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)
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
|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
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
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
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