Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 0-10 Leitrim 1-6

Waterford defeated Leitrim by 0-10 to 1-6 in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Saturday April 2nd at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Play-Off – Kerry 2-27 Laois 1-19

Kerry defeated Laois by 2-27 to 1-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Play-Off on Saturday April 2nd at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Team News

Shane Nolan replaces John Buckley in the Kerry team for Saturday’s Division 1B relegation play/off against Laois at Austin Stack Park.

Kerry: A McCabe; B Murphy, P Kelly, K Carmody; J Diggins, D Dineen, T Murnane; J Griffin, D Collins; B O’Leary, M O’Leary, S Nolan; J Conway, M Boyle, J Egan.

Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (SF “A”) Final – St. Brendan’s Killarney 2-13 St Pat’s Maghera 2-6

St. Brendan’s Killarney defeated St Pat’s Maghera by 2-13 to 2-6 in the Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (SF “A”) Final on Saturday April 2nd at Croke Park.

Hogan Cup: Clifford inspires St Brendan’s



By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park for

St Brendan’s Killarney are Hogan Cup champions for the first time since 1992. The ‘Sem’ ended a 24-year wait for glory at Croke Park this afternoon, claiming a seven-point victory against St Pat’s, Maghera.

Both captains were sent off in the second half before St Brendan’s finished with a flourish to win the Masita GAA All-Ireland Colleges senior A football crown for a third time. David Clifford contributed a massive haul of 2-5 for the winners as St Pat’s were denied a sixth Hogan cup win.

For St Brendan’s, this was a sweet victory following most recent final defeats in 2008 and 2010. They came with a brilliant late kick to do it, as Clifford bagged two late goals before superb wing-forward Dara Moynihan clipped over his fourth point deep in stoppage time to add gloss to the final scoreline.

Both teams were reduced to 14 men in the second half, St Pat’s losing captain and Hawthorn-bound Conor Glass to a straight red card in the 45th minute, while St Brendan’s skipper Dan O’Brien was dismissed with five minutes of normal time remaining. The sides were level when O’Brien saw red for an off the ball incident involving the leading marksman for St Pat’s, Shane McGuigan, but St Brendan’s outscored their opponents by 2-2 to 0-1 after that.

Moynihan nudged St Brendan’s into a 0-12 to 2-5 lead after O’Brien’s red card before Jack Doherty ended a 20-minute scoring drought for St Pat’s to level matters. But Clifford netted in the 58th minute and again in the third minute of stoppage time to seal the deal for the Sem. Victory for St Brendan’s ensures that the Hogan Cup remains in Kerry, following victories for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in the previous two seasons.

And yet it was St Pat’s who led by a point at half-time, McGuigan popping over his third point, and second free, to establish a 1-5 to 0-7 interval lead. On the balance of play, it was just about the right outcome as St Pat’s missed a penalty in the fifth minute, when David Carroll saved brilliantly from Francis Kearney after Oisin McWilliams was fouled by Niall Donohue.

St Pat’s did find the net three minutes later, when Donohue’s slip allowed Patrick Kearney to blast a low shot past Carroll, after taking a handpass from Conal Darragh. St Brendan’s were slow to settle, but they eased themselves into contention and were level by the 20th minute at 0-5 to 1-2, as David Clifford popped over a neat point from play.

Clifford’s free handed the ‘Sem’ the lead for the second time in the game, 0-6 to 1-2, before points from Shane McGuigan and Shea Downey, son of Seamus and nephew of Derry’s 1993 All-Ireland winning captain Henry, edged St Pat’s back in front.

Lively St Brendan’s forward Dara Moynihan restored parity before McGuigan handed St Pat’s a slim lead at the break. McGuigan opened the second half scoring with a 37th minute goal but St Pat’s went 20 minutes without a score thereafter.

Scorers for St Brendan’s: D Clifford 2-5 (2fs), D Moynihan 0-4, E Cronin, D Shaw, M Casey, and L O’Donoghue (45) 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Pat’s: S McGuigan 1-3 (2fs), P Kearney 1-0, S Downey, J Doherty, and O McWilliams 0-1 each.

St Brendan’s: D Carroll; C Gammell, D O’Brien, C O’Donoghue; N Donohue, D Naughton, M Potts; L O’Donoghue, B Courtney; P McCarthy, D Clifford, D Moynihan; E Cronin, D Shaw, M Casey
Subs: W Courtney for Casey (43), D Spillane for McCarthy (60).

St Pat’s: S Cassidy; O McKeever, P Turner, K Feeney; P McCormick, S Downey, C McAllister; C Glass, J Doherty; P Kearney, P Quigg, O McWilliams; C Darragh, S McGuigan, F Kearney
Sub: F Higgins for Darragh (42).

Referee: D Gough (Meath).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final – Limerick 1-21 Dublin 1-19

Limerick defeated Dublin by 1-21 to 1-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final on Saturday April 2nd at Parnell Park.

Allianz HL: Limerick earn quarter-final victory



By Paul Keane at Parnell Park for

Kevin Downes hit the vital goal as Limerick bounced back from their promotion disappointment to secure a first Allianz hurling league quarter-final win in 10 years. TJ Ryan’s side were pegged back to level terms by a resurgent Dublin in the third quarter at Parnell Park, but Downes’ 55th minute major put them into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Shane Dowling top scored with six points on his return to county action though it was a strong overall performance as the Shannonsiders put aside their failure to overcome Clare in the Division 1B promotion race. Their reward is as a semi-final tie with Waterford or Wexford on April 17 and it may yet be a good omen that when they last qualified for a league semi-final, in 2006, they beat Waterford in that tie.

Promotion may have been out of the picture for Limerick after finishing second in Division 1B, but revenge for last year’s heavy quarter-final loss to Dublin was surely a motivator. Boss Ryan returned Na Piarsaigh duo Dowling and Downes to his lineup after their AIB All-Ireland club final heroics.

A third Na Piarsaigh man, Ronan Lynch, was included and played as an effective sweeper, scoring his first point for Limerick from a free late in the first-half. That point put them 0-13 to 0-9 up at half-time and it was a lead they deserved as they moved ahead in the 15th minute and remained there with a controlled display.

Dowling scored five first-half points, all but one from frees, though he showed flashes of excellence in general play while Diarmuid Byrnes nailed two long-range points from play. Dublin had made Parnell Park their fortress, beating Galway twice there already this year, but played second fiddle to Limerick for long spells.

Eamon Dillon, Niall McMorrow and Fionntan MacGib buzzed with intent when on the ball in Dublin’s attack, but opportunities were limited as Limerick won more possession in the middle third. Dublin were better after the break and impressively fought back to level terms at 0-15 apiece.

Treacy punished slack Limerick defending with three more converted frees while David O’Callaghan was the man who levelled it up. But the game turned with 15 minutes to go. Treacy presided over a penalty and a successful conversion would have moved Dublin ahead for the first time.

Goalkeeper Nickie Quaid saved and Limerick struck the net themselves 90 seconds later. Downes finished it off though James Ryan did well in the build up, winning back possession in the Dublin defence with a clever interception. Limerick never looked like losing after that and led by five before Treacy flicked in a 75th minute consolation goal in the last action of the game.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 0-6 (4fs, 1 65), K Downes 1-2, D Byrnes 0-3, T Morrissey 0-2, B Nash 0-2, G O’Mahony 0-2, P Browne 0-1, R Lynch 0-1 (0-1f), J Fitzgibbon 0-1, P O’Brien 0-1

Scorers for Dublin: D Treacy 1-8 (7fs), N McMorrow 0-4, E Dillon 0-3, D O’Connell 0-2, F MacGib 0-1, D O’Callaghan 0-1

Limerick: N Quaid; S O’Brien, R McCarthy, R English; D Byrnes, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; P Browne, J Ryan; S Dowling, B Nash, T Morrissey; G Mulcahy, K Downes, R Lynch
Subs: P O’Brien for McNamara (50), G Hegarty for Mulcahy (54), J Fitzgibbon for Dowling (59), C Lynch for Morrissey (65).

Dublin: C Dooley; E O’Donnell, C O’Callaghan, O Gough; J Madden, L Rushe, C Crummey; D O’Connell, J McCaffrey; S McGrath, N McMorrow, D Treacy; D O’Callaghan, F MacGib, E Dillon
Subs: D Plunkett for McGrath (32), M Schutte for MacGib (48), S Barrett for Madden (59), B Quinn for McCaffrey (65), O O’Rorke for O’Callaghan (68).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Team News

The starting fifteen to face Dublin in this Saturday evening’s Allianz senior hurling league quarter final game in Parnell Park has been announced by the Limerick management team. The starting fifteen is as follows: 1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain), 2. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Richie English (Doon), 5. Wayne McNamara (Adare), 6. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 7. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh) 8. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff), 10. Barry Nash (South Liberties), 11. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 12. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), 15. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh).

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 0-20 Cork 1-12

Kerry defeated Cork by 0-20 to 1-12 in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday April 3rd at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

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The Cork Senior Football team for Sunday Allianz Football league game v Kerry in Austin Stack Park Tralee @ 2pm has been announced as follows.

1. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
2. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
5. Daniel Hazel (O Donovan Rossa)
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) Captain
12. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
13. Daniel Goulding (Eire Og)
14. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
15. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Cork in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Sunday (2:00pm) shows 4 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Monaghan in Round 6.

Brendan Kealy starts in goal in place of Brian Kelly as Eamonn Fitzmaurice continues to rotate his goalkeepers, Killian Young starts his first game since the Round 2 game with Roscommon having recovered from injury and is picked at centre back instead of Aidan O’Mahony while Padraig O’Connor, who started in Round 3 against Down, comes in at half back in place of Fionn Fitzgerald. Up front, Alan Fitzgerald starts in place of Darran O’Sullivan who, along with Aidan O’Mahony, picked up knocks in the Monaghan game and were not considered for Sunday’s match day panel.

The list of substitutes is notable for the inclusion of Michael Geaney and also Tommy Walsh who returns to the match day panel having received a late injury against Down in Round 3.

The team, captained by Killian Young, in the absence of Bryan Sheehan, is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
6. Killian Young (C) Renard
7. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
9. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
10. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
11. Paul Murphy Rathmore
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
14. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
15. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
17. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
18. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
19. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
20. Denis Daly St Marys
21. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar
22. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
23. Paul Geaney Dingle
24. Aidan Walsh St Marys
25. Michael Geaney Dingle
26. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Offaly 1-16 Limerick 0-13

Offaly defeated Limerick by 1-16 to 0-13 in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday April 3rd at Newcastlewest.

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Allianz Football League Division 3 – Kildare 0-22 Clare 1-14

Kildare defeated Clare vy 0-22 to 1-14 in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday April 3rd at Newbridge.

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Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final – Waterford 0-17 Wexford 1-13

Waterford defeated Wexford by 0-17 to 1-13 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final on Sunday April 3rd at Innovate Wexford Park.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Relegation Play-Off – Cork 2-22 Galway 0-24

Cork defeated Galway by 2-22 to 0-24 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Relegation Play-Off on Sunday April 3rd at Pearse Stadium Galway.

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team for Sunday Allianz Hurling league Relegation playoff v Galway in Pearse Stadium, Salthill @ 3.45pm has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Damian Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
3. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers) Captain
4. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfield)
5. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
6. Christoper Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
7. Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk)
8. William Egan (Kilbrin)
9. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfield)
10. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. Killian Burke (Midleton)
18. Cian Buckley (Na Piarsaigh)
19. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
20. Niall Cashman (Blackrock)
21. Mark Coleman (Blarney)
22. John Cronin (Lisgoold)
23. Willaim Leahy (Aghada)
24. Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers)
25. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
26. Dara Fitzgibbon (Charleville)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final – Clare 2-13 Tipperary 0-18

Clare defeated Tipperary by 2-13 to 0-18 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final on Sunday April 3rd at Cusack Park Ennis.

Clare go through as Tipperary rue missed chances

Clare 2-13 Tipperary 0-18

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary were made to regret an awful display of free-taking as a 67th minute goal by substitute Aaron Shanagher sealed a Division 1 semi-final date with Kilkenny for Clare. With Seamus Callanan and John O’Dwyer substituted, Jason Forde had a late chance from a dead ball to force extra-time but struck it wide and then added another, bringing Tipperary’s total to 17 wides.

Tipperary had managed to build a three-point lead by the 62nd minute but found themselves behind five minutes later when Shanagher raced away from Tipperary defenders to bat the ball past Darragh Mooney.

Clare merited their half-time lead, 1-7 to 0-8, although Tipperary had hit seven wides to the hosts’ four, three of them coming from Seamus Callanan’s frees. Worryingly for Tipperary, the two Callanan managed to put over were not struck with any certainty.

Clare could also have lost Ciarán O’Doherty to a second yellow card for a wild strike on Niall O’Meara’s helmet but Diarmuid Kirwan chose to give him a warning. Otherwise, Clare were more clinical and their goal was similar to the one that stung Limerick in the opening minute. Again, Conlon collected a long delivery, this time from Aaron Cunningham, and finished with aplomb.

Ronan Maher and John McGrath were the best of the bunch for Tipperary but the game at that stage was being dictated by the shape and style of Clare.

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan (2 frees), D Honan (0-3 each); J Conlon (1-1); A Shanagher (1-0); C Galvin, C McGrath, C O’Connell (frees) (0-2 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath (0-6); J O’Dwyer (0-3, frees); S Callanan (frees), M Breen, P Maher (0-2 each); R Maher, N McGrath, J Forde (0-1 each).

CLARE: P Kelly; P Flanagan, P O’Connor, C O’Doherty; C Cleary, C Dillon, B Bugler; D Reidy, C Ryan; C Galvin, B Duggan, C McGrath; A Cunningham, D Honan, J Conlon.
Subs for Clare: G O’Connell for C O’Doherty (31); C O’Connell for B Duggan (43); Colin Ryan for C Galvin (inj 53); A Shanagher for A Cunningham (55); D Fitzgerald for D Reidy (62);

TIPPERARY: D Mooney; C Barrett, J Barry, C O’Brien; B Heffernan, R Maher, P Maher; B Maher, M Breen; N McGrath, D McCormack, N O’Meara; J O’Dwyer, S Callanan J McGrath.
Subs for Tipperary: K Bergin for N O’Meara (h-t); J Forde for S Callanan (52); T Hamill for C O’Brien (59); G Ryan for D McCormack (66).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

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Team News

In announcing his Tipperary side to meet Clare in the Allianz Hurling League Quarter-Final in Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday next, April 3rd, manager Michael Ryan has continued the development progression within his squad by handing a league debut between the posts to Éire Óg Annacarty’s Darragh Mooney.

Up front Seamus Callanan returns at full forward for his first full start of the league having being introduced at half time the last day, while Dan McCormack comes in at centre forward.

The Tipperary line-out is as follows –

1. Darragh Mooney – Éire Óg Annacarty
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Conor O’Brien – Éire Óg Annacarty
5. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
11. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
12. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

16. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
17. Kieran Bergin – Killenaule
18. Andrew Coffey – Nenagh Éire Óg
19. Jason Forde – Silvermines
20. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
21. Seamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
22. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
23. Daire Quinn – Nenagh Éire Óg
24. Gearóid Ryan – Templederry Kenyons
25. Willie Ryan – Clonakenny
26. Paddy Stapleton – Borris-Ileigh

The Clare starting 15 to face Tipperary in the Quarter Final of Division 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League has been named.

Clare Starting 15 versus Tipperary:
1) Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona)
2) Ciaran O’Doherty (Crusheen)
3) Cian Dillon, Captain (Crusheen)
4) Paul Flanagan (Ballyea)
5) Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
6) Conor Cleary (St Josephs Miltown/ Kilmaley)
7) Pat O’Connor (Tubber)
8) David Reidy (Éire Óg)
9) Conor Ryan (Cratloe)
10) Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
11) Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
12) John Conlon (Clonlara)
13) Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
14) Darach Honan (Clonlara)
15) Conor McGrath (Cratloe)