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The Clare team stand for the anthem before their National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.

McGrath’s hat trick too much for Tipperary

By Seamus Hayes

Clare 4-15 Tipperary 0-20

Clare’s ability to get through for goals helped them to a comfortable win over Tipperary in this round three Allianz hurling league tie played before an attendance of 8,133.

Conor Mc Grath of Clare  scores his third goal despite Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary during their National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.
Conor Mc Grath of Clare scores his third goal despite Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary during their National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.

Full forward Conor McGrath hit three, the first after ten minutes putting his side five clear. Tipperary had the margin down to a three points when McGrath hit for a second and this was quickly followed by a John Conlon goal which left Clare 3-7 to 0-8 ahead at half time.

Ten minutes before the break, Clare lost Darach Honan to injury and this led to the introduction of Podge Collins who went onto play a key part in the win.

Tipperary put on the pressure after the break and they outscored Clare 0-6 to 0-1 in the first fifteen minutes of the new half.

At the mid point of the half, McGrath struck for his third and Clare’s fourth goal and while Tipperary battled on, Clare remained in control and deservingly captured the spoils to move to move to the top of the league table with two home games remaining.

Tipperary did create a few goal chances but Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy produced two outstanding saves in that second half

Conor O Mahoney of Tipperary in action against Peter Duggan of Clare during their National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.
Conor O Mahoney of Tipperary in action against Peter Duggan of Clare during their National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.

Scorers; Clare;

C. McGrath (3-1); J. Conlon (1-3); Colin Ryan (0-4) P. Duggan (0-2) P. Donnellan, C. Galvin, D. Honan, T. Kelly, S. Morey (0-1) each;

Tipperary;–

J. O’Dwyer (0-7); J. Forde, J. Woodlock, S. Bourke, C. Kenny (0-2) each S. McGrath, K. Bergin, P. Murphy, N. McGrath, M. Heffernan (0-1 each

;

Clare

;–Donal Tuohy; Seadna Mlorey, Cian Dillon, David McInerney; Brendan Bugler, Conor Ryan, Pat O’Connor; Pat Donnellan, Colm Galvin; John Conlon, Peter Duggan, Colin Ryan; Darach Honan, Conor McGrath, Cathal O’Connell

Subs;

—Podge Collins for Honan (inj.26 minutes); Tony Kelly for Galvin (50 mins) Shane O’Donnell for O’Connell ( 51 minutes); Cathal McInerney for Duggan (65 minutes) Paul Flanagan for Morey (69 minutes);

Shane O Donnell of Clare has his togs tested by Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary during their National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.
Shane O Donnell of Clare has his togs tested by Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary during their National League game at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.

Tipperary

;–Darren Gleeson; Paddy Stapleton, Tom Stapleton, Cathal Barrett; Shane McGrath, Thomas Hamill, Michael Cahill; Brendan Maher, James Woodlock; Kieran Bergin, Noel McGrath, Paddy Murphy; Jason Forde, Johnnie O’Dwyer, Shane Bourke

Subs;–

Conor O’Mahoney for Hamill (34 minutes); Denis Maher for Murphy (40 minutes); Conor Kenny for Burke (56 minuts) Michael Heffernan for Bergin (61 minutes); Ronan Maher for forde (63 minutes)

Referee;–James Owens, Wexford;

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald on nthe sideline  during their National League game against Tipperary at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald on nthe sideline during their National League game against Tipperary at Thurles. Photograph by John Kelly.

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