Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final – Clare 0-22 Waterford 0-22

Waterford and Clare played out a draw after extra time in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final on Sunday May 1st at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Allianz HL Final: Shanahan free earns Deise draw after extra-time.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final

Clare 0-22 Waterford 0-22 (After extra-time; 0-15 each after normal time)

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium, Thurles for GAA.ie

HOLDERS Waterford and Clare must meet again next weekend in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final replay following this afternoon’s Semple Stadium stalemate. Maurice Shanahan rescued a draw for Waterford with a free in the 92nd minute – after Colin Ryan looked to have won it for Clare with a 90th-minute point from play.

Ryan’s score was a cracker from the middle third but Shanahan boomed over the equaliser from inside his own half to ensure that the Munster SHC semi-final opponents will be seeing plenty of each other in the coming weeks. With both teams adopting their usual sweeper systems, and Fitzgerald warning beforehand that it mightn’t be the “prettiest” of games, that’s exactly how it transpired – before extra-time provided more entertainment.

Both sides were extremely wasteful in normal time, registering a total of 35 wides between them (Waterford 19, Clare 16). When the dust settled, they had collected 39 in total (Waterford 20, Clare 19). They were deadlocked at 0-15 apiece when Clare’s leading marksman Conor McGrath, with 73 minutes and 33 seconds on the watch, fired over the equalising score from the 20m line, tight on the left touchline.

In the first minute of stoppage time, Waterford’s rising young star Shane Bennett had popped over his seventh point of the game, and third from play, to hand the Déise a lead that looked like a winning one. But throughout this fixture, there was very little to separate the sides – even though Clare were three points clear in the second half.

In front of 19,498 spectators, it was predictably tight and tense, with both sides putting over just four points from play between them – three of those for Clare – in the first half. Waterford also racked up a massive tally of 12 wides in that opening half, five of them from Austin Gleeson.

Waterford were struggling badly on placed balls, Patrick Curran missing three and Gleeson two, before Shane Bennett assumed free-taking responsibilities before half-time and landed two successful efforts. A cagey atmosphere pervaded throughout the first half and there was just the merest whiff of a goal chance when Curran caught a Gleeson delivery close to goal but was bottled up the massed Clare ranks.

There were goal chances in the second half but Tom Devine, goal hero in last year’s final against Cork, missed the best of them. Right from the start, Waterford operated with just one forward inside the 45m line and it quickly became apparent that this would be an afternoon for long-range shooters to strut their stuff.

Unfortunately, Waterford were wayward with those 12 wides, with another two efforts dropping short. Clare were a little more economical in their shooting, registering six wides, but Waterford picked up more than enough breaking ball around a congested middle third to make more of an impact on the scoreboard before the break.

Instead, it was Clare who went in a point up, 0-7 to 0-6, with Conor McGrath’s fifth point of the half, and fourth free, handing the Banner County a slim advantage. There was barely a whiff of cordite in the air until Tony Kelly careered into Colin Dunford with a head-high challenge in the 29th minute, referee Brian Gavin opting for a yellow card.

There was also a touchline flare-up involving both benches shortly afterwards as the temperature gauge went up a notch but linesman Cathal McAllister intervened to help ensure that there was no physical contact between the respective backroom teams as the verbals flew.

After half-time, Bennett missed a few early frees as the second half picked up where the first had left off. Clare led by three points, 0-11 to 0-8, but Waterford reeled them in with a trio of Bennett points, two from play.

Gleeson’s free then handed Waterford the lead for the first time in the game but the sides were level on three further occasions in a dramatic final ten minutes, plus stoppage time, before extra-time ensued. Waterford moved three clear in the first period before they were reeled in – 0-18 apiece at the midway point. They were level again four times in the second period before Gavin blew for full-time.

Scorers for Clare: C McGrath 0-13 (10f), T Kelly 0-3, C Galvin 0-2, P Duggan, P Collins, D Reidy & C Ryan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: S Bennett 0-9 (6f), P Curran 0-4 (2f), A Gleeson (2f) & T Ryan 0-2 each, Philip Mahony, J Barron, C Dunford, B O’Halloran & M Shanahan (f) 0-1 each.

CLARE: P Kelly; O’Brien, C Dillon, P O’Connor; B Bugler, C Cleary, D Fitzgerald; D Reidy, C Galvin; P Duggan, T Kelly, A Cunningham; P Collins, D Honan, C McGrath
Subs: S O’Donnell for Duggan (45), C O’Connell (Clonlara) for Honan (49), C Ryan for Cunningham (54), A Shanagher for Galvin (62), J Browne for Cleary (77), C Galvin for Collins (80+2), S Morey for Bugler (85).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; N Connors, B Coughlan, D Fives; T de Búrca, S Fives, Philip Mahony; A Gleeson, J Barron; M Walsh, S Bennett, K Moran; P Curran, C Dunford, J Dillon
Subs: T Devine for Dunford (45), M Shanahan for Dillon (57), B O’Halloran for A Gleeson (63), C Gleeson for S Fives (66), T Ryan for Curran (67), C Dunford for Bennett (87), Pauric Mahony for Walsh (88).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)




Team News

The Waterford Team for the Allianz NHL Final has being announced after training tonight. Below is the starting team. Best of luck to Derek and all the team on Sunday. #DeiseAbú

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)
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
14. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

Clare (HL v Waterford) – P Kelly; O O’Brien, P O’Connor, C Dillon; B Bugler, C Cleary, D Fitzgerald; D Reidy, C Galvin; A Cunningham, D Honan, P Duggan; P Collins, T Kelly, C McGrath.


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Leinster Senior Hurling Championship – Kerry 2-19 Carlow 0-17

Kerry defeated Carlow by 2-19 to 0-17 in Round 1 of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin competition on Sunday May 1st at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Kerry make history by winning first ever Leinster SHC match

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin Series Round 1

Kerry 2-19 Carlow 0-17

By Paul Brennan at Austin Stack Park for GAA.ie

Another GAA first today when the Kerry hurlers became the first Munster county to play in the Leinster SHC, and the occasion was enhanced by a comfortable win by the Kingdom over Carlow at Austin Stack Park.

Kerry came into this historic match as favourites, and the Division 1B team justified that with a workmanlike, if not brilliant, performance against a Carlow side that hit far too many wides and never threatened the Kerry goals. A goal in either half from John Egan and Shane Nolan set the platform for Kerry’s win, but it took Nolan’s kicked 42nd minute goal for Kerry to put daylight between themselves and Carlow.

Egan’s goal came in the 13th minute when the sides were tied at 0-4 apiece, but it was the dozen wides Carlow registered while playing with a stiff breeze that did more damage to the Leinster men. Jack Kavanagh pointed the visitors first point from 70 metres after 25 seconds, an indication of the strength of the breeze, but scores from Egan, Nolan, Daniel Collins and Mikey Boyle had Kerry 0-4 to 0-1 ahead by the eighth minute.

Carlow had it back to 0-4 apiece before Colum Harty played in Egan and the St Brendan’s man hit low to the Carlow net. The next twenty minutes produced a small handful of points from either side as Kerry took a 1-6 to 0-7 lead to the break, but it was Carlow’s wastefulness, from play and long range frees, which proved most costly. Shane Nolan and Richard Kelly exchanged points early after the restart, but when the former kicked the sliotar, at the second attempt, underneath goalkeeper Brian Treacy it opened up a 2-7 to 0-8 Kerry lead and even with 30 minutes to play the result looked inevitable.

Carlow centre-forward Michael Kavanagh kept the visitors in touch as he found his range from play and frees, but the goal Carlow needed to get back in to the contest never looked like coming. John Griffin converted three fine scores from the Kerry midfield, with substitute Jordan Conway scoring two, as Kerry eased out to a 10-point lead, before Carlow brought it back to eight at the end.

Westmeath are next weekend’s visitors to Tralee for Round 2, and while manager Ciaran Carey will demand a serious improvement on performance for that one, Kerry’s historic foray into Leinster hurling is off to a winning start.

Scorers for Kerry: Shane Nolan (1-4, 0-3f), John Egan (1-3), John Griffin (0-3), Mikey Boyle (0-2), Jack Goulding (0-2), Jordan Conway (0-2), Daniel Collins (0-1), Michael O’Leary (0-1), Darren Dineen (0-1f)

Scorers for Carlow: Martin Kavanagh (0-8, 6f), John Michael Nolan (0-2), Jack Kavanagh (0-1), Richard Kelly (0-1), Seamus Murphy (0-1), Sean Murphy (0-1), James Doyle (0-1f), Conor Lawlor (0-1), Hugh Paddy O’Byrne (0-1)

Kerry: Aidan McCabe, Bryan Murphy, Patrick Kelly, Keith Carmody, Jason Diggins, Darren Dineen, Tom Murnane, John Griffin, Daniel Collins, Colum Harty, Michael O’Leary, Shane Nolan, Jack Goulding, Mikey Boyle, John Egan
Subs: Brendan O’Leary for C Harty (inj, 18 min), Jordan Conway for S Nolan (46 min), James O’Connor for B O’Leary (67 min), Brandon Barrett for J Goulding (67 mins), Dougie Fitzelle for B Murphy (69 mins)

Carlow: Brian Treacy, Ger Coady, Michael Ryan, Alan Corcoran, Diarmuid Byrne, Richard Coady, James O’Hara, Jack Kavanagh, Richard Kelly, Sean Murphy, Martin Kavanagh, Kevin McDonald, Seamus Murphy, James Doyle, John Michael Nolan
Subs: Ross Smithers for J Kavanagh (inj, 23 mins), Hugh Paddy O’Byrne for S Murphy (50 min), 18. Conor Lawlor for K McDonald (69 min)

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)




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Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Carlow in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin Group, Round 1, at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday next (1pm) shows two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Laois in the Allianz Hurling League Playoff – Colum Harty comes into the half forward line instead of Brendan O’Leary and Jack Goulding starts in the corner instead of Jonathan Conway.

The team captained by Daniel Collins of Kilmoyley lines out as follows:

1. Aidan McCabe Kilmoyley

2. Bryan Murphy Causeway

3. Patrick Kelly Clarecastle

4. Keith Carmody Causeway

5. Jason Diggins Causeway

6. Darren Dineen St Brendans

7. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

8. John Griffin Lixnaw

9. Daniel Collins(C) Kilmoyley

10. Colum Harty Causeway

11. Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney

12. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

13. Jack Goulding Ballyduff

14. Mikey Boyle Ballyduff

15. John Egan St Brendans

Fir Ionaid:

16. Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw

17. Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

18. John Buckley Lixnaw

19. Tommy Casey Causeway

20. Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley

21. Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills

22. Dougie Fitzelle Kilmoyley

23. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

24. Philip Lucid Ballyheigue

25. James O’Connor Abbeydorney

26. Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

Bainistíocht:

Bainisteoir: Ciaran Carey (Patrickswell)

Coach/Selector: Mark Foley (Adare)

Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)

Róghnoirí: James McCarthy (Kilmoyley), Michael Conway (Lixnaw)

Additional Players on Panel

Darragh Shanahan Kilmoyley

Jordon Brick Kilmoyley

P J Keane Abbeydorney

Mike Milner Dr Crokes

Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

Rory Horgan St Brendans

Stephen Murphy Causeway

Fionan Horgan St Brendans

Joseph Diggins Causeway

The Ballyduff pair, Paud Costelloe and Padraig Boyle, are rehabbing from injury.