Tipperary defeated Clare by 0-14 to 0-10 in the Munster Under 17 Football Competition Quarter-Final on Tuesday April 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.
Tipperary hold on as Clare leave it too late
Report by Michael Dundon for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Tipperary 0-14 Clare 0-10
Tipperary survived a determined Clare rally in the closing 20 minutes of the inaugural Munster U17 football quarter-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles, last evening to clinch a semi-final clash with Kerry next month.
Tipp deserved their win thanks to the excellence of their first-half performance, but manager Matt Doherty conceded afterwards that they were happy to hang on. “Everything went our way in the first half but then they got on top at midfield in the second half and the pressure came on us, and we did well to hold out at the finish,” he said.
Tipp were leading by eight points (0-10 to 0-2) and coasting after 40 minutes and it seemed only a matter of how much they would have to spare at the finish. However, Clare, having struggled for most of the first half, finally got their game together to outscore their rivals eight to four in a tense finish.
Aided by the breeze, Tipp dominated the first half. Darragh Tynan was a major thorn in Clare’s side, kicking four points, three from play, as the home county surged to an interval lead of 0-8 to 0-2. Cian O Sullivan and Eanna McBride were other key figures for Tipperary. Tipperary had further points from Conor Ryan and Adam McGrath to extend their lead in the early stages of the second half, but a smashing point from centre halfback David McNamara after 40 minutes finally got Clare moving, and from that to the finish, Tipp backs were to the wall as they fought to protect their lead.
McNamara’s surges from defence were causing Tipp problems and with Seamus Casey and Gearoid Grady also to the fore, Clare cut the lead to three points as the game drifted towards added time. Two spectacular frees by sub Sean Conway were crucial to the recovery. In a tense finish, Tipperary held their nerve, a point from a Rian Quigley free in the 62nd minute giving them enough breathing space to see out the five minutes’ additional time allowed.
Tipperary have a Munster minor football clash with Cork next week, and with 15 of the minor panel included in this squad, and club games scheduled at the weekend, Doherty said it is difficult to juggle the eight-day turn-around. All six Tipperary forwards scored, with Darragh Tynan taking top honours, but Cian O’Sullivan, Mark Stokes, Eanna McBride, Dara O’Leary, and Paul Devlin were others to turn in big performances. Clare lost the game in the first half and left themselves with too much ground to make up. However, they never threw in the towel, with David McNamara, Seamus Casey, Gearoid O’Grady, and Euan Reidy leading by example.
Tipperary scorers: D Tynan (0-4,1f), R Quigley (0-4,2fs), C Ryan (0-2), M McFadden, I Holloway, A McGrath, C O’Sullivan (0-1 each).
Clare scorers: S Casey (0-3, 2fs), S Conway (0-2, 2fs), D McNamara (0-2), M Garry, P Talty, C Meaney (0-1) each.
TIPPERARY: C Quinn; M McFadden, D O’Leary, D Mulcahy; J Ryan, P Devlin, E McBride; S Grogan, M Stokes; C Ryan, R Quigley, I Holloway; A McGrath, C O’Sullivan, D Tynan.
Subs: M Egan for C Ryan; S Murphy for Holloway; K Bracken for Stokes; A Keane for Tynan; S McAdam for O’Sullivan.
CLARE: T O’Brien; G Collins, O O’Looney, E Reidy; D O’Brien, D McNamara, S O’Brien; T Clancy, M Murray; D Walshe, S Casey, C Meaney; M Garry, E Thynne, G O’Grady.
Subs: J Murphy for Murray; C Conway for Walshe; P Talty for Garry; E Petty for D O’Brien; D O’Donnell for Casey.
Referee: D O’Callaghan, Limerick.
Cork defeated Waterford by 6-24 to 0-1 in the Munster Under 17 Football Competition Quarter-Final on Tuesday April 4th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.
Cork crush Waterford by 41 points in quarter-final mismatch
Report by Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Waterford 0-1 Cork 6-24
The Cork U17 footballers scored 6-21 from play in a woefully one-sided provincial quarter-final at Fraher Field last night. Conor McMahon from Kilshannig fired 2-3 in the opening half and captain Blake Murphy shot six points in total as 10 of the young Rebels were on target by the final whistle. Half-backs David Lardner (0-4) and James O’Mullane (1-1) also joined in in the rout.
Mark Cronin tapped over a free within 40 seconds as the visitors had 24 first half attempts. The home team were savaged under long kick-outs for the opening quarter. Cork claimed three marks and slotted nine points in that space of time, three from Mark Cronin and two apiece by Blake Murphy and Conor McMahon. Seven minutes before the break, McMahon palmed home. Cronin and Conor Russell combined to set up McMahon who lashed the ball into the far corner on the stroke of half-time.
Déise corner-back Conor Burns notched their solitary point with the last kick. Despite shooting nine wides and striking the metalwork twice, James McCarthy’s side led 2-11 to 0-1 at the break. Before a crowd of 233, the massacre continued unabated on the change of sides. Sub Colin Walsh blasted a goal within four minutes of his introduction. Another replacement Killian Murphy bundled in a fourth. Walsh sizzled the roof of the rigging for his second major before O’Mullane completed a 41-point hiding. The winners host Limerick in the semis on May 2.
Scorer for Waterford: C Burns 0-1.
Scorers for Cork: C McMahon 2-3; C Walsh 2-1; B Murphy 0-6; J O’Mullane 1-1; M Cronin (3fs), D Lardner 0-4 each; F Herlihy 0-3; K Murphy 1-0; C Russell, J Murphy 0-1 each.
WATERFORD: D Daniels; R Stringer, J Keane, C Burns; S Cronin, J Devine, R McGrath; N MacCathmhaoil, T Ahern; B Flynn, D Beresford, K Roche; J Ó Lonáin, S Kiely, A Gleeson.
Subs: M Lonergan for MacCathmhaoil (41); J Dunne for McGrath (47); J Griffin for Gleeson (48); B Gough for Burns (53); J Walsh for Ó Lonáin (55).
CORK: C Lankfort; J Corcoran, D O’Mahony, E Lehane; J O’Mullane, G Lardner, D Lardner; M Keane, N O’Sullivan; F Herlihy, B Murphy, J Murphy; M Cronin, C Russell, C McMahon.
Subs: C Walsh for Cronin (36); C Crowley for Keane (39); K Murphy for J Murphy (41); D Doody for Lankfort (46); D Twomey for O’Mahony (51); R O’Flynn for Russell (51).
Referee: B Griffin (Kerry)