Munster Scor Sinsear Final

The Munster Scor Sinsear Final will take place on Saturday April 6th at 6:00pm in Templemore.

Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior Football ‘B’ Final – St Attracta’s Tubbercurry 4-11 Our Lady’s Templemore 1-7

St Attracta’s (Tubbercurry) defeated Our Lady’s Templemore by 4-11 to 1-7 in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior Football ‘B’ Final on Saturday in Cusack Park Mullingar.

Fixture Details

Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior Football ‘B’ Final

St.Attracta’s Tubbercurry v Our Lady’s Templemore

Cusack Park, Mullingar 2.45pm


Masita GAA All-Ireland Colleges Senior ‘A’ Hurling Final – Dungarvan Colleges 1-12 Kilkenny CBS 1-7

Dungarvan Colleges defeated Kilkenny CBS by 1-12 to 1-7 in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Colleges Senior ‘A’ Hurling Final on Saturday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Fixture Details

Masita GAA All-Ireland Colleges Senior Hurling ‘A’ Final

Dungarvan Colleges v Kilkenny CBS

Semple Stadium, Thurles 3.15pm

Referee – Shane Hourigan (Luimneach)

Match Coverage

Both schools finals will be shown live on TG4

Admission Details

Adults – €20

OAP’s & Students – €5

Under 12’s are free

Patrons wishing to attend all 3 hurling finals in Thurles today can do so for €30 (€10 for OAPs, students) – go to stile 41 in New Stand


Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Final – Dublin 1-16 Limerick 1-15

Dublin 1-16 Limerick 1-15

Report from the RTE web site

Dublin clinched the NHL Division 1B title and a Division One semi-final clash with Tipperary as they saw off Limerick in a Semple Stadium thriller, 1-16 to 1-15. Paul Ryan eased Dublin four points clear with a goal from a 20-metre free, but Declan Hannon also netted a free, sending Limerick in with a 1-07 to 1-06 interval lead. Ryan finished with 1-08, a point better than Hannon, and it was Joey Boland who popped up with the winning point two minutes from the end, as Dublin, with Liam Rushe performing heroics at the back, held out to win.

Dublin goalkeeper Alan Nolan was called into action early on, pulling over a superb stop to deflect Graham Mulcahy’s shot over the bar. He also denied Conor Allis as the Treaty men piled forward, moving into a three-points lead through Declan Hannon, before Paul Ryan landed Dublin’s opening score from a ninth-minute free. Liam Rushe and Peter Kelly started to show some steel in the Metropolitans’ defence and, as they settled into the game, the attack looked increasingly sharp.

By the 16th minute, the sides were level, Johnny McCaffrey firing over an excellent score before Conor McCormack equalised from David O’Callaghan’s lay-off. Now it was Limerick’s turn to soak up spells of sustained pressure, and they needed some important interventions from Richie McCarthy and Paudie O’Brien to keep their opponents out. But they were powerless to prevent Simon Lambert from thumping over a marvellous long-range point, the Dubs in front for the first time in the 21st minute. Paul Ryan blasted a 20-metre free to the net for a four-points lead, but a replica score from Hannon inspired Limerick’s revival, and points from Hannon and Conor Allis sent them in with a 1-7 to 1-6 interval lead.

Dublin responded with a productive flourish in the opening moments of the second half, Ryan continuing to hit the target from frees, and David O’Callaghan also on target for a three-points cushion. Limerick found another worthy response, hitting five points on the spin, three of them from Hannon frees, with Allis claiming his second and Mulcahy also adding to his tally. Three points to the good going into the crucial final 20 minutes, the Munster side, performing with confidence and composure, appeared to have their destiny in their own hands.

But Dublin dug in for one last effort, and rose to the challenge in superb style, with substitute David Treacy and O’Callaghan grafting for possession all over the field. Hard work paid off handsomely as they won frees that Ryan despatched unerringly and, after Seamus Hickey had brought Limerick level, they still found the inspiration to craft a winning point for Joey Boland two minutes from the end.

Dublin: A Nolan, P Kelly, P Schutte, R Trainor; M Carton, L Rushe, S Durkin, J Boland (0-01), S Lambert (0-01), C Keaney, J McCaffrey (0-01), D Sutcliffe (0-01), C McCormack (0-01), D O’Callaghan (0-01), P Ryan (1-08 (1-8f)).

Subs: R O’Dwyer for McCaffrey (42), N McMorrow (0-01) for Keaney (46), D Treacy (0-01) for Carton (50), E Dillon for McCormack (63)

Limerick: N Quaid, S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon, P O’Brien (0-01), W McNamara, G O’Mahony, P Browne, J Ryan, C Allis (0-02), S Hickey (0-02), D Breen, G Mulcahy (0-02), D Hannon (1-07 (1-06f, 0-01 ‘65)), K Downes (0-01).

Subs: S Dowling for Breen (56), N Moran for Downes (64)

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)

Team News

The following is the team and panel, Nicky Quaid, (Effin), Stephen Walsh (Glenroe), Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock)(Captain), Wayne McNamara (Adare), Gavin O’Mahoney (Kilmallock), Paul Browne (Bruff), James Ryan (Garryspillane), Conor Allis (Croom), Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), David Breen (Na Piarsaigh), Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), Declan Hannon (Adare), and Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock).

Panel for the match is as follows, Aaron Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown), Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Cathal King (Na Piarsaigh), Niall Moran (Ahane), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh) Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), Sean Tobin (Murroe/Boher), Paudie Ahern (Kilteely/Dromkeen), Thomas Ryan (South Liberties) and Adrian Breen (Na Piarsaigh)

Dublin: Alan Nolan, Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte, Ruairí Trainor, Michael Carton, Conal Keaney, Shane Durkin, Joey Boland, Liam Rushe, Simon Lambert, Johnny McCaffrey, Danny Sutcliffe, David O’Callaghan, Conor McCormack, Paul Ryan

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 1-16 Tyrone 2-12

Tyrone 2-12 Kerry 1-16

Report from the RTE web site

Kerry retained their Division 1 status after posting their best performance of the league with a 1-16 to 2-12 win over Tyrone at Healy Park. Tomás Ó Sé’s 32nd-minute goal, and seven points shared between Declan O’Sullivan and Kieran Donaghy, sent wind-assisted Kerry in with a 1-13 to 0-5 interval lead Stephen O’Neill netted for Tyrone, and points from Conor Gormley and Conor Clarke and a Mark Donnelly goal narrowed the gap from 12 to one, but the Kingdom held on for a result that saved their premier status.

With Colm Cooper running the show from centre forward, the Kingdom quickly established control, running at the home side in relentless waves. Jonathan Lyne and Paul Gavlin picked up loose ball at will, and Cooper provided the killer passes that led to scores from Declan O’Sullivan, Kieran Donaghy and Darran O’Sullivan. The Red hands, playing into a strong breeze, were on the back foot for almost the entire first half and, by the 10-minute mark, they trailed by 0-06 to 0-01.

It was an explosive opening from a fired-up Kingdom side, with Cooper setting up Donaghy with immaculate passes, and Declan O’Sullivan steering over a couple of gems. Tomás Ó Sé raided constantly from deep, and brought a terrific save from Niall Morgan, while Lyne smashed a shot against a post. Morgan converted a long-range free to add to Ronan O’Neill’s early score, but Tyrone were putting out fires all over the field. Donaghy, Lyne and Johnny Buckley added to the Kingdom tally, and in the 32nd minute they grabbed the goal they deserved. Darran O’Sullivan squared the ball for the inrushing Ó Sé to punch to the net, and Kerry went in with a massive 1-13 to 0-05 lead.

Tyrone grabbed a lifeline five minutes into the second half, Martin Penrose sending Stephen O’Neill to finish brilliantly to the net, but excellent midfielder Buckley kept Kerry comfortable with two well-taken scores from play. But Tyrone finally found their rythmn in the closing stages of the third quarter, hitting four points on the spin, two of them from substitute defenders Conor Gormley and Conor Clarke. Clarke and Darren McCurry added further scores as Tyrone cut the gap to four, Kerry restricted to sporadic attacks. They went 25 minutes without scoring, before Cooper swung over a 20-metre free to make it a five-points game. But back came Tyrone again and, after Sean Cavanagh had split the posts, Mark Donnelly punched home a stoppage-time goal.

Tyrone: N Morgan (0-01f), A McCrory, Justin McMahon (0-01f), C McCarron, R McKenna, Joe McMahon, R McNamee, C Cavanagh, S Cavanagh (0-02, 1f), P McNeice, P Harte (0-01f), Mark Donnelly (1-00), D McCurry (0-02f), S O’Neill (1-01), R O’Neill (0-01f).

Subs: M Penrose for R O’Neill, C Clarke (0-02) for R O’Neill, C Gormley (0-01) for McNamee, C McGinley for McNeice, C McAliskey for McCurry

Kerry: B Kealy, M Ó Sé, M Griffin, S Enright, T Ó Sé (1-01), E Brosnan, K Young, A Maher, J Buckley (0-03), J Lyne (0-01), C Cooper (0-03, 2f), P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan (0-04), K Donaghy (0-03), Darran O’Sullivan (0-01).

Subs: B Maguire for Brosnan, K O’Leary, for Darran O’Sullivan, D Walsh for Galvin, B Sheehan for Buckley

Referee: M Duffy (Sligo)

Team News

TYRONE (SF v Kerry): N Morgan; A McCrory, Justin McMahon, C McCarron; R McKenna, Joe McMahon, R McNamee; C Cavanagh, S Cavanagh; P McNiece, P Harte, Mark Donnelly; D McCurry, S O’Neill, R O’Neill

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Tyrone in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League in Healy Park Omagh on Sunday evening next shows 3 changes in personnel from the side that started in the last Round against Cork. Team Captain, Eoin Brosnan, rested for the game against Cork, returns at centre back while Colm Cooper and Paul Galvin, both of whom were introduced during the course of the Cork game, return in the half forward line. The players to lose out are Brian Maguire, Donnchadh Walsh and Kieran O’Leary.

The team in full is:

1.Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2.Marc Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht)

3.Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilemore)

4.Shane Enright (Tarbert)

5.Tomás Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht)

6.Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes) (Capt)

7.Killian Young (Renard)

8.Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9.Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

10.Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion)

11.Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)

12.Paul Galvin (Finuge)

13.Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses)

14.Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

15.Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

16.Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion)

17.Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

18.Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)

19.Brian McGuire (Listowel Emmetts)

20.Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

21.Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

22.James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)

23.Bryan Sheehan (St Marys)

24.Patrick Curtin (Moyvane)

25.Jack Sherwood (Firies)

26. Michael Geaney (Dingle)

The following players are unavailable for Selection due to injury:

Paul Geaney – Rehabbing Hamstring injury

Aidan O’Mahony – Recovering from nose injury received in training


David Moran, Michael O’Donoghue and James Walsh have been released from the travelling party to play County League with their Clubs this weekend.

Additional Information:

The team features 11 of the side that took the field in the All Ireland Qtr Final against Donegal (1-12 to 1-10) last August while another two, (Johnny Buckley and Darran O’Sullivan), were introduced as subs during that game. Aidan O’Mahony, Bryan Sheehan, Donnchadh Walsh and James O’Donoghue are the absent four from the starting fifteen on that day.

Mark Griffin from the St Michaels Foilemore Club in South Kerry retains his place at full back having made his full AFL debut against Cork on Sunday last and having come in as an early sub for the injured Aidan O’Mahony the previous weekend against Down. The 22 year old won a Hogan Cup Medal with Coláiste na Sceilge in 2009 when Jack O’Connor managed the side and the same year he won a Munster Minor medal with Kerry and also an All Ireland Intermediate Club title with his Club (came on as a sub in the semi final). He was a member of the Under 21 team for the past 2 years (2011 & 2012).

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Mayo 0-11 Cork 0-10

Mayo defeated Cork by 0-11 to 0-10 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 7 on Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Cork suffer defeat as O’Connor kicks Mayo into semis

Mayo 0-11 Cork 0-10

Report from

Two late pointed sideline kicks from corner-forward Cillian O’Connor were the pivotal scores as Mayo squeezed into the semi-finals of the Allianz Football League Division 1 with victory over Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Despite scoring just once in the opening 25 minutes, Mayo improved hugely in the second half, and the strong finish was pleasing for manager James Horan, especially as it looked like they might be relegated when they trailed in the second half.

“We didn’t play well but we stuck at it and kept plugging away and eventually snuck over the line in the end so we’re delighted with that,” he said. “It’s exciting, you could hear from the crowd that there was an extra pinch of spice in how they were reacting. We just kept trying to do the right thing, it was hard to play football today but I’m just delighted with how the guys kept going,

With the strong wind behind them, Cork impressed for most of the first half, once they got going after Kevin McLoughlin’s second-minute opener for the visitors. A free from the 45 by Daniel Goulding in the 18th minute put Cork 0-5 to 0-1 in front, Michael Shields outstanding at corner-back in a defence whose job was made easier by the ineffectiveness of the Mayo attack. Too often, scoring chances were passed up in favour of passes sideways or backwards, with the wind a factor in the decision-making, and further pointed frees from Mark Collins and Goulding extended Cork’s advantage to six points by the 24-minute mark. With wing-forward Andrew O’Sullivan dropping deep, Cork were continuing to frustrate the Mayo attack, but after McLoughlin and Paudie Kissane exchanged points, the Connacht side found an extra gear.

In the last six minutes of the half, they outscored their hosts by three points to nil, with Michael Conroy, Aidan O’Shea and Alan Freeman – who should have goaled – all on target to leave three points, 0-8 to 0-5, between the teams at half-time. Cork would score just two points in the second half, though, Fintan Goold responding after Donal Vaughan opened the scoring after half-time, and then Goulding putting them ahead at 0-10 to 0-9 following points from Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and O’Connor.

Overall the Cork forward division was labouring, however, and O’Connor tied matters with a huge sidelinekcik from the left and on 60 minutes and then repeating the trick from the right four minutes late. Cork tried to salvage something, but late pressure failed to yield further scores, leaving selector Ronan McCarthy lamenting the failure to keep the quest for a fourth consecutive title alive. “We had our destiny in our own hands and we failed to take advantage of that, that was very disappointing,” he said.

CORK: K O’Halloran; J McLoughlin, J O’Sullivan, M Shields; P Kissane (0-1), N O’Leary, T Clancy; A Walsh (0-1), G Canty; A O’Sullivan, F Goold (0-3), M Collins (0-1f); D Goulding (0-4, 0-3f), B O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan.

Subs: J Loughrey for O’Leary (28-half-time, blood), P O’Neill for A O’Sullivan (52), Loughrey for McLoughlin (53), B Shanahan for O’Leary (65-67, blood), L Shorten for Kerrigan (67), D Crowley for O’Driscoll (67).

MAYO: D Clarke; L Keegan, K Keane, G Cafferkey; S McHale, D Vaughan (0-1), C Boyle; J Gibbons, S O’Shea; K McLoughlin (0-4, 0-2f), A O’Shea (0-1), C Carolan; C O’Connor (0-3, 0-2 sideline, 0-1f), A Freeman (0-1), M Conroy (0-1).

Subs: E Varley for Conroy (42), R Feeney for Carolan (47), J Doherty for Freeman (58), D Coen for Varley (59-61, blood), C Barrett for McHale (63).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois)


Cork 0-10 Mayo 0-11

Round-up from the web site

Mayo produced an excellent performance and an impressive late comeback on Leeside to ease any relegation fears and beat reigning champions Cork to the final semi-final spot in the Allianz Football League. Cillian O’Connor held his nerve to kick the two brilliant late frees in tough conditions at Páirc Uí Chaoimh which effectively ended the Rebels’ three-year reign in the Allianz League and sent James Horan’s side into a semi-final meeting with Dublin at Croke Park next Sunday. However, the Rebels will rue a number of missed opportunities, with Aidan Walsh and Daniel Goulding missing a string of chances from frees in a tense end to the game.

Playing with the elements – a strong breeze and driving rain – in the first half, Cork raced into a 0-7 to 0-1 lead at one stage, but Mayo fought back to trail by a far more manageable 0-8 to 0-5 at the break. Kevin McLoughlin opened the scoring for Mayo, but Cork hit back with a string of seven unanswered points to take command of the game. Goulding hit three, Fintan Goold added two, while Mark Collins and Aidan Walsh also got on the scoresheet for the hosts.

McLoughlin made it 0-7 to 0-2 in the 27th minute with his second of the game, before Paudie Kissane re-established Cork’s six-point advantage with a fine score from play. However, the Westerners finished the half strongly with points from Michael Conroy, Aidan O’Shea and Alan Freeman. Donal Vaughan opened the second half scoring for Mayo, before the Westerners hit three points without reply to draw level in the 53rd minute. Cillian O’Connor started that purple patch before McLoughlin leveled matters with his fourth of the game at the start of the final quarter.

Cork reclaimed the lead when Goulding nailed a free into the breeze, but it was O’Connor who won the battle of the free-takers when he landed two superb frees in the closing stages to nudge the Westerners back into the lead with time running out. Cork had their chances to sneak a draw and with it edge Mayo out of the last semi-final spot, but they failed to take them and relinquished a title they held for three years running.


Allianz Football League Round 7

Cork v Mayo

Sunday, April 7th

3pm @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Admission: €13 (adults), €10 (Students/OAPS), U16s FREE!!

Don’t miss Cork’s last home game this season!! It’s also a must-win game for both Cork and Mayo if they are to qualify for the Allianz League Semi-Finals, so a mouth-watering contest is in store! And with U16s free, it’s an ideal family outing too. We continue our hugely popular series of half-time mini-games with Adrigole, Ballydesmond and Inniscarra taking to the field to display their skills on the day.

Juvenile groups are welcome – just contact by 5pm on Friday to register your group.

Fixture Details

07.04.2013 (Sun)

Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Round 7

Páirc Uí Chaoimh 15:00

Corcaigh v Maigh Eo

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Match Coverage

Deferred coverage of this game will be shown on TG4

Team News

CORK (SF v Mayo): K O’Halloran; J McLoughlin, J O’Sullivan, M Shields; P Kissane, N O’Leary, T Clancy; A Walsh, G Canty; M Collins, F Goold, A O’Sullivan; D Goulding, B O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan.

Subs: D Hanrahan, E O’Mahony, B Shanahan, C O’Driscoll, D O’Connor, J Fitzpatrick, P O’Neill, L Shorten, D Crowley, D Goold, J Loughrey

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick 1-13 Clare 0-10

Limerick defeated Clare by 1-13 to 0-10 in the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday in Cusack Park Ennis.

O’Sullivan’s saves crucial in keeping Limerick on the up

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Limerick 1-13 Clare 0-10

LIMERICK clinched promotion to Division 3 with an emphatic victory over Clare at Cusack Park. Having won the toss, Limerick elected to play with breeze at their backs and were 0-5 to 0-0 ahead after 18 minutes courtesy of points from Ian Ryan (twice from frees), Eoghan O’Connor, Ger Collins and captain Seanie Buckley. Clare, who were finding their attacks repeatedly broken down by a stout Limerick half-back line, finally got off the mark in the 23rd minute when corner-forward Mark McCarthy found the target. The Banner men had a great chance for a goal just before the break when, after Ian McInerney’s shot was saved by Donal O’Sullivan, the rebound fell to Shane McGrath only for the midfielder to kick it wide. Still, they were only two points behind at the interval, with Limerick leading by 0-6 to 0-4.

Clare secured an early second-half point through substitute Micheal O’Shea to increase hopes among the home supporters. Then, came the turning point. With Limerick leading 0-8 to 0-7, Clare were awarded a penalty when Mark McCarthy was fouled inside the square. David Tubridy stepped up to take the responsibility, but the Doonbeg clubman’s shot was saved by O’Sullivan, handing the momentum back to the visitors. Limerick subsequently kicked three unanswered points through Ryan from a free and one each from play by Eoghan O’Connor and substitute Iain Corbett.

Clare were out of luck again when McGrath’s shot hit the crossbar before Gary Brennan scored a point from play in the 57th minute to leave his side trailing by 0-11 to 0-8. There was to be no comeback, however, and tenacious Limerick struck for the game’s only goal two minutes later, when Ryan latched on to a fine Collins handpass to punch to the ball home. This score gave the Shannonsiders some real breathing space and Collins then added a point to put his side 1-12 to 0-8 in front with 10 minutes remaining. Points from McInerney and Brennan reduced the deficit, but Limerick had the last say with a point from Ryan.

Man of the match: I Ryan (Limerick)

Scorers – Limerick: I Ryan 1-5 (3fs), S Buckley 0-3, G Collins, E O’Connor 0-2 each, I Corbett 0-1. Clare: G Brennan 0-4 (1f), I McInerney 0-3 (1f, 1 ’45’), M O’Shea 0-2, M McCarthy 0-1.

Limerick – D O’Sullivan 8; J McCarthy 8, A Lane 7, M O’Riordan 7; S Lavin 8, P Browne 7, P Ranahan 7; T Lee 7, B O’Brien 7; S Buckley 8, G Collins 8, J Riordan 7; E O’Connor 7, D O’Connor 6, I Ryan 9. Subs: I Corbett 7 for D O’Connor (34), J Galvin 6 for O’Brien (57), S Lucey for Lee (69).

Clare – Joe Hayes 8; C Dixon 6, S McNeilis 7, E Coughlan 7; D Callinan 8, G Kelly 7, John Hayes 7; G Brennan 8, C O’Connor 7; S McGrath 6, D Tubridy 6, C Dunning 6; R Donnelly 6, I McInerney 7, M McCarthy 7. Subs: M O’Shea 7 for Donnelly (25, inj), G Quinlan 6 for Dunning (55), M McMahon 6 for Dixon (61).

Ref – J Henry (Mayo)


Clare 0-10 Limerick 1-13

Round-up from the web site

Limerick finished top of the Allianz Division IV table and sealed promotion with their sixth win of the campaign against Clare at Cusack Park on Sunday afternoon. With Mick O’Dwyer’s side also in search of a win that would have seen them promoted, this was a tense and cagey game, which Limerick dominated in the opening stages playing with the aid of a strong breeze. Indeed, Maurice Horan’s charges were 0-5 to 0-0 ahead after 20 minutes thanks to scores from Ian Ryan (2), Eoghan O’Connor, Ger Collins and Seanie Buckley.

David Tubridy hit a few early wides for Clare early on and they didn’t manage to get off the mark until the 23rd minute, when Mark McCarthy landed a score. Michael O’Shea chipped in with another soon after. Clare cut the gap to two at the break with further scores from Gary Brennan and Ian McInerney and might have been ahead at half-time but Limerick goalkeeper Donal O’Sullivan made a brilliant save to deny McInerney in added time. McInerney pointed a 20-metre free seven minutes into the second half to leave Clare just a point in arrears, but they then missed a glorious goal chance when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Gary Brennan. However, Tubridy’s spot kick was superbly saved once again by goalkeeper O’Sullivan. Limerick hit three scores in two minutes to move well clear and the game was over as a contest when Limerick struck for the only goal of the game on 59 minutes, Ryan fisting to the back of the net after neat build-up play by Collins and Iain Corbett.

Team News

The Limerick management announce the team to play Clare in the NFL next Sunday in Ennis at 3.00pm.

1 Brian Scanlan

2 Andy Lane

3 Johnny McCarthy

4 Mark O’Riordan

5 Stephen Lavin

6 Paudie Browne

7 Pa Ranahan

8 Thomas Lee

9 Bobby O’Brien

10 Derry O’Connor

11 Seanie Buckley Captain.

12 John Riordan

13 Eoghan O’Connor

14 Ger Collins

15 Ian Ryan

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Offaly 2-10 Tipperary 1-8

Offaly defeated Tipperary by 2-10 to 1-8 in the Allianz Football League Division 4 Round 7 on Sunday in O’Connor Park Tullamore.

McNamee the Faithful hero

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

OFFALY 2-10 TIPPERARY 1-8 – 08 APRIL 2013

OFFALY confounded the odds by securing promotion with a deserved win in Tullamore. The final scoreline was harsh on Tipperary as Offaly scored the closing four points, but the hosts were the better side. Tipp were 0-5 to 0-2 ahead after 30 minutes but Niall McNamee got in for an equalising goal just before half-time. Anton Sullivan’s brilliant free gave Offaly a 1-3 to 0-5 interval lead and suddenly the momentum had swung in their favour. McNamee’s second goal put Offaly 2-3 to 0-6 ahead but they were unable to push on as they played too defensively with the wind in their favour. Tipp got back to within a point in the 45th minute when Alan Mulhall goaled, but Offaly kept their noses in front before Tipp’s Robbie Costigan was sent off for a second yellow and they powered on to take the glory.

Man of the match: B Connor (Offaly)

SCORERS – Offaly: N McNamee 2-1, K Casey 0-3 (2fs), B Connor, A Sullivan (1f) 0-2 each, G Guilfoyle, B Darby 0-1 each. Tipperary: A Maloney 1-3, B Grogan (2fs), C Sweeney 0-2 each, R Costigan 0-1.

OFFALY – A Mulhall 6; P McConway 6, S Pender 7, S Sullivan 6; E Carroll 6, B Darby 9, M Brazil 8; A McNamee 7, R dalton 8; G Guilfoyle 7, B Connor 9, A Sullivan 6; N McNamee 7, N Darby 6, K Casey 6. Subs: R Allen 6 for S Sullivan (23), J Moloney 6 for Allen (50), R Brady 6 for A McNamee 7, B Allen 6 for Guilfoyle (71).

TIPPERARY – P Fitzgerald 6; J Coghlan 6, P Codd 7, C McDonald 6; B Fox 6, R Costigan 8, D Leahy 6; P Acheson 7, G Hannigan 8; C Sweeney 8, H Coghlan 6, A Matassa 6; M Quinlivan 6, B Grogan 6, A Maloney 8. Subs: R Kiely for H Coghlan (h-t), B Mulvihill for Matasa (44), B Jones for Acheson (55), D Lowry for Quinlivan (55).

Ref – M McNally (Monaghan)


Offaly 2-10 Tipperary 1-8

Round-up from the web site

Niall McNamee stole the show with two super goals as Offaly sealed promotion back to Division III of the Allianz Football League with victory over Tipperary in a tense winner-takes-all encounter at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Offaly will now go on to play Limerick in the Division IV final on April 27, while Tipperary finished in third place in the table and with lots of regrets overall after they started their campaign with unexpected defeats to Carlow and Waterford.

Playing with the breeze, Tipperary moved 0-4 to 0-1 clear after 27 minutes, with Alan Maloney, Brian Fox and Conor Sweeney (2) kicking the visitors’ scores while McNamee registered Offaly’s opener. Emmett McDonnell’s side made the first real breakthrough of the game in the 34th minute when a clever Michael Brazil ball found McNamee, who finished neatly to the back of the Tipp net. An Anton Sullivan free left the hosts 1-3 to 0-5 ahead at the break.

Tipp equalised through Robbie Costigan after the restart, but Offaly soon had a second goal, McNamee hitting the back of the net again, with Ken Casey providing the assist on this occasion. Peter Creedon’s side hit back with a goal of their own in the 47th minute. Offaly ‘keeper Alan Mulhall dropped the ball over the line after a speculative Michael Quinlivan effort from way out. With Offaly 2-7 to 1-8 ahead, Tipp were reduced to 14 men when Costigan was sent off for a second yellow card in the 65th minute following an incident involving Richie Dalton. Offaly pushed on in the closing stages, kicking three late scores through Graham Guilfoyle, Casey and Brian Connor to seal a precious win.

Team News

The Offaly team to play Tipperary will be as follows –

1 Alan Mulhall (Walsh Island)

2 Paul McConway (Tullamore)

3 Sean Pender (Edenderry)

4 Shane Sullivan (Rhode)

5 Eoin Carroll (Cappincur)

6 Brian Darby (Rhode)

7 Michael Brazil (Tullamore)

8 Alan McNamee (Rhode)

9 Richie Dalton (Edenderry)

10 Graham Guilfoyle (Clara)

11 Brian Connor (Walsh Island)

12 Willie Mulhall (Walsh Island)

13 Niall Darby (Rhode)

14 Niall McNamee (captain) (Rhode)

15 Ken Casey (St Brigid’s)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 0-15 Carlow 0-10

Waterford defeated Carlow by 0-15 to 0-10 in the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday in Dr. Cullen Park Carlow.

O Lionain magic puts paid to Carlow

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford 0-15 Carlow 0-10

A storming finish saw 14-man Waterford round off their campaign with a win at Dr Cullen Park. Niall Carew’s side were down to 14 men after 30 minutes when Shane Aherne received a second yellow. But the hosts could only muster a single point from play in the half as they led 0-5 to 0-4 at the break. It was point for point for much of the second half – after 55 minutes the sides were tied at 0-8 each. But in the closing stages the pace of Waterford’s Liam O Lionain provided major problems. Carlow simply folded as Waterford hit a succession of points. Deise manager Carew was very pleased to have finished the campaign with a win. Carlow counterpart Anthony Rainbow said his focus was now on the Leinster SFC clash with Westmeath on May 19.

Man of the Match: L O Lionain (Waterford).

Scorers – Waterford: B Wall 0-4 (2fs), P Hurney 0-3 (2fs), L Ó Lionáin, G Hurney (1f) 0-2 each, S Aherne (f), N Walsh, R Aherne, S O’Hare 0-1 each. Carlow: Brian Murphy 0-6 (5fs), C Moran 0-2, J Murphy, J Kennedy (f) 0-1 each.

Waterford – T Wall 6; T Grey 7, T Ó hUaillacháin 6, A Doyle 6; S Bourke 6, S Briggs 7, J Hurney 7; S Aherne 6, B Wall 7; N Walsh 6, L Ó Lionáin 8, P Hurney 7; D Guiry 5, T Prendergast 5, D Hallahan 5. Subs: R Aherne 6 for Hallalhan (50); G Hurney 6 for J Hurney (55); S O’Hare for Prendergast (61); C Buckey for B Wall (67).

Carlow – A O’Brien 6; B J Molloy 6, S Mernagh 5, B Kavanagh 7; J O’Donoghue 6, D Hayden 6, T Bolger 6; Brendan Murphy 6, J Murphy 6; A Kelly 5, R Walker 6, C Moran 6; Brian Murphy 7, J Kennedy 5, K Jackson 5. Subs: S Redmond 6 for Mernagh (h-t); S Gannon 6 for Hayden (48); M Doyle for Bolger (67); C Lawler for Brendan Murphy (67).

Ref – N Ward (Westmeath)


Carlow 0-10 Waterford 0-15

Round-up from the web site

Waterford secured their third win of the 2013 campaign with a five-point defeat of Carlow in Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday. Remarkably, both sides went into the game on the back of four successive defeats after starting the season with two victories. Carlow led by 0-5 to 0-4 at the break and looked on course for victory as the Déise were down to 14 men, with Shane Ahearne sent off for two yellow card offences.

However, Waterford produced an excellent second half display, moving 0-9 to 0-8 ahead after 55 minutes, and with Gary Hurney amongst the scorers in the closing stages, secured a deserved five-point win. The win lifts the Déise to sixth in the table, while Anthony Rainbow’s charges finished a disappointing second from bottom after such a promising start to the year.

Munster MHC Q-Final – Tipperary 2-18 Waterford 1-15

Keane class inspires Premier to victory

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 2-18 Waterford 1-15

Tipperary full-forward Josh Keane ensured that the reigning All-Ireland champions got their defence off to the perfect start in this Munster MHC quarter-final at gloomy Walsh Park last night. In front of an attendance of 2,183, Keane’s contribution of 2-9 denied a valiant Déise side who had their own star performer in Patrick Curran.

Waterford started smartly, powered by Patrick Curran’s crisp finishing. After a brisk opening quarter, the home side led by 0-7 to 0-5, with Curran accounting for five of those points. It could have got even better for the Déise but DJ Foran’s close- range effort struck the post. The Premier stayed in touch through Josh Keane’s placed balls and a pair of points from Colin O’Riordan. The hosts’ half-back line exerted complete control, marshalled by captain Austin Gleeson. They extended their advantage to four as Mark O’Brien opened his account and Curran added his sixth white flag.

The game turned on its head late in the half as Tipperary staged a recovery. They chipped away at the lead through a hat-trick of frees from Josh Keane before Shane Hennessy levelled it up at nine points apiece on 26 minutes. In the final minute of the half, Cian Leamy took down Josh Keane for a penalty. The full-forward dusted himself off before smashing a low shot to the net. He added a point from play but Waterford had the final say in a lively half. In the third minute of injury-time, Michael Kearney found the top of the corner to leave Waterford trailing 1-10 to 1-9 at the break.

Tipperary pushed three points clear at the start of the second period. Josh Keane and Conor Lanigan were on target but in a tight tussle, Waterford dug in. A fine Conor Gleeson effort was sandwiched in between a brace of Patrick Curran to bring the sides level for the third time. The game’s decisive moment came on 44 minutes when Keane won a battle for possession with Sam O’Neill which put him in the clear. Waterford’s claims for a free fell on deaf ears as the clinical Keane gave Sean Clancy no chance. From there to the finish, William Maher’s charges looked comfortable as midfielder Willie Connors posted two points. Although Patrick Curran did his upmost to inspire a revival and finished with 11 points to his credit, Tipperary survived in the fading light.

Scorers for Tipperary: J Keane 2-9 (7f, 1-0 pen), W Connors, C Lanigan 0-3 each, C O’Riordan 0-2, S Hennessy 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 0-11 (8f, 1 65), M Kearney 1-0, A Farrell, T Devine, M O’Brien, C Gleeson 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: B Hogan; A Tierney, J Ryan, D Peters; B Heffernan, R Maher, T Kirwan; T Fox, W Connors; S Ryan, C O’Riordan, S Hennessy; C Lanigan, J Keane, M McCarthy.

Subs: K Dunne for Hennessy (45); J Mackey for McCarthy (54), F O’Sullivan for Ryan (59).

WATERFORD: S Clancy; W Hahessy, S O’Neill, C Leamy; K Daly, A Gleeson, M Harney; M O’Brien, T Devine; Shane Bennett, C Roche, A Farrell; P Curran, DJ Foran, M Kearney.

Subs: C Gleeson for O’Brien (26); C Curran for K Daly (47), Stephen Bennett for Farrell (49), MJ Sutton for Shane Bennett (52)

Referee: J O’Connell (Cork)


Team News

The Tipperary minor hurling team to play Waterford in the Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship at Walsh Park, Waterford on Thursday night is:

1. Brian Hogan (Lorrha and Dorrha)

2. Austin Tierney (Shannon Rovers)

3. Jason Ryan (Toomevara)

4. Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

5. Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)

6. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

7. Tom Kirwan (Ballybacon Grange)

8. Tom Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty) Captain

9. Willie Connors (Kildangan)

10. Sean Ryan (Sean Treacys)

11. Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens)

12. Shane Hennessy (Nenagh Éire Óg)

13. Conor Lanigan (Thurles Sarsfields)

14. Josh Keane (Golden Kilfeacle)

15. Mark McCarthy (Toomevara)


The Waterford Minor Hurling team to play Tipperary is as follows –

1. Sean Clancy Clonea

2. William Hahessey Clonea

3. Sam O’Neill Erin’s Own

4. Cian Leamy Ballyduff Upper

5. Kevin Daly Dungarvan CAPTAIN

6. Austin Gleeson Mount Sion

7. Michéal Harney Bonmahon

8. Mark O’Brien Ferrybank

9. Tom Devine Modeligo

10. Shane Bennett Ballysaggart

11. Colm Roche Shamrocks

12. Adam Farrell De La Salle

13. Patrick Curran Dungarvan

14. DJ Foran Portlaw

15. Michael Kearney Ballyduff Upper



For the Record

Waterford Tipperary
2013 Team Management Sean Power
(Mount Sion – Manager) 

Selectors –
Kieran O’Gorman (Lismore), Wayne Power
(Ballyduff Upper),
John Treacy (Passage)

William Maher
(Ballingarry – Manager) 

Selectors – Brian Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Martin Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Noel Morris (Loughmore-Castleiney)

Damien Young
(Drom & Inch – Trainer)

2013 Team Captain Kevin Daly
Tom Fox
(Eire Og Annacarty)
2012 Championship Performance Defeated Clare by 1-20 to 3-13 after extra time in the first round before losing to Tipperary in the semi-final. Defeated Kerry, Waterford and Clare to win the Munster Final. Further victories over Galway and Dublin (after a replay) secured an All-Ireland title.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 4 37
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2009 2012
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 31
Won – 11
Lost – 17
Drawn – 3
Played – 39
Won – 26
Lost – 10
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship June 27th – 2012 Munster Semi-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles
Tipperary 2-25 Waterford 0-12 – goals by Sean Ryan and Tadhg Gallagher helped Tipperary to a 19 point victory


First Round

Thursday April 11th

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                               Cork v Clare                                                  @ 7:00pm

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford v Tipperary                                  @ 7:00pm

Semi-Final Play-off

Wednesday April 17th

(See venue permutations below)

@ Cork venue                                  Cork v Waterford

(met in 2010 Semi-Final Replay in Walsh Park Waterford)

@ Cork venue                                  Cork v Tipperary

(met in 2011 Playoff in Semple Stadium Thurles)

@ Waterford venue                         Clare v Waterford

(met in 2012 Quarter-Final in Cusack Park Ennis)

@ Clare venue                                 Clare v Tipperary

(met in 2011 Semi-Final in Semple Stadium Thurles)


Wednesday June 26th

Limerick v Winners of Waterford v Tipperary

Winners of Cork v Clare v Winners of Semi-Final Play-off


Sunday July 14th

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Odds and Ends

Waterford have lost just 3 of their last 12 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship dating back to 2010. Each of the defeats came against the eventual Munster champions.

Waterford have won their last 4 Munster Minor Hurling Championship matches played in Walsh Park in 2011 (Tipperary & Limerick) and 2010 (Clare & Cork).

Tipperary are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-16 to 1-12 victory over Clare at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the 2012 Final.

Since winning the 2008 Munster Minor Hurling title, Cork have won 3 of their last 11 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship (twice v Kerry in 2011 and 2012 and once v Tipperary after extra time in the first round in 2010)

Limerick have won 3 of their last 13 matches played in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship dating back to 2006. The victories came against Cork (2011 and 2012 first round) and v Kerry (2010 first round).

Clare have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 7 years. Waterford have the next best consecutive streak with at least 1 victory in the last 5 years.

Clare have won 9 of their last 11 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 3 seasons, winning the 2010 and 2011 Munster titles at this grade.

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (37) – 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012

Cork (32) – 1928, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998 , 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

Limerick (5) – 1940, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1984

Waterford (4) – 1929, 1948, 1992, 2009

Clare (4) – 1981, 1989, 2010, 2011

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1928 –

Munster Minor Hurling Cup

There is no name on the Munster Minor Hurling Cup. The cup itself was presented by T.W.A. Shannon Airport in 1946.

All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship

In the Minor Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Tipperary are sedond in the charts with 19 titles behind Kilkenny’s 20 titles. Cork have won 18 titles, Limerick have 3 titles (1940, 1958, 1984), Waterford have won 2 titles (1929, 1948) while Clare’s only title to date came in 1997.

Of the last 13 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Finals played, the Irish Press Cup has only returned to Munster on 4 occasions – Cork (2001) and Tipperary (2006, 2007 and 2012). Of the other 9 titles since 1999, Galway have 5 and Kilkenny have captured 4.

Tipperary were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1996, 2006, 2007 and 2012

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001