Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry v Tyrone

Kerry will play Tyrone in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday April 2nd at 2pm in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Allianz Football League Division 2 – Cork v Down

Cork will play Down in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday April 2nd at 2pm in Pairc Ui Rinn.

Allianz Football League Division 2 – Clare v Meath

Clare will play Meath in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday April 2nd at 2pm in Cusack Park Ennis.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Armagh v Tipperary

Armagh will play Tipperary in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday April 2nd at 2pm in the Athletic Grounds.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick v Wicklow

Limerick will play Wicklow in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday April 2nd at 3pm in Newcastlewest.

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1B Relegation Play-Off – Laois 1-30 Kerry 4-20

Laois defeated Kerry by 1-30 to 4-20 after extra time in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1B Relegation Play-Off on Saturday April 1st at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Under 18.5 A Football) Final – St. Brendans Killarney 0-18 St. Peters College Wexford 0-10

St. Brendans Killarney defeated St. Peters College Wexford by 0-18 to 0-10 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Under 18.5 A Football) Final on Saturday April 1st at Croke Park.



St Brendan’s retain Hogan Cup

Hogan Cup Final

ST BRENDAN’S COLLEGE, KILLARNEY 0-18 ST PETER’S COLLEGE, WEXFORD 0-10

Report from GAA.ie

St Brendan’s of Killarney wrapped up a second straight Hogan Cup title and their fourth overall with a eight-point victory over St Peter’s in Croke Park.

The future is certainly bright in the Kingdom. This was a fourth consecutive Hogan Cup success for a Kerry school after Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne’s wins in 2014 and 2015, not to mention the All-Ireland minor three-in-a-row completed by the county last September.

Garry McGrath’s men were fully deserving of their victory and looked comfortable throughout. They led by 0-10 to 0-3 at half-time and while their Wexford opponents showed signs of life in the second period, the result was never in doubt.

St Peter’s fought back to within four points with 10 minutes remaining, but St Brendan’s clicked through the gears and eased to victory. St Brendan’s have found scores easy to come by throughout their run to glory this season and today was no different. Although it took him 26 minutes to get off the mark, star forward David Shaw posted 0-4, as did the exceptional Donnachadh O’Sullivan.

Midfielder Billy Courtney, who won an All-Ireland minor medal between the posts for Kerry last September, was clinical while converting four placed balls. St Brendan’s surged into a five point lead after the opening quarter, as Dara Moynihan, Donnchadh O’Sullivan, Mark O’Shea and Ciaran Flynn curled over efforts. Barry O’Connor curled over the Wexford side’s only two scores from play in the opening half, as they trailed by 0-9 to 0-3 at the interval.

St Peter’s showed real fight after the break and three points between cousins Rory and Barry O’Connor brought them back into contention. St Brendan’s rattled off three quick-fire scores through Shaw, Courtney (free) and O’Sullivan to extend their lead to eight once again. The Leinster champions posted the next four points, with Cathal Devereux on target twice, but late efforts from Courtney, Micheal Devlin and Shaw rounded off the St Brendan’s victory.

Scorers for St Brendan’s: David Shaw 0-4, Billy Courtney 0-4 (3fs, 145), Donnchadh O’Sullivan 0-4, Dara Moynihan 0-2, Mark O’Shea, Ciaran Flynn, Jack Griffin and Micheal Devlin 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Peter’s: Barry O’Connor 0-5 (1f), Cathal Devereux 0-4 (3fsf), Rory O’Connor 0-1.

ST BRENDAN’S: Robert Osborne; Lorcan McMonagle, Chris O’Donoghue, Sean O’Leary; Jack Griffin, Michael Potts, Niall Donohue; Billy Courtney, Cian Gammelll; Dara Moynihan, Donnchadh O’Sullivan, Barry Keane; David Shaw, Mark O’Shea, Ciaran Flynn.
Subs: Micheal Devlin for Ciaran Flynn (44), Barry Slattery for Chris O’Donoghue (blood sub, 52 – 59), Mark Harnett for Barry Keane (55), Evan Cosgrove for Jack Griffin (61), Niall McCarthy for Mark O’Shea (62), Diarmuid Brosnan for Lorcan McMonagle (63).

ST PETER’S COLLEGE: Richard Ryan; Eoin O’Leary, Ben Maddock, David O’Keeffe; Quinn Saunders, Conor Firman, Finn O’Driscoll; Brian Deeney, Rory O’Connor; Dylan Furlong, Ben Moore, Peter Barry; David Gouldson, Barry O’Connor, Cathal Deverux.
Subs: Michael Codd for Ben Maddock (blood sub, 17 – 22), 18. Dylan Lyne for David Gouldson (ht), Jack Devereux for Peter Barry (57), Michael Codd for Finn O’Driscoll (58), Aaron Breen for Dylan Furlong (62).

REFEREE: Sean Hurson (Tyrone).



Fixture Details

01-04-2017 (Sat)
Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Senior A Football) Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh
16:00 St Brendans Killarney V St. Peter’s College Wexford
(E.T. if Necessary)


Match Preview

MALONE LEADS HIS SIDE INTO BATTLE AGAINST ST BRENDAN’S

BRIAN Malone is in big demand these days.

Having just helped Wexford secure promotion back to Division 3, Malone, a loyal servant to his county, is also co-manager of the St Peter’s side who face St Brendan’s in this weekend’s Hogan Cup final at Croke Park.

It’s a hectic time, but Malone wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I think when we initially got relegated to Division 4 we thought we would bounce straight back up but we didn’t. It’s not easy to get out of and even with the games we won this year the margins were very tight in all of them,” he says.

“But we are a tight knit group and we stuck at it. We came from behind in a lot of games. There is a small management team of Banty (Seamus McEnaney), Murph (former player David Murphy) and Marty (coach Martin McElkannon).

“Banty likes to keep the circle tight because that way there is more trust within and it’s easier to achieve things.

“It’s great for the county team to be up a division in the Allianz League but it’s also brilliant that St Peter’s are in the Hogan Cup final as well. There is a right buzz down here at the moment and it’s great to see.

“We have been struggling for underage success in recent years in Gaelic football and, in my opinion, the schools and colleges have been keeping the thing going.

“It brings its own issues – we have so many duel players who are being sought after by club and county minor managers – and most of them are in Leaving Cert year as well – so we really have to look out for our players.

“There have been times when we have said to lads – just come to the match, we don’t need you to train. And maybe that has helped us along the way too. But we’re on a high. Playing the final will be something else because St Brendan’s, well we all know the run that they are on at the moment, but we will give it everything.

“I suppose for a 10 year period or so, Wexford football was on a high; one of the best teams in the land and then the thing dipped. I think we’re back on the right track now, there is huge development work being done and I would be positive looking ahead.

“To win a final would be massive but that won’t come easy.”

ST BRENDAN’S ON CREST OF A WAVE

Both Hogan Cup finalists are littered with intercounty talent.

St Brendan’s, the reigning All Ireland champions, are just fresh from winning their 22nd Corn Ui Mhuiri, and they are playing with finesse and style. They are clinical in attack and have All-Ireland winning Kerry minors David Shaw and Billy Courtney will have to be marked closely this afternoon as will Dara Moynihan and centre-forward Donnchadh O’Sullivan.

In beating Claremorris in the Hogan Cup semi-final, ‘Brendan’s had the advantage of a strong wind in the opening half, but while the Killarney college didn’t exactly take full advantage of the elements, they still showed enough against the elements in the second half to come through.

That just shows the poise and class they have.

A 33rd minute goal from Mark O’Shea, nephew of former Kerry senior and Dr Crokes All-Ireland winning club manager, Pat, gave them a lead they never relinquished but the individual skill of David Shaw, who beat four Claremorris players en route to scoring a fine goal, was the icing on the cake.

Yet, they won’t have it all their own way at Croke Park.

St Peter’s have Wexford dual minors dotted everywhere around the field and the final promises to be a cracking affair.

In fact, if the game is not a feast of open, attractive football, it will be a puzzle.

With St Peter’s College back from the margins of Post Primary football and enjoying a Leinster championship win for the first time in a quarter of a Century, they will be keen to press on and add more silverware.

Rory O’Connor is one of their main men. In the semi-final, he scored a brilliant 41st minute goal into the wind which proved crucial for them as they withstood a late surge from that gallant St Mary’s side, who only days earlier had landed that MacRory Cup title.

St Peter’s may be more renowned for their hurling exploits, (they have four Croke Cup titles) but there will be a huge hunger associated with seeking a first All-Ireland senior football title and in O’Connor and his cousin, Barry, son of Wexford hurling legend, George, they have stars in both codes too. Cathal Devereux is also a classy player that St Brendan’s will have to watch out for today.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Leitrim 1-13 Waterford 2-8

Leitrim defeated Waterford by 1-13 to 2-8 in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Saturday April 1st at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Relegation Playoff – Clare 3-18 Dublin 0-19

Clare defeated Dublin by 3-18 to 0-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Relegation Playoff on Sunday April 2nd at Cusack Park Ennis.


Tony Kelly strikes and Clare survive

Report by Kieran Shannon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 3-18 Dublin 0-19

It’s only two weeks ago Tony Kelly was stifled by Dublin opposition above in Croke Park and for the first half in Cusack Park yesterday, Ger Cunningham’s team, boosted by the return of their victorious Cuala contingent, had him well tied up as well.

About the only time Kelly had been able to express himself was just a couple of minutes before half-time when he ingeniously pop-slapped a ball on the touchline straight up into his hand and immediately swung it over the bar, but just like on St Patrick’s Day the Ballyea man had yet to get into his familiar majestic stride and fire points for fun on the run.

At the break Dublin were 0-13 to 1-8 up, and as Clare joint-manager Gerry O’Connor would admit afterwards, only for Andrew Fahy, his team would have been trailing by more; the Whitegate man made a couple of fine saves as well as launching in the free which Aaron Shanagher would catch at the far end and dispatch brilliantly past Conor Dooley.

But within two minutes of the restart, Kelly galloped into open space to rifle over a couple of points shortly before a John Conlon goal. And even Dublin would claw to within three points entering the last 12 minutes, the game was then effectively decided when Kelly intercepted a stray Dooley short puckout and buried it to the net.

“It was definitely a game of two halves,” said O’Connor. “You’ll have days when things aren’t going for you and you just need to stick in there and keep fighting. We have a lot of good quality players and they just kept working and our defence got on top and we started building from there. And when you have a forward like Tony, then everything is possible.”

Kelly wasn’t the only Ballyea man to make an important intervention and ensure any remaining All-Ireland final blues weren’t compounded by a bout of relegation. Paul Flanagan was brought on at half-time into a previously creaking full-back line, and as O’Connor would observe afterwards, brought an impressive composure to the area in both his distribution and his defending.

It was more a change of attitude than personnel though that was the key to Clare’s second-half surge. In the opening 35 minutes Dublin’s forwards on the flanks rifled over an array of fine points as the likes of youngsters Donal Burke, Eamonn Dillon and Carolan Conway were constantly out in front and afforded time to turn and slot over the bar.

O’Connor seemed to suggest in the dressing room at half-time his colleague Donal Moloney “encouraged” – for lack of a better term – their charges, but whatever he said and however he said it, the effect was a much greater level of intensity and aggression from the backline. The likes of Cian Dillon and David McInerney roared into the game, getting out in front of their direct opponents and charging out with the ball, and allied to the power running of Jason McCarthy, Kelly, David Reidy and particularly Conlon upfront, Clare overwhelmed the visiting side in front of a crowd of 7,276.

“We’re five months into this project and we were going to be probably judged on this game,” said O’Connor. “And that showed in the first-half. We were nervous, we took wrong options at times, but the focus and application at the start of the second-half was excellent. I thought our full-back line and half-back line really dominated and when Jason McCarthy came into the half-back line it helped further matters again.

“We’re finding out about where we need to be for June 4 [their Munster semi-final date against Limerick]. If you were talking to us at half-time, you’d say we were a long way off where we need to be at. But we might have edged closer going by the last 35-40 minutes.”

There would still be a nervy spell in that second-half. They went 18 minutes with just one score and when All Ireland Club winner David Treacy tidily fired over two consecutive points from the wing, Dublin were back to within three, 2-13 to 0-16.

Then came Kelly’s goal. After that Dublin’s resistance pretty much yielded, outside of Chris Crummey finishing with a tally of three points from wing back.

Scorers for Clare: T Kelly 1-3, D Reidy 0-6 (five frees), A Shanagher 1-2, J Conlon 1-1, C Galvin and J McCarthy 0-2 each, D Fitzgerald and A Cunningham 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: D Treacy 0-7 (0-5 frees), C Crummey, E Dillon and D Burke 0-3 each, C Conway 0-2, N McMorrow 0-1.

CLARE: A Fahy; C Dillon, D McInerney, S Morey; B Bugler, C Cleary, D Fitzgerald; J Shanahan, C Galvin; J Conlon, P Collins, T Kelly; C McInerney, A Shanagher, D Reidy
Subs: J McCarthy for Shanahan (inj, 20 mins), P Flanagan for Morey (half-time), A Cunningham for C McInerney (48), C Malone for Cleary (58), G O’Connell for Bugler (66).

DUBLIN: C Dooley; S Barrett, E O’Donnell, O Gough; C Crummey, C O’Callaghan, L Rushe; D O’Connell, B Quinn; D Treacy, N McMorrow, D Burke; C Conway, R O’Dwyer, E Dillon
Subs: J Malone for Quinn (34 mins), C Boland for Conway (45), R McBride for O’Dwyer (48), F Whitely for McMorrow (62), S O’Riain for Treacy (inj, 66).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary).

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Quarter Final – Tipperary 4-28 Offaly 3-13

Tipperary defeated Offaly by 4-28 to 3-13 in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Quarter Final on Sunday April 2nd at O’Connor Park Tullamore.


Tipperary victory over Offaly ensures place in semi-final

Offaly 3-13 Tipperary 4-28

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Michael Ryan’s Tipperary romped into the semi-finals of the Allianz Hurling League, scoring a comprehensive victory over Offaly at O’Connor Park, Tullamore, on Sunday afternoon.

The Premier County registered 13 wides but still ran out 18–point winners against the hosts, Seamus Callanan with 2-11, in front of 8,032 spectators. Tipp, playing against the breeze in the opening half, had much of the spadework done by half-time, having established a ten-point advantage.

Callanan helped himself to 1-6 in that opening half, a haul that included five points from placed balls. It was also impressive first half from Niall O’Meara, who picked off three points from play while also providing the assist for Callanan’s 17th-minute goal. Offaly had been competitive in the early stages and were level at 0-4 each before Tipp began to pull away.

Four points had the Premier County 0-8 to 0-4 in front before Callanan took a pass from O’Meara and drilled a low shot that reared up off the turf past James Dempsey. When Noel McGrath added a point, Tipp had collected 1-5 without reply and they would not be caught, setting up a semi-final clash with Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford.

The interval lead, 1-14 to 0-7, was their biggest of the game to date and Tipp, with Dan McCormack producing another steady display, wouldn’t let up in the second half. Completely dominant in the puck-out stakes, Tipp had all of the primary possession and space that they needed to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

And there was an added bonus when All-Star corner back Cathal Barrett returned from injury for his seasonal bow, while Alan Flynn was also handed a full League debut from the start at corner back. Only a couple of brilliant second half saves from Dempsey – denying sub Steven O’Brien and Callanan – kept the score down, before the floodgates opened.

More goals did come from Tipperary, who led by 25 points at one stage in the second half. Sub Paul Flynn, brother of Alan, netted in the 53rd minute before Oisín Kelly replied in kind for Offaly two minutes later. Callanan placed for O’Brien ten minutes from time and the former dual minor showed that he’s lost none of his football skills by kicking to the net.

Callanan bagged his second goal with seven minutes left, O’Brien returning the favour, before Offaly’s leading scorer Shane Dooley netted twice in the closing minutes, taking advantage of some sloppy Tipperary defending on both occasions.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 2-11 (0-7f, 0-1 65), N O’Meara 0-5, P Flynn & S O’Brien 1-1 each, D McCormack 0-4, M Breen 0-3, N McGrath, J O’Dwyer & S Cahill 0-1 each.

Scorers for Offaly: S Dooley 2-8 (0-6f), O Kelly 1-0, P Murphy 0-2, A Treacy, S Ryan & C Kiely 0-1 each.

Tipperary: D Gleeson; T Hamill, J Barry, A Flynn; S Kennedy, R Maher, P Maher; M Breen, J Forde; D McCormack, N O’Meara, N McGrath; J McGrath, S Callanan, J O’Dwyer
Subs: S O’Brien for N McGrath (h.t.), P Flynn for J McGrath (43), C Barrett for Hamill (46), D Quinn for P Maher (52), S Cahill for O’Meara (64).

Offaly: J Dempsey; P Rigney, M Cleary, E Grogan; D King, D Shortt, S Gardner; A Treacy, S Ryan; P Murphy, S Dooley, C Kiely; E Nolan, S Cleary, O Kelly
Subs: P Camon for Kiely (29), T Carroll for Murphy (51), P Guinan for M Cleary (52), L Langton for Gardner (60).

Referee – C Lyons (Cork)