Under 14 C Ladies Football Munster Championship Final
Tipperary 4-7 Clare 3-6
Seven weeks after their round three game in the Munster Championship, Tipperary’s Under 14 team met Clare in the Munster C Championship Final in Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town on Saturday last. Tipperary had met Clare earlier in the Championship in Kildysart, Co. Clare on 2nd March when Tipp won a thrilling game by 5-6 to 5-5.
Everyone expected another thrilling game on this occasion and they were not disappointed. There was a strong wind blowing and it took Tipperary a while to settle.
Clare opened the scoring with one goal and two points within the first fifteen minutes. Tipperary kept trying to score and were rewarded in the 20th minute with a goal by Kate Davey but Clare replied within minutes with another goal. In normal time of the first half both teams added another point to their score lines but Tipperary got a vital goal from Lara O’Dwyer in injury time of the first half, which left the half time score - Clare 2-3 Tipperary 2-1.
The second half started in as thrilling as a fashion as the end of the first half. Tipp’s Jean Kelly scored a goal within two minutes of the recommencement and Tipp took the lead for the first time in the game. But Clare quickly replied with a goal and a point in the 34th minute. Tipp continued to dominate possession and by the 42nd minute the sides were level.
Tipp’s next point restored their lead in the 43rd minute of the second half and they did not relinquish the lead again. Another Jean Kelly goal was to separate the teams even further in the 52nd minute to stretch Tipperary’s advantage to five points. In the final six minutes Clare scored two more points to Tipperary’s one but this was not enough to deny the home side the victory.
Afterwards Tipperary’s Lara O’Dwyer accepted the player of the match award while Munster Vice-Chairman Anthony O’Brien presented the cup to the Tipperary joint captains Jean Kelly and Kirsty Crotty Ryan.
Tipperary – Claire Moore (Moyle Rovers), Katelyn Flemming (Cappawhite), Christine Brennan (Templemore), Emma Cronin (Moyle Rovers), Anna Carey (Clonmel Commercials), Laura Morrissey (Brian Borus), Molly O’Meara (Fethard), Jean Kelly (Cappawhite) Joint Captain, Kirsty Crotty Ryan (Moyle Rovers) Joint Captain, Orla Burke (Moyle Rovers), Lara O’Dwyer (Lattin-Cullen), Aoife Gahan (Boherlahan), Megan Coen (Fethard), Aoife O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan), Kate Davey (Fethard).
Subs used – Aoife Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Sarah Duggan (Arravale Rovers), Ciara Hayes (Fethard).
Scorers - Jean Kelly 2-1, Lara O’Dwyer 1-4, Kate Davey 1-1, Sarah Duggan 0-1
A special thanks is extended to all the supporters who travelled to this game and their other games earlier in the competition.
The management team of Mark Ryan, Pat Morrissey, Siobhan Condon, Georgina O’Dwyer and Liz Barlow thank the parents of the girls who gave up their time to travel with the girls to training and challenge matches. The team can now look forward to the All-Ireland Semi Final which is fixed for June 8th.