Thursday 13 December 2018

Meehan seals Clare victory

Munster MFC semi-final: Clare 1-9 Tipperary 2-4

Tipperary's ninth-minute goal from Max Hackett gave them the early impetus in the first half (stock picture)
Tipperary's ninth-minute goal from Max Hackett gave them the early impetus in the first half (stock picture)

Two late points by Shane Meehan gave Clare the edge in Semple Stadium and sent them into this year's Munster MFC final.

Tipperary's ninth-minute goal from Max Hackett gave them the early impetus in the first half.

There was some wild shooting during that half, with Clare missing the target five times in the opening quarter, but after a fine Seán O'Connor point for Tipp, the Banner lads edged into the mix with points from Emmet McMahon and Meehan (twice from frees) to leave them just 1-2 to 0-4 behind at the interval.

Clare got a dream start to the second phase when Kevin Keane fisted home a high ball from Chibby Okoye and the goal stood despite Tipp's protestations that Keane was in the square.

Christy English then finished well after taking a Kyle Shelly pass for Tipp's second green flag. However, Clare fired over the last three points.

Scorers - Clare: S Meehan 0-5 (3f), K Keane 1-0, E McMahon 0-3 (1f, 1 '45'), C McDonagh 0-1. Tipperary - C English 1-1 (1f), M Hackett 1-0, S O'Connor 0-2 (1f), K Shelly 0-1.

Clare - M Garrihy; J Reidy, D Connelly, J Murphy; C Carrig, C Rouine, A O'Connor; C Okoye, E McMahon; T Kelly, C McDonagh, P O'Donoghue; K Keane, S Meehan, M McInerney. Subs: G Daurio for P O'Donoghue (41), S Lillis for K Keane (57).

Tipperary - C Scully; T McDonagh, S Lowe, C McDonagh; M O'Meara, G Meagher, J Ryan; K Ryan, K Hayes; M Hackett, D Ryan, C English; K Shelly, S O'Connor, E Daly. Subs: R Byron for K Hayes (h-t), B Murphy for G Meagher (39), J Holloway for D Ryan (44), P Creedon for S O'Connor (51), J O'Sullivan for R Byron (59).

Ref - D Murnane (Cork)

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