Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 0-22 Down 0-6

Kerry defeated Down by 0-22 to 0-6 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 28th at Páirc Esler, Newry.

D1: Kerry’s class shines through in opening win

Allianz Football League Division 1: Down 0-6 Kerry 0-22

By Orla Bannon in Newry for

Kerry collected a first Allianz League win of the season with a comfortable stroll in Páirc Esler which plunged Down deeper into relegation trouble. It was an easy game for the Kingdom, who had Kieran Donaghy and Colm Cooper making their first appearances of 2016, Donaghy starting in place of the injured David Moran.

Bryan Sheehan top-scored with 0-6 in a game played with no intensity and Down went 30 minutes without scoring either side of half time. Kerry started brightly with Darran O’Sullivan chipping over the first of his three first-half points after 30 seconds. Full-forward Alan Fitzgerald landed a second Kerry point in the eighth minute and Bryan Sheehan put the visitors 0-3 ahead when he converted a free, having missed from an identical position moments earlier.

Down struggled to convert their shots at goal, hitting three first-half wides and dropping the same number short into Brendan Kealy’s hands. Connaire Harrison missed a simple free but made amends in the 14th minute to get Down on the scoreboard. It was the start of Down’s best spell in the game – they landed three points in four minutes to draw level with another Harrison free and a superb left-footed point from Barry O’Hagan. However Kerry reeled off six unanswered points before the break to go in 0-9 to 0-3 up.

O’Sullivan’s pace wreaked havoc in the Down defence and he landed two with Sheehan also scoring from a free and from play. Stephen O’Brien and Alan Fitzgerald (free) were the Kingdom’s other scorers and the damage could have been greater for Down, had Paul Murphy not fluffed an easy goal chance just before the interval. Sheehan nailed a 45 after the restart before Conor Maginn ended a 30-minute scoring drought for the Mournemen in the 45th minute.

Kerry brought on Colm Cooper for his first appearance of 2016 and within seconds he tapped over a close-range free to get his season up and running. O’Sullivan and O’Hagan traded points before the former almost found the net, his shot well blocked by goalkeeper Michael Cunningham with the rebound also cleared off the line.

Sheehan continued to punish Down indiscretions with frees, points and 45s while Kerry also had the luxury of giving relaxing runouts to Tommy Walsh and Barry John Keane, who scored 0-3. Brendan O’Sullivan also scored two late points after coming off the bench while ‘Gooch’ finished with a trademark curling left-footed shot in a pleasing afternoon for Kerry boss Éamonn Fitzmaurice.

Scorers for Down: B O’Hagan 0-2, C Harrison 0-2 (2f), C Maginn, R Mallon 0-1 each

Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan 0-6 (2f, 2 ’45’s), D O’Sullivan 0-4, A Fitzgerald 0-3 (2f), C Cooper 0-3 (2f), BJ Keane 0-3 (1f), B O’Sullivan 0-2, S O’Brien 0-1.

DOWN: M Cunningham; L Howard, G McGovern, D O’Hagan; C McGovern, A Carr, D O’Hanlon; P Turley, M McKay; J Murphy, M Poland, K McKernan; C Maginn, C Harrison, B O’Hagan
Subs: J Flynn for Carr (27), R Mallon for Murphy (37), R Boyle for Howard (41), M Magee for O’Hagan (43), H Brown for Turley (53), D O’Hare for O’Hagan (57)

KERRY: B Kealy; M O Se, M Griffin, S Enright; P O’Connor, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy, B Sheehan; A Walsh, P Murphy, D Walsh; D O’Sullivan, A Fitzgerald, S O’Brien
Subs: C Cooper for Walsh (43), P Crowley for O’Connor (48), BJ Keane for A Fitzgerald (59), P Kilkenny for O Se (60), T Walsh for Donaghy (63), B O’Sullivan for D Walsh (64)

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Team News

The team, captained by Bryan Sheehan is as follows:
1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
6. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
7. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
8. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
9. Bryan Sheehan (C) St Marys
10. Aidan Walsh St Marys
11. Paul Murphy Rathmore
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
14. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory
15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
Fir Ionaid:
16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
17. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys
18. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
19. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
20. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
21. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
22. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar
23. Paul O’Sullivan Valentia
24. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
25. Philip O’Connor Cordal
26. Denis Daly St Marys
Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

Down team to play Kerry on Sunday in Pairc Esler: Michael Cunningham, Luke Howard, Gerard McGovern, Darren O’Hagan, Conaill McGovern, Aidan Carr, Darragh O’Hanlon, Peter Turley, Mark McKay, Joe Murphy, Mark Poland, Kevin McKernan, Conor Maginn, Connaire Harrison, Barry O’Hagan


Allianz Football League Division 1 – Roscommon 4-25 Cork 3-10

Roscommon defeated Cork by 4-25 to 3-10 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 28th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Team News

The Cork team to play Roscommon on Sunday in the Allianz Footbal League in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 2pm has been announced as follows.

Ken O Halloran (Bishopstown)
Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
James Loughrey (Mallow)
Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)
Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
Andrew O Sullivan (Castletownbere)
Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)
Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) – Captain
Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
Daniel Goulding (Eire Og)
Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
16. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
17. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
18. Mark Collins (O Donovan Rossa)
19. Bart Daly (Newmarket)
20. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
21. Killian O Hanlon (Kilshannig)
22. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
23. Sean Kiely (Ballincollig)
24. Dan McEoin (Ilen Rovers)
25. Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel)
26. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)

ROSCOMMON (FL v Cork): D O’Malley (Michael Glaveys); S McDermott (Western Gaels), N Collins (St Brigid’s, Dublin), N McInerney (St Brigid’s); N Daly (Pádraig Pearses), S Purcell (Boyle), D Murray (Pádraig Pearses); E Smith (Boyle), I Kilbride (St Brigid’s); F Cregg (Elphins) C Murtagh (St Faithleach’s), C Devaney (Kilbride); C Connolly (Roscommon Gaels), S Kilbride (St Brigid’s), C Cregg (Western Gaels).

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11

Clare defeated Limerick by 1-14 to 0-11 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday February 28th at Newcastlewest.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Westmeath 0-11 Tipperary 1-8

Westmeath drew with Tipperary in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday February 28th on a scoreline of Westmeath 0-11 Tipperary 1-8 at Cusack Park Mullingar.

Unbeaten Tipp escape Mullingar

Westmeath 0-11 Tipperary 1-8

Report from the Irish Independent web site

Tipperary maintained their unbeaten start in Mullingar yesterday as hosts Westmeath picked up their first point of the campaign in a game which only came to life in the second half. The first half was a scrappy affair with both sides guilty of poor shooting and an array of loose passing.

One ambitious cross-field pass from Westmeath’s Ray Connellan on 15 minutes was intercepted by Josh Keane. He fed Peter Acheson, who teed up Robbie Kiely for the only goal of the contest, to put the visitors ahead by 1-1 to 0-2. The home team had more possession during the remainder of the half but their forwards lacked conviction.

Two converted frees by John Heslin, either side of a point from centre half-back Kieran Martin, nudged Westmeath ahead but Shane Leahy equalised with a great point seconds before half-time. The sides were tied at the interval, 0-5 to 1-2.

The home team started the second half brightly with corner-forward John Connellan pointing twice and team-mate John Egan adding another. Tipperary quickly equalised, two of their points coming within a minute from midfielder Alan Maloney and the other from a free by Conor Sweeney. Neither side was able to pull away, but Westmeath looked the likely winners.

However, converted frees from Michael Quinlivan and Maloney levelled the contest. Six minutes’ added time was played with Paul Sharry narrowly missing a last-gasp ’45’ to win for Westmeath.

SCORERS – Westmeath: K Martin, J Heslin (3f), J Connellan 0-3 each; J Egan, S Dempsey 0-1 each.

Tipperary: R Kiely 1-0; A Maloney 0-3(1f); C Sweeney (2f) 0-2; S Leahy, B Fox, M Quinlivan (f) 0-1 each.

Westmeath -D Quinn 7; K Daly 6, F Boyle 6, K Maguire 6; P Holloway 6, K Martin 8, J Dolan 6; D Corroon 5, R Connellan 6; C McCormack 5, J Heslin 7, J Egan 6; J Connellan 7, P Sharry 7, S Dempsey 6
Subs: D Daly 5 for Egan (51), A Stone n/r for McCormack (64), P Greville n/r for Dempsey (66), R Foley n/r for Martin (69).

Tipperary: E Comerford 6; C McDonald 6, A Campbell 6, C O’Shaughnessy 5; J Feehan 6, R Kiely 8, S Leahy 7; A Maloney 7, M Dunne 5; B Fox 7, P Acheson 6, J Keane 5; C Sweeney 6, M Quinlivan 6, N O’Donovan 5. Subs: J Lonergan 7 for Keane (34), I Fahey 6 for O’Donovan (34), J O’Callaghan 6 for O’Shaughnessy (inj, 44), L Casey 5 for Fahey (inj, 53), B Hewitt n/r for Sweeney (61), D Butler n/r for Dunne (64).

Ref- F Barry (Kildare)

Fixture Details

28.02.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Round 3
Cusack Park, Mullingar 14:00
An Iarmhí v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Liam Devenney (Maigh Eo)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Westmeath tomorrow in the Allianz Football League Division 3 match at 2pm in Cusack Park Mullingar shows 4 changes from the side which defeated Clare in Round 2. Goalkeeper Evan Comerford and wing-back Shane Leahy are drafted in to the defense while up front, Liam Casey and David Butler are introduced to the full-forward line. Ciarán Kendrick, Donagh Leahy, Niall O’Donovan and Philip Austin miss out while Tipperary manager Liam Kearns has included five players from the Munster Club champions Clonmel Commercials among the substitutes.

Tipperary SF panel v Westmeath, AFL Roinn 3, Sunday February 28th.

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Shane Leahy – Arravale Rovers
8. Alan Maloney – Rockwell Rovers
9. Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Peter Acheson – Captain – Moyle Rovers
12. Brian Fox -Éire Óg Annacarty
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Liam Casey – Cahir
15. David Butler – Drom & Inch

16. Ciarán Kendrick – Moyle Rovers
17. Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
18. Niall O’Donovan – Arravale Rovers
19. Billy Hewitt – Ardfinnan
20. John O’Callaghan – Ballyporeen
21. Donagh Leahy – Arravale Rovers
22. Mark Hanley – Aherlow
23. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
24. Donal Lynch – Clonmel Commercials
25. Ian Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
26. Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials

Tipperary Senior Football Panel Player Profiles

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 3-15 Carlow 0-15

Waterford defeated Carlow by 3-15 to 0-15 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday February 28th at Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park Carlow.

Corn Ui Mhuiri Final – St. Brendans Killarney 5-21 HS Clonmel 0-7

St. Brendan’s Killarney defeated High School Clonmel by 5-21 to 0-7 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Final on Saturday February 27th at Mallow.

Easy win for St Brendan’s as they conquer Clonmel for their 21st Corn Uí Mhuirí win

St Brendan’s, Killarney 5-21 High School Clonmel 0-7

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Brendan’s have won their 21st Corn Uí Mhuirí final in the same devastating fashion in which they tore through all other comers this year. They scored two goals in the opening two-and-a-half minutes and from that point on it was just a matter of how much they would win by.They never took their foot off the gas, compiling 3-10, all from play, in the first-half, and adding 2-11 in the second.

That accounted for the highest total of the year by ‘The Sem’, while their usually stingy defence only leaked one point late in the second-half. It was as one-sided a final as you’ll see, and brought back some memories of Kerry’s All-Ireland Minor football victory over Tipperary last September. Clonmel’s Michael O’Reilly did get the first score of the game, a free, within a minute of the throw-in but the next two plays effectively ended the underdogs’ hopes.

After only 90 seconds Evan Cronin had coolly billowed the net, grabbing Dara Moynihan’s precision high ball and side-stepping his marker to score. Then, only 45 seconds after that, Michael Casey prodded to the net, assisted by David Clifford’s pass. They could’ve had more goals too. Matt Barlow dived to block Peter McCarthy’s goalbound effort in the 10th minute, while Clonmel had a chance of their own through Michael Barlow, who saw his effort deflected over.

A further Barlow point left Clonmel 2-3 to 0-3 in arrears and, from there, The Sem continued to extend their advantage. Moynihan, wing-back David Naughton, Casey and Shaw, with a goal chance, all pointed for a nine- point lead.Then David Clifford took over, scoring 1-2 in succession, culminating with a 28th-minute tap-in goal after Aidan Tobin saved Cronin’s initial shot. Leading 3-10 to 0-6 at the break, St Brendan’s kicked on by scoring 1-11 without reply in 30 second- half minutes.

Clifford got three points of that total, while Cronin, Shaw, Lee O’Donoghue and Adam O’Shea all contributed a pair of points. The goal, in the 58th-minute, came when substitute Donnchadh O’Sullivan won and converted a penalty. Dara Ryan chalked up Clonmel’s only post-interval point in second-half injury-time, but William Courtney stormed downfield to add a fifth and final goal with the final kick.

Scorers for St Brendan’s: D Clifford (1-5, two frees); E Cronin (1-3); M Casey (1-2); D Shaw (0-5); D O’Sullivan (pen), W Courtney (1-0 each); L O’Donoghue (1 45), A O’Shea (0-2 each); D Moynihan, D Naughton (0-1 each).

Scorers for High School Clonmel: Michael Barlow (0-3, 1 free); M O’Reilly (0-2 frees); E Hoctor, D Ryan (0-1 each).

ST BRENDAN’S (all Kerry clubs): D Carroll (Spa); M Potts (Dr Crokes), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), C Gammell (Legion); D Naughton (Dr Crokes), D O’Brien (Glenflesk), N Donohue (Firies); L O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), B Courtney (Dr Crokes); D Moynihan (Spa), D Clifford (Fossa), P McCarthy (Legion); E Cronin (Spa), D Shaw, M Casey (both Dr Crokes).
Subs: D Spillane (Spa) for Donohue, D O’Sullivan (Firies) for Casey (both 40), W Courtney (Firies) for McCarthy (49), A O’Shea (Dr Crokes) for B Courtney (50), F Murphy (Legion) for Shaw (57), M O’Shea for Gammell (58).

HIGH SCHOOL, CLONMEL (Tipperary clubs unless stated): A Tobin; Matt Barlow (both Clonmel Commercials), S Ryan, J Mulcahy (both The Nire, Waterford); G Whelan (Ardfinnan), K Peters, G Ryan (both Clonmel Commercials); M Kehoe (kilsheelan-Kilcash), E Hoctor (Clonmel Commercials); M Hogan (Ardfinnan), C Boland (Clonmel Commercials), D Ryan (Moyle Rovers); Michael Barlow (Ardfinnan), S O’Meara (The Nire, Waterford), M O’Reilly (Clonmel Commercials).
Subs: S Martin (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) for Ryan (BC, 26), A Peters (Clonmel Commercials) for Hoctor (ht), L Cooney (The Nire, Waterford) for Matt Barlow (46), R Kennedy (Moyle Rovers) for O’Meara (55),

Referee: K Murphy (Cork).

St Brendan’s absolutely hammered Clonmel to claim another Corn Uí Mhuirí title

Munster Corn Ui Mhuiri Final

St Brendan’s College Killarney 5-21 HS Clonmel 0-7

Report from

ST BRENDAN’S COLLEGE Killarney captured their 21st Corn Uí Mhuirí title at Mallow this afternoon and the scoreline speaks for itself.
The game was probably over as a contest inside the opening few minutes when the Sem’s lethal strike force notched two goals in as many minutes.

Ironically Clonmel got the opening score when Mark Kehoe fetched the throw in and was fouled going through, and Michael O’Reilly converted the free. St Brendan’s response was immediate and deadly as Dara Moynihan picked up a ball that should have been cleared and parted to Evan Cronin, who drilled the ball low to the Clonmel net. Then, from the kick-out David Clifford fed corner forward Michael Casey, who slipped the ball low to the net.

Clonmel had no answer to Billy Courtney and Lee O’Donoghue at midfield, and this meant that the St Brendan’s potent attack simply toyed with the Clonmel defence and it could have been much worse. Points flowed from the boot of Clifford and the towering David Shaw, who enjoyed too much freedom once fullback Stephen Ryan was black-carded in the 25th minute. David Clifford finished to the net just before half time and St Brendan’s retired 3-10 to 0-6 at the interval.

The game fizzled out in the second half as St Brendan’s added six unanswered points inside the opening 10 minutes and it was as one-sided a contest as you are likely to see at this level. Two late goals from William Courtney and another from the penalty spot by Donnchadh O’Sullivan only emphasized the gulf in class between the sides. St Brendan’s look potential Hogan Cup contenders, though they have yet to be tested.

Scorers: St Brendan’s College Killarney: D Clifford 1-5 ( 0-2 frees), E Cronin 1-3, M Casey 1-2, D Shaw 0-5, W Courtney and Donnchadh O’Sullivan (pen) 1-0 each, L O’Donoghue 0-2 ( 0-1 45), A O’Shea 0-2, D Naughton and D Moynihan 0-1 each:

High School Clonmel: M Barlow 0-3 (0-1 free), M O’Reilly 0-2 frees, D Ryan and E Hoctor 0-1:

St Brendan’s College: David Carroll: Michael Potts, Chris O’Donoghue, Cian Gammell, David Naughton, Daniel O’Brien, Niall O’Donoghue, Lee O’Donoghue, Dara Moynihan, David Clifford, Peter McCarthy, Evan Cronin, David Shaw, Michael Casey:
Subs: David Spillane for Niall Donoghue (40), Donnchadh O’Sullivan for M Casey (40), William Courtney for P McCarthy (48), Adam O’Shea for B Courtney (50), Finbar Murphy for D Shaw (56), Mark O’Shea for C Gammell (58)

High School Clonmel: Aidan Tobin, Matt Barlow, Stephen Ryan, Gavin Ryan, Gavin Whelan, Kyle Peters, Jake Mulcahy, Mark Kehoe, Eoin Hoctor, Shane O’Meara, Calvin Boland, Michael Hogan, Dara Ryan:
Subs: Sean Martin for Stephen Ryan (B/C 25), Adam Peters for E Hoctor (h/t), Liam Cooney for Matt Barlow (46), Ray Kennedy for S O’Meara (55)

Referee: Kevin Murphy (Cork)

Fixture Details

Saturday 27th February @ 2pm
Corn Uí Mhuirí (18.5 A F) final
HS Clonmel V St Brendans Killarney in Mallow
Referee: Kevin Murphy (Cork)

In the event of a draw, there will be a replay on the 5th March 2016 @ 2pm

Admission Prices

€10 adults
€5 student/OAP

Paths to the Final

HS Clonmel
Round 1 – HS Clonmel 2-12 IS Killorglin 0-9
Round 2 – HS Clonmel 2-12 St Francis Col Rochestown 1-11
Round 3 – Tralee CBS 0-16 HS Clonmel 2-8
Quarter-Final – HS Clonmel 1-11 Col Cholim Ballincollig 1-8
Semi-Final – HS Clonmel 1-10 St Francis College Rochestown 0-7

St. Brendans Killarney
Round 1 – St Brendans 1-18 Abbey CBS 1-6
Round 2 – St Brendans 0-14 St Flannans 0-4
Round 3 – St Brendans 4-15 Col Na Scelige 1-4
Quarter-Final – St. Brendans 1-14 PS Chorca Dhuibhne 0-4
Semi-Final – St Brendans 2-14 St Flannans 0-5

Corn Uí Mhuirí Roll Of Honour

St. Brendan’s, Killarney (20) – 1929, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1963, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1986, 1992, 1994, 2008, 2010
Tralee CBS (15) – 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1976, 1999, 2000, 2007
Coláiste Chríost Rí, Cork (15) – 1967, 1968, 1970, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2011
Colaiste Iosagain, Ballyvourney (7) – 1949, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1971, 1981
De La Salle College Waterford (5) – 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne (4) – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Colaiste Na Sceilge, Caherciveen (4) – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009
North Monastery, Cork (3) – 1935, 1936, 1988
St Flannan’s College, Ennis (3) – 1959, 1993, 1995
St. Fachtna’s, Skibbereen (3) – 1982, 1990, 1991
Limerick CBS (2) – 1956, 1960
CBS High School Clonmel (1) – 1928
Colaste na Mumhan (1) – 1939
Rochestown College (1) – 1950
Intermediate School, Killorglin (1) – 1996
Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Cork (1) – 2005
De La Salle, Macroom (1) – 2006


Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-18

Kilkenny defeated Tipperary by 2-17 to 0-18 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 21st at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.


By Jackie Cahill for

Two late Kevin Kelly goals handed Kilkenny victory over arch-rivals Tipperary at Nowlan Park on Sunday afternoon. The Cats bounced back from last weekend’s defeat against holders Waterford to kickstart their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A campaign in front of 10,892 spectators.

For Kilkenny, this is a hugely significant victory achieved without a host of recognised stars, and against a Tipp side that saw off Dublin by 14 points in their opening fixture. Kilkenny’s win also ensures that Tipp’s dismal record against the Noresiders since 2010 continues.

In 13 competitive League and championship fixtures since Tipp denied the Cats five-in-a-row All-Ireland titles, they have won just two and on paper at least, this was one they would have felt confident of winning. Brian Cody will have left the venue today feeling deeply satisfied with the depth in his panel as forwards Kelly and Man-of-the-Match James Maher put their hands up for long-term inclusion in his starting line-up.

Kelly’s two clinical goals put this one to bed for Kilkenny as Maher chipped in with four points. Hurler of the Year TJ Reid was also mightily impressive for the hosts, collecting ten points. For Tipp, John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer was their standout performer with a haul of nine points and while other Premier County players produced some nice cameo moments, Kilkenny had the greater stomach for the fight.

The Kilkenny psychological hex is one that Tipp have struggled to shake off for a long time now and this defeat won’t help their cause. Kilkenny could also afford the luxury of 13 wides and in a hard-hitting encounter, they went in just a point down at half-time, 0-8 to 0-9, having played against the breeze.

Goal chances came and went at either end of the pitch before Kelly struck for that late, decisive brace. Walter Walsh’s delivery saw sub Jonjo Farrell get in behind Cathal Barrett, who slipped, and Kelly finished Farrell’s pass from close range. Kelly found the net with a low strike past Darren Gleeson in the third minute of stoppage time as Kilkenny laid down an early-season marker.


Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-10 (6f, 1 65), K Kelly 2-1, J Maher 0-4, P Walsh 01, W Walsh 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-9 (3f, 2 65s), J McGrath 0-4 (1f), C Kenny 0-2, N McGrath 0-2, M Breen 0-1.

KILKENNY: E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, R Lennon, D Cody; L Ryan, C Fogarty; C Fennelly, TJ Reid, J Maher; W Walsh, K Kelly, J Power
Subs: JJ Farrell for Power (62), K Joyce for Holden (62).

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, T Hamill, M Cahill; B Maher, J Barry, Pádraic Maher; M Breen, D Quinn; D McCormack, Patrick Maher, J O’Dwyer; N McGrath, C Kenny, J McGrath
Subs: N O’Meara for Kenny (50), R Maher for Quinn (52), J Meagher for Pádraic Maher (68), A Coffey for McCormack (68).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary starting XV to line out against Kilkenny in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League in Nowlan Park at 2pm next Sunday, February 21st, is unchanged from last Saturday night’s opening fixture and is as follows –

1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris Ileigh
6. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Michael Breen – Ballina
9. Daire Quinn – Nenagh Éire Óg
10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
11. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
12. Jason Forde – Silvermines
13. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
14. Conor Kenny – Borris-Ileigh
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

16. Darragh Mooney – Éire Óg Anacarty
17. Dylan Fitzelle – Cashel King Cormacs
18. Joe Gallagher – Kiladangan
19. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
20. John Meagher – Loughmore-Castleiney
21. Conor O’Brien – Éire Óg Anacarty
22. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
23. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs
24. Liam Ryan – Drom & Inch
25. Sean Ryan – Sean Treacy’s
26. Willie Ryan – Clonakenny

Kilkenny (Allianz HL Division 1A v Tipperary): Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Joey Holden, Shane Prendergast; Padraig Walsh, Robert Lennon, Diarmuid Cody; Lester Ryan, Conor Fogarty; Colin Fennelly, T J Reid, James Maher; Walter Walsh, Kevin Kelly, Richie Hogan

Important Match Day Information

Construction work is underway at both the Terrace end and on the extension to Ardan O Cearbhaill (Ted Carroll Stand). This means that the Terrace will be closed to the public for next Sunday and indeed our remaining games next month versus Galway and Dublin. The area around Aras O Cearbhaill(Admin Building) is a building site and is completely out of bounds to the public.

All stands will be open but transfer from one side of the ground to the other will not be possible.
Season Ticket Holders will be admitted to Ardan de Gras (Paddy Grace Stand) via Stiles 9 to 12 on Hebron Road.
Wheelchair users should use special entrance beside Stile 8 to access Wheelchair Area in Ardan de Gras (Paddy Grace Stand)

Stiles will open at 12.30.
Cash will not be accepted at the turnstiles. Tickets will be on sale at the Sales Kiosks on Hebron Road(2) and O’Loughlin Rd(2).
Supporters are urged to purchase in advance to avail of reduced rate and to avoid queues on Sunday.

Ticket Prices
Adults €15 (€10 if purchased before Saturday evening)
Students/Pensioners €10
Under 16’s Free

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 1-19 Kerry 1-15

Limerick defeated Kerry by 1-19 to 1-15 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday February 21st at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

D1B: Limerick hold off brave Kerry in Killarney


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Despite coming up short of Limerick at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the hurlers of Kerry gave an excellent account of themselves, showcasing their ability to compete at this level. The Division IIA champions began with a stunning victory over Laois last weekend, and they recovered from a 12-point deficit after just 20 minutes here to lose by just four at the end.

Limerick, backed by a powerful breeze in the first half, were somewhat fortunate to lead 1-16 to 1-5 at half-time but a superb Kerry second half display restricted Limerick to just three points in the second period, and left them gasping for breath in the closing stages before the Treaty County hung on to make it two wins from two in Division IB.

Limerick led 0-5 to 0-2 after 12 minutes, Cian Lynch, Barry Nash and Declan Hannon all on the scoreboard. Then, a goal from Hannon directly from a placed ball at the end of the first quarter left them 1-7 to 0-2 ahead and seemingly pulling away. Kerry’s industry and endeavour wasn’t quite reflected on the scoreboard as Limerick added scores to lead 1-11 to 0-2 after 20 minutes, an ominously large advantage from a Kerry perspective.

However, Kerry, managed by Limerick legend Ciarán Carey, are made of stern stuff and when points from Michael O’Leary and Shane Nolan were followed by a Mikey Boyle goal, they trailed by just seven points. However, Limerick reeled off five of the next six points to lead 1-16 to 1-5 at the interval.

Heavy rain fell during the second half but Kerry were determined to get back into the game and they slowly worked their way back, Jack Goulding, John Egan and Shane Nolan (frees) all among their scorers as they reduced the arrears to six, 1-18 to 1-12, by the 65th minute.

Seán Tobin got Limerick’s only point from play in the second half to push them seven clear as the game entered injury-time but Kerry finished strongly, knocking over three points in the remaining minutes to go down fighting and leave the clear impression that they will fight tooth and nail for their survival in IB this year.


Scorers for Kerry: Shane Nolan 0-5 (4f), John Egan 0-4, Mikey Boyle 1-0, Philip Lucid (1f), Michael O’Leary 0-2, Colm Harty 0-1, Jack Goulding 0-1

Scorers for Limerick: Declan Hannon 1-4, Barry Nash 0-4, Diarmuid Byrne 0-3 (2f, 0-1 ’65), David Reidy 0-3, Paul Browne 0-2, Cian Lynch 0-1, Graeme Mulcahy 0-1

KERRY: Martin Stackpoole; Seán Weir, Bryan Murphy, Keith Carmody; Daniel Collins, Darren Dineen, Tom Murnane; Patrick Kelly, Tommy Casey; Shane Nolan, Michael O’Leary, Colum Harty; John Egan, Mikey Boyle, Jack Goulding
Subs: Jordan Conway for Nolan (55), Philip Lucid for Goulding (63), Jason Diggins for Collins (70).

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Tom Condon, Richie McCarthy, Richie English; Dan Morrissey, Diarmaid Byrne, Séamus Hickey; Darragh O’Donovan, Paul Browne; David Reidy, Gavin O’Mahony, Cian Lynch; Graeme Mulcahy, Declan Hannon, Barry Nash
Subs: John Fitzgibbon for O’Donovan (29), Paudie O’Brien for Reidy (50), Seánie Tobin for Mulcahy (54), Tom Morrissey for Nash (58), Pat Ryan for Condon (60).

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

Team News

Limerick senior hurling starting fifteen has just been released by the Limerick senior hurling management team for the round two Allianz hurling league game against Kerry this Sunday evening in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney at 2pm. Limerick starting fifteen is as follows
1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain), 2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Richie English (Doon), 5. Dan Morrissey (Ahane), 6. Diarmaid Byrne (Patrickswell), 7. Seamus Hickey (Murroe Boher), 8. Darragh O Donovan (Doon), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff), 10. David Reidy (Dromin Athlacca), 11. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 12. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Declan Hannon (Adare) and Barry Nash (South Liberties).

KERRY (HL v Limerick): M Stackpoole (Lixnaw); S Weir (Crotta O’Neills), B Murphy (Causeway), K Carmody (C’way); D Collins (Kilmoyley), D Dineen (St Brendan’s), T Murnane (K’moyley); P Kelly (C’castle), T Casey (Causeway); S Nolan (Crotta O’Neills), M O’Leary (A’dorney), C Harty (Causeway); J Egan (St Brendan’s), M Boyle (Ballyduff), J Goulding (B’duff)
Subs: A McCabe (Kilmoyley), B Brosnan (Lixnaw), J Buckley (Lixnaw), M Milner (Dr Crokes), J Conway (Crotta O’Neills), J Diggins (C’way), D Fitzelle (Kilmoyley), J Griffin (Lixnaw), P Lucid (B’heigue), J O’Connor (A’dorney), B O’Leary (A’dorney).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Clare 0-18 Wexford 1-11

Clare defeated Wexford by 0-18 to 1-11 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday February 21st at Innovate Wexford Park.

D1B: Clare come good to defeat Wexford


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Clare came good in the end to defeat Wexford in an entertaining encounter at Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday afternoon. Despite having the benefit of a strong wind in the first half, Wexford struggled for much of it and only led at the break thanks to a fine penalty a few minutes before half-time from goalkeeper Mark Fanning. That left it 1-6 to 0-7 going in.

The lead swelled to four points in the third quarter but Clare gradually chipped away at Wexford and took firm control of the game in the final quarter, hitting nine of the final 10 points, including five without reply in the last few minutes, to take a valuable victory away from the south-east.

Wexford, backed by the strong breeze, led 0-4 to 0-1 after 10 minutes but six in a row from Clare, including a series of placed balls from Colin Ryan and scores from Conor McGrath and John Conlon, had them 0-7 to 0-4 ahead by the 28th minute. Fanning’s powerfully struck penalty in the 33rd minute followed Wexford points from Eoin Moore and David Dunne, and that burst of 1-2 helped Liam Dunne’s side into a much needed 1-6 to 0-7 interval lead.

After some early sparring in the second half, Wexford moved four clear, leading 1-10 to 0-9 after 50 minutes, thanks to two frees in a row from Harry Kehoe. However, that was the beginning of the end of their challenge, as Clare took control shortly afterwards. Now backed by the wind, Clare drew level following points from Ryan (free), David Reidy and Bobby Duggan. A Kehoe free briefly put Wexford back in the lead in the 64th minute, but Clare were dominant by now and made it count in the closing minutes.

Points from Jack Browne, Bobby Duggan and three from the ruthlessly efficient Colin Ryan in the last five minutes saw Clare level and then move clear of Wexford to take the win. Clare now have two wins from two in Division IB and are firmly in the promotion hunt. Wexford have lost two on the bounce, but will be expected to do well in their remaining fixtures, against Laois, Kerry and Offaly.


Scorers for Wexford: Harry Kehoe 0-6 (6f), Mark Fanning 1-0 (1-0 pen), David Dunne 0-2, Podge Doran 0-1, Eoin Moore 0-1, Andrew Shore 0-1

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-10 (8f, 0-1 ’65), Conor McGrath 0-2, Jack Browne 0-2, Bobby Duggan 0-2, John Conlon 0-1, David Reidy 0-1

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Liam Ryan, Matthew O’Hanlon, James Breen; Eoin Moore, Paudie Foley, Shaun Murphy; Lee Chin, Andrew Kenny; Harry Kehoe, Andrew Shore, Aidan Nolan; David Dunne, Podge Doran, Liam Óg McGovern
Subs: Eoin Conroy for Murphy (28), Ian Byrne for Breen (41), Conor McDonald for McGovern (57).

CLARE: Patrick Kelly; Paul Flanagan, Cian Dillon, Patrick O’Connor; Jack Browne, David McInerney, Conor Cleary; David Reidy, Conor Ryan; John Conlon, Gearóid O’Connell, Colin Ryan; Conor McGrath, Shane O’Donnell, Aron Shanagher
Subs: Bobby Duggan for O’Connell (46), Aaron Cunningham for Shanagher (56).

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 0-20 Cork 1-14

Waterford defeated Cork by 0-20 to 1-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 20th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

D1A: Waterford too good once again for Rebels


By Alan O’Connell for

Pat Horgan goaled a late free but Cork slumped to their second defeat of the campaign as reigning champions Waterford marched on at Páirc Uí Rinn. It was Waterford’s second win in less than a week, after they great effort against Kilkenny last Sunday, and they were led to victory by their All-Ireland minor winning contingent from 2013.

Austin Gleeson was a star in the half-back line again, and his late point ensured victory – that came directly after Maurice Shanahan was given a straight red for an off-the-ball incident. Cork’s Alan Cadogan was also sent-off in a feisty ending to the match but despite Horgan’s goal Waterford held on. Waterford played into a slight breeze in the first-half, but still held a 0-11 to 0-7 lead at the break.

Horgan got Cork’s account up and running after seven minutes – Kevin Moran had earlier angled over an effort from the touchline. Waterford hit three in a row, with Shanahan finding his range, Darragh Fives advanced from the half-back line to add his name to the scoreline and Gleeson’s effort from distance was a fantastic score.

Horgan and Shanahan exchanged frees before Daniel Kearney and Brian Lawton slotted as they reduced the arrears to the minimum, 0-5 to 0-4 after 16 minutes. Jamie Barron got a deserved point, and further efforts from Shanahan and Patrick Curran (both two) and a smart point from Jake Dillon ensured Waterford were in the ascendency at the break. But Horgan kept Cork in it with four first-half points. He hit their first of the second-half, five minutes in but Shanahan and Colin Dunford added to Waterford’s tally. Waterford shot three in a row with Barron’s second giving them a 0-16 to 0-8 lead. But Cork didn’t drop their heads.

Horgan and Brian Lawton notched efforts before a tremendous Aidan Walsh sideline brought the home-faithful to their feet. Dunford’s disputed point just before the hour re-established Waterford’s seven-point lead but Conor Lehane hit two in a row. Shanahan got his marching orders in the 66th minute, and after Gleeson pointed a free, Cadogan was also sent-off. Horgan goaled but Waterford had enough.


Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 1-6 (1-4f), C Lehane 0-3, B Lawton 0-2, A Walsh 0-1 (1 sl), D Kearney 0-1, A Cadogan 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: M Shanahan 0-6 (5f, 0-1 ’65), A Gleeson 0-3 (1f), P Curran 0-3, J Barron 0-2, C Dunford 0-2, K Moran 0-1, D Fives 0-1, J Dillon 0-1, S Bennett 0-1.

CORK:A Nash; S O’Neill, C Joyce, S McDonnell; D Cahalane, W Egan, C Spillane; D Kearney, A Walsh; B Lawton, B Cooper, L McLoughlin; C Lehane, W Leahy, P Horgan
Subs: A Cadogan for Leahy (HT), S Moylan for Kearney (HT), M Ellis for Egan (46), C Murphy for Spillane (46), P O’Sullivan for McLoughlin (64).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; A Gleeson, D Fives, P Mahony; J Barron, M Shanahan; K Moran, S Bennett, M Walsh; P Curran, J Dillon, C Dunford
Subs: B O’Halloran for Bennett (59 mins), T Devine for Curran (61), M Kearney for Dunford (69).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

Team News

CORK (HL v Waterford): A Nash (Kanturk); Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown), C Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), S McDonnell (Glen Rovers); D Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), W Egan (Kilbrin), C Spillane (Castlelyons); D Kearney (Sarsfields), A Walsh (Kanturk); B Lawton (Castlemartyr), B Cooper (Youghal), L McLoughlin (Kanturk); C Lehane (Midleton), W Leahy (Aghada), P Horgan (Glen Rovers). Subs: P Collins (Ballinhassig), S Murphy (Blackrock), M Ellis (Millstreet), P Cronin (Bishopstown), A Cadogan (Douglas), P O’Sullivan (Cloyne), C McCarthy (Sarsfields), S Moylan (Douglas), C Murphy (Mallow), L O’Farrell (Midleton), K Burke (Midleton).

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Cork in round two of the Allianz National Hurling League Pairc Uí Rinn on Saturday 20th Feb at 7pm have being named –

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