The Clare U-14 ladies are out of the Munster U-14 championship. Having fought two very hard battles against Limerick, whom they beat by a point, they lost their opening game against Waterford in the dying minutes of the match.
They faced Tipperary in the last of the group matches and within a minute of the throw-in at Wolfe Tones, Clare’s Gráinne Nolan had the ball in the Tipperary net. Tipperary weren’t phased however and Róisín Howard led the charge that would see three goals and six points go between the Clare posts by the end of the first quarter.
After 20 minutes, Ann Marie Hayes goaled for Clare and she also pointed minutes later but not before Elaine Fitzpatrick and Sinéad Buckley pulled two points back for the visitors.
A Danah King goal closed the gap, only to have Tipperary snatch one more before the break. Reeling somewhat in the first quarter, Clare trailed by eight points, 3-1 to 3-9, at the break.
By the end of the third quarter, despite having a player in the sin bin, Clare had scored 1-1, which closed the margin to four points. Within minutes of Clare coming back to full strength, Tipp had a player sin-binned themselves but Clare failed to capitalise. Tipperary finished with a flurry of scores to record a 4-13 to 4-3 win
With Waterford beating Limerick in the other U-14 fixture of the day, they now go ahead on points and proceed with Tipperary to compete in the Munster U-14A Championship with Kerry and Cork. The top two teams in the A competition play in the U14A Munster final and the third and fourth teams play in the U14B Munster final. The Clare U-14 squad will reassemble to ready themselves for the All-Ireland U-14 Blitz on Saturday, May 14 and will be contacted by the team management, with details from Sharon Malone, Joe Downes, Edel Malone and Alan Copley in the coming weeks.
The members of the panel are: Elaine Casey, Laura Chesser, Eve Copley, Aoibheann Malone, Aoife Keane, Grainne Nolan, Eva O’Dea, Emma Neylon (Banner Ladies); Blainead Sheedy (Burren Gaels); Chloe Normoyle, Gillian Finucane (Coolmeen); Nicole Downes, Aine Looney (Cooraclare); Nicole Golden (Doonbeg); Michaela Fitzpatrick, Sara Jane O’Connell, Aisling McMahon (Doorabarefield); Elana Bradley, Amy Hayes (Éire Óg); Lauren Griffin, Shauna Hill (Fergus Rovers); Chloe Moloney (Kilmurry Ibrickane); Kate Coughlan, Rebecca Mahon, Ciara Coughlan (Kilmihil); Aoife Carraig, Kayla Crowley, Jessica Gilligan, Michelle Downes (Kilrush); Clionadh Egan (Liscannor); Megan Maguire, Ann Marie Hayes (Newmarket on Fergus); Ronya Baumann (Shannon Gaels); Amy Keane, Rachel Muldoon (West Clare Gaels), Danah King (Wolfe Tones).