Munster Scor Sinsear Semi-Final

The Munster Scor Sinsear Semi-Final will take place in Mallow on Saturday March 23rd.  The champions from Cork, Kerry, Clare and Waterford will take part.

Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup Championship Final – UCC 1-20 Mary I 0-14

Classy UCC retain Fitzgibbon Cup Title

Report from the web site

Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup Final: UCC 2-17 Mary Immaculate 2-12

UCC retained the Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup title with a deserved five-point defeat of Mary Immaculate College at Pearse Stadium, Galway this afternoon. Leading by 0-9 to 0-7 at the break, goals from Conor Lehane and Séamus Harnedy in the second half settled the game in the Leesiders’ favour. Mary I received a massive boost before the game when Declan Hannon was cleared following the red card he received in the semi-final win over WIT yesterday.

Man of the match Conor Lehane opened the scoring for UCC before his Cork team-mate William Egan added to the champions’ haul with a fine score. However, Mary I hit back with three scores on the trot, John Conlon with the first two and then Conor Cooney landing a beauty on the turn to give his side the lead on 12 minutes. UCC responded with a run of four points in succession, Lehane grabbing three of those before Paul Haughney made it 0-7 to 0-4 with 21 minutes played. Lehane finished the first half with 0-6 to his name, but Cooney, who was released by his club St Thomas’ to play from the start having come on as a sub in the semi-final, was in terrific form from limited ball for Mary I, nailing his third from play after a fine effort from his team-mate Luke O’Farrell. Lehane popped over his final score of the half before UCC’s Séamus Harnedy had a great goal chance just before the break, but the Cork star kicked the sliotar wide and the scoreline remained 0-9 to 0-7 in favour of the Leesiders when referee Barry Kelly blew the half-time whistle.

At the start of the second half, UCC moved 0-11 to 0-8 clear thanks to an excellent score from Brian O’Sullivan, before the outstanding Egan then clipped over his second of the game from the half-back line. Seán Curran pulled one back for Mary I but the Leesiders made the first real break in the 39th minute when livewire Lehane pounced for a goal, his tame enough shot finding the back of the net. Curran, though, added two more quickfire scores to drag the Shannonsiders back into the game, and they were just a point in arrears when Conlon blasted a 21-yard free to the back of the net at the start of the fourth quarter.

UCC, to their credit, dug deep and the Mary I defence had no answer to a star-studded attack in which Lehane, Harnedy and the quicksilver Brian Hartnett shone. Harnedy and sub Adrian Breen pushed UCC 1-16 to 1-11 clear, before ‘College’ hit their second goal and all but ended the game as a contest. A mix-up in the Mary I defence opened the door for Harnedy and the Cork inter-county man did the rest, blasting his side 2-16 to 1-11 clear in the 53rd minute. Lehane added some more gloss to the scoreline and brought his tally to 1-9 with a late free, before Eamonn Cregan’s side grabbed a late consolation goal, Cooney hitting the back of the net from a free.

UCC Scorers: C Lehane 1-9 (0-7f), W Egan 0-2, D McCormack 0-1, P Haughney 0-1, B O’Sullivan 0-2, S Harnedy 1-1, A Breen 0-1.

Mary I Scorers: J Conlon 1-4 (1-3f), C Cooney 1-3 (1-0f), L O’Farrell 0-2, S Curran 0-3

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 3-12 Down 1-17

Down 1-17 Cork 3-12

Report from the RTE web site

Cork snatched their first league win of the campaign – 3-12 to 1-17 – with an injury-time goal from Ciaran Sheehan in Newry. Down led by two points going in the second minute of injury-time before Sheehan kicked Fintan Goold’s low ball into the net. It was a sickening blow for Down who were 1-09 to 2-04 ahead at half-time. Further points from the impressive Donal O’Hare had Down on course until Sheehan’s decisive last kick of the game.

The home team looked to be heading for their first points in Division 1 when late points from Aidan Carr and Conor Laverty put them two points ahead with time almost up. However, the Rebels’ man-of-the-match, Aidan Walsh, won a ball near the sideline and released Goold whose low shot across the square was kicked into the net by Sheehan. The late sucker-punch was hard luck on Down, who were the better team throughout. Down’s attacking flair was undone by two dreadful defensive mistakes in the first half which gifted Cork two goals and kept Conor Counihan’s men in the game.

The home side were 0-05 to 0-03 ahead after 18 minutes when the first defensive lapse from Dan McCartan allowed Paul Kerrigan to square the ball across for Fermoy’s Tomás Clancy to palm the ball into an empty net. Down recovered from the blow and continued to dominate the play. They reeled off four unanswered points, two from play from Mark Poland and two frees from the impressive O’Hare. Connaire Harrison then put Down firmly in control with a superbly finished goal in the 34th minute. Conor Laverty ghosted in between two defenders out near the wing and kicked the ball into the square. Harrison easily beat Eoin O’Mahony in the air, made the room to shoot and then drilled a shot across Ken O’Halloran into the far corner of the net.

Down looked to be heading for a comfortable 1-09 to 1-04 lead at the break, which would not have flattered them. However, another defensive howler came at the worst possible stage for the Mourne men, on the stroke of half-time, with an own-goal from Down goalkeeper Michael Cunningham. A high ball into the square was contested between the goalkeeper and Aidan Walsh. Cunningham had looked less than convincing during the first half and Walsh put him under just enough pressure to force him to spill an easy catch. The loose ball came off the leg of Down full-back Benny McArdle, but it was the goalkeeper’s mistake. After all their hard work, Down’s blunders meant they only led by 1-09 to 2-04 at the interval.

Cork reeled off four unanswered points at the start of the second half, in what was their best spell of the game. Colm O’Neill hit two lovely left-footed frees off the ground and Cork’s ability to convert long-range scores was crucial. Walsh had a superb game in midfield and hit three points from play, as well as a 40-metre free and a ’45. Down struggled in the third quarter but finished strongly. They scored 0-05 without reply to go back in front with the impressive O’Hare scoring three points, including two frees. Kevin McKernan and Harrison also scored from play and it looked like Down had done enough when Laverty raced through and fisted the ball over the bar to put Down two points ahead. But it proved to be a dangerous lead, with Sheehan’s last-gasp effort seeing the defending league champions snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

DOWN: M Cunningham (1-00, own goal); D McCartan, B McArdle, R Boyle; R Mallon (0-01), A Carr (0-01), P McComiskey (0-01); K King, K McKernan (0-01); C Laverty (0-01), M Poland (0-02), K Quinn; D O’Hare (0-09, 0-04f), C Harrison (1-01), B Coulter.

Subs used: J Johnston for Quinn (48 mins), E McCartan for King (58), S McArdle for O’Hare (65).

CORK: K O’Halloran; M Shields, E O’Mahony, E Cadogan; T Clancy (Fermoy) (1-00), N O’Leary, J O’Sullivan; G Canty, A Walsh (0-05, 0-01 ’45’, 0-01f); F Goold, C Sheehan (1-01), P Kerrigan (0-01); M Collins, C O’Neill (0-02, 0-02f), D O’Connor (0-03, 0-03f). Subs used: P Kissane for O’Mahony (half-time), B O’Driscoll for O’Connor (60 mins), A O’Sullivan for Kerrigan (63).

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kildare 2-8 Kerry 0-12

Kildare defeated Kerry by 2-8 to 0-12 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 on Sunday at Newbridge.

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Kildare in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League in Newbridge on Sunday next shows 6 changes in personnel from the side that started in Round 2 against Dublin. Shane Enright comes in for Peter Crowley in the full back line, there is a new midfield pairing of Kieran Donaghy and Captain, Eoin Brosnan in place of the injured Anthony Maher and James Walsh, and up front Donnchadh Walshe resumes to lead the attack after a long layoff with injury, while the Dr Crokes pair of Johnny Buckley and Kieran O’Leary return from Club duty, Michael Geaney, Michael O’Donoghue and Patrick Curtin are the ones to lose out.

The team in full is:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Marc Ó Sé An Gaeltacht

3. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore

4. Shane Enright Tarbert

5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

6. Tomás Ó Sé An Gaeltacht

7. Killian Young Renard

8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks

9. Eoin Brosnan (Capt) Dr Crokes

10. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh/Glencar

11. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

12. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes

13. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes

14. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion

15. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion

17. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers

18. Michael Geaney Dingle

19. Michael O’Donoghue Spa

20. Patrick Curtin Moyvane

21. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes

22. Brian Maguire Listowel Emmetts

23. Andrew Garnett Spa

24. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys

25. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilemore

26. Brian Looney ` Dr Crokes

– The team features 10 of the side defeated by Donegal in the All Ireland Qtr Finals last August.

– Donnchadh Walsh returns after a long layoff with a hip/groin injury

– The Substitutes list is notable for the return of David Moran who has recovered from a double cruciate injury.

The following players are unavailable for Selection:


Declan O’Sullivan Recovering from back Injury sustained against Dublin.

Anthony Maher Recovering from Calf Injury sustained against Dublin

Colm Cooper Has some niggly injuries at the moment and is rehabbing same

Bryan Sheehan Working on his fitness

Paul Galvin Back Training – Won’t be available for a couple of weeks

Paul Geaney Recovering from Hamstring injury

Jack Sherwood Recovering from Groin injury

Returned to training with the Under 21 squad:

James Walsh, Conor Cox, David Culhane .

• Some other players are on the extended panel but are not on the travelling party of 26 for this game.

All Ireland Senior Club Camogie Final – Milford (Cork) 3-6 Killimor (Galway) 1-6

Milford marvels make history

By Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Milford 3-06 Killimor 1-06

A resolute defensive performance fronted by player of the match Sarah Sexton, Anna Geary and team captain Elaine O’Riordan, was at the very core of Milford’s historic All-Ireland Senior Club camogie championship-winning display at Croke Park on Saturday night. Such was the overall work ethic of the North Cork girls they completely snuffed out the considerable threat of Killimor duo, Brenda Hanney and Martina Conroy.

“I’m delighted for the girls” said manager, Frank Flannery. “It’s a monumental occasion. We didn’t play particularly well but we won. Finals are for winning and that’s the main thing. We were a bit edgy but we said if we conceded no goals we’d win the match. “I think up to today we conceded 2-6 from play all year. We conceded 1-1 today. Eight games, 3-7. That’s good. That’s what our game is built on. You see our wing-forwards, they tuck back like footballers and that’s the way the game is gone. “We didn’t expect Emer Watson’s free to go over the bar and it did so that’s a bonus. It was a big score at the time and I think it took off from there. I think Anna [Geary] and Sarah Sexton really brought us into the game as well. “Regina [Curtin] did so well too. She has been sick all week but you wouldn’t have known it out there as she gave absolutely everything. That’s what these girls are about.

Two goals from Maria Watson and another by Deirdre O’Reilly augmented those defensive efforts to cement Milford’s night to remember. In particular, it was their quick-fire double in the space of a minute that blew this game wide open. The first was a wonderfully-crafted effort, as county football star O’Reilly didn’t even have to break stride to crash the ball to the net in the 20th minute after a visionary pass from the outstanding Marie O’Neill. Watson scrambled a second almost immediately after and Milford led 2-4 to 0-5 at half-time. Watson finished expertly from a Regina Curtin pass in the 41st minute and Flannery’s charges saw the game out comfortably from there.

Killimor kept plugging away but never threatened to breach the outstanding Milford rearguard until Brenda Hanney doubled a brilliant goal in the 59th minute. It was much too late for Tommy Callagy’s crew to fashion any sort of comeback but even in the couple of remaining minutes, they never looked like denying their opponents a deserved success.

Scorers for Milford: M Watson 2-0, E Watson 0-4fs, D O’Reilly 1-0, M O’Neill 0-2.

Scorers for Killimor: M Conroy 0-5 (4fs, 1 45); B Hanney 1-1.

Milford: R Finn; K Galvin, M Walsh, L Healy; E O’Riordan, A Geary, S Sexton; O O’Mahony, A Thompson; E Watson, D O’Reilly, A Watson; M O’Neill, R Curtin, M Watson.

Subs: L O’Flynn for A Watson (40), D Hayes for Galvin (56), A O’Flynn for Curtin (56), E Friel for M Watson (58), N O’Brien for Healy (58).

Killimor: H Campbell; J Brien, K Brien, N Hanney; M Duane, AM Hayes, M Callagy; AM Starr, E Haverty; C Conroy, M Conroy, A Brehony; S Keane, B Hanney, D Starr.

Subs: R Groves for Brehony (39); N Burke for D Starr (49).

Referee: G O’Dowd (Limerick)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Tipperary 2-12 London 1-8

Tipp bag first points of campaign

By Michael Dundon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 2-12 London 1-08

Tipperary claimed their first points of this season’s Division Four campaign at the expense of London at Semple Stadium yesterday. A paltry 251 spectators saw Conor Sweeney goal for Tipperary in the 28th minute, after good work by George Hannigan to give his side an interval lead of 1-6 to 0-3. London piled on the pressure in the second half but resolute Tipperary defending maintained a three point advantage after 51 minutes.

Then the home side had points from Darren Lowry, Conor Sweeney and Brian Fox to open a six-point lead with two minutes to play. London got a lifeline with a Padraig McGoldrick goal from a penalty in the 68th minute but Tipperary hit back immediately, George Hannigan steering home Hugh Coghlan’s well-placed pass in the 70th minute. Conor Sweeney, Barry Grogan and Paddy Codd impressed for the home team while Lloyd Colfer, Padraig McGoldrick, Seamus Hannon, and David McGreevy were London’s best.

Scorers for Tipperary: G Hannigan and C Sweeney 1-1 each; B Grogan0-3 (2fs); P Acheson0-2, A Moloney0-2 (2fs), B Fox, H Coghlan, D Lowry 0-1 each.

Scorers for London: P McGoldrick 1-5 (1-2fs), L Colfer 0-4 (2fs), G Crowley 0-1.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; J Coghlan, P Codd, A Morrissey; D Leahy, C McDonald, A Campbell; G Hannigan, P Acheson; B Fox, B Jones, A Matassa; A Moloney, B Grogan, C Sweeney.

Subs: H Coghlan for Campbell; D Lowry for Jones; L Egan for Moloney; D Lynch for Matassa.

LONDON: E Byrne; S Curran, K Lynam, D McCreevy; S Hannon, G Carr, D Ryan; J Monaghan, M Carroll; G Crowley, L Colfer, C McAllion; P McGoldrick, P Atkinson, M Gottsche.

Subs: E Finnegan for Monaghan; P Finn for Carroll; A McTigue for Atkinson; E McConville for Ryan; M Cahalane for Carr.

Referee: M Meade, Limerick

Munster Vocational Schools Senior A Hurling Final – Roscrea CC 2-7 Borrisokane CC 0-9

Roscrea CC defeated Borrisokane CC by 2-7 to 0-9 in the Munster Vocational Schools Senior A Hurling Final on Wednesday in Dolla.

Corn Uí Mhuirí Final-PS Chorca Dhuibhne 1-15 St. Brendans 1-8

Class act O Se puts Brendan’s to the sword

Report from the Sunday Independent newspaper


Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne retained the Corn Ui Mhuiri as they recovered from a poor start to beat 22-time champions St Brendan’s Killarney on a perfect sod at Fitzgerald Stadium. St Brendan’s dominated the opening quarter, with Kerry U-21 panellist Kieran Murphy lording midfield, but all they had to show for it was three points from frees – two from Tony Brosnan and one from Conor Keane. Once Chorca Dhuibhne moved captain Eanna O Conchuir from the edge of the square to midfield and Tomas O Se warmed to the task, the champions scored six unanswered points in the final 10 minutes of the first half, two from O Conchuir and Cathal O Bambaire, and one each from Pol Breathnach and Tom O Suilleabhain to lead 0-7 to 0-3 at the break.

O Se destroyed the St Brendan’s defence after the break and Chorca Dhuibhne struck for a goal inside a minute when, after a wonder pass from Tom O Suilleabhain to Barra O Suilleabhain, the midfielder found Cathal O Bambaire and he rifled the ball to the net. O Bambaire then pointed after a poor kick-out. O Se was at his marauding best, punching a superb point after a 60-metre run in the 40th minute, while St Brendan’s had to wait until the 46th minute for their first point from play from Jordan Kiely. But after Tom O Suilleabhain and sub Seamus O Muircheartaigh each added two more, it was all over. Kelvin Teahan grabbed a consolation goal, but it will be Chorca Dhuibhne who face the Leinster champions in the Hogan Cup semi-final.

Scorers – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: C O Bambaire 1-3, E O Conchuir, T O Suilleabhain 0-3 each, S O Muircheartaigh (1f), P Breathnach 0-2 each, P O Dubhain (1f), T O Se 0-1 each. St Brendan’s College Killarney: C Keane 0-4 (4f), K Teahan 1-0, T Brosnan 0-2 (2f), J Kiely, M Burns 0-1 each.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne – D O Conchuir; B O Beaglaoich, C O Luing, C O Suilleabhain; M O Flatharta, P O Conchuir, M O Conchuir; B O Suilleabhain C O Beaglaoich; T O Se, P Breathnach, P O Dubhain; T O Suilleabhain, E O Conchuir, C O Bambaire. Subs: C O Muirthuile for C O Beaglaoich (49), S O Muircheartaigh for P Breathnach (50), R O Se for T O Se (59), C O Gairbhia for M O Conchuir (59), M O Caomhanaigh for P O Dubhain (59)

St Brendan’s College Killarney – A O’Connor; D Galvin, B Lynch, P Casey; D Lyne, J McCarrick, D Rice; K Murphy, J O’Neill; M Burns, T Brosnan, K Teahan; L Byrnes, R O’Riordan, C Keane. Subs: J Kiely for T Brosnan (32), G Kelly for L Byrnes (32), D Roche for D Lyne (43), A Moriarty for D Rice (59)

Ref – Eddie Walsh (Rathmore)

Team Panels

St.Brendan’s College Panel

See below the St.Brendan’s College Panel for the Corn ui Mhuiri 2012-2013 –

Kieran Murphy- Killcummin (Captain)

Andrew O’ Connor- Legion

Roy Kelliher- Glenflesk

Diarmuid Galvin- Dr.Crokes

Josh Flynn- Fyries

Brian Lynch- Spa

Philip Casey- Killcummin

Damien Lyne- Legion

James McCarrick- Glenflesk

Darragh Rice- Fossa

Sean Burke- Fyries

Jack O’ Neill- Legion

Micheal Burns- Dr.Crokes

Tony Brosnan- Dr.Crokes

Kelvin Teahan- Killcummin

Laurence Byrnes- Dr.Crokes

Dara Roche- Glenflesk

Gavin Kelly- Glenflesk

Kevin Keane- Glenflesk

Conor Keane- Legion

Rory O’Riordan- Spa

Matthew Keane- Killcummin

Donal Lyne- Legion

Alan Moriarty- Legion

Jordan Kiely- Dr.Crokes

Paudie Clifford- Fossa

Mikey O’Shea- Fossa

Jack Cahill- Spa

Manager – Harry O’Neill

Selection – Arthur Fitzgerald, Micheal Leahy

Maor Uisce – Gavin O’Shea, Paudraig Moynihan


P.S. Chorca Dhuibhne Panel

The P.S. Chorca Dhuibhne panel is as follows –

Dáithí Ó Conchuir Daingean Uí Chúis

Alan Ó Súilleabháin Lios Póil

Brian Ó Beaglaíoch An Ghaeltacht

Cathal ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht

Conchúir Ó Súilleabháin Daingean Uí Chúis

Maitiú Ó Flatharta Daingean Uí Chúis

Pádraig Ó Conchúir Daingean Uí Chúis

Pádraig Ó Dubháin Daingean Uí Chúis

Marc Ó Conchúir Daingean Uí Chúis

Cian Ó Murchú An Ghaeltacht

Caoimhghín Ó Beaglaíoch An Ghaeltacht

Tadhg de Brún Daingean Uí Chúis

Cathal Ó Gairbhia An Ghaeltacht

Aodhán Mac Gearailt Lios Póil

Éanna Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht

Barra Ó Súilleabháin Daingean Uí Chúis

Colm Ó Beaglaíoch An Ghaeltacht

Brian Ó Murchú An Ghaeltacht

Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh An Ghaeltacht

Tomás Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

Colm Ó Muirthile Lios Póil

Pól Breathnach An Ghaeltacht

Tom Ó Súilleabháin Daingean Uí Chúis

Cathal Ó Bambaire Daingean Uí Chúis

Séin Ó hUallacháin An Ghaeltacht

Roibeárd Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh Daingean Uí Chúis

Seán Ó Bambaire An Ghaeltacht

Máirtín Ó Gormáin An Ghaeltacht

Alan Ó Cinnéide Daingean Uí Chúis

Micheál Ó Caomhánaigh Lios Póil

Seán Ó Gairbhia An Ghaeltacht

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick 0-8 Waterford 0-6

Limerick sitting pretty

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 0-08 Waterford 0-06

Limerick demonstrated their composure under pressure to squeeze past Waterford in a dour encounter at Fraher Field on Saturday night. Late points from Ian Ryan and Seanie Buckley dug out a win that sends the Shannonsiders to the summit of Division Four.

Afterwards, manager Maurice Horan highlighted their ability to close out the game in a controlled manner as crucial to victory. “Our experienced heads got on the ball at the right time and Ian Ryan kicked the frees. It was satisfying guys took control and took the sting out of Waterford at crucial times. It just looked like there wasn’t going to be a goal in that game so it had to be points.” For the third game running Horan’s charges took the spoils by two points or less but the manager still sees room for improvement. “It’s pleasing to see that we can eke it out and just about get over the finish line.

“At the same time we are not scoring enough and Limerick usually score more than that. We would like to believe that we have more scoring power than that. Once you win one, the stakes get higher for the next one. If we were to pull two points out of the next one at home to Carlow it would be fantastic. I think next weekend the league is going to turn a corner; you will really see who is pushing for promotion at that stage.” The top two sides in the division served up a low quality affair as they shared 23 wides over the 70 minutes. The visitors displayed more menace in attack throughout and led 0-4 to 0-2 at the break. Waterford captain Gary Hurney came off the bench early in that opening half to make his first league appearance of the season as the hosts misfired up front. They hit eight first half wides and went 26 minutes without a score before Hurney converted a free late in that opening spell.

A scrappy second-half developed into a shoot-out between Ian Ryan and Hurney. On two occasions, Hurney brought the hosts to within a point, but he ploughed a lone furrow up front and they couldn’t apply further pressure. While Ryan emerged as top scorer for the visitors, he could depend on a stronger supporting cast. Ryan and Buckley kicked crucial points in the closing five minutes to give Limerick a buffer to protect. Corner back Conor Phelan made a late raid in injury time but his effort was cleared to safety. Despite Saturday night’s setback, Hurney remains optimistic about Waterford’s promotion hopes: “Overall, the performance wasn’t too bad. I suppose we have to be more clinical up front, that’s obvious. That game is over now and we have to drive on to next week.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-4 (2fs); J Riordan, G Collins, E O’Connor, S Buckley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: G Hurney 0-5 (2fs); G Nugent 0-1.

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; C Coady, L O’Dwyer, M O’Riordan ; S Lavin, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Lee, B O’Brien; J O’Meara, E O’Connor, J Riordan; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan.

Subs: D O’Connor for O’Carroll (46); I Corbett for O’Meara (52); S Buckley for Lee (54); D Treacey for O’Brien (67).

WATERFORD: S Enright; C Phelan, S Prendergast, M O’Gorman; T Grey, S Briggs, J Hurney; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; L Ó Lonáin, P Whyte, D Guiry; P Hurney, R Ahearne, G Nugent.

Subs: G Hurney for P Whyte (20); M Scurry for Nugent (42); D Hallahan for Guiry (53); S O’Hare for T Prendergast (62).

Referee: J Hickey (Carlow)


Limerick record third straight win in Division IV

Report from the web site

Allianz Football League Division IV: Waterford 0-6 Limerick 0-8

Limerick’s promotion hopes were given a major boost when they recorded a deserved two-point win over Waterford in a disappointing game at Dungarvan on Saturday night. Maurice Horan’s side are now in the driving seat in the bottom tier after recording their third straight win in the competition against a Déise outfit who also had one eye on promotion after an unbeaten start to the year. Horan’s side led by 0-4 to 0-1 after 22 minutes thanks to an Eoghan O’Connor score, but the Déise pulled a point back just before the break to leave two between the sides at half-time. Waterford had the gap down to just a single point by the 62nd minute, but Niall Carew’s side kicked 12 wides throughout the 70 minutes and it was Limerick who came good in the closing stages. A Seánie Buckley point four minutes from the end gave the visitors a three-point cushion and they held on to seal their place at the top of the Division IV table.

Team News

The Limerick Team to play Waterford on Saturday has been announced and shows just one change from the team that beat Offaly 2 weeks ago. Seamus O’Carroll ( now with Parnells London) is in for Derry O’Connor.

1 Brian Scanlan

2 Cian Coady

3 Johnny McCarthy

4 Mark O’Riordan

5 Stephen Lavin

6 Paudie Browne

7 Pa Ranahan

8 Thomas Lee

9 Bobby O’Brien

10 James O’Meara

11 John Riordan

12 Seamus O’Carroll

13 Ger Collins

14 Eoghan O’Connor

15 Ian Ryan

Waterford SF v Limerick – Enright, Phelan, S.Pender, O’Gorman,Grey,Briggs (C), JHurney, S.Aherne, T.Pender, Lonáin, Whyte, P.Hurney,Guiry, R.Aherne, Nugent

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 0-13 Offaly 2-5

Tubridy keeps Clare in hunt

By Alan Walsh for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Offaly 2-05 Clare 0-13

David Tubridy contributed six quality points as Mick O’Dwyer’s Clare kept their promotion push alive with a vital victory over Offaly, one that was far more convincing than the scoreline suggests. Four Tubridy points and another from Alan Clohessy helped Clare establish a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the 22nd minute. Niall McNamee’s goal six minutes later levelled proceedings but Clare finished the first half far stronger and points by Chris Dunning, Shane McGrath and Enda Coughlan saw the visitors deservedly lead by 0-8 to 1-2 at the interval.

Offaly manager Emmet McDonnell had called four players ashore by half-time, giving an indication of the problems they were experiencing. Yet, against the run of play, corner-back Brian Darby’s 54th minute goal put Offaly 2-4 to 0-9 ahead. Clare were unfortunate not to be out of sight by this stage. Their captain Gary Brennan crashed a powerful shot against the crossbar and Offaly goalkeeper Alan Mulhall, who scored a first half point, produced a brave save to deny Podge McMahon. However, the Banner landed the next four points through Tubridy (two), Shane Ryan and Brennan to wrap up the win and McMahon also blazed wide in the 65th minute with the goal at his mercy.

OFFALY: A Mulhall 0-1 (free); B Darby 1-0, P McConway, E Rigney; G Guilfoyle, J Moloney, M Brazil; R Brady 0-1 (free), A McNamee; M Mitchell, B Connor 0-1, E Carroll; B Allen, N McNamee 1-1, P Cunningham.

Subs: S Pender for Rigney (25 mins), P McPadden for Cunningham (29), D Kelly for Mitchell (33), R Dalton 0-1 for Allen (half time), J Maher for McPadden (blood sub 56 -59 mins), M Young for A McNamee (63).

CLARE: J Hayes; M McMahon, S McNelis, E Coughlan 0-1; S Haugh, G Kelly, D Callinan; G Brennan 0-1, C O’Connor; C Dunning 0-1, S McGrath 0-2, A Clohessy 0-1; M McCarthy, R Donnelly, D Tubridy 0-6 (0-1 free, 0-1 ’45).

Subs: P McMahon for Donnelly (53), S Ryan 0-1 for Clohessy (inj, 55).

Referee: B O’Shea (Dublin)