The Cork hurlers have named their team to play Tipperary in Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship clash at Semple Stadium in Thurles. The side is as follows:
1. Donal Og Cusack- Cloyne
2. Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers
3. Eoin Cadogan Douglas
4. Shane O Neill – Bishopstiwn (Captain)
5. John Gardiner – Na Piarsaigh
6. William Egan – Kilbrin
7. Brian Murphy –Bride Rovers
8. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk
9. Pa Cronin Bishopstown
10. Ben O Connor- Newtonshandrum.
11. Cian McCarthy – Sarsfields
12. Niall Mccarthy- Carrigtwohil
13. Luke O Farrell – Midleton
14. Paudie O Sullivan – Cloyne
15. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers
16. Martin Coleman – Ballinhassig
17. Eoin Dillon – Milford
18. Conor O Sullivan – Sarsfields
19. Jamie Nagle- Midleton
20. Tom Kenny – Grenagh
21. Jerry O Connor – Newtownshandrum
22. Cathal Naughton – NewtownShandrum
23. Kieran Murphy Sarsfields-
24. Michael Cussen – Sarsfields
25. Jamie Coughlan – Newtownshandrum
26. Bill Cooper – Youghal
Cork and Tipperary proved to have the meanest defenses in the 2011 Allianz Hurling League, conceding 5 goals each. Limerick conceded 6 goals and Waterford 7 goals putting those 4 Munster counties at the top of the charts when it comes to the least concession of goals in Divisions 1 and 2. Oddly, Allianz Hurling League Division 1 champions Dublin conceded 14 goals during their campaign, an amount exceeded by only Down and Kerry in the top 2 divisions of the Allianz Hurling League.
The improvement in the defences of Munster counties can be attributed to the decline in the average scores per match in the last 3 seasons in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship –
2008 (40 scores per match), 2009 (36 scores per match), 2010 (34 scores per match).
Over the last 2 seasons, Semple Stadium Thurles has played host to 7 of the 10 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches played. Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosted 2 matches while Pairc nan Gael in Limerick hosted 1 game.
Cork lost their 3 away matches in the Allianz Hurling League to Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford. Since Cork’s 2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final victory over Clare in Thurles, Cork’s Senior Hurling Championship record in matches played outside of Pairc Ui Chaoimh is Played 8, Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 5. The two victories came against Antrim (2010) and Offaly (2009).
Waterford is the only Munster county to have at least 1 victory in the last 2 Munster Senior Hurling Championships.
Cork won at least 1 Munster Senior Hurling Championship match from 2003 to 2007. Only Tipperary (2000 to 2002) and Waterford (2002 to 2004) have managed to go 3 consecutive years with at least 1 victory within the last decade.
Clare have failed to record a Munster Championship victory in 6 of the last 7 seasons.
Limerick have won 1 of the last 15 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches they have played, an extra-time victory over Tipperary in the 2007 Munster Semi-Final 2nd replay at the Gaelic Grounds. During that period, Limerick have drawn 5 times. Limerick’s last Championship victory away from the Pairc na nGael came in 2001 with victories over Cork and Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Clare have not drawn a match in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship since finishing level with Tipperary in 1999.
Since Dan Shanahan’s 69th minute goal in the 2007 Munster Senior Hurling Final, Waterford have gone 141 minutes without scoring a goal against Limerick in the Munster Championship.
Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly was the top scorer in the 2010 Provincial and All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, scoring 3-43. Cork’s Ben O’Connor was 3rd with 2-31 while Eoin Kelly of Waterford was 5th with a tally of 1-27.
Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 29.
Courtesy of http://www.gaacork.ie