Allianz Hurling League Division 2 Final – Limerick 4-12 Clare 2-13

Limerick on the rise

Limerick 4-12 Clare 2-13

Allianz NHL Div 2 Final

By Christy O’Connor for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday May 02 2011

Although it was still only April, Cusack Park rattled like a boiling tureen on Saturday night, the old ground full of noise and giddy summer-like chaos. The air was raw with pressure and tension and this frantic match seemed destined for extra-time until an excellent goal from Kevin Downes in the 67th minute provided the rapier thrust to finally break Clare’s spirit and resistance. Limerick added two late points to bound over the line. This match bobbed and weaved throughout, but Limerick’s greater experience and composure told when it mattered most. Clare were in control heading into the last quarter when they led by four points, but they failed to score for the remainder of the game as their opponents gradually hunted them down.

The home side dominated the possession stakes, winning the puckout battle 25-16, but Limerick were that bit sharper and more efficient with their use of the ball. Physically they were that bit stronger too, while they made the critical switch of the match when repositioning the excellent Tom Condon at full-back to police the rampaging Darach Honan. Given what was at stake here, this was a really good game, especially the second half. It was played at a hectic pace and both teams signalled their intent before the throw-in. Clare took their place on the outside behind the band but Limerick muscled in on that turf and both sides marched almost shoulder to shoulder during the parade. It was an apt metaphor for the combativeness of the match.

“It was a cauldron out there,” said Limerick’s Seamus Hickey. “They really came at us but the prize today was huge and I think that told in the frantic nature of the game. “Down the finishing stretch we were staring down the barrel of the gun, but you got that itch that usually only comes in a championship game — all or nothing. We basically emptied the tank, threw the kitchen sink at it and asserted ourselves with force.”

The Banner were devastated after losing successive Division 2 finals, but this young team still isn’t battle-hardened enough to be able to see out games like this. They showed huge character and fight but their trend of fading out of big matches over the last 12 months is something they need to arrest. And the concession of four goals ultimately finished them. “That was the most disappointing part, but I’m very proud of the lads,” said manager Ger O’Loughlin. “They tried awful hard. For a long time we took the game to Limerick and looked the better team, but we just needed to be more clinical. Unfortunately, it’s another year in Division 2, which we could have done without.” Despite their greater experience, Limerick’s key late scores were provided by Downes, who is only 19, and Declan Hannon, who played with Ardscoil Ris in last month’s All-Ireland Colleges final. The pair contributed a combined 2-3 over the 70 minutes.

“What really drives this team is team ethic,” said Limerick captain Gavin O’Mahoney. “Everyone buys into that, the young fellas especially. When the chips were down, they popped up with the scores.” Although Clare were on top in the first half, they hit eight wides to Limerick’s two, but the visitors blew the game open in a five-minute spell just before the interval when hitting an unanswered 1-3 to take a four-point half-time lead. When he moved to centre-back, the excellent Pat Donnellan locked down the space Limerick had thrived in during the first half, but the outstanding John Conlon also began to exert his authority as the game progressed.

He hit three fine points from play in 11 minutes before playing the pass through for Conor McGrath’s goal in the 50th minute. A Honan point a minute later had Clare ahead by 2-12 to 2-8, but the deficit was down to one in the 54th minute when Hannon lashed the ball to the net. Paul Browne had the sides level in the 66th minute before Downes decided the match. A year after Limerick’s lost season, Donal O’Grady has steered the Treaty men back on the right road. That road now leads to a Munster semi-final against Waterford in June. “Coming into this, I never mentioned Division 2 or Division 1,” said O’Grady. “But everyone was aware of the Munster championship in the background. The challenge ahead is huge. It’s like to trying to climb Mount Everest when you’ve been practising on Carrauntoohil.” With Division 1 status secured though, that peak doesn’t seem as high now.

Man of the Match: John Conlon (Clare)

Scorers — Limerick: K Downes 1-2, D Hannon, S Tobin 1-1 each, R McCarthy 0-4 (3f), P Browne 0-2, D O’Grady, N Moran, 0-1 each, (D Tuohy 1-0 og). Clare: J Conlon 0-4, D Honan 1-1, C McGrath 1-0, N O’Connell 0-3, (2 ’65’), C Ryan (2f), F Lynch 0-2, each, L Markham 0-1.

Limerick — N Quaid 8; D Reale 7, G O’Mahoney 7, T Condon 9; W McNamara 7, S Hickey 8, D Breen 6; D O’Grady 7, P Browne 8; D Hannon 7, R McCarthy 7, J Ryan 6; S Tobin 7, K Downes 8, G Mulcahy 6. Subs: D Maloney 6 for Breen (56), N Moran 6 for S Tobin (46), P Tobin 6 for McCarthy (56).

Clare — D Tuohy 6; P Vaughan 7, C Cooney 6, D O’Donovan 8; P Donnellan 9, C Dillon 6, P O’Connor 8; N O’Connell 6, L Markham 7; F Lynch 8, J Conlon 9, J Clancy 6; C Ryan 6, D McMahon 6, C McGrath 6. Subs: D Honan 8 for McMahon (18), C Morey 6 for Ryan (58).

Ref — J McGrath (Westmeath)

 

Limerick claim Allianz League Division 2 title

From the GAA.ie web site

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Clare 2-13 Limerick 4-12

Limerick were crowned Allianz Hurling League Division 2 champions after a 4-12 to 2-13 defeat of Clare in a thrilling game at a packed Cusack Park, Ennis on Saturday night. More importantly, though, Donal O’Grady’s side have been promoted to the top tier of the Allianz Hurling League in 2012, with Kevin Downes proving their match winner, netting an exceptional solo goal in the 66th minute to help the Treaty men over the line. Limerick finished the game by hitting 1-4 without reply after they appeared to be in big trouble when Darach Honan and Conor McGrath had scored second half goals for the Banner County. But Downes brought his tally to 1-2 for the night when he hit a crucial goal with just four minutes left, his powerful run along the endline matched by a brilliant finish from a tight angle.

Limerick led by 2-6 to 0-8 at the break after a similarly impressive finish to the half, when they scored 1-3 in a row in the closing stages, including a lucky goal that Seamus Hickey will claim but which Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy should have saved. There was heartache for Clare in the Division 2 final for the second year in a row, after Ger O’Loughlin’s men were beaten by Wexford in the 2010 decider. Clare were two points up thanks to early scores from play from Liam Markham and Nicky O’Connell. However, Limerick responded with a goal from their first attack, after six minutes, Seán Tobin flicking the ball to the net after Richie McCarthy’s brilliant run.

Clare, though, appeared to be in control in an exciting opening quarter which was played at Championship pace. Colin Ryan and Nicky O’Connell soon put them back in the lead with well-taken points. Limerick were struggling to make any inroads in attack and while the pace of the game did slow down, the Banner men were 0-8 to 1-3 ahead by the 31st minute and looked set to take a comfortable lead into the half-time break. But the first half was turned on its head two minutes before the break, when Hickey’s long-range effort somehow ended up in the Clare net. His miss-hit shot dropped well short, but Tobin appeared to distract Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy and the ball slipped through his grasp and dribbled over the line.

Limerick then hit three more points before the break, Downes, McCarthy and Paul Browne all hitting the target to give Donal O’Grady’s side a 2-6 to 0-8 lead at half-time. If the first half had ended dramatically, the start of the second half was its equal. Honan, the leggy full forward who had been brought on as a first half sub, gathered possession and cut through the Limerick defence before unleashing a rocket to the back of the net. The goal came less than 40 seconds after the restart and two minutes later the home side were level when John Conlon fired his first score of the game. Conlon’s influence on the game grew as the half wore on and his third of the evening had Clare a point up, 1-11 to 2-7, with 20 minutes left.

And then the Banner appeared to have made the winning break for the line when Conor McGrath pounced on a low ball into the full-forward line, gathered possession cleverly and cracked an unstoppable shot past Nicky Quaid. When Honan tacked on a point, Limerick were four points down and in real trouble. But Limerick’s comeback began in earnest in the 54th minute with Declan Hannon’s goal and although Conlon’s fourth score nudged Clare two points clear again, it was all Limerick in the last 15 minutes. Paul Browne levelled the game with a fine score, before Downes’ stunning goal and two more points won the game for the Treaty men, Niall Moran sending over the final score of the game for a 4-12 to 2-13 win.

Limerick Scorers: S Tobin 1-1, R McCarthy 0-4 (0-3f), K Downes 1-2, P Browne 0-2, S Hickey 1-0, D Hannon 1-1, D O’Grady 0-1, N Moran 0-1.

Clare Scorers: L Markham 0-1, N O’Connell 0-3 (0-2f), C Ryan 0-2 (0-2f), F Lynch 0-2, D Honan 1-1, J Conlon 0-4, C McGrath 1-0

Munster MHC S-Final 1st Playoff – Cork 0-25 Kerry 2-6

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final 1st Playoff

Cork 0-25 Kerry 2-6

Report by Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

CORK’S aspirations of winning this year’s Munster minor hurling championship remain intact, but Saturday night’s victory over Kerry at Páirc Uí Chaoimh was not without anxiety. Thirteen points separated the sides at the end, Cork limiting their visitors to just a point in the second half as Robert O’Shea producing a master class in free taking. Late in the first half Kerry had their noses in front as points from Luke Fitzell and Padraig Boyle edged them into a 0-10 to 2-5 lead by the 24th minute. Goals from Shane Dunne and then Boyle, who was proving a good outlet at full-forward, had been the catalyst for a Kingdom turnaround as they wiped out a six-points lead to draw level (0-9 to 2-3). By half-time, a brace from O’Shea ensured Cork were back in front, but facing a testing 30 minutes.

The hosts though responded well on the restart with four points in the first five minutes, three by O’Shea and one from the impressive Alan Cadogan, to settle nerves. The Rebels wasted a number of good chances due to poor finishing while a great block from Kerry full-back Dougie Fitzell denied Pa O’Callaghan a goal in the 43rd minute. O’Shea was in flawless form, however, and Kerry’s attack floundered, with a Boyle point in the 58th minute, tipped over by Cork goalkeeper Gary Minihane, all they had to show for their second-half efforts. Cork travel to Thurles Sunday to face Tipperary with a place in the semi-final against Clare the prize.

Scorers for Cork: R O’Shea 0-13 (0-11f), A Cadogan 0-4, K McIntyre, C Murphy, P O’Callaghan, D Sweetnam 0-2 each.

Scorers for Kerry: P Boyle 1-3, S Dunne 1-0, R Heffernan, PJ Connolly, L Fitzell 0-1 each.

CORK: G Minihane; Alan Dennehy, C Barry, Anthony Dennehy; K Burke, C Spillane, C Walsh; S O’Keeffe, K McIntyre; A Cadogan, D Cahill, C Murphy; P O’Callaghan, D Sweetnam, R O’Shea.

Subs: D Morrissey for McSweeney (half-time), K O’Keeffe for Cahill (53), B O’Connell for McIntyre (56), P White for O’Callaghan (59), T Condon for Spillane (60).

KERRY: K Fitzgibbon; TB McElligott, D Fitzell, K O’Sullivan; M O’Halloran, D Collins, T Moore; E O’Connor, D Leahy; S Dunne, M Delaney, PJ Connolly; L Fitzell, P Boyle, R Heffernan.

Subs: P McGrath for Heffernan (8, injured), D Goulding for L Fitzell (51), V Savage for O’Connor (57), D Lynch for O’Halloran (60).

Referee: S Hourigan (Limerick)

Next Round – Cork now play Tipperary in the Semi-Final 2nd playoff on Sunday May 8th at 3:30pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Admission Prices
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Cork Kerry
2011 Team Management John Considine (Sarsfields – Coach); Ronan Dwane (Aghada);
John O’Callaghan (Donoughmore);
Seán McGrath (Glen Rovers); Jim O’Sullivan (Castlemagner)
Ger McCarthy (Causeway – Manager); Joe Walsh (Kilmoyley – Coach / Trainer); Andy O’Sullivan (Kenmare),  Joe Walsh (Kilmoyley),
John Paul Leahy (Ballyduff), Maura Griffin (Physio),
Ger Maunsell (Team Attendant)
2011 Team Captain Colm Spillane
(Castlelyons)
Kieran Fitzgibbon
(Kenmare)
2010 Championship Performance Cork defeated Tipperary after extra time in the first round before losing out to Waterford in the semi-final (after a replay) by 2-17 to 1-13. Lost to Limerick in the first round before losing to Clare in the Semi-Final 1st playoff.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 32 0
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2008 N/A
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 35
Won – 23
Lost – 9
Drawn – 3
Played – 12
Won – 0
Lost – 12
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship April 1st 2005 at Austin Stack Park Tralee – Cork 4-28 Kerry 0-1 – Munster First Round

 

MUNSTER GAA HURLING MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

First Round

Wednesday April 27th

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford v Tipperary 7.15pm

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Cork v Limerick 7.15pm

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Clare v Kerry 7:15pm


Losers Group Play-off 1

Saturday April 30th

@ Páirc Uí Chaoimh                       Cork v Kerry 6:30pm

Losers Group Play-off 2

Sunday May 8th

Tipperary v Winner of Losers Group Play-off 1

(See date and venue permutations below)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary v Cork 3:30pm

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary v Kerry 3:30pm

Semi-Finals

Friday June 24th

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford v Limerick 7:30pm

@ Venue TBC                                  Clare v Winners of Losers Group Play-off 2       7:30pm

EXTRA TIME IN ALL GAMES UP TO THE FINAL

Final

Sunday July 10th


2011 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Waterford 2-16 Tipperary 1-13 – April 27th @ Walsh Park Waterford (Munster First Round)

Waterford: P Cooke; J Barron, D Ahern, C Walsh; S O’Neill, D Foley, J Power; R Barry, S Roche; D Flynn, J Dillon, A O’Sullivan; S Bennett, C Kervick, C Chester.
Subs: S McNulty for Roche (48), M Harney for Kervick (52),C Heffernan for O’Sullivan (58).

Tipperary: J Maher; J Bourke, J Meagher, J Peters; C Barrett, J Forde, T Hamill; C Hammersley, E Fennelly; S Maher, P Ralph, T Kirwan; L McGrath, D McCormack, C Horan.
Subs: B Heffernan for Ralph (39), B Maher for Hammersley (41), P Ryan for Horan (53).

Referee: Derek Mackessy (Limerick)

Limerick 2-14 Cork 0-12 – April 27th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster First Round)

Limerick: PJ Hall; S Irwin, B O’Connell, B Murphy; L Ryan, C Keogh, B Lynch; D Morrissey, D Dee; D Reidy, S Dowling, B O’Connor; K O’Brien, M Fitzgibbon, J Aherne.
Subs: E O’Farrell for Dowling (inj. 9); Dowling for O’Farrell (30); J Mullins for O’Brien (51); J Lenihan for Fitzgibbon (56); C O’Riordan for Dee (inj. 60).

Cork: G Minihane; K Burke, C Spillane, A Dennehy; C Walsh, D Sweetman, K McIntyre; R O’Shea, C Buckley; S O’Keeffe, D Cahill, C Murphy; A Cadogan, J Fitzgerald, K O’Keeffe.
Subs: P O’Callaghan for O’Keeffe (38); C McSweeney for Buckley (40); C Cullinane for Fitzgerald (49); P White for O’Shea (53).

Referee: Damien Fox (Clare)

Clare 6-24 Kerry 1-8 – April 27th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster First Round)

Clare – E Quilligan, J Browne, N O’Connor, S Morey, M Moroney, J Shanahan, G O’Connell, C Galvin, T Kelly, A Mulready, C O’Connell, F Melody, S O’Donnell, O Hickey, A Cunningham,

Subs: P Duggan for F Melody (h/t), J Colleran for M Moroney (48), S McGrath for A Cunningham (50), D Moloney for S Morey (50), D Barry for G O’Connell (56)

Kerry – K Fitzgibbon, T Moore, D Fitzell, M O’Halloran, D Collins, T Barrett, K O’Sullivan, E O’Connor, M Delaney, R Heffernan, P J Connolly, L Fitzell, D Goulding, P Boyle, S Dunne

Subs: T B McElligott for M O’Halloran (43), P McGrath for D Goulding (46), And D Leahy For: L Fitzell (50)

Referee: John O’Brien (Tipperary)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Hurling Championship

 

Oisin Hickey (Clare) – 3-1
Jake Dillon (Waterford) – 0-10 (0-8 frees, 0-1 ‘65)
Liam McGrath (Tipperary – 0-8 (0-7 frees)
Alan Mulready (Clare) – 2-2
Robert O’Shea (Cork) – 0-7 (0-7 frees)
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-7 (0-4 frees)
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 0-6
Cathal O’Connel (Clare) – 0-6 ( 0-4 frees)
Jack Aherne (Limerick) – 1-2
Cein Chester (Waterford) – 1-2
Padraig Boyle (Kerry) – 1-1

Jason Forde (Tipperary) – 1-1 (1-0 free)
Shane O’Donnell (Clare) – 1-1
David Reidy (Limerick) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
P J Connolly (Kerry) – 0-3
Brendan O’Connor (Limerick) – 1-0
Micheal Harney (Waterford) – 1-0
Adam O’Sullivan (Waterford) – 0-3

Colm Galvin (Clare) – 0-3
Tony Kelly (Clare) – 0-3
Muiris Delaney (Kerry) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Shane Dunne (Kerry) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Dan McCormack (Tipperary) – 0-2

Shane Roche (Waterford), Cathal Horan (Tipperary), Sean Maher (Tipperary), Mike Fitzgibbon (Limerick), Alan Cadogan, Cormac Murphy, Cormac Walsh, Kevin O’Keeffe (0-1 free), Pa O’Callaghan (0-1 free), Gearoid O’Connell (Clare), Jarleth Colleran (Clare) – 0-1 each

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (36), Cork (32), Limerick (5), Waterford (4), Clare (3)

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1928 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mh_teams/

Munster Minor Hurling Cup

There is no name on the Munster Minor Hurling Cup. The cup itself was presented by T.W.A. Shannon Airport in 1946.

All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship

In the Minor Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Tipperary and Cork are tied for second in the charts with 18 titles each behind Kilkenny’s 20 titles. Limerick have 3 titles (1940, 1958, 1984), Waterford have won 2 titles (1929, 1948) while Clare’s only title to date came in 1997.

Of the last 12 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Finals played, the Irish Press Cup has only returned to Munster on 3 occasions – Cork (2001) and Tipperary (2006 and 2007). Of the other 9 titles since 1999, Galway have 5 and Kilkenny have captured 4.

Tipperary were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1996, 2006, 2007

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001

Munster Minor Hurling Finals

1928    @ Mitchelstown          Cork 3-4                      Waterford 3-2

1929    @ Waterford               Waterford 7-5              Tipperary 1-2

1930    @ Cork                       Tipperary 4-3              Cork 0-3

1931    @ Clonmel                  Tipperary 6-5              Waterford 6-2

1932    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 7-8              Clare 3-0

1933    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-1              Cork 2-2

1934    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-6              Waterford 0-6

1935    @ Cork                       Tipperary 4-3              Cork 2-1

1936    @ Mitchelstown          Cork 6-5                      Tipperary 1-4

1937    @ Cork                       Cork 8-4                      Limerick 3-2

1938    @ Cork                       Cork 9-3                      Kerry 0-0

1939    @ Thurles                   Cork 8-3          `           Clare 0-2

1940    @ Thurles                   Limerick 8-3                Clare 0-4

1941    @ Limerick                 Cork 4-6                      Tipperary 3-3

1942    Championship Abandoned

1943    No Championship

1944    No Championship

1945    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 8-10                        Clare 0-2

1946    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 5-6              Cork 4-2

1947    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 2-7              Waterford 1-2

1948    @ Thurles                   Waterford 3-6              Tipperary 0-2

1949    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-6              Clare 5-5

1950    @ Killarney                 Tipperary 12-3                        Clare 2-0

1951    @ Limerick                 Cork 5-11                    Limerick 1-3

1952    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 10-7                        Clare 1-2

1953    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-11                        Limerick 3-3

1954    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-5              Limerick 2-3

1955    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 8-11                        Waterford 2-5

1956    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 10-10          Waterford 4-4

1957    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 3-8              Limerick 1-4

1958    @ Thurles                   Limerick 8-9                Waterford 2-5

1959    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-8              Limerick 1-4

1960    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 6-7              Galway 4-3

1961    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 7-11                        Cork 1-6

1962    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 4-11                        Cork 4-1

1963    @ Limerick                 Limerick 4-12              Tipperary 5-4

1964    @ Limerick                 Cork 2-14                    Tipperary 2-9

1965    @ Limerick                 Limerick 5-5                Tipperary 3-9

1966    @ Limerick                 Cork 6-7                      Galway 2-5

1967    @ Limerick                 Cork 4-10                    Limerick 0-3

1968    @ Limerick                 Cork 7-8                      Waterford 4-2

1969    @ Limerick                 Cork 1-12                    Tipperary 2-4

1970    @ Limerick                 Cork 3-8                      Tipperary 4-4

1971    @ Killarney                 Cork 6-13                    Clare 3-5

1972    @ Thurles                   Cork 4-11                    Limerick 0-3

1973    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 5-12                        Limerick 5-4

1974    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-7                      Tipperary 2-10

@ Dungarvan             Cork 2-11                    Tipperary 2-7

1975    @ Limerick                 Cork 3-16                    Tipperary 1-7

1976    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-10                        Limerick 5-6

1977    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-8                      Limerick 2-7

1978    @ Thurles                   Cork 1-14                    Tipperary 3-6

1979    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-17                    Limerick 4-4

1980    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-17                        Limerick 1-4

1981    @ Thurles                   Clare 3-13                   Tipperary 3-11

1982    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-10                        Limerick 1-7

1983    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-15                        Limerick 2-8

1984    @ Thurles                   Limerick 3-6                Tipperary 2-7

1985    @ Cork                       Cork 1-13                    Tipperary 1-8

1986    @ Killarney                 Cork 3-10                    Tipperary 2-13

@ Kilmallock               Cork 2-11                    Tipperary 1-11

1987    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-11                        Cork 2-9

1988    @ Limerick                 Cork 5-7                      Tipperary 1-2

1989    @ Cork                       Clare 2-13                   Limerick 2-11

1990    @ Thurles                   Cork 1-9                      Clare 0-9

1991    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-13                        Limerick 1-5

1992    @ Cork                       Waterford 4-7              Tipperary 3-10

@ Cork                       Waterford 2-10            Tipperary 0-14

1993    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 1-12                        Cork 1-9

1994    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-15                    Waterford 0-9

1995    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-18                    Waterford 0-10

1996    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 2-18                        Waterford 1-11

1997    @ Cork                       Tipperary 2-13                        Clare 1-13

1998    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-18                    Clare 0-8

1999    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-13                        Clare 2-7

2000    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-19                    Limerick 1-10

2001    @ Cork                       Tipperary 1-13                        Cork 1-6

2002    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-7              Cork 2-7

2003    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 2-12                        Cork 0-16

2004    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-13                    Tipperary 3-8

2005    @ Cork                       Cork 2-18                    Limerick 1-12

2006    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-20                    Tipperary 1-15

2007    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 0-18                        Cork 1-11

2008    @ Limerick                 Cork 0-19                    Tipperary 0-18

2009    @ Thurles                   Waterford 0-18            Tipperary 1-13
2010    @ Thurles                   Clare 1-16                   Waterford 1-11

Odds and Ends

The last 3 counties to win the Munster Minor Hurling Championship all lost their first round matches. 2010 champions Clare lost to Waterford by 1-21 to 0-16 before qualifying via the Losers Group and defeated Waterford by 1-16 to 0-11 in the Munster Final. 2009 champions Waterford lost to Clare in the first round by 1-12 to 0-14 before getting back on track with wins over Limerick, Clare and Tipperary to win the final. Cork lost in the 2008 first round to Clare by 2-17 to 2-16 before securing victories over Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary.

Clare are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-16 to 1-11 victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium Thurles. David O’Halloran’s 38th minute goal proved the decisive score helping Clare to victory.

The winning Clare team and scorers were as follows – Ronan Taaffe; Haulie Vaughan, Paul Flanagan (Captain), Seadna Morey; Enda Boyce, Kevin Lynch, Stephan O’Halloran (0-1); Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly (0-2); Cathal Malone, Paudge Collins, Jamie Shanahan (0-1); David O’Halloran (1-3, 0-1 free), Niall Arthur (0-6, 0-5 frees, 0-1 65), Daire Keane (0-3). Subs: Alan Mulready for Malone (48), Cathal O’Connell for Collins (59)

Kerry’s Minor Hurling captain is Kieran Fitzgibbon from the 2010 Kerry County Minor Hurling champions Kenmare. Aided by players from the Dr Crokes and Kilgarvan clubs, Kenmare’s victory means the Sean Lovett Memorial Cup resides in the South of the county for the first time since 1988.

Limerick’s victory over Kerry in the first round of the 2010 Munster Minor Hurling Championship snapped a 7 game losing streak in the competition dating back to 2006.

Clare have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 6 years. Waterford have the next best consecutive streak with at least 1 victory in the last 4 years.

Cork have the best record in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship since 2000, winning 23 and drawing 3 of their 35 matches played, one victory better than Tipperary’s record.

Kerry’s last victory in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship came against Waterford in 1938, a 3-3 to 2-1 success in the semi-final. Cork defeated Kerry in the final.

Christy Ring Cup Hurling – Kerry 1-20 Meath 1-17

EGAN GOAL ENOUGH TO SEE KINGDOM REACH RING SEMI FINALS

Christy Ring Cup – Rd 2: Kerry 1-20 Meath 1-17

By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie

Kerry after withstanding initial Meath resistance in the opening half, eventually came good in the second half of this Christy Ring Cup second round game, played at the Austin Stack Park on Saturday afternoon.  It was the result more than the performance that mattered to Kerry  and John Meyler but the Kerry boss will want his team to up their performance a couple of notches for the semi final. However one of the positives from yesterday’s win, was the fact that Kerry will now have a three week break before they play the semi final, against a team yet to come through the back door and this will give the Kingdom time to put things right.  It should also see the return of a number of key regulars from injury and suspension, including Andrew Keane, Colin Harris, John Griffin and Mike Conway to mention just four.

Kerry’s defence was solid enough with the fullback line of James Godley, Tom Murnane and Eamon Fitzgerald outstanding throughout and Murnane and Fitzgerald certainly saved Kerry’s bacon late on.  Darran Dineen had a fine game at midfield with his surging runs and point taking while John Egan showed all his artistry when moved to the attack late on, with his 65th minute goal proving to be the crucial score.  However, Kerry failed to collect any worthwhile breaking ball around the middle third of the field, although some of fetching and work rate of Jason Casey at wing back for the Kingdom was magnificent , and was another factor that contributed to this narrow Kerry win.

The Kerry attack never moved with the fluency that it can, but when the red lights were flashing twenty minutes into the second half, the team responded with young James Flaherty showing deft stick work to level the contest at (0-17 apiece) and for the final ten minutes, Kerry blitzed Meath and won have won far more comfortably but for Meath’s last minute goal.  Overall, it was very much a case of mission accomplished by Kerry, but John Meyler and his management team will be keen to try and get the side performing consistently for longer periods, but to be in the Christy Ring Cup semi final’s without ever having hit top gear, might well mean that the big performance will come on the day that matters most, in the semi final and/or hopefully the final!

Kerry had to make one change before the start when they lost Mike Conway, but Liam Boyle came in to play the pivotal role at number six, and had a fine first half. Kerry opened brightly and raced 0-7 to 0-3 clear inside the opening twelve minutes, thanks to three points from Shane Nolan and two pointed frees from Darragh O’Connell and one each from the Boyle brothers Aidan and Mikey. In fact Aidan’s effort in the 11th minute deserved a goal after a sweeping move started by Jason Casey, saw Gary O’Brien find James Flaherty on his right and Flaherty’s inviting low cross was met by Boyle whose goal bound shot was brilliantly deflected over the bar by keeper Shane McCann.

Meath had two points from wing forward Joey Keena and one from free taker Nicky Horan but Kerry after such a bright opening seemed to take their foot of the pedal and Meath got back into the game thanks to contributions from Horan, Keena and Peter Durnin.  The game was tied at 0-10 apiece after twenty minutes and Kerry should have goaled in the 24th minute, when Jason Casey fetched a superb ball in a forest of hurls and played the ball through to Gary O’Brien, who had only the keeper to beat, but he somehow missed the gaping goal, and had to settle for a point instead.

Kerry shot a number of bad wides approaching half time, and Shane Nolan was almost through for a goal on the stroke of half time, but he was hauled down, just missing out on a penalty by a whisker. Darragh O’Connell did try for a goal, his rasping shot was turned over the bar, as Kerry led 0-13 to 0-10 at the interval.  Kerry were forced to regroup for the second half with Adrian Royle coming in for Aidan Boyle and that resulted in Liam Boyle moving from defence to the forty.

Meath were on top in the third quarter as Kerry appeared to be strangely listless and with Horan unerring from frees, Kerry lost their way up front and other than a Darragh O’Connell free, in the opening twenty four minutes of the second half, no other forward scored , with Kerry’s other two points coming from midfielder Darren Dineen.  In fact Meath led briefly twice, firstly 0-16 to 0-15 when Peter Durnin pointed and then in the 55th minute when Horan converted a close in free for a foul on himself.

However Kerry upped the tempo for the final fifteen minutes with Eamon Fitzgerald, Tom Murnane and Darran Dineen driving them on and they put the issue beyond doubt with a succession of points from James Flaherty, Shane Nolan, and Darragh O’Connell was followed by a 65th minute goal, set up by a low cross field pass from Mikey Boyle, that John Egan caught and ghosting past a couple of Meath defenders, he clinically finished to the roof of the Meath net for the crucial score from one of Kerry’s classiest finishers.

Meath huffed and puffed late on but they could not blow Kerry’s house down, with the magnet like hands of Tom Murnane and Eamon Fitzgerald repelling their best efforts and despite a great late save from Bernard Rochford, Michael Cole did score an injury time consolation goal but it was only a consolation! Kerry now awaits their semi final opponents in three weeks time and still looks the team to beat in the Christy Ring Cup.

Scorers:

Kerry

D O’Connell 0-7 ( 0-6 frees), J Egan 1-1, S Nolan 0-4, D Dineen, M Boyle, J Flaherty 0-2 each, G O’Brien and A Boyle 0-1 each

Meath

N Horan 0-7 ( 0-6 frees, 0-1 ’65), M Cole 1-1, J Keena and P Durnin 0-3 each G O’Neill, N Kirby and S O’Donoghue 0-1 each

Man of the Match: Tom Murnane (Kerry)

Teams:

Kerry

B Rochford 7 , J Godley 7 , T Murnane 9 , E Fitzgerald 8 , J Casey 8 , L Boyle 7 , P O’Grady 7 , D Dineen 8 , J Egan 8 , M Boyle 7 , G O’Brien 6 , S Nolan 7 , D O’Connell 6 , A Boyle 6 , J Flaherty 7 Subs; A Royle 7 for A Boyle (h/t), P O’Keeffe 6 for S Nolan inj (52)

Meath

S McCann 7 , D O’Donoghue 6 , E Fitzgerald 7 , W Mahady 7 , M Horan7 , P Fagan 8 , D Kirby7 , P Keogh 6 , G O’Neill 7 , J Keena 8 , N Kirby 6 , M Cole 8 , D Raleigh 5 , N Horan 7 , P Durnin 7

Subs: P Geoghan 7 for D Raleigh (28), S O’Donoghue8 for P Keogh (h/t), E Keogh 6 for G O’Neill (65)

Referee: C Lyons (Cork) 8

Munster MHC First Round – Waterford 2-16 Tipperary 1-13

Waterford defeated Tipperary by 2-16 to 1-13 in the Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship First Round on Wednesday at Walsh Park Waterford.

Harney goal seals the honours for Waterford

Waterford 2-16 Tipperary 1-13

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, April 28, 2011

AN injury-time goal by substitute Michéal Harney put the seal on Waterford’s win over Tipperary in a frantic finish to last night’s Munster MHC quarter-final in Walsh Park. In splendid conditions, the Déise youngsters were merited victors but they had to withstand a ferocious late rally from a Tipperary team that trailed at one point in the second half by nine points. Waterford’s performance levels dropped considerably in the second half and their anxiety grew as Tipperary chipped away at their advantage. Tipperary’s brilliant free-taker Liam McGrath landed his eighth point of the match in the 55th minute to trim the gap to a single point. But they could not draw level and Waterford kept their heads admirably to close out the game.

Their outstanding centre-forward Jake Dillon held his nerve under pressure to convert two frees that stretched Waterford’s lead to three points. They were forced to survive a barrage of Tipperary pressure before breaking up the field in injury-time when corner-forward Stephen Bennett combined to set up Harney who lashed his shot to the net. It was fitting that Dillon was central to Waterford’s late rally as the De La Salle player provided great leadership throughout. In his third year in the inter-county minor ranks, Dillon justified his growing reputation with a superb 0-10 haul. The majority of his scores were sourced from placed balls but he drew plenty of those fouls from the Tipperary defence with his surging runs forward. Dillon’s clubmate Adam O’Sullivan at wing-forward and corner-forward Cein Chester were others to make a vital input to the Waterford attacking cause.

The defeat has significant repercussions for Tipperary’s ambitions as they must now prepare for a play-off against Cork or Kerry on Saturday week to salvage their season. Ultimately, their poor shooting in front of goal proved extremely costly as they racked up 17 wides. Ten of those misses arrived in the first half during a period where Tipperary enjoyed territorial dominance. In the second half they were grateful to the quality marksmanship of McGrath from placed balls and the major impact that captain Jason Forde made when shifted to midfield. That helped ignite Tipperary’s comeback but they had left themselves with too much of a deficit to bridge. In an eight-minute period either side of the interval, Tipperary were outscored by 1-6 to 0-1 and that was a critical phase in shaping the eventual outcome.

Tipperary midfielder Eoin Fennelly and wing-forward Stephen Maher became more prominent influences while full-back John Meagher was a colossal presence at the back. By the 16th minute they had pulled level through a McGrath free but Waterford hit back to forge a 0-8 to 0-5 advantage. Tipp kept things tight on the scoreboard courtesy of points by McGrath and Cathal Horan yet Waterford pounced for a vital goal before the break. Midfielder Shane Roche launched a long ball forward that slipped from the grasp of Tipperary netminder James Maher and fell perfectly for Cein Chester, who bundled his shot to the empty net.

Waterford’s position of supremacy was 1-9 to 0-7 at the break and they built on that early in the second half to power 1-14 to 0-8 ahead. Tipperary faced a daunting challenge at that stage but they made an excellent attempt to get back into contention. They shut up shop at the back where Meagher was outstanding and prevented Waterford from scoring for 20 minutes during the second half. Forde kick-started their revival when he smashed a 20-yard free to the net in the 43rd minute and Tipperary maintained that initiative to only trail by a point during the finale. But Waterford overcame their second-half lethargy to generate a fine finish that saw them claim the honours.

Scorers for Waterford: J Dillon 0-10 (0-8f, 0-1 ‘65); C Chester 1-2; M Harney 1-0; A O’Sullivan 0-3; S Roche 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: L McGrath 0-8 (0-7f); J Forde 1-1 (1-0f); D McCormack 0-2; C Horan, S Maher 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: P Cooke; J Barron, D Ahern, C Walsh; S O’Neill, D Foley, J Power; R Barry, S Roche; D Flynn, J Dillon, A O’Sullivan; S Bennett, C Kervick, C Chester.

Subs: S McNulty for Roche (48), M Harney for Kervick (52),C Heffernan for O’Sullivan (58).

TIPPERARY: J Maher; J Bourke, J Meagher, J Peters; C Barrett, J Forde, T Hamill; C Hammersley, E Fennelly; S Maher, P Ralph, T Kirwan; L McGrath, D McCormack, C Horan.

Subs: B Heffernan for Ralph (39), B Maher for Hammersley (41), P Ryan for Horan (53).

Referee: Derek Mackessy (Limerick)

Team News

The Tipperary minor hurling team to play Waterford in the Munster championship quarter final on Wednesday next, April 27 at Walsh Park, Waterford at 7.15pm has been named:

1. James Maher (Clonoulty Rossmore)

2. James Bourke (Moycarkey Borris)

3. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney)

4. Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

5. Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill)

6. Jason Forde (Silvermines) Captain

7. Thomas Hamill (JK Brackens)

8. Conor Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore)

9. Eoin Fennelly (Mullinahone)

10. Pat Ralph (Moycarkey Borris)

11. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

12. Tom Kirwan (Ballybacon Grange)

13. Cathal Horan (Mullinahone)

14. Sean Maher (Clonoulty Rossmore)

15. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)

Waterford Minor Team to play Tipperary in the Munster Minor Championship on Wednesday 27th in Walsh Park at 7.15pm

1. Paddy Cooke Ballygunner

2. Jamie Barron Fourmilewater

3. Damien Ahern Ferrybank

4. Colin Walsh St. Olivers

5. Stephen O’Neill Mount Sion

6. Darren Foley Clashmore

7. Jim Power Butlerstown

8. Ray Barry St. Carthage’s

9. Shane Roche Cois Brid

10. Darragh Flynn Erin’s Own

11. Jake Dillon De La Salle

12. Adam O’Sullivan De La Salle

13. Stephen Bennett St. Carthage’s

14. Chris Kervick Ballygunner (CAPTAIN)

15. Cein Chester Roanmore

Admission Prices
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Tipperary Waterford
2011 Team Management Raymie Ryan (Manager – Cashel King Cormacs),
Ray Ralph (Moycarkey-Borris), Liam Flannery
(Nenagh Eire Og),
Jim Dunne (Moyle Rovers)
2011 Team Captain Jason Forde
(Silvermines)
Chris Kervick
(Ballygunner)
2010 Championship Performance Lost to Cork after extra time in the first round before losing to Clare by 0-17 to 1-13 in the Semi-Final playoff at Cusack Park Ennis. Defeated Clare and Cork (after a replay) to qualify for the Munster Final. Lost to Clare by 1-16 to 1-11 in the Munster Final.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 36 4
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2007 2009
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 33
Won – 22
Lost – 8
Drawn – 3
Played – 26
Won – 8
Lost – 15
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship July 12th 2009 at Semple Stadium Thurles – Waterford 0-18 Tipperary 1-13. Martin O’Neill scored 10 points to help Waterford to their first Munster title in 17 years.

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (36), Cork (32), Limerick (5), Waterford (4), Clare (3)

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1928 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mh_teams/

Munster Minor Hurling Cup

There is no name on the Munster Minor Hurling Cup. The cup itself was presented by T.W.A. Shannon Airport in 1946.

All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship

In the Minor Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Tipperary and Cork are tied for second in the charts with 18 titles each behind Kilkenny’s 20 titles. Limerick have 3 titles (1940, 1958, 1984), Waterford have won 2 titles (1929, 1948) while Clare’s only title to date came in 1997.

Of the last 12 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Finals played, the Irish Press Cup has only returned to Munster on 3 occasions – Cork (2001) and Tipperary (2006 and 2007). Of the other 9 titles since 1999, Galway have 5 and Kilkenny have captured 4.

Tipperary were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1996, 2006, 2007

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001

Munster Minor Hurling Finals

1928    @ Mitchelstown          Cork 3-4                      Waterford 3-2

1929    @ Waterford               Waterford 7-5              Tipperary 1-2

1930    @ Cork                       Tipperary 4-3              Cork 0-3

1931    @ Clonmel                  Tipperary 6-5              Waterford 6-2

1932    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 7-8              Clare 3-0

1933    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-1              Cork 2-2

1934    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-6              Waterford 0-6

1935    @ Cork                       Tipperary 4-3              Cork 2-1

1936    @ Mitchelstown          Cork 6-5                      Tipperary 1-4

1937    @ Cork                       Cork 8-4                      Limerick 3-2

1938    @ Cork                       Cork 9-3                      Kerry 0-0

1939    @ Thurles                   Cork 8-3          `           Clare 0-2

1940    @ Thurles                   Limerick 8-3                Clare 0-4

1941    @ Limerick                 Cork 4-6                      Tipperary 3-3

1942    Championship Abandoned

1943    No Championship

1944    No Championship

1945    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 8-10                        Clare 0-2

1946    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 5-6              Cork 4-2

1947    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 2-7              Waterford 1-2

1948    @ Thurles                   Waterford 3-6              Tipperary 0-2

1949    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-6              Clare 5-5

1950    @ Killarney                 Tipperary 12-3                        Clare 2-0

1951    @ Limerick                 Cork 5-11                    Limerick 1-3

1952    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 10-7                        Clare 1-2

1953    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-11                        Limerick 3-3

1954    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-5              Limerick 2-3

1955    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 8-11                        Waterford 2-5

1956    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 10-10          Waterford 4-4

1957    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 3-8              Limerick 1-4

1958    @ Thurles                   Limerick 8-9                Waterford 2-5

1959    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-8              Limerick 1-4

1960    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 6-7              Galway 4-3

1961    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 7-11                        Cork 1-6

1962    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 4-11                        Cork 4-1

1963    @ Limerick                 Limerick 4-12              Tipperary 5-4

1964    @ Limerick                 Cork 2-14                    Tipperary 2-9

1965    @ Limerick                 Limerick 5-5                Tipperary 3-9

1966    @ Limerick                 Cork 6-7                      Galway 2-5

1967    @ Limerick                 Cork 4-10                    Limerick 0-3

1968    @ Limerick                 Cork 7-8                      Waterford 4-2

1969    @ Limerick                 Cork 1-12                    Tipperary 2-4

1970    @ Limerick                 Cork 3-8                      Tipperary 4-4

1971    @ Killarney                 Cork 6-13                    Clare 3-5

1972    @ Thurles                   Cork 4-11                    Limerick 0-3

1973    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 5-12                        Limerick 5-4

1974    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-7                      Tipperary 2-10

@ Dungarvan             Cork 2-11                    Tipperary 2-7

1975    @ Limerick                 Cork 3-16                    Tipperary 1-7

1976    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-10                        Limerick 5-6

1977    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-8                      Limerick 2-7

1978    @ Thurles                   Cork 1-14                    Tipperary 3-6

1979    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-17                    Limerick 4-4

1980    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-17                        Limerick 1-4

1981    @ Thurles                   Clare 3-13                   Tipperary 3-11

1982    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-10                        Limerick 1-7

1983    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-15                        Limerick 2-8

1984    @ Thurles                   Limerick 3-6                Tipperary 2-7

1985    @ Cork                       Cork 1-13                    Tipperary 1-8

1986    @ Killarney                 Cork 3-10                    Tipperary 2-13

@ Kilmallock               Cork 2-11                    Tipperary 1-11

1987    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-11                        Cork 2-9

1988    @ Limerick                 Cork 5-7                      Tipperary 1-2

1989    @ Cork                       Clare 2-13                   Limerick 2-11

1990    @ Thurles                   Cork 1-9                      Clare 0-9

1991    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-13                        Limerick 1-5

1992    @ Cork                       Waterford 4-7              Tipperary 3-10

@ Cork                       Waterford 2-10            Tipperary 0-14

1993    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 1-12                        Cork 1-9

1994    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-15                    Waterford 0-9

1995    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-18                    Waterford 0-10

1996    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 2-18                        Waterford 1-11

1997    @ Cork                       Tipperary 2-13                        Clare 1-13

1998    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-18                    Clare 0-8

1999    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-13                        Clare 2-7

2000    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-19                    Limerick 1-10

2001    @ Cork                       Tipperary 1-13                        Cork 1-6

2002    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-7              Cork 2-7

2003    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 2-12                        Cork 0-16

2004    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-13                    Tipperary 3-8

2005    @ Cork                       Cork 2-18                    Limerick 1-12

2006    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-20                    Tipperary 1-15

2007    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 0-18                        Cork 1-11

2008    @ Limerick                 Cork 0-19                    Tipperary 0-18

2009    @ Thurles                   Waterford 0-18            Tipperary 1-13
2010    @ Thurles                   Clare 1-16                   Waterford 1-11

Odds and Ends

The last 3 counties to win the Munster Minor Hurling Championship all lost their first round matches. 2010 champions Clare lost to Waterford by 1-21 to 0-16 before qualifying via the Losers Group and defeated Waterford by 1-16 to 0-11 in the Munster Final. 2009 champions Waterford lost to Clare in the first round by 1-12 to 0-14 before getting back on track with wins over Limerick, Clare and Tipperary to win the final. Cork lost in the 2008 first round to Clare by 2-17 to 2-16 before securing victories over Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary.

Clare are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-16 to 1-11 victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium Thurles. David O’Halloran’s 38th minute goal proved the decisive score helping Clare to victory.

The winning Clare team and scorers were as follows – Ronan Taaffe; Haulie Vaughan, Paul Flanagan (Captain), Seadna Morey; Enda Boyce, Kevin Lynch, Stephan O’Halloran (0-1); Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly (0-2); Cathal Malone, Paudge Collins, Jamie Shanahan (0-1); David O’Halloran (1-3, 0-1 free), Niall Arthur (0-6, 0-5 frees, 0-1 65), Daire Keane (0-3). Subs: Alan Mulready for Malone (48), Cathal O’Connell for Collins (59)

Kerry’s Minor Hurling captain is Kieran Fitzgibbon from the 2010 Kerry County Minor Hurling champions Kenmare. Aided by players from the Dr Crokes and Kilgarvan clubs, Kenmare’s victory means the Sean Lovett Memorial Cup resides in the South of the county for the first time since 1988.

Limerick’s victory over Kerry in the first round of the 2010 Munster Minor Hurling Championship snapped a 7 game losing streak in the competition dating back to 2006.

Clare have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 5 years. Waterford have the next best consecutive streak with at least 1 victory in the last 3 years.

Cork have the best record in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship since 2000, winning 23 and drawing 3 of their 34 matches played, one victory better than Tipperary’s record.

Kerry’s last victory in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship came against Waterford in 1938, a 3-3 to 2-1 success in the semi-final. Cork defeated Kerry in the final.

Munster MHC First Round – Clare 6-24 Kerry 1-8

Clare defeated Kerry by 6-24 to 1-8 in the Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship First Round on Wednesday at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

CLARE HAMMERS KERRY WITH SECOND HALF SCORING BLITZ

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – First Round Clare 6-24 Kerry 1-8

By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie

Plucky Kerry put up a brave show before succumbing in the second half of this Munster Minor Hurling Championship opener, to last years All-Ireland beaten finalists Clare at the Austin Stack Park Tralee this evening. It turned out to be a rout in the second half, as Clare stamped their superiority on proceedings and Kerry were simply blown away. It was disappointing from a Kerry viewpoint, as they put up a brave first half performance but they were always in trouble in the fullback line, as Clare possessed a very dangerous trio, who scored 4-8 between them.

However, before one rushes to judgement on these young Kerry hurlers, who hurled with vigour right to the end, it must be remembered that this Clare side is fancied by many shrewd observers, to be live All-Ireland contenders in September. Last year they were unlucky to lose the final late on to Kilkenny and they had eight players on duty from that squad tonight, including six starters while another three or four played in the Ard Scoil Ris Harty Cup winning side that just lost out to St Kieran’s from Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Colleges final. So this is a real strong Clare side, and while the margin of victory is disappointing, Kerry will never learn anything until they play teams that are better than them. Players like Daniel Collins, Tommy Barrett, Pat Joe Connolly, Muiris Delaney, Shane Dunne and Padraig Boyle should keep their heads up, as they will enjoy better days in the Green and Gold!

Clare was on top in every department with last years midfield pairing Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin imperious in the middle, while Aaron Cunningham tormented the Kerry defence with a six point haul. Tony Kelly chipped in with three points and it came in the 23rd minute, after Kerry keeper Kieran Fitzgibbon prevented a point by batting the ball clear, but dapper Ard Scoil Ris full forward Oisin Hickey blasted the loose ball to the net. Kerry thanks to a Padraig Boyle 13th minute goal actually led 1-2 to 0-4 but Clare pulled clear to lead 1-12 to 1-5 at the interval.

The game was three minutes into the second half when Clare scored two goals and point, with full forward Oisin Hickey completing his hat-trick. It was all one way traffic as the Banner lads shredded the Kerry defence with Aaron Cunningham firing over a succession of superb points from touch line until, he was withdrawn. Clare were in a different league to Kerry, whose challenge faded dramatically as goals from Shane O’Donnell and two from Alan Mulready saw the visitors cruise to a thirty one point victory. Clare advance to the semi finals, while Kerry faces the might of Cork on Saturday evening next at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Scorers

Clare

O Hickey 3-1, A Mulready 2-2, A Cunningham 0-6, C O’Connor 0-6 ( 0-4 frees), S O’Donnell 1-1, C Galvin and T Kelly 0-3 each, G O’Connell and J Colleran 0-1 each

Kerry

P Boyle 1-1, P J Connolly 0-3, M Delaney 0-2 (0-1 free), S Dunne 0-2 (0-1 free)

Clare – E Quilligan, J Browne, N O’Connor, S Morey, M Moroney, J Shanahan, G O’Connell, C Galvin, T Kelly, A Mulready, C O’Connell, F Melody, S O’Donnell, O Hickey, A Cunningham,

Subs: P Duggan for F Melody (h/t), J Colleran for M Moroney (48), S McGrath for A Cunningham (50), D Moloney for S Morey (50), D Barry for G O’Connell (56)

Kerry – K Fitzgibbon, T Moore, D Fitzell, M O’Halloran, D Collins, T Barrett, K O’Sullivan, E O’Connor, M Delaney, R Heffernan, P J Connolly, L Fitzell, D Goulding, P Boyle, S Dunne

Subs: T B McElligott for M O’Halloran (43), P McGrath for D Goulding (46), And D Leahy For: L Fitzell (50)

Referee: J O’Brien (Tipperary)

Team News

Clare MH team to play Kerry

Seadna Morey at Corner Back, Jamie Shanahan (who lined out at left half forward last year and now at Centre Back this year) Colm Galvin and Tony Kelly ( who will Caption the Team ) are the Mid Field Pairing again this year, are the only Players that remain from the Clare Minor Hurling Team that started in Last years All Ireland Minor Hurling Final against Kilkenny. Clare begin their First defence of their Munster Title , which they won in Thurles when they defeated Waterford in the Munster Final last July

1. Eibhear Quilligan E.O.Cuileagain Feakle

2. Jack Browne S.O.deBrun Ballyea

3. Niall O Connor N.O.Conchuir Newmarket

4. Seadna Morey S.O.Mora Sixmilebridge

5. Martin Moroney M.O.Maoiruanaidh Parteen

6. Jamie Shanahan S.O.Seanchain Sixmilebridge

7. Gearoid O Connell G.O.Conaill Ballyea

8. Colm Galvin C.O.Geailbhean Clonlara

9. Tony Kelly © A.O.Ceillaigh Ballyea

10. Alan Mulready A.O.Maoilbhride Sixmilebridge

11. Cathal O Connell C.O.Conaill Clonlara

12. Frank Melody F.O.Maoileidigh Newmarket

13. Shane O Donnell S.O.Donaill Eire Og Ennis.

14. Oisin Hickey O.hIci Meelick

15. Aaron Cunningham A.MacCuinneagain Wolfe Tones na Sionna.

16. Keith Hogan K.O hOgain Clooney/Quin

17. Jarleth Colleran J.O.Cailarainn St Josephs Doora/Barefield

18. Peter Duggan P.O.Duigain Clooney/Quin

19. Shane McGrath S.MacGrath Feakle

20. Dave Barry D.deBarra Clooney/Quin

21. Brian Carey B.O.Ciara Sixmilebridge

22. Damien Moloney D.O.Maolomhnaigh Meelick

23. Eoin Enright E. MacIonnrachtaigh Kilmaley

24. Oisin O Brien O.O.Brien Clonlara

 

The Kerry Minor Hurling team V Clare in Austin Stack Park on Wednesday 27th April at 7.15pm is as follows:

1. Kieran Fitzgibbon (Kenmare) Captain

2. Tadhg Moore (Dr. Crokes)

3. Dougie Fitzell (Kilmoyley)

4. Mikey O’Halloran (Ballyheigue)

5. Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley)

6. Tommy Barrett (Causeway)

7. Kevin O’Sullivan (Kenmare)

8. Eric O’Connor (Ballyduff)

9. Muiris Delaney (Causeway)

10. Ricky Heffernan (Lixnaw)

11. Pa Joe Connolly (Ballyduff)

12. Luke Fitzell (Kilmoyley)

13. David Goulding (Ballyduff)

14. Padráig Boyle (Ballyduff)

15. Shane Dunne (Ballyheigue)

16. Gearóid Sheehan (St. Brendan’s)

17. Paul McGrath (Causeway)

18. Darren Leahy (Causeway)

19. Tom B. McElligott (Crotta O’Neills)

20. Damien Lynch (Ballyduff)

21. Jason Wallace (Lixnaw)

22. Vincent Savage (Kilmoyley)

23. John Godley (Kilmoyley)

24. Tony Cunningham (Abbeydorney)

25. Keith Carmody (Causeway)

26. Cian Hussey (St. Brendan’s)

27. Seán Nolan (Kilmoyley)

Manager: Ger McCarthy (Causeway);

Coach / Trainer: Joseph Walsh (Kilmoyley)

Selectors: Andy O’Sullivan (Kenmare), Joe Walsh (Kilmoyley) & John Paul Leahy (Ballyduff)

Next Round – the winners play the winners of the Semi-Final 2nd playoff in the Munster Semi-Final on Friday June 24th.

The losers play the losers of Cork and Limerick in the Semi-Final 1st playoff on Wednesday May 4th.

Admission Prices
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Clare Kerry
2011 Team Management Gerry O’Connor (Eire Og Ennis – Joint Manager), Donal Moloney (Scariff – Joint Manager); Eamon Fennesey (Sixmilebridge – Selector);  Jimmy Browne (Clonlara – Selector)  Paul Kinnerk (Monaleen – Selector); Diarmuid Horgan  (Physio) Ger McCarthy (Causeway – Manager); Joe Walsh (Kilmoyley – Coach / Trainer); Andy O’Sullivan (Kenmare),  Joe Walsh (Kilmoyley),
John Paul Leahy (Ballyduff), Maura Griffin (Physio),
Ger Maunsell (Team Attendant)
2011 Team Captain Tony Kelly
(Ballyea)
Kieran Fitzgibbon
(Kenmare)
2010 Championship Performance Lost to Waterford in the first round before victories over Kerry, Tipperary and Limerick saw a rematch against Waterford in the Final. Clare won by 1-16 to 1-11 to captured the Munster title. Lost to Limerick in the first round before losing to Clare in the Semi-Final 1st playoff.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 3 0
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2010 N/A
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 30
Won – 13
Lost – 16
Drawn – 1
Played – 11
Won – 0
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship May 1st 2010 at Cusack Park Ennis – Clare 1-21 Kerry 2-7 – Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (36), Cork (32), Limerick (5), Waterford (4), Clare (3)

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1928 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mh_teams/

Munster Minor Hurling Cup

There is no name on the Munster Minor Hurling Cup. The cup itself was presented by T.W.A. Shannon Airport in 1946.

All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship

In the Minor Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Tipperary and Cork are tied for second in the charts with 18 titles each behind Kilkenny’s 20 titles. Limerick have 3 titles (1940, 1958, 1984), Waterford have won 2 titles (1929, 1948) while Clare’s only title to date came in 1997.

Of the last 12 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Finals played, the Irish Press Cup has only returned to Munster on 3 occasions – Cork (2001) and Tipperary (2006 and 2007). Of the other 9 titles since 1999, Galway have 5 and Kilkenny have captured 4.

Tipperary were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1996, 2006, 2007

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001

Munster Minor Hurling Finals

1928    @ Mitchelstown          Cork 3-4                      Waterford 3-2

1929    @ Waterford               Waterford 7-5              Tipperary 1-2

1930    @ Cork                       Tipperary 4-3              Cork 0-3

1931    @ Clonmel                  Tipperary 6-5              Waterford 6-2

1932    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 7-8              Clare 3-0

1933    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-1              Cork 2-2

1934    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-6              Waterford 0-6

1935    @ Cork                       Tipperary 4-3              Cork 2-1

1936    @ Mitchelstown          Cork 6-5                      Tipperary 1-4

1937    @ Cork                       Cork 8-4                      Limerick 3-2

1938    @ Cork                       Cork 9-3                      Kerry 0-0

1939    @ Thurles                   Cork 8-3          `           Clare 0-2

1940    @ Thurles                   Limerick 8-3                Clare 0-4

1941    @ Limerick                 Cork 4-6                      Tipperary 3-3

1942    Championship Abandoned

1943    No Championship

1944    No Championship

1945    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 8-10                        Clare 0-2

1946    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 5-6              Cork 4-2

1947    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 2-7              Waterford 1-2

1948    @ Thurles                   Waterford 3-6              Tipperary 0-2

1949    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-6              Clare 5-5

1950    @ Killarney                 Tipperary 12-3                        Clare 2-0

1951    @ Limerick                 Cork 5-11                    Limerick 1-3

1952    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 10-7                        Clare 1-2

1953    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-11                        Limerick 3-3

1954    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-5              Limerick 2-3

1955    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 8-11                        Waterford 2-5

1956    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 10-10          Waterford 4-4

1957    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 3-8              Limerick 1-4

1958    @ Thurles                   Limerick 8-9                Waterford 2-5

1959    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-8              Limerick 1-4

1960    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 6-7              Galway 4-3

1961    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 7-11                        Cork 1-6

1962    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 4-11                        Cork 4-1

1963    @ Limerick                 Limerick 4-12              Tipperary 5-4

1964    @ Limerick                 Cork 2-14                    Tipperary 2-9

1965    @ Limerick                 Limerick 5-5                Tipperary 3-9

1966    @ Limerick                 Cork 6-7                      Galway 2-5

1967    @ Limerick                 Cork 4-10                    Limerick 0-3

1968    @ Limerick                 Cork 7-8                      Waterford 4-2

1969    @ Limerick                 Cork 1-12                    Tipperary 2-4

1970    @ Limerick                 Cork 3-8                      Tipperary 4-4

1971    @ Killarney                 Cork 6-13                    Clare 3-5

1972    @ Thurles                   Cork 4-11                    Limerick 0-3

1973    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 5-12                        Limerick 5-4

1974    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-7                      Tipperary 2-10

@ Dungarvan             Cork 2-11                    Tipperary 2-7

1975    @ Limerick                 Cork 3-16                    Tipperary 1-7

1976    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-10                        Limerick 5-6

1977    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-8                      Limerick 2-7

1978    @ Thurles                   Cork 1-14                    Tipperary 3-6

1979    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-17                    Limerick 4-4

1980    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-17                        Limerick 1-4

1981    @ Thurles                   Clare 3-13                   Tipperary 3-11

1982    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-10                        Limerick 1-7

1983    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-15                        Limerick 2-8

1984    @ Thurles                   Limerick 3-6                Tipperary 2-7

1985    @ Cork                       Cork 1-13                    Tipperary 1-8

1986    @ Killarney                 Cork 3-10                    Tipperary 2-13

@ Kilmallock               Cork 2-11                    Tipperary 1-11

1987    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-11                        Cork 2-9

1988    @ Limerick                 Cork 5-7                      Tipperary 1-2

1989    @ Cork                       Clare 2-13                   Limerick 2-11

1990    @ Thurles                   Cork 1-9                      Clare 0-9

1991    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-13                        Limerick 1-5

1992    @ Cork                       Waterford 4-7              Tipperary 3-10

@ Cork                       Waterford 2-10            Tipperary 0-14

1993    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 1-12                        Cork 1-9

1994    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-15                    Waterford 0-9

1995    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-18                    Waterford 0-10

1996    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 2-18                        Waterford 1-11

1997    @ Cork                       Tipperary 2-13                        Clare 1-13

1998    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-18                    Clare 0-8

1999    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-13                        Clare 2-7

2000    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-19                    Limerick 1-10

2001    @ Cork                       Tipperary 1-13                        Cork 1-6

2002    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-7              Cork 2-7

2003    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 2-12                        Cork 0-16

2004    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-13                    Tipperary 3-8

2005    @ Cork                       Cork 2-18                    Limerick 1-12

2006    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-20                    Tipperary 1-15

2007    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 0-18                        Cork 1-11

2008    @ Limerick                 Cork 0-19                    Tipperary 0-18

2009    @ Thurles                   Waterford 0-18            Tipperary 1-13
2010    @ Thurles                   Clare 1-16                   Waterford 1-11

Odds and Ends

The last 3 counties to win the Munster Minor Hurling Championship all lost their first round matches. 2010 champions Clare lost to Waterford by 1-21 to 0-16 before qualifying via the Losers Group and defeated Waterford by 1-16 to 0-11 in the Munster Final. 2009 champions Waterford lost to Clare in the first round by 1-12 to 0-14 before getting back on track with wins over Limerick, Clare and Tipperary to win the final. Cork lost in the 2008 first round to Clare by 2-17 to 2-16 before securing victories over Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary.

Clare are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-16 to 1-11 victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium Thurles. David O’Halloran’s 38th minute goal proved the decisive score helping Clare to victory.

The winning Clare team and scorers were as follows – Ronan Taaffe; Haulie Vaughan, Paul Flanagan (Captain), Seadna Morey; Enda Boyce, Kevin Lynch, Stephan O’Halloran (0-1); Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly (0-2); Cathal Malone, Paudge Collins, Jamie Shanahan (0-1); David O’Halloran (1-3, 0-1 free), Niall Arthur (0-6, 0-5 frees, 0-1 65), Daire Keane (0-3). Subs: Alan Mulready for Malone (48), Cathal O’Connell for Collins (59)

Kerry’s Minor Hurling captain is Kieran Fitzgibbon from the 2010 Kerry County Minor Hurling champions Kenmare. Aided by players from the Dr Crokes and Kilgarvan clubs, Kenmare’s victory means the Sean Lovett Memorial Cup resides in the South of the county for the first time since 1988.

Limerick’s victory over Kerry in the first round of the 2010 Munster Minor Hurling Championship snapped a 7 game losing streak in the competition dating back to 2006.

Clare have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 5 years. Waterford have the next best consecutive streak with at least 1 victory in the last 3 years.

Cork have the best record in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship since 2000, winning 23 and drawing 3 of their 34 matches played, one victory better than Tipperary’s record.

Kerry’s last victory in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship came against Waterford in 1938, a 3-3 to 2-1 success in the semi-final. Cork defeated Kerry in the final.

Munster MHC First Round – Limerick 2-14 Cork 0-12

Limerick defeated Cork by 2-14 to 0-12 in the Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship First Round on Wednesday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Dowling lights up Limerick

Limerick 2-14 Cork 0-12

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, April 28, 2011

ON an evening when news of the shock retirement of Andrew O’Shaughnessy made its way around the well-populated stand in the Gaelic Grounds at this Munster minor hurling quarter-final, could it be that Limerick hurling has already found a suitable replacement – perhaps even two or three? This was a very impressive win by a very impressive Limerick outfit, but no one was more influential than powerful centre-forward Shane Dowling. When he went off after just nine minutes, having aggravated a shoulder injury picked, he had already notched all three Limerick points, putting them 0-3 to 0-1 ahead.

In the second-half, however, with the popped shoulder back in place, Shane was back, and added a further four points. He has size, power, but he also has hurling, great skills, and an eye for a score. He wasn’t on his own, however, not by a long way. In his absence wing-forward David Reidy from the Dromin-Athlacca club stepped up to collect the slack, took over the free-taking duties with aplomb, finished the game with four points. And there was more. Probably the guy who looked most like Shaughs (as he was universally known in Limerick) was corner-forward Jack Aherne; a bundle of energy, great balance, beautiful striker off either side, expert on sidelines, Jack too has an eye for the finish, ended the first-half with 1-2 from play, helped enormously to set Limerick on their way. In those three alone, up front, Limerick had three dangerous forwards.

The same could not be said of Cork, but alas, on this night at least, their attack was found seriously wanting. Three points from play was all they managed, 12 points in total, on a lovely evening for hurling and with a plentiful supply of possession. Now they’re condemned to the back-door route. Even in Dowling’s enforced absence Limerick continued to dominate the first half, built on that early superiority to lead at the break by a goal, 1-7 to 0-7. That goal, however, was of the fortunate variety, a long sideline cut from the left side that hopped in the square, where a little confusion between corner-back Killian Burke and keeper Gary Minihane allowed the ball cross the line. Most of Cork’s points were from placed balls, free-taker Robert O’Shea with four, corner-forward Kevin O’Keeffe with one from close range, wing-forward Cormac Murphy and wing-back Cormac Walsh getting the only points from play. The towering Murphy was an outstanding ball-winner, though his distribution left him down somewhat.

Into the second-half, and with Dowling now restored to the centre-forward slot, Limerick were purring. A succession of points — Dowling (4), Reidy and wing-forward Mike Fitzgibbon one each – had them five points ahead in the 54th minute (1-13 to 0-11, O’Shea with three Cork frees, and a point by corner-forward Alan Cadogan), when giant full-forward Brendan O’Connor pounced on a breaking ball, notched Limerick’s second goal. Game over, sub Pa O’Callaghan’s late free mere consolation for Cork.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 0-7 (0-4f); J Aherne 1-2; D Reidy 0-4 (0-2f); B O’Connor 1-0; M Fitzgerald 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: R O’Shea 0-7 (all frees); A Cadogan, C Murphy, C Walsh, K O’Keeffe (f), P O’Callaghan (f), 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: PJ Hall; S Irwin, B O’Connell, B Murphy; L Ryan, C Keogh, B Lynch; D Morrissey, D Dee; D Reidy, S Dowling, B O’Connor; K O’Brien, M Fitzgibbon, J Aherne.

Subs: E O’Farrell for Dowling (inj. 9); Dowling for O’Farrell (30); J Mullins for O’Brien (51); J Lenihan for Fitzgibbon (56); C O’Riordan for Dee (inj. 60).

CORK: G Minihane; K Burke, C Spillane, A Dennehy; C Walsh, D Sweetman, K McIntyre; R O’Shea, C Buckley; S O’Keeffe, D Cahill, C Murphy; A Cadogan, J Fitzgerald, K O’Keeffe.

Subs: P O’Callaghan for O’Keeffe (38); C McSweeney for Buckley (40); C Cullinane for Fitzgerald (49); P White for O’Shea (53).

Referee: D Fox (Clare)

For the Record

Cork Limerick
2011 Team Management John Considine (Sarsfields – Coach); Ronan Dwane (Aghada);
John O’Callaghan (Donoughmore);
Seán McGrath (Glen Rovers); Jim O’Sullivan (Castlemagner)
Shane Fitzgibbon (Manager), Ger Cunningham,
Mike Galligan,
Frankie Carroll,
George Lee 

 

2011 Team Captain Colm Spillane
(Castlelyons)
Stephen O Riordan
2010 Championship Performance Cork defeated Tipperary after extra time in the first round before losing out to Waterford in the semi-final (after a replay) by 2-17 to 1-13. Limerick defeated Kerry by 3 points in the first round at Kilmallock before losing to the eventual winners Clare by 1-17 to 2-12 in the semi-final.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 32 5
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2008 1984
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 34
Won – 23
Lost – 8
Drawn – 3
Played – 23
Won – 7
Lost – 14
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship May 7th 2008 at Pairc Uí Chaoimh – Cork 0-23 Limerick 1-11. Paul Haughney and Simon O’Brien scored 6 points each to help Cork to erase a 2 point interval deficit to win by 9 points in a Semi-Final playoff match.

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (36), Cork (32), Limerick (5), Waterford (4), Clare (3)

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1928 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mh_teams/

Munster Minor Hurling Cup

There is no name on the Munster Minor Hurling Cup. The cup itself was presented by T.W.A. Shannon Airport in 1946.


All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship

In the Minor Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Tipperary and Cork are tied for second in the charts with 18 titles each behind Kilkenny’s 20 titles. Limerick have 3 titles (1940, 1958, 1984), Waterford have won 2 titles (1929, 1948) while Clare’s only title to date came in 1997.

Of the last 12 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Finals played, the Irish Press Cup has only returned to Munster on 3 occasions – Cork (2001) and Tipperary (2006 and 2007). Of the other 9 titles since 1999, Galway have 5 and Kilkenny have captured 4.

Tipperary were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1996, 2006, 2007

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001

Munster Minor Hurling Finals

1928    @ Mitchelstown          Cork 3-4                      Waterford 3-2

1929    @ Waterford               Waterford 7-5              Tipperary 1-2

1930    @ Cork                       Tipperary 4-3              Cork 0-3

1931    @ Clonmel                  Tipperary 6-5              Waterford 6-2

1932    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 7-8              Clare 3-0

1933    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-1              Cork 2-2

1934    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-6              Waterford 0-6

1935    @ Cork                       Tipperary 4-3              Cork 2-1

1936    @ Mitchelstown          Cork 6-5                      Tipperary 1-4

1937    @ Cork                       Cork 8-4                      Limerick 3-2

1938    @ Cork                       Cork 9-3                      Kerry 0-0

1939    @ Thurles                   Cork 8-3          `           Clare 0-2

1940    @ Thurles                   Limerick 8-3                Clare 0-4

1941    @ Limerick                 Cork 4-6                      Tipperary 3-3

1942    Championship Abandoned

1943    No Championship

1944    No Championship

1945    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 8-10                        Clare 0-2

1946    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 5-6              Cork 4-2

1947    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 2-7              Waterford 1-2

1948    @ Thurles                   Waterford 3-6              Tipperary 0-2

1949    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-6              Clare 5-5

1950    @ Killarney                 Tipperary 12-3                        Clare 2-0

1951    @ Limerick                 Cork 5-11                    Limerick 1-3

1952    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 10-7                        Clare 1-2

1953    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-11                        Limerick 3-3

1954    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-5              Limerick 2-3

1955    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 8-11                        Waterford 2-5

1956    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 10-10          Waterford 4-4

1957    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 3-8              Limerick 1-4

1958    @ Thurles                   Limerick 8-9                Waterford 2-5

1959    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-8              Limerick 1-4

1960    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 6-7              Galway 4-3

1961    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 7-11                        Cork 1-6

1962    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 4-11                        Cork 4-1

1963    @ Limerick                 Limerick 4-12              Tipperary 5-4

1964    @ Limerick                 Cork 2-14                    Tipperary 2-9

1965    @ Limerick                 Limerick 5-5                Tipperary 3-9

1966    @ Limerick                 Cork 6-7                      Galway 2-5

1967    @ Limerick                 Cork 4-10                    Limerick 0-3

1968    @ Limerick                 Cork 7-8                      Waterford 4-2

1969    @ Limerick                 Cork 1-12                    Tipperary 2-4

1970    @ Limerick                 Cork 3-8                      Tipperary 4-4

1971    @ Killarney                 Cork 6-13                    Clare 3-5

1972    @ Thurles                   Cork 4-11                    Limerick 0-3

1973    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 5-12                        Limerick 5-4

1974    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-7                      Tipperary 2-10

@ Dungarvan             Cork 2-11                    Tipperary 2-7

1975    @ Limerick                 Cork 3-16                    Tipperary 1-7

1976    @ Cork                       Tipperary 5-10                        Limerick 5-6

1977    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-8                      Limerick 2-7

1978    @ Thurles                   Cork 1-14                    Tipperary 3-6

1979    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-17                    Limerick 4-4

1980    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-17                        Limerick 1-4

1981    @ Thurles                   Clare 3-13                   Tipperary 3-11

1982    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-10                        Limerick 1-7

1983    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 3-15                        Limerick 2-8

1984    @ Thurles                   Limerick 3-6                Tipperary 2-7

1985    @ Cork                       Cork 1-13                    Tipperary 1-8

1986    @ Killarney                 Cork 3-10                    Tipperary 2-13

@ Kilmallock               Cork 2-11                    Tipperary 1-11

1987    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-11                        Cork 2-9

1988    @ Limerick                 Cork 5-7                      Tipperary 1-2

1989    @ Cork                       Clare 2-13                   Limerick 2-11

1990    @ Thurles                   Cork 1-9                      Clare 0-9

1991    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-13                        Limerick 1-5

1992    @ Cork                       Waterford 4-7              Tipperary 3-10

@ Cork                       Waterford 2-10            Tipperary 0-14

1993    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 1-12                        Cork 1-9

1994    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-15                    Waterford 0-9

1995    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-18                    Waterford 0-10

1996    @ Limerick                 Tipperary 2-18                        Waterford 1-11

1997    @ Cork                       Tipperary 2-13                        Clare 1-13

1998    @ Thurles                   Cork 3-18                    Clare 0-8

1999    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 1-13                        Clare 2-7

2000    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-19                    Limerick 1-10

2001    @ Cork                       Tipperary 1-13                        Cork 1-6

2002    @ Cork                       Tipperary 3-7              Cork 2-7

2003    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 2-12                        Cork 0-16

2004    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-13                    Tipperary 3-8

2005    @ Cork                       Cork 2-18                    Limerick 1-12

2006    @ Thurles                   Cork 2-20                    Tipperary 1-15

2007    @ Thurles                   Tipperary 0-18                        Cork 1-11

2008    @ Limerick                 Cork 0-19                    Tipperary 0-18

2009    @ Thurles                   Waterford 0-18            Tipperary 1-13
2010    @ Thurles                   Clare 1-16                   Waterford 1-11

Odds and Ends

The last 3 counties to win the Munster Minor Hurling Championship all lost their first round matches. 2010 champions Clare lost to Waterford by 1-21 to 0-16 before qualifying via the Losers Group and defeated Waterford by 1-16 to 0-11 in the Munster Final. 2009 champions Waterford lost to Clare in the first round by 1-12 to 0-14 before getting back on track with wins over Limerick, Clare and Tipperary to win the final. Cork lost in the 2008 first round to Clare by 2-17 to 2-16 before securing victories over Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary.

Clare are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-16 to 1-11 victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium Thurles. David O’Halloran’s 38th minute goal proved the decisive score helping Clare to victory.

The winning Clare team and scorers were as follows – Ronan Taaffe; Haulie Vaughan, Paul Flanagan (Captain), Seadna Morey; Enda Boyce, Kevin Lynch, Stephan O’Halloran (0-1); Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly (0-2); Cathal Malone, Paudge Collins, Jamie Shanahan (0-1); David O’Halloran (1-3, 0-1 free), Niall Arthur (0-6, 0-5 frees, 0-1 65), Daire Keane (0-3). Subs: Alan Mulready for Malone (48), Cathal O’Connell for Collins (59)

Kerry’s Minor Hurling captain is Kieran Fitzgibbon from the 2010 Kerry County Minor Hurling champions Kenmare. Aided by players from the Dr Crokes and Kilgarvan clubs, Kenmare’s victory means the Sean Lovett Memorial Cup resides in the South of the county for the first time since 1988.

Limerick’s victory over Kerry in the first round of the 2010 Munster Minor Hurling Championship snapped a 7 game losing streak in the competition dating back to 2006.

Clare have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 5 years. Waterford have the next best consecutive streak with at least 1 victory in the last 3 years.

Cork have the best record in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship since 2000, winning 23 and drawing 3 of their 34 matches played, one victory better than Tipperary’s record.

Kerry’s last victory in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship came against Waterford in 1938, a 3-3 to 2-1 success in the semi-final. Cork defeated Kerry in the final.

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Munster Minor Camogie Final – Clare 2-9 Cork 2-7

Clare 2-09 Cork 2-07

Clare secured their third Munster Minor Camogie title in five years on Monday evening when producing a dramatic turnaround to edge out home side Cork by 2-9 to 2-7 in Mallow. Cork had battled hard and led for most of the game but never got more than a puck of the ball away from the visitors. This told in the end when Susan Fahy and Niki Kaiser were the heroes for the Banner, grabbing two last quarter goals to decisively swing the game in the visitors direction, as was Chloe Morey who played a captain’s role in scoring all nine points from placed balls.

This was the fifth successive minor final between the pair and it proved just as competitive as the previous offerings with never more than a puck of the ball separating the sides at any stage. Clare led by 0-5 to 0-3 approaching the interval but were undone by an Aoife Kiely goal that allowed the home side to hold a 1-4 to 0-5 advantage. Cork were value for this as there forward linne looked to have the Clare backs in trouble, while Clare would have been glad to hear the full time whistle as all their scores in the half had come from placed balls as they struggled to get past the Cork half back line.

A second goal in the 45th minute through Aine O’Donovan put Cork three points ahead but far from dropping their heads, Clare rallied and hit back immediately when Chloe Morey won a puck-out and picked out Susan Fahy on the wing who drove an effort to the net to level up the game.

Cork pushed ahead once more through a Katie Buckley point but by now, Clare were gathering momentum and they got their reward when Niki Kaiser seized upon a loose ball to drive her shot to the net from 20 metres. Chloe Morey extended Clare’s newfound lead to three in the 58th minute. Despite 2 glorious late opportunities for Cork’s Elaine Scally and Laura Burke points were what came of these attacked as Suzie O’Shea was very brave in the Clare net to challange the one coming players who were both one on one with the keeper but the chances were riffled over the bar, and Clare prevailed to take the silverware.

Clare Suzie O’Shea Niamh Cahill Maire McGrath Leanne Horan Vera Loughnane, Chloe Morey 9frs, Leanne Boyle , Orlaith Duggan Katie Cahill Helen Hehir Christina Glynn Ellen Horgan Susan Fahy 1gl Niki Kaiser 1gl Laura McMahon

Sub Clodagh Lawlor for McGrath (Inj)

Cork Grace O’Callaghan, Alanna Barry, Aoife Hennessy, Leanne O’Sullivan, Caroline Sugrue, Tessa Crowley, Aisling Moloney, Emma Crowley, Jennifer Barry, Aoife Kiely gl , Fionnula Neville 3frs, Aine O’Donovan gl, Julie Mulcahy, Michaelle Tobin, Katie Buckley 2pts

Subs Elaine Scally pt for E. Crowley , Laura Burke pt

Player of the Game Chloe Morey (Clare)

Referee Donal Leahy (Tipperary)

 

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Allianz Football League Division 1 Final – Cork 0-21 Dublin 2-14

Cork came from 7 points down midway through the second half to defeat Dublin by 0-21 to 2-14 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final on Sunday at Croke Park.

Match Reports

Cork show true grit to overhaul Dublin

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Rebels resurgent as second-half blitz prolongs capital’s title famine
Cork 0-21 Dublin 2-14
ALLIANZ NFL DIVISION 1 FINAL

THIS Cork squad is taking shape as one seriously powerful force. One All-Ireland and two Allianz League (Division 1) titles in the space of 12 months has taken them into territory not visited for 74 years as they emulated Mayo by winning successive spring competitions, separated by the major September prize. It tees them up perfectly for a shot at the double-double later this year and, on the evidence of their success over Dublin at Croke Park yesterday, they are primed to perfection for the big challenge. Beating a team that had been the most consistent in the divisional games was always going to demand a better performance than anything Cork had given so far. But it actually took a whole lot more than that after they were pushed into the deepest of holes by Dublin’s energy and industry.

The world must have looked a dark, lonely place for Cork when Diarmuid Connolly confidently looped over a point in the 40th minute to take Dublin eight points clear and seemingly on their way to a first National League title since 1993. They had finished the first half with four unanswered points and then added 1-2 in the opening five minutes of the second period in an enterprising burst that was reminiscent of the many fine periods they had put together in their previous seven games. Cork, who started without Nicholas Murphy, had lost Fintan Goold and John Miskella to injury in the first half and with Aidan Walsh and Eoin Cadogan also absent, it put a sizeable strain on their resources. Ominously, the response was one of relentless defiance which created a whole new momentum.

They outscored Dublin 0-11 to 0-2 in the final half hour, with the winning point coming from the enterprising Ciaran Sheehan in the 67th minute. Dublin’s only scores in that period came from their two best forwards, Kevin McManamon (56th minute) and Bernard Brogan (48th-minute free). Brogan was forced out with a hamstring pull in the 50th minute, a loss which was to prove crucial for Dublin. McManamon, who scored five points from open play in what was probably his best performance on the inter-county scene, plugged on but support levels were erratic as the Cork defence asserted itself. Nonetheless, Dublin had a few glorious chances to notch priceless points in the closing minutes but ‘Mossy’ Quinn miscued two scoreable frees (one was a real howler) while Barry Cahill also missed the target.

In contrast, Cork were neat and methodical as they chiselled into Dublin’s lead. They didn’t test Stephen Cluxton once with a goal-bound effort, remaining content to pick off points after skilfully crafted moves. The intelligent probing of the outstanding Patrick Kelly, the powerful running of Pearse O’Neill, the confident shooting of Sheehan and the growing influence of Donncha O’Connor all combined to worry the Dublin defence into repeating some of the mistakes which undermined them against Cork in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. Noel O’Leary, Michael Shields, freed of the demanding Brogan-watch role, Jamie O’Sullivan and sub Denis O’Sullivan also contributed handsomely to Cork’s ultra-effective rally.

So too did another substitute, Murphy, who came on five minutes from the end and marked his arrival by making an excellent catch. Such calmness under pressure was one of the essential differences between the teams. Cork, who have survived close calls before, trusted themselves to do the right thing. On the other hand, once the flow went against Dublin they became edgy and insecure. Passes went astray, players weren’t showing for the ball to the same degree as earlier, while their decision-making carried a high error rate. Just as they had done against Dublin and Down in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final and final, Cork exploited their opponents’ unease and were rewarded with a string of points which eventually took them over the winning line. Cork will regard it as a victory for confidence and experience, whereas Dublin were left facing the ghosts of past failures which were caused by poor finishes. Losing the final 30 minutes of a game 0-11 to 0-2 is a serious issue, bringing into question the defensive alignment.

The attack maintained their two-goals-per-game return and decorated it with 14 points which would usually be enough to win a game. Indeed, Dublin came mighty close to scoring a third goal in the ninth minute but Quinn’s shot was expertly saved by Cork goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran. Quinn had enjoyed better luck two minutes earlier when he whipped in Dublin’s first goal after being put through by Brogan. Dublin led 1-4 to 0-3 after 15 minutes before Cork hit four points to draw level. Kelly put Cork a point clear in the 26th minute but Dublin dominated the closing stages of the half, kicking four points to lead by 1-10 to 0-10 at the interval.

And when they started the second half so decisively, it really did look as if their title famine was about to end but Cork never panicked and instead treated Dublin’s eight-point lead as a challenge which just had to be met. They took it on intelligently, forcing their opponents deeper into defence and while Dublin had their break-out chances, the composure which underpinned their efforts for the first 40 minutes was conspicuously absent. That has to be a worry for Pat Gilroy as he looks ahead to the championship. Granted, they won’t be meeting sides of Cork’s calibre every day but Dublin are thinking in All-Ireland terms nowadays so the lessons learned yesterday will have to be studied in minute detail. They continue to amass big returns but remain unconvincing in defence. Not that Conor Counihan will be satisfied with his defence either. They conceded 2-12 in the first 40 minutes — indeed it could have been more — and while they tightened up after Brogan’s departure, it’s an area which will come in for scrutiny in the coming weeks. For now, they are happy to sign off on the spring campaign with another title and, equally importantly, clear evidence that their resolve remains just as solid as at any time last year.

Man of the Match: Patrick Kelly (Cork)

Scorers — Cork: D Goulding (2f), C Sheehan 0-4 each, P O’Neill, P Kelly, D O’Connor (1f) 0-3 each, J O’Sullivan, F Goold, N O’Leary, F Lynch 0-1 each. Dublin: B Brogan 1-3 (0-1f), K McManamon 0-5, T Quinn 1-2, D Connolly 0-2, B Cahill, K Nolan 0-1 each.

Cork: K O’Halloran 8; J O’Sullivan 7, R Carey 6, M Shields 7; N O’Leary 8, J Miskella 6, P Kissane 7; A O’Connor 6, P O’Neill 8; C Sheehan 8, P Kelly 9, F Goold 7; D Goulding 7, D O’Connor 7, P Kerrigan 5. Subs: F Lynch 6 for Goold (26), D O’Sullivan 7 for Miskella (28), D Goold 6 for Kerrigan (35), N Murphy 7 for A O’Connor (65).

Dublin: S Cluxton 7; M Fitzsimons 6, B Brogan 7, P McMahon 6; B Cahill 7, G Brennan 6, K Nolan 7; D Bastick 6, MD Macauley 7; B Cullen 7, K McManamon 8, P Flynn 6; B Brogan 8, D Connolly 7, T Quinn 7. Subs: D Daly 5 for Cullen (47), P Burke 6 for B Brogan (50), D Kelly 5 for Connolly (54), P Andrews 7 for Daly (62), D Lally for Cahill (72)

Ref — J McQuillan (Cavan)

 

Never-say-die Rebels retain League crown

From the GAA.ie web site

Cork retained their Allianz Football League Division 1 crown with a 0-21 to 2-14 defeat of Dublin at Croke Park on Saturday. The Rebels trailed by 2-12 to 0-10 with half an hour remaining after Tomás Quinn and Bernard Brogan had goaled for the Dubs, but a brilliant comeback from the All-Ireland champions saw them storm back to win by a point in a thrilling finish. While Cork showed great resilience to battle back thanks to superb performances from Patrick Kelly (0-3) and Ciaran Sheehan (0-4), Dublin will be kicking themselves after buckling with the finish line in sight and failing to score in the final 13 minutes. They kicked a series of wides in the closing stages, while Cork held their nerve to hit the last six scores of the game, with Sheehan, fittingly, hitting the winner with three minutes left.

Cork Scorers: D Goulding 0-4 (0-2f), J O’Sullivan 0-1, N O’Leary 0-1, P O’Neill 0-3, P Kelly 0-3, F Goold 0-1, D O’Connor 0-3 (0-1f), C Sheehan 0-4, F Lynch 0-1.

Dublin Scorers: K McManamon 0-4, B Cahill 0-1, K Nolan 0-1, B Brogan 1-3 (0-1f), D Connolly 0-2, T Quinn 1-2.

Cork: K O’Halloran; R Carey, M Shields, J O’Sullivan; N O’Leary, J Miskella, P Kissane; A O’Connor, P O’Neill; P Kerrigan, P Kelly, F Gould; D Goulding, D O’Connor, C Sheehan. Subs: F Lynch for Goold ’26 (inj), D O’Sullivan for Miskella ’28 (inj), D Goold for Kerrigan ’37 (inj), N Murphy for O’Connor ’65.

Dublin: S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, P Brogan, P McMahon; B Cahill, G Brennan, K Nolan; D Bastick, M D Macauley; P Flynn, K McManamon, B Cullen (capt.); T Quinn, D Connolly, B Brogan. D Daly for Cullen ’47 (inj), P Burke for Brogan ’51 (inj), D Kelly for Connolly ’55, P Andrews for Daly ’63, D Lally for Cahill 72’.

Referee: Joe McQuillan (An Cabhán)

Attendance: 36,438

Match Preview from GAA.ie

It has been remarked upon a number of times in recent years how the Allianz Football League has tended to start with a bang and end with a whimper, but today’s double-header at Croke Park should quickly dispel such talk. The meeting of the reigning All-Ireland champions and the game’s biggest crowd-pullers ensures that the 2011 competition enjoys a fitting finale. Dublin were just one of two unbeaten teams in this year’s group stages (Roscommon were the other) with their ability to plunder goals a major factor in that run. Betting against the holders of both major titles seems foolish, but the suspicion is that the Metropolitans may just edge it given their greater need for silverware.

As reigning All-Ireland and Allianz League Division 1 champions, Cork have well and truly ended their Croke Park hoodoo, while Dublin are at the stage in their development when a national title might just be the catalyst they need to achieve greater things this summer. Having met in a thrilling All-Ireland semi-final last August – which Cork won thanks to Donncha O’Connor’s cool finishing from placed balls late in the game – this has the potential to turn into one of the great modern day rivalries, with many experts predicting the pair could meet again in late summer/early autumn when the stakes might well be even higher.

They meet for the third time in the final (two were ‘home’ finals) with Cork having won all three in 1999, 1989 and 1952. Dublin are bidding for their ninth Allianz League crown while holders, Cork, are seeking their seventh title. The counties last met in the decider in 1999 when Cork won by 0-12 to 1-7 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Nicholas Murphy, still a key figure for Cork, was at midfield that day alongside Michael O’Sullivan on a team managed by Larry Tompkins. Current Cork manager, Conor Counihan was at centre-back on the Cork team that beat Dublin (0-15 to 0-12) in the 1989 decider.

Cork and Dublin clashed in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final which the Leesiders won by a point (1-15 to 1-14) in an outstanding contest. Dublin gained some measure of revenge when beating Cork by 3-13 to 0-16 in their Division 1 game last February. Cork are the defending League champions while Dublin are chasing their first title since 1993 when a team captained by John O’Leary and managed by Dr. Pat O’Neill beat Donegal in the final. Then, as now, Dublin’s opponents were the reigning All-Ireland champions.

Cork: K O’Halloran; R Carey, M Shields, J O’Sullivan; N O’Leary, J Miskella, P Kissane; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P O’Neill, P Kelly, F Gould; D Goulding, D O’Connor, C Sheehan.

Dublin: S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, P Brogan, P McMahon; B Cahill, G Brennan, K Nolan; D Bastick, M D Macauley; P Flynn, K McManamon, B Cullen (capt.); T Quinn, D Connolly, B Brogan

Cork’s paths to the final

Cork 0-17 Kerry 1-13

DUBLIN 3-13 CORK 0-16

Cork 1-15 Monaghan 1-12

Cork 3-17 Down 0-15

Cork 0-16 Galway 0-13

Mayo 1-13 Cork 0-14

Cork 2-15 Armagh 1-12

Played 7, Won 5, Lost 2

Average For: 1-16; Average Against: 0-16

Dublin’s path to the final

Dublin 2-12 Armagh 1-11

DUBLIN 3-13 CORK 0-16

Dublin 3-10 Kerry 1-15

Dublin 0-13 Monaghan 1-9

Dublin 4-15 Mayo 3-13

Dublin 2-10 Down 0-13

Dublin 2-9 Galway 0-15

Played 7, Won 6, Drew 1

Average For: 2-12; Average Against: 1-13

Previous Cork v Dublin League Finals

1999 – Cork 0-12 Dublin 1-7 (Pairc Ui Chaoimh)

1989 – Cork 0-15 Dublin 0-12 (Home final) (Pairc Ui Chaoimh)

1952 – Cork 2-3 Dublin 1-5 (Home final), Croke Park

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Aslan to join “Eggstravaganza” at Croke Park for fun-filled Easter Weekend in the Allianz Football League Finals

Croke Park is the place to be this Easter Weekend as there will be an action packed weekend of entertainment for all the family.

On Easter Saturday, there is a triple header at Croke Park as New York and Roscommon contest a Connacht Minor Football Championship encounter ahead of the Division III and IV Allianz Football League finals. In the Division III decider Louth take on Westmeath while in the Division IV final, current Connacht champions Roscommon pit their wits against Longford.

On Easter Sunday, upon arrival, the first 1,000 children to enter the stadium through the Cusack or Davin Stiles will receive a Cadbury’s Easter egg to enjoy during the day.

On the field of play, supporters can expect two entertaining games as some of the best players in the country will be on show when Laois take on Donegal in the Division II Allianz Football League decider and the “Boys” will be back in town, when Dublin take on Cork in the Division I final. Throw-in times are at 2.00pm and 4.00pm respectively.

Renowned Irish band Aslan will be on hand to entertain supporters at half-time of the Division I final. The band was formed in the mid 1980’s and they continue to tour the world and release platinum selling albums, even after almost 30 years.

As if this wasn’t incentive enough, patrons can avail of all of this entertainment for the very reasonable price of a ticket. Pricing details are as follows:

• Adults – €25

• Hill 16 – €15

• Juvenile (Under 16)/ Child – €5

Tickets can be purchased at www.gaa.ie.

Munster MFC S-Final 2nd Playoff – Clare 1-10 Limerick 0-10

Clare defeated Limerick by 1-10 to 0-10 in the Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final 2nd Playoff on Saturday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Match Report

Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final 2nd playoff

Clare 1-10 Limerick 0-10

Clare qualified for the Munster Minor Football Semi-Final against Cork by virtue of a three point victory over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening. Clare started strong and built up a 1-2 to 0-0 lead in the first quarter with Adrian Murrihy raising the green flag. The impressive Danny Frewen scored Limerick’s first point in the 17th minute and three further Frewen points and white flags from Limerick’s Francis O’Riordan and Danny Neville meant Clare’s lead was reduced to 1-4 to 0-6 at the interval.

Clare’s play improved in the second half, creating numerous goal chances which they failed to convert meaning that entering the final quarter, the sides were level at 1-6 to 0-9. However, Clare full-forward Niall Hickey helped put his team back in front with 3 pointed frees and when the impressive Clare midfielder Conor Cleary kicked a point from play in injury time, it sealed a hard fought victory for the Banner County.

Teams –

Clare: Darren Sexton; Conor Gavin, Jamie Malone, Oisin Vaughan; Stan Lineen, Darragh McDonagh, Craig O’Brien; Alan O’Neill, Conor Cleary (0-2); Eoin Cleary (0-2, 0-1 free), Ciaran Devitt, Adrian Murrihy (1-0); Martin O’Leary (0-1), Niall Hickey (0-5, 0-4 frees), Daragh Bolton

Subs: William Flynn for Adrian Murrihy (injured), Joey Rouine for Daragh Bolton, Jack Scanlon for William Flynn, James Sweeney for Craig O’Brien

Limerick: David Condron; Kevin Brosnan, Brendan McCarthy, Kevin O’Donoghue; Eoin O’Donnell, Shane O’Connor, Sean Barrett; Dara Tracey, Tommy Griffin; Dean Lillis, Denis O’Dea, Francis O’Riordan (0-1 free); Danny Neville (0-1), William Shanahan, Danny Frewen (0-7, 0-3 frees)

Subs: Jamie Quaid (0-1) for Francis O’Riordan (injured), Eoin Roche for William Shanahan, Kieran Larkin for Danny Neville, Kevin Meade for Denis O’Dea

Referee: Jer Lynch (Kerry)

Score breakdown

Clare 1-10 Limerick 0-10

5th minute – Eoin Cleary kicks a point from play for Clare to open the scoring – Clare 0-1 Limerick 0-0

8th minute – Adrian Murrihy makes a long run through the Limerick defence and finishes with aplomb to score a goal for Clare, getting injured in the process forcing his retirement – Clare 1-1 Limerick 0-0

15th minute – Niall Hickey kicks a nice point from play for Clare – Clare 1-2 Limerick 0-0

17th minute – Danny Frewen opens the scoring for Limerick with a point from play – Clare 1-2 Limerick 0-1

18th minute – Francis O’Riordan points a 13 metre free for Limerick and injures his hamstring in the process before being replaced – Clare 1-2 Limerick 0-2

21st minute – Danny Frewen finishes off a good passing move by Limerick by scoring a point from play – Clare 1-2 Limerick 0-3

22nd minute – Danny Neville kicks a point from play for Limerick – Clare 1-2 Limerick 0-4

24th minute – Danny Frewen points a free for Limerick and the sides are level – Clare 1-2 Limerick 0-5

27th minute – Eoin Cleary kicks a pointed free for Clare to put the Banner County back in front – Clare 1-3 Limerick 0-5

29th minute – Niall Hickey points a free for Clare – Clare 1-4 Limerick 0-5

34th minute – Danny Frewen kicks a long range point from play for Limerick – Clare 1-4 Limerick 0-6

HALF-TIME – Clare 1-4 Limerick 0-6 Clare 2 wides Limerick 5 wides

34th minute – Danny Frewen kicks a point from play for Limerick and the sides are level – Clare 1-4 Limerick 0-7

36th minute – Martin O’Leary kicks a point from play for Clare – Clare 1-5 Limerick 0-7

37th minute – Conor Cleary kicks a point from play for Clare – Clare 1-6 Limerick 0-7

38th minute – Danny Frewen is fouled and points the free himself – Clare 1-6 Limerick 0-8

40th minute – Martin O’Leary (Clare) gets a couple of goal chances in the space of a minute – the first went wide, the second rattled the crossbar and away to safety

43rd minute – Jamie Quaid kicks a point from play for Limerick – Clare 1-6 Limerick 0-9

44th minute – Niall Hickey points a free for Clare after being fouled himself – Clare 1-7 Limerick 0-9

47th minute – Niall Hickey points a free for Clare after being fouled himself – Clare 1-8 Limerick 0-9

49th minute – Niall Hickey’s goal bound effort from close range is blocked out for a 45 metre free

51st minute – Niall Hickey points a free for Clare after Martin O’Leary is fouled – Clare 1-9 Limerick 0-9

52nd minute – Danny Frewen points a free for Limerick after Sean Barrett is fouled after a good run – Clare 1-9 Limerick 0-10

61st minute – Conor Cleary kicks a point from play for Clare – Clare 1-10 Limerick 0-10

RESULT – Clare 1-10 Limerick 0-10 – Clare 5 wides Limerick 8 wides

Match Preview

On tomorrow evening (Saturday), Limerick will host Clare in the Munster Minor Football Championship 2nd playoff in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. The winners will have home advantage against the defending champions Cork in the Munster semi-final on Wednesday May 18th. In the Championship to date, Clare proved a match for Cork in the first round at Pairc Uí Rinn. However, Cork took their goal chances and Clare did not which proved the difference in a 2-10 to 0-11 victory for the Rebel County. Three days later, Clare got back on track with an impressive 14 point victory over Waterford at Dungarvan where goals proved no problem in a 4-14 to 1-9 victory. Limerick on the other hand have had one match to date, a disappointing 1-13 to 0-9 loss at the hands of Tipperary in a match played at Kilmallock. Based on known form, Clare would appear favourites to progress to a semi-final rematch with Cork. However, it’s less than a month since Limerick came from 5 points down against Clare in the Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship to earn a draw before winning out in extra time. With home advantage, Limerick will look recover from their first round defeat and neither team will be taking anything for granted in what looks like being an entertaining match on Easter Saturday evening. Jer Lynch of Kerry is in charge of the whistle and throw-in on Saturday is at 7:30pm.

For the Record

Limerick Clare
2011 Team Management Tom McGlinchy (Manager); Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher-Broadford),  Eamonn O’Neill (Ballylanders), James Moynihan
(South Liberties)
Michael Neylon (Corofin – Manager); Noel Normoyle (Kilmihil); Maurice Reidy (St.Joseph’s Miltown); Leo Donoghue (Kildysart)
2011 Team Captain Sean Barrett
(Kilmallock)
Conor Gavin
(Clondegad)
2010 Championship Performance Defeated Waterford in the first round before losing to Kerry by 2-15 to 0-7 in the semi-final at Newcastlewest Lost to Cork in the first round. Defeated Waterford in the Semi-Final 1st playoff before losing to Tipperary in the Semi-Final 2nd playoff by 1-8 to 1-3 at Thurles.
Number of Munster Minor Football titles 1 3
Last Munster Minor Football Title 1956 1953
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 36
Won – 10
Lost – 23
Drawn – 3
Played – 39
Won – 13
Lost – 22
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship April 16th 2008 at Cusack Park Ennis in the Semi-Final playoff 1– Limerick 1-9 Clare 1-5 – a Cormac Joyce-Power goal helped Limerick to a wind assisted 1-7 to 0-1 interval lead. Clare staged a 2nd half comeback but Limerick held out for a 4 point victory.

MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

First Round

Wednesday April 13th

@ Kilmallock                                     Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-9

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry 4-16 Waterford 0-6

@ Pairc Uí Rinn                               Cork 2-10 Clare 0-11

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Saturday April 16th

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Clare 4-14 Waterford 1-9

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Saturday April 23rd

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick v Clare 7:30pm

Semi-Finals

Wednesday May 18th

@ Tipperary venue                          Kerry v Tipperary 7:00pm

Cork v Winner of Semi-Final Play-off 2 (Limerick v Clare)

(See venue permutations below)

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Cork v Clare 7:00pm

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Cork v Limerick 7:00pm

EXTRA TIME IN ALL GAMES UP TO THE FINAL

Final

Sunday July 3rd

2011 Munster Minor Football Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-9 – April 13th @ Kilmallock (Munster First Round)

Tipperary: G Slattery; O O’Flynn, C O’Sullivan, P McGuire; B Maher, F Ryan, C O’Riordan; S O’Brien, D Butler; J Martin, P Quirke, I Foley; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, TJ Ryan.
Subs: D Lonergan for Martin (30); C Kennedy for Quirke (50); G Henry for Fahey (55); L Vance for O’Brien (59); E Fitzgerald for TJ Ryan (63)

Limerick: D Condron; S Barrett, K O’Donoghue, B McCarthy; E O’Donnell, S O’Connor, K Brosnan; D Tracey, T Griffin; J Quaid, D O’Dea, F O’Riordan; D Neville, K Larkin, D Frewen.
Subs: W Shanahan for Larkin (35); D Lillis for Quaid (43); K Meade for Barrett (48); L Hanly for Neville (52); N Mann for O’Dea (57)

Referee: Sean Jay (Kerry)

Cork 2-10 Clare 0-11 – April 13th @ Pairc Uí Rinn (Munster First Round)

Cork: J McDonnell; J Davis, C Dorman, K Hayes-Curtin; K Crowley, K Fulignati, K O’Hanlon; S Kiely, M Sugrue; B O’Driscoll, A Cadogan, D Harrington; D McEoin, S O’Mahony, C O’Sullivan.
Subs: D Murphy for O’Hanlon (half-time), S Ryan for Fulignati (42), J Corkery for Harrington (55), K McIntyre for Cadogan (57).

Clare: D Sexton; C Gavin, C O’Brien, O Vaughan; J Colleran, S Lineen, D Bolton; A O’Neill, D McDonagh; E Cleary, C Cleary, A Murrihy; M O’Leary, N Hickey, J Malone.
Subs: W Flynn for Malone (38), J Rouine for Bolton (42), C Devitt for O’Leary (52), J Sweeney for O’Brien (56), J Scanlon for Murrihy (58).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Kerry 4-16 Waterford 0-6 – April 13th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster First Round)

Kerry – S Murphy, P O’Se, T Morley, C Fitzgerald, M O’Connor, R Murphy, K Murphy, G O’Leary, S Keane, T Hickey, P Boyle, J O’Donoghue, D O’Brien, C Keating, J Moriarty
Subs: P Wrenn for K Murphy ( 54), K McCarthy for J Moriarty ( 54), I McCarthy for D O’Brien ( 56)

Waterford – C Mulcahy, P Houlihan, D Power, P Curran, L O’Corrain R O’Ceallaigh, S Hyslop, E O’Toole, D Hallihan, G Nugent, E Power, T Burke, E Kiely, R Donnelly, M Kiely
Subs: M Curry for D Power (41), J Jones for E O’Toole ( 51)

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)

Clare 4-14 Waterford 1-9 – April 16th @ Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff)

Clare – Darren Sexton; Conor Galvin (Captain), James Malone, Oisin Vaughan; Jarlath Colleran, Darragh McDonagh, Stan Lineen; Alan O’Neill, Conor Cleary; Eoin Cleary, Ciaran Devitt, Adrian Murrihy; Martin O’Leary, Niall Hickey William Flynn
Subs: Jack Scanlon for Adrian Murrihy, Conor McNeils for Jarlath Colleran, Luke Brannock for William Flynn, Cathal McConigley for Eoin Cleary, Paudie Nugent for Ollie Vaughan

Waterford – Conor Mulcahy; John Heffernan, Ray O Ceallaigh, PJ Curran; Lorcan O Corrain, David Hallihan, Sean Hyslop; Emmet O’Toole, Gavin Nugent; Michael Curry, Eamonn Power, Tadhg Burke; Michael Kiely, Ryan Donnelly, Eoin Kiely
Subs: Paul Connors for Emmet O’Toole, Dale Sheridan for Eoin Kiely, Jeff Jones for Michael Kiely, Adam O’Donoghue for Ryan Donnelly, Daniel Power for Sean Hyslop

Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Football Championship
Niall Hickey (Clare)  2-7 (0-3 frees)
Thomas Hickey (Kerry) – 1-5 (0-4 frees)
Conor Cleary (Clare) – 1-4
Dan MacEoin (Cork) 1-4 (0-2 frees)
Padraig Boyle (Kerry) –  2-1
Tadhg Burke (Waterford) 0-7 (0-6 frees)
Eoin Cleary (Clare) – 0-6 (0-4 frees)
Martin O’Leary (Clare) – 1-3 (1-0 penalty)
TJ Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-6 (0-3 frees)
Jeff O’Donoghue (Kerry) – 0-5 (0-3 frees)
Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) – 1-2
Gavin Nugent (Waterford) 0-5
Jamie Moriarty (Kerry) –  1-1
Cian O’Sullivan (Cork) 0-3
Stephen O’Mahony (Cork) 1-0
Francis O’Riordan (Limerick) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Dara Tracey (Limerick) 0-2
Dean Lillis (Limerick) 0-2
Eamonn Power (Waterford) 0-2
Ciaran Keating (Kerry) –  0-2
Philip Quirke (Tipperary) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Dean Lonergan (Tipperary) 0-2

Michael O’Connor (Kerry), Shaun Keane (Kerry), Brian O’Driscoll (Cork) (0-1 free), Kevin Crowley (Cork), Killian McIntyre (Cork), Jamie Malone (Clare), William Flynn (Clare), Liam McGrath (Tipperary), Jamie Quaid (Limerick), Denis O’Dea (Limerick), Danny Frewen (Limerick), Jack Scanlon (Clare), Alan O’Neill (Clare), Cathal McConigley (Clare), Dale Sheridan (Waterford), Emmet O’Toole (Waterford) – 0-1 each

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (41)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (5)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)

1956

Munster Minor Football Cup
The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at big Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary only All-Ireland success at this grade came in 1934. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 23 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (17 titles).

The All-Ireland Minor Football title has not been won by a Munster county since Cork’s 2-12 to 0-13 victory over Mayo in the 2000 Final. Since then, Ulster counties have won 7 of the 10 finals played, Connacht 2 titles and Leinster have 1 title.

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000

Odds and Ends

Cork are the defending Munster Minor Football Champions following a 1-8 to 1-7 victory over Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney. Corner-forward Brian Hurley scored 1-6 for the winners, including a 58th minute goal to complete a come from behind victory.

The winning Cork team and scorers were as follows – David Hanrahan; Kevin Fulignati , Damian Cahalane, Darren Murphy; Sean Ryan, Tom Clancy, Jamie Wall; Jamie Burns, John O’Rourke; Kevin Hallissey (0-1), Mark Sugrue, Alan Cronin; Kevin Sheehan (0-1 free), Shane Duggan, Brian Hurley (1-6, 0-4 frees)

Subs: Daniel Fitzgerald (Captain) for S Ryan (45), Dan McEoin for M Sugrue, Stephen O’Mahony for S Duggan (50).

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984 and 1995 when Tipperary were successful.

Tipperary have played 45 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, more than any other Munster county.

Waterford have won 1 Munster Minor Football Championship match out of 14 played since 2005.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001.

The Kerry manager Pat O’Driscoll was the manager of The Ardfert Senior Football team that captured All Ireland Club Junior Championship honours in 2006 and won the All-Ireland Club Intermediate Championship in 2007.

Clare Minor Footballers Eoin and Conor Clancy from the Milltown club are twin brothers.