Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Tipperary 0-17 Wexford 1-14

Tipperary drew with Wexford on a scoreline of 0-17 to 1-14 in Round 7 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Tipperary 0-17 Wexford 1-14

From the GAA.ie web site

Wexford completed a scarcely-believable escape from relegation by securing a 0-17 to 1-14 draw with Tipperary in Thurles on Sunday. The draw, allied to Offaly’s defeat to Kilkenny in Nowlan Park, means Wexford will play Division One hurling again next year and Offaly have been relegated to Division Two. Having lost their first five games in the Allianz League, Wexford somehow fashioned a last-gasp win over Cork in Round 6 and once again they relied on a late goal to draw with Tipperary, with Willie Doran’s goal in added time proving the crucial score on this occasion.

Doran’s goal actually put Wexford 1-14 to 0-16 ahead – the first time they led in the entire game – but a Pa Bourke point levelled the game for the All-Ireland champions late on. However, a point was all Wexford needed to stay up and, naturally, the Models’ manager, Colm Bonnar, was delighted with the spirit his players showed. “As the game went on our lads wanted it more because they knew that the prize was staying in Division One and they have had two horrible years down in Division Two so they really worked their socks off for it,” said Bonnar. “All credit to the players, they got a lot of criticism over the last five games but they stood up strong, especially when it counted and our backs were to the wall.”

Tipperary led by 0-11 to 0-6 at the break, having completely dominated a first half in which James Woodlock sent over three scores. Declan Ryan’s side led by 0-4 to 0-0 after Noel McGrath, Michael Heffernan, Pa Bourke and John O’Brien had all notched points to give them the ideal start. At one point the reigning All-Ireland champions led by 0-8 to 0-3, but points from Rory Jacob, Jim Berry and PJ Nolan reduced the gap to four. Seán Carey had the last say of the first half, nudging Tipperary five points clear, but Wexford might have been closer had Berry not missed a seemingly straightforward free just before the whistle.

Wexford appeared to be chasing a lost cause, but they persevered and two more points from Berry and another from Jacob reduced the gap to three, 0-12 to 0-9. Again Tipperary raised their game in response and things looked truly desperate for the Model County when they trailed by 0-16 to 0-11 in the final quarter. But three unanswered points, including one from Stephen Banville gave Wexford hope before Doran hit the back of the net in added time to complete their great escape.

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Wexford in Round 7 of the Allianz Hurling league shows 8 changes in personnel from the team which defeated Galway. Brendan Cummins, Eddie Connolly, Paddy Stapleton, Conor O’Mahony, James Woodlock, Noel McGrath, Sean Carey and Michael Heffernan come into the team in place of Darren Gleeson, Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher, John O’Keeffe, Gearoid Ryan, Patrick Maher, Shane Bourke and Lar Corbett.

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange) 2. Eddie Connolly (Loughmore Castleiney) 3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone) 4. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh) 5. David Young (Toomevara) 6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport) Captain 7. John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy) 8. James Woodlock (Drom and Inch) 9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch) 10. Benny Dunne (Toomevara) 11. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) 12. Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers) 13. Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) 14. Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields) 15. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

Wexford team to play Tipperary in Semple Stadium on Sunday 17 April: Niall Breen, Paul Roche, Matthew O’Hanlon, Keith Rossiter, Lar Prendergast, Darren Stamp, Ciarán Kenny, David Redmond, Eoin Quigley, PJ Nolan, Harry Kehoe, Stephen Banville, Rory Jacob, Garrett Sinnott, Jim Berry

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Dublin 1-15 Cork 1-14

Allianz League Division 1: Dublin book League final place

Cork 1-14 Dublin 1-15

From the GAA.ie web site

Dublin have qualified to play Kilkenny in the final of Division One of the Allianz Hurling League after a dramatic 1-15 to 1-14 defeat of Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday. It will be Dublin’s first appearance in a League final since 1946, as their win, combined with Galway’s defeat in Waterford, saw them leap-frog the Tribesmen and Tipperary to finish in second place in the table. “For Dublin it is such a long time since we got there it’s great, it’s fantastic. I’m thrilled for the boys,” said a delighted Dublin manager Anthony Daly. “We made heavy weather of it and Cork missed a fair bit in the first half too. It was a funny old game, (there was) a bit of tension in it.”

Dublin trailed by 0-9 to 0-8 at the break, but Daly’s charges showed remarkable character in the second half, at one stage scoring four points without reply after Cork had made a burst for the line with a Luke O’Farrell goal. Paul Ryan, Dublin’s hero in the draw with Kilkenny in Round 6 at Croke Park, hit 1-8 (0-7f) of his side’s total, his second half goal coming just after half-time before O’Farrell raised a green flag for the Rebels. O’Farrell’s goal put Cork two points clear, but Dublin hit back with four successive points, including a monster free from Ryan, to lead by two. Although Ben O’Connor reduced the gap to the minimum with two minutes left, Dublin held on for a dramatic win.

Ryan was the star of the show, but he was not left to shoulder the scoring burden on his own and was ably assisted by David O’Callaghan, who scored six points from play. John Gardiner opened the scoring for the Rebels at sunny Pairc Uí Chaoimh with a trademark long-range score from play. Indeed, the Rebels moved into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead after nine minutes, with wing-back Gardiner adding his second score of the game from a ’65. Dublin recovered well from their slow start to register four successive points, with Ryan and O’Callaghan dominating the scoring for Anthony Daly’s side.

Cork had a more even spread of scorers, as Niall McCarthy (0-2), O’Farrell and Kieran ‘Fraggy’ Murphy all chipped in with points, while Gardiner added his third of the half. The Dubs’, however, were completely reliant on Ryan and O’Callaghan, who split their first half total of 0-8 evenly between them, with Ryan successful from three placed balls. It was to be another disappointing afternoon for the Rebels, who finish third-from-bottom in the table, just above Wexford and relegated Offaly.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Waterford 1-17 Galway 1-16

Allianz League Division 1: Galway miss out

Waterford 1-17 Galway 1-16

From the GAA.ie web site

Reigning Allianz Hurling League champions Galway missed out on the opportunity to defend their title in next month’s final after they were beaten by a point in Walsh Park on Sunday. A win for Galway would have been enough to secure one of the two available final berths, but their challenge faltered and they fell to their third defeat of the campaign, slipping to fifth place in the final standings. Although all the pre-match focus was on Galway’s chances of making the final, in the end Waterford finished third in the table and would have qualified for League showpiece had Dublin lost to Cork on Leeside. In the end, though, it was the Dubs who went through, thanks largely to Galway’s defeat. Déise boss Davy Fitzgerald joked afterwards that his old Clare inter-county team-mate and Dublin’s manager, Anthony Daly, owed him a big favour for helping the men from the capital into their first League decider since 1946.

“If I don’t get a phone call off him (Daly) now I will be very disappointed,” Fitzgerald said. “He texted me yesterday and then he rang me when he heard that we were down a few players! “I told him we would be giving it our all because if Cork had beaten them (Dublin) today we were in the League final. We were very close to getting there ourselves. I’m disappointed we didn’t get a crack to be in the League final.” Ultimately, it was two late frees from the impressive Pauric Mahony that gave the points to the Déise. Waterford led 0-9 to 0-8 at the break and went even further ahead when Shane Walsh hit the back of the net in the 39th minute.

However, Joe Canning, making his seasonal debut on his return from a troublesome heel injury, scored a sublime individual goal for Galway, reducing the gap to two points, 1-12 to 1-10. Waterford showed greater desire in the final quarter and despite Canning leveling matters on 70 minutes with a free, Mahony hit the winner in added time. Galway were very disappointing in the first half against a Waterford side missing some of their marquee names, including Richie Foley, Eoin Kelly, John Mullane and Maurice Shanahan.

The Deise were 0-4 to 0-0 ahead by the eighth minute, with Mahony hitting three scores and Brian O’Sullivan chipping in with a fine effort from play. Canning got Galway off the mark in the 13th minute with a free, before Waterford edged further ahead through Walsh and O’Sullivan. In fairness to Galway, they reduced the gap to two at the break thanks to points from Iarla Tannian (two) and fine score from Damien Hayes.

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Limerick 4-15 Antrim 0-15

Limerick 4-15 Antrim 0-15

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Limerick signed off on the group stages of their Allianz Hurling League Division Two campaign with a 4-15 to 0-15 defeat of Antrim. Having already booked their place in the League final, there was little for Donal O’Grady’s charges to play for, but they sent out a signal of intent to their opponents in next month’s decider, Clare, with a four-goal salvo. Limerick led by 1-10 to 0-6 at half-time after Kevin Downes had put Seán Tobin through for goal after just three minutes. Downes would then score two goals in the second half, the second of which came right at the death as the Saffrons’ challenge fell apart. Antrim were overly-reliant on the free-taking of Neil McManus, who scored 0-5 in the second half alone. Stephen Lucey and Shane Hickey were in dominant form for the Treaty County defence, while Tobin and Graham Mulcahy were a constant threat in attack.

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Clare 4-28 Carlow 0-8

Clare 4-28 Carlow 0-8

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Clare had 32 points to spare over Carlow in a one-sided Division Two clash, a result which secured the Banner County’s passage to the final of the competition. They will now face Limerick in a winner-takes all clash with a place in Division One in 2012 up for grabs. Clare led 1-15 to 0-4 at half-time thanks to Diarmuid McMahon’s goal on 23 minutes, before Colin Ryan, Jonathan Clancy and McMahon all hit the back of the net in the second half to complete the rout.

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Laois 4-15 Kerry 1-15

LAOIS TOPS IN DEAD RUBBER AS KERRY THOUGHTS TURN TOWARDS CHRISTY RING CUP

Sunday, 17 April 2011 18:46 |

ALLIANZ NATIONAL HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 2 KERRY 1-15 LAOIS 4-15

By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie

LAOIS proved just too strong for Kerry when the sides clashed in a dead rubber Allianz National Hurling League Division 2 game, played in ideal conditions at Austin Stack Park this afternoon. Laois finished in mid table while Kerry boss John Meyler will be pleased to have maintained their Div 2 status and given some more game time to his younger players, in preparation for the next weekend’s Christy Ring Cup opener against Kildare. Laois were always in control of this contest with man-of-the-match Willie Hyland, who posted 0-9 of Laois’s final tally, being the star turn in a game that was predictable from the very outset.

Laois were way superior in most facets of the game to Kerry and led at the break by 2-7 to 0-6 thanks in the main to goals from Garry Reddan and midfielder Sean Bourke. Aidan Boyle, with a tremendous strike five minutes into the second half re-ignited Kerry’s hopes somewhat but Laois were never in any danger and goals from Sean Bourke, his second of the game, and Owen Holohan completed a comprehensive victory for the Leinster men.

Scorers:

Laois

W Hyland 0-9 (0-5 frees); S Bourke 2-2; G Reddan 1-1; O Holohan 1-0; B Dunne, N Costelloe, J Rowney 0-1 each.

Kerry:

D O’Connell 0-6, 0-5 frees), J Egan 0-4; A Boyle 1-0; S Nolan 0-2; J Flaherty 0-2; P O’Keeffe 0-1.

TEAMS

KERRY: JB O’Halloran; B Brosnan, J Godley, C Harris; J Casey, M Conway, T Murnane; D Fitzell, D Dineen, M Boyle (captain), G O’Brien, S Nolan; J Egan, A Boyle, D O’Connell.

Subs: James Flaherty for D Fitzell, Aidan Royle for A Boyle, R Casey for D O’Connell, P O’Keeffe for D Dineen, B Murphy for J Flaherty.

LAOIS: P Mullanney, J A Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, B Galvin; N Costelloe, S Burke, B Dunne, G Reddan, W Hyland; O Holohan, N Foyle, J Brophy.

Subs: S Dollard for G Reddan, J Prior for J A Delaney, J Rowney for N Foyle.

Referee: G O’Connell (Cork)

 

Kerry 1-15 Laois 4-15

From the GAA.ie web site

In a game of little consequence to either end of the Allianz League Division Two table, Laois finished off their campaign on a high at Austin Stack Park, Tralee. Laois led by 2-7 to 0-6 at the break thanks to goals from Gary Reddan and Seán Bourke. Aidan Boyle briefly gave Kerry hope with a goal on the resumption of play, but that was quickly extinguished when Bourke and Owen Holohan scored further three-pointers for the Kingdom. Willie Hyland top-scored with 0-9 (0-5f) for Laois, while Darragh O’Connell hit 0-6 (0-5f) for the Kingdom.