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Munster GAA SHC – Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23

May 29, 2011 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tipperary defeated Cork by 3-22 to 0-23 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Match Report

Goals win it for Tipp in Munster classic

From the web site

Munster GAA Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23

Tipperary gained a measure of revenge for last year’s Munster GAA Hurling Championship defeat to Cork with a 3-22 to 0-23 win over the Rebels in a pulsating clash in Thurles on Sunday afternoon. Leading by 2-11 to 0-10 at the break thanks to a pair of goals from Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly in the space of two first half minutes, Cork came back strongly in the second half and were level with 14 minutes left to play. Patrick Horgan’s free, Cork’s sixth point in a row, levelled the game at 2-15 to 0-21, before Tipperary’s big names, Corbett, Kelly and Noel McGrath, all chipped in with crucial points as the All-Ireland champions regained control of the game.

The game, however, was ended as a contest when Benny Dunne took advantage of Eoin Cadogan’s mistake in the Cork defence to drive home Tipp’s third goal of the game on 66 minutes. Although Patrick Horgan responded for the Rebels with his 13th and final point of the afternoon, Noel McGrath’s second pointed sideline was the insurance score the Premier County needed. Seamus Callanan and James Woodlock added scores for the home side, who sealed a deserved eight-point win and a place in the Munster GAA Hurling Championship semi-final against Clare on Sunday, June 19.

Cork, beaten Munster finalists last year after trouncing Tipperary in their Munster opener, will go down the GAA All-Ireland Qualifier route with their reputation neither enhanced nor significantly dented by this performance. They competed well for long periods but failed to cope with a Tipperary attack that has learned the art of scoring killer goals at crucial times. At two vital junctures of the game, Declan Ryan’s side stamped out mini-revivals from the Rebels with well-worked goals. Cork actually led by 0-7 to 0-6, having at one stage reeled off four points without reply, when Corbett, the man whose hat-trick helped Tipperary to All-Ireland success last September, struck in the 28th minute. As is his wont, Corbett finished expertly after a great run and inside pass from Patrick Maher. Kelly, the All-Ireland winning captain, delivered another blow two minutes later, with Shane McGrath the architect on this occasion. From a position of ascendancy, Cork found themselves 2-6 to 0-7 down. Two Patrick Horgan frees and a point from play from Paudie O’Sullivan narrowed the gap, but a sideline cut from Noel McGrath and Kelly’s fifth point gave Tipperary a 2-11 to 0-10 half-time lead.

The sides traded scores over the first 10 minutes of the second half, John Gardiner’s from a tight angle the pick of the bunch, before Cork hit the after burners for a nine-minute spell from the 47th minute. The excellent Niall McCarthy started a purple patch that would yield six points in succession. Horgan hit another four points, while Ben O’Connor also chipped in with a beauty from play. The comeback was completed and the Leesiders had levelled the game on 56 minutes, when Horgan’s free left the scores at 2-15 to 0-21. Tipperary immediately hit back with scores from their deadly attacking trio of Corbett, Kelly and Noel McGrath before Dunne hammered home the final nail in the coffin with four minutes left. Cadogan appeared to be in control of a long ball into the Cork defence, but the Douglas man was stripped of possession when he was breaking clear and Dunne took full advantage to drill home the all-important third goal. Tipperary finished with a flourish to add a coat of gloss to the scoreline. Noel McGrath’s second pointed sideline and further points from Callanan and Woodlock sealed an ultimately comprehensive win.

Tipperary Scorers: E Kelly 1-07 (0-5f), L Corbett 1-2, S Callanan 0-5, N McGrath 0-4 (0-2 sl), B Dunne 1-0, J O’Brien 0-2, Patrick Maher 0-1, J Woodlock 0-1.

Cork Scorers: P Horgan 0-13 (0-10f), N McCarthy 0-3, B O’Connor 0-3, J Gardiner, P Cronin, C McCarthy and P O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, Pádraic Maher, J O’Keeffe; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett. Subs: J Woodlock for S McGrath ‘40, C O’Mahony for Young ‘59, B Dunne for O’Brien ‘62, P Bourke for Ryan ‘66.

Cork: D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, S O’Neill; J Gardiner, W Egan, B Murphy; L McLoughlin, P Cronin; B O’Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan. Subs: J O’Connor for C McCarthy ‘45, J Nagle for O’Neill ‘45, T Kenny for McLoughlin ‘51, C Naughton for Horgan ‘70, K Murphy for O’Sullivan ‘70.

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly).


Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23

From the RTE web site

All-Ireland champions Tipperary survived a high-scoring thriller against ancient rivals Cork this afternoon to set up a Munster SHC semi-final showdown with Clare on 19 June. Tipp made up for last year’s ten-point championship defeat against Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh with an eight-point success against the visitors in a gripping encounter. Tipp had to show true grit in the second half to close the game out after Cork came from eight points down to draw level with 14 minutes of normal time remaining. Denis Walsh’s team seemed dead and buried but launched a stunning revival which tied the scores at 0-21 to 2-15 by the 56th minute.

But Tipp responded to secure victory win as Benny Dunne’s goal four minutes from time finally put paid to a dogged Cork resistance. A crowd of 31,231 were royally entertained from start to finish and it was Tipp that sprung to life before half-time to secure a 2-11 to 0-10 interval lead. A run of 2-3 without reply in a devastating seven-minute spell turned a 0-6 to 0-7 deficit into a 2-9 to 0-8 lead. And it was two long-serving stalwarts who did the trick on an afternoon when Seamus Callanan claimed the man-of-the-match award on his first competitive start of the year for Tipperary. Callanan had missed the entire Allianz Hurling League campaign through injury but timed his recovery to perfection and slotted over five points from play. But it was captain Eoin Kelly and 2010 Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett who provided the two Tipp goals before half-time.

Cork had missed two early goal chances in the opening minutes as Paudie O’Sullivan saw his effort saved by Brendan Cummins before Pat Horgan whistled a shot inches wide. But wind-assisted Tipperary were far more clinical with the opportunities that came their way as first Corbett and then Kelly bagged superb goals. Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher did brilliantly to place Corbett for his 20th championship goal in the 28th minute before Kelly grabbed Shane McGrath’s long delivery three minutes later, dodged past two defenders and drilled a low shot past Donal Óg Cusack in the Cork goal.

After half-time, Tipp kept enough breathing space between themselves and Cork, who were heavily reliant on the free-taking skills of Pat Horgan, who scored 0-13, to keep in touch. But the Rebels hung in and a run of seven unanswered points from the 46th to the 56th minutes hauled them level. But within a minute, Corbett popped up with an inspirational score to restore Tipperary’s advantage. Kelly, who hit 1-7, added a free before Noel McGrath pushed Tipp 2-18 to 0-21 clear. Horgan responded with a free before Dunne sealed the deal to hand three-time All-Ireland SHC medallist Declan Ryan a winning championship debut as Tipperary manager. In the closing minutes, Ryan’s side turned on the style and closed the game out with the game’s four remaining scores, including two from the mercurial Callanan.

TIPPERARY: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, Padraic Maher, J O’Keeffe; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett.

Subs: J Woodlock for S McGrath (inj, 40), C O’Mahony for Young (59), B Dunne for O’Brien (62), P Bourke for Ryan (66).

Scorers for Tipperary: E Kelly 1-07 (0-05f), L Corbett 1-02, S Callanan 0-05, N McGrath 0-04 (2 sls), B Dunne 1-00, J O’Brien 0-02, Patrick Maher & J Woodlock 0-01 each.

CORK: D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, S O’Neill; J Gardiner, W Egan, B Murphy; L McLoughlin, P Cronin; B O’Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.

Subs: J O’Connor for C McCarthy (45), J Nagle for O’Neill (45), T Kenny for McLoughlin (51), C Naughton for Horgan (70), K Murphy for O’Sullivan (70).

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-13 (10f), N McCarthy & B O’Connor 0-03 each, J Gardiner, P Cronin, C McCarthy & P O’Sullivan 0-01 each.

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)

Ticketing Update

Munster GAA wishes to apologise to any patrons who experienced delays when attempting to purchase tickets at today’s Munster Hurling ¼ final between Tipperary and Cork. These difficulties were caused by circumstances outside our control and related to the GAA’s ticketing system. We appreciate the great efforts that patrons make to attend our fixtures and understand that people may have been frustrated by the delays at the ticket booths. We are working with all parties involved to ensure that these delays are not repeated during the remainder on the Munster Championships.

Videos / Podcasts

Check out for video previews of the Tipp v Cork  match including Denis Walsh (Cork manager), Michael Gleeson (Tipperary selector) and Tipperary players Brendan Cummins and Noel McGrath.

Click here to listen to a podcast produced by the Irish Examiner newspaper ahead of the Tipp v Cork match featuring Tony Considine, Diarmuid O’Flynn and Colm O’Connor


Fixture Details

When – Sunday May 29th at 4:00pm

Where – Semple Stadium Thurles

Referee – Brian Gavin (Uíbh Fhailí)
Stand By Referee – Anthony Stapleton (Laois)
Linesman – Jason O’Mahoney (Luimneach)
Sideline Official – Declan O’Driscoll (Luimneach)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

Replay date – Sunday June 5th at 6:00pm in Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Next Round – the winners play Clare in the Munster Semi-Final on Sunday June 19th at 4:00pm in Semple Stadium Thurles or the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Cork on Sunday in the Munster Senior Hurling championship has one championship debutant, John O’Keeffe of Clonoulty Rossmore at left half back. 12 of the team which started last year’s All Ireland senior hurling final start with the other 3 being O’Keeffe, right half back David Young and right half forward Seamus Callanan.

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. David Young (Toomevara)

6. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

7. John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore)

8. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)

11. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

13. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain

14. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)
Cork SHC team to play Tipperary

1. Donal Og Cusack- Cloyne

2. Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers

3. Eoin Cadogan Douglas

4. Shane O Neill – Bishopstiwn (Captain)

5. John Gardiner – Na Piarsaigh

6. William Egan – Kilbrin

7. Brian Murphy –Bride Rovers

8. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk

9. Pa Cronin Bishopstown

10. Ben O Connor- Newtonshandrum.

11. Cian McCarthy – Sarsfields

12. Niall Mccarthy- Carrigtwohil

13. Luke O Farrell – Midleton

14. Paudie O Sullivan – Cloyne

15. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers

16. Martin Coleman – Ballinhassig

17. Eoin Dillon – Milford

18. Conor O Sullivan – Sarsfields

19. Jamie Nagle- Midleton

20. Tom Kenny – Grenagh

21. Jerry O Connor – Newtownshandrum

22. Cathal Naughton – NewtownShandrum

23. Kieran Murphy Sarsfields-

24. Michael Cussen – Sarsfields

25. Jamie Coughlan – Newtownshandrum

26. Bill Cooper – Youghal

Admission Prices / Ticket Details
Covered Stand – €30
Uncovered Stand – €25
Terrace – €15
Family – Adult €30 / €25 – Juveniles €5
Student/OAP – Concession on Stand Tickets only – pay full price and get a refund of €10 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of I.D.)
Juvenile Groups – There will be a limited number of Juvenile Group Stand tickets available for this game – €3 per Juvenile with a free Adult with every 10 children. Orders through clubs only in the participating counties.
Adult Group Stand Tickets – Tickets at the end of both stands – €25 per person ordered only through clubs – minimum order per Club is 10.
Group Terrace Tickets – €10 each with a minimum order of 20 tickets per Club

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information


For the Record

Cork Tipperary
2011 Team Management Denis Walsh (St. Catherine’s – Coach), Pa Finn (St. Finbarr’s), Pat Buckley (Milford), Gerry Ryan (Ballinascarthy) Declan Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore – Manager), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara – Coach), Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields – Selector)
2011 Team Captain Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown – Captain); Eoin Cadogan (Douglas – Vice-Captain) Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone – Captain), Conor O’Mahony (Newport – Vice-Captain)
2010 Championship Performance Cork defeated Tipperary and Limerick to qualify for the Munster Final where they lost to Waterford in a replay which went to extra time. Cork defeated Antrim in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final before losing to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. Tipperary lost to Cork in the Munster Quarter-Final. Victories over Wexford, Offaly, Galway and Waterford ensured an All-Ireland Final place against Kilkenny where Tipperary proved successful, winning by 4-17 to 1-18.
Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 50 38
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 2006 2009
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 22
Won – 14
Lost – 7
Drawn – 1
Played – 26
Won – 15
Lost – 8
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship May 30th 2010 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final) – Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14 – Goals by Pat Horgan (2) and Aisake Ó hAilpín proved too much for Tipperary
Winning Streaks Since the 1991 Munster Final victory, Tipperary’s only victories over Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship came in 2008 and 2009. During the last 20 seasons, Cork recorded victories over Tipperary in the Munster Senior Hurling Championships of 1992 (Semi-Final), 2000 (Final), 2005 (Final), 2006 (Final), 2010 (First Round)

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2011

Quarter-Final (Extra time)

Sunday May 29th (Replay date – TBC)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary v Cork 4:00pm

Sunday June 12th (Replay date – June 18th)


@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Limerick v Waterford 4:00pm

Sunday June 19th (Replay date – June 26th)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles or
Gaelic Grounds Limerick                Clare v Tipperary or Cork 4:00pm


Sunday July 10th (Replay date – July 17th)

4:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

Cork and Tipperary proved to have the meanest defenses in the 2011 Allianz Hurling League, conceding 5 goals each. Limerick conceded 6 goals and Waterford 7 goals putting those 4 Munster counties at the top of the charts when it comes to the least concession of goals in Divisions 1 and 2. Oddly, Allianz Hurling League Division 1 champions Dublin conceded 14 goals during their campaign, an amount exceeded by only Down and Kerry in the top 2 divisions of the Allianz Hurling League.

The improvement in the defences of Munster counties can be attributed to the decline in the average scores per match in the last 3 seasons in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship –  2008 (40 scores per match), 2009 (36 scores per match), 2010 (34 scores per match).

Over the last 2 seasons, Semple Stadium Thurles has played host to 7 of the 10 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches played. Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosted 2 matches while Pairc nan Gael in Limerick hosted 1 game.

Cork lost their 3 away matches in the Allianz Hurling League to Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford. Since Cork’s 2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final victory over Clare in Thurles, Cork’s Senior Hurling Championship record in matches played outside of Pairc Ui Chaoimh is Played 8, Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 5. The two victories came against Antrim (2010) and Offaly (2009).

Cork and Tipperary have met on 80 occasions in the Championship. Cork have won 37, Tipperary 35 and there have been 7 draws. 1 match was abandoned.

Waterford is the only Munster county to have at least 1 victory in the last 2 Munster Senior Hurling Championships.

Cork won at least 1 Munster Senior Hurling Championship match from 2003 to 2007. Only Tipperary (2000 to 2002) and Waterford (2002 to 2004) have managed to go 3 consecutive years with at least 1 victory within the last decade.

Clare have failed to record a Munster Championship victory in 6 of the last 7 seasons.

Limerick have won 1 of the last 15 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches they have played, an extra-time victory over Tipperary in the 2007 Munster Semi-Final 2nd replay at the Gaelic Grounds. During that period, Limerick have drawn 5 times. Limerick’s last Championship victory away from the Pairc na nGael came in 2001 with victories over Cork and Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Clare have not drawn a match in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship since finishing level with Tipperary in 1999.

Since Dan Shanahan’s 69th minute goal in the 2007 Munster Senior Hurling Final, Waterford have gone 141 minutes without scoring a goal against Limerick in the Munster Championship.

Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly was the top scorer in the 2010 Provincial and All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, scoring 3-43. Cork’s Ben O’Connor was 3rd with 2-31 while Eoin Kelly of Waterford was 5th with a tally of 1-27.

Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 29.

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (50) – 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006


Tipperary (38) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009


Limerick (18) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996


Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010


Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998
Kerry (1) – 1891


Munster GAA HURLING Senior 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 1888 –


Munster Senior HURLING Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 2 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles and are the defending champions. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 3 titles in 1914, 1995 and 1997 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

Press Pack for Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel

Team Announcement

The team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday May 26th. It will be posted on the Tipperary GAA website shortly after 9pm.

Player Profiles

A full list of player profiles can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site – click on the following link to view this information –

New Players on panel for 2011:

Shane Bourke (JK Brackens) – forward

Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers) – forward

Eddie Connolly (Loughmore Castleiney) – defender

John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy) – defender

Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields) – defender

Lee Mackey (Carrick Davins) – defender

Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg) – forward

John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore) – defender

John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore) – forward


Injured Players

Brendan Maher – recovering from fractured fibula – out for game v Cork

Seamus Hennessy – cartilage damage to left knee – out for game v Cork

Management Profiles

Declan Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara) and Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) are in their first season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.

Declan Ryan was Manager of the Tipperary minor hurling team in 2007 when they won the All Irleand title. Tommy Dunne was coach and Michael Gleeson was a selector. Tommy Dunne was coach to the Tipperary U-21 team which won last year’s All Ireland title and was also Manager of the Toomevara senior hurling team last year. Michael Gleeson managed Thurles Sarsfields to victory in the Tipperary senior hurling championship in 2009 and 2010 and has also managed Thurles Sarsfields minor teams to win county titles in both hurling and football.

Declan Ryan won three All Ireland senior hurling medals with Tipperary in 1989, 1991 and 2001. He played 41 championship games for Tipperary between 1988 and 2001, scoring 9-64 in 26 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats. He represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 levels and captained the under 21 team to win Munster and All Ireland titles in 1989. He also won 4 National Hurling League medals, 5 Munster senior hurling championship medals, 2 All Star awards and 2 county senior hurling championship medals with his club, Clonoulty Rossmore, in 1989 and 1997.

Tommy Dunne captained Tipperary to win the All Ireland senior hurling title in 2001 and was named Hurler of the Year in 2001. He played 44 championship games for Tipperary between 1993 and 2005, scoring 6-109 in 24 wins, 4 draws and 16 defeats. He won an All Ireland under 21 hurling medal in 1995 and also represented Tipperary at minor in 1991 and 1992. He won 10 Tipperary county senior hurling championships with his club, Toomevara, including 2 as captain and 3 Munster club championship medals. He also won 3 National Hurling League medals, 2 as captain, 2 Munster senior hurling championship medals, a Munster minor championship medal and 3 All Star awards.

Michael Gleeson played senior hurling for Tipperary against Clare in the 1977 Munster senior hurling championship. He also played in the 1975/76 and 76/77 National Hurling Leagues. He played senior hurling with Thurles Sarsfields for 10 years between 1974 and 1983, winning a county championship medal in 1974 and 3 Mid Division senior hurling medals. He began his career in team management with the Durlas Óg club in Thurles and has made a major contribution to the recent revival in the fortunes of Thurles Sarsfields at underage and adult level.


Dr. Cian O’Neill from the Moorefield Club in Kildare and a lecturer and course director in Sports Science in University of Limerick (UL) is in his fourth year as the team trainer. He has extensive experience training club, colleges and inter-county teams including the Limerick senior footballers.

Allianz Hurling League 2011


Saturday February 12th at Semple Stadium                      Kilkenny 1-17    Tipperary 1-10

Saturday February 19th at Croke Park                              Dublin 1-16       Tipperary 1-15

Saturday March 5th at Semple Stadium                           Tipperary 1-20   Waterford 0-18

Sunday March 13th at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh             Tipperary 1-20   Offaly 1-10

Sunday March 27th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh                           Tipperary 1-14   Cork 1-14

Sunday April 3rd at Pearse Stadium, Galway                    Tipperary 4-22   Galway 1-14

Sunday April 17th at Semple Stadium                             Tipperary 0-17   Wexford 1-14


35 players lined out for Tipperary during the 7 matches compared with 32 in 2009.


22 players scored during the AHL led by Pa Bourke (0-42) and followed by Shane Bourke (3-7), Noel McGrath (0-14), Gearoid Ryan (2-5), Benny Dunne (1-7) and John O’Brien (1-6).

League Debuts

10 players made their Allianz League debuts during this year’s campaign – Shane Bourke, Sean Carey, John Coghlan, Eddie Connolly, Paddy Fanning, Michael Gleeson, Paddy Murphy, John O’Keeffe, Brian O’Meara and John O’Neill.



There are 34 players on Tipperary’s training panel at present representing 20 clubs. Thurles Sarsfields, county champions in 2009 and 2010, have most representatives with 6, followed by Toomevara with 3 and Borris-Ileigh, Clonoulty Rossmore, Drom and Inch, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Loughmore Castleiney, Mullinahone and Nenagh Eire Og with 2 each. 11 clubs have 1 reprsentative each – Ballinahinch, Ballybacon Grange, Carrick Davins, JK Brackens, Killenaule, Lorrha and Dorrha, Moyle Rovers, Moyne Templetuohy, Newport, Portroe and Templederry Kenyons,

Tipperary V Cork: Previous Championship Meetings

Total Times Played:       80   Cork won 37, Tipp won 35, Draws 7, Abandoned 1

Last 20 meetings:          Cork won 12, Tipp won 6, Draws 2

03/06/1979        Munster S/F at Pairc Ui Chaoimh            Cork 1-14 Tipperary 2-10

22/06/1980        Munster S/F at Semple Stadium             Cork 2-17 Tipperary 1-12.

30/05/1982        Munster Q/Fat Pairc Ui Chaoimh             Cork 1-19 Tipperary 2-8

15/07/1984        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Cork 4-15 Tipperary 3-14

07/07/1985        Munster Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh          Cork 4-17 Tipperary 4-11

12/07/1987        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Tipperary 1-18 Cork 1-18


19/07/1987        Munster Final at Killarney                       Tipperary 4-22 Cork 1-22

(Replay aet)

17/07/1988        Munster Final at Limerick                       Tipperary 2-19 Cork 1-13

15/07/1990        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Cork 4-16 Tipperary 2-14

070/7/1991        Munster Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh          Tipperary 2-16 Cork 4-10 (Draw)

21/07/1991        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Tipperary 4-19 Cork 4-15 (Replay)

07/06/1992        Munster S/F at Pairc Ui Chaoimh            Cork 2-12 Tipperary 1-12

02/07/2000        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Cork 0-23 Tipperary 3-12

17/07/2004        All Ireland Qualifier at Killarney               Cork 2-19 Tipperary 1-16

26/06/2005        Munster Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh          Cork 1-21 Tipperary 1-16

25/06/2006        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-14

14/07/2007        All Ireland Qualifier at Semple Stadium   Tipperary 2-16 Cork 1-18

08/06/2008        Munster S/F at Pairc Ui Chaoimh            Tipperary 1-19 Cork 1-13

31/05/2009        Munster Q/F at Semple Stadium             Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19

30/05/2010        Munster Q/F at Pairc Ui Chaoimh            Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14

Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 30/5/10:

Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Padraic Maher, Paul Curran; Declan Fanning, Conor O’Mahony, Michael Cahill; Brendan Maher, Shane McGrath; Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, John O’Brien; Eoin Kelly, Lar Corbett.

Subs: Seamus Hennessy for O’Meara (43 mins), Gearoid Ryan for C O’Mahony (57 mins), Timmy Hammersley for N McGrath (62 mins), Jody Brennan for J O’Brien (66 mins), Conor O’Brien for S McGrath (68 mins).

Scorers for Tipperary: E Kelly (0-7, 0-5f, 0-2 ’65), L Corbett (0-2), J O’Brien (0-2), S Callanan (0-1), B Maher (0-1), T Hammersley (0-1)

Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 31/5/09:

Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton,  Paul Curran, Conor O’Brien; Declan Fanning, Padriac Maher, Conor O’Mahony (capt);  James Woodlock, Shane McGrath; Lar Corbett, Seamus Callanan, John O’Brien; Noel McGrath, Micheál Webster,  Eoin Kelly.

Subs: Pat Kerwick for Webster (51 mins), Brendan Maher for O’Mahony (54 mins), Gearoid Ryan for N McGrath (63 mins), Benny Dunne for Woodlock (65 mins), Paul Kelly for Callanan (67 mins).

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan 1-3; E. Kelly 0-5 (0-4 frees); L. Corbett 0-3; N. McGrath 0-3; S. McGrath 0-2 (0-1 sideline); B. Dunne 0-2; J. O’Brien 0-1.

Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 8/6/08:

Brendan Cummins; Eamonn Buckley, Paul Curran, Conor O’Brien; Eamonn Corcoran, Conor  O’Mahony, Shane Maher; James Woodlock, Shane McGrath; Seamus Butler, Seamus  Callanan, Ryan O’Dwyer; Eoin Kelly (capt), Lar Corbett, Willie Ryan.

Subs: Pat Kerwick for O’Dwyer (32nd minute); Benny Dunne for Woodlock (45th); Micheál Webster for Butler (46th); John O’Brien for Ryan (54th); Darragh Egan for Callanan (73rd).

Scorers for Tipperary: E. Kelly 1-7 (0-5 frees); L. Corbett 0-4; S. Callanan 0-3; E. Corcoran, S. McGrath, W. Ryan, P. Kerwick and M. Webster 0-1 each.

Previous Munster Championship Round 1 (Quarter Final) meetings:

27/05/1888 at Buttevant                         Tipperary 2-1 Cork 0-0

04/11/1901 at Dungarvan                       Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9 (1900 Championship)

10/10/1904 at The Markets Field, Limk    Cork 4-6 Tipperary 1-10 (1903 Championship).

20/06/1915 at Dungarvan                       Cork 4-0 Tipperary 3-1

02/06/1918 at Thurles                             Tipperary 7-3 Cork 6-1

10/06/1934 at Waterford                         Cork 7-5 Tipp 5-6

02/06/1940 at Thurles                             Cork 6-3 Tipp 2-6

29/05/1949 at Limerick                           Tipperary 3-10 Cork 3-10 (Draw)

26/06/1949 at Limerick                           Tipperary 2-8 Cork 1-9 (Replay)

30/05/1982 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 1-19 Tipp 2-8

31/05/2009 at Semple Stadium               Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19

30/05/2010 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 3-15 Tipperary 1-14


8 in a row

2011 will be the 8th year in a row that Tipperary and Cork will meet in the Senior Hurling Championship.  The 2000 Munster Final was their previous meeting before 2004 and prior to 2000 their last meeting was in 1992.

Hurling League rivalry

Tipperary and Cork have played 54 times in the National Hurling League. Cork have 27 wins to 23 for Tipp and 4 Draws.

2010 21s on Panel

There are 12 players from last year’s under 21 All Ireland winning panel on the Tipp SH panel: Michael Cahill, Sean Carey, John Coghlan, Michael Heffernan, Seamus Hennessy, Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath, Paddy Murphy, Brian O’Meara and John O’Neill.

Oldest and Youngest

Brendan Cummins, who was born on May 11th 1975, is the oldest player on the Tipperary SH panel while Noel McGrath, who was born on the December 17th 1990, is the youngest.


Paul Curran’s brother Niall is on the senior football panel and their brother Sean is on the under 21 hurling panel. John Coghlan’s brother Hugh is on the senior football panel. Noel McGrath’s brother John is on the minor hurling panel. Mikey Heffernan’s brother Barry is on the minor hurling panel. Coach Tommy Dunne and senior hurling panellist Benny are brothers.

Long wait for Eoin

Tipperary’s captain Eoin Kelly made his senior championship debut, as a substitute in the 2000 All Ireland quarter final loss to Galway at Croke Park. He didn’t face Cork in the Championship until his 20th – the 2004 qualifier meeting at Killarney. To date Eoin has played against Cork in the championship on 6 occasions and recorded a total of 1-41, for a splendid match average of 7.34 points per game. Eoin’s overall championship record claims 49 appearances and a return of 17-326, for an impressive average of 7.69 points per game.

Tommy Dunne – the link between scoring and winning

Tommy Dunne only failed to score on 8 occasions in 44 championship appearances for Tipperary. On three of those occasions he was selected at centre back and twice he was at midfield. The three games that he didn’t score in, when selected in the attack, were v. Clare 1994, Munster 1st Round; v. Limerick 1995, Munster Semi Final; and v Galway, 2000 All Ireland Quarter Final. Coincidentally Tipperary lost all three games.

Dateline May 21st 1995.

Tommy Dunne celebrated his 21st birthday on the day that Brendan Cummins made his championship debut for Tipp, against Waterford, in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Tipp won by 4-23 to 1-11 and Tommy, who was making his third championship appearance, lined out at right half forward and scored 0-3.

Pat Fox – The Equaliser

Pat Fox has the distinction of levelling the scores in two Munster Hurling Finals, between Tipperary and Cork. In 1987 his late free into the Killinan end, at Semple Stadium, levelled the game at 1-18 each. Tipp went on to win the replay after extra time, (4-22 to 1-22) in Killarney and lift the Munster title, for the first time since 1971. Pat scored 0-11 in that game to exceed his 0-9 in the drawn encounter. In 1991 Pat again brought joy to many people when he fired over a late point from play at the City end of Pairc Ui Chaoimh to level an enthralling final in which Tipp twice trailed by eight points. Tipp won the replay two weeks later in Semple Stadium, where, despite being without the injured Nicky English, they scored 4-19 to Cork’s 4-15 to win the day, having been nine points down twelve minutes into the second half. Pat contributed 1-3 in the drawn match and 1-5 in the replay.


Tipperary’s top scorers in their last 20 championship meetings with Cork were;

2010     Eoin Kelly 0-7

2009     Seamus Callanan 1-3

2008     Eoin Kelly 1-7

2007     Willie Ryan 2-3

2006     Eoin Kelly 0-7

2005     Paul Kelly 0-7

2004     Eoin Kelly 0-9

2000     Eugene O’ Neill 1-5

1992     Declan Ryan 1-1

1991     Michael Cleary 1-7 (Replay)

1991     Michael Cleary 0-8 (Draw)

1990     Michael Cleary 1-5

1988     Nicky English 0-9

1987     Pat Fox 0-11 (Replay)

1987     Pat Fox 0-9   (Draw)

1985     Nicky English 2-3

1984     Seamus Power 1-6

1982     Noel O’ Dwyer 1-1

1980     Tommy Butler 1-4

1979     Pat O’ Neill 1-2

Changing times

Forty one years ago, a new arrangement was introduced for Provincial finals, All Ireland Semi finals and All Ireland finals. In 1970 those fixtures at senior inter county level were played over eighty minutes, while all other senior inter county games remained at sixty minutes. So when Tipp and Cork met in that year’s Munster final, there was an expectation of high scoring. Various factors combined to ensure that wasn’t the case and Cork eventually won, by 3-10 to 3-8. If John Flanagan’s late ground shot had been slightly to his left, the result may have been different! That scoring return was not the highest in championship meetings between the counties but it was the only time that they played a championship game over eighty minutes. The 70 minutes playing time, for all senior championship games was introduced in 1975 and has remained in place ever since.

Top scoring games:

Over 60 minutes: 1960 Munster Final at Thurles Sportsfield, Tipp 4-13 Cork 4-11.

Over 70 minutes: 1991 Munster Final replay, at Semple Stadium, Tipp 4-19 Cork 4-15.

Drawing the crowds

People talk of Tipp v. Cork Munster championship games with a great sense of expectation. This has resulted from their intense rivalry and the great players who have been involved in the many legendary epics, throughout the decades. It is only to be expected that this traditional pairing, which tops the Munster Final clashes with 33 meetings at that stage, has held its position as the biggest championship fixture in Hurling. Not surprisingly the crowds have followed their meetings with great loyalty, producing an official attendance record (62,175) for the 1961 Munster final, at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds. However, it is also acknowledged that several thousand more gained free entry, on a day when many left the venue to escape from the oppressive heat. The smallest attendance, in the modern era, was an official 12,902 for the Qualifier clash, at Semple Stadium on July 14th 2007. However, there was a feeling at full time that the crowd had swelled during the second half, as news of the Premier’s rally reached the town and locals made their way to the open gates at the Field of Legends to witness Tipp’s first Championship win over Cork since 1991.



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