Cork U17’s advance to All Ireland Hurling Final

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Last night in Semple Stadium, Thurles, the Cork U17 hurling team faced Galway in an All Ireland Hurling Semi Final and came out on top of a very close game to advance to the All Ireland Final on Sunday Aug 6th in Croke Park at 12 noon to face Dublin.

Well done to all involved in this Cork team who have done so well already this year
Selectors: John Considine – Manager (Sarsfields), Sean Crowley (Killeagh) & Donal Burke (Midleton).

Below are reports from different media outlets on last nights game.


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Cork manager John Considine. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Considine says this a learning curve for Cork’s young hurlers as Croke Park beckons

CORK U17 hurling boss John Considine was delighted with the character that his players exhibited in last night’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over Galway at Semple Stadium.

Cork had two points to spare at the end, 1-19 to 1-17, and it took a very big effort to get them into Croke Park on Sunday week for the final against Dublin.

Tommy O’Connell, who scored two points, drive up field last night in Thurles. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

“We were very tentative, I’d say there was a bit of pressure. We know that we have a superb team and a few of them, having played so well for the minors, coming down a grade here, you hadn’t the same atmosphere.

“It’s all a learning experience. We got over the line by not playing that well and Galway left off some of their minors at the start.

“They brought them in when they were in the game but that’s for them, our minor management looked after us.

“It would have been very easy for guys 16 and 17 to panic when Galway came at us strongly but they didn’t do that and I’d say the experience of the Tipp game stood to us.

“I was delighted with the way that they kept at it and the lads who came in too, they all contributed.”

The Cork team boss was slow to single out individuals but he was loud in his praise for the team’s standout player, Colin O’Brien.

“He was excellent, he didn’t start that well but man did he grab the game by the throat afterwards.

“He hit two great sidelines, he was impeccable with the frees too and now it’s great to be looking ahead to an All-Ireland final in Croke Park.”

O’Brien, from the Liscarroll/Churchtown Gaels club in North Cork, delivered 1-10 over the hour with Brian Roche, Blake Murphy, birthday boy Daire Connery and Tommy O’Connell all making important scoring contributions too on another very good night for Cork underage hurling.


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THE CORK U17s did this the hard way.

After grinding out a 1-19 to 1-17 victory over Galway in Semple Stadium, their reward is an All-Ireland final against Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday week. From the ‘Field of Legends’ – as Tipp constantly remind us over the PA in Thurles, and they’re right – to a Field of Dreams. These are indeed heady times for Cork hurling.

Seven days after that U17 decider, six of the minor contingent who beat Clare will be back up the road to face the Dubs again. The Roche twins, Daire Connery, Aaron Walsh Barry, Conor O’Callaghan and Declan Hanlon are pursing a double. So too corner-back Ronan Sheehan, an unused sub with the minors so far but outstanding here.

Conor O’Callaghan about to tackle. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Galway didn’t use all of the U17s who’ll be involved with their minors against Kilkenny, but that wasn’t Cork’s problem. The county isn’t in a position to be picky about trophies.

While Cork’s more experienced hurlers were expected to shine, it was the lesser lights that dazzled. Colin O’Brien was their spearhead in attack, top-scoring with a haul that included two soaring sidelines and 1-1 from play.

Subs Sean Twomey, who caught four dropping balls at midfield, and Joe Stack, on the edge of the square, were difference-makers. Sheehan excelled in the last line of defence, particularly when his side were under savage pressure in the opening period.defence, particularly when his side were under savage pressure in the opening period.

Conor Lee of Galway in action against Shane Barrett. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Another replacement Shane Barrett made a late cameo and twisted clear for the match-sealing free after a sublime touch. Cormac O’Brien, just 16, came into the game big time in the last quarter, alongside minor starters Conor O’Callaghan and Aaron Walsh Barry.

Full-back Ciarán Nyhan spent much of the second half closer to the half-back line but made a couple of vital turnovers. Keeper Eoin Davis’ thunderous puck-outs pegged Galway back and in the closing stages he caught a sliotar dropping dangerously close to goal.

Cork dominated the latter stages yet it was still level pegging with five minutes to go after a Niall Coen goal against the run of play and there was only a point in it after 62 minutes. Connery, who turned 17 yesterday, never hit the heights and missed a penalty after Declan Hanlon was fouled, but still chipped in with a free and two 65s.

That Cork dug over the victory was hugely satisfying, especially when the U21s were beaten by Limerick. There was an understandably small crowd but a lively atmosphere in the fourth quarter all the same.

While the going was tough for the marquee young guns, Brian Roche clipped over two sweet late points and set up two goals chances. His brother Eoin was as tidy as ever and pulled off a goal-saving first-half hook.

Conor Molloy of Galway scores a point. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

For much of that 30 minutes Cork were chasing shadows against the wind, Galway’s aerial prowess and the leadership of centre-back Conor Lee and sharpshooter Conor Molloy giving them a platform. Cork were 0-9 to 0-7 down coming up to the break and in real bother; the Tribe finished the half with eight wides to Cork’s one.

Then came a crucial moment and a stunning goal. Owen McCarthy snapped up a loose ball and fed Brian Roche, who unselfishly dished it to O’Brien before a lethal finish on the run from 20 metres. The sliotar dipped into the top corner out of the keeper’s reach.

In that sluggish first half, Blake Murphy – the U17 football captain – curled over two majestic points, while Tommy O’Connell looked dangerous in bursts.

At the same time there wasn’t a lot of conviction or composure to Cork’s play. Manager John Considine and selectors Donal Burke and Seán Crowley got their switches right though, and with a greater presence around the middle third and a better supply in with the wind, they slowly gained control.

Cork manager John Considine and Donal Burke. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

It still took a colossal push to get over the line, but semi-finals are all about winning. Hopefully the expanse of Croker and a short 10-day gap – the Munster series ended three months ago – will suit this promising group.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Brien 1-10 (0-7 f, 0-2 sl), D Connery 0-3 (0-2 65, 0-1 f), T O’Connell, B Murphy, B Roche 0-2 each.

Galway: C Molloy 0-9 (0-4 f, 0-1 65), N Coen 1-1, Enda Egan (0-1 sl), J Fleming 0-2 each, D O’Brien, M Kennedy, P Creaven 0-1 each.

CORK: E Davis S (St Catherine’s); E Roche (Bride Rovers), C Nyhan, (Courcey Rovers), R Sheehan (Mallow); C O’Brien (Newtown), C O’Callaghan (Dromtariffe), A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill, c); D Connery (Na Piarsaigh), L Ryan (Inniscarra); T O’Connell (Midleton), C O’Brien (Liscarroll, Churchtown Gaels), B Roche (Bride Rovers); O McCarthy (Inniscarra), B Murphy Na (Piarsaigh), D Hanlon (Blarney).

Subs: S Twomey (Courcey Rovers) for Ryan (23), J Stack (Castlemartyr), for McCarthy (39), S Barrett (Blarney) for Murphy (54).

GALWAY: D Fahy; E O’Donnell, S Thomas, TJ Brennan; D Shaughnessy, C Lee, D Jordan; D O’Brien, P Creaven; E Egan, C Molloy, N Earner; M Kennedy, J Egan, N Coen.

Subs: J Fleming for J Egan (half-time), C Killeen for Egan (51), M Gill for O’Brien (57), A Clarke for Gill (58-60, blood).

Referee: A Devine (Westmeath).

Daire Connery, who celebrated his birthday on Thursday, and Colin O’Brien. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile


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1-10 for Colin O’Brien as Cork pip Galway to book All-Ireland U17 hurling final spot

There were two points in the difference at Semple Stadium.

Cork 1-19  Galway 1-17

COLIN O’BRIEN SCORED 1-10 as Cork booked their place in the All-Ireland U17 hurling final with victory over Galway at Thurles on Thursday evening.

The Rebels’ centre-forward got the crucial goal just before half-time to give his side a 1-7 to 0-9 half-time lead and he was instrumental as they edged proceedings in the second half, responding to Niall Coen’s 56th-minute equalising goal.

While Cork were cruising early on, they couldn’t take full advantage of scoring opportunities. Though two Colin O’Brien frees put them 0-3 to 0-1 in front, Galway responded well through Conor Molloy (two) and Diarmuid O’Brien to take the lead.

With Molloy in excellent form from both open play and frees, Gaway began to take control, and but for a good Eoin Roche hook on Mark Kennedy, the Tribesmen might have had a goal on 15 minutes.

Two good Enda Egan points, one a sideline cut, helped Galway to lead by 0-9 to 0-6 as half-time approached but Cork were ahead by the break as O’Brien followed his fourth point with a goal from Brian Roche’s pass.

Cork would go scoreless in the first eight minutes of the second half though, during which time Galway forged ahead again, through Paul Creaven, sub John Fleming, Mark Kennedy and Molloy.

By the three-quarter mark, Cork were level again though and it was 1-12 to 0-15 when Declan Hanlon was fouled for a penalty. Though Darach Fahy saved from Daire Connery, the latter pointed the resultant 65 and O’Brien (free) and Brian Roche put Cork three clear. Molloy and Roche exchanged scores before Coen levelled again, firing to the net from Kennedy’s reverse handpass on 56.

Extra time loomed, but O’Brien converted two frees to give Cork daylight. Molloy gave Galway hope, but O’Brien had the final say, sending Cork into the final against Dublin.

Scorers for Cork: Colin O’Brien 1-10 (0-7 frees, 0-2 sidelines), Daire Connery 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 65), Tommy O’Connell, Blake Murphy, Brian Roche 0-2 each.

Scorers for Galway: Conor Molloy 0-9 (0-5 frees), Niall Coen 1-1, Enda Egan (0-1 sideline), John Fleming 0-2 each, Diarmuid O’Brien, Mark Kennedy, Paul Creaven 0-1 each.


1. Eoin Davis (St Catherine’s
2. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)
3. Ciarán Nyhan (Ballinascarthy)
4. Ronan Sheehan (Mallow)
5. Cormac O’Brien (Newtownshandrum)
6. Conor O’Callaghan (Dromtariffe)
7. Aaron Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill)
8. Daire Connery (Na Piarsaigh)
9. Liam Ryan (Inniscarra)
10. Tommy O’Connell (Midleton)
11. Colin O’Brien (Liscarroll Churchtown Gaels)
12. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)
13. Owen McCarthy (Inniscarra)
14. Blake Murphy (Na Piarsaigh)
15. Declan Hanlon (Blarney)


20. Seán Twomey (Courcey Rovers) for Ryan (23)
23. Joe Stack (Castlemartyr) for McCarthy (39)
24. Shane Barrett (Blarney) for Hanlon (52)


1. Darach Fahy (Ardrahan)
2. Eoin O’Donnell (Ardrahan)
3. Simon Thomas (Ballygar)
4. TJ Brennan (Clarinbridge)
5. Dylan Shaughnessy (Loughrea)
6. Conor Lee (Clarinbridge)
7. David Jordan (Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry)
8. Diarmuid O’Brien (Ballygar)
9. Paul Creaven (Killimordaly)
12. Nathan Earner (Meelick-Eyrecourt)
11. Conor Molloy (Kilnadeema-Leitrim)
10. Enda Egan (Michael Cusacks)
13. Mark Kennedy (Clarinbridge)
14. Jack Egan (Kilnadeema-Leitrim)
15. Niall Coen (Ballindereen)


21. John Fleming (Meelick-Eyrecourt) for Jack Egan (half-time)
23. Caimin Kileen (Loughrea) for Enda Egan (51)
24. Mark Gill (Castlegar) for O’Brien (57)
17. Adam Clarke (Craughwell) for Gill (58-60, blood)

Referee: Alfie Devine (Westmeath)

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