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.



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


Friday June 24th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Clare v Tipperary 7:30pm

Saturday June 25th

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford v Limerick 7:30pm



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 –

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.


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


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 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)


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 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.



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


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)