Waterford defeated Clare by 2-13 to 2-12 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday June 25th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.
Dogged Waterford refuse to waver
By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Waterford 2-13 Clare 2-12
In a most bizarre hour’s hurling, the engraving on Waterford manager Derek Lyons’ wristband summed up perfectly this Munster semi-final. Its message: winners never quit.
The reigning All-Ireland champions, having been put to the pin of their collar, had done just that and were rewarded with a place in the Munster decider on July 13. Successive points from Waterford’s Shane Bennett and Patrick Curran had moved the home outfit two in front entering time added on, a remarkable overtaking effort given they were two adrift and very much under the cosh coming down the home stretch.
Clare, having dragged themselves back into contention in the second-half, minus the services of midfielder Michael O’Malley who received a red card on 35 minutes for striking Darragh Lyons, were not prepared to fold. Jason McCarthy launched a probing delivery into the Waterford danger area. Up went well over a dozen hands, Patrick Fitzgerald rising highest. The Clare midfielder pulled down possession and unleashed a powerful effort on goal. Save, an outstanding one at that by Déise keeper Billy Nolan.
Nolan had gift-wrapped Clare’s opening major when running out over a half-hit Aaron Shanagher effort 10 minutes in. Still U16, the goalkeeper could easily have dropped the head. Winners, though, never quit.
“I never believed it was gone from us because I know the quality of lads we have,” said Lyons. “When they got back level within 10 minutes of the second-half you were saying where are we going to pull this from and at that stage you do have a little doubt, but the calibre of the players and the subs that came in, particularly Eddie Meaney, was crucial. I think the turning point was centre-forward Conor Gleeson going back centre-back midway through the second-half when Clare were on top. He controlled that whole area and it did give us an impetus which we fed off.”
As for Nolan’s intervention at the death? “I just said to him there he is lucky he got it because he made a balls of the first one. He would be the first to acknowledge that. If I saw anything coming here tonight the one thing I wouldn’t have seen coming was Billy making a mess of that first one. He is an absolutely brilliant goalkeeper and my heart would have went out to him had we lost this game. It was ironic that he kept us in the game in the end.”
Waterford, boasting five changes in personal and 12 positional switches to the side which overcame Clare in their first round meeting back in April, roared into proceedings and had two white flags raised inside the opening minute. Indeed, by the seventh minute their advantage stood at 1-6 to 0-0. Corner-forward Patrick Curran crashed home the opening major of the contest, with Conor Gleeson, Aaron O’Sullivan and the aforementioned Curran splitting the posts.
Then followed Nolan’s blunder, the stroke of luck which Clare badly required. A second major arrived in the subsequent action as Shanagher, holding off the challenge of full-back MJ Sutton, fired to the net. Game on. Waterford ratcheted it up a further notch with Curran sniping a pair of frees. Shane Bennett, following a superb run down the right wing, struck for goal number two on 28 minutes — 2-8 to 2-2 the interval difference, hugely unreflective of Waterford’s dominance.
In keeping with the strange nature of the contest, ridden with errors and poor decision making, Clare assumed control at the change of ends, notching eight unanswered points to edge 2-10 to 2-8 clear — Ian Galvin, Cormac Curran (0-3, 0-2 frees), Shanagher and Patrick Fitzgerald all on target. An ultra-productive period for the Banner, all the more impressive given it was achieved with only 14-men.
Winners, though, never quit and Curran and substitute Eddie Meaney pegged back the difference before Waterford drove for the line. “Early in the second-half was squeaky bum time for us because Clare brought the game massively to us,” continued Lyons. “We responded, thankfully.”
Scorers for Waterford: P Curran (1-7, 0-4 frees); S Bennett (1-2, 0-2 frees); C Gleeson (0-2); E Meaney, A O’Sullivan (0-1 each).
Scorers for Clare: A Shanagher (2-2, 0-1 free); C Corbett (0-4, 0-3 frees); J McCarthy, G Whyte, M O’Malley, I Galvin, B Guilfoyle, D Fitzgerald (0-1 each).
WATERFORD: B Nolan; E Hayden, MJ Sutton; M Cronin; C Prunty, C Roche, J Mullaney; D Lyons, A Molumby; S Bennett, C Gleeson, C Curran; P Hogan, A O’Sullivan, P Curran.
Subs: S Ryan for O’Sullivan (HT), B Nolan for Hanley (47), J Allen for Curran (47), S Murray for Hayden (50).
CLARE: J Loughnane; C Cooney, S Downey, R Hayes; J McCarthy, D Walsh, B O’Gorman; M O’Malley, D Fitzgerald; C Corbett, M O’Shea, I Galvin; P McNamara, A Shanagher, B Guilfoyle.
ubs: G Whyte for M O’Shea (27 mins), L O’Donovan for McNamara (55), D Chaplin for Corbett (57).
Referee: J McCormack (Tipperary)
Déise advance to Munster Minor Hurling Final
ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER MHC SEMI-FINAL: WATERFORD 2-13 CLARE 2-12
Report from GAA.ie
Reigning All-Ireland champions Waterford overcame a strong challenge from Clare at Fraher Field on Wednesday night to advance to the Munster Minor Hurling Championship final for the second year in a row. Waterford made a brilliant start to the game and were 1-6 to 0-0 in front with just eight minutes on the clock. Patrick Curran found the net early on for the Déise, while Conor Gleeson and Aaron O’Sullivan also got on the scoreboard in the opening stages.
However, at the mid-point of the first half, Clare struck two goals in the space of a couple of minutes through the prolific Aaron Shanagher to turn the game completely on its head. Those two goals kept Clare in touch until the very end of the half, when a Shane Bennett goal restored Waterford’s supremacy and left them 2-8 to 2-2 ahead at the interval.
Clare were reduced to 14 players early in the second half when Michael O’Malley was dismissed, but it didn’t stop them coming right back into the game when Colin Corbett reeled off four points without reply. Clare managed eight points without reply in total between the start of the second half and the 48th minute to leave themselves two ahead, but Waterford restored parity to leave the sides level with five minutes to go. Tired after their impressive comeback, Clare flagged in the closing minutes, and Waterford points from Curran and Bennett sent them through to the decider, where they will face Cork or Limerick.
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The Waterford Minor Hurling Team to play Clare on Wednesday night in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship in Fraher Field, Dungarvan has been announced tonight. Throw In 7.30pm.
1. Billy Nolan Roanmore
2. Eddie Hayden Ballygunner
3. M.J. Sutton Ferrybank
4. Michael Cronin Ardmore
5. Conor Prunty Abbeyside/Ballinacourty
6. Colm Roche Shamrocks
7. Jack Mullaney Stradbally
8. Darragh Lyons Dungarvan
9. Andy Molumby Cappoquin
10. Shane Bennett Ballysaggart
11. Conor Gleeson Fourmilewater
12. Cormac Curran Brickey Rangers
13. Peter Hogan Ballygunner
14. Aaron O Sullivan Cappoquin
15. Patrick Curran Dungarvan
CLARE: J Loughnane; C Cooney, S Downey, R Hayes; B O’Gorman, D Walsh, D McCarthy; M O’Malley, D Fitzgerald; C Corbett, M O’Shea, I Galvin; P McNamara, A Shanagher, B Guilfoyle
When – Wednesday June 25th at 7.30pm
Where – Fraher Field Dungarvan
Referee – John McCormack (Tipperary)
Standby Referee – Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
Linesman – Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)
4th Official – David Grogan (Tipperary)
Umpires – John Hadnett, Mickey Butler, Pat McCormack, Adrian Crosse (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 will qualify for the Munster final on Sunday July 13th against Cork or Limerick.
For the Record
|2014 Team Management||Eamon Fennessy – Manager
Kenny Morrissey – Trainer
|Derek Lyons (Dungarvan) – Manager
John Treacy (Passage)
Paul Keane (St. Mollerans)
|2014 Team Captain||Darragh Walsh
(De La Salle)
|2013 Championship Performance||Lost to Cork by 3-15 to 2-14 in the first round and to Waterford by 4-18 to 1-10 in the play-off for a semi-final place.||Lost the first round to Tipperary by 2-18 to 1-15. Defeated Clare by 4-18 to 1-10 in the play-off for a semi-final place. Defeated Cork by 3-19 to 1-20 aet in the semi-final. Lost to Limerick by 1-20 to 4-8 in Munster final replay but went on to win their first All Ireland title since 1948 by defeating Galway in the final.|
|Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles||4||4|
|Last Munster Minor Hurling Title||2011||2009|
|Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000||Played – 42
Won – 20
Lost – 21
Drawn – 1
|Played – 37
Won – 14
Lost – 19
Drawn – 4
|Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship||April 9th 2014 – Munster 1st round at Cusack Park Ennis Waterford 1-13 Clare 0-11– a late surge of 1-5 without reply saw Waterford come from behind to win.|
MUNSTER GAA HURLING MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
Wednesday April 9th
@ Páirc Uí Rinn Cork 5-26 Kerry 0-9
@ Cusack Park Ennis Waterford 1-13 Clare 0-11
Thursday April 10th
@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick Limerick 3-17 Tipperary 2-11
Tuesday April 22nd Play-Off 1
@ Cusack Park Ennis Clare 6-25 Kerry 0-11
Wednesday April 30th Play-Off 2
@ Cusack Park, Ennis Clare 1-23 Tipperary 0-12
Wednesday June 25th
@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan Clare v Waterford @7.30pm
Thursday June 26th
@ Gaelic Grounds, Limerick Cork v Limerick @7.30pm
Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Odds and Ends
Waterford and Clare last met at Fraher Field in the 2013 Munster minor hurling championship when Waterford secured a 4-18 to 1-10 victory in a semi-final play-off game.
Limerick are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-20 to 4-8 victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium in the 2013 final replay. `
Waterford secured their first All Ireland minor hurling title since 1948 when they defeated Galway in the final on September 8th 2013 by 1-21 to 0-16.
Cork last appeared in a Munster Minor Hurling final in 2008 when they won the title by defeating Tipperary by 0-19 to 0-18.
1989 was the last time Limerick qualified for 2 consecutive Munster finals.
Cork Coach Mark Landers captained Cork to win the All-Ireland senior hurling title in 1999. Manager Denis Ring guided St. Colman’s College Fermoy to a number of Harty Cup titles. This is a first season in charge for Denis and his team, who were appointed at the end of last season.
Clare appeared in 3 Munster minor hurling finals in a row from 2010 to 2012, winning in 2010 and 2011 against Waterford and losing to Tipperary in 2012. Several of their All Ireland senior winning squad of 2013 featured on those minor teams.
Top Scorers by County in 2014 Championship: Clare – Aaron Shanagher 4-26 (1-19 frees, 0-2 65s); Cork – Eoghan Kenny and Luke Meade 2-4 each; Kerry – Brandon Barrett (0-4 all frees); Limerick – Barry Nash 2-2; Tipperary – Andrew Coffey 1-3 (0-1 free); Waterford – Patrick Curran 0-7 (0-6 frees)
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 (6) – 1940, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1984 , 2013
Waterford (4) – 1929, 1948, 1992, 2009
Clare (4) – 1981, 1989, 2010, 2011
Munster Minor Hurling Championship – List of Winning Teams
Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1928 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mh_teams/
Munster Minor Hurling Cup
There is no name on the Munster Minor Hurling Cup. The cup itself was presented by T.W.A., Shannon Airport in 1946.
All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship
In the Minor Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Tipperary are sedond in the charts with 19 titles behind Kilkenny’s 20 titles. Cork have won 18 titles, Limerick have 3 titles (1940, 1958, 1984) and Waterford joined them on 3 last year (1929, 1948, 2013) while Clare’s only title to date came in 1997.
Of the last 14 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Finals played, the Irish Press Cup has returned to Munster on 5 occasions – Cork (2001), Tipperary (2006, 2007 and 2012) and Waterford (2013). 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