Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 4-15 Tipperary 0-20

Clare defeated Tipperary by 4-15 to 0-20 in round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

McGrath hits a hat-trick as Clare beat Tipp

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A: Tipperary 0-20 Clare 4-15

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Clare forward Conor McGrath scored three goals in Thurles this afternoon as the All-Ireland champions defeated Tipperary by seven points in Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League.

Tipp slumped to a second successive defeat as Clare collected their second victory of the campaign.

And McGrath was the difference between the two sides as the Cratloe hitman grabbed a first half brace of goals before completing his hat-trick in the second half.

Clare took advantage of a porous Tipp defence to collect a victory that was far more comfortable than the final scoreline might suggest.

Two McGrath goals had Clare in a commanding position before John Conlon added a third approaching half-time.

All but one point of Clare’s first half total came from play while Tipp, in contrast, struggled for scores as the visitors led by 3-7 to 0-8 at the midway point.

Tipp did open the second half with some intent and had reduced the deficit to just three points before Clare rallied to pull clear once again.

McGrath’s third goal, with 18 minutes remaining, killed off any hope of a Tipp revival and Clare were nine points clear, 4-12 to 0-15, with nine minutes of normal time remaining.

In front of 8,133 spectators, Tipp did come with a late flurry of scores but Clare were content to keep the scoreboard ticking over throughout the second half.

Tipp struggled to create goalscoring opportunities but when they did in the second half, Donal Tuohy did well to deny John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and James Woodlock.

Clare could have had at least another goal but Tipp netminder Darren Gleeson did well to keep out Peter Duggan and Shane O’Donnell, hat-trick hero in last year’s All-Ireland final replay.

Scorers for Clare: C McGrath 3-1, J Conlon 1-3, C Ryan 0-4 (2f, 1 65), P Duggan 0-2, S Morey, P Donnellan, C Galvin, T Kelly & D Honan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-7 (3f, 1 65), J Woodlock, J Forde (1f), S Bourke & C Kenny 0-2 each, S McGrath, K Bergin, N McGrath, P Murphy & M Heffernan 0-1 each.

CLARE: D Tuohy; S Morey, C Dillon, D McInerney; B Bugler, C Ryan, P O’Connor; P Donnellan, C Galvin; J Conlon, P Duggan, C Ryan; D Honan, C McGrath, C O’Connell. Subs: P Collins for Honan (inj, 26), T Kelly for Galvin (50), S O’Donnell for O’Connell (51), C McInerney for Duggan (65), P Flanagan for Morey (70+1).

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, T Stapleton, C Barrett; S McGrath, T Hamill, M Cahill; B Maher, J Woodlock; K Bergin, N McGrath, P Murphy; J Forde, J O’Dwyer, S Bourke. Subs: C O’Mahony for Hamill (35), D Maher for Murphy (40), C Kenny for Bourke (58), M Heffernan for Bergin (61), R Maher for Forde (64).

Referee: J Owens (Wexford).


The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Clare in Sunday’s AHL Division 1A clash in Thurles shows 2 changes from the team which lost to Kilkenny. Conor O’Mahony and Shane Bourke return in place of Thomas Stapleton and Conor O’Brien.

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

Clare (SH v Tipperary): D Tuohy; C Dillon, D McInerney, S Morey; P O’Connor, Conor Ryan, B Bugler; P Donnellan, C Galvin; J Conlon, P Duggan, Colin Ryan; D Honan, C McGrath, C O’Connell.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Cork 1-24 Offaly 1-18

Cork defeated Offaly by 1-24 to 1-18 in round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday March 9th at Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork.

JBM’s Rebels see off Offaly by six points as they stay in hunt for promotion

Cork 1-24 Offaly 1-18

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THE PERFORMANCE WAS far from vintage but Cork did enough to see off Offaly in Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League at Páirc Uí Rinn today. Given that first place in the division is likely to come down to scoring difference, the Rebels will be disappointed that they never fully shook off their visitors and pulled away.

They will take some comfort from the fact that once Patrick Horgan’s 24th-minute goal put them 1-5 to 1-2 ahead, they never looked like losing. Before that, however, it was not so straightforward. Though Horgan and Conor Lehane had put Cork 0-4 to 0-2 ahead, Dan Currams’ goal put Offaly in front. He fired low to the net from Conor Mahon’s pass after the Cork defence was caught napping. Once the lead had been restored, Cork did impress, Séamus Harnedy and Aidan Walsh both helping themselves to points, and they were good value for a 1-12 to 1-4 half-time lead.

Despite Horgan opening the second-half scoring, Offaly responded well and two from Brian Carroll and one by captain Joe Bergin brought them back to within six points. From there, the sides more or less traded points, though Cork had to be thankful to goalkeeper Anthony Nash for a fine save from Carroll on 61, when Cork led by 1-19 to 1-13. Frees from Bergin brought Offaly to within three late on, but Cork finished strongly.

Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 1-8 (0-4f), Séamus Harnedy 0-4, Aidan Walsh 0-3, Daniel Kearney, William Egan, Lorcán McLoughlin 0-2 each, Robert O’Shea, Brian Lawton, Conor Lehane 0-1 each.Scorers for Offaly: Joe Bergin 0-6 (0-3f, 0-1 65), Brian Carroll 0-5 (0-5f), Dan Currams 1-1, Thomas Geraghty 0-3, Peter Geraghty, Stephen Quirke, Cathal Parlon 0-1 each.

CORK: Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, William Egan, Killian Murphy; Eoin Cadogan, Eoin Keane, Stephen McDonnell; Robert O’Shea, Lorcán McLoughlin; Daniel Kearney, Séamus Harnedy, Aidan Walsh; Patrick Horgan, Conor Lehane, Stephen Moylan.

Subs: Brian Hartnett for Moylan (47), Brian Lawton for Lehane (50), Christopher Joyce for Murphy (60), Michael Cahalane for Kearney (65), Cian McCarthy for Walsh (68).

OFFALY: James Dempsey; Niall Wynne, Rory Hanniffy, James Rigney; Cathal Parlon, Ger Healion, Dermot Mooney; Damien Kilmartin, Seán Ryan; Joe Bergin, Daniel Currams, Conor Mahon; Brian Carroll, Shane Dooley, Kevin Connolly.

Subs: Chris McDonald for Healion, Peter Geraghty for Ryan (both half-time), Thomas Geraghty for Mooney (49), Stephen Quirke for Dooley (58), Colin Egan for Kilmartin (59).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)

Team News

CORK (SH v Offaly): A Nash, S O’Neill, S McDonnell, K Murphy; E Cadogan, E Keane, W Egan; M Ellis, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, S Harnedy, A Walsh; P Horgan, C Lehane, S Moylan.

Subs: D McCarthy, C Joyce, D Cahalane, R O’Shea, J Coughlan, M Cahalane, P Cronin, C McCarthy, B Lawton, B Hartnett, P Haughney.

Offaly team to face Cork: 1. James Dempsey (Kinnitty); 2. Niall Wynne (St Rynagh’s), 3. Rory Hanniffy (Birr), 4. James Rigney (Kinnitty); 5. Cathal Parlon (Coolderry), 6. Ger Healion (Kilcormac/Killoughey), 7. Dermot Mooney (Seir Kieran); 8. Damien Kilmartin (Kilcormac/Killoughey), 9. Sean Ryan (Birr); 10. Kevin Connolly (Coolderry), 11. Joe Bergin (Capt) (Seir Kieran), 12. Conor Mahon (Kilcormac/Killoughey); 13. Brian Carroll (Coolderry), 14. Dan Currams (Kilcormac/Killoughey), 15. Shane Dooley (Tullamore​)

Aidan Walsh Interview

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 1-13 Dublin 1-10

Waterford defeated Dublin by 1-13 to 1-10 in round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 9th at Walsh Park, Waterford.

Defiant Déise defeat Dublin

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Waterford 1-13 Dublin 1-10

Report by Tomas McCarthy for

Fourteen man Waterford rose to the challenge at a sticky Walsh Park to overcome the first half dismissal of captain Michael Walsh and take back to back home victories. In a dour battle, with ferocious effort on both sides, the Déise held firm to protect a five point half time lead. In front of 4,363 they sent the home fans away in upbeat mood after a united defensive performance during the second period.

Pauric Mahony struck 1-8 for the winners, including a first half net finder. In a heroic defence, Stephen O’Keeffe pulled off a dazzling second half save and the full back line of Tadhg Bourke, Shane Fives and Noel Connors agitated the Sky Blues. Dublin spent 28 minutes of the second half without registering. Conal Keaney’s last minute goal was not enough to reel back Derek McGrath’s side.

Helped by Mahony’s opportunistic goal on 23 minutes, Waterford led by 1-10 to 0-8 at the break. Dublin began brightly through Alan McCrabbe, Keaney and David O’Callaghan to establish an early three point gap. That was wiped out with a Kevin Moran point and two frees from Mahony to leave them level at five points apiece. A pair of Seamus Prendergast white flags nudged Waterford ahead for the first time. On 23 minutes, Mahony pounced after a scramble between Peter Kelly and Seamus Prendergast to cut loose and blast beyond the dive of Gary Maguire (1-8 to 0-7).

Six minutes later the home crowd were stunned when Cathal McAllister flashed a straight red card to Michael Walsh after a collision with Alan McCrabbe. With Kevin Moran relocated to number six, Waterford continued in the same vein. Mahony finished the half with 1-6 to see them depart five in front.

Mahony extended that to six within four minutes of the restart through another placed ball. The Dubs were struggling with their shooting and hit three wides in succession. Stephen O’Keeffe saved a point blank effort from substitute Eamon Dillon on 55 minutes. A brilliant block by Tadhg Bourke set up substitute Brian O’Sullivan as Waterford were coping well in difficult circumstances. Alan McCrabbe finally opened Dublin’s second half account from a 65’ after 63 minutes. Conor McCormack then saw red for a high challenge on Jamie Nagle.

Dublin came with a late surge to nearly catch Waterford cold. A defensive slip allowed Keaney to sneak in for a goal in the final minute. Dillon tacked on a point in injury time. With the pressure building, the home side emerged with a free in the last play to raise the spirits of the white and blue followers. The high levels of intensity and work rate was again on show from a Waterford side that refused to surrender.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 1-8 (6fs, 1 65’), S Prendergast 0-2, B O’Sullivan, R Donnelly, K Moran 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: C Keaney 1-1, A McCrabbe 0-3 (2fs, 1 65’), D O’Callaghan 0-2, J McCaffrey, J Boland, C Cronin 0-1 each.

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; T Bourke, S Fives, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, Philip Mahony; K Moran, S McNulty; R Barry, S Molumphy S O’Sullivan; R Donnelly, S Prendergast, Pauric Mahony. Subs: B O’Sullivan for Donnelly (46), S Roche for McNulty (46), E Barrett for Barry (56), B Coughlan for Prendergast (58), G O’Brien for Molumphy (63).

Dublin: G Maguire; C O’Callaghan, P Kelly, N Corcoran; S Durkin, L Rushe, M Carton; J Boland, J McCaffrey; R O’Dwyer, A McCrabbe, C Cronin; D O’Callaghan, C Keaney, M Schutte. Subs: E Dillon for Schutte (44), S McGrath for O’Callaghan (59), C McCormack for Cronin (59).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Tipperary 3-9 Clare 0-14

Tipperary defeated Clare by 3-9 to 0-14 in round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 9th at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Tipp go top as Grogan grabs golden goal

Tipperary 3-09 Clare 0-14

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Barry Grogan missed a penalty but then netted another as Tipperary moved to the top of Division 4 with a four-point victory over Clare in Thurles yesterday. Tipp maintained their unbeaten start as Clare suffered their first defeat of the campaign to slip to third in the standings.

At half-time yesterday, the hosts led by 2-5 to 0-9 after Conor Sweeney and Grogan netted. Sweeney goaled after 18 seconds, and four minutes after missing a penalty, Grogan drilled home a brilliant goal on the half-hour.

Clare were reliant on David Tubridy, Martin O’Leary and Shane McGrath as they tried to stay in touch and with 18 minutes remaining the visitors were level (0-12 to 2-6). But after Michael Quinlivan was fouled for a penalty in the 54th minute, Grogan stepped forward to make no mistake at the second attempt, after Pierce de Loughrey had saved his first half effort.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 2-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), C Sweeney 1-1 (0-1f), M Quinlivan, P Austin & B Fox 0-2 each.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-5 (0-2f, 0-1 45), M O’Leary 0-4 (3f), S McGrath 0-3, J Malone & R Donnelly 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; G Mulhair, J Coghlan, P Codd; R Kiely, P Acheson, D Leahy; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; P Austin, B Grogan, I Fahey; B Fox, M Quinlivan, C Sweeney.

Subs: A Maloney for Fahey (15), C McCullagh for Maloney (44), L Egan for Hannigan (59), C Dillon for Austin (63), A Campbell for Codd (66), A Matassa for O’Brien (70+2).

CLARE: P de Loughrey; D Ryan, G Kelly, M McMahon; S Hickey, E Coughlan, M Óg Murphy; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins, S McGrath, S Brennan; M O’Leary, D Tubridy, J Malone.

Subs: K Hartnett for Murphy (h.t.), P McMahon for O’Connor (45), R Donnelly for McGrath (66).

Referee: N Ward (Westmeath).

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Clare in Sunday’s AFL Division 4 clash is unchanged from the side which defeated London last Sunday at Ruislip.

Tipperary SF v Clare – Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers), John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy), Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers); Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers – Captain), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers) , Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers); Steven O’Brien (Ballina), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Barry Grogan (Aherlow), Conal McCullagh (Clonmel Commercials); Brian Fox (Eire Óg Annacarty), Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 1-14 Wexford 2-8

Limerick defeated Wexford by 1-14 to 2-8 in round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday March 9th at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.

Ryan praises Treaty as promotion push gathers momentum

Limerick remain on course for promotion from Division 1B of the Allianz HL after a final-quarter scoring spree secured this win over Wexford.

By Brendan Buckley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 1-14 Wexford 2-08

The sides were deadlocked 1-7 apiece 10 minutes into the second half. But Wexford were to score just twice in the final 25 minutes as Limerick found another gear to register seven scores to remain unbeaten in the league under the new management of Donal O’Grady and TJ Ryan. “We are delighted because we knew before the game that it was going to be tough and conditions were very hard,” said Ryan. “From the stand it might not have looked bad but it was drizzly and very wet and the pitch was hard and first-touch hurling was difficult. “Credit Wexford, they were very good and we knew that with two games won and it was never going to be easy and it was a battle to the end. “Today was about a result and staying in the hunt. We move on to the next day. Home advantage today was a help and now the next two games are away from home. “We have to go to Tullamore next week and it’s a cup final and we have to win it,” said Ryan of the remaining games against Offaly and Laois as Limerick battle with Cork to finish top of the league and gain promotion.

Limerick were fastest from the traps and were 1-4 to 0-1 ahead after 20 minutes. Conor Allis opened their account after five minutes and then Graeme Mulcahy marked his return from suspension with 1-1 in quick succession. Allis added further scores from placed balls and the lead was suddenly pushed out to six points.

Wexford rallied but were left to rue a wides tally of 10 in the first half. They did have scores from Harry Kehoe and Paul Morris to reduce the lead but by half-time it was 1-6 to 0-5 to Limerick. Six minutes into the second half all became very uncomfortable for the home side when Morris found the net. With sub Rory Jacob causing havoc the game was soon level. But the Limerick response was impressive. They ran at the Wexford rearguard and free-taker Conor Allis proved most accurate. He hit three successive frees to leave it 1-10 to 0-8 and Wexford were not to score again for another 14 minutes.

While the Limerick attack wasn’t finding the range, Shane Dowling and Allis continued to pop over frees. The only Limerick score from play in the second period came in the 65th minute when Kevin Downes fired over. That had them 1-14 to 1-8 clear. As the stopwatch ticked into injury-time Jacob blasted to the net for Wexford’s second goal but it proved too late for any last-gasp dramatics and the unbeaten run for Liam Dunne’s side was at an end ahead of a trip to Cork.

Scorers for Limerick: C Allis 0-10 (8f, 1 65), G Mulcahy 1-2, S Dowling (1f), K Downes 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wexford: P Morris, R Jacob 1-2 each, J Guiney 0-2 (2f), H Kehoe, D O’Keeffe 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: N Quaid; M Carmody, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; D O’Grady, P Browne; C Allis, J Ryan, D reidy; G Mulcahy, K Downes, S Tobin.

Sub: S Dowling for Reidy (58).

WEXFORD: M Fanning; K Rossiter, M O’Hanlon, B Kenny; W Devereux, L chin, E Martin; D O’Keeffe, H Kehoe; S Tomkins, P Morris, I Byrne; J Guiney, G Moore, L Óg McGovern.

Subs: R Jacob for Byrne (32), D Redmond for Morris (63).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

Team News

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Mark Carmody, Richie McCarthy, Tom Condon; Paudie O’Brien, Wayne McNamara, Gavin O’Mahony; Donal O’Grady, Paul Browne; Conor Allis, James Ryan, David Reidy; Graeme Mulcahy, Kevin Downes, Seanie Tobin.

Subs: Aaron Murphy, Stephen Walsh, Philip O’Loughlin, Dan Morrissey, Cathal King, John Fitzgibbon, William Hickey, Thomas O’Brien, Tommy Quaid, Micheal Ryan, Shane Dowling.

Wexford SH team v Limerick: Mark Fanning; Keith Rossiter, Matthew O’Hanlon, Bobby Kenny; Willie Devereux, Lee Chin, Eanna Martin; Diarmuid O’Keeffe, Harry Kehoe; Shane Tomkins, Paul Morris, Ian Byrne; Jack Guiney, Gary Moore, Liam Og McGovern

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 2-18 Derry 3-14

Cork defeated Derry by 2-18 to 3-14 in round 4 of the AFL Division 1 on Sunday March 9th at Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork.

Cork survive second-half fightback from Derry to take spoils in Division 1 clash

Cork 2-18 Derry 3-14

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CORK SURVIVED A massive scare from Derry to maintain their 100% record at the top of Division 1 of the Allianz Football League at Páirc Uí Rinn today. Having trailed by 11 points shortly before half-time, the Oak Leaf County gave themselves a boost through goals from Enda Lynn and Emmett McGuckin just before half-time. In the second half they came to within a point of Cork on four separate occasions, Lynn’s second goal crucial for them.

The home side just about held off their challenge, however, with points from second-half substitute Colm O’Neill ensuring that they had some breathing space and a semi-final spot is now surely theirs.

Given the way they started the game, Cork would have been expected to have things wrapped up by half-time. John O’Rourke’s 13th minute goal – flicking in Paul Kerrigan’s delivery – made it 1-5 to no score and then when Tomás Clancy fired home 10 minutes later they led by ten points – 2-7 to 0-3.

Though midfielder Fergal Doherty was doing well, Derry were struggling, but from nowhere they got back in contention. Lynn got the first goal when the ball rebounded in off him after Ken O’Halloran saved, and then McGuckin won a good ball in and gave the keeper no chance.

Trailing by 2-9 to 2-4 at half-time, Derry continued to eat into the lead and when Lynn found the net again it was 2-15 to 3-10. Try as they might, though, they could not fully draw Cork back in.

Scorers for Cork: John O’Rourke 1-2, Brian Hurley, Paul Kerrigan, Daniel Goulding (0-3f), Colm O’Neill (0-2f) 0-3 each, Tomás Clancy 1-0, Mark Collins 0-2, Fintan Goold, Barry O’Driscoll 0-1 each.

Scorers for Derry: Enda Lynn 2-1, Mark Lynch 0-5 (0-5f), Emmett McGuckin 1-0, Ciarán McFaul, Fergal Doherty 0-2 each, Mark Craig, Chrissy McKaigue, Seán Leo McGoldrick, Benny Heron (0-1 ’45) 0-1 each.

CORK: Ken O’Halloran; Alan Cronin, Michael Shields, Tomás Clancy; James Loughrey, John McLoughlin, Kevin O’Driscoll; Fintan Goold, Andrew O’Sullivan; Mark Collins, Paul Kerrigan, John O’Rourke; Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley, John Hayes.

Subs: Donncha O’Connor for O’Rourke (41, bc), Colm O’Driscoll for Goulding, Colm O’Neill for Hayes (both 46), Barry O’Driscoll for Kerrigan (47, inj), Micheál Ó Laoire for O’Sullivan (54-55, blood), Patrick Kelly for McLoughlin (69), Ó Laoire for Hurley (70).

DERRY: Thomas Mallon; Dermot McBride, Chrissy McKaigue, Mark Craig; Seán Leo McGoldrick, Aidan McAlynn, Kevin Johnston; Fergal Doherty, Patsy Bradley; Ciarán McFaul, Mark Lynch, Enda Lynn; James Kielt, Emmett McGuckin, Cailean O’Boyle.

Subs: Oisín Duffy for Craig (26), Conor McAtamney for McGoldrick (30-33, blood), McAtamney for McGoldrick (half-time), Benny Heron for Kielt (42), Declan Mullan for McGuckin (64), Aaron Kerrigan for O’Boyle (70).

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Limerick 1-14 Wexford 1-13

Limerick defeated Wexford by 1-14 to 1-13 in round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday March 9th at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.

Ryan the hero as Limerick ‘rob’ it

By Brendan Buckley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ian Ryan was Limerick’s hero with an injury-time winning goal to deny Wexford at the Gaelic Grounds. The home side were behind for much of the game and with 20 minutes remaining trailed 1-11 to 0-8. It left Limerick manager John Brudair accepting his side were guilty of robbery: “In the end that was a great win — it was one of those freaky results that you get. We had momentum for the last few minutes and then we really robbed it,” admitted Brudair.

Limerick started brightly and were 0-3 to no score ahead in the early exchanges, with Ger Collins and free-taker Ryan on target. But soon that lead was a 1-3 to 0-3 deficit. The Wexford goal came in the ninth minute when PJ Banville slipped inside the defence and put the ball though the legs of advancing goalkeeper Donal O’Sullivan.

Despite Limerick playing an extra defender, Wexford were finding a way through and Kevin O’Grady, Daithi Waters, Ben Brosnan, Adrian Flynn and Ciaran Lyng all found the range as they surged 1-5 to 0-5 clear. They finished the half on top to lead 1-8 to 0-6. With Limerick relying heavily on frees, Wexford were still 1-12 to 0-10 clear entering the final quarter.

But they went into defensive mode and drew Limerick into attack. Seamus O’Carroll and Ryan had points from play before Ryan somehow got a touch in a crowded goalmouth deep into injury-time to snatch the winning goal.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 1-10 (8f), G Collins, I Corbett, S O’Carroll, E Hanrahan (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wexford: B Brosnan 0-5 (2f), PJ Banville 1-1, K O’Grady 0-2 (1f), D Waters, A Flynn, C Lyng, C Carthy, B Malone 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: D O’Sullivan; L O’Dwyer, J McCarthy, M O’Riordan; J Riordan, S Lucey, I Corbett; T Lee, S Buckley; M Brosnan, D Treacy, P Browne; G Collins, J Mullane , I Ryan.

Subs: S O’Carroll for O’Dwyer (30), J Galvin for Treacy (h-t), P Ranahan for Riordan (h-t), D Neville for Mullane (48), E Hanrahan for Brosnan (55).

WEXFORD: S Roche; B Malone, G Molloy, M Furlong; A Flynn, J Breen, T Rossitor; D Waters, P Byrne; C Carty, B Brosnan, M O’Regan; C Lyng, PJ Banville, K O’Grady.

Subs: Colm Kehoe for O’Regan (46), Cillian Kehoe for Breen (63), B O’Gorman for Brosnan (67), G Cullen for Bryne (71), R Tierney for O’Grady (72).

Referee: S Hehir (Galway).

Team News

LIMERICK: Donal O’Sullivan; Padraig Browne, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; John Riordan, Stephen Lucey, Iain Corbett; Tom Lee, Gearoid Hegarty; Seanie Buckley, Darragh Treacy, Micheal Brosnahan; Ger Collins, John Mullane, Ian Ryan.

WEXFORD: Shane Roche; Brian Malone, Graeme Molloy, Michael Furlong; Adrian Flynn, James Breen, Tiernan Rossiter; Daithi Waters, Paddy Byrne, Conor Carty, Ben Brosnan, Michael O’Regan; Ciaran Lyng, PJ Banville, Kevin O’Grady.


Allianz Football League Division 4 – London 2-10 Waterford 0-9

London defeated Waterford by 2-10 to 0-9 in round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 9th at WIT Sports Campus.

Crowley goal paves way for Exiles to keep Deise winless

London 2-10 Waterford 0-9

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Fourteen-man London mustered their first win of the campaign as goals in either half through Greg Crowley and Adrian Moyles paved the way to victory against Waterford at Carriganore. Niall Carew’s side stay with just one point after four outings.

London, wearing the Waterford IT colours, led 1-7 to 0-5 at halfway, with Crowley grabbing their goal. Joe Feeney, Marcus Miskelly and Sean Hickey hit two points apiece for London. Paul Whyte scored three frees for the hosts with JJ Hutchinson and Shane Ahearne also on target.

The away side lost Stephen Curran to a second bookable offence on 41 minutes and midfielder Martin Carroll to a black card on 45. Waterford got to within three points (1-7 to 0-7) after 48 minutes. London ‘keeper Adrian Flaherty kicked two frees and sub Moyles rubbed salt in with a goal in added time. It could have been more, as Deise ‘keeper Stephen Enright saved a last-gasp Lorcan Mulvey penalty.

Scorers – London: G Crowley 1-1, A Moyles 1-0, M Miskelly 0-3, A Flaherty (2fs), S Hickey (2fs), J Feeney 0-2 each. Waterford: P Whyte 0-6fs, S Ahearne 0-2, JJ Hutchinson 0-1.

London – A Flaherty 7; S Hannon 6, S Curran 6, P Butler 6; S Mulligan 6, S Kelly 6, D McCarthy 6; M Carroll 7, M Gottsche 6; G Crowley 7, C McCarron 6, J Feeney 7; M Miskelly 7, B Mitchell 6, S Hickey 6. Subs: B Mitchell for Feeney (38), A Moyles for Carroll (45, bc), D McCreedy for Crowley (52), B Collins for McCarron (64), L Mulvey for Hickey (67).

Waterford – S Enright 6; D Crowley 6, T O Gorman 6, K Connery 6; T Grey 6, S Briggs 6, B Wall 6; W Hutchinson 6, P Whyte 7; C O’Keeffe 6, C Phelan 6, D Allen 5; N Walsh 5, S Ahearne 7, JJ Hutchinson 6. Subs: T O hUallachain for Walsh (41), T Prendergast for Allen (55), R Ahearne for JJ Hutchinson (57), O Keevers for Connery (75).

Ref – J Bermingham (Cork)

Team News

The Waterford Senior Football Team to face London in Carriganore at 12:45pm on Sunday 9th March is as follows:

1. Stephen Enright – Ballinacourty

2. Cillian O’Keeffe – Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

3. Thomas O’Gorman – The Nire

4. Kieran Connery – Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

5. Dean Crowley – St. Saviours

6. Shane Briggs (Captain) – Ballinacourty

7. Conor Phelan – Brickey Rangers

8. Tommy Prendergast – Kilrossanty

9. Shane Ahearne – Stradbally

10. Tony Grey – Stradbally

11. Liam Ó Lonáin – An Rinn

12. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin – An Rinn

13. JJ Hutchinson – Gaultier

14. Paul Whyte – Kilrossanty

15. Brian Wall – The Nire

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Kerry 3-13 Westmeath 2-15

Kerry defeated Westmeath by 3-13 to 2-15 in round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on Sunday March 9th at Cusack Park, Mullingar.

McNicholas slip saves Kerry

Kerry 3-13 Westmeath 2-15

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

A last-gasp slip by Westmeath’s otherwise-outstanding Derek McNicholas as he attempted to strike a 72nd-minute free enabled Kerry to eke out a fortunate third successive win in Mullingar. Westmeath had gone into the game on the back of two poor performances against London (a draw) and Derry (a heavy defeat) and much talked-of unrest in the camp, but they hurled with great spirit and were unlucky not to claim at least a share of the points.

Kerry led by 0-5 to 0-3 midway through the first half when McNicholas’ deft touch at the end of Ciaran Curley’s delivery earned his side a goal. The home side were full value for an interval lead of 1-8 to 0-7. Westmeath were two points up when Kerry’s David Butler poked the ball to the net in the 42nd minute to nudge the visitors in front.

A soft goal from Noel Conaty put the midlanders four points to the good, but a goal apiece from Kerry subs Paudie O’Connor and Padraig Boyle had them ahead by the narrowest of margins entering added-time. McNicholas was fouled on the 45-metre line with seconds left, and he was unfortunate to slip as he lined up a potentially equalising free in the last action of an enjoyable game.

Scorers – Kerry: S Nolan 0-7 (3fs, 1 ’65’), P Boyle 1-1, D Butler, P O’Connor 1-0 each, M Boyle 0-3, C Harty, D Dineen 0-1 each. Westmeath: D McNicholas 1-5 (0-2 ’65s’, 1f), N Conaty 1-3 (0-3fs), A Devine 0-2, D Gavin, A McGrath, C Curley, A Craig, R Greville 0-1 each.

Kerry – T Flynn 6; B Murphy 6, J Casey 5, D Fitzell 6; S Weir 6, J Leahy 5, K Carmody 6; D O’Connell 6, D Dineen 7; M Boyle 8, D Collins 6, C Harty 6; S Nolan 8, A Boyle 5, D Butler 6. Subs: T Murnane 6 for Casey (22), P Boyle 7 for A Boyle (h-t), P O’Connor 6 for Leahy (h-t), K Orpen 6 for Fitzell (55), B Brosnan for Dineen (65).

Westmeath – P Collins 7; G Greville 7, T Doyle 8, P Fennell 6; D Fennell 6, A Craig 6, P Reilly 6; C Curley 6, P Gilsenan 7; R Greville 6, D McNicholas 7, D Gavin 6; N Conaty 5, A McGrath 6, A Devine 6. Sub: T Gallagher 6 for Gilsenan (59).

Ref –T Carroll (Offaly)

Westmeath v Kerry – last five NHL meetings

February 10, 2008 (Tralee): Westmeath 0-17 Kerry 1-11

April 5, 2009 (Tralee): Westmeath 0-18 Kerry 2-11

March 12, 2011 (Tralee): Kerry 1-15 Westmeath 1-13

February 26, 2012 (Cusack Park): Westmeath 0-19 Kerry 3-8

February 24, 2013 (Tralee): Kerry 2-10 Westmeath 0-13

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 3-15 Tyrone 0-9

Kerry defeated Tyrone by 3-15 0-9 in round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday March 9th at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

O’Donoghue and Sheehan star in Kerry romp


Report from the web site

Kerry picked up their first win of the year in Division I with a spectacular 15-point thrashing of rivals Tyrone in Killarney on Sunday. The sides were level at 0-8 apiece at half-time but Kerry completely overwhelmed Tyrone in the second half to record a vital victory which gives them renewed hope of retaining their top tier status.

Source: TG4/YouTube

James O’Donoghue and Bryan Sheehan were the stars up front for Kerry, while David Moran delivered a towering performance in midfield. O’Donoghue hit a spectacular hat-trick, while Sheehan delivered a masterclass of free-taking, reminiscent of his clubmate and former Kerry star Maurice Fitzgerald. Kerry started the game well, and led 0-5 to 0-2 early on, following scores from Sheehan and Barry John Keane, but Tyrone edged ahead following four unanswered points, which included a spectacular long range free from Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan.

The sides exchanged scores in a tight 10 minutes before the break, with O’Donoghue completing the first half scoring to draw Kerry level ahead of the second half. The Legion man, playing in his home town, then took centre-stage in the second half. He struck his first goal three minutes after the restart, racing onto a breaking ball before cracking the O’Neill’s past Morgan.

That made it 1-10 to 0-9 and then five Kerry points in a row, including a couple of superb frees from Sheehan, had them eight ahead heading for the final 10 minutes, which turned out to be something of a procession for them. O’Donoghue hit his second goal nine minutes from time, a fine finish to the corner after a smart assist from Darran O’Sullivan, and then he completed his hat-trick as the clock ticked down, beating Morgan with a weak enough shot to the right hand corner of the net. Kerry still have plenty of work to do in their last three games, but this superb victory should give them real hope that they will once again escape the drop despite losing their opening three games.


Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 3-3 (2f), B Sheehan 0-8 (7f), A Maher 0-1, BJ Keane 0-1, K O’Leary 0-1, P Geaney 0-1.

Scorers for Tyrone: N Morgan 0-2 (2f), R O’Neill 0-2 (2f), P Harte 0-2, D McCurry 0-2, C McGinley 0-1.

KERRY: B Kelly; P Murphy, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, F Fitzgerald, M Ó Sé; A Maher, D Moran; D Casey, B Sheehan, D Walsh; BJ Keane, S O’Brien, J O’Donoghue. Subs: P Kilkenny for S Enright, K O’Leary for D Walsh, P Geaney for BJ Keane, Darran O’Sullivan for D Casey, A O’Mahony for P Crowley, J Buckley for B Sheehan.

TYRONE: N Morgan; PJ Quinn, C Clarke, B Tierney; R McNamee, P Harte, R McNabb; C Cavanagh, S Cavanagh; E McKenna, R O’Neill, S McGuigan; D McCurry, M Donnelly, P McNeice. Subs: C McGinley for R McNabb, Mark Donnelly for P McNeice, N McKenna for S McGuigan, C Grugan for E McKenna, A McCrory for PJ Quinn.

Referee: R Hickey (Clare)

Fixture Details

09.03.2014 (Sun)

Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Round 4

Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney 14:00

Ciarraí v Tír Eoghain

Referee: Rory Hickey (An Clár)

Std By: Michael Collins (Corcaigh)

Linesman: Damien Brazil (Uíbh Fhailí)

Sideline: Richard Moloney (Luimneach)

Team News

Kerry Senior Football Team V Tyrone

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Tyrone in Round 4 of the Allianz League on Sunday shows 3 changes in personnel from the side that went down to the Mayo in Round 3 .

Brian Kelly returns in goal in place of Brendan Kealy, while in defence, Fionn Fitzgerald is named at centre back in place of Aidan O’Mahony. Up front, Bryan Sheehan is listed at centre forward and makes his first appearance of the League with Conor Cox the player to lose out.

The team will be captained by Fionn Fitzgerald.

The team is as follows:

1.Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion)

2.Paul Murphy (Rathmore)

3.Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore)

4.Shane Enright (Tarbert)

5.Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

6.Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

7.Marc Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

8.Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9.David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys)

10.Daithí Casey (Dr Crokes)

11.Bryan Sheehan (St Marys)

12.Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13.Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys)

14.Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare)

15.James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)

Fir Ionaid:

16.Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

17.Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

18.Paul Geaney (Dingle)

19.Conor Cox (Listowel Emmets)

20.Brian McGuire (Listowel Emmets)

21.Jack Sherwood (Firies)

22.Michael Geaney (Dingle)

23.Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

24.Pa Kilkenny (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

25.Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh Glencar)

26.Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)

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

Extended Panel Members

Alan Fitzgerald (Castlegregory)

David Culhane (Ballylongford)

James Walsh (Knocknagoshel)

Barry Shanahan (Austin Stacks)

Shane O’Callaghan (Austin Stacks)

Marcus Mangan (Milltown-Castlemaine)

Rehabbing from Injury

Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion)

Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

Killian Young (Renard)

Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)

Extended Break

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


Tyrone team v Kerry

Niall Morgan

PJ Quinn

Conor Clarke

Barry Tierney

Danny McBride

Peter Harte

Ronan McNabb

Colm Cavanagh

Sean Cavanagh

Emmett McKenna

Ronan O’Neill

Shay McGuigan

Darren McCurry

Mattie Donnelly

Patrick McNeice

Substitutes: Michael O’Neill, Dermot Carlin, Kyle Coney, Mark Donnelly, Kevin Gallagher, Conan Grugan, Peter Hughes, Plunkett Kane, Connor McAliskey, Tiernan McCann, Aidan McCrory

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4.