AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Final Replay – Creggan Kickhams (Antrim) 1-11 Ballysaggart (Waterford) 1-7

Creggan Kickhams (Antrim) defeated Ballysaggart (Waterford) by 1-11 to 1-7 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Final Replay on Saturday February 15th at Cusack Park Mullingar.

Small stands tall as Creggan celebrate replay win

Report from the GAA.ie web site

AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Final Replay: Kickhams Creggan 1-11 Ballysaggart 1-7

Creggan Kickhams were crowned All Ireland junior hurling champions after an intensely fought replay with Ballysaggart at a blustery Cusack Park on Saturday afternoon. Conor Small’s second half goal swayed the contest in their favour despite the gritty battling qualities displayed by Saggart. The young forward emerged as their star performer as he bagged 1-3 from play. Conor McCann also came to the fore in the closing stages.

Although the scoring rate was slower than last Saturday, this tie was played at a frantic pace throughout. A high level of work rate was evident all over the field. Both sides finished with fourteen players after Kieran Bennett and Martin Johnston received their marching orders from referee John Keenan.

Ballysaggart played with the aid of the strong breeze in the first half and clung to a two point lead (1-5 to 0-6). Shane Bennett and Oran McCann (free) exchanged the opening blows. After seven minutes, Stephen Bennett’s free from 45 metres out dribbled along the floor and past Brendan Prenter. Lively corner forward Conor Small maintained Creggan’s interest with three points from play. Ballysaggart kept their noses in front through two Bennett frees and one apiece from Darren Meagher and substitute Colin Kearney.

Saggart began the second half in solid fashion when Kieran Bennett extended their advantage with a rousing score on 36 minutes. Conor Small levelled two minutes later however when he turned swiftly to smash into the corner beyond Matty Meagher. Oran McCann followed with a free to send the Antrim side in front for the first time.

Ballysaggart received a body blow when star midfielder Kieran Bennett was dismissed on a second yellow after a foul on Ruairi McCann midway through the half. Conor McCann nailed the resultant free (1-8 to 1-6). Roared on by their vocal following, Saggart fought determinedly against the elements. Shane Bennett earned and converted a free to reduce the deficit to a single point on 48 minutes.

The physically robust Ulster champions finished with three on the trot to take away the silverware. Martin Johnston lashed over from inside his own half and Conor McCann added two, including a sensational wind assisted effort from midfield. They managed to absorb the loss of wing back Martin Johnston who also saw a second yellow for an off the ball altercation. Ballysaggart desperately searched for the scores to drag them back into the frame. Creggan protected their goal however and the green and gold celebrated success at the sound of the full time whistle.

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Scorers for Creggan Kickhams: C Small 1-3, C McCann 0-4 (2fs), O McCann 0-3 (3fs), M Johnston 0-1.

Scorers for Ballysaggart: Stephen Bennett 1-2 (1-2fs), Shane Bennett 0-2 (1f), C Kearney, D Meagher, K Bennett 0-1 each.

Creggan Kickhams: B Prenter; B Maguire, A Maguire, D Carey; F McAuley, T McCann, M Johnston; R McCann, A McKeown; K Rice, O McCann, J Carey; C Small, S Maguire, C McCann. Subs: M Nelson for S Maguire (47), D McCann for McAuley (53).

Ballysaggart: M Meagher; B Ryan, K Fennessy, D Devine; B Murphy, E O’Brien, C O’Gorman; C Murphy, K Bennett; K Cashell, D Meagher, Shane Bennett; Stephen Bennett, R Walsh, T Bennett. Subs: C Kearney for Walsh (16), S Hale for T Bennett (H-T).

Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 0-16

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 2-13 to 0-16 in round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 15th at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Tipp open up with win over Waterford

Report from the GAA.ie web site

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION IA: TIPPERARY 2-13 WATERFORD 0-16

Tipperary got off to a winning start against Waterford in Saturday evening’s Allianz Hurling League Division IA opener at Semple Stadium. Without ever hitting the heights, Tipp did just about enough against the visiting Déise, in front of 4,786 spectators in chilly Thurles. Tipp recovered from a disappointing first half display to set themselves up nicely for next weekend’s visit to Kilkenny.

At half-time, Waterford were 0-8 to 0-5 up and under new manager Derek McGrath, they were full value for that lead. The margin could have been even greater at the break for Waterford shot eight of their 13 wides in the opening half.

On the resumption, Waterford picked up where they had left off as Maurice Shanahan opened the second half scoring. And when Jake Dillon pointed in the 40th minute, McGrath’s men were five points clear, leading 0-10 to 0-5. But Tipp set about eating into the lead and by the 47th minute, they were level as Seamus Callanan, scorer of 1-4 in the second half, banged home a fine goal after taking a clever pass from Noel McGrath.

Callanan put Tipp, now playing with the breeze, ahead in the 56th minute from a free and the hosts held on from there until the finish. And Waterford were caught by a 70th minute sucker punch as Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson netted from a long-range free that somehow found its way past his opposite number Stephen O’Keeffe.

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Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 1-4 (2f), J O’Dwyer 0-4 (4f), D Gleeson 1-0 (1-0f), N McGrath 0-2, J Woodlock, K Bergin & D Maher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-10 (9f), Philip Mahony 0-2, Kevin Moran, J Dillon, M Shanahan & B O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, C O’Mahony, M Cahill; S McGrath, P Maher, C O’Brien; B Maher, J Woodlock; S Callanan, N McGrath, K Bergin; J Forde, P Murphy, J O’Dwyer. Subs: L McGrath for Forde (43), D Maher for O’Dwyer (49), S Bourke for Murphy (56), R Maher for Woodlock (59).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; B Coughlan, S Fives, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, Philip Mahony; K Moran, S O’Sullivan; J Barron, Pauric Mahony, J Dillon; M Shanahan, S Walsh, B O’Sullivan. Subs: S Molumphy for S Walsh (48), S Prendergast for Dillon (58), E Barrett for Shanahan (67), S Roche for S O’Sullivan (70).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork).

Match Preview

Admission Details

Only the New Stand will be open and admission on the night is €15 but tickets can be purchased in advance for €10 at any of the usual Supervalu or Centra retail outlets around the county (No concession on these). Tipperary supporters have purchased 1200 GAA Season tickets to date so a crowd of up to 4000 is expected on Sat night. With no curtain raiser the message for non ticket holders is to come early and avoid the queues as tickets must be purchased at the ticket booths before going to the stiles. Patrons should note the following stile allocations; Season tickets at stiles 48 to 51, Player passes at stile 41, Juveniles including Groups at stile 45, Concession refunds at stile 52/53.

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Waterford in the Allianz Hurling League on Saturday next at 7pm in Semple Stadium Thurles has been announced. Right corner-back Cathal Barrett from the Holycross-Ballycahill club will be the sole League debutant in a team captained by midfielder Brendan Maher. In total, there are 7 changes to the Tipperary team which captured Waterford Crystal Cup honours last weekend.

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea has also named his 26 man panel for the Allianz Hurling League. The panel will be subject to changes as required during the group stages of the competition.

TIPPERARY (SH v Waterford) – Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, Conor O’Mahony, Michael Cahill; Shane McGrath, Padraic Maher, Conor O’Brien; Brendan Maher (Captain), James Woodlock; Seamus Callanan, Noel McGrath, Kieran Bergin; Jason Forde, Paddy Murphy, John O’Dwyer

Tipperary Senior Hurling panel for the Allianz Hurling League group stages – Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields), Darragh Egan (Kildangan), Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Tomas Hamill (Killea), Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone), Conor Kenny (Borris-Ileigh), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – Captain), Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Eire Og), Conor O Brien (Eire Og Annacarty), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch)

Waterford Team to play Tipperary in their opening Allianz Hurling League Game on Saturday night next in Thurles.

1.Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner

2.Barry Coughlan Ballygunner

3.Shane Fives Carrigtwohill

4.Noel Connors Passage

5.Jamie Nagle Dungarvan

6.Michael Walsh Stradbally

7.Philip Mahony Ballygunner

8.Kevin Moran De La Salle

9.Shane O Sullivan Ballygunner

10.Jamie Barron Fourmilewater

11.Paraic Mahony Ballygunner

12.Jake Dillon De La Salle

13.Maurice Shanahan Lismore

14.Shane Walsh Fourmilewater

15.Brian O Sullivan Ballygunner

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Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Cork 0-17 Limerick 0-17

Cork and Limerick finished level at 0-17 apiece in round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Saturday February 15th at Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork.

Cork 0-17 Limerick 0-17

Report from the RTE.ie web site

A 75th-minute Shane Dowling point earned a share of the spoils as Limerick and Cork finished 0-17 apiece in the opening game of Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League at Páirc Uí Rinn. Just over 7,000 spectators watched on as these Munster rivals served up a cracking encounter, with Cork looking comfortable early on. The Shannonsiders braved the 27th minute dismissal of Graeme Mulcahy, and a six-point deficit early on to dig deep and snatch a valuable league point at the death.

Cork made one change to their starting line-up from the team announced midweek, with William Egan starting in place of Stephen McDonnell. Limerick’s line-up was unchanged from the one announced during the week, but Dowling was the only player handed a start from the Na Piarsaigh side that lost last Saturday’s AIB All-Ireland Club SHC semi-final to Portumna.

Last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists settled quickest; Cork moved 0-08 to 0-02 ahead after just 12 and a half minutes, with all of their early scores coming from play. Cian McCarthy set the tone in the opening minute, and although Limerick equalised, four points from Patrick Horgan and two from Conor Lehane along with another McCarthy score helped the Rebels move six points in front.

Cork were dominant in the midfield sector at this stage, with a quick flowing ball into their attack, but amazingly they could only tag on one further point before the interval. Paul Browne and Dowling were central to the Limerick comeback, before 25-year-old Stephen Moylan registered Cork’s final point of the opening half after 22 minutes.

Limerick kept pressing hard, with Browne and Wayne McNamara coming more into the game. The dismissal of Mulcahy after an off-the-ball incident threatened to derail Limerick’s plans, but they found a new lease of life, with scores from Paudie O’Brien and Shane Dowling ensuring a 0-09 to 0-06 interval score-line. Limerick’s defence was also forced to be alert in the closing minutes of the first half, with Lehane cutting in at pace in the 29th minute, and leaving McNamara and Gavin O’Mahony in his wake.

However, Lehane couldn’t find the net, with his blazing shot Cork’s fifth wide of the half, and by the interval they had brought their total number of wides to eight. Jimmy Barry Murphy’s side continued to edge the lead for most of the second half, with no more than three points separating the teams over the third quarter. Cork led by 0-13 to 0-10 with 14 minutes remaining, but Limerick remained defiant.

A trio of unanswered points, including one from defender Paudie O’Brien, drew the game at 0-13 apiece in the 63rd minute. The sides were again tied at 0-14 apiece, before Cork’s Rob O’Shea was denied a goal chance by Limerick keeper Nickie Quaid.

Cork continued to work hard and they moved back ahead thanks to an excellent Alan Cadogan point, and with Moylan adding a score, after referee James Owens consulted with his umpires, it pushed them 0-16 to 0-14 ahead on 68 minutes.

However, Limerick equalised once more, following Dowling’s ninth and 10th points. Victory looked to be Cork’s when substitute Michael O’Sullivan edged the Rebels ahead just into the third minute of injury-time, but Dowling delivered a late equaliser. Cork head to Portlaoise next Saturday to take on Laois, while for Limerick a home tie against Antrim awaits at the Gaelic Grounds.

Cork: A Nash; S O’Neill, W Egan, K Murphy; S White, C Joyce, M Ellis; D Kearney, L McLoughlin; C Lehane (0-02), C McCarthy (0-03), R O’Shea; P Horgan (0-07, 0-03f), A Walsh, S Moylan (0-02)
Substitutes: A Cadogan (0-02) for Lehane (38), M Cahalane for Walsh (45), L O’Farrell for McCarthy (53), M O’Sullivan (0-01) for O’Farrell (57), P Haughney for Kearney (63).

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien (0-02), W McNamara, G O’Mahony; D O’Grady, P Browne (0-02); T Ryan (0-01), J Ryan, C Allis (0-01); G Mulcahy, S Dowling (0-11, 0-08f, 0-02 ’65), S Tobin
Substitute: K Downes for T Ryan (49).

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)

Team News

The Limerick senior hurling management has announced their team and panel. The management team of TJ Ryan, Donal O Grady, Paul Beary and Mark Lyons has picked the following line up.

1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)

2. Stephen Walsh (Glenroe)

3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock)

4. Tom Condon (Knockaderry)

5. Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock)

6. Wayne McNamara (Adare)

7. Gavin O’Mahony (Kilmallock)

8. Donal O’Grady (Capt. – Granagh/Ballingarry)

9. Paul Browne (Bruff)

10. Thomas Ryan (South Liberties)

11. James Ryan (Garryspillane)

12. Conor Allis (Croom)

13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)

14. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)

15. Séan Tobin (Murroe/Boher)

Match Panel is as follows:

16. Aaron Murphy, Hospital/Herbertstown, 17. Mark Carmody, Patrickswell, 18. Philip O Loughlin, Kilmallock, 19. Donal Morrissey, Ahane, 20. Cathal McNamara, Doon, 21. David Reidy, Dromin/Athlacca, 22. William Hickey, South Liberties, 23. Thomas O Brien, Patrickswell, 24. Michael Ryan, Doon, 25. Tommy Quaid, Effin and 26. John Fitzgibbon, Adare.

The Cork Senior hurling team for the opening game of the Allianz Leagues v Limerick on Saturday night at 7pm in Páirc uí Rinn will line out as follows:

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)

3. Stephen Mc Donnell (Glen Rovers)

4. Kilian Murphy (Erin’s Own)

5. Stephen White (Ballygarvan)

6. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)

7. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)

8. Daniel Kearney(Sarsfields)

9. Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk)

10. Conor Lehane (Midleton)

11. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields)

12. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)

13. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

14. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)

15. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)

Subs

16. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)

17. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)

18. Eoin Keane (St. Finbarrs)

19. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)

20. William Egan (Kilbrin)

21. Paul Haughney (Midleton)

22. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)

23. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)

24. Michael Cahalane (Bandon)

25. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)

26. Michael O’Sullivan (Tracton)

Jimmy Barry-Murphy and his selectors have named an experienced team for Saturday night’s clash, with ten of the starting fifteen having also started the All-Ireland Final Replay last year. There’s a senior hurling début for dual player Aidan Walsh, while Mark Ellis, Rob O’Shea, Kilian Murphy and Stephen White also get starting positions, the latter pair having come on as subs in the All-Ireland Final replay.

Conor O’Sullivan, Seamus Harnedy and captain Patrick Cronin remain on the injury list.

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo) 3-13 Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-11

Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo) defeated Dr. Crokes (Kerry) by 3-13 to 1-11 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday February 15th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Castlebar Mitchels cruise into All-Ireland final

Report from GAA.ie 

AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Club Championship Semi-Final: Castlebar Mitchels 3-13 Dr Crokes 1-11

The loss of Colm Cooper through injury after just 20 minutes proved too much of a handicap for Dr Crokes to carry, as they lost an AIB GAA All-Ireland club SFC semi-final for the third consecutive time at O’Moore Park this afternoon.

Cooper suffered an injury to his right knee when scoring his second point and while Alan O’Sullivan was outstanding for Dr Crokes in attack, with four points from play, the Kerrymen lacked the cutting edge needed to translate their greater share of the possession into a match-winning scoring tally.

Within seconds of Cooper hobbling from the fray, player of the match Patrick Durcan was kicking the first of his two goals, converting at the second attempt after Donal Moloney had saved the rampaging wing-back’s initial attempt.

That pushed Castlebar into a 1-4 to 0-6 lead but to give Dr Crokes credit, they showed considerable mettle to respond immediately with a goal of their own. It was a stunning score. Teenager Michael Burns, who replaced Cooper, fed Kieran O’Leary with a magnificent kick-pass and the corner-forward finished clinically on the turn.

Significantly though, the Mitchels kicked the next three points via Richie Feeney, Tom King and captain Donie Newcombe. King and Feeney had the margin to three soon after the resumption, but a brilliant point from Daithi Casey, and another score from O’Sullivan soon had it back to one.

A 42nd minute goal by King was vital but Crokes showed their determination again to peg it back to one. They weren’t to score again however and the Mitchels produced their customary strong finish to claim the coveted All-Ireland final berth.

King, Ger McDonagh, Aidan Walsh and Neil Lydon all kicked points before Durcan provided the final flourish in injury time, taking a pass from Barry Moran to bag his second goal.

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Scorers for Castlebar Mitchels: T King 1-3 (3fs); P Durcan 2-0; B Moran, A Walsh, R Feeney 0-2 each, D Kirby, D Newcombe, G McDonagh, N Lydon 0-1 each

Scorers for Dr Crokes: A O’Sullivan 0-4; K O’Leary 1-1; C Cooper 0-2; F Fitzgerald, D Casey, A O’Donovan, J Buckley 0-1 each

Castlebar Mitchels: C Naughton; R O’Malley, T Cunniffe, A Feeney, D Newcombe, E O’Reilly, P Durcan, R Feeney, B Moran, N Lydon, A Walsh, G McDonagh, D Kirby, N Douglas, T King. Subs: J Durcan for R Feeney (51); D Joyce for A Feeney (52)

Dr Crokes: D Moloney; F Fitzgerald, E Brosnan, L Quinn, D O’Leary, M Moloney, K Ward, A Donovan, J Buckley, A O’Sullivan, D Casey, B Looney, K O’Leary, C Cooper, S Doolan. Subs: L Quinn for Payne (5); M Burns for Cooper inj (22), S Meyers for Ward (ht); G O’Shea for O’Donovan (50)

Referee: C Reilly (Meath)