All Ireland Minor C Camogie Championship Final – Down 1-16 Kerry 0-10

Down defeated Kerry by 1-16 to 0-10 in the All Ireland Minor C Camogie Championship Final on Saturday at Naas.

Christy Ring Cup Senior Hurling Round 1 – Wicklow 2-20 Kerry 2-15

Kingdom gunned down in Wicklow ambush

Wicklow 2-20 Kerry 2-15

By Mark Kennedy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

With two 13-point wins over Wicklow under their belt in the past year, Kerry were shocked by Casey O’Brien’s men in their opening defence of their Christy Ring Cup title at Arklow on Saturday. John Meyler’s team had a tonic start with a gift of a goal by wing-forward Michael Boyle after just two minutes but found the tight marking, passion and spirit shown by the home side too much to handle. And their defence took a roasting from Wicklow’s lethal inside strike force, corner-forward Andy O’Brien and full-forward Jonathan ‘Bosco’ O’Neill who caused havoc as they racked up a massive 1-16.

On five minutes Andy O’Brien countered Boyle’s opening goal for Kerry and when Wayne O’Gorman sneaked home Wicklow’s second goal following a line-ball by Jonathan O’Neill, Wicklow were in the driving seat as they led 2-9 to 1-6 at half-time. Only back from injury a week earlier, Jonathan O’Neill was on top of his game as he scored 0-11 for Wicklow with eight of those points coming from frees. Shane Nolan hit Kerry’s second goal eight minutes from the end to narrow the gap to three points, 2-17 to 2-14, but still they could not break the resolve and defiance of a brave Wicklow team.

Scorers for Wicklow: J O’Neill 0-11 (8fs), A O’Brien 1-5, W O’Gorman 1-0, E Kearns 0-2, R Keddy, C Moorehouse 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan 1-3, M Boyle 1-1, S Brick (3fs), D O’Connell (1f) 0-4 each, W O’Dwyer 0-3.

WICKLOW: J Murphy; J Connors, G Keogh, B Cuddihy; J Henderson, S Kelly, G Bermingham; E Kearns, R Keddy; T Doyle, W O’Gorman, E Dunne; E Glynn, J O’Neill, A O’Brien.

Subs: C Moorehouse for W O’Gorman.

KERRY: B Rochford; J Godley, T Murnane, R Horgan; A O’Connor, P Costello, L Boyle; D Dineen, J Griffin; M Boyle, W O’Dwyer, D O’Connell; S Brick, P Boyle, S Nolan.

Subs: J Flaherty for P Boyle.

Referee: D Hughes (Carlow)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling team Vs Wicklow Christy Ring Cup First Round, Arklow, Saturday 5th of May 2012 @ 2.30pm is as follows:

1 Bernard Rochford Killeagh, Co Cork

2 James Godley Kilmoyley

3 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

4 Rory Horgan St Brendans

5 Ally O Connor Ballyduff

6 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff

7 Liam Boyle, Captain Ballyduff

8 Darren Dinneen St Brendans

9 John Griffin Lixnaw

10 Michael Boyle Ballyduff

11 Willie O Dwyer Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny

12 Darragh O Connell Abbeydorney

13 Shane Brick Kilmoyley

14 Padraigh Boyle Ballyduff

15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

16 PJ Gorman Ballyduff

17 John Fitzgerald Causeway

18 James O Connor Abbeydorney

19 Anthony Fealy Causeway

20 Thomas Maloney St Brendans

21 James Flaherty Lixnaw

22 Mike Lynch Crotta O’Neills

23 Aidan Boyle Ballyduff

24 Pa Joe Connolly Ballyduff

25 Jason Casey Ballyheigue

26 Diarmuid Walsh Ballyheigue

27 Darren Wallace St Brendans

28 Eoin Kelly Duagh

29 Gary O Brien Ballyduff

30 Colin Harris Ballincollig, Co Cork

Team Management

Bainisteoir John Meyler

Coach Eddie Murphy

Selector John Hennessey

Selector Christy Walsh

Physiotherapist Trudy Tait

Logistics Seamus Regan

Statistics Liam Bergin

Hurling Officer Joe Walsh

Electric Ireland Munster MHC – Cork 6-22 Kerry 1-4

Cork warm up for vital battle against Banner

Kerry 1-04 Cork 6-22

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork bounced back from their opening night defeat Limerick to hammer Kerry in this Munster MHC play-off clash at Austin Stack park on Saturday. Cork led 2-11 to 0-2 at the interval with Anthony Spillane and Michael Cahalane goaling in the 13th and 17th minutes respectively. The inside line of Spillane, Pa O’Callaghan and James O’Brien carved open the home defence and accounted for 4-16 against a Kingdom side which shipped 6-21 against Tipp.

Cork boss Pat Kennelly is now turning his attentions to a Munster semi-final second play-off against Clare on Thursday night. “I’m very happy the way things went. I asked the lads to come down here, pay Kerry respect, do a clinical job, and they did just that. Forwards rely on confidence and who knows where that confidence will take us when we come against Clare. The second half was one way traffic with Spillane completing his hat-trick while Dillon Cahill and James O’Brien also found the Kerry net despite some heroic goalkeeping by Jason Wallace. Daniel Mangan and Conor Twomey also impressed for Cork while Dougie Fitzell, Keith Carmody, Daniel Collins and Ricky Heffernan could not be faulted for Kerry’s defeat.

Scorers for Cork: A Spillane 3-2, P O’Callaghan 0-9 (0-4 frees), J O’Brien 1-5, D Cahill 1-2, M Cahalane 1-1, C Twomey, K O’Neill and J Cashman 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: R Heffernan 1-1, M O’Leary 0-2, B O’Leary 0-1.

CORK: P Collins, J McCarthy, K O’Connor, A Dennehy, C Twomey, P Fitzgerald, D Mangan, K McIntyre, K O’Neill, J Cashman, D Cahill, M Cahalane, A Spillane, P O’Callaghan, J O’Brien .

Subs: T Horgan for J Cashman (h/t), C Cormack for K McIntyre (40), C O’Brien for K O’Connor (48), S Hegarty for D Cahill (55).

KERRY: J Wallace, T B McElligott, C Savage, Tommy Casey, D Goulding, D Fitzelle, K Carmody, K Fitzgerald, B O’Leary, M O’Leary, D Collins, Thomas Casey, P McGrath, R Heffernan, C Hussey.

Subs: P Lucid for C Hussey (28), P O’Connor for P McGrath (48), F Horgan for D Goulding (55).

Referee: A Sherlock (Tipperary)

Next Round – the winners will play Clare in the Semi-Final 2nd playoff on Thursday May 10th.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Cork Kerry
2011 Championship Performance Lost to Limerick in the first round before rebounding with a victory over Kerry. Cork bowed out with a 2-16 to 1-9 defeat at the hands of Tipperary at Semple Stadium. Lost to Clare in the first round before bowing out to Cork by 0-25 to 2-6 in the semi-final 1st playoff at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 32 0
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2008 N/A
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 37
Won – 23
Lost – 11
Drawn – 3
Played – 14
Won – 0
Lost – 14
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship April 30th 2011 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh – Cork 0-25 Kerry 2-6 (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff) – Cork had 13 points to spare over Kerry after a dominating second half performance after Kerry had led by 2-5 to 0-10 after 25 minutes.


First Round

Wednesday May 2nd

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Waterford 1-20 Clare 3-13

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh             Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-12

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Saturday May 5th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee            Cork v Kerry                                       @ 7:00pm

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Thursday May 10th

(See venue permutations below)

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare v Cork                                      @ 7:00pm

(met in 2008 first round in Pairc Ui Chaoimh)

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee            Clare v Kerry                                      @ 7:00pm

(met in 2010 Semi-Final 1st Playoff in Cusack Park Ennis)


Friday June 29th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary v Waterford                       @ 7:30pm

@ TBC                                               Limerick v Winners of Semi-Final Play-off 2


Sunday July 15th

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Useful Information

Cork have won 1 of their last 6 matches played in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship, a 0-25 to 2-6 victory over Kerry at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the 2011 Semi-Final 1st Playoff.

Waterford have lost just 2 of their last 11 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship, both losses coming to Clare in the 2010 and 2011 Munster Finals.

In the last 3 seasons, neither Clare or Waterford have lost any matches to Cork, Tipperary, Limerick or Kerry – their only defeats coming in direct clashes against each other.

Clare are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-20 to 3-9 victory over Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

2012 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Matches played

Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11 – May 2nd @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary: P Maher; L Mullally, M Breen, J Peters; R Maher, T Hamill, T Kirwan; B Maher, S Nally; D Fitzelle, J Shelly, S Cahill; M McCarthy, J McGrath, K Slattery
Subs: S O’Brien for J Shelly, T Gallagher for M McCarthy, J Loughnane for T Hamill, J Lonergan for B Maher, S Ryan for J McGrath

Kerry: J Wallice; F Horgan, K Skinner, K Carmody; T McElligott, D Fitzell, T Casey; D Collins, B O’Leary; M O’Leary, T Casey, K Fitzgerald; P McGrath, R Heffernan, C Hussey
Subs: K Hanafin for F Horgan, S Leahy for T Casey

Referee: Jason O’Mahony (Limerick)

Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-12 – May 2nd @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final)

Limerick: D Stapleton; S Irwin, R English, J Carrig; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, E Fitzgerald; B Finn, K Cleary; R Lynch, D Condron, E O’Farrell; K O’Brien, B Griffin, C Lynch.
Subs: D Donovan for Fitzgerald (ht), A La Touche Cosgrave for O’Farrell (36), D Dee for Cleary (38), P Ryan for B Griffin (55), L O’Sullivan for O’Brien (58, inj).

Cork: P Collins; S Murphy, K O’Connor, A Dennehy; K McIntyre, M Cahalane, P Fitzgerald; C Twomey, B O’Connell; J Cashman, D Cahill, K O’Neill; A Sheehan, P O’Callaghan, R Cahalane
Subs: D Mangan for Twomey, J O’Brien for R Cahalane (both ht), J McCarthy for Murphy (43, inj), A Spillane for Sheehan (48), T Horgan for Cashman (60).

Referee: Damien Fox (Clare)

Waterford 1-20 Clare 3-13 (after extra time) – May 2nd @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Quarter-Final)

Waterford — S Barry; K Bennett, T Bourke, Shane Bennett; K Power, S McNulty, T Devine; C Sheahan, C Leamy; D Foran, M Harney, A O’Sullivan; Stephen Bennett, D Flynn, C Curran
Subs: J Roche for K Bennett (h-t), A Gleeson for O’Sullivan (45), MJ Kearney for Curran (48), T Tobin for Sheahan (64), C Curran for Flynn (66), J Welch for Leamy (70), W Hallisey for S Bennett (78).

Clare — E Quilligan; S O’Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A Morey; B Corry, S Liddy, S Taylor; B Duggan, C Deasy, S O’Donnell
Subs: N Deasy for Liddy (12), S Gleeson for N Deasy (38), S Ward for Corry (43), A O’Gorman for Cleary (68), M McGuane for Quirke (66), C Cleary for Gleeson (70).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Bobby Duggan (Clare) – 1-8 (0-8 frees)
John McGrath (Tipperary) – 1-8 (1-0pen, 0-4 frees, 0-1 65, 1 sideline cutl)
Ronan Lynch (Limerick) – 0-11 (0-8 frees, 0-1 sideline cut, 0-1 65)
Mark McCarthy (Tipperary) – 3-1 (0-1 sideline cut)
Stephen Bennett (Waterford) – 0-7 (0-1 free)
Kevin Slattery (Tipperary) – 1-4 (0-2 frees)
Shane O’Donnell (Clare) – 2-0
Darragh Flynn (Waterford) – 1-2 (0-1 free)
Pa O’Callaghan (Cork) 0-5 (0-3 frees)
Ricky Heffernan (Kerry) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Bill Maher (Tipperary) – 1-1
Michael Harney (Waterford) – 0-4
Michael O’Leary (Kerry) – 0-3
Dillon Cahill (Cork) 0-3
Anthony Spillane (Cork) 1-0
Stephen Cahill (Tipperary) – 0-3
Jack Shelly (Tipperary) – 0-2
Cathal Curran (Waterford) – 0-2
Conor Deasy (Clare) 0-2
Alex Morey (Clare) – 0-2
James O’Brien (Cork) – 0-2
Daniel Collins (Kerry) – 0-2
Brendan O’Leary (Kerry) – 0-2

Barry O’Connell (Cork), John Cashman (Cork), Shane Taylor (Clare), Dylan Fitzelle (Tipperary), Jack Loughnane (Tipperary), Kieran Power (Waterford), Shane McNulty (Waterford) (0-1 free), Darren Foran (Waterford), Adam O’Sullivan (Waterford), A Gleeson (Waterford), Kevin O’Brien (Limerick), Bryan Griffin (Limerick) (0-1 free), Brian Finn (Limerick), Cian Lynch (Limerick), Liam O’Sullivan (Limerick) 0-1 each

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (36) – 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007

Cork (32) – 1928, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998 , 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

Limerick (5) – 1940, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1984

Waterford (4) – 1929, 1948, 1992, 2009

Clare (4) – 1981, 1989, 2010, 2011

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1928 –

Munster Minor Hurling Cup

There is no name on the Munster Minor Hurling Cup. The cup itself was presented by T.W.A. Shannon Airport in 1946.

All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship

In the Minor Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Tipperary and Cork are tied for second in the charts with 18 titles each behind Kilkenny’s 20 titles. Limerick have 3 titles (1940, 1958, 1984), Waterford have won 2 titles (1929, 1948) while Clare’s only title to date came in 1997.

Of the last 13 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Finals played, the Irish Press Cup has only returned to Munster on 3 occasions – Cork (2001) and Tipperary (2006 and 2007). Of the other 10 titles since 1999, Galway have 6 and Kilkenny have captured 4.

Tipperary were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1996, 2006, 2007

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001