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Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final – Clare 2-22 Waterford 0-9

July 19, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Clare 2-22 Waterford 0-9

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A romp in the park for Clare in this Bord Gáis Éireann Munster U21 HC semi-final last night as they simply swept aside the feeble challenge of Waterford. Senior star Darragh Fives was a late inclusion for Waterford — who made a host of additional positional changes from the announced starting 15, only four outfield players lining out as named. If this was meant to confuse Clare, it didn’t work. Waterford managed the opening score, a tidy flicked point by wing-forward Brian O’Halloran (one of their few bright lights on the night) but thereafter it was a procession of Clare scores, delighting their faithful on what was a fine evening for hurling.

Clare had won the toss, full-forward and captain Conor McGrath immediately indicating the Tulla Road end — they would play with the gale at their backs. It proved an inspired decision. 1-8 to 0-1 they led after 23 minutes, several of those points wind-assisted while Waterford were struggling to get the ball even into the Clare half. The visitors did manage to stem the bleeding, held the deficit to that 10 points to the break (1-11 to 0-4) with points from Eamon Murphy (another who tried hard) and free-taker Martin O’Neill (2), in reply to three more for Clare.

Mind you, it’s arguable that even had there been dead calm in Cusack Park, Clare would still have been out of sight by the break, such was their dominance in most positions. The full-back line of Paul Flanagan, David McInerney and Killian Ryan were well up to what few tests came their way; the half-back trio of centre-back Conor Ryan — flanked by senior players Seadna Morey and Patrick O’Connor — were well on top; midfielders Colm Galvin (another senior) and Shane Golden ruled the roost completely, while up front — what an array of talent! An all-senior half-forward line, Aaron Cunningham, Podge Collins and Tony Kelly, flyers all, hard workers, deadly accurate; the aforementioned McGrath at full-forward, marksman for the senior side from placed balls but relegated here, that duty falling to all-action roaming corner-forward Cathal O’Connell, who finished the hour with 10 points, four of those from play.

In the other corner, the even more deadly David O’Halloran, notched the goal in the first half (14th minute) to go with his two points, added two more in the second period before being hauled ashore in the 45th minute, job done. In fact, such was Clare’s continuing dominance after the break, making light of the heavy wind as they continued their scoring spree (Podge Collins setting them on their way with his side’s second goal, 36th minute), that joint managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor could afford the luxury of taking off four of the senior stars.

Special word though for the outstanding player of the night — no, not from Clare, but Waterford keeper Stephen O’Keeffe. Five top-drawer saves, his 17th minute denial of a goal-bound Cunningham shot the pick. Clare now go through to meet Tipperary in the final on Wednesday August 8, a repeat of the 2010 final. Tipperary were too good on that occasion (1-22 to 1-17); on the evidence of this game, it could certainly be tighter in a few weeks.

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-10 (4f, 2 65s); D O’Halloran 1-4; P Collin 1-0; A Cunningham 0-2; C McGrath 0-2; C Galvin, S Golden, P Duggan, T Kelly, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M O’Neill 0-5 (4f); E Murphy 0-2; Pauric Mahony, B O’Halloran, 0-1 each.

CLARE: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, K Ryan; S Morey, C Ryan, P O’Connor; C Galvin, S Golden; A Cunningham, P Collins, T Kelly; C O’Connell, C McGrath (c), D O’Halloran.

Subs: C McInerney (O’Halloran 45); S O’Halloran (Morey 47); P Duggan (Kelly 49); J Colleran (Galvin 51); E Boyce (O’Connor 57).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; J Barron, S O’Keeffe, Phillip Mahony; P Prendergast, D Fives, E Madigan; R Barry, G O’Brien; B O’Halloran, E Murphy, F Murray; Pauric Mahony (c), M O’Neill, J Dillon.

Subs: D Breathnach (Barry 30); J Prendergast (Fives inj. 33); M Wyse (Madigan 43); I Galgey (Murray 54); S Roche (O’Brien 59).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

Team News

5 of the Clare Team that started against Limerick on Saturday in the All Ireland Qualifer in Thurles, line out for the Clare Under 21 Team that play Waterford in the Munster Semi Final, Seadna Morey, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly Aaron Cunningham, and Conor McGrath,Two other members of the starting 15 against Waterford in the Semi Final of the Munster Championship Patrick O Connor and Padraic Collins are also part of the team. Cathal McInerney was also a member of the Panel on both of these games,and will be in the subs for this under 21 game. Conor McGrath will captain the Team this Year.

1. Ronan Taffee ( R.O.That ) Tubber

2. Paul Flanagan P.O.Flannaghain Ballyea

3. David McInerney D.Mac anAirchinnigh Tulla

4. Killian Ryan K.O.Riain Ruan

5. Patrick O Connor P.O.Conchuir Tubber

6. Conor Ryan C.O.Riain Cratloe

7. Seadna Morey S.O.Mora Sixmilebridge

8. Colm Galvin C.O.Gailbhean Clonlara

9. Shane Golden S.O.Goildean Sixmilebridge

10. Tony Kelly A.O.Ceallaigh Ballyea

11. Padraic Collins P.O.Coilain Cratloe

12. Aaron Cunningham A.MacCuinneaghain Wolfe Tones na Sionna

13. David O Halloran D.O.hAllurain Eire Og Ennis

14. Conor McGrath C.MacGraith Cratloe ( Captain)

15. Cathal O Connell C.O.Conaill Clonlara

16. Niall Woods N.Mac Conchoille Newmarket

17. Cathal McInerney C.MacAirchinnigh Cratloe

18. Stephan O Halloran S.O.hAllurain Clarecastle

19. Cathal Malone C.O.Maoilean Ennistymon

20. Jarleth Colleran S.O.Callarain St Josephs Doora Barefield

21. Enda Boyce E.O.Buaigh Cratloe

22. Niall Arthur N.Mac Artuir. Inagh/Kilnamona

23. Pa Sheehan P.O.Siochain Sixmilebridge

24. Peter Duggan P.O.Duigain Clooney/Quin


25 : Jack Browne Ballyea

26. Haulie Vaughan Inagh/Kilnamona

27 Cillian Fennessey Clonlara

28 Mikey O Neill Kilmaley

29 Noel Purcell Sixmilebridge

30 Sean O Connor Newmarket

Management : Joint Managers : Donal Moloney, Gerry O Connor

Selectors : Jimmy Browne, Paul Kinnerk.

Back Room Team : Pat Hickey, Alan Duggan,

Physio : Diarmuid Diviney


The Waterford Under 21 Hurling team to play Clare is as follows –

1. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner

2. Jamie Barron Fourmilewater

3. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner

4. Mark Wyse Passage

5. Ray Barry Lismore

6. Philip Mahony Ballygunner

7. Eoin Madigan De La Salle

8. Padraig Prendergast Lismore

9. Jake Dillon De La Salle

10. Gavin O’Brien Roanmore

11. Eamonn Murphy Dunhill

12. Martin O’Neill Mount Sion

13. Fionán Murray Cappoquin

14. Pauric Mahony (Capt) Ballygunner

15. Brian O’Halloran Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

For the Record

Clare Waterford
2011 Championship Performance Lost to Limerick by 2-19 to 1-15 in the Munster Semi-Final at Cusack Park Ennis. Lost to Tipperary by 4-12 to 1-16 in the Munster Quarter-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles.
Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles 1 3
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling  Title 2009 1994
Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship Record since 2000 Played – 17
Won – 6
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Played – 17
Won – 5
Lost – 12
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship July 29th 2009 at Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Final) – Clare 2-17 Waterford 2-12 – Two goals by Darach Honan and seven points by Colin Ryan helped Clare to win their first Munster Under 21 Hurling title.
What happened 3 years ago? 

2009 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round-up

Defeated Waterford in the first round by 1-12 to 0-14. Waterford came back via the losers group and then defeated Clare by 3-9 to 0-12 in the Munster Semi-Final. After a loss to Clare in the first round, Waterford defeated Limerick, Clare and Tipperary to win the Munster Minor Hurling title.



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

Waterford have won 1 of their last 5 matches in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship, a 3-21 to 2-14 victory over Tipperary in the 2009 Munster Semi-Final at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

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).

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

2009 Munster Under 21 Hurling Final – Clare 2-17 Waterford 2-12

Scorers: Clare: D Honan 2-2, C Ryan 0-7 (0-4f), N O’Connell (0-3f), C O’Donovan 0-3 each, C Morey, J Conlon 0-1 each.

Waterford: M Shanahan 0-6 (0-5f), S Casey 1-3, T Ryan 1-1 (0-1 sideline), A Power (0-1f), J Gorman 0-1 each.

Clare: D Tuohy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty; D O’Donovan, C Duggan, E Barrett; N O’Connell, L Markham; J Conlon, S Collins, C O’Donovan; D Honan, C Morey, C Ryan. Subs: C Tierney for Collins (half-time), P O’Connor for Duggan (half-time), C McGrath for Markham (56).

Waterford: A Power; N Connors, S Fives, J Maher; P Mahony, S Daniels, D O’Sullivan; S Walsh, K Duggan; T Connors, P Murray, M Shanahan; B O’Sullivan, S Casey, T Ryan. Subs: J Gorman for Maher (inj) (34), S Power for B O’Sullivan (51), D Twomey for Connors (60).

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).


2009 Munster Minor Hurling Semi-Final – Waterford 3-9 Clare 0-12

Scorers for Waterford: I Galgey 1-2; M O’Neill 0-5 (0-4 frees); B O’Halloran 1-0; P Prendergast 1-0; F Murray, J Dillon, 0-1 each.

Clare: C McGrath 0-8 (0-4 frees); D O’Halloran 0-2; D Keane, S Golden, 0-1 each.

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; L Egan, T Costello, M Wyse; J Dee, P Mahoney, D Fives; K Moore, M O’Neill (c); F Murray, R Cahill, B O’Halloran; P Prendergast, J Dillon, P Mahoney

Subs: I Galgey (Moore 30+1).

Clare: R Taaffe; N Purcell, K Ryan, T Purcell; S O’Connor, P O’Connor, C McGuane (c); C McInerney, S Golden; D Keane, E Hanrahan, A Considine; C O’Donnell, C McGrath, D O’Halloran

Subs: G Guilgoyle (Hanrahan 40); E Boyce (T Purcell inj 40); D Liddy (Considine 52); A Mulready (O’Donnell 54).

Referee: D Copps (Cork)



July 19, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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