All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final – Galway 4-13 Tipperary 1-16

Galway defeated Tipperary by 4-13 to 1-16 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 6th at Croke Park.

Minor: Galway power to another All-Ireland title


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Galway have secured a first All-Ireland minor title since 2011, and their 10th in total, with a thrilling victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. The sides were level at the break, but Jeffrey Lynskey’s young charges hit 2-2 without reply in four second half minutes to secure the Irish Press Cup.

Tipperary did come back late on and Tommy Nolan’s goal in the last minute ensured a nervy end for the Tribesboys, but Galway rounded off a terrific performance with a fourth goal through sub Michael Lynch in added time. Galway went into an early two-point lead thanks to two scores from their free-taker Evan Niland, but Tipperary were soon level as Lyndon Fairbrother and Tommy Nolan hot the target.

Tipperary had a superb chance to make the first real breakthrough on 13 minutes when centre-forward Garry Ryan broke clear of the Galway defence and forced a great reflex save from goalkeeper Darragh Gilligan. Brian McGrath landed the resultant 65 and then Fairbrother put Tipp ahead with another free. However, Galway hit back with a goal against the run of play – Jack Coyne’s effort dropped shot and Tipp corner back Jamie Quigley only managed to bat the ball into the path of Brian Concannon, whose sweetly struck shot nestled in the bottom corner.

Tipp leveled soon after through fine scores from Alan Tynan and Nolan, and it was tit for tat for the closing stages in the first half, as Fairbrother hit his fifth of the game to draw his side level at the break, 0-10 to 1-7. The start of the second half followed a similar patter, but Galway made a real surge when they struck 2-2 without reply in four minutes. Both goals were beautifully worked – Concannon delivered a precise handpass to Liam Forde, who was introduced as a sub just a minute earlier, and the Ardrahan man finished superbly with his first play of the game.

Niland then nailed a 65 and Galway snaffled a third goal on the 40 minute mark, as Cianan Fahy burst onto a pass at a great angle and nailed a rasping shot past Pádraic Hayes. Galway maintained that comfortable lead right up to the 59th minute when Nolan’s speculative effort found the back of the Galway net. Darragh Gilligan, the Galway ‘keeper, made a brilliant save to make sure the gap stayed at five points and then boys from the west sealed the win when Lynch buried a goal on the break in the second minute of added time.
Scorers for Galway: Evan Niland 0-9 (0-8f), Brian Concannon 1-0, Cianan Fahy 1-0, Michael Lynch 1-0, Liam Forde 1-0, Jack Coyne 0-2, Thomas Monaghan 0-1, Seán Loftus 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: Lyndon Fairbrother 0-5 (0-4f), Tommy Nolan 1-2, Stephen Quirke 0-2 (0-1 sl), Brian McGrath 0-2 (0-1 sl), Cian Darcy 0-2 (0-2f), Alan Tynan 0-1, Darragh Peters 0-1 (0-1 65), Michael Connors 0-1.

GALWAY: Darragh Gilligan; Ciarán Connor, Jack Fitzpatrick, Shane Bannon; Caelom Mulry, Ian O’Brien, Andrew Greaney; Jack Coyne, Jack Grealish; Brian Concannon, Thomas Monaghan, Fintan Burke; Ciana Fahy, Evan Niland, Seán Loftus
Subs: Liam Forde for Fintan Burke (37), Cian Salmon for Cianan Fahy and Cillian McDaid for Ian O’Brien (both 54), Michael Lynch for Brian Concannon (59), Ross Malone for Andrew Greaney (63).

TIPPERARY: Padraic Hayes; Enda Heffernan, Emmet Moloney, James Quigley; Kevin Hassett, Brian McGrath, Darragh Peters; Stephen Quirke, Liam McCutcheon; Cian Darcy, Garry Ryan, Alan Tynan; Tommy Nolan, David Gleeson, Lyndon Fairbrother
Subs: Ruadhan Mulrooney for Liam McCutcheon (21), Jack Skehan for Garry Ryan (42), Michael Connors for Lyndon Fairbrother (45), Shane Neville for David Gleeson (55)

Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)

Fixture Details

06.09.2015 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:15
Gaillimh v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)

Team News

Tipperary manager Liam Cahill has announced his team to play Galway in this Sunday’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final in Croke Park at 1.15pm. It shows one change to the side that defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, with captain Stephen Quirke returning to midfield in place of the injured Darragh Carey, as his Tipperary side go on their quest for a twentieth title last won in 2012.

The team lines out as follows;

1. Pádraic Hayes (Ballingarry)
2. Enda Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore)
3. Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch)
4. James Quigley (Kildangan)
5. Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch)
6. Brian McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
7. Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
8. Stephen Quirke Capt. (Moyle Rovers)
9. Liam McCutcheon (Templederry Kenyons)
10. Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
11. Garry Ryan (Borrisokane)
12. Alan Tynan (Roscrea)
13. Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch)
14. David Gleeson (Ballinahinch)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)

Manager; Liam Cahill
Trainer/Coach; Michael Bevans
Selectors; John Sheedy, Sean Corbett, T.J. Ryan.


1. Darragh Gilligan (Craughwell)
2. Kieran O’Connor (Kilnadeema-Leitrim)
3. Jack Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly)
4. Shane Bannon (Clarinbridge)
5. Caelom Mulry (Abbeyknockmoy)
6. Ian O’Brien (Clarinbridge)
7. Andrew Greaney (Craughwell)
8. Jack Coyne (Castlegar)
9. Jack Grealish (Gort)
10. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)
11. Thomas Monaghan (Craughwell)
12. Fintan Burke (St Thomas)
13. Cianan Fahy (Ardrahan)
14. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge)
15. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)