Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Limerick 1-18 Dublin 0-15

Limerick defeated Dublin by 1-18 to 0-15 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 7th at Croke Park.

Limerick defeat Dublin in MHC Semi-Final

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final


By Paul Keane in Croke Park for GAA.ie

Limerick are back in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling final and they have Brian Ryan’s 10-point haul to thank for securing their passage to next month’s decider.

South Liberties man Ryan proved a reliable outlet from placed balls at Croke Park while Cian Magnier-Flynn’s 13th minute goal was crucial in a six-point point game. Limerick’s reward is a September 4 final clash with Tipperary or Galway and if it’s Tipp they meet then it will be a repeat of the Munster final which the Premier County won convincingly.

Pat Donnelly’s Shannonsiders will hope to go one better than their previous final appearance in 2014 when they lost out to Kilkenny. They led from gun to tape this time though had to withstand a strong second-half performance from Dublin who trailed by nine at half-time but reduced their arrears to just four after 53 minutes.

Dublin couldn’t get any closer than that though and the day finished in frustration for the Leinster champions who lost substitute Jack O’Neill to a 61st minute dismissal. Limerick scored the game’s first four points, two of those coming from Ryan, to put Dublin on the back foot immediately. Magnier-Flynn’s goal put them 1-4 to 0-1 up when he rose up high to Ryan’s long free in and redirected the ball to the Dublin net from close range.

It was all Limerick who tagged on points from Conor Boylan, Anthony Barrett and Ryan to open up a 10-point lead after 24 minutes. Dublin talked about pushing hard for an All-Ireland final place after beating Wexford in the Leinster decider.

But they found themselves 1-13 to 0-7 down at the break and had it all to do. Johnny McGuirk’s side at least finished strong and they outscored Limerick in the second-half by 0-8 to 0-5. They consistently drew frees off Limerick’s defence that Colin Currie converted and the Sky Blues got the gap down to just four at 1-16 to 0-15 late on.

But they couldn’t get any closer and were denied goals on a number of occasions while Limerick finished with back to back free conversions from Ryan to seal it, keeping alive their dream of a first title since 1984.

Scorers for Limerick: B Ryan 0-10 (0-8f), C Magnier-Flynn 1-1, K Hayes 0-2, C Boylan 0-2, M O’Kelly 0-1 (0-1f), A Barrett 0-1, F Hourigan 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: C Currie 0-8 (0-6f, 0-2 65), C Dowling 0-2, J McGuirk 0-2 (0-1f), E Foley 0-1, C Burke 0-1, D Gray 0-1.

Limerick: M O’Kelly; B Nash, R Connelly, C Nicholas; F Hourigan, J Boylan, J Adams; M O’Grady, D Carroll; C Boylan, A Barrett, B Ryan; C Magnier-Flynn, K Hayes, C O’Connor
Subs: J Flynn for Carroll (46), D Woulfe for Barrett (49), P O’Riordan for Magnier-Flynn (58), M Bourke for O’Grady (61).

Dublin: D de Poire; D Hawkshaw, P Smyth, D Ryan; J McVeigh, C O’Sullivan, E Foley; C Ryan, D Keogh; C Burke, C Dowling, D Burke; C Currie, J McGuirk, R Hayes
Subs: J Walsh for Hayes (h/t), D Gray for Keogh (h/t), J O’Neill for McVeigh (48), P Feeney for Currie (49), S Currie for McGuirk (54).

Referee: J Heffernan (Wexford)

The Limerick minor hurling team and panel is as follows –

Mark O Kelly (Croom), 2. Brian Nash (South Liberties), 3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen), 4. Ronan Connelly Adare, 5. Josh Adams (Ballybrown), 6. Jerome Boylan Na Piarsaigh, 7. Finn Hourigan (Murroe/Boher), 8. Ciaran O Connor (Kilmallock), 9. Darragh Carroll (Newport), 10. Michael O Grady (Knockainey),11. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 12. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 13. Brian Ryan (South Liberties), 14. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry)(Captain), 15. Cian Magnier Flynn (Killeedy).

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24

Kilkenny and Waterford finished level in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on scoreline of Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 on Sunday August 7th at Croke Park.

Close call for the cats who fought off first championship defeat with a draw


Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kilkenny had to rely on a Walter Walsh goal to help them avoid a first championship defeat to Waterford since the 1959 All-Ireland final writes John Fogarty.

Propelled by remarkable displays by Pauric Mahony and Austin Gleeson, Waterford looked set for victory until Walsh and Colin Fennelly combined for a 69th minute goal to level the game. Although Mahony converted a free won by Jamie Barron, Conor Fogarty fired over from distance to draw the game for a 10th and final time.

Waterford were left to regret five straight wides in the closing stages when they had the initiative and beating Kilkenny almost everywhere on the field, especially in their own half when only Richie Hogan was truly performing.

Kilkenny led just once in the first half scorefest, the sides level on seven occasions. Waterford recovered quickly and were back in front within two minutes with a Pauric Mahony free and an Austin Gleeson point that came straight from a puck-out.

Shane Bennett’s running caused bother for the Kilkenny cover at times but the end product wasn’t sufficient. Jake Dillon struck wide in the 15th minute after a mazy sprint by Bennett. Richie Hogan, so elusively good in the first half, responded but the next three scores came at the other end as Waterford’s superior work-rate told its tale.

Kilkenny reacted with a hat-trick of points of their own yet Waterford cancelled that out with another purple spell, Gleeson finding the posts and the impeccable Mahony adding two frees from distance.

Kilkenny saw out the half with a trio of Reid frees and Waterford managed just one further point from another Mahony placed ball but Waterford deservedly remained ahead at the break, 0-13 to 0-12.

Scorers for Kilkenny: T.J. Reid (0-11, 10 frees, 1 65); R. Hogan (0-4); W. Walsh (1-1); C. Fogarty (0-2); C. Fennelly, M. Fennelly, E. Larkin (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony (0-12, 9 frees, 1 65); A. Gleeson (0-5); J. Dillon (0-2); K. Moran, M. Shanahan, P. Curran (0-1 each).

KILKENNY: E. Murphy; P. Murphy, J. Holden, S. Prendergast (c); P. Walsh, K. Joyce, C. Buckley; C. Fogarty, M. Fennelly; T.J. Reid, R. Hogan, W. Walsh; J.J. Farrell, J. Power, C . Fennelly
Subs for Kilkenny: E. Larkin for J.J. Farrell (46); L. Ryan for K. Joyce (52);

WATERFORD: S. O’Keeffe; S. Fives, B. Coughlan, N. Connors; C. Gleeson, T. de Burca, Philip Mahony; J Barron, K. Moran (c); M. Walsh, A. Gleeson, Pauric Mahony; C. Dunford, Shane Bennett, J. Dillon
Subs for Waterford: M. Shanahan for C. Dunford (h-t); P. Curran for Shane Bennett (53); B. O’Halloran for J. Dillon (66).

Referee: J. Owens (Wexford)

Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Kilkenny this Sunday in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final has being named as below.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Conners (Passage)
5. Tadgh de Burca (Clashmore Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
18. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
20. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
14. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

Kilkenny: E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C Buckley; C Fogarty, M Fennelly; W Walsh, TJ Reid, J Power; J Farrell, C Fennelly, R Hogan.

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They meet for a second successive year in the GAA hurling All-Ireland semi-final to decide who plays Galway or Tipperary in the final. Next Sunday’s throw-in at Croke Park will be at 3.30 and the game will be preceded by the Dublin-Limerick minor semi-final (1.30).
Kilkenny are bidding to reach the final for the 10th time in 11 years, having missed out in 2013. They are also seeking to reach the final for the 16th time in 19 seasons, having lost out in 2001-05-13 only. Their last All-Ireland semi-final defeat was in 2005 when they went down to Galway. Waterford are bidding to reach the final for the first time since 2008. They have since lost semi-finals in 2009-2010-2011-2015.

Kilkenny 1-25 Dublin 0-16 (Leinster semi-final)
Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22 (Leinster final)

TJ Reid 0-20 (0-14 frees, 0-2 ’65)
JJ Farrell 2-9
Richie Hogan 0-5
Walter Walsh 0-4
Conor Fogarty 0-4
Michael Fennelly 0-3
Cillian Buckley 0-2
Colin Fennelly 0-1
Padraig Walsh 0-1
Lester Ryan 0-1
John Power 0-1
Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13 (Munster final)
Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Pauric Mahony 0-20 (0-15 frees)
Austin Gleeson 0-10 (0-3 l/b)
Maurice Shanahan 1-4
Patrick Curran 0-5 (0-3 frees)
Kevin Moran 0-3
Shane Bennett 0-3
Jamie Barron 0-2
Jake Dillon 0-2
Brian O’Halloran 0-2
Michael Walsh 0-2
Philip Mahony 0-1
Darragh Fives 0-1

This will be the 12th championship meeting between Kilkenny and Waterford. Kilkenny won nine of the previous eleven to Waterford’s one while there was one draw. Waterford’s sole success came in the 1959 All-Ireland final replay.
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2013: Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16 after extra-time (Round 3 Qualifiers)
2011: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2009: Kilkenny 2-23 Waterford 3-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2008: Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13 (All-Ireland final)
2004: Kilkenny 3-12 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1998: Kilkenny 1-11 Waterford 1-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1963: Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8 (All-Ireland final)
1959: Waterford 3-12 Kilkenny 1-10 (All-Ireland final replay)
1959: Waterford 1-17 Kilkenny 5-5 (All-Ireland final draw)
1957: Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12 (All-Ireland final)

2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18
2014: Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17
2012: Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15
2011: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16
2010: Kilkenny 3-22 Cork 0-19
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18
2011: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16
2010: Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18
2009: Kilkenny 2-23 Waterford 3-15
2008: Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18

Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18 (2015 All-Ireland semi-final)
A goal by TJ Reid in the 17th minute set Kilkenny on their way to a 1-9 to 0-10 lead at half-time. They led by three points with 15 minutes remaining before adding another four points while Waterford could manage only one.

Kilkenny: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Joey Holden, Shane Prendergast; Padraig Walsh, Kieran Joyce, Cillian Buckley (0-1), Michael Fennelly (0-1), Conor Fogarty; Walter Walsh, Richie Hogan (0-5), TJ Reid (1-9, 0-7 frees); Ger Aylward (0-4), Colin Fennelly, Eoin Larkin (0-1).
Sub: J Power for W Walsh

Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Tadhg De Burca, Austin Gleeson (0-3, 0-1 line ball), Philip Mahony; Jamie
Barron, Darragh Fives; Kevin Moran (0-1), Shane Bennett (0-1), Jake Dillon; Maurice Shanahan 0-9 (0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65’), Michael Walsh, Colin Dunford (0-4).
Subs: Patrick Curran for Dillon; Stephen Bennett for Shane Bennett.

Waterford 0-14 Kilkenny 0-10 (Allianz Hurling League, 14 February 2016, Walsh Park)
Waterford shot 18 wides but still managed to win in the opening round of the League on a cold, windy afternoon. Waterford led by 0-8 t0 0-6 at half-time.

Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Austin Gleeson, Darragh Five, Philip Mahony; Colin Dunford, Jamie Barron; Kevin Moran, Shane Bennett, Michael Walsh; Patrick Curran, Maurice Shanahan, Jake Dillon.
Sub: Brian O’Halloran for Curran.

Kilkenny: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Joey Holden, Shane Prendergast; Padraig Walsh, Kieran Joyce, Diarmuid Cody; Cillian Buckley, Conor Fogarty; Walter Walsh, Richie Hogan, TJ Reid; JJ Farrell, Colin Fennelly, Mark Kelly.
Sub: James Maher for Kelly.

* This will be the 17th time that Brian Cody has led Kilkenny into the All-Ireland semi-final since taking over as manager for the 1999 season. They have won 14 of the previous 16, with their only defeats coming against Galway in 2001 and 2005. 2013 was the only season they didn’t qualify for the semi-final under Cody.

*Waterford are seeking their first championship win over Kilkenny since the 1959 All-Ireland final replay.

*Kilkenny’s last defeat in an All-Ireland semi-final was against Galway in 2005. Since then they won in 2006-07-08-09-10-11-12-14-15. They missed out in 2013, having been beaten by Cork in the quarter-finals.

*Kilkenny’s 2016 League and Championship record is as follows: Played 9, Won 7, Lost 2.

*Waterford’s 2016 League and Championship record is as follows: Played 11; Won 6, Drew 2, Lost 3.