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Electric Ireland Munster MHC Q-Final – Cork 5-26 Kerry 0-9

April 9, 2014 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Cork defeated Kerry by 5-26 to 0-9 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday April 9th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Cork power on but serious tests await

By Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 5-26 Kerry 0-09

Cork had far too much firepower for Kerry in Páirc Uí Rinn last night, setting up a Munster MHC semi-final at the end of June with the winners of tonight’s game between Limerick and Tipperary. With just three players on view from last year’s defeat to Waterford — captain Patrick Collins, Shane O’Brien and Alan O’Callaghan — the management team of Denis Ring and Mark Landers had to be happy with their new-look side. However, Ring acknowledged tougher tests are to come.

“We have a serious task ahead of us now, Limerick or Tipp,” he said. “There is no back door there. We might have preferred a better draw. Limerick are hammering the daylights out of everybody. We would be away against Limerick and if it is Tipp we are at home. But at this point and time Limerick would appear to be very strong. The next game for us is winner takes all. We have just one match to get it right. Unfortunately, it is going to be the difference between hurling in August and not.

“We have put in a phenomenal effort and we are happy with the display tonight. But the next nine weeks are very serious for us. We have a lot of matches lined up and we will also go back to our gym programme.”

Cork led 1-14 to 0-3 at half-time with Eoghan Keniry netting eight minutes before the break. The Rebels took over in the second half with further majors from Keniry, sub Billy Dunne and Luke Meade (2). Inside forwards Keniry and Sean Hayes are impressive ball-winners and will prove a handful for any full-back line. Luke Meade and Dayne Lee were also highly influential in an attack that found it all too easy.

It would have to be said — even though it was one-way traffic on the scoreboard — the visitors were far better than their nine-point return. Goalkeeper Stephen Murphy was superb between the sticks, centre-forward Michael O’Leary is an excellent hurler and was the scorer of two superb points from play, while Jack Goulding — despite wearing No 14 — roamed all over the pitch catching the eye many times. The Kingdom will meet Clare in a couple of weeks in a play-off game.

Scorers for Cork: L Meade and E Keniry 2-4 each, D Lee 0-7, S Hayes 0-6 (5f), B Dunne 1-0, T O’Connor 0-3, D Meaney and D Buckley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: B Barrett 0-4 (4f), M O’Leary 0-2, R Collins, J Conway and A Murphy 0-1 each.

CORK: P Collins (Ballinhassig, capt); C Walsh (St Finbarr’s), S Bourke (Grenagh), E Gunning (Na Piarsaigh); S O’Brien (St Catherine’s), A O’Callaghan (Blackrock), D Browne (Kanturk); S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), D Meaney (Blackrock); L Meade (Newcestown), T O’Connor (Inniscarra), D Lee (Na Piarsaigh); M Dolan (Douglas), S Hayes (Mallow), E Keniry (Killeagh/St Ita’s).
Subs: D Casey (Charleville) for T O’Connor (38), B Dunne (Fr O’Neills) for M Dolan (38), D Buckley (Shandrum) for S O’Donoghue (44), D Dooling (Glen Rovers) for D Meaney (48), J O’Sullivan (Ballygiblin) for E Keniry (51).

KERRY: S Murphy (Causeway); S O’Sullivan (Abbeydorney), J Barrett (Causeway), A O’Mahony (Crotta O’Neill’s); M Leane (Ballyheigue), D Shanahan (Lixnaw), M Lynch (Causeway); B Barrett (Causeway), F O’Sullivan (Kenmare); J Buckley (Lixnaw), M O’Leary (Abbeydorney), J Brick (Kilmoyley); J Diggins (Causeway), J Goulding (Ballyduff), F Mackessy (St Brendan’s, capt).
Subs: R Collins (Kilmoyley) for M Lynch (23), J Diggins (Causeway) for J Barrett (36), D O’Carroll (Ballyduff) for F O’Sullivan (40), J Conway (Crotta O’Neill’s) for J Brick (46), A Murphy (Dr Crokes) for B Barrett (52).

Referee: Tomás Walsh (Waterford)

Fixture Details

Cork v Kerry
Corcaigh v Ciarraí
Venue: Páirc Uí Rinn, Corcaigh at 6.15pm
Referee: Tomás Walsh (Portláirge)
Extra Time if necessary

When – Wednesday April 9th 2014

Where – Pairc Uí Rinn at 6.15pm (prior to Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football final)

Referee – Tomás Walsh (Portláirge)

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 will qualify for the Munster semi-final on June 25th or 26th where they will play the winners of the Limerick and Tipperary first round game. The losers will play the losers of Clare v Waterford on Wednesday April 23rd or 30th.

Admission Prices
Adult – €15
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €10
Under 16s are free

There is a discount of €5 on all adult tickets that are pre-purchased in SuperValu and Centra outlets and on

Team News


The Cork Minor Hurling team to play Kerry in the Munster Championship on Wednesday at 6.15pm at Páirc Uí Rinn will line out as follows:

1. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig – Captain)
2. Cian Walsh (St. Finbarr’s)
3. Sean Bourke (Grenagh)
4. Eddie Gunning (Na Piarsaigh)
5. Shane O’Brien (St. Catherine’s)
6. Alan O’Callaghan (Blackrock)
7. Darren Browne (Kanturk)
8. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)
9. Daniel Meaney (Blackrock)
10. Luke Meade (Newcestown)
11. Tomás O’Connor (Inniscarra)
12. Dayne Lee (Na Piarsaigh)
13. Mark Dolan (Douglas)
14. Sean Hayes (Mallow)
15. Eoghan Keniry (Killeagh/ Ita’s)

16. Darragh O’Connell (Na Piarsaigh)
17. David Dooling (Glen Rovers)
18. Ollie Dempsey (Youghal)
19. Diarmuid Buckley (Shandrum)
20. Darren Casey (Charleville)
21. Billy Dunne (Fr. O Neill’s)
22. Michael O’Halloran (Blackrock)
23. Joseph O’Sullivan (Ballygiblin)
24. Shane Kingston (Douglas)

Only three of Cork’s starting fifteen were involved in the extra time defeat to Waterford in last year’s Munster Championship: Shane O’Brien, Alan O’Callaghan and captain Patrick Collins, who is in his third year as a Cork Minor. All of the starting fifteen are in their final year at the minor grade. Cian Walsh, Seán Bourke, Eddie Gunning, Dayne Lee, Mark Dolan, Daniel Meaney, Seán Hayes and Eoghan Keniry were part of the 2013 U17 Rebel Óg Academy squad that won the Mallow Inter-County tournament. Luke Meade, Tomás O’Connor, Darren Browne and Seán O’Donoghue were also involved in that squad but were club-tied for the tournament.

Additional Panel Members
25. Martin Collins (St. Patrick’s)
26. Aaron Stafford (Aghada)
27. John Good (Tracton)
28. Seadnaidh Smyth (Midleton)
29. Alec Luttrell (Mallow)
30. John Looney (Aghada)
Unavailable for selection due to injury: Evan O’Connell (Glen Rovers), Paul Leopold (Sarsfields)

The game is a first outing for the current management team, headed up by manager Denis Ring (Fermoy) and coach Mark Landers (Killeagh), along with selectors John Dwyer (Ballincollig), John Mortell (Ballyhea) and Liam Martin (Glen Rovers).

KERRY: Stephen Murphy (Causeway); Stephen O’Sullivan (Abbeydorney), Jamie Barrett (Causeway), Adrian O’Mahony (Crotta O’Neills); Michael Leane (Ballyheigue), Darragh Shanahan (Lixnaw), Michael Lynch (Causeway); Brandon Barrett (Causeway), Fionan O’Sullivan (Kenmare); John Buckley (Lixnaw), Michael O’Leary (Abbeydorney), Jordan Brick (Kilmoyley); Joe Diggins (Causeway), Jack Goulding (Ballyduff), Fionan Mackessy (St Brendan’s).

PRO Contact Details

Cork PRO Tracey Kennedy – and 087 1250373

Kerry PRO John O’Leary – and 086 3026041

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at for more information

For the Record



2014 Team Management Denis Ring (Fermoy) – ManagerMark Landers (Killeagh) – Coach

John Dwyer (Ballincollig)

John Mortell (Ballyhea)

Liam Martin (Glen Rovers)


Ian Brick (Kilmoyley) – ManagerAidan O’Mahony (St Brendans) Stephen Goggin (Causeway)


2014 Team Captain Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig) Fionán Mackessy (Ardfert)
2013 Championship Performance Defeated Clare by 3-15 to 2-14 in the first round before losing to Waterford in the semi-final by 3-19 to 1-20. Did not participate but won All Ireland Minor B final.In 2012 lost to Tipperary and Cork.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles



Last Munster Minor Hurling Title



Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 42
Won – 26
Lost – 13
Drawn – 3
Played – 15
Won – 0
Lost – 15
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship May 5th 2012 at Austin Stack Park Tralee – Cork 6-22 Kerry 1-4 – Anthony Spillane scored 3 goals in an easy victory for Cork in the first play-off game of the 2012 championship.


First Round

Wednesday April 9th

@ Páirc Uí Rinn                               Cork v Kerry                                                  @ 6:15pm

@ Cusack Park Ennis                     Clare v Waterford                                         @ 6:30pm

Thursday April 10th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick v Tipperary                                    @ 7pm


Dates and Venues to be confirmed depending on results

Wednesday April 23rd or 30th

 Play-off 1: Loser of Cork v Kerry v Loser of Clare v Waterford

Wednesday April 30th or May 7th

Play-off 2: Loser of Limerick v Tipperary v Winner of Play-off 1


Wednesday June 25th or Thursday June 26th

Winners of Limerick v Tipperary v Winners of Cork v Kerry

Winners of Clare v Waterford v Winners of Play-off 2


Sunday July 13th


Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Odds and Ends

Waterford have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 6 years. Cork and Limerick have the next best consecutive streak with at least 1 victory in each of the last 4 years. Tipperary have won a game in each of the last 3 years. While Clare did not secure a victory last year, they won a game in each of the previous 7 years. Tipperary have the best consecutive streak since 2000 winning a game in each of the ten years from 2000 to 2009 inclusive.  

Limerick are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-20 to 4-8 victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium in the 2013 final replay. `

Waterford secured their first All Ireland minor hurling title since 1948 when they defeated Galway in the final on September 8th 2013 by 1-21 to 0-16.

Kerry make a welcome return to the Munster championship this year. In 2012, when they last competed, they lost both their games – the first against Tipperary and the second against Cork. 2013 was a good year for them as they won the All Ireland Minor Hurling B championship defeating Meath by 1-19 to 3-9 in the final.

Cork Coach Mark Landers captained Cork to win the All-Ireland senior hurling title in 1999. Manager Denis Ring guided St. Colman’s College Fermoy to a number of Harty Cup titles. This is a first season in charge for Denis and his team, who were appointed at the end of last season.

Tipperary captain, Brian Hogan, is the son of former TIpperary Senior Hurling goalkeeper and manager Ken. Brian lined out in goal for the Tipperary Minor Hurlers in their two matches last year emulating his father Ken who was the Tipperary Minor Hurling goalkeeper in 1980 and 1981, winning Munster and All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 1980.

Clare appeared in 3 Munster minor hurling finals in a row from 2010 to 2012, winning in 2010 and 2011 against Waterford and losing to Tipperary in 2012. Several of their All Ireland senior winning squad of 2013 featured on those minor teams.

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (37) – 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012

Cork (32) – 1928, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998 , 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

Limerick (6) – 1940, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1984 , 2013

Waterford (4) – 1929, 1948, 1992, 2009        

Clare (4) – 1981, 1989, 2010, 2011

Munster Minor 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 in1928 –

Munster Minor Hurling Cup

There is no name on the Munster Minor Hurling Cup. The cup itself was presented by T.W.A., Shannon Airport in 1946.

All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship

In the Minor Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Tipperary are sedond in the charts with 19 titles behind Kilkenny’s 20 titles. Cork have won 18 titles, Limerick have 3 titles (1940, 1958, 1984) and Waterford joined them on 3 last year (1929, 1948, 2013) while Clare’s only title to date came in 1997.

Of the last 14 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Finals played, the Irish Press Cup has returned to Munster on 5 occasions – Cork (2001), Tipperary (2006, 2007 and 2012) and Waterford (2013). Of the other 9 titles since 1999, Galway have 5 and Kilkenny have captured 4.

Tipperary were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1996, 2006, 2007 and 2012

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001


April 9, 2014
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
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