Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 6-29 Laois 1-12

Limerick defeated Laois by 6-29 to 1-12 in Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Saturday March 12th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final – St. Kieran’s Kilkenny 2-16 Our Ladys Templemore 0-13

St. Kieran’s Kilkenny defeated Our Ladys Templemore by 2-16 to 0-13 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final on Saturday March 12th at Clonmel Sportsfield.

St Kieran’s see off Templemore to keep title defence on track

St Kieran’s (Kilkenny) 2-16 Our Lady’s Templemore (Tipperary) 0-13

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Croke Cup (All-Ireland Colleges SH A semi-final)

JOE CUDDIHY SCORED a crucial second-half goal to help holders St Kieran’s finally see off the dogged challenge of Our Lady’s Templemore in this afternoon’s Croke Cup semi-final in Clonmel.

St Kieran’s, aiming to win the competition for a third successive year, eventually won their semi-final by nine points but on three occasions in the second half, Templemore were within two points of their opponents. St Kieran’s hitman Adrian Mullen had a penalty brilliantly saved by Jack Kennedy midway through the second half and when David O’Shea pointed at the other end for Templemore, they were sensing an upset.

Templemore were still hanging in with eight minutes left, trailing by four points, when Cuddihy struck for the killer goal. Templemore protested that one of their players was fouled before Kieran’s broke and after DJ Carey’s son Seán provided a brilliant offload for Cuddihy, the finish was clinical.

St Kieran’s were now seven points clear, 2-13 to 0-12, and the gap was 10 at one stage before the 20-time Croke Cup champions won pulling up. St Kieran’s led by 1-9 to 0-8 at half-time, a four-point gap when they had led by seven in the 20th minute. Mullen’s free put St Kieran’s 1-8 to 0-4 clear but Templemore reeled off four of the last five scores of the opening half to remain in touch.

But Templemore had just one point from play in the opening half, Lyndon Fairbrother on target early on, and they were reliant on Brian McGrath from long-range placed balls, with Jamie Bergin hitting them closer in. Kieran’s, who will play Ardscoil Rís in the final, had the ideal start, leading by 1-1 to 0-0 within two minutes.

But Templemore hung in grimly to give themselves a chance ahead of the second half. Cuddihy popped over the opening point of the game before towering centre forward Colum Prendiville took a pass from Edward Moylan, who made an incisive run, for the goal.

Templemore, playing without suspended captain Anthony Ryan, had their opening score from a Bergin free before Fairbrother cut the gap back to a manageable 0-2 to 1-1. Three unanswered points from Prendiville, Edward Moylan and Michael Cody had Kieran’s five points clear and they would continue to have the upper hand before Templemore rallied approaching half-time.

Scorers for St Kieran’s: Adrian Mullen 0-7 (6f), Colum Prendiville 1-3, Joe Cuddihy 1-1, Michael Cody, Edmond Delaney, Joe Connolly, Seán Carey & Edward Moylan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Our Lady’s Templemore: Brian McGrath 0-5 (3f, 1 65), Jamie Bergin 0-3f, Jerry Kelly 0-2, David O’Shea, Stephen Nolan & Lyndon Fairbrother 0-1 each.

1. Darragh Phelan (Emeralds)
2. Conor Byrne (James Stephens)
3. Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan)
4. Evan Carroll (Dicksboro)
5. Michael Cody (Dunnamaggin)
6. Darren Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
7. Matt Kenny (Clara)
8. Martin Keoghan (Tullaroan)
9. Edmond Delaney (Conahy Shamrocks)
10. Joe Connolly (Clara)
11. Colum Prendiville (Graigue-Ballycallan)
12. Adrian Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
13. Seán Carey (Young Irelands)
14. Joe Cuddihy (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
15. Edward Moylan (Dicksboro)
20. Victor Costello (Dunnamaggin) for Delaney (60)
17. Niall Delaney (James Stephens) for Byrne (60)

1. Jack Kennedy (JK Brackens)
4. Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney)
3. Diarmaid Ryan (Clonakenny)
2. Conor O’Meara (Drom & Inch)
9. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens)
7. Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch)
5. Tom Murphy (JK Brackens)
6. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
18. Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens)
12. Stephen Nolan (Dom & Inch)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
17. Ray McCormack (Borrisoleigh)
10. Jamie Bergin (Drom & Inch)
14. Jerry Kelly (Borrisoleigh)
8. David O’Shea (JK Brackens)
19. Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch) for O’Shea (54)
13. Paul Bergin (Drom & Inch) for Jamie Bergin (54)

Referee: John Keane (Galway)

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final – Ardscoil Ris 1-18 Presentation Athenry 0-20

Ardscoil Ris defeated Presentation Athenry by 1-18 to 0-20 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final on Saturday March 12th at Gurteen, County Clare.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Limerick 3-14 Westmeath 0-7

Limerick defeated Westmeath by 3-14 to 0-7 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Saturday March 12th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Kilkenny 2-23 Cork 2-22

Kilkenny defeated Cork by 2-23 to 2-22 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday March 12th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

A late score was needed to separate Cork and Kilkenny in the hurling

By Michael Moynihan, Pairc Ui Rinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 2-22 Kilkenny 2-23

Cork lined out in their 1916 jerseys in Pairc Ui Rinn but Kilkenny came away with the win courtesy of a late, late point from substitute John Power after an entertaining NHL 1A clash.

Cork defended the city end goal in the first half and were far brighter starting than in previous games, dominating the early proceedings and leading 0-5 to 0-2 after 10 minutes, with Seamus Harnedy spurning a good goal chance to boot. The 8,105 in attendance saw the St. Ita’s man make amends on 13 minutes, however, fielding the ball and goaling well – late replacement Cormac Murphy added a point immediately after, 1-6 to 0-3 on 14 minutes.

The home side duly dominated the following 10 minutes, their movement up front causing the visitors’ full-back line no end of problems. Cork pushed their lead to 1-10 to 0-6 by 25 minutes, but Kilkenny then came back into contention. TJ Reid (two frees) and Walter Walsh helped the Cats close the gap as they came to grips with the game, but a late Horgan free restored Cork’s lead to four at the break, 1-12 to 0-11.

Kilkenny stormed into the game on the resumption with five points on the spin, a superb Richie Hogan effort from the wing the pick of the bunch – 0-16 to 1-12 on 43 minutes. Murphy and Horgan (65) swapped points with Reid before Harnedy created another goal chance on 50 minutes, this one finished by Bill Cooper.

Luke O’Farrell and Harnedy points then stretched Cork’s lead to 2-16 to 0-17. Reid, inevitably, cut their lead to three with frees but Lehane made it a four-point game again. Two Horgan frees had Cork five ahead going into the final 10 minutes, but Kilkenny stayed in touch with Reid and when Fennelly goaled with four minutes left the game was anybody’s – a Lester Ryan point cut Cork’s lead to one, and Reid supplied another goal to nudge Kilkenny ahead.

Lehane levelled for Cork and the home side had chances to win it before Power intercepted a late delivery by Cork keeper Patrick Collins for the winner.

Scorers for Cork: S. Harnedy (1-3); C. Lehane (0-1 free)(0-4 frees, 0-1 65)(0-6 each); B. Cooper (1-0) C. Murphy (0-2); L. McLoughlin, P. Haughney, B. Lawton, L. O’Farrell and D. Kearney (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid (0-10 frees)(1-12); C. Fennelly (1-2); L. Ryan, W. Walsh (0-3 each); D. Cody, R. Hogan, J. Power (0-1 each).

CORK: P. Collins, K. Burke, D. Cahalane, S. McDonnell ( c), C. Murphy, C. Joyce, L. McLoughlin, P. Haughney, J. Cronin, B. Lawton, B. Cooper, C. Lehane, L. O’Farrell, S. Harnedy, P. Horgan
Subs: D. Kearney for Cronin (48); S. Moylan for Haughney (58); P. O’Sullivan for Horgan (65); W. Egan for Murphy (69).

KILKENNY: R. Reid, P. Murphy, J. Holden, S. Prendergast ( c), P. Walsh, K. Joyce, C. Buckley, C. Fogarty, D. Cody, C. Fennelly, TJ Reid, C. Martin, W. Walsh, R. Hogan, K. Kelly
Subs: L. Ryan for Fogarty (1); J. Maher for Martin (HT); J. Power for Kelly (50).

Referee: F. Horgan (Tipperary)

Team News

CORK (HL v Kilkenny): P Collins (Ballinhassig); K Burke (Midleton), D Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), S McDonnell (Glen Rovers); S O’Neill (Bishopstown), C Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), L McLoughlin (Kanturk); P Haughney (Midleton), J Cronin (Lisgoold); B Lawton (Castlemartyr), B Cooper ( Youghal), C Lehane (Midleton); L O’Farrell (Midleton), S Harnedy (St Ita’s), P Horgan (Glen Rovers)
Subs: A Nash (Kanturk), S Murphy (Blackrock), C O’Sullivan (Sarsfields), W Egan (Kilbrin), C Murphy (Mallow), N Cashman (Blackrock), D Kearney (Sarsfields), C Cormack (Blackrock), P O’Sullivan (Cloyne), S Moylan (Douglas), W Leahy (Aghada).

KILKENNY (HL v Cork): R Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks); Paul Murphy (Danesfort), J Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks), S Prendergast (Clara); P Walsh (Tullaroan), K Joyce (Rower-Inistioge), C Buckley (Dicksboro); C Fogarty (Erin’s Own), D Cody (James Stephens); C Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks, TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks), C Martin (Emeralds); W Walsh (Tullogher-Rosbercon), R Hogan (Danesfort), K Kelly (St Patrick’s)