Bord Gais Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Championship Semi Final – Clare 2-15 Waterford 0-17

Clare defeated Waterford by 2-15 to 0-17 in the Semi Final of the Bord Gais Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Championship on Thursday July 18th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Clare’s late flurry too much for 14-man Waterford


Waterford 0-17 Clare 2-15

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare finished the stronger in this Bord Gais Eireann Munster U21 hurling semi-final at sweltering Walsh Park, Waterford, last night, beating a home side which played the last quarter with 14 men after Paudie Prendergast was dismissed on a second yellow. Both sides took some time to get to grips with the conditions – the grass was so short on the sunbaked ground that the sliotar took some unexpected bounces, testing the players’ close control.

Clare faced the breeze in the first half but made light of the handicap. With a sprinkling of senior panellists out to impress watching senior boss Davy Fitzgerald, who was among the 2,288 in attendance, ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final on Sunday week, they settled quickly. They had three wides and two points, from Daire Keane and a Cathal O’Connell free, inside the first ten minutes, before adding a terrific sideline cut from Peter Duggan to make it 0-3 to 0-0.

Waterford couldn’t get a toehold in the game, largely due to their inability to win their own puckouts against Seadna Morey and Alan O’Neill in the visitors’ half-back line, but Colm Curran got them off the mark on 11 minutes; Alan O’Neill answered with a towering free from inside his own half. Waterford senior Jake Dillon hit a free and added a fine effort from play to make it 0-4 to 0-3, but Clare answered through Stephen O’Halloran, sub Jamie Shanahan (on early for the injured Tony Kelly) and another O’Connell free.

Clare were coming forward in waves but Dillon kept Waterford in touch with a free to make it 0-7 to 0-4, and then Deise midfielder Donie Breathnach’s effort made it a two-point game. O’Connell and Dillon swapped frees before a good Colin Dunford run into Clare territory won another Waterford free, which Dillon pointed. When the De La Salle clubman got yet another placed ball late in the half, he levelled the scores at 0-8 each – and added the lead point immediately afterwards from play. With the half almost over, Dillon then drove over a free from his own half to make it 0-10 to 0-8 – five points in-a-row from the corner-forward. Colm Galvin pulled one back for Clare just on the stroke of half-time to make it 0-10 to 0-9.

They swapped points on the resumption, Stephen Roche of Waterford and Clare’s O’Connell, before Dillon, again, pointed two frees – 0-13 to 0-10 on 37 minutes. The game then took a significant twist with Waterford losing Paudie Prendergast on a second yellow: though O’Connell missed the resulting free, Soon afterwards O’Connell knocked over a close-in free but Dillon responded in kind before O’Connell nudged Clare closer. Then came the goal – Clare had enjoyed long puckouts from Ronan Taaffe all night, and on 45 minutes one of them broke to Seadna Morey, who struck a fine goal on the run. Podge Collins pointed from the puckout to make it 1-13 to 0-14: Clare in the driving seat.

Dillon pointed yet another free on 50 minutes, but while Clare were in the ascendancy, they hit three poor wides before O’Connell pointed from play – 1-14 to 0-15 with five minutes left. With the teams flagging in the heat, Waterford then hit two wides of their own before the decisive score. Yet another long, long Taaffe puckout ended up deep in the opposing half, and Aaron Cunningham finished well – 2-14 to 0-15 and two minutes left. Dillon’s late free was academic, but made it a baker’s dozen of points for the wing-forward. Clare now play Tipperary in the provincial final.

Scorers for Waterford: J. Dillon 0-13 (0-11 fs); D. Breathnach, C. Curran, S. Roche and P. Mahony (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C. O’Connell 0-6 (0-4 fs); A. Cunningham and S. Morey 1-0 each; A. O’Neill 0-2 (fs); D. Keane, P. Collins, S. O’Halloran, D. O’Halloran, J. Shanahan, C. Galvin, P. Duggan (sideline) 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: D. Duggan; S. McNulty, T. Bourke, S. Roche; R. Barry, D. Fives, P. Prendergast; K. Power, D. Breathnach; J. Dillon, E. Murphy, C. Curran; C. Dunford, S. Roche, J. Barron.

Subs: P. Mahony for C. Dunford, 40; A. Gleeson for Barron, 45; C. Heffernan for E. Murphy, 49.

CLARE: R. Taaffe; P. Flanagan (c), D. McInerney, J. Browne; S. Morey, A. O’Neill, S. O’Halloran; C. Galvin, T. Kelly; P. Duggan, P. Collins, A. Cunningham; C. O’Connell, D. Keane, S. O’Donnell.

Subs: J. Shanahan for T. Kelly, 10; D. O’Halloran for D. Keane, 42; C. Malone for S. O’Donnell, 52; M. O’Neill for P. Collins, 60.

Referee: J. Ryan (Tipperary)


Clare beat Waterford to reach Munster U21 final

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Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Clare 2-15 Waterford 0-17

Clare will play Tipperary in the Munster final on August 7 after a four-point defeat of Waterford at Walsh Park, Waterford this evening. Waterford led by 0-10 to 0-9 at the break, but the Banner County secured their place in the provincial final with second half goals from Seadna Morey and Aaron Cunningham. The hosts’ cause wasn’t helped when they lost Paudie Prendergast to a second yellow card at the start of the second half.

Clare overcame the loss of senior star Tony Kelly to an eye injury in the 12th minute, the Ballyea man taken to hospital after the game. Jake Dillon hit a stunning haul of 0-13 (0-11f) including five points in a row at one stage of the second half. The Déise were 0-14 to 0-11 up when Prendergast was dismissed just after the interval. With man of the match Podge Collins in superb form, Clare fought back when Morey burst though and hit the back of the net before Cunningham added a second to round off the win.

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-7 (0-5f), A Cunningham, S Morey 1-0 each, P Collins, D Keane, S O’Halloran, J Shanahan, C Galvin, P Duggan (0-1 SL), A O’Neill (0-1f), D O’Halloran 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Jake Dillon 0-13 (0-11f), Pauric Mahony (0-1f), Stephen Roche, Donie Breathnach, Colm Curran 0-1 each.

Clare: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, J Browne; S Morey, A O’Neill, S O’Halloran; C Galvin, T Kelly; P Duggan, P Collins, A Cunningham; S O’Donnell, D Keane, C O’Connell. Subs: J Shanahan for Kelly (12), D O’Halloran for Keane (42), C Malone for O’Donnell (53), E Boyce for Shanahan (59).

Waterford: D Duggan; S McNulty, T Bourke, S Roche; R Barry, D Fives, P Prendergast; K Power, D Breathnach; J Dillon, J Barron, C Curran; C Dunford, S Roche, E Murphy. Subs: P Mahony for Dunford (39), A Gleeson for Barron (46), C Heffernan for Murphy (49).

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

Fixture Details


Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final

Waterford v Clare

Venue: Walsh Park Waterford @ 7:30pm

Referee – Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)
Stand-By Referee – Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
Linesman – John O’Brien (Tipperary)
Sideline Official – John McCormack (Tipperary)
Umpires – JC Ryan, Seamus Manton, Tony Lacey and Willie Cross (Tipperary)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Next Round – the winners play Cork or Tipperary on August 7th in the Munster Final

Admission Prices
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

Team News

CLARE: Ronan Taaffe (Tubber); Paul Flanagan (Ballyea), David McInerney (Tulla), Jack Browne (Ballyea); Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge), Alan O’Neill (St. Josephs Doora Barefield), Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin), Padraic Collins (Cratloe), Aaron Cunningham (Wolfetones); Shane O’Donnell (Eire Og), Daire Keane (Kilmaley), Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara).

The Waterford U21 team to play Clare on Thursday night in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Semi Final at 7.30pm in Walsh Park was named after training tonight

1. Darren Duggan Dungarvan

2. Shane McNulty De La Salle

3. Tadhg Bourke Clashmore / Kinsalebeg

4. Shane Roche Shamrocks

5. Ray Barry Lismore

6. Darragh Fives Tourin

7. Paudie Prendergast Lismore

8. Kieran Power Clonea

9. Donie Breathnach An Rinn

10. Jake Dillon De La Salle

11. Jamie Barron Fourmilewater

12. Colm Curran Dungarvan

13. Colin Dunford Colligan

14. Stephen Roche Mount Sion

15. Eamonn Murphy Dunhill

For the Record

Waterford Clare
2012 Championship Performance Lost to Clare by 2-22 to 0-9 in the Munster Semi-Final at Cusack Park Ennis. Defeated Clare and Tipperary to win the Munster Final before defeating Kilkenny by 2-17 to 2-11 in the All-Ireland Final.
Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles 3 2
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling  Title 1994 2012
Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship Record since 2000 Played – 18
Won – 5
Lost – 13
Drawn – 0
Played – 19
Won – 8
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship July 19th at Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final) –
Clare 2-22 Waterford 0-9 – Goals by David O’Halloran and Podge Collins and 10 points by Cathal O’Connell helped Clare to a 19 point victory.
What happened 3 years ago? 

2010 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round-up

Defeated Clare by 1-21 to 0-16 in the first round. Qualified for the Munster Final after a replay victory over Cork in the semi-final. 

Lost to Clare in the Munster Final before losing to Galway in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final by 1-15 to 2-8.

Lost to Waterford in the first round before victories over Kerry, Tipperary and Limerick sealed a Munster Final place. Defeated Waterford by 1-16 to 1-11 in the Munster Final. Defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final before losing to Kilkenny by 2-10 to 0-14 in the All-Ireland Final.




Friday May 31st

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 2-11


Wednesday July 17th

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

Thursday July 18th

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Waterford v Clare                                                     @ 7:30pm

Wednesday August 7th

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (20) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Cork (18) – 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007

Limerick (6) – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002 , 2011

Waterford (3) – 1974, 1992, 1994

Clare (2) – 2009, 2012

Munster Under 21 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 in1964 –

Munster Under 21 Hurling Cup

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

All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship

In the Under 21 Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts along with Kilkenny with 11 titles.

Galway have 10 titles followed by Tipperary with 9. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade. Clare have won 2 titles (both in the last 4 years) while Waterford have 1 title.

2013 Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 2-11 – May 31st @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary: Darragh Mooney; Cathal Barrett, Michael Breen, Andrew Ryan; Joe O’Dwyer, Tomás Hamill, Seamus Kennedy; Niall O’Meara, Justin Cahill; Jason Forde, Dan McCormack, Brian Stapleton; Aidan McCormack, Bill Walsh, Liam McGrath
Subs: Conor Kenny for Walsh (46), Bill Maher for O’Dwyer (51), Tommy Heffernan for McCormack (55), John Meagher for Barrett (60+1)

Limerick: Owen Webb O’Rourke; Alan Dempsey, Mark O’Loughlin, Mark Carmody; Dan Morrissey, Barry O’Connell, Kevin O’Donnell; Thomas Ryan, Shane Kenny; Declan Hannon, William Hickey, David Reidy; John Fitzgibbon, Shane Dowling, Adrian Breen
Subs: Kevin O’Brien for Hickey (25), Barry Lynch for O’Connell (h.t.), Michael Ryan for Fitzgibbon (h.t.), Robbie Egan for Reidy (45)

Referee – Colm Lyons (Cork)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship

Jason Forde (Tipperary) – 1-8 (0-4 frees, 0-1 penalty)
Aidan McCormack (Tipperary) – 1-3
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-5 (0-3 frees)
Shane Kenny (Limerick) – 1-1
Michael Ryan (Limerick) – 1-0
Dan McCormack (Tipperary) – 0-2
Brian Stapleton (Tipperary) – 0-2
Declan Hannon (Limerick) – 0-2
Kevin O’Donnell (Limerick) – 0-2 (0-1 free)

Niall O’Meara (Tipperary), Bill Walsh (Tipperary), Liam McGrath (Tipperary), David Reidy (Limerick) 0-1 each

Useful Information

Last meeting – 2012 Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final on July 19th at Cusack Park Ennis

Clare 2-22 Waterford 0-9

Clare: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, K Ryan; S Morey, C Ryan, P O’Connor; C Galvin, S Golden; A Cunningham, P Collins, T Kelly; C O’Connell, C McGrath (c), D O’Halloran.

Subs: C McInerney (O’Halloran 45); S O’Halloran (Morey 47); P Duggan (Kelly 49); J Colleran (Galvin 51); E Boyce (O’Connor 57).

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; J Barron, S O’Keeffe, Phillip Mahony; P Prendergast, D Fives, E Madigan; R Barry, G O’Brien; B O’Halloran, E Murphy, F Murray; Pauric Mahony (c), M O’Neill, J Dillon.

Subs: D Breathnach (Barry 30); J Prendergast (Fives inj. 33); M Wyse (Madigan 43); I Galgey (Murray 54); S Roche (O’Brien 59).

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-10 (4f, 2 65s); D O’Halloran 1-4; P Collin 1-0; A Cunningham 0-2; C McGrath 0-2; C Galvin, S Golden, P Duggan, T Kelly, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M O’Neill 0-5 (4f); E Murphy 0-2; Pauric Mahony, B O’Halloran, 0-1 each.

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)


Since 2007, 4 of the 5 counties in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship have won the title – Cork (2007), Tipperary (2008 and 2010), Clare (2009 and 2012) and Limerick (2011).

Limerick have lost their first match in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship in 6 of the last 8 seasons.

The Munster Under 21 Hurling champions have captured the All-Ireland crown on just three occasions since 2003 – Clare (2009 and 2012) and Tipperary (2010).