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AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship Final – Silvermines (Tipperary) 0-14 Ballyduff (Kerry) 0-8

Forde leads the charge for Silvermines

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Silvermines (Tipperary) 0-14 Ballyduff (Kerry) 0-08

Jason Forde celebrated his call-up to Eamon O’Shea’s extended Tipperary senior hurling panel by inspiring Silvermines to victory in last Saturday’s Munster Club IHC final at Semple Stadium. Forde, who won an All-Ireland colleges (Croke Cup) medal with Nenagh CBS earlier this year, scored seven points, including three from play and one superb second-half sideline. The former Tipperary minor captain, who made his U21 debut for the county this year, scored an early point before adding six in the second-half as Silvermines overturned a three-point half-time deficit.

Ballyduff, who lost the Munster final for the second successive year, were by far the better team in the first half, making light of the bitter cold and greasy underfoot conditions. But the Kerry representatives shot themselves in the foot by registering 10 first half wides, including four missed frees from scoreable positions. Ballyduff also missed a 14th minute penalty, awarded by referee David Copps for a foul on centre forward Gary O’Brien by Silvermines goalkeeper Cathal Sherlock. Sherlock’s opposite number PJ O’Gorman sprinted from the Killinan End to take the penalty but his drive cleared the crossbar.

Playing with a raw intensity, Ballyduff took the game to Silvermines and roared 0-2 to 0-0 clear with less than two minutes gone. Silvermines hit back with points from Willie Keogh and Forde but they would not score again for another 24 minutes in the first-half, before Daniel Keogh raised the white flag just before half-time. That score kept Silvermines in touch at the break, after a first half that Ballyduff completely dominated. But the men from the Kingdom couldn’t push home their advantage on the scoreboard and that cost them dearly. They could have netted in the ninth minute but Mikey Boyle, one of just three players yellow carded in a fiercely-contested clash, shot narrowly wide after collecting a neat pass from Aiden Boyle. Silvermines had few real chances to speak of in the first-half but David Keogh, hugely impressive in the second-half with three points from play, saw his 23rd minute effort saved by O’Gorman. At half-time, a more physically imposing Ballyduff outfit led by 0-6 to 0-3 but they would pay a heavy price for said first-half profligacy.

Silvermines owned the second-half and outscored the visitors to Semple Stadium by 0-11 to 0-2. Ballyduff’s two points came from Padraig Boyle but the Silvermines points flowed freely at the other end, to set up an All-Ireland semi-final meeting with the Leinster champions in January. In the process, Silvermines became the first Tipperary team to win the Munster Club IHC title since Kildangan in 2004 and the team from the north division, who won the county intermediate hurling title for the third time this year, did it in style as Forde and David Keogh bagged nine second half points between them. Silvermines dragged themselves level at 0-6 apiece before Daniel Keogh’s 42nd minute goal chance was saved by capable Ballyduff ’keeper O’Gorman. Boyle floated over a 44th minute free to register a first point of the second half for under siege Ballyduff but it was scant respite from the pressure being applied.

Forde restored parity with a superb sideline cut before Boyle struck again nine minutes from time with a fine long-range point from play. But that would prove to be Ballyduff’s final score as Silvermines, who could even afford the luxury of seven second half wides, ran riot from there to the end. Forde’s 52nd minute free brought Silvermines level for the fourth time — 0-8 apiece — before, crucially, they moved ahead for the first time in the game when David Keogh shot over a minute later. Willie Keogh, a brother of David and Daniel, slotted over to push rampant Silvermines two points clear and they would extend that lead to six points by full-time. A quick free from Orrie Quirke allowed Forde to point five minutes from the end before David Keogh fired over his third. There was still time for Forde to land his seventh point before the flame-haired attacker fed a quick free to Quirke, who duly completed the scoring and cap a memorable afternoon the Tipp club.

Scorers for Silvermines: J Forde 0-7 (0-3f, 0-1 s/l), David Keogh 0-3, W Keogh 0-2, O Quirke, Daniel Keogh 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ballyduff: P Boyle 0-3 (0-1f), B O’Sullivan 0-2 (0-1f), PJ O’Gorman (0-1 pen), G O’Brien, PJ Connolly 0-1 each.

SILVERMINES: C Sherlock; M Leamy, B Timmons, D Boland; Donal Keogh, R Sherlock, N Quirke; C Gleeson, O Quirke; W Keogh, D Boland, S Quirke; Daniel Keogh, J Forde, David Keogh.

Subs: K Cunneen for Donal Keogh (27), P Fogarty for S Quirke (40), G Toohey for Daniel Keogh (56).

BALLYDUFF: PJ O’Gorman; J Bowler, L Boyle, D O’Grady; P Costello, P O’Grady, A O’Connor; J Bunyan, B O’Grady; M Boyle, G O’Brien, P Boyle; Pat Joe Connolly, A Boyle, B O’Sullivan.

Subs: D Goulding for Bowler (27), T O’Rourke for Connolly (54), JP Leahy for Costello (59).

Referee: D Copps (Cork)


Next Round – The Munster Club Intermediate Hurling champions will play the Leinster champions on the weekend of January 26th / 27th 2013 in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Silvermines (Tipperary) Ballyduff (Kerry)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Hurling titles
(by County)
1 0
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title (by County) 2005 N/A
Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2003 for each county’s representative Played – 17
Won – 9
Lost –  8
Drawn – 0
Played – 8
Won – 3
Lost –  5
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives February 15th 2004 at Kilmoyley
(2003 Munster Club Quarter-Final)
Kilruane MacDonaghs (Tipperary) 4-16 Kilmoyley (Kerry) 1-6

Munster GAA HURLING Club Intermediate Championship 2012


Sunday October 28th

@ Sixmilebridge                               Silvermines (Tipperary) 1-15 Ruan (Clare) 0-6

Monday October 29th

@ Pairc Ui Rinn        Ballinhassig (Cork) 1-17 Ballybrown (Limerick) 0-20 (AET)

Quarter-Final Replay

Saturday November 3rd

@ Kilmallock             Ballybrown (Limerick) 3-10 Ballinhassig (Cork) 2-7

Sunday November 4th

@ Dolla                                              Silvermines (Tipperary) 0-13 An Rinn (Waterford) 0-11

Saturday November 10th

@ Kilmallock Ballyduff (Kerry) 2-13  Ballybrown (Limerick) 0-14 (AET)

Final (Extra time)

Saturday November 24th (Replay date – Saturday December 1st)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Ballyduff (Kerry) v Silvermines (Tipperary) 2:00pm

Odds and Ends

Ballyduff are the only Kerry club to have won a game in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship, securing 3 wins on their way to the Munster Finals of the last two seasons.

Despite the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Champions going from 2005 to 2009 without winning a match in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship, Tipperary clubs have a 53% record in this competition dating back to its inception in 2003.

Since the competition began in 2003, Cork clubs have won 4 of the 9 Munster titles on offer.

In the 3 seasons, 2006 to 2008 in this competition, the only 2 Counties who recorded victories were Cork and Clare. Limerick, Waterford, Kerry and Tipperary proceeded to lose 8 matches between them in this period.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (4) – 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010

Clare (2) – 2006, 2007

Limerick (2) – 2009, 2011

Tipperary (1) – 2004

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate 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 1888 –

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship

In the Club Intermediate Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork have secured 2 titles courtesy of Blarney (2009) and Ballymartyle (2011) while Kildangan (Tipperary) won the 2004 All-Ireland title.