Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 Hurling Final – Clare v Waterford

Clare defeated Waterford by 2-17 to 2-12 in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship Final on Wednesday in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Honan fires Banner to glory

Clare 2-17 Waterford 2-12

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, July 30, 2009

IT HAS been a year filled with shattering lows for Clare hurling, but last night in Fraher Field Dungarvan their fortunes enjoyed a soaring high. After a compelling Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC final, Clare swept to a famous five-point success as they atoned in style for the harrowing nature of their failure at this stage 12 months ago. The U21 hurling grade has provided a series of traumatic tales for Clare but this victory ensured their name will finally be inscribed on the Munster roll of honour. The effects of that achievement could be accurately gauged by the raucous post-match celebrations when captain Ciaran O’Doherty hoisted the trophy into the air from the podium.

It was a match that was feverishly anticipated and 6,635 souls filed into the ground. They were served up with 60 minutes of cracking fare as the sides battled for dominance before Clare made the critical push for the line in the closing stages. The strike that sealed their win was a glorious one. The prospects of a replay were starting to circulate in the 58th minute as Clare lead 1-16 to 2-12 with Waterford pushing hard for a levelling score. Clare wing-back Domhnall O’Donovan executed a relieving clearance from the defence towards the right wing for the tall figure of Darach Honan to chase. The simple option seemed to be to attempt a point, yet Honan went for broke and slalomed his way past the despairing Waterford defence before unleashing a rocket to the net. That stunning goal shoved Clare four points ahead and when Cormac O’Donovan clipped over a point soon after, a historic win was assured. Waterford rained high balls down on the Clare goalmouth late on but a defence – in which Eamon Glynn and Ciaran O’Doherty were in supreme form throughout – were never going to submit the scores Waterford needed.

Yet Clare endured plenty of testing moments in this game. In the opening stages they looked nervous and struggled to get to the pace of the match, as Waterford, backed by their home following, hurled with confidence. Maurice Shanahan began imposingly as he fired over two quick points, while Phillip Mahony and Stephen Daniels gave them a firm foothold in defence. Thomas Ryan was in electric form close to goal and he smashed a splendid strike to the net in the 13th minute, after a perceptive long ball by midfielder Karl Duggan. That left Waterford 1-3 to 0-3 ahead and in fine fettle. But Clare settled admirably. Accurate free-taking helped their bid for recovery, Nicky O’Connell diligently taking care of the long-range duties and Colin Ryan, who was tenaciously marshalled by senior defender Noel Connors, providing expert marksmanship closer to goal. In addition, the Clare management astutely switched Ciaran O’Doherty across to police Thomas Ryan and he nullified that threat successfully for the rest of the game.

Clare began to cope better with the congested nature of the middle third play and the ferocious pressure that Waterford were placing on them. By the 25th minute it was a level game 1-4 to 0-7, and then they stitched together a handsome run of scores before the break with Darach Honan prospering from a move to full-forward. Clare entered the interval with enhanced prospects as they led 0-11 to 1-4, and after the break they powered on again. Caimin Morey clipped over an early point and then Morey challenged around the Waterford square to break possession for Honan, and the Clonlara youngster deftly scooped his shot to the net. 1-12 to 1-5 was indicative of the supremacy that Clare held and Waterford’s hopes looked seriously dented.

BUT the Déise camp never hoisted the white flag. David O’Sullivan had a storming second half in defence, Shanahan’s long-range free taking was marvellous and Shane Casey burst into the match from open play. By the 44th minute they had pared Clare’s lead to 1-14 to 1-10, before Casey skilfully batted a shot to the net after a flowing team move. A point soon after by substitute John Gorman tied the match and the impetus lay with Waterford. It was then Clare firmly asserted their rights to success. They never panicked and refused to let Waterford creep into the ascendancy on the scoreboard. Cormac O’Donovan landed a mighty score from play and Ryan chipped in with a crucial free. Thomas Ryan arced over a sideline at the other end to leave Waterford trailing by one, but any thoughts of a replay were smashed by Honan’s sublime intervention.

Scorers: Clare: D Honan 2-2, C Ryan 0-7 (0-4f), N O’Connell (0-3f), C O’Donovan 0-3 each, C Morey, J Conlon 0-1 each.

Waterford: M Shanahan 0-6 (0-5f), S Casey 1-3, T Ryan 1-1 (0-1 sideline), A Power (0-1f), J Gorman 0-1 each.

CLARE: D Tuohy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty; D O’Donovan, C Duggan, E Barrett; N O’Connell, L Markham; J Conlon, S Collins, C O’Donovan; D Honan, C Morey, C Ryan. Subs: C Tierney for Collins (half-time), P O’Connor for Duggan (half-time), C McGrath for Markham (56).

WATERFORD: A Power; N Connors, S Fives, J Maher; P Mahony, S Daniels, D O’Sullivan; S Walsh, K Duggan; T Connors, P Murray, M Shanahan; B O’Sullivan, S Casey, T Ryan. Subs: J Gorman for Maher (inj) (34), S Power for B O’Sullivan (51), D Twomey for Connors (60).

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).

Honan strikes twice for Clare’s first title

From the Irish Times newspaper

MUNSTER UNDER-21 HC FINAL : IT’S BEEN a bleak season for Clare, but last night in Fraher Field, Dungarvan, their fortunes at last enjoyed an upward swing.

Twelve months after their heartbreaking defeat to Tipperary at the same stage, Clare enjoyed a famous win over Waterford in an engrossing clash. The riotous post-match scenes illustrated how much this meant to the Clare faithful, yet not until the closing stages of the game could they relax, safe in the knowledge success was secured. The decisive incident arrived in the 58th minute with Clare leading 1-16 to 2-12. Wing-back Domhnall O’Donovan dispatched a long ball to the right wing where Darach Honan raced out to collect it. Honan turned and slalomed towards goal, shaking off the challenges of the defence before rocketing a shot past Adrian Power to the roof of the net.

It was a magnificent strike, and a fine point straight after by Cormac O’Donovan gave Clare an ultimately unassailable 2-17 to 2-12 lead. Waterford mounted a series of late attacks but Clare’s defence, who possessed outstanding contributors in Eamonn Glynn and Ciarán O’Doherty, were impenetrable. Waterford had enjoyed the brighter start. They hurled with the greater authority and adjusted the tempo of the match with greater ease. By the 13th minute they led 1-3 to 0-3, yet was an advantage that could easily have been embellished. Thomas Ryan, lightning quick in attack, spurned a gilt-edged goal chance in the eighth minute but made amends five minutes later when he flashed a fine drive to the net.

Clare were a nervy bunch in those opening stages yet they improved considerably as the half progressed. Colin Ryan and Nicky O’Connell were assured in their free-taking and those scores steadied the ship sufficiently to bring them back level, 1-4 to 0-7, by the 22nd minute. Two minutes after the break Honan pounced on a breaking ball to whip a shot to the net. That sent Clare seven points clear and the pendulum had swung firmly in their direction. But Waterford regrouped. They had trimmed the margin down to four, 1-14 to 1-10, by the 45th minute when Casey finished a flowing team move by striking sweetly to the net. But Clare surged to the finish line. Colin Ryan and Cormac O’Donovan pushed them two ahead, then the Banner pounced for the match winner soon after from Honan.

CLARE : D Tuohy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty; D O’Donovan, C Duggan, E Barrett; N O’Connell (0-3, frees), L Markham; J Conlon (0-1), S Collins, C O’Donovan (0-3); D Honan (2-2), C Morey (0-1), C Ryan (0-7, four frees). Subs: C Tierney for Collins, P O’Connor for Duggan (both half-time), C McGrath for Markham (56 mins).

WATERFORD : A Power (0-1, free); N Connors, S Fives, J Maher; P Mahony, S Daniels, D O’Sullivan; S Walsh, K Duggan; T Connors, P Murray, M Shanahan (0-6, five frees); B O’Sullivan, S Casey (1-3), T Ryan (1-1, 0-1 sideline). Subs: J Gorman (0-1) for Maher (inj, 34 mins), S Power for B O’Sullivan (51 mins), D Twomey for Connors (60 mins).

Referee : Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

Munster under 21 hurling final
CLARE……………..2-17
WATERFORD………….2-12

By Michael O’Connor

When Clare GAA followers sit down to recall the year 2009 only one day and time will be considered. Dungarvan 29/7/09 and 9pm the time when 45 years of near misses, close calls and near defeats were swept away as Ciaran O Doherty led Clare to their first ever munster under 21 hurling championship. Should Clare go further in the championship is possible but never forgotten will be the evening beside the sea in Dungarvan.
Redemption day for 2008. The question marks lingered over the real value of the Clare win over limerick in the semi final and the real ability of the decies in their shock but good value win over Tipperary. The tears shed in Cusack park exactly one year previous were to act as a positive motivator in the Clare dressingroom in a quiet way and in the final ten minutes when the game would be in the melting pot. For Waterford the underage scene has taken an upward turn with success at minor and qualification for this decider. 1972, 1974 and 1992 were the three previous occasions when the decies and Clare met at this stage with success and indeed Waterford’s only titles coming in these trio of finals.

A prematch fitness test was initiated for the benefit of Cian Dillon but patently was unable to carry out even the most menial of tests. Clare started with the side that secured the easiest of wins over Limerick whilst Waterford did likewise. The hunt for tickets had haunted the loyal hurling followers ended with plenty for all involved. Waterford won the toss and elected to play from the town goal. The opening seconds saw a free awarded and pointed by Maurice Shanahan to settle decies nerves. He added to this from free within a minute as Clare forwards found no space from the first puck out.

The first scoring chance fell to Colin Ryan after John Conlon won a free which he duly converted. Sean Collins lost good possession and the clearance went to Shane Casey whose rising effort skimmed the crossbar. Both sides had their first wides soon after with Shane Casey and Nicky O Connell off target as the Clare goal lived a charmed life. Clare had their next score when a brilliant ball from Enda Barrett found Colin Ryan who made no mistake after 6 minutes. Thomas Ryan found himself clean through but when trying to place the ball sent it inches wide. Whilst Waterford had pace on the Clare backs they overcarried in the ball looking for goals when points were an option. One such attack broke down and the ball went to Honan who won a free pointed by Ryan to level the game after ten minutes at (0-3) apiece. Nicky O Connell moved to centre back as Duggan went to midfield with Barrett to centrefield.

The goal that was threatening came when a long ball was sent in by Karl Duggan to Ryan at the third time of asking he made to mistake. Clare responded with a Nicky O Connell free to leave just two points in the game at the end of the first quarter. Clare were just hanging in hoping for a reprieve from the determined smart Waterford play. Tommy Ryan, once again won the ball and gave it to Shanahan who won a free he duly converted to restore the goal lead after 18 minutes. again Clare were kept in the game through scores from placed balls by Nicky O Connell and he added another on 20 minutes. the necessary move of Cormac O Donovan to centre forward worked the oracle with his first score and when Colin Ryan hit the equaliser the omens appeared for once after 46 attempts to favour Clare in this grade. Ciaran O Doherty entered the referee’s notebook as Maurice Shanahan’s sent over the lead point for the Decies after 26 minutes. A powerful score by Darach Honan tied up the game within a minute. Nicky O Connell, one of 5 Clonlara men on the panel sent over the lead point for Clare in the 27th minute and when Colin Ryan stretched the lead to two and Honan to three the Clare support were gathering full power in the long suffering voices. At the break Clare led by 3 and within two minutes of the restart were seven clear thanks to a Caiman Morey point and a goal from Honan to go (1-12) to (1-5) clear. Maurice Shanahan hit back with two frees by the 36th minute. The descending sunlight was now in the faces of Donal Touhy’s men as Waterford had settled from the early second half set back.

Donal Touhy was forced to make a smart body block from Tommy Ryan before Shane Casey narrowed the deficit to four points after 38 minutes. Adrian Power once more struck over a long range trademark free as Clare’s lead was now down to a goal. John Conlon and Conor Tierney combined to set up Colin Ryan for a valuable score in the 41st minute as Clare were now (1-13) to (1-9) ahead. A huge catch under the crossbar from Touhy was cleared to Conlon his second cousin who scored a trademark score before Shane Casey hit back with 16 minutes to act out. The game was in teh melting pot when pace once again caught out Clare as Shane Casey finished off a four man move to leave just the minimum between the sides, (2-10) to (1-14) at the end of the third quarter. Waterford hit a number of bad wides in both halves that were hampering their scoring potential. The equaliser came in the 48th minute with substitute John O Gorman on target from 45 yards. Within seconds Clare were back in the lead as Cormac O Donovan set up by Conlon made no mistake in the 50th minute.

The attendance of 6,635 saw the Clare lead stretch to two seconds later when Ryan converted another free to leave the visitors (1-16) to (2-11) ahead. A super sideline cut by Tommy Ryan left the minimum between the sides with seven minutes to go. A long range free by O Connell forced a 65 by Conlon that Ryan sent wide. The Clare attendance estimated to be 2500 but will be swelled by folklore to 25000 in the years to come were stunned by the brilliant goal by Darach Honan. Seconds later his clubmate Cormac ODonovan rounded off the scoring with the final score of the game. Seconds later time was suspended, supporters jumped over whatever man made barriers were put in their way and for an hour after Clare people , milled happily in Dungarvan thankful that this day occurred.

Clare best on the day were John Conlon who when matters were in the melting pot won every ball that came his way. His four clubmates especially Darach Honan were capable deputies whilst Eamonn Glynn was a titan at full back. For Donal Touhy who made a number of crucial stops and catches he was the one man for whom Clare hurling means so much and deserved this success. All others involved carried their corners with style when it was most needed and on a Clare day. Waterford had chances that they spurned in both halves and had they led by 6 points few Clare supporters could have little argument. Best for the vanquished were the excellent Tommy Ryan who could have with good fortune ended with (3-3. He was aided well by Shane Casey, Adrian Power, Shane Daniels, Karl Duggan, Shane Walsh, Philip Mahony, Shane Fives and Maurice Shanahan from frees.

CLARE: DONAL TOUHY, JAMES GUNNING, EAMONN GLYNN, CIARAN O DOHERTY (capt), DOMHNALL O DONOVAN, CILLIAN DUGGAN, ENDA BARRETT, NICKY O CONNELL (0-3), LIAM MARKHAM, JOHN CONLON (0-1), SEAN COLLINS, CORMAC O DONOVAN (0-3), DARACH HONAN (2-2), CAIMIN MOREY, (0-1), COLIN RYAN (0-7). Subs: CONOR TIERNEY FOR COLLINS, PATRICK O CONNOR FOR DUGGAN, CONOR McGRATH for MARKHAM,

WATERFORD: ADRIAN POWER (0-1), JEROME MAHER, SHANE FIVES, NOEL CONNORS, PHILIP MAHONY, SHANE DANIELS (capt), DAVID O SULLIVAN, SHANE WALSH, KARL DUGGAN, THOMAS CONNORS, PAUL MURRAY, MAURICE SHANAHAN (0-6), BRIAN O SULLIVAN, SHANE CASEY (1-3), THOMAS RYAN (1-1). Subs: JOHN GORMAN (0-1) for MAHER, STEPHEN POWER for O SULLIVAN, LIAM TOUHY for O CONNOR,

REFEREE: DIARMUID KIRWAN (CORK).

After the game Chairman of the munster council Jimmy O Gorman presented the munster under 21 hurling cup to a proud Clareman Ciaran O Doherty.

Team News

WATERFORD: A Power; J Maher, S Fives, N Connors; P Mahony, S Daniels, D O’Sullivan; S Walsh, K Duggan; T Connors, P Murray, M Shanahan; B O’Sullivan, S Casey, T Ryan.

CLARE: D Tuohy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty; D O’Donovan, C Duggan, E Barrett; N O’Connell, L Markham; J Conlon, S Collins, C O’Donovan; D Honan, C Morey, C Ryan

Munster Under 21 Championship

2009 Munster Under 21 Championship Fixtures / Results

Roll of Honour

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll of Honour

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21HSF – Limerick v Clare

Clare defeated Limerick by 4-22 to 2-13 in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday at Cusack Park Ennis.


Ryan raises Banner spirits

Clare 4-22 Limerick 2-13

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, July 16, 2009

AFTER the trauma of their senior team’s championship exit last Saturday, Clare hurling received a badly-needed tonic from their U21 camp last night in Cusack Park. A crowd of 4,692 turned out to watch Clare churn out a scintillating display as they inflicted a serious beating on Limerick in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC semi-final. On a sun-soaked evening, they hurled with authority all over the pitch. Save for one glitch which lead to a Limerick first-half goal, Donal Tuohy was a model of composure between the posts while Eamon Glynn and Ciaran Doherty gave sound defensive performances. At midfield Nicky O’Connell was full of terrific endeavour throughout while Caimin Morey and Darach Honan wreaked havoc at various stages in attack.

But they were all eclipsed by the input of left corner-forward Colin Ryan. The Newmarket-on-Fergus man had endured an ineffectual evening for the county seniors last Saturday yet here he managed to tap a rich vein of form. Ryan departed with a whopping 3-9 total next to his name, shooting points with precision and showing a lethal streak to smash in three goals. Approaching the interval Limerick were only three points adrift when Shane O’Donnell found the net in the 26th minute, but critically they shipped four points before the break. Clare embarked on a scoring spree after half-time and despite the determined efforts of Nicky Quaid, Paul Browne and Sean Tobin, the match wound up being an exercise in damage limitation for the Limerick men.

The game began at a blistering pace and the early scoring rates were quite extraordinary. Having divvied out points to begin with, the teams then unleashed a goal blitz. In the eighth minute Limerick corner-forward Tommy O’Brien placed a bullet into the far corner of the net but the concession never unsettled Clare and their response was devastating. Within 30 seconds Darach Honan had the ball in the net at the other end of the field and two minutes after Clare banged in another with Caimin Morey making the hard yards to create the simple task for Ryan to goal. After that cracking opening, Clare had emerged in healthier shape as the proprietors of a 2-6 to 1-4 advantage.

It had become evident that Clare’s inside forward line were eager for action with Ryan and Honan seemingly incapable of missing the target. Limerick did get an opportune boost through that O’Donnell goal in the 26th minute, after Tommy O’Brien had pressurised Tuohy into dropping the ball. But they failed to build on it and Clare rattled off four late first-half points to lead 2-14 to 2-7. Limerick needed a spirited and productive opening to the second-half in order to retrieve the situation. They tried to perform corrective surgery by shuffling their defensive cards and introducing captain Brian O’Sullivan.

Yet Clare quickly submerged Limerick with a deluge of scores. Ryan rifled over three pointed frees and though Limerick got on the second-half board through a Tobin placed ball, it was Clare’s leading forward who then produced the acts that killed the game off. In the 39th minute Ryan clinically finished to the net from play and in the 42nd minute he rocketed home a penalty after Morey had been fouled. That left it 4-19 to 2-8 in Clare’s favour. Limerick registered points through Browne and Tobin, but there was no disputing Clare’s progress and they’ll make a bold bid in two weeks time to land the county’s inaugural Munster U21 hurling crown.

Scorers: for Clare: C Ryan 3-9 (1-0 pen, 0-5f), D Honan 1-4, C Morey, C O’Donovan, N O’Connell (0-1f) 0-2 each, S Collins, L Markham, C Quinn 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: S Tobin 0-7 (0-7f), T O’Brien 1-2, S O’Donnell 1-1, P Browne 0-2, B O’Brien 0-1.

CLARE: D Tuohy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty; D O’Donovan, C Duggan, E Barrett; N O’Connell, L Markham; J Conlon, S Collins, C O’Donovan; D Honan, C Morey, C Ryan. Subs: C Quinn for Markham (40), E Hayes for Morey (53), P Kelly for Barrett (55), C Tierney for Collins (56), C McGrath for Honan (58).

LIMERICK: B Hennessy; B Moloney, D Lynch, J Riordan; B Quinn, P Begley, P O’Loughlin; N Quaid, J Mann; G Mulcahy, B O’Brien, P Browne; T O’Brien, S Tobin, S O’Donnell. Subs: P O’Brien for Riordan (24), B O’Sullivan for Mann (half-time), D Hannon for O’Loughlin (35), J Hayes for Lynch (43), M Kiely for O’Donnell (57).

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork).


On-fire Ryan has Banner flying high

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Thursday July 16 2009

SENIOR star Colin Ryan helped himself to 3-9 as Clare crushed Limerick at Cusack Park, Ennis, last night.

After a rip-roaring opening half, the Banner went in at the break ahead by seven points (2-14 to 2-7).

Limerick started brightly and Shane O’Donnell pounced on a mistake by Enda Barrett to set up Tommy O’Brien for a goal.

However, within a minute, the home side responded in kind when lanky corner-forward Darach Honan sent a low shot passed Limerick ‘keeper Barry Hennessy.

Clare grabbed their second goal in the 11th minute when Ryan was fed by Caimin Morey, scoring from the edge of the square.

The Banner county enjoyed a 2-10 to 1-7 lead by the 26th minute, but when goalie Donal Tuohy failed to clear his lines a Shane O’Donnell goal resulted for the visitors. Undaunted, however, Clare hit some late first-half scores to open up a good lead at the break.

From then on it was one-way traffic. Ryan put in a man-of-the-match performance for the winners and two further second-half goals sealed the Shannonsiders fate. He goaled eight minutes after the break and when Morey was taken down by a Limerick defender in the 41st minute, Ryan stepped up to bury the resultant free.

A hapless Limerick had no answer to an on-fire Clare side and a return of 3-9 from their top forward set up a meeting in the decider with Waterford in a fortnight’s time.

Scorers — Clare: C Ryan 3-9 (0-5 f, 1-0 pen), D Honan 1-4, N O’Connell (1f), C O’Donovan, C Morey 0-2 each, S Collins, L Markham, C Quinn 0-1 each. Limerick: S Tobin 0-7 (7f), T O’Brien 1-2 (0-1f), S O’Donnell 1-1, P Browne 0-2, B O’Brien 0-1.

Clare — D Tuohy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty (capt); D O’Donovan, C Duggan, E Barrett; N O’Connell, L Markham; J Conlon, S Collins, C O’Donovan; D Honan, C Morey, C Ryan. Subs: C Quinn for Markham (39), E Hayes for Morey (52), P Kelly for Barrett (53), C Tierney for Collins (55), C McGrath for Honan (58).

Limerick — B Hennessy; B Moloney, D Lynch, J Riordan; B Quinn, P Begley, P O’Loughlin; N Quiad, J Mann; G Mulcahy, B O’Brien, P Browne; T O’Brien, S Tobin, S O’Donnell (capt). Subs: P O Brien for Riordan (24), B O’Sullivan for Mann (h-t), D Hannon for O’Loughlin (34), J Hayes for Lynch (42), M Kiely for O’Donnell (57).

Ref — C McAllister (Cork).


Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY JULY 15th

Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi Final
@ Cusack Park, Ennis
An Clár v Luimneach at 7.30p.m.
Reiteoir – Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)
Extra Time to be played in the event of a Draw

Team News

Limerick U21 Management announce their side to meet Clare

Munster U-21 Semi-Final – Limerick v Clare

1. Barry Hennessy Kilmallock

2. Brian Moloney Blackrock

3. David Lynch Na Piarsaigh

4. John Riordan Templeglantine

5. Bryan Quinn Ballybrown

6. Pat Begley Mungret

7. Philip O’Loughlin Kilmallock

8. Nicky Quaid Effin

9. James Mann Patrickswell

10. Graeme Mulcahy Kilmallock

11. Bobby O’Brien Bruff

12. Paul Browne Bruff

13. Tommy O’Brien Patrickswell

14. Sean Tobin Murroe/Boher

15. Shane O’Donnell (Capt) Kilmallock

16. Jonathan Hayes Ahane

17. Jason Hayes Bruff

18. Declan Hannon Adare

19. Shane Mullane Bruree

20. Paudge Behan Croom

21. Bryan O’Sullivan Kilmallock

22. Paudie O’Brien Kilmallock

23. Michael Kiely Ballybrown

24. Tiernan Ryan Dromin/ Athlacca

Manager – Leo O’Connor (Claughaun) Selectors – Pat Donnelly (South Liberties), Peter Curtin (Newcastle West), Mick Heelan (Kilmallock)

Team Secretary – Liam O’Sullivan (Claughaun)Doctor – Dr. David Boylan -Physio – Barry Heffernan- First Aid – Sandra Quaid (St. Mary’s / Sean Finn’s)

Clare (U-21H v Limerick) – D Tuohy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty; D O’Donovan, C Duggan, E Barrett; N O’Connell, L Markham; J Conlon, S Collins, C O’Donovan; D Honan, C Morey, C Ryan.

Munster GAA ESB MHC S-Final – Tipperary v Cork

Tipperary and Cork drew after extra time on a scoreline of 5-17 to 5-17 in the Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Finals on Wednesday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Replay Details

WEDNESDAY JULY 1st. 2009

Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay
Corcaigh v Tiobraid Arann at 7.30p.m.
@ Semple Stadium, Thurles

Reiteoir – TBC


Drake point earns Cork a replay

From the Irish Times Newspaper

MUNSTER MHC SEMI-FINALS: Cork 5-17 5-17 Tipperary

A LAST-GASP David Drake point secured a draw for Cork after extra-time in last night’s pulsating clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

A Jamie Coughlan goal in the 24th minute helped Cork to a 1-7 to 1-6 interval lead.

But they needed a goal from substitute Brian Hartnett to send the match into extra-time, with the score 3-12 to 2-15.

TIPPERARY: Paul Ryan; A Ryan, L Butler, Pa Ryan; W Ryan, D Maher, A Hogan; A Cleere, B Stapleton (1-1, 1 sideline); S Curran (0-2), T Butler, R Gleeson; E Murray (0-4, 2f), J O’Dwyer (2-6, 2f), D Collins (1-2). Subs: D Butler (1-1) for Cleere (h-t), J Meagher for Maher (34 mins), P Heffernan (0-1) for T Butler (39 mins), J Forde for O’Dwyer (inj) (55 mins), O’Dwyer for Pa Ryan (59 mins), D Maher for O’Dwyer (61 mins), M O’Brien for Forde (68 mins), E O’Connell for A Ryan (79 mins).

CORK: T Hogan; R Ryan, D Rodgers, A Cagney; P Wiley, P O’Rourke, J Hutchings; R O’Sullivan (0-1), D Drake (0-7, 3f, 1 65); E Farrell, D Brosnan (1-1), C Lehane; J Coughlan (1-2, 1f), P Haughney (0-1), E O’Sullivan (1-1). Subs: J Dineen (0-1) for Lehane (h-t), B Hartnett (2-1) for Haughney (50 mins), C Joyce for O’Rourke (59 mins), D Lester for Hutchings (60 mins), P O’Brien for Rodgers (65 mins), K Hallissey (0-1) for Farrell (65 mins), O O’Connell (0-1) for O’Sullivan (70 mins).

Referee: M O’Connor (Limerick)


Cork 5-17 Tipperary 5-17

Round-up by Coilin Duffy

The final pairing for the Munster Minor Hurling Championship is unknown after two cracking semi-finals tonight which saw Cork and Tipperary finish level after-extra-time, while Waterford progressed to the final. After both Cork and Tipperary had produced a cracking under 21 quarter-final at Semple Stadium a few weeks ago, the corresponding minor teams didn’t disappoint at Pairc Ui Rinn. Following 80 minutes of pulsating hurling, a replay will be required to separate these sides who finished 5-17 apiece after-extra time.

Amazingly Tipperary led by eight points at approaching half-time in extra-time, but Cork blazed a trail to edge two points in front before a last gasp goal for Tipperary put them back in front. Cork would have the last laugh with an injury time point from a 65′ and the sides must meet again – at a venue likely to be Semple Stadium next week.

This game produced end to end hurling, with Cork leading by the minimum on a 1-07 to 1-06 half-time score-line, with Jamie Coughlan netting the Rebels goal and John O’Dwyer finishing Tipp’s three-pointer. Cork began the second half brightly with Eoin O’Sullivan raising a green flag two minutes after the resart.

However Tipperary weren’t far from their southern counterparts, with Brian Stapleton adding their second goal, after his move to corner forward reaped dividends. It looked like the visitors had edged their way to a Munster final with a four-point lead late on, but Cork responded with 1-01 without reply.In the second minute of injury time substitute Brian Harnett completed a Rebel hat-trick to force extra-time at 3-12 to 2-15.

Tipperary looked unstoppable in the first period with David Butler and David Collins netting goals as they held a 4-17 to 3-13 half-time lead, having played against the  wind. Cork however had other ideas on the restart, and left Tipperary shellshocked as an eight-point deficit quickly was wiped out to ensure the Rebels led by two. However, Tipperary struck for a late goal before Cork’s final point from a 65′ to ensure a replay date.

Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY JUNE 24th. 2009
Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Finals
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork
Corcaigh v Tiobraid Arann at 7.30p.m.
Reiteoir – Michael O’Connor (Luimneach)

Team News

The Tipperary Minor Hurling team to play Cork in the Munster semi-final in Páirc Ui Chaoimh on Wednesday night at 7:30pm shows one change from the team which defeated Limerick in the quarter-final. David Collins comes into the team at left corner forward in place of Michael O’Brien. There is also a positional switch as Thomas Butler and John O’Dwyer swap places, with Butler named at centre forward and O’Dwyer at full forward.

1. Paul Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane)

2. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)

3. Liam Butler (Moyne-Templetuohy) Captain

4. Pa Ryan (Clonakenny)

5. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)

6. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

7. Alan Hogan (Shannon Rovers)

8. Adrian Cleere (Ballingarry)

9. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

10. Sean Curran (Mullinahone)

11. Thomas Butler (Clonoulty Rossmore)

12. Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan)

13. Eanna Murray (Templederry Kenyons)

14. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

15. David Collins (Drom & Inch)

CORK – (MHC vs. Tipperary) – Thomas Hogan (Carrigtwohill); Roger Ryan (Bishoptown), Darragh Rodgers (Brian Dillons), Andrew Cagney (Charleville); Patrick Wiley (St. Finbarr’s), Patrick O’Rourke (Na Piarsaigh), Jack Hutchins (Fermoy); Rory O’Sullivan (Argideen Rangers), David Drake (Carrigaline); Eoin O’Farrell (Blackrock), Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers), Conor Lehane (Midleton); Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), Paul Haughney (Midleton), Eoin O’Sullivan (Sars – Capt.)
Subs: Gary Minihane (Courcey Rovers), Patrick OBrien (Killeagh Itas), Jerry Hayes (Mallow), Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Diarmuid Lester (Bishopstown), Odhran OConnell (Mallow), Brian Hartnett (Russell Rovers), John Dineen (Eire Og), Kevin Hallissey (Eire Og)

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HQF – Cork vs. Tipperary

Tipperary defeated Cork by 2-22 to 0-25 in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday evening at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Match Tracker

Compiled by Ed Donnelly – e-mail comments to ed.donnelly@gaa.ie

Result – Tipperary 2-22 Cork 0-25

Round-up – where to begin – 49 scores, numerous missed opportunities (17 wides for Tipperary, 9 wides for Cork), outstanding performances on both sides. A tribute to both teams with Tipperary just about getting over the line in the end. It would have not taken much for the result to go the other way. Two tired sets of players make their way off of the hallowed ground of Semple Stadium having given their all. All those present certainly got their money’s worth but it is Tipperary who progress to the semi-final and a meeting with Waterford.

Team and Scorers

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-12 (9f), L McLoughlin & L Desmond (1 sl) 0-3 each, P Gould & L O’Farrell 0-2 each, S White, W Egan & A Walsh 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 1-9 (1-0 pen, 5f, 1 65), S Callanan 0-6 (1f, 1 65), S Bourke 1-1, J O’Neill 0-3, N McGrath 0-2, M Gleeson 0-1.

CORK: C Cronin; K Murphy, J Herlihy, C O’Sullivan; A Walsh, P O’Sullivan, S White; L Desmond, W Egan; B Corry, L McLoughlin, R White; R O’Driscoll, P Horgan, A Walsh.
SUBS: L O’Farrell for R O’Driscoll (34), P Gould for R White (42), C O’Driscoll for Murphy (42), R Clifford for Walsh (48), E Keane for Herlihy (70), C McCarthy for Clifford (70), G O’Connor for Egan (77)

TIPPERARY: B McCormack; D Maher, Pádraic Maher, K Maher; B Maher, T Stapleton, T McGrath; S Hennessy, G Ryan; M Gleeson, S Callanan, N McGrath; P Bourke, Patrick Maher, S Bourke.
SUBS: B Fox for T McGrath (28), S Carey for Gleeson (41), J O’Neill for Hennessy (51), S Quinlan for Carey (58), J Coghlan for K Maher (70+1), S Hennessy for S Bourke (77)

Referee: P Casey (Waterford)

Game over – Tipperary prevail- just about after an end to end game which has a bit of everything. Well done to both teams!

79th minute – POINT – Tipp Sub John O’Neill with another point from play – Tipperary 2-22 Cork 0-25

78th minute – POINT – Patrick Horgan points a free for Cork – Tipperary 2-21 Cork 0-25

77th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan points a 65 metre free for Tipperary – Tipperary 2-21 Cork 0-24

77th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan points a 65 metre free for Tipperary – Tipperary 2-21 Cork 0-24

76th minute – goal chance for Tipperary’s John O’Neill which is saved at the expense of a 65 metre free.

74th minute – POINT – Patrick Horgan responds with a point from play – Tipperary 2-20 Cork 0-24

73rd minute – POINT – Pa Bourke scores a good point from play – 3 points in it now – Tipperary 2-20 Cork 0-23

72nd minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan scores a good point with a drop shot – could have been a goal – Tipperary 2-19 Cork 0-23

71st minute – Tipperary have a good chance for a point but Cork defend in numbers and win a free.

71st minute – who has the will to win this game? A cracker in Semple!

Half Time – Extra Time – Tipperary 2-18 Cork 0-23

67th minute – a good goal chance for Cork as Patrick Horgan’s close range shot is well saved by Tipperary goalkeeper Bill McCormack

66th minute – POINT – Patrick Horgan scores a free – Tipperary 2-18 Cork 0-23

65th minute – POINT – Tipperary sub John O’Neill scores a point from play – Tipperary 2-18 Cork 0-22

64th minute – POINT – Cork sub Padraig Gould scores a point from play – Tipperary 2-17 Cork 0-22

63rd minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan points a free from his own 65 metre line – Tipperary 2-17 Cork 0-21

62nd minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan scores a point from play after a good long range pass from Tipperary sub Shane Quinlan. Tipperary 2-16 Cork 0-21

Extra time – the teams are back out as the sun sets over the Killinan End – not ideal for the goalkeeper at the Town End which Tipperary are defending for the first period of extra time.

Full-time – the game finishes level and extra time will be played. What a second half!

61st minute – Cork’s Brian Corry has a good chance to hit the winner but his shot goes just wide.

59th minute – YELLOW CARD for Conor O’Sullivan for a foul on Patrick Maher – 1 minute of injury time left as Pa Bourke hits the free wide.

58th minute – POINT – Cork’s Lorcan McLoughlin gets the equaliser for Cork with another good point from play – Tipperary 2-15 Cork 0-21

56th minute – POINT – Tipperary Sub John O’Neill scores a point to put Tipperary back in front – it could easily have been a goal – Tipperary 2-15 Cork 0-20

55th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan scores a memorable point after an excellent run through the Cork defence – Tipperary 2-14 Cork 0-19

54th minute – POINT – Pa Bourke points a free for Tipperary and the sides are level again – Tipperary 2-13 Cork 0-19

52nd minute – POINT – Cork’s Lorcan McLoughlin gets a point from play and Cork are in front – Tipperary 2-12 Cork 0-19
50th minute – POINT – Cork sub Luke O’Farrell scores the equaliser – all to play for in the last 10 minutes – Tipperary 2-12 Cork 0-18

49th minute – POINT – Another Cork sub gets a point from play – this time it is Luke O’Farrell – Tipperary 2-12 Cork 0-17

48th minute – POINT – Cork sub Padraig Gould scores a point from play – Tipperary 2-12 Cork 0-16

48th minute – POINT – Noel McGrath scores a point from play – Tipperary 2-12 Cork 0-15

47th minute – POINT – Lorcan McLoughlin scores a point from play – it could easily have been a goal – Tipperary 2-11 Cork 0-15

45th minute – POINT – Pa Bourke scores a point from play for Tipperary – Tipperary 2-11 Cork 0-14

44th minute – POINT – Pa Horgan points a long range free – Tipperary 2-10 Cork 0-14

40th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan scores a good point from play – Tipperary 2-10 Cork 0-13

38th minute – GOAL – Pa Bourke strikes the penalty to the back of the net to put Tipperary back in front – Tipperary 2-9 Cork 0-13

37th minute –
PENALTY for Tipperary – Seamus Callanan makes a long run through the Cork defence before passing to Patrick Maher who is fouled.

36th minute – POINT – Cork hit the front with a point from play by Andy Walsh – can Tipp respond? Tipperary 1-9 Cork 0-13

34th minute –
POINT – Patrick Horgan scores a point from a free inside his own half to equalise the scores – the breeze may play a factor in this second half – Tipperary 1-9 Cork 0-12

34th minute –
POINT – Patrick Horgan points a 30 metre free for Cork – Tipperary 1-9 Cork 0-11

33rd minute –
SUB – Luke O’Farrell replaces Robert O’Driscoll on the Cork team.

32nd minute – POINT – Shane Bourke scores a good point from play – Tipperary 1-9 Cork 0-10

31st minute –
POINT – Cork win the throw-in and go on the attack before Thomas Stapleton commits a foul. Patrick Horgan points the 20 metre free – Tipperary 1-8 Cork 0-10

Half-Time Round-upthis is a close game with very little between the teams. Tipperary had more goal chances and finally raised a green flag before the interval after a good movement. Cork have the assistance of the breeze in the second half though in a game that was level an amazing 8 times already. It will be all to play for in the second half.

Half-Time – Tipperary 1-8 Cork 0-9

29th minute – GOAL – Tipperary’s Shane Bourke scores a good goal off his left hand side after a good passing movement involving Pa Bourke and Seamus Callanan – Tipperary 1-8 Cork 0-9

28th minute –
POINT – Cork midfielder Leigh Desmond scores his second point from play – Tipperary 0-8 Cork 0-9

27th minute –
POINT – Pa Bourke points a free for Tipperary to bring the sides level for the 8th time – nothing in it. – Tipperary 0-8 Cork 0-8

27th minute –
SUB – Brian Fox replaces Thomas McGrath on the Tipperary team

26th minute – POINT – Patrick Horgan points a free from 30 metres to put Cork in front – Tipperary 0-7 Cork 0-8

25th minute –
POINT – Patrick Horgan points a free from 80 metres – Tipperary 0-7 Cork 0-7

24th minute –
POINT – Pa Bourke scores a point from play from a tight angle – Tipperary 0-7 Cork 0-6

23rd minute –
POINT – Patrick Horgan scores a good point from play off his left hand side – Tipperary 0-6 Cork 0-6

21st minute –
another goal chance for Tipperary. A cross ball from Patrick Maher finds Shane Bourke in front of goal but under pressure, Bourke’s shot is well saved by the Cork goalie at the expense of a 65 which Pa Bourke puts wide.

19th minute – POINT – Tipperary Patrick Maher is fouled after a good run through the Cork defence. The Cork goalkeeper Ciaran Cronin receives a YELLOW CARD before Pa Bourke’s 20 metre free hits the crossbar before Michael Gleeson points in the resulting play – Tipperary 0-6 Cork 0-5

18th minute –
POINT – Cork midfielder Leigh Desmond responds with a point from play for Cork – Tipperary 0-5 Cork 0-5

17th minute –
POINT – Noel McGrath scores a long range point from play after being set up by Seamus Hennessy – Tipperary 0-5 Cork 0-4

16th minute –
POINT – Pa Bourke points a 65 metre free for Tipperary – Tipperary 0-4 Cork 0-4

15th minute – goal chance for Tipperary – Shane Bourke wins possession in the corner and passes to  the unmarked Seamus Callanan – a first time shot was on but he tried to rise and his shot was blocked out for a 65 metre free.

13th minute – POINT – Cork corner-forward Andy Walsh gets through on goal but his shot hits the crossbar. The rebound falls to Patrick Horgan who scores a point to put Cork in front – Tipperary 0-3 Cork 0-4

12th minute –
goal chance for Tipperary but Noel McGrath’s pass in to the danger area is over-hit and goes wide.

9th minute – POINT – Cork wing-back Stephen White scores an excellent long range point to equalise for the Rebel County – Tipperary 0-3 Cork 0-3

8th minute –
POINT – Pa Bourke wins a free 35 metres from goal and he converts the free himself – Tipperary 0-3 Cork 0-2

6th minute – POINT – Patrick Horgan points a free from 35 metres to level the scores – Tipperary 0-2 Cork 0-2

5th minute –
POINT – Tipperary full-forward Patrick Maher is fouled en route to goal and Pa Bourke points the 20 metre free in front of goal – Tipperary 0-2 Cork 0-1

4th minute – no definite pattern early on as both sides ease themselves in to the game.

2nd minute – POINT – Pa Bourke points a free from 60 metres out under the New Stand and the sides are level – Tipperary 0-1 Cork 0-1

1st minute  – POINT – William Egan opens the scoring with a point for Cork – Tipperary 0-0 Cork 0-1

7:30pm – the game is on and Tipperary win the throw-in.

7:25pm – both teams are finishing up their warm-ups as the crowd begins to filter in to the ground. It’s not long now before the game begins.

The toss – Cork win the toss and are playing in to the Town End and against the breeze in the first half.

Team News – both teams line out as selected.

Tipperary U-21 team to play Cork – Bill McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields); Donnagh Maher (Burgess), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Kevin Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha); Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Thomas McGrath (Ballingarry); Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney); Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields – Captain), Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha), Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

Cork U-21 team to play Tipperary -Ciaran Cronin (Lisgoold); Killian Murphy (Erins Own), Jack Herlihy (Newtown), Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields); Aidan Walsh (Kanturk), Paudie O’Sulivan (Cloyne), Stephen White (Ballygarvan); Leigh Desmond (Youghal), William Egan (Kilbrin); Brian Corry (Ballymartle), Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk), Robert White (Carraigtwohill); Robert O’Driscoll (Sarsfields), Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers – Captain), Andy Walsh (Killeagh)

7:15pm – both teams have taken the field and are in the process of warming up. No sign of the referee and officials yet.

6:50pm – Both teams teams have a lot of Senior experience in their ranks with Tipperary holding the favourites tag with 9 of last Sunday’s panel in the starting line-up tonight. However, going back 3 years ago there was little between the counties when at Minor level with Cork winning the Munster title before losing out to Tipperary in the All-Ireland. Players like Paudie O’Sullivan and team captain Patrick Horgan hold down central positions for Cork and will be in direct opposition to Seamus Callanan and Padraic Maher from 7:30pm onwards – two fascinating match-ups but there are similar line-ups all over the field. Cork are managed by John Considine fresh from his 2 match stint as the interirm Senior Hurling manager during the National League. Considine’s counterpart Declan Carr is in his second year having captured Munster honours last year, a title that is on the line here tonight. The referee tonight is Pat Casey of Waterford – there is a light breeze blowing towards the Killinan End in Semple Stadium with a warm sun keeping the patrons warm. The heat will die down surely as the game goes on but the use of fresh players as substitutes in the second half is sure to have a bearing. Check back in before the throw-in for the team news ahead of the throw-in.

6:30pm – Welcome to Semple Stadium on a glorious summer’s evening in Thurles for this mouth-watering clash of Tipperary and Cork in the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Championship.

Tipp step on the gas in extra-time

Tipperary 2-22 Cork 0-25

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, June 04, 2009

AFTER an enthralling 80-minute saga, Tipperary eventually edged past Cork in last night’s Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC quarter-final at Semple Stadium.

In a match that crackled with electricity throughout, Tipperary conjured up two key factors to enable them to breast the tape in first place. Plundering the only two goals of the game was of immeasurable value, while their big names came to the fore as the action trundled into extra-time.

Defensive lynchpins Padraig Maher and Thomas Stapleton generated storming finishes, while Noel McGrath hurled a world of ball when switched to midfield. In attack, Seamus Callanan made several lung-bursting runs deep into the Cork defence, while Pa Bourke’s gilded attacking play registered a hefty 1-9 total against the backdrop of a team total of 17 wides.

It was rough justice on Cork to wind up with the losers’ garlands. They fought vigorously from the start with a robust defence to base their challenge on. Paudie O’Sullivan was immense at centre back with Aidan Walsh and Conor O’Sullivan putting in great shifts elsewhere in the backline.

In attack Patrick Horgan was in luminous form but struggled lacked of a supporting cast. Subs Luke O’Farrell and Padraig Gould did enough when introduced to suggest they should have started, while Lorcan McLoughlin did swing over three fine points.

Normal time was a gripping affair with the sides sticking close to each other from the off. In all there was equality on the scoreboard on 13 occasions during the 60 minutes.

The first half was peppered with goal opportunities that Tipperary missed but before half-time they got the move and execution just right.

An errant handpass in the Cork defence was seized by Pa Bourke who transferred to Callanan, and the centre-forward eschewed the option of tapping over the bar to dispatch the ball towards Shane Bourke. The JK Brackens man turned neatly and lashed a drive to the far corner.

In the scoring stakes the match could have been distilled down to a shootout between the side’s respective free-takers in the first half, Patrick Horgan and Pa Bourke displaying laser-like accuracy from dead balls.

Horgan also sparkled from open play with a beautiful brace of points to complement his three frees, while Bourke arrowed over six points in the first half. Midfielder Leigh Desmond chipped in with an important pair for Cork as well, but it was Shane Bourke’s late salvo that saw Tipperary lead 1-8 to 0-9 at the interval.

Cork composed a splendid start to the second half reeling off points from Horgan, 3) and Andy Walsh to nudge themselves 0-13 to 1-9 in front.

But then Tipperary pounced for a critical score. Callanan made a lung-bursting run on the wing, passed inside to Patrick Maher who was fouled and Pa Bourke crashed the resultant penalty to the net.

That score nourished Tipperary’s hopes and they stormed on looking far more assured. McGrath’s switch to midfield paid a handsome dividend as he dictated plays, corner-backs Donagh Maher and Kevin Maher attacked the ball with great success and when McGrath clipped over a 49th minute point, the tide of momentum seemed to lay behind Tipperary as they led 2-12 to 0-15.

But Cork summoned up a wonderful recovery and created a gripping finale. They strung together a sequence of points from Gould, O’Farrell, 2) and McLoughlin to creep ahead by one. Tipperary’s retort consisted of Bourke and Callanan points to restore them to the ascendancy, but an exquisite sideline cut by Desmond tied it up again.

Substitute John O’Neill, who had an enterprising cameo when introduced, appeared to have nailed victory for Tipperary only for a rousing score by McLoughlin to deliver the spectre of extra-time, at 2-15 to 0-21.

Tipperary made a clinical burst early on in extra-time and it proved essential to the outcome. Callanan started to weave incisive runs and his brace helped send them 2-18 to 0-22 clear. Cork replied forcefully with a Horgan free but the Glen Rovers dangerman was then denied a goal by a point-blank save by Bill McCormack.

It proved Cork’s best chance at getting the goal their challenge badly required and Tipperary were in no mood to relinquish superiority from thereon in. Callanan and Bourke teamed up to insert daylight between the sides late on, and O’Neill applied the coup de grâce to seal their passage through to a semi-final date with Waterford on July 15.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 1-9, 0-5f, 1-0 pen, 0-1 ‘65); S Callanan 0-6, 0-1f, 0-1 ‘65); S Bourke 1-1; J O’Neill 0-3; N McGrath 0-2; M Gleeson 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-12, 0-9f; L Desmond, 0-1 sideline; L McLoughlin 0-3 each, L O’Farrell, P Gould 0-2 each, W Egan, S White, Andy Walsh 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: B McCormack; D Maher, Padraig Maher, K Maher; B Maher, T Stapleton, T McGrath; S Hennessy, G Ryan; M Gleeson, S Callanan, N McGrath; P Bourke, Patrick Maher, S Bourke.

Subs: B Fox for T McGrath, 28; S Carey for Gleeson, 40; J O’Neill for Hennessy, 51; S Quinlan for Carey, 58; J Coghlan for K Maher, 70; S Hennessy for S Bourke, 77.

CORK: C Cronin; K Murphy, J Herlihy, C O’Sullivan; Aidan Walsh, P O’Sullivan, S White; L Desmond, W Egan; B Corry, L McLoughlin, R White; R O’Driscoll, P Horgan, Andy Walsh.

Subs: L O’Farrell for O’Driscoll, 34; C O’Driscoll for Murphy, P Gould for White, both 40; R Clifford for Andy Walsh, 48; E Keane for O’Herlihy, C McCarthy for Clifford, both 70; G O’Connor for Egan, 77.

Referee: Pat Casey (Waterford).


Prolific Horgan not enough to stop Tipperary advancing

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Thursday June 04 2009

HOLDERS Tipperary clinched a dramatic extra-time victory against Cork at Semple Stadium last night in front of 4,138 spectators.

The Premier County now travel to Walsh Park to face Waterford in the semi-final on July 15.

Lorcan McLoughlin’s 59th-minute point for Cork sent the tie into extra-time but both sides missed chances to win it before two additional periods of 10 minutes.

This incredible tie was level on 13 occasions, including eight times in the first half before Shane Bourke’s goal on the stroke of half time handed Tipp a 1-8 to 0-9 lead.

Tipp grabbed a second goal when Pa Bourke netted a penalty eight minutes into the second half.

Last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists Tipp, with nine senior panellists in their starting team, registered 17 wides and struggled to shake off a dogged Cork, inspired by 12 points from Patrick Horgan.

However, leading by 2-18 to 0-23 after the first period of extra-time, a late surge sealed it for Tipp.

Scorers — Tipperary: P Bourke 1-9 (1-0 pen, 5f, 1 65), S Callanan 0-6 (1f, 1 65), S Bourke 1-1, J O’Neill 0-3, N McGrath 0-2, M Gleeson 0-1. Cork: P Horgan 0-12 (9f), L McLoughlin, L Desmond 0-3 each, P Gould, L O’Farrell 0-2 each, S White, W Egan, A Walsh 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY — B McCormack; D Maher, Padraic Maher, K Maher; B Maher, T Stapleton, T McGrath; S Hennessy, G Ryan; M Gleeson, S Callanan, N McGrath; P Bourke, Patrick Maher, S Bourke. Subs: B Fox for T McGrath (28), S Carey for Gleeson (41), J O’Neill for Hennessy (51), S Quinlan for Carey (58), J Coghlan for K Maher (70+1), S Hennessy for S Bourke (77).

CORK — C Cronin; K Murphy, J Herlihy, C O’Sullivan; A Walsh, P O’Sullivan, S White; L Desmond, W Egan; B Corry, L McLoughlin, R White; R O’Driscoll, P Horgan, A Walsh.

Subs: L O’Farrell for R O’Driscoll (34), P Gould for R White (42), C O’Driscoll for Murphy (42), R Clifford for Walsh (48), E Keane for Herlihy (70), C McCarthy for Clifford (70), G O’Connor for Egan (77).

Ref — P Casey (Waterford).


Tipperary deny Cork again

From the Irish Times newspaper

Tipperary 2-22 Cork 0-25:

HOLDERS,TIPPERARY dug deep in extra-time to oust Cork in a thrilling Munster U-21 hurling championship tie at Semple Stadium, Thurles, last evening.

In a tame first half the sides traded points with Pa Bourke (Tipp) and Cork’s Pat Horgan, deadly accurate. Cork were a point ahead after 29 minutes when Burke and Seamus Callanan combined to set up Shane Bourke for a smashing goal which gave Tipp an interval lead of 1-8 to 0-9.

When Pa Bourke blazed a penalty to the Cork net eight minutes into the second half, it looked like Tipp might take over but Cork never gave up and four points between the 48th and 52nd minutes had them ahead.

Now it was Tipp’s turn to chase the game. They managed to get ahead again but two minutes from time Lorcan McLoughlin equalised for Cork, 2-15 to 0-21.

Tipp edged the first half of extra-time adding three points to Cork’s two, but Tipp goalkeeper Bill McCormack denied Pat Horgan a Cork goal in the ninth minute. In an exciting second period, Tipp added points by Pa Bourke and Callanan to Cork’s sole effort from Pat Horgan, to clinch victory.

Full forward Patrick Maher, Padraic Maher, Thomas Stapleton, Seamus Callanan, Noel McGrath and Pa Bourke were key players for Tipp. Pat Horgan, Lorcan McLoughlin, Leigh Desmond, Aidan Walsh, and Paudie O Sullivan impressed for Cork.

TIPPERARY: B McCormack; D Maher, Padraic Maher, K Maher; B Maher, T Stapleton, T McGrath; S Hennessy, G Ryan; M Gleeson (0-1), S Callanan (0-6), N McGrath (0-2); P Bourke (1-9), Patrick Maher, S Bourke (1-1); Subs: B Fox for T McGrath; S Carey for Gleeson; J O’Neill (0-3) for Hennessy; S Quinlan for Carey; J Coghlan for K Maher; S Hennessy for S Bourke;

CORK: C Cronin; K Murphy, J Herlihy, C O’Sullivan; Aidan Walsh, P O Sullivan, S White (0-1); L Desmond (0-3), W Egan (0-1); B Corry, L McLoughlin (0-3), R White; R O’Driscoll, P Horgan (0-12), Andy Walsh (0-1); Subs: L Farrell (0-2) for O’Driscoll; C O’Driscoll for Murphy; P Gould (0-2) for R White; R Clifford for Andy Walsh; O Keane for Herlihy; C McCarthy for R Clifford; G O Connor for W Egan; Referee: P Casey, Waterford.

After extra-time


Admission Prices

Adults €10,
Students/senior citizens €5 (must produce valid photographic ID)
Juveniles are free.

Team News

The Tipperary U-21 team to play Cork in the Munster U-21 championship at Semple Stadium on Wednesday June 3rd includes 5 players who played against Cork in last Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship – Padraic Maher, Brendan Maher, Gearóid Ryan, Seamus Callanan and Noel McGrath.

1 Bill McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields)
2 Donnagh Maher (Burgess)
3 Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
4 Kevin Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)
5 Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
6 Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)
7 Thomas McGrath (Ballingarry)
8 Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
9 Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
10 Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields)
11 Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)
12 Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
13 Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields) Captain
14 Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)
15 Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

Cork U-21 team to play Tipperary

Ciaran Cronin (Lisgoold); Killian Murphy (Erins Own), Jack Herlihy (Newtown), Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields); Aidan Walsh (Kanturk), Paudie O’Sulivan (Cloyne), Stephen White (Ballygarvan); Leigh Desmond (Youghal), William Egan (Kilbrin); Brian Corry (Ballymartle), Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk), Robert White (Carraigtwohill); Robert O’Driscoll (Sarsfields), Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers), Andy Walsh (Killeagh)

Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY JUNE 3rd
At SEMPLE STADIUM, THURLES
Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Championship
Tiobraid Arann v Corcaigh at 7.30p.m.
Extra Time in the event of a Draw
Reiteoir – Pat Casey (Port Láirge)

Transport Information

Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Championship Quarter Final
TIPPERARY V CORK At SEMPLE STADIUM, THURLES On WEDNESDAY JUNE 3rd. 2009. at 7.30p.m.

Iarnród Eireann would like to show its appreciation to Cork GAA fans for their continued support by offering supporters a special return web fare to the Under 21 game in Thurles on Wednesday next June 3rd.

Cork €21 return: Mallow €21 return: Charleville €21 return

These fares are only available on the 17.30 Cork: 17.52 Mallow: and 18.07 Charleville to Thurles and returning on the 21.22 Thurles to Cork service.
These fares are only available through www.irishrail.ie following Cork v Tipperary link.

Munster GAA PRO Jim Forbes welcomes this initiative by Iarnród Eireann and should very popular with hurling fans who would like to see this very attractive game.

Munster Championship Launch – Lismore Castle

PRESS RELEASE FOR MUNSTER GAA LAUNCH 2009
LISMORE CASTLE | THURSDAY | MAY 7TH

Leading GAA figures gathered today in the salubrious surroundings of Lismore Castle for the official launch of Munster GAA’s programme of events, activities and initiatives for the 2009 season.

In attendance were Munster GAA Chairman Jimmy O’Gorman, GAA President Criostóir Ó Cuana, representatives from GAA Hurling Championship sponsors Guinness, Etihad Airways and RTE Sport, representatives from GAA Football Championship sponsors Toyota, Ulster Bank and Vodafone, as well as inter-county players and managers along with county and provincial officials.

Munster GAA Hurling Championship
Speaking at the launch Jimmy O’Gorman said: “The 2008 Munster GAA Hurling Championship offered excellent entertainment and all five counties in this year’s competition will feel they can go on and claim the provincial crown in 2009. Tipperary are the reigning champions, Waterford and Limerick are the All Ireland finalists of the last two years, Cork are still regarded as one of the top teams in the country and Clare will be looking to build on their progress in reaching the Munster Final last year. It really should be a terrific Hurling summer down South”.

The draw for the Munster GAA Hurling Championship has produced some intriguing clashes. The opening game of the competition pits arch rivals Cork against reigning Munster Champions, Tipperary, on May 31 in Semple Stadium with the winner advancing to a meeting with Clare on June 21. The Limerick v Waterford clash on June 14 promises to be another gripping encounter between two recent All-Ireland finalists. The Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final will take place on July 12.

Munster GAA Football Championship
Munster GAA Chairman Jimmy O’Gorman said that the Munster football Championship was potentially one of the most open and exciting in many years. “The success of Kerry, Cork and Tipperary in winning the Division 1, 2 and 3 titles respectively in recent weeks shows the overall strength of Munster football at the moment. Waterford also had some encouraging results in Division 4 this year and if Limerick can reproduce their form of 2008, they could be a match for anyone”.

Reigning Munster Football Champions Cork face Waterford in Fraher Field on June 24 while, on the same day in Semple Stadium, National League Champions Tipperary will be seeking revenge against Limerick in a repeat of last year’s opener with the winners advancing to face Clare in the semi-final two weeks later. Kerry await the winners of the Fraher Field clash on June 7, a fixture which will mark the official opening of the revamped Fitzgerald Stadium. The Munster GAA Senior Football Championship Final will take place on July 5.

Match Initiatives
Munster GAA announced that it is to extend the family ticket allocation for all games to include all sections of stadia. County flags have been commissioned and will be distributed free of charge to all children attending the early stages of Munster GAA Senior Championship games. In addition, reduced priced ticket packages will be available to supporters who follow both hurling and football teams in their counties. Details of a special discount rate available to all holders of 2009 Munster GAA tickets at participating hotels in Killarney were also announced.

Speaking at the launch GAA President Criostóir Ó Cuana said that “Munster GAA Championship fixtures are special every year and I congratulate Munster GAA on the initiatives announced to give an added incentive to our supporter to come along and support their counties in a fun filled family atmosphere.”

Munster Crest & Website
The new Munster GAA crest and Munster GAA website have also been unveiled. The Munster GAA website munster.gaa.ie will provide up to date information and resources to clubs and supporters worldwide.

125 Year Celebrations
As part of the 125 year celebrations Munster GAA will be honouring the captains of the winning hurling and football teams of the last 25 years as guests of Munster GAA at this year’s Munster GAA Championship finals. In addition, Munster GAA will select a team of the last 25 years in both Hurling and Football

Sunday Game – Munster Hurling Special
The magic and excitement of the Munster Hurling Championship is to be highlighted as part of a Sunday Game special on RTE on Sunday, July 5th. In a first for the Sunday Game, a selected live studio audience will be present to interact and contribute to the programme.

Official launch of Munster GAA’s programme of events

Leading GAA figures will gather today in the salubrious surroundings of
Lismore Castle for the official launch of Munster GAA’s programme of events,
activities and initiatives for the 2009 season.

In attendance will be Munster GAA Chairman Jimmy O’Gorman, GAA President
Criostóir Ó Cuana, representatives from GAA Hurling Championship sponsors
Guinness, Etihad Airways and RTE Sport, representatives from GAA Football
Championship sponsors Toyota, Ulster Bank and Vodafone, as well as
inter-county players and managers along with county and provincial
officials.

Minor Hurling Final | TBA v TBA (0.00 pm)

Tipperary make wholesale changes for final

Tipperary have made a host of changes for the Allianz NFL Division 3 final clash with down on Saturday evening.

There are 11 changes from the team which played Longford in the last round of the league.

Goalkeeper Paul Fitzgerald returns, along with Conor Morrissey, Ciaran McDonald, Brian Fox, and Christy Aylward in defence. George Hannigan and Brian Jones are at midfield and there are four changes to the attack with Sean Carey, Niall Fitzgerald, James Tierney and Barry Grogan making their return.

TIPPERARY team to face Down in the Allianz NFL Division 3 Final:

1 Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)
2 Conor Morrissey (Clonmel Óg)
3 Ciaran McDonald) Aherlow
4 Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers) Captain
5 Brian Fox (Eire Óg Annacarty)
6 Hugh Coghlan (St. Vincents)
7 Christopher Aylward (Clonmel Óg)
8 George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)
9 Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers)
10 Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers)
11 Niall Fitzgerald (Moyle Rovers)
12 Brian Mulvihill (Moyle Rovers)
13 James Tierney (Golden Kilfeacle)
14 Brian Coen (Fethard)
15 Barry Grogan (Aherlow)

Substitutes
16 Matthew O’Donnell (Killenaule)
17 Christopher Higgins (Galtee Rovers)
18 Eamon Hanrahan (Clonmel Commercials)
19 Damian O’Brien) (Eire Óg Annacarty)
20 Robbie Costigan (Cahir)
21 Kevin Mulryan (JK Brackens)
22 John Cagney (Clonmel Óg)
23 Michael Phelan (Ardfinnan)
24 Ian Barnes (Clonmel Commercials)

National Football League Round 7

Kerry 2-15 Galway 1-11 – Kerry will play Derry in the National Football League Final following their defeat over Galway. Match Report

Cork 0-19 Armagh 1-7 – Cork earned promotion to Division 1 thanks to a victory over Armagh. Cork will play Monaghan in the Division 2 Final. Match Report

Longford 0-10 Tipperary 0-9 – Already promoted Tipperary lost to Longford by a point at Semple Stadium. Tipperary will play Down in the Division 3 Final. Match Report

Offaly 2-11 Limerick 2-8 – Limerick were relegated to Division 4 following a three point defeat at the hands of Offaly. Match Report

Sligo 0-16 Waterford 1-11 – Waterford’s chances of promotion were dashed following a two point defeat at the hands of Sligo. Match Report

Leitrim 2-9 Clare 1-9 – Clare lost their fifth game in Division 4 at the hands of Leitrim.

All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Nemo Rangers vs. Ballina

Nemo Rangers (Cork) qualified for the All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Final thanks to a 0-14 to 1-4 victory over Ballina Stephenites (Mayo) on Sunday.
Match Report

NEMO RANGERS: B Morgan; N Geary, D Kavanagh, D Breen; G O’Shea, M Cronin, B O’Regan (0-1); P Morgan, M McCarthy; R Kenny, D Mehigan (0-2), A Cronin; J Masters (0-8, 2 45) ,D Kearney, P Kerrigan (0-3). Subs: S O’Brien for Kenny (HT); D Niblock for McCarthy (51); B Twomey for Kearney (56); B O’Driscoll for A Cronin (56); G Murphy for Geary (57)

BALLINA STEPHENITES: D Clarke; G Cafferkey, E Devanney (1-0), M Wynne; B Ruane, C Leonard, S Sweeney; R McGarrity, D Brady (0-1); P McGarry, P Harte, E Casey; S Hughes (0-1), G Brady, L Brady (0-2, 1f). Subs: D O’Mahony for Cafferkey (10); C Sweeney for Casey (44); J Devanney for McGarry (54).

REFEREE: Maurice Deegan (Laois)