Allianz NFL Division 4 – Limerick 0-11 Carlow 0-7

In Kilmallock this afternoon Limerick recorded their second win in the NFL Division 4 at the hands of Carlow, 0-11 to 0-07.

With points from John Mullane, Ger Collins, Ian Ryan 0-2, Ray Hayes & Cormac Joyce Power and several missed opportunities in front of the goals in the opening half Limerick went in at the interval 0-6 to 0-3. Debutant Brendan Moran had a fantastic penalty save in the second quarter. In the second half Limerick took their foot of the pedal for a time and went almost sixteen minutes without registering a score. Despite Carlow kicking the last three scores, Limerick held on for the victory. Over all it wasnt one of Limericks best performances, but nevertheless they picked up the vital two points.

Scorers: I Ryan 0-6, C Joyce-Power 0-2, J Mullane, R Hayes, G Collins 0-1 each.

Team: Brendan Moran, Andrew Lane, Conor Mullane, Mark ORiordan, Stephen Lavin, Shane Gallagher, Pa Ranahan, James ODonovan, Eoin Joy, John Mullane, James Ryan, Padraig Browne, Ger Collins, Cormac Joyce-Power, Ian Ryan. Subs used: Raymond Hayes for E Joy (injured), Stephen Kelly, for P Browne, Barry Fitzpatrick for A Lane, Patrick Mullins for J Mullane, John Cooke for J Ryan

Limerick now travel to Pearse Park in Longford next Saturday 20th February (2.30pm) to take on the home side.

Team News

Mickey Ned OSullivan has made three changes from last weekends starting team v. London for next Saturday’s clash with Carlow. Mungrets Brendan Moran (1)makes his NFL debut between the posts, instead of Conor Ranahan. Mark ORiordan (4) comes in at corner back for Andrew Lane and Eoin Joy (9) who is also an u21 panelist comes in for John Galvin.

Limerick by virtue of their scoring difference presently sit on the top of the league table and will be hoping to maintain that status with a win over Carlow. Carlow defeated Longford in their opening round and are positioned in second place. Results from the opening rounds last weekend clearly indicate that Division 4 will be closely contested come the final round.

Limerick Team: Brendan Moran, Shane Gallagher, Conor Mullane, Mark ORiordan, Stephen Lavin, Johnny McCarthy, Pa Ranahan, James ODonovan, Eoin Joy, John Mullane, James Ryan, Padraig Browne, Ger Collins, Cormac Joyce-Power, Ian Ryan.

Allianz NFL Division 1 – Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-12

Cork defeated Kerry by 1-12 to 0-12 in Round 2 of the Allianz National Football League Division 1 in Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday evening.

Goulding inspires 13-man Cork

From the web site

Feb 13, 2010

Thirteen-man Cork gained bragging rights over Kerry with a 1-12 to 0-12 defeat of their arch rivals in a fiery Allianz GAA National League Division One clash at Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday night. The Rebels had debutant Noel Galvin sent off for a second yellow card, while Kerry’s Paul Galvin’s and Corkman Eoin Cadogan were both shown red cards for an off-the-ball incident in the first half. However, a far more experienced Cork side coped manfully with 13 men and finished impressively to hold out for a three-point win. Eire Og clubman Daniel Goulding was irresistible for the home side, scoring six points from play, while Paul Kerrigan grabbed his third goal of the league campaign to date to set the Rebels on their way in the fourth minute.

Kerrigan gave Cork the perfect start when he rifled the ball past Brendan Kealy after a flowing Cork move. Paudie Kissane, Nicholas Murphy and Fintan Goold all exchanged passes before Kerrigan found the back of the net. Noel Galvin’s Cork debut took a nightmarish turn when referee Maurice Deegan showed him a second yellow card for a high challenge on Kieran Donaghy after 19 minutes. The game’s most contentious incident came two minutes later, when Deegan showed red cards to Kerry’s Paul Galvin and Cork defender Cadogan after the pair became involved in an off-the-ball wrestling match. Cork took a 1-4 to 0-6 lead into the half-time break, but a quickfire double from the boot of BJ Keane on the resumption of play had Kerry level. Donnacha Walsh nudged them ahead in the 40th minute, but Cork’s star man, Goulding, then found his range and terrorised the Kerry defence for the remainder of the game. Goulding fired over three points from all angles in a ten-minute period, while Michael Shields popped up in attack to put Cork three points up going into the closing stages. Kerry substitute David O’Callaghan grabbed two points back for the Kingdom, but Goulding and Kerrigan hit back to maintain Cork’s unbeaten run in the league.

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Kerry on Saturday night at 7.30pm in Páirc Uí Rinn is as follows:

1. Paddy O’Shea – St. Vincent’s

2. Ray Carey – Clyda Rovers

3. Michael Shields – St. Finbarr’s

4. Eoin Cadogan – Douglas

5. Ger Spillane – Ballygarvan

6. Paudie Kissane – Clyda Rovers

7. Aidan Walsh – Kanturk

8. Alan O’Connor – St. Colms

9. Nicholas Murphy – Carrigaline

10. Patrick Kelly – Ballincollig

11. Pearse O’Neill – Aghada

12. Paul O’Flynn – Ballyclough

13. Daniel Goulding – Eire Og

14. Donncha O’Connor – Ballydesmond

15. Paul Kerrigan – Nemo Rangers

The Kerry team to play Cork on Saturday next in Round 2 of The Allianz National Football league is as follows:

(1) Brendan Kealy Kilcummin (2) Padraig Reidy Scartaglin (3) Tommy Griffin (Dingle) (4) Adrian O’Connell St Michael’s Foilmore (5) Paudge O’Connor (Legion) (6) Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore) (7) Killian Young Renard (Captain) (8) Seamus Scanlon Currow (9) Micheál Quirke Kerins O’Rahillys (10) Paul Galvin Finuge (11) Declan O’Sullivan Piarsaigh na Dromada (12) Donnacha Walsh Cromane (13) Barry John Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys (14) Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks (15) Paul O’Connor Kenmare

Corn Uí Mhuirí Football S-Final – DLS Macroom 3-9 P.S. Chorca Dhuibhne 2-9

DLS Macroom defeated P.S. Chorca Dhuibhne / Dingle by 3-9 to 2-9 in the Corn Uí Mhuirí Football Semi-Final on Saturday at Farranfore.

Two-goal hero Ambrose too hot for Dingle as Macroom edge into final

DLS Macroom 3-9 PS Chorca Dhuibhne 2-9

Munster colleges SFC a

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday February 15 2010

Declan Ambrose scored a goal in each half at Farranfore on Saturday as 2006 champions DLS Macroom squeezed into the Corn Ui Mhuiri final. The game was on a knife edge entering the final 10 minutes, with the sides deadlocked on 1-8 apiece. In the 52nd minute, Macroom’s Tony Dineen floated in a high ball from 45 metres that was not dealt with by the Dingle defence. After some ping-pong, supersub Cathal Vaughan fired home a goal. Then five minutes later, speedy corner-forward Ambrose started and finished a magnificent move for a goal that all but assured his side of a place in the decider. Ambrose edged past Padraig O Se (son of Kerry legend Paidi) and found Declan Twomey; he passed to Greg Barrett before Ambrose himself raised the green flag.

It appeared game over, but Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne responded and counter-attacked brilliantly, with Brian O’Conaill slipping the ball into the net. The deficit was back down to a goal but the Macroom defence, inspired by Kevin Barrett, held out. Ambrose had given Macroom an early fillip when he pounced on a defensive error to finish soccer-style and put his side 1-6 to 1-5 ahead. Sean Diony O Conchuir got the first Dingle goal.

Scorers — DLS Macroom: D Ambrose 2-2, G Barrett 0-3 (0-3f), C Vaughan 1-0, B Lynch, S Down, A Hegarty, L Kelliher 0-1 each. PS Chorca Dhuibhne: S Diony O Conchuir 1-3 (1f), B O Conaill 1-0, T O Caomhanaigh 0-3 (2f), P O Murchu 0-2, G Mac an tSaoir 0-1

DLS Macroom — P O’Sullivan; J O’Connor, K Barrett, K Manning; D O’Riordan, J Kelliher, C McCarthy; B Lynch, C Ryan; S Down, A Hegarty, D Twomey; G Barrett, T Dineen, D Ambrose

Subs: C Vaughan for A Hegarty (46 mins), L Kelliher for C McCarthy (56)

PS Chorca Dhuibhne — G O Currain; E O Grifin, C O Gealbhain, M O Flannura; P O Se, A O Dubhain, R O Beaglaoi; P O Murchu, T O Caomhanaigh; B O Dubhain, M Sean O Grifin, D MacGearailt; B O Conaill, S Diony O Conchuir, G Mac an tSaoir.

Subs: S Firtear for E O Grifin (ht), C O Ceilleachair for M S O Grifin (45).

REF — M Condon (Waterford)

AIB All Ireland Club JHC 2009/2010 Final – Blackrock (Limerick) 1-18 Naomh Colum Cille (Tír Eoghain) 0-9

Limerick champions Blackrock claimed the AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Junior Club Championship title with a 1-18 to 0-9 defeat of Tyrone’s Naomh Colum Cille at Croke Park on Saturday evening. Ritchie McCarthy was the match winner for the ‘Rock with seven points of his side’s total, while Aidan Murphy hit the back of the net after just 13 minutes to give the Munster men the perfect start. McCarthy demonstrated his accuracy with two early scores before Murphy hit the back of the net, helping Blackrock to a comfortable 1-9 to 0-4 lead at the break.

Niall O’Neill did his best to get the Red Hand men back into the contest after the break with a flurry of points, but with McCarthy and Murphy in such fine form up front for the Treaty representatives, it always looked like being a bridge too far for the Ulster champions, who lost by 12 points in the end.

Report from the web site


McCarthy stars for ‘Rock

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday February 15 2010

Aidan Murphy’s magnificent goal sent Blackrock on their way to a comfortable triumph at Croke Park on Saturday. The Limerick side controlled the game throughout, after rifling over three points in the opening eight minutes. Blackrock grabbed the only goal of the contest after 13 minutes to take a commanding seven-point lead. Brian Moloney’s sweet sideline cut located Murphy, who smashed a blistering shot past Paul Maguire. Blackrock continued to inflict further damage and they went in at the break 1-9 to 0-4 ahead. Naomh Colum Cille required something special, but Blackrock, with Ritchie McCarthy outstanding, were not going to be denied. McCarthy was sharp from play and from frees, accumulating seven points as his side hurled with real conviction. Naomh Colum Cille kept plugging away admirably, but the Rockies were worthy winners.

Scorers — Blackrock: R McCarthy 0-7 (0-3fs), A Murphy 1-2, K Palmer, R O’Shaughnessy, R Murphy (0-2fs) 0-2 each, N Moloney, B Moloney, S Hennessy 0-1 each. Naomh Colum Cille: N O’Neill 0-4 (0-2fs, 1 ’65), J O’Neill, Ryan O’Neill, S McKiver, Rory O’Neill, S O’Hagan 0-1 each.

Blackrock — P Heffernan; N Hosford, T Ryan, T Clifford; R Murphy, D Moloney, N Moloney; B Moloney, S Hennessy; K Palmer, B Hennessy, R McCarthy; R O’Shaughnessy, P McGrath, A Murphy. Subs: B O’Shaughnessy for Hennessy (42), V Herbert for N Moloney (47), D Danaher for B Hennessy (51-54), K Douglas for A Murphy (54), D Danaher for Ryan (57), A Fitzgerald for Heffernan (57).

Naomh Colum Cille: P Maguire; Ryan O’Neill, R O’Neill (Mor), P Corr; D Murphy, W Lyons, A Taggart; S O’Neill, J O’Neill; Ryan O’Neill, N O’Neill, S McKiver; R O’Neill, S McKiver; Rory O’Neill, P O’Neill, S O’Hagan. Subs: T O’Hagan for Murphy (35), K Corrigan for R O’Neill (43), B Taggart for N O’Neill (48), S McKee for P O’Neill (56), E Kirwan for S O’Hagan (58).

Ref: G Duffy (Antrim)

Allianz NFL Division 2 – Kildare 1-17 Tipperary 0-8

Kildare defeated Tipperary by 1-17 to 0-8 in Round 2 of the Allianz National Football League Division 2 on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Kildare put Down defeat behind them

From the Irish Examiner web site

Saturday, February 13, 2010 – 09:29 PM

Kildare 1-16 Tipperary 0-8


A depleted Kildare put last weekend’s chastening defeat to Down behind them with a comfortable victory over 14-man Tipperary at a sparsely attended Semple Stadium tonight. Kieran McGeeney was without seven front line players through suspension and injury, and will be worried about further knocks picked up by Hugh McGrillen and Anthony Rainbow that necessitated their substitutions during the game. The evergreen Rainbow impressed in an unusual role at centre-forward, while Ken Donnelly did his cause no harm for a more regular starting role and James Kavanagh finished with an eight-point haul. Midfielder Daryl Flynn was the most influential figure on the field however, displaying tremendous fielding skills to go with a keen work ethic. Donnelly struck the net in the sixth minute, having been placed expertly by Mark Scanlon, to give Kildare an early four-point lead and it was an advantage they held until half time. Conor Sweeney and Barry Grogan did get on the score sheet for the home side but Kavanagh tagged on three points of his own to give Kildare a 1-5 to 0-4 interval lead.

Kavanagh, Karl Ennis and Padraig O’Neill kept the scoreboard ticking over after the resumption and when Tipp midfielder Hugh Coghlan was sent off in the 50th minute after an off-the-ball incident involving Flynn, it was curtains for the home side. Both sides emptied their benches as the result became inevitable. Tipp replacement, Stephen Hahessy did kick two fine points from play but it was all Kildare, with Flynn covering every blade of grass on the field. O’Neill brought his tally to three with a beauty with the outside of his right boot and Dermot Earley produced the loudest cheer of the night courtesy of a wonderful point on the run from 40m. The defeat leaves Tipperary facing a tough battle to retain their newfound Division 2 status already, while Kildare will hope to build on this morale-boosting win to make a stab at promotion to the top tier.

Kildare: S McCormack; A Mac Lochlainn, H McGrillen, E Bolton; M Foley, B Flanagan, M Scanlon; D Flynn, D Earley 0-1; D Whyte, A Rainbow, P O’Neill 0-3; K Ennis 0-4(3fs), J Kavanagh 0-8(5fs), K Donnelly 1-0. Subs: D Hendy for McGrillen inj (32); R Sweeney for Rainbow inj (46); H Lynch for White (60); D Lyons for Bolton (65)

Tipperary: M O’Donnell; C Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; R Costigan, N Curran, C Aylward; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; J Cagney 0-1, S Grogan P Acheson; C Sweeney 0-3(2fs), P Austin, B Grogan 0-2(1f). Subs: B Mulvhill for Cagney (40); B Coen for S Grogan (47); A Rockett for Austin (53); S Hahessy 0-2 for B Grogan (61); C McGrath for Codd (66)

Referee: A Mangan (Kerry)
Improved Kildare prove too strong

From the Irish Times newspaper

Kildare 1-17 Tipperary 0-8

KILDARE MANAGER Kieran McGeeney was not getting carried away by his side’s 12-point win at Semple Stadium on Saturday night. “We have a long way to go”, the former Armagh star said, but added, “any win is a good win after last week”. McGeeney said that Kildare were much improved on last week when they lost to Down. “We are not as good as some might think, but we are not as bad as last week. We have Donegal next and they will be tough. The big pitch suited us . We played Tipperary twice last year and we got our fill with them. We came here with a point to prove and we did just that.” A Ken Donnelly goal for Kildare after five minutes put them in the driving seat and they never looked back. Dermot Earley might have had a second for them nearing half-time, but Ciarán McDonald took the ball off the Tipperary line. Kildare led 1-5 to 0-4 at the interval. Tipperary then had midfielder Hugh Coghlan red-carded for a rash tackle on Darryl Flynn in the 50th minute. It was an impressive showing by Kildare with key performances from Darryl Flynn, Dermot Earley, Hugh McGrillen, James Kavanagh and Karl Ennis.

KILDARE: S McCormack; A MacLochlainn, J McGrillen, E Bolton; M Foley, B Flanagan, M Scanlon; D Flynn, D Earley(0-1); D Whyte(0-1), A Rainbow, P O Neill (0-3); K Donnelly (1-0), K Ennis (0-4,2f), J Kavanagh (0-7, 4fs). Subs: D Hendy for McGrillen; R Sweeney for Rainbow; H Lynch for Whyte; K Cribbin (0-1) for Foley; D Lyons for Bolton.

TIPPERARY: M O’Donnell; C Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; R Costigan, N Curran, C Aylward; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; J Cagney(0-1), P Austin, P Acheson; C Sweeney (0-3,1f), S Grogan, B Grogan (0-2, 1f); Subs: B Mulvihill for Cagney; B Coen for S Grogan; A Rockett for Austin; S Hahessy (0-2) for B Grogan; C McGrath for Codd.

Referee: A Mangan (Kerry).

Match Preview

Tipperary v Kildare

From the web site

Friday, 12 February 2010 08:44

There will be two particularly precious league points on offer at Semple Stadium on Saturday night. Both Tipperary and Kildare slipped up last weekend and another defeat for either side will leave them staring at a relegation dogfight. Tipp would have expected to find life in Division 2 tough, as their two successive promotions has brought them to a level not many of their Premier predecessors have experienced. They certainly must have felt like ducks out of water when found themselves ten points down at the break in Portlaoise last weekend.

Most neutral observers would find merit in the fact that Tipp regrouped in the second half and were eventually only beaten by two points. Moral victories do not sit well with Tipp supremo John Evans, however, and he said – somewhat ominously – afterwards that he believed his troops were out of their depth. Kildare will hardly be in much better humour when they arrive in Thurles. The Lilywhites were well beaten by Down last week, though admittedly they were without talisman John Doyle as he sat the game out through suspension. Manager Kieran McGeeney mood had already been soured by the news that Morgan O’Flaherty had his appeal against an eight-week ban thrown out.

Kildare were confident that they had proof that O’Flaherty was the victim of mistaken identity in their O’Byrne Cup melee with Laois, but the Leinster Council’s Central Hearing Committee thought otherwise, leaving McGeeney to label the disciplinary system a ‘joke’. Kildare have improved considerably since ‘Geezer’ took over, and will be a force to be reckoned with in Leinster, and perhaps beyond, come the Championship. However, it is a case of now or never for Tipp, and their absolute need to get off the mark could be the deciding factor.

Verdict: Tipperary