Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 2-22 Kilkenny 1-13

Tipperary defeated Kilkenny by 2-22 to 1-13 in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on March 15th at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

D1A Hurling: Tipperary ease past below-par Cats


Allianz Hurling League champions Kilkenny have been plunged into a relegation play-off following Sunday afternoon’s 12-point defeat against Tipperary at Semple Stadium.

The Cats must fight it out for top-flight hurling in 2016 after suffering a third successive competitive defeat – the first time that has happened in Cody’s tenure at the helm. And Kilkenny’s final group outing against Clare next weekend could well turn out to be a dress rehearsal for a winner-takes-all clash to retain Division IA status.

Goals in either half from Séamus Callanan and Niall O’Meara made it three wins on the spin for Tipp – and confirmed their place in the quarter-finals. This was Tipp’s first victory over Kilkenny since a League success two years ago – and just their second in the last 12 League and championship outings against their ancient rivals.

Tipp had nine players on the scoresheet and by half-time, the hosts were seven points clear – 1-16 to 1-9. It was a gripping first half in front of 10,421 spectators, with the sides sharing 27 scores between them before the interval.

The scoring rate dropped substantially in the second half and with Tipp in cruise control, the closing stages were played at almost challenge match pace. But right from the start, there had been a championship feel to proceedings as both sides went at it. Kilkenny would ultimately suffer from the absence of key names but Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan was on his game, shooting all of Kilkenny’s first half points.

Hogan’s influence on proceedings was far less dramatic in the second half as Tipp plugged the spaces in which Hogan had excelled before half-time. And when Callanan set up O’Meara for a 54th minute goal, Tipp were eleven points clear, 2-18 to 1-10.

Tipp were 13 points ahead before the final whistle and won pulling up with 12 to spare in front of a triumphant home crowd. Callanan’s fourth minute goal set Tipp on the road to victory – after Jonjo Farrell had netted after just 16 seconds for Kilkenny.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 1-7 (3f, 1 ’65’), N O’Meara 1-2, J O’Dwyer 0-4, N McGrath 0-3, M Breen 0-2, P Maher 0-1, J Woodlock 0-1, J Forde 0-1, S Bourke 0-1.

Scorers for Kilkenny: R Hogan 0-10 (6f), J Farrell 1-1, M Kelly 0-1, J Power 0-1 (1 ’65’)

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; P Curran, C O’Mahony, C Barrett; M Breen, P Maher, R Maher; K Bergin, J Woodlock; J O’Dwyer, B Maher, J Forde; N McGrath, S Callanan, N O’Meara
Subs: C O’Brien for Curran (inj, 29), S McGrath for Forde (51), J McGrath for O’Meara (59), S Bourke for N McGrath (62), D Egan for Gleeson (inj, 65).

KILKENNY: E Murphy; S Prendergast, P Murphy, J Tyrrell; B Kennedy, K Joyce, C Buckley; M Kelly, L Ryan; W Walsh, R Hogan, M Ruth; J Farrell, J Power, G Aylward
Subs: K Kelly for Aylward (h.t.), J Lyng for Ryan (48)
Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath).
Report: Jackie Cahill for

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Kilkenny in round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A next Sunday, March 15th, in Semple Stadium has been announced. Manager Eamon O’Shea has elected to name the same 15 as announced for the Clare game last week as his side go in search of their third win in a row in the league.

Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Michael Breen (Ballina), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Brendan Maher Capt. (Borris-Ileigh), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 0-17 Tyrone 2-10

Cork defeated Tyrone by 0-17 to 2-10 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on March 15th in Healy Park, Omagh

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 2-13 Donegal 2-11

Kerry defeated Donegal by 2-13 to 2-11 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on March 15th in Austin Stack Park, Tralee

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Cork 2-17 Galway 0-20

Cork defeated Galway by 2-17 to 0-20 in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on March 15th in Pearse Stadium, Salthill

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Armagh 3-11 Clare 1-11

Armagh defeated Clare by 3-11 to 1-11 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on March 15th in Cusack Park, Ennis

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Fermanagh 2-19 Limerick 2-10

Fermanagh defeated Limerick by 2-19 to 2-10 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on March 15th in Brewster Park, Enniskillen

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Antrim 0-15 Waterford 0-13

Antrim defeated Waterford by 0-15 to 0-13 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on March 15th in Walsh Park Waterford.

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Kerry 1-24 Carlow 3-17

Kerry defeated Carlow by 1-24 to 3-17 in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on March 15th in Netwatch Cullen Park.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Waterford 4-30 Antrim 0-10

Waterford defeated Antrim by 4-30 to 0-10 in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on March 15th in Walsh Park

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Tipperary 4-16 Louth 3-11

Tipperary defeated Louth by 4-16 to 3-11 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on March 15th at the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda.

Premier power to win

By John Savage for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Louth 3-11 Tipperary 4-16

The long trip home from Drogheda was a pleasant one for Tipperary, as they all but sealed Division 3 survival against 14-man Louth. Promotion is still not out of the question but games are quickly running out for Peter Creedon’s men, as they pray for an unlikely slip-up by pacesetters Fermanagh or Armagh.

Both Ulster sides kept their unbeaten records intact elsewhere, but Tipp were full value for maximum points too, albeit with a few ‘Wee’ scares along the way. They made a blistering start. Goals from George Hannigan — after 30 seconds — and Conor Sweeney, opened a 2-3 to 0-2 lead after 17 minutes. Louth closed the gap to the minimum, but Tipp finished the half strongly to lead 2-6 to 0-8 at the break.

The hosts rattled 1-2 without reply in the first four minutes of the second period to lead for the first time, half-time sub Derek Crilly with the goal. But again Tipp’s response was emphatic, 1-5 without reply, Liam Casey slotting home goal number three.

Louth lost midfielder Eoin O’Connor to a second yellow card, but they dug in with Crilly completing his hat-trick to keep things interesting. But man-of-the-match Philip Austin fired home Tipp’s fourth goal, rubber-stamping a deserved victory.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney 1-5 (0-5f), P Austin, L Casey 1-1 each, G Hannigan 1-0, B Grogan 0-3 (0-1f, 0-1 ‘45’), C O’Riordan, S O’Brien 0-2 each, B Mulvihill, R Kiely 0-1 each.

Scorers for Louth: D Crilly 3-1, D Byrne 0-3, R Burns 0-2f, A Reid 0-2, E O’Connor, B Duffy, C Judge 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: C Nugent; A Campbell, P Codd, R Kiely; S Kennedy, P Acheson, C O’Riordan; G Hannigan, S O’Brien; L Casey, P Austin, I Fahey; C Sweeney, B Grogan, B Fox
Subs for Tipperary: G Mulhaire for Kiely (HT), B Mulvihill for Fahey (64), A Morrissey for Kennedy (66), D Lonergan for Grogan (66), D Dwyer for Austin (69), S Flynn for Fox (70).

LOUTH: N Gallagher; K Toner, P Reilly, P Rath; J Stewart, D Finnegan, A Williams; B Duffy, E O’Connor; A Reid, C Judge, D Byrne; P Kirwan, D O’Connor, R Burns
Subs for Louth: S O’Hanlon for P Kirwan (29), C Grimes for D O’Connor (31), D Crilly for Judge (h-t), D Maguire for Burns (64), T Durnin for Duffy (67).

REF: B Rice (Down)

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Louth in the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda on Sunday next March 15th at 2pm in the Allianz Football League Roinn 3 round 5 has been announced. There is one change to the starting XV that lined out against Clare last Saturday as Brian Fox returns to replace the injured Michael Quinlivan. Elsewhere Liam Casey is also retained having started last week instead of the injured Andrew Morrissey.

The team in full then is as follows;

Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers), Paddy Codd Capt. (Killenaule), Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers), Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Colin O’Riordan (J K Brackens), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Steven O’Brien (Ballina), Liam Casey (Cahir), Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), Barry Grogan (Aherlow ), Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty)