Tipp through to meet Clare in Munster u-21 hurling final

Well done to the Tipperary under 21 hurlers and management on their impressive victory by 5-19 to 2-13 over Cork in the Bord Gais Energy Munster under 21 hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium on Wednesday evening last.

Well done to the Tipperary under 21 hurlers and management on their impressive victory by 5-19 to 2-13 over Cork in the Bord Gais Energy Munster under 21 hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium on Wednesday evening last.

The surprisingly large margin of victory certainly goes against a history of much closer encounters between these old rivals.

Prior to last Wednesday night’s game there had been 32 previous games between them in which Tipp scored 62-404 for an average of 18.44 points per game. Cork had scored 69-378 for an average of 18.28 points per game.

No wonder captain, Niall O’Meara in his match programme interview thought there would only be a puck of a ball between the teams!

Last week’s victory was Tipp’s second biggest win over Cork with the biggest coming way back in 1964, the inaugural year of the competition, when the score was 6-9 to 1-1 at Sean Treacy Park in Tipperary Town. Cork’s biggest win over Tipp us was at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the Munster Final on August 23 1998 on a scoreline of Cork 3-18 Tipperary 1-10.

Tipperary will play Clare in the final for the second year in succession. The game is currently fixed for Semple Stadium on Wednesday August 7 but the date may change given Clare’s involvement in the All Ireland senior hurling championship. It will probably be early next week before the fixture details are fully confirmed.