Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Tipperary 2-16 Dublin 2-6

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 2-16 to 2-6 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday July 20th at Parnell Park Dublin.

Fixture Details

Saturday July 20th

Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Grp 2

Dublin v Tipperary

Referee – Owen Elliott

Parnell Park 13:00

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Final – Tipperary 0-19 Cork 0-18

Tipperary defeated Cork by 0-19 to 0-18 in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Friday July 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Tipp heap more misery on Cork

Munster IHC final:

Tipperary 0-19 Cork 0-18

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A fractured, free-ridden Munster IHC final in baking-hot Semple Stadium last night, a game that was never allowed get off the ground as the whistle of Clare arbiter Damian Fox became a regular and unnecessary interruption. A game too that Cork could have won, sub Bill Cooper opting to create what would have been the winning goal in the final moments of play (correct option too) but a combination of Cork imprecision and last-ditch Tipperary defence managed to keep them out and the game ended, fittingly in the circumstances, with yet another hotly-disputed free, this one for Tipperary.

Another Munster title then for Tipperary, another win this week over Cork but at least on this occasion they were made to earn it. Cork had two survivors from Wednesday’s humiliating 15 point loss in the Munster U21 semi-final; not surprisingly, given the effort they put in that evening in this energy-draining heatwave, both Jamie Wall (26m) and Rob O’Shea (43m) failed to last the hour. Not that it was a hectic pace. Though there was never very much between them (four points the most, Tipp with a great start to second half to take a 0-14 to 0-10 lead), the game lacked any kind of edge.

Though facing into the slight breeze it was Tipperary in charge early on, and they led 0-4 to 0-2 after 13 minutes, wing-forward Orrie Quirke with two of those points. Cork came back to tie it, however, centre-forward Peter O’Brien with a brace from placed balls, and from there to the break it was tit-for-tat, six points apiece leaving it tied at 0-10 each. Two of those Cork points came from wing-forward Brian Lawton, two more from O’Brien, while placed-ball specialist Timmy Hammersley was doing the business for Tipperary. In what was to become a feature of the game, Cork keeper Martin Coleman scored a long-range free from all of 110 yards, saw another from the same distance drift narrowly wide. Martin’s effort would be matched early in the second half by his Tipperary counterpart, Darragh Egan, however, then repeated twice more, the long-striking former Tipp senior forward finishing with three points to his name.

Into the second half and it was Tipp with the strong start again, two artillery efforts from Egan, one each from Hammersley and Danny O’Hanlon giving them that four-point start. Managed by Dromina’s Liam Hayes, this Cork team wasn’t for dying easily, however, and a point from corner-forward Colm Casey followed by two more from the excellent Peter O’Brien (finished with 12 points, 11 of those from frees — tells a tale all by itself, in a 60-minute game), and Cork were very much back in the match.

Tipp responded, yet another Hammersley pointed free (ten of their scores came from placed balls), but three more from O’Brien had Cork ahead for only the second time in the game, 0-16 to 0-15, nine minutes of play remaining. Once again however the momentum swung and again it was Tipperary on top, this time with a critically-timed four-point sequence, Egan again with one of those, a tap-over from his own half of the field, just outside the 45m line but wide on the right. Again Cork fought back, yet another brace from O’Brien bringing them within a point; then came that finish and the gamble by Cooper. It almost paid off, but he should not be criticised for having the courage to go for the jugular. More encouragement for Tipp hurling, more disappointment for Cork.

Scorers for Tipperary: T Hammersley (0-6, five frees); D Egan (0-3, three frees); O Quirke (0-2); D O’Hanlon (0-2); R Gleeson (0-2); J McLoughney (0-2, one free); T Butler, P Shortt (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: P O’Brien (0-12, 11 frees); B Lawton (0-2); C Casey (0-2); M Coleman, M Kennefick (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: D Egan; S O’Brien, M Butler, T Treacy; W Ryan, D Young (c), P Heffernan; J McLoughney, S McCormack; O Quirke, T Hammersley, D O’Hanlon; R Gleeson, T Butler, P Greene.

Subs: P Shortt for Greene (39); P Molloy for O’Hanlon (52); P O’Leary for Butler 55); B Fox for Quirke (55).

CORK: M Coleman; M Ellis, J O’Callaghan, E Dillon; T Healy, R Cashman, M Walsh; J Cronin, S McCarthy; B Lawton, P O’Brien, R O’Shea; C Casey, J Wall, M Kennefick.

Subs: B Lawton for Wall (26); M O’Sullivan for O’Shea (43); A Watson for McCarthy (49); B Cooper for Casey (55).

Referee: D Fox (Clare)

 

Egan saves day as Tipp survive late Rebel rally

Tipperary 0-19 Cork 0-18

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Tipperary retained their title with a nail-biting victory at Semple Stadium. A game which generally lacked intensity ended in a welter of excitement as Cork staged a late revival going into injury-time. Sub Bill Cooper had a chance to force extra-time but elected to try and set up a match-winning goal. However, Tipp ‘keeper Darragh Egan saved from Michael O’Sullivan, with Peter O’Brien and Barry Lawton missing chances in the follow-up as Tipp managed to scramble the ball clear.

The holders began brightly, with Orrie Quirke prominent in the early stages with two points from play. Cork responded with scores from Colm Casey and centre-forward Peter O’Brien, who converted the first of 10 frees in his 12-point haul. All bar seven points of the Cork total came from frees, with goalkeeper Martin Coleman also getting on the scoresheet.

Tipperary had a greater spread of scorers, with Thomas Butler, Danny O’Hanlon and Timmy Hammersley prominent in the first half and the sides going in deadlocked at 10 points apiece. Tipperary were quick out of the blocks in the second half, scoring the first four points, including two for goalkeeper Egan, who contributed three in total as part of a match-winning contribution that included some crucial saves.

Cork came back at Tipp and managed to edge in front with 10 minutes to go, with O’Brien scoring all bar one of his side’s tally in the second half. Points from Ruairi Gleeson, Pat Shortt and Joey McLoughney gave Tipp a three-point lead late on before Cork’s late, unsuccessful rally.

Scorers – Tipperary: T Hammersley 0-6 (5fs), D Egan 0-3fs, O Quirke, D O’Hanlon, R Gleeson, J McLoughney (1f) 0-2 each, T Butler, P Shortt 0-1 each. Cork: P O’Brien 0-12 (10fs), Brian Lawton, C Casey 0-2 each, M Kenefick, M Coleman (f) 0-1 each.

Tipperary – D Egan; S O’Brien, M Butler, T Treacy; W Ryan, D Young, P Heffernan; J McLoughney, S McCormack; O Quirke, T Hammersley, D O’Hanlon; R Gleeson, T Butler, P Greene. Subs: P Shortt for Greene (39); P Molloy for O’Hanlon (52); P O’Leary for Butler (55); B Fox for Quirke (55).

Cork – M Coleman; J O’Callaghan, E Dillon, M Walsh; M Ellis, R Cashman, T Healy; J Cronin, S McCarthy; Brian Lawton, P O’Brien, R O’Shea; C Casey, J Wall, M Kenefick. Subs: Barry Lawton for Wall (27); M O’Sullivan for O’Shea (43); A Watson for McCarthy (49); B Cooper for Casey (55).

Ref– D Fox (Clare)

 

Team News

The Tipperary Intermediate hurling team to play Cork in the Munster final at Semple Stadium on Friday, July 19 shows 2 changes from the team which defeated Limerick in the semi-final. Danny O’Hanlon and Thomas Butler come into the team in place of Pat Molloy and Denis Maher. The team is:

1. Darragh Egan (Kildangan)

2. Seán O’Brien (Newport)

3. Micheál Butler (Drom and Inch)

4. Tom Treacy (Cappawhite)

5. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)

6. David Young (Toomevara) Captain

7. Padraig Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore)

8. Joey McLoughney (Toomevara)

9. Seán McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)

10. Orrie Quirke (Silvermines)

11. Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore)

12. Danny O’Hanlon (Carrick Swans)

13. Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan)

14. Thomas Butler (Clonoulty Rossmore)

15. Paudie Greene (Upperchurch Drombane)


The Cork Intermediate Hurling team to play Tipperary in Friday night’s Munster Final at 7.30pm in Thurles will line out as follows:

1. Martin Coleman

2. Mark Ellis

3. John O’Callaghan

4. Eoin Dillon

5. Tadhg Healy

6. Ross Cashman

7. Michael Walsh

8. John Cronin

9. Shane McCarthy

10. Brian Lawton

11. Peter O’Brian

12. Rob O’Shea

13. Colm Casey

14. Jamie Wall

15. Mark Kennefick

16 James Mc Sweeney Bandon

17 Brian O Sullivan Fermoy

18 Colm Spillane Castlelyons

19 Michael O’Sullivan Tracton

20 Barry Lawton Castlemartyr

21 Bill Cooper Youghal

22 Brian Hartnett Midleton

23 Anthony Watson Milford

24 Adrian Mannix Kilworth

Captain: Martin Coleman

Manager Liam Hayes has made three changes to the side that beat Clare in the semi-final. Senior panellists Mark Ellis and Rob O’Shea and dual U21 player Jamie Wall come into the side, in place of Ed Finn, Stephen Dineen and Kevin Canty.

Additional Panel Members

Mark Sugrue Bandon

Colm Barry Castlelyons

Nicky Kelly Mayfield

Philip Crowley Bandon

Kevin Hallissey Éire Óg

 

Referee – Damian Fox (Clare)
Standby Referee – Shane Hourigan (Limerick)
Linesman – Rory McGann (Clare)
Fourth Official – Donie Enright (Limerick)
Umpires – P.J Reynolds, Brian O’Neill, Frank Mee and Trevor O’Donnell (Clare)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Admission Prices

Adults – €10
Students / OAPs – €5 (with valid ID)
Under 16s free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Tipperary Cork
2012 Championship Performance Defeated Limerick and Cork to qualify for the Munster Final. Defeated Clare by 1-18 to 0-17 in the Munster Final at Nenagh. Tipperary defeated Kilkenny by 3-13 to 1-17 in the All-Ireland Final at Semple Stadium Thurles. Lost to Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on a scoreline of 3-18 to 2-16.
Number of Munster Intermediate Hurling titles 8 13
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title 2012 2010
Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 27
Won – 18
Lost – 9
Drawn – 0
Played – 25
Won – 17
Lost – 7
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Tipperary 3-18 Cork 2-16 – June 24th 2012 (Munster Semi-Final) at Pairc Ui Chaoimh
Tipperary’s last Munster Intermediate Hurling title Tipperary 1-18 Clare 0-17 – July 25th 2012 (Munster Final) at MacDonagh Park Nenagh
Cork’s last Munster Intermediate Hurling title Cork 0-15 Waterford 0-13 – July 22nd 2010 (Munster Final) at Fraher Field Dungarvan

Munster GAA HURLING Intermediate Championship 2013

Quarter-Final

Sunday June 2nd

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Clare 2-21 Waterford 0-16

Semi-Finals
Sunday June 9th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Tipperary 0-20 Limerick 0-15

Sunday June 23rd

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Cork 2-13 Clare 1-9

Final

Friday July 19th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Cork v Tipperary @ 7:30pm


Munster GAA HURLING Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (13) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010

Tipperary (8) – 1961, 1963, 1966, 1971, 1972, 2000, 2002, 2012

Limerick (3) – 1968, 1998, 2008

Clare (1) – 2011

Waterford (1) – 2007

Kerry (1) – 1970

Galway (1) – 1962

Munster GAA HURLING Intermediate 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 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/ih_teams/

Munster Intermediate HURLING Cup

The Sweet Afton Cup presented by Mr. Jerry Shelly of Tipperary in 1961.

All Ireland GAA HURLING Intermediate Championship

In the Intermediate Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork lead the way with 7 titles followed by Tipperary with 6. Wexford (4), Kilkenny (3), London (2), Galway (2) and Clare (1) are the only other counties to have won an All-Ireland title in this grade.

Useful Information

Prior to the 2012 Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship, Tipperary had won just 1 of their 6 matches played between 2007 and 2011. Tipperary’s Intermediate Hurlers have now won six games in a row.

Since 2000, Tipperary have more victories in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship (19) as Clare (8), Waterford (6) and Limerick (4) combined. Cork have recorded 17 victories in that span.

Cork holds the record for the longest streak of success in finals. They won four championships in-a-row between 2003 and 2006.

Tipperary holds the record for the longest streak of defeats in finals. They lost three championship deciders in-a-row between 2004 and 2006.

Cork holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in Munster finals. They played in four-in-a-row on two separate occasions, firstly between 1967 and 1970, and most recently between 2003 and 2006.

Three counties have completed the Munster Intermediate and Senior double in the same year:

Cork in 1969, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary in 1961, 1971

Waterford in 2007

 

Cork is the only county to have completed the Munster Minor, Under-21, Intermediate and Senior ‘grand slam’ in the same year. This was achieved in 1969 and again in 2005.

Only one player has captained his county to Munster titles in both the intermediate and senior grades: Pat Mulcahy captained Cork to the intermediate title in 1997 and the senior title in 2006.

 

Bord Gais Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Championship Semi Final – Clare 2-15 Waterford 0-17

Clare defeated Waterford by 2-15 to 0-17 in the Semi Final of the Bord Gais Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Championship on Thursday July 18th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Clare’s late flurry too much for 14-man Waterford

MUNSTER U21 HC SEMI-FINAL:

Waterford 0-17 Clare 2-15

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare finished the stronger in this Bord Gais Eireann Munster U21 hurling semi-final at sweltering Walsh Park, Waterford, last night, beating a home side which played the last quarter with 14 men after Paudie Prendergast was dismissed on a second yellow. Both sides took some time to get to grips with the conditions – the grass was so short on the sunbaked ground that the sliotar took some unexpected bounces, testing the players’ close control.

Clare faced the breeze in the first half but made light of the handicap. With a sprinkling of senior panellists out to impress watching senior boss Davy Fitzgerald, who was among the 2,288 in attendance, ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final on Sunday week, they settled quickly. They had three wides and two points, from Daire Keane and a Cathal O’Connell free, inside the first ten minutes, before adding a terrific sideline cut from Peter Duggan to make it 0-3 to 0-0.

Waterford couldn’t get a toehold in the game, largely due to their inability to win their own puckouts against Seadna Morey and Alan O’Neill in the visitors’ half-back line, but Colm Curran got them off the mark on 11 minutes; Alan O’Neill answered with a towering free from inside his own half. Waterford senior Jake Dillon hit a free and added a fine effort from play to make it 0-4 to 0-3, but Clare answered through Stephen O’Halloran, sub Jamie Shanahan (on early for the injured Tony Kelly) and another O’Connell free.

Clare were coming forward in waves but Dillon kept Waterford in touch with a free to make it 0-7 to 0-4, and then Deise midfielder Donie Breathnach’s effort made it a two-point game. O’Connell and Dillon swapped frees before a good Colin Dunford run into Clare territory won another Waterford free, which Dillon pointed. When the De La Salle clubman got yet another placed ball late in the half, he levelled the scores at 0-8 each – and added the lead point immediately afterwards from play. With the half almost over, Dillon then drove over a free from his own half to make it 0-10 to 0-8 – five points in-a-row from the corner-forward. Colm Galvin pulled one back for Clare just on the stroke of half-time to make it 0-10 to 0-9.

They swapped points on the resumption, Stephen Roche of Waterford and Clare’s O’Connell, before Dillon, again, pointed two frees – 0-13 to 0-10 on 37 minutes. The game then took a significant twist with Waterford losing Paudie Prendergast on a second yellow: though O’Connell missed the resulting free, Soon afterwards O’Connell knocked over a close-in free but Dillon responded in kind before O’Connell nudged Clare closer. Then came the goal – Clare had enjoyed long puckouts from Ronan Taaffe all night, and on 45 minutes one of them broke to Seadna Morey, who struck a fine goal on the run. Podge Collins pointed from the puckout to make it 1-13 to 0-14: Clare in the driving seat.

Dillon pointed yet another free on 50 minutes, but while Clare were in the ascendancy, they hit three poor wides before O’Connell pointed from play – 1-14 to 0-15 with five minutes left. With the teams flagging in the heat, Waterford then hit two wides of their own before the decisive score. Yet another long, long Taaffe puckout ended up deep in the opposing half, and Aaron Cunningham finished well – 2-14 to 0-15 and two minutes left. Dillon’s late free was academic, but made it a baker’s dozen of points for the wing-forward. Clare now play Tipperary in the provincial final.

Scorers for Waterford: J. Dillon 0-13 (0-11 fs); D. Breathnach, C. Curran, S. Roche and P. Mahony (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C. O’Connell 0-6 (0-4 fs); A. Cunningham and S. Morey 1-0 each; A. O’Neill 0-2 (fs); D. Keane, P. Collins, S. O’Halloran, D. O’Halloran, J. Shanahan, C. Galvin, P. Duggan (sideline) 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: D. Duggan; S. McNulty, T. Bourke, S. Roche; R. Barry, D. Fives, P. Prendergast; K. Power, D. Breathnach; J. Dillon, E. Murphy, C. Curran; C. Dunford, S. Roche, J. Barron.

Subs: P. Mahony for C. Dunford, 40; A. Gleeson for Barron, 45; C. Heffernan for E. Murphy, 49.

CLARE: R. Taaffe; P. Flanagan (c), D. McInerney, J. Browne; S. Morey, A. O’Neill, S. O’Halloran; C. Galvin, T. Kelly; P. Duggan, P. Collins, A. Cunningham; C. O’Connell, D. Keane, S. O’Donnell.

Subs: J. Shanahan for T. Kelly, 10; D. O’Halloran for D. Keane, 42; C. Malone for S. O’Donnell, 52; M. O’Neill for P. Collins, 60.

Referee: J. Ryan (Tipperary)

 

Clare beat Waterford to reach Munster U21 final

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Clare 2-15 Waterford 0-17

Clare will play Tipperary in the Munster final on August 7 after a four-point defeat of Waterford at Walsh Park, Waterford this evening. Waterford led by 0-10 to 0-9 at the break, but the Banner County secured their place in the provincial final with second half goals from Seadna Morey and Aaron Cunningham. The hosts’ cause wasn’t helped when they lost Paudie Prendergast to a second yellow card at the start of the second half.

Clare overcame the loss of senior star Tony Kelly to an eye injury in the 12th minute, the Ballyea man taken to hospital after the game. Jake Dillon hit a stunning haul of 0-13 (0-11f) including five points in a row at one stage of the second half. The Déise were 0-14 to 0-11 up when Prendergast was dismissed just after the interval. With man of the match Podge Collins in superb form, Clare fought back when Morey burst though and hit the back of the net before Cunningham added a second to round off the win.

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-7 (0-5f), A Cunningham, S Morey 1-0 each, P Collins, D Keane, S O’Halloran, J Shanahan, C Galvin, P Duggan (0-1 SL), A O’Neill (0-1f), D O’Halloran 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Jake Dillon 0-13 (0-11f), Pauric Mahony (0-1f), Stephen Roche, Donie Breathnach, Colm Curran 0-1 each.

Clare: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, J Browne; S Morey, A O’Neill, S O’Halloran; C Galvin, T Kelly; P Duggan, P Collins, A Cunningham; S O’Donnell, D Keane, C O’Connell. Subs: J Shanahan for Kelly (12), D O’Halloran for Keane (42), C Malone for O’Donnell (53), E Boyce for Shanahan (59).

Waterford: D Duggan; S McNulty, T Bourke, S Roche; R Barry, D Fives, P Prendergast; K Power, D Breathnach; J Dillon, J Barron, C Curran; C Dunford, S Roche, E Murphy. Subs: P Mahony for Dunford (39), A Gleeson for Barron (46), C Heffernan for Murphy (49).

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

Fixture Details

THURSDAY JULY 18TH

Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final

Waterford v Clare

Venue: Walsh Park Waterford @ 7:30pm

Referee – Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)
Stand-By Referee – Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
Linesman – John O’Brien (Tipperary)
Sideline Official – John McCormack (Tipperary)
Umpires – JC Ryan, Seamus Manton, Tony Lacey and Willie Cross (Tipperary)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Next Round – the winners play Cork or Tipperary on August 7th in the Munster Final

Admission Prices
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

Team News

CLARE: Ronan Taaffe (Tubber); Paul Flanagan (Ballyea), David McInerney (Tulla), Jack Browne (Ballyea); Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge), Alan O’Neill (St. Josephs Doora Barefield), Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin), Padraic Collins (Cratloe), Aaron Cunningham (Wolfetones); Shane O’Donnell (Eire Og), Daire Keane (Kilmaley), Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara).

The Waterford U21 team to play Clare on Thursday night in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Semi Final at 7.30pm in Walsh Park was named after training tonight

1. Darren Duggan Dungarvan

2. Shane McNulty De La Salle

3. Tadhg Bourke Clashmore / Kinsalebeg

4. Shane Roche Shamrocks

5. Ray Barry Lismore

6. Darragh Fives Tourin

7. Paudie Prendergast Lismore

8. Kieran Power Clonea

9. Donie Breathnach An Rinn

10. Jake Dillon De La Salle

11. Jamie Barron Fourmilewater

12. Colm Curran Dungarvan

13. Colin Dunford Colligan

14. Stephen Roche Mount Sion

15. Eamonn Murphy Dunhill

For the Record

Waterford Clare
2012 Championship Performance Lost to Clare by 2-22 to 0-9 in the Munster Semi-Final at Cusack Park Ennis. Defeated Clare and Tipperary to win the Munster Final before defeating Kilkenny by 2-17 to 2-11 in the All-Ireland Final.
Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles 3 2
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling  Title 1994 2012
Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship Record since 2000 Played – 18
Won – 5
Lost – 13
Drawn – 0
Played – 19
Won – 8
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship July 19th at Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final) –
Clare 2-22 Waterford 0-9 – Goals by David O’Halloran and Podge Collins and 10 points by Cathal O’Connell helped Clare to a 19 point victory.
What happened 3 years ago? 

2010 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round-up

Defeated Clare by 1-21 to 0-16 in the first round. Qualified for the Munster Final after a replay victory over Cork in the semi-final. 

Lost to Clare in the Munster Final before losing to Galway in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final by 1-15 to 2-8.

Lost to Waterford in the first round before victories over Kerry, Tipperary and Limerick sealed a Munster Final place. Defeated Waterford by 1-16 to 1-11 in the Munster Final. Defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final before losing to Kilkenny by 2-10 to 0-14 in the All-Ireland Final.

BORD GAIS ENERGY MUNSTER GAA

HURLING UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP 2013

Quarter-Final

Friday May 31st

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 2-11

Semi-Finals

Wednesday July 17th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Cork v Tipperary                                                       @ 7:30pm

Thursday July 18th

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford v Clare                                                     @ 7:30pm

Final
Wednesday August 7th

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (20) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Cork (18) – 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007

Limerick (6) – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002 , 2011

Waterford (3) – 1974, 1992, 1994

Clare (2) – 2009, 2012

Munster Under 21 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 in1964 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/u21h_teams/

Munster Under 21 Hurling Cup

Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship

In the Under 21 Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts along with Kilkenny with 11 titles.

Galway have 10 titles followed by Tipperary with 9. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade. Clare have won 2 titles (both in the last 4 years) while Waterford have 1 title.

2013 Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 2-11 – May 31st @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary: Darragh Mooney; Cathal Barrett, Michael Breen, Andrew Ryan; Joe O’Dwyer, Tomás Hamill, Seamus Kennedy; Niall O’Meara, Justin Cahill; Jason Forde, Dan McCormack, Brian Stapleton; Aidan McCormack, Bill Walsh, Liam McGrath
Subs: Conor Kenny for Walsh (46), Bill Maher for O’Dwyer (51), Tommy Heffernan for McCormack (55), John Meagher for Barrett (60+1)

Limerick: Owen Webb O’Rourke; Alan Dempsey, Mark O’Loughlin, Mark Carmody; Dan Morrissey, Barry O’Connell, Kevin O’Donnell; Thomas Ryan, Shane Kenny; Declan Hannon, William Hickey, David Reidy; John Fitzgibbon, Shane Dowling, Adrian Breen
Subs: Kevin O’Brien for Hickey (25), Barry Lynch for O’Connell (h.t.), Michael Ryan for Fitzgibbon (h.t.), Robbie Egan for Reidy (45)

Referee – Colm Lyons (Cork)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship

Jason Forde (Tipperary) – 1-8 (0-4 frees, 0-1 penalty)
Aidan McCormack (Tipperary) – 1-3
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-5 (0-3 frees)
Shane Kenny (Limerick) – 1-1
Michael Ryan (Limerick) – 1-0
Dan McCormack (Tipperary) – 0-2
Brian Stapleton (Tipperary) – 0-2
Declan Hannon (Limerick) – 0-2
Kevin O’Donnell (Limerick) – 0-2 (0-1 free)

Niall O’Meara (Tipperary), Bill Walsh (Tipperary), Liam McGrath (Tipperary), David Reidy (Limerick) 0-1 each

Useful Information

Last meeting – 2012 Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final on July 19th at Cusack Park Ennis

Clare 2-22 Waterford 0-9

Clare: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, K Ryan; S Morey, C Ryan, P O’Connor; C Galvin, S Golden; A Cunningham, P Collins, T Kelly; C O’Connell, C McGrath (c), D O’Halloran.

Subs: C McInerney (O’Halloran 45); S O’Halloran (Morey 47); P Duggan (Kelly 49); J Colleran (Galvin 51); E Boyce (O’Connor 57).

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; J Barron, S O’Keeffe, Phillip Mahony; P Prendergast, D Fives, E Madigan; R Barry, G O’Brien; B O’Halloran, E Murphy, F Murray; Pauric Mahony (c), M O’Neill, J Dillon.

Subs: D Breathnach (Barry 30); J Prendergast (Fives inj. 33); M Wyse (Madigan 43); I Galgey (Murray 54); S Roche (O’Brien 59).

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-10 (4f, 2 65s); D O’Halloran 1-4; P Collin 1-0; A Cunningham 0-2; C McGrath 0-2; C Galvin, S Golden, P Duggan, T Kelly, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M O’Neill 0-5 (4f); E Murphy 0-2; Pauric Mahony, B O’Halloran, 0-1 each.

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

 

Since 2007, 4 of the 5 counties in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship have won the title – Cork (2007), Tipperary (2008 and 2010), Clare (2009 and 2012) and Limerick (2011).

Limerick have lost their first match in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship in 6 of the last 8 seasons.

The Munster Under 21 Hurling champions have captured the All-Ireland crown on just three occasions since 2003 – Clare (2009 and 2012) and Tipperary (2010).

Bord Gais Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Championship Semi Final – Tipperary 5-19 Cork 2-13

Tipperary defeated Cork by 5-19 to 2-13 in the Semi Final of the Bord Gais Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Championship on Wednesday July 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Click to view photos from the game via Munster GAA Facebook

Clinical Premier tear Rebels apart

Tipperary 5-19 Cork 2-13

By Diarmuid O’Flynn, Semple Stadium for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Make no mistake about it, this was annihilation in Thurles last night in the Munster U21 HC semi-final, with Tipperary the better team by some distance. In fact, were it not for the outstanding effort of midfielders Brian Murray and Rob O’Shea (especially) in the first half, this would have been ever worse for the visitors. With two points each from play, those two had kept Cork in this game and when the visitors went on a six-point streak before the break, it took Cork from a 10-point deficit and a seemingly hopeless position in the 27th minute (2-9 to 0-5), to a situation where they trailed by just four as the teams headed for the dressing rooms, 2-9 to 0-11.

It got even better for Cork just after the resumption, a goal by substitute Mark Sugrue (he had also scored one of the six Cork points before the break) bringing them within a point of Tipp, bringing hope to their vocal travelling support in the estimated 3,500 attendance. Soon, however, that hope was extinguished, and how.

Led by the hard-working O’Meara and the sharp-shooting senior player Jason Forde, Tipp had looked menacing in the first half. Full-forward Bill Walsh (from the famed Carrick Swans club) had their first major as early as the third minute, a good catch and layoff by Aidan McCormack setting him up; Forde notched the second, a right-handed ground shot from the multi-talented and ambidextrous Silvermines golden nugget. That Sugrue goal though really seemed to light a spark in Tipp, in their midfield especially, who began to take control, Justin Cahill and Brian Stapleton stepping up their game.

The defence, anchored well by Cathal Barrett, Andrew Ryan and Michael Breen at the back, Tomas Hamill controlling the centre, again got to grips with the Cork attack. But those forwards — in the remaining 28 minutes Tipp outscored Cork 3-10 to 1-2, one-way traffic all the way to the end. Their third goal was scored by Walsh again, on 41 minutes, after he was put in by sub John McGrath (major impact); the fourth goal was a penalty converted by Forde after a foul on the same Walsh (46 minutes); the fifth (53 minutes) the icing on a now very rich cake, wing-forward Tommy Heffernan capitalising on a defensive error to goal from a narrow angle.

Nine scorers in all from play for Tipperary, both midfielders and all six starting forwards on target, sub McGrath also getting in on the action. Hope then for Tipperary supporters, with their senior side already on holidays for the rest of the season, several potential stars of the future could join Forde next year. For Cork? Major disappointment, no question, a major blow also to Jimmy Barry-Murphy — who from this panel could he promote? Seniors Christopher Joyce looked threatening when moved forward, Jamie Coughlan never gave up and did well, but Conor Lehane is a player who looks at odds with himself, lacking confidence.

Scorers for Tipperary: J Forde (2-8, six frees, 1-0 pen); B Walsh (2-1); N O’Meara (0-4); T Heffernan (1-0); L McGrath (0-2); J Cahill, B Stapleton, A McCormack, J McGrath (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: M Sugrue (1-1); J Coughlan (0-4, three frees, one 65); C Buckley (1-0); R O’Shea (0-3); B Murray (0-2); C Joyce, C Lehane, J Wall (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: D Mooney; C Barrett, A Ryan, M Breen; S Kennedy, T Hamill, J O’Dwyer; B Stapleton, J Cahill; J Forde, N O’Meara (c), T Heffernan; L McGrath, B Walsh, A McCormack.

Subs: J McGrath for McCormack (35); C O’Riordan for L McGrath (50); C Kenny for Walsh (55).

CORK: P Collins; C Spillane, P O’Mahony, D Lester; D O’Mahony, C Joyce (c), D Cahalane; R O’Shea, B Murray; D Lordan, J Coughlan, C Lehane; A Cadogan, J Wall, B Hartnett.

Subs: M Sugrue for Lordan (27); N Kelly for Cadogan (38); S Murphy for O’Mahony (44); K Kavanagh for Murray (49); C Buckley for Hartnett (52).

Referee: S Hourigan (Limerick)

 

Tipperary put 5 goals past Cork to book Munster U21 hurling final spot

Report by Jackie Cahill for thescore.ie

Tipperary 5-19 Cork 2-13

BILL WALSH AND Jason Forde helped themselves to a brace of goals each as Tipp walloped Cork by 15 points in this evening’s Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship semi-final at Semple Stadium. The hosts ran riot in the second half to record a massive win, after Cork had fought back to within a point after half-time.

Tipp led by ten points in the first half – 2-9 to 0-5 – before Cork hit six points without reply before the break to give themselves real hope. And the visitors were breathing down Tipp’s necks when sub Mark Sugrue whipped home Cork’s first goal in the 32nd minute. But Tipp’s response was emphatic as they compiled an unanswered 2-8 to move 15 points clear, 4-17 to 1-11.

It was a remarkable transformation and Cork had no answers before captain Christopher Joyce – one of two players who started in last Sunday’s senior final – stopped the rot. But Tipp hit back with their fifth goal, scored by Tommy Heffernan, to ensure that all six starting forwards were on the scoresheet. Cork scored a consolation goal in the 58th minute through sub Cian Buckley but overall, the Leesiders were given a real chasing in the second half.

Recent meetings between the counties in this grade had been tit-for-tat affairs, with Tipp winning by just a single point at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last year. Indeed, the last three meetings between the counties had yielded victories for the visitors but not on this occasion as Tipp ensured that their U21s will contest a provincial decider on August 7, against Clare or Waterford. That stat will provide encouragement for the blue and gold hordes still reeling from the exits of the senior and minor teams from their respective championships.

And the intermediates will look to claim a second successive provincial crown against Cork in Thurles on Friday evening. Walsh and Forde scored Tipp’s goals in the opening half, before Cork came storming back into contention. Forde scored 1-8 against Limerick in the quarter-final and added 2-8 this evening, with captain Niall O’Meara claiming the man of the match award.

Scorers for Cork: Mark Sugrue 1-1, Jamie Coughlan 0-4 (3f, 1 65), Cian Buckley 1-0, Rob O’Shea 0-3, Brian Murray 0-2, Christopher Joyce, Conor Lehane and Jamie Wall 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 2-8 (1-0 pen, 0-6f), Bill Walsh 2-1, Niall O’Meara 0-4, Tommy Heffernan 1-0, Liam McGrath 0-2, Justin Cahill, Brian Stapleton, Aidan McCormack and John McGrath 0-1 each.

CORK: Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig); Colm Spillane (Castlelyons), Patrick O’Mahony (Midleton), Diarmuid Lester (Bishopstown); Daniel O’Mahony (Carrigtwohill), Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s); Rob O’Shea (Carriagline), Brian Murray (Bishopstown); Daire Lordan (Courcey Rovers), Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), Conor Lehane (Midleton); Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Jamie Wall (Kilbrittain), Brian Hartnett (Midleton).

Subs: Mark Sugrue (Bandon) for Lordan (27), Nicky Kelly (Mayfield) for Cadogan (38), Stephen Murphy (Blackrock) for P O’Mahony (44), Kevin Kavanagh (Carrigaline) for Murray (50), Cian Buckley (Na Piarsaigh) for Hartnett (53).

TIPPERARY: Darragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Andrew Ryan (Toomevara), Michael Breen (Ballina); Seamus Kennedy (St Mary’s, Clonmel), Tomás Hamill (Killea), Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule); Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons); Jason Forde (Silvermines), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Tommy Heffernan (Éire Óg Nenagh); Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Bill Walsh (Carrick Swans), Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields).

Subs: John McGrath (Loughmore-Casteiney) for McCormack (35), Colin O’Riordan for L McGrath (50), Conor Kenny (Borrisoleigh) for Walsh (55).

Referee: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)

Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY JULY 17TH

Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final

Tipperary v Cork

Venue: Semple Stadium Thurles @ 7:30pm

Referee – Shane Hourigan (Limerick)
Stand-By Referee – Declan O’Driscoll (Limerick)
Linesman – Michael O’Connor (Limerick)
Sideline Official – Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Umpires – Barry O’Donoghue, Derek Byrne, Padraic Jones and Kevin Sheahan (Limerick)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Next Round – the winners play Clare or Waterford on August 7th in the Munster Final

Admission Prices
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

Team News

The Tipperary under 21 team to play Cork at Semple Stadium on Wednesday night in the Bord Gais Energy Munster semi-final shows one change from the team which defeated Limerick in the quarter-final. Tommy Heffernan replaces Dan McCormack in the half forward line. The team is:

1. Darragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty)

2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill)

3. Michael Breen (Ballina)

4. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)

5. Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

6. Tomás Hamill (Killea)

7. Seamus Kennedy (St. Marys Clonmel)

8. Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

9. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

10. Tommy Heffernan (Éire Óg Nenagh)

11. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

12. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs) Capt

13. Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields)

14. Bill Walsh (Carrick Swan)

15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

The Cork U21 Hurling team to play Tipperary on Wednesday night at 7.30pm in the Bórd Gáis Energy Munster Semi-Final will line out as follows:

1. Patrick Collins

2. Colm Spillane 3. Patrick O’Mahony 4. Diarmuid Lester

5. Daniel O’Mahony 6. Christopher Joyce 7. Damien Cahalane

8. Brian Murray 9. Rob O’Shea

10. Jamie Coughlan 11. Daire Lordan 12. Conor Lehane

13. Alan Cadogan 14. Jamie Wall 15. Brian Hartnett

Subs

16 Tommy Wallace Midleton

17 Stephen Murphy Blackrock

18 Colm Barry Castlelyons

19 Kevin Kavanagh Carrigaline

20 Nicky Kelly Mayfield

21 Mark Sugrue Bandon

22 Kevin Hallissey Eire Og

23 Barry Lawton Castlemartyr

24 Cian Buckley Na Piarsaigh

Captain: Christopher Joyce

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Cork Tipperary
2012 Championship Performance Lost to Tipperary by 0-18 to 0-17 in the Munster Quarter-Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Defeated Waterford and Limerick to qualify for the Munster Final. Lost to Clare in the final by 1-16 to 1-14 at Cusack Park Ennis.
Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles 18 20
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling  Title 2007 2010
Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship Record since 2000 Played – 26
Won – 14
Lost – 11
Drawn – 2
Played – 29
Won – 19
Lost – 8
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship June 6th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final) – Tipperary 0-18 Cork 0-17 – Tipperary came from four points down with six minutes left to snatch victory with a late Sean Curran point from play.
What happened 3 years ago? 

2010 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round-up

Defeated Tipperary in the first round. Drew with Waterford after extra time in the Munster Semi-Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh before losing the replay by 2-17 to 1-13 at Walsh Park Waterford. Lost to Cork by 2-31 to 4-22 after extra time in the first round before losing to Clare by 0-17 to 1-13 in the Losers Group Playoff at Cusack Park Ennis.

BORD GAIS ENERGY MUNSTER GAA
HURLING UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP 2013

Quarter-Final

Friday May 31st

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 2-11

Semi-Finals

Wednesday July 17th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Cork v Tipperary                                                       @ 7:30pm

Thursday July 18th

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford v Clare                                                     @ 7:30pm

Final
Wednesday August 7th

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (20) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Cork (18) – 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007

Limerick (6) – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002 , 2011

Waterford (3) – 1974, 1992, 1994

Clare (2) – 2009, 2012

Munster Under 21 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 in1964 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/u21h_teams/

Munster Under 21 Hurling Cup

Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship

In the Under 21 Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts along with Kilkenny with 11 titles.

Galway have 10 titles followed by Tipperary with 9. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade. Clare have won 2 titles (both in the last 4 years) while Waterford have 1 title.

2013 Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 2-11 – May 31st @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary: Darragh Mooney; Cathal Barrett, Michael Breen, Andrew Ryan; Joe O’Dwyer, Tomás Hamill, Seamus Kennedy; Niall O’Meara, Justin Cahill; Jason Forde, Dan McCormack, Brian Stapleton; Aidan McCormack, Bill Walsh, Liam McGrath
Subs: Conor Kenny for Walsh (46), Bill Maher for O’Dwyer (51), Tommy Heffernan for McCormack (55), John Meagher for Barrett (60+1)

Limerick: Owen Webb O’Rourke; Alan Dempsey, Mark O’Loughlin, Mark Carmody; Dan Morrissey, Barry O’Connell, Kevin O’Donnell; Thomas Ryan, Shane Kenny; Declan Hannon, William Hickey, David Reidy; John Fitzgibbon, Shane Dowling, Adrian Breen
Subs: Kevin O’Brien for Hickey (25), Barry Lynch for O’Connell (h.t.), Michael Ryan for Fitzgibbon (h.t.), Robbie Egan for Reidy (45)

Referee – Colm Lyons (Cork)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship

Jason Forde (Tipperary) – 1-8 (0-4 frees, 0-1 penalty)
Aidan McCormack (Tipperary) – 1-3
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-5 (0-3 frees)
Shane Kenny (Limerick) – 1-1
Michael Ryan (Limerick) – 1-0
Dan McCormack (Tipperary) – 0-2
Brian Stapleton (Tipperary) – 0-2
Declan Hannon (Limerick) – 0-2
Kevin O’Donnell (Limerick) – 0-2 (0-1 free)

Niall O’Meara (Tipperary), Bill Walsh (Tipperary), Liam McGrath (Tipperary), David Reidy (Limerick) 0-1 each

Useful Information

Last meeting – 2012 Munster Under 21 Hurling Quarter-Final on June 6th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Tipperary 0-18 Cork 0-17

Tipperary: Paul Ryan; S Maher, A Ryan, Pa Ryan; W Ryan, D Maher, J Cahill; B Stapleton, D McCormack; N O’Meara, S Curran, D Collins; L McGrath, J O’Dwyer, E Murray.

Subs: C Hogan for D Maher (45), A McCormack for Murray (48), T Heffernan for D McCormack (51).

Cork: S Nyhan; P O’Mahony, D Cahalane, C Spillane; D O’Mahony, C Joyce, P O’Brien; N Kelly, D Drake; M Sugrue, J Cronin, C Lehane; J Coughlan, D Brosnan, E O’Sullivan.

Subs: K Kavanagh for Spillane (inj) (8), B Murray for Brosnan (44), C Murphy for Kelly (52), P Haughney for Cronin (60).

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-9 (0-6f), S Curran, D Collins 0-2 each, B Stapleton, D McCormack, N O’Meara, E Murray, L McGrath 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: J Coughlan 0-9 (0-6f), C Lehane, D Drake 0-3 each, C Joyce (0-1 ’65), E O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Referee: Pat Casey (Waterford).

 

Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship in 12 of the last 13 seasons (2007 being the exception thanks to a 1-14 to 2-10 defeat to Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the first round),

Since 2007, 4 of the 5 counties in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship have won the title – Cork (2007), Tipperary (2008 and 2010), Clare (2009 and 2012) and Limerick (2011).

Limerick have lost their first match in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship in 6 of the last 8 seasons.

The Munster Under 21 Hurling champions have captured the All-Ireland crown on just three occasions since 2003 – Clare (2009 and 2012) and Tipperary (2010).

Hurling’s Final Six Gear Up For All-Ireland Glory

The 2013 All-Ireland Hurling series was launched in Galway as players from each of the six remaining competing counties gathered to discuss their side’s chances of landing the Liam MacCarthy. Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill has called this the most exciting hurling championship in living memory and fans can expect some fascinating clashes as Galway meet Clare and Kilkenny face Cork in the Quarter Finals, with Limerick and Dublin awaiting the winners in the last four.

Munster Senior Hurling Final – Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15

Limerick defeated Cork by 0-24 to 0-15 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday July 14th at Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Day of joy sends tremor through Treaty

Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

When Limerick captain Donal O’Grady lifted the Munster SHC Cup at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday, such was the almighty deep-throated roar with which it was greeted that those of us still in the overhead gantry could feel a tremor run through the Mackey Stand. A roar of celebration, yes, but also a roar of relief, an end to 17 years of crushing frustration in Munster. Ciarán Carey was the last Limerick captain to lift the same trophy, back in 1996, the year of his famous point against Clare in the semi-final. This one has been a long time coming and despite the fact Cork played the entire second half with just 14 men, boy was it convincing! A tremor surely ran through hurling also because — whisper it — the winds of change are starting to blow. Kilkenny, Tipperary, Galway and Cork have been forced to take the low road as Limerick and Dublin, both of whom operating in Division 1B this year, are the new provincial champions. Who would have forecast that at the start of this electric hurling season?

It was another epic Munster final occasion with 42,730 fans crammed into one of the great hurling venues on another sweltering afternoon. Unfortunately it wasn’t an epic contest, nor yet epic hurling. An incident in the final seconds of the first half saw to the former. Cork free-taker and star inside-forward Patrick Horgan red-carded for a careless swing that made contact — albeit light — with the helmet of Paudie O’Brien. Unfortunately for Patrick the dropping ball made simultaneous contact with Paudie’s face leaving the Kilmallock-man prone on the deck. Referee James McGrath initially looked like he was going to do nothing about the incident but then went straight for red. Technically correct but oh-so-harsh. With the game tied at 0-10 each at the break and now facing into the wind, it left Cork with a mountain to climb in the second half.

Mind you that needn’t have been the case and wouldn’t have been the case had the Rebels capitalised on all the opportunities they created in a dominant opening period. It wasn’t just the strong breeze at their backs, though that was a factor, Cork were hurling with far more authority than a nervous-looking home side in that period but hit 10 wides and spurned two good goal-scoring chances. Team captain Pa Cronin led the way for the visitors, as he did all game with two excellent points; Horgan had four (three frees) and was looking very sharp in the left corner while Seamus Harnedy was having another strong outing with two valuable points from the edge of the square.

Limerick meanwhile were relying on free-taker Declan Hannon (five points, four frees) to do most of their scoring though flying corner-forwards Graeme Mulcahy and Seanie Tobin chipped in with a point apiece, powerhouse centre-forward James Ryan, a popular choice as man of the match, with another. Oh but the wides for Cork. All six forwards off target at one stage or another with missed opportunities they would come to rue. Even in the absence of Horgan, for 25 minutes of the second half Cork still managed to almost keep pace with Limerick. It was a time for heroic defence and up stepped Stephen McDonnell, Shane O’Neill and Conor O’Sullivan in the full-back line with wing-backs Tom Kenny and William Egan also doing well.

None was more prominent for Cork in this period though than captain Cronin. Through sheer force of will he dragged Cork back into the game, only two points behind in the 59th minute (0-17 to 0-15). On this day, however, Limerick were not going to be denied. Half-back trio Paudie O’Brien, Wayne McNamara and Gavin O’Mahony threw up the first wall of defence; Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy, outstanding again, and Tom Condon closed up shop behind with keeper Nickie Quaid organising everything. Midfielders Paul Browne and captain Donal O’Grady took command and the Limerick points began to flow. Seven in a row they notched to close out a glorious win, subs Shane Dowling (three), Kevin Downes (two) and their former teacher at Árdscoil Rís Niall Moran (one) to the fore. It leaves manager John Allen with a selection dilemma for the All-Ireland semi-final but what a delicious dilemma to have!

Scorers for Limerick: D Hannon (0-8, 5 frees, 1 s/l), J Ryan, S Dowling (0-3 each), G Mulcahy, S Tobin, K Downes (0-2 each), P O’Brien, P Browne, S Hickey, N Moran (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-4, 2 frees), S Harnedy, P Cronin (0-3 each), J Coughlan (0-2 frees), L O’Farrell, D Kearney, C Naughton (0-1 each).

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; P Browne, D O’Grady (c); D Breen, J Ryan, S Hickey; G Mulcahy, D Hannon, S Tobin.

Subs for Limerick: S Dowling for Breen (46), C Allis for Mulcahy (52), C King for O’Brien (inj. 58), K Downes for Tobin (65), N Moran for Hickey (69).

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C O’Sullivan; T Kenny, L McLoughlin, W Egan; C Joyce, D Kearney; C Lehane, C McCarthy, P Cronin (c); L O’Farrell, P Horgan, S Harnedy.

Subs for Cork: J Coughlan for McCarthy (35), C Naughton for Lehane (41), M Cussen for O’Farrell (59), S White for McLoughlin (59).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)

 

Limerick end 17-year wait for Munster title

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final: Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15

Limerick claimed their 19th Munster title and their first since 1996 with a comprehensive defeat of Cork at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Sunday. Limerick’s win simply added to the sense that the 2013 championship has been a transformative one, as they joined Leinster champions Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-finals. “It’s been 17 years and today is the day that it finally comes home,” Limerick captain Donal O’Grady said after accepting the Munster Cup. “The hunger that was there today, I knew and we knew that we would not be beaten.”

After an even first half, the sides were locked at 0-10 apiece at the break, but crucially Cork had Pa Horgan sent off in added time and they played the second half a man down and against the breeze. Limerick started very well and were 0-4 to 0-1 ahead early on. They even missed a goal chance through David Breen, who flashed a shot wide of Anthony Nash’s goal. But Cork hit back to move 0-5 to 0-4 ahead and they dominated the second quarter, hitting nine wides and squandering two excellent goal chances in the process. Declan Hannon levelled matters with his fifth score of the afternoon in first half added time to punish Cork’s profligacy, before the Rebels were dealt a huge blow when Horgan was shown a straight red card.

The opening stages of the second half were even enough, but Cork were really struggling when Shane Dowling came off the bench to set up Hannon for a super point, before Dowling himself and then James Ryan added further scores to move the home side 0-17 to 0-12 ahead. Credit to Cork, though, they hit back, with Séamus Harnedy landing his third from play and then Cathal Naughton and Pa Cronin chipped in with scores to reduce the gap to two, 0-17 to 0-15, with 10 minutes remaining. However, Limerick were revitalised by the introduction of Dowling and Kevin Downes off the bench, and they hit seven points in a row in the final 10 minutes to seal a comfortable win. Séamus Hickey started that purple patch, Hannon landed a glorious sideline cut and Dowling and Downes knocked over two points each. Niall Moran, another sub, completed the scoring at the death.

Cork Scorers: D Kearney 0-1, P Horgan 0-4 (0-2f), S Harnedy 0-3, L O’Farrell 0-1, P Cronin 0-3, J Coughlan 0-2 (0-2f), C Naughton 0-1.

Limerick Scorers: P O’Brien 0-1, D Hannon 0-8 (0-5f, 0-1 SL), J Ryan 0-3, G Mulcahy 0-1, P Browne 0-1, S Tobin 0-2, G Mulcahy 0-2, S Hickey 0-1, K Downes 0-2, S Dowling 0-2, N Moran 0-1.

Cork: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C O’Sullivan; T Kenny, C Joyce, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Kearney; S Harnedy, C McCarthy, P Cronin; L O’Farrell, P Horgan, C Lehane.
Subs: J Coughlan for C McCarthy (HT), C Naughton for C Lehane (43), M Cussen for L O’Farrell (55), S White for L McLoughlin (60).

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; P Browne, D O’Grady; D Breen, J Ryan, S Hickey; G Mulcahy, D Hannon, S Tobin.
Subs: S Dowling for D Breen (45), C Allis for G Mulcahy (52), C King for P O’Brien (57), K Downes for S Tobin (65), N Moran for S Hickey (69).

Attendance: 42,730

Team News

The Cork team to play Limerick in Sunday’s Munster Hurling Final at 4pm in Limerick will line out as follows:

1. Anthony Nash

2. Shane O’Neill 3. Stephen McDonnell 4. Conor O Sullivan

5. Tom Kenny 6. Christopher Joyce 7. William Egan

8. Lorcán Mc Loughlin 9. Daniel Kearney

10. Seamus Harnedy 11. Cian Mc Carthy 12. Pa Cronin

13. Luke O’Farrell 14. Patrick Horgan 15. Conor Lehane

16. Darren McCarthy Ballymartle

17. Kilian Murphy Erin’s Own

18. Pa O’Mahony Midleton

19. Colm Spillane Castlelyons

20. Mark Ellis Millstreet

21. Stephen White Ballygarvan

22. Rob O’Shea Carrigaline

23. Cathal Naughton Newtownshandrum

24. Jamie Coughlan Newtownshandrum

25. Stephen Moylan Douglas

26. Michael Cussen Sarsfields

There are two changes in personnel from the team that defeated Clare in the semi-final, and a number of positional switches. Stephen McDonnell moves to full back in place of the injured Brian Murphy, while Shane O’Neill plays corner back. Tom Kenny drops back to the half back line, with Lorcán McLoughlin returning from injury to take his place at mid-field. Cian McCarthy moves to centre forward with captain Pa Cronin fully recovered from illness and named at wing forward. Stephen Moylan drops to the bench, and the full forward line is unchanged.

The Limerick team has also been named: Nickie Quaid (Effin); Stephen Walsh (Glenroe), Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), Tom Condon (Knockaderry); Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock), Wayne McNamara (Adare), Gavin O’Mahony (Kilmallock); Paul Browne (Bruff), Donal O’Grady (capt, Granagh-Ballingarry); David Breen (Na Piarsaigh), James Ryan (Garryspillane), Seamus Hickey (Murroe-Boher); Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), Declan Hannon (Adare), Seanie Tobin (Murroe-Boher).

Subs: Aaron Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown), Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), Cathal King (Na Piarsaigh), Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), Conor Allis (Croom), Niall Moran (Ahane), Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), Paudie Aherne (Kilteely/Dromkeen), Tommy Quaid (Effin), Thomas Ryan (South Liberties).

Ticket Details

Both Stands and City End terrace sold out. Clare End Terrace tickets will be available for sale via Munster GAA tickets vans outside the Gaelic Grounds from 12pm on Sunday.

Covered Stand – €35

Uncovered Stand – €30

Terrace €20 (Note – Cork’s terrace allocation is for the Clare End, Limerick’s is for the City End for the Munster Final)

Student / OAP Covered Stand – €25 – pay full price and get a refund of €10 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of valid Student/OAP I.D.)

Student / OAP Unovered Stand – €20 – pay full price and get a refund of €10 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of valid Student/OAP I.D.)

Student / OAP Terrace €15 – pay full price and get a refund of €5 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of valid Student/OAP I.D.)

Family Adult Stand €35 – Juveniles €5

Family Adult Stand €30 – Juveniles €5

Juvenile Groups – Price is €5 per Juvenile with a free Adult with every 10 children. Extra adults pay full price

Adult Group Uncovered Tickets – €25 with a minimum order of 15 tickets per Club

Adult Group Terrace Tickets – €15 with a minimum order of 15 tickets per Club

All Groups must be booked directly with Co Board and tickets will then be allocated for collection by Munster GAA.

This game is expected to be a sell-out.

Match Coverage

This game is being shown live by RTE TV

When – Sunday July 14th at 4:00pm

Where – Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Referee – James McGrath (Westmeath)
Stand By Referee – Barry Kelly (Westmeath)
Linesman – Brian Gavin (Offaly)
Sideline Official – Pat Casey (Waterford)
Umpires – David Clune, Tom McNicholas, David Hennessy and Johnny Fitzpatrick (all Westmeath)

Next Round – the winners qualify for the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Sunday August 18th while the losers will play in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on Sunday July 28th.

For the Record

Limerick Cork
2013 Team Manager John Allen Jimmy Barry-Murphy
2012 Championship Performance Lost to Tipperary by 2-20 to 1-19 in the Munster Quarter-Final. Defeated Laois, Antrim and Clare in the All-Ireland Qualifiers before losing to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final. Lost to Tipperary by 1-22 to 0-24 in the Munster Semi-Final. Defeated Offaly, Wexford and Waterford before losing to Galway by 0-22 to 0-17 in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 18 51
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 1996 2006
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 22
Won – 4
Lost –  13
Drawn – 5
Played – 25
Won – 15
Lost –  9
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship June 20th 2010 – Cork 2-19 Limerick 0-12
Munster Semi-Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh 

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Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2013

Quarter-Final

Sunday June 2nd

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15

Semi-Finals
Sunday June 9th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15

Sunday June 23rd

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15

Final

Sunday July 14th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick v Cork @ 4:00pm

Cork v Limerick

Past Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final Meetings

Year Cork Limerick Venue Notes
1893 Cork 5-3 Limerick 0-0
1897 Cork 1-6 Limerick 4-9 Tipperary
1902 Cork 2-9 Limerick 1-5 Tipperary
1905 Cork 7-12 Limerick 1-4 Tipperary
1910 Cork 4-2 Limerick 5-1 Tralee
1919 Cork 3-5 Limerick 1-6 Market’s Field
1920 Cork 3-4 Limerick 0-5 Cork Athletic Grounds
1921 Cork 1-2 Limerick 5-2 Thurles Sportsfield
1939 Cork 4-3 Limerick 3-4 Thurles Sportsfield
1940 Cork 3-6 Limerick 4-3 Thurles Sportsfield Draw
1940 Cork 2-4 Limerick 3-3 Thurles Sportsfield Replay
1944 Cork 6-7 Limerick 4-13 Thurles Sportsfield Draw
1944 Cork 4-6 Limerick 3-6 Thurles Sportsfield Replay
1946 Cork 3-8 Limerick 1-3 Thurles Sportsfield
1947 Cork 2-6 Limerick 2-3 Thurles Sportsfield
1956 Cork 5-5 Limerick 3-5 Thurles Sportsfield
1975 Cork 3-14 Limerick 0-12 Gaelic Grounds Limerick
1976 Cork 3-15 Limerick 4-5 Pairc Ui Chaoimh
1979 Cork 2-14 Limerick 0-9 Semple Stadium
1980 Cork 2-10 Limerick 2-14 Semple Stadium
1992 Cork 1-22 Limerick 3-11 Semple Stadium


Munster Senior Hurling Championship Finals
Cork vs. Limerick – Past Meetings Breakdown

Overall Record Matches at Cork venue Matches at Limerick venue Matches at a Neutral venue
Played 21 2 2 17
Cork 14 2 2 10
Limerick 5 0 0 5
Drawn 2 0 0 2

2013 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15 – June 2nd @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Clare: Patrick Kelly; Domhnall O’Donovan, David McInerney, Cian Dillon; Brendan Bugler, Patrick Donnellan (Captain), Patrick O’Connor; Colm Galvin, Seadna Morey; John Conlon, Tony Kelly, Colin Ryan; Darach Honan, Shane O’Donnell, Conor McGrath

Subs used: Peter Duggan for Morey (29 mins), Padraic Collins for O’Donnell (55), Fergal Lynch for Duggan (68).

Waterford: Ian O’Regan; Darragh Fives, Liam Lawlor, Noel Connors; Jamie Nagle, Michael Walsh, Paudie Prendergast; Shane O’Sullivan, Kevin Moran (Captain); Maurice Shanahan, Seamus Prendergast, Brian O’Halloran; Jamie Barron, Pauric Mahony, Jake Dillon

Subs used: Ray Barry for O’Halloran (17 mins), Gavin O’Brien for Barron (56), Martin O’Neill for Mahony (63)

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15 – June 9th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final)

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; P Browne, D O’Grady; S Hickey, D Breen, J Ryan; G Mulcahy, D Hannon, S Tobin.

Subs: C Allis for Breen (42), S Dowling for Hickey (49), N Moran for Tobin (61), C King for Browne (66), K Downes for Ryan (69).

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; K Bergin, C O’Mahony, Pádraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; P Bourke, Patrick Maher, J O’Brien; S Bourke, S Callanan, N McGrath.

Subs: J O’Dwyer for S Bourke (half-time), E Kelly for P Bourke (44), B O’Meara for Callanan (49), C O’Brien for S McGrath (64), L Corbett for B Maher (67).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 – June 23rd @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final)

Cork: A Nash; S McDonnell, B Murphy, C O’Sullivan; S O’Neill, C Joyce, W Egan; T Kenny, D Kearney; C McCarthy, S Harnedy, C Lehane; P Horgan, L O’Farrell, S Moylan

Subs: J Coughlan for S Moylan (32), P Cronin for C McCarthy (62)

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, D McInerney, N O’Connell; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; C Dillon, C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly, C Ryan; D Honan, P Collins, C McGrath

Subs: A Cunningham for J Conlon (20), F Lynch for C Ryan (43), S Morey for N O’Connell (55), S O’Donnell for C McGrath (60)

Referee – Barry Kelly (Westmeath)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Declan Hannon (Limerick) – 0-9 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65)

Pat Horgan (Cork) – 0-8 (0-5 frees)
Colin Ryan (Clare) – 0-8 (0-7 frees, 0-2 65s)

Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) – 0-7 (0-6 frees)
John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) – 1-3
Jake Dillon (Waterford) – 1-2
Pauric Collins (Clare) – 0-5
Darach Honan (Clare) – 0-5

Tony Kelly (Clare) – 0-5
Conor McGrath (Clare) – 1-2

Sean Tobin (Limerick) – 1-1
Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) – 0-4 (0-4 frees)
Colm Galvin (Clare) – 0-4

Shane O’Donnell (Clare) – 1-1

Donal O’Grady (Limerick) – 0-3
Seamus Harnedy (Cork) – 0-3

John Conlon (Clare) – 0-3

John O’Brien (Tipperary) – 0-3
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-2 (0-1 free)

Luke O’Farrell (Cork) – 0-2
Conor Lehane (Cork) – 0-2
Anthony Nash (Cork) – 0-2 (0-2 frees)
Jamie Coughlan (Cork) – 0-2
Seamus Prendergast (Waterford) – 0-2

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) – 0-2 (0-1 free)

David Breen (Limerick), James Ryan (Limerick), Niall Moran (Limerick), William Egan (Cork), Pat Cronin (Cork), Daniel Kearney (Cork), Fergal Lynch (Clare), Brendan Maher (Tipperary), Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Pa Bourke (Tipperary), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Jamie Barron (Waterford), Pauric Mahony (Waterford) & Gavin O’Brien (Waterford) – 0-1 each

Useful Information

The 2013 Munster Senior Hurling Final will be the third occasion that Cork and Limerick have met in a Munster Final hosted at a Limerick venue. Cork have won the previous finals in Limerick soil in 1919 and 1975.

Limerick have won just one of their last ten Munster Finals versus Cork dating back to 1944. That sole victory came in the 1980 Final with Limerick winning by 2-14 to 2-10 in Semple Stadium Thurles. Limerick subsequently lost the All-Ireland Final to Galway.

Limerick’s last victory over Cork in a Munster Championship game was on May 27th 2001 in a Quarter-Final played at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Limerick 1-16 Cork 1-15.

Limerick have won 18 Munster titles with 5 of those victories against Cork. Limerick’s other Munster Senior Hurling titles have come at the expense of Tipperary (6), Clare (5), Waterford (2).

The last time neither Tipperary nor Waterford appeared in the Munster senior hurling final was 1999, when Cork beat Clare by 1-15 to 0-14.

Cork will concede home advantage to their opponents in both Munster Senior Finals. The last occasion this happened was in 2006 when Cork defeated Tipperary in the Hurling Final by 2-14 to 1-14 in Thurles while their Footballers drew with Kerry (0-10 to 0-10) in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney before winning the replay at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Last Championship meeting – 2010 Munster Semi-Final – Cork 2-19 Limerick 0-12 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Cork: D Og Cusack; S O’Neill, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner (0-01), R Curran, S Og O hAilpín; L McLoughlin (0-01), C Naughton (0-01); B O’Connor (0-03, 0-01f), J O’Connor (0-03), N McCarthy (0-05); K Murphy (0-02), A O hAilpin, P Horgan (1-02, 1-00 pen).

Subs used: S Murphy for B Murphy (33 mins), M Cussen for A O hAilpin, P O’Sullivan (1-01) for Horgan (both 49), G Callanan for Naughton (54), R Ryan for S Og O hAilpin (62).

Limerick: T Flynn; S O’Neill, D Breen, K O’Rourke; S O’Riordan, B O’Sullivan, P Browne; T O’Brien (0-06, 0-03f, 0-01 ’65′), A Brennan (0-01, 0-01f); P McNamara (0-01, 0-01f), J O’Brien, S Herlihy; G Mulcahy (0-03), A Owens (0-01), R McKeogh.

Subs used: L O’Dwyer for O’Riordan (24 mins), C Mullane for McNamara, P Russell for McKeogh (both half-time), N Quaid for Brennan (44), A O’Connor for Owens (59).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

 

The 4 games in the 2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship produced an average of 40.5 scores per game. There were 43 scores per game in the 2011 Munster SHC as compared to 34 scores per match in the 2010 Munster SHC. The highest scoring game in 2012 yielded 47 scores, the semi-final victory for Tipperary over Cork by 1-22 to 0-24. In the three games this year to date, the average scores per game is 37.

Tipperary’s Pa Bourke was the top scorer in the 2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship, scoring 1-21 (0-13 from frees and 3 65’s) in 3 matches. Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) finished second with 15 points (10 from frees and 1 65). Noel McGrath was third on the scoring charts with 1-10, all from play while Pat Horgan (Cork) finished fourth with 11 points (9 from frees) from just 1 game.

Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 29.

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (50) – 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary (40) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Limerick (18) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996

Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998

Kerry (1) – 1891

Munster GAA HURLING Senior 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 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sh_teams/

Munster Senior HURLING Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 4 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 3 titles in 1914, 1995 and 1997 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final – Waterford 2-19 Limerick 2-19

Waterford and Limerick finished level in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday July 14th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on a scoreline of 2-19 to 2-19. The replay is fixed for Tuesday July 23rd at 7:30pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Morrissey’s last-gasp goal ensures Limerick live to fight another day for minor crown

Report by Cian Tracey for the Irish Independent newspaper

Limerick 2-19 Waterford 2-19

Limerick and Waterford minors will meet again after the two sides played out an enthralling contest at the Gaelic Grounds. The teams had only previously met once at this stage of the competition way back in 1958 but it was well worth the wait. A last-minute goal from substitute Tom Morrissey ensured that, in front of a large home support, Limerick would get a second shot at Munster minor glory.

Waterford, who were the stronger side throughout, led by three points at half-time. A couple of long-range scores from both Austin Gleeson and Colm Roche gave the Deise the upper hand, but Limerick remained in touch thanks to Ronan Lynch’s accuracy from the dead ball. Waterford got off to a flying second-half start when almost straight from the throw-in, they had the ball in the back of the net through Stephen Bennett.

But Lynch continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over as he knocked over three frees without reply. As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Waterford looked to have put the game beyond Limerick when Micheal Harney capitalised on an error from goalkeeper Colin Ryan to score his side’s second goal.

But Limerick never gave up and were handed a lifeline when Lynch rifled a 21-yard free into the back of the net with five minutes remaining. Bennett and Pat Ryan exchanged points before a long ball found Morrissey and he beat his man before sending an unstoppable shot passed Gavin Power to set up a replay.

Scorers – Limerick: R Lynch 1-9 (1-9fs), T Morrissey 1-1, C Lynch 0-4, B Nash 0-3, P Ryan 0-2. Waterford: S Bennett 1-2, M Harney 1-1, P Curran 0-5 (1f), A Gleeson (2fs), C Roche 0-3 each, C Gleeson 0-2, A Farrell, DJ Foran, M Kearney 0-1 each.

Limerick – C Ryan; J Porter, R English, S Finn; S Ryan, A La Touche Cosgrave, S Flanagan; J Butler, R Lynch; B Nash, D O’Donovan, C Lynch; D Coleman, D Dempsey, P Ryan. Subs: G Whelan for O’Donovan (37), S Power for Flanagan (43), T Morrissey for Coleman (49) M Casey for Porter (51).

Waterford – G Power; W Hahessy, K Daly, C Leamy; T Devine, A Gleeson, Shane Bennett; M Kearney, M Harney; A Farrell, C Roche, DJ Foran; P Curran, Stephen Bennett, C Gleeson. Subs: C Curran for Farrell (51), M O’Brien for Gleeson (54) P O’Connor for Harney (56).

Ref – F Horgan (Tipperary)

 

When – Sunday July 14th @ 1:45pm

Where – Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Referee – Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
Standby Referee – John O’Brien (Tipperary)
Linesman – Anthony Sherlock (Tipperary)
Sideline Official – John McCormack (Tipperary)
Umpires – Dave Heelan, Eamon Fogarty, Michael Butler and John Hayes (all Tipperary)

Next Round
– the winners will qualify for the All-Ireland Semi-Final while the losers will play in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final.

PRO Contact Details

Waterford PRO Emer Barry – pro.waterford@gaa.ie and 087-9506613

Limerick PRO Eamonn Phelan – pro.limerick@gaa.ie and 087-2807546

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

Team News

The Limerick Minor Hurling team is as follows –

1, Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 2, Jamie Porter (Monaleen), 3, Richard English (Doon) (Capt), 4, Sean Finn (Bruff), 5, Stephen Ryan (Doon), 6, Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 7, Sean Flanagan (Feoghanagh/Castlemahon), 8, Jamie Bulter (Feoghanagh/Castlemahon), 9, Darragh Donovan (Doon)(Vice Capt), 10, Barry Nash (South Liberties), 11, David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 12, Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13, Dean Coleman (Doon), 14, Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh) and 15, Pat Ryan (Doon).

Panel members 16, Eoin McNamara (Doon), 17, Graham Whelan (Bruff), 18, Tom Morrissey (Ahane), 19, Stephen Power (Ahane), 20, Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 21, Edward Doyle (Monaleen), 22, Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 23, Darragh Kennedy (Murroe/Boher) and 24 Stephen Cahill (Tounafulla).

The Waterford Minor Hurling team is as follows –

1. Gavin Power Dungarvan

2. William Hahessy Clonea

3. Kevin Daly Dungarvan CAPTAIN

4. Cian Leamy Ballyduff Upper

5. Tom Devine Modeligo

6. Austin Gleeson Mount Sion

7. Shane Bennett Ballysaggart

8. Conor Gleeson Fourmilewater

9. Michéal Harney Bonmahon

10. Adam Farrell De La Salle

11. Colm Roche Shamrocks

12. DJ Foran Portlaw

13. Patrick Curran Dungarvan

14. Stephen Bennett Ballysaggart

15. Michael Kearney Ballyduff Upper

 


For the Record

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

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

Brian Ryan
(South Liberties – Manager) 

Eamonn Cregan
(Claughaun – Selector),

Paul Finn (Bruff – Selector)

2013 Team Captain Kevin Daly
(Dungarvan)
Richard English
(Doon)
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 Cork by 0-16 to 1-12 in the Munster Quarter-Final. Lost to Clare by 1-19 to 2-14 after extra time in the Munster Semi-Final.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 4 5
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2009 1984
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 33
Won – 12
Lost – 18
Drawn – 3
Played – 27
Won – 9
Lost – 16
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship June 25th 2011 at Walsh Park Waterford
Waterford 4-17 Limerick 3-15 – Munster S-Final (after extra time)
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MUNSTER GAA HURLING MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2013

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                        Waterford 4-18 Clare 1-10

Semi-Finals

Wednesday June 26th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Limerick 1-17 Tipperary 0-17

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                               Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-20 (after extra time)

Final

Sunday July 14th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick               Limerick v Waterford                                                  @ 1:45pm

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Odds and Ends

Waterford have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 6 years, the longest current streak in the province.

The only previous Munster Minor Hurling Final meeting between Limerick & Waterford was 1958 when Limerick were 8–9 to 2–5 winners in Thurles. The Limerick team went on to win the All-Ireland title. The Limerick team lined out as follows in the 1958 Munster Minor Hurling Final – Tommy Hanley, John McDonagh, John Joe Bresnihan, Con O’Connell, Jimmy Guinane, Joe Leonard, Micky Hanrahan, Pat Hartnett, Brendan Kelleher, Paddy Cobbe (Captain), Liam Canty, Pat Murphy, Pat Doyle, John Hayes, Tom Meaney. Sub: Con Connolly

Of the 217 points scored on aggregate in the five Munster Minor Hurling Championship matches to date, 118 points (54%) have come courtesy of 6 players – Patrick Curran (Waterford), Stephen Bennett (Waterford), Ronan Lynch (Limerick), Bobby Duggan (Clare), Josh Keane (Tipperary) and Pa O’Callaghan (Cork).

Last Meeting – Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final

June 25th 2011 at Walsh Park Waterford – Waterford 4-17 Limerick 3-15

Scorers for Waterford: S Bennett (3-2), J Dillon (0-8, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65’), D Flynn (1-0), G O’Brien (0-3, 0-1 free), R Barry, S McNulty, C Heffernan, D Breathnach (0-1) each.

Scorers for Limerick: K O’Brien (2-3), M Carmody (1-4, 0-1 free), S Dowling (0-6, frees); J Ahern (0-2).

Waterford: P Cooke; J Barron, D Ahern, C Walsh; S O’Neill, D Foley, S Roche; S McNulty, R Barry; D Flynn, J Dillon, G O‘Brien; A O’Sullivan, S Bennett, C Chester.

Subs: C Heffernan for Chester (42), M Harney for Flynn (49), I Kenny for Roche (53), J Power for Ahern (inj, 59), C Dunford for O’Neill (70), D Breathnach for O’Sullivan (71).

Limerick: PJ Hall; S Irwin, B O’Connell, B Murphy; L Ryan, C Keogh, B Lynch; D Morrissey, D Dee; D Reidy, S Dowling, M Fitzgibbon; K O’Brien, M Carmody, J Ahern.

Subs: P Carroll for Keogh (26), S O’Riordan for Fitzgibbon (57), C O’Riordan or Murphy (66), Fitzgibbon for S O’Riordan (70), E O’Farrell for Dowling (inj. 71).

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 – 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 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)

Waterford 4-18 Clare 1-10 – May 1st @ Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Semi-Final Playoff)

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: Anthony Sherlock (Tipperary)

Limerick 1-17 Tipperary 0-17 – June 26th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final)

Tipperary: B Hogan; R Mulcahy, J Ryan, D Peters; T Fox, R Maher, B Heffernan; W Connors, T Kirwan; C Lanigan, C O’Riordan, S Conlon; M McCarthy, J Keane, S Ryan
Subs: T Nolan for Conlon (42), D Quinn for Lanigan (48), A Tierney for Peters (51), F O’Sullivan for Connors (57).

Limerick: C Ryan; J Porter, R English, S Finn; S Ryan, A La Touche Cosgrave, S Flanagan; J Butler, D Donovan; B Nash, R Lynch, C Lynch; D Coleman, D Dempsey, P Ryan
Subs: G Whelan for Butler (39), T Morrissey for P Ryan (44)

Referee: Damien Fox (Clare)

Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-20 (after extra time) – June 26th @ Pairc Ui Rinn (Munster Semi-Final)

Waterford: G Power; C Leamy, W Hahessey, K Daly (c); T Devine, A Gleeson, Shane Bennett; M Harney, M Kearney; A Farrell, C Roche, C Curran; P Curran, Stephen Bennett, C Gleeson
Subs: D Foran for Farrell (26); M O’Brien for Kearney (30); C Breathnach for C Curran (45); S Hogan for Roche (inj. 75); P O’Connor for Harney (76).

Cork: P Collins; D Quinn, K Histon, S O’Brien; C Twomey, K O’Connor, A O’Callaghan; M O’Connor, R Cahalane; C McCormack (c), K O’Neill, P Kelleher; M Cahalane, P O’Callaghan, A Spillane
Subs: C Kelleher for S O’Brien (inj. 7); B Dunne for Kelleher (44); A Ward for Dunne (71); D Hannon for O’Connor (77).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Patrick Curran (Waterford) – 0-29 (0-15 frees, 0-4 65s)
Bobby Duggan (Clare) – 3-16 (1-0 penalty, 0-9 frees, 0-2 65s)
Josh Keane (Tipperary) – 2-16 (0-11 frees, 1-0 penalty)
Pa O’Callaghan (Cork) – 2-16 (1-0 penalty, 0-7 frees)
Ronan Lynch (Limerick) – 1-7 (1-0 penalty, 0-6 frees)
Stephen Bennett (Waterford) – 3-1 (1-0 penalty)
Anthony Spillane (Cork) – 1-5
Michael Kearney (Waterford) – 1-3
Colin O’Riordan (Tipperary) – 0-6
C Roche (Waterford) – 1-3
Cormac Curran (Waterford) – 1-2
Conor Gleeson (Waterford) – 1-2
David Dempsey (Limerick) – 0-4
Adam Farrell (Waterford) – 0-4
DJ Foran (Waterford) – 1-1
M Cahalane (Cork) – 1-1
Mark O’Connor (Cork) – 0-4 (0-1 free)
Willie Connors (Tipperary) – 0-4
Conor Lanigan (Tipperary) – 0-4
Trevor Horgan (Cork) – 0-3
David Begley (Clare) – 0-3
Cian Lynch (Limerick) – 0-2
Peter Kelleher (Cork) – 0-2
Kevin O’Neill (Cork) – 0-2
Ian Galvin (Clare) – 0-2
Mark O’Brien (Waterford) – 0-2
Christy Breathnach (Waterford) – 0-2

Barry Nash (Limerick), Dean Coleman (Limerick), Patrick Ryan (Limerick), Thomas Morrissey (Limerick), Shane Hennessy (Tipperary), Tom Fox (Tipperary), Mark McCarthy (Tipperary), Sam Conlon (Tipperary), Donnacha Quinn (Tipperary), E Tuohy (Clare) (0-1 free), C Downey (Clare), A Morey (Clare), Tom Devine (Waterford), Austin Gleeson (Waterford), P O’Connor (Waterford), R Cahalane (Cork), C McCormack (Cork) – 0-1 each

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers – Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16

Kilkenny defeated Waterford by 1-22 to 2-16 after extra time in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 13th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Never say die Cats having time of their lives

Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16 aet

By Diarmuid O’Flynn from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Not once, not twice, not even thrice but four times Kilkenny were forced to excel by battling Waterford to win this titanic All-Ireland SHC qualifier in Semple Stadium on Saturday evening. First, with just seven minutes remaining of normal time, they held a five-point lead but were pegged back, point-by-point Déise captain Kevin Moran and supersub Ray Barry to the fore. Then, right at the end of the two minutes’ added time, Matthew Ruth broke onto a ball inside the 45m line with the posts at his mercy and duly pointed. A second earlier however referee James Owens blew for full-time and it didn’t count.

Forced to regroup, Kilkenny came out and shot five consecutive points to start extra-time, looking like winners for the third time. Not yet though, not yet. Waterford got their first goal; worse from a Kilkenny perspective. It should have been disallowed, Jake Dillon standing inside the square when Seamus Prendergast’s shot was saved, striking home the rebound.

Worse was to come for the Cats. Just two minutes remaining of extra-time Kilkenny still a goal to good, Waterford got their second goal and this time there was no question, Barry rifling home the rebound of Maurice Shanahan’s 20m free. That score tied the game yet again, momentum again with Waterford. And again, and for the final time, Kilkenny rose to the challenge.

Fittingly it was two young guns, captain Colin Fennelly and Richie Hogan showing the way with a point apiece while one of the old stagers, Aidan Fogarty, hit the final point. Over the hill? Four big games in three weeks in a heatwave bound to take its toll on an ageing team? Not these guys. Where do they get that continuing resolve? No-one knows them better than manager Brian Cody. “Ah, we dug savage deep a few times! There were huge questions asked here,” he said. “If our spirit was remotely diluted or if our attitude or determination was in any way below par, we would have been blown away because that’s the standard they were playing at. Every one speaks about the outstanding Waterford players who are no longer playing with them and they were top class players, you could rattle off the names. “Now they have assembled a team of serious, serious skill and ability and determination, and they have a lot of good young players coming behind them as well. We came here expecting a ferocious challenge and with a full realisation that we could be beaten tonight if we were anyway off attitude-wise at all, we wouldn’t have a hope of winning this match. And that’s what drove us on, I suppose. Great credit is due to them.”

One of those players is Tommy Walsh and not for the first time the Tullaroan Tiger epitomised the spirit of which Brian speaks. As Waterford raced into an early 0-5 to 0-2 lead, roared on by their massive support in the 17,235 crowd, Tommy was one of those who drove the recovery, helped Kilkenny to a one-goal half-time lead (1-6 to 0-6). The goal came just before the break, a Richie Power penalty deemed to have come back into play off the back stanchion supporting the net. And what a half! “It was like a coliseum out there!” said Walsh. “Waterford came back at us a few times but that’s what championship is all about. We met them in the league and they played a good style of hurling, all short passing; they’re well able to play around with the ball and we were under no illusions coming in.”

Five Waterford points in a row (two by rampaging Kevin Moran and two by sub Ray Barry) tied the game in regular time, that Matthew Ruth ‘winning’ point for the Cats ruled out. No matter. In that extra-time, the momentum should have been with Waterford it was Kilkenny playing their best hurling of the game, perhaps even of the season. “You’re trying from minute one and sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t,” said Tommy; “We hit a few wides at different stages but at the end, we were more clinical. “It was just great out there. It was like Nowlan Park last week, the crowd really got into it, real old-style championship hurling. The smaller grounds, where the crowd are kind of on top of you, I think that’s what every player loves. This one was just epic, great to be part of it.”

Made epic by Waterford, who grabbed two more goals in that extra-time, Jake Dillon and Ray Barry, tying the game again with just two minutes left, momentum swinging again. Did Tommy feel it was going from them? Did he hell! “No, never!” And so Kilkenny drive on, that indomitable spirit intact, taking the by-way rather than the highway. Better this way perhaps? “Who knows? We won’t know til the next day and hopefully we’ll come with a big game again.”

Scorers for Kilkenny: R Power (1-5, 2fs, 1-0pen), R Hogan (0-5), C Fennelly (0-4), E Larkin (0-4, 3fs), A Fogarty (0-2), M Ruth, M Fennelly (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: R Barry (1-3), J Dillon (1-2, 1f), K Moran, D Fives (0-3 each). R Foley, J Barron, B O’Sullivan, J Nagle (free), S Prendergast (0-1 each).

KILKENNY: E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; E Larkin, M Rice; C Fennelly (c), R Power, M Ruth; A Fogarty, W Walsh, R Hogan.

Subs for Kilkenny: H Shefflin for W Walsh (39), M Fennelly for Rice (47), W Walsh for Shefflin (70), L Ryan for Fogarty (70), A Fogarty for W Walsh (83), C Fogarty for JJ Delaney (88).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, K Moran (c); R Foley, D Fives; J Dillon, S Prendergast, S O’Sullivan; J Barron, M Shanahan, B O’Sullivan.

Subs for Waterford: R Barry for B O’Sullivan (48), M O’Neill for Shanahan (55), S Walsh for O’Neill (inj. 58), P Prendergast for Foley (inj. 60), T Browne for D Fives (inj. 68), E Barrett for Barron (77), D Fives for P Prendergast (82), M Shanahan for Moran (inj. 85).

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)

 

Kilkenny emerge from Waterford epic

Report from the GAA.ie web site

All-Ireland Hurling Championship Phase III Qualifier: Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16 (AET)

Kilkenny advanced to the All-Ireland quarter-finals on Saturday night by defeating Waterford after extra-time in an incredible game at Semple Stadium. With the first game of the double header in Thurles between Clare and Wexford having dramatically gone to extra-time, it seemed unlikely that the second one would require the additional period as well, but a dramatic Waterford comeback in normal time ensured it would. In the end, the game was very similar to Clare’s win over Wexford. Kilkenny had looked almost certain to advance after the 70 minutes, but from nowhere, Waterford produced a remarkable comeback, hitting five unanswered points between the 63rd and 72nd minute.

Just like Clare did against Wexford, Kilkenny stormed clear of Waterford in extra-time, but while Wexford were unable to recover against Clare, Waterford did recover against Kilkenny, and extra-time goals from Jake Dillon and Ray Barry had Waterford level with two minutes left on the clock. But Kilkenny, like they have done consistently for a decade, delivered it when it mattered most. They hit three points in the two minutes that were left after the second Waterford goal, and that was enough to finally take the win in what truly was one of the great hurling epics. Kilkenny lead by three points, 1-6 to 0-6, at the end of a first half which never really took light.

It was Waterford who made by far the better start to the game, and they led 0-3 to 0-0 after 10 minutes. Kilkenny hit a few early wides and they were punished by the Déise as Richie Foley, Brian O’Sullivan and Darragh Fives all fired over to open up the gap for Michael Ryan’s side. Colin Fennelly finally got Kilkenny off the mark on 12 minutes, but Waterford continued to impress, and they lead 0-5 to 0-2 after a second inspirational score from Fives. However, Waterford hit only one more point for the remainder of the half as Kilkenny took charge.

A Richie Power brace and a point from Fennelly, which could have been a goal but for a fine save from Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe, made it 0-5 apiece, and then Eoin Larkin fired over his first free of the game to edge Kilkenny ahead for the first time in the game. Dillon levelled it up for Waterford shortly afterwards, but some late drama at the end of the first half left Kilkenny three in front at the break. Aidan Fogarty was fouled close to goal after a brilliant catch, and Kilkenny were awarded a penalty. Power struck it, and it appeared to be blocked on the line as it ricocheted back out to the onrushing players. The umpires signalled for a point after the rebound had been flicked over, but after consultation with the umpires, the referee awarded a goal, with Power’s penalty shot having hit the stanchion at the back of the net before deceptively firing back out to the players.

Three remained the gap after 49 minutes following points from Seamus Prendergast and the impressive Power, but Kilkenny were gaining in strength as the finish line loomed and points from Power and Larkin put them five ahead with just over 10 minutes to go. A point from the outstanding Barry put four in it, but Larkin’s free left Kilkenny five ahead with 61 minutes on the clock. However, Brian Cody’s side faded dramatically in the final 10 minutes as Waterford hit five points without reply to take the game into extra-time.

Barry (2) and Dillon pointed before Kevin Moran thundered over two inspirational points to take the game into extra-time. The way the end of normal time had panned out, it looked as though Kilkenny had nothing left in the tank, but they powered clear at the start of the extra period, and lead 1-17 to 0-15 after a few minutes, with Richie Hogan very prominent. Dillon’s goal just before half-time in the extra period left just two in it again, but two points from the brilliant Hogan had Kilkenny four ahead shortly after. Waterford kept battling though, and were three behind when awarded a 21 metre free with two minutes to go.

Maurice Shanahan went for a goal with the strike, but it was blocked on the line, and came back out to Barry, who controlled brilliantly before smashing to the net. That left it 1-19 to 2-16 with 89 minutes of hurling played. Incredibly though, Kilkenny surged forward again in one final act of brilliance. Colin Fennelly, Matthew Ruth and Aidan Fogarty all fired over points in the final two minutes to definitively grab the win for their side, and when the final whistle eventually came, it was hard to know where to begin after one of the most remarkable hurling matches one could ever hope to see.

Scorers for Kilkenny: R Power 1-5 (1 pen, 3f), R Hogan 0-5, E Larkin 0-4 (3f), C Fennelly 0-4, A Fogarty 0-2, M Fennelly 0-1, M Ruth 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: R Barry 1-3, J Dillon 1-2 (1f), D Fives 0-3, K Moran 0-3, R Foley 0-1, B O’Sullivan 0-1, J Barron 0-1, S Prendergast 0-1, J Nagle 0-1 (1f)

Kilkenny: E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; E Larkin, M Rice; C Fennelly, R Power, M Ruth; R Hogan, W Walsh, A Fogarty. Subs: H Shefflin for W Walsh (40), M Fennelly for M Rice (48), L Ryan for H Shefflin (72), W Walsh for A Fogarty (72), A Fogarty for W Walsh (83).

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, D Fives; K Moran, R Foley; J Dillon, S Prendergast, S O’Sullivan; B O’Sullivan, M Shanahan, J Barron. Subs: P Prendergast for N Connors (Temp, 17-18), R Barry for B O’Sullivan (48), M O’Neill for M Shanahan (55), S Walsh for M O’Neill (58), P Prendergast for R Foley (60), T Browne for D Fives (68), E Barrett for J Barron (78), M Shanahan for K Moran (85)

Fixture Details

Saturday July 13th

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Phase III

Semple Stadium Thurles 19:00

Cill Chainnigh v Port Láirge

Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

KILKENNY (SH v Waterford) – E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; E Larkin, M Rice; C Fennelly, R Power, M Ruth; R Hogan, W Walsh, A Fogarty.

WATERFORD (SH v Kilkenny) – S O’Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, D Fives; K Moran, R Foley; J Dillon, S Prendergast, S O’Sullivan; B O’Sullivan, M Shanahan, J Barron.

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All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers – Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20

Clare defeated Wexford by 3-24 to 1-20 after extra time in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 13th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Clare have more in the tank

Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20 aet

By John Fogarty GAA Correspondent from the Irish Examiner newspaper

The vagaries of youth were in no short supply in Saturday’s undercard qualifier where the greenness of one team and exuberance of an individual on the other side collectively brought this game into extra-time. Clare had been coasting it, five points ahead with three minutes to go, with their last two scores in normal time courtesy of Seadna Morey and Tony Kelly as Wexford’s full-back Tomás Waters was refused a stoppage for treatment to a serious knee injury. The 16 wides they had built up look to be just a small blot on the copybook until Wexford’s Jack Guiney grabbed the game by the neck.

He had made a couple of attempts earlier with shots at goal from 20-metre frees, one being saved and the other fizzing over the bar. But after he, from a free, and then 17-year-old substitute Conor McDonald cut the gap to three in the second minute of injury-time, Guiney fielded Ciarán Kenny’s long ball in and turned for goal. David McInerney, already on a yellow, pulled desperately at Guiney’s jersey but the 20-year-old brushed it off to strike past Patrick Kelly and level the game at 1-17 apiece.

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald bemoaned his team’s attempt to kill the contest in the closing stages. “I thought the problem we had in normal time was that we tried to play out the game. We were five points up with a few minutes to go and tried to play it out. You can’t do that because if a team get a point or two there’s always a chance they can get a goal. “It was into the 72nd minute when they got it. We went too defensive. People say that we’re a defensive team but we’re not. “We’re normally attack-minded. I’d like to think we’ve more scores than most teams this year and that’s what we’ve set out to do — attack. “I’m just disappointed we went on the defensive in the last 10 minutes and if you draw a team onto you, you’re in trouble. “We never looked in trouble in that whole game. I know they got the goal to draw but that was the only time they looked like it.”

Cathal McInerney’s two first half goals in extra-time eventually put Wexford to the sword, his first in the fourth minute of the additional period capitalising on sloppy play and restoring Clare’s five-point lead. He goaled again four minute later when neat work by Tony Kelly and Conor McGrath put him in. Wexford managed just one point in those first 10 minutes as Clare led 3-20 to 1-18.

The second half was processional but for Guiney cracking the bar with a rasping strike and Bobby Kenny being sent from the pitch for a second yellow card offence. “The momentum was well gone by half-time of extra-time but look it in fairness to the lads it wasn’t good enough in extra-time,” said Liam Dunne. “Clare got a good game today. Best of luck to Davy and the Clare lads but we didn’t come down to make up numbers and whoever Clare draw the next day (Clare) won’t be going out to make up the numbers. They’ve got a young team and fair play to them.”

Fitzgerald took the opportunity after the game to defend his team’s style and those who have supported it in the wake of the Munster semi-final defeat by Cork. He knows Clare will be less fancied of the remaining teams in the Championship but isn’t bothered. As the strains of the Rocky theme over the Semple Stadium PA could be heard, he said: “We’ll be total outsiders but we’ll like that. We’re fighters in Clare and I’d like to thank some of our great support here today. “Some of them were absolutely fantastic and that’s what we needed at the end, all of Clare getting behind us. We’ll keep going. It isn’t so long ago that I know where we were in Clare. The progress that these young lads have made is fantastic. The backing that we have got from the county board and the sponsor (is superb), this thing doesn’t happen by accident. This happens by people working together and not knocking people. “The genuine people who have come to me since the Cork game… to me, personally, that means an awful lot. The people who came to me and said ‘don’t change what you’re doing, stay with you’re doing, don’t mind the knockers who are in every county’… genuine people are great.”

Fitzgerald admits he’s a bit of a headache in picking his forwards the next day, with two-goal hero McInerney and Aaron Cunningham impressing off the bench and Darach Honan to come back from injury. He also has the U21s’ midweek Munster semi-final against Waterford to consider. Shane O’Donnell, who replaced Honan in the starting line-up and scored Clare’s first-half goal in normal time, will also be featuring heavily in his thoughts. That score helped Clare into a 1-10 to 0-8 lead and one they threatened to augment but for a catalogue of wides after the break. As indicated on Saturday, ruthlessness is the last attribute that an aspiring team attains but Clare are getting there.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan (0-10, six frees, two 65s); C McInerney (2-1); S O’Donnell (1-1); T Kelly (0-5, 0-1 pen); J Conlon (0-3); B Bugler, P Collins, S Morey, A Cunningham (0-1 each).

Scorers for Wexford: J Guiney (1-8, 0-6 frees); D Redmond, P Morris, P Doran, G Moore (0-2 each); G Sinnott, C Kenny, C McDonald, M O’Regan (0-1 each).

Subs for Clare: S Morey for P O’Connor (blood 11-15); S Morey for C Galvin (54); A Cunningham for P Duggan (59); C McInerney for S O’Donnell (65); F Lynch for J Conlon, N O’Connell for Colin Ryan (both 70+1); Colin Ryan for S Morey (full-time); J Conlon for C McGrath (80+1); S Morey for P O’Connor (inj 86).

Subs for Wexford: G Moore for E Quigley (34); H Kehoe for R Kehoe (half-time); E Doyle for T Waters (inj 64); PJ Nolan for H Kehoe, C McDonald for P Doran (both 68); M O’Regan for G Sinnott (76); C O’Shaughnessy for K Rossiter (79).

Red card: B Kenny (89, second yellow).

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).

CLARE: P Kelly; C Dillon, D McInerney, D O’Donovan; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; C Galvin, C Ryan; J Conlon, T Kelly, P Duggan; P Collins, S O’Donnell, C McGrath.

WEXFORD: M Fanning; E Moore, T Waters, B Kenny; R Kehoe, K Rossiter, C Kenny; A Shore, D Redmond; P Morris, E Quigley, G Sinnott; P Doran, J Guiney, R Jacob.

 

Clare power past Wexford after extra-time

Report from the GAA.ie web site

All-Ireland Hurling Championship Phase III Qualifier (AET): Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20

Clare advanced to the All-Ireland quarter-finals with a 10-point victory over Wexford at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening, but the Banner men needed extra-time after a dramatic fightback from Wexford. The Munster side lead by six points at half-time, and held their lead for almost the entire second half despite Wexford coming back strongly at them. Clare lead by four points in injury-time, but Conor McDonald gave Wexford hope with a point on 71 minutes.

Wexford needed to win the puck-out and score a goal in the remaining 30 seconds, and incredibly, they did just that. The sliotar ended up with Jack Guiney, and he rifled to the net to secure a dramatic last-gasp draw for his side, and send the contest into an additional 20 minutes. Liam Dunne’s side had nothing left to give in the extra period though, and Clare immediately took control of the game a few minutes after the restart with two goals from Cathal McInerney. They then streaked away from Wexford, and were so comfortable by the end that Tony Kelly was able to tap a penalty in the last minute of extra-time over the bar.

Clare had led 1-10 to 0-7 at half-time in normal time, having taken control of the match midway through the first half. A brilliant goal from Shane O’Donnell after 14 minutes was the key score of the opening period, and put Davy Fitzgerald’s side two ahead at the time. O’Donnell finished well after catching a high ball played towards the Wexford goal, and when it was followed up by points from nerveless placed-ball striker Colin Ryan, Kelly and O’Donnell himself, Clare led 1-6 to 0-4 with 27 minutes played.

Guiney had kept Wexford in touch with some excellent frees, while Gareth Sinnott also pointed, but Clare had a chance to go further in front when Wexford defender Tomás Waters gave away a penalty on 31 minutes. Kelly’s effort from the penalty was blocked on the line, but Brendan Bugler pointed immediately afterwards, and Clare led by six at the break. Wexford showed plenty of fight after the restart, but they were struggling to eat into the Clare lead and the gap remained six midway through the second half at 1-15 to 0-12. Then, three Wexford points without reply, from David Redmond, Guiney (free) and Podge Doran left just three in it with less than 10 minutes to go.

Clare edged five clear again following points from Seadna Morey and Kelly, and the game looked up for Wexford. However, when Guiney fired over another free, and McDonald stung one over a minute into injury-time, the Model men were left with one last chance to level the game up, having trailed since O’Donnell’s 14th minute goal. Guiney’s goal with what was one of the last pucks of the game sent the Wexford fans into raptures, but it was a short-lived joy for them, as Clare ran riot in extra-time, with McInerney outstanding. A painful extra period was completed for Wexford when they had Bobby Kenny sent off at the very end (two yellows), and Kelly’s point from the resultant penalty wrapped up what was in the end a satisfying and deserved victory for Clare.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan 0-10 (3 ’65, 6f), C McInerney 2-1, S O’Donnell 1-1, T Kelly 0-5 (0-1 pen), J Conlon 0-3, M Collins 0-1, S Morey 0-1, B Bugler 0-1, A Cunningham 0-1

Scorers for Wexford: J Guiney 1-8 (1 ’65, 5f), D Redmond 0-2, P Morris 0-2, P Doran 0-2, C Kenny 0-1, G Sinnott 0-1, G Moore 0-1, C McDonald 0-1, G Morris 0-1, M O’Regan 0-1

Fixture Details

Saturday July 13th

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Phase III

Semple Stadium Thurles 17:00

An Clár v Loch Garman

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Corcaigh)

(E.T. if Necessary)

 

TG4 Munster Ladies Football Senior Championship Final – Kerry 1-16 Cork 1-15

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-16 to 1-15 in the TG4 Munster Ladies Football Senior Championship Final on Saturday July 13th at Castletownroche.

TG4 Munster Ladies Senior Championship Final

By Donal Barry

Kingdom regain Crown and end 10 year famine

Kerry 1-16 Cork 1-15

At Castletownroche

“Everything comes to an end” those were the humble words from Cork Manager Eamon Ryan as his side had to give second best to Kerry in the Munster Senior Final. It was Corks second loss to the Kingdom in a matter of weeks and few would begrudge William’s O’Sullivans team their moment in the sun as they came out in top in an epic Munster Final in which the sides were level nine occasions and were still deadlocked with 2 minutes of play remaining. The temperature on the field was 28 degrees prior to the start of the game but as both sides set about their tasks, the temperature was ratcheted up a few more notches.

The scores came hot and heavy inside the first 13 minutes as both teams were level on 0-5 each after some blistering football. The Kerry forwards were causing trouble and racked up the frees as Ni Mhuirtceartaigh brought her scoring boot s and kicked 3 vital frees, Dennehy and Corridan added one each as nothing separated them. Cork replies coming from Corkery, O’Sullivan, Finn and 2 frees from Mulcahy. It might have taken the defences some time to get the handle on things but they did and the resultant 15 minutes yielded little in scores but plenty in action as Aislinn Desmond, Aoife Lyons and Cait Lynch were flawless in the Kerry full back line as Cork were forced into shooting 8 costly first half wides.

Kerry went to the break ahead by a solitary point (0-7 to 0-6) having never being behind as the teams were level on five different occasions. They were level again inside the first minute of the second half with a Ni Bhuachalla point. Galvin and Houlihan pushed Kerry out to a two point lead by the 36th minute but Cork were level again inside two minutes as Nollaig Cleary and Orla Farmer were causing all types of problems for the Kerry half back line and were rewarded with a point each. Both teams continued to pound each other with hard tackling, fast running and great off the ball support play. It was evident that a special game was playing out as both sets of supporters began to applaud both teams’ scores as they wondered who would give in first.

Cork were first to land a telling blow. Briege Corkery charged through the Kerry defence on the 39th minute to bury her shot low to the Kerry net to give Cork their biggest lead since the game started. In other years that would have been the daylight the rebels needed but Kerry were not going away and they had the lead back to a point as Bernie Breen and Sarah Houlihan added Kerry points. Mulcahy added a pointed free on the 41st minutes as there was no slow down in the pace of the game.

This time it was Kerry who were to up the ante and Patrice Dennehy escaped her marker in the Cork box to shoot past Martina O’Brien and within a minute Deirdre Corridan added her 3rd point of the day to give Kerry a two point lead. Such as the ding dong nature it was not a surprise that the rebels were level again by the 45th minute as Mulcahy and Geraldine O’Flynn both added points.

Cork seemed to get to grips with Kerry during this period and Flynn with 2 pointed frees from distance gave Cork a two point lead. It looked at this stage that Kerry were finally going to succumb to the champions but there was no doubt that this was to be Kerry’s day as Ni Mhuirtceartaigh added two points either side of a double save by the Cork keeper on both Laura Rogers and Patrice Dennehy’s effort. Sarah Houlihan had Kerry ahead on the 57th minute as the game began to open up again and positions meant nothing as players popped up all over the field. Nolliag Cleary a minute later to levelled matters at 1-15 apiece and even with 2 minutes on the clock neither side were looking to settle for a share of the spoils.

Kerry came again for one last effort and Ni Mhuirtceartaigh split the posts to give Kerry that precious lead. Cork were to get one last chance as Geraldine O’Flynn had a 40 Metre free. She had pointed 3 fine efforts but this time the Liscarroll player saw her effort hit the crossbar and bounce out into play. In the scramble that ensured Aoife Lyons emerged with ball and won a free for her troubles.

Seconds later the hooter went and signalled the end to Corks great reign as Munster champions. It truth both sides could have won the game. Cork will be reflective of the fact that they contributed 13 wides while Kerry were more accurate with only 7 wides. However Kerry did open Cork up twice for two great goal chances but two super saves by debutant Martina O’Brien kept them at bay. So its Kerry that march on through the front door as Cork will take the less familiar route on the qualifiers. However no team will relish that draw. There is a strong possibility that both these sides could meet later in the year as the Kerry/Cork rivalry has taken on a new form.

Kerry : E Murphy, C Lynch, A Desmond, A Lyons, B Lane, C Kelly, D Hallissey, E Sherwood, B Breen 0-1, S Houlihan 0-4(2F), D Corridan 0-3, L Rogers, P Dennehy 1-1, L Galvin 0-1, L Ni Mhuirtceartaigh 0-6 (4F)

Subs: M O’Connell for D Corridan (51), J Brosnan for P Dennehy (55), SJ Joy for B Lane (55)

Cork : M O’Brien, A M Walsh, B Stack, D O’Reilly, B Corkery1-1, A Walsh, G Flynn 0-3(3F), A Walsh, R Buckley, N Cleary 0-2, D O’Sullivan 0-1, O Farmer 0-1, V Mulch 0-4(4F), R Ni Bhuachalla 0-1, O Finn 0-2

Subs: C O’Sullivan for A Walsh (40), E Farmer for O Finn(40), Aisling Barrett for A M Walsh(57)

Ref: Michael Duffy (Tipperary)

Main Player: Louise Galvin may have only contributed one point to the scoreboard but the Finuge/St.Senans players was stuck in everything good in the Kerry attack

Match Reaction (Bernie Breen Captain)

Greatest day ever

“The greatest day ever” was how captain Bernie Breen described the feeling of collecting the Diarygold Munster Cup. She was the first Kerry captain since 2003 to do so and only the third in 23 years such has been the long wait. “Our team were fantastic, they gave everything they had and I think we really deserved this win today”. Reflecting on the recent good form of Kerry, Breen feels that nothing has come overnight “We have been building over the last 4 years and we’re getting a little closer each year, so it’s not been an overnight success or anything. It’s been a long road and we have had plenty hard days but today made up for it all”. Breen (who like all her team mates was swept away after the game with the many family members and friends) was adamant that more is to come with this team. “I think this result will bring us on a lot now”. Having already 2 cups collected when asked about a possible third in September, Breen was happy just to celebrate this one. “One step at a time we’ll celebrate this one first and see what happens”

 

Kingdom see off champs

By Maire de Faoite for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 1-16 Cork 1-15

A late Louise Ní Mhuirceartaigh point saw Kerry deny All-Ireland champions Cork a 10th successive Munster SFC title on Saturday in Castletownroche. The reigning champions had been bidding to match Kerry’s record, however the Kingdom had other ideas in front of the 1,100-strong crowd, having garnered confidence from beating Cork in the opening round of the championship in Cahersiveen last month (3-10 to 3-8).

A delighted Kerry captain, Bernie Breen, noted the experience of losing last year’s All-Ireland final in Croke Park had helped them over the line in their last two encounters with the champions. “Coming into the game we were hoping to push on from the win in Cahersiveen and that really stood to us in the final minutes because we knew we could do it,” he said. “I suppose the difference between last year and this year is that we experienced the hype of Croke Park and we’re finding it easier now to play in front of big crowds and in getting over the line in big games.”

Kerry led at half time, 0-6 to 0-7, in a cracking encounter that saw the sides level 11 times throughout. “They were the worst conditions I ever played in,” said player of the match Louise Galvin of the fierce heat. “There wasn’t even a puff of air out there, and I know that’s good for the game itself, but it was just so, so hot.”

Cork started the better in the second half with Corkery goaling in the 40th minute, only for Kerry’s Patrice Kearney to cancel it out in the 44 minute with a goal of her own. In the last 10 minutes both teams went on runs, with Cork’s Geraldine O’Flynn slinging over three frees before Ní Mhuirceartaigh popped up with the lead point with just two minutes remaining — 1-16 to 1-15. O’Flynn had a chance to level matters from a long distance free inside the final minute, only for the ball to hit the crossbar and land into the hands of a Kerry defender. For the first time in the history of the qualifiers, Cork will now have to go through the back-door, with the draws being made today in Croke Park.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy (0-4, 0-3f), G O’Flynn (0-3 frees), B Corkery 1-1, N Cleary and O Finn 0-2 each, R Ní Bhuachalla, D O’Sullivan and O Farmer 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: L Ní Mhuirceartaigh (0-7, 0-3f), S Houlihan (0-4, 0-2f), D Corridan 0-3, P Dennehy 1-1, B Breen 0-1.

CORK: M O’Brien; AM Walsh (c), B Stack, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, Angela Walsh, G O’Flynn; Annie Walsh, Rena Buckley; N Cleary, D O’Sullivan, O Farmer; V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla, O Finn.

Subs: C O’Sullivan for Annie Walsh and Emma Farmer for O Finn (45), A Barrett for AM Walsh (56), S Kelly for R Ní Bhuachalla (59).

KERRY: E Murphy; C Lynch, A Desmond, A Lyons; B lane, C Kelly, D Hallissey; E Sherwood, B Breen; S Houlihan, D Corridan,L Rogers; P Dennehy, L Galvin, L Ní Mhuirceartaigh.

Subs: M O’Connell for D Corridan (52), J Brosnan for P Dennehy and L Mangan for B Lane (53).

Referee: M Duffy (Tipperary)

 

TG4 Ladies football round-up

Compiled by Jackie Cahill

KERRY ended Cork’s hopes of ten in a row in Munster with a sensational victory in Saturday’s TG4 provincial ladies senior football championship final in Castletownroche. The Kingdom were crowned Munster champions after scoring a 1-16 to 1-15 victory over the All-Ireland champions. It was Kerry’s second victory over Cork in this summer’s championship, after they won by 3-10 to 3-8 in the first round.

Cork had the chance to equalise at the death but Geraldine O’Flynn’s free bounced agonisingly off the upright and William O’Sullivan’s Kerry survived to book their place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. Cork must regroup through the qualifiers in their quest for a third successive All-Ireland crown and other would-be challengers now realise that the Rebelettes are beatable. Kerry started well and were 0-7 to 0-5 clear after 20 minutes, before Cork missed a host of chances.

At half-time, a point from Orla Finn brought the Leesiders to within touching distance, as they trailed by 0-6 to 0-7. The sides were neck and neck during the early second half exchanges before Briege Corkery netted for Cork. But Kerry went ahead again when Patrice Dennehy netted and they would hold out for a famous win.

Match Preview

Ladies previews

By Jackie Cahill

CORK wing-back Geraldine O’Flynn admits that Kerry are “on a roll” as the sides prepare to do battle in Saturday’s TG4 Munster ladies senior football final (3.45). The neighbours collide in Castletownroche and Cork have revenge on their minds after Kerry beat them by two points in the first round of this year’s provincial competition. The Leesiders bounced back with a comfortable victory over Clare before Kerry’s victory against the Banner County set up a heavyweight Munster final clash – and another repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final.

Allstar O’Flynn said: “We’re definitely looking forward to it. We had a very tough match in Caherciveen and we’re expecting nothing less again this Saturday. “Kerry had a great League and won (Division 2) silverware, which they had come very close to over the last couple of years. They’ve been to Croke Park, done all that, added the League title and then beat us in the championship. They’re on a roll really and they should be very good again on Saturday.”

Cork are going for a tenth successive Munster title but O’Flynn admits that last month’s defeat to Kerry led to plenty of soul-searching. It was Cork’s first championship defeat since the 2010 All-Ireland quarter-final against Tyrone and O’Flynn revealed: “It did take a few days to sink in. Reflecting on it, we looked at areas where we needed to improve on. We got ourselves together a bit and while we were slightly under against Kerry, they were well up for it on the day.”

Team News

Kerry have announced their starting 15 for Saturday’s TG4 Munster ladies senior Football Final with Cork. There are 4 changes from the side which defeated Clare last weekend.

Aoife Lyons, Denise Hallissey, Emma Sherwood,and Deirdre Corridan come back into the starting line up. Gina Crowley, Julie Brosnan, Megan O Connell and Mags Fitzgerald drop to the bench.

The team in Full is……

Edel Murphy, Laune Rangers

Cait Lynch, Castleisland Desmonds

Aislinn Desmond, Rathmore

Aoife Lyons, Castleisland Desmonds

Breeda Lane, Listowel Emmets

Caroline Kelly, Southern Gaels

Denise Hallissey, Inbhear Sceine Gaels

Emma Sherwood, Firies

Bernie Breen, Laune Rangers

Sarah Houlihan, Laune Rangers

Deirdre Corridan, Southern Gaels

Laura Rogers, Austin Stacks

Patrice Dennehy, Laune Rangers

Louise Galvin, Finuge/St Senans

Louise Ni Mhuirtceartaigh, Corca Dhuibhne

Subs – Julie Brosnan, Scartaglin, Amanda Brosnan, Dr Crokes, Gina Crowley, Inbhear Sceine Gaels, Rosie Young, Abbeydorney, Maria Quirke, Na Gaeil, Claire O Sullivan, Inbhear Sceine Gaels, Megan O Connell, Southern Gaels, Margaret Fitzgerald, Scartaglin, Sarah Jane Joy, Laune Rangers, Cassandra Buckley, Spa, Leanne Mangan, Castleisland Desmonds.