Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 4 – Tipperary 2-14 Clare 1-12

Tipperary defeated Clare by 2-14 to 1-12 in Round 4 of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship on Sunday June 10th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 – Waterford 3-14 Wexford 1-18

Waterford defeated Wexford by 3-14 to 1-18 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 on Saturday June 9th at Innovate Wexford Park.

Match Highlights

All Ireland SFC Qualifier: Waterford earn victory


By Ronan Fagan for GAA.ie

Goals from Shane Ryan, JJ Hutchinson and substitute Joe Allen powered Waterford to a shock Round 1 All-Ireland SFC Qualifier victory over neighbours Wexford at sunny Innovate Wexford Park.

In only Waterford’s second-ever Qualifier success, and first since 2011, they ran the fancied home-side ragged to prevail in this historic first-ever Senior Football Championship confrontation between the counties.

Waterford sprung out of the traps to lead 0-2 to 0-1 before Wexford seemed to be finding their stride when Ben Brosnan, John Tubritt, Donal Shanley (free) and Eoghan Nolan asserted home control by 0-5 to 0-2 after 14 minutes.

But Waterford soon set the trend for on afternoon when they ruled as they exposed a porous Wexford rearguard for wing-back Shane Ryan to race through onto a pass from JJ Hutchinson and bury a levelling goal in the 15th-minute (1-2 to 0-5).

The rampant Deise maintained control, and although defender Ryan went agonisingly close to grabbing another goal, Waterford did apply a second major blow on 26 minutes when full-forward Hutchinson slotted a goal-of-the-season contender to help blow open a 2-7 to 0-7 advantage.

Wexford repaired some of the damage with closing scores from Brosnan (2) and Shanley (free) to close within 2-7 to 0-10 at half-time.

But Waterford had Wexford rocking again on 45 minutes when substitute Joe Allen completed a swift counter-attack with a tidy goal to stretch the gap to 3-9 to 0-11.

Wexford struggled to gain any traction as the sides shared the next ten points. But after having what seemed a perfectly legitimate goal disallowed, Wexford snapped back when centre-back Naomhan Rossiter netted his second goal of the campaign to cut the gap to 3-14 to 1-16 and hand Wexford a lifeline at the start of six minutes added-time.

But other than a couple of late Donal Shanley frees, the purple-and-gold were unable to make any further headway as Waterford deservedly savoured a rare profitable excursion in the Qualifiers.

Scorers for Waterford: Jason Curry 0-6 (5fs), JJ Hutchinson 1-2, Shane Ryan, Joe Allen 1-0 each, Conor Murray 0-3, Kieran Power 0-2, Tommy Prendergast 0-1.

Scorers for Wexford: Donal Shanley 0-9 (6fs), John Tubritt 0-4, Naomhan Rossiter 1-0, Ben Brosnan 0-3, Eoghan Nolan, Brian Malone 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: Stephen Enright, Aidan Trihy, Stephen Prendergast, James McGrath, Brian Looby, Michael Curry, Shane Ryan, Tommy Prendergast, Kieran Power, Gavin Crotty, Dylan Guiry, Conor Murray, Jason Curry, JJ Hutchinson, Jack Mullaney.
Subs: Joe Allen for Gavin Crotty (black-card, 40), Thomas O’Gorman for Kieran Power (51), Conor McCarthy for Conor Murray (70+3), Mark Cummins for Stephen Prendergast (black-card, 70+5).

WEXFORD: Conor Swaine, Michael Furlong, Eoin Porter, Conor Carty, Shane Doyle, Naomhan Rossiter, Tiarnan Rossiter, Brian Malone, Eoghan Nolan, James Stafford, Ben Brosnan, Glen Malone, David Shannon, Donal Shanley, John Tubritt.
Subs: Robert Frayne for David Shannon (HT), Martin O’Connor for Shane Doyle (HT), Nick Doyle for Eoghan Nolan (42), Barry O’Connor for Tiarnan Rossiter (48), Craig McCabe for Ben Brosnan (57), Donnacha Holmes for James Stafford (63).

REFEREE: Cormac Reilly (Meath).

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Waterford Senior Football team to play Wexford

1. Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty)
2. Jack Mullaney (Stradbally)
3. Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
4. James McGrath (The Nire) – Captain
5. Brian Looby (Ballinacourty)
6. Shane Ryan (The Nire)
7. Aidan Trihy (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
8. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
9. Michael Curry (Rathgormack)
10. Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan)
11. Kieran Power (Dungarvan)
12. Dylan Guiry (The Nire)
13. Jason Curry (Rathgormack)
14. JJ Hutchinson (Gaultier)
15. Conor Murray (Rathgormack)

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 4 – Waterford 2-17 Limerick 1-13

Waterford defeated Limerick by 2-17 to 1-13 in Round 4 of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship on Sunday June 10th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

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Munster S.H.C. – Limerick 2-26 Waterford 1-16

Limerick defeated Waterford by 2-26 to 1-16 in Round 4 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday June 10th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Munster SHC: Limerick ease past Waterford


Report By Declan Rooney for GAA.ie

Limerick cruised to victory and only need a draw against Clare to reach the Munster final after their dominant display against Waterford at the Gaelic Grounds.

This was their second win to add to the draw they claimed against Cork as first-half goals from Gearoid Hegarty and Graeme Mulcahy saw them sweep to victory.

John Kiely’s side worked their way into a 13-point lead by half-time and held that advantage to the finish line as Waterford rarely threatened the home side.

Pauric Mahony top scored for Waterford with ten points, while a second half goal from sub Tommy Ryan made no impact and their season came to an abrupt end.

After scoring a combined 4-40 in their two championship games to date, Waterford were quick out of the blocks and led by 0-2 to 0-1 after three minutes with Tom Devine and DJ Foran on target.

Without the suspended Aaron Gillane, Limerick called up Shane Dowling for his first appearance of the season, and he was unerring from placed balls in the first-half.

With both teams employing two-man full-forward lines and no sweeper on duty, the middle third was highly congested throughout, but it was a battleground that Limerick dominated. Lynch in particular was bright with three points before the break, while his colleague Darragh O’Donovan also slotted a sweet sideline cut.

At the back Limerick were very tight before half-time and kept Waterford to seven points at the break, with Mike Casey dominant in his duel with Stephen Bennett, while he was well flanked by the tight Richie English and Sean Finn.

Limerick were well on top with a 0-5 to 0-2 lead after nine minutes, and Gearoid Hegarty found the net after a brilliant move a minute later. It only took Limerick four minutes to add goal number two as Mulcahy pounced when Stephen O’Keeffe mis-controlled Seamus Flanagan effort.

Six points in a row underlined Limerick’s total dominance in the run up to half-time and they were well deserving of their 2-14 to 0-7 lead at that stage.

After a Pauric Mahony free to start the half, we had the bizarre sight of Waterford goalkeeper O’Keeffe scoring a point from play as he galloped up the right wing, but Limerick hit back with two of their own before sub Tommy Ryan crept in behind to throw Waterford a lifeline with his side’s first goal.

The Limerick lead was still ten points though, and three points in a row from the home side cancelled out that goal, while Dowling’s free taking easily saw Limerick over the line.

Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-15 (13f), Cian Lynch 0-3, Gearoid Hegarty 1-1, Graeme Mulchy 1-0, Tom Morrissey 0-2, Kyle Hayes 0-2, Darragh O’Donovan 0-1 (1’sl), Seamus Flanagan 0-1, David Dempsey 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-10 (9f), Tommy Ryan 1-0, DJ Foran 0-1, Stephen Bennett 0-1, Tom Devine 0-1, Maurice Shanahan 0-1, Stephen O’Keeffe 0-1, Mikey Kearney 0-1.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Tom Morrissey, Kyle Hayes, Gearoid Hegarty; Seamus Flanagan, Graeme Mulcahy, Shane Dowling
Subs: David Dempsey for Hegarty (54), Barry Murphy for Mulcahy (61), Willian O’Donoghue for O’Donovan (63), Barry Nash for Flanagan (68), Paul Browne for Lynch (68).

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Conor Gleeson, Noel Connors; Philip Mahony, Austin Gleeson, Michael Walsh; Stephen Roche, Jamie Barron; Kevin Moran, Pauric Mahony, DJ Foran; Tom Devine, Stephen Bennett, Patrick Curran
Subs: Shane McNulty for Fives (4), Maurice Shanahan for Curran (35), Tommy Ryan for Bennett (35), Jake Dillon for Roche (52), Mikey Kearney for Barron (65).

Referee: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny).

Munster Magic – Declan Hannon

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Munster S.H.C. – Clare 1-23 Tipperary 1-21

Clare defeated Tipperary by 1-23 to 1-21 in Round 4 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday June 10th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Match Highlights

Munster SHC: Clare knock Tipperary out of the Championship


Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

Tipperary are out of the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, and they’ll surely feel their exit was caused by the width of a post.

Leading by 1-19 to 0-18 with 65 minutes on the clock they fashioned a goal chance that surely would have buried Clare once and for all. Jake Morris’ shot was well struck but bounced back off the upright, and Clare went straight back down the field to score a goal of their own through Ian Galvin that gave them the surge of impetus they so badly needed to win the match.

Ian Galvin goal for Clare

There was still plenty of drama thereafter, most notably the two match-winning points from Peter Duggan, but there’s no doubt that Galvin’s goal was the key moment of the match.

Perhaps Tipperary, playing their fourth match in 21 days, also ran out of the legs in the final 15 minutes of the match when they were outscored by 1-6 to 0-2.

Before then they’d been the better team for long stretches of the match, producing their best performance of the Championship thus far by some margin.

For the very start there was a method and energy to their play that had been marked absent in previous matches.

Their forwards worked ferociously hard when they didn’t have the ball, and time and again Clare defenders were blocked, hooked, or forced to turn backwards and clear under pressure.

This had a domino effect throughout the field as Clare were unable to supply their dangerous inside-forwards with well delivered ball because they didn’t have enough time to get their heads up and pick a pass.

The Tipperary half-backs and midfield were getting on top of their men, and as the half wore on more and more of the play was flowing towards Clare’s goals.

Three points from Jason Forde, one of them from play, and a brilliant Roan Maher score from the sideline already had Tipperary three points to the good when they struck for the first goal of the match.

A Brian Hogan puck-out was broken by Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher into the path of Billy McCarthy who showed a clean pair of hells to David Fitzgerald before driving a brilliant shot to the right-hand corner of the Clare net past Donal Tuohy.

The Tipperary supporters erupted, finally their team were playing with the sort of flair and authority they have come to expect from them in recent years.

Further points Forde (2) and Cathal Barrett gave Tipperary further momentum as they opened up a seven point lead, and by now Clare were struggling badly.

Even when they did manage to create clear scoring opportunities, their finishing was letting them down.

The normally ultra-reliable Tony Kelly wasn’t even immune to this malaise, as he hit three wides in a row despite shooting under little direct pressure from a Tipperary marker.

The mood of the match suddenly changed though in the final 15 minutes of the half.

Now it was the Clare half-backs who were getting on top, and the Clare forwards who were forcing the Tipperary defence into errors by applying pressure.

Tipp began conceding lots of frees, and Peter Duggan punished them to the hilt, scoring six in the first half alone.

And when Tony Kelly began finding his range, scoring two points from play in as many minutes, there was now some real wind in Clare’s sails.

By the time the half-time whistle came Tipperary were beginning to look like a tired team, but they still held a four-point lead, 1-10 to 0-9.

They built on it at the start of the second half, as three points from Forde and an inspirational score from Paudie Maher moved them 1-14 to 0-10 ahead.

They could never quite shake off Clare though thanks to the metronomic accuracy of Duggan from frees, and when substitute Podge Collins started getting onto the ball the Banner County were given a new surge of momentum.

Tipperary were still doing just about enough to keep them at arms length, with points from Bonner Maher, John McGrath, Forde, and Seamus Callanan nudging them into a 1-19 to 0-17 lead by the 60th minute.

Then came that pivotal moment when Morris hit the post and Clare raced down the field to score a brilliantly worked goal.

Duggan won a hard ball and laid it off to Collins who got his head up and picked out the perfect pass to Ian Galvin.

The Clare sub showed great footwork to step back instead and then unleashed an unstoppable shot to the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

In that passage of play Tipperary also sustained the considerable blow of losing Brendan Maher to what looked like a serious knee injury, but it looked like they still might hold out when Callanan scored another point and then Jason Forde’s persistence forced David McInerney into conceding a point for over-carrying.

Forde hadn’t missed from a placed ball all day, but he mishit his shot and Tipperary’s advantage remained at two points.

Clare levelled the match two minutes into the five of allotted injury-time with a point from John Conlon and another Duggan free, but once more Tipp got their noses in front again thanks to Noel McGrath.

The Banner County simply refused to be denied though, and in the final two minutes of injury-time they scored three quick-fire points through Collins and the irrepressible Duggan (2).

This was a huge win for Clare hurling, their first over Tipperary in the Championship in 15 years and their first time to beat them in Semple Stadium in 90 years.

The character they showed to grind it out bodes well for the summer ahead.

Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 0-15 (13f), Ian Galvin 1-0, Podge Collins 0-3, John Conlon 0-2, Tony Kelly 0-2, Jack Browne 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 0-10 (8f, 1 ’65), Billy McCarthy 1-0, John McGrath 0-3, John McGrath 0-2, Seamus Callanan 0-2, Ronan Maher 0-1, Cathal Barrett 0-1, Padraic Maher 0-1, Patrick Maher 0-1.

TIPPERARY: Brian Hogan; Sean O’Brien, Seamus Kennedy, Donagh Maher; Joe O’Dwyer, Padraic Maher, Brendan Maher; Ronan Maher, Cathal Barrett; Dan McCormack, Patrick Maher, Billy McCarthy; Seamus Callanan, Jason Forde, John McGrath
Subs: Noel McGrath for Dan McCormack (9), Jake Morris for Patrick Bonner (60), Alan Flynn for Joe O’Dwyer (60), Willie Connors for Brendan Maher (67), John O’Dwyer for Billy McCarthy (70)

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O’Connor, David McInerney, Jack Browne; 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 Conor McGrath (38), Seadna Morey for David Fitzgerald (47), Ian Galvin for David Reidy (59), Jason McCarthy for Cathal Malone (62), Darragh Corry for Colm Galvin (64)

Ref: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)

Munster Magic – Michael Ryan

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

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

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EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-30 Limerick 0-5

Kerry defeated Limerick by 1-30 to 0-5 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Quarter-Final on Friday June 15th at Newcastlewest.

Kerry U20s crush Limerick by 28-points to book place in Munster semi-final

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 1-30 Limerick 0-5

The Kerry U20s, minus the services of David Clifford and Seán O’Shea, crushed Limerick to the tune of 28-points to book their place in the Munster semi-final.

Jack O’Connor’s starting 15 for this quarter-final assignment in Newcastlewest contained 14 players who had featured in either the 2016 or 2017 All-Ireland minor final wins. The majority of his bench, too, had at least one minor medal in the back pocket.

Limerick, minus their best player – Josh Ryan, similar to O’Shea and Clifford, played senior football in recent weeks – were in trouble right from the off.

Martin Horgan’s charges did not register their first score until the 17th minute. By this juncture, they had been hit for 11 points. They managed three points in the opening half and went scoreless from the 28th to the 62nd minute.

Fiachra Clifford, Cormac Linnane, Donal O’Sullivan (0-2) and Bryan Sweeney propelled the favourites five clear inside the opening seven minutes. That lead had doubled by the 12th minute, Linnane, half-back Daniel O’Brien, David Shaw and Clifford (0-2) terrorising the Treaty rearguard.

David Shaw rolled home the sole goal of the quarter-final on 29 minutes, having had an earlier green flag ruled out. Kerry led 1-17 to 0-3 at the break and kicked 12 unanswered second-half points before their opponents raised a flag of any description.

This one was a rout from start to finish.

Scorers for Kerry: D Shaw (1-4, 0-1 free); F Clifford (0-7, 0-3 frees); D O’Sullivan (0-6, 0-2 frees); B Sweeney (0-4); C Linnane, B Friel (0-3 each); P Warren, D O’Connor, D O’Brien (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: R Childs (0-2, 0-2 frees); L Woulfe, L Kennedy, A Lacey (0-1 each).

Kerry: D Uosis (Dingle); M Reidy (Ballymacelligott), S Okunbar (Na Gaeil), D Naughton (Dr Crokes); M Breen (Beaufort), G O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), D O’Brien (Glenflesk); M Ryan (Rathmore), D O’Connor (Na Gaeil); F Clifford (Laune Rangers), C Linnane (Beale), D Moynihan (Spa); D O’Sullivan (Kilgarvan), B Sweeney (Listowel Emmets), D Shaw (Dr Crokes).
Subs: B Friel (Rathmore) for Linnane (42); M Foley (Ballydonoghue) for O’Connor, C Kennedy (Beaufort) for D O’Sullivan (47); E Horan (Scartaglen) for Ryan, P Warren (Gneeveguilla) for O’Brien (both 50); S O’Leary (Kilcummin) for G O’Sullivan (55, inj)

Limerick: M O’Callaghan (Ballylanders); C Ferris (Ballysteen), K Maloney (Crecora Mainister), A Riordan (Fr Caseys); O Collins (Adare), D Enright (Monaleen), L Woulfe (Newcastlewest); R Childs (Galtee Gaels), C McSweeney (Gerald Griffins); P McGrath (Galtee Gaels), A Storan (Mungret St Pauls), L Kennedy (St Kieran’s); C Moran (St Patrick’s), A Kearns (St Senan’s), B Coleman (Rathkeale).
Subs: D Kelly (Newcastlewest) for Storan (15 mins); J Cummins (Galbally) for Riordan (HT); E Gilvarry (Na Piarsaigh) for Enright, A Lacey (Knockaderry) for Kennedy (both 38); D Lane (Adare) for Coleman (39); G Brennan (Claughan) for Woulfe (51); C Walsh (St Senan’s) for O’Callaghan (59, blood).

Referee: J Bermingham (Cork)

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Munster Poc Fada Final 2018

The 2018 Munster Poc Fada Final took place on Saturday June 16th at the Michael Cusack Centre, Carron, County Clare.


Limerick – John Chawke (Kildimo/Pallaskenry) – WINNER
Kerry – Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw)
Clare – Eamonn Foudy (Inagh Kilnamona)
Cork – Jack McGann (Dungourney)
Tipperary – Mike Flannery (Newport)
Waterford – Niall Power (Fenor)


Tipperary – Kyle Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris) – WINNER
Limerick – Jack Franklin (Kilteely/Dromkeen)
Kerry – Tadhg McKenna (Crotta O’Neills)
Clare – Ryan Murphy (Kilmaley)
Cork – Callum O’Shaughnessy (Banteer)
Waterford – Conor Berry (Ballygunner)

EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 1-20 Tipperary 0-8

Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-20 to 0-8 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday June 16th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Comfortable win for Cork as they see off Tipp in Munster U20 quarter-final

Cork 1-20 Tipperary 0-8

Report by Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A comfortable victory for Cork in the quarter-final of the EirGrid Munster U20 football championship at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.

Ahead by eight points at the break, they maintained that same advantage to the three-quarter mark. And in front of an attendance of 1,161, they pulled away in the closing stages kicking 1-5 without reply. They will have home venue again next Friday when they meet Clare in the semi-final.

Aided by the wind, Cork led 0-11 to 0-3 at half-time. It was a point apiece early on, but a run of unanswered points from Matthew Bradley Tadhg Corkery and Damien Gore opened up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead.

Tipperary had plenty of possession, but their finishing let them down. Riain Quigley rifled over a free and when Conal Kennedy pointed, they trailed 0-3 to 0-5 on 20 minutes. However, that was to be their final score of the half.

The home side closed out impressively kicking six points within an eight-minute spell. Chris Óg Jones and Bradley sharing nine first-half points between them.

Cork lined out with target man Mark Keane at the edge of the square, and despite Tipperary pulling their captain Jack Harney back as an extra defender, Cork were eight points to the good at the short whistle.

And that advantage could have been greater as Keane, after winning a great ball, blasted wide in the 17th minute, while Jones forced Tipperary goalkeeper Kian Quinn to pull off a brilliant save two minutes from half-time.

The visitors started the second-half strongly, half-time substitute Jack Delahunty landed a brace of quickfire points. When he scored a third point, the margin was down to six, 0-13 to 0-7.

But, that was as good as it got for the Premier County. When Cork found their stride, they started to take their scores with ease. Management emptied their bench to good effect too. Cillian Myers Murray bagged the only goal of the game in stoppage time, while Sean Walsh registered three great points.

Tipperary played the last 12 minutes plus stoppage with 14 players after John Lyons received a black card after they had used all six substitutes.

Scorers for Cork: C Óg Jones (0-6, 0-2 45, 0-1 free), C Myers Murray (1-1), M Bradley (0-4, 0-2 frees), S Walsh (0-3), T Corkery and D Gore (0-2 each), A Browne and C Maguire (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: J Delahunty (0-3), C Kennedy (0-2), R Quigley (free), R Lambe and B Fitzpatrick (0-1 each).

Cork: I Giltinan (Carrigaline); N Walsh (Douglas), B Murphy (Nemo Rangers), L O’Donovan (Capt, Clonakilty); T Corkery (Cill na Martra), A Browne (Newmarket), T Linehan (St Michael’s); M Shanley (Clonakilty), J Ryan (Ballymartle); M Keane (Mitchelstown), C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg), C Maguire (Castlehaven); C Óg Jones (Iveleary), M Bradley (Aghabullogue), D Gore (Kilmacabea).
Subs: C Murray Myers (St Finbarr’s) for J Ryan (41), S Walsh (Mitchelstown) for C Maguire (47), C Barrett (St Finbarrs) for M Bradley (47), S O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown) for T Linehan (50 inj), M Cronin (Nemo Rangers) for C Óg Jones (51), D Shorten (Ballingeary) for M Shanley (54 inj).

Tipperary: K Quinn (Kilsheelan-Kilcash); G Whelan (Ardfinnan) D Carew (Upperchurch-Drombane), C Bonnar (Cashel King Cormacs); D O’Leary (Ardfinnan), D Egan (Galtee Rovers), G Ryan (Clonmel Commercials); B Hyland (Fr Sheehys), C O’Sullivan (Clonmel Commercials); R Quigley (Moyle Rovers), J Harney (Capt, Moyle Rovers), D Brennan (Kilsheelan-Kilcash); C Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), D O’Meara (Kiladangan), R Lambe (Clonmel Commercials).
Subs: E McBride (JK Brackens) for C Bonnar (23), J Delahunty (Newport) for D O’Leary (half-time), J Lyons (Grangemockler-Ballyneale) for R Lambe (42), L Meaghar (Killenaule) for R Quigley (44), S Grogan (Cahir) for C O’Sullivan (47), B Fitzpatrick (Cashel King Cormacs) for B Hyland (47). (J Lyons BC 48).

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry).

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CORK (U20 V TIPPERARY): I Giltinan (Carrigaline); N Walsh (Douglas), B Murphy (Nemo Rangers), L O’Donovan (Clonakilty); T Corkery (Cill na Martra), A Browne (Newmarket), T Linehan (St Michael’s); M Shanley (Clonakilty), J Ryan (Ballymartle); M Keane (Mitchelstown), C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg), C Maguire (Castlehaven); C Óg Jones (Iveleary), M Bradley (Aghabullogue), D Gore (Kilmacabea).
Subs: E Kelleher (Éire Óg), A McCarthy (St Finbarr’s), S O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown), L Wall (Kilmurry), S Walsh (Mitchelstown), K Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s), M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), C Barrett (St Finbarr’s), D Shorten (Ballingeary).

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 5 – Limerick 1-21 Clare 2-17

Limerick defeated Clare by 1-21 to 2-17 in Round 5 of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship on Sunday June 17th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Electric Ireland Munster MHC: Limerick finish strongly


Report By Eoin Brennan for GAA.ie

Limerick spoiled the home party in dramatic style in Cusack Park when producing a last gasp recovery to leapfrog Clare into the Munster Minor Hurling Final in a fortnight’s time.

Backed by a brace of Mark Rodgers goals, the Banner County seemed set to return to a second successive provincial decider as they led for the majority of this final round showdown. However, they simply failed to see out the game and instead were overtaken by a defiant Limerick who finished with four of the last five points to carve out a minimum win.

In front of a packed Cusack Park, Clare were dealt a cruel twist of fate but a persistent Limerick managed to stay in touch throughout, mainly through a superb six point haul by Bob Purcell before striking late through talisman Cathal O’Neill.

And the Banner were also caught napping at the end of the opening half as despite six Kealan Guyler points allied to a Mark Rodgers’ 29th minute goal putting the home side five clear, Limerick responded decisively right on the stroke of half-time when Cormac Ryan billowed the net at 1-8 to 1-6.

Gathering momentum, Limerick would maintain their push on the restart to actually inch ahead for the first time through midfielder Barry O’Connor by the 35th minute. But it would be only a momentary reprieve as Rodgers grabbed his second goal and seventh overall in four matches to give Clare a new lease of life at 2-09 to 1-10.

It would set up a very anxious finale that saw the sides on level terms on three more occasions. But only requiring a draw, Limerick would finish the stronger to wipe out a two point deficit in injury-time as O’Neill inspired a famous victory and a place in the final against neighbours Tipperary.

Scorers for Limerick: Cathal O’Neill 0-7 (1f, 3’65), Bob Purcell 0-6, Cormac Ryan 1-0, Danny O’Leary, Colin Coughlan 0-2 each, Barry O’Connor, Patrick Kirby, Diarmuid Hegarty, Emmet McEvoy 0-1 each

Scorers for Clare: Kealan Guyler 0-9 (3fs, 1’65), Mark Rodgers 2-1, Robin Mounsey 0-3, Conner Hegarty 0-2, William Halpin, Tony Butler, 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Bryan Heavey; Michael Keane, Ben Herlihy, Padraig Harnett; Eoin O’Mahony, Emmet McEvoy, Jack Nicholas; Patrick Kirby, Barry O’Connor; Cormac Ryan, Cathal O’Neill, Bob Purcell; Danny O’Leary, Colin Coughlan, Cian Casey.
Subs: Diarmuid Hegarty for Casey (HT), Bryan Nix for O’Leary (47), Micheal Martin for Coughlan (63).

CLARE: Cillian O’Brien; Mike Gough, Adam Mungovan, Jack Enright; Darragh Healy, Dylan McMahon, Jason Griffin; Aidan Moriarty, Gearoid O’Grady; William Halpin, Robin Mounsey, Kealan Guyler; Mark Rodgers, Shane Meehan, Conner Hegarty.
Subs: Tony Butler for O’Grady (41).

REFEREE: Mark Maher (Cork).

Munster S.H.C. – Clare 0-26 Limerick 0-15

Clare defeated Limerick by 0-26 to 0-15 in Round 5 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday June 17th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Match Highlights

Munster SHC: Clare march on


Report By Eoin Brennan for GAA.ie

Clare gathered further momentum to ensure a second successive Munster Final appearance after brushing off the challenge of previously unbeaten Limerick.

In front of a capacity crowd of 18,803, Cusack Park again proved Clare’s trump card as they led from start to finish in what was essentially a provincial semi-final showdown.

Following an opening win over Waterford three weeks previously, the Banner County were bolstered by a late smash-and-grab victory over Tipperary last time out to provide an unprecedented level of assuredness in their final group outing.

Peter Duggan kept up his unerring form from placed balls with a 13 point haul to top up his side’s margin throughout.

Equally, Tony Kelly revelled in the space left by the dismissal of a player from each side with a punishing five point second half blitz while John Conlon maintained his form with four and Jamie Shanahan perfectly operated as a sweeper and chief distributor to the forwards in a five star display.

Clare’s greater appetite was apparent from the outset as Duggan and targetman John Conlon kept the best efforts of Shane Dowling placed balls and Tom Morrissey at bay to open up a 0-10 to 0-7 advantage by the 29th minute.

Both sides would be reduced to 14 players just before the break as Limerick substitute Tom Condon and Clare’s David Reidy both received straight reds for off-the-ball incidents as Clare took a 0-13 to 0-09 advantage into the break.

With the wind to come, Limerick required a spark to ignite their recovery, but found themselves increasingly firefighting as the new half developed as Clare always seemed able to maintain a five point gap.

Without a goal, Limerick’s challenge faded in the final quarter, with their bruising three match schedule in as many weeks allowing Clare to flesh out the final margin with the last seven points as their attacking triumvirate Duggan (3), Kelly (2) and Conlon powered their side to a Munster Final rematch with Cork in a fortnight’s time.

Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 0-13 (10fs, 1’65), Tony Kelly 0-5 (1’65), John Conlon 0-4, David Fitzgerald 0-2, Colm Galvin, Jamie Shanahan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-4 (4fs), Tom Morrissey 0-3, Kyle Hayes, Darragh O’Donovan (sideline), Cian Lynch, Diarmaid Byrnes, Seamus Flanagan, Gearoid Hegarty, Dan Morrissey, Aaron Gillane 0-1 each.

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Jack Browne, Patrick O’Connor, David McInerney; Seadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Podge Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell.
Subs: David Fitzgerald for Morey (14, inj), Jason McCarthy for Malone (54), Ian Galvin for Fitzgerald (61), Conor McGrath for O’Donnell (65), Mikey O’Neill for Collins (70).

LIMERICK: Nicky Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Seamus Flanagan, Shane Dowling, Graeme Mulcahy.
Subs: Tom Condon for Finn (13, inj), Richie McCarthy for Mulcahy (HT), Aaron Gillane for Flanagan (49), David Dempsey for Hegarty (56), Barry Nash for English (64).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford).

Team News

Clare: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O’Connor, Conor Cleary, Jack Browne; Seadna Morey, David McInerney, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Gavin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Podge Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell.

Limerick: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Seamus Flanagan, Shane Dowling, Graeme Mulcahy.