Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final – Clare 2-13 Tipperary 0-18

Clare defeated Tipperary by 2-13 to 0-18 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final on Sunday April 3rd at Cusack Park Ennis.

Clare go through as Tipperary rue missed chances

Clare 2-13 Tipperary 0-18

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary were made to regret an awful display of free-taking as a 67th minute goal by substitute Aaron Shanagher sealed a Division 1 semi-final date with Kilkenny for Clare. With Seamus Callanan and John O’Dwyer substituted, Jason Forde had a late chance from a dead ball to force extra-time but struck it wide and then added another, bringing Tipperary’s total to 17 wides.

Tipperary had managed to build a three-point lead by the 62nd minute but found themselves behind five minutes later when Shanagher raced away from Tipperary defenders to bat the ball past Darragh Mooney.

Clare merited their half-time lead, 1-7 to 0-8, although Tipperary had hit seven wides to the hosts’ four, three of them coming from Seamus Callanan’s frees. Worryingly for Tipperary, the two Callanan managed to put over were not struck with any certainty.

Clare could also have lost Ciarán O’Doherty to a second yellow card for a wild strike on Niall O’Meara’s helmet but Diarmuid Kirwan chose to give him a warning. Otherwise, Clare were more clinical and their goal was similar to the one that stung Limerick in the opening minute. Again, Conlon collected a long delivery, this time from Aaron Cunningham, and finished with aplomb.

Ronan Maher and John McGrath were the best of the bunch for Tipperary but the game at that stage was being dictated by the shape and style of Clare.

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan (2 frees), D Honan (0-3 each); J Conlon (1-1); A Shanagher (1-0); C Galvin, C McGrath, C O’Connell (frees) (0-2 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath (0-6); J O’Dwyer (0-3, frees); S Callanan (frees), M Breen, P Maher (0-2 each); R Maher, N McGrath, J Forde (0-1 each).

CLARE: P Kelly; P Flanagan, P O’Connor, C O’Doherty; C Cleary, C Dillon, B Bugler; D Reidy, C Ryan; C Galvin, B Duggan, C McGrath; A Cunningham, D Honan, J Conlon.
Subs for Clare: G O’Connell for C O’Doherty (31); C O’Connell for B Duggan (43); Colin Ryan for C Galvin (inj 53); A Shanagher for A Cunningham (55); D Fitzgerald for D Reidy (62);

TIPPERARY: D Mooney; C Barrett, J Barry, C O’Brien; B Heffernan, R Maher, P Maher; B Maher, M Breen; N McGrath, D McCormack, N O’Meara; J O’Dwyer, S Callanan J McGrath.
Subs for Tipperary: K Bergin for N O’Meara (h-t); J Forde for S Callanan (52); T Hamill for C O’Brien (59); G Ryan for D McCormack (66).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

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Team News

In announcing his Tipperary side to meet Clare in the Allianz Hurling League Quarter-Final in Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday next, April 3rd, manager Michael Ryan has continued the development progression within his squad by handing a league debut between the posts to Éire Óg Annacarty’s Darragh Mooney.

Up front Seamus Callanan returns at full forward for his first full start of the league having being introduced at half time the last day, while Dan McCormack comes in at centre forward.

The Tipperary line-out is as follows –

1. Darragh Mooney – Éire Óg Annacarty
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Conor O’Brien – Éire Óg Annacarty
5. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
11. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
12. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

16. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
17. Kieran Bergin – Killenaule
18. Andrew Coffey – Nenagh Éire Óg
19. Jason Forde – Silvermines
20. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
21. Seamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
22. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
23. Daire Quinn – Nenagh Éire Óg
24. Gearóid Ryan – Templederry Kenyons
25. Willie Ryan – Clonakenny
26. Paddy Stapleton – Borris-Ileigh

The Clare starting 15 to face Tipperary in the Quarter Final of Division 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League has been named.

Clare Starting 15 versus Tipperary:
1) Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona)
2) Ciaran O’Doherty (Crusheen)
3) Cian Dillon, Captain (Crusheen)
4) Paul Flanagan (Ballyea)
5) Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
6) Conor Cleary (St Josephs Miltown/ Kilmaley)
7) Pat O’Connor (Tubber)
8) David Reidy (Éire Óg)
9) Conor Ryan (Cratloe)
10) Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
11) Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
12) John Conlon (Clonlara)
13) Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
14) Darach Honan (Clonlara)
15) Conor McGrath (Cratloe)