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Dublin: 6 °C Tuesday 21 January, 2020


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Good evening all and welcome to this evening’s GAA liveblog. Our main focus is on Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League, and Division 1 in football. In the hurling, it’s Cork against Kilkenny at Páirc Uí Rinn while Down host All-Ireland football champions Dublin at Páirc Esler. Jackie Cahill here taking you through the action.

Let’s have a quick check on tonight’s teams, starting with the hurlers of Cork and Kilkenny. 


1. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)

2. Killian Burke (Midleton)
3. Damian Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
4. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers) Captain

5. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
6. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
7. Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk)

8. Paul Haughney (Midleton)
9. John Cronin (Lisgoold)

10. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
11. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
12. Conor Lehane (Midleton)

13. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)
14. Seamus Harnedy (St Itas)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

16. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
17. Stephen Murphy (Blackrock)
18. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfield)
19. William Egan (Kilbrin)
20. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
21. Niall Cashman (Blackrock)
22. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfield)
23. Cathal Cormack (Blackrock)
24. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
25. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
26. William Leahy (Aghada)


1. Richie Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

2. Paul Murphy (Danesfort)
3. Joey Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
4. Shane Prendergast (Clara) captain

5. Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan)
6. Kieran Joyce (Rower-Inistioge)
7. Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro)

8. Conor Fogarty (Erins Own)
9. Diarmuid Cody (James Stephens)

10. Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
11. TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
12. Conor Martin (Emeralds)

13. Walter Walsh (Tullogher-Rosbercon)
14. Richie Hogan (Danesfort)
15. Kevin Kelly (St Patricks)


16. Alan Murphy (Glenmore)
17. Jackie Tyrrell (James Stephens)
19. Brian Kennedy (St Lachtains)
20. Conor O’Shea (Clara)
21. Lester Ryan (Clara)
22. James Maher (St Lachtains)
23. Jonjo Farrell (Thomastown)
24. John Power (Carrickshock)
25. Michael Malone (Mullinavat)
26. Chris Bolger (Clara)

Here’s the Dublin football team named to play Down


1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

2. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)
3. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)
4. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)

5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
6. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
7. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)

8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. Shane Carthy  (Naomh Mearnog)

10. Paul Flynn (Fingallians)
11. Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincents)
12. Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)

13. Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille)
14. Kevin McManamon (St Judes)
15. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)

The Down team is as follows:

1. Michael Cunningham,

2. Ryan Boyle
3. Gerard McGovern
4. Darren O’Hagan

5. Jonny Flynn
6. Aidan Carr
7. Darragh O’Hanlon

8. Peter Turley
9. Mark McKay

10. Conor Maginn
11. Mark Poland
12. Kevin McKernan

13. Conaill McGovern
14. Connaire Harrison
15. Barry O’Hagan

Here’s a look at tonight’s fixtures in both codes:


Division 1
Down v Dublin, Páirc Esler, Newry, 7pm

Division 2
Fermanagh v Cavan, Brewster Park, Enniskillen, 7pm

Division 3
Limerick v Westmeath, Gaelic Grounds, 7pm


Division 1A
Cork v Kilkenny, Páirc Uí Rinn, 7pm

In Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League, Limerick have hammered Laois by 6-29 to 1-12 at the Gaelic Grounds. We’ll have a report from that game very soon.

To Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork, where the hosts desperately need a victory against Kilkenny. A fourth straight defeat for Cork in the League this year will condemn to a relegation playoff, while a Kilkenny victory would cement a top four place. That’s a notable turnaround for the Cats, who had to preserve their Division 1A status last year by defeating Clare in a playoff. 

Will the spirit of 1916 rouse the Rebels this evening? They’re wearing these special commemorative kits for the game.

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

At Páirc Esler, a fifth straight win for the League champions Dublin beckons against hosts Down, who are rock bottom of the table after four straight defeats.

Here’s a closer look at that Cork kit for this evening. What are your thoughts? Leave your feedback in our comments section.

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

No late changes on the Dublin team to play Down.

On the Cork senior hurling team, there’s a late change as Cormac Murphy starts in place of Shane O’Neill.

No late changes on the Kilkenny team.

Almost ready to go in both of tonight’s games.

1 min – Cork 0-1 Kilkenny 0-0

Conor Lehane puts Cork ahead.

Early blow for Kilkenny as Conor Fogarty, injured in the warm-up, is replaced by Lester Ryan.

2 mins – Cork 0-1 Kilkenny 0-1

Colin Fennelly grabs an equaliser for Kilkenny.

Late changes on the Down team to play Dublin:

Allianz Leagues Div 1 Down team changes 21 Gerard Collins for Ryan Boyle, 18 Ryan Mallon for Mark Poland, 25 Donal O’Hare for Connaire Harrison Sub 2 Malachy Magee

4 mins – Cork 0-2 Kilkenny 0-1
Seamus Harnedy takes on Joey Holden and pops over a point

1 min – Down 0-0 Dublin 0-1

Dean Rock with the opening score of the game for Dublin at Páirc Esler

Big crowd at Páirc Uí Rinn and Cork are certainly up for this in the early stages.

6 mins – Cork 0-2 Kilkenny 0-2
Walter Walsh point for Kilkenny, after good work by Paul Murphy in defence.
6 mins – Cork 0-3 Kilkenny 0-2
Lorcán McLoughlin with a Cork point, excellent start to the game.

3 mins – Down 0-1 Dublin 0-1

Mark McKay with Down’s opening score.

5 mins – Down 1-1 Dublin 0-1

Uncharacteristic Stephen Cluxton fumble allows Donal O’Hare to pounce from close range but Down have had Kevin McKernan black-carded.

10 mins – Cork 0-4 Kilkenny 0-2

In Cork, the hosts are 2 points clear thanks to Patrick Horgan.

9 mins – Down 1-2 Dublin 0-1

Kevin McKernan’s replacement Joe Murphy scores a point.

12 mins – Cork 0-5 Kilkenny 0-3

Brian Lawton with Cork’s latest point but Colin Fennelly responds for the Cats.

13 mins – Cork 1-5 Kilkenny 0-3

Seamus Harnedy beats Joey Holden to a high ball and nets a super goal.

14 mins – Cork 1-6 Kilkenny 0-3

Cormac Murphy, called in late for Shane O’Neill, puts over a point for Cork, who are motoring well.

14 mins – Down 1-2 Dublin 0-2

Cormac Costello converts a free for Dublin

16 mins – Cork 1-7 Kilkenny 0-3

Super long-range free from Patrick Horgan for Cork

17 mins – Cork 1-7 Kilkenny 0-4

Diarmuid Cody, son of Brian, adds a badly-needed Kilkenny point.

16 mins – Down 1-2 Dublin 0-3

Paul Flynn with a cracking point for Dublin.

17 mins – Down 1-2 Dublin 0-4

Dublin gathering some momentum as Ciaran Kilkenny scores a point

19 mins – Cork 1-8 Kilkenny 0-4

Luke O’Farrell sets up Midleton clubmate Conor Lehane for a Cork point.

18 mins – Down 1-2 Dublin 1-4

Cormac Costello on target for Dublin, who move ahead.

In the last ten minutes, Down outscored by 0-0 to 1-3 as Dublin taking a firm stranglehold on proceedings at Páirc Esler.

21 mins – Cork 1-8 Kilkenny 0-5

Superb long-range free from TJ Reid for Kilkenny.

22 mins – Cork 1-9 Kilkenny 0-5

Paul Haughney with another Cork point, his first of the season.

23 mins – Cork 1-9 Kilkenny 0-6

TJ Reid and Colin Fennelly combine from a neat sideline, with Reid finishing the one-two for a point.

25 mins – Cork 1-10 Kilkenny 0-6

Another Seamus Harnedy point for Cork. Blue jerseys suiting the Rebels so far!

24 mins – Down 1-2 Dublin 1-5

Even with Dean Rock in the Dublin team, Cormac Costello still on the frees and he nails a brilliant effort from a tight angle.

27 mins – Cork 1-10 Kilkenny 0-7

TJ Reid with a Kilkenny free.

28 mins – Cork 1-10 Kilkenny 0-8

Another Reid free for Kilkenny cuts the gap to five.

26 mins – Down 1-2 Dublin 1-6

Dublin rampant now as Kevin McManamon adds another point.

29 mins – Cork 1-11 Kilkenny 0-8

Conor Lehane with another Cork point, his third, following a fine John Cronin catch.

29 mins – Down 1-2 Dublin 1-7

Ciaran Kilkenny with another Dublin point.

31 mins – Cork 1-11 Kilkenny 0-9

Point for Kilkenny scored by Lester Ryan.

30 mins – Down 1-2 Dublin 1-8

Cormac Costello adds a free for Dublin

33 mins – Cork 1-11 Kilkenny 0-10

Kilkenny eat into the Cork lead as Walter Walsh fires over a point from play, just four in it now.

34 mins – Cork 1-11 Kilkenny 0-11

Three-point game now as TJ Reid, now on the edge of the square, points from play for Kilkenny.

36 mins – Cork 1-12 Kilkenny 0-11

Patrick Horgan fouled by Paul Murphy and Horgan converts the close-in free.

35 mins – Down 1-3 Dublin 1-8

Down end a long wait for a score as Donal O’Hare scores a free.

Half-time in both of our featured games this evening.

In Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League, there was a big win for Limerick over Laois earlier. For some half-time reading, here’s the match report from that game.

We’ll be back in plenty of time for the second halves of our featured games.

Here’s a quick check on the night’s other scores before we take a break:

Allianz Football League

Division 2
Fermanagh 0-4 Cavan 0-5 (L)

Division 3
Limerick 0-5 Westmeath 3-7 (half-time)

Shane Prendergast and Stephen McDonnell Team captains Shane Prendergast (left) and Stephen McDonnell with match referee Fergal Horgan before throw-in this evening. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

James Maher in for Conor Martin at half-time on the Kilkenny team at half-time, the second half underway at Páirc Uí Rinn.

37 mins Cork 1-12 Kilkenny 0-12

TJ Reid cuts the gap back to three points. Can Cork keep up their first half intensity levels?

40 mins – Cork 1-12 Kilkenny 0-13

Kilkenny move ominously closer as Reid lofts over another free.

41 mins – Cork 1-12 Kilkenny 0-14

One-point game as Walter Walsh puts over a classy point from the touchline.

41 mins – Cork 1-12 Kilkenny 0-15

And they’re level as Richie Hogan slots over the equaliser.

39 mins – Down 1-3 Dublin 1-9

Cormac Costello with the opening point of the second half in Newry, a free.

43 mins – Cork 1-12 Kilkenny 0-16

The Cats hit the front! TJ Reid with his 8th point of the night, a free, after Damian Cahalane yellow-carded for challenge on Richie Hogan.

39 mins – Down 1-3 Dublin 1-10

Another Dublin point for Paul Flynn.

40 mins – Down 1-4 Dublin 1-10

Joe Murphy with a point for Down.

46 mins – Cork 1-13 Kilkenny 0-16

Second point for Cormac Murphy, and the equaliser for Cork

47 mins – Down 1-4 Dublin 1-11

Goal on but Kevin McManamon takes a point for Dublin.

Black card for Dublin’s Paul Flynn in Newry.

48 mins – Cork 1-14 Kilkenny 0-16

Patrick Horgan’s free puts Cork in front again. Daniel Kearney in for John Cronin on the Cork team.

44 mins – Down 1-5 Dublin 1-11

Another O’Hare point for Down.

50 mins – Cork 1-14 Kilkenny 0-17

Level again in Cork as TJ Reid fires over yet another free for Kilkenny

51 mins – Cork 2-14 Kilkenny 0-17

Bill Cooper on hand from inches out to help the ball over the line after Seamus Harnedy’s initial effort was saved by Richie Reid and trickled agonisingly towards the goal.

52 mins – Cork 2-15 Kilkenny 0-17

Suddenly Cork have a four-point lead as Luke O’Farrell, who’s been good tonight, scores a long-range point.

53 mins – Cork 2-16 Kilkenny 0-17

Harnedy is really enjoying himself as he gets away from his latest marker, Shane Prendergast, and angles over a point.

54 mins – Cork 2-16 Kilkenny 0-18

Lester Ryan’s point keeps Kilkenny in touch.

49 mins – Down 1-6 Dublin 1-11

Paul Devlin with an excellent point for Down.

56 mins – Cork 2-16 Kilkenny 0-19

TJ Reid’s tenth point makes it a 3-point game in Cork.

52 mins – Down 1-7 Dublin 1-11

Could Down make a game of this yet? O’Hanlon with a free for the hosts.

57 mins – Cork 2-17 Kilkenny 0-19

Conor Lehane with his fourth point of the night for Cork

57 mins – Cork 2-17 Kilkenny 0-20

Kilkenny hit the 20-point mark as Reid slots over his 11th, with another free.

Stephen Moylan replaces Paul Haughney on the Cork team.

Harnedy is terrorising the Kilkenny full-back line and wins a free that Horgan should convert.

59 mins – Cork 2-18 Kilkenny 0-20

And Horgan obliges to hand Cork a four-point buffer.

55 mins – Down 1-7 Dublin 1-12

Dean Rock with a 45 for the Dubs.

61 mins – Cork 2-19 Kilkenny 0-20

Joey Holden booked for a challenge on Bill Cooper. The resultant free is scored by Patrick Horgan.

56 mins – Down 1-7 Dublin 1-13

Dublin look to be clear of danger again as Jonny Cooper fists a point.

59 mins – Down 1-7 Dublin 1-14

Paddy Andrews is on for Dublin and makes his mark with a point.

64 mins – Cork 2-20 Kilkenny 0-20

And Cork hit the 20-point mark as sub Daniel Kearney scores.

6 minutes left, Cork 6 points up. Can they hold out?

65 mins – Cork 2-20 Kilkenny 0-21

TJ Reid’s 12th point for Kilkenny

67 mins – Cork 2-20 Kilkenny 1-21

Colin Fennelly scrambles home a scruffy goal to hand Kilkenny a lifeline.

68 mins – Cork 2-20 Kilkenny 1-22

One-point game again as Lester Ryan strikes from distance!

69 mins – Cork 2-20 Kilkenny 2-22

Typical Kilkenny! TJ Reid slots home their second goal in as many minutes! Cork need to respond quickly or they’re facing a relegation playoff.

70 mins – Cork 2-21 Kilkenny 2-22

Conor Lehane on frees with Horgan off and he obliges from a placed ball.

65 mins – Down 1-7 Dublin 1-15 

All over in Newry it would appear as Dean Rock converts a Dublin free.

We’ll stay with the hurling for the three minutes of injury time, one of which has already been played.

71 mins – Cork 2-22 Kilkenny 2-22

Conor Lehane levels it up for Cork!

What a chance missed by Bill Cooper for the lead score!

Lehane did brilliantly to pick out Cooper in acres of space but he pulled his shot wide.

73 mins – Cork 2-22 Kilkenny 2-23

John Power puts over the winner for Kilkenny, punishing a loose clearance by Cork goalkeeper Patrick Collins!

Agony for Cork at the death! Patrick Collins had a good game but that was a costly error in stoppage time and John Power punished him. TJ Reid exceptional for Kilkenny tonight. Cork’s senior hurlers now definitely consigned to a relegation playoff following a fourth straight defeat in Division 1A. We’ll pop over to the football for the closing minutes.

You’ve missed nothing in Newry as there are no more scores to report and we have a minute of stoppage time to play.

Looking back on those dramatic closing moments at Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork will feel that Seamus Harnedy should have been awarded a late free before play switched to the other end of the field. Patrick Collins was in control of the ball but sub John Power picked off his clearance and boomed over the winner for Kilkenny, who are through to the quarter-finals.

So, here’s a look at all of this evening’s results:

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

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

Allianz Football League Division 1
Down 1-7 Dublin 1-15

Allianz Football League Division 2
Fermanagh 0-9 Cavan 1-12

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

And that’s it from our liveblog on an enthralling evening, particularly at Páirc Uí Rinn. Stay logged in for match reports from various venues and thanks for joining us.

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