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We’re gearing up for the second Munster SHC game of the day as Clare welcome Tipperary to Cusack Park.

Both sides are unbeaten in the competition so far, with Liam Sheedy’s side looking particularly impressive after wins over Cork and Waterford.

We’ll have the team line-ups for you in the next few moments as well as any late changes. 


Just the one change in personnel for Tipperary as Niall O’Meara comes in for Dan McCormack.

1. Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha)

2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill)
3. James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane)
4. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfield)

5. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
6. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfield)
7. Alan Flynn (Kildangan)

8. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
9. Michael Breen (Ballina)

10. Jason Forde (Silvermines)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
13. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

10. John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
14. Seamus Callanan (Drom Inch) (C)
15. NIall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

16. Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy)
17. Ger Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)
18. Robert Byrne (Portroe)
19. Willie Connors (Kildangan)
20. Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)
21. Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
22. Séamus Kennedy (St. Mary’s)
23. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
24. Jamie Moloney (Dom-Inch)
25. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg)
26. Seán O’Brien (Newport)


No changes on the Clare team that overcame Waterford.

1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)

2. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber)
3. David McInerney (Tulla)
4. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)

5. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
6. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
7. David Fitzgerald (Inagh/Kilnamona)

8. Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
9. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)

10. Peter Duggan (Clooney/Quin)
11. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)
12. Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe)

13. Shane O’Donnell (Eire Og Ennis)
14. John Conlon (Clonlara)
15. Podge Collins (Cratloe)

16. Andrew Fahy (Whitegate)
17. Jason McCarthy (Inagh/Kilnamona)
18. Aidan McCarthy (Inagh/Kilnamona)
19. Gary Cooney (O’Callaghan Mills)
20. Niall Deasy (Ballyea)
21. Ryan Taylor (Clooney-Quin)
22. Conor Cleary (St. Joseph’s Milltown)
23. Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley)
24. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
25. Michael O’Neill (Kilmaley)
26. Paul Flanagan (Ballyea)

A little poll to get you ready for throw-in. Who will win today?

Poll Results:

Tipperary (589)
Clare (207)
Draw (39)

Both sides ready to rock!

Noel McGrath and Padraic Maher arrive Noel McGrath and Padraic Maher. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Shane O'Donnell arrives Clare's Shane O'Donnell. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Damien O'Meara interviews Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy Tipp boss Liam Sheedy. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

John Conlon arrives John Conlon heading for the dressing rooms. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Limerick have come away as convincing winners against Waterford. It finished 2-24 to 0-10 in Walsh Park.

Team changes:

Tipperary are making two switches before throw-in. Barry Heffernan comes in for James Barry in the full-back line.

Dan McCormack starts instead of Niall O’Meara in attack.

The teams are assembling for the national anthem. Throw-in time is almost upon us.

And the match is underway!


1 min: Clare 0-0 Tipperary 0-1

Tipperary get off the mark early through a Jason Forde free.


2 min: Clare 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

Super response from the home side as Diarmuid Ryan lands a monstrous point while Seamus Callanan adds a second point for Tipp.


5 min: Clare 0-2 Tipperary 0-2

Podge Collins nails a lovely equaliser and this clash is looking much livelier than the earlier Munster SHC game.


6 min: Clare 0-3 Tipperary 0-4

David Fitzgerald edges Clare briefly into the lead before Callanan and John O’Dwyer split the posts to push Tipp back in front.


7 min: Clare 0-4 Tipperary 0-4

Peter Duggan levels the sides for a fourth time after just seven minutes. It’s raining a bit in Ennis but the weather is having no impact on the quality of this game.

Brilliant start so far.


9 min: Clare 0-5 Tipperary 0-5

John McGrath and Peter Duggan trade points and we’re back to a level game.


12 min: Clare 0-5 Tipperary 0-6

Brendan Maher gets his name on the scoresheet with a long-range shot. The atmosphere in Cusack Park is superb and it’s a real cauldron environment. 


15 min: Clare 0-5 Tipperary 0-6

Tipperary have five wides so far. Clare’s defensive work particularly key in the last three balls sailing off target.


18 min: Clare 0-5 Tipperary 0-7

Tipperary earn a free from close range and Forde taps the ball over with ease to put two points between the sides.

A lot of the play is happening in Clare’s half of the field and the hosts need to get back down the other end again.


19 min: Clare 0-6 Tipperary 0-7

Midfielder Shane Golden gets Clare’s scoreboard moving again with a point from play to reduce the gap to the minimum again.

Michael Breen misses a simple point opportunity at a point and that’s another poor wide for Tipperary. 


25 min: Clare 0-7 Tipperary 1-11

What a score from Noel McGrath. A brilliant team move from Tipperary results in McGrath tapping the ball along the ground into the net.

A brace of John McGrath points and one from Bonner Maher and Noel McGrath extend their advantage further.

Peter Duggan gets one for Clare.


29 mins: Clare 0-8 Tipperary 1-12

A Duggan free moves Clare to within six of Tipperary before John McGrath gets a point from play.


30 mins: Clare 0-8 Tipperary 1-12

Duggan fails to find the target from a free in a tricky position. Callanan tries to pounce for a goal at the other end but Clare clear the danger and launch another attack.


32 mins: Clare 0-8 Tipperary 1-13

Noel McGrath now on 1-2 as Tipperary lead by eight points coming up to half-time. After a game that began with such promise, Liam Sheedy’s side are starting to really establish their authority. 


33 mins: Clare 0-9 Tipperary 1-13

Duggan hits his fifth point to keep Clare in touch. Tipperary have eight wides so far which illustrates just how much their controlling this game. 


35 mins: Clare 0-10 Tipperary 1-13

Another point from a Duggan free as Clare cut the deficit to six points. At least two minutes of added time are to be played at the end of this half.


36 mins: Clare 0-11 Tipperary 1-14

Forde points his third free of the game while John Conlon earns a free for Clare. Duggan makes no mistake from the opportunity, although it looked like he was going for a goal.


Well that was an impressive opening half of hurling.

Noel McGrath has been the star so far with 1-2 while his brother John has been very lively for Tipp. They’ve scored 1-6 between them.

The sides were level five times in the opening 10 minutes but Tipperary have really imposed themselves on proceedings. Duggan’s frees has kept Clare in the contest but they will have to push on in the second half to get back in the tie.

First half highlights 

Cathal Barrett and Podge Collins Cathal Barrett and Podge Collins. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Cathal Barrett and Shane O'Donnell Cathal Barrett and Shane O'Donnell. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Noel McGrath scores his sides first goal Noel McGrath goal. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly and Shane O'Donnell tackle Dan McCormack Tipperary's Dan McCormack tries to get away from a swarm of Clare players. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The second half is about to get underway!


35 mins: Clare 0-11 Tipperary 1-14


37 mins: Clare 0-11 Tipperary 1-14

Clare now have seven wides as David Fitzgerald’s attempt trails past the wrong side of the posts. 


38 mins: Clare 0-12 Tipperary 1-14

Tony Kelly gets his first point of the game but there could have been a goal chance on there.

He linked up well with Diarmuid Ryan to get the score. They now trail by five.


43 mins: Clare 0-12 Tipperary 2-14

Now that was a poacher’s goal. It came from a Jason Forde free that came back into play off the post.

Callanan was waiting and ready to pounce and his patience was rewarded as he crashed the ball into the back of the net.

Could that be enough to seal Tipp’s third win of the Munster round-robin series?


46 mins: Clare 0-12 Tipperary 2-15

Another Forde free pushes Tipperary further ahead and Clare really need to muster a response here.

They’re hitting shots wide and struggling to create many goal opportunities. 


53 mins: Clare 0-13 Tipperary 3-16

Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher gets Tipperary’s third goal of the game and that looks to be that. Peter Duggan’s frees are about all that’s keeping Clare in the contest.


58 mins: Clare 0-14 Tipperary 3-18

Duggan and John McGrath exchange scores as both sides roll on the subs. The pace has dropped hugely and the excitement we were enjoying in the early stages of this game has totally disappeared.

Tipperary have been totally dominant and have nullified the influence of the Clare forwards.

Seamus Callanan now up to 1-3 with Tipperary’s latest point.


60 mins: Clare 0-14 Tipperary 3-19

Both John Conlon and Peter Duggan have been taken off for Clare. That tells its own story.

John McGrath has just scored his sixth point.


63 mins: Clare 0-17 Tipperary 3-19

Tony Kelly and Aidan McCarthy both score to bring the gap back to 11. But this game is just winding down to an inevitable conclusion. 


69 mins: Clare 0-17 Tipperary 3-20

Forde brings his tally to six with another free. Clare try to engineer a goal opportunity but the Tipperary defence shut it down well.


71 mins: Clare 0-17 Tipperary 3-21

Bonner Maher now has 1-1 with a nice point from play. There’s four minutes of added time to be played.

Clare 0-17 Tipperary 3-21

A bad day for the Munster hurling championship, when compared with the excitement of last year’s series of games.

Tipperary just dominated the game. John McGrath hit an impressive six points from play and he has been handed the man-of-the-match award.

They’re now three from three in Munster, which is a world away from the poor results they had last year.

Clare couldn’t get through the Tipperary cover and were reliant on Peter Duggan’s frees  to stay in the game.

Well that’s all from us, folks. We hope you enjoyed the coverage and that you’ll be with us again soon.

Until next time, bye for now!

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