Clare advanced to the Munster U20 football semi-finals where they will face Kerry following an easy win over Tipperary on Monday evening.

Clare 3-15
Tipperary 2-06
Venue: Hennessy Park, Miltown Malbay

Clare took control from the throw in and had points on the board from Brendy Rouine (free) and Brian McNamara inside the opening five minutes.

In their first attack, on the ninth minute, the visitors breached the Clare defence and Jamie Holloway gave his side the lead when shooting to the corner of the net.

Clare’s response was instant and an excellent move saw them raise a green flag of their own when Brian McNamara drilled the ball to the roof of the net after taking a pass from Eoin Rouine.

Points followed from Brendy Rouine, Sean McNamara and Joe Raftery before Sean McNamara struck for Clare’s second goal, three minutes before the half time whistle.

Five minutes into the second half Clare were making plans for a provincial semi-final clash with Kerry next Monday as they had added 1-3 to their half time tally, 1-1 coming from Shane Griffin.

With a semi-final date secure, Clare were able to give game time to a number of substitutes and Cillian McGroary chipped in with two points, putting down a marker for inclusion next week.

Tipperary battled to the end and were rewarded with a good goal from Cathal Deeeley in the second minute of added time. Less than a minute later they were reduced to fourteen men when full back and captain Tadhg Condon picked up a straight red card.

Impressive for Clare on the evening were Fionn Kelleher, the centre back now seems a doubt for next week as he hobbled off just before the final whistle leaving the hosts with fourteen men having used their allocation of subs, Odhran Cunningham, Brendy Rouine, Sean McNamara and Brian McNamara who excelled at midfield

Scorers Clare: B. Rouine (0-5, 4f) S. McNamara (1-2); B. McNamara, S. Griffin (1-1) each J. Raftery (0-2, 1f) T. Meenaghan (0-1), K. Mc Groary (0-2)

Scorers Tipperary; J. Holloway (1-1);; Cathal Deeley (1-0), C. Smyth (0-3) S. Daly (0-1) D. O’Riordan (0-1)

Clare;
1: Oisin O’Loughlin (St. Breckans);

2: Eoghan Casey (Wolfe Tones)
3: Fergal Guinnane (Kildysart),
4: Ciaran McMahon (Ennistymon);

5: Odhran Cunningham (Killimer),
6: Fionn Kelleher (St. Josephs Doora/Barefield) joint captain,
7: Eoin Walsh (Banner)

10: Eoin Rouine (Ennistymon) joint captain
8: Brian McNamara (Cooraclare)

9: Micheál Garry (Cooraclare)
11: Brendy Rouine (Ennistymon)
12: Shane Griffin (Lissycasey)

13: Sean McNamara ( Micheal Cusacks)
14: Thomas Meeneghan (Banner)
15: Joe Raftery (St. Josephs Doora/Barefield)

Subs:
18: Conor Meaney (Lissycasey) for Raftery (44)
19: Cian Mahoney (Miltown St. Josephs) for Griffin (51)
20: Cillian McGroary (Corofin) for Garry (52)
17: Josh Moloney (Kilmurry Ibrickane) for Cunningham (52)
22: Gavin Downes (Kilmihil) for Walsh (55)

Tipperary: Shane Ryan (Clonmel Commercials); Emmet Burler (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Tadhg Condon (Clonmel Commercials) Capt, Sean O’Meara (Grangemockler Ballyneale); Leon Kennedy (Grangemockler Ballyneale), Ed Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney), Sean Daly (Grangemockler Ballyneale); Ben Comerford (Grangemockler Ballyneale), Eoin Murnane (Golden Kilfeacle); Eoin Craddock (Holycross Ballycahill), Cathal Deeley (Clonmel Commercials), Jamie Holloway (Carrick Swans)); Cian Smith (Clonmel Commercials), Ryan Walsh (Fethard), Darragh Brennan(Ballyporeen);

Subs: Diarmuid \O’Riordan (Newport) for Brennan; Darragh McVickers (Clonmel Og) for Craddock; Matthew Power (Ballina) for Murnane(all at half time); Donagh Hickey (Arravale Rovers) for Walsh(40); James Corcoran (J.K. Brackens) for Comerford(52)

Referee: Jonathan Hayes, Limerick;

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