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Philip Reid Sun, Feb 18
 
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  • Philip Reid here and I will be keeping you up to date on all the action from the Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues on another busy afternoon of matches.

    Of course, it should have been exclusively hurling action today; however, the rescheduling of a number of matches from last Sunday’s football programme means we have both hurling and football going on and some interesting ties as the league positions take shape.

    Clare play host to Cork in a big match at Cusack Park in Division One of the AHL where – following Wexford’s defeat to Tipperary last night – the Banner have the chance to move clear at the top of the table and make it three wins from three.

    Not that Cork have any intention of making it any way easy ..... and Malachy Clerkin had a nice interview with Rebels manager John Meyler


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    There’ll be plenty of interest in the other Division One match between neighbours Waterford and Kilkenny in Walsh Park. It’s strange to say, but neither Waterford nor Kilkenny have managed to collect any points from their respective outings so far in the campaign . . . .

    In Division One B, All-Ireland champions Galway – yet to fire on all cylinders but still with two wins from two – have Offaly as visitors. Offaly impressed hugely in their opening win over the Dubs at Croke Park but were brought back to earth with a bang when up against Limerick and will get a clearer picture of where they lie in this encounter against the Tribesmen.

  • The rescheduled football league matches have some enticing fare in prospect, not least the Division One match between Monaghan and Kerry in Inniskeen and the Division Two top of the table clash between Meath and Cavan in Breffni Park.

    Kerry are looking to make it three wins from three to keep pace with Dublin and Galway at the top of the table. It’ll be interesting to see if Conor McCarthy – who played a key part in UCD’s Sigerson Cup win – lines out for Monaghan ..... we’ll find out shortly.
  • BTW I was at a club match this morning where I got to see the first sight of Diarmuid Connolly in action this year ..... motoring well, it must be said, and produced plenty of those zoned-in bullet passes as St Vincents beat St Sylvester's in a Dublin Division One league encounter. Expect he'll be featuring soon for Dublin having yet to make a league appearance.
  • They're lining up for the national anthem in the big hurling game at Cusack Park in Ennis .....
  • Tit-for-tat start in the Clare-Cork match, sides level at 0-1 each two minutes in.....plenty of woolly hats on the heads of spectators, which gives an indication of the coolish weather in Ennis.
  • And in Pearse Stadium, Offaly have signalled their intent with a strong start: they lead the All-Ireland champions 0-2 to 0-1 just four minutes in.
  • Clare have made a great start.....0-3 to 0-1 up on the Rebels five minutes into the game. Cork were hit by the loss of Alan Cadogan and Conor Lehane just before the match.
  • Peter Duggan's free has stretched Clare further ahead, 0-4 to 0-1; good start for the Banner
  • Joe Cooney's goal for Galway has the All-Ireland champions edging it over Offaly.....early days yet though
  • Clare look far the slicker so far, with Séadna Morey dooing some really good work in the attack. Cork relying on Patrick Horgan's freetaking to keep them in touch. Clare lead 0-5 to 0-3 after 12 minutes.
  • In the Allianz Football league Division Two match, Cavan have got off to a flying start and lead Meath 0-5 to 0-1 at Breffni Park.
  • If you were to put your mortgage on a free-taker, it would have to be Patrick Horgan. He's keeping Cork in touch.... 0-5 to 0-4 in favour of Clare 14 minutes in.
  • ....and wouldn't you know it? Patrick Horgan proves he is human after all and misses a free.
  • The Cats are purring in the rain in Walsh Park....leading Waterford by 0-5 to 0-2 after 17 minutes of the derby match.
  • Peter Duggan's on fire with his long-range free-taking....Clare moving clear: 0-8 to 0-4 after 19 minutes.
  • Clare are really up for this one....0-10 to 0-4 ahead with Cork struggling to get going at all. Chasing shadows for the most part.
  • Conor McManus is starting for Monaghan in the big football Division One match against Kerry
  • Clare are out-muscling, out-running and out-hurling the Rebels in Cusack Park.....0-12 to 0-4.
  • Kilkenny are looking for their first league win of the campaign and are going about it the right way, leading Waterford by 0-9 to 0-4 approaching half-time.
  • Kerry have made a last-minute change just before throw-in in their match in Monaghan: Sean O Se is starting in place of Daithi Caseyl
  • Cork are not at the races in Ennis....Clare leading 0-15 to 0-5 and Peter Duggan lining up a 65. Yep, he's added another one. Make that 0-16 to 0-5.
  • One minute added time at end of the first-half.....Cork will be glad to get into the dressing room. Wonder what John Meyler will say to them.
  • And in Inniskeen, Monaghan have got off to a terrific start. Up 0-4 to 0-0 over Kerry.
  • It's half-time in Pearse Stadium and Galway have taken command, leading Offaly by 1-9 to 0-8 at the break.
  • Kilkenny are singing in the rain in Waterford, leading 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time.
  • Clare have been hugely impressive in the first-half. Leading 0-16 to 0-5......nine different players have scored for Clare, from half-back line up to the full-forward line.
  • Okay, Kerry have woken up.....points from Micheal Burns and Paul Geaney get them working the scoreboard operator. Monaghan lead 0-4 to 0-2.
  • Offaly's footballers made the trip to Celtic Park last Sunday only for the game against Derry to fall foul (very late!) to a waterlogged pitch. Their return trip in Division Threeisn't going well. Derry lead 0-5 to 0-0 just 12 minutes into the game.
  • Good crowds braving the weather all around the country.....there are 5,355 at the Galway-Offaly hurling match.
  • Jack McCarron's having a big influence ...... just kicked a pointed free to put Monaghan 0-7 to 0-3 up on the Kingdom.
  • Is there any way back for Cork hurlers? Look to be totally off the pace in their game with Clare. Eleven points to claw back looks like an impossible ask.
  • Conor McManus sure-footed in planting his penalty kick into the back of the Kerry net....Monagahn moving clear: lead 1-8 to 0-4 with 20 minutes on the clock.
  • No sign of any up-tempo from Cork.....the second half is just seconds old and Clare have increased their lead 0-17 to 0-5.
  • Joseph Cooney was applauded off the pitch at half-time.....and has got his second goal of the game to move Galway further clear of Offaly.
  • Patrick Horgan has scored six points so far for Cork.....trailing Clare by 0-17 to 0-9. Comeback on?
  • Séadna Morey looks like the real deal....another point on the run from the Clare wingback, puts his side 0-18 to 0-9 up. And the other wingback Michael O'Malley follows with an even better point. 0-19 to 0-9.
  • RED CARD: Offaly's Shane Kinsella sent off......Galway in control of this Division 1B match. Tribesmen lead 2-12 to 0-10
  • There's a bit more life to Cork in the second-half....chasing the game. Clare lead 0-19 to 0-11 with 50 minutes on the clock.
  • Only six points in it now in Cusack Park: bit of a fightback from Cork with Clare's 11 point half-time lead reduced to six. Clare still lead, 0-19 to 0-13 but we have a game on our hands now.
  • It's half-time in the football Division One game in Inniskeen: Monaghan lead Kerry by 1-9 to 0-6.
  • Kilkenny have a goal in their game with Waterford in Walsh Park: 1-12 to 0-9. TJ Reid the man with the goal.
  • Waterford's chance to claw something back is foiled by Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy who saves a penalty from Bennett
  • Galway have their foot on the pedal over 14-man Offaly in the Division 1B hurling match at Pearse Stadium. The All-Ireland champions lead 2-15 to 0-11 and motoring clear.
  • Great point from Tony Kelly puts Clare 0-21 to 0-13 ahead. Cork's comeback and come and gone it seems.
  • Cork badly need a goal if they are to get back into this game with Clare. A Pat Horgan free and Seamus Harnedy point have brought them a bit closer: 0-22 to 0-15, 61 minutes gone.
  • Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy has made two excellent saves so far ......
  • Well, the Cats look as if they're on the way to collecting their first points of the campaign. Kilkenny leading Waterford 1-17 to 0-12 with the clock ticking down, just five minutes to go.
  • TJ Reid has scored 1-10 (so far!) of Kilkenny's total...The Cats lead 1-18 to 0-12 and Waterford fans starting to leave Walsh Park.
  • Monaghan have made a half-time substitution with Fintan Kelly replacing Dessie Mone. Kerry - chasing the game - respond by throwing in David Clifford.
  • Four minutes added time in Cusack Park.....will it be enough for the Rebels to salvage something? Clare leading 0-23 to 0-19. Good second-half from Cork.
  • Clare wingback Michael O'Malley scored a couple of spectacular long range points and he's got the Man of the Match honours with time just about up.
  • It's all over in Pearse Stadium and Galway havemade it three wins from three....Galway 2-19, Offaly 0-14. Galway move level with Limerick atop the Division 1B table.
  • And it's all over in Cusack Park, Ennis: Clare win 0-23 to Cork's 0-19. The win moves Clare to solo position of the top spot in Division One.
  • Scores on the boards from the Allianz Hurling League:
    Division One
    Clare 0-23 Cork 0-19
    Waterford 1-12 Kilkenny 1-20

    Division One B
    Galway 2-19 Offaly 0-14
  • Cavan have got the bragging rights over Meath after a 2-14 to 1-12 win over the Royal County in Breffni Park. That win puts Cavan top of the Division Two football table.
  • Getting closer in Inniskeen.....Monaghan lead 1-11 to Kerry's 0-10 with 54 minutes on the clock.
  • Barry John Keane is always a good man for a score or two....he's fisted a point for Kerry to reduce the gap 1-11 to 0-11. Monaghan clinging on.
  • Seán O'Shea has his kicking boots on.....he's reduced the deficit to a single point with Monaghan struggling to regain their first-half tempo. Monaghan 1-11 Kerry 0-13, with 17 minutes remaining.
  • Fermanagh's five points winning margin over Sligo has moved them alongside Armagh at the top of Division Three
  • RED CARD: Monaghan have lost Barry Kerr to a straight red. Monaghan down to 14 men.....still eight minutes to go.
  • All the Allianz Hurling League results of the day:



    Division One
    Clare 0-23 Cork 0-19
    Kilkenny 1-20 Waterford 1-12


    Division One B
    Galway 2-19 Offaly 0-14


    Division Two A
    London 0-15 Carlow 3-23
    Kerry 1-23 Kildare 0-9

    Division Two B
    Wicklow 2-21 Donegal 0-21
    Derry 0-10 Mayo 0-13
    Down 3-15 Armagh 0-13

    Division Three A
    Monaghan 0-17 Tyrone 2-15
    Roscommon 1-25 Longford 1-10
    Louth 1-16 Warwickshire 1-16

    Division Three B
    Lancashire 2-18 Cavan
    Fermanagh 0-11 Leitrim 2-12

  • Biggest score of the day comes from Donegal women's footballers in Division One of the Lidl League who have crashed nine goal by poor Westmeath.....final score Donegal 9-17 to Westmeath's 1-5.
  • The Monaghan-Kerry match is going down to the wire. 14-man Monaghan lead 1-12 to 0-13....clock is ticking down. Two minutes of normal time left.
  • Offaly put up a great comeback in their Division Three match away to Derry but have come up short......Derry win 1-15 to 0-13
  • Into injury time at a packed Inniskeen, where 14-man Monaghan are holding on to a narrow lead over Kerry: 1-12 to 0-14 points with one minute to go.
  • It's all over in Inniskeen and Monaghan - who played with 14 men for most of the second-half - have held on for a hard-fought two points win . Monaghan 1-13 Kerry 0-14.
  • Results of the day in the Allianz Football League


    Division One
    Monaghan 1-13 Kerry 0-14

    Division Two
    Cavan 2-14 Meath 1-12

    Division Three
    Derry 1-15 Offaly 0-13
    Fermanagh 0-13 Sligo 0-8
  • That first defeat of the campaign for Kerry leaves Dublin and Galway topping the Allianz Football League Division One table.

    Dublin 6 pts, Galway 6 pts, Kerry 4 pts, Monaghan 4 pts, Mayo 2 pts, Tyrone 2pts, Donegal 0 pts, Kildare 0 pts.
  • And Roscommon have beaten Galway in the FBD Connacht League final.

    The Rossies kicked the last two points of the game for a 2-16 to 3-12 win.