Limerick set up early date with Tipp
By Brendan Buckley for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Limerick 3-15 Mary Immaculate College 0-13
The Limerick and Tipperary hurlers are set for an early season dress rehearsal of their June Munster championship clash after John Allen’s Shannonsiders finally ended their losing run in the Waterford Crystal Cup. Limerick had to go back to 2006 for their last victory in their opening competitive fixture of the year prior to this comfortable victory over Mary Immaculate College in Fitzgerald Park in Kilmallock on Saturday. The 11-point win books a quarter-final tie away to Eamon O’Shea’s Premier County side next weekend.
Mary Immaculate College were making their maiden voyage in the competition and were on the back foot within 20 seconds when last year’s captain David Breen ghosted in behind the defence for Limerick’s opening goal and by half-time the students were 2-8 to 0-5 in arrears. Breen’s goal was matched by another Shane Dowling in the 23rd minute as he blasted to the net after a series of passes between Kevin Downes, Sean Tobin and Dowling.
Allen admitted: “We worked hard in the first half, albeit I wouldn’t be too pleased with how we did in the second half. We lost our way a small bit. We are trying to build a team for June so it was good to see players getting a chance and now we have another outing next week.” Any chance of a second half comeback was thwarted eight minutes after the restart when a John Conlon penalty was saved. Luke O’Farrell and Sean Curran had points for the students but Limerick crushed the comeback as Dowling had their third goal 20 minutes from the end. Niall Moran, Conor Allis and David Reidy added points with the reply coming from Clare seniors Conlon and Colm Galvin.
Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 2-5 (4f), N Moran 0-4, D Breen 1-0, C Allis 0-2, S Tobin, D Reidy, K Downes, S Hickey 0-1 each.
Scorers for Mary Immaculate College: J Conlon 0-5 (4f), S Curran 0-3 (1f),C Galvin 0-2, D Hannon (’65), L O’Farrell, B O’Halloran 0-1 each.
LIMERICK: N Quaid; T Condon, R McCarthy, S O’Neill; C King, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; D O’Grady, J Ryan; D Breen, C Allis, N Moran; S Dowling, K Downes, S Tobin.
Subs: D Reidy for Tobin (35), T Quaid for Allis (49), S Hickey for O’Grady (51), R Egan for Ryan (57), T O’Brien for Downes (54).
MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE: N Carrig (Limerick); K Fennessy (Clare), R O’Donnell (Limerick), M McGrath (Tipperary); E Hogan (Tipperary), D Hannon (Limerick), D O’Carroll (Cork); L Considine (Limerick), C Galvin (Clare); S Curran (Tipperary), W Hickey (Limerick), B O’Halloran (Waterford); E Hogan (Tipperary), J Conlon (Clare), L O’Farrell (Cork).
Subs: M O’Connell (Limerick for Hogan (34), A Cagney (Cork) for McGrath (49).
Referee: D Fox (Clare)
The Limerick Senior Hurling panel to play Mary I on Saturday is as follows –
1, Nicky Quaid (Effin)
2, Tom Condon (Knockaderry)
3, Richie McCarthy (Blackrock)
4, Shane O Neill (South Liberties)
5, Cathal King (Na Piarsaigh)
6, Wayne McNamara (Adare)
7, Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock)
8, Donal O Grady (Granagh/Ballingarry)
9, James Ryan (Garryspillane)
10, David Breen (Na Piarsaigh)
11, Conor Allis (Croom)
12, Niall Moran (Ahane)
13, Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)
14, Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh)
15, Seanie Tobin (Murroe/Boher)
16, Aaron Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown)
17, Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher)
18, David Moloney (Blackrock)
19, Barry O Connell (Kildimo/Pallaskenry)
20, Tommy Quaid (Effin)
21, Robbie Egan (Kilmallock)
22, Thomas O Brien (Patrickswell)
23, David Reidy (Dromin/Athlacca)
24, Mikey Ryan (Murroe/Boher)
25, Stephen Walsh (Glenroe)
For the Record
|2012 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance||Lost to Clare by 2-13 to 1-15 in a Quarter-Final replay||Did not take part|
|Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles||1||0|
|Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title||2006||N/A|
|Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006||Played – 9
Won – 4
Lost – 4
Drawn – 1
|Played – 0
Won – 0
Lost – 0
Drawn – 0
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2013
Preliminary Round (Extra Time)
Saturday January 19th
@ Bruff 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
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
Mary Immaculate College
The Mary Immaculate College Panel for the Waterford Crystal Cup is as follows –
Robert O’ Donnell Limerick
Andrew Cagney Cork
Mark Monaghan Galway
Thomas McGrath Tipperary
Conor Cooney Galway
William Hickey Limerick
Matthew Collier Laois
Michael Hyland Laois
Stephen McDonnell Limerick
Darragh O’Carroll Cork
Eanna Hogan Tipperary
Eoin Hogan Tipperary
Shane Nolan Tipperary
Cillian Fennessy Clare
Aidan Hennessy Limerick
Andrew Ryan Tipperary
Killian Fitzgerald Waterford
Sean Curran Tipperary
Brian O’Halloran Waterford
David O’Connor Tipperary
Niall O’Meara Tipperary
Declan Hannon Limerick
John Conlon Clare
Luke O’Farrell Cork
Lar Considine Limerick
Colm Galvin Clare