Munster GAA ESB MHC S-Final – Clare vs. Waterford

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Clare 0-12 Waterford 3-9

By Diarmuid O’Flynn of the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, June 25, 2009

JUST over six weeks ago, Clare beat Waterford in the first round of the Munster MHC, a single point the difference down in Dungarvan. Last night in balmy Ennis, having reached the semi-final by the back-door route, the Decies well and truly reversed that result, and now go through to meet Cork or Tipperary in the Munster final on July 12.

Clare dominated first-half proceedings, and led at the break by four points, 0-9 to 1-2. Could have been more, should have been more, as the Waterford goal should have never have been conceded. From a long Waterford puck-out, Clare centre-back Patrick O’Connor did what he was supposed to do, broke the ball down in front, but no-one in saffron-and-blue was alert. Waterford wing-forward Brian O’Halloran was in like a flash, and from fully 50m tore through the heart of the Clare defence before blasting home from close range.

Clare keeper Ronan Taaffe had no chance, but the watching former Clare great Brian Lohan, coach to this minor team, must surely have had a vision of what should have been. Other than that goal, Waterford were sorely lacking in any kind of threat up front in this opening half, and that blunder apart, their inside forwards were given no change by the a tight-marking Clare trio of full-back Killian Ryan flanked by Sixmilebridge brothers Noel and Trevor O’Connor.

Clare’s Patrick O’Connor was the dominant figure in the half-back line, ably abetted by team captain Colin McGuane and Seán O’Connor. In midfield it was the towering figure of Shane Golden doing most damage for Clare, though Waterford captain Martin O’Neill was also prominent. It was in the forward sextet, however, that Clare were most potent, and none more so than full-forward and free-taker Conor McGrath. Five points the Cratloe youngster scored in the first half, three of those from play, all under pressure, while alongside him David O’Halloran was also on form, two fine points to his name.

Given this dominance then, all was looking good for Clare as they headed for the dressing-rooms. How quickly things can change, however, in sport, and in hurling especially. The spark for this one had actually come just before the break, when Ian Galgey was introduced in injury-time for Kenny Moore – more about Ian later.

The first couple of minutes of the second half gave no indication of the change in fortunes that was about to occur. A wide each to open proceedings, and then, from nowhere, another Waterford goal, and again, it was of the gifted variety, gates open all the way to the keeper. The move started on the left wing of attack, where O’Driscoll won scrappy possession. He parted to the towering Ronan Cahill, who was to have a much greater influence on proceedings in the second half, and again, the parting of the saffron-and-blue sea. It ended with Ronan passing to Paudie Prendergast and again Ronan Taaffe had no chance in the Clare goals – 2-2 to 0-9.

Enter the flying Ian Galgey; 1-2 the Mount Sion speedster scored in a lethal 10-minute spell, midfielder Martin O’Neill adding a couple more, and this game was turned on its head. From four points up at the break, Clare were now five in arrears, 3-6 to 0-10, and with the Waterford defence now very much on top, half-backs Phillip Mahoney and Darragh Fives especially, Luke Egan with some lovely flicks, there was only going to be one winner. Clare never gave up, battled to the final whistle, but Waterford were given that second chance, and grabbed with both hands.

Scorers for Waterford: I Galgey 1-2; M O’Neill 0-5 (0-4 frees); B O’Halloran 1-0; P Prendergast 1-0; F Murray, J Dillon, 0-1 each.

Clare: C McGrath 0-8 (0-4 frees); D O’Halloran 0-2; D Keane, S Golden, 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; L Egan, T Costello, M Wyse; J Dee, P Mahoney, D Fives; K Moore, M O’Neill (c); F Murray, R Cahill, B O’Halloran; P Prendergast, J Dillon, P Mahoney
Subs: I Galgey (Moore 30+1).

CLARE: R Taaffe; N Purcell, K Ryan, T Purcell; S O’Connor, P O’Connor, C McGuane (c); C McInerney, S Golden; D Keane, E Hanrahan, A Considine; C O’Donnell, C McGrath, D O’Halloran
Subs: G Guilgoyle (Hanrahan 40); E Boyce (T Purcell inj 40); D Liddy (Considine 52); A Mulready (O’Donnell 54).

Referee: D Copps (Cork)


Waterford defeated Clare by 3-9 to 0-12 in the Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday at Cusack Park Ennis.

Round-up by Coilin Duffy

At Cusack Park, Ennis a brace of second half goals ensured a Waterford victory by 3-09 to 0-12, after Clare were held to just three points in the closing 30 minutes. Waterford may have bagged an early first half goal, but Clare held command after 20 minutes by 0-07 to 1-01. There was little to talk about on the score-sheet before the interval with Clare outscoring the Decies by two points to one in the closing minutes of the half.

However the hosts were firmly on the backfoot on the restart as Waterford bagged two quick-fire goals and showed no mercy to finish with a hard-earned six-point win.

Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY JUNE 24th. 2009
Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Finals
@ Cusack Park, Ennis
An Clár v Port Láirge at 7.30p.m.
Reiteoir – David Copps (Corcaigh)

Team News

Waterford (MH v Clare) – The Waterford minor hurling team to play Clare in the Munster semi-final on Wedneday evening in Ennis (throw in 7.30pm) is:

1. S OKeeffe – Ballygunner

2. L Egan – Dungarvan

3. T Costello – Dunhill

4. M Wyse – Passage

5. J Dee – Portlaw

6. P Mahoney – Ballygunner

7. D Fives – Tourin

8. K Moore – Dungarvan

9. M ONeill – Mt. Sion

10.P Prendergast – Lismore

11.B OHalloran – Clashmore

12. P Mahoney – Ballygunner

13. J Dillon – De La salle

14. R Cahill – Clonea

15. F Murray – Cappoquin

Clare (MH v Waterford) – TBC

Munster GAA ESB MHC S-Final – Tipperary v Cork

Tipperary and Cork drew after extra time on a scoreline of 5-17 to 5-17 in the Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Finals on Wednesday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Replay Details

WEDNESDAY JULY 1st. 2009

Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay
Corcaigh v Tiobraid Arann at 7.30p.m.
@ Semple Stadium, Thurles

Reiteoir – TBC


Drake point earns Cork a replay

From the Irish Times Newspaper

MUNSTER MHC SEMI-FINALS: Cork 5-17 5-17 Tipperary

A LAST-GASP David Drake point secured a draw for Cork after extra-time in last night’s pulsating clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

A Jamie Coughlan goal in the 24th minute helped Cork to a 1-7 to 1-6 interval lead.

But they needed a goal from substitute Brian Hartnett to send the match into extra-time, with the score 3-12 to 2-15.

TIPPERARY: Paul Ryan; A Ryan, L Butler, Pa Ryan; W Ryan, D Maher, A Hogan; A Cleere, B Stapleton (1-1, 1 sideline); S Curran (0-2), T Butler, R Gleeson; E Murray (0-4, 2f), J O’Dwyer (2-6, 2f), D Collins (1-2). Subs: D Butler (1-1) for Cleere (h-t), J Meagher for Maher (34 mins), P Heffernan (0-1) for T Butler (39 mins), J Forde for O’Dwyer (inj) (55 mins), O’Dwyer for Pa Ryan (59 mins), D Maher for O’Dwyer (61 mins), M O’Brien for Forde (68 mins), E O’Connell for A Ryan (79 mins).

CORK: T Hogan; R Ryan, D Rodgers, A Cagney; P Wiley, P O’Rourke, J Hutchings; R O’Sullivan (0-1), D Drake (0-7, 3f, 1 65); E Farrell, D Brosnan (1-1), C Lehane; J Coughlan (1-2, 1f), P Haughney (0-1), E O’Sullivan (1-1). Subs: J Dineen (0-1) for Lehane (h-t), B Hartnett (2-1) for Haughney (50 mins), C Joyce for O’Rourke (59 mins), D Lester for Hutchings (60 mins), P O’Brien for Rodgers (65 mins), K Hallissey (0-1) for Farrell (65 mins), O O’Connell (0-1) for O’Sullivan (70 mins).

Referee: M O’Connor (Limerick)


Cork 5-17 Tipperary 5-17

Round-up by Coilin Duffy

The final pairing for the Munster Minor Hurling Championship is unknown after two cracking semi-finals tonight which saw Cork and Tipperary finish level after-extra-time, while Waterford progressed to the final. After both Cork and Tipperary had produced a cracking under 21 quarter-final at Semple Stadium a few weeks ago, the corresponding minor teams didn’t disappoint at Pairc Ui Rinn. Following 80 minutes of pulsating hurling, a replay will be required to separate these sides who finished 5-17 apiece after-extra time.

Amazingly Tipperary led by eight points at approaching half-time in extra-time, but Cork blazed a trail to edge two points in front before a last gasp goal for Tipperary put them back in front. Cork would have the last laugh with an injury time point from a 65′ and the sides must meet again – at a venue likely to be Semple Stadium next week.

This game produced end to end hurling, with Cork leading by the minimum on a 1-07 to 1-06 half-time score-line, with Jamie Coughlan netting the Rebels goal and John O’Dwyer finishing Tipp’s three-pointer. Cork began the second half brightly with Eoin O’Sullivan raising a green flag two minutes after the resart.

However Tipperary weren’t far from their southern counterparts, with Brian Stapleton adding their second goal, after his move to corner forward reaped dividends. It looked like the visitors had edged their way to a Munster final with a four-point lead late on, but Cork responded with 1-01 without reply.In the second minute of injury time substitute Brian Harnett completed a Rebel hat-trick to force extra-time at 3-12 to 2-15.

Tipperary looked unstoppable in the first period with David Butler and David Collins netting goals as they held a 4-17 to 3-13 half-time lead, having played against the  wind. Cork however had other ideas on the restart, and left Tipperary shellshocked as an eight-point deficit quickly was wiped out to ensure the Rebels led by two. However, Tipperary struck for a late goal before Cork’s final point from a 65′ to ensure a replay date.

Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY JUNE 24th. 2009
Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Finals
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork
Corcaigh v Tiobraid Arann at 7.30p.m.
Reiteoir – Michael O’Connor (Luimneach)

Team News

The Tipperary Minor Hurling team to play Cork in the Munster semi-final in Páirc Ui Chaoimh on Wednesday night at 7:30pm shows one change from the team which defeated Limerick in the quarter-final. David Collins comes into the team at left corner forward in place of Michael O’Brien. There is also a positional switch as Thomas Butler and John O’Dwyer swap places, with Butler named at centre forward and O’Dwyer at full forward.

1. Paul Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane)

2. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)

3. Liam Butler (Moyne-Templetuohy) Captain

4. Pa Ryan (Clonakenny)

5. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)

6. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

7. Alan Hogan (Shannon Rovers)

8. Adrian Cleere (Ballingarry)

9. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

10. Sean Curran (Mullinahone)

11. Thomas Butler (Clonoulty Rossmore)

12. Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan)

13. Eanna Murray (Templederry Kenyons)

14. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

15. David Collins (Drom & Inch)

CORK – (MHC vs. Tipperary) – Thomas Hogan (Carrigtwohill); Roger Ryan (Bishoptown), Darragh Rodgers (Brian Dillons), Andrew Cagney (Charleville); Patrick Wiley (St. Finbarr’s), Patrick O’Rourke (Na Piarsaigh), Jack Hutchins (Fermoy); Rory O’Sullivan (Argideen Rangers), David Drake (Carrigaline); Eoin O’Farrell (Blackrock), Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers), Conor Lehane (Midleton); Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), Paul Haughney (Midleton), Eoin O’Sullivan (Sars – Capt.)
Subs: Gary Minihane (Courcey Rovers), Patrick OBrien (Killeagh Itas), Jerry Hayes (Mallow), Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Diarmuid Lester (Bishopstown), Odhran OConnell (Mallow), Brian Hartnett (Russell Rovers), John Dineen (Eire Og), Kevin Hallissey (Eire Og)