Allianz FL Division 1 final
Kerry 2-10 Mayo 3-11, Croke Park FT
Allianz HL Division 1 final
Limerick 1-24 Waterford 0-19, Croke Park FT
Congratulations to Limerick and Mayo who are the 2019 league champions. That's all from us as we look back on entertaining league campaigns.
Kerry had few options going forward with their full forward line struggling to create scoring chances.
Incredible stuff by the Mayo men who deserved their win, especially after a solid second half display.
FL1: Kerry 2-10 Mayo 3-11 FT
Mayo have done it.
Red Card - Kerry
The four minutes of added time are up as Jack Barry receives a second yellow card.
Bit of handbags here but nothing more. Mayo will surely hold on now.
Goal - Mayo
Moran finds Treacy and the sub holds his nerve to slot low past Ryan.
FL1: Kerry 2-10 Mayo 2-11
Kerry on the attack here though and Clifford makes it a one point game.
Ryan has had a fine game apart from the mistake for the goal which could be the losing of the game yet.
Four minutes of added time to go here in Croker.
Outstanding save by Hennelly there as from point blank range he saves Clifford's fisted effort.
Red Card - Mayo
Aidan O'Shea receives a second yellow card.
Ryan does brilliantly under the high ball there and wins a free out.
FL1: Kerry 2-09 Mayo 1-11
Geaney gets his first score since coming on, 69 minutes played.
Massive few minutes remaining here. Kerry are struggling to get the ball into a scoring position.
Doherty goes off and is replaced by Ciaran Treacy.
Gavin O'Brien comes on for Gavin Crowley.
Can Mayo hold on and pick up silverware at Croke Park? We have five minutes plus stoppages to find out.
Goal - Mayo
O'Connor fists to the net as Ryan gets somewhat lost coming for the ball.
The urgency seems to have gone out of the game in the last couple of minutes, great patience being shown by both sides.
Don't be surprised if we have extra time in this one.
This is anybody's game at the moment, 62 minutes played.
Evan Regan comes on for Carr.
FL1: Kerry 2-08 Mayo 1-11
Barry does well even though he was initially unmarked to kick a point.
O'Connor's effort drops short on this occasion, the Mayo captain is full of confidence.
Paul Murphy is fighting tenaciously for every ball out there.
Colm Boyle is on for Donal Vaughan.
FL1: Kerry 2-07 Mayo 1-11
Aidan O'Shea coming into this game big time as he sets up O'Connor for a score.
FL1: Kerry 2-07 Mayo 1-10
Doherty converts the free, 56 minutes played.
Free in to Mayo, it could have been a penalty. Yellow card for Peter Crowley.
Kerry coughing up possession too often, but yet again the upright comes into action as Mayo hit it.
Paul Geaney is in for Tommy Walsh, no surprise there, the big man had a very quiet game.
FL1: Kerry 2-07 Mayo 1-09
Diarmuid O'Connor launches over a great score from 40 metres.
Andy Moran comes on for Darren Coen.
FL1: Kerry 2-07 Mayo 1-09
O'Shea points the free, 49 minutes played.
Yellow card for Chris Barrett for a high challenge on O'Brien.
Nice finish by Ruane there and the gap is back to one point.
Goal - Mayo
Four-point gap now for Kerry, Mayo need the next score and they get with a Ruane goal as he shoots low to the net.
FL1: Kerry 2-06 Mayo 0-08
O'Shea taps over a close range free.
Kerry have just kicked two points from play in the game, startling stat.
FL1: Kerry 2-05 Mayo 0-08
Gavin Crowley with a well taken point.
Mayo kick it wide though as Doherty can't find the range.
Tommy Walsh has been poor as he gives away possession again.
Hennelly is wide from the '45.
Brilliant catch by Aidan O'Shea who lays off to Doherty and his kick is blocked out for a '45.
FL1: Kerry 2-04 Mayo 0-08
O'Shea taps obver a close range free as Mark Griffin comes in for Kevin McCarthy.
Great passage of play by both sides as Mayo cut open the Kerry defence, but Murphy makes a great block.
James Donoghue is in for Dara Moynihan.
FL1: Kerry 2-03 Mayo 0-08
Carr is almost in for a goal, but Ryan saves and Coen pops over the rebound.
FL1: Kerry 2-03 Mayo 0-07
Offensive mark by Carr and he pops the ball over the bar.
FL1: Kerry 2-03 Mayo 0-06
James Carr points for Mayo.
Not the game we expected so far, both full back lines are on top with Kerry's two goals coming from runners out the field.
FL1: Kerry 2-03 Mayo 0-05 HT
Kerry's goals have them in the lead at the break.
Some poor stuff by both sides here as we edge close to half time.
Terrible effort by Jack Barry who from 20 metres barely rises the ball from out of his hands!!
We will have three minutes of added time.
Hennelly is up again to take a free and this one drops short and a free out is given.
Needless frees being given away by both sides.
Hawkeye called on for the first time as Clifford's effort is ruled wide.
His effort drops short and a free out is given.
The Connacht side still have possession but are making no real head way until Ruane makes an offensive mark.
Mayo look like their afraid to shoot in this attack..
FL1: Kerry 2-03 Mayo 0-05
Boland beats Ryan to a race for the ball and even though there is just a Kerry defender on the line, the Mayo forward fists over.
Big up and under by Lee Keegan comes well wide.
Mayo doing a reasonable job of keeping Clifford, Walsh and McCarthy under wraps inside but not dealing with Kerry's runners from further out. Both goals from late runs not tracked.
Hennelly takes it, but misses by inches.
Very good block by O'Shea on Aidan O'Shea at the expense of a Mayo '45.
In saying that Mayo are well capable of getting scores at the other end.
When Kerry run at Mayo, they are causing them all sorts of problems.
Goal - Kerry
Stephen O'Brien races through and finishes neatly to the net.
FL1: Kerry 1-03 Mayo 0-04
Doherty twists and turns before firing over the bar.
Kerry have the breeze and need to be making more use of it.
The Kingdom management won't be happy with that.
Another Kerry effort drops into the hands of Hennelly.
O'Shea is wide from this free.
Another free for Kerry, the Mayo defence is under a bit of pressure.
Good tackling by Paul Murphy to force Jason Doherty into over-carrying.
Darren Coen works his way into space, but his shot is just the wrong side of the post.
Tommy Walsh couldn't have kicked that anymore wide..
FL1: Kerry 1-03 Mayo 0-03
Clifford makes and scores a point, 17 minutes played.
FL1: Kerry 1-02 Mayo 0-03
Mistake by Harrison who picks the ball off the ground on the 20 metre line. O'Shea converts the free.
Mayo come forward again, but the ball goes harmlessly wide.
Goal - Kerry
Brilliant finish by Gavin Crowley low past Hennelly.
FL1: Kerry 0-01 Mayo 0-03
Patient build up by Mayo ends with Matthew Ruane fisting over the bar.
Patient build up by Mayo ends with
Good defending by Mayo who seem that bit hungrier in these early exchanges, 10 minutes played and Paul Murphy is booked for Kerry.
FL1: Kerry 0-01 Mayo 0-02
Loose ball by Gavin Crowley is picked up by Mayo and Paddy Durcan comes forward to score.
Kerry had a goal disallowed as David Clifford is adjudged to have pushed his man.
Early booking for Diarmuid O'Connor.
The upright is hit again, first time in this game, but the fifth time over the course of the afternoon.
Donal Vaughan is straight through on goal, his low shot is well saved by Kerry 'keeper Shane Ryan.
FL1: Kerry 0-01 Mayo 0-01
Fergal Boland is through on goal and opts to fist over a point.
Kevin McCarthy launches a long ball in and Rob Hennelly does well to gather over the crossbar.
Kevin McLoughlin is fouled 25 metres from goal. Cillian O'Connor kicks the free short.
'45 for Kerry which O'Shea kicks short.
Chris Barrett is picking up Tommy Walsh, while Brendan Harrison is on David Clifford.
Unusual jersey choices by the counties, they take a bit of getting used too.
FL1: Kerry 0-01 Mayo 0-00
O'Shea converts the 25 metre free.
Kerry are shooting into the Davoren End and already they have a free after Sean O'Shea is fouled.
Mayo will wear blue jerseys while Kerry are in gold.
Highlights from the hurling.
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Next up is the meeting of Kerry and Mayo in the FL1 final.
Realistically when Gillane goaled towards the end of the first half, it looked as if they were winners from there on in.
Impressive performance by Limerick there. It will take a brave man to bet against them defending their All-Ireland title.
HL: Limerick 1-24 Waterford 0-19 FT
Stephen Bennett points a free but the last of the action.
HL: Limerick 1-24 Waterford 0-18
Casey flicks on to Lynch and the midfielder points on the run.
Gillane's tally for the day was 1-09, 1-05 of which came from play and oh yeah he hit nine wides as well, three of them from frees..
Limerick are dominating in all areas. This has been a comfortable win for them.
We have four minutes of added time to be played.
Unsurprisingly, Gillane has been named man of the match.
HL: Limerick 1-23 Waterford 0-18
At his ease, Casey tags on a point, 69 minutes played, then Hegarty adds another.
Paddy O'Loughlin is on for Declan Hannon.
HL: Limerick 1-21 Waterford 0-18
Super save by Quaid there as he was one on one but managed to snuff the shot out. Play pulled back and free in which Mahony points.
HL: Limerick 1-21 Waterford 0-17
Dowling from play, a real beauty this one.
HL: Limerick 1-20 Waterford 0-17
Dowling takes over the frees and scores from his first.
Gillane is replaced by Shane Dowling.
HL: Limerick 1-19 Waterford 0-17
Mahony points a free from on front of the posts.
Bad wide by Casey who had plenty of time there.
HL: Limerick 1-19 Waterford 0-16
Flanagan runs on to a loose ball and pops over a point.
Stephen Roche comes on for Mikey Kearney.
Wides are mounting up for Gillane now as he hits another free wide.
HL: Limerick 1-18 Waterford 0-16
Mahony points a free, 58 minutes gone.
Gillane is wide from play, he really should have scored there.
Seamus Flanagan replaces Mulcahy for Limerick.
Patrick Curran is on for Peter Hogan on the Waterford team.
Oh a glorious chance for Limerick to finish the game, but Morrissey can't gather Gillane's pass and the ball dribbles wide.
Gillane is wide from a free, 54 minutes played.
HL: Limerick 1-18 Waterford 0-15
Big chance for Bennett as he gathers the ball ten metres from goal, but he blazes over the bar.
Hawkeye called into action again and it rules Mulcahy's effort wide.
Waterford need a bit of inspiration from somewhere.
HL: Limerick 1-18 Waterford 0-14
Gillane again as he gives Noel Connors a torrid time.
HL: Limerick 1-17 Waterford 0-14
Hegarty finds Gillane with a great ball and the corner forward does the rest.
The upright at the Davoren End has been hit for the fourth time in this game. Waterford on this occasion.
HL: Limerick 1-16 Waterford 0-14
Philip Mahony launches one over from out the field, which has lifted Waterford.
HL: Limerick 1-16 Waterford 0-13
Gleeson shows his class from a line ball. Conor Prunty is on for Callum Lyons.
Tommy Ryan is on for Shane Bennett on the Waterford team.
HL: Limerick 1-16 Waterford 0-12
Sounds early to say this but looks as if Waterford need a goal. Mahony points a free from 50 metres.
HL: Limerick 1-16 Waterford 0-11
Declan Hannon launches over a huge score from inside his own half.
Some of Limerick's short passing is excellent, really gets them out of trouble at times.
HL: Limerick 1-15 Waterford 0-11
Gillane makes no mistake this time.
Limerick at their best there as Hegarty, Lynch and Casey combine before the latter is fouled.
Casey is fouled, and Gillane is wide from the free.
Bad miss by Stephen Bennett from that free.
HL: Limerick 1-14 Waterford 0-11
Good score by Gleeson, but Casey responds with a beauty at the other end.
Mahony takes over the free taking duties from Bennett and his first effort drops short.
The lead is out to six points now, little bit worrying for Waterford.
HL: Limerick 1-13 Waterford 0-10
Foul by Padraic Mahony on Casey and it's a simple free for Gillane.
Waterford attack early on but good defending by Limerick there who earn a puck out.
The second half is underway.
Waterford need the first couple of scores of this second half, to let Limerick know they are still in a game, otherwise they could see it slip away from them early on.
A touch of magic by Gillane.
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Gillane has scored 1-05 in the opening half, 1-03 form play, man of the match stuff after 35 minutes.
Waterford will take heart from being eight points down at one stage, but you always get the feeling that Limerick can step up a gear if they need too.
An interesting game so far, Limerick deserve to be ahead with Aaron Gillane outstanding in the opening half, but there are holes in that Limerick defence that can be exploited if they get the right ball into their forwards.
HL: Limerick 1-12 Waterford 0-10 HT
Bennett has a free from his own half and its wide which brings the action for the half to an end.
A third ball comes back off the Waterford post, but Limerick can't capatilise again.
Peter Hogan done everything right, but his shot just tails wide.
We have two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.
HL: Limerick 1-12 Waterford 0-10
Limerick firing over the scores now as Graeme Mulcahy lets fly off his left.
HL: Limerick 1-11 Waterford 0-10
Excellent score by Tom Morrissey from out wide on the flank.
HL: Limerick 1-10 Waterford 0-10
Gillane is unmarkable as he points from play again.
Waterford breath a sigh of relief as a line ball in comes off the post and drops in the square, but the danger is cleared.
We've hit the 31st minute mark. Both sides have showed some flashes of brilliance so far.
HL: Limerick 1-09 Waterford 0-10
Good score by an off balance Pauric Mahony.
HL: Limerick 1-09 Waterford 0-09
Michael Walsh is in space and he takes his point.
Peter Casey goes into the ref's book for a foul on de Burca.
It's not given.
That was class by Gillane as Lynch's pointed effort needs Hawkeye to decide.
Goal - Limerick
Gillane steals in behind the Waterford defence and flicks to the net.
HL: Limerick 0-09 Waterford 0-08
Bennett punishes the indiscipline.
Tom Condon is booked for a challenge on Kearney. Shoulder into the chest.
Mikey Kearney sees his effort from out the field come off the post and the Limerick defence are awake to the danger.
HL: Limerick 0-09 Waterford 0-07
Easy for Bennett.
Great save by Nicky Quaid from Stephen Bennett's shot, but play is pulled back for a free in to Waterford.
HL: Limerick 0-09 Waterford 0-06
Ah class by Peter Casey who points from a tight angle.
Stephen Bennett misses the '65.
Shane Bennett manages to legally get English out over the end line and it's a 65 for Waterford.
HL: Limerick 0-08 Waterford 0-07
Bennett from a free after he was fouled.
Waterford have began to settle this game and they are picking off their scores.
HL: Limerick 0-08 Waterford 0-05
Three in a row for Waterford as Stephen Bennett launches over a long range score from out the field.
Ref points the wrong way after Tom Morrissey is fouled, but gets the decision correct, ball in is wasted though.
HL: Limerick 0-08 Waterford 0-04
Inspirational score by Kevin Moran from out on the wing.
Serious work rate by Limerick in this opening 15 minutes.
HL: Limerick 0-08 Waterford 0-03
Limerick are dragging Waterford all over the field at the moment. Stephen Bennett points a free.
HL: Limerick 0-08 Waterford 0-02
Gillane benefits from good work by Lynch to point.
HL: Limerick 0-07 Waterford 0-02
Hegarty is in space to knock over his second score.
HL: Limerick 0-06 Waterford 0-02
Touch of class there as Darragh O'Donovan cuts over a line ball from 40 metres.
Wild swing by Austin Gleeson there when he wasn't even looking at the ball. Diarmuid Byrnes takes the free from inside his own half, but it drops short and the danger is cleared.
HL: Limerick 0-05 Waterford 0-02
Gillane follows that up with a point from play.
HL: Limerick 0-04 Waterford 0-02
A free was actually given after advantage had been played and Gillane points form 20 metres.
Sheer bravery by Stephen O'Keeffe who spreads himself to black Casey's close range shot with his body at the expense of a '65.
HL: Limerick 0-03 Waterford 0-02
Gearoid Hegarty gathers from the puck out and scores.
HL: Limerick 0-02 Waterford 0-02
Bennett from play on this occasion.
HL: Limerick 0-02 Waterford 0-01
Stephen Bennett points a free.
HL: Limerick 0-02 Waterford 0-00
A trademark Cian Lynch score as he picks the ball up and flicks over the bar.
HL: Limerick 0-01 Waterford 0-00
Foul on Aaron Gillane and he points the free from 45 metres.
Brillinat by Shane Bennett to rob Richie English, but his efforts come to nothing.
Peter Hogan hits for a point on the run, but his effort comes off the post and wide.
And we're underway as Waterford go forward, but their attack is soon broke up and Kyle Hayes has a pop at goal, but is wide of the mark.
It will be interesting to see how Waterford line up as the look to cut out the threat of the Limerick half back line.
For those of you who did travel to Croke Park as we hope ye wrapped up well as there is a east wind there that would freeze the proverbials off a brass monkey.
Both teams are to line out as selected for our opening game of the day.
And this goes from us all.
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Mayo had the better of the sides in their meeting earlier this month and expect another close battle.
Kerry have used the offensive mark to their strengths throughout the campaign and look for Tommy Walsh to be the target man again.
The meeting of Kerry and Mayo is one for the football purists as both sides like to play direct football.
Waterford impressed against Galway in last weekend's semi final especially when they went down to 14 men and they will go into this game full of confidence.
Limerick have named 13 of the side that started last year's All-Ireland final and that in itself shows their intent this afternoon.
The NHL final sees Limerick look to add the title to the Liam McCarthy, while Waterford will be seeking silverware and also to lay down a marker for the remainder of the year.
Today sees the NHL and NFL finals down for decision at Croke Park.
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