Munster Minor Football Semi Final – Tipperary 0-11 Cork 0-8

Wasteful Tipp end up hanging on

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 0-11 Cork 0-8

Tipperary remain on course for their first Munster MFC three-in-a-row after this deserved win over a very disappointing Cork side in Semple Stadium last night, though their supporters in the attendance of 1,227 were left chewing their fingernails in a nervous final six minutes or so as a rejuvenated Cork came in search of the equaliser. It was a poor game, very poor, neither side really impressing, though there was no disputing the better team on the night. On a perfect pitch, dry evening, Tipp led at the break by four points, 0-5 to 0-1, but it could have and should have been a lot more, eight very bad wides in that half. Cork, meanwhile, were faring even worse, their lone point coming from raiding wing-back Sean White — a pale shadow of the side that had beaten Kerry in the opening round.

With the breeze now at their backs Cork needed a decent start to the second half — didn’t come. Instead it was Tipperary, led by captain and midfielder Colin O’Riordan (one) and silky corner-forward Alan Tynan (two), grabbing the initiative again for the home team, three unanswered points increasing the Tipp lead, 0-8 to 0-1, only five minutes into the half. Finally, however, Cork woke up and with full-forward Michael Cahalane and super sub Aidan Moynihan leading the way, they began to eat into the Tipperary lead. By the first minute of injury-time they had it back to three points and with referee Sean Joy allowing play for another five minutes, Cork had attack after attack on the Tipp goal — all repelled.

The closest they came was a shot off the butt of the upright by corner-forward Michael Hurley and the impression at that stage was that if the game did go to extra-time then Cork would probably prevail. It didn’t happen, however, and it was only just that it didn’t because one of those Michael Cahalane points for Cork was clearly and indisputably wide.

It all left Tipperary manager Charlie McGeever a very happy man indeed, albeit more than a little relieved. “It would have been a travesty if we’d lost that. We worked hard, but Cork were always going to come at us. They’re a big, strong, physical, hard-running side. Having seen them against Kerry our concern was about conceding goals. Cork are a goalscoring side, but I thought we defended exceptionally well against that. “We have a very young side, two 15-year-olds starting this evening, Danny Owens, son of Johnny, and Alan Tynan. Our full-back, James Feehan, played a full match despite having dislocated his elbow only 10 days ago — that’s the dedication we’re getting from them. “I was disappointed in the wides, disappointed too in the point that was flagged for Cork when everyone saw it was well wide — that shouldn’t be happening in this day and age. That was a very poor decision and it put us under extra pressure, that point always loomed large as the game wound down. “I thought Stephen Quirke’s point at the end was crucial, from out wide, another exceptional 15-year-old. We move on now to a Munster final, still developing, not yet at the level of the team that won the All-Ireland, but at least we’re getting another few months of football which is important.”

As for Cork, well, the players themselves were devastated, knew they had under-performed, leaving manager Ephie Fitzgerald at a loss to explain what had gone wrong. “The first half we didn’t turn up at all. We took a risk in playing Peter Kelleher, not a lot of match practice, and we were under pressure in the middle of the field, gave them a good platform to attack us. “I thought the lads battled back as best they could but Tipp are a big, strong, well-organised side. We left ourselves too much to do in the end but all credit to Tipp too for that, they never left us get into a rhythm. I wasn’t too happy with the ref, second half I felt there were a lot of dubious calls against us. That’s not to take from them, they were the better team on the night, but definitely we were on the wrong end of a few poor decisions.”

Scorers for Tipperary: A Tynan 0-7 (5f); P Maher 0-2; L Casey, S Quirke, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: M Cahalane 0-4 (2f); A Moynihan 0-2; S White, J Bushe, 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: J Brady; D Owens, J Feehan, W Connors; K Fahey, R Mulcahy, L Boland; L Casey, C O’Riordan (c); P Shanahan, J Keane, C Lowry; A Tynan, T Kirwan, P Maher.

Subs: S Quirke (Shanahan 47); M Connolly (Boland 56); M Russell (Casey 58).

CORK: A Casey; M McSweeney, K Flahive, D Quinn; S White, S Cronin (c), K O’Neill; K O’Connor, P Kelleher; J Bushe, R Harkin, K Cremin; R O’Sullivan, M Cahalane, M Hurley.

Subs: A Moynihan (Cronin 30); P O’Neill (Kelleher 30); R Cahalane (O’Sullivan 37); D O’Driscoll (Harkin 41); C O’Driscoll (O’Neill 52).

Referee: S Joy (Kerry)

Team News

CORK (MF v Tipperary): A Casey (Kiskeam); M McSweeney (Newcestown), D Quinn (St Finbarr’s), K Flahive (Douglas); S White (Clonakilty), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers), K O’Neill (Glenville); C Kingston (Douglas), R Harkin (Mallow); J Bushe (Ilen Rovers), K O’Connor (Mallow), K Cremin (Boherbue); R O’Sullivan (Kilmacabea), M Cahalane (Bandon), M Hurley (Castlehaven). Subs: Colm O’Driscoll (Castlehaven), P Kelleher (Western Gaels), K Histon (Cobh), R Cahalane (Sliabh Rua), J Moynihan (Canovee), P O’Neill (Ballincollig), A Moynihan (Canovee), D O’Driscoll (Clann na nGael), Conor O’Driscoll (Mizen Rovers).

The Tipperary minor football team to play Cork in the Munster minor football semi-final at Semple Stadium on Wednesday evening May 15 is as follows:

1. Jack Brady (Ballina)

2. Michael Connolly (Clonmel Commercials)

3. Danny Owens (Moyle Rovers)

4. Willie Connors (Kildangan)

5. Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers)

6. Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers)

7. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)

8. Liam Casey (Cahir)

9. Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens) CAPTAIN

10. Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch Drombane)

11. Josh Keane (Golden Kilfeacle)

12. Ciaran Lowry (Arravale Rovers)

13. Alan Tynan (Inane Rovers)

14. Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan)

15. Paul Maher (Kilsheelan)

For the Record

Cork Tipperary
2013 Team Management Ephie Fitzgerald
(Nemo Rangers – Manager) 

Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra), Pat Spratt (Buttevant),
Liam Hodnett (St. Finbarr’s), Donal O Sullivan (Castletownbere)

Charlie McKeever
(Manager) 

Selectors – Kevin Mulryan, Shane Stapleton
and Jim Mullins

2013 Team Captain Stephen Cronin
(Nemo Rangers)
Colin O’Riordan
(JK Brackens)
2012 Championship Performance Defeated Limerick in the first round by 3-13 to 0-6 in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. 

Lost to Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final at
Pairc Ui Chaoimh on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-9

Defeated Kerry by 2-9 to 0-8 in the first round before defeating Cork by 1-10 to 0-9 in the Munster Semi-Final. 

Defeated Kerry by 2-14 to 1-14 in the Munster Final at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Lost to Mayo by 0-19 to 1-8 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final

Number of Munster Minor Football titles 29 7
Last Munster Minor Football Title 2010 2012
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 44
Won – 27
Lost – 13
Drawn – 4
Played – 51
Won – 25
Lost – 22
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship May 16th 2012 – Tipperary 1-10 Cork 0-9
Munster Semi-Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh
A second half goal by Philip Quirke helped Tipperary to a four point victory

MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2013

First Round

Friday April 19th

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                              Cork 2-13 Kerry 2-13

Saturday April 20th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Tipperary 1-10 Clare 0-8
@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Waterford 3-10 Limerick 3-9

First Round Replay

Friday April 26th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Cork 3-6 Kerry 0-10

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Saturday April 27th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare 1-12 Limerick 0-9

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Saturday May 4th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry 0-15 Clare 0-9

Semi-Finals

Wednesday May 15th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Cork v Tipperary                                           @ 7:30pm
@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Waterford v Kerry                                         @ 7:00pm

Final
Sunday July 7th

@ TBC                                                                                   @ 12:00 noon

Useful Information

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001. Defeat for Kerry v Clare will see Kerry’s winning streak come to an end.

Kerry have played 53 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, the most of any other counties in the province.

Tipperary are going for 3 Munster Minor Football titles in a row for the first time having won two in a row in 1934 / 1935 and 2011 / 2012.

Tipperary have won their last 7 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship and have won 10 of their last 11 matches over the last three seasons when you include the All-Ireland series.

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995, 2011 and 2012 when Tipperary were successful.

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (41)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (7)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011, 2012

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)

1956

Munster Minor Football 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 in1929 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mf_teams/

Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 24 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (17 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000

2013 Munster Minor Football Championship Matches played

Cork 2-13 Kerry 2-13 – April 19th @ Pairc Ui Rinn (Munster Quarter-Final)

CORK: A Casey; M McSweeney, K Histon, N Hayes; K O’Neill, S Cronin, R O’Callaghan; P O’Neill, R Harkin; D O’Driscoll, K O’Connor, K Cremin; C O’Driscoll, M Cahalane, J Bushe
Subs: D Quinn for Hayes (21), A Moynihan for C O’Driscoll (26), S White for P O’Neill (44), R O’Sullivan for D O’Driscoll (47), T Horgan for Histon (50), P O’Brien for R Cahalane, C O’Driscoll for Moynihan (both start of extra time), M Prendergast for Horgan (63), D O’Driscoll for Bushe (69), Moynihan for Cremin (77).

KERRY: S Ryan; ST Dillon, C Ó Lúing, P Ó Conchúir; M Flaherty, G Horan, B Sugrue; É Ó Conchúir, B O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, J Savage, D Foran; C Keane, S O’Connor, K Spillane
Subs: K Shanahan for O’Sullivan (half-time), C Jordan for O’Connor (49), F Clifford for Sugrue (55), C Murphy for É Ó Conchúir (56), É Ó Conchúir for Ó Sé (72), M Burns for Foran (77).

Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford)

Waterford 3-10 Limerick 3-9 – April 20th @ Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Quarter-Final)

Waterford – C Brown; D Ryan, T Cooney, J Mullaney; B O’Keeffe, B Looby, J Barron; C Curran, T Devine; W Hahessy, M Casey, J Curry; M Troy, C Gleeson, P O’Connor
Subs: J Gleeson for Curry (h-t), K Daly for Casey (44), R Brown for Mullaney (55), C Murray for Troy (57).

Limerick – T Dwyer; S Mullins, J Murphy, D Cussen; S O’Dea, S Cahill, K Ryan; J Naughton, G Reidy; J English, C Sheehan, J Naughton; H Leahy, C O’Shea, J Breen
Subs: J O’Neill for Ryan (40), S Brosnan for Leahy (49), E Murphy for Cussen (49), K Daly for O’Shea (52).

Referee – Kevin Murphy (Cork)

Tipperary 1-10 Clare 0-8 – April 20th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary – J Brady; D Owens, J Feehan, W Connors; L Boland, R Mulcahy, K Fahey; M Russell, C O’Riordan; M Meagher, J Keane, L Casey; A Tynan, T Kirwan, P Maher
Subs: P Shanahan for Meagher inj.(26), E Maloney for Casey (38), M Connolly for Feehan (56), M O’Connor for Boland (58).

Clare – K Normoyle; F Pyne, J O’Dea, L Howard; K Malone, E Clancy, J Browne; E Hanrahan, D Walsh; J Downes, P O’Malley, C O hAinfein; E Courtney, C Galvin, B Keating
Subs: L Madigan for Galvin (h-t) J Woods for Malone (h-t), O Hanrahan for Browne (35), D Nagle for Clancy (51), C O’Dea for O’Malley (56).

Referee – B Stack (Limerick)

Cork 3-6 Kerry 0-10 – April 26th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster Quarter-Final Replay)

Cork: A Casey; M McSweeney, K Flahive, D Quinn; S White, S Cronin, K O’Neill; R Harkin, K O’Connor; J Bushe, C Kingston, R O’Sullivan; M Cahalane, A Moynihan, R O’Sullivan
Subs: D O’Driscoll for O’Sullivan, K Histon for Quinn (both 36), R Cahalane for Moynihan (43), P O’Brien for O’Neill (51), C O’Driscoll for Cahalane (60).

Kerry: S Ryan; ST Dillon, C Ó Lúing, P Ó Conchúir; M Flaherty, G Horan, B Sugrue; É Ó Conchúir, K Shanahan; T Ó Sé, J Savage, D Foran; C Keane, C Jordan, K Spillane
Subs: M Burns for Spillane, F Clifford for Dillon (half-time), P Carroll for Foran (50), S O’Connor for Ó Conchúir (54).

Referee: David Grogan (Tipperary)


Clare 1-12 Limerick 0-9 – April 28th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final Playoff 1)

Clare – K Normoyle; F Pyne, J O’Dea, D Nagle; J Browne, J Woods, K Malone; E Hanrahan, D Walsh; J Downes, P O’Malley, C O hAinifein; E Courtney, C Galvin, B Keating
Subs: L Madigan for O’Malley; C O’Dea for O hAinifein; A Davidson for Galvin; B Cahill for Browne; C Finnucane for Downes.

Limerick – T Dwyer; S Mullins, E Murphy, J Murphy; D Cussen, G Reidy, S O’Dea; K Fahy, S Cahill; J Naughton, J Breen, J English; B O’Connell, C Sheehan, H Leahy
Subs: G McCarthy for Leah; S Brosnan for English; J O’Neill for O’Dea; C O’Shea for Fahy; K Daly for Naughton.

Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (Kerry)

Kerry 0-15 Clare 0-9 – May 4th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster Semi-Final Playoff 2)

Kerry – S Ryan; B Sugrue, C O Luing, P O Conchuir; M Flattery, G Horan, F Clifford; K Shanahan, K Murphy; D Foran, J Savage, C Jordan; K Spillane, S O’Connor, C Keane
Subs: Tomas O Se for C Jordan ( 17), M Burns for D Foran ( 36), C O’Connor for K Shanahan ( 55), J Rice for T O Se (60), B O’Sullivan for K Murphy ( 60).

Clare – K Normoyle; D Nagle, J O Dea, F Pyne; J Browne, J Woods, K Malone; E Hanrahan, D Walsh; C O’Dea, P O’Malley, C O hAinifeain; E Courtney, B Keating, J Downes
Subs: L Madigan for J Downes (h-t), C Pyne for J Browne (40), C Galvin for C O’Dea (45), A Davidson for P O’Malley (48), C Finucane for E Courtney (54).

Referee: Brendan Stack (Limerick)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Football Championship

Michael Cahalane (Cork) – 2-10 (0-7 frees)
Jack Savage (Kerry) – 0-15 (0-13 frees)
Barry Keating (Clare) – 1-12 (0-9 frees)
Conor Keane (Kerry) – 1-11 (0-1 free, 0-1 ‘45’)
Killian Spillane (Kerry) 1-4
Alan Tynan (Tipperary) – 1-2
Jack Breen (Limerick) – 0-5 (0-3 frees)
James Naughton (Limerick) – 0-5 (0-2 frees)
Paddy O’Malley (Clare) – 0-5 (0-4 frees)
Jack English (Limerick) – 1-1
Conor Gleeson (Waterford) – 1-1
Paul O’Connor (Waterford) – 0-4 (0-1 free)
Tom Kirwan (Tipperary) – 0-4
Brian O’Connell (Limerick) – 1-1
Kieran Daly (Limerick) – 1-0
Killian O’Connor (Cork) – 0-3
Aidan Moynihan (Cork) – 1-0
Kevin O’Neill (Cork) – 1-0
Tom Devine (Waterford) – 1-0
Kevin Daly (Waterford) – 1-0
Own Goal by Kerry – 1-0
Michael Troy (Waterford) – 0-3 (0-1 free)
Eimhin Courtney (Clare) – 0-3
Liam Madigan (Clare) – 0-3
Don O’Driscoll (Cork) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Josh Keane (Tipperary) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Joe Downes (Clare) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Dara Walsh (Clare) – 0-2
Cian Sheehan (Limerick) – 0-2

Richard O’Sullivan (Cork), Stephen Cronin (Cork), Jack Bushe (Cork), Ryan Harkin (Cork), David Foran (Kerry), Matthew Flaherty (Kerry), Conor Jordan (Kerry), Tomás  Ó Sé (Kerry), Éanna Ó Conchúir (Kerry), Brian Sugrue (Kerry), Kieran Murphy (Kerry), Michéal Burns (Kerry), Willie Hahessy (Waterford), Cormac Curran (Waterford), Henry Leahy (Limerick), Liam Casey (Tipperary) (0-1 free), Paul Maher (Tipperary), Kieran Malone (Clare), A Davidson (Clare) – 0-1 each