Limerick go the extra as Clare are left to rue late collapse
Limerick 2-11 Clare 0-15
By Diarmuid O’Flynn, Gaelic Grounds for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Thursday, March 10, 2011
WITH less than two minutes remaining in normal time in the floodlit Gaelic Grounds last night, Clare had this Munster championship U21 first-round game all but won. Five points ahead (0-12 to 1-4), playing with discipline and control though facing a gale-force wind, they headed into the three signalled minutes of injury time in good shape. As normal time expired, Clare were reduced to 14 men with the dismissal of star player Podge Collins for a second yellow card. Limerick had reduced the deficit to just a goal following a pair of points from free-taker Eoghan O’Connor, but Clare were still in pole position. Cue James Kelly, brother of senior star Stephen; as the Clare defence went temporarily to sleep, he latched on to a fast free from O’Connor and blasted home from close range — tie game, 2-6 to 0-12, into extra-time we headed.
Earlier on, Limerick had began well playing into the gale, leading 1-2 to 0-3 after 14 minutes thanks to a goal from powerful full-forward Jack Donovan. Thereafter, however, it was Clare dominating both possession and the scoreboard to lead at the break by a point (0-7 to 1-3), inside forwards Podge McMahon (1), Cathal McInerney (2) and Killian Malone (2) doing the bulk of the scoring. It didn’t seem to be enough of a lead given the strength of the wind, but the first 11 minutes of the second half saw the Banner hit a purple patch, five unanswered points (Malone with three from placed balls, McInerney with the other two), and suddenly the emphasis had shifted.
Where it looked like Clare would be the team under the cosh for the second half, Limerick now found themselves under pressure, six points behind with only quarter of an hour to go. It didn’t help their cause that it was a free-ridden affair, stop-start from beginning to end. Referee Conor Lane saw fit to award a total of 72 frees in the game, a dozen yellow cards, two of which were converted to red — Podge Collins for Clare, Mike Sheehan for Limerick. In such circumstances, getting up a head of steam to get the scores necessary was going to prove difficult, and thus Limerick were making no inroads whatsoever into the Clare lead as full-time approached. Then, that finish, O’Connor’s two points and Kelly’s goal, and Limerick were had a lifeline, into extra-time.
Limerick again faced into the gale for the first period, but again Clare chiselled out a one-point half-time lead (0-15 to 2-8), the points coming from McInerney, Collins and substitute Daniel Gallery, who blasted over from point-blank range, a goal at his mercy. It would prove a costly miss. This time, on the changeover, Limerick weren’t to be denied. Three points they kicked, senior star O’Connor (2) and Kelly (1) the ones delivering. It could have been a more emphatic win, had sub Jamie Richardson’s blaster not hit the cross-bar, but it was still enough, and Limerick now advance to meet Kerry in the semi-final on Wednesday week.
Scorers for Limerick: E O’Connor 0-7 (0-5f); J Kelly 1-1; J Donovan 1-1; S O’Carroll, D Kelly, 0-1 each.
Scorers for Clare: C McInerney 0-6 (0-3f); K Malone 0-5 (0-3f); P McMahon 0-2 (-0-1f); P Collins, D Gallery 0-1 each.
LIMERICK: B Scanlon; P Martin, M Sheehan, R O’Flaherty; P Sheehan, P Hannon, P Quinn; T McCarthy, P Horan; S O’Carroll, J Kelly, D Kelly (c); E O’Connor, J Donovan, P O’Donnell.
Subs: B Ryan for Horan (39); P Scanlon for O’Donnell (45); A O’Sullivan for Quinn (inj. 53); E Cahill for Ryan (inj. 55); J Richardson for D Kelly (59).
Extra-time: P O’Connor (additional player 60); P Quinn for Martin (79).
CLARE: J Joyce; J Blake, S Brennan, S Cormican; S Collins, L Markham, S Tierney; C Ryan, S Brennan; P Collins, M Malone, C Cormican; P McMahon, C McInerney, K Malone.
Subs: D O’Neill for C Cormican (30); J Curtin for M Malone (45).
Extra-time: S Crotty (additional player, 60); D Gallery for K Malone (inj. 64).
Referee: C Lane (Cork)
Clare – team to be confirmed before the match
The Limerick team to play Clare is as follows –
1. Brian Scanlon Gerald Griffin’s.
2. Paul Martin Ballybricken.
3. Mike Sheehan Fr. Casey’s.
4. Ray O’Flaherty St. Senan’s.
5. Patrick Sheehan St.Mary’s/Sean Finns-Rathkeale.
6. Paul Hannon Newcastlewest.
7. Padraig Quinn Monaleen.
8. Tom McCarthy Mountcollins.
9. Padarig Horan Glin.
10. Seamus O’Carroll Cappagh.
11. James Kelly Newcastlewest.
12. Donagh Kelly (captain) Fr.Caseys.
13. Patrick O’Donnell Galbally.
14. Jack Donovan Galbally.
15. Eoghan O’Connor St.Mary’s/Sean Finns-Rathkeale.
Senior panellists are numbers 1,3,10,11,12 and 15.
Manager Maurice Horan (Na Piarsaigh), Selectors Niall Crowley ( Adare), John Ryan (Oola) and Micheal Reidy( Dromcollogher-Broadford).
On this date in history
March 9th 2002 at Kilmallock, Clare caused an upset defeating Cork by 2-9 to 0-14 in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship. Clare midfielder John McInerney scored both goals. Clare would go on to defeat Waterford in the semi-final before losing to Kerry in the Munster Final. The Cork half-back line on the night was Noel O’Leary, Ger Spillane and Tom Kenny. The Clare team which defeated Cork were as follows – D. O’Brien; D. Blake, M. Kelly, D. Carey; E. Curtin, G. Tubridy, A. Keane’ P. Gibbons, J. McInerney; N., Considine, D. Monaghan, A. Clohessy; B. Crowley, M. O’Dwyer, R. Donnelly. Subs. S. Hickey for Monaghan
For the Record
|2011 Team Management||Maurice Horan
(Manager – Na Piarsaigh)
Niall Crowley (Adare)
John Ryan (Oola)
|Colm Collins (Manager – Cratloe)
Peter O Connell (Shannon Gaels)
Ger Kelly (Kildysert)
|2011 Team Captain||Donogh Kelly (Fr. Caseys)||Podge McMahon (Clondegad)|
|2010 Championship Performance||Defeated Clare in the Quarter-Final before losing to Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final by 0-16 to 2-5||Lost to Limerick in the Quarter-Final|
|Number of Munster Under 21 Football titles||1||0|
|Last Munster Under 21 Football Title||2000||N/A|
|Last victory in the Munster Under 21 Championship||2010 Quarter-Final vs. Clare – 1-10 to 0-10||2009 Quarter-Final vs. Limerick – 0-13 to 0-7 on March 13th at Cooraclare|
|Munster Under 21 Football Championship Record since 2000||Played – 17
Won – 7
Lost – 10
Drawn – 0
|Played – 17
Won – 5
Lost – 11
Drawn – 1
|Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship||2010 Munster Quarter-Final – March 10th at Cooraclare
Limerick 1-10 Clare 0-10
Clare led by 0-6 to 0-2 at the interval. Cormac Joyce-Power scored a goal for Limerick in the 52nd minute to complete a Limerick comeback
|What happened 3 years ago?
2008 Munster Minor Football Championship Round-up
|Lost to Cork in the Quarter-Final. Defeated Clare (1-9 to 1-5 at Cusack Park Ennis) and Waterford in the Losers Group playoffs. Lost to Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final.||Lost to Kerry in the Quarter-Final. Lost to Clare in the Losers Group 1st Playoff|
Munster Under 21 Football Finals
1962 @ Kenmare Kerry 2-7 Cork 1-4
1963 @ Clonakilty Cork 2-3 Kerry 1-4
1964 @ Kilmallock Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-2
1965 @ Castletownroche Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-6
1966 @ Cork Ath. Grounds Kerry 3-8 Cork 0-14
1967 @ Listowel Kerry 2-12 Clare 1-7
1968 @ Kilrush Kerry 5-7 Clare 2-9
1969 @ Killarney Cork 1-14 Kerry 1-11
1970 @ Buttevant Cork 5-12 Clare 1-7
1971 @ Fermoy Cork 1-10 Waterford 2-5
1972 @ Killarney Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-7
1973 @ Skibbereen Kerry 2-12 Cork 1-12
1974 @ Cahirciveen Cork 3-5 Kerry 1-10
1975 @ Killorglin Kerry 0-17 Waterford 1-5
1976 @ Dingle Kerry 2-16 Cork 1-6
1977 @ P. Ui Chaoimh Kerry 2-8 Cork 0-8
1978 @ Killarney Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-9
1979 @ Limerick Cork 1-11 Clare 1-9
1980 @ Bruff Cork 3-15 Clare 0-4
1981 @ Tralee Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-5
1982 @ P.Ui Chaoimh Cork 2-12 Kerry 0-4
1983 @ Castleisland Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-12
1984 @ Askeaton Cork 1-18 Limerick 0-4
1985 @ Tralee Cork 1-18 Clare 1-7
1986 @ Clonmel Cork 0-8 Tipperary 0-7
1987 @ Tralee Kerry 0-7 Tipperary 0-7 Draw
@ Clonmel Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-11 Replay
1988 @ Cooraclare Kerry 0-14 Clare 2-6
1989 @ Limerick Cork 3-15 Clare 1-7
1990 @ Tralee Kerry 2-9 Cork 0-9
1991 @ P. Ui Chaoimh Kerry 1-8 Cork 0-10
1992 @ Tralee Kerry 3-12 Cork 1-8
1993 @ Waterford Kerry 1-21 Waterford 3-5
1994 @ Dungarvan Cork 2-11 Waterford 0-4
1995 @ Killarney Kerry 1-21 Waterford 2-5
1996 @ Tralee Kerry 3-14 Clare 0-6
1997 @ Tralee Kerry 2-11 Cork 3-8 Draw
@ Pairc Ui Rinn Kerry 0-12 Cork 1-7 Replay
1998 @ Tralee Kerry 3-10 Tipperary 1-11
1999 @ Tralee Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-7
2000 @ Dungarvan Limerick 0-7 Waterford 0-4
2001 @ Kilmallock Cork 1-12 Limerick 0-8
2002 @ Ennis Kerry 3-15 Clare 2-11
2003 @ Waterford Waterford 2-8 Kerry 1-9
2004 @ Tralee Cork 0-13 Kerry 0-12
2005 @ Limerick Cork 1-14 Limerick 1-11
2006 @ Pairc Ui Rinn Cork 4-14 Waterford 1-6
2007 @ Limerick Cork 3-19 Tipperary 3-12
2008 @ Ardfinnan Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 2-7
2009 @ Thurles Cork 1-9 Tipperary 2-5
2010 @ Tralee Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 1-6
CADBURY MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP 2011.
Wednesday March 9th.
@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick Limerick v Clare 7.30pm
@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan Waterford v Tipperary 7.30pm
Wednesday March 23rd
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork IF Cork v Tipperary 7.30pm
@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan IF Waterford v Cork 7.30pm
@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick IF Limerick v Kerry 7.30pm
@ Austin Stack Park, Tralee IF Kerry v Clare 7.30pm
WEDNESDAY APRIL 6th.
EXTRA TIME IN ALL GAMES
Cadbury have sponsored the championship since 2005 and are delighted to announce a number of new initiatives aimed at further rewarding GAA players and supporters across the island of Ireland.
Cadbury Hero of the Future Awards:
The Cadbury Hero of the Future Award is selected by public voting on www.cadburygaau21.com and adjudication from Kerry legend Darragh O’Sé, Kildare Senior Footballer Dermot Earley, former Dublin Manager Paul Caffrey and TG4 journalist Micheal Ó Domhnaill. The winning player will win a holiday voucher for himself, €1000 for his club and €1000 for his county board. Cadbury also offer each of the 15 Hero’s of the Match a training kit for their club.
Past winners are:2006: Keith Higgins from Mayo 2007: Fintan Goold from Cork ; 2008: Killian Young from Kerry
2009: Colm O’Neill from Cork; 2010: Rory O’Carroll from Dublin
This year’s campaign will continue with the project started in 2010 and have fully branded, bespoke buses, taking supporters of the four semi-finalists and two finalists to the matches. These will be promoted in the relevant counties and help to facilitate greater supporter engagement.
MUNSTER UNDER 21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROLL OF HONOUR
- Kerry (25)
1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008
- Cork (21)
1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994,
2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
- Waterford (1) – 2003 Limerick (1) – 2000 Tipperary (1)- 2010
Celebrating 50 Years of the Munster Under 21 Football Championship
- At the Munster Council Convention of 1961 held in Tralee it was suggested that an Under 21competition be inaugurated.
- Convention of 1962, held in Thurles, decided to inaugurate an Under 21 Football competition
- The first game in this new competition was played on the 22/7/1962 with Cork defeating Waterford in a quarter final clash at the Cork Athletic Grounds. The second quarter final, Limerick v Kerry, did not take place as Limerick were unable to field a team because of Club commitments. In the semi finals Cork defeated Tipperary while Kerry overcame the Clare challenge. The final was played in Kenmare on the 9th. of December with victory going to the Kerry side on a 2-7 to 1-4 scoreline. The Kerry Team that won the inaugural Munster Under 21 Football Championship was – Peter Hanley, Jo Jo Barrett, B. Glavin. P. Kerins, Pat Aherne, P. O’Donoghue, J. O’Driscoll, M. Fleming, Denis O’Sullivan, Aloysius ‘’Weeshie’’ Fogarty, Seamus Roche, D. O’Shea, Dom O’Donnell (Capt), R. O’Donnell, D. O’Shea
- Cork were victorious in the 1963 competition and the winning team was – Ray Cawley, Dermot Kehilly, John McGrath, Des Nangle, Donal Buckley, Denis Coughlan, Gus Harrington, Brendan Coughlan, Paul O’Sullivan, Mick Coughlan, Ned Coughlan, Dan Haredy, J.J. Murphy, Tim F. Hayes, Flor Hayes
- Kerry were winners in 1964 and they went on to defeat Galway and Laois and so capture the first All-Ireland Title in this grade.
- Kerry and Cork have dominated this competition and only once in the history of the championship were one or both counties not involved in the final. That was in 2000 when Limerick played Waterford in the Final in Dungarvan with Limerick lifting the crown for the first and only time on a 0-7 to 0-4 scoreline. The winning Limerick Team was Mike Keogh, Mark O’Riordan, Pat Fitzgerald, Brian Geary, Conor Mullane, Stephen Lucey, Tommy Stack. Jason Stokes, John Galvin (Captain), Pat Aherne, Timmy Carroll, Declan Brouder, Conor Fitzgerald, Brian Begley, Colm Hickey.
- Waterford lifted the title for the only time in 2003 when they overcame Cork in the semi final and Kerry in the final on a 2-8 to 1-9 scoreline. The victorious Waterford team was – David Hickey, Michael Crotty, Ger Hayes, John O’Reilly, Niall Hennessy (Captain), Edmond Rockett, John Hurney, Sean Dempsey, Michael Walsh, Liam Ó Lonáin, Mark Power, Tony Whelan, Bob Costello, Shane Walsh, Billy Harty
- Tipperary, who suffered defeat in 9 finals, recorded their first Munster Under 21 Football success when they overcame Kerry 1-7 to 1-6 in Tralee in 2010. The victorious Tipperary team was – Kieran Kewnrick, Robbie Kiely, Ciaran McDonald (Captain), Donal Lynch, Padraig O’Dwyer, John Coghlan, Dara Dwyer, Alan Moloney, Peter Acheson, Sean Carey, Bernard O’Brien, Also Matassa, Conor Sweeney, Brian O’Meara, Michael O’Dwyer
- For the record Cork have appeared in 35 finals: Kerry in 33 finals: Tipperary in 10 finals: Clare in 10 finals: Waterford in 8 finals and Limerick in 4 finals
- Only 2 Finals have been drawn. The 1987 final between Kerry and Tipperary played in Tralee finished level, 0-7 each and in the replay in Clonmel victory went to Kerry on a 0-15 to 1-11 scoreline. The 1997 final between Cork and Kerry also finished all square, Kerry 2-11 Cork 3-8, in Tralee with victory going to the Kerry side in the replay at Pairc Ui Rinn on a 0-12 to 1-7 scoreline
- Munster Under 21 Football Cup:
Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.
- All Ireland Under 21 Football Championship
In Under 21 Football All Ireland Roll of Honour Cork have won 11 Titles and Kerry have 10 Titles to their credit. Cork were All Ireland Under 21 Champions in 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007, 2009. Kerry titles were won in 1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008