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Allianz NFL Division 4 – Waterford 1-24 Kilkenny 1-2

Waterford defeated Kilkenny by 1-24 to 1-2 in Round 8 of the Alllianz National Football League Division 4 on Saturday in Freshford.

Allianz NHL Division 2 – Clare 4-19 Westmeath 3-15

Clare defeated Westmeath by 4-19 to 3-15 in Round 6 of the Allianz GAA Hurling National League Division 2 on Saturday at Cusack Park Ennis.

Clare 4-19 Westmeath 3-15

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Clare maintained their unbeaten run in a high-scoring tie at Cusack Park in Ennis yesterday, and moved a step closer to the league final when they proved too strong for Westmeath. Clare’s Colin Ryan was the game’s top scorer with 1-9 but Westmeath’s Andrew Mitchell was only a point behind with 2-5.

Scorers — Clare: C Ryan 1-9; Clancy 1-3; C O’Donovan, M Murphy 1-0 each; J Conlon 0-3; D McMahon 0-2; P Donnellan, D Barrett 0-1 each. Westmeath: A Mitchell 2-5; B Murtagh 0-5; P Greville 1-0; D Carthy 0-3; D McNicholas, P Dowdall 0-1 each.

Clare: D Tuohy; P Vaughan, C Dillon, G O’Grady; D O’Donovan, J McInerney, P Donnellan; S Collins, B Bugler; J Conlon, J Clancy, D O’Donovan; D McMahon, M Flaherty C Ryan. Subs: D Barrett for Flaherty; D Ryan for O’Grady; M Murphy for Bugler J Cusack for Collins; C Cooney for Vaughan.

Westmeath: B McLoughlin; C Jordan, A Price, P Greville; J Shaw, A Mitchell, D McCormack; E Prive, L Smith; J Clarke, D McNicholas, A Dowdall; C Curley, B Murtagh, D Carthy. Subs: P Dowda;l for A Dowdall

Referee: T Ryan (Tipperary)

All-Ireland Colleges Senior Hurling A Final – St. Kierans College 2-11 Ard Scoil Ris 2-8

St. Kierans College defeated Ard Scoil Ris by 2-11 to 2-8 in the All-Ireland Colleges Senior Hurling A Final on Saturday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

The match was close for much of the opening 45 minutes before Ard Scoil Ris raced in to a 2-8 to 1-6 lead with 12 minutes remaining. St. Kieran’s responded in admirable fashion however and outscored their opponents by 1-5 to 0-0 in the final stages to run out deserving winners.

Brennan’s strike foils Ardscoil bid

Sunday April 04 2010

St Kieran’s 2-11 Ardscoil Ris 2-8

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Ardscoil Ris were denied their first Croke Cup title following a resilient performance by Kilkenny kingpins St Kieran’s in an entertaining final at Semple Stadium yesterday. In a tight encounter, the sides were level at 0-5 to 1-2 at half-time, with Paul Buggy netting the St Kieran’s goal. Goals from Brendan O’Connor and John Fitzgibbon at the beginning of the final quarter saw Ardscoil Ris then claim a 2-8 to 1-6 lead. However, Kieran’s staged a magnificent comeback, hitting 1-5 without reply including a Michael Brennan goal in the 51st minute, as the famous Noreside nursery claimed its 17th All-Ireland title.

Scorers — St Kieran’s: M Brennan 1-2; P Buggy 1-1; P Walsh 0-3; W Phelan (1f, 1 ’65) 0-2; T Hanrahan, J Power (1f), C Buckley 0-1 each. Ardscoil Ris: J Fitzgibbon (2f, 1 sl) 1-3; B O’Connor 1-0; M Ryan, K Downes, A Breen, D Hannon (1f), M Moroney 0-1 each.

St Kieran’s: M Donnelly; C O’Neill, R Lennon, S Phelan; A O’Dowd, W Phelan, D Brennan; J Gannon, C Buckley; J Power, B O’Connor, P Walsh; P Buggy, M Brennan, T Hanrahan. Subs: R Reid for O’Connor (53); C O’Shea for Hanrahan (58)

Ardscoil Ris: D Sheppard; M Carmody, E McCarthy, A Dempsey; C McInerney, D Hannon, M Moroney; S O’Brien, N Kennedy; M Ryan, S Dowling, B O’Connor; J Fitzgibbon, K Downes, A Breen. Subs: J Shanahan for Breen (44); C Keogh for Dowling (58)

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

All Ireland Vocational Schools Junior A Hurling Final – Banagher College 3-17 Causeway Comp 2-9

Banagher College defeated Causeway Comp by 3-17 to 2-9 in the All Ireland Vocational Schools Junior A Hurling Final on Saturday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Banagher College 3-17 Causeway Comp 2-9

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Stephen Quirke goal on 58 minutes paved the way for Banagher College to take a first All-Ireland Vocational Schools title since 1989 at Semple Stadium yesterday. In a keenly contested encounter, the Offaly school were forced to withstand a strong Causeway comeback, as second-half goals from Daniel Collins and Padraig Boyle cut the gap to five points with seven minutes remaining. Banagher had blazed a trail in the opening half and led by 1-10 to 0-5 at the interval thanks to an 11th-minute Trevor Moran goal. Man of the match Aidan Treacy was outstanding in defence for the eventual winners, who held their composure with Quirke’s late goal the catalyst for victory.

Scorers — Banagher College: T Moran (1-1f, 1 65) 1-4; C Kelly 1-3; S Quirke 1-1; S Dolan, A Treacy (2f), E Mannion 0-2 each; P Camon, J O’Connor, S Kenny 0-1 each. Causeway Comprehensive: S Dunne (4f) 0-5; P Boyle 1-1; B Brosnan (3f) 0-3; D Collins 1-0.

Banagher College: C Clancy; N Wynne, S Og Lyons, A Kelly; K Burke, A Treacy, S Gardiner; J O’Connor, P Camon; S Kenny, C Kelly, S Dolan; S Quirke, T Moran, E Mannion. Subs: R Wynne for C Kelly (53); P Looby for Mannion (57); L Dolan for O’Connor (60)

Causeway Comprehensive: N Leen; B Murphy, C McCarthy, D Fitzell; T Maunsell, B Brosnan, M O’Regan; T Barrett, M Delaney; D Collins, A Fealy, E O’Connor; S Dunne, P Boyle, L Fitzell. Subs: M O’Halloran for Murphy (11); R Heffernan for L Fitzell (ht); J Silles for Maunsell (40); T Casey for Fealy (56)

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)

Allianz NFL Division 4 – Limerick 0-14 Clare 2-7

Limerick defeated Clare by 0-14 to 2-7 in Round 8 of the Allianz National Football League Division 4 on Saturday in Cusack Park Ennis.

O’Sullivan hails spirited Treaty men’s efforts to stay in hunt Limerick 0-14 Clare 2-7

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday April 05 2010

Clare only needed a draw at Cusack Park on Saturday to gain promotion, but fell just short when they went down to neighbours and rivals Limerick by a single point. Limerick dominated for almost an hour of this lively encounter but had to withstand a late, spirited Clare challenge to keep their own promotion aspirations alive. As Limerick manager Mickey ‘Ned’ O’Sullivan said after the game: “We needed two points because if we lost we were out of the running and it’s great to get a win like that when you are developing a young team.” Limerick’s young team enjoyed a deserved 0-8 to 1-1 lead at the break after playing into a strong breeze in the opening half. John Galvin put in a fine first-half display for the Shannonsiders as they held Clare scoreless for a 24-minute period.

Clare’s first score came after nine minutes when the impressive David Tubridy goaled with a low shot to the left-hand corner of the Limerick net. The hosts didn’t score again until the 33rd minute when Gary Brennan pointed from play. After the break another barren spell for Clare, this time a 17-minute period, suggested an easy victory for O’Sullivan’s men. But in the final 10 minutes, Clare hit 1-4 to a single Ian Ryan injury-time point for Limerick. Tubridy grabbed another goal on 63 minutes in a frantic final few moments. Ryan’s point settled nerves, putting two between them, yet Tubridy found the target once more seconds later. The Doonbeg man did have a chance to tie matters and clinch promotion at the death but his 45-metre free went wide.

Scorers — Limerick: G Collins 0-4 (0-3f), E O’Connor 0-3, I Ryan, S Buckley, J Mullane 0-2 each, C Joyce-Power 0-1. Clare: D Tubridy 2-5 (0-4f), G Brennan, B Toner 0-1 each.

Limerick — B Moran; M O’Riordan, C Mullane, A Lane; P Browne, S Gallagher, P Ranahan; J O’Donovan, J Galvin; J Mullane, C Joyce-Power, S Buckley (capt); G Collins, J Ryan, I Ryan. Subs: B Fitzpatrick for C Mullane (19), E O’Connor for Buckley (26), E Joy for Fitzpatrick (49), S Kelly for J Mullane (60), J Cooke for Collins (70).

Clare — J Hayes; D Hickey, S McNeilis, L Healy; M Tubridy, G Kelly (capt), D Callinan; G Quinlan, D Russell; S Brennan, M O’Shea, S Hickey; A Clohessy, G Brennan, D Tubridy. Subs: S Kinnevan for S Brennan (30), B Toner for Callinan (h-t), M McCarthy for Quinlan (h-t), C O’Loughlin for Hayes (47).

Ref — P O’Sullivan (Kerry)