Tipperary Face Limerick this Wednesday in the EirGrid Munster Under-21 Championship

On Wednesday evening at 19:30 Tipperary travel to Páirc na nGael, Limerick to take on the hosts in the quarter final of the EirGrid Munster Under-21 Football Championship with Cork awaiting the victors in the semi-final.


Tipperary are managed by Declan Browne (Moyle Rovers) and he is ably assisted by Philip Ryan (Clonmel Commericals), Andrew Lacey (Arravale Rovers), Peter Lambert (Ardfinnan), Liam England (Inane Rovers), Alan O Connor (Cahir) and Peter Fahy (Galway).

And Browne, in an interview with the Tipperary Star’s Brian McDonnell, heeded a word of warning to Tipperary supporters who might view this as a foregone conclusion asking “Who are we to think that we are better than Limerick?”.

The full interview can be accessed here: https://www.tipperarystar.ie/news/sport/237832/declan-browne-who-are-we-to-think-that-we-are-better-than-limerick.html

All in all Tipperary have faced Limerick nine times in the under-21 championship with The Premier County holding a 9-6 advantage on the head to head. They first met at this grade in 1964 in round one of the Munster championship with Tipp coming out on top 4-7 to 2-9. Their last encounter was the semi-final of 2010 which Tipp also won 0-16 to 2-5. That year saw Tipperary defeat Kerry in Tralee to claim their first ever Munster title at this grade. We retained the title again in 2015 and, after defeating Dublin in the semi-final, lost out to Tyrone in the All Ireland final in Parnell Park.

Brian O Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs) in action against Limerick in 2010

Tipperary: Sean Carey 0-7, 1 free; Bernard O’Brien 0-3; Conor Sweeney 0-3, 1 free; Peter Acheson 0-2; Gavin Ryan 0-1.

Limerick: Eoghan O’Connor 0-2, 1 free; David Ward, John Riordan 1-0 each; Eoin Fitzgibbon, Seamus O’Carroll 0-1 each.

Tipperary: Kieran Kendrick (Moyle Rovers ); Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow, Capt,), Donal Lynch (Clonmel Commercials 7); Padraig O’Dwyer (Éire Óg Annacarty), John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy), Dara Dwyer (Moyle Rovers); Alan Moloney (Rockwell Rovers), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers); Gavin Ryan (Rockwell Rovers), Bernard O’Brien (Aherlow), Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers); Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Michael O’Dwyer (Arravale Rovers). SUBS: Paul McEvoy (Cahir) for Ryan (44); Thomas Hanly (Aherlow) for O’Brien (51); Shane Egan (Galtee Rovers) for O’Meara (53); Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials) for M O’Dwyer (60+1).

Limerick: Brian Scanlon; Eoin Fitzgibbon, Michael McCormack, Damien Quaid; Brian Treacy, Eoin Joy, John Riordan (Capt); Bobby O’Brien, Tony McMahon; Eoghan O’Connor, James Kelly, David Ward; Patrick Sheahan, Cormac Joyce Power, Seamus O’Carroll. SUBS: John Browne for Quaid (9 inj); Pauric McEnery for Sheahan (ht); Donal Byrne for Kelly (53); Eanna Kennedy for McMahon (57); Joe Martin for Ward (60).

Referee: Michael Collins (Cork)

Football Board Chairman, Noel Morris (Borrisokane) presents the Cadbury’s Hero of the Match Award to Sean Carey in 2010

Tipperary were runners up in the Munster final in the following years: 1964, 1965, 1986, 1987, 1998, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014


Tipperary under-21 football panel: Michael Barlow (Ardfinnan), Ciarán Barrett (Clonmel Óg), Jamie Bergin (Drom & Inch), Dáire Brennan (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Aidan Buckley (St Patrick’s), Jack Butler (Upperchurch-Drombane), Conor Cashman (Cahir), Michael Connors (Drom & Inch), Willie Connors (Kiladangan), Dáire Egan (Galtee Rovers), Liam Fahey (Rockwell Rovers), Paudie Feehan (Killenaule), Morgan Irwin (Moyle Rovers), Stephen Kelly (Clonmel Commercials), Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Colm Kinnane (Drom & Inch), John Lyons (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), Charlie Manton (Fethard), Brendan Martin (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Brian McKenna (Cahir), Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch), Jordan Moloney (JK Bracken’s), Michael O’Connor (Cahir), Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan), Danny Owens (Moyle Rovers), Ross Peters (Clonmel Commercials), Shane Power (Galtee Rovers), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), Joe Ryan (Killmurry, Cork), Liam Ryan (Clonmel Commercials), Jack Skehan (Holycross-Ballycahill) & Gavin Whelan (Ardfinnan).