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Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 0-10 Leitrim 1-6

Waterford defeated Leitrim by 0-10 to 1-6 in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Saturday April 2nd at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Play-Off – Kerry 2-27 Laois 1-19

Kerry defeated Laois by 2-27 to 1-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Play-Off on Saturday April 2nd at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Team News

Shane Nolan replaces John Buckley in the Kerry team for Saturday’s Division 1B relegation play/off against Laois at Austin Stack Park.

Kerry: A McCabe; B Murphy, P Kelly, K Carmody; J Diggins, D Dineen, T Murnane; J Griffin, D Collins; B O’Leary, M O’Leary, S Nolan; J Conway, M Boyle, J Egan.

Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (SF “A”) Final – St. Brendan’s Killarney 2-13 St Pat’s Maghera 2-6

St. Brendan’s Killarney defeated St Pat’s Maghera by 2-13 to 2-6 in the Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (SF “A”) Final on Saturday April 2nd at Croke Park.

Hogan Cup: Clifford inspires St Brendan’s



By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park for

St Brendan’s Killarney are Hogan Cup champions for the first time since 1992. The ‘Sem’ ended a 24-year wait for glory at Croke Park this afternoon, claiming a seven-point victory against St Pat’s, Maghera.

Both captains were sent off in the second half before St Brendan’s finished with a flourish to win the Masita GAA All-Ireland Colleges senior A football crown for a third time. David Clifford contributed a massive haul of 2-5 for the winners as St Pat’s were denied a sixth Hogan cup win.

For St Brendan’s, this was a sweet victory following most recent final defeats in 2008 and 2010. They came with a brilliant late kick to do it, as Clifford bagged two late goals before superb wing-forward Dara Moynihan clipped over his fourth point deep in stoppage time to add gloss to the final scoreline.

Both teams were reduced to 14 men in the second half, St Pat’s losing captain and Hawthorn-bound Conor Glass to a straight red card in the 45th minute, while St Brendan’s skipper Dan O’Brien was dismissed with five minutes of normal time remaining. The sides were level when O’Brien saw red for an off the ball incident involving the leading marksman for St Pat’s, Shane McGuigan, but St Brendan’s outscored their opponents by 2-2 to 0-1 after that.

Moynihan nudged St Brendan’s into a 0-12 to 2-5 lead after O’Brien’s red card before Jack Doherty ended a 20-minute scoring drought for St Pat’s to level matters. But Clifford netted in the 58th minute and again in the third minute of stoppage time to seal the deal for the Sem. Victory for St Brendan’s ensures that the Hogan Cup remains in Kerry, following victories for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in the previous two seasons.

And yet it was St Pat’s who led by a point at half-time, McGuigan popping over his third point, and second free, to establish a 1-5 to 0-7 interval lead. On the balance of play, it was just about the right outcome as St Pat’s missed a penalty in the fifth minute, when David Carroll saved brilliantly from Francis Kearney after Oisin McWilliams was fouled by Niall Donohue.

St Pat’s did find the net three minutes later, when Donohue’s slip allowed Patrick Kearney to blast a low shot past Carroll, after taking a handpass from Conal Darragh. St Brendan’s were slow to settle, but they eased themselves into contention and were level by the 20th minute at 0-5 to 1-2, as David Clifford popped over a neat point from play.

Clifford’s free handed the ‘Sem’ the lead for the second time in the game, 0-6 to 1-2, before points from Shane McGuigan and Shea Downey, son of Seamus and nephew of Derry’s 1993 All-Ireland winning captain Henry, edged St Pat’s back in front.

Lively St Brendan’s forward Dara Moynihan restored parity before McGuigan handed St Pat’s a slim lead at the break. McGuigan opened the second half scoring with a 37th minute goal but St Pat’s went 20 minutes without a score thereafter.

Scorers for St Brendan’s: D Clifford 2-5 (2fs), D Moynihan 0-4, E Cronin, D Shaw, M Casey, and L O’Donoghue (45) 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Pat’s: S McGuigan 1-3 (2fs), P Kearney 1-0, S Downey, J Doherty, and O McWilliams 0-1 each.

St Brendan’s: D Carroll; C Gammell, D O’Brien, C O’Donoghue; N Donohue, D Naughton, M Potts; L O’Donoghue, B Courtney; P McCarthy, D Clifford, D Moynihan; E Cronin, D Shaw, M Casey
Subs: W Courtney for Casey (43), D Spillane for McCarthy (60).

St Pat’s: S Cassidy; O McKeever, P Turner, K Feeney; P McCormick, S Downey, C McAllister; C Glass, J Doherty; P Kearney, P Quigg, O McWilliams; C Darragh, S McGuigan, F Kearney
Sub: F Higgins for Darragh (42).

Referee: D Gough (Meath).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final – Limerick 1-21 Dublin 1-19

Limerick defeated Dublin by 1-21 to 1-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final on Saturday April 2nd at Parnell Park.

Allianz HL: Limerick earn quarter-final victory



By Paul Keane at Parnell Park for

Kevin Downes hit the vital goal as Limerick bounced back from their promotion disappointment to secure a first Allianz hurling league quarter-final win in 10 years. TJ Ryan’s side were pegged back to level terms by a resurgent Dublin in the third quarter at Parnell Park, but Downes’ 55th minute major put them into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Shane Dowling top scored with six points on his return to county action though it was a strong overall performance as the Shannonsiders put aside their failure to overcome Clare in the Division 1B promotion race. Their reward is as a semi-final tie with Waterford or Wexford on April 17 and it may yet be a good omen that when they last qualified for a league semi-final, in 2006, they beat Waterford in that tie.

Promotion may have been out of the picture for Limerick after finishing second in Division 1B, but revenge for last year’s heavy quarter-final loss to Dublin was surely a motivator. Boss Ryan returned Na Piarsaigh duo Dowling and Downes to his lineup after their AIB All-Ireland club final heroics.

A third Na Piarsaigh man, Ronan Lynch, was included and played as an effective sweeper, scoring his first point for Limerick from a free late in the first-half. That point put them 0-13 to 0-9 up at half-time and it was a lead they deserved as they moved ahead in the 15th minute and remained there with a controlled display.

Dowling scored five first-half points, all but one from frees, though he showed flashes of excellence in general play while Diarmuid Byrnes nailed two long-range points from play. Dublin had made Parnell Park their fortress, beating Galway twice there already this year, but played second fiddle to Limerick for long spells.

Eamon Dillon, Niall McMorrow and Fionntan MacGib buzzed with intent when on the ball in Dublin’s attack, but opportunities were limited as Limerick won more possession in the middle third. Dublin were better after the break and impressively fought back to level terms at 0-15 apiece.

Treacy punished slack Limerick defending with three more converted frees while David O’Callaghan was the man who levelled it up. But the game turned with 15 minutes to go. Treacy presided over a penalty and a successful conversion would have moved Dublin ahead for the first time.

Goalkeeper Nickie Quaid saved and Limerick struck the net themselves 90 seconds later. Downes finished it off though James Ryan did well in the build up, winning back possession in the Dublin defence with a clever interception. Limerick never looked like losing after that and led by five before Treacy flicked in a 75th minute consolation goal in the last action of the game.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 0-6 (4fs, 1 65), K Downes 1-2, D Byrnes 0-3, T Morrissey 0-2, B Nash 0-2, G O’Mahony 0-2, P Browne 0-1, R Lynch 0-1 (0-1f), J Fitzgibbon 0-1, P O’Brien 0-1

Scorers for Dublin: D Treacy 1-8 (7fs), N McMorrow 0-4, E Dillon 0-3, D O’Connell 0-2, F MacGib 0-1, D O’Callaghan 0-1

Limerick: N Quaid; S O’Brien, R McCarthy, R English; D Byrnes, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; P Browne, J Ryan; S Dowling, B Nash, T Morrissey; G Mulcahy, K Downes, R Lynch
Subs: P O’Brien for McNamara (50), G Hegarty for Mulcahy (54), J Fitzgibbon for Dowling (59), C Lynch for Morrissey (65).

Dublin: C Dooley; E O’Donnell, C O’Callaghan, O Gough; J Madden, L Rushe, C Crummey; D O’Connell, J McCaffrey; S McGrath, N McMorrow, D Treacy; D O’Callaghan, F MacGib, E Dillon
Subs: D Plunkett for McGrath (32), M Schutte for MacGib (48), S Barrett for Madden (59), B Quinn for McCaffrey (65), O O’Rorke for O’Callaghan (68).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Team News

The starting fifteen to face Dublin in this Saturday evening’s Allianz senior hurling league quarter final game in Parnell Park has been announced by the Limerick management team. The starting fifteen is as follows: 1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain), 2. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Richie English (Doon), 5. Wayne McNamara (Adare), 6. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 7. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh) 8. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff), 10. Barry Nash (South Liberties), 11. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 12. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), 15. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh).