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Bord Gais Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Championship Semi Final – Tipperary 5-19 Cork 2-13

July 17, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Tipperary defeated Cork by 5-19 to 2-13 in the Semi Final of the Bord Gais Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Championship on Wednesday July 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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Clinical Premier tear Rebels apart

Tipperary 5-19 Cork 2-13

By Diarmuid O’Flynn, Semple Stadium for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Make no mistake about it, this was annihilation in Thurles last night in the Munster U21 HC semi-final, with Tipperary the better team by some distance. In fact, were it not for the outstanding effort of midfielders Brian Murray and Rob O’Shea (especially) in the first half, this would have been ever worse for the visitors. With two points each from play, those two had kept Cork in this game and when the visitors went on a six-point streak before the break, it took Cork from a 10-point deficit and a seemingly hopeless position in the 27th minute (2-9 to 0-5), to a situation where they trailed by just four as the teams headed for the dressing rooms, 2-9 to 0-11.

It got even better for Cork just after the resumption, a goal by substitute Mark Sugrue (he had also scored one of the six Cork points before the break) bringing them within a point of Tipp, bringing hope to their vocal travelling support in the estimated 3,500 attendance. Soon, however, that hope was extinguished, and how.

Led by the hard-working O’Meara and the sharp-shooting senior player Jason Forde, Tipp had looked menacing in the first half. Full-forward Bill Walsh (from the famed Carrick Swans club) had their first major as early as the third minute, a good catch and layoff by Aidan McCormack setting him up; Forde notched the second, a right-handed ground shot from the multi-talented and ambidextrous Silvermines golden nugget. That Sugrue goal though really seemed to light a spark in Tipp, in their midfield especially, who began to take control, Justin Cahill and Brian Stapleton stepping up their game.

The defence, anchored well by Cathal Barrett, Andrew Ryan and Michael Breen at the back, Tomas Hamill controlling the centre, again got to grips with the Cork attack. But those forwards — in the remaining 28 minutes Tipp outscored Cork 3-10 to 1-2, one-way traffic all the way to the end. Their third goal was scored by Walsh again, on 41 minutes, after he was put in by sub John McGrath (major impact); the fourth goal was a penalty converted by Forde after a foul on the same Walsh (46 minutes); the fifth (53 minutes) the icing on a now very rich cake, wing-forward Tommy Heffernan capitalising on a defensive error to goal from a narrow angle.

Nine scorers in all from play for Tipperary, both midfielders and all six starting forwards on target, sub McGrath also getting in on the action. Hope then for Tipperary supporters, with their senior side already on holidays for the rest of the season, several potential stars of the future could join Forde next year. For Cork? Major disappointment, no question, a major blow also to Jimmy Barry-Murphy — who from this panel could he promote? Seniors Christopher Joyce looked threatening when moved forward, Jamie Coughlan never gave up and did well, but Conor Lehane is a player who looks at odds with himself, lacking confidence.

Scorers for Tipperary: J Forde (2-8, six frees, 1-0 pen); B Walsh (2-1); N O’Meara (0-4); T Heffernan (1-0); L McGrath (0-2); J Cahill, B Stapleton, A McCormack, J McGrath (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: M Sugrue (1-1); J Coughlan (0-4, three frees, one 65); C Buckley (1-0); R O’Shea (0-3); B Murray (0-2); C Joyce, C Lehane, J Wall (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: D Mooney; C Barrett, A Ryan, M Breen; S Kennedy, T Hamill, J O’Dwyer; B Stapleton, J Cahill; J Forde, N O’Meara (c), T Heffernan; L McGrath, B Walsh, A McCormack.

Subs: J McGrath for McCormack (35); C O’Riordan for L McGrath (50); C Kenny for Walsh (55).

CORK: P Collins; C Spillane, P O’Mahony, D Lester; D O’Mahony, C Joyce (c), D Cahalane; R O’Shea, B Murray; D Lordan, J Coughlan, C Lehane; A Cadogan, J Wall, B Hartnett.

Subs: M Sugrue for Lordan (27); N Kelly for Cadogan (38); S Murphy for O’Mahony (44); K Kavanagh for Murray (49); C Buckley for Hartnett (52).

Referee: S Hourigan (Limerick)


Tipperary put 5 goals past Cork to book Munster U21 hurling final spot

Report by Jackie Cahill for

Tipperary 5-19 Cork 2-13

BILL WALSH AND Jason Forde helped themselves to a brace of goals each as Tipp walloped Cork by 15 points in this evening’s Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship semi-final at Semple Stadium. The hosts ran riot in the second half to record a massive win, after Cork had fought back to within a point after half-time.

Tipp led by ten points in the first half – 2-9 to 0-5 – before Cork hit six points without reply before the break to give themselves real hope. And the visitors were breathing down Tipp’s necks when sub Mark Sugrue whipped home Cork’s first goal in the 32nd minute. But Tipp’s response was emphatic as they compiled an unanswered 2-8 to move 15 points clear, 4-17 to 1-11.

It was a remarkable transformation and Cork had no answers before captain Christopher Joyce – one of two players who started in last Sunday’s senior final – stopped the rot. But Tipp hit back with their fifth goal, scored by Tommy Heffernan, to ensure that all six starting forwards were on the scoresheet. Cork scored a consolation goal in the 58th minute through sub Cian Buckley but overall, the Leesiders were given a real chasing in the second half.

Recent meetings between the counties in this grade had been tit-for-tat affairs, with Tipp winning by just a single point at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last year. Indeed, the last three meetings between the counties had yielded victories for the visitors but not on this occasion as Tipp ensured that their U21s will contest a provincial decider on August 7, against Clare or Waterford. That stat will provide encouragement for the blue and gold hordes still reeling from the exits of the senior and minor teams from their respective championships.

And the intermediates will look to claim a second successive provincial crown against Cork in Thurles on Friday evening. Walsh and Forde scored Tipp’s goals in the opening half, before Cork came storming back into contention. Forde scored 1-8 against Limerick in the quarter-final and added 2-8 this evening, with captain Niall O’Meara claiming the man of the match award.

Scorers for Cork: Mark Sugrue 1-1, Jamie Coughlan 0-4 (3f, 1 65), Cian Buckley 1-0, Rob O’Shea 0-3, Brian Murray 0-2, Christopher Joyce, Conor Lehane and Jamie Wall 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 2-8 (1-0 pen, 0-6f), Bill Walsh 2-1, Niall O’Meara 0-4, Tommy Heffernan 1-0, Liam McGrath 0-2, Justin Cahill, Brian Stapleton, Aidan McCormack and John McGrath 0-1 each.

CORK: Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig); Colm Spillane (Castlelyons), Patrick O’Mahony (Midleton), Diarmuid Lester (Bishopstown); Daniel O’Mahony (Carrigtwohill), Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s); Rob O’Shea (Carriagline), Brian Murray (Bishopstown); Daire Lordan (Courcey Rovers), Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), Conor Lehane (Midleton); Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Jamie Wall (Kilbrittain), Brian Hartnett (Midleton).

Subs: Mark Sugrue (Bandon) for Lordan (27), Nicky Kelly (Mayfield) for Cadogan (38), Stephen Murphy (Blackrock) for P O’Mahony (44), Kevin Kavanagh (Carrigaline) for Murray (50), Cian Buckley (Na Piarsaigh) for Hartnett (53).

TIPPERARY: Darragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Andrew Ryan (Toomevara), Michael Breen (Ballina); Seamus Kennedy (St Mary’s, Clonmel), Tomás Hamill (Killea), Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule); Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons); Jason Forde (Silvermines), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Tommy Heffernan (Éire Óg Nenagh); Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Bill Walsh (Carrick Swans), Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields).

Subs: John McGrath (Loughmore-Casteiney) for McCormack (35), Colin O’Riordan for L McGrath (50), Conor Kenny (Borrisoleigh) for Walsh (55).

Referee: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)

Fixture Details


Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final

Tipperary v Cork

Venue: Semple Stadium Thurles @ 7:30pm

Referee – Shane Hourigan (Limerick)
Stand-By Referee – Declan O’Driscoll (Limerick)
Linesman – Michael O’Connor (Limerick)
Sideline Official – Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Umpires – Barry O’Donoghue, Derek Byrne, Padraic Jones and Kevin Sheahan (Limerick)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Next Round – the winners play Clare or Waterford on August 7th in the Munster Final

Admission Prices
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

Team News

The Tipperary under 21 team to play Cork at Semple Stadium on Wednesday night in the Bord Gais Energy Munster semi-final shows one change from the team which defeated Limerick in the quarter-final. Tommy Heffernan replaces Dan McCormack in the half forward line. The team is:

1. Darragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty)

2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill)

3. Michael Breen (Ballina)

4. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)

5. Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

6. Tomás Hamill (Killea)

7. Seamus Kennedy (St. Marys Clonmel)

8. Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

9. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

10. Tommy Heffernan (Éire Óg Nenagh)

11. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

12. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs) Capt

13. Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields)

14. Bill Walsh (Carrick Swan)

15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

The Cork U21 Hurling team to play Tipperary on Wednesday night at 7.30pm in the Bórd Gáis Energy Munster Semi-Final will line out as follows:

1. Patrick Collins

2. Colm Spillane 3. Patrick O’Mahony 4. Diarmuid Lester

5. Daniel O’Mahony 6. Christopher Joyce 7. Damien Cahalane

8. Brian Murray 9. Rob O’Shea

10. Jamie Coughlan 11. Daire Lordan 12. Conor Lehane

13. Alan Cadogan 14. Jamie Wall 15. Brian Hartnett


16 Tommy Wallace Midleton

17 Stephen Murphy Blackrock

18 Colm Barry Castlelyons

19 Kevin Kavanagh Carrigaline

20 Nicky Kelly Mayfield

21 Mark Sugrue Bandon

22 Kevin Hallissey Eire Og

23 Barry Lawton Castlemartyr

24 Cian Buckley Na Piarsaigh

Captain: Christopher Joyce

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Cork Tipperary
2012 Championship Performance Lost to Tipperary by 0-18 to 0-17 in the Munster Quarter-Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Defeated Waterford and Limerick to qualify for the Munster Final. Lost to Clare in the final by 1-16 to 1-14 at Cusack Park Ennis.
Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles 18 20
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling  Title 2007 2010
Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship Record since 2000 Played – 26
Won – 14
Lost – 11
Drawn – 2
Played – 29
Won – 19
Lost – 8
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship June 6th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final) – Tipperary 0-18 Cork 0-17 – Tipperary came from four points down with six minutes left to snatch victory with a late Sean Curran point from play.
What happened 3 years ago? 

2010 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round-up

Defeated Tipperary in the first round. Drew with Waterford after extra time in the Munster Semi-Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh before losing the replay by 2-17 to 1-13 at Walsh Park Waterford. Lost to Cork by 2-31 to 4-22 after extra time in the first round before losing to Clare by 0-17 to 1-13 in the Losers Group Playoff at Cusack Park Ennis.



Friday May 31st

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 2-11


Wednesday July 17th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Cork v Tipperary                                                       @ 7:30pm

Thursday July 18th

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford v Clare                                                     @ 7:30pm

Wednesday August 7th

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 (2) – 2009, 2012

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 2 titles (both in the last 4 years) while Waterford have 1 title.

2013 Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 2-11 – May 31st @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary: Darragh Mooney; Cathal Barrett, Michael Breen, Andrew Ryan; Joe O’Dwyer, Tomás Hamill, Seamus Kennedy; Niall O’Meara, Justin Cahill; Jason Forde, Dan McCormack, Brian Stapleton; Aidan McCormack, Bill Walsh, Liam McGrath
Subs: Conor Kenny for Walsh (46), Bill Maher for O’Dwyer (51), Tommy Heffernan for McCormack (55), John Meagher for Barrett (60+1)

Limerick: Owen Webb O’Rourke; Alan Dempsey, Mark O’Loughlin, Mark Carmody; Dan Morrissey, Barry O’Connell, Kevin O’Donnell; Thomas Ryan, Shane Kenny; Declan Hannon, William Hickey, David Reidy; John Fitzgibbon, Shane Dowling, Adrian Breen
Subs: Kevin O’Brien for Hickey (25), Barry Lynch for O’Connell (h.t.), Michael Ryan for Fitzgibbon (h.t.), Robbie Egan for Reidy (45)

Referee – Colm Lyons (Cork)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship

Jason Forde (Tipperary) – 1-8 (0-4 frees, 0-1 penalty)
Aidan McCormack (Tipperary) – 1-3
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-5 (0-3 frees)
Shane Kenny (Limerick) – 1-1
Michael Ryan (Limerick) – 1-0
Dan McCormack (Tipperary) – 0-2
Brian Stapleton (Tipperary) – 0-2
Declan Hannon (Limerick) – 0-2
Kevin O’Donnell (Limerick) – 0-2 (0-1 free)

Niall O’Meara (Tipperary), Bill Walsh (Tipperary), Liam McGrath (Tipperary), David Reidy (Limerick) 0-1 each

Useful Information

Last meeting – 2012 Munster Under 21 Hurling Quarter-Final on June 6th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Tipperary 0-18 Cork 0-17

Tipperary: Paul Ryan; S Maher, A Ryan, Pa Ryan; W Ryan, D Maher, J Cahill; B Stapleton, D McCormack; N O’Meara, S Curran, D Collins; L McGrath, J O’Dwyer, E Murray.

Subs: C Hogan for D Maher (45), A McCormack for Murray (48), T Heffernan for D McCormack (51).

Cork: S Nyhan; P O’Mahony, D Cahalane, C Spillane; D O’Mahony, C Joyce, P O’Brien; N Kelly, D Drake; M Sugrue, J Cronin, C Lehane; J Coughlan, D Brosnan, E O’Sullivan.

Subs: K Kavanagh for Spillane (inj) (8), B Murray for Brosnan (44), C Murphy for Kelly (52), P Haughney for Cronin (60).

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-9 (0-6f), S Curran, D Collins 0-2 each, B Stapleton, D McCormack, N O’Meara, E Murray, L McGrath 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: J Coughlan 0-9 (0-6f), C Lehane, D Drake 0-3 each, C Joyce (0-1 ’65), E O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Referee: Pat Casey (Waterford).


Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship in 12 of the last 13 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 2012) and Limerick (2011).

Limerick have lost their first match in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship in 6 of the last 8 seasons.

The Munster Under 21 Hurling champions have captured the All-Ireland crown on just three occasions since 2003 – Clare (2009 and 2012) and Tipperary (2010).


July 17, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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