AIB All Ireland Intermediate Club Camogie Final – Lismore (Waterford) 0-9 Ballyhale (Kilkenny) 1-6

Lismore (Waterford) and Ballyhale (Kilkenny) finished level in the AIB All Ireland Intermediate Club Camogie Final on Sunday March 2nd at Croke Park – Lismore (Waterford) 0-9 Ballyhale (Kilkenny) 1-6. Replay on March 16th.

AIB All Ireland Senior Club Camogie Final – Milford (Cork) 0-6 Ardrahan (Galway) 0-5

Milford (Cork) defeated Ardrahan (Galway) by 0-6 to 0-5 in the AIB All Ireland Senior Club Camogie Final on Sunday March 2nd at Croke Park.

Two in a row for gutsy Milford

Report from the GAA,ie web site 

AIB ALL IRELAND SENIOR CLUB CAMOGIE FINAL: MILFORD (CORK) 0-6 ARDRAHAN (GALWAY) 0-5

Milford became only the third team since the turn of the century to retain the AIB All-Ireland senior club camogie title, after a thunderous battle at Croke Park. Pearses (Galway) and St Lachtain’s (Kilkenny) went on to complete a three-in-a-row but that won’t be on Milford minds tonight or for the next few weeks as they celebrate a remarkable achievement.

They were made to dig very deep by a gritty Ardrahan outfit though, in a game that accentuated bravery and determination rather than silky skill due to the very difficult ground conditions as a result of the pre-match rain. And we were almost left with a second draw of the day as Rebecca Hennelly had an opportunity to bring Ardrahan level with the last puck of the game from a 45.

The Galway sharpshooter had supplied all bar one of her side’s scores but her shot drifted just wide of the upright and the Milford celebrations could begin. Aisling Thompson was deserving winner of the player-of-the-match award with another stellar midfield performance but ultimately, it was the five-point contribution from Emer Watson that proved the match-winning contribution.

Amazingly, Watson only had her first runout earlier in the morning since suffering medial ligament damage in a challenge match 10 days ago but she wasn’t found wanting when the occasion demanded. “I can’t believe we actually did two-in-a-row” said a jubilant Watson afterwards. “We knew how hard it was going to be, we knew the battle Ardrahan were going to give us. “It’s just brilliant. I can’t put into words to explain what we’ve done today. The commitment and dedication every single one of these girls have put in over the last two years. Look, we’ve put our lives on hold. It means so, so much to us and we’re delighted.”

Milford took the lead in the seventh minute from a Watson free and held it until the very end. She knocked over the first four scores and it took the Galwegians until the 21st minute to score, via Hennelly. Ardrahan finished the half strongly and another Hennelly free left it 0-4 to 0-2 at the break.

Watson made it five points by converting a 45 early in the second half but Keelin O’Shaughnessy hit back with a very good point to give the game its first of only two scores from play soon after. Marie O’Neill replied with the second entering the final quarter and margin was three in Milford’s favour.

Hennelly drove over from a 50m free in the 52nd minute as Ardrahan lifted the tempo. With Elaine O’Riordan, Maria Walsh, Thompson and Anna Geary outstanding for Milford, it took another 10 minutes to bring Ardrahan within the minimum, as Hennelly converted another free. That set it up for the late drama but in the end, but the champions held on.

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Scorers for Milford: E Watson 0-5(4fs, 1 45), M O’Neill 0-1

Scorers for Ardrahan: R Hennelly 0-4(fs), K O’Shaughnessy 0-1

MILFORD: R Finn, K Galvin, E O’Riordan, L Healy, M Walsh, A Geary, Á Watson, O O’Mahony, A Thompson, E Watson, D O’Reilly, A O’Flynn, M O’Neill, M Flanagan, M Watson. Subs: L O’Flynn for E Watson blood (21-22); O’Flynn for O’Mahony (50)

ARDRAHAN: R Gardiner, S Keehan, S Healy, A Brennan-Dillon, S Gardiner, A Lynskey-Keane, S Forde, A Callanan, M Carr, R Hennelly, A Mullins, R O’Toole, D Diviney, C Walsh, K O’Shaughnessy. Subs: E Holland for Diviney (48), B Kerins for Walsh (55), K Quinn-McMahon for Forde (59), S O’Flynn for A O’Flynn (60+2)

REFEREE: A Lagrue (Kildare)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 2-13 Wicklow 1-8

Clare defeated Wicklow by 2-13 to 1-8 in round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 2nd at Cusack Park, Ennis.

Banner claim top spot as Wicklow’s Glynn red-carded

Clare 2-13 Wicklow 1-8

Clare are top of Division 4 of the Allianz NFL after a valuable win over 14-man Wicklow at Cusack Park, Ennis yesterday.

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Wicklow captain Leighton Glynn received a straight red card after only six minutes for an altercation with Clare defender Marty McMahon. Even though Wicklow stayed in touch until half-time, going in just a point down (1-4 to 0-6), Clare took control after the break and ran out easy winners.

Wicklow manager Harry Murphy pointed to Glynn’s dismissal afterwards, declaring: “It had a huge impact on the game. We knew it was going to be tough taking on Clare in their own back-yard, so it was going to be doubly difficult when you lose a man after five minutes.”

With the sides tied at four points apiece after 25 minutes, a Wicklow handling error left Clare captain Gary Brennan in for the game’s first goal. Nevertheless Wicklow hit back with points by Seanie Furlong and Conor McGraynor before half-time.

McGraynor was on target again a minute after the break to level matters but Clare, with the wind at their backs, used the extra man to great effect and built up a lead they never relinquished. Shane Brennan grabbed Clare’s second goal on 57 minutes and even though Wicklow, through substitute James Stafford, had a goal late on, the outcome was never in doubt.

Clare manager Colm Collins is now looking forward to next Sunday’s away clash with Tipperary and commented: “If we can get our two points there we’ll be in great shape but it’s going to be a massive game.”

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy (0-7) 3 f’s, S Brennan (1-1) G Brennan (1-0), S McGrath (0-2), P McMahon (0-2) 1 f, S Collins (0-1).

Wicklow scorers: S Furlong (0-3) 2 f’s, J Stafford (1-0), C McGraynor (0-2) 1 f, N Gaffney, P McWalter, R Finn (0-1) each.

CLARE: P De Loughrey, K Harnett, G Kelly, Dean Ryan, S Hickey, E Coughlan, M McMahon, G Brennan (Capt.), C O’Connor, Sean Collins, S McGrath, S Brennan, M O’Leary, D Tubridy, P Collins

Subs: Stephen Collins for Harnett inj (42), A Clohessy for Sean Collins (54), P McMahon for O’Leary (57), D Hickey for O’Connor (61), R Donnelly for Tubridy (61), David Ryan for P Collins (65).

WICKLOW: R Lambert, C Hyland, D Power, A Byrne, P Earls, K Murphy, D Healy, N Gaffney, A McLaughlin, D Hayden, P McWalter, R Finn, S Furlong, C McGraynor, L Glynn (Capt.).

Subs: J Stafford for Earls (half-time), P Dalton for McGraynor (43), C Murphy for McWalter (51), P McLaughlin for Power B/C (57), J Sheerin for Gaffney (59).

Referee: S Joy (Kerry)

Fixture Details

Sunday March 2nd

Allianz Football League Roinn 4 Round 3

Cusack Park, Ennis 14:00

An Clár v Cill Mhantáin

Referee: Sean Joy (Ciarraí)

 

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Roscommon 1-21 Limerick 0-13

Roscommon defeated Limerick by 1-21 to 0-13 in round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday March 2nd at Kiltoom.

Evans sets new targets for Rossies

Roscommon 1-21 Limerick 0-13

John Evans was already turning his attention towards next Sunday’s clash against Fermanagh, despite seeing his side just dismantle Limerick in clinical fashion at Kiltoom.

By Ian Cooney for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The Rossies were unstoppable during the opening half, scoring 15 times to leave 14 points between the sides at the break. Although John Brudair’s charges improved in the second period, hitting six points in succession midway through the half, they had left themselves with too much to do.

“We’re consolidating our position in the division at the moment,” he said. “The big thing about this league is that the middle game shows you where you are. It will decide where you’re going to go, so next Sunday in Fermanagh becomes hugely important now. “We were 12 points down at one stage last year [against Fermanagh]. We’re in a much better position going up there this time.”

Roscommon ran riot during the opening 35 minutes to leave their opponents stunned. Enda Smith curled over a point inside 30 seconds to set the trend for the opening 35 minutes. Roscommon’s goal arrived in the 30th minute when Smith unselfishly squared the ball for Diarmuid Murtagh to find the net to give them a healthy 1-14 to 0-3 advantage at the break.

“You’d have to be pleased when you put up 1-14 in the first half,” said Evans. “We played some scintillating stuff and you can see that the players’ confidence is growing. The style of football we’re playing is good. But the second half would lead us to believe that we’ve a good bit of work to do.”.

The second half continued in a similar fashion initially with Conor Daly, Cathal Cregg, Donal Shine (a free) and Kevin Higgins finding the target. Limerick mustered up some sort of challenge with six points in succession from John Riordan, Ian Corbett, Seánie Buckley, Stephen Lucey and Seamus O’Carroll (45) midway through the half but the damage was too extensive to repair. Roscommon finished with two points from Donie Shine to round off a great day

Scorers for Roscommon: C Cregg 0-7, D Murtagh 1-2, D Shine (2f, 1 45), C Daly 0-4 each, S Kilbride 0-2 (1f), K Higgins, E Smith 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-4 (3f), S Buckley 0-2, J Riordan, E Hanrahan (45), J Mullane, S Lucey, S O’Carroll (45), I Corbett, M Brosnan, K Phair 0-1 each.

ROSCOMMON: D O’Malley; N Collins, N Carty, S McDermott; D Keenan, N Daly, C Cafferky; K Higgins, C Shine; E Smith, D Shine, C Daly; S Kilbride, C Cregg, D Murtagh.

Subs: D O’Gara for E Smith (43), R Stack for Collins (49), D Keane for O’Gara (53), M Nally for C Daly (56), D Smith for Cregg (60), F Cregg for Murtagh (60).

LIMERICK: D O’Sullivan; J McCarthy, P Browne, M O’Riordan; J Riordan, I Corbett, S O’Meara; G Hegarty, T Lee; M Brosnan, E Hanrahan, S Buckley; G Collins, J Mullane, I Ryan.

Subs: S Lucey for O’Meara (26), S O’Carroll for Hegarty (30), D Treacey for Collins (38), K Phair for Mullane (53), M Fitzgibbon for Hanrahan (55), D McCarthy for Brosnan (57).

Referee: N Ward (Westmeath).

Fixture Details

Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Round 3

Kiltoom 14:00

Ros Comáin v Luimneach

Referee: Niall Ward (An Iarmhí)

Team News

Limerick (SF v Roscommon) – D O’Sullivan; J McCarthy, P Brown, M O’Riordan; J Riordan, I Corbett, P Ranahan; G Hegarty, T Lee; M Brosnan, E Hanrahan, S Buckley; G Collins, J Mullane, I Ryan.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Antrim 1-17 Waterford 0-6

Antrim defeated Waterford in round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 2nd at Creggan.

McGourty’s perfect 10 boosts Antrim

Antrim 1-17 Waterford 0-6

PUBLISHED 03 MARCH 2014 02:30 AM

Antrim got off the mark at the third attempt with a 14-point win at Creggan. Antrim led by 0-11 to 0-2 at the break and they might have had three goals, but Waterford ‘keeper Stephen Enright, the bar and some poor finishing thwarted them. CJ McGourty was the star man, finishing with 0-10 to his name, while Paddy Cunningham’s 57th-minute goal put paid to any faint hopes of a Waterford comeback.

Conor Murray had put the Saffrons into the lead, with JJ Hutchinson levelling for the only time in the game. Antrim then added nine points without reply, with McGourty the tormentor-in-chief. Shane Ahearne added Waterford’s second point on 34 minutes before McGourty completed the first-half scoring.

After 47 minutes, Waterford had cut the gap to eight points (0-13 to 0-5), but a crossfield ball from Mark Sweeney found Cunningham, who fired home. Michael McCann added his second point before both Brian Neeson and Kevin Niblock scored points.

SCORERS – Antrim: CJ McGourty 0-10 (6fs), P Cunningham 1-2, M McCann 0-2, C Murray, K Niblock, B Neeson 0-1 each. Waterford: P Whyte 0-3fs, S Ahearne, JJ Hutchinson, D Keevers 0-1 each.

Antrim – C Kerr 7; R Johnson 7, M Johnson 7, N Delargy 7; T Scullion 7, J Crozier 7, J Laverty 6; M McCann 7, B Hasson 7; C Murray 6, M Sweeney 7, P Kelly 6; CJ McGourty 9, P Cunningham 7, M Pollock 6. Subs: P Maguire 6 for P Kelly (48), S McVeigh 7 for C Murray (53), B Neeson for M Pollock (61), A Taylor for CJ McGourty (63), K Niblock for P Cunningham (63).

Waterford – S Enright 6; C O’Keefe 6, T O’Gorman 6, K Connery 6; D Crowley 6, S Briggs 6, C Phelan 7; T Prendergast 5, S Ahearne 6; T Grey 6, R Ahearne 6, T Ó hUallacháin 5; JJ Hutchinson 6, P Whyte 7, B Wall 6. Subs: W Hutchinson 5 for T Prendergast (42), D Allen 6 for T Ó hUallacháin (47), L Ó Lonáin for B Wall (53), O Keevers for C Phelan (64).

REF – S McLaughlin (Donegal)

Fixture Details

Sunday March 2nd

Allianz Football League Roinn 4 Round 3

Creggan 13:00

Aontroim v Port Láirge

Referee: Shaun McLaughlin (Dún na nGall)

Team News

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Tipperary 1-19 London 1-7

Tipperary defeated London by 1-19 to 1-7 in round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 2nd at Ruislip.

Sweeney leads from front for rampant Tipp

Tipperary 1-19 London 1-7

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper 

CONOR Sweeney hit nine points as Tipperary demolished London in Ruislip. The corner-forward led the attack for the clinical visitors. In terrible pitch conditions, Tipp took the game to London from the first play, forcing a point-blank save from Declan Traynor in the opening minute. The Exiles opened the scoring through Mark Gottsche, but it was to be the only time London led as Tipp and Sweeney exerted control.

By half-time, the visitors led by 1-8 to 0-2 and London looked a pale shadow of the team that stormed Connacht last summer. They did have chances through the first half and Sean Hickey gave them hope when he slammed home a penalty on 42 minutes but this served only as a brief respite as Tipp continued to sweep forward. “We came here to get two points and 1-19 is good scoring,” said manager Peter Creedon.

SCORERS – Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-9 (4fs), B Grogan 1-2 (1-0 pen, 1f), P Acheson, P Austin 0-2 each, M Quinlivan, B Fox, C McCullagh, D Leahy 0-1 each. London: S Hickey 1-0 (pen), M Gottsche 1 ’45’, 1f), S Kelly (1f) 0-2 each, C McCarron, M Miskelly, A Moyles 0-1 each.

LONDON – D Traynor 6; P Butler 6, S Curran 5, D McCarthy 5; S Hannon 5, S Kelly 7, C McCarron 8; M Carroll 6, G Crowley 6; J Feeney 6, M Gottsche 6, M Miskelly 6; S Mulligan 5, E O’Neill 6, C Magee 6.
Subs: B Mitchell 5 for Hannon (BC, 26), S Hickey 6 for O’Neill (30), L Colfer 6 for Feeney (50), D McGreevey 5 for McCarthy (55), B Collins 6 for McGreevey (BC, 61), A Moyles 7 for Magee (55).

TIPPERARY – P Fitzgerald 7; A Campbell 6, J Coghlan 7, A Morrissey 7; R Kiely 7, P Acheson 7, D Leahy 7; S O’Brien 7, G Hannigan 6; P Austin 7, B Grogan 8, C McCullagh 7; B Fox 7, M Quinlivan 7, C Sweeney 9.
Subs: L Egan 6 for Campbell (44), G Mulhair 7 for Morrissey (44), I Fahey 6 for McCullagh (62), G Hally 6 for Austin (58), C Dillon 6 for Grogan (53), B O’Brien 6 for S O’Brien (BC, 65).

Ref – F Barry (Kildare)

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Mayo 2-15 Kerry 1-13

Mayo defeated Kerry by 2-15 to 1-13 in round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday March 2nd at MacHale Park, Castlebar.

Mayo finish strongly to see off Kerry

Report from the GAA.ie web site

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION I: MAYO 2-15 KERRY 1-13

Mayo produced a dominant final 20 minutes against Kerry to take a much needed victory at Elverys MacHale Park on Sunday. James Horan’s side finally took control of the game in the closing quarter, with Kerry having matched them all the way until that point. However, the Kingdom ran out of steam as Mayo kicked the final six points of the game to seal a five point win.

Alan Freeman top scored for Mayo with 1-5, scoring his goal with just 20 seconds played in the first half and then firing over a number of crucial scores in the second. A second Mayo goal, from Jason Doherty just before half-time, left Mayo 2-7 to 0-11 ahead at the interval.

However, Kerry came back strongly in the third quarter, and a magnificent goal from the impressive Stephen O’Brien a few minutes into the second half looked like it could turn the tide in favour of Kerry, as it put them two clear at that stage. However, Mayo’s experience told as they kicked eight of the final nine points to seal the victory.

They had made the perfect start when Freeman finished to the net after a flowing move directly from the throw-in. Kerry responded well to the early goal though, and with James O’Donoghue, Barry John Keane and Conor Cox all showing well in attack, Kerry led 0-8 to 1-4 with almost 30 minutes gone.

However, Doherty’s well-taken goal just shy of the whistle was a major boost to Mayo – Kerry looked like they would have a lead to protect for the start of the second half but instead it was Mayo who led going into the dressing rooms.

O’Brien’s goal early in the second half put Kerry back in control and it was a real gem. He turned his marker, Ger Cafferkey, before guiding a perfectly placed shot over Rob Hennelly and into the top left hand corner of the net. That made it 1-12 to 2-7 in favour of Kerry but things started to unravel for Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s side after that.

Shane Enright received a black card and then points from Freeman (3) Kevin McLoughlin (2) and Doherty had Mayo three points ahead with less than 10 minutes to go. Kerry had no answer and Mayo eased to the victory in the closing stages, looking good value in the end for their five point win. The result means that for the second year running, Kerry have three defeats from three games in the top tier. Mayo on the other hand, have recorded their first win of the campaign, and they will now be setting their sights on securing a semi-final place.


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Scorers for Mayo: A Freeman 1-5 (3f), K McLoughlin 0-4 (3f), J Doherty 1-1, A Gallagher 0-2 (2f), L Keegan 0-1, E Varley 0-1, M Conroy 0-1

Scorers for Kerry: S O’Brien 1-2, C Cox 0-4 (3f), J O’Donoghue 0-3 (1f), BJ Keane 0-2, D Moran 0-1, D Walsh 0-1

MAYO: R Hennelly; B Harrison, G Cafferkey, K Higgins; L Keegan, S McHale, C Boyle; A O’Shea, J Gibbons; K McLoughlin, A Moran, J Doherty; A Gallagher, A Freeman, M Conroy. Subs: E Varley for A Gallagher (43), D Vaughan for S McHale (52), S O’Shea for J Gibbons (59), C Carolan for M Conroy (65), D O’Connor for A Moran (70).

KERRY: B Kealy; P Murphy, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, A O’Mahony, M O’Sé; A Maher, D Moran; S O’Brien, D Casey, D Walsh; BJ Keane, C Cox, J O’Donoghue. Subs: F Fitzgerald for A O’Mahony (36), P Kilkenny for S Enright (42, black card), M Geaney for D Casey (55), J Sherwood for M O’Sé (56), J Buckley for D Walsh (59), B McGuire for P Crowley (64).

Referee: C Branagan (Down).

Team News

KERRY (NFL v Mayo): B Kealy (Kilcummin); P Murphy (Rathmore), M Griffin (St Michael’s/Foilmore), S Enright (Tarbert); P Crowley (Laune Rangers), A O’Mahony (Rathmore), M Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht); A Maher (Duagh), D Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys); S O’Brien (Kenmare), D Casey (Dr Crokes), D Walsh (Cromane); BJ Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), P Geaney (Dingle), J O’Donoghue (Legion). Subs: B Kelly (Legion), C Cox (Listowel Emmets), B McGuire (Listowel Emmets), J Sherwood (Firies), M Geaney (Dingle), J Buckley (Dr Crokes), F Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes), P Kilkenny (Glenbeigh/Glencar), D Culhane (Ballylongford), A Fitzgerald (Castlegregory), Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

MAYO (NFL v Kerry): R Hennelly (Breaffy); B Harrison (Aghamore), G Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), K Keane (Westport); L Keegan (Westport), S McHale (Knockmore), C Boyle (Davitts); A O’Shea (Breaffy), J Gibbons (Ballintubber); K McLoughlin (Knockmore), A Moran (Ballaghaderreen), K Higgins (Ballyhaunis); A Gallagher (Mayo Gaels), A Freeman (Aghamore), M Conroy (Davitts)