, so no blame to Niall. It’s disappointing but what can you do? It’s a mad league and I felt we hurled really well.”

That’s the point. Dublin have hurled really well in this league, did so again yesterday, and looked a much better side than their hosts for the opening 20 minutes at the end of which they led 0-9 to 0-3. Free-taker Alan McCrabbe was on fire, had five of those points, Tipp native Ryan O’Dwyer had a fine brace while All Star Danny Sutcliffe had one.

Perhaps it was over-confidence on their part, perhaps they began to feel too comfortable, but suddenly Dublin began to make mistakes and Tipperary took advantage. Six points they scored before the break, at least three of those capitalising on Dublin errors, Seamus Callanan again in fantastic form. It meant that having done all that hurling Dublin led by only a point at half-time, 0-10 to 0-9, and would face into a stiff breeze on the changeover.

Rather than looking to that late incident with Niall then as the reason Dublin now find themselves where they are, says Daly, look at what happened much earlier. “I felt we over elaborated in our play before half-time and it cost us. We just took too much out of the ball when we should have kept it simple. We were doing things very well and we should have just stuck to that to the break and we would have had that cushion, whereas we had only the point then.”

Into the second half and again it was Dublin taking control and again looking the better side, McCrabbe, O’Dwyer and Sutcliffe again the scorers as Dublin raced into a four-point lead, 0-13 to 0-9. Then came the only goal of the game and fittingly it was that man Callanan setting it up, his superb shot saved by Gary Maguire, even more fittingly it was Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher with the finish — a thorn in Dublin’s side from the start.

For a Tipperary side that has been struggling to find form, this was exactly the confidence-boost they needed and suddenly it was they, and not the Dubs, looking the better side, Noel McGrath popping up with three outstanding points, John O’Dwyer also with a lovely wristy score, and now it was very much game on, Tipperary looking for those scores that would see them through. It certainly made for an interesting final 15 minutes, the teams going for tit-for-tat on the scoreboard but Tipp edging ever-closer to their destiny.

On 57 minutes Dublin had a chance to get a point back with a 20m free from which blood-sub Paul Ryan went for goal. It was well saved by keeper Darragh Egan and cleared without cost. A chance gone astray. Not their only chance either, leaving Anthony to rue what might have been. “We had the chance probably to be gone through but we didn’t take it. We had maybe a half a goal-chance or two and didn’t take them either so it’s just one of those ones, take it on the chin and get ready for next week. “That’s an even bigger game than any quarter-final to be honest with you so we’ve got to prepare ourselves. Waterford have beaten us already [third round, in Walsh Park]. We’ve got to get the heads up and get ready for it.”

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan (0-11, 8fs), P Maher (1-0), N McGrath (0-3), J O’Dwyer (0-2), M Cahill, K Bergin, R Maher (0-1 each).

Scorers for Dublin: A McCrabbe (0-10, 8fs), R O’Dwyer, D Sutcliffe (0-3 each), M Carton (0-2), J Boland (0-1f).

TIPPERARY: D Egan; P Stapleton, C O’Mahony, C Barrett; M Cahill, B Maher (c), C O’Brien; K Bergin, S McGrath; J O’Dwyer, N McGrath, P Murphy; J Forde, S Callanan, P Maher.
Subs for Tipperary: D Maher for Murphy (35), J Barry for Cahill (inj. 38), E Kelly for P Maher (inj. 52), R Maher for S McGrath (62), M Heffernan for Forde (69).

DUBLIN: S Durkin; N Corcoran, P Kelly, C O’Callaghan; M Carton, L Rushe, S Durkin; J Boland, J McCaffrey (c); R O’Dwyer, A McCrabbe, C Keaney; D O’Callaghan, D Sutcliffe, C Cronin.
Subs for Dublin: M Schutte for Cronin (45), N McMorrow for C O’Callaghan (55), P Ryan for D O’Callaghan (62).

Blood sub: P Ryan (Keaney 56/60).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)

Game-changer

The decision by Dublin sub Niall McMorrow to drop in that final ball when he had an open point — the point which would have seen Dublin through to quarter-final and Tipperary into a relegation decider.

Talk of the town

See above, the game-changer.

Did that just happen?

Yes, see above — yet again. McMorrow obviously thought Dublin needed to draw the game and was looking to create a goal. How costly will it be?

Best on show

It became a shootout between the respective free-takers and Alan McCrabbe matched Seamus Callanan almost score for score. That Tipperary goal though, Seamus came off his shot…

Sideline superior

Tipp subs did well, Denis Maher, James Barry and Ronan Maher particularly. Dublin defensive tactic (Colm Cronin playing almost as third midfielder) almost paid off. Almost.

The man in black

Brian Gavin (Offaly) did very well.

What’s next?

Tipperary meet Cork in league quarter-final next week, toss for venue, Dublin in relegation decider against Waterford next week.

Tipperary do just enough to edge out Dublin

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-19

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Tipperary are through to the quarter-finals of the Allianz Hurling League following a three-point victory over Dublin at Semple Stadium this afternoon. A three-point win for the home side ensured a fourth-placed finish in Division 1A, with Dublin condemned to a relegation playoff against Waterford.

It was a nervy afternoon in Thurles as Tipp showed admirable character to set up a clash with Division 1B’s top side Cork next weekend. Tipp were six points behind in the first half, 0-3 to 0-9, but they rallied to trail by just a point at the break, 0-9 to 0-10. And with the breeze at their backs in the second half, Tipp displayed some of their best form of the year so far.

Eamon O’Shea’s side hadn’t won since the opening round against Waterford but when they needed it most, Tipp produced a big performance. Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher finally got past a previously unbeatable Gary Maguire for the only goal of the game in the 47th minute and while the sides were level twice after that, Tipp finished well to collect maximum points.

In front of 4,768 spectators, Séamus Callanan finished with 0-11 for Tipperary, with Dublin’s Alan McCrabbe hitting 0-10. Callanan’s excellent League form continued but captain Brendan Maher was also exceptional for Tipperary at centre back.

Dublin went for goal from a 20m free with 13 minutes remaining as they chased an elusive goal and another glorious opportunity went begging deep in stoppage time. When a point would have seen Tipp and Dublin’s Allianz League positions reversed, Niall McMorrow dropped an effort short when unmarked on the 45m line.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 0-11 (8f), P Maher 1-0, N McGrath 0-3, J O’Dwyer 0-2, M Cahill, K Bergin and R Maher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: A McCrabbe 0-10 (8f), R O’Dwyer and D Sutcliffe 0-3 each, M Carton 0-2, J Boland 0-1f.

Dublin: G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, C O’Callaghan; M Carton, L Rushe, S Durkin; J Boland, J McCaffrey, R O’Dwyer, A McCrabbe, C Keaney; D O’Callaghan, D Sutcliffe, C Cronin
Subs: M Schutte for Cronin (45), N McMorrow for C O’Callaghan (56), P Ryan for D O’Callaghan (62).

Tipperary: D Egan; P Stapleton, C O’Mahony, C Barrett; M Cahill, B Maher, C O’Brien; K Bergin, S McGrath; J O’Dwyer, N McGrath, P Murphy; J Forde, S Callanan, P Maher
Subs: D Maher for Murphy (h.t.), J Barry for Cahill (inj, 38), E Kelly for P Maher (inj, 52), R Maher for S McGrath (62), M Heffernan for Forde (69).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly).

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling to play Dublin in round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League at Semple Stadium on Sunday shows 4 changes from the team which lost to Galway last weekend. Darragh Egan replaces Darren Gleeson in goal while Conor O’Brien, Kieran Bergin and Jason Forde are introduced in place of Padraic Maher (injury), Conor Kenny (illness) and Michael Heffernan.

Tipperary (SH v Dublin) – Darragh Egan (Kildangan); Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill); Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – Captain), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields); Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch); John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch); Jason Forde (Silvermines), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)

DUBLIN: Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Peter Kelly, Simon Timlin; Shane Durkin, Liam Rushe, Michael Carton; Joey Boland, Johnny McCaffrey; Colm Cronin, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe; David O’Callaghan, Ryan O’Dwyer, Alan McCrabbe.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Kilkenny 4-22 Waterford 0-14

Kilkenny defeated Waterford by 4-22 to 0-14 in round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 23rd at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.


Source: TG4

Embarrassment of riches for Cody as Cats cut loose

Kilkenny 4-22 Waterford 0-14

By John Fogarty GAA Correspondent for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Glory days here again for Kilkenny? We’ll steady our horses on that one for the moment but the scoreboard sure read like it was 2008. How they went about things also had shades of the zenith of the Brian Cody era. Having failed to score for the first 16 minutes and hitting five wides, the 8,883 Nowlan Park crowd were treated to a bruising 3-15 second-half bonanza from the reigning league kingpins.

Leading 1-7 to 0-8 at half-time, they had the game won 13 minutes after the restart when they found the net for a third time. In the space of six minutes, they went from five ahead to 13 with a 1-5 blitz. Waterford, with the wind, pieced together a disappointing six points after the break with Ray Barry and Brian O’Sullivan the only forwards close to upsetting Kilkenny’s dominance.

As the likes of unused substitutes Tommy Walsh and Brian Hogan puffed hard in a training session afterwards, the realisation dawned just how much quality Cody has at his disposal. If the two early defeats in last year’s league had prevented him from experimenting, the wins over Tipperary and Galway in rounds two and three this month afforded him wiggle room to run the rule over new faces.

Even after this, we might not be any closer to realising Kilkenny’s championship team but it’s more than apparent Cody will have options when he sits down to decide who starts against Offaly on June 7. Asked if he felt happier than at this stage last year when Kilkenny also finished second to qualify for a semi-final before going onto win the Division 1 title, he agreed: “We said at the start of the league we’d try and look at a lot of players and at the same time we have stayed competitive and gotten into the quarter-finals. A lot of them have sampled action so we’d be happy there’s a good depth to the panel.”

With Michael Fennelly and Michael Rice also to come back into consideration shortly, Cody will have a good headache in naming his team but admitted the alterations will become fewer starting from next weekend’s quarter-final against Wexford. Two-goal man yesterday Mark Kelly has had his hand up for inclusion going back to the Walsh Cup, as have the likes of Joey Holden and Brian Kennedy.

Kelly’s first goal came 10 minutes before his second and he might have had a third in the 68th minute when he failed to connect before the ball went wide. It hardly mattered, though, as Kilkenny had already torn Waterford asunder, much to the satisfaction of their manager. “We got on top and we were more direct and competitive, and we created more chances and we finished a good few of them so the second half was very decent.”

Waterford led by three points up until the 16th minute when Colin Fennelly fired over Kilkenny’s first after a barrage of wides including three from Henry Shefflin frees. But Shefflin soon settled with a couple of scores and John Joe Farrell’s 20th minute goal put Kilkenny into a lead they never relinquished.

The goal was a scramble after Eoin Larkin managed to negotiate a foul by Tadhg de Burca and offload to Kelly whose shot was saved by Stephen O’Keeffe only for Farrell to strike the rebound home. Pauric Mahony’s frees kept Waterford in touch as they, clearly still affected by the previous Sunday’s trouncing in Ennis, played to contain Kilkenny against the wind.

Derek McGrath had counted himself as reasonably pleased with Waterford’s first half. “I was fairly happy at half-time with the level of application and the breeze at our backs in the second-half.” Yet only two of their first half scores came from play and Waterford came nowhere close to troubling Eoin Murphy in the Kilkenny goal.

The start of the second half did see a couple of early darts through the Kilkenny middle but each were foiled and Waterford’s goal record now stands at an awful one in five games. The directness Cody spoke of in Kilkenny was no more apparent in the 40th minute when from a puckout after a glorious Austin Gleeson sideline cut crept over, substitute Richie Power fielded best and offloaded to Larkin for a typically good finish to the net. On either side of Shefflin and Fennelly points were ones from O’Sullivan and Barry but Waterford were put on the ropes by the subsequent barrage of blows in those six stunning minutes.

Scorers for Kilkenny: H Shefflin (0-7, 5 frees); M Kelly (2-0); E Larkin (1-2); C Fennelly (0-4); JJ Farrell (1-0); W Walsh, R Hogan (0-3 each); R Power (0-2); B Kennedy (0-1).

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony (0-5, frees); R Barry (0-4); B O’Sullivan (0-2); J Barron, S O’Sullivan, A Gleeson (sideline) (0-1).

Subs for Kilkenny: R Power for JJ Farrell (27); K Joyce for B Kennedy (52); L Ryan for P Walsh (56); TJ Reid for R Hogan (blood, 58-ft).

Subs for Waterford: B Coughlan for J Nagle (32); R Barry for M Shanahan (inj, 34); S Prendergast for A Gleeson (49); R Donnelly for J Barron (60).

KILKENNY: E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Holden; B Kennedy, J Tyrrell, C Buckley; P Walsh, R Hogan; W Walsh, C Fennelly, H Shefflin; JJ Farrell, M Kelly, E Larkin

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; T de Burca, S Fives, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, Philip Mahony; K Moran, S O’Sullivan; J Barron, Pauric Mahony, S Molumphy; M Shanahan, B O’Sullivan, A Gleeson.

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)

Stunning second-half sees Kilkenny ease past Waterford

Kilkenny 4-22 Waterford 0-14

Report from thescore.ie

A SECOND-HALF scoring surge that included two Mark Kelly goals eased holders Kilkenny into the quarter-finals of the Allianz Hurling League.
The Cats led by just two points in front of 8,883 at Nowlan Park but came good with 3-15 after the break to ease comfortably through to the knock-out stages.
Brian Cody’s side took their time to get going and registered six early wides, including three from eventual top scorer Henry Shefflin, before registering their first score. But they were much improved in the second-half and built on a 1-7 to 0-8 half-time lead to win by a big margin.

Last year’s minor star Austin Gleeson scored an impressive point from a sideline early in the second-half for Waterford. And sub Ray Barry delivered four points after his introduction. But they were only bright spots for Derek McGrath’s Deise who leaked three second-half goals in a 15-minute period.

Larkin got Kilkenny’s first after good work by Richie Power. Sub Power also played in Kelly for his second goal in the 54th minute which left them 4-16 to 0-12 up. Kilkenny gave fringe players their chance again with starts for Joey Holden, Brian Kennedy, Padraig Walsh, Farrell and Kelly. But they will be happy that experienced stars like Shefflin, Richie Hogan, Power and Larkin were all impressive and delivered when it counted.

Kilkenny scorers: Henry Shefflin 0-7 (0-5f), Mark Kelly 2-0, Eoin Larkin 1-2, Colin Fennelly 0-4, Jonjo Farrell 1-0, Walter Walsh and Richie Hogan 0-3, Richie Power 0-2, Brian Kennedy 0-1.

Waterford scorers: Pauric Mahony 0-5 (0-5f), Ray Barry 0-4, Brian O’Sullivan 0-2, Jamie Barron, Shane O’Sullivan and Austin Gleeson (s/l) 0-1 each.

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, JJ Delaney, Joey Holden; Brian Kennedy, Jackie Tyrrell, Cillian Buckley; Padraig Walsh, Richie Hogan; Walter Walsh, Colin Fennelly, Henry Shefflin; Jonjo Farrell, Mark Kelly, Eoin Larkin.
Subs: Richie Power for Farrell (27), Kieran Joyce for Kennedy (52), Lester Ryan for P Walsh (56), TJ Reid for Hogan (58).

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Tadgh de Burca, Shane Fives, Noel Connors; Jamie Nagle, Michael Walsh, Philip Mahony; Kevin Moran, Shane O’Sullivan; Jamie Barron, Pauric Mahony, Stephen Molumphy; Maurice Shanahan, Brian O’Sullivan, Austin Gleeson.
Subs: Barry Coughlan for Nagle (32), Ray Barry for Shanahan (33), Seamus Prendergast for Gleeson (49), Ryan Donnelly for Barron (60).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford).

MATCH PREVIEW

 

TEAM NEWS

 

The Waterford team to play Kilkenny in this Sunday’s pivotal game was announced after training tonight.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner
2. Tadgh de Burca Clashmore/Kinsalebeg
3. Shane Fives Carrigtwohill
4. Noel Connors Passage
5. Jamie Nagle Dungarvan
6. Michael Walsh Stradbally Captain
7. Philip Mahony Ballygunner
8. Kevin Moran De La Salle
9. Shane O Sullivan Ballygunner
10. Jamie Barron Fourmilewater
11. Pauric Mahony Ballygunner
12. Stephen Molumphy Ballyduff Upper
13. Maurice Shanahan Lismore
14. Brian O Sullivan Ballygunner
15. Jake Dillon De La Salle

Kilkenny team to play Waterford: Eoin Murphy (Glenmore); Paul Murphy (Danesfort), JJ Delaney (Fenians), Joey Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks); Brian Kennedy (St. Lachtains), Jackie Tyrrell (James Stephens), Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro); Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan), Richie Hogan (Danesfort); Watler Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon), Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Henry Shefflin (Ballyhale Shamrocks); JonJo Farrell (Thomastown), Mark Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels), Eoin Larkin (James Stephens).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 0-18 Galway 1-15

Clare and Galway finished level in round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 23rd at Cusack Park, Ennis on a scoreline of Clare 0-18 Galway 1-15.

Clare salvage a draw against Galway

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Clare 0-18 Galway 1-15

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Colin Ryan came off the bench to score a late equalising point from a free as Clare finished top of the Division IA table with a draw against Galway at Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday. Galway led for most of the final quarter having played with an extra man after Clare’s Shane Golden was sent off on the half hour mark, but in the end it mattered little as Galway qualified for the Division I quarter-finals anyway, where they will face Limerick, while Clare will play Laois.

Tony Kelly hit an incredible 0-12 of Clare’s total, but his side trailed by 0-9 to 0-8 at the break and then Cathal Mannion scored a goal for the Tribesmen in the 52nd minute, before completing an impressive comeback in the final quarter, with Ryan landing a pressure free right at the death to give the All-Ireland champions a share of the spoils.

Two Kelly frees gave Galway an early lead but Galway hit back with five unanswered scores to take control, the returning Niall Burke (2), Conor Cooney (2) and Johnny Coen all on target for the visitors. Clare hit back with a sequence of four points – Kelly hit three and David Reidy found the target from play, but Galway, by now a man up following Golden’s dismissal for s straight red card, led by the minimum at the break when Mannion scored two points from play just before referee Diarmuid Kirwan blew the half-time whistle.

Kelly added three more frees after the break and the Banner County looked to be coping well with their numerical disadvantage, but Galway hit the front when Mannion found the back of the net in the 52nd minute, turning sharply and driving past Patrick Kelly, who would make a super save from Niall Burke minutes later. Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald played his trump card late on, bringing Colin Ryan and Conor McGrath, who scored five points between them, off the bench. Galway still led in added time, but Ryan showed he has ice flowing through his veins when he calmly slotted over the leveler right at the end of a keenly contested game.

Scorers for Clare: T Kelly 0-12 (0-11f), C McGrath 0-3, C Ryan 0-2 (0-1f), D Reidy 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: C Cooney 0-6 (0-5f), C Mannion 1-2, N Burke 0-3, J Glynn 0-1, J Coen 0-1, P Brehony 0-1, D Hayes 0-1,

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, J Browne; B Bugler, Conor Ryan, P Flanagan; P O’Connor, C Galvin; P Duggan, T Kelly, S Golden; C McInerney, S O’Donnell, D Reidy
Subs: J Conlon for McInerney (36), C McGrath for Reidy (53), P Donnellan for Bugler (56), C Ryan for Duggan (65), D McInerney for O’Donovan (67).

Galway: C Callanan; F Moore, R Burke, D Collins; A Harte, I Tannian, Daithi Burke; J Coen, P Brehony; David Burke, C Cooney, N Burke; N Healy, J Glynn, C Mannion
Subs: D Hayes for Healy (44), A Smith for David Burke (52), J Cooney for Mannion (63), J Flynn for N Burke (68), P Killeen for Harte (70).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

MATCH PREVIEW

TEAM NEWS

GALWAY: Colm Callanan (Kinvara); Fergal Moore (Turloughmore), Ronan Burke (Turloughmore), Johnny Coen (Loughrea); David Collins (Liam Mellowes), Iarla Tannian (Ardrahan), Daithi Burke (Turloughmore); David Burke (St Thomas), Padraig Brehony (Tynagh Abbey-Duniry); Aidan Harte (Gort), Niall Healy (Craughwell), Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan); Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh-Fohenagh), Conor Cooney (St Thomas), Niall Burke (Oranmore-Maree).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Cork 2-24 Wexford 1-20

Cork defeated Wexford by 2-24 to 1-20 in round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday March 23rd at Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork.

Cork hurlers seal promotion as Horgan and Lehane bag goals in win over Wexford

Cork 2-24 Wexford 1-20

Report from thescore.ie

CORK ENSURED THEIR stay in Division 1B of the Allianz hurling league has been a brief one as they despatched Wexford by seven points this afternoon in Páirc Uí Rinn. After the disappointment last April of suffering relegation, Cork have bounced back immediately. It has not been a straightforward spring campaign as they drew on the opening night against Limerick and needed Offaly to do them a favour last week by pegging back Limerick for a draw.

Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s men entered today’s game knowing a victory would secure the return to Division 1A that they coveted. First-half goals from Patrick Horgan and Conor Lehane were the springboard for their success and ensured they finished top of the table. But they had to endure a nervy second-half as Wexford cut the gap to a single point by the 52nd minute. Cork upped the ante once more and closed out the game with Horgan bringing his overall tally for the afternoon to 1-10. Conor Lehane finished with 1-3 while Seamus Harnedy excelled throughout as he picked off five points from play.

Alan Cadogan caught the eye off the bench as well with the Douglas youngster shooting over three points from play during a bright cameo. Cork were in front 2-10 to 1-8 at the interval but they were rocked in the 8th minute by a Jack Guiney goal. It was a superb effort by the Rathnure man as he seized on a delivery by Shane Tomkins and raced around Stephen McDonnell before billowing the net.

Cork bounced back midway through the half when a dramatic spell of play saw them hit the net twice in quick succession. The first came from a 20-yard free from Horgan after Mark Fanning was penalized for over carrying.Then a long ball by Anthony Nash prompted a goal mount scramble which culminated with Lehane getting the last touch to get the ball over the line.

After holding a five-point interval advantage, Cork went seven clear by the 42nd minute. But then Wexford took over to enjoy their best spell of the game as they strung together six points without reply. Paul Morris and Diarmuid O’Keeffe were especially prominent to bring the visitors within touching distance.

However Cork stood up when the questions were asked of them and benefited from the impact of their substitutes with Cadogan and Paul Haughney both very impressive. Wexford’s day was compounded when they were reduced to fourteen men after Bobby Kenny was sent-off.
Stephen Moylan and Keith Rossiter

Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 1-10 (1-5f, 0-2 ’65), Conor Lehane 1-3, Seamus Harnedy 0-5, Alan Cadogan 0-3, Brian Hartnett, Paul Haughney, Stephen Moylan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wexford: Paul Morris 0-10 (0-7f), Jack Guiney 1-1, Diarmuid O’Keeffe 0-3, Liam Og McGovern, Podge Doran 0-2 each, Lee Chin, Harry Kehoe 0-1 each.

CORK: Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Stephen McDonnell, Killian Murphy; Stephen White, Christopher Joyce, Lorcan McLoughlin; Daniel Kearney, Patrick Cronin; Brian Lawton, Patrick Horgan, Conor Lehane; Brian Hartnett, Seamus Harnedy, Stephen Moylan.
Subs: Paul Haughney for Lawton (51), Alan Cadogan for Hartnett (54), Damien Cahalane for White (54), Rob O’Shea for Kearney (69).

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Keith Rossiter, Matthew O’Hanlon, Bobby Kenny; Liam Ryan, Lee Chin, Willie Devereux; Diarmuid O’Keeffe, Harry Kehoe; Shane Tomkins, Conor McDonald, Paul Morris; Rory Jacob, Jack Guiney, Liam Og McGovern.
Subs: PJ Nolan for McGovern (half-time), Podge Doran for Tomkins (half-time), Eoin Moore for Ryan (half-time), Eanna Martin for Devereux (65), Conor Devitt for Kehoe (65).

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Wexford on Sunday at 2pm in Páirc Uí Rinn will line out as follows:

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
3. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
4. Kilian Murphy (Erin’s Own)
5. Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk)
6. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
7. Stephen White (Ballygarvan)
8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
9. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown – Captain)
10. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
11. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita’s)
12. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
13. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
14. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
15. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)

Subs
16. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)
17. Damien Cahalane (Castlehaven)
18. Killian Burke (Midleton)
19. Eoin Keane (St. Finbarr’s)
20. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)
21. Paul Haughney (Midleton)
22. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields)
23. Brian Hartnett (Midleton)
24. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
25. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum)
26. Michael O’Sullivan (Tracton)

Jimmy Barry-Murphy and his selectors have made four changes for Sunday’s crunch tie against Wexford. Anthony Nash returns to the number one position, while Shane O’Neill, who was on study leave last weekend, comes in at corner back in place of Eoin Keane. Lorcán McLoughlin drops to wing back, with Daniel Kearney moving to mid-field and Aidan Walsh coming in at wing forward. Brian Hartnett is replaced at corner forward by Stephen Moylan.

Eoin Cadogan, Colm Spillane and Mark Ellis were not considered due to injury, while William Egan has college commitments. Conor O’Sullivan and Luke O’Farrell continue their recovery from long-term injury.

Wexford boss Liam Dunne has made two changes to his side ahead of their vital Allianz Hurling League Division 1B match with Cork on Sunday’s game. Rathnure’s Jack Guiney is named at full-forward in place of Willie Devereux, while at centre-half forward Conor McDonald replaces Gary Moore.

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning (Glynn-Barntown); Keith Rossiter (Oulart-The-Ballagh), Matthew O’Hanlon (St James), Bobby Kenny (Buffers Alley); Liam Ryan (Rapparees), Lee Chin (Faythe Harriers), Ciaran Kenny (Buffers Alley); Diarmuid O’Keeffe (St Annes), Harry Kehoe (Cloughbawn); Shane Tomkins (Askamore), Conor McDonald (Naomh Eanna), Ian Byrne (Ferns St Aidans); Rory Jacob (Oulart-The-Ballagh), Jack Guiney (Rathnure), Liam Og McGovern (St Annes).

Subs: Ben O’Connor (Oulart-The-Ballagh), Willie Devereux (St Martins), Eanna Martin (Sarsfields – Cork), Eoin Moore (Oulart-The-Ballagh), Paul Morris (Ferns St Aidans), Benny Jordan (Ferns St Aidans), Conor Devitt (Ballyfad), PJ Nolan (Askamore), James Tonks (Ferns St Aidans), Podge Doran (Oylegate/Glenbrien), Ciaran O’Shaughnessy (Shelmaliers).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 1-17 Laois 1-13

Limerick defeated Laois by 1-17 to 1-13 in round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday March 23rd at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise.

Ryan praises team character as Limerick show battling qualities

Laois 1-13 Limerick 1-17

By Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick dug deep to chisel out a desperately hard-fought win over a Laois side continuing on an upward curve, with a 62nd-minute goal from substitute Shane Dowling the critical score at O’Moore Park. The hosts led by 1-9 to 0-5 at half-time and were in no way flattered by that seven-point advantage. In fact they shot nine wides in that period of dominance.

And even though they tired in the final quarter, they will rue two missed goal chances in the second half. Nickie Quaid made a smart save from Neil Foyle before the otherwise excellent John Purcell failed to find his outstanding team-mate, Tommy Fitzgerald with a simple hand-pass on the edge of the square.

To give Limerick credit, they improved significantly in the second half. Even allowing for the wind, the Shannonsiders were out-battled in that opening period. Donal O’Grady came on at half-time to add workrate to Limerick’s cause. Dowling was introduced 10 minutes later after Conor Allis had missed his third free and the Na Piarsaigh marksman’s accuracy from placed balls helped Limerick into the lead for the very first time in the game.

“We created a couple of half-goal chances early on and didn’t take them and they kind of grew in confidence a bit,” said Limerick joint manager, TJ Ryan. “Maybe we didn’t get the pace of the game up where we wanted to but Laois played quite well at the start of the game. “There’s plenty determination and plenty character in this team. The second half performance was good. To go away from home and win by four, I’ll take it.”

Laois came out on top in the physical exchanges in the first half and it was winning another 50-50 challenge around the middle that set up the move that ended with Fitzgerald’s 25th-minute goal. Limerick scored four of the first five second-half points but when the Purcell brothers, Paddy and John, responded at the other end, the margin was still six with 20 minutes remaining.

Seamus Plunkett’s men started to run out of puff in the final quarter and the margin was down to one when Dowling pounced on a rebound after Graeme Mulcahy’s shot had been blocked to strike the vital goal. Further points from David Reidy and Dowling (free) cemented the win.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 1-3(0-3fs); D Reidy, C Allis (2fs) 0-3 each; J Ryan, P Browne, T Condon 0-2 each; W McNamara, G Mulcahy 0-1 each

Scorers for Laois: T Fitzgerald 1-1; J Purcell, W Hyland 0-3 each; M Whelan, S Maher 0-2(fs) each; D Palmer, P Purcell 0-1 each

LIMERICK: N Quaid, S Walsh, P O’Loughlin, T Condon, P O’Brien, W McNamara, D Morrissey, C King, P Browne, C Allis, J Ryan, D Reidy, G Mulcahy, K Downes, M Ryan
Subs: D O’Grady for Walsh (ht), S Dowling for Allis (45), S Tobin for M Ryan (66), D Hannon for Mulcahy (68)

LAOIS: E Reilly, D Maher, B Campion, B Stapleton, J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, T Delaney, P Purcell, D Palmer, N Foyle, J Purcell, W Hyland, S Maher, T Fitzgerald, R King.
Subs: C Dunne for Delaney (47), PJ Scully for Foyle (59), P Whelan for P Purcell (62), J Campion for King (63), B Reddin for Palmer inj (70)

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)

Limerick come from behind to beat Laois but miss out on promotion

Limerick 1-17 Laois 1-13

Report from thescore.ie

LIMERICK CAME FROM behind to defeat Laois this afternoon in O’Moore Park but still fell short in their efforts to secure promotion from Division 1B. Limerick were left to rue last week’s draw against Offaly which cost them in their efforts to move up to Division 1A as Cork finished top of the table.

Both teams from today’s game have quarter-finals to look forward to next week with Limerick taking on Galway while Laois will meet Clare. Laois made the brighter start with Matthew Whelan and Willie Hyland impressing in the scoring stakes. A goal by John Purcell provided a further boost for Laois and they were in front by 1-9 to 0-5 at the interval.

Limerick began the second-half strongly with James Ryan and Paul Browne leading the way to leave them trailing 1-10 to 0-9 by the 47th minute. Patrick and John Purcell responded then to stretch the Laois lead to six points with twenty minutes left.

But Shane Dowling came off the bench to make a major contribution then for Limerick. He grabbed some frees as Limerick reeled Laois and then hit the crucial goal in the 61st minute that helped propel Limerick to victory.

Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 1-3 (o-3f), David Reidy, Conor Allis (0-3f) 0-3 each, Paul Browne, James Ryan, Tom Condon 0-2 each, Graeme Mulcahy, Wayne McNamara 0-1 each.

Scorers for Laois: John Purcell 1-3, Willie Hyland 0-3, Stephen Maher (0-2f), Matthew Whelan (0-2f) 0-2 each, Patrick Purcell, Tommy Fitzgerald, Dwayne Palmer 0-1 each.

Team News

The Limerick senior hurling management has announced their team and panel in their third game against Laois in the Allianz hurling league in O Moore’s Park Portlaoise on this Sunday afternoon at 2pm. The team is named as follows:

1, Nickie Quaid, (Effin), , 2, Stephen Walsh (Glenroe), 3, Philip O Loughlin (Kilmallock), 4, Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 5. Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock)(Capt), 6. Wayne McNamara (Adare), 7. Dan Morrissey (Ahane), 8. Cathal King (Na Piarsaigh), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff), 10.Conor Allis (Croom), 11. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 12. David Reidy (Dromin/Athlacca), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh) and 15. Michael Ryan (Doon).

Match Panel is as follows:

16. Aaron Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown)17. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 18.Mark Carmody (Patrickswell, 19. Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 20. Thomas Ryan (South Liberties), 21. Donal O’Grady (Granagh/Ballingarry), 22. William Hickey (South Liberties), 23. Séan Tobin (Murroe/Boher), 24. Tommy Quaid (Effin), 25. Thomas O Brien (Patrickswell) and 26. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh).