Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Kilkenny 5-20 Tipperary 5-14

Kilkenny defeated Tipperary by 5-20 to 5-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 2 clash on Sunday February 23rd at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

Fennelly hat-trick downs Tipp in classic

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A: Kilkenny 5-20 Tipperary 5-14

Report from the web site

Kilkenny overturned a 10-point first half deficit to beat their great rivals Tipperary in an incredible game which produced 10 goals at Nowlan park on Sunday afternoon.

Colin Fennelly was the Cats’ hero, scoring 3-5 from play, as Brian Cody’s side recovered from last week’s defeat to Clare, and the concession of four first half goals, to open their account in the 2014 Allianz Hurling League.

In keeping with recent encounters between the sides, this was a classic. Tipperary led by 4-9 to 2-9 at the break and there looked to be no way back for a Kilkenny side whose defence was torn apart at will in the opening 20 minutes. Walter Walsh was the only player in tiger stripes to show any sort of resistance, hitting four super points from play in the first half.

Noel McGrath, Jason Forde and the outstanding Séamus Callanan (2) all fired goals as Tipperary moved 4-9 to 1-8 ahead. Henry Shefflin, who finished with 1-5, then left just two goals in it at the break with the Cats’ second goal.

Fennelly cracked home a third Kilkenny goal in the 44th minute, but Callanan then responded for Tipperary with his third with 50 minutes on the clock. Remarkably, Callanan bettered Fennelly’s tally, scoring 3-6, and still ended up on the losing side.

Fennelly completed his hat-trick in the 56th minute to level the game and then Mark Kelly kicked home a fifth for the home side with two minutes remaining. The Cats then hit three points without reply at the death to complete a stunning comeback win.

Scorers for Kilkenny: C Fennelly 3-5, H Shefflin 1-5 (5f), W Walsh 0-5, M Kelly 1-1, P Walsh 0-1, TJ Reid 0-1, R Hogan 0-2.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 3-6 (3f, 2 65), N McGrath 1-3, J Forde 1-0, M Cahill 0-2, J Woodlock 0-1, P Murphy 0-1, B Maher 0-1.

KILKENNY: D Herity; W Phelan, K Joyce, B Kennedy; J Holden, B Hogan, T Walsh; L Ryan, P Walsh; W Walsh, C Fennelly (3-05), H Shefflin; J Farrell, M Kelly, TJ Reid. Subs: P Murphy for Phelan (26), R Hogan for B Hogan (HT), C Buckley for T Walsh (HT), E Larkin for Farrell (53), J Brennan for Fennelly (70).

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, T Stapleton, C Barrett; S McGrath, C O’Brien, M Cahill; Padraic Maher, J Woodlock; K Bergin, P Murphy, B Maher; N McGrath, S Callanan, J Forde. Subs: Patrick Maher for Forde (51), J O’Dwyer for Bergin (60), D Maher for S McGrath (64), M Heffernan for Murphy (67), R Maher for O’Brien (70).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

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Fixture Details

23.02.2014 (Sun)

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 2

Nowlan Park 14:00

Cill Chainnigh v Tiobraid Árann

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Corcaigh)

Std By James McGrath (An IarmhÍ)

Linesman: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)

Sideline: Jason Mullins (Luimneach)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Kilkenny in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash on Sunday next shows one change from the team which defeated Waterford last Saturday. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh) comes in to the team in place of John O’Dwyer and is named at left half back in a reshuffled lineout.

The team will line out as follows –

TIPPERARY (SH v Kilkenny): Darren Gleeson (Portroe); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields); Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh); Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – Captain), Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty Donohill); Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch); Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Eire Og), Jason Forde (Silvermines)

League Admission Prices

The price of admission to Nowlan Park on Sunday next for adults if you arrive without a pre-purchased ticket is €15. However, tickets can be purchased in advance for €10 from any of the usual Supervalu or Centra retail outlets or from the GAA web site ( Note there are no concessions available on the pre-purchased tickets.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Dublin 2-17 Clare 0-17

Dublin defeated Clare by 2-17 to 0-17 in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 23rd at Parnell Park, Dublin.

Dublin bounce back with win over Clare

Report from the web site

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Dublin 2-17 Clare 0-17

Dublin bounced back from their opening weekend humiliation to record a two-goal win over All-Ireland champions Clare at Parnell Park. Beaten by 0-28 to 1-12 by Galway last Sunday, Anthony Daly’s side were transformed seven days later, with a goal in each half from Conal Keaney and Colm Cronin earning them a deserved win.

Keaney was the star of the show for Dublin, returning 1-3 from play from his station in the full-forward line. Alan McCrabbe chipped in with 0-9, negating the loss of regularly free-taker Paul Ryan with all of his tally coming from placed balls. Keaney’s goal after 14 minutes helped his side to a 1-12 to 0-10 half-time lead, with McCrabbe landing eight of his haul in the opening period. Colin Ryan sent over five frees in response for the Banner County and John Conlon landed two from play.

Despite playing with the wind in the second half, Clare lost further ground in the third period, and the game was over as a contest when Colm Cronin netted the Dubs’ second goal on the 45 minute mark, following good approach work by Keaney and McCrabbe, making it 2-14 to 0-12 in the hosts’ favour. Clare’s expected final quarter push never materialised and two points from Shane Durkin guided the Dubs over the line in the closing stages.

Scorers for Dublin: A McCrabbe 0-9 (8f, 1 sl), C Keaney 1-3, C Cronin 1-1, S Durkin 0-2, J McCaffrey 0-1, D O’Callaghan 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-7 (7f), J Conlon 0-3, T Kelly 0-2 (1f), B Duggan 0-2 (2f), P O’Connor 0-1, C McGrath 0-1, C O’Connell 0-1,

Dublin: G Maguire, N Corcoran, P Kelly, S Timlin, S Durkin, L Rushe, M Carton, C Cronin, J McCaffrey, R O’Dwyer, A McCrabbe, D Sutcliffe, D O’Callaghan, M Schutte, C Keaney. Subs: J Dougan for Timlin, E Dillon for McCrabbe, D Treacy for O’Callaghan, N McMorrow for O’Dwyer.

Clare: D Tuohy, D McInerney, C Dillon, S Morey, P O’Connor, Conor Ryan, B Bugler, P Donnellan, S Golden, J Conlon, T Kelly, Colin Ryan, C McGrath, S O’Donnell, C Galvin. Subs: N O’Connell for Golden, C O’Connell for Conor Ryan, B Duggan for Colin Ryan, D Reidy for Morey.

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 0-22 Galway 1-13

Waterford defeated Galway by 0-22 to 1-13 in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 23rd at Walsh Park, Waterford.

Mahony points the way as Waterford beat Galway

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Waterford 0-22 Galway 1-13

Report from the web site

Waterford recorded a rousing win at a blustery Walsh Park with Pauric Mahony leading the way with eleven points to dismiss Galway. Young stars Ray Barry and Ryan Donnelly also caught the eye as a hard-working home side took control around the half-back and midfield sectors.

Derek McGrath made six changes from the narrow loss to Tipperary with Ian O’Regan, Tadhg Bourke, Ray Barry, Stephen Molumphy, Ryan Donnelly and Séamus Prendergast all drafted in. Galway boss Anthony Cunningham brought Kevin Hynes into the team instead of Jonathon Glynn. The sides were level on five occasions during the first 35. Conor Cooney started the scoring within five seconds for the wind assisted Tribesmen. Further points from Pádraig Brehony and Cathal Mannion gave them a 0-3 to 0-1 lead with five minutes on the watch.

The Waterford half back line steadied the ship and a brace by Pauric Mahony followed by a Kevin Moran single put the hosts ahead (0-4 to 0-3). Cooney equalised with his second strike. Mahony (free) and Cooney then traded points. The teams exchanged scores twice more. With Mahony directing affairs and striking six first half efforts (three from play), Waterford moved two points up. Cathal Mannion, with his second white flag, had the last word in the first half to leave them one adrift (0-9 to 0-8).

Three swift points at the beginning of the second period (Mahony, Séamus Prendergast and Ray Barry) kept the home side in control. On 48 minutes, Jason Flynn pounced on a slip by Tadhg Bourke to make it all square for the seventh time (0-14 to 1-11). Waterford recovered with long distance points from Ray Barry and Pauric Mahony.

The half-back line of Jamie Nagle, Michael Walsh and Philip Mahony continued to offer the launch pad for Derek McGrath’s determined outfit. Kevin Moran and Shane O’Sullivan also broke forward from midfield. Ray Barry raised three second half white flags and enthusiastic newcomer Ryan Donnelly pushed the Déise into a four point lead with ten minutes remaining (0-19 to 1-12).

Pádraig Brehony brought Galway within three but Waterford finished with a flourish to delight the home support among the 2,616 in attendance. Substitutes Jake Dillon and Stephen Roche got in on the act and fittingly Mahony rounded off the scoring business.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-11 (6fs), R Barry 0-4, S Prendergast 0-2, S Molumphy, S Roche, K Moran, J Dillon, R Donnelly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: C Cooney 0-6 (2fs), J Flynn 1-0, C Mannion 0-3, P Brehony 0-2, N Healy, David Burke 0-1 each.

Waterford: I O’Regan; T Bourke, S Fives, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, Philip Mahony; K Moran, S O’Sullivan; R Barry, Pauric Mahony, S Molumphy; R Donnelly, S Prendergast, B O’Sullivan. Subs: J Dillon for B O’Sullivan (45), J Barron for Molumphy (50), E Barrett for S O’Sullivan (59), S Roche for Prendergast (63), G O’Brien for Barry (66).

Galway: C Callanan; F Moore, R Burke, J Coen; A Harte, I Tannian, D Collins; David Burke, P Brehony; K Hynes, C Cooney, J Flynn; N Healy, C Mannion, D Glennon. Subs: P Landers for Hynes (28), Daithi Burke for Glennon (43), D Dolan for Landers (62), R Cummins for Mannion (65).

Referee: J Sexton (Cork)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 3-26 Antrim 0-12

Limerick defeated Antrim by 3-26 to 0-12 in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday February 23rd at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Kerry 2-24 Kildare 0-13

Kerry defeated Kildare by 2-24 to 0-13 in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on Sunday February 23rd at Abbeydorney.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 2-14 London 1-8

Clare defeated London by 2-14 to 1-8 in round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday February 23rd at Ruislip.

McGrath sends Banner top

Clare 2-14 London 1-8

Clare kept their promotion bid on track with a nine-point victory at Ruislip. The Banner netted twice in the opening 13 minutes and never looked back. Colm Collins’ side had the strong breeze during the first half and built a sizeable lead. Enda Coughlan pounced on a defensive mistake to tee up Shane McGrath for Clare’s first goal on six minutes, and Gary Brennan added a second after Martin O’Leary’s point attempt came back off the post and fell into the midfielder’s hands.

London responded with a fine point by Cathal McCarron and they cut the deficit to two points on 20 minutes when Lorcan Mulvey flicked the ball over Pearse De Loughrey. Clare led 2-7 to 1-3 at the interval. A pair of scores from Sean Kelly gave the Exiles hope but then Joe Feeney missed a goal chance on 55 minutes.

Clare added four further points during the closing stages, McGrath grabbing their final two to put them top of table. “It’s very frustrating; we know we’re a lot better than that,” said London boss Paul Coggins. “They’re a fine bunch of players who are training hard, but we need more time on the pitch. We’ve trained once on a pitch since Christmas and unfortunately that won’t cut the mustard at this level.”

Scorers – Clare: S McGrath 1-3, M O’Leary 0-4 (1f), G Brennan 1-1, P Collins, D Tubridy (1f) 0-2 each, D Ryan, S Collins 0-1 each. London: L Mulvey 1-1, S Kelly 0-2, C McCarron, G Crowley, J Feeney, L Colfer (f), E O’Neill 0-1 each.

Clare – P De Loughrey 6; D Ryan 7, G Kelly 7, M McMahon 7; M Murphy 6, E Coughlan 7, K Hartnett 7; G Brennan 8, S Collins 6; D Tubridy 7, P Collins 7, S McGrath 8; M O’Leary 8, S Brennan 6, M O’Shea 6. Subs: C O’Connor 6 for S Brennan (h-t), R Donnelly 6 for O’Shea (45), J Malone 6 for Tubridy (62).

London – D Traynor 5; P Butler 5, S Curran 6, D McCarthy 6; S Hannon 5, S Kelly 7, C McCarron 7; M Gottsche 5, M Carroll 6; B Mitchell 6, G Crowley 6, M Miskelly 5; A Moyles 5, L Mulvey 7, C Magee 6. Subs: B Collins 6 for Butler (15), S Hickey 5 for Mulvey (40), J Feeney 5 for Mitchell (43), E O’Neill 6 for Moyles (45), L Colfer 6 for Miskelly (46), S Mulligan 6 for Magee (64).

Ref – J Hickey (Carlow)