Munster Under 17 Football Cup Final – Tipperary 1-11 Clare 0-8

Sub Quirke stars as Tipp stage late rally

Tipperary 1-11 Clare 0-8

By Cormac Liddy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

TIPPERARY produced a stunning final few minutes to win a thrilling Munster U17 football final at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds yesterday. The winners had five of the side who helped the county to their memorable All-Ireland minor championship title in their starting line-up but it was second half sub Philip Quirke who emerged as man of the match. Clare had the opening point before Tipperary picked off four in a row, three by Adrian Dawson, (two frees) and another by Tom Kirwan. Conor Cleary, however, brought Clare back into contention with four points as the Banner led 0-5 to 0-4 at the break. However a pointed free by Cleary and another by sub Eimhin Courtney nudged Clare into a three-point lead before Tipperary hit back with three unanswered scores to level the tie.

But inside the final 10 minutes the Premier boys took control. Quirke converted a penalty and points from him, Dawson and Liam Casey fired them to victory and the Daryl Darcy Cup. Liam Hayes, Dylan Fitzgerald and captain Dylan Fitzelle shone in defence for Tipperary and up front, Adrian Dawson was a constant threat, while Quirke sparkled. Sean Corry, Sean Garry and Conor McNellis were best in defence for Clare with Barry Lynch giving good support to Conor Cleary in attack.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Quirke 1-3 (1pen gl), A Dawson 0-4 (2f), TJ Ryan 0-2, T Kirwan, L Casey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C Cleary 0-5, (3f), J Mason, E Cleary, E Courtney 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: G Slattery; J Feehan, A Hanley, D Fitzgerald; T O’Donoughue, D Fitzelle, L Hayes; S O’Brien, B Hyland; G Henry, C Kennedy, T Kirwan; T Maher, D Devanney, A Dawson.

Subs: P Lourham for Hanley, S Delaney for Henry, TJ Ryan for Kirwan, P Quirke for Kennedy, L Casey for Hayes.

CLARE: L Corbett; D D’Aurio, C O’Brien, S Corry; S Garry, C Murray, C McNellis; N Pender, J Malone; E Cleary, M Bohannon, B Lynch; S O’Leary, C Cleary, J McNally.

Subs: E Courtney for Bohannon, K Vaughan for D’Aurio, D Costigan for O’Leary.

Referee: E Walsh, Kerry

Team News

The Tipperary Team to play Clare in Daryl Darcy U17 Football Tournament Final on Monday is as follows –

1 Gearoid Slattery (Cashel KC)

2 James Feehan (Killenaule)

3 Aidan Hanley (Ballina)

4 Dylan Fitzgerald (Fethard)

5 Thomas O’Donoghue (Lattin/Cullen)

6 Dylan Fitzell (Cashel KC)

7 Conor Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris)

8 Steven O’Brien (Ballina)

9 Bryan Hyland (Fr. Sheehys)

10 Greg Henry (Killenaule)

11 Ian Fahey (Clonmel Comms)

12 Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan)

13 Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe)

14 Diarmuid Devaney (Newcastle)

15 Adrian Dawson (Emly)

16 Evan Comerford (Clonmel Comms)

17 Padraic Lourham(Clonmel Comms)

18 Jimmy Maher (Clonoulty/Rossmore)

19 Niall Gleeson (Portroe)

20 Eoin Donaghy (Cahir)

21 Simon Delaney (Cashel KC)

22 T.J.Ryan (Rockwell Rvs)

23 Phillip Quirke (Moyle Rvs)

24 Sean Nally (Holycross/Ballycahill)

Munster Under 17 Football Competition Results

Round 1

Monday October 10th at Martinstown

Limerick 1-14 Waterford 2-8

Friday October 21st at Dr. Morris Park Thurles

Tipperary 2-15 Clare 2-4

Round 2

Monday October 17th at St Mollerans Club Waterford

Tipperary 2-12 Waterford 2-2

Monday October 17th at Wolfe Tones Shannon

Clare 1-8 Limerick 1-4

Round 3

Monday October 24th at Dr. Morris Park Thurles

Tipperary 1-10 Limerick 1-5

Tuesday October 25th at New Inn, Co. Tipperary

Clare 3-15 Waterford 2-3

Odds and Ends

Despite losing all 3 games, Waterford are the only team to score multiple goals in each match and were equal top goal scorers in the competition to date along with Clare.

The Tipperary defense allowed an average of just over 5 scores per match in their 3 matches to date.

Clare played their 3 matches over an 8 day period from October 17th through to October 25th

Tipperary and Clare played their Round 1 game on Friday October 21st at Dr. Morris Park Thurles. Tipperary led by 1-7 to 0-2 at the interval thanks to an Adrian Dawson goal. Conor Moloughney added a second goal for Tipperary early in the second half before 2 late Clare goals left Tipperary the victors by 2-15 to 2-4.

Tipperary are the defending champions, defeating Limerick in the 2010 final played at Semple Stadium Thurles on a scoreline of 3-13 to 0-15. The Tipperary team included Seamus Kennedy, Greg Henry, Michael Quinlivan and TJ Ryan who all graduated to the starting line-up for the 2011 Tipperary Minor Footballers who defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Final while 2011 Tipperary Minor Football captain Liam McGrath scored a point in last year’s final when introduced as a substitute.

2010 Daryl Darcy Cup Final – Tipperary 3-13 Limerick 0-15

Tipperary: Gearoid Slattery (Cashel King Cormacs), Eoin Donaghy (Cahir), Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), David Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), Thomas O’Donoghue (Lattin/Cullen), Oisin O’Flynn(Ardfinnan), Adrian Maguire (Kilsheelan /Kilcash), Dara Butler (Loughmore/Castleiney) Capt., Cathal Quigley (Moyle Rovers), Shane Dooley (Borrisokane), Greg Henry (Killenaule) 1-2, Craig Condon (Moyle Rovers) 0-1, Eoin Fitzgerald (Fethard), Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials) 1-2, T.J. Ryan (Rockwell Rovers) 1-6, 0-4 frees.

Subs used, Conor Davin Murphy (Kilsheelan/Kilcash) , Liam McGrath (Loughmore/Castleiney) 0-1, Aiden O’Connell (Golden/Kilfeacle), Jason Lonergan (Cahir) 0-1, Brian Delahunty (Cahir), Leonard Vance (Emly), Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), Chris Guilfoyle (Lorrha). Michael Parlon (Inane Rovers) completed the squad.

Limerick: Conor Bonfil (Monaleen), Patrick O’Dea (Deel Rangers), Shane O’Connor (Fr. Caseys), Brendan McCarthy (St. Kierans), Kevin O’Donoghue (Hospital), Kevin Brosnan (Monagea), Alan Cuneen (Ahane), Darragh Tracey (St. Kierans), Patrick Brislane (Abbeyfeale), Patrick Delee (Mountcollins) 0-4, Denis O’Dea (Kilteely) 0-6, Kieran Larkin (Banogue), Kevin Doody (St.Senans), Eoin O’Farrell (Croom) 0-2, Dean Lillis (Ahane) 0-1

Subs. Eoin O’Donnell (St Marys/Sean Finns) 0-1 for Kieran Larkin, Darren Nolan (Monaleen) 0-1 for Kevin Doody, Gavin Hayes (St. Kierans) for Shane O’Connor, James Haugh (St. Kierans) for Kevin O’Donoghue, Danny Neville (Ballysteen) for Patrick Delee.

Others included, Denis Greaney (Athea), David Mulhall (Monaleen), Tommy Hannon (Knockaderry), Luke Murphy (Monaleen).

Daryl Darcy Cup

The cup was presented by the family of Daryl Darcy, a former Tipperary footballer who died tragically in a car accident in 2008. Daryl played inter-county football for Tipperary at Minor, Under 21 and Senior level. Daryl’s GAA achievements include winning an All-Ireland Vocational Schools Football title with Tipperary as well as winning Divisional League and Championship medals with the Shannon Rovers GAA club. Darrel was named the North Tipperary Minor Footballer of the Year in 2005.