Allianz Football League Division 4 – Fermanagh 0-13 Limerick 1-10

Fermanagh drew with Limerick on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-10 in round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday at Brewster Park Enniskillen.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 3-22 Antrim 0-17

Limerick defeated Antrim by 3-22 to 0-17 in round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday at Casement Park.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 0-17 Dublin 0-13

Waterford 0-17 Dublin 0-13

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Waterford will enjoy Division 1A hurling next season following a 0-17 to 0-13 win over league champions Dublin, who face a relegation play-off in two weeks’ time against Galway. The home side, playing in front of a good home crowd at Fraher Field, built up a fine 0-12 to 0-04 half-time lead, with last season’s minor player Gavin O’Brien landing four points from play. Dublin, with David Treacy hitting four points, and sub Rory O’Carroll and Eamon Dillon getting on the scoresheet, fought back. But the experienced John Mullane scored twice, and sub Eoin Kelly pointed from play as Maurice Shanahan ended with four points to help their county to survive in top-flight hurling next season.

The win now means that Michael Ryan’s team can now prepare for their championship meeting with Clare and look forward to top flight hurling next season. Before throw in, Dublin knew that they were facing a relegation play-off, whatever the result. The only matter to resolve was would it be Waterford again in two weeks time or Galway? As for Michael Ryan’s Waterford side, a win against Dublin and a defeat for Galway in Kilkenny, would see the Munster side avoid the drop.

Both sides came into the match on the back of good results with Waterford having won in Galway for their first league win of the campaign. Dublin had scored a late goal in Croke Park to earn a draw with Tipperary. In the opening half the home side started very well, showing greater urgency and with young Gavin O’Brien putting over the points from play and with Pauric Mahony adding three points from frees before the break, it helped Waterford into an eight-point half-time advantage.

Dublin were more determined in the second half and they reduced the deficit to four points, mainly thanks to scores from David Treacy, who finished with four points, Eammon Dillon, three from play, and a couple from sub Ross O’Carroll. The visitors were reduced to 14 men when Dean Curran was given a second yellow card by Cork referee Diarmuid Kirwin in the 55th minute. But in the end the experience and guile of John Mullane, who is the highest scorer in senior hurling from play over the last eight years, with a total after today of 147 in that period, helped by 37-year-old Tony Browne, still outstanding at half-back and the introduction of late substitute Eoin Kelly, saw Waterford keep their place in top flight hurling next season.

Waterford: A Power; A Kearney, L Lawlor,P Mahony; T Browne(0-1), M Walsh, S O’Sullivan; K Moran(0-1), D Twomey; E McGrath, M Shanahan(0-4,0-2f), P Mahony(0-3f); J Mullane(0-2), S Walsh(0-1), G O’Brien(0-4).

Subs: S Daniels for Lawlor (inj 38),S Mulumphy for Pauric Mahony(43), E Kelly(0-1) for Walsh(63), D O’Sullivan for Twomey(69).

Dublin: Gary Maguire; R Trainor, N Corcoran, O Gough; D Curran, M Quity, J McCaffery(0-1f); D Curtin, S Lambert; D Tracey(0-4,0-3f), M O’Brien, R O’Dwyer(0-1); D O’Callaghan, E Dillon(0-3), N McMorrow(0-1).

Subs: P Carton and C Clinton for Lambert and O’Brien (both h/t), R O’Carroll(0-2) for O’Callaghan(44), D Sutcliff(0-1) for Curtin(59).

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)


Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 1-23 Cork 1-23

Tipperary 1-23 Cork 1-23

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Pat Horgan’s last-gasp point secured a draw for Cork at the end of a thrilling Allianz Hurling Division 1A contest against Tipperary in Thurles. Second-placed Cork and Tipp, in third, will meet again in the Division 1 semi-finals, a rematch which will be keenly anticipated. Horgan and Darren Sweetnam helped the Rebels move 0-13 to 0-11 ahead after an evenly-balanced first half. Pa Bourke and Conor Lehane swapped second half goals and although Tipp had looked likely winners, the visitors levelled at the death.

These great Munster rivals were level on seven occasions during the opening 35 minutes, which were played at a near-Championship pace and with bubbling competitiveness all over the pitch. The Semple Stadium spectators, numbering 10,150, were treated to a terrific battle that was launched by a busy opening spell – early points from Horgan, Lehane and Jamie Coughlan showed Cork’s eagerness to build on their victory over All-Ireland champions Kilkenny.

Pa Bourke had squeezed in a point for Tipp before the hosts put together some cohesive phases of play which resulted in points for Thomas Stapleton, Gearoid Ryan, John O’Brien and James Woodlock. The free-flowing nature of the match held the crowd spellbound and certainly whetted their appetites for the summer’s Championship action. Indeed, there were 22 points scored from open play in the first half, with Pa Bourke and William Egan converting a free apiece for their respective sides.

Horgan and teenage starlet Sweetnam had Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s men back level at 0-06 each by the 15th minute and they managed to nose ahead just before the half-time whistle with Horgan contributing four points from play.
Tipperary boss Declan Ryan rued a late missed opportunity though as Brian O’Meara, having been put through on goal in the 33rd minute, shot straight at Cork captain Donal Óg Cusack.

The home side did manage to ripple the Cork net three minutes into the second half. O’Brien pointed to reduce the margin to the minimum before Pa Bourke was fouled by Seán Óg Ó’hAilpín for a 20-metre and he then drove a powerful shot past the Cork rearguard on the line.

The wing forward’s goal stood out as the difference between the sides as Horgan and the strong-running Cathal Naughton added points for Cork, and Pa and Shane Bourke and Noel McGrath raised further white flags for Tipp.

McGrath moved Ryan’s charges into a 1-17 to 0-16 lead but back came Cork with Horgan adding to his tally and then a tremendous goal from youngster Lehane, who found a way past Brendan Cummins as the hour mark approached. Tipp reacted well to the concession of the goal though, putting together a run of points from top scorer Pa Bourke and substitute Eoin Kelly to move 1-21 to 1-17 ahead.

Somehow Cork had the reserves of energy to get back on terms in an exciting finale. Naughton took his personal haul to four and further scores from Horgan, Pa Cronin and substitute John Gardiner, who made an immediate impact with a rousing effort from long range, tied the game at 1-22 apiece.

Shane Bourke’s third point of the afternoon saw Tipp nip back in front in the 70th minute, but Horgan’s ninth successful shot at the posts brought the sides level for the tenth and final time.

Scorers – Tipperary: P Bourke 1-06 (1-02f), N McGrath 0-05, S Bourke, J O’Brien 0-03 each, G Ryan 0-02, T Stapleton, P Maher, J Woodlock, E Kelly 0-01 each

Cork: P Horgan 0-09 (0-03f), C Lehane 1-02, C Naughton 0-04, D Sweetnam 0-03, J Coughlan 0-02, W Egan (0-01f), P Cronin, J Gardiner 0-01 each

Tipperary: B Cummins; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, P Maher; B Maher, J Woodlock; G Ryan, N McGrath, P Bourke; S Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Brien.
Subs used: S McGrath for Ryan (half-time), E Kelly for O’Meara (49 mins), T Hammersley for N McGrath (55), J Ryan for Woodlock (60), A Ryan for B Maher (70).

Cork: D Óg Cusack; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, B Murphy; S Óg Ó’hAilpín, E Cadogan, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Sweetnam; C Lehane, P Cronin, C Naughton; J Coughlan, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.
Subs used: L O’Farrell for Coughlan (58 mins), T Kenny for Sweetnam (64), J Gardiner for McLoughlin (69).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Derry 0-15 Kerry 1-7

Derry defeated Kerry by 0-15 to 1-7 in round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on Sunday at Celtic Park Derry.

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Derry on Sunday is as follows:

1. PJ Gorman (Ballyduff) 2. James O’Connor (Abbeydorney) 3. Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley) 4. Rory Horgan (St. Brendan’s) 5. Mike Lynch (Crotta O’Neills) 6. Jason Casey (Ballyheigue) 7. Ally O’Connor (Ballyduff) 8. Diarmuid Walsh (Ballyheigue) 9. Anthony Fealy (Causeway) 10. Colm Harty (Causeway) 11. Gary O’Brien (Ballyduff) 12. Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney) 13. James Flaherty (Lixnaw) 14. Aidan Boyle (CAPTAIN) (Ballyduff) 15. Pa Joe Connolly (Ballyduff)

Substitutes: 16. Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills) 17. John Fitzgerald (Causeway) 18. Brian Murphy (Causeway) 19. Darren Wallace (St Brendan’s) 20. Jason Leahy (Causeway) 21. Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw)

Team Management

Bainisteóir: John Meyler

Trainer: Joe O’Connor,

Trainer: Wayne Murphy

Coach: Eddie Murphy

Selectors: John Hennessey & Christy Walsh


The Kerry team has twelve changes from the game V Down last week.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Clare 2-14 Offaly 0-19

Davy Fitz has the last laugh for Banner

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Clare 2-14 Offaly 0-19

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CLARE staged a late snatch-and-grab raid to deny Offaly in a thrilling encounter in Tullamore yesterday. Leading by two points, 0-18 to 1-13, inside the last five minutes, Offaly looked set to claim the win that might have secured them a berth in the decider. Clare, however, already assured of their place in the final, were reading from a different script and a Cathal Chaplin goal, after very poor Offaly defending, put them in the lead with two minutes left. A point from Cathal Parlon levelled it up again, but Clare had the last say when Aaron Cunningham’s superb point sealed a win.

It was a fine win by Clare who played most of the game with 14 men after Fergal Lynch received a straight red card for a pull on David Kenny after just eight minutes. The game pitted two of the heroes of Clare hurling — Davy Fitzgerald and Ollie Baker — on opposite sides of the fence, with Fitzgerald in charge of the visitors and Baker manning the sideline for the home side. Even though Clare could afford to lose, they tackled their task with great enthusiasm and were clearly the better side in the first half as they made little of their numerical disadvantage.

Clare were leading by 0-3 to 0-1 when Lynch saw red and they continued to dictate the pace of the game after this. Offaly struggled to find any decent momentum in the first half, but they did hang on grimly in Clare’s slipstream and they were only 0-6 to 0-5 behind after 23 minutes. Then Clare upped the ante and went five clear with points from Liam Markham, Cunningham, Caimin Morey and Patrick Kelly. They would have been further ahead but for some bad wides and Offaly rallied before the break with two Shane Dooley frees sending them in trailing by 0-10 to 0-7.

Offaly gave a vastly improved performance in the second half as they finally turned the screw on Clare. Three Dooley points and one from Derek Morkan had them on level terms, 0-11 each, after 16 minutes of the half and with the wind on their backs and an extra man, the odds very definitely favoured them. A point from substitute Colin Egan edged Offaly in front, but Clare responded with a badly needed point from Colin Ryan.

It was tremendously exciting from here in, with Dooley’s ’65’ putting Offaly back in front before a brilliantly taken goal from substitute Bryan Donnellan, after he raced through the middle and drove a powerful shot to the bottom of the net with 18 minutes left, put Clare in the driving seat. Offaly responded very impressively and points from Dooley (two) and Joe Bergin had them back in front in the 58th minute.

A big turning point arrived 10 minutes from time when Offaly were awarded a penalty after Bergin was unceremoniously dragged down by Donal Tuohy as he powered through on goal. Dooley opted to tap the penalty over the bar, but with Limerick hammering Antrim and Offaly needing to win by a few points, he really should have been going for the net. This left the door open for a grateful Clare and they took full advantage with their late scores.

Man of the Match: J McInerney (Clare)

SCORERS — Clare: C Ryan 0-7 (6f), B Donnellan, C Chaplin 1-0 each, C McInerney, A Cunningham 0-2 each, P Kelly, L Markham, C Morey 0-1 each; Offaly: S Dooley 0-12 (8f, 1p and 1 ’65’), J Bergin 0-3, D Morkan, S Ryan, C Egan, C Parlon 0-1 each.

CLARE — D Tuohy 7; E Glynn 8, P Kelly 7, D O’Donovan 6; E Barrett 6, J McInerney 9, P O’Connor 6; C Galvin 6, L Makham 8; C Morey 6, C Ryan 8, F Lynch 5; C McInerney 7, C Chaplin 6, A Cunningham 8. Subs: S O’Halloran 6 for Morey (h-t), B Donnellan 6 for Galvin (h-t), E Hayes 6 for C McInerney (50).

OFFALY — J Dempsey 7; C McDonald 6, D Kenny 8, D Franks 6; B Harding 6, D Morkan 6, J Rigney 6; D Horan 8, B Murphy (6); J Bergin 8, C Mahon 6, D Mooney 6; S Dooley 9, G Healion 6, S Ryan 7. Subs: E Murphy 6 for Mooney (28), C Egan 7 for Healion (h-t), T Carroll 6 for Ryan (44), C Parlon 6 for Carroll (54).

REF — J Sexton (Cork)