Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-21

Tipperary and Cork finished level after extra time on a scoreline of 2-18 to 1-21 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Thursday June 29th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Electric Ireland Munster MHC: Thurles thriller ends in a draw

Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-21 (AET)

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Evan Sheehan’s goal from a 20m free, in the 83rd minute, salvaged a dramatic draw for a fancied Cork outfit from a gripping Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling semi-final in Thurles.

Provincial and All-Ireland champions Tipperary looked set for victory as they held a three-point lead deep in stoppage time – before Sheehan struck.

Both sides will do it all over again at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday afternoon – with more drama expected.

In the second half of normal time, Cork came from six points down to level in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Robert Downey on target.

Tipp then looked to have won it when Jake Morris pointed, but that man Downey responded again as the sides finished level at 0-16 to 1-13, Ray McCormack on target with the first half goal for the hosts.

Darragh Woods hit 1-4 in extra-time for Tipp, the reigning provincial and All-Ireland champions, but Cork had a late kick in them.

It was a quite enthralling encounter and while Sheehan had so much to do as he faced five Tipp players on the line, it was perhaps inevitable that he would find the net at the Killinan End.

Cork had excellent contributions on the night from Brian Turnbull and Daire Connery, as the pair contributed 0-16 between them.

Woods was a real tonic for Tipp in extra-time, while skipper Paddy Cadell drove his side forward all through. Anthony McKelvey top-scored with eight points for the Premier – but also registered six wides over the regulation 60-plus minutes.

Cork had played some good stuff in that first half, Turnbull particularly dangerous and causing problems for more than one marker. But Tipp stuck at it and had Cadell in fine form at midfield, partnered there by Jerome Cahill before he switched to corner back on Turnbull in the 18th minute, and nullified him to a degree.

With less than ten minutes on the watch, Cork led by 0-4 to 0-2, before Tipp full forward McKelvey flashed a goal chance across the face of goal and wide. But with Turnbull threatening almost every time the ball came his way, Cork had the edge and were three points up, 0-7 to 0-4, by the 18th minute.

The visitors would not score again until stoppage time, however, and Tipp hit 1-3 without reply. Cadell popped over his second point but Cork had a chance to open up the Tipp defence in the 21st minute, the ball going through Liam O’Shea and Craig Hanafin, but fumbled by Sheehan at a critical moment.

A McKelvey free had Tipp back to within a point, 0-6 to 0-7, before McCormack struck for goal. Conor Bowe, not for the first time, pulled off a terrific catch but McCormack had work to do when he picked up possession.

The Borris-Ileigh clubman took off, however, and flashed a shot past Ger Collins from the 14m line. Cadell added a point and Tipp had turned the game around, leading by 1-7 to 0-7, but Daire Connery added a point for Cork to keep them in touch at the interval.

The second half promised much and really delivered – but there was even better to come later.

Scorers for Tipperary: Anthony McKelvey 0-8 (7fs), Darragh Woods 1-4 (2fs), Ray McCormack 1-0, Paddy Cadell 0-3, Jake Morris 0-2, Willie Barry 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 0-9 (5fs), Daire Connery 0-7 (5fs), Evan Sheehan 1-0 (f), Robert Downey 0-2, Diarmuid Linehan, Liam O’Shea and Declan Hanlon 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Eoin Collins; Kieran Breen, Michael Feehan, Michael Purcell; Robbie Quirke, Craig Morgan, Bryan O’Mara; Jerome Cahill, Paddy Cadell; Conor Bowe, Jake Morris, Ray McCormack; Niall Hoctor, Anthony McKelvey, Cathal Bourke
Subs: Andrew Ormonde for Bourke (37), Kevin McCarthy for Hoctor (58), Billy Seymour for O’Mara (60+1), Darragh Woods for Ormonde (60+3), O’Mara for Bowe (60), Eoghan Connolly for Quirke (60), Bowe for McKelvey (69), Willie Barry for McCormack (74).

CORK: Ger Collins; Conor O’Callaghan, Sean O’Leary-Hayes, Eoin Roche; James Keating, Ger Millerick, Ross Howell; Daire Connery, Diarmuid Lenihan; Craig Hanafin, Liam O’Shea, Brian Roche; Evan Sheehan, Robert Downey, Brian Turnbull
Subs: Aaron Walsh Barry for Howell (30), Barry Murphy for O’Shea (38), Colin O’Brien for Hanafin (47), Declan Hanlon for Sheehan (50), O’Shea for Murphy (64), David Jones for O’Brien (70), Sheehan for Roche (77).

REFEREE: Rory McGann (Clare)



Team News

The Tipperary team to play Cork in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final in Semple Stadium this Thursday night, June 29th at 7:30pm has been announced by manager Liam Cahill and lines out as follows;

1. Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch)
2. Michael Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields)
3. Michael Feehan (Sean Treacys)
4. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
5. Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
6. Robbie Quirke (Cappawhite)
7. Kieran Breen (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)
8. Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill)
9. Paddy Cadell (Capt.) (JK Brackens)
10. Conor Bowe (Moyne-Templetouhy)
11. Jake Morris (Nenagh Eire Óg)
12. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Cathal Bourke (Clonoulty-Rossmore)
14. Anthony McKelvey (Moycarkey-Borris)
15. Conor McCarthy (Nenagh Eire Óg)

The Cork Minor Hurling team to play Tipperary next Thursday 29th June in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final in Semple Stadium Thurles @ 7.30pm has been announced as follows.

1- Ger Collins – Ballinhassig
2- Conor O’ Callaghan – Dromtarriffe
3- Sean O’ Leary Hayes – Midleton – (Captain)
4- Eoin Roche – Bride Rovers
5- Ross Howell – Douglas
6- James Keating – Kildorrery – (Vice Captain)
7- Ger Millerick – Fr. O Neill’s
8- Daire Connery – Na Piarsaigh
9- Diarmuid Lenihan – Ballyhooly
10- Craig Hanifin – Na Piarsaigh
11- Liam O Shea – Lisgoold
12- Brian Roche – Bride Rovers
13- Evan Sheehan – Na Piarsaigh
14- Robert Downey – Glen Rovers
15- Brian Turnbull – Douglas
Subs
16- Ian Butler – Kildorrery
17- Jack O Callaghan – Charleville
18- Ronan Sheehan – Mallow
19- Aaron Walsh Barry – Carrigtwohill
20- Barry Murphy – Castlelyons
21- Brian Buckley – Dromina
22- David Jones – Dromina
23- Declan Hanlon – Blarney
24- Colin O Brien – LiscarrollChurchtown Gaels

Additional Panels Members
25 – Conor Desmond – Ballinhassig
26- Jack Twomey – Kilshannig
27- John Geary – Newtownshandrum
28- Jordan Murray – Ballìncollig
29- Conor Power – Blarney.
30- Eoghan O Leary – Ballymartle


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