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O'Dea drives Clare into decider

Clare 3-14 Tipperary 2-16

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Published 05/09/2016 | 02:30

'Niamh O’Dea was the star of the show, scoring the winning point to bring her tally to 2-5.' Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
'Niamh O’Dea was the star of the show, scoring the winning point to bring her tally to 2-5.' Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Clare's stand-in boss Daniel Moynihan is more than happy to hand back the managerial reins to his brother Neil for the final against Kildare on September 25.

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Neil was banned from the touchline for Saturday's thrilling semi-final victory.

Tipperary's Anne O'Dwyer and Clare's Ailish Considine both chase the ball. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Tipperary's Anne O'Dwyer and Clare's Ailish Considine both chase the ball. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Niamh O'Dea was the star of the show, scoring the winning point to bring her tally to 2-5 (2-4 from play).

Daniel Moynihan said: "It was absolutely nerve-wracking. We've set it up for Neil to come back in and manage in Croke Park on All-Ireland final day."

Clare raced into a six-point lead, with O'Dea bagging two goals, but Tipp cut the deficit back to a point by half-time, 2-7 to 1-9, as Cathríona Walsh bagged a goal.

The Banner kicked on again on the resumption, with Niamh Keane firing in a sensational goal.

Clare's Niamh O'Dea contends with Tipp's Samantha Lambert for possession. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Clare's Niamh O'Dea contends with Tipp's Samantha Lambert for possession. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Tipp responded, and sub Róisín Howard netted to put them a point clear with 16 minutes left. O'Dea levelled, and in a frantic finish, Clare hit the front twice more but were reeled in on both occasions.

After O'Dea knocked over the late point that would prove to be the winner, Tipp had chances but couldn't find a leveller.

Tipp boss Gerry McGill stepped down afterwards.

Scorers - Clare: N O'Dea 2-5 (0-1f), N Keane 1-1, G Nolan 0-4 (3fs), C Hickey 0-2, L Henchy, A Considine (f) 0-1 each. Tipperary: A McCarthy 0-8 (4fs), C Walsh 1-1, R Howard 1-0, M Morrissey, E Myles 0-2 each, J Grant, L O'Shea, O O'Dwyer 0-1 each.
CLARE - E O'Driscoll; E O'Dea, L Ryan, L Egan; R Considine, E O'Gorman, G Harvey; L Henchy, K McCormack; S Bohannon, A Considine, N Keane; C Hickey, N O'Dea, G Nolan. Subs: C Harvey for E O'Dea (13), B Mahon for Egan (h-t), A Keane for Bohannon (46), C Hester for R Considine (59).
TIPPERARY - P Hickey; L Morrissey, B Condon, S Lambert; C O'Dwyer, A O'Dwyer, J Grant; L O'Shea, S Carew; E Carroll, M Morrissey, E Myles; O O'Dwyer, A McCarthy, C Walsh. Subs: E Buckley for L Morrissey (35), R Howard for Carroll (36), K Davey for Walsh (53), C Mullins for Myles (57).
Ref - G McMahon (Mayo).

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