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Munster Minor Football Quarter-Final – Clare 2-20 Waterford 0-6

April 14, 2012 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Banner boys have easy passage to semi-finals

Clare 2-20 Waterford 0-06

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare eased into the Munster MFC semi-final after a facile victory over Waterford at Cusack Park, Ennis on Saturday evening last. In a very one-sided affair, the host county raced into a 1-7 to no score lead by the 10th minute. They retired 1-10 to 0-2 in front at the break, forging ahead in the second half against a Waterford side that could only manage one score from play, a Donal Scanlon effort on the hour.

The hosts were well served by the Cleary twins, Eoin and Conor in the full-forward line, with Eoin netting the first goal in the eighth minute. The pair were ably assisted up front by Barry Lynch, son of All-Star hurler Colin, who had three points. The winner’s second green flag came with three minutes left on the clock, when sub Conor Deasy goaled following a hand-pass by Niall Pender.

Scorers for Clare: E Cleary (1-8) 0-4 f’s, 1 ‘45, C Cleary (0-5), 2 f’s, C Deasy (1-0), B Lynch (0-3), N Deasy (0-2), J Malone (0-2).

Scorers for Waterford: R Donnelly (0-5) f’s, D Scanlon (0-1).

CLARE: L Corbett, F Pyne, S Garry, J Brown, C McNeilis, C Murray, M Bohannon, J Malone (Capt.), E Hanrahan, S Corry, N Deasy, T Lynch, B Lynch, E Cleary, C Cleary.

Subs: S McGuire for Corry (38), C Deasy for T Lynch (38), N Pender for C Cleary (46), E Clancy for Bohannon (48), C Burke for E Cleary (52).

WATERFORD: A Kirwan, D Fitzgerald, B Looby, S Halley, T Devine, T Burke, J Barron (Capt.), M Houlihan, M Casey, M Curry, M Kiely, S O’Donovan, A O’Donoghue, P O’Connor, R Donnelly.

Subs: C Gleeson for Casey (half-time), D Scanlon for Houlihan (39), C Burke for Fitzgerald (41), L Houlihan for Curry (43).

Referee: D Grogan (Tipperary)


Munster MFC: Banner outclass Waterford

Report from the Hogan Stand web site

Clare’s minor footballers gave their senior counterparts a boost ahead of today’s crucial Allianz Football League promotion battle with Wicklow when they trounced Waterford in last night’s Munster MFC opener at Cusack Park.

Clare 2-20 Waterford 0-6

The Banner won the corresponding fixture by 14 points last year and this time the margin was even greater as Michael Neylon’s men qualified for a semi-final meeting with the winners of the losers’ group without ever breaking sweat. The game was already over as a contest at half-time with the home side leading 1-10 to 0-2, and with the talented Cleary brothers from Milltown-Malbay scoring 1-12 between them, they doubled their tally in the second half.

Scorers – Clare: E Cleary 1-6, C Cleary 0-6, C.Deasy 1-0, B Lynch, J Malone 0-3 each, N Deasy 0-2. Waterford: R Donnelly 0-5, D Scanlon 0-1.

Team News

The Waterford Minor Footbal Team to play Clare on Saturday evening next in the opening round of the Munster Championship at 6.45pm in Cusack Park, Ennis is as follows –

1 Andrew Kirwin Stradbally

2 Darragh Fitzgerald Dungarvan

3. Brian Looby Ballinacourty

4. Stephen Halley St Olivers

5. Tom Devine St.Pats

6. Tadgh Burke Clashmore / Kinsalebeg

7. Jamie Barron An Gaeltacht CAPTAIN

8. Martin Houlihan Brickey Rangers

9. Michael Casey Clan na Gael

10. Michael Curry Rathgormack

11. Michael Kiely St.Pats

12. Sean O’Donovan St.Pats

13. Adam O’Donoghue Gaultier

14. Paul O’Connor Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

15. Ryan Donnelly Dungarvan

Clare (MF v Waterford): L Corbett (Corofin); F Pyne (Killimer), S Garry (Cooraclare), J Brown (Kilrush); C McNelis (Clondegad), C Murray (Kilrush), M Bohannon (Shannon Gaels); J Malone (Corofin), E Hanrahan (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield); S Corry (Éire Óg), N Deasy (Ballyea), T Lynch (Ballyea); B Lynch (Lissycasey), E Cleary (St Joseph’s Milltown-Malbay), C Cleary (St Joseph’s Milltown-Malbay)

For the Record

Clare Waterford
2011 Championship Performance Lost to Cork in the first round. Defeated Waterford and Limerick in the Losers Group playoffs before losing to Cork in the semi-final by 1-16 to 0-6. Lost to Kerry in the first round and to Clare in the Losers Group 1st playoff by 4-14 to 1-9
Number of Munster Minor Football titles 3 0
Last Munster Minor Football Title 1953 N/A
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 41
Won – 14
Lost – 23
Drawn – 4
Played – 37
Won – 6
Lost – 26
Drawn – 5
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship April 16th 2011 at Fraher Field Dungarvan – (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff) – Clare 4-14 Waterford 1-9 – Three first half goals helped Clare to a 10 point interval lead and the result was never in doubt from there.


First Round

Saturday April 14th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Limerick v Cork @ 7:00pm

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee            Kerry v Tipperary @ 7:00pm

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare v Waterford @ 6:45pm

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Tuesday April 17th

Losers of Kerry v Tipperary vs. Losers of Clare v Waterford

Venue permutations

@ Clare venue                                    Kerry v Clare
(met in 2009 Semi-final at Austin Stack Park Tralee)

@ Waterford venue    Kerry v Waterford
(last meeting in 2011 First Round at Austin Stack Park Tralee)

@ Clare venue            Tipperary v Clare
(last meeting in 2010 Semi-Final 2nd playoff at Semple Stadium Thurles)

@ Waterford venue Tipperary v Waterford
(last meeting in 2009 Semi-Final 2nd playoff at Semple Stadium Thurles)

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Tuesday April 24th

Losers of Limerick v Cork vs. Winners of Semi-Final Play-off 1


Wednesday May 16th

Winners of Limerick v Cork vs. Winners of Kerry v Tipperary

Winners of Clare v Waterford vs. Winners of Semi-Final Play-off 2


Sunday July 8th

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (41)

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.

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 (6)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011

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 in1929 –

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 big 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 (17 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

Odds and Ends

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

Tipperary have played 47 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, more than any other Munster county.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001.

Dating back to 2005, Waterford have won 1 of their last 15 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship.


April 14, 2012
6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

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