Munster Under 16 Football Tournament 2012

The Munster Under 16 Football tournament was launched recently by Robert Frost Vice Chairman of the Munster Council.

The competition is kindly sponsored by Fitzgerald’s Woodland’s Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick.

The tournament takes place in Co. Limerick over the weekend of 14th and 15th July. This competition was launched in 1993 and the winners are presented with the John O’Donovan cup.


14th & 15th July 2012

Kindly sponsored by

Fitzgerald’s Woodland’s House Hotel, Adare, Co Limerick

in association with Coiste Peil Contae Luimni & Comhairle na Mumhan


FIRST ROUND – 14/07/12

(A) Clare V Kerry South Venue: Mick Neville Park 1 Rathkeale Ref: Kevin Murphy(Cork) 10.30am

(B) Corcaigh V Limerick Venue: Mick Neville Park 2 Rathkeale Ref: S.Mulvihill(Kerry) 10.30am

(C) Cork V Kerry North Venue: Mick Neville Park 3, Rathkeale Ref: B.Stack(Limerick) 10.30am

(D) Waterford V Tipperary Venue: St Marys/Sean Finns GAA Pitch, Rathkeale Ref: James Bermingham(Cork) 10.30am

Winners of first round games advance to Cup semi-finals, losers of first round games advance to Shield semi-finals

CUP SEMI-FINALS –– 14/07/12

C V A Venue: Mick Neville Park 1 Ref:  B.Stack(Limerick) 1.30pm

D V B Venue: St Marys/Sean Finns GAA Pitch, Rathkeale Ref:  J.Hannon(Clare) 1.30pm


C V D Venue: Mick Neville Park 3 Ref: Jason Mullins(Limerick) 1.30pm

A V B Venue: Mick Neville Park 2 Ref: D.Grogan(Tipperary) 1.30pm

SHIELD FINAL – 15/07/12

Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Time 11:30am

CUP FINAL – 15/07/12

Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Time 1:00pm

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Kerry 2-10 Westmeath 1-12

Kerry toil and get the breaks

IAN O’RIORDAN at Cusack Park for the Irish Times newspaper

Kerry 2-10 Westmeath 1-12: MOVE ALONG, please, move along, nothing shocking here, no one famous dead on the qualifier floor, only a routine scare and the usual innocent bystander. If they didn’t keep getting away with it then maybe Kerry wouldn’t keep doing it, but not for the first time in their qualifier history, they somehow survived against so-called weaker opposition – thanks in no small part to a Darran O’Sullivan cameo in front of a crowd of 6,620.

If Westmeath had really believed they could win it then maybe they wouldn’t be still looking for answers. “I’d love to sit down with somebody, have a look at this, and see, at what stage do the lesser teams get the breaks? Because certainly I don’t think we got them today,” said Westmeath manager Pat Flanagan.

This was unquestionably one victory that got away. “In all honesty, if some of the decisions went a different way, we would have won by four or five points,” added Flanagan, trying hard not to make excuses, but unable to skip over a number of incidents that almost certainly swung the game in Kerry’s favour. Two moments – perhaps the defining ones – stand out. Kerry huffed and puffed their way through the first half – no match for Westmeath’s drive and enthusiasm, which took them in front.

On 30 minutes they’d scored 0-8, and Kerry’s hadn’t scored from play. All that kept them in it was Bryan Sheehan’s penalty, on 12 minutes, after Eoin Brosnan was pushed in front of goal. Pity, because the Westmeath defence did little else wrong. At the other end Kieran Martin, Paul Sherry and Ger Egan were breathing confidence, freely scoring too, while John Heslin was helping to lord midfield. When, on 31 minutes, Colm Cooper scored Kerry’s opening point from play it seemed the worst was over.

Trailing 0-8 to 1-3 at the break, Kerry then conceded a penalty of their own, when Michael Ennis was dragged down in front of goal – and David Glennon gladly obliged from the spot. By then, Kerry were down six points, staring defeat in the face. So to that first moment: after some deft defending, Ronan Foley was running out with the ball, when he was called up for overcarrying. Harsh? Maybe, but the Gooch took a quick free, spotting half-time substitute O’Sullivan in space, who finished to the net.

This turned the entire game on its axis, realigned the stars in Kerry’s favour. James O’Donoghue and Paul Galvin tagged on two quick points, and suddenly Westmeath were on their heels. On 53 minutes O’Donoghue levelled it up, and two minutes later the Gooch kicked Kerry in front. At that stage most people in Cusack Park expected Westmeath to wilt, especially the strong Kerry contingent, and instead things went further down the wire.

O’Sullivan was called ashore again, his hamstring looking a little suspect, and with it Kerry’s momentum was lost again, Heslin helped swing it back in Westmeath’s favour – levelling the sides again with just four minutes to play. Kerry won a couple of frees – and put themselves two points back in front. With time run out, and only two minutes added, that seemed to be that, before Heslin stepped up for a late, late free. He pointed and there was only time for a Kerry kick out, no more. Flanagan was a little surprised about that afterwards, and wasn’t the only one.

“We felt there was another minute to go, and that’s why we told him, take the free,” he said. “Their goalkeeper took about 20 seconds to kick the ball out, so again, some funny decisions. I wonder, if we were winning by two points, would it be only two minutes?”

KERRY: 1 B Kealy; 2 M Ó Sé, 3 A O’Mahony, 4 K Young; 5 T Ó Sé, 6 E Brosnan, 7 B Maguire; 8 A Maher, 9 B Sheehan (1-3 goal penalty, three frees); 10 P Galvin (0-2), 12 D Walsh, Declan O’Sullivan; 13 J O’Donoghue (0-2), 14 C Cooper (0-3, two frees), 15 K Donaghy. Subs: 18 Darran O’Sullivan (1-0) for Walsh (half time), 20 K O’Leary for O’Donoghue (53 mins), 22 P Curtin for Darran O’Sullivan (60 mins), 21 J Buckley for Donaghy (64 mins). Yellow cards: Galvin (24 mins), Maher (55 mins), O’Mahony (65 mins).

WESTMEATH: 1 D Quinn; 3 J Gaffey, 4 K Maguire, 2 M McCallon; 15 P Sharry (0-1), 5 D Harte, 6 M Ennis; 8 J Heslin (0-5, four frees), 9 P Bannon; 11 G Egan (0-1), 14 David Glennon (1-0, a penalty), 10 K Martin (0-2, one free); 23 D Corroon (0-1), 13 Denis Glennon (0-1), 20 R Foley (0-1). Subs: 18 B Moran for David Glennon (54 mins), 21 D Gavin for Corroon (62 mins), 7 D McDermott for Foley (62 mins), 23 C McCormack for Bannon (64 mins).

Yellow cards : Sharry (28 mins), Harte (29 mins), Gaffey (50 mins), Martin (63 mins), McDermott (69 mins).

Referee: M Higgins (Fermanagh)


Kerry survive massive scare against Westmeath

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 2: Westmeath 1-12 Kerry 2-10

Kerry overcame an almighty scare against Westmeath in Mullingar on Sunday to progress to Round 3 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers, keeping their hopes of winning back Sam Maguire alive for now. However, Westmeath will surely look back on the game with massive regrets as they will feel they should have recorded one of the all-time great scalps against the Kingdom, having led them by six points at one stage in the second half.

David Glennon’s penalty shortly after the restart had Kerry in massive trouble, but substitute Darran O’Sullivan responded almost immediately with a crucial goal for Kerry, and then points from James O’Donoghue and Paul Gavlin brought them back within one. They eventually went ahead, but a John Heslin free brought Westmeath back level again with five minutes to go.

However, points from Bryan Sheehan and Galvin in the closing stages got Kerry over the line – just – although they will need a seriously improved performance in the next round if they are to provide a credible challenge for the All-Ireland this season. Westmeath got off to a blistering start in the game, and were 0-4 to 0-1 up after 15 minutes. Sheehan’s penalty brought Kerry back level at that stage but Westmeath were by far the better side for the rest of the first half, and led 0-8 to 1-3 at the break.

Glennon’s penalty a few minutes after the restart was a massive shock to Kerry, and suddenly there was a very real possibility that they would be knocked out. But O’Sullivan’s goal followed swiftly, and Kerry were level with about 20 minutes to go when O’Donoghue fisted over the bar. Kerry went in front shortly after this, and although Westmeath got level again before the end, Kerry’s experience told in the final stages as they got the scores they needed to win a game that could so easily have been one of their most famous defeats.

Match Preview

A first championship clash between the counties. They last met in the Allianz League in March 2009 when Kerry won by 1-12 to 0-6 in a Division 1 clash in Tralee. Westmeath beat Louth by 1-15 to 0-12 in the first round of the qualifiers while Kerry will be having their first outing since losing to Cork in the Munster semi-final.

2012 Championship

Louth 2-9 Westmeath 0-14 (Leinster first round); Westmeath 1-15 Louth 0-12 (Qualifiers Round 1)

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10; Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football team to play Westmeath on Sunday July 8th

1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

3. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

4. Killian Young (Renard)

5. Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes)

7. Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmett’s)

8. Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9. Bryan Sheehan (St Mary’s)

10. Paul Galvin (Finuge)

11. Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13. James O’Donoghue (Legion)

14. Colm Cooper (Captain) (Dr Crokes)

15. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

16. Brian Kelly (Legion)

17. Peter Crowley(Laune Rangers)

18. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

19. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

20. Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)

21. Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

22. Patrick Curtin (Moyvane)

23. Jonathan Lyne (Legion)

24. Seamus Scanlon (Currow)

25. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahilly’s)

26. Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

27. Michael Geaney (Daingean Uí Chuis)

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks)

Diarmuid Ó Murchú (Daingean Uí Chúis) and Eamon Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Munster Minor Hurling Final – Tipperary 1-16 Clare 1-12

Double delight for Tipp young guns

Tipperary 1-16 Clare 1-12

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Not since 1955 have Tipperary won both Munster minor titles in the same year, but yesterday’s hurling win over Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh completed a double following the football victory against Kerry. The achievement is made all the more impressive by the fact there are 10 players on both panels, with five dual players starting yesterday. For manager William Maher, it was a case of managing time effectively to ensure the optimum outcome. “These fellas are fantastic,” he said afterwards. “There are a lot who are hurlers and footballers so we’ve had to manage them very closely for the last while. They’ve won both now, so it’s a case of onwards and upwards for the All-Ireland series.”

Many pre-match predictions had cast Tipp as easy winners by virtue of a good semi-final win over Waterford, who had only seen off Clare by a point in the first round. Though they had an eight-point lead coming up to half-time, after Stephen Cahill’s goal made it 1-10 to 1-2, Clare came back strongly in the second half, but this was not a surprise for Maher. “Clare are a very good team, I think the semi-final scores were a little bit unrealistic. It’s the first Munster title we’ve won in five years, so we’re thrilled.”

After an early Bobby Duggan free was followed by Shane O’Donnell’s goal, Clare led 1-1 to 0-0, but they would score just once more before first-half injury time as Tipp settled and took over. John McGrath and Bill Maher at midfield dictated matters, McGrath hitting four fine points, as Clare’s sloppiness was punished, and inside, Cahill was on song too, finishing well on 29 minutes after Jack Shelly cushioned a Mark McCarthy delivery into his path. Two Duggan frees gave Clare an avenue back into contention as they trailed 1-10 to 1-4 at half-time. They scored six of the second period’s first eight points, three from Niall Deasy and two by Duggan, to trail by just 1-12 to 1-10 after 42 minutes.

Tipp looked to have weathered the storm when Maher won a penalty, but McGrath blasted his shot over and Clare continued to stick in there, Deasy and Jamie Shanhan both impressing. Deasy’s fourth point of his immense second-half contribution had it at 1-14 to 1-12 with three minutes remaining, but Tipp would not be denied, McGrath sending over two late frees to bring his tally to seven and give Tipp a first win since 2007.

Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath 0-7 (0-2f, 0-1 penalty), S Cahill 1-3, M McCarthy 0-3 (0-2f), S O’Brien, B Heffernan, T Gallagher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan 0-5 (0-3f), S O’Donnell 1-1, N Deasy 0-4, J Shanahan 0-2 (0-1f).

TIPPERARY: P Maher; J Peters, M Breen, R Maher; D Fitzelle, T Hamill, B Heffernan; J McGrath, B Maher; T Gallagher, J Shelly, S O’Brien; S Ryan, M McCarthy, S Cahill.

Subs: T Fox for Heffernan (38), K Slattery for Ryan (43), Kirwan for Fitzelle (47).

CLARE: E Quilligan; S O’Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A Morey; S O’Donnell, N Deasy, S Taylor; B Duggan, J Shanahan, C Deasy.

Subs: A O’Gorman for Morey (23, injured), J Malone for C Deasy (36), S Ward for Conroy (48).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary minor hurling team to play Clare in the Munster minor hurling final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday is unchanged from the team which started against Waterford in the semi-final. The team is:

1. Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy)

2. Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

3. Michael Breen (Ballina)

4. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Dylan Fitzelle (Cashel King Cormacs)

6. Thomas Hamill (Killea)

7. Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)

8. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash) CAPTAIN

9. Tadhg Gallagher (Kildangan)

10. Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

11. Jack Shelly (Mullinahone)

12. Steven O’Brien (Ballina)

13. Mark McCarthy (Toomevara)

14. John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

15. Sean Ryan (Sean Treacys)

For the Record

Tipperary Clare
2011 Championship Performance Lost to Waterford in the first round. Defeated Cork in the semi-final 2nd playoff before losing to Clare by 3-13 to 1-13 in the Munster Semi-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles. Defeated Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford to win the Munster title before losing to Galway after extra time in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 36 4
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2007 2011
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 38
Won – 25
Lost – 10
Drawn – 3
Played – 36
Won – 18
Lost – 17
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship June 24th 2011 at Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final) – Clare 3-13 Tipperary 1-13 – Goals by E Enright, Colm Galvin and Aidan Mulready helped Clare secure a Munster Final place.
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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 6-22 Kerry 1-4

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Thursday May 10th


@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare 0-18 Cork 1-9


Wednesday June 27th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary 2-25 Waterford 0-12

Friday June 29th


@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare 1-19 Limerick 2-14


Sunday July 15th

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh             Tipperary v Clare                              @ 2:00pm

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Useful Information

Clare are looking for the third Munster Minor Hurling title on the trot.

Clare have won 4 Munster Minor Hurling titles in their history – 1981, 1989, 2010 and 2011.

The last county to win 3 Munster Minor Hurling titles in a row was the Cork teams from 2004 to 2006. The 3 winning Cork captains on those occasions were Shane O’Neill (2004), Patrick Cronin (2005) and Pat Horgan (2006).

Clare are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-20 to 3-9 victory over Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the 2011 Final. Four of that Clare Minor Hurling team played in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier victory over Dublin last Saturday evening, namely Seadhna Morey, Tony Kelly, Aaron Cunningham and Colm Galvin.

Tipperary have won the Munster Minor Hurling title once since 2003, a 0-18 to 1-11 victory over Cork at Semple Stadium Thurles. The Munster Final winning team included current Tipperary Senior panelists Padraic Maher, John Coghlan, Michael Cahill, Noel McGrath, Brendan Maher (Captain), Patrick (Bonner) Maher and John O’Neill. Tipperary subsequently won the 2007 All-Ireland Minor Hurling title with a 3-14 to 2-11 victory over Cork.

If Tipperary fail to secure the 2012 Munster Minor Hurling title, it will be the first time since 1973 that Tipperary have gone 5 successive years without a Provincial Minor Hurling crown. In that period, Tipperary failed to win a Munster Minor Hurling title from 1963 through 1972, a period which subsequently mirrored a period of famine years at Munster Senior Hurling Championship level from 1974 to 1982.

2011 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Clare 3-13 Tipperary 1-13 – Match Report

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-4 (2f, 1 65), T Kelly 0-4 (2f), C Galvin 1-1, A Mulready 1-0, P Duggan 0-3 (1 sl), E Enright 1-0, A Cunningham 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: L McGrath 0-9 (7f), J Forde 1-0, P Ralph 0-2, D McCormack, S Cahill 0-1 each.

Clare: E Quilligan; J Browne, N O’Connor, S Morey; J Colleran, J Shanahan, G O’Connell; C Galvin, T Kelly; E Enright, C O’Connell, P Duggan; S O’Donnell, O Hickey, A Cunningham.

Subs: A Mulready for Enright (48), M Moroney for Kelly (59), D Moloney for O’Connell (60).

Tipperary: S Hassett; J Bourke, J Meagher, J Peters; T Hamill, J Forde, C Barrett; E Fennelly, B Maher; P Ralph, D McCormack, J McGrath; S Cahill, L McGrath, C Horan.

Subs: B Heffernan for Horan (44), S Kennedy for Fennelly (54).

Referee: J O’Connell (Cork)

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)

Cork 6-22 Kerry 1-4 – May 5th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff)

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: Anthony Sherlock (Tipperary)

Clare 0-18 Cork 1-9 – May 10th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final 2nd Playoff)

Clare: E Quilligan; S O’Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A Morey; S Taylor, N Deasy, S Ward; S O’Donnell, C Deasy, B Duggan.
Subs: J Shanahan for Ward (h-t), S Gleeson for Conroy (50), B Corry for O’Donnell (61).

Cork: P Collins; S Murphy, K O’Connor, A Dennehy; K McIntyre, P Fitzgerald, D Mangan; B O’Connell, K O’Neill; J Cashman, D Cahill, M Cahalane; J O’Brien, P O’Callaghan, A Spillane
Subs: R Cahalane for Cashman (39), T Horgan for O’Brien (39), A Sheehan for O’Connell (52)

Referee: Paul Foley (Waterford)

Tipperary 2-25 Waterford 0-12 – June 27th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final)

Tipperary: P Maher; R Maher, M Breen, J Peters; D Fitzelle, T Hamill, B Heffernan; B Maher (c), T Gallagher; J McGrath, J Shelly, S O’Brien; S Cahill, M McCarthy, S Ryan.
Subs: T Kirwan (Gallagher 56); C Lanigan (McCarthy 56); J Loughnane (Fitzelle 58); S Nally (Maher 60); T Fox (McGrath 60+1).

Waterford: S Barry; Shane Bennett, T Bourke, K Bennett; D O’Brien, S McNulty, K Power; T Devine, C Dunford; A Gleeson, Stephen Bennett, M Harney; DJ Foran, B Phelan, D Flynn.
Subs: J Roche (Power 36); R Donnelly (Flynn 40); M Kearney (Gleeson 51); J Walshe (Dunford 51); C Sheehan (O’Brien 54).

Referee: S Hourigan (Limerick)

Clare 1-19 Limerick 2-14 – June 29th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final)

Clare: E Quilligan, S O’Brien (capt), B Carey, G Ryan, A McGuane (0-1), C Cleary, E Quirke, D Conroy, A Morey (0-1), S Taylor (0-2), J Shanahan (0-1), N Deasy (0-1), C Deasy (0-1), S O’Donnell, B Duggan (1-12 ten frees).
Subs: S Ward for N Deasy (41), J Malone for Conroy (69), A O’Gorman for Taylor (70). N Deasy returned for extra-time.

Limerick: D Stapleton, S Irwin, R English, J Carrig, D Byrnes (0-1), B O’Connell (1-0), D Dee, B Finn (0-1), K Cleary, R Lynch (1-4, three frees, one 65), D Condron, C Lynch (0-1), L O’Sullivan (0-1), K O’Brien (0-1), J Kelleher.
Subs: E O’Farrell (0-2) for Kelleher (25), J Hannon for Cleary, D Donovan (0-2) for Finn (both ht), B Griffin for Condron (36), P Ryan for Griffin inj (47), E Fitzgerald (0-1) for R Lynch (inj).

Referee: J OBrien (Tipperary).

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Bobby Duggan (Clare) – 2-30 (0-25 frees, 0-1 65)
Pa O’Callaghan (Cork) – 1-20 (0-12 frees)
Ronan Lynch (Limerick) – 1-15 (0-11 frees, 1-0 penalty, 0-1 sideline cut, 0-2 65)
John McGrath (Tipperary) – 1-13 (1-0 pen, 0-4 frees, 0-2 65, 1 sideline cutl)
Mark McCarthy (Tipperary) – 3-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 sideline cut)
Anthony Spillane (Cork) – 4-2
Stephen Bennett (Waterford) – 0-12 (0-3 frees)
James O’Brien (Cork) – 1-8
Dillon Cahill (Cork) – 1-5
Ricky Heffernan (Kerry) – 1-5 (0-3 frees)
Stephen Cahill (Tipperary) – 0-7
Kevin Slattery (Tipperary) – 1-4 (0-2 frees)
Shane O’Donnell (Clare) – 2-0
Shane Taylor (Clare) – 0-6
Sean Ryan (Tipperary) – 1-3
Michael Cahalane (Cork) – 1-3 (0-1 65)
Tadgh Gallagher (Tipperary) – 1-2
Bill Maher (Tipperary) – 1-2
Alex Morey (Clare) – 0-5 (0-1 sideline)
Michael O’Leary (Kerry) – 0-5
Conor Deasy (Clare) – 0-4
Darragh Flynn (Waterford) – 1-2 (0-1 free)
Michael Harney (Waterford) – 0-4
A Gleeson (Waterford) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Steven O’Brien (Tipperary) – 0-3
B O’Connell (Limerick) – 1-0
Brendan O’Leary (Kerry) – 0-3
Niall Deasy (Clare) – 0-3
Jack Shelly (Tipperary) – 0-2
Cathal Curran (Waterford) – 0-2
B Phelan (Waterford) – 0-2 (0-1 sideline cut)
John Cashman (Cork) – 0-2
Daniel Collins (Kerry) – 0-2
Brian Finn (Limerick) – 0-2
Cian Lynch (Limerick), – 0-2
Liam O’Sullivan (Limerick) – 0-2
Kevin O’Brien (Limerick) – 0-2
E O’Farrell (Limerick) – 0-2
D Donovan (Limerick) – 0-2

A McGuane (Clare), J Shanahan (Clare) Conor Twomey (Cork), Kevin O’Neill (Cork), Barry O’Connell (Cork), Dylan Fitzelle (Tipperary), Jack Loughnane (Tipperary), Conor Lanigan (Tipperary), Kieran Power (Waterford), Shane McNulty (Waterford) (0-1 free), Shane Bennett (Waterford), T Devine (Waterford), Darren Foran (Waterford), Adam O’Sullivan (Waterford), Bryan Griffin (Limerick) (0-1 free), D Byrnes (Limerick), E Fitzgerald (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

Munster Senior Hurling Final – Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16

Déise restore some pride in Páirc

Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, almost to the day, Waterford came to Páirc Uí Chaoimh to take on Tipperary in the Munster senior hurling final with high hopes but left with flags lowered, on the wrong end of a seven-goal beating. Yesterday they were back in Cork, back in another Munster final, and even though they again came out the wrong end, pride at least was restored. Ironically they scored less than they managed last year (16 points here, 19 points in 2011) but the critical point is they defended much better.

Where in 2011 everything went right for Tipperary in front of goal, Lar Corbett finishing with four majors, yesterday the same Lar was guilty on several occasions of taking the wrong option with goal again at Tipp’s mercy. Waterford too missed their goal opportunities, denied on three occasions in the second half by the giant figure of Brendan Cummins between the Tipperary posts. Overall then this was probably a fair result, and a much more accurate reflection of the true difference between these two teams.

It began well for Waterford, really well in fact, 0-4 to 0-1 in front after eight minutes, making light of the slippery sod following the earlier heavy showers. Then one man above all in a dangerous Tipperary attack that Waterford needed to curb, centre-forward Patrick Bonner Maher, announced his presence. A rob of Waterford centre-back and captain Micheál ‘Brick’ Walsh, solo, hand-pass to the lurking John O’Brien, goal from point-blank range, Waterford keeper Stephen O’Keeffe given no chance. Stephen though, would go on to have an excellent game for the Déise, as would Brendan Cummins at the other end for Tipperary.

That goal lifted the champions and roared on now by their greater support in the 26,438 attendance they began to hit their rhythm, led by a goal in the 23rd minute (1-7 to 0-7), the rampant O’Brien adding two points, wing-back Padraic Maher charging forward for another, Noel McGrath and free-taker Pa Bourke also getting in on the act. Bourke, however, tightly marked by veteran Tony Browne (his 21st championship season), would end up being called ashore, replaced by Eoin Kelly in a tribute to Browne’s enduring excellence.

The minutes before half time were when Tipperary did the damage last year, four goals in a deadly five-minute spell. Not alone was there going to be no repeat of that, Waterford actually regained the initiative with four points from the lofty Maurice Shanahan, closing out the half and leaving the sides level at the break, 1-8 to 0-11. Anyone’s game at this stage and indeed a shock even looked possible. Noel Connors, in the right rather than his usual left-corner back slot, was outstanding for Waterford, the middle third (half-back/midfield/half-forward) was more than holding its own, while the inside line had contributed five points from play in the opening half, John Mullane with three, full-forward Shane Walsh with a brace.

The underdogs began the new half well, twice went a point ahead through Stephen Molumphy and Shanahan, but gradually Tipp began to wear them down. Points from Noel McGrath, John O’Brien, corner-back Michael Cahill and Eoin Kelly, in reply to yet another Shanahan free, had Tipp two ahead in the 54th minute (1-13 to 0-14), when disaster struck for Waterford. First, a very softly-awarded free won by a falling Brendan Maher out around midfield, wide on the left; next an under-hit shot from Eoin Kelly; ball broken out by Waterford keeper O’Keeffe to sub Shane Bourke, who scored. That was it for Waterford really, the stake through the heart. Five points behind, they now needed things to go their way but they couldn’t catch a break. Too many shots went astray and even when they were on target, Cummins was just in one of those humours where he wasn’t going to be beaten.

A deserved win for Tipperary, who emphasised their recent dominance in the province, this their fourth title of the last five years. They did what they came to do, completed a nice treble for the weekend (the senior footballers beat Wexford on Saturday, minors actually did a double of their own, having already won the Munster football crown), but the form shown here won’t win an All-Ireland title. Pride restored for Waterford but there’s even more in this team and the All-Ireland quarter-final will give them another shot at progressing.

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Brien 1-3, S Bourke 1-1, N McGrath, E Kelly (2f) 0-3 each; B O’Meara, P Bourke (2f) 0-2 each, M Cahill, Padraic Maher, S McGrath 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M Shanahan 0-8 (5f, 165), J Mullane 0-3, S Walsh 0-2, S Molumphy, Pauric Mahony, E Kelly (1f) 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: B Cummins; C O’Brien, P Curran (c), M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; B O’Meara, Patrick Maher, P Bourke; L Corbett, N McGrath, J O’Brien.

Subs: E Kelly for Bourke (34), S Bourke for O’Meara (53), D Maher for Stapleton (64), S Callanan for N McGrath (66).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; N Connors, L Lawlor, S Daniels; T Browne, M Walsh (c), K Moran; S Molumphy, Phillip Mahony; M Shanahan, S Prendergast, Pauric Mahony; J Mullane, S Walsh, G O’Brien.

Subs: P O’Brien for Pauric Mahony (45), E Kelly for O’Brien (45), M O’Neill for S Walsh (61), J Nagle for Browne (62).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)


Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16

Report from the web site

Waterford ran out of steam in the second half as Tipperary retained their Munster SHC crown with a 2-17 to 0-16 success at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Declan Ryan’s men did not need the goal-scoring fireworks of last year’s final as they methodically killed off the challengers point by point. Waterford set a high intensity and recovered from leaking a John O’Brien goal to get back level – 0-11 to 1-08 – by half-time. But some shrewd substitutions – Shane Bourke scored the second goal and Eoin Kelly was influential – helped Tipp turn the screw.

The 26,438 spectators present were treated to a typically high-octane start with the Déise obviously eager to banish memories of that 7-19 to 0-19 trouncing. The Waterford half-back line, led heroically all afternoon by Kevin Moran, supplied an early flurry of possession and Shane Walsh rewarded them with a left-sided point. The ever-ready John Mullane got out in front of his marker Michael Cahill to fire over Waterford’s second point and they were 0-03 to 0-00 to the good after the fit-again Pauric Mahony pointed. Pressure from Moran and company forced Tipp into hurried shots and it took Brian O’Meara to open the defending champions’ account in the seventh minute, after three earlier wides. Free-taker Maurice Shanahan replied but Ryan’s charges were level by the 11th minute, Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher breaking free from Tony Browne and finding John O’Brien whose shot from a tight angle flew past goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe.

It was a goal that could have unsettled Waterford, however points from the very effective Shane Walsh and Mullane, sandwiching an O’Brien effort, helped them retake the lead – 0-06 to 1-02. Playing with an infectious passion and no little skill, the first quarter hour was an ideal statement of intent from Waterford – save for O’Brien’s well-finished goal. But the Premier County slung over three points in quick succession to move ahead by the midpoint of the half. Thomas Stapleton and Padraic Maher were winning more ball and pressing forward in a role reversal from the opening minutes. Maher, Noel McGrath and O’Brien all pointed during that purple patch for Tipp and the latter was also denied a second goal.

Tipperary’s own reliable custodian, Brendan Cummins, was aiming for his fifth clean sheet in a Munster hurling decider and he was called upon to foil Shanahan after a charging run from the forward in the 25th minute. Walsh and Mullane were in clinical form despite a limited supply of ball and while Shane McGrath and Bourke were able to maintain Tipp’s three-point advantage, Waterford made good headway before the break. Shanahan converted the ‘65’ after Cummins saved his goal-bound shot and added three more points in the closing minutes of a half that bristled with aggression – referee Cathal McAllister had to calm matters after a spate of meaty shouldering and head-to-head confrontations.

Shanahan’s sharpshooting – he took his tally to 0-05 – erased Tipp’s lead and gave his side a massive boost. They got another jolt when Stephen Molumphy, a key contributor in centre-field, pointed them ahead (0-12 to 1-08) following a terrific Mullane assist, two minutes into the second period.

However, it was the signal for Tipp to lift their game and over the ensuing minutes they rattled off a series of points from O’Meara, Noel McGrath, O’Brien and defender Cahill. Waterford dug deep to keep in contention, Shanahan lobbing over a free after Mullane was fouled, and both O’Keeffe and Cummins had to be on their toes to keep out goals. Tipp substitute Eoin Kelly forced a good save from O’Keeffe while Cummins dealt well with a ground shot from Paul O’Brien, who was brought on by manager Michael Ryan. Having landed a free, Kelly stood over another one in the 55th minute. He dropped it short but the Waterford defence, including O’Keeffe, were unable to clear the danger and Shane Bourke reacted smartly to strike the loose ball to the net.

Waterford were now 2-13 to 0-14 adrift and although their work-rate could not be questioned, they evidently lacked the composure to test Tipp over the remainder. Bad wides followed from Shanahan, Browne and Moran and Cummins was also frustrating them at close quarters, getting down well to stop a stinging shot from Waterford’s Eoin Kelly. The margin was widened to six points by Noel McGrath before Kelly, taking over the free-taking duties from Shanahan, lifted his side with an accurate free.

The Tipp rearguard were solid as the hour mark came and went, Cummins and company standing firm as Kelly drove a 20-metre free towards them. The victors might have had a third goal by that stage, ‘Bonner’ Maher was brought down by Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh as he cut through on the end of a breaking ball. Kelly opted to take his point from the resulting free, while Lar Corbett, who was so devastating when the counties here met twelve months ago, blew a couple of goal-scoring chances when deciding to pass rather than backing himself for the shot. Nevertheless, there were no late heroics from Déise as Kelly and goalscorer Bourke swept over the final scores of the day.


Tipperary: J O’Brien 1-03, S Bourke 1-01, N McGrath, E Kelly (0-02f) 0-03 each, B O’Meara, P Bourke (0-02f) 0-02 each, Padraic Maher, S McGrath, M Cahill 0-01 each

Waterford: M Shanahan 0-08 (0-05f, 0-01 ‘65’), J Mullane 0-03, S Walsh 0-02, P Mahony, S Molumphy, E Kelly (0-01f) 0-01 each

TIPPERARY: Brendan Cummins; Conor O’Brien, Paul Curran (capt), Michael Cahill; Thomas Stapleton, Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Shane McGrath; Pa Bourke, Patrick Maher, Lar Corbett; Brian O’Meara, John O’Brien, Noel McGrath.

Subs used: Eoin Kelly, Shane Bourke, Donagh Maher, Seamus Callanan.

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Noel Connors, Liam Lawlor, Stephen Daniels; Tony Browne, Michael Walsh (capt), Kevin Moran; Stephen Molumphy, Philip Mahony; Pauric Mahony, Seamus Prendergast, Maurice Shanahan; John Mullane, Shane Walsh, Gavin O’Brien.

Subs used: Eoin Kelly, Paul O’Brien, Martin O’Neill, Jamie Nagle.

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling team to play Tipperary is as follows –

1. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner

2. Noel Connors Passage

3. Liam Lawlor Fourmilewater

4. Stephen Daniels De La Salle

5. Tony Browne Mount Sion

6. Michael Walsh (Captain) Stradbally

7. Kevin Moran De La Salle

8. Stephen Molumphy Ballyduff Upper

9. Philip Mahony Ballygunner

10. Pauric Mahony Ballygunner

11. Seamus Prendergast Ardmore

12. Maurice Shanahan Lismore

13. John Mullane De La Salle

14. Shane Walsh Fourmilewater

15. Gavin O’Brien Roanmore

Bainisteoir: Michael Ryan; Roghnoirí: Sean Cullinane, Ken McGrath


The Tipperary senior hurling team to play Waterford in the Munster SH championship final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday shows 1 change from the team which started the semi-final against Limerick. Lar Corbett will start in place of the injured Gearoid Ryan. The team is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone) Captain

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)

11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

12. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

13. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

14. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

15. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

Parking Arrangements for Munster Final

Cork County Board is encouraging supporters of Waterford and Tipperary who clash in the Sunday’s Munster Final, to use the multi-storey car park at City Hall and to either walk or use a shuttle bus service to Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Discounted match day parking – at a fixed rate of €5 for all day parking – will be available at the Q Park multi-storey car parking facilities at City Hall in the city centre. The car park is approximately 15 minutes walk from the stadium and a few minutes walking distance from Bus Arus from where a continuous pre-match shuttle service, on a priority route, will operate to the game.

Said Bob Ryan, chairman of Cork County Board: “We would like to thank Q Park for opening up the facility which provides secure, supervised car parking. City Hall car park is ideally suited for match days. It allows people to have a meal or drink in the city centre before the game and to get to the stadium quite easily. The availability of the Q Park facility is important as residential areas near the stadium will not be available for parking and will be barriered and manned by Gardai and GAA stewards”.

Limited free parking will be available at Kennedy Quay, Marina Green Areas and some of the approach roads to the venue. Limited on-street parking is available in the city centre.

New parking and traffic arrangements are being undertaken by Cork County Board in conjunction with the Munster Council and the Gardai to ease traffic and facilitate quicker egress from the city after the fixture which is expected to attract a very big crowd. “We have put in place new parking and transport arrangements which provide spectators with options which they can choose to use to not. We want everyone to enjoy the day and again we would ask people to park with due consideration for others,” said Bob Ryan.

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on RTE 2

Referee – Cathal McAllister (Cork)
Stand By Referee – John Sexton (Cork)
Linesman – Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)
Sideline Official – Jason O’Mahony (Limerick)
Umpires – Bernard Butler, Danny Looney, Timmy Dineen, Denis Crowley (all Cork)

Replay date – Saturday July 21st

Next Round
– the winners qualify for the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Sunday August 19th. The loser qualifies for the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on Sunday July 29th.

For the Record

Waterford Tipperary
2012 Team Manager Michael Ryan 


Declan Ryan 


2011 Championship Performance Defeated Limerick in the Munster semi-final before losing to Tipperary in the Munster Final. Defeated Galway by 2-23 to 2-13 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final before losing to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. Defeated Cork, Clare and Waterford to win the Munster Final. Defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final before losing to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final.
Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 9 39
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 2010 2011
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 25
Won – 14
Lost –  8
Drawn – 3
Played – 31
Won – 20
Lost –  8
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship July 10th 2011 – Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19 (Munster Final) at Pairc Ui Chaoimh – Lar Corbett (4-4) and Eoin Kelly (2-6) top scored as Tipperary defeated Waterford in the Munster Final.
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Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2012


Sunday May 27th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19

Sunday June 17th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18

Sunday June 24th

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                        Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24


Sunday July 15th (Replay date – July 21st)

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                        Waterford v Tipperary @ 4:00pm