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Congratulations Jack Kennedy

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Thu Feb 21, 2019

Congratulations to Jack Kennedy on winning the Sigerson Cup tonight with University College Cork

Congratulations to Clonmel Commercial’s Jack Kennedy who tonight helped University College Cork overcome the challenge of St. Mary’s College to claim the Sigerson Cup on a 0-16 to 1-9 scoreline. This is the 22nd time the Cork college have claimed this prestigious title, the last being in 2014.

Jack starred in midfield for the Billy Morgan managed side and if you would like to read a full match report please click here.

 

Philip Fahey Condolences

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Wed Feb 20, 2019

The Tipperary Football Committee and Friends of Tipperary Football wish to extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Philip Fahey, Clonmel, who passed away today.

Philip was a loyal supporter of Clonmel Commercials and Tipperary and was a regular attendee at their matches. Philip’s son Kevin is currently on the Tipperary senior football panel, something that made Philip immensely proud.

To his wife Kathleen, and sons Steffen, Alan and Kevin we offer our deepest sympathies.

Philip is reposing at his home on Wednesday from 3.00pm to 7.00pm. Removal on Thursday to St. Peter & Paul’s Church, Clonmel. Funeral Mass on arrival at 1.00pm followed by burial in St Patrick’s Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Details of Supporters’ Bus to Armagh

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Tue Feb 19, 2019

The Friends of Tipperary Football have organised a supporters’ bus to Armagh this Sunday and the details are below

Allianz National Football League Division Two

Armagh V Tipperary

Athletics Grounds, Armagh, 2pm

 

The supporters’ bus will depart from the following venues this Sunday:

  1. Cahir 9am
  2. Cashel 9:15am
  3. Horse and Jockey 9:30am
  4. Thurles 9:45am
  5. Midway Portlaoise 10:20am

If you would like to reserve your place please contact 086 833 4553

In the lead up to Sunday’s game manager Liam Kearns spoke to Jeddy Walsh about the task ahead for the team. If you would like to read this interview please click here.

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: https://twitter.com/BulldogsW/status/1093363130007093248

 

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