Cork V Waterford Minor Hurling reports 3/5/17

Report by Eoghan Cormican

Sports Reporter


Cork 1-24, Waterford 0-8: Cork eased into the semi-finals of the Munster MHC with this 19-point rout of Waterford The Déise, who entered the contest off the back of a heavy defeat to Clare, were aided by a slight breeze in the opening period and yet found themselves seven in arrears at the break, 0-11 to 0-4.

Sean O’Leary Hayes, Midleton CBS, against Brian O’Mara, Thurles CBS. Captains the Cork minor side against Waterford at Páirc Uí Rinn. Picture: Jim Coughlan

The visitors only managed one point from play in that first half an hour and went scoreless from the ninth and 22nd minute as they struggled to break down a Cork defence well marshalled by centre-back James Keating.

Cork enjoyed no such difficulties at the other end, with corner-forward Brian Turnbull leading the way with five points. Daire Connery, Craig Hanifin and Liam O’Shea also chipped in with two apiece and the interval gap could have been greater but for two fine saves from Déise ‘keeper Eoghan Browne.

Corks Brian Roche hammers the ball to the Waterford net despite the efforts of Luke O’Brien :Picture David Keane

Waterford had the first say of the second-half through a Thomas Douglas free, but they would not score again until the 59th minute, by which time the difference between the sides had stretched 20-points.

Brian Roche supplied the Cork goal on 36 minutes after Robert Downey had flicked a James Keating free perfectly into his path. The floodgates opened thereafter, with Turnbull, Hanifin, Connery and O’Shea swelling their personal tallies. Evan Sheehan, corner-back Conor O’Callaghan and subs Barry Murphy and John Geary also got in on the act.

Pic: George Hatchell

Waterford play Limerick next week with the winners advancing to the semi-finals.

“Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Permutations Explained

The Semi-Final draw when made last Autumn set out the following, UNLESS there is a repeat of a Quarter-Final pairing – Winner of Clare v Waterford (CLARE) v Winner of S-F Playoff 1 (CORK)
Winner of Tipperary v Limerick (TIPPERARY) v Winner of S-F Playoff 2 (LIMERICK OR WATERFORD)Following the 3 games played in the competition to date, there are two semi-final permutations remaining

If Waterford defeat Limerick on May 11th, the semi-final line-up is unchanged from the original draw and is as follows –
Clare v Cork on June 28th
Tipperary v Waterford on June 29th

If Limerick defeat Waterford, the semi-final line up is as follows as Tipperary cannot play Limerick having met in the Quarter-Final –
Clare v Limerick on June 28th
Tipperary v Cork on June 29th”

Scorers for Cork: B Turnbull (0-10, 0-3 frees); B Roche (1-0); D Connery (0-3, 0-3 frees), C Hanifin, L O’Shea (0-3 each); E Sheehan (0-2); C O’Callaghan, B Murphy, J Geary (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: B Power (0-5, 0-5 frees); T Douglas (0-1 free), I Daly (0-1 free) T Looby (0-1 each).

Cork: G Collins (Ballinhassig); S O’Leary-Hayes (Midleton), C O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe), E Roche (Bride Rovers); R Howell (Douglas), J Keating (Kildorrery), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s); D Connery (Na Piarsaigh), D Lenihan (Ballyhooly); C Hanifin (Na Piarsaigh), L O’Shea (Lisgoold), B Roche (Bride Rovers); E Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh), R Downey (Glen Rovers), B Turnbull (Douglas Subs: B Murphy (Castlelyons) for Lenihan (48); J Geary (Newtownshandrum) for O’Shea (48); B Buckley (Dromina) for B Roche (51); A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill) for Howell (52); J O’Callaghan (Charleville) for E Roche (52).

Waterford: E Browne (Mount Sion); C Giles-Doran (De La Salle), J Flavin (Ardmore), M Noonan (Cappoquin); M Power (Clonea), L O’Brien (Mount Sion), D Booth (Colligan); I Daly (Lismore), S Whelan-Barrett (Abbeyside); C Whelan (Brickey Rangers), B Power (Clonea), H Ruddle (Ballygunner); G Dalton (Modeligo), T Looby (Abbeyside), T Douglas (De La Salle).

Subs: I Beecher (Tallow) for Booth, C Power (Clonea) for Dalton, K Bennett (Lismore) for Ruddle (all half-time); E Cullen (Mount Sion) for Whelan-Barrett (42); R Dunphy (Ballyduff Lower) for Douglas (55).

Referee: P Kelly (Tipperary).

Pic: George Hatchell

Report by John Horgan from

Cork stamped their semi-final visas when roaring to an emphatic 1-24 to 0-8 victory over Waterford in this play-off at Pairc Ui Rinn tonight.

Lethal corner forward Brian Turnball was the star turn for the winners, contributing ten points (seven of those from play) as they booked a date with Tipperary, while the disappointing visitors mustered just a solitary score from play over the hour (scored by Tom Looby).

Soundly thrashed by Clare in their initial quarter-final proper at Ennis on April 5th, Na Deise were given a second chance to seal a semi-final berth but ran into a strong, purposeful Rebels under 18 combination whose performance belied the fact that they were making their first appearance of the year.

Waterford – who have still won just once on Cork soil at minor level – were on the road again and manager James Lacey made six changes to his starting XV, but Cork counterpart Denis Ring was able to call upon five of last year’s minor team as well as a few players who collected provincial U17 medals with the Rebel County as recently as last week.

Incredibly, despite losing their two outings to date by an aggregate of 37 points, the Suirsiders’ season is still not over: they now go into yet another quarter-final play-off – against Limerick next Thursday (where they’ll be away from home again).

Meanwhile, the impressive winners join the Banner County and Tipperary in the semi-finals, due to be staged in late June. Edged out by Cork’s next opponents, Tipp, in a thriller four weeks ago, the Treaty County will fancy their chances of completing the last-four line-up.

Visiting full forward Thomas Douglas (free) registered the first point of the second half tonight to reduce Waterford’s arrears to six but the dominant Cork lads then bagged 1-12 without reply to lead by 21 as a 25-minute spell separated Waterford’s first two second-half scores.

Cork led from start to finish, clipping over two points inside the opening minute and surging 0-8 to 0-2 clear by the end of the opening quarter, with visiting goalkeeper Eoghan Browne twice having to be alert to keep his goal intact – denying Robert Downey in the first minute and Evan Sheehan in the seventh – as the rampant Rebels attacked in waves.

Despite playing into the breeze, the home team kicked on to lead by seven points at the interval, 0-11 to 0-4.

Douglas clubman Turnball clipped over five first-half points and Daire Connery, Craig Hanifin and Liam O’Shea each grabbed a brace, while all but one of Waterford’s paltry opening-period return accrued from Billy Power frees.

The losers made a triple change at half time with Ian Beecher, Ciaran Power and Kyle Bennett all introduced but it was all to no avail as the issue was settled beyond any reasonable doubt in the 36th minute when, following an exchange of points, wing forward Brian Roche from Bride Rovers found the roof of the net to put ten between the sides, 1-12 to 0-5.

The Rebels reeled off five more unanswered points to lead by 15 at the three-quarters stage and the gap was 20 with five minutes remaining. They didn’t register a wide until the 47th minute! Turnball, Connery, Hanifin, O’Shea, Sheehan, corner back Conor O’Callaghan and substitutes Barry Murphy and John Geary all plundered second-half points for the winners.

Waterford notched a few late points but won’t have any fond memories of this game, while Cork have a run-out under their belts now and will be all the stronger for it. Cork meet Tipperary next in a repeat of last year’s provincial semi-final, while the winners of the second play-off between Waterford and Limerick will take on Clare for the other place in the decider.

John Horgan


2017 Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship

Round Date Venue Referee
QF 1 Clare 1-24 Waterford 0-9 5/4 Cusack Park Ennis Jason Mullins (Limerick)
QF 2 Tipperary 4-15 Limerick 2-18 5/4 Semple Stadium Thurles Nathan Wall (Cork)
Play-Off 1 3 Cork 1-24 Waterford 0-8 3/5 Pairc Ui Rinn Philip Kelly (Tipperary)
Play-Off 2 4 Waterford Limerick 11/5 Gaelic Grounds Limerick @ 7pm John McCormack (Tipperary)
SF 5 28/6
SF 6 29/6
Final 9/7


Photos in this Gallery are used by kind permission of photographer by Denis O’Flynn