Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 1-16 Kilkenny 0-18

Clare defeated Kilkenny by 1-16 to 0-18 in round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 16th at Cusack Park, Ennis.

Ryan shines as Clare beat Cats in thrilling opener

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Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Clare 1-16 Kilkenny 0-18

All-Ireland champions Clare made the perfect start to their 2014 Allianz League campaign with a narrow defeat of reigning champions Kilkenny in an exciting game at Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday. Colin Ryan, who finished with 1-9 on the day including 1-2 from play, scored the only goal of the game in the first half, while Henry Shefflin had a second half penalty saved by a combination of Ryan and Clare goalkeeper Dónal Tuohy.

Played in front of 10,125 supporters, despite warnings from rival managers Brian Cody and Davy Fitzgerald, both sides looked in pretty decent shape and served up a hugely entertaining game. With Newmarket-on-Fergus man Ryan hitting 1-5 in the opening quarter, including a well-worked goal after a pass from Conor McGrath, Clare bossed the opening stages and Kilkenny stayed in touch largely thanks to the free-taking prowess of Henry Shefflin, who finished with a tally of 0-12.

Ahead by five with nine minutes to go in the first half, Shefflin and Kilkenny dug deep and hit five points in a row, including a superb effort from the 11-time All Star from play, to draw level at the half-time whistle, 1-8 to 0-11.

Inseparable for the opening 10 minutes of the second half, Shefflin had a golden opportunity from the penalty spot, but his effort in the 45th minute was superbly blocked on the line, with Colin Ryan and goalkeeper Tuohy managing between them to deflect the sliotar out of harm’s way. With 13 minutes left, the Cats appeared to make a break for the line when Pádraig Walsh, the younger brother of defender Tommy, nudged them 0-17 to 1-13 ahead.

However, the All-Ireland champions showed the kind of character that will please their manager with an impressive response in the final 10 minutes. Sub Cathal O’Connell nailed the equaliser, before Conor McGrath and match-winner Ryan added scores. Shefflin pegged it back to a point in the final minute, but Clare held out for a valuable win after a tremendous battle on an energy sapping pitch.


Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 1-9 (7f), Conor McGrath 0-3, John Conlon 0-1, Patrick Donnellan 0-1, Colm Galvin 0-1, Cathal O’Connell 0-1.

Scorers for Kilkenny: Henry Shefflin 0-12 (8f, 2’65), Walter Walsh 0-2, Pádraig Walsh 0-2, Jonjo Farrell 0-1, Colin Fennelly 0-1.

Clare: D Tuohy; C Dillon, D McInerney, S Morey, P O’Connor, C Ryan, B Bugler; P Donnellan, S Golden; C Ryan, T Kelly (Ballyea), J Conlon; C McGrath, S O’Donnell, C Galvin. Subs: P Collins for Kelly (48), C O’Connell for Bugler (55), N O’Connell for Golden (60).

Kilkenny: D Herity; C Fogarty, M Walsh, B Kennedy; J Holden, L Ryan, Paul Murphy; C Buckley, P Walsh; H Shefflin, C Fennelly, E Larkin; JJ Farrell, M Kelly, W Walsh. Subs: J Tyrrell for Fogarty (HT), J Brennan for Kelly (53), A Fogarty for W. Walsh (65), T Walsh for Buckley (65).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Kerry 4-24 Derry 3-8

Kerry defeated Derry by 4-24 to 3-8 in round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on Sunday February 16th at Owenbeg.

Kerry – T Flynn; D Fitzell, B Murphy, J Leahy; S Weir, A Fealy, K Carmody; J Egan (0-1), D O’Connell (0-7); M Boyle (0-1), D Collins (1-1), C Harty (0-1); S Nolan (1-11, 0-9f, 0-1’65), A Boyle (2-1), D Butler.
Subs: J Casey for Leahy, B O’Leary for Collins, P Lucid (0-1) for Carmody, P O’Connor for Weir.

Derry – D McDermott; A Rafferty, L Hinphey, E McGuckin; R McCloskey, O McCloskey (0-1), B Rodgers (0-1); M Warnock, D O’Neill; A Grant (1-4f), S McCloskey (0-1), T McCloskey; J O’Dwyer (1-1), P McCloskey (1-0), P Cleary.
Subs: C McQuillan for O’Neill, C Convery (0-1) for R McCloskey, T Henry for Cleary.

Referee – G Duffy

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Derry in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 2A on Sunday next in Owenbeg contains 5 League debutantes with Dougie Fitzell, Jason Leahy, Sean Weir and Keith Carmody starting in defence and Tipperary native, David Butler starting at corner forward. The team lines out as follows:

1. Tadhg Flynn Causeway

2. Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley

3. Brian Murphy Causeway

4. Jason Leahy Causeway

5. Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

6. Darren Dineen St Brendans

7. Keith Carmody Causeway

8. John Egan St Brendans (Captain)

9. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

10. Mikey Boyle Ballyduff

11. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

12. Colm Harty Causeway

13. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

14. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff

15. David Butler Knockavilla Kickhams

Fir Ionaid:

16. Nicky Leen Ballyduff

17. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

18. Philip Lucid Ballyheigue

19. Anthony Fealy Causeway

20. Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley

21. Jason Casey Ballyheigue

22. Kevin Orpen St Brendans

23. Conor O’Brien Lixnaw

24. David Goulding Ballyduff

25. Pa Joe Connolly Ballyduff

26. Kieran Dineen Abbeydorney


Manager: Eamonn Kelly (Kildangan)

Trainer/Coach: Brian Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams)

Selectors: D. J. Leahy (Causeway), Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

Rehabbing from Injury:

Liam Boyle Ballyduff

Thomas Casey Causeway

Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

John Griffin Lixnaw

On Extended Panel

Brian O’Leary Abbeydorney

Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

Paul McGrath Causeway

Darren Leahy Causeway

Aidan McCabe Kilmoyley

Aidan Cummins Cashel King Cormacs

M. Donnelly Interpro Football S-F – Connacht 3-19 Munster 2-16

Connacht defeated Munster by 3-19 to 2-16 in the M. Donnelly GAA Football Interprovincial Championship 2014 Semi Final on Sunday February 16th at Tuam.

Connacht 3-19 Munster 2-16

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

Connacht will hope for a first inter-provincial football title since 1969 when they face Leinster in next weekend’s final after they came out on top in a pulsating semi-final at Tuam Stadium.

In front of a shocking crowd of approximately 100 people, Connacht and Munster served up a game for the Gaelic football purists. Five goals and 35 points – all but five from play – were delivered, it was just a shame the game wasn’t given top billing, said Munster manager Ger O’Sullivan.

“I think it’s a pity that even cameras don’t come to record this to show it on the dreary Christmas nights, and let people see what kind of football is being played. We’ve had the same experience last year against Ulster and the previous year against Ulster,” O’Sullivan said.

Munster had an excellent first half-hour and at one stage led by 1-8 to 0-4, thanks to Brian Hurley’s third-minute goal. But after David Kelly hit a bullet to the net in the 30th minute the game turned on it’s head, and only Hurley’s stunning pile-driver saw Munster lead by 2-9 to 1-9 at half-time.

A lightening start to the second-half from Connacht saw Aidan O’Shea goal in the 37th minute, while Cregg sealed the win when he palmed Kelly’s pass past Brendan Kealy in the final quarter.

CONNACHT: R Hennelly; G Reynolds, J Moore, N Ewing; G Bradshaw, N Daly, K McLoughlin; A O’Shea (1-0) , J Gibbons; C Cregg (1-7), E Mulligan (0-5, 1f, 1’45), S Armstrong; M Conroy (0-1), P Conroy (0-5), D Kelly (1-0). Subs: T Flynn for Gibbons (26-34 mins blood), J Duane for Bradshaw (46 mins), E Concannon (0-1) for Armstrong (54 mins), D Cumminsor for Cregg (63 mins), M Breheny for Kelly (66 mins), G Bradshaw for McLoughlin (66 mins).

MUNSTER: B Kealy; M Ó Sé , M Griffin, B McGuire; J Lyne (0-1) , A O’Mahony, K O’Driscoll; R Deane, D Moran; P Kerrigan (0-2), M Collins (0-1), D Walsh (0-1); D Goulding (0-5, 1f, 1’45), D O’Connor (0-2, 1f), B Hurley (2-2). Subs: J O’Rourke for Lyne (35 mins), BJ Keane (0-1) for Deane (45 mins), B O’Driscoll for Walsh (53 mins), M Geaney (0-1) for K O’Driscoll (59 mins), K O’Halloran for Kealy (60 mins), J McLoughlin for Ó Sé (63 mins).

Referee: Cathal O’Hagan (Tyrone).

Munster Football Panel

The Munster senior football panel for the M. Donnelly Inter-provincial semi-final between Munster and Connacht in Tuam at 2pm on Sunday next, February 16th is as follows:

Corcaigh (11) Mark Collins, Ruairi Deane, Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley, Paul Kerrigan, James Loughrey, John McLoughlin, Donncha O’Connor, Barry O’Driscoll, Ken O’Halloran, John O’Rourke

Ciarraí (13) Peter Crowley, Shane Enright, Michael Geaney, Mark Griffin, Brendan Kealy, Barry John Keane, Jonathan Lyne, Anthony Maher, Brian McGuire, David Moran, Aidan O’Mahony, Marc Ó Sé, Donnacha Walsh

Banisteoir: Ger O’Sullivan (Corcaigh)

Roghnóir: Ger O’Keeffe (Ciarraí)

The team will not be announced until just before the game on Sunday.

Connacht Football Panel

Joss Moore, Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Armstrong, Paul Conroy, Danny Cummins, Tom Hughes, Eoin Concannon (Galway) Gary Reynolds, Emlyn Mulligan, Cathal McCrann (Leitrim) Mark Gottsche(London) Robert Hennelly, Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’ Shea, Jason Gibbons, Michael Conroy (Mayo) Niall Daly, Cathal Cregg (Roscommon) Neil Ewing, David Kelly, Pat Hughes, Mark Brehony (Sligo)