Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 4-22 Galway 1-20

Galway 1-20 Tipperary 4-22

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Tipperary earned a vital Allianz NHL with victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium on a scoreline of 4-22 to 1-20. Eamonn O’Shea’s Tipperary delivered a polished opening period display departing 2-13 to 1-09 ahead at the break. A third minute goal from a Brendan Maher sideline cut was followed by a delightful Shane Bourke strike on 18 minutes. Joe Canning replied with a goal from a 20 metre free five minutes later. Tipp struck a third in the 53rd minute when John O’Dwyer, who scored 1-06 from play, bagged and a wonder goal from Lar Corbett on 68 sealed the deal.

With Corbett splendid at centre forward Tipperary tormented and completely outclassed Galway in the opening period. The Tribesmen were in considerable distress as Eamonn O’Shea’s outfit hurled impressively seizing the initiative. A third minute goal from a Brendan Maher sideline gave Tipp an encouraging start and they were far too nifty for the locals. Corbett pulled the strings, crafting and taking chances, as Tipp claimed a second goal in the 18th minute. It was manufactured by a cute Corbett pass which allowed Shane Bourke to rattle the Galway net.

Under serious duress, Galway inevitably looked to Joe Canning for inspiration and the gifted Portumna marksman gave them a drop of hope when grabbing a 23rd minute goal from a free. Still when the interval rolled around, Tipp departed protecting a significant advantage and Galway needed to improve. After the restart Canning’s accuracy from frees and play kept Galway in touch, but Tipp were never too perturbed. A third Tipp goal was scored in the 53rd minute when the excellent O’Dwyer bundled the sliotar over the line following a Fergal Flannery save from Seamus Callanan.

In the closing stages Corbett, who was back to his best, scorched through the heart of the Galway defence to decorate the triumph with a glorious goal. It was another worrying loss for Galway, who are now under real pressure in the competition, but for Tipperary this was a notable achievement. Confidence is returning and the stylish manner of this dynamic display augurs well for the Premier County.

Galway: F Flannery; F Moore, K Hynes, J Coen; N Donoghue, J Cooney, D Collins; I Tannian (0-01), A Smith; J Glynn, C Donnellan (0-01), D Glennon (0-02); N Healy (0-02), J Canning (1-10, 1-7fs), D Hayes (0-02).

Subs: A Harte (0-02) for Donoghe (23), B Flaherty for Cooney (36), N Burke for Donnellan (36), A Callanan for Burke (51)

Tipperary: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; P Maher, C O’Mahony (0-01), C O’Brien; J Woodlock (0-03), B Maher (1-00); S McGrath (0-01), L Corbett (1-01), J O’Brien; S Bourke (1-02), S Callanan (0-07, 4fs, 265s), J O’Dwyer (1-06).

Subs: D Maher for O’Mahony (36), N McGrath for B Maher (48), B O’Meara for J O’Brien (51), J Forde (0-01) for S Bourke (65), P Bourke for Callanan (68).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)

Team News

The Tipperary senior hurling team to play Galway on Monday at Pearse Stadium shows 4 changes from the team which defeated Kilkenny last Sunday. Captain Shane McGrath, who returns from injury at wing forward, James Woodlock, Shane Bourke and Seamus Callanan will start in place of Adrian Ryan, Noel McGrath, John O’Dwyer and Pa Bourke.

1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7. Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty)

8. James Woodlock (Drom and Inch)

9. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)

10. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch) CAPTAIN

11. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

12. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

13. Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

14. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)

15. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone)



Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Kilkenny 2-15 Waterford 0-16

Kilkenny 2-15 Waterford 0-16

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Brian Cody’s Kilkenny have secured their first points in Division 1A of the Allianz National Hurling League. The reigning League and All-Ireland champions defeated Waterford 2-15 to 0-16. Ger Aylward and sub Matthew Ruth scored the goals for the Cats in front of 6887 spectators. Waterford led by 0-11 to 1-6 at half-time but the Déise fell to their first defeat of the League campaign. In the 30th minute, Stephen O’Keeffe’s short puckout was intercepted by Ger Aylward 40 metres from goal and the Kilkenny corner forward burst through to blast a rasping drive past goalkeeper O’Keeffe.

That score tied the game at 1-4 to 0-7 but Waterford’s response was good, as Jake Dillon and Shane Walsh shot points from play. Eoin Larkin (free) and Colin Fennelly hauled Kilkenny level again but scores from Dillon and Kevin Moran before half-time handed Waterford that two-point interval lead. Having played with the breeze in the opening half, Waterford needed every score but they failed to create a goal chance in the game.

Kilkenny were back in front with three unanswered points to start the second half but Waterford hit back with four-in-a-row from Pauric Mahony to lead by 0-15 to 1-9. But Kilkenny were looking the more threatening in front of goal as Aylward and Colin Fennelly spurned good opportunities. And the Cats then opened up with a devastating scoring blitz, registering 1-5 without reply to move 2-14 to 0-15 in front.

The goal was another avoidable one from a Waterford perspective as O’Keeffe failed to deal with Paddy Hogan’s long delivery, allowing sub Matthew Ruth to pounce from close range in the 64th minute. That score settled the tie as Waterford sub Maurice Shanahan and Larkin traded points before full-time. Waterford suffered their first defeat of the League season and Cody will hope that this win will kickstart Kilkenny’s season. But the hosts were far from impressive as they registered 13 wides and the absence of key players is being keenly felt.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe (0-01); S Fives, L Lawlor, S Daniels; J Nagle, M Walsh, K Moran (0-01); S O’Sullivan (0-02), P Prendergast; B O’Halloran (0-01), S Prendergast, J Dillon (0-03); B O’Sullivan, S Walsh (0-01), P Mahony (0-06, 5f).

Subs: J Barron for B O’Sullivan (46), M Shanahan (0-01) for S Walsh (55), B Barry for Moran (65).

KILKENNY: E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; L Ryan (0-01), P Hogan; R Hogan (0-02), M Bergin, E Larkin (0-06, 5f); G Aylward (1-01), C Fennelly (0-01), A Fogarty (0-03).

Subs: P Walsh for Tyrrell (24), M Ruth (1-01) for Bergin (h.t.), W Phelan for Murphy (46).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)

Team News

Waterford Senior Hurling Team to play Kilkenny on Monday in Nowlan Park at 2.00pm in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League (Div. 1A)

1. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner

2. Shane Fives Carrigtwohill

3. Liam Lawlor Fourmilewater

4. Stephen Daniels De La Salle

5. Jamie Nagle Dungarvan

6. Michael Walsh Stradbally

7. Kevin Moran (CAPT.) De La Salle

8. Shane O’Sullivan Ballygunner

9. Darragh Fives Tourin

10. Brian O’Halloran Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

11. Seamus Prendergast Ardmore

12. Jake Dillon De La Salle

13 Brian O’Sullivan Ballygunner

14. Shane Walsh Fourmilewater

15. Pauric Mahony Ballygunner