Clare beat Tipperary in Munster Cup (SH) Final – match reports

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Clare emerged victorious in this afternoon’s Waterford Crystal Cup final, beating defending champions Tipperary by five points at Ogonnelloe.

Alan Markham’s goal, struck 19 minutes into the second half, was the crucial score as the Banner men won the early-season competition for the first time.

Tipperary led 0-03 to 0-00 early on and added a 28th-minute goal through Patrick Maher, with Clare responding through Colin Ryan (0-04) and Barry Nugent (0-01).

Ryan was called into the Clare side in place of Caimin Morey (flu) and was the top scorer with 0-06.

Clare took over in the second half, beginning it with points from Tony Carmody and Brendan Bugler. Hugh Maloney soon added to Tipp’s tally but Clare then found an extra gear.

Tony Griffin and Carmody were involved in the build-up to Markham’s clinching goal, as Mike McNamara’s side secured silverware ahead of their National League opener against Limerick on 8 February.

Tipperary, who were gunning for their third successive Waterford Crystal Cup triumph in as many years, were left ruing a series of first half wides as they failed to turn pressure into points.

In all, Liam Sheedy’s men hit seven wides in the opening half-hour and should have been much further ahead at half-time than 1-04 to 0-05.

Tipp were 0-03 to 0-00 ahead by the seventh minute with Maloney and
Seamus Hennessy (0-02) chipping in with points.

Late inclusion Ryan got Clare up and running, pointing from both play and placed balls, but full-forward Maher then gathered a long ball in from Benny Dunne to crash home the visitors’ only goal.

Carmody and Bugler levelled for Clare, just minutes after the restart, at 1-04 to 0-07. Hennessy replied for Tipp but Clare were building up a head of steam and successive points from Ryan, Niall Gilligan and Tony Griffin proved that.

A free-flowing move, which started with Gerry Quinn, ended with Markham slipping the ball past Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins for his 49th minute goal.

The Clare team pieced together some excellent passing as Griffin, Carmody and Gilligan were all involved before Markham foiled the visitors’ defence and Cummins.

It was a score to warm the hearts of the majority of the 1,237-strong crowd on a chilly day when no yellow cards were brandished, and Clare showed they could very well be in contention for more silverware in the coming months.

From www.gaa.ie  

Mike McNamara’s Clare captured the Waterford Crystal Tournament title at Ogonelloe on Sunday with a deserved victory over Tipperary by five points.

In the process, the Banner men denied the Premier county a third successive success, setting themselves up for what they hope will be a good year.

Waterford Crystal Tournament Final: Clare 1-12 Tipperary 1-7

Despite bitter cold, the East Clare venue on the banks of the River Shannon provided a perfect setting for an entertaining game of hurling on a good surface.

Tipp will probably look back on this tie as one that got away, considering the fact that they dominated for long periods before the break. But inaccurate shooting in that period cost them dearly and seven wides in the first half hour when chances were scoreable, allowed the Banner to trail by just two points (1-4 to 0-5) at the half-time whistle.

Clare were slow to settle and by the time Barry Nugent fired over their opening score in the 10th minute, their rivals had three on the board thanks to Hugh Moloney and a pair of points by midfielder Seamus Hennessey.

The home side did manage to haul themselves back into the game and the accuracy of Colin Ryan from frees and play gave then a slender lead (0-5 to 0-4) by the 27th.

However, a good goal by Tipp full forward Patrick Maher after he collected a long delivery from Benny Dunne a minute later, ensured the visitors’ lead at the interval.

But after the resumption Clare came storming back and two scores by Tony Carmody and Brendan Bugler inside a minute levelled matters.

Hennessy converted a free for Liam Sheedy’s men to restore the advantage but three Clare points in a ninety-second period by Ryan, Niall Gilligan and Tony Griffin upped the ante.

The score of the game arrived in the 49th minute when Clare’s Alan Markham had the ball in the Tipp net. A wonderful movement that began in the defence by Gerry Quinn, was worked up-field, at first by Griffin, who in turn fed Carmody.

The wing-forward made ground before passing to Gilligan, who delivered to Markham and despite the attention of five defenders he dispatched coolly passed Brendan Cummins in the Tipp goal.

This spectacular score gave Clare the cushion they needed to go on and claim the title on a day when good hurling won out over icy conditions.

Scorers:
Clare: C Ryan (0-6) 4 f’s, A Markham (1-0), B Nugent, T Carmody, B Bugler, N Gilligan, T Griffin, D McMahon (0-1) each.

Tipperary: P Maher (1-0), S Hennessey (0-3) 1 f, H Moloney (0-2), N McGrath, J O’Brien (0-1) each.

Clare: P Brennan, G O’Grady (Capt.), C Dillon, C McMahon, P Donnellan, G Quinn, C Plunkett, J Clancy, B Bugler, T Carmody, T Griffin, C Ryan, N Gilligan, A Markham, B Nugent.

Subs: D McMahon for Nugent (34), P Vaughan for Bugler (39), M Hawes for O’Grady inj. (60), J Conlon for Markham (60).

Tipperary: B Cummins, C O’Brien, D Fanning, P Curran, B Dunne, C O’Mahoney, D Fitzgerald, J Woodlock, S Hennessy, P Kerwick, H Moloney, Lcorbett, N McGrath, P Maher, P Kelly.

Subs: J O’Brien for Corbett (36), w Ryan for Kerwick (49), S Maher for Hennessy (49), P Burke for Moloney (55).

Yellow cards: none

Attendance: 1,237

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

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