Cadbury Munster U21FC Final – Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 1-6

Tipperary captured the Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship title for the first time thanks to a hard earned 1-7 to 1-6 victory over Kerry in Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Title glory at last for terrific Tipp

Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 1-6

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, April 01, 2010

THEY have endured shattering disappointments in the U21 football grade, but last night in Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Tipperary swept aside that hurt to finally inscribe their name on the Munster roll of honour. It was far from an-eye catching encounter but that will not perturb Tipperary and their supporters in the crowd of 2,650 who celebrated in riotous fashion at this historic success.  Substitute Shane Egan was their hero on the scoreboard with the Galtee Rovers man make a dazzling contribution after being introduced at half-time. In a match where scores were a scarce commodity, he showed superb poise to flight over two brilliant points in the closing ten minutes. That nudged Tipperary into a 1-7 to 1-5 lead, and a combination of erratic Kerry finishing and resilient defending ensured a 59th minute Barry John Walsh free was the solitary scoring response by the Kingdom.

Captain Ciarán McDonald, Donal Lynch and John Coghlan, who had appeared in each of Tipperary’s last three Munster U21 final losses, starred in an excellent defensive display by Tipperary. They shut down a Kerry attack that had chalked up totals of 0-19 and 1-18 in their previous two encounters and it remarkable that Kerry only managed to strike three points from play over the hour here.  Apart from Egan’s contribution, the consistent industry and energy of Sean Carey at wing-forward and Alan Moloney at midfield were shining facets for Tipperary, but the real star was Peter Acheson. The Moyle Rovers man was in magnificent form at midfield, deservedly garnering the man-of-the-match accolade afterwards and it was fitting that the game concluded with a stunning catch by Acheson from a Kerry kick-out.

Tipperary’s opted to play with the strong wind blowing down towards the Horan End at their backs. Manager John Evans configured his defence at the start as well with Kerry’s attacking strengths in mind with their two most proficient defenders, Coghlan and McDonald, kept back near goal to mind Kerry’s chief marksmen Paul Geaney and Barry John Walsh. Tipperary were clearly aware of the potential damage that duo could cause and their fears were realised as early as the 7th minute. Walsh filled the role of strong ball winner and provider, and Geaney was the composed finisher in rolling the ball to the net underneath Tipperary goalkeeper Kieran Kenrick.  Tipperary’s early play was ponderous going forward and their attacks frequently stalled around the 45-yard line. That was also due to the way Kerry set out their team with the ploy of pulling Daithí Casey back to operate as a third midfielder, paying a healthy dividend again as Casey’s industry and ball-playing skills made a big impact. The solid defensive spine of Kieran O’Connor and Brian Shanahan, allied to the assistance provided by Casey and midfielder Edmond Walsh, meant Kerry restricted the Premier side to just a single point in the opening quarter.

Kerry raided forward for a pair of valuable points as well in quick succession in the 14th and 15th minutes from Edmond Walsh and Paul Geaney that left them 1-2 to 0-1 ahead after the first quarter.  Tipperary’s play was greatly enhanced nearing the interval and they ended an 18 minutes scoring drought with a Conor Sweeney free in the 21st minute. Then they struck a significant blow with their first score from open play in the 25th minute. A perceptive crossfield pass by Acheson released Lynch who weaved through the Kerry backline and passed to Bernard O’Brien who slammed a fierce shot to the net. The goal nourished Tipperary’s hopes and they closed the half in a rousing manner with Alan Moloney landing a brace of good long-distance points.  The 1-4 to 1-2 half-time lead for Tipperary looked to be a flimsy advantage though. Kerry emerged for the second-half with renewed vigour and by the 38th minute they had erased the deficit on the scoreboard when Barry John Keane hit a free and substitute Patrick Curtin rifled over from play.  A Keane free in the 42nd minute pushed them ahead but their shooting was desperately poor, they struck eight bad wides in the second-half, and when Carey tied the teams with free in the 47th minute, the sense was that Tipperary had a real chance. Ultimately they were not to be denied with a strong finish sealing a momentous night for Tipperary football.

Egan helps Tipp end Munster wait

From the Irish Independent newspaper



Thursday April 01 2010

TIPPERARY caused a sensation in Tralee last night when they beat Kerry in the Cadburys Munster U-21 football final by a single point in a dramatic encounter. Kerry had won 25 Munster titles while Tipperary had lost on their previous nine attempts in finals so there was much rejoicing at the final whistle.  And it was a game that Tipperary deserved to win after struggling to get in front in the first half but the introduction of Shane Egan in the second period made all the difference as he kicked two vital points.  To add to Kerry’s woes, Tipperary were managed by Killorglin man John Evans and he has been responsible for the renaissance in Tipperary football.  The Premier County took over at midfield after half-time where the brilliant Peter Acheson gave a man of the match display as Kerry wasted some gilt-edged scoring chances, with seven wides costing them dearly.

Despite playing against the icy wind, Kerry got off to a dream start with a goal in the seventh minute when Barry Shanahan sent Mikey Geaney racing down the left. He fed Barry John Walsh who put Paul Geaney through and he rounded the ’keeper before shooting to the net. Tipperary were having problems coping with Kerry’s ploy of playing corner-forward Daithi Casey as a third midfielder and his pace caused major problems. Kerry carried the ball well against the wind with Casey carving open the Tipperary defence with searing runs which resulted in points from Edmund Walsh and Paul Geaney as the home side led 1-2 to 0-1 at the end of the opening quarter.

Then, in the 26th minute, Tipperary were right back in it thanks to a goal that was superbly carved out by Acheson whose 30-metre cross-field pass found corner-back Donal Lynch unmarked and he played in Bernard O’Brien who blasted to the Kerry net.  Alan Moloney then gave Tipp the lead with a point after a superb catch and then added another from a freeas Tipperary led 1-4 to 1-2 at the interval.

With wind advantage, Kerry made a bright start to the second half and were level inside the opening ten minutes with points from Barry John Keane (free) and a superb effort from substitute Pa Curtin. Keane gave the Kingdom the lead, with a 40-metre free. Tipperary, though, were level in the 47th minute when Sean Carey got their first score of the half from a free.  Then Tipperary got stuck in and after Kerry kicked three successive wides, Egan gave Tipperary the lead in the 53rd minute and doubled their advantage, three minutes later. Keane went for goal when a point was on and despite a Walsh point in the 58th minute, Tipperary, with Acheson the hero, held out for an historic first Munster U-21 crown.

SCORERS – Tipperary: B O’Brien 1-0, S Carey 0-2f, A Moloney 0-2 (1f), S Egan 0-2, C Sweeney 0-1f. Kerry: P Geaney 1-1, BJ Keane 0-2 f, BJ Walsh (f ), E Walsh and P Curtin 0-1 each.

KERRY – T Mac an tSaoir; P Crowley, K O’Connor, B McGuire; P O’Connor, B Shanahan, J Lyne; J Buckley, E Walsh; P O’-Donoghue, B J Keane, M Geaney; D Casey, B J Walsh, P Geaney.
Subs: P Curtin for P O’Donoghue (36 mins), G O’Keeffe for M Geaney (48).

TIPPERARY – K Kenrick; R Kiely, C McDonald, D Lynch; P O’Dwyer, J Coghlan, D O’Dwyer; A Moloney, P Acheson; S Carey, B O’Brien, A Matassa; C Sweeney, B O’Meara, M O’Dwyer.
Subs: S Egan for B O’Meara (h/t), T Hanley for B O’Brien (50)

REF – C Lane (Cork)

Tipperary finally claim crown

From the Irish Times newspaper

Munster Under-21 Football Final – Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 1-6: TIPPERARY CAUSED a major shock at Austin Stack Park in Tralee last night when they claimed the under-21 provincial football crown in a dramatic final. Kerry had already claimed 21 Munster titles, while Tipp had never won in their previous nine attempts in finals, so there was much rejoicing at the final whistle. Despite playing against the icy wind, Kerry got off to a dream start with a goal in the seventh minute when Barry Shanahan picked up a breaking ball and sent Mikey Geaney racing down the left. He fed Barry John Walsh who put Paul Geaney through and he rounded the goalkeeper. Tipperary were having serious problems coping with Kerry’s ploy of playing corner forward Daithí Casey as a third midfielder and his pace caused the visitors difficulties at the back.

The home side carried the ball well against the wind with Casey carving open the Tipp defence with searing runs in the 14th and 15th minutes which resulted in points from Edmund Walsh and Paul Geaney as Kerry led 1-2 to 0-1 at the end of the opening quarter. Then, in the 26th minute, Tipperary were right back in the game thanks a goal that was superbly carved by man-of-the-match Peter Acheson whose 30-metre crossfield pass found corner back Donal Lynch unmarked and he put Bernard O’Brien through, who blasted the ball to the Kerry net. Alan Moloney then gave Tipp the lead with a left-footed point and then added another from a free in injury-time as Tipperary led 1-4 to 1-2 at the interval.

Kerry made a bright start to the second half and were level inside the opening 10 minutes with points from Barry John Keane, from a free, and a great effort from substitute Pa Curtin. Kerry were now on top as Tipp were forced to defend in numbers and Keane gave the Kingdom the lead from a 40-metre free. Tipperary were back on level terms in the 47th minute when Seán Carey got their first score of the second half. Then, after three wides from Kerry, Shane Egan gave Tipp the lead in the 53rd minute and doubled their advantage three minutes later. Barry John Keane went for goal when a point was on and, despite a Barry John Walsh 58th-minute point, Tipperary held out for a historic night for football in the Premier County, who are managed by Kerry man John Evans.

TIPPERARY: K Kenrick; R Kiely, C McDonald, D Lynch; P O’Dwyer, J Coghlan, D O’Dwyer; A Moloney (0-2, one free), P Acheson; S Carey (0-2, frees), B O’Brien (1-0), A Matassa; C Sweeney (0-1, free), B O’Meara, M O’Dwyer. Subs: S Egan (0-2) for B O’Meara (half-time); T Hanley for B O’Brien (50 mins).

KERRY: T Mac an tSaoir; P Crowley, K O’Connor, B McGuire; P O’Connor, B Shanahan, J Lyne; J Buckley, E Walsh (0-1); P O’Donoghue, BJ Keane (0-2, frees), M Geaney; D Casey, BJ Walsh (0-1, free), P Geaney (1-1). Subs: P Curtin (0-1) for P ODonoghue (36 mins); G O’Keefe for M Geaney (48 mins).

Referee: C Lane (Cork).

Tipperary’s Record in Munster U-21 FC Finals

1964 Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-2

1965 Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-6

1986 Cork 0-8 Tipperary 0-7

1987 Kerry 0-7 Tipperary 0-7

Replay – Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-11

1998 Kerry 3-10 Tipperary 1-11

2007 Cork 3-19 Tipperary 3-12

2008 Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 2-7

2009 Cork 1-9 Tipperary 2-5

2010 Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 1-6

Match Coverage

Munster U-21 Football Final coverage – Radio Kerry ( will provide live commentary of the full game with coverage starting at 7:05pm – throw-in at 7:30pm. Tipp FM ( won’t be covering the match live but will have live updates throughout the evening.

Fixture Details

Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship Final
Kerry vs. Tipperary
At Austin Stack Park Tralee @ 7:30pm
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary team named to play Kerry in the Munster U-21 football final on Wednesday, March 31st at Austin Stack Park, Tralee shows no changes from the team that started against Limerick in the semi-final. The team is:

TIPPERARY U21F v Kerry – Kieran Kenrick (Moyle Rovers); Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow – Captain), Donal Lynch (Commercials); Padraig O’Dwyer (Eire Óg-Annacarty), John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy), Dara Dwyer (Moyle Rovers); Alan Moloney (Rockwell Rovers), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers), Bernard O’Brien (Aherlow), Gavin Ryan (Rockwell Rovers); Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Michael O’Dwyer (Arravale Rovers)

KERRY U-21F vs. Tipperary – 1.Tomas Mac an tSaoir An Ghaeltacht (Captain) 2. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers 3. Kieran O’Connor Listowel Emmetts 4. Brian McGuire Listowel Emmetts 5. Padráig O’Connor Legion 6. Barry Shanahan Austin Stacks 7. Jonathan Lyne Legion 8. Johnny Buckley Dr. Crokes 9. Edmond Wash Knocknagoshel 10.Paul O’Donoghue St. Marys 11. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys 12. Mikey Geaney Dingle 13. Daithí Casey Dr. Crokes 14. Barry John Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys 15. Paul Geaney Dingle
Fir Ionaid: Brian Kelly Legion, Colm Moriarty Dingle,Patrick Curtin Moyvane, Denis McElligott Austin Stacks,  Philip Galvin Ballymacelligott, Ian Somers Currow,Seán Walsh Cromane, George O’Keeffe Rathmore, James O’Donoghue Legion

Competition to date


Quarter Finals

@ Cooraclare

Limerick 1-10 – E. O’Connor 0-5: C. Joyce-Power 1-1: S. O’Carroll 0-2: T. McMahon 0-1: E. Joy 0-1

Clare 0-10 – G. Leahy 0-5: S. Brennan 0-2: P. McMahon 0-2: M. Malone 0-1

@ Austin Stack Park, Tralee

Kerry 0-19  – BJ. Keane 0-7: BJ. Walsh 0-4: P. Geaney 0-4: J. O’Donoghue 0-3: P. O’Donoghue 0-1

Cork 1-8 – B. O’Driscoll 1-2: C. Sheehan 0-2: J.P. Murphy 0-1: J. Sexton 0-1: E. Keane 0-1: M. Collins 0-1

Semi Finals

 @ Semple Stadium, Thurles

Tipperary 0-16 – S. Carey 0-7: C. Sweeney 0-3: B. O’Brien 0-3: P. Acheson 0-2: G. Ryan 0-1

Limerick 2-5 – E. O’Connor 0-4: D. Ward 1-0: J. O’Riordan 1-0: S. O’Carroll 0-1

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan

Kerry 1-18 – P. Geaney 1-5:BJ. Walsh 0-4: BJ. Keane 0-3: J. Lyne 0-1: J. Buckley 0-1: J. O’Donoghue 0-1: D. Casey 0-1: E. Walsh 0-1: P. Curtin 0-1

Waterford 0-3 A Brophy 0-3


P. Geaney Kerry 1-9

B.J.Keane Kerry 0-10

E. O’Connor Limerick 0-9

B.J. Walsh Kerry 0-8

S. Carey Tipperary 0-7

G. Leahy Clare 0-5

B. O’Driscoll Cork 1-2

Useful Information

The 2010 Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship was launched on Monday March 1st at the Mallow GAA Complex.

Munster Under 21 Football Finals

1962 @ Kenmare Kerry 2-7 Cork 1-4

1963 @ Clonakilty Cork 2-3 Kerry 1-4

1964 @ Kilmallock Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-

1965 @ Castletownroche Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-6

1966 @ Cork Ath. Grounds Kerry 3-8 Cork 0-14

1967 @ Listowel Kerry 2-12 Clare 1-7

1968 @ Kilrush Kerry 5-7 Clare 2-9

1969 @ Killarney Cork 1-14 Kerry 1-11

1970 @ Buttevant Cork 5-12 Clare 1-7

1971 @ Fermoy Cork 1-10 Waterford 2-5

1972 @ Killarney Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-7

1973 @ Skibbereen Kerry 2-12 Cork 1-12

1974 @ Cahirciveen Cork 3-5 Kerry 1-10

1975 @ Killorglin Kerry 0-17 Waterford 1-5

1976 @ Dingle Kerry 2-16 Cork 1-6

1977 @ P. Ui Chaoimh Kerry 2-8 Cork 0-8

1978 @ Killarney Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-9

1979 @ Limerick Cork 1-11 Clare 1-9

1980 @ Bruff Cork 3-15 Clare 0-4

1981 @ Tralee Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-5

1982 @ P.Ui Chaoimh Cork 2-12 Kerry 0-4

1983 @ Castleisland Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-12

1984 @ Askeaton Cork 1-18 Limerick 0-4

1985 @ Tralee Cork 1-18 Clare 1-7

1986 @ Clonmel Cork 0-8 Tipperary 0-7

1987 @ Tralee Kerry 0-7 Tipperary 0-7 Draw

@ Clonmel Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-11 Replay

1988 @ Cooraclare Kerry 0-14 Clare 2-6

1989 @ Limerick Cork 3-15 Clare 1-7

1990 @ Tralee Kerry 2-9 Cork 0-9

1991 @ P. Ui Chaoimh Kerry 1-8 Cork 0-10

1992 @ Tralee Kerry 3-12 Cork 1-8

1993 @ Waterford Kerry 1-21 Waterford 3-5

1994 @ Dungarvan Cork 2-11 Waterford 0-4

1995 @ Killarney Kerry 1-21 Waterford 2-5

1996 @ Tralee Kerry 3-14 Clare 0-6

1997 @ Tralee Kerry 2-11 Cork 3-8 Draw

@ Pairc Ui Rinn Kerry 0-12 Cork 1-7 Replay

1998 @ Tralee Kerry 3-10 Tipperary 1-11

1999 @ Tralee Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-7

2000 @ Dungarvan Limerick 0-7 Waterford 0-4

2001 @ Kilmallock Cork 1-12 Limerick 0-8

2002 @ Ennis Kerry 3-15 Clare 2-11

2003 @ Waterford Waterford 2-8 Kerry 1-9

2004 @ Tralee Cork 0-13 Kerry 0-12

2005 @ Limerick Cork 1-14 Limerick 1-11

2006 @ Pairc Ui Rinn Cork 4-14 Waterford 1-6

2007 @ Limerick Cork 3-19 Tipperary 3-12

2008 @ Ardfinnan Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 2-7

2009 @ Thurles Cork 1-9 Tipperary 2-5


• Kerry (25)

1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008

• Cork (21)

1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994,

2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

• Waterford (1)


• Limerick (1)



Click here to view the list of Munster Under 21 Football Championship winning teams since 1962


• Kerry and Cork have dominated this competition and only once in the history of the championship were one or both counties not involved in the final. That was in 2000 when Limerick played Waterford in the Final in Dungarvan with Limerick lifting the crown for the first and only time on a 0-7 to 0-4 scoreline.

• For the record Cork have appeared in 34 finals: Kerry in 32 finals: Tipperary in 9 finals: Clare in 10 finals:

Waterford in 7 finals and Limerick in 4 finals

• Only 2 Finals have been drawn. The 1987 final between Kerry and Tipperary played in Tralee finished level, 0-7 each and in the replay in Clonmel victory went to Kerry on a 0-15 to 1-11 scoreline. The 1997 final between Cork and Kerry also finished all square, Kerry 2-11 Cork 3-8, in Tralee with victory going to the Kerry side in the replay at Pairc Ui Rinn on a 0-12 to 1-7 scoreline

• Munster Under 21 Football Cup –  Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

• In Under 21 Football All Ireland Roll of Honour Cork have won 11 Titles and Kerry have 10 Titles to their credit.

Cork were All Ireland Under 21 Champions in 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007, 2009.

Kerry titles were won in 1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008

Cadburys Sponsorship

Cadbury have sponsored the championship since 2005 and are delighted to announce a number of new initiatives aimed at further rewarding GAA players and supporters across the island of Ireland.

“Shout For Your County”:

Earlier this month Cadbury launched its first in-store activity to support the sponsorship with their “Shout for Your County” promotion asking the Irish public to show their support for their county to be in with a chance to win €1000 or a top class training session for their county team. There’s €1000 up for grabs in each of the 32 counties across the island of Ireland meaning a total of €32,000 will be given out by the end of the promotion. The promotion is supported by a large scale media campaign and experiential activity.

Online interaction

This season Cadbury has introduced a greater level of on-line interactivity for the U21 Championship which will allow fans and media to keep up to date with the latest news, fixtures and results.

To mark the 2010 season Cadbury are asking fans who they think have been the best U21 players of the past five years. Fans can simply log on to and vote for their players to make up the Cadbury 15. At the end of this year’s Championship Cadbury will reveal the 15 players who receive the most votes and make the cut to be on the Cadbury 15!’

Additional elements have been added to the website,, include an enhanced video and photo gallery section. Fans can contribute their own comments and add their own content via the website, through the championship Twitter channel, and or by becoming a fan through the Facebook fan page. A Flickr page,, has also been created which allows fans to view a selection of photos from the previous seasons.

Cadbury Hero of the Future Awards

The Cadbury Hero of the Future Award is selected by public voting on and adjudication from Kildare Senior Footballer Dermot Earley, former Dublin Manager Paul Caffrey and TG4 journalist Micheal Ó Domhnaill. The winning player will win a holiday for himself, €1000 for his club and €1000 for his county board. Cadbury also offer each of the 15 Hero’s of the Match a training kit for their club.


2006: Keith Higgins from Mayo

2007: Fintan Goold from Cork

2008: Killian Young from Kerry

2009: Colm O’Neill from Cork

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Tipperary 1-19 Waterford 2-16

Tipperary drew with Waterford in Division 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League on Sunday in Semple Stadium Thurles on a scoreline of Tipperary 1-19 Waterford 2-16.

Allianz National Hurling League

Tipperary 1-19 Waterford 2-16

By Cathal Ryan

For the second time in two weeks Waterford ace midfielder Eoin Kelly pointed a last gasp free to ensure a draw for his side as the Deise men clawed their way back into the match with three unanswered points in the final seven minutes.  With the clocks gone forward the previous night there was a real feeling that summer is getting close about this encounter as the pace of the hurling edged closer to that of championship pace and both sides produced a very entertaining spectacle for the 6,665 in attendance at Semple Stadium.

In the 26th minute of the opening period Tipperary had established a three point lead after some lacklustre shooting early in the game from both teams. Dan Shanahan caused some confusion on the edge of the Premier men’s square and managed to flick the ball in the direction of the in rushing Stephen Molumphy. The Waterford captain slipped just as he went to collect the sliotar but in true Molumphy style he battled his way back to his feet and engineered just enough space to fire to the roof of Brendan Cummins net from ten yards out. The game remained a close encounter until 46th minute when Noel McGrath finished off a fantastic move past the charging Clinton Hennessy. Timmy Hammersley popped a 20 yard pass into Gearoid Ryan’s hand. As Ryan sprinted goal bound he drew defenders before offloading to McGrath in order to provide the finish. This left the Premier County in the ascendancy and a further point opened the margin to five. The referee awarded the visitors a free on the 21 yard line for a late tackle after the ball was clipped in around the square by Eoin Kelly. The Passage man dusted himself down and rifled the resulting free to the net to begin the comeback for Waterford.

Both management teams can take positives from this clash as the game was played at a rapid pace throughout. Both sides will look to their shooting early in the match as Tipperary hit eight wides in the first half and Waterford contributed seven as an area that may need some fine tuning.  It was Davy Fitzgerald’s men who opened the scoring with captain Molumphy sweeping the ball over the bar off his left hand side forty five yards out from goal in the second minute. Four minutes later Dan Shanahan added a second after a precision delivery from powerful right half forward Seamus Prendergast.  It took the Premier County until the ninth minute to register when Clonoulty Rossmore’s deadly finisher Timmy Hammersley pointed a free after Paul Kelly controlled well and was hauled to the ground.  Lar Corbett produced some wizardry in the opening half and stood a class apart with swagger and skill that the Waterford defence had no match for. He notched his first point of the afternoon in the 13th minute after fetching a Noel McGrath sideline cut.

Eoin Kelly with a free and Paul Kelly traded scores on the 15 minute mark and Seamus Prendergast and Hammersley with a free done likewise just two minutes later. But it was Corbett with two identical monster scores brought the excitement of the crowd to higher decibel both within a minute of each other on the 20 minute mark.  This spurred the Premier men on and they opened a three point gap before Molumphy netted in the 26th minute to level the sides. Dan Shanahan who was by now embroiled in fantastic duel with Tipperary’s outstanding young defender Padraic Maher notched another point a moment later to put Waterford in front. Liam Sheedy’s side never flinched and powered to half time outscoring their Munster rivals 0-4 to 0-2 in the closing minutes of the half through Noel McGrath, two Gearoid Ryan points and one more from Corbett to leave the scoreboard reading 0-13 to 1-9 at the break.

John Mullane was introduced at the break and with his first touch won a free which Eoin Kelly duly pointed. Without their version of Eoin Kelly Tipperary turned to Noel McGrath when awarded a penalty in the 38th minute as John O Brien caught a good ball and was hauled to the deck. The penalty was saved well and flicked outside the post for a sixty five that was converted by Hammersley.  Shane O Sullivan who made a handsome contribution to the match converted his second score of the day in the 39th minute. This was soon followed by one of many energy sapping runs made by Brendan Maher who clipped over his second point also.  The two goals of the half were then shared in the space of three minutes and the match was set up for a fantastic finale. With Tipperary ahead by three points heading into the closing ten minutes Waterford dug deep and brought the margin back to one with time just up.

As the Deise pressed they thought they had pierced the Premier’s defence in the final moment only for Paul Curran to emerge with a heroic shoulder on Seamus Prendergast to nip the attack in the bud. The Waterford gander was now up and they regained possession and created another attack where they earned a free 30 yards out and enabled Kelly to earn a point for Waterford.

Tipperary: Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Padraic Maher, Paul Curran; Declan Fanning, Conor O Mahony, Shane Maher; Brendan Maher(0-2), Shane McGrath; Gearoid Ryan(0-2), Lar Corbett(0-4), John O Brien(0-1); Noel McGrath(1-1), Timmy Hammersley(0-6, 4F, 1,65), Paul Kelly(0-2). Subs: Seamus Hennessy (0-1) for S. McGrath (37), Michael Webster for P. Kelly (56).

Waterford: Clinton Hennessy; Eoin Murphy, Mark O Brien, Noel Connors; Aidan Kearney, Jamie Nagle(0-1), Shane Fives; Eoin Kelly(1-7, 1-7F), Richie Foley; Seamus Prendergast (0-1), Kevin Moran, Shane O Sullivan (0-3); Stephen Molumphy (1-1), Dan Shanahan (0-2), Thomas Ryan. Subs: John Mullane (0-1) for K. Moran (h/t), Maurice Shanahan for A. Kearney (h/t)

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

Tipperary 1-19 Waterford 2-16

From the web site

Sunday, 28 March 2010 19:04

Waterford came from five points down to secure a late draw with Tipperary in Sunday’s Allianz NHL Division 1 clash at Semple Stadium. Just as he did last week against Cork, Eoin Kelly slotted a last-gasp free for a share of the league spoils, taking his tally to 1-07 in the process. Team captain Stephen Molumphy netted for the visitors who trailed by 0-13 to 1-09 at half-time, with Lar Corbett landing four points for Tipp in front of a 6,667-strong crowd. The Premier County side moved further ahead when Noel McGrath found the net, but a Kelly goal revived Waterford at just the right time. Both managers, Liam Sheedy and Davy Fitzgerald, had to alter their selected sides before the throw-in, as All Star Eoin Kelly was replaced in the Tipp attack by his brother Paul and Dan Shanahan stepped in at full-forward for Waterford.

Molumphy and Shanahan opened the scoring for the Deise, with the latter opting to point when a goal looked on.  The visitors’ lead – 0-02 to 0-00 after seven minutes – could have been more as Kelly, who scored 1-17 against Cork, was wayward with his first three attempts from frees. Timmy Hammersley knocked over Tipp’s opening point from a free and Sheedy’s charges did not look back, with centre-forward Corbett starring in a fast-paced first half. Tipp’s pace was causing problems for the Waterford rearguard, but Shanahan, who had an eye-catching duel with Padraic Maher, stamped his mark on the game when setting Molumphy up for a goal. That strike levelled the tie at 0-09 to 1-06 and a subsequent point from Shanahan nudged Fitzgerald’s side ahead.

Gearoid Ryan (0-02) and Noel McGrath added to Tipp’s total and while Kelly landed two frees as the half came to a close, there was still time for Corbett to fire over his fourth long range point and give the hosts the lead for half-time. Kelly kickstarted the Waterford challenge, on the resumption, with a well-taken point and the Deise had a let-off when Noel McGrath’s penalty, following a foul on John O’Brien, was saved on the line by Clinton Hennessy and his defenders. Hammersley dropped the resulting ’65’ over the crossbar, but Waterford got back on terms twice in quick succession as half-time substitute John Mullane set up a point for Shane O’Sullivan and landed a fine score himself  Brendan Maher sandwiched a point in between those efforts, and Tipp strengthened their hand when Hammersley passed for Noel McGrath to charge through and smack a low drive beyond Hennessy’s reach and into the net. However, the scores dried up for Tipp and Waterford had the better of the remaining minutes, with Kelly snaffling a quick 1-01 to reduce the arrears to 1-17 to 2-12. In the end, the Passage clubman, having missed an earlier free, held his nerve to convert the levelling point with the final puck of a typically hard-fought Munster derby.

Eoin Kelly fired over an equaliser with the last puck of the game for the second successive week as Waterford and Tipperary played out an enjoyable 2-16 to 1-19 draw at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Kelly fired a more modest total of 1-7 this week, but his second half goal as well as some fine points from frees once again proved crucial for the Deise, who had trailed by 1-9 to 0-13 at the break. Tipperary were dealt a blow before a ball was struck when All Star Eoin Kelly was ruled out with an injury. Paul Kelly came into the side to take his place. However, Waterford were also forced into a change, but the inclusion of Dan Shanahan at full-forward ahead of Shane Walsh scarcely weakened Davy Fitzgerald’s hand.

Waterford made the early running and it was Stephen Molumphy who opened the scoring, before Shanahan had a goal chance but opted to lash over the bar to give the Déise a 0-2 to 0-0 lead after seven minutes. Eoin Kelly, fresh from netting a remarkable 1-17 haul against Cork last week, sent his first three attempts from placed balls wide. Timmy Hammersley took over free-taking duties from the injured Eoin Kelly and he opened Tipp’s account after nine minutes from a placed ball. The Premier men then took the game by the scruff of the neck and raced into a 0-9 to 0-6 lead just before the break. However, Dan Shanahan was causing Pádraic Maher all sorts of problems and he set up Stephen Molumphy for a fine goal to level the game. As if to underline the point, Shanahan sent the Déise into the lead with his second point of the game. Tipperary hit back with two points from Gearóid Ryan and a Noel McGrath effort, before Eoin Kelly sent over a pair of frees to leave Waterford level at 1-9 to 0-12 just before the break.

However, Tipperary nudged in a point clear after Lar Corbett added his fourth point of the half to leave his side 1-9 to 0-13 ahead at the break. Eoin Kelly levelled the game after the restart before Noel McGrath squandered a great chance from the penalty spot, firing a shot low and hard at Clinton Hennessy, who deflected the ball out for a ’65 which Hammersley sent over the bar. Brendan Maher added another point from play before Tipperary scored a brilliant team goal to take a four-point lead. Hammersley fed McGrath, who drilled a low shot past Hennessy to make up for his penalty miss minutes earlier. However, Waterford hit back almost immediately with a goal from Eoin Kelly to reduce the gap to 2-12 to 1-17. Kelly then added another free to leave just a point between the sides. Kelly had a chance to level the game with two minutes left on the clock, but he was off target. However, Kelly did level the game with the last puck of the ball to leave the sides at 2-16 to 1-19.
Davy happy as Déise battle

Tipperary 1-19 Waterford 2-16

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, March 29, 2010

HONOURS even in Semple Stadium yesterday, with 6,665 people on hand for this entertaining draw in the NHL Division One. The Déise can thank old warhorses Dan Shanahan and Eoin Kelly for their late equaliser – Shanahan won the injury-time free which Kelly converted for the draw – and their manager Davy Fitzgerald was happy his side had fought to the very end. “And we showed a nice bit of character there at the end. We took and gave hits today – we still have improving to do, and I doubt Tipperary would be afraid of us, but we’ll keep working hard.” His opposite number wasn’t quite as happy: “We were lucky enough in the finish,” said Tipp boss Liam Sheedy. “We were hanging on a bit. We were a tired team at the end. “When we went five points up (in the second-half) I thought we’d kick on, but in fairness to Waterford they came back. I’d be disappointed with the goal which they got but overall we’d be happy enough with the point from the game.”

True enough. Tipp didn’t score for the last ten minutes, which was surprising as they’d been impressive up until that point. Paul Kelly and Lar Corbett were very sharp in the first-half – Corbett had four points from play while Kelly had won plenty of possession and scored two points himself. Tipperary moved four clear of Waterford with a Brendan Maher point on 26 minutes but almost immediately the visitors hit back: Jamie Nagle pointed, then Dan Shanahan slipped a clever pass to Stephen Molumphy. The Waterford skipper lost his footing but recovered to shoot home from close range. Shanahan then added a point to put Waterford ahead. The game picked up visibly in intensity at that point, with Waterford benefiting from Richie Foley’s switch back to centre-back and Tomás Ryan’s industry up front, which had the experienced Paul Curran on the back foot. Tipp regained the lead through Noel McGrath and Gearoid Ryan (two), only for Waterford’s Eoin Kelly (two) to level matters before Corbett, again, put Tipp one ahead at the break, 1-9 to 0-13.

Tipperary could have edged further ahead on the resumption, when John O’Brien won a penalty, but Clinton Hennessy saved Noel McGrath’s shot. The sides exchanged points until a Tipperary goal: Declan Fanning, Hammersley and Gearoid Ryan exchanged passes to put Noel McGrath through to goal coolly on 46 minutes. A Seamus Hennessy point put Tipp five ahead, 1-17 to 1-12, but Waterford’s response was emphatic: Eoin Kelly buried a 20-metre free on 50 minutes and then pointed another free to leave the minimum between them. Though Tipp managed two more points, from Hammersley and John O’Brien, they failed to score in the last ten minutes, and while Waterford’s equaliser might have been late, it had an air of inevitability about it. The Waterford manager was particularly happy that Dan Shanahan’s industry had won the equalising free. “I’m delighted for him. He’s worked very hard and though a lot of people might have written him off, the way it is on this team, if you’re good enough to play then you’ll play.

Liam Sheedy wasn’t as ebullient: “We’d be disappointed with what we got from the last twenty minutes. We didn’t get a whole lot into our play, another score or two would have given us a bit of daylight and we maybe took the wrong option, but we’re going in the right direction. “There’ll be loads to play for next week against Cork.” The injuries are mounting up for Tipperary: Sheedy confirmed that both yesterday’s late withdrawal Eoin Kelly and Seamus Callanan have hamstring strains from midweek training. “Next week might be too soon for them, but they’re definitely not long-term injuries.” Shane McGrath took a knock to the knee yesterday and Sheedy said he was waiting for the medical report. Davy Fitzgerald confirmed the return of Tony Browne to the panel but said that Ken McGrath, who is still on honeymoon, would be unlikely to start against Offaly next week.

Scorers for Tipperary: T. Hammersley 0-6 (0-3 fs, 0-1 65); N. McGrath 1-1, L. Corbett 0-4; P. Kelly, G. Ryan, B. Maher 0-2 each; S. Hennessy, J. O’Brien 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: E. Kelly 1-7 (1-7 fs); S. Molumphy 1-1; S. O’Sullivan 0-3; D. Shanahan 0-2; J. Nagle, S. Prendergast, J. Mullane 0-1 each.

Subs for Tipperary: S. Hennessy for S. McGrath, 37; M. Webster for P. Kelly 56.

Subs for Waterford: J. Mullane and M. Shanahan for Moran and Kearney HT; B. Phelan for Ryan, 54.

Referee: C. McAllister (Cork).

Sheedy insists wasteful Tipp will improve

Tipperary 1-19 Waterford 2-16

By Vincent Hogan for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday March 29 2010

Some silt in the water then, Tipperary’s apparently serene glide towards another National Hurling League final hitting an obstinate current here. Waterford’s Eoin Kelly was deliberate as a golfer facing a tricky downhill putt with Sunday dusk descending as he delivered the injury-time free that confirmed a just share of the spoils in Semple Stadium. Ten times the sides had been level in a contest rippling on the fringes of championship intensity. If Tipp have a vice, it looks to be carelessness with a lead. They led 1-17 to 1-12 with 22 minutes remaining and seemed well set to canter into the sunset. But they weren’t of a mind to close out games in last year’s Munster Championship and it would seem that that small quirk still loiters like a virus in the system. “Yeah, a little bit disappointed we didn’t close it out, but we were probably lucky enough in the finish,” agreed Liam Sheedy with trademark candour. “We were a tired team finishing up, hanging on a little bit. But it was a good game of hurling, good intensity, both teams fighting for their lives. “We’ll improve a lot for it.”

It was a contest that signposted redemption claims of two of hurling’s all but forgotten people. Dan Shanahan won that late Waterford free and, generally, had a positive 70 minutes, much of it spent in the vicinity of current All-Star full-back, Paudie Maher. And a hamstring injury for Tipp’s Eoin Kelly facilitated the return of older brother, Paul, to their starting line-up, an opportunity he grasped with both hands, scoring 0-2 and — frankly — looking the part of an inter-county corner-forward through an impressive first half. That said, for stretches of that half, this wasn’t so much a National League game as a trade stand, advertising the exquisite talents of Lar Corbett. He has an almost feline grace in this mood and, by half-time, Lar’s personal tally had climbed to 0-4 from play, Waterford chasing him like men with nets going after a butterfly.

Eventually, they settled on Richie Foley for the task and Corbett’s influence gradually waned. The other stand-out man was Brendan Maher in the Tipp midfield, a real perpetual motion type, endlessly hooking, blocking and tending to the small-print of the role with an authority that — in James Woodlock’s long-term absence — may well play him into the championship picture. Tipp made the early running, stretching 0-9 to 0-5 clear inside 26 minutes, Corbett the star turn, Maher and Kelly not far behind. But there is a resilient edge to Waterford under Davy Fitz and, when Stephen Molumphy flashed home a brilliant 27th-minute goal (after good work by Shanahan), the message was unambiguous. Tipp would have to earn anything they got here.

Fitzgerald encapsulated their mindset later, observing: “I think the thing in this League has been we’ve kept working hard. The work ethic is good. And we showed a nice bit of character at the end there. We shipped a lot of hits today and gave a lot of hits, which means we’re able to compete. “But I’m sure Tipp wouldn’t exactly be frightened of us at this stage.” To be fair, they looked to have little enough reason when Noel McGrath’s sublime, dinked finish on 46 minutes, after good work from Timmy Hammersley and Gearoid Ryan, was immediately followed by a wonder point from under the new stand by substitute Seamus Hennessy. That put Tipp five clear and, apparently, stretching clear.

Yet, the introduction of John Mullane had palpably unsettled their full-back line and, when Kelly venomously despatched a 20-metre free in the 50th minute — having himself shipped a late challenge from Declan Fanning — Waterford suddenly sensed insecurity in their hosts. Brendan Cummins did well to prevent the concession of a goal when Kelly slipped behind the cover onto a Seamus Prendergast delivery in the 63rd minute, yet points from the impressive Shane O’Sullivan and Kelly (a free) left Waterford just a point adrift approaching injury-time. They looked to have spurned the opportunity when, in quick succession, a Kelly ’65 and a Foley free drifted high and wide. But then, to the boisterous approval of their supporters, Big Dan mined that free that secured late parity. “I’m delighted,” said Davy of the big Lismore man, the Hurler of the Year in 2007. “That’ll do him a power of good. A lot of people run him down, but he’s worked very hard. On this team, if you’re good enough to be playing, you’ll be out there. I don’t care what supporters think or what anyone thinks.

“People can knock who they like, I don’t care. It’s what we see at training that we go on.” For all their frustration, Tipp’s destiny still resides in their own hands. Win their remaining two games, against Cork and Offaly, and they guarantee themselves a place in the final. Indeed, next Sunday’s game with the Leesiders could, conceivably, prove the first of three meetings in just seven weeks. “Next week is just another League game,” said Sheedy impassively of the trip to Pairc Ui Chaoimh. “Fair play to Waterford today. But the thing that disappointed me was we let them back into it more so than they hurling themselves back into it. Still, Championship is seven weeks away.” Take it he doesn’t intend it to be time wasted.

SCORERS — Tipperary: T Hammersley 0-6 (4f, 1 ’65), L Corbett 0-4, N McGrath 1-1, B Maher, G Ryan and P Kelly 0-2 each, J O’Brien and S Hennessy 0-1 each. Waterford: E Kelly 1-7 (all frees), S Molumphy 1-1, S O’Sullivan 0-3, D Shanahan 0-2, J Nagle, S Prendergast and J Mullane 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY — B Cummins; P Curran, P Maher, P Stapleton; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, S Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; G Ryan, L Corbett, N McGrath;T Hammersley, J O’Brien, P Kelly. Subs: S Hennessy for McGrath (inj, 38 mins), M Webster for Kelly (56).

WATERFORD — C Hennessy; E Murphy, M O’Brien, N Connors; A Kearney, J Nagle, S Fives; E Kelly, R Foley; S Prendergast, K Moran, S O’Sullivan; S Molumphy, D Shanahan, T Ryan. Subs: M Shanahan and J Mullane for Kearney and Moran (h-t), B Phelan for Ryan (55).

Ref — C McAllister (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Waterford in Sunday’s Allianz GAA Hurling National game at Semple Stadium shows 7 changes from the team which started against Limerick last Sunday. Brendan Cummins, Declan Fanning, Conor O’Mahony, Shane Maher, Lar Corbett, Noel McGrath and John O’Brien all come into the side. Timmy Hammerlsey retains his corner forward position after an impressive 1-4 against Limerick in his first full game at this level.

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)
2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)
3. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
4. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)
5. Declan Fanning (Killenaule)
6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
7. Shane Maher (Burgess)
8. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)
9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)
10. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
11. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)
12. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney
13. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain
14. John O’Brien (Toomevara)
15. Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore)

Allianz NFL Division 2 – Armagh 1-15 Tipperary 2-8

Armagh defeated Tipperary by 1-15 to 2-8 in Round 6 of the Allianz National Football League Division 2 at Crossmaglen.

Armagh 1-15 2-8 Tipperary

From the BBC web site

Armagh stayed on course for promotion to Allianz NFL Division 1 as they beat Tipperary despite a second-half scare. The game looked over at half-time as Armagh led 1-9 to 0-1, helped by Gareth Swift’s goal and with Derek Burke already having been sent-off for Tipp.  However, two Barry Grogan goals helped the visitors level by the 64th minute.  However, Armagh hit late unanswered points as Tipp’s George Hannigan was also sent-off and the Orchard men will secure promotion if they beat Donegal.  The defeat means that Tipperary are relegated.

Steven McDonnell hit an early Armagh point before recalled Armagh keeper Paul Hearty and Paul Kernan reacted well to deny a goal attempt by Philip Austin but it was a largely lacklustre opening to the contest at Crossmaglen.  There were no further scores in the opening 15 minutes before Armagh finally began to turn their superiority into points.  Two further McDonnell frees increased Armagh’s lead to 0-3 to 0-0 and they hit six further unanswered points by the 31st minute with Aaron Kernan (three) and James Laverty also on target.  Barry Grogan saved Tipp the embarrassment of not registering a score in the first half as he pointed in injury-time but the game looked well and truly over as Swift hit the net before the break.  Stefan Forker increased Armagh’s lead after the break but the home side then appeared to slacken off and Grogan’s opening goal boosted Tipp morale after Hearty and Andy Mallon appeared to get in each other’s way in the Orchard defence.

Tipp cut Armagh’s lead to 1-10 to 1-6 after 55 minutes and while Andy Mallon got the home team scoring again, points from Christopher Alyward and Timmy Dalton left a kick of the ball between the sides on 63 minutes.  One of the greatest comebacks in National League history seemed truly on the cards when Grogan’s 64th-minute goal brought the sides level.  The shock of the goal finally seemed to stir Armagh from their slumber as the Kernan brothers Tony and Aaron pointed to put Armagh two up with a minute of normal time left.  Tipp were then reduced to 14 men when George Hannigan was dismissed after getting a second yellow card and McDonnell and Kevin Dyas added injury-time points to close out a nervy match for Paddy O’Rourke’s side.  With Armagh having a superior scoring average, a draw away to Donegal on 11 April will enough to secure promotion for the Orchard men.

Armagh 1-15 Tipperary 2-08

From the web site

Sunday, 28 March 2010 17:26

Tipperary have been relegated to Division Three, but not without putting up a courageous fight in Crossmaglen. They came from 12 points behind to draw level with six minutes to play, but a late Armagh rally secured victory and kept the Orchard promotion hopes alive. Barry Grogan led the Tipp fightback with two second half goals to stun an Armagh side that had looked on course for a runaway victory. But Paddy O’Rourke’s men steadied the ship in the closing stages to secure a less than convincing victory.

Tipperary threatened early on, and Armagh goalkeeper Paul hearty had to pull off a fine save to deny Philip Austin. But it was soon one-way traffic, with a dominant Orchard side mounting wave after wave of attack. They failed to score from play, however, until the 23rd minute, when impressive midfielder James Lavery landed a long range point. That score made it 0-4 to 0-0, Steven McDonnell having stroked over three frees. Aaron Kernan also converted a couple of frees, and thumped over an excellent point from play, and McDonnell made it 0-9 to no score, before Barry Grogan claimed Tipp’s only first half score from a stoppage time free. Kernan and Malachy Mackin combined to send Gareth Swift to finish low to the net from close range for a 1-9 to 0-1 interval lead.

Stefan Forker stretched the lead to 12, but suddenly it all started to go wrong for Armagh, as an inspired Tipp side seized control. Hugh Coghlan, George Hannigan and Kevin Mulryan helped them win primary possession around the midfield, and they swept forward. Armagh goalkeeper Hearty will have nightmares about the 45th minute goal he conceded by coming to collect the ball on the 20 metre line, and fumbling to allow Grogan to finish to the empty net. Grogan and substitute Timmy Dalton tagged on points, and it was another sub, Brian Fox, who slipped the ball to Grogan for his second goal on 59 minutes, drawing the sides level on 1-11 to 2-8. Armagh finally managed to turn the game around to finish with points from Kernan, McDonnell and substitutes Kevin Dyas and Joe Feeney to win in less than convincing fashion.

Armagh: P Hearty, A Mallon (0-1), B Donaghy, P Duffy, M Ferris, P Kernan, F Moriarity, J Lavery (0-1), K Toner, M Mackin, A Kernan (0-4, 3f), G Swift (1-0), B Mallon, S McDonnell (0-6, 6f), S Forker (0-1.
Subs: T Kernan for Forker, R Henderson for B Mallon, K Dyas (0-1) for P Kernan, J Feeney (0-1, 1f) for Mackin.

Tipperary: M O’Donnell, C Morrissey, N Curran, P Codd, C Aylward (0-1), R Costigan, D Bourke, G Hannigan, A Rockett, J Cagney, P Austin, H Coghlan, J Tierney, B Coen (0-1), B Grogan (2-4, 0-2 f).
Subs: B Fox for Bourke, T Dalton (0-2, 2f) for Tierney, B Mulvihill for Coen, K Mulryan for Rockett, B Jones for Austin.

Referee: M Higgins (Fermanagh)

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Cork 0-17 Dublin 1-11

Cork defeated Dublin by 0-17 to 1-11 in Round 5 of the Allianz GAA Hurling National League on Sunday at Parnell Park Dublin.

Cork punish wasteful Dubs to stay unbeaten

Dublin 1-11 Cork 0-17

By Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, March 29, 2010

CORK remain the only unbeaten side in Division One of the NHL after this trip to the capital but they should probably send a ‘Thank You’ card Dublin’s way after yesterday afternoon’s fifth round clash. Dublin were more than a match for the Munster side, just as they were the weekend before when it was Kilkenny who paid Donnycarney a visit, but Anthony Daly’s men were the architects of their own demise on both occasions. However Cork now have one foot in the final while Dublin have only crisis-hit Limerick and two points standing between them and second tier hurling next spring with two rounds left to play. Cork finished with a dozen wides of their own but they had no such issues for most of the first-half and, in Pat Horgan, they had the game’s outstanding player.

The Glen Rovers man finished with six points, all of them from play and each one was a little gem in its own right. It was a performance made all the more impressive for being carved out from a fairly limited supply. “He was in form last Sunday as well,” said manager Denis Walsh, “and maybe the Sunday before that so he is going well. He is probably showing the ability that he has. He has got very strong physically as well. He has everything.” Elsewhere Shane O’Neill was imperious at the back, popping up all over the place in a fire-fighting role, Tom Kenny kept the engine running in midfield while Cathal Naughton worked hard for his three points and more besides.

Some of the veterans, like Sean Óg O h’Ailpín and Ben O’Connor, were below what would be considered par for them however and Walsh still has to fasten on to the best combination for the GAA’s latest twin towers. Yesterday, Aisake O h’Ailpín started at 11 and Michael Cussen at 14. Cussen was largely peripheral, unlike against Waterford the week before, while O h’Ailpín scored a point and caught a few high balls at dotted intervals. Walsh pointed out that it will take more “trial and error” before he solves that particular conundrum but he already has 11 of his championship 15 accounted for in his head and it was a pretty strong selection he sent out in Donnycarney. However, the spring’s experimentation extended to Aidan Ryan at wing-back and Graham Callinan who started in midfield in place of Naughton, who in turn switched to wing-forward to slot in for the injured Niall McCarthy.

Dublin made a trio of positional changes from the off, chief of which was the move of captain Stephen Hiney to centre-back from the wing to shadow Aisake O h’Ailpín and the opening exchanges were tight. The sides were level four times before Cork upped a gear to rattle off a quartet of unanswered points before the interval and they were 0-11 to 0-6 to the good 10 minutes after the restart. The entire afternoon had been pockmarked with Dublin’s bad choices going forward but they managed to pull the lead back to a more manageable two points before Cork extended it back to five. That looked to be that until McCrabbe found the top corner of the Cork net with a stunning volley on the stroke of full-time that left the minimum in it but a monster point from Horgan and another from Luke O’Farrell sealed the result. “To be going in down at half-time, it was hard to pick it up but they did, in fairness to them,” said Anthony Daly who admitted some “crazy wides” had cost his side a badly needed win. But they kept believing right to the end.”

Scorers for Dublin: A McCrabbe 1-4 (0-4f), P Ryan 0-2, J McCaffrey 0-2, S Durkin 0-1, D Treacy 0-1, K Flynn 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-6, B O’Connor 0-4f, C Naughton 0-3, T Kenny 0-1, A O h’Ailpin 0-1, P O’Sullivan 0-1, M O’Sullivan 0-1, L O’Farrell 0-1.

Subs for Dublin: S Lambert for Ryan (42), K Flynn for O’Callaghan (42), P Ryan for Kelly (57), S Ryan for Treacy (65), P Carton for Rushe (66).

Subs for Cork: J O’Connor for Callinan (55), J Gardiner for Sean Og O h’Ailpin (55), L O’Farrell for O’Sullivan (56), M O’Sullivan for Cussen (62).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)
‘Proud’ Daly hopes for luck after off-key Cork edge drab affair

CORK 0-17 DUBLIN 1-11

By Ruaidhr O’Connor for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday March 29 2010

Perhaps it was the clocks going forward overnight, but this dire clash failed to ignite until the 70-minute mark as Cork somewhat luckily maintained their unbeaten record. Again, Dublin will reflect on missed chances, as once more they matched a blue-blooded visitor at Parnell Park but left with nothing except 18 wides. Cork were disappointing but they top the table. The Rebels will need to improve massively in terms of first touch and shooting — they had 12 wides — if they want to beat Tipperary and Galway in their final two games. They got a late scare when Alan McCrabbe cracked in a superb rising drive after a brilliant pass from impressive sub Paul Ryan to reduce the gap to a point in injury-time. Cork, though, caught the next two puck-outs and Pat Horgan and Luke O’Farrell sealed the win with points. Anthony Daly was upbeat afterwards, saying: “I’m proud of them. We just can’t buy a break at the moment. In the first half we had crazy, crazy wides, but they kept it going to the end. It’s going to go down to the wire now.”

One exception to the scrappy play was Pat Horgan, who scored six fine points from play. He opened the scoring after two minutes. Dublin then raced into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead, but their wides began to mount and they allowed Cork to go ahead. Frees from McCrabbe and John McCaffrey edged the Dubs back in front, but their All Star McCrabbe hit some uncharacteristic wides. Those misses were punished before the break as the Rebels upped a gear and made it 0-8 to 0-5 at the break.Despite their deficiencies, Cork were able to extend their lead to five points with 10 minutes remaining. Ryan narrowed the gap, before McCrabbe stuck his rocket in the net, but that was as close as the hosts would come.

Cork boss Denis Walsh said his team had tired in the second half. “We faded out,” he said. “We had put in such a big effort in the first-half that we just seemed to fade out of the game. We just dropped the tempo really, but we got the bit between our teeth again with about 15 minutes to go.”

SCORERS — Cork: P Horgan 0-6, B O’Connor 0-4 (0-4f), C Naughton 0-2, T Kenny, A Ó hAilpín, P O’Sullivan, M O’Sullivan, L O’Farrell 0-1 each. Dublin: A McCrabbe 1-4 (0-4f), P Ryan, J McCaffrey (0-1f, 0-1 ’65) 0-2 each, D Treacy, K Flynn, S Durkin 0-1 each.

CORK — D Óg Cusack; S O’Neill, E Cadogan, S Murphy; A Ryan, R Curran, S Óg Ó hAilpín; T Kenny, G Calnan; B O’Connor, A Ó hAilpín, C Naughton; P O’Sullivan, M Cussen, P Horgan. Subs: J Gardiner for S Óg Ó hAilpín (54), J O’Connor for Calnan (54), L O’Farrell for P O’Sullivan (57), M O’Sullivan for Cussen (64).

DUBLIN — G Maguire; N Corcoran, T Brady, O Gough; M O’Brien, S Hiney, J Boland; J McCaffrey, S Durkin; L Rushe, L Ryan, P Kelly; D O’Callaghan, A McCrabbe, D Treacy. Subs: S Lambert for L Ryan (43), K Flynnn for O’Callaghan (43), P Ryan for Kelly (52), S Ryan for Treacy (64), P Carton for Rushe (66).

Ref — B Gavin (Offaly)

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Offaly 2-17 Limerick 3-13

Offaly defeated Limerick by 2-17 to 3-13 in Round 5 of the Allianz GAA Hurling National League Division 1 on Sunday at Tullamore.

Allianz NFL Division 4 – Waterford 2-17 Wicklow 1-11

Waterford defeated Wicklow by 2-17 to 1-11 in Round 7 of the Allianz National Football League Division 4 on Sunday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Allianz NHL Division 2 – Clare 1-9 Carlow 0-11

Clare defeated Carlow by 1-9 to 0-11 in Division 2 of the Allianz GAA Hurling National League on Sunday at Dr. Cullen Park Carlow.

Allianz NFL Division 4 – Clare 0-12 Longford 0-9

Clare defeated Longford by 0-12 to 0-9 in Round 7 of the Allianz National Football League Division 4 on Sunday at Pearse Park Longford.

Allianz NFL Division 1 – Tyrone 1-11 Kerry 1-10

Tyrone defeated Kerry by 1-11 to 1-10 in round 6 of the Allianz National Football League Division 1 on Saturday in Omagh.

Cavanagh to the rescue for Red Hands

From the web site

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tyrone’s are on course to maintain their top flight status in the Allianz GAA Football League after Colm Cavanagh’s 74th minute goal gave the Red Hands a dramatic 1-11 to 1-10 win over Kerry at Healy Park on Saturday night. Mickey Harte’s men looked to be edging towards the Division One trap door as they trailed by four points with 11 minutes left on the clock. However, Kerry centre-back Aidan O’Mahony was sent off in the 64th minute and the Kingdom failed to score in the final 18 minutes. Martin Penrose fired two points in the last ten minutes to reduce the gap to two, before Cavanagh’s dramatic intervention at the death means Tyrone’s survival is now in their own hands.

Kerry opened the scoring in the third minute, with Kieran Donaghy fielding a trademark diagonal ball and feeding Donnacha Walsh, who popped the ball over the bar when he might have gone for goal. Tyrone were level four minutes later when Sean Cavanagh, making his first start since last year’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat took advantage of a defensive error to slot the ball over the bar. Tommy McGuigan sent the Red Hands into the lead for the first time when he landed a free soon after. McGuigan sent the home side even further ahead after Aidan Cassidy had broken a high ball into the full-forward line and the Ardboe man added the finishing touch. Tyone scored their fourth successive point when Cavanagh beat Aidan O’Mahony and landed a point from long range.

Kerry then ended an 11-minute spell without a score as David Moran took advantage of some slack marking to reduce the gap to two. Kerry looked for Donaghy with their trademark diagonal ball into the full-forward line on every occasion, but Justin McMahon looked to have the measure of the Kerins O’Rahillys man. Tyrone had the first real sight of goal when Cavanagh won a loose ball in the full-forward line and raced onto the ball before unleashing a thumping shot which was brilliantly saved by Brendan Kealy, the Kerry goalkeeper.

Kerry struggled in attack in the opening stages and their manager, Jack O’Connor, reacted by brining Darran O’Sullivan in for Kieran O’Leary in the 21st minute. O’Sullivan, last year’s All-Ireland winning made an immediate impact, using his pace to fire over from a tight angle a minute after his introduction. Tyrone had no such problems in attack and Owen Mulligan, in particular, was moving well and he gave the Red Hands a 0-6 to 0-3 lead in the 28th minute. However, the Kerry attack clicked into gear in the last five minutes of the half, kicking four successive to take the lead at the break. Donnacha Walsh started Kerry’s purple patch, before Donaghy slammed a basket ball style fisted effort off the bar and over after Moran’s clever pass. Moran himself found his range a minute later before Colm Cooper landed his first point of the night from a tight angle to send the Kingdom into the break with a 0-7 to 0-6 advantage.

After making such a good start, Tyrone’s hopes were dealt a massive blow when Cathal McCarron, their corner back, was shown a second yellow card for an ill-advised tug on Copper’s jersey. Cooper knocked over the subsequent free, but there was worse to come for the home side. Five minutes into the second half, Declan O’Sullivan made a surging run through the Tyrone defence, which was showing yawning gaps at this stage, and exchanged hand passes with Cooper before tapping the ball into the empty net to give Kerry a 1-8 to 0-6 lead. Tyrone finally ended a 17-minute spell either side of the break without a score when Tommy McGuigan slotted over a free, but Kerry were completely dominant by now. Donncha Walsh sent over his third point of the night as if to illustrate their superiority. Darran O’Sullivan sent over his second of the night – a quality strike with the outside of his left foot – to re-establish Kerry’s five-point lead.

Martin Penrose then kicked two frees in a row to reduce the gap to just three points with eight minutes left on the clock. Kerry’s task of holding on in the final minutes was made far more difficult when Aidan O’Mahony, who was already on a yellow card, was shown a straight red after a high tackle on Conor Gormley. The momentum was in Tyrone’s favour and Penrose further cut the gap with three minutes left, firing over his fourth point of the night. Owen Mulligan had a wonderful chance to leave just a point between the sides with two minutes left on the clock, but the Cookstown man somehow managed to send a close-range free wide. However, there was to be late drama as Colm Cavanagh found the back of the net in the 74th minute, fisting the ball home with the last play of the game after a long ball had been floated into the square and was deflected into his path by Joe McMahon.

Another slap from the Red Hand

Tyrone 1-11 Kerry 1-10

By Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, March 29, 2010

FOR seven years now, Tyrone have been the cold Kerry just can’t shake, and the Munster side were struck down by yet another depressing dose in Healy Park on Saturday night in a game they appeared to have won. The scenes after the final whistle said it all. Mickey Harte beamed like some Cheshire Cat, Pascal McConnell pumped his fist, disappearing up the tunnel, and Brian McGuigan high-fived the fans on his way off. No, the rivalry between this pair would have made the win sweet enough all in itself and this result was one badly needed by a Tyrone side battling for its Division One life. It is also one that sucks Kerry back into the mire. It shouldn’t really have ended that way.

Leading by five points with 15 minutes to go, Kerry retreated into their defensive positions and invited on a storm which duly reached its crescendo with a dramatic goal from Colm Cavanagh after 73 minutes and 15 seconds. “I’m disappointed,” admitted Jack O’Connor. “That’s a cruel way to lose a game. The margins are very fine. David Moran fly-kicked the ball away with about five seconds to go and the game would have been over if it had reached the sideline. “We probably invited them on to us too much in the end because we just weren’t killing the ball up the other end and they were counter-attacking well. A hard one to take. I thought we deserved something out of it.” Deserve has nothing to do with it.

The All-Ireland champions found themselves six points to three down coming up to the half-hour and struggling against a Tyrone side that cut off their oxygen at one end while cantering through at the other. Only a Brendan Kealy save from Sean Cavanagh kept the margin from ballooning further but then O’Connor introduced Darran O’Sullivan and his metronomic engine kick-started the visitors into life. Four points in three minutes handed them an unlikely half-time lead and they built on it on the restart thanks mainly to Cathal McCarron’s sending off for a second yellow card offence and Declan O’Sullivan’s goal. Kerry had found their groove. Seamus Scanlon was lording midfield, while David Moran, Declan O’Sullivan and Donncha Walsh were providing the attacking platform from the half-forward line. Moran, in particular, was immense all evening. Always showing for the ball, he covered acres of space and managed three points which were slightly diluted by a hat-trick of other ill-advised efforts.

Tyrone’s difficulties were only emphasised by a Tommy McGuigan free after 45 minutes – their first score in 28 minutes – but the momentum shifted in the last quarter and it was Kerry who handed it over. Apologists may point to the straight red card handed out to Aidan O’Mahony six minutes from time but the rot had set in earlier with the concession of a host of fouls in scoring positions and O’Connor accepted as much. “The referee was under pressure to send somebody off and even things up so I would have no qualms with that. Overall, I just felt we played enough football to get something out of the game, a win or a draw.”

It wasn’t all just about Kerry’s retreat into their shells. Tyrone must take their fair share of the credit for a win that mirrored another smash-and-grab raid against Cork in the same ground a fortnight earlier. Just like then, the Ulster side hung on in against a team that was the superior force for vast swathes of the evening and Mickey Harte was thrilled with their reaction to adversity. “It asked a lot of our players and the fact that they gave that bit extra over that period (after half-time) that kept them in the game. The goal might have won the game for us but Houdini doesn’t work if you are not doing the work up until that time.” Satisfying though the victory was, Harte was quick to point out it was merely a “stay of execution” and both counties will now require wins in next week’s final round to be sure of their places in the top flight next season.

Scorers for Tyrone: C Cavanagh 1-0, T McGuigan 0-3 (2f), M Penrose 0-3 (2f), S Cavanagh 0-2, O Mulligan 0-2 (1f), K Coney 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: Declan O’Sullivan 1-0, D Moran 0-3 (1f), D Walsh 0-2, Darran O’Sullivan 0-2, C Cooper 0-2 (1f), K Donaghy 0-1.

Subs for Tyrone: B McGuigan for T McGuigan (52); Shaun O’Neill for Coney (59).

Subs for Kerry: Darran O’Sullivan for O’Leary (21), D O’Callaghan for Walsh (48), B Sheehan for Maher (54), A O’Connell for Reidy (62).

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)

Cavanagh’s fist floors Kerry

Monday March 29 2010

Something reconnected in Omagh on Saturday night. As the Tyrone players warmed down in the middle of Healy Park, a couple of thousand hugged the seats and isles around the tunnel beneath the stand waiting to show their appreciation. Tyrone had been oscillating between moderate and poor in their five previous league games, sometimes a little detached, sometimes a little dispirited. As the clock ticked into added time their proud Division 1 record during the management term of Mickey Harte was in serious peril given the way results were panning out elsewhere. With ‘head-to-head’ results counting if two teams are tied at the conclusion of the group stages Tyrone couldn’t afford to find themselves isolated with Monaghan as score difference, the normal determination in these situations, wouldn’t count.

So Colm Cavanagh’s goal right at the death of a needling match that was always simmering, but never managed to boil over, was important in many ways. You got the sense that something in Tyrone’s season turned in that instant and the crowd on the stand certainly felt that too. Call it a mugging, call it a great escape, but that ignores a couple of points. Tyrone played most of the second half with 14 men after Cathal McCarron’s second yellow card for a second foul against Colm Cooper. Only Aidan O’Mahony’s ridiculous high challenge around Conor Gormley’s neck that merited a straight red six minutes from time balanced the books. And they never threw in the towel, always pressing, always probing against a Kerry side that, in Jack O’Connor’s admission, “invited” them on much too early. They may have got what their persistence merited.

In the build up to Cavanagh’s late goal David Moran had to parry Joe McMahon’s punched effort away. It almost crept out over the line and in that scenario referee Padraig Hughes would surely have called full-time, sending Kerry back home with a cherished second successive win in Omagh. But the ball recycled off Moran into Brian McGuigan’s hands and he floated another inviting delivery into the Kerry goalmouth which came off a forest of arms, allowing the alert Cavanagh to react quickest with his fist and send the home crowd into raptures of delight. There was time for no more. “A cruel way to lose a game,” admitted O’Connor, whose demeanour afterwards spoke more than words. He knew they should have defended better but the removal of the square-ball infringement makes these moments more of a possibility. “The margins are pretty fine, David Moran fly kicked a ball away there with about five seconds to go and if it reached the sideline I’d say the game is over. “We probably invited them on to us a bit more in the end because we just weren’t killing the ball up the other end and they were counter attacking pretty well. A hard one to take because maybe we deserved something out of the game.”

Had the younger Cavanagh not delivered the coup de grace, Harte could still have drawn a lot from the performance, more than anything else this season perhaps. “A great escape? Yes you can say that because of the way it ended, but the escape didn’t happen with the last shot, it happened when we dug in a man down and then going a goal down almost at the same time,” said Harte. “It asked a lot of questions of our players and the fact that they gave that extra effort and energy over that period of time when they were down a man.” Sean Cavanagh, on his first start of the season, was influential in almost everything while Philip Jordan’s return for the second half to tie down David Moran was also pleasing, as was the cut and thrust of Martin Penrose in attack. Colm Cavanagh is at last making tangible progress.

Kerry probably had the better spells of football but over less sustained spells and they were the more negative side in a game that produced some 61 frees. This wasn’t what you would come to expect from two of the best three teams in the country. Or maybe it is. Whether by accident or design Kerry channeled more players back behind the ball to protect their lead instead of striving on for more. It didn’t suit them and ultimately it didn’t work. Hughes issued two red cards (one each) and 12 yellows (eight for Kerry), few of which could be argued with. In fact more were lucky not to follow including Declan O’Sullivan while O’Mahony was walking a fine line before he picked up his straight red. “The referee was under pressure at that time to send somebody off to even things up so I’d have no big qualms about that,” said O’Connor of his centre-back’s dismissal. Privately he might say something different.

Kerry didn’t really start sparking until Darran O’Sullivan’s arrival for Kieran O’Leary 20 minutes in. His pace troubled Tyrone and they hit a groove in the five minutes before the break to turn a 0-6 to 0-3 deficit into a 0-7 to 0-6 lead with Donnacha Walsh, Kieran Donaghy, Moran and Cooper points. It was an impressive spell. On the restart McCarron saw red for dragging down Cooper who nailed the subsequent free and was then the fulcrum in a one-two with Declan O’Sullivan, reminiscent of an early goal against Mayo in the ’06 All-Ireland final after O’Sullivan had plundered Peter Harte further outfield and charged in. That was 1-5 without reply for Kerry in 10 minutes from a 1-8 to 0-6 lead but from then on Tyrone had the edge, hitting Kerry on the counter. The yellow cards totted up as Kerry sought to break home momentum and when Mulligan missed a close- range free in injury-time to narrow the gap to just one point we felt their chance was gone.

They didn’t however and ironically Mulligan’s miss gave them the scent of goal. O’Connor was still able to draw positives from the night. They’ve lost four from six now in the league but he feels he knows more about his team than 12 months ago when they were cruising at the same stage. “It has certainly helped to shape our team. I think we have a better idea going into the championship than we had last year when we cruised through the league. Maybe there is positives in that,” said O’Connor. “I thought a lot of fellas upped their performance tonight. A few fellas need to get a bit fitter. It’s a long way to come and go away empty handed but sure that’s sport.”

Scorers — Tyrone: M Penrose 0-4 (0-3f), C Cavanagh 1-0, S Cavanagh, O Mulligan (0-1f), T McGuigan (0-1f) 0-2 each, K Coney 0-1. Kerry: Declan O’Sullivan 1-0, D Moran (0-1f) 0-3, Darran O’Sullivan, C Cooper (0-1f), D Walsh 0-2 each, K Donaghy 0-1.

Tyrone — P McConnell; D Carlin, J McMahon, C McCarron; D Harte, C Gormley, R McMenamin; A Cassidy, C Cavanagh; K Coney, S Cavanagh, P Harte; T McGuigan, M Penrose, O Mulligan. Subs: P Jordan for McMenamin (ht), B McGuigan for T McGuigan (54), S O’Neill for Coney (59).

Kerry — B Kealy; P Reidy, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan; M O Se, A O’Mahony, K Young; S Scanlon, A Maher; K O’Leary, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, D Moran. Subs: Darran O’Sullivan for O’Leary (21), D O’Callaghan for Walsh (48), B Sheehan for Maher (54), A O’Connell for Reidy (63).

Ref — Padraig Hughes (Armagh)

Team News

TYRONE (SF v Kerry): P McConnell; D Carlin, J McMahon, C McCarron; D Harte, C Gormley, R McMenamin; A Cassidy, C Cavanagh; K Coney, S Cavanagh, P Harte; T McGuigan, M Penrose, O Mulligan.

Allianz NFL Division 4 – Limerick 8-13 Kilkenny 2-2

Limerick defeated Kilkenny by 8-13 to 2-2 in Round 7 of the National Football League Division 4 on Saturday in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Team News

LIMERICK (SF v Kilkenny): C Ranahan; M O’Riordan, C Mullane, A Lane; D Carroll, S Gallagher, B Fitzpatrick; J O’Donovan, R Hayes; P Browne, S Buckley, J Cooke; G Collins, J Ryan, G Noonan.