Monday 22 December 2014

Clare find a little extra to see off Tipp challenge

Clare 5-19 Tipperary 1-25 (after extra-time) - Munster U-21 hurling championship semi-final

Published 17/07/2014 | 02:30

Clare's Conor Cleary is challenged for possession by Jason Forde of Tipperary during their Munster U-21 hurling semi-final at Cusack Park. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Clare's Conor Cleary is challenged for possession by Jason Forde of Tipperary during their Munster U-21 hurling semi-final at Cusack Park. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Clare's Conor Cleary battles with Bill Maher of Tipperary during their Munster U-21 hurling semi-final at Cusack Park. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Tipperary pair Jason Forde and Colin O'Riordan rise for an aerial challenge with Jack Browne and Gearóid O'Connell of Clare during their Munster U-21 hurling semi-final at Cusack Park. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Tadhg Gallagher shoots to score Tipperary's first goal despite the efforts of Clare's Eoin Quirke during their Munster U-21 hurling semi-final at Cusack Park. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Clare's Colm Galvin keeps his eyes on the sliotar as his Tipperary opponent closes in during their Munster U-21 hurling semi-final at Cusack Park. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Clare are on course for a third national and provincial title in this grade after this six-point victory over Tipperary at Cusack Park in front of 7,257 spectators, but it took extra-time to separate the sides.

The game ended level after an hour at 3-13 to 1-22. The visitors had centre-back John Meagher red-carded at the tail-end of a thrilling 60 minutes, but were able to call on the complete 15 for the extra-time periods.

At half-time in normal time, the hosts led by 2-6 to 0-10 thanks to goals by Aaron Cunningham and Peter Duggan. After half-time Tipp grabbed a goal through sub Tadhg Gallagher in the 36th minute, and it took a Cunningham point in the 58th minute to send the tie to extra-time.

Tipp will feel that they left it behind them as they were the better side after the break; even though full-forward Jason Forde scored 12 points over the 80 minutes, he and some of his attacking colleagues were guilty of squandering some chances.

The Premier began extra-time with two quick points by Forde, but Clare hit back with six scores before Forde got another point to leave it 3-19 to 1-22 at the whistle.

Clare's fourth goal, from Cunningham, proved to be the pivotal moment, and a Munster final slot was cemented with almost the last puck of the game when full-forward David Reidy rifled to the net after a Tony Kelly effort came off the upright.

Scorers: Clare: A Cunningham 2-2, B Duggan 0-8 (4 fs, 2 '65s'), D Reidy 2-1, P Duggan 1-1, C Galvin 0-3, J Shanahan, G O'Connell 0-2 each. Tipperary: J Forde 0-12 (7fs), T Gallagher 1-0, C O'Riordan 0-3, D McCormack 0-2, T Fox, R Maher, C Hammersley, S Kennedy, B Maher, S Maher, L McGrath, S Cahill 0-1 each.

Clare: K Hogan, J Colleran, J Browne, S Morey, G O'Connell, A O'Neill, C Cleary, T Kelly, C Galvin, P Duggan, S McGrath, J Shanahan, B Duggan, A Cunningham, D Reidy. Subs: E Enright for McGrath (36), S Gleeson for O'Neill (41), S O'Brien for O Connell (extra-time), S O'Donnell for P Duggan (72), P Fitzgerald for B Duggan (76).

Tipperary: P Maher, C Barrett, M Breen, T Fox, R Maher, J Meagher, T Hamill, S Kennedy, B Maher, C O'Riordan, L McGrath, D McCormack, S Cahill, J Forde, S Maher. Subs: T Gallagher for S Maher (25), D Fitzelle for McGrath (h-t), C Hammersley for Kennedy (64), B Heffernan in at beginning of extra-time to complete 15, S O'Brien for Gallagher (80).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

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