Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 0-22 Down 0-6

Kerry defeated Down by 0-22 to 0-6 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 28th at Páirc Esler, Newry.

D1: Kerry’s class shines through in opening win

Allianz Football League Division 1: Down 0-6 Kerry 0-22

By Orla Bannon in Newry for

Kerry collected a first Allianz League win of the season with a comfortable stroll in Páirc Esler which plunged Down deeper into relegation trouble. It was an easy game for the Kingdom, who had Kieran Donaghy and Colm Cooper making their first appearances of 2016, Donaghy starting in place of the injured David Moran.

Bryan Sheehan top-scored with 0-6 in a game played with no intensity and Down went 30 minutes without scoring either side of half time. Kerry started brightly with Darran O’Sullivan chipping over the first of his three first-half points after 30 seconds. Full-forward Alan Fitzgerald landed a second Kerry point in the eighth minute and Bryan Sheehan put the visitors 0-3 ahead when he converted a free, having missed from an identical position moments earlier.

Down struggled to convert their shots at goal, hitting three first-half wides and dropping the same number short into Brendan Kealy’s hands. Connaire Harrison missed a simple free but made amends in the 14th minute to get Down on the scoreboard. It was the start of Down’s best spell in the game – they landed three points in four minutes to draw level with another Harrison free and a superb left-footed point from Barry O’Hagan. However Kerry reeled off six unanswered points before the break to go in 0-9 to 0-3 up.

O’Sullivan’s pace wreaked havoc in the Down defence and he landed two with Sheehan also scoring from a free and from play. Stephen O’Brien and Alan Fitzgerald (free) were the Kingdom’s other scorers and the damage could have been greater for Down, had Paul Murphy not fluffed an easy goal chance just before the interval. Sheehan nailed a 45 after the restart before Conor Maginn ended a 30-minute scoring drought for the Mournemen in the 45th minute.

Kerry brought on Colm Cooper for his first appearance of 2016 and within seconds he tapped over a close-range free to get his season up and running. O’Sullivan and O’Hagan traded points before the former almost found the net, his shot well blocked by goalkeeper Michael Cunningham with the rebound also cleared off the line.

Sheehan continued to punish Down indiscretions with frees, points and 45s while Kerry also had the luxury of giving relaxing runouts to Tommy Walsh and Barry John Keane, who scored 0-3. Brendan O’Sullivan also scored two late points after coming off the bench while ‘Gooch’ finished with a trademark curling left-footed shot in a pleasing afternoon for Kerry boss Éamonn Fitzmaurice.

Scorers for Down: B O’Hagan 0-2, C Harrison 0-2 (2f), C Maginn, R Mallon 0-1 each

Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan 0-6 (2f, 2 ’45’s), D O’Sullivan 0-4, A Fitzgerald 0-3 (2f), C Cooper 0-3 (2f), BJ Keane 0-3 (1f), B O’Sullivan 0-2, S O’Brien 0-1.

DOWN: M Cunningham; L Howard, G McGovern, D O’Hagan; C McGovern, A Carr, D O’Hanlon; P Turley, M McKay; J Murphy, M Poland, K McKernan; C Maginn, C Harrison, B O’Hagan
Subs: J Flynn for Carr (27), R Mallon for Murphy (37), R Boyle for Howard (41), M Magee for O’Hagan (43), H Brown for Turley (53), D O’Hare for O’Hagan (57)

KERRY: B Kealy; M O Se, M Griffin, S Enright; P O’Connor, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy, B Sheehan; A Walsh, P Murphy, D Walsh; D O’Sullivan, A Fitzgerald, S O’Brien
Subs: C Cooper for Walsh (43), P Crowley for O’Connor (48), BJ Keane for A Fitzgerald (59), P Kilkenny for O Se (60), T Walsh for Donaghy (63), B O’Sullivan for D Walsh (64)

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Team News

The team, captained by Bryan Sheehan is as follows:
1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
6. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
7. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
8. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
9. Bryan Sheehan (C) St Marys
10. Aidan Walsh St Marys
11. Paul Murphy Rathmore
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
14. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory
15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
Fir Ionaid:
16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
17. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys
18. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
19. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
20. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
21. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
22. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar
23. Paul O’Sullivan Valentia
24. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
25. Philip O’Connor Cordal
26. Denis Daly St Marys
Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

Down team to play Kerry on Sunday in Pairc Esler: Michael Cunningham, Luke Howard, Gerard McGovern, Darren O’Hagan, Conaill McGovern, Aidan Carr, Darragh O’Hanlon, Peter Turley, Mark McKay, Joe Murphy, Mark Poland, Kevin McKernan, Conor Maginn, Connaire Harrison, Barry O’Hagan


Allianz Football League Division 1 – Roscommon 4-25 Cork 3-10

Roscommon defeated Cork by 4-25 to 3-10 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 28th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Team News

The Cork team to play Roscommon on Sunday in the Allianz Footbal League in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 2pm has been announced as follows.

Ken O Halloran (Bishopstown)
Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
James Loughrey (Mallow)
Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)
Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
Andrew O Sullivan (Castletownbere)
Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)
Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) – Captain
Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
Daniel Goulding (Eire Og)
Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
16. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
17. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
18. Mark Collins (O Donovan Rossa)
19. Bart Daly (Newmarket)
20. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
21. Killian O Hanlon (Kilshannig)
22. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
23. Sean Kiely (Ballincollig)
24. Dan McEoin (Ilen Rovers)
25. Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel)
26. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)

ROSCOMMON (FL v Cork): D O’Malley (Michael Glaveys); S McDermott (Western Gaels), N Collins (St Brigid’s, Dublin), N McInerney (St Brigid’s); N Daly (Pádraig Pearses), S Purcell (Boyle), D Murray (Pádraig Pearses); E Smith (Boyle), I Kilbride (St Brigid’s); F Cregg (Elphins) C Murtagh (St Faithleach’s), C Devaney (Kilbride); C Connolly (Roscommon Gaels), S Kilbride (St Brigid’s), C Cregg (Western Gaels).

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11

Clare defeated Limerick by 1-14 to 0-11 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday February 28th at Newcastlewest.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Westmeath 0-11 Tipperary 1-8

Westmeath drew with Tipperary in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday February 28th on a scoreline of Westmeath 0-11 Tipperary 1-8 at Cusack Park Mullingar.

Unbeaten Tipp escape Mullingar

Westmeath 0-11 Tipperary 1-8

Report from the Irish Independent web site

Tipperary maintained their unbeaten start in Mullingar yesterday as hosts Westmeath picked up their first point of the campaign in a game which only came to life in the second half. The first half was a scrappy affair with both sides guilty of poor shooting and an array of loose passing.

One ambitious cross-field pass from Westmeath’s Ray Connellan on 15 minutes was intercepted by Josh Keane. He fed Peter Acheson, who teed up Robbie Kiely for the only goal of the contest, to put the visitors ahead by 1-1 to 0-2. The home team had more possession during the remainder of the half but their forwards lacked conviction.

Two converted frees by John Heslin, either side of a point from centre half-back Kieran Martin, nudged Westmeath ahead but Shane Leahy equalised with a great point seconds before half-time. The sides were tied at the interval, 0-5 to 1-2.

The home team started the second half brightly with corner-forward John Connellan pointing twice and team-mate John Egan adding another. Tipperary quickly equalised, two of their points coming within a minute from midfielder Alan Maloney and the other from a free by Conor Sweeney. Neither side was able to pull away, but Westmeath looked the likely winners.

However, converted frees from Michael Quinlivan and Maloney levelled the contest. Six minutes’ added time was played with Paul Sharry narrowly missing a last-gasp ’45’ to win for Westmeath.

SCORERS – Westmeath: K Martin, J Heslin (3f), J Connellan 0-3 each; J Egan, S Dempsey 0-1 each.

Tipperary: R Kiely 1-0; A Maloney 0-3(1f); C Sweeney (2f) 0-2; S Leahy, B Fox, M Quinlivan (f) 0-1 each.

Westmeath -D Quinn 7; K Daly 6, F Boyle 6, K Maguire 6; P Holloway 6, K Martin 8, J Dolan 6; D Corroon 5, R Connellan 6; C McCormack 5, J Heslin 7, J Egan 6; J Connellan 7, P Sharry 7, S Dempsey 6
Subs: D Daly 5 for Egan (51), A Stone n/r for McCormack (64), P Greville n/r for Dempsey (66), R Foley n/r for Martin (69).

Tipperary: E Comerford 6; C McDonald 6, A Campbell 6, C O’Shaughnessy 5; J Feehan 6, R Kiely 8, S Leahy 7; A Maloney 7, M Dunne 5; B Fox 7, P Acheson 6, J Keane 5; C Sweeney 6, M Quinlivan 6, N O’Donovan 5. Subs: J Lonergan 7 for Keane (34), I Fahey 6 for O’Donovan (34), J O’Callaghan 6 for O’Shaughnessy (inj, 44), L Casey 5 for Fahey (inj, 53), B Hewitt n/r for Sweeney (61), D Butler n/r for Dunne (64).

Ref- F Barry (Kildare)

Fixture Details

28.02.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Round 3
Cusack Park, Mullingar 14:00
An Iarmhí v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Liam Devenney (Maigh Eo)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Westmeath tomorrow in the Allianz Football League Division 3 match at 2pm in Cusack Park Mullingar shows 4 changes from the side which defeated Clare in Round 2. Goalkeeper Evan Comerford and wing-back Shane Leahy are drafted in to the defense while up front, Liam Casey and David Butler are introduced to the full-forward line. Ciarán Kendrick, Donagh Leahy, Niall O’Donovan and Philip Austin miss out while Tipperary manager Liam Kearns has included five players from the Munster Club champions Clonmel Commercials among the substitutes.

Tipperary SF panel v Westmeath, AFL Roinn 3, Sunday February 28th.

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Shane Leahy – Arravale Rovers
8. Alan Maloney – Rockwell Rovers
9. Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Peter Acheson – Captain – Moyle Rovers
12. Brian Fox -Éire Óg Annacarty
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Liam Casey – Cahir
15. David Butler – Drom & Inch

16. Ciarán Kendrick – Moyle Rovers
17. Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
18. Niall O’Donovan – Arravale Rovers
19. Billy Hewitt – Ardfinnan
20. John O’Callaghan – Ballyporeen
21. Donagh Leahy – Arravale Rovers
22. Mark Hanley – Aherlow
23. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
24. Donal Lynch – Clonmel Commercials
25. Ian Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
26. Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials

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Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 3-15 Carlow 0-15

Waterford defeated Carlow by 3-15 to 0-15 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday February 28th at Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park Carlow.