Munster MHC Semi final Cork V Tipp

Cork make Munster Hurling Finals

A lot will be written by sports reporters and fans about Corks win over Tipperary in this Munster Minor Championship Semi Final clash and the replay. Below are some of the news reports that have been posted online since the win last night.  All we can do is say well done to the Cork minors and wish them well in the final against Clare next week.

Photos by Denis O’Flynn

 


Rebels maintain upward surge

There may have been no silverware handed out at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday evening, but this fixture, watched by a crowd of 8,142 — most of whom were clad in red, had the feel of a final about it. The reaction of the Cork management and players offered proof of such. That the field was still littered with Cork supporters half an hour after the final whistle had sounded was easily explained.

Not since 2008 has a Cork minor hurling team been seen in the Munster final. It’s a stat which has been bandied about on numerous occasions in bemoaning the county’s underage struggles. No more, though, can it be recited. That nine-year gap has finally been bridged.

Moreover, prior to this summer, Cork had lost four Munster semi-finals in-a-row. Denis Ring had been in charge for three of those. There wasn’t a happier or more relieved man to be found inside the gates of the Boreenmanna Road venue at the end of this penultimate round replay. He had cut a fairly devastated figure when Tipperary overturned a six-point deficit at this very venue 12 months ago to march through to the final at the Rebels’ expense.

And the Premier class of 2017 almost produced a similar comeback effort as they cut an 11-point gap back to the minimum following goals from subs Cathal Bourke and Kevin McCarthy on 51 and 62 minutes respectively. Jake Morris split the posts in the passage of play subsequent to McCarthy’s injury-time green flag and we were back to the minimum (2-20 to 2-19). Brian Turnbull, whose opposite number Jerome Cahill was shown two yellow cards for persistent fouling on the corner-forward, steadied the ship with their first score in nine minutes. He and the excellent Dáire Connery contributed 0-14 between them and it was the latter’s second free on 64 minutes which edged the hosts across the line.

Celebrations, though, won’t be long-lived as Ring’s young troops face a six-day turnaround to the decider against Clare. That game will be their third in 11 days. Having thrice staved off defeat during last Thursday’s extra-time epic in Thurles, Cork took control of this replay early on. With Conor Bowe (0-2), Niall Hoctor and Anthony McKelvey (free) having propelled the reigning champions into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead, they were subsequently shoved onto the back foot as the home attack plugged hole after hole in the Tipperary rearguard.

On five minutes, Liam O’Shea picked out Craig Hanafin, unmarked, in front of Eoin Collins goal and the centre-forward made no mistake from close range. Cork’s direct running was causing untold problems for Liam Cahill’s side and the visiting defence was breached for a second occasion on 11 minutes as Brian Turnbull and Hanafin combined to put through Liam O’Shea, who stroked the sliotar past Collins. These two goals were part of a seven-minute 2-5 burst which sent the winners 2-6 to 0-4 clear.

Points from Jake Morris and McKelvey steadied Tipperary, but they were forced to play catch-up for the remainder of the half. They trailed 2-11 to 0-10 at the break and could have been further behind had O’Shea converted a gilt-edged goal chance.Cork kept their foot on the throat of their opponents upon the restart, with Turnbull (0-2), Connery, Sean O’Leary-Hayes and Hanafin (0-2) each finding the target to propel them 2-17 to 0-12 clear on 42 minutes. That they didn’t kill off the Premier challenge from this position will be the sole concern for management.

Darragh Woods, the contributor of 1-4 when introduced in the drawn game, was sprung from the bench at half-time and he threw over three placed balls before the first of Tipperary’s goals. Extra-time again looked on the cards. This Cork crop, though, are a resolute bunch. They showed it in Thurles. They showed it here. Now, can they show it on Sunday to bridge a nine-year gap to their last Munster minor final win? Not since 2006 have Cork contested the Munster senior and minor finals in the one summer. The red juggernaut is gathering steam.

Scorers for Cork: B Turnbull (0-8, 0-4 frees); C Hanafin (1-4); D Connery (0-6, 0-2 frees, 0-1 sc); L O’Shea (1-0); R Downey (0-2); E Sheehan, S O’Leary Hayes (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: D Woods (0-6, 0-5 frees); J Morris (0-5); A McKelvey (0-4, 0-4 frees) C Bourke, K McCarthy (1-0 each); C Bowe (0-3); N Hoctor (0-1).

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

Subs: D Hanlon (Blarney) for O’Shea (52); B Murphy (Castlelyons) for Sheehan (58).

Tipperary:
E Collins (Drom & Inch); M Purcell (Na Sairsealaigh Óg), M Feehan (Sean Treacy’s), J Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs); R Quirke (Cappawhite), C Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs), K Breen (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams); B O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill), P Cadell (JK Brackens); C Bowe (Moyne-Templetuohy), J Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg), R McCormack (Borris-Ileigh); N Hoctor (St Mary’s Clonmel), A McKelvey (Moycarkey-Borris), C McCarthy (Nenagh Éire Óg).

Subs: D Woods (Holycross-Ballycahill) for McCarty; E Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs) for O’Mara (both HT); K McCarthy (Toomevara) for Breen (42); C Bourke (Clonoulty-Rossmore) for Hoctor (44); B Seymour (Kiladangan) for McKelvey (46).

Referee: J Murphy (Limerick).


Over 8,000 in attendance as Cork minors edge past Tipperary on the second time of asking

Jackie Cahill reports from Páirc Uí Rinn click here for online report

Victory for Cork ensures a bumper day out for the red hordes in Thurles next Sunday.

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Cork 2-22
Tipperary 2-19

Jackie Cahill reports from Páirc Uí Rinn

CORK HELD OFF a spirited second half fightback from Tipperary to end the Premier County’s reign as Electric Ireland Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling champions this evening. Cork were 11 points up in the second half but the margin was back to just one in stoppage time – before late points from Brian Turnbull and Daire Connery sealed victory for the young Rebels. Turnbull and Connery scored 0-16 between them in last Thursday evening’s epic draw in Thurles – and the pair chipped in with a combined 0-14 tonight, in front of a massive 8,142 attendance at Páirc Uií Rinn.

Victory for Cork ensures a bumper day out for the red hordes in Thurles next Sunday – as the county’s minors and seniors go head to head with Clare for provincial titles. The weekend tie with the Banner County will also mark the first time that Cork – who have lost the last four semi-finals – will appear in a provincial decider since last winning the crown in 2008. Craig Hanafin was another to excel for the hosts this evening in front of a partisan home crowd, sniping 1-4 from play over the hour. Despite registering eight of their 12 wides in the first half alone, Denis Ring’s young guns were still 2-11 to 0-10 clear at the break. After Tipp, playing with the breeze, had cruised into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead, Cork opened up with a devastating scoring run that yielded 2-5 without reply.

Hanafin netted in the fifth minute, taking a pass from Liam O’Shea before finishing well, and O’Shea himself raised a green flag six minutes later. That run left Cork 2-6 to 0-4 in front – an eight-point lead – before Tipp stopped the rot through Jake Morris, who would finish with five points from play. Conor Bowe also enjoyed a good first half for Tipp but Cork were nine points clear approaching half-time, before the visitors rallied to keep themselves just about in touch. Cork could also have had another major in the 22nd minute – but O’Shea flashed an effort across the face of goal. Tipp opened the second half with the opening score but Cork gained a firm stranglehold on proceedings and were 11 ahead – 2-17 to 0-12 – in the 42nd minute.

Back came Tipp with a gritty rally and Bourke’s goal with nine minutes left gave them hope. Tipp lost Jerome Cahill to a second yellow card in the 60th minute but were still knocking on the Cork door late on, as sub Darragh Woods collected five of his six points from frees. In the second minute of stoppage time, Kevin McCarthy found the net and Tipp sensed blood. But Cork steadied and two of their leading stars – Turnbull and Connery – found the range to edge them home.

Scorers for Cork – Brian Turnbull 0-8 (4f), Craig Hanafin 1-4, Daire Connery 0-6 (0-2f, 0-1 sl), Liam O’Shea 1-0, Robert Downey 0-2, Sean O’Leary Hayes & Evan Sheehan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary – Darragh Woods 0-6 (5f), Jake Morris 0-5, Anthony McKelvey 0-4f, Cathal Bourke & Kevin McCarthy 1-0 each, Conor Bowe 0-3, Niall Hoctor 0-1.

Cork

1. Ger Collins (Ballinhassig)
4. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)
6. James Keating (Kildorrery)
2. Conor O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe)
12. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)
3. Sean O’Leary-Hayes (Midleton – captain)
19. Aaron Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill)
7. Ger Millerick (Fr. O’Neill’s)
8. Daire Connery (Na Piarsaigh)
13. Evan Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh)
10. Craig Hanafin (Na Piarsaigh)
9. Diarmuid Lenihan (Ballyhooly)
11. Liam O’Shea (Lisgoold)
14. Robert Downey (Glen Rovers)
15. Brian Turnbull (Douglas)

Subs
23. Declan Hanlon (Blarney) for O’Shea (51)
20. Barry Murphy (Castlelyons) for Sheehan (58).

Tipperary

1. Eoin Collins (Drom-Inch)
2. Michael Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields)
3. Michael Feehan (Sean Treacys)
4. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
6. Robbie Quirke (Cappawhite)
5. Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
7. Kieran Breen (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)
8. Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill)
9. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens – captain)
10. Conor Bowe (Moyne-Templetouhy)
11. Jake Morris (Nenagh Eire Óg)
12. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
22. Niall Hoctor (St Mary’s, Clonmel)
14. Anthony McKelvey (Moycarkey-Borris)
15. Conor McCarthy (Nenagh Éire Óg)

Subs
19. Darragh Woods (Holycross-Ballycahill) for C McCarthy (h.t.)
18. Eoghan Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs) for O’Mara (h.t.)
17. Kevin McCarthy (Toomevara) for Breen (42)
13. Cathal Bourke (Clonoulty-Rossmore) for Hoctor (43)
24. Billy Seymour (Kiladangan) for McKelvey (46).

Referee – Johnny Murphy (Limerick)


Cork show steel to finally battle past Tipperary

A SKILLFUL, driven, gutsy effort from Cork’s minor hurlers thrilled the Rebel faithful in a pulsating 2-22 to 2-19 Munster semi-final win over Tipp at Páirc Uí Rinn on Monday night.

Seán O’Leary-Hayes, Daire Connery, Brian Turnbull and Craig Hanifin were the inspirational figures but make no mistake this was a terrific team display.

The margin of victory was three points after a breathless finale during which the Premier died with their boots on, but Cork had enough to push through to this weekend’s provincial final against Clare in Thurles.

They deserved to, but as we’ve learned time and again recently in this grade, deserve has nothing to do with it. You need the steel to go with the silky touches and that was crucial with the win up for grabs.

In doing so Denis Ring’s gifted young squad bridged a nine-year gap to the last appearance in a Munster final. It will be the first time since 2006 that Cork’s seniors and minors shared the big stage.

Certainly this is a group of young guns with the ability, self-belief and team-work to deliver. The quality of their point-taking, low deliveries to Turnbull and Liam O’Shea in a two-man full-forward, and support play was a joy to watch.

Their excellence in that regard is a testament to the coaching work of John Dwyer, alongside selectors John Mortell, Liam Martin, Fergus Ryan and Stephen Casey (strength and conditioning). There was always talent available, as the on-the-age hurlers won All-Ireland tournaments at U14, U15 and U16, but minor is a significant step up.

When Tipp trimmed the margin to just a point in injury time extra time was looming, but Conor O’Callaghan and the Roches twins, Eoin and Brian, ensured Cork cleared their lines. Livewire Turnbull – scorer of 0-4 from play and fouled for numerous frees which eventually saw his marker Jerome Cahill red-carded – arrowed over a critical score, and Connery’s late free franked the result before the final whistle.

The two first-half goals were brilliantly worked, towering wing-forward Hanifin scoring one and assisting the other, with Evan Sheehan also contributing.

Hanifin was out of sorts in the drawn encounter but chipped in with 1-4 here, while his Na Piarsaigh comrade Connery, still U17, was simply majestic in midfield, clipping over 0-3 from play.

Cork came from 0-4 to 0-1 behind early to lead 1-4 to 0-4, all the scores from the hurleys of northsiders Sheehan, Hanifin and Connery.

The management shrewdly rejigged the line-up from last week, with Diarmuid Linehan as an auxiliary wing-forward and Ger Millerick now at midfield, snapping up a pile of breaks. James Keating used his bulk tellingly at the edge of the square and Ger Collins went more direct with his puck-outs, targeting Hanifin and Robert Downey.

If we felt Cork hurling was back after Tipp and Waterford were seen off, then this confirmed it. Leesiders can now look forward to a Munster final double header from 2pm on Sunday, while the U17s already landed provincial honours and the U21s face Waterford away in the semi-final on Thursday week.

The official attendance was 8,142 but it felt like more as the crowd filtered in from well before the 7.30pm throw-in and eventually packed the covered stand.

They were treated to another gripper – on the back of last Thursday’s extra time epic in Thurles when Cork twice battled back from the brink – even if the Rebels were guilty of taking the foot off the gas in the last quarter when 11 points ahead.

In the end it didn’t matter and the buzz on the pitch afterwards was further confirmation that Cork are poised to regain their status as a hurling powerhouse.

Scorers for Cork: B Turnbull (0-8, 0-4 frees); C Hanafin (1-4); D Connery (0-6, 0-2 frees, 0-1 sc); L O’Shea (1-0); R Downey (0-2); E Sheehan, S O’Leary Hayes (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: D Woods (0-6, 0-5 frees); J Morris (0-5); A McKelvey (0-4, 0-4 frees) C Bourke, K McCarthy (1-0 each); C Bowe (0-3); N Hoctor (0-1).


Cork’s Minor hurlers reach first Munster final since 2008

By Eoghan Cormican, Páirc Uí Rinn Click here for Online Report

Cork 2-22 Tipperary 2-19

Cork’s nine-year wait for a Munster MHC final appearance is over as Denis Ring’s young troops produced a hugely impressive performance to down the reigning champions in this evening’s semi-final replay. Having thrice staved off defeat during last Thursday’s extra-time epic in Thurles, Cork took control of this contest, watched by a crowd of 8,142, from very early on and kept their foot on Tipperary’s throat right up until the closing stages.

A Cathal Bourke goal for Tipperary nine minutes from time, followed as it was by a second green flag from Kevin McCarthy in second-half stoppage, brought the visitors within two points of Cork, 2-20 to 2-18.

A Jake Morris point in the subsequent action left the minimum between the sides, a rather remarkable recovery by the Premier youngsters given they trailed by 11 points towards the end of the third quarter. Brian Turnbull, the contributor of eight points, eased Cork nerves with a well-taken point. A Daire Connery free four minutes into stoppage time proved the insurance score. A first Munster semi-final win for Cork since 2008. This they badly needed.

Cork were sitting pretty at half-time, ahead by 2-11 to 0-10. Their seven-point advantage had its roots in a blistering seven-minute spell between the fifth and 12th minute where Cork struck 2-5 without reply. With Conor Bowe, Niall Hoctor and Anthony McKelvey having propelled Tipperary into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead within the opening five minutes, they were subsequently shoved onto the back foot as the hosts plugged hole after hole in the Tipperary rearguard.

Liam O’Shea picked out Craig Hanafin, unmarked, directly in front of Eoin Collins’ goal and the Cork centre-forward made no mistake from close range. The visiting defence was breached for a second occasion on 11 minutes as Brian Turnbull and Hanafin combined to put through Liam O’Shea, who stroke the sliotar past Eoin Collins.

The 2-5 burst sent the Rebels 2-6 to 0-4 clear. Points from Jake Morris and Anthony McKelvey steadied the reigning champions but they were forced to play catch-up for the remainder of the half. And, indeed, the hour. Cork, though, weren’t for reeling in.

Scorers for Cork: B Turnbull (0-8, 0-4 frees); C Hanafin (1-4); D Connery (0-6, 0-2 frees, 0-1 sc); L O’Shea (1-0); R Downey (0-2); E Sheehan, S O’Leary Hayes (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: D Woods (0-6, 0-5 frees); J Morris (0-5); A McKelvey (0-4, 0-4 frees) C Bourke, K McCarthy (1-0 each); C Bowe (0-3); N Hoctor (0-1).

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

Subs: D Hanlon (Blarney) for O’Shea (52); B Murphy (Castlelyons) for Sheehan (58).

Tipperary: E Collins (Drom & Inch); M Purcell (Na Sairsealaigh Óg), M Feehan (Sean Treacy’s), J Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs); R Quirke (Cappawhite), C Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs), K Breen (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams); B O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill), P Cadell (JK Brackens); C Bowe (Moyne-Templetuohy), J Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg), R McCormack (Borris-Ileigh); N Hoctor (St Mary’s Clonmel), A McKelvey (Moycarkey-Borris), C McCarthy (Nenagh Éire Óg).

Subs: D Woods (Holycross-Ballycahill) for McCarty; E Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs) for O’Mara (both HT); K McCarthy (Toomevara) for Breen (42); C Bourke (Clonoulty-Rossmore) for Hoctor (44); B Seymour (Kiladangan) for McKelvey (46).

Referee: J Murphy (Limerick).


Cork have made it into their first Munster minor hurling final in nine years and the joyful scenes in Páirc Uí Rinn in the aftermath of their triumph was truly refreshing.

Denis Ring’s troops produced a clinical performance to knock reigning champions Tipperary out of the competition in this evening’s semi-final replay.

The Rebels were leading by 11-points at one stage, but a brave Tipperary fight back brought the margin back to one in stoppage time.

Jerome Cahill, Darragh Woods and Jake Morris were key to Tipperary’s revival, but they weren’t able to oust the Rebels.

Cork had enough done, however, and points from Brian Turnbull and Daire Connery sealed the victory for the Leesiders.

Turnbull and Connery have formed a near telepathic partnership up front for Cork and the dynamite pair managed 0-14 between them tonight.

There was a massive 8’000 attendance in Páirc Uí Rinn tonight and this win, on the back of the county’s footballer’s crushing loss to Kerry is a huge lift to the county.

In true Cork style, the atmosphere was like no other.

The victory ensures the county’s minors and seniors go head to head with Clare for the respective provincial titles next Sunday.

Pitch invasion in Pairc Ui Rinn. Let’s hope there is another one Sunday!!

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Some crowd for a minor game here in Páirc Uí Rinn. Cork 2-11 Tipp 0-10 at halftime.

Once the gaffer is happy, everybody’s happy.

Get the bloody camera, quick.


Cork topple Munster and All-Ireland champions Tipperary in thriller

Late goals by Tipp subs Cathal Bourke and Kevin McCarthy kept game alive until the end

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Cork’s James Keating battles for possession with Anthony McKelvey of Tipperary during the Electric Ireland Munster MHC semi-final replay at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cork’s James Keating battles for possession with Anthony McKelvey of Tipperary during the Electric Ireland Munster MHC semi-final replay at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

 Cork 2-22 Tipperary 2-19

Cork stripped Tipperary of their Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling titles following a gripping semi-final replay before a crowd of over 8,000 at Páirc Uí Rinn on Monday night.

They led by 2-17 to 0-12 after 42 minutes, but were hanging on for victory, when Tipp subs Cathal Bourke and Kevin McCarthy pounced for goals in a hectic finale.

Jake Morris point two minutes into injury-time cut the deficit to the minimum, 2-20 to 2-19, but Brian Turnbull and Daire Connery settled it with late points.

Cork recovered from a slow start to lead by 2-10 to 0-8 at half-time. Two goals in five minutes by Craig Hanafin and Liam O’Shea helped them race 2-6 to 0-4 clear inside the opening quarter.

Impressive shooting from stylish midfielder Connery and the elusive Brian Turnbull maintained Cork’s advantage. Tipp finished with 14 players after Turnbull’s marker, Jerome Cahill, was dismissed on a second yellow card late on.

Cork now meet Clare in the final in Thurles on Sunday, the game set for a 2pm throw-in.

CORK: G Collins; C O’Callaghan, J Keating, E Roche; B Roche, S O’Leary-Hayes (0-1) (capt), A Walsh-Barry; G Millerick, D Connery (0-6, three frees and one sideline cut)E Sheehan (0-1)C Hanafin (1-4)R Downey (0-2)L O’Shea (1-0)B Turnbull (0-8, four frees), D Linehan.

Subs: D Hanlon for O’Shea (51 mins), B Murphy for Sheehan (57 mins).

TIPPERARY: E Collins; M Purcell, M Feehan, J Cahill; C Morgan, R Quirke, K Breen; B O’Meara, P Cadell (capt); C Bowe (0-3)J Morris (0-5), R McCormack; N Hoctor (0-1)A McKelvey (0-4, four frees), C McCarthy.

Subs: D Woods (0-6, five frees) for McCarthy and E Connolly for O’Meara, (both half-time), K McCarthy (1-0) for Breen (41 mins), C Bourke (1-0) for Hoctor (42 mins), B Seymour for McKelvey (45 mins).