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Railway Cup final: Rampant Leinster take Cup in style

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Leinster 4-15 Munster 3-17
By Mark Gallagher
A SIGN above one the stand in Nowlan Park proclaims "secure the future". The message seemed apt as the Railway Cup weekend came to a close in Kilkenny, with Andy Comerford talking about how much this means to the players despite a public too listless even to shrug.

With a howling wind announcing winter had arrived, it really was a die-hards only day yesterday, and there were few enough of those. In an almost empty press box, we agreed on three hundred. We were feeling generous.

It remains mystifying why the Railway Cup has lost it’s public appeal. It produced another fine game of hurling yesterday. Those who had nothing better to do of a Sunday afternoon, were treated to seven goals, some wonderful points, a fantastic performance from Tommy Dunne and a breathless finish, if not quite grandstand at least, more exciting than any other games played at this time of year.

In-coming President Sean Kelly has pledged that the tournament stays as long as the players want it. And they seem to. Take for example Peter Queally’s reaction to one of Gerry Devlin’s stranger decisions of the day, calling a foul on his tackle on Jimmy Coogan when he seemed to block the Leinster forward’s path quite legally.

The Waterford man threw his hurl to the ground in frustration, roaring in indignation. Henry Shefflin pointed the decisive free for his seventh point. A moment later, Devlin blew up and the Leinster players celebrated, while some of the Munster lads lay on the ground shattered in defeat.

"This trophy and tournament may be small in stature, but as we showed out there, it’s a tournament that should continue," victorious captain Comerford said.

"Anybody who watched that game will appreciate that the players want this competition to continue."

Even in the face of bewildering public apathy, it will continue. But, there must be changes. It was suggested last week primary schools should have been flooded with tickets for this game. At least, it would have created an atmosphere, something this final severely lacked.

Munster were aiming for a third successive Railway Cup, inspired by a stunning display from Tommy Dunne.

Dunne got the game’s first score, before Eddie Brennan equalised seconds later.

Dunne was in a class of his own in the first half, and his points kept Munster in touch with a rampant Leinster attack.

It was Dunne’s pass (with his feet) that released Eoin McGrath in the 24th minute, placing the ball into the right corner beyond Stephen Byrne’s reach. It put Munster a point in front.

But, the teams continued to trade scores, as before, until the last few minutes of the half, when some sloppy Munster defending failed to clear the ball and Brendan Murphy pounced to bury the ball past Brendan Cummins.

Shefflin slotted a free over a moment later to put Leinster ahead at the interval, 1-10 to 1-9.

The game re-started in the same vein, until Leinster bagged a brace of goals in a minute. Their first may have been a scrambled effort, but their second goal was a thing of beauty.

A minute later, Shefflin lifted a ball into the full-forward line, where Eddie Brennan was the first to react, raising another green flag. Munster battled back, buoyed by McGrath’s second goal. A cameo from Andrew O’Shaughnessy, hurling’s Wayne Rooney, yielded a point and periods of panic in the Leinster full-back line. Still, Shefflin’s usual unerring free-taking sustained the wedge between the teams and it was one of Shefflin’s frees which Conal Keaney deflected for Leinster’s fourth goal.

That looked to be the final nail for Teddy Owen’s side, but they were provided a life-line from the most unlikely of sources. Pat O’Connell travelled from the half-back line and Kerry, to score the equalising goal as the clock winded down. There was still time for a little unjustice as the foul harshly called against Queally saw Shefflin score the decisive score.

That the hurler of the year won the game for Leinster shows the calibre of players on show yesterday. Pity nobody saw them strut their stuff.

Scorers: Leinster: H Shefflin 0-7, 6 frees, E Brennan 1-3, B Murphy, C Keaney (1-1 each), J Hoyne(1-0), D Lyng, J Coogan ( 0-1 each).

Munster: T Dunne(0-8), E McGrath(2-1), K McGrath(0-3, 1 free), P O’Connell (1-0), J Deane(0-2, both frees), T Griffin, B O’Connor, A O’Shaughnessy, E Kelly(0-1 each)

LEINSTER: J McGarry; M Kavanagh, N Hickey, D O’Connor, R Mulally, JJ Delaney, L Ryan; D Lyng, A Comerford; J Hoyne, H Shefflin, C Keaney, J Coogan, E Brennan, B Murphy. Subs. S Byrne for McGarry(16 mins), C Kehoe for O’Connor(50 mins)

MUNSTER: B Cummins; B Greene, D O’Sullivan, P Maher, D Hoey, E Corcoran, S Og O hAilpin; P Queally, T Dunne; T Griffin, K McGrath, E McGrath, B O’Connor, B Begley, J Deane Subs. D Riel for Greene(11 mins), O Moran for O’Sullivan(h-t). A O’Shaughnessy for Deane(h-t), E Kelly for Begley(42 mins), P O’Connell for Hoey(52 mins)

REFEREE: G Devlin(Armagh)

 

Railway Cup final: Rampant Leinster take Cup in style

andy comerford

Leinster 4-15 Munster 3-17
By Mark Gallagher
A SIGN above one the stand in Nowlan Park proclaims "secure the future". The message seemed apt as the Railway Cup weekend came to a close in Kilkenny, with Andy Comerford talking about how much this means to the players despite a public too listless even to shrug.

With a howling wind announcing winter had arrived, it really was a die-hards only day yesterday, and there were few enough of those. In an almost empty press box, we agreed on three hundred. We were feeling generous.

It remains mystifying why the Railway Cup has lost it’s public appeal. It produced another fine game of hurling yesterday. Those who had nothing better to do of a Sunday afternoon, were treated to seven goals, some wonderful points, a fantastic performance from Tommy Dunne and a breathless finish, if not quite grandstand at least, more exciting than any other games played at this time of year.

In-coming President Sean Kelly has pledged that the tournament stays as long as the players want it. And they seem to. Take for example Peter Queally’s reaction to one of Gerry Devlin’s stranger decisions of the day, calling a foul on his tackle on Jimmy Coogan when he seemed to block the Leinster forward’s path quite legally.

The Waterford man threw his hurl to the ground in frustration, roaring in indignation. Henry Shefflin pointed the decisive free for his seventh point. A moment later, Devlin blew up and the Leinster players celebrated, while some of the Munster lads lay on the ground shattered in defeat.

"This trophy and tournament may be small in stature, but as we showed out there, it’s a tournament that should continue," victorious captain Comerford said.

"Anybody who watched that game will appreciate that the players want this competition to continue."

Even in the face of bewildering public apathy, it will continue. But, there must be changes. It was suggested last week primary schools should have been flooded with tickets for this game. At least, it would have created an atmosphere, something this final severely lacked.

Munster were aiming for a third successive Railway Cup, inspired by a stunning display from Tommy Dunne.

Dunne got the game’s first score, before Eddie Brennan equalised seconds later.

Dunne was in a class of his own in the first half, and his points kept Munster in touch with a rampant Leinster attack.

It was Dunne’s pass (with his feet) that released Eoin McGrath in the 24th minute, placing the ball into the right corner beyond Stephen Byrne’s reach. It put Munster a point in front.

But, the teams continued to trade scores, as before, until the last few minutes of the half, when some sloppy Munster defending failed to clear the ball and Brendan Murphy pounced to bury the ball past Brendan Cummins.

Shefflin slotted a free over a moment later to put Leinster ahead at the interval, 1-10 to 1-9.

The game re-started in the same vein, until Leinster bagged a brace of goals in a minute. Their first may have been a scrambled effort, but their second goal was a thing of beauty.

A minute later, Shefflin lifted a ball into the full-forward line, where Eddie Brennan was the first to react, raising another green flag. Munster battled back, buoyed by McGrath’s second goal. A cameo from Andrew O’Shaughnessy, hurling’s Wayne Rooney, yielded a point and periods of panic in the Leinster full-back line. Still, Shefflin’s usual unerring free-taking sustained the wedge between the teams and it was one of Shefflin’s frees which Conal Keaney deflected for Leinster’s fourth goal.

That looked to be the final nail for Teddy Owen’s side, but they were provided a life-line from the most unlikely of sources. Pat O’Connell travelled from the half-back line and Kerry, to score the equalising goal as the clock winded down. There was still time for a little unjustice as the foul harshly called against Queally saw Shefflin score the decisive score.

That the hurler of the year won the game for Leinster shows the calibre of players on show yesterday. Pity nobody saw them strut their stuff.

Scorers: Leinster: H Shefflin 0-7, 6 frees, E Brennan 1-3, B Murphy, C Keaney (1-1 each), J Hoyne(1-0), D Lyng, J Coogan ( 0-1 each).

Munster: T Dunne(0-8), E McGrath(2-1), K McGrath(0-3, 1 free), P O’Connell (1-0), J Deane(0-2, both frees), T Griffin, B O’Connor, A O’Shaughnessy, E Kelly(0-1 each)

LEINSTER: J McGarry; M Kavanagh, N Hickey, D O’Connor, R Mulally, JJ Delaney, L Ryan; D Lyng, A Comerford; J Hoyne, H Shefflin, C Keaney, J Coogan, E Brennan, B Murphy. Subs. S Byrne for McGarry(16 mins), C Kehoe for O’Connor(50 mins)

MUNSTER: B Cummins; B Greene, D O’Sullivan, P Maher, D Hoey, E Corcoran, S Og O hAilpin; P Queally, T Dunne; T Griffin, K McGrath, E McGrath, B O’Connor, B Begley, J Deane Subs. D Riel for Greene(11 mins), O Moran for O’Sullivan(h-t). A O’Shaughnessy for Deane(h-t), E Kelly for Begley(42 mins), P O’Connell for Hoey(52 mins)

REFEREE: G Devlin(Armagh)

 

Railway Cup final: Rampant Leinster take Cup in style

andy comerford

Leinster 4-15 Munster 3-17
By Mark Gallagher
A SIGN above one the stand in Nowlan Park proclaims "secure the future". The message seemed apt as the Railway Cup weekend came to a close in Kilkenny, with Andy Comerford talking about how much this means to the players despite a public too listless even to shrug.

With a howling wind announcing winter had arrived, it really was a die-hards only day yesterday, and there were few enough of those. In an almost empty press box, we agreed on three hundred. We were feeling generous.

It remains mystifying why the Railway Cup has lost it’s public appeal. It produced another fine game of hurling yesterday. Those who had nothing better to do of a Sunday afternoon, were treated to seven goals, some wonderful points, a fantastic performance from Tommy Dunne and a breathless finish, if not quite grandstand at least, more exciting than any other games played at this time of year.

In-coming President Sean Kelly has pledged that the tournament stays as long as the players want it. And they seem to. Take for example Peter Queally’s reaction to one of Gerry Devlin’s stranger decisions of the day, calling a foul on his tackle on Jimmy Coogan when he seemed to block the Leinster forward’s path quite legally.

The Waterford man threw his hurl to the ground in frustration, roaring in indignation. Henry Shefflin pointed the decisive free for his seventh point. A moment later, Devlin blew up and the Leinster players celebrated, while some of the Munster lads lay on the ground shattered in defeat.

"This trophy and tournament may be small in stature, but as we showed out there, it’s a tournament that should continue," victorious captain Comerford said.

"Anybody who watched that game will appreciate that the players want this competition to continue."

Even in the face of bewildering public apathy, it will continue. But, there must be changes. It was suggested last week primary schools should have been flooded with tickets for this game. At least, it would have created an atmosphere, something this final severely lacked.

Munster were aiming for a third successive Railway Cup, inspired by a stunning display from Tommy Dunne.

Dunne got the game’s first score, before Eddie Brennan equalised seconds later.

Dunne was in a class of his own in the first half, and his points kept Munster in touch with a rampant Leinster attack.

It was Dunne’s pass (with his feet) that released Eoin McGrath in the 24th minute, placing the ball into the right corner beyond Stephen Byrne’s reach. It put Munster a point in front.

But, the teams continued to trade scores, as before, until the last few minutes of the half, when some sloppy Munster defending failed to clear the ball and Brendan Murphy pounced to bury the ball past Brendan Cummins.

Shefflin slotted a free over a moment later to put Leinster ahead at the interval, 1-10 to 1-9.

The game re-started in the same vein, until Leinster bagged a brace of goals in a minute. Their first may have been a scrambled effort, but their second goal was a thing of beauty.

A minute later, Shefflin lifted a ball into the full-forward line, where Eddie Brennan was the first to react, raising another green flag. Munster battled back, buoyed by McGrath’s second goal. A cameo from Andrew O’Shaughnessy, hurling’s Wayne Rooney, yielded a point and periods of panic in the Leinster full-back line. Still, Shefflin’s usual unerring free-taking sustained the wedge between the teams and it was one of Shefflin’s frees which Conal Keaney deflected for Leinster’s fourth goal.

That looked to be the final nail for Teddy Owen’s side, but they were provided a life-line from the most unlikely of sources. Pat O’Connell travelled from the half-back line and Kerry, to score the equalising goal as the clock winded down. There was still time for a little unjustice as the foul harshly called against Queally saw Shefflin score the decisive score.

That the hurler of the year won the game for Leinster shows the calibre of players on show yesterday. Pity nobody saw them strut their stuff.

Scorers: Leinster: H Shefflin 0-7, 6 frees, E Brennan 1-3, B Murphy, C Keaney (1-1 each), J Hoyne(1-0), D Lyng, J Coogan ( 0-1 each).

Munster: T Dunne(0-8), E McGrath(2-1), K McGrath(0-3, 1 free), P O’Connell (1-0), J Deane(0-2, both frees), T Griffin, B O’Connor, A O’Shaughnessy, E Kelly(0-1 each)

LEINSTER: J McGarry; M Kavanagh, N Hickey, D O’Connor, R Mulally, JJ Delaney, L Ryan; D Lyng, A Comerford; J Hoyne, H Shefflin, C Keaney, J Coogan, E Brennan, B Murphy. Subs. S Byrne for McGarry(16 mins), C Kehoe for O’Connor(50 mins)

MUNSTER: B Cummins; B Greene, D O’Sullivan, P Maher, D Hoey, E Corcoran, S Og O hAilpin; P Queally, T Dunne; T Griffin, K McGrath, E McGrath, B O’Connor, B Begley, J Deane Subs. D Riel for Greene(11 mins), O Moran for O’Sullivan(h-t). A O’Shaughnessy for Deane(h-t), E Kelly for Begley(42 mins), P O’Connell for Hoey(52 mins)

REFEREE: G Devlin(Armagh)