Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Kerry v Down

Kerry will play Down in round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on Sunday March 25th at 12450pm in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling team to play Down on Sunday next the 25th March has been announced.

1. Bernard Rochford (Killeagh, Cork)

2. Brian Murphy (Causeway) 3.Paud Costello (Captain) (Ballyduff) 4. John Fitzgerald (Causeway)

5. Ally O’Connor (Ballyduff) 6. Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley) 7. John Griffin (Lixnaw)

8. Jason Leahy (Causeway) 9. Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

10. Colm Harty (Causeway) 11. Darren Dineen (St. Brendan’s) 12. Willie O’Dwyer (Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny)

13. Shane Brick (Kilmoyley) 14. Aidan Boyle (Ballyduff) 15. Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills)

Substitutes are:

16. PJ Gorman (Baile Dubh) 17. Mike Lynch (Crotta O’Neills) 18. Jason Casey (Ballyheigue)

19. Gary O’Brien (Ballyduff) 20. Anthony Fealy (Causeway) 21. Darren Wallace (St Brendan’s)

22. Rory Horgan (St. Brendan’s) 23. James Flaherty (Lixnaw) 24. Pa Joe Connolly (Ballyduff)

25. James Godley (Kilmoyley) 26. James O’Connor (Abbeydorney) 27. Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw) 28. Diarmuid Walsh (Ballyheigue) 29. Eoin Kelly (Duagh)

Team Management

Bainisteóir: John Meyler

Trainer: Joe O’Connor,

Trainer: Wayne Murphy

Coach: Eddie Murphy

Selectors: John Hennessey & Christy Walsh

Note: Changes from last weeks game: Tom Murnane and John Fitzgerald are on the first fifteen with Mike Lynch and Gary O’Brien on the substitute bench

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 0-14 Mayo 0-13

Allianz Football League Division I: Mayo 0-13 Cork 0-14

Two late points from Paul Kerrigan and Donncha O’Connor completed a remarkable turnaround for Cork as they beat Mayo by a point in a thrilling encounter in McHale Park. The result all but assures Cork of a place in the semi-finals of Division I of the Allianz Football League but the Rebels’ late rally means Mayo are up against it in their quest to preserve their top flight status. James Horan’s men now sit joint bottom on four points alongside Donegal and Laois but given that the Westerners have to play Kerry and Dublin in their last two games, it will be a big ask for them to avoid being in the bottom two come the close of the competition.

Mayo had led for almost the entire game, and they profited from the first-half sending off of Cork’s Mark Collins. The game was a low-scoring affair for much of the first half, with Mayo 0-4 to 0-2 ahead after 20 minutes, Donal Vaughan’s fine effort the pick of their early scores. Cork got within one through Paddy Kelly before efforts from the on-form Michael Conroy, substitute Conor Mortimer and Alan Dillon left the home side 0-7 to 0-3 ahead at the break. Collins was dismissed shortly before the sides went in at the break after an entanglement with Vaughan.

The breeze had favoured Mayo in the first half but they stayed in control for much of the second period, and were 0-10 to 0-5 up after 45 minutes. Mortimer had kicked a few more points, while Andy Moran was also showing well. However, it was when Mayo went five clear that Cork brought the required urgency to their game, and they almost goaled on 51 minutes when Donncha O’Connor’s fine shot was blocked by Ger Cafferkey. Mayo were still looking solid though and were able to maintain a three or four point buffer up until Barry O’Driscoll’s booming effort from distance made it 0-12 to 0-10 with nine minutes left on the clock.

Jason Doherty looked to have secured the points for Mayo when he responded shortly after to put a goal between them again but it was all Cork from there, and their cause was helped when Dillon was sent off with a few minutes to go after picking up his second yellow. With time running out, Mayo remained one point ahead but Cork showed far greater determination in the crucial final moments, and Kerrigan’s equaliser was quickly followed up by O’Connor’s smart finish to stun Mayo.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 0-20 Laois 1-13

Kerry 0-20 Laois 1-13

Kerry produced a classy performance to overcome Laois in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday, assuring themselves of a place in the Allianz Football League Division I semi-finals in the process. The Kingdom made light of the early dismissal of Tomás Ó Sé to win by four points in the end, although they didn’t have it all their own way as Colm Begley’s second half goal for Laois looked like it might spark the O’Moore County towards a remarkable upset. However, Kerry showed courage and quality in the final 15 minutes to ease home, making it five wins out of six in the top tier so far.

Kerry had started well, getting the first two points of the game through Darran O’Sullivan and the impressive Patrick Curtin. However, the sending off of Ó Sé after just a couple of minutes upset their progress for a while and Laois went 0-3 to 0-2 ahead. After 22 minutes, Jack O’Connor’s side were back in front at 0-7 to 0-5, but Laois were battling gamely and Gary Walsh, Ross Munnelly, John O’Loughlin and Begley were all on the scoresheet as they kept things close.

Curtin fired over his third of the day from play to put three between them, and when Barry John Keane and Declan O’Sullivan slotted over points before the interval to make it 0-11 to 0-7, it meant that all six of the Kerry forwards had scored. Declan O’Sullivan extended the lead shortly after the restart but Begley’s goal soon afterwards, alongside points from Munnelly and Walsh, edged Laois in front. However, getting the goal seemed to slow Laois down rather than inspire them, and Kerry went on a run of five unanswered points which ultimately won them the game.

Bryan Sheehan did a lot of the scoring once again for the Kingdom, his eminence from placed balls giving him a tally for the day of 0-6, while Anthony Maher also pumped one over for Kerry in their decisive purple patch. Laois never gave up and battled to the finish, but Kerry were good value for their four-point win in the end. Laois entertain Down in their final game in two weeks time, knowing that only a win will give them a chance of beating the drop. Kerry can now relax in the knowledge that they are the first team into the last four.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Cork 1-17 Kilkenny 1-15

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Cork 1-17 Kilkenny 1-15

Report from the web site

Cork took a major step in their bid to claim a semi-final spot in this year’s Allianz Hurling League by beating old rivals Kilkenny in a gripping game on Sunday. It was a first competitive defeat in 2012 for Brian Cody’s Kilkenny, who looked to be in control of the game when they led by 1-10 to 1-8 at the break and then built on their advantage at the start of the second half. However, Cork showed great character and battling qualities to fight back, and when the prolific Patrick Horgan sent over a free in the 56th minute, the home side had levelled the game at 1-13 apiece.

The final quarter was a thrilling spectacle which was hugely appreciated by the 7,864 supporters at sun-drenched Pairc Uí Chaoimh, and was a real throw-back to the halcyon days of the Cork-Kilkenny rivalry. Horgan nudged Cork clear for the first time since the opening minute on 63 minutes, while Richie Power, who finished with a remarkable haul of 1-11, responded for the Cats. It was all to play for in the closing stages, but Kilkenny’s cause was not helped when Power was shown a straight red card. Cork didn’t need a second invitation and they scored the final two points of the game, with Horgan sealing the victory with his seventh of the game in added time.

Kilkenny dominated the early stages, with Power showing great poise to hit five of Kilkenny’s first six scores as the Cats raced into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead. Horgan, who scored Cork’s first three points, kept the Rebels in contact as they cut the gap to 0-8 to 0-7, before Kilkenny were given a gilt-edged chance for an opening goal on 29 minutes, as Power converted from the penalty spot after he had been fouled.

Cork responded three minutes later, Paudie O’Sulivan hitting the back of the net after a fine ball from Lorcán McLoughlin, making up for en effort Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity had saved earlier. Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side trailed by two at the break and the gap was back to the minimum when Conor Lehane opened the second half scoring. It was then that Kilkenny took control, but Cork fought back with points from Jamie Coughlan and William Egan, before stealing the win in a grandstand finish that leaves them just ahead of the Cats at the top of the table.


Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 1-14 Galway 0-16

Galway 0-16 Waterford 1-14

Report from the web site

Waterford finally secured the first points of their 2012 Allianz League campaign with a dramatic last gasp victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium. Shane Walsh was the Déise hero, landing a superb point four minutes into added time to snatch a win that gives Michael Ryan’s side hope – provided they beat Dublin in their final game and other results go their way – of avoiding a relegation play-off with the Dubs to save their top flight status.

Walsh, who had scored Waterford’s goal in the 41st minute, dramatically changed the course of a game that was flowing very much in Galway’s favour, as the home side had hit six points without reply in the closing stages to level the game at 0-16 to 1-13. But if Waterford were going to stop the rot on any day, it was with John Mullane, who provided the pass for Walsh’s goal, back in the forward line, new selector Ken McGrath prowling the sidelines and Eoin Kelly coming on late on to round off a perfect day for manager Ryan and his Déise team.

It all started promisingly, too, as they raced into an early 0-5 to 0-1 lead, before Galway hit back and closed the gap with three points in a row. Waterford’s hopes took a turn for the worse when Shane O’Sullivan was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Barry Daly, but Galway were also reduced to 14 men as Declan Connolly was shown the line for a second cautionable offence. Waterford had hit seven first half wides but they still managed to lead by 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time, with Pauric Mahony leading the way with five points. Mahony continued in that vein after the break and, thanks to Walsh’s goal six minutes into the second half, Waterford were comfortably in control, leading by 1-13 to 0-10 with 12 minutes to go.

However, Galway were far from finished, and points from Barry Daly, Niall Burke (0-2) and David Burke left a point between the sides, before substitute Brian Flaherty looked to have secured a draw for his side when landing a fine score after a Fergal Moore pass. That was far from the end of the drama, though, as just when the sands of time looked to have run out, Walsh drove over a monster point in the 74th minute.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Clare 3-16 Wexford 0-18

Allianz Hurling League Division IB: Wexford 0-18 Clare 3-16

Report from the web site

Clare maintained their flawless record in Division 1B with a seven-point defeat of Wexford at Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday afternoon. The Banner can’t be caught at the top of the table following their fourth successive League win under Davy Fitzgerald, while Wexford look destined for a relegation play-off with Laois, who they play in their final game in Wexford Park next Sunday. Clare powered into a 0-6 to 0-0 lead after 17 minutes, with Conor McGrath chipping in with three of their points, while Wexford did not register a score until the 19th minute, when Diarmuid O’Keeffe finally hit the target. Clare re-asserted their dominance when John Conlon got their first goal after 20 minutes.

Jack Guiney responded with the first of his seven first half points for Wexford, but Seán Collins hit the back of the net for the second week in a row on 28 minutes, helping his side to a 2-8 to 0-9 lead at the break. The game was over as a contest when Conor McGrath struck for a fine goal six minutes after the restart. Wexford’s cause was not helped when Matthew O’Hanlon was sent off. Guiney kept Wexford in touch, while McGrath took his total for the day to 1-7 and Nicky O’Connell registered a point as Clare led by 3-12 to 0-12 after 53 minutes. Wexford had the better of the final quarter, but the Banner were always in control and march into the Division IB final on April 8.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 0-17 London 0-12

Clare defeated London by 0-17 to 0-12 in round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday in Ruislip.