Kirwan outstanding as Tipperary u-17s retain Daryl Darcy Cup

Munster Under 17 Football Cup Final

Munster Under 17 Football Cup Final

Tipperary 1-9

Limerick 0-6

Tipperary retained the Daryl Darcy Cup thanks to a six point victory over Limerick in the Munster Under 17 Football Final played at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. This game was won in the first half as Tipperary played with confidence on the ball and tackled like terriers without it. Early Tipperary points from play by Josh Keane and Liam Casey were followed by the only goal of the match by Keelan Hickey in the 9th minute.

Set up by this early platform, Tipperary played good, quick ball in to full-forward Tom Kirwan at every opportunity and he caused havoc, scoring four first half points from play and also rattled the crossbar with a rasping shot that had goal written all over it.

Limerick’s only response in the first half was a pointed free by Jack Breen and a point from play by substitute Gavin Reidy to leave the half-time score at Tipperary 1-8 Limerick 0-2.

The second half began with a much slower pace than the first with Tipperary content to sit back on their lead. The third quarter was scrappy at best and a Keelan Hickey pointed free for Tipperary was the only score for the first 15 minutes of the second half. As both teams made changes, it was the Limerick subs who showed up much better than the starting 15 and they outscored Tipperary by 0-4 to 0-0 in the final quarter.

However, there was no goal threat during this time and without a goal, Tipperary’s lead would never be seriously threatened. At the finish, Tipperary were deserving winners by 1-9 to 0-6. Afterwards, Munster GAA Vice-Chairman Robert Frost presented the Daryl Darcy Cup to Tipperary captain Colin O’Riordan in the presence of Daryl’s parents.

Tipperary: Bartoz Opala (Cahir); James Bergin (JK Bracken), James Feehan (Killenaule), Shane O’Connell (Golden-Kilfeacle); Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens), Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers); Liam Casey (Cahir, 0-2), Gerry Cronin (Ardfinnan); Niall McKenna (Cahir, 0-1), Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle, 0-1), Mark Russell (Lattin-Cullen); Keelan Hickey (Cahir, 1-1, 0-1 free), Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan, 0-4), Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane)

Subs: David Hayes (Fethard) for Mark Russell (40m); Michael O’Connor (Cahir) for Paul Shanahan (40m), Pierce Murphy (Ballylooby-Castlegrace) for James Bergin (48m)), Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers) for Keelan Hickey (48m), Paul O’Leary (Nenagh Eire Og) for Bartoz Opala (51m)

Limerick: Tom Dwyer; James Bridgeman, John Murphy, Shane Lynch; John O’Neill, Stephen Cahill, Killian Ryan; Cian Sheehan, Cathal Broderick; Jamie O’Connor, Cormac O’Shea, James Naughton; Jack Breen (0-2 frees), Mark Long, Kieran Daly

Subs: Gavin Reidy (0-2) for Kieran Daly (16m), Sam Mullins for Shane Lynch (HT), David Cussen for Cathal Broderick (34m), Eoin Hurley for Jamie O’Connor (38m), Ryan Meagher for Mark Long (44m), James Guinea (0-2 free) for Steven Cahill (52m), Andy Brouder for Tom Dwyer (52m)

Referee: Kevin Murphy (Cork)