Allianz Football League Division 3 – Sligo 0-18 Tipperary 3-9

Sligo drew with Tipperary on a scoreline of 0-18 to 3-9 in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday April 3rd at Markievicz Park Sligo.

Moloney kick-starts Tipp revival

Sligo 0-18 Tipperary 3-9

Report from the Irish Independent web site

Conor Sweeney bagged the equalising point in stoppage-time for the visitors but it was industrious midfielder Alan Moloney’s close-range goal in the last minute – Tipp’s third goal of the afternoon – that sparked the visitors’ unlikely comeback. Sligo were four points clear by the 69th minute at 0-18 to 2-8.

Teenager Kyle Cawley appeared to put the icing on Sligo’s cake with two sharply-taken points in the last five minutes. But Sligo, who leaked two goals in the first half, were unable to keep Tipperary at bay.

Two Tipperary goals against the run of play, in a five-minute first-half spell, erased Sligo’s initially bright start. Michael Quinlivan’s fisted effort after 15 minutes, Peter Acheson’s flawless penalty conversion five minutes later and a fine point from raiding defender Kevin Fahey, put Tipperary four points up, 2-2 to 0-4, by the 23rd minute.

Then came Sligo’s best spell, as they went 0-10 to 2-2 ahead and were also grateful for goalkeeper Aidan Devaney’s point-blank stop to deny Quinlivan a second goal. But Tipperary stayed within reach with Jason Lonergan’s point before the break making it 0-10 to 2-3 at half-time.

Sligo: N Murphy 0-7 (4f); A Marren 0-4; K Cawley 0-3; M Breheny (1f), N Gaughan, B Egan, N Ewing 0-1 each
Tipperary: A Moloney 1-3; P Acheson 1-1 (1-0 pen); M Quinlivan 1-0; C Sweeney 0-2; K Fahey, J Lonergan, E Comerford (1 ’45’) 0-1 each.

SLIGO – A Devaney 6; D Maye 6, K McDonnell 7, C Harrison 6; K Cawley 6, E McHugh 5, G O’Kelly-Lynch 6; N Murphy 8, A McIntyre 7; N Ewing 9, C Breheny 5, C Davey 5; K Cawley 7, A Marren 6, B Egan 6. Subs: N Gaughan 5 for Davey (41), M Breheny 5 for Breheny (46), L Henry 5 for D Maye (55).

TIPPERARY – E Comerford 6; K Fahey 6, A Campbell 5, C McDonald 6; J Feehan 5, P Acheson 6, S Leahy 5; A Moloney 8, M Dunne 5; J Keane 5, B Hewitt 6, J Lonergan 5; C Sweeney 6, M Quinlivan 6, P Austin 5. Subs: G Hannigan 6 for Quinlivan (41), B Fox 5 for Lonergan (45), D Leahy 5 for Hewitt (56), K O’Halloran 5 for Dunne (65).

Ref – N McKenna (Monaghan)

Team News

In a tough away encounter against Sligo in Markievicz Park, in round 7 of the Allianz Football League on Sunday next, Tipperary manager Liam Kearns has named his side looking to secure their Roinn 3 league status. Forced to make one change, Kevin Fahey moves back to the corner while Shane Leahy is named at right half back.

The Tipperary football line-out is as follows –

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Shane Leahy – Arravale Rovers
8. Alan Moloney – Rockwell Rovers
9. Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Peter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers
12. Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Philip Austin – Borrisokane
16. Ciarán Kendrick – Moyle Rovers
17. Billy Hewitt – Ardfinnan
18. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
19. Liam Casey – Cahir
20. Donagh Leahy – Arravale Rovers
21. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
22. Donal Lynch – Clonmel Commercials
23. John O’Callaghan – Ballyporeen
24. Mark Hanley – Aherlow
25. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
26. Stephen Quirke – Moyle Rovers

Experienced Sligo forwards Mark Breheny and Adrian Marren return to Niall Carew’s starting XV for Sunday’s game with Tipperary at Markievicz Park.

Sligo: A Devaney; D Maye, K McDonnell, C Harrison; K Cawley, A McIntyre, G O’Kelly; N Murphy, C Breheny; N Ewing, M Breheny, C Davey; A Marren, P Hughes, B Egan.

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Limerick 2-11 Clare 1-8

Limerick defeated Clare by 2-11 to 1-8 in the first round of the Electric Ireland Munster Hurling Minor Championship on Wednesday April 6th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Limerick subs play major role in defeat of Clare minors

By Eoghan Cormican, Gaelic Grounds for

Limerick 2-11 Clare 1-8

A goal apiece from substitutes John Ryan and Cian Magnier Flynn handed Limerick victory in this Munster MHC first round clash. Ahead by 0-11 to 1-7 after 52 minutes, Ryan grabbed a long delivery into the Limerick inside line and hopped the sliotar in front of Clare ‘keeper Killian Nugent for their first goal. Clare attempted to fight their way back into the contest, but the result was decided when Cian Magnier Flynn rattled in a second Limerick goal deep in stoppages.

Clare, despite having the wind in the first-half, opted to redeploy centre-forward David Fitzgerald to the half-back line and operate with just two men in their inside line. It was a move that paid no real dividend as Limerick full-back William O’Meara hurled a significant amount of ball in the opening period. The visitors did get off to the perfect start; Ian Murray pulling to the net one minute in after Limerick ‘keeper Mark O’Kelly attempted handpass when bursting off his line went astray.

Limerick answered with three on the bounce through Mark O’Dwyer (free), Conor Boylan and Kyle Hayes, and while Sean O’Loughlin nudged the Banner back in front, they would fail to add to their tally in the ensuing 17 minutes of action. Mark O’Dwyer (free), Cal McCarthy and Brian Ryan returned the home outfit in front during this period, 0-6 to 1-1, but the sides would return to the dressing room deadlocked as Clare hit the three of the final four points of the half to tie matters at 1-4 to 0-7.

Teams and Scorers:
Scorers for Limerick: C Magnier Flynn, J Ryan (1-0 each); M O’Dwyer (0-3, 0-3 frees); C Boylan, K Hayes (0-2 each); D Carroll, B Ryan, C McCarthy, C O’Connor (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: S O’Loughlin (0-4, 0-4 frees); I Murray (1-0); A Kennedy (0-2); C Tierney (0-1).

Limerick: M Kelly (Croom); B Nash (South Liberties), W O’Meara (Askeaton), B Timmons (Murroe/Boher); J Adams (Ballybrown), C O’Connor (Kilmallock), F Hourigan (Murroe/Boher); C Nicholas (Monaleen), C McCarthy (Kilmallock); K Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), D Carroll (Newport), B Ryan (South Liberties); C Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), A Barrett (Kilmallock), M O’Dwyer (Monaleen).
Subs: C Magnier Flynn (Kileedy) for Barrett (HT), J Ryan (Doon) for O’Dwyer (45), D Woulfe (Kilmallock) for McCarthy (58), C Flahive (Mungret) for Timmons (58), D Minihan (Ahane) for O’Connor (63).

Clare: K Nugent (O’Callaghan’s Mills); C McInerney (Inagh Kilnamona), D O’Loughlin (Corofin), K White (Inagh Kilnamona); P Mulready (Sixmilebridge), C Noonan (Killanena),T O’Meara (Killanena); R Hayes (Crusheen), C Tierney (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield); G Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills), D Fitzgerald (Crusheen), S Kennedy (Kilmaley); S O’Loughlin (Kilmaley), K Galvin (Clonlara), I Murray (Bodyke).
Subs: A Kennedy (Kilmaley) for Murray (40 mins), S Costelloe (Wolfe Tones) for McInerney (41, inj), T Connellan (Eire Og) for Cooney (49), M Danaher (Cratloe) for Galvin (58).

Referee: T Walsh (Waterford)

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Team News

The Limerick minor hurling management team of Pat Donnelly manager and his selectors Brian Foley (South Liberties) and John Mulqueen (Bruff) has released their match team and panel for this Wednesday evening Munster minor hurling championship clash with Clare at the Gaelic Grounds throw in will be at 7.00pm.

The Limerick minor hurling team and panel are as follows 1. Mark O Kelly (Croom), 2. Brian Nash (South Liberties) 3. William O Meara (Askeaton), 4. Brian Timmons (Murroe/Boher), 5. Josh Adams (Ballybrown), 6. Ciaran O Connor (Kilmallock), 7. Finn Hourigan (Murroe/Boher), 8. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen), 9. Cal McCarthy (Kilmallock), 10. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry) (Captain), 11. Darragh Carroll (Newport), 12. Brian Ryan (South Liberties), 13. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 15. Mark O Dwyer (Monaleen).
16. Jamie Power (Monaleen), 17. Conor Flahive (Mungret), 18. Paul O’Riordan (Bruff), 19. Cian Magnier Flynn (Killeedy), 20. Dan Minihan (Ahane), 21. Conor O Grady (Hospital/Herbertstown), 22. Michael O Grady (Knockainey), 23. Josh Ryan (Doon), 24. David Woulfe (Kilmallock)


Munster MHC – Cork 0-17 Waterford 1-10

Cork defeated Waterford by 0-17 to 1-10 in the first round of the Electric Ireland Munster Hurling Minor Championship on Wednesday April 6th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Cork minors battle back after disastrous start

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 1-10 Cork 0-17

An impressive Cork side overcame a disastrous start to ease to victory over Waterford in this Munster MHC clash in Walsh Park, Waterford. The 2,707 in attendance saw Waterford begin with the strong wind and enjoy the perfect start, Eoin McGrath charging through the middle and goaling from the throw-in.

With Cathal Curran and Michael Mahony chipping in as well, Cork were 1-2 to no score behind on five minutes, and they needed Matthew Bradley’s two points to settle. As the game wore on, both sides deployed a spare player behind their half-back lines to sweep, which cut down the supply to the full-forward lines and reduced chances to a minimum in the first quarter.

Josh Beausang hit a Cork free on eleven minutes, though, and added a good score from play two minutes later to make it 1-2 to 0-4. Evan Sheehan tied it up on fifteen minutes and then hit a superb point from the sideline for the lead. Cork’s half-backs were now on top, with Eoghan Clifford getting on a lot of ball. When Robbie Bourke and Bradley added to Cork’s lead it meant the visitors had hit eight points in a row.

Waterford needed ‘keeper Billy Nolan, out to point a free from his own half, to stop the rot – their first point in sixteen minutes, and playing with the breeze at that. Still, with Neil Montgomery and Eoghan Murray (free) finding the range, the home side were level on 26 minutes, and then Murray converted another free to give them the lead. Waterford were better, with Murray more involved in general play, but when referee Philip Kelly blew for half-time they were only one point in front, 1-6 to 0-8.

Cork levelled within a minute of the resumption, a good Sheehan score, and added three more quickly, one a long-range beauty from Liam Healy, to put some daylight between the sides. By now Cork’s defence looked well on top, with John Cooper and Paul Lyons prominent. When Beausang hit a free it was Cork’s fifth without reply and Waterford were struggling to carve out an opening.

Jack Prendergast eventually ended Waterford’s scoring drought with a good point on 42 minutes, the first Déise score after the break. Both sides began to hit wides as fatigue took a toll, but Sheehan and Montgomery swapped points to maintain the margin as the game went into the final ten minutes.

A superb Sheehan sideline and a Beausang free pushed Cork’s lead to five, however. Nolan came upfield to hit over another Waterford free, but the home side needed a goal. The game ended in a series of Waterford frees near the Cork goal, but Nolan couldn’t find the goal that would have given his team a lifeline.

Teams and Scorers –
Scorers for Waterford: E. McGrath 1-0, B. Nolan (frees) 0-3; E. Murray (frees), N. Montgomery 0-2 each; J. Prendergast, C. Curran, M. Mahony 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: J. Beausang (0-4 frees), E. Sheehan (0-1 sideline) 0-5 each; M. Bradley 0-4; L. Healy, R. Bourke, C. O’Mahony 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: B. Nolan (Roanmore), C. Giles Doran (De La Salle), J. Flavin (Ardmore), D. McGrath (Abbeyside), D. Power (Passage), E. Murray (Ballyduff Upper), M. O’Brien (Geraldines), E. McGrath (Butlerstown), H. Ruddle Redmond (Ballygunner), J. Prendergast (Lismore), D. Guiry (Fourmilewater), C. Curran (Brickey Rangers), M. Mahony (Ballygunner)( c), N. Montgomery (Abbeyside), T. Douglas (De La Salle)
Subs: C. Dalton (Clonea) for M. O’Brien, 35; T. Barron (Fourmilewater) for D. McGrath, 41; C. Kirwan (Fenor) for T. Douglas, 53; G. Waters (Dungarvan) for E. McGrath, 57; J. Reade (St Mollerans) for D. Guiry, 59.

CORK: G. Collins (Ballinhassig), P. Lyons (Mallow), N. O’Leary (Castlelyons)( c), S. O’Leary Hayes (Midleton), J. Cooper (Eire Og), R. Walsh (Cuchulainns), E. Clifford (Cloughduv), C. O’Mahony (Ballinhassig), R. Bourke (Ballincollig), J. O’Sullivan (Blackrock), M. Bradley (Aghabullogue), S. Condon (Harbour Rovers), E. Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh), J. Beausang (St. Colman’s), L. Healy (Sarsfields)
Subs: B. Buckley (Shandrum) for O’Sullivan, 40; J. Saich (Kilworth) for R. Walsh, 49; D. Gunning (Na Piarsaigh) for S. Condon, 53; R. Howell (Douglas) for N. O’Leary (inj), 60; J. Geary (Shandrum) for E. Sheehan, 62.

Referee: P. Kelly (Tipperary).

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Team News

Waterford (MH v Cork) B Nolan (Roanmore); C Curran (An Rinn), Jack Lacey (Dungarvan), 4. D McGrath (Abbeyside); D Power (Passage), E Murray (Ballyduff Upper), M O’Brien (Ballinameela); E McGrath (Butlerstown) , HR Redmond (Ballygunner); J Prendergast (Lismore), D Guiry (Fourmilewater), C Curran (Brickey Rangers); M Mahony (Ballygunner) – Capt, N Montgomery (Abbeyside), T Douglas (De La Salle) .

The Cork Minor team to play Waterford in the Munster Minor Championship on Wednesday night has been announced as follows

1 Ger Collins – Ballinhassig
2 Paul Lyons – Mallow
3 Niall O Leary – Castlelyons- Captain
4 Sean O Leary Hayes – Midleton
5 John Cooper – Eire Og
6 Ryan Walsh – Cuchulann’s
7 Eoghan Clifford – Cloughduv
8 Cian O Mahony – Ballinhassig
9 Robbie Bourke – Ballincollig
10 John Sullivan – Blackrock
11 Matthew Bradley – Aghabullogue
12 Stephen Condon – Harbour Rovers
13 Evan Sheehan – Na Piarsaigh
14 Josh Beausang – St Colman”s
15 Liam Healy -Sarsfield
16 Barry Kenneally – Cuchulann’s
17 Darragh Guiney – Shandrum
18 Ross Howell – Douglas
19 Jeremy Saich – Kilworth
20 Kevin Murphy – Killeagh/Ita’s
21 Danny Gunning – Na Piarsaigh
22 Brian Buckley- Shandrum
23 John Geary- Shandrum
24 Brian Turnbull – Douglas


Allianz Football League Division 1 Semi-Final – Kerry 3-15 Roscommon 0-14

Kerry defeated Roscommon by 3-15 to 0-14 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 10th at Croke Park.


Kerry 3-15 Roscommon 0-14

By Cian O’Connell at Croke Park for

Kerry cruised to an emphatic Allianz Football League semi-final victory over Roscommon at Croke Park. Three opening period Kerry goals meant Kerry didn’t encounter too much bother against Roscommon, who were soundly beaten by Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s team. With Kieran Donaghy and David Moran prominent at centerfield Kerry dictated the majority of the contest.

Though Roscommon kicked two of the first three points Kerry responded by reeling off 1-5 without reply to seize the initiative. It was a brilliant burst from Kerry featuring scores from Cooper and Darran O’Sullivan before Fitzmaurice’s side pounced for a 13th minute goal. Stephen O’Brien dashed clear to release Cooper, who provided a sweet left footed finish to rattle the Roscommon net.

Further points from Marc O’Se, Johnny Buckley, and O’Sullivan ensured Kerry led by 1-6 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. Roscommon rallied briefly with the Murtagh brothers, Ciaran and Diarmuid, registering points, but Kerry then struck a second goal. Moran’s delivery was gathered by Donnchadh Walsh, who thumped the ball beyond Geoffrey Claffey’s despairing dive. On the stroke of half-time O’Sullivan added a third Kerry major as they departed at the break armed with a commanding 3-8 to 0-5 advantage.

After the restart Cooper and O’Sullivan rifled points for Kerry, but Roscommon did hit five of the next six scores to narrow the gap, 3-11 to 0-10. Kerry, though, easily closed out the deal advancing to the decider with the minimum of fuss.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 1-5 (5fs), D O’Sullivan 1-4, D Walsh 1-0, P Murphy 0-2, J Buckley 0-1, BJ Keane 0-1, B O’Sullivan 0-1, M O Se 0-1.

Scorers for Roscommon: C Murtagh 0-4 (3fs), D Murtagh 0-4 (3fs), N Collins 0-2, C Devaney 0-1, S McDermott 0-1, G Claffey 0-1 (45), D Shine 0-1 (45).

Kerry: B Kelly; M O’Se, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy, D Moran; J Buckley, P Murphy, D Walsh; D O’Sullivan, C Cooper, S O’Brien.
Subs: B Sheehan for Buckley (19 mins), K Young for Fitzgerald (47 mins), A Fitzgerald for O’Brien (49 mins), BJ Keane for Walsh (54 mins), B O’Sullivan for Moran (58 mins), P O’Connor for Crowley (62 mins).

Roscommon: G Claffey; S McDermott, N Collins, N McInerney; D Murray, S Purcell, S Mullooly; N Daly, C Shine; F Cregg, C Murtagh, C Devaney; D Murtagh, S Kilbride, C Cregg.
Subs: D Shine for C Shine (36 mins), R Stack for Purcell (36 mins), D Keenan for Mullooly (47 mins), N Kilroy for C Cregg (56 mins), R Daly for Devaney (56 mins), J McDermott for N Daly (66 mins).

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Roscommon in the semi final of the Allianz Football League in Croke Park on Sunday (2:00pm) shows 4 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in Round 7.

Brian Kelly starts in goal in place of Brendan Kealy as Eamonn Fitzmaurice continues to rotate his goalkeepers, Aidan O’Mahony and Fionn Fitzgerald come into the half back line in place of Killian Young and Padraig O’Connor and up front Darran O’Sullivan returns to the full forward line in place of Alan Fitzgerald.

The list of substitutes is notable for the inclusion of team Captain Bryan Sheehan who was injured in the Round 5 meeting with Mayo.

The team shows 5 changes in personnel from the side defeated by Roscommon in Round 2

The team, captained by Aidan O’Mahony, is as follows:

1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion

2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Shane Enright Tarbert

5. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers

6. Aidan O’Mahony(C) Rathmore

7. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes

8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks

9. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys

10. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes

11. Paul Murphy Rathmore

12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar

14. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes

15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

17. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

18. Killian Young Renard

19. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory

20. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion

21. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

22. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

23. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia

24. Michael Geaney Dingle

25. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys

26. Denis Daly St Marys

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

Additional Info:

Donnchadh Walsh made his 50th League appearance for Kerry on Sunday last against Cork and has scored 3-27 in League Football. He made his League debut as far back as the 2003 League against Dublin but did not feature again until the 2007 League making his Championship debut the following year.

Paul Murphy made his 20th League appearance for Kerry on Sunday last against Cork having made his League debut against Dublin just 2 years ago – he never played Minor Football for Kerry!

A Run thru the Subs:

Bryan Sheehan – Made his League debut against Offaly in 2005

Brendan O’Sullivan, a regular substitute in the last few games, was a very influential player in the 2015 County Championship with South Kerry and won an All Ireland Junior medal with Kerry last year.

Padraig O’Connor – Affectionately known as “Podge”, made his League debut as far back as 2010 when he came on as a sub against Dublin. A former Kerry Minor and U21 player.

Alan Fitzgerald – Made his League debut as a sub against Dublin in 2014 and his full League debut last year against Monaghan. Holder of an All Ireland Junior Club Championship medal with Castlegregory.

Jonathan Lyne – Made his League debut against Cork in 2011 and has played 29 League games for his county since then. A Minor in 2008, he played for the Under 21s for three years, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Grandfather, Denny Lyne, played in the Polo Grounds final in ’47.

Denis Daly – who made his League debut against Donegal in Round 4, won a Senior Football Championship medal with South Kerry last year and also won an All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship with the Cahersiveen side a few weeks back. Kerry Minor in 2012 and Under 21 in 2013 & 2014.

Geoffrey Claffey, Sean Mullolly, Conor Devaney, and Diarmuid Murtagh are all included in the Roscommon team for Sunday’s Allianz Football League semi-final against Kerry at Croke Park.

The promising Diarmuid Murtagh, man of the match when Roscommon were defeated by Mayo in last Saturday’s EirGrid Connacht under 21 final, makes his first senior start of the 2016 campaign.

Roscommon: G Claffey; S McDermott, N Collins, N McInerney; D Murray, S Purcell, S Mullooly; N Daly, C Shine; F Cregg, C Murtagh, C Devaney; D Murtagh, S Kilbride, C Cregg

Electric Ireland Munster MFC – Cork 1-14 Tipperary 1-11

Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-14 to 1-11 in the first round of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday April 13th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Cork minors finally throw off Tipp curse to advance to semi-finals

Cork 1-14 Tipperary 1-11

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

Cork advanced to the Munster Minor Football Championship semi-final by defeating Tipperary for the first time in four attempts at Pairc Ui Rinn on Wednesday evening.

The sides were level at 1-11 apiece with 10 minutes to go, but Cork’s dynamic inside line conjured up with three points to run out worthy winners. In the first-half Cork started brightly and were 1-4 to 0-1 in front before Tipperary finally settled. They were boosted by a fifth minute goal from centre-forward Colm O’Callaghan who found himself in space and finished impressively with a low, hard shot to the corner of the net.

Right corner-forward Damien Gore formed part of a dangerous inside line and kicked three points, two from frees, with Mark Buckley in the other corner also getting on the mark. Tipp midfielders Ben Hyland and Conor Cashman broke Cork’s early dominance as the visitors kicked four points without response to be well in the contest approaching the interval.

Hyland’s influence was reflected in his three points with Daire Egan finding the range, too, as Cork went 15 minutes without a score until full-forward Kevin O’Donovan obliged, the home side 1-6 to 0-6 ahead at the break. Cork increased their lead to seven points on the resumption before Conor Cashman palmed in Tipp’s goal after 37 minutes to start the fight back only for Cork to finish strongly.

Cork: M White; D Scannell, A McCarthy, L O’Donovan; T Corkery, N Walsh, captain, J McCarthy; J Ryan, C Foley; B O’Gorman, C O’Callaghan (1-0), C Maguire; D Gore (0-8, five frees), K O’Donovan (0-1), M Buckley (0-5)
Subs: S Minihane for McCarthy injured 24 mins, G O’Donoghue for Ryan 42 mins, S Ryan for Foley 45 mins, S O’Sullivan for O’Gorman 49 mins, S O’Driscoll for Maguire 55 mins.

Tipperary: J Dolan; J Harney, P Feehan (0-1), J Flannery; C English (0-1), D Brennan, S Nolan; C Cashman (1-0), B Hyland (0-5, three frees, one ‘45); R Lambe, C Boland, D Egan (0-1); J Lyons (0-1), M Barlow (0-1 free), A English
Subs: S Ryan (0-1 free) for Barlow 35 mins, S Quinlan for A English 50 mins, C Murphy for Egan 54 mins, C Kennedy for Hyland 59 mins.

Referee: B Kelly (Clare)

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Audio – Cork minor football manager Brian Herlihy on Cork v Tipperary in the
Munster Minor Football Championshio

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Cork in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Quarter-Final on this Wednesday night, April 13th in Pairc Uí Rinn at 7pm has been announced by manager Mike O’Sullivan and lines out as follows;

1. Jack Dolan – Fethard
2. Jack Harney – Moyle Rovers
3. Paudie Feehan – Killenaule
4. Jake Flannery – Galtee Rovers
5. Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
6. Daire Brennan – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
7. Stephen Nolan – Drom & Inch
8. Conor Cashman – Cahir
9. Ben Hyland – Fr. Sheehy’s
10. Ryan Lambe – Clonmel Commercials
11. Calvin Bolan – Clonmel Commercials
12. Daire Egan – Galtee Rovers
13. John Lyons – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
14. Michael Barlow – Ardfinnan
15. Adrian English – Ballyporeen

Cork Team
1. Mark White (Clonakilty)
2. Dylan Scannell (Ahan Gaels/St. Marys)
3. Alan Mc Carthy (St Finbarrs)
4. Liam O’Donovan (Clonakilty) Vice Captain
5. Tadhg Corkery (Cill na Martra)
6. Nathan Walsh (Douglas) Captain
7. Jack McCarthy (Carrigaline)
8. Jack Ryan (Sliabh Rua/Ballymartle)
9. Cathal Foley (WesternGaels/Kilmichael)
10. Blake O’Gorman (Macroom)
11. Colm O’Callaghan (Eire Og)
12. Cathal Maguire (Castlehaven)
13. Damien Gore (Kilmacabea)
14. Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
15. Mark Buckley (Sam Maguires/Dohenys)
16. Kevin Mc Mahon (Kilshannig)
17. Rory O’Driscoll (Garnish)
18. Gearoid O’Donoghue (Ballincollig)
19. Sean Ryan (Ballinascarthy)
20. Sean O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown)
21. Shane O’Driscoll (Glanmire)
22. Sean Minihane (Ilen Rovers)
23. Lorcan Finn (Mitchelstown)
24. Sean Dennehy (St Finbarrs)

Extended Panel Members
Cian Denn (St Michael’s)
Jason Twomey (Éire Óg)
Michael Oakes (Bishopstown)

Not Considered due to Injury
Ed Leahy (Aghada)
Ryan Fowley (Buttevant)
Aidan Browne (Trinity Gaels/Newmarket)
Chris Og Jones (Western Gaels/Iveleary)

Brian Herlihy – Manager (Dohenys)
Bernie Collins – Coach (Castlehaven)
Mick Comyns (St Finbarrs)
Donal McCarthy (Valley Rovers)
Noel O Leary (Cill na Martra)

Backroom Staff:
Goalkeeping – Coach (Alan Quirke)
Strengthing & Conditioning Coach (Colm Crowley)
Medic Dr Colm Murphy
Physio: Colin Lane, Ciaran O’Shaughnessy


Electric Ireland Munster MFC – Clare 0-9 Limerick 1-5

Clare defeated Limerick by 0-9 to 1-5 in the first round of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday April 13th at Miltown-Malbay.

Limerick minor footballers pay for wides in Clare defeat

Report by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

THE Limerick minor footballers were defeated 0-9 to 1-5 in the opening round of the Munster MFC this Wednesday evening by Clare in Miltown Malbay. It’s the fourth successive season that Clare have beaten Limerick in the minor football grade. The loss means Limerick will play Tipperary on Wednesday April 20th in the backdoor series.

The Jerry O’Sullivan managed Limerick kicked 12 costly second half wides. Despite of the wides the game seemed destined for extra time until a 58th minute winner from Clare’s Joseph McGann.

In front of an attendance of 676, Limerick won the toss and opted to play against the elements and Clare were 0-6 to 1-1 ahead after playing with the aid of the breeze in the opening half. It was a 30-minutes that was mostly played in driving rain and made underfoot conditions and handling slippery for both sides.

Clare dominated the early stages and were 0-4 to no score ahead after 16-minutes with tricky full forward Joseph McGann leading their line. Centre back Adam Kearns opened the Limerick account in the 20th minute when he surged forward to point. Three minutes later Limerick had a goal. Noel Callinan had the initial shot, which was saved by Mark Lillis but James Ryan crashed the rebound to the net from close range.

But Limerick failed to build on the goal and Clare had the final two points of the half for a two point interval lead. It could have been different had a 27th minute shot from Eoin O’Mahony found the net but it was kept out by a combination of goalkeeper and upright.

It was a half in which Clare kicked five wides and Limerick just three. Limerick bossed the opening stages of the second half and were ahead at the mid-point of the half with two fine Eoin O’Mahony points and the lead score from Adam Storan. But back came Clare with their first scores of the half in the 17th minute. A 56th minute Conor O’Grady free tied up the game again but then came the late Clare winner.

SCORERS: Limerick: James Ryan 1-0, Eoin O’Mahony 0-2, Adam Kearns, Adam Storan and Conor O’Grady (free) 0-1 each. Clare: Joseph McGann and Padraig Kelly (3frees) 0-3 each, Dermot Coughlan 0-2, Sean Rouine 0-1.

LIMERICK: Aaron Murphy (Fr Caseys); Gearoid Brennan (Claughaun), Fionn Murphy (Kilteely-Dromkeen), Daniel Enright (Monaleen); Seamus Hurley (Newcastle West), Adam Kearns (St Senans), Oran Collins (Adare); Josh Ryan (Oola), Diarmaid Kelly (Newcastle West); Eoin O’Mahony (Ballylanders), Colm McSweeney (Gearld Griffins), Noel Callinan (St Kierans); Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), Adam Storan (Mungret St Pauls), James Ryan (Athea)
Subs: Conor O’Grady (Hospital-Herbertstown) for Noel Callinan (28mins), Sean Ryan (Athea) for Anthony Barrett, inj (52mins), Eoghan Carew (Monaleen) for Oran Collins (56mins), Darragh Ranahan (Ballysteen) for James Ryan (62mins).

CLARE: Mark Lillis (Cooraclare); Peter Collins (Doora-Barefield), Jonah Culligan (Ballyvaughan), Damien O’Loughlin (Corofin); Cillian Flaherty (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Andrew Shannon (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Rowan Danaher (St Breckans); Darragh Bohannon (Shannon Gaels), Padraig Kelly (St Breckans); Ross O’Doherty (Ennistymon), Ciaran O’Donoghue (Cooraclare), Dermot Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane); Sean Rouine (Ennistymon), Joseph McGann (St Breckans), Gavin Cooney (Eire Og)
Subs: Tom Hannon (Doora-Barefield) for Andrew Shannon, b-c (39mins), Danny Griffin (Eire Og) for Darragh Bohannon, inj (45mins), Conor Lynch (Clondegad) for Ross O’Doherty (55mins), Diarmuid Meade (Miltown Malbay) for Gavin Cooney (62mins).

REFEREE: David Murnane (Cork)

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Team News

The Limerick minor football management team of Jerry O Sullivan manager (Newcastlewest) and his selectors John Clifford (Oola) and Gerry Phillips (Monagea) has released their match day team and panel for this Wednesday Munster minor football championship game against Clare in Miltown Malbay at 7pm. The Limerick minor football team and panel is as follows 1. Aaron Murphy (Fr Casey’s), 2. Gearoid Brennan (Claughaun), 3. Fionn Murphy (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 4. Daniel Enright (Monaleen) 5. Seamus Hurley (Newcastlewest), 6. Adam Kearns (St Senans), 7. Oran Collins (Adare), 8. Josh Ryan (Oola), 9. Diarmaid Kelly (Newcastlewest)(Captain), 10. Eoin O Mahony (Ballylanders), 11. Colm McSweeney (Gearld Griffins), Noel Callinan (St Kierans), 13. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 14. Adam Storan (Mungret St Pauls), 15. James Ryan (Athea)

16. William O Mahony (Oola), 17. Conor O Grady (Hospital/Herbertstown), 18. Sean Ryan (Athea), 19. Darragh Ranahan (Ballysteen), 20. Paudie Sheedy (Kilmallock), 21. Luke Cardy (Adare), 22. Eoghan Carew (Monaleen), 23. Jason Kiely (Claughaun), 24. Ciaran Laffy (Mungret/St Pauls).


Electric Ireland Munster MFC – Kerry 2-21 Waterford 1-2

Kerry defeated Waterford by 2-21 to 1-2 in the first round of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday April 13th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Kerry cruise by Waterford in terribly one-sided minor clash

By Eoghan Cormican, Fraher Field for

Kerry 2-21 Waterford 1-2

Kerry cruised to a 22-point victory over Waterford in this terribly one-sided Munster MFC quarter-final. The reigning All-Ireland champions had victory sewn up by half-time, the scoreboard reading 1-13 to 0-1 in their favour.

The home outfit required a decent start if they were to have any chance of springing an upset, or, indeed, of simply making a game of it. Instead, they found themselves 0-11 to 0-0 in arrears after just 13 minutes of action. It could have been worse. Waterford ‘keeper Aaron Beresford produced a fine save to tip over the bar Sean O’Shea’s shot on 13 minutes.

By this juncture, six Kerry players – Mike Breen, Dara Moynihan, Sean O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connor, David Clifford and Ferdia O’Brien – had etched their names onto the scoresheet. Corner-forward O’Brien, set-up by Clifford, registered the Kerry goal on 23 minutes; the visitors providing a swift response to Waterford’s opening score from Shane O’Meara a minute earlier.

Kerry had a second goal within 30 seconds of the restart, Ferdia O’Brien capitalising on a defensive error to slot his second. The game as a contest petered out, thereafter. Cathal Curran kicked a Waterford goal on 43 minutes, but it did little in adding respectability to the final scoreline.

Teams and Scorers

Scorers for Kerry: F O’Brien (2-1); D Clifford (0-5, 0-2 frees); S O’Shea (0-4, 0-2 frees); D Moynihan (0-3); B Friel, D O’Connor (0-2 each); M Breen, M Potts, T O’Connor, D Casey (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: C Curran (1-0); S O’Meara (0-1 free), C Walsh (0-1).

Kerry: S Ó Luing (An Ghaeltacht); G O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromoda), N Collins (Listowel Ennetts), M Reidy (Ballymacelligott); D Naughton (Dr Crokes), D O’Brien (Glenflesk), M Foley (Ballydonoghue); M Breen (Beaufort), M Ryan (Rathmore); D O’Connor (Na Gaeil), S O’Shea (Kenmare), D Moynihan (Spa); F O’Brien (Austin Stacks), D Clifford (Fossa), B Friel (Rathmore).
Subs: M Potts (Dr Crokes) for Naughton (27 mins, inj), B Sweeney (Listowel Emmetts) for Ryan (HT), D Shaw (Dr Crokes) for O’Connor (37), T O’Connor (Ballymacelligott) for Moynihan (47), D Casey (St Mary’s) for O’Brien (52), C Teehan (Glenbeigh Glencar) for Foley (55)

Waterford: A Beresford (Ballinacourty); A O’Sullivan (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg), J Skehan (Sliabh gCua), J Mulcahy (The Nire); C Ó Cuirrín (An Rinn), M Daly (Brickey Rangers), C Curran (Brickey Rangers); D Guiry (The Nire), J Beresford (Ballinacourty); B Power (Rathgormack), S Martin (Tramore), T Barron (The Nire); C Kirwan (Kill), S O’Meara (The Nire), P Prendergast (Clashmore/ Kinsalebeg).
Subs: T Collins (Ballinacourty) for O’Sullivan (28 mins), C Walsh (The Nire) for Ó Cuirrín (48), C Gough (Stradbally) for Power (51), L Connolly (Rathgormack) for Daly (54), R O’Neill (Brickey Rangers) for Barron (57), C Kennedy (Kill) for J Beresford (59).

Referee: D Grogan (Tipperary)

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Team News

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Waterford in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship in Dungarvan on Wednesday next contains just one of the starting fifteen from last year’s All Ireland final win over Tipperary – Sean O’Shea of Kenmare. Three subs who played in that final – Daniel O’Brien, Mike Breen and Graham O’Sullivan also make the starting fifteen while Billy Courtney and Bryan Sweeney who played in last year’s final are included among the subs. Four of the St Brendans Killarney Hogan Cup winning team are included, Daniel O’Brien, David Naughton, Dara Moynihan and David Clifford.

The team, captained by Seán Ó Lúing of An Ghaeltacht is as follows:
1. Sean Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
2. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
3. Niall Collins Listowel Emmets
4. Micheál Reidy Ballymacelligott
5. David Naughton Dr. Crokes
6. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
7. Micheal Foley Ballydonoghue
8. Mike Breen Beaufort
9. Mark Ryan Rathmore
10. Dara Moynihan Spa
11. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
12. Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil
13. Brian Friel Rathmore
14. David Clifford Fossa
15. Ferdia O’Brien Austin Stacks
Fir Ionaid
16. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
17. Michael Potts Dr. Crokes
18. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
19. David Shaw Dr. Crokes
20. Tomás O’Connor Ballymacelligott
21. Kieran Dwyer St. Pats
22. Caolim Teahan Glenbeigh-Glencar
23. Darren Casey St. Mary’s
24. Fionán Mackessy Ardfert

Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)
Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy
Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)

Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
Dean Fitzgerald Rathmore
Stefan Okunbar Na Gaeil
Mikey O’Boyle Dingle
Johnny O’Sullivan Beale
Niall O’Donoghue Firies

Rehabbing from Injury
Cormac Linnane Beale
Karl Mullins Kerins O’Rahillys
Daragh Sugrue Tuosist
Cormac Leane Milltown Castlemaine
Ciaran O’Connor Gneeveguilla

The Waterford Minor Football Team to face Kerry on Wednesday in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship in Fraher Field at 7pm is named!

1. Aaron Beresford (Ballinacourty)

2. Adam O’Sullivan (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)

3. Jack Skehan (Sliabh gCua)

4. Jake Mulcahy (The Nire)

5. Conor Ó Cuirrín (An Rinn)

6. Dylan Guiry (The Nire)

7. Cathal Curran (Brickey Rangers)

8. Maurice Daly (Brickey Rangers)

9. James Beresford (Ballinacourty)

10. Billy Power (Rathgormack)

11. Sean Martin (Tramore)

12. Tom Barron (The Nire)

13. Cíarán Kirwan (Kill)

14. Shane O’Meara (The Nire)

15. Paddy Prendergast (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)


EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 All-Ireland Championship Semi-Final – Cork 2-15 Monaghan 1-16

Cork defeated Monaghan by 2-15 to 1-16 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 All-Ireland Championship Semi-Final on Saturday April 16th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Second-half surge sees Cork’s U21s into All-Ireland final

Cork 2-15 Monaghan 1-16

By Eoghan Cormican, O’Connor Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork’s greater balance in front of goal propelled them past Monaghan and into a first All-Ireland U21 final since 2013. The winners finished with eight different scorers, including each member of their starting front six, while Monaghan were largely dependent on Barry McGinn and Conor McCarthy for scores.

The Munster champions were never led beyond the 22nd minute and although Monaghan closed the gap to the minimum early in the second period, they were unable to regain parity. Three on the bounce from Sean Powter, Sean O’Donoghue and Michael Hurley between the 37th and 39th minute nudged Cork into a 2-11 to 1-10 lead and thereafter, the Rebels never looked like being caught.

Subs Ronan O’Toole and Stephen Sherlock both kicked points to cancel out Monaghan efforts, with O’Donoghue and Powter adding to their tallies late on. Monaghan, upon closing the deficit to two, lofted the ball into the opposition square in the third minute of stoppage, but Cork held firm. Sean Hayes’ charges had returned back down the tunnel at half-time 2-7 to 1-9 in front, the lead having changed hands on seven occasions in the opening period.

Barry McGinn kicked three of Monaghan’s opening four points as they led 0-4 to 0-3 after 11 minutes. The contest’s first goal, however, moved Cork in front as Peter Kelleher scrambled the ball across the line after a powerful run by Sean Powter. The Monaghan response was as swift as it was effective, McGinn blasting to the net little over a minute after Kelleher’s green flag. A Donal Meegan point had Monaghan 1-5 to 1-3 to the good, but Cork reclaimed the inside lane with a 1-3 burst.

Sean O’Donoghue, Ryan Harkin and Brian Coakley raised three white flags in-a-row before Harkin, after a sweeping passage of play cut open the Monaghan rearguard, rattled the back of the Monaghan net.

Cork, though, were unable to build on this scoring burst and were outscored 0-4 to 0-1 on the run in to the break as McGinn (0-2), Fearghal McMahon and Conor McCarthy kept Monaghan in touch. Failure to get back, ultimately, proved their downfall.

Scorers for Cork: S O’Donoghue (0-4); R Harkin (1-1); M Hurley, S Powter (0-3 each); P Kelleher (1-0); B Coakley (0-2); S Sherlock, R O’Toole (0-1 each).

Scorers for Monaghan: B McGinn (1-6, 0-2 frees); C McCarthy (0-2 frees), F McMahon (0-3 each); C Forde (0-1 free), D Ward, R McAnespie (0-1 each).

Cork: A Casey (Kiskeam); M McSweeney (Newcestown), J Mullins (Éire Óg), D Quinn (St Finbarr’s); K Flahive (Douglas), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers), K Histon (Cobh); S White (Clonakilty), S O’Leary (Bantry Blues); S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), S Powter (Douglas), R Harkin (Mallow); B Coakley (Carrigaline), P Kelleher (Kilmichael), M Hurley (Casltehaven).
Subs: E Lavers (Dohenys) for O’Leary (HT), R O’Toole (Éire Óg) for Quinn (41), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s) for Coakley (42, bc), D Ó Duinnín (Cill na Matra) for Harkin (55), C Dorgan (Ballincollig) for Powter (62)

Monaghan: C Forde (Scotstown); B Kerry (Cremartin), M Murnaghan (Donaghmoyne), K Loughran (Monaghan Harps); D Ward (Ballybay), J Mealiff (Clones), N Rooney (Truagh Gaels); N Loughman (Carrickmacross), A Lynch (Carrickmacross); R McAnespie (Emyvale), B McGinn (Doohamlet), D Meegan (Inniskeen); F McMahon (Monaghan Harps), C McCarthy (Scotstown), A Treanor (Truagh Gaels).
Subs: F Maguire (Scotstown) for Treanor (17), A Curran (Clontibret) for Lynch (35), B McBennett (Doohamlet) for McMahon (40).

Referee: J Hickey (Carlow)

Team News

The Cork team to play Monaghan in the EirGrid GAA All-Ireland U21 Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday April 16th at 4:30pm in O’ Connor Park Tullamore as been announced as follows.

Cork Team

1 Anthony Casey – Kiskeam
2 Michael Mc Sweeney – Newcestown
3 John Mullins – Eire Og
4 Dylan Quinn – St Finbarrs
5 Kevin Flahive – Douglas
6 Stephen Cronin – Nemo Rangers Captain
7 Kieran Histon – Cobh
8 Sean White – Clonakilty
9 Sean O Leary – Bantry Blues
10 Sean O Donoghue – Inniscarra
11 Sean Powter – Douglas
12 Ryan Harkin – Mallow
13 Brian Coakley – Carrigaline
14 Peter Kelleher – Kilmichael
15 Michael Hurley – Castlehaven
16 Ross Donovan – Nemo Rangers
17 Sean Daly – Dohenys
18 Kevin Cremin – Boherbue
19 Cian Kiely – Ballincollig
20 Eoin Lavers – Dohenys
21 Stephen Sherlock – St Finbarrs
22 Dan O Duinin – Cill Na Matra
23 Sean O Donovan Ilen Rovers
24 Cian Dorgan – Ballincollig

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final – Waterford 3-23 Limerick 1-18

Waterford defeated Limerick by 3-23 to 1-18 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Waterford victorious in tough battle against Limerick

Limerick 3-23 Waterford 1-18

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A comfortable win for Waterford eventually in this NHL semi-final, the holders easing away from Limerick in the second half thanks to two timely goals.

Limerick attacked the town end goal with a slight breeze in the first half: both sides operated with a spare defender, Ronan Lynch sweeping for Limerick and Darragh Fives free for Waterford. Early on both sides swapped scores with neither gaining primacy, Tom Morrissey’s snap shot from the wing the best score of the opening period.

Limerick were one up on twelve minutes, five points to four, with Paul Browne and James Ryan beginning to impress. Waterford had Patrick Curran playing as a centre-forward instead of Shane Bennett and missed Bennett’s presence outfield, but they won frees when running at Limerick, and that kept them in touch.

A monster Austin Gleeson free put Waterford ahead, 0-8 to 0-7, on twenty minutes, but Limerick nudged ahead by two, thanks to Ronan Lynch (two frees) and Morrissey, the men in green and white hitting form, only for a Curran free and Gleson to level matters. Limerick were ascendant, though, hitting another Lynch free and a terrific Diarmaid Byrnes point to lead 0-12 to 0-10 with half-time looming, though there was still time for Curran to cut the deficit to the minimum with another free before the break.

Limerick resumed with another Lynch free before Gleeson soloed through for a goal chance, smartly saved by Quaid. Waterford then took over, hitting four points in a row, the last an over-the-shoulder gem by Curran, before Bennett was grounded for a penalty on 42 minutes: Bennett buried the penalty himself to make it 1-15 to 0-13.

When Curran added another free four minutes later Waterford had 1-5 on the bounce and Limerick were hard pressed. They rallied, however, with three on the trot, Barry Nash’s the pick of them, to make it 1-17 to 0-17 with fifteen minutes left; Waterford responded with three points in a row, though, to restore their advantage to six.

They then walked through for a second goal, Brian O’Halloran and Michael Walsh combining to place Curran for a smart ground finish, and the Deise were never going to let a nine-point lead slip. Late goals for both teams (Shane Dowling for Limerick, Tom Devine for Waterford) only exercised the scoreboard keepers.

Scorers for Waterford: P. Curran (0-2 65s, 0-7 frees) 1-10; S. Bennett (1-0 pen) 1-3; T. Devine 1-1; A. Gleeson (0-1 free) 0-3; C. Dunford 0-2; T. de Burca, D. Fives, K. Moran, B. O’Halloran, T. Devine each.

Scorers for Limerick: R. Lynch (frees) 0-7; S. Dowling (frees) 1-1; T. Morrissey 0-3; D. Byrnes, B. Nash 0-2 each; P. Browne, J. Ryan, T. Condon 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S. O’Keeffe, S. Fives, B. Coughlan, N. Connors, P. Mahony, T. de Burca, D. Fives, J. Barron, K. Moran ( c), M. Walsh, A. Gleeson, J. Dillon, P. Curran, S. Bennett, C. Dunford.
Subs: B. O’Halloran for Dunford, 48; S. McNulty for S. Fives, 55; T. Devine for Dillon, 58; P. Mahony for Walsh, 65; S. O’Sullivan for Moran, 67.

LIMERICK: N. Quaid ( c), S. O’Brien, R. McCarthy, R. English, P. O’Brien, D. Byrnes, R. Lynch, G. O’Mahony, P. Browne, G. Hegarty, J. Ryan, C Lynch, B. Nash, K. Downes, T. Morrissey.
Subs: J. Fitzgibbon for Hegarty, 48; T. Condon for S. O’Brien, 50; D. Hannon for Downes, 57; S. Dowling for P. O’Brien, 60; G. Mulcahy for R. Lynch, 65.

Referee: B. Kelly (Westmeath)


Team News

The Limerick team will line out as follows – 1 Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain) 2 Seanie O Brien (Patrickswell) 3 Richie McCarthy (Blackrock) 4 Richie English (Doon) 4 Paudie O Brien (Kilmallock) 6 Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell) 7 Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh) 8 Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 9 Paul Browne (Bruff), 10 Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), 11 James Ryan (Garryspillane), 12 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13 Barry Nash (South Liberties), 14 Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh) 15 Tom Morrissey (Ahane)

Waterford team –

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
18. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle) – Capt
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
14. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final – Clare 4-22 Kilkenny 2-19

Clare defeated Kilkenny by 4-22 to 2-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

No cream for the Cats as Clare clean up in Thurles

Clare 4-22 Kilkenny 2-19

Report by John Fogarty from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare and Waterford will meet twice in the space of five weeks after the Division 1B winners avalanched scores down on Kilkenny in this Division 1 semi-final in Thurles, writes John Fogarty.

One look at the Kilkenny starting line-up wouldn’t deem this a shock but the manner of their errors in the first half certainly was a surprise although Clare were full value for their victory watched by a 20,481 crowd.

Leading by 11 at half-time (3-12 to 0-10), Clare goaled for a fourth time in the 51st minute when Conor McGrath hammered home an unstoppable shot. A brace of points from substitute Tony Kelly extended their advantage to 13 (4-18 to 1-14) before Jonjo Farrell goaled adding to TJ Reid’s earlier effort from a close-range free, which was deflected over the goal-line.

Clare’s first half goals weren’t as much down to ingenuity on their part as errors on Kilkenny’s. The Banner were 0-6 to 0-3 to the good in the 17th minute when John Conlon poached on a mix-up between Eoin Murphy and Joey Holden as they tried to retrieve a Colm Galvin delivery from distance.

Aaron Cunningham’s goal three minutes later came as he was given too much space to shoot past Eoin Murphy on his near side. Jackie Tyrrell made way shortly afterwards as Brian Cody acknowledge the full-back line was leaking like a sieve. However, a third goal came in the 26th minute when David Fitzgerald drove a long ball in and once more Murphy was in trouble, Cunningham pouncing to finish to the net.

Kilkenny had a couple of goal opportunities via Reid and Richie Hogan but Clare defenders managed to get either ash or a body in the way.

Scorers for Clare: A Cunningham (2-3); J Conlon (1-1); C McGrath (1-5, 0-2 frees, 0-2 65s); C Galvin (0-5); T Kelly (0-3); D Honan (0-2); P Collins, D Reidy, C O’Connell (0-1 each)

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid (1-7, 1-6 frees); JJ Farrell (1-1); K Kelly, P Walsh, W Walsh, C Bolger (0-2 each); R Hogan, J Power, C Buckley (0-1 each).

CLARE: P Kelly; O O’Brien, P O’Connor, P Flanagan; C Cleary, B Bugler, D Fitzgerald; D Reidy, C Galvin; D Honan, C McGrath, P Collins; C Dillon, A Cunningham, J Conlon
Subs for Clare: T Kelly for J Conlon (inj 51); C O’Connell for D Honan (57); Colin Ryan for D Reidy (64); A Shanagher for A Cunningham (67); B Duggan for P Collins (70+1).

KILKENNY: E Murphy; J Tyrrell, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C O’Shea; L Ryan, C Buckley; W Walsh, TJ Reid, K Kelly; J Power, JJ Farrell, R Hogan
Subs for Kilkenny: B Kennedy for J Tyrrell (22); L Blanchfield for C O’Shea (55); C Bolger for K Kelly (63).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)


Team News

Kilkenny: E Murphy; J Tyrell, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C O’Shea; L Ryan, C Buckley; W Walsh, TJ Reid, K Kelly; J Power, J Farrell, R Hogan.