Clare seal Munster U21 success
Report from the GAA.ie web site
Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Hurling U21 Championship Final: Clare 1-16 Tipperary 1-14
Clare won their second ever Munster U21 hurling title on Wednesday evening in Ennis with a thrilling two-point victory over Tipperary. Niall Arthur was the hero, as his goal in injury-time put Clare two points ahead having been one point behind, and left Tipperary with hardly any time to respond. Having won their only other title in 2009, the Banner County are now celebrating a second U21 provincial crown in four seasons.
After a low-scoring first half, Clare trailed Tipperary by 0-5 to 0-6. However, inspired by the brilliant Tony Kelly, who was outstanding throughout, they moved into a 0-11 to 0-10 lead midway through the second half. But just seconds after Clare had taken the lead for the first time in the game, Tipp moved back in front thanks to a superb goal from John O’Dwyer. O’Dwyer profited from some good approach work from Jason Forde, and then struck a brilliant shot past Clare ‘keeper Ronan Taaffe into the roof of the net.
Clare roared back again though, and points in quick succession from Kelly and Conor McGrath (frees) brought them level. Tipp moved two points ahead again by the 55th minute, with substitute Aidan McCormack sending over a classy effort to leave Clare with a massive task to come back again with time running out. Clare got to within one a couple of times, but Tipp were able to respond on those occasions with a point each time to move two ahead again, before a Kelly ’65 left the minimum in it ahead of the final act.
Then, Clare had the final say, and in stunning fashion. A sideline cut was pumped into the danger zone with little more than a minute of injury time left, and it eventually came to Arthur, who found just enough space to lash in low to the bottom left hand corner, sending the Clare fans into raptures in the process.
The Tipperary under 21 hurling team to play Clare in the Munster under 21 hurling final at Cusack Park Ennis on Wednesday, August 8 at 7.15pm shows 1 change from the team that started the semi-final against Limerick. Jason Forde comes into the team at right corner forward in place of Eanna Murray. The team is
1. Paul Ryan (Upperchurch Drombane)
2. Stephen Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
3. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)
4. Pa Ryan (Clonakenny)
5. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)
6. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)
7. Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
8. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
9. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
10. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) Captain
11. Sean Curran (Mullinahone)
12. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
13. Jason Forde (Silvermines)
14. Cian Hogan (Lorrha & Dorrha)
15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
Visit Munster GAA Facebook to view action from the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship to date.
The Munster champions will play the Ulster champions Antrim in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday August 25th
Clare v Tipperary – Match Preview
By Rachael Power
Deep–rooted rivalries between the Premier and Banner counties will be resurrected this week at the final of the Bord Gais U – 21 Munster Championship. Throwing in on Wednesday August 8th at 7:15pm, the clash between Clare and Tipperary at Cusack Park in Ennis could be a tough one to judge – but odds are being given in favour of the host county. While Tipperary beat Clare in their last U21 Munster hurling title clash in 2010 at Thurles, it seems that Clare have turned things around this year to be top of their game
Having beaten Waterford in the semi – final very comfortably, Clare will be expecting to reclaim the U21 title for the first time since 2009. With eight players on the Clare team that are also members of the senior hurling panel, including Conor McGrath and Aaron Cunningham, as opposed to Tipperary’s one and only Sean Curran, prospects may look bleak in favour of Tipperary.
While the odds favour the Banner county, that does not mean Tipp will give up without a fight. Being underdogs and away from home hasn’t stopped them to date with hard earned victories in Cork and Limerick en route to the final. Limerick was originally tipped to go all the way to the final, winning the title last year with some cracking young players, but Tipperary put a stop to their prospects through sheer effort and dedication.
Tipp Manager Ken Hogan and his team have few distractions as they prepare their team for the performance with near full attendances at every training session. Ken ‘Killer’ Hogan from Lorrha, who boasts five Munster titles and two All – Irelands, an All – Star award and a National Hurling League title, he enjoyed a successful club level career with Lorrha – Dorrha and at inter – county level with Tipperary.
When he retired from inter – county activity, Hogan became involved in coaching, both as a selector on the Tipperary team in the 1990s and as a manager of Tipperary’s senior county team between 2003 and 2005. He has been manager of this Tipperary team since 2009. “It is well known that Clare are tipped to win. They played great hurling over the past while, they have great form,” Ken said. “Despite a few injuries from some club matches, we will hopefully have a full team this Wednesday and we are looking forward to playing the match at Cusack Park. We will play our own game, and hopefully play very well,” he added.
With all of Clare’s merits, it is only right that they are tipped to win. However, it is clear that no matter what the outcome, the game will definitely be a high – charged fight to the finish and an encounter to remember.
For the Record
|2011 Championship Performance||Lost to Limerick by 2-19 to 1-15 in the Munster Semi-Final at Cusack Park Ennis.||Defeated Waterford by 4-12 to 1-16 in the first round before losing to Cork in the Munster Semi-Final by 1-21 to 4-19.|
|Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles||1||20|
|Last Munster Under 21 Hurling Title||2009||2010|
|Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Record since 2000||Played – 18
Won – 7
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
|Played – 27
Won – 18
Lost – 7
Drawn – 2
|Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship||2010 Munster Under 21 Hurling Final – Tipperary 1-22 Clare 1-17 at Semple Stadium Thurles|
|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.||Defeated Limerick and Cork (after a replay) to qualify for the final. Lost to Waterford in the Munster Final by 0-18 to 1-13 played at Thurles.|
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 Tipperary 1-16 Limerick 1-11
Thursday July 19th
@ Cusack Park Ennis Clare 2-22 Waterford 0-9
Wednesday August 8th
@ Cusack Park Ennis Clare v Tipperary @ 7:15pm
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.
2012 Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Matches played to date
Tipperary 0-18 Cork 0-17 – June 6th @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final)
Tipperary: Paul Ryan; S Maher, A Ryan, Pa Ryan; W Ryan, D Maher, J Cahill; B Stapleton, D McCormack; N O’Meara, S Curran, D Collins; L McGrath, J O’Dwyer, E Murray.
Subs: C Hogan for D Maher (45), A McCormack for Murray (48), T Heffernan for D McCormack (51).
Cork: S Nyhan; P O’Mahony, D Cahalane, C Spillane; D O’Mahony, C Joyce, P O’Brien; N Kelly, D Drake; M Sugrue, J Cronin, C Lehane; J Coughlan, D Brosnan, E O’Sullivan.
Subs: K Kavanagh for Spillane (inj) (8), B Murray for Brosnan (44), C Murphy for Kelly (52), P Haughney for Cronin (60).
Referee: Pat Casey (Waterford)
Tipperary 1-16 Limerick 1-11 – July 18th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final)
Tipperary: P Ryan; S Maher, A Ryan, P Ryan; B Stapleton, W Ryan, J Cahill; D McCormack, N O’Meara; L McGrath, S Curran, D Maher; E Murray, C Hogan, J O’Dwyer (Captain).
Subs: J Forde (Murray 30); A McGrath (McCormack 58).
Limerick: A Murphy; A Dempsey, D Morrissey, S O’Reilly; T Ryan, D Hannon, R Egan (Captain); S Kenny, S O’Brien; S Dowling, N Kennedy, M Carmody; M Ryan, K Downes, W Griffin
Subs: J Fitzgibbon (Griffin 29); R O’Donnell (O’Brien 40); M O’Connell (Kenny 47); A Breen (Carmody 55).
Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)
Clare 2-22 Waterford 0-9 – July 19th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final)
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)
2012 Top Scorers – Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship
John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) – 0-18 (0-14 frees)
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 1-8 (0-6 frees, 0-2 65s)
Cathal O’Connell (Clare) – 0-10 (0-4 frees, 0-2 65s)
Jamie Coughlan (Cork) – 0-9 (0-6 frees)
David O’Halloran (Clare) – 1-4
Denis Maher (Tipperary) – 1-3
Martin O’Neill (Waterford) – 0-5 (0-4 frees)
Sean Curran (Tipperary) – 0-3
Padraic Collins (Clare) – 1-0
Conor Lehane (Cork) – 0-3
David Drake (Cork) – 0-3
David Collins (Tipperary) – 0-2
Liam McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-2
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 0-2
Conor McGrath (Clare) – 0-2
Kevin Downes (Limerick) – 0-2
Eamonn Murphy (Waterford) – 0-2
Jason Forde (Tipperary), Cian Hogan (Tipperary), Brian Stapleton (Tipperary), Dan McCormack (Tipperary), Niall O’Meara (Tipperary), Eanna Murray (Tipperary), Colm Galvin (Clare), Shane Golden (Clare), Peter Duggan (Clare), Tony Kelly (Clare), Christopher Joyce (Cork) (0-1 ’65), E O’Sullivan (Cork), Niall Kennedy (Limerick), Pauric Mahony (Waterford), Brian O’Halloran (Waterford) 0-1 each
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).
Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship in 11 of the last 12 seasons (2007 being the exception thanks to a 1-14 to 2-10 defeat to Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the first round),
Last year’s Munster Under 21 Hurling Final finished level after normal time before Limerick won in extra time. The last match to finish all square was the 2003 Munster Under 21 Hurling Final when Tipperary and Cork finished level before Tipperary won the replay after extra time thanks to a goal by Conor O’Mahony.
The Munster Under 21 Hurling champions have captured the All-Ireland crown on just two occasions since 2003 – Clare (2009) and Tipperary (2010).
2010 Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Final – Tipperary v Clare – Match Report
Tipperary: J Logue; M Cahill, J Coghlan, K O’Gorman; J Barry, Padraig Maher, B Maher; S Hennessy, N McGrath; S Carey, Patrick Maher, P Murphy; J O’Dwyer, B O’Meara, M Heffernan. Sub: K Morris for O’Dwyer (60)
Clare: D Tuohy; D Nash, C Chaplin, J Gunning; P O’Connor, C Morey, L Markham; N O’Connell, S Collins; P Vaughan, J Conlon, E Hayes; F Kennedy, D Honan, C McGrath.
Subs: D O’Halloran for Vaughan (half-time), S Golden for Collins (54)
Scorers for Tipperary: M Heffernan 1-3, S Hennessy (two frees, one ‘65, one pen), P Murphy 0-5 each, J O’Dwyer, S Carey 0-3 each, N McGrath 0-2, B O’Meara 0-1.
Clare: C McGrath 1-8 (0-7f), E Hayes, D Honan 0-3 each, J Conlon, S Collins, F Kennedy 0-1 each.
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)