Tipp minor footballers remain on course for three-in-a-row

Ross Mulcahy wins possession for Tipperary in their Munster MFC win over Clare in Ennis.
Tipperary remain on course to make it three Munster minor football titles in a row following a deserved quarter final win over Clare at Ennis on Saturday evening.

Tipperary remain on course to make it three Munster minor football titles in a row following a deserved quarter final win over Clare at Ennis on Saturday evening.

Tipp were well worth their five point victory, 1-10 to 0-8, but will need to improve to beat either Cork or Kerry in the semi-final on May 15.

Tipperary are undefeated in their last seven games in the Munster minor football championship and are are now chasing an unprecedented three in-a-row of provincial titles.

Charlie McKeever’s men always looked reasonably comfortable against Clare on Saturday with Luke Boland, Mark Russell, Colin O’Riordan, Liam Casey and Tom Kirwan catching the eye.

Corner-forward Alan Tynan looked an absolute class act while Paul Maher also appeared dangerous in the opposite corner.

Tynan scored Tipp’s goal in the first half following a great pass from dual star Josh Keane.

Tipp led 1-10 to 0-5 with eight minutes left but three late Clare points put a better gloss on the scoreboard for the Banner men.

Tipperary: Jack Brady (Ballina), Willie Connors (Kildangan), James Feehan (Killenaule), Danny Owens (Moyle Rovers), Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers), Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Mark Russell (Lattin-Cullen), Colin O’Riordan (JK Bracken’s, captain), Michael Meagher (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle, 0-2, 0-1 free), Liam Casey (Cahir, 0-1, 0-1 free), Alan Tynan (Inane Rovers, 1-2), Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan, 0-4), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash, 0-1).

Subs: (26th) Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane) for Michael Meagher, (38th) Emmet Maloney (Drom & Inch) for Liam Casey, (56th) Michael Connolly (Clonmel Commercials) for James Feehan, (58th) Michael O’Connor (Cahir) for Luke Boland.

Clare: Killian Normoyle, Fergal Pyne, Jack O’Dea, Levi Howard, Kieran Malone, Eoin Clancy, Jack Browne, Eoin Hanrahan, Dara Walsh (0-1), Joe Downes, Paddy O’Malley (0-1, 0-1 free), Conal Ó hAiniféin, Eimhin Courtney, Conor Galvin, Barry Keating (0-5, 0-4 frees). Subs: (HT) Liam Madigan (0-1) for Conor Galvin, (HT) James Woods for Kieran Malone, (35th) Oisín Hanrahan for Joe Downes, (51st) Darren Nagle for Eoin Clancy, (56th) Cian O’Dea for Paddy O’Malley.

Referee: Brendan Stack (Limerick).