Cork Minor Hurling team came so close to winning the All-Ireland title today against Galway, but fell at the final hurdle and lost by just two points.
All involved in Rebel Og would like to thank all involved in the squad and to all the clubs who got behind our minors who made a big impression in the 2017 champipnship.
Winning the Munster Minor title only a few weeks ago was a great achievement for Cork on a day in which we did the double.
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Galway crowned Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling champions
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)
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The Cork Minor Hurling team to play Galway in the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final next Sunday 3rd September in Croke Park @ 1.15pm has been announced as follows.
1. Ger Collins – Ballinhassig
2. Conor O’ Callaghan – Dromtarriffe
3. Sean O’ Leary Hayes – Midleton – (Captain)
4. Eoin Roche – Bride Rovers
5. Aaron Walsh Barry – Carrigtwohill
6. James Keating – Kildorrery – (Vice Captain)
7. Ger Millerick – Fr. O Neill’s
8. Daire Connery – Na Piarsaigh
9. Diarmuid Linehan – Ballyhooly
10. Craig Hanifin – Na Piarsaigh
11. Liam O Shea – Lisgoold
12. Brian Roche – Bride Rovers
13. Evan Sheehan – Na Piarsaigh
14. Robert Downey – Glen Rovers
15. Brian Turnbull – Douglas
16. Ian Butler – Kildorrery
17. Jack O Callaghan – Charleville
18. Ronan Sheehan – Mallow
19. Ross Howell – Douglas
20. Barry Murphy – Castlelyons
21. Brian Buckley – Dromina
22. David Jones – Dromina
23. Declan Hanlon – Blarney
24. Colin O Brien – LiscarrollChurchtown Gaels
Additional Panels Members
Jack Twomey, Kilshannig
Jordan Murray, Ballìncollig
Conor Power, Blarney
Eoghan O Leary, Ballymartle
Conor Desmond, Ballinhassig
John Geary, Newtownshandrum
Selectors: Denis Ring (Fermoy) – Manager, John Dywer (Ballincollig – Coach), John Mortell (Ballyhea), Liam Martin (Glen Rovers), Fergus Ryan (Mallow)
Stephen Casey – Strength and Conditioning coach, Brian Hurley – Goalkeeping Coach
Preview: Electric Ireland MHC Final – Cork v Galway
Sunday September 3
Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Final
Cork v Galway, Croke Park, 1.15pm, TG4
Significant hope has been attached to this current Cork crop throughout the year.
Two epic matches against reigning All Ireland champions Tipperary underlined the class and character that exists Leeside.
Cork are developing talented teams in the underage ranks with the future appearing bright.
Jeffrey Lynskey’s Galway finished strongly to defeat Kilkenny at the penultimate stage for a noteworthy win.
Ultimately it means that this Sunday’s decider promises to be an extremely interesting encounter.
Dublin were rugged during a tight Semi-Final tussle against Cork as Brian Turnbull registered 13 points.
Midfielder Daire Connery is another highly promising Cork youngster and Galway will need to restrict his influence.
Brian Roche and Connery have forged a solid midfield partnership for an in form Cork outfit, but Galway have proven to be resilient so far.
Galway’s powerful full forward line includes Sean Bleahane, Conor Molloy, and Jack Canning, who combined to score 1-8 in the Kilkenny success.
Donal Mannion and Enda Fahy made important impacts from the bench in that game too as Galway advanced to the decider.
How Cork cope with Galway’s attacking unit will be another key factor in this tie.
Two innovative managers, Denis Ring and Lynskey, are keen to produce talented hurlers and they are carrying that task out impressively.
Since 1992 Galway have gleaned nine All Ireland minor titles confirming the diligent work that is being carried out in the underage ranks.
Cork’s last minor success occurred in 2001, but their recent All Ireland Under 17 triumph offers serious encouragement.
Having defeated Waterford, Tipperary, and Clare in Munster, Cork eventually overcame Dublin’s spirited challenge.
Galway were efficient when outfoxing Clare and Kilkenny, but they will be fully aware of Cork’s pedigree and potential.
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Robert Downey of Cork in action against Kieran Breen of Tipperary. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
‘All the people doing savage work in the clubs deserve Cork underage teams to be competing for trophies’
GIVEN it’s his fourth year involved, selector Liam Martin would be forgiven for feeling pretty satisfied heading into this Sunday’s All-Ireland final.
Of course they want to win and complete the perfect season, but seeing as Cork haven’t even reached the minor decider since 2007, the campaign has already been a success. Denis Ring and his selectors have given it everything to restore Cork’s fortunes at minor. All the credit should be shared according to the northsider.
“The county board, Rebel Óg, particularly, and all the people who are doing savage work in clubs everywhere deserve this. The minor team is only the end of a player’s underage career.
“It’s satisfying to be in the All-Ireland final because we felt for the last number of years we had Cork minor teams capable of competing with anyone but we needed a touch of luck to get there.”
That was certainly the case in the drawn Munster semi in Thurles. Fellow Glen club man Robert Downey saved Cork at the end of normal time and then Na Piarsaigh’s Evan Sheehan goaled a free at the death in extra time against Tipp.
“Munster semi-finals have been a minefield. There are ones we’ll regret for the rest of our lives that we should have won. We got the rub of the green but then I didn’t think we deserved to lose. That night in Thurles spoke volumes about the character of these lads.”
Cork goalkeeper Ger Collins. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
That set up a replay at Páirc Uí Rinn and a Munster final against Clare, where this young Cork team ripped it up. Ger Collins, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Brian Turnbull, Evan Sheehan and Daire Connery among the many stars. Martin acknowledges how much they fed off the hurling buzz in Leeside this summer.
“There’s been a huge feelgood factor all the way through to the senior team and that gave a boost of confidence for us too. We can all look forward to the future again as Cork hurling people, but that took a long process to get there.”
The Cork minor hurling selectors: Stephen Carey (trainer), John Mortell, Ballyhea, John Dwyer, Ballincollig, Denis Ring, Fermoy, Liam Martin Glen Rovers, and Fergus Ryan, Mallow. Picture: George Hatchell
He explains that it’s especially enjoyable to be involved with this minor crop given their eagerness to learn and develop.
“They’re full of ability, character, commitment… the characteristics of any winning team basically.”
Everywhere you go in Cork, from Blackpool to Bandon and beyond, kids are out in force with hurleys again. Martin must take particular pride in seeing city hurlers, from Piarsaigh, Douglas and Glen, backboning this minor team.
“Personally I don’t care where they come from as long as they’re good enough.
“That’s where the Development Squads system have paid off. Would have got a corner-back from Dromtarriffe otherwise in Conor O’Callaghan? He’s been excellent.
Cork’s Conor O’Callaghan and Eoghan O’Neill of Dublin. Picture: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan
“Of course you need the city to be thriving for Cork hurling to be successful – but it’s a big county and the gospel has spread all over Cork at this stage.
“Some of the schools have pushed on, Christians, Colman’s, Midleton CBS, the Mon AG, and that’s not undercutting what’s going on at B level. All that will come to the fore in the next couple of years and that’s only mirroring what’s going on in the clubs, participation rates – which the Cork seniors’ success will build further – are up.”
He makes the point that once the various sectors are co-ordinated, good hurlers will come through.
“The good fella at 14, 15 isn’t going to necessarily be the lad who shines at minor level. We do see late developers and quite a few of this group were in the B squad at U14 like Liam O’Shea, Brian Turnbull, Ger Mellerick. They’ve pushed on in the last few years.”
Can they seal the deal this Sunday, especially after a patchy enough showing in the semi against Dublin?
“Galway have won five minor All-Irelands and been beaten in four finals since we’ve won it in 2001. It’ll be tough. Simple as that.
“It’s vital to play the game not the occasion. We’ve preached that all year. There’s a lot of razzmatazz surrounding it and obviously Galway will have a big support as they’re in both finals. All our focus has been on our own performance though.”
Hopefully that will be enough.
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Cork squads take part in Inter-County tournaments.
Cork Results Final update
Cork 0-10 v Galway 1-10
Cork 4-9 v Wexford 2-4
Cork V Clare
Cork exit at group stages on points conceded
Cork 6-10 V Dublin 0-6
Cork 2-5 v Offaly 1-6
Cork in Sonny Walsh Semi-Final at 3:40
Cork 0-14 v Tipperary 1-7
Sonny Walsh Final
Cork 2-11 V Clare 1-6
Cork 5-10 v Limerick 2-10
Cork 1-8 to v Tipperary 1-7
Cork in Cup final against Galway
Cork 4-13 Galway 3-3
Cork 1-14 V Kerry 2-4
Cork 1-11. v Limerick 0-9
Cork 1-19 v Galway 1-11 Cork win cup final after extra time.
Cork 0-9 V Waterford 0-15
Cork 1-6 v Galway 2-13
Cork exit at group stages
Cork 3-10 V Waterford 0-6
Cork 1-9 V Kilkenny 0-9
Cork 0-13 v Galway 1-9
Cork v Tipperary draw at full time 0-13 0-13- Cork won 1-0 in penalties.
All-Ireland U16 final
Cork 2-9 v Kilkenny 1-8 Cork win
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Rebel Og / Cork U16 ‘A’ Team that will compete in this weekends All-Ireland U16 Tournament 2017.
1 Cian Long Glen Rovers
2 Jack Sullivan Inniscarra
3 Christian Murphy Midleton
4 Padraic Cullinane Ballinascarthy
5 Niall O Riordan Mallow
6 Cormac O Brien Shandrum
7 Adam Kenneally Valley Rovers
8 Ethan Varian St Finbarrs
9 Shane Barrett Blarney
10 Aidan O Donovan Courcey Rovers
11 Cillian O Donovan Douglas
12 Olan Broderick Killeagh
13 Kevin Moynihan Na Piarsaigh
14 Padraig Power Blarney
15 Conor Griffin Shandrum
16 Piaras O Halloran Ballygarvan
17 Nathan O Connell Cobh
18 Evan Murphy Glen Rovers
19 Ben Aherne Blarney
20 Aaron Mulcahy Midleton
21 Christy O Sullivan ballygibblin
22 Gary Carroll Midleton
23 Ferghal O Leary Inniscarra
24 Cathal Bowles Shandrum
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All you need to know about the Cork U15 A panel that will play in Brinny this weekend
1 Gearoid O’Donovan Mallow
2 Adam Cantwell Douglas
3 Callum O’Shaughnessy Banteer
4 Cian McCarthy Blackrock
5 Cian McCarthy St Oliver Plunketts
6 Ciaran Joyce Kiltha Og
7 Ciaran O Brien St Catherines
8 Colm O’Donovan Newcestown
9 Daire O Leary Watergrasshill
10 Daniel Hogan Sarsfields
11 Darragh Cashman Millstreet
12 Darragh Flynn Ballygiblin
13 Dylan Collins Ballyhooly
14 Eanna Motherway St Colmans
15 Ethan Twomey St Finbarrs
17 Jack Cahalane St Finbarrs
18 Jack Fitzgerald Midleton
19 Kealan O Rourke Kinsale
20 Leon Doocey Castlelyons
21 Luke Horgan Glen Rovers
22 Michael O Mahony Blarney
23 Noel Cahill St Colmans
24 Pierce Cummins St Colmans
25 Sean Walsh Carrigtwohill
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This weekend, Rebel Og will send out U15 B hurlers to Clarecastle for the Munster U15 B championship.
Below is their jeresy number and club detail.
1 Jack McCarthy St Finbarrs
2 Adam McSweeney Ibane Gaels
3 Ben Napier Kiltha Og
4 Ben O’Connor Killeagh
5 Brandon Murphy Dromtarriffe
6 Cathal McCarthy Sarfields
7 Colm McCarthy Sarsfields
8 Conn Dineen Ibane Gaels
9 Conor Shanahan Shandrum
10 Conor Taheny Valley Rovers
11 Conor Twomey Bandon
12 Cormac Roche Fermoy
13 Darragh Daly Fermoy
14 Evan Cullinane Ballinhassig
15 Gavin Marshall Glen Rovers
16 James Hannon Bishopstown
17 Jake Carr Fermoy
18 Mark Hegarty Lisgoold
19 Patrick McBarron Carrigaline
20 Paul Connaughton Midleton
21 Peter Condon Glanworth
22 Ronan Murphy Whitechurch
23 Sean Sexton Kilbrittain
24 Tim Twohig Bandon
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All you need to know about the Rebel Og / Cork U14 Tony Forristal Team that will play in Waterford this weekend.
1 Brion Saunderson Midleton
2 Alex Quirke Midleton
3 Billy Connolly Carraig na bhFear
4 Ciaran O’Sullivan Milford
5 Colin Walsh Kanturk
6 Daire Burke Douglas
7 Daragh Murray St Colmans
8 Darragh McCarthy Midleton
9 David O’Sullivan Ballincollig
10 Denis McSweeney Blarney
11 Eoin Downey Glen Rovers
12 Eoin Kirby Blarney
13 Fergal Walsh Ibane Gaels
14 Flynn O’Brien Sarsfields
15 Isaac Walsh Lisgoold
17 Jonathon Kenneally Valley Rovers
18 Justin Oke Carrigtwohill
19 Mark Howell Douglas
20 Ronan Barrow Ballinora
21 Ryan Donegan Ballygiblin
22 Sean Killeen Granard Gaels
23 Sean O’Riordan Mallow
24 Shane Kingston Ballinora
25 Tommy Walsh Kanturk
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All you need to know about the Cork U14 Sonny Walsh panel that will play in Waterford this weekend
1 Eoin O’Neill Blarney
2 Aaron Sheehy Douglas
3 Brian Keating Ballincollig
4 Cathal Wilson Ballycastle Gaels
5 Cian Connery Na Piarsaigh
6 Ciarmhac Smyth Midleton
7 Culann Geary Youghal
8 Dan Roche Ballycastle Gaels
9 Daniel O’Leary Newmarket
10 Enda Cronin Youghal
11 Felix Murphy Carraig na bhFear
12 Finn O’Connell Carrigaline
13 Fionn Coleman Blackrock
14 George Walsh Wallace Killeagh
15 Jack Kennefick Glen Rovers
16 Darragh Joyce Kiltha óg
17 Jamie Fogarty Killeagh
18 Joseph Enright Inniscarra
19 Brian Dineen Aghabullogue
20 Oisin O’Connor Kanturk
21 Padraig Dorney Sliabh Rua
22 Sean O’Riordan Youghal
23 Sean Walsh Ibane Gaels
24 Shane O’Mahony Na Piarsaigh
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