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Allianz Football League Division 4 – Tipperary 3-9 Clare 0-14

Tipperary defeated Clare by 3-9 to 0-14 in round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 9th at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Tipp go top as Grogan grabs golden goal

Tipperary 3-09 Clare 0-14

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Barry Grogan missed a penalty but then netted another as Tipperary moved to the top of Division 4 with a four-point victory over Clare in Thurles yesterday. Tipp maintained their unbeaten start as Clare suffered their first defeat of the campaign to slip to third in the standings.

At half-time yesterday, the hosts led by 2-5 to 0-9 after Conor Sweeney and Grogan netted. Sweeney goaled after 18 seconds, and four minutes after missing a penalty, Grogan drilled home a brilliant goal on the half-hour.

Clare were reliant on David Tubridy, Martin O’Leary and Shane McGrath as they tried to stay in touch and with 18 minutes remaining the visitors were level (0-12 to 2-6). But after Michael Quinlivan was fouled for a penalty in the 54th minute, Grogan stepped forward to make no mistake at the second attempt, after Pierce de Loughrey had saved his first half effort.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 2-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), C Sweeney 1-1 (0-1f), M Quinlivan, P Austin & B Fox 0-2 each.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-5 (0-2f, 0-1 45), M O’Leary 0-4 (3f), S McGrath 0-3, J Malone & R Donnelly 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; G Mulhair, J Coghlan, P Codd; R Kiely, P Acheson, D Leahy; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; P Austin, B Grogan, I Fahey; B Fox, M Quinlivan, C Sweeney.

Subs: A Maloney for Fahey (15), C McCullagh for Maloney (44), L Egan for Hannigan (59), C Dillon for Austin (63), A Campbell for Codd (66), A Matassa for O’Brien (70+2).

CLARE: P de Loughrey; D Ryan, G Kelly, M McMahon; S Hickey, E Coughlan, M Óg Murphy; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins, S McGrath, S Brennan; M O’Leary, D Tubridy, J Malone.

Subs: K Hartnett for Murphy (h.t.), P McMahon for O’Connor (45), R Donnelly for McGrath (66).

Referee: N Ward (Westmeath).

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Clare in Sunday’s AFL Division 4 clash is unchanged from the side which defeated London last Sunday at Ruislip.

Tipperary SF v Clare – Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers), John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy), Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers); Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers – Captain), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers) , Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers); Steven O’Brien (Ballina), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Barry Grogan (Aherlow), Conal McCullagh (Clonmel Commercials); Brian Fox (Eire Óg Annacarty), Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)