Cork 0-19 Tipperary 0-18

Tipperary lost to Cork by a point in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final at Limerick on Sunday.

Tipperary will now play Antrim in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals.

Cork’s crown as Collins and Farrell strike late


From the Irish Examiner newspaper

TWO points in the closing minutes earned Cork a thrilling victory over arch-rivals Tipperary in a superb Munster MHC final at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick yesterday.

Seven times the evenly- matched sides were level and it looked odds on for a replay until points by Mark Collins and Seamus Farrell edged the Leesiders in front. And they hung on for a victory that, on the balance of play, they just about deserved.

Nevertheless, it took an age for the game to liven up. There was none of the close marking one associates with a game between these great rivals with the result that scores came frequently. That added to the excitement of the occasion. 

Cork had many heroes. In defence full-back Darragh Rodgers, centre-back Pádraig O’Shea and wing back William Egan were magnificent.

The new champions shared the midfield exchanges while, up front, Ciarán Sheehan at centre-forward, Paul Honohan at full-forward and Paul Haughney at left corner-forward were the principal scorers and gave a highly-regarded Tipp defence a torrid time.

Indeed, had Cork enjoyed any slice of luck around the Tipp goal they would have had at least two goals, but a combination of superb goal- keeping by Bill McCormack and a bad miss by Jamie Coughlan combined to leave Cork without a goal.

Apart from McCormack, Tipp were well-served by Noel McGrath, who contributed six points, all from placed ball (one a superb effort from a sideline cut), Kieran Morris, who chipped in with four points, and Kevin O’Gorman at full-back.

Six points were scored in the opening five minutes, four by Tipperary, which made for a high-scoring game. And fans weren’t disappointed.

Cork enjoyed most of the play in the opening minutes but found scores difficult to come by against a strong Tipp defence where Noel McGrath and Adrian Ryan gave nothing away.

At the other end, the Cork defence gave away needless frees which Kieran Morris and Noel McGrath punished every time and, after 10 minutes, the Premier County had forged 0-6 to 0-2 in front.

However, Cork improved as the half wore on with Honohan particularly impressive at full-forward and a succession of points, two by the Bishopstown youngster, had the Tipp lead down to the minimum, 0-7 to 0-6, at the end of the opening quarter.

After such a great start Tipp faded alarmingly as Cork upped the ante. Darragh Rodgers took command of the square and with Paul O’Shea dominant at centre-back, Paul Haughney and Paul Honohan and Simon O’Brien thriving on the plentiful supply of ball that came their way, they drew level at 0-9 each after 30 minutes.

Cork also created the only goal chance of the half but were denied by a brave save by Bill McCormack, who came off his line to deny Haughney. The pressure on the Tipp defence was relentless and when Pádraig O’Shea came forward to take a 20-metre free, his effort for a goal shaved the crossbar and the Leesiders took an 0-10 to 0-9 lead to their dressing room at half time.

The game livened up considerably on the changeover and the scores continued to flow. Two evenly-matched sides were level on two further occasions after 40 minutes and it was nip and tuck for the next 10 as they continued to swap points to be level at 0-16 apiece with five minutes of normal time remaining.

Cork lost another glorious chance of a goal when the sliothar broke in behind the Tipp defence to the unmarked Jamie Coughlan, but he failed to connect with any decent power and ‘keeper McCormack cleared the danger.

As time ticked away and with tension mounting, Ciarán Sheehan edged Cork in front with a point that looked to be wide, but the mercurial Noel McGrath showed his class with an equalising point from a ‘65 and a replay beckoned.

However, Cork were not to be denied. Inspired by the brilliance of their half-back line of Aidan Walsh, Padraig O’Shea and William Egan, they hit the front with points by Mark Collins and Seamus Farrell.

A two point lead is a nightmare in a hurling game and Tipp came searching for a goal which would have surely given them the title. Substitute John O’Dwyer created the chance for Michael Sheedy but his effort went over for a point. And the game was over on the puck out much to the delight of the small band of Cork supporters. Scorers for Cork: S. O’Brien 0-5 (0-1 free); C. Sheehan 0-4; P. Haughney, P. O’Shea (frees) 0-3 each; P. Honohan 0-2; M. Collins, S. Farrell 0-1 each.

Tipperary: N. McGrath 0-6 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65); K. Morris 0-4 (0-3 frees); P. Murphy, J. O’Neill, M. Sheedy 0-2 each; B. O’Meara, T. Butler 0-1 each.

CORK: D. McCarthy; C. Smith, D. Rodgers, E. Moynihan; A. Walsh, P. O’Shea, W. Egan; S. O’Farrell, D. Roche; M. Collins, C. Sheehan, S. O’Brien; J. O’Dwyer, P. Honohan, P. Haughney.

Subs: J. Coughlan for O’Dwyer (50), B. Collins for Smith (53).

TIPPERARY: B. McCormack; L. Butler, K. O’Gorman, C. Haugh; J. Barry, A. Ryan, N. McGrath; R. Gleeson, J. Gallagher; K. Murphy, T. Butler, P. Murphy; J. O’Neill, B. O’Meara, K. Morris.

Subs: J. O’Dwyer for K. Murphy (35), M. Sheedy for O’Meara (40).

Referee: M. O’Connor (Limerick).


Debatable Sheehan point sinks Tipperary

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday July 14 2008

CORK reclaimed the Munster minor hurling championship with a dramatic one-point victory over last year’s champions Tipperary in yesterday’s entertaining Gaelic Grounds decider.

Cork’s fully-merited victory was shrouded in controversy, however, as doubts surrounded the validity of Ciaran Sheehan’s 57th-minute score, which handed the Rebels a 0-17 to 0-16 advantage.

The sliotar appeared to drift a foot wide of the upright, but the score was allowed to stand.

All-Ireland champions Tipperary, chasing a third successive national crown this year, hit back to equalise but points from Mark Collins and Seamus O’Farrell pushed Cork two points clear as the game edged towards a conclusion.

Two minutes into stoppage time, Tipperary substitute Michael Sheedy had a glorious chance to snatch a winning goal, but his effort flashed well over the bar from 14m out.

This was a closely-contested affair from start to finish, although Tipp did lead by four points on two separate occasions in the first half before Cork hit back to lead 0-10 to 0-9 at the break.

Cork could have been further ahead, but Tipperary goalkeeper Bill McCormack denied Paul Haughney with a fine point-blank save.

The sides were level on no fewer than six occasions in the second half, but Cork were far more threatening close to goal.

With 10 minutes left, substitute Jamie Coughlan mis-hit his ground stroke with only McCormack to beat, before the ‘keeper batted away a dangerous, hopping effort from Collins two minutes later.

But the Rebels would not be denied and claimed a 32nd minor provincial crown to send Tipperary through the backdoor once again.

Two years ago, Cork defeated Tipp at the same stage, but the Premier County regrouped and claimed the ultimate prize in September.

Scorers — Cork: S O’Brien 0-5 (2f), C Sheehan 0-4, P O’Shea (3f), P Haughney 0-3 each, P Honohan 0-2, S O’Farrell, M Collins 0-1 each. Tipperary: N McGrath 0-5 (3f), P Murphy 0-4, K Morris 0-3 (2f), J O’Neill, M Sheedy 0-2 each, T Butler, B O’Meara 0-1 each.

CORK — D McCarthy; C Smith, D Rodgers, E Moynihan; A Walsh, P O’Shea, W Egan; S O’Farrell, D Roche; M Collins, C Sheehan, S O’Brien; J O’Dwyer, P Honohan, P Haughney. Subs: J Coughlan for O’Dwyer (37), B Collins for Smith (53).

TIPPERARY — B McCormack; L Butler, K O’Gorman, C Haugh; J Barry, A Ryan, N McGrath; R Gleeson, J Gallagher; K Murphy, T Butler, P Murphy; J O’Neill, B O’Meara, K Morris. Subs: J O’Dwyer for Murphy (20), M Sheedy for O’Meara (49).

Ref — M O’Connor (Limerick)



Manley hails heroes as Rebels heart shines through

From the Irish Examiner newspaper

THE joy in the Cork camp after their Munster MHC final victory over Tipperary in Limerick knew no bounds as captain Daniel Roche brought the trophy to the dressing room to the thunderous applause of his colleagues and management.

It was a win over the old enemy borne out of raw courage and a never-say-die attitude and coach Ger Manley wasn’t slow in handing out the bouquets.

“You won’t get a better minor game than that,” said Manley. “There was only a puck of a ball between us at the finish and Tipp are still in this championship, make no mistake about that. 

“One of the great characteristics of our team is wholeheartedness. They never give up. Tipp got the run on us early on but we stuck to our guns and pegged them back.

“To go in a point up at half time was brilliant after the shaky start we had. We conceded too many easy frees and got punished, and I said to them at half time to be patient and keep plugging away.

“To be fair we created at least three goal chances that on another day we’d have taken. The result will stand to us. They are a very good team and there is still more in them.

“However, Tipp haven’t gone away and will have a big say in the All-Ireland series. We could end up meeting them in the final and that would he some match.

“Uppermost in our minds will be what happened in 2006. We beat Tipp in the Munster final but they came through to win the All-Ireland. We don’t want that to happen again.

“Our defence was magnificent with our half back line the rock on which we built our victory. There is an excellent spirit in the camp and they are now showing the benefit of being together since January.

“The defeat by Clare was a wake-up call. We recovered well to beat Waterford and today showed how much we have improved since that first outing. With a couple of injured players to come back in we’ll give the All-Ireland a right go”.

Tipp manager Declan Ryan accepted his side were beaten by a better team on the day.

“We are disappointed, but you have to hand it to Cork. They were well prepared and dominated in a lot of areas, something we will have to look at for the All-Ireland series.

“A lot of our players didn’t come up to the mark, and that is also something we’ll examine. Hopefully, we can remedy the mistakes, but it’s not going to be easy.”

Ryan made nothing of a Cork point that wasn’t. “You get those kind of decisions and I’m not offering it as an excuse.

“It will be difficult to come back from a defeat like that but these are young men and I have the utmost confidence in them to bounce back.”

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