2021 National Hurling League

The 2021 National Hurling League was the 90th season of the National Hurling League for county teams.[1][2] The English county teams (London, Warwickshire and Lancashire) did not compete due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.[3][4]

2021 National Hurling League
League details
Dates8 May – 24 July 2021
Teams32
League champions
WinnersGalway / Kilkenny (11th and 19th win)
CaptainPádraic Mannion / Adrian Mullen
ManagerShane O'Neill / Brian Cody
Other division winners
Division 2AOffaly
Division 2BKildare
Division 3ASligo
Division 3BLouth
2020
2022

In February 2021 it was announced that the league would be delayed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Gaelic games and that cancelling it would be a last resort. The league began on 8 May 2021.[5][6][7]

Eir Sport and RTÉ provided live TV coverage of the league on Saturday nights. TG4 broadcast Sunday afternoon games. The highlights programmes were RTÉ2's League Sunday on Sunday evenings, and TG4's GAA 2021 on Monday evenings.[8]

Galway and Kilkenny were the joint winners.

FormatEdit

League structure

Thirty-two teams competed in the 2021 National Hurling League –

  • twelve teams organised in two six-team groups of approximately equal strength in Division 1
  • six teams in Division 2A
  • five teams in Divisions 2B and 3A
  • four teams in Division 3B.

All thirty-two county teams from Ireland took part.

London, Lancashire and Warwickshire did not take part; they retained their division placings (2B, 3A and 3B respectively) for the 2022 National Hurling League.

Teams by Province and Division
Province Div 1 Div 2A Div 2B Div 3A Div 3B Total
Connacht 1 0 2 1 1 5
Leinster 5 4 1 1 1 12
Munster 5 1 0 0 0 6
Ulster 1 1 2 3 2 9
Total 12 6 5 5 4 32

Each team plays all the other teams in their division once, either home or away. Two points are awarded for a win, and one for a draw.

Tie-breaker

  • If only two teams are level on league points, the team that won the head-to-head match is ranked ahead. If this game was a draw, score difference (total scored minus total conceded in all games) is used to rank the teams.
  • If three or more teams are level on league points, score difference is used to rank the teams.

Final, promotions and relegations

Division 1

  • There is no final; there will either be joint winners, or if the teams that win Divisions 1A and 1B meet in the 2021 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, this will double as the NHL final.[9]
  • The bottom team in each group meet in a relegation play-off, with the losers being relegated to Division 2A

Divisions 2A, 2B and 3A

  • The first-placed team is the division champion and is promoted
  • The bottom team is relegated

Division 3B

  • The first-placed team is the Division 3B champion and is promoted to Division 3A

Division 1Edit

Locations of the 2021 NHL Division 1 teams.
  Red: Group A;   Green: Group B.

Division 1 FormatEdit

The top twelve teams compete in Division 1 in two six-team groups of approximately equal strength. This group structure was introduced in 2020.

Each team play all the other teams in their group once. Two points are awarded for a win and one for a draw. The top team in each group will be deemed "Co-champion", unless they are drawn together in the 2021 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, in which case the match will double up as the league final.[10]

Division 1 Group A TableEdit

  NHL final   Relegation play-off

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
  Galway 5 4 0 1 12-133 9-98 44 8
  Waterford 5 3 0 2 8-123 13-111 -3 6
  Tipperary 5 2 2 1 9-109 4-101 23 6
  Limerick 5 2 1 2 4-117 3-105 15 5
  Cork 5 2 1 2 18-107 4-122 27 5
  Westmeath 5 0 0 5 2-84 20-136 -106 0

Division 1 Group A Rounds 1 to 5Edit

Division 1 Group A Round 1Edit

8 May 2021
Round 1
Westmeath 1-16 - 5-34 Galway TEG Cusack Park
Referee: S Stack (Dublin)
N O’Brien 0-11 (10f), N Mitchell 1-0, C Doyle 0-2, S Williams 0-1, J Boyle 0-1, D Glennon 0-1. Report E Niland 0-13 (10f), C Cooney 1-5 (0-1 pen), N Burke 1-4, J Mannion 1-3, B Concannon 1-1, C Whelan 1-0, C Mannion 0-2, F Burke 0-2 (1’sl), S Cooney 0-2, A Harte 0-1, J Coen 0-1.

8 May 2021
Round 1
Limerick 0-20 - 0-20 Tipperary LIT Gaelic Grounds
Referee: C Lyons (Cork)
D Reidy (0-8, 6 frees); S Flanagan (0-4); A Breen (0-3); P Casey (0-2); D O’Donovan, W O’Donoghue, D Byrnes (free) (0-1 each). Report J Forde (0-14, 11 frees, 1 65); R Maher (0-2, 1 free); N O’Meara, W Connors, D McCormack, M Breen (0-1 each).

9 May 2021
Round 1
Cork 5-22 - 1-27 Waterford Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)
P Horgan 0-12 (0-7 frees, 0-2 65), A Connolly 2-0, R O’Flynn 1-1, D Fitzgibbon 0-3, J O’Connor, S Kingston 1-0 each, S Barrett, T O’Mahony (0-1 free) 0-2 each, L Meade, S Harnedy 0-1 each. Report Stephen Bennett 1-12 (0-7 frees, 0-1 65), A Gleeson 0-5, K Bennett 0-3, M Kearney 0-2, M Kiely, S McNulty, I Daly, J Fagan, P Curran 0-1 each.

Division 1 Group A Round 2Edit

15 May 2021
Round 2
Tipperary 0-22 - 2-16 Cork Semple Stadium
Referee: J Ryan (Limerick)
J Forde (0-10, frees); J McGrath, N McGrath, B Heffernan (0-2 each); J O’Dwyer, J Morris, P Flynn, R Maher (free), B McGrath, C Barrett (0-1 each). Report P Horgan (1-6, 0-5 frees); T O’Mahony (1-1); A Cadogan (0-3); C Cahalane (0-2): R O’Flynn, D Connery, D Fitzgibbon, A Connolly (0-1 each).

16 May 2021
Round 2
Waterford 1-22 - 1-19 Westmeath Walsh Park
P Curran (0-11, 11 frees), M Kearney (1-0), DJ Foran (0-3); K Bennett (0-2), K Power (0-2); P Hogan (0-1), K Moran (0-1), B Power (0-1); J Prendergast (0-1). Report K Doyle (1-7,five frees), N O’Brien (0-6, six frees), D Glennon (0-3); A Clarke (0-1), C Boyle (0-1), J Coll (0-1).

16 May 2021
Round 2
Galway 0-26 - 1-17 Limerick Pearse Stadium
Referee: J Owens (Wexford)
E Niland 0-14 (0-14 frees), C Whelan 0-3, C Mannion 0-2, J Canning 0-2 (0-1 free), David Burke 0-2, B Concannon 0-1, N Burke 0-1, J Mannion 0-1. Report D Reidy 0-8 (0-7 frees), A Gillane 0-4 (0-2 frees), S Flanagan 1-0, P Casey 0-2, G Hegarty 0-2, D Byrnes 0-1 (0-1 free).

Division 1 Group A Round 3Edit

22 May 2021 Tipperary 2-19 - 0-20 Galway Semple Stadium
Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow)
J Forde (1-5, 4 frees); N McGrath (1-2); J O’Dwyer (0-3); R Maher, M Breen (0-2 each); B Maher, N O’Meara, B Heffernan, R Byrne, P Flynn (0-1 each). Report J Canning (0-8, 1 65, 6 frees); B Concannon, E Niland (2 frees) (0-3 each); C Cooney (0-2); C Whelan, K Cooney, J Flynn (free), J Coen (0-1 each).

23 May 2021
Round 3
Cork 7-27 - 0-15 Westmeath Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Referee: T Walsh (Waterford)
P Horgan 2-4 (0-2f), A Cadogan 1-4, A Connolly 2-1, S Barrett 1-3, L Meade 1-2, D Connery 0-3 (0-2f), T O’Mahony, D Fitzgibbon, B Turnbull (0-2f) 0-2 each, C Cahalane, R Downey, S Twomey, S O’Leary Hayes 0-1 each. Report K Doyle (0-4f), J Coll 0-5 each, C Doyle 0-2, A Craig, A Clarke, D Glennon 0-1 each.

23 May 2021
Round 3
Waterford 1-22 - 0-21 Limerick Walsh Park
Referee: P O'Dwyer (Carlow)
Stephen Bennett 0-8 (4fs, 3 65s), J Fagan 1-0, P Curran, C Lyons 0-3 each, K Bennett, J Prendergast 0-2 each, Shane Bennett (f), I Daly, J Barron, A Gleeson 0-1 each. Report A Gillane 0-11 (8fs, 2 65s), T Morrissey 0-3 (1f, 1 65), S Flanagan 0-2, D Hannon, K Hayes, C Lynch, D O’Donovan, P Casey 0-1 each.

Division 1 Group A Round 4Edit

5 June 2021
Round 4
Limerick 0-33 - 2-19 Cork LIT Gaelic Grounds
Referee: A Kelly (Galway)
A Gillane (0-10, 9 frees); T Morrissey, C Lynch (0-4); D Byrnes (1 free, 1 65) (0-3); P Ryan, P Casey, C Coughlan, C O'Neill (0-2 each); A Breen, D O’Donovan, W O’Donoghue, B Nash (0-1 each). Report P Horgan 0-9 (0-6f, 0-2 ’65), J O’Connor 2-1, S Kingston 0-2, D Dalton 0-2 (0-2f), M Coleman 0-2 (0-2f), C Cahalane 0-1, D Cahalane 0-1, R O’Flynn 0-1.

6 June 2021
Round 4
Westmeath 0-16 - 4-27 Tipperary TEG Cusack Park
C Doyle 0-4 (0-4f), K Doyle 0-3 (0-3f), R Greville 0-2, D McNicholas (0-1f) and D Clinton 0-2 each, J Galvin, C Boyle and J Boyle 0-1 each. Report J Forde 2-7 (0-4f, 1-0 pen, 0-1 65), J McGrath 1-2, M Kehoe 1-2, J Morris 0-3 (0-1f), M Breen, P Cadell, S Kennedy and A Flynn 0-2 each, S Callanan, B Maher, N McGrath, D McCormack, W Connors and P Flynn 0-1 each.

6 June 2021
Round 4
Galway 4-28 - 3-23 Waterford Pearse Stadium
Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)
J Canning 1-8 (4fs, 1 sl) B Concannon 2-2, C Whelan 0-6, E Niland 0-4 A Tuohey 1-0, C Cooney 0-3, C Mannion, S Loftus 0-2 each, D Burke 0-1. : Report Stephen Bennett 0-8 (6fs, 1sl), D Hutchinson 1-3, C Lyons 0-5, J Prendergast 1-2, Shane Bennett 1-1 N Montgomery, K Bennett, J Barron, P Curran all 0-1 each

Division 1 Group A Round 5Edit

13 June 2021
Round 5
Westmeath 0-18 - 3-26 Limerick TEG Cusack Park
Referee: C Mooney (Dublin)
N O'Brien 0-6 (5frees, 1 '65), C Doyle 0-3 (1free), D McNicholas, A Clarke and J Coll 0-2 each, C Boyle, A Cox and S Clavin 0-1 each. A Gillane 0-9 (5frees, 1 '65), S Flanagan 0-4, K Hayes 1-1, D O'Connell and P Ryan 1-0 each, T Morrissey 0-3, P Casey and B Murphy (1free) 0-2 each, B O'Grady, C Boylan, G Mulcahy, G Hegarty and R English 0-1 each.

13 June 2021
Round 5
Cork 2-23 - 3-25 Galway Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Referee: P O'Dwyer (Carlow)
P Horgan 0-11 (0-8f), J O’Connor 1-2, D Fitzgibbon 0-4, C Cahalane 1-1, S Kingston 0-2, M Coleman, R O’Flynn, B Hennessy 0-1 each. Report E Niland 0-8 (0-4f, 0-2 ’65) C Mannion 1-2, C Whelan, C Cooney 1-1 each, B Concannon 0-4, J Cooney 0-3, D Burke, P Mannion, F Burke, S Loftus, N Burke, J Flynn (0-1f) 0-1 each.

13 June 2021
Round 5
Waterford 2-29 - 3-21 Tipperary Walsh Park
Referee: J Owens (Wexford)
Stephen Bennett (0-15, 10 frees, 1 65); D Hutchinson (2-2); Shane Bennett, P Hogan (0-2 each); C Lyons, J Fagan, D Lyons, J Prendergast, C Kirwan, K Bennett, B Power, M Kiely (0-1 each). Report J Forde (1-5, 3 frees); N McGrath (1-2); S Callanan (1-1), R Maher (0-4, 1 65); A Flynn, J Morris (0-2); J McGrath, W Connors, M Breen, S Kennedy, B Maher (0-1 each).

Division 1 Group B TableEdit

  NHL final   Relegation play-off

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
  Kilkenny 5 4 0 1 6-129 7-98 28 8
  Wexford 5 3 1 1 8-102 5-97 13 7
  Clare 5 3 0 2 7-124 7-105 19 6
  Antrim 5 2 1 2 8-98 5-116 -9 5
  Dublin 5 2 0 3 4-115 3-116 2 4
  Laois 5 0 0 5 3-90 9-126 -54 0

Division 1 Group B Rounds 1 to 5Edit

Division 1 Group B Round 1Edit

8 May 2021
Round 1
Dublin 0-18 - 1-20 Kilkenny Parnell Park
D Burke 0-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), C Crummey 0-3, D Sutcliffe and D Treacy (0-2f) 0-2 each, E Dillon, D Keogh and C Boland 0-1 each. Report M Keoghan 1-4, TJ Reid 0-7 (0-6f, 0-1 65), J Bergin, J Donnelly and P Walsh 0-2 each, D Corcoran, C Buckley and A Murphy 0-1 each.

9 May 2021
Round 1
Antrim 1-21 - 0-22 Clare Corrigan Park
Referee: L Gordon (Galway)
C Clarke 1-11 (9f, 1 ‘65’), K Molloy, N McManus (2f) 0-3 each, C Cunning 0-2, E Campbell, C McCann 0-1 each. Report T Kelly 0-11 (7f, 1 ’65), D Reidy 0-3, D Ryan, S O’Donnell 0-2 each, C Malone, C Guilfoyle, A Shanagher, A McCarthy 0-1 each.

9 May 2021
Round 1
Wexford 4-17 - 0-10 Laois Chadwicks Wexford Park
Referee: T Walsh (Waterford)
M Dwyer 2-0, C Hearne 1-1, H Kehoe (0-1f) and L Chin (0-3f) 0-3 each, G Bailey, D O’Keeffe and S Donohoe 0-2 each, C Devitt, S Casey (0-1f), J O’Connor (0-1 65) and C Devitt 0-1 each. Report PJ Scully 0-6 (0-3f, 0-1 65), R King 0-2, J Kelly and P Purcell 0-1 each.

Division 1 Group B Round 2Edit

15 May 2021
Round 2
Laois 1-19 - 0-30 Dublin MW Hire O'Moore Park
Referee: P O'Dwyer (Carlow)
PJ Scully 0-6 (all frees), R King 0-6 (0-4 frees), C Dwyer 1-3 (0-1 sideline cut), P Purcell 0-2, E Rowland (free), C Collier 0-1 each. Report D Burke 0-18 (0-14 frees, 0-1 65), C Burke, A Dunphy 0-2 each, D Gray, D Keogh, E Dillon, R McBride, F Whitely, C Boland, P Crummey, S Moran 0-1 each,

16 May 2021
Round 2
Clare 1-21 - 2-19 Wexford Cusack Park
A McCarthy 1-8 (0-5f, 0-1 ’65, 1-0 pen), T Kelly (0-3f), C Malone, A Shanagher 0-3 each, S Meehan, M Rodgers, D Fitzgerald, I Galvin 0-1 each. Report L Chin 1-5 (0-4f), R O’Connor 0-6 (0-4f), S Donohoe 1-0, D Dunne 0-3, S Reck, G Bailey, C Flood, D O’Keeffe, L Óg McGovern 0-1 each.

16 May 2021
Round 2
Kilkenny 1-28 - 3-15 Antrim UPMC Nowlan Park
Referee: S Stack (Dublin)
A Murphy 0-13 (9 f); E Cody 1-1; J Bergin 0-4; A Mullen 0-3; C Browne, M Keoghan 0-2 each; J Donnelly, P Deegan, R Reid 0-1 each. Report C Clarke 1-3 (3 f); J McNaughton 0-6 (2f); C Cunning 1-1; N McManus 1-0; C McCann 0-2; M Bradley, G Walsh, N McKenna 0-1 each.

Division 1 Group B Round 3Edit

22 May 2021
Round 3
Dublin 1-26 - 1-18 Antrim Parnell Park
Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)
D Burke 0-7 (4f, 1 ’65), D Gray, D Sutliffe 0-3 each, R Hayes 1-0, C Boland, C Crummey, C Burke, J Hetherton 0-2 each, C O’Sullivan, S Moran, J Malone, P Crummey, D Keogh 0-1 each. Report N McManus 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), N McKenna 0-4, C Clarke (3f), J McNaughton (2f) 0-3 each, K Molloy, C Johnson 0-2 each, E Campbell 0-1.

23 May 2021
Round 3
Laois 1-17 - 2-27 Clare MW Hire O'Moore Park
Referee: P Murphy (Carlow)
PJ Scully 0-10 (8 frees, one 65), R King 1-2, P Purcell 0-2, J Ryan 0-1, C Stapleton 0-1, J Kelly 0-1 Report A McCarthy 0-13 (12 frees), M Rodgers 1-2, S O’Donnell 1-1, C Malone 0-4, I Galvin 0-2, D Ryan 0-2, J Conlon 0-1, J McCarthy 0-1, D Fitzgerald 0-1.

30 May 2021
Round 3
Kilkenny 2-27 - 0-23 Wexford UPMC Nowlan Park
Referee: C Lyons (Cork)
TJ Reid (1-18, 0-14 frees, 0-1 65m), B Ryan (1-4), A Murphy (0-3), P Deegan and E Cody (0-1 each). Report L Chin (0-13, 0-10 frees, 0-1 65), R O’Connor (0-4), A Nolan (0-2), Joe O’Connor, D O’Keeffe, C McDonald and S Murphy (0-1 each).

Division 1 Group B Round 4Edit

5 June 2021
Round 4
Antrim 1-21 - 2-18 Wexford Corrigan Park
Referee: P Murphy (Carlow)
J McNaughton (4f), C Cunning (6f, 1 65) 0-7 each, K Molloy 0-5, S Shannon 1-0, N McManus and C Johnston 0-1 each. Report L Chin 0-9 (8f), C McDonald, P Morris 1-1 each, L Og McGovern 0-2, M Fanning (1f), S Donohoe, A Nolan, R O’Connor, J O’Connor.

5 June 2021
Round 4
Dublin 2-23 - 0-34 Clare Parnell Park
Referee: C Cunning (Antrim)
D Burke 0-13 (9f), R Hayes 1-2, C Boland 1-1, D Sutcliffe, C Crummey 0-2 each, D Gray, M Schutte, E Dillon 0-1 each. Report T Kelly 0-20 (0-13f, 1 ‘65), A McCarthy 0-4, D Fitzgerald, S O’Donnell, M Rodgers 0-2 each, A Shanagher, D Reidy, D Ryan, C Malone 0-1 each. -

6 June 2021
Round 4
Kilkenny 1-29 - 0-22 Laois UPMC Nowlan Park
Referee: R McGann (Clare)
E Cody 0-11 (0-9 frees, 0-1 65), J Bergin 0-5, L Blanchfield 1-2, R Reid, A Mullen and C Fogarty 0-2 each, M Carey, J Donnelly, T O’Dwyer, M Keoghan and B Ryan 0-1 each. Report PJ Scully 0-11 (0-9 frees, 0-1 65), R King 0-3, J Kelly and P Purcell 0-2 each, S Maher, L Cleere and A Dunphy 0-1, E Rowland 0-1 free.

Division 1 Group B Round 5Edit

12 June 2021
Round 5
Clare 4-20 - 1-25 Kilkenny Cusack Park
Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)
T Kelly (2-5, 0-5fs), D Reidy (1-2), A Shanagher (1-1), D Ryan (0-3), A McCarthy (0-3), G Cooney (0-2), M Rodgers (0-1), D McInerney (0-1), S Golden (0-1), R Taylor (0-1). Report TJ Reid (0-9, 0-7fs, 0-2 65), E Cody (0-4), A Mullen (0-3), R Reid (0-3), B Ryan (0-2), R Leahy (0-1), W Walsh (0-1), D Blanchfield (0-1), A Murphy (0-1).

12 June 2021
Round 5
Antrim 2-23 - 1-22 Laois Corrigan Park
Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow)
C Cunning 0-9 (two frees, one 65), S Elliott 0-5, P Burke 1-1, N McCormack 1-0, E O’Neill 0-2, C Clarke 0-2, N McKenna 0-2, A O’Brien 0-1, E Campbell 0-1. Report PJ Scully 1-3 (three frees), J Kelly 0-5, R King 0-3 (two frees), A Dunphy 0-2, S Maher 0-2, W Dunphy 0-2, R Mullaney 0-2, C Collier 0-1, P Purcell 0-1, E Rowland 0-1 (one free).

12 June 2021
Round 5
Wexford 0-25 - 1-18 Dublin Chadwicks Wexford Park
L Chin (0-10, 7f), M Fanning (0-04, 4f); R O’Connor (0-03), P Morris (0-03); C McDonald (0-01), D O’Keefe (0-01), A Nolan (0-01), M Dwyer (0-01), C Devitt (0-01). Report D Burke (1-10, 1-00 pen, 9f); D Sutcliffe (0-02), C O’Callaghan (0-01); D Gray (0-01), C Boland (0-01), F Whitely for (0-01), J Malone (0-01), O O’Rourke (0-01, 1f).


Division 1 FinalEdit

If the two teams that won Divisions 1A and 1B (Galway and Kilkenny respectively) had met in the 2021 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, this would have doubled as the league final. This did not happen so both teams were declared as joint winners.[11]


NHL Final
Galway Not Played Kilkenny

Division 1 Relegation Play-OffEdit

The bottom teams in the two Division 1 groups met in a play-off with the losers (Westmeath) relegated to Division 2A.

24 July 2021
19:30 IST (UTC+1)
Westmeath 0-27 - 1-27 Laois O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Referee: Patrick Murphy (Carlow)
Killian Doyle 0-11 (0-8f), Niall O’Brien 0-7, Derek McNicholas 0-3, Ciaran Doyle 0-2, Niall Mitchell 0-1, Joey Boyle 0-1, Aaron Craig 0-1, Kevin Regan 0-1 Report PJ Scully 0-17 (0-11f, 0-3 ’65), Ross King 1-2, Charles Dwyer 0-3, Willie Dunphy 0-2, Jack Kelly 0-2, Paddy Purcell 0-1

Division 1 scoring statisticsEdit

Top scorers overall
Rank Player Team Tally Total Matches Average
1 Donal Burke Dublin 1-55 58 5 11.60
2 P. J. Scully Laois 1-53 56 6 9.33
3 Jason Forde Tipperary 4-41 53 5 10.60
4 Patrick Horgan Cork 3-42 51 5 10.20
5 Stephen Bennett Waterford 1-43 46 4 11.50
6 Tony Kelly Clare 2-39 45 4 11.25
7 Lee Chin Wexford 1-40 43 5 8.60
8 Evan Niland Galway 0-42 42 5 8.40
9 T. J. Reid Kilkenny 1-34 37 3 12.33
10 Aaron Gillane Limerick 0-34 34 4 8.50
Top scorers in a single game
Rank Player Team Tally Total Opposition
1 T. J. Reid Kilkenny 1-18 21 Wexford
2 Tony Kelly Clare 0-20 20 Dublin
3 Donal Burke Dublin 0-18 18 Laois
4 P. J. Scully Laois 0-17 17 Westmeath
5 Stephen Bennett Waterford 0-15 15 Tipperary
Stephen Bennett Waterford 1-12 15 Cork
7 Ciarán Clarke Antrim 1-11 14 Clare
Jason Forde Tipperary 0-14 14 Limerick
Evan Niland Galway 0-14 14 Limerick
10 Jason Forde Tipperary 2-07 13 Westmeath
Donal Burke Dublin 1-10 13 Wexford
Evan Niland Galway 0-13 13 Westmeath
Lee Chin Wexford 0-13 13 Kilkenny
Aidan McCarthy Clare 0-13 13 Laois
Alan Murphy Kilkenny 0-13 13 Antrim
Donal Burke Dublin 0-13 13 Clare

Division 2AEdit

Locations of the 2021 NHL Division 2A teams.

Division 2A TableEdit

  Division champions, promoted to Division 1   Automatic relegation to Division 2B

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
  Offaly (C, P) 5 5 0 0 13-135 5-68 91 10
  Carlow 5 3 0 2 15-107 5-93 44 6
  Down 5 3 0 2 11-107 12-89 15 6
  Kerry 5 3 0 2 9-99 6-113 -5 6
  Meath 5 1 0 4 3-84 13-111 -57 2
  Wicklow (R) 5 0 0 5 1-69 11-127 -83 0

Division 2A Rounds 1 to 5Edit

Division 2A Round 1Edit

9 May 2021
Round 1
Kerry 4-18 - 0-19 Down Austin Stack Park
Referee: P Murphy (Carlow)
S Nolan ( 1-6, 3 ’65s, 2 fs), M O’Connor (2-0), F O’Sullivan (1-1), D Collins (0-4), M Boyle (0-2), B O’Mahony, F Mackessy, P O’Connor, M Leane and D Hunt (0-1 each). Report P Sheehan (0-11, 7fs, 3 ’65), R Costello and Tim Prenter (0-2 each), L Savage, D Hughes, E Sands and P J Davidson (0-1 each).

9 May 2021
Round 1
Meath 3-09 - 3-25 Offaly Páirc Tailteann
P O’Hanrahan (0-4, three frees); J McGowan (1-0), M O’Sullivan (1-0), A Douglas (0-2); A Gannon (0-1), J Regan (0-1), G McGowan (0-1). Report E Cahill (0-12, eight frees, two sidelines), L Langton (0-5), S Kinsella (1-0), A Hynes (1-0), O Kelly (1-0), B Duignan (0-2); L Fox (0-1, free), R Ravenhill (0-1); B Watkins (0-1), B Conneely (0-1), S Dooley (0-1, one free), J Sampson (0-1).

9 May 2021
Round 1
Carlow 3-19 - 0-17 Wicklow Netwatch Cullen Park
M Kavanagh (2-9, 0-8 frees), R Smithers (1-0); C Wall (0-3); C Nolan (0-3, 1 free), J Kavanagh (0-2), JM Nolan (0-2). Report C Moorehouse (0-8 frees), A O’Brien (0-3), M Boland (0-2), D Staunton (0-2, 1 free), E McCormack (0-1), M Lee (0-1).

Division 2A Round 2Edit

15 May 2021
Round 2
Wicklow 0-11 - 0-20 Meath Aughrim County Ground
Referee: T Gleeson (Waterford)
C Moorehouse 0-5 frees; A O'Brien 0-2 one free; E McCormack 0-1; L Evans 0-1; W Kinsella 0-1; D Staunton 0-1. Report J Regan 0-6 five frees; P O'Hanrahan 0-4 three frees; G McGowan 0-3; A Gannon 0-2; M O'Sullivan 0-2; P Conneely 0-1; A Douglas 0-1; J Kelly 0-1.

16 May 2021
Round 2
Down 3-20 - 3-18 Carlow McKenna Park
P Sheehan (1-9, 0-8 frees), C Woods (2-0, 1-0 pen, 1-0 free), C Egan (0-2), P Óg McCrickard (0-2), D Hughes (0-2), D Sands (0-2), C Taggart, O MacManus, L Savage (0-1 each) Report M Kavanagh (0-12, 0-10 frees), J Nolan (2-2), C Nolan (1-2), J Kavanagh (0-2).

16 May 2021
Round 2
Offaly 2-28 - 0-13 Kerry Bord na Móna O'Connor Park
L Langton (1-6), E Cahill (0-8, 3F, 1 "65"), B Duignan (0-5); O Kelly (0-2), J Murphy (0-2), S Kinsella (0-1), P Guinan (0-1), K Sampson (0-1); L Fox (0-1), D Nally (0-1). Report S Nolan (0-4, 3f, 1 "65"), P Boyle (0-4), J Diggins (0-1), M Leane (0-1); C Walsh (0-1), E Leen (0-1), F O’Sullivan (0-1).

Division 2A Round 3Edit

23 May 2021
Round 3
Kerry 1-24 - 0-24 Meath Austin Stack Park
S Conway (0-11, 8 f’s, 1’65), S Nolan (1-2) B O’Leary (0-4, 1s/l), D Collins (0-3), M O’Connor (0-2), P O’Connor and M Boyle ( 0-1 each). J Regan ( 0-12, 9 f’s), J Toher (0-3), J Kelly, D Reilly, D McGowan, G McGowan, P Connelly, E O Donnchadha, S Morris, D Healy and M O’Sullivan ( 0-1 each).

23 May 2021
Round 3
Carlow 1-17 - 2-25 Offaly Netwatch Cullen Park
Referee: T Gleeson (Carlow)
M Kavanagh 0-13 (8f and 3 '65s'), JM Nolan 1-0, K McDonald, C Wall, C Nolan and P Coady 0-1 each. Report E Cahill (1-12, 9F), O Kelly (1-4), L Langton (0-4), B Duignan (0-1); L Fox (0-1), S Kinsella (0-1), A Treacy (0-1), J Murphy (0-1).

23 May 2021
Round 3
Wicklow 0-14 - 3-26 Down Aughrim County Ground
Referee: C Mooney (Dublin)
A O’Brien (0-7, 4f, 2 65), C Moorehouse (0-3, 1f), E Kearns (0-2), D Staunton (0-1); M Lee (0-1). Report P Sheehan (0-11, 9f), E Sands (2-1), O McManus (1-3, 1f), D Sands (0-3), M Fisher (0-2), C Woods (0-1f), L Savage (0-1); P Óg McCrickard (0-1); T Prenter (0-1), PJ Davidson (0-1), J Doran (0-1).

Division 2A Round 4Edit

05 June 2021
Round 4
Kerry 4-30 - 1-17 Wicklow Austin Stack Park
Referee: K Jordan (Tipperary)
S Conway ( 1-13, 8 f’s, 1’65), M Boyle ( 2-3), C Hussey ( 0-4), N Guerin ( 1-0), S Nolan ( 0-3), P Boyle ( 0-2), T O’Connor, D Collins, M Leane, J Diggins and C Walsh ( 0-1 each). Report C Moorehouse (0-13, 10’s), G Hughes (1-1), M Lee (0-2), D Stanton (0-1free).

06 June 2021
Round 0:17
Meath 0-17 - 5-28 Carlow Páirc Tailteann
Referee: R Fitzsimons (Offaly)
J Regan 0-5 four frees; P O'Hanrahan 0-4; K Keoghan 0-2; A Douglas 0-2; J Kelly 0-1; A Gannon 0-1; M O'Sullivan 0-1; E O Donnchadha 0-1. Report M Kavanagh 1-12, eight frees, two '65s'; K McDonnell 2-0; JM Nolan 1-3; C Nolan 1-5; G Coady 0-1; R Coady 0-1; T Joyce 0-1; J Doyle 0-1; J Nolan 0-1; C Wall 0-1; P Coady 0-1; T Lawlor 0-1.

06 June 2021
Round 4
Offaly 5-25 - 1-19 Down St. Brendan's Park
Referee: S Hynes (Galway)
E Cahill 1-11 (4f, 1-0 pen, 0-2 '65), L Langton 2-3, B Duignan 1-0, O Kelly 1-0, J Sampson 0-3, K Sampson 0-1, L Fox 0-1, A Treacy (f) 0-1 each, J Murphy 0-3, D Nally 0-1, S Dooley 0-1. Report P Sheehan 1-5 (1-0 pen, 3f, 0-1 '65), E Sands 0-3, R Costello 0-4, R McCusker 0-1, D Hughes 0-1, P McCrickard 0-1, O McManus 0-4 (3f).

Division 2A Round 5Edit

13 June 2021
Round 5
Down 4-23 - 0-14 Meath McKenna Park

13 June 2021
Round 5
Carlow 3-25 - 0-14 Kerry Netwatch Cullen Park
Referee: N Wall (Cork)
M Kavanagh 1-14 (12f, 1 ‘65), J M Nolan 1-3, C Nolan 1-1, Jon Nolan, K McDonald 0-2 each, J Doyle, T Joyce, G Lawlor 0-1 each. Report P Boyle, S Conway 0-4 (4f) each, M Boyle, C O’Keeffe 0-2 each, B Murphy (line ball), E Ross 0-1 each.

13 June 2021
Round 5
Wicklow 0-10 - 1-32 Offaly Baltinglass
Referee: D Hughes (Kilkenny)
D Staunton (1f), A O'Brien and J Doyle 0-2 each, G Byrne, E Kearns, M Lee and C Moorehouse (f) 0-1 each. Report S Dooley 0-17 (13f and 1 “65”), J Murphy 1-3, L O'Connor 0-5, A Treacy 0-2, J Keenaghan, C Langton, D Egan, A Cleary and A Maher 0-1 each.


Division 2A scoring statisticsEdit

Top scorers overall
Rank Player Club Tally Total Matches Average
1 Marty Kavanagh Carlow 4-60 72 5 14.40
2 Eoghan Cahill Offaly 2-43 49 4 12.25
3 Paul Sheehan Down 2-36 42 4 10.50
4 Shane Conway Kerry 1-28 31 3 10.33
5 Christy Moorehouse Wicklow 0-30 30 5 6.00
6 Liam Langton Offaly 3-18 27 4 6.75
7 John Michael Nolan Carlow 5-10 25 5 5.00
8 Jack Regan Meath 0-24 24 4 6.00
9 Chris Nolan Carlow 3-12 21 5 4.25
Shane Nolan Kerry 2-15 21 5 4.20
Top scorers in a single game
Rank Player Team Tally Total Opposition
1 Marty Kavanagh Carlow 1-14 17 Kerry
Shane Dooley Offaly 0-17 17 Wicklow
2 Shane Conway Kerry 1-13 16 Wicklow
3 Marty Kavanagh Carlow 2-09 15 Wicklow
Eoghan Cahill Offaly 1-12 15 Carlow
Marty Kavanagh Carlow 1-12 15 Meath
4 Eoghan Cahill Offaly 1-11 14 Down
5 Marty Kavanagh Carlow 0-13 13 Offaly
Christy Moorehouse Wicklow 0-13 13 Kerry
6 Paul Sheehan Down 1-09 12 Carlow
Marty Kavanagh Carlow 0-12 12 Down
Jack Regan Meath 0-12 12 Kerry
Eoghan Cahill Offaly 0-12 12 Meath

Division 2BEdit

Locations of the 2021 NHL Division 2B teams.

Division 2B TableEdit

  Division champions, promoted to Division 2A   Relegation to Division 3A

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
  Kildare 4 4 0 0 15-95 2-57 77 8
  Derry 4 2 0 2 6-78 8-73 -1 4
  Donegal 4 2 0 2 8-66 8-75 -9 4
  Mayo 4 2 0 2 2-73 8-67 -12 4
  Roscommon 4 0 0 4 2-44 7-84 -55 0
  • London are not competing for 2021. They will be in Division 2B in 2022.

Division 2B Rounds 1 to 5Edit

Division 2B Round 1Edit

9 May 2021
Round 1
Donegal 1-13 - 1-11 Roscommon O'Donnell Park
D Coulter 0-9, R McDermott 1-1, G Gilmore 0-2, N Cleary 0-1. Report C Dolan 1-5, C Kenny 0-3, G Egan 0-1, C Mulry 0-1, O Kelly 0-1.

9 May 2021
Round 1
Mayo 0-21 - 1-16 Derry Elvery's McHale Park
S Boland (0-8, 6f), C Freeman (0-3), K Higgins (0-3, 1f), A Phillips (0-2), S Regan (0-2); B Hunt (0-2), J Cassidy (0-1). Report C O’Doherty (0-11, 9f, 1 ’65’), N Ferris (1-2), P Cleary (0-1), G Bradley (0-1), B Cassidy (0-1).

Division 2B Round 2Edit

15 May 2021
Round 2
Kildare 4-29 - 0-14 Donegal St. Conleth's Park
B Byrne 0-11 (7f, 2 ’65’), J Burke 2-1 (1-0 pen); J Byrne 1-3, C Dowling 1-1 (0-1f), P Divilly 0-3; C Smith 0-3, K Aherne 0-3, S Whelan 0-2, D Flaherty 0-1, C Kielty 0-1. Report D Coulter 0-7 (7f), D Cullen 0-3, C Mathewson 0-3 (3f); N Cleary 0-1.

15 May 2021
Round 2
Roscommon 1-09 - 1-20 Mayo Dr. Hyde Park
C Dolan (0-5, 0-3f), J Lohan (1-0), O Coyle (0-1), E Costello (0-1), A Finnerty (0-1), S Naughton (0-1). Report K Higgins (1-5, 0-3 65’, 0-1f), S Boland (0-4, 0-3f), C Freeman (0-3), P McCrann (0-2f), C Scahill (0-2), B Morley (0-1), G Kelly (0-1f), K Kiely (0-1), A Phillips (0-1).

Division 2B Round 3Edit

23 May 2021
Round 3
Donegal 4-18 - 0-13 Mayo O'Donnell Park
D Coulter 2-8, R Ryan 1-2, B Lafferty 0-4, R McDermott 1-0, R Campbell 0-2, D Cullen 0-1, S McVeigh 0-1. Report S Boland 0-4, A Phillips 0-2, C Freeman 0-1, E Delaney 0-1, C Scahill 0-1, B Morley 0-1, B Hunt 0-1, M Phillips 0-1, C Phillips 0-1.

23 May 2021
Round 3
Kildare 5-17 - 1-14 Derry Manguard Plus Hawkfield
J Byrne 3-4; J Burke 1-1, C Dowling 1-0, P Divilly 0-3; B Byrne 0-3, J Sheridan 0-2, T Forde 0-1, D Slattery 0-1, S Ryan 0-1, C Chan 0-1. Report B Cassidy 1-7, C O’Doherty 0-4, S McGuigan 0-1, J Mullan 0-1, S Cassidy 0-1.

Division 2B Round 4Edit

06 June 2021
Round 4
Derry 3-22 - 3-21 Donegal Celtic Park
C O’Doherty 0-13 (10f, 1 ‘65’), B Cassidy 1-2, S McGuigan 1-1, J Mullan 1-1, R Mullan 0-3, G Bradley and O McKeever 0-1 each. Report D Coulter 0-10 (2 ‘65’, 7f), C Matthewson 1-4, R McDermott 1-2, G Gilmore 1-1, R Ryan 0-2, C O’Grady and D Cullen 0-1 each.

06 June 2021
Round 4
Roscommon 0-10 - 4-25 Kildare Dr. Hyde Park
C Dolan 0-5 (4f), B McGahon 0-2, C Kenny 0-1, P Dolan 0-1, P Kellehan 0-1. Report J Sheridan 2-5 (1-0f, 0-1 s/line), D Slattery 2-1, P Divilly 0-5; B Byrne 0-3, K Aherne 0-2, G Keegan 0-2, J Burke 0-2, C Dowling 0-2, S Leacy 0-1; J Byrne 0-1; S Christanseen 0-1.

Division 2B Round 5Edit

12 June 2021
Round 5
Derry 1-26 - 0-14 Roscommon Celtic Park
C O’Doherty (0-7, 4f, 1 65), G Bradley (1-2), J Mullan (0-5), O McKeever (0-4), S McGuigan (0-3), D Foley (0-2, 1f), M McGuigan (0-1), R Mullan (0-1), S Cassidy (0-1). Report C Dolan (0-10, 2f, 1 65), E Costello (0-2), C Kenny (0-1).

12 June 2021
Round 5
Mayo 1-19 - 2-24 Kildare Elvery's MacHale Park
K Higgins 0-8, S Regan 1-3, C Freeman 0-3, A Phillips 0-1, S Boland 0-1, C Scahill 0-1, P McCrann 0-1, J Cassidy 0-1. Report J Sheridan 0-9, D Slattery 1-2, J Burke 0-5, C Dowling 1-1, C McCabe 0-2, J Byrne 0-2, P Divilly 0-1, S Ryan 0-1, K Whelan 0-1.


Division 2B scoring statisticsEdit

Top scorers overall
Rank Player Club Tally Total Matches Average
1 Declan Coulter Donegal 2-34 40 4 10.00
2 Cormac O'Doherty Derry 0-35 35 4 8.75
3 Cathal Dolan Roscommon 1-25 28 4 7.00
4 Johnny Byrne Kildare 4-10 22 4 5.50
Jack Sheridan Kildare 2-16 22 3 7.33
5 Keith Higgins Mayo 1-16 19 3 6.33
6 James Burke Kildare 3-09 18 4 4.50
7 Brian Byrne Kildare 0-17 17 4 4.25
Shane Boland Mayo 0-17 17 4 4.25
8 Brian Cassidy Derry 2-10 16 3 5.33
Top scorers in a single game
Rank Player Team Tally Total Opposition
1 Declan Coulter Donegal 2-08 14 Mayo
2 Johnny Byrne Kildare 3-04 13 Derry
Cormac O'Doherty Derry 0-13 13 Donegal
3 Jack Sheridan Kildare 2-05 11 Roscommon
Cormac O'Doherty Derry 0-11 11 Mayo
Brian Byrne Kildare 0-11 11 Donegal
4 Brian Cassidy Derry 1-07 10 Kildare
Declan Coulter Donegal 0-10 10 Derry
Cathal Dolan Roscommon 0-10 8 Derry
5 Declan Coulter Donegal 0-09 9 Roscommon
Jack Sheridan Kildare 0-09 9 Mayo

Division 3AEdit

Locations of the 2021 NHL Division 3A teams.

Division 3A TableEdit

  Division champions, automatic promotion to Division 2B   Automatic relegation to Division 3B

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
  Sligo 4 4 0 0 8-86 3-69 32 8
  Armagh 4 3 0 1 5-91 6-73 15 6
  Tyrone 4 1 1 2 5-79 6-78 -2 3
  Monaghan 4 1 0 3 5-67 5-86 -19 2
  Longford 4 0 1 3 7-69 10-86 -26 1
  • Warwickshire are not competing for 2021. They will be in Division 3A in 2022.

Division 3A Rounds 1 to 5Edit

Division 3A Round 1Edit

16 May 2021
Round 1
Armagh 2-21 - 0-15 Longford Athletic Grounds
F Donnelly (0-11), S Keenan (1-2), D Magee (1-1), E McGuinness (0-2), P McBride (0-2), A Fox (0-2), J Shortt (0-1). J O'Brien (0-9), S Creaven (0-3), R Murray (0-1), C Mullane (0-1), D Buckley (0-1).

16 May 2021
Round 1
Tyrone 1-25 - 2-13 Monaghan Healy Park
D Casey (1-16), B McGurk (0-2); T Morgan (0-2), CJ McGourty (0-2), L Armstrong (0-1), SP McKernan (0-1), R Weir (0-1). S Lambe (2-2), F Rafter (0-6), M Treanor (0-1); N Garland (0-1), H Byrne (0-1); S Slevin (0-1), P McGahon (0-1).

Division 3A Round 2Edit

22 May 2021
Round 2
Longford 2-22 - 2-22 Tyrone Glennon Brothers Pearse Park
C Mullane (2-3), J O'Brien (0-8), D Buckley (0-5), S Creaven (0-2), M Coyle (0-1), L Kelly (0-1); P Barden Jnr (0-1), C Kavanagh (0-1). CJ McGourty (2-4), D Casey (0-9), T Morgan (0-4), M Little (0-2), L Devlin (0-1), B McGurk (0-1); D Grogan (0-1);

22 May 2021
Round 2
Sligo 2-24 - 1-18 Armagh Markievicz Park
G O'Kelly-Lynch (1-11), J McHugh (1-3), T Cawley (0-3), T O'Kelly-Lynch (0-2); C Hannify (0-2); K Banks (0-1), R McHugh (0-1), F Moylan (0-1). F Donnelly (0-13), M McClatchey (1-0), E McGuinness (0-2), P McKearney (0-1); O Curry (0-1); D Magee (0-1).

Division 3A Round 3Edit

29 May 2021
Round 3
Sligo 5-23 - 2-19 Longford Markievicz Park
G O'Kelly-Lynch (3-9), J McHugh (1-2); T Cawley (1-2), T O'Kelly-Lynch (0-3); M Munnelly (0-2), K Banks (0-2), F Cawley (0-1), F Moylan (0-1), E Comerford (0-1). J O'Brien (0-11), D Buckley (0-3), J Mulhern (1-0), M Coyle (1-0), S Creaven (0-2), D Sheedy (0-1); E Naughton (0-1), E Tully (0-1).

30 May 2021
Round 3
Monaghan 2-15 - 1-27 Armagh Grattan Park
F Donnelly 0-10, E McGuinness 1-1, P McKearney 0-4, D Magee 0-3, P McBride 0-2, S McKearney 0-2, O Curry 0-2, T O’Neill 0-1, A Fox 0-1, C Clifford 0-1.

Division 3A Round 4Edit

12 June 2021
Round 4
Longford 3-13 - 1-20 Monaghan Glennon Brothers Pearse Park

12 June 2021
Round 4
Tyrone 0-13 - 1-18 Sligo Healy Park

Division 3A Round 5Edit

19 June 2021
Round 5
Armagh 1-25 - 2-19 Tyrone Athletic Grounds

19 June 2021
Round 5
Monaghan 0-19 - 0-21 Sligo Inniskeen


Division 3BEdit

Locations of the 2021 NHL Division 3B teams.

Division 3B TableEdit

  Division champions, promoted to Division 3A

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
  Louth 3 3 0 0 4-51 4-39 12 6
  Cavan 3 1 1 1 4-51 3-52 2 3
  Fermanagh 3 1 1 1 3-50 5-46 -2 3
  Leitrim 3 0 0 3 4-40 3-55 -12 0
  • Lancashire are not competing for 2021. They will be in Division 3B in 2022.

Division 3B Rounds 1 to 3Edit

Division 3B Round 1Edit

16 May 2021
Round 1
Cavan 1-19 - 2-16 Fermanagh Kingspan Breffni Park

16 May 2021
Round 1
Leitrim 2-12 - 1-16 Louth Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada

Division 3B Round 2Edit

23 May 2021
Round 2
Louth 0-19 - 2-12 Cavan Darver

23 May 2021
Round 2
Fermanagh 1-19 - 1-11 Leitrim Brewster Park

Division 3B Round 3Edit

06 June 2021
Round 3
Louth 3-16 - 0-15 Fermanagh Darver

06 June 2021
Round 3
Leitrim 1-17 - 1-20 Cavan Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada

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