Keane class inspires Premier to victory
By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Tipperary 2-18 Waterford 1-15
Tipperary full-forward Josh Keane ensured that the reigning All-Ireland champions got their defence off to the perfect start in this Munster MHC quarter-final at gloomy Walsh Park last night. In front of an attendance of 2,183, Keane’s contribution of 2-9 denied a valiant Déise side who had their own star performer in Patrick Curran.
Waterford started smartly, powered by Patrick Curran’s crisp finishing. After a brisk opening quarter, the home side led by 0-7 to 0-5, with Curran accounting for five of those points. It could have got even better for the Déise but DJ Foran’s close- range effort struck the post. The Premier stayed in touch through Josh Keane’s placed balls and a pair of points from Colin O’Riordan. The hosts’ half-back line exerted complete control, marshalled by captain Austin Gleeson. They extended their advantage to four as Mark O’Brien opened his account and Curran added his sixth white flag.
The game turned on its head late in the half as Tipperary staged a recovery. They chipped away at the lead through a hat-trick of frees from Josh Keane before Shane Hennessy levelled it up at nine points apiece on 26 minutes. In the final minute of the half, Cian Leamy took down Josh Keane for a penalty. The full-forward dusted himself off before smashing a low shot to the net. He added a point from play but Waterford had the final say in a lively half. In the third minute of injury-time, Michael Kearney found the top of the corner to leave Waterford trailing 1-10 to 1-9 at the break.
Tipperary pushed three points clear at the start of the second period. Josh Keane and Conor Lanigan were on target but in a tight tussle, Waterford dug in. A fine Conor Gleeson effort was sandwiched in between a brace of Patrick Curran to bring the sides level for the third time. The game’s decisive moment came on 44 minutes when Keane won a battle for possession with Sam O’Neill which put him in the clear. Waterford’s claims for a free fell on deaf ears as the clinical Keane gave Sean Clancy no chance. From there to the finish, William Maher’s charges looked comfortable as midfielder Willie Connors posted two points. Although Patrick Curran did his upmost to inspire a revival and finished with 11 points to his credit, Tipperary survived in the fading light.
Scorers for Tipperary: J Keane 2-9 (7f, 1-0 pen), W Connors, C Lanigan 0-3 each, C O’Riordan 0-2, S Hennessy 0-1.
Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 0-11 (8f, 1 65), M Kearney 1-0, A Farrell, T Devine, M O’Brien, C Gleeson 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: B Hogan; A Tierney, J Ryan, D Peters; B Heffernan, R Maher, T Kirwan; T Fox, W Connors; S Ryan, C O’Riordan, S Hennessy; C Lanigan, J Keane, M McCarthy.
Subs: K Dunne for Hennessy (45); J Mackey for McCarthy (54), F O’Sullivan for Ryan (59).
WATERFORD: S Clancy; W Hahessy, S O’Neill, C Leamy; K Daly, A Gleeson, M Harney; M O’Brien, T Devine; Shane Bennett, C Roche, A Farrell; P Curran, DJ Foran, M Kearney.
Subs: C Gleeson for O’Brien (26); C Curran for K Daly (47), Stephen Bennett for Farrell (49), MJ Sutton for Shane Bennett (52)
Referee: J O’Connell (Cork)
The Tipperary minor hurling team to play Waterford in the Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship at Walsh Park, Waterford on Thursday night is:
1. Brian Hogan (Lorrha and Dorrha)
2. Austin Tierney (Shannon Rovers)
3. Jason Ryan (Toomevara)
4. Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
5. Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)
6. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
7. Tom Kirwan (Ballybacon Grange)
8. Tom Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty) Captain
9. Willie Connors (Kildangan)
10. Sean Ryan (Sean Treacys)
11. Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens)
12. Shane Hennessy (Nenagh Éire Óg)
13. Conor Lanigan (Thurles Sarsfields)
14. Josh Keane (Golden Kilfeacle)
15. Mark McCarthy (Toomevara)
The Waterford Minor Hurling team to play Tipperary is as follows –
1. Sean Clancy Clonea
2. William Hahessey Clonea
3. Sam O’Neill Erin’s Own
4. Cian Leamy Ballyduff Upper
5. Kevin Daly Dungarvan CAPTAIN
6. Austin Gleeson Mount Sion
7. Michéal Harney Bonmahon
8. Mark O’Brien Ferrybank
9. Tom Devine Modeligo
10. Shane Bennett Ballysaggart
11. Colm Roche Shamrocks
12. Adam Farrell De La Salle
13. Patrick Curran Dungarvan
14. DJ Foran Portlaw
15. Michael Kearney Ballyduff Upper
For the Record
|2013 Team Management||Sean Power
(Mount Sion – Manager)
(Ballingarry – Manager)
Selectors – Brian Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Martin Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Noel Morris (Loughmore-Castleiney)
|2013 Team Captain||Kevin Daly
(Eire Og Annacarty)
|2012 Championship Performance||Defeated Clare by 1-20 to 3-13 after extra time in the first round before losing to Tipperary in the semi-final.||Defeated Kerry, Waterford and Clare to win the Munster Final. Further victories over Galway and Dublin (after a replay) secured an All-Ireland title.|
|Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles||4||37|
|Last Munster Minor Hurling Title||2009||2012|
|Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000||Played – 31
Won – 11
Lost – 17
Drawn – 3
|Played – 39
Won – 26
Lost – 10
Drawn – 3
|Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship||June 27th – 2012 Munster Semi-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles
Tipperary 2-25 Waterford 0-12 – goals by Sean Ryan and Tadhg Gallagher helped Tipperary to a 19 point victory
MUNSTER GAA HURLING MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2013
Thursday April 11th
@ Pairc Ui Rinn Cork v Clare @ 7:00pm
@ Walsh Park Waterford Waterford v Tipperary @ 7:00pm
Wednesday April 17th
(See venue permutations below)
@ Cork venue Cork v Waterford
(met in 2010 Semi-Final Replay in Walsh Park Waterford)
@ Cork venue Cork v Tipperary
(met in 2011 Playoff in Semple Stadium Thurles)
@ Waterford venue Clare v Waterford
(met in 2012 Quarter-Final in Cusack Park Ennis)
@ Clare venue Clare v Tipperary
(met in 2011 Semi-Final in Semple Stadium Thurles)
Wednesday June 26th
Limerick v Winners of Waterford v Tipperary
Winners of Cork v Clare v Winners of Semi-Final Play-off
Sunday July 14th
Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Odds and Ends
Waterford have lost just 3 of their last 12 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship dating back to 2010. Each of the defeats came against the eventual Munster champions.
Waterford have won their last 4 Munster Minor Hurling Championship matches played in Walsh Park in 2011 (Tipperary & Limerick) and 2010 (Clare & Cork).
Tipperary are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-16 to 1-12 victory over Clare at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the 2012 Final.
Since winning the 2008 Munster Minor Hurling title, Cork have won 3 of their last 11 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship (twice v Kerry in 2011 and 2012 and once v Tipperary after extra time in the first round in 2010)
Limerick have won 3 of their last 13 matches played in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship dating back to 2006. The victories came against Cork (2011 and 2012 first round) and v Kerry (2010 first round).
Clare have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 7 years. Waterford have the next best consecutive streak with at least 1 victory in the last 5 years.
Clare have won 9 of their last 11 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 3 seasons, winning the 2010 and 2011 Munster titles at this grade.
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour
Tipperary (37) – 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012
Cork (32) – 1928, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998 , 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
Limerick (5) – 1940, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1984
Waterford (4) – 1929, 1948, 1992, 2009
Clare (4) – 1981, 1989, 2010, 2011
Munster Minor 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 in1928 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mh_teams/
Munster Minor Hurling Cup
There is no name on the Munster Minor Hurling Cup. The cup itself was presented by T.W.A. Shannon Airport in 1946.
All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship
In the Minor Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Tipperary are sedond in the charts with 19 titles behind Kilkenny’s 20 titles. Cork have won 18 titles, Limerick have 3 titles (1940, 1958, 1984), Waterford have won 2 titles (1929, 1948) while Clare’s only title to date came in 1997.
Of the last 13 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Finals played, the Irish Press Cup has only returned to Munster on 4 occasions – Cork (2001) and Tipperary (2006, 2007 and 2012). Of the other 9 titles since 1999, Galway have 5 and Kilkenny have captured 4.
Tipperary were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1996, 2006, 2007 and 2012
Cork were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001