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Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Final – Thurles CBS 1-12 Ard Scoil Ris 1-12

Dr. Harty Cup Final

Thurles CBS 1-12 Ard Scoil Ris 1-12

By Cathal Ryan

A last gasp free from Ard Scoil Ris corner forward John Fitzgibbon meant that both sides will have to square up again as the Dr Harty Cup Final ended in a dramatic draw Sunday afternoon in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh. The throw in was delayed as a big crowd of 3,000 clambered through the turn styles in anticipation of this Munster Senior Hurling Colleges Final between last year’s champions Thurles CBS and maiden finalists Ard Scoil Ris. The wind gusted towards the town end of the ground and Ard Scoil Ris began with the breeze behind them. In a fiery opening to proceedings the Limerick men pounced as early as the sixth minute with a great solo effort from full forward Kevin Downes who ran 30 yards with the ball glued to the stick before riffling a shot that Aidan Stakelum in the Thurles goal couldn’t keep out. Thurles trailed their opponents from this point until the 10th minute of the second half when much coveted centre back Denis Maher, who was now playing as a forward, whipped on a breaking ball off his right hand side to find the net after it had broken kindly on the on the 14 yard line. This levelled the scores and although the game ebbed and flowed one way and another it was the Tipperary side that led going into the closing stages. Deep into injury time Ard Scoil Ris were handed one final opportunity to level the score with a free given by match official Sean Casey. John Fitzgibbon showed tremendous character in slotting over the free after being substituted late in the first half only to be reintroduced midway through the second period.

On closer assessment the men in the blue and gold of Thurles will be disappointed that they allowed victory be snatched from their grasp at the death. They fired wide on six occasions in the final six minutes but overall this was a gutsy display without one of their key forwards Aidan McCormack who was suspended for the final. The Limerick men will be happy to get another attempt at lifting the crown but they also can look back with some sense of regret having given their opponents all of their first half scores from frees conceded that kept Thurles in touch. The men in black and yellow pounced first when centre forward Declan Hannon converted a first minute free and although Thurles replied promptly through a Mike O Brien free it was the Limerick boys who tagged on two more points very quickly through Niall Kennedy and Declan Hannon. Things were not going well for the Tipp men at this stage and in the fifth minute it took an amazing last stitch tackle from corner back Stephen Maher to prevent a certain goal for John Fitzgibbon. Hannon scored the resulting 65 and a minute later Downes glided in for goal. Thurles CBS began to find their feet and impish corner forward Mike O Brien was proving a real threat winning and converting two frees, before Fitzgibbon converted a dead ball to keep the Limerick sides lead at five points after the first quarter.

The champions kept in touch through frees from O Brien and one from Pat Ralph when O Brien was upended and receiving treatment to leave the margin between the sides at just two points 1-6 to 0-7 come half time. The second period began with a lovely strike off his left hand side by O Brien to put the minimum between the sides. However Ard Scoil Ris were not going to roll over and Declan Hannon slotted two frees to push the gap back out to three points before Denis Maher scored the equalising goal. The tension mounted out on the field and the action although highly competitive became fractured and it was two more frees from Hannon that looked to reassert the black and yellow boys advantage.

The defending champions dug deep and narrowed through an O Brien free in the 47th minute and then two sublime scores from play through Pat Ralph and Denis Maher gave them the lead for the first time in the contest.

From the 53rd minute to the 63rd minute both sides try as they might were unable to find the target until the reintroduced Fitzgibbon stood up to the pressure put Ard Scoil Ris level in the forth added minute. The replay has been fixed for next Saturday afternoon at 3p.m. in the same venue and promises to be another nail biting encounter.


Thurles CBS: Aidan Stakelum; Stephen Maher, Cathal Carroll, James Bourke; Cathal Barrett, Denis Maher(1-1), John Meagher; Pa Dunne, Pat Ralph(0-2,1F); Niall O Brien, Philip Looby, John Bergin; Cian Treacy, Darragh Devane, Mike O Brien(0-9,8F). Subs: Brian Campion for C. Treacy (H/T), Tommy Doyle for D. Devane (47).

Ard Scoil Ris: PJ Hall; Mark Carmody, Eoghan McCarthy, Alan Dempsey; Cathal McInerney, Shane Dowling, Martin Moroney; Sean O Brien, Niall Kennedy(0-1); Mark Ryan, Declan Hannon(0-7, 5F, 1’65’), Brendan O Connor; John Fitzgibbon(0-3, 3F), Kevin Downes(1-1), Aidrian Breen. Subs: Jamie Shanahan for J. Fitzgibbon (27), John Fitzgibbon for M. Ryan (42).

Referee: Sean Casey (Waterford)

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Dublin 1-21 Tipperary 1-12

Dublin keep revolution on track

By TOM HUMPHRIES at Parnell Park for the Irish Times newspaper

Dublin 1-21 Tipperary 1-12: SO PICTURE this. Dublin returned to Parnell Park yesterday with their banners lowered and their morale tattered and their ambitions whittled. A bad thumping seven days previously had exposed them. And yesterday they faced Tipp, a team well equipped to do more than expose Dublin. Another whupping might have ended the revolution.

There are a few minutes left. Dublin have 21 scores on the board. One goal and 20 points. Fine picking. Peter Kelly, a young Lucan lad of immense but hitherto unconsummated promise, bends himself in the air and catches a Tipperary puc-out. He puts the ball on his stick and sets off.

You’ve seen this before of course. Dublin players who can solo until they run smack into a big culchie defender and spill the ball while the Parnell Park crowd bays, “ah jaysus, ref”. Peter Kelly keeps going though and crowns a fine performance with a point scored straight off his stick. One of those scores that players take when they are filled with self belief.

One of those scores that teams rack up when they are putting the opposition away.

As such, yesterday in Parnell Park was a slightly surreal exercise and an injunction about reading too much into anything that happens before the evenings grow long and the sod gets dry.

Tipperary, due to push on to a position where they would be neck and neck at least with the aristocrats of Kilkenny, came for a handy brace of points. Dublin, severely embarrassed pretenders a week previously, came to keep the score down. In the end, Dublin pulled a good win out and left Parnell Park having gained more confidence than Tipp lost.

And afterwards Liam Sheedy stood outside the dressingroom precinct and looked tired and chastened. “Dublin won every line. They were deserving winners. No complaints. No excuses. Dublin wanted it more.” That was pretty much it in a nutshell.

Dublin conceded a penalty in the first minute and saw Eoin Kelly cash it in without remorse.

Anthony Daly described the journey home from Waterford last weekend as soul destroying and the subsequent gathering for training on Tuesday as a clearing of the decks. Tipp, taking a chunky lead so early certainly brought back vivid memories to Dublin, who stepped up the intensity rattling off six points without reply.

Alan McCrabbe, the lazarus of Dublin hurling, was instrumental. Dotsie O’Callaghan’s return made a difference to the life force of the full-forward line and Liam Rushe’s growth as a player continued to be evident.

What Dublin have needed for so long (and what made the departure of Ross O’ Carroll feel so disastrous) has been a half-forward line which could win ball. Rushe’s catching has become a mainstay of Dublin’s style but on either side of him yesterday Peter Kelly and Shane Durkin contributed hugely to the ransacking of Tipp’s half-back line.

Elsewhere the news was all good too. Whereas a week previously Dublin were repeatedly horsed off the ball by Waterford players, yesterday they contested and generally won the dirty ball for 70 minutes. The Dublin forwards gave a lesson in how to harass and harry when you don’t have the ball.

For Tipp, this fixture would have been one which they ringmarked as likely to yield two points. The loss won’t reflect any problem greater than ring rust and perhaps a little complacency. They took the field without Shane McGrath at midfield, an apparent injury victim but were otherwise strong looking.

The forward lines repeatedly got smothered, however, and it will be interesting to see how often in the rest of the year the corner forward pairing of Lar Corbett and Noel McGrath are limited to a point apiece.

Dublin led by five points at the break having seen Tipp enjoy their best period with a string of points coming up to the half hour mark to go one clear again. Dublin got a goal just when they needed it. Johnny McCaffrey, enjoying his best game in some time, dropped a point attempt a little short. Dotsie O’Callaghan pressured Darren Gleeson in the Tipp goal and the ball sneaked into the net, O’Callaghan apparently getting the last touch.

And that was the key score. McCrabbe added a couple of frees before the break and Shane Durkin, increasingly impressive, did likewise from play.

After the break Dublin became increasingly dominant with Rushe and Kelly stepping up their input and Stephen Hiney became more influential. David Treacy, whose debut league game against Tipp last year provided him with three goals, had left some mark on the Tipp memory and he repeatedly drew fouls which yielded frees.

It all ended as oddly as it had started with Tipp in Parnell Park looking for a goal to put a gloss on the scoreline. Eoin Kelly saw a 20-yard free saved and then hit a penalty off the crossbar.

Liam Sheedy offered praise for Dublin’s performance. Anthony Daly, aware of how the hype ratchets up in the capital, played it down and pointed out that Offaly, in Tullamore in a fortnight, is all that matters now.

Strange days indeed.

DUBLIN: G Maguire; N Corcoran, T Brady, O Gough; J Boland, S Hiney, M O’ Brien (0-1); J McCaffrey (0-1), S Lambert (0-1); P Kelly (0-2), L Rushe (0-1), S Durkin (0-2); D O Callaghan (1-1), D Treacy (0-1), A McCrabbe 0-10 (0-8f, 0-1 65, 0-1 sideline). Subs: J Kelly for S Lambert (27 mins), K Flynn (0-1) for J Kelly (55 mins), P Ryan for D O’ Callaghan (69 mins), M Carton for M O’ Brien (70 mins).

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C O’Brien, P Curran, B Maher; P Maher, C O’Mahony, S Maher; B Dunne (0-1), Gearóid Ryan; S Hennessy (0-1), S Callinan (0-2), H Moloney; N McGrath (0-1), E Kelly (1-5, 1-0 pen, 0-2f and a 65), L Corbett (0-1). Subs: D Fanning (0-1) for G Ryan 42 mins, M Webster for H Moloney 52 mins, P Kelly for S Hennessy 56 mins, J Brennan for S Callinan 67 mins.

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

NHL Div 1: Dublin 1-21 Tipperary 1-12

From the web site

Sunday, 28 February 2010 20:04

Alan McCrabbe hit ten points as Dublin claimed the scalp of last year’s All-Ireland runners-up Tipperary at Parnell Park. McCrabbe shook off a leg injury to play his part in the Dubs’ first NHL Division 1 win, ably assisted by the likes of Peter Kelly, Niall Corcoran, Shane Durkin and Oisin Gough. Tipperary captain Eoin Kelly cracked home a first minute penalty, but the visitors were 1-12 to 1-07 behind at half-time. Tipp goalkeeper Darren Gleeson let a long delivery from John McCaffrey slip into his net and a late penalty miss from Kelly summed up his side’s day. The Premier County were sluggish and evidently rusty, following the double postponement of their league opener against Kilkenny in Thurles.

But that should not take away from what was a very accomplished performance from Dublin, who bounced straight back from last weekend’s hammering at the hands of Waterford. Manager Anthony Daly demanded much more from the Metropolitans and he got it in spades – despite a shaky start. Lar Corbett won a penalty in the opening seconds for Tipperary, after being fouled by Tomas Brady. Kelly’s powerful shot rippled the net, past goalkeeper Gary Maguire, Brady and John McCaffrey on the line. Tipp included eight players from last year’s All-Ireland final team, and four current All-Stars in Corbett, Noel McGrath, Padraic Maher and Conor O’Mahony. The Dubs were forced into a late change as centre-back Ronan Fallon made way for Joey Boland, but forward duo McCrabbe and David ‘Dotsy’ O’Callaghan were fit to start. Dublin’s reaction to the concession of Kelly’s goal was brilliant, with O’Callaghan, McCrabbe, Liam Rushe, Maurice O’Brien and Simon Lambert helping themselves to points.

The hosts hit six on the bounce to lead by 0-06 to 1-00 by the 12th minute, with young centre-forward Rushe’s over-the-shoulder effort the highlight. Rushe typified Dublin’s sharpness and hunger to get on the ball, find space and create scores. With McCrabbe accurate from frees, they built a five-point lead for half-time. Kelly, Seamus Hennessy and McGrath had picked off points as Tipp fought back to lead by 1-06 to 0-08, seven minutes before the break. However, the next score fell to Dublin and it was a goal, McCaffrey’s high ball dropping in on top of Tipp goalkeeper Gleeson who, under a considerable amount of pressure from O’Callaghan, fumbled the sliotar over the line. Some excellent scores from McCrabbe and Durkin added to the Dubs’ buffer and the evasive David Treacy opened the scoring in the second half. Eoin Kelly and McCrabbe swapped a succession of frees, but Peter Kelly, McCaffrey, Durkin and Kevin Flynn helped Daly’s men stretch into a comfortable lead. Tipp skipper Kelly, who scored 1-05 in all, had an injury-time chance of a goal but his stinging effort was knocked onto the bar and cleared as Dublin collected two valuable league points.

Team News

Tipperary will field an experienced team against Dublin in Sunday’s Allianz GAA Hurling National League game at Parnell Park in what will be their first outing of the current League campaign after their first round game against Kilkenny was cancelled twice due to snow. Eoin Kelly captains the team from full forward with All Stars Lar Corbett and Noel McGrath filling the 2 corner forward positions.  Tipp’s other 2 All Stars, Padraic Maher and Conor O’Mahony are named at right half back and centre back respectively.

1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)
2. Conor O’Brien (Eire Óg Annacarty)
3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)
4. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)
5. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
7. Shane Maher (Burgess)
8. Benny Dunne (Toomevara)
9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)
10. Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
11. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)
12. Hugh Maloney (Nenagh Éire Óg)
13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
14. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain
15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

Dublin: G Maguire; N Corcoran, T Brady, O Gough; S Hiney, R Fallon, M O’Brien; J McCaffrey, S Lambert; P Kelly, L Rushe, S Durkin; D O’Callaghan, D Treacy, A McCrabbe

Allianz NHL Division 3A – Kerry 1-18 Mayo 2-14

Dooley gives Kerry edge

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday March 01 2010

AN injury-time goal from substitute Kenny Robinson came too late for Mayo to deny Kerry a deserving victory at McHale Park, Castlebar, yesterday. Kerry were sauntering to a four-point win when Keith Higgins found Robinson on the edge of the square, but inside a minute of him finding the net the match was over with Mayo unable to launch a final attack. Mayo lead by a point at the interval 1-8 to 0-10 but the pivotal score of the second half was a goal on 40 minutes from John Mike Dooley. That lifted Kerry into a three-point lead and a superb point from Mike Conway on 70 minutes had Kerry four clear and apparently home and hosed until that late scare.

Scorers — Kerry: S Brick 0-12 (0-7f), JM Dooley 1-0, M Conway, S Nolan 0-2 each, T Murnane, M Boyle 0-1 each. Mayo: R Cullinane 1-3 (0-2f), B Moran 0-4 (0-4f), K Robinson 1-0, D McDonnell 0-3 (0-2f), K Higgins 0-2, S Hoban, D McConn 0-1 each.

KERRY — JB O Halloran; C Harris, A Healy, A Keane; E Sheehy L Boyle, T Murnane; M Conway, J Griffin; D O’Connell, G O’Brien, S Brick; M Boyle, JM Dooley, S Nolan, Subs: J McCarthy for Sheehy (52); J Flaherty for Nolan ( 60).

MAYO — D O’Brien; B Higgins, K Moran, S Hoban; E Madigan, P Barrett, C Ryan; D McConn, S Hunt; K Higgins, D McDonnell, D Dowling; N Murphy, R Cullinane, M Devaney. Subs: B Moran for Murphy (55), K Feeney for Devaney (63), K Robinson for Dowling (63).

Ref — P Greene (Galway)

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Galway 4-15 Waterford 1-15

McIntyre unhappy with Galway focus

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday March 01 2010

CRIMINAL or awesome? Take your pick from the contrasting portrayals of Galway’s performance at Pearse Stadium yesterday. Galway manager John McIntyre classified his side’s second-quarter fade-out as “criminal”, while Waterford counterpart Davy Fitzgerald described the Tribesmen’s better periods as “awesome”. Both were correct, as Galway went from devastating to dreadful and back again before securing their second league win in a week. Galway hit Waterford for 2-3 in the opening 15 minutes, the goals coming from Iarla Tannian and Niall Healy, but failed to score again before half-time, leaving them trailing by two points as they headed for the dressing-room where, no doubt, McIntyre was less than complimentary about their uneven efforts. “We didn’t score for 23 minutes which, at this level of hurling, is criminal,” said McIntyre.

Their response to that long period of inertia was swift and effective as they fired over three points in the opening two minutes of the second half. Richie Foley equalised in the 39th minute but Waterford were crushed (2-7 to 0-2) over the next 15 minutes. Galway scored some excellent points in that spell and embellished them with goals from Tannian and Aidan Harte. Tannian’s 49th-minute goal was down to an error by Waterford ‘keeper Adrian Power who, in attempting to control a long-range shot for a point, allowed the ball to squirm over the line. Harte’s goal in the 54th minute was finished with a sweet ground-stroke after the ball broke loose in the Waterford square, putting Galway 4-13 to 1-11 ahead. Waterford seemed set for an embarrassingly heavy defeat but they dug in from there on and pared two points back as Galway appeared to ease back on the throttle.


McIntyre wasn’t pleased with that either but it says much for their efficiency during the good times that, despite fading in both halves, they still won by nine points. “Look, Galway were awesome at times today,” said Fitzgerald. “They out-classed us and we have to accept that. I’ve been saying all along that Galway will take some stopping this year if they get their game right. “Having said that, we gave away two sloppy goals and didn’t take enough of our chances when we were on top in the first half.”

Waterford shot 11 wides with the wind in the first half after recovering from a dreadful start. Direct from the throw-in, Galway full-forward Joe Gantley out-foxed Liam Lawlor and fed Healy, who smacked in a goal. With the Waterford full-back line looking edgy, Galway hit for a second goal in the 15th minute, Tannian applying the finishing touch. Remarkably, they didn’t score again before half-time, while Waterford hit 1-6, the goal coming from Shane Walsh in the 33rd minute. Waterford’s return should have been higher but some of their long-range shooting was poorly directed, while their obsession with short hand-passing frequently led to movements breaking down.

Still, they would have been pleased with their interval position, but everything changed dramatically on the re-start as Galway moved to a level where Waterford could do very little for a period except admire from afar. Ger Farragher, Tannian, Gantley, Harte, Niall Cahalan and Cyril Donnellan were all very enterprising from midfield up, while David Collins, Damien Joyce and Shane Kavanagh did well in defence. Collins’ return to the team after a long-term absence due to injury is a major plus for Galway, as he brings a real cutting-edge to their game. Shane Walsh was the pick of the Waterford attack, while Maurice Shanahan’s accuracy from frees was also impressive. Foley worked hard at midfield while Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh did well at centre-back, but the problems persisted in the full-back line.

After beating Dublin so easily a week earlier, Waterford were reunited with a painful reality. They are still very much in experimental mode but yesterday’s setback raises question marks about whether the back-up troops are as good as was thought after the Waterford Crystal competition, followed by the demolition of Dublin. “We hit a good day last week but this was different. Some of Galway’s play was outstanding and we just couldn’t cope. But in terms of effort I have nothing but praise for our lads,” said Fitzgerald. “It’s not easy to keep battling when things are going against you as much as they were at times today but the lads did that. You must remember they were playing against a Galway team that’s right up there with the very best. “Still, it’s only February and All-Irelands aren’t won in February. We’ll learn from this and move on.”

A nine-point win was a real bonus for Galway as it gave a great boost to their scoring difference, but clearly they still have work to do in terms of producing more even performances. “We’re okay when we’re on the ball but, when we’re not, we’re inclined to wander a bit. Still, we sorted things out today, which was encouraging. I always believe that the best time to sort out a problem is during the game,” said McIntyre. “The half-time break came at exactly the right time for us as it gave us a chance to re-focus and address what was going wrong. We got the response early in the second half, which made all the difference.”

All but two points of Galway’s total came from open play, underlining the scoring potential the team possesses when it hits the right note. That was the major plus Galway took out of yesterday’s game but, on the downside, their inability to pick off even a few points when things were going badly in the second quarter is a worry for McIntyre and Co. Still, they have picked up full points from two league games and have accumulated a points difference of +16, which is a decent yield to have on deposit heading into March.

Scorers — Galway: I Tannian 2-2, A Harte, N Healy 1-1 each, J Gantley 0-4, G Farragher 0-3 (0-2f), N Cahalan 0-2, A Callanan, D Collins 0-1 each. Waterford: M Shanahan 0-9 (0-7f), S Walsh 1-1, R Foley 0-2, J Nagle, S Molumphy, T Connors 0-1 each.

Galway — C Callanan; F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Joyce; D Barry, T Og Regan, D Collins; G Farragher, N Cahalan; A Callanan, C Donnellan, A Harte; I Tannian, J Gantley, N Healy. Subs: E Ryan for Healy (63), K Hynes for Donnellan (66), D Burke for Tannian (67).

Waterford — A Power; A Kearney, 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. Subs: M Doherty for Prendergast (ht), E McGrath for Murray (45), O Whelan for Foley (52), M O’Brien for Lawlor (62), T Ryan for Moran (66).

REF — B Gavin (Offaly)

Galway still blowing hot and cold

Galway 4-15 Waterford 1-15

By Michael Moynihan from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, March 01, 2010

GALWAY turned on the attacking power yesterday with an ‘awe-some’ display, in the words of visiting manager Davy Fitzgerald of Waterford. The Tribesmen collected the NHL points on a crisp afternoon in Pearse Stadium, despite a remarkable first-half recovery which saw Waterford lead at the break. Joe Gantley gathered a high ball in the opening seconds to place Niall Healy for a goal, setting the tone for Galway’s dominance early on, but it was a false dawn regarding the game’s quality. It soon degenerated into an epidemic of foostering for the ball and aimless wides from both teams. Waterford struggled early to make an impact against a physically stronger Galway side, who had a second goal from Iarla Tannian on 15 minutes – again as a result of a high ball not being dealt with by the Waterford full-back line. Yet that was the last Galway score of the half, while Waterford got to grips with the game.

The Déise cause wasn’t helped by an over-reliance on short passing, which often saw their players lose possession or run out of options, yet they pulled ahead at half-time, Maurice Shanahan’s two late points put his side two up, 1-8 to 2-3; it was notable that the Waterford burst was fuelled by a far more direct approach, which yielded a critical goal from Shane Walsh. “We got a great start,” reflected Galway boss John McIntyre. “We didn’t build on it and we didn’t score for 23 minutes of the first half, which at this level of hurling is criminal. At least half-time came at the right time for us, because it allowed us to refocus and address what had gone wrong. “And in fairness to our players, they upped the ante considerably in the first twenty minutes of the second half and turned a dodgy-looking situation into a positive one.” No arguments about that. Three points in the opening two minutes of the second half – from Gantley, the impressive Ger Farragher and David Collins – set Galway on track.

Waterford stayed in touch until midway through the half, when a speculative Iarla Tannian effort from the wing deceived Adrian Power to drop over the line putting Galway seven ahead. They were three goals clear at the finish. Galway’s fourth goal came from the same source as their first, a long ball which Waterford couldn’t defend, and a crisp ground stroke from Aidan Harte made it an 11-point difference. John McIntyre was focusing on what his team need to work on at the final whistle, however. “When we’re on the ball we’re not too bad, but when we don’t have it we’re inclined to wander a little bit. We have to work on our concentration levels but we have four points on the board after two games and our scoring difference will be healthy enough after today. “So far so good, it gives us a good platform going into the Tipperary game. Everyone knows Tipperary and Kilkenny are ahead of everybody else, but we’re in the chasing posse.”

But Tipp lost to Dublin, John… “That’s unfortunate from our perspective heading to Thurles on Sunday week,” said McIntyre. “Because you don’t want to give Tipp a cause, and now they have a big one.” His thoughts were echoed by the man in the other dressing-room. “You see in the league results today,” said Davy Fitzgerald. “It’s funny, Dublin got a very hard time this week and they are not as bad as they seemed last week. We just happened to hit a good day last week. “Galway were awesome, absolutely super. They will be very hard to stop this year. They have a very strong panel. The scores they took, the goals they took, they totally outclassed us today. “In fairness to the lads, they kept plugging, they kept trying, even when the ball was not coming up for us today, they kept trying so I can’t say anything to them.”

Scorers for Galway: I Tannian 2-2, N Healy, A Harte 1-1 each, J Gantley 0-4; G Farragher 0-3 (2fs); N Cahalan 0-2; D Collins & A Callanan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M Shanahan 0-9 (0-6fs); S Walsh 1-1; R Foley 0-2; S Molumphy, J Nagle, T Connors 0-1 each.

Waterford subs: M Doherty for Prendergast (HT); Eoin McGrath for Murray (45); O Whelan for Foley (50); M O’Brien for Lawlor (56); T Ryan for Moran (65).

Galway subs: K Hynes for Donnellan (blood, 45-49); E Ryan for Healy (56); K Hynes for Donnellan (65); D Burke for Tannian (66).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)

Allianz NHL Division 2 – Clare 2-12 Laois 1-11

Laois came close to causing a big upset at Portlaoise before they eventually lost out to Clare on a 1-11 to 2-12 scoreline in a thrilling Allianz GAA Hurling National League Division Two clash. Niall Rigney’s charges let two precious league points slip as they relinquished a 1-10 to 1-9 lead in the last five minutes. Alan Markham came on as a second half substitute and hit the back of the net 64th minute before the Banner scored three late points to add a coat of gloss to the win.

Clare grabbed the first goal of the game in the 25th minute, when Laois’s Conor Dunne made a mistake which allowed Colin through on goal to fire past Patrick Carroll. However, Wille Hyland landed a couple of late points and John Rowney also hit the target as Laois trailed 1-5 to 0-6 at the break. Laois then hit the back of the net in the second half when Hyland fired home a penalty after John Brophy had been fouled. The O’Moore men led going into the final stages before Markham grabbed the match-winning goal with six minutes left.

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