Home » Sports » Goals win it for Tipperary footballers in Thurles
A dissapointed Clare manager Colm Collins following the loss to Tipperary during the National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.

Goals win it for Tipperary footballers in Thurles

Tipperary 3-9 Clare 0-14

Enda Coughlan of Clare in action against Robbie Kiely of Tipperary during the National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.
Enda Coughlan of Clare in action against Robbie Kiely of Tipperary during the National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.

ALTHOUGH they battled bravely and were still in the game half way through the second half, the concession of three goals handed the result to Tipperary. Clare played some decent attacking football and put over some outstanding points from play.

Martin O Leary of Clare bursts through the Tipperary defence during the National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.
Martin O Leary of Clare bursts through the Tipperary defence during the National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.

The games crucial score was Tipperary’s third goal, 19 minutes into the second half. Barry Grogan netted his second penalty, the first had been well saved by Pierce Deloughrey.

Clare made a very shaky start to the opening half when Tipperary corner forward Conor Sweeny goaled after a mere 19 seconds. They also had a Barry Grogan penalty saved by Pierce Deloughrey, while Grogan later buried Tipperary’s second first half goal.

George Hannigan of Tipperary in action against Shane Mc Grath of Clare during the National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.
George Hannigan of Tipperary in action against Shane Mc Grath of Clare during the National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.

To Clare’s credit though they held their composure for much of that first half with Shane McGrath kicking three marvellous points from play. David Tubridy knocked over four first half points, including two from play and a ’45, which was the last score of the opening half.

The home county led 2-5 to 0-9 at half time. The flood lights were switched on for the second 35 minutes in Semple Stadium.

Paul Codd of Tipperary in action against David Tubridy of Clare during their National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.
Paul Codd of Tipperary in action against David Tubridy of Clare during their National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.

One of the plus points,f or Clare, was the excellent attacking displays of David Tubridy and Martin O’Leary, who scored 0-9 between them.

Before Clare play Carlow on Sunday fortnight in Ennis, they will have to work on their defensive strategy. Tipperary repeatedly open them up and could have scored five goals.

Clare: Pierce Deloughrey; Dean Ryan, Gordon Kelly, Martin McMahon; Shane Hickey, Enda Coughlan, Oige Murphy; Gary Brennan (captain), Cathal O’Connor; Shane McGrath, Seán Collins, Shane Brennan; Martin O’Leary. David Tubridy, Jamie Malone.

Subs: Kevin Hartnett for Oige Murphy, Podge McMahon for Cathal O’Connor, Rory Donnelly for Shane McGrath.

Scorers: David Tubridy (0-6, 0-2f, 0-1 45), Martin O’Leary (0-3, 0-2f), Shane McGrath (0-3), Jamie Malone, Rory Donnelly (0-1 each).

Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald; Ger Mulhair, John Coghlan, Paul Codd; Robbie Kiely (captain), Peter Acheson, Donagh Leahy; Steven O’Brien, George Hannigan; Brian Fox, Ian Fahey, Philip Austin; Michael Quinlivan, Conor Sweeney.

Subs: Alan Moloney for Ian Fahey, Conal McCullagh for Alan Moloney, Cathal Dillon for Philip Austin, Alan Campbell for Paul Codd.

Scorers: Barry Grogan (2-3, 1-0 pen, Conor Sweeney (1-2), Michael Quinlivan (0-3), Philip Austin (0-1),

About Peter O'Connell

West Clare native Peter O'Connell has worked for The Clare Champion for 12 years and covers everything from sport, especially GAA, news, features and has been even known to branch into the fashion scene on occasion.

Check Also

Feakle’s Donnellan flying high over ‘unbelievable buzz’ in the parish

THE run of the parish’s hurlers has shortened the winter in Feakle and Oisín Donnellan …