Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 3-17 Down 0-15

Cork defeated Down by 3-17 to 0-15 in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Saturday at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Cork rediscover goal-scoring touch

From the GAA.ie web site

Saturday, March 12, 2011

All-Ireland champions Cork finally rediscovered their goal-scoring touch to beat Down by 3-17 to 0-15 in an entertaining game at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night.

With just one goal in their Allianz League campaign before tonight and having struggled to find the back of the net throughout their All-Ireland-winning run last year, the Rebels scored three fine goals to condemn the Mourne men to the first defeat in the League, ensuring they are now back on course to make the final of the competition for the second successive year. Pearse O’Neill sent the Rebels on their way with a sixth minute goal that helped Conor Counihan’s side to a 1-9 to 0-10 lead at the break, while Colm O’Neill and Paddy Kelly added a coat of gloss to the win with a pair of late goals.

It was dispiriting end to a game which Down contributed handsomely to, but the intricate forward play of the influential Mark Poland was not matched by the performance of the Mourne defence, which was guilty of giving Cork’s forward far too much space. In the end, Down finished the game with 14 men after Aidan Brannigan was sent off late in the game for raising his hand. Cork’s success was built upon their dominance in midfield, while man-of-the-match Daniel Goulding contributed 0-7 from play in the first half alone, although he failed to add to his tally after the break.

Down were two points ahead inside the first two minutes, as Ronan Murtagh and Poland gave James McCartan’s side the perfect start to the game. Goulding, however, gave off some early signs that he was in the right mood with a pair of frees to level the game in the fifth minute. The Rebels seized the initiative when they grabbed the only goal of the first half a minute later, when Alan O’Connor once again won the ball in midfield and Paudie Kissane played Pearse O’Neill through on goal. The Aghada man stretched and drove the ball home.

Goulding finished the first half with seven points, including a fine effort from play after 16 minutes, which gave Counihan’s side a four-point lead, 1-5 to 0-4. It was a brilliant first-half display from the Éire Óg man, who was Cork’s match-winner in the All-Ireland final defeat of the Mourne men last September, when he scored 0-9. Colm O’Neill and Goulding, his seventh, left the Rebels in a comfortable position as half-time approached, but Down had the last say of the opening period when Conor Laverty finished off a fine move to leave just two points, 1-9 to 0-10, in it at the break.

Down opened the second half in style and were level by the 40th minute, when Martin Clarke slung over a point from a free. Cork, however, gave the perfect riposte, hitting three successive points, with Kelly on target twice and Fintan Goold sending over his third of the game. Aidan Walsh came on for a visibly flagging Nicholas Murphy to bolster the Cork midfield and the Kanturk man made an impact, driving over a fine point from play before Cork made the decisive burst for the line in the 57th minute. Noel O’Leary delivered a long ball into Colm O’Neill in the full-forward and the big Ballyclough man turned sharply to drive home a superb goal. Down were reduced to 14 men in the closing stages when Brannigan was sent off, while Cork finished with a flourish and a Kelly goal with practically the last play of the game gave them a 3-17 to 0-15 win.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Waterford 2-8 Tipperary 0-9

Waterford defeated Tipperary by 2-8 to 0-9 in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Saturday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Deise never rattled

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Sunday March 13 2011

Waterford 2-8 Tipperary 0-9

Waterford gathered the all-important points in Division 3 of the NFL last night with a deserved victory over Tipperary in the first ever floodlight league game to be played in Fraher Field. Tipperary raced three points ahead through a Barry Grogan free and Conor Sweeney and Brian Fox points. Waterford settled with scores from Brian Wall and Eamonn Walsh but Tipp led 0-4 to 0-3 when Eamonn Walsh got in for a well taken Waterford goal on 24 minutes. A Shane Briggs pass and a powerful finish from Walsh saw Waterford take the lead.

Wall added two further points as Waterford began to dominate. Eamonn Walsh created Waterford’s second goal on 32 minutes which was well finished by Patrick Hurney to give the Deise men a commanding 2-5 to 0-4 lead at the break. Tipp improved in the second half with points from Barry Grogan and Brian Fox but Wall added some great points to seal the home victory.

Scorers — Waterford: P Hurney, E Walsh 1-1 each, B Wall 0-4 (1f), S Fleming, M O’ Gorman 0-1 each. Tipperary: B Grogan 0-4 (1f, 1 ’45’), B Fox 0-2, H Coghlan, C Sweeney, G Hannigan 0-1 each.

Waterford: K Cotter; M O’ Gorman, T O’ Gorman, W Hennessy; S Briggs, J Hurney, E Walsh; B Phelan, B Wall; P Hurney, T Connors, M Ferncombe, T Prendergast, S Fleming. Subs: M O’ Gorman for Phelan (54), C O’ Keeffe for Ferncombe (57), S Dempsey for Walsh (67), T Grey for P Hurney (71).

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; N Curran, L Egan, H Coghlan; B Jones, S Grogan; B Fox, P Austin, P Acheson; C Sweeney, G Hannigan, B Grogan. Subs: S Hahessy for C Mweeney (30), C McGrath for Egan (h-t), J Cagney for S Grogan (54), A Matassa for Austin, B Mulvihill for Fox (65).

Referee: Michael Meade

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Waterford at Fraher Field on Saturday evening is:

1. Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard) 2. Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers) 3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule) 4. Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow 5. Niall Curran (Mullinahone) 6. Lorcan Egan (JK Brackens) 7. Dara Dwyer (Moyle Rovers) 8. Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers) 9. Seamus Grogan (Aherlow) 10. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty) 11. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers) 12. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers) 13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen) 14. Phiilip Austin (Borrisokane) 15. Barry Grogan (Aherlow) CAPTAIN

Please find listed here with Waterford Football team to play Tipperary in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League tomorrow Saturday night at 7.30pm under lights in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

1. Kieran Cotter Geraldines C. Mac Oitir

2. Maurice O’Gorman Nire M. O Gormain

3. Thomas O’Gorman Nire T. O’Gormain

4. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers C. O’Faolain

5. Kieran Connery Clashmore C. O Conaire

6. Shane Briggs Ballinacourty S. De Brig

7. Wayne Hennessy Ardmore W. O hAonghusa CAPTAIN

8. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty T. de Priondargais

9. Brian Phelan Ballinameela B. O’Faolain

10. Brian Wall Nire B. de Bhal

11. Kevin Power Rathgormack C. de Paor

12. Michael O’Gorman Nire M. O Gormain

13. Mark Ferncombe Ballinacourty M. Ferncombe

14. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty P. O’hUrnai

15. Sean Fleming Clashmore S. Phleimeann

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Kerry 1-15 Westmeath 1-13

Kerry 1-15 Westmeath 1-13

At Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday, Darragh O’Connell scored 1-9 to guide Kerry to a vital 1-15 to 1-13 win over Westmeath. Kerry led by 0-9 to 0-7 at the break and they were four points clear in the second half when Derek McNicholas bagged a fine goal from a free for the Lake men. Westmeath soon levelled before two Liam Boyle points and an O’Connell goal helped the Kingdom seize back the initiative.

Westmeath trailed by two points in the closing stages and had a late goal chance from a free but the Kerry defence, with Mike Conway and Eamon Fitzgerald particularly impressive, stood firm to collect the two points.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 5-10 London 0-4

AFL Division 4

From the Irish Post newspaper

CLARE 5-10 LONDON 0-4

LONDON’S season went from bad to worse in Cusack Park last Saturday after they failed to score from open play during the 21-point hiding by Clare. It was a tumultuous weekend for the Exiles, who had to fly to Dublin late Friday night and travel by bus to Ennis on the morning of the game, and didn’t get back to London until Sunday evening. And when they did arrive, Paul Coggins’ side were ripped apart by a Clare team who had just one win to their name prior to Saturday’s game, which came against Kilkenny. By the interval the Banner led by 2-3 to 0-3, Alan Clohessy and Gary Brennan both finding the net, with Moindearg’s Eoin O’Neill kicking all London’s scores from frees.

Realising London were offering little attacking threat, Clare went for the jugular in the second half and leading marksman David Tubridy – who finished with 2-7 – grabbed a brace of maximums. But for Clare’s wastefulness in front of goal they would have won by even more. They hit a massive 17 wides over the 70 minutes, something Michael McDermott will be keen to address prior to next weekend’s meeting with unbeaten Roscommon.

For London, the high of an opening round win over Kilkenny has long subsided. With trips to Carlow and Fermanagh still to come – as well as the rescheduled game with Leitrim – they are likely to incur another couple of substantial beatings before the National League’s culmination. Despite their fourth straight loss, London remain within just a single point of Fermanagh, who slipped to their second defeat after John Rogers’ injury-time goal handed Roscommon victory at Kiltoom. Kilkenny registered their highest total for this year’s league – 3-1 – against Carlow, but they still suffered a 17-point defeat, while table-toppers Wicklow and Longford shared the spoils in Aughrim, corner-forward Sean McCormack missing a late free for the visitors.