Munster Under 21 Hurling Final – Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-11

Limerick defeated Cork by 0-16 to 1-11 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Final on Wednesday July 26th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Match Highlights



BGE Munster U21 Final: Limerick secure victory

LIMERICK 0-16 CORK 1-11

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Limerick were crowned Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 hurling champions tonight – as Pat Donnelly’s charges edged past Cork by two points.

Defeat for the visiting Rebels denies the county a Munster ‘clean sweep’ – after a glorious summer saw U-17, minor and senior titles collected.

But Cork failed in their quest for a first U-21 crown in 10 years, as Limerick marched on to an All-Ireland semi-final clash with Galway on August 20.

A massive crowd, 11,774, was present at the Gaelic Grounds to witness Limerick claim their eighth Munster U-21 title in all. And Cian Lynch claimed the man-of-the-match award on the back of an industrious performance.

It was that kind of night for Limerick, in marked contrast to their 11 and 13-point victories over Tipperary and Clare in previous outings.

This was much more of a dogfight for Limerick, but they emerged to claim the silverware, as Aaron Gillane top-scored with six pointed frees.

They had roared into a 0-7 to 0-0 lead within 14 minutes, before Cork rallied to trail by just four points at the break, 1-4 to 0-11.

The goal for the Rebels was a real tonic, scored by Tim O’Mahony in the 26th minute. Mark Coleman, a leading contender for the Young Hurler of the Year award, helped to create it with some excellent work inside his own half. Paul Leopold moved the ball inside to O’Mahony and he got inside his man before beating Eoghan McNamara at his near post with a one-handed strike.

But Limerick, who turned to play into the breeze in the second half, would ultimately prevail, despite going 18 minutes without a score from the 39th minute.

That allowed Cork to work their way back to within two points – 1-9 to 0-14 – before a Gillane free with three minutes left stopped the Limerick rot.

Gillane lofted over another to give Limerick a four-point cushion, but Cork hit back with points from senior stars Coleman (free) and Shane Kingston.

But this was a night when, bar O’Mahony’s effort, Cork found goal chances at a premium. Kyle Hayes operated effectively in the sweeper role for Limerick, and the Leesiders struggled to break through.

Declan Dalton was Cork’s semi-final hero with a massive 1-12 haul against Waterford – but he was restricted to just two pointed frees here.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-6 (6fs), Ronan Lynch (2fs), Thomes Grimes, Peter Casey and Barry Nash 0-2 each, Mike Mackey and Tom Morrissey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Tim O’Mahony 1-1, Shane Kingston 0-3, Mark Coleman (2fs), Michael O’Halloran and Declan Dalton (2fs) 0-2 each, Robbie O’Flynn 0-1.

LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara; Sean Finn, Darragh Fanning, Dan Joy; Ronan Lynch, Kyle Hayes, Thomas Grimes; Colin Ryan, Robbie Hanley; Aaron Gillane, Mike Mackey, Cian Lynch; Barry Nash, Peter Casey, Tom Morrissey
Subs: Paudie Ahern for Casey (43), Conor Boylan for Mackey (47), Barry Murphy for Morrissey (56), Lorcan Lyons for Hanley (60+2).

CORK: Patrick Collins; David Griffin, Eoghan Murphy, John Cashman; Sean O’Donoghue, Mark Coleman, Darren Browne; David Lowney, Paul Leopold; Chris O’Leary, Michael O’Halloran, Shane Kingston; Declan Dalton, Robbie O’Flynn, Tim O’Mahony
Subs: Jack O’Connor for O’Leary (40), Dave O’Neill for Lowney (56), John Looney for O’Mahony (57), Conor Cahalane for Cashman (60+2).

REFEREE: Rory McGann (Clare).


Limerick beat Cork to earn second Munster U21 hurling title in three years

Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-11

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

A seven-point headstart helped Limerick to their second Munster U21 hurling title in three years. The Treatymen led 0-7 to no-score after 13 minutes, although Cork closed the gap to four at half-time, thanks to Tim O’Mahony’s goal.
But in front of 11,774 fans, Cork couldn’t get any closer than two points as Aaron Gillane’s six converted frees saw Limerick home safely.

Scorers for Limerick: A Gillane (0-6, 0-6 frees); R Lynch (0-2 frees), B Nash, P Casey, T Grimes (0-2 each); T Morrissey, M Mackey (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: T O’Mahony (1-1); S Kingston (0-3); D Dalton (0-2 frees), M Coleman (0-2 frees), M O’Halloran (0-2 each); R O’Flynn (0-1).

Limerick: E McNamara (Doon); S Finn (Bruff), D Fanning (Pallasgreen), D Joy (Kilmallock); R Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), K Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), T Grimes (Na Piarsaigh); C Ryan (Pallasgreen), R Hanley (Kilmallock); A Gillane (Patrickswell), M Mackey (Adare), C Lynch (Patrickswell); P Casey (Na Piarsaigh), T Morrissey (Ahane), B Nash (South Liberties)
Subs: P Ahern (Killeedy) for Casey (43 mins); C Boylan (Na Piarsaigh) for Mackey (47); D O’Neill (Mayfield) for Lowney (56); B Murphy (Doon) for Morrissey (56); L Lyons (Monaleen) for Hanley (61).

Cork: P Collins (Ballinhassig); J Cashman (Blackrock), E Murphy (Sarsfields), D Griffin (Sarsfields); S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra); D Browne (Kanturk), M Coleman (Blarney); D Lowney (Clonakilty), P Leopold (Sarsfields); M O’Halloran (Blackrock), D Dalton (Fr O’Neill’s), S Kingston (Douglas); T O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum), R O’Flynn (Erin’s Own), C O’Leary (Valley Rovers)
Subs: J O’Connor (Sarsfields) for O’Leary (40); J Looney (Aghada) for O’Mahony, D O’Neill (Mayfield) for Lowney (both 57); C Cahalane (St Finbarr’s) for Cashman (61)

Referee: R McGann (Clare)



Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €15.00
Juveniles: €5.00
Students/OAP’s receive €5 concession with valid id prior to entry.
Stand Specific, Mackey and North Open Stand

Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Limerick, Cork and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.


Team News

The Limerick U21 management team of Pat Donnelly (Manager)(South Liberties), Mike Kiely (Coach/Selector)(Ballybrown), Brian Foley (Coach/Selector)(Adare), Maurice O’Brien (Coach/Selector)(Garryspillane) has released their match team and panel for this Wednesday evening’s Munster U21 hurling championship final clash with Cork. Pat Donnelly side are home in the Gaelic Grounds and with the throw in at 7.30pm supporters are asked to come early to the grounds. The following is the team and match panel.
1 Eoghan McNamara (Doon), 2 Sean Finn (Bruff), 3 Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen), 4, Dan Joy (Kilmallock), 5 Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 6 Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 7 Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), 8 Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 9 Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), 10 Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), 11 Mike Mackey (Adare), 12 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13 Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 14 Tom Morrissey (Ahane)(Captain), 15 Barry Nash (South Liberties)
16 Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown), 17 Paudie Ahern (Killeedy), 18 Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 19 Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 20 Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 21 Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), 22 Barry Murphy (Doon), 23 Jack O Grady (Knockainey), 24 Oisin O Reilly (Kilmallock), 25 Josh Adams (Ballybrown), 26 Brian Ryan (South Liberties).

The Cork team has been announced as follows –

1. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
2. John Cashman – Blackrock
3. Eoghan Murphy – Sarsfields
4. David Griffin – Carrigaline
5. Sean O Donoghue – Inniscarra
6. Darren Browne – Kanturk (C)
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. David Lowney – Clonakilty
9. Paul Leopold – Sarsfields
10. Michael O Halloran – Blackrock
11. Declan Dalton – Fr O’ Neills
12. Shane Kingston – Douglas
13. Tim O Mahony – Newtownshandrum
14. Robbie O Flynn – Erins Own
15. Chris O Leary – Valley Rovers
16. Eoghan Healy – Ballymartle
17. Jack O Connor – Sarsfields
18. Darren O Driscoll – Carrigtwohill
19. Dayne Lee – Na Piarsaigh
20. Dave O Neill – Mayfield
21. Conor Cahalane – St Finbarrs
22. John Looney – Aghada
23. Seadna Smyth – Midleton
24. Ian Cahill – Cloyne


Match Programme

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