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Cadbury Munster U21 Football S-Final – Tipperary 2-22 Clare 0-9

March 19, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Tipperary defeated Clare by 2-22 to 0-9 in the Cadbury Munster GAA Football Under 21 Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday March 19th at Milltown Malbay.

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Tipp coast to Munster final as Banner cast aside

Tipperary 2-22 Clare 0-09

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The Tipp U21 footballers qualified for the Munster final against Cork when they had the easiest of victories at Miltown Malbay last night. Clare won the toss and elected to play with a very strong wind. But it was the visitors that impressed early on. Quick hands, swift passing and fine finishing were features of their game, whereas Clare were far too tentative.

Clare led by 0-5 to 0-4 after 20 minutes but Tipp flexed their muscles in the final 10 minutes of the half and recorded five unanswered points in that period. Steven O’Brien, Greg Henry twice, Michael Quinlivan and Sean Flynn all got on the scoresheet to give the Premier County a deserved four-point advantage at the first whistle, Clare trailing by 0-9 to 0-5.

The Banner did rally a little after the break and thanks to free-taker Niall Hickey they trailed by 0-12 to 0-8 by the 39th minute. But that was as close as they got. Tipp picked off their opening goal in the 44th after a good move out of defence ended with Greg Henry coolly slotting a low shot to the Clare net. Tipperary added a further nine points in what looked like shooting practice, to Clare’s solitary point before the final whistle. Tipp grabbed a second goal at the death, as Liam McGrath deceived Clare goalie Darren Sexton.

Scorers for Tipperary: M Quinlivan (0-6), G Henry (1-2), L McGrath (1-1) J McGrath (0-4), S O’Brien (0-3), C O’Riordan (0-2), S Flynn (0-2) 1 f, B Maher, C Kennedy (0-1) each.

Scorers for Clare: N Hickey (0-7) 6 fs, M O’Leary (0-2) 1 f.

TIPPERARY: G Slattery, N O’Sullivan, J Feehan, C O’Sullivan, A McGuire, S Kennedy, B Maher, S O’Brien, C O’Riordan, J McGrath, I Fahey, G Henry, L McGrath, M Quinlivan (Capt) S Flynn.

Subs: P Quirke for Flynn (38), J Lonergan for Henry (45), C Kennedy for Fahey (49), L Casey for O’Riordan (53), J Keane for O’Brien (55). J Loughnane for Feehan (57).

CLARE: D Sexton, C Brennan, E Ralph, J O’Dea, S Lineen (Capt.), L Corry, E Brew, D McDonagh, C Devitt, N Hickey, L Brannock, D Bolton, M O’Leary, E Cleary, J Malone.

Subs: T Lynch for Brannock (half time), D Doyle for Bolton (43), D Masterson for Cleary (59).

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick).


Tipperary crush Clare to set up Munster U21 final rematch with Cork

Tipperary 2-22 Clare 0-9

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GOALS FROM GREG Henry and Liam McGrath helped Tipperary crush Clare in tonight’s Munster U21 football semi-final in Miltown Malbay. The Premier county were hugely impressive as they claimed a 19-point victory and set up a final rematch with Cork – twelve months after losing out to the Rebels in the decider.

Tipperary maintained the impressive form they displayed last week against Waterford in accounting for the Banner tonight. Clare had the wind in the first-half with Martin O’Leary and Niall Hickey ensuring they kept the scoreboard ticking over early on. Clare led 0-5 to 0-4 by the 20th minute mark but they shipped five points in a row before the break as Tipperary moved into a healthy position at the break.

Tipperary took over in the second-half with senior forward Michael Quinlivan excelling with his point-taking. The game was essentially put to bed in the 44th minute when Henry found the net for the first goal of the game. Tipperary were ahead 1-16 to 0-8 entering the final quarter and they piled on the scores in the closing stages with Quinlivan leading the way. The second goal arrived just before the finish from Liam McGrath as Tipperary moved comfortably into the decider.

Scorers for Tipperary: Michael Quinlivan 0-6, Greg Henry 1-2, John McGrath 0-4, Liam McGrath 1-1, Stephen O’Brien 0-3, Sean Flynn (0-1f), Colin O’Riordan 0-2 each, Bill Maher, Adrian McGuire 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Niall Hickey 0-7 (0-6f), Martin O’Leary 0-2 (0-1f).

TIPPERARY: Gearoid Slattery (Cashel King Cormacs); Niall O’Sullivan (Moycarkey Borris), James Feehan (Killenaule), Conor O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers); Adrian McGuire (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash); Steven O’Brien (Ballina), Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens); John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Greg Henry (Killenaule); Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), Sean Flynn (Fr Sheehys).

CLARE: Darren Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane); Conor Brennan (Eire Og), Enda Ralph (Ennistymon), Jack O’Dea (Kilfenora); Stan Lineen (Kilmihil), Eoin Brew (O’Curry’s), Liam Corry (Eire Og); Darragh McDonagh (St. Joseph’s Miltown Malbay), Ciaran Devitt (Ennistymon); Darragh Bolton (Kilrush Shamrocks), Luke Brannock (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield), Niall Hickey (Kilmurry Ibrickane); Jamie Malone (Corofin), Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil), Eoin Cleary (Miltown Malbay).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Admission Prices

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

Adult tickets can be purchased in advance at any Centra or Supervalu shop. Students / OAP’s pre purchasing should buy the full price adult ticket and get a concession of €5 on the evening of the game.

Team News

The Tipperary Under 21 Football team to play Clare in the Cadbury Munster GAA Football Under 21 Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday at 7:30pm in Milltown Malbay shows 1 change from the first round victory over Waterford. Liam McGrath replaces Josh Keane at corner-forward while full-forward and vice-captain Michael Quinlivan will lead out the team in the absence of injured captain John Meagher.

Tipperary (U21F v Clare) – Gearoid Slattery (Cashel King Cormacs); Niall O’Sullivan (Moycarkey Borris), James Feehan (Killenaule), Conor O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers); Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash); Steven O’Brien (Ballina), Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens); John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Greg Henry (Killenaule); Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials – Captain), Sean Flynn (Fr Sheehys)

Clare team to play Tipperary: Darren Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane); Conor Brennan (Eire Og), Enda Ralph (Ennistymon), Jack O’Dea (Kilfenora); Stan Lineen (Kilmihil), Eoin Brew (O’Curry’s), Liam Corry (Eire Og); Darragh McDonagh (St. Joseph’s Miltown Malbay), Ciaran Devitt (Ennistymon); Darragh Bolton (Kilrush Shamrocks), Luke Brannock (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield), Niall Hickey (Kilmurry Ibrickane); Jamie Malone (Corofin), Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil), Eoin Cleary (Miltown Malbay)

Fixture Details



Clare v Tipperary

An Clár v Tiobraid Árann

Venue: Miltown Malbay at 7.30pm

Referee: Richard Moloney (Luimneach)

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 Limerick or Cork in the Munster Final on Wednesday April 9th at 7:30pm

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at for more information

For the Record



2014 Team Management

Manager – David Power,

Selectors –
Gerry McGill and Pat Moroney

Coach – Pat Flanagan

Manager – Ger KeaneSelectors – Peter O’ Connell, Ger Quinlan and Joe Garry
2014 Captain


John Meagher
(Loughmore Castleiney)

Vice Captain:

Michael Quinlivan

(Clonmel Commercials)

Stan Lineen (Kilmihil)

2013 Championship Performance

Defeated Waterford and Clare to qualify for the Munster Final where they lost to Cork by 1-17 to 0-9.

Defeated Limerick by 2-7 to 0-10 in the Quarter-Final before losing to Cork in the Semi-Final by 3-15 to 1-6.

Number of Munster Under 21 Football titles



Last Munster Under 21 Football Title



Munster Under 21 Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 24
Won – 11
Lost – 13
Drawn – 0
Played – 21
Won – 6
Lost – 14
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship March 27th 2013 – Munster Semi-Final in Semple Stadium
Tipperary 1-12 Clare 0-7 – 8 points from Liam McGrath (6 from frees) and a goal from Michael Quinlivan helped Tipperary to an 8 point victory.
What happened 3 years ago?2011 Munster Minor Football Championship Round-up Defeated Limerick, Kerry and Cork to win the Munster Championship before going on to defeat Dublin in the All-Ireland Final. Lost to Cork by 2-10 to 0-11 in the first round before defeating Waterford by 4-14 to 1-9 in the losers group semi-final. Defeated Limerick 1-10 to 0-10 in the losers group final before losing to Cork in the semi-final by 1-16 to 0-6.

2014 Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship Fixtures / Results

Quarter Finals

Wednesday March 12th 

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee                Cork 0-18 v Kerry 2-8

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                 Tipperary 0-19 v Waterford 2-3


Wednesday March 19th  

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                  Cork v Limerick

@ Miltown Malbay                               Clare v Tipperary or Waterford


Wednesday April 9th

Munster Under 21 Football Championship Roll of Honour

Kerry (25) – 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008

Cork (24) – 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013

Limerick (1) – 2000

Waterford (1) – 2003

Tipperary (1) – 2010

Munster Under 21 Football Championship – Useful Information

  • Having failed to win a game in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship between 2002 and 2006, Tipperary have managed to win at least one match in this competition in 6 of the last 7 years, including the 2010 Munster title.
  • Waterford have lost their last 9 matches in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship.
  • Cork are going for their fourth Munster Under 21 Football title in a row. The last such sequence of victories for Cork came from 2004 to 2007 when they won four titles on the trot – each of them against different opposition in the final (Kerry, Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary). Cork have also won 3 or more Munster titles in a row in this competition from 1969-1971, 1979-1981, 1984-1986.
  • At the turn of the millennium, only Cork and Kerry had won Munster Under 21 Football titles with Kerry out in front in the roll of honour by 23 titles to 15. Since then, Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary have captured 1 title each while Cork have dominated to the extent that a victory in the 2014 Munster Under 21 Football Championship will see the Rebel County draw level on the roll of honour with Kerry for the first time since the 1970’s.
  • Kerry won five Munster Under 21 Football titles in a row from 1995 to 1999, winning the All-Ireland in three of those five years – 1995, 1996 and 1998.
  • Last meeting – 2013 Munster Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final at Semple Stadium Tipperary 1-12 Clare 0-7

Scorers for Tipperary: L McGrath 0-8 (6fs), M Quinlivan 1-0, B Hewitt 0-2, S O’Brien, S Kennedy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C Duggan 0-3 (1f), J Malone 0-2, C Cleary (1f), E Cleary 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY – E Comerford; P Dalton, N O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan; N O’Meara, S Kennedy, D Fitzell; S O’Brien, I Fahey; B Maher, L Treacy, D Leahy; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, S Leahy.

Subs: M O’Sullivan for O’Meara (42), J Longeran for Maher (50), B Hewitt for Treacy (50), J Ryan for Fahey (55), J O’Callaghan for Fitzell (55).

CLARE – D Sexton; A Downes, C Brennan, S Lineen; C O’Brien, S Malone, E Brew; G Looney, C Devitt; D Bolton, P Collins, C Cleary; C Duggan, J Malone, S Lynch.

Subs: W Flynn for Downes (47), E Cleary for Lynch (42), D Masterson for Devitt (49), M O’Neill for Collins (52), L Corry for Bolton (56).

Ref – R Moloney (Limerick)

  • For the record Cork and Kerry have both appeared in 37 finals (Kerry’s total includes 2 replays); Tipperary and Clare in 10 finals; Waterford in 8 finals and Limerick in 4 finals
  • Though Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary have won this competition in this millennium, the combined record of the so called four weaker counties since 2000 is played 88, won 31, lost 54 and drawn 3 – a winning percentage of 35%.
  • Kerry and Cork have dominated this competition and only once in the history of the championship were one or both counties not involved in the final. That was in 2000 when Limerick played Waterford in the Final in Dungarvan with Limerick lifting the crown for the first and only time on a 0-7 to 0-4 scoreline.

Munster Under 21 Football Cup

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

All Ireland Under 21 Football Championship

In Under 21 Football All Ireland Roll of Honour Cork have won 11 Titles and Kerry have 10 Titles to their credit. Cork were All Ireland Under 21 Champions in 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007, 2009. Kerry titles were won in 1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008

Cadbury Hero of the Future Awards

Former Cadbury Hero of the Future Award Winners:

  • 2006: Keith Higgins from Mayo
  • 2007: Fintan Goold from Cork
  • 2008: Killian Young from Kerry
  • 2009: Colm O’Neill from Cork
  • 2010: Rory O’Carroll from Dublin
  • 2011: Thomas Flynn from Galway
  • 2012: Ciaran Kilkenny from Dublin
  • 2013: Ian Burke from Galway

2014 Munster Under 21 Football Championship Matches played


Cork 0-18 Kerry 2-8 Austin Stack Park, Tralee Wednesday, March 12th 2014

Scorers for Cork: A Cadogan (0-5); D MacEoin (0-5, 0-1 free); S Kiely (0-3); M Sugrue (0-2); J Corkery, K Kavanagh (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerry: J Crean (1-3, 1-0 pen, 0-2 frees); G O’Leary (1-0); T Hickey (0-3, 0-1 frees); C Keating (0-2).

Cork: M Martin (Nemo Rangers); J Davis (Douglas), C Dorman (Bishopstown), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers); B O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), S White (Clonakilty), K Crowley (Millstreet); D Murphy (Valley Rovers), I McGuire (St Finbarr’s); M Sugrue (Bandon), C O’Sullivan (Clyda Rovers), S Kiely (Ballincollig); D Mac Eoin (Illen Rovers), D Harrington (Adrigole), A Cadogan (Douglas).

Subs: K Kavanagh for Murphy (HT), C McIntrye for O’Sullivan (HT), J Corkery for Harrington (36), K Fulignati for O’Driscoll (47).

KERRY: S Murphy (Kilcummin); N Breen (Beaufort), G Crowley (Templenoe), J McGuire (Listowel Emmets); P Ó Conchúir (Dingle), P Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), T Morley (Templenoe); K Murphy (Kilcummin), S Keane (Legion); G Horan (Austin Stacks), G O’Leary (Kilcummin), A Spillane (Templenoe); T Hickey (Desmonds), J Crean (Annascaul), C Keating (Skellig Rangers).

Subs: D Daly for Horan (40 mins), C Keane for O’Leary (47), C Fitzgerald for A Spillane (50), J O’Donoghue for Crean (54), C Jordan for Morley (60).

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)

Tipperary 0-19 Waterford 2-3 Fraher Field Dungarvan, Wednesday, March 12th 2014

Scorers for Tipperary: G Henry 0-4, S Flynn 0-3 (2fs), J Keane, L McGrath, M Quinlivan 0-2 each, B Maher, S O’Brien, J McGrath, I Fahey, K Fahey, L Casey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: D Hallahan, R Donnelly 1-0 each, K Sheehan 0-2, G Nugent 0-1 (f).

TIPPERARY: G Slattery; N O’Sullivan, J Feehan, C O’Sullivan; R Mulcahy, S Kennedy, B Maher; S O’Brien, C O’Riordan; J McGrath, I Fahey, G Henry; J Keane, M Quinlivan, S Flynn.

Subs: K Fahey for Mulcahy (20), L McGrath for Quinlivan (21), L Casey for O’Brien (38), J Lonergan for Keane (47), A Maguire for O’Sullivan (52), P Shanahan for Flynn (57).

WATERFORD: S Barron; B Looby, R Ó Ceallaigh, B Power; P Connors, B Phelan, D Foley; K Sheehan, S Keating; D Hallihan, D Murphy, M Curry; L Ó Corraoin, G Nugent, M Troy.

Subs: C Walsh for Looby (31), R Donnelly for Murphy (h-t), C Sheridan for Connors (42), P O’Connor for Troy (42).

Referee: S Joy (Kerry)


March 19, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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