Munster MFC – Waterford 2-7 Clare 1-9

Waterford defeated Clare by 2-7 to 1-9 in Round 3 of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 on Wednesday April 24th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


Waterford storm back to claim stirring victory

Report By Tomas McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 2-7 Clare 1-9

Waterford won their first Munster MFC game in five years as they stormed back from six points down to surprise Clare in Dungarvan tonight.

Midfielder DJ Melia netted two late goals to give Tom Guiry’s men a morale-boosting victory. The players celebrated the landmark result in the post-match huddle as family and friends joined them on the field.

It wasn’t enough to seal a place in the Phase 1 final, however, as Clare will meet Tipperary in a fortnight.

Tomás Meenahan bagged a first half goal and captain Shane Meehan scored three points as they led 1-7 to 0-4 after 48 minutes. Those two Melia majors and three Tom Dalton points from play turned the game on its head.

The game was overshadowed by a facial injury to Clare defender Matthew Reidy which led to an hour delay as an ambulance arrived in the centre of the field to bring the Shannon Gaels man to hospital. In first half injury time, two Clare players, Reidy and Meenahan, collided accidently with Waterford corner back Archie Walsh as they contested for a ball in front of the stand.

Reidy suffered a nasty facial gash and lost a tooth in the incident. He was assisted back to the Clare dugout by the medical staff.

The teams re-emerged for the second half but Reidy remained in the dugout and Limerick referee Jonathan Hayes informed both camps that an ambulance was called. The players soon returned to the dressing rooms. Reidy was able to walk into the ambulance when it parked outside the dugout.

Before a small crowd of 210, Meehan kicked the opener from a free before Sean Walsh levelled in the fifth minute. Clare then shot three wides in a row. Waterford also wasted three opportunities including two frees.

In the 20th minute, Liam Murphy hand passed across goal to Meenahan who palmed the ball into the net. Sub Tadgh Lillis, who replaced midfielder Cillian McGroary early on, added a point off the next attack (1-2 to 0-1). Tom O’Connell converted a free at the other end after 22 minutes.

Lillis landed the point of the game with the outside of his right. Waterford had a lucky escape as Liam Murphy saw a shot come back off the metalwork and Taidgh Murray saved the rebound from Meenahan. Aaron Ryan nailed a free for the hosts on 28 minutes. 1-3 to 0-3 at the break.

When the match resumed, after 60 minutes of inactivity, Eoin Rouine extended the Clare lead to four. Tom Dalton replied for Waterford. O’Connell was then denied by a diving save from Thomas Collins. The magical Meehan, with the yellow boots, added two frees to the Clare total before he struck the post on 40 minutes. A Jamie Stack 45 widened the gap to six.

Ryan and Dalton fired quickfire points for the home side. With seven minutes left, midfielder DJ Melia rifled a shot to the roof of the net (1-8 to 1-6). A thumping goal. Dalton then kicked his third from play. A late Liam Murphy point put Clare two up. In the last minute, Ryan was fouled by Lillis for a penalty and the Clare man got his marching orders. Melia duly slotted the spot kick. A shot in the arm for Waterford football.

Scorers for Waterford: DJ Melia 2-0, T Dalton 0-3, A Ryan 0-2 (1f), S Walsh, T O’Connell (1f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: T Meenahan 1-0, S Meehan 0-3 (3fs), T Lillis 0-2, J Stack (45), E Rouine, E Talty, L Murphy 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: T Murray (Dungarvan); B O’Brien (Stradbally), S Boyce (The Nire), K Taylor (St Saviours); M Dalton (Shamrocks), C Foley (Ballinacourty), A Walsh (Portlaw); S Walsh (The Nire), DJ Melia (Brickey Rangers); T Dalton (Shamrocks), C Scanlon (Kill), A Ryan (The Nire); M Mullaney (Stradbally), C Rooney (Portlaw), T O’ Connell (Brickey Rangers).
Subs: P Skehan (Stradbally) for S Walsh (46), C O Dalaigh (Ballyduff Lower) for O’Connell (46).

CLARE: T Collins (Lissycasey); F Kelliher (St. Josephs Doora/Barefield), M Garry (Cooraclare), C McMahon (Ennistymon); E Walshe (The Banner), F Guinnane (Kildysart), M Reidy (Shannon Gaels); E Rouine (Ennistymon), C McGroary (Corofin); S Casey (Clondegad), T Meenaghan (The Banner). K Crowley (Kilrush Shamrocks); L Murphy (Wolfe Tones), S Meehan (The Banner), E Talty (St Josephs Doora Barefield).
Subs: T Lillis (Doonbeg) for McGroary (5), S Browne (O’Currys) for Meenahan (35), C Hassett (Kildysart) for Reidy (35), J Stack (St Breckans) for Crowley (36), S McNamara (Michael Cusacks) for Casey (45), C Killeen (Doonbeg) for Meehan (49), M Comber (Kilmurry Ibrickane) for Walshe (54), D Whelan (Newmarket on Fergus) for Kelliher (54).

Referee: J Hayes (Limerick)


Fixture Details

Wednesday April 24th
Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 3
Waterford v Clare
Venue: Fraher Field Dungarvan @ 7pm
Referee: Jonathan Hayes (Limerick)


Team News

Munster MFC – Clare 1-10 Tipperary 0-6

Clare defeated Tipperary by 1-10 to 0-6 in Round 2 of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 on Wednesday April 17th at Cusack Park Ennis.



Impressive Banner see off Premier in cagey affair

Report by Páraic McMahon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-10 – 0-6 Tipperary

It is expected that these sides will meet again before the championship is out should Tipperary overcome Limerick in their final round-robin meeting, so it comes as no great shock that this 60 minutes resembled a game of cat and mouse, with neither side keen to go at full tilt.

On the back of scoring 3-15 and 4-13, respectively, Clare and Tipperary were at least expected to keep the scoreboard ticking in this contest, but Seamus Mulvihill’s umpires had little stretching to do when it came to reaching for flags of either colour.

A brilliant Ben Comerford run set up Kyle Shelly for the first score of the evening, 20 minutes in. Shelly was fouled minutes later by Micheal Garry, with the resulting free calmly slotted over by Thurles Sarsfields’ Paddy Creedon. The subsequent restart was won by the Tipp attack, with the menacing Liam McCormack offloading to Creedon who doubled his tally.

Clare’s first score, an Eoin Talty goal, came courtesy of a misplaced Tipperary kickout, which ended up in the hands of danger man Shane Meehan, who ducked and dodged past oncoming defenders before offloading to Talty, who fired past James Griffin. White flags from Meehan and Conor Hassett would see Dermot Coughlan’s side surprisingly lead by two points at the break.

Having had to wait 20 minutes for a score in the first half, the 1,268 strong attendance had no such complaints in the second, as Creedon was on target 20 seconds into the restart. Clare improved as the game developed, dominating the second half and outscoring their opponents eight points to three. Captain Shane Meehan was the common denominator for the increase in Banner scores for the second half. As the mastermind behind several moves, he would finish the hour with five points to his name. Kyle Shelly fired over the final score from the Premier County on 55 minutes in what was a below-par outing from the visitors.

If this wasn’t an example of shadow boxing, Kerry will be licking their lips as their attempt to win seven provincial titles in succession will be much easier.

Meehan was the maestro for the winners and was ably assisted by Michael Garry, Brendan Rouine and Ciaran McMahon. For Tipperary, Christy McDonagh impressed, along with Paddy Creedon, Ben Comeford and the ever-troubling Kyle Shelly.

Both sides are back in action next week, with Clare already guaranteed a place in the phase-one final on May 7, but Tipp will have it all to do when they host Limerick.

Scorers for Clare: S Meehan (0-05 1f), E Talty (1-01), J Stack (0-02 2f), C Hassett (0-01), S Casey (0-01)
Scorers for Tipperary: P Creedon (0-03 1f), K Shelly (0-02 1f), C Shanahan (0-01).

CLARE: O O’Loughlin; T Lillis, M Garry, C McMahon; C McGroary, A Killeen, M Reidy; E Rouine, B Rouine; C Hassett, D Fahy, D Nagle; E Talty, S Meehan, J Stack.
Subs: E Walshe for Hassett (57), S Casey for Nagle (61)

TIPPERARY: J Griffin; T Condon, C McDonagh, E Butler; J Armstrong, D Hickey, C Shanahan; P Creedon, T Tobin; L Seacy, B Comerford, D King; L McCormack, K Shelly, E McCarthy.
Subs: L King for D King (37), M O’Connor for McCormack (37), C Cadell for McCarthy (46), L Kennedy for Seacy (51), D McCahey for McDonagh (57) (Inj)

Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry)


Match Preview


Fixture Details

Wednesday April 17th
Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 2
Clare v Tipperary
Venue: Cusack Park Ennis @ 6:45pm
Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (Kerry)


Admission Details

Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 16s – Free


Team News

The Tipperary team to play Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 2 fixture in Cusack Park, Ennis this Wednesday evening, April 17th at 6:45pm has been announced by manager Matt O’Doherty and lines out as follows;

1. James Griffin – Upperchurch-Drombane
2. Christy McDonagh – Cahir
3. Tadhg Condon – Clonmel Commercials
4. Emmet Butler – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
5. James Armstrong – Thurles Sarsfields
6. Donagh Hickey – Arravale Rovers
7. Conor Shanahan – Inane Rovers
8. Paddy Creedon (Vice-Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
9. Tom Tobin – Rosegreen
10. Luke Seacy – Inane Rovers
11. Ben Comerford – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
12. Dara King – Ballina
13. Liam McCormack – Durlas Óg
14. Kyle Shelly (Capt.) – Moycarkey-Borris
15. Eoin McCarthy – Clonmel Commercials

16. Cian O’Mahony – Ardfinnan
17. Darragh McCahey – Loughmore-Castleiney
18. Liam King – Ballinahinch
19. Edward Meagher – Loughmore-Castleiney,
20. James Corcoran – JK Brackens
21. Leon Kennedy – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
22. Jack Lillis – Drom-Inch,
23. Mark O’Connor – Clonmel Commercials
24. Conor Cadell – JK Brackens


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Munster MFC – Clare 3-15 Limerick 0-10

Clare defeated Limerick by 3-15 to 0-1 in Round 1 of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 on Wednesday April 10th at Newcastlewest.


Match Highlights




Banner send out warning signals with win over Limerick

Report By Mark Keogh for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Munster MFC

Limerick 0-10 – 3-15 Clare

Munster minor football finalists in the last two seasons, Clare began their 2019 campaign with a comfortable 14-point win over Limerick in Newcastle West.

The Banner were only four points ahead at half-time but raced clear of the home side in the second half against a Limerick side that failed to score in the final quarter.

While Limerick will attempt to get their championship back on track with a trip to Dungarvan next Wednesday, Clare will welcome fellow round one winners Tipperary to Ennis.

In this win over Limerick, Clare were 1-7 to 0-6 ahead at half time after trailing by three points after 12-minutes.

There were encouraging signs for the home side in the early minutes with two points each for captain Eliah Riordan and Michael Southgate.

At the other end of the field, Clare were forced to wait until the 14th minute to open their account from play but once they got a handle on Limerick’s extra man in defence they found their scoring touch. Six successive scores for The Banner put them in the driving seat.

In the 17th minute came the Clare goal – exciting corner forward Jamie Stack powering through the centre before coolly crashing a low drive to the net to level up the contest.

That injection of confidence saw Clare pour forward and Dara Nagle, Stack and Shane Meehan all added points to move Clare 1-7 to 0-5 clear.

Limerick early scoring run dried up and in first half injury time they finally ended a 15-minute barren spell when Shane O’Donoghue kicked a pointed free.

The sides evenly shared six points early in the second half and 10-minutes into the new half it was 1-10 to 0-9 to Clare.

But the next score was to be a Clare goal and the Diarmuid Fahy strike had them well positioned for the home straight, where they found the final six scores without a response against a Limerick side who had lost defender Patrick Dolphin to a second yellow card.

The third goal came in injury time from Eoin Talty to embellish the scoreline.

Scorers for Limerick: S O’Donoghue (0-4, 1free), E Riordan (0-3, 2frees), M Southgate (0-2), S Hanrahan (0-1, free)

Scorers for Clare: S Meehan (0-6, 4frees), J Stack (1-3, 0-2frees), E Talty (1-2), D Fahy (1-0), T Lillis (0-2), D Nagle and C McGroary (0-1).

LIMERICK: S O’Connell; D Geraghty, P Dolphin, F Corcoran; E McGrath, E Riordan, T Marsden; M Southgate, D O’Keeffe; M Donnellan, S O’Donoghue, P O’Dwyer; C Galvin, S Hanrahan, R O’Connor.
Subs: J Corkery for O’Connor (46), J Quinlivan for O’Dwyer (46), R McBrearty for Marsden (50), R O’Connor for Hanrahan (52), S Kilbridge for McGrath (57), J Killian for Donnellan (57m).

CLARE: O O’Loughlin; T Lillis, M Garry, C McMahon; C McGroary, A Killeen, M Reidy; E Rouine, B Rouine; P Doherty, D Fahy, D Nagle; C Hassett, S Meehan, J Stack.
Subs: E Talty for Doherty (h-t), F Kelleher for Reidy (46), S Casey for E Rouine (55), T Meenahan for Hassett (58), E Walshe for Stack (62).

Referee: B Griffin (Kerry)


Match Preview


Fixture Details

Wednesday April 10th
Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 1
Limerick v Clare
Venue: Newcastlewest @ 6:45pm
Referee: Brendan Griffin (Kerry)


Admission Details

Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 16s – Free



Team News

LIMERICK MINOR FOOTBALL TEAM V. CLARE on Wednesday 10th. April in Newcastlewest @ 6.45pm has been selected.

1. Shane O’Connell Fr.Caseys

2. Daniel Geraghty St.Kierans

3. Patrick Dolphin Crecora

4. Frank Corcoran Mungret/St.Pauls

5. Eoin McGrath Galbally

6. Eliah Riordan (Captain) Fr.Caseys

7. Tom Marsden Ahane

8. Michael Southgate Adare

9. Darragh O’Keeffe Fedamore

10. Mark Donnellan Ahane

11. Shane O’Donoghue Ballylanders

12. Peter O’Dwyer Galbally

13. Conor Galvin Mungret/St.Pauls

14. Shane Hanrahan Galbally

15. Ruadhán O’Connor Newcastle West

16. Dylan O’Sullivan Kilteely/Dromkeen

17. Rian McBrearty Monaleen

18. Sean Kilbridge Fr.Caseys

19. Conor Twomey Croom

20. Jack Corkery Knockaderry

21. Rory O’Connor St.Senans

22. Jack Quinlivan Fr. Caseys

23. James Killian Mungret/St.Pauls

24. Killian Bennett Bruff

Extended Panel Members: Cormac Woulfe (St.Senans), Caillum Hedderman (Ballybricken/Bohermore), Josh Dineen (Galbally), Mark Walsh (Galtee Gaels), Conor Stack (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), Jamie Baynham (Monagea), Tomas Sheahan (Askeaton/Ballysteen), Eddie Murphy O’Connor (Askeaton/ Ballysteen), Michael O’Mahony (Adare) & Micheal Cuddihy (Kildimo/Pallaskenry).

Management: Manager: Joe Lee (Newcastle West), Coach: James Ryan, (Galbally), Selectors: Ollie Coffey (Ballylanders), Michael Lenihan (Mountcollins), Liaison Officer: Jacqueline O’Connor (Athea) & Physio: Angela Hogan


1.Oisin O’Loughlin O. Ó Lochlain (St. Breckans)
2.Tadgh Lillis, T. Ó Laighléis (Doonbeg)
3. Micheal Garry M. Mag Fhearaigh (Cooraclare)
4.Ciaran McMahon C. Mac Mathúna (Ennistymon)
5. CillainMcGroary C. Mag Ruairí (Corofin)
6. Alan Killeen A. Ó Cillin (St. Josephs Doora Barefield)
7. Matthew Reidy M. Ó Riada (Shannon Gaels)
8. Eoin Rouine E. Ó Ruaín (Ennistymon)
9. Brendan Rouine B. Ó Ruaín (Ennistymon)
10. Pat Doherty P. Ó Dochartaigh (St. Breckans)
11. Diarmuid Fahy D. Ó Fathaigh (Ennistymon)
12. Dara Nagle D. de Nógla (St.Josephs Doora Barefield)
13. Conor Hassett C. Ó hAisí (Kildysart)
14.Shane Meehan S. Ó Miacháin (The Banner – Captain)
15. Jamie Stack S. Stac (St. Breckans)
Subs:
16.Thomas Collins T. Ó Coileáin (Lissycasey)
17.Fionn Kelliher F. Ó Céillachair (St.Josephs Doora Barefield)
18.Stephen Casey S. Ó Cathasaigh (Clondegad)
19.Eoin Talty E. Ó Taltaigh (St.Josephs Doora Barefield)
20.Shane Browne S. de Brún (O’Currys)
21. Tomas Meenahan T. Ó Mianáin (The Banner)
22. Fergal Guinnane F. Ó Coinneáin (Kildysart)
23.Eoin Walshe E. Breatnach (The Banner)
24. Keith Crowley C. Ó Crualaoich (Kilrush Shamrocks)

Manager: Dermot Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
Selectors: Mike Neylon (Éire Óg, Inis) Sean Haugh (O’Currys), Michael Griffin (Doonbeg), TJ Carey (Liscannor), Frank Kelly (Shannon Gaels), Jim Conlan (Clondegad)

Munster MFC – Tipperary 4-13 Waterford 0-7

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 4-13 to 0-7 in Round 1 of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 on Wednesday April 10th at Sean Treacy Park Tipperary Town.




Shelly sparkles as Tipp add to Déise woes

Report By Tomas McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Munster MFC

Tipperary 4-13 – 0-7 Waterford

Captain Kyle Shelly kicked 2-8 (2-2 from play) as a strong, skilful and speedy Tipperary had the two points wrapped up by half-time.

Powerful Premier midfielders Paddy Creedon, son of selector Peter, and Tom Tobin both billowed the net in the 22nd minute to knock the stuffing out of Waterford. It was a tenth defeat in a row for the visitors at this grade.

The home side were six points up in as many minutes. Shelly set the tone with a white flag after just 26 seconds. In the sixth minute, Creedon pounced on a turnover ball and ploughed through the middle of the Deise defence. He slipped the ball to Shelly who tucked it away with his right boot (1-4 to 0-1).

Waterford then regained their composure and full forwards Aaron Ryan and Aidan Behan carried a threat. Two Behan points, a Ryan free and a Sean Walsh effort left them 1-5 to 0-4 adrift by the sixteenth minute. Ryan also missed two frees and Walsh kicked a wide.

The young Premier men punctured their hopes in the 22nd minute. Creedon combined with Eoin McCarthy before goaling. Off the next attack, midfield partner Tom Tobin rattled the top right corner.

Shelly increased his total to 1-4 by the break and James Armstrong got two points from wing back as they went into the dressing rooms 3-8 to 0-5 clear.

The second half was a subdued and scrappy spectacle. Waterford managed to limit the damage as full back Sean Boyce shaped up to Shelly. The full forward landed four further frees and Tom O’Connell converted two at the other end as both sides emptied their benches.

In the 66th minute, with the light fading rapidly, Shelly wriggled through the Waterford cover to strike his second goal. It’s Clare up next for the Premier at Cusack Park on April 17. Waterford welcome Limerick to Fraher Field in a must-win encounter.

Scorers for Tipperary: K Shelly 2-8 (6fs), P Creedon 1-1, T Tobin 1-0, J Armstrong 0-2, L Seacy, B Comerford 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: T O’Connell (2fs), A Ryan (1f), A Behan 0-2 each, S Walsh 0-1.

TIPPERARY: J Griffin (Upperchurch-Drombane); C McDonagh (Cahir), T Condon (Clonmel Commercials), E Butler (Kilsheelan-Kilcash); J Armstrong (Thurles Sarsfields), D Hickey (Arravale Rovers), C Shanahan (Inane Rovers); P Creedon (Thurles Sarsfields), T Tobin (Rosegreen); L Seacy (Inane Rovers), B Comerford (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), D King (Ballina); L McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields), K Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris), E McCarthy (Clonmel Commercials).
Subs: L King (Ballinahinch) for D King (41), M O’Connor (Clonmel Commercials) for McCarthy (43), C Cadell (JK Brackens) for McCormack (48), T Bourke (Boherlahan-Dualla) for McDonagh (54), F Delaney (Cahir) for Seacy (59), J Buckley (Cahir) for Tobin (60).

WATERFORD: T Murray (Dungarvan); B O’Brien (Stradbally), S Boyce (The Nire), M Mullaney (Stradbally); M Dalton (Shamrocks), C Foley (Ballinacourty), K Sloan (Gaultier); C Scanlon (Kill), DJ Melia (Brickey Rangers); T Dalton (Shamrocks), S Walsh (The Nire), P Skehan (Stradbally); A Behan (Kilrossanty), A Ryan (The Nire), T O’ Connell (Brickey Rangers).
Subs: J Hahessy (Brickey Rangers) for Sloan (H-T), C Rooney (Portlaw) for Skehan (H-T), K Taylor (St Saviours) for Walsh (44), E Cullen (Gaultier) for Behan (51), P Hynes (Shamrocks) for T Dalton (52), C O Dalaigh (Ballyduff Lower) for M Dalton (63).

Referee: J Ryan (Cork)


Match Preview


Fixture Details

Wednesday April 10th
Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 1
Tipperary v Waterford
Venue: Sean Treacy Park Tipperary Town @ 6:45pm
Referee: John Ryan (Cork)


Admission Details

Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 16s – Free



Team News

The Tipperary team to play Waterford in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 1 fixture in Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town this Wednesday evening, April 10th at 6:45pm has been announced by manager Matt O’Doherty and lines out as follows;

1. James Griffin – Upperchurch-Drombane
2. Christy McDonagh – Cahir
3. Tadhg Condon – Clonmel Commercials
4. Emmet Butler – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
5. James Armstrong – Thurles Sarsfields
6. Donagh Hickey – Arravale Rovers
7. Conor Shanahan – Inane Rovers
8. Paddy Creedon (Vice-Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
9. Tom Tobin – Rosegreen
10. Luke Seacy – Inane Rovers
11. Ben Comerford – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
12. Dara King – Ballina
13. Liam McCormack – Thurles Sarsfields
14. Kyle Shelly (Capt.) – Moycarkey-Borris
15. Eoin McCarthy – Clonmel Commercials

16. Cian O’Mahony – Ardfinnan
17. Darragh McCahey – Loughmore-Castleiney
18. Liam King – Ballinahinch
19. Francie Delaney – Cahir
20. Tomás Bourke – Boherlahan-Dualla
21. Leon Kennedy – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
22. Jack Buckley – Cahir
23. Mark O’Connor – Clonmel Commercials
24. Conor Cadell – JK Brackens

WATERFORD: Taidgh Murray; Barry O’Brien, Sean Boyce, Archie Walsh; Mark Dalton, Colin Foley, Kyle Sloan; Cathal Scanlon, DJ Melia; Tom Dalton, Sean Walsh, Pa Skehan; Aidan Behan, Aaron Ryan, Tom O’Connell

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final – Limerick 1-24 Waterford 0-19

Limerick defeated Waterford by 1-24 to 0-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final on Sunday March 31st at Croke Park.


Match Highlights


Allianz HL Final: Impressive Limerick triumph

LIMERICK 1-24 WATERFORD 0-19

Report By Cian O’Connell at Croke Park for GAA.ie

Limerick have acquired a valuable habit of winning important games under John Kiely’s shrewd stewardship.

This Allianz League success at GAA headquarters illustrated why Limerick will enter an eagerly anticipated summer as the most respected and in form team in the land.

Buoyed up by their daring and delightful 2018 adventure Limerick have tried to use the spring wisely on their much touted return to Division 1A action.

The first half supplied plenty of evidence of Limerick’s ability to marry graft with craft, especially in attack where turnovers were forced and scores taken.

From 23 attempts before the break Limerick registered 1-12 compared to Waterford’s conversion rate of 0-10 from 17 efforts.

Interesting duels were being played out throughout the field with the Noel Connors versus Aaron Gillane match-up particularly fascinating.

Gillane had the skill and strength to execute a delicious flick resulting in a 27th minute goal just as Waterford were beginning to cause Limerick serious problems.

It had all started so well for Limerick, who thundered into a 0-8 to 0-2 advantage and Waterford were fortunate not to be further behind because Stephen O’Keeffe reacted smartly to make a fine save from Gillane in the seventh minute.

Still Paraic Fanning’s charges did summon a defiant burst which yielded six of the next seven points reducing the deficit to the minimum.

Inevitably Stephen Bennett was prominent drilling scores from play and frees, but Gillane’s goal carried importance.

Tom Morrissey’s delivery located Gillane inside and the prolific Patrickswell attacker was sufficiently skillful to steer the sliotar beyond O’Keeffe.

Michael Walsh and Pauric Mahony replied for Waterford, but Limerick finished the opening period strongly as Gillane, Tom Morrissey, and Graeme Mulcahy all rifled points to steer them five clear.

When the action recommenced Waterford required an injection of momentum and confidence, but they were repeatedly frustrated.

Only four points were struck from 10 attempts in the third quarter, while at the opposite end Limerick nailed six out of eight opportunities.

That is precisely the time that Limerick starting to move into the distance with Declan Hannon’s decorative 44th minute point guiding the standard bearers 1-16 to 0-11 ahead.

There was little wrong with Waterford’s attitude or application showcased by another three point rally which included an Austin Gleeson sideline cut.

Limerick, though, were unperturbed as Gillane drilled two points from play ensuring Waterford remained in considerable distress.

From then until the end all that needed to be determined was the margin of Limerick’s victory with substitutes Seamus Flanagan and Shane Dowling contributing classy points. It was that type of satisfying afternoon for Limerick at the Jones Road venue.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 1-9 (4fs), Peter Casey and Gearoid Hegarty 0-3 each, Cian Lynch and Shane Dowling (1f) 0-2 each,, Seamus Flanagan, Declan Hannon, Tom Morrissey, Graeme Mulcahy, and Darragh O’Donovan (sideline) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Stephen Bennett 0-9 (6fs), Pauric Mahony 0-5 (4fs), Austin Gleeson 0-2 (1 sideline), Kevin Moran, Philip Mahony, and Michael Walsh 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Tom Condon, Sean Finn, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Cian Lynch, Darragh O’Donovan; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Peter Casey, Graeme Mulcahy.
Subs: Mike Casey for Condon (HT), Seamus Flanagan for Mulcahy (56), Barry Murphy for Gillane (64), Shane Dowling for T Morrissey (64), Paddy O’Loughlin for Hannon (69).

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane McNulty, Calum Lyons, Noel Connors; Philip Mahony, Tadhg de Burca, Kevin Moran; Jamie Barron, Michael Walsh; Austin Gleeson, Mikey Kearney, Pauric Mahony; Peter Hogan, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett.
Subs: Jack Prendergast for Walsh (HT), Tommy Ryan for Shane Bennett (47), Conor Prunty for Lyons (48), Patrick Curran for Hogan (56), Stephen Roche for Kearney (60).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford)


Aaron Gillane Goal



Fixture Details

Sunday March 31
Allianz Hurling League Division One Final
Limerick v Waterford, Croke Park, 2pm
Referee: James Owens (Wexford)
(E.T. if Necessary & Result on the Day)


Team News

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid (Effin); Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Sean Finn (Bruff), Richie English (Doon); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Declan Hannon (Adare), Dan Morrissey (Ahane); Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon); Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Tom Morrissey (Ahane); Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
Subs: Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), Barry Murphy (Doon), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), William O’Meara (Askeaton), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen)

Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane McNulty, Callum Lyons, Noel Connors; Philip Mahony, Tadhg De Búrca, Kevin Moran; Jamie Barron, Austin Gleeson; Mikey Kearney, Michael Walsh, Pauric Mahony; Peter Hogan, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett.

Allianz Football League Division 1 Final – Mayo 3-11 Kerry 2-10

Mayo defeated Kerry by 3-11 to 2-10 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final on Sunday March 31st at Croke Park.


Match Highlights


Mayo crowned Allianz Football League Division 1 champions

Allianz Football League Division 1 Final

MAYO 3-11 KERRY 2-10

Report By John Harrington at Croke Park for GAA.ie

As the Green and Red of Mayo blasted from the loudspeakers shortly after the final whistle blew on this Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, there was a real sense of catharsis in Croke Park.

Mayo have suffered serial heartbreak in this stadium in recent years, so this was a very sweet moment for their players and supporters alike.

It might not quite make up for the four All-Ireland Finals they’ve lost in this decade, but the genuine outpouring of emotion from both the Mayo players and supporters afterwards spoke volumes for just how much this win meant.

It was a thoroughly deserved one too, but, Mayo being Mayo, they didn’t make it easy on themselves and but for a brilliant injury-time save by Robert Hennelly would probably have lost.

It was only when substitute Ciaran Treacy goaled in the third minute of injury time that the long-suffering Mayo supporters would have allowed themselves to believe they were going to win this match.

That goal really put the icing on a brilliant second-half performance from the Connacht side after what had been a scrappy and error-strewn first half.

Sean O’Shea opened the scoring for Kerry in the very first minute when he won and converted a free, but it was Mayo who looked more convincing in the opening exchanges.

Their hard-running game was gouging big openings in the Kerry defence and they would have had a goal after seven minutes had Shane Ryan not pulled off a fine save from Donal Vaughan’s shot.

Vaughan’s run from deep put him clean through on goal, but Ryan did well to race from his line and smother the shot.

Those sorts of off the shoulder runs continued to trouble the Kerry defence and by the 13th minute Mayo were 0-3 to 0-1 ahead, with their points coming from Fergal Boland, Patrick Durcan and Matthew Ruane.

All that good work was undone though when Kerry went down the field after Ruane’s point to score their first goal of the match.

David Clifford won the ball in the left corner of the pitch and muscled his way towards goal along the 21-yard line.

Just when it looked like he’d taken too much out of the ball he fisted to Gavin Crowley who did brilliantly to step inside Chris Barrett and fire a scud of a shot to the bottom left corner of the net past a helpless Rob Hennelly.

Points followed from Sean O’Shea (f) and Clifford before Jason Doherty hit back for Mayo.

The Connacht side were rocked on their heels again when Kerry struck for their second goal.

Dara Moynihan did well to claim a long ball and then popped a perfectly timed pass to Stephen O’Brien who took it at full pace to outstrip the scrambling Mayo defence.

He still had a lot to do but thanks to a combination of his own ambition and slack Mayo defending he was able to drive as far as the edge of the square before blasting his shot to the same corner of the net that Crowley had already bulged.

Mayo were starting to really lose their way now. They had plenty of possession but were far too lateral in their use of it in front of a massed Kerry defence.

The game was becoming increasingly error-strewn with both teams guilty of errant passes and poor option taking in the opposition’s half.

The only other score before half-time was a Fergal Boland fisted point when he possibly should have shot for goal after rounding Shane Ryan, and so Kerry took a 2-3 to 0-5 lead to the dressing-rooms.

Right from the start of the second-half there was an appreciable improvement in the quality of the game, and that was mainly thanks to Mayo.

James Carr pinged a beauty of a left-footed point from the right win a minute into the half, and then followed that up with one with his right peg after winning a mark out by the left touchline.

It looked like Carr might then score a goal when he picked up the ball with one thought on this mind, but Shane Ryan smothered his close-range shot.

Darren Coen pointed after picking up the rebound and Mayo now really had the wind in their sails with the deficit down to the minimum.

Kerry briefly steadied themselves by kicking the next three points, but all that good work was undone when Mayo scored their first goal of the match on 49 minutes.

Matthew Ruane picked up the ball around 35 yards from goal and played a neat 1-2 with Darren Coen that created the opportunity.

Ruane still had a lot to do, but rounded Jack Barry superbly before drilling an emphatic shot low and hard to the back of the net.

Mayo were rampant now. Ruane and Aidan O’Shea were dominating the middle third, and most of the play was flowing towards Kerry’s goal.

The Connacht team were given further impetus when Diarmuid O’Connor suddenly thundered into the game after a quiet first-half.

Two brilliant long-range points by the Ballintubber man helped Mayo into a 1-11 to 2-7 lead and really rubber-stamped their growing dominance.

There was better to come from him. When Patrick Durcan miscued an attempted point, O’Connor got his fist to the dropping ball ahead of Shane Ryan to punch it to the back of the net push Mayo three points clear.

There were just five minutes of normal time left to play, but, Mayo gave their supporters palpitations down the home stretch.

Paul Geaney reduced the gap to two points and then Kerry were given further encouragement when the hugely influential Aidan O’Shea was given his marching orders after getting a second yellow-card.

Then came Hennelly’s moment of heroism when he made an incredible reflex save after David Clifford attempted to palm a Stephen O’Brien pass to the back of the net from point-blank range.

Clifford did manage to score a point shortly afterwards to leave just one point between the teams with two minutes to go.

But just when you thought a Kerry equaliser was inevitable, Mayo finished the match with a huge exclamation mark when Treacy goaled.

Diarmuid O’Connor and Andy Moran combined to put him through on goal, and Treacy showed a lot of bottle to take the shot on rather than fist the ball over the bar.

The net billowed and Mayo supporters jumped for joy. This feeling was a long time coming for them.

Scorers for Mayo: Diarmuid O’Connor 1-2, Matthew Ruane 1-1, Ciaran Treacy 1-0, James Carr 0-2 (1 M), Fergal Boland 0-2, Jason Doherty 0-2 (1f), Patrick Durcan 0-1, Darren Coen 0-1,

Scorers for Kerry: Sean O’Shea 0-5 (5f), Gavin Crowley 1-1, Stephen O’Brien 1-0 David Clifford 0-2, Jack Barry 0-1, Paul Geaney 0-1,

MAYO: Robert Hennelly; Chris Barrett, Brendan Harrison, Keith Higgins; Patrick Durcan, Lee Keegan, Donal Vaughan; Matthew Ruane, Aidan O’Shea; Fergal Boland, Jason Doherty, Diarmuid O’Connor; Kevin McLoughlin, Darren Coen, James Carr
Subs: Andy Moran for Darren Coen (51), Colm Boyle for Donal Vaughan (58), Evan Regan for James Carr (62), Ciaran Treacy for Jason Doherty (67)

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Peter Crowley, Jack Sherwood, Graham O’Sullivan; Gavin Crowley, Paul Murphy, Tom O’Sullivan; Jack Barry, Diarmuid O’Connor; Dara Moynihan, Sean O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Tommy Walsh, Kevin McCarthy
Subs: James O’Donoghue for Dara Moynihan (ht), Jason Foley for Jack Sherwood (40), Mark Griffin for Kevin McCarthy (42), Paul Geaney for Tommy Walsh (54), Gavin O’Brien for Gavin Crowley (66)

Ref: Fergal Kelly (Longford)


Fixture Details

Sunday March 31
Allianz Football League Division One Final
Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, 4pm
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)
(E.T. if Necessary & Result on the Day)


Team News

Mayo: Robert Hennelly; Chris Barrett , Brendan Harrison, Keith Higgins ; Paddy Durcan, Lee Keegan, Donal Vaughan; Matthew Ruane, Aidan O’Shea; Fergal Boland, Jason Doherty, Diarmuid O’Connor (c); Kevin McLoughlin, Darren Coen, James Carr

Kerry: Shane Ryan (Rathmore); Peter Crowley, Jack Sherwood, Graham O’Sullivan; Gavin Crowley, Paul Murphy (c ), Tom O’Sullivan; Jack Barry, Diarmuid O’Connor; Dara Moynihan, Sean O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Tommy Walsh, Kevin McCarthy

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Waterford 1-18 Galway 2-13

Waterford defeated Galway by 1-18 to 2-13 in Round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday March 10th at Walsh Park Waterford.


Match Highlights


Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final – Limerick 2-22 Laois 0-11

Limerick defeated Laois by 2-22 to 0-11 in the Allianz Hurling League Quarter-Final on Saturday March 9th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


Match Highlights




Team News

LIMERICK: Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock); Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Dan Morrissey (Ahane), William O’Meara (Askeaton); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Declan Hannon (Adare), Barry Nash (South Liberties); Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock); Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh); Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Barry Murphy (Doon)
Subs: Nickie Quaid (Effin), Aaron Costello (Kilmallock), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), Richie English (Doon), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca).

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Details Confirmed

Munster GAA Press Release

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Details Confirmed.


At a meeting of the Munster CCC on Thursday March 7th, the dates, times and ticket arrangements for the 2019 Munster GAA Hurling Championship were confirmed.

Opening Weekend

The first round of fixtures will take place on Sunday May 12th. Walsh Park Waterford will be the venue for the throw-in of the 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship with Clare playing the hosts Waterford at 2pm while at 4pm, defending Munster champions Cork take on old rivals Tipperary in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. The Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Championship games between the same counties will serve as the curtain-raiser to both fixtures.

Hurling Championship Round-Robin extended by 1 week

The 2019 Munster Senior and Minor Hurling Championships Round-Robin series will be run over six-week period rather than five weeks as was the case in 2018. This will eliminate the scenario of counties playing on four consecutive weekends.  While two counties (Limerick and Clare) will play on three consecutive weekends, the schedule has been configured to ensure those counties finish their programme with these 3 games, all taking place in June.

The alternative system, which sees all counties play 2 weekends in a row, would have seen one county starting the campaign with 2 away games and one county finishing with 2 away games. It was decided to remain with the system agreed prior to the start of the new format, which ensures a home/away/home/away or away/home/away/home sequence. Counties also decided against starting on May 5th in order to give maximum time for club games in April.

Ticket Prices

Senior and Minor Hurling Round-Robin Championship Matches

Adult: Stand €20, Terrace €15
Under 16s: €5 all areas
Student/OAP: Concession of €5 with valid ID prior to entry at the designated stile.

The above prices are pre-purchase prices, applicable until midnight of the night before the game with prices being consistent for all venues. All adult ticket prices increase by €5 on the day.

Ticket Sales

Tickets for the Munster Senior Hurling Championship games are scheduled to go on public sale via tickets.ie and Centra / Supervalu outlets from Wednesday April 24th. Due to the restricted capacity at Walsh Park Waterford, tickets for both Munster Hurling Championship games scheduled for the Waterford city venue will not go on public sale and will be made available via the participating counties and clubs only.


Fixture Details

2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Fixtures

2019 Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Fixtures