Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi Final – Tipperary 5-19 Cork 2-13
Tipperary defeated Cork by 5-19 to 2-13 in the Semi Final of the Bord Gais Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Championship on Wednesday July 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.
Clinical Premier tear Rebels apart
Tipperary 5-19 Cork 2-13
By Diarmuid O’Flynn, Semple Stadium for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Make no mistake about it, this was annihilation in Thurles last night in the Munster U21 HC semi-final, with Tipperary the better team by some distance. In fact, were it not for the outstanding effort of midfielders Brian Murray and Rob O’Shea (especially) in the first half, this would have been ever worse for the visitors. With two points each from play, those two had kept Cork in this game and when the visitors went on a six-point streak before the break, it took Cork from a 10-point deficit and a seemingly hopeless position in the 27th minute (2-9 to 0-5), to a situation where they trailed by just four as the teams headed for the dressing rooms, 2-9 to 0-11.
It got even better for Cork just after the resumption, a goal by substitute Mark Sugrue (he had also scored one of the six Cork points before the break) bringing them within a point of Tipp, bringing hope to their vocal travelling support in the estimated 3,500 attendance. Soon, however, that hope was extinguished, and how.
Led by the hard-working O’Meara and the sharp-shooting senior player Jason Forde, Tipp had looked menacing in the first half. Full-forward Bill Walsh (from the famed Carrick Swans club) had their first major as early as the third minute, a good catch and layoff by Aidan McCormack setting him up; Forde notched the second, a right-handed ground shot from the multi-talented and ambidextrous Silvermines golden nugget. That Sugrue goal though really seemed to light a spark in Tipp, in their midfield especially, who began to take control, Justin Cahill and Brian Stapleton stepping up their game.
The defence, anchored well by Cathal Barrett, Andrew Ryan and Michael Breen at the back, Tomas Hamill controlling the centre, again got to grips with the Cork attack. But those forwards — in the remaining 28 minutes Tipp outscored Cork 3-10 to 1-2, one-way traffic all the way to the end. Their third goal was scored by Walsh again, on 41 minutes, after he was put in by sub John McGrath (major impact); the fourth goal was a penalty converted by Forde after a foul on the same Walsh (46 minutes); the fifth (53 minutes) the icing on a now very rich cake, wing-forward Tommy Heffernan capitalising on a defensive error to goal from a narrow angle.
Nine scorers in all from play for Tipperary, both midfielders and all six starting forwards on target, sub McGrath also getting in on the action. Hope then for Tipperary supporters, with their senior side already on holidays for the rest of the season, several potential stars of the future could join Forde next year. For Cork? Major disappointment, no question, a major blow also to Jimmy Barry-Murphy — who from this panel could he promote? Seniors Christopher Joyce looked threatening when moved forward, Jamie Coughlan never gave up and did well, but Conor Lehane is a player who looks at odds with himself, lacking confidence.
Scorers for Tipperary: J Forde (2-8, six frees, 1-0 pen); B Walsh (2-1); N O’Meara (0-4); T Heffernan (1-0); L McGrath (0-2); J Cahill, B Stapleton, A McCormack, J McGrath (0-1 each).
Scorers for Cork: M Sugrue (1-1); J Coughlan (0-4, three frees, one 65); C Buckley (1-0); R O’Shea (0-3); B Murray (0-2); C Joyce, C Lehane, J Wall (0-1 each).
TIPPERARY: D Mooney; C Barrett, A Ryan, M Breen; S Kennedy, T Hamill, J O’Dwyer; B Stapleton, J Cahill; J Forde, N O’Meara (c), T Heffernan; L McGrath, B Walsh, A McCormack.
Subs: J McGrath for McCormack (35); C O’Riordan for L McGrath (50); C Kenny for Walsh (55).
CORK: P Collins; C Spillane, P O’Mahony, D Lester; D O’Mahony, C Joyce (c), D Cahalane; R O’Shea, B Murray; D Lordan, J Coughlan, C Lehane; A Cadogan, J Wall, B Hartnett.
Subs: M Sugrue for Lordan (27); N Kelly for Cadogan (38); S Murphy for O’Mahony (44); K Kavanagh for Murray (49); C Buckley for Hartnett (52).
Referee: S Hourigan (Limerick)
Tipperary put 5 goals past Cork to book Munster U21 hurling final spot
Report by Jackie Cahill for thescore.ie
Tipperary 5-19 Cork 2-13
BILL WALSH AND Jason Forde helped themselves to a brace of goals each as Tipp walloped Cork by 15 points in this evening’s Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship semi-final at Semple Stadium. The hosts ran riot in the second half to record a massive win, after Cork had fought back to within a point after half-time.
Tipp led by ten points in the first half – 2-9 to 0-5 – before Cork hit six points without reply before the break to give themselves real hope. And the visitors were breathing down Tipp’s necks when sub Mark Sugrue whipped home Cork’s first goal in the 32nd minute. But Tipp’s response was emphatic as they compiled an unanswered 2-8 to move 15 points clear, 4-17 to 1-11.
It was a remarkable transformation and Cork had no answers before captain Christopher Joyce – one of two players who started in last Sunday’s senior final – stopped the rot. But Tipp hit back with their fifth goal, scored by Tommy Heffernan, to ensure that all six starting forwards were on the scoresheet. Cork scored a consolation goal in the 58th minute through sub Cian Buckley but overall, the Leesiders were given a real chasing in the second half.
Recent meetings between the counties in this grade had been tit-for-tat affairs, with Tipp winning by just a single point at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last year. Indeed, the last three meetings between the counties had yielded victories for the visitors but not on this occasion as Tipp ensured that their U21s will contest a provincial decider on August 7, against Clare or Waterford. That stat will provide encouragement for the blue and gold hordes still reeling from the exits of the senior and minor teams from their respective championships.
And the intermediates will look to claim a second successive provincial crown against Cork in Thurles on Friday evening. Walsh and Forde scored Tipp’s goals in the opening half, before Cork came storming back into contention. Forde scored 1-8 against Limerick in the quarter-final and added 2-8 this evening, with captain Niall O’Meara claiming the man of the match award.
Scorers for Cork: Mark Sugrue 1-1, Jamie Coughlan 0-4 (3f, 1 65), Cian Buckley 1-0, Rob O’Shea 0-3, Brian Murray 0-2, Christopher Joyce, Conor Lehane and Jamie Wall 0-1 each.
Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 2-8 (1-0 pen, 0-6f), Bill Walsh 2-1, Niall O’Meara 0-4, Tommy Heffernan 1-0, Liam McGrath 0-2, Justin Cahill, Brian Stapleton, Aidan McCormack and John McGrath 0-1 each.
CORK: Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig); Colm Spillane (Castlelyons), Patrick O’Mahony (Midleton), Diarmuid Lester (Bishopstown); Daniel O’Mahony (Carrigtwohill), Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s); Rob O’Shea (Carriagline), Brian Murray (Bishopstown); Daire Lordan (Courcey Rovers), Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), Conor Lehane (Midleton); Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Jamie Wall (Kilbrittain), Brian Hartnett (Midleton).
Subs: Mark Sugrue (Bandon) for Lordan (27), Nicky Kelly (Mayfield) for Cadogan (38), Stephen Murphy (Blackrock) for P O’Mahony (44), Kevin Kavanagh (Carrigaline) for Murray (50), Cian Buckley (Na Piarsaigh) for Hartnett (53).
TIPPERARY: Darragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Andrew Ryan (Toomevara), Michael Breen (Ballina); Seamus Kennedy (St Mary’s, Clonmel), Tomás Hamill (Killea), Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule); Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons); Jason Forde (Silvermines), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Tommy Heffernan (Éire Óg Nenagh); Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Bill Walsh (Carrick Swans), Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields).
Subs: John McGrath (Loughmore-Casteiney) for McCormack (35), Colin O’Riordan for L McGrath (50), Conor Kenny (Borrisoleigh) for Walsh (55).
Referee: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)