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Munster Minor Football Final – Tipperary 3-11 Cork 1-9

July 3, 2011 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Glory at last for terrific Tipp

Tipperary 3-11 Cork 1-9

By Fintan O’Toole, Fitzgerald Stadium for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 04, 2011

TIPPERARY brought 16 years of Munster minor football heartache to an end in glorious fashion at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday. After losing three of the last five provincial deciders, this was a momentous triumph for the Premier County. The Killarney venue was also the scene for their last minor success in 1995, with a team which featured attacking legend Declan Browne. And the Kingdom venue was again to the liking for the latest batch of underage talents who emphatically dismissed the 2010 champions.

“It’s hard to put it into words how much it means,” a delighted Tipperary manager David Power admitted. “You wouldn’t believe the huge effort these lads have put in this year. It has been tough with the Leaving Cert and having six dual players. But we kept at it. We’ve won U15, U16 and U17 Munster titles last year, and today we showed desire, passion and skill which won us the game. What a way to win a Munster championship. “We’ve beaten Limerick away, then beaten Kerry and now Cork. No one can argue with that.” A match that was finely balanced at the interval (1-7 apiece) was settled decisively after the break by Tipperary.

Their defence, in which Conor O’Sullivan and 16-year-old Colin O’Riordan were magnificent, restricted the Cork attack to two points in the second half — and only one of those was from play. Around the middle Stephen O’Brien, Ian Fahey and Philip Quirke were towering figures as they controlled the aerial exchanges. The scores subsequently flowed. Wing-forward Greg Henry burst through for a game-breaking goal in the 38th minute with a brilliant shot to the net and when Michael Quinlivan raised Tipperary’s third green flag from a 50th-minute penalty, they were 3-10 to 1-9 to the good.

The match was wrapped up then with Tipperary so resilient in defence, so strong at midfield and so dangerous in attack. But for the heroics of Cork netminder James McDonnell, the gap between the teams could have been greater. Ironically, Cork impressed in the opening stages. Despite the early loss of wing-back Kevin Crowley, who suffered a serious shoulder injury, they responded impressively with Brian O’Driscoll in dominant form at the heart of the defence and attacking talisman Dan MacEoin posing plenty problems for the Tipperary rearguard.

MacEoin goaled in the 24th minute after a good delivery by Darragh Murphy and by half time the Ilen Rovers man had claimed 1-3. MacEoin’s free-taking and O’Driscoll’s prowess from 45-yard kicks propelled Cork into a 1-7 to 1-4 advantage as the game inched towards the interval. However, Tipperary kept battling. They were boosted by a sublime Liam McGrath goal in the 15th minute when he capped off a searing run with a composed finish. In addition corner-forward TJ Ryan was in sensational form in the first half as he fired over five points.

A brace by Ryan and another by Henry helped Tipperary critically gain parity at the break. The introduction of dual star John Meagher to their defence was a shrewd move as he helped curb the threat posed by MacEoin. Tipperary took confidence from that late first-half scoring rally and in the second half began to dominate the tie. Cork boss Brian Cuthbert had no qualms afterwards in accepting his side’s defeat. “There are no complaints from us today. They could have beaten us by more than that. At half-time when it was 1-7 apiece, I was happy enough but we conceded three easy points just before the break. We were put under huge pressure then in the second half and they attacked us in waves. It’ll be difficult in the All-Ireland quarter-finals but we’ll be drumming into them that it’s a new competition and a chance for a new start.”

Scorers for Tipperary: TJ Ryan 0-6 (2f); M Quinlivan (1-0 pen), G Henry 1-1 each, L McGrath 1-0, C O’Riordan 0-2, I Fahey 0-1 (1 45).

Scorers for Cork: D MacEoin 1-4 (0-3f); B O’Driscoll 0-2 (2 45); T Brosnan, C O’Sullivan, D Harrington 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: G Slattery; N Sullivan, C O’Sullivan, A McGuire; C O’Riordan, D Fitzell, S Kennedy; S O’Brien, I Fahey; B Maher, P Quirke, G Henry; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, TJ Ryan.

Subs: J Meagher for McGuire (31), C Kennedy for Ryan (54), J Lonergan for Henry (55), D Lonergan for Quinlivan (61), D Butler for Maher (61).

CORK: J McDonnell; J Davis, K Fulignati, S Cronin; K Crowley, B O’Driscoll, T Brosnan; S Kiely, S O’Mahony; C Vaughan, M Sugrue, D Murphy; D MacEoin, C O’Sullivan, A Cadogan.

Subs: C Dorman for Crowley (3), D Harrington for Cadogan (ht), K Kavanagh for Dorman (36), K McIntyre for Brosnan (42), J Corkery for O’Sullivan (50).

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Next Round – the winners the Leinster runners-up in the All-Ireland Quarter Final on the weekend of July 30/31 & August 1st. The losers play the Leinster champions in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on the same weekend.

Team News

CORK (MF v Tipperary): J McDonnell (St Finbarrs); J Davis (Douglas), K Fulignati (Nemo Rangers), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers); K Crowley (Millstreet), B O’Driscoll (T. MacCárthaighs), TJ Brosnan (Newmarket); S Kiely (Ballincollig), D Murphy (Valley Rovers); M Sugrue (Bandon), A Cadogan (Douglas), C Vaughan (Iveleary); D MacEoin (Ilen Rovers), S O’Mahony (Gabriel Rangers), C O’Sullivan (Clyda Rovers).

Subs: P Rossiter (O’Donovan Rossa), K Hayes-Curtin (Douglas), K Kavanagh (Carrigaline), K McIntyre (Carrigaline), D Harrington (Adrigole), J Corkery (Aghabullogue), P Fitzgerald (Douglas), A O’Connell (St Michael’s), K O’Hanlon (Kilshannig).

TIPPERARY (MF v Cork): G Slattery; N Sullivan, C O’Sullivan, S Kennedy; C O’Riordan, D Fitzell, A McGuire; S O’Brien, I Fahey; G Henry, P Quirke, B Maher; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, TJ Ryan.

Subs: E Comerford, O O’Flynn, D Butler, C Kennedy, J McGrath, J Martin, J Lonergan, J Meagher, D Lonergan.

For the Record

Cork Tipperary
2011 Team Management Brian Cuthbert
(Bishopstown – Coach); Andrew McCarthy
Gene O’Driscoll
(T MacCarthaighs),
Donal O’Sullivan (Castletownbere),
Jerome Walsh
David Power
(Kilsheelan-Kilcash – Manager);
Tom Duggan
(Arravale Rovers),
Pat Murphy
(Kilruane MacDonaghs),
Fergal McDonnell
(JK Brackens).
Alan O’Connor
(Cahir – Coach)
2011 Team Captain Kevin Fulignati
(Nemo Rangers)
Liam McGrath
2010 Championship Performance Defeated Clare and Tipperary to qualify for the Munster Final where Cork defeated Kerry by 1-8 to 1-7 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney. Lost to Kerry in the first round. Defeated Clare in the Losers Group 2nd Playoff before losing out to Cork by 2-12 to 2-9 in the semi-final at Thurles.
Number of Munster Minor Football titles 29 5
Last Munster Minor Football Title 2010 1995
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 39
Won – 25
Lost – 11
Drawn – 3
Played – 46
Won – 20
Lost – 22
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship May 12th 2010 at Semple Stadium Thurles – (Munster Semi-Final) – Cork 2-12 Tipperary 2-9 – Mark Sugrue and Shane Duggan scored goals to give Cork a 2-7 to 0-2 advantage approaching half-time. Tipperary goals from Billy Hewitt and Liam McGrath reduced the deficit to just 2 points before some late Cork scores ensured victory for the Rebels.

Tipperary v Cork

Past Munster Minor Football Championship Meetings

Played 34 – Cork 24, Tipperary 8, Draws 2

Munster Minor Football Championship
Cork vs. Tipperary Past Meetings Breakdown


Overall Record Matches at Cork venue Matches at Tipperary venue Matches played at a Neutral venue Finals Only Matches played in July
Played 34 12 11 11 4 15
Cork 24 10 7 7 2 12
Tipperary 8 2 3 3 2 3
Drawn 2 0 1 1 0 0

Since 2002, the record between the counties is Played 8, Cork 4, Tipperary 3, Drawn 1

Between 1959 and 2001, the record between the counties was Played 15, Cork 13, Tipperary 2

In the only match between the counties at this grade played at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney, Tipperary proved successful winning by 2-6 to 0-10

The highest score by an individual team in a Cork vs. Tipperary Minor Football match was in the 1970 Semi-Final when Cork defeated Tipperary by 4-13 to 0-4. That was also the highest margin of victory between the teams – 21 points.

Tipperary failed to score against Cork in the 1951 semi-final with Cork putting up a total of 3-10 in a match played at the old Cork Athletic Grounds.

Cork have won 6 of the 7 Munster Minor Championship matches against Tipperary which included a Kerry referee

The counties have played at 12 different venues over the course of the 34 matches in this rivalry. Clonmel is the most popular venue with 8 matches played there between 1931 and 1989 with Cork winning 5 and Tipperary winning 3.


First Round

Wednesday April 13th

@ Kilmallock                                     Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-9

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry 4-16 Waterford 0-6

@ Pairc Uí Rinn                               Cork 2-10 Clare 0-11


Semi-Final Play-off 1

Saturday April 16th

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Clare 4-14 Waterford 1-9

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Saturday April 23rd

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Clare 1-10 Limerick 0-10


Wednesday May 18th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 2-12 Kerry 3-8

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Cork 1-16 Clare 0-6

Sunday July 3rd

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Cork v Tipperary 12:00pm

2011 Munster Minor Football Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-9 – April 13th @ Kilmallock (Munster First Round)

Tipperary: G Slattery; O O’Flynn, C O’Sullivan, P McGuire; B Maher, F Ryan, C O’Riordan; S O’Brien, D Butler; J Martin, P Quirke, I Fahey; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, TJ Ryan.
Subs: D Lonergan for Martin (30); C Kennedy for Quirke (50); G Henry for Fahey (55); L Vance for O’Brien (59); E Fitzgerald for TJ Ryan (63)

Limerick: D Condron; S Barrett, K O’Donoghue, B McCarthy; E O’Donnell, S O’Connor, K Brosnan; D Tracey, T Griffin; J Quaid, D O’Dea, F O’Riordan; D Neville, K Larkin, D Frewen.
Subs: W Shanahan for Larkin (35); D Lillis for Quaid (43); K Meade for Barrett (48); L Hanly for Neville (52); N Mann for O’Dea (57)

Referee: Sean Jay (Kerry)

Cork 2-10 Clare 0-11 – April 13th @ Pairc Uí Rinn (Munster First Round)

Cork: J McDonnell; J Davis, C Dorman, K Hayes-Curtin; K Crowley, K Fulignati, K O’Hanlon; S Kiely, M Sugrue; B O’Driscoll, A Cadogan, D Harrington; D McEoin, S O’Mahony, C O’Sullivan.
Subs: D Murphy for O’Hanlon (half-time), S Ryan for Fulignati (42), J Corkery for Harrington (55), K McIntyre for Cadogan (57).

Clare: D Sexton; C Gavin, C O’Brien, O Vaughan; J Colleran, S Lineen, D Bolton; A O’Neill, D McDonagh; E Cleary, C Cleary, A Murrihy; M O’Leary, N Hickey, J Malone.
Subs: W Flynn for Malone (38), J Rouine for Bolton (42), C Devitt for O’Leary (52), J Sweeney for O’Brien (56), J Scanlon for Murrihy (58).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Kerry 4-16 Waterford 0-6 – April 13th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster First Round)

Kerry – S Murphy, P O’Se, T Morley, C Fitzgerald, M O’Connor, R Murphy, K Murphy, G O’Leary, S Keane, T Hickey, P Boyle, J O’Donoghue, D O’Brien, C Keating, J Moriarty
Subs: P Wrenn for K Murphy ( 54), K McCarthy for J Moriarty ( 54), I McCarthy for D O’Brien ( 56)

Waterford – C Mulcahy, P Houlihan, D Power, P Curran, L O’Corrain R O’Ceallaigh, S Hyslop, E O’Toole, D Hallihan, G Nugent, E Power, T Burke, E Kiely, R Donnelly, M Kiely
Subs: M Curry for D Power (41), J Jones for E O’Toole ( 51)

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)

Clare 4-14 Waterford 1-9 – April 16th @ Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff)

Clare – Darren Sexton; Conor Galvin (Captain), James Malone, Oisin Vaughan; Jarlath Colleran, Darragh McDonagh, Stan Lineen; Alan O’Neill, Conor Cleary; Eoin Cleary, Ciaran Devitt, Adrian Murrihy; Martin O’Leary, Niall Hickey William Flynn
Subs: Jack Scanlon for Adrian Murrihy, Conor McNeils for Jarlath Colleran, Luke Brannock for William Flynn, Cathal McConigley for Eoin Cleary, Paudie Nugent for Ollie Vaughan

Waterford – Conor Mulcahy; John Heffernan, Ray O Ceallaigh, PJ Curran; Lorcan O Corrain, David Hallihan, Sean Hyslop; Emmet O’Toole, Gavin Nugent; Michael Curry, Eamonn Power, Tadhg Burke; Michael Kiely, Ryan Donnelly, Eoin Kiely
Subs: Paul Connors for Emmet O’Toole, Dale Sheridan for Eoin Kiely, Jeff Jones for Michael Kiely, Adam O’Donoghue for Ryan Donnelly, Daniel Power for Sean Hyslop

Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)

Clare 1-10 Limerick 0-10 – April 23rd @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final 2nd Playoff)

Clare: Darren Sexton; Conor Gavin, Jamie Malone, Oisin Vaughan; Stan Lineen, Darragh McDonagh, Craig O’Brien; Alan O’Neill, Conor Cleary; Eoin Cleary, Ciaran Devitt, Adrian Murrihy; Martin O’Leary, Niall Hickey, Daragh Bolton
Subs: William Flynn for Adrian Murrihy (injured), Joey Rouine for Daragh Bolton, Jack Scanlon for William Flynn, James Sweeney for Craig O’Brien

Limerick: David Condron; Kevin Brosnan, Brendan McCarthy, Kevin O’Donoghue; Eoin O’Donnell, Shane O’Connor, Sean Barrett; Dara Tracey, Tommy Griffin; Dean Lillis, Denis O’Dea, Francis O’Riordan; Danny Neville, William Shanahan, Danny Frewen
Subs: Jamie Quaid for Francis O’Riordan (injured), Eoin Roche for William Shanahan, Kieran Larkin for Danny Neville, Kevin Meade for Denis O’Dea

Referee: Jer Lynch (Kerry)

Tipperary 2-12 Kerry 3-8 – May 18th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final)

Tipperary: G Slattery; N O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan, S Kennedy; A McGuire, D Fitzell, B Maher; S O’Brien, D Butler; I Fahey, G Henry, D Lonergan; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, TJ Ryan.
Subs: P Quirke for Butler (17), C Kennedy for Lonergan (ht), C O’Riordan for McGuire (ht), J Lonergan for Henry (59).

Kerry: S Murphy; P Ó’Sé, T Morley, C Fitzgerald; M O’Connor, R Murphy, K Murphy; G O’Leary, S Keane; I McCarthy, P Boyle, J O’Donoghue; J Moriarty, C Keating, K McCarthy.
Subs: N Sheehy for O’Donoghue (30+1), S McCarthy for I McCarthy (40).

Referee: J Bermingham (Cork)

Cork 1-16 Clare 0-6 – May 18th @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Semi-Final)

Cork: J McDonnell; J Davis, C Dorman, K Fulignati; K Crowley, B O’Driscoll, T Brosnan; S Kiely, K Kavanagh; M Sugrue, D Harrington, C Vaughan; D MacEoin, S O’Mahony, C O’Sullivan.
Subs: A Cadogan for Harrington (37), J Corkery for O’Mahony (40), D Murphy for Brosnan (47), K McIntyre for O’Sullivan (54), A O’Connell for Kavanagh (57).

Clare: D Sexton; O Vaughan, J Malone, C Gavin; S Lineen, D McDonagh, J Colleran; A O’Neill, C Cleary; E Cleary C Devitt, J Rouine; M O’Leary, N Hickey, J Scanlon.
Subs: W Flynn for Rouine (half-time), L Corbett for Devitt (40), C O’Brien for Lineen (48), E Donnellan for Scanlon (54).

Referee: Sean Joy (Kerry)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Football Championship
Niall Hickey (Clare)  2-15 (0-10 frees)
Dan MacEoin (Cork) 1-9 (0-2 frees)
Eoin Cleary (Clare) – 0-10 (0-6 frees)
Padraig Boyle (Kerry) –  3-1
Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) – 2-3
Conor Cleary (Clare) – 1-6
Jamie Moriarty (Kerry) –  2-2
Thomas Hickey (Kerry) – 1-5 (0-4 frees)
Danny Frewen (Limerick) – 0-8 (0-3 frees)
TJ Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-7 (0-3 frees)
Martin O’Leary (Clare) – 1-4 (1-0 penalty)
Ciaran Keating (Kerry) –  1-4
Tadhg Burke (Waterford) 0-7 (0-6 frees)
Jeff O’Donoghue (Kerry) – 0-7 (0-5 frees)
Cian O’Sullivan (Cork) 0-5
Mark Sugrue (Cork) – 1-2
Gavin Nugent (Waterford) 0-5
Stephen O’Mahony (Cork) 1-1
Colman Kennedy (Tipperary) – 1-1 (0-1 free)
I Fahey (Tipperary) – 0-4 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45’)
Philip Quirke (Tipperary) 0-3 (0-1 free)
Liam McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-3
C Vaughan (Cork) – 0-3 (0-2 frees)
Brian O’Driscoll (Cork) – 0-3 (0-1 free, 0-1 45’)
Adrian Murrihy (Clare) – 1-0
Francis O’Riordan (Limerick) 0-3 (0-2 frees)
Jamie Malone (Clare) – 0-2
K McCarthy (Kerry) – 0-2
Dara Tracey (Limerick) 0-2
Dean Lillis (Limerick) 0-2
Eamonn Power (Waterford) – 0-2
Dean Lonergan (Tipperary) – 0-2
Jamie Quaid (Limerick) – 0-2

Michael O’Connor (Kerry), Shaun Keane (Kerry), Kevin Crowley (Cork), Killian McIntyre (Cork), William Flynn (Clare), Denis O’Dea (Limerick), Jack Scanlon (Clare), Alan O’Neill (Clare), Cathal McConigley (Clare), Dale Sheridan (Waterford), Emmet O’Toole (Waterford), Danny Neville (Limerick), S O’Brien (Tipperary), G Henry (Tipperary), S McCarthy (Kerry), J Corkery (0-1 free) – 0-1 each

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 (5)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995

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 only All-Ireland success at this grade came in 1934. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 23 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (17 titles).

The All-Ireland Minor Football title has not been won by a Munster county since Cork’s 2-12 to 0-13 victory over Mayo in the 2000 Final. Since then, Ulster counties have won 7 of the 10 finals played, Connacht 2 titles and Leinster have 1 title.

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

Cork are the defending Munster Minor Football Champions following a 1-8 to 1-7 victory over Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney. Corner-forward Brian Hurley scored 1-6 for the winners, including a 58th minute goal to complete a come from behind victory.

The winning Cork team and scorers were as follows – David Hanrahan; Kevin Fulignati , Damian Cahalane, Darren Murphy; Sean Ryan, Tom Clancy, Jamie Wall; Jamie Burns, John O’Rourke; Kevin Hallissey (0-1), Mark Sugrue, Alan Cronin; Kevin Sheehan (0-1 free), Shane Duggan, Brian Hurley (1-6, 0-4 frees)

Subs: Daniel Fitzgerald (Captain) for S Ryan (45), Dan McEoin for M Sugrue, Stephen O’Mahony for S Duggan (50).

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

Tipperary have played 46 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.


July 3, 2011
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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