Electric Ireland Munster MHC – Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11

Tipp slip into high gear after slow start

Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11

By Conor Kane for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Despite conceding the opening score within 20 seconds of the throw-in, Tipperary had few problems disposing of the challenge of a visiting Kerry team in the first round of the Munster minor hurling championship. Tipp came into this game in Thurles as hot favourites and duly had the win all but sealed by half-time, leading by 3-10 to 0-5. However, that was after a start which saw them struggle to get up to championship pace as Daniel Collins pointed for Kerry in the early seconds. Kevin Slattery opened Tipp’s account with a goal shortly afterwards but Kerry managed to drag themselves level by the 10th minute, with a flurry of scores.

Once Tipperary got their second goal through Mark McCarthy, it smoothed the passage for an unanswered run up to the interval and allowed them a hefty lead. McCarthy secured their third goal in the 25th minute and, in truth, Tipperary could have had a couple more in that first half but for some fine shot-stopping by Jason Wallice between the Kerry posts. After the break it was again the young Kerry hurlers who first troubled the scorekeeper, with Michael O’Leary pointing on the run, but it didn’t take long for the home team to rouse themselves again and they were able to maintain a decent lead.

John McGrath goaled with a penalty after Jack Shelly was felled at the end of a strong run through the centre and this was followed in the 38th minute by Mark McCarthy completing his hat-trick to make it 5-13 to 0-6 by that stage. Tipp were comfortable enough then to bring off the three-goal man and some of their other top players in favour of fresher legs and they were never seriously threatened for the remainder of the game, team captain Bill Maher getting their sixth goal to complete the rout.

Scorers for Tipperary: M McCarthy 3-1 (0-1 sl), J McGrath 1-6 (1-0pen, 0-3f, 0-1 65), K Slattery 1-4 (0-2f), B Maher 1-1, J Shelly 0-3 (1f), S Cahill 0-4 (1sl), D Fitzelle, J Loughnane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: R Heffernan 0-4 (3f), M O’Leary 0-3, D Collins, B O’Leary 0-2 each.

TIPPERARY: P Maher; L Mullally, M Breen, J Peters; R Maher, T Hamill, T Kirwan; B Maher, S Nally; D Fitzelle, J Shelly, S Cahill; M McCarthy, J McGrath, K Slattery. Subs: S O’Brien for J Shelly, T Gallagher for M McCarthy, J Loughnane for T Hamill, J Lonergan for B Maher, S Ryan for J McGrath.

KERRY: J Wallice; F Horgan, K Skinner, K Carmody; T McElligott, D Fitzell, T Casey; D Collins, B O’Leary; M O’Leary, T Casey, K Fitzgerald; P McGrath, R Heffernan, C Hussey.

Subs: K Hanafin for F Horgan, S Leahy for T Casey,

Referee: Jason O’Mahony (Limerick)

Team News

The Tipperary minor hurling team to play Kerry in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship on Wednesday evening at 7pm at Semple Stadium is:

1. Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy)

2. Luke Mullaly (Mullinahone)

3. Michael Breen (Ballina)

4. Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

5. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

6. Thomas Hamill (Killea)

7. Tom Kirwan (Ballybacon Grange)

8. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash) CAPTAIN

9. Sean Nally (Holycross Ballycahill)

10. Dylan Fitzelle (Cashel King Cormacs)

11. Jack Shelly (Mullinahone)

12. Stephan Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

13. Mark McCarthy (Toomevara)

14. John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

15. Kevin Slattery (Gortnahoe Glengoole)

The Kerry Minor Hurling team V Tipperary in Semple Stadium, Thurles on Wednesday May 2nd at 7pm is as follows:

1. Jason Wallice (Sean Bhailis) Lixnaw

2. Fionan Horgan (Fionan Ó hArgain) Ardfert

3. Kevin Skinner (Caoimh Scineir) Ardfert

4. Keith Carmody (Ceiteach Ó Ceamada) Causeway

5. Tom MCelligott (Tomas Mac Uileagoid) Crotta

6. Dougie Fitzell (Dughlas Fitzell) Kilmoyley

7. Tommy Casey (Tomas Ó Cathasaigh) Causeway

8. Daniel Collins (Donall Ó Coileain) Kilmoyley

9. Brendan O Leary (Breandan Ó Laoire)Abbeydorney

10. Michael O Leary (Micheal Ó Laoire) Abbeydorney

11. Thomas Casey (Tomás Ó Cathasaigh) Ballyheigue

12. Kieran Fitzgerald (Ciaran Mac Gearailt) Ardfert

13. Paul McGrath (Pol Mac Craith) Causeway

14. Ricky Heffernan (Risteard Ó hIfearnain) Lixnaw

15. Cian Hussey (Cian Ó h Eosa) Ardfert

16. Ryan Delaney (Ryan Ó Dulainne) Ardfert

17. Kevin Hanifan (Caoimh Ó hAinifin) Ardfert

18. David Goulding (Daithi Ó Gabhlain) Ballyduff

19. Philip Lucid (Pilib Ó Luasaigh) Ballyheigue

20. Paudie O Connor (Padraig Ó Conchuir) Kilmoyley

21. Sean Leahy (Sean Ó Laocha)Causeway

22. Daniel Carroll (Donal Ó Cearuill) Causeway

23. Coleman Savage (Colman Sabhaois) Kilmoyley

24. Conor O Brien (Conchur Ó Briain) Lixnaw

Other members of the training squad are as follows:

25. John Courtney (Sean Ó Curnain) Ardfert

26.Florence McCarthy (Kilmoyley)

27. Darren Leahy (Darren Ó Laocha)Causeway

28. Gearoid Sheehan (Gearoid Ó Siochain) Ardfert

29.John Godley (Sean Ó Godlaigh) Kilmoyley

30.James Murphy (Seamus Ó Murchu) Kilmoyley

Manager: Seanie O’Shea

Trainer: Denis Corridan

Selectors: Michael Burke, Brendan McElligott, Aidan O Mahony & Mark Power

 

For the Record

Tipperary Kerry
2011 Championship Performance Lost to Waterford in the first round. Defeated Cork in the semi-final 2nd playoff before losing to Clare by 3-13 to 1-13 in the Munster Semi-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles. Lost to Clare in the first round before bowing out to Cork by 0-25 to 2-6 in the semi-final 1st playoff at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 36 0
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2007 N/A
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 36
Won – 23
Lost – 10
Drawn – 3
Played – 13
Won – 0
Lost – 13
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship April 24th 2002 – Tipperary 5-20 Kerry 0-8 at Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster First Round) – Wing-forward Pat Shortt scored 3-7 to help Tipperary to a 27 point victory

MUNSTER GAA HURLING MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2012

First Round

Wednesday May 2nd

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare v Waterford                                          @ 7:00pm

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh             Limerick v Cork                                             @ 7:00pm

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary v Kerry                                           @ 7:00pm


Semi-Final Play-off 1

Saturday May 5th

(See venue permutations below)

@ Kerry venue                                   Kerry v Limerick

(met in 2010 first round in Kilmallock)

@ Kerry venue                                   Kerry v Cork

(met in 2011 Semi-Final 1st Playoff in Pairc Ui Chaoimh)

@ Tipperary venue                           Tipperary v Limerick

(met in 2009 first round in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick)

@ Cork venue                                   Tipperary v Cork

(met in 2011 Semi-Final 2nd Playoff in Semple Stadium Thurles)

Losers of Tipperary v Kerry v Losers of Limerick v Cork


Semi-Final Play-off 2

Thursday May 10th

Losers of Clare v Waterford v Winners of Semi-Final Play-off 1


Semi-Finals

Friday June 29th

Winners of Clare v Waterford v Winners of Tipperary v Kerry

Winners of Cork v Limerick v Winners of Semi-Final Play-off 2


Final

Sunday July 15th


Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Odds and Ends

Tipperary have won one of their last 6 matches played in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship, a 2-16 to 1-9 victory over Cork at Semple Stadium in the 2011 Semi-Final 2nd Playoff.

Cork have won 1 of their last 5 matches played in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship, a 0-25 to 2-6 victory over Kerry at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the 2011 Semi-Final 1st Playoff

Limerick have won 2 of their last 11 matches played in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship dating back to 2006. Both victories came on home soil v Cork (2011 first round) and v Kerry (2010 first round).

Dating back to 2000, Limerick have recorded just three away victories in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship. 2006 v Clare – 1-15 to 0-13 in the Semi-Final 2nd playoff at Cusack Park Ennis; 2004 v Kerry – 4-24 to 0-2 in the First Round at Ballyheigue; 2000 v Tipperary – 1-12 to 0-13 in a Semi-Final Replay at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Of Cork’s 47 scores in the 2011 Munster Minor Hurling Championship, 24 came from placed balls.

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.

Clare have won 7 consecutive matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 2 seasons, winning the last 2 Munster titles at this grade.

Waterford have lost just 2 of their last 10 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship, both losses coming to Clare in the 2010 and 2011 Munster Finals.

In the last 3 seasons, neither Clare or Waterford have lost any matches to Cork, Tipperary, Limerick or Kerry – their only defeats coming in direct clashes against each other.

Clare are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-20 to 3-9 victory over Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

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 (4) – 1981, 1989, 2010, 2011

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 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mh_teams/

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