Munster Senior Hurling Championship – Cork 2-23 Clare 1-21

Cork defeated Clare by 2-23 to 1-21 in Round 1 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday May 20th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


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Munster SHC: Clare sunk by late Cork surge

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

CORK 2-23 CLARE 1-21

Report By Denis Hurley for GAA.ie

A late surge in an extended period of injury time saw Cork over the line in their Munster SHC opener against Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday.

With the game having been held up after an injury to Cork’s Robbie O’Flynn, 11 minutes of injury time were signalled at the end of a second half during which the sides had been neck and neck for the most part. However, when they were needed, Cork got the scores required.

Clare started at a frantic pace, with John Conlon putting them ahead within 17 seconds of the start while Colm Galvin and Peter Duggan were also on target.

The home side soon settled though as Patrick Horgan converted a free in the fifth minute before Mark Coleman landed a long-range effort and they were level when Horgan pointed a free from halfway on seven minutes.

While another Duggan free put Clare ahead again, Cork found their groove with scores from Horgan – two, one a free – and championship debutant O’Flynn to lead 0-6 to 0-4 after 16 minutes.

More than once, Clare threatened break though the Cork defence, but good defending from Damien Cahalane and Seán O’Donoghue was vital for the hosts, who had a goal chance of their own as Donal Tuohy had to save well from O’Flynn.

A scrappy half continued to ebb and flow with Cork just about keeping on top, Mark Coleman doing well to deny David Reidy a sight of goal on 25, though Colm Galvin did tie the game at 0-8 each on the half-hour.

Cork responded through Darragh Fitzgibbon and Séamus Harnedy before Tony Kelly pointed for Clare in injury time to leave just one in it at half-time. The same gap pertained by the 45th minute, when O’Flynn collided badly with team-mate Conor Lehane, necessitating a nine-minute hold-up as O’Flynn was attended to.

When the action did resume, Cork showed they hadn’t been rattled as O’Flynn’s replacement Shane Kingston launched a point attempt and, while that was heading wide, Horgan kept the ball in and Lehane produced a wonderful one-handed finish.

Horgan added his sixth point to put five in it, but Clare weren’t for lying down. The margin was reduced with points from David Reidy and Conlon and then they levelled as Shane O’Donnell’s lovely pass put Tony Kelly in, one touch taking the ball past goalkeeper Anthony Nash and the other firing to the net.

Cork had an instant response with two Horgan points, Reidy replying for Clare, and when Horgan pointed again, Kelly with a free and Colm Galvin tied the game again, 1-18 each, as injury time began.

When Cork won a free deep in their own half Horgan and Nash conferred on who should take it before Horgan sent over his tenth point of the game, quickly followed by scores from Harnedy and Lehane to leave it 1-22 to 1-19 but still with five minutes for Clare to find something.

John Conlon did get two more points for them, sandwiching a Cork score by Mark Ellis, but the game was made safe when Cork captain Harnedy netted their second goal in the 80th minute.



Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-10 (0-6 frees), Conor Lehane, Séamus Harnedy 1-2 each, Darragh Fitzgibbon 0-3, Mark Ellis 0-2, Mark Coleman, Bill Cooper, Robbie O’Flynn, Dean Brosnan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Tony Kelly 1-3 (0-1 free), John Conlon 0-5, Peter Duggan 0-4 (frees), Colm Galvin, David Reidy (0-2 frees) 0-3 each, Shane O’Donnell 0-2, Conor McGrath 0-1.

CORK: Anthony Nash (Kanturk); Seán O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), Colm Spillane (Castlelyons); Mark Ellis (Millstreet), Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Mark Coleman (Blarney); Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville), Bill Cooper (Youghal); Séamus Harnedy (St Ita’s), Conor Lehane (Midleton), Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields); Robbie O’Flynn (Erin’s Own), Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers), Luke Meade (Newcestown).
Cork Subs: Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr) for Kearney (34-half-time, blood), Shane Kingston (Douglas) for Meade (43), Tim O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum) for O’Flynn (54), Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers) for Kearney (68).

CLARE: Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); David McInerney (Tulla), Jack Browne (Ballyea), Séadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Patrick O’Connor (Tubber), Conor Cleary (St Patrick’s Miltown Malbay), David FitzGerald (Inagh/Kilnamona); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge), Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin), David Reidy (Éire Óg); Conor McGrath (Cratloe), John Conlon (Clonlara), Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg).
Clare Subs: Cian Dillon (Crusheen) for Browne (17-20, blood), Darragh Corry (Tulla) for Duggan (57), Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley) for O’Connor (70), Ian Galvin (Clonlara) for Reidy (70), Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge) for Colm Galvin (70).

Referee: Seán Cleere (Kilkenny)



Match Preview


Team News

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Pat O’Connor, Conor Cleary, Jack Browne; David Fitzgerald, David McInerney, Seadna Morey; Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly; Cathal Malone, John Conlon, David Reidy; Conor McGrath, Peter Duggan, Shane O’Donnell.


Video Preview – Cork Manager John Meyler


Video Preview – Clare Joint Manager Gerry O’Connor


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Munster Senior Football Q-Final – Tipperary 0-20 Waterford 0-9

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 0-20 to 0-9 in the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday May 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Munster SFC: Tipperary march on

Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final

TIPPERARY 0-20 WATERFORD 0-9

Report By John Fallon at Semple Stadium

Tipperary advanced to a Munster SFC semi-final date with Cork next Saturday after scoring a deserved victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

Liam Kearns’ men were always on top during the contest and pulled away after the interval with a string of points. Waterford, in fairness, never gave up and rallied in the final quarter, but it was a matter of closing the gap rather than staging a comeback which would trouble the home side.

Tipperary led by 0-6 to 0-0 before Gavin Crotty finally opened the Waterford’s account in th 28th minute. That score lifted Waterford and they got some hope when Tommy Prendergast landed two excellent points from play before the break. It left Waterford trailing by 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time but Tipperary took charge after the restart.

They upped a gear and with Liam McGrath leading the way, they struck for six points in a blistering 11 minute spell. Michael Quinlivan fisted two efforts, McGrath struck a free and one from play and Kevin O’Halloran got his second point of the game with another fine effort.

Points from Liam Boland and Josh Keane pushed the lead out to 0-15 to 0-3 after 50 minutes and a landslide victory looked on the cards. Jason Lonergan and Philip Austin extended Tipperary’s lead, but Waterford battled to the end.

Jason Curry landed a sideline from the left for an excellent point and he also got a free, with Conor Murray and Hutchinson also finding the range for a battling Waterford side.

Tipperary continued to pick off good scores right to the end and while they never looked like finding the net, the Premier County landed enough points to ease to victory.

Scorers for Tipperary: Liam McGrath 0-9 (7fs), Michael Quinlivan 0-3, Kevin O’Halloran 0-2, Philip Austin, Jason Longeran, Jimmy Feehan, Jack Kennedy, Josh Keane, Liam Boland 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Jason Curry 0-3 (1f, 1 sideline), Stephen Prendergast and Gavin Crotty 0-2 each, Conor Murray and JJ Hutchinson 0-1 each.

TIPPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Shane O’Connell, John Meagher, Alan Campbell; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan; Liam Casey, Jack Kennedy; Josh Keane, Kevin O’Halloran, Brian Fox; Liam Boland, Michael Quinlivan, Liam McGrath.
Subs: Steven O’Brien for Kennedy (44), Philip Austin for O’Halloran (46), Kevin Fahey for Maher (50), Jason Lonergan for Quinlivan (54), Paddy Codd for Meagher (57), George Hannigan for Casey (65).

WATERFORD: Stephen Enright; James McGrath, Brian Looby, Aidan Trihy; Dylan Guiry, Stephen Prendergast, Billy O’Keefe; Tommy Prendergast, Michael Curry; Conor Murray, Shane Ryan, Kieran Power; Gavin Crotty, Joey Veale, JJ Hutchinson.
Subs: Jason Curry for O’Keefe (29), Craig Guiry for Veale (44), Joe Allen for McGrath (57, BC), Michael Kiely for Power (67), Mark Cummins for Trihy (71), Eoin O’Brien for Hutchinson (71).

REFEREE: Fergal Kelly (Longford)


Ticket Information

Adult Pre Purchase: €15.00
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Juveniles/U16’s: Free
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Match Preview


Team News


Video Preview – Waterford Manager Tom McGlinchey


Munster Senior Football Q-Final – Clare 1-23 Limerick 0-14

Clare defeated Limerick by 1-23 to 0-14 in the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday May 19th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Match Highlights


Munster SFC: Kieran Malone inspires Clare

Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final

CLARE 1-23 LIMERICK 0-14

Report By Declan Rooney at the Gaelic Grounds

Clare will meet Kerry in the Munster football semi-final after the brilliant Kieran Malone led them to the win over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds.

Limerick were well behind after the first quarter, but with Danny Neville and Jamie Lee in form they only trailed by five at the break, but after Eimhin Courtney settled Clare, six points from five substitutes helped Clare over the finish line with ease.

Eoin Cleary curled over a lovely score after three minutes to start the scoring, and his forward colleagues Keelan Sexton and David Tubridy soon matched his tally to make it 0-3 to 0-0 after five minutes.



A foul on Jamie Lee allowed Sean McSweeney to get Limerick on the board, but Clare’s response was emphatic as Pearse Lillis, Jamie Malone and Cleary all found the target again – and only a great save from Donal O’Sullivan denied Kieran Malone a goal.

But the Limerick defence was being carved open too easily, and after 18 minutes Kieran Malone exchanged passes with Jamie Malone, and Kieran round the net after his initial effort was well saved by O’Sullivan.

With Gary Brennan and Cathal O’Connor in control at midfield Clare were well on top at that stage, but to their credit Limerick responded with a couple of good scores as Jamie Lee and Danny Neville struck to trim the gap to six points.

A third Cleary score looked to have restored the natural order of the half nine minutes from the break, but with Lee and Neville instrumental, Limerick kept in touch.

A free from McSweeney saw them hit back straight away, before Lee and Neville pointed again, which was followed by a great Paul White score to put a goal between the sides after 28 minutes.

A great stop from Eamonn Tubridy halted Limerick’s run five minutes from the break, as points from Kieran Malone and David Tubridy, put Clare 1-9 to 0-7 ahead at half-time.



A foul and some dissent from Eoghan Collins allowed Lee to close the gap to four points early in the second-half, and by the 40thminute McSweeney pointed to put just a goal between the sides.

But Clare finally found their feet again after 13 barren minutes. Eimhin Courtney landed a great score, which was followed by four more unanswered points for Clare, with two of them coming from Cleary. From there to the end it was a canter for Clare as substitute Gearoid O’Brien and Kerian Malone landed efforts in a 12 point win.

Scorers for Clare: Kieran Malone 1-3, Eoin Cleary 0-5(0-5), David Tubridy 0-3 (1f), Eimhin Courtney 0-2, Conor Finucane 0-2, Conal Ó nAinifein, Pearse Lillis, Cathal O’Connor, Keelan Sexton, Gearoid O’Brien, Gavin Cooney, Martin O’Leary, and Jamie Malone 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Sean McSweeney 0-5 (5fs), Jamie Lee 0-3 (1f), Danny Neville 0-2, Josh Ryan 0-3 (2fs), Paul White 0-1.

CLARE: Eamon Tubridy; Gordon Kelly, Cillian Brennan, Eoghan Collins; Cian O’Dea, Aaron Fitzgerald, Pearse Lillis; Garry Brennan, Cathal O’Connor; Kieran Malone, Eoin Cleary, Jamie Malone; Eimhin Courtney, Keelan Sexton, David Tubridy.
Subs: Subs: Conal Ó nAinifein for Kelly (42), Gearoid O’Brien for Sexton (58), Eanna O’Connor for Collins (69), Gavin Cooney for D Tubridy (64), Conor Finucane for K Malone (66), Martin O’Leary for Courtney (67).

LIMERICK: Donal O’Sullivan; Gareth Noonan, Sean O’Dea, David Connolly; Paul Maher, Cillian Fahy, Gordon Browne; Darragh Treacy, Patrick Begley; Peter Nash, Michael Fitzgibbon, Paul White; Sean McSweeney, Danny Neville, Jamie Lee Seamus.
Subs: Iain Corbett for Nash (44 BC), Josh Ryan for Begley (49), Killian Ryan for Lee (54), Davy Lyons for Fitzgibbon (61), Daniel Daly for Browne (61), Padraig Scanlon for Neville (64).

REFEREE: Noel Mooney (Cavan).


Ticket Information

Adult Pre Purchase: €15.00
Adult Match Day: €20.00
Juveniles/U16’s: Free
Students/Seniors will receive a €5.00 concession on Full Price Tickets with valid id prior to entry at the designated stile.

This is an unreserved seating fixture.


Video – Clare Manager Colm Collins


Video – Limerick Manager Billy Lee


Team News

CLARE: Eamon Tubridy; Gordon Kelly, Cillian Brennan, Eoghan Collins; Pearse Lillis, Aaron Fitzgerald, Cian O’Dea; Gary Brennan, Cathal O’Connor; Kieran Malone, Eoin Cleary, Jamie Malone; Eibhin Courtney, Keelan Sexton, David Tubridy.



Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 1 – Cork 0-26 Clare 3-13

Cork defeated Clare by 0-26 to 3-13 in Round 1 of the the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship on Sunday May 20th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


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Team News

Munster Super 10’s FÉ 15 Competition for Club Teams

WHAT IS HAPPENING?
The Munster Super 10’s is a competition run by Munster Coaching & Games for clubs throughout the Province.
It is played at 10 a side with a panel of 12 players and is open to all clubs with a choice to play football or hurling.
The games are fast, action packed and competitive. The novelty of playing 10 a side has proven a big hit with the players as it is a refreshing change to the 15 a side game.
To get a flavour of the action, click here (Ignore the dates on the video)


WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?
The competition starts with a blitz day on the 26th May involving 4 teams at a central location. Clubs have to be open to travel but the venues and groups will be devised to limit travel where possible while giving clubs the opportunity to play against unfamiliar opposition.


WHAT FORMAT IS USED?
Each club plays 3 games on the day and the group winners will advance to the finals in Mallow on the 16th June.
Games are played at 10 a side and the games are played 21 to 21 using u12 size portable goal posts.
The games are approximately 12 minutes per half but after playing 3 games this is more than adequate. Clubs are asked to guarantee all players a minimum of 30 minutes playing time.
All group winners will receive a specially commissioned training top while the outright winning teams in both codes will receive gear bags for all 12 squad members and a set of goal posts for their club.


HOW TO ENTER?
Clubs should contact their local GDA if they have any questions on this event.
If happy to enter, then just complete the form below.!
However, before you enter, please check that all your players will be available on the day and that you are prepared to travel.
In previous years, clubs pulled out at the last minute which is very unfair on the host clubs and other teams in the group. Therefore it is important to have your homework done before completing this form.


THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS THE 1st May
No entries can be accepted after this point.

To enter, complete the entry form

Munster Senior Camogie Championship Final – Cork 0-19 Tipperary 0-6

Cork defeated Tipperary by 0-19 to 0-6 in the Munster Senior Camogie Championship Final on Saturday May 26th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.



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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Team News

Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Cork 1-17 Tipperary 0-9

Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-17 to 0-9 in the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final on Saturday May 26th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Match Highlights


Munster SFC: Cork sweep aside Tipperary

CORK 1-17 TIPPERARY 0-9

Report By Daragh Small for GAA.ie

Tipperary never recovered from the concession of a Colm O’Neill goal five minutes before half-time as Cork easily qualified for a provincial final against either Kerry or Clare on Saturday 23 June.

Playing just seven days on from their quarter-final win over Waterford, Tipperary never held the lead in this Semple Stadium clash and now have to be satisfied with a qualifier run for the remainder of the summer.

For Cork, Luke Connolly was in inspired form from the off and his six first-half points played a huge role in his side’s superiority, while the Nemo Rangers man added another four in the second-half, which helped Cork into a seventh Munster football final in the last eight years.

Cork’s last win in a provincial final came in 2012 when they defeated Clare. They have not beaten arch rivals Kerry in the decider for ten years, but on this showing they could well threaten either side in the final.

Points from Connolly and Sean White got them off to a great start in Thurles, and despite Michael Quinlivan kicking Tipp’s first after 11 minutes, the powerful full-forward was crucially denied by a great save from Mark White a minute later.

Jack Kennedy’s free did allow Tipperary to level matters, but Connolly landed his side’s next three points, before he sent O’Neill in for the crucial goal and Cork led 1-8 to 0-4 at the interval.

The home crowd might have hoped that half-time would bring about a turn in fortunes, but instead Cork continued to dominate. Connolly added two frees while Collins landed his second of the game, but finally Liam McGrath brought the deficit back to nine points when he scored 19 minutes from time.

Subs Philip Austin and Liam Boland also got on the scoresheet for Tipperary to cut the gap to five points with ten to go, but Connolly and Paul Kerrigan stepped up with settling scores to put a halt to the Tipperary recovery.

And there was still time for the brilliant Connolly to bring his tally to ten points – he landed five from play and then five in a row from placed balls – while Collins and Kerrigan bulked up their tallies in the closing stages to send Cork into the final, where they’ll look to claim a 38th provincial crown.

Scorers for Cork: Luke Connolly 0-10 (0-5f); Colm O’Neill 1-0; Mark Collins 0-3; Paul Kerrigan 0-2; Sean White & Brian Hurley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Liam McGrath 0-5 (0-4f); Michael Quinlivan, Jack Kennedy (0-1f), Liam Boland & Philip Austin 0-1 each.

CORK: Mark White; Kevin Crowley, Jamie O’Sullivan, Kevin Flahive; Sean White, Stephen Cronin, Tomas Clancy; Aidan Walsh, Ian Maguire; Kevin O’Driscoll, Mark Collins, Ruairi Deane; John O’Rourke, Colm O’Neill, Luke Connolly
Subs: Brian Hurley for O’Neill (47), Ronan O’Toole for O’Driscoll (56), Peter Kelleher for Walsh (58), Paul Kerrigan for O’Rourke (58), James Loughrey for Sean White (63), Matthew Taylor for Clancy (68).

TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Stephen O’Connell, John Meagher, Alan Campbell; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan; Liam Casey, Jack Kennedy; Josh Keane, Steven O’Brien, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney Michael Quinlivan, Liam McGrath
Subs: Philip Austin for Feehan (35), Kevin Fahey for Kiely (46), Liam Boland for Casey (49), Jason Lonergan for Keane (67), Kevin O’Halloran for Sweeney (67).

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow).



Match Preview



Cork Manager Ronan McCarthy Interview


Ticket Information

Adult Pre Purchase: €15.00
Adult Match Day: €20.00
Juveniles/U16’s: Free
Students/Seniors will receive a €5.00 concession on Full Price Tickets with valid id prior to entry at the designated stile.

This is an unreserved seating fixture.


Fixture Details

26.05.2018 (Sat)
Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:00
Tiobraid Árann v Corcaigh
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

CORK (Munster SFC semi-final v Tipperary): M White (Clonakilty); K Crowley (Millstreet), J O’Sullivan (Bishopstown), K Flahive (Douglas); S White (Clonakilty), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers), T Clancy (Fermoy); A Walsh (Kanturk), I Maguire (St Finbarr’s); K O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), M Collins (Castlehaven), R Deane (Bantry Blues); J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), C O’Neill (Ballyclough), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers).
Subs: A Casey (Kiskeam), S Ryan (St Finbarr’s), J Loughrey (Mallow), M Taylor (Mallow), C Kiely (Ballincollig), R O’Toole (Éire Óg), P Kelleher (Kilmichael), C Vaughan (Iveleary), M Hurley (Castlehaven), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s), B Hurley (Castlehaven), P Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers).

TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Shane O’Connell, John Meagher, Alan Campbell; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan; Liam Casey, Jack Kennedy; Josh Keane, Kevin O’Halloran, Brian Fox; Liam Boland, Michael Quinlivan, Liam McGrath.


CORK V TIPPERARY

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2017: Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9 (Munster semi-final)
2016: Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
2014: Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11 (Munster semi-final)
2007: Cork 2-18 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster semi-final)
2002: Cork 1-23 Tipperary 0-7 (Munster final) – Replay

They meet for a third successive year, with Tipperary winning in 2016 and Cork edging to victory by a point last year. Tipperary beat Waterford by 0-20 to 0-9 in the quarter-final last Saturday. Cork, who are having their first outing, finished fifth in Division 2 this year, winning three and losing four of seven games. Liam Kearns is in his third season as Tipperary manager while Ronan McCarthy is leading Cork in the championship for the first time. The winners will play Kerry or Clare in the Munster final on June 23.

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.


Match Highlights


Munster SHC: Clare outclass Waterford

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

CLARE 2-27 WATERFORD 2-18

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)



Video Match Preview


Team News

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

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Waterford Selector Eoin Murphy Interview


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)


CLARE V WATERFORD

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.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
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.