Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 6-33 Laois 1-19

Limerick defeated Laois by 6-33 to 1-19 in Round 4 of Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Saturday March 11th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Team News

The Limerick management team has released their team and panel for Saturday’s clash away to Laois in O Moores Park Portlaosie at 7.30pm. John Kiely and his selectors released their team after training this evening at Rathkeale. He starting match team and panel members are as follows: 1. Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), 2. Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla), 3. Richie English (Doon), 4. Sean Finn (Bruff), 5. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 6. Declan Hannon (Adare), 7. Dan Morrissey (Ahane), 8. Darragh O Donovan (Doon), 9. William O Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh), 10. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), 11. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), 12. James Ryan (Garryspillane)(Captain), 13. Kevin O Brien (Patrickswell), 14. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 15. Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen).
16. David McCarthy (Glenroe), 17. Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 18. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 19. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 20. Pat Ryan (Doon), 21. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 22. Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 23. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 24. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 25. Sean Tobin (Murroe/Boher), 26. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh).

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Tipperary 3-17 Longford 0-18

Tipperary defeated Longford by 3-17 to 0-18 in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Saturday March 11th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Allianz FL D3: Vital win for Tipperary

Allianz Football League Division Three


Report By Jackie Cahill for

Conor Sweeney’s marksmanship moved Tipperary into second place in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League this evening. The Ballyporeen clubman helped himself to 2-7 as the Premier County saw off Longford by eight points at Semple Stadium.

Tipp suffered a damaging setback away from home against Longford in last year’s campaign, but they made no mistake on home soil. Tipp led by 2-10 to 0-12 at the break, a four-point lead but it could have been better for the hosts, who led by nine on three separate occasions.

The hosts got off to a whirlwind start, Josh Keane landing a free before Sweeney, all alone and in oceans of space, was left one-on-one with Paddy Collum and duly converted the opening goal of the game in the third minute. Three minutes later, Tipp were in again and Longford were punished for more slack defending as Jimmy Feehan pounced for the home side’s second goal.

Michael Quinn, operating in the half-forward line for Longford, was a beacon of hope for the visitors, who gradually worked their way back into contention as the half wore on. But in the 22nd minute, Tipp were nine points clear, 2-9 to 0-6, before Longford reeled off six unanswered points to boost their challenge.

Tipp closed out the half with a point from Liam Casey, but were facing into a battle after the interval. So it proved as Longford provided dogged opposition and were within three points of Tipp on many occasions. That was before Tipp pulled away with a run of 1-4 without reply, Sweeney palming home from close range eight minutes from time to reward the approach play of Michael Quinlivan and Robbie Kiely.

Tipp now face Offaly away from home next weekend as they aim to keep their promotion push on track. This was impressive stuff from Tipp, who showed real intent to see off the Midlanders. Longford have now lost valuable ground of their own but, bar Quinn, they struggled for scores from play.

Robbie Smyth bagged seven points for Denis Connerton’s men in this rearranged fixture – but six of those were frees. Sweeney was Tipp’s star man from an attacking perspective – and 2-4 of his haul came from play.

Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 2-7 (3fs), Jimmy Feehan 1-0, Kevin O’Halloran 0-3 2f), Philip Austin 0-2, Liam Casey, Josh Keane (f), Brian Fox, Michael Quinlivan (f) and Liam Boland 0-1 each.

Scorers for Longford: Robbie Smyth 0-7 (6fs), Michael Quinn & Sean McCormack (2f) 0-3 each, John Keegan, Diarmuid Masterson, Larry Moran, Ronan McEntire and Brian Farrell 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, Paddy Codd, Willie Connors; Emmet Moloney, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan; Liam Casey, George Hannigan; Josh Keane, Kevin O’Halloran, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Philip Austin
Subs: Liam Boland for Hannigan (46), Shane O’Connell for Connors (49), Kevin Fahey for E Moloney (60), Alan Moloney for Casey (64), Liam McGrath for O’Halloran (66), Joseph Hennessy for Kiely (70+3).

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum; Donal McGelligott, Dermot Brady, Padraig McCormack; Barry O’Farrell, Barry Gilleran, Barry McKeon; Darren Gallagher, John Keegan; James McGivney, Diarmuid Masterson, Michael Quinn; Liam Connerton, Sean McCormack, Robbie Smyth
Subs: Andrew Farrell for McGelligott (b/c 21), Larry Moran for O’Farrell (26), Brian Farrell for McGivney (h.t.), Daniel Mimnagh for Masterson (51), Ronan McEntire for Gallagher (57).

REFEREE: Martin McNally (Monaghan).

Fixture Details

11.03.2017 (Sat)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Round 4 Re-Fixture
Semple Stadium, Thurles 17:00
Tiobraid Árann v An Longfort
Referee: Martin McNally (Muineachán)

Team News

the Tipperary football team to play Longford in the refixed Round 4 tie in Roinn 3 of the Allianz Football League also in Semple Stadium at 5pm tomorrow evening has also been announced by manager Liam Kearns and it is the same as that announced for the postponed 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. Emmett Moloney – Drom & Inch
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Liam Casey – Cahir
9. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
12. Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Philip Austin – Borrisokane

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 2-17 Kilkenny 3-14

Tipperary drew with Kilkenny on a scoreline of 2-17 to 3-14 in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday March 11th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Allianz HL D1A: Thurles thriller finishes level

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A


Report By Jackie Cahill for

Tipperary maintained their unbeaten record in Division 1A of the Allianz League this evening, as sub Steven O’Brien scored a 70th minute point to draw a cracking match with Kilkenny.

Even then, there was time for Tipp to snatch the win, but John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer was wide with two point attempts – one from each flank. In truth, a draw was a fair result as this helter-skelter fixture was a throwback to some of the classic games between the counties in recent years.

TJ Reid scored 3-5 – including two penalty goals for Kilkenny – as Seamus Callanan collected six points for Tipperary. In front of 14,763 spectators, this was rip-roaring stuff and while Tipp led by four points at half-time, 2-11 to 2-7, there was never a suggestion that there would be a clear-cut winner.

The sides traded four goals in an entertaining first half – Tipp striking first in the third minute when John McGrath took advantage of chaos in the Kilkenny full-back line to pounce from close range. But Kilkenny were level at 1-1 each when Reid fired home a bullet in the fifth minute, as Tipp goalkeeper Darragh Mooney was left rooted to the spot.

Tipp reeled off the next four points of the game and by the 22nd minute, they had their biggest lead of the game to date – 2-7 to 1-2 – when Niall O’Meara found the back of the Kilkenny net. O’Dwyer was the provider and O’Meara held his nerve to strike an angled finish across Eoin Murphy and into the far corner.

That goal sent Tipp into a 2-7 to 1-2 lead but in a hugely-physical encounter, Reid was leading the Kilkenny charge. He goaled again on the half hour mark for a penalty, awarded by referee James Owens for a Michael Cahill foul on Alan Murphy.

Again, Mooney had no chance, as Reid struck the ball with venomous speed from the 20m line. Even then, there was still time for six further points in the opening half, Tipp winning that spell by 0-4 to 0-2, to lead by four at the break.

But from the 22nd minute, when Tipp had that eight-point advantage, they were outscored by 0-4 to 1-5 approaching half-time. With 13 minutes of normal time remaining, Kilkenny had the chance to level when Liam Blanchfield was fouled, and Reid blasted past Mooney again.

Richie Hogan, moved into full-forward, was proving a handful and a couple of classy points kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Noresiders. But on four occasions down the home straight, they were deadlocked – and Kilkenny goalkeeper Murphy had a big say in that.

Four minutes from time, John McGrath looked odds-on to goal when he skipped past Paul Murphy, but Eoin Murphy performed heroics to keep him out. On the follow-up, Callanan hit a ground-stroke wide and buoyed by that, Kilkenny edged ahead with a point from Cillian Buckley. O’Brien levelled in the 70th minute – but the two additional minutes failed to provide a winner.

Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-6 (3fs, 1 65), John McGrath 1-2, Niall O’Meara 1-1, Sean Curran and Dan McCormack 0-2 each, Padraic Maher, Noel McGrath, John O’Dwyer and Steven O’Brien 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 3-5 (2-0 pens, 4fs), Richie Hogan 0-4, Cillian Buckley 0-3, Walter Walsh 0-2.

TIPPERARY: Darragh Mooney; John O’Keeffe, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Tomás Hamill, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Sean Curran, Michael Breen; Dan McCormack, Niall O’Meara, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath.
Subs: Kieran Bergin for Breen (35), Jason Forde for McCormack (55), Seamus Kennedy for Cahill (58), Steven O’Brien for O’Meara (68).

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Pádraig Walsh, Conor O’Shea; Conor Fogarty, Shane Prendergast, Jason Cleere; Paddy Deegan, Cillian Buckley; Colin Fennelly, Richie Hogan, TJ Reid; Alan Murphy, Walter Walsh, Liam Blanchfield.
Sub: James Maher for A Murphy (40).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford)

Fixture Details

11.03.2017 (Sat)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 4
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:00
Tiobraid Árann v Cill Chainnigh
Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)

Team News

Focusing on round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has named his starting XV to take on Kilkenny in Roinn 1A in Semple Stadium, tomorrow Saturday, March 11th at 7pm.
His side includes ten of the starting fifteen which lined out against Kilkenny in last year’s All-Ireland Final with recent injury concerns, Donagh Maher and Niall O’Meara also passed fit to start.
The team lines out as follows;
1. Daragh Mooney – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
2. Donagh Maher – Burgess
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Sean Curran – Mullinahone
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
11. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs
12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney