Tipperary minor football captain Kyle Shelly who scored 2-8 in the win over Waterford at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary.
ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Phase 1 Round 1
TIPPERARY 4-13 WATERFORD 0-7
Tipperary under 17 footballers began the new-format Munster Minor Football Championship with an emphatic 18 points victory over Waterford at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary, this evening.
A blistering first half from the home side saw the game over as a contest by the 22nd minute at which stage Tipperary led by 3-5 to 0-4 with the goals from Kyle Shelly, Paddy Creedon and Tom Tobin. At the interval Tipp were full value for their 12 points lead at 3-8 to 0-5 being dominant in every line and with some superb individual showings during that opening 30 minutes.
If the first half was a scoring fest, the second half produced only 1-1 from open play - Tipp converted four frees, Waterford two frees and failed to score from open play.
But there was never going to be the same intensity after the break with the issue already well decided. Tipp’s fourth goal came in the fifth minute of added time from team captain Kyle Shelly who ended the game with a personal tally of 2-8 (0-6 from frees) in an individual excellent display from the Moycarkey/Borris club man.
While it is hard to judge Tipperary’s performance on the night as Waterford were a beaten side very early, one can only perform against the opposition in front of you, and in this regard Matt O’Doherty’s side did their job very well. You can’t ask for or expect anything more.
The 2019 Tipperary Minor Football Management Team. From left to right: Tomás Ryan (Physio), James Boland (Selector), John Hickey (Kitman) Peter Creedon (Coach/Selector), Matt O'Doherty (Manager), Vivian Downey (Coach/Selector), Johnny Nevin (Selector).
All through the team there were some excellent performances with Paddy Creedon and Tom Tobin at midfield outstanding, the former’s strong running through the middle causing the Waterford defence headaches in the opening half in particular.
In defence Christy McDonagh, James Armstrong and Donagh Hickey stood out with tenacious defending and Armstrong’s counter attacking yielding two deserved first half points to booth.
The pace, inter-exchanging, and honest hard work of the forward division was impressive with an extra man always popping up to add to the attacking threat. Luke Seacy at wing-forward put in a massive hour covering every blade of the field before his eventual substitution near the end.
Next up for Tipp is a trip to Cusack Park in Ennis next Wednesday night for what manager Matt O’Doherty called “the lions den” after this victory. Only then will we get a true indication as to the strength of this minor team, but tonight they couldn’t be faulted for their commitment and hard-work and hunger from the throw-in. Hopefully we will see more of the same against Clare and against Limerick the following week.
An interesting and somewhat unusual feature of tonight's team was that all four divisions were represented and in total 15 clubs were represented in the 21 players that took to the field.
James Griffin (Upperchurch/Drombane), Christy McDonagh (Cahir), Tadhg Condon (Clonmel Commercials), Emmet Butler (Kilsheelan/Kilcash), James Armstrong (Thurles Sarsfields, 0-2), Donagh Hickey (Arravale Rovers), Conor Shanahan (Inane Rovers), Paddy Creedon (Thurles Sarsfields, 1-1), Tom Tobin (Rosegreen, 1-0), Luke Seacy (Inane Rovers, 0-1), Ben Comerford (Grangemockler/Ballyneale 0-1), Dara King (Ballina), Liam McCormack (Durlas Og), Kyle Shelly (Capt., Moycarkey/Borris, 2-8, 0-6F), Eoin McCarthy (Clonmel Commercials).
Subs: Liam King (Ballinahinch) for King (41 mins); Mark O'Connor (Clonmel Commercials) for McCarthy (43); Conor Cadell (JK Brackens) for McCormack (47); Tomás Burke (Boherlahan/Dualla) for McDonagh (54); Francie Delaney (Cahir) for Seacy (58); Jack Buckley (Cahir) for Tobin (60).
Taidgh Murray (Dungarvan), Barry O'Brien (Stradbally), Sean Boyce (The Nire), Mikey Mullaney (Stradbally), Mark Dalton (Shamrocks), Colin Foley (Capt., Ballinacourty), Kyle Sloan (Gaultier), Cathal Scanlon (Kill), DJ Melia (Brickey Rangers), Tom Dalton (Shamrocks), Sean Walsh (The Nire, 0-1), Pa Skehan (Stradbally), Aidan Behan (Kilrossanty, 0-2), Aaron Ryan (The Nire, 0-2, 0-1F), Tom O'Connell (Brickey Rangers, 0-2F).
Subs: James Hahessy (Brickey Rangers) for Sloan (half-time); Cormac Rooney (Portlaw) for Skehan (half-time); Keelan Taylor (St. Saviours) for Walsh (43); Ely Cullen (Gaultier) for Behan (50); Paudie Hynes (Shamrocks) for Dalton (inj., 51); Cathal Ó Dálaigh for Dalton (60+3).
Referee: John Ryan (Cork).