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Coen seals promotion

TEARS flowed in Ardfinnan as Tipperary dramatically clinched promotion from Division 4 with a hard-fought victory over Wicklow.

It was a hugely emotional afternoon as a hungry Tipperary team, still reeling from the recent tragic death of Darrel Darcy, rallied superbly with 14 men to grind out the win.

Barry Grogan was shown a straight red following an altercation with Ciaran Hyland, who was booked.

In Grogan's absence, Fethard clubman Brian Coen contributed 10 points, including three fine scores from play.

Scorers -- Tipperary: B Coen 0-10 (0-7f), K Mulryan and B Grogan 0-1 each Wicklow: T Hannon 0-5 (0-3f), L Glynn 0-2, T Walsh, T Gill and D Odlum 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY -- M O'Donnell; A Foley, M Peters, C McDonald; C Aylward, R Costigan, P Codd; K Mulryan, G Hannigan; E Kearney, N Fitzgerald, L Coskeran; B Coen, S Grogan, B Grogan. Subs: B Jones for Kearney (60), H Coghlan for Fitzgerald (60), P Johnson for Mulryan (65)

WICKLOW -- M Travers; C Hyland, D Power, A Byrne; B O hAnnaidh, D O'hAnnaidh, M McLoughlin; T Walsh, J Stafford; T Hannon, L Glynn, P Dalton; T Gill, C Walsh, D Odlum. Subs: P Earls for Walsh (27), N Mernagh for Gill (57), R Nolan for B O hAnnaidh (61).

Ref -- M Daly (Mayo).

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