Munster SHC Cork v Waterford: Today's the Day!   25/05/2014
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final
Cork v Waterford
Sunday May 25th
4pm @ Thurles 
Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)
*Preceded by IHC Q-Final, Cork v Waterford, at 2pm

Today's Senior game will be live on RTE television, the new streaming service GAAGO and C103, with the latter also broadcasting the Intermediate game from 2pm. However, if you're lucky enough to be able to attend in person, nothing beats being there!

Tickets for this game are still available at Centra & Supervalu stores (subject to availability). Prices are as follows:Adults Covered Stand – €25
Adults Uncovered Stand – €20
Juveniles (Under 16s) for both stands & terrace – €5
Adults Killinan End Terrace – €15
*Student/OAPs - purchase full price tickets and claim concessions on production of relevant ID at booth on the dayFor Semple Stadium seating chart, see the
Links section above.

Tickets will be available in Thurles today.

Cork Senior Hurling team:
1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk) 
2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown) 
3. Damien Cahalane (St. Finbarr’s) 
4. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers) 
5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh) 
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk)
8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields) 
9. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
10. Conor Lehane (Midleton) 
11. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields) 
12. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown - Captain) 
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita’s)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

16. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)
17. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields)
18. Killian Burke (Midleton)
19. Willian Egan (Kilbrin)
20. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)
21. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
22. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
23. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum)
24. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
25. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
26. Brian Hartnett (Midleton)

Jimmy Barry-Murphy has handed Munster Championship débuts to dual players Damien Cahalane (St. Finbarr’s), who played in a an All-Ireland qualifier against Wexford in 2012, and 2010 All-Ireland Senior Football medallist Aidan Walsh (Kanturk). There are also first Championship starts for Millstreet’s Mark Ellis and Alan Cadogan of Douglas, who both featured strongly in this year’s Allianz League, with the latter also starring for the Cork U21 footballers. The remaining eleven players all started for Cork in the All-Ireland Final replay last year, with Brian Murphy having since retired and Luke O’Farrell unavailable through injury. Conor O’Sullivan and William Egan, who also started that replay, are named in the substitutes, as is Paudie O’Sullivan, who returns to the panel after a year-long absence through injury.
*For information on all players, see our Player Profiles link above. 

Waterford Senior Hurling team

1. Stephen O Keeffe - Ballygunner
2. Tadgh Burke - Clashmore / Kinsalebeg
3. Liam Lawlor - Fourmilewater
4. Noel Connors - Passage
5. Jamie Nagle - Dungarvan
6. Michael Walsh - Stradbally (Captain)
7. Barry Coughlan - Ballygunner
8. Kevin Moran - De La Salle
9. Eddie Barrett - De La Salle
10. Colin Dunford - Colligan
11. Pauric Mahony - Ballygunner
12. Austin Gleeson - Mount Sion
13. Brian O'Sullivan - Ballygunner
14. Shane Walsh - Fourmilewater
15. Jake Dillon - De La Salle

The Cork Intermediate Hurling team to play Waterford in the Munster Quarter-Final on Sunday at 2pm in Thurles will line out as follows:

1. Richie Cunningham (Youghal)
2. Brian O’Sullivan (Fermoy)
3. Alan Dennehy (Charleville)
4. John O'Callaghan (Inniscarra - Captain)
5. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
6. Ross Cashman (Kilbrittain)
7. Michael Walsh (Kildorrery)
8. Nicky Kelly (Mayfield)
9. John Cronin (Lisgoold)
10. Barry Lawton (Castlemartyr)
11. Peter O’Brian (Kildorrery)
12. Michael O’Sullivan (Tracton)
13. Colm Casey (Inniscarra)
14. Jamie Wall (Kilbrittain)
15. Mark Kenefick (Ballygarvan)
16. James Mc Sweeney (Bandon)
17. Barra Ó Tuama (Castlemartyr)
18. John Grace (Youghal)
19. Tadhg Healy (Buttevant)
20. Colm Barry (Castlelyons)
21. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)
22. Ronan Crowley (Bandon)
23. David Drake (Carrigaline)
24. John Sheehan (Argideen Rangers)

Recent Results
Allianz League 2013: Waterford 0-15 Cork 1-12
Allianz League 2012: Cork 3-17 Waterford 0-18
All-Ireland Quarter-Final 2012: Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19
Allianz League 2011: Waterford 0-18 Cork 0-17
Munster Final Replay 2010: Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (AET)
Munster Final 2010: Cork 2-15 Waterford 2-15
Allianz League 2010: Waterford 2-10 Cork 3-17

Allianz League 2014
There were mixed fortunes for Cork and Waterford in this year's League. Having been relegated to Division 1B at the end of the 2013 season, Cork battled back up again, while Waterford suffered the opposite fate and will replace Cork in 1B for 2015. However, as Cork made it to the All-Ireland Final despite their relegation last year, all is certainly not lost for the Déise!

Allianz League Division 1B Table

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Round 2: Laois 0-7 Cork 0-14
Round 3: Cork 1-24 Offaly 1-18
Round 4: Antrim 1-12 Cork 0-18
Round 5: Cork 2-24 Wexford 1-20
Quarter-Final: Tipperary 3-25 Cork 4-19

Allianz League Division 1A Table
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" style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:small">Round 1: Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 0-16
Round 2: Waterford 0-22 Galway 1-13
Round 3: Waterford 1-13 Dublin 1-10
Round 4: Clare 5-18 Waterford 0-20
Round 5: Kilkenny 4-22 Waterford 0-14
" style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:small">Relegation Play-Off: Dublin 4-13 Waterford
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">Last Championship Meeting - All-Ireland Quarter Final, June 29th 2012
Resilient Rebels get the timing spot on
Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper
A game which began and ended with the ball crashing off the woodwork saw Cork take this All-Ireland quarter-final with a driving finish and a late flurry of points. Waterford almost snatched a draw when a late, late 65 struck the post and bounced invitingly in the Cork square before being cleared. “At three points down in the 60th minute it didn’t look great for us,” said Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy after the game. “I didn’t think we played particularly well today at times, we started well but went out of the game for long periods. We couldn’t get on the ball enough to get it into our hands and get it into our inside forward line, who looked very dangerous. “Waterford upped the ante in the second-half and played magnificent hurling to get ahead of us, so we’re pleased with the win but not overly excited by the performance.”The performance began well for Cork — Luke O’Farrell hitting the post in the opening seconds, but the pyrotechnics ended there for quite a while. Waterford took some time to get their bearings after Patrick Horgan and John Mullane swapped points early on, and Cork’s touch and interplay was noticeably sharper in the first quarter. Horgan, Patrick Cronin and Jamie Coughlan all added points before Cork struck for the game’s only goal on 15 minutes – a good Cian McCarthy crossfield ball was won by Paudie O’Sullivan, whose perfect handpass opened up the space for Coughlan to goal emphatically.By then it was all Cork, 1-5 to 0-2, with new man Daniel Kearney showing up well in midfield. But Waterford rallied, with John Mullane dominating affairs from wing-forward. The De La Salle man is usually stationed near goal with green flags a priority, but he won several puck-outs in the second quarter yesterday and was instrumental in Waterford’s recovery.Frees from Tony Browne and Maurice Shanahan gave them a foothold and then a fine run of points brought them level – Shanahan (two), Padraic Mahony (two), Seamus Prendergast and Stephen Molumphy, before Shanahan’s 33-rd-minute free edged the Déise ahead. Cork managed points from Cian McCarthy and Horgan (free) but Waterford certainly had the initiative when Barry Kelly blew for the break. Cian McCarthy nudged Cork two ahead on the resumption, but Waterford, driven on by Stephen Molumphy, Kevin Moran and Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, took over.With Maurice Shanahan maintaining his accuracy with two points (one free and one 65), Shane Walsh also came into the game with two points. Cork were struggling to make headway on their own puck-outs – eventually replacing their entire half-forward line – and Waterford edged ahead going into the third quarter. An inspirational Mullane point made it 1-15 to 0-18 on 55 minutes and Waterford looked set fair. However, Cork came with one last surge, with substitutes John Gardiner and Darren Sweetnam thundering into the game alongside Tom Kenny. They hit a purple patch from the 63rd minute with points from Horgan (two, one a free), O’Farrell, Naughton, and a long-range effort from Sean Óg Ó hAilpín which raised the roof. There was still time for that late Waterford 65 to hit the post and bounce in front of goal, but when Cork repelled a resultant sideline, a place in Croke Park was theirs.“We’re a bit disappointed,” said Waterford boss Michael Ryan. “There were two decisive stages in the game. Just before half-time we’d come back to go a point up and conceded two points in a minute, and so they went in ahead. Then we were three points up in the second-half, had a couple of good chances, didn’t take them. “They had a very strong bench and were playing with the wind. It’s about momentum really – they hit the front at exactly the right stage in the game. Even after we had a couple of chances and we hit the post. They hit the front with four of five minutes to go after going behind and it’s very hard to reel somebody in at that stage.”Cork now advance to face Galway, and they’ll be heartened by the recovery of Stephen McDonnell’s form, for instance, at full-back. However, they needed John Gardiner to shore up the middle against Seamus Prendergast and as noted above, the entire half-forward line was called ashore. Against that, they head to Croke Park as underdogs against a county not noted for their consistency. Jimmy Barry-Murphy has stressed that Cork are still developing and learning, but the sharp end of the All-Ireland series is where some significant lessons can be learned.Scorers for Cork: Patrick. Horgan 0-7 (0-4 fs); Jamie Coughlan 1-1; Cian McCarthy 0-3; Pa Cronin, Paudie O’Sullivan, Cathal Naughton 0-2 each; Seán Ã“g Ó hAilpín, Luke O’Farrell 0-1 each.
Cork team: Anthony Nash, Shane O’Neill, Stephen McDonnell, Brian Murphy, Tom Kenny, Eoin Cadogan, Seán Ã“g Ó hAilpín, Daniel Kearney, Pa Cronin, Jamie Coughlan, Cian McCarthy, Niall McCarthy, Paudie O’Sullivan, Luke O’Farrell, Patrick Horgan.
Subs: D Sweetnam for Kearney, C Naughton for N McCarthy, J Gardiner for Cadogan, S Moylan for Coughlan, L McLoughlin for C McCarthyWaterford team: S O’Keeffe, S Daniels, L Lawlor, N Connors, T Browne, M Walsh, K Moran, S Molumphy, Philip Mahony, Pauric Mahony, S Prendergast, M Shanahan, J Mullane, S Walsh, T Ryan.Subs: E McGrath for Ryan, S Casey for S Walsh, R Foley for BrowneReferee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2014 - Fixtures
Sunday May 25th
@ Semple Stadium, Thurles, Cork v Waterford, 4pm
Sunday June 1st
@ Semple Stadium, Thurles, Limerick v Tipperary, 4pm
Sunday June 15th
@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick ,or Semple Stadium Thurles Clare v Waterford or Cork , 4pm
Sunday July 13th
4pm throw-in

Did You Know?
  • " style="background-color:#ffffff;line-height:20.799999237060547px">The 4 games in the 2013 Munster Senior Hurling Championship produced an average of 37.5 scores per game. However the average was higher in the previous 2 years with 40.5 scores per game in 2012 and 43 scores per game in the 2011 Munster SHC. It was 34 scores per match in the 2010 Munster SHC. The highest scoring game in 2013 yielded 39 scores, the Munster final victory for Limerick over Cork by 0-24 to 0-15. 
  • Waterford (Derek McGrath) and Limerick (TJ Ryan) both have new managers for the 2014 season. All 5 counties are managed by natives of their own county. 
  • The Munster Championship will be without 2 players this year who played in over 40 Munster championships between them – Tony Browne of Waterford and Brendan Cummins of Tipperary. 
  • The last 6 Cork v Waterford games in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have produced 27 goals.
  • It’s 8 years since Cork won the Munster championship – the longest gap since the 10 year period between their 1956 and 66 wins. 
  • Cork have 3 current hurling All Stars – Anthony Nash, Seamus Harnedy and Patrick Horgan while Waterford have none. In 2012, Waterford won 2 – Kevin Moran and John Mullane while Cork’s only recipient was Nash. 
  • Tipperary have won 10 of their last 12 matches in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship dating back to 2008, winning 4 of the 6 Munster titles on offer in that period. Their only defeats came at the hands of Cork in May 2010, a 3-15 to 0-14 defeat at Pairc Ui Chaoimh and in June 2013, a 1-18 to 1-15 defeat at Páirc na nGael by Limerick. 
  • Until last year, Limerick had won only 1 of their previous 17 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches, a victory over Tipperary in the 2007 Munster Semi-Final 2nd replay at Pairc na nGael. During that period, Limerick drew 5 times. Limerick’s last Championship victory away from Pairc na nGael came in 2001 with victories over Cork and Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. 
  • Clare have not drawn a match in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship since finishing level with Tipperary in 1999.
  • Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 30.
  • The first 3 games in the Munster Championship in 2014 will be refereed by the 3 men who between them have refereed the last 5 senior hurling All Irelands – Cork v Waterford (Brian Gavin – 2011 final and 2013 drawn final), Tipp v Limerick (Barry Kelly – 2012 drawn final) and Clare v Cork / Waterford (James McGrath – 2012 and 2013 replays). Interestingly, these 3 men refereed all 4 games in last year’s Munster championship with McGrath in charge of the quarter-final and final and Gavin and Kelly each refereeing a semi-final. They refereed 3 of the 4 games in the 2012 championship – Cathal McAllister of Cork refereed the final. Gavin and Kelly refereed 3 of the 4 games in 2011 – James Owens refereed the 4th. 
  • Three of the 4 games in the 2013 Munster SH Championship were played in Páirc na nGael Limerick. In the previous 4 years only 2 Munster SHC games in total were played there.
  • With Limerick’s victory last year, Clare are the only one of the 5 participating counties not to have one the Munster SH Championship since the turn of the millennium. 
  • Declan Hannon of Limerick was the top scorer in last year’s Munster championship with 0-17 from 2 games. Patrick Horgan of Cork was second in the list with 0-12 from 2 games.
Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour
Cork (50) - 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006
Tipperary (40) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Limerick (19) - 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996, 2013
Waterford (9) - 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010
Clare (6) - 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998
Kerry (1) - 1891

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams
Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 -

Munster Senior HURLING Cup
No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship
In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 3 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 3 titles in 1914, 1995 and 1997 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

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