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Munster Minor Football 2nd Playoff – Waterford 6-9 Clare 4-12

April 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Waterford defeated Clare by 6-9 to 4-12 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship 2nd Playoff on Tuesday April 29th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Photos from the game in Dungarvan

Déise edge Clare in 10-goal thriller

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 6-9 Clare 4-12

A last-minute Joe Allen strike settled an outrageously open and enjoyable 10-goal treat at Fraher Field last night. Playing a fast moving, direct brand of football in the Dungarvan sun, Oran Curran’s strikeforce outgunned the Banner as two attack-minded outfits traded blows before 277 fans.

Joe Allen (2-4), Conor Gleeson (five points and three assists) and Conor Prunty (two goals) thrived in the free-scoring environment. On the opposite side, Keelan Sexton (2-5) drove a Clare comeback from nine points back with the full-forward line posting 1-7 between them.

Waterford coasted three goals clear (4-4 to 1-4) amid a flurry of first-half activity. Joe Allen produced an unstoppable drive just 12 seconds in, after being played in by Conor Gleeson. Allen added a point seconds later. The Banner were always dangerous and a swift turn by Evan Courtney after 14 minutes set up an opening for Darren Nagle to goal.

The Déise supplied Gleeson with regularity and The Nire frontman hit two points and played the final pass in three first-half majors. He transferred to Dylan Guiry who punched to the net after 16 minutes. Aaron Donnelly intercepted a Clare kickout six minutes later and, after an exchange with Gleeson, fired low and hard. Conor Prunty rounded off another move.

The visitors ate into that lead and brought it to within three. Keelan Sexton beat keeper Craig Brown and a pair of Aidan Davidson points left them only a goal behind (4-5 to 2-8). Waterford eased their anxiety when Conor Prunty slotted his second goal on 42 minutes after a pass from Allen. Two Allen points pushed them out to six with 10 minutes left (5-7 to 2-10). Two goals in 60 seconds from Keelan Sexton and Evan Courtney suddenly levelled a heart-thumping affair.

A brace of Conor Gleeson eased Déise nerves but Liam Madigan then made it a one-point contest. With a minute left Allen’s second goal settled it. Cork await in the final four.

Scorers for Waterford: J Allen 2-4 (1f); C Prunty 2-0; C Gleeson 0-5 (3fs); A Donnelly, D Guiry 1-0 each.

Scorers for Clare: K Sexton 2-5 (2fs); E Courtney 1-1; D Nagle 1-0; A Davidson 0-4 (1f); L Madigan 0-2.

WATERFORD: C Brown; C O’Neill, J Guiry, M Cronin; J Mullaney, E O’Halloran, M Shine; C Curran, C Prunty; D Guiry, C Murray, A Donnelly; D Lyons, C Gleeson, J Allen.
Subs: J Elstead for Shine (12); M Sweeney for Lyons (40); G Hearne for D Guiry (44); P Whyte for Donnelly (61); C Culloo for Curran (63).

CLARE: K Normoyle; L Tierney, P Lillis, C Downes; C O’Dea, B Cahill, C Pyne; D Nagle, J Woods; M Byrne, K Sexton, N McCarthy; A Davidson, E Courtney, L Madigan.
Subs: E Hanrahan for Pyne (H-T); L Howard for Downes (H-T); M Duffy for M Byrne (50); B O’Connor for Sexton (63).

Referee: D Grogan (Tipperary)

Waterford advanced to the semi-finals of the Munster Minor Football Championship with a three-point win over Clare in a thrilling game which produced 10 goals at Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Tuesday night. The Déise are now back in the main draw and will play Cork in the Munster semi-final, with the game scheduled to take place on May 7 or 14 in Dungarvan.

In a crazy game, Waterford led by 4-4 to 1-4 at the break, but Clare drew level by the 51st minute at 4-10 to 5-7 before the hosts hit back with a late goal from Joe Allen to seal the win. Allen, Dylan Guiry, Aaron Donnelly and Conor Prunty got the Waterford goals in the first half, while Prunty and Allen both raised green flags again in the second half.

Fixture Details

Waterford v Clare
Venue: Fraher Field Dungarvan, 7pm

Referee – David Grogan (Tipperary)
Standby Referee – Sean Lonergan (Tipperary)
Linesman – John O’Brien (Tipperary)

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 Cork in the Munster semi-final on Wednesday May 7th or 14th.

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

PRO Contact Details

Waterford PRO Emer Barry – and 087 950 6613

Clare PRO Sean O’Halloran – and 087 247 7803

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at for more information

Team News

The Waterford Minor Football team to play Clare tomorrow (Tuesday night) was named after training tonight. Best of luck to all concerned. Game throws in at 7.00pm in Fraher Field.

1 Craig Brown Erin’s Own
2 Ciaran O’Neill Brickey Rangers
3 Jack Guiry Nire
4 Michael Cronin Ardmore
5 Michael Shine Ballinameela
6 Edmond O’Halloran Clashmore / Kinsalebeg
7 Jack Mullaney Stradbaly
8 Cormac Curran Brickey Rangers
9 Conor Prunty Ballinacourty
10 Dylan Guiry Nire
11 Conor Murray Rathgormack
12 Aaron Donnelly Dungarvan (Capt.)
13 Joe Allen Dungarvan
14 Conor Gleeson Nire
15 Darragh Lyons Dungarvan

For the Record




2014 Team Management

Oran Curran (Dungarvan) – Manager


Dick Guiry (The Nire),

John Browne (Erins Own),

Tim Lenihan (Shamrocks)

Aiden O’Keeffe – Manager

Selectors-   Tom  Byrne and Joe Considine

2014 Team Captain

Aaron Donnelly


Brian Cahill


2013 Championship Performance

Defeated Limerick by 3-10 to 3-9 in the first round in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Lost to Kerry by 1-15 to 2-6 in the Munster Semi-Final at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Lost to Tipperary by 1-10 to 0-8 in the first round.

Defeated Limerick by 1-12 to 0-9 in the first Play-Off game.

Lost to Kerry by 0-15 to 0-9 in the second play-off game.

Number of Munster Minor Football titles



Last Munster Minor Football Title



Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 42
Won – 7
Lost – 30
Drawn – 5
Played – 48
Won – 17
Lost – 27
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship They met in the 2012 Munster Quarter Final on April 14th when Clare had an easy 2-20 to 0-6 victory at Cusack Park, Ennis.



First Round

Wednesday April 16th

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Tipperary 2-11          Waterford 2-7
@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Kerry 2-16                  Clare 0-7

@ Páirc Uí Rinn                               Cork 6-15                   Limerick 1-7

Play-off 1

Wednesday April 23rd  

@ Newcastlewest                            Clare  2-17                Limerick 3-7

Play-off 2

Wednesday April 30th  

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan                       Waterford v Clare                 @7pm


Wednesday May 7th

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Tipperary v Kerry                              @ 7.30pm

Wednesday May 7th or 14th

@ TBC                                               Cork v Winners of Play-Off 2         @7.30pm

Sunday July 6th

@ TBC                                                                                                           @ 12:00 noon

Useful Information

Clare have won at least one game in each of the last five seasons in the Munster Minor Football Championship and need a victory against Limerick to stretch that record to 6 seasons.

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995, 2011 and 2012 when Tipperary were successful.

Kerry have played 56 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, leading Tipperary  who played 54 games in the same period.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001 and their first round victories ensured that record stretches for another year.

Waterford have won 2 of their last 21 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Limerick have won one of their last 13 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

All 6 counties have been involved in draws since 2000. Remarkably Kerry, Cork, Tipperary and Clare have all had 4 draws in that period while Waterford have had 5 and Limerick 3.

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (42)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (7)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011, 2012

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)


Munster Minor Football 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 in 1929 –

Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 24 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (18 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000


April 29, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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