AFL Division 4 Final – Tipperary 1-16 Clare 1-15

Tipperary defeated Clare by 1-16 to 1-15 in the Allianz Football League Division 4 Final on Saturday April 26th at Croke Park.



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Division IV Final: Glory for Tipperary

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION IV FINAL: TIPPERARY 1-16 CLARE 1-15

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Tipperary took the Division IV title in the first final at Croke Park on Saturday evening, overcoming a stiff challenge from Clare to take a one-point victory in an entertaining game.

Peter Creedon’s side just had too much for Clare, and they finished strongly in the final 20 minutes, outscoring their opponents by 0-8 to 0-4 in the decisive final period. A tally of 1-8 from Conor Sweeney proved crucial for Tipperary, and it was his two late points, one from play and one from a free, which sealed Tipperary’s win and sent them away from Croke Park with a rare trophy. Regardless of the result of this game, both these sides are promoted and will play in Division IV next season.

Tipperary led 1-7 to 0-9 at the end of a competitive first half, with Sweeney’s 19th minute goal the decisive score in the opening 35 minutes. Sweeney pounced after Peter Acheson’s shot had been saved by Pierce De Loughrey, with the Ballyporeen man firing home sharply when the ball broke to him. That goal put Tipperary one point ahead, with Clare having been 0-6 to 0-4 ahead before that. Three fine scores from wing forward Shane McGrath had helped them into the lead, while Sweeney (2) and Barry Grogan registered early on for Tipperary. McGrath, who had started superbly for Clare, was also guilty of some poor decision making, spurning three good chances for Clare in the second quarter.

Nonetheless, points from the excellent David Tubridy (free), Cathal O’Connor and Ciarán Russell kept Clare in touch after Tipperary had a dominant spell close to the end of the first half, creating lots of chances and registering points from Robbie Kiely and George Hannigan.
Clare were level shortly after the restart, points from David Keenan and Jamie Malone coming either side of a Grogan score to leave it 0-11 to 1-8 after 42 minutes.

However, Clare broke through for a superb goal seconds later when Martin O’Leary found some space and burned past Tipperary corner back Andrew Morrissey before planting the ball into the roof of the net past Paul Fitzgerald. That put Clare three ahead, but Tipp hit four without reply in the next 10 minutes through the impressive Sweeney (3) and Grogan, to lead by one heading into the final 15 minutes. A magnificent score from Tubridy on 60 minutes levelled the sides up, and they remained level with five to go after Sweeney (free) and McGrath traded scores.

However, two late scores from Sweeney put Tipperary two ahead with time almost up, and although Tubridy gave Clare hope with an excellent free under pressure, Tipperary held strong in the last few minutes to take the win.
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Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney 1-8 (4f), B Grogan 0-4 (2f), I Fahey 0-1, R Kiely 0-1, G Hannigan 0-1, S O’Brien 0-1

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-7 (4f), S McGrath 0-4, M O’Leary 1-0, C Russell 0-1, C O’Connor 0-1, D Keenan 0-1, J Malone 0-1

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; J Coghlan, P Codd, A Morrissey; R Kiely, P Acheson, D Leahy; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; P Austin, I Fahey, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, B Grogan. Subs: S Grogan for P Austin (44), C McDonald for A Morrissey (45), C O’Riordan for I Fahey (62), C McCullagh for S Grogan (72).

CLARE: P DeLoughrey; D Ryan, K Hartnett, M McMahon; S Hickey, G Kelly, E Coughlan; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S McGrath, J Malone, C Russell; M O’Leary, S Brennan, D Tubridy. Subs: MO Murphy for S Hickey (47), P McMahon for S Brennan (51), J Hayes for P De Loughrey (57), R Donnelly for J Malone (69).






Team News

The Tipperary team to play Clare in Saturday’s Allianz Football League Division 4 Final at Croke Park shows 6 changes from the side which lost to Wicklow in their last League game. Under 21 players Steven O’Brien, Ian Fahey and Michael Quinlvan return to the team along with veterans Paul Fitzgerald, Andrew Morrissey and George Hannigan with Matthew O’Donnell, Ciaran McDonald, Aldo Matassa, Lorcan Egan, Alan Campbell and Conal McCullagh dropping to the bench.

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

Clare: Pierce De Loughrey (Cratloe); Dean Ryan (Éire Óg Ennis), Kevin Hartnett (Meelick), Martin McMahon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Shane Hickey (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown-Malbay), Enda Coughlan (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Gary Brennan (Clondegad), Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen); Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis), Jamie Malone (Corofin), Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg Ennis); Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil), Shane Brennan (Clondegad), David Tubridy (Doonbeg)


Tipperary and Clare will contest the Allianz Football League Division 4 Final on Saturday next April 26th at 5:00pm in Croke Park. The game will serve as a curtain-raiser to the Division 3 Final between Cavan and Roscommon. Tipperary have been very impressive in the League to date, securing promotion with 1 round to spare after 5 wins and a draw in their first 6 games, including a 3-9 to 0-14 victory over Saturday’s opponents Clare in a game played at Semple Stadium Thurles on March 9th.


Tipperary’s last promotion from Division 4 and appearance in a Division 4 Final was in 2008 when Tipperary lost to Offaly by 2-13 to 0-12. Brian Coen scored 10 of Tipperary’s 12 points on that occasion. The Tipperary team which lost to Offaly in the 2008 Division 4 Final lined out as follows – Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Aidan Foley (Moyle Rovers), Mark Peters (Galtee Rovers), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow); Paddy Codd (Killenaule), Robbie Costigan (Cahir), Cian Maher (Fethard); Kevin Mulryan (JK Brackens), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Eoin Kearney (Ballyporeen), Laurence Coskeran (Aherlow); Damien O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty), Seamus Grogan (Aherlow), Brian Coen (Fethard). Subs used – Paul Johnson (Moyle Rovers) for Maher (25 mins), Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers) for Kearney, Eamon Hanrahan (Clonmel Commercials) for Hannigan (both half-time), Shane Stapleton (Golden-Kilfeacle) for Austin (52), Hugh Coghlan (St. Vincent’s) for Codd (62).


ALLIANZ LEAGUE TOP SCORERS

In Gaelic Football, Ballyporeen’s Conor Sweeney currently sits on top of the highest scorer list across all the divisions having accounted for 5 goals and 41 points, an aggregate total of 56 points which will certainly be good enough for the honour of being the top scorer in Division 4. With the four Division Finals down for decision this weekend, Conor is 8 points clear of his nearest rival across all the divisions (Derry’s Mark Lynch who has scored 2-42 – 48 points). In addition to Conor’s achievements, Aherlow forward Barry Grogan’s tally of 5-22 (37 points) is good enough to be in the top 3 of Division 4 scorers and in the top 10 across all divisions.