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Rampant Tipp Triumph In Ennis

Munster SHC: Clare 0-17  Tipperary 3-21

A powerful display from Tipperary saw them cruise to a 13 point win over Clare in Cusack Park.

It leaves the Banner fighting for their championship lives ahead of a trip to take on Limerick next weekend.

Jason Forde opened scoring with a free from midfield in the first minute but was closely followed by a cracker from Diarmuid Ryan. Both teams settled quickly and Seamie Callanan and Podge Collins added their names to the scoreboard to make it two apiece.

David Fitzgerald then fired over a point from midfield before Seamie Callanan notched his first score. Bubbles O’Dwyer has been a man in form this year and he soon sent over a beauty to see Tipp lead early.

Peter Duggan then opened the shoulders and bisected the posts from 70m out to make it four points each in an enthralling encounter.

Seamie Callanan and Brendan Maheer then edged Tipp ahead before a Duggan free narrowed the gap to one.

Jason Forde and Shane Golden then traded points to see Tipp lead by one after 20 minutes.

The defining moment of the first half was Noel McGrath’s as the Loughmore-Castleiney man pulled on the loose ball after a scrappy attack but it sufficed as he rattled the Clare net.

Points from John McGrath and two from Bonner before a Noel McGrath point put them well clear, and in control.

Clare’s middle third struggled and the Banner also failed to get Tony Kelly and other key players involved in the game.

By virtue of this, Tipp took a 1-14 to 0-11 lead into the break.

Tony Kelly opened the second half scoring but Tipp dealt Clare’s chances of victory a massive blow when Seamie Callanan buried a goal after Jason Forde’s free ricocheted off of the post.

A litany of wides plagued Clare’s attempt to reel Tipp in, and it felt as if Tipp were in cruise control after Callanan’s goal.

Ten minutes later Patrick ‘Bonne’ Maher’s goal all but sealed the win for Tipp. A brilliant individual effort as he rounded two defenders and finished with ease.

The game petered out after this as both teams essentially waited for the full-time whistle. A disappointing day at the office for Clare as Tipp brushed them aside with ease. Final score 3-21 to 0-17.

Clare: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O’Connor, David McInerney, Seadna Morey; Cathal Malone, Jack Browne, David Fitzgerald; Shane Golden, Colm Galvin; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, Diarmuid Ryan; Shane O’Donnell, John Conlon, Podge Collins.

Tipperary: Brian Hogan; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Ronan Maher; Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Alan Flynn; Noel McGrath, Michael Breen; Jason Forde, John O’Dwyer, Patrick Maher; John McGrath, Seamie Callanan, Niall O’Meara.

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway).

 

The Clare team stand for the anthem before their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Podge Collins of Clare in action against Cathal Barrett of Tipperary during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Cathal Barrett of Tipperary in action against Shane O Donnell of Clare during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Tony Kelly of Clare in action against Cathal Barrett of Tipperary during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
John Conlon of Clare laments a missed scoring opportunity during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Podge Collins of Clare in action against Alan Flynn of Tipperary during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Noel McGrath of Tipperary in action against Diarmuid Ryan of Clare during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Cathal Barrett of Tipperary in action against Shane O Donnell of Clare during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Peter Duggan of Clare during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Barry Heffernan of Tipperary in action against John Conlon of Clare during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
David Fitzgerald of Clare in action against Padraic Maher of Tipperary during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Padraic Maher of Tipperary in action against Podge Collins of Clare during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Peter Duggan of Clare stands over a free ball during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly

Cathal Malone of Clare in action against Jason Forde of Tipperary during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Cathal Malone of Clare in action against Patrick Maher of Tipperary during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly

Seamus Callanan of Tipperary scores a goal despite Patrick O Connor of Clare during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Seamus Callanan of Tipperary celebrates a goal during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
John Mc Grath of Tipperary in action against David Mc Inerney of Clare during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly

Cathal Malone of Clare in action against Ronan Maher of Tipperary during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
David Mc Inerney of Clare in action against John Mc Grath of Tipperary during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Patrick Maher of Tipperary scores a goal despite Donal Tuohy of Clare during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Donal Tuohy of Clare get a yellow card from referee Alan Kelly during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Colm Galvin of Clare in action against Jason Forde and Patrick Maher of Tipperary during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
John Conlon of Clare is substituted late in the second half during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Donal Moloney, Clare Joint Manager, late on during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Diarmuid Ryan of Clare signs autographs for a fan following their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly
Diarmuid Ryan of Clare in action against Willie Connors of Tipperary during their Munster Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly

 

 

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