The draws for the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifiers took place on Sunday evening and the three Munster counties involved can look forward to home advantage. On Saturday July 5th, Waterford will play Antrim in Round 2 at a Waterford venue. In Round 3 scheduled for Saturday July 12th, Cork will take on Dublin at a Cork venue while Limerick host Offaly at a Limerick venue.
Cork and Tipperary will contest the 2008 ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final on July 13th after semi-final victories over Waterford and Clare respectively.
Cork 4-13 Waterford 1-6 – Cork came from a point down at the interval to totally dominate the second half and secure victory over Waterford at Walsh Park.
Tipperary 2-12 Clare 1-10 – A goal in each half by wing-forward Paddy Murphy helped Tipperary to a five point victory over Clare at Semple Stadium. Match Report
Kerry defeated Cork by 1-11 to 1-9 to capture the Munster Junior Football Championship title at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Wednesday evening. Kerry led by 1-4 to 0-3 at the interval thanks to a goal from Alan O’Sullivan. Kerry extended their lead to six points after 40 minutes before a penalty goal from David Goold brought Cork back within reach but the Kingdom held out for a two point victory.
Limerick vs. Clare
Clare 4-12 Limerick 1-16 – Goals by Pat Vaughan, Jonathan Clancy, Barry Nugent and Diarmuid McMahon helped Clare to qualify for the Munster Senior Hurling Final for the first time since 1999. Clare led by 2-7 to 0-6 at the interval.
Limerick defeated Clare by 1-16 to 0-15 in the semi-final of the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship. The all important score came midway through the second half thanks to a goal by Limerick wing-forward David Moloney. Match Report
Kerry vs. Clare – Kerry take on Clare at 1:45pm in the Munster Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.
KERRY (JFC vs. Clare): Seán Óg Ó Ciardubháin (Cordal); Kieran Quirke (Duagh), Wayne Sullivan (Skellig Rangers), Colin O’Mahony (Ballydonoghue); Fergal Griffin (Glenbeigh / Glencar), Fergal McAuliffe (Gneeveguilla), Jeremy King (Beale); Anthony Maher (Duagh), Andrew Garnet (Spa); Alan O’Sullivan (Tuosist), John Paul Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), Mike O’Donoghue (Spa); Paddy Curran (Waterville), Niall Fleming (Ballydesmond), Conor Daly (Churchill)
Subs: Micheal Moriarty (Beaufort), Aaron Cahillane (Keel), Daniel Doyle (Churchill), John Paul Leahy (Ballyduff), Niall Óg Horgan (Beale), Eddie Mangan (Ballylongford), Niall Mahony (Spa), Declan O’Sullivan (Lispole), Pa McCarthy (Currow)
Cork vs. Limerick – Cork will play Limerick at 1:45pm in the Munster Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.
CORK (JFC V Limerick): P White (Newcestown); M Prout (Shamrocks), R Carey (Clyda Rovers), P Gayer (Castlemagner); R O’Sullivan (Kinsale), S Fox (Mitchelstown), S Kiely (Macroom); E Lyons (Canovee), N O’Riordan (Glenville); H Curran (Newcestown), C Keane (do), P O’Flynn (Ballyclough); T Twomey (Newcestown), BJ O’Sullivan (Adrigole), D Goold (Macroom).
Subs: L Barry (Donoughmore), J O’Donovan (Bandon), M O’Driscoll (Clann na nGael), J Healy (Ballydesmond), M O’Brien (Clyda Rovers), M Murphy (Ballinora), D Lowney (Garnish), D O’Donovan (Kilmacabea), G White (Ballygarvan)
Cork and Tipperary will contest the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday next June 8th at 2:15pm.
A limited number of Terrace Tickets for this game will be on Sale on Sunday next from 11:00am at Kiosk’s situated at Maryville (by the Venue Bar), Centre Park Road and Monahan Road.
CORK (SH v Tipperary): D Óg Cusack; S O’Neill, D O’Sullivan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S Óg Ó hAilpín; J O’Connor, T Kenny; B O’Connor, K Canty, T McCarthy; P O’Sullivan, P Cronin, C Naughton.
TIPPERARY (SH vs. Cork): Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange); Eamonn Buckley (Drom & Inch), Paul Curran (Mullinahone), Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty); Eamon Corcoran (JK Brackens), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Shane Maher (Burgess); James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch); Seamus Butler (Drom & Inch), Seamus Callinan (Drom & Inch), Ryan O’Dwyer (Cashel King Cormacs); Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields), Willie Ryan (Toomevara)
Cork and Tipperary have met 76 times in the championship (including two All-Ireland qualifiers) with Cork leading 36-33 while there have been seven draws. That really is remarkably close between these great rivals who rarely serve up a disappointing game. Tipperary beat Cork by a point in last year’s All-Ireland qualifiers, having lost the previous five contests, stretching back to 1992. Tipperary’s last Munster championship win over Cork was in 1991 when they won a final replay.
Tipperary have a poor ‘away’ record against Cork, having failed to win on Leeside since 1922 when they won a semi-final clash by 6-2 to 3-2. The closest they came to a win in Cork since then was in 1991 when they drew the Munster final in Pairc Ui Chaoimh before winning the replay in Thurles. Cork are in pursuit of their fifth Munster title this decade, having previously won in 2000-2003-2005-2006 while Tipperary’s last provincial title success was in 2001.
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2007 – Tipperary 2-16 Cork 1-18 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2006 – Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-14 (Munster final)
2005 – Cork 1-21 Tipperary 1-16 (Munster final)
2004 – Cork 2-19 Tipperary 1-16 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2000 – Cork 0-23 Tipperary 3-12 (Munster final)
Cork 4, Tipperary 1.
LAST CLASH: 2007 ALL-IRELAND QUALIFIERS
Tipperary 2-16 Cork 1-18, Thurles (July 14)
Cork led by 0-7 to 0-2 after 15 minutes but Tipperary battled back and were only a point adrift at half-time. A productive spell by Tipperary in the second half saw them open up a six point lead but Cork battled back before eventually coming up a point short after a truly absorbing contest. Willie Ryan scored 2-3 (2-0 from open play) for Tipperary while Neil Ronan (1-2) and J Deane (0-5, 0-4 frees) were Cork’s top scorers.
Tipperary: Gerry Kennedy; Eamonn Buckley, Declan Fanning, Alan Byrne; Eamonn Corcoran, Conor O’Mahony, Shane Maher; Hugh Maloney (0-2), Seamus Butler (0-2); Darragh Hickey (0-1), Benny Dunne (0-3), Francis Devaney; Lar Corbett (0-3), Michael Webster, Willie Ryan (2-3).
Subs: John Carroll (0-1) for Devaney; Darragh Egan (0-1) for Webster; Shane McGrath for Hickey, Pa Bourke for Ryan.
Cork: Donal Og Cusack; Shane Murphy, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Cian O’Connor; John Gardiner, Ronan Curran, Sean Og O hAilpin; Kevin Hartnett (0-2), Jerry O’Connor (0-3); Kieran Murphy (Erin’s Own) (0-2), Ben O’Connor (0-1), Pa Cronin (0-2); Neil Ronan (1-2), Kieran Murphy (Sarsfields) (0-1), Joe Deane (0-5)
Subs: Brian Murphy for Cian O’Connor; Tom Kenny for Kieran Murphy (Erin’s Own, Timmy McCarthy for Hartnett, Cathal Naughton for Kieran Murphy (Sarsfields).
Tipperary will play Cork at 2:00pm in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.
TIPPERARY (MH vs. Cork) – Bill McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields); Liam Butler (Moyne-Templetuohy), Kevin O’Gorman (Thurles Sarsfields), Ciaran Haugh (Lorrha-Dorrha), James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney – Captain); Ruari Gleeson (Kildangan), Joe Gallagher (Kildangan); Kieran Murphy (Killenaule), Thomas Butler (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Eire Og); John O’Neill (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Kieran Morris (Moycarkey-Borris)
Cork will play Tipperary in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday next June 8th at 12:15pm.
TIPPERARY (IH vs. Cork): Matthew Ryan (Templederry Kenyons); Lee Mackey (Carrick Davins), Michael Costello (Drom & Inch), Michael Phelan (Ballybacon-Grange); Evan Hanley (Lattin-Cullen), Jim Bob McCarthy (Golden-Kilfeacle), John Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields); Timmy Minogue (Templederry Kenyons), Michael Harding (Golden-Kilfeacle); Noel Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha – Captain), Cathal Dillon (Aherlow), Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons); Jody Ryan (Sean Treacys), David Morrissey (Galtee Rovers), Patrick Maher (Lorrha)