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Allianz Football League Division 3 Final – Clare 2-17 Kildare 1-19

Clare defeated Kildare by 2-17 to 1-19 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final on Saturday April 23rd at in Croke Park.

Allianz FL D3: Gutsy Clare claim silverware


Clare 2-17 Kildare 1-19

By Daragh O’Conchuir for

These two teams produced a high-scoring game when they met in the final round of the regulation section of the Allianz Football League and it was more of the same in this hugely entertaining Division 3 final. The vital difference from the Newbridge tie though was that with silverware on offer, it was Clare that came out on top on a historic day.

The defensive coaches certainly won’t be happy with what they saw at Croke Park, but for Colm Collins and his crew, it was a continuation of the progress they have been making in the past 18 months. Kildare flew into a six-point lead early on, as U21 star Neil Flynn scored a wonderful goal and added some points from dead balls.

Crucially though, captain Gary Brennan and Cathal O’Connor began to turn the tide around the middle and that gave the Clare forwards a greater supply, while Flynn and co were denied it at the other end of the pitch. Alarmingly for Kildare, they gave up four goal chances in the first half and in a familiar theme from the group games, gave away countless senseless frees, with five points alone coming from placed balls in that initial period.

David Tubridy and Eoin Cleary edged Clare back into the game, while the pacey Jamie Malone was also on the mark from play. Finally, the Bannermen found the net as Brennan caught a delivery by Keelan Sexton, held off Kevin Feely and fed the onrushing Tubridy, who made no mistake to give his side a 1-10 to 1-9 interval advantage.

The second half remained open, and the lead changed hands on numerous occasions. Kildare led by a point when Feely was sent off for a second yellow card offence in the 59th minute, but Cian O’Neill’s charges appeared to manage the closing period well. Tommy Moolick was desperately unlucky to see his piledriver cannon off the crossbar six minutes from time, but when Paul Cribbin sent over two booming points, it looked like Kildare would just get over the line.

That was to reckon without the inspirational Brennan though, who was now operating at full forward. The international rules star made another brilliant catch and held off two defenders, before again finding a team-mate, Dean Ryan this time having the simple task of palming to an empty net. That brought the sides level in the 70th minute. There were eight minutes of extra time, as the teams exchanged points and Clare had Graham Kelly dismissed for a straight red card.

Cleary held his nerve to slot the winner in the seventh minute of extra time and there were 78 minutes on the clock when the unfortunate Flynn dragged a free from outside the 45 just wide.

The glory was Clare’s.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 1-5 (5fs); E Cleary 0-6 (5fs); D Ryan 1-0; P Lillis, J Malone 0-2 each; E Coughlan, P Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kildare: N Flynn 1-6 (5fs); A Tyrrell 0-6 (4fs); P Cribbin, E O’Flahetry 0-2 each; F Conway, A Smith, T Moolick 0-1 each

Clare: J Hayes, S Malone, K Harnett, M McMahon, S Collins, D Ryan, C O’Dea, G Brennan, C O’Connor, P Lillis, E Cleary, J Malone, D Tubridy, K Sexton, P Burke
Subs: P Collins for S Malone (ht), S McGrath for Burke (54), E Coughlan for O’Dea (67), G Kelly for Sexton (68), J O’Dea for McMahon BC (70+7).

Kildare: M Donneallan, O Lyons, C Fitzpatrick, D Hyland, R Houlihan, F Conway, J Byrne, K Feely, T Moolick, A Tyrrell, E O’Flaherty, P Cribbin, E Callaghan, A Smith, N Flynn
Subs: C McNally for Callaghan (47), K Murnaghan for Tyrrell inj (54), E O’Connor for Smith (58), E Powderly for Fitzpatrick inj (70+1), Daryl Flynn for Moolick (70+6), E Bolton for Conway (70+7).

Referee: N Mooney (Cavan)

Fixture Details

23.04.2016 (Sat)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 18:00
An Clár v Cill Dara
Referee: Noel Mooney (An Cabhán)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Clare: J Hayes; S Malone, K Hartnett, M McMahon; J Malone, D Ryan, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins, D Tubridy, P Lillis; E Cleary, K Sexton, P Burke

The Kildare team for Saturday evening’s Allianz Football League Division Three final against Clare at Croke Park has been announced.

Kildare: M Donnellan; P Kelly, D Hyland, O Lyons; R Houlihan, F Conway, C Fitzpatrick; P Cribbin, T Moolick; A Tyrell, N Kelly, E O’Flaherty; A Smith, K Feely, N Flynn.

Munster Minor Hurling Play-off 1 – Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-17

Waterford defeated Tipperary by 1-20 to 1-17 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-off 1 on Saturday April 23rd at Walsh Park Waterford.

Waterford led at half-time by 0-11 to 1-6, the Tipperary goal coming in the fifth minute by Dillion Quirke. Waterford dominated the third quarter and a Neil Montgomery goal in the 43rd minute put the home side in front by six points. Tipperary reduced the deficit late on but Waterford finished as deserving winners by three points.

Tipperary will now play Clare for the final semi-final place with Waterford joining Cork and Limerick in the semi-finals due to be played on June 29th.

Murray points Waterford to Munster minor semi-finals

Munster MHC Play-Off – Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-17

Report by Tomas McCarthy for

EOGHAN MURRAY SPRAYED over 11 points in the Walsh Park sunshine as a hungry Waterford recovered from their first-round loss against Cork to dispatch Tipperary in an entertaining Munster MHC play-off.

The Ballyduff Upper attacker delivered six points from play, four frees and a stunning sideline cut for Stephen Gough’s side to push them through to the semi finals on June 29. The teams were level on seven occasions before Waterford cut loose in the third quarter. Neil Montgomery rifled to the net on 43 minutes and the Déise never looked back.

Goalkeeper Billy Nolan made a vital intervention midway through the second half when he parried away Dillon Quirke’s goalbound drive. Harry Ruddle, Cathal Curran and Jack Prendergast also starred on the winning side. The reigning provincial champions travel to Clare next month in an attempt to resurrect their campaign. Lyndon Fairbrother recorded 10 points for Liam Cahill’s charges including eight in the second period.

The home side got their noses in front at the break (0-11 to 1-6) as they outscored Tipperary by six points to one over the last 10 minutes of the half. Dillon Quirke blasted the sliotar past Billy Nolan on six minutes after Lyndon Fairbrother collected a Jake Morris sideline (1-1 to 0-1). Waterford restored parity with three quick points.

Fairbrother and Mark Kehoe opened up a 1-5 to 0-5 lead for Tipp on 21 minutes. Murray and Ruddle scored three points apiece however at the tail end of the half to edge the hosts two points clear. The Premier levelled matters twice on the resumption as Fairbrother and Ger Browne raised white flags. Waterford strung together a purple patch of 1-3 without response to pull away from last year’s All-Ireland runners-up.

The lively Jack Prendergast notched his first single before Murray added two more. On 43 minutes, Nolan lofted a long distance free around the goalmouth and even though Ciarán Barrett saved a stinger from Thomas Douglas, Montgomery hammered in the rebound (1-15 to 1-9).

Despite the best efforts of Fairbrother on placed balls, Waterford kept their distance. Murray completed a spectacular afternoon with a line cut from all of 55 metres by the stand sideline. Cian Darcy and Fairbrother pared the margin down to three but the time ran out on the visitors. It marked Waterford’s first minor triumph over Tipperary since 2011.

Scorers for Waterford: Eoghan Murray 0-11 (4fs, 1 s-l); Harry Ruddle Redmond 0-5 (3 65s, 2fs); Neil Montgomery 1-1; Jack Prendergast 0-2; Thomas Douglas 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: Lyndon Fairbrother 0-10 (7fs, 2 65s); Dillon Quirke 1-0; Cian Darcy 0-3; Ger Browne 0-2; Jake Morris, Mark Kehoe 0-1 each.


1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)
2. Conor Giles Doran (De La Salle)
3. James Flavin (Ardmore)
19. Tom Barron (Fourmilewater)
7. Michael O’Brien (Geraldines)
9. Harry Ruddle Redmond (Ballygunner)
17. Conor Dalton (Clonea)
5. Donal Power (Passage)
12. Cathal Curran (Brickey Rangers)
14. Neil Montgomery (Abbeyside)
13. Michael Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Eoin McGrath (Butlerstown)
10. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)
6. Eoghan Murray (Ballyduff Upper)
15. Thomas Douglas (De La Salle)
11. Dylan Guiry (Fourmilewater) for Mahony (51)
18. Ciarán Kirwan (Fenor) for Montgomery (59)
20 Jack Reade (St Mollerans) for Eoin McGrath (60)
4. Darragh McGrath (Abbeyside) for Douglas (62)


1. Ciarán Barrett (Clonmel Óg)
2. Cillian O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
3. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
4. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
5. Gavin Dunne (Holycross-Ballycahill)
6. Michael Whelan (Carrick Davins)
7. Tom Murphy (JK Brackens)
8. Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill)
9. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg)
10. Ger Browne (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams)
11. Dillion Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore)
12. Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
13. Shane Neville (Lattin Cullen)
14. Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
17. Cian Flanagan (Newport) for O’Mara (H-T)
21. Dean O’Connor (Killenaule) for Morris (42)
18. Paddy Caddell (JK Brackens) for Murphy (48)

Referee: Rory McGann (Clare)

Team News

Heading out on a new campaign the Tipperary team to face Waterford in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 1 in Walsh Park, Waterford this Saturday, April 23rd at 2pm has been announced by manager Liam Cahill.

Brian McGrath from Loughmore-Castleiney assumes captaincy as team captain Gavin Ryan from St. Mary’s is ruled out through injury. In all there are eight surviving members in Saturday’s match day 24 from last year’s All-Ireland Final squad with 3 of those – Brian McGrath, Cian Darcy and Lyndon Fairbrother the only ones to start in that All-Ireland Final.

The Tipperary starting 15 for Saturday is as follows;

1. Ciarán Barrett – Clonmel Óg
2. Cillian O’Dwyer – Killenaule
3. Brian McGrath (Capt.) – Loughmore-Castleiney
4. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
5. Gavin Dunne – Holycross-Ballycahill
6. Michael Whelan – Carrick Davins
7. Tom Murphy – J.K. Brackens
8. Bryan O’Mara – Holycross-Ballycahill
9. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
10. Ger Browne – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
11. Dillion Quirke – Clonoulty-Rossmore
12. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
13. Shane Neville – Lattin Cullen
14. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
15. Lyndon Fairbrother – J.K. Brackens
16. Barry Hogan – Kiladangan
17. Cian Flanagan – Newport
18. Paddy Cadell – J.K. Brackens
19. Kieran Breen – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
20. Rian Doody – Cappawhite
21. Dean O’Connor – Killenaule
22. Robbie Quirke – Cappawhite
23. Conor Stakelum – Thurles Sarsfields
24. Ciaran Kelly – Kiladangan

Extended panel:

Eoin Barry – Killenaule
Gerry Kelly – Borris-Ileigh
Gavin Ryan – St. Mary’s (Capt.) Injured
Darragh Woods – Holycross-Ballycahill
Diarmuid Ryan – Clonakenny
Jimmy Ryan – Clonoulty-Rossmore
Dylan Walsh – Ballingarry
Adam Hogan – Moneygall

Management Team:

Liam Cahill – Manager – Ballingarry
Michael Bevans – Coach – Toomevara
John Sheedy – Selector – Portroe
Sean Corbett – Selector – Durlas Óg
T.J. Ryan – Selector – Clonoulty-Rossmore

Backroom Team:

Kevin O’Sullivan – Goal-keeping Coach
Paddy Julian – Physio
John Durnan – Kitman
Darragh Blake – Stats

The Waterford Minor Hurling Team to face Tipperary in Walsh Park has being named.

1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)
2. Conor Giles Doran (De La Salle)
3. James Flavin (Ardmore)
19. Tom Barron (Fourmilewater)
5. Donal Power (Passage)
6. Eoghan Murray (Ballyduff Upper)
7. Michael O’Brien (Geraldines)
8. Eoin McGrath (Butlerstown)
9. Harry Ruddle Redmond (Ballygunner)
10. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)
17. Conor Dalton (Clonea)
12. Cathal Curran (Brickey Rangers)
13. Michael Mahony (Ballygunner)
14. Neil Montgomery (Abbeyside)
15. Thomas Douglas (De La Salle)

Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
Juvenile (Under 16 years of Age): Free of Charge
Student/OAPs: €5.00 rebate available at the venue on match day on full price ADULT tickets at the designated stile with a valid ID

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