Allianz Football League Division 1 – Dublin 2-8 Kerry 1-10

Dublin defeated Kerry by 2-8 to 1-10 in round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Saturday February 1st at Croke Park. 

Dubs go the distance in night of shadow-boxing

Dublin 2-8 Kerry 1-10

Report by Dermot Crowe for the Sunday Independent newspaper

EARLY February, and a familiar sight, Dublin emptying their bench and beating Kerry in a strong finish. This will not matter a great deal in the larger scheme of things but the pattern is being established. Those two big championship wins stand out from the last three years, turning this rivalry firmly in Dublin’s favour, and has fed a neat winning habit.

The winning score came from that flying Clontarf man Jack McCaffrey who some day may end up in the stand such is the velocity of movement that sees him thunder up the field. He finished his run after coming on as a sub with a fisted point in the 65th minute and that edged Dublin one to the good. They left it at that, Kerry unable to conjure up another score.

You couldn’t deny that it had been coming. Michael Darragh Macauley came on in the second half and the Footballer of the Year made his presence felt. Paul Mannion entered and scored two frees. Dublin’s varied options were reflected, less auspiciously, in their spread of free-takers, with five kickers. They struggled with long-range place-kicking.

Costello was one of four players making their first league start for Dublin and he put in an impressive shift. His direct running style led to their opening goal in the 10th minute when he rounded Paul Murphy and teed up Kevin McManamon. The St Jude’s player might have had three goals in the first half, a great save by Brendan Kealy denying him, then Kealy’s upright.

Kerry were not without some element of danger, the All Star James O’Donoghue the pick of a lively forward line. O’Donoghue finished with 1-3 and should have had a second goal in the first half. He made the evening very uncomfortable for Michael Fitzsimons.

At the break Kerry led 1-7 to 2-3. They did not find the same openings in the Dublin defence in the second half, the highlight being two stylish points by Stephen O’Brien. His second, in the 56th minute, would be their last score, putting them 1-10 to 2-5 ahead. Dublin’s pressing from there on had the Kerry defence stretched and the final three scores, from Mannion’s frees and McCaffrey, had a sense of the inevitable.

Dublin’s win had added merit given that they played from the 45th minute with 14 men after one of their newcomers, Sean George, was red-carded after the referee consulted with his umpires. Alan Brogan made his first start since the 2012 Leinster final and took his place at centre-forward. Though eager, his time out of the game was evident. George, part of the Dublin under-21 team that won the All-Ireland in 2012, looked tidy in defence until his departure. Along with Costello, Eric Lowndes and Shane Carthy were on the successful minor team of the same year. Carthy stood up well, looking a confident and natural midfield man.

Dublin were deprived Bernard Brogan and Paddy Andrews, both injured, and the suspended Paul Flynn, with Diarmuid Connolly club-tied. Dr Crokes’ interest in the club championship ruled out Colm Cooper. Tomas O Se watched his first Kerry-Dublin match since retirement, while his brother Marc and Declan O’Sullivan are enjoying a rest. Injuries ruled out Darran O’Sullivan, Kieran Donaghy, Bryan Sheehan and Killian Young. This was like going to see a great play shorn of great actors. To be fair the available cast still served up a fine evening’s entertainment.

Kealy’s kickouts weren’t always pinpoint and on the half-hour one such punt fell to Ciaran Kilkenny who transferred to Ciaran Reddin and the latter’s precise pass landed in the lap of Eoghan O’ Gara. He finished confidently. That score had Dublin 2-3 to 1-5 in front but Kerry finished with the last two points to lead at the interval. McManamon then hit the upright, while O’Gara combined with Costello and sent a shot along the wet surface inches outside Kealy’s post approaching the interval.

Scorers – Dublin: K McManamon 1-1, E O’Gara 1-0, J Costello (0-2fs), S Carthy (0-1 f), P Mannion (0-2 fs), 0-2 each, J McCaffrey 0-1. Kerry: BJ Keane 0-4 (0-3 fs), J O’Donoghue 1-3, S O’Brien 0-2, D Moran 0-1 (1 ’45’).

Dublin: S Cluxton; S George, M Fitzsimons, P McMahon; E Lowndes, C O’Sullivan, J Cooper; D O’Mahony, S Carthy; C Kilkenny, A Brogan, C Reddin; K McManamon, E O’Gara, C Costello.

Subs: MD Macauley for O’Mahony (45), J McCaffrey for Reddin (49), P Mannion for McManamon (53), D Byrne for O’Gara (56), K Nolan for Carthy (64), D Nelson for Cooper (67).

Kerry: B Kealy; P Murphy, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, B McGuire, J Sherwood; A Maher, D Moran; J Lyne, M Geaney, D Walsh; BJ Keane, J O’Donoghue, S O’Brien. Subs: A O’Mahony for Geaney (47), C Cox for J Lyne (53), D Culhane for Sherwood (59), P Geaney for Walsh (62), P Kilkenny for Murphy (67), A Fitzgerald for Crowley (69).

Referee: D Coldrick (Meath).

Team News 

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Dublin in Round 1 of the Allianz League in Croke Park on Saturday shows 8 changes in personnel from the side that went down to the Metropolitans in the All Ireland semi final back in September. Bryan Sheehan joins the injury list following a knock picked up in a recent trial game.

Paul Murphy (Rathmore) and Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare), both of whom featured in the recent McGrath Cup competition, make their Allianz League debuts. Paul Galvin and Aidan O’Mahony, who returned to training in recent weeks, are included among the subs.

The Kerry team is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Paul Murphy (Rathmore)

3. Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore)

4. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

5. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

6. Brian McGuire (Listowel Emmets)

7. Jack Sherwood (Firies)

8. Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9. David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys)

10. Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion)

11. Michael Geaney (Dingle)

12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane) (Captain)

13. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys)

14. James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)

15. Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare)

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion)

17. Paul Galvin (Finuge)

18. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

19. Barry Shanahan (Austin Stacks)

20. Conor Cox (Listowel Emmets)

21. Paul Geaney (Dingle)

22. Pa Kilkenny (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

23. David Culhane (Ballylongford)

24. James Walsh (Knocknagoshel)

25. Alan Fitzgerald (Castlegregory)

26. Shane O’Callaghan (Austin Stacks)


Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Traenálaí: Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare)

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Ó Murchú (Daingean Uí Chúis), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks).

Additional Player/Team Information

Club Tied:

Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)

Daithí Casey (Dr Crokes)

Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)


Rehabbing from Injury

Bryan Sheehan (St Marys)

Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

Killian Young (Renard)


Extended Break

Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) (Due back March)

Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses) (Due Back April)

• Paul Murphy (Rathmore) Played with the Kerry Under 21s in 2012 and played Sigerson Cup with UCC last year. He won a Kerry Club Championship (senior) medal with Rathmore in 2012.

• Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare) was a Kerry Minor panellist in 2009 and played Under 21 with the County in 2011 and 2012. He is the holder of a Cork Senior Football Championship medal and a Sigerson Cup medal, both with UCC (2011). He holds Kerry and Munster Junior Championship medals with his club.

DUBLIN (SF v Kerry)

1 Stephen Cluxton Parnell’s

2 John Cooper Na Fianna

3 Seán George Ballymun Kickhams

4 Michael Fitzsimons Cuala

5 Eric Lowndes St. Peregrine’s

6 Cian O’Sullivan Kilmacud Crokes

7 Philip McMahon Ballymun Kickhams

8 Declan O’Mahony Ballyboden/St. Enda’s

9 Shane Carthy Naomh Mearnóg

10 Ciarán Kilkenny Castleknock

11 Bryan Cullen Skerries Harps

12 Ciarán Reddin St Maur’s

13 Kevin McManamon St Jude’s

14 Eoghan O’Gara Templeogue Synge Street

15 Cormac Costello Whitehall Colmcille

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Sligo 0-15 Limerick 0-13

Sligo defeated Limerick by 0-15 to 0-13 in round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday February 2nd at Markievicz Park, Sligo.

Team News

Limerick (SF v Sligo) – B Scanlon; L O’Dwyer, P Brown, J McCarthy; I Corbett, M Sheehan, P Ranahan; T Lee, D Tracy; M Brosnan, E Hanrahan, S Buckley; S O’Carroll, G Collins, I Ryan.



AIB All Ireland Senior Club Camogie Semi-Final – Milford (Cork) 1-10 Eoghan Rua (Derry) 0-8

Milford (Cork) defeated Eoghan Rua (Derry) by 1-10 to 0-8 in the AIB All Ireland Senior Club Camogie Semi-Final on Sunday February 2nd at Donaghmore Ashbourne.

Milford secure nervy win against Eoghan Rua

Report from the Irish Examiner web site

AIB All-Ireland club camogie champions Milford kept their hopes of a two-in-a-row alive but only just, as they edged a very tight encounter with Eoghan Rua at Donaghmore Ashbourne by 1-10 to 0-8. The Derry champions will rue a host of spurned opportunities, as they had plenty of possession but just could not translate that into scores.

Even late on, the normally clinical Grace McMullan and Katie Mullan had goal chances that would have made it very interesting had they been availed of. The Milford full-back line of Katie Galvin, Maria Walsh and Lisa Healy were outstanding however, and with Ashling Thompson giving a player-of-the-match performance, and Rebels football star Deirdre O’Reilly, Marie O’Neill and Maria Watson getting the key scores, it was the Cork representatives that prevailed.

They led by 1-2 to 0-0 early on, with the dangerous Watson bundling the sliotar to the net, but Eoghan Rua settled down and Gráinne McGoldrick slotted four points to have them trailing by just four – 1-5 to 0-4 – at half time. Three of McGoldrick’s scores came from placed balls and in all, she finished with seven points, six of which came from frees. Mullan’s late point was the Coleraine crew’s only other score from play.

Watson came deeper as Milford faced into the wind in the second half and the tactic worked well as despite giving up plenty of possession, the champions outscored their opponents again, despite missing a number of frees. They will play Ardrahan in the final, after the Galway champions produced a brilliant second-half performance to beat Mullinavat 2-8 to 0-8 at Moneygall.

It wasn’t looking good for Ardrahan early on, as Mullinavat scored six points on the trot to lead by five. Crucially though, Ardrahan managed not steady the ship and came back with three points of their own and were still in contention at the interval, trailing by 0-7 to 0-4.

When player of the match, Rebecca Hennelly buried a penalty, after Edel Holland was taken down in the square, the sides were level and the westerners never looked back. Mullinavat only scored one point in the latter period, via Elaine Aylward, and Keelin O’Shaughnessy’s goal confirmed the verdict.

AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Leitrim-Kilnadeema (Galway) 2-11 Youghal (Cork) 0-15

Leitrim-Kilnadeema (Galway) defeated Youghal (Cork) by 2-11 to 0-15 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday February 1st at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Youghal’s glory hopes go west

Kilnadeema/Leitrim (Galway) 2-11 Youghal (Cork) 0-15

By Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

For those who dare to dream! The thoughts of Kilnadeema/Leitrim joint manager Pat Donohue after watching his charges defeat a much fancied Youghal in a gripping AIB All-Ireland IHC club semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday.

The Connacht champions, reduced to 14 men in the final quarter, were pushed all the way but were worthy winners following a splendid contest despite very testing conditions. They march on to Croke Park next Saturday in search of ultimate glory against Kilkenny’s Rower-Inistioge.

“We didn’t go well last year [2012],” explained Donohue. “This year we won the Galway semi-final by a point. We won the last group game by a point. We won the Connacht final by two points and our backs were to the wall again today. These lads battle and give you everything they have.”

“We had a couple of Galway minors out there but we also have the likes of Kevin Boyle, our goalkeeper who is over 40. Our [regular] goalie broke his shoulder in the county final and he is out for a couple of months. Kevin started off the championship at full-forward but we convinced him to go into goals.”

It was one of those county minors that stole the show. Full forward Brian Molloy, who featured in the 2013 All-Ireland final loss to Waterford, was in superb form. The talented attacker racked up 1-7 and he was also the provider for the other goal. These two majors before the break were crucial to the outcome as Kilnadeema/Leitrim turned over 2-9 to 0-4 ahead, having won the toss and played with the gusting wind.

For their part, battle-hardened Youghal came close. However, two points was the nearest they got. Disappointed manager Christy Cooney said the three-pointers were significant. “Today wasn’t our day. They took their goals in the first half which left us with a lot to do. With five minutes to go you’d think we might get a draw. It didn’t work out. They were a little bit better. They took their chances, that was the difference. “We will take a couple of weeks off now. Fellas need a break, get their heads around this. We will all learn from it. We look forward to playing the senior championship in 2014.”

It was 0-3 apiece by the 13th minute but once Kilnadeema/Leitrim – which is located near Loughrea – settled with former county player David Tierney immense at midfield, they notched 2-6 to Youghal’s point. Alvin Mitchell’s goal on 20 minutes put them 1-7 to 0-3 in front. But it was Molloy’s green flag a minute from the interval that did the most damage.

Youghal needed to resume all guns blazing. They double substituted at half-time and made a number of positional switches. Whilst Molloy restarted the scoring, slowly Youghal began to eat into the 12-point lead. The gap was down to seven points when corner back Mark Kelly received a second yellow card in the 48th minute.

The rain came down as Youghal floated over five more unanswered points — Leigh Desmond, Bill Cooper, Brendan Ring and Brendan Coleman stepped up. It was heart-stopping, a two-point game with one minute remaining 2-10 to 0-14. Then, there was a stoppage for an injury to one of the Galway players and when the action resumed Molloy (after missing a few previously) drilled over a magnificent free into the strong wind. A three-point difference now. The Youghal men frantically searched for a goal to force extra time but they were pushed back by dogged defending. A Brendan Ring point was their lot.

Scorers for Kilnadeema/Leitrim: B Molloy (1-7, four frees), A Mitchell (1-0), S Lawless (0-2), D Tierney (sl) and T Tierney (0-1 each).

Scorers for Youghal: Brendan Ring (0-6, three frees), L Desmond, B Cooper and B Coleman (0-2 each), D Ring, A Frahill-O’Connor, and C Spillane (free) (0-1 each).

KILNADEEMA/LEITRIM: K Boyle; P Deely, D O’Donoghue, M Kelly; G Winters, E Hyland, A Spaight; D Tierney, M Donohue; D Donohue, D Herlihy, A Mitchell; T Tierney (captain), B Molloy, S Lawless.

Sub: L Geraghty for S Lawless (45).

YOUGHAL: R Cunningham; B O’Sullivan, J Grace, K Walsh; M Cronin, C Spillane, Barry Ring; L Desmond, N Roche; D Ring, A Frahill-O’Connor, B Cooper (captain); J O’Mahony, O Dempsey, Brendan Ring.

Subs: C O’Mahony for A Frahill-O’Connor, B Moloney for K Walsh (both half-time), A Curtin for J O’Mahony (42), B Coleman for C Spillane (46).

Referee: Tony Carroll (Offaly).


The 10 minutes before the break. Kilnadeema/Leitrim’s goals arrived during this period particularly Brian Molloy’s strike a minute from the interval, leaving Youghal with a mountain to climb.

Talk of the town

The dismal weather. Players had to contend with high winds and heavy conditions. But they got on with it.

Did that just happen?

A Galway club is in line to win the All-Ireland Intermediate hurling title for the first time. Killimordaly, Tommy Larkins and Cappataggle were beaten finalists in ’07, ’08 and ’09. Maybe ’14?

Best on show

Brian Molloy was both finisher and creator. He tallied 1-7 and, although he missed a couple in the second half, he was very impressive and his pointed free on 60 minutes was crucial as the game was still in the balance.

The man in black

Tony Carroll did a good job on a tough day for hurling. The dismissal of Mark Kelly was for two yellow cards. Youghal followers argued for a bit more added time. No disputing that the better team won though.

What’s next?

All-Ireland club final next Saturday for Kilnadeema/Leitrim. Throw-in at 5.30pm in Croke Park. Senior hurling beckons for both clubs this season.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 0-18 Westmeath 0-10

Cork defeated Westmeath by 0-18 to 0-10 in round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 2nd at Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork.

Rebels take time to find shooting boots

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-18 Westmeath 0-10

It’s early days, and probably what we’re asking them to do is a lot different to what they’ve done before. Given the calendar, the conditions, the general air of deferred spring and there tends to be an informal moratorium on overdoing the significance of results around this time of year.

Here’s a case in point. Cork’s eight-point win over Westmeath yesterday would have conformed to expectations when it came to the scoreline, for instance, but the construction of the victory left many natives scratching their heads as they left Páirc Uí Rinn. The home side didn’t score a point for 15 minutes of the second-half and managed 11 wides before the break — yet they killed the game after half time with ruthless execution whenever they got near the Westmeath goal, hitting nine points without reply. It wasn’t so much the quality Cork showed then, though, as the fact that it was a reverse image of their play before the break.

Westmeath arrived with a plan: they withdrew centre-forward John Egan so deep he collected the ball behind his own centre-back more than once. If the move was intended to create space for his colleagues in the full-forward line it didn’t work, with more than one delivery trailing harmlessly over the Cork end line in the first quarter.

After the game Westmeath boss Paul Bealin said they were more interested in denying Cork space up front, but looked equally unlikely in the early stages. Cork were sharper and stronger — Fintan Goold put in an early shoulder on Westmeath captain Paul Sharry that would have done credit to this morning’s Superbowl — and were soon ahead. Aidan Walsh and Daniel Goulding each had two points from long distance to Westmeath’s points from Ger Egan and John Heslin (free).

The men in red weren’t direct enough however. Their inside forwards were starved of quick ball and Cork were forced to shoot from long range, when their shot selection didn’t match their diligence in winning the ball. Before the half was over their wide count was in double figures.

The visitors offered them a template for progress, maybe: Westmeath cut the deficit to one with a neat Kieran Martin point and equalised through Ger Egan, but the significant figure in the maroon renaissance was captain Paul Sharry’s driving runs. Carrying the ball deep into Cork territory time and again, the wing-forward caused problems every time he pinned his ears back.

Cork keeper Ken O’Halloran had to pull down a 45 that was drifting over the bar, but the visitors nudged ahead — deservedly — with a late Heslin free, anyway, though there was time for Mark Collins to level, five points apiece.

The home side took over after the resumption completely, however. They killed the game stone dead with nine consecutive points to Westmeath’s one right on the resumption, with Brian Hurley’s sweet left-footed strike the pick of the bunch.

Aidan Walsh dominated the middle of the field and Tom Clancy (Clonakilty) gave him good support, using the ball intelligently when in possession. Before going off Paul Kerrigan carried the ball through the heart of the Westmeath defence a couple of times, and all things considered it was a far more accomplished performance than that of the first-half.

Cork boss Brian Cuthbert acknowledged the starkness of the comparison between his side’s display pre- and post-half-time, but significantly enough, said his players are coming to terms with a new approach, not just new voice.

“It’s early days, and probably what we’re asking them to do is a lot different to what they’ve done before. Whether that’s right or wrong I’m not sure, but it takes time. It takes time to build things and it takes a bit of confidence as well.

“There’s huge buy-in from the players — I can’t ask for more on that — but it’s not going to happen in the first game. And it may not happen in the last game. It’ll take time.

“The players are absolutely receptive to it and once we’re patient and we build the confidence levels they’ll get to what we want them to do, because they’re capable of that.”

What many home observers are keen on seeing is more of the slick, direct play from the third quarter. Though there are tougher opponents ahead, it looked a pretty effective approach yesterday.

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding (0-7, 3fs), A Walsh (0-3), M.Collins (0-2), D Óg Hodnett, B Hurley, F Goold, J Loughrey, B O’Driscoll and J. O’Rourke (0-1 each).

Scorers for Westmeath: J Heslin (0-4, 3fs), K Martin (1f), G Egan (0-2 each), R Connellan and J Egan (0-1 each).

CORK: K O’Halloran; J McLoughlin, E Cadogan, M Shields; J Loughrey, Tom Clancy (Clonakilty), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); A Walsh, A O’Sullivan; M Collins, P Kerrigan, F Goold; D Goulding, B Hurley, D Óg Hodnett.

Subs for Cork: D O’Connor for P Kerrigan (44), C Dorman for Shields (inj, 48), B O’Driscoll for T Clancy (F) (53), J Hayes for Hurley (64).

WESTMEATH: D Quinn; S Gilmore, K Maguire, Damien Dolan; J Dolan, J Gilligan, J Gonoud; D Duffy, D Corroon; G Egan, J Egan, P Sharry; K Martin, J Heslin, A Giles.

Subs for Westmeath: D Glennon for Giles (30), K Gavin for D Dolan (40), Des Dolan for Martin (44), R Connellan for Corroon (54), D McNicholas for Heslin (inj, 67).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry).



Brian Hurley’s second-half point was the score of the day and Westmeath heads dropped subsequently.

Talk of the town

Cork’s utter dominance after half-time. They barely left Westmeath out of their own half.

Did that just happen?

Cork hitting nine points on the trot without reply

Best on show

Aidan Walsh ran the show for Cork in the second-half when the Rebels did enough to win.

Black card watch

Er, none. Referee Padraig O’Sullivan dished out yellows rather than implementing the new dispensation.

Sideline superior

Paul Bealin held the upper hand in the first-half by pulling John Egan back to support his backs, but Brian Cuthbert’s more direct approach after the break was the winning of the game.

The man in black

Padraig O’Sullivan of Kerry puzzled some observers by appearing to officiate as per 2013 rather than 2014, leaving his black card at home, but his handling was well up to the standard required.

What’s next?

Cork host Kildare next week; Westmeath are at home to Dublin.


Second half surge sees Rebels defeat Westmeath

Report from the web site

Allianz Football League Division I: Cork 0-18 Westmeath 0-10

An unanswered flurry of nine points in 19 second-half minutes was the catalyst as Cork began their Allianz Football League Division 1 campaign with a win over Westmeath at Páirc Uí Rinn. With the sides level at 0-5 each at half-time, Kieran Martin’s free gave Westmeath an early lead soon after the restart, but Cork had the game wrapped up by the time the Lake County would score again.

Midfielder Aidan Walsh, who scored three points, was key to Brian Cuthbert’s side’s resurgence in the second period, while Mark Collins and Daniel Goulding also excelled, with Goulding finishing with seven points. In contrast, Westmeath could just muster five scores in the whole of the second half, two of those in injury time. To their credit, they showed good spirit to come back from an early 0-4 to 0-1 deficit, with Paul Sharry and John Heslin impressing, and it took Fintan Goold’s late score to ensure that Cork went in tied at the interval.

Despite Westmeath’s bright start, there was only one team in contention in the second half, a fact underlined by Cork finishing with nine different scorers. They can look forward to another home game against Kildare next week.

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 0-7 (0-3 frees), A Walsh 0-3, M Collins 0-2, F Goold, J Loughrey, B Hurley, D Óg Hodnett, J O’Rourke, B O’Driscoll 0-1 each.

Scorers for Westmeath: J Heslin 0-3 (frees), K Martin (0-1 free), G Egan 0-2 each, R Connellan, J Egan 0-1 each.

CORK: K O’Halloran; J McLoughlin, E Cadogan, M Shields; J Loughrey, Tom Clancy (Clonakilty), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); A Walsh, A O’Sullivan; M Collins, P Kerrigan, F Goold; D Goulding, B Hurley, D Óg Hodnett.

Subs: D O’Connor for Kerrigan (45), C Dorman for Shields (49, injured), B O’Driscoll for Tomás Clancy (54), R Deane for Tom Clancy, J O’Rourke for Collins (both 60).

WESTMEATH: D Quinn; S Gilmore, K Maguire, Damien Dolan; J Dolan, J Gilligan, J Gonoud; D Duffy, D Corroon; G Egan, J Egan, P Sharry; K Martin, J Heslin, A Giles.

Subs: D Glennon for Giles (33), K Gavin for Damien Dolan (42), Dessie Dolan for Martin (45), R Connellan for Corroon (55), D McNicholas for Heslin (68, injured).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 3-10 Waterford 1-9

Clare defeated Waterford by 3-10 to 1-9 in round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday February 2nd at Fraher Field, Dungarvan.

O’Shea goal caps off comfortable day for Banner

Clare 3-10 Waterford 1-9

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

A controlled showing from Clare under new manager Colm Collins comfortably moved them past Waterford at Fraher Field. Led by top scorer David Tubridy, midfielder Gary Brennan and centre-forward Shane McGrath, the Banner lifted the intensity in the second half to a level that the hosts couldn’t match.

Clare settled into their stride and Martin O’Leary blasted 1-1 within eight minutes. The goal came courtesy of a high ball that was touched down by Shane Brennan for O’Leary to slam into the corner. It took the home side 12 minutes to launch their first forward movement which resulted in a point for Paul Whyte. Tubridy answered immediately.

Waterford then hit back-to-back scores in the space of 60 seconds, from Paul Whyte and Shane Briggs. Tubridy snatched a second, but an improving home side bagged two in succession through Tony Grey and Declan Allen. Shane McGrath and Shane Brennan sent Clare into a two-point half-time lead (1-5 to 0-6).

Waterford’s star man Whyte narrowed the gap to one with an early second-half free. On 48 minutes, substitute Podge Collins’ threaded pass fell favourably and Sean Collins passed to McGrath for a simple finish (2-6 to 0-7). And 14 minutes from time, a combination between Tubridy and Martin Murphy yielded a third green flag for substitute Michael O’Shea. Whyte snatched an injury-time goal for a home side that struggled to breach the Banner backs.

Scorers – Clare: D Tubridy 0-6 (3fs), S McGrath, M O’Leary (0-1f) 1-1 each, M O’Shea 1-0, P Collins, S Brennan 0-1 each. Waterford: P Whyte 1-5 (3fs), T Grey 0-2, S Briggs, D Allen 0-1 each.

CLARE – P Deloughrey 6; D Ryan 6, K Harnett 6, M McMahon 6; S Hickey 6, Stephen Collins 6, M Murphy 7; C O’Connor 7, G Brennan 8; S Brennan 6, S McGrath 7, Sean Collins 6; M O’Leary 6, D Tubridy 8, J Malone 5. Subs: P Collins 7 for S Brennan (41), M O’Shea 6 for Malone (41), G Kelly for Stephen Collins (59), P McMahon for Tubridy (64), K O’Connor for Hickey (66), J Keane for Sean Collins (70).

WATERFORD – S Enright 6; D Crowley 6, T O Gorman 6, K Connery 5; C O Keeffe 5, S Briggs 6, C Phelan 5; T Prendergast 5, S Ahearne 5; P Whyte 7, L O Lonain 5, D Allen 6; W Hutchinson 5, B Wall 5, T Grey 6. Subs: JJ Hutchinson 5 for W Hutchinson (45), O Keevers 5 for Prendergast (53), T O hUallachain for Phelan (60), T Connors for Allen (63), J Hayden for Briggs (67).

REF – F Kelly (Longford)

Team News

Clare SF v Waterford: P deLoughrey; D Ryan, K Hartnett, M McMahon; S Hickey, E Coughlan, M Óg Murphy; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Brennan, S McGrath, S Collins; M O’Leary, D Tubridy, J Malone

Waterford Team to play Clare in the opening game of this year’s Allianz Football League, Division 4 on Sunday in Fraher Field at 2pm

1. Tomás Wall Nire

2. Dean Crowley St. Saviours

3. Thomas O’Gorman Nire

4. Kieran Connery Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

5. Cillian O’Keeffe Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

6. Shane Briggs (Captain) Ballinacourty

7. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers

8. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty

9. Shane Aherne Stradbally

10. Tony Grey Stradbally

11. Brian Wall Nire

12. Declan Allen Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

13. Wayne Hutchinson Gaultier

14. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty

15. Liam Ó Lonáin An Rinn

AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Fuerty (Roscommon) 0-10 Keel (Kerry) 0-9

Fuerty (Roscommon) defeated Keel (Kerry) by 0-10 to 0-9 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday February 1st at Rathkeale.

Inspirational Kelehan helps Fuerty claim spot in final

Fuerty 0-10 Keel 0-9

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

All-Ireland club jfc semi-final

THIS game should probably never have been played at the Rathkeale venue, considering there was no stand or press box, so no shelter for spectators from the gale-force winds and driving rain that turned this match-up into a lottery. Fuerty, from Roscommon, just about deserved to edge out Kerry champions Keel by a point, but it could have gone either way, and the playing conditions were as close to impossible as it gets.

Keel won the toss and opted to play against the gale (in hindsight, it possibly cost them) as they spent the opening half on the back foot. Fuerty – inspired by midfielder Fran Hanlon and the work rate of Eamon Bannon, Robbie Fallon and Niall Kilroy – camped in the Kerry side’s half, but were reliant on Gearoid Ennis, who kicked three frees, and Niall Kilroy who posted two points (one free) as they led 0-7 to 0-1 at half-time, with Gary Sayers kicking Keel’s solitary score.

The second half saw Keel take the game to Fuerty, with Thomas Ladden a colossus at midfield, but they were over reliant on two forwards with Gary Sayers kicking three from play with Liam Sheehan also kicking three, his 56th-minute effort from play closing the gap to 0-9 to 0-8.

With extra-time looking a possibility, Fuerty rallied and Ennis kicked a free in injury-time to put his side two clear (0-10 to 0-8). Despite a late Sheehan free, Keel just could not grab the kick out and they came up just short as Fuerty and their inspirational full-back Peter Kelehan advanced to the final next weekend.

Scorers – Fuerty: G Ennis 0-6fs, N Kilroy 0-2 (1f), R Fallon, E Bannon 0-1 each. Keel: G Sayers 0-4 (1f), L Sheehan 0-3 (1f), T O Sullivan, M Burke 0-1 each.

Fuerty – J Fallon; D Flaherty, P Kelehan, A Moore; P Neilan, T Bannon, S Melia; E Bannon, F Hanlon; R Fallon, N Kilroy, N Keenan; G Ennis, G Fallon, P Leahy. Subs: M Keaveney for P Leahy (h-t), D Delaney for S Melia (37), C Kelly for E Bannon (BC, 40), N Connolly for D Flaherty (55).

Keel – S Cahillane; E Ashe, G Nagle, B Murphy; G Evans, E O’Connor, J Nagle; T Ladden, M Burke; G Sayers, L Sheehan, E O’Neill; L O’Shea, T O’Sullivan, A Cahillane. Subs: K Foley for L O’Shea (42), M O’Connor for T O’Sullivan (48).

REF – N Mooney (Cavan)

Dr. Harty Cup Semi Final – Ard Scoil Ris 2-14 Hamilton HS Bandon 1-4

Ard Scoil Ris defeated Hamilton HS Bandon by 2-14 to 1-4 in the Dr. Harty Cup Semi Final on Saturday February 1st at Mallow.

Lynch leads the way for rampant Ardscoil Rís

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Ardscoil Rís 2-14 Hamilton HS 1-4

Limerick’s Ardscoil Rís are just one game away from a third title in the space of five years following their victory over Hamilton High School Bandon in Mallow. County minor star Ronan Lynch led the way for 2010 and ’11 winners Ardscoil as he scored 1-9, including the crucial second goal which ended the Hamilton challenge when opening up a 2-9 to 1-4 lead with a quarter of the game left.

Despite falling behind to Michael Cahalane’s early point, Ardscoil soon took control in the first half and Colin Crehan’s goal, from Cian Lynch’s pass, put them 1-3 to 0-1 in front. By half-time, that advantage had stretched to 1-7 to 0-2, with Ronan Lynch deadly from frees. Against the severe wind, Bandon had withdrawn Luke Meade to play as a sweeper and while he was their best player, snuffing out danger more than once, they were labouring in attack.

A renewed vigour at the outset of the second half helped Bandon to edge a bit closer and then they got lucky when Cahalane’s delivery was mishandled by Ardscoil goalkeeper Páraic O’Loughlin to leave just four points in it. They would not score again, however. Ronan Lynch responded immediately with a free and then his ’65’ eluded the Hamilton defenders and travelled all the way to the net to leave eight points between the sides.

Ronan Lynch continued to punish any indiscretions by converting frees and Crehan also added another point late on to leave 13 points between the teams. The Limerick side now await either St Francis College, Rochestown or Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa, Doon in the final on February 23. This other semi-final, scheduled for Cahir on Saturday, was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.

Scorers – Ardscoil Rís: R Lynch 1-9 (1-0, 65, 0-7 frees), C Crehan 1-1, A Morey, M O’Loughlin, C Lynch, I Galvin 0-1 each. Hamilton HS: M Cahalane 1-4 (0-2fs).

ARDSCOIL RÍS – P O’Loughlin; E Costelloe, J O’Halloran, M Casey; G Brown, B Fitzpatrick, J English; C O’Brien, R Lynch; I Galvin, C Lynch, T Grimes; C Crehan, A Morey, M O’Loughlin. Subs: C McCarthy for Grimes (42), C Fitzgerald for M O’Loughlin (53), E Mulcahy for O’Halloran (55), A Gillane for C Lynch (59).

HAMILTON HS: R McCarthy; A O’Connell, M McSweeney, J O’Callaghan; N Muray, C O’Leary, E O’Brien; J Mulcahy, J O’Neill; K O’Donovan, M Cahalane, D Curran; B Crowley, T Horgan, L Meade. Subs: E O’Reilly for Crowley (51), D Healy for Curran (56).

Ref – P Foley (Waterford)


Limerick’s Ardscoil Ris power into Harty Cup final

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

ARDSCOIL Ris are back in the Dr Harty Cup final after an emphatic 2-14 to 1-4 win over Hamilton High School of Bandon this Saturday afternoon in Mallow. The winners in 2010 and 2011, the Limerick city secondary school were beaten at the semi-final stage of the last two years. They will meet either Doon or Rochestown in the final – that semi-final will take place next weekend after falling to the weather earlier on Saturday.

Ardscoil Ris played with the aid of the wind in the opening half and led 1-7 to 0-2 at half time. Their goal came in the ninth minute when Colin Crehan fired low to the net. Micheal O’Loughlin, Alex Morey and Cian Lynch also chipped in with points.

But it was to be Ronan Lynch, who was the scoring hero for the Limerick side. On a bitterly cold and wet day he showed great composure from frees and ended with 1-7 from placed balls. Ardscoil carried an eight point lead into the second half when they had to defend their lead. But they put in a terrific defensive performance to break the hearts of the Cork side.

As the wind and rain cleared, Ardscoil powered into final. Their second goal came in the 43rd minute when Lynch’s ‘65 slipped through the fingers of a defender on the line.

Scorers: Ardscoil Ris: Ronan Lynch 1-9 (0-7frees, 1-0 ‘65), Colin Crehan 1-1, Micheal O’Loughlin, Cian Lynch, Ian Galvin 0-1 each. Bandon: Michael Cahalane 1-4 (1-2frees).

ARDSCOIL RIS: Paraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara); Eoghan Costelloe (Adare), Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Josh O’Halloran (Na Piarsaigh); Gordan Browne (Na Piarsaigh), Barry Fitzpatrick (Sixmilebridge), Jack English (Adare); Cian O’Brien (Mungret), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh); Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Ian Galvin (Clonlara); Colin Crehan (O’Callaghan Mills), Alex Morey (Sixmilebridge), Micheal O’Loughlin (Clonlara). Subs: Charlie McCarthy (Adare) for Thomas Grimes (h-t), Conor Fitzgerald (Claughaun) for Micheal O’Loughlin (50mins), Eoin Mulcahy (Mungret) for Josh O’Halloran (53mins), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell) for Cian Lynch (57mins).

BANDON: Robbie McCarthy; Andrew O’Connell, Micheal McSweeney, Jack O’Callaghan; Eoin O’Brien, Chris O’Leary, Niall Murray; Jonathan Mulcahy, Luke Meade; Jerry O’Neill, Michael Cahalane, Darragh Curran; Billy Crowley, Trevor Horgan, Kevin O’Donovan. Subs: Eoin O’Reilly for Billy Crowley (50mins), David Healy for Darragh Curran (56mins).

REFEREE: Paul Foley (Waterford).

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Semi Final – Tipperary 2-30 UL 0-22

Tipperary defeated the University of Limerick by 2-30 to 0-22 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Semi-Final on Sunday February 2nd at Dr. Morris Park Thurles.

O’Dwyer’s first-half haul sets up Premier stroll

Tipperary 2-30 University of Limerick 0-22

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Independent newspaper 

Eamon O’Shea’s Tipperary set up a tasty early-season showdown with All-Ireland champions Clare by comfortably defeating University of Limerick at Dr Morris Park in Thurles. Tipp had 14 points to spare against the understrength students as they took their tally to 7-66 from three outings. John O’Dwyer led the way with a haul of 1-9 in the first half, before he was substituted at the break.

O’Dwyer’s tally helped Tipp to lead by 1-19 to 0-10 at half-time and while UL were improved after the restart, the hosts kept the scoreboard ticking over. UL finished with a tally of 15 wides, but they lined out with just four of the players who started last Friday’s Fitzgibbon Cup group B victory against UCD. UL captain Padraig Walsh, younger brother of Kilkenny star Tommy, scored four second-half points and on this form, he’ll push hard for a place in Brian Cody’s starting team this year.

Conor Kenny hit a second goal at the death to add gloss to the final scoreline, but Tipp will face a huge step-up in class against Clare. For the third season in a row, the counties will meet in the final and Tipp won’t need reminding that Clare ran through them in the second half of last year’s Thurles decider, a game referenced pointedly by Premier County board secretary Tim Floyd in his annual report at Christmas.

Tipperary may have to go into battle without Seamus Callanan and David Collins, however, after the pair limped off with injuries. Shane McGrath, Michael Cahill and Ronan Maher were others to impress for Tipp as PJ Scully top-scored for UL with a tally of 0-9, which included seven frees.

Scorers – Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 1-9 (0-5fs, 0-1 ’65’), K Morris 0-6 (5fs), C Kenny 1-1, S Callanan 0-3, M Heffernan, S McGrath, M Cahill, R Gleeson 0-2 each, K Bergin, B Maher & C O’Riordan 0-1 each. UL: PJ Scully 0-9 (7fs), P Walsh 0-4, T Heffernan (2fs), B Stapleton 0-2 each, P Geraghty, M O’Neill, K Connolly, T O’Brien, B Maher 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY – D Egan; C O’Brien, T Stapleton, J Peters; S McGrath, P Heffernan, R Maher; M Cahill, D Collins; K Bergin, M Heffernan, S Callanan; R Gleeson, J O’Dwyer, K Morris.

Subs: J Logue for Egan, C O’Riordan for Bergin, B Maher for Callanan, C Kenny for O’Dwyer (all half-time), S Bourke for Collins (39).

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK – S Hassett; M Carmody, J Sheehan, P Ryan; D Quinn, M O’Flaherty, D King; M Boran, B Stapleton; M O’Neill, PJ Scully, T Geraghty; M Ryan, T Heffernan, P Geraghty. Subs: P Walsh for P Geraghty, K Connolly for O’Neill, B Maher for Boran, T O’Brien for Heffernan (all half-time), E Murphy for T Geraghty (53).

Ref – C McAllister (Cork)


Bubbles O’Dwyer hits 1-9 as Tipperary hurlers reach Waterford Crystal Cup final

Tipperary 2-30 UL 0-22

Report by Jackie Cahill

EAMON O’SHEA’S TIPPERARY posted a massive score against University of Limerick this afternoon to book a place in next Friday evening’s Waterford Crystal Cup final against holders Clare in Sixmilebridge. Tipp had 14 points to spare against understrength UL in this rearranged semi-final fixture at Dr. Morris Park, Thurles. Tipp’s win sets up a repeat meeting of last year’s Waterford Crystal Cup decider against All-Ireland champions Clare and O’Shea’s free-scoring players have now registered 7-66 from their three outings to date in the 2014 competition. Tipp had eleven players on the scoresheet today, with John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer hitting 1-9 in the first half alone, before he was substituted at half-time. Tipp’s victory may have come at a cost, however, after Seamus Callanan and David Collins picked up injuries that led to both players being taken off.

UL began with just four of the players who started against UCD in their Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup opener last Friday. And the gulf in class was all too evident as Tipp cruised into a 1-19 to 0-10 half-time lead. O’Dwyer scored the 33rd minute goal to cap a fine first-half display from the Killenaule player, with PJ Scully trying in vain to keep UL in touch from placed balls. With the breeze at their backs in the second half, UL threw over some lovely scores, including four from Kilkenny’s Padraig Walsh, who came on at half-time. But Tipp kept the scoreboard ticking over with regularity and Conor Kenny completed the rout with Tipperary’s second goal in the dying moments.

Scorers for Tipperary: John O’Dwyer 1-9 (0-5f, 0-1 65), Kieran Morris 0-6 (5f), Conor Kenny 1-1, Seamus Callanan 0-3, Mikey Heffernan, Shane McGrath, Michael Cahill & Ruairi Gleeson 0-2 each, Kieran Bergin, Brendan Maher & Colin O’Riordan 0-1 each.

Scorers for UL: PJ Scully 0-9 (7f), Padraig Walsh 0-4, Tommy Heffernan (2f) & Brian Stapleton 0-2 each, Peter Geraghty, Mikey O’Neill, Kevin Connolly, Tom O’Brien & Bill Maher 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Darragh Egan (Kildangan); Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs); Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), Padraig Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields); Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), David Collins (Drom & Inch); Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Mikey Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch); Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Kieran Morris (Moycarkey-Borris).

Subs: James Logue (Ballingarry) for Egan, Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens) for Bergin, Brendan Maher (Borrisoleigh) for Callanan, Conor Kenny (Borrisoleigh) for O’Dwyer (all half-time), Shane Bourke (JK Brackens) for Collins (39).

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK: Shane Hassett (Tipperary); Mark Carmody (Limerick), Jack Sheehan (Cork), Pa Ryan (Tipperary); Daire Quinn (Tipperary), Michael O’Flaherty (Tipperary), David King (Offaly); Martin Boran (Kilkenny), Brian Stapleton (Tipperary); Mikey O’Neill (Clare), PJ Scully (Laois), Thomas Geraghty (Offaly); Mikey Ryan (Limerick), Tommy Heffernan (Tipperary), Peter Geraghty (Offaly).

Subs: Padraic Walsh (Kilkenny) for Peter Geraghty, Kevin Connolly (Galway) for O’Neill, Bill Maher (Tipperary) for Boran, Tom O’Brien (Limerick) for Heffernan (all half-time), Eamon Murphy (Waterford) for Thomas Geraghty (53).

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

When – Sunday February 2nd at 2:00pm

Where – Dr. Morris Park Thurles.

Referee – Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Tipperary UL
2013 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated Limerick and LIT before losing to Clare by 1-21 to 1-13 in the Final. Defeated Waterford before losing to Clare in the Quarter-Final by 3-13 to 1-13.
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 3 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2012 N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 22
Won – 17
Lost – 5
Drawn – 0
Played – 18
Won – 10
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Waterford Crystal Cup 2012 Quarter-Final – Tipperary 2-11 UL 0-12 – February 4th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh – goals by Pa Bourke and Brian O’Meara helped Tipperary to a five point victory.


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2014

Preliminary Round

Friday January 10th

@ Mick Neville Park Rathkeale     Limerick 10-17 IT Tralee 0-9


Sunday January 12th

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore University of Limerick 1-11 Waterford 0-10

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary 3-20 LIT 0-5



Sunday January 19th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Tipperary 2-16 Kerry 0-8

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore UL 2-30 WIT 1-20

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11

@ Mardyke                                        UCC 3-28 Mary I 2-14

Semi-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 26th


@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare 2-28 UCC 1-4


Sunday February 2nd

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary v UL                                              @ 2:00pm


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (19 wins), Tipperary (17 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 49 of the 88 victories in the competition (56%).

Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.

Limerick have not defeated an inter-county team in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the 2006 semi-final when they defeated Clare by 1-14 to 0-13 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006. Clare also have the best won / lost record in the competition, winning 19 and drawing 1 of their 26 matches played while winning 2 titles.

35 goals were scored in the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This is the exact same number of goals scored in the 2012 competition while only 23 goals were scored in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match).

None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 73 games have been played with just 1 draw – the 2012 Limerick v Clare Quarter-Final after two periods of extra time.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 24, Lost 49, a 33% success rate.

Waterford have lost their last 3 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup having won 8 in a row from 2010 to 2012.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 7 seasons.

Last meeting – Tipperary 2-11 Limerick 0-12 – 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup Quarter-Final

Tipperary: D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; S Maher, C O’Mahony, J Coghlan; D Young, B Maher; G Ryan, A Ryan, P Bourke; J O’Neill, B O’Meara, J O’Brien.

Subs: C O’Brien for D Maher (ht), J Woodlock for Young (46), T Stapleton for Coghlan (46), E Kelly for A Ryan (52), S Curran for G Ryan (64).

University of Limerick: T Lowry (Tipperary); P Stapleton (Tipperary), Michael Walsh (Kilkenny), K Fox (Tipperary); L Ryan (Kilkenny), B Bugler (Clare), Martin Walsh (Kilkenny); S Golden (Clare), L Markham (Clare); B Beckett (Kilkenny), J Gallagher (Tipperary), P Walsh (Kilkenny); M Heffernan (Tipperary), P Murphy (Tipperary), C McGrath (Clare).

Subs: P Kelly (Tipperary) for Golden (ht), T O’Brien (Limerick) for Murphy (43), C Fogarty (Kilkenny) for Heffernan (52), P Flanagan (Clare) for Beckett (57), M Boran (Kilkenny) for P Walsh (63).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 1-3 (1-2f), B O’Meara 1-0, E Kelly 0-3, A Ryan, J O’Neill, G Ryan, J O’Brien, J Woodlock 0-1 each

Scorers for UL: C McGrath 0-7 (6fs), P Kelly 0-2, L Ryan (f), M Heffernan, P Walsh 0-1 each.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (2) – 2009, 2013

Limerick (1) – 2006

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Tipperary 2-24 Carlow 1-8

Tipperary defeated Carlow by 2-24 to 1-8 in round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday February 2nd at Dr Cullen Park.

On-song Sweeney helps Tipp demolish Carlow

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Tipperary 2-24 Carlow 1-8

TIPPERARY right full-forward Conor Sweeney led the way, scoring a total of 1-8, as the Premier County demolished an insipid Carlow side by a massive 19 points in this one-sided opening round game at Dr Cullen Park.

The visitors gained more than ample revenge for their one-point home defeat to Anthony Rainbow’s men in last year’s opening round league clash as they dominated a game in which Carlow were down to 14 men from the 10th minute when Paul Broderick was issued with a straight red card for a striking offence.

A physically bigger and more mobilie Tipperary side were on top in all sectors and were in front within 30 seconds of the throw-in when left half-back Donagh Leahy pointed from play. Sweeney quickly raised another white flag, before a brace of Carlow points by Brendan Murphy and Darragh Foley levelled matters.

Almost immediately the visitors were back in front when Barry Grogan pointed and this time there was no way back for Carlow as Tipp continued to build on their lead, picking off some fine points as the Barrowsiders’ challenge fell apart.

By half-time Peter Creedon’s men were 0-12 to 0-4 ahead – Carlow might have had a goal on the cusp of the break when left half-back Graham Power found himself one on one with Tipperary goalie Paul Fitzgerald, but shot over the bar.

Interval Carlow substitute Jordan Lowry pointed direct from the restart but it proved a false dawn for the home support as Sweeney countered almost immediately with a Tipp point.

Tipperary were 0-14 to 0-5 ahead when Seamus Kinsella scored Carlow’s goal on the 45th minute after he himself was foot-tripped in the large square. The Tipperary response was for Grogan to point from the kick-out. Tipp goals from Philip Austin and Sweeney in the 49th and 54th minute rubbed salt into the Carlow wounds as the visitors romped to a 19-point victory, with 11 players sharing in their huge total.

SCORERS – Tipperary: C Sweeney 1-8 (0-2fs), B Grogan 0-6, (3fs), P Austin 1-1, D Leahy 0-2, A Morrissey, P Acheson, C McCullough, M Quinlivan, I Fahy, A Matassa, G Hally 0-1 each. Carlow: S Kinsella 1-0 (pen), D Foley, G Power 0-2 each, B Murphy, D St Ledger (f), J Lowry, S McGrath (f) 0-1 each.

Tipperary – P Fitzgerald 7; J Coughlan 7, P Codd 7, A Morrissey 7; G Mulhare 6, R Kiely 6, D Leahy 7; G Hannigan 6, P Acheson 7; B Fox 6, B Grogan 8, C McCullough 6; C Sweeney 9, M Quinlivan 6, P Austin 7. Subs: S O’Brien for Kiely 21; I Fahy 6 for McCullough (44); A Campbell 6 for Mulhare 51; A Matassa (57); B O’Brien for Quinlivan (62); G Hally for Acheson (66).

Carlow – A O’Brien 6; B J Molloy 5, M Curry 5, J O’Donoghue 5; K Nolan 5, B Kavanagh 6, G Power 6; H Gahan 5, D Foley 6; P Reid 5, D St Ledger 5, D Bambrick 5; P Broderick 5, B Murphy 6, S Kinsella 5. Subs: J Lowry 5 for Nolan (h/t); C Moran 5 for St Ledger (h/t); S McGrath 5 for Reid (49); M Brennan for Gahan (60); M Meaney for Curry (60).

Ref – D Gough (Meath)


Sweeney leads Tipp rout

Report from the

Tipperary 2-24 Carlow 1-8

Corner forward Conor Sweeney helped himself to 1-8 as Tipperary opened their Allianz League campaign with a big win at Dr Cullen Park. The visitors had 11 different scorers against a Carlow side who played most of the game with 14 men after corner forward Paul Broderick was sent off for striking in the 10th minute.

With Sweeney, Andy Morrissey and Donagh Leahy in fine scoring form, Tipp went on to lead by 0-12 to 0-4 at the break. Seamus Kinsella’s 45th minute goal gave the home side hope before Peter Creedon’s men replied with goals of their own from Philip Austin and Sweeney to run out 19-point winners.

Tipperary – P Fitzgerald; J Coghlan, P Codd, A Morrissey (0-1); G Mulhare, R Kiely, D Leahy (0-2); G Hannigan, P Acheson (0-1); B Fox, B Grogan (0-6, 3f), C McCullough (0-1); C Sweeney (1-8, 0-2f), M Quinlivan (0-1), P Austin (1-1). Subs: S O’Brien for Kiely, I Fahy (0-1) for McCullough, A Campbell for Mulhare, A Matassa (0-1) for Fox, B O’Brien for Quinlivan, G Hally (0-1) for Acheson.

Carlow – A O’Brien; B J Molloy, M Curry, J O’Donoghue; K Nolan, B Kavanagh, G Power (0-2); H Gahan, D Foley (0-2); P Reid, D St Ledger (0-1f), D Bambrick; P Broderick, B Murphy (0-1), S Kinsella (1-0 pen). Subs: J Lowry (0-1) for Nolan, C Moran for St Ledger, S McGrath (0-1f) for Reid, M Brennan for Gahan, M Meaney for Curry.

Referee – D Gough

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Carlow in the Allianz Football league shows two newcomers in the starting 15 with Ger Mulhaire of Arravale Rovers at left half back and Conal McCullough of Commercials at right corner forward. Michael Quinlivan is the only U21 player in the starting 15. The team is:

1. Paul Fitzgerald Fethard

2. John Coghlan Moyne Templetuohy

3. Paddy Codd Killenaule

4. Andrew Morrissey Galtee Rovers

5. Ger Mulhare Arravale Rovers

6. Robbie Kiely Arravale Rovers

7. Donagh Leahy Arravale Rovers

8. George Hannigan Shannon Rovers

9. Peter Acheson Moyle Rovers

10. Brian Fox Eire Óg Annacarty

11. Barry Grogan Aherlow

12. Conal McCullough Clonmel Commercials

13. Conor Sweeney Ballyporeen

14. Michael Quinlivan Clonmel Commercials

15. Philip Austin Borrisokane

Survey Results

Will Tipperary gain promotion to Division 3 this year?

Yes – 77%

No – 23%

Predict the result

Tipp by 6+ points – 8%

Tipp by 4 to 6 points – 32%

Tipp by 1 to 3 points – 46%

Draw – 1%

Carlow by 1 to 3 points – 8%

Carlow by 4 to 6 points – 4%

Carlow by 6+ points – 1%