Allianz Football League Division 3 – Tipperary 2-15 Offaly 2-11

Tipperary defeated Offaly by 2-15 to 2-11 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday March 19th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Magic from Quinlivan sparks spectacular Tipp turnaround

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary rode their luck but came away from Tullamore with the win that puts them top of the pile in Division 3 on scoring difference. A moment of brilliance from Michael Quinlivan in the 53rd minute to give Tipp their second goal helped them erode a six-point deficit to eventually get over the line by four.

Offaly 2-11 Tipperary 2-15

Tipp manager Liam Kearns was happy with the result and the maturity his side showed in the second-half but knows it was far from a perfect display despite them outscoring Offaly 1-9 to 0-2 in the closing 30 minutes.

“They were told what they needed to do in the second- half. We talked it out. We didn’t plan for the 1-2 from Offaly in the first couple of minutes. That is what I liked about them, there was no panic and everyone kept their heads. That was the most important thing for me. They showed maturity.”

Both sides got on the score sheet by the sixth minute but the game really came to life on 14 minutes when a Nigel Dunne attempted effort for a point dropped short, was fumbled by Evan Comerford and deflected into the empty net off Shane O’Connell. Offaly led 1-2 to 0-3 then minutes later Offaly’s Michael Brazil and Tipp’s George Hannigan were shown straight reds for their part in a melee as tempers flared.

Peter Cunningham kicked Offaly into a two-point lead but Tipp centre back Robbie Kiely hit back as his powerful shot was deflected to the net to put Tipp into a 1-5 to 1-4 lead after 28 minutes. Offaly had the better of the remainder of the half with Shane Nally’s point the pick of the scores as they led 1-7 to 1-5 at the break.

Offaly came out firing in the second-half and hit 1-2 in the space of two minutes, the goal coming from Joseph O’Connor to put them 2-9 to 1-6 up. With Offaly doubling up on Tipp danger man Conor Sweeney, Tipp were mainly confined to frees but Sweeney did manage one point from play on 52 minutes to cut the gap to two. Then a moment of brilliance from Michael Quinlivan, who meandered through the Offaly defence and let fly to the top corner to give Tipp a 2-10 to 2-9 lead and cap off a sequence of 1-4 without reply. From there, Tipp saw the win out calmly to leave Offaly still rooted to the bottom.

Scorers for Tipperary: R Kiely (1-1); C Sweeney (0-4, 1 free); M Quinlivan (1-0); K O’Halloran (0-3 frees); J Feehan, L Casey, J Kennedy, J Keane (free), K Fahey, S O’Connell and L Boland (0-1 each).

Scorers for Offaly: J O’Connor and S O’Connell (OG) (1-0 each); N Dunne (1 free), B Allen (2 frees) (0-3 each); S Nally (0-2); G Guilfoyle, P Cunningham and S Doyle (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; A Campbell, P Codd, S O’Connell; B Maher, R Kiely, J Feehan; L Casey, G Hannigan; J Keane, K O’Halloran, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, L Boland.
Subs: K Fahey (for J Feehan 5–14m), J Kennedy (for L Boland H/T), K Fahey (for B Maher 56m), W Connors (for S O’Connell 65m), L McGrath (for L Casey 66m)

OFFALY: A Mulhall; B Darby, J Lalor, S Pender; J O’Connor, P Cunningham, N Darby; E Carroll, D Hanlon; S Nally, G Guilfoyle, M Brazil; B Allen, N Dunne, S Doyle.
Subs: J Walsh (for S Doyle 45m). J Gethings (for D Hanlon 59m), A Mahon (for J O’Connor 60m), R McNamee (for B Allen 65m), D Hogan (for S Nally BC 70m), W Mulhall (for N Dunne 70m)

Referee: John Hickey (Carlow).

Fixture Details

Sunday March 19th
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Round 5
O’Connor Park, Tullamore 14:00
Uíbh Fhailí v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: John Hickey (Ceatharlach)

Allianz Football League Division 2 – Cork 0-18 Meath 1-15

Cork drew with Meath on a scoreline of 0-18 to 1-15 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday March 19th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Inconsistent Cork throw away a winning hand

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-18 Meath 1-15

Andy McEntee’s assessment that both Cork and Meath are a “little fragile” at present was right on the money. The visitors to Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday contributed little to an opening period where they were hit for a dozen points and extremely fortunate not to concede two goals on top of that. Throw in seven Cork wides and the pressure endured by the Royals quickly becomes apparent. It was roles reversed in the second period. Meath got their tails up and their opponents lay down. There was no balance to either team’s play. No resistance offered when the going got tough.

Cork had their foot firmly planted on Meath’s throat for a large spell – McEntee’s side went 22 minutes without a score after registering their opener, then they simply changed positions. In that sense, a draw was probably a fair result. Cork are likely to argue otherwise given they held a 0-15 to 0-6 lead with 45 minutes on the clock.

This is the second occasion where Healy’s charges have thrown away a winning hand and with one win from five games – that at home to fellow strugglers Fermanagh, it is hardly surprising that they find themselves teetering above a trap door which would condemn them to Division 3 football in 2018.

Meath, for their part, are just a point better off. A decent scoring difference and a home fixture against Fermanagh next weekend, however, means they’re more likely to challenge for promotion than be dragged into a relegation scrap at the other end of the table.

“Both teams are in similar position,” said McEntee. “Both teams are a little bit brittle and a little bit fragile, mentally.”

This certainly rang true of Cork’s failure to protect a nine-point lead. This surrender of dominance was far more attributable to the manner in which they conducted themselves when the water got choppy than it did Meath’s movement and accuracy in the final third of the field.

Playing into the teeth of a strong wind in the second-half, the home side, 0-12 to 0-5 ahead at the break, moved further clear courtesy of two Colm O’Neill frees. Following as they did a superb Ken O’Halloran save to deny a Donal Lenihan goal, the Rebels were on the front foot. Kevin Crowley put in a tremendous block on a Lenihan shot and although Graham Reilly secured Meath their opening score of the second period eight minutes into the half, it was cancelled out by a breakaway move which finished with James Loughrey tapping over.

Paul Kerrigan and Mark Collins would have been disappointed with their respective wides thereafter, but it was Cork, led by Collins and Deane, who continued to set the terms of engagement. There was nothing to suggest the dramatic changing of the guard which did ensue. They had lost Aidan Walsh to injury and Ian Maguire to a black card, but both setbacks arrived early in the first-half.

Lenihan (free) and Ciaran O’Sullivan got the visitors moving. John O’Rourke teed up Kerrigan for his second at the other end. They wouldn’t, however, bother the scoreboard operator during the subsequent 19 minutes. Eamonn Wallace, Alan Forde and Donal Lenihan flung over three on the bounce. Then a goal from corner-back Donal Keogan. 0-16 to 1-11. Meath were rolling. Cork were rocking. Another three-in-a-row from Reilly, Lenihan (free) and Sean Tobin pushed them ahead by the minimum.

“You could see Cork going back into their shell a little bit,” continued McEntee, “but that’s a combination of playing against a strong wind and we had everything in favour of us. If you stopped the game with 12 minutes to go and asked who was going to win the game, you’d say Meath.”

Colm O’Neill, Cork’s outstanding forward during the opening period with three from the dead ball and three from play, landed a pressure free to level matters. Barry O’Driscoll returned them to pole position. Mark Collins, though, dropped short a 30-metre free in stoppages and there was sufficient time for Lenihan to kick his fifth and ensure stalemate.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill (0-9, 0-3 frees); M Collins (0-3, 0-2 frees); P Kerrigan (0-2); J Loughrey, R Deane, P Kelleher, B O’Driscoll (0-1 each).

Scorers for Meath: D Lenihan (0-5, 0-5 frees); G Reilly (0-3); D Koegan (1-0); A Forde, B McMahon (0-2 each); S Tobin, E Wallace, C O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Cork: K O’Halloran; K Crowley, Tom Clancy, M Shields; Tomás Clancy, J Loughrey, S Cronin; A Walsh, R Deane; I Maguire, M Collins, K O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, P Kelleher, P Kerrigan.
Subs: J O’Rourke for Walsh (8 mins, inj); C O’Driscoll for Maguire (bc, 20); C Dorman for Tomás Clancy (57); Barry O’Driscoll for K O’Driscoll (61), K Davis for Kerrigan (64); N Coakley for Kelleher (72).

Meath: P O’Rourke; D Tobin, C McGill, D Keogan; W Carry, B Power, P Harnan; B Menton, J Toher; R Ó Coileain, C O’Sullivan, A Forde; B McMahon, G Reilly, D Lenihan
Subs: E Wallace for Ó Coileáin (23); J McEntee for Power (HT); S Lavin for Carry (52); S Tobin for O’Sullivan (52); S McEntee for Forde (62); J Wallace for McMahon (67).

Referee: F Kelly (Longford).

Fixture Details

19.03.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 2 Round 5
Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork 14:00
Corcaigh v An Mhí
Referee: Fergal Kelly (An Longfort)

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Meath next Sunday in the Allianz Football League in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 2pm has been announced as follows.

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)

2. Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)

3. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)

4. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)

5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)

6. James Loughrey (Mallow)

7. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)

8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)

9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)

10. Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)

11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)

12. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)

13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)

14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)

15. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) – Captain


16. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)

17. Barry O Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)

18. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)

19. Conor Dorman Bishopstown)

20. Donal Og Hodnett (O Donovan Rossa)

21. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)

22. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

23. Kevin Davis (O Donovan Rossa)

24. Kevin Conlon (Douglas)

25. Matthew Taylor (Mallow)

26. Niall Coakley (St Judes)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick 2-11 Leitrim 0-15

Limerick defeated Leitrim by 2-11 to 0-15 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 19th at Newcastlewest.

Corbett fires Limerick to victory

Limerick 2-11 Leitrim 0-15

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Limerick manager Billy Lee was a happy man in his native Newcastle West as he side made it two wins on the bounce when holding out against Leitrim. Goals win matches and Limerick had one in each half. The first came from a penalty by Iain Corbett – and after his first shot was blocked by Brendan Flynn he made no mistake with the rebound. That came after 25 minutes and by half-time Limerick led by 1-8 to 0-5.

Free-takers Emlyn Mulligan and Neville O’Donnell ensured Leitrim were always in contention and they quickly cut the arrears to a point at one stage in the second half. Great work by James Naughton created Limerick’s second goal for Darragh Treacy which put daylight between the two sides. Limerick had to play the last nine minutes without Cian Sheehan who was yellow-carded in the first half and then was shown a black card which meant he could not be replaced.

Scorers –
Limerick: I Corbett 1-2; G Collins (3f) 0-4; D Treacy 1-0; S McSweeney (2f) D Neville 0-2 each; S O’Carroll 0-1.
Leitrim: E Mulligan (5f) 0-5; N O’Donnell (3f) 0-4; R Kennedy, B Gallagher 0-2 each; W McKeon, K Beirne 0-1 each.

Limerick – B Scanlon 5; G Noonan 6, J McCarthy 7, S O’Dea 6; B Fanning 6, C Fahy 6, P Quinn 5; D Tracey 7, D Ward 6; P Nash 5, C Sheehan 5, J Naughton 6; I Corbett 7, D Neville 7,G Collins 7. Subs: T McCarthy 6 and S O’Carroll 5 for Quinn and Nash (54), S McSweeney 6 for Naughton (62), P Scanlon 5 for Collins (63), J McGarry for Ward (73).

Leitrim – B Flynn 5; P McGuire 5, A Armstrong 6, M Murphy 6; W McKeon 6, D Wrynn 6, O Madden 6; S Moran,6, M Plunkett 7; J Rooney 7, E Mulligan 7, G Plunkett 7; R Kennedy 7, D Moran 6, N O’Donnell 7. Subs: P Dolan 5 for S Moran (25), B Gallagher 7 for D Moran (48), K Beirne 6 for O’Donnell (50), C Gaffney 6 for G Plunkett (55), N Plunkett 5 for Madden (62).

Ref – S Hehir (Galway).

Fixture Details

Sunday March 19th
Allianz Football League Roinn 4 Round 5
Newcastlewest, Limerick 14:00
Luimneach v Liatroim
Referee: Shane Hehir (Gaillimh)

Allianz Football League Division 2 – Fermanagh 0-18 Clare 1-10

Fermanagh defeated Clare by 0-18 to 1-10 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday March 19th at Brewster Park Enniskillen.

Allianz FL D2: Quigley stars for Fermanagh

Allianz Football League Division Two


Report By Orla Bannon for

Fermanagh boosted their hopes of survival in Division Two of the Allianz Football League, Sean Quigley’s accuracy from dead balls giving them a comfortable home win over Clare. After three heavy defeats in a row, Pete McGrath’s side badly needed two league points in Brewster Park and Quigley’s timing was perfect, hitting 0-8, including five frees and two ’45’s to lift Fermanagh off the bottom of the table. The sides were level four times in the opening half with Fermanagh leading 0-8 to 0-7 at the break.

Fermanagh had six different scorers from play in the opening half and recovered from the early blow of losing Tomas Corrigan to a calf injury after just eight minutes. Clare relied mostly on frees with Eoin Cleary and David Tubridy scoring all their first-half points between them, Cleary with 0-5 (four frees) before the break. Knowing they needed a win to stand any hope of avoiding relegation, Fermanagh came out with renewed purpose at the start of the second half and scored three points in a row, Eddie Courtney and Aidan Breen from play to take a healthy 0-11 to 0-7 lead.

Clare, who should have been full of confidence after beating Cork last time out, offered little resistance in the second half against the wind. But they did hit 1-1 in a two-minute spell to cancel out Fermanagh’s early second-half scores. Keelan Sexton palmed a goal to the net after 46 minutes and Tubridy’s free levelled matters at 0-11 to 1-8.

Fermanagh, who leaked four goals last time out against Kildare, responded brilliantly to the setback and scored the next five points in a row. Quigley struck the ball superbly off the ground to land two ’45’s and a monster free to stretch the home side clear. He could have had at least one goal, Clare goalkeeper Joe Hayes coming off his line smartly to block Quigley’s low shot with his legs. Aidan Breen scored three second-half points while Barry Mulrone had a hand in most of Fermanagh’s attacks to ensure an important victory ahead of next week’s trip to Meath.

Scorers for Fermanagh: Sean Quigley 0-8 (5fs, 2 ’45’s), Aidan Breen 0-3, Eddie Courtney, Barry Mulrone 0-2 each, Paul McCusker 0-1, Ryan Jones 0-1, Tomas Corrigan 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: Eoin Cleary 0-5 (3fs), David Tubridy 0-4 (2fs), Keelan Sexton 1-0, Jamie Malone 0-1.

FERMANAGH: Thomas Treacy; Mickey Jones, Che Cullen, Kane Connor; Conor Murphy; Barry Mulrone, Aidan Breen; Eoin Donnelly, Lee Cullen; Paul McCusker, Ryan Jones, Ryan Lyons: Eddie Courtney, Sean Quigley, Tomas Corrigan.
Subs: Eoin McManus for Corrigan (8), Eoin McManus for Corrigan (8), Declan McCusker for Murphy (48), James McMahon for Lyons (50), Darryl Keenan for McManus (57), Tommy McCaffrey for Courtney (70), Cathal Beacom for P McCusker (70).

CLARE: Joe Hayes; Martin McMahon, Kevin Harnett, John Hayes; Liam Markham, Gordon Kelly, Dean Ryan; Cathal O’Connor, Gary Brennan; Cian O’Dea, Keelan Sexton, Shane Brennan; Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy, Jamie Malone
Subs: David Egan for O’Dea (53), Eoghan Collins for John Hayes (62), Seanie Malone for Cleary (64), Darren Nagle for Ryan (65).

REFEREE: Marty Duffy (Sligo).

Fixture Details

19.03.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 2 Round 5
Brewster Park, Enniskillen 14:00
Fear Manach v An Clár
Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligeach)