Double delight for Tipp young guns
Tipperary 1-16 Clare 1-12
By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Not since 1955 have Tipperary won both Munster minor titles in the same year, but yesterday’s hurling win over Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh completed a double following the football victory against Kerry. The achievement is made all the more impressive by the fact there are 10 players on both panels, with five dual players starting yesterday. For manager William Maher, it was a case of managing time effectively to ensure the optimum outcome. “These fellas are fantastic,” he said afterwards. “There are a lot who are hurlers and footballers so we’ve had to manage them very closely for the last while. They’ve won both now, so it’s a case of onwards and upwards for the All-Ireland series.”
Many pre-match predictions had cast Tipp as easy winners by virtue of a good semi-final win over Waterford, who had only seen off Clare by a point in the first round. Though they had an eight-point lead coming up to half-time, after Stephen Cahill’s goal made it 1-10 to 1-2, Clare came back strongly in the second half, but this was not a surprise for Maher. “Clare are a very good team, I think the semi-final scores were a little bit unrealistic. It’s the first Munster title we’ve won in five years, so we’re thrilled.”
After an early Bobby Duggan free was followed by Shane O’Donnell’s goal, Clare led 1-1 to 0-0, but they would score just once more before first-half injury time as Tipp settled and took over. John McGrath and Bill Maher at midfield dictated matters, McGrath hitting four fine points, as Clare’s sloppiness was punished, and inside, Cahill was on song too, finishing well on 29 minutes after Jack Shelly cushioned a Mark McCarthy delivery into his path. Two Duggan frees gave Clare an avenue back into contention as they trailed 1-10 to 1-4 at half-time. They scored six of the second period’s first eight points, three from Niall Deasy and two by Duggan, to trail by just 1-12 to 1-10 after 42 minutes.
Tipp looked to have weathered the storm when Maher won a penalty, but McGrath blasted his shot over and Clare continued to stick in there, Deasy and Jamie Shanhan both impressing. Deasy’s fourth point of his immense second-half contribution had it at 1-14 to 1-12 with three minutes remaining, but Tipp would not be denied, McGrath sending over two late frees to bring his tally to seven and give Tipp a first win since 2007.
Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath 0-7 (0-2f, 0-1 penalty), S Cahill 1-3, M McCarthy 0-3 (0-2f), S O’Brien, B Heffernan, T Gallagher 0-1 each.
Scorers for Clare: B Duggan 0-5 (0-3f), S O’Donnell 1-1, N Deasy 0-4, J Shanahan 0-2 (0-1f).
TIPPERARY: P Maher; J Peters, M Breen, R Maher; D Fitzelle, T Hamill, B Heffernan; J McGrath, B Maher; T Gallagher, J Shelly, S O’Brien; S Ryan, M McCarthy, S Cahill.
Subs: T Fox for Heffernan (38), K Slattery for Ryan (43), Kirwan for Fitzelle (47).
CLARE: E Quilligan; S O’Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A Morey; S O’Donnell, N Deasy, S Taylor; B Duggan, J Shanahan, C Deasy.
Subs: A O’Gorman for Morey (23, injured), J Malone for C Deasy (36), S Ward for Conroy (48).
Referee: C Lyons (Cork)
The Tipperary minor hurling team to play Clare in the Munster minor hurling final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday is unchanged from the team which started against Waterford in the semi-final. The team is:
1. Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy)
2. Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
3. Michael Breen (Ballina)
4. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. Dylan Fitzelle (Cashel King Cormacs)
6. Thomas Hamill (Killea)
7. Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)
8. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash) CAPTAIN
9. Tadhg Gallagher (Kildangan)
10. Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
11. Jack Shelly (Mullinahone)
12. Steven O’Brien (Ballina)
13. Mark McCarthy (Toomevara)
14. John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
15. Sean Ryan (Sean Treacys)
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.||Defeated Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford to win the Munster title before losing to Galway after extra time in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.|
|Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles||36||4|
|Last Munster Minor Hurling Title||2007||2011|
|Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000||Played – 38
Won – 25
Lost – 10
Drawn – 3
|Played – 36
Won – 18
Lost – 17
Drawn – 1
|Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship||June 24th 2011 at Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final) – Clare 3-13 Tipperary 1-13 – Goals by E Enright, Colm Galvin and Aidan Mulready helped Clare secure a Munster Final place.
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MUNSTER GAA HURLING MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2012
Wednesday May 2nd
@ Cusack Park Ennis Waterford 1-20 Clare 3-13
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-12
@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11
Semi-Final Play-off 1
Saturday May 5th
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee Cork 6-22 Kerry 1-4
Semi-Final Play-off 2
Thursday May 10th
@ Cusack Park Ennis Clare 0-18 Cork 1-9
Wednesday June 27th
@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary 2-25 Waterford 0-12
Friday June 29th
@ Cusack Park Ennis Clare 1-19 Limerick 2-14
Sunday July 15th
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Tipperary v Clare @ 2:00pm
Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Useful Information
Clare are looking for the third Munster Minor Hurling title on the trot.
Clare have won 4 Munster Minor Hurling titles in their history – 1981, 1989, 2010 and 2011.
The last county to win 3 Munster Minor Hurling titles in a row was the Cork teams from 2004 to 2006. The 3 winning Cork captains on those occasions were Shane O’Neill (2004), Patrick Cronin (2005) and Pat Horgan (2006).
Clare are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-20 to 3-9 victory over Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the 2011 Final. Four of that Clare Minor Hurling team played in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier victory over Dublin last Saturday evening, namely Seadhna Morey, Tony Kelly, Aaron Cunningham and Colm Galvin.
Tipperary have won the Munster Minor Hurling title once since 2003, a 0-18 to 1-11 victory over Cork at Semple Stadium Thurles. The Munster Final winning team included current Tipperary Senior panelists Padraic Maher, John Coghlan, Michael Cahill, Noel McGrath, Brendan Maher (Captain), Patrick (Bonner) Maher and John O’Neill. Tipperary subsequently won the 2007 All-Ireland Minor Hurling title with a 3-14 to 2-11 victory over Cork.
If Tipperary fail to secure the 2012 Munster Minor Hurling title, it will be the first time since 1973 that Tipperary have gone 5 successive years without a Provincial Minor Hurling crown. In that period, Tipperary failed to win a Munster Minor Hurling title from 1963 through 1972, a period which subsequently mirrored a period of famine years at Munster Senior Hurling Championship level from 1974 to 1982.
2011 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Clare 3-13 Tipperary 1-13 – Match Report
Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-4 (2f, 1 65), T Kelly 0-4 (2f), C Galvin 1-1, A Mulready 1-0, P Duggan 0-3 (1 sl), E Enright 1-0, A Cunningham 0-1.
Scorers for Tipperary: L McGrath 0-9 (7f), J Forde 1-0, P Ralph 0-2, D McCormack, S Cahill 0-1 each.
Clare: E Quilligan; J Browne, N O’Connor, S Morey; J Colleran, J Shanahan, G O’Connell; C Galvin, T Kelly; E Enright, C O’Connell, P Duggan; S O’Donnell, O Hickey, A Cunningham.
Subs: A Mulready for Enright (48), M Moroney for Kelly (59), D Moloney for O’Connell (60).
Tipperary: S Hassett; J Bourke, J Meagher, J Peters; T Hamill, J Forde, C Barrett; E Fennelly, B Maher; P Ralph, D McCormack, J McGrath; S Cahill, L McGrath, C Horan.
Subs: B Heffernan for Horan (44), S Kennedy for Fennelly (54).
Referee: J O’Connell (Cork)
2012 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Matches played
Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11 – May 2nd @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)
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)
Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-12 – May 2nd @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final)
Limerick: D Stapleton; S Irwin, R English, J Carrig; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, E Fitzgerald; B Finn, K Cleary; R Lynch, D Condron, E O’Farrell; K O’Brien, B Griffin, C Lynch.
Subs: D Donovan for Fitzgerald (ht), A La Touche Cosgrave for O’Farrell (36), D Dee for Cleary (38), P Ryan for B Griffin (55), L O’Sullivan for O’Brien (58, inj).
Cork: P Collins; S Murphy, K O’Connor, A Dennehy; K McIntyre, M Cahalane, P Fitzgerald; C Twomey, B O’Connell; J Cashman, D Cahill, K O’Neill; A Sheehan, P O’Callaghan, R Cahalane
Subs: D Mangan for Twomey, J O’Brien for R Cahalane (both ht), J McCarthy for Murphy (43, inj), A Spillane for Sheehan (48), T Horgan for Cashman (60).
Referee: Damien Fox (Clare)
Waterford 1-20 Clare 3-13 (after extra time) – May 2nd @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Quarter-Final)
Waterford — S Barry; K Bennett, T Bourke, Shane Bennett; K Power, S McNulty, T Devine; C Sheahan, C Leamy; D Foran, M Harney, A O’Sullivan; Stephen Bennett, D Flynn, C Curran
Subs: J Roche for K Bennett (h-t), A Gleeson for O’Sullivan (45), MJ Kearney for Curran (48), T Tobin for Sheahan (64), C Curran for Flynn (66), J Welch for Leamy (70), W Hallisey for S Bennett (78).
Clare — E Quilligan; S O’Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A Morey; B Corry, S Liddy, S Taylor; B Duggan, C Deasy, S O’Donnell
Subs: N Deasy for Liddy (12), S Gleeson for N Deasy (38), S Ward for Corry (43), A O’Gorman for Cleary (68), M McGuane for Quirke (66), C Cleary for Gleeson (70).
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
Cork 6-22 Kerry 1-4 – May 5th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff)
Cork: P Collins, J McCarthy, K O’Connor, A Dennehy, C Twomey, P Fitzgerald, D Mangan, K McIntyre, K O’Neill, J Cashman, D Cahill, M Cahalane, A Spillane, P O’Callaghan, J O’Brien
Subs: T Horgan for J Cashman (h/t), C Cormack for K McIntyre (40), C O’Brien for K O’Connor (48), S Hegarty for D Cahill (55).
Kerry: J Wallace, T B McElligott, C Savage, Tommy Casey, D Goulding, D Fitzelle, K Carmody, K Fitzgerald, B O’Leary, M O’Leary, D Collins, Thomas Casey, P McGrath, R Heffernan, C Hussey.
Subs: P Lucid for C Hussey (28), P O’Connor for P McGrath (48), F Horgan for D Goulding (55).
Referee: Anthony Sherlock (Tipperary)
Clare 0-18 Cork 1-9 – May 10th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final 2nd Playoff)
Clare: E Quilligan; S O’Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A Morey; S Taylor, N Deasy, S Ward; S O’Donnell, C Deasy, B Duggan.
Subs: J Shanahan for Ward (h-t), S Gleeson for Conroy (50), B Corry for O’Donnell (61).
Cork: P Collins; S Murphy, K O’Connor, A Dennehy; K McIntyre, P Fitzgerald, D Mangan; B O’Connell, K O’Neill; J Cashman, D Cahill, M Cahalane; J O’Brien, P O’Callaghan, A Spillane
Subs: R Cahalane for Cashman (39), T Horgan for O’Brien (39), A Sheehan for O’Connell (52)
Referee: Paul Foley (Waterford)
Tipperary 2-25 Waterford 0-12 – June 27th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final)
Tipperary: P Maher; R Maher, M Breen, J Peters; D Fitzelle, T Hamill, B Heffernan; B Maher (c), T Gallagher; J McGrath, J Shelly, S O’Brien; S Cahill, M McCarthy, S Ryan.
Subs: T Kirwan (Gallagher 56); C Lanigan (McCarthy 56); J Loughnane (Fitzelle 58); S Nally (Maher 60); T Fox (McGrath 60+1).
Waterford: S Barry; Shane Bennett, T Bourke, K Bennett; D O’Brien, S McNulty, K Power; T Devine, C Dunford; A Gleeson, Stephen Bennett, M Harney; DJ Foran, B Phelan, D Flynn.
Subs: J Roche (Power 36); R Donnelly (Flynn 40); M Kearney (Gleeson 51); J Walshe (Dunford 51); C Sheehan (O’Brien 54).
Referee: S Hourigan (Limerick)
Clare 1-19 Limerick 2-14 – June 29th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final)
Clare: E Quilligan, S O’Brien (capt), B Carey, G Ryan, A McGuane (0-1), C Cleary, E Quirke, D Conroy, A Morey (0-1), S Taylor (0-2), J Shanahan (0-1), N Deasy (0-1), C Deasy (0-1), S O’Donnell, B Duggan (1-12 ten frees).
Subs: S Ward for N Deasy (41), J Malone for Conroy (69), A O’Gorman for Taylor (70). N Deasy returned for extra-time.
Limerick: D Stapleton, S Irwin, R English, J Carrig, D Byrnes (0-1), B O’Connell (1-0), D Dee, B Finn (0-1), K Cleary, R Lynch (1-4, three frees, one 65), D Condron, C Lynch (0-1), L O’Sullivan (0-1), K O’Brien (0-1), J Kelleher.
Subs: E O’Farrell (0-2) for Kelleher (25), J Hannon for Cleary, D Donovan (0-2) for Finn (both ht), B Griffin for Condron (36), P Ryan for Griffin inj (47), E Fitzgerald (0-1) for R Lynch (inj).
Referee: J OBrien (Tipperary).
2012 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Hurling Championship
Bobby Duggan (Clare) – 2-30 (0-25 frees, 0-1 65)
Pa O’Callaghan (Cork) – 1-20 (0-12 frees)
Ronan Lynch (Limerick) – 1-15 (0-11 frees, 1-0 penalty, 0-1 sideline cut, 0-2 65)
John McGrath (Tipperary) – 1-13 (1-0 pen, 0-4 frees, 0-2 65, 1 sideline cutl)
Mark McCarthy (Tipperary) – 3-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 sideline cut)
Anthony Spillane (Cork) – 4-2
Stephen Bennett (Waterford) – 0-12 (0-3 frees)
James O’Brien (Cork) – 1-8
Dillon Cahill (Cork) – 1-5
Ricky Heffernan (Kerry) – 1-5 (0-3 frees)
Stephen Cahill (Tipperary) – 0-7
Kevin Slattery (Tipperary) – 1-4 (0-2 frees)
Shane O’Donnell (Clare) – 2-0
Shane Taylor (Clare) – 0-6
Sean Ryan (Tipperary) – 1-3
Michael Cahalane (Cork) – 1-3 (0-1 65)
Tadgh Gallagher (Tipperary) – 1-2
Bill Maher (Tipperary) – 1-2
Alex Morey (Clare) – 0-5 (0-1 sideline)
Michael O’Leary (Kerry) – 0-5
Conor Deasy (Clare) – 0-4
Darragh Flynn (Waterford) – 1-2 (0-1 free)
Michael Harney (Waterford) – 0-4
A Gleeson (Waterford) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Steven O’Brien (Tipperary) – 0-3
B O’Connell (Limerick) – 1-0
Brendan O’Leary (Kerry) – 0-3
Niall Deasy (Clare) – 0-3
Jack Shelly (Tipperary) – 0-2
Cathal Curran (Waterford) – 0-2
B Phelan (Waterford) – 0-2 (0-1 sideline cut)
John Cashman (Cork) – 0-2
Daniel Collins (Kerry) – 0-2
Brian Finn (Limerick) – 0-2
Cian Lynch (Limerick), – 0-2
Liam O’Sullivan (Limerick) – 0-2
Kevin O’Brien (Limerick) – 0-2
E O’Farrell (Limerick) – 0-2
D Donovan (Limerick) – 0-2
A McGuane (Clare), J Shanahan (Clare) Conor Twomey (Cork), Kevin O’Neill (Cork), Barry O’Connell (Cork), Dylan Fitzelle (Tipperary), Jack Loughnane (Tipperary), Conor Lanigan (Tipperary), Kieran Power (Waterford), Shane McNulty (Waterford) (0-1 free), Shane Bennett (Waterford), T Devine (Waterford), Darren Foran (Waterford), Adam O’Sullivan (Waterford), Bryan Griffin (Limerick) (0-1 free), D Byrnes (Limerick), E Fitzgerald (Limerick) 0-1 each
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 13 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 10 titles since 1999, Galway have 6 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