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Munster Under 21 Hurling S-Final – Tipperary 1-16 Limerick 1-11

July 18, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Maher ends Treaty defence

Tipperary 1-16 Limerick 1-11

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

This was a tame defence of their Munster U-21 hurling title by champions Limerick at the rain-sodden Gaelic Grounds last night. It was a poor second-half display especially, in which they scored but four points in the regular 30 minutes of play despite being aided by a strong breeze. Their goal was mere consolation, a net-buster by senior star Shane Dowling in injury time when the game was already gone. But, overall, this was a poor performance and made for a disappointing game for the 5,186 who looked on.

Using the wind well, Tipperary got off to a fine start, three points to nil ahead after just five minutes, free-taker and captain John O’Dwyer with two, wing-forward Denis Maher with the third. Limerick steadied, Dowling getting them off the mark with a pointed free (he would finish with 1-8), but a well-worked goal finished by Maher (albeit facilitated by stand-off defence from Limerick) had Tipperary ahead 1-3 to 0-1 in the 10th minute, very much on top. Again Limerick steadied and again it was Dowling doing the needful from placed balls, another four, to go with a fine brace from play by another senior star, Kevin Downes, (now operating to good effect on the wing, wasted inside against that wind). Tipperary replied with three more pointed frees from the deadly O’Dwyer (he finished with nine), but their lead of just two points at the break (1-6 to 0-7) didn’t look near big enough in the conditions. Mind you, that lead would have been much greater had the Tipperary attack — Curran, Maher and O’Meara particularly — properly honed their shooting-eye, a total of 11 wides in that opening half.

Limerick began the second-half in perfect style, yet another pointed Dowling free in the opening minute bringing them within a point. That would prove as close as they would come, however. With their midfield practically non-existent (both Shane Kenny and Sean O’Brien eventually replaced), their attack at sixes and sevens — or more accurately at 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, which is where Downes seemed to have been played at some stage in a haphazard second-half, Dowling also being shifted around the place — Limerick simply lost their way.

The same could not be said of Tipperary, who very much found their mojo. O’Dwyer continued to severely punish a series of Limerick transgressions, man-of-the-match Maher added two points to his first-half 1-1, Sean Curran finally found the posts, giant full-forward Cian Hogan finally won one of the dozens of high balls pumped in his direction and pointed, dual star Liam McGrath capped a busy night with a point of his own, and Nenagh CBS Harty Cup star Jason Forde, on as a half-time substitute, marked his entrance with an assured shot and point.

All in all a disappointing evening forLimerick, though there is one consolation for senior manager John Allen — Dowling was again outstanding. For undersung Tipperary, another big scalp in this campaign, star-studded Cork already seen off. Now they await the winners of Clare/Waterford this evening, the final fixed for Wednesday, August 8, again away from home. Like the seniors on their Munster journey, the long hard road — will it end likewise?

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-9 (8f); D Maher 1-3; C Hogan, L McGrath, J Forde, S Curran, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 1-8 (0-6f, 0-2 65s); K Downes 0-2; N Kennedy 0-1.

TIPPERARY: P Ryan; S Maher, A Ryan, P Ryan; B Stapleton, W Ryan, J Cahill; D McCormack, N O’Meara; L McGrath, S Curran, D Maher; E Murray, C Hogan, J O’Dwyer (c).

Subs: J Forde (Murray 30); A McGrath (McCormack 58).

LIMERICK: A Murphy; A Dempsey, D Morrissey, S O’Reilly; T Ryan, D Hannon, R Egan (c); S Kenny, S O’Brien; S Dowling, N Kennedy, M Carmody; M Ryan, K Downes, W Griffin.

Subs: J Fitzgibbon (Griffin 29); R O’Donnell (O’Brien 40); M O’Connell (Kenny 47); A Breen (Carmody 55).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)


Limerick U-21 hurlers relinquish title

By Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

Limerick’s reign as Munster U-21 hurling champions came to a sudden halt this Wednesday evening. The champions were defeated 1-16 to 1-11 by Tipperary in the provincial semi-final. Despite having home advantage in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick were never serious contenders in this game and a lacklustre performance saw them trail Tipperary for most of the game. Indeed Limerick’s goal arrived in injury-time to take some of the stark look off the scoreline.

With 11 of last season’s panel on the starting team and with eight members of John Allen’s senior panel, Limerick were installed as 4/6 favourites to advance to a final against either Clare or Waterford – who play Thursday in Ennis in the other semi-final. But the presence of the eight senior players may not have helped Limerick’s cause for a combination of injuries and senior commitments meant that the panel only trained together as a full unit last Sunday. And, the performance had all the hallmarks of a side that hadn’t played a challenge game together.

The display was disjointed and lacked any of the swashbuckling intensity that saw Limerick beat Clare and Cork to win last year’s Munster title. But that Munster title was won in the third year of Leo O’Connor’s management and he had failed to win a game in the two previous years. But still the 2012 management of John Fitzgerald, Ollie Moran, Natal O’Grady and Frank Houlihan will be left scratching their heads as to what went wrong. Not for one period of the game did Limerick dominate and over the course of the hour they managed just 1-3 from play – relying heavily on the frees of Shane Dowling to stay in touch.

Tipperary played with the wind in the opening half and led 1-6 to 0-7 at half time. But their lead could have been much greater but for 11 first half wides. Limerick had just three wides in the half. Largely the opening 30-minutes was a shootout between free-takers Dowling and John O’Dwyer.

However Denis Maher proved a match changer for Tipp with a return of 1-1 in the opening minutes to give them a 1-4 to 0-4 lead after the opening quarter. Limerick were struggling to win ball in the middle third of the field and reacted by moving Mark Carmody out as a third midfielder and placing Kevin Downes at wing forward. Downes surged into the game, winning puckouts and running at the Tipp defence. He returned two points but it was the two-man full forward line that then failed to win possession.

On the change of ends, Limerick needed a good start to kick-start their efforts. But it was Tipp that raced into a 1-11 to 0-8 lead as the game entered the final quarter. A Niall Kennedy point in the 19th minute of the half was to be the only score from play for Limerick in the half, aside from the late consolation goal.

SCORERS – Limerick: Shane Dowling 1-8 (6frees, 2 ‘65), Kevin Downes 0-2, Niall Kennedy 0-1. Tipperary: John O’Dwyer 0-9 (8frees), Denis Maher 1-3, Liam McGrath, Sean Curran, Cian Hogan, Jason Forde 0-1 each.

LIMERICK – Aaron Murphy; Alan Dempsey, Dan Morrissey, Stephen O’Reilly; Robert Egan, Declan Hannon, Tom Ryan; Shane Kenny, Sean O’Brien; Shane Dowling, Niall Kennedy, Mark Carmody; Mikey Ryan, Kevin Downes, Willie Griffin. Subs: John Fitzgibbon for Griffin (28mins), Robert O’Donnell for O’Brien (40mins), Mark O’Connell for Kenny (47mins), Adrian Breen for Carmody (55mins).

TIPPERARY – Paul Ryan; Stephen Maher, Andrew Ryan, Pa Ryan; Brian Stapleton, Willie Ryan, Justin Cahill; Niall O’Meara, Dan McCormack; Liam McGrath, Sean Curran, Denis Maher; Eanna Murray, Cian Hogan, John O’Dwyer. Subs: Jason Forde for Murray (h-t), Aidan McGrath for McCormack (58mins).

REFEREE – Michael Wadding (Waterford)


Team News

The Tipperary under 21 hurling team to play Limerick in the Munster championship semi-final on Wednesday night in Limerick shows one change from the team which defeated Cork in the first round. Cian Hogan replaces the injured David Collins. The team is:

1. Paul Ryan (Upperchurch Drombane)

2. Stephen Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

3. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)

4. Pa Ryan (Clonakenny)

5. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)

6. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

7. Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

8. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

9. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)

10. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) Captain

11. Sean Curran (Mullinahone)

12. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

13. Eanna Murray (Templederry Kenyons)

14. Cian Hogan (Lorrha & Dorrha)

15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)


Limerick U21 Hurling Team v Tipperary 18/7/12

1. Aaron Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown)

2. Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh)

3. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)

4. Stephen O’Reilly (Ballybrown)

5. Robert Egan (Kilmallock) – Captain

6. Declan Hannon (Adare)

7. Tom Ryan (South Liberties)

8. Shane Kenny (Ballybrown)

9. Seanie O’Brien (Patrickswell)

10. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)

11. Niall Kennedy (Granagh/Ballingarry)

12. Mark Carmody (Patrickswell)

13. Mikey Ryan (Murroe/Boher)

14. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh)

15. Willie Griffin (Adare)

16. Owen Webb O’Rourke (Kilmallock)

17. Micheal Reidy (Dromin/Athlacca)

18. Tom O’Callaghan (Monagea)

19. Cathal McNamara (Doon)

20. Mark O’Connell (Glenroe)

21. Robert O’Donnell (Pallasgreen)

22. John Fitzgibbon (Adare)

23. Adrian Breen (Na Piarsaigh)

24. Jack Ahern (Killeedy)

Extended Panel Members: Barry O’Connell (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), Barry Lynch (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), William Hickey (South Liberties), Paudie Ahern (Kilteely/Dromkeen), Brendan O’Connor (Croagh/Kilfinny), Padraic Barron (Knockainey), Michael Barry (Doon)

Manager – John Fitzgerald

Selectors – Natal O’Grady, Ollie Moran, Frank Holohan

Liaison Officer – Liam O’Sullivan

Doctor – Dr. David Boylan

Physio – Mark Van Drumpt, Sandra Quaid, Sean Rea

For the Record

Limerick Tipperary
2011 Championship Performance Defeated Clare and Cork to win the Munster title before losing to Galway in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. Defeated Waterford by 4-12 to 1-16 in the first round before losing to Cork in the Munster Semi-Final by 1-21 to 4-19.
Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles 6 20
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling  Title 2011 2010
Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship Record since 2000 Played – 23
Won – 13
Lost – 8
Drawn – 2
Played – 26
Won – 17
Lost – 7
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship July 17th 2008 at Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final) – Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-15 – a late point by Mark O’Meara helped Tipperary to a one point victory. Shane Bourke scored Tipperary’s goal in the first half while Pa Bourke scored 9 points.
What happened 3 years ago? 

2009 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round-up

Lost to Tipperary by 1-21 to 0-11 in the first round at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick before losing to Waterford in the semi-final playoff by 4-8 to 1-14. Defeated Limerick and Cork (after a replay) to qualify for the final. Lost to Waterford in the Munster Final by 0-18 to 1-13 played at Thurles.



Wednesday June 6th

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                        Tipperary 0-18 Cork 0-17


Wednesday July 18th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Limerick v Tipperary                                    @ 7:30pm

Thursday July 19th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare v Waterford                                                      @ 7:30pm

Wednesday August 8th


Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (20) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Cork (18) – 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007

Limerick (6) – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002  , 2011

Waterford (3) – 1974, 1992, 1994

Clare (1) – 2009

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1964 –

Munster Under 21 Hurling Cup

Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship

In the Under 21 Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts along with Kilkenny with 11 titles. Galway are the defending champions and have 10 titles followed by Tipperary with 9. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade while Waterford and Clare have 1 title each.

Useful Information

Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship in 11 of the last 12 seasons (2007 being the exception thanks to a 1-14 to 2-10 defeat to Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the first round),

Since 2007, 4 of the 5 counties in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship have won the title – Cork (2007), Tipperary (2008 and 2010), Clare (2009) and Limerick (2011).

Limerick’s titles to date in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship have been secured in groups. Limerick won two titles on the trot in 1986 and 1987 and captured three titles in a row from 2000 to 2002. Can Limerick retain their Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship title this year to win titles in consecutive years?

Limerick have lost their first match in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship in 4 of the last 6 seasons.

Last year’s Munster Under 21 Hurling Final finished level after normal time before Limerick won in extra time. The last match to finish all square was the 2003 Munster Under 21 Hurling Final when Tipperary and Cork finished level before Tipperary won the replay after extra time thanks to a goal by Conor O’Mahoney.

The Munster Under 21 Hurling champions have captured the All-Ireland crown on just two occasions since 2003 – Clare (2009) and Tipperary (2010).

2008 Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final – Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-15

Scorers for Tipperary: P. Bourke 0-9 (0-7 frees); S. Bourke 1-1; G. Ryan, S. Hennessy, M. O’Meara 0-1 each.

Limerick: E. Ryan (0-2 frees), G. O’Mahoney (0-2 frees) 0-3 each; G. Mulcahy, B. O’Sullivan 0-2 each; R. McCarthy, D. Moloney, D. Hanley, P. O’Brien, S. Tobin 0-1 each.

Tipperary: M. Ryan; K. Maher, Padraic Maher, B. Maher; K. Lanigan, T. Stapleton, J. McLoughney; G. Ryan, S. Hennessy; T. McGrath, S. Callanan, Patrick Maher; P. Bourke, M. O’Meara, S. Bourke.

Sub: R. McLoughney for McGrath. M. Gleeson for Hennessy; M. Cahill for McLoughney.

Limerick: N. Quaid; K. O’Rourke, T. Condon, P. Browne; C. King, S. Hickey, G. O’Mahoney; J. Ryan, P. O’Brien; B. O’Sullivan, D. Moloney, D. Hanley; E. Ryan,. R. McCarthy, G. Mulcahy.

Subs: S. Tobin for Ryan; T. O’Brien for Moloney.

Referee: D. Copps (Cork)


July 18, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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