Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final 2017

A review of reports from the Electric Ireland minor hurling final on Sun 3rd Sept between Cork and Galway. Sadly it was not to be Corks day but we must acknowledge all the work gone into getting these lads to an All Ireland Final. Well done to everyone involved from players, coaches, mentors, parents, schools, Rebel Og, Cork GAA and to all the supporters who have given their time and followed this young team on this long hard road.

Thank you to Denis O’Flynn who was on hand to capture it all, you can see all the photos below.


Galway 2-17 Cork 2-15
Two goals from Jack Canning, nephew of senior talisman Joe Canning, powered Galway to their second Electric Ireland minor hurling title success in three seasons. The Portumna wizard fired 2-02 in total at Croke Park, bringing his haul to 4-09 for the campaign, and helped Galway to secure their 11th title at the grade.It was a courageous win for Jeffrey Lynskey’s side who conceded two early goals and fell six points down to a fancied Cork side. Man of the Match Canning tied up the scores with his first goal in the 32nd minute and his second, in the 39th minute, put Galway ahead for the first time in the game. They dominated that third quarter and opened up a five-point lead with 11 minutes to go, giving them enough of a cushion to brave a strong Cork finish that reduced the gap to just two.It was tough on Cork who had an outstanding performer in Brian Turnbull who claimed 1-07 on the afternoon. They got a much better start, scoring what was presumably the fastest ever goal in a minor final.The Munster champions won the throw-in and worked the ball upfield to Turnbull who, with just seven seconds on the clock, whipped the ball to the net.The Douglas attacker added a point from a free and suddenly Cork found themselves with a four-point lead. There was little between the teams from then on though and that early Turnbull goal separated the sides at half-time when Cork led by three, 2-07 to 0-10. By that stage, they’d added a second goal through Evan Sheehan who shook off Galway defender Conor Caulfield in the 16th minute and struck to the net from a tight angle along the right endline.Turnbull (hamstring) and Sheehan (knee) both came into the game with injury concerns but allayed any fears with strong starts. Canning was Galway’s danger man with 1-3 and 1-4 tallies in the championship beforehand but was held scoreless until his brilliant first goal.

Sean Bleahane was Galway’s main attacking threat initially and scored three first-half points, and 0-05 in total He had one good goal chance late in the opening half when picked out by Canning but blasted over. Conor Molloy, a late addition to the lineup in place of John Fleming, also weighed in with three first-half points.

Canning’s scorching goal 90 seconds after the restart tied the game up in sensational fashion. Donal Mannion sped away up the left before passing to Canning who unleashed a piledriver from across the ‘keeper to the net. It tied the scores up at 2-7 to 1-10 and they were level twice more in a rip roaring encounter before Canning slammed in his second goal. This time he showed his aerial ability with a great fetch from Conor Walsh’s long ball before lashing to the net.

That put Galway 2-13 to 2-10 up and they added points from Molloy and Bleahane to lead by 2-16 to 2-11 with 49 minutes on the clock. Cork reduced their arrears to just two but Galway held out despite five minutes of stoppage time being played.

Galway: D Fahy; D Morrissey, M Gill, C Killeen; R Glennon, C Caulfield, D Loftus (0-01); C Fahy, C Walsh; M McManus, C Molloy (0-07, 0-07f), B Moran (0-01); S Bleahane (0-05), J Canning (2-02), D Mannion (0-01). Subs: S Ryan for McManus (h/t), S McArdle for Loftus (53), M Kennedy for Moran (56), E Fahy for Walsh (61).

Cork: G Collins; G Millerick, S O’Leary Hayes, E Roche; J Keating, C O’Callaghan, A Walsh Barry; D Connery (0-01), B Roche; L O’Shea (0-03), C Hanafin (0-02), D Linehan; E Sheehan (1-00), R Downey (0-01), B Turnbull (1-07, 0-03f). Subs: D Hanlon for Linehan (39), B Murphy (0-01) for Walsh Barry (46).

Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny).


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Fintan O’Toole reports from Croke Park

Canning man-of-the-match as Galway lift All-Ireland minor title with win over Cork

JACK CANNING SMASHED home two second-half goals and claimed the man-of-the-match award as Galway lifted the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling title today with victory against Cork.

Galway trailed 2-7 to 0-10 at the break with Cork starting excellently as Brian Turnbull and Evan Sheehan, both injury doubts before the game, netted in the first-half. Turnbull’s goal arrived after just eight seconds of play and despite being hampered by a hamstring injury, he still shone throughout and finished with 1-7.

Sheehan fired home a brilliant second goal in the 15th minute as Cork went in front 2-3 to 0-3 but Galway cut that advantage before the interval with Seán Bleahane and Conor Molloy both in accurate form. Then Galway exploded into life after the break with Donal Mannion’s wonderful run setting up Canning to finish to the net with aplomb and the Portumna youngster blasted home another goal in the 39th minute.

Galway used that as a platform to go 2-17 to 2-12 clear entering the finale and while Cork hit the final three points of the game through Turnbull (2) and Robert Downey, Galway’s defence repelled their advances to triumph.


Jack Canning the hero as Galway claim 11th All-Ireland minor hurling title

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Two second half goals from Jack Canning helped Galway recover from a nightmare start to beat Cork by 2-17 to 2-15 in today’s All-Ireland minor final. The Tribesmen plundered their 11th ever minor title despite giving up a goal to after just eight seconds to Cork’s Brian Turnbull.

Evan Sheehan raised a second green flag for the Rebels but Galway kept in touch with fine point-taking and trailed by 2-7 to 0-10 at the interval.Galway were the fast starters in the second 30 minutes with Canning getting the firs of his goals early on.

The next six points were shared before Canning rose highest to catch a long, speculative ball and finish emphatically to the net.There was controversy soon afterwards when Brian Roche’s sideline cut for Cork went all the way to the net but the goal was ruled out for a square ball. Galway managed to keep their opponents at bay in frantic closing 10 minutes to claim the Irish Press Cup.

Scorers for Galway: C Molloy (0-7, 0-7 frees); J Canning (2-1); S Bleahane (0-5); D Mannion (0-2); D Loftus, B Moran (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: B Turnbull (1-7, 0-3 frees); L O’Shea (0-3); E Sheehan (1-0); C Hanafin (0-2); D Connery, R Downey, B Murphy (0-1 each).

Cork: G Collins (Ballinhassig); E Roche (Bride Rovers), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s), S O’Leary Hayes (Mildeton); J Keating (Kildorrery), C O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe), A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill); D Connery (Na Piarsaigh), B Roche (Bride Rovers); C Hanafin (Na Piarsaigh), L O’Shea (Lisgoold), L Linehan (Ballyhooly); E Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh), R Downey (Glen Rovers), B Turnbull (Douglas).

Subs: D Hanlon (Blarney) for Linehan (39 mins); B Murphy (Castlelyons) for Walsh Barry (45)

Galway: D Fahy (Ardrahan); D Morrissey (Sarsfields), M Gill (Castlegar), C Killeen ( Loughrea); R Glennon (Mullagh), D Loftus (Turloughmore), C Caulfield (Kilconieron); C Fahy (Padraig Pearses), C Walsh (Turloughmore); M McManus (Loughrea), C Molloy (Kilnadeema-Leitrim), B Moran (Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry); J Canning (Portumna), D Mannion (Cappataggle), S Bleahane (Ahascragh/Fohenagh).

Subs: S Ryan (Clarenbridge) for McManus (HT); S McArdle (Clarenbridge) for Loftus (53); M Kennedy (Clarenbridge) for Moran (55); E Fahy (Kilbeacanty) for Walsh (61)

Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)


Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final

GALWAY 2-17 CORK 2-15

By John Harrington at Croke Park

The appetiser before the main meal was seriously tasty as Galway edged out Cork in today’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final. The young Tribesmen came into the game as underdogs but they hurled their hearts out to record a brilliant victory. Cork had a big billing after an impressive run to the Final and their undoubted class was plain for all to see, but Galway matched them for pure skill.

But in the final reckoning it was pure hard graft that probably won them this match, because the doggedness of their tackling, hooking, and blocking was of the very highest calibre. They showed impressive mental strength too because they shipped some heavy blows in the first half but their resolve never wavered. Cork scored their first goal of the match straight from the throw-in as Brian Turnbull hit a ground-stroke to the back of the net after just six seconds.

And when his fellow corner-forward Evan Sheehan cracked home a brilliant second goal from a tight angle to put Cork 2-3 to 0-3 ahead after 13 minutes, it looked like the game would go like most predicted it would. But Galway hadn’t read that script. They dug in, defended with great tenacity, and began slowing the quantity and quality of ball making its way into Turnbull and Sheehan.

At the other end of the field the strapping Sean Bleahene was starting to make his presence felt and a couple of points from him and some sure free-taking from Conor Molloy had reduced the gap to just three points at the break – 2-7 to 0-10 in Cork’s favour. Galway’s star man Jack Canning had been well marshalled in the first-half by Cork captain Sean O’Leary Hayes, but he exploded into life in the second-half and provided Galway with the impetus to win the game.

He bore more than a passing resemblance to his uncle Joe when he smashed home two brilliant goals to the roof of the Cork net in the first ten minutes of the second-half to turn the contest on its head. The confidence seemed to drain from the young Cork hurlers, and they struggled to find an adequate response in the face of some brilliantly aggressive Galway defending.

Canning and Bleahane were now bullying the Cork full-back line and two more points from the deadly duo pushed Galway 2-16 to 2-11 ahead. Credit to Cork, they came with a late charge that ensured the game went right down to the wire. Two points from the brilliant Turnbull sandwiched one from Robert Downey to reduce the gap to two points with five minutes to go.

Craig Hanafin had a half-chance to score a goal for Cork after a powerful run and smart pass from classy centre-forward Liam O’Shea, but he couldn’t get his shot off and was then suffocated by the scrambling Galway defence. Try as they might Cork just couldn’t make any more inroads into Galway’s lead, and that was thanks largely to some truly inspirational blocking and tackling by Jeffrey Lynskey’s young charges.

When the final whistle blew Croke Park erupted as the Galway supporters hailed the perfect start to their afternoon. It wasn’t Cork’s day, but many of their players clearly have very bright futures despite this result.

Scorers for Galway: Jack Canning 2-2, Conor Molloy 0-7 (7f), Sean Bleahene 0-5, Ben Moran 0-1, Donal Mannion 0-1, Daniel Loftus 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 1-7 (3f), Evan Sheehan 1-0, Liam O’Shea 0-3, Craig Hanafin 0-2, Robert Downey 0-1, Daire Connery 0-1, Barry Murphy 0-1.

GALWAY: Darach Fahy; Caimin Killeen, Daniel Loftus, Darren Morrissey; Ronan Gleenon, Conor Caulfield, Mark Gill; Conor Walsh Conor Fahy; Ben Moran, Conor Molloy, Martin McManus; Sean Bleahene, Donal Mannion, Jack Canning. Subs: Shane Ryan for Martin McManus (ht), Sam McArdle for Daniel Loftus (54), Mark Kennedy for Ben Moran (56), Enda Fahy for Conor Walsh (60).

CORK: Ger Collins; Conor O’Callaghan, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Eoin Roche; Aaron Walsh Barry, James Keating, Ger Millerick; Daire Connery, Diarmuid Linehan; Craig Hanafin, Liam O’Shea, Brian Roche; Evan Sheehan, Robert Downey, Brian Turnbull. Subs: Declan Hanlon for Diarmuid Linehan (39), Barry Murphy for Aaron Walsh Barry (46)

Ref: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny)


Heartbreak defeat for Cork Minor Hurlers in All-Ireland Final

Sep 03,2017

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final
GALWAY 2-17 CORK 2-15
By John Harrington at Croke Park
The appetiser before the main meal was seriously tasty as Galway edged out Cork in today’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final. The young Tribesmen came into the game as underdogs but they hurled their hearts out to record a brilliant victory.
Cork had a big billing after an impressive run to the Final and their undoubted class was plain for all to see, but Galway matched them for pure skill. But in the final reckoning it was pure hard graft that probably won them this match, because the doggedness of their tackling, hooking, and blocking was of the very highest calibre. They showed impressive mental strength too because they shipped some heavy blows in the first half but their resolve never wavered. Cork scored their first goal of the match straight from the throw-in as Brian Turnbull hit a ground-stroke to the back of the net after just six seconds.

And when his fellow corner-forward Evan Sheehan cracked home a brilliant second goal from a tight angle to put Cork 2-3 to 0-3 ahead after 13 minutes, it looked like the game would go like most predicted it would.
But Galway hadn’t read that script. They dug in, defended with great tenacity, and began slowing the quantity and quality of ball making its way into Turnbull and Sheehan. At the other end of the field the strapping Sean Bleahene was starting to make his presence felt and a couple of points from him and some sure free-taking from Conor Molloy had reduced the gap to just three points at the break – 2-7 to 0-10 in Cork’s favour.

Galway’s star man Jack Canning had been well marshalled in the first-half by Cork captain Sean O’Leary Hayes, but he exploded into life in the second-half and provided Galway with the impetus to win the game. He bore more than a passing resemblance to his uncle Joe when he smashed home two brilliant goals to the roof of the Cork net in the first ten minutes of the second-half to turn the contest on its head. The confidence seemed to drain from the young Cork hurlers, and they struggled to find an adequate response in the face of some brilliantly aggressive Galway defending. Canning and Bleahane were now bullying the Cork full-back line and two more points from the deadly duo pushed Galway 2-16 to 2-11 ahead.
Credit to Cork, they came with a late charge that ensured the game went right down to the wire.

Two points from the brilliant Turnbull sandwiched one from Robert Downey to reduce the gap to two points with five minutes to go. Craig Hanafin had a half-chance to score a goal for Cork after a powerful run and smart pass from classy centre-forward Liam O’Shea, but he couldn’t get his shot off and was then suffocated by the scrambling Galway defence. Try as they might Cork just couldn’t make any more inroads into Galway’s lead, and that was thanks largely to some truly inspirational blocking and tackling by Jeffrey Lynskey’s young charges. When the final whistle blew Croke Park erupted as the Galway supporters hailed the perfect start to their afternoon.

It wasn’t Cork’s day, but many of their players clearly have very bright futures despite this result.
Scorers for Galway: Jack Canning 2-2, Conor Molloy 0-7 (7f), Sean Bleahene 0-5, Ben Moran 0-1, Donal Mannion 0-1, Daniel Loftus 0-1.
Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 1-7 (3f), Evan Sheehan 1-0, Liam O’Shea 0-3, Craig Hanafin 0-2, Robert Downey 0-1, Daire Connery 0-1, Barry Murphy 0-1.
GALWAY: Darach Fahy; Caimin Killeen, Daniel Loftus, Darren Morrissey; Ronan Gleenon, Conor Caulfield, Mark Gill; Conor Walsh Conor Fahy; Ben Moran, Conor Molloy, Martin McManus; Sean Bleahene, Donal Mannion, Jack Canning. Subs: Shane Ryan for Martin McManus (ht), Sam McArdle for Daniel Loftus (54), Mark Kennedy for Ben Moran (56), Enda Fahy for Conor Walsh (60).
CORK: Ger Collins; Conor O’Callaghan, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Eoin Roche; Aaron Walsh Barry, James Keating, Ger Millerick; Daire Connery, Diarmuid Linehan; Craig Hanafin, Liam O’Shea, Brian Roche; Evan Sheehan, Robert Downey, Brian Turnbull. Subs: Declan Hanlon for Diarmuid Linehan (39), Barry Murphy for Aaron Walsh Barry (46)
Ref: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny)


 Photos courtesy of Denis O’Flynn