All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final – Limerick 0-26 Wexford 1-7

Limerick defeated Wexford by 0-26 to 1-7 in the Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Final on Saturday September 12th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Limerick ease to fifth All-Ireland U21 title

Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling final: Limerick 0-26 Wexford 1-7

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Limerick are Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling champions for the first time since 2002. The rampant Shannonsiders overwhelmed Wexford by 16 points in Semple Stadium.

The Munster champions added national silverware with an impressive demolition job on the Slaneysiders, who were looking to win this competition for the first time since 1965. But on the night when the Cross of Cashel Cup was handed over for the last time, it was green and white ribbons flying as Diarmuid Byrnes hoisted it aloft.

In front of 18,445 spectators, Limerick had an impressive overall display, with their half back line exceptional. And for Limerick manager John Kiely, this was a sweet one as he was a member of the senior squad defeated by Wexford in 1996. Limerick’s big names were on fire this evening, including senior stars Cian Lynch and Tom Morrissey, but Barry Nash, a Leaving Cert student this summer, claimed the man of the match award after scoring five points from play.

A disappointing Wexford, runners-up for a second successive year, provided token resistance throughout. Conor McDonald scored 1-4, including a second half goal from a deceptive, dipping strike, but he had precious little support as the Leinster champions crumbled. Limerick were brilliant from start to finish, building on a seven-point half-time lead to claim the honours.

Limerick led by 0-11 to 0-4 at the end of a first half dominated by talk of goals that weren’t. Referee Johnny Ryan disallowed two, one for either side, after whistling back for frees when both teams could argue that advantage should have been played on each occasion.

Limerick were aggrieved first in the eleventh minute when Ronan Lynch netted after Oliver O’Leary batted away David Dempsey’s effort, but Ryan called play back for a 20m free. Three minutes before half-time, Wexford’s Kevin Foley had the ball in the Limerick net but Ryan, again, disallowed the score.

Wexford badly needed a fillip at that stage as they were struggling badly. The Slaneysiders endured a 17-minute barren spell on the scoreboard and by half-time, just one of their four points was registered from play. Limerick, in contrast, were rampant as Nash helped himself to four points from play.

Senior panellist Tom Morrissey and Pat Ryan chipped in with a brace of points each and Cian Lynch, in a roving commission, was also on target. Limerick opted for a two man inside line from the start, with Lynch given the licence to operate around the middle third.

After the McDonald goal, Limerick finished with a flourish by registering the final nine points of the game. They could even afford the luxury of tapping a late penalty over the bar, with Peter Casey opting for a point with the end result in no doubt.


Scorers for Wexford: C McDonald 1-4 (0-3f, 0-1 sl), P Foley, A Kenny & C Dunbar 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: R Lynch 0-6 (5f), B Nash 0-5, T Morrissey 0-4, P Ryan, C Lynch & P Casey (0-1 pen) 0-3 each, D Byrnes 0-2 (1f).

WEXFORD: O O’Leary; S Donohoe, L Ryan, E Conroy; J White, P Foley, J O’Connor; C Devitt, T French; A Kenny, K Foley, J Cash; C Dunbar, C McDonald, P Sutton.
Subs: S Murphy for French (35), S Kenny for Devitt (41), S Kelly for K Foley (46), J Firman for Cash (54).

LIMERICK: D McCarthy; S Finn, R English, M Casey; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, G Hegarty; D O’Donovan, P Ryan; R Lynch, C Lynch, D Dempsey; C Ryan, T Morrissey, B Nash.
Subs: P Casey for C Ryan (50), A La-Touche Cosgrave for P Ryan (52), J Kelliher for R Lynch (55), M O’Callaghan for Finn (58), J Hannon for O’Donovan (59).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

Fixture Details

12.09.2015 (Sat)
Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:00
Luimneach v Loch Garman
Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tiobraid Árann)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

LIMERICK: David McCarthy (Glenroe), Sean Finn (Bruff), Richie English (Doon), Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Barry O Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks); Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Pat Ryan (Doon); Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh); Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Barry Nash (South Liberties)
Subs: Eoghan McNamara (Doon), Mark O’Callaghan (Knockaderry), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Jack Kelleher (Patrickswell), Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh), Jody Hannon (Adare), Liam O’Sullivan (Knockaderry), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)

WEXFORD (U21 v Limerick): Oliver O’Leary; Simon Donohue, Liam Ryan, Eoin Conroy; Jim White, Pádraig Foley, Jack O’Connor; Conor Devitt, Tony French; Andrew Kenny, Kevin Foley, James Cash; Cathal Dunbar, Conor McDonald, Peter Sutton

Ticket Information

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling U21 Championship Finals
Limerick v Wexford
Throw in 19:00pm

Under 21 B: Meath v Wicklow
Throw in 17:15pm

Ticket Information
Adults: €20.00
Juvenile (Under 16): €5.00
Student/OAP: €15 (available at the venue on match day with valid ID)

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Match Preview


The All-Ireland senior title has gone to Kilkenny while the minor crown and intermediate crowns have gone to Galway, leaving the Bord Gais Energy U-21 titles to be decided next Saturday when Limerick play Wexford in the final at Semple Stadium (7.0).
It will be preceded at 5.15 by the Meath v Wicklow All-Ireland U-21B final. Both games will be shown live on TG4.

Limerick are bidding for their 5th U-21 title, having previously won in 1987-2000-2001-2002 while Wexford are seeking their second title, having won their first in 1965.

Paths to the Final

Limerick 3-16 Tipperary 3-14 (Munster semi-final)
Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-19 (Munster final)
Limerick 1-20 Galway 0-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Wexford 0-23 Kildare 0-14 (Leinster quarter-final)
Wexford 2-16 Offaly 1-12 (Leinster semi-final)
Wexford 4-17 Kilkenny 1-9 (Leinster final)
Wexford 1-21 Antrim 1-8 (All-Ireland semi-final)