Allianz Football League Division 2 – Galway 3-13 Clare 1-11

Galway defeated Clare by 3-13 to 1-11 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday February 26th at 2pm in Pearse Stadium Salthill.


Allianz FL D2: Galway win in the west

Allianz Football League Division Two

GALWAY 3-13 CLARE 1-11

Report By Cian O’Connell for GAA.ie

Galway’s quietly effective start to the Allianz League continued at Pearse Stadium with Kevin Walsh’s improving team eking out another solid and satisfactory win.

Dominant for vast chunks of the first half, Galway, missing the injured Damien Comer, absorbed a gutsy Clare effort in the third quarter before confidently closing out the deal.

Clare, without talisman Gary Brennan, struggled to deal with the locals, who struck two fine first half goals from Eamonn Brannigan and Shane Walsh.

After the restart Keelan Sexton did rattle the Galway net, but Gareth Bradshaw, highly effective throughout for the home team, responded with a third Tribe major.

With Paul Conroy splendid at centrefield Galway’s pacy attack caused Clare plenty of problems early on as the promising Michael Daly impressed. Brannigan burst through for a delightful sixth minute goal, while Walsh added a second on the half hour mark.

At the interval Galway led by 2-8 to 0-5, while points from Johnny Heaney and Barry McHugh extended Galway’s advantage further when the action recommenced. An Eoin Cleary free was followed by a 44th minute Sexton goal and Clare eventually narrowed the gap down to six.

But 13 minutes from the end Bradshaw reacted quickly when Joe Hayes saved from Heaney to bundle the loose ball over the line for the insurance goal.

There was plenty to admire in this enterprising display from Galway, who have registered two wins and a draw from three matches. That will encourage Walsh ahead of next Sunday’s important trip to Navan for a clash with Meath.

Scorers for Galway: Barry McHugh 0-5 (4fs), Gareth Bradshaw 1-2, Shane Walsh 1-1, Eamonn Brannigan 1-0, Gary O’Donnell, Johnny Heaney, Micheal Lundy, Michael Daly, and Paul Conroy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Eoin Cleary 0-4 (3fs), Keelan Sexton 1-0, Jamie Malone 0-3, David Tubridy 0-2 (1f), Liam Markham and Ciaran Russell 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Rory Lavelle; Declan Kyne, David Walsh, Luke Burke; Gary O’Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Fiontan O’Curraoin; Tom Flynn, Michael Daly, Eamonn Brannigan; Shane Walsh, Barry McHugh, Micheal Lundy
Subs: Gary Sice for Tom Flynn (59 mins), Liam Silke for Johnny Heaney (65 mins), Sean Armstrong for Eamonn Brannigan (66 mins), Cathal Sweeney for Michael Daly (70 mins).

CLARE: Joe Hayes; Martin McMahon, Kevin Harnett, John Hayes; Liam Markham, Gordon Kelly, Dean Ryan; Cathal O’Connor, Ciaran Russell; Cian O’Dea, Keelan Sexton, Shane Brennan; Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy, Jamie Malone
Subs: Seanie Malone for Shane Brennan (53 mins), David Egan for Cian O’Dea (59 mins), Eoghan Collins for Liam Markham (62 mins), Gearoid O’Brien for Ciaran Russell (69 mins), Kieran Malone for Dean Ryan (69 mins)

REFEREE: Fergal Kelly (Longford)


Allianz Football League Division 2 – Cork 1-14 Fermanagh 0-9

Cork defeated Fermanagh by 1-14 to 0-9 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday February 26th at Pairc Ui Rinn.


Smooth Rebels cruise to win over Fermanagh

Cork 1-14 Fermanagh 0-9

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A comfortable win for Cork in a surprisingly sunny Pairc Ui Rinn, the Rebels too strong for visitors Fermanagh in this NFL Division 2 clash.

Cork defended the scoreboard end in the first half and Fermanagh appeared to have the backing of the breeze. The home side were sharper early on, with captain Paul Kerrigan effective up front, hitting two early points. Fermanagh’s patient build-up play broke down more than once in the face of Cork pressure, and by the end of the first quarter they had one point, from Tomas Corrigan, to show against Cork’s four.

Wayward shooting didn’t help the visitors, who hit five wides in that time, but Sean Quigley pointed a free for their second on 20 minutes and added a 45 a minute later.

Cork hit back with a sweet Donncha O’Connor point, and O’Connor and Kerrigan then combined to set up Niall Coakley for a goal from close range: 1-5 to 0-3 on 24 minutes.

Coakley added a free and Kerrigan a point from play before half-time, but Fermanagh’s Eddie Courtney hit one more for the men in green before the break: 1-7 to 0-4 at the half.

Brian O’Driscoll pointed for Cork on the resumption but two Quigley points gave Fermanagh a boost. Coakley (free) and Connolly made it a seven-point game before Kerrigan almost got Cork’s second goal, only for Tomas Treacy to save well.

Turning into the third quarter Cork were well in control, and though Fermanagh tried hard they couldn’t convert their industry into scores, and Cork had 8 to spare at the end, Treacy denying Kerrigan a second goal at the death.

Scorers for Cork: N. Coakley (4 frees)(1-4); P. Kerrigan (0-4); B. O’Driscoll (0-2); J. O’Rourke, D. O’Connor, L. Connolly, D. Og Hodnett (0-1 each).

Scorers for Fermanagh: S. Quigley (4 frees, 1 45)(0-5); T. Corrigan, E. Courtney, A. Breen, R. Jones (0-1 each).

Cork: K. O’Halloran, K. Crowley, T. Clancy (Clonakilty), M. Shields, T. Clancy (Fermoy), J. Loughrey, S. Cronin, A. Walsh, R. Deane, B. O’Driscoll, L. Connolly, J. O’Rourke, N. Coakley, D. O’Connor, P. Kerrigan.
Subs: C. O’Neill for O’Connor (53); M. Collins for O’Rourke (55); C. O’Driscoll for Crowley (60); D. Og Hodnett for Connolly (62); P. Kelleher for Coakley (66); K. O’Driscoll for B. O’Driscoll (70).

Fermanagh: T. Treacy, B. Mulroney, C. Cullen, M. Jones, D. McCusker, R. McCluskey L. Cullen, E. Donnelly (c), R. Hyde, A. Breen, P. McCusker ,R. Lyons, E. Courtney, S. Quigley, T. Corrigan
Subs: R. Jones and K. Connor for Lyons and P. McCusker (HT); J. McMahon for McCluskey (53); D. Keenan for Corrigan (57); P. Reihill for D. McCusker (60).

Referee: A. Nolan (Wicklow).



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CORK: Ryan Price; John McLoughlin, Tom Clancy, Kevin Crowley; Tomas Clancy, James Loughrey, Stephen Cronin; Aidan Walsh, Ruairi Deane; Brian O’Driscoll, Luke Connolly, John O’Rourke; Niall Coakley, Peter Kelleher, Paul Kerrigan.



Allianz Football League Division 1 – Monaghan 2-8 Kerry 1-10

Monaghan defeated Kerry by 2-8 to 1-10 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 26th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.


Allianz FL D1: Monaghan triumph in Killarney

Allianz Football League Division One

MONAGHAN 2-8 KERRY 1-10

Report by Paul Brennan for GAA.ie

Monaghan’s impressive start to the Allianz League continued with a deserved and important win over Kerry that keeps the Farney men unbeaten after three rounds.

Malachy O’Rourke’s team are well positioned with five points from a possible six ahead of a tough trip to Tyrone next Saturday.

For Kerry this was a second home defeat on the trot, and if the Kingdom are to harbour real hopes of getting back to the League final they will need to find some victories and points fast, starting with a win next weekend away to Roscommon.

Only two points from play – none in the second half – is the sort of statistic to annoy Eamonn Fitzmaurice more than worry him at this stage of the year, but Kerry will need to find some way of rebooting their season quickly.

Monaghan won’t view this performance as anything other than ordinary either, but O’Rourke has plenty to be pleased about on the back of this win.

Goals in either half from Jack McCarron and Gavin Doogan laid the platform for Monaghan’s win, with Doogan’s 39th minute goal wrestling the lead off Kerry, and the Kingdom couldn’t recover.

That score made it 2-3 to 1-6, after Kerry had edged three points clear courtesy of a James O’Donoghue free. The visitors managed another five points from play thereafter while a underwhelming Kerry could only muster four scores from frees.

The first half, played in blinding sunshine and heavy downpours, was a dull affair, punctuated only by David Moran’s brilliant goal in the 15th minute and McCarron’s 12 minutes later.

Paul Murphy did rattle an early shot off a Monaghan post, but converted frees from McCarron and goalkeeper Rory Beggan edged Monaghan into an early lead.

A fine Kerry counter-attack ended with Moran crashing the ball past Beggan to give Kerry the lead and Tadhg Morley and James O’Donoghue (free) extended Kerry’s lead to 1-2 to 0-2 by the 24th minute.

Paul Geaney fluffed a great chance for a second Kerry goal when he blasted wide with just Beggan to beat, but Murphy and O’Donoghue (free) raised white flags to edge Kerry five clear.

Monaghan persisted with their patient, probing game and in the 27th minute they found the opening when McCarron finished the ball to the net after Brendan Kealy had saved smartly from Conor McManus’s low drive.

Kieran Hughes and Geaney (free) exchanged points to see Kerry lead 1-5 to 1-3 at the interval, but playing into a strong wind Monaghan would have been the happier side at the break.

O’Donoghue’s free put Kerry three clear, but Doogan’s goal cancelled out that lead and from there to the end it was a cagey affair. Kerry huffed and puffed, but struggled to find the openings and scores, while McCarron and McManus scored a brace each, and Kieran Hughes added a fifth to see Monaghan over the winning line.

Kerry’s bad day at the office was compounded by the sending off of Bryan Sheehan who was issued a red card mere seconds after coming on as a 65th minute substitute when in his very first involvement he was dismissed.

Scorers for Monaghan: Jack McCarron 1-3 (1f), Gavin Doogan 1-0, Conor McManus 0-2, Kieran Hughes 0-2, Rory Beggan 0-1 (f).

Scorers for Kerry: James O’Donoghue 0-3 (3fs), Paul Geaney 0-3 (3fs), David Moran 1-0, Tadhg Morley 0-1, Paul Murphy 0-1, Barry John Keane 0-1 (f), Brendan Kealy 0-1 (f).

MONAGHAN: Rory Beggan, Fintan Kelly, Drew Wylie, Ryan Wylie, Kieran Duffy, James Mealiff, Colin Walshe, Darren Hughes, Kieran Hughes, Karl O’Connell, Shane Carey, Gavin Doogan, Conor McCarthy, Jack McCarron, Conor McManus. Subs: Neil McAdam for C Walshe (30 mins), Owen Duffy for D Hughes (HT), Ryan McAnespie for J Mealiff (HT), Conor McCarthy for O Duffy (45 mins), Thomas Kerr for D Malone (65 mins).

KERRY: Brendan Kealy, Shane Enright, Mark Griffin, Killian Young, Tadhg Morley, Peter Crowley, Ronan Shanahan, David Moran, Jack Barry, Jonathan Lyne, Paul Murphy, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Savage, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.
Subs: Stephen O’Brien for J Savage (HT), Stephen O’Brien, Barry John Keane for P Geaney (50 mins), Adrian Spillane for K McCarthy (52 mins), Anthony Maher for J Barry (b/c, 55 mins), Darran O’Sullivan for P Crowley (61 mins), Bryan Sheehan for D Moran (65 mins).

REFEREE: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary).




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The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Monaghan in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on Sunday at 2pm shows 3 changes i

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Wexford 1-9 Waterford 0-10

Wexford defeated Waterford by 1-9 to 0-10 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday February 26th at Innovate Wexford Park.


O’Grady goal puts Wexford top

Wexford 1-9 Waterford 0-10

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Kevin O’Grady’s 25th-minute goal proved decisive as it helped Wexford to a two-point victory in this top-of the table clash at Innovate Wexford Park.

It was Wexford’s ability to control possession while playing into the strong wind and rain in the first 35 minutes that laid the foundations for the win. Four unanswered points from Donie Breathnach, Paul Whyte, Michael O’Halloran and Patrick Hurney’s free put Waterford in front, but Ciaran Lyng hit back with a free and O’Grady’s goal sent the teams in level, 1-3 to 0-6, at the interval.

The sides continued to trade points, but a late Patrick Hurney point came too late to help Waterford salvage the game.

Scorers – Wexford: K O’Grady 1-2; C Lyng 0-3 (2f); B Brosnan 0-2 (1f); J Tubritt, M O’Regan 0-1 each. Waterford: P Hurney 0-4 (3f); D Brethnach 0-2, P Whyte 0-2 (1f); M O’Halloran, C Murray 0-1 each.

Wexford: S Roche 7; B Malone 7, J Rossiter 7, M Furlong 7; E Nolan 6, J Wadding 6, T Rossiter 6; D Waters 7, C Kehoe 7; K O’Grady 8, B Brosnan 7, P Curtis 6; C Lyng 7, J Tubritt 7, J Stafford 6
Subs: M O’Regan 7 for Stafford (41); C Carty 7 for Curtis (52); J Firman 6 for Tubritt (63); R Devereux for O’Grady (72).

Waterford: S Enright 6; S Dalton 6, T O’Gorman 7, T O hUallachain 6; J McGrath 6, S Prendergast 7, R O Ceallaigh 7; T Prendergast 7, M Curry 7; M O’Halloran 6, P Whyte 7, C Murray 7; D Breathnach 7, J Veale 6, P Hurney 7
Subs: L Lawlor 6 for Veale (57); F O Cuirrin 6 for Dalton (60).

Ref – F Smyth (Offaly).


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