Allianz Football League Division 3 – Limerick 2-12 Wexford 0-14

At the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick took control from the start as a goal from a penalty by Ger Collins got them off to a great start and things got worse for Wexford when Daithí Walters was sent off. Seanie Buckley added a second goal for the hosts before half-time, producing a fine finish after an excellent run through the Wexford defence, and at the turnaround it was 2-7 to 0-5.

As the second half progressed, they continued to keep the Model County at arm’s length before a mini-rally by the visitors, but at the end there were still four points between the teams, Limerick triumphing by 2-12 to 0-14.

Despite the win moving them to six points, the Shannonsiders could not avoid dropping straight back down to the bottom tier for next year as Cavan beat Tipperary. There they will be joined by Waterford, whom they beat in the Division 4 final last year.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 1-13 Down 1-11

Kerry defeated Down by 1-13 to 1-11 in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Kerry 1-13 Down 1-11

From the web site

Kerry rounded off their 2011 Allianz League campaign with a fourth successive win, but it was not enough to secure a place in the final of the competion. Down, too, had designs on meeting Dublin in the League decider later this month and both sides served up an entertaining and competitive game in Killarney. However, Cork did the necessary and beat Armagh at home, so ultimately the result of this game determined little more than who finished third and fourth in the table.

Kerry led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break, having scored the first four points of the game through Colm Cooper (two frees), Donnacha Walsh and Kieran Donaghy. They soon extended that advantage when Darran O’Sullivan snatched a goal early in the second half. The Glenbeigh man fisted the ball to the back of the net after Bryan Sheehan had found him with a clever pass. In the first half alone, Down had wasted at least two great goal chances, with Declan Rooney and Mark Poland the guilty parties.

Kerry consolidated their advantage with further points from Declan O’Sullivan and his namesake, Darran, leaving the Munster champions in apparent control as the game entered the final quarter. Down finally got the goal that probably should have arrived much sooner when Benny Coulter hit the back of the net after Kerry midfielder Eoin Brosnan had smacked the Down crossbar seconds earlier. Things looked grim for Kerry when defender Tom O’Sullivan was sent off and Martin Clarke brought Down to within a point with the resultant free. Sheehan settled Kerry with a late free and Jack O’Connor’s side held on for a two-point win, gaining a measure of revenge for last year’s GAA All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to the Mourne men.

Team News

The Kerry team to play Down on Sunday at 2.30pm in Fitzgerald Stadium is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy, (Kilcummin)

2. Shane Enright (Tarbert) 3 Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) . 4 Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore)

5 Tomas Ó Sé, (An Ghaeltacht )6 Killian Young (Renard) 7. Aidan O’Mahony(Rathmore)

8 Eoin Brosnan (Dr. Crokes), 9 Anthony Maher (Duagh)

10. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane), 11. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 12. Paul Galvin (Finuge)

13. Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes)14 Kieran Donaghy(Austin Stacks) 15. Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Subs: Tomás Mac a t’Saoir (An Ghaeltacht) Seamus Scanlon (Currow) Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes) Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s) 20 Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin) Brian McGuire (Listowel Emmetts) Daniel Bohan(Austin Stacks) , Adrian O’Connell (St Michaels Foilmore) Niall O’Mahony (Spa)

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Physical coach: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Coach: Donie Buckley (Castleisland Desmonds)

Selectors : Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) & Diarmuid Murphy ( Daingean Uí Chúis )


Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 2-15 Armagh 1-12

Cork defeated Armagh by 2-15 to 1-12 in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Cork 2-15 Armagh 1-12

From the web site

Donncha O’Connor came off the bench to score the two crucial second half goals that propelled Cork into the Allianz Football League Division One final. The Rebels will play Dublin in the League showpiece at the end of the month, while Armagh – who were more concerned with matters at the other end of the table – have survived in the top flight despite their fifth defeat of the campaign. The Orchard County finish just ahead of Galway and Monaghan in the table in sixth place, with their one-point Round 2 win over the Farney County in the end proving crucial.

For Cork, they now have a chance to defend their League title, bouncing back from last week’s defeat in Mayo, a result which meant that Kerry and Down still had a chance to deny them another trip to Croke Park. O’Connor, who was struggling with a groin problem for the last week, was introduced just after the break and finished the game with a personal haul of 2-3. “We’re through to another final and the feeling at the start was that we had to get a win no matter how we got it,” O’Connor said afterwards. “The second half was tough but we got through it in the end are we have to be happy with that.”

Leading by 0-7 to 0-6 after a relatively dull first half in which Daniel Goulding scored six points for the Rebels, Cork made the perfect start to the second half, when O’Connor was fouled by Armagh goalkeeper Paul Hearty and referee Maurice Condon pointed to the penalty spot. O’Connor blasted the ball straight down the middle to give his side a 1-7 to 0-7 lead. That didn’t last long. Armagh showed tremendous fight to go down the other end of the field and equalise through an Aaron Kernan goal. Things got worse for Cork when they were reduced to 14 men when dual star Eoin Cadogan was given a straight red card following an off-the-ball incident involving Stephen McDonnell.

However, the defending champions were not about to relinquish their title without a major battle and they snaffled a second goal, again from the boot of O’Connor, to take control again. O’Connor pounced, swiveling and then finishing neatly, after Paddy Kelly’s shot had hit off a post and rebounded into his path. It proved to be the match-winning score for Cork, who were slightly flattered by the six-point winning margin. For Armagh, it was a case of massive relief that results elsewhere fell their way and afterwards they were able to celebrate staying in the top division despite another defeat.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Louth 1-11 Waterford 0-11

Louth defeated Waterford by 1-11 to 0-11 in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Team News

Please find listed herewith Waterford Football Team to play Louth in Round 7 of Division 4 at Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Sunday at 2.30p.m.

1. Kieran Cotter Geraldines C. Mac Oitir

2. Maurice O’Gorman Nire M. O Gormain

3. Thomas O’Gorman Nire T. O’Gormain

4. Kieran Connery Clashmore C. O Conaire

5. Wayne Hennessy Ardmore W. O hAonghusa CAPTAIN

6. Shane Briggs Ballinacourty S. De Brig

7. John Hurney Ballinacourty S. O’hUrnai

8. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty T. de Priondargais

9. Brian Phelan Ballinameela B. O’Faolain

10. Brian Wall Nire B. de Bhal

11. Sean Fleming Clashmore S. Phleimeann

12. Tommy Connors Stradbally T. O Conchuir

13. Eamonn Walsh Ballinameela E. Breathnach

14. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty P. O’hUrnai

15. Mark Ferncombe Ballinacourty M. Ferncombe

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Wicklow 1-17 Clare 0-20

Mick O’Dwyer’s charges entertained Clare at Aughrim but trailed for much of the game, Gary Brennan impressive in the first half as the Banner led by 0-11 to 0-7 at half-time. Wicklow mounted a rally in the second half and began to reel in their visitors, Leighton Glynn’s late goal levelling the scores at 1-17 to 0-20, which was how it finished.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Cavan 0-16 Tipperary 0-13

Cavan survive late Tipperary rally

From the Irish Times newspaper

AFL DIVISION THREE Cavan 0-16 Tipperary 0-13: CAVAN SEEMED set to win easily but Tipperary notched the final six points to push the game to the wire at Kingspan/Breffni Park. Points from Tipp’s Brian Coen (17th) and Barry Grogan two minutes later had the sides level, 0-3 to 0-3, before Ronan Flanagan popped up to ease the hosts into a 0-7 to 0-4 interval lead. Cavan substitutes Gareth Smith and Eugene Keating added points but the hosts lost David Givney to a second yellow card in the 54th minute. Another point from Keating made it 0-16 to 0-7 while a point from Hugh Coghlan put just a goal between the sides but the score eluded Tipp.

CAVAN : J Reilly; J McEnroe, T Corr, D ODowd; M McKeever, P O’Reilly, D OReilly; J McCutcheon, D Givney (0-1); K Fannin (0-1), R Cullivan, R Flanagan (0-1); S Johnston (0-9, five frees), E E Keating (0-3), C Mackey. Subs : G Smith (0-1) for J McCutcheon (39 mins); A Gaynor for P OReilly (53 mins); D Sheridan for C Mackey (68 mins).

TIPPERARY : M ODonnell; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; C Aylward, H Coghlan (0-1), B Fox; B Jones, G Hannigan; P Acheson (0-1), P Austin (0-1), J Cagney; B Grogan (0-5, three frees), B Coen (0-1), B Mulvihill (0-1). Subs : N Curran for C Aylward (22 mins); C Sweeney (0-3, one free) for B Coen (46 mins); L Egan for B Mulvihill (55 mins).

Referee: C Branagan (Down)