Allianz NHL Division 3A – Kerry 2-12 Derry 1-7

Kerry defeated Derry by 2-12 to 1-7 in Round 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A on Sunday in Celtic Park Derry.

Team News

The Kerry V Derry Sun 21st of February in Celtic Park 2.30pm is as follows:

1 John Brendan O’Halloran Kilmoyley

2 Colin Harris Kilmoyley

3 Aidan Healy Abbeydorney

4 Andrew Keane Crotta O’Neills

5 James Godley Kilmoyley

6 Liam Boyle Ballyduff

7 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

8 Mike Conway Lixnaw

9 John Griffin Lixnaw

10 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

11 Gary O’Brien Ballyduff

12 Shane Brick, Capt Kilmoyley

13 Michael Boyle Ballyduff

14 John Mike Dooley Causeway

15 Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

16 Nicky Leen Ballyduff

17 Jason Casey Ballyheigue

18 David Fitzelle Kilmoyley

19 Eoin Sheehy Kilmoyley

20 James Flaherty Lixnaw

21 Sean Young Kilmoyley

22 Sean Maunsell Kilmoyley

23 James McCarthy Kilmoyley

24 Brian O’Leary Abbeydorney

25 Colm Harty Causeway

26 Ronan Kenny Ballyheigue

27 Padraigh Monson Causeway

28 Richard Nolan Crotta O’Neills

29 Niall Young Kilmoyley

30 Turlough Bonnar Cashel King Cormacs, Tipperary

AIB All Ireland Club SFC 2009/2010 S-Final – Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) 1-14 Portlaoise (Laois) 0-8

Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) defeated Portlaoise (Laois) by 1-14 to 0-8 in the AIB GAA Football All Ireland Senior Club Championship 2009/2010 Semi-Final on Sunday in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Kilmurry-Ibrickane through to Club final

Feb 21, 2010

From the GAA.ie web site

Kilmurry-Ibrickane are through to their first ever AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship final after a 1-14 to 0-8 win over 13-man Portlaoise at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday. The Laois champions’ task was made all the more difficult when Brian Mulligan was shown a straight red card after 39 seconds, before Brian McCormack joined him in the dressing rooms when he was shown a second yellow card after the break. Michael O’Dwyer and captain Enda Coughlan kicked the Clare men into an early lead before McCormack and Barry Fitzgerald hit back for Portlaoise. However, Kilmurry hit a purple patch towards the end of the half, hitting four points without reply, as Ian McInerney, Noel Downes (2) and Michael O’Dwyer helped them to a 0-7 to 0-2 lead.

McInerney struck just before half-time as the Banner men claimed a 0-9 to 0-4 lead at the break. They hit the first two points of the second half to streak further ahead, before former Celtic soccer star Paul Cahillane pulled one back for the Laois champions. However, the game changed midway through the second half, as Portlaoise had a goal disallowed before Kilmurry settled the outcome when Downes hit the back of the net after a clever pass from substitute Mark McCarthy to give his side a 1-11 to 0-5 lead. Fitzgerald and Cahir Healy did grab points back for Portlaoise at the death, but Kilmurry-Ibrickane cruised to victory in the end on a 1-14 to 0-8 scoreline.

Kilmurry secure Clare’s first

By SEÁN MORAN GAA correspondent for the Irish Times Newspaper

THE GAA’S Central Competitions Control Committee will be awaiting the report of referee Michael Duffy after unruly scenes in yesterday’s AIB All-Ireland club football semi-final in Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds. Hot favourites Portlaoise ended up losing to Clare champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane and in the process had two players sent off, triggering furious protests from the Leinster champions at both half-time and on the final whistle when Sligo official Duffy, a brother of last year’s All-Ireland referee Marty, had to be escorted off the field by gardaí­ after being accosted by a Portlaoise supporter. Within 15 seconds of the start Portlaoise wing back Brian Mulligan had launched a high tackle on Kilmurry’s Shane Hickey and the referee showed him a straight red card. At half-time Duffy was confronted by Portlaoise officials, including manager John Mulligan, father of the dismissed player.

Speaking afterwards Mulligan senior was again critical of the referee. “I thought it was a joke. If the man has a conscience, he won’t sleep for a long time. I don’t want to sound a bad loser but it was an absolute joke of a refereeing decision. The man seemed to be out to make a name for himself. “He (Mulligan junior) caught him a bit high, it was definitely a free but a yellow would have sufficed. There is no such thing as consistency. One of their players came in as a sub, hopped off one of our lads and the referee did nothing. I asked him about it at half-time and he wasn’t going to entertain me.” Mulligan’s Kilmurry-Ibrickane counterpart Michéal McDermott not surprisingly saw things differently, saying the referee had made the right call in showing a red card. “The referee made a call on the dangerous tackle early on and if that happens, you’ve to go off for it. I thought he did a good job today and it was sad to see the scenes on the field there with the referee.” The second sending-off took place nine minutes into the second half when Portlaoise cenrefielder Brian McCormack was dismissed for a second yellow card. The first had been issued in injury-time at the end of the first half for dissent and the second for a foul.

It was the fourth time since winning the Clare championship Kilmurry have found themselves up against 14 men and they exploited the advantage with great efficiency in a performance of sustained commitment, against which Portlaoise appeared to lose their composure, going down to a heavy 0-8 to 1-14 defeat. Kilmurry will be Clare’s first representatives in the St Patrick’s Day football final but their opponents won’t be known until next weekend at the earliest, as yesterday’s other scheduled semi-final, between Galway’s Corofin and St Gall’s of Belfast, was postponed because overnight snow in Dublin left Parnell Park unplayable. The CCCC will today confirm refixture details for all of the weekend’s postponed matches but it is expected the Corofin-St Gall’s encounter will go ahead at the same venue next Saturday at 2pm (the Dublin hurlers are at home to Tipperary in the NHL the following day).

A mighty blow struck for Banner

Kilmurry-Ibrickane 1-14 Portlaoise 0-8

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 22, 2010

GIVEN its impoverished recent history, yesterday in the Gaelic Grounds was a momentous afternoon for Clare football. Despite the favouritism tag being attached to Portlaoise, Kilmurry-Ibrickane conjured up a powerful performance in this All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final. In the process they ensured that there will be a Banner county representative in the St Patrick’s Day club football showpiece next month for the first time ever.

This was no fluke victory. Kilmurry-Ibrickane had the best performers on the pitch and their sideline operators had a key input as well. The post-match revelation that the template for victory was borrowed from their illustrious football neighbours to the south was highly intriguing. On Saturday night manager Michéal McDermott sat his squad down and whipped out a copy of last summer’s All-Ireland quarter-final between Kerry and Dublin from the video vault. The genesis of Kerry’s success that day was their blistering start as they capitalised on Dublin’s long spell in cold storage. McDermott surmised that the circumstances before yesterday’s game were a replica and instructed his players to produce a hurricane opening. They duly obliged to blow Portlaoise away in the first-half and ahead by 0-9 to 0-4 by half-time, they were firmly on course for a final placing.

Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s cause was certainly helped by a dramatic opening to the game as Portlaoise’s numbers were cut to 14 when wing-back Brian Mulligan was dismissed after a mere 40 seconds for a reckless challenge on Shane Hickey. That shocking start clearly unsettled Portlaoise and the subsequent outpourings of vitriol from members of their camp at half-time were not beneficial either. Then the second-half dismissal of captain Brian McCormack for a second yellow card was the final nail in Portlaoise’s coffin as they lost one of their better exponents on the day.

But those controversies should not deflect from Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s brilliant showing. Overall it was not a spiteful game with the defining feature being Kilmurry’s superiority rather than Portlaoise’s sending-off’s. Kilmurry-Ibrickane exploited the early good fortune of being handed a spare man as Enda Coughlan and Evan Talty alternated intelligently to fill that role in the half-back line. That helped them to construct a barrier to repel Portlaoise’s attacking advances, and further back Mark Killeen and Martin McMahon kept a tight rein on Paul Cahillane and Colm Byrne.

Cahillane entered the game with a gilded attacking reputation from Portlaoise’s Leinster campaign, but Kilmurry-Ibrickane identified him as a threat and went about blunting his impact from the word go. They forced Cahillane onto his weaker right foot on several occasions and the one goal opening he had in the 20th minute became fruitless when the Kilmurry-Ibrickane defence swarmed around him and turned over possession.

Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s attacking play was strikingly good from the start as well. Scoring has not been their forte in this campaign but they reversed that trend by cutting loose in front of goal here. Several of their forwards hit full speed from the outset with Ian McInerney’s freetaking and playmaking exemplary, Stephen Moloney’s hard work seeing him shine on the left flank, and Michael O’Dwyer and Noel Downes both emerging as attacking diamonds inside.

By the close of the first quarter Kilmurry-Ibrickane were 0-5 to 0-2 ahead and that was a reward for their swift passing movements which created chances. Their excellent work ethic was maintained for the rest of the half as Portlaoise defenders found it extremely difficult to clear their lines and points by Michael and Peter O’Dwyer, and Downes left them 0-8 to 0-3 up by the 26th minute. It was proving to be a miserable occasion for Portlaoise who relied on the promptings of Cahir Healy, McCormack and Craig Rogers to keep them afloat.

McCormack appeared the only attacking card they possessed and he kicked two tremendous points in the opening period. But the half ended in adversity for him as he picked up a costly yellow card in injury-time for protesting to referee Michael Duffy about the build-up play to a Kilmurry-Ibrickane free. It seemed valid to complain as Noel Downes touched the ball on the ground but the Clare side got the break and McInerney’s free gave them a five-point cushion at the break. Once it became apparent early in the second-half that Kilmurry-Ibrickane were going to maintain the high standards and tempo of their football, they never looked like being defeated.

It was 0-11 to 0-5 when McCormack saw the line in the 39th minute and then the match was killed off when Downes beautifully finished to the net five minutes later after a perceptive pass by substitute Mark McCarthy. Kilmurry-Ibrickane confirmed their superiority in the closing stages with their most celebrated name Odhran O’Dwyer jumping off the bench to claim a wonderful score at the death and seal a handsome eight-point win.

Scorers for Kilmurry-Ibrickane: N Downes 1-2, I McInerney 0-4 (0-3f, 0-1 ‘45), M O’Dwyer 0-3, J Daly 0-2 (0-2f), E Coughlan, P O’Dwyer, O O’Dwyer 0-1 each.

Portlaoise: P Cahillane 0-3 (0-2f), B Fitzgerald (0-2f), B McCormack 0-2 each, C Healy 0-1.

KILMURRY-IBRICKANE: D O’Brien; D Hickey, M Killeen, M McMahon; S Hickey, E Coughlan, E Talty; P O’Connor, P O’Dwyer; M Hogan, I McInerney, S Moloney; M O’Dwyer, O O’Dwyer, N Downes.

Subs: M McCarthy for Moloney (43), O O’Dwyer for Downes (46), B Moloney for Talty (58).

PORTLAOISE: M Nolan; E Bland, K Fitzpatrick, M McNulty; B Mulligan, C Healy, K Lillis; A Fennelly, B McCormack; C Boyle, B Fitzgerald, B Glynn; P Cahillane, C Byrne, C Rogers.

Subs: T Fitzgerald for Byrne (half-tine), B Smith for Glynn (42), J Fennell for Boyle (49), P McNulty for Cahillane (55).

Referee: Michael Duffy (Sligo)

Allianz NHL Division 2 – Clare 2-20 Down 0-6

Clare defeated Down by 2-20 to 0-6 in Round 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League Division 2 on Sunday in Cusack Park Ennis.

Flaherty stars in Banner blitz

Clare 2-20 Down 0-6

By Jim O’Sullivan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 22, 2010

BACK in 1993, he burst on the national scene as a third-minute injury replacement in a Munster championship victory over Limerick at Cusack Park before going on to play a major role in the Banner’s breakthrough in the All-Ireland series. Yesterday, at the same venue, new team boss Ger O’Loughlin, better known as ‘Sparrow,’ watched from the sideline as Clare blitzed an eager but weak Down side in the first round of the Allianz League. Afterwards, he articulated his hopes for re-building the team, following the trauma of the player revolt which unseated Mike McNamara – but with the boost of a first title in the U21 grade inspiring hope for a brighter future.

As the scoreline suggests, this was virtually all one-way traffic, notably with the sum of Down wides over the two halves comparable to Clare’s points total. And, while it was by no means a one-man show, the contribution of 2-10 by full-forward Mark Flaherty from intermediate side Killanena was the game’s chief talking point. Down over nighted in Ennis after a six-hour bus journey (reportedly refusing an earlier start that would have facilitated supporters wishing to see the club game in the Gaelic Grounds), so manager Gerard Monan wasn’t able to put forward weariness as an excuse. Instead, he accepted that Clare were a more experienced outfit, praised his players for their effort and was honest enough to accept that they ‘need a bit of shooting practice’.

Clare were seven points clear before Down got the first of their four first-half scores and that was in the 22nd minute following the sixth of nine wides during the period. Flaherty was prominent from an early stage, as were wing-forwards Sean Collins (first) and Jonathan Clancy and overall Clare were easily controlling the game. Other factors included a more dominant midfield, where captain Brian O’Connell operated after filling the number six jersey in the Waterford Crystal campaign and a more than competent defence where U21 star Cian Dillon was very comfortable at full-back and Brendan Bugler showed the value of his experience in the right corner. Flaherty got the first goal in the 31st minute, but without the excellence of Graham Clarke’s goalkeeping over the course of the opening quarter, Clare could have had three or four in the bag by then. It was 1-13 to 0-4 at the break (with Flaherty hitting 1-8) and the pattern of the game changed little on the resumption.

Down opted to use three players at midfield, leaving Dillon on his own for a while and while a series of substitutes helped them to maintain a spirited challenge, a continuing weakness in their finishing seriously limited them. Nearing the end of the game, Bugler prevented a Down goal before Flaherty found the net in the last minute of normal time. The Clare manager admitted to being happy with the overall display, pointing out that while the panel has been together for seven weeks, they have ‘very little hurling’ done. “I thought we played quite well in the first half, (but) we were poor enough for 20/25 minutes of the second half. That’s something we have to work on over the next couple of weeks. Against stronger opposition we’d be punished, but it’s a learning process for everybody. And we learned a good bit out of today as well.’’

Ultimately, O’Loughlin views the challenge of getting back to the first division as being of ‘the utmost importance’. The target for the Down boss is to pick up eight points, to avoid finishing near the bottom of the group. “Okay the scoreboard looks bad, but I was very proud of them. They worked, they hit wides but they still responded in the right way and fair play to them. They are training hard, the commitment is excellent and they are bonding together well.”

Scorers for Clare: M Flaherty 2-10; J Clancy 0-3; O Murphy and S Collins 0-2 each; P Donnellan (free), B O’Connell and D McMahon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Down: P Braniff 0-4 (0-2 frees); J Coyle and C Woods (free) 0-1 each.

Subs for Clare: J Conlon for Clancy (51); C Ryan for N O’Connell (55); D McMahon for Lynch (64); D Barrett for Collins (68).

Subs for Down: J McCusker for Coyle (48); P Flynn for Teague (52); E McGuinness for Keith (56); S Conlon for E Clarke (60); M Hughes for L Clarke (66).

Referee: M Haverty (Galway)

Team News

Clare (SH v Down): P Brennan; P Vaughan, C Dillon, B Bugler; D O’Donovan, B O’Connell (captain), P Donnellan; J Clancy, N O’Connell; S Collins, J Conlon, F Lynch; D Honan, M Flaherty, M Ogie Murphy.

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Cork 1-22 Offaly 1-11

Cork defeated Offaly by 1-22 to 1-11 in Round 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League on Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Rousing start for Rebels

Cork 1-22 Offaly 1-11

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 22, 2010

A SECOND-HALF scoring burst put Cork in an unassailable position in this Division 1 NHL clash with Offaly in Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday. The sides were level at half- time but the Leesiders’ accuracy in the first ten minutes of the second-half, scoring five points to Offaly’s one, gave them a lead they never relinquished. Offaly manager Joe Dooley admitted as much after the game: “It was disappointing in the end but Cork overran us in the second-half, they were very strong. “They probably had their strongest team out in the end, they’re household names. I’m proud of my lads and we can take positives from the game, but it’s still disappointing to lose.”

His Cork counterpart Denis Walsh agreed that the second-half was the period when his players did the damage. “We dropped the tempo in the first half for maybe ten minutes, but in the second-half I thought we showed what we could do. “If we could maintain the tempo we showed there, we could trouble anyone. We asked the lads to transfer their fitness and their hurling into 70 minutes, and we certainly did that in the second-half for 30 minutes.” Both sides needed time to settle in the first-half, with most players’ touch showing a little rust. Aisake O hAilpín shone early for Cork, winning three frees which Patrick Horgan converted, while Joe Bergin mirrored his industry up front for Offaly.

Early on, the game became a shoot-out between free-takers – Horgan of Cork and Joe Dooley of Offaly. Two classy efforts from play from Horgan nudged Cork towards a three-point half-time lead, but Dooley, unerring, rattled over three frees in the last five minutes of the half to see them go into the dressing-rooms level on nine points apiece. The closest either side came to a goal chance was a fine Conor Mahon shot, which Donal Óg Cusack saved well.

Cork were slow out of the dressing-rooms for the second-half, but they motored as soon as they were back on the field. Kieran Murphy, Horgan (two), Mark O’Sullivan and Niall McCarthy all pointed, with Offaly only having a Dooley free to show for their efforts. “We had a chance of a goal and then we missed a handy point. Cork took a quick puck-out and went down and got the goal. That was the turning point, and it finished the game,” the Offaly boss admitted. And he was right. Shane Dooley’s snappy first-time pull yielded a goal that brought Offaly within two points of Cork, 1-10 to 0-15 on 55 minutes, but when John Gardiner delivered a long ball into the Offaly square three minutes later, Aisake O hAilpín showed a nice touch to flick home when the chance seemed gone. Cork went on to close the game out with points from Horgan, Murphy and Gardiner – and from sub Michael Cussen, who impressed when brought on.

Headline writers will relish the opportunity for ‘Twin Towers’ puns, but Cussen operated in the half-forward line, with fellow skyscraper Aisake O hAilpín on the edge of the square. On yesterday’s evidence the two men, each of them 6’ 7″, look like they can be accommodated in the one team, if not in the same line on the field. “Cork will take some beating this year,” said Dooley at the finish. “We held our own in the first-half and if we’d gotten a goal in the first-half… but it’s all about the second-half. That’s the half that matters.” Walsh was frank at the final whistle: “The game was like the championship game last year,” he said. “The scoreline probably flattered us a bit. Offaly more than held their own and were quite dangerous. The goal we got pulled us away a little bit. Now we have another game in six days and we’re focused on that, and on getting two points. After that there’s a bit of a break, and then we have the Kilkenny game.” Cork face Limerick next week, but nobody is putting the visit of the All-Ireland champions out of their minds.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-9 (5f), K Murphy 0-5, J Gardiner 0-4 (3f), A O hAilpín 1-0, N McCarthy 0-2, M O’Sullivan & M Cussen 0-1 each.

Scorers for Offaly: S Dooley 1-8 (6f, 1’65’), B Carroll, C Mahon & C Parlon 0-1 each.

Subs for Cork: E Cadogan for Cunningham (ht), C McCarthy for O’Sullivan 50; M Cussen for N McCarthy 62; F O’Leary for McLoughin 64; R Ryan for S Óg O hAilpín 69.

Subs for Offaly: K Brady for Oakley 40, D Currams for Parlon 58, Molloy for Carroll 65.

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)

Team News

Offaly (NHL v Cork) — J Dempsey; J Rigney, P Cleary, D Kenny; D Horan, G Oakley, D Morkan, D Hayden, R Hanniffy; B Carroll, J Bergin, C Mahon; C Parlon, G Healion, S Dooley

The Cork Senior Hurling Team to Play Offaly on Sunday is as follows:

1. Donal Óg Cusack (Cloyne)

2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)

3. David Cunningham (Glen Rovers)

4. Shane Murphy ( Erin’s Own)

5. Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers)

6. Ronan Curran (St. Finbarr’s)

7. Seán Óg Ó hAilpín (Na Piarsaigh)

8. John Gardiner (Na Piarsaigh)

9. Tom Kenny (Grenagh)

10. Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk)

11. Mark O’Sullivan (Dripsey)

12. Niall McCarthy (Carrigtwohill)

13. Kieran Murphy (Sars – Capt)

14. Aisake Ó hAilpín (Na Piarsaigh)

15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

16. Martin Coleman (Ballinhassig)

17. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)

18. Kevin Hartnett (Russell Rovers)

19. Ray Ryan (Sarsfields)

20. Aidan Ryan (Midleton)

21. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields)

22. Graham Calnan (Glen Rovers)

23. Michael Cussen (Sarsfields)

24. Fintan O’Leary (Ballinhassig)

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Galway 1-18 Limerick 1-11

Galway defeated Limerick by 1-18 to 1-11 in Round 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday in Kilmallock.

Galway survive Limerick test

Limerick 1-11 Galway 1-18

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 22, 2010

THE ‘hair-dryer’ dressing- room treatment of one of his under-achieving teams by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is legendary in sport at this stage, but if there is anyone in the GAA who would give the great man a run for his money, it’s Galway’s fiery hurling manager John McIntyre. Consider then what the Galway dressing-room was like at half-time of yesterday’s NHL opener against Limerick. Because of the well-documented problems between the panel of 2009 – 25 of whom have either been dropped or have walked away – and manager Justin McCarthy, Limerick had practically a new team taking the field in the superb Kilmallock venue and were expected to be mere fodder for a high-flying Galway side that had recently won its first competition in Leinster, the Walsh Cup. Yet, and to the delight of a large and vocal local following, it was the underdogs with their noses in front at the break, 1-7 to 0-9, and full value for that lead.

Their goal had come in the 14th minute, a blistering finish by Cathal Mullane off a super Paudie McNamara cross, which put Limerick ahead for the first time in the game, (1-2 to 0-3). From there to the break Limerick continued to hurl with great skill and spirit. Half-backs Lorcan O’Dwyer, Andrew Brennan and Cathal King formed a very impressive line, midfielders Nicky Quaid and Paul Browne provided a steady supply of good ball to forwards Brian O’Sullivan, Graeme Mulcahy and Paudie McNamara (all members of the 2009 panel) who were impressive up front. A shock of massive proportions was really on the cards. Forget the hair-dryer – the foliage on the trees in the nearby Ballyhouras were in danger of being blown away in the blistering barrage from McIntyre. “A few choice words,” Galway keeper James Skehill admitted afterwards. “But they didn’t fall on deaf ears, we utilised it in the second half.”

They did, but only after an early scare when McNamara’s powerfully hit penalty (Alan O’Connor fouled by Pat Holland) was deflected out for a 65 by Damien Joyce. As it was Galway weathered that early storm, and a number of substitutions – most notably the experienced Fergal Moore and John Lee coming into the defence, the powerful Iarla Tannian and Niall Healy joining the attack – made all the difference as the Tribesmen eventually pulled away. An encouraging display then by Limerick, though manager McCarthy remained tight-lipped afterwards. “We played very well, showed great heart and determination,” he conceded. “Maybe if we scored the penalty that could have changed the result but in fairness I was delighted with the way they competed.”

Defied the forecasts of a lot of people? “I would say so, yeah. There was massive support, which was great.” The major question, however – has it secured his own position? “Ah now, now, now…” was all Justin would say to that. The aforementioned John McIntyre, however, who also doubles as sports editor of the Connacht Tribune, had his own views. The Limerick performance, while laudatory on many levels, wasn’t at all unexpected, but should be put in perspective, he reckoned: “What happened here today vindicates Justin McCarthy to some extent.

“They still lost the match and what happens now is up to the county board and the people involved in Limerick hurling. This was a fixture that had danger (for Galway) written all over it. Cork’s best performance last year under similar circumstances was against Tipperary in Thurles – they carried no baggage into the game. We expected this young Limerick side to have a right go at us and they did – we had to unload the bench to dig us out of trouble. “What people shouldn’t forget (however) is that one third of our team today was making their National League debut so we were inexperienced in a lot of positions as well, and it’s a learning curve. It’s very hard to just be slotted into a county team and see your career take off instantly.

“You have to serve your apprenticeship and maybe we were on a bit of a hiding to nothing after going up and beating Dublin last Sunday. Every match is different, a big Limerick following turned out today – maybe there was a curiosity factor, I don’t know, but we had a job to do. “We made hard work of it, I think that’s attributable to the way Limerick battled but we got there in the end, and have to focus in on the Waterford game in Pearse Stadium next Sunday.” Having seen them up close, is this Limerick team now capable of progressing from this, perhaps win a few games, avoid relegation? “I have no idea,” he said. “In some ways this was their easiest fixture.”

Scorers for Galway: G Farraher 0-6 (3f, 1s/l); I Tannian 1-2; C Donnellan 0-3; N Cahalan 0-2; N Hayes, D Burke, A Harte, N Healy, T Óg Regan (f), 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: A O’Connor 0-6 (5f, 1’65); C Mullane 1-0; B O’Sullivan 0-2; G Mulcahy 0-2; P McNamara 0-1.

Subs for Galway: F Moore for Holland, 42; N Healy for Harte, 47; I Tannian for Hayes, 47; J Lee for Hynes, 64; D Collins for Burke, 69. Blood – E Ryan for Callanan, 31/35.

Subs for Limerick: T O’Brien (Patrickswell) for Owens, 50; P Harty for Mullane, 61; D Madden for Quaid, 64.

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Waterford 4-13 Dublin 0-12

Waterford defeated Dublin by 4-13 to 0-12 in Round 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday in Walsh Park Waterford.

Waterford opened their Allianz GAA National League Division One campaign in style with a 4-13 to 0-12 win over Dublin at Walsh Park on Sunday. The Déise, who were missing several of their most recognisable names, led 1-10 to 0-6 at the break before hitting three goals in the second half to condemn the Dubs to a worrying opening day defeat. Of more pressing concern to Dublin boss Anthony Daly, however, will be the well-being of All Star forward Alan McCrabbe, who was taken to hospital in an ambulance after suffering a leg injury. The game was held up for ten minutes as the Craobh Chiaráin clubman received attention on the field after the second half incident. Waterford raced into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead thanks to two Maurice Shanahan points and a goal from former dual star Gary Hurney

Shanahan, the younger brother of 2007 Vodafone Hurler of the Year, scored 0-5 in total in the first half, while Kevin Moran was on target just before the break to give the Déise a seven-point advantage at the change of ends. Moran nudged Davy Fitzgerald’s charges further ahead on the resumption of play, before Shane Walsh hit the back of the net after a neat move involving Stephen Molumphy and Moran. David Treacy hit back for the Dubs, but Waterford were far too strong and eased to victory in the end, with Molumphy adding a third goal and Moran crowning a superb display with his side’s fourth.

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Team News

Waterford (NHL v Dublin) – C Hennessey; J Meagher, L Lawlor, N Connors; D Prendergast, M walsh, J Murray; J Nagle, R Foley; M Shanahan, K Moran, T Connors; S Walsh, G Hurney, S Molumphy (capt).

Dubin (NHL v Waterford) – Gary Maguire, Niall Corcoran, Tomás Brady, Óisin Gough, Stephen Hiney, Ronan Fallon, Maurice O’Brien, Johnny McCaffrey, Joseph Boland, Peter Kelly, Liam Rushe, Shane Durkin, David Treacy, Kevin Flynn, Alan McCrabbe.
Subs – Alan Nolan, Dave Byrne, Michael Carton, Simon Lambert, David Curtin, Shane Ryan, John Kelly, Peadar Carton, David O’Callaghan.

Corn an Uachtaráin SF B Final – Clonmel CBS 1-9 Midleton CBS 0-4

Clonmel CBS defeated Midleton CBS by 1-9 to 0-4 in the Corn an Uachtaráin Senior B Football Munster Colleges Final on Sunday in Mallow.

Corn Uí Mhuirí Football S-Final – St. Brendan’s, Killarney 2-7 Col.na Sceilge Cahirciveen 0-12

St. Brendan’s, Killarney defeated Col.na Sceilge Cahirciveen by 2-7 to 0-12 in the Corn Uí Mhuirí Football Semi-Final on Sunday in Milltown.