Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling – Kerry 2-14 Limerick City 0-6

Kerry defeated Limerick City by 2-14 to 0-6 in the Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling competition on Wednesday May 4th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling – Galway City West 3-12 North Clare 3-11

Galway City West defeated North Clare by 3-12 to 3-11 in the first round of the Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling competition on Wednesday May 4th at Pearse Stadium Galway.

Munster Minor Hurling Play-off 2 – Tipperary 2-15 Clare 0-12

Tipperary defeated Clare by 2-15 to 0-12 in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-off 2 on Wednesday May 4th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Tipp survive Banner comeback and finish with a flourish to book place in Munster semi-final

Tipperary 2-15 Clare 0-12

Report by Eoin Brennan for the42.ie

TWO LATE GOALS finally catapulted Tipperary into the last four of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship in Cusack Park this evening in front of an attendance of 1,191.

Despite holding a commanding seven point lead by the midway point, Tipperary certainly needed a strong finish after a resurgent Clare whittled the deficit to just three with only minutes remaining. However, after a Mark Kehoe shot was excellently saved by home goalkeeper Killian Nugent, Tipperary would make the breakthrough in the next passage of play as Kehoe seized upon a defensive error to unleash the unmarked Cian Darcy to billow the net. It seemed to lift a weight off the visitors’ shoulders as they finished with aplomb, with substitute Dylan Walsh firing to the net with his first touch to flesh out the final margin.

Clare are the first team out of this year’s championship, having been sucker-punched by a late brace of goals in both their derby outings against Limerick and Tipperary. However, with ten wides over the hour, the Banner will rue missed chances against a physically superior Premier side.

Level at 0-4 to 0-4 by the end of the first quarter, Tipperary upped the ante considerably until the break as they outscored their hosts by 0-8 to 0-1 including three superb Ger Browne points to power to a 0-12 to 0-5 interval advantage.

Clare hit back with four points in as many minutes in the third quarter, two from Ian Murray but with Browne and Kehoe in excellent scoring form, they would restore a six point lead entering the final quarter. Captain Sean O’Loughlin, Murray and substitute Conor Lynch set up a tense climax as Clare halved the arrears by the 57th minute but a lack of physicality meant that they never looked like getting an equalising goal.

Instead, it was the visitors who found the net when it mattered most to set up a semi-final meeting with Cork in Pairc Uí Rinn on Thursday, June 30th.

Scorers for Tipperary: Ger Browne (0-4), Mark Kehoe (0-4); Cian Darcy (1-1); Dylan Walsh (1-0); Lyndon Fairbrother (0-2, 1f), Shane Neville (0-2); Jerry Kelly (0-1), Paddy Cadell (0-1)

Scorers for Clare: Ian Murray (0-5, 4f); Sean O’Loughlin (0-2); Conor Tierney (0-1), David Fitzgerald (0-1), Sean Kennedy (0-1), Kieran Galvin (0-1), Conor Lynch (0-1)

1. Ciaran Barrett (Clonmel Óg)
2. Cillian O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
6. Michael Whelan (Carrick Davins)
5. Gavin Dunne (Holycross-Ballycahill)
4. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
17. Cian Flanagan (Newport)
3. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
10. Ger Browne (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams)
18. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens)
20. Rian Doody (Cappawhite)
14. Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
12. Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
21. Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Shane Neville (Lattin Cullen)
8. Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill) for Cadell (39 mins)
9. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg) for Kelly (42 mins)
11. Dillon Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore) for Neville (48 mins)
19. Kieran Breen (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams) for Fairbrother (54 mins)
22. Dylan Walsh (Ballingarry) for Doody (62 mins)


1. Killian Nugent (O’Callaghan’s Mills)
2. Cian McInerney (Inagh-Kilnamona)
3. Damien O’Loughlin (Corofin)
4. Keith White (Inagh-Kilnamona)
5. Tobias O’Meara (Killanena)
6. Cathal Noonan (Killanena)
7. Ross Hayes (Crusheen)
8. Kieran Galvin (Clonlara)
9. David Fitzgerald (Clonlara)
10. Gary Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills)
11. Conor Tierney (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield)
12. Sean Kennedy (Kilmaley)
14. Sean O’Loughlin (Kilmaley)
13. Ian Murray (Bodyke)
15. Aidan Kennedy (Kilmaley)
17. Sean Costelloe (Wolfe Tones) for Hayes (half-time)
19. Tadhg Connellan (Éire Óg) for Tierney (half-time)
20. Conor Lynch (Ballyea) for Fitzgerald (37 mins)
24. Bryan Conway (Wolfe Tones) for Galvin (51 mins)

Referee: Joe Larkin (Cork)

Fixture Details

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Play Off 2:
Date: Wednesday 4th May
Teams: Tipperary v Clare
Time: 7.00pm
Extra Time if necessary: 2 x 10 minute periods only
Venue: Cusack Park, Ennis
Referee: Joe Larkin (Cork)

Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
Student/OAP: Receive €5 Concession on match day on full price ADULT tickets at the designated stile with valid id
Juvenile (Under 16 Years of Age): Free of Charge

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Team News

The Tipperary team to meet Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 2 in Cusack Park, Ennis this Wednesday evening, May 4th at 7pm has been announced by manager Liam Cahill.

Liam has kept faith with the same starting 15 from Tipperary’s opening round match against Waterford as he looks on his side to show their true potential and hopefully progress to the semi-final.

The Tipperary panel for Wednesday in Ennis is as follows;

1. Ciarán Barrett – Clonmel Óg
2. Cillian O’Dwyer – Killenaule
3. Brian McGrath (Capt.) – Loughmore-Castleiney
4. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
5. Gavin Dunne – Holycross-Ballycahill
6. Michael Whelan – Carrick Davins
7. Tom Murphy – J.K. Brackens
8. Bryan O’Mara – Holycross-Ballycahill
9. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
10. Ger Browne – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
11. Dillion Quirke – Clonoulty-Rossmore
12. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
13. Shane Neville – Lattin Cullen
14. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
15. Lyndon Fairbrother – J.K. Brackens

Management Team:

Liam Cahill – Manager – Ballingarry
Michael Bevans – Coach – Toomevara
John Sheedy – Selector – Portroe
Sean Corbett – Selector – Durlas Óg
T.J. Ryan – Selector – Clonoulty-Rossmore


Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling – South Kilkenny 5-18 Waterford City 0-2

South Kilkenny defeated Waterford City by 5-18 to 0-2 in round 1 of the Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling competition on Wednesday May 4th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling – Cork City 2-21 West Limerick 0-8

Cork City defeated West Limerick by 2-21 to 0-8 in round 1 of the Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling competition on Wednesday May 4th at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale.

Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling – South Tipperary 3-11 Carlow 0-12

South Tipperary defeated Carlow by 3-11 to 0-12 in the first round of the Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling competition on Wednesday May 4th at Fenagh, County Carlow.

Celtic Challenge 4th May 2016 (Group A)

South Tipperary 3-11 Carlow 0-12

Report by Fergus McGrath

Tipperary’s representative in the inaugural Celtic Challenge Under 17 hurling competition comprises of players from the west and south divisions who collectively are called South Tipperary. Fenagh in Co. Carlow was the venue for South Tipperary’s first competitive game in this competition where they were pitted against Carlow’s county team.

Carlow opened the scoring with a point from Mikey Kavanagh which was responded to by South Tipperary with points from Fergus Halligan, Andy Byrnes (2, 1 free), Conal Donovan and a goal in the 10th minute by Cathal Bourke. Two Carlow frees from John Nolan and a second Carlow point from Kavanagh narrowed the gap and despite playing against a strong breeze Carlow began to assert themselves against a South Tipperary team that was wasteful on occasion and who, apart from a point from Ross Bonner, found themselves overly reliant on scores from frees from midfielder Andy Byrnes. The half time score was 1-7 to 0-5 in South Tipperary’s favour.

The second half opened with a pointed free for Carlow by Dan Sheehan which was excellently replied to by South Tipperary’s Cathal Bourke. Carlow then scored five unanswered points to level the game and with momentum building in their favour and the assistance of a strong wind Carlow seemed to be gaining the upper hand. South Tipperary dug deep however and showed a lot of resilience. Halligan and Byrnes (free) led the charge with points to put South Tipperary two ahead before substitute Niall Hoctor with his first involvement in play made a piercing run through the Carlow defence to score a crucial and well taken goal. Nolan had a point for Carlow before Donovan and Bourke scored a goal and a point respectively to conclude a strong final quarter from the South Tipperary team and to seal a victory on a score line of 3-11 to 0-12.

South Tipperary’s win was built upon on a steady defence where Donnacha Quirke was commanding and dependable at full back with support from his corner backs and where the half back line of Paul O Heney, Fiachra Scott and Niall Heffernan was solid throughout. Wing back Paul O Heney’s tussle with Carlow’s John Nolan was one of the highlights of the game. Midfield put in a very workmanlike performance whereas the attack, while occasionally giving glimpses of their potential, did so in earnest in the last 15 minutes in particular.

South Tipperary’s next game is at home against Waterford City on Wednesday 18th May at a venue to be confirmed.

South Tipperary
1. Luke Delahunty – Moyle Rovers
2. Stephen O’Brien – Eire Og Annacarty
3. Donnacha Quirke – Clonoulty Rossmore
4. Cormac Maher – Arravale Rovers
5. Paul O’Heney – Emly
6. Fiachra Scott – Ballingarry
7. Niall Heffernan – Golden Kilfeacle
8. Andy Byrnes – Golden Kilfeacle (0-5, 0-4 frees)
9. Darren O’Dwyer – Arravale Rovers
10. Eoghan Brett – Mullinahone
11. Conal Donovan – Arravale Rovers (1-1)
12. Josh Macken – Skeheenarinky
13. Fergus Halligan – Arravale Rovers (0-2)
14. Cathal Bourke – Clonoulty Rossmore (1-2)
15. Ross Bonner – Cashel King Cormacs (0-1)

Interchanges (Substitutes used)
23. Eoin McCormack – Knockavilla Kickhams
16. Killian Hayde – Golden Kilfeacle
21. Colin Ryan – Cashel King Cormacs
20. Niall Hoctor – St. Mary’s, Clonmel (1-0)
28. Jordan Hayes – Eire Og Annacarty

Michael Meaney – Ballyneale
Ciaran Quinn – Cashel King Cormacs
Kevin Lawlor – Killenaule
Conor Leahy – Arravale Rovers
Matthew Moroney – Arravale Rovers
Dean McMorrow – Clerihan
Jack Lyons – Ballyneale
Jack Lowry – Arravale Rovers
Conor O’Brien – Cahir
Nathan Crowe – Arravale Rovers

1. Kevin Curran
2. Tommy Dunne
3. Jack Ryan
4. Eanna Holland
5. Donal Jordan
6. Tony Lawlor
7. Darragh O Toole
8. David Nolan
9. Dan Sheehan
10. Barry Hickey
11. Mikey Bambrick
12. John Nolan
13. Mikey Kavanagh
14. Eoin Fenton
15. Jamie Kavanagh

17. Billy Molloy
18. Michael Slattery
19. Ber Scully
20. Jim Nolan
21. Diarmuid Murphy
22. Ciaran Whelan
23. Cathal Murray


South Tipperary panel to play Carlow

Luke Delahunty – Moyle Rovers
Stephen O’Brien – Eire Og Annacarty
Donnacha Quirke – Clonoulty Rossmore
Cormac Maher – Arravale Rovers
Paul O’Heney – Emly
Fiachra Scott – Ballingarry
Niall Heffernan – Golden Kilfeacle
Andy Byrnes – Golden Kilfeacle
Darren O’Dwyer – Arravale Rovers
Eoghan Brett – Mullinahone
Conal Donovan – Arravale Rovers
Josh Macken – Skeheenarinky
Fergus Halligan – Arravale Rovers
Cathal Bourke – Clonoulty Rossmore
Ross Bonner – Cashel King Cormacs
Killian Hayde – Golden Kilfeacle
Michael Meaney – Ballyneale
Ciaran Quinn – Cashel King Cormacs
Kevin Lawlor – Kilenaule
Niall Hoctor – St Mary’s, Clonmel
Colin Ryan – Cashel King Cormacs
Conor Leahy – Arravale Rovers
Eoin McCormack – Knockavilla Kickhams
Matthew Moroney – Arravale Rovers
Dean McMorrow – Clerihan
Jack Lyons – Ballyneale
Jack Lowry – Arravale Rovers
Jordan Hayes – Eire Og Annacarty
Conor O’Brien – Cahir
Nathan Crowe – Arravale Rovers

The South Tipperary mentors are as follows-
Declan Hickey (Skeheenarinky)
Kevin Shelly (Ballingarry)
Eddie Moroney (Arravale Rovers)
Fergus McGrath (St. Mary’s, Clonmel)


Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling – South East Clare 5-21 Mayo 0-9

South East Clare defeated Mayo by 5-21 to 0-9 in the first round of the Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling competition on Wednesday May 4th at Ballinderreen.