Allianz Football League Division 4 – Wexford 0-14 Limerick 1-8

Wexford defeated Limerick by 0-14 to 1-8 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday February 5th at Innovate Wexford Park.

Fixture Details

05.02.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 4 Round 1
Innovate Wexford Park, Wexford 14:00
Loch Garman v Luimneach
Referee: Alan Kissane (Port Láirge)

Team News

Limerick senior football manager Billy Lee and his selectors has named their team to face Wexford in the opening round of the Allianz football division 4 league. Following a good performance against Kerry in the McGrath Cup final recently the management team has released the following team and panel for Sunday’s game in Innovate Wexford Park at 2pm.

1. Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen), 2. Daniel Daly (Fr Caseys), 3. Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), 4. Sean O Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 5. Paul White (Rathkeale), 6. Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest) (Captain), 7. Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 8. Darragh Treacy (St Kierans), 9. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 10. Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskernry), 11. Ger Collins (Monaleen), 12. Danny Neville (Ballysteen), 13. Sean McSweeney (St Kierans) 14. Seamus O Carroll (Cappagh), 15. Jamie Lee (Newcastlewest).

16. Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffin’s), 17. Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 18. Padraig Quinn (Monaleen), 19. James Bridgeman (St. Senans), 20. Bill Creamer (Cappamore), 21. David Ward (Fr Caseys), 22. Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest), 23. Brian Donovan (Monaleen), 24. James Naughton (St. Senans), 25. Padraig Scanlon (Glin), 26. Barry Lynch (Castlemahon)

Allianz Football League Division 2 – Cork 1-11 Galway 0-14

Galway and Cork drew (0-14 to 1-11) in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday February 5th at Pearse Stadium Galway.

Late Sweeney point denies Cork victory

Galway 0-14 Cork 1-11

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cathal Sweeney’s 73rd minute point earned Galway a share of the spoils in this Division 2 Allianz football league encounter. Two Colm O’Neill points either side of a Ruairi Deane effort had Cork 1-11 to 0-12 in front heading into the four minutes of additional time.

Cillian McDaid halved the deficit, with Sweeney popping up with the equaliser a minute later. Cork were awarded a free at the death, but Colm O’Neill’s kick tailed right and wide. O’Neill was outstanding upon his introduction and kicked four from play.

Cork enjoyed a narrow interval advantage, 1-3 to 0-5, but should have been further clear as nine wides were clocked. Paul Kerrigan supplied the Cork goal on 18 minutes after good build up play by Luke Connolly, Aidan Walsh and Sean Powter. It was only their second score of the half after Luke Connolly opened their account after 16 minutes.

Galway were largely on the dead ball accuracy of Barry McHugh who supplied three of their 0-5 total. The home outfit pressed on the gas at the start of the second half with points from McHugh (two frees), Danny Cummins and Paul Conroy taking them 0-9 to 1-3 clear.

Niall Coakley, Colm O’Neill and John O’Rourke brought the visitors back level and it was nip and tuck from there to the finish.

Scorers for Galway: B McHugh (0-6, 0-6 frees); D Cummins (0-2); G O’Donnell, P Conroy, D Kyne, C Sweeney, C McDaid (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill (0-5, 0-1 free); P Kerrigan (1-0); M Collins (0-2); R Deane, N Coakley (0-1 free), L Connolly, J O’Rourke (0-1 each).

Galway: R Lavelle; D Kyne, D Walsh, L Burke; G O’Donnell, G Bradshaw, J Heaney; P Conroy, M Day; T Flynn, D Comer, E Brannigan; D Cummins, S Armstrong, B McHugh
Subs: C McDaid for Brannigan (43 mins); M Daly for Armstrong (45); E Tierney for Flynn (51); C Sweeney for Heaney (70); P Cooke for Day (71).

Cork: R Price; Tom Clancy, K Crowley, J McLoughlin; C Dorman, J Loughrey, Tomás Clancy; A Walsh, R Deane; L Connolly, M Collins, I Maguire, P Kerrigan, S Powter, N Coakley
Subs: C O’Neill for Coakley (45 mins); J O’Rourke for Powter (47); B O’Driscoll for Dorman (52); D O’Connor for Connolly (59); B O’Driscoll for Maguire (66); G Murphy for Kerrigan (72)

Referee: S Hurson (Tyrone).

Fixture Details

05.02.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 2 Round 1
Pearse Stadium, Salthill 14:00 Gaillimh v Corcaigh
Referee: Sean Hurson (Tír Eoghain)

Team News

Galway (Allianz FL v Cork): Rory Lavelle; Declan Kyne, David Walsh, Luke Burke; Gary O’Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Fiontan O Curraoin; Thomas Flynn, Damien Comer, Eamonn Brannigan; Danny Cummins, Barry McHugh, Seán Armstrong.

The Cork Senior Football team to play Galway in the Allianz Football league next Sunday in Pearse Stadium, Salthill, Galway has been announced as follows.

1. Ryan Price – (O Donovan Rossa)
2. John McLoughlin – (Kanturk)
3. Tom Clancy – (Clonakilty)
4. Kevin Crowley – (Millstreet)
5. Conor Dorman – (Bishopstown)
6. James Loughrey – (Mallow)
7. Stephen Cronin – (Nemo Rangers)
8. Aidan Walsh – (Kanturk)
9. Ian Maguire – (St Finbarr’s)
10. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
11. Sean Powter – (Douglas)
12. Mark Collins – (Castlehaven)
13. Niall Coakley – (St Judes)
14. Peter Kelleher – (Kilmichael)
15. Paul Kerrigan – (Nemo Rangers) – Captain


16. Ken O’Halloran – (Bishopstown)
17. Barry O Driscoll – (Nemo Rangers)
18. Brian O Driscoll – (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
19. Colm O Neill – (Ballyclough)
20. Gary Murphy – (Castletownbere)
21. John Mullins – (Eire Og)
22. John O Rourke – (Carbery Rangers)
23. Luke Connolly – (Nemo Rangers)
24. Matthew Taylor – (Mallow)
25. Michael Shields – (St Finbarrs)
26. Tomas Clancy – (Fermoy)

Allianz Football League Division 2 – Clare 1-8 Derry 0-11

Derry and Clare drew (0-11 to 1-8) in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday February 5th at Celtic Park, Derry.

Clare denied win in Derry as Kielt scores late on

Derry 0-11 Clare 1-08

Report from

Derry twice fought back from a point down in the closing minutes to rescue a merited draw against Clare in the Allianz Football League Division 2 encounter at Celtic Park.

James Kielt stepped forward and secured an equaliser in the sixth minute of injury time, levelling the scores for the seventh time in this Allianz Football League Division Two opener.

Ciaran Russell thought he’d won it for the visitors when he nudged them ahead deep into the five minutes of allotted stoppage time, but there was still time for Kielt to salvage a point for an inexperienced Derry line-up.

Jamie Malone’s goal for Clare after 43 minutes looked like a decisive score in a tight game but Derry battled hard to take something from the game.

Clare, last year’s Division Three champions, finished with 14 players having used all six substitutes by the time Dean Ryan picked up their third black card in the 70th minute.

All Star footballer Gary Brennan started for the Banner, less than 24 hours after starring for Ballyea in their All-Ireland club semi-final win over St Thomas, and he had a big impact, setting up numerous scores.

In contrast, Derry were missing their Slaughtneil contingent and started with four league debutants in defence. In a low intensity first half, there were more wides than points as both forward lines struggled to turn possession into scores.

Enda Lynn continued his good pre-season form with a point from play off each foot to put Derry two points ahead. Ciaran Russell and Eoin Cleary (free) levelled it up for the visitors. James Kielt kicked the first of his two first-half points from play with Carlus McWilliams tagging on another to restore Derry’s two-point advantage.

Liam Markham and then Sean Collins’ long-range point tied the scores again and Cleary’s free put Clare ahead briefly for the only time.

Both first-half goal chances fell to Clare; Sean Collins’ tame shot was easily saved by Thomas Mallon and later, Jamie Malone saw his strong shot low fly wide of the far post.

Mark Lynch uncharacteristically missed three frees for Derry, though two them were from difficult angles, with the home side struggling to convert possession into scores.

Kielt and McWilliams were on target for the second time to nudge Damian Barton’s side ahead 0-06 to 0-05 at the break.

Malone palmed the ball into an empty net for the only goal of the game after Shane Brennan drew the ‘keeper and slipped the ball across for a simple finish. That put Clare 1-05 to 0-06 in front.

Derry struggled to convert placed balls with Mark Lynch and Niall Loughlin missing several chances but the pair did both convert to draw Derry level.

David Tubridy and Russell both thought they’d done enough to clinch it for Clare in the closing minutes but Derry dug deep to take something from the game.

Scorers for Derry – J Kielt 0-04 (1f), C McWilliams 0-02, N Loughlin 0-02 (one ’45’), E Lynn 0-02, M Lynch 0-01 (f)

Scorers for Clare – J Malone 1-00, E Cleary 0-03 (3f), C Russell 0-02, S Collins, L Markham, D Tubridy 0-01 each

Derry: T Mallon; N Keenan, C Nevin, R Murphy; N Forrester, M McEvoy, P Hagan C McAtamney, J Kielt; E Lynn, N Loughlin, C McWilliams; M Lynch, E McGuckin, B Heron
Subs: D Tallon for Heron (27), G O’Neill for McAtamney (55), J Doherty for Hagan (60), O Hegarty for Nevin (70)

Clare: J Hayes; M McMahon, J Hayes, D Ryan; L Markham, G Kelly, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C Russell; J Malone, S Collins, S Brennan; E Cleary, D Tubridy, K Sexton
Subs: D Nagle for O’Dea (49), E Collins for Nagle (BC, 55), S Malone for Sexton (60), SMcGrath for Collins (60), G O’Brien for McMahon (BC, 62), D Egan for Brennan (68)

Referee: Niall Cullen (Fermanagh)

NEXT WEEK: Derry head south to Navan for a 3pm clash with Meath on Sunday, Clare face another Ulster side as they welcome Down to Ennis at 2pm.

Fixture Details

05.02.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 2 Round 1
Celtic Park, Derry 14:00
Doire v An Clár
Referee: Niall Cullen (Fear Manach)

Team News

Derry (SF v Clare): T Mallon; N Keenan, C Nevin, R Murphy; N Forester, M McEvoy, M Craig; C McAtamney, J Kielt; E Lynn, N Loughlin, C McWilliams; M Lynch, E McGuckin, B Heron.

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Semi-Final – St Brendans Killarney 2-17 St Flannans 1-11

St Brendans Killarney defeated St Flannans by 2-17 to 1-11 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th on Saturday February 4th in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale.

Injuries are the biggest threat to St Brendan’s title defence

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Munster Post Primary SAFC semi-final – St Brendan’s, Killarney 2-17 St Flannan’s, Ennis 1-11: Closing in on full-time, the focus of the St Brendan’s management had switched from the scoreboard to the growing number of casualties building on the sideline.

With a second successive Corn Uí Mhuirí final appearance locked down, thoughts turned to the February 25 decider and who may be in danger of missing out.

The Killarney outfit already had a crowded sick bay arriving into Rathkeale on Saturday. Returning home after a relatively comfortable nine-point semi-final win, the list had lengthened.

Michael Potts, wing-back on last year’s all-conquering Kerry minor team, was one of three regular starters missing from action on Saturday after sustaining a concussion during a challenge last week.

He was joined on the line by another member of last year’s Kerry minor squad, Cian Callaghan (knee). Jack Griffin had his tonsils removed last Monday and so was also unavailable.

Centre-back Cian Gammell carried a slight groin strain into the game and would have been rested were it not for the fact that the other two members of the half-back line, Potts and Griffin, were already ruled out.

Gammell put in a fine shift, but did have to be removed late on. Michéal Devlin, meanwhile, picked up a knock in the first period which also forced him off.

“Last year, we were blessed in that we went through the entire campaign without an injury,” remarked winning manager Gary McGrath.

“We were down three today and lost two more during the game. We are certainly getting our belly-full of it this year. Cian (Gammell) is probably our biggest worry at the moment and we will just have to wait and see. A lot of these lads are going two and a half years without a break between the Kerry minors, their club and the school. There are a lot of fellas with niggles and fellas are sick. We came in without three Kerry minors and it says something about the strength of our panel that we were able to come through without them.”

This pair clashed at this juncture last year, with the Killarney outfit romping to a 15-point win.

This latest meeting, however, wasn’t as straightforward and although Dara Moynihan started and finished a 12th-minute goal to send St Brendan’s 1-4 to 0-2 clear, it was immediately cancelled out by the Ennis outfit.

Eoghan Thynne saw his initial effort well saved by keeper Robert Osborne, but from the ensuing kick-out, St Flannan’s worked possession back into the opposition danger area and while Osborne repelled Sean Kennedy’s drive, he could do nothing about Darragh Duggan’s well-placed shot.

Ian Molloy split the posts in the subsequent action to make it a one-point ball game, 1-4 to 1-3. The response from the 2016 Hogan Cup champions, though, was clinical, as five points were reeled off without reply.

Two of those came from David Shaw who had missed their quarter-final as he attended an AFL Academy camp in Florida. He finished with six here, all from play. The gap was five at the break, 1-9 to 1-4, and was never closer than that in the second period.

Shaw added to his tally while centre-forward Donnachadh O’Sullivan landed three from play and one from the dead ball. Sub Barry Keane bagged their second goal two minutes from time after Mark Hartnett’s shot had come down off the post.

Scorers for St Brendan’s: D O’Sullivan (0-7, 0-3 frees); D Shaw (0-6); B Keane (1-1); D Moynihan (1-0); M O’Shea, B Courtney (0-1 free), C Flynn (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Flannan’s: D Duggan (1-5, 0-5 frees); C Donnelly, E Thynne (0-2 each); I Molloy, G Cooney (0-1 each).

ST BRENDAN’S: R Osborne (Legion); L McMonagle (Dr Crokes), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), S O’Leary (Kilcummin); N Donoghue (Firies), C Gammell (Legion), E Cosgrave (Firies); B Courtney (Dr Crokes), D Shaw (Dr Crokes); D Moynihan (Spa), D O’Sullivan (Firies), M Devlin (Legion); N McCarthy (Spa), M O’Shea (Dr Crokes), C Flynn (Firies)
Subs: M Hartnett (Dr Crokes) for McCarthy (24 mins); B Keane (Listry) for Devlin (30, inj); O O’Donoghue (Glenflesk) for Gammell (52, inj); B Slattery (Legion) for O’Donoghue (54, bc).

ST FLANNAN’S: T O’Brien (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield); M Collins (Éire Óg Ennis), P Casey (Clondegad), D O’Shea (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield); I Ugwueru (Éire Óg Ennis), R Hayes (Crusheen), C McNeilis (Clondegad); T Hannan (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield), I Molloy (Banner); C Donnelly (Clarecastle), G Cahill (Corofin), S Kennedy (Kilmaley); G Cooney (Éire Óg Ennis), D Duggan (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield), E Thynne (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield).
Subs: C Brannock (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield) for Kennedy (46 mins); Kennedy for McNeilis (52); R Collins (Banner) for Thynne (56).

Referee: M Maher (Cork).

Kerry minor Shaw stars as Brendan’s book place in Corn Uí Mhuirí decider

St Brendan’s Killarney 2-17 St Flannan’s College Ennis 1-11

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HOLDERS ST BRENDAN’S Killarney continued their quest for back-to-back Corn Uí Mhuirí titles as they booked their place in this year’s decider. Goals from Dara Moynihan and substitute Barry Keane saw them ease to a nine-point win over St Flannan’s in Rathkeale.

With the wind at their backs in the first half, Brendan’s opened up a five-point lead, Flannan’s full-forward Darragh Duggan cancelling out Moynihan’s early goal to leave it 1-9 to 1-5 at the break.

Kerry minor David Shaw, who missed Brendan’s last game while at AFL academy trials in Florida, was in majestic form and kicked six points from midfield. Four unanswered points in that third quarter effectively settled the game as a contest, and although Flannan’s did cut the gap to six again late on, Keane’s goal put the result beyond any doubt.

St Brendan’s Killarney

1. Robert Osborne (Killarney Legion)
2. Lorcan McMonagle (Dr Crokes)
3. Chris O’Donoghue (Glenflesk)
4. Sean O’Leary (Kilcummin)
5. Niall Donoghue (Firies)
6. Cian Gammell (Killarney Legion)
7. Evan Cosgrave (Firies)
8. Billy Courtney (Dr Crokes)
9. David Shaw (Dr Crokes)
10. Dara Moynihan (Spa)
11. Donnchadh O’Sullivan (Firies)
12. Micheál Devlin (Killarney Legion)
13. Niall McCarthy (Spa)
14. Mark O’Shea (Dr Crokes)
15. Ciaran Flynn (Firies)

St Flannan’s College Ennis

1. Tom O’Brien (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield)
2. Mark Collins (Éire Óg Ennis)
3. Peter Casey (Clondegad)
4. Darragh O’Shea (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield)
5. Ikem Ugwueru (Éire Óg Ennis)
6. Ross Hayes (Crusheen)
7. Colin McNeilis (Clondegad)
8. Tom Hannan (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield)
9. Ian Molloy (Banner)
10. Sean Kennedy (Kilmaley)
11. Gearoid Cahill (Corofin)
12. Cian Donnelly (Clarecastle)
13. Gavin Cooney (Éire Óg Ennis)
14. Darragh Duggan (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield)
15. Eoghan Thynne (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield)

Referee: Mark Maher (Cork)

When – Saturday February 4th at 12 noon
Where – Mick Neville Park Rathkeale
Referee – Mark Maher (Cork)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Col Chriost Rí and Tralee CBS in the Final on Saturday February 25th.

Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

Results to Date

St Brendans
Quarter-Final – St Brendans 2-18 PS Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-9
Group C Round 1 – St Brendans Killarney 2-23 I.S. Killorglin 1-7
Group C Round 2 – St Brendans Killarney 1-15 De La Salle College Macroom 1-8
Group C Round 3 – St Brendans Killarney 2-24 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 0-8

St Flannans
Quarter-Final – St Flannan’s 4-9 Mercy Mounthawk 2-12
Group D Round 1 – St Flannans 1-8 St. Fachtnas Skibbereen 0-10
Group D Round 2 – P.S Rathmore 3-11 St Flannans 1-14
Group D Round 3 – St Flannans 0-9 P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-5

Match Preview
St. Brendans have been very impressive in the Corn Ui Mhuiri to date as they look to defend their title. Wins over I.S. Killorglin, De La Salle College Macroom and Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon by a combined 48 points in the group stages was very impressive. PS Chorcha Dhuibhne were their Quarter-Final opponents and while the game was close in the opening half, St. Brendans had too much for the Dingle side, winning by 15 points in the finish. Six of last year’s starting line-up are available for selection this season and they have looked a formidable outfit in this year’s competition to date.

St. Flannans (three time winners – last time in 1995) reached last year’s Semi-final before bowing out to St. Brendans so will hope for a reversal of fortune on this occasion. This season, St. Flannans took part in Group D, the most competitive of the four groups saw St. Flannans record a first round one point win over St. Fachtnas Skibbereen before losing narrowly to P.S Rathmore by 3-11 to 1-14 in round two. St. Flannans needed to win their last game versus P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne which they duly achieved, winning a low scoring game by 0-9 to 0-5 to qualify for the Quarter-Finals as group winners. In the Quarter-Finals, three goals in the opening ten minutes saw the Clare school race in to a nine point lead and another goal before half-time had them in control at the interval. Mercy Mounthawk dominated the second half, outscoring their Clare opponents by 1-4 to 0-2 but it wasn’t enough to deny St. Flannans a place in the semi-finals by a margin of 3 points.

Mark Maher is in charge of this game with a 12 noon throw-in on Saturday at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale.

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Semi-Final – Colaiste Chriost Ri 1-18 Tralee CBS 1-18

Colaiste Chriost Ri and Tralee CBS finished level after extra time (1-18 to 1-18) in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th at Mallow. The Replay details will be confirmed on Monday.

Tralee CBS and Coláiste Críost Rí must do it all again

Report by Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Coláiste Chríost Rí 1-18 Tralee CBS 1-18 (AET): Coláiste Chríost Rí had to score the final four points at Mallow on Saturday to send this Corn Uí Mhuirí semi-final tie to a replay, but it was difficult to argue against a draw being the fair outcome.

In the opening 60 minutes, both Críost Rí and Tralee CBS had comebacks from five points down. The Cork city school had to equalise at the end of normal time and extra- time, with joint-manager Paul Kerrigan paying tribute to his side.

“Our lads are going in with a smile,” he said. “It’s a pity it had to take going down by a couple of points — twice — to drive on and play like we did in the first half, but we’ll take the replay, it’ll stand to us. If there had been another kick-out at the end of normal time or extra-time, we might have won it.”

Críost Rí went in at the break leading by 0-8 to 0-5 after a strong finish to the half, and they seemed set to push on when Mark Cronin and Mark Brosnan extended that lead on the resumption.

Instead, Tralee drew level before surging clear. Tom Hoare and Gearóid Fitzgerald were central as Tralee ate into the Críost Rí lead and sub Jason Mortimer put them 0-11 to 0-10 ahead in the 44th minute. While a good Cronin free levelled, Fitzgerald pushed Tralee ahead before wing-back Michael Scanlon netted, his initial shot having been saved by Darragh Moran.

Hoare made it 1-13 to 0-11 with five minutes left as Críost Rí wasted chances, but Darragh Kelly’s goal brought them back into the tie and Ronan Dalton and Cronin sent the game to extra time.

Tralee led by two at the turnaround and then Tomás O’Connor made it 1-18 to 1-14 with a pair of points.

Críost Rí wouldn’t wilt, and three Cillian Myers-Murray points, and one from Cronin, tied the game.

“We had a few chances that we could have taken,” said Tralee manager Mike Tim O’Sullivan. “When you draw after being five points up, that is disappointing, but a draw was a fair result. It was a great game and both teams will be looking forward to going again. One thing this year is that we never panic. We know there are going to be periods when teams dominate and we’ve learned to ride that out. We’ve faith in our fellas and we trusted they were going to claw it back, but Críost Rí were the same.”

Scorers for Coláiste Chríost Rí: M Cronin (0-6, 4 frees), C Myers Murray (0-5, 3 frees), D Kelly (1-1), M Brosnan (0-3), R Dalton (0-2), D Lucey (0-1).

Scorers for Tralee CBS: M Kelliher (0-6, 3 frees), G Fitzgerald (0-4), M Scanlon (1-1), T Hoare (0-3), T O’Connor (0-2), J Walsh, J Mortimer (0-1 each).

COLÁISTE CHRÍOST RÍ: D Moran (St Finbarr’s); A McGowan (Nemo Rangers), B Cripps (Nemo Rangers), J Corcoran (Nemo Rangers); M Hitchmough (Shamrocks), P Cummins (St Michael’s), D Kelly (Douglas); J Ryan (Sliabh Rua), K Forde (Nemo Rangers); J Coughlan (Nemo Rangers), D Lucey (Mayfield), Jack O’Brien (St Finbarr’s); M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), M Brosnan (Carrigaline), C Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s)
Subs: Jack O’Brien (Nemo) for Cummins (36), R Dalton (Nemo) for Coughlan (38), E Varian (St Finbarr’s) for Jack O’Brien (St Finbarr’s) (69).

TRALEE CBS: S Foley (Kerins O’Rahillys); J Myres (John Mitchels), T Lynch (St Pat’s, Blennerville), B Patterson (Austin Stacks); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), K Dwyer (St Pat’s, Blennerville), M Scanlon (Castlegregory); J O’Connor (Austin Stacks), T O’Connor (Ballymacelligott); S Donnellan (Churchill), T Hoare (Kerins O’Rahillys), D Fitzmaurice (Austin Stacks); E Greaney (St Pat’s, Blennerville), G Fitzgerald (Austin Stacks), M Kelliher (John Mitchels).
Subs: J Mortimer (Churchill) for Greaney (38), N O’Mahoney (Na Gaeil) for Donnellan (39), Donnellan for Fitzmaurice (37), A Roche (Kerins O’Rahillys) for Scanlon (62), S Hamilton for Myres (75).

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick)

Coláiste Chríost Rí and Tralee CBS must go again after thriller ends in a draw

Coláiste Chríost Rí (Cork) 1-18 Tralee CBS (Kerry) 1-18 (aet)

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ST BRENDAN’S COLLEGE of Killarney must wait to discover their Corn Uí Mhuirí final opponents after 80 minutes couldn’t separate Coláiste Chríost Rí and Tralee CBS in Mallow on Saturday.

Four points in the final six minutes of extra time, three by Cillian Myers Murray and one from Mark Brosnan, earned Críost Rí the replay after it looked as if Tralee had moved into an unassailable lead. The fightback was in keeping with the overall flow of the game, though, as a five-point Críost Rí lead early in the second half was wiped out, Michael Kelliher central for Tralee.

Michael Scanlon’s goal helped the Kerry school to lead by 1-13 to 0-11 with five minutes left, but Darragh Kelly found the net for Críost Rí before Ronan Dalton and Mark Cronin levelled by the 60-minute mark.

A largely even first half saw Críost Rí lead by 0-3 to 0-1 before Tralee responded with three points in a row, Gearóid Fitzgerald getting two of them, but the final ten minutes belonged to Críost Rí. Kelly, Daniel Lucey and huge Mark Cronin free left it 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time before Cronin and Brosnan extended the advantage on the resumption. Tralee refused to wilt though and both sides will welcome the second chance.

Scorers for Coláiste Chríost Rí: Mark Cronin 0-6 (0-4 frees), Cillian Myers Murray 0-5 (0-3 frees), Darragh Kelly 1-1, Mark Brosnan 0-3, Ronan Dalton 0-2, Daniel Lucey 0-1.

Scorers for Tralee CBS: Michael Kelliher 0-6 (0-3 frees), Gearóid Fitzgerald 0-4, Michael Scanlon 1-1, Tom Hoare 0-3, Tomás O’Connor 0-2, John Walsh, Jason Mortimer 0-1.


1. Darragh Moran (St Finbarr’s)
2. Andrew McGowan (Nemo Rangers)
3. Barry Cripps (Nemo Rangers)
4. John Corcoran (Nemo Rangers)
5. Mark Hitchmough (Shamrocks)
6. Peter Cummins (St Michael’s)
7. Darragh Kelly (Douglas)
8. Jack Ryan (Sliabh Rua)
9. Kyle Forde (Nemo Rangers)
10. Joe Coughlan (Nemo Rangers)
13. Daniel Lucey (Mayfield)
12. Jack O’Brien (St Finbarr’s)
11. Mark Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
14. Mark Brosnan (Carrigaline)
15. Cillian Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s)
18. Jack O’Brien (Nemo Rangers) for Cummins (36)
17. Ronan Dalton (Nemo Rangers) for Coughlan (38)
24. Ethan Varian (St Finbarr’s) for Jack O’Brien (St Finbarr’s) 69)


1. Shane Foley (Kerins O’Rahillys)
4. Jack Myres (John Mitchels)
3. Tommy Lynch (St Pat’s, Blennerville)
2. Brandon Patteron (Austin Stacks)
5. John Walsh (Knocknagoshel)
6. Kieran Dwyer (St Pat’s, Blennerville)
7. Michael Scanlon (Castlegregory)
8. Joe O’Connor (Austin Stacks)
9. Tomás O’Connor (Ballymacelligott)
10. Seán Donnellan (Churchill)
11. Tom Hoare (Kerins O’Rahillys)
12. David Fitzmaurice (Austin Stacks)
13. Eoin Greaney (St Pat’s, Blennerville)
14. Gearóid Fitzgerald (Austin Stacks)
15. Michael Kelliher (John Mitchels)
17. Jason Mortimer (Churchill) for Greaney (38)
22. Niall O’Mahoney (Na Gaeil) for Donnellan (39)
10. Donnellan for Fitzmaurice (37)
19. Aaron Roche (Kerins O’Rahillys) for Scanlon (62)
23. Seán Hamilton for Myres (75)

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)

When – Saturday February 4th at 1pm
Where – Mallow
Referee – Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of St. Brendans Killarney and St. Flannans Ennis in the Final on Saturday February 25th.

Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

Results to Date
Col Chriost Rí
Quarter-Final – Colaiste Chriost Rí 0-8 St Francis College Rochestown 0-6
Group B Round 1 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 0-22 Clonakilty Community College 1-4
Group B Round 2 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 3-12 Mercy Mounthawk 0-10
Group B Round 3 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 2-9 Clonmel High School 0-6

Tralee CBS
Quarter-Final – Tralee CBS 2-10 IS Killorglin 1-10
Group A Round 1 – Tralee CBS 1-15 Coláiste na Sceilge 0-11
Group A Round 2 – St. Francis College Rochestown 3-10 Tralee CBS 1-16
Group A Round 3 – Tralee CBS 1-10 Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 0-4

Match Preview
Colaiste Chriost Rí and Tralee CBS will do battle on Saturday for a place in the Corn Ui Mhuiri final in 3 weeks time.

Colaiste Chriost Rí are 15 times winners of this competition, the last success coming in 2011. In the group stages, the Cork school accounted for Clonakilty Community College, Mercy Mounthawk and Clonmel High School by an aggregate 35 points having failed to progress from the Group stages in the previous two seasons. The Quarter-Final versus local rivals St Francis College Rochestown was a different story altogether as very little separated the teams in a low scoring contest. Mark Cronin was top scorer for Chriost Rí with three points as they earned a 0-8 to 0-6 victory. With nine of last season’s Frewen Cup (U16.5 A Football) winning side involved, Colaiste Chriost Rí are a young side with a winning mentality as they look to qualify for their first Corn Ui Mhuiri Final in six years.

Tralee CBS also played St. Francis College Rochestown, which ended in a draw in the group stages. Victories over Coláiste na Sceilge and Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig in the other group matches saw the Tralee side through to a Quarter-Final meeting with IS Killorglin. Tralee trailed by four points with 20 minutes remaining in that Quarter-Final but a strong final quarter saw them outscore Killorglin by 1-5 to 0-1, the goal coming courtesy of substitute Jason Mortimer, to secure their place in the semi-finals. A number of the current Tralee CBS side finished as runners-up to St. Brendans Killarney in the 2014/2015 Frewen Cup. Kerry Minor Kieran Dwyer at centre-back and Dual Kerry Minor All-Ireland winner Tomás O’Connor at midfield will lead the Tralee CBS charge for a place in the semi-finals. Tralee CBS last qualified for the Corn Ui Mhuri finals in 2007 and 2008, both against St. Brendans with one win (2007) and one defeat (2008). A victory against Colaiste Chriost Rí could set up another meeting with their Killarney rivals.

Richard Moloney is the referee for this one with a 1pm throw-in at Mallow.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Tipperary 2-12 Antrim 0-13

Tipperary defeated Antrim by 2-12 to 0-13 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday February 5th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Work to do but Tipperary ‘get the job done’

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 2-12 Antrim 0-13: A much-improved second-half display saw Tipperary claim an opening day victory over Antrim in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League.

Goals from All Star Michael Quinlivan and Philip Austin were pivotal as the Premier County, last year’s All-Ireland semi-finalists and one of the leading contenders for promotion, won by five points in front of 722 spectators at Semple Stadium.

Tipp were four points down in the first half, and trailed by 0-5 to 0-7 at the break, but a more direct approach in the second period bore rich dividends.

Both of Tipp goals came from long Alan Moloney deliveries from midfield, with Conor Sweeney providing the assists. Quinlivan profited in the 56th minute before Austin claimed the second goal with six minutes remaining.

It was encouraging stuff from Tipp, who were two points down before turning the screw. With the breeze at their backs in the second half, and kicking towards the Town End, Tipp showed fine game management to win a first round league game for the first time since 2014.

Both teams finished the game with 14 players as Tipp had used all six subs when they lost a second player, Willie Connors, to a black card.

And Antrim were a man light for the closing seconds when Conor Murray was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

A black card for Ryan Murray at the end of the first half cost the visiting Saffrons. Murray had been motoring well before he was handed his marching orders, a hotly-disputed decision but arguably correct as the forward appeared guilty of a hand-trip.

Murray’s replacement, CJ McGourty, did well but also missed a couple of straightforward chances from frees.

Antrim were also unlucky to see two point efforts in the first half denied by the upright, while Tipp goalkeeper Evan Comerford did well to keep out a palmed Stephen Beatty effort.

Comerford’s opposite number, Chris Kerr, saved well from Quinlivan early in the second half but he would have to pick the ball out of his net twice as Tipp broke through.

Tipp manager Liam Kearns reflected: “I wasn’t happy at half-time, we were poor in the first half. We were very rusty and made a lot of mistakes and basically they showed more aggression and were more at it than we were.

“But we sorted out a lot at half-time and I was happy with the second half, even though we left a few scores behind us but we got the job done.”

On the disputed black card, Antrim boss Frank Fitzsimons said: “It was right in front of me, the referee came to the linesman and the linesman didn’t say anything, but he (ref) went back and gave a black card to Ryan. It took effect on us but you have to dust yourself off, get up and go again. We had to put somebody else on (McGourty) and he did well when he came on too.”

Scorers for Tipperary: P Austin (1-2); C Sweeney (0-4, 2 frees); M Quinlivan (1-0); J Keane (0-2 frees); K Fahey, R Kiely, L McGrath (f) & B Fox (0-1 each).

Scorers for Antrim: C.J. McGourty (0-4, 2 frees); R Murray (0-3, 2 frees, 1 sl); P McBride & M Fitzpatrick (0-2 each); P McAteer, C Murray (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; A Campbell, P Codd, W Connors; K Fahey, R Kiely, J Feehan; A Moloney, M Dunne; J Keane, L McGrath, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, P Austin.
Subs: K O’Halloran for McGrath (h.t.), E Moloney for K Fahey (46), I Fahey for Dunne (66), Liam Boland for Quinlivan (68), J Hennessy for Codd (69), Luke Boland for Fox (b/c 70+1)

ANTRIM: C Kerr; P Healy, P Gallagher, C Hamill; P McBride, J Laverty, P McAteer; M Johnson, J Dowling; D Lynch, C Murray, S Beatty; R Murray, C Small, M Fitzpatrick
Subs: CJ McGourty for R Murray (b/c 35), R McCann for Small (52), R Scott for Beatty (63), S Donnelly for Lynch (64)

Referee: B Cawley (Kildare)

Quinlivan and Austin goals key as Tipperary turn the screw on Antrim in the second-half

Tipperary 2-12 Antrim 0-13

Report by Jackie Cahill for

SECOND HALF GOALS from All-Star Michael Quinlivan and Philip Austin helped Tipperary to gain a winning start in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League.

The Premier County overturned a four-point first half deficit to win by five in front of 722 spectators at Semple Stadium. Both goals arrived following long deliveries from Alan Moloney, with Conor Sweeney providing the assists.
With Tipp a point down, 0-10 to 0-11, Quinlivan’s 56th minute goal was a crucial score and when Austin pounced six minutes from time, the points were secure for the hosts.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing for Tipp, who were 0-5 to 0-7 behind at the end of a disappointing first half. Antrim packed bodies behind the ball and Tipp found it difficult to find a way through, before a more direct approach in the second half paid rich dividends.

Antrim suffered a real blow approaching half-time when lively forward Ryan Murray was black-carded for an apparent hand-trip, a call hotly-contested by the Saffrons. C.J. McGourty came on to score four points but he was also responsible for some poor second half misses.

After Evan Comerford did well in the first half to keep out Stephen Beatty’s palmed effort, his opposite number and Antrim goalkeeper Chris Kerr pulled off a fine save from Quinlivan early in the second half, diverting the ball onto the post.

By then, Tipp had gone ahead for the first time in the game but Antrim – who were 0-7 to 0-3 up in the first half – rallied to lead by 0-11 to 0-9, before the Premier County scored the crucial goals. In stoppage time, Tipp lost captain Brian Fox and debutant Willie Connors to black cards.

With all six subs used, the loss of Connors left Tipp playing the closing seconds a man light. And Antrim were reduced to 14 players when Conor Murray was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Scorers for Tipperary: Philip Austin 1-2, Conor Sweeney 0-4 (2f), Michael Quinlivan 1-0, Josh Keane 0-2f, Kevin Fahey, Robbie Kiely, Liam McGrath (f) & Brian Fox 0-1 each.

Scorers for Antrim: C.J. McGourty 0-4 (2f), Ryan Murray 0-3 (2f, 1 sl), Paddy McBride & Matthew Fitzpatrick 0-2 each, Paddy McAteer & Conor Murray 0-1 each.


1. Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
2. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)
3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule)
4. Willie Connors (Kiladangan)
5. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
6. Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers)
7. Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule)
8. Alan Moloney (Rockwell Rovers)
9. Martin Dunne (Moyle Rovers)
10. Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle)
11. Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
12. Brian Fox (Captain) (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)
13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
15. Philip Austin (Borrisokane)
17. Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe) for McGrath (h.t.)
20. Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch) for K Fahey (46)
18. Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials) for Dunne (66)
21. Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers) for Quinlivan (68)
19. Joseph Hennessy (Loughmore-Castleiney) for Codd (69)
26. Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers) for Fox (b/c 70+1)


1. Chris Kerr (Naomh Gall)
2. Peter Healy (Naomh Eanna)
3. Patrick Gallagher (Naomh Seosamh, Lann Abhaigh)
4. Conor Hamill (Naomh Seosamh, Lann Abhaigh)
5. Paddy McBride (Naomh Eoin)
6. James Laverty (Clann na hÉireann)
7. Paddy McAteer (Naomh Uíle)
8. Martin Johnson (Ciceam an Creagán)
9. Jack Dowling (Naomh Bríd)
10. Declan Lynch (Lamh Dhearg)
11. Conor Murray (Lamh Dhearg)
12. Stephen Beatty (Uí Donnabháin Rosa)
13. Ryan Murray (Lamh Dhearg)
25. Conor Small (Ciceam an Creagán)
15. Matthew Fitzpatrick (Naomh Eoin)
24. CJ McGourty (Naomh Gall) for R Murray (b/c 35)
20. Ruairi McCann (Naomh Mhuire, Achadh Galláin) for Small (52)
21. Ruairi Scott (Naomh Eanna) for Beatty (63)
26. Sean Donnelly (Uí Donnabháin Rosa) for Lynch (64)

Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare)

Fixture Details

05.02.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Round 1
Semple Stadium, Thurles 14:00
Tiobraid Árann v Aontroim
Referee: Brendan Cawley (Cill Dara)

The Tipperary football team to play Antrim in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 encounter in Semple Stadium on Sunday next, February 5th at 2pm has been announced by manager Liam Kearns.

The captain for 2017 is Brian Fox from Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill and there is a league debut for Willie Connors (Kiladangan) while Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) also gets a debut league start having come on as a replacement in previous campaigns. After taking a year out Killenaule’s Paddy Codd returns to the full back position, as Kearns names a strong team for Tipperary’s opening fixture.

The team lines out as follows;

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
3. Paddy Codd – Killenaule
4. Willie Connors – Kiladangan
5. Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Alan Moloney – Rockwell Rovers
9. Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
12. Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Philip Austin – Borrisokane

16. Ciarán Kenrick – Moyle Rovers
17. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
18. Ian Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
19. Joseph Hennessy – Loughmore-Castleiney
20. Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch
21. Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers
22. Liam Casey – Cahir
23. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
24. Colm Stapleton – Upperchurch-Drombane
25. Paul Shanahan – Upperchurch-Drombane
26. Luke Boland – Moyle Rovers

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 2-17 Donegal 1-17

Kerry defeated Donegal by 2-17 to 1-17 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 5th at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.

Geaney brace key as Kerry start with menace

Report By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Donegal 1-17 Kerry 2-17

Kerry claimed their first opening league win since 2012, their first in Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s reign, with an utterly convincing display in Letterkenny.

The majority of the 6,329 crowd were left disappointed but there was plenty to admire from the visiting team’s performance particularly from David Moran and Paul Geaney who collected 2-4. The full-forward line of Geaney, James O’Donoghue and Jack Savage helped themselves to a tasty 2-10, 2-7 from play.

The game was truly up as a contest in the 44th minute when Geaney claimed his second goal courtesy of some great foot-passing and quick thinking involving Moran that originated from a Kerry kick-out. The score put them nine up and out of touch for a youthful Donegal outfit that put a better complexion on the scoreboard by the end.

Kerry weren’t first on the mark but they were much the better in the opening quarter despite losing Shane Enright to a serious-looking injury, which required several minutes of attention. Savage sent over a brace of points after it and Enright’s replacement Jack Barry added another in the 19th minute.

Donegal responded with a Michael Murphy free before Martin O’Reilly was fouled in the penalty area after a sparkling run in the 23rd minute. Murphy converted the penalty and Donegal were up but only briefly as Geaney found the net at the other end a minute later when Barry found him in space.

Donnchadh Walsh sent over his second point shortly afterwards and Kerry were three up and full value for it give the damage they were causing down Donegal’s right flank while Paddy McBrearty found himself isolated on too many occasions.

Ciaran Thompson brought Donegal within two points but Kerry were excellent in the seven additional minutes due to the earlier lengthy stoppage, kicking five points without reply. Murphy added a free to leave it 1-11 to 1-5 going into at half-time but the writing was on the wall.

Scorers for Donegal: M. Murphy (1-3, 1-0 pen, 0-3 frees); P. McBrearty (0-4, 3 frees); C. Thompson (0-3); D. O’Connor (0-2); M. Reilly, E. McHugh, P. Brennan, R. McHugh, C. Gibbons (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerry: P. Geaney (2-4, 0-2 frees); J. O’Donoghue, J. Savage (1 free) (0-3 each); D. Walsh (0-2); J. Barry, T. O’Sullivan, J. Lyne, D. Moran, P. Murphy (0-1 each).

DONEGAL: M.A. McGinley; P. McGrath, C. Ward, E. Bán Gallagher; F. McGlynn, R. McHugh, P. Brennan; J. McGee, H. McFadden; M. O’Reilly, M. Langan, C. Thompson; P. McBrearty, M. Murphy (c), J. Brennan
Subs for Donegal: E. McHugh for F. McGlynn (26); C. Gibbons for M. Langan (42); D. O’Connor for J. Brennan (47); E. Doherty for P. McGrath (inj 50); E. O’Donnell for M. O’Reilly (inj 57)

KERRY: B. Kelly; J. Foley, M. Griffin, S. Enright; K. Young, P. Crowley (c), T. O’Sullivan; D. Moran, T. Morley; J. Lyne, P. Murphy, D. Walsh; J. Savage, P. Geaney, J. O’Donoghue
Subs for Kerry: J. Barry for S. Enright (inj 9); M. Geaney for J. Lyne (48); B.J. Keane for J. O’Donoghue (52); Brendan O’Sullivan for P. Murphy (57); C. Geaney for J. Savage (61), Barry O’Sullivan for D. Walsh (67); J. Barry (70+3, not replaced).

Referee: M. Deegan (Laois).

Fixture Details

05.02.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Round 1
O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny 14:00
Dún na nGall v Ciarraí
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Team News

The team captained by Peter Crowley is as follows:


1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels-Foilmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Peter Crowley (C) Laune Rangers
6. Killian Young Renard
7. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
8. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
9. Tadhg Morley Templenoe
10. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
11. Paul Murphy Rathmore
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Jack Savage Kerins O’Rahillys
14. Paul Geaney Dingle
15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
18. Michael Geaney Dingle
19. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
20. Jack Barry Na Gaeil
21. Barry O’Sullivan Dingle
22. Ronan Shanahan Austin Stacks
23. Conor Geaney Dingle
24. Conor Keane Killarney Legion
25. Gavin Crowley Templenoe
26. Adrian Spillane Templenoe


Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Róghnóirí: Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers), Maurice Fitzgerald (St Marys).

DONEGAL (FL v Kerry): MA McGinley (St Michael’s); E Gallagher (Killybegs), N McGee (Gaoth Dobhair), P McGrath (Ardara); R McHugh (Kilcar), C Ward (St Eunan’s), P Brennan (Bundoran); J McGee (Cloughaneely), H McFadden (Killybegs); C Thompson (Naomh Conaill), M Langan (St Michael’s), M O’Reilly (Seán Mac Cumhaills); P McBrearty (Kilcar), M Murphy (Glenswilly), J Brennan (Bundoran).

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Ballyea (Clare) 1-19 St. Thomas’ (Galway) 2-14

Ballyea (Clare) defeated St. Thomas’ (Galway) by 1-19 to 2-14 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Ballyea claim All-Ireland final place despite St Thomas comeback

BALLYEA (Clare) 1-19 ST THOMAS’ (Galway) 2-14

Report By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Victory went to Ballyea in this dramatic All-Ireland club semi-final in a chilly Semple Stadium, the 4,206 in attendance seeing a masterclass from the Clare champions before St Thomas’ produced a stirring comeback. Thirteen points down in the second half, the Galway men were only seen off by a Tony Kelly point in the last minute of injury time.

Spectators saw Ballyea attack the town end in the first half but both sides took time to settle before two Niall Deasy frees got the Clare men on the scoreboard.

The Munster champions were sharper and more accurate, leading 0-6 to 0-2 thanks partly to two fine Gearoid O’Connell points and partly to Tony Kelly’s driving play around the middle.

Ballyea dominated the opening half – more Deasy points made it 0-9 to 0-2 with five minutes to the break, while the Galway men hit three wides in a row before Darragh Burke pointed a late 65.

However, there was time for Deasy to hit another free before the break, his seventh score of the half, making it 0-10 to 0-3 at the half.

The teams exchanged points on the resumption – a Darragh Burke free answered with a Tony Kelly point on the run. St Thomas’ were more competitive but Ballyea were slicker and kept them at bay.

Sean Skehill almost found the Ballyea net with a ground shot but St Thomas’ were already nine down when Deasy tore in from the right to goal from close range on 40 minutes: 1-14 to 0-5.

Conor Cooney found the net with a close-in free and then an improbable seven points in a row made it interesting. As time ticked away St Thomas’ sub Anthony Kelly’s late goal cut the difference to the minimum, but up popped his namesake on the Clare side to make it safe.

Scorers for Ballyea: N. Deasy (1-11, 0-8 frees); T. Kelly (0-3); G. O’Connell, PJ Connolly (0-2 each); C. Doohan (0-1).

Scores for St. Thomas: Darragh Burke (0-8, 0-2 65s, 0-5 frees); C. Cooney (free), A. Kelly (1-0 each); K. Burke (0-2); E. Burke, S. Cooney, J. Regan, D. Cooney (0-1 each).

BALLYEA: K. Sheehan, J. Neylon, J. Browne, B. Carrig, G. O’Connell, P. Flanagan, J. Murphy, T. Kelly, S. Lineen (c), N. Deasy, G. Brennan, C. Doohan, P.J. Connolly, D. Burke, P. Lillis
Subs: M. O’Leary for D. Burke (33)

ST THOMAS’: P. Skehill (c), F. Burke, C. Burke, E. Burke, D. Cooney, S. Cooney, J. Regan, David Burke, B. Burke, C. Cooney, Darragh Burke, D. Sherry, B. Farrell, S. Skehill, K. Burke
Subs: A. Kelly for Sherry (inj., 21); M. Caulfield for Farrell (44)

Referee: S. Cleere (Kilkenny)

Fixture Details

AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 17:00
St Thomas (Gaillimh) v Ballyea (An Clár)
Referee: Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Coverage

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 2-16 London 1-8

Waterford defeated London by 2-16 to 1-8 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday February 5th at Ardmore.

Whyte and Hurney lift Déise

Waterford 2-16 London 1-8

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford claimed a morale-boosting victory against London as Paul Whyte and Patrick Hurney pulled the strings at Ardmore.

The fluent home team carved open the London back line but passed up on five one-on-ones before Whyte tucked the ball away on 49 minutes. The captain skied a first-half penalty right and wide yet they recovered to lead 0-9 to 0-5 at the interval.

In injury time, Stephen Dalton pulled down London’s Rory Mason and Barry Tiernan signalled a penalty. The defender got a black a card and Mason sent Stephen Enright the wrong way.

Scorers – Waterford: P Whyte 1-5 (2fs); P Hurney 0-6 (3fs); G Crotty 1-0; D Breathnach 0-2; B Looby, M Curry, C Murray 0-1 each. London: R Mason 1-4 (1-0 pen, 3fs); L Gavaghan 0-4.

Waterford – S Enright 7; B Looby 7, T O’Gorman 7, T Ó hUallacháin 6; J McGrath 6, S Prendergast 7, R Ó Ceallaigh 6; T Prendergast 7, M Curry 7; M O’Halloran 6, P Whyte 8, C Murray 6; D Breathnach 7, J Veale 6, P Hurney 8. Subs: G Crotty 7 for O’Halloran (49); F Ó Cuirrín 6 for Murray (49); F Galvin 6 for Ó Ceallaigh (57); L Lawlor 6 for Veale (57); S Dalton for S Prendergast (62); K Murphy for Dalton (BC, 72).

London – C Hallissey 7; C Carty 6, C O’Neill 6, C Coyne 6; J Branagan 6, P Butler 5, R Jones 6; A McDermott 6, J Gartlan 6; E Murray 6, M Gottsche 6, L Gavaghan 8; R Mason 7, A Moyles 5, J Daly 5. Subs: K Hughes 5 for Moyles (47); M Carroll 5 for Gartlan (47); C Dunne 5 for P Butler (BC, 48); K Butler 5 for Daly (54).

Ref – B Tiernan (Dublin).

Fixture Details

05.02.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 4 Round 1
Ardmore, Co Waterford 13:00
Port Láirge v Londain
Referee: Barry Tiernan (Áth Cliath)

Team News

The Waterford Senior Football Team to play London on Sunday at 1pm in Ardmore is named as follows –

1. Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty)
2. Brian Looby (Ballinacourty)
3. Thomas O’Gorman (The Nire)
4. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin (An Rinn)
5. James McGrath (The Nire)
6. Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
7. Ray O’Ceallaigh (An Rinn)
8. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
9. Michael Curry (Rathgormack)
10. Michael O’Halloran (Ballinacourty)
11. Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty) – Capt
12. Conor Murray (Rathgormack)
13. Donie Breathnach (An Rinn)
14. Joey Veale (Kilrossanty)
15. Patrick Hurney (Ballinacourty)

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 2-11 Corofin (Galway) 0-8

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated Corofin (Galway) by 2-11 to 0-8 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday February 11th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Crokes break semi-final hoodoo – at long, long last

Dr Crokes 2-11 Corofin 0-8

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Crokes will face Slaughtneil in next month’s All-Ireland club SFC decider after overcoming Corofin in today’s semi-final.

The nine-point victory at the Gaelic Grounds made for sweet redemption after the Killarney outfit had fallen short at this very hurdle in 2012, ’13 and ’14.

Having been somewhat under the cosh during the third quarter, a period during which Corofin rattled off three on the bounce to reduce the deficit to 1-9 to 0-8, Dr Crokes’ progression to the final was wrapped on 49 minutes as sub Jordan Kiely notched their second goal.

It was a score born out of a superb piece of vision by one Colm Cooper as his free inside his own 20-metre line found Daithi Casey unmarked at midfield, with the latter blazing a trail through the opposition defence before offloading to Casey.

Cooper (free), Tony Brosnan and ‘keeper Shane Murphy (free) added the icing thereafter. Dr Crokes were full value for their 1-7 to 0-5 interval advantage. Mind you, it wasn’t until Gavin O’Shea’s fortuitous goal on 27 minutes that the scoreboard began to reflect their dominance.

A Colm Cooper effort had fallen short, Kieran O’Leary recycled to O’Shea and his point attempt dropped into the left corner of Bernard Power’s goal.

That green flag put the Munster champions 1-5 to 0-4 in front and they pushed further clear with a point from Kieran O’Leary. The former Kerry captain finished the half with five points from play and while he proved more than a handful for Cathal Silke and Kieran Fitzgerald, the quality of ball in from Gooch, Gavin White and company was first class.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: K O’Leary (0-5); J Kiely, G O’Shea (1-0); D Casey (0-2, 0-2 frees); C Cooper (0-1 free), T Brosnan, S Murphy (0-1 free), B Looney (0-1 each).

Scorers for Corofin: G Sice (0-2 frees), J Leonard (0-1 free), D Wall (0-2 each); I Burke, M Farragher (0-1 each).

Dr Crokes: S Murphy; J Payne, M Moloney, L Quinn; D O’Leary, G White, F Fitzgerald; A O’Donovan, A O’Sullivan; J Buckley, G O’Shea, B Looney; K O’Leary, D Casey, C Cooper
Subs: M Burns for Looney (41 mins); J Kiely for O’Shea (48); T Brosnan for Casey (53); S Doolan for O’Leary (58); M Milner for Cooper (62).

Corofin: B Power; K Fitzgerald, L Silke, C Silke; K Molloy, C McGrath, C Cunningham; D Burke, R Steede; G Sice, D Wall, J Leonard; I Burke, M Farragher, M Lundy
Subs: G Higgs for C Silke (35 mins); A Burke for Molloy (38); B O’Donovan for Cunningham (48); C Brady for Wall (50).

Referee: C Branagan (Down)