Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final Replay – Tipperary 2-18 Dublin 1-11

Superb Tipperary seal minor glory

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Final Replay: Dublin 1-11 Tipperary 2-18

Tipperary were always in control against Dublin as they cruised to a big victory in their All-Ireland minor hurling final replay clash at Croke Park on Sunday.

The Premier County were fully deserving winners as they won their 19th All-Ireland title with 10 points to spare. Although Dublin fought hard until the end, they didn’t perform anywhere near as well as they did in the first game three weeks ago, and couldn’t live with a much improved Tipperary performance.

William Maher’s side led by 11 points at the break, with goals from Mark McCarthy and Tadhg Gallagher inside the first 15 minutes sending them on their way. The two goals established a six-point lead for Tipperary, and once they got that far in front, they never looked back as Dublin struggled to make any inroads on the gap whatsoever.

The second half was barely a contest as Dublin couldn’t get the scores they needed to make Tipperary sweat. Tipperary only added eight points to their tally in the second 35 minutes, but it was more than enough as they cruised to glory. Led by some excellent free-taking from the nerveless John McGrath, Tipperary led 0-3 to 0-2 after a few minutes and then pounced for the first goal through McCarthy.

McCarthy outpaced a couple of defenders, and bore down on goal from the left. The angle was acute by the time the chance to shoot came, and he didn’t connect first time with the ball. However, he struck it as it hopped and buried it past Cian Mac Gabhann to send Tipperary four clear after 10 minutes.

Two good points from James Roche for Dublin, brought in as a late replacement for Caolán Conway, brought Dublin back to within three, but then Gallagher grabbed the second goal. This time it came after a raid down the right. He raced past Dublin defender Shane Barrett and buried low to the net in the left corner.

Tipperary were playing the much more fluent hurling, were in much greater control of the sliotar, and hardly struck any wides in the first half. They added substantially to their lead before the half-time whistle, and with points from Seán Maher, Stephen Cahill and the continued scoring excellence of McGrath, they led 2-10 to 0-5 at half-time.

Straight away after the restart, McGrath powered over a beautiful point from play, nipping any potential Dublin comeback in the bud before it even started. That put 12 between the sides, and although Paul Winters clipped over a few frees for Dublin in the next few minutes, Seán Maher’s point for Tipperary after 45 minutes kept Dublin 12 points ahead.

Tipp inevitably eased off in the final 15 minutes, and Dublin profited from that when they struck for goal in the 53rd minute. Full-forward Oisín O’Rorke hit the goal, a sharp finish after a good ball inside. It was all they could muster though, and fittingly enough McGrath struck the last two points of the game to take his tally to 0-10 overall, and send Tipperary over the line with 10 points to spare.

Scorers for Dublin: P Winters 0-6 (6f), O O’Rorke 1-1, J Roche 0-2, E O’Donnell 0-1, C Costello 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath 0-10 (7f, 1 65), M McCarthy 1-2, T Gallagher 1-2, S Maher 0-2, S Cahill 0-1, B Maher 0-1

Dublin: C Mac Gabhann; E Lowndes, C O’Callaghan, S Barrett; E O’Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello, C Cronin; C McHugh, C Boland, D Gormley; J Roche, O O’Rorke, P Winters
Subs: K O’Flynn for R Murphy (HT), C Conway for C McHugh (39), S Treacy for J Roche (45), R Tierney for C O’Callaghan (60).

Tipperary: P Maher; R Maher, M Breen, J Peters; T Fox, T Hamill, B Heffernan; B Maher, S Cahill; J McGrath, D Fitzell, S Maher; T Gallagher, J Shelly, M McCarthy.
Subs: S O’Brien for S Maher (52), S Ryan for S Cahill (57), C Lanigan for T Gallagher (59), J Loughnane for M McCarthy (61).

Tipperary captain Bill Maher with the Irish Press Cup
Photo courtesy of Jerry Ring

Tipp’s hard graft bears sweet fruit

By IAN RIORDAN at Croke Park for the Irish Times newspaper

Tipperary 2-18 Dublin 1-11: THE NOTION that replays often produce different games entirely sure proved true, with Tipperary so utterly improved from three weeks ago that Dublin simply couldn’t get a look in.

In the end it was a less of a contest and more of a demonstration, Tipperary’s superior speed and agility evident throughout, their 185 training sessions this year bearing sweet fruit. For a Dublin team that had matched them for long periods in the drawn game, it was a harsh lesson on several counts, although not entirely unexpected: if they played well enough to rival Tipperary the last time, they didn’t do that here. This is Dublin’s second successive All-Ireland minor hurling final defeat – having lost to Galway last year. If anything they might feel further away now from that honour, last won in 1965. They can’t afford to think that way, given the current conveyor belt of talent, but this one will almost certainly hurt in the short term.

For Tipperary, victory brings a 19th minor hurling title, the first since 2007. It pushes them one ahead of Cork, and just one short of Kilkenny’s record of 20. More importantly they’ve unearthed some underage diamonds, such as John McGrath, Bill Maher, Tadhg Gallagher, Ronan Maher and Jack Peters – and that’s just for starters. The feeling after the drawn game was that Tipperary wouldn’t be as slow to start this time. Actually, they started in fast-forward, racing at Dublin from the throw-in and establishing a comfortable advantage they were never once in danger of surrendering.

McGrath’s strike from the placed ball was faultless throughout, and when Gallagher and Mark McCarthy took incentive from some slack Dublin defending in the opening quarter with a goal each it was clear which team were more tuned in to the task at hand. The key was focus, revealed Tipperary manager William Maher, who now has the distinction of both captaining (in 1996) and managing his county to All-Ireland minor titles. “I just think our focus was more on the actual game of hurling this time . . . when you come within a minute of winning an All-Ireland, then draw it, with an injury time free, that focuses your mind fairly quickly. So, we just worked on our game.”

That focus was apparent everywhere. While Tipperary’s forwards converted practically every chance to build an 11-point advantage at half-time (0-5 to 2-10), the backs were proving every bit as focused, Ronan Maher, Michael Breen and Peters ensuring Dublin didn’t get a sniff of the goalmouth. “That’s been our philosophy all year,” said Maher, “that’s he’s a defender, not a corner back or wing back. And likewise the forwards, who have to be able to play everywhere. So, our guys are very comfortable on the ball.”

With that, he confesses that his team have trained 185 times this year: “That’s the effort that’s gone in, we’ve left no stone unturned, and we’re just delighted with what’s happening. The hurlers we have in Tipp at the moment, underage, is fantastic. We’re delighted with every one of them.” Given the start Dublin afforded Tipperary, Dublin manager Shay Boland could have no complaints, only regrets – wondering why they left themselves with such a mountain to climb. Paul Winters tried in vain to keep them in touch with the placed ball, but Oisín O’Rorke’s 1-1 came too late to matter, and others such as dual star Cormac Costello simply looked tired. “I don’t know if there is any reason why we started so slow,” said Boland. “All I know is that . . . Tipperary just got the breaks early on. “The way it is at minor, it’s very hard to recover. It’s not like senior where you have maybe more time with them and a lot more experiences that fellas can learn from. This is do or die every day you go out, but Tipp were better on the day than us and we have no qualms about that.”

He admitted that Dublin had lost some of their focus in the three weeks: “It was a challenge, a particularly long break and, I’ll be honest with you, I’d have preferred just the week. That’s not an excuse, but, yeah, it was an issue to try and get fellas up. Obviously Tipp did. I’d love to know what they did.” He admitted, too, that his term as minor manager was up, but said the future looked bright: “Dublin just need to keep doing what we’re trying to do, and someday we’ll get over the line.”

Last word, then, to Tipperary midfielder and captain Bill Maher – who this time last year won an All-Ireland minor title with the county footballers: “There is some serious talent in Tipperary, and with a bit of luck that will come through at the senior stage in both codes and hopefully we’ll get a few more All-Irelands in the future.” On this evidence no one would bet against it.

TIPPERARY: P Maher; R Maher, M Breen, J Peters; T Fox, T Hamill, B Heffernan; B Maher (0-1), S Cahill (0-1); J McGrath (0-10, seven frees, one 65), D Fitzell, S Maher (0-2); T Gallagher (1-2), J Shelly, M McCarthy (1-2). Subs: S O’Brien for S Maher (53 mins), S Ryan for Cahill (57 mins), C Lanigan for Gallagher (59 mins), J Loughnane for McCarthy (60 mins).

DUBLIN: C Mac Gabhann; E Lowndes, C O’Callaghan, S Barrett; E O’Donnell (0-1), R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello (0-1), C Cronin; D Gormley, C Boland, C McHugh; J Roche (0-2), O O’Rorke (1-1), P Winters (0-6, all frees). Subs: K O’Flynn for Murphy (half time), C Conway for McHugh (38 mins), S Treacy for Roche (45 mins), R Tierney for O’Callaghan (59 mins).

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)


McGrath leads red-hot Tipp to promised land

By Donnchadh Boyle for the Irish Independent newspaper

Tipperary 2-18 Dublin 1-11

All-Ireland MHC final replay

TIPPERARY lived up to their billing as the best minor team in the country with a comprehensive dismissal of Dublin. Tipp did the damage with two goals in six first-half minutes and they were blows that Shay Boland’s Dublin side would not recover from. Having managed just 1-2 from play in the drawn game, Tipp effectively had the game sewn up at half-time, enjoying a 2-10 to 0-5 advantage by then. Mark McCarthy bagged Tipp’s first goal after nine minutes when he whipped home from a tight angle after losing control of possession under pressure from Robert Murphy and Shane Barrett.

And while Dublin steadied the ship with two quick-fire points from James Roche, the Dubs were cut open again when Tadhg Gallagher’s searing pace took him clear to register their second goal and give them a 2-4 to 0-4 lead after 14 minutes. Tipp would outscore Dublin by 0-6 to 0-1 for the remainder of the half, a period that Boland acknowledged left his side in deep trouble. “Tipperary just got the breaks early on and look, that’s the way it is at minor, it’s very hard to recover,” said the Dublin boss, whose two-year term as manager ended after the game. “It’s not like senior where you have maybe more time with them and a lot more experiences that fellas can learn from. This is do-or-die every day you go out. We didn’t have time to recover, Tipp were better on the day than us and we have no qualms about that.”

Dublin got the first score on the restart when Cormac Costello pointed. It was the Whitehall youngster’s first chance in what was his fifth All-Ireland final at the minor grade across hurling and football. But neither he nor the other Dublin dual players who featured (Eric Lowndes and Conor McHugh) after their football success a week ago, could exert enough influence to stem the growing Tipp tide, though Boland wasn’t offering excuses. “They’re great young fellas, massive athletes. They’re as fit as fiddles,” he said of his dual players. “It’s more about getting up mentally. After winning, they were probably in a good space, but it is a bit difficult when they don’t get a chance to hurl with you in that period. “But, look, these are only small problems. We’ve just got to get over the line and keep doing what we’re trying to do and some day we’ll get the break.”

John McGrath had his fingerprints on many of the good things Tipp did and punished every Dublin indiscretion within free-taking range, as Tipperary produced a remarkably efficient performance. They didn’t hit a wide in the first half and worked up just three in the second 30 minutes. At one stage, Tipp had opened up a 14-point advantage and an Oisin O’Rorke goal was merely consolation for Dublin.

And boss William Maher revealed the remarkable effort his Tipp side put into this year, stating his side met on 185 occasions over the course of their campaign. “I think our focus was more on the actual game of hurling this time,” said Maher. “When you come into an All-Ireland final, it’s difficult to control things outside of that. We controlled everything today, and the individual performances gave us a great platform for a good performance. “But the hurlers we have in Tipp at the moment, underage, are fantastic. We’re delighted with every one of them. We’ve a panel of 32, and they’ve done something like 185 training sessions this year. “That’s the effort that’s gone in, we’ve left no stone unturned, and we’re just delighted with what’s happening.”

Five Tipperary youngsters have collected medals in football and hurling in consecutive years. Captain Bill Maher, Dylan Fitzell, McGrath, Steven O’Brien and Colin O’Riordan have already enjoyed a decorated career and while they’ll have to make a decision on which code they’d like to pursue, Maher was happy just to be a part of winning teams. “There is some serious talent in Tipperary,” said the Kilsheelan-Kilcash youngster. “I’m just lucky to be in with some fantastic players and long may it last. There is serious talent to come along in hurling and football and, with a bit of luck, that will come through at senior level in both codes and hopefully we’ll get a few All-Irelands in the future.”

SCORERS — Tipperary: J McGrath 0-10 (7f, 0-1 ’65), T Gallagher, M McCarthy 1-2 each, S Maher 0-2, S Cahill, B Maher 0-1 each. Dublin: P Winters 0-6 (6f), O O’Rorke 1-1, J Roche 0-2, C Costello, E O’Donnell 0-1 each.

Tipperary — P Maher; R Maher, M Breen, J Peters; T Fox, T Hamill, B Heffernan; B Maher, S Cahill; J McGrath, D Fitzell, S Maher; Tadhg Gallagher, J Shelly, M McCarthy. Subs: S O’Brien for S Maher (52), S Ryan for Cahill (57), C Lanigan for Gallagher (60), J Loughnane for McCarthy (61).

Dublin — C MacGabhann; E Lowndes, C O’Callaghan, S Barrett; E O’Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; D Gormley, C Cronin; C McHugh, C Boland, C Costello; J Roche, O O’Rorke, P Winters. Subs: K O’Flynn for Murphy (h-t), C Conway for McHugh (38), S Treacy for Roche (45), R Daly for O’Callaghan (60).

Ref — A Kelly (Galway)

 

Team News

The Tipperary minor hurling team to play Dublin in the Electric Ireland All Ireland minor hurling final replay on Sunday next shows 1 change from the team which started the drawn game. Dylan Fitzell starts instead of Steven O’Brien. The team is:

Paul Maher (Moyne Templetuohy)
Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
Michael Breen (Ballina)
Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
Tom Fox (Eire Og Annacarty Donohill)
Tomás Hamill (Killea)
Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Eire Og)
Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash) Captain
Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
Dylan Fitzell (Cashel King Cormacs)
Sean Maher (Clonoulty Rossmore)
Tadhg Gallagher (Kildangan)
Jack Shelly (Mullinahone)
Mark McCarthy (Toomevara)

Dublin: C Mac Gabhann; E Lowndes, C O’Callaghan, S Barrett; E O’Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello, C Cronin; C McHugh, C Boland, D Gormley; C Conway, O O’Rorke, P Winters.

DUBLIN v TIPPERARY

Paul Winters pointed a late free to earn Dublin a replay in the Electric Ireland minor final. Dublin led by three points at half-time but Tipperary raised their game in the second half and seemed set for victory until Winters earned Dublin a late reprieve.

Paths to the final

Dublin 4-24 Carlow 0-3 (Leinster quarter-final)

Dublin 1-12 Kilkenny 0-10 (Leinster semi-final)

Dublin 2-15 Wexford 1-14 (Leinster final)

Dublin 4-14 Clare 2-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Dublin 1-16 Tipperary 2-13 (All-Ireland final)

Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)

Tipperary 2-25 Waterford 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

Tipperary 1-16 Clare 1-12 (Munster final)

Tipperary 2-16 Galway 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Tipperary 2-13 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)

Previous Dublin –Tipperary Minor finals

2012: Dublin 1-16 Tipperary 2-13

1954: Dublin 2-7 Tipperary 2-3

1953: Tipperary 8-6 Dublin 3-6

1952: Tipperary 9-9 Dublin 3-2

1946: Dublin 1-6 Tipperary 0-7

1945: Dublin 3-14 Tipperary 4-6

All-Ireland Minor Hurling – Roll of Honour

20 – Kilkenny (1931-35-36-50-60-61-62-72-73-75-77-81-88-90-91-93-2002-2003-2008-2010)

18 – Cork (1928-37-38-39-41-51-64-67-69-70-71-74-78-79-85-95-98-2001)

18 – TIPPERARY (1930-32-33-34-47-49-52-53-55-56-57-59-76-80-82-96-2006-2007)

9 – Galway (1983-92-94-99-2000-2004-2005-2009-2011)

4 – DUBLIN (1945-46-54-65)

3 – Wexford (1963-66-68)

3 – Limerick (1940-58-84)

3 – Offaly (1986-87-89)

2 – Waterford (1929-48)

1 – Clare (1997)