All Ireland Vocational School Inter County Senior Hurling Semi Final – Tipperary 2-17 Galway 1-14

Tipperary 2-17 Galway 1-14

From the Irish Independent newspaper

A late flourish, which saw Tipperary bag 1-4 without reply in the closing five minutes, ensured a hard-earned victory over a battling Galway side in a hotly contested All-Ireland VS SHC semi-final at a rain-soaked Nenagh yesterday.

Scorers —

Tipperary: E Ryan 1-6 (5f), T Cleary 1-3, N O’Meara 0-4, T Heffernan 0-3, J Samson 0-1.

Galway: K Cullinane 0-4, P Flaherty 0-3, D Burke 0-3 (1 ’65’); C O’Shea 1-0, K Killilea, S Sweeney 0-2 each

All Ireland Vocational School Inter County Senior Hurling Semi Final – Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 0-11

Goals help Cats quell Rebel threat

Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 0-11

By Diarmuid Sheehan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 07, 2011

KILKENNY booked their place in the All-Ireland Vocational Schools Intercounty Hurling final after they easily dismissed a spirited Cork challenge at a wet and windy Mourneabbey on Saturday afternoon. The Cats were fired up right from the first whistle as they hassled and harried an overworked Cork midfield. Goals from Liam Hickey, Lee Kinsella and Denis Lennon proved to be the vital scores in what was a fairly competitive contest.

Cork, aided by a strong wind, opened the brighter and knocked over three tasty points from play inside six minutes to set down a statement of intent. Kilkenny landed the first sucker punch on 10 minutes when wing forward Hickey netted the Cats’ opener to erase Cork’s early lead. The Rebels responded well but found the Kilkenny attack too hot to handle as they opened up a 1-5 to 0-6 by the break, and facing into a stiff wind for the second period was always going to prove too much. The Cork lads stuck doggedly to their task but suffered a hammer blow on 40 minutes when full-forward Kinsella raised the green flag.

Great credit is due to Cork though as they raised their game again and managed to cut the gap to a more manageable four points before their hopes were finally dashed by the concession of a third goal. It was midfield dynamo Lennon who struck this time as the roving number eight found himself at the end of a flowing move, involving five Kilkenny players, and dispatched the ball to the bottom corner sending Cork out of this year’s tournament. Kilkenny will now face reigning champions Tipperary, in what will be a repeat of last year’s final, as the Premier county saw off the challenge of Galway in the other semi-final clash.

Scorers for Kilkenny: L Hickey, L Kinsella, D Lennon 1-1 each; C Martin 0-4 (two frees), J Tobin, W Brennan, C Walsh 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: M Howard 0-5 (four frees), J Corkery, M Sugrue (0-2) each; L O’Neill, M Vaughan 0-1 each.

KILKENNY: D Walsh; D Aherne, L O’Cinneide, D Power; B Whelan, B O’Murchu, B Quinn; W Brennan, D Lennon; C Walsh, C Martin, J Tobin; L Hickey, L Kinsella, G Malone.

Subs: N Madden for Quinn (40), A Farrell for Malone (40), L Blanchfield for Tobin (55), S Burcheal for Kinsella (58).

CORK: P Allen; J Ryan, J Daly, C Daly; A Barry Murphy, J Pratt, L O’Neill; A Gould, K Dennehy; M Sugrue, C Coleman, C Cullinane; J Corkery, M Howard, M Vaughan.

Subs: C Noonan for O’Neill (40), C Higgins for Vaughan (40), A O’Donovan for Cullinane (40), B Roche for Pratt.

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)

Goals see Cats ease past Cork

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 0-11

Kilkenny brushed aside a spirited Cork side at Mourneabbey yesterday.

Goals from Liam Mackey, Lee Kinsella and Denis Lennon proved to be the difference on the day as the Cats booked their spot in the last two with plenty to spare. Last year’s runners-up made light of the wet and windy conditions as they rattled off a selection of impressive scores throughout the 60 minutes.

Scorers –

Kilkenny: L Hickey, L Kinsella, D Lennon 1-1 each; C Martin 0-4 (2f), J Tobin, W Brennan, C Walsh 0-1 each.

Cork: M Howard 0-5 (4f), J Corkery, M Sugrue 0-2 each; L O’Neill, M Vaughan 0-1 each

Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Final – Waterford 0-21 Cork 0-16

Déise edge Rebel fledglings

Waterford 0-21 Cork 0-16

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 07, 2011

A MORE mature and experienced Waterford side deservedly retained their Waterford Crystal senior hurling tournament trophy in Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday. But this was also an honourable display by an extremely young and experimental Cork side. The Rebel underlings never threatened to win but they never gave up the fight either, battled right to the end and made Waterford earn the silverware. Played in terrible conditions, driving wind and rain, the first half was a close-fought affair, at the end of which Waterford led 0-9 to 0-6. They had played into the stiff breeze, however, and already it was obvious the Deise were the stronger side. The spine of experience offered by a half-back line of Shane O’Sullivan, Micheál ‘Brick’ Walsh and Jamie Nagle, along with captain Stephen Molumphy and Richie Foley in midfield, the powerful Seamus Prendergast at full-forward, was too much for this Cork team to break down.

Where Waterford had a good spread of scorers, speedy youngster Eamon Murphy, with two points, towering full-forward Seamus Prendergast with another brace, Shane Casey, Gavin Crotty and Paudie Mahoney with one each, along with a pair of pointed frees by the accurate Richie Foley. Young Conor Lehane offered the only real scoring threat for Cork. The teenager finished the half with three points (finished the game with six, all from play, and two of those were goal-bound shots that were deflected over the bar by Waterford keeper Clinton Hennessey). The second-half began brightly for Cork with three points within two minutes tying it up at nine points each, but that merely served to spur Waterford into real action, and seven points in the next nine minutes put daylight between the sides. Cork could have folded, but with substitute Cian McCarthy now augmenting the Lehane threat up front, they hit back and had it within four with 10 to go.

That was as near as they would come, however, and with Davy Fitzgerald having the luxury of being able to introduce Ken McGrath and Eoin Kelly in the final minutes, there was only going to be one result. “Nothing beats winning,” said Fitzgerald. “And it was nice for us to be able to pick up a trophy. A lot of those lads hadn’t played before and it was good for them to get that experience. We had a couple of established lads and then a few who were new, but we were missing about 17 lads who would be in with a shout. “Conditions were bad but there was good commitment – the one thing I’d ask of the boys is that they work hard and tackle hard, and they did that. We didn’t let that Cork side get into their stride — they love to run and pass all the time — and we didn’t let them do that.

“In fairness, Cork had none of their big names out, these were merely lads who are trying to make an impression and get on the panel and they put up a fair display. But we’ve a young team, a very young team, three-quarters of our panel are well under 25, which is very good. It’s not going to happen overnight for these lads – they’ve got to keep working – but at least the likes of this is great experience.” Gaining experience was also the song being sung by Cork manager Denis Walsh: “I want to see players, I want to give them exposure. A lot of those lads were involved in the U21s, I want to give them a step-up. They’re the future of Cork hurling over the next few years, that’s the key thing. I’m pleased enough — they played well enough, apart from a lapse of ten minutes in both halves. Waterford scored seven points in seven minutes after we had drawn the game after half-time, and that was the difference.”

Scorers for Waterford: R Foley 0-10 (0-9 frees, 0-1 65); S Prendergast 0-3; E Murphy; S Casey 0-2 each; P Mahoney, G Crotty, S O’Sullivan, C Ryan, 0-1 each.

Scorer for Cork: C Lehane 0-6; C McCarthy 0-4 (0-1 free); B Cooper 0-2; C Joyce, R Ryan, G Callinan, E Murphy (free), 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: C Hennessey; C Ryan, J Maher, D Fives; S O’Sullivan, M Walsh, J Nagle; S Molumphy (c), R Foley; G Crotty, B O’Halloran, P Mahoney; S Casey, S Prendergast, E Murphy.

Subs: S Hannon for O’Halloran (inj. 6); K McGrath for Ryan (inj. 60); E Kelly for Crotty (67).

CORK: M Coleman; P O’Leary, C Fogarty, S Murphy; C Joyce, M Ellis, R Ryan; G Callinan, B Lawton; T Murray, B Cooper, C Lehane; J Coughlan, E Murphy, B Hartnett.

Subs: C McCarthy for Lawton (29); A Nash for Coleman (35); S Harnedy for Cooper (49); M Cussen for E Murphy (55); L O’Farrell for Hartnett (55).

Referee: M O’Connor (Limerick)

Waterford defeated Cork by 0-21 to 0-16 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Final on Saturday at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Foley points haul helps deny Cork

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford 0-21 Cork 0-16

Sunday February 06 2011

EXPERIENCE was a factor as a more mature Waterford side retained the Cup with victory over Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday. Featuring more household names than the experimental side on display for Cork, the Déise never trailed after the 15th minute of this clash, as the Rebels’ forward division struggled, with the exception of the brilliant Conor Lehane. The teenager scored seven points from play for Denis Walsh’s side, but while Waterford’s Richie Foley took 10 points, his side had a greater scoring spread. Once they had weathered the early efforts of a wind-assisted Cork, Waterford took control, Shane O’Sullivan and Stephen Molumphy on top at midfield, and by half-time they led by 0-9 to 0-6. Foley continued to be accurate from frees as Waterford were ultimately too strong and came through to win by five points.

Scorers — Waterford: R Foley 0-10 (7f, 1 ’65’), S Prendergast 0-3, S Casey, E Murphy 0-2 each, S O’Sullivan, C Ryan, G Crotty, P Mahony 0-1 each. Cork: C Lehane 0-7, C McCarthy 0-4 (1f), B Cooper 0-2, C Joyce, R Ryan, E Murphy (1f) 0-1 each

Waterford: C Hennessy; D Fives, J Maher, J Nagle; S O’Sullivan, M Walsh, C Ryan; S Molumphy, R Foley; G Crotty, B O’Halloran, P Mahony; S Casey, S Prendergast, E Murphy. Subs: S Hannon for O’Halloran (5), K McGrath for Ryan (58), E Kelly for Crotty (68), J Prendergast for O’Sullivan (70)

Cork: M Coleman; P O’Leary, C Fogarty, S Murphy; C Joyce, M Ellis, R Ryan; G Callanan, B Lawton; T Murray, B Cooper, C Lehane; J Coughlan, E Murphy, B Hartnett. Subs: C McCarthy for Lawton (29), A Nash for Coleman (h-t), S Harnedy for Cooper (50), M Cussen for E Murphy (56), L O’Farrell for Hartnett (56)

Referee: M O’Connor (Limerick)

Photo courtesy of George Hatchell

Photo courtesy of George Hatchell