AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Final – Templenoe (Kerry) 4-13 Ardnaree Sarsfields (Mayo) 1-10

Templenoe (Kerry) defeated Ardnaree Sarsfields (Mayo) by 4-13 to 1-10 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Final on Saturday February 6th at Croke Park.

Junior Football: O’Sullivan leads Templenoe to glory

AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Final: Templenoe (Kerry) 4-13 Ardnaree-Sarsfields (Mayo) 1-10

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Stephen O’Sullivan had a day he will never forget as Templenoe became the seventh Kerry team to scale the heights in an open AIB All-Ireland junior club football final at Croke Park.

O’Sullivan tormented the Arndaree-Sarsfields defence and was the difference between the sides, scoring three wonderful goals in the nine-point victory. The game turned in a 15-minute spell either side of half time, as O’Sullivan struck for two of his goals to open up a gap that Ardnaree couldn’t reel in, despite Ronan O’Malley’s goal within seconds of his introduction.

The Munster men began well and with the Spillane brothers, Killian and Adrian, amongst the points, were 0-8 to 0-4 ahead entering the second quarter. Ardnaree took some time to settle and in this period, the accuracy of captain Eoin McCormack from placed balls was vital. O’Sullivan had his first attempt at goal brilliantly saved by Blaine Ginty but made no mistake in the 17th minute, giving the Ardnaree custodian no chance.

O’Malley was introduced soon after and with his first touch, stabbed to the Templenoe net from close range, after Anthony Sheehan had saved Stephen Tighe’s shot. Soon, the margin was down to two but crucially, that was six at half time, 2-10 to 1-7 as Brian Crowley was on hand at the end of a splendid team move to goal.

Points were exchanged inside the opening minute of the second half but when O’Sullivan cut in from the left in the 32nd minute for his second goal, there was no way back for Ardnaree. O’Sullivan completed his hat-trick in the 50th minute, when breaking down a long ball to Mike Hallissey. The centre-forward returned the ball to his team-mate, who turned sharply inside his marker and slid a low shot to the far corner.

That sparked animated celebrations, as by then, the verdict was assured.


SCORERS FOR TEMPLENOE: S O’Sullivan 3-1; B Crowley 1-3; K Spillane 0-4(3fs); A Spillane 0-2; D Cahalane, P Spillane, T Doyle (45) 0-1 each

ARDNAREE-SARSFIELDS: E McCormack 0-6(5fs, 1 45); R O’Malley 1-0; M Rafter 0-2; R Clarke, C Walsh 0-1 each

TEMPLENOE: A Sheehan, K O’Neill, T Morley, M Hallissey, P Clifford, J Spillane, G Crowley, S Sheehan, A Spillane, B Crowley, C Hallissey, D Cahalane, K Spillane, T Doyle, S O’Sullivan
Subs: P Spillane for Cahalane (52), J Rice for M Hallissey (54), S Cremin for Clifford for (57), J Holland for O’Sullivan (59), J Moriarty for O’Neill

ARDNAREE-SARSFIELDS: B Ginty, Conor Naylor, Colm Naylor, C Cawley, M McCormack, P Lacken, S Timlen, S Tighe, M Rafter, N Beattie, R Clarke, C Noone, R Doherth, C Walsh, E McCormack
Subs: R O’Malley for Noone (20), I Clarke for Cawley (ht), J Timlin for Walsh (34), B Fitzpatrick for Colm Naylor (39), J Egan for R Clarke (48), K McCarron for Beattie (48)

REFEREE: N Cullen (Fermanagh)

Fixture Details

Saturday February 6th
AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:00
Ardnaree Sarsfields (Maigh Eo) v Templenoe (Ciarraí)
Referee: Niall Cullen (Fear Manach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 2-8 Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) 0-6

Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) defeated Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) by 2-8 to 0-6 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday February 6th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Fixture Details

06.02.2016 (Sat)
AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi Finals
Semple Stadium, Thurles 15:45
Oulart-The Ballagh (Loch Garman) v Na Piarsaigh (Luimneach)
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Louth 1-10 Waterford 1-9

Louth defeated Waterford by 1-10 to 1-9 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday February 7th at Carrignore, Waterford.

Fixture Details

07.02.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 4 Round 2
Carrignore, Waterford 14:00
Port Láirge v An Lú
Referee: Michael Collins (Corcaigh)

Team News

The Waterford Team to face Louth in the Allianz National Football League on Sunday in Carriganore at 2pm has just being announced.

1. Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty)
2. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin (An Rinn)
3. Thomas O’Gorman (The Nire)
4. James McGrath (The Nire)
5. Brian Looby (Ballinacourty)
6. Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
7. Ray O’Ceallaigh (An Rinn)
8. Conor Prunty (Ballinacourty)
9. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty) – Captain
10. Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan)
11. Donie Breathnach (An Rinn)
12. Maurice O’Gorman (The Nire)
13. Shaun Corcoran (St. Saviours)
14. Joey Veale (Kilrossanty)
15. Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty)

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Longford 0-13 Limerick 1-8

Longford defeated Limerick by 0-13 to 1-8 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday February 7th at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Fixture Details

Sunday February 7th
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Round 2
Glennon Brothers Pearse PK, Longford 14:00
An Longfort v Luimneach
Referee: James Molloy (Gaillimh)

Team News

The Limerick starting fifteen is as follows: 1 Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffins), 2 Johnny McCarthy (St.Kierans), 3 Paudie Browne (Fr. Caseys), 4 Sean O Dea (Kilteely Dromkeen), 5 Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins), 6 Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest)(Captain), 7 Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 8 Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), 9 Darragh Tracey (St. Kierans), (10) Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest), (11) Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen), (12) Seanie Buckley (Dromcollogher/Broadford), (13) Danny Neville (Ballysteen), (14) Ian Ryan (St Senan’s) and (15) Peter Nash (Kildimo Pallaskenry).

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Donegal 2-14 Cork 1-7

Donegal defeated Cork by 2-14 to 1-7 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 7th at Fr. Tierney Park, Ballyshannon.

Cork collapse under Donegal pressure

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper


Cork shipped one of their heaviest Division 1 defeats in recent history when they went down by 10 points to Donegal in Ballyshannon. Without a score for 40 minutes between the 23rd and 62nd minutes and trailing 1-9 to 1-3 at half-time, Cork’s performance couldn’t have been more removed from their slick showing against Mayo last weekend. If anything, what they mustered against the wind in the opening half was better than what they offered thereafter.

Donegal, on the other hand, were just as if not more impressive than they were in Newry eight days ago, Odhrán Mac Niallais their stand-out performer with a tally of 1-4 from play and the home side’s second half goalscorer. Leading 1-4 to no score after 16 minutes, Donegal threatened to steamroll Cork. Their goal was the result of some beautiful link-up play between Eoin McHugh and Martin O’Reilly who couldn’t have placed his shot better.

Cork, though, began to settle as Brian O’Driscoll exerted his influence on proceedings. Donal Óg Hodnett was threatening the Donegal defence for the majority of the time he was on the ball. His 18th minute goal came courtesy of being put through after Peter Kelleher and Brian Hurley combined to put him in for the strike.

A couple of Daniel Goulding frees followed and the margin became one in the 23rd minute. But the remainder of the half was all Donegal. They hit Cork for five points without reply, Mac Niallais sending over two excellent ones from distance.

Scorers for Donegal: O Mac Niallais (1-4); M O’Reilly (1-1); P McBrearty (0-4, 2 frees); C Thompson (0-2); M Murphy (free), A Thompson, F McGlynn (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding (0-5, 3 frees); D Hodnett (1-0); M Collins, B O’Driscoll (0-1 each).

DONEGAL: P Boyle; E Doherty, E McGee, N McGee; P McGrath, A Thompson, R McHugh; M Murphy, O Mac Niallais; E McHugh, F McGlynn, C Thompson; H McFadden, P McBrearty, M O’Reilly
Subs for Donegal: R Kavanagh for C Thompson (black, 37); M McElhinney for N McGee (57); E “Ban” Gallagher for E Doherty (58); N Gallagher for H McFadden (64); M Carroll for E McHugh (65).

CORK: K O’Halloran; T Clancy, J O’Sullivan, K Crowley; C O’Driscoll, B O’Driscoll, M Collins; I Maguire, A O’Sullivan; R Deane, D Hodnett, P Kerrigan; D Goulding, P Kelleher, B Hurley
Subs for Cork: B Daly for K Crowley (h-t); D O’Connor for R Deane (49); K O’Hanlon for D Hodnett (57); C O’Neill for B Hurley (64); D Mac Eoin for D Goulding (69).

Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan)

Fixture Details

Sunday February 7th
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Round 2
Fr. Tierney Park, Ballyshannon 14:00
Dún na nGall v Corcaigh
Referee: Joe McQuillan (An Cabhán)

Team News

Peadar Healy has made four changes to his team for Sunday’s trip to Ballyshannon for round 2 of the Allianz Football League.

Brendan O’Connell starts in goal as Ken O’Halloran drops out of the match day squad this week, Ryan Price is the sub goalie.

Two changes in defence see Kevin Crowley and Kevin O’Driscoll replace Eoin Cadogan and Kieran Histon.

Just one change to the Rebel attack, Donal Og Hodnett replaces Luke Connolly.

The Cork panel to face Donegal is as follow;

1. Brendan O Connell (Glanmire)
2. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
3. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
4. Kevin Crowley (Milstreet)
5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg Maccarthaigh)
7. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
8. Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)
9. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
10. Andrew O Sullivan (Castletownbere)
11. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
12. Donal Og Hodnett (O Donovan Rossa)
13. Daniel Goulding (Eire Og)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
16. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
17. Michael Shield (St Finbarrs)
18. Mark Collins (O Donovan Rossa)
19. Bart Daly (Newmarket)
20. Killian O Hanlon (Kilshannig)
21. Fintan Gould (Macroom)
22. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
23. Dan McEoin (Ilen Rovers)
24 Donncha O Connor (Ballydesmond)
25. Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel)
26. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Roscommon 0-14 Kerry 1-10

Roscommon defeated Kerry by 0-14 to 1-10 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 7th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Roscommon score first win over Kerry in 15 years

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner

Roscommon 0-14 Kerry 1-10

The footballers of Roscommon sprung a major upset this afternoon in Fitzgerald Stadium when scoring their first win over Kerry in 15 years. Kevin McStay and Fergal O’Donnell’s charges delivered a rousing closing 20 minutes, hitting four points while holding their opponents to just one.

A Stephen O’Brien point on 48 minutes moved Kerry two ahead, but Fitzmaurice’s side would add to their tally on only one further occasion during the remainder of the contest – that a Conor Cox free seven minutes into stoppages – as Cathal Cregg (0-2), Ciaran Murtagh (free) and Enda Smith kicked the Rossies to a famous win.

Kerry held the interval advantage despite going scoreless for 20 minutes of that first period and finding themselves five adrift after 25 minutes. The home outfit started much the brighter and were three to the good following opening scores from Johnny Buckley and a pair of Johnny Buckley frees inside eight minutes.

The visitors, having been turned over seven times in those opening eight minutes, eventually settled, kicking eight unanswered points between the 10th and 25th minute. Chief contributors were Fintan Cregg (two frees) and two massive kicks from Cathal Cregg.

A Barry John Keane free on 28 minutes ended Kerry’s barren spell and they moved back in front thanks in the main to a fine individual goal from Stephen O’Brien on 31 minutes. It was a lead they would not hold as they are now pointless from their opening two league games.

Scorers for Roscommon: C Cregg (0-4); C Murtagh (0-1 free), F Cregg (0-2 frees), E Smith, C Devanney (0-2 each); C Connolly (0-1 each)

Scorers for Kerry: BJ Keane (0-5, 0-4 frees); S O’Brien (1-1); J Buckley (0-2), C Cox (0-1 free), T Walsh (0-1 each).

Kerry: B Kelly; B Ó Beaglaoich, M Griffin, S Enright; P Murphy, A O’Mahony, K Young; D Moran, J Buckley; J Lyne, D O’Sullivan, D Walsh; BJ Keane, T Walsh, S O’Brien
Subs: T O’Sullivan for Lyne (12 mins, inj), A Fitzgerald for D Walsh (49), C Cox for Keane (57), F Fitzgerald for Enright (58), Barry O’Sullivan for Buckley (52, inj), Brendan O’Sullivan (33)

Roscommon: D O’Malley; N McInerney, N Collins, S McDermott; N Daly, D Murray, R Stack; E Smith, I Kilbride; F Cregg, C Devanney, C Daly; C Connolly, C Cregg, C Murtagh
Subs: C Shine for Kilbride (54), S Purcell for C Daly (57), R Daly for C Cregg (59, bc), C McHugh for Connolly (53)

Referee: F Kelly (Longford)

Fixture Details

Sunday February 7th
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Round 2
Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney 14:00
Ciarraí v Ros Comáin
Referee: Fergal Kelly (An Longfort)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Roscommon in Round 2 of the Allianz League in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday shows three changes in personnel from the side defeated by Dublin in Round 1.

Brian Kelly takes over from Brendan Kealy in goal, Aidan O’Mahony comes into the side in the half back line in place of Fionn Fitzgerald and up front, Jonathan Lyne replaces Philip O’Connor.

Castlegregory’s Alan Fitzgerald is named in the substitutes list as is Barry O’Sullivan from Dingle who won an All Ireland Minor medal with Kerry in 2014.

The team, captained by Killian Young is as follows:

1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Paul Murphy Rathmore
6. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
7. Killian Young (C) Renard
8. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
9. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
10. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
11. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
14. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys
15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare

Fir Ionaid:
16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
18. Philip O’Connor Cordal
19. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
20. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar
21. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory
22. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
23. Gavin O’Grady Glenbeigh-Glencar
24. Conor Cox Listowel Emmets
25. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
26. Barry O’Sullivan Dingle

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Final – St. Marys (Kerry) 2-10 Hollymount-Carramore (Mayo) 0-10

St. Marys (Kerry) defeated Hollymount-Carramore (Mayo) by 2-10 to 0-10 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Final on Saturday February 6th at Croke Park.

Fixture Details

06.02.2016 (Sat)
AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 16:45
Hollymount-Carramore (Maigh Eo) v St Mary’s Caherciveen (Ciarraí)
Referee: John Hickey (Ceatharlach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Tipperary 2-7 Clare 1-7

Tipperary defeated Clare by 2-7 to 1-7 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday February 7th at Sean Treacy Park Tipperary Town.

Tipperary’s sucker punch KOs Clare challenge

Report By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 2-7 Clare 1-7: Tipperary emerged from a game their manager Liam Kearns aptly described as a “war of attrition” to claim their first victory of the season in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League.

Three points out of four is an acceptable return for Tipp from their first two outings but Clare boss Colm Collins lamented some poor decision-making in the first half from his players, who operated with a strong wind from the start. This tie was played in atrocious conditions at Sean Treacy Park in Tipperary Town, as heavier rain became a feature of the second half. Clare registered 10 first-half wides and were 0-4 to 1-4 behind at the break, Tipp’s goal an early one courtesy of Conor Sweeney, who picked up the pieces after the impressive Philip Austin rattled a shot off the crossbar.

Clare were betwixt and between regarding their tactics, as inspirational captain Gary Brennan started at midfield, and did well before being perched on the edge of the square. It seemed a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul but presumably the thinking was to engineer a goal and go route one to Brennan. But Tipp coped admirably with his considerable threat, and had a platform to work from in the second half.

Clare, to their credit, came out and made a real game of it, with David Tubridy kicking a couple of brilliant frees against the elements to haul the Banner men back into contention. They refused to go away and with nine minutes left, the tide appeared to have turned in their direction as Jamie Malone fired a brilliant goal, shortly after Tipp’s Jimmy Feehan was black-carded.

But the home side’s response was brilliant as new captain Peter Acheson grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, cutting through the Clare defence before fisting across the face of goal to Brian Fox, who applied the finish. That goal was the game’s final score and Tipp held out to make it a satisfactory opening to their league campaign — with a visit to Westmeath next on the horizon in three weeks.

Kearns said: “That was a war of attrition — we came out on the right side of it. We laid the foundations in the first half but in fairness to Clare, they came out and played as well as we did in the first half, and gave us loads of it.” Clare boss Colm Collins reflected: “We had some terrible wides (in the first half). In a lot of cases, we should have been a lot more patient but you’d be very proud of their display in the second half.”

Scorers for Tipperary: B Fox 1-1, P Austin 0-4 (2f), C Sweeney 1-0, P Acheson & J Keane 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: J Malone 1-0, D Tubridy 0-3f, G Brennan & E Cleary (1f) 0-2.

TIPPERARY: C Kenrick; C McDonald, A Campbell, C O’Shaughnessy; J Feehan, R Kiely, D Leahy; A Moloney, M Dunne; J Keane, P Acheson, B Fox; N O’Donovan, C Sweeney, P Austin
Subs: J O’Callaghan for D Leahy (53), S Leahy for Feehan (b/c 60), K O’Halloran for Sweeney (62), B Hewitt for Austin (66), D Butler for O’Donovan (68).

CLARE: J Hayes; C O’Dea, K Hartnett, M McMahon; J Malone, G Kelly, P Lillis; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins, E Coughlan, S McGrath; K Sexton, E Cleary, D Tubridy.
Subs: D McMahon for Coughlan (h.t.), P Burke for Sexton (60), S Haugh for McGrath (60), D Nagle for Lillis (67).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Fixture Details

Sunday February 7th
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Round 2
Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town 14:00
Tiobraid Árann v An Clár
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Ciarraí)

Team News


Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 2-23 Wexford 0-15

Limerick defeated Wexford by 2-23 to 0-15 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Saturday February 13th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

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Fixture Details

13.02.2016 (Sat)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1B Round 1
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 19:00
Luimneach v Loch Garman Setanta
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Corcaigh)

Team News

LIMERICK (HL v Wexford): N Quaid (Effin); T Condon (Knockaderry), R McCarthy (Blackrock), R English (Doon); D Morrissey (Ahane), D Byrne (Patrickswell), S Hickey (Murroe-Boher); J Fitzgibbon (Adare), P Browne (Bruff); D Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), G O’Mahony (Kilmallock), C Lynch (Patrickswell); T Morrissey (Ahane), D Hannon (Adare), B Nash (South Liberties).

WEXFORD (HL v Limerick): M Fanning (Glynn-Barntown); L Ryan (Rapparees), M O’Hanlon (St James), J Breen (Adamstown); A Kenny (Buffers Alley), A Shore (Parnells, Dublin), P Foley (Crossabeg/Ballymurn); L Chin (Fayhe Harriers), H Kehoe (Cloughbawn); L Óg McGovern (St Anne’s), A Nolan (HWH Bunclody), I Byrne (Ferns St Aidan’s); C Dunbar (Ballygarrett), J Guiney (Rathnure), D Dunne (Davidstown/Courtnacuddy)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 1-23 Dublin 0-12

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 1-23 to 0-12 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 13th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

D1A: Tipperary off to perfect start

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A: Tipperary 1-23 Dublin 0-12

By Jackie Cahill for

Tipperary crushed Dublin by 14 points in Thurles this evening to signal their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A intent. Michael Ryan’s first competitive game in charge of the Premier County resulted in a big Semple Stadium win.

Tipp may have opted out of the pre-season Munster Senior League but were quickly into their stride against the disappointing Sky Blues, with Jason Forde hitting 1-5 from play in front of 5,105 spectators.

For Dublin and their manager Ger Cunningham, this was a setback following Walsh Cup glory as Tipp dictated the terms of engagement right from the start. Tipp had the breeze at their backs in the opening half and wasted no time getting down to business.

By half-time, the hosts were 1-9 to 0-3 clear and Forde hit the 13th minute goal, breaking onto loose ball before firing a low strike past Conor Dooley, who had done brilliantly within the first 25 seconds to keep out John McGrath.

A new, direct approach from Tipp was evident but they spoiled much of their good work by registering 10 first half wides. Still, Tipp had the scoreboard ticking over with regularity as Dublin struggled to create much.Paul Ryan, whipped off at half-time, sent a couple of scoreable frees wide while other efforts from teammates dropped short.

Noel McGrath, starting a competitive game for Tipp for the first time since his successful battle with cancer last year picked off a gorgeous first half score on a night when his brother John also did well.


Scorers for Tipperary: J Forde 1-5, J McGrath 0-7 (5f), C Kenny & J O’Dwyer 0-3 each, Pádraic Maher & N McGrath 0-2 each, D Fitzelle 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: D Treacy 0-3f, N McMorrow 0-2, D Plunkett, E Dillon, D O’Callaghan, P Ryan (f), M Schutte, D O’Connell & C Cronin 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, T Hamill, M Cahill; B Maher, J Barry, Pádraic Maher; M Breen, D Quinn; D McCormack, Patrick Maher, J Forde; N McGrath, C Kenny, J McGrath
Subs: D Fitzelle for Patrick Maher (47), J Gallagher for Breen (58), J O’Dwyer for McCormack (58), J Meagher for B Maher (66), L Ryan for Quinn (67).

DUBLIN: C Dooley; J Boland, E O’Donnell, O Gough; C O’Callaghan, C Crummy, S Barrett; N McMorrow, J McCaffrey; D Plunkett, E Dillon, D Treacy; D O’Callaghan, P Ryan, M Schutte
Subs: C Cronin for Ryan (h.t.), D O’Connell for Plunkett (48), O O’Rorke for O’Callaghan (59), F McGibb for McCaffrey (63)

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Match Preview

Fixture Details

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 1
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:00
Tiobraid Árann v Áth Cliath
Referee: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling panel selected to take on Dublin in their opening Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A fixture in Semple Stadium this Saturday night, February 13th at 7pm has been announced by manager Michael Ryan.

Michael has handed starting league debuts to Daire Quinn from Nenagh Éire Óg who lines out in midfield and also to Dan McCormack from Borris Ileigh who starts at right half forward.

The McGrath brothers Noel and John line out together once again since both last made joint appearances in last year’s league.

The full panel then is as follows;

1) Darren Gleeson – (Portroe)
2) Cathal Barrett – (Holycross Ballycahill)
3) Tomás Hamill – (Moyne Templetuohy)
4) Michael Cahill – (Thurles Sarsfields)
5) Brendan Maher Capt. – (Borris Ileigh)
6) James Barry – (Upperchurch Drombane)
7) Padraic Maher – (Thurles Sarsfields)
8) Michael Breen – (Ballina)
9) Daire Quinn – (Nenagh Éire Óg)
10) Dan McCormack – (Borris Ileigh)
11) Patrick Maher – (Lorrha Dorrha)
12) Jason Forde – (Silvermines)
13) Noel McGrath – (Loughmore Castleiney)
14) Conor Kenny – (Borris Ileigh)
15) John McGrath – (Loughmore Castleiney)
16) Darragh Mooney – (Eire Óg Annacarty)
17) Ronan Maher – (Thurles Sarsfields)
18) Willie Ryan – (Clonakenny)
19) Liam Ryan – (Drom & Inch)
20) John Meagher – (Loughmore Castleiney)
21) Joe Gallagher – (Kiladangan)
22) Adrian Ryan – (Templederry Kenyons)
23) Dylan Fitzelle – (Cashel King Cormacs)
24) Sean Ryan – (Sean Treacy’s)
25) Andrew Coffey – (Nenagh Eire Óg)
26) John O’Dwyer – (Killenaule)

DUBLIN (HL v Tipperary):

C Dooley (Ballyboden St Enda’s); J Boland (Na Fianna), C O’Callaghan (Cuala), O Gough (Cuala); E O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille), C Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields), S Barrett (Na Fianna); N McMorrow (Ballyboden St Enda’s), J McCaffrey (Lucan Sarsfields); D Plunkett (St Brigid’s), E Dillon (Naomh Fionnbarra), D Treacy (Cuala); P Ryan (Ballyboden St Enda’s), D O’Callaghan (Ballyboden St Enda’s), M Schutte (Cuala).


With their opening Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A fixture against Dublin just three days away, the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel and management team are looking forward to the commencement of the 2016 AHL. This is the first of the National competitions this group have the opportunity to compete in and team preparations have been good in advance of the start of the new season.
Tipperary management have a hardworking, committed bunch of players who are all looking for opportunities to play at this level where the ambition is to qualify for the Quarter-Final stages of the league after the 5 game series.
With the demands of the league intense, every player in the training squad is a key figure in the overall success of the unit.

That said, Michael Ryan’s side have some injury concerns which will impact on availability of the following players – Seamus Callanan will be out for a further couple of weeks, Conor O’Brien will be out for 3 weeks, Kieran Bergin will also be out for 2 weeks while new panelist Sean Curran has suffered a medial ligament injury which will result in Sean missing the entire League.

A panel of 26 players for the opening game against Dublin in Semple Stadium this Saturday night, February 13th, will be announced on Thursday night and this then will be reviewed before each Allianz Hurling League game.

Is mise le meas,

Joe Bracken,
PRO Co. Board


February 13/14: Round 1

February 20/21: Round 2

March 5/6: Round 3

March 12/13: Round 4

March 20: Round 5

March 26: Div 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B finals

April 2/3: Division 1 quarter-finals

April 17: Division 1 semi-finals

May 1: Division1 final


19 – Tipperary (1928-49-50-52-54-55-57-59-60-61-64-65-68-79-88-94-99-2001-2008)

17 – Kilkenny (1933-62-66-76-82-83-86-90-95-2002-2003-2005-2006-2009-2012-2013-2014)

14 – Cork (1926-30-40-41-48-53-69-70-72-74-80-81-93-98)

11 – Limerick (1934-35-36-37-38-47-71-84-85-92-97)

9 – Galway (1932-51-75-87-89-96-2000-2004-2010)

4 – Wexford (1956-58-67-73)

3 – Clare (1946-77-78)

3 – Waterford (1963-2007-2015)

3 – Dublin (1929-39-2011)

1 – Offaly (1991)