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Munster Club JHC Final – Charleville 3-15 Cappamore 2-8

Charleville’s Christmas cracker

Charleville (Cork) 3-15 Cappamore (Limerick) 2-08

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A FITTING end to the Munster championship hurling season in sunny Mallow yesterday, a day stolen from late summer and a game to match. The last of the Munster club hurling championships and the junior champions of two proud hurling counties served up a pre-festive treat, fully appreciated by the 2,594 fans who had made the trip. Ignore the final scoreline, it does scant justice to the efforts of a Cappamore side which endured a schedule over the past few weeks (five championship games) that would have tested even a top professional side. With only 13 minutes to go there were just two points between the teams, Charleville ahead 1-9 to 1-7, the Cork side’s young attackers — James O’Brien, Andrew Cagney, Derry Murphy and Mark Kavanagh — all to the fore.

From the outset this was a contest that sparkled, the sides trading early points before the precocious James O’Brien (a minor again next year) rounded Cappamore keeper Tommy Ryan and coolly slotted home from a narrow angle, putting his side 1-3 to 0-2 ahead after 12 minutes. Points from long-striking wing-back Brendan Dennehy and midfielder Daniel O’Flynn extended the Charleville lead and it looked ominous for Cappamore. A superb overhead pass from full-forward Conor Sheehan, however, a bullet of a volley from point-blank range by Tommy O’Donoghue and the Limerick champions were back in the game. Four points on the trot (two from O’Donoghue, one each from Eamon Gleeson and Declan Deere) and suddenly they were tied, 1-6 apiece. An injury-time James O’Brien pointed free was all that separated the sides at the break, Charleville with their noses in front, but this one had all the makings of a humdinger.

Three minutes after the restart it was tied again, Cappamore midfielder Seamus Ryan with a fine point and for the next ten minutes, as the lights came on, it was stalemate. Who would have thought, at that stage, it would end as it did? Cappamore, however, were finding the going increasingly tough against a Charleville defence that simply shut up shop. Cyrian Curtin was assured, Michael O’Flynn, Conor Fitzgerald and Alan Dennehy combined superbly in the full-back line, centre-back Colm O’Flynn gave a man of the match performance but was ably supported by Barry McCarthy and Brendan Dennehy. In midfield James Casey and captain fantastic Daniel O’Flynn were increasingly dominant, while the move of the experienced Mervyn Gammell from full-forward to the wing meant an added ball-winner in that vital area, alongside another veteran, Alan O’Connor.

Ultimately, however, it was the pace, panache, energy and exuberance of their youngsters up front that made the difference for Charleville. Andrew Cagney and Derry Murphy got the goals that mattered most, 50th and 52nd minutes respectively, sub Mark Kavanagh had a hat-trick of points, and despite Eamon Gleeson’s fine late goal for Cappamore, a false gloss was put on what had been a tight contest. Disappointing end to the season for the Limerick club but manager Seamus Coffey was looking on the bright side.

“We got what we wanted from the year and that was promotion. We only came down from intermediate two years ago so to win the junior this year and get back up to intermediate is a great achievement, and that’s how we’ll look back on this year. “It took us three games to win our county title, we played a county league as well that took two games and the second one went to extra time. In both cases we were behind but came back to win. Our fellas will always make a game of it, they’ll keep fighting right to the end, they don’t know how to stop.”

Scorers for Charleville: J O’Brien 1-5 (1f), D Murphy 1-1, A Cagney 1-1, M Kavanagh 0-3, B Dennehy (1f), D O’Flynn 0-2 each, M Gammell 0-1.

Scorers for Cappamore: T O’Donoghue 1-3 (1f), E Gleeson 1-1, B Creamer, D Deere, S Ryan, J Ryan, 0-1 each.

CHARLEVILLE: C Curtin; M O’Flynn, C Fitzgerald, A Dennehy; B McCarthy, C O’Flynn, B Dennehy; J Casey, D O’Flynn (c); D Murphy, G Kelleher, A O’Connor; A Cagney, M Gammell, J O’Brien.

Subs: M Kavanagh for Kelleher (41), PJ O’Halloran for Gammell (58), D O’Sullivan for M O’Flynn (58), F O’Callaghan for Cagney (58), J Foley for D O’Flynn (58).

CAPPAMORE: T Ryan; D Sheehan, S Lane, J Campbell; M Tracey, B Coffey (c), J Ryan; S Ryan, D Deere; D O’Dwyer, E Gleeson, B Creamer; A Murphy, C Sheehan, T O’Donoghue.

Subs: L Cronin for O’Dwyer (42), J O’Driscoll for S Ryan (50), J Hayes for Creamer (54), D Ryan for Murphy (54), S Humphreys for Campbell (58).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

For the Record

Cappamore (Limerick) Charleville (Cork)
Number of Munster Club Junior Hurling titles
(by County)
1 5
Last Munster Club
Junior Hurling Title
(by County)
(Blackrock (Limerick) 1-12 Fermoy (Cork) 0-14)
(Meelin (Cork) 5-18
St. Patricks (Tipperary) 0-9)
Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 13
Won – 6
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0
Played – 22
Won – 19
Lost –  3
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives November 21st 2010 (Munster Club Semi-Final) at Kilmallock
Meelin (Cork) 2-15 Effin (Limerick) 1-10


Munster GAA HURLING Club Junior Championship 2011


Sunday November 20th

@ Kenmare                                       Charleville (Cork) 1-13 Kenmare (Kerry) 0-5

Sunday November 27th

@ Charleville            Charleville (Cork) 2-14 Rockwell Rovers (Tipperary) 0-8
@ Cappamore                      Cappamore (Limerick) 3-10 Ballinameela (Waterford) 2-6


Sunday December 11th (Replay date – Saturday December 17th)

@ Mallow                              Cappamore (Limerick) v Charleville (Cork) 3:30pm

Odds and Ends

The Munster Club Junior Hurling Champions of the last 3 years have gone on to win the All-Ireland title (2008 – Dripsey, Cork; 2009 – Blackrock, Limerick; 2010 – Meelin, Cork)

Cork clubs have won at least 1 match in each of the years of the competition since beginning in 2003.

Since 2003, the average winning margin of victory in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Final has been 10.75 points. The winning club has averaged 20.25 aggregate points while the losing club has averaged 9.5 aggregate points.

In the last 4 finals, the losing team has failed to register a goal on three occasions. On only 1 occasion to date has the winning team in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Final has won without registering a green flag (2004 – Ballygarvan (Cork) 0-16 Tramore (Waterford) 1-5)

Munster GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (5) – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010

Clare (1) – 2003

Tipperary (1) – 2007

Limerick (1) – 2009

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship

In the Club Junior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts with 4 titles while Limerick have 1 title courtesy of Blackrock in 2009/2010.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship – List of Winning Teams

2003 – Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare) 3-10 Dromina (Cork) 1-10

NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS, CLARE: Kieran Devitt, Damien Mulcahy, Anthony Kilmartin, John McInerney, Jimmy Clancy, Dara Naughton , Robert Mullins, Rory Murphy (Captain), Marty Meehan, Shane Liddy, James McInerney, Robert Shanahan, Shane O’Leary, Cathal Kilmartin, Bernard Gaffney
Subs : – Keith Begley for Shane Liddy, Bruce Orpen for Robert Mullins

2004 – Ballygarvan (Cork) 0-16 Tramore (Waterford) 1-5
BALLYGARVAN, CORK: Joe Kennefick; Dona Sweeney, Joe Spillane, Daniel Browne; Ger Spillane, Cian O’Conchur, Alan Butler; Finbarr Barry, Stephen White; Ken Ashman, Shane O’Leary, Gary White; Morgan Sheehy, Michael Dowd, Liam Dillon
Subs: Robert Bouse for G. Spillane (injured); Brian Daly for Dowd (injured)

2005 – Fr. O’Neills (Cork) 1-12 Knockshegowna (Tipperary) 0-7
FR. O’NEILLS, CORK: David Dorgan, Brian O’Driscoll, Dick O’Neill, John O’Mahony, Ray O’Neill, Brian O’Callaghan, Billy Murphy, Jerh Holland (Captain), Ger O’Leary, Colin Buckley, Eoin Conway, Edmund Holland, Podge Butler, John Flavin, Kieran Wall
Subs used: Eoghan McCarthy for Colin Buckley. Unused Subs: Paul Colbert, Quintin Higgins, Eoin Griffin, David Colbert, Mike O’Brien, Rob Murphy, Shane Harrington, James O’Donoghue, James Walsh, Luke Swayne, Ger Hennessy, Shane Donnelly.

2006 – Kilworth (Cork) 4-16 Knockshegowna (Tipperary) 1-7
KILWORTH (CORK): Kieran Walsh (Captain); Alan Kenny, John Hegarty, Damien McNamara; Maurice McNamara, Will Twomey, Mark O’Connor; Dion Cahill, Elton Pierce; Thomas Twomey, Brian Tobin, Joe Cahill; Paudie Lynch, Adrian Mannix, Damien O’Donoghue.
Subs: Declan Tobin for John Hegarty (injured), Aidan Kenny for Thomas Twomey, James Moakley for Brian Tobin, Ned O’Brien for Adrian Mannix, Noel Gowen for Dion Cahill

2007 – Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) 3-10 Barryroe (Cork) 0-9
MOYLE ROVERS (TIPPERARY): Ian Browne; Michael Mulcahy, Noel Wall (Captain), Padraig Kelly; Seán Keating, Daniel Lyne, Ronan Desmond; Martin Dunne, Peter Acheson; Barry Whelan, Eddie Whelan, Sean Carey; Brian Mulvihill, Paul Johnson, Declan Browne
Subs: James Williams for Johnson, John Shanahan for Mulvihill, Kevin Condon for Carey, David Lorigan for Barry Whelan, Denis McGrath for Eddie Whelan

2008 – Dripsey (Cork) 2-11 Kilgarvan (Kerry) 1-3
DRIPSEY (CORK): Aidan Buckley; Barry Kelleher, John O’Mahony, Liam Buckley; John Carey, John O’Riordan, Pat O’Riordan; David Foley, Conor Hayes; Gary Murphy, Diarmuid O’Riordan (Captain), Mark O’Sullivan; David O’Sullivan, John Hogan, David Buckley.
Subs: Ger Manley for Hogan (44th); Thomas Ryan for Buckley (45th)

2009 – Blackrock (Limerick) 1-12 Fermoy (Cork) 0-14
BLACKROCK (LIMERICK): Pat Heffernan; Nigel Hosford, TG Ryan, Tommy Clifford; Ritchie Murphy, Dave Moloney, Niall Moloney; Brian Moloney, Pa McGrath; Kevin Palmer, Ritchie McCarthy, Simon Hennessy; Ruairi O’Shaughnessy, Brendan Hennessy (Captain), Aidan Murphy.
Subs: Barry O’Shaughnessy for Palmer (38), Declan Danaher for Hennessy (48), Ken Douglas for McGrath (54)

2010 – Meelin (Cork) 5-18 St. Patricks (Tipperary) 0-9
MEELIN (CORK): Stephen M. O’Sullivan;  Mike Forrest, Denis O’Riordan, Diarmuid Lenihan;  William Buckley, Kevin Collins, Jerry Forrest (Captain); Liam Collins, William Murphy;  John Forrest, Shane O’Riordan, Brendan O’Sullivan; Eamonn Brosnan, Jeremy Curtin, D.J. O’Sullivan
Subs:  Conor Murphy for B. O’Sullivan (46);  T.J. Brosnan for D. O’Riordan (49); Ben Collins for J. Curtin (50);  Joseph O’Doherty for W. Buckley (50); Liam O’Sullivan  for S. M. O’Sullivan (55)