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.