Tipperary defeated Cork by 2-21 to 1-12 in the replay of the Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday at Semple Stadium Thurles.
O’Dwyer the destroyer as Tipp blow Rebels away
Tipperary 2-21 Cork 1-12
By Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Thursday, July 02, 2009
TIPPERARY made no mistake at the second attempt, handing out a 12-point drubbing to defending champions Cork in the Munster ESB MHC semi-final replay at Thurles last night. Far superior in the skills and pace of the game, the Premier County led almost from the throw-in when John O’Dwyer opened their account with a point, and, hurling with supreme confidence throughout the field, had their place in the final against Waterford well and truly secured long before the final whistle. The winners had a number of outstanding players, particularly wing forward O’Dwyer, who finished with 10 points to add to the 2-7 he scored in the drawn game last week.
Brian Stapleton was named at midfield, but lined out at centre-back where he was magnificent, ably assisted in defence by full-back Liam Butler and wing back Willie Ryan. Their forwards were extremely sharp and apart from O’Dwyer and David Collins, substitutes David Butler and Michael O’Brien did their chances of playing in the final no harm at all. Cork were a huge disappointment. Their first touch was dreadful, and they were severely punished for conceding far too many frees to a player of O’Dwyer’s calibre. Surprisingly, Brian Hartnett, who scored 2-1 when introduced in the drawn game, wasn’t in from the start and a Cork attack that lacked scoring forwards, was always second best. Only full-back Darragh Rodgers, David Drake, Jamie Coughlan and Eoin O’Sullivan came out of this game with their reputations intact.
Tipperary opted to play with five forwards in the opening half, pulling corner forward Eanna Murray out as a third midfielder, and it had the desired effect in giving the home side a distinct advantage around the middle. O’Dwyer picked up where he had left off in the drawn game, scoring two points in the opening four minutes before Cork moved corner-back Roger Ryan out in an effort to contain him. It mattered little, however, as the Killenaule youngster was clearly on his game again, and he knocked over three unanswered points to help his side to an 0-6 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes, and Cork looked in serious trouble.
However, the defending champions settled after the early flurry of Tipp scores and with Rodgers rock solid at full-back and John Dineen, a late call up, doing well at wing forward, Cork hit back with three unanswered points and it was very much game on. TIPP’S midfield numerical advantage was clearly a factor, resulting in enormous pressure on the Cork defence. Only a superb save by goalkeeper Tomás Hogan denied Sean Curran a goal from 10 yards out after David Collins set him up. It was just a temporary respite, however, and the lively Tipp attack came again and this time Collins delivered the goal from Denis Maher’s well struck sideline cut. Collins sparkled at corner-forward and gave his marker a torrid time. David Drake raised Cork hopes of a recovery with two excellent long-range points from frees, but the hugely talented O’Dwyer did the same for Tipp and at the break, the home side led comfortably, 1-11 to 0-8.
A Drake point seconds after the resumption raised Cork’s hopes and they were enhanced when Eoin O’Sullivan touched home Jamie Coughlan’s cross for a goal. However, they were unable to build on that score as the Tipp defence put up the shutters. Tipp cancelled out that score almost immediately with a goal from substitute David Butler, and that ended Cork’s hopes. Down eight points, Cork came looking for scores by moving full-back Rodgers out to centre half. However, that move left them vulnerable at the back and the Tipp forwards began to pick off a succession of points to lead by 12 after 50 minutes.
Tipp held that advantage to the finish, to the delight of the majority of the 5,880 crowd.
Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-11 (0-7 frees, 0-1 65); D Collins 1-2; D Butler 1-1; D Maher, M O’Brien 0-2 each; W Ryan, E Murray, A Cleere 0-1 each.
Cork: E O’Sullivan 1-2; D Drake 0-4 (0-2 frees); J Coughlan 0-3 (0-2 frees); D Brosnan, J Dineen, P Houghney 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: P Ryan; A Ryan, L Butler, J Meagher; WRyan, D Maher, A Hogan; A Cleere, B Stapleton; S Curran, P Heffernan, J O’Dwyer; D Collins, R Gleeson, E Murray.
Subs: D Butler for Heffernan (half time); M O’Brien for Cleere (45); T Butler for Gleeson (58)
CORK: T Hogan; R Ryan, D Rodgers, A Cagney; P Wiley, P O’Rourke, J Hutchinson; R O’Sullivan, D Drake; John Dineen, E Brosnan, Paul Hockney; J Coughlan, Odran O’Connell, E O’Sullivan.
Subs: C Joyce for Wiley (20); J Wall for O O’Connell (half-time) P O’Brien for Hutchings (37); B Hartnett for Brosnan (40); C Lehane for Dineen (45).
Referee: G Hoey (Clare)
Tipperary 2-21 Cork 1-12 (Result)
57th minute – Michael O’Brien scores a point from play for Tipperary
56th minute – another point for Cork
54th minute – Willie Ryan scores a long range point from play for Tipperary
51st minute – Tipperary substitute Michael O’Brien scores a point from play
50th minute – Jamie Coughlan points a free for Cork
49th minute – Denis Maher scores his second point from play for Tipperary
47th minute – David Butler scores a point from play for Tipperary
45th minute – John O’Dwyer scores another point for Tipperary
44th minute – a point from play for Cork.
39th minute – John O’Dwyer points a free for Tipperary and the Premier County are now in front by 9 points.
37th minute – Adrian Cleere scores a point from play for Tipperary.
36th minute – GOAL – David Butler responds instantly with a goal for the Premier County.
35th minute – GOAL – Cork score a goal thanks to Eoin O’Sullivan and Cork are back in the game.
34th minute – Sean Curran is fouled and Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer points the free.
32nd minute – Tipperary goalie Paul Ryan makes a good save to keep his clean sheet intact.
32nd minute – John O’Dwyer points a free for Tipperary after Sean Curran is fouled.
31st minute – David Drake scores a point from play for Cork.
Attendance – 5,880
Half-Time – Tipperary 1-11 Cork 0-8 – John O’Dwyer of Tipperary has scored 7 points, 3 from play thus far.
30th minute – Tipperary’s Adrian Cleere is fouled and John O’Dwyer points the free to put the Premier County in front by 6 point at the interval.
29th minute – John O’Dwyer points a free for Tipperary from 45 metres out.
27th minute – David Drake points a free from his own 65 metre line – just 4 points between the teams.
26th minute – David Drake scores a long range point from a free for Cork
24th minute – Denis Maher scores a long range point from play for Tipperary
23rd minute – Jamie Coughlan points a free for Cork.
22nd minute – David Collins scores a good point from play for Tipperary.
21st minute – GOAL – David Collins scores a good goal for Tipperary to put them in front by 5 points.
19th minute – Paul Hockney scores a point from play for Cork.
19th minute – Sean Curran sees his goal bound shot saved well by the Cork goalie.
16th minute – David Collins scores a point for Tipperary.
14th minute – Eoin O’Sullivan scores a Cork point from play, their 3rd in a row.
13th minute – Cork’s John Dineen scores a point from play – just 3 points in it now.
13th minute – Tipperary’s Alan Hogan gets a yellow card.
12th minute – Cork get their second point from Dean Brosnan to keep in touch.
11th minute – Sean Curran sets up John O’Dwyer for another Tipperary point from play.
10th minute – Tipperary go 4 points in front thanks to a pointed free by John O’Dwyer.
9th minute – Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer scores a point from play.
8th minute – Tipperary wing-back Willie Ryan scores a long range point from play.
6th minute – Cork open their account with a point from Eoin O’Sullivan.
4th minute – John O’Dwyer with a good point from play for Tipperary.
3rd minute – John O’Dwyer points a free for Tipperary
Tipperary will play in to the Town End goal in the first half.
Click here to read about the drawn game.
WEDNESDAY JULY 1st. 2009
Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay
Corcaigh v Tiobraid Arann at 7.30p.m.
@ Semple Stadium, Thurles
Reiteoir – TBC
CORK (MH v Tipperary) – Tomás Hogan (Carrigtwohill); Roger Ryan (Bishopstown), Darragh Rogers (Brian Dillons), Andrew Cagney (Charleville); Patrick Wiley (St. Finbarrs), Patrick ORourke (Na Piarsaigh), Jack Hutchings (Fermoy); Rory OSullivan (Argideen Rangers), David Drake (Carrigaline); Eoin Farrell (Blackrock), Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers), Conor Lehane (Midleton); Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), Paul Haughney (Midleton), Eoin OSullivan (Sarsfields – Capt.)
TIPPERARY (MH v Cork) – The Tipperary Minor Hurling to play Cork in the Munster Minor Hurling semi-final replay in Semple Stadium on Wednesday evening shows 2 changes from the team which started the drawn game. John Meagher replaces Pa Ryan at corner back and Padraig Heffernan replaces Thomas Butler at centre forward.
1. Paul Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane)
2. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)
3. Liam Butler (Moyne-Templetuohy) Captain
4. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney)
5. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)
6. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
7. Alan Hogan (Shannon Rovers)
8. Adrian Cleere (Ballingarry)
9. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)
10. Sean Curran (Mullinahone)
11. Padraig Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore)
12. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
13. David Collins (Drom & Inch)
14. Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan)
15. Eanna Murray (Templederry Kenyons)