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Munster Minor Hurling 2nd Playoff – Clare 1-23 Tipperary 0-12

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Clare defeated Tipperary by 1-23 to 0-12 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling 2nd Playoff game on Wednesday April 30th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Photos from the game via Munster GAA Facebook

Clare turn on scoring style after three red cards trip up Tipp

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner Newspaper

Clare 1-23 Tipperary 0-12

Drama and cards aplenty in Ennis last night as Clare cruised into the penultimate round of the Munster MHC. Impressive as their second-half showing may have been, Clare’s comprehensive victory stemmed largely from the three red cards shown to Tipperary’s Willie Connors, Tommy Nolan and Chris McCullagh. Of particular weight in determining the outcome was the first red card handed out by referee Nathan Wall just before half-time and, indeed, the only dismissal you could argue against.

Clare goalkeeper Jason Loughnane, upon gathering a long delivery, attempted to side-step the close attention of Nolan, but was caught on the neck by the butt of the corner-forward’s hurley. Granted, it was a lazy effort on the part of Nolan to halt Loughnane’s progress, but certainly not demanding of a straight dismissal. It capped a contentious half-hour in which Wall had already dished out three yellow cards, drawing the ire of both sets of fans in the 1,218 crowd.

Tipperary appeared to brush off Nolan’s dismissal when pointing in the opening seconds of the second half, stretching their lead to 0-11 to 0-9. It followed a first-half display where half-forwards Stephen Quirke and Alan Tynan caused real problems, scoring all but one of their 0-10 total. Andrew Coffey’s early second-half minor, however, would prove their last score for 28 minutes, in which time they were hit for 1-14 and incurred a further two red cards.

Clare manager Eamon Fennessy accepted the red card shown to Nolan was a turning point given the visitors had shaded the opening exchanges. “The first sending-off seemed to unsettle them,” he said. “We got the lads in at half-time, regrouped and told them they weren’t hurling to their potential. We struck a few early scores and took momentum from there.

“All our preparation centred on taking the game to Tipperary, we did that and thankfully we came out on the right end. They are the ones that set the standard in the first-half, we had to come to their level, we did but we did it the hard way. “This is a new group with very few survivors from last year and so every game is bringing them on.”

Aaron Shanagher led the Clare onslaught, his converted penalty on 50 minutes ending the game as a contest. Connors conceded the penalty for a wild pull on Ian Galvin. The corner-back received a straight red and was soon joined in the stand by substitute McCullagh after his needless challenge on Shanagher.

Scorers for Clare: A Shanagher 1-13 (0-10f, 1-0 pen, 0-1 ’65); M O’Shea, I Galvin, B Guilfoyle 0-2 each; C Corbett, M O’Malley, J McCarthy (1f), S Conway 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: A Tynan 0-5 (3f), S Quirke 0-4, T Nolan, M Dunne, A Coffey 0-1 each.

CLARE: J Loughnane; C Cooney, S Downey, R Hayes; J McCarthy, D Walsh, D Fitzgerald; M O’Malley, P McNamara; C Corbett, M O’Shea, I Galvin; L O’Donovan, A Shanagher, B Guilfoyle.
Subs: S Conway for O’Donovan (44), C Smith for O’Shea (59), D Chaplin for Corbett (59), C Fitzgerald for Guilfoyle (59), C O’Halloran for O’Malley (60).

TIPPERARY: B Hogan; C Ryan, J Skehan, W Connors; P Maher, D Peters, A Coffey; B O’Connell, B McCarthy; A Tynan, S Quirke, L McCutcheon; T Nolan, M Dunne, R Ryan.
Subs: P Ryan for McCutcheon (26), L Fahey for McCarthy (32), C McCullagh for Ryan (43).

Referee: N Wall (Cork)

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-off 2: Clare 1-23 Tipperary 0-12

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Clare advanced to the semi-final of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship following a 14-point defeat of Tipperary in Cusack Park, Ennis on Wednesday night. The Banner County have earned a rematch against Waterford in the semi-final in late June, having lost to the All-Ireland champions by 1-13 to 0-11 in the quarter-final three weeks ago.

Eamonn Fennessy’s side negotiated their way through the ‘back door’ after that defeat to the Déise, first beating Kerry and then by securing an impressive win over Tipperary tonight. Clare were 0-10 to 0-9 down at half-time, but Tipperary had Tommy Nolan sent off just before the break and really struggled in the second half.

Aaron Shanagher, who hit a hat-trick of goals against Kerry last week, hit the back of the net from a 20-yard free to put the Banner men 1-18 to 0-11 ahead in the final quarter. Clare had hit nine points without reply before that. Tipperary finished with 12 men, losing Willie Connors and Chris McCullagh to further red cards in the closing stages. Shanagher finished the game with an impressive tally of 1-13 for the winners.

Fixture Details



Clare v TIpperary

Venue: Cusack Park, Ennis 7pm

Referee: Nathan Wall (Corcaigh)

Extra Time if necessary

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Clare in Wednesday’s Munster Minor Hurling Championship match shows 3 changes from the side which lost to Limerick in the first round. Bill O’Connell, Liam McCutcheon and Michael Dunne come in to the team in place of Chris McCullagh, Willie Coffey and Shane Hennessy.

Tipperary (MH v Clare): Brian Hogan (Lorrha and Dorrha – Captain); Conor Ryan (Nenagh Eire Og), Jack Skehan (Holycross-Ballycahill), Willie Connors (Kildangan); Paul Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Andrew Coffey (Nenagh Éire Óg); Bill O’Connell (Loughmore-Castleiney), Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields); Alan Tynan (Roscrea), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), Liam McCutcheon (Templederry Kenyons); Tommy Nolan (Drom and Inch), Michael Dunne (Mullinahone), Paul Ryan (Toomevara)

Clare have made two changes for the game from the side which defeated Kerry last week. Ciaran Cooney replaces Declan Power at corner-back while Liam O’Donovan comes in at corner-forward with Colin Corbett moving to wing-forward as Darren Chaplin drops to the bench.

Clare (MH v Tipperary) – Jason Loughnane (Sixmilebridge); Ciaran Cooney (O’Callaghan Mills), Seamus Downey (Clonlara), Rory Hayes (Wolfe Tones); David Fitzgerald (Inagh/Kilnamona), Darragh Walsh (Éire Óg), Jason McCarthy (Inagh/Kilnamona); Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley), Paraic McNamara (Kilmaley); Colin Corbett (Tulla), Michael O’Shea (Smith O’Brien’s), Ian Galvin (Clonlara); Brian Guilfoyle (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield), Aaron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones), Liam O’Donovan (Ruan).

Referee –                  Nathan Wall (Cork)

Umpires –                  Paddy Burke, Michael O’ Sullivan, Tony Barry, Barry O’Keeffe

Standby Referee–    Colm Lyons (Cork)

Linesman –               Kevin Murphy (Cork)

Side-line Official –               Joe Larkin (Cork)

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 play Waterford in the Munster semi-final on June 25th or 26th.

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

PRO Contact Details

Clare PRO Sean O’Halloran – and 087 247 7803

Acting Tipperary PRO Ed Donnelly – and 087-2055642

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at for more information

For the Record



2014 Team Management

Eamon Fennessy –  Manager

Kenny Morrissey – Trainer

Alan Cunningham

Martin Duggan 

Liam Cahill (Ballingarry) –  Manager

 Selectors –

Sean Corbett (Durlas Óg)

TJ Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore)

 John Sheedy (Portroe) 

2014 Team Captain

Darragh Walsh
(Éire Óg)

Brian Hogan

2013 Championship Performance Lost to Cork by 3-15 to 2-14 in the first round and to Waterford by 4-18 to 1-10 in the play-off for a semi-final place. Defeated Waterford by 2-18 to 1-15 in the Munster first round but lost semi-final to Limerick by 1-17 to 0-17 at Semple Stadium, Thurles.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles



Last Munster Minor Hurling Title



Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 41
Won – 19
Lost – 21
Drawn – 1
Played – 42
Won – 27
Lost – 12
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship 2013 Munster Final on July 15th at Páirc Uí Chaoimh – Tipperary  1-16 Clare 1-12.  It was the first time since 1955 that Tipperary won both minor hurling and football titles in the same year.


First Round

Wednesday April 9th

@ Páirc Uí Rinn                               Cork 5-26                   Kerry 0-9

@ Cusack Park Ennis                     Waterford 1-13          Clare 0-11

Thursday April 10th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick 3-17            Tipperary 2-11


Tuesday April 22nd Play-Off 1

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare 6-25                 Kerry 0-11

Wednesday April 30th Play-Off 2

@ Cusack Park, Ennus                              Clare v Tipperary                              @7pm


Wednesday June 25th or Thursday June 26th

@ Gaelic Grounds, Limerick                      Limerick v Cork

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 7 years. Cork and Limerick have the next best consecutive streak with at least 1 victory in each of the last 5 years. Tipperary have won a game in each of the last 3 years but need to win this game v Clare to maintain that record. 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 made 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 30, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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