Cadbury Munster U21 Football S-Final – Cork 2-14 Limerick 0-11

Powerful Rebels pound Limerick

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 0-11 Cork 2-14

A physically powerful Cork side were far too good for Limerick in this Munster U21 Football semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, last night. The 775 hardy souls who braved the bitterly cold conditions saw Cork begin brightly, take their foot off the accelerator and then take control of the game in the second half to run out easy winners. Cork put Limerick under pressure right from the throw-in — within the opening four minutes the visitors hit the post, had a Brian Hurley shot waved wide after it had initially been flagged as a point, and John O’Rourke brought a good save out of James Brudair in the Limerick goal.

However, Limerick had the opening point, a good effort from distance by Danny Frewen, on five minutes. Cork’s Luke Connolly responded from distance to tie it up, and then Danny Neville edged Limerick in front. Then Cork hit 1-3 in five minutes to take the initiative. Castlehaven man Brian Hurley knocked over two close-range frees before Dan Mac Eoin lofted in a high ball from out on the wing. John O’Rourke judged the flight well to punch home from close range, and when Hurley pointed another free, it was 1-4 to 0-2 and 11 minutes gone.

It could have been worse — Brudair advanced to save well from Mark Sugrue when the centre-forward came through the centre not long after the goal — but Limerick then took over, and kept Cork scoreless for quarter of an hour. They didn’t make it easy for themselves up front, however. Francis O’Riordan cut the deficit with a free in the 18th minute, but the home side also hit three poor wides in the second quarter, at a time when they were winning the ball in midfield through good play from Darragh Treacy and Patrick O’Donnell. Still, a Peter Nash effort from play and an O’Riordan free made it 0-5 to 1-4 with five minutes left to play in the first half. Alan Cadogan nudged Cork further ahead with a good point, but O’Riordan hit the score of the first half in response, the right-footer putting over a free from far out on the right wing.

Cork struck late, however, with a John O’Rourke point to maintain their goal advantage at the half, 1-6 to 0-6. The Rebels introduced Cathal Vaughan at half-time and the substitute had a point within a minute of the second-half throw-in. Hurley added a good solo point a minute later and Cork began to motor — Dan Mac Eoin curled over a free and Hurley had a good point from play, with Limerick only registering a brace of O’Riordan frees in response. Cork led 1-10 to 0-8 with 40 minutes played.

Hurley might have ended the game as a contest then, but Brudair got down quickly to his right to save the Corkman’s stinging shot. Vaughan added his second point immediately after and O’Rourke hit a point from distance, and Cork had a seven-point lead. With a goal or two looking beyond Limerick, the final quarter was something of a canter for Cork. The Shannonsiders had points late on from the reliable O’Riordan (two frees) and Frewen but it was a matter of respectability rather than affecting the result. The men in red and white had late goal chances from Clancy and Mac Eoin, only to be denied by the post and Brudair respectively, and there were some casual wides which won’t have pleased manager John Cleary, but they eventually added a second goal, through Hurley, on 58 minutes. Cork now progress to a Munster final on April 10 in Thurles, where they’ll face a Tipperary side who are likely to be a far more testing proposition.

Scorers for Limerick: F. O’Riordan 0-7 (fs); D. Frewen 0-2; P. Nash, D. Neville, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: B. Hurley 1-5 (0-3 fs) J. O’Rourke 1-2; C. Vaughan 0-3; D. MacEoin 0-2; A. Cadogan and L. Connolly 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: J. Brudair, S. Cahill, J. O’Meara (C), B. McCarthy, P. White, I. Corbett, S. Barrett, D. Treacy, P. O’Donnell, S. Sheahan, M. Brosnan, D. Frewen, D. Neville, F. Riordan, P. Nash.

Subs: J. Lee for S. Cahill, 44; K. O’Donoghue for S. Barrett, 45; B. Creamer for P. O’Donnell, 50; K. Larkin for P. Nash, 55; D. O’Dea for M. Brosnan, 58.

CORK: D. Hanrahan, B. O’Driscoll, C. Dorman, A. Cronin, TJ Brosnan, D. Cahalane (C), J. Wall, T. Clancy, I. Maguire, A. Cadogan, M. Sugrue, J. O’Rourke, D. MacEoin, B. Hurley, L. Connolly.

Subs: C. Vaughan for Sugrue, HT; J. Burns for T. Clancy, 51; S. Kiely for Cadogan, 54; K. Crowley for A. Cronin, 58; K. Hallissey for MacEoin, 59.

Referee: K. O’Brien (Tipperary)

Team News

The Cork U21 Football team to play Limerick in Wednesday night’s Munster Semi-Final at 7.30pm in the Gaelic Grounds will line out as follows:

1. David Hanrahan

2. Brian O’Driscoll 3. Conor Dorman 4. Alan Cronin

5. T.J. Brosnan 6. Damien Cahalane 7. Jamie Wall

8. Tom Clancy 9. Ian Maguire

10. Alan Cadogan 11. Mark Sugrue 12. John O’Rourke

13. Dan MacEoin 14. Brian Hurley 15. Luke Connolly


16. Patrick Kirby Tadhg Mac Carthaigh

17. Conor O’Sullivan Clyda Rovers

18. Kevin Crowley Millstreet

19. Kevin Fulignati Nemo Rangers

20. Sean Kiely Ballincollig

21. Jamie Burns St. Finbarrs

22. Kevin Hallissey Eire Óg

23. Cathal Vaughan Iveleary

24. Tom Hegarty O’Donovan Rossa

Captain: Damien Cahalane

There are no changes in personnel from the team that defeated Kerry in the quarter-final. Captain Damien Cahalane moves to centre back, with Tom Clancy going to mid-field. Brian Hurley is named at full forward, with Luke Connolly moving to the corner.

Also on the training panel:

Micheal Martin Nemo Rangers

Matthew O’Shea Glengarriff

Darren Murphy Ballincollig

Jamie Davis Douglas

Sean O’Connor Canovee

Mark Heffernan Ballyclough

Stephen O’Mahony Gabriel Rangers


Limerick U21 Football team V Corcaigh

1 James Brudair (Mountcollins)

2 Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins)

3 James O’Meara (Ballysteen) (Captain)

4 Brendan McCarthy (St. Kieran’s)

5 Paul White (St. Mary’s / Sean Finns, Rathkeale)

6 Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest)

7 Sean Barrett (Kilmallock)

8 Darragh Treacy (St. Kieran’s)

9 Patrick O’Donnell (Galbally)

10 Sean Sheahan (St. Mary’s / Sean Finns, Rathkeale)

11 Micheal Brosnan (Dromcollogher/Broadford)

12 Danny Frewen (Ballylanders)

13 Danny Neville (Ballysteen)

14 Francis O’Riordan (St. Senan’s)

15 Peter Nash (Kildimo / Pallaskenery)

16 James O’Meara (Fr. Casey’s)

17 Bill Creamer (Cappamore)

18 Kieran Larkin (Banogue)

19 Jamie Lee (Newcastlewest)

20 Kevin Meade (St. Kieran’s)

21 Brian Noonan (Dromcologher/Broadford)

22 Denis O’Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen)

23 Kevin O’Donoghue (Hospital/Herbertstown)

24 Mike O’Leary (Newcastlewest)

Other panel members

25 Tommie Griffin (Gerald Griffins)

26 Shane Irwin (Bruff)

27 Steven Power (St. Mary’s / Sean Finns, Rathkeale)

28 Shane O’Connor (Fr. Casey’s)

Management Team

Tom McGlinchey (Manager/Coach), Conor Murphy (Monegea) (Maor Foirne), Eamon O’Neill (Ballylanders), Billy Mangan (Mungret)

Brendan Flood (Logistics) (South Liberties) Johnny Daly (Medical/First Aid) (St. Patrick’s) Ciaran O’Regan (Stregth & Conditioning)

For the Record

Limerick Cork
2013 Team Management Tom McGlinchy (Manager) 

Selectors –
Eamon O’Neill (Ballylanders), Billy Mangan (Mungret)

Coach – Conor Murphy

John Cleary
(Castlehaven – Coach) 

Selectors – Mick O’Loughlin (Bishopstown), Donal McCarthy (Valley Rovers), Michael Linehan (Killavullen), Brian Herlihy (Dohenys)

2013 Captains Team Captain –
James O’Meara (Ballysteen) 

Vice Captain –
James Broudar (Mountcollins)

Team Captain –
Damien Cahalane (Castlehaven) 

Vice-Captain –
Alan Cronin (Nemo Rangers)

2012 Championship Performance Lost to Clare by 2-7 to 0-10 in the Quarter-Final at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. Defeated Clare in the Munster Semi-Final before winning the Munster Final v Kerry. Lost to Dublin by 3-11 to 0-14 in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Number of Munster Under 21 Football titles 1 23
Last Munster Under 21 Football Title 2000 2012
Munster Under 21 Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 20
Won – 8
Lost – 12
Drawn – 0
Played – 29
Won – 23
Lost – 5
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship 2007 Quarter-Final at Pairc Ui Rinn – Cork 0-17 Limerick 0-9
Daniel Goulding scored 10 points, 7 from placed balls as Cork defeated Limerick by eight points.
What happened 3 years ago? 

2010 Munster Minor Football Championship Round-up

Defeated Waterford by 3-10 to 2-4 in the first round before losing to Kerry by 2-15 to 0-7 in the Munster Semi-Final at Newcastlewest. Defeated Clare and Tipperary to qualify for the Munster final where they defeated Kerry. Defeated Armagh and Galway to qualify for the All-Ireland Final where they lost to Tyrone by 1-13 to 1-12.

2012 Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship Fixtures / Results

Quarter Finals

Wednesday March 13rd

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                  Cork 0-14 Kerry 2-7

@ Semple Stadium Thurles               Tipperary 1-17 Waterford 0-9


Wednesday March 27th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick               Cork v Limerick                                              @ 7:30pm

@ Semple Stadium Thurles               Tipperary v Clare                                            @ 7:30pm


Venue Permutations

@ Semple Stadium Thurles               Cork v Tipperary                                             @ 7:30pm

@ Clare venue                                    Cork v Clare                                                   @ 7:30pm

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick               Limerick v Tipperary                                       @ 7:30pm

@ Clare venue                                    Limerick v Clare                                             @ 7:30pm

Munster Under 21 Football Championship Roll of Honour

Kerry (25) – 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008

Cork (23) – 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012

Limerick (1) – 2000

Waterford (1) – 2003

Tipperary (1) – 2010

Munster Under 21 Football Championship – Useful Information

  • Attendances for the Munster Under 21 Football Championship have grown by 150% in the period 2007 through to 2012.


Last meeting – 2007 Munster Under 21 Football Championship Quarter-Final at Pairc Ui Rinn

Cork 0-17 Limerick 0-9

Scorers –

Cork: D Goulding 0-10 (0-7 frees), C O’Neill 0-3, M Shields, P Kerrigan, F Gould, C Keane 0-1 each.

Limerick: S Cronin 0-3, K O’Callaghan 0-3 (0-2 frees), M Kelly, G Collins, R Browne 0-1 each.

Cork: K O’Halloran, R Carey, M Sheilds, G O’Shea, S O’Donoghue, D Limerick, E Cadogan, F Lynch, C Keane, S McCarthy, C Callinan, P Kerrigan, C O’Neill, E Goulding, R Leahy. Subs. S Cahalane for Callinan, F Gould for Leahy, D Kearney for Keane, N Horgan for O’Shea.

Limerick: T Enright, M Cahill, D Woods, S Garvey, L Martin, L O’Dwyer, R Browne, M Galvin, L Kavanagh, J Ryan, K O’Callaghan, G Collins, M Kelly, S Cronin, N Mulvihill. Subs. E Horgan for Mulvihill, I Ryan for Kavanagh, Kavanagh for Galvin (leg injury), T Gleeson for Browne, M Boyce for Martin.

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

  • For the record Cork and Kerry have both appeared in 37 finals (Kerry’s total includes 2 replays); Tipperary and Clare in 10 finals; Waterford in 8 finals and Limerick in 4 finals
  • Though Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary have won this competition in this millennium, the combined record of the so called four weaker counties since 2000 is played 80, won 29, lost 50 and drawn 3 – a winning percentage of 36%.
  • Kerry and Cork have dominated this competition and only once in the history of the championship were one or both counties not involved in the final. That was in 2000 when Limerick played Waterford in the Final in Dungarvan with Limerick lifting the crown for the first and only time on a 0-7 to 0-4 scoreline.

Munster Under 21 Football Cup

Corn na Cásca presented by the Football Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

All Ireland Under 21 Football Championship

In Under 21 Football All Ireland Roll of Honour Cork have won 11 Titles and Kerry have 10 Titles to their credit. Cork were All Ireland Under 21 Champions in 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007, 2009. Kerry titles were won in 1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008

Cadbury Hero of the Future Awards

Former Cadbury Hero of the Future Award Winners:

  • 2006: Keith Higgins from Mayo
  • 2007: Fintan Goold from Cork
  • 2008: Killian Young from Kerry
  • 2009: Colm O’Neill from Cork
  • 2010: Rory O’Carroll from Dublin
  • 2011: Thomas Flynn from Galway
  • 2012: Ciaran Kilkenny from Dublin


2013 Munster Under 21 Football Championship Matches played

Tipperary 1-17 Waterford 0-9 – March 13th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary – E Comerford; D Kearney, N O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan; P O’Meara, S Kennedy, J O’Callaghan; S O’Brien, D Fitzell; B Maher, D Leahy, S Leahy; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, B Hewitt
Subs: M O’Sullivan for O’Callaghan (37), P Quirke for Hewitt (46), N O’Meara for P O’Meara (51), J Lonergan for Maher (54), P Dalton for Fitzell (59).

Waterford – S Barron; L O’Corraoin, D Foley, C Sheridan; R Dunford, R Sheehan, D Hallahan; K Phelan, R O Ceallaigh; G Nugent, D Breathnach, K Sheehan; M Kiely, P Whyte, K Power
Subs: C Kindregan for Kiely (42), C Burke for O Corraoin (60), P Connors for Dunford (60), L O’Farrell for Sheehan (60).

Referee – James Bermingham (Cork)

Cork 0-14 Kerry 2-7 – March 13th @ Pairc Ui Rinn (Munster Quarter-Final)

Cork: D Hanrahan; B O’Driscoll, C Dorman, A Cronin; TJ Brosnan, D Cahalane, J Wall; T Clancy, I Maguire; A Cadogan, M Sugrue, J O’Rourke; D Mac Eoin, B Hurley, L Connolly
Subs: C Vaughan for Sugrue (39), S Kiely for Maguire (53), K Hallissey for Cadogan (55),

Kerry: S Murphy; F McNamara, P Kilkenny, D Culhane; P Ó Sé, T Morley, M Mangan; J Walsh, S Keane; J Hickson, M Reen, S O’Callaghan; G O’Grady, C Cox, C Brady
Subs: K Murphy for Brady (42), C Keane for Reen (52), J Sheehy for Hickson (57).

Referee: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Under 21 Football Championship

Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) – 1-5 (0-2 frees)
Dan Mac Eoin (Cork) – 0-7 (0-3 frees)
Paul Whyte (Waterford) – 0-7 (0-6 frees)
Conor Cox (Kerry) – 0-5 (0-2 frees)
Liam McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Philip Quirke (Tipperary) – 0-4
Brian Hurley (Cork) – 0-4
Gavin O’Grady (Kerry) – 1-1
Shane O’Callaghan (Kerry) – 1-0 

Gavin Nugent (Waterford) – 0-2

Stephen O’Brien (Tipperary), Bill Maher (Tipperary), Jason Lonergan (Tipperary), M O’Sullivan (Tipperary), John O’Rourke (Cork), Alan Cronin (Cork), Sean Kiely (Cork), James Walsh (Kerry) 0-1 each