Cork Minor hurlers success over Tipp on Monday

  • Jul 04,2017

Cork show steel to finally battle past Tipperary

by Éamonn Murphy- 

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)

The Cork Minor Hurling team to play Tipperary tonight July 3rd in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 7.30pm 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- Ross Howell - Douglas

6- James Keating - Kildorrery - (Vice Captain)

7- Ger Millerick - Fr. O Neill's

8- Daire Connery - Na Piarsaigh

9- Diarmuid Lenihan - 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- Aaron Walsh Barry - Carrigtwohill 

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

25 - Conor Desmond - Ballinhassig

26- Jack Twomey - Kilshannig

27- John Geary - Newtownshandrum

28- Jordan Murray - Ballìncollig

29- Conor Power - Blarney.

30- Eoghan O Leary - Ballymartle


Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay
Cork v Tipperary
Monday, July 3rd
7.30pm @ Pairc Ui Rinn
Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes.
Next Round – the winners will play Clare in the Munster Final on Sunday 9th July.

The Cork Minor Hurling team to play Tipperary in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final replay will be announced as Monday 3rd July @ 10.00am

There will be live coverage of the game on C103, Radio na Gaeltachta with updates on Cork's 96FM, Red FM, Cork GAA website and Twitter page, but nothing beats being there!!

Admission Details
Adult: €10.00
Concession: rebate of €5.00 available on full price Adult tickets on match day at the designated stile with valid ID
Juvenile (Under 16 years of Age): Free of charge
All tickets for this fixture are UNRESERVED

Tipp and Cork to meet again after extra-time thriller in Thurles

The Munster rivals played out a pulsating provincial minor semi-final this evening at Semple Stadium.

Tipperary 2-18
Cork 1-21


Jackie Cahill reports from Semple Stadium, Thurles

EVAN SHEEHAN NETTED from a last-gasp 20-metre free to salvage a draw for Cork in this evening’s dramatic Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium.

Sheehan struck in the third minute of stoppage time, at the end of extra-time, and the counties will do it all over again at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday afternoon for the right to play Clare in the provincial decider on Sunday week, 9 July.

In a game of so many twists and turns, a draw was the right result, as Cork and the Munster and All-Ireland champions couldn’t be separated after some 90 minutes of playing time.

In the second half of normal time, Cork came from six points down to level in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Robert Downey on target.

Tipp then looked to have won it when Jake Morris pointed but that man Downey responded again as the sides finished level at 0-16 to 1-13, Ray McCormack on target with the first-half goal for the hosts.

Darragh Woods hit 1-4 in extra-time for Tipp but Cork had a late kick in them. It was a quite enthralling encounter and while Sheehan had so much to do as he faced five Tipp players on the line, it was perhaps inevitable that he would find the net at the Killinan End.

Evan Sheehan levels the game with a goal for Cork.

Source: Tommy Dickson

Cork had excellent contributions on the night from Brian Turnbull and Daire Connery, as the pair contributed 0-16 between them. Woods was a real tonic for Tipp in extra-time, while skipper Paddy Cadell drove his side forward all through.

Anthony McKelvey top-scored with eight points for the Premier — but also registered six wides over the regulation 60-plus minutes.

Cork had played some good stuff in that first half of regulation time, Turnbull particularly dangerous and causing problems for more than one marker.

But Tipp stuck at it and had Cadell in fine form at midfield, partnered there by Jerome Cahill before he switched to corner back on Turnbull in the 18th minute, and nullified him to a degree.

With less than 10 minutes on the watch, Cork led by 0-4 to 0-2, before Tipp full-forward McKelvey flashed a goal chance across the face of goal and wide.

But with Turnbull threatening almost every time the ball came his way, Cork had the edge and were three points up, 0-7 to 0-4, by the 18th minute.

Cork's Brian Turnbull in pursuit of Tipperary's Craig Moran.

Source: Tommy Dickson

The visitors would not score again until stoppage time, however, and Tipp hit 1-3 without reply.

Cadell popped over his second point but Cork had a chance to open up the Tipp defence in the 21st minute, the ball going through Liam O’Shea and Craig Hanafin, but fumbled by Sheehan at a critical moment.

A McKelvey free had Tipp back to within a point, 0-6 to 0-7, before McCormack struck for goal.


Conor Bowe, not for the first time, pulled off a terrific catch but McCormack had work to do when he picked up possession. The Borris-Ileigh clubman took off, however, and flashed a shot past Ger Collins from the 14m line.

Cadell added a point and Tipp had turned the game around, leading by 1-7 to 0-7, but Daire Connery added a point for Cork to keep them in touch at the interval.

The second half promised much and really delivered – but there was even better to come later.

Tipperary's Jake Morris celebrates a late point.

Source: Tommy Dickson

Scorers for Tipperary: Anthony McKelvey 0-8 (7f), Darragh Woods 1-4 (0-2f), Ray McCormack 1-0, Paddy Cadell 0-3, Jake Morris 0-2, Willie Barry 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 0-9 (5f), Daire Connery 0-7 (5f), Evan Sheehan 1-0f, Robert Downey 0-2, Diarmuid Linehan, Liam O’Shea and Declan Hanlon 0-1 each.


1. Eoin Collins (Drom-Inch)

7. Kieran Breen (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)
3. Michael Feehan (Sean Treacys)
2. Michael Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields)

6. Robbie Quirke (Cappawhite)
5. Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
8. Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill)

4. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
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)
13. Cathal Bourke (Clonoulty-Rossmore)


23. Andrew Ormonde (JK Brackens) for Bourke (37)
17. Kevin McCarthy (Toomevara) for Hoctor (58)
24. Billy Seymour (Kiladangan) for O’Mara (60+1)
19. Darragh Woods (Holycross-Ballycahill) for Ormonde (60+3)
8. O’Mara for Bowe (60)
18. Eoghan Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs) for Quirke (60)
10. Bowe for McKelvey (69)
15. Willie Barry (Cappawhite) for McCormack (74)


1. Ger Collins (Ballinhassig)

2. Conor O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe)
3. Sean O’Leary-Hayes (Midleton – captain)
4. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)

5. Ross Howell (Douglas)
6. James Keating (Kildorrery)
7. Ger Millerick (Fr. O’Neill’s)

8. Daire Connery (Na Piarsaigh)
9. Diarmuid Lenihan (Ballyhooly)

10. Craig Hanafin (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)


19. Aaron Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill) for Howell (30)
20. Barry Murphy (Castlelyons) for O’Shea (38)
24. Colin O Brien (Liscarroll-Churchtown Gaels) for Hanafin (47)
23. Declan Hanlon (Blarney) for Sheehan (50)
11. O’Shea for Murphy (64)
22. David Jones (Dromina) for O’Brien (70)
13. Sheehan for Roche (77)