Allianz Leagues Weekend Review

March 10th, 2014, by  Richard  .

By Kieran O'Daly of Setanta SportsThere were wins for Kilkenny, Clare and Waterford in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday.Kilkenny made it two wins from three matches in the AHL as they defeated Galway by 2-16 to 1-16 at Nowlan Park.The margin of victory looked as though it would be far greater as the home side, boosted by Mark Kelly’s second minute goal, raced into a 1-06 to 0-02 lead early on.Galway hit back with a succession of points, but a Richie Hogan goal just before the break left Brian Cody’s charges comfortably ahead at 2-11 to 0-08 at half-time.Conor Cooney found the net for the visitors in th Read More


Allianz Football Leagues Preview

March 4th, 2014, by  Richard  .

ONLY FOUR COUNTIES ON FULL POINTSThe extremely competitive nature of the Allianz Football League is underlined by the fact that only four counties – Cork, Donegal, Roscommon and Cavan – have full points after the first three rounds.Cork lead Division 1 while Donegal’s three wins take them to the top of Division 2; Roscommon and Cavan head Division 3. Westmeath, Kerry, Galway, Offaly, London and Carlow have yet to take a point as the League swings into Round 4 next weekend.ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1: TOP TWO CLASH IN PAIRC UI RINNSaturday (7.0): Dublin v Kildare, Croke ParkSunday: Cork v Derry, Pairc Ui Rinn (1 Read More


Hurling Back With A Bang – The Monday Morning Corner Back Column

February 17th, 2014, by  Richard  .

By Ger McCarthy (Follow Ger on Twitter @GerMcCarthy74)The new Allianz Hurling League season began with a bang this past weekend with some ferocious encounters and plenty of talking points so what exactly did we learn from Sunday’s Division 1A and 1B encounters?Setanta Sports viewers were treated to two rip-roaring games on Saturday night with 14-man Limerick fighting back to earn a deserved draw at the expense of Cork and Tipperary finding another gear to see off a dogged Waterford.There was plenty positives for manager Derek McGrath at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening even though Waterford came out the wrong side o Read More


2014 Allianz Hurling Leagues Launch

February 11th, 2014, by  Richard  .

ALLIANZ LEAGUE CHAMPIONS v ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS IN GLAMOUR OPENERThe 2014 Allianz Hurling League is set for a spectacular launch this weekend with the clash of Clare and Kilkenny in Ennis among several highlights of a fascinating first round.Cusack Park is certain to be thronged on Sunday for the eagerly-awaited meeting between Clare, the reigning All-Ireland champions, and Kilkenny, the Allianz League (Division 1) title holders. Clare had to survive a relegation play-off against Cork to remain in 1A last spring before going on to win the All-Ireland title in spectacular circumstances.Kilkenny were very impressive wi Read More


Rebel Rising – The Monday Morning Corner Back Column

February 10th, 2014, by  Richard  .

By Ger McCarthy. Follow Ger on Twitter: @germccarthy74It’s only February but Brian Cuthbert’s Cork footballers are enjoying a bright start to life under the former Bishopstown Bainisteoir following consecutive Allianz League Division 1 wins.The Cork inter-county football squad has never undergone such a transformation in such a short period of time beginning with Conor Counihan’s departure, the retirement of some of the county’s most experienced players and star forward Ciarán Sheehan’s decision to emigrate to Australia.It is to Brian Cuthbert’s credit that he and his back-room team comprising of Ronan McCarthy, Owen Read More


Allianz Football Leagues 2014 - Round 2 Preview

February 6th, 2014, by  Richard  .

It’s straight into Round 2 of the Allianz Football League next weekend with games spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.The Athletic Grounds host the Friday night action when Armagh play Down in a Division 2 clash, followed by one game on Saturday (Fermanagh v Sligo) and fourteen ties on Sunday.ALLIANZ LEAGUE DIVISION 1: CORK LEAD THE WAY ON SCORING DIFFERENCECork and Kildare scored a total of 2-37 between them in the opening round so their clash in Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday promises to be a high scoring affair. New managers, Brian Cuthbert (Cork) and Jason Ryan (Kildare) will be hoping to build on the good start an Read More

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