Munster Under 16 Football Tournament 2011

U 16 Munster Football Tournament Results.

FIRST ROUND – 16/07/11





Winners of first round games advance to Cup semi-finals, losers of first round games advance to Shield semi-finals

CUP SEMI-FINALS –– 16/07/11

Kerry South 0.06 V Tipperary 0.10

Cork 2.07 V Kerry North 0.06


Clare 4.07 V Waterford 1.06

Corcaigh 4.08 V Limerick 0.03

SHIELD FINAL – 17/07/11

Clare 1.03 V Corcaigh. 1.15

CUP FINAL – 17/07/11

Cork 1.09 V Tipperary 0.05

The draw for the Munster U16 Football Tournament was made this week. The tournament which is sponsored by Fitzgerald’s Woodland’s House Hotel and Golden Vale Milk will take place in Limerick over the weekend of 16th and 17th July. The draw for the tournament which was started in 1993 was made by Sean Walsh Chairman of the Munster Council and Sean Mc Auliffe Chairman of the Limerick Football Board, see attached. There are 8 teams taking part with Cork and Kerry having 2 teams. The Current holders of the John O’Donovan Perpetual Memorial Cup are Tipperary and Kerry North won the Shield competition in 2010.


All-Ireland GAA Football Championship Qualifier Round 3 – Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-9

Owens slams ref U-turn as Limerick secure Model date



By John Fallon for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday July 18 2011

WATERFORD manager John Owens is convinced they should have been awarded a first-half penalty which could have changed the course of this qualifier at the Limerick Gaelic Grounds. Referee Cormac Reilly initially signalled a penalty after Paul Whyte went to ground, having been challenged by Tommy Stack, but the Meath official then changed his mind after consulting his umpires. It was a big call by Reilly, who controversially awarded Dublin a last-gasp match-winning free in the Leinster semi-final, but it seemed to be the correct decision as the Waterford attacker appeared to slip before harmlessly kicking the ball wide. At the time, Limerick, playing against the wind, led by 0-4 to 0-3, but went on to shoot the next four points as Waterford heads dropped.

And Waterford had further cause to be angry with the official when Gary Hurney was red-carded for an off-the-ball incident in the second-half, with referee Reilly again consulting his umpires before making the call. “Those decisions did make a significant difference to the game,” said Owens. “They are a good team and deserve their qualifier win, but we thought there was something there for us all through the second half. “From where I was, definitely, it was a penalty. And whatever happened Gary didn’t deserve a straight red. He had been treated rather harshly at other times when he didn’t get the rub of the green from the umpires. But that is it, the game is over now.”

Limerick boss Maurice Horan praised the referee for changing his mind after consulting his umpires. “We were on ground level and I honestly couldn’t see the penalty decision. I genuinely don’t know. But it must have been close. The referee gave it and you don’t see it too often — a referee after calling it going in to talk to his umpires,” said Horan. “He possibly said to himself that it wasn’t a penalty after all, but it was probably a bit frustrating for the Waterford management team and the players but fair play to him. We have seen referees make mistakes in the past. If it wasn’t a penalty well then fair play to him.”

He has now seen his men stitch together two qualifier victories after the debacle against Kerry but he feels they still have a lot to do to oust Wexford next weekend. “It wasn’t a very convincing performance and none of us will be getting too carried away. The look on the lads’ faces was relief more than anything else. “We knew it was going to be a tough battle. We were more nervous about this game than the previous game. We had something to prove in the Offaly game,” added Horan.

Ian Ryan, who scored 1-7 from play against Offaly, was held scoreless on Saturday evening but Stephen Kelly stepped up to the mark in impressive fashion. He kicked seven points, four of them from play, and was involved in most good things that came from a Limerick side who faltered either side of half-time. Waterford heads dropped after the penalty decision and Limerick proceeded to open up a lead of 0-8 to 0-3 after 27 minutes with a string of unanswered points. Waterford rallied before the break to score three points from Patrick Hurney, Brian Wall and Whyte to reduce the deficit to 0-9 to 0-7 at the break. And they drew level five minutes after the restart when Patrick Hurney and Whyte found their range.

However, they were given a mountain to climb when Gary Hurney was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident with Tom Lee after 60 minutes. At that stage two points from Kelly had edged Limerick back in front and they pushed on from there when Ger Collins pointed a free with five minutes remaining to leave a goal between them. And with their excellent defence shutting out anything Waterford could muster, the home side prevailed. They sealed a deserved success in the closing minutes as Kelly brought his haul to seven and substitute John Cooke also hit the target to set up a clash with Wexford.

Scorers — Limerick: S Kelly 0-7 (3fs), J Mullane, S O’Carroll, G Collins ( 1f) 0-2 each, J Cooke 0-1. Waterford: P Whyte 0-4 (2f, 1 ’45’), P Hurney 0-2, G Hurney, S Fleming, B Wall 0-1f each.

Limerick — B Scanlon 7; J McCarthy 6, T Stack 6, S Gallagher 7; M Sheehan 7, J Riordan 7, P Ranahan 7; S Buckley 8, T Lee 7; J Mullane 6, S Kelly 9, S Lavin 7; G Collins 7, S O’Carroll 7, I Ryan 6. Subs: B Fitzpatrick 6 for Stack (24), J Cooke 7 for Sheehan (46), E O’Connor 6 for Mullane (56), E Hogan 6 for O’Carroll (68), P Kinnerk 6 for Lee (72).

Waterford — K Cotter 6; T O’Gorman 7, C Phelan 7, M O’Gorman 6; W Hennessy 6, K Connery 6, T Grey 6; M Aherne 6, S Dempsey 6; C O’Keeffe 7, S Fleming 6, B Wall 6; P Hurney 7, G Hurney 5, P Whyte 7. Subs: B Phelan 6 for Dempsey (31), C McGrath 6 for Wall (h-t), T Connors 6 for P Hurney (62), JJ Hutchinson 6 for Fleming (72).

Ref — C Reilly (Meath)


SFC Qualifier: Treaty overcome 14-man Waterford

From the Hogan Stand web site

Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-9

The accurate free-taking of Stephen Kelly proved decisive as Waterford – who celebrated their first ever qualifier win at London’s expense last weekend – were left to rue the dismissal of Gary Hurney in the 59th minute. The Waterford talisman was given his marching orders following a foul on Limerick midfielder Thomas Lee, and Maurice Horan’s side took full advantage by scoring the last five points of what was a poor quality game overall. Stephen Kelly and Paul Whyte traded early frees and the respective place kickers were on target again to leave the sides level on 0-3 apiece after 15 minutes. There then followed a major talking point when the referee signalled for a Waterford penalty, only to reverse his decision after consulting with his umpires. Following that let-off, Limerick went 0-5 to 0-3 ahead and, with Seanie Buckley and Thomas Lee getting on top at midfield, they extended their advantage to 0-9 to 0-4 thanks to scores from Kelly, John Mullane and Seamus O’Carroll.

However, three unanswered points from the influential Patrick Hurney, Brian Wall and Paul Whyte left Waterford trailing by just two, 0-7 to 0-9, at the break. The momentum remained with the Deise after the restart when they tagged on two further points to level the game at 0-9 apiece. A Kelly brace (one free, one ’45) had edged Limerick back in front before Hurney’s sending off knocked the stuffing out of the visitors’ challenge. And Limerick duly closed out the game with scores from Ger Collins and Kelly (two more frees) to move within 70 minutes of an All-Ireland quarter-final spot.

Match Preview

2011 Championship

Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9; Limerick 3-13 Offaly 0-15.

Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8; Waterford 1-17 London 0-13.

They last met in the championship in 2010 when Limerick won a Munster semifinal by 1-17 to 1-9. Limerick also won in 1991-1989-1985, leaving Waterford looking for their first championships win over the Shannonsiders since 1981. The counties clashed in the Allianz League (Division 3) in Dungarvan on February 20 last with Waterford winning by 2-8 to 0-8, thanks to two goals from Mark Ferncombe. The winners will play Wexford in Round 4.

Team News

Waterford Senior Football team to play Limerick is a follows –

1. Kieran Cotter Geraldines

2. Maurice O’Gorman The Nire

3. Thomas O’Gorman The Nire

4. Kieran Connery Clashmore Kinsalebeg

5. Tony Grey Stradbally

6. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers

7. Wayne Hennessey Ardmore

8. Brian Wall The Nire

9. Mick Ahearne Kill

10. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty

11. Sean Dempsey Colligan Emmets

12. Cillian O’Keeffe Clashmore Kinsalebeg

13. Sean Fleming Clashmore Kinsalebeg

14. Gary Hurney Ballinacourty

15. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty

Manager: John Owens

Selectors: Jim McGrath, Kenny Hassett, Liam Dalton

Team Sec.: Eddie O’Grady
Limerick Senior Football Team V Waterford on 16th July 2011.

1. Brian Scanlon Brian Ó Scannláin Gerald Griffin’s.

2. Tommy Stack Tomas Stac Dromcollogher-Broadford.

3. Shane Gallagher Seán Ó Gallchoir Ballysteen.

4. Stephen Lavin Stiofán Ó Laimhin Adare.

5. John Riordan Seán Ó Riordáin Fr. Casey’s.

6. Johnny McCarthy Seán Mac Carthaigh St. Kierans.

7. Pa Ranahan Pádraig Ó Reannacháin Ballysteen.

8. Seanie Buckley Seán Ó Buachalla Dromcollogher-Broadford.

9. Thomas Lee Tomas Ó Laoi Ballylanders.

10. Stephen Kelly Stiofán Ó Ceallaigh Newcastlewest.

11 . John Mullane Sean Ó Maoláin St. Patrick’s.

12. Mike Sheehan Micheál Ó Siocháin Fr. Casey’s.

13. Ger Collins Gearoid Ó Coileáin Monaleen.

14. Seamus O Carroll Seamus Ó Cearúil Cappagh.

15. Ian Ryan Ian Ó Riain St. Senan’s.

Fir Ionaid

16. Donal O’Sullivan Dónall Ó Súilleabháin Monaleen.

17. Barry Fitzpatrick Barra Mac Giollapadraig Monaleen. Captain.

18. Mike McCormack Micheál Mac Cormaic Mungret.

19. Ray O’Flaherty Réamann Ó Flaitheartaigh St. Senan’s.

20. Paul Kinnerk Pól Mac Airchinnigh Monaleen.

21. Eoin Hogan Eoin Ó hÓgáin Na Piarsaigh

22. Eoghan O’Connor Eoghan Ó Conchúir St. Mary’s/Sean Finn’s.

23. James Kelly Seamus Ó Ceallaigh Newcastlewest.

24. Liam Costello Liam Mac Coisteala Adare.

25. Dave Ward Daithi Mac an Bhaird Fr. Casey’s.

26. Donagh Kelly Donagh Ó Ceallaigh Fr. Casey’s.

Manager Maurice Horan (Na Piarsaigh), Coach/Selector Ephie Fitzgerald, Selector Joe Lee (Newcastlewest).

Physiotherapists; Mark Van Drumpt & Jamie Bowman. Doctor; Dr. Mick Lucey.

Bord Gais Energy Munster U-21H S-Final – Cork 4-19 Tipp 1-21

Awesome Rebel firepower

Cork 4-19 Tipperary 1-21

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Saturday, July 16, 2011

RECENT meetings against Tipperary in the U21 grade have been painful experiences for Cork with extra-time defeats in the last two years but the memories of those clashes were erased courtesy of a powerful winning performance in last night’s Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC semi-final in Semple Stadium. This match had assumed extra significance given Cork’s hurling travails at other levels this season and the U21 team delivered a timely success. The latest offering maintained the theme of pulsating encounters between the counties at underage level in recent seasons but in a game that produced 45 scores in 60 minutes of play, Cork’s greater potency up front was key in front of 4,629 patrons.

“We’re very pleased and it was a hugely satisfying performance,” admitted Cork manager Ger Fitzgerald. “We got a fabulous start but they came back at us as. Goals were the key for us tonight and our men inside had the courage to take on the defenders to go for goals. But we have to keep our feet on the ground now and realise that we’ve nothing won. We’ve to play the winners of Clare and Limerick now, and that’ll be very difficult.” Luke O’Farrell was in dazzling form in the opening stages and he unleashed a bullet to the top corner of the net in the fifth minute, after Christopher Joyce had made a brilliant block in defence to kickstart the move. Dean Brosnan fired home the second in the 23rd minute with a rasping shot that came back off the stanchion and that was a reward for his promising endeavours. Conor Lehane bundled home the third in the 36th minute and that exemplified the greater impact the Midleton youngster made in the second half, as he benefited from a switch to full-forward before the break.

The final goal was registered by Aidan Walsh, a sublime finish in the 46th minute, and he had a storming second half as Tipperary found it impossible to halt his dominance in the aerial exchanges. Cork’s remaining forwards also shone, with Michael O’Sullivan playing an important role in helping to stymie the influence exerted by Noel McGrath while Jamie Coughlan weighed in with a 0-5 haul. Tipperary were unable to build on their quarter-final win over Waterford yet their recovery from a disastrous start had seemingly placed them right in contention. Cork’s early play was electric as they sprinted into a 1-7 to 0-1 lead by the ninth minute but remarkably Tipperary had whittled away that advantage within 10 minutes. They never panicked and their corner-forward John O’Dwyer displayed superb accuracy from placed balls. Tipperary’s tactic of direct ball into Brian O’Meara paid off handsomely in the 15th minute when he grabbed a delivery by Kieran Morris and lashed a shot to the roof of the net. Brosnan’s goal afforded Cork some breathing space in the face of that Tipperary onslaught yet the game was delicately balanced as Cork lead 2-10 to 1-12 at the break.

Before the teams headed for the dressing rooms Fitzgerald expressed his displeasure to referee Michael Wadding at his first-half officiating and there was legitimacy to his complaints with the final free count standing 18-5 in Tipperary’s favour. “I was unhappy,” revealed the Cork manager. “I just wanted to make the point that I felt they were getting frees a little easier. It didn’t improve in the second half so obviously what I said didn’t work but that’s the way it is.”

Tipperary made the brighter start to the second half as they outscored Cork 0-6 to 1-2 in the third quarter. Yet critically Cork tightened up in defence with substitute Damien Cahalane exerting a steadying influence, Joyce continuing to impress and captain William Egan leading the way. Goalkeeper Darren McCarthy made a vital save in the third quarter from O’Dwyer and was also alert to clear his lines as Morris stole in on goal. At the other end Tipperary were struggling as their full-back line was placed under immense pressure while McCarthy’s puckouts repeatedly found the hand of Walsh at left half-forward. The Kanturk man’s goal opened the floodgates and in the closing exchanges Lehane and Coughlan split the posts with a succession of classy scores. Midfielder Adrian Ryan hit some good points for Tipperary yet they were unable to make real headway and the late switch of Noel McGrath to attack failed to alter the course of the game. Cork registered 1-7 in the final quarter while only conceding 0-3 and the strength of that finish propelled them to a place in the final on August 3.

Scorers for Cork: C Lehane 1-4, L O’Farrell 1-3, D Brosnan 1-2, A Walsh 1-1, J Coughlan 0-5 (0-2f), M O’Sullivan 0-2, W Egan (0-1f), S O’Farrell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-11 (0-10f), B O’Meara 1-1, N McGrath 0-3 (0-3f), A Ryan, S Curran 0-2 each, K Morris, J O’Neill 0-1 each.

CORK: D McCarthy; C Joyce, E Finn, S Corry; J Nagle, W Egan, M Ellis; S O’Farrell, D Roche; D Brosnan, C Lehane, A Walsh; L O’Farrell, M O’Sullivan, J Coughlan.

Subs: D Drake for Roche (half-time), D Cahalane for Finn (42), E O’Sullivan for S O’Farrell (58).

TIPPERARY: P Ryan; C Haugh, K O’Gorman, S O’Brien; J Barry, N McGrath, P Heffernan; B Stapleton, A Ryan; J O’Neill, S Curran, P Murphy; K Morris, B O’Meara, J O’Dwyer.

Subs: J Gallagher for Barry (25), S Maher for O’Brien (half-time), M Sheedy for Morris (50), W Maher for Murphy (54).

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)

Team News

The Tipperary under 21 hurling team to play Cork in the Munster semi-final at Semple Stadium on Friday night, July 17 shows 2 changes from the team which started against Waterford in the quarter final. Sean O’Brien and Kieran Morris come into the team in place of Stephen Maher and Joe Gallagher.

The team is:

1. Paul Ryan (Upperchurch Drombane) 2. Ciarán Hough (Lorrha and Dorrha) 3. Kevin O’Gorman (Thurles Sarsfields) 4. Sean O’Brien (Newport) 5. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons) 6. Padraig Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore) 7. James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane) 8. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) Captain 9. Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons) 10. Sean Curran (Mullinahone) 11. Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg) 12. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs) 13. Kieran Morris (Moycarkey Borris) 14. John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore) 15. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

CORK (U21 HC v Tipperary): D McCarthy(Ballymartle); C Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), E Finn (Ballinhassig), S Corry (Ballymartle); J Nagle (Midleton), W Egan (Kilbrin), M Ellis (Banteer); S O’Farrell (Midleton), D Roche (Sarsfields); D Brosnan (Glen Rovers), C Lehane (Midleton), A Walsh (Kanturk); L O’Farrell (Midleton), M O’Sullivan (Tracton), J Coughlan (Newtownshandrum).
Subs: M O’Neill (Bishopstown), B Withers (Banteer), B Collins (Killeagh), D Cahalane (St Finbarrs), M Sexton (Kilbrittain), D Drake (Carrigaline), E O’Sullivan (Sarsfields), S Harnedy (St Itas), S O’Brien (Carrigaline).

For the Record

Tipperary Cork
2011 Team Management Ken Hogan
(Lorrha-Dorrha – Manager),
William Maher
(Ballingarry – Selector),
TJ Connolly
(Cashel King Cormacs – Selector)
Ger Fitzgerald
(Midleton – Coach) 

Darragh Holland (Inniscarra), Teddy McCarthy (Sarsfields), John Mortell (Ballyhea),
Don Cronin (Glen Rovers)

2011 Team Captain Noel McGrath
William Egan
2010 Championship Performance Won the Munster and All-Ireland Finals Defeated Waterford by 1-16 to 1-3 before losing to Tipperary after extra time in the Munster Semi-Final on a scoreline of 2-17 to 0-21
Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles 20 18
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling  Title 2010 2007
Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship Record since 2000 Played – 24
Won – 16
Lost – 6
Drawn – 2
Played – 24
Won – 13
Lost – 9
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship July 14th 2010 – Tipperary 2-17 Cork 0-21 @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Semi-Final – after extra time) – Goals by Michael Heffernan and Seamus Hennessy helped Tipperary to defeat Cork after extra time. Ryan Clifford scored 0-9 for Cork.
What happened 3 years ago? 

2008 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round-up

Tipperary qualified for the Munster Final with wins over Limerick and Clare before losing to Cork by 0-19 to 0-18 in the Munster Final. Cork lost to Clare in Round 1 before victories over Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary saw them winning the Munster title.

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship

Tipperary v Cork Past Meetings Breakdown

Overall Record Matches at Tipperary venue Matches at Cork venue Munster Finals Only Matches played when Tipperary are defending All-Ireland Champions
Played 30 15 15 16 5
Tipperary 14 8 6 7 3
Cork 13 5 8 7 2
Drawn 3 2 1 2 0



Wednesday June 1st

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 4-12 Waterford 1-16



Friday July 15th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Cork v Tipperary 7:30pm

Tuesday July 26th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare v Limerick 7:30pm

Wednesday August 3rd

Venue Permutations as follows –

@ Cusack Park Ennis                                    Clare v Tipperary                                                        7:30pm
@ Cusack Park Ennis                                    Clare v Cork                                                               7:30pm
@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick               Limerick v Tipperary                                                   7:30pm
@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick               Limerick v Cork                                                          7:30pm

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (20) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Cork (18) – 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007

Limerick (5) – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002

Waterford (3) – 1974, 1992, 1994

Clare (1) – 2009

Munster Under 21 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 in1964 –

Munster Under 21 Hurling Cup

Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship

In the Under 21 Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts along with Kilkenny with 11 titles. Tipperary are joint-third with 9 titles, tied with Galway. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade while Waterford and Clare have 1 title each.

2011 Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 4-12 Waterford 1-16 – June 1st @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary – P Ryan; C Haugh, K O’Gorman, S Maher; B Stapleton, J Barry, P Heffernan; N McGrath, J Gallagher; S Curran, P Murphy, A Ryan; J O’Neill, B O’Meara, J O’Dwyer.
Subs: S O’Brien for Barry (inj, h-t), A McCormack for Ryan (39), M Sheedy for Curran (56).

Waterford – S O’Keeffe; J Barron, D Fives, N Connors; P Prendergast, Philip Mahony, S Daniels; S Roche, A Brophy; E Murphy, Pauric Mahony, M O’Neill; B O’Sullivan, M Shanahan, J Dillon.
Subs: O Whelan for O’Neill (h-t), O Connors for Brophy (47), E Madigan for Murphy (inj 56).

Referee – Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

2011 Top Scorers – Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship

John O’Neill (Tipperary) 2-2

Brian O’Sullivan (Waterford ) 1-4

Pauric Mahony (Waterford) 0-6 frees
Noel McGrath (Tipperary) 1-1 (1-0 penalty)
Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) 0-4

Sean Curran (Tipperary) 1-0
Adrian Ryan (Tipperary) 0-3
John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) 0-2 (0-1 free)

Brian Stapleton (Tipperary), Paddy Murphy (Tipperary), Brian O’Meara (Tipperary), Mike Sheedy (Tipperary), Jake Dillon (Waterford), Owen Connors (Waterford) 0-1 each

Odds and Ends

Waterford had 10 points to spare over Tipperary in the 2009 Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final at Fraher Field Dungarvan. 14 months later, 8 of the Tipperary team played in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling defeat over Kilkenny – Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill, Brendan Maher, Seamus Hennessy, Gearoid Ryan, Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan and Patrick Maher. 7 other Tipperary hurlers who played that night are members of the 2011 Tipperary Senior Hurling panel – namely Pa Bourke, John O’Neill, Shane Bourke, John O’Keeffe, Sean Carey, Michael Heffernan and John Coghlan. By contrast, Noel Connors was the only Waterford player to start for Waterford in the 2010 Munster Final and Replay while Maurice Shanahan and Shane Casey made brief substitute appearances.

Shane O’Neill captained Cork to Munster Under 21 Hurling success, their last title at this grade. Shane is the Cork Senior Hurling captain for 2011. The Cork team included Eoin Cadogan, Pat Cronin, Cathal Naughton and Pat Horgan.

Waterford’s last Munster Under 21 Hurling title came in 1994 with James O’Connor as Captain. Tony Browne lined out at centre-back while Paul Flynn was corner-forward.

Tipperary have played in 28 finals, winning 20. Cork have contested 27 finals, being successful 18 times. Waterford have qualified for just 6 of the 47 finals played to date, winning 3. Limerick’s records is Played 16, Won 5, Lost 11. Finally, Clare lost 11 finals before winning their first in 2009 before going on to lose the 2010 final to Tipperary.

Munster Intermediate Hurling Final – Clare 2-15 Limerick 2-13

Clare defeated Limerick by 2-15 to 2-13 in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Final at Cusack Park Ennis on Wednesday evening.

Kennedy’s men keep Clare run going with first Munster intermediate title

Clare 2-15 Limerick 2-13

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, July 14, 2011

FOLLOWING the success of the minors on Sunday, Clare capture their second Munster hurling title in three days when their intermediate side captured a first provincial crown at Cusack Park in Ennis last night Though the winning margin was small, the home side dominated for the most part, a late Limerick goal by wing-back Niall Maher putting a respectable sheen on the scoreboard. Clare started briskly in an entertaining opening half and had two scores on the board inside three minutes, through captain Tony Carmody and Declan O’Rourke. Limerick midfielder Conor Allis opened his team’s account when he landed a 65 in the fifth minute. Clare’s speedy wing-forward Daire Keane and Limerick’s Sean Madden exchanged points before Keane popped up again to record the game’s first goal on 10 minutes.

Daragh Keane then collected a bouncing ball before drilling low to the back of the Shannonsiders’ net. Niall Gilligan added a pointed free to leave the hosts 1-4 to 0-2 ahead and firmly in command. However, a resolute Limerick knuckled down and when corner-forward Michael Ryan split the Clare defence before shooting past Fahey, the deficit was reduced to just one point by the 17th minute. Ryan again and Tommy Quaid then added points to give the visitors the lead for the first time. Gilligan had two pointed frees for the home side before Dinny O’Connor replied for Limerick in injury-time to leave it level at the half time, 1-6 apiece.

From the restart, Niall Gilligan shot Clare in front once more with a well-taken point before midfielder Ronan Keane struck for a fantastic goal four minutes in. His blinding pace deceived the Limerick defence and his shot beat goalkeeper Barry Hennessy. A number of well-taken points by Gilligan kept his county in pole position. Clare’s introduction of Pádraig Hickey also gave them extra firepower up front. Pádraig Hickey was introduced early in the half and his contribution of two valuable points gave Clare some breathing space. Limerick stayed in touch thanks to some good scores by Conor Allis, wing-forward Seanie O’Brien and Maher’ goal, but Kevin Kennedy’s side eased home will now face Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 13.

Scorers for Clare: N Gilligan 0-6 (4f); R Keane, D Keane 1-2 each; D O’Rourke, P Hickey 0-2 each, T Carmody 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: M Ryan, N Maher 1-1 each; C Allis 0-4 (2 65); S O’Brien, D O’Connor 0-2 each; S Madden, T Quaid, N Kennedy 0-1 each.

CLARE: A Fahy, M O’Regan, P Kelly, A Brigdale, J Fennessy, M Hawes, K Moynihan, R Keane, S Golden, D Keane, K Dileen, T Carmody (capt), M Duggan, D O’Rourke N Gilligan.

Subs: M Earley for O’Regan (21), P Hickey for Duggan (36), J O’Connor for Dileen (50).

LIMERICK: B Hennessy, S Browne, J Dillon (capt), D Moloney, N Maher, P Begley, T O’Callaghan, C Allis, D Hanley, D Ahearne, S Madden, S O’Brien, M Ryan, D O’Connor, T Quaid.

Subs: N Kennedy for Madden (37), S Dowling for Hanley (45), E Gleeson for Ahearne (57),

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)


Score Tracker

1m – CLARE POINT – Tony Carmody scores a point from play after good work from Marty O’Regan – Clare 0-1 Limerick 0-0

2m – CLARE POINT – Declan O’Rourke scores a point from play – Clare 0-2 Limerick 0-0

5m – LIMERICK POINT – Conor Allis scores a point from a 65m free – Clare 0-2 Limerick 0-1

7m – CLARE POINT – Daire Keane scores a point from play – Clare 0-3 Limerick 0-1

9m – LIMERICK POINT – Sean Madden scores a point from play – Clare 0-3 Limerick 0-2

9m – CLARE GOAL – Daire Keane wins a puck out and after a good run, strikes a low ball to the net – Clare 1-3 Limerick 0-2

11m – CLARE POINT – Niall Gilligan scores a point from a 20 metre free – Clare 1-4 Limerick 0-2

12m – LIMERICK POINT – Denis O’Connor scores a point from play – Clare 1-4 Limerick 0-3

17m – LIMERICK GOAL – Michael Ryan wins possession, rounds his man and after a long run, finishes to the net – Clare 1-4 Limerick 1-3

18m – LIMERICK POINT – Michael Ryan scores a point from play – Clare 1-4 Limerick 1-4

21m – LIMERICK POINT – Tommy Quaid scores a point from play – Clare 1-4 Limerick 1-5

22m – CLARE POINT – Niall Gilligan points a 20 metre free – Clare 1-5 Limerick 1-5

24m – CLARE POINT – Niall Gilligan points a 45 metre free – Clare 1-6 Limerick 1-5

30m – LIMERICK POINT – Denis O’Connor points a 20 metre free – Clare 1-6 Limerick 1-6


32m – CLARE POINT – Niall Gilligan gets on to a loose ball and scores a point – Clare 1-7 Limerick 1-6

32m – LIMERICK POINT – Conor Allis scores a point from play – Clare 1-7 Limerick 1-7

33m – CLARE GOAL – Ronan Keane goes on a long run and finishes to the top of the net – Clare 2-7 Limerick 1-7

37m – CLARE POINT – Niall Gilligan points a free – Clare 2-8 Limerick 1-7

40m – CLARE POINT – Niall Gilligan scores a point from play – Clare 2-9 Limerick 1-7

44m – LIMERICK POINT – Wing-back Niall Maher scores a point from play – Clare 2-9 Limerick 1-8

49m – CLARE POINT – Padraig Hickey scores a point from play – Clare 2-10 Limerick 1-8

51m – LIMERICK POINT – Seanie O’Brien scores a point from play – Clare 2-10 Limerick 1-9

51m – CLARE POINT – Niall Gilligan scores a point from play – Clare 2-11 Limerick 1-9

52m – LIMERICK POINT – Seanie O’Brien scores a point from play – Clare 2-11 Limerick 1-10

53m – CLARE POINT – Padraig Hickey scores a point from play – Clare 2-12 Limerick 1-10

56m – LIMERICK POINT – Conor Allis points a 65 metre free – Clare 2-12 Limerick 1-11

57m – CLARE POINT – Ronan Keane scores a point from play – Clare 2-13 Limerick 1-11

58m – LIMERICK POINT – Conor Allis scores a point from play – Clare 2-13 Limerick 1-12

59m – LIMERICK POINT – Niall Kennedy scores a point from play – Clare 2-13 Limerick 1-13

60m – CLARE POINT – Daire Keane scores a point from play – Clare 2-14 Limerick 1-13

61m – CLARE POINT – Declan O’Rourke scores a point from play – Clare 2-15 Limerick 1-13

62m – LIMERICK GOAL – Niall Maher scores a goal from play – Clare 2-15 Limerick 2-13


Next Round – the winners qualify for the All-Ireland Semi-Final against Galway on August 13th.

For the Record

Limerick Clare
2011 Team Management John Kiely (Galbally)
Pat Davern (Ballybrown)
Richard Lanigan (Croagh)
Leo O’Connor (Claughaun)
Robert O’Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen)
Kevin Kennedy (St. Josephs Doora-Barefield – Manager); Niall Romer (Kilmaley),
Tommy O’Donoghue (Tubber)
2011 Team Captain Donie Reale
(Hospital / Herbertstown)
Tony Carmody
2010 Championship Performance Lost to Cork by 1-24 to 3-17 after extra time in the Munster Semi-Final played at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. 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 3 0
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title 2008 N/A
Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 15
Won – 4
Lost –  10
Drawn – 1
Played – 16
Won – 5
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship June 22nd 2008 at Semple Stadium Thurles – Limerick 1-16 Clare 0-15 (Munster Semi-Final) – a second half goal by David Moloney midway through the second half proved the key score in a close game.

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)

Limerick: B Hennessy; D Moloney, B Kelliher, J Dillon; N Maher, P Begley, T O’Callaghan; J Hayes, D Hanley; C Allis, S Madden, S O’Brien; D Reale, D O’Connor, T Quaid.
Subs: M Ryan for O’Connor (48), W Griffin for Quaid (57), D Ahearne for O’Brien (57).

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; B Coughlan, I Flynn, M O’Brien; B Phelan, C Ryan, S Hannon; D Barrett, D Twomey; P Nevin, S Power, P Power; C O’Gorman, T Connors, A Brophy.
Subs: K Cashell for O’Gorman (46), R Power for Brophy (46), H Barnes for Twomey (52).

Referee: Jer O’Connell (Cork)

Clare 2-19 Cork 0-15 – June 19th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final)

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).

Referee: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship
Stephen Power (Waterford) – 1-6 (1-0 penalty, 0-6 frees)
Niall Gilligan (Clare) – 1-5 (0-5 frees)
David Drake (Cork) – 0-8 (0-1 sideline)
Maurice Sexton (Cork) – 0-8 (0-7 frees)
Denis O’Connor (Limerick) – 1-4 (0-2 frees)
Michael O’Sullivan (Cork) – 1-3
Daire Keane (Clare) – 1-2
Tommy Quaid (Limerick) – 1-2
Philip Ivors (Tipperary) 1-2
Colm Casey (Cork) 1-1
Brian Corry (Cork) – 0-4
Tony Carmody (Clare) – 0-3
Paudie Nevin (Waterford) – 1-0
Liam Dwan (Tipperary) 1-0
Ronan Keane (Clare) – 0-2
P Hickey (Clare) – 0-2
Shane Golden (Clare) – 0-2
Donie Reale (Limerick) – 0-2
Seanie O’Brien (Limerick) – 0-2
Dean Twomey (Waterford) – 0-2
Tony Murphy (Cork) 0-2
E Conway (Cork) – 0-2
Ray McLoughney (Tipperary) 0-2 (0-2 frees)
Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)  0-2 (0-1 free)

K Moynihan (Clare), A Lynch (Clare), Declan O’Rourke (Clare), Conor Allis (Limerick) (0-1 65’), Sean Madden (Limerick), Jamie Wall (Cork), E Brosnan (Cork), Joey McLoughney (Tipperary), Thomas Stapleton (Tipperary) (0-1 free), Paudie O’Dwyer (Tipperary), Darragh Hickey (Tipperary), Evan Sweeney (Tipperary), Brian Fox (Tipperary)  0-1 each.

Clare v Limerick

Past Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Meetings

Played – 8, Limerick 6, Clare 0, Drawn 2

June 22nd 2008 at Semple Stadium Thurles – Limerick 1-16 Clare 0-15 (Munster Semi-Final)

Scorers — Limerick: D Moloney 1-2, P McNamara 0-4 (0-3f), D O’Neill 0-3, R McCarthy, A Brennan 0-2 each, A O’Connor, D Hanley, P Harty 0-1 each; Clare: S Chaplin 0-5 (0-4f), P Hickey 0-5, D Browne 0-2 (1f), G Lyons, A McNamara, Clive Earley 0-1 each.

Limerick: B Hennessy; T Condon, C Carey, S Walsh; D Stapleton, Damien Moloney, P O’Brien; A Brennan, A O’Connor; David Moloney, P McNamara, D Hanley; D O’Neill, R McCarthy, P Harty. Subs: P O’Reilly for O’Connor (44), M McKenna for Hanley (57), S O’Neill for Walsh (60).

Clare: S Hawes; M O’Regan, S Torpey, C Cooney; A Fleming, E Collins, A McNamara; G Lyons, A Duggan; S Chaplin, N Sheedy, M Noone; Clive Earley, P Chaplin, P Hickey; Subs: Conor Earley for Collins (21), D Browne for Noone (ht), P Reynolds for Duggan (48), E Harrison for Conor Earley (54).

Referee: Tommy Ryan (Tipperary).

June 21st 1998 at Semple Stadium Thurles – Limerick 0-17 Clare 0-7 (Munster Semi-Final)

May 28th 1971 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Limerick 1-14 Clare 4-1 (Munster Semi-Final Replay)

May 5th 1971 at Cusack Park Ennis – Limerick 2-6 Clare 2-6 (Munster Semi-Final)

June 23rd 1968 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Limerick 0-13 Clare 1-2 (Munster Semi-Final Replay)

May 23rd 1968 at Cusack Park Ennis – Limerick 2-8 Clare 2-8 (Munster Semi-Final)

April 9th 1967 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Limerick 5-5 Clare 4-4 (Munster First Round)

May 6th 1962 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Limerick 1-10 Clare 0-9 (Munster First Round)

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 –

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 18 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.


Munster Senior Hurling Final – Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19

Déise hammered in one-sided Munster decider

Sunday, July 10, 2011 – 05:13 PM

From the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19

Tipperary thumped Waterford by 21 points as they collected their third Munster SHC title in four years. Lar Corbett scored 4-4 and captain Eoin Kelly (2-6) and Seamus Callanan (1-0) also found the net in an embarrassingly one-sided final. Declan Ryan’s men tallied up the biggest score in a Munster hurling decider since Cork beat Waterford (5-31 to 3-6) back in 1982. There were four goals in a sublime six-minute spell before half-time; Tipp were coasting at 5-10 to 0-8 at the break. The 36,654 spectators present at Páirc Uí Chaoimh witnessed a limp display from Waterford, who did improve in the second period and their young free-taker Pauric Mahony finished with 0-13.

It was a tour de force from the All-Ireland champions on a day when their long-serving goalkeeper Brendan Cummins equalled Christy Ring’s Championship appearances record of 65. Waterford simply had no answer to the movement and precise shooting of the Tipperary forwards, who profited from the pinpoint deliveries of Shane McGrath, Padraic Maher and Gearoid Ryan. Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald got his tactics all wrong and his defence was left badly exposed, Jerome Maher having a nightmare debut trailing 2010 Hurler of the Year Corbett. Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh was initially moved into the full-back line and Kevin Moran stationed at centre-back, but Tipp’s speed off the mark and interchanging of positions left the Déise spellbound. Jerome Maher fouled Corbett for a second minute free that Eoin Kelly knocked over and John O’Brien swung over the second point, with Shane McGrath soaring high for a couple of inspirational catches. The game was only four minutes’ old when Padraic Maher cleared downfield, Corbett collected the ball on the bounce and his close range shot beat goalkeeper Clinton Hennessy for the first goal.

The 19-year-old Pauric Mahony accounted for six of Waterford’s eight first half points, slotting his first after a foul on an increasingly frustrated John Mullane. It was the only resistance last year’s Munster champions could provide, with their forwards starved of possession and Stephen Molumphy and company guilty of overrunning the ball at times. By the midpoint of the half Tipp were 1-8 to 0-3 clear, O’Brien, Noel McGrath, Corbett (0-2) and Kelly (0-2) all adding points. Mullane and Brian O’Sullivan won frees for Mahony to knock over, with veteran defender Tony Browne, still turning it on at 38, landing Waterford’s first point from play in the 20th minute. Corbett pointed on the turn and a superb handpass from a falling Patrick Maher set up O’Brien for his third score. Mahony and Shane O’Sullivan kept the gap at seven points.

It was down to six when Mahony tapped over a free, but Shane Walsh’s preceding run should had led to something more. Mullane also fluffed a shot after scampering away from Paddy Stapleton. But Tipp’s sudden avalanche of late goals left Waterford out of contention with 35 minutes still remaining. The in-form Kelly started the glut of goals in the 32nd minute, gathering a clever pass from Patrick Maher and shooting into the bottom left corner of the net. Corbett crashed home a high drive as another long ball caused problems for the struggling Waterford rearguard. There was no mercy shown in injury-time, Patrick Maher providing the assist again for Seamus Callanan to register the fourth. There was a sense of disbelief as Stapleton and Gearoid Ryan combined to launch an attack and Corbett read the break to complete his hat-trick.

Mahony responded with a last-gasp free, leaving the margin at 17 points as the sides headed for the dressing rooms. Having brought Jamie Nagle on for newcomer Maher, Fitzgerald made three more substitutions at the interval as Maurice Shanahan, Liam Lawlor and David O’Sullivan were introduced. There was no sign of Tipp easing their foot off the pedal, the second half resuming with a successful free from Kelly and Corbett’s fourth point from play. At least there was more bite to the exchanges, Mahony converting two frees before Shanahan set him up for his first point from play. Gearoid Ryan got on the scoresheet and Tipp skipper Kelly showed some fine touches in open play, first punishing some poor defending to take his tally to 1-5. The Mullinahone ace then broke the ball into his path to smash over from the right. Mahony was unerring with frees at the other end, and help came in the form of successive scores from Mullane and Shane Walsh.

Before that, Hennessy did well to save a loose shot from Callanan and a rousing block from Browne showed Waterford had no intentions of giving up. But Kelly got Tipp back on the goal-scoring trail, driving the ball home after Ryan had knocked an inviting ball forward. Two Mahony frees sandwiched a trademark sideline cut from Noel McGrath, with the Premier County purring along up to the hour mark. Moran, Browne and ‘Brick’ Walsh kept plugging away from the well-beaten Déise, whose All-Ireland hopes now hinge on a quarter-final clash with Galway in two weeks’ time. Tipp corner back Michael Cahill showed great poise in front of his goal to initiate a counter attack which led to substitute Pa Bourke scoring. The scoreboard now stood at 6-17 to 0-16.

Cummins, who made his Championship bow against Waterford 16 years ago, came off to rapturous applause when Ryan took the opportunity to replace him with Darren Gleeson. As if to rub salt into the already gaping wounds, two minutes later, Corbett flashed a great groundstroke into the net. The corner forward followed the flight of a free in from Conor O’Mahony and sent a crisp shot in from the left. Tipp’s stunning passage through to next month’s All-Ireland semi-finals was completed by late points from substitutes Pa Bourke and Shane Bourke. Having given Mahony 12 pointed frees in all, their discipline is one obvious area that they will have to work on. Waterford will need a few days to recover from the shocking nature of their performance, late points from Molumphy and Shanahan giving them scant consolation after their Leeside lashing.

Scorers: Tipperary: Lar Corbett 4-4, Eoin Kelly 2-6 (0-3f), Seamus Callanan 1-00, John O’Brien 0-03, Noel McGrath (0-1sl), Pa Bourke 0-2 each, Gearoid Ryan, Shane Bourke 0-1 each

Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-13 (0-12f), Tony Browne, Shane O’Sullivan, John Mullane , Shane Walsh, Stephen Molumphy, Maurice Shanahan 0-1 each

TIPPERARY: Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Paul Curran, Michael Cahill; John O’Keeffe, Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; Gearóid Ryan, Shane McGrath; Seamus Callanan, Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher; Eoin Kelly (capt), John O’Brien, Lar Corbett.

Subs used: Brendan Maher for O’Keeffe (35+1 mins-half-time, blood sub), Pa Bourke for Callanan (50), Benny Dunne for Ryan (54), Shane Bourke for N McGrath (61), Brendan Maher for Padraic Maher (63), Darren Gleeson for Cummins (64).

WATERFORD: Clinton Hennessy; Darragh Fives, Jerome Maher, Noel Connors; Tony Browne, Michael Walsh, Kevin Moran; Stephen Molumphy (capt), Richie Foley; Eoin McGrath, Shane O’Sullivan, Pauric Mahony; John Mullane, Shane Walsh, Brian O’Sullivan.

Subs used: Jamie Nagle for Maher (28 mins), Maurice Shanahan for McGrath, Liam Lawlor for Fives, David O’Sullivan for Foley (all half-time), Eoin Kelly for B O’Sullivan (50).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)


Tipperary run riot in Munster decider

From the web site

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final

Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19

What can be said about the performance of Tipperary, who defeated a demoralised Waterford time by 21 points in the Munster Senior Hurling final to send out a message to all other teams remaining in the Championship. A total of 7-13 was scored from play by the Premier County and Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly were untouchable. All the damage was done in the first half when four goals were scored in as many minutes to leave the gap at 17 points at the break. Corbett capped off a fine display of quality forward play when he clocked up an impressive 4-4 over the 70 minutes.

The writing looked to be on the wall for Waterford with just five minutes gone. A long ball Pádraic Maher was fired into the direction of Corbett. Young full-back Jerome Maher was caught ball watching and Player of the Year Corbett did not need a second invitation to blast home the first goal of the game. Pauric Mahony responded quickly for the Déise from a free but there was a lack of decent ball going into the Waterford forward line for them to build on. Tipp’s John O’Brien was causing all sorts of problems by drifting from the full forward line and bringing other forwards into the play. Noel McGrath opened his account and it looked like Delcan Ryan’s men were pulling away at this early stage. Mahony scored another two frees for Waterford but it still looked like one-way traffic. Two points each from Corbett and Kelly extended their lead before Tony Browne and Mahony pegged back a score each to make it 1-9 to 0-5.Waterford’s defence was all over the place while their forwards were not much better. John Mullane, who only managed 0-1 for the day, scuffled an easy chance just before the half hour mark as he was caught in two minds whether or not to go for the goal or the simple point.

Then the madness unfolded. Four goals in as many minutes killed Davy Fitzgerald’s chance of retaining the Munster title and this was all before half-time. Captain Eoin Kelly was the first to opened the flood gates on 31 minutes as he got his first goal and Tipp’s second. A great ball from ‘Bonnar’ Maher was placed into the path of Kelly and he did the rest. Corbett was next up. A long ball up the pitch was not dealt with by the Waterford defence and Corbett was there to pick up the pieces and finished in ease. Things got worse when Seamus Callanan got off the mark on 35 minutes. With no score to his name so far, the Déise’s defence just fell apart and Patrick Maher fisted a simple hand pass to wing-forward Callanan who finished easily. But the devastation was not complete until Corbett came in to finish off the riot in front of goal and collected his hat-trick as well. Mahony managed to get a free before the break but the sides went in 5-10 to 0-8.

Kelly and Corbett opened the second half with a point each but the game was already over at that stage. Fitzgerald made three changes at the break but no miracle was going to happen. One bright spark for the day was the free taking of Mahony. It looked like it would have got worse for the Déise when Callanan was clean through for his second of the day but a great save from Clinton Hennessy was a plus on the Waterford review of the game. It was 20 minutes after the restart when Kelly got his second goal of the game and showed that the Tipp forwards did not want to ease up even though they were home and dry. Noel McGrath got a great sideline ball to add to his earlier point and they started to rub salt into the wounds of a dejected Waterford side.

Brendan Cummins was taken off to a huge roar from the Tipperary supports after he levelled the all time record for most appearances in the Championship, which was held by the Cork hurling great Christy Ring. Five minutes remaining and the goal scoring was complete. Lar Corbett, still as bright as ever, popped up to take his total to 4-4 for the day and show that he is one of the best in the business at what he does. A massive 21 points separated the sides come the final whistle and a lot of soul searching will need to be done in the Waterford camp but Tipperary are Munster champions and look hot favourites to be crowned All-Ireland Champions for the second year running.

Tipperary: Lar Corbett 4-04, Eoin Kelly 2-06 (0-03f), Seamus Callanan 1-00, John O’Brien 0-03, Noel McGrath (0-01sl), Pa Bourke 0-02 each, Gearoid Ryan, Shane Bourke 0-01 each.

Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-13 (0-12f), Tony Browne, Shane O’Sullivan, John Mullane , Shane Walsh, Stephen Molumphy, Maurice Shanahan 0-01 each.

Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling team to play Tipperary on Sunday is as follows –

1. Clinton Hennessy Ardmore

2. Darragh Fives Tourin

3. Jerome Maher Geraldines

4. Noel Connors Passage

5. Tony Browne Mount Sion

6. Michael Walsh Stradbally

7. Kevin Moran De La Salle

8. Stephen Molumphy CAPT Ballyduff Upper

9. Richie Foley Abbeyside

10. Eoin McGrath Mount Sion

11. Shane O’Sullivan Ballygunner

12. Pauric Mahony Ballygunner

13. John Mullane De La Salle

14. Shane Walsh Fourmilewater

15. Brian O’Sullivan Ballygunner
The Tipperary senior hurling team to play Waterford in the Munster senior hurling final next Sunday shows one change from the team which started against Clare in the semi-final. Paddy Stapleton returns to the team in place of David Young. Stapleton will start at right corner back and John O’Keeffe moves to right wing back.

The team is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore)

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)


When & Where – Sunday July 10th at 4:00pm in Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Referee – Brian Gavin (Uíbh Fhailí)
Standby Referee – Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)
Linesman – Tony Carroll (Uíbh Fhailí)
Sideline Official – Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)
Umpires – Michael Gavin, PJ Lawlor, William Flynn, David Gavin

Replay date – Sunday July 17th

Next Round
– the winners qualify for the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Sunday August 14th. The losers qualify for the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on Sunday July 24th.

For the Record

Waterford Tipperary
2011 Team Management Davy Fitzgerald (Sixmilebridge Clare – Manager),
Pauric Fanning
(Mount Sion – Selector),
Pat Bennett
(Lismore – Selector) 


Declan Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore – Manager),
Tommy Dunne
(Toomevara – Coach),
Michael Gleeson
(Thurles Sarsfields – Selector)
2011 Team Captain Stephen Molumphy
(Ballyduff Upper)
Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone – Captain), Conor O’Mahony (Newport – Vice-Captain)
2010 Championship Performance Defeated Clare in the Munster Semi-Final before defeated Cork in a replay (after extra time) by 1-16 to 1-13 to win the Munster title. Lost to Tipperary in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. 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 9 38
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 2010 2009
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 23
Won – 13
Lost – 7
Drawn – 3
Played – 28
Won – 17
Lost – 8
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16 – July 12th 2009 at Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Final) – Goals from Lar Corbett (2), Eoin Kelly and Seamus Callanan helped Tipperary to a four point victory over Waterford.

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Tipperary v Waterford Past Meetings Breakdown

Overall Record Matches at Tipperary venue Matches at Waterford venue Matches played at a Neutral venue Munster Finals Only Matches played when Tipperary are defending All-Ireland Champions
Played 38 9 7 19 8 7
Tipperary 29 8 5 13 6 4
Waterford 8 1 1 6 2 3
Drawn 1 0 1 0 0 0

Note – All-Ireland Championship matches between Tipperary and Waterford are not included
These are Munster Championship stats only

In Munster Championship matches where Tipperary have been the reigning All-Ireland Champions, Waterford have proved successful on 3 out of 7 occasions – in 1959 (9-3 to 3-4), in 1963 (0-11 to 0-8) and in 2002 (2-23 to 3-12).

Tipperary and Waterford have met in the Championship at Cork (Cork Athletic Grounds or Pairc Ui Chaoimh) on 13 occasions – Tipperary have won 8 and Waterford 5.  Dating back to 1998, Waterford have won 3 of the last 5 matches with Tipperary that were played at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Tipperary and Waterford have met in the Championship at Croke Park on 3 occasions since 2006 with Waterford winning twice (2006 Q-Final, 2008 S-Final) while Tipperary were successful in the 2010 All-Ireland Semi-Final.

Referee Brian Gavin (Offaly) took charge of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final between Tipperary and Waterford in 2006 with the Premier County winning out by 3-14 to 1-12.

In the last 4 Munster Championship matches between Tipperary and Waterford, the teams have combined to score 22 goals (Tipperary 13, Waterford 9) – an average of 5.5 goals per match.

The highest score by an individual team in a Tipperary vs. Waterford Munster Senior Hurling Championship match was the 1905 Round 1 match played at Carrick-on-Suir which Tipperary won by 8-21 to 0-4. That was also the highest margin of victory between the teams – a difference of 41 points.

Waterford’s highest score in a Munster Championship match came in 1959 when the Decies shocked the hurling world by defeated the defending All-Ireland Champions Tipperary by 9-3 to 3-4 at the Cork Athletic Grounds.

In 26 of the 38 Munster Championship matches played between Tipperary and Waterford, Tipperary have managed to score 3 or more goals. Tipperary have won 21 of these matches.

2011 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 3-22 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)

Tipperary 4-19  Clare 1-19 – June 19th @ the Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final)

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)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) – 2-10 (0-7 frees)
Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) – 1-10
Pat Horgan (Cork) – 0-13 (0-10 frees)
Conor McGrath (Clare) – 1-6 (0-3 frees)
Lar Corbett (Tipperary) – 2-2
John Mullane (Waterford) – 2-2
Noel McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-7 (0-2 sideline cut)
Paraic Mahony (Waterford) – 0-7 (0-4 frees)
Kevin Downes (Limerick) – 2-1
Patrick Maher (Tipperary) – 1-1
Shane Walsh (Waterford) – 1-1
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 Conlon (Clare) – 0-3
Gearoid Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-2
John O’Brien (Tipperary) – 0-2
Pádraic Maher (Tipperary) – 0-2
Shane McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-2
Pa Bourke (Tipperary) – 0-2
Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) – 0-2
Brian O’Sullivan (Waterford) – 0-2
Diarmuid McMahon (Clare) – 0-2
Cathal McInerney (Clare) – 0-2
Jonathon Clancy (Clare) – 0-2

Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford), 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), Fergal Lynch (Clare), Nicky O’Connell (Clare), Darrach Honan (Clare), James McInerney (Clare – 0-1 free) – 0-1 each

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2011

Sunday May 29th

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

Sunday June 12th

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

Sunday June 19th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19


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

Waterford v Tipperary
4:00pm throw-in
@ 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 na nGael 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 –

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.

Press Pack – Tipperary Senior Hurling

2011 Munster SH Championship Final

Tipperary V Waterford

In Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork on Sunday, July 10th 2011 at 4pmPlayer Profiles

A full list of player profiles can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site – click on the following link to view this information –

New Players on panel for 2011:

Shane Bourke (JK Brackens) – forward

John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy) – defender

Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) – midfielder

Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields) – defender

Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg) – forward

John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore) – defender

John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore) – forward

Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons) – defender

Injured Players

At time of going to print all players are available for selection.

Management Profiles

Declan Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara) and Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) are in their first season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.

Declan Ryan was Manager of the Tipperary minor hurling team in 2007 when they won the All Irleand title. Tommy Dunne was coach and Michael Gleeson was a selector. Tommy Dunne was coach to the Tipperary U-21 team which won last year’s All Ireland title and was also Manager of the Toomevara senior hurling team last year. Michael Gleeson managed Thurles Sarsfields to victory in the Tipperary senior hurling championship in 2009 and 2010 and has also managed Thurles Sarsfields minor teams to win county titles in both hurling and football.

Declan Ryan won three All Ireland senior hurling medals with Tipperary in 1989, 1991 and 2001. He played 41 championship games for Tipperary between 1988 and 2001, scoring 9-64 in 26 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats. He represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 levels and captained the under 21 team to win Munster and All Ireland titles in 1989. He also won 4 National Hurling League medals, 5 Munster senior hurling championship medals, 2 All Star awards and 2 county senior hurling championship medals with his club, Clonoulty Rossmore, in 1989 and 1997.

Tommy Dunne captained Tipperary to win the All Ireland senior hurling title in 2001 and was named Hurler of the Year in 2001. He played 44 championship games for Tipperary between 1993 and 2005, scoring 6-109 in 24 wins, 4 draws and 16 defeats. He won an All Ireland under 21 hurling medal in 1995 and also represented Tipperary at minor in 1991 and 1992. He won 10 Tipperary county senior hurling championships with his club, Toomevara, including 2 as captain and 3 Munster club championship medals. He also won 3 National Hurling League medals, 2 as captain, 2 Munster senior hurling championship medals, a Munster minor championship medal and 3 All Star awards.

Michael Gleeson played senior hurling for Tipperary against Clare in the 1977 Munster senior hurling championship. He also played in the 1975/76 and 76/77 National Hurling Leagues. He played senior hurling with Thurles Sarsfields for 10 years between 1974 and 1983, winning a county championship medal in 1974 and 3 Mid Division senior hurling medals. He began his career in team management with the Durlas Óg club in Thurles and has made a major contribution to the recent revival in the fortunes of Thurles Sarsfields at underage and adult level.


Dr. Cian O’Neill from the Moorefield Club in Kildare and a lecturer and course director in Sports Science in University of Limerick (UL) is in his fourth year as the team trainer. He has extensive experience training and coaching club, colleges and inter-county teams including the Limerick senior footballers and Kildare minor footballers.

Tipperary’s Previous Championship Games 2011

Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19 Munster SHC S/f Pairc na nGael Limerick 19/6/11

Tipperary: B Cummins; J O’Keeffe , P Curran , M Cahill ; D Young , C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher ; G Ryan , S McGrath ; S Callanan , N McGrath , Patrick Maher ; E Kelly , J O’Brien , L Corbett.

Subs: S Lillis for Young (h-t), P Stapleton for O’Keeffe (h-t), P Bourke for O’Brien, J Woodlock for Ryan (62), J Coghlan for Curran (70).

Scorers: 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.

Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 Munster SHC Q/f Semple Stadium 29/5/11

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.

Scorers: E Kelly 1-07 (0-5f), L Corbett 1-2, S Callanan 0-5, N McGrath 0-4 (0-2 sl), B Dunne 1-0, J O’Brien 0-2, Patrick Maher 0-1, J Woodlock 0-1.

Championship debuts 2011: John O’Keeffe (v Cork on starting 15), John Coghlan, Stephen Lillis (both v Clare as subs)


There are 31 players on Tipperary’s training panel at present representing 18 clubs. Thurles Sarsfields, county champions in 2009 and 2010, have most representatives with 6, followed by Toomevara with 3 and Borris-Ileigh, Clonoulty Rossmore, Drom and Inch, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Mullinahone and Templederry Kenyons with 2 each. 10 clubs have 1 representative each – Ballinahinch, Ballybacon Grange, JK Brackens, Killenaule, Lorrha and Dorrha, Loughmore Castleiney, Moyne Templetuohy, Nenagh Éire Óg, Newport and Portroe.  

Allianz Hurling League 2011


Saturday February 12th at Semple Stadium                      Kilkenny 1-17    Tipperary 1-10

Saturday February 19th at Croke Park                              Dublin 1-16       Tipperary 1-15

Saturday March 5th at Semple Stadium                           Tipperary 1-20   Waterford 0-18

Sunday March 13th at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh             Tipperary 1-20   Offaly 1-10

Sunday March 27th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh                           Tipperary 1-14   Cork 1-14

Sunday April 3rd at Pearse Stadium, Galway                    Tipperary 4-22   Galway 1-14

Sunday April 17th at Semple Stadium                             Tipperary 0-17   Wexford 1-14


35 players lined out for Tipperary during the 7 matches compared with 32 in 2009.


22 players scored during the AHL led by Pa Bourke (0-42) and followed by Shane Bourke (3-7), Noel McGrath (0-14), Gearoid Ryan (2-5), Benny Dunne (1-7) and John O’Brien (1-6).

League Debuts

10 players made their Allianz League debuts during this year’s campaign – Shane Bourke, Sean Carey, John Coghlan, Eddie Connolly, Paddy Fanning, Michael Gleeson, Paddy Murphy, John O’Keeffe, Brian O’Meara and John O’Neill.

Tipperary V Waterford: Previous Championship Meetings

Played 39, Tipperary won 28. Waterford won 10 and the one draw was in 1933. Waterford won the replay at Carrick on Suir. Tipperary also received 3 walk overs – 1889, 1895 and 1922.

Last ten meetings Tipp won 5 and Waterford won 5:

Date Venue Stage Result Tipp Top Scorer
June 2nd 1996 Walsh Park Munster 1st Rd Tipperary 1-14 

Waterford 1-11

Liam Cahill 



June 7th 1998 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster S/f Waterford 0-21 

Tipperary 2-12

Eugene O’Neill 



May 28th 2000 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster 1st Rd Tipperary 0-17 

Waterford 0-14

Tommy Dunne 



June 30th 2002 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster Final Waterford 2-23 

Tipperary 3-12

Benny Dunne 



June 6th 2004 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster S/f Waterford 4-10 

Tipperary 3-12

Eoin Kelly 



June 4th 2006 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster S/f Tipperary 3-14 

Waterford 1-12

Eoin Kelly 



July 7th 2006 Croke Park All-Ireland Q/f Waterford 1-22 

Tipperary 3-13

Eoin Kelly 



August 17th 2008 Croke Park All-Ireland S/f Waterford 1-20 

Tipperary 1-18


Eoin Kelly 


July 12th 2009 Semple Stadium Munster Final Tipperary 4-14 

Waterford 2-16

Lar Corbett 



August 15th 2010 Croke Park All Ireland S/f Tipperary 3-19 

Waterford 1-18

Eoin Kelly 



Tipperary Team v Waterford 15/8/10 All Ireland semi-final

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath (0-1); G Ryan, Patrick Maher, J O’Brien (0-6); N McGrath (0-7, 0-1f, 0-1 65), E Kelly (2-3, 0-2f), L Corbett (1-2).

Subs used: S Callanan for Ryan (50), P Bourke for Patrick Maher (62)

Tipperary Team v Waterford  12/7/09 Munster Final

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt) (0-1,f), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath (0-1); P Kerwick (0-1), S Callanan (1-1), J O’Brien (0-1); N McGrath (0-3, 0-1f), E Kelly (1-3, 0-2f), L Corbett (2-2).

Subs: B Maher for Curran (35 mins), W Ryan for Kelly (half-time), B Dunne (0-1) for Woodlock (46), H Maloney for Kerwick (56), M Webster for O’Brien (69).


History and all of that – 2002 v 2011

In 2002 Tipperary were defending All Ireland Champions, but didn’t reach the NHL Final. In 2011 they missed out on the Allianz League final.

In 2002 Tipperary were managed by an All Ireland winning forward (Nicky English) from the West Division, who was on the 1989 and 1991 winning teams. In 2011 Declan Ryan fits the same description.

In 2002 the Tipp Manager had a contemporary playing colleague with him from North Tipperary (Ken Hogan), along with a slightly older selector from Mid Tipp (Jack Bergin), who had also played championship hurling for Tipperary. In 2011 Tommy Dunne and Michael Gleeson fit the same criteria respectively.

In 2002 Tipperary played two games to reach the Munster Final. In 2011 they have done the same.

In 2002 Clare played well against Tipp, but Eoin Kelly’s first half goal turned the game around. Eoin was also top scorer for Tipp in their first championship game. In 2011 the same happened.

In 2002 Brendan Cummins was in the Tipp goal and made a vital first half save against Clare. In 2011 he did it again.

In 2002 Waterford had a Manager who was a native on another county. In 2011, the same holds true.

In 2002 Waterford won their Munster Semi Final, at Semple Stadium, by one point, on a wet day. In 2011 they did the same.

In 2002 The Munster Final was played in Cork. In 2011 it is also in Cork.

In 2002 A Leinster referee was appointed to take charge. In 2011 a Leinster referee has been appointed to take charge.

In 2002 Waterford won the game with a late scoring burst. In 2011 ?????

The Cummins File

If Brendan Cummins plays against Waterford in the Munster Final, he will equal Christy Ring’s record number of championship appearances of 65 which were achieved between 1940 and 1962.

Born on May 11th 1975, Brendan made his championship debut on May 21st 1995 against Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh where Tipperary won by 4-23 to 1-11 in a Munster first round game.

Brendan played 20 senior championship hurling games between 1995 and 2001 with both Declan Ryan and Tommy Dunne. There were 12 wins, 3 draws and  5 defeats. (Lost to Limerick 1995, Clare x 2, 1997, Waterford 1998 and Clare 1999).

Senior Championship Statistics – Played 64, Won 38, Drew 5 and Lost 21.

He equalled John Doyle’s championship appearances record for Tipperary, which stood since 1967, when lining out against Waterford in the Munster Final at Semple Stadium, on July 7th 2009. Brendan set a new Tipperary record against Limerick in the All Ireland semi-final victory over Limerick, at Croke Park, on August 16th 2009.

Brendan scored his first championship point, from a free, in last year’s All Ireland Final, against Kilkenny. He also pointed a free against Kilkenny in the 2009 NHL Final at Semple Stadium.

He was the Tipp goalkeeper for 48 consecutive championship games from 1995 until the first drawn game v Limerick in 2007. Brendan was overlooked for the first and second replays along with the subsequent Qualifier games v. Offaly, Dublin, Cork and the quarter final v. Wexford. The Ballybacon-Grange club man regained his place in 2008 for the Munster semi final v. Cork and played in every championship game since then.

He has made 12 championship appearances against both Limerick and Clare and 11 against Waterford. He has kept 17 clean sheets n his 64 appearances to date and has won 38 times, drawn 5 times and lost 21 times.

Tipperary’s hurling number 1 also played outfield, in 16 Senior Football championship games for his county between 1994 and 2002. This included the Munster Finals of 1994.1998 and 2002.

Brendan’s performance in the 2003 All Ireland semi final against Kilkenny is considered by many people to have been the best in his championship career, even though Tipp lost. It was impressive enough for the All Star selectors too!  Brendan won his fifth All Star Award in 2010.

The only counties which participated in this year’s MacCarthy Cup, which Brendan has not played Championship hurling against, are Dublin, Carlow and Westmeath respectively.  

Surprise Results

Waterford have a history of surprising Tipperary in major games, when the Premier County are favourites. Examples are the 1959 Munster Semi final in Cork, when Tipp were defending Munster and All Ireland Champions ( 9-3 to 3-4), the 1963 Munster final at Limerick when Tipp, who had trounced Waterford in the previous two finals, at the Gaelic Grounds, lost both Munster and All Ireland titles (0-11 to 0-8), the NHL’’ Home’’ Final same year  ( 2-15  to 4-7 ),  the 1983 Munster semi final in Cork, when Tipp were on the way back having beaten Clare in the first round, but were surprised ( 4-13 to 2-15), 1998 semi final at Cork ,when Tipp had been Munster and All Ireland runners up to Clare the previous year (0-21 to 2-12), the 2002 Munster final in Cork when Tipp, the reigning All Ireland champions, were again relieved of their Munster title, as Waterford won their first in thirty nine years, with an unstoppable late surge of scoring (2-23 to 3-12), the 2006 All Ireland quarter final at Croke Park, when Waterford overturned an eight point loss in Munster (1-22 to 3-13) and of course the 2008 All Ireland Semi Final, when the White and Blue inflicted the only defeat of the year on Tipp  (1-20 to 1-18).

Same top score

Interestingly, Tipp’s top scorers in their two most recent Munster final meetings with Waterford both notched 2-2 – Benny Dunne in 2002 and Eoin Kelly in 2009.

Not on their Eoin

The presence of ’’ Eoin Kelly’’ on both teams, has been a feature of recent championship games, between the counties. Their respective scoring details are interesting:

Eoin Kelly (Tipp)                          Eoin Kelly (Waterford)

2002 Munster Final                                            1-4                                            0-3

2004 Munster   S/F                                            2-8                                            0-2

2006 Munster S/F                                              2-9                                            Didn’t play

2006 All Ireland Q/F                                           1-8                                            0-0

2008 All Ireland S/F                                           0-8                                            1-10

2009 Munster Final                                            1-3                                            1-7

2010 All Ireland S/F                                           2-3                                            0-5

Tipp v Waterford in Cork

Tipperary and Waterford have met in the Championship at Cork (Cork Athletic Grounds or Pairc Ui Chaoimh) on 13 occasions – Tipperary have won 8 and Waterford 5.  Dating back to 1998, Waterford have won 3 of the last 5 matches with Tipperary that were played at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Second bite

2006 was unusual in Waterford /Tipp rivalry, because it was only the second time the counties had more than one meeting in the championship, the same year. (There was a Waterford win in a 1933 replay). Tipp won the Munster Semi final meeting in Cork in June, by 3-14 to 1-12 on a day that Waterford had several injury problems and Lar Corbett scored his first championship goal against them. Waterford came back to get their revenge in a Croke Park Quarter final, hitting an impressive 1-22 to win by 3 points. Their season ended in agonising circumstances when Cork beat them by 1-16 to 1-15 in the semi final.

Goal less

In the history of this championship rivalry, there have only been two games which failed to produce a goal. The 1963 Munster final and the first round meeting in 2000 were the only occasions that there was no green flag. There has been an average of just over 5 goals per game over the 38 championship matches. There were 4 in the last championship encounter in 2010.

Dual skills in McGrath Clan

Noel McGrath will be hoping to make it 2 good weekends on the trot for the McGrath Clan next Sunday following the victory of the Tipperary minor footballers in the Munster final. Noel’s first cousin and clubmate, Liam McGrath, captained the Tipp lads to their first Munster championship since 1995. Noel is of course a fine footballer as well and has represented Tipperary at football at underage level.

Good call

Offaly’s Brian Gavin was an obvious choice to referee this year’s Munster Final. Over the past six seasons the Clara man’s profile has risen steadily and he has refereed All Ireland Quarter Finals and Semi Finals to general satisfaction and praise. Last year, Brian was stand-by referee/linesman for the enthralling All Ireland Final, between Tipperary and Kilkenny.

Brian refereed this year’s opening Munster championship game between Tipperary and Cork on May 29th .He also took charge of Tipperary’s All Ireland Semi Final win over Limerick at Croke Park in 2009, as well as the absorbing second game (which included extra time) of the 2007 trilogy between the same counties at Semple Stadium.

Both sides

When Waterford beat Tipperary in the 2002 Munster final, they were captained by Fergal Hartley from Ballygunner, who lined out at centre back. In a strange twist, two former Tipperary players, Brian Flannery (Kildangan) at right corner back and Andy Moloney (Cahir) a forward replacement for Seamus Prendergast, contributed handsomely to the win.  Just retired Wexford Manager, Colm Bonnar, whose last game for Tipperary was in the 1998 Munster semi final loss to Waterford, was a selector.


Attendances at various championship games between Tipp and Waterford over the years are worthy of note:

1958     Munster Final    41,384

1959     Munster S/F      27,236

1963     Munster Final    36,000

1973     Munster Q/f         9,000

1983     Munster S/F      15,450

1989     Munster Final    30,241

1995    Munster Q/f       15,166

1996    Munster Q/f       15,655

1998    Munster S/F      30,882

2000    Munster Q/f       33,561

2002     Munster Final    40,276

2004    Munster S/F      35,054

2006    Munster S/F      27,680

2006     All Ireland Q/F   45,928

2008     All Ireland S/F   53,635

2009     Munster Final    40,330

2010     All Ireland S/f    49,794

Next game

The winners of the Tipperary v Waterford game will play in the All Ireland semi-final at Croke Park on August 14th.  The losers will play in the All Ireland quarter-finals on the weekend of July 24th.


Munster Minor Hurling Final – Clare 1-20 Waterford 3-9

Banner flies high once again

Clare 1-20 Waterford 3-9

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

THEIR senior fortunes may be at a low ebb but the underage ranks continue to generate promise for Clare hurling. After their U21 heroics in 2009, they have prospered at minor level for the past two seasons and collected the county’s second successive Munster MHC crown at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday. It was a historic occasion for Clare completing back-to-back triumphs and their latest was richly deserved.

The scoreboard may have proclaimed a five-point gap but in truth Clare were far superior. By the 48th minute they had stormed ahead by 1-19 to 1-7 and, despite Waterford pouncing for late goals courtesy of Adam O’Sullivan and captain Gavin O’Brien, Clare were never in danger of relinquishing their advantage. Clare measured up to the expectations surrounding this team. They carried strong form into the match on the back of their semi-final dismissal of Tipperary and shredded Waterford’s notions of success with a powerful first-half display.

“We’re from Clare and we’re not used to good luck stories,” reflected joint manager Gerry O’Connor afterwards. “We’ve been through the hard times, to get one in-a-row is a big achievement and two in-a-row is beyond our wildest dreams. It was a brilliant start by us in the first-half. Our support play and point-scoring was phenomenal. Tony Kelly and Peter Duggan got some incredible scores, and our half-backs were overlapping the whole time.”

Clare settled quickly to the task at hand and demonstrated the host of exciting prospects they possess in their lineup. Their defence were in commanding form and provided the bedrock for their challenge, with Seadna Morey, Jarlath Colleran and Jamie Shanahan all to the fore. The telepathic relationship between midfield duo Colm Galvin and Tony Kelly surfaced again as they controlled their sector, while Cathal O’Connell and Aaron Cunningham showed accuracy in front of goal from the off.

Shane O’Donnell may not have raised a flag during the game but his ball-winning abilities caused problems for the Waterford rearguard and he was frequently fouled for placed balls that O’Connell relentlessly converted. By the 20th minute, Clare had chalked up a remarkable 12 points and the flawless marksmanship of O’Connell was central to that advantage. “Cathal is a remarkable young fella,” revealed joint manager Donal Moloney. “His attention to detail is phenomenal. We brought him on in last year’s Munster final and people said he was too small, but he’s a big heart. He’s the playmaker in our team and his freetaking is fantastic.”

By the interval Clare were ahead 0-14 to 1-4 and Waterford’s prospects were already ominous. They struggled to get the ball past the defensive barrier that Clare erected in their half-forward line and Waterford’s key attacking duo Jake Dillon and Stephen Bennett were clearly targeted. The Clare defence nullified those threats excellently and the fact neither registered a score from play was a testament to the proficiency of the Banner rearguard. Waterford generated some hope when Adam O’Sullivan found the net in the 15th minute after excellent approach work by Bennett but it was a rare moment when they unlocked the Clare defence in the first-half.

Waterford goalkeeper Paddy Cooke was in stellar form as he denied full-forward Oisín Hickey with two outstanding blocks. But Hickey raced through early in the second-half after a superb pass by Shanahan and he made no mistake in rifling his shot to the bottom corner of the net. That stretched Clare’s lead to 1-15 to 1-4 and they were never going to be pegged back from there. Waterford battled on with O’Sullivan bundling home his second goal and O’Brien rocketing a shot to the net in the 56th minute, yet the gap was too great to bridge and they were destined for the All-Ireland quarter-finals. Clare will head to the All-Ireland semi-final stage with a view to atoning for last year’s final defeat to Kilkenny.

“We were very proud last September of how the lads did,” said Moloney. “The dream this year is to go one better. But there are significant obstacles to overcome. Galway have a brilliant team this year, Dublin are Leinster champions and I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Waterford and Kilkenny either. There’s interesting challenges ahead for us.”

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-10 (0-10f), T Kelly 0-3 (0-1 65), O Hickey 1-0, A Cunningham, C Galvin 0-2 each, J Colleran, J Shanahan, P Duggan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: A O’Sullivan 2-1, J Dillon 0-5 (4fs, 1 65), G O’Brien 1-1, D Breathnach 0-2.

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

Sub: A Mulready for Enright (55).

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

Subs: D Breathnach for Dunford (ht), C Curran for Chester (39), I Kenny for O’Neill (46), M Harney for Flynn (50).

Referee: J O’Connell (Cork)

For the Record

Clare Waterford
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) Liam O’Connor (Manager), Dave Bennett (Coach),
Gary O’Keeffe,
Noel Kelly,
Michael Costello,
Paul Power (Runai)
2011 Team Captain Tony Kelly
Gavin O’Brien
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. 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 3 4
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2010 2009
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 32
Won – 15
Lost – 16
Drawn – 1
Played – 28
Won – 10
Lost – 15
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Clare 1-16 Waterford 1-11 – July 11th 2010 at Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Final) – a David O’Halloran goal in the 38th minute and 6 unanswered points in the final stages helped Clare to defeat Waterford in the Munster Final.


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 3-13 Tipperary 1-13

Saturday June 25th

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford 4-17 Limerick 3-15 (after extra time)


Sunday July 10th

@ Páirc Uí Chaoimh                       Waterford v Clare                           @ 2:00pm

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)

Clare 3-13 Tipperary 1-13 – June 24th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final)

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).

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).

Referee: Jer O’Connell (Cork)

Waterford 4-17 Limerick 3-15 (after extra time) – June 25th @ Walsh Park Waterford (Munster Semi-Final)

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)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Liam McGrath (Tipperary – 0-26 (0-21 frees, 0-2 ‘65)
Robert O’Shea (Cork) – 0-25 (0-22 frees)
Jake Dillon (Waterford) – 0-18 (0-13 frees, 0-2 ‘65)
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-13 (0-10 frees)
Stephen Bennett (Waterford) – 3-2
Alan Mulready (Clare) – 3-2
Cathal O’Connell (Clare) – 0-10 (0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65)
Oisin Hickey (Clare) – 3-1
Padraig Boyle (Kerry) – 2-4
Kevin O’Brien (Limerick) – 2-3
Cathal Horan (Tipperary) – 2-3
Colm Galvin (Clare) – 1-4
Tony Kelly (Clare) – 0-7 (0-2 frees)
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 0-7
Jack Aherne (Limerick) – 1-4
Mark Carmody (Limerick) – 1-4 (0-1 free)
Jason Forde (Tipperary) – 2-1 (2-0 free)
Pa O’Callaghan (Cork) – 1-3 (0-1 free)

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

Shane Dunne (Kerry) – 1-2 (0-1 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
Dan McCormack (Tipperary) – 0-4
Peter Duggan (Clare) – 0-3 (0-1 sideline cut)
Darragh Flynn (Waterford) – 1-0
G O’Brien (Waterford) – 0-3 (0-1 free)
Eoin Enright (Clare) – 1-0

Brendan O’Connor (Limerick) – 1-0
Micheal Harney (Waterford) – 1-0
Adam O’Sullivan (Waterford) – 0-3

Cormac Murphy (Cork) – 0-3
Darren Sweetnam (Cork) – 0-3
Pat Ralph (Tipperary) – 0-2

Conor Hammersley (Tipperary) – 0-2
John McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-2
Muiris Delaney (Kerry) – 0-2 (0-1 free)

Shane Roche (Waterford), Ray Barry (Waterford), Shane McNulty (Waterford), Cormac Heffernan (Waterford), Donal Breathnach (Waterford), Sean Maher (Tipperary), Stephen Cahill (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

July 11th 2010 at Semple Stadium Thurles – Clare 1-16 Waterford 1-11 (Munster Final)

April 28th 2010 at Walsh Park Waterford – Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-16 (Munster First Round)

June 24th 2009 at Cusack Park Ennis – Waterford 3-9 Clare 0-12 (Munster Semi-Final)

May 9th 2007 at Semple Stadium Thurles – Clare 1-9 Waterford 1-8 (Munster First Round)

April 13th 2005 at Semple Stadium Thurles – Waterford 2-13 Clare 0-11 (Munster Losers Group 1st Playoff)

April 28th 2004 at Semple Stadium Thurles – Clare 2-9 Waterford 1-10 (Munster Losers Group 2nd Playoff)

April 30th 2003 at Semple Stadium Thurles – Clare 2-12 Waterford 1-10 (Munster Losers Group 2nd Playoff)

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Odds and Ends

Clare and Waterford are meeting in the 2011 Minor Hurling Final for the second consecutive year having never met in a Minor Final before 2010.

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. Waterford or Clare will buck that trend in 2011.

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 Qualifier Round 2 – Waterford 1-17 London 0-13

Waterford defeated London by 1-17 to 0-13 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland GAA Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday at Ruislip.

Team News

1. Kieran Cotter Geraldines

2. Maurice O’Gorman The Nire

3. Thomas O’Gorman The Nire

4. Eamonn Walsh Ballinameela

5. Tony Grey Stradbally

6. Kieran Connery Clashmore

7. Wayne Hennessey Ardmore

8. Mick Ahearne Kill

9. Gary Hurney Ballinacourty

10. Cillian O’Keeffe Clashmore

11. Sean Fleming Clashmore

12. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty

13. Brian Wall The Nire

14. Brian Phelan Ballinameela

15. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty


All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 3 – Limerick 3-22 Antrim 0-12

Limerick defeated Antrim by 3-22 to 0-12 in Round 3 of the All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday at Parnell Park Dublin.

Match Preview

2011 Championship

Antrim 1-21 Laois 3-12; Wexford 3-16 Antrim 1-11; Antrim 2-25 Westmeath 1-19;

Antrim 0-23 Carlow 1-12

Waterford 3-15 Limerick 3-14; Limerick 1-22 Wexford 2-13

A place in the All-Ireland Quarter-finals will be the prize for the winners. They meet in the championship for the first time since the 2005 qualifiers when Limerick won by 4-25 to 1-9 (current Limerick selector, TJ Ryan was Limerick’s top scorer on 1-5). Prior to that, their last meeting was in 1996 when Limerick won an All-Ireland Quarter-final clash by 1-17 to 0-13. Limerick last reached the All-Ireland Quarter-finals in 2009 where they beat Dublin by four points. Antrim were in last year’s quarter-final losing to Cork by 1-25 to 0-19. This will be Antrim’s fifth game in the Liam MacCarthy Cup race while they also won the Ulster title beating Armagh in the final last Sunday. Limerick and Antrim clashed in Division 2 of the Allianz Hurling League on April 17 in Loughgiel with Limerick winning by 4-15 to 0-15 in a game where Limerick full forward, Kevin Downes, scored 3-0.

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 3 – Galway 2-23 Cork 1-14

Galway defeated Cork by 2-23 to 1-14 in the All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 3 match on Saturday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Galway on Saturday at 4pm in the Gaelic Grounds will line out as follows:

1. Donal Óg Cusack


2. Stephen McDonnell 3. Eoin Cadogan 4. Brian Murphy

Glen Rovers Douglas Bride Rovers

5. John Gardiner 6. Ronan Curran 7. Shane O’Neill

Na Piarsaigh St. Finbarr’s Bishopstown

8. Jerry O’Connor 9. William Egan

Newtownshandrum Kilbrin

10. Ben O’Connor 11. Cian McCarthy 12. Niall McCarthy

Newtownshandrum Sarsfields Carrigtwohill

13. Luke O’Farrell 14. Paudie O’Sullivan 15. Patrick Horgan

Midleton Cloyne Glen Rovers

Captain: Shane O’Neill


16. Martin Coleman – Ballinhassig

17. Eoin Dillon – Milford

18. Shane Murphy- Erins own

19. James Nagle – Midleton

20. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk

21. Cathal Naughton – Newtownshandrum

22. Bill Cooper – Youghal

23. Jamie Coughlan – Newtownshandrum

24. Kieran Murphy – Sarsfields

25. Conor Lehane – Midleton.

26. Michael Cussen – Sarsfields

Galway (SH v Cork): J Skehill; F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Collins; D Barry, T Óg Regan, A Cullinane; D Burke, A Smith; J Gantley, G Farragher, I Tannian; D Hayes, Canning, A Kerins.

Match Preview

2011 Championship

Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23; Cork 10-20 Laois 1-13; Cork 2-17 Offaly 2-16.

Dublin 0-19 Galway 2-7; Galway 4-25 Clare 0-20.

This will be the 32nd championship clash between the counties, stretching back to 1901 when they met for the first time in the All-Ireland Semi-final which Cork won by 7-12 to 1-3. Cork lead 26-5 from the previous 31 clashes with Galway’s five wins coming in 1975-79-85-2002-2009. Their last meeting in 2009 was also in the All-Ireland qualifiers with Galway winning by 1-19 to 0-15 in Thurles in a game where Joe Canning scored 0-10, Damien Hayes 1-3 and Joe Gantley 1-0 for the winners. Ben O’Connor was Cork’s top scorer on 0-9. Cork won on a 1-20 to 1-17 scoreline when the counties clashed in this year’s Allianz Hurling League in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Last Five Championship Clashes

2009: Galway 1-19 Cork 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

2008: Cork 0-23 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

2005: Cork 1-21 Galway 1-16 (All-Ireland final)

2002: Galway 0-21 Cork 1-9 (All-Ireland qualifier)

1990: Cork 5-15 Galway 2-21 (All-Ireland final)

Cork 3 Galway 2

Munster TG4 Ladies Senior Football Final – Cork 2-15 Kerry 0-11

Cork 2-15 Kerry 0-12

CORK made it eight Munster senior ladies football titles in a row as they saw off the challenge of Kerry in front of a crowd in excess of 1,200 at Dr Crokes GAA Grounds in Killarney on Saturday afternoon.

Never being forced to play to their optimum, Eamonn Ryan’s side did more than enough, the lack of a real cutting edge in attack hampering Kerry.

Despite playing against the wind in the first half and suffering the loss of Mairéad Kelly for 10 minutes to a yellow card, Cork were still well on top in the first half, which featured a long hold-up due to an injury suffered by Kerry’s Breda Lane.

While Kerry went ahead through a Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh free early on, they would only add two more, failing to score from play.

With Valerie Mulcahy excellent from frees and Annie Walsh and Juliet Murphy bossing midfield, Cork soon got on top and had moved 0-3 to 0-1 ahead by the time of Lane’s injury, which necessitated her removal from the field by ambulance.

When play restarted, the Rebels augmented their advantage as Mulcahy pointed another free before Annie Walsh sent a great pass into Rhona Ní Bhuachalla’s hands and she produced a fine finish.

By half-time it was 1-7 to 0-3, and within 40 seconds Mulcahy had added another goal, rounding off a good move involving Ní Bhuachalla and Cleary.

Kerry persisted with their tactic of bringing a player deep to provide extra coverage in the middle, but this only allowed Angela Walsh and Bríd Stack at the heart of the Cork defence to sweep with ease, despite Kerry subs Sarah Houlihan and Patrice Dennehy providing a bit more impetus for them.

Wing-back Áíne Sheehan was another who shone for Cork going forward, and they continued to open up the Kerry defence, only outstanding saves from netminder Edel Murphy keeping out efforts from Amy O’Shea, Ní Bhuachalla and Nollaig Cleary.

Cleary and Mulcahy both had good scores as the end neared, Houlihan’s frees keeping Kerry in touch but even when they did get behind the Cork defence, goalkeeper Elaine Harte couldn’t be beaten, ensuring Cork retained the title.

Scorers – Cork: V Mulcahy 1-7 (0-4f), R Ní Bhuachalla 1-2, J Murphy 0-2f, A O’Shea 0-2, N Cleary, O Farmer 0-1 each.

Kerry: L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-5f, S Houlihan 0-3f, L Galvin 0-2, P Dennehy, L Cronin 0-1 each.

CORK: E Harte; AM Walsh, Angela Walsh, D O’Reilly; A Sheehan, B Stack, G O’Flynn; Annie Walsh, J Murphy; N Cleary, M Kelly, G Kearney; V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla, A O’Shea.

Subs: L MacMahon for Kearney (45), O Farmer for Ní BHuachalla (49), R Buckley for Annie Walsh (53), N Kelly for M Kelly (57).

KERRY: E Murphy; B Lane, A Leonard, A Lyons; C Kelly, A Desmond, G Crowley; L Cronin, B Breen; M O’Donoghue, D Corridan, L Galvin; S Corkery, L Scanlon, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Subs: D Hallissey for Lane (11, injured), SJ Joy for Crowley (30), S Houlihan for O’Donoghue, L O’Sullivan for Desmond (both half-time), P Dennehy for Corkery (41).

Referee: M Duffy (Tipperary)

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