Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay – Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

Tipperary defeated Wexford by 0-15 to 1-10 in the Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay on Sunday May 14th at St. Brendan’s Park Birr.

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 final replay

Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

AISHLING Moloney and Aisling McCarthy contributed 0-11 between them as Tipperary were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 champions on Sunday.

Despite losing three players to second half sin-binnings, and finishing the game with 13 players, Tipp held out in an enthralling replay against Wexford at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

Beaten finalists after a replay with Waterford last year, Tipp got over the line this time to secure promotion to Division 2. And they had to do it the hard way, coming from six points down in the first half to hold on with two to spare.

Ultimately, it was a strong second half display from Tipp that ensured silverware for the Premier County. Behind by 0-5 to 1-8 approaching the break, McCarthy’s point kept Tipp in touch at the interval, trailing by five.

They’d played against the wind in the opening half but opened the second half with seven unanswered points, as Wexford lost former Kerry star Bernie Breen to the sin-bin. Tipp went from six points down to two points up with eight points in a row either side of the break, and they won the second half by 0-9 to 0-2.

After half-time, McCarthy knocked over two frees before Moloney hit three on the trot from play. Gillian O’Brien put over a 41st minute point and when Moloney was on target again, Tipp moved 0-13 to 1-8 in front.

O’Brien was sent to the sin-bin in the 44th minute and when Maria Curley and Moloney followed, Tipp were down to 12 players. Wexford’s long run without a score had finally ended in the 47th minute when Ellen O’Brien pointed and Catriona Murray’s levelled the game at 1-10 to 0-13.

Wexford were lucky not to concede a goal seven minutes from the end when McCarthy’s free dropped short before Roisin Howard forced a brilliant save from Mary Rose Kelly, who tipped the ball onto the post. Wexford were reduced to 14 players late on when Sarah Harding-Kenny was sin-binned before O’Brien’s return brought Tipp back to 13. And Tipp managed to find the crucial late scores to secure victory, McCarthy taking her tally to 0-5 with a brace of frees.

In the first half, it had looked positive for Wexford, playing with that strong breeze and frustrating Tipp with a packed defence, while breaking at pace. Clara Donnelly was particularly dangerous for the Slaneysiders, with probing runs from deep, and captain Fiona Rochford showed up well again, after her last-gasp free ensured a replay.

With less than 19 minutes on the watch, a tight game was level at 0-4 each, after Wexford had led by three.
Orla O’Dwyer’s leveller for Tipp had forced a brilliant tip-over save from goalkeeper Kelly and Rochford’s goal in the 25th minute was another major fillip.

Rochford’s speculative effort from distance deceived Tipp goalkeeper Lauren Fitzpatrick and dipped into the net, putting Wexford 1-5 to 0-4 clear. That goal helped Wexford to lead at the break but Tipp began the second half firing on all cylinders, and would eventually prevail following an incident-packed game.

Scorers – Tipperary: A Moloney 0-6 (1f), A McCarthy 0-5 (4f), O O’Dwyer 0-2, J Grant & G O’Brien 0-1 each.

Wexford – F Rochford 1-3 (0-1f), E O’Brien & A Murphy 0-2 each, B Breen, K Kearney & C Murray (f) 0-1 each.

Wexford – M.R. Kelly; M Doyle, M Cullen, S Harding-Kenny; N Mernagh, R Murphy, G Hearne; B Breen, K Kearney; C Donnelly, C Murray, N Butler; A Murphy, F Rochford, E O’Brien
Subs: S Cloake for Hearne (46), F Rowe for Butler (57).

Tipperary – L Fitzpatrick; E Buckley, S Condon, C Condon; B Condon, S Lambert, M Curley; J Grant, A Moloney; E Fitzpatrick, A McCarthy, N Lonergan; G O’Brien, O O’Dwyer, M Morrissey
Subs: R Howard for Lonergan (46), E Kelly for Morrissey (52).

Referee: S McNulty (Wicklow)

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin – Laois 2-21 Kerry 3-15

Laois defeated Kerry by 2-21 to 3-15 in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin on Sunday May 14th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Laois see off 14-man Kerry to book knock-out spot

By Paul Brennan for

Kerry 3-15 Laois 2-21

Laois will play Wexford in the Leinster SHC quarter-final after overcoming the resolute challenge of Kerry in a gripping contest in Tralee. This was a winner-takes-all game as both teams chased a place in the next round of the provincial championship.

In the end Ross King’s expertise from placed balls and a costly sending off for Kerry proved decisive to the outcome with the visitors just about getting over the line to set up a quarter-final crack off Davy Fitzgerald’s Yellow Bellies.

Laois will be joined in those quarter-finals by Westmeath – who will play Offaly – while Kerry just about retained their Leinster SHC status on scoring difference, which means Meath are relegated to next season’s Christy Ring Cup.

A win for Kerry could have qualified them for their first Leinster quarter-final but Laois were, arguably, the slightly better side overall in Tralee, although the home side pushed the winners all the way to the last puck.

Laois got the perfect start with Neil Foyle finding the Kerry net after just two minutes when Martin Stackpoole had initially saved well from Patrick Purcell, but Kerry were soon back on level terms with points from Jordan Conway, Mikey Boyle and two Shane Nolan frees to make it 1-01 to 0-04 after five minutes.

Nolan and King divided the next six points between them, before Patrick Purcell and Nolan swapped points from play to make it 0-08 to 1-05 after 25 minutes.

It was another 11 minutes before the next score arrived – a long-range point from Aaron Dunphy – but then Kerry hit Laois for two goals in additional time, with Nolan scoring twice past Enda Rowland to send the Kingdom to the half time break 2-8 to 1-7 in front.

Kerry would have hoped to built on that momentum after the break but Laois started the second half the better team, and when midfielder Patrick Pucell goaled in the 41st minute Laois took the lead and the momentum at 2-10 to 2-08.

Laois kicked on with King converting three more frees, as well as points from Purcell and Stephen Maher, as they extended their lead to 2-15 to 2-09, with Kerry defender Sean Weir being sent off for a second booking in the just after the three-quarter hour mark.

Kerry battled away and when Mikey Boyle’s retaken 25-metre free breached the Laois goal line the deficit was to three points, but with their numerical disadvantage the hosts couldn’t get any closer.

Late scores from King and substitute Stephen Bergin helped Laois see out the victory and put them into the open draw that saw them pulled out to face Wexford at the end of the month. Shane Nolan’s two goals for Kerry weren’t enough

Kerry: M Stackpoole, J O’Connor (0-01), R Horgan, S Weir, J Buckley (0-01), D Dineen, T Murnane, J Goulding, P O’Connor, B O’Leary, M O’Leary, J Conway (0-01), P Boyle (0-02f), M Boyle (1-01, 1-00f), S Nolan (2-06, 0-04f, 0-01 ’65’).
Subs: J Griffin (0-01) for J Goulding (58 mins), M O’Connor for J Conway (60 mins), B Murphy (0-01) for T Murnane (64 mins), P Lucid (0-01) for S Nolan (68 mins).

Laois: E Rowland, L Cleere, L Bergin, D Palmer, C Collier, C Dywer, M Whelan, R King (0-13, 11f, 1 ’65’), P Purcell (1-02), S Downey (0-01), R Mullaney, P Whelan, A Dunphy (0-01), N Foyle (1-00), S Maher (0-01)
Subs: J Lennon for P Whelan (inj, 32 mins), Aidan Corby (0-01) for R Mullaney (HT), M Kavanagh (0-01) for S Downey (57 min), S Bergin (0-01) for S Maher (64 mins), B Corby for N Foyle (69 mins).

Refere: Alan Kelly (Galway)