Tipperary’s Gearoid O’Connor and John Conlon of Clare. Ryan Byrne/INPHO
Match Report

Clare defeat already-eliminated Tipperary to set-up Munster decider rematch

There’s good news for Cork, too, who advance in third place.

Tipperary 0-24

Clare 1-24

A THIRD CONSECUTIVE win powered Clare into a Munster final rematch with Limerick thanks to Diarmuid Ryan’s goal and an exhibition of set-up play by Shane O’Donnell.

Already-eliminated Tipperary showed plenty of spirit and saw Jake Morris shoot 0-11, five from play. But Banner full-forward O’Donnell scored two points, instigated the goal, was fouled for six scoreable frees (five of which were converted), and directly assisted three more scores.

It means second place in the round-robin and a third decider against the Treaty in the past three years. Good news for Cork, too, who advance in third.

Liam Cahill made seven changes with first championship starts for Seán Kenneally and Andrew Ormond and returns from injury for Barry Heffernan and Brian McGrath. Johnny Ryan also came into the defence, while there was a new midfield pairing in Paddy Cadell and Willie Connors.

A lower-leg injury for Michael Breen in the warm-up forced another alteration minutes before throw-in with Eoghan Connolly taking his place. Brian Lohan made one late switch as Conor Leen replaced Rory Hayes.

Tipp’s newcomers showed their fight early on in front of a 19,418 crowd. A four-point burst gave them a 0-5 to 0-2 lead, with Heffernan, Kenneally, and Morris all finding the target. They also had four first-half yellow cards, including two of their full-back line in Craig Morgan and Ryan.

Morris’s third from play pushed them four ahead and he would soon take over the free-taking after Gearóid O’Connor was called ashore before half-time.

But Clare began to pick them apart to retake the lead with six of the next seven points, including Aidan McCarthy scores from either sideline.

They had a pair of goal chances in that purple patch but O’Donnell fired wide and Peter Duggan had an effort blocked by Ronan Maher. Mark Rodgers tidied up the break for a point.

An overlapping Diarmuid Ryan score and a David Fitzgerald point after O’Donnell robbed Paddy Cadell looked set to send Clare in ahead but Morris tied it up with a stoppage-time brace. The roving centre-forward ended the half with 0-6, four from play, to make it 0-11 apiece at the break.

But once Clare got to grips with Tipp’s long puck-outs and O’Donnell grew in influence, they raced clear.

They blitzed the next 1-5 without reply. O’Donnell completed the set of all six forwards scoring before he was directly involved in another 1-3. From a Tipp puck-out, Cathal Malone found O’Donnell and the sliotar passed through Fitzgerald to Diarmuid Ryan to find the net.

O’Donnell laid on a point for Darragh Lohan and was twice fouled for McCarthy frees, including one where he hit the post before play was called back. That made it 1-17 to 0-12.

mark-kehoe-and-adam-hogan Tipperary’s Mark Kehoe and Adam Hogan of Clare. Ryan Byrne / INPHO Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

One of the loudest cheers of the day followed for Tony Kelly’s introduction and he immediately hooked Bryan O’Mara before opening his account from another O’Donnell assist.

If Clare thought they were home and hosed, Tipp had other ideas. They rallied with six of the next seven points, with three from the impeccable Morris as O’Mara, Noel McGrath, and Connolly also chipped in.

That made it 1-20 to 0-20 with eight minutes to play. But that man O’Donnell found the response. He caught a long delivery for a point before being fouled again for a Rodgers tap-over free.

Ronan Maher and a Morris free brought Tipp within a score as four minutes of stoppage time were announced.

A Rodgers free and a huge Connolly score cancelled each other out before Kelly landed a free from his own 45 to make it safe, despite Ronan Maher’s late free.

Scorers for Tipperary: Jake Morris 0-11 (6f), Seán Kenneally 0-3, Eoghan Connolly 0-2, Ronan Maher 0-2 (1f), Gearóid O’Connor 0-2 (2f), Barry Heffernan 0-1, Alan Tynan 0-1, Noel McGrath 0-1, Bryan O’Mara 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: Aidan McCarthy 0-8 (6f), Diarmuid Ryan 1-2, David Fitzgerald 0-3, Mark Rodgers 0-3 (2f), Shane O’Donnell 0-2, Tony Kelly 0-2 (1f), Darragh Lohan 0-1, Peter Duggan 0-1, David Reidy 0-1, Ian Galvin 0-1.


1. Barry Hogan (Kiladangan)

2. Johnny Ryan (Arravale Rovers), 4. Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs), 18. Eoghan Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs)

7. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), 6. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields, captain), 5. Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)

8. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens), 9. Willie Connors (Kiladangan)

10. Alan Tynan (Roscrea), 11. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg), 12. Seán Kenneally (Moneygall)

13. Andrew Ormond (JK Brackens), 15. Gearóid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy), 14. Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)


26. Darragh Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields) for O’Connor (29)

24. Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill) for Heffernan (44)

23. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) for Cadell (45)

25. Conor Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields) for Ormond (52)

20. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha) for Kehoe (56)


1. Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle)

17. Conor Leen (Corofin), 3. Conor Cleary (Kilmaley, captain), 2. Adam Hogan (Feakle)

5. Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe), 6. John Conlon (Clonlara), 7. Cian Galvin (Clarecastle)

10. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge), 9. Darragh Lohan (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)

8. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona), 15. David Reidy (Éire Óg Ennis), 12. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin)

13. Aidan McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), 14. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg Ennis), 11. Mark Rodgers (Scariff)


26. Tony Kelly (Ballyea) for Reidy (47)

22. Ian Galvin (Clonlara) for McCarthy (54)

21. Paddy Donnellan (Broadford) for Lohan (64)

23. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna) for Duggan (68)

Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)

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