Cork defeated UCC by 3-20 to 1-16 in the preliminary round of the Waterford Crystal / Canon Michael O’Brien Cup on Saturday at the Mardyke.
Cork captain Pa Cronin accepting the Canon Michael O’Brien Cup from GAA President Liam O’Neill and Dermot O’Brien
Photo courtesy of George Hatchell
Encouraging signs from Rebels
By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Cork 3-20 UCC 1-16
A winning start for new Rebels’ captain Pa Cronin in this Waterford Crystal SH Tournament preliminary round at the Mardyke on Saturday as his side became the first holders of the Canon O’Brien Cup, named in honour of the man who led both UCC and Cork to so many titles over the decades. On a chilly afternoon, with a heavy pitch, there was little between the sides for most of the opening half — in fact it was the students looking just that little bit sharper at that stage, deservedly with their noses in front after 27 minutes, 0-9 to 0-8. Encouragingly though for Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy, it was Killeagh’s Seamus Harnedy doing much of the damage for UCC, with three fine points. Finally the superior craft and class of the inter-county side began to tell and five crucial minutes before the break turned the tide with two goals from the ever-threatening corner-forwards Patrick Horgan and Paudie O’Sullivan. Centrally involved in both was towering full-forward Michael Cussen.
The Sars star, recalled to the Cork panel for the 2013 season, had already shown well on several occasions but lacked support when scores were there for the taking. But on the half hour mark it all clicked, and Cussen was crucial in the build-up to Horgan and O’Sullivan’s strikes. “We left him (Cussen) out of the panel last year and maybe we were wrong,” admitted Murphy. “He had a very good campaign with Sarsfields and deserved his place (today). We’re giving him every chance and he’s been very good so far, was excellent today, I thought.”
More eye-catching in that half than any, however, was midfielder Daniel Kearney, who established a very promising midfield partnership with Cronin before being replaced at the break after he shipped a big hit. Kearney’s replacement, Rob O’Shea, was immediately up to the pace of the action and his early point in the second half extended Cork’s half-time lead (2-9 to 0-10) to six points. The students did hit back with Harnedy scoring his fourth point of the game followed by 1-2 from deadly free-taker Willie Griffin (Limerick), which left just two points between the teams in the 42nd minute (2-11 to 1-13).
That would be it for the college side, however. With Horgan, O’Sullivan, Cronin and wing-forward Stephen Moylan (fine outing) to the fore in the scoring stakes, half-backs Tom Kenny and Christopher Joyce stepping up their game to match that of the impressive Stephen White, Cork pulled away for a comfortable win. Notable also was the display of the full-back trio of Shane O’Neill/Colm Spillane/Stephen McDonnell who gave Anthony Nash great protection, not a single shot on goal from play during the 70 minutes.
All in all, a satisfying opening to the 2013 season for Jimmy Barry-Murphy. “We’re working hard in training, getting ready for the National League. Tipperary at home (league opener) will be a big game for us. It’s going to be a very difficult league campaign the way it’s set up, with three away games, so we’re aware we have to hit the ground running against Tipperary. We’ve played two games already, played the Galway champions (St Thomas) last week, played CIT also. This was a step up again, we’re very pleased with it.”
Encouraging also was how several of the newer players performed, with both Cork and UCC. “I thought some of them were excellent. We’re trying to build the panel and it’s reviewed on an on-going basis; we’ll keep doing that. We don’t get everything right, it’s obviously a work-in-progress. It’s going to be a hard year. I’ve already said I don’t think we made massive progress last year. We took small steps, that’s how I look at it, we’re not patting ourselves on the back or anything. There’s great morale in the camp, lads are working very well together and training well.”
Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 2-8 (1-4f 0-2 65s); P O’Sullivan 1-3; P Cronin 0-4; S Moylan 0-3; M Cussen and R O’Shea, 0-1 each.
Scorers for UCC: W Griffin 1-7 (1-5f); S Harnedy 0-5; B Hartnett, C Lehane, D McCormack, B Murray, 0-1 each.
CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, C Spillane, S McDonnell; T Kenny, C Joyce, S White; D Kearney, P Cronin (c); B Corry, C McCarthy, S Moylan; P Horgan, M Cussen, P O’Sullivan.
Subs: R O’Shea (Kearney inj. 35); M O’Sullivan (Cussen 56).
UCC: D McCarthy (Cork); S White (Tipperary), D Glynn (Kilkenny), B Cleary (Limerick); J Barry (Tipperary), K Lane (Cork), W Egan (Cork); B Lawton (Cork), B Murray (Cork); S Harnedy (Cork), D McCormack (Tipperary), B Hartnett (Cork); A Breen (Limerick), C Lehane (Cork), W Griffin (Limerick).
Subs: K Ryan (Clare, Maher 35); B Coughlan (Waterford, Cleary 35); M Sugrue (Cork, McCormack 35); B Lawton (Cork, Breen 56); M Howard (Cork, Murray 62).
Referee: J O’Brien (Tipperary)
On Saturday January 19th UCC Senior Hurlers play the Cork Senior Hurlers in the inaugural Canon Michael O’Brien Cup in a game which will double as a Preliminary Round match in the Waterford Crystal Cup. For the hurlers who lined out in the Fitzgibbon Cup for UCC in the 1980’s and early 90’s, participation in this great competition was synonymous with coming under the influence of the management team of Professor Willie J Smyth, Dan Beechinor and Canon Michael O’Brien.
O’Brien’s record in that period was the winning of 8 in a row Fitzgibbon titles from 1981 to 1988 and a further two in 1990 and 1991. To a man his former student players would quote him as the most important influence on their hurling careers with most taking it further than that. Many of the iconic UCC Fitzgibbon hurlers of that time came under his wing including Nicky English, Pat Hartnett, Paul O’Connor, John Considine, Ian Conroy and Cathal Casey.
Therefore UCC Hurling Club along with the O’Brien family have come together to honour the Canon on the 19th. The game will be played in the Mardyke GAA Grounds at 12pm and we are delighted that the President of the GAA, Liam O’Neill will attend. Afterwards at 2.30pm, a lunch will be held in the Students Centre at which an appropriate tribute will be paid to the Canon on his huge contribution to UCC and Cork.
Should you wish to attend the lunch, tickets are available from Betty Young, Office of Sport and Recreation at 021 4904752 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The tickets are priced at 35 euro.
The Cork Senior Hurling team to play UCC in the Waterford Crystal/Canon O’Brien Cup at 12 noon on Saturday in the Mardyke will line out as follows:
1. Anthony Nash Kanturk
2. Shane O’Neill Bishopstown
3. Stephen McDonnell Glen Rovers
4. Colm Spillane Castlelyons
5. Tom Kenny Grenagh
6. Christopher Joyce Na Piarsaigh
7. Stephen White Ballygarvan
8. Daniel Kearney Sars
9. Pa Cronin Bishopstown
10. Brian Corry Ballymartle
11. Cian McCarthy Sars
12. Stephen Moylan Douglas
13. Patrick Horgan Glen Rovers
14. Michael Cussen Sars
15. Paudie O’Sullivan Cloyne
16. Stephen Nyhan Courcey Rovers
17. James O’Donovan Bandon
18. Brian O’Sullivan Fermoy
19. Lorcan McLoughlin Kanturk
20. Rob O’Shea Carrigaline
21. Pat O’Sullivan Carrigtwohill
22. Daire Holland Courcey Rovers
23. Michael O’Sullivan Tracton
For the Record
|2012 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance||Defeated Kerry in the Quarter-Final before losing to Tipperary in the Semi-Final after extra time by 0-26 to 1-19||Lost to Waterford in the Quarter-Final by 3-19 to 1-19|
|Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles||0||0|
|Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title||N/A||N/A|
|Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006||Played – 10
Won – 5
Lost – 5
Drawn – 0
|Played – 10
Won – 3
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2013
Preliminary Round (Extra Time)
Saturday January 19th
@ Kilmallock Limerick v Mary Immaculate College @ 11:30am
@ The Mardyke Cork v UCC @ 12:00pm
Sunday January 20th
@ Abbeydorney Kerry v IT Tralee @ 1:00pm
@ WIT GAA Grounds Waterford v University of Limerick @ 2:00pm
Quarter-Finals (Extra Time)
Sunday January 27th
@ Waterford or Clare venue Clare v Waterford or UL
@ Cork venue or TBC WIT v Cork or UCC
@ Tipperary venue Tipperary v Limerick or Mary I
@ Kerry venue or TBC LIT v Kerry or IT Tralee
Semi-Finals (Extra Time)
Sunday February 3rd
Final (Extra Time)
Sunday February 10th
Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at email@example.com for more information
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends
35 goals were scored in the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This contrasts with 23 goals in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match).
Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (15 wins), Tipperary (13 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 41 of the 71 victories in the competition (58%).
Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.
None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.
Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 66 games have been played with just 1 draw – the 2012 Limerick v Clare Quarter-Final after two periods of extra time.
The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 19, Lost 39, a 33% success rate.
Waterford have won 8 of the last 9 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup.
Limerick have failed to win a Waterford Crystal Cup match since winning the competition in 2006, a run of 5 matches without success.
Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006.
IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 5 seasons.
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour
Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012
Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011
Clare (1) – 2009
Limerick (1) – 2006
University College Cork
The University College Cork for the Waterford Crystal Cup is as follows –
Darren McCarthy Ballymartle Cork
David Glynn Dicksboro Kilkenny
Killian Ryan Ruan Clare
Barry Coughlan Ballygunnar Waterford
Cormac Murphy Mallow Cork
Padraig Prendergast Lismore Waterford
Conor Lehane Midleton Cork
Mark Sugrue Bandon Cork
Padraig O’Brien St Ita’s Cork
Stephen Maher Thurles Sarsfields Tipperary
Killian Murphy Erins Own Cork
James Barry Upperchurch/Drombane Tipperary
Dara Fives Toureen Waterford
William Egan Kilbrin Cork
James Nagle Midleton Cork
Kieran Lane Kilworth Cork
Brian Murray Bishopstown Cork
Seamus Harnedy St Itas Cork
Dan McCormack Borris-Ileigh Tipperary
William Griffin Adare Limerick
Brian Hartnett Midleton Cork
Paul Haughney Midleton Cork
Brian O’Sullivan Ballygunnar Waterford
Diarmuid Lester Bishopstown Cork