Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin – Meath 3-20 Kerry 2-17

Meath defeated Kerry by 3-20 to 2-17 in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin on Sunday April 23rd at Páirc Tailteann Navan.


Leinster SHC: Meath claim dramatic win

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin

MEATH 3-20 KERRY 2-17

Report By Paul Keane for GAA.ie

Cathal McCabe’s last gasp goal capped a thrilling win for Meath who returned to the Leinster SHC with a bang following a 13-year gap.

The Christy Ring Cup title holders hadn’t featured in their provincial championship since 2004 and looked set for a big win with a nine-point lead after 57 minutes. But Kerry, who operated in Division 1B of the Allianz league, two tiers higher than Meath who won Division 2B, came roaring back to within three of the Royal County in Navan.

Mikey Boyle reduced the deficit to that margin with an injury time Kerry goal and went close with two more goal chances as the Kingdom threw everything at it. Meath held out though, thanks largely to the excellence of goalkeeper Shane McGann, and sealed a slightly flattering six-point win with McCabe’s goal at the death. Sean Quigley finished with 1-3 for Meath while substitute Kevin Keena, brother of influential sweeper Joey, also hit the net. Meath host Laois next Sunday in Navan again and a win will leave them in pole position to qualify for a Leinster quarter-final place.

As for Kerry, they simply must win on their travels against Westmeath next weekend. Meath’s previous game in the Leinster championship was a double scores defeat to Laois way back in May of 2004. They were back in the competition for all of 14 seconds when they received a hammer blow in the form of a Kerry goal.

Kingdom top scorer Shane Nolan grabbed it after a neat turn and burst of pace down the left that exposed full-back Damien Healy. It transpired that Healy was carrying a hamstring injury into the game and he limped off after just 13 minutes. Nolan added a point for Kerry to put them 1-1 to 0-2 up, but they were unable to build on that great start.

Adam Gannon scored Meath’s third point before they pilfered a fortunate Quigley goal direct from a line-ball to move 1-3 to 1-2 ahead. The sides were level twice after that before Meath pulled away to take a 1-10 to 1-7 lead into the interval. Quigley finished the half with 1-2 and there were braces of points from Adam Gannon and veteran Steven Clynch.

Meath showed no sign of any inferiority complex despite spending spring in the lower tier and should have had a second goal but James Kelly hit the side-netting. Ennis’ charges pulled clear in the third quarter with three more points from Clynch before Keena’s 49th minute goal.

He latched onto a long ball and found space to shoot a low shot to the Kerry net, moving Meath 2-15 to 1-10 clear. They were nine up with just 13 minutes remaining, but a four-in-a-row of Kerry points began their fight-back. They had the margin down to just three points at 2-20 to 2-17 when Boyle poked a 71st minute goal. But Meath held out against the onslaught and pilfered a third goal from McCabe at the death to the delight of their fans.

Scorers for Meath: Steven Clynch 0-7 (6fs), Sean Quigley 1-3 (1-0 s/l), Kevin Keena 1-0, Cathal McCabe 1-0, Adam Gannon 0-3, Mark O’Sullivan 0-​2, Anthony Forde 0-1, Keith Keogan 0-1, Daragh Kelly 0-1, Gavin McGowan 0-1, Neil Heffernan 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: Shane Nolan 1-9 (6fs), Mikey Boyle 1-1, Michael O’Leary 0-2, Jordan Conway 0-1, Philip Lucid 0-1, Bryan Murphy 0-1, Maurice O’Connor 0-1, Jack Goulding 0-1.

MEATH: Shane McGann; Cormac Reilly, Damian Healy, Shane Whitty; Keith Keogan, Daragh Kelly, Shane Brennan; Anthony Forde, Joe Keena; Sean Quigley, Steven Clynch, James Kelly; Gavin McGowan, Mark O’Sullivan, Adam Gannon
Subs: Sean Geraghty for Healy (13), Kevin Keena for Kelly (45), Neil Heffernan for Quigley (55), Cathal McCabe for McGowan (63), Padraig Kelly for Gannon (69).

KERRY: Aiden McCabe; Tom Murnane, Rory Horgan, Sean Weir; John Buckley, Bryan Murphy, Darren Dineen; Tommy Casey, Paudie O’Connor; Mikey Boyle, Patrick Kelly, Keith Carmody; Philip Lucid, Shane Nolan, Jordan Conway
Subs: Michael O’Leary for Kelly (35+1), Jack Goulding for Casey (h/t), Maurice O’Connor for Carmody (47), Brendan O’Leary for Lucid (55), Colm Harty for Conway (67).

REFEREE: S Cleere (Kilkenny).


Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Meath in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship – Round Robin 1st Round game in Páirc Tailteann Navan on Sunday next shows 5 changes in personnel from the side that did duty against Laois in the Allianz League Div 1B Relegation playoff;

Team captain Aiden McCabe replaces Martin Stackpoole in goal; James O’Connor replaces Rory Horgan In the full back line; John Buckley reverts to half back in place of the injured Daniel Collins with Tommy Casey taking over Buckley’s place in midfield and up front Mikey Boyle and Keith Carmody come in for Michael O’Leary and Jack Goulding.

The team captained by Aidan McCabe of Kilmoyley is as follows:

1 Aiden McCabe Kilmoyley

2 Rory Horgan St Brendans

3 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

4 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

5 John Buckley Lixnaw

6 Bryan Murphy Causeway

7 Darren Dineen St Brendans

8 Tommy Casey Causeway

9 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley

10 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff

11 Patrick Kelly Clarecastle

12 Keith Carmody Causeway

13 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills

14 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

15 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

Fir Ionaid:

16 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw

17 James O’Connor Abbeydorney

18 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff

19 Jack Goulding Ballyduff

20 Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

21 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney

22 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue

23 Maurice O’Connor Kilmoyley

24 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills

25 John Griffin Lixnaw

26 James Godley Kilmoyley

Bainistíocht:

Bainisteoir: Fintan O’Connor

Coach: Brendan Cummins

Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)

Róghnóir: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)

Extended Panel for Saturday’s Game

Colum Harty Causeway

Daniel O’Carroll Ballyduff

Liam Mullins Lixnaw

Stephen Murphy Causeway

Fionán Horgan Ardfert

Jason Wallace Lixnaw

Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw

Darragh Ryan Crotta O’Neills

Adrian O’Mahony Crotta O’Neills

Ronan O’Donovan Abbeydorney

Stevie O’Sullivan Abbeydorney

Unavailable – Rehabbing from Injury

Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Final – Kilkenny 2-7 Cork 0-10

Kilkenny defeated Cork by 2-7 to 0-10 in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Final on Sunday April 23rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Kilkenny retain top cat status with third national title in 18 months

Report By Daragh Ó Conchúir at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Kilkenny 2-7 Cork 0-10

KILKENNY retained their Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 title with an all-round team performance that augurs well for the Championship.

Just as in the All-Ireland Final last September, Cork were unable to work Kilkenny out. Ann Downey and her lieutenants Conor Phelan and Paddy Mullally must get huge credit for the tactics that stifled the previously high-scoring Cork attack, while creating the space that delivered two priceless goals of their own.

The players in black and amber carried out the plan to a tee, especially in the first half, when they won the vast majority of the individual battles around the pitch. And there were battles aplenty, with the physicality of the exchanges notable from start to finish.
Cork did improve in the second half, the introduction of Orla Cotter a welcome boost after the brilliant St Catherine’s stickwoman had missed most of the spring through injury. They began to match Kilkenny’s intensity too but they failed to trouble Emma Kavanagh.

The nearest they got to getting a goal that would certainly have put a different slant on proceedings came in the 48th minute, when Amy Connor fielded Katrina Mackey’s Crossfield delivery, cut inside a Kilkenny defender and unleashed a shot from inside the 13m line.
Out of nowhere however, Catherine Foley arrived to produce a sensational block and the sliotar was cleared.

Even in the first half, when they were a clear second best, they spurned some good chances and dropped too many balls short but they could have few complaints. Kilkenny often played with just one player inside their opposition 45. That had the dual consequence of cutting out the space in their own end of the field, while backing their ability to have an impact with strike runners from deep.
The set-up got them a goal by the third minute, when Denise Gaule advanced on a delivery by Miriam Walsh and hand-passed over the advancing Aoife Murray.

Gemma O’Connor responded with a point for Cork but Kilkenny had three of the next four points including a brace from Katie Power.
Power and Walsh were flying and such were the Rebels’ defensive difficulties that Paudie Murray substituted three-time All Star Pamela Mackey after just 20 minutes.

O’Connor’s score was Cork’s only one from play in that opening period, as Katrina Mackey converted three frees but Aisling Dunphy, Julie Ann Malone and Gaule all managed points from play and Kilkenny were full value for their 1-6 to 0-4 lead at half time.

The Leesiders were better after the restart and looked much sounder defensively. Meanwhile, Cotter was having a real impact, scoring three points including two from play. But the key moment arrived in the 41st minute. It was slightly strange as Owen Elliott awarded a free to Kilkenny but Cork believed the decision had gone their way. Gemma O’Connor trotted out to stand over the sliotar but once the official confirmed his call, the alert Gaule ran to the mark and almost on the run, took a quick free to Danielle Morrissey that caught the opposition napping.

O’Connor did get back to actually gather possession but was dispossessed and Walsh powered past the challenges of Rena Buckley and Aoife Murray before hand-passing to the net. That ensured Kilkenny had vital breathing space and late points from Libby Coppinger and Hannah Looney, the latter a fizzing shot that just cleared the crossbar, came too late.

SCORERS FOR KILKENNY: D Gaule 1-2 (0-1f); M Walsh 1-0; K Power 0-2; A Dunphy, J A Malone, D Morrissey (f) 0-1 each

SCORERS FOR CORK: K Mackey 0-4(3fs); O Cotter 0-3(1f); G O’Connor, L Coppinger, H Looney 0-1 each

KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, M Teehan, C Foley, G Walsh, A Nolan, A Dalton, C Phelan, A Dunphy, M Farrell, D Gaule, K Power, J Reddy, J A Malone, M Walsh, D Morrissey
Subs: E Keane for Dunphy (59), J Clifford for Morrissey (59)

CORK: A Murray, L Treacy, P Mackey, R Buckley, E O’Sullivan, A Thompson, C Sigerson, G O’Connor, J Barry, A O’Connor, O Cronin, J White, K Mackey, N McCarthy, L Collins
Subs: L Coppinger for P Mackey (21), O Cotter for Collins (33), H Looney for White (50), L O’Sullivan for Barry (55)

REFEREE: O Elliott (Antrim)


Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final – Galway 3-21 Tipperary 0-14

Galway defeated Tipperary by 3-21 to 0-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final on Sunday April 23rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.




Allianz Hurling League Final: Flynn stars in Galway triumph

GALWAY 3-21 TIPPERARY 0-14

Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

Galway blew Tipperary to smithereens with an explosive shock and awe performance in today’s Allianz Hurling League Final at the Gaelic Grounds.

A match that was expected to be an evenly balanced affair was anything but as Galway both out-hurled and out-fought a strangely listless looking Tipperary team. The Galway backs held the much vaunted Tipperary attack to just five points from play, and their forwards tore apart the normally self-assured Premier County defence.

The winning margin of 16 points in no way flattered the Tribesmen, who could have piled further misery on the reigning All-Ireland champions had their finishing been more clinical. Both teams were guilty of hitting some poor wides in the first half particularly, and with the sliotar constantly going out of play the game struggled to burst into any sort of life early on.

But as the progressed a pattern started to emerge, and it was one of Galway dominance. Their half-backs won almost every ball that came down their throats, and on the few occasions that it was hit beyond them Daithi Burke was there to hoover it up. Tipperary’s star-studded attack was struggling to make any sort of impression, and they failed to score a point from play until the 15th minute through Noel McGrath.

That tied the game up at three-points apiece, but thereafter Galway moved up through the gears and pulled away from Tipperary. David Burke was hurling a lot of ball, and Joe Canning and Conor Whelan were both looking sharp whenever they won possession. They both hit three points from play in that first half, and Tipperary would have been in serious trouble had Jason Flynn shown similar accuracy rather than hit three poor wides. He wasn’t the only Galway player who showed a lack of composure in front of the posts, and by half-time they had racked up 11 wides.

They’d also scored 11 points, though, which was enough to give them a six point lead over an increasingly disjointed looking Tipperary by the half-time break.

Things went from bad to worse for Tipperary after little over a minute of the second half when Jason Flynn finally zeroed his sights and fired home a superb goal for Galway. The Tipp management responded by making a number of positional switches to try to spark their team into life, but it amounted to little more than rearranging the deck-chairs on the Titanic.

Galway’s dominance grew and grew, they were hungrier for the ball than Tipperary, and their physical dominance in all areas of the pitch was stark. Points from Whelan and Canning (2) kept the Galway score ticking over, and then Flynn struck his second-goal of the day to end the game as a contest once and for all.

Just like for his first goal he burst past Michael Cahill and left the Tipperary corner-back for dead and then also rounded James Barry before finishing clinically. The rest of the game was a Galway procession with Tipperary unable to muster any sort of fight-back, and the men in maroon added further gloss to the score-board when Cathal Mannion raced through to score their third goal late on.

In all aspects, this was a highly impressive performance from Galway that anoints them not just as League champions, but deadly serious contenders for the All-Ireland title. They have such a potent mixture of physicality and skill that on days like today when they pull it all together they’re a close to irresistible proposition.

As for Tipperary, the temptation might be to write off this defeat as just one of those bad days at the office, but Michael Ryan is unlikely to take that approach. Some of his players will have a lot to prove in training between now and May 21 if they want a chance at redemption by starting the Munster Quarter-Final against Cork.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-9 (3fs, 2 ’65), Jason Flynn 2-1, Conor Whelan 0-5, Cathal Mannion 1-1, Aidan Harte 0-2, Johnny Coen 0-1, David Burke 0-1, Thomas Monaghan 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: John McGrath 0-6 (5fs), Michael Breen 0-2, Noel McGrath 0-2, Ronan Maher 0-2 (2fs), Brendan Maher 0-1, John O’Dwyer 0-1 (f).

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohy, Daithi Burke, Paul Killeen; Pádraic Mannion, Gearóid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Jason Flynn, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Cathal Mannion, Niall Burke
Subs: Jonathan Glynn for Joe Canning (61), John Hanbury for Daithi Burke (65), Cyril Donnellan for Niall Burke (67), Thomas Monaghan for Jason Flynn (68), Sean Loftus for Paul Killeen (70).

TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Jason Forde; Dan McCormack, Michael Breen, Steven O’Brien; Noel McGrath, John O’Dwyer, John McGrath
Subs: Niall O’Meara for Steven O’Brien (32), Patrick Maher for John O’Dwyer (45), Paul Flynn for Jason Forde (59), Tomás Hamill for Michael Cahill (60), Daire Quinn for Noel McGrath (66).

REFEREE: Colm Lyons (Cork)






Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway in the Allianz Hurling League Final on Sunday next, April 23rd, at 3.30pm in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick has been announced by manager Michael Ryan.

With Seamus Callanan ruled out through injury, John O’Dwyer comes into the Tipperary attack, while Michael Breen also returns to the starting lineup.

The Tipperary team therefore lines out as follows;

1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Marys
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
9. Jason Forde – Silvermines
10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
11. Michael Breen – Ballina
12. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
13. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
14. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

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