Sweeney on song as champions down Déise
Tipperary 1-14 Waterford 1-4
By Fintan O’Toole, Fraher Field for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Thursday, March 10, 2011
THE first of two trips in four days to the Fraher Field for Tipperary football sides began in a positive fashion last night when their U21’s cruised to a comfortable win over Waterford in their Munster quarter-final. John Evans will bring his senior charges to the Dungarvan venue on Saturday night for a crucial Division 3 league tie and he will be heartened by this U21’s showing last night. Tipperary entered this game in the novel position of defending champions and lived up to that status with a polished performance.
There were only 585 souls present for the first ever inter-county tie played under floodlights at the Fraher Field and they witnessed a severely lopsided affair. Tipperary’s reserves of strength were illustrated by the fact that they lined out without three members of their 2010 triumphant side. Dara Dwyer and Alan Moloney were both sidelined with injury while Gavin Ryan was only fit enough to start on the bench before being introduced during the second-half. But Tipperary made light of those absences as they controlled the flow of the game. Their first-half performance was admirable as they played against a hefty wind and their 1-7 to 1-3 interval lead was indicative of their superiority. Corner-forward Conor Sweeney demonstrated why he has been utilised at senior level this spring and finished the night with 1-6 to his name. Possessing the most incisive attacker on view was integral to Tipperary’s progress, particularly when set against the Waterford’s attacking deficiencies as they endured a debilitating scoring drought between the 18th and 61st minutes.
For Tipperary, Peter Acheson continued the high standards of midfield play that he had set during last year’s campaign. That was the springboard for Tipperary’s early dominance as they intelligently used possession and their full-forward line of Sweeney, David Butler and David McGrath looked extremely sharp. Wing-forward Aldo Matassa and Butler both wriggled clear for tidy points in the opening five minutes after McGrath created opportunities. Then Sweeney strode forward to take centre stage. In the 12th minute the Ballyporeen man careered through the Waterford rearguard before planting a superb shot into the top corner of the net. Sweeney followed that up by tapping over a free and Tipperary were left after the opening quarter with a 1-3 to 0-1 lead.
Waterford’s marksmanship had been sub-standard in the opening stages yet remarkably they wiped out Tipperary’s five-point advantage by the 18th minute. Paul Whyte beautifully swept over a ‘45 in the 16th minute and then Niall Walsh kicked a point from 40 yards. Their rally was completed in brilliant fashion in the 18th minute when centre-back David Phelan capped an impressive run by rocketing a shot to the roof of the net. Tipperary approached the spell before the interval calmly and set about restoring their advantage. Sweeney curled over a free, Billy Hewitt was on target from play, Butler slammed a fierce drive over the bar and then Acheson knocked over a good score in injury-time to complete the first-half scoring. Tipperary’s 1-7 to 1-3 half-time advantage could have been extended only for Hewitt to see his 22nd effort on goal cannon off the post after a wonderful team move.
The second-half was a routine affair for Tipperary as their resolute defence fronted by Jonathan Ryan, Robbie Kiely and Eddie Kenrick deprived Waterford of scores. Up front Tipperary’s scoring rates were initially slow and they only lead 1-9 to 1-3 by the end of the third-quarter. But in the finale they found their range once more with Sweeney to the fore and Butler, substitute Paul McEvoy and John O’Callaghan all chipping in as well. David Grey grabbed a late consolation point for Waterford but Tipperary worthily advanced to face Cork in a fortnight in Páirc Ui Rinn.
Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney 1-6 (four frees); D Butler 0-3; D McGrath, A Matassa, P Acheson, M O’Dwyer, J O’Callaghan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Waterford: D Phelan 1-0; P Whyte 0-2 (one ‘45); N Walsh, D Grey 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: J English; M Hanly, J Ryan, R Kiely; D Leahy, E Kenrick, J O’Callaghan; P Acheson, D Heffernan; B Hewitt, T Hanly, A Matassa; C Sweeney, D Butler, D McGrath.
Subs: M O’Dwyer for Hanly (37), G Ryan for Leahy (50), P McEvoy for Hewitt (55), L Boland for Butler (56), K O’Riordan for Acheson (58).
WATERFORD: K Williams; M Cummins, S O’Cuirrin, M Wyse; T Walsh, D Phelan, J Kirwan; R Cahill, N Walsh; C Buckley, A Brophy, J Coade; D Grey, T Houlihan, P Whyte.
Subs: E Walsh for Coade (half-time), P Drohan for Buckley (49), I Power for Whyte (51), S Burke for T Walsh (57).
Referee: Pádraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)
Sweeney stars for Tipperary
From the Irish Independent newspaper
Tipperary 1-14 Waterford 1-4
Thursday March 10 2011
Tipperary got the defence of their title off to a good start at Dungarvan last night. The star of the show was corner-forward Conor Sweeney, who finished with a haul of 1-6. Peter Acheson was a reliable ball-winner in midfield and the champions opened up a two-point lead inside four minutes, with Aldo Matassa and David Butler on target. In the 12th minute Sweeney grabbed a goal from 12 yards, but Waterford did reply with an excellent goal of their own through David Phelan.
Tipperary finished the half strongly and points from Sweeney, David McGrath, Butler and Acheson left them four points in front at the break. Tipperary dominated a poor second half and added seven points to lead by 1-14 to 1-3 as the game entered injury-time. Waterford did not get their first point of the second half until David Grey scored two minutes into stoppage-time.
SCORERS — Tipperary: C Sweeney 1-6 (4f), D Butler 0-3, A Matassa, D McGrath, P Achseon, P McEvoy, J O’Callaghan 0-1 each. Waterford: D Phelan 1-0, P Whyte 0-2 (1f, 1 ’45’), N Walsh, D Grey 0-1 each.
Tipperary — J English; M Hanly, J Ryan, R Kiely; D Leahy, E Kenrick, J O’Callaghan; P Acheson, D Heffernan; B Hewitt, T Hanly, A Matassa; C Sweeney, D Butler, D McGrath. Subs: M O’Dwyer for T Hanly, G Ryan for D Leahy, P McEvoy for B Hewitt, L Boland for D Butler, K O’Riordan for P Acheson.
Waterford — K Williams; M Cummins, S O Cuinn, M Wyse; T Walsh, D Phelan, J Kirwan; N Walsh, R Cahill; C Buckley, A Brophy, J Coade; D Grey, T O hUllachain, P Whyte. Subs: E Walsh for J Coade, P Drohan for C Buckley, I Power for P Whyte, S Burke for T Walsh.
Ref — P O’Sullivan (Kerry)
Tipperary: Jack English; Mark Hanly, Jonathan Ryan, Robbie Kiely; Donagh Leahy, Eddie Kenrick, John O’Callaghan (0-1); Peter Acheson (0-1), Donagh Heffernan; Billy Hewitt, Thomas Hanly, Aldo Matassa (0-1); Conor Sweeney (1-6, 0-5 frees), David Butler (0-3), David McGrath (0-1)
Subs: Michael O’Dwyer for Thomas Hanly (38th minute), Gavin Ryan for Donagh Leahy (50th minute), Paul McEvoy (0-1) for Billy Hewitt (54th minute). Liam Boland for David Butler (55th minute), Kevin O’Riordan for Peter Acheson (57th minute)
Waterford: Kevin Williams; Mark Cummins, Shane O’Cuirrin, Mark Wyse; Thomas Walsh, David Phelan (1-0), Jamie Kirwan; Ronan Cahill (Captain), Niall Walsh (0-1); Conor Buckley, Adam Brophy, James Coade; David Grey (0-1), Tadhg Houlihan, Paul Whyte (0-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 45)
Subs: Eoin Walsh for James Coade (HT), Paul Drohan for Conor Buckley (49th minute), Ian Power for Paul Whyte (52nd minute), Sean Burke for Thomas Walsh (56th minute)
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)
2nd minute – Aldo Matassa (T) point from play – Tipperary 0-1 Waterford 0-0
3rd minute – David Butler (T) point from play – Tipperary 0-2 Waterford 0-0
10th minute – Paul Whyte (W) 45m free – Tipperary 0-2 Waterford 0-1
11th minute – Conor Sweeney (T) goal for Tipperary after a long run and a shot to the top corner – Tipperary 1-2 Waterford 0-1
14th minute – Conor Sweeney (T) pointed free – Tipperary 1-3 Waterford 0-1
15th minute – Paul Whyte (W) pointed free – Tipperary 1-3 Waterford 0-2
16th minute – Niall Walsh (W) point from play – Tipperary 1-3 Waterford 0-3
17th minute – David Phelan (W) goal from play after a long run, another top corner job – Tipperary 1-3 Waterford 1-3
20th minute – Conor Sweeney (T) pointed free – Tipperary 1-4 Waterford 1-3
22nd minute – David McGrath (T) point from play – Tipperary 1-5 Waterford 1-3
24th minute – David Butler (T) point from play, goal chance – Tipperary 1-6 Waterford 1-3
31st minute – Peter Acheson (T) point from play – Tipperary 1-7 Waterford 1-3
HALF TIME – TIPPERARY 1-7 WATERFORD 1-3
36th minute – Conor Sweeney (T) pointed free – Tipperary 1-8 Waterford 1-3
42nd minute – Conor Sweeney (T) point from play – Tipperary 1-9 Waterford 1-3
47th minute – David Butler (T) point from play – Tipperary 1-10 Waterford 1-3
55th minute – Paul McEvoy (T) point from play – Tipperary 1-11 Waterford 1-3
56th minute – Conor Sweeney (T) pointed free – Tipperary 1-12 Waterford 1-3
57th minute – Conor Sweeney (T) point from play – Tipperary 1-13 Waterford 1-3
59th minute – John O’Callaghan (T) point from play – Tipperary 1-14 Waterford 1-3
61st minute – David Grey (W) point from play – Tipperary 1-14 Waterford 1-4
And then there was light
Wednesday night will see the first ever Inter-County Championship game played under lights at Fraher Field Dungarvan. Well done to all concerned with Waterford GAA County Board and Dungarvan and best of luck on the night.
2. Mark Hanly (Aherlow)
3. Jonathan Ryan (Ardfinnan)
4. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers)
5. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)
6. Eddie Kenrick (Cahir)
7. John O’Callaghan (Ballyporeen)
8. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)
9. Donagh Heffernan (Cappawhite)
10. Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan)
11. Thomas Hanly (Aherlow)
12. Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials)
13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)
14. David Butler (Drom & Inch)
15. David McGrath (Moyle Rovers)
Waterford Under 21 Football Team to play Tipperary in the opening round of the Cadbury’s Munster Under 21 Championship game on Wednesday night under lights at Fraher Field, Dungarvan. 7.30p.m.
1. Kevin Williams De La Salle
2. Mark Cummins Brickey Rangers
3. Shane O Cuirrin An Rinn
4. Mark Wyse Gaultier
5. Thomas Walsh Nire
6. David Phelan St. Oliver’s
7. Jamie Kirwan Rathgormack
8. Ronan Cahill Rathgormack (Captain)
9. Niall Walsh Kilrossanty
10. Conor Buckley St. Oliver’s
11. Adam Brophy St. Saviour’s
12. James Coade Kilrossanty
13. David Grey Stradbally
14. Tadhg Houlihan An Rinn
15. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty
For the Record
|2011 Team Management||John Owens (Manager)
Kenny Hassett (Rathgormack)
Michael Guiry (Nire)
John Sheehan (De La Salle) Aidan Ahearne (Ballinameela)
Joe Hagan (Trainer)
|John Evans (Laune Rangers), Brian Burke (Fethard), Tommy Toomey (Arravale Rovers), Michael O’Loughlin (Trainer)|
|2011 Team Captain||Ronan Cahill (Rathcormack)||Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)|
|2010 Championship Performance||Lost Munster Semi-Final to Kerry by 1-18 to 0-3||Won Munster Final – 1-7 to 1-6 over Kerry at Tralee, lost All-Ireland Semi-Final to Donegal|
|Number of Munster Under 21 Football titles||1||1|
|Last Munster Under 21 Football Title||2003||2010|
|Last victory in the Munster Under 21 Championship||2006 Munster Semi-Final – 1-8 to 0-7 vs. Clare at Dungarvan||2010 Munster Final|
|Munster Under 21 Football Championship Record since 2000||Played – 18
Won – 6
Lost – 10
Drawn – 2
|Played – 17
Won – 7
Lost – 10
Drawn – 0
|Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship||2008 Munster Semi-Final – March 22nd at Ardfinnan
Tipperary 2-7 Waterford 1-6
Richard Ryan and Darrel Darcy (RIP) scored the Tipperary goals.
|What happened 3 years ago?
2008 Munster Minor Football Championship Round-up
|Waterford lost to Tipperary in the Quarter-Final and lost to Limerick by 1-13 to 0-11 in the Semi-Final playoff||Tipperary defeated Waterford by 3-9 to 0-8 at Dungarvan on April 16th 2008 in the Quarter-Final. Gavin Ryan and Conor Sweeney (2) scored the Tipperary goals. Tipperary defeated Limerick in the semi-final and lost to Kerry in the Munster Final after a replay.|
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 CHAMPIONSHIPROLL 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