Allianz Football League Division 3 – Clare 1-16 Wexford 0-5

Clare defeated Wexford by 1-16 to 0-5 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on February 1st in Miltown Malbay.

Fixture Details

Sun 01 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 2015 (Round 1)
Venue: Miltown Malbay
Clare V Wexford 14:00
Ref: Derek O Mahoney

AIB All-Ireland Senior Camogie Club Championship Semi-Final – Mullagh (Galway) 2-5 Milford (Cork) 0-9

Mullagh (Galway) defeated Milford (Cork) by 2-5 to 0-9 in the AIB All-Ireland Senior Camogie Club Championship Semi-Final on Sunday February 1st 1n MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

Fixture Details

Sunday, February 1st 2015
Mullagh v Milford
Throw-in @ 2.30pm
MacDonagh Park Nenagh
Referee: Ray Kelly

AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Club Championship Semi-Final – Lismore (Waterford) 1-14 Oranmore/Maree (Galway) 1-12

Lismore (Waterford) defeated Oranmore/Maree (Galway) by 1-14 to 1-12 in the AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Club Championship Semi-Final on Sunday February 1st in Charleville.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Mayo 2-11 Kerry 0-10

Mayo defeated Kerry by 2-11 to 0-10 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Febuary 1st in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

D1: Impressive Mayo punish lacklustre Kerry


Report from

Mayo began the Allianz Football League with a fine win over Kerry in Killarney on Sunday, gaining a modicum of revenge for last season’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to the Kingdom with a fully deserved seven-point win.

In what was Mayo’s first meaningful competitive test since new managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly replaced James Horan, the Connacht side got the better of the All-Ireland champions, who delivered a lethargic and disjointed performance.

Goals in either half from Alan Freeman and Kevin McLoughlin paved the way for Mayo’s win, and despite an early second half revival from Kerry, this result was never really in doubt once the first Mayo goal went in. Mayo led 1-7 to 0-4 at half-time, and they were good value for the lead as Kerry had struggled, particularly at midfield where Donal Vaughan had dominated his direct opponent Bryan Sheehan.

Kerry had led 0-3 to 0-1 early on, Barry John Keane, Kieran O’Leary and Paul Geaney pointing. Mayo’s first point had come from Evan Regan, but he was forced off soon after that following a heavy collision. He was replaced by Michael Conroy. Mayo slowly found their groove and Alan Freeman’s superb individual goal was the defining score of the first half – it put Mayo 1-2 to 0-3 ahead after 24 minutes – and it inspired Mayo, who added scores from Vaughan and Conroy (3) to lead by six at the interval.

Tommy Walsh made his long awaited return in the second half for Kerry, replacing Sheehan, and it coincided with an uptick in Kerry’s fortunes as points from Barry John Keane (2), Michael Geaney and David Moran had them back within a goal of the visitors. However, when McLoughlin finished well to the net at the end of a fine move on the brink of the final quarter, the game was effectively over as Mayo led by six points again.

The sides traded scores in the dying stages but Mayo were moving comfortably towards a valuable away victory. For their new managers, it was the ideal start while for Éamonn Fitzmaurice, it was a clear sign that Kerry have plenty of cobwebs to shake off.
Scorers for Mayo: K McLoughlin 1-0, A Freeman 1-0, M Conroy 0-4, J Doherty 0-3 (2f), D O’Connor 0-1, S O’Shea 0-1, D Vaughan 0-1, E Regan 0-1

Scorers for Kerry: BJ Keane 0-4 (1f), P Geaney 0-2 (1f), D Moran 0-2 (1 ’45’), K O’Leary 0-1, M Geaney 0-1

MAYO: R Hennelly; S Coen, K Keane, K Higgins; L Keegan; C Barrett, P Durcan, S O’Shea; D Vaughan; K McLoughlin, A Gallagher, J Doherty; E Regan, A Freeman, M Ronaldson. Subs: M Conroy for E Regan (8): D O Connor for A Gallagher (43), A O’Shea for A Freeman (49), M Sweeney for C Ronaldson (58), C Boyle for C Barrett (58), B Moran for S O’Shea (69).

KERRY: B Kealy; P Kilkenny, M Griffin, J Sherwood; J Lyne, F Fitzgerald, P Murphy; D Moran, B Sheehan; M Geaney, K O’Leary, J Buckley; S O’Brien, P Geaney, BJ Keane: Subs: T Walsh for B Sheehan (HT), P O Connor for K O’Leary (49), C Keane for BJ Keane (56), B McGuire for P Geaney (60), D Casey for S O’Brien (65), A Fitzgerald for T Walsh (69).

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Attendance: 8,123

Fixture Details

Sun 01 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 2015 (Round 1)
Venue: Fitzgerald Stadium
Kerry V Mayo 14:00
Ref: Maurice Deegan

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Mayo in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on Sunday shows six of the side that started their last competitive game against Donegal in the All Ireland Final (Fionn Fitzgerald, Paul Murphy, David Moran, Johnny Buckley, Stephen O’Brien and Paul Geaney). Four more (Shane Enright, Bryan Sheehan, Michael Geaney and Barry John Keane) were introduced as substitutes during that game.

The team, captained by David Moran is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar

3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Shane Enright Tarbert

5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

6. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes

7. Paul Murphy Rathmore

8. David Moran (C) Kerins O’Rahillys

9. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

10. Michael Geaney Dingle

11. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes

12. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes

13. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare

14. Paul Geaney Dingle

15. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

Fir Ionaid:

16. Shane Murphy Kilcummin

17. Jack Sherwood Firies

18. DaithI Casey Dr Crokes

19. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys

20. Padraig Ó Conchúir Dingle

21. Thomas Hickey Desmonds

22. Philip O’Connor Cordal

23. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory

24. Jack Maguire Listowel Emmets

25. Conor Keane Killarney Legion

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Traenálaí: Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks).

The following players from the All Ireland Final panel are unavailable as follows:

The following players are unavailable due to Injury:

Colm Cooper knee – March return
Brian Kelly ankle
Marc Ó Sé back
Peter Crowley hamstring
Aidan O’Mahony ankle operation
Donnchadh Walsh groin
James O’Donoghue shoulder
Darran O’Sullivan hamstring
Killian Young
Paul O’Donoghue knee
Marcus Mangan

The following players are Club-tied with Austin Stacks:

Kieran Donaghy
Shane O’Callaghan
Fearghal MacNamara

Also Unavailable:

Anthony Maher Work commitments for 1st 2 Rounds of the AFL
Declan O’Sullivan Retired

Mayo (FL Division 1 v Kerry) – Robbie Hennelly; Stephen Coen, Kevin Keane, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Patrick Durcan; Seamus O’Shea, Donal Vaughan; Kevin McLoughlin, Adam Gallagher, Jason Doherty; Evan Regan, Alan Freeman, Mark Ronaldson.

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 1-15 Dublin 0-16

Cork defeated Dublin by 1-15 to 0-16 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Febuary 1st in Pairc Ui Rinn.

Cork come good late on to edge out Dublin

Cork 1-15 Dublin 0-16

Report from

Dublin made a losing start to their Allianz Football League Division 1 title defence as Cork finished the stronger in a 1-15 to 0-16 win at Páirc Uí Rinn.

The Rebels scored five of the final six points in this entertaining Division 1 opener, with defenders Conor Dorman and Eoin Cadogan claiming the last two. Jamie O’Sullivan’s scrambled 11th-minute goal had the hosts leading 1-07 to 0-09 at half-time. Dean Rock landed 0-08 for the experimental Dubs but Cork prevailed.

Last year’s table toppers made two late changes as Dorman and John O’Rourke came in for Tomás Clancy and Donncha O’Connor respectively, while the Dubs lined out as selected, giving league debuts to Eoin Culligan and John Small in defence. The Cork marking was lacklustre in allowing Tomás Brady to slot over a third-minute opener, and Kevin McManamon got away from James Loughrey to land a second point in quick succession.

In a fast-paced opening, Fintan Goold replied for Cork who pulled Mark Collins back as an extra defender. Brian O’Driscoll set up O’Rourke for the leveller before Rock fisted Dublin back in front. Cork were guilty of dropping three shots short into goalkeeper Seán Currie’s hands, but a clinical attack teed up Dorman, who was operating as a wing back, and his half-blocked shot was bundled over the line by the supporting O’Sullivan.

There was a good response from the visitors with points from Cormac Costello and Rock (free), making it 1-02 to 0-05, and a left-footed score from impressive midfielder Shane Carthy edged them ahead again. Colm O’Driscoll was fortunate to avoid a black card when bringing down the advancing Jack McCaffrey, with the resulting free knocked over by Rock. Brian Hurley closed the gap to 0-07 to 1-03, but Goold followed up with two poor attempts at scores, failing to profit from an interception firstly and then slipping as a goal looked on the cards.

Colm O’Neill, who had been quiet, landed the equalising score soon after, as the short kick-out tactic finally paid off for the Rebels. Dorman then raided forward for a well-struck point and a 1-05 to 0-07 lead.

Brian Cuthbert’s charges maintained their slender advantage up to the interval as following a Goold wide (Cork’s sixth of the day), they were back on target through O’Rourke and classy free-taker O’Neill. The Dubs matched them as Rock rewarded a fine catch from Denis Bastick, and Eoghan O’Gara became the fifth Dublin forward to get on the scoresheet.

Into the second half, O’Gara and Rock (0-02, 0-01f) had the reigning league champions leading by 0-12 to 1-07 by the 43rd minute, with McCaffrey and company using their pace to put the Cork rearguard under increasing pressure. Net minder Ken O’Halloran crucially intervened as he was first to reach a dangerous ball in from O’Gara, and a much-needed free from O’Neill got the scoreboard moving again for Cork. Following an exchange of frees between Rock and O’Neill, the appreciative crowd were treated to two lovely left-footed points from Hurley and McManamon.

It was real nip and tuck stuff as Rock’s eighth score was cancelled out by back-to-back frees from O’Neill and Hurley, bringing the Rebels back level (1-12 to 0-15) with just over 12 minutes remaining. As Jim Gavin dipped into his bench, Cork’s greater experience and tighter hold of midfield sparked a decisive run of scores that ultimately decided this end-to-end tussle. The hard-working Collins kicked them ahead before Cadogan popped up with a key score four minutes from the finish.

McManamon led the Dublin response, but they were unable to manufacture a goal-scoring chance. Rock, who was thwarted by O’Halloran in the first half, hung a ‘45’ in towards the square and eventually substitute Michael Deegan broke up their scoreless spell. However, that point was duly cancelled out by the influential Dorman who ensured a satisfying result for the majority of the 4,245 attendance.

CORK: Ken O’Halloran; Conor Dorman (1-02), Tom Clancy, James Loughrey; Jamie O’Sullivan (1-00), Eoin Cadogan (0-01), Brian O’Driscoll; Fintan Goold (0-01), Ian Maguire; Mark Collins (0-01), John O’Rourke (0-02), Colm O’Driscoll; Colm O’Neill (0-05, 0-04f), Donal Óg Hodnett, Brian Hurley (0-03, 0-01f).
Subs used: Paul Kerrigan for O’Sullivan (half-time), John Hayes for Hodnett (46), Luke Connolly for C O’Driscoll (66), Kevin O’Driscoll for Maguire (68).

DUBLIN: Seán Currie; Eoin Culligan, Rory O’Carroll, Darren Daly; Jonny Cooper, John Small, Jack McCaffrey; Denis Bastick, Shane Carthy (0-01); Tomás Brady (0-01), Dean Rock (0-08, 0-04f), Emmett O Conghaile; Kevin McManamon (0-02), Eoghan O’Gara (0-02), Cormac Costello (0-01).
Subs used: Davy Byrne for O Conghaile (half-time), Brian Fenton for Bastick (46), Ciaran Reddin for McCarthy (53), Conor McHugh for Costello, Eric Lowndes for Cooper (both 56), Michael Deegan (0-01) for O’Gara (68).

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)

Fixture Details
Sun 01 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 2015
(Round 1), Venue: Páirc Uí Rinn
Cork V Dublin 14:00
Ref: Rory Hickey

Team News

CORK (v Dublin): Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown); Tomás Clancy (Fermoy), Tom Clancy (Clonakilty), James Loughrey (Mallow); Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown), Eoin Cadogan (Douglas), Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh); Fintan Goold (Macroom), Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s); Mark Collins (Castlehaven), Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond), Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh); Colm O’Neill, (Ballyclough), Donal Óg Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven).
Subs: David Hanrahan (Douglas), Conor Dorman (Bishopstown), Daniel Hazel (O’Donovan Rossa), Stephen O’Donoghue (Ballincollig), Michael Cussen (Glanmire), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), Luke Connolly (do), John Hayes (Carbery Rangers), John O’Rourke (do), Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers), Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh).

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Limerick 0-14 Sligo 1-9

Limerick defeated Sligo by 0-14 to 1-9 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on February 1st in Kilmallock.

Limerick overcome Sligo and finish with a flourish

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 0-14 Sligo 1-9: Allianz Football League Division 3: Limerick secured their first set of points in the opening round of the Allianz NFL Division 3 tie at Kilmallock yesterday with a workmanlike performance that saw them quickly out of the blocks and then outscore Sligo six points to one in the closing quarter.

However, it was a frustrating afternoon for new Sligo boss Niall Carew, whose team was hit with a vomiting bug, necessitating the withdrawal of midfielder Pat Hughes. He also bemoaned the loss of wing-back Brian Curran who was dismissed 20 minutes into the second half at a time when the Connacht side led 1-8 to 0-8. “I thought the referee was very hard on us,” said Carew. “The sending off was definitely a turning point. We had momentum. We were three points up. We had one of our best player’s red-carded (yellow followed by a black card). “Limerick took full advantage. They kicked their scores and came at us in droves.”

After dominating most of the first half, Limerick went 0-5 to 0-1 up, and were 0-6 to 0-4 ahead at the break. Gearoid Hegarty, Thomas Lee and Seanie Buckley were strong around the middle with Mikey Lyons taking full advantage kicking four points from placed balls. The hosts stretched the advantage to double scores five minutes inside the restart through Lee and Lyons before they lost Darragh Treacy to a black card. But that work was undone at the other end when Adrian Marren netted to hand Sligo the initiative.

A further three points put the Yeats County 1-8 to 0-8 in front. It was then Curran was sent off with 15 minutes remaining. Sligo also had to replace Keelan Cawley to a black card five minutes later. From there to the end, it was all Limerick as Buckley, Lyons, Stephen Cahill, Robert Browne, Killian Phair and Peter Nash found the range. Boss John Brudair was delighted with the winning start — and the manner it was achieved.

“When Sligo got the goal, you could say they were in the driving seat. But really the lads dug in great in the last 10 or 15 minutes and stayed nice and calm. We are delighted with the win. We dominated the game for the first 20 minutes and probably should have been well up. We missed a goal chance, they took theirs and yet we didn’t lose heart. We just kept doing the right things.”

Scorers for Limerick: M Lyons (0-6, four frees), S Buckley (0-3, one free), R Browne, T Lee, K Phair, S Cahill and P Nash (0-1 each).

Scorers for Sligo: A Marren (1-4, 0-1 45m, 0-2 frees, 0-1 sl), K Sweeney (0-3), N Murphy and S Gilmartin (0-1 each).

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; C Moran, J McCarthy, R Browne; I Corbett, P Browne, S O’Dea; T Lee, G Hegarty; C Fahy, D Treacy, S Buckley (Capt); M Lyons, C Sheehan, D Neville.
Subs: S Cahill for D Tracey (BC 40), P Nash for C Moran (50), K Phair for M Lyons (53), J Mullins for I Corbett (72).

SLIGO: A Devaney; E Flanagan, R Donovan, D Maye; K Cawley, N Gaughan, B Curran; S Gilmartin, S McManus; N Ewing, M Breheny (Capt), C Harrison; N Murphy, A Marren, K Sweeney.
Subs: D Kelly for D Maye (53), J Martyn for S McManus (54), C Kerins for K Cawley (BC 59), P Clarke for K Sweeney (63 inj).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

Team News

Limerick Manager John Brudair has named his starting team for the Division 3 Round 1 National Football League game V Sligo on Sunday 1st February 2015 in Kilmallock at 2pm.
1 player is making his inter-county debut, Mickey Lyons at right corner forward from Adare.
The Limerick Captain is Seanie Buckley from the Dromcollogher/Broadford club.

Limerick Team
1. Brian Scanlon Gerald Griffin’s
2. Sean O’ Dea Kilteely/Dromkeen
3. Johnny McCarthy St.Kieran’s
4. Robert Browne Fr. Casey’s
5. Iain Corbett Newcastlewest
6. Padraig Browne Fr. Casey’s
7. Cillian Fahy Dromcollogher/Broadford
8. Thomas Lee Ballylanders
9. Gearoid Hegarty St. Patrick’s
10. Darragh Tracey St. Kieran’s
11. Danny Neville Ballysteen.
12. Seanie Buckley Captain Dromcollogher/Broadford
13. Mickey Lyons Adare
14. Cian Sheehan Newcastlewest.
15. Killian Phair Dromcollogher/Broadford

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Armagh 2-8 Tipperary 0-13

Armagh defeated Tipperary by 2-8 to 0-13 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on February 1st in the Athletic Grounds Armagh.

Tipperary manage Peter Creedon unhappy with referee following Armagh loss

By John Campbell for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Armagh 2-8 Tipperary 0-13: Allianz Football League Division 3: Drama, controversy and passion enveloped the Athletic Grounds yesterday as Armagh staged a Lazarus-like injury-time recovery to snatch an unlikely victory from the jaws of defeat – and leave Tipperary manager Peter Creedon shell-shocked

Most of Creedon’s ire was directed towards referee David Coldrick. “There were several dubious decisions, including a penalty award before half-time, the red card shown to Robbie Kiely and the fact that additional injury-time was played when the referee had been told time was up. We put far too much effort into this to be robbed in such a manner,” fumed Creedon.

His side had remained on Armagh’s shoulder for the greater part of a first-half highlighted by Jamie Clarke’s scoring wizardry, but were stunned when Coldrick awarded a 34th-minute penalty from which Clarke sealed the home team’s 1-4 to 0-4 interval advantage.

Colin O’Riordan and Conor Sweeney then came to the fore for Tipp, sweeping over four unanswered points between the 37th and 41st minutes. A Mark Shields goal appeared to have soothed Armagh’s frayed nerves but Tipperary cut loose once again, garnering five points between the 46th and 61st minutes to steal into an improbable 0-13 to 2-5 lead.

It was an advantage they enjoyed until Clarke complemented Micheal McKenna’s 70th minute point by potting two of his own deep in injury-time to take his side over the line. Manager Kieran McGeeney bore a slightly sheepish look, as opposed to Creedon’s expression of disbelief, as he curtly assessed the smash and grab. “Some of our misses in front of goal were unforgivable and we stood off them too much in the second-half. We have a lot of work to do,” declared McGeeney.

Scorers for Armagh: J Clarke 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), M Shields 1-0, T Kernan, A Forker, M McKenna 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-4 (frees), C O’Riordan 0-3, B Grogan 0-2 (0-1f), S O’Brien 0-2, M Quinlivan, G Hananigan 0-1 each.

ARMAGH: T Harney; F Moriarty, C Vernon, M Murray; M Shields (1-0), C McKeever, S Connell; A Findon, S Campbell; E McVerry, M McKenna, A Forker; T Kernan, C Rafferty, J Clarke.
Subs: A Mallon for Moriarty (42), K Dyas for Connell (42), S Harold for Dyas (54), C O’Hanlon for Kernan (58), E Rafferty for Shields (60). Yellow Cards: Findon (28), Moriarty (35), McKenna (46).

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; A Campbell, P Codd, A Morrissey; S Kennedy, P Acheson, R Kiely; C O’Riordan, S O’Brien; G Hannigan, B Grogan, B Fox; C Sweeney M Quinlivan, I Fahy.
Subs: P Austin for Fahy (52), B Mulvilhill for Grogan (64), S Flynn for Hannigan (66). Yellow cards: Hannigan (40), Codd (47), Austin (67), O’Riordan (71).

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

Fixture Details

Sun 01 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 2015 (Round 1)
Venue: Athletic Grounds Armagh
Armagh V Tipperary 14:00
Ref: David Coldrick

Team News

Tipperary (SF v Armagh) – Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, Paddy Codd, Andrew Morrissey; Seamus Kennedy, Peter Acheson, Robbie Kiely; Colin O’Riordan, Stephen O’Brien; George Hannigan, Barry Grogan, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Ian Fahey

Armagh (Allianz FL Division 3 v Tipperary): Matthew McNeice; Finnian Moriarty, Charlie Vernon, Michael Murray; Mark Shields, Ciaran McKeever, Declan McKenna; Aaron Findon, Stefan Campbell; Eugene McVerry, Miceal McKenna, Aidan Forker; Tony Kernan, Caolan Rafferty, Jamie Clarke.

AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final Replay – Brosna (Kerry) 1-8 Rock (Tyrone) 0-7

Brosna (Kerry) defeated Rock (Tyrone) by 1-8 to 0-7 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final Replay on Sunday February 1st at Ballinasloe.

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Brosna leave Rock in Finnegan’s wake

By Daragh Small for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Brosna (Kerry) 1-8 Rock St Patrick’s (Tyrone) 0-7: AIB All-Ireland Club JFC semi-final: Brosna are on the cusp of All-Ireland Club JFC glory after staging a dramatic late rally to win this semi-final replay at Duggan Park at Ballinasloe. The Kerry champions will face John Mitchels from Liverpool in the decider in a fortnight.

Yesterday’s semi-final replay was a tough and physical encounter from the outset, and ultimately Rock’s ill-discipline cost them dearly. It was 0-7 to 0-4 in favour of Brosna at half-time but Rock took control in the second half despite Ryan Crilly seeing red and their captain Aidan Girvan getting black.

They tied the game with time running out but Mike Finnegan hit 1-1 in the final five minutes for the Kerry champions to book their place in Croke Park. Brosna raced from the blocks and star forward Adam Barry got their first point inside a minute, Aidan Girvan equalised moments later.

They went score for score until a 10-minute spell before half-time when Brosna punished Rock’s ill-discipline in defence. Tom McGoldrick kicked five frees before Conor McCreesh’s effort left the Tyrone champions trailing by three (0-7 to 0-4) at half-time. Brosna wouldn’t score again until the 56th minute but Rock had troubles of their own.

Crilly got red for a high tackle on McGoldrick minutes after McCreesh had brought his side within two points, and after Martin McCreesh put the minimum between the sides, the Tyrone men lost Aidan Girvan to a black card. Ciarán Gourley’s point drew the sides level for a fifth time but the extra-man advantage was going to tell in the closing stages.

Brosna launched one decisive attack with four minutes remaining and following a goalmouth melee, the ball found its way to Mike Finnegan, who rifled home to the bottom corner. And his point moments later sealed a memorable win for the Kerry representatives.

Scorers for Brosna: T McGoldrick 0-5 (5f); M Finnegan 1-1; A Barry 0-2.

Scorers for Rock St Patrick’s: C McCreesh 0-4 (2f); A Girvan, M McCreesh, C Gourley 0-1 each.

BROSNA: E Prendeville; S Fitzmaurice, M Murphy, A Cahill; T Fitzgerald, E Kiely, F McAuliffe; D Curtin, S Curtin; Don McAuliffe, T McGoldrick, P Curtin; T Finnegan, M Finnegan, A Barry.
Subs: P O’Keefe for P Curtin (37), J O’Donnell for D McAuliffe (53), S McAuliffe for T Finnegan (60)

ROCK ST PATRICK’S: N Mullan; M McAleer, P Girvan, R Crilly; T Bloomer, A Girvan, P Ward; M McCreesh, C Gourley; E McWilliams, A McGarrity, C McWilliams; E Ward, C McCreesh, J McCreesh.
Subs: N McWilliams for T Bloomer (8), K Kolbohm for J McCreesh (37), D Carroll for A Girvan (Black, 47)

Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo)

Fixture Details

Sunday February 1st
AIB GAA Football All Ireland Junior Club Championship 14/15 Semi Final Replay
Venue: Ballinasloe
Brosna V Rock St Patrick’s 14:00
Ref: Jerome Henry

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kilmallock (Limerick) 2-19 Portaferry (Down) 0-12

Kilmallock (Limerick) defeated Portaferry (Down) by 2-19 to 0-12 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday February 7th at Mullingar.

Dominant Kilmallock overpower Portaferry


Report from

A six year drought for Munster clubs at the semi-final stage of the All Ireland club championship was broken on Saturday afternoon when Kilmallock of Limerick eased to a 2-19 to 0-12 win over Portaferry of Down at Cusack Park in Mullingar.

This was a pillar to post win for Kilmallock who got off to a great start thanks to a Paddy O’Loughlin goal and never led by less than four points at any stage in the tie. Some excellent freetaking from Paul Braniff kept Portaferry in touch but the Ards men had no answer for Kilmallock’s greater power and pace in the middle third of the field and that platform of dominance helped set up a string of scoring chances at the Town end of the Westmeath venue.

Five different Kilmallock players, including all three members of their half forward line, posted scores from play in the first ten minutes as they wasted no time in finding their range. Desperation defending prevented them from posting a second goal, while at the other end Portaferry were finding it almost impossible to make any meaningful incisions through the Kilmallock defence.

Just over twenty minutes were on the clock when Kevin McGarry struck the Ulster champions’ first score from play, a neat flicked strike after Braniff picked him out with a deft handpass in heavy traffic. Braniff soon followed that score up with a ’65 to reduce the gap to four points as the half drew to a close, but a couple of sloppy defensive errors cost Portaferry dearly.

Kilmallock picked off two scores, including one capitalising on an underhit clearance by Karol Keating, to stem the tide of Portaferry resistance while two disappointing wides from Braniff also broke the hearts of the northern club and their supporters.
A harsh overcarrying call allowed Braniff to pick off a handy free and reduce the gap to five, 1-8 to 0-6, at the interval. They needed to build on that after the restart however and instead any lingering hopes they may have held of pulling off a famous upset were blown out of the water after the restart when Kilmallock stepped up the intensity and duly sent a string of scores raining over Karol Keating’s crossbar.

Paudie O’Brien and Braniff exchanged points at the start of the second half but from then on Kilmallock took complete control, picking off six scores in a row. Two of the points came from Limerick county man Graeme Mulcahy, who had been held scoreless in the opening half, but he finally found room to show his class with two stunning scores from out on the left wing, before making the result well and truly safe after twenty minutes when blasting the ball to the net after collecting a quick handpass from Eoin Ryan in behind the Portaferry full back line.

The Ulster side continued to press and both Eoghan Sands and Conor Mageean added their names to the list of scorers in the closing stages, but by now the party was in full swing amidst the Kilmallock supporters in the Cusack Park seats.

Their shouts of joy raised in volume even further when veteran forward Andrew O’Shaughnessy made an appearance off the bench in the closing stages and while the former county player failed to make his mark on the scoreboard, he’s one more weapon for Ger O’Loughlin to think about as they prepare to take on the might of five-time All Ireland champions Ballyhale Shamrocks next month.

Scorers for Kilmallock: E Ryan 0-7 (5f), G Mulcahy 1-2, B O’Sullivan 0-4, Paddy O’Loughlin 1-0, K O’Donnell 0-2 (1f), J Mulcahy 0-1, R Egan 0-1, P O’Brien 0-1, C Barry 0-1.
Scorers for Portaferry: P Braniff 0-9 (6f, 0-1 ’65), K McGarry 0-1, C Mageean 0-1, E Sands 0-1.

KILMALLOCK: B Hennessy, L Hurley, M O’Loughlin, A Costello; L Walsh, Philip O’Loughlin, K O’Donnell; P O’Brien, B O’Sullivan; J Mulcahy, Paddy O’Loughlin, R Egan; E Ryan, K Kennelly, G Mulcahy. Subs: R Hanley for Kennelly (45), C Barry for J Mulcahy (54), A O’Shaughnessy for Paddy O’Loughlin (56), J Meade for M O’Loughlin (57), D Joy for Walsh (59).

PORTAFERRY: K Keating; C Taggart, C O’Neill, C O’Prey; C Coulter, J Convery, M Conlan; A Savage, C Mageean; A O’Prey, P Braniff, K McGarry; S Mageean, E Sands, R Magee. Subs: S Murray for Magee (37), N White for Taggart (50), B Trainor for McGarry (54), B Coleman for S Mageean (57)

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)
Report: Kevin Egan

Fixture Details

Saturday February 7th
AIB GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Club Championship 14/15 Semi Final
Venue: Cusack Park Mullingar
Kilmallock V Portaferry 14:00
Ref: John Keenan

Venue Change

Saturday’s AIB All-Ireland hurling club semi-finals have been switched from Thurles because the pitch at Semple Stadium is frozen and the forecast is for the adverse weather to continue. The two games were due to take place as a double header at the venue, but the pitch failed an inspection today.

The game between Portaferry (Down) and Kilmallock (Limerick) has been switched to Cusack Park, Mullingar but will still have a 2pm throw-in. The second game, featuring Gort (Galway) and Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny), has been moved to O’Connor Park, Tullamore and will now throw-in at 2pm.

The new arrangements are as follows:
Saturday, February 7
AIB All-Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship Semi-Finals
Portaferry (Down) v Kilmallock (Limerick), Cusack Park, Mullingar, 2pm
Gort (Galway) v Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny), O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 2pm

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 1-17 Derry 0-13

Kerry defeated Derry by 1-17 to 0-13 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on February 8th at Celtic Park.

D1: Geaney hits form as Kerry get off the mark

Allianz Football League Division I: Derry 0-13 Kerry 1-17

Paul Geaney’s match-winning total of 1-5 from play helped All-Ireland champions Kerry pick up their first victory in this year’s Allianz Football League.

In what was their first-ever match in Celtic Park, Kerry were never behind and led 0-10 to 0-7 at half time. Derry captain Mark Lynch was given a red card after 51 minutes when his side were trailing by four points. Kerry were already in control but took advantage of the extra man to romp to a comfortable win, with Geaney hitting 1-4 of his total in the second period. Bryan Sheehan was unerring from dead balls hitting seven points in all.

Geaney and Stephen O’Brien kicked points inside the first minute to put Kerry ahead and although Derry drew level twice during the opening half, the Kingdom had their noses in front for most of it. Derry wing-back Kevin Johnston scored their first point and a Mark Lynch free drew them level after five minutes.

Kerry opened up a 0-5 to 0-3 lead with Bryan Sheehan in fine form with a 45m point from play, a long-range free off the ground and a ’45’. With little penetration in the full-forward line, Derry were restricted to long-range points and Gerard O’Kane, sweeper Daniel Heavron and Ciaran McFaul all landed sweet points from distance.

Tommy Walsh, starting his first game for Kerry since the 2009 All-Ireland final, started at wing-forward but struggled to get into the game and switched to full-forward before half-time. Kerry had a strong second quarter and Jack Sherwood ran 50 metres straight through the heart of the opposition’s defence to chip the ball over the bar with Stephen O’Brien and Barry John Keane also on target as the visitors coasted to a 0-10 to 0-7 half-time lead.

With no scores from their full-forward line, Derry brought on Eoin Bradley for the start of the second half and he gave them a physical presence up front and kicked four frees. His brace early in the second half brought the Oak Leafers to within a point, but Kerry responded with Geaney stroking over points off either foot.

Derry were trailing 0-13 to 0-9 when Lynch was dismissed for a high elbow tackle on Jonathan Lyne in the 51st minute. Initially Derry rallied, scoring the next two points with frees from Bradley and Ciaran McFaul.

However, Kerry outscored the home side by 1-4 to 0-2 in the closing 14 minutes with the goal coming after a slack pass across goal by Niall Holly. The ball was recycled out to Johnny Buckley who fed Geaney and his low curling left-footed finish in the 61st minute cemented a good away win for the Kingdom.
Scorers for Derry: E Bradley 0-4 (4f), M Lynch 0-2 (2f), C McFaul 0-2 (1f), D Heavron 0-2, G O’Kane 0-1, K Johnston 0-1, B Heron 0-1 (f).

Scorers for Kerry: P Geaney 1-5, B Sheehan 0-7 (5f, 1 ’45’), BJ Keane 0-2 (1f), S O’Brien 0-2, J Sherwood 0-1.

DERRY: T Mallon; O Duffy, N Holly, J O’Kane; K Johnston, G O’Kane, SL McGoldrick; M Lynch, C McAtamney; C McFaul, B Heron, E Lynn; M Craig, T O’Brien, D Heavron. Subs: E Bradley (0-4, 4f) for O’Brien (HT), D Brown for J O’Kane (42), E McGuckin for Craig (44), N McNicholl for McAtamney (53), C Murphy for McFaul (BC, 68), J Kearney for Lynn (70)

KERRY: B Kealy; P Kilkenny, M Griffin, F Fitzgerald; J Lyne, J Sherwood, P Murphy; D Moran, J Buckley; M Geaney, B Sheehan, T Walsh; S O’Brien, P Geaney, BJ Keane. Subs: A Maher for Walsh (42), K Young for Kilkenny (58), D Walsh for M Geaney (59), K O’Leary for Keane (64), P O’Connor for Fitzgerald (BC, 64)

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)
Report: Orla Bannon for

Fixture Details

Sun 08 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 2015 Round 2
Venue: Celtic Park
Derry V Kerry 14:00
Ref: Joe Mc Quillan

Team News

Kerry Senior Football Team V Derry

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Derry in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League in Celtic Park, Derry on Sunday shows one change in personnel from the side that started against Mayo in Round 1 – Tommy Walsh makes his first start in the Kerry colours since the All Ireland Final of 2009 partnering his club colleague David Murphy in midfield. Kieran O’Leary drops to the subs bench with Anthony Maher, Killian Young and Donnchadh Walsh also returning to the panel.

The team, captained by David Moran is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar

3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes

5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

6. Jack Sherwood Firies

7. Paul Murphy Rathmore

8. David Moran (C) Kerins O’Rahillys

9. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys

10. Michael Geaney Dingle

11. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

12. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes

13. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare

14. Paul Geaney Dingle

15. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

Fir Ionaid:

16. Shane Murphy Kilcummin

17. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes

18. Philip O’Connor Cordal

19. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory

20. Jack McGuire Listowel Emmets

21. Shane Enright Tarbert

22. Anthony Maher Duagh

23. Killian Young Renard

24. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

25. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion

26. Thomas Hickey Desmonds

27. DaithI Casey Dr Crokes

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Traenálaí: Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare)

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks).

Additional Information:

Tommy Walsh

Made his League debut V Limerick in 2007, having been a Minor in 2005 and 06, played U21 for 3 years 2007 to 2009. Made his Champ debut V Clare in 2008 and scored 4-23 in 16 senior Champ appearances. Holder of an All Ireland medal following victory over Cork in 2009 a game in which in kicked 4 points from distance from play, 2 with right and two with the left! Has been in Australia playing AFL since then.

Jack Sherwood

Made League Debut V Donegal in 2013 and Champ debut in semi final V Dublin same year

A Run thru the subs:

Shane Murphy – Current U 21 Goalkeeper – U21 Keeper since 2013

Padraig “Podge” O’Connor – Made AFL debut V Dublin in 2010, Played Minor in 2009 and U21 in 2009 and 2010.

Thomas Hickey – Kerry Minor 2010 and 2011, Kerry U21 in 2014

Philip O’Connor – Played Kerry Junior in 2013 – When he came on as a sub against Mayo in Round 1 he was the first Cordal man to play senior for Kerry since the great Tim “Tiger” Lyons who won 2 All Irelands with Kerry in 1959 and 1962.

Alan Fitzgerald – Member of last year’s extended panel but injury hampered his progress last year, has played U21 and Junior for Kerry and came on as a sub in last year’s AFL against Dublin.

Daithí Casey – Made his League debut against Mayo as far back as 2011, Holder of 4 Co Champ medals with Dr Crokes

The Derry team to play Kerry on Sunday at Celtic Park (2pm) is as follows:
1. Thomas Mallon / T Ó Maoileoin (An Lúb)
2. Oisín Duffy / O Ó Dubhthaigh (Forghleann)
3. Niall Holly / N Holly / (Eoghan Rua)
4. John O’Kane / S Ó Catháin (Gleann an Iolair)
5. Kevin Johnston / C Johnston (Dún Geimhin)
6. Gerard O’Kane / G Ó Catháin (Gleann an Iolair)
7. Sean Leo McGoldrick / S L Mac Ualghairg (Eoghan Rua)
8. Mark Lynch (C) / M Ó Loingsigh (Beannchar)
9. Conor McAtamney / C Mac an Tiompanaigh (Suaitreach)
10. Ciarán McFaul / C MacPhail (Gleann)
11. Benny Heron / B O’hEarain (Baile na Scrine)
12. Enda Lynn / E Loinn (Grainloch)
13. Mark Craig / M de Creag (Dún Geimhin)
14. Terence O’Brien / T Ó Briain (An Lúb)
15. Daniel Heavron / D Heavron (Machaire Fíolta)
16. Eoin McNicholl / E Mac Niocaill (Gleann an Iolair)
17. Declan Brown / D de Brun (Baile Eachaidh)
18. Liam McGoldrick / L Mac Ualghairg (Eoghan Rua)
19. Conor Murphy / C Ó Murchadh (Dún Geimhin)
20. Néill McNicholl / N Mac Niocaill (Gleann an Iolair)
21. Barry McGoldrick / B Mac Ualghairg (Eoghan Rua)
22. Eoin Bradley / E O’Brolachán (Gleann an Iolair)
23. James Kearney / S Ó Brollacháin (Suaitreach)
24. Daniel McKinless / D Mag Aonglais (Baile an Doire)
25. Emmett McGuckin / E Mag Eocháin (Machaire Fíolta)
26. Seán Brady / S Ó Brádaigh (Baile Mhic Guaigín
27. Brian Óg McAlary / B Óg Ó Cleirigh (Cill Ria)