Allianz Football League Division 1 – Derry 0-16 Kerry 0-14

Derry defeated Kerry by 0-16 to 0-14 in round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 9th Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Brilliant Derry stun Kerry in Killarney

Allianz Football League Division I: Kerry 0-14 Derry 0-16

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The power of Emmett McGuckin and Mark Lynch proved pivotal as Derry claimed a fully merited win and emerged with two valuable points against Kerry in Killarney. McGuckin in particular caused havoc in the Kerry full-back line and kicked three second points from play in the second period as Brian McIver’s men showed the same resolute spirit that had earned a draw against Tyrone last Saturday night.

Playing into the wind it looked as if Derry were going to struggle initially as points from James O’Donoghue, Conor Cox and a Barry John Keane free saw the Munster side lead by 0-3 to no score after only six minutes. However, the Oak Leaf men soon settled, skipper Lynch got them off the mark with a free and Sean Leo McGoldrick raised a white flag and Enda Lynn followed up to level matters by the 15 minute mark.

Kerry were dealt a blow on 17 minutes when Peter Crowley was black-carded for a foul on Lynch and Derry edged in front for the first time when Kevin Johnston pointed after good work by McGuckin. The Kingdom responded with Barry John Keane converting a free and Jack Sherwood finishing off a flowing move to make it 0-5 to 0-4 on the 21 minute mark. Kerry really should have extended their advantage when Conor Cox lashed the ball wide with the goal seemingly at his mercy.

The Oak Leafers took full advantage of that let off as Ciaran McGoldrick fisted the ball over the bar before James Kielt added two quick scores, the first from a free, the second at the end of a flowing 16 pass move to lead 0-7 to 0-5. And although Conor Cox pulled one back for the home team before the break, Derry led by 0-7 to 0-6 going in.

With the wind at their back Derry opened the scoring when Emmet McGuckin took a high catch and pointed on the turn. Cox responded for Kerry with a pointed free and the home team thought they had levelled through Keane only to see his effort waved wide. A free from Mark Lynch saw Derry edge 0-9 to 0-7 in front but the travelling support were then relieved to see Thomas Mallon pull off a great save to deny Stephen O’Brien.

Perhaps encouraged by that close shave, Jonathan Lyne and O’Donoghue both kicked points to level proceedings at 0-9 apiece, that however was a good as things would get for Kerry. Emmet McGuckin edged Derry into a lead they would hold to the finish by arcing the ball high over the bar from 21 metres. Mark Lynch then kicked a super score from 50 metres to see Derry edge further ahead and with Sean Leo McGoldrick getting his second Derry led by 0-12 to 0-9.

Cox from a free and then from play narrowed the margin but with Fergal Doherty getting a grip at midfield, Enda Lynn, Emmett McGuckin and substitute Benny Heron went a long way to securing Derry’s win with three quick fire points. Cox continued to keep Kerry in touch but Mark Lynch’s 64th minute free saw Derry leading 0-16 to 0-13 as the game entered its closing minutes.

With time running out Kerry went hunting for the goal they needed to claim something from the game. Stephen O’Brien was within inches of claiming it when his effort skimmed the top of the crossbar on its way over but that was as close they came. Derry can now look forward to a home game against Westmeath on Sunday March 2, knowing that win would go a long way to securing their status in Division I.

Derry: T Mallon; D Brown, C McKaigue, D McBride; G O’Kane, M Lynch (0-4, 2f), A McAlynn; F Doherty, P Bradley; SL McGoldrick (0-2), J Kielt (0-2, 1f), E Lynn (0-2); K Johnston (0-1), E McGuckin (0-3), C McGoldrick (0-1). Subs: Benny Heron (0-1) for C McGoldrick 53, D Mullan for Johnston 53, C O’Boyle for Lynn (69), McFaul for McGuckin (69).

Kerry: B Kelly; P Murphy, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, B McGuire, J Sherwood (0-1); A Maher, D Moran; J Lyne (0-1), S O’Brien (0-1), D Walsh; BJ Keane (0-2,2f), J O’Donoghue (0-2), Cox (0-7, 4f). Subs: D Culhane for Crowley (Black card) 17 mins, M Geaney for McGuire 61, A O’Mahony for Maher, P Kilkenny for Lyne 61.

Referee: C Lane (Cork).

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KERRY (NFL v Derry): B Kelly (Legion); P Murphy (Rathmore), M Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore), S Enright (Tarbert); P Crowley (Laune Rangers), B McGuire (Listowel Emmets), J Sherwood (Firies); A Maher (Duagh), D Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys); J Lyne (Legion), S O’Brien (Kenmare), D Walsh (Cromane); BJ Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), J O’Donoghue (Legion), C Cox (Listowel Emmets)
Subs: B Kealy (Kilcummin), M Geaney (Dingle), A O’Mahony (Rathmore), P Geaney (Dingle), P Kilkenny (Glenbeigh/Glencar), D Culhane (Ballylongford), A Fitzgerald (Castlegregory), J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), B Shanahan (Austin Stacks), S O’Callaghan (Austin Stacks), M Mangan (Milltown-Castlemaine)

DERRY: Thomas Mallon; Declan Browne, Chrissy McKaigue, Dermot McBride, Gerard O’Kane, Mark Lynch, Aidan McAlynn; Fergal Doherty, Niall Healy; Seán Leo McGoldrick; James Kielt, Enda Lynn; Kevin Johnston, Emmett McGuckin, Ciaran McGoldrick

Dr. Harty Cup Semi Final – Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa Doon 0-15 St Francis College Rochestown 1-9

Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa Doon defeated St Francis College Rochestown by 0-15 to 1-9 in the Dr. Harty Cup Semi Final on Sunday February 9th at Charleville. 

Doon win to set-up all-Limerick Harty Cup final v Ardscoil Ris

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

DOON have advanced to their first Dr Harty Cup final since 1931. This Sunday afternoon in Charleville Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa of Doon beat Cork’s St Francis College of Rochestown 0-15 to 1-9 in the semi-final. The east Limerick secondary school now meet fellow Limerick side Ardscoil Ris in the final of the Munster senior A colleges hurling final on the weekend of February 22/23 in what will be the first ever all-Limerick decider.

While Ardscoil Ris have two titles to their credit, Doon will be chasing a first. In this semi-final Doon set the early pace and although it was low scoring they were 0-5 to 0-1 clear after 23-minutes. They would have been further clear but for two superb saves from the Rochestown goalkeeper.

The Cork men rallied before the break and it was 0-7 to 0-4 at half time with Colin Ryan hitting five of the Doon scores. Doon were 0-10 to 0-6 ahead when Rochestown were awarded a 46th minute penalty but this was saved on the lien by Dean Coleman.

At the other end of the field, Coleman came to life with four second half points from play. The Rochestown goal came in the 57th minute when Shane Kingstown shot dropped into the net from distance. That left it 0-13 to 1-8 but Doon finished strongly and despite five added minutes the Cork side couldn’t find another goal.

SCORERS: Doon: Colin Ryan 0-9 (7frees), Dean Coleman 0-5, David Buckley 0-1. Rochestown: Shane Kingston 1-0, Aaron Ward and David Griffin 0-2 each, Conor Kingston, Niall Cashman (‘65), Gavin Connelly (free), Ciaran Cormack, Mark Dolan 0-1 each.

DOON: Shane Stapleton (Sean Treacys); Brian McPartland (Doon), Thomas Hayes (Doon), Darren Roche (Pallasgreen); Brian McCarthy (Pallasgreen), Stephen Ryan (Doon), Jack Cummins (Doon); Mike Dee (Murroe-Boher), Patrick Cummins (Doon), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), David Buckley (Cappawhite), Shane O’Connell (Doon): Joe Lonergan (Cappamore), Dean Coleman (Doon), Barry Murphy (Doon). Sub: Mark Coleman (Doon) for Joe Lonergan (61mins).

ROCHESTOWN: Gavin Connelly; David O’Connor, John Cashman, Darragh Kelleher; David Griffin, Niall Cashman, Dylan Long, Daniel Meaney, Aaron Ward; Ciaran Cormack, Conor Kingstown, Eoghan O’Mahony; Paddy Lynch, Mark Dolan, Cathal Sheehan. Subs: Shane Kingston for Cathal Sheehan (48mins), Nick O’Mullane for John Cashman (58mins), Liam O’Sullivan for Aaron Ward (62mins).

REFEREE: Pat Casey (Waterford)

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 0-16 Kildare 1-12

Cork defeated Kildare by 0-16 to 1-12 in round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 9th at Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork.

Cork beat Kildare to make it two from two

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Allianz Football League Division I: Cork 0-16 Kildare 1-12

Cork made it two wins from two in the Allianz Football League Division I as they produced a strong third quarter to see off Kildare at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday.

Trailing by 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time after two Donncha O’Connor points had cut the gap from three to one, Cork roared into the second period and seized the lead for the first time since early in the game as the impressive John O’Rourke, Brian Hurley and Donal Óg Hodnett all got points. Though Darroch Mulhall and Paddy Brophy were keeping Kildare in touch, Cork’s increase in tempo was too much to deal with and had Daniel Goulding kept his shot under, rather than over, the bar in the 49th minute, Cork could have been out of sight.

As it was, further points from Mark Collins and Cathal Vaughan moved Cork four points clear, meaning that Cathal McNally’s injury-time goal for Kildare was just a consolation. Despite Cork getting the game’s first two points from O’Rourke and Mark Collins, they found themselves under pressure as Kildare got on top in midfield and Mulhall, McNally and Seán Hurley all kicked good points for the visitors.

Cork were wasteful with three goal chances as James Loughrey, O’Rourke and O’Connor all failed to beat Mark Donnellan. In contrast, Kildare were motoring well and McNally helped them to move 0-8 to 0-5 clear in the 29th minute. That would be as good as it would get for them, however, as Cork effected a fine turnaround.

Scorers for Cork: J O’Rourke 0-3, M Collins, D Goulding (0-1f), D O’Connor, D Óg Hodnett, B Hurley, C Vaughan (0-1f) 0-2 each, J Loughrey 0-1.

Scorers for Kildare: C McNally 1-2, D Mulhall 0-4 (0-1f), E O’Flaherty 0-2 (0-1f), K Murnaghan, P Brophy, S Hurley, T O’Connor 0-1 each.

CORK: K O’Halloran; J McLoughlin, C Dorman, T Clancy; B O’Driscoll, F Goold, J Loughrey; A O’Sullivan, R Deane; M Collins, D O’Connor, J O’Rourke; D Goulding, B Hurley, D Óg Hodnett. Subs: A Cronin for McLoughlin (21), N Galvin for Clancy (35, injured), C O’Driscoll for O’Sullivan (54), J Hayes for Goulding (59), C Vaughan for O’Connor (65), K O’Driscoll for B O’Driscoll (70).

KILDARE: M Donnellan; M O’Grady, K Murnaghan, M Foley; E Bolton, F Conway, P Cribbin; T Moolick, G White; S Hurley, E O’Flaherty, C McNally; P Brophy, T O’Connor, D Mulhall. Subs: D Hyland for Bolton (half-time, injured), H McGrillen for F Conway (44), S Gately for Hurley (56), F Dowling for Mulhall (59, injured), P O’Neill for White (64), M Conway for O’Flaherty (68).

Referee: E Kinsella (Laois)

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The Cork Senior Football team to play Kildare in Sunday’s Allianz League Round 2 game at 2pm in Páirc Uí Rinn will line out as follows:

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)

2. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)

3. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)

4. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)

5. Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh)

6. Fintan Goold (Macroom)

7. James Loughrey (Mallow)

8. Andrew O’Sullivan (Castletownbere)

9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)

10. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)

11. Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond)

12. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

13. Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg)

14. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)

15. Donal Og Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa)


16. David Hanrahan (Douglas)

17. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)

18. Alan Cronin (Nemo Rangers)

19. Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh)

20. Micheál O Laoire (Naomh Abán)

21. Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh)

22. Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary)

23. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)

24. John Hayes (Carbery Rangers)

25. Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)

26. Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough)

There are a number of changes to the team that defeated Westmeath on Sunday. Both Michael Shields and Tomás Clancy (Fermoy) are injured and will be out for a number of weeks. Tom Clancy moves to full back, and there are first senior starts for U21s Brian O’Driscoll and Conor Dorman, while Fintan Goold moves to centre back. Eoin Cadogan and Aidan Walsh are with the hurlers for the first time for the next two weeks, after which they will return to the football panel ahead of the game against Dublin on March 1st, and Ruairi Deane comes in at mid-field. Joining the forwards are Donncha O’Connor and John O’Rourke, while Paul Kerrigan is named in the substitutes.

There’s good news for all Cork football fans as Colm O’Neill rejoins the panel, having recovered from a cruciate injury. Patrick Kelly, Jamie O Sullivan and Damien Cahalane continue to make excellent progress with physio Colin Lane and are on schedule with predicted return-to-play targets.

In the absence of Michael Shields, James Loughrey will captain the team.

KILDARE (NFL v Cork): M Donnellan; M O’Grady, M Foley, K Murnaghan; F Conway, E Bolton, P Cribbin; T Moolick, G White; C McNally, E O’Flaherty, S Hurley; P Brophy, T O’Connor, D Mulhall.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 0-11 Leitrim 1-8

Clare drew with Leitrim in round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on a scoreline of 0-11 to 1-8 on Sunday February 9th at Milltown-Malbay.



AIB All Ireland Intermediate Club Camogie Semi-Final – Lismore (Waterford) 0-11 Liatroim Fontenoys (Down) 2-3

Lismore (Waterford) defeated Liatroim Fontenoys (Down) by 0-11 to 2-3 in the AIB All Ireland Intermediate Club Camogie Semi-Final on Sunday February 9th at Crettyard GAA Club.

Lismore Liatroim 0-11 Fontenoys 2-03

Lismore make Intermediate camogie final

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Lismore have finally made it to the AIB All-Ireland intermediate club camogie final after a couple of near-misses, after chiselling out a hard-earned 0-11 to 2-03 win over Liatroim Fontenoys. Celebrations were raucous, and understandably so, given that they had lost at the penultimate stages of the competition on a couple of occasions in recent seasons, to Ardrahan and subsequent champions Eoghan Rua.

Ardrahan will play in the senior final this time around, while Eoghan Rua only just failed to end Milford’s reign as senior champions last week, so the Waterford girls were encountering opposition of the very highest level. Their semi-final with Liatroim Fontenoys fell foul of the weather last weekend but there were no problems in Crettyard this time around, although Lismore were once again tested severely once more.

The wind was a significant factor and five points from Aoife Hannon gave Lismore a 0-07 to 0-02 interval lead, with Amy McAleenan responsible for the Down outfit’s two scores. It was questionable whether that was a sufficient advantage given the conditions and when McAleenan scored a goal and a point pretty soon after the restart, it was looking good for Fontenoys. The Lismore riposte was telling though, as they scored the next four points.

Aoife Hannon brought her tally to seven with two and with Nicola Morrissey and Catriona McGlone also raising white flags, the margin was five. That purple patch put a complete halt to the Fontenoys’ momentum and secured Lismore’s berth in the All-Ireland final. There was a late scare as the gritty Ulster girls pounced for a goal at the very death but Lismore had done enough and will play Ballyhale Shamrocks in the decider.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Tipperary 0-12 Waterford 1-9

Tipperary drew with Waterford in round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on a scoreline of 0-12 to 1-9 on Sunday February 9th at Clonmel.

Managers happy but White so close to winning scrappy affair for Déise

Tipperary 0-12 Waterford 1-9

By Jackie Cahill at Clonmel Sportsfield for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Top scorer Paul Whyte missed a late chance to snatch maximum points for Waterford in yesterday’s Allianz NFL Division 4 clash against Tipperary in Clonmel. In the first minute of stoppage time, the normally reliable Kilrossanty forward dragged a right-footed shot wide and a scrappy encounter at the Clonmel Sportsfield ended level. But talented hitman Whyte was the star turn for the Déise, nonetheless, as he finished with 1-5 of his side’s total, including three points from play.

Waterford boss Niall Carew declared himself satisfied with the stalemate following the disappointing opening round defeat against Clare. His Tipperary counterpart Peter Creedon had no complaints with the result either but after his side moved three points clear with less than 20 minutes remaining, they should have pushed on in front of 490 spectators.

Tipp had the breeze at their backs but Waterford responded with a run of four unanswered points to move one clear, including three from Whyte. Philip Austin levelled matters in the 66th and the remainder of the game failed to yield a winner. Austin’s score was Tipp’s first for 14 minutes and while the only goal of the game came courtesy of Whyte’s penalty before half-time, the hosts spurned a number of good opportunities.

Conor Sweeney could have had a hat-trick before the break and Austin spurned another chance with 17 minutes to go, Waterford goalkeeper Stephen Enright making a good save. Tipp ran riot in Carlow in their first game but they found Waterford a tougher nut to crack. In the first-half, the sides were level four times before Sweeney put Tipp ahead for the first time in the 27th minute.

But Whyte’s coolly taken penalty was the key score of the half as he sent Paul Fitzgerald the wrong way after Liam O’Lonáin was fouled. Tipp trailed 0-5 to 1-4 at the break but they opened the second-half in fine style, with a run of five unanswered points. JJ Hutchinson, impressive with three points for the visitors, opened Waterford’s account but Carew lost corner back Dean Crowley to a black card in the 51st minute. And when Sweeney put Tipp 0-11 to 1-5 clear, it appeared that they would push for home. But Waterford hung in there and deservedly claimed a share of the spoils.

“When Waterford went a point ahead, we’ve have taken a draw. Over the course of the game, it was a fair enough result,” Creedon admitted. “When we went three points up, if we had kicked on two points to make it five, the game would have petered out but credit to Waterford, they showed great spirit.” Carew said: “Paul Whyte, normally he’s the right man with the ball to get that last score but a draw was probably a fair result overall.”

Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney (0-4, 2fs), M Quinlivan, P Austin, B Grogan (2f) (0-2 each), B Fox, C McCullagh (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: P Whyte (1-5, 1-0 pen, 0-2f), JJ Hutchinson (0-3), S Aherne (0-1).

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; J Coughlan, P Codd, A Morrissey; G Mulhare, P Acheson, D Leahy; G Hannigan, S O’Brien; B Fox, B Grogan, C McCullagh; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, P Austin
Subs: I Fahy for McCullagh (52), L Egan for O’Brien (60), C Dillon for Sweeney (70+2).

WATERFORD: S Enright; D Crowley, T O’Gorman, K Connery; C O’Keeffe, S Briggs, C Phelan; JJ Hutchinson, S Aherne; D Allen, B Wall, T Grey; W Hutchinson, P Whyte, L O’Lionáin
Subs: T Ó’hUallacháin for Allen (43), T Prendergast for W Hutchinson (46), O Keevers for Crowley (black card, 51), R Aherne for Ó’Lonáin (62), T Connors for Wall (70+2).

Referee: J Hickey (Carlow).

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WATERFORD (NFL v Tipperary): S Enright; D Crowley, T O’Gorman, K Connery; C O’Keeffe, S Briggs, C Phelan; T Prendergast, S Aherne; D Allen, B Wall, T Grey; W Hutchinson, P Whyte, L Ó Lonáin.

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Web Poll Results – Tipperary v Waterford – Predict the result

Tipp by 6+ points – 51%

Tipp by 4 to 6 points – 40%

Tipp by 1 to 3 points – 5%

Draw -0%

Waterford by 1 to 3 points – 0%

Waterford by 4 to 6 points – 2%

Waterford by 6+ points – 2%

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Limerick 2-11 Longford 0-11

Limerick defeated Longford by 2-11 to 0-11 in round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday February 9th at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.

Limerick display pleases Brudair

Limerick 2-11 Longford 0-11

By John Redington for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Second-half goals from Ger Collins and Seanie Buckley handed newly-promoted Limerick their first victory of their NFL Division Three campaign, condemning Longford to their second successive defeat. Manager John Brudair, in just his second game in charge, was delighted by his side’s more clinical use of possession: “We knew we left two points behind us in Sligo. But rather than being disappointed by the fact we missed so many chances, we concentrated on doing the simple things right and it worked for us today.”

However, while Buckley sealed the result when his penalty put Limerick nine points ahead with 12 minutes to go, the hosts had to endure a few nervous moments earlier on when Longford’s storming start to the second-half saw them the halve the deficit within minutes. Building on John Keegan’s dominance of the kickout, they pressed the home defence and forced them into turning over possession. But they failed to land the knockout blow and, once the Limerick rearguard recovered its composure, breaks from the back stretched Longford.

Limerick looked far more at ease on the ball and showed greater variety and support when in possession. Longford’s main response was movement up through the middle but it all broke down nearer the goals as Seán McCormack looked rusty after returning from injury.

Limerick made quick use of the wind as Ian Ryan, John Riordan, Micheál Brosnan and Ryan’s free built up a tidy lead but they were fortunate to see Michael Quinn’s shot from Longfor’d first serious attack skim over the crossbar. After an exchange between Collins and Paul McKeon, the home side picked it up again through Iain Corbett, Buckley, Ryan and Ryan’s free before an injury time free from McCormack shaved Limerick’s half-time lead to 0-9 to 0-3. Peter Foy, McCormack’s free and Brian Farrell had the gap down to a goal as Longford restarted with a bang but the goal they needed was bagged at the other end as Collins skinned his marked and drilled past Damien Sheridan. For the next goal, he was dragged down by Shane Mulligan and Buckley’s resultant penalty left Longford with just the consolation of three excellent Brian Farrell points before the game ended.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-4 (2f), G Collins, S Buckley (1-0 pen) 1-1 each, J Riordan, M Brosnan, I Corbett, M Fitzgibbon, J Mullane 0-1 each

Longford scorers: B Farrell 0-3, M Quinn, S McCormack (2f) 0-2 each, P McKeon, P Foy, P Gill, F McGee 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: D O’Sullivan; M O’Riordan, J McCarthy, J Riordan; I Corbett, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Lee, D Treacy; M Brosnan, E Hanrahan, S Buckley; S O’Carroll, G Collins, I Ryan
Subs: J O’Meara (Ballysteen) for J Riordan (inj 15m), M Fitzgibbon for E Hanrahan (31m), G Hegarty for D Treacy (48m), J Mullane for S O’Carroll (61m), M Sheahan for P Ranahan (65 m), D Neville for M Brosnan (70 m).

LONGFORD: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, F Battrim; A Rowan, E Williams, P Brady; J Keegan, M Brady; P McKeon, P Foy, M Quinn; B Farrell, S McCormack, F McGee
Subs: S Mulligan for P Brady (ht), P Gill for P McKeon (ht), CP Smyth for E Williams (48m), D Cooney for P Foy (54m), D Keogh for S Mulligan (black card 58m), K Diffley for M Brady (68m).

Referee: D O’Mahony (Tipperary)


Limerick 2-11 Longford 0-11

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Limerick bounced back from last week’s loss to Sligo to pick up the points on offer this afternoon at the Gaelic Grounds with a six-point win over Longford. Limerick started well and settled to lead by 0-4 to 0-1 after 10 minutes. Key attackers Ger Collins and Ian Ryan were both on target with points to send them 0-9 to 0-3 clear by half-time.

Longford cut the gap to three points thanks to scores after the interval by Peter Foy, Sean McCormack and Brian Farrell. But then Collins hit the net for Limerick in the 48th minute before the same player was fouled nine minutes later and captain Seanie Buckley slammed home the resultant penalty.

That left John Brudair’s Limerick team in front by 2-10 to 0-7 and while Francis McGee and Michael Quinn did tack on late points for Longford, it was Limerick who eventually claimed the spoils by six points.

Team News

LIMERICK (NFL v Longford): D O’Sullivan; L O’Dwyer, P Browne, J McCarthy; I Corbett, M Sheahan, P Ranahan; T Lee, D Treacey; M Brosnan, E Hanrahan, S Buckley; S O’Carroll, G Collins, I Ryan

LONGFORD (NFL v Limerick): D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, F Battrim; A Rowan, E Williams, P Brady; M Brady, J Keegan; P McKeon, P Foy, M Quinn; B Farrell, S McCormack, F McGee



M. Donnelly Hurling Interpro S-F – Connacht 1-18 Munster 0-16

Connacht defeated Munster by 1-18 to 0-16 in the M. Donnelly GAA Hurling Interprovincial Championship 2014 Semi Final on Sunday February 9th at Ballinasloe.

Munster reign ended by Tribesmen in disguise

By Declan Rooney for the Irish Examiner newspaper 

Connacht 1-18 Munster 0-16

Champions Munster crashed out of the M Donnelly interprovincial hurling competition yesterday as an inspired second half from Anthony Cunningham’s all-Galway Connacht side sealed a fourth final berth in a row. Connacht hit an unanswered 1-7 to start the second half as they turned a four-point deficit into a six-point lead with Davy Glennon hitting the crucial goal in the 39th minute. Playing with the wind in the first half at Duggan Park in Ballinasloe, Liam Sheedy’s Munster didn’t look a side that was first assembled in the dressing room before the game as they led 0-10 to 0-6.

And afterwards, Sheedy called for the competition to retained, but moved to a more suitable time as he was unable to do any preparation work with his side. “We need to keep this competition going but I really would question if this is the best time to run it. Maybe two weeks after the All-Ireland final might suit everyone better, players’ schedules are so hectic in what is the week before their national league campaign starts. “Every player I rang was delighted to play with Munster. They were delighted to get the call and were very anxious to come and play. I hope it survives because it is a medal that those boys treasure and after they got one last year they refused to throw in the towel today,” said the former Tipperary manager.

Conor Cooney got the home side off the mark with a good first-minute point, but the remainder of the opening quarter belonged to Munster. Padraic Maher was the first to punish a sloppy clearance out of defence with a long-range score after seven minutes and after Patrick Horgan slotted a free to give Munster the lead, Noel McGrath hit the point of the game as two long, pinpoint passes from Anthony Nash and Brendan Maher picked him out on the right wing.

In the midst of a lot of mediocre Connacht hurling, Iarla Tannian was the one shining light and it was on the back of his powerful centre-back play that Connacht began to gain a foothold. Points from Padraig Brehony and three Cooney frees meant Connacht only trailed by four at the break.

The scale of the Connacht recovery after the break was remarkable as their heavy-legged play was replaced with crisp hurling and fine scoring. Jason Flynn was to the fore with three points from play, while Jonathan Glynn burst through the middle, then picked out Glennon for the game’s only goal.

Anthony Nash trotted forward for a 20-metre free in the 56th minute in an attempt to pull Munster back into the tie, but his trademark technique only earned a point. After that it was simple for Connacht and Anthony Cunningham, who used the game as preparation for his Galway side’s opening league game against Dublin next weekend.

“We needed all the help we can get ahead of next week against Dublin,” said Cunningham. “It’s the first round for the league and they are Leinster champions and we need to be fully focused for that. But today was great preparation for that. We’d be happy that the guys are progressing well,” he said.

Scorers for Connacht: C Cooney 0-11 (7fs, 0-1pen), J Flynn 0-3, D Glennon 1-0, P Brehony 0-2, C Mannion & R Cummins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Munster: P Horgan 0-6 (4f), D Kearney, N McGrath, A Nash (2f) & C Ryan (1f) 0-2 each, P Maher & S Walsh 0-1 each.

CONNACHT (all Galway): J Skehill; F Moore, R Burke, J Coen; D Collins, I Tannian, G McInerney; David Burke, P Brehony; J Flynn, C Cooney, J Glynn; P Landers, C Mannion, D Glennon
Subs: A Harte for McInerney h-t, R Cummins for Landers 43, Daithi Burke for Tannian 54, K Hynes for Mannion 61, D Dolan for Glennon 65.

MUNSTER: A Nash (Cork); T Condon (Limerick), R McCarthy (Limerick), N Connors (Waterford); B Bugler (Clare), M Walsh (Waterford), P Maher (Tipperary); W McNamara (Limerick), B Maher (Tipperary); D Kearney (Cork), N McGrath (Tipperary), S Molumphy (Waterford); G Mulcahy (Limerick), P Horgan (Cork), C Ryan (Clare)
Subs: M Cahill (Tipperary) for McCarthy h-t, S Walsh (Waterford) for Mulcahy 51, D O’Donovan (Clare) for Condon 53, P Donnellan (Clare) for Bugler 59, L McLoughlin (Cork) for Horgan 66.

Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).

Panel News

The Munster senior hurling panel for the M. Donnelly Inter-provincial semi-final between Munster and Connacht in Ballinasloe at 2pm on Sunday next, February 9th is as follows:

An Clár (6) Brendan Bugler, John Conlon, Patrick Donnellan, Patrick Kelly, Domhnall O’Donovan, Colin Ryan

Corcaigh (4) Patrick Horgan, Daniel Kearney, Lorcán McLoughlin, Anthony Nash

Luimneach (7) Paul Browne, Tom Condon, Richie McCarthy, Wayne McNamara, Graeme Mulcahy, Gavin O’Mahony, James Ryan

Port Láirge (4) Noel Connors, Michael Walsh, Stephen Molumphy, Shane Walsh

Tiobraid Árann (4) Michael Cahill, Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Noel McGrath

Banisteoir: Liam Sheedy (Tiobraid Árann)

Roghnóirí: Stephen Frampton (Port Láirge), James O’Connor (An Clár)

The team will not be announced until just before the game on Sunday.