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Munster MFC Q-Final – Tipperary 2-16 Waterford 1-7

April 15, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 2-16 to 1-7 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday April 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Tipperary go into cruise control in second-half

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Job done for Tipperary at Semple Stadium last evening as Charlie McGeever’s hosts blew away Waterford to book their place in the Electric Ireland Munster MFC semi-finals. For Tipp, it’s a last four clash with a playoff winner on May 13 as Waterford attempt to regroup for a knockout fixture with Limerick next week. But Waterford will feel they have something to work on after posing some problems for Tipp in the first-half.

In front of over 600 spectators, the visiting Déise found themselves 0-1 to 0-5 behind midway through the first half but were ahead after scoring 1-2 in four minutes. Goal chances were missed at either end before a slow burner burst into life in the final ten minutes of the first-half. Tipp dual star Stephen Quirke, the county’s minor hurling captain, and Jack Kennedy had been calling the tune for the winners before Conor Murray flashed life into Waterford.

Murray had bagged a couple of points before setting up Shane O’Meara for a 26th minute goal. Tipp’s response was good, however, as Kennedy scored two points before another dual player, Tommy Nolan, added another in first-half stoppage time. Tipp were 0-8 to 1-3 clear at half-time before Sean White notched Waterford’s only point from play of the second-half on the resumption. That was the cue for Tipp to gain control as they hit 1-5 without reply to end this as a contest.

Delahunty scored the 35th minute goal, pouncing on Waterford goalkeeper Kevin Dwane’s error.With the sun beaming from the Killinan End into his eyes, Dwane failed to deal with Kennedy’s pointed effort that dropped short. Delahunty was in no mood for charity and fisted home to hand Tipp a 1-11 to 1-4 advantage.

A second goal arrived 10 minutes later and this time Dwane had no chance as sub Brendan Martin coolly slotted beneath his body from Shane Power’s pass. That was pretty much that as Tipperary kept the scoreboard ticking over until the finish, with Kennedy, Martin and Ross Peters adding further points. Sean White kept the Waterford flag flying with a couple of placed balls interrupting Tipp’s scoring runs but this was too easy for the home side, who are rated as a team to watch in this year’s championship.

The obvious reward for Tipp’s victory is the avoidance of both Cork and Kerry until a potential Munster final. There is some obvious talent in the Tipp ranks, with Quirke and Kennedy shining like beacons and, having contested three successive provincial deciders from 2011-13, the chances are that Tipp will contest a second Munster final under McGeever’s watch.

Scorers for Tipperary: J Kennedy 0-5 (3f), J Delahunty 1-2, B Martin 1-1, S Quirke 0-3, A Buckley & T Nolan 0-2 each, R Peters 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: S O’Meara 1-0, S White 0-3 (1f, 1 45), C Murray 0-2, D Looby (f) & M Sweeney 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: C Manton; T Lowry, M Irwin, T Fitzgerald; M Kehoe, S Power, L Fahy; J Kennedy, T Nolan; A Buckley, S Quirke, D Owens; E Moloney, C Cashman, J Delahunty.
Subs: B Martin for Cashman (h.t.), J Bergin for Fahy (45), B McGrath for Delahunty (48), G Whelan for Fitzgerald (52), R Peters for Nolan (55), J Butler for Kehoe (57).

WATERFORD: K Dwane; C McCarthy, S Ryan, D O’Grady; N Montgomery, D McGuckian, C Barry; C Looney, C Prunty; D Looby, D Guiry, S O’Meara; M Sweeney, S White, C Murray
Subs: M Culloo for Looney (40), D McGrath for O’Meara (44), M Phelan for Looby (44), G Sheehan for Montgomery (53), E Kelly for Sweeney (58).

Referee: B Kelly (Clare)

Admission Details

Adults: €10
Concessions: available on match day at the venue or buy an Adult ticket and receive a rebate at designated turnstiles prior to entry
Under 16’s do not require a ticket

Click to buy tickets in advance

Team News

The Tipperary minor football team to play Waterford in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Quarter Final in Semple Stadium on Wednesday night at 7pm has been announced.
Danny Owens captains the side making it a memorable double for his Moyle Rovers Club as his team mate & club colleague Stephen Quirke captained the Tipperary minor hurlers last week, with Emmett Moloney of Drom & Inch the other dual player.
In all 6 of last years starting 15 in the Munster Semi -Final line out again in Charlie McGeever’s side as they get their campaign under way.

Charlie Manton (Fethard), Tommy Lowry (Arravale Rovers), Morgan Irwin (Moyle Rovers), Tadhg Fitzgerald (Moyle Rovers), Liam Fahy (Rockwell Rovers), Danny Owens Capt. (Moyle Rovers), Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), Aidan Buckley (St. Patricks), Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Shane Power (Galtee Rovers), Emmett Moloney (Drom & Inch), Conor Cashman (Cahir), Jack Delahunty (Newport).

Waterford minor football team to play Tipperary on Wednesday night in Thurles.

1. Kevin Dwane Ballinacourty
2. Conor McCarthy Ballinacourty
3. Stephen Ryan Nire
4. Darragh O’Grady Brickey Rangers
5. Carthach Barry Brickey Rangers
6. John Elstead Ballinacourty
7. Neil Montgomery Ballinacourty
8. Ciarán Looney Nire
9. Conor Prunty Ballinacourty
10. David Looby Ballinacourty
11. Conor Murray Rathgormack
12. Shane O’Meara Nire
13. Michael Sweeney Stradbally
14. Sean White Gaultier
15. Dylan Guiry Nire

Fixture Details

When – Wednesday April 15th at 7pm

Where – Semple Stadium Thurles

Referee – Barry Kelly (Clare)
Standby Referee – Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Linesman – Damien Fox (Clare)
Sideline Official – Rory McGann (Clare)
Umpires – Michael Howe, Maurice Healy, Robbie Healy, Micheál Crehan (Clare)

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 the winners of the second play-off game in the in the semi-final on May 13th. The losers will play the losers of Cork v Limerick in the first Play-Off game on Wednesday April 22nd.

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

For the Record

Waterford Tipperary
2015 Team Management Tim Lenehan – Manager


Gary Hurney – Coach

Selectors – Oran Curran  David Nugent, John Browne

Jonny Flavin – Physio


Charlie McGeever – Manager

Selectors – Niall Fitzgerald, Kieran Healy, Michael Power and Shane Stapleton.

Mike O’Sullivan – Coach

2015 Team Captain Dylan Guiry (Nire) Danny Owens
(Moyle Rovers)
2014 Championship Performance Lost to Tipperary by 2-11 to 2-7 in first round.

Defeated Clare by 6-9 to 4-12 in second play-off game.

Lost to Cork by 1-14 to 1-8 in semi-final.

Defeated Waterford by 2-11 to 2-7 in the first round.

Lost semi-final to Kerry by 2-18 to 0-7

Number of Munster Minor Football titles 0 7
Last Munster Minor Football Title N/A 2012
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 44
Won – 8
Lost – 31
Drawn – 5
Played – 55
Won – 27
Lost – 24
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship 2014 Munster Minor Football Championship first round at Fraher Field Dungarvan on April16th – Tipperary 2-11 Waterford 2-7.


First Round

Wednesday April 15th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary v Waterford                      @ 7pm
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Clare v Kerry                                     @ 7pm

@ Páirc na nGael Limerick            Cork v Limerick                                 @ 7pm


Play-off 1

Wedneday April 22nd  

@ TBC                                               Cork or Limerick v Tipperary or Waterford

Play-off 2

Wednesday April 29th 

@ TBC                                               Clare or Kerry v Winner of Play-Off 1. 


Wednesday May 13th

@ TBC                                   Winners of Clare v Kerry v Winners of Cork v Limerick
@ TBC                                   Winners of Tipperary v Waterford v Winners of Play-Off 2     

Sunday July 5th

@ TBC                                                                                                                       @ 12:00 noon

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (43) 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, 2014.

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) 1956

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 12 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 25 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, 2014

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


April 15, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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