AIB All Ireland Intermediate Club Camogie Final Replay – Lismore (Waterford) 3-8 Ballyhale (Kilkenny) 0-7

Lismore (Waterford) defeated Ballyhale (Kilkenny) by 3-8 to 0-7 in the AIB All Ireland Intermediate Club Camogie Final Replay on Sunday March 16th at Clonmel Sportsfield.

McGlone the hero as Lismore secure All-Ireland intermediate club camogie title

Report from thescore.ie

Lismore 3-8 Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-7

CATRIONA MCGLONE WAS the hat-trick hero as Lismore lifted the AIB All-Ireland intermediate club camogie title in fine style in Clonmel Sportsfields on Sunday afternoon. Lismore left it late to snatch a dramatic leveller in the original drawn game in Croke Park but McGlone’s heroics in front of goal meant that this was altogether more comfortable affair for them.

The game swung on McGlone’s first goal in the final minute of the first half. It came at a time that Lismore were beginning to get on top after Ballyhale Shamrocks had led for most of the opening 30 minutes. Kellyanne Cottrell’s accurate free taking moved her team into a 0-5 to 0-3 lead in the closing stages of the first period before McGlone struck. Johanna Houlihan won possession for Lismore following a Ciara Fennelly puck out before driving towards goal. She drew the Ballyhale defence out of position before slipping a pass into McGlone and she didn’t need a second invitation to fire home.

That left Lismore ahead by 1-3 to 0-5 at the break and they went on to completely shut the Shamrocks out of the game after the restart. Aoife Hannon and Shona Curran kept the scoreboard ticking over for Lismore but it was the pressure that they were putting Ballyhale under all over the field that really made the difference. Every time Ballyhale won possession, there was a Lismore player there beside them to win it back and the fact that the Shamrocks scored just two second-half points bore testament to that.

McGlone’s second goal was all her own work in the 38th minute and again there was little that Ciara Fennelly could do to prevent her well-struck effort from hitting the net. The icing was put on the cake for Lismore in the final couple of minutes when McGlone completed her hat-trick after winning possession herself. It was a fantastic way to finish off the game for her personally and also her team. McGlone’s performance certainly stated her case to nominated player of the match, but she was closely followed by Aoife Hannon and Shona Curran, who were also superb on the day. Ballyhale Shamrocks will rue the fact that only Kellyanne Cottrell got on the scoresheet for them, and all but one of her seven points came from frees, and overall there was no disputing Lismore were the better team on the day.

LISMORE: A O’Brien, S Coughlan, S Prendergast, M Russell, A Houlihan, S Kiernan, S Fenton, N Morrissey, S Curran 0-2fs, L Buckley, G Kenneally, A Hannon 0-6 (4fs), C McGlone 3-0, J Houhlihan, R Geoghegan.

BALLYHALE SHAMROCKS: C Fennelly, C Cororan, R Fennelly, O Fennelly, E O’Dwyer, J Frisby, B Fennelly, C Connolly, E Frisby, E Fitzpatrick, K Cottrell 0-7 (6fs), K Fennelly, L Elvidge, M Fennelly, E Darmody.

Referee: John Dolan (Clare)

Referee Details

John Dolan will take charge of the upcoming AIB All Ireland Intermediate Club final replay between Lismore and Ballyhale Shamrocks at 2.30pm in the Clonmel Sportsground, Tipperary on Sunday March 16th.

The Clare official previously took charge of last season’s Liberty Insurance senior quarter-final, the Ashbourne Cup final and the All Ireland Minor A final as well as the Intermediate inter-county and club All Ireland finals in 2011.

Ticket prices for the upcoming replay have also been reduced with admission fees of €10 for adults, €5 for students & OAPS and €2 for juveniles (U16) in place.

Lismore and Ballyhale Shamrocks drew in a closely fought contest on AIB All Ireland Club Finals Day in Croke Park on March 2nd. It required late points from Nicola Morrissey and a super strike from Aoife Hannon to bring the tie level on a score-line of 0-9 to Lismore and 1-6 to Ballyhale Shamrocks.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Galway 3-16 Tipperary 1-19

Tipperary defeated Galway by 3-16 to 1-19 in round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 16th at Pearse Stadium, Galway.

Galway hold on to land Tipperary in trouble

Report from GAA.ie

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Galway 3-16 Tipperary 1-19

Galway beat Tipperary for the first time in seven years to secure their second win of their Allianz League campaign. Goals from Niall Healy, Conor Cooney and Jonathan Glynn laid the foundation but Tipperary never gave up with Seamus Callanan hitting 1-11.

Galway started well against the wind with three unanswered points. Tipperary wasted a great opportunity to draw level after five minutes. Michael Heffernan burst through the Galway rearguard only to see his shot saved by Colm Callanan. And the Galway net-minder was alert to the rebound to deny Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher with a wonderful save.

Buoyed by their goalkeeper’s efforts, Galway kept on top of Tipperary. The home side led 0-7 to 0-6 before Niall Healy struck the game’s first goal after 20 minutes. The Craughwell clubman left Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson rooted to the spot with a fantastic finish.

Galway pressed home their advantage with a second goal just five minutes later. Jonathan Glynn was hauled down by Paddy Stapleton. Referee Anthony Stapleton awarded Galway a penalty and showed his namesake a yellow card. Conor Cooney rifled home the penalty to make it 2-8 to 0-8 in favour of Anthony Cunningham’s men.

Galway rounded off the half with their third goal through Glynn. The Ardrahan man soloed through the Tipperary defence before flicking the ball into the net to leave Galway 3-8 to 0-9 to the good at half-time.

The home side were playing with the wind in the second-half and notched another three points in succession through Johnny Coen, David Burke and Iarla Tannian. Shane McGrath and Seamus Callanan kept Tipperary in touch before Burke grabbed his third score of the game to make it 3-16 to 0-16 with nine minutes left.

Galway centre-back Iarla Tannian was then given his marching orders after a second yellow card. Galway were forced to play the remaining eight minutes with 14 men and Tipperary capitalised on their numerical advantage.

Seamus Callanan scored three points, two from frees and one from play, before grabbing a goal for the visitors from a short-range free with just a minute remaining. Galway managed to hold on in the dying moments to emerge three-point winners with a scoreline of 3-16 to 1-19.

Scorers for Galway: N Healy 1-3, C Cooney 1-3 (1-0pen, 0-3f), J Glynn 1-1, David Burke 0-3 (0-1sl), P Brehony 0-3, J Coen 0-1, I Tannian 0-1, C Mannion 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 1-11 (1-8f, 0-1 ’65), S McGrath 0-2, J O’Dwyer 0-2, K Bergin 0-2, N McGrath 0-1, M Heffernan 0-1.

Galway: C Callanan; F Moore, R Burke, D Collins; A Harte, I Tannian, Dáithí Burke; J Coen, P Brehony; G McInerney, C Cooney, David Burke (c); N Healy, J Glynn, C Mannion

Subs: N Burke for McInerney (41), J Flynn for Mannion (57), D Glennon for Healy (67), P Killeen for Harte (69)

Tipperary: D Gleeson; M Cahill, P Stapleton, C Barrett; B Maher (c), C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; S McGrath, J Woodlock; N McGrath, J O’Dwyer, Patrick Maher; C Kenny, S Callanan, M Heffernan. Subs: K Bergin for Woodlock (23), E Kelly for Kenny (32), D Maher for N McGrath (ht), C O’Brien for Heffernan (44), P Murphy for Cahill (62)

Referee: Anthony Stapleton (Laois)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A shows 6 changes from the side which lost to Clare on Sunday last. Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher, Conor Kenny, Patrick Maher, Seamus Callanan and Michael Heffernan are introduced to the team in place of Thomas Stapleton, Tomas Hamill, Kieran Bergin, Paddy Murphy, Jason Forde and Shane Bourke.

Tipperary (SH v Galway) – Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, Paddy Stapleton, Michael Cahill; Shane McGrath, Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher (Captain), James Woodlock; Conor Kenny, John O’Dwyer, Patrick Maher; Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, Michael Heffernan​

The Galway Senior Hurling team to play Tipperary in the Allianz Hurling League on Sunday is as follows – Colm Callanan Fergal Moore Shane Kavanagh Johnny Coen David Collins Iarlaith Tannian Daithi Burke David Burke Padraig Brehony Cathal Mannion Gearoid McInerney Aidan Harte Niall Healy Conor Cooney Jason Flynn

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 2-15 Kildare 0-15

Kildare will play Kerry in round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday March 16th at 2:30pm in St. Conleth’s Pk, Newbridge.

Kerry win crucial battle in Newbridge

Report from GAA.ie 

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION I: KILDARE 0-15 KERRY 2-15

James O’Donoghue inspired Kerry to a second successive victory with another virtuoso display and plunged Kildare into a relegation dogfight at St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge on Sunday afternoon.

O’Donoghue picked up where he left off against Tyrone with a brilliant second half goal as the Kingdom cruised past the Lilywhites in a game that was beyond the hosts as soon as O’Donoghue struck for his fourth goal in two games.

Kildare opened brightly and they had three points on the board before Kerry found the target. Paddy Brophy, Eoghan O’Flaherty and Cathal McNally all raised the white flag before O’Donoghue landed the visitor’s first point.

From there though the half ebbed and flowed as Bryan Sheehan and Brophy exchanged points before three in a row from Paul Geaney, Daithi Casey and the excellent Stephen O’Brien edged Kerry ahead for the first time.

Brophy curled over an equalising point midway through the half but O’Donoghue replied with a fine score. Sean Hurley hit back to level matters once again but suddenly Kerry moved through the gears and they took control of the game in fine style.

Sheehan stroked over a free before O’Donoghue weaved his way along the endline and brilliantly picked out Paul Geaney at the back post who palmed the ball to the net. A fisted effort from Paul Murphy put Kerry six clear and Kildare were reeling.

O’Flaherty, a brilliant Darroch Mulhall score and a Paul Cribbin point clawed Kildare back into the game but an O’Donoghue point ensured that Kerry took a 1-10 to 0-9 lead into the second half.

O’Donoghue was denied by a wonderful Shane Connolly save moments after the resumption and Kerry had Peter Crowley and goalkeeper Brian Kelly to thank for a superb double denial of Padraig Fogarty two minutes later, but it was clear that Kerry were in the ascendency and they soon confirmed that on the scoreboard.

O’Donoghue and Casey grabbed a brace each as Kildare struggled to keep pace with points from Fogarty and Kevin Murnaghan, but when Legion star O’Donoghue brilliantly turned and placed a low shot beyond Connolly, Kerry were out of sight.

The final quarter was a non-event as Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s men saw out the victory with the minimum of fuss while three late Kildare points merely took an even grimmer look off the scoreline for the troubled Lilies.

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Scorers for Kildare: P Brophy 0-3; E O’Flaherty 0-2 (2f); S Hurley, D Mulhall 0-2 each; C McNally, D Mulhall, P Cribbin, M Conway, K Murnaghan, P Fogarty, O’Connor 0-1 each

Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 1-5 (1f); P Geaney 1-1; D Casey 0-3; S O’Brien, B Sheehan 0-2 (2f) each; J Lyne, P Murphy 0-1 each.

KILDARE: S Connolly, M O’Grady, M Foley, F Conway, K Cribbin, K Murnaghan, P Cribbin, T Moolick, G White, C McNally, E O’Flaherty, Sean Hurley, P Brophy, T O’Connor, D Mulhall. Subs: P Fogarty for P Cribbin, D Hyland for K Cribbin (both h/t), J Gately for McNally (46), P O’Neil for Fogarty (49), M Conway for White (53), H McGrillen for O’Flaherty (53).

KERRY: B Kelly; P Murphy, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, F Fitzgerald, M O Sé; A Maher, D Moran; D Casey, B Sheehan, D Walsh; S O’Brien, P Geaney, J O’Donoghue. Subs: K O’Leary for D Walsh (43), J Lyne for Casey (49), B Keane for Geaney (54), J Buckley for Sheehan (58), D O’Sullivan for O’Brien (62), A O’Mahony for Enright (67).

Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan)

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Report: Cormac O’Malley

 

Team News

KERRY (AFL v Kildare): Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion); Paul Murphy (Rathmore), Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore), Pa Kilkenny (Glenbeigh/Glencar); Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers), Fionn Fitzgerald (capt, Dr Crokes), Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht); Anthony Maher (Duagh), David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys); Daithí Casey (Dr Crokes), Bryan Sheehan (St Marys), Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane); Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare), Paul Geaney (Dingle), James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)

Substitutes: Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin), Shane Enright (Tarbert), Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore), Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar), Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes), Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes), Brian McGuire (Listowel Emmets), Jack Sherwood (Firies), Conor Cox (Listowel Emmets), Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion)

KILDARE: S Connolly; M O’Grady, M Foley, D Hyland; K Cribbin, K Murnaghan, P Cribbin; T Moolick, G White; C McNally, E O’Flaherty, S Hurley; P Brophy, T O’Connor, D Mulhall

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Cork 0-18 Antrim 1-12

Cork defeated Antrim by 0-18 to 1-12 in round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday March 16th at Ballycastle.

Rebels escape Antrim ambush

Report by John Martin from the Irish Examiner newspaper 

ALLIANZ HL DIV 1B:

Antrim 1-12 Cork 0-18

Cork hurlers escaped Ballycastle with full points in yesterday’s Division 1B clash, but hosts Antrim will be ruing the one that got away after leading by four points at the break and hitting 15 wides over the 70 minutes. The drawn game in Tullamore between Offaly and Limerick was proof luck was Cork’s side, with Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side now sitting in the promotion spot in Division 1B going into the final round of games.

However it could have been very different had Antrim been more accurate. Although Cork had the wind advantage in the second half they didn’t take the lead until the 61st minute and Barry-Murphy admitted his side was lucky. “We maybe didn’t deserve to win,” he said. “We were very, very lucky. Antrim put it up to us and they will be very disappointed they didn’t get something out of that game.

The opening 10 minutes were fairly even with the sides sharing six points at 0-3 apiece. There were signs however that Antrim’s full-forward line could cause a bit of trouble when Matthew Donnelly’s sixth minute effort flew over the crossbar.

The sides were tied three times early on. Conor Lehane had opened the scoring, with a McManus free levelling matters. Horgan, who gave an exhibition of free-taking throughout, put Cork ahead before Donnelly’s goal attempt raised his side’s second white flag. Brian Hartnett and Conor Carson then swapped scores to tie the sides once more.

Fast forward 10 minutes and Antrim led by double scores, 0-6 to 0-3, with Barry McFall adding the pick of the scores from long range. Horgan, who finished with 0-11, cut the gap before a Conor Lehane brace either side of a Stephen McAfee free put just one between the sides, with Conor Johnson again serving notice to the Cork defence when forcing a great save from McCarthy. The same margin separated the sides as the clock ticked into injury time. A long-range McManus effort dropped short for Donnelly to pounce on the breaking ball for the game’s only goal and give Antrim a deserved 1-9 to 0-8 advantage at the break.

Cork’s best goal chance arrived 40 seconds into the second half when Horgan’s effort was well saved by Chris O’Connell. The same player opened the second half scoring on 40 minutes, and accounted for the next three Cork scores. Antrim served up replies from Paul Shiels and McAfee to leave them leading by a point approaching the 60-minute mark.

Hartnett had the ball in the Antrim net but was harshly blown up for over-carrying, and Lehane then forced O’Connell into action again when pulling on the ground after a scramble at the edge of the square. Horgan pointed the resultant 65, and moments later converted a free to put Cork into the lead for the first time since the sixth minute. Shiels added Antrim’s first point for 12 minutes but points from Horgan, Lehane and Patrick Cronin ensured Cork maintained their unbeaten record.

Antrim pressed for a late goal but couldn’t find a way through the Rebel rearguard. Antrim’s McManus saw red late on for a second bookable offence on Cian McCarthy. Despite the loss, Antrim boss Kevin Ryan was full of praise for his side who face Offaly twice in the next two weeks, firstly in the final round of the league, and then in a relegation play-off. “The one thing we are trying to do is to ignore the scoreboard and play the way we want to play. It’s not about how close we are to Cork, it’s about performing against them and I’d be very happy with the performance for the 72 minutes,” said the Waterford native. “It maybe got away from us today but when we went out we weren’t talking about scores, we were talking about creating as many chances as possible and we did that. There are a lot of positives to take out of it, a lot of young fellas again got good hurling and that’s the company they want to be in, not just playing against the likes of Cork, but playing well against them.”

Scorers for Antrim: S McAfee (0-4, 2f), M Donnelly (1-1), N McManus (2fs), P Shiels (1f), C Carson (0-2 each), Barry McFall (0-1).

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-11, 8fs, 1 65), C Lehane (0-4), P Cronin, B Hartnett, P Haughney (0-1 each).

ANTRIM: C O’Connell; Ciaran Johnson, C McKinley, O McFadden; N McManus, N McAuley, E Campbell; Barry McFall, D Hamill; C Carson, S McAfee, C McCann; Conor Johnson, M Donnelly, PJ O’Connell.

Subs: S Beatty for C McCann, J McGreevy for B McFall, N Elliott for PJ O’Connell, P Shiels for D Hamill, D McKernan for J McGreevy.

CORK: D McCarthy; S McDonnell, E Keane, K Murphy; S White, C Joyce, W Egan; L McLoughlin, P Cronin; B Lawton, S Harnedy, D Kearney; P Horgan, C Lehane, B Hartnett.

Subs: C McCarthy for S Harnedy, R O’Shea for L McLoughlin, P Haughney for D Kearny, A Cadogan for S White.

Referee: E Hassan (Derry)

 

Cork 0-18 Antrim 1-12

Report from thescore.ie

CORK CLAIMED A hugely significant win in Division 1B of the hurling league today as they recovered from a four-point interval deficit to defeat Antrim. The results means Cork were rewarded on their long trip north to Ballycastle and coupled with Limerick’s draw against Offaly, Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side are in pole position ahead of the final round of games next Sunday.

If they win at home to Wexford in Páirc Uí Rinn, they will have secured a swift return to Division 1A after suffering relegation last spring. Cork needed to work hard for victory today as it was the home side who were ahead by 1-9 to 0-8 at the break. The only goal of the game arrived from Antrim’s Matthew Donnelly on the stroke of half-time and Antrim, who led by 0-6 to 0-3 after 2o minutes, were four points to the good at the break.

But Cork slowly reeled their opponents in after half-time. Patrick Horgan’s freetaking was hugely impressive as he chalked up 0-11 overall with nine of those coming from placed balls. Conor Lehane grabbed 0-4 from play as well in another vital display. Antrim were in front by 1-11 to 0-12 with ten minutes remaining but Horgan sent Cork narrowly in front with a series of points before Paul Shiels tied the teams once more with a point for Antrim. Cork finished strongly with Horgan, Lehane and Patrick Cronin all raising white flags to secure their win.

CORK: D McCarthy; S McDonnell, E Keane, K Murphy; S White, C Joyce, W Egan; L McLoughlin, P Cronin (0-1); B Lawton, S Harnedy, D Kearney; P Horgan (0-11, 0-8f, 0-1 ’65′), C Lehane (0-4), B Hartnett (0-1).

Subs: C McCarthy for Harnedy, R O’Shea for McLoughlin, P Haughney (0-1) for Kearney, A Cadogan for White.

ANTRIM: C O’Connell; Ciaran Johnson, C McKinley, O McFadden; N McManus (0-2, 0-2f), N McAuley, E Campbell; Barry McFall (0-1), D Hamill; C Carson (0-2), S McAfee (0-4, 0-2f), C McCann; Conor Johnson, M Donnelly (1-1), PJ O’Connell.

Subs: S Beatty for McCann, J McGreevy for McFall, N Elliott for PJ O’Connell, P Shiels (0-2, 0-1f) for Hamill, D McKernan for McGreevy.

Referee: Eamonn Hassan (Derry)

Team News

CORK: Darren Mc Carthy (Ballymartle); Stephen Mc Donnell (Glen Rovers), Eoin Keane (St. Finbarr’s), Kilian Murphy (Erin’s Own); Stephen White (Ballygarvan), Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), William Egan (Kilbrin); Lorcán Mc Loughlin (Kanturk), Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown); Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr), Seamus Harnedy (St. Itas), Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields); Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers), Conor Lehane (Midleton), Brian Hartnett (Midleton).

Subs: Anthony Nash (Kanturk), Colm Spillane (Castlelyons), Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline), Killian Burke (Midleton), Paul Haughney (Midleton), Stephen Moylan (Douglas), Michael O’Sullivan (Tracton), Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields).

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Fermanagh 0-18 Limerick 1-6

Fermanagh defeated Limerick by 0-18 to 1-6 in round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday March 16th at Newcastle West.

Nine point loss for Limerick footballers against Fermanagh

By Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

The Limerick footballers suffered another big defeat this Sunday in Division 3 of the National Football League. The final score in Newcastle West was Limerick 1-6 Fermanagh 0-18.

The wins leaves Limerick on four points in a congested league table with games against Cavan and Offaly to come in the bid to ensure survival in the league. Fermanagh set the ball rolling from the opening minutes with a succession of attacks. Ryan Jones had two superb points to help them towards a 0-6 to 0-0 lead after 14-minutes.

The first Limerick score of the game came in the 15th minute when midfielder Tom Lee pointed. Then in the 19th minute an Eoin Hanrahan shot went all the way to the net with Paudie Browne blocking the view of the goalkeeper as he jumped on the edge of the square.

But it failed to kick-start the home side with Eoin Donnelly and Richard O’Callaghan kicking Fermanagh points to put them 0-9 to 1-1 ahead entering the final 10-minutes of the half. Free-taker Tomas Corrigan extended the Fermanagh before Ian Ryan had the final score of the half with a free to leave it 0-13 to 1-1 after a most disappointing opening half for Limerick.

In the second half Limerick had to wait until the final minute to get a score from play – Eoin Hanrahan. Indeed Limerick were to score just four points in the half as the Northerners kept Limerick at bay with ease. Peter McGrath’s men had match winners in Tomas Corrigan (0-10) and Ryan Jones (0-3).

Scores: Limerick: Eoin Hanrahan 1-3 (0-2frees), Ian Ryan 0-2 (2frees), Tom Lee 0-1. Fermanagh: Tomas Corrigan 0-10 (5frees), Ryan Jones 0-3, Ryan McClusky, Tommy McElroy, Eoin Donnelly, Richard O’Callaghan, John Woods 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Donal O’Sullivan; Paudie Browne, Johnny McCarthy, Colm Moran; Iain Corbett, Stephen Lucey, Pa Ranahan; John Galvin, Tom Lee; Eoin Hanrahan, Micheal Brosnan, Mike Fitzgibbon; Danny Neville, Ger Collins, Ian Ryan. Subs: Mark O’Riordan for Stephen Lucey (16mins), Seamus O’Carroll for Mike Fitzgibbon (20mins), Garrett Noonan for Micheal Brosnan (h-t), Darragh Treacy for Seamus O’Carroll (40mins), Gearoid Hegarty for John Galvin (55mins), Killian Phair for Ger Collins (61mins),

FERMANAGH: Chris Snow; John Woods, Che Cullen, Tiarnan Daly; Declan mcCusker, Ryan McClusky, Tommy McElroy; Eoin Donnelly, Richard O’Callaghan; Lee Cullen, Ryan Jones, Paul McCusker; Ronan Ormsby, Brian Cox, Tom Corrigan. Subs: Niall Cassidy for Ronan Ormsby (41mins), Eddie Courtney for Brian cox (41mins), Barry Mulrone for Tommy McElroy (61mins), Conal Jones for Paul McCusker (61mins), Aidan Breen for Tiarnan Daly (64mins), Niall Shannon for Declan mcCusker (65mins).

REFEREE: Liam Devanney (Mayo)

Team News

 

LIMERICK – Donal O’Sullivan; Paudie Browne, Johnny McCarthy, Colm Moran; Iain Corbett, Stephne Lucey, Pa Ranahan; John Galvin, Tom Lee; Eoin Hanrahan, Micheal Brosnan, Seanie Buckley; Danny Neville, Ger Collins, Ian Ryan

FERMANAGH (NFL v Limerick): C Snow; J Woods, C Cullen, T Daly; D McCusker, R McCluskey, T McElroy; E Donnelly (capt.), R O’Callaghan; L Cullen, R Jones, P McCusker; R Ormsby, B Cox, T Corrigan

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Mayo 4-12 Cork 2-14

Mayo defeated Cork by 4-12 to 2-14 in round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday March 16th at MacHale Park, Castlebar.

Questions remain for both Mayo and Cork

By Mike Finnerty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

ALLIANZ FL DIV 1:

Mayo 4-12 Cork 2-14

When the backbone of Cork’s footballing talent for the past 10 years retired in droves last year there were fears for the county this season. A new manager building a new team in the cauldron of the ruthless Allianz FL Division 1 looked to be a step too far. But, as so often happens in these stories, the Rebels went on an unbeaten run in the league which put them on top spot leading into the weekend’s games. Now the storyline was that Brian Cuthbert had reinvented the side in just a few games.

Yesterday changed the perception again. An away trip to Mayo was always going to test the latest theory and Cork came up short. The lesson learned now? This Cork side is neither the finished article nor a dishevelled wreck, but they are on the upward curve. And what’s Mayo’s story? Is this their year? Again it’s too early to say but they had more than enough for a Cork side still finding their feet.

The league leaders started the game in whirlwind fashion and finished like a train too; but in between they seemed to lose interest in the whole thing and allowed Mayo to take the initiative. Last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists, who also allowed their standards to slip in the final quarter, played some scintillating football during their time in the ascendancy.

Their high-octane, fast-break style of play had Cork in dire straits and once Aidan O’Shea and Jason Gibbons secured control of the midfield exchanges, everything fell into place. Jason Doherty’s goal two minutes into first-half injury-time was one for the scrapbook, and meant Mayo had turned a five-point deficit into a six-point lead over 25 minutes.

Two sensational finishes from Alan Freeman and Gibbons in the 48th and 60th minutes sealed the deal for the home side, although Cork did take the lopsided look off the scoreboard with a late blitz that yielded 2-5 in the last quarter. Mayo were actually 3-12 to 0-9 ahead when Gibbons’ thunderbolt hit the net, and Cork were a beaten docket at that stage. They had been run ragged by Mayo’s ‘pass and move’ approach with half-backs, midfielders and attackers all combining to cut Cork’s back line open time and again.

“We’re not far off,” said James Horan afterwards when asked about Mayo’s current form. “We’d like to be more consistent in games, we’re a little bit up and down. We can be very good and very bad, but we’re not far off where we need to be. “We were very good at times. For Jason Doherty’s goal, the pace and movement that he came in on that was frightening. When we do that we’re dangerous. It’s just doing that for as long as we can, as often as we can. “The big concern is the amount of goals we’re giving away. That’s something we need to keep chipping away at.”

Early on it looked like Brian Cuthbert’s side were going to put on an exhibition, racing into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead after 12 minutes, with Brian Hurley (three) and Donnacha O’Connor (two) posting a string of audacious scores.

But once Mayo settled into their stride they assumed complete control, of both the midfield battleground and the game itself, and the issue was beyond doubt long before the end.

Mayo wiped out the early deficit with five unanswered points in six minutes from the marauding Jason Gibbons, Cillian O’Connor (free), Kevin McLoughlin, Lee Keegan and Aidan O’Shea. But it was a brilliant cameo from Jason Doherty just before the interval that helped to break Cork’s spirit; the wing-forward pilfered 1-2 in 10 minutes to put Mayo in the box seat at half-time. They led by 1-9 to 0-6 at that stage.

Cork had fallen 12 points behind, midway through the second half, when they finally started to play again. Sub John O’Rourke fired in a goal on 56 minutes that sparked a mini-revival but poor shooting spoiled some decent approach work. Many of the crowd had already left when Brian Hurley grabbed a well-taken consolation goal in stoppage-time, but the damage had long since been done.

“Certainly it’s a worry,” remarked the Rebels trainer Ronan McCarthy when asked about his team’s concession of seven goals in the last two games. “For a couple of the goals today, players were in very good positions going forward, getting ready to receive the ball, but if it breaks down we’re a bit open. But they’re things that can be worked on.

“We also need to work on our breaking ball out the field, we need to sweep better around the middle. It was a funny game, they won nine of their own kick-outs in the first half but we won five in a row coming up to half-time. In their period of dominance they tacked on scores where we didn’t.”

This third successive win in as many weeks propels Mayo up the Division 1 table and will help to rally the troops ahead of Saturday week’s All-Ireland final rematch against Dublin at Croke Park.

Their prospects of reaching the league semi-finals for the third season in a row have also been greatly enhanced by this latest victory. But there are still a few twists in the tale to come before the story of this unpredictable division can be written.

Scorers for Mayo: J Doherty 1-3, C O’Connor 1-2, K McLoughlin 0-4 (1f), J Gibbons 1-1, A Freeman 1-0, A O’Shea, L Keegan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: B Hurley 1-5 (1f), D O’Connor (1f), A Walsh 0-3 each, J O’Rourke 1-0, C O’Neill (45), J Hayes (f), M Collins 0-1 each.

MAYO: R Hennelly; B Harrison, G Cafferkey, S McHale; L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle; A O’Shea, J Gibbons; K McLoughlin, J Doherty, K Higgins; M Sweeney, A Freeman, C O’Connor.

Subs for Mayo: S O’Shea for A O’Shea (48), B Gallagher for Higgins (50), D Drake for McHale (52), D Coen for Freeman (55), T Parsons for Gibbons (60), E Varley for Sweeney (64).

CORK: K O’Halloran; M Shields, E Cadogan, K Crowley; C Dorman, T Clancy (Clonakilty), A Cronin; A O’Sullivan, A Walsh; C O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan, T Clancy (Fermoy); C O’Neill, B Hurley, D O’Connor.

Subs for Cork: M Collins for O’Neill (h-t), J O’Rourke for Clancy (Fermoy, h-t), J Loughrey for Crowley (40), F Goold for O’Connor (44), B O’Driscoll for Cadogan (47, inj), J Hayes for Goold (bc, 58).

Referee: R Hickey (Clare).

 

Mayo 4-12 Cork 2-14

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Mayo are back in the hunt for the Allianz Division 1 semi-finals after they fired four goals past the previously unbeaten Cork in a 4-12 to 2-14 victory at McHale Park. Jason Doherty, Jason Gibbons, Alan Freeman and Cillian O’Connor all hit the net for James Horan’s men who weathered an early Cork storm to take the victory.

With Brian Hurley in terrific form Cork stormed into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead by the ninth minute, but Doherty’s goal late in the second-half gave them the upper hand. After their early set-back Mayo improved dramatically at the back and after missing a raft of chances up front they went on to hit the next six points to take control.

Colm O’Neill landed a 45 to level the game at 0-6 each nine minutes before the break, but Mayo finished the half well and a brace of points from Jason Doherty, a free from O’Connor and Doherty’s goal two minutes into added-time gave the Green and Red a 1-9 to 0-6 lead at half-time.

The home side continued where they left off after the restart and Kevin McLoughlin pointed before Aidan Walsh and Donncha O’Connor closed the gap to six points again. But Mayo were improving in front of goal and after McLoughlin’s second point of the half, Freeman struck a fine goal past Ken O’Halloran’s to claim a ten point lead.

Walsh briefly halted the westerners surge with a good point, but once Gibbons hit Mayo’s third goal in the 50th minute and O’Connor followed suit nine minutes later, the points were secured. Cork recovered somewhat late on and hit the last three points, while Hurley’s late goal softened the blow to Cork’s scoring difference.

Mayo: R Hennelly; S McHale, G Cafferkey, B Harrison; L Keegan (0-01), C Boyle, D Vaughan; A O’Shea (0-01), J Gibbons (1-01); K McLoughlin (0-04, 0-01f), K Higgins, J Doherty (1-03); M Sweeney, A Freeman (1-00), C O’Connor (1-02, 0-02f).

Subs: D Drake for Boyle (8-15 mins blood), D Coen for Freeman (54), T Parsons for Gibbons (60), E Varley for Sweeney (74).

Cork: K O’Halloran; M Shields, E Cadogan, K Crowley; C Dorman, T Clancy (Clonakilty), A Cronin; A O’Sullivan, A Walsh (0-3); C O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan, T Clancy (Fermoy); B Hurley (1-05, 0-01f), C O’Neill (0-01, 0-01 ’45), D O’Connor (0-03, 0-02f).

Subs: J O’Rourke (1-00) for Clancy (Fermoy) (half-time), M Collins for O’Neill (half-time), J Loughrey for Crowley (40 mins), F Goold for O’Connor (44), B O’Driscoll (0-01) for Cadogan (47), J Hayes (0-01, 0-01f) for Goold (59 BC).

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)

 

 

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Mayo on Sunday at 2.30pm in McHale Park, Castlebar, will line out as follows:

Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)

Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s)

Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)

Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)

Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)

Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)

Alan Cronin (Nemo Rangers)

Andrew O’Sullivan (Castletownbere)

Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)

Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh)

Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)

Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)

Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough)

Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)

Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond)

Subs:

David Hanrahan (Douglas)

John McLoughlin (Kanturk)

James Loughrey (Mallow)

Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh)

Fintan Goold (Macroom)

Micheál O Laoire (Naomh Abán)

Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)

Mark Collins (Castlehaven)

John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

John Hayes (Carbery Rangers)

Daniel Goulding (Eire Óg)

Brian Cuthbert has made eight changes for Sunday’s game. U21s Conor Dorman and Kevin Crowley are in, while Tom Clancy returns from injury. Eoin Cadogan and Aidan Walsh return, having been on hurling duty last weekend, while there’s a start for Colm O’Driscoll. Donncha O’Connor returns to the full forward line, and following two substitute appearances, Colm O’Neill gets his first start of the year.

Patrick Kelly and Damien Cahalane will play club games this weekend. Jamie O’Sullivan, Noel Galvin and Donal Og Hodnett continue their recovery from injury. Ruairi Deane, who has suffered a torn cruciate, met his surgeon this week and began a rehab programme. He will meet him again in four weeks to check progress and determine the next course of action.

 

Mayo welcome Allianz Football League leaders Cork to Elverys MacHale this Sunday March 16th at 2.30pm. James Horan makes two changes to the side that defeated Westmeath last weekend in Mullingar. Into the team come Cillian O’Connor for this for his first start of the season & Shane McHale in place of Enda Varley & Kevin Keane. The Mayo Senior Football Team to face Cork is as follows:

1) Robbie Hennelly – Breaffy

2) Brendan Harrison – Aghamore

3) Ger Cafferkey – Ballina Stephenites

4) Shane McHale – Knockmore

5) Lee Keegan – Westport (Capt.)

6) Donal Vaughan – Ballinrobe

7) Colm Boyle – Davitts

8) Aidan O’Shea – Breaffy

9) Jason Gibbons – Ballintubber

10) Kevin McLoughlin – Knockmore

11) Jason Doherty – Burrishoole

12) Keith Higgins – Ballyhaunis

13) Mickey Sweeney – Kiltane

14) Alan Freeman – Aghamore

15) Cillian O’Connor – Ballintubber

 

James Horan – Manager

Tom Prendergsat – Selector

Donie Buckley – Selector

Ed Coughlan – Trainer

Sean Moffatt – Doctor

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Offaly 2-15 Limerick 2-15

Offaly and Limerick played out a 2-15 to 2-15 draw in round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday March 16th at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

Last-gasp Bergin proves hero as gritty Offaly draw comfort

Offaly 2-15 Limerick 2-15

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Having trailed by four points with three minutes to play, resilient Offaly hit 1-1 in the closing stages to earn a deserved draw with reigning Munster champions Limerick at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Peter Geraghty fired in a cracking goal on 68 minutes to bring Offaly to within a point with the final say being left to captain Joe Bergin, who sailed over a free from midfield with the last puck of the game to salvage the draw.

Offaly manager Brian Whelahan was delighted with the spirit showed by his players to force their way back and earn their draw. “I am delighted for the lads that they didn’t lose it because I didn’t think they deserved to lose it,” Whelahan said afterwards. “I was very happy with the way we responded each time they got a goal and that is something we have been trying to work on. “If you haven’t got that bit of spirit, you won’t make those comebacks”.

Limerick were wasteful throughout and racked up 12 wides, but could call on the clinical Graeme Mulcahy for their two second-half goals. Mulcahy was well-marshalled by James Rigney throughout, but when his limited scoring chances arose, the Kilmallock man was potent. The Munster men led 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time with Offaly’s Bergin seeing his first-half penalty saved on the line by Aaron Murphy.

Offaly failed to score from play in that opening half, but a rousing couple of scores from Shane Dooley early in the second half paved the way for Offaly to up the ante. Mulcahy struck for his opening goal on 40 minutes, just at the stage when Offaly were really carving into the deficit. Kevin Downes started to get the upper hand on a limping Rory Hanniffy, but Bergin kept Offaly in touch with some excellent free-taking.

Limerick led by five points with 15 minutes to go and looked more than capable of closing the game out, but Offaly had their own ideas. Dan Currams finally found some space on the edge of the square and once he rounded Richie McCarthy in the 62nd minute, he only had eyes for goals and sent a shot crashing to the net. That brought Offaly level on 1-13 each, but two minutes later Mulcahy capitalised on some pedestrian defending to get his second goal and put a knife into the Offaly heart.

Offaly showed resilience, however, and a rocket goal from Geraghty set the stage for Bergin to point his free with the last puck of the game to earn a draw and give Offaly their first point of the league.

SCORERS – Offaly: J Bergin 0-12 (10fs, 0-1 ’65’), P Geraghty, D Currams 1-0 each, S Dooley 0-2, S Cleary 0-1. Limerick: G Mulcahy 2-1, C Allis 0-6 (4fs, 0-1 ’65’), K Downes 0-3, P Browne 0-2, D Reidy 0-2, P O’Brien 0-1.

Offaly – J Dempsey 7; N Wynne 8, R Hanniffy 7, J Rigney 7; C Parlon 7, G Healion 6, M Egan 7; T Geraghty 7, P Geraghty 7; J Bergin 8, C Mahon 6, S Dooley 7; B Carroll 6, D Currams 7, K Connolly 7. Subs: S Cleary for P Geraghty (22-26 blood), S Cleary 7 for K Connolly (51), S Quirke 6 for B Carroll (58), D Morkan 6 (for R Hanniffy (58).

Limerick – A Murphy 6; S Walsh 7, R McCarthy 7, T Condon 8; P O’Brien 7, W McNamara 7, G O’Mahony 6; D O’Grady7, P Browne 8; W Hickey 6, C Allis 7, D Reidy 7; G Mulcahy 8, K Downes 8, T O’Brien 6. Subs: J Ryan 6 for W Hickey (48), C King 6 for G Mulcahy (50), S Tobin 6 for T O’Brien (52), A Dempsey 6 for C Allis (61).

REF – D Hughes (Carlow)

 

Limerick 2-15 Offaly 2-15

Report from thescore.ie

THE LIMERICK HURLERS promotion hopes suffered a huge setback this afternoon as Offaly struck 1-1 in injury-time to force a draw in their clash in Tullamore. The result means Limerick are now a point behind Cork heading into the last round of games and have lost the initiative in Division 1B ahead of the final round of games next Sunday.

Limerick will rue this result with Offaly staging a comeback thanks to a late goal from Peter Geraghty and a point by Joe Bergin ensuring the home side grabbed a share of the spoils. Limerick made the early running to lead by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break with Kevin Downes, Paul Browne and Paudie O’Brien all showing up well for them. Joe Bergin kept Offaly in touch but they were rocked by a Graeme Mulcahy goal just after half-time.

Dan Currams found the net to push Offaly ahead by 1-14 to 1-13 but it was a brief advantage as Mulcahy bagged his second goal of the game soon after. Limerick looked on course for victory only for Offaly to peg them back at the death.

LIMERICK: A Murphy; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien (0-1), W McNamara, G O’Mahony; D O’Grady, P Browne (0-2); W Hickey, C Allis (0-6, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ’65), D Reidy (0-2); G Mulcahy (2-1), K Downes (0-3), T O’Brien.

Subs: J Ryan for Hickey (47), C King for O’Mahony (49), S Tobin for T O’Brien (51), A Dempsey for Allis (61).

OFFALY: J Dempsey; N Wynne, R Hanniffy, J Rigney; C Parlon, G Healion, M Egan; T Geraghty, P Geraghty (1-0); J Bergin (0-12, 0-10f, 0-1 ’65), C Mahon, S Dooley (0-2); B Carroll, D Currams (1-0), K Connolly.

Subs: S Cleary (0-1) for P Geraghty (21 – temp), Cleary for Connolly (51), S Quirke for Carroll (57), D Morkan for Hanniffy (57).

Referee: David Hughes (Carlow)

Team News

 

 

LIMERICK: Aaron Murphy; Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy, Tom Condon; Paudie O’Brien, Wayne McNamara, Gavin O’Mahony; Paul Browne, Donal O’Grady; Conor Allis, James Ryan, David Reidy; Graeme Mulcahy, Kevin Downes, Thomas O’Brien
Subs: Nickie Quaid, Alan Dempsey, Philip O’Loughlin, Dan Morrissey, Cathal King, John Fitzgibbon, Cathal McNamara, Sean Tobin, Tommy Quaid, Micheal Ryan, Shane Dowling

The Offaly team to play Limerick in Sunday’s Allianz National Hurling League, has three changes from the side that lost to Cork last Sunday. Mark Egan, Thomas and Peter Geraghty come into the side at the expense of Dermot Mooney, Sean Ryan and Damien Kilmartin.

James Dempsey

Niall Wynne

Rory Hanniffy

James Rigney

Cathal Parlon

Ger Healion

Mark Egan

Peter Geraghty

Thomas Geraghty

Joe Bergin Capt

Conor Mahon

Shane Dooley

Brian Carroll

Dan Currams

Kevin Connolly

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 5-18 Waterford 0-20

Clare defeated Waterford by 5-18 to 0-20 in round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 16th at Cusack Park, Ennis.


Source: TG4/YouTube

Clare 5-18 Waterford 0-20

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Clare destroyed Waterford with a devastating first half blitz in Ennis, as they cruised to a 5-18 to 0-20 victory in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A. The Banner men led by a clear 23 points at half-time (4-15 to 0-04). All-Ireland final sensation Shane O’Donnell scored 1-02 and set up three other goals for Patrick Donnellan, Podge Collins and Peter Duggan.

Waterford recovered with 16 second half points but O’Donnell bagged his second goal after 45 minutes. Davy Fitzgerald’s men completely humiliated their Munster rivals in the opening 35 minutes to cement their quarter-final spot at a blustery Cusack Park. The 7,352-strong crowd gave Clare a standing ovation as they departed at the break with a 23-point advantage.

Fitzgerald unleashed a dozen of his September winners to take apart the visitors who arrived with back-to-back home triumphs under their belts. All-Ireland final man-of-the-match O’Donnell posted 2-02 and he provided the assist for the three other Clare goals. He exploited the space left in front of the vulnerable Waterford full-back line.

Clare also dominated the puck-outs and the midfield warfare. Podge Collins exhibited his wizardry again in a wandering centre forward role and plundered 1-02. Eleven different players accounted for scores in Clare colours. Derek McGrath’s Waterford side restored their battered pride in winning the second half by 0-16 to 1-03.

Waterford started the scoring through a pair of Pauric Mahony placed balls. With significant wind assistance, Clare settled to their task with six points on the trot through two Colin Ryan frees, two from play from O’Donnell and one each from Podge Collins and Cathal McInerney.

On 14 minutes, Patrick Donnellan collected from O’Donnell to finish from a narrow angle for a 1-06 to 0-02 lead. Conor McGrath and Ryan soon tacked on further points. Then, with 21 minutes on the clock, Collins picked up from supplier O’Donnell to run straight through and whip past the ball Stephen O’Keeffe. At this point, Noel Connors was asked to perform the inevitable task of watching the exuberant full-forward.

The deficit soon increased for the shell-shocked visitors. Conor McGrath sprinted through to set up O’Donnell on 27 minutes. Four minutes before the break O’Donnell found Peter Duggan charging down the left flank for a fourth green flag. Following a gap of 28 minutes, Brian O’Sullivan ended Waterford’s barren scoring spell with two points towards the latter stages of the half.

The Clare faithful rose to their feet to salute a first half massacre. Nine different players chalked up scores and 4-11 arrived from general play. The intensity dipped sharply in the second period and Waterford cashed on the elements in their favour. A defensive reshuffle and the introduction of fresh legs brought about an improvement.

The Déise picked off five points in-a-row from Kevin Moran, Stephen Molumphy, Pauric Mahony, Ryan Donnelly and Maurice Shanahan). However, O’Donnell found the net once more in the 45th minute. Colin Ryan played in a pass in front of the Eire Og flyer and he turned Connors and gave O’Keeffe no chance, making it 5-15 to 0-09.

Waterford battled away until the end. Pauric Mahony concluded with eight points (six frees), Brian O’Sullivan managed four from play, substitute Shanahan scored three and Molumphy struck two. However, they never looked like troubling Donal Tuohy in the Clare goal. Tony Kelly, Colin Ryan (free) and Patrick O’Connor landing the closing points for Fitzgerald’s charges as they cruised to their third win of the league campaign.

CLARE: D Tuohy; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, D McInerney; B Bugler (0-01), Conor Ryan (0-01), P O’Connor (0-01); P Donnellan (1-00), Colin Ryan (0-06, 0-05f); J Conlon, P Collins (1-02), P Duggan (1-01); C McInerney (0-02), S O’Donnell (2-02), C McGrath (0-01).

Subs used: T Kelly (0-01) for Conlon (30 mins), P Flanagan for Dillon (61), S Golden for Colin Ryan (65).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; N Connors, S Fives, T Bourke; J Nagle, K Moran (0-01), Philip Mahony; S Molumphy (0-02), S O’Sullivan; B O’Sullivan (0-04), Pauric Mahony (0-08, 0-06f), J Dillon; R Barry, S Prendergast, R Donnelly (0-01).

Subs used: M Shanahan (0-03, 0-02f) for Barry, B Coughlan for Fives (both 26 mins), S Roche (0-01) for Donnelly (45), K Fitzgerald for Pauric Mahony (60).

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

Team News


The Waterford Team to play Clare on Sunday next has been announced.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner

2. Tadgh de Burca Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

3. Shane Fives Carrigtwohill

4. Noel Connors Passage

5. Jamie Nagle Dungarvan

6. Barry Coughlan Ballygunner

7. Philip Mahony Ballygunner

8. Kevin Moran De La Salle

9. Shane O Sullivan Ballygunner

10. Ray Barry Lismore

11. Pauric Mahony Ballygunner

12. Stephen Molumphy Ballyduff Upper

13. Ryan Donnelly Dungarvan

14. Seamus Prendergast Ardmore

15. Brian O Sullivan Ballygunner

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Kerry 3-14 Carlow 0-17

Kerry defeated Carlow by 3-14 to 0-17 in round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on Sunday March 16th at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.

Allianz Hurling League Div 2A

Kerry 3-14 Carlow 0-17

Report from the Kerry GAA web site

Kerry secured a place in the Div 2A AHL Final with a good victory over fellow leaders at the start of the Day, Carlow, at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday.

Kerry got off to a good start and points from Shane Nolan, Daniel Collins and Colm Harty inside the opening five minutes showed that Kerry meant business. They led by 3 to 2 when Colm Harty after a great run, set up Padraig Boyle for Kerry’s first goal in the 7th minute. Kerry followed up with 3 points on the trot to lead 1-6 to 0-2 after 10 minutes. The sides swapped points twice in the next 12 minutes, but then Kerry took their foot off the pedal despite playing with the strong wind and Carlow rattled over 4 points on the trot, 3 from frees, and Kerry’s lead was down to a goal with half time looming. However, a fortuitous goal from Darragh O’Connell, whose harmless shot from the wing deceived Carlow keeper Kevin Kehoe, saw Kerry lead by 2-8 to 0-8 at the break.

Carlow continued on the ascendancy on the restart, picking off 4 more points without reply in the first five minutes and Kerry needed a break. Darragh O’Connell pointed and after Carlow marksman from frees David English replied, David Butler and Shane Nolan had two good scores to lead by 2-11 to 0-13 after 20 minutes of the half.

English had two more pointed frees for Carlow but just when the Leinster men seemed to be getting the better of the battle, Shane Nolan gave a peach of a pass to Mikey Boyle and Boyle turned and shot low and hard to the net from a wide angle. Shane Nolan and Brendan Brosnan added points and Kerry were home and hosed.

Kerry play Londan in their final game in Ruislip on Sunday next while Carlow are at home to Westmeath in their final game where a win for the homside would see a Kerry v Carlow final.

Scorers:

Kerry: Darragh O’Connell 1-3, Shane Nolan 0-5, Mikey Boyle and Padraig Boyle 1-0 each, Colm Harty 0-2, Daniel Collins, David Butler and Brendan Brosnan 0-1 each.

Subs: Kerry: Philip Lucid for Paudie O’Connor, David Butler for A. Boyle, Brendan Brosnan for P. Boyle, Tom Murnane for J. Casey and Anthony Fealy for T. Casey.

Team News

Kerry Senior Hurling V Carlow

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Carlow in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 2A at Austin Stack Park Tralee on Sunday next shows 4 changes in personnel and a number of positional changes from the side that lined out against Westmeath in Round 3.

Nicky Leen takes over in goal from Tadhg Flynn, Thomas Casey comes in at corner back instead of the injured Dougie Fitzell, Darren Dineen moves back to centre back in place of Jason Leahy with Colm Harty moving to midfield, and up front, Padraig Boyle and Paudie O’Connor man the corner forward positions, with David Butler the fourth player to lose out.

The team lines out as follows:

1. Nicky Leen Ballyduff

2. Bryan Murphy Causeway

3. Jason Casey Ballyheigue

4. Thomas Casey Causeway

5. Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

6. Darren Dineen St Brendans (Capt)

7. Keith Carmody Causeway

8. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

9. Colm Harty Causeway

10. Mikey Boyle Ballyduff

11. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

12. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

13. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

14. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff

15. Paudie O’Connor  Kilmoyley

 

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Tipperary 3-20 Antrim 2-17

Tipperary defeated Antrim by 3-20 to 2-17 in round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 16th at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Promotion now on the cards as Tipp stay unbeaten

by Jeddy Walsh for the Nationalist newspaper

Following Sunday’s win at Semple Stadium, unbeaten Tipperary footballers are now just one more win away from guaranteed promotion.

In an unusually free-flowing and very high scoring game, before an attendance of just 217, the home side seemed to take a long time to settle but once they did they always looked like having just enough in reserve to win.

With four wins and a draw from five outings to date, a win on Sunday week next away to Leitrim will guarantee Tipp promotion to Division 3 for next year. For the advancement of the game in the Premier County, regular football at a higher level than Division Four is a must. Victory in Carrick-on-Shannon or at home to Wicklow in our final outing of the campaign will guarantee as much.

Antrim came to Thurles with serious intent and had the better of the opening 20 minutes of play against a Tipperary side that looked noticeably flat and tired at times. The pattern was point for point for the first 20 minutes at which stage the sides were level at 0-4 apiece.

In that opening period Brian Neeson, operating in the full forward line for the Saffrons, kicked two sweet points and would bag 2-8 by the end of the hour with the other early Antrim points from Patrick McBride and Michael Pollock. Tipp’s first scores were from Michael Quinlivan, a Conor Sweeney free, Conal McCullough and Brian Fox.

Neeson, ever a handful for the Tipp rearguard, had the game’s first goal in the 21st minute. A breakdown between Peter Acheson and Brian Fox allowed Niall McKeever to race through the middle and his pass was converted to green by the pacy Neeson.

The setback awakened Tipp and in the 14 minutes before half-time they upped their game noticeably and scored 2-5 to Antrim’s 0-2.

Barry Grogan, very quiet in the early stages, kicked his first point in the 23rd minute followed by an effort by Philip Austin from all of 40 metres. Tipp’s first goal was a nice move with Quinlivan feeding Sweeney who in turn found Grogan to blast home.

George Hannigan and another Grogan point kept the momentum going before Conor Sweeney had Tipp’s second goal in the 33rd minute after good approach work by Brian Fox and Donagh Leahy. With the last kick of the first half Grogan converted a 45 after Austin’s goal chance was turned around the post by Chris Kerr in the Antrim goal.

In that dominant period for Tipp all Antrim could muster was a Brian Neeson free and a point from Michael Pollock. At half-time Tipp led 2-9 to 1-6 after being in bother for long periods in the first half.

The Northerners had the strong breeze for the second period and had narrowed the gap to just three at 2-12 to 1-12 by the 47th minute, including a worrying three-in-a-row of unanswered points. Antrim’s six points in this spell were from Kevin Niblock, Niall McKeever, Michael Pollock, Michael McCann and another pair from Neeson. Tipp’s three points were Philip Austin’s second half opener and two frees, one each from Sweeney and Grogan.

The game’s crucial moment followed and redirected the flow of the game towards Tipp. Antrim midfielder Niall McKeever was black carded for a jersey pull as Donagh Leahy was about to shoot for goal and Grogan for the second Sunday in a row blasted a penalty into the Killinan end goal.

Sweeney and Neeson then added two points a piece before Antrim had their second goal of the day in the 59th minute, accredited once more to Neeson even if it might have gone in off Tipp’s John Couglan. It was of the softish nature and the Tipp rearguard won’t be pleased with its concession. Again the margin was back to just three points, it seemed the Ulster boys were defiantly saying ‘No’.

Three points though was as close at they would get and over the remaining 10 minutes Tipp outscored Antrim by six points to three to win by a half dozen in the end. Tipp’s late points were three apiece from Grogan and Sweeney, two of which were Grogan frees, while Antrim replies were from Justin Crozier, Ronan McGrady and a late free from Brian Neeson. Antrim’s Benny Hasson was black carded late on, the second of the game.

Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard), Ger Mulhair (Arravale Rovers), Paddy Codd (Killenaule, Captain), John Coughlan (Moyne/T), Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers), Ian Fahey (Commercials), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers, 0-1), Philip Austin (Borrisokane, 0-2), Barry Grogan (Aherlow, 2-7, 1-0 pen, 0-3F, 0-1 45), Conal McCullough (Commercials, 0-1), Brian Fox (Eire Og, Annacarty, 0-1), Michael Quinlivan (Commercials, 0-1), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen, 1-7, 0-3F).

Subs: Cathal Dillon (Aherlow) for McCullough (43 mins); Steven O’Brien (Ballina) for Fahey (47 mins); Aldo Matassa (Commercials) for Quinlivan (51 mins); Thomas Hassett (Moyne/T) for Austin (69 mins).

Antrim: C. Kerr, P. McBride (0-1), M. Johnson, N. Delargy, T. Scullion, J. Crozier (0-1), J. Laverty, S. McKeigh, N. McKeever (0-1), M. Sweeney, K. Niblock (0-1), M. McCann (0-1), B. Neeson (2-8, 0-4F), B. Hasson, M. Pollock (0-3).

Subs: M. McAleese for Scullion (18 mins); R. McGrady (0-1) for McKeever (black carded, 48 mins); P. Maguire for Niblock (52 mins); D. McAleese for Hasson (black carded, 66 mins); C. O’Rawe for Laverty (68 mins).

Referee: Sean Joy (Kerry)

 

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Antrim in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday next at Semple Stadium is unchanged from the team which defeated Clare last weekend.

Tipperary (SF v Antrim) – Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Ger Mulhair (Arravale Rovers), Paddy Codd (Killenaule – Captain), John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy); Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers); Steven O’Brien (Ballina), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Barry Grogan (Aherlow), Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials); Brian Fox (Eire Óg Annacarty), Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)