Tipperary’s involvement in this year’s intermediate championship ended when they were defeated by Cavan on Tuesday evening last in Mountmellick, 2-11 to 0-15. Cavan may have won by two points but this Tipperary team can be proud of the effort they put in on the evening. Cavan had defeated Tipperary in Templemore two weeks previous in what was a very lack lustre display by Tipperary. This certainly could not be said of this team as on the night they fought tooth and nail for every ball. Some missed goal chances may have cost them but Tipperary lost nothing in defeat.
At the start of the league back in February in the first round against Kerry, Tipperary found it difficult to field a team but as time went on Sean O’Donovan and his back room team have been building a team nice which will be the future of Tipperary football.
Tipperary - Helen Kennedy (Cappawhite), Cathreina Walsh (Moycarkey), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Sinead Delahunty (Foxrock Cabintelly), Katie Lyne (Moyle Rovers), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Bernie Ryan (Upperchurch), Aoife Ryan (Cappawhite), Barbra Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Aine Staunton (Aherlow), Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite), Siobhan Condon (Aherlow), Edith Carroll (Galtee Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers). Subs used Caoimhe Boles (Clonmel Commercials), Breda Feeney (Ballyporeen), Grainne O Gorman (Templetouhy), Shauna Ryan (Ballymacarby).
All involved in Ladies Gaelic Football in Tipperary send our congratulations to Sinead Delahunty a regular at corner back on our county intermediate team on winning a Dublin senior championship medal with her club Foxrock/Cabinteely on Friday last with whom she lined out at number 4. Sinead’s hails from the parish of Fethard.
Under 16 All-Ireland
Cavan 4-11 Tipperary 5-6
Tipperary travelled to Banagher with high expectation of lifting a second under 16 all-Ireland titles in three years. Tipperary were slow to settle and did not register their first score until the 8th minute, a point from Megan Burke by which time Cavan had three points on the board. Midway through the half Tipperary were awarded a penalty which Ashling McCarthy converted and she followed it up with a pointed free. Cavan then had a dominant spell and scored a number of points. Tipperary finished the half well with two goals from Ashling McCarthy and Emmer Bartley. Half time score Tipperary 3-3 Cavan 0-10.
With a two point lead and a fresh breeze at our backs for the second half our hopes were high of a win. The Cavan forwards were putting a lot of pressure on the Tipperary backs and sent a 12 min penalty wide. Cavan scored four goals in the second half, one from a penalty which Keely Halpin saved only for an inrushing forward to put it into the net. Sinead Buckley scored a point on the 20th minute, our first score of the second half. Ashling McCarty threw us a life line when she scored a wounderful invidual goal two minutes later. A Sinead Buckley goal followed a point by Ashling McCarthy to give us a grand stand finish. Try as we could we could not get the scores to haul Cavan in and our last score was a pointed free from Ashling McCarthy. Tipperary - Keely Halpin (Cahir), Betty Barlow (Clonmel Commercials), Hazel Shanahan (Moyle Rovers), Maureen Murphy (Brian Borus), Maria Kinane (Moycarkey),Niamh Mackey (Clonmel Com),Brid Condon(Aherlow), Megan Burke (Cahir), Laura Dillon(Ardfinnan),Sara Everard (Moyle Rovers ), Ashling Mc Carthy(Cahir), Roisin Howard (Cahir),Sara Ryan (Clonmel Com), Sinead Buckley Cappawhite), Eimear Bartley( S na B). Subs used - Maria Curley (Templemore), Emma Buckley (Cahir), Saoirse Mc Geever (Clonmel)