Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 1-25 Offaly 3-15

Limerick defeated Offaly by 1-25 to 3-15 in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Saturday March 4th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Allianz HL D1B: 14-man Limerick defeat Offaly

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B


Report By Jackie Cahill for

DESPITE a 2-11 haul from Shane Dooley, Offaly remain pointless in Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League, having lost for the third successive game this season.

Dooley had 1-9 posted by half-time and Limerick’s task was made even more difficult when John Fitzgibbon was red-carded approaching half-time.

Offaly, as they have done in recent seasons, made life difficult for Limerick again but the hosts still managed to keep their slim promotion hopes alive with a second win on the spin at the Gaelic Grounds.

Offaly bagged two goals in a minute during the second half – Dooley and Oisín Kelly on target – but Limerick hit seven of the remaining nine points on offer. Offaly had the numerical advantage from the 33rd minute but they couldn’t make it count.

Fitzgibbon’s dismissal – for a wild overhead pull on Conor Doughan – had Limerick on the back foot approaching the break. Having played against the breeze in the opening half, Limerick trailed by 0-14 to 1-13 at the break, despite hitting the first six points of the game.

Offaly responded with four Dooley frees to settle and they were level at 1-9 to 0-12 when the Tullamore hitman netted in the 27th minute.

Dooley saw his initial 20m free blocked but after Limerick failed to clear and the ball was recycled across the face of goal, the prolific forward found the net from close range.

Doughan’s point handed Offaly the lead for the first time, before Dooley and Cillian Kiely added further points.

Another Dooley free stretched Offaly’s lead to four but Limerick remained in touch with points from their leading scorer Ronan Lynch (free) and Gearoid Hegarty in first half stoppage time.

Andrew La Touche Cosgrave netted early in the second half to provide Limerick with a tonic but they had to recover from the concession of goals to Dooley and Kelly in the 50th and 51st minutes before sealing a merited win.

Scorers for Limerick: Ronan Lynch 0-11 (10f), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave 1-1, Gearoid Hegarty 0-3, Pat Ryan & James Ryan 0-2 each, Diarmaid Byrnes, John Fitzgibbon, David Dempsey, Sean Tobin, Darragh O’Donovan & Graeme Mulcahy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Offaly: Shane Dooley 2-11 (0-8f, 0-1 sl), Oisín Kelly 1-0, Conor Doughan 0-2, Cillian Kiely & Emmett Nolan 0-1 each.

Limerick: David McCarthy; Sean Finn, Richie McCarthy, Mike Casey; Seamus Hickey, Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon; Pat Ryan, John Fitzgibbon; Gearoid Hegarty, David Dempsey, James Ryan; Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, Sean Tobin, Ronan Lynch
Subs: Darragh O’Donovan for P Ryan (55), Graeme Mulcahy for Tobin (57), Stephen Cahill for Finn (61), Alan Dempsey for La Touche Cosgrave (64).

Offaly: James Dempsey; Michael Cleary, Paddy Delaney, Paddy Rigney; Sean Ryan, Dermot Short, Ben Conneely; Padraig Guinan, Conor Doughan; Sean Cleary, Shane Dooley, Oisín Kelly; Emmett Nolan, Cillian Kiely, Peter Geraghty
Subs: Derek Morkan for Guinan (h.t.), Adrian Cleary for Geraghty (49), James Mulrooney for Kiely (49), Liam Langton for Nolan (61), Stephen Quirke for S Cleary (67).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

Team News

LIMERICK: David McCarthy (Glenroe); Sean Finn (Bruff), Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh); Seamus Hickey (Murroe-Boher), Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Declan Hannon (Adare); Pat Ryan (Doon), William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh); Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), James Ryan (Garryspillane); Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Seanie Tobin (Murroe-Boher). Subs: Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), John Fitzgibbon (Adare), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), Dan Morrissey (Ahane), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Sean O’Brien (Patrickswell).

OFFALY: James Dempsey (Kinnitty); Ben Conneely (St Rynaghs), Conor Doughan (Shinrone), Michael Cleary (Shinrone); Paddy Rigney (Kinnitty), Dermot Short (St Rynaghs), Paddy Delaney (Kinnitty); Sean Ryan (Birr), Cillian Kiely (Kilcormac-Killoughey); Padraig Guinan (Drumcullen), Oisín Kelly (Belmont), Peter Geraghty (Kilcormac-Killoughey); Emmett Nolan (Birr), Shane Dooley (Tullamore), Sean Cleary (Shinrone). Subs: Eoghan Cahill (Birr), Derek Morkan (Shinrone), Enda Grogan (Kilcormac-Killoughey), Pat Camon (St Rynaghs), Conor Molloy (Coolderry), Danny Maloney (St Rynaghs), Liam Langton )Clodiagh Gaels), Tom Carroll (Seir Kieran), James Mulrooney (Seir Kieran), Adrian Cleary (Shinrone), Stephen Quirke (St Rynaghs).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 2-19 Dublin 1-17

Waterford defeated Dublin by 2-19 to 1-17 in round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday March 4th at Croke Park.

Allianz HL D1: Waterford overcome plucky Dubs

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A


Report By Paul Keane for

Waterford’s Croke Park losing streak is finally over after a Stephen Bennett inspired Allianz hurling league win at the venue, their first in competitive fare since 2008.

Full-forward Bennett helped himself to 2-2, including goals at the start of both halves, as Derek McGrath’s men finally came good at the Jones Road venue.

Free-taker Pauric Mahony, with 0-12, was excellent for the 2015 league champions too who hadn’t won at the venue since beating Tipperary in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-finals.

Derek McGrath’s side are in a strong position now for a knock-out place with two games to go in the group though were disappointed to lose wing-back Stephen Daniels to a red card late on for two bookable offences.

Donal Burke, a minor last year, scored 1-7 for Dublin but their young side slipped to a second loss in three games and are battling relegation.

Waterford got the best possible start with 1-1 inside the opening six minutes to open up a four-point advantage. It was all going to plan for the favourites with Mahony pointing and Bennett shooting a clever goal.

Bennett was first to react for the goal when he swept the ball home after Mahony’s point attempt cannoned down off the post. Dublin have turned Parnell Park into a fortress of late and it looked as if they might once again come unstuck at nearby GAA headquarters.

But five points on the trot was a sign of their resolve with Burke and Dillon contributing a brace of scores each. Eamonn Dillon, wearing number 14 but starting at centre-forward, used his pace to trouble Waterford while Burke, with 0-11 from his two previous games, started brightly.

The Na Fianna teenager poked a 20th minute goal home among a group of players following a long ball in from Chris Crummey and Dublin suddenly led by five, 1-07 to 1-02. The remainder of the half was all Waterford’s though and Derek McGrath’s men outscored Dublin by six points to three in the run up to half-time.

Kevin Moran displayed his captain’s credentials with back to back long range points and Hurler of the Year Austin Gleeson intercepted a puck-out before splitting the posts. Dillon did win a free after a trademark solo run which Burke converted on the stroke of half-time, taking his tally to 1-4, but Dublin led narrowly now, 1-10 to 1-8.

Bennett’s second goal after the restart, when he beat Dublin ‘keeper Conor Dooley to a loose ball, put Waterford into the lead and they held onto it from there.

In truth, it was a much improved Waterford in the second-half and they powered past Dublin with some excellent play. Bennett added two points to his goals and Mahony continued to convert from placed balls as Dublin slipped further behind. Maurice Shanahan was introduced for the back to back league finalists and nailed a fine point too.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-12 (0-10f), Stephen Bennett 2-2, Kevin Moran 0-2, Austin Gleeson 0-2, Maurice Shanahan 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: Donal Burke 1-7 (0-7f), Eamonn Dillon 0-4, Ryan O’Dwyer 0-2, Rian McBride 0-2, Chris Crummey 0-1, Niall McMorrow 0-1.

WATERFORD: Ian O’Regan; Noel Connors, Barry Coughlan, Shane Fives; Conor Gleeson, Tadhg de Burca, Stephen Daniels; Jamie Barron, Kevin Moran; Michael Walsh, Shane Bennett, Pauric Mahony; Austin Gleeson, Stephen Bennett, Patrick Curran
Subs: Maurice Shanahan for Curran (49), Mikey Kearney for Barron (50), Brian O’Halloran for Shane Bennett (61), Jake Dillon for Stephen Bennett (67), Darragh Lyons for C Gleeson (68).

DUBLIN: Conor Dooley; James Madden, Eoghan O’Donnell, Shane Barrett; Ben Quinn, Liam Rushe, Chris Crummey; Niall McMorrow, Caolan Conway; Rian McBride, Eamonn Dillon, Eoghan Conroy; Donal Burke, Ryan O’Dwyer, Fionntan MacGib
Subs: Cian Boland for Conway (47), Cian MacGabhann for Madden (55), Chris Bennett for Conroy (61), Cian O’Sullivan for Quinn (69), Fionn O Riain Broin for Barrett (72).

Ref: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary).

Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Dublin in the Allianz NHL tomorrow in Croke Park at 5pm has just been named!

1. Ian O’Regan (Mount Sion)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Stephen Daniels (De La Salle)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
14. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)
15. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick 1-13 London 0-12

Limerick defeated London by 1-13 to 0-12 in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Saturday March 4th at the University of Limerick, 3G Pitch.

Sheehan helps Limerick stop the rot

Limerick 1-13 London 0-12

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Cian Sheehan’s goal propelled Limerick to a much-needed victory at the University of Limerick’s 4G pitch after opening their campaign with three successive defeats. Limerick led by 0-6 to 0-2 as half-time approached but three scores on the bounce by Mark Gottsche, Rory Mason and Luke Gavaghan left the bare minimum between the sides at the break. Excellent points from James Naughton and Sean O’Dea widened the gap on the resumption, and Sheehan’s goal put them in complete control.

London fought back to get back to within two points but Limerick finished the game strongly and two Ger Collins points late on secured their first competitive victory of 2017. “Relieved isn’t a word I like to use too much,” said Limerick manager Billy Lee. “I am happy: happy with the performance and happy with the attitude.It’s enjoyable to get the first win. We played some nice football in patches but there are still some things for us to do but that will come in time.”

Scorers – Limerick: C Sheehan 1-0, G Collins 0-3 (2f), P Nash, S O’Carroll (1f), J Naughton (1f) 0-2 each, D Ward, S O’Dea, J Lee, Sean McSweeney 0-1 each.
London: R Mason (1f, 1 ’45’), L Gavaghan (1f) 0-3 each, M Jordan 0-2, M Gottsche (f), D Moore, E Murray, R Jones 0-1 each.

Limerick – D O’Sullivan 6, G Noonan 6, J McCarthy 5, S O’Dea 7, P White 5, C Fahy 7, P Quinn 7, D Tracey 8, D Ward 7, P Nash 7, C Sheehan 8, J Naughton 7, I Corbett 7, S O’Carroll 6, G Collins 8; Subs: D Daly 6 for McCarthy 34 black card, J Lee 6 for O’Carroll h-t, P Scanlon 6 for Ward 54, S McSweeney 6 for Naughton 54, J McGarry 6 for Lee 63, T McCarthy 5 for Nash 70.

London – G McEvoy 6, P Butler 5, C Coyne 6, C O’Neill 6, M Jordan 8, R Jones 6, J Branagan 5, A McDermott 6, M Carroll 7, E Murray 6, M Gottsche 7, K Hughes 6, R Mason 7, L Gavaghan 7, D Moore 5. Subs: C Butler 6 for Moore 51, J Gartlan 6 for Mason 63, C Dolan 5 for Carroll 63, A Moyles 5 for Murray 63.

Ref – F Smyth (Offaly)