Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Dublin 4-21 Cork 2-17

Dublin defeated Cork by 4-21 to 2-17 in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday March 5th at Croke Park.

Late goals hide scale of Cork’s defeat at hands of Dublin hurlers

By Eoghan Cormican, Croke Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dublin 4-21 Cork 2-17

Cork’s dreadful start to the Allianz hurling league worsened this evening at Croke Park as Kieran Kingston’s side fell to their hosts by 10 points. The visitors were a distant second best from very early in the opening period, but what will be of greatest concern to the management was not so much the losing margin, rather the lack of effort from the men wearing red and white.

Cork were down and out at half-time, trailing 3-12 to 0-9. Leading 0-4 to 0-2 after six minutes, Cork then conceded 3-6 on the bounce in falling 13 points in arrears. Treacy started their burst with two frees in quick succession following successive mistakes by Christopher Joyce.

Liam Rushe capitalised on a poor Mark Ellis clearance to split the posts from distance and three more followed from Treacy, Daire Plunkett and Niall McMorrow. Eamon Dillon grabbed the first goal of the game on 19 minutes, turning provider for Treacy on 22 minutes who drilled home goal number two.

From the ensuing puck-out, Bill Cooper failed to hold onto the sliotar and the passage of play ended with Seán McGrath rattling the Cork net. A Patrick Horgan free ended a 20 minutes scoring spell for the visitors, but no inroads could they make. Dublin were at their ease in the second-half and added a fourth goal on 48 minutes as Eamon Dillon drilled a low shot to the right of Anthony Nash.

They could have had a fifth but for a superb intervention by Bill Cooper to deny Niall McMorrow. Seamus Harnedy prodded in two consolation goals in second-half stoppage time. It failed, though, to put respectability on the final scoreline.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-7, 0-6 frees, 0-1 ’65); S Harnedy (2-0); C Lehane (0-4); P Haughney (0-1 ’65), L Farrell (0-2 each); B Lawton, B Cooper (0-1 each).

Scorers for Dublin: D Treacy (1-7, 0-5 frees); E Dillon (2-2); S McGrath (1-0); M Schutte, N McMorrow S Barrett (0-2 each); D O’Callaghan, L Rushe, J McCaffrey, S Treacy, D Plunkett (0-1 each).

Cork: A Nash; S McDonnell, K Burke, C Joyce; D Cahalane, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, B Lawton; B Cooper, S Harnedy, C Lehane; L O’Farrell, P Cronin, P Horgan
Subs: C Cronin for McGrath (HT), J Boland for McCaffrey (57), S Treacy for O’Callaghan, F McGibb for D Treacy (both 64), J Madden for O’Callaghan (68)

Dublin: C Dooley; E O’Donnell, C O’Callaghan, O Gough; S Barrett, L Rushe, J McCaffrey; D O’Connell, D Plunkett; S McGrath, N McMorrow, D Treacy; D O’Callaghan, M Schutte, E Dillon.
Subs: L McLoughlin for Murphy (27 mins), P Haughney for Kearney (31), S Murphy for McDonnell (HT), P O’Sullivan for Cronin (44), W Leahy for P Horan (61)

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)

Team News

The Cork team to play Dublin on Saturday night in the Allianz Hurling League in Croke Park @ 5pm has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Killian Burke (Midleton)
3. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
4. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
5. Damian Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfield)
9. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
10. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
11. Seamus Harnedy (St Itas)
12. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)
13. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
14. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. Stephen Murphy (Blackrock)
18. Cian Buckley (Na Pairsaigh)
19. William Egan (Kilbrin)
20. Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk)
21. Paul Haughney (Midleton)
22. John Cronin (Lisgoold)
23. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
24. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)
25. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfield)
26. William Leahy (Aghada)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Clare 1-21 Laois 0-16

Clare defeated Laois by 1-21 to 0-16 in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Saturday March 5th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Team News

Clare (SH v Laois): Andrew Fahy; Patrick O’Connor, Cian Dillon, Paul Flanagan; Brendan Bugler, David McInerney, Conor Cleary; David Reidy, Conor Ryan; John Conlon, Colin Ryan, Gearoid O’Connell; Aaron Cunningham, Shane O’Donnell, Bobby Duggan.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Dublin 2-14 Cork 2-10

Dublin defeated Cork by 2-14 to 2-10 in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Saturday March 5th at Croke Park.

Dubs come back in second half to beat Cork

By Brendan O’Brien, Croke Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dublin 2-14 Cork 2-10

Dublin overcame a dreadful first-half in Croke Park this evening to maintain their unbeaten run in the top tier of this season’s Allianz League. Cork, routed at home by Roscommon last weekend, kept the reigning league and All-Ireland champions scoreless for the first 22 minutes and held a seven-point lead at the interval. Yet they still found themselves steamrolled for most of the second-half.

Both teams will harbour mixed emotions. Colm O’Neill, starting his first game of the campaign, was integral to Cork’s unexpected drive in the opening period, claiming 1-3 of their 2-7 total and having a hand in other scores. His goal came from the penalty spot after Philly McMahon pulled Peter Kelleher back by the jersey.

Dublin had already found the net by then, Diarmuid Connolly bursting on to a Bernard Brogan fist pass to smash low past the Cork goalkeeper. It was their first score, but it took a lot longer for the home side to really find their stride. When they did it was impressive.

Nine points on the trot went the way of the Dubs between the 39th and 60th minutes, but the dismissal for a second yellow card of Johnny Cooper sparked a change of momentum with Brian Hurley’s free shortly after giving Cork a first score in almost half an hour. The pair went tit-for-tat thereafter, Cormac Costello’s ninth point – all coming in the second-half and eight of them from frees – put Dublin ahead for the last time before wing-back James McCarthy found the space to finish under the Cork keeper for his side’s second goal.

Predictable result, surprisingly engaging fare though.

Scorers for Dublin: C Costello (0-9, 7f); D Connolly (1-3, 1f, 1 ‘45’); J McCarthy (1-0); P Andrews (0-2).

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill (1-3, 0-2f); P Kelleher (1-0); B Hurley (0-2, 1f); C O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan, M Collins, R Deane (all 0-1). L Connolly (0-1f).

Dublin: M Savage; J Cooper, P McMahon, D Byrne; J McCarthy, C O’Sullivan, E Lowndes; B Fenton, E O Conghaile; P Flynn, D Connolly, C Kilkenny; C Costello, P Andrews, B Brogan
Subs: J Small for Lowndes and M Fitzsimons for Fenton (both HT); S Carthy for O Conghaile (48); D Rock for Brogan (49); K McManamon for Andrews (65); SB Carthy for Flynn (71).

Cork: M Aodh Martin; J O’Sullivan, E Cadogan, K Crowley; T Clancy, C O’Driscoll, K O’Driscoll; S Kiely, I Maguire; M Collins, L Connolly, B O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, P Kelleher, M Collins
Subs: B Hurley for Kerrigan (31-35) and for K O’Driscoll (54); K O’Hanlon for Kiely (50); R Deane for Connolly (57); A O’Sullivan for Kelleher (67); M Collins for Kerrigan (70).

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)

Team News

The Cork team to play Dublin on Saturday night in the Allianz Football League in Croke Park @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

1. Micheal Aodh Martin (Nemo Rangers)
2. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. James Loughrey (Mallow)
5. Tom Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
7. Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
8. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
9. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
10. Sean Kiely (Ballincollig)
11. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
12. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
13. Daniel Goulding (Eire Og)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
16. Ken O Halloran (Bishopstown)
17. Mark Collins (O Donovan Rossa)
18. Bart Daly (Newmarket)
19. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
20. Michael Shields (St Finbarr’s)
21. Andrew O Sullivan (Castletownbere)
22. Killian O Hanlon (Kilshannig)
23. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
24. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
25. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
26. Dan McEoin (Ilen Rovers)

DUBLIN (FL v Cork): M Savage (St Vincent’s); P McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams), J Cooper (Na Fianna), D Byrne (Naomh Olaf); J McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams), C O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes), E Lowndes (St Peregrine’s); B Fenton (Raheny), E Ó Conghaile (Lucan Sarsfields); P Flynn (Fingallians), D Connolly (St Vincent’s), C Kilkenny (Castleknock); C Costello (Whitehall Colmcille), P Andrews (St Brigid’s), B Brogan (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Wexford 2-25 Kerry 0-8

Wexford defeated Kerry by 2-25 to 0-8 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday March 6th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Wexford hammer Kerry’s hurlers

By Stephen Barry for

Kerry 0-8 Wexford 2-25

Wexford put a losing start to the Allianz League behind them by hammering 13-man Kerry in front of a large crowd at Austin Stack Park.
Given a big stage as a warm-up act to Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s footballers and in front of TG4 cameras, Kerry deeply disappointed and the 23-point margin of defeat reflected their drop in standards from their opening two games.

Conor McDonald’s 14th-minute goal was the key moment as a wind-assisted Wexford built a 12-point half-time lead. Andrew Shore, who ended with 1-7 from play, capped the win with a fine late goal.

The main stand in the revamped Austin Stack Park was full by the start of hurling portion of the double-header in Tralee. However, the home fans were left with little to cheer as Shane Tomkins scored good points either side of an Andrew Shore effort to give Wexford a quick three-point lead.

A superb interception by Bryan Murphy prevented a likely Wexford goal and Shane Nolan and Mikey Boyle points got the Western End umpires in action for the first time. However, Shore picked off two scores from a distance of 65 metres to cancel each of those out, before Kerry made things worse for themselves.

A Kerry giveaway allowed Aidan Nolan a point before similar defensive blundering from a short puck-out gave Wexford a run on goal – Shore won the ball and Podge Doran provided the assist for the overlapping Conor McDonald to score. That was the Model county’s first goal from play in the League on McDonald’s first start of the year.

John Egan worked a superb one-two to set up a goal chance for himself but, having rounded the goalie, a miraculous diving block from Paudie Foley prevented the three-pointer. Egan settled for a point from the rebound. McDonald threatened a second goal at the other end – his acute-angled shot whistling across the goal – but further points from Nolan, Liam Óg McGovern, Lee Chin and a trio of Harry Kehoe frees, all from overcarrying calls, gave Wexford a 1-13 to 0-4 half-time cushion.

Wexford added three of the next four scores after the break, from Shore and Kehoe (two frees), ending hopes that Kerry could use that wind advantage to contest the victory. Still, Nolan did utilise the conditions to slot a free from close to Kerry’s own 45, but that was one of only four second-half points for the hosts and Tom Murnane’s 56th-minute dismissal for a second yellow was the salt in the wound.

For Wexford Shore’s 63rd-minute brilliantly clinical catch and finish for a goal added decoration to the victory, which ended with Kerry full-back Murphy conceding a penalty and receiving a straight red in injury-time. Ian Byrne blasted the one-on-one attempt over to complete Wexford’s tally of 2-25.

Teams and Scorers

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan (0-5, 4 frees); M Boyle, J Egan, C Harty (0-1 each).

Scorers for Wexford: A Shore (1-7); H Kehoe (0-6 frees); C McDonald (1-2); S Tomkins, I Byrne (pen), A Nolan (0-2 each); L Óg McGovern, L Chin, E Moore, D O’Keeffe (0-1 each).

KERRY: M Stackpoole; S Weir, B Murphy, K Carmody; D Collins, T Casey, T Murnane; P Kelly, J Griffin; S Nolan, M O’Leary, C Harty; J Egan, M Boyle, J Goulding.
Subs: D Fitzell for Weir (ht), J Diggins for Casey (45), P Lucid for O’Leary (46), J Conway for Goulding (65),

WEXFORD: C O’Leary; L Ryan, M O’ Hanlon, A Kenny; E Conroy, P Foley, E Moore; L Chin, H Kehoe; S Tompkins, A Shore, A Nolan; C McDonald, P Doran, L Óg McGovern.
Subs: D O’Keeffe for Doran (49), I Byrne for Nolan (58), J O’Connor for Chin (63), A Maddock for Ryan, K Sheridan for Moore (both 65),
Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

Team News

KERRY (Allianz HL v Wexford): M Stackpoole; S Weir, B Murphy, K Carmody; D Collins, T Casey, T Murnane; P Kelly, J Griffin; S Nolan, M O’Leary, C Harty; J Egan, M Boyle, J Goulding.

WEXFORD (Allianz HL v Kerry): M Fanning; L Ryan, M O’Hanlon, E Moore; A Shore, P Foley, A Kenny; L Chin, E Conroy; H Kehoe, S Tompkins, A Nolan; C McDonald, P Doran, L Ó McGovern.

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 1-19 Offaly 0-14

Limerick defeated Offaly by 1-19 to 0-14 in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday March 6th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Kildare 1-11 Limerick 1-10

Kildare defeated Limerick by 1-11 to 1-10 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday March 6th at St. Conleth’s Park Newbridge.

Team News

LIMERICK (FL v Kildare): D O’Sullivan (Monaleen); J McCarthy (St Kieran’s), P Browne (Fr Caseys), S O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen); M Donovan (Galbally), I Corbett (Newcastlewest), P White (Rathkeale); T Lee (Ballylanders), S Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford); C Sheehan (Newcastlewest), P Ranahan (Ballysteen), D Tracey (St Kieran’s); I Ryan (St Senan’s), D Neville (Ballysteen), P Nash (Kildimo-Pallaskenry).

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Clare 1-18 Westmeath 0-10

Clare defeated Westmeath by 1-18 to 0-10 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday March 6th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Tipperary 2-11 Offaly 0-12

Tipperary defeated Offaly by 2-11 to 0-12 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday March 6th at Sean Treacy Park Tipperary Town.

Liam Kearns: Promotion now on for Tipperary

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 2-11 Offaly 0-12: Tipperary manager Liam Kearns believes promotion from Division 3 of the Allianz Football League is a realistic target following yesterday’s comfortable victory over Offaly at Sean Treacy Park. With three rounds, Tipp are joint second alongside Clare, both sides two points behind Kildare. Tipp travel to Longford next Sunday for a crucial clash and Kearns now believes anything is possible.

It was a profitable afternoon for inside forwards Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney, who bagged 1-10 between them. Kearns said: “We played some good football in the first-half and got our scores. It was a slog in the second-half but we got the job done. In the circumstances, we’re very happy, now secure in Division 3. We’ll have a look at promotion now and see what we can do. We have to go to Longford next Sunday and win that. Will eight points be enough to get you up? I’d say we’d probably need another point from our last two matches then.”

With Quinlivan and Martin Dunne netting first-half goals, Tipp were 2-8 to 0-5 clear at half-time in a free-ridden encounter. Defeat is a dent to Offaly’s promotion hopes. Boss Pat Flanagan said: “It’s the most disappointing performance since we came together. We had an awful lot of possession but the amount of ball we gave away absolutely crucified us.”

Scorers for Tipperary: M Quinlivan 1-4 (0-1f, 0-1 45), C Sweeney 0-6 (3f), M Dunne 1-0, P Austin 0-1.

Scorers for Offaly: N Dunne 0-4 (3f), N McNamee & S Doyle (2f) 0-3 each, S Pender & B Allen (f) 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; K Fahey, A Campbell, C McDonald; J Feehan, R Kiely, S Leahy; A Moloney, M Dunne; J Lonergan, P Acheson, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, P Austin.
Subs: D Leahy for Feehan (50), D Butler for S Leahy (58), B Hewitt for Austin (62), M Hanley for Fahey (65), J O’Callaghan for Lonergan (70+2).

OFFALY: A Mulhall; D Brady, E Rigney, S Pender; J Moloney, B Darby, J O’Connor; G Guilfoyle, C McNamee; A Sullivan, M Brazil, R Allen; N Dunne, S Doyle, N McNamee
Subs: N Darby for Brady (h.t.), P Cunningham for Allen (h.t.), C Donoghue for Rigney (44), E Carroll for Brazil (53), B Allen for Doyle (61), J Gethings for C McNamee (61).

Referee: J Molloy (Galway)

Fixture Details

06.03.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Round 4
Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town 12:30
Tiobraid Árann v Uíbh Fhailí
Referee: James Molloy (Gaillimh)

Team News

the Tipperary Senior Football panel to face Offaly on Sunday in round 4 of the Allianz Football League Roinn 3 in Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town, at 12.30pm has also been announced by manager Liam Kearns. Looking to consolidate their position in the league, Liam has made 1 change from the team which drew with Westmeath as Kevin Fahey replaces the injured Colm O’Shaughnessy at corner-back.

The panel lines out as follows;

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Shane Leahy – Arravale Rovers
8. Alan Moloney – Rockwell Rovers
9. Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Peter Acheson – (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers
12. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Niall O’Donovan – Arravale Rovers

16. Ciarán Kendrick – Moyle Rovers
17. Philip Austin – Borrisokane
18. Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials
19. Billy Hewitt – Ardfinnan
20. John O’Callaghan – Ballyporeen
21. Liam Casey – Cahir
22. David Butler – Drom & Inch
23. Donagh Leahy – Arravale Rovers
24. Mark Hanley – Aherlow
25. Donal Lynch – Clonmel Commercials
26. Ian Fahey – Clonmel Commercials

Press Release from Tipperary GAA

Due to the impending adverse weather forecast Semple Stadium management committee have decided in advance, rather than leaving it to the last minute, that the Semple Stadium pitch would not be able to hold both fixtures on Sunday next as originally programmed.

As a result the Allianz Football League Roinn 3 fixture between Tipperary and Offaly has been moved to Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town with a 12.30pm throw in on Sunday next, March 6th.

The Allianz League Roinn 1A Senior Hurling fixture between Tipperary and Waterford will go ahead as planned in Semple Stadium but has been moved back to the later time of 3pm to facilitate patrons who may wish to attend both matches.

Both stands will be open in Semple Stadium and due to different price structure at both venues, as indicated patrons attending the football fixture in Tipperary Town who may wish to attend the hurling fixture also will receive a concessionary ticket to allow them pay a reduced admission price in Semple Stadium.

The Match day programme will be the same for both fixtures.

Is mise le meas,
Joe Bracken,
PRO Co. Board

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Wexford 0-12 Waterford 0-11

Wexford defeated Waterford by 0-12 to 0-11 in the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Saturday March 5th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Team News

Allianz National Football League v Wexford

The Waterford Senior Football Team to face Wexford in Saturday’s night’s Allianz National Football League Round 4 tie in Fraher Field at 7pm has been named

1. Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty)
2. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin (An Rinn)
3. Maurice O’Gorman (The Nire)
4. James McGrath (The Nire)
5. Brian Looby (Ballinacourty)
6. Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
7. Ray O’Ceallaigh (An Rinn)
8. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
9. Conor Prunty (Ballinacourty)
10. Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan)
11. Donie Breathnach (An Rinn)
12. Patrick Hurney (Ballinacourty)
13. Shaun Corcoran (St. Saviours)
14. Joey Veale (Kilrossanty)
15. Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty)

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Quarter-Final – Our Ladys Templemore 1-18 Gort Community School 0-14

Our Ladys Templemore defeated Gort Community School by 1-18 to 0-14 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Quarter-Final on Saturday March 5th at Kilmallock.

Our Lady’s, Templemore win at heavy cost

By Shane Brophy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Our Lady’s SS, Templemore 1-18 Gort CS 0-14: Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore bounced back from their Harty Cup final defeat by overcoming Gort Community School in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship in Kilmallock on Saturday.

The eight-point winning margin did come at a cost as influential attacker Anthony Ryan was sent off in the 46th minute after miss-timing an overhead pull challenging for a puckout, connecting with Gort’s James Cronin Rodgers. Ryan, who had scored 1-2, will now miss Saturday’s semi-final against St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny through suspension with Templemore manager Tom Byrnes admitting it is a blow.

“He is a great leader. It won’t be for the lack of effort among the rest of the lads to do it for him next week but things like that happen, he is a committed lad, it wasn’t malicious and is just one of those things,” he said.

Byrnes was thrilled with the way the side bounced back from the loss in the Munster final. “It was great to see how they reacted after the Harty Cup final because they were fairly sore after it. Against the wind their effort was huge but we are delighted to get a crack at St Kieran’s next week.”

The early stages were well contested before Ryan struck for the crucial goal after 14 minutes, reacting quickest to a scramble in the square to pull a floating ball to the net. He followed it up with a quick point and suddenly Templemore were in command and were eight clear with Jerry Kelly and Lyndon Fairbrother on target.

Gort relied primarily on the free-taking of Cathal Noonan for scores but Enda’s Fahy and Egan did land good scores to keep the Galway men in touch going into the second half (1-11 to 0-8) and when Cianan Fahy and Egan pointed within minutes of the restart, it appeared as if the Connacht outfit were going to fight back.

Templemore were able to keep their opponents at arms length with McGrath (2 frees), Jamie Bergin and Ryan on target, before the latter’s dismissal. Gort pushed on looking for goals but found Templemore keeper Jack Kennedy in fine form, making three good saves, including an injury time penalty from Cianan Fahy as the Tipperary side progressed to the last four.

Scorers for Templemore: J Bergin 0-7 (6f); A Ryan 1-2; B McGrath (frees), L Fairbrother 0-3 each; D O’Shea, J Kelly, K Hassett, P Cadell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Gort: C Noonan 0-6f; C Fahy 0-3 (2f); E Fahy, E Egan (1 s-cut) 0-2 each; C O’Shea 0-1.

OUR LADY’S SS TEMPLEMORE: J Kennedy; C O’Meara, D Ryan, E Ryan; T Murphy, K Hassett, P Cadell; D O’Shea, B McGrath; S Nolan, A Ryan, R McCormack; J Bergin, J Kelly, L Fairbrother
Subs: P Nyland for O’Shea (52); P Bergin for Kelly (60).

GORT CS: L Byrne; D Fahy, S Fahy, B Burke; S Cosgrove, C Fahy, M Smyth; J Prendergast, J Cronin Rodgers; C O’Shea, C Noonan, M Lynskey; E Fahy, B Mullins, E Egan
Subs: N Fahy for Smyth (16); K O’Rourke for Mullins (59)

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)