Monday 11 December 2017

Power undaunted by Rebel challenge

Tipperary 1-8
Clare 1-3
Munster MFC semi-final play-off

TIPPERARY manager David Power is confident that his team can shock Cork again in the forthcoming semi-final.

The Premier County pulled off a sensational extra-time victory in last year's provincial semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh and the counties will meet again on May 12, when Tipp will have home advantage.

Power's Tipperary side booked their place in the last four with a five-point victory against Clare in a forgettable encounter in Thurles on Saturday night.

Clare failed to score from play at Semple Stadium and Aidan Malone was their only scorer as the Premier County packed their defence.

And the visitors' cause wasn't helped by the dismissal of Padraig Collins for a second bookable offence with nine minutes remaining.

Tipp led by 0-3 to 0-1 at half-time but Malone's 47th-minute penalty sent Clare 1-3 to 0-4 clear.

Clare then lost the services of Collins and a fine solo goal from Liam Treacy with six minutes remaining handed Tipperary a 1-6 to 1-3 lead.

Power said: "We have nothing to fear. Cork are going to be favourites, we'll be up against it, but Clare should have beaten Cork (in the quarter-final) and we've held Clare scoreless."

Scorers -- Tipperary: L Treacy 1-0, B Hewitt 0-3 (0-1f), D Leahy 0-2, L Boland (0-1f), B Harkin (0-1f), B Maher 0-1each. Clare: A Malone 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-3f).

TIPPERARY -- P Nolan; P Dalton, C O'Sullivan, P O'Meara; B Maher, M O'Sullivan, S Taylor; L Treacy, J O'Callaghan; D Leahy, B Hewitt, S Leahy; L Boland, B Harkin, L McGrath. Subs: B Walsh for S Leahy (48), K Kennedy for Taylor (59).

CLARE -- Darren Sexton; J Colleran, G Johnson, O Vaughan; S Lineen, S Malone, W de Loughrey; R Linnane, A Malone; A Downes, C O'Reilly, P Collins; T Kelly, N Hickey, Darragh Sexton. Subs: K O'Leary for Colleran (h-t), D Malone for Downes (44), A Murrihy for D Malone (55), F Clancy for O'Reilly (60).

Ref -- M Collins (Cork).

Irish Independent

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