Cadbury Munster U21 Football Championship – Kerry 1-18 Waterford 0-3

Kerry defeated Waterford by 1-18 to 0-3 in the semi-final of the Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship on Saturday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Allianz NFL Division 2 – Donegal 1-9 Tipperary 2-5

Donegal defeated Tipperary by 1-9 to 2-5 in Round 5 of the Allianz GAA National Football League on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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Allianz National Football League Division 2 – Round 5

Donegal 1-9 Tipperary 2-5

By Cathal Ryan

Under lights on Saturday evening Semple Stadium provided the venue for a nail biting victory for Donegal over a gallant Tipperary in Division 2 of the Allianz National Football League. A mild breeze provided the only little obstruction to the otherwise perfect playing conditions provided for this round five encounter. In a tight and condensed game the early movement of star Donegal full forward Michael Murphy caused havoc in the Tipperary defence as he capitalised to score four points in the opening quarter of the game two coming from frees. Donegal appeared to have put the game to bed in the 48th minute when half time substitute Stephen Griffen found himself in behind the Tipperary full back line and through on goal. Griffen calmly rounded Paul Fitzgearld the Tipperary keeper before punting home right footed to an empty net.

This left the Premier County four points behind and finding scores hard to come by but after two more frees through Michael Murphy leaving Donegal six points clear the response of the home side was courageous. In the 56th minute Tipperary centre back Robbie Costigan punched home a fantastic pass from substitute John Cagney emphatically after making a lung bursting surge up the field to set up a tense and dramatic finale. This victory will secure Donegal’s position in Division 2 and have John Joe Doherty’s men looking upwards again in this ultra competitive division. John Evans will be very pleased with the never say die attitude shown in the final quarter as his side attempted in vain to collect a valuable point from this match.

It was Michael Murphy’s sharp movement and a clinical right footed effort that opened the scoring in the third minute of the game. Although Philip Austin claimed a point in the seventh minute to level the opening 20 minutes of this encounter belonged to the visitors as Murphy added three more and Colm McFadden tagged on another. The men in blue and gold then began to win the battle in the heavily congested middle third of the field and gained a tremendous boost when in the 21st minute Stephen Hahessy’s 45 just fell short and deceived Paul Durcan the Donegal keeper who let it slip between his finger tips and into the net. Tipperary however kicked a number of wides between this moment and the break and went in at half time trailing on a score of 0-6 to 1-1.

Murphy pointed another free for Donegal just two minutes into the second half to extend their lead but again Tipp responded through points from Robbie Costigan and Brian Coen. Just moments later Griffen landed the Donegal goal but again the Premier response was positive and after Costigan’s flying fist to the net Barry Grogan pointed a free in the 58th minute. As the time faded away Donegal dropped deeper and deeper conceding ground and the lion’s share of possession. Grogan popped over another free right as the clock hit the 70 minute mark but try as they might Tipperary never received another chance to level the game.

Teams:

Donegal: Paul Durcan; Shane Boyle, Neil McGee, Karl Lacey; Michael Maguire, Anthony Thompson, Kevin Cassidy; Neil Gallagher, Brendan Boyle; David Walsh, Conall Dunne, Barry Dunnion; Colm McFadden (0-2, 1F), Michael Murphy (0-7, 5F), Adrian Hanlon. Subs: Frank McGlynn for M. Maguire (h/t), Stephen Griffen (1-0) for A. Hanlon (h/t), Owen Wade for B. Boyle (43), Leo McLoone for B. Dunnion (63).

Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald; Ciaran McDonald, Niall Curran, Paddy Codd; Christopher Aylward, Robbie Costigan(1-1), Ciaran McGrath; George Hannigan, Hugh Coghlan; Peter Acheson, Philip Austin (0-1), Brian Mulvihill; Stephen Hahessy (1-0), Brian Coen (0-1), Barry Grogan (0-2, 2F). Subs: Sean Carey for B. Mulvihill (h/t), John Cagney for S. Hahessy (48), Ryan O Dwyer for P. Austin (62), Derek Bourke for C. McGrath (63), Alan Rockett for H. Coghlan (65).

Referee: Michael Collins (Cork)

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Donegal lucky to escape Semple Stadium with the points

From the Donegal Democrat newspaper

Allianz NFL, Division Two – Tipperary 2-5 Donegal 1-9

Published Date: 23 March 2010

Donegal nervously held on to defeat Tipperary at Semple Stadium on Saturday night to obtain two valuable league points. It means that John Joe Doherty’s team are almost guaranteed their safety in the second flight, and with home games to come against Meath and Armagh, both of whom also have six points, still might harbour hopes of promotion. Before an attendance of less than 450 paying spectators, Donegal had to endure almost five minutes of added time with Tipperary pushing for an equaliser before finally the ball went out of play and Michael Collins blew the final whistle, must to the relief of the small band of Donegal supporters who had make the long trek south.

Donegal were the dominant side in the opening quarter with Michael Murphy really on fire. The Glenswilly had the first score on three minutes but it only came after Paul Durcan had made a great stop from Barry Grogan at the other end.

Tipperary got back on terms through Philip Austin but Donegal forged into a good lead with three points from Murphy from the eighth to 13th minutes, two of which were frees, while Colm McFadden added another to push Donegal 0-5 to 0-1 up with 20 minutes gone. But they were then hit with a sucker punch when Tipperary got a very soft goal from a ’45’, Stephen Hahessy’s effort misjudged by Durcan and it ended up in the net. The goal certainly got Tipperary into the game and they had their best period in the next 10 minutes but failed to capitalise on the scoreboard with the Four Masters goalkeeper making amends, denying Hahessy a point from a free. A minute into added time Colm McFadden landed a long distance free to get Donegal’s first score in some sixteen minutes to send them to the dressing rooms ahead by 0-6 to 1-1.

Barry Grogan was side from a free early in the second half while Murphy stretched the Donegal lead with a free, but Tipperary came storming back with points from centre-back Robbie Costigan and Brian Coen. John Joe Doherty sent in Eoin Waide and moved Kevin Cassidy to midfield and the changes had an effect as Neil Gallagher made a great catch and found Murphy who combined with McFadden and Stephen Griffin was on the end of a great move to fire to the net and a four points lead. Murphy added two more frees, the second after a foul on David Walsh, to stretch the lead further, but Tipperary again hit back once more. An effort from a point by John Cagney dropped short and Costigan got forward again from the back to fist to the Donegal net and Barry Grogan added a free to reduce the margin to two points with 11 minutes left. It got even more nervous for the visitors when Grogan added another point from a free on the stroke of time and they then had to endure almost five minutes of added time before finally getting the result, which will ease their relegation worries. They can again thank Murphy, who was really the difference between the sides. His seven points were very important, but there must also be worries that – the goal apart – the Glenswilly man and McFadden are carrying the burden of the Donegal scores with none of the starting half-forward line getting on the scoreboard once again.

Scorers – Tipperary: Robbie Costigan 1-1; Stephen Hahessy 1-0, ’45’; Barry Grogan 0-2,2f; Philip Austin, Brian Coen 0-1 each.

Donegal: M Murphy 0-7,5f; Stephen Griffin 1-0; Colm McFadden 0-2,1f.

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; C McDonald, N Curran, P Codd; C Aylward, R Costigan, C McGrath; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; P Acheson, P Austin, B Mulvihill; S Hahessy, B Coen, B Grogan.

Subs: S Carey for Mulvihill ht; J Cagney for Hahessy 43; R O’Dwyer for Acheson; D Burke for McGrath, both 63; A Rockett for Coghlan 65

Donegal: P Durcan; S Boyle, N McGee, K Lacey; M Maguire, A Thompson, K Cassidy; N Gallagher, B Boyle; D Walsh, C Dunne, B Dunnion; C McFadden, M Murphy, A Hanlon. Subs., F McGlynn for Maguire; S Griffin for Hanlon, both ht; O Waide for Boyle 39; L McLoone for Dunnion 64

Referee: M Collins (Cork)

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Murphy leads the way for Donegal

From the Irish Times web site

Donegal 1- 9 Tipperary 2-5

MICHAEL MURPHY kicked seven points to keep Donegal in the hunt for promotion with a slender win over Tipperary at Semple Stadium, Thurles, on Saturday evening. Donegal were on top in the first half. Murphy had four points in 13 minutes to settle them as they went 0-5 to 0-1 clear. Struggling Tipperary were gifted a goal in the 21st minute when Stephen Hahessy’s 45 was misjudged by Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan and ended in the net. Still the Ulstermen went on to lead 0-6 to 1-1 at the break.

Tipperary restarted well and cut the lead to a point but in the 48th minute, Stephen Griffin, with his first touch of the ball, shot a Donegal goal, after good work by Colm McFadden. Two further Murphy points had Donegal coasting but Tipperary rallied with a Robbie Costigan goal in the 56th minute. They piled on the pressure with two further points from Barry Grogan frees, but time was against them and Donegal held out for a valuable brace of points. Murphy’s accuracy was the key to Donegal’s win. Five of his seven points were from frees, but he also led the attack well. Midfielder Neil Gallagher was also outstanding.

DONEGAL: P Durcan; S Boyle, N McGee, K Lacey; M Maguire, A Thompson, K Cassidy; N Gallagher, B Boyle; D Walsh, C Dunne, B Dunnion; C McFadden (0-2), M Murphy (0-7), A Hanlon. Subs: F McGlynn for Maguire, S Griffin (1-0) for Hanlon, O Wade for Boyle, L McLoone for Dunnion.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; C McDonald, N Curran, P Codd; C Aylward, R Costigan(1-1), C McGrath; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; P Acheson, P Austin (0-1), B Mulvihill; S Hahessy (1-0), C Coen (0-1), B Grogan (0-2). Subs: S Carey for Mulvihill. J Cagney for Hahessy, D Burke for McGrath, R O Dwyer for Austin, A Rockett for Coghlan.

Referee: M Collins (Cork)

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Murphy leads the way for Donegal

From the Irish Times newspaper

Donegal 1- 9 Tipperary 2-5

MICHAEL MURPHY kicked seven points to keep Donegal in the hunt for promotion with a slender win over Tipperary at Semple Stadium, Thurles, on Saturday evening. Donegal were on top in the first half. Murphy had four points in 13 minutes to settle them as they went 0-5 to 0-1 clear. Struggling Tipperary were gifted a goal in the 21st minute when Stephen Hahessy’s 45 was misjudged by Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan and ended in the net. Still the Ulstermen went on to lead 0-6 to 1-1 at the break.

Tipperary restarted well and cut the lead to a point but in the 48th minute, Stephen Griffin, with his first touch of the ball, shot a Donegal goal, after good work by Colm McFadden. Two further Murphy points had Donegal coasting but Tipperary rallied with a Robbie Costigan goal in the 56th minute. They piled on the pressure with two further points from Barry Grogan frees, but time was against them and Donegal held out for a valuable brace of points. Murphy’s accuracy was the key to Donegal’s win. Five of his seven points were from frees, but he also led the attack well. Midfielder Neil Gallagher was also outstanding.

DONEGAL: P Durcan; S Boyle, N McGee, K Lacey; M Maguire, A Thompson, K Cassidy; N Gallagher, B Boyle; D Walsh, C Dunne, B Dunnion; C McFadden (0-2), M Murphy (0-7), A Hanlon. Subs: F McGlynn for Maguire, S Griffin (1-0) for Hanlon, O Wade for Boyle, L McLoone for Dunnion.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; C McDonald, N Curran, P Codd; C Aylward, R Costigan(1-1), C McGrath; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; P Acheson, P Austin (0-1), B Mulvihill; S Hahessy (1-0), C Coen (0-1), B Grogan (0-2). Subs: S Carey for Mulvihill. J Cagney for Hahessy, D Burke for McGrath, R O Dwyer for Austin, A Rockett for Coghlan.

Referee: M Collins (Cork)

Allianz NFL Division 1 – Cork 2-13 Dublin 2-6

Cork defeated Dublin by 2-13 to 2-6 in Round 5 of the Allianz National Football League Division 1 on Saturday at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Rebels end Dublin’s unbeaten run

From the GAA.ie web site

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dublin’s unbeaten run in the league came to an abrupt end on Leeside on Saturday night as Cork rumbled their defensive tactics to record a comfortable 2-13 to 2-6 victory. Dublin played with up to 13 men in their own half for much of the game, but Cork’s slick attack had little trouble picking through the thicket of Sky Blue defenders and they led 2-8 to 1-5 at the break after an entertaining first half. Daniel Goulding and Paul Kerrigan hit the back of the net for the Rebels in the first half with Kevin McManamon responding for the Dubs, but Pat Gilroy’s charges managed just 1-1 in a disappointing second half and Cork cruised to a seven-point win in the end.

Cork took the lead in the third minute after a sweeping move involving the rampaging Paudie Kissane, a late replacement for the injured Ger Spillane, and Alan O’Connor, who started at full-forward, allowing Nicholas Murphy to form a new midfield partnership with Derek Kavanagh. O’Connor was fouled after taking Kissane’s pass and Daniel Goulding tapped over the free. Dublin responded with a point from Kevin McManamon, who started in a two-man inside full-forward line with Bernard Brogan. Eamon Fennell grabbed his by now customary point two minutes later as the Dubs levelled the game after Fintan Goold had momentarily put the Rebels ahead. Cork’s plans were thrown into disarray in the ninth minute when Murphy was forced to leave the pitch after damaging the same hamstring that has curtailed his early season involvement. Ciaran Sheehan came in for the giant Carrigaline man, but it was an especially tough blow for Cork, who lost Pearse O’Neill to a finger injury in midweek. Sheehan made an immediate impact, offloading to Paddy Kelly, who fired Cork into the lead. However, there was even better to come from the Rebels’ slick forward unit a minute later as Kerrigan caught a high ball and found O’Connor, who fed Goulding and the Éire Óg man made no mistake, slipping a low shot to the back of the net.

Alan Hubbard pulled one back for the Dubs, but the Dublin full-forward line was starting to look increasingly isolated as Gilroy instructed his charges to put as many bodies as possible behind the ball. Kerrigan was still finding space in the half-forward line, and when he beat Paul Conlon for pace on the outside, the Nemo Rangers man drove over a fine point with the outside of his right boot. Dublin, though, hit back immediately. Ross McConnell delivered a long ball into the edge of the square and McManamon outmuscled Ray Carey, turned and slotted home his third goal of the league campaign to leave the Dubs just a point down. Just when Dublin looked to be back in the game, Cork caught fire, as Sheehan and Kavanagh found their range, before Kerrigan kicked Cork’s second goal in the 27th minute. Kelly was the architect, smuggling through two tackles and fisting inside to the burly Kerrigan, who drove home from a tight angle to leave Cork 2-6 to 1-3 ahead. Again, Dublin responded quickly, with Brogan kicking two points in as many minutes, the first of which was a glorious effort from the right hand touchline. The Dubs might have gone in at half time chasing down less of a deficit but for Paddy O’Shea’s superb save from McManamon after the Dublin attacker had once again beaten Carey for pace. Cork went into the break six points to the good thanks to Kavanagh’s second point from play and another Goulding free.

The home side made the better start to the second half as Dublin seemed content to leave their opponents attack them at will. Cian O’Sullivan was caught in possession three minutes after the restart and Kelly put Cork seven points clear. It was to prove the only score in the first ten minutes of the second as Dublin appeared content to choke up the midfield and play on the counter attack. The tactic paid dividends after 47 minutes, when Brogan took Fennell’s pass in his stride, beat Cadogan for pace on the outside and drove a low shot past O’Shea from a tight angle. The gap was now down to four and it prompted Gilroy to bring in Conal Keaney and switch to a three-man full-forward line. Their good work was nearly undone a minute later as Cork’s Sheehan, who passed up the opportunity of a career in the AFL to pursue his dream of playing with his county, beat two Dublin defenders to the ball and might have added his side’s second goal but blasted over the bar when he only had Savage to beat. Kelly was next to go close for the Rebels, but he was denied by a fine save from Savage. Twice, Cork found a way through the blanket of blue defenders in the fourth quarter, with Goulding taking his total to 1-4 for the night with a fine score from out the field, while Alan O’Connor’s effort after 57 minutes left his side 2-12 to 2-5 ahead. Kerrigan knocked over Cork’s third successive point before Keaney finally responded for the Dubs in the 67th minute, just their second score of the half as the game petered out in the closing minutes.

Goulding pounces to bring Cork back on track

By Liam Kelly for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday March 22 2010

IN the words of the great Alex Ferguson, it’s ‘squeaky bum’ time at this stage of the league, and next weekend’s matches for both Cork and Dublin are tests of desire and character. Cork travel north to face Derry with morale boosted by this significant win over hitherto-unbeaten Dublin, while the Blues need to get back on the winning trail at home to Galway. But neither set of players will quickly forget the pounding they gave each other during a pulsating first half at Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday. A crowd of 4,318 were enthralled by the unrelenting passion and ferocity of commitment displayed by both sides in an absorbing opening period.

Some fell by the wayside. Cork’s Nicholas Murphy, who has been battling hamstring problems, lasted only nine minutes before they reappeared, and he was replaced by Ciaran Sheehan. Dublin’s Ger Brennan, playing at left half-back, took an early walk to the sideline after only 30 minutes, but performance, not form, caused him to be called ashore. Kevin Nolan came on as a sub. The scoreline at that point read Cork 2-7 Dublin 1-5 and already Pat Gilroy was looking for ways to stem the flow of Cork pressure. Dublin weren’t doing too bad on the counter-attack, and their defensive depth in numbers was translated to attack often enough to cause the home side plenty of concern, particularly in the first half. Each side could have scored another goal or two in this game but the respective keepers — Paddy O’Shea of Cork and Dublin’s Michael Savage — made good blocks on goal-bound shots in each half. Neither man could do much about the goals they did concede, and for the Rebels, the goals they scored came at crucial times to sway the momentum in their favour.

The game started at a frantic speed, but when the dust settled, the fact was that Pat Gilroy’s men never held the lead over the course of the game. The best they did was to get on level terms twice — first at 0-1 each and then at 0-2 each, with six minutes played. Cork’s Daniel Goulding got both his side’s early scores – one from a free – and they were matched by one each from Kevin McManamon and Eamon Fennell. The 11th-minute point for the Leesiders by Paddy Kelly that put his side in front was the prequel to the first goal just a minute later. Cork peeled open the Dubs defence when a ball from Fintan Gould found Paul Kerrigan who then swiftly moved it to Alan O’Connor. O’Connor in turn passed to Goulding and the latter gleefully slotted the ball past Michael Savage in the Dubs goal.

The men from the captial shook off the momentary trauma of their defensive line being broken and came back strongly — so much so that the lively McManamon did brilliantly to win a high lofted ball sent in by Ross McConnell, beat the covering defender and fire in Dublin’s first goal. That 22nd-minute score managed to encourage Cork to up the ante once more, and the home side – inspired by the probing, harrying, and forward-pressing of the impressive Goulding, Kerrigan, O’Connor and Derek Kavanagh – breached the Sky Blues’ cover once more. This time it was Kerrigan putting the finishing touch to a clever jinking run by Paddy Kelly who dodged into clear space, giving Kerrigan the chance to score the home side’s second goal eight minutes before half-time.

Kerrigan was delighted with that score, and also with the next couple of points from Kavanagh and Goulding which pushed Cork into a 2-8 to 1-5 lead at half-time. “We knew it was going to be that kind of pace at the start,” said Kerrigan after the game. “It was a top-of-the-table game and luckily enough we got that intensity up in the first half, and we went in a few points ahead. “We felt if we could control the tempo and the possession in the second half we’d pick off the scores and that’s what happened. The intensity dropped a bit but that’s the way we wanted it.” Gilroy later said that his players did not work hard enough in that first half. “We let them come on to us far too much. You get punished by top teams like that and Cork are a very good team. We were very naive with some of the things we did, but we were still trying,” he said.

“In the second half our work rate was a lot better and we looked a lot more solid in the second half. I thought we recovered well enough in the second half to say we didn’t roll over in the game.” The tempo dropped considerably in the second half, and even the introduction of Darren Magee and Conal Keaney couldn’t inspire Dublin. The Munster champions added five points in the second half, but Dublin could only manage two scores. A solo run by Bernard Brogan culminated in a fine goal after 47 minutes, but the only other addition to the Dublin scoreline came from a Keaney point three minutes from full-time. Cork boss Conor Counihan felt his side could have done even better. “We’d have been a bit disappointed at some of the options we took in the second half, but we wanted a response from our lads after losing last week and we got that,” he said.

Scorers — Cork: D Goulding 1-4 (2f), P Kerrigan 1-2, D Kavanagh, P Kelly 0-2 each, P O’Flynn, C Sheehan, A O’Connor 0-1 each. Dublin: B Brogan 1-2 (1f), K McManamon 1-1, E Fennell, C Keaney (0-1f), A Hubbard 0-1 each.

Cork — P O’Shea; R Carey, M Shields, E Cotter; N O’Leary, P Kissane, E Cadogan; A O’Connor, D Kavanagh; F Gould, N Murphy, P Kelly; D Goulding, P Kerrigan, J Hayes. Subs: C Sheehan for Murphy (9), S Kiely for O’Leary (63), F Lynch for Gould (68), B O’Regan for E Cotter (68).

Dublin — M Savage; P Conlon, M Fitzsimons, P McMahon; H Gill, C O’Sullivan, G Brennan; E Fennell, R McConnell; A Hubbard, M McAuley, P Flynn; D Henry, B Brogan, K McManamon. Subs: K Nolan for Brennan (30), D Kelly for McAuley (h-t), D Magee for McConnell (43), C Keaney for Flynn (48), M McAuley for Fennell (63).

ref — P McEnaney (Monaghan).

All-Ireland Colleges SHC A Hurling S-Final – Ardscoil Ris vs. Kilkenny CBS – Match Report

Fitzgibbon strike triggers powerful Ardscoil finish

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Ardscoil Ris 3-13 Kilkenny CBS 2-11

All-Ireland colleges shc A

Monday March 22 2010

LIMERICK’S Ardscoil Ris are through to the final, but they needed a late comeback to see off Kilkenny CBS. The Munster champions were quickest out of the blocks and lorded it in the opening exchanges in Templemore on Saturday, their physically bigger side bustling their way into a massive first-half lead. Kevin Downes fired the sliotar to the net after nine minutes. Ardscoil Ris pressed on, adding impressive points through Downes, John Fitzgibbon, Declan Hannon and Jamie Shanahan to move nine clear by the 26th minute. Three Stephen Farrell frees had been the only contribution by the CBS until then, but they ended the half on a high, as Ollie Walsh rifled home to cut the lead to five by half-time (1-10 to 1-5).

Within nine minutes CBS were in front, Stephen Farrell’s 34th-minute goal helping them take a one-point lead with 20 minutes left to play. However Ardscoil fought back and John Fitzgibbon drilled home in the 54th minute to push them into a three-point lead. Adrian Breen then clinched it with a third goal two minutes from time.

Scorers — Ardscoil Ris: J Fitzgibbon 1-5 (0-3f), K Downes 1-3, A Breen 1-1, D Hannon 0-2 (0-1 ’65), J Shanahan, N Kennedy 0-1 each. Kilkenny CBS: S Farrell 1-6 (0-5f), O Walsh 1-1, C Kenny 0-3, C Kenny 0-1.

Ardscoil Ris — PJ Hall; M Carmody, E McCarthy, M Moroney; A Dempsey, S O’Brien, D Hannon; N Kennedy, M Ryan; B O’Connor, S Dowling, A Breen; J Shanahan, K Downes, J Fitzgibbon. Subs: K Keane for Ryan (19), C Keogh for Dowling (40), J Hannon for Keane (54).

Kilkenny CBS — E Burke; J Lynch, A Forristal, P Moore; O McGrath, R Doyle, G Gaule; O Walsh, M Holohan; Cathal Kenny, Conor Kenny, M Clifford; P Vickery, S Farrell, B Kennedy. Subs: S Glynn for Holohan (50).

Ref — T Ryan (Tipperary)