Tuesday 12 December 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Mark Kerins (Clarinbridge)

Eoin Forde was in the frame, David Forde's magnificent second half performance was given consideration, but the man who ignited Clarinbridge was their attacking strong man Mark Kerins. His goal before half-time was the catalyst.

Talking point

Kilkenny teams are not accustomed to such maulings, but following on from the All-Ireland final last September, this latest setback continues to erode that air of invincibility they have had.

Turning point

Mark Kerins switch to full-forward late in the first half was the defining moment in the game. Within minutes he had held off Andy Kearns for the opening goal and a subsequent penalty had the O'Loughlin Gaels' full-back line in a spin they never recovered from.

Ref watch

Tipperary's Johnny Ryan executed his business efficiently throughout. He got the penalty call right just before half-time and showed no sentiment when O'Loughlin Gaels' Seamie Cummins pulled wildly at the end. Red-card offence regardless of whether the game was over as a contest.

What they said

Micheál Donoghue (Clarinbridge manager):

"We never addressed the 2002 (final loss) or said: 'We have to go out and do it for that.' We just concentrated on our own game and every game. Our motto all year was 'the next game, the next ball' and that was most important -- 2002 didn't come into it."

Michael Nolan (O'Loughlin's manager):

"We were going great for the first 27 or 28 minutes and then we conceded a kind of a soft goal. We couldn't seem to get going again and they just hurled us off the field in the second half. For some reason, it didn't happen for us."

Match statistics

Wides: Clarinbridge 7 (4), O'Loughlin Gaels 8 (6).

Frees: Clarinbridge 11 (3), O'Loughlin Gaels 14 (5).

Yellow cards: Clarinbridge 1 (E Forde 48), O'Loughlin Gaels 4 ( A Kearns 32, M Bergin 43, E Kearns 46, D Lough-nane 58).

Red cards: O'Loughlin Gaels 1 (S Cummins 61).

Irish Independent

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