Tipperary Under 14 Girls pulled off a great one point victory over Clare in Kildysart. After eight minutes Tipperary were 1-3 to no score ahead, courtesy of three points from Kirsty Crotty Ryan (two frees) and a goal from Lara Oâ€™Dwyer. However, this only served to awaken Clare from their slumber as they pinned Tipperary in their own half for the next 15 minutes and put 4-2 on the board. During this time the Tipperary midfield and backs were under severe pressure as Clare laid siege to the goal. Just before half time Jean Kelly pounced for a goal to give Tipperary a life line. Half time score Clare 4-2 Tipperary 2-3.
Tipperary introduced Sarah Duggan for the second half who had an immediate impact. After seven minutes, Jean â€œMagicâ€ Kelly pounced for her second goal and what a lift it gave Tipperary. From the kickout Lara Oâ€™Dwyer fielded and made a great individual solo run before capping it off with an unstoppable shot to the back of the net with 14 minutes left. At this stage, the Tipperary defence hit a mean streak, and every ball was cleared. Midfield secured every kickout and supplied quality possession to the forwards. Megan Coen scored a peach of a point after some great inter-play. Kate Davey came more and more into the game and made great attacks into the heart of the Clare defence. Girl of the match Lara Oâ€™Dwyer then added another point. Kirsty Crotty Ryan leveled the game with a free on the 20th minute. Clare were not finished and added two further points to edge ahead. Then on the 22nd minute Lara â€œCullenâ€ Oâ€™Dwyer scored her 3rd goal of the game to give Tipperary a one point advantage. Tipperaryâ€™s goal keeper Hollie Corcoran was rock solid under every ball and made some great saves to close out the game. Final score Tipperary 5-6 Clare 5-5.
This was a marvelous victory by a young Tipperary team, although nervous at times they stuck to their task and showed great spirit and work rate to come from behind. Lara Oâ€™Dwyer stood out with 3 goals but it must be said that every girl who wore a Tipperary jersey should be very proud of their performance.
Tipperary: Hollie Corcoran (Clerihan), Orla Burke (Moyle Rovers), Christine Brennan (Templemore), Emma Cronin (Moyle Rovers), Anna Carey (Commericals), Laura Morrissey (Brian Borus), Ciara Hayes (Fethard), Lara Oâ€™Dwyer (Lattin-Cullen), Kate Barlow (Commericals), Niamh Keane (St Patricks), Kirsty Crotty Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Kate Davey (Fethard), Jean Kelly (Cappawhite), Aoife O Shaughnessey (Ardfinnan), Megan Coen (Fethard). Subs: Sarah Duggan (Arravale Rovers) for Niamh Keane at half time
The next game is this Saturday in Bruff, County Limerick. Throw in time will be posted on the Tipperary Ladies website at www.tipperaryladiesfootball.ie. Please come along and get behind the team.
The Tipperary County Intermediate Team had a free weekend after their match fixture against Wicklow was called off on Saturday. They are competing in a challenge game against UL, Limerick on Wednesday March 6 at 7.45pm in UL, Limerick. Their next Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League fixture is against Down on March 24 in a Tipperary venue.