Munster GAA Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi Final – Tipperary 3-18 Cork 2-16

Tipp’s intensity far too much for Rebels

Tipperary 3-18 Cork 2-16

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The curtain-raiser at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday, the Munster IHC semi-final, went Tipperary’s way after beating Cork. Though only five points separated them at the end, the outcome was never in doubt as Tipp led from start to finish. Greater attacking power was key for Tipp, with Kieran Morris, Seán Carey, Michael Heffernan and David Butler all impressing, Cork having to rely on Adrian Mannix for much of their output, Tipp’s greater physicality styming them.

Tipp laid the foundations with an impressive wind-assisted first-half performance, 13 points separating the sides at the interval. The first blow was struck as early as the third minute when Heffernan’s delivery was smartly won by Butler and he had the pace to outstrip the Cork defence and fire past Stephen Nyhan. That opened up a 1-1 to 0-0 lead and while Cork got off the mark through Michael O’Sullivan and Mannix, two fine Heffernnan efforts pushed Tipp clear again. Then, in the 13th minute, Joe Gallagher added a second goal to make it 2-4 to 0-2, profiting from a slip by full-back Darragh Rodgers.

Tipp’s intensity was far sharper than their hosts, with attackers given plenty of time and space with scoring attempts, and while Cork were doing okay in midfield, everywhere else the visitors were on top. Points in the 20th minute from Michael Gleeson and Carey cancelled out scores from Mannix and Séamus Harnedy. Though Cork responded through Olann Kelleher, Carey’s goal, when he sent a nice ground shot to the net after another Heffernan ball wasn’t dealt with, made it 3-6 to 0-5.

Despite Cork moving corner-forward David Drake to the middle sector, Tipp continued to dominate and Butler (two), Morris and Carey added further points before Mannix pulled one back with a free for Cork in injury time. Cork made three substitutions at half-time, having already brought on Maurice O’Sullivan in the first-half, and also rejigged their attack, Michael O’Sullivan moving to centre-forward while Harnedy went from the edge of the square to the left wing. After Mannix and Morris had shared four points in the opening stages, Cork got a glimmer of hope when Harnedy caught Ronan Sherlock in possession and set up Colm Casey for a well-taken goal, Mannix’s 20m free immediately after that cutting the gap to nine.

Tipperary were not as clinical as in the first-half, while the Cork defence had tightened considerably, full-back Rodgers winning a number of balls with Stpehen White also assertive. Though they did get the gap down to six points in the 54th minute, three from Mannix and one by Casey reducing Tipp’s lead to 3-16 to 1-16, Cork never looked like doing anything other than limiting the damage. Just in case there were any doubts, Heffernan and Morris pushed Tipp clear again, Harnedy giving Cork a late consolation with a 62nd-minute goal which James Logue looked to have saved only for it to creep over the line. Tipp now face Clare in the provincial final.

Scorers for Tipperary: K Morris 0-6 (0-4f, 0-1 65), S Carey, D Butler 1-3 each, M Heffernan 0-4, J Gallagher 1-0, M Gleeson 0-2.

Scorers for Cork: A Mannix 0-9 (0-2f), S Harnedy 1-2, C Casey 1-1, Michael O’Sullivan 0-2, D Drake, O Kelleher 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: J Logue; G Walsh, K O’Gorman, C Coughlan; J Barry, E Connolly, R Sherlock; M Gleeson, P White; M Heffernan, D O’Brien, S Carey; K Morris, J Gallagher, D Butler.

Subs: C Dillon for O’Brien (29-30, blood), R Ruth for O’Brien (40), J Sheedy for Gallagher (53), C Haugh for Sherlock (55), Dillon for Ruth (57), N Teehan for Barry (60).

CORK: S Nyhan; B Withers, D Rodgers, B O’Sullivan; J Jordan, V Hurley, S White; Michael O’Sullivan, B Lawton; O Kelleher, M Sugrue, A Mannix; C Casey, S Harnedy, D Drake.

Subs: Maurice O’Sullivan for Kelleher (23), C O’Driscoll for Withers, T Healy for Jordan, J Budds for Sugrue (all half-time), B Coleman for Hurley (52).

Referee: D O’Driscoll (Limerick)

 

Butler’s early service sends Tipp on their way

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Tipperary 3-18 Cork 2-16

A good start proved the key for Tipperary as they overcame Cork in this semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh yesterday. Sent on their way by a third-minute goal from David Butler to go 1-1 to 0-0 ahead, Tipp utterly dominated in the first half thanks to the strong wind at their backs as Cork struggled to get out of the blocks. A second goal, from Joe Gallagher in the 16th minute, made it 2-4 to 0-2 and, while Cork did manage to cut the gap through points from Adrian Mannix and Seamus Harnedy, Sean Carey struck on 24 minutes to make it 3-6 to 0-5 for Tipp. By half-time, that lead had increased to 3-10 to 0-6, Kieran Morris adding further points for Tipperary. Thus, even though half the game remained, the outcome looked to be decided.

While Cork made a raft of changes at half-time, Tipp kept the scoreboard ticking over through Morris, though his scores were answered by Mannix and Cork had some hope when Colm Casey goaled for them on 39 minutes. Harnedy and Michael O’Sullivan were making a difference in the Cork attack, but overall they did not profit from good deliveries into the attack and while Tipp were not as clinical as earlier, they were never really troubled. Cork had the deficit back to six points at one stage, but late points Michael Heffernan and Morris eased any Tipp worries, making Harnedy’s late goal for Cork nothing but a consolation score. Tipp will now meet Clare in the Munster final.

Scorers — Tipperary: K Morris 0-6 (4f, 1 ’65), S Carey, D Butler 1-3 each, M Heffernan 0-4, J Gallagher 1-0, M Gleeson 0-2.

Cork: A Mannix 0-9 (2f), S Harnedy 1-2, C Casey 1-1, Ml O’Sullivan 0-2, D Drake, O Kelleher 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY — J Logue; G Walsh, K O’Gorman, C Coughlan; J Barry, E Connolly, R Sherlock; M Gleeson, P White; M Heffernan, D O’Brien, S Carey; K Morris, J Gallagher, D Butler.

Subs: C Dillon for O’Brien (29-30, blood), R Ruth for O’Brien (40), J Sheedy for Gallagher (53), C Haugh for Sherlock (55), Dillon for Ruth (57), N Teehan for Barry (60).

CORK — S Nyhan; B Withers, D Rodgers, B O’Sullivan; J Jordan, V Hurley, S White; Michael O’Sullivan, B Lawton; O Kelleher, M Sugrue, A Mannix; C Casey, S Harnedy, D Drake.

Subs: Maurice O’Sullivan for Kelleher (23), C O’Driscoll for Withers, T Healy for Jordan, J Budds for Sugrue (all half-time), B Coleman for Hurley (52).

Ref — D O’Driscoll (Limerick)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier Preliminary Round – Limerick 6-21 Laois 1-11

Ruthless Limerick hammer Laois

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Report from the GAA.ie web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Preliminary Round: Limerick 6-21 Laois 1-11

Limerick had far too much for Laois as they cruised into Phase 1 of the All-Ireland Hurling Qualifiers with a massive 25-point victory at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening. Two first half goals, from David Breen and Niall Moran, set John Allen’s men on their way, and Laois never mounted a challenge against the Treaty men in what was a very one-sided game. Although Teddy McCarthy’s side battled in the second half, they weren’t able to get anywhere near the home team on the scoreboard, and four more Limerick goals, two of them from Moran as he completed a hat-trick, put a huge margin between the teams.

Limerick led 2-10 to 0-3 at the break after a dominant first-half performance which completely overwhelmed Laois. They started brightly, and were 0-5 to 0-1 up early on, with Graeme Mulcahy and Shane Dowling among their scorers. The decisive score of the half came after 15 minutes, David Breen firing to the net after a brilliant assist from James Ryan. Limerick didn’t let up either, and a second goal from the stick of Moran after 23 minutes put 13 points between the sides.

Willie Hyland clipped over a couple of points for Laois before the break, and McCarthy’s men added a couple more after the restart, Hyland and Stephen Maher increasing their tally. That mini Laois scoring run reignited Limerick though, and points from Paudie O’Brien, Dowling (2), and Declan Hannon put them 14 points ahead again.

The final 20 minutes were all about goals. First, Moran finished off a brilliant Limerick move on 53 minutes, and then seconds later grabbed his third goal after a fine Breen set-up. Hyland goaled for Laois with a brilliant finish shortly afterwards, but Limerick found two more majors before the end to pile the misery on Laois, Dowling and Tommy Quaid both hitting the net. Limerick will now play Antrim in Phase 1 of the Qualfiers next weekend.

Match Preview

They last met in the championship in 2009 when Limerick won an All-Ireland qualifier tie by 0-20 to 1-14 in Thurles. They also beat Laois in 2005, winning a qualifier clash by 2-15 to 1-9. This will be Laois’ third outing in this year’s championship, having beaten Carlow by 0-20 to 0-13 in the Leinster first round before losing the quarter-final to Dublin by 3-23 to 1-7. Limerick had one outing so far, losing a Munster quarter-tie to Tipperary by 2-20 to 1-19. The winners play Antrim in the next round on Saturday week, June 30.

Team News

Limerick (SH v Laois): N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O’Grady, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P Browne; S Dowling, B Geary, D Breen; G Mulcahy, N Moran, S Tobin.

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Wexford 1-17 Tipperary 1-6

Wexford defeated Tipperary by 1-17 to 1-6 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday at the Tipperary Camogie Grounds in The Ragg.


All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Cork 0-16 Clare 2-9

Cork defeated Clare by 0-16 to 2-9 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday at Newmarket-on-Fergus.


University of Limerick – help needed with GAA club history

The University of Limerick is celebrating its 40th anniversary in the Academic year 2012/2013. To commemorate the GAA Club in those 40 years we are researching and writing the history of the University of Limerick’s GAA Club.

For any past members of the GAA Club, we are interested in hearing your stories from your time in the GAA Club and also if anyone has any photos or added information please don’t hesitate to contact the UL GAA History Book Research Committee.

Contact Details:

Danielle: 09004582@studentmail.ul.ie

Brendan: brendanbugler@gmail.com

Lar back in the reckoning to face Cork – Declan Ryan

After an extended break from inter county hurling 2010 hurler of the year
Lar Corbett looks set to make his first appearance of the summer
against Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship.

Now back in training after a well publicised return to the panel
the manager of the reigning Munster Senior Hurling champions says
the Thurles Sarsfields clubman is showing great form in training
and mad for a return to action.

This has given rise to an expectation that Corbett will be given
gametime against the rebels on Leeside, a venue that has proven
a happy hunting ground for the home side against Tipp in the past.

Having blown Waterford away in last year’s Munster Championship final
and accounting for Limerick in their opening match of the provincial series
the Tipp boss says his panel are relaxed and more focused than
12 months ago.

Strong League campaign will stand to us – Ger Cunningham

 

 

 

Cork selector Ger Cunningham feels the Rebel’s tough league fixtures will stand them in good stead as they prepare to take on defending Munster champions Tipperary this Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Cork beat the Premier in the league semi final before falling to Kilkenny in the decider but Cunningham is glad of the experience saying the Rebel’s youngsters needed to understand the level of intensity of Brian Cody’s men.

Jimmy Barry Murphy’s side are reporting a clean bill of health, with the exception of Niall McCarthy and throw in Leeside is at 4pm

Tipp’s strength in depth is formidable – Donal Óg

Despite being out for the season with an achilles injury, Cork captain Donal Og Cusack is still having a positive impact on this new look Rebel side but warns them of a tough Championship outing ahead of the Tipperary clash in the Munster SHC semi final this Sunday.

The old firm of southern hurling come together yet again in Pairc Ui Chaoimh this Sunday with Tipperary defending the title they won for a 39th time last year.

Cusack says he is progressing well in his rehab and is encouraged by Jimmy Barry Murphy’s young side who reached the League final during the spring campaign.

We must learn from mistakes – Cathal Naughton

The fourteen point beating dished out by Kilkenny to Cork in the League final is uppermost in Cathal Naughton’s mind with the Munster SHC semi final match up with Tipperary fast approaching.
Naughton wants his comrades to have learned from that chastening experience as they prepare to take on old foes Tipperary on home soil in Pairc Ui Chaoimh this Sunday.
Jimmy Barry Murphy’s young guns are out to capture Cork’s first Munster title since 2006, ending a six year ‘drought’ in the process.

Cork striving to reach Tipp’s level – Jimmy Barry Murphy


Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy admits his side aren’t quite at the level of Kilkenny and Tipperary but thinks the tide might be turning for his young Rebels.

The Leesiders defeated Tipp in the League semi final and despite a heavy beating from the Cats in the final, JBM says he is happy to have found some new players during the spring campaign.

The Cork manager says the return of Lar Corbett to Tipp is a blow to the Rebels but is encouraged by what he has seen from his charges in the run up to the ‘el classico’ of Munster clashes.