Feile Peil 2011

Feile Peil 2011 will be hosted by Cork on June 30th until July 2nd

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GAA Press Release

28.06.11

The 2011 Féile Peile na nÓg sponsored by Bus Éireann will take place this weekend in Co. Cork. The event, which will run from Thursday, June 30, until Saturday, July 2, will see Clubs from all over Ireland head south to take part in one of the GAA’s finest showpieces of young talent. This competition is a national festival of Football for boys and girls who are 14 and under. The winning teams are crowned All-Ireland champions in their respective competitions and it always provides a feast of Gaelic Games.

Clubs from around the country will head to Cork for the Féile weekend where they will be hosted by various Clubs within the county. Over 4,200 children will be participating, in almost 40 venues throughout Cork. Many accomplished footballers, past and present, have participated in Féile in their youth. One of the highlights of the weekend is the Parade which will take place in Cork City on Thursday evening, commencing from the Mardyke GAA grounds at 7:30pm.

The major finals will take place in Páirc Uí Rinn and Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday, July 2, while the group games will be played at different venues around the county such as Mallow, Mahon, Togher and Youghal. Full details are available from www.feilecorcaigh2011.gaa.ie. With just two days to go to the start of the 2011 Féile Peile na nÓg sponsored by Bus Éireann finals, Uachtarán Chumann Luthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana anticipates a unique celebration of Football once again this year.

“Féile is a momentous competition that our young members relish to participate in and they often remember these few days for the rest of their lives. I would like to congratulate and thank the countless people both in Cork and countrywide who have contributed in any way to the organising of this event and also to our new competition sponsors Bus Éireann.” “I wish all the competing teams and players who travel to Cork for the competition every success and hope that in addition to competing for titles everyone enjoys what should be a memorable weekend when friendships and bonds will be forged that last a lifetime.”

Andrew McLindon, PR Manager, Bus Éireann added: “Bus Éireann is the proud sponsor of Féile Peile na nÓg. We are delighted to be part of this remarkable sporting event and we wish everyone involved the very best of luck. We believe this is a great match for Bus Éireann as the tournament is a fantastic showcase of the commitment and energy of communities across Ireland.” A feast of Football is anticipated so please support the stars of the future. A round-up of the action will be available on www.gaa.ie at the weekend.

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Waterford 4-17 Limerick 3-15

Bennett edges Déise home in epic battle

Waterford 4-17 Limerick 3-15

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

DESERVING winners though Waterford were, it bordered on travesty that there had to be a loser in this pulsating Munster minor hurling championship semi-final that enthralled 3,208 fans at Walsh Park on Saturday.

Limerick, who looked like they’d be blown away after falling 12 points adrift inside 10 minutes, staged the most dramatic of comebacks which incredibly forced the hosts to grab a late equalising point that forced 20 minutes of extra-time.

It was a game that had everything and lacked in nothing. Many of the 39 scores were of vintage quality, there were outstanding individual displays on both sides, and throughout the nail-biting intensity of the exchanges the level of sportsmanship never dipped.

Waterford enjoyed a brilliant start with full forward Darragh Flynn scoring their opening goal inside a minute, and two further goal strikes by the outstanding Stephen Bennett in the 4th and 9th minutes had them 3-3 to nil in front with barely 10 minutes on the clock.

Limerick were visibly struggling all over the field, but it is to their credit that they managed to pick themselves off the floor although their opening score, a Mark Carmody point, didn’t come until the quarter hour.

Much better thereafter, and in fact they dominated the final quarter of the half territorially. An opportunist goal by their flying corner forward Kevin O’Brien just before the break was a tonic score, even if they were still nine points adrift at the break, 3-7 to 1-4.

If it was Waterford who enjoyed the flying first-half start it was Limerick’s turn to do so on the resumption. Now they were the side calling most of the shots, and with Dan Morrissey driving them on from midfield and O’Brien, Shane Dowling, and Mark Carmody posing a major threat up front, the Waterford lead was steadily eaten into.

They outscored Waterford by 1-5 to 0-1 in the third quarter — O’Brien again their goalscorer, and when he landed the sweetest of points in the 47th minute the sides were level for the first time.

However, a minute later man of the match Stephen Bennett — he is eligible in the minor grade for two more years and won’t be 16 until October — completed his hat trick with a brilliant close range strike.

Again the pendulum seemed to have swung back in the home side’s favour. But it was brief. Inside two minutes Carmody had the Shannonsiders back on level terms with another goal of superb quality and when he rifled over a point 60 seconds later his side had taken the lead for the first time.

They proceeded to go three points clear with five minutes remaining and looked to have completed the comeback but Waterford showed their character again and dynamic sub Cormac Heffernan’s equalising point in the 59th minute set up extra-time.

It was all Waterford thereafter as they rifled over five unanswered points in the first period, and two valiant but tired sides could manage just one further point each in the final 10 minutes as Waterford booked their Munster final place against Clare in what will be a repeat of the 2010 decider.

If Bennett, with 3-2, was the Déise match-winner there were other stellar performances too while substitutes Cormac Heffernan and Donal Breathnach also made huge impacts when introduced.

Limerick too had their stars and none more so than Dan Morrissey, Barry Lynch, Liam Ryan, Shane Dowling, Mark Carmody and Kevin O’Brien who were all heroic in defeat.

Scorers for Waterford: S Bennett (3-2), J Dillon (0-8, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65’), D Flynn (1-0), G O’Brien (0-3, 0-1 free), R Barry, S McNulty, C Heffernan, D Breathnach (0-1) each.

Scorers for Limerick: K O’Brien (2-3), M Carmody (1-4, 0-1 free), S Dowling (0-6, frees); J Ahern (0-2).

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

Subs: C Heffernan for Chester (42), M Harney for Flynn (49), I Kenny for Roche (53), J Power for Ahern (inj, 59), C Dunford for O’Neill (70), D Breathnach for O’Sullivan (71).

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

Subs: P Carroll for Keogh (26), S O’Riordan for Fitzgibbon (57), C O’Riordan or Murphy (66), Fitzgibbon for S O’Riordan (70), E O’Farrell for Dowling (inj. 71).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

 

Munster MHC: Waterford edge an epic

From the Hogan Stand web site

Waterford 4-17 Limerick 3-15 (aet)

Waterford moved into the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship final yesterday evening after a thrilling encounter with Limerick, which needed extra-time at Walsh Park to separate the sides. Having trailed by nine points at the interval, Limerick produced a superb second-half display which saw them draw level in injury-time and force extra-time after the full-time score had read 4-11 to 3-14. Waterford struck the first three points of extra-time through centre-forward Jake Dillon, which had them on their way to a provincial final meeting with Clare as they kept the Shannonsiders to just one score between the two ten-minute halves.

Goals from Darragh Flynn and Stephen Bennett (2) inside the opening nine minutes had handed Waterford the perfect start to this semi-final, before Limerick hit back with majors through the lethal Kevin O’Brien in the 28th and 44th minutes to narrow the deficit to a goal (3-8 to 2-8). Limerick struck the next three points via Jack Aherne, Shane Dowling and O’Brien the level, and further goals from Bennett and Mark Carmody at either end saw the sides having to play an extra 20 minutes to decide the contest.

Team News

Limerick (MH v Waterford): PJ Hall; S Irwin, B O’Connell, B Murphy; L Ryan, C Keogh, B Lynch; D Morrissey, D Dee; D Reidy, S Dowling, M Carmody; K O’Brien, M Fitzgibbon, J Aherne.

Waterford (MH v Limerick)

1. Paddy Cooke Ballygunner

2. Jamie Barron Fourmilewater

3. Damien Ahern Ferrybank

4. Colin Walsh St. Oliver’s

5. Stephen O’Neill Mount Sion

6. Darren Foley Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

7. Shane Roche Cois Brid

8. Gavin O’ Brien (Capt.) Roanmore

9. Ray Barry St. Carthage’s

10. Shane McNulty De La Salle

11. Jake Dillon De La Salle

12. Adam O’ Sullivan De La Salle

13. Stephen Bennett St. Carthage’s

14. Darragh Flynn Erins Own

15. Cein Chester Roanmore

For the Record

Limerick Waterford
2011 Team Management Shane Fitzgibbon (Manager), Ger Cunningham,
Mike Galligan,
Frankie Carroll,
George Lee 

 

Liam O’Connor (Manager), Dave Bennett (Coach),
Gary O’Keeffe,
Noel Kelly,
Michael Costello,
Paul Power (Runai)
2011 Team Captain Stephen O Riordan Gavin O’ Brien (Roanmore)
2010 Championship Performance 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. 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 5 4
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 1984 2009
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 24
Won – 8
Lost – 14
Drawn – 2
Played – 27
Won – 9
Lost – 15
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship May 6th 2009 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Waterford 4-8 Limerick 1-14 (Munster Semi-Final Playoff) – Waterford scored 2-2 in closing minutes to secure victory over Limerick.

 

MUNSTER GAA HURLING MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

First Round

Wednesday April 27th

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford 2-16 Tipperary 1-13

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick 2-14 Cork 0-12

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Clare 6-24 Kerry 1-8


Losers Group Play-off 1

Saturday April 30th

@ Páirc Uí Chaoimh                       Cork 0-25 Kerry 2-6


Losers Group Play-off 2

Sunday May 8th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 2-16 Cork 1-9


Semi-Finals

Friday June 24th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Clare v Tipperary 7:30pm

Saturday June 25th

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford v Limerick 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)

 

Cork 0-25 Kerry 2-6 – April 30th @ Pairc Uí Chaoimh (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff)

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: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)

Tipperary 2-16 Cork 1-9 – May 8th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final 2nd Playoff)

Tipperary:  Shane Hassett; James Bourke, John Meagher, Jack Peters; Thomas Hamill, Jason Forde (Captain), Cathal Barrett; Bill Maher, Eoin Fennelly;  Conor Hammersley (0-2), Dan McCormack (0-1), Pat Ralph; John McGrath (0-2); Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney – 0-9 frees), Cathal Horan (Mullinahone – 2-2)

Subs: Seamus Kennedy for Cathal Barrett, Barry Heffernan for John McGrath

Cork: Gary Minihane, Alan Dennehy, Colm Barry, Anthony Dennehy, Cormac Walsh, Colm Spillane, Killian Burke, Shane O’Keeffe, Killian McIntyre (0-2), Alan Cadogan, Dillon Cahill (0-1), Comac Murphy, Pa O’Callaghan (1-0), Darren Sweetnam (0-1), Rob O’Shea (0-5, 0-4f)

Subs: Cian Buckley for Barry (inj), Tomás Condon for Alan Dennehy, Danny Morrissey for Anthony Dennehy, Cillian Cullinane for Cadogan, John Fitzgerald for O’Keeffe

Referee: Pat Casey (Waterford)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Robert O’Shea (Cork) – 0-25 (0-22 frees)

Liam McGrath (Tipperary – 0-17 (0-14 frees, 0-2 ‘65)
Oisin Hickey (Clare) – 3-1
Jake Dillon (Waterford) – 0-10 (0-8 frees, 0-1 ‘65)
Padraig Boyle (Kerry) – 2-4
Cathal Horan (Tipperary) – 2-3
Alan Mulready (Clare) – 2-2
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-7 (0-4 frees)
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 0-6
Cathal O’Connel (Clare) – 0-6 ( 0-4 frees)
Pa O’Callaghan (Cork) – 1-3 (0-1 free)

Alan Cadogan (Cork) – 0-5
Jack Aherne (Limerick) – 1-2
Cein Chester (Waterford) – 1-2

Shane Dunne (Kerry) – 1-2 (0-1 free)

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) – 0-4
Killian McIntyre (Cork) – 0-4
Brendan O’Connor (Limerick) – 1-0
Micheal Harney (Waterford) – 1-0
Dan McCormack (Tipperary) – 0-3
Adam O’Sullivan (Waterford) – 0-3

Colm Galvin (Clare) – 0-3
Tony Kelly (Clare) – 0-3
Cormac Murphy (Cork) – 0-3
Darren Sweetnam (Cork) – 0-3
Conor Hammersley (Tipperary) – 0-2
John McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-2
Muiris Delaney (Kerry) – 0-2 (0-1 free)

Shane Roche (Waterford), Sean Maher (Tipperary), Mike Fitzgibbon (Limerick), Cormac Walsh (Cork), Kevin O’Keeffe (Cork) (0-1 free), Gearoid O’Connell (Clare), Jarleth Colleran (Clare), R Heffernan (Kerry), L Fitzell (Kerry), Dillon Cahill (Cork) – 0-1 each

Recent Meetings in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship

May 6th 2009 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Waterford 4-8 Limerick 1-14 (Munster Semi-Final Playoff)

Waterford scored 2-2 in closing minutes to secure victory over Limerick.

April 8th 2005 at Semple Stadium Thurles – Limerick 2-9 Waterford 2-8 (Munster First Round Replay)

Limerick led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the interval. The second half was more exciting with Eoin Ryan’s two goals sandwiching a Patrick Carney goal for Waterford. A John Carney penalty for Waterford ensured an exciting finish but Eoin Ryan’s 2-7 tally for the Shannonsiders proved the difference as Limerick held out for a 1 point victory.

March 31st 2005 at Semple Stadium Thurles – Limerick 1-11 Waterford 2-8 (Munster First Round)

Limerick led by 1-6 to 0-3 at the interval thanks to a Diarmuid O’Sullivan goal. A late Tommy Connors goal for Waterford forced extra time. The sides were level at 1-11 to 2-8 at half-time in extra time when referee Johnny Ryan (Tipperary) abandoned the game due to poor light.

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Odds and Ends

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.

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)

Of Cork’s 47 scores in the 2011 Munster Minor Hurling Championship, 24 came from placed balls.

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

 

 

 

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

 

Tipperary (36) – 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007

 

Cork (32) – 1928, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998 , 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

 

Limerick (5) – 1940, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1984

 

Waterford (4) – 1929, 1948, 1992, 2009

 

Clare (3) – 1981, 1989, 2010

 

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

All-Ireland GAA Football Championship Qualifiers Round 1 – Laois 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

McNulty’s men get campaign back on track

From the Irish Examiner newspaper

Saturday, June 25, 2011 – 08:59 PM

Laois 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

Justin McNulty’s Laois got their All-Ireland Championship back on track in impressive fashion this evening as they coasted to a comfortable victory over an outclassed Tipperary team at O’Moore Park. The home team dominated from first whistle until last, and played some eye-pleasing football with players like Darren Strong, Colm Begley and Ross Munnelly to the fore. MJ Tierney had been brought in from the cold after being left out of the Laois team that played Dublin, and he celebrated his return with the very first point of the match after just 25 seconds. He knocked over a ’45 a couple of minutes later, and then another man making his first Championship start of the season, Donie Kingston, justified his selection with a sweet point from the right wing that put Laois three to the good.

Barry Grogan slotted over a free to get Tipperary off the mark, but must of the traffic was still moving in the other direction and Laois eased into a four point lead thanks to smartly taken scores from Colm Begley and Brendan Quigley. Tipp were struggling to generate any sort of momentum and when Mulvihill knocked over his second free of the day, Laois promptly sailed down the field and stretched their lead further through points from Kingston (f) and the busy Ross Munnelly. Up to this point the Laois tandem of Padraig Clancy and Brendan Quigley had been completely on top in midfield, but as Tipperary’s partnership of George Hannigan and Seamus Grogan grew with the game, so did their team. Points from Johnny Cagney and Grogan (f) reduced the deficit to just three, and suddenly Laois were looking less sure of themselves.

But just when it seemed they were losing a grip on the game, Clancy claimed a high ball on the Tipp ’21 and hand-passed to the hard running Darren Strong who guided a well struck shot past Paul Fitzgerald. Tipp hit back with a Philip Austin point but Munnelly ensured Laois would take a six point advantage into the dressing-room when he curled over a beauty just before the half-time whistle. Tipp very nearly hauled themselves right back into it at the start of the second half when substitute Brian Coen slalomed through the Laois defence, but with just Eoin Culliton to beat he shot tamely. George Hannigan did better when he knocked over a fine point a couple of minutes later, but that would be as things would get for Tipp in the second half as Laois set about taking a firm grip on the game.

Points from Kingston, Strong, Munnelly and Tierney nipped the chance of a Tipperary comeback neatly in the bud, and then Laois killed off their opponents entirely when they scored their second goal of the match. The irrepressible Munnelly was the creator as he popped a perfect pass into the path of the charging Colm Begley who smashed an emphatic left-footed shot past Tipp ‘keeper Fitzgerald. That goal put Laois 2-12 to 0-7 ahead and sucked much of the life out of the game. Tipp were never going to engineer a comeback from this position, and Laois could afford to relax. Whenever Tipp did manager to string together a couple of scores, Laois simply put their foot on the gas again to maintain their advantage and in the final 15 minutes of the match coasted comfortably home.

Scorers

Laois: D Strong 1-2, MJ Tierney 0-5 (3 45s), C Begley 1-1, R Munnelly 0-3, D Kingston 0-3 (2f), J O’Loughlin 0-2.

Tipperary: B Grogan 0-4 (all frees), B Mulvihill 0-2, G Hannigan, H Coghlan, S Grogan, J Cagney, P Austin all 0-1

Laois: E Culliton; C Healy, K Meaney, P O’Leary; D Strong, S Julian, P McMahon; P Clancy, B Quigley; C Begley, J O’Loughlin, N Donoher; R Munnelly, D Kingston, MJ Tierney. Subs: D Booth for P O’Leary (ht) , K Lillis for P Clancy (45), G Kavanagh for N Donoher (48), B Brennan for R Munnelly (60), D Carroll for D Kingston (63)

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; C McGrath, C McDonald, A Morrissey; C Aylward, L Egan, D Dillon; G Hannigan, S Grogan; H Coghlan, B Fox, J Cagney; B Mulvhill, P Austin, B Grogan. Subs: B Coen for J Cagney, S Carey for C McGrath (both ht), N Curran for B Mulvihill (54), R Kiely for C Aylward (65), S Hahessy for H Coghlan (67)

Referee: M Condon (Waterford)

 

SFC Qualifier: routine win for Laois

From the Hogan Stand web site

25 June 2011

Laois cantered to a facile 2-16 to 0-11 defeat of Tipperary at Portlaoise tonight. It was all too easy for the O’Moore County, who were best served in the scoring stakes by MJ Tierney (0-5) and Darren Strong (1-2) as they claimed a double-scores success. The winners – who led by 1-8 to 0-5 at the break – got the first three points from Tierney, with a brace – one after 25 seconds and the other from a 45 – and Donie Kingston before the impressive Barry Grogan replied in the seventh. John O’Loughlin and Colm Begley replied with Laois minors and Brian Mulvihill got Tipp’s second point. But for two good saves from Paul Fitzgerald, the visitors could have trailed by more than 0-5 to 0-2.

Kingston (free) and Ross Munnelly made it 0-7 to 0-2. Johnny Cagney and Grogan (free) scored for Tipp to close the gap to three and the Premier County also felt that they should have had a penalty, but there was nothing doing. Emo wing back Strong got the first goal for Laois to double their lead with half time approaching and Tipp’s point in retaliation looked too be too little: 1-7 to 0-5. Munnelly pointed to leave six in it at half time.

Grogan had a goal chance excellently saved by Laois custodian Culleton before George Hannigan pointed for Tipp. But Kingston, Strong and Munnelly were all on target for Laois before Brian Mulvihill closed the gap to 1-11 to 0-7 eleven minutes into the second half. Captain Begley added a second Laois goal after Tierney pointed. Hugh Coughlan replied with an eighth point for Tipp: 2-12 to 0-8 after 54 minutes. Tipp got three (Seamus Grogan, O’Loughlin and Barry Grogan) of the next four scores but they were long since out of contention in this game. Tierney and Strong added to the winning haul and Grogan replied with a Tipp brace as the Munster county bowed out.

Team News

Laois (SFC v Tipperary) – Eoin Culleton, Cahir Healy, Kevin Meaney, Peter O’Leary; Darren Strong, Shane Julian, Padraig McMahon; Padraig Clancy, Brendan Quigley; Colm Begley, John O’Loughlin, Niall Donoher; Ross Munnelly, Donal Kingston, Michael J Tierney.

Evans makes four changes

From the Hogan Stand web site

Tipperary boss John Evans has made four changes – two of which are enforced – from the team that lost heavily to Kerry for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Laois at O’Moore Park. Paul Fitzgerald replaces Matthew O’Donnell in goal, while Stephen Hahessy starts instead of Conor Sweeney at left corner forward. O’Donnell and Sweeney have both gone to the US for the summer. Ciaran McGrath is introduced to the full back line in place of Paddy Codd while John Cagney comes into the attack with Seamus Grogan moving to midfield and Brian Jones making way. Dual player Sean Carey has been added to the substitutes list after being released from the Tipperary hurling squad this week.

Tipperary (SF v Laois): P Fitzgerald; C McGrath, C McDonald, A Morrissey; C Aylward, L Egan, C Dillon; G Hannigan, S Grogan; H Coghlan, B Fox, J Cagney; S Hahessy, P Austin, B Grogan.

Subs: J English, N Curran, B Mulvihill, B Coen, A Matassa, R Kiely, D Dwyer, S Carey, D McGrath, A Rockett, J Ryan

LAOIS v TIPPERARY

They meet for a second successive year in a Round 1 qualifier, this time in Portlaoise.

Tipperary won by a point in Thurles last year.

Last Championship Clash

Tipperary 0-13 Laois 0-12 (2010 Round 1 Qualifier)

2011 Championship

Laois 0-10 Longford 0-9; Dublin 1-16 Laois 0-11 (Leinster quarter-final).

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)

2010 Qualifiers

Tipperary 0-13 Laois 0-12 (R1); Dublin 1-21 Tipperary 1-13 (R2).

 

All-Ireland GAA Football Championship Qualifiers Round 1 – Down 1-13 Clare 1-12

Spirited Clare run Down close

From the Breakingnews.ie web site

Down 1-13 Clare 1-12

Down were forced to dig deep to see off a spirited Clare challenge in an exciting All-Ireland SFC qualifier at Cusack Park in Ennis, with Conor Laverty denying the Banner men what would have been a match-winning goal in the dying moments of the tie. This should have been a straightforward assignment for the All-Ireland finalists but they came within a whisker of being dumped out of the 2011 Championship, Clare no doubt bitterly disappointed not to have taken a scalp that would have been right up there with their famous wins over Kerry in 1992 and Cork in ’97. But they bowed out with their heads held high after an unfortunate bout of luck in the open draws which saw them paired with first the All-Ireland champions Cork and then the runners-up in the qualifiers.

It had all started to plan for James McCartan’s men who opened up a 1-2 to 0-0 lead after six minutes, with corner-forward Laverty finishing a good passing movement to the net. However, Clare got on top in midfield where Gary Brennan and Ger Quinlan were superb and they clawed their way back into contention with three unanswered points before Timmy Ryan flicked a long delivery. Down squandered a couple of goal chances in the first half but went in 1-6 to 1-5 ahead at the break, 1-3 of those Down scores coming from Laverty. McCartan’s men took control after half-time with the wind at their backs and they hit five points without reply from Caolan Mooney, Mark Poland, McComiskey and a brace from Coulter to go 1-11 to 1-5 in front.

Down seemed to be coasting to victory when they opened up a 1-12 to 1-7 lead with 16 minutes remaining, but Clare made a mockery of their Division Four status as they came with a storming finish, hitting five points without reply to level with three minutes remaining. The All-Ireland finalists regained the upper hand as Benny Coulter went deep to win a great ball, finished at the other end by Paul McComiskey as the game slipped into stoppage time. Then came what could have been one of the biggest shocks since the qualifier system was introduced, as impressive Clare sub Joe Dowling lofted into a high ball which Down goalkeeper Brendan McVeigh failed to deal with under a challenge by Laurence Healy. The ball drifted towards the net only for Laverty, who had tracked his man back, to scoop it clear of the line. It was a close-run thing for the All-Ireland finalists, who managed just two points in the final 26 minutes of the tie, but Clare’s dogged resistance came up short in the end.

DOWN: B McVeigh; A Brannigan, D Gordon, B McArdle; K McKernan, D Rooney, K Duffin; M Clarke (0-2, 2f), K King; M Poland (0-1), L Doyle, C Mooney (0-1); P McComiskey (0-4, 2f), B Coulter (0-2), C Laverty (1-3).

Subs: P Murphy for King, 49; D O’Hagan for Duffin, 54; P Fitzpatrick for Doyle, 60; King for Murphy, 63.

CLARE: Joe Hayes; K Hartnett, B Duggan, L Healy; M McMahon, John Hayes (0-1), M Tubridy (0-1); G Brennan (0-1), G Quinlan (0-2); A Clohessy (0-1), D Tubridy (0-4, 3f), C O’Connor; R Donnelly, T Ryan (1-0), N Browne.

Subs: D Callinan for M Tubridy, 39; M O’Shea for Donnelly, 49; J Dowling (0-2) for Ryan, 52; M Foran for Browne, 63; D Russell for O’Connor, 65.

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

CLARE v DOWN

A first championship clash between the counties as last year’s All-Ireland runners-up, Down take on Clare who lost to reigning All-Ireland champions Cork in this year’s Munster championship.

2011 Championship

Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 (Munster quarter-final) Armagh 1-15 Down 1-10 (Ulster quarter-final)

2010 Qualifiers

Offaly 2-18 Clare 1-18 (After extra-time) R1 Down 1-14 Longford 1-10 (R2); Down 1-12 Offaly 1-10 (R2); Down 3-20 Sligo 0-10 (R4); Down went on to beat Kerry and Kildare to reach the All-Ireland final where they lost to Cork.

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 1 – Cork 2-17 Offaly 2-16

Cork win by narrowest of margins

From the Breakingnews.ie web site

Cork 2-17 Offaly 2-16

Cork overcame Offaly in the All-Ireland senior hurling qualifiers at Páirc Uí Chaoimh today, but it was a win not without its scary moments. Leading by eight points with 19 minutes left, the Rebels looked set to coast to victory despite having played most of the game with 14 men, but the dogged visitors refused to accept defeat. As the game moved into injury time with four points separating the teams, Cork goalkeeper Dónal Óg Cusack made a good save to deny Conor Mahon a goal, but from the resultant 65 Shane Dooley’s shot travelled all the way to the net to leave the minimum in it. Cork won the puckout, however, ensuring that no chance of an equaliser, and extra time, materialised for Offaly, their championship campaign coming to an end while Cork await the winners of next week’s Galway-Clare and Limerick-Wexford clashes.

Overall, there can be no denying that Denis Walsh’s side were the better team, and had they not suffered a Pa Cronin red card in the 20th minute then they would surely have won by more. A tally of 16 wides, 11 when playing with the wind in the first half, is a strong case against Offaly’s claims that they deserved to progress, but against defeats of 19 and 13 points against the same opposition in 2007 and ’09, this performance represented a big improvement. As usual, Dooley was the scorer-in-chief for the Faithful County, scoring 1-9, but he suffered from poor shooting during the first half as scoreable frees were squandered, with Daniel Currams and Colin Egan others to shine for the visitors.

The hosts never really hit top gear, but for the most part their hurling was cleverer, using the ball efficiently when playing with the numerical deficit, Jerry and Ben O’Connor heavily involved while captain Shane O’Neill showed that he is returning to his best after missing most of the league due to injury. Corner-forward Patrick Horgan continued his excellent recent form, scoring 10 points and generally flawless from frees, and Paudie O’Sullivan, who started at full-forward but was moved to the wing after Cronin’s dismissal, also worked hard and was unlucky not to have more scores to his name. Cork began brightly, only a Rory Hanniffy block denying Horgan a goal chance in the first minute but less than three had elapsed before they did find the net, Cian McCarthy pulling to the roof of the net after Horgan broke a John Gardiner delivery.

Dooley and Joe Bergin pointed for Offaly immediately after, though, and then they hit the front when Dooley did well to win the ball among a group of Cork defenders before finding Egan, who beat Cusack with a powerful shot. In keeping with the breakneck start, Cork were soon back in front, however as Luke O’Farrell scored another Cork goal after a flowing possession move involving O’Neill, Horgan and O’Sullivan. Two Currams points edged Offaly back in front and the contest began to settle, but not before Dooley had a 20m free saved by O’Neill and Cronin was sent off for an off-the-ball strike on Conor Mahon. Despite having a man less, Cork coped by ensuring deliveries were not aimless and Horgan’s injury-time point, just after O’Sullivan was wide with a goal effort, made it 2-7 to 1-7 at half-time.

The outset of the second half saw Cork really take control of the game, two Dooley frees Offaly’s only answer to the Rebel onslaught as six points were registered to push them 2-13 to 1-9 clear, seemingly coasting. Currams, moved to centre-forward from midfield, bravely carried the Offaly fight, however, scoring three points in as many minutes, Horgan and Dooley then sharing four between them, ensuring that the five-point difference with 10 left was not insurmountable for Offaly. They were creating goal chances but not converting them, sub Cathal Parlon going close in the 63rd minute, not long after Currams was denied by Cusack’s fine save from a rasping shot.

Dooley closed the gap to just four with four minutes left but Cork sub Tom Kenny answered that only for Dooley’s excellent score from the right sideline to ensure that the game was still up for grabs. When Currams sent a nice ball into Mahon’s path to put him clear, he looked sure to cut the gap to one but Cusack got down well to the low shot to send it wide. Dooley intended to drop his 65 short but instead nobody dealt with it and it hit the net. It was not enough, however, and Cork prevailed.

CORK: D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, W Egan, S O’Neill; J O’Connor (0-2), P Cronin; B O’Connor (0-2), C McCarthy (1-0), N McCarthy; L O’Farrell (1-0), P O’Sullivan (0-1), P Horgan 0-10 (0-5f).

Subs: R Curran for Egan (54), T Kenny for N McCarthy, C Naughton for O’Farrell (both 58), B Cooper for C McCarthy (62).

OFFALY: J Dempsey; S Egan, D Kenny, C McDonald; D Hayden, R Hanniffy, D Morkan; D Currams (0-5), C Egan (1-0); J Mulrooney, J Bergin (0-1), C Mahon (0-1); S Dooley 1-9 (0-7f, 1-0 65), G Healion, B Carroll.

Subs: B Mulrooney for S Egan (14), B Murphy for Carroll (half-time), C Parlon for J Mulrooney (66), J Brady for Murphy (68).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

Team News

Cork XV v Offaly in the All-Ireland SHC second phase qualifier at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Saturday at 2.30pm:

Dónal Óg Cusack; Stephen McDonnell, Eoin Cadogan, Brian Murphy; John Gardiner, William Egan, Shane O’Neill (cpt); Jerry O’Connor, Pa Cronin; Ben O’Connor, Cian McCarthy, Niall McCarthy; Luke O’Farrell, Paudie O’Sullivan, Pat Horgan.

Subs: Martin Coleman, Eoin Dillon, Conor O’Sullivan, Ronan Curran, James Nagle, Tom Kenny, Cathal Naughton, Bill Cooper, Jamie Coughlan, Kieran Murphy, Michael Cussen.

 

CORK v OFFALY

They meet for the third time in the qualifiers in five seasons with Cork having won the previous two quite easily. They won by 13 points in 2009 and by 19 points two years earlier. Offaly’s last – and only championship victory over Cork – came in 2000 when they won an All-Ireland Semi-final by four points.

How they got here….

Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 (Munster quarter-final) Cork 10-20 Laois 1-13 (All-Ireland qualifier) Top Cork scorers Patrick Horgan……………3-24 Paudie O’Sullivan……….3-2 Niall McCarthy……………0-6 Jamie Coughlan……………2-0 Bill Cooper………………….1-3

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Dublin 2-21 Offaly 1-20 (Leinster quarter-final) Top Scorers Shane Dooley……..1-13 (0-11f) Joe Bergin…………..0-3

Last Five Championship Clashes

2009: Cork 3-19 Offaly 1-12 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

2007: Cork 1-27 Offaly 0-11 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

2000: Offaly 0-19 Cork 0-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1999: Cork 0-19 Offaly 0-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1984: Cork 3-16 Offaly 1-12 (All-Ireland final)

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Clare 3-13 Tipperary 1-13

Kelly ups tempo to lift Clare

Munster MHC semi-final: Clare 3-13 Tipperary 1-13

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

TONY KELLY played a captain’s part at soggy Semple Stadium last night as holders Clare advanced to a Munster MHC final meeting with Limerick or Waterford on July 10. Ballyea dynamo Kelly, who went off injured with two minutes remaining, was sensational in the second half as the Banner County scored a fully-deserved victory against Tipperary in front of 3,939 spectators in Thurles. During a blistering 10-minute spell, Kelly scored four points and supplied another for Aaron Cunningham as the visitors turned up the heat.

Tipp were simply blown away by the pace and power of Clare’s second-half performance, having trailed 1-8 to 0-8 at the break, and the Premier County endured a 19-minute spell without a score from the 36th to 54th minute. During that time, Clare hit 1-5 without reply to gain a firm stranglehold on proceedings, with the 38th-minute goal a real thing of beauty from Kelly’s midfield sidekick Colm Galvin. The Clonlara man strode forward unmarked from the centre of the park and took a pass from Shane O’Donnell before finishing brilliantly at the Town End.

Tipp’s top scorer Liam McGrath brought his side to within six points, 0-13 to 2-13, with a brace of frees but any faint hope of a revival was quickly extinguished two minutes from time. Tipp goalkeeper Shane Hassett fumbled the greasy sliotar from Gearóid O’Connell’s lengthy delivery and substitute Alan Mulready tapped the ball home. Mulready’s goal opened up a 3-13 to 0-13 lead for Clare before Tipp centre-back Jason Forde netted the home side’s only goal in stoppage time.

Scorers for Tipperary: L McGrath 0-9 (7f), J Forde 1-0, P Ralph 0-2, D McCormack, S Cahill 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-4 (2f, 1 65), T Kelly 0-4 (2f), C Galvin 1-1, A Mulready 1-0, P Duggan 0-3 (1 sl), E Enright 1-0, A Cunningham 0-1.

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

Subs: B Heffernan for Horan (44), S Kennedy for Fennelly (54).

CLARE: E Quilligan; J Browne, N O’Connor, S Morey; J Colleran, J Shanahan, G O’Connell; C Galvin, T Kelly; E Enright, C O’Connell, P Duggan; S O’Donnell, O Hickey, A Cunningham.

Subs: A Mulready for Enright (48), M Moroney for Kelly (59), D Moloney for O’Connell (60).

Referee: J O’Connell (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary minor hurling team to play Clare in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship semi-final at Semple Stadium on Friday, June 24th has just one change from the team which defeated Cork in the last round – Stephen Cahill of Thurles Sarsfields replaces Conor Hammersley of Clonoulty Rossmore. The team is:

1. Shane Hassett (Drom and Inch)
2. James Bourke (Moycarkey Borris)
3. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney)
4. Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
5. Thomas Hamill (Killea)
6. Jason Forde (Silvermines) Captain
7. Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill)
8. Eoin Fennelly (Mullinahone)
9. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)
10. Pat Ralph (Moycarkey Borris)
11. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
12. John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
13. Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
14. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
15. Cathal Horan (Mullinahone)

For the Record

Clare Tipperary
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) Raymie Ryan (Manager – Cashel King Cormacs),
Ray Ralph (Moycarkey-Borris), Liam Flannery
(Nenagh Eire Og),
Jim Dunne (Moyle Rovers)
2011 Team Captain Tony Kelly
(Ballyea)
Jason Forde
(Silvermines)
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 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.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 3 36
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2010 2007
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 31
Won – 14
Lost – 16
Drawn – 1
Played – 35
Won – 23
Lost – 9
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship May 5th 2010 at Cusack Park Ennis – Clare 0-17 Tipperary 1-13 (Munster Semi-Final 2nd Playoff) – an injury time point by Clare midfielder Tony Kelly ensured a victory the Banner County after a late Tipperary comeback.

MUNSTER GAA HURLING MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

First Round

Wednesday April 27th

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford 2-16 Tipperary 1-13

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick 2-14 Cork 0-12

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Clare 6-24 Kerry 1-8


Losers Group Play-off 1

Saturday April 30th

 

@ Páirc Uí Chaoimh                       Cork 0-25 Kerry 2-6


Losers Group Play-off 2

Sunday May 8th

 

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 2-16 Cork 1-9


Semi-Finals

Friday June 24th

 

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Clare v Tipperary 7:30pm


Saturday June 25th

 

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford v Limerick 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)

Cork 0-25 Kerry 2-6 – April 30th @ Pairc Uí Chaoimh (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff)

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: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)

Tipperary 2-16 Cork 1-9 – May 8th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final 2nd Playoff)
Tipperary:  Shane Hassett; James Bourke, John Meagher, Jack Peters; Thomas Hamill, Jason Forde (Captain), Cathal Barrett; Bill Maher, Eoin Fennelly;  Conor Hammersley (0-2), Dan McCormack (0-1), Pat Ralph; John McGrath (0-2); Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney – 0-9 frees), Cathal Horan (Mullinahone – 2-2)

Subs: Seamus Kennedy for Cathal Barrett, Barry Heffernan for John McGrath

Cork: Gary Minihane, Alan Dennehy, Colm Barry, Anthony Dennehy, Cormac Walsh, Colm Spillane, Killian Burke, Shane O’Keeffe, Killian McIntyre (0-2), Alan Cadogan, Dillon Cahill (0-1), Comac Murphy, Pa O’Callaghan (1-0), Darren Sweetnam (0-1), Rob O’Shea (0-5, 0-4f)

Subs: Cian Buckley for Barry (inj), Tomás Condon for Alan Dennehy, Danny Morrissey for Anthony Dennehy, Cillian Cullinane for Cadogan, John Fitzgerald for O’Keeffe

Referee: Pat Casey (Waterford)


2011 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Hurling Championship

 

Robert O’Shea (Cork) – 0-25 (0-22 frees)
Liam McGrath (Tipperary – 0-17 (0-14 frees, 0-2 ‘65)
Oisin Hickey (Clare) – 3-1
Jake Dillon (Waterford) – 0-10 (0-8 frees, 0-1 ‘65)
Padraig Boyle (Kerry) – 2-4
Cathal Horan (Tipperary) – 2-3
Alan Mulready (Clare) – 2-2
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-7 (0-4 frees)
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 0-6
Cathal O’Connel (Clare) – 0-6 ( 0-4 frees)
Pa O’Callaghan (Cork) – 1-3 (0-1 free)

Alan Cadogan (Cork) – 0-5
Jack Aherne (Limerick) – 1-2
Cein Chester (Waterford) – 1-2

Shane Dunne (Kerry) – 1-2 (0-1 free)

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) – 0-4
Killian McIntyre (Cork) – 0-4
Brendan O’Connor (Limerick) – 1-0
Micheal Harney (Waterford) – 1-0
Dan McCormack (Tipperary) – 0-3
Adam O’Sullivan (Waterford) – 0-3

Colm Galvin (Clare) – 0-3
Tony Kelly (Clare) – 0-3
Cormac Murphy (Cork) – 0-3
Darren Sweetnam (Cork) – 0-3
Conor Hammersley (Tipperary) – 0-2
John McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-2
Muiris Delaney (Kerry) – 0-2 (0-1 free)

Shane Roche (Waterford), Sean Maher (Tipperary), Mike Fitzgibbon (Limerick), Cormac Walsh (Cork), Kevin O’Keeffe (Cork) (0-1 free), Gearoid O’Connell (Clare), Jarleth Colleran (Clare), R Heffernan (Kerry), L Fitzell (Kerry), Dillon Cahill (Cork) – 0-1 each

Recent Meetings in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship

May 5th 2010 at Cusack Park Ennis – Clare 0-17 Tipperary 1-13 (Munster Semi-Final 2nd Playoff)

Liam McGrath’s goal helped Tipperary to retrieve a late deficit before Clare midfielder Tony Kelly scored an injury time point to secure victory.

June 25th 2008 at Semple Stadum Thurles – Tipperary 2-12 Clare 1-10 (Munster Semi-Final)

Paddy Murphy scored 2-1 and Noel McGrath added 3 points to help Tipperary to a 5 point victory. Conor McGrath scored a 2nd minute goal and added 3 points for Clare.

May 2nd 2007 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Tipperary 3-12 Clare 1-11 (Munster First Round)

Goals from John O’Neill (2) and Patrick “Bonnar” Maher helped Tipperary a 7 point victory. John Conlon scored 1-3 for Clare.

April 5th 2006 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Tipperary 2-13 Clare 1-8 (Munster First Round)

A Joey McLoughney penalty goal and 1-1 from Pa Bourke ensured Tipperary proved too strong for a Clare team for whom Colin Ryan scored 1-3 from placed balls.

April 2nd 2005 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick –  Tipperary 2-20 Clare 1-11 (Munster First Round)

After the sides were level at 1-9 apiece at the interval, Tipperary took over to dominate the second half completely to run out 12 point winners. Joey McLoughney (1-6) and Niall Bergin (1-3) led the Tipperary scoring while Bernard Gaffney (1-1) and Colin Ryan (0-4) were top scores for Clare.

March 27th 2004 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Tipperary 2-24 Clare 0-9 (Munster First Round)

 

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (36) – 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007

Cork (32) – 1928, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998 , 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

Limerick (5) – 1940, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1984

Waterford (4) – 1929, 1948, 1992, 2009

Clare (3) – 1981, 1989, 2010

 

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 Championship – Odds and Ends

 

 

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.

 

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)

Of Cork’s 47 scores in the 2011 Munster Minor Hurling Championship, 24 came from placed balls.
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

 

 

 

Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19

Tipperary survive Banner storm

By SEÁN MORAN at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick for the Irish Times newspaper

GAA: Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19 : FOR ANYONE flicking through the pages of an old record book in years to come, yesterday’s Munster hurling semi-final will look, stripped to its essentials, an obvious enough outcome: a comfortable win, which moved the All-Ireland champions serenely into next month’s provincial final against Waterford. Without crying out for the intervention of a revisionist historian, that impression will be a little unfair to a Clare side, who bristled with all the indignation of the casually dismissed and for an electric first 20 minutes led on the scoreboard and singed Tipperary with their darting movement and impeccable shooting.

Everyone can look back and say that the superiority and class of the favourites’ attack meant they always had it in them to wipe out an unexpected deficit but there was no mistaking the anxiety caused by the ragged attempts of their defence, as it tried to cope in the early stages. At half-time Declan Ryan replaced the right side of his defence, withdrawing David Young and John O’Keeffe, who in his second championship outing had been under the hammer in his contest with impressive Clare debutant Conor McGrath. McGrath fired the first flare with under a minute on the clock, turning his man and racing in for a goal. Four minutes later Diarmuid McMahon blocked Shane McGrath and pointed and within a further minute, McGrath had snapped up a loose clearance and sent it over the bar. In the eighth minute Fergal Lynch picked up the ball 70 metres out and it soared over for a 1-3 to nil lead.

Of course it was too early to be definitive but Tipp had to pull out of the tailspin. Slowly they got a couple of scores up but Clare hit back to preserve the six-point differential. The thrill of the unexpected effectively died in a five-minute spell at the end of the first quarter when the underdogs were hit by three goals. Firstly, Eoin Kelly lashed home a ball that ran loose after John O’Brien had broken a high, dropping delivery from the excellent Pádraic Maher, who did a lot of fire-brigade work in the first half and maintained his performance throughout the match to earn the Man of the Match citation. Twice Clare pushed the margin back to four with points from John Conlon and Darrach Honan but two minutes after Kelly’s goal Patrick Maher – whose appetite for and success in pursuing any loose ball played an important role in his team’s turnaround – broke from a posse of defenders, kept going and took the goal well. After another two minutes Lar Corbett drifted on to a ball on the left wing, took the ball right in and was somehow allowed to get his shot off and it found the net.

At 3-3 to 1-7, Tipp would lose the lead just once and even then for just a minute before Kelly and Pádraic Maher re-established it. Although the rapacity of Tipp’s forwards was adjudged the main platform for victory, Brendan Cummins in goal provided plenty of reassurance at the back. Before half-time the veteran goalkeeper made a smart save from Cathal McInerney and Pádraic Maher cleared up the field to Noel McGrath for a score, a four-point turnaround. Just before the break, when an all-in Clare attack was threatening the goalmouth, Cummins emerged from a thicket of players and ran the ball clear before hitting it to safety.

Tipperary made the changes at the break and a few minutes into the half, could have had a couple more goals. Noel McGrath kicked the ball into the net only for play to be called back for a penalty that Eoin Kelly rattled off the crossbar, and then Pat Donnellan made the vital intervention to stop an admittedly ordinary shot from Corbett. A string of points for Tipperary, including further scores for Séamus Callanan – whose 1-5 brought his total for the championship after two matches to 1-10 from play – put the match beyond doubt after which lassitude set in. Tipp ended the second half with nine wides and their waning interest in accuracy eventually prompted Clare to resume scoring after 15 blank minutes.

They got the margin down to five by the end of normal time but Callanan reacted to sweep home the rebound after Corbett’s shot had come off the butt of the upright, and Shane McGrath added a point for a comfortable win, albeit by a flattering margin. Tipperary will be happy that they responded as emphatically as they did to the early run on them. From the 16th minute they won the remainder of the match by 15 points. Gearóid Ryan was again solid in centrefield whereas Maher and Conor O’Mahony asserted themselves in the half backs and at full back Paul Curran effectively policed Honan. Referee James Owens took the art of non-intervention to Parnassian levels, awarding just 14 frees over the course of the 70 minutes, ignoring an early scatter without even recourse to a card and generally making players earn any awards the hard way. It took Clare over 20 minutes to get their first free, a scarcity that irked manager Ger O’Loughlin.

TIPPERARY: 1 B Cummins; 2 J O’Keeffe, 3 P Curran, 4 M Cahill; 5 D Young, 6 C O’Mahony, 7 Pádraic Maher (0-2); 9 S McGrath (0-2), 8 G Ryan (0-2); 11 N McGrath (0-3), 10 S Callanan (1-5), 12 Patrick Maher (1-0); 13 E Kelly (1-3, 0-2 frees), 14 J O’Brien, 15 L Corbett (1-0). Subs: S Lillis for Young, P Stapleton for O’Keeffe (both half-time), P Bourke (0-2) for O’Brien (45 mins), J Woodlock for Ryan (62 mins), J Coghlan for Curran (70 mins). Yellow cards: Young (24 mins), Kelly (28 mins).

CLARE: 1 P Brennan; 2 P Vaughan, 4 C Dillon, 3 C Cooney; 5 P O’Connor, 7 P Donnellan, 6 J McInerney (0-1, free); 8 N O’Connell (0-1), 9 J Clancy (0-2); 10 J Conlon (0-3), 11 F Lynch (0-1), 13 D McMahon (0-2); 12 C McInerney (0-2), 14 D Honan (0-1), 15 C McGrath (1-6, 0-4 frees). Subs: C O’Donovan for O’Connell (55 mins), C Ryan for Honan (68 mins), C Morey for McMahon (72 mins). Yellow cards: Vaughan (20 mins), Lynch (33 mins), J McInerney (41 mins).

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)

 

Kelly pounces to keep Tipp in cruise control

By Colm Keys for the Irish Independent newspaper

Panic is not a state of mind you should associate with All-Ireland champions and so it was in the Gaelic Grounds where the spin-offs from last September were clearly in evidence for Tipperary. Hit by just about everything an eager and fearless Clare team could throw at them in the opening quarter, Tipperary calmly absorbed it with the mark of a team that knew how far they could allow their opponents to stray before calling them back to order. Like a champion boxer they leaned against the ropes, sized up the best shots that came at them and picked off their own measured responses with ruthless efficiency to book a Munster final against Waterford in three weeks’ time, along expected form lines. Six points down at two different stages of that first quarter, Tipperary knew that when chances presented themselves they had the class in the attack to make them count. And so when Eoin Kelly seized upon a break off a Padraic Maher delivery in the 16th minute — and found that Philip Brennan had over committed by needlessly coming off his line when he had a colleague under the dropping ball anyway — for Tipperary’s opening goal, this Munster semi-final took on a completely different complexion.

 

Goals have become the currency of this Tipperary team and in a five-minute spell they had Brennan reaching to pick the ball from his net three times to smother any early hope that Clare might have harboured of an upset. To their credit, Clare never allowed matters to spiral too much out of control and it was only when Seamus Callanan rammed in a fourth goal late on that it really ran away from them. It will be disappointing then for them to learn that this was their heaviest championship defeat to Tipperary since the infamous 1993 game at the same venue. It certainly won’t have felt like it. They came into this match very much under the radar. Old soldiers feared that if Tipperary really cut loose it could become embarrassing and the lack of faith was underlined by the paucity of the crowd that made the short journey to Limerick to watch them.

 

But they got a pleasant surprise in that opening quarter as Clare took the fight impressively to the favourites, spurred on by a wonderful goal by Conor McGrath after only 42 seconds. One thing Clare teams could always muster for this fixture was raw passion and it carried them so far here as they threw themselves into tackles with careless abandon. They were 1-3 to 0-0 clear before Tipperary registered a meaningful response and were 1-5 to 0-2 clear when Kelly produced his moment of opportunism. Conor McGrath, making his first championship start, showed electrifying pace to burn John O’Keeffe after taking Nicky O’Connell’s delivery and with a sublime finish had Clare a goal ahead before the All-Ireland champions had time to draw breath.

 

Conor McGrath was a real livewire in the Clare attack and the Tipperary management didn’t waste time in switching their corner-backs, O’Keeffe and Mickey Cahill, to prevent further leakage. Elsewhere, Conor Cooney and Cian Dillon were dominant against their direct opponents John O’Brien, who has caused so much heartbreak for Clare in this fixture in the past, and Kelly, while Cathal McInerney, Diarmuid McMahon and O’Connell were all productive outlets for them. That lack of faith in Clare was based on sporadic league form and a sense that they were weighed down by inexperience. It was too much, too soon for too many who were too young, it seemed. Whatever experience was provided came from McMahon, captain Pat Vaughan, Jonathan Clancy and Pat Donnellan who were there from Anthony Daly’s days in charge.

 

Six of the Clare’s starting 15 played some part in the All-Ireland U-21 final two years ago, while eight of their replacements were also involved in some way in that victory over Kilkenny. But once Kelly’s goal went in it was the cue for Tipperary to step up and flex their collective muscle. Within five minutes, Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher had surged onto another break and past Pat Vaughan to give Brennan no chance for the second goal before Lar Corbett also got in behind an increasingly stretched defence and struck for a third with Brennan a little unsighted by the presence of Vaughan and Patrick O’Connor in front of him. From six points down Tipperary were now 3-3 to 1-7 clear and in control 20 minutes in. Overtaking had been effortless.

Clare had yet to win a free from a tolerant James Owens who was prepared from an early stage to let the game flow. Such a policy benefited the flow of the game — only 14 frees were awarded — but irked the Clare manager Ger O’Loughlin. He had his accounts neatly prepared afterwards. “For 23 or 24 minutes we were entitled to three frees and we got none and we were well on top,” he reflected. “I’d be very disappointed. I just felt that we didn’t get the rub of the green from the referee. We were only looking for what we thought on the sideline were frees to Clare.” But he was pragmatic enough to appreciate that it was the goals more than the missed frees that swung it most. “Like most hurling matches goals win them and we paid the price of giving away two soft goals to bring them back into it. Against All-Ireland champions like Tipperary there is never a panic button pressed.”

Tipperary built steadily — they led by 3-7 to 1-10 at the break — and Seamus Callanan was again resurgent, finishing with 1-5, while Noel McGrath also chipped in with so many subtle passes. He is now the established leader of the attack. Kelly and Corbett had quiet games by their standards, while David Young and O’Keeffe didn’t get beyond half-time before Declan Ryan applied necessary surgery. Padraic Maher was majestic throughout, particularly during Tipperary’s trouble spots when he exemplified their calmness. Beside him Conor O’Mahony justified his recall, while Paul Curran was dominant on an out-of-sorts Darach Honan. Clare were persistent for most of the second half without ever really making an impression. They survived when Lar Corbett booted a goal from close range but Owens recalled it for a penalty which Kelly took and Donnellan blocked on 40 minutes. Shane McGrath improved as time went on, Pa Bourke fared better than O’Brien when he replaced him and Callanan capped a fine afternoon when he finished from close range in injury-time after Corbett had struck the woodwork from a good position. As much as you would expect from a team in their position.

Scorers — Tipperary: S Callanan 1-5, E Kelly 1-3 (2f), N McGrath 0-3, Patrick Maher, L Corbett 1-0 each, Padraic Maher, G Ryan, S McGrath, P Bourke all 0-2 each. Clare: C McGrath 1-6 (4f), J Conlon 0-3, C McInerney, D McMahon, J Clancy all 0-2 each, J McInerney (f), N O’Connell, F Lynch, D Honan all 0-1 each.

Tipperary — B Cummins 8; J O’Keeffe 5, P Curran 8, M Cahill 7; D Young 5, C O’Mahony 7, Padraic Maher 8; G Ryan 7, S McGrath 7; S Callanan 9, N McGrath 8, Patrick Maher 6; E Kelly 6, J O’Brien 5, L Corbett 6. Subs: S Lillis for Young (h-t), P Stapleton 6 for O’Keeffe (h-t), P Bourke 7 for O’Brien, J Woodlock for Ryan (62), J Coughlan for Curran (70).

Clare — P Brennan 5; P Vaughan 6, C Cooney 8, C Dillon 7; P O’Connor 6, J McInerney 6, P Donnellan 7; N O’Connell 7, J Clancy 8; J Conlon 7, F Lynch 7, C McInerney 7; D McMahon 7, D Honan 5, C McGrath 8. Subs: C O’Donovan 6 for O’Connell (54), C Ryan for Honan (68), C Morey for McMahon (72).

Ref — J Owens (Wexford)

 

Goal hungry Tipperary march into Munster final

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Munster GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Final

Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19

Tipperary’s unrivalled ability to find the back of the net helped the All-Ireland champions to a nine-point win over Clare in the Munster GAA Hurling Championship semi-final at Páirc na nGael, Limerick on Sunday. It was the fifth successive Championship match that Tipperary had scored three goals or more as first-half efforts from Eoin Kelly, Lar Corbett and Patrick Maher were added to in injury time by Seamus Callanan, who made a strong case for permanent inclusion in Declan Ryan’s side with 1-5 from play. After a heroic first half effort, which saw the Banner go in just 3-7 to 1-10 down despite leaking three goals in four madcap minutes, Clare visibly tired in the second half and were unable to match Tipperary’s intensity, especially in the third quarter when the Premier men built up a healthy lead which they would not surrender.

Clare gave reason to believe that a shock was on the cards in the first minute when their livewire forward Conor McGrath – who finished the game with 1-6 to his name – sped in for a great goal. They led by 1-3 to 0-0 after 10 minutes before Tipperary ruthlessly exposed the fault lines in the Clare defence with a three-goal burst started by Eoin Kelly in the 16th minute. Although thoroughly tested, Tipperary always had Clare at arm’s length in the second half and they will go into the Munster GAA Championship final against Waterford in confident mood. No doubt, Ger O’Loughlin sent his players out with the instructions to attack Tipperary from the first whistle, for that is exactly what Conor McGrath did. The debutant picked up a loose ball and ran at the heart of the Tipp defence before cracking a shot past Brendan Cummins.

Diarmuid McMahon, Fergal Lynch and another McGrath point had extended Clare’s lead to 1-3 to 0-0 after just eight minutes, giving them the kind of the start they must have dreamed of against the All-Ireland champions. Callanan finally got Tipperary off the mark ten minutes in, but Clare continued to dictate the pace of the game until they were dealt a hammer blow at the end of the first quarter, when their goalkeeper came to collect a long ball that was dropping on the edge of the square. However, he failed to make the catch and the ball fell for Eoin Kelly to sweep into the net. Although Clare responded almost immediately with John Conlon’s first from play – he was tightly marked by the excellent Pádraic Maher in the first half – they were to concede a second goal in the space of three minutes. This time it was Patrick Maher who won a loose ball between the half-back and full-back line and flashed his shot brilliantly past Brennan.

After a brilliant start, all Clare’s hard work was undone when a third Tipperary goal followed almost immediately Player of the Year Corbett again availed of the space afforded him by the Clare defence, ran at Brennan and finished in trademark style. It was Corbett’s 21st Championship goal and it gave his side the lead for the first time, 3-3 to 1-7. Clare might easily have allowed their heads to drop, but Conor McGrath hit two quickfire frees to restore some confidence. McGrath was certainly playing with a swagger, striking 1-3 in the first half alone. Shortly before the break, Clare had a wonderful goal chance when McMahon’s long ball was collected by Cathal McInerney, but his shot was expertly saved by Cummins, who spread his body well to block the ball. Tipp went straight up the other end and Noel McGrath scored the point that gave them a 3-7 to 1-10 half-time lead.

John Conlon and Conor McGrath cut the gap for the Banner on the resumption of play, but Tipperary missed a glorious chance of a fourth goal when Eoin Kelly struck a penalty off the crossbar after Noel McGrath had been fouled in the square. It mattered little, as the Premier men made a bolt for the line with six successive points in the space of eight minutes, giving them a 3-15 to 1-13 lead. The imperious Callanan and Noel McGrath scored two each from play in that period of dominance. Again, Clare showed their spirit and after a string of wides, found their range to hit three in a row. But Tipperary always appeared to have an extra gear and a stunning effort from man of the match Pádraic Maher restored the gap to six points. James McInenrey did have a late goal chance for Clare from a 21-yard free, but his shot on goal went over the bar. Indeed, it was Tipperary who added the late grace note when Corbett flashed a shot off a post and Callanan was on hand to mop up from the rebound.

Tipperary Scorers: E Kelly 1-3 (0-2f), S Callanan 1-5, G Ryan 0-2, P Maher 1-0, L Corbett 1-0, Pádraic Maher 0-2, N McGrath 0-3, S McGrath 0-2, P Bourke 0-2.

Clare Scorers: C McGrath 1-6 (0-3f), D McMahon 0-2, F Lynch 0-1, C McInerney 0-2, N O’Connell 0-1, J Conlon 0-3, D Honan 0-1, J Clancy 0-2, J McInerney 0-1 (0-1f).

Tipperary: B Cummins; J O’Keeffe, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, C O’Mahony Pádraic Maher; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett. Subs: S Lillis for J O’Keeffe (HT), P Stapleton for D Young (HT), P Bourke for J O’Brien (45), J Woodlock for G Ryan (62).

Clare: P Brennan; P Vaughan, C Cooney, C Dillon; P O’Connor; P O’Connor, J McInerney, P Donnellan; N O’Connell, J Clancy; J Conlon, F Lynch, C McInerney; D McMahon, D Honan, C McGrath. Subs: C O’Donovan for N O’Connell (55), C Ryan for D Horan (68), C Morey for McMahon (73).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

 

Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19

Sunday, 19 June 2011 21:24

By Séamus Leonard for the RTE web site

Tipperary secured a Munster SHC final clash against Waterford but were made to work all the way for it by a brave Clare side at the Gaelic Grounds this afternoon. A Conor McGrath goal inside the first minute gave Clare the perfect start but Tipp hit back with majors from Eoin Kelly, Patrick Maher and Lar Corbett as they engineered a 3-07 to 1-10 interval lead. The Banner never stopped battling and a late Séamus Callanan goal put a gloss on the scoreline the All-Ireland champions scarcely deserved. Clare had been widely written off before throw-in and perhaps Tipperary had listened too intently to the pundits as they were caught napping in the first ten minutes of a typically frenetic Munster encounter.

It took Conor McGrath, who finished with an impressive tally of 1-06 on his Championship debut, just 39 seconds to find the back of the Tipp net. The corner-forward turned his marker John O’Keeffe and showed a clean pair of heels to the Tipp defence before rifling his shot past Brendan Cummins. Points from Diarmuid McMahon, McGrath and Fergal Lynch had the underdogs 1-03 to 0-00 ahead before a point by Eoin Kelly in the tenth minute finally got Tipp on the scoreboard. Clare continued to dominate proceedings before a self-inflicted blow allowed Tipperary gain a foothold in the game in the 16th minute.

Banner goalkeeper Philip Brennan made the ill-advised decision to come for a high ball in, but he failed to claim it and Kelly was on hand to latch onto the breaking ball and notch his 19th Championship goal and cut the deficit to three points. Just three minutes later Brennan was beaten again when Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher found himself through on goal and calmly placed his shot between the legs of the onrushing Clare stopper. And a minute later the Premier men were in front for the first time in the match when Hurler of the Year Corbett flashed a trademark bullet to the net to put his side 3-03 to 1-07 ahead. But Clare didn’t panic and two converted frees from McGrath levelled the game by the 24th minute.

Clare had the chance to record their second goal two minutes before the break but Cummins spread himself expertly to deny wing-forward Cathal McInerney, who also making his first Championship start. The second half began evenly enough before Tipperary were dealt a blow by a poor decision by referee James Owens. Noel McGrath kicked the ball to the Clare net but Owens whistled to call play back for a foul. Clare centre-back James McInerney was booked for pulling the hurley from McGrath’s hand. Eoin Kelly stepped up to take the resulting penalty but his powerful effort smashed off the crossbar and the Clare defence scrambled to clear. Callanan began to find his range for Tipp and it was his accuracy that the Premier men had most to thank for the 3-14 to 1-12 lead they had built up the 53rd minute.

It would have been easy for Clare to fold at that stage but two frees from Conor McGrath and another brace of overs from Jonathan Clancy, with a magnificent effort from Tipp’s Callanan sandwiched in-between, saw the Banner draw back to within five points. Tipperary’s shooting had become a problem by that stage and it took a point from substitute Pa Bourke to settle their nerves and stretch their lead to six points – 3-17 to 1-17. Padraic Maher produced a man-of-the-match performance and he capped it off with a sublime long-range point – his second of the day – five minutes from time.

Callanan brought his personal tally to 1-05 (all from play) when he followed up Corbett’s effort to goal before Tipp midfielder Shane McGrath’s second point brought the scoring to a conclusion. A nine-point defeat was more than a little harsh on Clare, but there a number of positives manager Ger ‘Sparrow’ O’Loughlin can take from the game – not least Conor McGrath’s explosion onto the national stage. Tipp will be pleased that the latest hurdle in their quest to retain the Liam MacCarthy Cup has been cleared, though there are still plenty of aspects of their game they can work on. Shooting is sure to be one of them after they hit a total of 13 wides.

Tipperary: B Cummins; J O’Keeffe, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher (0-02); G Ryan (0-02), S McGrath (0-02); S Callanan (1-05), N McGrath (0-03), Patrick Maher (1-00); E Kelly (1-03, 2f), J O’Brien, L Corbett (1-00).

Subs: S Lillis for O’Keeffe (ht), P Stapleton for D Young (ht), P Bourke (0-02) for O’Brien (45), J Woodlock for Ryan (63), J Coughlan for Curran (70).

Clare: P Brennan; P Vaughan, C Cooney, C Dillon; P O’Connor, J McInerney (0-01, f), P Donnellan; N O’Connell (0-01), J Clancy (0-02); J Conlon (0-03), F Lynch (0-01), C McInerney (0-02); D McMahon (0-02), D Honan (0-01), C McGrath (1-06, 4f).

Subs: C O’Donovan for O’Connell (55), C Ryan for Honan (68).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Clare in the Munster senior hurling semi-final at Pairc na nGael, Limerick on Sunday shows one change from the team which defeated Cork in the quarter-final. Conor O’Mahony returns to the starting line-up in place of Paddy Stapleton, who is still recovering from injury. O’Mahony is named at centre back, with Padraic Maher moving to the number 7 position and John O’Keeffe reverting to the full back line in place of Stapleton.

The team is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. David Young (Toomevara)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)

11. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

13. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain

14. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

Clare Senior Hurling Team to play Tipperary on Sunday next in the Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final shows 3 Players making their Championship Debut, Patrick O Connor from Tubber lines out at Wing Back. and the Cratloe Club mates Cathal McInerney at Wing Forward and Conor McGrath at Corner Forward. Philip Brennan is back in goal having played most of the League campaign as Sub keeper to Donal Touhy, Conor Cooney lines out at Full Back, Darach Honan has recovered from a groin injury to man the edge of the square. Clare are bidding for a place in the Munster final, their last was in 2008

Clare Hurling Team v Tipperary Munster Hurling Championship 2011-06-19.

1. Philip Brennan P.O.Braoinin Tulla
2. Pat Vaughan (capt) P.O. Beachain Crusheen
3. Conor Cooney C.O.Cuana O.Callaghans Mills
4. Cian Dillon C.O.Diolin Crusheen
5. Patrick O Connor P.O.Concubhair Tubber
6. James McInerney S.Mac an Airchinnigh Newmarket
7. Patrick Donnellan P.O.Domhnallain O.Callaghans Mills
8. Nicky O Connell N.O.Conaill Clonlara
9. Jonothan Clancy S.MacLannchaidh Clarecastle
10. John Conlon S.O.Conallain Clonlara
11. Fergal Lynch F.O.Lionsigh Clooney Quin
12. Cathal McInerney C.Mac anAirchinnigh Cratloe
13. Diarmuid McMahon D.MacMathuna Kilmaley
14. Darach Honan D.O.hEoghanain Clonlara
15. Conor McGrath C.MacGraith Cratloe

16. Donal Touhy D.O.Tuathaigh Crusheen
17. Eamon Glynn E. MacFhloin Inagh Kilnamona.
18. Mark Earley M.O.Earlaigh Tubber
19. Brendan Bugler B.O.Bolguir Whitegate
20. Cathal Chaplin C.O.Seiplin Broadford
21. Gerry Quinn G.O.Cuinn Corofin
22. Sean Collins S.O.Coileain Cratloe
23. Colin Ryan C.O.Riain Newmarket
24. Liam Markham L.O.Marchain Cratloe
25. Camin Morey C.O.Mora Sixmilebridge
26. Cormac O Donnovan C.O.Donobhainn Clonlara

Manager : Ger O Loughlin ( Clarecastle)
Selectors : Danny Chaplin ( Broadford) . Liam Doyle ( Bodyke)
Liasion Officer : Pat Fitzgerald
Medical Officer : Dr Padraic Quinn M.D
Physio : Abbey Physio.

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TV3

When – Sunday June 19th at 4:00pm

Where – Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Referee – TBC

Replay date – June 26th

Next Round
– the winners qualify for the Munster Final on Sunday July 10th

Admission Prices
Covered Stand – €30
Uncovered Stand – €25
Terrace – €15
Family – Adult €30 / €25 – Juveniles €5
Juvenile Groups – There will be a limited number of Juvenile Group Stand tickets available for this game – €3 per Juvenile with a free Adult with every 10 children. Orders through clubs only in the participating counties.
Adult Group Stand Tickets – Tickets at the end of both stands – €25 per person ordered only through clubs – minimum order per Club is 10.
Group Terrace Tickets – €10 each with a minimum order of 20 tickets per Club
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Munster GAA would like to confirm that student discounts apply to all students who present valid ID cards. In relation to Second Level students we are aware that schools don’t produce cards but they can get Student travel Cards from USIT offices or from www.studenttravelcard.ie. Alternately, Secondary students can get an ISSU scholar card from www.studentcard.ie or International student ID card from www.isic.org. Unfortunately the scheme has been much abused in the past and we were forced to seek ID cards from all patrons attempting to avail of the discount. This is in keeping with other bodies such as Irish Rail and Bus Eireann.
For the Record

Clare Tipperary
2011 Team Management Ger O’Loughlin
(Clarecastle – Manager),
Danny Chaplin
(Sixmilebridge – Selector),
Liam Doyle
(Bodyke – Selector)
Declan Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore – Manager),
Tommy Dunne
(Toomevara – Coach),
Michael Gleeson
(Thurles Sarsfields – Selector)
2011 Team Captain Pat Vaughan (Crusheen) Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone – Captain), Conor O’Mahony (Newport – Vice-Captain)
2010 Championship Performance Clare lost to Waterford by 0-22 to 1-15 in the Munster Semi-Final. Clare subsequently lost to Dublin in the All-Ireland Qualifiers. Tipperary lost to Cork in the Munster Quarter-Final. Victories over Wexford, Offaly, Galway and Waterford ensured an All-Ireland Final place against Kilkenny where Tipperary proved successful, winning by 4-17 to 1-18.
Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 6 38
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 1998 2009
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 14
Won – 3
Lost –  11
Drawn – 0
Played – 27
Won – 16
Lost – 8
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship June 21st 2009 – Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final) – Goals by Lar Corbett, Seamus Callanan and John O’Brien helped Tipperary to survive a late Clare comeback and qualify for the Munster Final.

2011 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 2-22 Cork 0-23 – May 29th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, Pádraic Maher, J O’Keeffe; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett.
Subs: J Woodlock for S McGrath ‘40, C O’Mahony for Young ‘59, B Dunne for O’Brien ‘62, P Bourke for Ryan ‘66.

Cork: D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, S O’Neill; J Gardiner, W Egan, B Murphy; L McLoughlin, P Cronin; B O’Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan. Subs: J O’Connor for C McCarthy ‘45, J Nagle for O’Neill ‘45, T Kenny for McLoughlin ‘51, C Naughton for Horgan ‘70, K Murphy for O’Sullivan ‘70.

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Waterford 3-15 Limerick 3-14 – June 12th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final)

Limerick: N Quaid; D Reale, S Hickey, T Condon; W McNamara, B Geary, G O’Mahony; D O’Grady, P Browne; J Ryan, R McCarthy, N Moran; S Tobin, K Downes, G Mulcahy.
Subs: D Moloney for Reale (59), P Tobin for McCarthy (65), D Breen for S Tobin (66).

Waterford: C Hennessy; D Fives, W Hutchinson, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, K Moran; S O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan; P Mahony, S Molumphy, M Shanahan; J Mullane, S Walsh, B O’Sullivan.
Subs: J Nagle for Hutchinson (54), S Prendergast for Shanhan (59), E Kelly for Mahony (66).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)


2011 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Hurling Championship
Pat Horgan (Cork) 0-13 (0-10 frees)
Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) 1-7 (0-5 frees)
John Mullane (Waterford) – 2-2
Paraic Mahony (Waterford) – 0-7 (0-4 frees)
Kevin Downes (Limerick) – 2-1
Lar Corbett (Tipperary) – 1-2
Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) – 0-5
Shane Walsh (Waterford) – 1-1
Noel McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-4 (0-2 sideline cut)
Niall Moran (Limerick) – 0-4
Benny Dunne (Tipperary) – 1-0
Niall McCarthy (Cork) – 0-3
Ben O’Connor (Cork) – 0-3
Donal O’Grady (Limerick) – 0-3
Richie McCarthy (Limerick) – 0-3 (0-3 frees)
Wayne McNamara (Limerick) – 1-0
John O’Brien (Tipperary) – 0-2
Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) – 0-2
Brian O’Sullivan (Waterford) – 0-2

Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), James Woodlock (Tipperary), John Gardiner (Cork), Pat Cronin (Cork), Cian McCarthy (Cork), Paudie O’Sullivan (Cork), Brian Geary (Limerick – 0-1 free), Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick), David Breen (Limerick) – 0-1 each

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2011

Quarter-Final
Sunday May 29th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23


Semi-Finals
Sunday June 12th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Waterford 3-15 Limerick 3-14

Sunday June 19th (Replay date – June 26th)

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Clare v Tipperary 4:00pm

 

Final

Sunday July 10th (Replay date – July 17th)

Waterford v Clare or Tipperary
4:00pm throw-in
@ Semple Stadium Thurles or Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Useful Information

Clare have failed to record a Munster Championship victory in 6 of the last 7 seasons.

Clare have not drawn a match in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship since finishing level with Tipperary in 1999.

Waterford have qualified for 8 of the last 14 Munster Finals including the last 3 (1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011). This is in contrast to the previous 31 Munster Finals between 1967 and 1997 during which time Waterford qualified just 3 times, losing on each occasion in 1982, 1983 and 1989).

Cork will not be involved in either the 2011 Munster Minor Hurling or 2011 Munster Senior Hurling Final for the second time in three years. Previous to 2009, the last time a Cork team were not represented on Munster Hurling Final day was 1997.

Waterford is the only Munster county to have at least 1 victory in the last 3 Munster Senior Hurling Championships.

John Mullane’s first goal for Waterford in the 2011 Munster Semi-Final v Limerick snapped a record of 153 minutes with scoring a goal against Limerick in the Munster Championship.

Cork and Tipperary proved to have the meanest defenses in the 2011 Allianz Hurling League, conceding 5 goals each. Limerick conceded 6 goals and Waterford 7 goals putting those 4 Munster counties at the top of the charts when it comes to the least concession of goals in Divisions 1 and 2. Oddly, Allianz Hurling League Division 1 champions Dublin conceded 14 goals during their campaign, an amount exceeded by only Down and Kerry in the top 2 divisions of the Allianz Hurling League.

The improvement in the defences of Munster counties can be attributed to the decline in the average scores per match in the last 3 seasons in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship –

2008 (40 scores per match), 2009 (36 scores per match), 2010 (34 scores per match).

Over the last 2 seasons (2009 and 2010), Semple Stadium Thurles has played host to 7 of the 10 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches played. Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosted 2 matches while Pairc nan Gael in Limerick hosted 1 game.

Cork lost their 3 away matches in the Allianz Hurling League to Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford. Since Cork’s 2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final victory over Clare in Thurles, Cork’s Senior Hurling Championship record in matches played outside of Pairc Ui Chaoimh is Played 9, Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 6. The two victories came against Antrim (2010) and Offaly (2009).

Cork and Tipperary have met on 81 occasions in the Championship. Cork have won 37, Tipperary 36 and there have been 7 draws. 1 match was abandoned.

In the history of Tipperary and Cork matches in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship, on only 1 occasion did a game fail to produce a goal. That game in the 1900 Munster First Round game played at Dungarvan on November 4th 1901 and resulted in a 0-12 to 0-9 victory for Tipperary.

Limerick have won 1 of the last 16 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches they have played, an extra-time victory over Tipperary in the 2007 Munster Semi-Final 2nd replay at the Gaelic Grounds. During that period, Limerick have drawn 5 times. Limerick’s last Championship victory away from the Pairc na nGael came in 2001 with victories over Cork and Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly was the top scorer in the 2010 Provincial and All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, scoring 3-43. Cork’s Ben O’Connor was 3rd with 2-31 while Eoin Kelly of Waterford was 5th with a tally of 1-27.

Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 29.

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (50) – 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary (38) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009

Limerick (18) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996

Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998

Kerry (1) – 1891

Munster GAA HURLING Senior 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 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sh_teams/

Munster Senior HURLING Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 2 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles and are the defending champions. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 3 titles in 1914, 1995 and 1997 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

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Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Clare 2-19 Cork 0-15

Gilligan leads veterans’ charge to stun Cork

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Clare 2-19 Cork 0-15

Monday June 20 2011

Clare stunned Cork in Limerick thanks mainly to the heroics of some of their senior stars of the past in what was an interesting, rather than spectacular, affair. Clare started the better and moved into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead but Cork came back and when they drew level at 0-7 each it looked as if they would justify their pre-match favouritism. The scoring was close for most of the way but two goals inside four minutes at a crucial stage gave Clare the victory that they thoroughly deserved. And it was one of the former senior heroes, Niall Gilligan, who struck the crucial first goal midway in the second half, by which stage his side were two points, 0-14 to 0-12, in front.

Gilligan pounced on a loose ball 15 yards from goal and cracked a low shot to the net. The game was wrapped up four minutes later when Daire Keane spotted a gap and swept in for another goal. Tony Carmody was another of the previous senior stars to impress and he put over three points in a true captain’s performance. Cork were a massive disappointment and while they came back from three points in arrears to level matters after 17 minutes, they never led in a game they were expected to win following their comprehensive triumph against Tipperary in the previous round.

Clare dominated midfield thanks to Ronan Keane and Shane Golden, who created such space that they both managed to score a brace of points, while Kevin Moynihan shone at half-back. Up front, Carmody and Daire Keane sparkled. Cork full-back Eoin Dillon had a fine outing on the wily Gilligan and David Drake at corner-forward was their best player and finished with four points. At the half-time interval Clare led 0-10 to 0-9 and it was point for point until Gilligan’s opening goal.

Scorers — Clare: N Gilligan 1-5 (0-5f), D Keane 1-2, T Carmody 0-3, R Keane, P Hickey, S Golden 0-2 each, K Moynihan, A Lynch, D O’Rourke 0-1 each. Cork: D Drake 0-4, M Sexton (3f), B Corry 0-3 each, E Conway 0-2, M O’Sullivan, K Hartnett, E Brosnan 0-1 each.

Clare — A Fahy; M O’Regan, P Kelly, A Brigdale; M Hawes, C Earley, K Moynihan; R Keane, S Golden; D Keane, T Carmody, K Dilleen; M Duggan, N Gilligan, P Hickey. Subs: A Lynch for Dilleen (h-t), J O’Connor for Hickey (48), D O’Rourke for Duggan (56).

Cork — D McCarthy; J Carey, E Dillon, S Corry; T Healy, M Ellis, K Hartnett; R Cashman, M Sexton; B Corry, E Brosnan, C Casey; D Drake, E Conway, Ml O’Sullivan. Subs: Maurice O’Sullivan for Casey (48), S Harnedy for Conway, (55).

Ref — S Hourigan (Limerick)

For the Record

Cork Clare
2010 Championship Performance Cork defeated Tipperary and Limerick to qualify for the Munster Final where they defeated Waterford by 0-15 to 0-13 at Dungarvan. Clare lost to Waterford by 1-13 to 0-13 in the Munster Semi-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles.
Number of Munster Intermediate Hurling titles 13 0
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title 2010 N/A
Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 22
Won – 16
Lost – 5
Drawn – 1
Played – 15
Won – 4
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship June 21st 2011 – Cork 2-16 Clare 1-14 @ The Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final)

2011 Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Cork 2-16 Tipperary 2-12 – May 29th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

CORK: D McCarthy; J Carey, R Cashman, S White; T Healy, M Ellis, S Corry; B Corry, M Sexton; D Drake, M O’Sullivan, C Casey; J Wall, T Murphy, B Lawton.
Subs: B Withers for White (half-time), E Conway for O’Sullivan (60).

TIPPERARY: J Logue; A Byrnes, G Hannigan, K Maher; J Moloughney, T Stapleton, R Sherlock; J Ryan, P O’Dwyer; D Hickey, W O’Dwyer, P Austin; E Sweeney, P Ivors, R McLoughney.
Subs: B Fox for P O’Dwyer (27), D O’Brien for Austin (40), D O’Brien for W O’Dwyer (47), L Dwan for R McLoughney (50), T Dalton for Ivors (55).

Referee: Declan O’Driscoll (Limerick)

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 2-9 – June 12th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final)

Munster GAA HURLING Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (13) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010

Tipperary (7) – 1961, 1963, 1966, 1971, 1972, 2000, 2002

Limerick (3) – 1968, 1998, 2008

Waterford (1) – 2007

Kerry (1) – 1970

Galway (1) – 1962

Munster GAA HURLING Intermediate 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 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/ih_teams/

Munster Intermediate HURLING Cup

The Sweet Afton Cup presented by Mr. Jerry Shelly of Tipperary in 1961.

All Ireland GAA HURLING Intermediate Championship

In the Intermediate Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork lead the way with 7 titles followed by Tipperary with 5. Wexford (4), Kilkenny (3), London (2) and Galway (2) are the only other counties to have won an All-Ireland title in this grade.

Useful Information

Cork hold the record for the longest streak of success in finals. They won four championships in-a-row between 2003 and 2006.

Tipperary hold the record for the longest streak of defeats in finals. They lost three championship deciders in-a-row between 2004 and 2006.

Cork have won 6 of the last 8 Munster titles in this grade, winning 15 of their last 17 matches in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship, including their 2011 first round victory over Tipperary.

Tipperary have lost 6 of the last 7 matches in this grade dating back to the 2006 Final.

Cork hold the record for the most consecutive appearances in Munster finals. They played in four-in-a-row on two separate occasions, firstly between 1967 and 1970, and most recently between 2003 and 2006.

Clare have lost two Munster finals, however, they have yet to win one. Intermediate is the only grade of hurling in which Clare have never won a provincial title.

Three counties have completed the Munster intermediate and senior double in the same year:

Cork in 1969, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary in 1961, 1971

Waterford in 2007

 

Cork is the only county to have completed the Munster minor, under-21, intermediate and senior ‘grand slam’ in the same year. This was achieved in 1969 and again in 2005.

Only one player has captained his county to Munster titles in both the intermediate and senior grades:

Pat Mulcahy captained Cork to the intermediate title in 1997 and the senior title in 2006.

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Tipperary 3-14 Offaly 1-14

Offaly challenge undone by trio of first-half goals

From the Offaly Express newspaper

GOALS will nearly always win games and that was the case in Semple Stadium last Saturday as three soft first-half three pointers for Tipperary in the first-half proved the key as they edged to victory over a spirited Offaly side. While Offaly will be disappointed at suffering a second defeat in the championship, the 2009 All Ireland Junior Champions and 2010 Intermediate Champions showed that they are not out of place at this level and it should only be a matter of time before they record their first win.

For the majority of the game Offaly went stride for stride with their more experienced opponents and it was only in the last ten minutes that any real daylight appeared between the sides. In the opening 30 minutes Marion Crean, Michaela Morkan, Sheila Sullivan, Tina Hannon and Jean Brady bossed the area around the Offaly half-back line and midfield making it very difficult for Tipperary to mount attacks. Despite Offaly’s efforts, the home side were ahead at the break by 3-5 to 1-8. They were fortunate to be in front as two of their three goals came from distance. Offaly goalkeeper Michelle Gleeson had a difficult day under the high ball mishandling two looping efforts that dropped over the line.

To their credit Offaly never dropped their heads and thanks to the accuracy of Elaine Dermody, they were still within a point of Tipperary early in the second-half. However the five time All Ireland Senior Champions showed their greater experience at this level and they managed to pull away in the closing stages with Jill Horan leading the way. For Offaly Lorraine Keena was rock solid at full-back while former Shooting Star Award Winner Fiona Stephens had another fine game at corner-back.

The half-back line and midfield again performed strongly while the forwards worked tirelessly over the hour with Linda Sullivan performing very well when switched to corner-back in the second-half. Playing against the wind, Tipperary made the dream start to the game opening up a 1-2 to 0-1 lead after just five minutes. A brace of points from Clair Grogan was followed by a goal from Sarah Fryday after her looping shot from distance eluded Michelle Gleeson and ended up in the Offaly net.

Elaine Dermody had opened Offaly’s account after two minutes and shed added two further points with Aoife Kelly adding another to get Offaly back within one after nine minutes. Claire Grogan pointed a free to double Tipperary’s advantage but Offaly blasted into the lead when Linda Sullivan reacted quickest to force the ball over the line after Ailsa Hughes’ initial shot was well saved by Rita Bourke. At this point Offaly’s work-rate was causing problems for the home side with the visitors half-backs and midfielders setting the tempo.

However two goals in a minute for Tipperary swung the game firmly in their favour. The first was finished to back of the net by Noreen Flanagan while the second was a carbon copy of the earlier goal when a looping shot from Jill Horan evaded Michelle Gleeson and finished in the back of the net. Offaly hit back with points from Michaela Morkan and Arlene Watkins who slotted the ball over from a very narrow angle but Offaly still found themselves three points behind after 25 minutes.

Goalkeeping in any sport is a very unforgiving position as every mistake is magnified and the Offaly net minder just had one of those days where everything that could go wrong for her did go wrong. Pamela Nugent was eventually brought on to replace her between the posts and before the break the sides added two points apiece to leave Tipperary ahead by 3-5 to 1-8. Within seven minutes of the restart Offaly had reduced the gap to the minimum after a brace of points from placed balls from Elaine Dermody.

A point apiece for each side followed with Dermody cancelling out a score from Cora Hennessy but the next three points all came for Tipp before Dermody was again on target for Offaly leaving her side just a score behind at 3-9 to 1-12. In the closing minutes Tipperary’s greater strength in depth in their squad and their experience at this level told as lead by Jill Horan they added five further points to just two in reply for Offaly to put a flattering final look on the scoreline. Offaly travel to Dublin next weekend hoping to repeat the result they posted at home to the same side in the Leinster Championship semi-final. Dublin have also suffered defeat in their first two games so both teams will be targeting a win to get their championship campaign on track.

Scorers

Tipperary: Jill Horan 1-3; Clair Grogan 0-6 (0-3f); Sarah Fryday 1-1; Noreen Flanagan 1-0; Cora Hennessy 0-3; Joanne Ryan 0-1

Offaly: Elaine Dermody 0-9 (0-6f, 0-1 ‘45); Linda Sullivan 1-0; Siobhan Flannery 0-1; Arlene Watkins 0-1; Michaela Morkan 0-1; Aoife Kelly 0-1; Tina Hannon 0-1

Wides

Tipperary: 5

Offaly: 4

Yellow Cards

Tipperary: 1 (Julie Kirwan)

Offaly: 0

Red Cards: None

Tipperary: Rita Bourke; Maria Tynan, Sabrina Larkin, Geraldine Stapleton; Julie McGrath, Julie Kirwan, Clodagh Quirke; Jill Horan, Mary Ryan; Ali Lonergan, Cora Hennessy, Clair Grogan; Sarah Fryday, Eimer Shanahan, Noreen Flanagan. Subs: Brid Quinn for Clodagh Quirke (11mins), Nicole Walsh for Ali Lonergan (42mins), Joanne Ryan for Eimer Shanahan (42mins), Amy Kennedy for Sarah Fryday (55mins)

Offaly: Michelle Gleeson; Fiona Stephens, Lorraine Keena, Karen Brady; Jean Brady, Michaela Morkan, Marion Crean; Sheila Sullivan, Tina Hannon; Linda Sullivan, Arlene Watkins, Ailsa Hughes; Aoife Kelly, Elaine Dermody, Siobhan Flannery. Subs: Pamela Nugent for Michelle Gleeson (24mins), Debbie Flynn for Karen Brady (HT), Emma Dunne for Ailsa Hughes (51mins), Roisin Coughlan for Aoife Kelly (57mins)

Referee: Mike O’Kelly (Cork)

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier Preliminary Round – Cork 10-20 Laois 1-13

Cork demolish Laois

From the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 10-20 Laois 1-13

Cork ran riot in the second half of this All-Ireland SHC qualifier as they powered their way to an astonishing 34-point win over Laois. Pat Horgan and Paudie O’Sullivan both scored hat-tricks in this Portlaoise pulverising, Luke O’Farrell notched one and Championship debutants Bill Cooper and Jamie Coughlan (2) also found the net. Willie Hyland’s 28th-minute goal kept Laois in contention at half-time as they trailed by 3-09 to 1-08. But the Rebels, with Horgan amassing 3-10 in all, showed no mercy in the closing 35 minutes.

Denis Walsh’s men completely dominated and took chance after chance against a Laois full-back line that was left hopelessly exposed. They move on to a home game against Offaly next Saturday. Cork had some careless shooting in the opening stages, tallying up four early wides as the midlanders moved 0-04 to 0-02 ahead by the eighth minute. Hyland showed some very good touches, landing a brace of early scores as did the lively Neil Foyle. Horgan, with the benefit of the left hand post, reduced the gap to a single point before Ger Reddin set up John Brophy for Laois’ fifth. The well-placed Patrick Mullaney managed to save a goal-bound shot from O’Sullivan and Laois smuggled the ball clear through John A Delaney after two further blocks. But just moments later, Laois’ rearguard was split open for Horgan to smack home his goal and shoot the visitors ahead at 1-03 to 0-05.

Walsh’s charges pushed on with a second goal, O’Sullivan breaking onto a point attempt that held up in the breeze and rounding Mullaney in impressive fashion. Cork were suddenly taking advantage of the space afforded to them, their half-forwards, particularly Niall McCarthy, coming alive as Horgan (free) and O’Sullivan tagged on points. Hyland and centre-back Matthew Whelan, who thumped a free over from near his own 45, got Laois back in the scoring groove amid a heavy rain shower. Horgan then took his personal haul to 1-03 and O’Farrell was hooked by Conor Dunne just as a third Cork goal seemed likely. O’Farrell’s subsequent ground shot was meat and drink to Mullaney. Hyland raised Laois’ hopes immediately as the ball was cleared downfield and he rose in behind Eoin Cadogan to catch it and rasp his shot past goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack.

The small crowd was lapping up the free-flowing hurling, with Cork finding the ideal response in the form of O’Farrell’s 33rd-minute goal – credit to Horgan for his run and final pass. McCarthy added his second point of the afternoon and Horgan sent a free over into driving rain, before Brophy popped over an injury-time point from near the sideline. Cooper, dusting himself off after a heavy challenge, broke onto a pass from McCarthy to finish the first half’s scoring and restore Cork’s seven-point advantage. Apart from a busy opening minute during which Reddin and Horgan traded scores, the intensity dropped quite substantially in the second half.

The competitiveness went right out of the game. Noel Costelloe pointed to make it 3-10 to 1-10 but Cork, with a considerable breeze now behind them, were soon coasting. Horgan struck three successive points and after a purposeful run from Ben O’Connor and a lapse from the Laois defence, O’Sullivan drove home a 47th minute goal. With Laois’ overworked full-back line struggling to keep up, Horgan added another two minutes later. Points followed from McCarthy and John Gardiner, with a trademark free from distance, and Cooper’s superbly-struck goal gave Cork a 6-15 to 1-10 lead.

Coughlan, who came on as a second half substitute, rounded his man and provided a pinpoint pass for O’Sullivan to complete his hat-trick, and shortly after that Horgan get loose again to register his third goal. Cooper landed a point to move himself onto 1-02 and the one-way traffic continued with a pointed free from Horgan. Laois stopped the rot briefly courtesy of a free from Whelan and a Brophy point from play. The hosts’ defending left a lot to be desired and Cork clinically put their scores away. Newcomer Coughlan turned well to fire the ninth goal past an unfortunate Mullaney. Cork goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack produced an excellent stop to deny Hyland a goal at the other end. There was yet more misery for Hyland’s defensive colleagues when points from Horgan (0-02) and substitute Ronan Curran were followed by a final goal from Coughlan, who was set up by his Newtownshandrum club-mate Ben O’Connor.

Cork will now play Offaly in the next round on Saturday next.

Match Preview

It’s only the second Championship clash between the counties and a first since the 1915 All-Ireland final when Laois, represented by Ballygeehan, beat Cork, represented by Redmonds, on a 6-2 to 4-1 scoreline. The last major clash between the counties was in the 1984 Centenary Cup final which Cork won by 2-21 to 1-9. #

Cork go into the qualifiers off a 3-22 to 0-23 defeat by Tipperary in the Munster quarter final. Patrick Horgan scored 0-13 (0-10 frees) while Ben O’Connor and Niall McCarthy scored 0-3 each as Cork recovered to draw level in the 56th minute before losing out on the home stretch.

Laois lost the Leinster quarter-final to Antrim by 1-21 to 3-12. Laois led by 2-7 to 1-5 at half-time, but Antrim, who had a man sent off five minutes into the second half, staged a spirited recovery to run out three point winners. Willie Hyland was Laois’s top scorer on 1-4.

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