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)

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 2-14 Monaghan 1-16

Cork defeated Monaghan by 2-14 to 1-16 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on February 8th at Castleblayney.

D1: Colm O’Neill double downs Monaghan

Allianz Football League Division I: Monaghan 1-16 Cork 2-14

Cork made it two wins from two in the Allianz League Division I in an enthralling game against Monaghan in front of 5,248 at Castleblayney on Sunday.

Monaghan led for long spells, with Kieran Hughes scoring the opening goal, but a brace of three-pointers by Colm O’Neill, who had a superb tussle with Ryan Wylie, proved enough for Cork to just grab the victory. Monaghan took a mere 18 seconds to open the scoring through Fintan Kelly, but frees by Donncha O’Connor and Colm O’Neill settled Cork into the game. Kieran Duffy and Conor McManus replied for Monaghan, but the free-taking of O’Neill and O’Connor kept Cork in touch.

Kieran Hughes lit this game up with a brilliant goal on 21 minutes, while Paul Finlay added his name to the scoresheet with a fine point, before O’Connor got Cork’s opening score from play with a tidy finish in the 29th minute. The teams continued to trade scores right up to half-time, with Conor Boyle doubling Monaghan’s lead, only for another O’Connor free – after Dessie Mone had been shown the game’s only black card – to leave Cork within a point at the interval: 1-6 to 0-8.

Monaghan started the second half brightly with points by McManus (two) and Finlay, but their work was undone when O’Neill scored his first goal and Brian O’Driscoll added a point. A Dermot Malone point and a brace of frees by McManus regained Monaghan’s advantage, but O’Neill rattled in 1-1 in quick succession, as the lead changed hands yet again.

Frees by Finlay and McManus were cancelled out by points from play by Brian Hurley and Eoin Cadogan. A ninth McManus point brought Monaghan level once more, but O’Neill’s right-footed point from play proved to be the winner. There was still time for Monaghan to earn another chance to take a share of the spoils, but McManus, who was attempting to take his tally into double figures, saw his free drift wide and time was up, leaving Cork out on their own at the top with four points to their name.
Scorers for Monaghan: C McManus 0-9 (8f), K Hughes 1-0, P Finlay 0-3 (1f), C Boyle 0-1, F Kelly 0-1, K Duffy 0-1, D Malone 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill 2-6 (0-5f), D O’Connor 0-5 (4f), B O’Driscoll 0-1, E Cadogan 0-1, B Hurley 0-1.

MONAGHAN: R Beggan; C Boyle, D Wylie, R Wylie; D Mone, F Kelly K Duffy; N McAdam, P Finlay; D Malone, S Gollogly, R McAnespie; D McKenna, K Hughes, C McManus. Subs: V Corey for Mone (black card), T Kerr for McKenna (both HT), D Clerkin for McAdam (51), K O’Connell for K Duffy, O Duffy for McAnespie (both 66).

CORK: K O’Halloran; J Loughrey, E Cadogan, Thomas Clancy; B O’Driscoll, C Dorman, Tomás Clancy; M Collins, I Maguire; D O’Connor, J O’Rourke, C O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, B Hurley, P Kerrigan. Subs: K O’Driscoll for Kerrigan (H-T), J O’Sullivan for C O’Driscoll (51), D Óg Hodnett for Hurley (65).

Referee: F Kelly (Longford)
Report: Colm Shalvey for

Fixture Details
Sun 08 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 2015 Round 2
Venue: Castleblayney
Monaghan V Cork 14:00
Ref: Fergal Kelly

Match Coverage

Deferred coverage of this game will be shown on TG4

Team News

The Cork Team will line out as follows:

1. Ken O’Halloran
2. Tomás Clancy

3. Tom Clancy

4. James Loughrey

5. Conor Dorman

6. Eoin Cadogan

7. Brian O’Driscoll

8. Fintan Goold

9. Ian Maguire

10. Mark Collins

11. Donnacha O’Connor

12. Colm O’Driscoll

13. Colm O’Neill

14. Paul Kerrigan

15. Brian Hurley


16. Michael Martin

17. Jamie O’Sullivan

18. Daniel Hazel

19. Stephen O’Donoghue

20. Michael Cussen

21. Donal Óg Hodnett

22. Luke Connelly

23. John Hayes

24. John O’Rourke

25. Barry O’Driscoll

26. Kevin O’Driscoll

Conor Dorman and Paul Kerrigan start this week having been drafted in to action last weekend. Patrick Kelly, Daniel Goulding and Noel Galvin are back training but were not considered for this game.

MONAGHAN (NFL v Cork): R Beggan (Scotstown); C Boyle (Clontibret), D Wylie (Ballybay), R Wylie (Ballybay); D Mone (Clontibret), F Kelly (Clones), K Duffy (Latton); N McAdam (Monaghan Harps), D Clerkin (Currin); Darren Hughes (Scotstown), S Gollogly (Carrickmacross), R McAnespie (Emyvale); D Malone (Castleblayney Faughs), D McKenna (Truagh Gaels), K Hughes (Scotstown)
Subs: E Duffy (Drumshambo), J McCarron (Truagh Gaels), P McGuigan (Cremartin), K O’Connell (Tyholland), V Corey (Clontibret), P Finlay (Ballybay), C McManus (Clontibret), P Donaghy (Donaghmoyne), O Duffy (Latton), B McElroy (Castleblayney Faughs), P Meegan (Enniskeen).

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Tipperary 1-14 Limerick 1-2

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 1-14 to 1-2 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on February 8th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Tipperary impress in victory over Limerick

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Allianz FL Division 3 Round 3: Tipperary 1-14 Limerick 1-2

The times they may be changing but Tipperary senior football manager Peter Creedon isn’t getting carried away just yet. The Premier County have finished in the top 12 in two of the previous three All-Ireland senior football championships and have taken giant strides following a landmark minor success in 2011.

Colin O’Riordan was an All Star nominee last year and Tipp were within a whisker of a shock defeat of Cork in last year’s Munster championship. Silverware was collected too at Croke Park when they beat Clare in the Allianz Football League Division 4 final. And while Cork and Kerry still cast a long shadow over the Munster football landscape, Waterford’s early-season victory in the McGrath Cup, coupled with Clare and Tipperary’s recent improvement, suggests that some competition for the ‘big two’ may yet emerge.

The fact that Tipperary are listed as second favourites behind Armagh to gain promotion from Division 3 speaks volumes for their progress. And while Cork native Creedon is naturally pleased with his side’s evolution, realism shines through in any discussion about the team’s long-term prospects.

He said: “My own feeling is the top five or six are a long way ahead (but) if we’re exposed to playing Division 2 football, we’ll get better. We’d be comfortable at that. Waterford are a decent team (but) for many teams like ourselves, we just can’t afford to carry injuries to top players because we wouldn’t have the depth in the panel. But the harder you work, the better you’re going to be as well.”

Tipperary’s dismissal of Limerick yesterday provided further evidence to support a gathering momentum. Having suffered an agonising one-point defeat against Armagh in their opening fixture, Tipp were potentially vulnerable to a Limerick sucker-punch. The Shannonsiders had, after all, disposed of Sligo in their first game despite spurning a host of other chances. But Tipp won by 12 points on a glum and foggy afternoon. At times, visibility was so poor during the second half that the scoreline was read out over the tannoy. Stadium announcer Liam O’Donoghue kept 513 hardy souls seated in the New Stand abreast of developments, as they strained for a view of the Killinan End scoreboard. At half-time, the home fans need not have worried as Tipp led by 0-8 to 0-0.

Limerick had registered seven first-half wides and failed to score until the 45th minute, when Iain Corbett landed their first point. Three minutes later, captain Seanie Buckley rammed home a penalty goal but Tipp’s response was emphatic as Ian Fahy responded within a minute with a fine goal to seal a flowing team move. From there until the finish, it was routine stuff for a Tipperary team on the rise. How far they can go is up to them.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-5 (3f), I Fahy 1-0, P Acheson, S O’Brien & B Fox 0-2 each, E Comerford (45), A Campbell & M Quinlivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: S Buckley 1-0 pen, I Corbett & P Nash 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; A Campbell, P Codd, A Morrissey; S Kennedy, P Acheson, D Leahy; C O’Riordan, S O’Brien; G Hannigan, B Grogan, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, I Fahy.
Subs: P Austin for Fox (44), D Dwyer for Leahy (56), D Lonergan for Grogan (59), B Mulvihill for O’Riordan (63), D Lynch for Morrissey (65), L Casey for O’Brien (66).

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; S O’Dea, J McCarthy, R Browne; I Corbett, P Browne, S Cahill; T Lee, G Hegarty; D Tracey, D Neville, S Buckley; M Lyons, C Sheehan, C Fahy.
Subs: K Phair for Tracey (h.t.), P Nash for Fahy (h.t.), W O’Donoghue for Neville (55), J Riordan for Lyons (59), J Mullins for Sheehan (67).

Referee: E O’Grady (Leitrim)

Fixture Details

Sun 08 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 2015 Round 2
Venue: Semple Stadium Thurles
Tipperary V Limerick 14:00
Ref: Eamon O Grady

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Limerick in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 shows 1 change from the team which lost to Armagh in the first round. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers) replaces the suspended Robbie Kiely.

Tipperary (SF v Limerick) – Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan Kilcash); Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers), Paddy Codd (Killenaule), Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers); Seamus Kennedy (Commercials), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers); Colin O’Riordan (J K Brackens), Stephen O’Brien (Ballina); George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Barry Grogan (Aherlow), Brian Fox (Eire Óg Annacarty); Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), Michael Quinlivan (Commercials), Ian Fahey (Commercials)

There is one change on the Limerick team that beat Sligo in Round 1, Colm Moran replaces Killian Phair who is named in the subs. 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. Colm Moran Monaleen
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 Cillian Fahy Dromcollogher/Broadford

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Allianz Football League Division 4 – Offaly 0-13 Waterford 1-4

Offaly defeated Waterford by 0-13 to 1-4 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on February 8th at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

Offaly profit from solid defensive display against Waterford

Offaly 0-13 Waterford 1-4

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

A very solid defensive display laid a powerful foundation as Offaly recorded a second league win yesterday. Having conceded just 1-2 in London the previous week, Offaly kept Waterford to 1-4 in Tullamore and an improved attacking display saw them pull away for a comprehensive victory.

The introduction of Niall McNamee early in the second half provided the spark for Offaly to push on. Offaly were level, 0-6 to 1-3, when McNamee came in and the Rhode man kicked two superb points as the home side put the boot down. Waterford played most of the game with fourteen men after midfielder Shane Aherne was sent off for a second yellow card after nineteen minutes. They competed well in very foggy conditions in the first half and Michael Curry’s punched goal gave them a 1-2 to 0-4 lead in the 27th minute. Waterford were a point up, 1-3 to 0-5 at half time, but Offaly were a vastly superior outfit in the second half, restricting them to just one point and adding eight themselves.

OFFALY: A Mulhall; D Brady, P McConway, J O’Connor (0-1); C Donohue, J Maloney, D Hogan (0-2); G Guilfoyle (0-1), R Allen (0-1); K Mullally, P Sullivan, N Bracken; B Allen (0-1), N Dunne (0-3, one free), W Mulhall (0-2, one free)
Subs: E Rigney for O’Connor (bc, 36 mins), N McNamee (0-2) for Mulhall (bc, 41 mins), A Sullivan for Bracken (44 mins), N Geraghty for Mullally (59 mins), C McNamee for A Sullivan (bc, 59 mins), J Ledwith for Brady (65 mins).

WATERFORD: S Enright; D Crowley, R O’Ceallaigh, T O’Gorman; T O’hUllachain, M O’Gorman, C Phelan; S Aherne (0-1, f), T Prendergast; M Curry (1-0), M O’Halloran (0-1), P Hurney (0-1); M Fercombe, J Veale, G Nugent
Subs: P Whyte (0-1, free) for Veale (22 mins), O Keevers for Curry (46 mins), N Walsh for Whyte (64 mins), JJ Hutchinson for Ferncombe (62 mins), J Curry for Nugent (66 mins).

Referee: S Joy (Kerry)

Fixture Details

Sun 08 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 4 2015 Round 2
Venue: O Connor Park, Tullamore
Offaly V Waterford 14:00
Ref: Sean Joy

Team News

Waterford Senior Football team to play Offaly in O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Sunday has been named following training tonight.
1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty
2. Dean Crowley St. Saviours
3. Ray Ó Ceallaigh An Rinn
4. Thomas O’Gorman (CAPT) Nire
5. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin An Rinn
6. Maurice O’Gorman Nire
7. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers
8. Shane Aherne Stradbally
9. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty
10. Michael Curry Rathgormack
11. Michael O’Halloran Ballinacourty
12. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty
13. Mark Ferncombe Ballinacourty
14. Joey Veale Kilrossanty
15. Gavin Nugent Rathgormack

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Louth 1-16 Clare 0-13

Louth defeated Clare by 1-16 to 0-13 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on February 8th at the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda.

Louth slowly build momentum to win Division Three clash against Clare

Louth 1-16 Clare 0-13

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

Colin Kelly claimed his first victory as Louth manager after seeing his side come from behind to dispatch of Clare at the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda yesterday.

Louth looked to be heading for a second straight league defeat when they trailed by three points after 43 minutes. However, they would hold Colm Collins’ visitors scoreless for the remaining 27 minutes as a flurry of late scores saw them run out easy winners in the end.

Despite trailing by three points early on after a brace of scores each from David Tubridy and Shane Hickey inside the opening nine minutes, Louth led 1-5 to 0-5 in the 20th minute when Adrian Reid rifled to the net. Despite that setback, Clare finished the half strongly with Shane McGrath on target twice, including in stoppage time, to give his side a 0-9 to 1-5 lead at the break.

Substitute Derek Maguire’s point seconds after the restart briefly had the home side level but two further points apiece from McGrath and Tubridy ensured Clare were quickly back in the driving seat. However, with their defence on top and Burns and Declan Byrne both contributing some fantastic scores, Louth soon turned things around to run out easy winners.

LOUTH: N Gallagher; K Toner, P Reilly, P Rath; D Crilly, D Finnegan, D O’Hanlon; B Duffy, E O’Connor; A Reid (1-1), D O’Connor, D Byrne (0-2, one free); R Burns (0-5, two frees), C Grimes (0-3), C Judge (0-3, one free)
Subs: R Moore for E O’Connor (33 mins), D Maguire (0-1) for D O’Connor (h-t), A Williams for D Crilly (40 mins), J Stewart for D O’Hanlon (44 mins), S O’Hanlon (0-1) for A Reid (bc, 67 mins).

CLARE: J Hayes; S Collins; D Ryan, M McMahon; C Russell, G Kelly, J Malone; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins, S Hickey (0-3), S McGrath (0-4); D Tubridy (0-6, two frees), S Brennan, P Burke
Subs: P Collins for C Russell (bc, 40 mins), K Sexton for C O’Connor (41 mins), C Dunning for S Collins (62 mins), M O’Leary for P Burke (67 mins), S Haugh for S Hickey (69 mins).

Referee: M McNally (Monaghan)

Fixture Details
Sun 08 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 2015 Round 2
Venue: Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda
Louth V Clare 14:00
Ref: Martin McNally

Team News

Clare team to play Louth
Joe Hayes (Lissycasey), Martin McMahon (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Kevin Harnett (Meelick), Dean Ryan (Éire Óg), Jamie Malone (Corofin), Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown), Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg), Gary Brennan (Clondegad), Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen), Sean Collins (Cratloe), Shane Hickey (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis), David Tubridy (Doonbeg) Shane Brennan (Clondegad), Pat Burke (Kilmurry Ibrickane). Subs Pierce De Loughrey (Cratloe), Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil), Stephen Collins (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), Darren Nagle (Liscannor), Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Sean Huagh (O’Curry’s), Dara McDonagh (St Joseph’s Miltown), Chris Dunning (Wolfe Tones), Podge Collins (Cratloe), Lorcan Lynch (Naomh Eoin), Jack O’Dea (Kilfenora), Cathal McInerney (Cratloe).