Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final – Waterford 3-23 Limerick 1-18

Waterford defeated Limerick by 3-23 to 1-18 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Waterford victorious in tough battle against Limerick

Limerick 3-23 Waterford 1-18

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A comfortable win for Waterford eventually in this NHL semi-final, the holders easing away from Limerick in the second half thanks to two timely goals.

Limerick attacked the town end goal with a slight breeze in the first half: both sides operated with a spare defender, Ronan Lynch sweeping for Limerick and Darragh Fives free for Waterford. Early on both sides swapped scores with neither gaining primacy, Tom Morrissey’s snap shot from the wing the best score of the opening period.

Limerick were one up on twelve minutes, five points to four, with Paul Browne and James Ryan beginning to impress. Waterford had Patrick Curran playing as a centre-forward instead of Shane Bennett and missed Bennett’s presence outfield, but they won frees when running at Limerick, and that kept them in touch.

A monster Austin Gleeson free put Waterford ahead, 0-8 to 0-7, on twenty minutes, but Limerick nudged ahead by two, thanks to Ronan Lynch (two frees) and Morrissey, the men in green and white hitting form, only for a Curran free and Gleson to level matters. Limerick were ascendant, though, hitting another Lynch free and a terrific Diarmaid Byrnes point to lead 0-12 to 0-10 with half-time looming, though there was still time for Curran to cut the deficit to the minimum with another free before the break.

Limerick resumed with another Lynch free before Gleeson soloed through for a goal chance, smartly saved by Quaid. Waterford then took over, hitting four points in a row, the last an over-the-shoulder gem by Curran, before Bennett was grounded for a penalty on 42 minutes: Bennett buried the penalty himself to make it 1-15 to 0-13.

When Curran added another free four minutes later Waterford had 1-5 on the bounce and Limerick were hard pressed. They rallied, however, with three on the trot, Barry Nash’s the pick of them, to make it 1-17 to 0-17 with fifteen minutes left; Waterford responded with three points in a row, though, to restore their advantage to six.

They then walked through for a second goal, Brian O’Halloran and Michael Walsh combining to place Curran for a smart ground finish, and the Deise were never going to let a nine-point lead slip. Late goals for both teams (Shane Dowling for Limerick, Tom Devine for Waterford) only exercised the scoreboard keepers.

Scorers for Waterford: P. Curran (0-2 65s, 0-7 frees) 1-10; S. Bennett (1-0 pen) 1-3; T. Devine 1-1; A. Gleeson (0-1 free) 0-3; C. Dunford 0-2; T. de Burca, D. Fives, K. Moran, B. O’Halloran, T. Devine each.

Scorers for Limerick: R. Lynch (frees) 0-7; S. Dowling (frees) 1-1; T. Morrissey 0-3; D. Byrnes, B. Nash 0-2 each; P. Browne, J. Ryan, T. Condon 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S. O’Keeffe, S. Fives, B. Coughlan, N. Connors, P. Mahony, T. de Burca, D. Fives, J. Barron, K. Moran ( c), M. Walsh, A. Gleeson, J. Dillon, P. Curran, S. Bennett, C. Dunford.
Subs: B. O’Halloran for Dunford, 48; S. McNulty for S. Fives, 55; T. Devine for Dillon, 58; P. Mahony for Walsh, 65; S. O’Sullivan for Moran, 67.

LIMERICK: N. Quaid ( c), S. O’Brien, R. McCarthy, R. English, P. O’Brien, D. Byrnes, R. Lynch, G. O’Mahony, P. Browne, G. Hegarty, J. Ryan, C Lynch, B. Nash, K. Downes, T. Morrissey.
Subs: J. Fitzgibbon for Hegarty, 48; T. Condon for S. O’Brien, 50; D. Hannon for Downes, 57; S. Dowling for P. O’Brien, 60; G. Mulcahy for R. Lynch, 65.

Referee: B. Kelly (Westmeath)


Team News

The Limerick team will line out as follows – 1 Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain) 2 Seanie O Brien (Patrickswell) 3 Richie McCarthy (Blackrock) 4 Richie English (Doon) 4 Paudie O Brien (Kilmallock) 6 Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell) 7 Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh) 8 Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 9 Paul Browne (Bruff), 10 Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), 11 James Ryan (Garryspillane), 12 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13 Barry Nash (South Liberties), 14 Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh) 15 Tom Morrissey (Ahane)

Waterford team –

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
18. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle) – Capt
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
14. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final – Clare 4-22 Kilkenny 2-19

Clare defeated Kilkenny by 4-22 to 2-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

No cream for the Cats as Clare clean up in Thurles

Clare 4-22 Kilkenny 2-19

Report by John Fogarty from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare and Waterford will meet twice in the space of five weeks after the Division 1B winners avalanched scores down on Kilkenny in this Division 1 semi-final in Thurles, writes John Fogarty.

One look at the Kilkenny starting line-up wouldn’t deem this a shock but the manner of their errors in the first half certainly was a surprise although Clare were full value for their victory watched by a 20,481 crowd.

Leading by 11 at half-time (3-12 to 0-10), Clare goaled for a fourth time in the 51st minute when Conor McGrath hammered home an unstoppable shot. A brace of points from substitute Tony Kelly extended their advantage to 13 (4-18 to 1-14) before Jonjo Farrell goaled adding to TJ Reid’s earlier effort from a close-range free, which was deflected over the goal-line.

Clare’s first half goals weren’t as much down to ingenuity on their part as errors on Kilkenny’s. The Banner were 0-6 to 0-3 to the good in the 17th minute when John Conlon poached on a mix-up between Eoin Murphy and Joey Holden as they tried to retrieve a Colm Galvin delivery from distance.

Aaron Cunningham’s goal three minutes later came as he was given too much space to shoot past Eoin Murphy on his near side. Jackie Tyrrell made way shortly afterwards as Brian Cody acknowledge the full-back line was leaking like a sieve. However, a third goal came in the 26th minute when David Fitzgerald drove a long ball in and once more Murphy was in trouble, Cunningham pouncing to finish to the net.

Kilkenny had a couple of goal opportunities via Reid and Richie Hogan but Clare defenders managed to get either ash or a body in the way.

Scorers for Clare: A Cunningham (2-3); J Conlon (1-1); C McGrath (1-5, 0-2 frees, 0-2 65s); C Galvin (0-5); T Kelly (0-3); D Honan (0-2); P Collins, D Reidy, C O’Connell (0-1 each)

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid (1-7, 1-6 frees); JJ Farrell (1-1); K Kelly, P Walsh, W Walsh, C Bolger (0-2 each); R Hogan, J Power, C Buckley (0-1 each).

CLARE: P Kelly; O O’Brien, P O’Connor, P Flanagan; C Cleary, B Bugler, D Fitzgerald; D Reidy, C Galvin; D Honan, C McGrath, P Collins; C Dillon, A Cunningham, J Conlon
Subs for Clare: T Kelly for J Conlon (inj 51); C O’Connell for D Honan (57); Colin Ryan for D Reidy (64); A Shanagher for A Cunningham (67); B Duggan for P Collins (70+1).

KILKENNY: E Murphy; J Tyrrell, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C O’Shea; L Ryan, C Buckley; W Walsh, TJ Reid, K Kelly; J Power, JJ Farrell, R Hogan
Subs for Kilkenny: B Kennedy for J Tyrrell (22); L Blanchfield for C O’Shea (55); C Bolger for K Kelly (63).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)


Team News

Kilkenny: E Murphy; J Tyrell, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C O’Shea; L Ryan, C Buckley; W Walsh, TJ Reid, K Kelly; J Power, J Farrell, R Hogan.