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Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 3-21 Carlow 2-10

Clare defeated Carlow by 3-21 to 2-10 in round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 30th at Cusack Park, Ennis.

Team News

Clare Football Team to play Carlow – Pierce De Loughrey, Dean Ryan, Kevin Hartnett, Martie McMahon, Shane Hickey, Gordon Kelly, Ciaran Russell, Gary Brennan, Cathal O’Connor, Sean Collins, Jamie Malone, Shane McGrath, Martin O’Leary, David Tubridy, Enda Coughlan

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Wicklow 2-14 Waterford 0-12

Wicklow defeated Waterford by 2-14 to 0-12 in round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 30th at Aughrim.

Team News

The Waterford Senior Football team to play Wicklow on Sunday in Aughrim has been announced this afternoon.

1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty
2. Dean Crowley St. Saviours
3. Thomas O’Gorman Nire
4. Kieran Connery Clashmore/Kinsalebeg
5. Oran Keevers De La Salle
6. Shane Briggs (Captain) Ballinacourty
7. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers
8. Wayne Hutchinson Gaultier
9. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty
10. Tony Grey Stradbally
11. Liam Ó Lonáin An Rinn
12. Cillian O’Keeffe Clashmore/Kinsalebeg
13. JJ Hutchinson Gaultier
14. Shane Aherne Stradbally
15. Brian Wall Nire

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 2-15 Westmeath 0-13

Kerry defeated Westmeath by 2-15 to 0-13 in round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday March 30th at Cusack Park, Mullingar.

Westmeath relegated as Kerry stride on


Report from the

An opportunist goal apiece from Kieran O’Leary and Paul Geaney in the first and second halves respectively helped Kerry to their expected win in front of 2,700 spectators at Cusack Park, Mullingar on Sunday afternoon, thereby condemning their hosts Westmeath to an immediate return to Division II next year.

As was the case in most of their earlier matches in the campaign, Westmeath gave as good as they got in the first half. With Kieran Martin, Callum McCormack and Denis Glennon availing of a decent supply of ball from midfield, the home side was deservedly on level terms (0-5 each) after 24 minutes. James O’Donoghue was being well marshalled by Kevin Maguire, with the Kingdom’s biggest threat coming from Paul Geaney.
However, the needless concession of a free in the 25th minute by Steven Gilmore was cleverly exploited by the visitors and Stephen O’Brien teed up Kieran O’Leary to slap the ball to the net from point-blank range.

Glennon and Bryan Sheehan (from a superbly struck ‘45’ from near the sideline) traded points, but Paul Bealin’s men finished the half strongly with points from Martin, Ray Connellan (a free) and Egan (also a free) to go in at the break deservedly on level terms (1-6 to 0-9). Callum McCormack and James O’Donoghue (who was far more prominent on the change of ends) exchanged points within seven minutes of the resumption. The crucial score of the contest arrived in the 44th minute when Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s troops scored their second goal after two unforced errors from the men in maroon and white left Paul Geaney free, and he gave Stephen Gallagher no chance from 12 metres.

Points followed from Geaney (free), O’Donoghue and Geaney (another free) to put the men in green and gold two goals clear (2-10 to 0-10). The introduction of Anthony Maher helped Kerry to dominate the midfield exchanges and the issue was never in doubt during the final quarter. Indeed, it took a great block from Kieran Gavin on Geaney to prevent a third Kerry goal late on, with David Moran replicating the by now-substituted Sheehan’s heroics from the resultant ‘45’.
Scorers for Kerry: P Geaney 1-4 (0-2f); J O’Donoghue 0-5 (3f); K O’Leary 1-0; B Sheehan 0-2 (2 ‘45’); P Crowley, S O’Brien, D Moran (‘45’), D Walsh 0-1 each.

Scorers for Westmeath: D Glennon, C McCormack 0-3 each; G Egan (2f), R Connellan (2f), K Martin 0-2 each; P Sharry 0-1 (‘45’).

KERRY: B Kelly; P Murphy, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, F Fitzgerald, M Ó Sé; J Buckley, D Moran; J Lyne, B Sheehan, K O’Leary; S O’Brien, P Geaney, J O’Donoghue
Subs: D Walsh for Lyne (31), D Casey for Sheehan (ht), A Maher for Buckley (49), D O’Sullivan for O’Leary (49), J Sherwood for Ó Sé (60), A O’Mahony for Crowley (63).

WESTMEATH: S Gallagher; K Maguire, K Gavin, S Gilmore; Damien Dolan, P Sharry, D Harte; D Duffy, R Connellan; K Martin, G Egan, C McCormack; J Dolan, D Glennon, Dessie Dolan
Subs: J Egan for Damien Dolan (48), D McCormack for Martin (57), A Giles for Glennon (57), R Foley for Harte (60), K Daly for Duffy (69).

REFEREE: A Nolan (Wicklow)

Team News

KERRY: Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion); Paul Murphy (Rathmore), Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore), Shane Enright (Tarbert); Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers), Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes), Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht); Anthony Maher (Duagh), David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys); Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion), Bryan Sheehan (St Marys), Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes); Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare), Paul Geaney (Dingle), James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion).
Subs: Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin), Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane), Daithí Casey (Dr Crokes), Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh Glencar), Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes), Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore), Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), Jack Sherwood (Firies), Michael Geaney (Dingle), Brian McGuire (Listowel Emmets), David Culhane (Ballylongford).

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 2-14 Tyrone 0-20

Cork drew with Tyrone on a scoreline of 2-14 to 0-20 in round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday March 30th at Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork.

Source: TG4

Cork advance to semis with Tyrone draw


Report from the web site

Cork secured a spot in the semi-finals of the Allianz Football League Division I despite being held by Tyrone at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday. Trailing by 0-12 to 1-5 at half-time, the home side upped their game considerably in the second period, with a goal by sub Colm O’Neill helping to turn matters in their favour. Three late points from Seán Cavanagh, Kyle Coney and Ronan O’Neill earned the visitors a point, however.

Despite the victory, for long periods Cork found themselves under pressure, especially in the first half when a Coney-inspired Tyrone looked imperious. Coney would kick six points in the opening 35 minutes, with Darren McCurry also impressing for them as the Cork full-back line struggled to deal with quick ball in. At the other end, Brian Hurley was the brightest light for Cork, for whom Paul Kerrigan had scored a fifth-minute goal to cancel out three Tyrone points in as many minutes from the throw-in.

While Cork suffered injuries to corner-backs Eoin Cadogan and Noel Galvin in the second half, they managed to get on top and O’Neill kicked two good points from frees as well as his 52nd-minute goal from Andrew O’Sullivan’s pass. That made it 2-10 to 0-13 for Brian Cuthbert’s side, and they looked to have secured the points when they were 2-14 to 0-17 ahead with four minutes left. Tyrone had other ideas, though.
Scorers for Cork: B Hurley 0-5 (0-2 frees), C O’Neill 1-2 (0-2 frees), P Kerrigan 1-0, J Hayes, J O’Rourke 0-2 each, M Shields, C O’Driscoll, Barry O’Driscoll 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tyrone: K Coney 0-9 (0-1 free), D McCurry 0-4 (0-2 frees), N Morgan 0-2 (0-1 free, 0-1 45), P Harte, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey 0-1 (0-1 free), R O’Neill (0-1 free), M Penrose each.

CORK: D Hanrahan; E Cadogan, Tom Clancy (Clonakilty), N Galvin; J Loughrey, M Shields, Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); A O’Sullivan, F Goold; M Collins, P Kerrigan, J O’Rourke; D Goulding, B Hurley, J Hayes
Subs: J O’Sullivan for Tomás Clancy (27, black card), C O’Neill for D Goulding (HT), P Kelly for Cadogan (39, injured), Barry O’Driscoll for Galvin (42), C O’Driscoll for Kerrigan (48), A Cronin for Hayes (70).

TYRONE: N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, R McKenna; T McCann, Matthew Donnelly, P Harte; C Cavanagh, S Cavanagh; Mark Donnelly, S McGuigan, C McGinley; C McCurry, K Coney, C McAliskey
Subs: D McBride for McCann (27), R O’Neill for McCurry (52), M Penrose for McAliskey, C Gormley for McGinley (both 54), N McKenna for Mark Donnelly (58), K Gallagher for McGuigan (66).

Referee: D Coldrick (Meath).

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Tyrone on Sunday at 2pm in Páirc Uí Rinn will line out as follows:

David Hanrahan (Douglas)
Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)
Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)
Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)
Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s – Captain)
James Loughrey (Mallow)
Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
Fintan Goold (Macroom)
John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
Daniel Goulding (Éire Og)
Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
John Hayes (Carbery Rangers)

Brian Cuthbert has made eight changes in personnel and a number of positional switches following the loss to Mayo on March 16th. David Hanrahan, last year’s U21 goalkeeper, makes his senior début, while Noel Galvin replaces Kevin Crowley at corner back. Eoin Cadogan moves to the other corner, with Tom Clancy filling the full back berth. Tomás Clancy moves back to wing back in place of Conor Dorman, while James Loughrey returns to the side, replacing Alan Cronin on the other wing, and Michael Shields moves to centre back. Fintan Goold is preferred to Andrew O’Sullivan at mid-field, and John O’Rourke, who scored a vital goal in his substitute appearance against Mayo, replaces Colm O’Driscoll. Mark Collins comes in at wing forward, and John Hayes starts ahead of Donncha O’Connor.

Tyrone team to play Cork: Niall Morgan (Éadan na dTorc); Aidan McCrory (Aireagal Chiaráin, Ronan McNamee (Achadh Uí Aráin), Ryan McKenna (Eaglais); Tiernan McCann (Coill an Chlochair), Matthew Donnelly (Trí Leac), Peter Harte (Aireagal Chiaráin); Colm Cavanagh (An Mhaigh), Sean Cavanagh (An Mhaigh); Ciaran McGinley (Aireagal Chiaráin), Shay McGuigan (Ard Bó), Mark Donnelly (An Charraig Mhór); Darren McCurry (Éadán na dTorc), Kyle Coney (Ard Bó), Connor McAliskey (Cluain Eo).

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Limerick 1-13 Offaly 1-12

Limerick defeated Offaly by 1-13 to 1-12 in round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday March 30th at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

Riordan strike sends Offaly packing

Limerick 1-13 Offaly 1-12

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

OFFALY were sent back to Division 4 football after they were beaten by Limerick in Tullamore. Only a point separated the teams in the end and the game was there for the taking, but this was very much a Division 4-type performance from Offaly who have endured a miserable league campaign, losing all their games to date.

It was a giant step towards safety for a relieved Limerick side who did just enough to win. With the wind on their backs, Limerick did not have everything their own way in the first half. They led by 0-6 to 0-3 before a David Hanlon penalty goal two minutes before the break gave Offaly the lead. A point form Eoin Hanrahan, who had a superb first half, levelled it up at half- time (0-7 to 1-4) and Offaly were in with a good chance.

In the second half, however, Offaly played with the air of a side low on confidence and Limerick always looked like they had enough in the tank. It was a close run thing, though. In a nip and tuck second half, Offaly got back on terms with 12 minutes left and Peter Cunningham edged them in front with a brilliant point.

A goal from substitute John Riordan handed the initiative back to Limerick with six minutes left in the game. Anton Sullivan was outstanding for Offaly in the second half and he kept them snapping on the winners’ heels as they got the gap back to just a point, but it was Limerick who held on to secure the win.

Limerick: E Hanrahan 0-8 (5fs), J Riordan 1-0, I Ryan 0-2 (1f), I Corbett, G Collins, M Brosnan 0-1 each.
Offaly: A Sullivan 0-4, D Hanlon 1-0 (pen), N McNamee 3fs, J Maher 0-3 (2fs) , P Cunningham 0-2.

LIMERICK – D O’Sullivan (7); C Moran (6), J NcCarthy (7), M O’Riordan (7); M Sheehan (6), P Browne (7), P Ranahan (6); T Lee (8), I Corbett (6); G Hegarty (6), D Neville (6), S Buckley (6); E Hanrahan (9), G Collins (7), I Ryan (8)
Subs: J Galvin (7) for Sheehan (h-t), M Brosnan (6) for Buckley (43), J Mullane (6) for Neville (56), J Riordan (6) for Corbett (57), C Sheehan for Collins (71).

OFFALY – A Mulhall (7); D Hanlon (6), N Darby (6), J O’Connor (6); D Brady (6), J Moloney (6), M Brazil (7); R Allen (6), N Smith (6); P Sullivan (6), A Sullivan (9), J Maher (8); N Geraghty (6), N McNamee (6), P Cunningham (7)
Subs: C Hurley (6) for P Sullivan (49), G Guilfoyle for Geraghty (53).

REF – S Hehir (Galway)

Team News

LIMERICK: Donal O’sullivan; Colm Moran, Johnny Mccarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Mike Sheehan, Paudie Browne, Pa Ranahan; Tom Lee, Iain Corbett; Gearoid Hegarty, Danny Neville, Seanie Buckley; Eoin Hanrahan, Ger Collins, Ian Ryan

OFFALY (SF v Limerick): A Mulhall; D Brady, D Hanlon, J O’Connor; N Darby, J Moloney, M Brazil; R Allen, N Smith; P Sullivan, A Sullivan, E Carroll; C Hurley, N McNamee, P Cunningham

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Tipperary 5-16 Leitrim 0-16

Tipperary defeated Leitrim by 5-16 to 0-16 in round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 30th at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

Sweeney fires Tipp to higher ground


Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Tipperary destroyed Leitrim with a five-goal blitz and secured promotion to Division 3 in an entertaining game at Carrick-on-Shannon. Brian Fox had the ball in the Leitrim net within 12 seconds, serving notice of their intentions and they followed up with two points by Conor Sweeney before Emlyn Mulligan got Leitrim on the scoresheet. Two further Leitrim points by Darren Sweeney and Mulligan reduced the arrears but a superb Tipperary goal by Sweeney in the 14th minute put the visitors ahead 2-3 to 0-3. Leitrim reduced the arrears to three points in added time in the first half when Philip Austin finished to the net following a defensive mix-up to widen the gap to 3-8 to 0-10 at the break.

A Darren Sweeney point from play six minutes into the second half looked like the start of a Leitrim revival but it was Tipperary who once more reasserted their dominance with a Quinlivan pointed free followed by Tipp’s fourth goal by Ian Fahy in the 44th minute. The hosts struggled to get back into the game but the dismissal of Robbie Lowe for a second yellow card in the 53rd minute, followed by Tipp’s fifth goal through Conor Sweeney six minutes later, finally killed off the Leitrim challenge.

Tipperary: C Sweeney 2-7 (4fs, 1 ’45), P Austin 1-3, B Fox 1-2, I Fahy 1-0, G Hannigan, R Kiely, G Mulhair, M Quinlivan 0-1 each.
Leitrim: E Mulligan 0-4fs, K Conlon (1 ’45), J Glancy 0-3 each, D Sweeney 0-2, A Hickey, S McWeeney, W McKeon, G Reynolds 0-1 each.

LEITRIM – E Lyons 5; B Prior 5, D Wrynn 5, P Maguire 5; P Brennan 5, G Reynolds 6, W McKeon 6; D Sweeney 6, D Moran 5; K Conlon 6, G Hickey 5, A Hickey 5; E Mulligan 6, J Glancy 6, R Lowe 5. Subs: R Cox 5 for D Moran (17), S McWeeney 6 for G Hickey (41), R Gallagher 5 for A Hickey (53).

TIPPERARY – P Fitzgerald 7; G Mulhair 7, P Codd 7,J Coughlan 7; R Kiely 7, P Acheson 8, D Leahy 7; S O’Brien 9, G Hannigan 8; P Austin 9, A Morrissey 8, I Fahy 8; B Fox 8, M Quinlivan 8, C Sweeney 9. Subs: A Maloney 7 for G Mulhair (37), C McCullagh 7 for I Fahy (53), A Matassa 7 for S O’Brien (59), A Campbell for D Leahy (62), L Egan for P Austin (64), D Lynch for B Fox (66).

REF – D Brazil (Offaly)

Fixture Details

Allianz Football League Roinn 4 Round 6
Leitrim v Tipperary @ 14:00
Venue – Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada
Referee – Damien Brazil (Uíbh Fhailí)
Standby Referee – Jerome Henry (Maigh Eo)
Linesman – Patrick Maguire (An Longfort)
Sideline Official – James Lewis (Fear Manach)

AHL Division 1A Relegation Playoff – Dublin 4-13 Waterford 1-17

Dublin defeated Waterford by 4-13 to 1-17 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Relegation Play-Off on Sunday March 30th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Goals vital as Dublin relegate Waterford to IB


Report from the web site

A Danny Sutcliffe double alongside Paul Ryan and Colm Cronin goals helped Dublin towards the safety net of Division IA hurling for 2015 against fourteen man Waterford at Walsh Park. Shane O’Sullivan was dismissed on a straight red card after 28 minutes and that helped Dublin recover from a shaky start.

After trailing by five points at one stage, they led by 2-6 to 1-8 at half time. Sutcliffe’s quick fire strikes early in the second half put clear water between the teams. An injury hit Waterford battled with Shane Fives and Pauric Mahony carrying the fight to the finish. Mahony raised ten white flags.

Waterford blasted the first five points as they burst out of the traps. Ray Barry and Brian O’Sullivan scored within the opening minute, and Pauric Mahony tagged on three more (two from frees) to put them five up after merely seven minutes of action. Against the grain, Danny Sutcliffe earned a 21 metre free on ten minutes which Paul Ryan buried to the ceiling of the net. McCrabbe narrowed to one from a free before Mahony and McCrabbe swapped frees (0-6 to 1-2). Stephen Molumphy was forced off through injury but his replacement Darragh Fives made an immediate impression on 21 minutes.

He collected a pass from Seamus Prendergast on the left wing to smash low past Gary Maguire (1-6 to 1-3). Mahony extended the lead to four before disaster struck for the Déise in similar fashion to three weeks previous. Shane O’Sullivan received a straight dismissal with eight minutes remaining after connecting high on Michael Carton. The Dubs cashed in as McCrabbe converted a free before Colm Cronin gathered a pass from Mark Schutte to place a bullet to the corner beyond the dive of Ian O’Regan. Mahony nudged the hosts back in front with his fourth free but Mark Schutte and Ryan O’Dwyer sent Dublin into the lead for the first time at the break by the bare minimum.

Mahony levelled for the third time on the restart. Sutcliffe then struck two goals in the space of two minutes. Paul Ryan teed up the first on 42 minutes and two minutes later he fielded a Michael Carton delivery to rustle the top corner. Seven points to the good, Dublin relaxed slightly and allowed Pauric Mahony land a booming score followed by another from substitute Shane Walsh.

Shane Fives performed a splendid man marking job on Conal Keaney and Dublin went ten minutes without a score but Conor McCormack, Paul Ryan and Alan McCrabbe eased them out to eight. Waterford closed with consolation points from Ryan Donnelly with two and Mahony’s tenth of the afternoon.
Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-10 (7fs), D Fives 1-0, R Donnelly 0-2, S Walsh, J Nagle, R Barry, B O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: D Sutcliffe 2-0, A McCrabbe 0-6 (3fs), P Ryan 1-2 (1-0f), C Cronin 1-0, R O’Dwyer 0-2, C Keaney, M Schutte, D O’Callaghan 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; T Bourke, S Fives, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, K Moran; K Moran, S Molumphy; J Barron, Pauric Mahony, A Gleeson; R Barry, S Prendergast, B O’Sullivan
Subs: D Fives for Molumphy (20), S Walsh for Prendergast (43), E Barrett for D Fives (47), R Donnelly for Gleeson (58), S Roche for Barry (65).

DUBLIN: G Maguire; S Durkin, P Kelly, P Schutte; J Boland, L Rushe, M Carton; C Cronin, J McCaffrey; R O’Dwyer, A McCrabbe, C Keaney; P Ryan, D Sutcliffe, M Schutte
Subs: D O’Callaghan for Cronin (49), C McCormack for McCaffrey (53), N McMorrow for Keaney (59), C O’Callaghan for P Schutte (66).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

Team News


Waterford Senior Hurling Team to play Dublin in the Division 1 Relegation game on Sunday in Walsh Park at 3.30pm is as follows:

1. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner
2. Noel Connors Passage
3. Shane Fives Carrigtwohill
4. Tadgh de Burca Clashmore/Kinsalebeg
5. Shane O Sullivan Ballygunner
6. Michael Walsh Stradbally
7. Philip Mahony Ballygunner
8. Kevin Moran De La Salle
9. Stephen Molumphy Ballyduff Upper
10. Jamie Barron Fourmilewater
11. Pauric Mahony Ballygunner
12. Austin Gleeson Mount Sion
13. Brian O Sullivan Ballygunner
14. Seamus Prendergast Ardmore
15. Ray Barry Lismore

Dublin (SH v Waterford) – Gary Maguire; Shane Durkin, Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte; Joey Boland, Liam Rushe, Michael Carton; Colm Cronin, Johnny McCaffrey; Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe, Ryan O’Dwyer; Paul Ryan, Mark Schutte, Alan McCrabbe

AHL Division 1 Quarter-Final – Clare 2-23 Laois 2-19

Clare defeated Laois by 2-23 to 2-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final on Sunday March 30th at Portlaoise.

Clare through despite brilliant Laois effort


Report from the web site

It was far from straightforward against a heroic Laois but Clare survived the potential banana skin to book their place in the Allianz Hurling League Division I semi-finals. Laois lost Tom Delaney to a straight red card in the 22nd minute and fell eight points behind at one stage in the second half, but dug deep to cut that to two when Brendan Redding goaled in the 69th minute. In the end, the Bannermen’s experience showed as they responded immediately with a brilliant Tony Kelly point from wide on the left, before Colin Ryan brought his tally to 10 points with a free.

A seventh minute goal from Neil Foyle after tremendous work by Tommy Fitzgerald gave Laois the perfect start but they were conceding too many frees and with Ryan helping himself to six points, trailed by 0-9 to 1-3 by the 19th minute. Laois had plenty of possession however and only poor shooting – they had 11 wides by half time – prevented them from being ahead.

Paddy Purcell and Matthew Whelan (free) kept them in touch though before Delaney received his marching orders for an off-the-ball incident involving John Conlon. The Laois defender appeared aggrieved by the decision but Alan Kelly was very definite. Stephen Maher was retained in the sweeper role despite the numerical disadvantage and Laois showed their resolve by hitting the front via a monster point from Charlie Dwyer and a Whelan 65.

Conlon and Conor McGrath made it a two-point game once more but back came Laois with a 60m point from corner-back Brian Stapleton and the score of the day from Purcell. McGrath had Clare in front entering injury time when Patrick Kelly made a good save from Fitzgerald. Seconds later, O’Donnell had the ball in the Laois net, after receiving a pass from McGrath and it was 1-12 to 1-9 at half time.

When O’Donnell converted another opportunity created by McGrath in the 45th minute the margin was seven and Ryan made it eight. But this time, it was Clare conceding frees and Maher punished them. Willie Hyland had an inspirational score before the brilliant Purcell set up Reddin to beat Patrick Kelly. Clare’s experience shone through though and while Laois will take plenty from the outing, it is Davy Fitzgerald’s crew that advance.
Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-10 (8fs); S O’Donnell 2-0; C McGrath 0-4; Tony Kelly 0-3; A Cunningham 0-2; P O’Connor, B Duggan, C McInerney 0-1, J Conlon 0-1 each

Scorers for Laois: S Maher 0-6 (fs); B Reddin 1-1; T Fitzgerald, P Purcell 0-3 each; N Foyle 1-0; M Whelan (1f, 1 65), W Hyland 0-2 each; C Dwyer, B Stapleton 0-1 each

CLARE: P Kelly, D McInerney, C Dillon, C Cooney, B Bugler, Conor Ryan, P O’Connor, P Donnellan, T Kelly, P Duggan, Colin Ryan, J Conlon, B Duggan, S O’Donnell, C McGrath
Subs: A Cunningham for Donnellan (46); C McInerney for B Duggan (52), J Browne for Dillon (58); PJ Scully for Fitzgerald (68); D Reidy for Conlon (70+2)

LAOIS: E Reilly, JA Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton, J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, T Delaney, D Palmer, P Purcell, C Dwyer, J Purcell, W Hyland, S Maher, N Foyle, T Fitzgerald
Subs: R King for Foyle (ht), P Whelan for J Purcell (42), B Reddin for Dwyer (54)

REFEREE: Alan Kelly (Galway)

Team News

CLARE: Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona); David McInerney (Tulla), Cian Dillon (Crusheen), Conor Cooney (O’Callaghan Mills); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Conor Ryan (Cratloe), Patrick O’Connor (Tubber); Patrick Donnellan (O’Callaghan Mills), Colin Ryan (Newmarket-on-Fergus); Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin), Tony Kelly (Ballyea), John Conlon (Clonlara); Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle), Shane O’Donnell (Eire Og), Conor McGrath (Cratloe).

Laois senior hurling manager Seamas Plunkett has announced his starting 15 for Sunday’s quarter-final clash with Clare

1. Eoin Reilly (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix)
2. John A Delaney (Clough Ballacolla)
3. Brian Campion (Rathdowney Errill)
4. Brian Stapleton (Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton )
5. Joe Fitzpatrick (Rathdowney Errill)
6. Matthew Whelan (Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton)
7. Tom Delaney (Clough Ballacolla)
8. Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney Errill)
9. Dwane Palmer (Camross)
10. John Purcell (Rathdowney Errill)
11. Willie Hyland (Clough Ballacolla)
12. Stephen Maher (Clough Ballacolla)
13. Neil Foyle (Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton)
14. Ross King (Rathdowney Errill)
15. Tommy Fitzgerald (Portlaoise)


AHL Division 1 Quarter-Final – Galway 1-20 Limerick 1-12

Galway defeated Limerick by 1-20 to 1-12 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final on Sunday March 30th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Impressive Galway cruise past Limerick


Report from the web site

Galway powered past Limerick to seal an Allianz Hurling League semi-final slot against Kilkenny in three weeks time. The gulf between Divisions IA and IB looked cavernous as Anthony Cunningham’s side out hurled and out muscled Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds.

A first-half penalty from Conor Cooney helped Galway on their way as they dampened a sprightly start from the home side who led by 0-5 to 0-2 after nine minutes. But once Galway plugged a few holes in their defence and denied James Ryan the room to run at them, they finished the half strongly as points from Cooney, the excellent Jonathan Glynn and David Burke gave them a 1-8 to 0-8 interval advantage.

It was more of the same after the break as Cooney, Niall Burke and Padraig Brehony all found the target as Galway opened out their lead to six points by the 40th minute.Graeme Mulcahy pegged them back somewhat with a fine point, but there was no stopping Galway, as Cooney, David Burke and Glynn all contributed handsomely.

Joe Canning made his return to the maroon shirt with 17 minutes remaining, but by the time of his introduction the result was beyond doubt.
Ryan rattled the net with an injury-time goal, but Limerick were outclassed and now face a long wait until they get their defence of the Munster championship underway against Tipperary on June 1.
Scorers for Galway: C Cooney 1-9 (1-0 pen, 5f, 4’65), J Glynn 0-2, David Burke 0-3, P Brehony 0-2, C Mannion, N Healy, N Burke, D Hayes 0-1 each

Scorers for Limerick: J Ryan 1-3, S Dowling 0-3 (2f, 1’65), K Downes 0-3, C Allis, G Mulcahy, A Dempsey 0-1

GALWAY: C Callanan; F Moore, R Burke, Daithí Burke; A Harte I Tannian, D Collins; J Coen, P Brehony; N Burke, C Cooney, David Burke; J Glynn, N Healy, C Mannion
Subs: J Canning for N Burke (53), J Flynn for Mannion (58), K Hynes for Harte (62), D Hayes for David Burke (62), G McInerney for Healy (66),

LIMERICK: N Quaid; C King, P O’Loughlin, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; D O’Grady, P Browne; K Downes, J Ryan, D reidy; G Mulcahy, S Dowling, C Allis
Subs: A Dempsey for Browne (55), M Carmody for King (62), W Hickey for Reidy (65).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Team News


The Limerick senior hurling management has announced their team and panel in their quarter final game against Galway in the Allianz hurling league at the Gaeic Grounds on this Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm. The team is named as follows:

1, Nickie Quaid, (Effin), 2. Cathal King (Na Piarsaigh), 3. Philip O Loughlin (Kilmallock), 4. Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 5. Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock)(Vice Capt), 6. Wayne McNamara (Adare), 7.Gavin O Mahony, 8. Donal O’Grady (Granagh/Ballingarry), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff), 10. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), 11. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 12. David Reidy (Dromin/Athlacca), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh) and 15. Conor Allis (Croom).

Match Panel is as follows:

16. Aaron Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown), 17. Stephen Walsh (Glenroe), 18. Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), 19. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 20. Dan Morrissey (Ahane), 21. Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 22. Thomas Ryan (South Liberties), 23. Michael Ryan (Doon). 24. William Hickey (South Liberties), 25. Thomas O Brien (Patrickswell) and 26. Tommy Quaid (Effin)

Galway team to play Limerick: Colm Callanan (Kinvara); Fergal Moore (Turloughmore), Ronan Burke (Turloughmore), Johnny Coen (Loughrea); David Collins (Liam Mellowes), Iarla Tannian (Ardrahan), Daithi Burke (Turloughmore); David Burke (St Thomas), Padraig Brehony (Tynagh Abbey-Duniry); Aidan Harte (Gort), Niall Burke (Oranmore-Maree), Niall Healy (Craughwell); Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan), Conor Cooney (St Thomas), Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)