Munster Under 17 Hurling Quarter-Final – Cork 0-16 Limerick 0-6

Cork defeated Limerick by 0-16 to 0-6 in the Munster Under 17 Hurling Competition Quarter-Final on Tuesday April 11th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Limerick U17 hurlers lose to Cork

Report by Joel Slattery for the Limerick Leader newspaper

LIMERICK suffered a 0-16 to 0-6 defeat to a strong Cork side in the opening round of the inaugural Munster U-17 hurling competition at the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday night.

Limerick struggled to get going in the early exchanges as the Rebels flew into a 0-3 to no score lead after five minutes. Cork increased the lead to seven before Josh Considine opened Limerick’s account with a 20th minute free. Seanie O’Connor added a free of his own but Limerick trailed 0-7 to 0-2 at the interval.

Dave Cuddy’s side were reduced to 14 in the first minute after the break when Sean O’Leary was dismissed, leaving them too much much to do as they limped to a convincing defeat. Cork kept the score-board ticking throughout the second half as they eased to a 10-point win.

SCORERS:
Cork: Colin O’Brien 0-6 (0-5 frees) Tommy O’Connell 0-5, Declan Hanlon 0-3, Joe Stack, Kian Farmer 0-1 each.
Limerick: Seanie O’Connor 0-4 (0-4 frees) Josh Considine (free), Mark McCarthy 0-1 each

CORK: Luke Donovan; Eoin Roche, Ciaran Nyhan, Ronan Sheehan; Daire Connery, Conor O’Callaghan, Jack Hallahan; Liam Ryan, Sean Twomey; Declan Hanlon, Colin O’Brien, Tommy O’Connell; Owen McCarthy, Joe Stack, Brian Roche
Subs: Killian Murphy for Joe Stack (46); Kian Farmer for Owen McCarthy (55); Kevin Finn for Tommy O’Connell (58); Sean McCarthy for Sean Twomey (60).

LIMERICK: Louis Dee (Mungret/St Pauls); Liam Griffin (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), David Mulqueen (Bruff), Paul Power (Monaleen); Sean Long (Na Piarsaigh); Paudie O Connor (Kilmallock), Josh Considine (Patrickswell); Seanie O Connor (Granagh/Ballingarry), Liam Barry (Na Piarsaigh); Sean O’Leary (Dromin/Athlacca), Shaun Barry (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), James O Brien (Croagh/Kilfinny); Calum Sheehan (Garryspillane), Frank Costello (Adare), Mark McCarthy (Templeglantine); James Daly (Na Piarsaigh) for Shaun Barry (54)
Subs: Mike Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry) for Paul Power (34); Chris Berkery (Doon) for James O’Brien (41); Adam Carrig (Patrickswell) for Sean Long (41); Kieran O’Dowd (Mungret) for Liam Barry.

REFEREE: Kevin Jordan (Tipperary)


Team News

The Cork team to play Limerick in the Munster U17 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final tomorrow Tuesday 11th April @ 7pm in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick has been announced as follows

Cork U17 Hurling Team.

1. Luke Donovan – Na Piarsaigh

2. Eoin Roche – Bride Rovers

3. Ciaran Nyhan – Ballinascarthy

4. Ronan Sheehan – Mallow

5. Daire Connery – Na Piarsaigh

6. Conor O’Callaghan – Dromtarriffe

7. Jack Hallahan – Cloyne

8. Liam Ryan – Inniscarra

9. Sean Twomey – Courcey Rovers

10. Declan Hanlon – Blarney

11. Colin O’Brien – Granard Gaels

12. Tommy O’Connell – Midleton

13. Owen McCarthy – Inniscarra

14. Joe Stack – Kilta Og

15. Brian Roche – Bride Rovers

16. Eoin Davis – St. Catherines

17. Jamie Copps – Ballyhea

18. Sean McCarthy – Fermoy

19. Ronan McCarthy – St Oliver Plunketts

20. Cormac O’Brien – Newtownshandrum

21. Kevin Finn – Midleton

22. Kian Farmer – Midleton

23. Killian Murphy – Sarsfields

24. Shane Barrett – Blarney

Selectors: John Considine – Manager (Sarsfields), Sean Crowley (Killeagh), Donal Burke (Midleton)


Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Final – Kerry 0-20 Dublin 1-16

Kerry defeated Dublin by 0-20 to 1-16 in the Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Final on Sunday April 9th at Croke Park.







Allianz FL D1 Final: Kerry end Dublin’s streak

Allianz Football League Division 1 Final

KERRY 0-20 DUBLIN 1-16

Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

Kerry are the Allianz Football League Division 1 Champions and Dublin’s unbeaten run in the League and Championship has finally been ended after 37 matches.

A simple sentence that covers the basics, but doesn’t come close to capturing the drama of another epic contest between these two great rivals. It all ended in a welter of excitement as Dublin very nearly pulled off another Houdini escape-act only to let the key for the final padlock slip from their grasp.

Five points behind with 12 minutes remaining and still three in arrears as the game ticked into four minutes of injury-time, Jim Gavin’s never-say-die team somehow gave themselves a chance to take the game to extra-time with the last kick of the match. Dean Rock stood over a free around 48 yards out, kicked it cleanly, and as it sailed through the air it looked like it was going to make it.

With everyone in the stadium holding their breath the ball the ball struck the post, the final whistle blew, Dublin’s long unbeaten run was over, and Kerry were Allianz Football League champions. It was always going to take a magical performance to break this Dublin team’s spell, and that’s exactly what Kerry produced.

They played with huge conviction and ambition, and in the second-half pulled Dublin apart with the quality of some of their football. It was only Dublin’s blunt refusal to be beaten that dragged them back into the contest. Any other team would have been well-beaten by Kerry’s combination of graft and enterprise.

You expected this to be a flammable sort of encounter from the very start, but instead it was more of a slow-burner. There were no big hits or tackles of note to in the opening quarter of the game, as both defences were content to screen their men rather than go full-blooded for every ball.

There was a lot of lateral passing and precious few incisive attacking thrusts down the middle, so what scores there were tended to be landed from wide positions. Paul Flynn scored the first of those for Dublin, and it was a beauty, as he curled one over on the run from the right-hand side.

Kerry immediately responded through Jack Savage who was a late addition to the team in place of Stephen O’Brien and then took the lead through the always dangerous Paul Geaney. As the game settled down though it was Dublin who were looking the slightly more convincing team.

Cian O’Sullivan was sweeping to good effect in front of his back-line like he usually does, and their half-forward line of Flynn, Ciaran Kilkenny and Diarmuid Connolly were starting to find their rhythm. Kilkenny came off second-best against the tigerish Tadhg Morley when the teams clashed in Tralee a few weeks ago, and he looked determined to balance that ledger.

He constantly made himself available for possession, and when he won the ball he looked very dangerous with it, creating opportunities for himself and others. Points from Kilkenny and Connolly had helped Dublin into a 0-7 t 0-4 lead by the 21st minute, and it seemed as though the reigning champions were starting to build up an irresistible head of steam.

Kerry stuck to the task though, with Donnchadh Walsh, David Moran, and Jack Barry particularly visible in this period of the game as they fought hard to keep Dublin within arm’s reach. The black-carding of Jonathan Lyne for a foul on Diarmuid Connolly looked like a deficit for Kerry, but when Connolly himself was black-carded afterwards shortly afterwards for and off-the-ball pull-back, the ledger was balanced.

The game really burst into life in the final ten minutes of the half as the action quickly moved from one end of the field to the other, and every point was returned with one in kind. The pick of the scores in this period was one by Kilkenny, as he played a series of one-twos to eke out a shooting position for himself before finishing clinically.

Kerry had the last say of the half though, a point from Barry who was a late replacement for Anthony Maher, and at the break there was only a point between the teams, Dublin leading by 0-10 to 0-9. With the benefit of hindsight it’s now easy to say that Kerry were the growing force in the game, but you still wouldn’t have predicted the extent to which they seized the initiative in the second-half.

They scored six points in a row without any reply between the 35th and 52nd minutes, and dominated Dublin in a way we just haven’t seen any team do for a very long time. David Moran and Jack Barry took complete charge of the midfield battle as Brian Fenton and Ciaran Reddin wilted out of the game.

Morley also thundered into the contest to eclipse Kilkenny, while Kerry centre-forward Michael Geaney became one of the main conduits for the flow of the game. And at the tip of the spear was Paul Geaney, who was a very effective target-man throughout and accurate with his free-taking, apart from one notable example.

Two classy points from play from the Geaney cousins had Kerry 0-15 to 0-10 ahead after 52 minutes, and as much as you always expect Dublin to find a way back into the contest, they looked in real trouble. Jim Gavin emptied his bench as he tried to spark his side into life, and Paul Mannion certainly made a massive impact after his introduction.

He kicked a fine point to finally rouse a second-half cheer from the Dublin supporters, but it was his 61st minute goal that really brought the house down. Great work by Ciaran Kilkenny and substitute Michael Darragh MacAuley put him through on goal, and Mannion coolly rounded Brendan Kealy before getting off his shot.

Kerry had gotten men back on the line, but Peter Crowley was unable to get his hand to Mannion’s shot. It was a one-point game now and you presumed that Dublin would find another gear like they usually do in these situations and leave Kerry choking on their exhaust fumes.

But Kerry successfully slowed the game down in the vital minutes that followed Mannion’s goal, and then crucially got the next score of the game through another Paul Geaney free. The hugely inspirational Moran then drove forward to kick another brilliant point, and with a three-point lead established again, some of the blood may have briefly returned to the knuckles of Kerry supporters.

Not for long. Dean Rock gave Dublin hope with two points, before Kerry sub Bryan Sheehan lifted the siege with a brilliant score after a driving run. But still Dublin refused to die. Mannion left the minimum between the teams again with another inspirational point, and the scene was set for that final dramatic act.

Only time will tell what this result means in the bigger championship picture. Some of Dublin’s longest serving players looked a little jaded today, but the likelihood is that the sour taste of defeat will make them doubly determined to come back stronger than ever.

As for Kerry, the experience of beating their great rivals in this fashion can only accelerate the development of their new-look team. You get the feeling these two will go heads up again before the year is out, and for much higher stakes.

Scorers for Dublin: Dean Rock 0-6 (4f), Paul Mannion 1-2, Ciaran Kilkenny 0-2, Ciaran Reddin 0-2, Paul Flynn 0-1, Diarmuid Connolly 0-1, Philip McMahon 0-1, James McCarthy 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 0-8 (5f), David Moran 0-3 (1 ’45), Donnchadh Walsh 0-2, Michael Geaney 0-2, Paul Murphy 0-1, Anthony Maher 0-1, Kevin McCarthy 0-1, Jack Savage 0-1, Bryan Sheehan 0-1.

DUBLIN: Stephen Cluxton; Philip McMahon, Michael Fitzsimons, Darren Daly; James McCarthy, Cian O’Sullivan, Eric Lowndes; Brian Fenton, Ciaran Reddin; Paul Flynn, Ciaran Kilkenny, Diarmuid Connolly; Dean Rock, Paddy Andrews, Bernard Brogan
Subs: Niall Scully for Diarmuid Connolly (black-card) (30), Paul Mannion for Paddy Andrews (41), Kevin McManamon for Cian O’Sullivan (48), Michael Darragh MacAuley for Ciaran Reddin (48), David Byrne for Eric Lowndes (60), Eoghan O’Gara for Paul Flynn (67)

KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Griffin, Ronan Shanahan; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Jack Barry; Jonathan Lyne, Michael Geaney, Donnchadh Walsh, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Geaney, Jack Savage
Subs: Gavin Crowley for Jonathan Lyne (black-card) (23), Darran O’Sullivan for Jack Savage (59), Barry John Keane for Kevin McCarthy (63), Bryan Sheehan for Donnchadh Walsh (67), Anthony Maher for Jack Barry (69), Adrian Spillane for Michael Geaney (71).

Ref: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon)




Fixture Details

09.04.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 16:00
Áth Cliath v Ciarraí
Referee: Paddy Neilan (Ros Comáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

KERRY (SF v Dublin) – B Kealy; F Fitzgerald, M Griffin, R Shanahan; P Crowley, T Morley, P Murphy; D Moran, A Maher; J Lyne, M Geaney, D Walsh; K McCarthy, P Geaney, S O’Brien.


Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Final – Tipperary 3-19 Louth 0-19

Tipperary defeated Louth by 3-19 to 0-19 in the Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Final on Saturday April 8th at Croke Park.




Tipperary crowned Allianz FL D3 Champions

Allianz Football League Division 3 Final

TIPPERARY 3-19 LOUTH 0-19

Report By William Dunne for GAA.ie

Vital goals helped Tipperary see off Louth in some style as they were crowned Allianz Football League Division 3 champions at Croke Park this evening.

Already promoted to Division 2, the victory and the silverware that came with it franks the Premier County’s status as one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the country. Last year’s All-Ireland Semi-Final appearance was clearly no fluke, Tipperary are very much a footballing force now.

They came into the game as favourites however it was the Wee County that started the brighter in the sloppy opening minutes that saw Louth go three points up after five minutes with help of a beautiful score from Declan Byrne. Louth then went 11 minutes without a score but despite Tipperary’s superior possession in that period they didn’t take much advantage and by the 16th minute they had registered six wides.

Frees from Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney kept Tipperary in touch as Andy McDonnell extended Louth’s lead to three points once more. It took till the 26th minute for Tipperary to secure just their second point from play through Sweeney that began a purple patch for the premier county in which they scored 1-05 without reply.

The crucial first half goal came from Cahir midfielder Liam Casey after a fisted ball by Sweeney found him behind Louth’s full-back line and he rifled his shot into the roof of the net to make it 1-08 to 0-07. Corner-back Alan Campbell soared up the field and added to Tipperary’s lead with a neat execution from the right before Derek Maguire finished the first half scoring from a tricky angle to make it 1-11 to 0-09 at half-time.

Louth got off to the better start in the second half and with the help of scores from Declan Byrne and Tommy Durnin brought the deficit back to just two points. With the experienced Paddy Codd and Robbie Kiely dominating in Tipperary’s defence, Louth struggled to present any clear goal chances. They did threaten on 45 minutes however, midfielder Tommy Durnin kicking a point after some tough battling on the 21 metre line.

There were four points between the sides when the game’s telling moment arrived after 47 minutes when O’Halloran found himself bearing down on goal only for his shot to be blocked by Louth’s Bevan Duffy. But as Duffy tried to carry the ball to safety he was dispossessed by O’Halloran who moved the ball to Connor Sweeney who banged it to the back of the net to make it 2-15 to 0-14.

Both sides emptied the bench as the game died down with substitute Jim McEneaney successfully taking over free taking duties for Louth. Tipperary’s resilient defence again preventing any goal chances materialising for their opponents as substitutes Liam Boland and Liam McGrath kept the scoreboard ticking.

Louth’s pushed forward in numbers for one last attack but Tipperary turned the ball over and when McGrath fed Sweeney he rounded Louth goalkeeper Lynch to score his second goal and finish the match with a flourish for Tipperary.

Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 2-05 (3f), Liam Casey 1-01, Michael Quinlivan 0-03 (2f), Kevin O’Halloran 0-03 (2f), Jack Kennedy 0-02, Alan Campbell, Robbie Kiely, Liam Boland, Liam McGrath, Josh Keane 0-01 each

Scorers for Louth: Ryan Burns 0-05 (4f), Declan Byrne (1f), Tommy Durnin, Jim McEneaney (2f) 0-03 each, Pauric Smith 0-02, Derek Maguire, Andy McDonnell, Eoin O’Connor 0-01 each.

TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, Paddy Codd, Willie Connors; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Shane O’Connell; Liam Casey, Jack Kennedy; Josh Keane, Kevin O’Halloran, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Emmet Moloney
Subs: George Hannigan for Moloney 52, Liam Boland for O’Halloran 61, Colm O’Shaugnessy for Connors 64, Alan Moloney for Kennedy 67, Liam McGrath for Keane 71, Joseph Hennessy for Quinlivan, 76.

LOUTH: Craig Lynch; Padraigh McGarth, Patrick Kelly, Anthony Williams; Derek Maguire, John Bingham, James Stewart; Tommy Durnin, Andy McDonnell; Declan Byrne, Pauric Smith, Bevan Duffy; Adrian Reid, Eoin O’Connor, Ryan Burns
Subs: Kurt Murphy for Reid HT, Ruairi Moore for Reid 45, Jim McEneaney for O’Connor 48, Gerard McSorley for Burns 57, Conall McKeever for Durnin 64, James Califf for Byrne 70.

REFEREE: Anthony Nolan


Fixture Details

08.04.2017 (Sat)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 17:00
An Lú v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)



Team News

The Tipperary team to play Louth in the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final in Croke Park tomorrow evening, Saturday April 8th at 5pm, has been announced by manager Liam Kearns and lines out as follows;

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
3. Paddy Codd – Killenaule
4. Willie Connors – Kiladangan
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Shane O’Connell – Golden-Kilfeacle
8. Liam Casey – Cahir
9. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
12. Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch

Croke Park Pitch Renovation Open Day

National Pitch Maintenance Workgroup

Croke Park Pitch Renovation Open Day

Sunday 23rd April, 2017

This is a unique opportunity to see GAA Pitch Renovation and hear sports turf industry professionals speak on matters relevant to quality pitch maintenance.

Register for this event by contacting Mr Kieran McGann
National Pitch Maintenance Workgroup
Email: ktmcoare@gmail.com or Call: +35386-7773100


Scór Sinsir Munster Final

The Scór Sinsir Munster Final took place on Saturday 8th April at Cappamore, County Limerick.


Click here to view photos of the winners


The full list of entries is as follows –

RINCE FOIRNE

WINNERS – PORT LÁIRGE: Sliabh gCua – Cathal Ó Duinn, Seamus Ó Fearachair, Diarmuid Ó Murchú, Seán Ó Condún, Caitríona Uí Eallachain, Gina Ní Ghliasáin, Maire Áine de Lóndra, Sinéad Breathnach

CORCAIGH: Carbery Rangers – Bríd Ní hUrthuile, Máighréad Nic Searraigh, Úna Ní Cuileannain, Gearóidin Ní Mhathúna, Cait Ní Mhathúna, Norma Ní Shé, Clár Ní Shúilleabháin, Cáit Ní Dhufaigh
LUIMNEACH: Ahane – Carol Ní Chondúin, Treasa Ní Artagáin, Sinéad Ní Amhragáin, Meadhbh Ní Raghallaigh, Niamh Ní Fhoghlú, Eibhlín Ní Chaoimh, Siobhán Ní Amhragáin, Siobhán Ní Raghallaigh
TIOBRAID ÁRANN: Newcastle – Leah Ní Chondúin, Sinéad Ní Ghráinne, Chloe de Henebre, Rosie Nic Carra, Danielle Nic Cárthaigh, Treasa Nic Craith, Veronica Nic Conmara, Caitríona Ní Riain


AMHRANAÍOCHT AONAIR

WINNER – TIOBRAID ÁRANN: Borris-Ileigh – Cáit Ní Sheannacháin

LUIMNEACH: Claughaun – Micheál O hAilpín
CORCAIGH: Iveleary – Treasa Ní Chróinín
CIARRAÍ: Keel – Heather de Grae


AITHRISEOIREACHT

WINNER – TIOBRAID ÁRANN: JK Brackens – Nollaig Seoigh

LUIMNEACH: Feenagh/Kilmeedy – Críostóir Ó Ceallaigh
AN CLÁR: Lissycasey – Ciarán Ó Maolrunaigh
CORCAIGH: Carbery Rangers – Conchúr Ó Ceallacháin
CIARRAÍ: Crotta Ó Neills – Seamus (Sonny) Mac Aogáin


BAILEAD GHRUPA

Newport Bailéad Ghrúpa

WINNERS – TIOBRAID ÁRANN: Newport – Lorna Ní Fhlóid, Treasa Ní Nualláin, Maire Ní Fhlóid, Brian Mac Amhlaoibh, Ruairí de Flóid

CORCAIGH: Carbery Rangers – Seán Ó Riagáin, Clár Ní Riagáin, Sinead Ní Riagáin, Ciara Ní Ghormáin, Dónal Ó Coileáin
LUIMNEACH: Monaleen – Rebecca Ní Chéirin, Laura Ní Cheallaigh, Fiona Ní Néill, Cáit Ní Bhearcara, NIall O Nioclás
CIARRAÍ: Glenflesk – Mairéad Ní Cheilleachair, Roisín Ní Cheilleachair, Jennifer Ní Mhurchú, Eibhlín Ní Chróinín, Donncha Ó Súilleabháin


LEIRIU

WINNERS – TIOBRAID ÁRANN: Newport Lil Ní Ghráda, Tomás Mac Cába, Séamas Ó Coiléain, Máire de Brún Riain, Seán Ó Tuathaigh, Máire Ní Cháthasaigh

CORCAIGH: Carbery Rangers – Liam Mac Searraigh, Séamas Ó Leathlobhair, Eibhlín Níc Suibhne, Máire Seosaimhín Ní Ghormáin, Conchúr Ó Ceallachain, Brian Ó Súilleabháin, Meabh Ní Shúilleabháin
LUIMNEACH: Feenagh/Kilmeedy – Bearnairdín Ní Dhúda, Bernadette Ní Cheallaigh, Cáitin Ní Dhubhir, Criostóir Ó Ceallaigh, Daithí Ó Ceallaigh, Stiofán Ó Madagáin, Taidhgin Ó Loingsigh, T.S. Ó Madagáin
CIARRAÍ: Asdee Gearaid Ó Cearúill, Mairéad Ní Dhúghail, Caitlín Ní Cheamada, Seán Ó hAonasa


CEOL UIRLISE

WINNERS – TIOBRAID ÁRANN: Newport – Ruairí de Flóid, Brian Mac Amhlaoibh, Niamh Ní Fhlóid, ÁINE Ní Mháille, Sorcha Nic Amhlaoibh

CIARRAÍ: Fossa – Máire Ní Chéilleachair, Amie Ní Mhuirtheartaigh, Seán Ó Céilleachair,Cian Ó Súilleabháin, Michéal Ó Céilleachair
CORCAIGH: Youghal – Dónal Ó Riain, Deirdre Ní Cheallaigh, Séamus Ó Conchúir, Calvin Ó Laochdha, Kyle Ó Laochdha
LUIMNEACH: Ahane – Seamus Ó hÁirtneide, Gearóid Ó hÁrtneide, Treasa Ní Artagáin, Meadhbh Ní Raghallaigh, Sinéad Ni Amhragáin


RINCE SEIT

WINNERS – TIOBRAID ÁRANN: JK Brackens – Mairéad Ní Dhúbhshláine, Nicole Seoigh, Katherese NÍ Mhiacháin, Yvonne Ní Mhiacháin, Eoin de Búrca, Eoin Ó Hádhmaill, Máirtín Ó Laoi, Éamonn Stamp

CORCAIGH: Meelin – Deirdre Ní Shiocháin, Áine Maire Ní Liatháin, Cáit Níc Cárthaigh, Siobhain Ní Mhathúna, Conchúr ÓSúilleabháin, Diarmaid de Róiste, Tadhg Ó Luineacháin, Séamas Mac Mathúna
CIARRAÍ: Reenard – Karen Níc an Ghaill, Niamh Ní Cháthasaigh, Muireann Ní Aodhagáin, Caoimhe Ní Théacháin, Rebecca Ní Ghealbháin, Lorraine Ní Cheallaigh, Casey Ní Dhonchadha, Dararca Ní Dhonchadha
LUIMNEACH: Mungret – Lean Mac Eochaidh, Treasa Nic Gearailt, Seosaimhín Ní Bhriain, Nollaig Ní Chonghaile, Maighread Ní Chonchúir, Áine Ní hEidhín, Mairtina Ní hAllúain, Aileen Nic an Adhastair
PORT LÁIRGE: Sliabh gCua – Caitríona Ní Ghealbháin, Elaine Ní Fhlaithimhín, Mairéad Ní Neill, Máire Áine de Lóndra, Claire Shine, Gina Ní Ghliasain, Maire Nic Chárthaigh, Sorcha Ní Fhlaithimhín


Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Tipperary 4-15 Limerick 2-18

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 4-15 to 2-18 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship on Wednesday April 5th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Tipp win Electric Ireland Munster MHC thriller

Electric Ireland Munster MHC Quarter-Final

TIPPERARY 4-15 LIMERICK 2-18

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Niall Hoctor came off the bench to net Tipperary’s winning goal in the second minute of stoppage time, as the Electric Ireland Munster and All-Ireland champions got their campaign off to a winning start. Hoctor was the hero as Tipp hit 1-2 in stoppage time to overturn a two-point deficit to win by three.

Limerick were inspired by Paul O’Brien, scorer of 11 points, as they came from eight points down in the second half to hit the front. But Tipp weren’t finished as Anthony McKelvey (free) and Jake Morris landed points before Hoctor struck, profiting Conor Bowe’s good work and pass.

It was rough justice for Limerick, but there’s a fair chance these sides could meet again before the end of the season, based on this evidence. Limerick go into the backdoor series, but Tipp must now wait until the end of June for their Munster Semi-Final. Tipp led by 2-10 to 1-8 at the break, a five-point lead after the sides had been level at 1-8 apiece in the 27th minute.

Tipp finished the half with a run of 1-2 to put some daylight between themselves and the visitors, Anthony McKelvey putting over a free before Conor McCarthy, hugely impressive in the first half, took his tally to 1-3. Deep in stoppage time, Tipp notched their second goal when Andrew Ormond, a recent All-Ireland winner with Our Lady’s Templemore, netted at the second attempt, his lobbed effort finding the net after his initial shot was blocked.

Tipp could consider themselves slightly fortunate to have that interval advantage, as Limerick had battled back from six points down to draw level. By the 16th minute, Tipp were 1-7 to 0-4 clear, and boosted by McCarthy’s goal as early as the sixth minute. The Nenagh Éire Óg player, a late call-up in place of Ray McCormack, burst through after Jake Morris broke a long ball and he flicked the ball past Bryan Curtin after racing through to see the whites of the goalkeeper’s eyes.

Limerick were well served by O’Brien, scorer of four points in the first half, while Dylan O’Shea’s goal three minutes before the break was an equalising score for the Shannonsiders. Ronan Connolly was the creator with a terrific, slaloming run along the right touchline before his pass was finished on the double by the in-rushing O’Shea at the Town End.

Willie Barry came off the bench to net for Tipp just 16 seconds after the restart and that score established an eight-point lead for the hosts, in front of 2,567 spectators. But Limerick, carrying 11 survivors from last year’s squad, were excellent in the second half and O’Shea’s second goal, in the 34th minute, rekindled their challenge.

Limerick kept chipping away at Tipp’s lead and drew level at 2-16 to 3-13 with time running out. With O’Brien landing four points in a row, John Mulqueen’s charges hit the front for the first time in the game, but Tipp came with that late surge to claim the win.

Scorers for Tipperary: Conor McCarthy 1-3, Anthony McKelvey 0-5 (4fs), Andrew Ormond 1-1, Willie Barry and Niall Hoctor 1-0 each, Conor Bowe and Jake Morris 0-2 each, Kieran Breen and Cathal Bourke 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Paul O’Brien 0-11 (7fs, 1 65), Dylan O’Shea 2-2, David Woulfe 0-3, Dan Minehan and Ronan Connolly 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Eoin Collins; Michael Purcell, Michael Feehan, Jerome Cahill; Craig Morgan, Paddy Cadell, Joe Gunne; Kieran Breen, Bryan O’Mara; Conor Bowe, Jake Morris, Conor McCarthy; Darragh Woods, Anthony McKelvey, Andrew Ormond
Subs: Willie Barry for Woods (h.t.), Cathal Bourke for McCarthy (inj., 40), Brendan Murphy for Gunne (46), Niall Hoctor for Ormond (57)

LIMERICK: Bryan Curtin; Conor Flahive, Conor McNicholas, Ciaran Barry; Mikey O’Brien, Jerome Boylan, Dan Minehan; Michael O’Grady, Rory Duff; Paul O’Riordan, Paul O’Brien, David Woulfe; Ryan Tobin, Ronan Connolly, Dylan O’Shea.
Subs: Ken Byrnes for Tobin (46), Paudie Maher for Minehan (56), Brian O’Grady for O’Riordan (60+2).

REFEREE: Nathan Wall (Cork).


Team News

As Tipperary embark on their Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship campaign, the starting XV to play Limerick in the Quarter-Final in Semple Stadium, tomorrow night, Wednesday April 5th at 7pm, has been announced by manager Liam Cahill.

It includes five of last year’s successful All-Ireland panel with the team lining out as follows;

1. Eoin Collins – Drom & Inch
2. Michael Purcell – Thurles Sarsfields
3. Michael Feehan – Sean Treacys
4. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
5. Joe Gunne – St. Marys
6. Paddy Cadell (Capt.) – JK Brackens
7. Kieran Breen – Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams
8. Bryan O’Mara – Holycross-Ballycahill
9. Craig Morgan – Kilruane MacDonaghs
10. Conor Bowe – Moyne-Templetuohy
11. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
12. Ray McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
13. Andrew Ormond – JK Brackens
14. Anthony McKelvey – Moycarkey-Borris
15. Darragh Woods – Holycross-Ballycahill

John Mulqueen Limerick minor hurling manager and his management team of coach Anthony Daly (Clarecastle, Clare), selectors Liam Reale (Hospital/Herbertstown), Damien Reale (Hospital/Herbertstown), Liam Lyons (Monaleen) and strength & conditioning coach Darragh Droog (Mungret/St Pauls) has released their starting fifteen and match panel for this Wednesday evening opening Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship against Tipperary in Thurles at 7pm.

The Limerick team and match panel is as follows 1. Bryan Curtin (Adare), 2. Conor Flahive (Mungret/St. Pauls), 3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen) (Captain), 4. Ciaran Barry (Ahane), 5. Mikey O Brien (Doon), 6. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 7. Dan Minehan (Ahane), 8. Michael O Grady (Knockainey), 9. Rory Duff (Mungret/St. Pauls), 10. Paul O Riordan (Bruff), 11. Paul O Brien (Mungret/St. Pauls), 12. David Woulfe (Kilmallock). 13. Dylan O Shea (Garryspillane), 14. Ronan Connolly (Adare), 15. Ryan Tobin (Garryspillane).

16. Jason Gillane (Patrickswell), 17. Gearoid Barry (Kilmallock), 18. Kevin Bonar (Bruff), 19. Ken Byrnes (Old Christians), 20. Calvin Carroll (Patrickswell), 21. David Moloney (Monaleen), 22. Paudie Maher (Patrickswell), 23 Brian O Grady (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 24. Jack Ryan (Doon).


Match Programme

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Clare 1-24 Waterford 0-9

Clare defeated Waterford by 1-24 to 0-9 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship on Wednesday April 5th at Cusack Park Ennis.



Clare turn on the power to crack gutsy Waterford

Report by Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-24 Waterford 0-9

A powerful second-half performance saw Clare ease into the Munster Minor Hurling Championship semi-final in front of a crowd of 1,622 at Cusack Park in Ennis last evening. The performance after the break was a commanding one and they outscored their hapless opposition 1-15 to 0-2 over the second half hour.

With midfielder Keith White putting in a towering performance — he led by example and hit six points from play before being substituted two minutes from full time. At the end of a relatively evenly matched opening half, Clare went in two points to the good (0-9 to 0-7) but poor shooting cost them a greater lead.

They shot nine wides over the half-hour with many of them of ascoreable nature. The Banner county were 0-2 to 0-0 ahead after three minutes thanks to scores by midfielder White and wing-forward Conor Tierney. Sean Crotty got Waterford off the mark in the fourth from a distance and the sides were level when Billy Power fired over on eight.

Ian Beecher gave the visitors the lead and they held on to it until late in the half when Clare shot four unanswered scores in as many minutes to gain a two point advantage at the whistle. Waterford keeper Eoghan Browne pulled of a fine save in the seventh minute when he denied Breffni Horner a certain goal. Few could have predicted the route that was to follow.

Clare had quick points from Conor Tierney and Tiernan Agnew to pull ahead And Browne came to Waterford’s rescue, pulling off a second goal bound shot, this time from full-forward Gary Cooney. By the time the visitors got their opening score of the half, a ’65 by Billy Power, the scoreboard read 1-21 to 0-7. The game’s only goal arrived in the fifty-fourth minute when a Colin Haugh rocket hit the roof of the net from a distance, giving Browne no chance.

Scorers for Clare: K White (0-6), C Haugh (1-1), L Brack (0-4) 2 f’s, G Cooney (0-3), D Ryan, C Darcy, C Tierney, T Agnew (0-2) each, R Considine, G Cahill (0-1) each.

Waterford scorers: B Power (0-5) 2 f’s 1 ’65, I Daly, I Beecher, S Crotty, T Douglas (0-1) each.

CLARE: E Foudy; C McInerney, R Hayes, C Ferns; D Ryan, C Minogue, A McCarthy, C Darcy, K White, L Brack, G Cahill, C Tierney, T Agnew, G Cooney, B Horner.
Subs: R Considine for Tierney (40), C Haugh for Cahill ((51), P Corry for Brack (56), S Crowley for Ferns (56) E Wallace for White (58).

WATERFORD: E Browne, C Giles-Doran, J Flavin, T Foley, M Power, L O’Brien, S Whelan-Barrett, I Daly, I Beecher, C Power, S Carton, T Barron, T Looby, S Crotty, B Power.
Subs: T Douglas for Carton (40), N O’Keeffe for Looby (42), D Booth for Crotty (46),C Whelan for Barron (52), E McGrath for Daly (57).

Referee: J Mullins (Limerick)


Munster Under 17 Football Quarter-Final – Cork 6-24 Waterford 0-1

Cork defeated Waterford by 6-24 to 0-1 in the Munster Under 17 Football Competition Quarter-Final on Tuesday April 4th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


Cork crush Waterford by 41 points in quarter-final mismatch

Report by Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 0-1 Cork 6-24

The Cork U17 footballers scored 6-21 from play in a woefully one-sided provincial quarter-final at Fraher Field last night. Conor McMahon from Kilshannig fired 2-3 in the opening half and captain Blake Murphy shot six points in total as 10 of the young Rebels were on target by the final whistle. Half-backs David Lardner (0-4) and James O’Mullane (1-1) also joined in in the rout.

Mark Cronin tapped over a free within 40 seconds as the visitors had 24 first half attempts. The home team were savaged under long kick-outs for the opening quarter. Cork claimed three marks and slotted nine points in that space of time, three from Mark Cronin and two apiece by Blake Murphy and Conor McMahon. Seven minutes before the break, McMahon palmed home. Cronin and Conor Russell combined to set up McMahon who lashed the ball into the far corner on the stroke of half-time.

Déise corner-back Conor Burns notched their solitary point with the last kick. Despite shooting nine wides and striking the metalwork twice, James McCarthy’s side led 2-11 to 0-1 at the break. Before a crowd of 233, the massacre continued unabated on the change of sides. Sub Colin Walsh blasted a goal within four minutes of his introduction. Another replacement Killian Murphy bundled in a fourth. Walsh sizzled the roof of the rigging for his second major before O’Mullane completed a 41-point hiding. The winners host Limerick in the semis on May 2.

Scorer for Waterford: C Burns 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: C McMahon 2-3; C Walsh 2-1; B Murphy 0-6; J O’Mullane 1-1; M Cronin (3fs), D Lardner 0-4 each; F Herlihy 0-3; K Murphy 1-0; C Russell, J Murphy 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: D Daniels; R Stringer, J Keane, C Burns; S Cronin, J Devine, R McGrath; N MacCathmhaoil, T Ahern; B Flynn, D Beresford, K Roche; J Ó Lonáin, S Kiely, A Gleeson.
Subs: M Lonergan for MacCathmhaoil (41); J Dunne for McGrath (47); J Griffin for Gleeson (48); B Gough for Burns (53); J Walsh for Ó Lonáin (55).

CORK: C Lankfort; J Corcoran, D O’Mahony, E Lehane; J O’Mullane, G Lardner, D Lardner; M Keane, N O’Sullivan; F Herlihy, B Murphy, J Murphy; M Cronin, C Russell, C McMahon.
Subs: C Walsh for Cronin (36); C Crowley for Keane (39); K Murphy for J Murphy (41); D Doody for Lankfort (46); D Twomey for O’Mahony (51); R O’Flynn for Russell (51).

Referee: B Griffin (Kerry)

Munster Under 17 Football Quarter-Final – Tipperary 0-14 Clare 0-10

Tipperary defeated Clare by 0-14 to 0-10 in the Munster Under 17 Football Competition Quarter-Final on Tuesday April 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Tipperary hold on as Clare leave it too late

Report by Michael Dundon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 0-14 Clare 0-10

Tipperary survived a determined Clare rally in the closing 20 minutes of the inaugural Munster U17 football quarter-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles, last evening to clinch a semi-final clash with Kerry next month.

Tipp deserved their win thanks to the excellence of their first-half performance, but manager Matt Doherty conceded afterwards that they were happy to hang on. “Everything went our way in the first half but then they got on top at midfield in the second half and the pressure came on us, and we did well to hold out at the finish,” he said.

Tipp were leading by eight points (0-10 to 0-2) and coasting after 40 minutes and it seemed only a matter of how much they would have to spare at the finish. However, Clare, having struggled for most of the first half, finally got their game together to outscore their rivals eight to four in a tense finish.

Aided by the breeze, Tipp dominated the first half. Darragh Tynan was a major thorn in Clare’s side, kicking four points, three from play, as the home county surged to an interval lead of 0-8 to 0-2. Cian O Sullivan and Eanna McBride were other key figures for Tipperary. Tipperary had further points from Conor Ryan and Adam McGrath to extend their lead in the early stages of the second half, but a smashing point from centre halfback David McNamara after 40 minutes finally got Clare moving, and from that to the finish, Tipp backs were to the wall as they fought to protect their lead.

McNamara’s surges from defence were causing Tipp problems and with Seamus Casey and Gearoid Grady also to the fore, Clare cut the lead to three points as the game drifted towards added time. Two spectacular frees by sub Sean Conway were crucial to the recovery. In a tense finish, Tipperary held their nerve, a point from a Rian Quigley free in the 62nd minute giving them enough breathing space to see out the five minutes’ additional time allowed.

Tipperary have a Munster minor football clash with Cork next week, and with 15 of the minor panel included in this squad, and club games scheduled at the weekend, Doherty said it is difficult to juggle the eight-day turn-around. All six Tipperary forwards scored, with Darragh Tynan taking top honours, but Cian O’Sullivan, Mark Stokes, Eanna McBride, Dara O’Leary, and Paul Devlin were others to turn in big performances. Clare lost the game in the first half and left themselves with too much ground to make up. However, they never threw in the towel, with David McNamara, Seamus Casey, Gearoid O’Grady, and Euan Reidy leading by example.

Tipperary scorers: D Tynan (0-4,1f), R Quigley (0-4,2fs), C Ryan (0-2), M McFadden, I Holloway, A McGrath, C O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Clare scorers: S Casey (0-3, 2fs), S Conway (0-2, 2fs), D McNamara (0-2), M Garry, P Talty, C Meaney (0-1) each.

TIPPERARY: C Quinn; M McFadden, D O’Leary, D Mulcahy; J Ryan, P Devlin, E McBride; S Grogan, M Stokes; C Ryan, R Quigley, I Holloway; A McGrath, C O’Sullivan, D Tynan.
Subs: M Egan for C Ryan; S Murphy for Holloway; K Bracken for Stokes; A Keane for Tynan; S McAdam for O’Sullivan.

CLARE: T O’Brien; G Collins, O O’Looney, E Reidy; D O’Brien, D McNamara, S O’Brien; T Clancy, M Murray; D Walshe, S Casey, C Meaney; M Garry, E Thynne, G O’Grady.
Subs: J Murphy for Murray; C Conway for Walshe; P Talty for Garry; E Petty for D O’Brien; D O’Donnell for Casey.

Referee: D O’Callaghan, Limerick.

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Relegation Playoff – Clare 3-18 Dublin 0-19

Clare defeated Dublin by 3-18 to 0-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Relegation Playoff on Sunday April 2nd at Cusack Park Ennis.


Tony Kelly strikes and Clare survive

Report by Kieran Shannon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 3-18 Dublin 0-19

It’s only two weeks ago Tony Kelly was stifled by Dublin opposition above in Croke Park and for the first half in Cusack Park yesterday, Ger Cunningham’s team, boosted by the return of their victorious Cuala contingent, had him well tied up as well.

About the only time Kelly had been able to express himself was just a couple of minutes before half-time when he ingeniously pop-slapped a ball on the touchline straight up into his hand and immediately swung it over the bar, but just like on St Patrick’s Day the Ballyea man had yet to get into his familiar majestic stride and fire points for fun on the run.

At the break Dublin were 0-13 to 1-8 up, and as Clare joint-manager Gerry O’Connor would admit afterwards, only for Andrew Fahy, his team would have been trailing by more; the Whitegate man made a couple of fine saves as well as launching in the free which Aaron Shanagher would catch at the far end and dispatch brilliantly past Conor Dooley.

But within two minutes of the restart, Kelly galloped into open space to rifle over a couple of points shortly before a John Conlon goal. And even Dublin would claw to within three points entering the last 12 minutes, the game was then effectively decided when Kelly intercepted a stray Dooley short puckout and buried it to the net.

“It was definitely a game of two halves,” said O’Connor. “You’ll have days when things aren’t going for you and you just need to stick in there and keep fighting. We have a lot of good quality players and they just kept working and our defence got on top and we started building from there. And when you have a forward like Tony, then everything is possible.”

Kelly wasn’t the only Ballyea man to make an important intervention and ensure any remaining All-Ireland final blues weren’t compounded by a bout of relegation. Paul Flanagan was brought on at half-time into a previously creaking full-back line, and as O’Connor would observe afterwards, brought an impressive composure to the area in both his distribution and his defending.

It was more a change of attitude than personnel though that was the key to Clare’s second-half surge. In the opening 35 minutes Dublin’s forwards on the flanks rifled over an array of fine points as the likes of youngsters Donal Burke, Eamonn Dillon and Carolan Conway were constantly out in front and afforded time to turn and slot over the bar.

O’Connor seemed to suggest in the dressing room at half-time his colleague Donal Moloney “encouraged” – for lack of a better term – their charges, but whatever he said and however he said it, the effect was a much greater level of intensity and aggression from the backline. The likes of Cian Dillon and David McInerney roared into the game, getting out in front of their direct opponents and charging out with the ball, and allied to the power running of Jason McCarthy, Kelly, David Reidy and particularly Conlon upfront, Clare overwhelmed the visiting side in front of a crowd of 7,276.

“We’re five months into this project and we were going to be probably judged on this game,” said O’Connor. “And that showed in the first-half. We were nervous, we took wrong options at times, but the focus and application at the start of the second-half was excellent. I thought our full-back line and half-back line really dominated and when Jason McCarthy came into the half-back line it helped further matters again.

“We’re finding out about where we need to be for June 4 [their Munster semi-final date against Limerick]. If you were talking to us at half-time, you’d say we were a long way off where we need to be at. But we might have edged closer going by the last 35-40 minutes.”

There would still be a nervy spell in that second-half. They went 18 minutes with just one score and when All Ireland Club winner David Treacy tidily fired over two consecutive points from the wing, Dublin were back to within three, 2-13 to 0-16.

Then came Kelly’s goal. After that Dublin’s resistance pretty much yielded, outside of Chris Crummey finishing with a tally of three points from wing back.

Scorers for Clare: T Kelly 1-3, D Reidy 0-6 (five frees), A Shanagher 1-2, J Conlon 1-1, C Galvin and J McCarthy 0-2 each, D Fitzgerald and A Cunningham 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: D Treacy 0-7 (0-5 frees), C Crummey, E Dillon and D Burke 0-3 each, C Conway 0-2, N McMorrow 0-1.

CLARE: A Fahy; C Dillon, D McInerney, S Morey; B Bugler, C Cleary, D Fitzgerald; J Shanahan, C Galvin; J Conlon, P Collins, T Kelly; C McInerney, A Shanagher, D Reidy
Subs: J McCarthy for Shanahan (inj, 20 mins), P Flanagan for Morey (half-time), A Cunningham for C McInerney (48), C Malone for Cleary (58), G O’Connell for Bugler (66).

DUBLIN: C Dooley; S Barrett, E O’Donnell, O Gough; C Crummey, C O’Callaghan, L Rushe; D O’Connell, B Quinn; D Treacy, N McMorrow, D Burke; C Conway, R O’Dwyer, E Dillon
Subs: J Malone for Quinn (34 mins), C Boland for Conway (45), R McBride for O’Dwyer (48), F Whitely for McMorrow (62), S O’Riain for Treacy (inj, 66).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary).