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Electric Ireland Munster GAA MHC – Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-12

May 2, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Treaty super sub sinks Cork

Cork 1-12 Limerick 0-16

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Substitute Liam O’Sullivan was the scoring hero in the finale and wing-forward Ronan Lynch, still eligible for the U16 grade, was the scoring hero for the majority of the game as Limerick enjoyed a successful trip to Páirc Uí Chaoimh last night by claiming a victory over Cork in the opening round of the Munster MHC. In a frenetic spell of action in injury-time a Lynch free edged Limerick in front before Cork centre-forward Dillon Cahill tied the teams once more when he raised a white flag. Yet O’Sullivan had the critical say with the Doon youngster’s shot just squeezing inside the upright and Limerick soaked up a late barrage of Cork pressure to hold on.

The result consigns Cork to a play-off tie against Kerry in Austin Stack Park next Saturday night at 7pm where they will seek to preserve their interest in the campaign. Limerick manager Shane Fitzgibbon said: “It’s always special to come down to Cork any time and win. I have total belief in my own players and they kept fighting. They wanted this very badly. We won the battle tonight but the war goes on. “We’re only into a Munster semi-final and we’ve to navigate the Leaving Cert as well as doing a lot of work over the next couple of months.”

Limerick were grateful to the outstanding marksmanship of Ronan Lynch during this game. The Na Piarsaigh youngster impressed for Ardscoil Rís in the Dr Harty Cup earlier this year and with two further years of inter-county minor hurling ahead of him, his 0-11 haul last night was hugely impressive. “Ronan is a serious talent,” admitted Fitzgibbon. “He’s a superb hurler with a great attitude and a great family behind him to support him. But there have been many false dawns in Limerick as regards to players. Ronan has had a great night tonight and gave a special performance but now must drive on.”

The match was highly competitive in the opening half yet Limerick’s excellent deliveries into their attack and greater physical edge helped them into a 0-7 to 0-5 lead by the 23rd minute. Limerick could have been further ahead but for a fantastic save by Patrick Collins when Bryan Griffin lashed in a fierce shot in the 25th minute. Cork battled back well before the break overcoming the loss of key players Ryan Dineen and Peter Kelleher through injury. Pa O’Callaghan grabbed some lovely points to ensure they were level at the interval at 0-8 apiece.

Limerick made a decisive burst in the second half as they took control to enjoy a 0-14 to 0-9 lead with 10 minutes remaining but then Cork produced their best spell of the game. Substitutes James O’Brien and Anthony Spillane made notable impacts before Cork finally found the net through Spillane. Michael Cahalane, influential when switched to attack, was the creator and after O’Callaghan and goalkeeper Darragh Stapleton both missed the ball, Castlelyons attacker Spillane was on hand to whip the ball home. But Cork were unable to move ahead, with O’Sullivan grabbing the winner for Limerick. Rebels boss Pat Kenneally admitted: “We’re terribly disappointed. “We now have Kerry next weekend and we’re absolutely thrilled to have another opportunity. The lads know a few did not play up to standard but we’ll work hard to improve.”

Scorers for Limerick: R Lynch 0-11 (8f, 1 sl, 1 65), K O’Brien, B Griffin (1f), B Finn, C Lynch, L O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: P O’Callaghan 0-5 (3f), D Cahill 0-3, A Spillane 1-0, J O’Brien 0-2, B O’Connell, J Cashman 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: D Stapleton; S Irwin, R English, J Carrig; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, E Fitzgerald; B Finn, K Cleary; R Lynch, D Condron, E O’Farrell; K O’Brien, B Griffin, C Lynch.

Subs: D Donovan for Fitzgerald (ht), A La Touche Cosgrave for O’Farrell (36), D Dee for Cleary (38), P Ryan for B Griffin (55), L O’Sullivan for O’Brien (58, inj).

CORK: P Collins; S Murphy, K O’Connor, A Dennehy; K McIntyre, M Cahalane, P Fitzgerald; C Twomey, B O’Connell; J Cashman, D Cahill, K O’Neill; A Sheehan, P O’Callaghan, R Cahalane.

Subs: D Mangan for Twomey, J O’Brien for R Cahalane (both ht), J McCarthy for Murphy (43, inj), A Spillane for Sheehan (48), T Horgan for Cashman (60).

Referee: D Fox (Clare)

Team News

The Cork Minor Hurling team to play Limerick on Wednesday at 7pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh will line out as follows:

1. Patrick Collins

2. Stephen Murphy 3. Killian O’Connor 4. Alan Dennehy

5. Killian McIntyre 6. Michael Cahalane 7. Paul Fitzgerald

8. Conor Twomey 9. Barry O’Connell

10. John Cashman 11. Dillon Cahill 12. Kevin O’Neill

13. Aaron Sheehan 14. Richard Cahalane 15. Pa O’Callaghan

Captain: Stephen Murphy

16. James McSweeney Bandon

17. James McCarthy Kiltha Óg

18. Daniel Mangan St. Catherines

19. Cathal McCormack Blackrock

20. Trevor Horgan Newcestown

21. Anthony Spillane Castlelyons

24. David Geary Fermoy

22. James O’Brien Charleville

23. Shane Hegarty Kiltha Óg


The Limerick Minor Hurling Team to play Cork in the First Round of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship in Pairc Ui Chaoimh tonight (Wednesday 2nd May) at 7pm has been announced.

The team lines out as follows –

1. Darragh Stapleton, Doon

2. Shane Irwin, Bruff

3. Richie English, Doon

4. James Carrig, Patrickswell

5. Diarmuid Byrnes, Patrickswell

6. Barry O’ Connell, Kildimo / Pallaskenry

7. Evan Fitzgerald, Claughaun

8. Brian Finn, Bruff

9. Kieran Cleary, Knockainey

10. Ronan Lynch, Na Piarsaigh

11. David Condron, Granagh Ballingarry

12. Eoin O’ Farrell, Croom

13. Kevin O’ Brien, Patrickswell

14. Bryan Griffin, Ballybrown

15. Cian Lynch, Patrickswell

16. David Lynch, Croagh / Kilfinny

17. Eamon Leen, Kilmallock

18. Stephen Ryan, Doon

19.Darragh Donovan, Doon

20. Jody Hannon, Adare

21. Diarmuid Dee, Mungret / St. Pauls

22. Liam O’ Sullivan, Knockaderry

23. Pat Ryan, Doon

24. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, Monaleen


For the Record

Cork Limerick
2011 Championship Performance Lost to Limerick in the first round before rebounding with a victory over Kerry. Cork bowed out with a 2-16 to 1-9 defeat at the hands of Tipperary at Semple Stadium. Defeated Cork in the first round before losing an extra time thriller to Waterford on a scoreline of 4-17 to 3-15 at Walsh Park Waterford.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 32 5
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2008 1984
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 36
Won – 23
Lost – 10
Drawn – 3
Played – 25
Won – 8
Lost – 15
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship April 27th 2011 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Limerick 2-14 Cork 0-12 – Goals by Jack Aherne and Brendan O’Connor helped by 7 points by Shane Dowling saw Limerick inflict an 8 point defeat on a Cork team which had current Cork Senior panellist Darren Sweetnam at centre-back.


First Round

Wednesday May 2nd

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare v Waterford                                          @ 7:00pm

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh             Limerick v Cork                                             @ 7:00pm

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary v Kerry                                           @ 7:00pm

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Saturday May 5th

(See venue permutations below)

@ Kerry venue                                   Kerry v Limerick

(met in 2010 first round in Kilmallock)

@ Kerry venue                                   Kerry v Cork

(met in 2011 Semi-Final 1st Playoff in Pairc Ui Chaoimh)

@ Tipperary venue                           Tipperary v Limerick

(met in 2009 first round in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick)

@ Cork venue                                   Tipperary v Cork

(met in 2011 Semi-Final 2nd Playoff in Semple Stadium Thurles)

Losers of Tipperary v Kerry v Losers of Limerick v Cork

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Thursday May 10th

Losers of Clare v Waterford v Winners of Semi-Final Play-off 1


Friday June 29th

Winners of Clare v Waterford v Winners of Tipperary v Kerry

Winners of Cork v Limerick v Winners of Semi-Final Play-off 2


Sunday July 15th

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Odds and Ends

Cork have won 1 of their last 5 matches played in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship, a 0-25 to 2-6 victory over Kerry at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the 2011 Semi-Final 1st Playoff

Limerick have won 2 of their last 11 matches played in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship dating back to 2006. Both victories came on home soil v Cork (2011 first round) and v Kerry (2010 first round).

Dating back to 2000, Limerick have recorded just three away victories in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship. 2006 v Clare – 1-15 to 0-13 in the Semi-Final 2nd playoff at Cusack Park Ennis; 2004 v Kerry – 4-24 to 0-2 in the First Round at Ballyheigue; 2000 v Tipperary – 1-12 to 0-13 in a Semi-Final Replay at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Of Cork’s 47 scores in the 2011 Munster Minor Hurling Championship, 24 came from placed balls.

Tipperary have won one of their last 6 matches played in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship, a 2-16 to 1-9 victory over Cork at Semple Stadium in the 2011 Semi-Final 2nd Playoff.

Clare have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 6 years. Waterford have the next best consecutive streak with at least 1 victory in the last 4 years.

Clare have won 7 consecutive matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship over the last 2 seasons, winning the last 2 Munster titles at this grade.

Waterford have lost just 2 of their last 10 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship, both losses coming to Clare in the 2010 and 2011 Munster Finals.

In the last 3 seasons, neither Clare or Waterford have lost any matches to Cork, Tipperary, Limerick or Kerry – their only defeats coming in direct clashes against each other.

Clare are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-20 to 3-9 victory over Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (36) – 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

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 (5) – 1940, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1984

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 and Cork are tied for second in the charts with 18 titles each behind Kilkenny’s 20 titles. Limerick have 3 titles (1940, 1958, 1984), Waterford have won 2 titles (1929, 1948) while Clare’s only title to date came in 1997.

Of the last 12 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Finals played, the Irish Press Cup has only returned to Munster on 3 occasions – Cork (2001) and Tipperary (2006 and 2007). 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

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


May 2, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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