Allianz Football League Division 4 – Wicklow 4-12 Tipperary 0-22

Wicklow defeated Tipperary by 4-12 to 0-22 in round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday April 6th at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Wicklow’s late spree rocks Tipp

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 0-22 Wicklow 4-12

Wicklow scored three goals in stoppage time to shock Tipperary in Thurles yesterday. But Harry Murphy’s charges still missed out on promotion as Clare beat Antrim to join Tipperary in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League next year.

Carelessness cost Tipperary their unbeaten 2014 record at Semple Stadium as Rory Finn, James Stafford and Seanie Furlong struck three goals in as many minutes to complete a remarkable comeback. Both Tipp and Wicklow finished with 14 men as the visitors lost full-back Damian Power to a second yellow early in the second-half, before Peter Acheson was dismissed with two minutes remaining.

Tipp led 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time and had cruised into a 0-18 to 0-11 lead before Leighton Glynn netted a 60th minute penalty for Wicklow. Then came the incredible scoring burst that sealed Wicklow’s win.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-5 (0-3f), P Austin 0-4, B Grogan 0-3 (2f), P Acheson, D Leahy & B Mulvihill 0-2 each, R Kiely, L Egan, B O’Brien & P Dalton 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wicklow: S Furlong 1-4 (0-3f), R Finn 1-2, L Glynn 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), J Stafford 1-0, K Murphy, P McWalter, N Gaffney & P Cunningham 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: M O’Donnell; C McDonald, P Codd, J Coghlan; R Kiely, P Acheson, D Leahy; A Matassa, L Egan; P Austin, B Grogan, A Campbell; B Fox, C McCullagh, C Sweeney.
Subs: B Mulvihill for McCullagh (44), P Dalton for Kiely (45), D Lynch for McDonald (60), B O’Brien for Grogan (62) T Hassett for Austin (65), G Hally for Coghlan (67).

WICKLOW: R Lambert; C Hyland, D Power, A Byrne; K Murphy, P McWalter, D Healy; A McLoughlin, N Gaffney; R Finn, P Earls, D Hayden; L Glynn, S Furlong, P Cunningham.
Subs: J Stafford for Earls (h.t.), C McGraynor for Cunningham (51), A Murphy for Byrne (52), P Dalton for McWalter (52), C Murphy for McLoughlin (54).

Referee: J Henry (Mayo)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 1-9 Carlow 0-9

Waterford defeated Carlow by 1-9 to 0-9 in round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday April 6th at Fraher Field, Dungarvan.

O Lionain to fore in late Deise burst

Waterford 1-9 Carlow 0-9

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Liam o LionAin and Shane Ahearne led a late scoring injection to secure Waterford’s second win of the campaign at Fraher Field. Carlow held a two-point lead with 15 minutes left before the home side reeled off five without reply.

O Lionain grabbed 1-3 in all and Ahearne impressed for the home side in midfield and full-forward. Waterford led by 1-2 to 0-1 after 16 minutes. Captain Shane Briggs opened the scoring before O Lionain blazed in a goal. Lorcan O Corraoin tagged on a point. Paul Broderick then slotted four frees and a ’45’ as the visitors levelled the scoreline at 1-2 to 0-5.

Cathal Coughlan landed Carlow’s first from play and Broderick sent in his seventh successful placed ball to put them two clear (0-9 to 1-4) on 55 minutes. Waterford then hit five on the trot; O Lionain accounted for two with Shane Ahearne, JJ Hutchinson and Michael O’Gorman also on target.

Scorers – Waterford: L O Lionain 1-3, S Ahearne 0-2 (1f), S Briggs, L O Corraoin, JJ Hutchinson, M O’Gorman 0-1 each. Carlow: P Broderick 0-7 (6fs, 1 ’45’), C Coughlan, S Kinsella (f) 0-1 each.

Waterford – S Enright 7; D Crowley 6, T O’Gorman 7, K Connery 7; O Keevers 6, S Briggs 7, T O hUallachain 6; W Hutchinson 6, T Prendergast 6; L O Corraoin 7, L O Lionain 8, C O’Keeffe 6; JJ Hutchinson 6, S Ahearne 8, B Wall 6
Subs: M O’Gorman 7 for W Hutchinson (47), M Curry 5 for O Corraoin (53), D Hallahan for Prendergast (65).

Carlow – A O’Brien 6; BJ Molloy 6, S Mernagh 7, G Power 6; J Lowry 7, D St Ledger 6, B Kavanagh 6; D Bambrick 6, H Gahan 6; R O’Brien 6, C Moran 5, M Meaney 5; P Broderick 8, C Coughlan 6, S Kinsella 6
Subs: D Foley 6 for Moran (45), W Minchin 5 for Meaney (55), C Nolan 5 for Lowry (58), S Doyle for O’Brien (65).

REF – S Joy (Kerry)

Team News

The Waterford Senior Football Team to play Carlow on Sunday in Fraher Field is as follows:-
1. Stephen Enright – Ballinacourty
2. Dean Crowley – St Saviours
3. Thomas O Gorman – The Nire
4. Kieran Connery – Clashmore/Kinsalebeg
5. Oran Keevers – De La Salle
6. Shane Briggs – Ballinacourty (Captain)
7. Tadgh Ó hUallacháin – An Rinn
8. Wayne Hutchinson – Gaultier
9. Tommy Prendergast – Kilrossanty
10. Tony Grey – Stradbally
11. Liam Ó Lonáin – An Rinn
12. Cillian O Keeffe – Clashmore/Kinsalebeg
13. JJ Hutchinson – Gaultier
14. Shane Ahearne – Stradbally
15. Brian Wall – The Nire

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 2-18 Kerry 1-11

Cork defeated Kerry by 2-18 to 1-11 in round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday April 6th at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.

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Hurley stars as Cork sweep Kerry aside

Allianz Football League Division I: Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-18

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The scoreline suggests that Cork were the team needing the win to make it to the league semi-finals and Kerry the team already there. Not so. This was a resounding victory for Cork, who were already assured of their place in the top four, and who now face Dublin in next weekend’s semi-finals. For Kerry it was a humbling defeat that sends them into an 11-week hiatus until the Championship with many questions still left to answer.

The pre-match talk was of whether or not Brian Cuthbert and his players would ease off and make Kerry’s task a little easier. Not likely. Goals in either half from Paul Kerrigan and Colm O’Neill helped Cork to an impressive 10-point win, but it was the performance of Brian Hurley that caught the imagination.

Hurley helped himself to eight points – seven from play and a converted free that he won for himself – in a masterclass of full-forward play that will make a Castlehaven man a handful for any full-back come the summer. He gave Mark Griffin a torrid time but there was much to admire in Cork’s collective performance, and much to fret about in Kerry’s.

For Kerry it wasn’t so much about getting through to a semi-final – something that was out of their hands – rather it was about ending their league campaign with a sound performance and some momentum. They failed on both counts.

At half-time they trailed by just a point – 1-6 to 1-7 – with Paul Geaney’s 29th minute goal nudging them 1-5 to 0-6 ahead after a lacklustre opening 25 minutes in which James O’Donoghue’s blazing shot over the bar was as close as either goal was threatened. As Kerry clung to a slight lead heading for the break Kerrigan burst through and beat Brian Kelly at his near post to leave Cork 1-7 to 1-6 ahead at the break. It was a portent for more trouble ahead for Kerry.

Buckley replaced Maher in the Kerry midfield at half-time and they lost Darran O’Sullivan to injury three minutes into the second half but it was all about Cork on the scoreboard. Hurley continued to torment the hosts with his audacious scoring as Cork pushed for home with a 1-13 to 1-7 lead after 50 minutes, embellished by scores from Damien Cahalane and Kerrigan.

Colm O’Neill’s first touch after coming on in the 52nd was to fire the ball past Kelly to send Cork nine points clear and into a semi-final showdown with Dublin. Kerry head to Portugal in two weeks for a training camp with much to ponder and work on. Cork have a rematch with Dublin next weekend and after that, who knows? For now, though, the Munster bragging rights reside on Leeside.

Kerry: Brian Kelly, Paul Murphy, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright, Peter Crowley (0-1), Fionn Fitzgerald, Marc O Se, Anthony Maher, David Moran (0-1), Donnchadh Walsh, Daithi Casey (0-1), Kieran O’Leary, Stephen O’Brien (0-1), Paul Geaney (1-2, 0-2f), James O’Donoghue (0-4, 2f).
Subs: Darran O’Sullivan for D walsh (31), Johnny Buckley for A Maher (ht), Bryan Sheehan (0-1f) for D O’Sullivan (inj, 38), Jack Sherwood for M O Se (44), Aidan O’Mahony for M Griffin (53), Barry John Keane for P Geaney (58)

Cork: Ken O’Halloran, Michael Shields, Jamie O’Sullivan, Tom Clancy, James Loughrey, Patrick Kelly, Damian Cahalane (0-1), Fintan Goold (0-1), Andrew
O’Sullivan, Colm O’Driscoll (0-1), Mark Collins, Paul Kerrigan (1-2), Barry O’Driscoll, Brian Hurley (0-8, 1f), John Hayes (0-2).
Subs: Colm O’Neill (1-1) for J Hayes (50), Donncha O’Connor (0-1) for A O’Sullivan (52), Daniel Goulding (0-1) for C O’Driscoll (54), Tomas Clancy for M Shields (59), Micheal O Laoire for B O’Driscoll (63), Rory O’Sullivan for P Kelly.

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

Team News

Kerry Senior Football Team V Cork

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Cork in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League on Sunday shows 2 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Westmeath in Round 6. Both changes are in the half forward line where Donnchadh Walsh and Daithí Casey come in for Jonathan Lyne and Bryan Sheehan. Pa Kilkenny returns to the panel after injury.

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 Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
8.Anthony Maher Duagh
9.David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
10.Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
11.Daithí Casey Dr Crokes
12.Kieran O’Leary (Capt)Dr Crokes
13.Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
14.Paul Geaney Dingle
15.James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion

Fir Ionaid:
16.Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17.Bryan Sheehan St Marys
18.Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
19.Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh Glencar
20.Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
21.Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
22.Jack Sherwood Firies
23.Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
24.Michael Geaney Dingle
25.Brian McGuire Listowel Emmets
26.Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar

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
David Culhane Ballylongford
Conor Cox Listowel Emmets
Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory
James Walsh Knocknagoshel
Shane O’Callaghan Austin Stacks
Paul O’Donoghue St Marys

Rehabbing from Injury
Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
Killian Young Renard (Played 1st Club Game last weekend)
Colm Cooper Dr Crokes

Extended Break
Declan O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses (Due Back Training Tuesday next)

Cork SF v Kerry: K O’Halloran; M Shields (Capt), J O’Sullivan, Tom Clancy; J Loughrey, P Kelly, D Cahalane; F Goold, A O’Sullivan; C O’Driscoll, M Collins, J O’Rourke; B O’Driscoll, B Hurley, J Hayes.
Substitutes: D Hanrahan, A Cronin, J McLoughlin, K O’Driscoll, Tomás Clancy, R O’Sullivan, M O Laoire, D Goulding, P Kerrigan, D O’Connor, C O’Neill

There are six changes to the team ahead of the Kerry game. Ken O’Halloran returns to the number one slot ahead of David Hanrahan, while the injured Eoin Cadogan is replaced by Jamie O’Sullivan, who gets his first start of the season. Michael Shields moves back to the full back line, while Noel Galvin is also out through injury. In a new-look half back line, Damien Cahalane gets a first football start of the season, having featured for the Cork hurlers against Tipperary last Sunday, and Patrick Kelly takes up the centre back position, with Tomás Clancy on the bench. Paul Kerrigan is replaced in the half forward line by Colm O’Driscoll, while Barry O’Driscoll comes in at corner forward ahead of Daniel Goulding.

Aidan Walsh, Eoin Cadogan, Donal Óg Hodnett, Ruairi Deane and Noel Galvin were not considered due to injury. Ruairi will revisit his surgeon on April 7th for an update on his injury, and Seán Dineen (Castlehaven) has joined the panel in his place.

Match Coverage

Deferred coverage of this game will be shown on TG4

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 0-10 Antrim 0-6

Clare defeated Antrim by 0-10 to 0-6 in round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday April 6th at Creggan.

Antrim end campaign on a low note as Clare take the points at Creggan


Report from the Belfast Telegraph newspaper

Antrim’s league campaign ended with a whimper at Creggan yesterday as the Saffrons came out on the wrong side of a 0-10 to 0-6 scoreline to Clare in their final Allianz Football League clash of 2014. The win was enough to secure promotion for Clare, who now face Tipperary in the Division Four final, while Antrim manager Liam Bradley knows he has some serious work to do ahead of his side’s Ulster SFC opener to Fermanagh on June 1.

In a low-scoring encounter, Clare led by two points at the break, 0-4 to 0-2. It took all of 20 minutes for the game’s first score to arrive when Martin O’Leary converted a free for the visitors. Prior to that, Clare had amassed 10 wides, although Shane McGrath added Clare’s on 27 minutes. Sean Collins and David Tubridy added points for a 0-4 to 0-0 advantage after 32 minutes, and the Saffrons finally broke their duck when James Lavery slotted over.

Clare adopted a different game plan in the second half and their short passing game paid dividends when McGrath extended the lead. Brian Neeson responded but Clare added the next three points. It was then Antrim’s turn to enjoy a period of dominance and two Michael Pollock frees were split by a CJ McGourty effort to leave a gap of just two. When Brennan was dragged to the ground on 63 minutes, referee Cathal O’Hagan pointed to the spot, from where Tubridy took the sensible option of stroking the ball over, and the same player’s hand-passed point in injury time was enough for promotion.

Antrim: R Hanna; K O’Boyle, R Johnston, O Hamill; D Lynch, M Johnston, J Laverty (0-1); N McKeever, S McVeigh; R Murray, M Sweeney, T McCann (0-1); CJ McGourty (0-1f), B Neeson (0-1), M Pollock (0-2f). Subs: N Delargy for K O’Boyle (bc), P Maguire for T McCann, C Murray for B Neeson, T Scullion for O Hamill, R McCann for CJ McGourty, M McGarry for T Scullion (bc).

Clare: P De Loughrey; D Ryan, K Hartnett, M McMahon; S Hickey, G Kelly, C Russell; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins (0-1), J Malone, S McGrath (0-3); M O’Leary (0-1f), D Tubridy (0-3, 2f), E Coughlan
Subs: P Collins (0-2) for J Malone, S Brennan for C O’Connor, P McMahon for E Coughlan.

Referee: C O’Hagan (Tyrone)

Team News

Clare (SF v Antrim) – Pierce Deloughrey, Dean Ryan, Kevin Harnett, 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

AHL Division 2A Final – Kerry 3-16 Carlow 3-13

Kerry defeated Carlow by 3-16 to 3-13 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A Final on Sunday April 6th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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Kelly hails Kingdom’s fighting spirit

Kerry 3-16 Carlow 3-13


Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Independent newspaper

IT was a performance worthy of promotion but Kerry must wait another week to potentially claw their way out of this division. A well-flagged anomaly in the current structures means that Kerry must fight it out with Offaly for a place in Division 1B next season – despite yesterday’s gritty 2A final win over Carlow.

Manager Eamonn Kelly was in defiant mood in Thurles, insisting that his charges will fight “tooth and nail” against the Faithful County on Sunday. But having watched his side come from six points down at half-time at Semple Stadium yesterday, Kelly faces a whole new challenge to get his players back up for another huge task.

In another year, this hard-fought three-point win would have been good enough to see Kerry jump a division. And Tipperary native Kelly acknowledged: “It’s the only division it’s happening in but we can’t do anything about that. “We’ll be fighting tooth and nail again the next day.”

Two first-half goals from Marty Kavanagh and another from Denis Murphy handed Carlow a 3-6 to 0-9 lead at half-time in Thurles. But second-half strikes from Colm Harty, John Egan and Shane Nolan (penalty) turned the game on its head as Kerry came roaring back in Thurles.

Carlow had a chance to claim a draw in the 69th-minute but Murphy saw his penalty saved and Kerry lifted the silverware. Carlow boss John Meyler admitted: “Disappointed, can’t say otherwise. Kerry were hungrier, they looked sharper, more up for it – that’s it.” Regrettably, from a Kerry perspective, the job is only half done. But yesterday’s 3/1 pre-match outsiders have character in abundance to give themselves a real chance.

Scorers – Carlow: D Murphy 1-5 (4fs), M Kavanagh 2-1, E Byrne 0-2, A Corcoran, D English (f), S Murphy, J Doyle, R Smithers 0-1 each. Kerry: S Nolan 1-6 (1-0 pen, 4fs), C Harty 1-2, J Egan 1-1, P Boyle, D Butler 0-2 each, D Dineen (1 sl), D O’Connell, D Collins 0-1 each.

CARLOW – B Treacy 6; G Kelly 6, P Doyle 6, A Corcoran 6; HP O’Byrne 6, R Coady 7, D English 6; J Kavanagh 6, D Byrne 6; S Murphy 6, M Brennan 5, S Kavanagh 6; M Kavanagh 8, E Byrne 7, D Murphy 7. Subs: J Doyle for Brennan (48), R Smithers (0-1) for Shane Kavanagh (53).

KERRY – T Flynn 6; B Murphy 7, T Murnane 7, K Carmody 5; S Weir 7; D Dineen 7, D O’Connell 8; J Griffin 7, J Egan 7; M Boyle 6, D Collins 7, C Harty 7; D Butler 7, P Boyle 7, S Nolan 8. Subs: T Casey 8 for Carmody (26), B Brosnan 6 for Griffin (54), B O’Leary n/a for P Boyle (67), A Boyle n/a for M Boyle (70).

Ref – F Horgan (Tipperary)

Kerry shock Carlow with resolute comeback

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

Kerry produced a resolute performance to beat Carlow in yesterday’s Division 2A hurling final at Semple Stadium but must next beat Offaly in a winner-takes-all clash next Sunday to gain promotion to Division 1B. The Kingdom will start as outsiders against the Faithful County but they were also outsiders to upset a Carlow side containing six of the Mount Leinster Rangers players who contested last month’s All-Ireland club final.

Kerry manager Eamonn Kelly believes that Kerry should now be promoted. He said: “It’s the only division it’s happening in but we can’t do anything about that . . . We’ll be fighting tooth and nail again the next day.” Kerry trailed by 0-9 to 3-6 at half-time after Marty Kavanagh had netted two goals for Carlow and Denis Murphy another. But Kerry came roaring back in the second half with goals from Colm Harty and John Egan before Shane Nolan buried a penalty. They were left hanging on as Denis Murphy had the chance to equalise with a 69th minute penalty.

Team News

Kerry Senior Hurling Team V Carlow

As expected, the Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Carlow in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 2A Final at Semple Stadium Thurles on Sunday is a much changed side from that which defeated London in their last game.

There are 3 changes from the side that defeated Carlow when they met in Round 4 of the League on March 16th. Tadhg Flynn, Tom Murnane and Davey Butler come in for Nicky Leen, the unavailable Mikey Boyle and Paudie O’Connor

The team lines out as follows:
1.Tadhg Flynn (Causeway)
2.Bryan Murphy (Causeway)
3.Jason Casey (Ballyheigue)
4.Thomas Casey (Causeway)
5.Sean Weir (Crotta O’Neills)
6.Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley)
7.Keith Carmody (Causeway)
8.Colm Harty (Causeway)
9.Darren Dineen (St Brendans) (Capt)
10.Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney)
11.Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley )
12.Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills)
13.David Butler (Knockavilla Kickhams)
14.Aidan Boyle (Ballyduff)
15.Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff)

Fir Ionaid:
16.Nicky Leen (Ballyduff)
17.Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw)
18.John Griffin (Lixnaw)
19.Anthony Fealy (Causeway)
20.Jason Leahy (Causeway)
21.Brendan O’Leary (Abbeydorney)
22.Philip Lucid (Ballyheigue)
23.Paudie O’Connor (Kilmoyley)
24.Liam Boyle (Ballyduff)
25.David Goulding (Ballyduff)
26.Kevin Orpen (St Brendans)

Manager: Eamonn Kelly (Kildangan, Tiobraid Árann)
Trainer/Coach: Brian Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams, Tiobraid Árann)
Selectors: D. J. Leahy (Causeway), Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

On Extended Panel
Pa Joe Connolly (Ballyduff)
Paul McGrath (Causeway)

Rehabbing from Injury:
John Egan (St Brendans)
Dougie Fitzell (Kilmoyley)
Philip Lucid (Ballyheigue)