A good win for the Cork U17 hurlers on a scoreline of 0-16 to Limericks 0-6 will see them progress to the next stages of the Munster U17 Championship where they will face Tipperary in Cork next Tuesday, April 18th in the Munster U17 Championship Semi-Final in Páirc Uí Rinn .
At 7pm on Tuesday 12th April 2017 in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick the referee Kevin Jordan from Tipperary threw in the ball and from the very start Cork took control of the game.
Limerick struggled to get going in the early exchanges as the Rebels flew into a 0-3 to no score lead after five minutes. Cork increased the lead to seven before Josh Considine opened Limerick’s account with a 20th minute free.
Within the first 5 minutes Cork had scored 4 points to keep them ahead of Limerick and on the 15th, 16th & 18th minutes they added further points before Limerick put their first score on the board on the 22nd minute mark before adding another before halftime leaving the sides going in at the break on a score of Cork 7 points to Limericks 2 points
The second half started very much the way the 1st half ended . Dave Cuddy’s side were reduced to 14 in the first minute after the break when Sean O’Leary was dismissed, leaving them too much much to do as they limped to a convincing defeat.Cork adding another 5 points before Limerick added to their 2 points on the 45th minute with the Cork at 12 pts and Limerick on 3pts
Cork kept the score-board ticking throughout the second half as they eased to a 10-point win addeding further points on the 50th, 52nd, 58th and 63rd minute with Limerick only able to add another 3 points in that time to see Cork run out winners in the end on a scoreline of Cork 16 pts to Limericks 6 pts.
Cork U17 Hurling Team.
1. Luke Donovan – Na Piarsaigh
2. Eoin Roche – Bride Rovers
3. Ciaran Nyhan – Ballinascarthy
4. Ronan Sheehan – Mallow
5. Daire Connery – Na Piarsaigh
6. Conor O’Callaghan – Dromtarriffe
7. Jack Hallahan – Cloyne
8. Liam Ryan – Inniscarra
9. Sean Twomey – Courcey Rovers
10. Declan Hanlon – Blarney
11. Colin O’Brien – Granard Gaels
12. Tommy O’Connell – Midleton
13. Owen McCarthy – Inniscarra
14. Joe Stack – Kilta Og
15. Brian Roche – Bride Rovers
16. Eoin Davis – St. Catherines
17. Jamie Copps – Ballyhea
18. Sean McCarthy – Fermoy
19. Ronan McCarthy – St Oliver Plunketts
20. Cormac O’Brien – Newtownshandrum
21. Kevin Finn – Midleton
22. Kian Farmer – Midleton
23. Killian Murphy – Sarsfields
24. Shane Barrett – Blarney
SCORERS: Cork: Colin O’Brien 0-6 (0-5 frees) Tommy O’Connell 0-5, Declan Hanlon 0-3, Joe Stack, Kian Farmer 0-1 each
Subs: K Murphy for J Stack (46), K Farmer for O McCarthy (55), K Finn for T O’Connell (59), S McCarthy for S Twomey (60), R McCarthy for J Hallahan (63).
Selectors: John Considine – Manager (Sarsfields), Sean Crowley (Killeagh), Donal Burke (Midleton)
Limerick U17 Hurling Team
1. Louis Dee (Mungret/St Pauls);
2. Liam Griffin (Kildimo/Pallaskenry),
3. David Mulqueen (Bruff),
4. Paul Power (Monaleen);
5. Sean Long (Na Piarsaigh);
6. Paudie O Connor (Kilmallock),
7. Josh Considine (Patrickswell);
8. Seanie O Connor (Granagh/Ballingarry),
9. Liam Barry (Na Piarsaigh);
10. Sean O’Leary (Dromin/Athlacca),
11. Shaun Barry (Kildimo/Pallaskenry),
12. James O Brien (Croagh/Kilfinny);
13. Calum Sheehan (Garryspillane),
14. Frank Costello (Adare),
15. Mark McCarthy (Templeglantine).
16. Daithi Heffernan (Mallow),
17. Chris Berkery (Doon),
18. Adam Butler (Kildimo/Pallaskenry),
19. Adam Carrig (Patrickswell),
20. James Daly (Na Piarsaigh),
21. Mikey Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry),
22. Kieran O’Dowd (Mungret/St Pauls),
23. Daniel Owens (Ballybricken/Bohermore),
24. Ronan Reale (Ahane).
SCORERS Limerick: Seanie O’Connor 0-4 (0-4 frees) Josh Considine (free), Mark McCarthy 0-1 each
Subs: M Hayes for P Power (33), C Berkery for J O’Brien (38), A Carrigg for S Long (41), K O’Dowd for L Barry (inj 49), J Daly for S Barry (54), D Owens for C Sheehan (56).
Further news item from the Cork GAA Website By John Redington of the Irish Examineer
Link here Cork defeat Limerick Munster U17 Hurling Championship
Cork 0-16 Limerick 0-6:
The advantages of being able to play members of a minor team that has yet to make its championship debut were evident in the Gaelic Grounds last evening, when Cork easily defeated Limerick before a crowd of 468 in the opening round of the Munster U17 hurling championship.
Lining out with a marked physical advantage down the middle, the winners dominated possession throughout, but made heavy weather of it, despite having the breeze at their backs during the first half.
Shortly after half-time, Limerick picked up a red card and any hopes of a recovery died as their occasional clearances were soaked up by the extra Rebel defender.
Without having to break a sweat, the winners could shrug off five missed goal chances and 17 wides as man-of-the-match Tommy O’Connell struck five times from play to add to the five frees and one from play sent over by top scorer Colin O’Brien.
Cork were denied an instant goal by Seán Long’s goal-line clearance off Brian Roche and had to settle for Joe Stack’s point. They missed another after Declan Hanlon and Tommy O’Connell extended their lead when Louis Dee saved Stack’s effort.
Progress resumed after a string of wides, through Colin O’Brien’s free, Hanlon, another O’Brien free, and O’Connell widening the gap, before Josh Considine’s monster free got Limerick off the mark.
Seanie O’Connor sent over another from closer in to bring the score to 0-7 to 0-2, a poor reflection on Cork’s first-half dominance as they shot 10 wides and had three goal chances saved.
The host were down a man seconds after the restart, when Seanie O’Leary was sent off for a heavy challenge and O’Brien converted the free. The wild pulls continued, as Limerick picked up one yellow card, with two for Cork, before O’Connell, O’Brien, and Hanlon exploited the numerical advantage for the Rebels.
After Roche shot wide off a game-killing chance, O’Brien’s free was met by O’Connor, before Mark McCarthy bagged Limerick’s only score from play.
O’Connell replied with a pair of points either side of O’Connor’s free. O’Brien added another free after Kian Farmer skimmed the wrong side of the upright. Going into added time, O’Connor hit back with a free before Farmer finished the scoring.