Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 0-23 Antrim 1-12

Limerick defeated Antrim by 0-23 to 1-12 in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on February 22nd in Ballycastle.

Div IB: Limerick see off Antrim with late surge


Limerick’s hurlers got their first win of the 2015 Allianz League Division 1B campaign with a 0-23 to 1-12 win over Antrim at Ballycastle.

The visitors got off to the better start and led by 0-2 to 0-0 after four minutes with Paul Browne and Shane Dowling on target. By the 10th minute it was all square at 0-3 apiece, with Paul Shiels landing two sublime points, and when Mattie Donnelly pointed, the home side went into the lead for the first time.

The heavy conditions didn’t make for attractive hurling and referee John Keenan had to throw in the sliotar on a number of occasions after it became buried in the soft Ballycastle surface. Three unanswered scores had Limerick 0-6 to 0-4 to the good on the 20-minute mark, with Séamus Hickey making a foray upfield to land his side’s sixth point of the day.

Antrim battled back, restoring parity through Ciaran Johnston and Neal McAuley. There was a moment of controversy when the umpires waived Donal O’Grady’s 25th minute effort wide, but referee John Keenan overruled his officials to signal Limerick’s seventh score of the day. The sides went score for score until the short whistle, with a Shiels free levelling the sides for the sixth time; however Paul Browne’s second of the day on the stroke of half-time gave Limerick a 0-10 to 0-9 lead at half-time.

Within a minute of the restart, Antrim were back in the lead. Ciaran Clarke pulled the ball back to Eoghan Campbell after a mazy run to the end-line and the Cushendall clubman finished superbly past Nickie Quaid for a 1-9 to 0-10 lead. The Saffrons held the advantage for just five minutes. Condon, Browne and O’Grady pointed to level matters and Wayne McNamara completed an unanswered run of four points for the visitors. Limerick were beginning to find more space within the tight confines of the Ballycastle pitch and Condon added a brace to put three points between them.

Campbell and Shiels brought Antrim to within a point on the 54th minute, but that was as good as it got for the Ulstermen who failed to raise another flag for the remainder of the game. Dowling remained accurate from frees, while the impressive Cian Lynch tacked on his third of the day. Sub John Fitzgibbon became the 10th Limerick scorer in injury time.
ANTRIM: C O’Connell; R McCambridge, N McAuley, A Graffin; S McCrory (0-1), C McKinlay, M Bradley; N McManus, C Johnston (0-1); P Shiels (0-7, 5f), D McKernan, E Campbell (1-1); C Clarke (0-1), PJ O’Connell, M Donnelly (0-1)
Subs: E McCloskey for D McKernan (31), C Carson for M Donnelly (48), O McFadden for N McManus (52), S McAfee for PJ O’Connell (65), D Hamill for C Johnson (65)

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, S Hickey (0-1); T Condon (0-3), W McNamara (0-1), D Morrissey; S Ryan (0-1), P Browne (0-3); D Reidy (0-3), D O’Grady (0-2), C Lynch (0-3); T Morrissey, S Dowling (0-6f), A Breen
Subs: S Tobin for A Breen (48), D Hannon for T Morrissey (59), C Allis for T Condun (67), J Fitzgibbon (0-1) for D O’Grady (69), S O’Brien for P Brown (70)

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)
Report: John Martin for

Team News

LIMERICK (NHL v Antrim): N Quaid (Effin), St Walsh (Glenroe), R McCarthy (Blackrock), S Hickey (Murroe Boher), T Condon (Knockaderry), W McNamara (Adare), D Morrissey (Ahane), J Ryan (Garryspillane), P Browne (Bruff), D Reidy (Dromin Athlacca), D O’Grady (cpt, Granagh Ballingarry), C Lynch (Patrickswell), T Morrissey (Ahane), S Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), A Breen (Na Piarsaigh)

Antrim (NHL v Limerick): C O’Connell; R McCambridge, N McAuley, A Graffin; S McCrory, C McKinley, M Bradley; N McManus, C Johnston; P Shiels, D McKernan, E Campbell; C Clarke, PJ O’Connell, M Donnelly

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Kerry 2-20 Wicklow 1-6

Kerry defeated Wicklow by 2-20 to 1-6 in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on February 22nd in Arklow.

Eamonn Kelly happy as Kerry win in a canter

By Mark Kennedy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Wicklow 1-6 Kerry 2-20:

Kerry hurling manager Eamonn Kelly was happy with his side’s improvement as they ran out 17-point winners over Wicklow in Division 2A at Arklow. Having drawn with Derry in the opening round, the Kingdom upped their performance to the satisfaction of Kelly, who sees the league as valuable preparation for the Christy Ring Cup.

“We were very static in our performance against Derry the previous week and we worked on that during the week,” he said. “It is very tough to come to Arklow and get a result and I am very happy with this win,” he said.

It did not taken long for a physically stronger and fitter Kerry to get into their stride, opening up their opponents and punishing slack marking. Ace-free-taker Shane Nolan was on song as he fired over five points, three from frees and another from a 65, while centre-forward Sean Weir applied the clinical finish to a searing run by Mikey Boyle to crash to the net and give his team a 1-8 to 0-2 lead at half-time.

With a gusting wind behind them, Wicklow looked as if they might stage a fightback in the second half as Anto Byrne goaled from close range and Jonathan O’Neill followed up with a point from a free – cutting the gap to five points in the space of five minutes. But the recovery evaporated as Kerry hit back immediately for an answering second goal by Weir.

To add to Wicklow’s woes, they were reduced to 13 players in that second half as forwards Mikey Lee and Diarmuid Masterson were both sent off on the back of second yellow cards.

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan 0-7 (five frees, one 65), S Weir 2-1, M Boyle, M O’Leary, P Boyle 0-2 each, K Carmody, P Lucid, J Griffin, C Harty, J Flaherty, B O’Leary.

Scorers for Wicklow: A Byrne 1-0, M Lee (frees) and A O’Brien (one free) 0-2 each, J O’Neill 0-1 (free), J Connors 0-1.

KERRY: J Logue; D Fitzell, P Kelly, P Costello; D Shanahan, B Murphy, T Casey; J Griffin, P Lucid; S Nolan, S Weir, D Royle, M Boyle; M O’Leary, K Carmody
Subs: C Harty for K Carmody (46), Carmody for P Costello (49), J Flaherty for P Lucid (54), B O’Leary for A Royle (58), P Boyle for S Nolan (60m).

WICKLOW: T Kennedy; T Doyle, B Cuddihy, M O’Brien; E Dunne, J Henderson, L Kennedy; S Byrne, J Connors; C Moorehouse, J O’Neill, A Byrne; M Lee, A O’Brien, D Staunton
Subs: P Keane for M O’Brien (half-time), D Masterson for J Connors (48), G Weir for L Kennedy (58), P Doran for C Moorehouse (63), J Byrne for J O’Neill (63m).

Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)

Team News

KERRY (NHL v Wicklow): J Logue (Ballingarry, Tipp); D Fitzell (Kilmoyley), P Kelly (Clarecastle, Clare), P Costelloe (Ballyduff); D Shanahan (Lixnaw), B Murphy (Causeway), T Casey (Causeway); J Griffin (Lixnaw), P Lucid (Ballyheigue); S Nolan (Crotta O’Neills), S Weir (Crotta), A Royle (Kilmoyley); M Boyle (Ballyduff), M O’Leary (Abbeydorney), K Carmody (Causeway).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 2-18 Galway 0-20

Tipperary defeated Galway by 2-18 to 0-20 in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on February 22nd in Semple Stadium, Thurles.

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Div IA: Tipp off the mark with win over Galway


Eamon O’Shea’s Tipperary held off a spirited fightback from Galway to collect their first Allianz League points of the season this afternoon. In front of 4,176 spectators, Tipp led by ten points in the second half before the visiting Tribesmen came roaring back into contention.

Galway were three points adrift and chasing an elusive goal before sub Conor Kenny made the game safe for Tipperary with an injury-time point. And Tipp, who lost heavily to Dublin in their opening Allianz League fixture, could finally breathe easily.

Tipp, beaten Allianz League finalists for the past two seasons, led by 0-14 to 0-11 at half-time and cracked on within 20 seconds of the restart. League debutant John McGrath, younger brother of Noel, kicked a pass to All Star John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and the Killenaule man buried a low shot into the bottom corner. After Séamus Callanan tagged on a free, the Drom & Inch hitman added a cheeky goal, deftly flicking the sliotar past Colm Callanan.

That score sent Tipp ten points clear – 2-15 to 0-10 – and the Premier County looked home and hosed. But Galway, winners over Clare in the opening round, were playing with the aid of a strong breeze blowing towards the Town End and points from Iarla Tannian and Joseph Cooney reduced the deficit to eight.

Jason Forde pushed Tipp nine points clear again but the remainder of the game, the hosts were outscored by 0-2 to 0-7, with Joseph Cooney impressive for Galway. The closest that the Westerners could get to their opponents was three points, however, and Tipp managed to keep the visitors at arm’s length. The first half was dominated for the most part by Tipp, with Kieran Bergin exceptional at midfield in difficult underfoot conditions.
Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 1-3 (0-2f), J O’Dwyer 1-1, K Bergin & J Forde 0-3 each, J McGrath 0-2, D Gleeson (f), R Maher, G Ryan, D Maher, B Maher & C Kenny 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: J Flynn 0-4 (3f, 1 sl), J Cooney & C Mannion 0-3 each, A Smith (1f), P Brehony & J Regan 0-2 each, I Tannian, J Glynn, D Higgins & B Molloy 0-1 each

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, P Curran, C O’Brien; M Breen, P Maher, R Maher; K Bergin, G Ryan; D Maher, J Forde, B Maher; J O’Dwyer, S Callanan, J McGrath
Subs: J Woodlock for Ryan (h.t.), C Kenny for D Maher (inj, 42), N McGrath for J McGrath (54), J Meagher for Bergin (70).

GALWAY: C Callanan; J Coen, J Hanbury, P Mannion; G McInerney, D Collins, I Tannian; J Cooney, A Smith; P Brehony, C Mannion, D Higgins; J Regan, J Flynn, J Glynn
Subs: K Hynes for Brehony (43), G Lally for Higgins (47), B Molloy for Regan (52), A Harte for Flynn (69).

Referee: J Owens (Westmeath)
Report: Jackie Cahill for

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway in Semple Stadium on Sunday in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A round 2 has just been announced and sees manager Eamon O’Shea hand out a full league debut again this weekend. In comes John McGrath of Loughmore Castleiney, younger brother of Noel, who takes up position at top of the left. And having come on as a replacement in last week’s match in Parnell Park, Michael Breen from Ballina who has made two appearances as a replacement get’s his first League start. With injured duo Joe O’Dwyer and Shane McGrath not considered, Ronan Maher and Conor O’Brien also retain their end of match placings of last week. As a result three of this year’s Under 21 panel start this fixture.

Tipperary (SH v Galway) – Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill), Paul Curran (Mullinahone), Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Michael Breen (Ballina), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Brendan Maher Capt. (Borris Ileigh), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

Galway (HL Division 1A v Tipperary) – Colm Callanan; Johnny Coen, John Hanbury, AN Other; Gearoid McInerney, David Collins, Iarlaith Tannian; Joseph Cooney, Andrew Smith; Padraig Brehony, Jonathan Glynn, Dean Higgins; Cathal Mannion, Jason Flynn, James Regan

Match Coverage

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