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Munster U21 Hurling Final – Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-19

July 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Limerick defeated Clare by 0-22 to 0-19 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship Final on Thursday July 30th at Cusack Park Ennis.

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Munster U21 Final: Limerick end Clare dominance

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 Championship Final: Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-19

By Daragh Small for

Wing-forward Ronan Lynch was the hero for Limerick as they brought Clare’s dominance of the Bord Gais Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship to an end in a thriller at Cusack Park.

A crowd of 14,311 witnessed a great contest as Limerick captured their seventh Munster U-21 title and their first since 2011. In the process they brought a halt to Clare’s hopes of a fourth title in a row after the Bannermen failed to make the breeze count in the second-half.

Lynch was in superb form for Limerick and he finished with 0-13 — three from play. John Kiely’s side boasts much of last year’s All-Ireland minor winning side and they go on to play Galway on August 22 in the semi-final.

They were the last side to win in Munster before the Bannermen assumed control and the hosts couldn’t replicate their semi-final heroics against Waterford. Limerick captain Barry O’Connell won the toss and chose to play with the breeze but they didn’t make use of it in the opening half.

They trailed Clare 0-12 to 0-10 at the break even though Limerick were four points ahead after 23 minutes. David Dempsey and Darragh O’Donovan gave Limerick an early lead but Clare hit the next four scores. Shane Gleeson struck two with Shane O’Donnell and Bobby Duggan also on target.

But Limerick reassumed control with Ronan Lynch on form from the placed-ball. By the time Dempsey hit his second they were 0-8 to 0-4 up but in the next five minutes Clare asserted their dominance. Corner-back Eoin Quirke slotted an inspirational effort from inside his own half and Ian Galvin also found his touch.

The former Ardscoil Rís student hit two as Clare took a 0-10 to 0-9 before Ronan Lynch tied it up for the fifth time on the half-hour. But points from Gleeson and Duggan gave Clare the 0-12 to 0-10 half-time advantage. Galvin and Stephen Ward pushed Clare further clear on the resumption but Limerick and Ronan Lynch hit back.

He brought his tally to eleven for the day when he gave them a 0-16 to 0-15 lead in the 48th minute. Clare couldn’t handle Limerick at this stage, Quirke offered a reprieve with his second of the day. But it was short-lived and substitute Jack Kelliher sealed it with a late point for Limerick.
Scorers for Limerick: R Lynch 0-13 (8f, 2 65), D Dempsey 0-2, D O’Donovan 0-1, R Hanley 0-1, C Lynch 0-1, C Ryan 0-1, T Morrissey 0-1, P Ryan 0-1, J Kelliher 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan 0-6 (5f), I Galvin 0-4, S Gleeson 0-3, E Quirke 0-2, D Conroy 0-1, S O’Donnell 0-1, S Ward 0-1 (sideline), M O’Malley 0-1.

Limerick: D McCarthy; M O’Callaghan, R English, M Casey; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, G Hegarty, D O’Donovan, P Ryan; R Lynch, R Hanley, C Lynch; C Ryan, T Morrissey, D Dempsey
Subs: S Flanagan for Hegarty (34), A La Touche Cosgrave for Hanley (35), S Finn for M O’Callaghan (46), J Kelliher for Morrisey (59), D Condron for Dempsey (60).

Clare: K Hogan; A McGuane, D Fitzgerald, S O’Brien; C Cleary, B O’Gorman; D Conroy, K Hehir, E Quirke; B Duggan, S Gleeson, I Galvin; S O’Donnell, S Ward, R Taylor. Subs: M O’Malley for Gleeson (45), N Deasy for Hehir (49), D Moloney for Ward (52), C Crehan for Taylor 58.

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)


July 29th 2015

The Munster Council is pleased to confirm that 12,000 tickets of the 14,500 capacity have now been sold for Thursday evening’s (July 30th) Munster U21 Hurling Final between Clare and Limerick at Cusack Park in Ennis.

Supporters wishing to attend are asked to note that ticket sales through the Supervalu/Centra network will cease tomorrow (Thursday) at 2 pm. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the ground with sales opening at 3.30 pm.


July 28th 2015

The Munster Council is pleased to confirm that 10,000 tickets have been sold for the BGE Munster Under 21 Final between Clare and Limerick at Cusack Park, Ennis at 7 pm on Thursday July 30th, with 2,000 sold in the last 24 hours. The ground has a capacity of 14,500.

Supporters planning on attending this game are urged to pre-purchase their tickets through the participating County Boards or the participating Supervalu and Centra outlets. Tickets will only be on sale at Cusack Park on Thursday evening if all tickets have not been pre-sold.

The Under 21 final will be preceded by a Development Squad game between Clare and Limerick at 5 pm. Supporters are encouraged to enter the grounds as early as possible on Thursday evening and not later than 6.30pm.

Munster GAA – Statement re BGE Munster Under 21 Hurling Final

The Munster Council has confirmed that the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 Hurling Final between Clare and Limerick will take place on Thursday July 30th at 7pm in Cusack Park, Ennis.

The game will be all ticket and supporters are asked to pre-purchase their tickets in advance of the game. Adult and Juvenile tickets will go on sale through clubs, online through and through the usual participating Supervalu and Centra Stores.

Adult Terrace and Sideline tickets are €15, while Juvenile (under 16’s) tickets are €5. There will be a limited number of covered stand tickets available at €20. A student/OAP discount of €5 can be redeemed at the venue, available on adult tickets only. Tickets will go on sale at 10 am on Wednesday morning, July 22nd.

Fixture Details

Clare v Limerick
An Clár v Luimneach
Venue: Cusack Park, 7pm
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)
Extra time if necessary

Under 16 Hurling Challenge – Clare v Limerick
Throw-in 5.00pm

Ticket Information

Stand Adult: €20 (distributed through participating County Boards)
Terrace Adult: €15
Terrace Juvenile (Under 16): €5
Concessions: Available on the day of the match, purchase a full price adult ticket and you can claim a rebate of €5 when you produce appropriate I.D. at the designated stile prior to entry

Terrace tickets are now available to purchase via Centra and Supervalu outlets. Check out the Ticketing Store Locator to find the outlet closest to you.

Next round – winners play Galway in All Ireland semi-final on Saturday August 22nd.

Match Programme


Team News

LIMERICK: David McCarthy (Glenroe); Mark O’Callaghan (Knockaderry), Richie English (Doon), Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Pat Ryan (Doon); Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh); Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)
Subs: Eoghan McNamara (Doon), Sean Finn (Bruff), Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), David Condron (Granagh-Ballingarry), Liam O’Sullivan (Knockaderry) Jack Kelliher (Patrickswell), Jody Hannon (Adare), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)

Keith Hogan (Clooney Quin)
Eoin Quirke (Whitegate)
David Fitzgerald (Inagh/Kilnamona)
Shane O’Brien (Clonlara)
Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley)
Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay)
Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones)
David Conroy (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield)
Kevin Hehir (Inagh/Kilnamona)
Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
Shane Gleeson (Cratloe)
Ian Galvin (Clonlara)
Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)
Stephen Ward (Clarecastle)
Ryan Taylor (Clooney-Quin)

For the Record

  Clare Limerick
2015 Team Manager Donal Moloney John Kiely
2014 Championship Performance Defeated Limerick by 2-20 to 1-14 in quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds.

Defeated Tipperary by 5-19 to 1-25 in semi-final after extra time at Cusack Park.

Defeated Cork by 1-28 to 1-13 in Munster final at Cusack Park.

Defeated Antrim in All Ireland semi-final by 4-28 to 1-10 at Semple Stadium.

Defeated Wexford by 2-20 to 3-11 to win All Ireland title at Semple Stadium.

Lost to Clare by 2-20 to 1-14 in quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds.


Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling Titles 4 6
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling Title 2014 2011
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 hurling championship June 4th 2014 – Munster Quarter-Final – Clare 2-20 Limerick 1-14 at the Gaelic Grounds. Click here for match report.




Wednesday June 17th 

@ Páirc Uí Rinn Cork                    Waterford 1-21          Cork 1-11


Wednesday July 15th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare 0-23                 Waterford 1-18

Thursday July July 16th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick 3-16            Tipperary 3-14


Thursday July 30th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                                Clare v Limerick                                           @ 7pm

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 (4) – 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014

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 have 10 titles followed by Tipperary with 9. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade. Clare have won 4 titles (all in the last 6 years) while Waterford have 1 title.

Useful Information

Clare are seeking to win 4 Munster and All Ireland titles in a row. Cork achieved the 4 in a row of Munster and All Ireland titles between 1968 and 1971. Tipperary won 4 Munster titles in a row between 1978 and 1981. 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981

Clare have gone on to win the All Ireland title on each of the occasions they have been Munster champions.

Clare and Limerick only met once previously in a Munster under 21 hurling final in 1986 when Limerick won their first provincial title after a replay.

Clare have won their last 14 games in the under 21 hurling championship to secure 3 Munster and All-Ireland titles. Their last defeat was by Limerick in the 2011 Munster semi-final on a scoreline of 2-19 to 1-15 on July 26th at Cusack Park.

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, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and Limerick (2011).

The Munster Under 21 Hurling champions have captured the All-Ireland crown on 8 occasions since 2000 – Limerick (2000, 2001, 2003), Clare (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014) and Tipperary (2010). In the other 7 years the Munster championship winners which failed to go on to win the All Ireland title were Tipperary (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008),Cork (2005, 2007) and Limerick (2011).

By Thursday night Clare and Limerick will have shared the 5 most recent Munster under 21 hurling titles between them, the longest period ever without Cork or Tipperary winning the title.


July 30, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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