Allianz Football League Division 3 – Waterford 2-8 Limerick 0-8

Waterford defeated Limerick by 2-8 to 0-8 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday at Fraher Field Dungarvan. Both goals were scored by Mark Ferncombe.

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Clare 2-14 Antrim 2-13

Clare 2-14 Antrim 2-13

From the web site

Clare repelled a late Antrim comeback to secure their first points in their 2011 Allianz Hurling league Division two campaign at Casement Park on Sunday. Having been heavily beaten by Limerick last week, the pressure was on Clare boss Ger O’Loughlin to make amends, and his players just about delivered in a hectic finale. Clare were far the better team in the opening exchanges and goals from Conor McGrath and Cathal McInerney helped the Banner men to a 2-9 to 0-4 lead.

However, Cushendall’s Neil McManus responded with a goal for the Saffrons, sending a low shot to the back of the net in first half added time to leave his side trailing by 2-9 to 1-5 at the break. The gap was down to two points when Antrim, invigorated by the introduction of sub Shane McNaughton, started the second half with five successive scores while their second goal came from Liam Kearns, who hit the back of the net midway through the second half. Clare were then reduced to 14 men, as James McInerney was sent off for a second yellow card offence. With five minutes to go, points from McManus and Conor Carson saw Antrim draw level. However, Clare’s Nicky O’Connell sent over his seventh point of the game in added time to nudge Clare ahead. There was, however, some late drama, as Karl Stewart did have a chance to level the game deep into added time, but he sent a 20-metre free from a tight angle just wide.

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Kerry 2-23 Down 3-17

Kerry 2-23 Down 3-17

From the web site

Kerry got the first win of their Allianz Hurling League Division 2 campaign when they beat Down by 2-23 to 3-17 in a thrilling game at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney on Sunday. Playing with the strong wind at their backs, Kerry led by 2-16 to 1-5 at the break thanks to Aidan Boyle and John Egan, while Darragh O’Connell pitched in with 0-7 for John Meyler’s side. Down’s goal in the opening period came from Gareth Johnston, who converted a penalty.

As expected, given the worsening weather conditions, the second half was a very different game and Kerry struggled to match the form they had shown before the break. However, they repelled Down for the most part and it was not until the final five minutes that the Mourne men grabbed goals through Connor Mageean and Scott Nicholson. O’Connell added three more points to his tally in the second half to finish with ten points (0-7f) for the Kingdom.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Waterford 1-11 Wexford 0-12

Waterford 1-11 Wexford 0-12

From the web site

Wexford suffered a second straight defeat in the Allianz Hurling League when they were narrowly beaten by neighbours Waterford at Wexford Park on Sunday. Having suffered a 21-point loss to Galway last week, Wexford looked doomed after the opening round of the competition, but Models boss Colm Bonnar will take heart from this performance as his side were only denied a win by three late Waterford points. Maurice Shanahan, a second half sub, was the hero for Davy Fitzgerald’s side, firing over all three of those late scores in a fine cameo appearance. Seamus Prendergast scored an early goal for the Déise, but Wexford came back strongly and held a 0-9 to 1-5 lead at one point. It might not have been such a close shave for Waterford in the end had Richie Foley, their star man in the draw with Dublin last week, not missed a second half penalty.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Kilkenny 0-14 Cork 1-10

Allianz Hurling League Div 1: Hogan repels Cork comeback

From the web site

Sunday, February 20, 2011

If Kilkenny’s season ends with them recapturing the Liam MacCarthy Cup, their last-gasp 0-14 to 1-10 Allianz Hurling League defeat of Cork in appalling conditions in Nowlan Park on Sunday will be recalled as one of the defining moments of their campaign. Having completely dominated the first three quarters of the game, Brian Cody’s side were leading by 0-12 to 0-4 as late as the 51st minute when Cork, against the odds, staged a remarkable comeback thanks to a late penalty and the sending off of JJ Delaney, to level the game in the final minute. With the momentum firmly in Cork’s favour, it appeared that the only place the league point were going was south, but the Cats showed their steel to change the flow of the game and steal the victory thanks to Richie Hogan’s tenth point of the game two minutes into added time.

For the second week in a row, Hogan struck 0-10 for his side, but it looked like all his hard work in the first half might have been undone by an alarming final quarter collapse. However, Hogan bailed Cody’s side out and the Leinster champions collected their second straight Allianz League win. If Kilkenny had been impressive in beating Tipperary in their Allianz League opener last week, they took their performance up another notch in the first half at Nowlan Park. Despite playing into a stiff breeze, the Cats played aggressive but controlled hurling and brought a far greater intensity to their game than their Leeside opponents.

Having scored 0-10 in Semple Stadium last week, Hogan continued his fine early season form with seven points in the first half, including a gem in the 25th minute when the Danesfort man, probably the smallest player on the pitch, made a stunning catch and swept the ball over the bar. At that stage, Brian Cody’s men were 0-6 to 0-1 to the good having necklaced six points in a row after Pat Horgan had given Cork an early lead. John Mulhall, Michael Rice and Michael Fennelly were Kilkenny’s other scorers in the first half, while Horgan replied with another free for Cork to reduce the gap to 0-9 to 0-2. In added time, Michael Fennelly intercepted a sloppy Cork pass from defence, controlled the sliothar on his hurl and drove a fine score to give the Cats a 0-10 to 0-2 half-time lead.

No doubt Denis Walsh had harsh words with his Cork troops at the break, because it was the Rebels who started the second half with more purpose, with Ben O’Connor landing their first score from play in the 36th minute. But Hogan was a menacing presence in the Kilkenny full forward line and he could have ended the game as a contest when he worked a clear path through on Cork goalkeeper Martin Coleman, but just as he was about to pull the trigger, man of the match John Gardiner swiped the ball from his possession. Hogan won the ball back and quickly flicked over his eighth point.

A minute later, Coleman made a remarkable double save to keep out the Cats, first denying Michael Fennelly and then reacting brilliantly to keep out the rebound. Kilkenny had the sliothar in the back of the net in the next attack, but Eddie Brennan was penalised for fouling Eoin Cadogan before he had flicked the ball past Coleman. Slowly, Cork worked their way back into the game, chipping away at Kilkenny’s lead with five successive points in a nine-minute spell, including a pair of frees from Horgan, while Niall McCarthy (two) and Cian McCarthy added scores from play. Cork’s task was made easier when Kilkenny were reduced to 14 men in the 63rd minute when full back Delaney was sent off for a second yellow card offence.

Things looked even brighter for Cork when, three points down with three minutes left on the clock, they were awarded a penalty when Paudie O’Sulivan was hauled down by James Fitzpatrick and referee James Owens pointed to the penalty spot. Patrick Horgan drove his shot into the ground and the ball skidded past David Herity, the Kilkenny goalkeeper. Kilkenny immediately went up the other end took the lead again thanks to a wonderful effort from Hogan. However, in a madcap finish, Horgan equalised for Cork from a free, bringing his tally from placed balls to 1-6, before Niall McCarthy had a chance to send Cork ahead deep into injury time, but he flashed his shot wide. Inevitably though it was Hogan and Kilkenny who had the final say, when the Danesfort man was fouled by Tom Kenny and stood up to send the last-gasp free over that gave the Cats the narrowest of wins.

Scorers for Kilkenny: R Hogan 0-10 (0-1 ’65, 0-5f), J Mulhall 0-1, M Rice 0-1, M Fennelly 0-1, E Brenan 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 1-6 (0-6f, 1-0 pen), Ben O’Connor 0-1, N McCarthy 0-2, C McCarthy 0-1.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 1-9 Mayo 0-8

Kerry defeated Mayo by 1-9 to 0-8 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday at Castlebar.

Team News

MAYO (NFL v Kerry): R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, G Cafferkey, C Barrett; P Gardiner, T Howley, K McLoughlin; J Gibbons, R McGarrity; A Campbell, A Moran, A Dillon; A O’Shea, A Kilcoyne, M Ronaldson.

The Kerry Senior Football team V Mayo Sunday 20th February 2011

1. Brendan Kealy


2. Pádraig Reidy


3. Marc Ó Sé

(An Ghaeltacht)

4. Shane Enright


5. Aidan O’Mahony


6. Eoin Brosnan

(Dr. Crokes)

7. Jonathan Lyne


8. Seamus Scanlon


9. David Moran

D.Ó Moráin

(Kerins O’Rahilly’s)

10. Gary O’Driscoll

(Skellig Rangers)

11. Darran O’Sullivan


12. Donnchadh Walsh


13. Colm Cooper (Captain)

Dr. Crokes

14. Kieran Donaghy

(Austin Stacks)

15. David Geaney

(An Daingean)

16. Tomás Mac a t’Saoir

(An Ghaeltacht)

17. Anthony Maher


18. Paul Geaney

(An Daingean)

19. Killian Young


20. Kieran O’Leary

(Dr. Crokes)

21. Peter Crowley

(Laune Rangers)

22. Brian Maguire

(Listowel Emmetts)

23. Adrian O’Connell

(St Michael’s Foilmore)

24. Daithí Casey

Dr. Crokes

25. Bryan Sheehan

(St. Mary’s)

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) & Diarmuid Murphy (An Daingean)

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Louth 1-12 Tipperary 1-10

Keenan shows Louth the way

From the Irish Times Newspaper

NFL DIVISION THREE Louth 1-12 Tipperary 1-10: LOUTH ALL-STAR and captain Paddy Keenan dragged his team to joint top of Division Three with a couple of superb late points at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday. The talismanic midfielder drew the Reds level in the 67th minute with a sweetly struck left-footed effort, before firing over an even better point off his stronger foot 90 seconds later.Mark Brennan finished the job with an insurance score soon afterwards, but Louth also had goalkeeper Seán Connor to thank for a superb save from full back Paddy Codd, who found himself clean through on goal in the final minute of normal-time.

Tipperary were left to rue not making more use of a strong wind in the opening half as they adjourned all-square at 1-6 apiece – both goals coming directly from defensive errors. Conor Sweeney’s 52nd minute free proved to be Tipperary’s last score as Keenan and Brennan added a touch of class in the closing stages.

LOUTH : S Connor; E McAuley, A Hoey, G Hoey (0-1); R Finnegan (0-1), D Finnegan, D Byrne (0-1); P Keenan (0-2), R Carroll; D Crilly, M Brennan (0-2), A McDonnell; D Maguire, S Lennon (1-5, 0-5 frees), A Reid. Subs : R Greene for A McAuley (32 mins), B Donnelly for A McDonnell (half-time), JP Rooney for D Maguire (54 mins).

TIPPERARY : P Fitzgerald; C McDonald, P Codd, A Morrissey; C Aylward, L Egan, N Curran; B Jones, G Hannigan; B Fox (0-2), J Cagney (0-1), P Acheson; C Sweeney (0-3, 0-2 frees), S Grogan, B Grogan (1-4, 0-3 frees). Subs : A Matassa for J Cagney (45 mins), D Dwyer for N Curran (45 mins), S Hahessy for D Dwyer (50 mins), B Mulvihill for P Acheson (70 mins).

Referee: D Brazil (Offaly)

Louth beat Tipperary

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Louth 1-12 Tipperary 1-10

Monday February 21 2011

PETER Fitzpatrick will head to the polls in buoyant mood on Friday after his Louth side moved joint top of the table with a hard-fought home win over Tipperary in Drogheda. The Fine Gael candidate had All Star Paddy Keenan to thank for a late reprieve as the midfielder fired over two superb points to give his side a one-point lead before Mark Brennan finished the job with just over two minutes left. The home team joined Wexford at the summit ahead of their tussle in Wexford Park next Sunday.

MAN OF THE MATCH — Mark Brennan (Louth).

SCORERS — Louth: S Lennon 1-5 (5f), M Brennan, P Keenan 0-2 each, G Hoey, R Finnegan, D Byrne 0-1 each. Tipperary: B Grogan 1-4 (3f), C Sweeney 0-3 (2f), B Fox 0-2, J Cagney 0-1.

LOUTH — S Connor 7; E McAuley 6, A Hoey 7, G Hoey 7; R Finnegan 7, D Finnegan 7, D Byrne 6; P Keenan 7, R Carroll 6; D Crilly 6, M Brennan 8, A McDonnell 6; D Maguire 6, S Lennon 7, A Reid 6. Subs: R Greene 6 for A McAuley (32), B Donnelly 6 for A McDonnell (h-t), JP Rooney 7 for D Maguire (54).

TIPPERARY — P Fitzgerald 6; C McDonald 6, P Codd 7, A Morrissey 7; C Aylward 6, L Egan 6, N Curran 6; B Jones 7, G Hannigan 7; B Fox 7, J Cagney 6, P Acheson 6; C Sweeney 7, S Grogan 7, B Grogan 8. Subs: A Matassa 6 for J Cagney (45), D Dwyer for N Curran (45), S Hahessy for D Dwyer (50), B Mulvihill for P Acheson (70).

REF — D Brazil (Offaly)