Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 2 – Clare 3-21 Waterford 2-14

Clare defeated Waterford by 3-21 to 2-14 in Round 2 of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship on Sunday May 27th at Cusack Park Ennis.

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Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 2 – Tipperary 4-15 Cork 1-14

Tipperary defeated Cork by 4-15 to 1-14 in Round 2 of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship on Sunday May 27th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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Munster S.H.C. – Clare 2-27 Waterford 2-18

Clare defeated Waterford by 2-27 to 2-18 in Round 2 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday May 27th at Cusack Park Ennis.

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Munster SHC: Clare outclass Waterford

Munster Senior Hurling Championship


Report By Eoin Brennan for GAA.ie

Clare got their Munster Championship bid up-and-running in style when powering past an injury-ravaged Waterford in front of 13,736 in Cusack Park, Ennis.

Home advantage was certainly influential for the Banner to unearth their best provincial championship display since reaching the 2008 Munster decider as they bounced back superbly from their opening loss to Cork with a determined display.

John Conlon was the home side’s undoubted talisman when not only scoring 1-3 but also earning the match-altering penalty at the end of the opening quarter.

Peter Duggan fired 1-10 from placed balls while Tony Kelly revelled in the freedom of home soil with six points from play on their way to only a third provincial victory in 14 outings.

In contrast, it was a truly forgettable championship bow for last year’s All-Ireland finalists who along with having to concede second best, were further depleted by a succession of injuries along with a red card for captain Kevin Moran midway through the second half.

Starting without Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony, Derek McGrath’s side also lost four defensive options to injury as Tadgh de Burca, Noel Connors, Darragh Fives and Barry Coughlan all had to be replaced throughout a dispiriting afternoon.

The visitors had started well with the aid of the conditions which contributed to their opening goal in the ninth minute when a Stephen O’Keeffe puck-out was gathered by Tom Devine, only to see his shot repelled by goalkeeper Donal Tuohy. Maurice Shanahan was quickest to react to fire the rebound to the net and give his side a 1-4 to 0-3 lead.

The loss of de Burca allied to a home penalty in the 17th minute saw the pendulum swing decisively towards the home side however as John Conlon was felled on his way to goal for Peter Duggan to fire to the top left corner of the net and ignite Clare into action.

Shane O’Donnell dispossessed Barry Coughlan with a shoulder to snatch an inspirational point while a second goal soon followed as Conlon shrugged off two challenges before firing past goalkeeper O’Keeffe from close range at 2-6 to 1-6 by the 23rd minute.

Gathering momentum, four further points, three from Duggan, lifted the hosts seven clear. And while Waterford did lower the half-time arrears to just five at 2-11 to 1-09, it would be accompanied by a back injury for Noel Connors that ruled him out of the second half.

Clare’s bright start on the restart through Tony Kelly (2) and Conlon was cancelled out by a goal from substitute Tommy Ryan by the 42nd minute. However, any hopes of a Waterford revival were soon quashed when spinal defenders Darragh Fives and Barry Coughlan had to replaced through injury while Kevin Moran followed them into the dressing room in the 48th minute when receiving a straight red from referee Paud O’Dwyer.

With that, Duggan punished Waterford from frees while Tony Kelly, John Conlon and Colm Galvin fended off any insurgency from Stephen Bennett who largely carried the torch for his side in a difficult second half.

Indeed, the result was known from a long way off as Clare held a double figure lead for much of the final quarter on their way to a rousing first win.

Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 1-10 (1-0 pen, 9f, 1’65), Tony Kelly 0-6, John Conlon 1-3, Jamie Shanahan, Colm Galvin 0-2 each, David Fitzgerald, Conor McGrath, Shane O’Donnell, and David Reidy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Maurice Shanahan 1-6 (6fs), Tommy Ryan 1-1, Stephen Bennett and Jake Dillon 0-2 each, Tadgh de Burca, Conor Gleeson, Philip Mahony, Tom Devine, Kevin Moran, Jamie Barron, and DJ Foran 0-1 each.

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Jack Browne, David McInerney, Patrick O’Connor; David Fitzgerald, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Conor McGrath, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell.
Subs: Podge Collins for McGrath (60), Seadna Morey for Malone (64), Niall Deasy for Reidy (65), Mikey O’Neill for O’Donnell (67), Daragh Corry for Conlon (68)

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Barry Coughlan, Shane Fives, Noel Connors; Philip Mahony, Tadhg de Burca, Darragh Fives; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson; Kevin Moran, Maurice Shanahan, Jake Dillon; Michael Walsh, Tom Devine, Shane McNulty
Subs: Colm Roche for de Burca (14, inj), Stephen Bennett for Connors (HT, inj), DJ Foran for Walsh (HT), Tommy Ryan for D. Fives (38, inj), Ian Kenny for Coughlan (45, inj).

REFEREE: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)

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WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Tadhg de Burca, Darragh Fives, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson; Kevin Moran, Tom Devine, Jake Dillon; Maurice Shanahan, Michael Walsh, Shane McNulty

Clare: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O’Connor, Conor Cleary, Jack Browne; Seada Morey, David McInerney, David Fitzgerald; Colm Gavin, Tony Kelly; Cathal Malone, John Conlon, David Reidy; Conor McGrath, Peter Duggan, Shane O’Donnell.
Subs: Andrew Fahy, Cian Dillon, Jason McCarthy, Jamie Shanahan, Mikey O’Malley, Ryan Taylor, Niall Deasy, Ian Galvin, Mikey O’Neill, Podge Collins, Darragh Corry.

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Munster Magic – Patrick O’Connor

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Fixture Details

27.05.2018 (Sun)
Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2
Cusack Park, Ennis 15:30
Clare v Port Láirge
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)


This will be the first Munster senior hurling championship games played in Cusack Park, Ennis since 1997 when Clare beat Kerry by 3-24 to 1-6 in the quarter-final.

2016: Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
2013: Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15 (Munster quarter-final)
2012: Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18 (Munster semi-final)
2010: Waterford 0-22 Clare 1-15 (2010 Munster semi-final)
2008: Clare 2-26 Waterford 0-23 (Munster quarter-final)

The counties met in this year’s Allianz League in Ennis in Walsh Park on March 11 when Waterford won by 1-23 to 1-20 on a day when Patrick Curran scored 1-13 (0-9 frees) for the winners. Waterford were later relegated from 1A while Clare finished fourth in the table before losing the quarter-final after a free-taking shoot-out with Limerick after the game was level following two periods of extra-time. After being relegated from Division 1A of the Allianz League, Waterford will be having their first outing in the championship, while Clare lost their opening game to Cork last Sunday. Derek McGrath is in his fifth season as Waterford manager while the Gerry O’Connor/ Donal Moloney partnership is in its second year at the Banner helm.

Munster S.H.C. – Tipperary 2-20 Cork 1-23

Tipperary and Cork played out a 2-20 to 1-23 draw in Round 2 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday May 27th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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Munster SHC: Tipp finish strongly to earn draw


Report by Denis Hurley for GAA.ie

Substitute Jake Morris earned Tipperary their first point of the Munster SHC round-robin as his injury-time equaliser secured a draw against Cork at Semple Stadium on Sunday.

In a pulsating game, Cork looked to have done enough to secure a second straight win as late points from Séamus Harnedy and Shane Kingston (two) gave them a cushion following an excellent Tipperary fightback.

When Anthony Nash saved brilliantly to deny John O’Dwyer a goal, it looked as if it wouldn’t be Tipp’s day, but points from Jason Forde and John McGrath gave them hope. Even still, the equaliser looked to be elusive as Seán O’Donoghue blocked down O’Dwyer and Noel McGrath shot wide, but at the very end, Morris – with his first touch – fired over after Cork uncertainty. After a brief wait for clarification from the score-adjudication system, the point was awarded and that was that.

Cork had begun at a break-neck pace, with seven unanswered points inside 14 minutes as they operated at a tempo that Tipp couldn’t deal with. Daniel Kearney, nominally wing-forward, was everywhere, chipping in with two points while captain Séamus Harnedy had three and was fouled for another, the free converted by Patrick Horgan.

In the midst of all of that, Tipp should have had a goal with one of their few cohesive attacking movements. Séamus Callanan’s good crossfield ball found John McGrath on the run and he fed Patrick Maher, but while most of thee 22,456 in attendance prepared for the net to dance, Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash pulled off a wonderful save.

However, Nash could do nothing to drive Jason Forde’s drive on 14 after he picked up a loose ball when Patrick Maher was blocked down, and quick points in the wake of that from Brendan Maher and Noel McGrath left just two in it all of a sudden.

When a Horgan shot was waved wide after consultation, Patrick Maher reduced that gap to just on after winning the puckout, but Cork came stronger again.

They reeled off another five points in a row, Shane Kingston really coming to the fore with two points from searching deliveries, while Harnedy, Horgan and Kearney continued their impressive output.

After Noel McGrath’s second left it 0-13 to 14, Kingston struck for a Cork goal. When he won the ball from a Nash puckout, he exchanged passes with the ever-lively Darragh Fitzgibbon and, though he looked to have been dispossessed as he came in from the left, he managed to get his shot in, beating Brian Hogan from a narrow angle.

The nine-point advantage still pertained at half-time, Cork 1-15 to 1-6 to the good, but Tipp – with John O’Dwyer on – responded strongly at the outset of the second half, putting together five points in a row, three from Forde with the McGrath brothers getting one each.

Horgan ended Cork’s drought with a free after he had been fouled himself and Conor Lehane got on the scoresheet after Luke Meade had blocked down a Séamus Kennedy clearance.

When the next four points were shared, Cork looked to have settled again, but a good Tipp move ended in a second goal, O’Dwyer and Forde feeding Noel McGrath for a good low finish across Nash.

Bill Cooper moved Cork four in front again but Tipp were coming. Nash had to be quick off his line to deny O’Dwyer a shot, however points from Forde (65), O’Dwyer and John McGrath (two) had the home side level by the 60th minute.

That was how it finished, but not without plenty more twists and turns in the final 10 minutes.

Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 1-6 (4fs, 265s), Noel McGrath 1-3, John McGrath 0-5, Brendan Maher, Billy McCarthy, Patrick Maher, Séamus Callanan, Jake Morris, John O’Dwyer 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Shane Kingston 1-5, Séamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan (2fs) 0-5 each, Daniel Kearney 0-4, Bill Cooper, Conor Lehane 0-2 each.

TIPPERARY: Brian Hogan; Seán O’Brien, Séamus Kennedy, Michael Cahill; Joe O’Dwyer, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Billy McCarthy; Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath, Dan McCormack; Séamus Callanan, Jason Forde, John McGrath.
Subs: John O’Dwyer for Patrick Maher (HT), Jake Morris for Callanan, Ger Browne for McCarthy (both 70).

CORK: Anthony Nash; Seán O’Donoghue, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Mark Ellis, Christopher Joyce, Mark Coleman; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper; Luke Meade, Conor Lehane, Daniel Kearney; Séamus Harnedy, Shane Kingston, Patrick Horgan.
Subs: Brian Lawton for Meade (54), Tim O’Mahony for Kearney (59), Jamie Coughlan for Kingston (70).

REFEREE: John Keenan (Wicklow).

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Ticket Prices – Senior and Minor Hurling Round-Robin Championship Matches

Adult: Stand €20, Terrace €15
Under 16s: €5 all areas
Student/OAP: Concession of €5 with valid ID prior to entry at the designated stile.

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John Meyler – Munster Magic

Fixture Details

27.05.2018 (Sun)
Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2
Semple Stadium, Thurles 14:00
Tiobraid Árann v Corcaigh
Referee: John Keenan (Cill Mhantáin)

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Tipperary: Brian Hogan; Sean O’Brien, Seamus Kennedy, Michael Cahill; Joe O’Dwyer, Ronan Maher, Padriac Maher (capt); Brendan Maher, Billy McCarthy; Dan McCormack, Noel McGrath, Patrick McGrath; Seamus Callanan, Jason Forde, John McGrath

Tipperary v Cork

They meet in the championship for the 86th time, with Tipperary leading 39-38, with seven draws and one abandoned game from the previous 85.

2017: Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 (Munster quarter-final)
2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2012: Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24 (Munster semi-final)
2011: Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 (Munster quarter-final)
2010: Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14 (Munster quarter-final)

The counties made contrasting starts to the ‘Round Robin’ campaign last Sunday when Cork beat Clare (2-23 to 1-21) while Tipperary lost to Limerick (1-23 to 2-14). Tipperary beat Cork by 1-24 to 1-21 in their Allianz League clash Semple Stadium in March. Pat Horgan scored 1-10 (0-8 frees, 1-0 penalty) for Cork while Jason Forde scored 0-12 (0-7 frees for Tipperary). Cork’s win over Tipperary last year was the first time they had beaten the Premier county in Thurles since 2006. Michael Ryan (Tipperary) is in his second season as Tipperary manager while John Meyler is in his first year with Cork.