Hello and welcome to our coverage of tonight’s Munster U21 hurling semi-finals.
We’ll have full reports from both Cusack Park (Clare v Tipperary) and Walsh Park (Waterford v Cork) on the final whistle but before then we’ll have blow by blow accounts from both games.
First up, here’s the Waterford and Cork teams as named for tonight’s game.
1. Seanie Barry (Lismore)
2. Kevin Daly (Dungarvan)
3. Tadhg Bourke (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg)
4. Shane Roche (Shamrocks)
5. Shane McNulty (De La Salle)
6. Ray Barry (Lismore)
7. Michéal Harney (Bonmahon)
8. Colin Dunford (Colligan)
9. Gavin O’ Brien (Roanmore)
10. Jake Dillon (De La Salle) (Capt.)
11. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
12. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
13. Donie Breathnach (An Rinn)
14. Ryan Donnelly (Dungarvan)
15. Michael Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)
1. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
2. Stephen Murphy (Blackrock)
3. Colm Barry (Castlelyons)
4. Cian Buckley (Na Piarsaigh)
5. Kevin Kavanagh (Carrigaline)
6. Killian Burke (Midleton – Captain)
7. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
8. Darragh Brosnan (Brian Dillon’s)
9. Rickard Cahalane (Ballymartle)
10. Shane O Keeffe (Blackrock)
11. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)
12. Michael Collins (Ballinhassig)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Anthony Spillane (Castlelyons)
15. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)
And in Cusack Park, here are the 30 named to start in the other semi-final:
1. Keith Hogan (Clooney-Quin)
2. Jarlath Colleran (Doora-Barefield)
3. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
4. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
5. Gearoid O’Connell (Ballyea)
6. Alan O’Neill (St. Josephs Doora Barefield)
7. Conor Cleary (Kilmaley)
8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
9. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)
10. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin)
18. Shane McGrath (Feakle)
19. Alan O’Neill (Doora-Barefield)
13. Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones)
14. David Reidy (Éire Óg)
15. Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
1. Paul Maher (Moyne Templetuohy)
2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill)
3. Michael Breen (Ballina)
4. Tom Fox (Éire Óg Anacarty)
5. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
6. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney)
7. Tomas Hamill Moyne (Templetuohy)
8. Seamus Kennedy (St Marys)
9. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)
10. Colin O’Riordan (J K Brackens)
11. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
12. Dan McCormack (Borris Ileigh)
13. Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
14. Jason Forde (Capt.) (Silvermines)
15. Sean Maher (Clonoulty Rossmore)
Predictions? Clare (2/5) and Waterford (4/11) are the heavy favourites but can Tipperary or Cork cause an upset?
Let us know in the comments below.
Tipperary 0-1 Clare 0-0 – 1 mins: Colin O’Riordan opens the scoring for the visitors in Cusack Park. Tipp have started the better of the two sides.
Waterford 0-2 Cork 0-0 – 2mins: Austin Gleeson opens the scoring for the homeside with a free before tapping over a second just a minute later.
Tipperary 0-2 Clare 0-2 – 4mins: Bobby Duggan makes it two points apiece after four minutes. Clare have eased into this one.
GOAL FOR CLARE ! Clare 1-2 Tipperary 5mins: We’ve the games for goal and it’s a cracker for Aaron Cunningham blasting through the Tipperary defence before finishing powerfully.
GOAL FOR CLARE ! Clare 2-2 Tipperary 0-2 7mins: Well that escalated quickly. Nobody in the Tipp defence went for the speculative ball and Peter Duggan swung his hurley one-handed and found the net. The home side lead by six.
Waterford 0-4 Cork 0-1 – 8mins: Ray Barry and Jake Dillon have added two points for Waterford while Alan Cadogan and Colm Spillane have pointed for Cork.
Waterford 0-4 Cork 0-4 – 10mins: Cork are level and it’s Cadogan again. Good comeback from the Rebels are Waterford’s fast start.
Waterford 0-5 Cork 0-4 – 11mins: And just as Cork level things up, Gavin O’Brien puts the home side back in front.
Clare 2-3 Tipperary 0-4 12mins: Bobby Duggan with a long-range free keeps Clare’s lead at two goals but Tipp win a close range free as Jarlath Colleran picks up the game’s first yellow card.
Jason Forde takes his point.
Waterford 0-7 Cork 0-5 – 15mins: Austin Gleeson’s free-taking is keeping Waterford ahead in Walsh Park and they lead by two after a quarter of an hour.
Waterford 0-8 Cork 0-6 – 16mins: Robert O’Shea’s free makes it a one-point game again before Gleeson scores from play to restore his side’s two-point lead.
Clare 2-4 Tipperary 0-6 18mins: Colm Galvin with a brilliant score for Clare is answered with a equally good point from Seamus Kennedy as the sun begins to shine on Cusack Park.
Waterford 0-9 Cork 0-7 – 20mins: Waterford and Cork exchange frees through Gleeson and O’Shea.
Clare 2-4 Tipperary 0-6 22mins: Tipperary have recovered from those two early goals and there’s just two points between the sides as Bill and Sean Maher score back-t0-back points.
Waterford 0-9 Cork 0-8 – 23mins: After Cadogan is fouled Robert O’Shea points another free to reduce Cork’s deficit to just a single point.
Waterford 0-9 Cork 0-9 – 24mins: And now Cadogan scores will a well-taken point from play and the sides are level.
Clare 2-5 Tipperary 0-8 25mins: Bobby Duggan makes no mistake from the ’65 as Clare put three between the teams.
Clare 2-4 Tipperary 0-9 27mins: Jason Forde opts to take his point from another 20m free.
Tadhg Gallager has replaced Sean Maher for Tipperary.
Clare 2-6 Tipperary 0-9 27mins: Goal chance for Tipperary but the Clare defence just about do enough.
The visitors have been by far the better side for the last 15 minutes put from way out the field Jamie Shanahan scores for Clare.
Waterford 0-10 Cork 0-10 – 29mins: Pa Collins has denied Waterford a third goal chance of the game and the sides are still level as Gleeson and O’Shea once more exhange scores.
Waterford 0-11 Cork 0-10 – 30mins: An Austin Gleeson free on the stroke of half-time sends his side into the break with a one point lead and it’s been the Gleeson and O’Shea show in Walsh Park.
Clare 2-6 Tipperary 0-10 – 30mins: Tipperary get the last score of the half with a Jason Forde free and there’s just two points between the teams at the break despite the two early goals for Clare.
Clare 2-6 Tipperary 0-10
Waterford 0-11 Cork 0-10
Here are the half-time scorers form Cusack Park:
Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 1-0, Aaron Cunningham 1-0, Bobby Duggan 0-3, Gearoid O’Connell, Jamie Shanahan and Colm Galvin 0-1 each.
Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 0-5, Seamus Kennedy, Bill Maher, Colin O’Riordan, Liam McGrath and Sean Maher 0-1 each.
The second halves are under way.
Clare 2-6 Tipperary 0-11 31mins: First blood to Tipperary in the second half at Cusack Park as Jason Forde points after less than a minute.
Waterford 0-11 Cork 0-11 – 31 mins: The visitors also get off the mark quickly in Walsh Park as Robert O’Shea scores his fifth of the night to level things up.
Clare 2-7 Tippeary 0-13 – 34mins: Three quick scores and the sides are level. Tom Foxe and Colin O’Riordain with equalising points either side of a Jamie Shanahan score for Clare.
GOAL FOR CORK! Cork 1-12 Waterford 0-12 – 34mins: Alan Cadogan has raised the first green flag of the night in Walsh Park as the visitors take the lead for the first time. Ryan Donnelly and Shane O’Keeffe exchange scores to keep three points between the sides.
Clare 2-8 Tipperary 0-13 – 37mins: Bobby Duggan’s free puts Clare back in front by a solitary score.
GOAL FOR TIPP! Tipperary 1-13 Clare 2-8 - 38mins: Tadhg Gallagher with a fantastic individual goal puts Tipperary ahead for the first time in this game.
Cork 1-14 Waterford 0-13 – 41mins: Colm Spillane has Cork’s latest score as they stretch their lead to four in Walsh Park.
Tipperary 1-15 Clare 2-9 - 42 mins: A much needed Clare score from Gearoid O’Connell is immediately cancelled out by Tipperary’s Ronan Maher and Jason Forde.
RED CARD! -
Cork’s Cormac Murphy is dismissed with a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident.
GOAL FOR CORK! Cork 2-15 Waterfrod 0-14 – 45mins: Being down to 14 men has no impact on the Rebels as Anthony Spillane almost immediately buries the ball into the Waterford net and their lead is seven.
GOAL FOR CLARE! Tipperary 1-17 Clare 3-10: There’s just one point between the sides again as David Reidy is the first to pounce after Peter Duggan’s effort is blocked on the line.
Cork 2-17 Waterford 0-14 – 48 mins: Waterford need goals now as Shane O’Keeffe makes it a nine-point game.
Clare 3-11 Tipperary 1-17 – 49mins: And the sides are level, Clare’s Peter Duggan with his team’s latest score.
Tipperary 1-18 Clare 3-11 – 51mins: Jason Forde with another place ball restores Tipperary’s lead with less than nine minutes to go.
Cork 2-18 Waterford 0-14 — 51mins: Spillane with another point for Cork and it’s difficult to see them being caught now.
Clare 3-12 Waterford 1-18 – 54mins: We’re level again in Cusack Park thanks to a super Colm Galvin point.
Cork 2-18 Waterford 0-14 — 56mins: Another fantastic save from Collins denies Waterford the goal they so badly need. On any other night Waterford could have raised the green flag three or four times.
GOAL FOR CORK! Cork 3-18 Waterford 0-14 – 56 mins: And as they’ve done for a lot of this game, Cork have punished a Waterford mistake with Spillane grabbing his second maximum to put this game to bed.
Clare 3-13 Tipperary 1-19 - 57mins: Tipperary back in front with a Dan McCormack score before Aaron Cunningham equalises. We’re in for some finish.
RED CARD! -
Tipperary’s John Meagher sees the line for striking Clare’s Peter Duggan after the whistle.
Clare 3-13 Tipperary 1-19
Despite having the better of the chances, Clare can’t win the game in normal time and we’ll have an extra 20 minutes.
Cork 3-18 Waterford 0-16
A brilliant second half performance from the Rebels has seen them ease into the Munster U21 final with an 11 point win over their hosts in Walsh Park.
We’ll have coverage of extra-time from Cusack Park and it should be a bit easier on my fingers now that there’s just one game to cover.
Mind you, I can’t be anywhere near as tired of some of those Clare players who are facing another extra-time.
And the first period of extra-time is about to get under way.
Tipperary 1-21 Clare 3-13 – 3mins ET: Jason Forde with the first two scores of extra time as the sun starts to slowly set in Cusack Park.
Tipperary 1-21 Clare 3-14 – 4mins ET: Aaron Cunningham gets Clare’s first score of extra time. Important point for the home side.
Clare 3-15 Tipperary 1-21 - 5mins ET: David Reidy makes it a level game again, we’re nearly half-way through extra-time.
Clare 3-16 Tipperary 1-21 - 5mins ET: Bobby Duggan with a brilliant solo point there to send the homes side back into the lead.
Clare 3-17 Tipperary 1-21 - 5mins ET: Colm Galvin makes it four unanswered points for Clare. After a great start to extra time from Tipp they’ve gone off the boil completely now and it’s all Clare.
Clare 3-18 Tipperary 1-21 - 7mins ET: Bobby Duggan makes it a three-point game with three minutes to go in the first half of extra-time.
Clare 3-19 Tipperary 1-21 - 8mins ET: Bobby Duggan yet again and this one’s in danger of getting away from Tipperary now.
Clare 3-19 Tipperary 1-22 - 10mins ET: Jason Forde taps over a free for Tipp’s first score and it’s the last action of the first half.
HALF-TIME EXTRA-TIME -
Clare 3-19 Tipperary 1-22
The second half of extra-time has started and there’s 10 minutes to go in Cusack Park.
Clare 3-19 Tipperary 1-23 - 11mins ET: Just like they did in the first, Tipperary have the first score of the second through Conor Hammersley.
Clare 3-19 Tipperary 1-24 - 13mins ET: Shane O’Donnell is on for Clare but Tipp have it back to one point game, Stephen Cahill with the latest score.
GOAL FOR CLARE! Clare 4-19 Tipperary 1-24 - 14mins ET: Aaron Cunningham has Clare’s fourth goal of the game just as Tipperary got it back to the minimum.
Clare 4-19 Tipperary 1-24 - 15mins ET: Jason Forde goes for goal from a 20m free and the sliotar goes out for a ’65. Cathal Barrett sends the ’65 wide.
Clare 4-19 Tipperary 1-24 - 18mins ET: Jason Forde misses another goal chance, great save by Keith Hogan.
Clare 4-19 Tipperary 1-24 - 19mins ET: Four points in it entering the final minute. It goes without saying that points are no use to Tipperary now.
Clare 4-19 Tipperary 1-25 - 20mins ET: Dan McCormack makes it a one score game. Tipp need the puck out.
GOAL FOR CLARE! Clare 5-19 Tipperary 1-25 - 20+2mins ET: Tony Kelly hits the post and Shane O’Donnell is there to wrap up this game for Clare.
Clare 5-19 Tipperary 1-25
It’s all over in Cusack Park and Clare and Tipperary have served up a classic. Clare will defend their Munster title against Cork in two weeks and, given the Rebels’ four goals this evening, will need to show similar fire-power to that on display tonight.
And that’s it from me.
Thanks as always for joining in.
We’ll have full reports from both games up shortly.