Allianz Football League Division 3 – Longford 1-17 Tipperary 1-11

Longford defeated Tipperary by 1-17 to 1-11 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday March 13th at Pearse Park Longford.

Longford first to lower Tipperary colours

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Longford 1-17 Tipperary 1-11: A fine second half display saw Longford record their second league win in a row and inflict a first league defeat on Tipperary who ended the game with 14 men. Longford’s win coupled with results elsewhere see them join Tipperary, Offaly and Clare on six points, just two behind leaders Kildare.

The hosts were full value for victory with fine individual performances from James McGivney, Darren Gallagher and Brian Kavanagh who finished the game with eight points. Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney were central figures for the visitors. Sweeney’s participation in the game ended in the 44th minute when he was shown a black card for a challenge on Longford defender Dermot Brady.

Tipp were dangerous on the attack and in the 13th minute Donagh Leahy was through on goal but Darren Gallagher blocked his shot. After levelling the game in the 26th minute Longford hit a purple patch and despite Sweeney firing over a free in the 35th minute the home side were in front by three going in at the break; 0-10 to 0-7.

Tipp were a lot brighter in the early exchanges of the second half and scored 1-1 in two minutes, Jason Longeran with the goal. Longford replied but Sweeney put his side ahead again in the 40th minute. Four minutes later and Tipp were dealt a blow when Sweeney received a black card. The lead changed again in the 53rd minute when two frees from the boot of Kavanagh put Longford back in front.

Longford were just two ahead when Tipp defender Shane Leahy was shown a red card. Then Longford’s Michael Quinn got a black card but Longford wrapped up the win in stoppage time with a goal from substitute Larry Moran.

Scorers for Longford: B Kavanagh 0-8 (5f), J McGivney 0-5, L Moran 1-0, D Gallagher, B McKeon, L Connerton, M Hughes 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-6 (3f), M Quinlivan 0-4, (2f), J Longeran 1-1.

LONGFORD: P Collum; CP Smyth, B Gilleran, D Masterson; D Brady, D McElligott, D Reynolds; D Gallagher, M Quinn; J McGivney, B Kavanagh, B McKeon; R Smyth, L Connerton, M Hughes.
Subs: L Moran for M Hughes (65), F Battrim for D Reynolds (67); B Farrell for R Smyth (67), R Connor for L Connerton (69), S Kenny for M Quinn (69 BC).

TIPPERARY: C Kendrick; D Leahy, A Campbell, C McDonald; J Feehan, R Kiely, S Leahy; A Moloney, M Dunne; J Keane, P Acheson, J Longeran; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, P Austin.
Subs: C O’Shaughnessy for D Leahy (31), I Fahey for J Keane (ht), L Casey for C Sweeney (45 BC), K Fahey for J Feehan (50), B Hewitt for J Longeran (63).

Referee: S McLaughlin (Donegal)

Team News

the Tipperary Senior Football panel to face Longford also on Sunday in round 5 of the Allianz Football League Roinn 3 in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford at 2pm has also been announced by manager Liam Kearns.
With momentum behind his side, Liam’s side will be eager to build on their good work and keep promotion prospects very much alive. There is one change from last week’s starting 15 with Josh Keane named at right half forward.

The team lines out as follows;
1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
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 Moloney – Rockwell Rovers
9. Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Peter Acheson – (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers
12. Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Philip Austin – Borrisokane
16. Ciarán Kendrick – Moyle Rovers
17. Niall O’Donovan – Arravale Rovers
18. Donagh Leahy – Arravale Rovers
19. Billy Hewitt – Ardfinnan
20. John O’Callaghan – Ballyporeen
21. Liam Casey – Cahir
22. David Butler – Drom & Inch
23. Ian Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
24. Mark Hanley – Aherlow
25. Donal Lynch – Clonmel Commercials
26. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Antrim 1-16 Waterford 0-6

Antrim defeated Waterford by 1-16 to 0-6 in the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 13th at Corrigan Park Belfast.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Offaly 0-15 Clare 1-11

Offaly defeated Clare by 0-15 to 1-11 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday March 13th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 1-20 Monaghan 1-13

Cork defeated Monaghan by 1-20 to 1-13 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday March 13th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Team News

Monaghan [SF v Cork]: Rory Beggan; Colin Walshe, Drew Wylie, Ryan Wylie; Kieran Duffy, Fintan Kelly, Karl O’Connell; Neil McAdam, Darren Hughes; Shane Carey, Dermot Malone, Thomas Kerr; Owen Duffy, Daniel McKenna, Conor McManus.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Dublin 0-19 Waterford 0-14

Dublin defeated Waterford by 0-19 to 0-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 13th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Team News

WATERFORD (HL v Dublin): S O’Keeffe (Ballygunner); S Fives (Tourin), B Coughlan (Ballygunner), N Connors (Passage); A Gleeson (Mount Sion), D Fives (Tourin), P Mahony (Ballygunner); J Barron (Fourmilewater), T Devine (Modeligo); K Moran (De La Salle), S Bennett (Ballysaggart), M Walsh (Stradbally); P Curran (Dungarvan), J Dillon (De La Salle), C Dunford (Colligan)

Dublin [SH v Waterford]: Conor Dooley; Eoghan O’Donnell, Cian O’Callaghan, Oisin Gough; Shane Barrett, Liam Rushe, Johnny McCaffrey; Darragh O’Connell, Daire Plunkett; Sean McGrath, Niall McMorrow, Eamonn Dillon; David O’Callaghan, David Treacy, Mark Schutte

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 2-13 Mayo 0-14

Kerry will play Mayo by 2-13 to 0-14 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday March 13th at Castlebar.

Team News

Kerry [SF v Mayo]: Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Peter Crowley, Aidan O’Mahony, Fionn Fitzgerald; Kieran Donaghy, Bryan Sheehan (capt); Johnny Buckley, Paul Murphy, Donnchadh Walsh; Darran O’Sullivan, Colm Cooper, Stephen O’Brien.

Mayo [SF v Kerry]: Robbie Hennelly; Brendan Harrison, Ger Cafferkey, Chris Barrett; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Shane Nally; Tom Parsons, Seamus O’Shea; Diarmuid O’Connor, Aidan O’Shea, Kevin McLoughlin; Evan Regan, Jason Doherty, Conor O’Shea.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Galway 2-19 Tipperary 1-22

Galway and Tipperary played out a draw in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 13th at Pearse Stadium Galway.

D1A: Galway and Tipperary finish level after thriller


By Declan Rooney at Pearse Stadium for

Both teams will need a win next week to avoid a relegation play-off after a brilliant finish at Pearse Stadium saw the sides finish all square on Sunday afternoon. Joe Canning and Iarla Tannian goals looked to have given Galway a second win of the campaign, but after Canning landed a late sideline cut, John O’Dwyer levelled the game with the final puck.

Niall O’Meara goaled early on for Tipp but once Galway settled late in the second-half they improved in the second-half and should have closed out the win. It was a very sluggish start from Galway as their inability to retain possession looked to have cost them dearly after seven minutes the home side trailed by 1-3 to 0-1 as Tipperary made he most of their host’s generosity.

Audio Interview with Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager Michael Ryan

Barry Heffernan got Tipperary off the mark with a point from the right wing in the first minute, and two minutes later Noel McGrath scooped the ball into the path of Niall O’Meara who beat James Skehill with ease.

Galway began to gain a footing in after ten minutes though, but they continued to struggle to win their own puckouts as Heffernan, Ronan Maher and Padraic Maher were well on top at half-back for Tipperary. Only a loose ball from Jason Flynn denied Galway a goal when Conor Whelan was driven wide to collect his teammate’s pass after ten minutes, but Flynn and Canning hit good points from play moments later to put two points between the sides.

The late withdrawal of John Hanbury forced David Burke out of midfield in the reshuffle that followed and Galway struggled to come to terms with Brendan Maher and Michael Breen in that area as a result. Both Tipp midfielders hit two points each from play before the break as five points without reply between the 15th and 28th minutes gave Tipperary a seven-point lead.

But Galway finished the half very well, and with Fergal Moore driving standards at the back they were soon back in contention. A couple of Canning frees cut the gap to five points and deep into injury-time Aidan Harte found Canning with a brilliant diagonal pass and the Portumna man shook off a couple of tackles and hit the net with a powerful shot.

That goal meant Tipperary led by 1-10 to 1-9 at half-time, but after Canning drew them level from a free, Galway took the lead for the first time when Tannian’s mishit shot found the bottom corner of the net after 42 minutes. The sides exchanged scores as Davy Glennon and Canning pointed from play for Galway and Cathal Barrett and John O’Dwyer did likewise for Tipperary.

O’Dwyer was twice denied by Skehill saves in the space of a minute – the first chance came from a loose Galway puckout – and the other end points from Flynn and Niall Burke gave Galway a two-point cushion. Tipp had a golden chance to take the lead ten minutes from time but Breen’s handling let him down as the goal gaped, and after Canning’s sideline, Tipp forced a draw when O’Dwyer scored from the right.


Scorers for Galway: J Canning 1-11 (8f, 1 sl), N Burke 0-4, J Flynn 0-3, I Tannian 1-0, D Glennon 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath 0-6 (4f), N O’Meara 1-0, M Breen 0-3, N McGrath 0-3, B Maher 0-2, A Ryan 0-2, J O’Dwyer 0-2, C Barrett 0-1, B Heffernan 0-1, D Quinn 0-1, Padraic Maher 0-1.

GALWAY: J Skehill; F Moore, Daithi Burke, P Hoban; G McInerney, David Burke, A Harte; C Mannion, I Tannian; A Smith, N Burke, D Glennon; J Flynn, J Canning, C Whelan
Subs: R Cummins for Tannian (55 mins), E Burke for Whelan (61), P Brehony for Smith (63),

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, T Hamill, M Cahill; B Heffernan, R Maher, Padraic Maher; B Maher, M Breen; N McGrath, K Bergin, D McCormack; J McGrath, A Ryan, N O’Meara
Subs: C O’Brien for Cahill (24 mins), C Kenny for Bergin (h-t), J O’Dwyer for McCormack (h-t), D Quinn for Kenny (58), G Ryan for A Ryan (65), J Barry for O’Meara (71).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A round 4 in Pearse Stadium, Galway at 2pm next Sunday, March 13th, has been announced by Tipperary manager Michael Ryan and shows three changes to the side that lined out the last week.
Kieran Bergin and Adrian Ryan get their first start in this season’s league, Kieran lines out at centre forward having returned to action as a substitute last week while Adrian lines out at right corner forward. The other change sees Niall O’Meara getting the nod at top of the left.

In relation to players coming back from injury, their progression is being closely monitored and they will be afforded every opportunity to prove their fitness right up to throw in should they be called upon for duty in the course of the fixture.

The full line out is as follows;
1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
6. Ronan Maher -Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
11. Kieran Bergin – Killenaule
12. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
13. Adrian Ryan – Templederry Kenyons
14. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
15. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs
16. Brian Hogan – Lorrha Dorrha
17. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
18. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
19. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
20. Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
21. Kieran Morris – Moycarkey-Borris
22. Conor O’Brien – Éire Óg Annacarty
23. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
24. Daire Quinn – Nenagh Éire Óg
25. Gearóid Ryan – Templederry Kenyons
26. Willie Ryan – Clonakenny

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final – St. Kieran’s Kilkenny 2-16 Our Ladys Templemore 0-13

St. Kieran’s Kilkenny defeated Our Ladys Templemore by 2-16 to 0-13 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final on Saturday March 12th at Clonmel Sportsfield.

St Kieran’s see off Templemore to keep title defence on track

St Kieran’s (Kilkenny) 2-16 Our Lady’s Templemore (Tipperary) 0-13

Report from

Croke Cup (All-Ireland Colleges SH A semi-final)

JOE CUDDIHY SCORED a crucial second-half goal to help holders St Kieran’s finally see off the dogged challenge of Our Lady’s Templemore in this afternoon’s Croke Cup semi-final in Clonmel.

St Kieran’s, aiming to win the competition for a third successive year, eventually won their semi-final by nine points but on three occasions in the second half, Templemore were within two points of their opponents. St Kieran’s hitman Adrian Mullen had a penalty brilliantly saved by Jack Kennedy midway through the second half and when David O’Shea pointed at the other end for Templemore, they were sensing an upset.

Templemore were still hanging in with eight minutes left, trailing by four points, when Cuddihy struck for the killer goal. Templemore protested that one of their players was fouled before Kieran’s broke and after DJ Carey’s son Seán provided a brilliant offload for Cuddihy, the finish was clinical.

St Kieran’s were now seven points clear, 2-13 to 0-12, and the gap was 10 at one stage before the 20-time Croke Cup champions won pulling up. St Kieran’s led by 1-9 to 0-8 at half-time, a four-point gap when they had led by seven in the 20th minute. Mullen’s free put St Kieran’s 1-8 to 0-4 clear but Templemore reeled off four of the last five scores of the opening half to remain in touch.

But Templemore had just one point from play in the opening half, Lyndon Fairbrother on target early on, and they were reliant on Brian McGrath from long-range placed balls, with Jamie Bergin hitting them closer in. Kieran’s, who will play Ardscoil Rís in the final, had the ideal start, leading by 1-1 to 0-0 within two minutes.

But Templemore hung in grimly to give themselves a chance ahead of the second half. Cuddihy popped over the opening point of the game before towering centre forward Colum Prendiville took a pass from Edward Moylan, who made an incisive run, for the goal.

Templemore, playing without suspended captain Anthony Ryan, had their opening score from a Bergin free before Fairbrother cut the gap back to a manageable 0-2 to 1-1. Three unanswered points from Prendiville, Edward Moylan and Michael Cody had Kieran’s five points clear and they would continue to have the upper hand before Templemore rallied approaching half-time.

Scorers for St Kieran’s: Adrian Mullen 0-7 (6f), Colum Prendiville 1-3, Joe Cuddihy 1-1, Michael Cody, Edmond Delaney, Joe Connolly, Seán Carey & Edward Moylan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Our Lady’s Templemore: Brian McGrath 0-5 (3f, 1 65), Jamie Bergin 0-3f, Jerry Kelly 0-2, David O’Shea, Stephen Nolan & Lyndon Fairbrother 0-1 each.

1. Darragh Phelan (Emeralds)
2. Conor Byrne (James Stephens)
3. Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan)
4. Evan Carroll (Dicksboro)
5. Michael Cody (Dunnamaggin)
6. Darren Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
7. Matt Kenny (Clara)
8. Martin Keoghan (Tullaroan)
9. Edmond Delaney (Conahy Shamrocks)
10. Joe Connolly (Clara)
11. Colum Prendiville (Graigue-Ballycallan)
12. Adrian Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
13. Seán Carey (Young Irelands)
14. Joe Cuddihy (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
15. Edward Moylan (Dicksboro)
20. Victor Costello (Dunnamaggin) for Delaney (60)
17. Niall Delaney (James Stephens) for Byrne (60)

1. Jack Kennedy (JK Brackens)
4. Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney)
3. Diarmaid Ryan (Clonakenny)
2. Conor O’Meara (Drom & Inch)
9. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens)
7. Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch)
5. Tom Murphy (JK Brackens)
6. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
18. Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens)
12. Stephen Nolan (Dom & Inch)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
17. Ray McCormack (Borrisoleigh)
10. Jamie Bergin (Drom & Inch)
14. Jerry Kelly (Borrisoleigh)
8. David O’Shea (JK Brackens)
19. Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch) for O’Shea (54)
13. Paul Bergin (Drom & Inch) for Jamie Bergin (54)

Referee: John Keane (Galway)

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final – Ardscoil Ris 1-18 Presentation Athenry 0-20

Ardscoil Ris defeated Presentation Athenry by 1-18 to 0-20 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final on Saturday March 12th at Gurteen, County Clare.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Limerick 3-14 Westmeath 0-7

Limerick defeated Westmeath by 3-14 to 0-7 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Saturday March 12th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.