Munster win M Donnelly Interprovincial Hurling Semi Final

Munster 2-14 Ulster 1-12

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Monday October 27 2008

Munster held off the challenge of a willing Ulster side in front of a meagre crowd at wet Fermoy on Saturday.

Shane McNaughton struck for an Ulster goal in the 45th minute to make it
2-8 to 1-9 for Munster and then Paul Braniff got a great point, one of eight, to put the minimum between the sides, but points from Tony Carmody, Brian O’Connell and Paul Kelly ensured Munster held on, even allowing for a late Eoin Kelly missed penalty.

Munster, playing into the wind, led 2-5 to 0-5 at half time, the goals coming from Kelly, from a 65, and Seamus Callanan, in the 4th and 11th minutes respectively. However, Ulster stayed in touch, helped by the flawless shooting from placed balls by Braniff.

"We’re very pleased to get through. Ulster played very well but we got vital scores to see us over line," said Munster coach Len Gaynor.

"The first goal was lucky, a handy score, but the second goal was a great goal by Seamus Callanan. They were hard blows to Ulster but they turned around to play very well in the second half."

Despite having the wind at their backs, Munster let the northern men back into the game after the break with some poor shooting. Ulster whittled away at the lead but they couldn’t get level and Munster’s experience helped them to pull away in the end.

Ulster coach Dominic McKinley was proud of his side. "We conceded two very bad goals but the lads played very well after that," he said. "The lads kept at it, whereas other Ulster teams might have went away from it. Near the end we were a bit unlucky."

Speaking about the competition’s future, Munster player Tom Kenny questioned the timing of the event.

"Maybe if you had it around the time of the national league finals there might be more interest," he said.

Scorers — Munster: E Kelly 1-5 (1-1 65, 0-4f), S Callanan 1-2, B O’Connell, T Carmody 0-2 each, N Gilligan, C Naughton, P Kelly 0-1 each.
Ulster: P Braniff 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1 65), S McNaughton 1-0, K Stewart, K Hinphey, P Shields, K McKeegan 0-1.

MUNSTER — B Cummins (Tipperary); C O’Brien (Tipperary), P Curran (Tipperary), S Hickey (Limerick); B Bugler (Clare), G Quinn (Clare), D Fanning (Tipperary); B O’Connell (Clare), T Kenny (Cork); T Carmody (Clare), S Callanan (Tipperary), C Naughton (Cork); A O’Shaughnessy (Limerick), E Kelly (Tipperary), N Gilligan (Clare). Subs: B O’Connor
(Cork) for Gilligan (inj, 25), P Kelly (Tipperary) for Naughton (47), B Corry (Cork) for Callanan (55), D O’Grady (Limerick) for O’Connell (60).

ULSTER — R McGarry (Antrim); A Griffin (Antrim), N McGarry (Antrim), M Kettle (Antrim); G Clarke (Down), L Hinphey (Derry), J Campbell (Antrim); A Savage (Down), K McKeegan (Antrim); K Stewart (Antrim), K Hinphey (Derry), P Braniff (Down); S McNaughton (Antrim), B McGourty (Down), P Shields (Antrim). Subs: N McManus (Antrim) for Kettle (15), P McCormack (Armagh) for McGourty (37), M Craig (Derry) for McKeegan (49).

REF — A Stapleton (Laois).

Munster hurlers defeat Ulster
by Fintan O’Toole, 25 October 2008

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Munster withstood a strong second-half fightback to defeat Ulster in Saturday afternoon’s M Donnelly Interprovincial Hurling Championship semi-final at a rain-lashed Fermoy venue.

Munster 2-14
Ulster 1-12

Reigning champions Munster had their hopes boosted from an early juncture in this game as they registered two goals inside the opening 12 minutes.

The first came from Eoin Kelly in the third minute when the Waterford man’s poorly-struck ’65 skidded on the surface and deceived Ulster netminder Ryan McGarry. The second arrived in the 12th minute when good work by Andrew O’Shaughnessy created the opening for Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan to whip a fierce drive to the net.

Those scores pushed Munster 2-0 to 0-3 ahead and they forged further in front before the interval with Kelly and Callanan both helping themselves to points. Yet Ulster kept in touch with Down forward Paul Braniff in superb form from frees and at the midway point there were just those two goals between the sides, 2-5 to 0-5.

In the second-half Munster burst from the blocks to move 2-8 to 0-6 after 40 minutes and the match looked a done deal. But Ulster mounted a powerful rally to throw the game back in the melting point. Antrim duo Aaron Graffin and Neil McGarry both starred in defence while Braniff continued to score freely up front.

After Braniff hit three points, Munster were rocked when Ulster goaled in the 45th minute after Shane McNaughton whipped a loose ball to the net. That left it 2-8 to 1-10 as the tie headed down the stretch.

Yet it was Munster who regained the initiative to close the game out in a formidable fashion. Clare duo Tony Carmody and Brian O’Connell struck two points apiece and with substitute Paul Kelly also impressing, Munster powered ahead on the scoreboard. They ran out five point winners to qualify for next Saturday’s final against Leinster.

Scorers:

Munster: E Kelly 1-5 (1-1 ’65, 0-4f), S Callanan 1-2, T Carmody, B O’Connell 0-2 each, N Gilligan, C Naughton, P Kelly 0-1 each.

Ulster: P Braniff 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1 ’65), S McNaughton 1-0, K Stewart, K Hinphey, K McKeegan, P Shields 0-1 each.

MUNSTER: B Cummins (Tipperary); C O’Brien (Tipperary), P Curran (Tipperary), S Hickey (Limerick); B Bugler (Clare), G Quinn (Clare), D Fanning (Tipperary); B O’Connell (Clare), T Kenny (Cork); T Carmody (Clare), S Callanan (Tipperary), C Naughton (Cork); A O’Shaughnessy (Limerick), E Kelly (Waterford), N Gilligan (Clare).

Subs: B O’Connor (Cork) for Gilligan (inj) 25, P Kelly (Tipperary) for Naughton 47, B Corry (Cork) for Callanan 55, D O’Grady (Limerick) for O’Connell 60.

ULSTER: R McGarry (Antrim); A Graffin (Antrim), N McGarry (Antrim), M Kettle (Antrim); G Clarke (Down), L Hinphey (Derry), J Campbell (Antrim); A Savage (Down), K McKeegan (Antrim); K Stewart (Antrim), K Hinphey (Derry), P Braniff (Down); S McNaughton (Antrim), B McGourty (Down), P Shields (Antrim).

Subs: N McManus (Antrim) for Kettle 15, P McCormack (Armagh) for McGourty 36, M Craig (Derry) for McKeegan 48.

Referee: Anthony Stapleton (Laois)

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