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Forde seeking revenge for 'sickening' Munster final defeats to Clare

Tipperary face the Banner in an U21 provincial hurling semi-final in Ennis tomorrow.

Forde stars for Tipperary tomorrow.
Forde stars for Tipperary tomorrow.
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TIPPERARY HURLER JASON Forde is desperate to put the disappointment of losing two  Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling finals to Clare behind him when they meet again tomorrow.

The Silvermines corner forward was one of six Tipp players who featured at Semple Stadium last year when the Premier County were beaten 1-17 to 2-10 by the Banner, who won back-to-back provincial titles.

That was the second time the 20-year-old was on losing side in an U21 final as he also started in Ennis two years ago when Niall Arthur’s injury-time goal clinched it for Clare.

Cusack Park is the venue when the sides face off on Wednesday — this time in the semi-final.

“It’s our third year playing Clare so we’re fairly familiar with them,” says Forde. “2012 was hugely disappointing in the U21 final. We were two points up and then conceded a late goal. It was a killer blow.

Last year we lost the final to them again and we were at home. It was fairly sickening to take.

“Talking to people after that game last year, we really didn’t come out of the blocks at the start and were chasing shadows after that.”

Forde added: ”Clare are a top class side. Their players aren’t just stars at U21 level, they’re also stars at senior level. The likes of Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin are serious hurlers. They’re the benchmark.”

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