GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19

Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19

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Cork finished strongly to deny Waterford 1-19 to 0-19 at Semple Stadium and claim a place in the All-Ireland SHC semi-finals. The Rebels’ strength in depth was crucial as they outscored the Decies by seven points to one in the final five minutes, with vital scores from sub Cathal Naughton and Pat Horgan. Waterford looked set to make it through when they led by three points going into the closing stages, but it was the Rebels who had the men in reserve able to make a difference, with Naughton and youngster Darren Sweetnam helping turn a thriller in their favour.

Cork had early goal chances, with Luke O’Farrell smashing a shot against the crossbar and Waterford full-back Liam Lawlor making an important intervention. Maurice Shanahan had just put Waterford in front in the eighth minute when Cork stepped on the gas with a string of scores, through Pat Horgan, Cian McCarthy, Pa Cronin and Jamie Coughlin. And it was Coughlan, a late pre-match replacement for Conor Lehane, who got in for a 16th minute goal, blasting past Stephen O’Keefe after Cronin had gathered at midfield and released Luke O’Farrell.

But Waterford suddenly imposed themselves on the game, and outscored their opponents by nine points to four in the second quarter. Kevin Moran switched to midfield and made a huge impact in curbing the influence of Daniel Kearney and Pa Cronin, while John Mullane took up a deeper role and set up a string of scores. Maurice Shanahan steered over five from frees and play, with Pauric Mahony and Stephen Molumphy also claiming eye-catching points. It was Molumphy who edged the Decies back in front in the 32nd minute, but the Rebels finished strongly, with Cian McCarthy and Pat Horgan giving them a narrow 1-9 to 0-11 lead at the break.

Shanahan brought the sides level for the fifth time, but Cork were able to get their noses back in front, with Horgan hitting his fourth point of the afternoon. It was Michael Ryan’s side which was now getting on top in vital areas, and they were back in front when Shane Walsh swept over a wonderful score. Level for the seventh time with Cork responding through Paudie O’Sullivan, the excitement was building in front of the huge Semple Stadium crowd going as the game entered the final quarter.

But once again Waterford stepped up the tempo, with Mullane striking over his shoulder for a gem, easing his side into a three-points lead after Shanahan had hit the target for the eighth time. Jimmy Barry-Murphy emptied the bench, with John Gardiner making his first championship appearance of the season, and Cathal Naughton and Darren Sweetnam both making valuable contributions. It all came good for them in the closing stages, with young Sweetnam getting heavily involved in the central area, displaying his creative qualities to set up the leveller for O’Farrell. Cork tails were up, and they finished in style, with Naughton, Horgan and veteran Sean Og O hAilipin all floating over scores.

Cork scorers: J Coughlan 1-1, P Horgan 0-7 (4f), C McCarthy 0-3, P Cronin, P O’Sullivan, C Naughton 0-2 each, L O’Farrell, S Og O hAilipin 0-1 each

Waterford scorers: M Shanahan 0-9 (6f, 1 ’65), Pauric Mahony 0-3, S Walsh, J Mullane 0-2 each, S Molumphy, S Prendergast, T Browne (f) 0-1 each.

Cork team: A Nash, S O’Neill, S McDonnell, B Murphy, T Kenny, E Cadogan, S Óg Ó hAilpín, D Kearney, P Cronin, J Coughlan, C McCarthy, N McCarthy, P O’Sullivan, L O’Farrell, P Horgan.

Subs: D Sweetnam for Kearney, C Naughton for N McCarthy, J Gardiner for Cadogan, S Moylan for Coughlan, L McLoughlin for C McCarthy

Waterford team: S O’Keeffe, S Daniels, L Lawlor, N Connors, T Browne, M Walsh, K Moran, S Molumphy, Philip Mahony, Pauric Mahony, S Prendergast, M Shanahan, J Mullane, S Walsh, T Ryan.

Subs: E McGrath for Ryan, S Casey for S Walsh, R Foley for Browne

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)


Resilient Rebels get the timing spot on

Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A game which began and ended with the ball crashing off the woodwork saw Cork take this All-Ireland quarter-final with a driving finish and a late flurry of points. Waterford almost snatched a draw when a late, late 65 struck the post and bounced invitingly in the Cork square before being cleared. “At three points down in the 60th minute it didn’t look great for us,” said Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy after the game. “I didn’t think we played particularly well today at times, we started well but went out of the game for long periods. We couldn’t get on the ball enough to get it into our hands and get it into our inside forward line, who looked very dangerous. “Waterford upped the ante in the second-half and played magnificent hurling to get ahead of us, so we’re pleased with the win but not overly excited by the performance.”

The performance began well for Cork — Luke O’Farrell hitting the post in the opening seconds, but the pyrotechnics ended there for quite a while. Waterford took some time to get their bearings after Patrick Horgan and John Mullane swapped points early on, and Cork’s touch and interplay was noticeably sharper in the first quarter. Horgan, Patrick Cronin and Jamie Coughlan all added points before Cork struck for the game’s only goal on 15 minutes – a good Cian McCarthy crossfield ball was won by Paudie O’Sullivan, whose perfect handpass opened up the space for Coughlan to goal emphatically.

By then it was all Cork, 1-5 to 0-2, with new man Daniel Kearney showing up well in midfield. But Waterford rallied, with John Mullane dominating affairs from wing-forward. The De La Salle man is usually stationed near goal with green flags a priority, but he won several puck-outs in the second quarter yesterday and was instrumental in Waterford’s recovery.

Frees from Tony Browne and Maurice Shanahan gave them a foothold and then a fine run of points brought them level – Shanahan (two), Padraic Mahony (two), Seamus Prendergast and Stephen Molumphy, before Shanahan’s 33-rd-minute free edged the Déise ahead. Cork managed points from Cian McCarthy and Horgan (free) but Waterford certainly had the initiative when Barry Kelly blew for the break. Cian McCarthy nudged Cork two ahead on the resumption, but Waterford, driven on by Stephen Molumphy, Kevin Moran and Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, took over.

With Maurice Shanahan maintaining his accuracy with two points (one free and one 65), Shane Walsh also came into the game with two points. Cork were struggling to make headway on their own puck-outs – eventually replacing their entire half-forward line – and Waterford edged ahead going into the third quarter. An inspirational Mullane point made it 1-15 to 0-18 on 55 minutes and Waterford looked set fair. However, Cork came with one last surge, with substitutes John Gardiner and Darren Sweetnam thundering into the game alongside Tom Kenny. They hit a purple patch from the 63rd minute with points from Horgan (two, one a free), O’Farrell, Naughton, and a long-range effort from Sean Óg Ó hAilpín which raised the roof. There was still time for that late Waterford 65 to hit the post and bounce in front of goal, but when Cork repelled a resultant sideline, a place in Croke Park was theirs.

“We’re a bit disappointed,” said Waterford boss Michael Ryan. “There were two decisive stages in the game. Just before half-time we’d come back to go a point up and conceded two points in a minute, and so they went in ahead. Then we were three points up in the second-half, had a couple of good chances, didn’t take them. “They had a very strong bench and were playing with the wind. It’s about momentum really – they hit the front at exactly the right stage in the game. Even after we had a couple of chances and we hit the post. They hit the front with four of five minutes to go after going behind and it’s very hard to reel somebody in at that stage.”

Cork now advance to face Galway, and they’ll be heartened by the recovery of Stephen McDonnell’s form, for instance, at full-back. However, they needed John Gardiner to shore up the middle against Seamus Prendergast and as noted above, the entire half-forward line was called ashore. Against that, they head to Croke Park as underdogs against a county not noted for their consistency. Jimmy Barry-Murphy has stressed that Cork are still developing and learning, but the sharp end of the All-Ireland series is where some significant lessons can be learned.

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan 0-7 (0-4 fs); J. Coughlan 1-1; C. McCarthy 0-3; P. Cronin, P. O’Sullivan, C. Naughton 0-2 each; S. Óg Ó hAilpín, L. O’Farrell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M. Shanahan 0-9 (0-6 fs, 0-1 65); P. Mahony 0-3; S. Walsh, J. Mullane 0-2 each; S. Prendergast, T. Browne (f) and S. Molumphy 0-1 each.

Cork subs: D. Sweetnam for Kearney (HT); C. Naughton for N. McCarthy (44); J. Gardiner for E. Cadogan (50); S. Moylan for Coughlan (55); L. McLoughlin for C. McCarthy (59).

Waterford subs: E. McGrath for Ryan (42); S. Casey for S. Walsh (50); R. Foley for Browne (68)

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Waterford in Sunday’s All-Ireland Quarter-Final at 2pm in Thurles will line out as follows:

1. Anthony Nash

2. Shane O Neill 3. Stephen Mc Donnell 4. Brian Murphy

5. Tom Kenny 6. Eoin Cadogan 7. Sean Óg Ó hAilpin

8. Daniel Kearney 9. Pa Cronin

10. Conor Lehane 11. Cian McCarthy 12. Niall McCarthy

13. Paudie O’Sullivan 14. Luke O’Farrell 15. Patrick Horgan


16. Darren McCarthy Ballymartle

17. Conor O’Sullivan Sarsfields

18. Damien Cahalane St. Finbarr’s

19. Kilian Murphy Erin’s Own

20. William Egan Kilbrin

21. John Gardiner Na Piarsaigh

22. Lorcan McLoughlin Kanturk

23. Cathal Naughton Newtownshandrum

24. Darren Sweetnam Dohenys

25. Jamie Coughlan Newtownshandrum

26. Stephen Moylan Douglas

Jimmy Barry-Murphy and his selectors have made three changes for the clash with Waterford, with Stephen McDonnell returning to the full-back slot for his first championship start of the 2012 season. Seán Óg O hAilpín also returns to the side, coming in at wing-back in place of William Egan, while there is a first start for Daniel Kearney at mid-field, having featured as a sub in recent games. Damien Cahalane and Lorcán McLoughlin are named in the substitutes.

Match Preview


Cork arrive at this stage as qualifier winners, beating Offaly and Wexford while Waterford were beaten by Tipperary in the Munster final, after eliminating Clare in the semi-final. Both Cork and Waterford have a good record in quarter-finals, having lost just one each. Cork’s only defeat was, ironically, against Waterford in 2007 when they lost a replay in Croke Park. Equally ironically, Waterford’s sole quarterfinal defeat came against Cork in 2005. Cork’s last appearance in the semi-final was in 2010 when they beat Antrim while Waterford’s last quarter-final outing was against Galway in 2011 when they won by ten points. Cork and Waterford last met in the championship in 2010 when Waterford won the Munster final after extra-time in a replay.

How they got here:


Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24 (Munster semi-final)

Cork 1-26 Offaly 2-16 (Qualifier)

Cork 3-24 Wexford 2-17 (Qualifier)

Average For: 2-23; Average Against: 2-18

Cork’s Top Scorers

Patrick Horgan…….1-28

Luke Farrell………..2-2

Conor Lehane………0-7


Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18 (Munster semi-final)

Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16 (Munster final)

Average For: 1-17; Average Against: 1-19

Waterford’s Top Scorers

Maurice Shanahan…0-15 (0-10 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)

John Mullane……………………………0-6

Shane Walsh…………………………….1-3

Last Five Championship Clashes

2010 – Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (Munster final replay) after extra-time

2010 – Cork 2-15 Waterford 2-15 (Munster final)

2007 – Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Replay

2007 – Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Draw

2007 – Waterford 5-15 Cork 3-18 (Munster semi-final)

How they fared in quarter-finals


2010: Cork 1-25 Antrim 0-19

2008: Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17

2007: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (replay)

2007: Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (draw)

2006: Cork 0-19 Limerick 0-18

2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13

2004: Cork 2-26 Antrim 0-10

Played 7, Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 1,


2011: Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13

2009: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15

2007: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (replay)

2007: Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (draw)

2006: Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-13

2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13

1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10

Played 8, Won 6, Drawn 1, Lost 1


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The Season So Far and More!


Cork Waterford
2012 Team Manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy  

Michael Ryan

2011 Championship Performance Lost to Tipperary in the first round in Munster. Defeated Laois and Offaly in the Qualifiers before losing to Galway by 2-23 to 1-14. 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.
Number of All-Ireland Senior Hurling titles 30 2
Last All-Ireland Senior Hurling Title 2005 1959
Last All-Ireland Final Appearance 2006 2008
Last Munster Title 2006 2010








Last Championship Meeting

17th July 2010: Munster Senior Hurling Final Replay  @ Thurles, Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (after extra time)

The drawn game on July 11th had finished 2-15 apiece.

Scorers: Waterford: E Kelly 0-8 (6f); J Mullane 0-3; D Shanahan 1-0; R Foley (lineball); B O’Halloran, S Walsh, K Moran, T Browne (1f) 0-1 each. Cork: B O’Connor 1-5 (1-5f); P O’Sullivan, C Naughton, J Gardiner (0-1 ’65′; 0-1 pen) 0-2 each; M Cussen, W Egan 0-1 each.

Waterford: C Hennessy; E Murphy, L Lawlor, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, D Prendergast; S O’Sullivan, R Foley; S Molumphy, K Moran, E Kelly; S Prendergast, J Mullane, S Walsh. Subs: B O’Halloran for Prendergast (48); M Shanahan for Walsh (60); J Nagle for Lawlor (67); D Shanahan for Mullane (inj 70); E McGrath for O’Halloran (80); K McGrath for Moran (83); S Casey for M Shanahan (91).

Cork: D Óg Cusack; S Murphy, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S O’Neill; T Kenny, C Naughton; B O’Connor, M Cussen, N McCarthy; K Murphy, A Ó hAilpín, P Horgan. Subs: R Ryan for O’Neill (36); P O’Sullivan for Horgan (h/t); L O’Farrell for Murphy (65); W Egan for Curran (70);

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)

For reports on the game, see

Games Played to date in 2012 Championship


June 24th: Munster SHC Semi-Final @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24

Cork: P Horgan 0-11 (0-09f), J Coughlan, P O’Sullivan 0-03 each, C Lehane 0-02, D Sweetnam, C Naughton, P Cronin, D Kearney 0-01 each
Tipperary: P Bourke 0-12 (0-07f, 0-02 ‘65′), N McGrath 1-04, B O’Meara, B Maher 0-02 each, G Ryan, Padraic Maher 0-01 each
Cork: Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Brian Murphy, Conor O’Sullivan; Tom Kenny, Eoin Cadogan, William Egan; Darren Sweetnam, Lorcan McLoughlin; Conor Lehane, Pa Cronin, Cathal Naughton; Jamie Coughlan, Paudie O’Sullivan, Patrick Horgan.
Subs used: Cian McCarthy for Naughton (47 mins), Daniel Kearney for Sweetnam (51), Luke O’Farrell for Lehane (63).
Tipperary: Brendan Cummins; Conor O’Brien, Paul Curran (capt), Michael Cahill; Thomas Stapleton, Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Shane McGrath; Gearóid Ryan, Patrick Maher, Pa Bourke; Brian O’Meara, John O’Brien, Noel McGrath.
Subs used: Lar Corbett for Ryan (34 mins), Shane Bourke for O’Meara (55), James Woodlock for B Maher (57), Eoin Kelly for P Bourke (67), Donagh Maher for Stapleton (70).
Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly).

Click here for full report.

July 7th: All-Ireland SHC Qualifiers Phase II @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 1-26 Offaly 2-16

Cork: Patrick Horgan 1-10 (0-07f), Cian McCarthy 0-05 (0-03 ‘65, 0-01f), Conor Lehane 0-03, Anthony Nash (0-02f), Stephen Moylan 0-02 each, Pa Cronin, Lorcán McLoughlin, Daniel Kearney, Cathal Naughton 0-01 each.
Offaly: S Dooley 1-06 (1-03f, 0-01 ’65), C Egan 1-00, J Bergin 0-03, D Morkan 0-02, B Murphy, S Ryan, B Carroll, D Molloy, C Mahon 0-01 each.
Cork: Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Brian Murphy, Conor O’Sullivan; Tom Kenny, Christopher Joyce, William Egan; Darren Sweetnam, Lorcan McLoughlin; Conor Lehane, Cian McCarthy, Pa Cronin; Jamie Coughlan, Paudie O’Sullivan, Pat Horgan (capt).
Subs used: Daniel Kearney for Sweetnam, Luke O’Farrell for Coughlan, Cathal Naughton for McLoughlin, Stephen Moylan for O’Sullivan, Niall McCarthy for Cronin.
Offaly: Eoin Kelly; Conor Hernon, David Kenny (capt), James Rigney; Derek Morkan, Rory Hanniffy, Diarmuid Horan; Kevin Brady, Sean Ryan; Colin Egan, Conor Mahon, Brendan Murphy; Shane Dooley, Joe Bergin, Brian Carroll.
Subs used: David Franks for Hernon, Cathal Parlon for Carroll, Derek Molloy for Murphy, Dermot Mooney for Brady.

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford).

Click here for report.

July 14th: All-Ireland SHC Phase III @ Semple Stadium, Cork 3-24 Wexford 2-17

Cork Scorers: Patrick Horgan 0-7 (0-5f), Cpnor Lehane 0-2, Luke O’Farrell 2-2, Niall McCarthy 0-4, Anthony Nash 1-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), Lorcán McLoughlin 0-1, Paudie O’Sullivan 0-2, Pa Cronin 0-2, Cathal Naughton 0-1, Jamie Coughlan 0-2 (0-1f),
Wexford Scorers: R Jacob 0-3, D Redmond 0-1, D Lyng 1-3 (0-1 sl, 0-1f), H Kehoe 0-2, J Guiney 0-5 (0-3f), G Sinnott 1-2.

Cork: Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Damien Cahalane, Brian Murphy; Tom Kenny, Eoin Cadogan, William Egan; Lorcán McLoughlin, Pa Cronin; Conor Lehane, Cian McCarthy, Niall McCarthy; Paudie O’Sullivan, Luke O’Farrell, Patrick Horgan. Subs: Darren Sweetnam, Cathal Naughton, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Stephen Moylan.

Wexford: E Martin; E Moore, M O’Hanlon, K Rossiter; R Kehoe, C Kenny, D Stamp; D Redmond, D Lyng; J Guiney, G Sinnott, H Kehoe; P Morris, E Quigley, R Jacob. Subs: L Óg McGovern, S Murphy, S Banville.

Click here for report.


June 17th: Munster SHC Semi-Final @ Semple Stadium Thurles, Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; A Kearney, L Lawlor, S Daniels; R Foley, M Walsh, K Moran; P Mahony, S Molumphy; M Shanahan, D Prendergast, E Kelly; J Mullane, S Walsh, G O’Brien
Subs: N Connors for Kearney (h.t.), P O’Brien for G O’Brien (49), T Ryan for S Walsh (59), D Twomey for Foley (61), M O’Neill for Kelly (68).

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, C Cooney; B Bugler, J McInerney, P O’Connor; P Donnellan, N O’Connell; J Conlon, J Clancy E Barrett; P Collins, C Ryan, C McGrath
Subs: L Markham for McInerney (45), F Lynch for Barrett (54), S Morey for O’Connor (59), D Honan for Collins (60), A Cunningham for Ryan (65).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)

July 15th: Munster SHC Final @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16


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)

About the Manager: Jimmy Barry-Murphy

A former Cork dual star, Jimmy Barry-Murphy was born in 1954 and played hurling and Gaelic football with his local club St. Finbarr’s, based in Togher, for many years. He was a member of the Cork Senior inter-county teams in both codes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He has an impressive management record at Inter-County level, managing the All-Ireland winning Minor Hurling team in 1995 and the All-Ireland Senior Hurling team in 1999.

Management Record

All-Ireland Senior Hurling: 1999

Munster Senior Hurling:  1999, 2000

All-Ireland Minor Hurling: 1995

Munster Minor Hurling: 1994, 1995

As a player, Jimmy Barry-Murphy won a raft of honours at club, county and provincial level, including the three-in-a-row All-Ireland Senior Hurling titles from 1976-1978, to which he added two further titles in 1984 and 1986, in addition to an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medal in 1973, making him one of that elite group of players to have won All-Ireland titles in both hurling and football.

Playing Honours


Competition No. Years

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships 5 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986
Munster Senior Hurling Championships 10 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
National Hurling Leagues 2 1980, 1981
All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championships (St. Finbarr’s) 1 1974, 1977
All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championships 1 1973
All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championships 1 1971
Railway Cups 1 1981
Hurling All-Star Awards 5 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1986

All-Ireland Senior Football Championships 1 1973
Munster Senior Football Championships 2 1973, 1974
National Football Leagues 1 1980
All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championships (St. Finbarr’s) 1 1979, 1980
All-Ireland Minor Football Championships 1 1972
Railway Cups 4 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978
Football All-Star Awards 2 1973, 1974

2012 is the first year of his second term as Cork manager.

Did you Know?

  • Waterford beat Cork in the 2004 Munster Final on a scoreline of 3-16 to 1-21. However, Cork won the All-Ireland by beating Kilkenny having qualified for the final via the backdoor system which allowed the Munster and Leinster runner-up to stay in the Championship
  • When Cork beat Waterford in the 1982 and 1983 Munster Finals, manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy captained the Cork side, which also included selectors Ger Cunningham and Johnny Crowley
  • Cork’s last All-Ireland Final appearance was in 2006, when they were beaten by Kilkenny 1-16 to 1-13. Waterford’s only Final appearance since 1963 was in 2008, when Kilkenny beat them 3-30 to 1-13.
All-Ireland SHC Roll of Honour

Kilkenny – 33

1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1922, 1932, 1933,

1935, 1939, 1947, 1957, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975,

1979, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007,

2008, 2009, 2011

Cork – 30

1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1902, 1903, 1919, 1926, 1928, 1929,

1931, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1966,

1970, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1999, 2004, 2005

Tipperary – 26

1887, 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1916, 1925,

1930, 1937, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964,

1965, 1971, 1989, 1991, 2001, 2010

Limerick – 7

1897, 1918, 1921, 1934, 1936, 1940, 1973

Wexford – 6

1910, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1968, 1996

Dublin – 6

1889, 1917, 1920, 1924, 1927, 1938

Offaly – 4

1981, 1985, 1994, 1998

Galway – 4

1923, 1980, 1987, 1988

Clare – 3

1914, 1995, 1997

Waterford – 2

1948, 1959

Laois – 1


London – 1


Kerry – 1



No Championship played in 1888 due to US Tour


GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Kilkenny 4-16 Limerick 1-16

Henry Shefflin gets Cats back in the groove

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

BUSINESS as usual — Kilkenny are Croke Park-bound in August for a 16th successive year. Galway raised doubts about their well-being in the Leinster final, presenting Limerick with a template to maximise their prospects of reaching the All-Ireland semi-final but after matching Kilkenny for 45 minutes, they couldn’t quicken with the black and amber’s sudden burst of acceleration. Kilkenny outscored Limerick by 2-5 to 0-0 between the 43rd and 56th minutes, effectively killing off a contest that never reached the excitement levels of the opening quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Ultimately, it was a case of Kilkenny gradually winding up for the big press before squeezing the resistance from a Limerick team that learned an awful lot in a progressive season.

Limerick aren’t quite top-four material as yet but are making advances under John Allen. It was their bad luck that the quarter-final draw paired them with a Kilkenny team on a pride-retrieval mission after their worst Leinster final defeat for 17 years. Still, it also presented Limerick with an opportunity to make a bold statement about themselves, a possibility that looked within their range when they headed into the second half only a point behind (2-7 to 1-9) after playing against the wind. However, it all went wrong for Limerick in the third quarter as Kilkenny asserted themselves across every line, setting Limerick an unreachable target. Kilkenny had to play out the final 12 minutes with 14 men after Richie Hogan was sent off by referee Michael Wadding on a straight red card for pulling across Sean Tobin in a clash near the sideline. It may have looked more serious than it actually was but, after consulting with his linesman, Wadding flashed red.

In terms of yesterday’s game it carried no great significance as Kilkenny led by 10 points at the time and were well capable of defending it with depleted forces but it could prove costly next month as Hogan is automatically ruled out of the All-Ireland semi-final clash with Tipperary on August 19. Kilkenny have concerns too over Richie Power, who was forced off after taking a thumping tackle as he galloped at the heart of the Limerick defence just before half-time. It was certainly a day he won’t remember with any great fondness as he had struggled earlier with his free-taking, driving three wide. Remarkably, the umpires deemed his third effort a point before having their minds changed by the timely intervention of a linesman.

Shefflin took over the free-taking duties but missed two before finally finding his range. He got into his rhythm from open play much quicker, poaching 2-2 off the Limerick defence in the opening 20 minutes. It was a crucial contribution as he was the only Kilkenny forward going really well at that stage, although Aidan Fogarty, Colin Fennelly and substitute TJ Reid would later play their way into the game to good effect. Shefflin’s first goal, scored in the 16th minute, cancelled out David Breen’s goal for Limerick four minutes earlier, while his second, in the 20th minute, put Kilkenny a point clear. Still, Limerick would have been quite pleased with their first-half performance, which stretched the Kilkenny defence right to the limits.

Quick deliveries into attacking channels brought Shane Dowling, Graeme Mulcahy and Declan Hannon into play quite regularly and if the passing had been a little more accurate Limerick might well have got in for a few more goals. However, it was all very different in the second half as Kilkenny secured the approach routes, with Tommy Walsh, JJ Delaney and Kieran Joyce especially effective. They had conceded a rather needless point late in the first half when goal-keeper David Herity was penalised for being outside the small square with a puck-out and, from the resulting throw-in, Hannon pointed. At the time it looked quite significant, suggesting that it could turn out to be one of those days when the vital breaks went against them. Kilkenny must have harboured concerns at half-time because they hadn’t really hurled with anything like the fluency one would have expected as they sought to put the memory of the Leinster final defeat behind them.

Their fans had travelled in large numbers to support them in the championship re-launch but it was their Limerick counterparts who felt happier at the break. Eoin Larkin put Kilkenny two points clear on the re-start but David Breen and Tobin fired over excellent points to bring the side level. It was at that stage that Kilkenny’s vast experience and craft made a decisive intervention. Michael Fennelly and Michael Rice asserted themselves around midfield; the half-back line closed down their opponents and when the ball was worked forward, Shefflin and Co had the measure of the Limerick defence.

Kilkenny scored four points before killing off the game with goals from Fogarty and Colin Fennelly in the 54th and 56th minutes respectively. Limerick’s challenge had been squashed and not even the bonus of an extra man could inspire them on the run-in. They won plenty of possession but couldn’t manoeuvre their way close enough to get strikes at Herity in the Kilkenny goal. So then, Kilkenny’s re-organisation is going to plan but they will know that a much-improved performance will be required if they are to beat Tipperary. However, that’s for another day while yesterday was all about re-establishing a rhythm after being blown well off course by Galway.

Shefflin continues to come ever closer to the imperious presence he can be at his very best; Walsh had his most effective game of the season while Michael Fennelly, Rice and Delaney will benefit from the outing as they play their way back after injuries. In a sense then it was a workmanlike performance by Kilkenny, one that will definitely stand to them. Their supporters would have liked a more coherent structure in the first half but with Limerick unloading so much energy into their game in that period it was never going to be easy for Kilkenny. However, they kept their patience and when the opportunities arose in the second half, they finished them with aplomb. Kilkenny have taken a different route than usual to the semi-final but that’s no concern now. They’re back on track and looking very much like a side who will improve. That’s ominous for the other three contenders as Croke Park in August beckons.

Scorers — Kilkenny: H Shefflin 2-6 (4f), C Fennelly, A Fogarty 1-2 each, R Power 0-2 (1 ’65’ 1f), T Walsh, R Hogan, M Fennelly, E Larkin 0-1 each. Limerick: S Dowling (3f), D Hannon (2f) 0-4 each, G Mulcahy 0-2, D Breen 1-1, N Moran, P O’Brien, S Tobin, K Downes, T Quaid 0-1 each.

Kilkenny — D Herity 7; P Murphy 7, JJ Delaney 8, J Tyrrell 7; T Walsh 8, K Joyce 7, R Doyle 7; M Fennelly 7, M Rice 7; R Hogan 6, R Power 7, A Fogarty 8; C Fennelly 8, E Larkin 6, H Shefflin 9. Subs: TJ Reid 7 for Power (35+3), M Ruth for Fogarty (66), C Buckley for Larkin (66).

Limerick — N Quaid 7; S Walsh 6, R McCarthy 8, T Condon 7; W McNamara 7, D O’Grady 6, G O’Mahony 6; J Ryan 6, P O’Brien 7; D Hannon 7, S Dowling 7, D Breen 6; G Mulcahy 7, N Moran 6, S Tobin 6. Subs: S Hickey 7 for Condon (37), K Downes 7 for Breen (56), P Browne 6 for Dowling (60), T Quaid for Tobin (64).

Ref — M Wadding (Waterford)


Limerick melt in 12-minute maelstrom

Kilkenny 4-16 Limerick 1-16

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

At half-time in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling quarter-final in showery Semple Stadium, a shock looked like a very real possibility, Limerick belying their massive underdog tag with a first-half display of poise and class, trailing at the break by just a single point (2-7 to 1-9). They’d played into a stiff breeze to boot. Even seven minutes into the second half, that shock still looked likely, Limerick easily containing the anticipated Kilkenny backlash after Brian Cody’s half-time tongue-lashing. Points from team captain David Breen and corner-forward Seanie Tobin in reply to a point gifted to Kilkenny captain Eoin Larkin, had the teams level in the 42nd minute, Limerick poised to drive on.

Then it happened, the maelstrom. Twelve minutes of mayhem, 12 minutes during which Limerick lost their way in Semple Stadium, 12 minutes during which Kilkenny found their true selves and just like that, 2-8 to 1-11 became 4-13 to 1-11, Kilkenny notching 2-5 without reply. Game lost, game won, game over. Limerick continued to battle, and a straight red card for Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan for an out-of-character pull across Seanie Tobin in the 56th minute gave them hope. They managed a series of points but goals were what was required and against a defence in which Tommy Walsh was masterful at wing-back, JJ Delaney suffocating at full-forward, and yet another veteran, Jackie Tyrrell, was back to his bone-crunching best, those goals were never going to come.

Having mentioned the old guard, one must single out the three younger guys in that Kilkenny defence also for praise. Paul Murphy has blossomed into one of the best corner-backs in the land, wing-back Richie Doyle becomes more impressive with every game, while centre-back Kieran Joyce, thrown in at the deep end here after a late injury to Brian Hogan, did a great job, well on top, in the second half especially. Limerick had looked so good in that first half. Shane Dowling opened the scoring inside a minute with a pointed free, David Breen goaled spectacularly with an angled drive in the 12th minute, following good work by Graeme Mulcahy, and they were full value for their one-goal lead (1-3 to 0-3) in the 16th minute, Kilkenny looking very much at odds with themselves as they struggled to come to terms with the ferocity of Limerick’s play, full-back Richie McCarthy typifying their effort with a mighty display.

Not for the first time in his 14-season career it fell to Henry Shefflin to relieve the pressure. Two goals and two points Shefflin scored in that first half, and chart-topper though he is in all-time championship scoring, that 2-2 (the second goal truly magical, a soft screw-shot from an acute angle spinning into the net) is probably the most valuable he has ever scored in any one game. It gave Kilkenny a lifeline, helped them to that slim one-point half-time lead, their hopes still very much alive. That second half was all about those 12 minutes. It started with an Aidan Fogarty point, though there should in fact have been a free out for Limerick following a foul by Shefflin. Next up was a Colin Fennelly point, two frees pointed by Shefflin (Richie Power had been taken off just before half-time, victim of a perfectly legitimate but crunching shoulder from Wayne McNamara), another Fogarty point, before the double-whammy.

Two goals in just over a minute, two goals in which the last line of Limerick’s defence was left cruelly exposed. First it was Michael Fennelly finding Fogarty with a terrific long-range pass, no-one to beat but Nicky Quaid, Aidan with time to move into the 13m line totally unopposed and pick his spot. That was the 54th minute, made the score 3-13 to 1-11; a minute later, the second goal, again the inside line caught napping, Eoin Larkin throwing out a lovely handpass to the flying Colin Fennelly, his rocket giving Quaid absolutely no chance. Such a pity it ended as it did for Limerick but that’s Kilkenny, that’s what they’re capable of doing to any team that loses its concentration for even a few minutes. Limerick will be back, Kilkenny are back and even with the two Richies (Power and Hogan) now set to miss the All-Ireland semi-final, nobody in Tipperary should be counting any chickens yet.

Scorers for Kilkenny: H Shefflin 2-6 (four frees); C Fennelly 1-2; A Fogarty 1-2; R Power 0-2 (1f, 1 65); T Walsh, M Fennelly, E Larkin, R Hogan, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: D Breen 1-1; D Hannon 0-4 (2f); S Dowling 0-4 (3f); G Mulcahy 0-2; P O’Brien, N Moran, S Tobin, K Downes, T Quaid, 0-1 each.

Subs for Kilkenny: TJ Reid (Power inj. 35+1); C Buckley (Fogarty 66); M Ruth (Larkin inj. 66).

Subs for Limerick: S Hickey (Condon inj. 37); K Downes (Breen 56); P Browne (Dowling 60); T Quaid (Tobin 64).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)


Kilkenny 4-16 Limerick 1-16

Report from the web site

Kilkenny survived a Semple Stadium battle with Limerick to progress to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals on a scoreline of 4-16 to 1-16. David Breen drilled in a first-half Limerick goal, but Henry Shefflin responded with two Kilkenny goals in the space of three minutes. The Cats led by 2-07 to 0-09 at half-time, and added further goals through Aidan Fogarty and Colin Fennelly. Kilkenny had Richie Hogan sent off, but staged a dominant finish.

This was not vintage Kilkenny, but with a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Tipperary to look forward to, Brian Cody’s men appear to be the team to beat. In front of a bumper crowd of 38,116, Shefflin swept over two early wind-assisted points from play, and Aidan Fogarty smashed a shot against the crossbar, but Limerick remained on level terms with points from Shane Dowling and Niall Moran. And the Shannonsiders stunned the All-Ireland champions with a 12th-minute goal. It was Graeme Mulcahy who carved the opening for David Breen to give David Herity no chance with an angled finish.

But that man Shefflin responded with two Kilkenny goals. In the 17th minute, he pounced to drill the ball to the net after goalkeeper Nickie Quaid had failed to gather. Three minutes later, Colin Fennelly created the opening for Shefflin to spin a delicate shot past Quaid for a one-point lead. Limerick responded with scores from Dowling and Mulcahy to bring the sides level for the fourth time, and they denied the Cats with some excellent defending from Stephen Walsh and Richie McCarthy. Breen’s shot was stopped by Herity but was adjudged by an umpire to have gone over the bar for another leveller, but Kilkenny, with Tommy Walsh lifting his game, went in at the break with a slender 2-07 to 0-09 lead.

They had lost Richie Power to injury just before the interval, but Eoin Larkin, Aidan Fogarty and Colin Fennelly added their names to the scoresheet, while Shefflin was denied his hat-trick by Quaid’s excellent stop. Walsh was now in defiant form at the back for the Cats, and Limerick, with the wind now in their backs, were struggling to get through a tenacious Kilkenny defence which had tightened up significantly. The Cats opened up an 11-point lead by the 55th minute with two quick-fire goals. Michael Fennelly found Fogarty in acres of space and he blasted in his side’s third goal. And less than a minute later, Colin Fennelly, a star performer in the second half, smashed home a magnificent goal, leaving no way back for John Allen’s side.

Richie Hogan received a straight red card in the 57th minute for a wild swing across Sean Tobin, and Limerick responded with a run of scores, three of them from Declan Hannon. But the Kilkenny defence closed up again, and they finished the job off with Shefflin bringing his personal tally to 2-06 with an injury-time free.

Kilkenny scorers: H Shefflin 2-06 (0-04f), C Fennelly, A Fogarty 1-02 each, R Power 0-02 (2f), R Hogan, E Larkin, M Fennelly, T Walsh 0-01 each.

Limerick scorers: D Breen 1-03, S Dowling 0-04 (3f), D Hannon 0-03 (2f), G Mulcahy 0-02, S Tobin, N Moran, K Downes, T Quaid 0-01 each.

Kilkenny: D Herity; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrell; T Walsh, K Joyce, R Doyle; M Fennelly, M Rice; E Larkin, R Power, H Shefflin; C Fennelly, R Hogan, A Fogarty.

Subs used: TJ Reid for Power, C Buckley for Fogarty, M Ruth for Larkin.

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O’Grady, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P O’Brien; S Dowling, D Breen , D Hannon; G Mulcahy, N Moran, S Tobin.

Subs used: S Hickey for Condon, K Downes for Breen, P Browne for Dowling, T Quaid for Tobin.

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)

Match Preview


Kilkenny are back in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007 (provincial champions played quarter-finals back then). Their last appearance in the quarter-finals, having been beaten in Leinster, was in 2004 when they beat Clare in a replay. Limerick are appearing in the quarter-finals for the seventh time, having won two of their six outings. Limerick have scored the remarkable total of 18-84 in their four championship games to date. They played Kilkenny in the 2005 quarter-final, losing by five points. Their last championship clash with Kilkenny was in the 2007 All-Ireland final when they lost by seven points. Kilkenny have never lost in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

How they got here


Kilkenny 2-21 Dublin 0-9 (Leinster semi-final)

Galway 2-21 Kilkenny 2-11 (Leinster final)

Average For: 2-16 Average Against 1-15

Top Scorers

Henry Shefflin ….1-18 (0-16 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)

Richie Power…….1-5

TJ Reid…………….1-2

R Hogan…………..1-2


Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19 (Munster quarter-final)

Limerick 6-21 Laois 1-11 (Qualifier)

Limerick 8-26 Antrim 1-15 (Qualifier)

Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (Qualifier)

Average For: 4-23 Average Against: 1-17

Top Scorers

Shane Dowling……4-33 (0-23 frees, 0-2 ‘65’s)

Niall Moran………..5-6

Graeme Mulcahy…3-12

Last Five Championship Clashes

2007: Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15 (All-Ireland final)

2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

1974: Kilkenny 3-19 Limerick 1-13 (All-Ireland final)

1973: Limerick 1-21 Kilkenny 1-14 (All-Ireland final)

1940: Limerick 3-7 Kilkenny 1-7 (All-Ireland final)

How they fared in quarter-finals


2007: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 1-18

2006: Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 3-14

2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13

2004: Kilkenny 1-11 Clare 0-9 (replay)

2004: Kilkenny 1-13 Clare 1-13 (draw)

1997: Kilkenny 4-15 Galway 3-16

Played 5, Won 5, Drew 1.


2011: Dublin 3-13 Limerick 0-18

2009: Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17

2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16

2006: Cork 0-19 Limerick 0-18

2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13

2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15

Played 6, Won 2, Lost 4