Munster MHC S-Final Playoff – Waterford 4-18 Clare 1-10

Waterford minors blow hot

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 4-18 Clare 1-10

The last time these two sides met, two weeks ago at this same venue in this same competition, the Munster MHC play-off semi-final decider, such was the force of the gale that stormed through Dungarvan that both teams were damn near blown away and in the interests of safety, the game was called off. For yesterday evening’s refixture conditions were positively balmy, beautiful summery evening with just the usual Dungarvan breeze, but one side was still blown away, Clare with no answer as Waterford served up a treat for their large following in the 2,076 attendance.

In fact, were it not for the heroics of Bobby Duggan, who scored all but two points of the Clare total, and the brilliance of Liam Corbett in the Clare goal with two top-class saves, this would have been altogether worse for the visitors. With Clare having put Cork to the pin of their collar in the opening round, Waterford will now head to Cork for the Munster semi-final on June 26 with some confidence, a better team certainly than that which had lost to Tipperary in their own opener.

From the outset it was the home team setting the pace. Though playing into the stiff breeze they led 1-4 to 0-2 after just 10 minutes, full-forward Conor Gleeson with the goal after he had stolen in behind the napping Clare inside line of defence to pounce on the break from a long Mark O’Brien centre. Also off the mark at this stage for Waterford was outstanding corner-forward Patrick Curran, Cian Moloney and giant full-forward David Begley with the Clare points. Enter Bobby Duggan, and from there to the break it was the Clarecastle starlet doing all the scoring for Clare, six points, five from placed balls. Waterford, with wing-forward Adam Farrell deadly accurate (three points), Cormac Curran winning oceans of possession and instantly dispatching the ball inside, were also on the mark and maintained that five-point lead to the break, 1-10 to 0-8.

Now facing into the breeze, Clare needed a fast start. Didn’t get it — the opposite, in fact. Inside five minutes they had conceded a further 1-2 to what is a multi-pronged and dangerous Waterford attack, Cormac Curran with the goal after good work by Michael Kearney. Kearney himself it was with those two points and though the ever-threatening Duggan hit back with two points for Clare, making it 2-12 to 0-10 with still 18 minutes to play. The game was up in the next five minutes, another scoring burst by Waterford, another 1-4, but even better news, a penalty scored by the returning Stephen Bennett.

Star of the side for the last two years, Bennett has now fully recovered from a double-hip operation and announced his comeback here with another double, finishing the evening with two goals, the second (Waterford’s fourth) coming in the 55th minute and set up with a superb Patrick Curran pass. On this evidence Waterford will take some stopping now in Munster. The forward threats we’ve noted, but in defence also they are rock solid, full-back Sam O’Neill a powerful presence, good hand, Mount Sion’s Austin Gleeson outside him looking like a real diamond for the future, and the near-future at that. On the defensive flanks also they are well served while midfielder Micheál Kearney, one of five from the All-Ireland colleges A champions Dungarvan Colleges (Christy Breathnach on as a sub) is another standout. Waterford hurling on the up and up.

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 0-6 (1 65); Stephen Bennett 2-0 (1-0p); C Curran 1-2; A Farrell 0-3; M Kearney 0-3; C Gleeson 1-0; C Breathnach, A Gleeson, M O’Brien, DJ Foran, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan 1-8 (4f, 0-1 65); A Morey, D Begley, 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S Clancy; B Whelan, S O’Neill, W Hahessey; T Devine, A Gleeson, Shane Bennett; M O’Brien, M Harney; A Farrell, C Roche, C Curran; P Curran, C Gleeson, M Kearney.

Subs: Stephen Bennett (Roche 40); K Daly (Whelan 48); DJ Foran (Kearney 50); C Breathnach (O’Brien 52); P O’Connor (P Curran 55).

CLARE: L Corbett; S O’Leary, D McCarthy, N Bolton; A McGuane (c), E Tuohy, S Gleeson; C Downey, D Conroy; B Duggan, C Corbett, A Morey; S Ward, D Begley, C Maloney.

Subs: R Taylor (Downey 23); M Lynch (Moloney inj. 37); O Donnellan (Corbett 39); K Fennessy (Conroy 51).

Referee: A Sherlock (Tipperary)

Team News

CLARE: L Corbett (Corofin); S O’Leary (Cratloe), D McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), N Bolton (Tulla); A McGuane (Kilmaley), E Touhy (Feakle), S Gleeson (Cratloe); D Conroy (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield), C Downey (Clonlara); B Duggan (Clarecastle), C Corbett (Tulla), A Morey (Sixmilebrige); S Ward (Clarecastle), D Begley (Clonlara), C Moloney (Kilmaley)

The Waterford Minor Team to play Clare on Wednesday night’s re-fixture of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Championship in Fraher Field at 7pm.

1. Sean Clancy (Clonea)

2. William Hahessy (Clonea)

3. Sam O’Neill (Erin’s Own)

4. Barry Whelan (Tramore)

5. Tom Devine (Modeligo)

6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)

7. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)

8. Michael Harney ( Bonmahon)

9. Mark O’Brien (Ferrybank)

10. Cormac Curran (Brickey Rangers)

11. Colm Roche (Shamrocks)

12. Adam Farrell (De La Salle)

13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)

14. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)

15. Michael Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)

For the Record

Waterford Clare
2013 Team Management Sean Power
(Mount Sion – Manager) 

Selectors –
Kieran O’Gorman (Lismore), Wayne Power
(Ballyduff Upper),
John Treacy (Passage)

Eamon Fennessy

Selectors –
Ken Morrissey &
Richard Woods

2013 Team Captain Kevin Daly
Aidan McGuane
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. Lost to Waterford after extra time in the first round. Victories over Cork and Limerick ensured a place in the Munster Final where Clare lost to Tipperary by 1-16 to 1-12. Defeated Down in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final before losing to Dublin by 4-14 to 2-17 in the Semi-Final.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 4 4
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2009 2011
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 32
Won – 11
Lost – 18
Drawn – 3
Played – 38
Won – 18
Lost – 19
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship May 2nd 2012 at Cusack Park Ennis – Waterford 1-20 Clare 3-13 (after extra time) – A late Cathal Curran point helped Waterford to defeat Clare in this first round game. Match Report


First Round

Thursday April 11th

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                               Cork 3-15 Clare 2-14
@ Walsh Park Waterford                Tipperary 2-18 Waterford 1-15

Semi-Final Play-off

Wednesday May 1st


@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Clare v Waterford                                                     @ 7:00pm


Wednesday June 26th


@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Limerick v Tipperary

@ Cork or Clare venue                   Cork v Clare or Waterford


Sunday July 14th

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Odds and Ends

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. One of those streaks will end in 2013.

Clare have won 9 of their last 12 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 3 seasons, winning the 2010 and 2011 Munster titles at this grade.

Of the 86 points scored on aggregate in the two Munster Minor Hurling Championship first round matches on April 11th, 52 points (60%) came courtesy of 4 players – Josh Keane (Tipperary), Bobby Duggan (Clare), Pa O’Callaghan (Cork) and Patrick Curran (Waterford).

Last Meeting – Munster Minor Hurling Championship First Round – May 2nd 2012 at Cusack Park Ennis – Waterford 1-20 Clare 3-13 (after extra time)

Clare — E Quilligan; S O’Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A Morey; B Corry, S Liddy, S Taylor; B Duggan, C Deasy, S O’Donnell. Subs: N Deasy for Liddy (12), S Gleeson for N Deasy (38), S Ward for Corry (43), A O’Gorman for Cleary (68), M McGuane for Quirke (66), C Cleary for Gleeson (70).

Waterford — S Barry; K Bennett, T Bourke, Shane Bennett; K Power, S McNulty, T Devine; C Sheahan, C Leamy; D Foran, M Harney, A O’Sullivan; Stephen Bennett, D Flynn, C Curran. Subs: J Roche for K Bennett (h-t), A Gleeson for O’Sullivan (45), MJ Kearney for Curran (48), T Tobin for Sheahan (64), C Curran for Flynn (66), J Welch for Leamy (70), W Hallisey for S Bennett (78).

Scorers –
Waterford: S Bennett 0-7 (1f), D Flynn 1-2 (0-1f), M Harney 0-4, C Curran 0-2, K Power, S McNulty (1f), D Foran, A O’Sullivan, A Gleeson 0-1 each
Clare: B Duggan 1-8 (8f), S O’Donnell 2-0, C Deasy, A Morey 0-2 each, S Taylor 0-1.

Referee – Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

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 –

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 second 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

2013 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Matches played

Tipperary 2-18 Waterford 1-15 – April 11th @ Walsh Park Waterford (Munster Quarter-Final)

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: Jer O’Connell (Cork)

Cork 3-15 Clare 2-14 – April 11th @ Pairc Ui Rinn (Munster Quarter-Final)

Cork: P Collins; S O’Brien, K O’Connor, K Histon; M O’Keeffe, C Twomey, C Cormack; M Cahalane, R Cahalane; P Kelleher, K O’Neill, T Horgan; A Ward, P O’Callaghan, A Spillane
Subs: M O’Connor for O’Keeffe (24), S Hayes for Ward (45), S Burke for Hayes (59)

Clare: L Corbett; S O’Leary, D McCarthy, N Bolton; A McGuane, E Tuohy, S Gleeson; D Conroy, C Downey; B Duggan, I Galvin, S Ward; C Deasy, D Begley, C Moloney.
Subs: A Morey for Galvin (47), M Lynch for Moloney (56), O Donnellan for Conroy (60)

Referee: John O’Brien (Tipperary)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Josh Keane (Tipperary) – 2-9 (0-7 frees, 1-0 penalty)
Bobby Duggan (Clare) – 2-8 (1-0 penalty, 0-5 frees, 0-1 65)
Pa O’Callaghan 2-6 (1-0 penalty, 0-2 frees)
Patrick Curran (Waterford) – 0-11 (0-8 frees, 0-1 65)
Anthony Spillane (Cork) – 1-1
Willie Connors (Tipperary) – 0-3
Conor Lanigan (Tipperary) – 0-3
Trevor Horgan (Cork) – 0-3
Michael Kearney (Waterford) – 1-0
Peter Kelleher (Cork) – 0-2
Kevin O’Neill (Cork) – 0-2
Colin O’Riordan (Tipperary) – 0-2
Ian Galvin (Clare) – 0-2
David Begley (Clare) – 0-2

Shane Hennessy (Tipperary), Mark O’Connor (Cork), E Tuohy (Clare) (0-1 free), C Downey (Clare), Adam Farrell (Waterford), Tom Devine (Waterford), Mark O’Brien (Waterford), Conor Gleeson (Waterford) – 0-1 each