1998 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1998 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 24 May - 13 September 1998
Teams 18
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Offaly (4th win)
Captain Hubert Rigney
Manager Michael Bond
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Kilkenny
Captain Tom Hickey
Manager Kevin Fennelly
Provincial Champions
Munster Clare
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Antrim
Connacht Galway
Championship statistics
No. matches played 23
Top Scorer John Troy (2-31)
Player of the Year Tony Browne
All-Star Team See here
1997
1999

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1998 (known for sponsorship reasons as the Guinness Hurling Championship 1998) was the 112th staging of Ireland's premier hurling competition. Offaly won the championship, beating Kilkenny 2-16 to 1-13 in the final at Croke Park, Dublin.

Format[edit]

1998 was the second year that the controversial "back door" or qualifier system was used in the All-Ireland Championship. While the two provincial final winners automatically qualify for the All-Ireland semi-finals the two defeated provincial teams join Galway and the Ulster provincial final winners in two "quarter-finals". The two winners from these two games qualify for the semi-finals where they meet the Leinster and Munster winners. In 1998 Waterford and Offaly were the two teams to benefit from the qualifier system.

Semi-final controversy[edit]

The All-Ireland semi-final replay between Clare and Offaly ended in controversy and disarray when the referee, Jimmy Cooney, mistakenly ended the game five minutes earlier than he had intended. Clare were three points up, 1-16 to 2-10 at this point. When the whistle blew there was disarray in Croke Park as the disgruntled Offaly supporters began a sit-down protest on the pitch. A Kildare v. Kerry IHC game planned for afterwards had to be cancelled.

Clare manager Ger Loughnane was adamant that the result should stand as the referee's word should be deemed final. However as the game hadn't been completed to 70 minutes, the Gaelic Athletic Association had to re-fix the semi final replay. In the re-fixture in Thurles 6 days later, the result was reversed with Offaly winning the game on a score of 0-16 to 0-13.

All-Ireland Final[edit]

As a result of the new Qualifier system of games for the second year in a row the All-Ireland final was contested by two teams from the same province. However, this year the final was a repeat of the Leinster final with Offaly taking on Kilkenny. Offaly were playing in their Third All-Ireland Final of the 1990s(having won against Limerick in 1994 and lost to Clare in 1995). Goals for Offaly reversed the Leinster final result and allowed the Offaly men to defeat "the Cats" heavily.

Fixtures[edit]

Connacht Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

July 12
Final
Roscommon 3-13 – 2-27 Galway
B. Boyle (1-5), C. Kelly (1-4), P. Regan (1-1), M. Cunniffe (0-1), L. Murray (0-1), T. Galvin (0-1). D. Coen (1-13), A. Kerins (1-4), M. Kenny (0-2), F. Forde (0-2), M. Coleman (0-1), O. Fahy (0-1), K. Broderick (0-1), J. Rabbitte (0-1), J. McGrath (0-1), N. Shaughnessy (0-1).
Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: P. Delaney (Laois)

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

May 24
Quarter-Final
Offaly 4-28 – 0-8 Meath
J. Troy (1-9), J. Dooley (1-5), M. Duignan (0-4), B. Dooley (1-1), B. Whelehan (1-0), M. Hand (0-3), K. Farrell (0-2), C. Cassidy (0-1), P. Mulhaire (0-1), G. Oakley (0-1), J. Pilkington (0-1). N. Horan (0-6), M. Cole (0-1), D. Dorran (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 48,856
Referee: P. Aherne (Carlow)

May 31
Quarter-Final
Dublin 0-14 – 4-23 Kilkenny
J. Brennan (0-5), E. Morrissey (0-3), I. McGrane (0-2), S. Perkins (0-2), D. Sweeney (0-1), R. Boland (0-1). D. J. Carey (1-8), N. Maloney (1-3), B. McEvoy (1-1), K. O'Shea (1-0), M. Phelan (0-3), C. Carter (0-3), P. J. Delaney (0-3), P. O'Neill (0-1), P. Larkin (0-1).
Parnell Park, Dublin
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: D. Murphy (Wexford)

June 14
Semi-Final
Kilkenny 3-11 – 1-14 Laois
K. O'Shea (1-1), C. Carter (0-4), N. Maloney (1-0), P. J. Delaney (1-0), D. J. Carey (0-3), P. O'Neill (0-2), D. Byrne (0-1). D. Cuddy (0-5), M. Rooney (1-1), C. Cuddy (0-2), D. Rooney (0-2), D. Russell (0-1), O. Dowling (0-1), F. O'Sullivan (0-1), P. Cuddy (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 46,078
Referee: P. Horan (Offaly)

June 14
Semi-Final
Offaly 1-15 – 0-17 Wexford
Johnny Dooley (1-3), J. Troy (0-4), B. Whelehan (0-3), Joe Dooley (0-2), B. Dooley (0-1), J. Pilkington (0-1), P. Mulhaire (0-1). P. Codd (0-9), M. Storey (0-3), A. Fenlon (0-2), R. McCarthy (0-1), L. Murphy (0-1), M. Jordan (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 46,078
Referee: A. Mac Suibhne (Dublin)

July 5
Final
Kilkenny 3-10 – 1-11 Offaly
C. Carter (1-5), D. J. Carey (2-1), N. Maloney (0-1), B. McEvoy (0-1), A. Comerford (0-1), M. Phelna (0-1). J. Troy (1-6), Johnny Dooley (0-2), D. Hanniffy (0-1), K. Martin (0-1), B. Whelehan (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 32,490
Referee: D. Murphy (Wexford)

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

May 24
Quarter-Final
Kerry 1-9 – 0-20 Waterford
B. O'Sullivan (0-4), J. M. Dooley (1-0), R. Gentleman (0-2), M. Slattery (0-2), T. Maunsell (0-1). D. Shanahan (0-6), P. Flynn (0-6), K. McGrath (0-3), T. Browne (0-2), A. Kirwan (0-1), D. Bennett (0-1), M. White (0-1).
Austin Stack Park, Tralee
Attendance: 4,106
Referee: S. McMahon (Clare)

May 31
Quarter-Final
Limerick 3-11 – 1-20 Cork
B. Foley (1-1), S. O'Neill (1-1), M. Galligan (0-4), J. Moran (1-0), G. Kirby (0-2), T. J. Ryan (0-2), M. Foley (0-1). J. Deane (0-7), S. McGrath (0-5), A. Browne (1-1), S. O'Farrell (0-3), K. Morrisson (0-2), F. McCormack (0-2).
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Attendance: 34,480
Referee: J. McDonnell (Tipperary)

June 7
Semi-Final
Waterford 0-21 – 2-12 Tipperary
P. Flynn (0-10), K. McGrath (0-4), T. Browne (0-2), D. Shanahan (0-2), B. O'Sullivan (0-2), A. Kirwan (0-1). E. O'Neill (1-3), B. O'Meara (1-0), L. Cahill (0-3), T. Dunne (0-2), L. McGrath (0-1), D. Ryan (0-1), J. Leahy (0-1), M. Kennedy (0-1).
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork
Attendance: 30,532
Referee: P. O'Connor (Limerick)

June 21
Semi-Final
Clare 0-21 – 0-13 Cork
J. O'Connor (0-5), E. Taaffe (0-3), A. Markham (0-3), N. Gilligan (0-3), D. Forde (0-2), O. Baker (0-2), A. Daly (0-1), G. O'Loughlin (0-1), P. J. O'Connell (0-1). J. Deane (0-7), P. Ryan (0-3), S. McGrath (0-2), F. McCormack (0-1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 49,133
Referee: W. Barrett (Tipperary)

July 12
Final
Clare 1-16 – 3-10 Waterford
J. O'Connor (0-7), A. Markham (1-0), P. J. O'Connell (0-2), E. Taaffe (0-2), A. Daly (0-1), O. Baker (0-1), D. Forde (0-1), N. Gilligan (0-1), C. Clancy (0-1). (Report) A. Kirwan (2-1), P. Flynn (1-2), T. Browne (0-3), D. Shanahan (0-3), M. White (0-1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 51,417
Referee: W. Barrett (Tipperary)

July 19
Final Replay
Clare 2-16 – 0-10 Waterford
N. Gilligan (1-1), S. McMahon (0-4), J. O'Connor (0-4), C. Clancy (1-0), D. Forde (0-2), A. Markham (0-1), F. Hegarty (0-1), G. O'Loughlin (0-1), C. Lynch (0-1), O. Baker (0-1). (Report) P. Flynn (0-4), D. Bennett (0-2), K. McGrath (0-1), A. Kirwan (0-1), S. Daly (0-1), P. Queally (0-1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 51,731
Referee: W. Barrett (Tipperary)

Ulster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

June 14
Semi-Final
Antrim 0-19 – 0-19 London
Greg O'Kane (0-6), L. Richmond (0-2), P. McKillen (0-2), S. McMullan (0-2), J. Cardon (0-2), J. McIntosh (0-2), M. Molloy (0-1), Gary O'Kane (0-1), A. Elliott (0-1). T. Moloney (0-10), D. Browne (0-2), D. Murphy (0-2), E. Quiane (0-2), A. Heney (0-2), C. Heney (0-1).
Casement Park, Belfast
Referee: P. Delaney (Laois)

June 21
Semi-Final Replay
Antrim 6-28 – 1-7 London
J. Carson (2-2), L. Richmond (1-5), A. Elliott (1-5), Greg O'Kane (1-5), P. McKillen (0-4), J. O'Neill (1-0), S. McMullan (0-2), M. Molloy (0-2), C. McGuckian (0-1), C. McKiernan (0-1), J. McIntosh (0-1). T. Maloney (1-3), P. Jordan (0-2), B. Dolan (0-1), D. Murphy (0-1).
Casement Park, Belfast
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: P. Delaney (Laois)

June 21
Semi-Final
Derry 2-17 – 0-18 Down
O. Collins (0-12), G. McGonagle (1-3), M. Conway (1-0), G. Biggs (0-1), J. O'Dwyer (0-1). J. McGrattan (0-7), J. McCarthy (0-3), E. Trainor (0-2), G. McGrattan (0-2), M. Coulter (0-2), A. Tinnelly (0-1), B. Coulter (0-1).
Casement Park, Belfast
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: T. McIntyre (Antrim)

July 5
Final
Antrim 1-19 – 2-13 Derry
Greg O'Kane (0-10), A. Elliott (1-3), S. McMullan (0-2), P. McKillen (0-1), J. McIntosh (0-1), Jarlath Elliott (0-1), J. Carson (0-1). O. Collins (0-10), Gary Biggs (1-1), G. McGonagle (1-0), M. McCormack (0-1), Greg Biggs (0-1).
Casement Park, Belfast
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: P. Delaney (Laois)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

July 26
Quarter-Final
Waterford 1-20 – 1-10 Galway
T. Browne (0-7), P. Flynn (0-5), S. Daly (1-0), K. McGrath (0-2), A. Kirwan (0-2), D. Bennett (0-1), Billy O'Sullivan (0-1), P. Queally (0-1), D. Shanahan (0-1). L. Burke (1-1), D. Coen (0-3), F. Forde (0-2), J. Rabbitte (0-1), O. Fahy (0-1), K. Broderick (0-1), A. Kerins (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 26,052
Referee: D. Murphy (Wexford)

July 26
Quarter-Final
Offaly 2-18 – 2-9 Antrim
J. Dooley (0-4), B. Whelehan (0-4), K. Farrell (1-0), M. Duignan (1-0), J. Troy (0-3), J. Ryan (0-3), B. Dooley (0-2), C. Cassidy (0-1), G. Hanniffy (0-1). G. O'Kane (0-6), J. Carson (1-0), A. Elliott (1-0), J. McIntosh (0-1), J. P. McKillop (0-1), J. Elliott (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 26,052
Referee: J. McDonnell (Tipperary)

August 9
Semi-Final
Offaly 1-13 – 1-13 Clare
J. Pilkington (1-1), B. Whelehan (0-4), J. Troy (0-2), Johnny Dooley (0-2), P. Mulhaire (0-2), M. Duignan (0-1), Joe Dooley (0-1). J. O'Connor (0-6), F. Tuohy (1-2), S. McMahon (0-1), O. Baker (0-1), P. J. O'Connell (0-1), G. O'Loughlin (0-1), D. Forde (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 37,124
Referee: J. Cooney (Galway)

August 16
Semi-Final
Kilkenny 1-11 – 1-10 Waterford
D. J. Carey (0-5), N. Maloney (1-0), A. Comerford (0-3), B. McEvoy (0-2), C. Carter (0-1). T. Browne (1-3), P. Flynn (0-3), D. Shanahan (0-2), B. Daly (0-1), A. Kirwan (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 50,856
Referee: P. O'Connor (Limerick)

August 22
Semi-Final Replay
Offaly 2-10 – 1-16 Clare
B. Dooley (1-1), J. Errity (1-0), J. Troy (0-3), Joe dooley (0-2), J. Pilkington (0-1), B. Whelehan (0-1), Johnny Dooley (0-1), M. Duignan (0-1). A. Markham (1-3), J. O'Connor (0-5), S. McMahon (0-3), B. Murphy (0-2), A. Daly (0-1), F. Tuohy (0-1), O. Baker (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 38,015
Referee: J. Cooney (Galway)

August 29
Semi-Final Refixture
Offaly 0-16 – 0-13 Clare
Joe Dooley (0-5), G. Hanniffy (0-3), B. Whelehan (0-3), B. Dooley (0-1), J. Pilkington (0-1), Johnny Dooley (0-1), J. Errity (0-1), J. Troy (0-1). J. O'Connor (0-5), D. Forde (0-2), A. Daly (0-1), O. Baker (0-1), A. Markham (0-1), S. McMahon (0-1), N. Gilligan (0-1), J. Reddan (0-1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 45,092
Referee: D. Murphy (Wexford)

September 13
Final
Offaly 2-16 – 1-13 Kilkenny
B. Whelehan (1-6), J. Errity (1-2), J. Troy (0-3), M. Duignan (0-2), Joe Dooley (0-2), J. Pilkington (0-1). D. J. Carey (0-5), C. Carter (1-1), B. McEvoy (0-3), K. O'Shea (0-2), A. Comerford (0-1), P. Larkin (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 65,491
Referee: D. Murphy (Wexford)
Offaly
Kilkenny

Top scorers[edit]

Season[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 John Troy Offaly 2-31 37 8 4.62
2 Paul Flynn Waterford 1-30 33 6 5.50
3 Jamesie O'Connor Clare 0-32 32 5 6.40
4 D. J. Carey Kilkenny 3-22 31 5 6.20
5 Greg O'Kane Antrim 1-27 30 4 7.50

Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Daragh Coen Galway 1-13 16 Roscommon
2 John Troy Offaly 1-9 12 Meath
Oliver Collins Derry 0-12 12 Down
4 D. J. Carey Kilkenny 1-8 11 Dublin
5 Paul Flynn Waterford 0-10 10 Tipperary
Timmy Maloney London 0-10 10 Antrim
Greg O'Kane Antrim 0-10 10 Derry
Oliver Collins Derry 0-10 10 Antrim
9 Paul Codd Wexford 0-9 9 Offaly
John Troy Offaly 1-6 9 Kilkenny

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