Tipperary footballers revive promotion hopes

Tipp boss Peter Creedon believes promotion is a realistic possibility again.
Tipperary senior footballers have turned their league campaign around with two successive victories that now make promotion a real possibility again.

Tipperary senior footballers have turned their league campaign around with two successive victories that now make promotion a real possibility again.

Following their home win over London, they travelled to Ennis on Saturday and proved too good for a fancied Clare side, winning 1-13 to 0-10.

Tipp show much more hunger for the battle and were deserving winners.

A good run in their remaining fixtures could see them challenge for promotion to Division Three.

This is in stark contrast to the mood following their opening round defeats to Carlow and Waterford which saw them rooted to the bottom of the table and apparently stuck in the basement division for another year.

But guided by the immense Hugh Coghlan, Tipp proved the far better side at Ennis. From a strategic point of view they out-smarted Clare, were the more physical when they needed to be and, basically, appeared to have a far clearer idea of what they wanted to achieve with the ball in hand.

Besides Coghlan, who was a most obvious candidate for man of the match, Paddy Codd, Ciarán McDonald, Robbie Kiely, Peter Acheson, Alan Maloney and Barry Grogan were all in enterprising mood.

Clare: Joe Hayes, Martin McMahon, Shane McNelis, Enda Coughlan (0-1), Declan Callinan, Gordon Kelly, Seán Haugh, Gary Brennan (0-2), Cathal O’Connor (0-1), Alan Clohessy (0-1), Shane McGrath (0-2), Chris Dunning, Mark McCarthy, Rory Donnelly, David Tubridy (0-3, 0-2 frees). Subs: (45th) Podge McMahon for Seán Haugh, (45th) Shane Ryan for Chris Dunning, (57th) Ger Quinlan for Rory Donnelly.

Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard), Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow), Paddy Codd (Killenaule, captain), John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy), Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty), Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers), Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers), Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials), Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois, 1-0), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers, 0-1), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), Barry Grogan (Aherlow, 0-8, 0-5 frees, 0-2 ‘45s), Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers, 0-4, 0-1 free). Subs: (HT) Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials) for Brian Jones, (54th) Darren Lowry (Arravale Rovers) for Aldo Matassa, (63rd) Dónal Lynch (Clonmel Commercials) for Brian Fox, (65th) Lorcan Egan (JK Bracken’s) for Hugh Coghlan, (72nd) John O’Callaghan (Ballyporeen) for Robbie Kiely.