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Tipperary take control in second half to eliminate Clare U20s

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*FILE PIC. Clare’s Cian Galvin. Photograph: Martin Connolly

A strong third quarter during which they scored 0-7 without reply helped Tipperary to victory over Clare in the quarter final of the Munster U20 hurling championship on Monday evening.

Tipperary 1-19

Clare 0-12

Venue:Semple Stadium, Thurles 

Clare held a four point advantage at the half way mark and were a little unlucky not to have been further ahead at the break.

There really was only one team in this tie in the second half as the defending champions dominated. The half was twenty six minutes old before Clare scored with Cian Galvin converting a free.

The result was sealed when Devon Ryan converted a penalty two minutes from the end after Andrew Ormond was brought to ground by Paddy Donnellan and Jathan McMahon.

Forced to select a team without Inagh-Kilnamona’s Aidan McCarthy (broken thumb) and Kilmaley’s Bradley Higgins(cruciate), Clare were dealt another huge blow in the days leading up to the fixture when team captain and full back Aaron Moloney (Kilmaley) suffered a leg injury which ruled him out of the game.

A further major blow came on match day when the highly rated Shane Meehan was ruled out of the game due to Covid 19 concerns.

Adam Mungovan (Doora-Barefield) and Conner Hegarty (Inagh-Kilnamona) were called into the starting line up in place of Moloney and Meehan.

After playing with the aid of a slight breeze Clare led by four points at half time when the score was 0-10 to 0-6. They were fully deserving of that advantage having come to grips with the threat posed by Tipperary’s Andrew Ormond in the opening ten minutes when he pointed twice and generally caused problems for the Banner defence.

The introduction of Darragh Healy to the Clare defence for the second quarter, tightened up the visitor’s backline. As the game progressed Clare took a grip on proceedings with Cian Galvin operating between midfield and the half backline. He scored 0-4 in that opening half, two coming from open play while Mark Rodgers at full forward, with 0-3 to his credit, caused a lot of problems for the Tipperary defence.

However scores proved very hard to come by for Clare in the second half with only Galvin and Rodgers adding to the side’s tally as the reigning All-Ireland champions 1-13 0-02.

Scorers Tipperary: Conor Bowe (0-7) Andrew Ormond, (0-3) ; Devon Ryan (1-4, 1-3 f) Kevin McCarthy, Sean Ryan (0-2) each Gearoid O’Connor(0-1 free)

Scorers Clare: Cian Galvin (0-5, 3f); Mark Rodgers (0-4, 1f); Connor Hegarty, William Halpin, Robin Mounsey (0-1 each)

Aaron Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickams)

Johnny Ryan(Arravale Rovers)
Conor Whelan (Carrick Davins)
Eanna McBride (J. K. Brackens)

Fintan Purcell (Drom-on-Inch)
Eoghan Connolly (Cashel King Cormacks) Capt,
Ray McCormack (Borris-Illeigh)

Kevin Maher (Borris-Illeigh)
Kevin McCarthy (Toomevara)

Gearoid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy)
Conor Bowe (Moyne-Templetuohy)
Devon Ryan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickams)

Andrew Ormand(J. K. Brackens)
Kian O’Kelly (Kilruane McDonaghs)
Sean Hayes(Kildangan)

Sean Ryan(Templederry Kenyons) for S. Hayes(half time)
James Devanney(Borris-Illeigh for O’Connor(46)
Keith Ryan (Upperchurch- Drumbane) for Purcell(55)
Max Hackett (Moycarkey- Borris) for Ormond(58)
Daragh Flannery(Kildangan) for McCarthy

Cian Broderick (Clarecastle)

Paddy Donnellan (Broadford)
Adam Mungovan, (St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield)
Jathan McMahon (Clonlara)

Mike Gough (Smith O’Briens)
Dylan McMahon (Clonlara)
Darragh Lohan (Wolfe Tones)

Aidan Moriarty (Clonlara)
Gearoid Cahill (Corofin)

Cian Galvin (Clarecastle)
Robin Mounsey (Ruan)
William Halpin (Tulla)

Diarmuid Cahill (Corofin)
Mark Rodgers (Scariff)
Conner Hegarty(Inagh-Kilnamona);

Darragh Healy (Clarecastle) for Mungovan (16)
Conor Bourke (Clonlara) for D. Cahill (40)
Eoghan Wallace (Clarecastle) for G. Cahill (43)
Kevin Keane(Corofin) for Mounsey (48)
Colm O’Meara Clonlara) for Gough (52)

Referee; Thomas Walsh, Waterford

Seamus Hayes is one of the most well-respected local sports journalists in the country. For close to fifty years, the Lissycasey native was Sports Editor of The Clare Champion. Subsequent to his departure from Barrack St, he began writing for publications including The Clare Echo, The Clare People and The Irish Daily Star. He has won multiple awards during his distinguished career including accolades for GAA, Community Games and Camogie coverage.

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