ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-16

Waterford defeated Clare by 1-21 to 0-16 in the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship on Wednesday at Walsh Park Waterford.

Dominant Déise cruise past Clare

Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-16

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, April 29, 2010

ALTHOUGH the game itself never bettered mediocrity, defending champions Waterford were the clear masters of this first round Munster MHC game at Walsh Park last night. Clare actually made the brighter start and they were in front inside 40 seconds when their most dangerous attacker, Niall Arthur, fired over a superb point. They led again on seven minutes when Aaron Cunningham found the range, but once Jake Dillon edged the home side in front for the first time three minutes later they were never headed again. With the Déise defence well in control and their midfield pairing of man-of-the-match Padraig Prendergast and Gavin O’Brien also running the show in their sector, Waterford were in cruise control to the interval.

The game’s only goal came on 11 minutes, a real beauty too as full forward Conor Heffernan snapped up Paudie Mahony’s delivery and he gave goalkeeper Ronan Taaffe no chance from close range. That score really set the champions alight and three further points in as many minutes from the flying Stephen Roche, Jake Dillon, and Eamonn Murphy had Clare on the ropes. Waterford were well deserving of their 1-10 to 0-6 half-time lead with Clare almost totally reliant on the accuracy of full forward Niall Arthur for their scores. But with little support his was hopeless. Although Waterford forged further ahead with points from Dillon and Roche within two minutes of the restart, Clare did promise a rally when Arthur (0-2) and David O’Halloran responded with points.

The deficit was down to a manageable five, 1-16 to 0-14,with 13 minutes remaining but the Clare revival was then sharply and decisively halted as Waterford regained the initiative. Daragh Fives and his defensive colleagues put up the shutters, Prendergast continued to dominate at midfield while Roche and Eamonn Murphy from play and the unerringly accurate Paudie Mahony from frees extended their side’s lead. Clare managed further responses from Colm Galvin and Paul Flanagan, but they were by now a well beaten side and it was Waterford with the final say as Eoin Madigan and Murphy completed the scoring with points right out of the top drawer. For Clare it’s the back door route and a losers’ group game against Kerry next Saturday.

Scorers for Waterford: P Mahony, 0-7 (7f); S Roche, 0-4; C Heffernan, 1-0; P Prendergast, J Dillon, E Murphy, 0-3 each; E Madigan, 0-1.

Scorers for Clare; N Arthur, 0-10 (8f); A Cunningham, P Collins, D O’Halloran, D McInerney, C Galvin, P Flanagan, 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: D Duggan; J Barron, S O’Keeffe, L Egan; M O’Neill, D Fives, E Madigan; P Prendergast, G O’Brien; C Curran, E Murphy, P Mahony; J Dillon, C Heffernan, S Roche.
Subs: S Ryan for O’Neill (42); K Chester for Heffernan (58).

CLARE: R Taaffe; H Vaughan, N Purcell, S Morey; P Flanagan, K Lynch, S O’Halloran; P Collins, T Kelly; D O’Halloran, D Keane, A Cunningham; A Mulready, N Arthur, C Gavin.
Subs: J Shanahan for Cunningham (ht); D McInerney for Keane (ht); E Boyce for Vaughan (41); C O’Connell for Mulready (52).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Team News

Clare Team to play Waterford is as follows –

1. Ronan Taffee ( R.O.Tath) Tubber

2. Haulie Vaughan ( M.O.Machain) Inagh Kilnamona

3. Noel Purcell (N.Puirseil) Sixmilebridge

4. Seadna Morey (S.O.Mora ) Sixmilebridge

5. Paul Flanagan ( P.O.Flannagain) Ballyea (Caption)

6. Kevin Lynch (K.O.Lionsigh) Sixmilebridge

7. Stephan O Halloran (S.O.hAllaurin) Clarecastle

8. Podge Collins ( P.O.Coileain) Cratloe

9. Tony Kelly (A.O.Ceallaigh) Ballyea

10. David O Halloran ( D.O.hAllaurin) Eire Og Ennis

11. Daire Keane (D. MacCathain) Kilmaley

12. Arron Cunningham (A.Mac Cuinneagain) Wolfe Tones na Sionna

13. Alan Mulready ( A.O.Maoilbhride) Sixmilebridge

14. Niall Arthur (N.Mac Artuir) Inagh Kilnamona

15 Colm Galvin ( C.O.Gealbhain) Clonlara

16 Niall Woods Newmarket.on .Fergus

17 Enda Boyce Cratloe

18 Jamie Shanahan Sixmilebridge

19 Cathal Malone Ennistymon

20 David McInerney Tulla

21 Tots O Connell Clonlara

22 Pa Sheehan Sixmilebridge

23 Tomas McNamara Whitegate

24 Daragh Corry Tulla

Also on Clare Training Panel ;

Damien Lafferty (Inagh Kilnamona)

Martin Moroney ( Parteen)

Frank Melody (Newmarket on Fergus)

Niall DeLoughrey (St Josephs Doora Barefield)

Cathal Doohan (Ballyea)

Mikey O Neill (Kilmaley)

Management Team ; Gerry O Connor, ( Eire Og Ennis), Donal Moloney ( Scariff ), Eamon Fennessey (Sixmilebridge), Paul Kinnerk ( Trainer), Jimmy Browne (Clonlara)

ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Cork 2-31 Tipperary 4-22

Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-31 to 4-22 after extra time in the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship on Wednesday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Hero Hartnett edges gritty Rebels past Tipp in classic  

Cork 2-31 Tipperary 4-22  

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper  

Thursday, April 29, 2010  

AFTER the stunning heights they scaled last year in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, it seemed too much to hope for more memorable action when the Cork and Tipperary minor hurlers convened at the same venue for last night’s ESB Munster MHC quarter-final. Instead they surpassed last June’s fare to conjure up as spellbinding a game imaginable, packed with top-class individual displays, brilliant score-taking and a fitting finale as extra-time was required to produce a winner.  The tie ebbed and flowed for 80 odd minutes but ultimately it took the critical intervention of Cork corner-forward Brian Hartnett who, having impressed throughout, really excelled in the second half of extra-time as he transformed a 2-25 to 4-20 deficit in the 70th minute into a 2-31 to 4-22 advantage in the 80th minute, by weighing in with six points.  

Hartnett wound up with a dazzling 1-14 return to show for his night’s work and while his polished point-taking from play and frees was key, it was the beautiful diving flick to the net in the 49th minute that was his standout moment. Cork had other heroes on the night. Conor Lehane terrorised the Tipperary half-back line by popping over six points from play, Stephen Moore used his physical presence to good effect in attack while midfielder Darren Sweetnam controlled matters in his sector for long stages.  It was a tough defeat for Tipperary to absorb considering the magnitude of their performance. Liam McGrath produced a flawless display of marksmanship in converting 10 placed balls while Aidan McCormack’s predatory instincts were reflected in his three-goal tally. Full-back Andrew Ryan was in immense form, Niall O’Meara worked diligently at centre-forward and Michael O’Brien illustrated what a loss he was to the team from the start through injury, by grabbing four points when sprung from the bench. They had cause to complain as well at the decision not to be awarded a penalty in the 59th minute when McCormack looked to be clearly pushed near goal.  

Cork made the hard yards early on with Sweetnam and Lehane pushing them into a 0-5 to 0-2 advantage by the 11th minute. But Cork’s dominance counted for little when a rapid Tipperary burst yielded a neat goal by McCormack in the 14th minute and a stylish point by O’Meara two minutes later. Despite trailing by a point, Cork never seemed unnerved and thanks to the consistent high standards of shooting that Lehane and Hartnett were employing, they ploughed back in the lead. They were 0-9 to 1-3 ahead by the 24th minute, and although Cathal Horan looked a dangerous operator for Tipperary close to goal, it was still Cork in the ascendancy with an 0-11 to 1-6 advantage at the interval.  

The action was cranked up a few notches at the break as the scores started to tot up with greater frequency. Jamie Coughlan hammered home a penalty to give Cork a huge boost in the 32nd minute, but between them Liam McGrath and Aidan McCormack wiped out that lead with a 1-2 blast to draw level by the 35th minute. The teams stuck close to each other for a time as they traded points but despite McGrath’s relentless accuracy from frees, Cork were looking stronger and crafted a magnificent goal in the 49th minute. Shane O’Keeffe bustled through before offloading to Coughlan, who arrowed in a cross that Hartnett dived to flick to the net at the back post.  That sent Cork 2-16 to 2-12 in front but Tipperary’s response was impressive with McCormack expertly drilling in his third goal in the 52nd minute and O’Brien emerging as an attacking threat. When McGrath tapped over a 62nd minute free they looked on the cusp of victory but sub Jamie Wall did brilliantly to engineer the space to grab a last-gasp point for Cork to send the match to extra-time.  Prospects of a replay could not be dispelled as the match remained tight in extra-time, with Wall and Lehane striking early points for Cork before O’Meara and O’Brien pegged them back for Tipperary. Matters seemed to turn crucially in their direction when Horan buried a shot to the net after Gary Minihane spilled the ball in the 69th minute, but Hartnett’s scoring spree proved most decisive.  

Scorers for Cork: B Hartnett 1-14 (0-7f), C Lehane 0-6, J Coughlan 1-0 (1-0 pen), S Moore 0-3, D Sweetnam, J Wall, S O’Keeffe 0-2 each, N Kelly, M Howard 0-1 each.  

Scorers for Tipperary: L McGrath 0-10 (0-10f), A McCormack 3-0, C Horan 1-2, M O’Brien 0-4, N O’Meara 0-3, D McCormack, D Butler, B Stapleton 0-1 each.  

CORK: G Minihane; D Lester, F O’Mahony, D Stokes; C Joyce, D O’Carroll, T McGuinness; N Kelly, D Sweetnam; S O’Keeffe, S Moore, C Lehane; J Coughlan, M Howard, B Hartnett.
Subs: K Buckley for McGuinness (42), R O’Shea for Howard (44), J Wall for Moore (55), C Spillane for Stokes (59), Stokes for O’Carroll (60), Moore for Buckley (60), Buckley for Stokes (69), Howard for Kelly (70), B Murray for O’Shea (73).  

TIPPERARY: D Reddan; C Barrett, A Ryan, P Dunne; S Kennedy, B Stapleton, J Meagher; D Flynn, J Forde; D McCormack, N O’Meara, T Heffernan; L McGrath, A McCormack, C Horan.
Subs: J Cahill for Kennedy (23), D Butler for Heffernan (47), M O’Brien for Forde (49), J McGrath for D McCormack (53), J O’Dwyer for Dunne (56), Forde for Flynn (60), L Treacy for Forde (70), Flynn for J McGrath (70), D McCormack for L McGrath (77).  

Referee: Michael O’Connor (Limerick).  

Harnett’s haul does it for Rebels  

From the Irish Independent newspaper  

Cork 2-31 Tipperary 4-22  

Munster MHC (aet)  

A TALLY of 1-14 from Brian Hartnett gave Cork an extra-time victory over Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The teams were locked at 2-21 to 3-18 at the end of normal time. But six points from Hartnett in the second extra period helped Cork through. The initial 60 minutes produced a pulsating contest, Cork up 0-11 to 1-6 at half-time. A Jamie Coughlan penalty gave the Rebels a nice cushion within a minute of the restart, but Aidan McCormack’s second goal had Tipp level at 1-1 to 2-8 in the 35th minute. Hartnett and Liam McGrath continued to exchange frees, before Hartnett gave Cork a four-point lead with a brilliant diving finish on 49. McCormack’s hat-trick three minutes later brought Tipp back in it, though, and another McCormack free looked to have given them victory before Jamie Wall’s late equaliser forced the additional 20 minutes.  

Scorers — Cork: B Hartnett 1-14 (0-7f), C Lehane 0-6, J Coughlan 1-0 (pen), S Moore 0-3, D Sweetman, S O’Keeffe, J Wall 0-2 each, N Kelly, M Howard 0-1 each. Tipperary: L McGrath 0-10 (0-10f), A McCormack 3-0, C Horan 1-2, N O’Meara 0-3, M O’Brien 0-4, D McCormack, D Butler, B Stapleton 0-1 each.  

CORK — G Minihane; D Lester, F O’Mahony, D Stokes; C Joyce, D O’Carroll, T McGuinness; N Kelly, D Sweetman; S O’Keeffe, S Moore, C Lehane; J Coughlan, M Howard, B Hartnett. Subs: K Buckley for McGuinness (42), R O’Shea for Howard (45), J Wall for Moore (56), C Spillane for Stokes (59), Stokes for O’Carroll, Moore for Buckley (both et), Buckley for Stokes (69), Howard for Kelly (70), B Murray for O’Shea (73).  

TIPPERARY — D Reddan; C Barrett, A Ryan, P Dunne; S Kennedy, B Stapleton, J Meagher; D Flynn, J Forde; D McCormack, N O’Meara, T Heffernan; L McGrath, A McCormack, C Horan. Subs: J Cahill for Kennedy (24), D Butler for Heffernan (47), M O’Brien for Forde (49), J McGrath for D McCormack (54), J O’Dwyer for Dunne (57), Forde for Flynn (et), L Treacy for Forde (70), Flynn for J McGrath (71), D McCormack for L McGrath (78) 

Team News   

The Tipperary Minor Hurling team to play Cork at 6.30pm on Wednesday April 28th in Páirc Uíi Chaoimh is –   

1. David Reddan (Kilruane MacDonaghs) 2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill) 3. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara) 4. Pa Dunne (Thurles Sarsfields) 5. Seamus Kennedy (St. Marys Clonmel) 6. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons) Captain 7. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney) 8. Davin Flynn (Roscrea) 9. Jason Forde (Silvermines) 10. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh) 11. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs) 12. Tommy Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) 13. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) 14. Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields) 15. Cathal Horan (Mullinahone)   

Subs from:   

Shane Hassett (Drom and Inch), David Butler (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers), John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Ross Mullane (Clonmel Óg), Michael O’Brien (Thurles Sarsfields), Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Liam Treacy (Loughmore Castleiney), Eoin Fennelly (Mullinahone), John Grogan (Cashel King Cormacs), Philip Looby(Drom & Inch), Daire Quinn (Nenagh Éire Óg), John Ryan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Pat Ralph (Moycarkey Borris)

ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Limerick 2-13 Kerry 1-13

Limerick defeated Kerry by 2-13 to 1-13 in the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship on Wednesday at Kilmallock.

Ryan stars as Limerick get Kerry scare

Limerick 2-13 Kerry 1-13

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A CLOSE call for Limerick in Kilmallock yesterday evening in this Munster MHC quarter-final, a very close call, because two late reaction rocket-shots from Kerry corner-forward Shane Dunne went just a couple of inches wide. As it was, with Murroe-Boher’s outstanding Michael Ryan in lethal form in the left corner of attack, Limerick just about survived to qualify for a semi-final meeting against Cork, while Kerry go on to meet Clare in a backdoor qualifier. Limerick began strongly and led 1-3 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, their goal a peach, taken on the run by Ryan after his marker, Bryan Murphy had slipped. Even at this stage, however, it was obvious that Limerick were going to have their hands full with a talented Kerry side, backboned by the Causeway Comprehensive side that has done so well in recent years.

The visitors were facing into a strong breeze in that opening half but gradually worked their way into the game, and with points from Shane Dunne, Chris McCarthy and the hard-working Padraig Boyle, allied to centre-back Brendan Brosnan’s long-range free-taking, they trailed by just six points at the break, 1-8 to 0-5. However it was five minutes into the second half before the game really took off. Limerick began the excitement, a goal in 30 seconds from wing-forward Dan Morrissey, pouncing on the break after Shane Dowling’s goal-bound shot had been body-blocked by Dougie Fitzell, giving them what looked like a commanding eight-point lead.

Then it was Kerry’s turn. Three superbly struck frees from Shane Dunne, around a coolly taken goal by Paudie Boyle (now operating at full-forward), and it was very much game on, just a goal between them (2-8 to 1-8), plenty time remaining. But Limerick responded well. Two points, one each from wing-forward Jake Mulcahy and the outstanding Michael Ryan (he finished with 1-5 from play), had them back to five points in front, but again Kerry came, and another two Dunne frees brought the deficit back to a goal. Thus it would be at the finish, and how Kerry could have done with either of two Shane Dunne rockets hitting the target! The first was in the 50th minute, leaving a vapour trail as it screamed across the goal and just outside the post, the second was in the 60th minute, another close-range first-time effort, but was deflected out for a 65, converted for a point by Brendan Brosnan.

Scorers for Limerick: M. Ryan 1-5; J. Fitzgibbon 0-4 (all frees); D. Morrissey 1-0; S. Dowling 0-2; J. Aherne, J. Mulcahy, 0-1 each.

Kerry: S. Dunne 0-6 (0-5 frees); P. Boyle 1-1; B. Brosnan 0-4 (0-3 frees, 0-1 65); C. McCarthy, S. Weir, 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: E. Webb; A. Dempsey, M. O’Loughlin, B. Hannigan; T. Ryan, D. Hannon, K. O’Donnell (c); C. O’Riordan, M. O’Connell; D. Morrissey, W. Hickey, J. Mulcahy; S. Dowling, J. Fitzgibbon, M. Ryan.

Subs: M. Fitzgibbon (Hickey 25); Mark Ryan (Mulcahy 37); J. Aherne (Morrissey 45); D. Murphy (O’Connell 52).

KERRY: N. Leen; B. Murphy, S. Dowling, D. Fitzell; T. Maunsell, B. Brosnan, T. Barrett; S. Weir, J. Bowler; P. Boyle, T. Doyle, M. Delaney; C. McCarthy, A. Fealey, S. Dunne.

Subs: D. Collins (Maunsell 43); D. Casey (Fealey 47); T. Moore (Bowler 54).

Referee: D. Fox (Clare)

Team News

Limerick Minor Hurling Team named to play Kerry

Ger Hegarty and his selectors have named their starting 15 to play Kerry tomorrow night Wednesday 28 April @ 6.30pm in Kilmallock in the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship Quarter-Final.

1 Eoin Webb Kilmallock Eoin Webb O Ruairc

2 Alan Dempsey Na Piarsaigh Alain O Diomasaigh

3 Mark O’ Loughlin Kilmallock Marc O Lochlainn

4 Brian Hannigan Feenagh/Kilmeedy Brian O hAnnagin

5 Thomas Ryan South Liberties Tomas O Riain

6 Declan Hannon Adare Deaglan O Hannain

7 Kevin O Donnell Kilmallock (CAPTAIN) Caomhain O Domhnall

8 Chris ORiordan Dromin/Athlacca Criostóir O Riordáin

9 Mark O Connell Glenroe Marc O Conaill

10 Dan Morrissey Ahane Donal O Muirgheasa

11 William Hickey South Liberties Liam O hIci

12 Jake Mulcahy Kilmallock Jake O Maolcathaigh

13 Shane Dowling Na Piarsaigh Sean O Dullaing

14 John Fitzgibbon Adare Sean Mac Giobuin

15 Michael Ryan Murroe/Boher Michéal O Riain

16 Barry Neville Ahane Barra O Niadh

17 Mike Fitzgibbon Feohanagh/Castlemahon Micheal Mac Giobuin

18 Mark Carmody Patrickswell Marc O Cearmaide

19 David Murphy Kilteely/Dromkeen Daithi O Murchu

20 Stephen Foley Croagh/Kilfinny Stiofan O Foghlu

21 Jack Aherne Kileedy Sean O Eachtighearna

22 Brian Murphy Fedamore Brian O Murchu

23 Patrick Carroll South Liberties Padraig Cearbhuill

24 Mark Ryan Na Piarsaigh Marc O Riain

Manager: Ger Hegarty

Selectors: Brian Begley, Paul Finn, George Lee

Liaison Officer: Tony Roche

First Aid: John Daly

Limerick extended panel:Brendan OConnor (Croagh/Kilfinny)

David Reidy (Dromin/Athlacca)

Ciaran Keogh (NaPiarsaigh)

Conor Sheehan (Cappamore)

Liam Ryan (Doon)

Richard Ryan (Ahane)