Tipperary defeated LIT by 2-24 to 1-16 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Preliminary Round on Sunday at Dolla.
Tipp take time to get in groove
Tipperary 2-24 Limerick IT 1-16
By Shane Brophy for the Irish Examiner newspaper
TIPPERARY recovered from a sluggish start to ease into the Waterford Crystal Cup senior hurling quarter-final by defeating Limerick IT at Dolla yesterday. Tipp’s victory margin was flattering though for they struggled to put the college side away after they were reduced to 14 men after 49 minutes when Tipperary’s sole representative on the LIT team, centre-back John O’Keeffe, was dismissed for a second bookable offence. “It was a better start to the Waterford Crystal than we had 12 months ago” said Tipperary manager Declan Ryan, whose side were eliminated at the same stage last year by Waterford IT. “We are a little bit further than we were 12 months ago and some of that showed today, but there are some areas where we can improve over the next few weeks,” he said.
Limerick IT, who begin their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign against UL on Thursday week, made a blistering start and were 1-2 to the good inside five minutes, the goal coming from Joe Canning. Despite finishing his sides’ top-scorer with 1-8, the Galway star had a frustrating day from placed balls, missing four. LIT were lively early on with Paudie O’Brien, Paul Browne and Sean Collins to the fore as their short puckout strategy caused Tipperary problems. But once the home side found their stride they hit seven points without reply midway through the first-half. Pa Bourke was the scorer-in-chief as poor discipline by the college side saw the Thurles Sarsfields attacker finish with 13 points, 12 frees.
Limerick IT were four points to the good after 14 minutes when Tipperary hit their first goal, Brian O’Meara putting in the lively John O’Neill. The corner-forward was denied a second soon after by Andrew Fahy, but Tipp turned a four point deficit into a six point lead by the 24th minute with Shane McGrath, Adrian Ryan, John O’Neill and Pa Bourke getting good points from play. The margin remained the same at half-time and was extended further after the break through Bourke and the impressive Brendan Maher at midfield.
LIT kept in touch through the free-taking of Joe Canning and a point from Sean O’Brien and, despite the loss of centre-back O’Keeffe, had cut the margin to five points by the time substitute Timmy Hammersley reacted quickest to a breaking ball in the square to double to the net for Tipp’s second goal in the 63rd minute. Tipperary eased away in the remaining minutes, with Brian O’Meara adding two points his work rate deserved, while debutant David Collins also got his name on the scoresheet.
Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 0-13 (12f); J O’Neill 1-1; S McGrath 0-3; T Hammersley 1-0; B Maher, A Ryan, B O’Meara 0-2 each; D Collins 0-1.
Scorers for LIT: J Canning 1-8 (0-6f); P Browne, S O’Brien 0-2 each; C McInerney 0-2f; E Ryan, C Madden 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; S Maher, J Coghlan, Padraic Maher; B Maher, J Woodlock; Patrick Maher, S McGrath, A Ryan; P Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Neill.
Subs: J Ryan for Woodlock (51); T Hammersley for O’Neill (60); D Collins for McGrath (62); C O’Brien for Cahill (66).
LIMERICK IT: A Fahy (Clare); E Glynn (Clare), R McCarthy (Limerick), B Glynn (Clare); O Whelan (Waterford), J O’Keeffe (Tipperary), P O’Brien (Limerick); P Browne (Limerick), E Ryan (Limerick); S O’Brien (Limerick), S Collins (Clare), C Madden (Limerick); C McInerney (Clare), J Canning (Galway), C O’Connell (Clare).
Subs: J Hayes (Limerick) for Whelan (ht); S Lambert (Galway) for Ryan (ht); C Nelson (Clare) for McInerney (63).
Referee: J Sexton (Cork)
Bourke finds range as Tipp off to flying start
From the Irish Independent newspaper
Tipperary 2-24 Limerick IT 1-16
Waterford Crystal Cup (SH)
Pa Bourke scored 13 points to help Tipperary make a winning start to their 2012 campaign with a win over Limerick IT at Dolla yesterday. The home side pulled away in the final stages, thanks to a Timmy Hammersley goal in the 63rd minute, to beat the college side who played the last 21 minutes with 14 men after centre-back and Tipperary defender John O’Keeffe was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Tipp manager Declan Ryan fielded a strong side to ensure progression to a quarter-final with the University of Limerick in two weeks time, with new captain Paul Curran leading the side from full-back and fellow 2011 All-Stars Michael Cahill and Padraic Maher also starting.
Senior debuts were handed to Donagh Maher and Adrian Ryan with Drom & Inch duo Johnny Ryan and David Collins appearing from the bench. Shane Maher also started at wing-back having opted off at the start of 2011. Limerick IT who begin their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign against UL on Thursday week, made a blistering start and were 1-2 to the good inside five minutes, with the goal coming from Joe Canning. Despite finishing his sides’ top-scorer with 1-8, the Galway star had a frustrating day from placed balls, missing four he would usually convert.
Limerick IT were lively early on with Paudie O’Brien, Paul Browne and Sean Collins to the fore as their short puck-out strategy caused Tipperary problems. Once the home side found their stride, they hit seven points without reply midway through the half with Pa Bourke the scorer-in-chief from placed balls. Limerick IT were four points to the good after 14 minutes when Tipperary hit for their first goal though John O’Neill. The score helped Tipp turn a four-point deficit into a six-point lead by the 24th minute with Shane McGrath, Adrian Ryan, O’Neill and Bourke getting good points from play. It stayed like that until half-time and was extended further through Bourke and the impressive Brendan Maher at midfield. Despite O’Keeffe’s loss, Limerick IT had cut the margin to five points. But Tipp sub Hammersley reacted quickest to a breaking ball in the square for Tipp’s second goal to seal victory.
SCORERS — Tipperary: P Bourke 0-13 (12fs) J O’Neill 1-1, T Hammersley 1-0, S McGrath 0-3, B Maher, A Ryan, B O’Meara 0-2 each, D Collins 0-1. Limerick IT: J Canning 1-8 (0-6fs), P Browne, S O’Brien, C McInerney (2fs), 0-2 each, E Ryan, C Madden, 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY — D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; S Maher, J Coghlan, Padraic Maher; B Maher, J Woodlock; Patrick Maher, S McGrath, A Ryan; P Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Neill. Subs: J Ryan for Woodlock (51); T Hammersley for O’Neill (60); D Collins for McGrath (62); C O’Brien for Cahill (66).
Limerick IT — A Fahy; E Glynn, R McCarthy, B Glynn; O Whelan, J O’Keeffe, P O’Brien; P Browne, E Ryan; S O’Brien, S Collins, C Madden; C McInerney, J Canning, C O’Connell. Subs: J Hayes (Limerick) for Whelan (h-t); S Lambert (Galway) for Ryan (h-t); C Nelson for McInerney (63).
Ref — J Sexton (Cork)
For the Record
|Tipperary||Limerick Institute of Technology|
|Team Manager||Declan Ryan||Davy Fitzgerald|
|2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance||Lost to the Waterford Institute of Technology by 2-17 to 1-19 in the Preliminary Round||Lost to Clare by 3-14 to 0-15 in the Quarter-Final|
|Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles||2||0|
|Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title||2008||N/A|
|Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006||Played – 13
Won – 9
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0
|Played – 8
Won – 2
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2012
Preliminary Round (Extra time)
Sunday January 22nd
@ Dolla Tipperary v LIT @ 2:00pm
Sunday January 29th
@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney Kerry v IT Tralee @ 2:00pm
@ Sixmilebridge Clare v WIT @ 2:00pm
Quarter-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 5th
@ Cork or Kerry venue Cork v Kerry or IT Tralee @ 2:00pm
@ TBC UL v Tipperary or LIT @ 2:00pm
@ Limerick or Clare venue Limerick v Clare or LIT @ 2:00pm
@ WIT Sportsgrounds Waterford v UCC @ 2:00pm
Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 12th
@ TBC Cork, Kerry or IT Tralee v UL, Tipperary or LIT
@ TBC Limerick, Clare or LIT v Waterford or UCC
Final (Extra time)
Sunday February 19th
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends
Davy Fitzgerald’s record as Waterford Senior Hurling manager was Played 9, Won 8, Lost 1. Davy’s record in this competition as manager of LIT in recent years is less impressive as the college lost out in their first match in each of the last 3 years.
Tipperary won their first 6 home matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup from 2006 to 2009 before losing their first round matches in 2010 (v Clare at Borrisoleigh) and in 2011 (v WIT at Clonmel).
Current Tipperary Senior Hurling panelists Eoin Kelly, Conor O’Mahony, Seamus Callanan, Shane McGrath, John O’Keeffe, David Young and Shane Maher have played Fitzgibbon Cup Hurling for the Limerick Institute of Technology in recent years.
Waterford have won 11 of their last 13 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup, including a current winning streak of 7 matches.
Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.
Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006.
Limerick won the first Waterford Crystal Cup title in 2006, winning four matches in the process. Since then, in three appearances in the competition they have failed to win a game.
The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 34, a 35% success rate. Since the Third Level Colleges entered the McGrath Cup (Senior Football) in 2005, their success rate is 32%.
The University of Limerick is the only third level college to have a winning record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 – winning 7 games and losing 6.
Kerry and IT Tralee are the only teams not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 with Kerry losing 6 games and IT Tralee losing 4. Those teams are drawn together in the preliminary round on January 29th so one of those streaks will end.
None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.
The Limerick Institute of Technology have won two of their eight matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006. By contrast, in the Fitzgibbon Cup competition dating back to 2005, no other college has qualified for as many Fitzgibbon Cup Finals (4 in total – winners in 2005 & 2007, runners-up in 2008 and 2011).
On this date
2011 – Next Sunday will be 1 year to the day of the last match for LIT in this competition, a 3-14 to 0-15 defeat by Clare at Sixmilebridge. 12 months later, Davy Fitzgerald is now manager to both Clare and LIT for the 2012 season.
2006 – LIT lost to local colleges rivals UL by 2-15 to 0-6 in the Quarter-Final of the inaugural Waterford Crystal Cup competition played at Claughan.
Waterford Crystal Cup
Waterford Crystal began their sponsorship of the Munster pre-season hurling competition in 2006. Prior to this, the competition was played in different formats dating back to the early 1990’s and was most popularly known as the South Eastern Hurling League which also included county teams from Leinster.
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour
Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011
Tipperary (2) – 2007, 2008
Clare (1) – 2009
Limerick (1) – 2006
LIT Hurling Panel
The Limerick Institute of Technology panel for the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup includes the following players broken down by county –
Clare (10) – Andrew Fahy (Whitegate), Ronan Taffe (Tubber), Brian Glynn (Inagh/Kilnamona), Eamon Glynn (Inagh/Kilnamona), Sean Collins (Cratloe), Cathal McInerney (Cratloe), Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara), Martin Duggan (Clooney-Quin), John Guilfoyle (Wolfe Tones), Gary Guilfoyle (Feakle)
Cork (1) – Denis O’Sullivan (Ballinascarty)
Galway (2) – Steven Lambert (Kilbaconty), Joe Canning (Portumna)
Limerick (7) – Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock), Paul Browne (Bruff), Jason Hayes (Bruff), Eoin Ryan (Kilmallock), Richard McCarthy (Blackrock), Sean O’Brien (Patrickswell), Colin Madden (Bruff)
Tipperary (1) – John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty/Rossmore)
Waterford (1) – Eoin Whelan (Mount Sion)