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Clare 2-22 Waterford 0-9
By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper
A romp in the park for Clare in this Bord Gáis Éireann Munster U21 HC semi-final last night as they simply swept aside the feeble challenge of Waterford. Senior star Darragh Fives was a late inclusion for Waterford — who made a host of additional positional changes from the announced starting 15, only four outfield players lining out as named. If this was meant to confuse Clare, it didn’t work. Waterford managed the opening score, a tidy flicked point by wing-forward Brian O’Halloran (one of their few bright lights on the night) but thereafter it was a procession of Clare scores, delighting their faithful on what was a fine evening for hurling.
Clare had won the toss, full-forward and captain Conor McGrath immediately indicating the Tulla Road end — they would play with the gale at their backs. It proved an inspired decision. 1-8 to 0-1 they led after 23 minutes, several of those points wind-assisted while Waterford were struggling to get the ball even into the Clare half. The visitors did manage to stem the bleeding, held the deficit to that 10 points to the break (1-11 to 0-4) with points from Eamon Murphy (another who tried hard) and free-taker Martin O’Neill (2), in reply to three more for Clare.
Mind you, it’s arguable that even had there been dead calm in Cusack Park, Clare would still have been out of sight by the break, such was their dominance in most positions. The full-back line of Paul Flanagan, David McInerney and Killian Ryan were well up to what few tests came their way; the half-back trio of centre-back Conor Ryan — flanked by senior players Seadna Morey and Patrick O’Connor — were well on top; midfielders Colm Galvin (another senior) and Shane Golden ruled the roost completely, while up front — what an array of talent! An all-senior half-forward line, Aaron Cunningham, Podge Collins and Tony Kelly, flyers all, hard workers, deadly accurate; the aforementioned McGrath at full-forward, marksman for the senior side from placed balls but relegated here, that duty falling to all-action roaming corner-forward Cathal O’Connell, who finished the hour with 10 points, four of those from play.
In the other corner, the even more deadly David O’Halloran, notched the goal in the first half (14th minute) to go with his two points, added two more in the second period before being hauled ashore in the 45th minute, job done. In fact, such was Clare’s continuing dominance after the break, making light of the heavy wind as they continued their scoring spree (Podge Collins setting them on their way with his side’s second goal, 36th minute), that joint managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor could afford the luxury of taking off four of the senior stars.
Special word though for the outstanding player of the night — no, not from Clare, but Waterford keeper Stephen O’Keeffe. Five top-drawer saves, his 17th minute denial of a goal-bound Cunningham shot the pick. Clare now go through to meet Tipperary in the final on Wednesday August 8, a repeat of the 2010 final. Tipperary were too good on that occasion (1-22 to 1-17); on the evidence of this game, it could certainly be tighter in a few weeks.
Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-10 (4f, 2 65s); D O’Halloran 1-4; P Collin 1-0; A Cunningham 0-2; C McGrath 0-2; C Galvin, S Golden, P Duggan, T Kelly, 0-1 each.
Scorers for Waterford: M O’Neill 0-5 (4f); E Murphy 0-2; Pauric Mahony, B O’Halloran, 0-1 each.
CLARE: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, K Ryan; S Morey, C Ryan, P O’Connor; C Galvin, S Golden; A Cunningham, P Collins, T Kelly; C O’Connell, C McGrath (c), D O’Halloran.
Subs: C McInerney (O’Halloran 45); S O’Halloran (Morey 47); P Duggan (Kelly 49); J Colleran (Galvin 51); E Boyce (O’Connor 57).
WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; J Barron, S O’Keeffe, Phillip Mahony; P Prendergast, D Fives, E Madigan; R Barry, G O’Brien; B O’Halloran, E Murphy, F Murray; Pauric Mahony (c), M O’Neill, J Dillon.
Subs: D Breathnach (Barry 30); J Prendergast (Fives inj. 33); M Wyse (Madigan 43); I Galgey (Murray 54); S Roche (O’Brien 59).
Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)
5 of the Clare Team that started against Limerick on Saturday in the All Ireland Qualifer in Thurles, line out for the Clare Under 21 Team that play Waterford in the Munster Semi Final, Seadna Morey, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly Aaron Cunningham, and Conor McGrath,Two other members of the starting 15 against Waterford in the Semi Final of the Munster Championship Patrick O Connor and Padraic Collins are also part of the team. Cathal McInerney was also a member of the Panel on both of these games,and will be in the subs for this under 21 game. Conor McGrath will captain the Team this Year.
1. Ronan Taffee ( R.O.That ) Tubber
2. Paul Flanagan P.O.Flannaghain Ballyea
3. David McInerney D.Mac anAirchinnigh Tulla
4. Killian Ryan K.O.Riain Ruan
5. Patrick O Connor P.O.Conchuir Tubber
6. Conor Ryan C.O.Riain Cratloe
7. Seadna Morey S.O.Mora Sixmilebridge
8. Colm Galvin C.O.Gailbhean Clonlara
9. Shane Golden S.O.Goildean Sixmilebridge
10. Tony Kelly A.O.Ceallaigh Ballyea
11. Padraic Collins P.O.Coilain Cratloe
12. Aaron Cunningham A.MacCuinneaghain Wolfe Tones na Sionna
13. David O Halloran D.O.hAllurain Eire Og Ennis
14. Conor McGrath C.MacGraith Cratloe ( Captain)
15. Cathal O Connell C.O.Conaill Clonlara
16. Niall Woods N.Mac Conchoille Newmarket
17. Cathal McInerney C.MacAirchinnigh Cratloe
18. Stephan O Halloran S.O.hAllurain Clarecastle
19. Cathal Malone C.O.Maoilean Ennistymon
20. Jarleth Colleran S.O.Callarain St Josephs Doora Barefield
21. Enda Boyce E.O.Buaigh Cratloe
22. Niall Arthur N.Mac Artuir. Inagh/Kilnamona
23. Pa Sheehan P.O.Siochain Sixmilebridge
24. Peter Duggan P.O.Duigain Clooney/Quin
25 : Jack Browne Ballyea
26. Haulie Vaughan Inagh/Kilnamona
27 Cillian Fennessey Clonlara
28 Mikey O Neill Kilmaley
29 Noel Purcell Sixmilebridge
30 Sean O Connor Newmarket
Management : Joint Managers : Donal Moloney, Gerry O Connor
Selectors : Jimmy Browne, Paul Kinnerk.
Back Room Team : Pat Hickey, Alan Duggan,
Physio : Diarmuid Diviney
The Waterford Under 21 Hurling team to play Clare is as follows –
1. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner
2. Jamie Barron Fourmilewater
3. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner
4. Mark Wyse Passage
5. Ray Barry Lismore
6. Philip Mahony Ballygunner
7. Eoin Madigan De La Salle
8. Padraig Prendergast Lismore
9. Jake Dillon De La Salle
10. Gavin O’Brien Roanmore
11. Eamonn Murphy Dunhill
12. Martin O’Neill Mount Sion
13. Fionán Murray Cappoquin
14. Pauric Mahony (Capt) Ballygunner
15. Brian O’Halloran Clashmore/Kinsalebeg
For the Record
|2011 Championship Performance||Lost to Limerick by 2-19 to 1-15 in the Munster Semi-Final at Cusack Park Ennis.||Lost to Tipperary by 4-12 to 1-16 in the Munster Quarter-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles.|
|Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles||1||3|
|Last Munster Under 21 Hurling Title||2009||1994|
|Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Record since 2000||Played – 17
Won – 6
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
|Played – 17
Won – 5
Lost – 12
Drawn – 0
|Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship||July 29th 2009 at Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Final) – Clare 2-17 Waterford 2-12 – Two goals by Darach Honan and seven points by Colin Ryan helped Clare to win their first Munster Under 21 Hurling title.|
|What happened 3 years ago?
2009 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round-up
|Defeated Waterford in the first round by 1-12 to 0-14. Waterford came back via the losers group and then defeated Clare by 3-9 to 0-12 in the Munster Semi-Final.||After a loss to Clare in the first round, Waterford defeated Limerick, Clare and Tipperary to win the Munster Minor Hurling title.|
BORD GAIS ENERGY MUNSTER GAA
HURLING UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP 2012
Wednesday June 6th
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Tipperary 0-18 Cork 0-17
Wednesday July 18th
@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick Limerick v Tipperary @ 7:30pm
Thursday July 19th
@ Cusack Park Ennis Clare v Waterford @ 7:30pm
Wednesday August 8th
Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour
Tipperary (20) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
Cork (18) – 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007
Limerick (6) – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002 , 2011
Waterford (3) – 1974, 1992, 1994
Clare (1) – 2009
Munster Under 21 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 in1964 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/u21h_teams/
Munster Under 21 Hurling Cup
Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.
All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship
In the Under 21 Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts along with Kilkenny with 11 titles. Galway are the defending champions and have 10 titles followed by Tipperary with 9. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade while Waterford and Clare have 1 title each.
Waterford have won 1 of their last 5 matches in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship, a 3-21 to 2-14 victory over Tipperary in the 2009 Munster Semi-Final at Fraher Field Dungarvan.
Since 2007, 4 of the 5 counties in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship have won the title – Cork (2007), Tipperary (2008 and 2010), Clare (2009) and Limerick (2011).
The Munster Under 21 Hurling champions have captured the All-Ireland crown on just two occasions since 2003 – Clare (2009) and Tipperary (2010).
2009 Munster Under 21 Hurling Final – Clare 2-17 Waterford 2-12
Scorers: Clare: D Honan 2-2, C Ryan 0-7 (0-4f), N O’Connell (0-3f), C O’Donovan 0-3 each, C Morey, J Conlon 0-1 each.
Waterford: M Shanahan 0-6 (0-5f), S Casey 1-3, T Ryan 1-1 (0-1 sideline), A Power (0-1f), J Gorman 0-1 each.
Clare: D Tuohy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty; D O’Donovan, C Duggan, E Barrett; N O’Connell, L Markham; J Conlon, S Collins, C O’Donovan; D Honan, C Morey, C Ryan. Subs: C Tierney for Collins (half-time), P O’Connor for Duggan (half-time), C McGrath for Markham (56).
Waterford: A Power; N Connors, S Fives, J Maher; P Mahony, S Daniels, D O’Sullivan; S Walsh, K Duggan; T Connors, P Murray, M Shanahan; B O’Sullivan, S Casey, T Ryan. Subs: J Gorman for Maher (inj) (34), S Power for B O’Sullivan (51), D Twomey for Connors (60).
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).
2009 Munster Minor Hurling Semi-Final – Waterford 3-9 Clare 0-12
Scorers for Waterford: I Galgey 1-2; M O’Neill 0-5 (0-4 frees); B O’Halloran 1-0; P Prendergast 1-0; F Murray, J Dillon, 0-1 each.
Clare: C McGrath 0-8 (0-4 frees); D O’Halloran 0-2; D Keane, S Golden, 0-1 each.
Waterford: S O’Keeffe; L Egan, T Costello, M Wyse; J Dee, P Mahoney, D Fives; K Moore, M O’Neill (c); F Murray, R Cahill, B O’Halloran; P Prendergast, J Dillon, P Mahoney
Subs: I Galgey (Moore 30+1).
Clare: R Taaffe; N Purcell, K Ryan, T Purcell; S O’Connor, P O’Connor, C McGuane (c); C McInerney, S Golden; D Keane, E Hanrahan, A Considine; C O’Donnell, C McGrath, D O’Halloran
Subs: G Guilgoyle (Hanrahan 40); E Boyce (T Purcell inj 40); D Liddy (Considine 52); A Mulready (O’Donnell 54).
Referee: D Copps (Cork)