Kelly shines for banner
Clare 3-13 Tipperary 1-13
CAPTAIN Tony Kelly produced an inspired second-half performance as holders Clare advanced to the Munster minor hurling final with a six-point victory over Tipperary at Semple Stadium last night.
Kelly was majestic in the second half as the Banner County claimed victory with an unanswered run of 1-5 in the second half.
Eoin Enright's 15th-minute goal sent Clare on their way to a 1-8 to 0-8 interval lead, with Colm Galvin netting in the 38th minute. A brace of frees from Tipp's Liam McGrath cut Clare's lead back to six, 0-13 to 2-13, but Alan Mulready's late maximum sealed it.
Scorers -- Clare: C O'Connell (2f, 1 '65'), T Kelly 0-4 (2f) each, C Galvin 1-1, A Mulready 1-0, P Duggan 0-3 (1 sl), E Enright 1-0, A Cunningham 0-1. Tipperary: L McGrath 0-9 (7f), J Forde 1-0, P Ralph 0-2, D McCormack, S Cahill 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY -- S Hassett; J Bourke, J Meagher, J Peters; T Hamill, J Forde, C Barrett; E Fennelly, B Maher; P Ralph, D McCormack, J McGrath; S Cahill, L McGrath, C Horan. Subs: B Heffernan for Horan (44), S Kennedy for Fennelly (54).
CLARE -- E Quilligan; J Browne, N O'Connor, S Morey; J Colleran, J Shanahan, G O'Connell; C Galvin, T Kelly; E Enright, C O'Connell, P Duggan; S O'Donnell, O Hickey, A Cunningham. Subs: A Mulready for Enright (48), M Moroney for Kelly (inj, 59), D Moloney for O'Connell (60).
Ref -- J O'Connell.