All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Quarter-Final – St Brigid’s Loughrea 0-19 St. Colman’s Fermoy 1-13

St Brigid’s Loughrea defeated St. Colman’s Fermoy by 0-19 to 1-13 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Quarter-Final on Wednesday March 8th at UL 4G pitch.

Galway captain sees his St Brigid’s team defeat Cork’s St Colman’s to reach All-Ireland semi-final

Conor Molloy the match-winner today for St Brigid’s with 0-8.

St Brigid’s, Loughrea (Galway) 0-19 St Colman’s, Fermoy (Cork) 1-13

Report by Jackie Cahill for

CONOR MOLLOY LED the way with eight points as Connacht champions St Brigid’s Loughrea overturned a five-point deficit to book a place in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools senior hurling A semi-finals today.

St Brigid’s, co-managed by Galway captain and current All-Star David Burke, will face off against Croke Cup holders St Kieran’s at the weekend, as St Colman’s, Fermoy, bowed out of the competition at the quarter-final stage this afternoon. St Colman’s led by a point at half-time, 0-9 to 0-8, on the 4G pitch at University of Limerick.

And it looked good for the Harty Cup runners-up when they registered a quick-fire 1-1 after half-time, Jake Mehigan netting within 15 seconds of the restart. But St Brigid’s won the remainder of the game by 0-11 to 0-3, with Molloy, brother of Galway senior panellist and 2016 U21 captain Brian, collecting seven of his eight-point total from placed balls.

The Loughrea school also had strong displays from Ronan Glennon, powerful centre-forward Dylan Towolawi and Donal Mannion, as Diarmuid Lenihan scored eight points for St Colman’s.
St Brigid’s had the better of the early exchanges but after drawing level at 0-5 apiece, St Colman’s edged ahead for the first time in the 24th minute.

The sides were level on three further occasions approaching half-time before Lenihan crashed over a point from play to establish a narrow interval lead.
Mehigan took a pass from Shane O’Connor before notching the only goal of the game and while Adam Creed added a point for St Colman’s, St Brigid’s responded with four points in quick succession. They got level at 0-15 to 1-12 when Glennon, who became increasingly influential, fired over the equalising score and the Galway boys, captained by Conor Molloy’s brother Stephen, kicked for home from there.

Scorers for St Brigid’s: Conor Molloy 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1 ’65), Ronan Glennon, Dylan Towolawi, Donal Mannion (0-1 sl) 0-3 each, Jason Nevin & Ben Moran 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Colman’s: Diarmuid Lenihan 0-8 (0-5f), Jake Mehigan 1-0, Niall O’Leary 0-2f, Barry Murphy, Greg Lardner & Adam Creed 0-1 each.

St Brigid’s Loughrea

1. Brendan Lynch (Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry)
2. Conor Delaney (Cappataggle)
3. Cian Mahony (St Thomas’)
4. Colin Curley (Kilconieron)
5. Ben Burke (Kilconieron)
6. Stephen Molloy (Kilnadeema/Leitrim – capt.)
7. Vinnie Kenny (Kilnadeema/Leitrim)
8. Ronan Glennon (Mullagh)
12. Ben Moran (Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry)
9. Sean Fallon (St Thomas’)
11. Dylan Towolawi (Kilnadeema/Leitrim)
14. Donal Mannion (Cappataggle)
10. Jason Nevin (Mullagh)
13. Conor Molloy (Kilnadeema/Leitrim)
15. Damian McGlynn (St Thomas’)
21. Keane Holloway (Kilconieron) for Fallon (45)
20. Niall Horan (Craughwell) for Nevin (55)

St Colman’s Fermoy

1. Eoin Davis (St Catherines)
2. Eoin Wallace (St Catherines)
3. Jamie O’Leary (Castlelyons)
17. Ross O’Sullivan (Fermoy)
5. Sean McCarthy (Fermoy)
6. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)
7. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)
8. Shane O’Connor (Bride Rovers)
9. Diarmuid Lenihan (Ballyhooly)
14. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)
11. Barry Murphy (Castlelyons)
12. David Lardner (Fermoy)
20. Jake Mehigan (Ballyhooly)
25. Niall O’Regan (St Catherines)
15. Adam Creed (Fermoy)
18. David Lardner (Fermoy) for McCarthy (41)
22. Fionnán Hickey (Ballyduff Upper) for O’Regan (45)
13. Conleith Ryan (Bride Rovers) for Mehigan (52)
23. Eoin Carey (Kilworth) for D Lardner (57)

Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)

Munster U21 Football Q-Final – Limerick 0-16 Tipperary 0-14

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 0-16 to 0-14 after extra time in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday March 8th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Dramatic win for Limerick over Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick won a dramatic EirGrid Munster U21 football championship quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds this evening – coming good in extra-time to stun Declan Browne’s Tipperary.

In a quite dramatic game, with cards aplenty, Tipp had Emmet Moloney and Willie Connors sent off in normal time, before influential midfielder Jack Kennedy and Jordan Moloney were dismissed on black cards in extra-time.

Limerick also lost Josh Ryan to a red card in stoppage time at the end of the regulation hour but Tipp finished the Gaelic Grounds tussle with 14 players, having used six subs when Moloney was black-carded.

That allowed Limerick to come from three points down and finish with a flourish to set up a semi-final clash with Cork next week.

The sides were deadlocked at 0-10 apiece at the end of 60 minutes and while Kennedy thought he’d won it for Tipp with a free deep in stoppage time, there was still time for Limerick to draw level.

Robert Childs, in the seventh minute of additional time, with five having been signalled, launched a magnificent score from the right touchline and Limerick were back in business.

Tipp opened extra-time with real intent, Ross Peters, the excellent Paudie Feehan and Kennedy landing scores, and they led by 0-13 to 0-11 at the turnaround, before Limerick came thundering back.

Scorers –
Limerick: H Bourke 0-8 (6f), J Ryan (1f, 1 45) & Michael Donovan 0-2 each, P De Brún, K Daly, B Donovan & R Childs 0-1 each.
Tipperary: J Kennedy 0-6 (3f, 2 45s), P Feehan 0-3, B Martin 0-2, J Ryan, J Lyons & R Peters 0-1 each.

Limerick – R Hayes; D Connolly, J Liston, E Sheehy; B Fanning, M Donovan, K Ryan; T Childs, S Murphy; P De Brún, H Bourke, B Donovan; K Daly, J Ryan, AJ O’Connor
Subs: S Stack for Daly (42), R Childs for De Brún (53), E O’Brien for O’Connor (56), M Whelan for T Childs (67), S Brosnan for Murphy (69), AJ O’Connor for K Ryan (69).

Tipperary – C Manton; W Connors, L Ryan, C O’Shaughnessy; D Brennan, L Fahey, P Feehan; D Owens, J Kennedy; A Buckley, S Quirke, E Moloney; J Ryan, J Butler, B Martin
Subs: M O’Connor for Butler (43), D Egan for Buckley (49), J Lyons for Ryan (58), S Power for Brennan (64), J Moloney for Kennedy (b/c 70), G Whelan for Feehan (70).

ref – S Joy (Kerry)

Fixture Details

2017 EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Quarter-Final
Wednesday March 8th 2017 @ 7:30pm

Limerick v Tipperary
Venue: Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Referee: Sean Joy (Kerry)
Extra time if necessary

Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
Concession (Student/Senior): €5.00 rebate available on full priced Adult tickets on match day prior to entry with valid ID
Juvenile (Under 16 years of age): Free of Charge
All tickets for this match are UNRESERVED

Team News

Manager Declan Brouder has released his starting fifteen for this Wednesday evening’s EirGrid Munster U21 football championship quarter final against Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds. The management team of manager Declan Brouder (Newcastle West), Coach Tommy Stack (Dromcollogher/Broadford) and selectors Gerard O’Connor (Fr. Caseys), Karl Lenihan (Newcastle West) and John O’Grady (Oola) has released the following fifteen.

1. Richard Hayes (St Senans), 2. David Connolly (Adare), 3. Jim Liston (Gearld Griffins), 4. Edward Sheehy (Granagh/Ballingarry), 5. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 6. Sean Murphy (Newcastle West), 7. Michael Donovan (Galbally), 8. Josh Ryan (Oola), 9. Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels), 10. Padraig De Brún (Firies), 11. Hugh Bourke (Adare), 12. Killian Ryan (Mungret/St Pauls) (Captain), 13. Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh), 14. AJ O Connor (Newcastle West), 15. Brian Donovan (Monaleen).

The Tipperary football team to play Limerick in the EirGrid Munster U21 Football Championship Quarter-Final in the Gaelic Grounds tomorrow night, Wednesday March 8th at 7.30pm has been announced by manager Declan Browne.

The team lines out as follows –

Tipperary U21F v Limerick – Charlie Manton (Fethard), Willie Connors (Kiladangan), Liam Ryan (Clonmel Commercials), Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan), Daire Brennan (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Liam Fahey (Rockwell Rovers), Paudie Feehan (Killenaule), Danny Owens (Moyle Rovers, captain), Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Aidan Buckley (St Patrick’s), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch), Joe Ryan (Kilmurry, Cork), Jack Butler (Upperchurch-Drombane) & Brendan Martin (Kilsheelan-Kilcash).

Match Programme

Munster U21 Football Q-Final – Kerry 1-17 Clare 2-8

Kerry defeated Clare by 1-17 to 2-8 in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday March 8th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Kerry overcome Clare to progress in Munster U-21 Football Championship

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry … 1-17, Clare … 2-8: Kerry will play Waterford in the Munster U21 football semi-final next Wednesday after this less than convincing quarter-final win over Clare.

It was only in the last quarter that the Kingdom pulled clear, kicking four points in-a-row between the 46th and 57th minute to slowly kill off the Clare challenge. The Banner had cut the deficit to the minimum when Éimhin Courtney bagged their second goal on 39 minutes. They’d kick only two more points, though, in the remaining 20 minutes.

Kerry went in at the break three in front, but it’s unlikely that management were wholly enamoured by their team’s first-half showing. The visitors opened up the Kerry defence for four goal chances, taking the last of these on 23 minutes.

Half-back Conall Ó hAiniféin gathered possession around the middle of the field, before cutting straight through the heart of the home defence and beating Shane Ryan with a well-placed effort. The goal brought Clare to within two points of Kerry, 0-8 to 1-3, but the response from Jack O’Connor’s side was as quick as it was clinical.

Matthew Flaherty opened his account and the gap was back to five when Cathal Banbury set-up Matthew O’Sullivan for a Kerry goal on 25 minutes.

You’d have expected the favourites to push on here and drive a significant wedge between themselves and their opponents come the break, but, instead, it was Clare who played the better football approaching half-time. The Banner counter-attacked with purpose and yet another Ó hAiniféin ended with a white flag, with Conor Finucane’s second free further narrowing the gap.

Scorers for Kerry: M O’Sullivan (1-1); S O’Shea (0-4, 0-2 frees); M O’Flaherty, K Spillane (0-3 each); C Geaney (0-1 free), C Bambury (0-2 each); L O’Donoghue, T O’Sullivan (0-1 each)

Scorers for Clare: C Finucane (0-5, 0-4 frees); C Ó hAiniféin (1-1); É Courtney (1-0); K Sexton (0-1 free), A Davidson (0-1 each).

Kerry: S Ryan (Rathmore); TL O’Sullivan (Dingle), J Foley (Ballydonoghue), T O’Sullivan (Dingle); B Sugrue (Renard), A Barry (Na Gaeil), D O’Brien (Glenflesk); B O’Sullivan (Dingle), B Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue); B Barrett (Ardfert), S O’Shea (Kenmare), M Flaherty (Dingle); C Bambury (Dingle), M O’Sullivan (St Michael’s Foilmore), C Geaney (Dingle)
Subs: K Spillane (Templenoe) for M O’Sullivan (34); J Morgan (Austin Stacks) for O’Brien (41); C Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys) for Sugrue (53); L O’Donoghue (Glenflesk) for Geaney (54); R Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) for O’Sullivan, I Parker (Churchill) for Bambury (both 58).

Clare: K Roche (Cooralcare); E O’Connor (Éire Óg Ennis), D Nagle (Liscannor), C Payne (Killimor); C Ó hAiniféin (Ruan), R McMahon (Kildysart), C Brennan (Clondegad); D Bohannon (Shannon Gaels), C O’Dea (Kilfenora); A Davidson (St Breckan’s), A Sweeney (St Breckan’s), D Egan (Kilmihil); C Finucane (Lissycasey), K Sexton (Kilmurry/Ibrickane), E Courtney (Éire Óg Ennis)
Subs: R Danagher (St Breckan’s) for O’Connor (HT); O Hanrahan (Lissycasey) for Egan (36); J Culligan (Ballyvaughan) for Payne (40); S O’Donoghue (Cooraclare) for Bohannon (42); C Downes (O’Curry’s) for Sweeney (50); D Foran (Killimor) for Davidson (52).

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford).

Fixture Details

2017 EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Quarter-Final
Wednesday March 8th 2017 @ 7:30pm

Kerry v Clare
Venue: Austin Stack Park Tralee
Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford)
Extra time if necessary

Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
Concession (Student/Senior): €5.00 rebate available on full priced Adult tickets on match day prior to entry with valid ID
Juvenile (Under 16 years of age): Free of Charge
All tickets for this match are UNRESERVED

Team News

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Tom Leo O’Sullivan, Jason Foley, Tom O’Sullivan; Brian Sugrue, Andrew Barry, Daniel O’Brien; Barry O’Sullivan, Brian O Seanachain; Brandon Barrett, Sean O’Shea, Matthew Flaherty; Conor Geaney, Matthew O’Sullivan, Cathal Bambury.

CLARE: Killian Roche; Einne O’Connor, Darren Nagle, Colm Pyne; Conal O hAinifein, Rory McMahon, Killian Brennan; Darragh Bohannon, Cian O’Dea; David Egan, Alan Sweeney, Aidan Davidson; Conor Finucane, Keelan Sexton, Eimhin Courtney.

Match Programme

Pick up a copy of Wednesday’s 16 page souvenir match programme for 2 euro.

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

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

Team News

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

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

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

Allianz FL D3: Vital win for Tipperary

Allianz Football League Division Three


Report By Jackie Cahill for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REFEREE: Martin McNally (Monaghan).

Fixture Details

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

Team News

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

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Galway 1-22 Kerry 0-12

Galway defeated Kerry by 1-22 to 0-12 in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday March 12th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Allianz HL D1B: Galway too good for Kerry

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B

GALWAY 1-22 KERRY 0-12

Report By Paul Brennan for

In the end class usually tells and so it was in Tralee this afternoon as Galway claimed an expected third Division 1B win in this fourth round contest against a courageous but limited Kerry team.

The return of Joe Canning after suffering a hamstring injury in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final was the main talking point in the build-up, and the Portumna man finished his day’s work with nine points after displaying some understandable rustiness in the first half as he eased himself back into action.

The expected Galway goal glut never materialised, with Padraig Brehony’s first half strike the only green flag raised in the game. Indeed, that goal was the difference between the teams at the interval as Kerry matched Galway score for score in the opening half hour.

Galway’s class told in the end, however, and the second half turned into a procession of points from the visitors, spear-headed by Canning and the excellent Cathal Mannion who notched five points from play.

Galway manager Michael Donoghue will be grateful for the test Kerry laid for his team in the first half, with the Kingdom keeping the visitors honest with some gutsy hurling, which put Galway under a lot of pressure and sent them into cul-de-sacs and roadblocks.

Canning missed a couple of early chances as he looked to get his radar aligned, and when he did find his range Kerry’s Shane Nolan and Jordan Conway matched him from placed balls to keep Kerry in touch.

Points from Canning and Paul Flaherty saw Galway open up a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the 17th minute but Kerry stuck manfully to their task and scores from Nolan (two frees), Conway and Padraig Boyle made it 0-7 each after 31 minutes.

Kerry would have by delighted to have got to the break on level terms but a lapse of concentration allowed Brehony sneak through from midfield to get on the end of a long pass and finish past Martin Stackpoole to leave to 1-7 to 0-7 at half time.

Galway’s touch was untypically poor in the first half and they were guilty of several unforced errors, but they tightened up considerably after the break. With Kerry tiring and playing into a stiff wind, Galway moved through the gears and outscored the hosts 15 points to five in the second period.

A couple of Canning interceptions were delightful and the Portumna man strongly protested that he had goaled after his shot hit the crossbar and the post and came back into play, but to no avail.

Kerry face Offaly in a fortnight where a win would earn them a quarter-final place, while Galway travel to Limerick.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-9 (6f), Cathal Mannion 0-5, Padraig Brehony 1-0, Niall Burke 0-2, Paul Flaherty 0-2, Daithi Burke 0-1, Gearoid McInerney 0-1, Shane Maloney 0-1, Conor Whelan 0-1

Scorers for Kerry: Shane Nolan 0-6f, Jordan Conway 0-2, Colum Harty 0-1, Padraig Boyle 0-1, Keith Carmody 0-1, Brendan O’Leary 0-1

Galway: James Skehill; Padraic Mannion, Paul Killeen, Jack Grealish; Daithi Burke, Adrian Tuohy, Gearoid McInerney; Johnny Coen, Padraig Brehony; David Burke, Niall Burke, Paul Flaherty; Shane Maloney, Joe Canning, Cathal Mannion. Subs: Matthew Donohue for J Grealish (h-t), Conor Cooney for Maloney (54), Conor Whelan for P Flaherty (54)

Kerry: Martin Stackpoole; James O’Connor, Rory Horgan, Sean Weir; Daniel Collins, Bryan Murphy, Darren Dineen; Jack Goulding, Paudie O’Connor; Shane Nolan, Patrick Kelly, Colum Harty; Jordan Conway, Padraig Boyle, John Buckley. Subs: Brendan O’Leary for P Kelly (42), T Murnane for P Boyle (54), Keith Carmody for P O’Connor (61)Tomas O’Connor for J Goulding (66)

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 0-20 Dublin 1-15

Clare defeated Dublin by 0-20 to 1-15 in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 12th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Team News

Dublin (Allianz HL v Clare): Conor Dooley; James Madden, Eoghan O’Donnell, Shane Barrett; Ben Quinn, Liam Rushe, Chris Crummey; Niall McMorrow, Caolan Conway; Rian McBride, Ryan O’Dwyer, Eoghan Conroy; Fiontan McGibb, Eamon Dillon, Donal Burke.

Match Coverage

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Cork 1-21 Waterford 1-13

Cork defeated Waterford by 1-21 to 1-13 in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 12th at Walsh Park.

Team News

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keefe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Tadhg de Burca, Austin Gleeson, Darragh Lyons; Jamie Barron, Colin Dunford; Kevin Moran, Pauric Mahony, Michael Walsh; Maurice Shanahan, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett.

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Waterford in the Allianz Hurling league on Sunday 12th March in Walsh Park @ 2pm has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash – Kanturk

2. Killian Burke – Midleton

3. Damian Cahalane – St Finbarr’s

4. Colm Spillane – Castlelyons

5. Christopher Joyce – Na Piarsaigh

6. Mark Ellis – Millstreet

7. Mark Coleman – Blarney

8. Bill Cooper – Youghal

9. Daniel Kearney- Sarsfields

10. Dean Brosnan – Glen Rovers

11. Conor Lehane – Midleton

12. Shane Kingston – Douglas

13. Alan Cadogan – Douglas

14. Seamus Harnedy – St Ita’s

15. Luke Meade – Newcestown


16. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig

17. Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers

18. David Griffin – Carrigaline

19. Michael Cahalane – Bandon

20. Chris O’Leary – Valley Rovers

21. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk

22. Brian Lawton – Castlemartyr

23. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville

24. Luke O’Farrell – Midleton

25. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers

26. Michael O’ Halloran – Blackrock

Match Coverage

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Semi-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 0-24 Kilkenny CBS 2-15

Our Lady’s Templemore defeated Kilkenny CBS by 0-24 to 2-15 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Semi-Final on Wednesday March 15th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Tom Byrnes: Templemore ready for final test

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Our Lady’s, Templemore (Tipperary) 0-24 Kilkenny CBS 2-15: Our Lady’s Templemore manager Tom Byrnes is relishing a crack at competition kingpins St Kieran’s in the Croke Cup final on Saturday week. St Kieran’s, the famed Kilkenny academy, are going for four in a row as Our Lady’s gear up for their first final since 1978.

Having won the Harty Cup for the first time in 39 years, Our Lady’s went a step further by seeing off the dogged challenge of Kilkenny CBS in yesterday’s Masita Post-Primary Schools All-Ireland Senior A Hurling semi-final.

However, standing in the path of ultimate glory are St Kieran’s, conquerors of Kilkenny CBS in the Leinster final and boasting a full-back line that Byrnes holds in the highest esteem. “They’re a savage outfit,” said Byrnes. “They’re big as well, strong and probably have the best full-back line I’ve ever seen at colleges hurling. You have Adrian Ronan’s son [Tommy] and DJ Carey’s son [Michael] is full-back. They’re formidable and they’re going to be a huge test.”

After walloping St Colman’s in the Harty final, Our Lady’s got the tight game they needed after a few weeks off. It should prime them for the St Kieran’s challenge and, while Our Lady’s won by three points, goals in stoppage time at the end of each half added some gloss to the final score, from a Kilkenny CBS perspective.

In truth, Templemore were the superior side, but CBS brought buckets of heart to O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Crucially, Our Lady’s kept Sean Bolger quiet and, while Niall Brassil scored nine points, eight of those scores came from placed balls. In total, CBS hit 1-7 from play, but Templemore managed 0-16, including five in the first half from Andrew Ormonde.

Brian McGrath, Tipp’s 2016 All-Ireland minor winning captain, matched Brassil’s tally and his late point, after CBS goalkeeper Ben Maher had goaled from a 20m free, was a sumptuous effort from the right touchline. At key moments, particularly in the second half, McGrath showed real leadership, but he wasn’t alone, with full-back Padraig Campion executing a couple of heroic late blocks. Maher was blinded by the sun late on in the Leinster final, but any lingering fears about his mentality on the big day were banished by a series of fine saves. The O’Loughlin Gaels net-minder looks like a player destined for a big future and, in years to come, it’s likely that Our Lady’s and CBS players will renew acquaintances in the county colours of Tipperary and Kilkenny.

At half-time, Our Lady’s led by 0-14 to 1-8, as Joe Sheehan’s goal brought CBS back into contention. However, they couldn’t get closer to the winners than two points in the second half, as Templemore’s dream of a Harty/Croke Cup double, to emulate the feats of 1978, remain alive.

Scorers for Our Lady’s, Templemore: B McGrath 0-9 (5f, 2 65s) A Ormonde 0-5, D O’Shea 0-3, J Kelly & L Fairbrother (1f) 0-2 each, É McBride, J Ryan & R McCormack 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny CBS: N Brassil 0-9 (7f, 1 65), J Sheehan 1-3, B Maher 1-0f, S Boyd 0-2, S Bolger 0-1.

Our Lady’s, Templemore: E Collins; N Quinlan, P Campion, E Ryan; É McBride, P Cadell, A O’Meara; D Ryan, J Ryan; J Kelly, B McGrath, R McCormack; A Ormonde, D O’Shea, L Fairbrother.
Subs: S Doyle for D Ryan (59), F Purcell for J Ryan (59), G O’Connor for Ormonde (60+3)

Kilkenny CBS: B Maher; M Butler, J Minogue, J Molloy; P Collins, C Flynn, L Stynes; C Heary, N Brassil; R Buckley, S Boyd, S Bolger; S Staunton, D Dunne, J Sheehan.
Subs: C Drennan for Staunton (45), M Doyle for Dunne (53)

Referee: J Keane (Galway)

0-9 for McGrath as Our Lady’s Templemore end 39-year wait for All-Ireland senior hurling final

Tipperary’s 2016 All-Ireland minor hurling winning captain was outstanding today.

Our Lady’s, Templemore (Tipperary) 0-24 Kilkenny CBS 2-15

Report by Jackie Cahill for

FRESH FROM WINNING the Harty Cup for the first time in 39 years, Our Lady’s, Templemore, have booked their place in the Masita All-Ireland Post-Primary Schools All-Ireland senior A hurling decider.

Brian McGrath produced some big moments, particularly in the second half, as Templemore advanced to face holders and four-in-a-row chasers St Kieran’s from Kilkenny on Saturday week, 25 March.
Our Lady’s saw off Kilkenny CBS in today’s semi-final at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise and while they led by seven points approaching half-time – 0-14 to 0-17 – the winners were made to work for it.

Andrew Ormonde hit five points from play in the first half alone for Templemore but they the concession of goals in stoppage time at the end of both halves made life nervy for them. Templemore also needed a couple of huge blocks from full-back Pádraig Campion down the home straight but at the other end, Kilkenny CBS had goalkeeper Ben Maher making some big saves. At half-time, Templemore were 0-14 to 1-8 clear but they were hit with a sucker-punch goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

Templemore failed to deal with Niall Brassil’s free into their full-back line and Joe Sheehan was alive to the loose ball, sending a deflected ground-stroke to the net. That goal undid some of Templemore’s good work in the opening half because when they got on a run, they looked really good, with their three inside forwards – Ormonde, David O’Shea and Lyndon Fairbrother – collecting eight points from play between them before the interval.

Templemore opened with the first three points of the game but Kilkenny CBS, playing with the breeze in the opening half, settled and were level at 0-4 each by the 13th minute. The sides were deadlocked twice more but Templemore, who didn’t register a wide in the first half, were finding a steady groove and a devastating scoring run gave them clear daylight. Having fallen 0-5 to 0-6 behind, Templemore unloaded with seven unanswered points in a nine-minute spell.

They could have a goal, too, but CBS goalkeeper Ben Maher did well with a double-save to keep out first Ormonde and then Brian McGrath. Sheehan’s 25th minute point was the first time Kilkenny CBS had scored in ten minutes but Templemore responded with further efforts from Lyndon Fairbrother and David O’Shea. Niall Brassil clipped over his third free of the half before his delivery led to Sheehan’s goal.

The second half ebbed and flowed but the closest that Kilkenny CBS could get was two points. Goalkeeper Maher blasted home a 20m free in stoppage time to narrow the gap to 2-15 to 0-23.
But McGrath, 2016 All-Ireland winning captain for Tipperary, landed an absolute peach from the right touchline to settle frayed Templemore nerves. Templemore now have the chance to emulate their 1978 feats – when they added the Croke Cup to their earlier Harty Cup success.

Scorers for Our Lady’s, Templemore: Brian McGrath 0-9 (0-5f, 0-2 ’65) Andrew Ormonde 0-5, David O’Shea 0-3, Jerry Kelly & Lyndon Fairbrother (1f) 0-2 each, Éanna McBride, Jack Ryan & Ray McCormack 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny CBS: Niall Brassil 0-9 (7f, 1 65), Joe Sheehan 1-3, Ben Maher 1-0f, Sean Boyd 0-2, Sean Bolger 0-1.

Our Lady’s, Templemore

1. Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch)
20. Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens)
3. Padraig Campion (Drom & Inch)
4. Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney)
5. Éanna McBride (JK Brackens)
6. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens)
7. Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch)
8. Diarmuid Ryan (Clonakenny)
9. Jack Ryan (Toomevara)
12. Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
11. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
10. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Andrew Ormonde (JK Brackens)
14. David O’Shea (JK Brackens)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
19. Shane Doyle (JK Brackens) for D Ryan (59)
17. Fintan Purcell (Drom & Inch) for J Ryan (59)
18. Gearoid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy) for Ormonde (60+3)

Kilkenny CBS

1. Ben Maher (O’Loughlin Gaels)
5. Mickey Butler (O’Loughlin Gaels)
3. Johnny Minogue (Dicksboro)
6. Jordan Molloy (O’Loughlin Gaels)
9. Peter Collins (O’Loughlin Gaels)
4. Conor Flynn (Graigue-Ballycallan)
2. Liam Stynes (Dicksboro)
12. Conor Heary (O’Loughlin Gaels)
10. Niall Brassil (James Stephens)
7. Ronan Buckley (O’Loughlin Gaels)
14. Sean Boyd (Dicksboro)
13. Sean Bolger (O’Loughlin Gaels)
15. Shane Staunton (Clara)
8. Des Dunne (Danesfort)
21. Joe Sheehan (Dicksboro)
19. Conor Drennan (Galmoy) for Staunton (45)
17. Mick Doyle (Barrow Rangers) for Dunne (53)

Referee: John Keane (Galway)


The main event of this week in the Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools series is the staging of the Croke Cup (Senior ‘A’ Hurling) semi-finals between the famed St. Kieran’s College and St Brigids Loughrea, managed by Galway captain David Burke, at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

And there is also the equally tasty clash of Kilkenny CBS and Our Lady’s Templemore at Portlaoise.

Both games takes place on Wednesday, March 15 at 2pm.

The renowned hurling stronghold of St Kieran’s recently claimed an incredible 55th Leinster colleges senior championship win and boast 21 All-Ireland titles on top of that. Their latest Leinster success arrived after a 1-14 to 0-13 victory over chief rivals, Kilkenny CBS.

That was Kieran’s third Leinster title on the spin, but the most impressive thing? It was delivered courtesy of a new-look team with the majority of the team from previous successes having moved on.

The key players in the current set-up are lethal forward Adrian Mullen from Ballyhale Shamrocks and classy centre-back, Martin Keoghan from Tullaroan. Indeed, those two are the only survivors from the 2016 team that landed the Leinster and All-Ireland titles.

Meanwhile Harty Cup winners Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore will play Kilkenny CBS in the All Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling semi-final at O’Moore Park.

On Wednesday, Sean Bolger bagged a brace at Abbotstown as CBS booked their place in the semi-final. Evan Niland’s freetaking skills had helped Athenry to a three-point lead at the midway point, but a strong second-half showing secured CBS’s progression.

Niland won an All-Ireland minor winner with Galway in 2015 and was in deadly form throughout but outstanding long-range points from the likes of Bolger ultimately sealed a hard-earned win for CBS.

“We will be up against it,” says Our Lady’s mentor Noel Fogarty ahead of the semi-final. “But we are in a good place after winning the Harty Cup for the first time in 39 years.

“We were known as Templemore CBS back in 1978 when Martin Bourke captained the team to glory, but it was good to end the long wait.”

Almost 5,000 turned up to watch them hammer nine-time Harty champions St Colman’s by 19 points a few weeks ago and the outpouring of joy was tangible.

“We had been so close,” Fogarty says. We lost finals in 2000, 2002, 2013 and last year. We had serious players like Noel McGrath and Tommy Dunne over the years but we could never get over the line.”

Our Lady’s have the experience of having eight players from the 2016 campaign and Brian McGrath, captain of the all-conquering 2016 Tipperary minor team, is their Talisman, scoring 1-7 from centre-forward last time out.

In the other quarter-final St Brigid’s Loughrea beat St Colman’s Fermoy 0-19 – 1-13 to set up a mouth watering date with St Kieran’s.

As expected, Conor Molloy was in fine form for Loughrea, scoring eight points as they overturned a five-point deficit to book their place in the last four.

St Brigid’s, co-managed by Galway captain and current All-Star David Burke, finished very strongly, with Molloy, brother of Galway senior star and 2016 Under 21 skipper Brian, deadly from frees all day.

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

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

Allianz HL D1A: Thurles thriller finishes level

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A


Report By Jackie Cahill for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford)

Fixture Details

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

Team News

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