Tipperary win TG4 All-Ireland Ladies intermediate football final:

Tipperary 0-14 Clare 1-8

Jackie Cahill at Croke Park…

EDEL Hanley kicked ten points as Tipperary captured the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies intermediate title with a three-point victory over Clare at Croke Park on Sunday.
The Premier County made it third time lucky against their Munster rivals this year, having fallen to two defeats against the Banner County earlier in the season.
This hard-fought victory was Tipperary’s very first All-Ireland ladies crown at any grade since 1980, when senior success was achieved.
Shanahoe star Hanley, who landed seven frees, was the scoring heroine with seven of her points popped over during the second half.
Five minutes after half-time, Clare led by four points but a remarkable run from Tipperary, which saw their opponents held scoreless for the final 18 minutes of play, saw Paddy Morrissey’s charges emerge victorious.
In the last quarter of the game, Tipperary scored six points without reply to turn a 1-8 to 0-8 deficit into an eventual win.
At half-time, the sides were level at 0-5 apiece and dangerous Clare forward Áine Kelly went closest to a goal after just three minutes as she dragged a shot wide at the Hill 16 end.
Clare led by 0-3 to 0-1 after just four minutes but Tipp hit back in a tit-for-tat opening half and had edged 0-5 to 0-4 ahead after 20 minutes before Kelly levelled the match on the stroke of half-time.
The sides traded points after the break before the pendulum swung dramatically in Clare’s favour when Majella Griffin’s speculative 35th-minute free from the 20m line on the Hogan Stand side dipped into the net over the head of Patricia Hickey.
Kelly tagged on a point and now leading by four, 1-7 to 0-6, Clare looked the most likely winners.
But they hadn’t banked on a spirited comeback from Tipperary, spearheaded by Hanley, veteran Angie McDermott and Siobhán Costello at left half back.
Tipp ran at their opponents in waves and Hanley profited from frees as Clare defenders dragged down their opponents.
Majella Griffin’s point 12 minutes after half-time proved to be Clare’s last score of the entire match and a blistering run of six unanswered points, including five from Hanley, secured the title for Tipp.
Clare, who had looked threatening in the first half, had no answers as Tipp tightened up considerably in defence and powered forward by midfield pair McDermott and Mairéad Morrissey, daughter of team manager Paddy, the Premier County ran out deserving winners.

Clare scorers: M Griffin 1-3f, A Kelly 0-4, L Henchy 0-1.

Tipperary scorers: E Hanley 0-10 (7f), S Costello, A McDermott, M Morrissey & G O’Brien 0-1 each.

CLARE: D Walsh; L Kelly, S Kelly, M Delaney; G Lynch, T Hehir, S Eustace; S Malone, L Henchy; M Considine, M Kelly, U Downes; A Kelly, E Considine, M Griffin.

SUBS: F Lafferty for M Kelly (3m), N Keane for Downes (20m), C Considine for Eustace (49m).

TIPPERARY: P Hickey; A O’Dwyer, M Corcoran, C Carroll; A O’Dwyer, T McManus, S Costello; A McDermott, M Morrissey; C Lambert, S Carew, J Grant; E Carroll, G O’Brien, E Hanley.

SUBS: M Luttrell for Grant (42m), C Walsh for E Carroll (42m), N Ferris for Lambert (48m).

Ref: L McDonagh (Sligo).

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