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Tantalizing Tipperary Down Donegal in Fantastic Finale

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Sun Feb 10, 2019

Tantalizing Tipperary Down Donegal in Fantastic Finale

Alan Campbell in possession today

Allianz National Football League Division Two

Tipperary 3-9 Donegal 0-13

They say a week is a long time in politics but it appears even more so in this year’s Allianz League as the atmosphere among the players, management and loyal supporters today juxtaposed sharply with that of last Sunday’s following today’s superb win over a hotly fancied Donegal side.


But to be honest, it was only those who don’t follow this amazing side closely that hotly tipped Donegal as time and again Tipperary have, not merely upset, but absolutely bulldozed the apple cart out of their way.

Michael O’Reilly makes a stunning penalty save

And make no mistake about it, today’s win was thoroughly deserved. Michael O’Reilly, deputising for the injured Evan Comerford in goal, played like a veteran and made a stunning first-half penalty save that gave the Premier men great heart heading in for the half-time break. The men in front of him played the second half in such a miserly manner, limiting Donegal to just three points, that even Scrooge himself would have winced in embarrassment. Liam Casey exploded into the game in the frantic final minutes scoring 1-1 to ensure victory while Steven O’Brien gave one of his finest ever performances in the blue and gold. The work rate of the forwards was a joy to behold as time and again they forced Donegal into rushed clearances and coughing up possession while taking their chances when they arose.


Tipperary entered the game missing a large number of regulars and today’s performances by their replacements will give Liam Kearns the kind of headache all managers dream about when it comes to selecting his starting fifteen come the championship. The returning players now know that they’ll have to work extremely hard upon their return to force their way back into the team.

Brian Fox

Donegal, playing with a strong wind at their backs, were worth their three-point lead at the interval as they led 0-10 to 1-3. The Premier got off to the ideal start as Jack Kennedy found Steven O’Brien who powered his way through the centre to blast home a goal after only two minutes.


However, Donegal did not panic and found themselves level after Oisin Gallen, Ciaran Thompson and Michael Langan all pointed before Niall O’Donnell put the visitors ahead.

Conor Sweeney

Langan and Thompson then exchanged points with captain Conor Sweeney and the evergreen Philip Austin to leave the sides level 1-3 to 0-6. Donegal opened the lead to 0-9 to 1-4 approaching half-time when John Meagher appeared to be harshly blown up for a penalty. Jamie Brennan stepped up and could not find a way past the brilliant Michael O’Reilly who dived right making a terrific save. This moment certainly lifted the Tipperary players and the shouts of encouragement from the players in blue and gold echoed around the stadium.


Donegal did add another point to leave it 0-10 to 1-4 at the break.

Steven O’Brien

The second half started slowly as Donegal held possession and tried to run at the Tipperary backs who were defending the Killinan End however time and again they were turned away by a defence determined not to cede ground. It took fifteen minutes for the second period’s opening scored when Langan pointed a Donegal free.


Tipperary were awarded a free minutes later on the 45 which Liam McGrath took. His effort dropped short and Shaun Patton in the Donegal goal called his ball but one of the backs clearly did not hear it and ended up deflecting it past the helpless net minder.

Colm O’Shaughnessy

The sides exchanged two points each through Liam Boland and Brian Fox for Tipp and Gallen and Thompson for Donegal.


Liam McGrath intercepted a Donegal clearance and set up Liam Casey for Tipperary’s third goal of the game before three quick-fire points from Casey, Sweeney and O’Brien ensured that Tipperary would be celebrating their first win of 2019.


Next up for Tipperary is a trip to Ulster in two weeks-time as Armagh will provide the opposition in the Athletics Grounds.

Tipperary: Michael O’Reilly; Alan Campbell, John Meagher, Emmett Moloney; Kevin Fahey, Dáire Brennan, Jimmy Feehan; Steven O’Brien (1-01), Jack Kennedy; Philip Austin (0-02), Liam Casey (1-01), Brian Fox (0-02); Kevin O’Halloran, Conor Sweeney (0-02, 0-01f), Liam McGrath (1-00, 1-00f).

Substitutes: Liam Boland (0-01) for O’Halloran (51), Colm O’Shaughnessy for Feehan (58), Conal Kennedy for Jack Kennedy (66), Dan O’Meara for Austin (74), Paddy Codd for Fahey (75).

Donegal: Shaun Patton; Eoghan Bán Gallagher, Brendan McCole, Tony McCleneghan; Stephen McMenamin, Caolan Ward, Ryan McHugh; Hugh McFadden, Jason McGee; Ciaran Thompson (0-04, 0-02, 0-01sl), Caolan McGonagle, Michael Langan (0-03, 0-01f); Niall O’Donnell (0-01), Jamie Brennan (0-02), Oisín Gallen (0-03, 0-01f).

Substitutes: Leo McLoone for McGee (45), Martin McElhinney for Gallen (65), Paul Brennan for McMenamin (69).

Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare).

Kevin McLoughin and Joe Hannigan share a joke with Donegal native and Tipperary supporter John McGinley

Show your Support

Today’s win for our footballers has attracted huge goodwill across the Premier county but unfortunately goodwill won’t help the players become the best they can be. We need you to play your part by joining the Friends of Tipperary Football.

You can do that by joining the Friends online here or by contacting any of our co-ordinators.

South Tipperary: JJ Crowley 087 679 7553 or Barry O’Brien 086 253 1054

Mid Tipperary: Trish Gavin 087 615 0552

West Tipperary: Kevin Barron 087 223 1353

North Tipperary: Kevin McLoughlin 086 192 4726 or Joe Hannigan 087 256 6157

Inter-Divisional Finals

Congratulations to all players who represented their divisions recently and a special thank you to all the parents and guardians who drove the boys to trials and training and to all the mentors who volunteered their time to coach the boys.

Mick Frawley Under-15 Cup Final

South Tipperary 2-8 Mid Tipperary 2-9

Mick Frawley Under-15 Shield final

North Tipperary 1-5 West Tipperary 2-5

Dom Brown Under-14 Cup Final

South Tipperary 4-7 North Tipperary 0-0

Dom Brown Under-14 Shield Final

Mid Tipperary 1-1 West Tipperary 1-2

Tipperary LGFA

Hard luck to the Tipperary LGFA side who were defeated by Dublin today in Ardfinnan 6-9 to 2-8. It was always going to be difficult for the team going up against the All-Ireland champions however they gave a great account of themselves against one of the greatest ever LGFA teams.

We also congratulate Aisling McCarthy who made her debut last night for the Western Bulldogs scoring a goal in the process showing the Cahir superstar is as much at home playing Australian Rules as she is with Gaelic football.


Mary Hanly from Glasgow but now based in Solohead, in Semple Stadium today supporting Donegal where her family originated from.

Dr. Paul Scully treats Liam Boland today

Team for Allianz League V Donegal

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Fri Feb 08, 2019

Manager Liam Kearns has Revealed the Starting Fifteen for Sunday’s Game Against Donegal

Jimmy Feehan

Allianz National Football League Division Two

Tipperary V Donegal

Semple Stadium, Thurles

Sunday, 10 February, 2pm

Inter-Divisional Finals

Tomorrow, Saturday 9th sees the finals of the inter-divisional football finals.

Under-14 Dom Brown Shield

Mid Tipp v West Tipp 10:30am

Under-14 Dom Brown Cup

South Tipp v North Tipp 11:00am

Both games in Dundrum


Under-15 Mick Frawley Shield

12.45 North Tipp v West Tipp 12:45pm

Under-15 Mick Frawley Cup

South Tipp v Mid Tipp 13:45pm

Both games in Sean Treacy Park

Courtesy of Inane Rovers

Tipperary LGFA

Best wishes to the Tipperary LGFA side who face All-Ireland champions Dublin in Ardfinnan on Sunday at 2pm.

Tipperary: L Fitzpatrick; E Buckley, M Curley, E Cronin; B Condon, S Lambert (capt.), C Maher; A.R. Kennedy, E Fitzpatrick; N Lonergan, A Moloney, R Daly; L Dillon, C Condon, S Everard.

Dublin: C Trant (capt.); M Byrne, N Collins, E McDonagh; S Fagan, O Carey, L Magee; S McGrath, J Dunne; A Kane, S Woods, C Rowe; N Owens, L Davey, S Killeen.

Of course the side will have to do without the services of Aisling McCarthy who appears set to make her AFLW debut for the Western Bulldogs on Saturday evening against Geelong after manager Paul Groves confirmed “we’re going to put our Irish touch on the competition this weekend, with Aisling McCarthy, who’s going to debut”.

Everyone here in Tipperary sends our very best wishes to Aisling and we know the Cahir native is going to show the ladies down under just what she’s made of.

Aisling McCarthy source:


Reservoir Dogs! Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson and RTÉ’s Damien Lawlor strut their stuff across the Semple Stadium pitch


Liam McGrath Kicks a Late, Late Point to Draw

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Sun Feb 03, 2019

Liam Casey emerges through a crowd of Fermanagh men

Liam McGrath the saviour as Tipperary snatch a late, late draw in Semple Stadium

Allianz National Football League

Division Two

Tipperary 2-5 Fermanagh 2-5

Liam McGrath kicks the equalising point deep in injury time

It took a late, late point and a display of nerves of steel from Liam McGrath as the Loughmore Castleiney clubman kicked a dramatic free, five minutes into injury time to rescue a point for Liam Kearns’ side in today’s Allianz National Football League Division Two clash between Fermanagh and Tipperary in Semple Stadium.

And it was a point Tipperary badly needed as a second loss in the space of a week would have meant the Premier would be staring down the barrel of relegation after only two matches.

Tipperary looked set for a dramatic win when Brian Fox fisted the ball passed Thomas Treacy in the Fermanagh goal in stoppage time to put the home side two points in the clear however the drama wasn’t over yet as Fermanagh won a penalty following a foot block which Seán Quigley cooly slotted home before McGrath’s levelling free.

In a first half that will not live long in the memory Tipperary started brightly when the ball, from a Brian Fox effort from 30 yards, somehow eluded the Fermanagh net minder and thought twice, before deciding to cross the line for a fortuitous Tipperary goal after only six minutes.

Ryan Jones and Seán Quigley kicked two points for the Erne Men while Kevin Fahey picked off one of his own to leave the sides at 1-1 to o-2 at half time in front of 677 spectators.

Brian Fox shoots for his and Tipperary’s opening goal

The second half wasn’t much better as Fermanagh continued to drop deep into their own territory playing an ultra defensive brand of football that did little to enthuse the spectators.

Philip Austin and Seán Quigley exchanged points before Liam Casey extended Tipperary’s lead after a great interception and run from Jimmy Feehan. Ultan Kelm set Conall Jones up for Fermanagh’s first goal which drew the sides level at 1-3 each before a Sweeney point put Tipperary in front again.

Quigley and Ciaran Corrigan both pointed to edge Fermanagh in front before all the injury-time drama which left the levels level 2-5 each when referee Rory Hickey signalled full time.

Tipperary: Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, John Meagher, Emmett Moloney; Kevin Fahey (0-01), Daire Brennan, Jimmy Feehan; Steven O’Brien, Liam Casey (0-01); Liam Boland, Liam McGrath (0-01, 0-01f),Brian Fox (2-00); Philip Austin (0-01), Conor Sweeney (0-01, 0-01f), Jack Kennedy.

Substitutes: Conal Kennedy for Moloney (36), Kevin O’Halloran for Boland (51), Dan O’Meara for Austin (58), Michael O’Reilly for Comerford (69), Paddy Codd for Feehan (72).

Fermanagh: Thomas Treacy; Jonny Cassidy, Tiarnan Daly, Lee Cullen; Kane Connor, Declan McCusker, James McMahon; Eoin Donnelly, Ryan Jones (0-01); Shane McGullion, Conall Jones (1-00), Aidan Breen; Daniel Teague, Sean Quigley (1-03, 1-00 pen, 0-02f), Ciaran Corrigan (0-01).

Substitutes: Paul McCusker for McGullion (31), Ryan Lyons for Daly (36), Garvan Jones for Teague (40), Ultan Kelm for McCusker (53), Daragh McGurn for McMahon (57).

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare).

Seán Quigley finds his route to goal blocked by Alan Campbell and Brian Fox

Friends of Tipperary Football

In other news our thanks goes to the volunteers from the Friends of Tipperary Football who sold membership prior to the match today in Semple Stadium. If you would like to join you can do so by contacting any committee member or alternatively you can join online by clicking the Join tab at the top of this page.

Tipperary LGFA

Hard luck to the Tipperary LGFA side who were beaten by Mayo in the opening round of the Lidl National Football League today in Mayo by 2-11 to 0-12. If you would like to read a full match report please click here.

Liam Kearns chats to Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson under the Old Stand after today’s game

Tipperary Team to Play Fermanagh

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Fri Feb 01, 2019

Manager Liam Kearns has announced his side to play Fermanagh in Sunday’s Allianz League division two clash this Sunday

Dáire Brennan advances against Meath ahead of Mickey Burke

Manager Liam Kearns has announced the starting fifteen for Sunday’s clash against Fermanagh in round two of the Allianz League. After last week’s disappointing loss, Tipperary will be anxious to get two vital points to kickstart their season.


Senior Hurling Team Announced

Michael Breen in action last weekend against Clare

Meanwhile senior hurling manager Liam Sheedy has revealed the team to play Limerick tomorrow evening in the second round of the league and following last week’s stunning win over Clare, Tipperary will be determined to continue their good form against the All-Ireland champions. There is one change from last week’s matchwith James Barry replacing Cathal Barrett.

Inane Rovers

Congratulations go to all involved with Inane Rovers who receive a Nenagh Guardian Sports Award for their exploits on the Gaelic football fields in 2018. Inane Rovers captured all four North Tipperary “A” titles from under-12 up to minor. Inane Rovers, based in Roscrea, are the only exclusively Gaelic football club in the division and will celebrate their 70th anniversary next year.

Tipperary LGFA

Best wishes to the Tipperary LGFA side who open their Lidl National Football League campaign against Mayo in Swinford Amenity Park on Sunday at 2pm. While the team were disappointed to lose their senior championship status last summer they’ll be anxious to prove that they are more than at home in division one in the league.

The Tipperary LGFA team to play Mayo

In other news we congratulate Loreto Clonmel who have retained the Munster PPS senior A title following a convincing 1-8 to 0-4 win over John the Baptist, Hospital in the replayed final in Bansha today. The girls now look forward to an All-Ireland semi-final against the Ulster champions. This has capped off a great week for schools’ LGFA in the county after Cashel Community School beat Colaiste na Sceilge on a scoreline of 5-07 to 4-08 in the B final last week.

Tipperary lose out to Meath in Allianz League Opener

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Sun Jan 27, 2019

Disappointing Opening to Tipperary’s League Campaign

Colm O’Shaughnessy looks on frustrated as Meath score a late point

Allianz National Football League Division Two

Meath 0-15 Tipperary 1-8

Despite missing a number of regulars Tipperary travelled to Páirc Tailteann in confident form of grabbing the two points on offer however it was the Royal County who emerged victorious following a well-deserved four-point win. 

Evan Comerford in his cool new goalkeeper’s jersey

Before throw-in it was revealed that Liam Kearns would be handing competitive debuts to both Dan O’Meara (Kiladangan) and Dáire Brennan (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) and the two will be happy with their first outing in a Tipperary senior jersey.

An early Meath point was cancelled out by a Liam McGrath free before the Leinster side rattled off four of their own to go 0-5 to 0-1 in front by the 21st minute and at this stage things appeared ominous as it looked like it was going to be a bleak afternoon for the Premier despite the brilliant January sunshine on a bitterly cold day. 

Brian Fox is fouled in the first half

Liam Boland burst forward from the left to hand pass the ball over the bar but Meath quickly responded with a point of their own. Tipperary needed a boost and it arrived curtesy of a Conor Sweeney penalty after Dan O’Meara was tripped inside the large parallelogram. The Ballyporeen man, in his first outing as captain, coolly slotted home to reduce the margin to the minimum. Unfortunately, Meath quickly pointed but the goal provided Liam Kearns’ charges with a timely jolt heading into the half-time break. 

Captain Conor Sweeney slots home Tipperary’s goal

Brian Fox marauded forward to score a delightful point upon the resumption but it was Meath who started the second period in brighter form and scored three points on the trot before Conor Sweeney pointed a free as Philip Austin replaced Dan O’Meara. 

The captain’s score had the desired effect as points from McGrath (1) and Sweeney (2) leveled the counties on 1-7 to 0-10 with eleven minutes of normal time remaining. It appeared as if we were in for a ding dong finish but a Liam McGrath effort was sadly to be the last time Tipperary troubled the scoreboard operator. Meath finished strong kicking four points to record a 0-15 to 1-8 deserved win. 

Next week Fermanagh make the long trip south as they will play Tipperary in the second round in Semple Stadium. 

Alan Campbell tackles his opponent Cillian O’Sullivan

MEATH SCORES: Mickey Newman 0-7 (0-6f), Thomas O’Reilly 0-2, Graham Reilly 0-1, Cillian O’Sullivan 0-1 (0-1f), Shane McEntee 0-1, Ben Brennan 0-1, Bryan Menton 0-1, Jams McEntee 0-1.

TIPPERARY SCORES: Conor Sweeney 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), Liam McGrath 0-3 (0-2f), Liam Boland 0-1, Brian Fox 0-1.


1. Andrew Colgan

4. Ronan Ryan

2. Seamus Lavin

3. Conor McGill

5. James McEntee

6. Donal Keogan

7. Niall Kane

8. Bryan Menton

19. James McEntee

10. Ethan Devine

11. Ben Brennan

12. Mickey Burke

13. Darragh Campion

14. Michael Newman

15. Thomas O’Reilly

SUBSTITUTES: 17. Cillian O’Sullivan for Burke (h/t), 22. Sean Tobin for Devine (48), 20. Graham Reilly for Campion (55), 25. Bryan McMahon for Brennan (58), 21. Eoin Lynch for O’Reilly (74).


1. Evan Comerford

2. Alan Campbell

3. John Meagher

4. Emmett Moloney

12. Brian Fox

20. Daire Brennan

7. Jimmy Feehan

8. Steven O’Brien

9. Liam Casey

5. Kevin Fahey

11. Liam McGrath

10. Liam Boland

19. Dan O’Meara

14. Conor Sweeney

15. Jack Kennedy

SUBSTITUTES: 13. Philip Austin for O’Meara (46), 17. Josh Keane for Boland (55), 6. Colm O’Shaughnessy for Feehan (64), 18. Kevin O’Halloran for Kennedy (70)

Referee: Niall Cullen (Fermanagh).

The Tipperary side to face Meath has been named

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Fri Jan 25, 2019

Liam Kearns has named his starting fifteen to face Meath in Sunday’s Allianz football league division two clash in Navan

Brian Fox in action against Meath in 2018

Allianz National Football League

Division Two

Meath V Tipperary

Páirc Tailteann 2pm

  1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
    2. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
    3. John Meagher – Loughmore-Castleiney
    4. Emmett Moloney – Drom-Inch
    5. Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
    6. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
    7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
    8. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
    9. Liam Casey – Cahir
    10. Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers
    11. Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
    12. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
    13. Philip Austin – Borrisokane
    14. Conor Sweeney (Capt.) – Ballyporeen
    15. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
  1. Michael O’Reilly – Clonmel Commercials
    17. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
    18. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
    19. Dan O’Meara – Kiladangan
    20. Daire Brennan – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
    21. Paddy Codd- Killenaule
    22. Conal Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
    23. Paul Shanahan – Upperchurch-Drombane
    24. Ben Hyland – Fr. Sheehy’s
    25. Tommy Lowry – Arravale Rovers
    26. Darragh O’Leary – Ardfinnan

For details of tickets for Sunday’s match please click on the Tweet below

Meanwhile hurling boss, Liam Sheedy, has revealed his side to face Clare tomorrow in Semple Stadium in the opening round of the hurling league

  1. Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
    2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
    3. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
    4. Donagh Maher – Burgess
    5. Alan Flynn – Kiladangan
    6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
    7. Joe O’Dwyer – Killenaule
    8. Michael Breen – Ballina
    9. Paddy Cadell – JK Brackens
    10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
    11. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
    12. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
    13. Jason Forde – Silvermines
    14. Seamus Callanan (Capt.) – Drom-Inch
    15. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
  1. Barry Hogan – Kiladangan
    17. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
    18. Robert Byrne – Portroe
    19. Willie Connors – Kiladangan
    20. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
    21. Tom Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
    22. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
    23. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
    24. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
    25. Killian O’Dwyer – Killenaule
    26. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs

100 New Friends by the Start of Sunday’s Match

The Friends of Tipperary Football are looking for one hundred new friends by the start of Sunday’s match against Meath and so far we have had a fantastic response from Tipp supporters up and down the county.

If you would like to be part of the one hundred you can join on or simply click the Join tab at the top of the page.

Supporters’ Bus

The Friends of Tipperary Football have organised a supporters’ bus for the trip to Navan on Sunday.

It will depart Cahir at 9:45am, Cashel at 10am, Horse & Jockey at 10:15am, Thurles at 10:30am and Portlaoise at 11:10am.

To reserve your seat contact 086 833 4553 ASAP as there are only a few remaining places.

New Jersey

Declan Kelly, CEO & Chairman, Teneo, centre, Tipperary hurling manager Liam Sheedy, left, and football manager Liam Kearns were at Portroe GAA Club today to unveil the new look Tipperary jersey that will be worn by the county’s teams from minor through to senior level in 2019. The Global CEO advisory firm was recently announced as the new sponsor of Tipperary GAA. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

This weekend sees the Tipperary County Board unveil their brand new jersey which will be worn by the county teams in 2019. Retro jerseys are in vogue at the moment in GAA circles and the county board have gone with an old-fashioned design with similarities to the jerseys worn in the late ’80s by Tipperary. This new jersey is going to be a must have by all Premier supporters and will be available in most sport shops across the county in the coming weeks.

Brendan Maher and Conor Sweeney with Declan Kelly, Teneo. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile