Allianz Football League Division 3 – Wexford v Limerick

Wexford will play Limerick in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 at 2.30pm on March 8th in Wexford Park

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Longford v Waterford

Longford will play Waterford in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 at 2.00pm on March 8th in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Dublin v Cork

Dublin will play Cork in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A at 5.00pm on March 7th in Pairc an Chrocaigh. This game will be followed by the meeting of Dublin and Tyrone in the Allianz Football League Division 1.

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on Setanta Ireland

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Donegal 0-12 Cork 1-8

Donegal defeated Cork by 0-12 to 1-8 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on March 1st in Fr Tierney Park, Ballyshannon.

Donegal victory over Cork in Ballyshannon

Donegal 0-12 Cork 1-8

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Michael Murphy’s second half red card didn’t upset Donegal as they staved off Cork at the death to take the full complement of points in a dour affair in Ballyshannon. Murphy was a fulcrum in the home side’s tour de force in the second half when they hit Cork for five points without reply.

Indeed, Cork went almost 30 minutes without a score as Donegal made the most of the wind behind them. Paddy McBrearty was just as notable as Cork were made to pay for dispossessions and poor discipline. But for Tomás Clancy’s 58th minute goal, Cork would have been in bother but got within a solitary point of Donegal twice in the final 10 minutes. Donal Óg Hodnett had a chance of an equaliser with three minutes but it sailed wide.

Played in front of a 3,469 crowd, Donegal set themselves up to take advantage of a slightly makeshift Cork midfield. Although Cork had succeeded with a series of short kick-outs against Monaghan last day out, Ken O’Halloran was struggling to get his distances right with the strength of the wind in his favour.

Even against the breeze, Donegal had no trouble with kicking long into their midfield and it was their domination around the centre that paved the way for their early success. Colm O’Neill opened up the scoring with a free in the second minute but the next three points were Donegal’s, Martin O’Reilly sticking over a couple of them.

A fine Kevin O’Driscoll score was matched by a Christy Toye effort and it wasn’t until the 19th minute that Cork drew level with a Donncha O’Connor free. Donegal were unlocking a relatively tight Cork defence with overlaps and overhead handpasses and O’Reilly added his third in the 21st minute before Mark Collins’ shot flew over in the 25th to make it 0-5 apiece. It turned out to be the last score of the half as the teams found each other as much as the squally conditions difficult.

Scorers for Donegal: M O’Reilly (0-4); M Murphy (all frees), P McBrearty (1 free) (0-3 each); C Toye, O MacNiallais (free) (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill (0-4, frees); Tomás Clancy (1-0); K O’Driscoll, D O’Connor (free), M Collins, B Hurley (0-1 each).

Subs for Donegal: M McElhinney for H McFadden (h-t); C McFadden for C Toye (57); A Thompson for K Lacey (60); E McGee for E Doherty (65); J Gibbons for P McBrearty (70+2).

Sent off: M Murphy (second yellow, 51).

Subs for Cork: C Dorman for J O’Sullivan (43); P Kerigan for D O’Connor (47); P Kelly for C O’Driscoll (56); J Hayes for K O’Driscoll (65); D Óg Hodnett for J O’Rourke (66).

DONEGAL: P Durcan; P McGrath, E Doherty, N McGee; K Lacey, F McGlynn, R McHugh; N Gallagher, H McFadden; M McHugh, C Toye, O MacNiallais; P McBrearty, M Murphy, M O’Reilly.

CORK: K O’Halloran; T Clancy (Clonakilty), M Shields, J Loughrey; T Clancy (Fermoy), E Cadogan, J O’Sullivan; F Goold, M Collins; C O’Driscoll, J O’Rourke, K O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, B Hurley.

Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan)

Fixture Details

01.03.2015 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 2015 Round 3
Fr Tierney Park, Ballyshannon @ 14:00
Dún na nGall v Corcaigh
Referee: Joe McQuillan (An Cabhán)

Team News

CORK: Ken O’Halloran; Tom Clancy, Michael Shields, James Loughrey; Jamie O’Sullivan, Eoin Cadogan, Tomas Clancy; Fintan Goold, Mark Collins; Colm O’Driscoll, John O’Rourke, Kevin O’Driscoll; Colm O’Neill, Donncha O’Connor, Brian Hurley

DONEGAL: Paul Durcan; Paddy McGrath, Eamonn McGee, Eamonn Doherty; Frank McGlynn, Karl Lacey, Mark McHugh; Neil Gallagher, Christy Toye; Martin O’Reilly, Odhran MacNiallais, Ryan McHugh; Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy, Hugh McFadden.

Match Coverage

Deferred coverage of this game will be shown on TG4

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Armagh 2-16 Limerick 1-6

Armagh defeated Limerick by 2-16 to 1-6 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on March 1st in Kilmallock.

Armagh build on perfect start to overcome Limerick

From the Irish Times newspaper

Armagh 2-16 Limerick 1-6

The outcome was never in much doubt at Kilmallock as Armagh led 1-6 to 1-3 at half-time after Limerick had the benefit of the strong breeze.

The visitors made the perfect start with points by Tony Kernan (free) and Finnian Moriarty and they struck for their opening goal after 11 minutes when Aidan Forker raced forward to be first to reach a breaking ball from a Tony Kernan pass. Limerick had to wait for 19 minutes for their first score, a point by Cillian Fahy.

It was 1-4 to 0-1 when Limerick midfielder Tommy Lee rounded off a splendid move with a goal but Armagh were more than happy to be three points in front at the break. Armagh scored 1-6 in that period, equal to Limerick’s fulltime tally. Armagh’s second goal came from Mark Shields after 49 minutes which made it 2-10 to 1-4 and Limerick could manage only two more points, one from Garrett Noonan and a Seanie Buckley free.

Michael McKenna was a constant thorn in Limerick’s side and he scored five points, all from play, with Tony Kernan getting four, three frees. Limerick again found scoring difficult and managed only 1-2 from play as Armagh ran out impressive winners.

LIMERICK: B Scanlon (0-1, 45); R Browne, J McCarthy, C Moran; I Corbett, P Browne, C Fahy (0-1); T Lee 1-0, G Hegarty; D Tracey, D Neville (0-2, frees), S Buckley (0-1, free); M Lyons, C Sheehan, M Brosnan
Subs: P Nash for Lyons (28 mins), D Ward for Brosnan (53 mins), G Noonan 0-1 for Lee (55 mins), P Moran for C Moran (60 mins), J Mullins for Neville (61 mins), J O’Riordan for Hegarty (69 mins).

ARMAGH: N Geoghegan; A Mallon, C Vernon, M Murray; A Forker (1-1), F Moriarty (0-1), M McConville; A Findon, P Carragher; C Rafferty (0-1), M McKenna (0-5), M Shields (1-1); T Kernan (0-4, three frees), E Rafferty (0-1), A Murnin
Subs: C O’Hanlon (0-2) for Murnin (45 mins), S Harrold and E McVerry for Carragher and Forker (both 52 mins), P Morrisson for Geoghegan (63 mins)

Referee: J Hickey, Carlow.

Fixture Details

01.03.2015 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 2015 Round 3
Kilmallock @ 14:00
Luimneach v Ard Mhacha
Referee: John Hickey (Ceatharlach)

Team News

Limerick Manager John Brudair has named his starting team for the Division 3 Round 3 National Football League game V Armagh on Sunday 1st March 2015 in Kilmallock at 2pm.

There is one change from the Team that were defeated by Tipperary in Round 2, Micheal Brosnan replaces Colm Moran 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. 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 Micheal Brosnan Dromcollogher/Broadford

1. Niall Geoghegan

2. Andy Mallon

3. Charlie Vernon

4. Mickey Murray

5. Aidan Forker

6. Finnian Moriarty

7. Mark McConville

8. Aaron Findon

9. Stephen Harold

10. Caolan Rafferty

11. Miceal McKenna

12. Mark Shields

13. Tony Kernan

14. Ethan Rafferty

15. Jamie Clarke

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 0-15 Dublin 1-10

Kerry defeated Dublin by 0-15 to 1-10 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on March 1st in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

Kerry beat Dublin with strong second half

Kerry 0-15 Dublin 1-10

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A dominant second-half performance, in which the home outfit outscored their opponents by 0-8 to 0-1 directly upon the change of ends, saw Eamonn Fitzmaurice enjoy his first victory as Kerry manager over Dublin this afternoon. Bryan Sheehan (two frees), Stephen O’Brien and David Moran splits the posts in quick succession as Kerry capitalised on a host of poor kick-outs from Dublin goalkeeper Sean Currie.

Bernard Brogan stopped the rot for Dublin with their first point of the second-half on 43 minutes. There was no let up from the Kingdom, though, who hit four more on the hop – Paul Geaney, Sheehan and Barry John Keane (0-2) the providers. The winners finished with 14-men as Kerry had used their full compliment of substitutes by the time Jack Sherwood was black-carded on 69 minutes.

Dublin too finished with 14 men, Michael Fitzsimons red-carded in a late brawl which broke out in front of the Kerry goal. Overall, referee Eddie Kinsella flashed one red, seven yellow and four black cards in a tempered affair. Dublin had opened in far brighter fashion, Ciaran Kilkenny unlucky not to find the net as early as two minutes – goalkeeper Brendan Kiely deflecting over the Castleknock forward’s effort.

Michael Geaney and Johnny Buckley had Kerry off the mark, but Jack McCaffrey and Kevin McManamon kept Dublin in front. McManamon was causing Fionn Fitzgerald all sorts of problems, with McCaffrey, Jonny Cooper and Tomás Brady effective in Dublin’s approach play. At the other end, Kieran Donaghy was struggling to impose himself. The first three deliveries into the towering full-forward were taken down by blue shirts and Kerry’s woes in front of goal were compounded by a flurry of deplorable wides from Geaney and Stephen O’Brien.

Brady, McCaffrey and Cooper extended Dublin’s advantage their lead could have been greater had Eoghan O’Gara, unmarked, not blasted wides from close range. Kerry had a goal chance of their own on 27 minutes, but Paul Geaney fumbled possession at the crucial moment. Dublin goalkeeper Currie was struggling from his kick-outs and when Sheehan (free) and Buckley splits the posts, the interval gap stood at the minimum, 0-7 to 0-6.

Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan (0-6, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘45); S O’Brien, BJ Keane, J Buckley (0-2 each); P Geaney, D Moran, M Geaney (0-1).

Scorers for Dublin: B Brogan (1-2, 0-1 free); J McCaffrey (0-2); D Rock (0-1 free), C Kilkenny, S Carthy, T Brady, K McManamon, E O’Gara (0-1 each).

Kerry: B Kiely; P Kilkenny, M Griffin, F Fitzgerald; J Lyne, J Sherwood, P Murphy; A Maher, D Moran; M Geaney, B Sheehan, J Buckley; S O’Brien, K Donaghy, P Geaney.
Subs: K Young for P Murphy (34 mins, bc), BJ Keane for M Geaney (HT), T Walsh for P Geaney (59), S Enright for Kilkenny (61), A Fitzgerald for Sheehan (64), P O’Connor for O’Brien (68).

Dublin: S Currie; M Fitzsimons, R O’Carroll, D Daly; J Cooper, P McMahon, J McCaffrey; D Bastick, S Carthy; T Brady, D Rock, C Kilkenny; K McManamon, E O’Gara, C Costello.
Subs: C O’Sullivan for Bastick (14 mins, bc), B Brogan for Costello (HT), P Andrews for Rock (45), N Devereux for McMahon (54, bc), B Fenton for Brady (57), E Lowndes for Cooper (63).

Referee: E Kinsella (Laois).

Fixture Details

01.03.2015 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 2015 Round 3
Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney @ 14:00
Ciarraí v Áth Cliath
Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

Team News

KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Pa Kilkenny, Mark Griffin, Fionn Fitzgerald; Jonathan Lyne, Jack Sherwood, Paul Murphy; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Michael Geaney, Bryan Sheehan, Johnny Buckley; Stephen O’Brien, Kieran Donaghy (captain), Paul Geaney.

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Club Championship Final – Piltown (Kilkenny) 1-10 Lismore (Waterford) 1-9

Piltown (Kilkenny) defeated Lismore (Waterford) by 1-10 to 1-9 in the AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Club Championship Final on Sunday March 1st at Croke Park.

Piltown take Intermediate Camogie club title

AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Camogie Final: Piltown (Kilkenny) 1-10 Lismore (Waterford) 1-9

Piltown held off a late rally from champions Lismore to claim their first AIB All-Ireland intermediate club camogie title in bitterly cold conditions at Croke Park.

Snow fell as the teams came out onto the pitch and did their warm-ups but had thankfully abated by the time referee Peter Dowd threw the sliotar in. Lismore started well, with their half-back line particularly dominant but after Aoife Hannon landed an easy free Triona McGlone had been halted illegally, Piltown hit back with three points in two minutes.

Edel Long started the mini-flurry when her dropping shot was batted over Lismore goalkeeper, Tanya Morrissey. Alice Talbot landed a free from the next attack and Niamh Culleton slotted immediately after from the right flank. Piltown were motoring and it got even better for them when Chloe Blackmore grabbed a 12th minute goal.

The move started when Sarah Fenton’s attempted clearance was blocked and after a wonderful bit of inter-play between Katie Power and Niamh Culleton, the sliotar ended with Blackmore, who drove low to the right corner of the Lismore net. Lismore were not without chances but were ponderous in possession at times, getting blocked far too many times, while Piltown also filtered a lot of players behind the ball to deny them the space they normally thrive on.

The Waterford side were given a massive lifeline though when Aoife Hannon rocketed a 20m free to the Piltown net, despite the presence of 6 players between the posts, to leave them trailing by just 1-6 to 1-4 at half time.

Chloe Holden and Aoife Talbot quickly doubled the advantage after the restart and though Hannon hit a couple of excellent frees, Katie Power made it three before Piltown captain, Laura Norris landed a brilliant point to make it four once more with seven minutes remaining.

The Piltown defence had been completely dominant throughout, confining Lismore to two points from play. Irish soccer international, Karen Duggan and Kellyann Doyle were the standout performers. Player of the match, Doyle was magnificent at left half-back, cutting out the supply repeatedly and then using the speed that has made her the U18 400m hurdles record-holder to turn defence into attack.
Lismore threw everything at them, with Grainne Kenneally an inspirational figure. Nicola Morrissey had a goal correctly ruled out in the 57th minute as she was in the square when providing the finishing touch. Hannon converted frees either side of a score from Kennelly to reduce the margin to the minimum but time ran out and it was Piltown’s day.
Scorers for Piltown: A Talbot 0-4(3fs, 1 45); C Blackmore 1-0; L Norris 0-2; N Culleton, K Power (f), E Long, C Holden 0-1 each

Scorers for Lismore: A Hannon 1-7(1-6fs); N Morrissey, G Kenneally 0-1 each

PILTOWN: A Norris, J Power, E Kenny, J Norris, D Phelan, K Duggan, K Doyle, L Norris, A Talbot, N Culleton, K Power, E Long, C Holden, C Blackmore, L Long. Subs: G Culleton for Talbot (47), L McCarthy for Holden (59), K Phelan for D Phelan (60+1)

LISMORE: T Morrissey, N Molumphy, S Prendergast, M Russell, A Houlihan, S Kiernan, S Fenton, G Kenneally, S Curran, N Morrissey, A Hannon, S Williams, R Geoghegan, T McGlone, J Houlihan. Subs: L Buckley for Williams (28), S Coughlan for Molumphy (ht), A O’Brien for Houlihan (46)

Referee: P Dowd (Meath)
Report: Daragh Ó Conchuir for

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Clare 0-22 Sligo 1-13

Clare defeated Sligo by 0-22 to 1-13 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on March 1st in Cusack Park, Ennis.

Clare coast to comprehensive win over Sligo in Division Three match

Clare 0-22 Sligo 1-13

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

Clare enjoyed a comprehensive win over Sligo in Division Three of the Allianz football league at Cusack Park, Ennis, making it two wins out of three and consigning Sligo to the pointless category.

Though the visitors held the edge in the opening half, leading by 0-11 to 0-9 at the break, they were swamped by Clare in the second period, conceding 10 unanswered points in the opening 16 minutes of the half and their goal, a consolation score at that, came in injury time through full-forward Adrain Marren.

Sligo lead by 0-5 to 0-0 as early as the 14th minute of the opening half but when Clare finally got off the mark moments later through centre-forward Shane Hickey, the comeback was under way. Clare clawed it back to a one point game, 0-10 to 0-9, by the 34th minute before Marren converted a close-in free for Sligo in injury-time.

After half-time it was all Clare. Pat Burke and Shane McGrath terrorised the Sligo defence and contributed handsomely to their side’s scoring tally. Sligo didn’t score again until 16 minutes into the half when Niall Ewing pointed though the goal was at his mercy. But the game was over as a contest at this stage and now Clare look forward to an away tie with Tipperary next weekend.

CLARE: J Hayes; D Ryan (0-1), K Harnett, M McMahon; C Russell, G Kelly, J Malone; G Brennan (0-3, frees), C O’Connor (0-1); S Collins (0-2), S Hickey (0-3), S McGrath (0-5); S Brennan, P Collins, P Burke (0-5)
Subs: D Tubridy (0-2, one free) for S Brennan (h-t), S Haugh for Malone (64 mins), M O’Leary for Burke (64 mins), C Dunning for S Collins (68 mins), D Nagle for McMahon (bc, 70 mins).

SLIGO: A Devaney; D Maye, R Donovan, E Flanagan; K Cawley, B Egan, N Gaughan; C Breheney, C Davey (0-1); N Ewing (0-1), M Breheny (0-2, one free), N Murray; P Hughes, A Marren 1-6, 0-6 frees), D Kelly (0-3)
Subs: K McDonnell for Davey (18 mins), S Gilmartin for C Breheny (47 mins), L Bree for Cawley (61 mins), G Ryan for Gaughan (61 mins).

Referee: J Henry (Mayo)

Fixture Details

01.03.2015 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 2015 Round 3
Cusack Park, Ennis @ 14:00
An Clár v Sligeach
Referee: Jerome Henry (Maigh Eo)

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Fermanagh 2-9 Tipperary 0-11

Fermanagh defeated Tipperary by 2-9 to 0-11 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on March 1st in Brewster Park, Enniskillen.

Paul McCusker strikes to earn Fermanagh win over Tipperary

Fermanagh 2-9 Tipperary 0-11

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

A goal by Paul McCusker eight minutes from time secured a third consecutive victory for Fermanagh who continued their promotion push from Division Three of the Allianz Football League.

While Tipp, one of the fancied sides in this division, were unlucky to lose to Armagh in their opening league game, they could have no complaints about their second defeat on the road to Ulster opposition yesterday. Despite building an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead in Brewster Park, they struggled in midfield and lacked cohesion.

Indiscipline also cost Tipperary with black cards for Barry Grogan and Paddy Codd at a crucial period of the second half unsettling them. They were also reduced to 14 men in injury-time when Robbie Kiely picked up a second yellow card. Tipp had seven different scorers in the first half while Fermanagh relied heavily on Sean Quigley, whose goal after 23 minutes left the Erne men level at 1-4 to 0-7 at the break.

Conor Sweeney was the only Tipp player to score for the visitors in the second half and it remained nip and tuck throughout the second half until McCusker palmed in a second goal, following an unselfish pass by Quigley, eight minutes from the end.

FERMANAGH: T Treacy; M Jones, T Daly, M O’Brien (0-1); D McCusker, D Kelly, J McMahon; E Donnelly, R O’Callaghan; P McCusker (1-0), R Jones (0-2), B Mulrone; T Corrigan (0-1), S Quigley (1-5, 0-5 frees), R Corrigan
Subs: N Cassidy for M Jones (68 mins).

TIPPERARY: E Comerford (0-1, 45); A Campbell, P Codd, A Morrissey; S Kennedy, P Acheson, R Kiely; C O’Riordan, S O’Brien (0-1); G Hannigan (0-1), B Grogan (0-1), P Austin (0-1); C Sweeney (0-5, four frees), M Quinlivan (0-1), I Fahey
Subs: L Casey for O’Brien (45 mins), B Mulvihill for Grogan (bc, 54 mins), D Dwyer for Austin (56 mins), S Flynn for Codd (bc, 58 mins), D Lonergan for Sweeney (70 mins)

Referee: Noel Mooney (Cavan)

Fixture Details

01.03.2015 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 2015 Round 3
Brewster Park, Enniskillen @ 14:00
Fear Manach v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Noel Mooney (An Cabhán)

Team News

There are 2 changes on the Tipperary Senior Football team to play Fermanagh in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League this Sunday in Brewster Park, Enniskillen. Robbie Kiely returns from his one match suspension and takes over at left half back for the injured Donagh Leahy. Philip Austin comes in at wing forward for the injured Brian Fox

Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers), Paddy Codd Capt. (Killenaule), Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers), Seamus Kennedy (Commercials), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers), Colin O’Riordan (J K Brackens), Stephen O’Brien (Ballina), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Barry Grogan (Aherlow), Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), Michael Quinlivan (Commercials), Ian Fahy (Commercials).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Offaly v Waterford

Offaly will play Waterford in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B at 3pm on Saturday March 7th in O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

Fixture Details

Saturday March 7th
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1B 2015 Round 3
O’Connor Park, Tullamore 15:00
Uíbh Fhailí v Port Láirge
Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)