Cork U17 hurlers to take on Dublin in the 2017 All-Ireland final has been named.

The team will play Sundays final in Croke Park with a 12 pm start.

Below are details of their path to the final

Congratulations to the Cork U17 team who defeated Dublin by two points today in the All-Ireland U17 hurling final at Croke Park.

CORK 1-19 DUBLIN 1-17

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

CORK were crowned inaugural All-Ireland U17 hurling champions at Croke Park this afternoon

The Rebels held out for a two-point victory against a Dublin side reduced to 14 players in the second half, when midfielder Tom Aherne was dismissed in the 42nd minute for a second bookable offence. Fintan Clandillon’s Sky Blues worked incredibly hard and gave it everything but Cork, with a healthy sprinkling of minor stars who’ll be back at Croke Park next Sunday for an All-Ireland semi-final, managed to keep them at arm’s length. Dublin will rue Aherne’s red card, while goalkeeper Eddie Gibbons, who netted a first half penalty, sent another one hurtling over the crossbar in the 37th minute.

When Aherne was sent off, Dublin were two points down, before John Considine’s Cork stretched the gap to three points. On four more occasions before the finish, Cork led by three and while Dublin did get within one, with eight minutes left, they could never draw level. At half-time, Cork held a slender one-point lead, ahead by 1-9 to 1-8.

Dublin opened better and stormed into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead, Tom Aherne, Billy Ryan, Liam Murphy (free) and Kevin Kirwan all on target in an unanswered spell, after Blake Murphy had put Cork ahead with a superb opening score. But Cork worked their way back to level at 0-5 each by the 14th minute, with minor panellists Daire Connery, Colin O’Brien (scorer of 1-10 in the U17 semi-final victory over Galway) and Declan Hanlon leading the charge. Dublin struck for goal in the 20th minute, as Gibbons slammed home a superb penalty after Kirwan was fouled. That score put Dublin 1-6 to 0-6 clear and the lead moved out to four points when captain Mark Grogan landed a score.

But Cork hit 1-3 without reply between the 24th and 29th minutes to gain the whip hand, the goal coming from full-forward Joe Stack in the 28th minute. Aaron Walsh Barry sent a long ball towards the Dublin square and Stack outmuscled his marker Kevin Burke, brother of senior player Donal, before finding the net. Blake Murphy registered his second point for Cork to move the young Rebels 1-9 to 1-7 in front, before Liam Murphy’s third free of the half kept Dublin in touch at the break.

Early in the second period, the sides were level twice, at 1-10 and 1-11 apiece, but there was a feeling that Cork were turning the screw, even before Aherne picked up that second yellow card. After Liam Murphy was hauled down by Cork goalkeeper Eoin Davis, Gibbons had that second penalty chance but his effort cleared the crossbar.

Cork managed to hold firm in a tense finish, as sub Owen McCarthy came off the bench to score two crucial points. The counties will meet again next Sunday at Croke Park – with a place in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final on offer for the winners.

Scorers for Cork:

Daire Connery 0-6 (5f), Colin O’Brien 0-5 (3f), Joe Stack 1-0, Declan Hanlon 0-3, Blake Murphy and Owen McCarthy 0-2 each, Cormac O’Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin:

Liam Murphy 0-7f, Eddie Gibbons 1-1 (pens), Lee Gannon and Billy Ryan 0-2 each, Enda O’Donnell, Tom Aherne, Mark Grogan, Kevin Kirwan, and Mícheál Murphy (65) 0-1 each.

CORK: Eoin Davis; Eoin Roche, Ciarán Nyhan, Ronan Sheehan; Cormac O’Brien, Conor O’Callaghan, Aaron Walsh Barry; Daire Connery, Seán Twomey; Brian Roche, Declan Hanlon, Tommy O’Connell; Blake Murphy, Joe Stack, Colin O’Brien. Subs: Ronan McCarthy for Cormac O’Brien (temp 23-30), Owen McCarthy for O’Connell (35), Shane Barrett for Murphy (53).

DUBLIN: Eddie Gibbons; Andrew Dunphy, Kevin Burke, Tommy Kinnane; Seán Kinsella, Enda O’Donnell, Lee Gannon; Tom Aherne, Mícheál Murphy; Kevin Kirwan, Billy Ryan, Mark Grogan; Luke McDwyer, Kevin Desmond, Liam Murphy. Subs –Seán Clerkin for Desmond (44), Liam Dunne for M Murphy (52), Mark Sweeney for Kirwan (54).

REFEREE: John Keane (Galway)

Congratulations to the Cork Senior Camogie team on their All-Ireland success on Sunday in Croke Park. Cork who had one point to spare over rivals Kilkenny won their third title in four years.

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All Ireland Senior Camogie Final


By Daragh O’Conchuir at Croke Park

Cork reserved their best performance of the past 12 months to record an extraordinary victory over champions Kilkenny to move past Dublin on the roll of honour with 27 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championships.

In a game that had everything, it was super sub Julia White, only on the pitch a matter of minutes, who shot the winner with the clock reading 66 minutes and 16 seconds.

Gemma O’Connor had flighted a soaring equaliser from 65m right on 60 minutes, having played the entire game despite being considered a major doubt with a knee injury beforehand.

White, a former Cork skipper who has endured a torrid two years after tearing her Achilles tendon and then breaking her foot, was introduced immediately afterwards to spectacular effect.

The players tore into every exchange as the rain began to pour down once more, putting their bodies on the line with a minimum of six minutes of injury time announced.

Scores had been hard to come by throughout however and it took White to provide the definitive one with her first touch.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling” said White afterwards. “I’ve had a frustrating year in terms of injuries and so on, so I was delighted to have the option of getting on and getting a point.

Ashling Thompson, Cork, and Julie Ann Malone, Kilkenny, collide at Croke Park.
Ashling Thompson, Cork, and Julie Ann Malone, Kilkenny, collide at Croke Park.

“I know it was only one point and there were loads more, but it’s definitely a great feeling after being out for the last two years.”

White’s intervention also moved Rena Buckley clear of her long-time colleague Briege Corkery as the player with the highest combined tally of All-Ireland Senior medals, bringing her tally to 18.

“It’s great, it’s absolutely fantastic” smiled the Inniscarra woman, talking about the victory rather than any personal achievement. “We came up here last year, we had high expectations, we were going for three-in-a-row and we were kind of taught a lesson by Kilkenny really. They played with huge aggression and they really knew how to score and how to break us down.

“We had to work very hard, we went back early this year and we played Kilkenny in the League Final and felt we had a lot of work put in but that day they beat us as well.

“So we really put our shoulder to the wheel, we came up against a very strong Galway team in the semi-final, which was a huge help I think. And thankfully today the fruits of our work were shown on the field.”

Cork were by far the superior team in the first half, but somehow only led by 0-5 to 0-2 at half time. They were in command in most sectors, with Orla Cronin proving a real handful for Anne Dalton, O’Connor looking comfortable and Ashling Thompson covering acres of ground while throwing herself into the physical battles with relish.

It was by no means free-flowing but the Rebels scored the first three points, Amy O’Connor book-ending a converted free by Orla Cotter. They should have been further ahead, as Katrina Mackey hit the upright and they wasted some tremendous opportunities.

Denise Gaule fired Kilkenny’s first score from a free in the 11th minute but Cronin and Mackey stretched the gap before Julie Ann Malone hit the Cats’ first score from play before the break.

Ann Downey must surely have fired a rocket at her charges at the interval and they thundered into the fray straight from the resumption.

Ashling Thompson, Cork, and Julie Ann Malone, Kilkenny, collide at Croke Park.
Ashling Thompson, Cork, and Julie Ann Malone, Kilkenny, collide at Croke Park.

After such a tight first half, the teams shared nine points inside 14 minutes before returning to arm wrestle status.

Kilkenny shot five of the first six, Meighan Farrell throwing over two, with Katie Power, Shelly Farrell and Gaule (free) moving them ahead.

This was a crucial period in the game and Cork battened down the hatches. Cotter found the target from a free to stop the bleeding before Cronin sent over majestically from tight on the left to put Cork ahead once more, only for Malone to level again.

That was in the 44th minute and it was another 11 before the next score arrived. It was a tremendous solo effort by Miriam Walsh, who controlled the sliotar brilliantly before turning back inside and clearing the black spot off her left from the right flank.

For a while, it looked like the Double Double would be Kilkenny’s. But Cork found a little bit more. And that was enough.

Scorers for Cork: O Cronin 0-3, A O’Connor, O Cotter (2fs) 0-2 each, K Mackey, G O’Connor, J White 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: M Farrell, J A Malone, D Gaule (2fs) 0-2 each, K Power, S Farrell, M Walsh 0-1 each.

CORK: A Murray, L Treacy, R Buckley, L Coppinger, G O’Connor, P Mackey, C Sigerson, E O’Sullivan, A Thompson, A O’Connor, O Cronin, O Cotter, H Looney, N McCarthy, K Mackey.

Subs: L Homan for Looney (52), J White for Sigerson (60+1).

KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, C Phelan, C Foley, G Walsh, A Dunphy, A Dalton, D Tobin, M Farrell, A Farrell, J A Malone, K Power, D Gaule, D Morrissey, M Walsh, S Farrell.

Subs: M Quilty for Morrissey (HT), J Reddy for Malone (59).

REFEREE: O Elliott (Antrim).

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)


Munster Minor Hurling Championship

The Cork Minor Hurling team to play Dublin in the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final next Sunday 13th August in Croke Park @ 1.30pm 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. 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