Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Galway 2-15 Clare 1-17

Galway defeated Clare by 2-15 to 1-17 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on February 15th in Pearse Stadium, Galway.

D1A: Flynn wins it for Galway in Salthill


Jason Flynn was the hero for Galway when he hit two points from distance in the dying moments to snatch victory at wet and windy Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

Flynn hit a ’65’ to level the match and then two minutes into stoppage time kept his nerve to steer a difficult free from 50 metres on the right touchline between the posts for the winner. It completed a good comeback after Clare’s strong showing after half-time looked like it would be enough to secure an opening win.

Galway led by 1-9 to 1-8 at the interval having played against the wind when Cathal Mannion found the net just before the break. Galway did all the early running and led by 0-5 to 0-1 after nine minutes before Clare rallied with Bobby Duggan hitting three points.

But Galway still enjoyed a 0-8 to 0-4 lead nine minutes from the break when the Bannermen got moving with Colin Ryan pointing a free before a long range effort from him was flicked to the net by John Conlon.

Clare shot points from Colin Ryan, Shane O’Donnell and Brendan Bugler to lead by 1-12 to 1-9 after 41 minutes and while Jason Flynn (two) and Jonathan Glynn found the range for the Tribesmen, Clare still enjoyed a goal lead twelve minutes from time after Conor McGrath (two) and Colin Ryan replied.

Then Joseph Cooney levelled with a goal and while McGrath and Flynn exchanged points, Clare looked good for victory when John Conlon hit one of the scores of the game with a point from the right touchline. However, that was merely the cue for Flynn to hit back for Galway and his two late efforts sealed victory to give Anthony Cunningham’s men a great start to their league campaign.
Scorers for Galway: J Flynn 0-9 (7f); C Mannion 1-1, J Cooney 1-0, J Glynn 0-2; J Regan 0-1, G McInerney0-1, P Brehony 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-6 (4f), J Conlon 1-2, B Duggan 0-3, C McGrath 0-3, C Galvin 0-1, S O’Donnell 0-1, B Bugler 0-1

GALWAY: C Callanan; J Coen, J Hanbury, R Burke; G McInerney, D Collins (capt), I Tannian; A Smith, J Cooney; P Brehony, J Glynn, D Higgins; J Regan, J Flynn, C Mannion
Subs: G Lally for Burke (48 mins), A Harte for Higgins (52), B Molloy for Regan (64), P Killeen for Brehony (66).

CLARE: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon (capt), J Browne; C Cleary, Conor Ryan, B Bugler; P O’Connor, Colin Ryan; P Donnellan, B Duggan, C Galvin; J Conlon, S O’Donnell, D Reidy
Subs: C McGrath for Reid (45 mins), A Cunningham for Donnellan (53), S Morey for Cleary (65), C O’Connell for Colin Ryan (68).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)
Report: John Fallon for

Fixture Details

15.02.2015 (Sun)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A 2015 Round 1
Pearse Stadium, Salthill 14:00
Gaillimh v An Clár
Referee: Brain Gavin (Uíbh Fhailí)

Team News


1. Colm Callanan (Kinvara)
2. John Hanbury (Rahoon/Newcastle)
3. Fergal Moore (Turloughmore)
4. Ronan Burke (Turloughmore)
5. Gearoid McInerney (Oranmore/Maree)
6. David Collins (Liam Mellows)
7. Padraig Mannion (Ahascragh/Fohenagh)
8. Iarla Tannian (Ardrahan)
9. Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields)
10. Padraig Brehony (Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry)
11. Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan)
12. Dean Higgins (Castlegar)
13. James Regan (St. Thomas)
14. Jason Flynn (Tommy Larkins)
15. Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh/Fohenagh)

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Slaughtneil (Derry) 1-14 Austin Stacks (Kerry) 2-10

Slaughtneil (Derry) defeated Austin Stacks (Kerry) by 1-14 to 2-10 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday February 15th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Heroic Slaughtneil battle into All-Ireland Final


Mickey Moran has overseen another giant-killing act as Slaughtneil completed a weekend of surprises in the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Football championship by joining Corofin in the final on St Patrick’s Day.

The former Derry, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim manager must have been delighted as the Oak Leaf champions showed a bottomless reservoir of courage to recover from the concession of two goals in four minutes in the middle of the first half, to go in level at the break. In a tit-for-tat second half, they were just that bit more clinical, kicking some huge wind-assisted points to snatch it. In the end, it was Cormac O’Doherty who struck the winning point in the 56th minute. It was his first score but he had been a central figure in the full-forward line throughout. Slaughtneil had a slew of heroes though in a wonderful performance.

Kieran Donaghy stood at midfield for the throw-in but promptly relocated to full-forward with the Stacks having the strong wind in their favour. In fact he was to spend the vast majority of the game on the edge of the square with considerable impact, although his side were definitely second best around the central third.

They had a point from a Shane Carroll free in the second minute after Shane O’Callaghan’s daring run was illegally halted but Gerald Bradley should have had a goal at the other end, failing to connect to O’Doherty’s delightful kick-pass. Pa McCarthy kicked a brilliant point to extend the Kerrymen’s early lead but Slaughtneil established a midfield dominance that saw them have the better of the possession for most of the opening half, despite facing the elements.

Paul Bradley converted two frees to bring the teams level before Barry McGuigan and Patsy Bradley showed their athleticism by storming forward to go two clear. Donaghy made his presence felt though when clearly fouled for two penalties in four minutes to rock Slaughtneil back on their heels.

Chrissy McKaigue was the culprit on each occasion and having been yellow carded for the second occurrence, was promptly removed from marking duties, with Brendan Rodgers taking up the cudgel to good effect. McCarthy made sure of a two-goal return from the kicks, although he needed a rebound from the first after Anton McMullan saved. There was no mistake about the second however, which was sweetly struck.

Moran’s men were teetering at this juncture but after a few minutes, began to reassert around the middle, with five of the next six scores putting them ahead again. The artistic Christopher Bradley was responsible for two points, while the industrious Padraig Kelly had the score of the game when curling one back into the wind from the wrong side with the left peg.

Then came a contender for goal of the season, seconds before the half hour was elapsed. Patsy Bradley gathered possession from a kickout and aimed for the usual target of O’Doherty. He broke the ball down to the advancing McGuigan 35m from goal. The wing-back strode forward and rounded a defender, and though his initial low shot came back off the inside of the upright, he was first to react to finish to the net.

It was a microcosm of all that was good about Slaughtneil in that first half but there was still time for Carroll to point for Austin Stakes and it was 1-8 to 2-5 at the interval. Slaughtneil never played with the same assurance into the wind and Austin Stacks introduced 39-year-old William Kirby to steady the ship.

The Tralee team kicked three of the first four points to open up a two-point lead but Slaughtneil clawed them back once more. There was nothing in it now but after an excellent David Mannix score gave Austin Stacks the lead, Slaughtneil upped the tempo once more, with Patsy Bradley hugely influential. Gerald Bradley and McKaigue kicked two wonderful points and when Carroll levelled from a free, O’Doherty was the man to decide it.

Carroll did have a chance to level with seconds of normal time remaining but from a good position to the left of the posts and 22m out, pulled his shot left. There was still three minutes of injury time but it was Slaughtneil who wasted a couple of good chances in that period. They didn’t pay the price though and can now look forward to a Croke Park decider.
Scorers for Slaughtneil: Barry McGuigan 1-1, Paul Bradley 0-4 (4f), Christopher Bradley 0-3, Gerard Bradley 0-2, Cormac O’Doherty 0-1, Chrissy McKaigue 0-1, Patsy Bradley 0-1, Padraig Kelly 0-1.

Scorers for Austin Stacks: Pa McCarthy 2-1 (1-0 pen), Shane Carroll 0-4 (3f), David Mannix 0-2 (1f), Shane O’Callaghan 0-1, Greg Horan 0-1, Kieran Donaghy 0-1.

SLAUGHTNEIL: A McMullan, B Rodgers, C McKaigue, K McKaigue, F McEldowney, B McGuigan, C Cassidy, Patsy Bradley, P McGuigan, P Kelly, C Bradley, R Bradley, G Bradley, Paul Bradley, C O’Doherty
Sub: S McGuigan for G Bradley (53)

AUSTIN STACKS: D O’Brien, F MacNamara, B Shanahan, R Shanahan, P McCarthy, C Jordan, D McElligott, W Guthrie, K Donaghy, M Collins, S Carroll, D Bohan, D Mannix, G Horan, S O’Callaghan
Subs: D O’Brien for Collins (ht), W Kirby for Bohan (39)

Referee: D Gough (Meath)
Report: Daragh Ó Conchuir for

Fixture Details

15.02.2015 (Sun)
AIB GAA Football All Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi Final
O’Moore Park, Portlaoise 16:00
Austin Stacks (Ciarraí) v Slaughtneil (Doire)
Referee: David Gough

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Dublin 2-20 Tipperary 0-14

Dublin defeated Tipperary by 2-20 to 0-14 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on February 15th in Parnell Park.

D1A: Impressive Dublin romp past Tipp


Dublin defeated last year’s All Ireland runners-up Tipperary to get their league campaign off to a perfect start. Eamon Dillon and Liam Rushe grabbed the goals while Paul Ryan notched eight points for the home side.

Tipperary started with six All Stars but were wasteful throughout with Séamus Callanan, last year’s talisman, missing a number of scoreable frees. John O’Dwyer did his best to inspire the visitors but Dublin defended well and were worthy winners.

Dublin were sharp in the first half and led 1-11 to 0-5 at half time. Ger Cunningham’s side scored an unanswered 1-4 in seven first half minutes with Dillon raising a green flag in the 18th minute after being played through on goal by Liam Rushe.

Tipperary struggled in the first half and shot 11 wides. They managed only two points from play with the remainder of the scores coming from Seamus Callanan frees. Gearóid Ryan had brief sight of goal in the 13th minute but the angle was too narrow and his shot flashed across the face of Alan Nolan’s goal.

After their involvement in the Walsh Cup, Dublin were accurate in their passing and movement. Paul Ryan scored five first half points and Chris Crummy, Danny Sutcliffe and Mark Schutte all added excellent scores.

Tipperary improved in the second half with O’Dwyer in fine form. They abandoned their short puck-out tactic which put more pressure on the Dublin defence. But Nolan’s goal was well protected by a defence marshalled by full-back Michael Carton.

Dublin were clinical with the chances they got and Ryan punished any Tipperary indiscipline with his accuracy from placed balls. The smallest points difference in the second half was eight points as Dublin kept Tipperary at arm’s length.

Rushe’s injury time goal put twelve points between the teams to add gloss to the Dubs’ victory. Dublin play Kilkenny in Nowlan Park next week while Tipperary will look to make amends at home to Galway.
Scorers for Dublin: P Ryan 0-8 (5f), E Dillon 1-2, L Rushe 1-1, D Sutcliffe 0-2, M Schutte 0-2, R O’Dwyer 0-1, C Crummy 0-1, C Cronin 0-1, S Durkin 0-1, C Boland 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dywer 0-6 (1f), S Callanan 0-4 (3f), J Forder 0-1 (1f), S McGrath 0-1, J Woodlock 0-1, C O’Brien 0-1

DUBLIN: A Nolan; C O’Callaghan, M Carton, P Schutte; S Durkin, P Kelly, C Crummy; D Sutcliffe, R O’Carroll; C Keaney, E Dillon, C Cronin; P Ryan, L Rushe, M Schutte.
Subs: R O’Dwyer for R O’Carroll (15), C Boland for R O’Dwyer (59), D O’Callaghan for P Ryan (65), J McCaffrey for S Durkin (68).

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, P Curran, Joe O’Dywer; K Bergin, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; S McGrath, B Maher; D Maher, G Ryan, J Woodlock; John O’Dwyer, S Callanan, J Forde
Subs: R Maher for S McGrath (h-t), T Stapleton for D Maher (h-t), C Kenny for G Ryan (45), C O’Brien for C O’Mahony (52), M Breen for Joe O’Dwyer (67).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)
Report: Ciarán McGreal for

Fixture Details

15.02.2015 (Sun)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A 2015 Round 1
Parnell Park 14:00
Áth Cliath v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Barry Kelly (An Iarmhí)

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Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Dublin in the Allianz Hurling League Round 1 on Sunday in Parnell Park has been announced. Manager Eamon O’Shea has handed a hurling league debut to Joe O’Dwyer from Killenaule, to line out with his cousin John and club mate Kieran Bergin. It also shows a return for Paul Curran and Conor O’Mahony to their old positions of Full Back and Centre Back respectively and despite being an experienced team it also gives a fresh chance for young players like Denis Maher and Jason Forde to make their mark. Eamon O’Shea’s team includes eleven that started last year’s Allianz Hurling League Final.

Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Paul Curran (Mullinahone), Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), Brendan Maher Capt. (Borris-Ileigh), Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Jason Forde (Silvermines).

Manager: Eamon O ‘Shea
Assistant Manager: Mick Ryan
Selectors: Paudie O’Neill & Declan Fanning

1. Alan Nolan (St Brigid’s)
2. Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala)
3. Michael Carton (O’Toole’s)
4. Paul Schutte (Cuala)
5. Shane Durkin (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
6. Peter Kelly (Lucan Sarsfields)
7. Chris Crummy (Lucan Sarsfields)
8. Danny Sutcliffe (St Jude’s)
9. Ross O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes)
10. Conal Keaney (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
11. Eamonn Dillon (St Finbarr’s)
12. Colm Cronin (Cuala)
13. Paul Ryan (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
14. Liam Rushe (St. Patrick’s)
15. Mark Schutte (Cuala)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Kerry 0-14 Derry 0-14

Kerry drew with Derry on a scoreline of 0-14 to 0-14 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on February 15th in Austin Stack Park, Tralee.

Kerry and Derry draw

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A: Kerry 0-14 Derry 0-14: Kerry had to rely on ace marksman Shane Nolan to for a share of the spoils when he knocked over a free three minutes into injury time in this Allianz Div 2 HL opener at Austin Stacks Park, Tralee.

Kerry were almost caught napping after leading 0-11 to 0-6 at half-time, the home side having shot 16 wides. However, Shane Nolan could not be faulted having struck five points in the opening half and young midfielder Philip Lucid firing over three from play.

Derry were also poor up front, missing early frees, but once midfielder Paddy Henry assumed the freetaking duties and Johnny O’Dwyer came in off the bench, they began to eat into Kerry’s lead, with Henry converting four first half frees.

A hungrier Derry side took over in the second half, with Henry adding two frees and two from play, while O’Dwyer also added two as Kerry continued their wasteful ways. They only added 0-2 in normal time, one from Lucid (play) and Nolan (free), despite some inspired play from young Michael O’Leary. Paddy Henry appeared to have given Derry victory when he converted a 61st minute free, but Nolan’s leveller saved Kerry’s bacon.

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan 0-7 (0-4 frees), P Lucid 0-4, M Boyle, A Royle and M O’Leary 0-1 each

Scorers for Derry: P Henry 0-9 (0-7 frees), J O Dwyer 0-3, A Grant and M Conway 0-1 each

KERRY: J Logue (Tipperary), B Murphy, P Kelly (Clare), D Fitzelle, P Costelloe, A Feale, S Weir, J Griffin, P Lucid, M Boyle, C Harty, A Royle, S Nolan, M O’Leary, K Carmody:
Subs: T Casey for A Fealy (44), R Heffernan for C Harty (45), G O Grady for K Carmody (65)

DERRY: B Robinson , J Mc Closkey , C Quinn , E McGuckin, S McCullagh , C McSorley , K Hinphey , S McGuigan , P Henry , M Warnock, P Mc Closkey, R Convery, P Cleary, A Grant, D Flanagan :
Subs: J O Dwyer for M Warnock (23), A Kelly for R Convery (44), B Duban for J McCloskey (44), D Foley for P McCloskey (64), M Conway for D Flanagan (66)

Referee: J Heffernan (Wexford)

Fixture Details

Sunday February 15th
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 2A 2015 Round 1
Austin Stack Park, Tralee 13:00
Ciarraí v Doire
Referee: Justin Heffernan (Loch Garman)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Derry in the opening round of the Allianz Hurling League at Austin Stack Park on Sunday at 2pm lines out as follows:

1 James Logue Ballingarry (Tiobraid Árann)

2 Bryan Murphy Causeway

3 Patrick Kelly Clarecastle (An Clár)

4 Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley

5 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff

6 Anthony Fealy Causeway

7 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

8 John Griffin Lixnaw

9 Philip Lucid Ballyheigue

10 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff

11 Colum Harty Causeway

12 Adrian Royle Kilmoyley

13 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

14 Michael O Leary Abbeydorney

15 Keith Carmody Causeway

Fir Ionaid:

16 Stephen Murphy Causeway

17 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

18 Thomas Casey Causeway

19 James Flaherty Lixnaw

20 Ricky Heffernan Lixnaw

21 Paul McGrath Causeway

22 Giles O’Grady Ballyduff

23 Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

24 Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw


Manager: Eamonn Kelly (Kildangan, Tiobraid Árann)

Coach/Selector: Conor Gleeson (Boherlahan- Dualla, Tiobraid Árann)

Physical Trainer: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)

Selectors: D. J. Leahy (Causeway), Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

James Logue is an All Ireland medallist at Minor, Under 21 and Intermediate level with his native Tipperary and has also represented the County at Senior grade being 3rd choice goalkeeper in 2014. He is a member of the Ballingarry club.

Patrick Kelly, a Clare native whose mother hails from North Kerry, was a member of Davy Fitzgerald’s Senior All Ireland winning squad in 2013. He is also the holder of All Ireland medals at Under 21 and Intermediate levels.

Confirmation that the game is at 1pm by agreement with Derry, Croke Pk and Kerry GAA

The Kerry senior hurlers commence their 2015 Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on this Sunday, 15th February. Venue will be Austin Stack Park where there will be an earlier than usual throw in time of 12.30p.m. This is to facilitate the travel arrangements of the Derry team. Hurling supporters are requested to come along and support the team. Admission is €10 and all under 16’s are free.

The 2015 management team consists of manager Eamon Kelly (Kildangan, Co. Tipperary), selectors Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney) and D.J. Leahy (Causeway and coach Conor Gleeson (Boherlahan/Dualla, Tipperary). The 2015 Kerry senior hurling captain is John Griffin (Lixnaw).

The Derry team to play Kerry in the Allianz NHL in Tralee (1pm) on Sunday is as follows:
1 Darrell McDermott / D Mac Diarmada / Beannchar
2 John Mc Closkey / S Mac Bhloscaidh / Baile na Scrine
3 Conor Quinn / C Ó Cuinn / Suaitreach
4 Eugene McGuckin / E Mag Eocháin / Suaitreach
5 Seán McCullagh / S MacCullaich / Beannchar (capt)
6 Conor McSorley / C Mac Somhairl / Baile na Scrine
7 Kevin Hinphey / C Ó hAnfaidh / Chaoímhín Uí Loínsigh
8 Seán McGuigan / S Mag Uiginn / Baile na Scrine
9 Paddy Henry / P Mac Einri / Leamhaigh
10 Michael Warnock / M Mac Giolla Mhearnóg / Suaitreach
11 Paddy Mc Closkey / P Mac Bhloscaidh / Chaoímhín Uí Loínsigh
12 Ruairi Convery / R Mac Ainmhire / Suaitreach
13 Paul Cleary / P O Cleirigh / Baile na Scrine
14 Alan Grant / A Grant / Na Magha
15 Dean Flannagan / D Ó Flannagáin / Baile na Scrine
16 Barry Robinson / B Robinson / Na Magha
17 Brendan Quigley / B Ó Coigligh / Na Magha
18 Brendan Duban / B Dubáin / Na Magha
19 Ruairi McCloskey / R Mac Bhloscaidh / Beannchar
20 Cathal Quinn / C Ó Cuinn / Suaitreach
21 Aaron Kelly / A Ó Ceallaigh / Baile na Scrine
22 Tiarnan McCloskey / T Mac Bhloscaidh / Beannchar
23 Ruairi Leonard / R Leonard / Eoghan Rua
24 Johnny O’Dwyer / S O’Duibhir / Beannchar
25 Declan Foley / D Ó Foghladha / Na Magha
26 Mickey Conway / M Ó Connmhaigh / Suaitreach