Saturday 17 March 2018

Tipp boss Peter Creedon fuming after Clarke's late show

Armagh 2-8 Tipperary 0-13

Referee David Coldrick is escorted off the field by stewards as Tipperary manager Peter Creendon has words with him
Referee David Coldrick is escorted off the field by stewards as Tipperary manager Peter Creendon has words with him
George Hannigan, Tipperary, in action against Stephen Harold and Aidan Forker, Armagh
Colin O'Riordan, Tipperary, in action against Michael Murray, Armagh

Tipperary manager Peter Creedon was furious after Armagh snatched victory from this feisty encounter at the Athletic Grounds .

Creedon was left stunned as Jamie Clarke swooped for two points deep in injury-time just when it seemed that Tipperary were about to head home with an unlikely win.

While acknowledging Clarke's artistry, Creedon reserved his ire for referee David Coldrick.

"There were several dubious decisions including a penalty award, the red card shown to Robbie Kiely and the fact that additional injury-time was played when the referee had been informed time was up," fumed Creedon.

His spirited Premier troops had remained on Armagh's shoulder in the first half but a Clarke goal from a 34th minute penalty earned the home team's 1-4 to 0-4 interval advantage.

Tipperary responded by sweeping over four third-quarter points with Colin O'Riordan and Conor Sweeney their ace marksmen before being reined in by a Mark Shields goal.

The visitors hit five more points on the bounce only for Clarke's two late points to wrench the two points from their grasp.

Man of the Match: Jamie Clarke

Scorers - Armagh: J Clarke 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), M Shields 1-0, T Kernan, A Forker, M McKenna 0-1 each. Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-4fs, C O'Riordan 0-3, B Grogan (1f), S O'Brien 0-2 each, M Quinlivan, G Hannigan 0-1 each.

Armagh - T Harney 6; F Moriarty 6, C Vernon 6, M Murray 6; M Shields 8, C McKeever 6, S Connell 6; A Findon 7, S Campbell 6; E McVerry 5, M McKenna 6, A Forker 5; T Kernan 6, C Rafferty 5, J Clarke 9. Subs: A Mallon for Moriarty (42), K Dyas 5 for Connell (42), S Harold 5 for Dyas (54), C O'Hanlon 4 for Kernan (58), E Rafferty 4 for Shields (60).

Tipperary - E Comerford 7; A Campbell 7, P Codd 7, A Morrissey 7; S Kennedy 8, P Acheson, R Kiely 7; C O'Riordan 8, S O'Brien 7; G Hannigan 7, B Grogan 7, , B Fox 7; C Sweeney 7, M Quinlivan 7, I Fahy 7. Subs: P Austin 5 for Fahy (52), B Mulvilhill 5 for Grogan (64), S Flynn 5 for Hannigan (66).

Ref - David Coldrick (Meath)

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