Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final – Kerry 2-14 Tipperary 1-11

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 2-14 to 1-11 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday July 5th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Munster MFC Final: Kerry ease to victory


Report for GAA.ie

Kerry are Munster minor champions for the third year in a row after a convincing victory over Tipperary in Killarney on Sunday.

Conor Geaney hit 1-5 to inspire the Kingdom to victory, and Jack O’Connor’s side always looked the likelier winners, having led 2-8 to 0-6 at the interval following first half goals from Geaney and Cormac Linnane. Geaney struck the first goal after just nine minutes, finishing well after a slick team move, and then five minutes later Geaney set up Linnane to make it 2-6 to 0-3 with just 15 minutes gone.

That devastating opening quarter from Kerry effectively sealed the win for them, and although Tipperary kept battling, and found the net in the second half through Aidan Buckley, Kerry cruised home.
Scorers for Kerry: C Geaney 1-5 (1f), C Linnane 1-1 (1f), Michael Foley 0-2, Sean O’Shea 0-2 (1f), Jack Morgan 0-1, Gavin White 0-1, Bryan Sweeney 0-1, Stephen O’Sullivan 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: Aidan Buckley 1-2, Alan Tynan 0-3 (2f), Jack Kennedy 0-2 (1f), Brendan Martin 0-2, Danny Owens 0-1, Mark Kehoe 0-1

KERRY: Billy Courtney; Darren Brosnan, Jason Foley, Jack Morgan; Gavin White, Mike Breen, Daniel O’Brien; Mark O’Connor, Andrew Barry; Brian Ó Seanacháin, Cormac Linnane, Sean O’Shea; Stephen O’Sullivan, Michael Foley, Conor Geaney
Subs: Bryan Sweeney for C Linnane (29), Ronan Buckley for B Ó Seanacháin (42), Dara O’Shea for M Breen (50), Brandon Barrett for S O’Shea (55), Jack Goulding for S O’Sullivan (55).

TIPPERARY: Charle Manton; Tommy Lowry, Morgan Irwin, Tadhg Fitzgerald; Shane Power, Jack Skehan, Liam Fahy; Jack Kennedy, Tommy Nolan; Aidan Buckley, Brian McGrath, Emmett Moloney; Danny Owens, Alan Tynan, Brendan Martin
Subs: Gavin Whelan for T Lowry (17), Jamie Bergin for E Moloney (24), Mark Kehoe for L Fahy (HT), Ross Peters for E Moloney (45), Jordan Moloney for J Skehan (54).

Match Preview

Team News

The Tipperary Minor Football team to play Kerry in this Sunday’s Munster MF Final shows four changes from the team that played Clare in the semi final. Tadhg Fitzgerald (Moyle Rovers), Liam Fahy (Rockwell Rovers), Aiden Buckley (St Patricks) and Alan Tynan (Inane Rovers) all come in for Mark Keheo, Jack Delahunty, Ross Peters and the injured Stephen Quirke.

The team is as follows;

1 Charlie Manton Fethard
2 Tadhg Fitzgerald Moyle Rovers
3 Morgan Irwin Moyle Rovers
4 Tommy Lowry Arravale Rovers
5 Liam Fahy Rockwell Rovers
6 Danny Owens Moyle Rovers
7 Jack Skeehan Holycross- Ballycahill
8 Jack Kennedy Clonmel Commercials
9 Tommy Nolan Drom & Inch
10 Aidan Buckley St Patricks
11 Brian McGrath Loughmore Castlieny
12 Emmett Moloney Drom & Inch
13 Shane Power Galtee Rovers
14 Alan Tynan Inane Rovers
15 Brendan Martin Kilsheelan-Kilcash

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Tipperary in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday shows two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in the semi final. Andrew Barry comes in for the injured John Mark Foley at midfield and up front, Michael Foley replaces Bryan Sweeney who was an early injury victim against Cork. Sweeney is named among the substitutes.

The team, captained by Mark O’Connor, is as follows:

1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. Darren Brosnan Gneeveguilla
3. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4. Jack Morgan Austin Stacks
5. Gavin White Dr. Crokes
6. Mike Breen Beaufort
7. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
8. Mark O’Connor (Capt.) Dingle
9. Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
10. Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11. Cormac Linnane Beale
12. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
13. Stephen O’Sullivan Templenoe
14. Michael Foley Spa
15. Conor Geaney Dingle
Fir Ionaid
16. Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
17. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
18. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
19. Dara O’Shea Kenmare
20. Ronan Buckley Listry
21. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
22. Brandon Barrett Ardfert
23. Jack Goulding Ballyduff
24. Evan Cronin Spa

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
John Mark Foley (Injured, Kilgarvan), Karl Mullins (Kerins O’Rahillys), Ferdia O’Brien (Austin Stacks), Michael Reidy (Ballymacelligott), Michael O’Donnell (Austin Stacks), David Shaw (Dr Crokes), Niall Collins (Listowel Emmets), Colin Griffin (Austin Stacks), Cian Ó Murchú (An Ghaeltacht), Sean Bambury (Dingle).

For the Record

  Kerry Tipperary
2015 Team Management Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses) – Manager


Selectors-   Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St. Senans)

Charlie McGeever –

Selectors – Niall Fitzgerald, Kieran Healy, Michael Power and Shane Stapleton.


Mike O’Sullivan – Coach

2015 Team Captain Mark O’Connor



Danny Owens
(Moyle Rovers)
2014 Championship Performance Defeated Clare by 2-16 to 0-7 by 2-17 in the first round.

Defeated Tipperary by 2-18 to 0-7 in the semi-final.

Defeated Cork by 2-17 to 2-13 in the Munster final.

Defeated Kildare by 2-15 to 1-8 in the All Ireland quarter-finals.

Defeated Mayo by 1-14 to 2-7 in the All Ireland semi-finals.

Defeated Donegal by 0-17 to 1-10 to win the All Ireland title.

Defeated Waterford by 2-11 to 2-7 in the first round.

Lost semi-final to Kerry by 2-18 to 0-7

Number of Munster Minor Football titles 43 7
Last Munster Minor Football Title 2014 2012
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 60
Won – 46
Lost – 10
Drawn – 4
Played – 57
Won – 29
Lost – 24
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship 2014 Semi-final on May 7th at Semple Stadium – Kerry 2-14. See http://munster.gaa.ie/2014/05/07/electric-ireland-munster-minor-football-championship-semi-final-kerry-v-tipperary/ for match report.

First Round

Wednesday April 15th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 2-16          Waterford 1-7
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry 0-14                  Clare 0-3

@ Páirc na nGael Limerick            Cork 2-15                   Limerick 2-7

Play-off 1

Wedneday April 22nd  

@ Newcastewest                             Limerick 2-14            Waterford 3-10

Play-off 2

Wednesday April 29th 

@ Cusack Park, Ennis                   Clare 2-11                 Limerick 0-5


Wednesday May 13th

@ Austin Stack Park, Tralee          Kerry 0-16                  Cork 1-12                   AET
@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Tipperary 0-16          Clare 2-9

Sunday July 5th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney               Kerry v Tipperary                              @ 12 noon

Munster Minor Football Championship – Useful Information

Kerry are making their 4th consecutive appearance in the Munster Minor Football final and seeking a third championship title in a row. Kerry are the last team to win 3 in a row having done so as part of their 2001 to 2004 four in a row. Cork are the only other county to win 3 in a row having done so most recently between 1991 and 1993. Tipperary had an opportunity for 3 in a row in 2013 when they were defeated in the Munster final by Kerry.

Munster teams have secured just 3 All Ireland titles since the turn of the Millenium – Kerry (2014), Tipperary (2011) and Cork (2000).

Kerry and Tipperary have shared the last 4 Munster minor football titles between them with Kerry winning in 2013 and 14 and Tipperary in 2011 and 12.

Both teams scored 0-16 in securing one point semi-final victories.

The last Munster final meeting between Tipperary and Kerry was in Fitzgerald Stadium in 2013 when Kerry won by 0-15 to 0-10. Tipperary defeated Kerry by 2-14 to 1-14 in the 2012 final in Limerick.

Kerry’s top scorer is Conor Geaney with 0-9 from 2 games. Next are Cormac Linnane and Stephen O’Sullivan with 0-4 each. Tipperary’s top scorer is Jack Kennedy with 0-10 form 2 games and next is Brendan Martin with 1-6.

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

Kerry have won 4 of their last 5 Munster minor titles by defeating Tipperary in the final. They defeated Cork in 2014 and Tipperary in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2013.

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (43)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014.

Cork (29)

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

Tipperary (7)

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

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)


Munster Minor Football Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in 1929 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mf_teams/ 

Munster Minor Football Cup

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

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 12 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 25 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (18 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994, 2014

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