Cork 1-19 – Dublin 1-17: Cork made history by edging 14-man Dublin by two points in their highly competitive All-Ireland U17 Hurling Championship final at Croke Park yesterday lunchtime.
Cork entered the final having had the benefit of a competitive semi-final against Galway ten days previously while in contrast, Dublin arrived at the decider in a less that satisfactory manner after Antrim had refused to honour their semi-final fixture. However, that disadvantage failed to hinder Dublin initially as they enjoyed a lively start despite falling behind to a sublime solo score from Blake Murphy in the opening minute. The Dubs levelled matters in an instant thanks to an equally sumptuous score from Tom Aherne and some loose Cork marking was punished in the fifth minute as Billy Ryan was afforded all the time in the world to inch Dublin ahead.
Dublin added to their lead through a Liam Murphy free and could well have netted in the eighth minute but Kevin Kirwan fired narrowly over the crossbar from a promising position. Gradually, Cork began to settle with Daire Connery beginning to show his talents around midfield and he added two points in quick succession to help his side gain a foothold in proceedings. Although the lively Ryan clipped over another great score at the opposite end, the Munster champions were beginning to gain the upper hand as they drew level by the end of the first quarter following scores from Colin O’Brien and Declan Hanlon.
After Murphy and O’Brien had traded frees, the momentum swung back in Dublin’s favour as they were awarded a generous looking penalty after a foul on Kirwan and goalkeeper Eddie Gibbons made a lengthy and successful trip upfield to fire a rocket to the left of Eoin Davis. A Mark Grogan point looked to have handed Dublin added initiative but Cork finished the half on a high as full-forward Joe Stack availed of a slip by Dublin’s Kevin Burke in the 28th minute to leave Gibbons helpless from eight yards. Murphy added another inspirational score for Cork while his namesake Liam Murphy converted a late free to trim Cork’s lead to the bare minimum (1-9 to 1-8) by the interval.
The third quarter saw Cork continue their control of matters although they were fortunate that Gibbons’ second penalty of the hour had too much elevation with Davis a relieved man after he had felled Murphy inside the area in the 38th minute. Cork were further boosted as their opponents were reduced to 14 players in the 42nd minute after Aherne picked up a second caution for an innocuous looking challenge on Conor O’Callaghan. For a while, it seemed that dismissal would effectively settle the contest as Cork pushed into a three-point lead following scores from Cormac O’Brien and Owen McCarthy.
However, to their credit, Dublin continued to remain competitive with Liam Murphy tagging on frees but Cork held on for a deserved win with fittingly, Connery, adding an insurance free in injury time. “We knew what to expect from Dublin as we had played them in a few challenge games down the years,” said Cork captain Brian Roche. “They were big and physical and every ball that you won, you didn’t get it easy. We have been aiming for this since U14 and it was a dream come true today,” said Roche, who can yet add a minor medal this season. “Today is the day we wanted but we need to focus on next week now as there is still a job to be done with the minors.”
Dublin manager Fintan Clandillon will again stand in Cork’s way next weekend. “We are bitterly disappointed with the defeat today but we can be proud of how we played, especially with 14 men in the final quarter. “We need to pick ourselves up for next week but we’re very fortunate to have next week’s minor semi-final to look forward to and focus on after today’s loss.”
Scorers for Cork: D Connery (0-6, 5 frees); Colin O’Brien (0-5, 3 frees); D Hanlon (0-3); J Stack (1-0); B Murphy, O McCarthy (0-2 each), Cormac O’Brien (0-1).
Scorers for Dublin: L Murphy (0-7 frees); E Gibbons (1-1, 1-0 pen, 0-1 pen); B Ryan, L Gannon (0-2 each), E O’Donnell, T Aherne, M Murphy (’65’), M Grogan, K Kirwan (0-1 each).
CORK: E Davis; E Roche, C Nyhan, R Sheehan; Cormac O’Brien, C O’Callaghan, A Walsh Barry; D Connery, S Twomey; B Roche, D Hanlon, T O’Connell; B Murphy, J Stack, Colin O’Brien.
Subs: R McCarthy for Cormac O’Brien (23-31, Blood Sub), O McCarthy for O’Connell (35), S Barrett for Murphy (53).
DUBLIN: E Gibbons; A Dunphy, K Burke, T Kinnane; L Gannon, E O’Donnell, S Kinsella; T Aherne, M Murphy; K Kirwan, B Ryan, M Grogan; L McDwyer, L Murphy, K Desmond.
Subs: S Clerkin for Desmond (44), L Dunne for M Murphy (52), M Sweeney for Kirwan (54).
Referee: John Keane (Galway)
CORK 1-19 DUBLIN 1-17
By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park follow link here
CORK were crowned inaugural All-Ireland U17 hurling champions at Croke Park this afternoon
The Rebels held out for a two-point victory against a Dublin side reduced to 14 players in the second half, when midfielder Tom Aherne was dismissed in the 42nd minute for a second bookable offence. Fintan Clandillon’s Sky Blues worked incredibly hard and gave it everything but Cork, with a healthy sprinkling of minor stars who’ll be back at Croke Park next Sunday for an All-Ireland semi-final, managed to keep them at arm’s length.
Dublin will rue Aherne’s red card, while goalkeeper Eddie Gibbons, who netted a first half penalty, sent another one hurtling over the crossbar in the 37th minute. When Aherne was sent off, Dublin were two points down, before John Considine’s Cork stretched the gap to three points. On four more occasions before the finish, Cork led by three and while Dublin did get within one, with eight minutes left, they could never draw level.
At half-time, Cork held a slender one-point lead, ahead by 1-9 to 1-8.
Dublin opened better and stormed into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead, Tom Aherne, Billy Ryan, Liam Murphy (free) and Kevin Kirwan all on target in an unanswered spell, after Blake Murphy had put Cork ahead with a superb opening score. But Cork worked their way back to level at 0-5 each by the 14th minute, with minor panellists Daire Connery, Colin O’Brien (scorer of 1-10 in the U17 semi-final victory over Galway) and Declan Hanlon leading the charge. Dublin struck for goal in the 20th minute, as Gibbons slammed home a superb penalty after Kirwan was fouled.
That score put Dublin 1-6 to 0-6 clear and the lead moved out to four points when captain Mark Grogan landed a score. But Cork hit 1-3 without reply between the 24th and 29th minutes to gain the whip hand, the goal coming from full-forward Joe Stack in the 28th minute. Aaron Walsh Barry sent a long ball towards the Dublin square and Stack outmuscled his marker Kevin Burke, brother of senior player Donal, before finding the net.
Blake Murphy registered his second point for Cork to move the young Rebels 1-9 to 1-7 in front, before Liam Murphy’s third free of the half kept Dublin in touch at the break. Early in the second period, the sides were level twice, at 1-10 and 1-11 apiece, but there was a feeling that Cork were turning the screw, even before Aherne picked up that second yellow card.
After Liam Murphy was hauled down by Cork goalkeeper Eoin Davis, Gibbons had that second penalty chance but his effort cleared the crossbar. Cork managed to hold firm in a tense finish, as sub Owen McCarthy came off the bench to score two crucial points. The counties will meet again next Sunday at Croke Park – with a place in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final on offer for the winners.
Scorers for Cork: Daire Connery 0-6 (5f), Colin O’Brien 0-5 (3f), Joe Stack 1-0, Declan Hanlon 0-3, Blake Murphy & Owen McCarthy 0-2 each, Cormac O’Brien 0-1.
Scorers for Dublin: Liam Murphy 0-7f, Eddie Gibbons 1-1 (pens), Lee Gannon & Billy Ryan 0-2 each, Enda O’Donnell, Tom Aherne, Mark Grogan & Kevin Kirwan 0-1 each.
CORK: Eoin Davis; Eoin Roche, Ciarán Nyhan, Ronan Sheehan; Cormac O’Brien, Conor O’Callaghan, Aaron Walsh Barry; Daire Connery, Seán Twomey; Brian Roche, Declan Hanlon, Tommy O’Connell; Blake Murphy, Joe Stack, Colin O’Brien. Subs: Ronan McCarthy for Cormac O’Brien (temp 23-30), Owen McCarthy for O’Connell (35), Shane Barrett for Murphy (53).
DUBLIN: Eddie Gibbons; Andrew Dunphy, Kevin Burke, Tommy Kinnane; Seán Kinsella, Enda O’Donnell, Lee Gannon; Tom Aherne, Mícheál Murphy; Kevin Kirwan, Billy Ryan, Mark Grogan; Luke McDwyer, Kevin Desmond, Liam Murphy. Subs –Seán Clerkin for Desmond (44), Liam Dunne for M Murphy (52), Mark Sweeney for Kirwan (54).
Referee: John Keane (Galway)
Fintan O’Toole reports from Croke Park follow link here
CORK HELD OFF Dublin’s late challenge to clinch victory in the inaugural All-Ireland U17 hurling final today and provide a boost ahead of the county’s double All-Ireland semi-final billing next Sunday. Cork will face Dublin in the minor semi-final in next weekend’s curtain-raiser and today’s victory provided a fillip for the Rebels with Daire Connery, Colin O’Brien and Declan Hanlon – all part of the minor squad – leading the scoring charge for Cork.
Connery and O’Brien shared free-taking duties as they struck 0-11 between them while Hanlon chipped in with 0-3 from play. Cork held a narrow advantage at the break by 1-9 to 1-8 and pushed on in the third quarter to go 1-14 to 1-11 clear. Dublin were reduced to 14 men in the 41st minute when midfielder Tom Aherne was shown a second yellow card. Connery played the role of spare man in defence and mopped up plenty clearances to assist the Cork rearguard.
But Dublin kept challenging despite operating with 14 men. They cut the gap on a few occasions with corner-forward Liam Murphy’s free-taking razor sharp while defenders Enda O’Donnell and Lee Gannon also got forward for key scores. Yet they could not draw level and Cork benefited from the contribution of substitute Owen McCarthy as he picked off two important points from play.
The first half hdd produced a pair of goals, one for either side. Dublin were awarded a penalty in the 20th minute after Kevin Kirwan was fouled and goalkeeper Eddie Gibbons travelled upfield to slam a low short to the net past Eoin Davis. Six minutes later Cork cancelled that strike out when they raised a green flag of their own. Joe Stack finished decisively from close range after he outmuscled Dublin defender Kevin Burke following a long delivery from wing-back Aaron Walsh-Barry.
Dublin were awarded a second penalty after half-time when Murphy was fouled but on this occasion Gibbons drive whistled over the bar. Cork pushed on after that with four unanswered points and despite Dublin’s late advances, John Considine’s side held firm to clinch the victory.
Scorers for Cork: Daire Connery 0-6 (0-5f), Colin O’Brien 0-5 (0-3f), Declan Hanlon 0-3, Joe Stack 1-0, Blake Murphy, Owen McCarthy 0-2 each, Cormac O’Brien 0-1.
Scorers for Dublin: Liam Murphy 0-7 (0-7f), Eddie Gibbons 1-1 (1-1 pen), Lee Gannon, Billy Ryan 0-2 each, Enda O’Donnell, Tom Aherne, Mícheál Murphy (0-1f), Mark Grogan, Kevin Kirwan 0-1 each.
1. Eoin Davis (St Catherine’s)
2. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)
3. Ciarán Nyhan (Ballinascarthy)
4. Ronan Sheehan (Mallow)
5. Cormac O’Brien (Newtownshandrum)
6. Conor O’Callaghan (Dromtariffe)
7. Aaron Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill)
8. Daire Connery (Na Piarsaigh)
9. Sean Twomey (Courcey Rovers)
10. Tommy O’Connell (Midleton)
11. Declan Hanlon (Blarney)
12. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)
13. Blake Murphy (Na Piarsaigh)
14. Joe Stack (Castlemartyr)
15. Colin O’Brien (Liscarroll Churchtown Gaels)
23. Owen McCarthy (Inniscarra) for O’Connell (35)
24. Shane Barrett (Blarney) for Murphy (52)
1. Eddie Gibbons (Kilmacud Crokes)
2. Andrew Dunphy (St Brigid’s)
3. Kevin Burke (Na Fianna)
4. Tommy Kinnane (Naomh Mearnóg)
5. Seán Kinsella (Kilmacud Crokes)
6. Enda O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)
7. Lee Gannon (Whitehall Colmcille)
8. Tom Aherne (Ballinteer St John’s)
9. Mícheál Murphy (Na Fianna)
10. Mark Grogan (Kilmacud Crokes – captain)
11. Billy Ryan (Craobh Chiaráin)
12. Kevin Kirwan (Cuala)
13. Liam Murphy (Cuala)
14. Kevin Desmond (Ballyboden St-Enda’s)
15. Luke McDwyer (Ballyboden St-Enda’s)
19. Seán Clerkin (St Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh) for Desmond (44)
20. Liam Dunne (Raheny) for Murphy (51)
24. Mark Sweeney (St Vincent’s) for Kirwan (53)
Referee: John Keane (Galway)
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