Spoils Shared in Ennis

Spoils Shared in Ennis

The Tipperary panel which drew with Clare today

Allianz National Football League

Division Two – Round Three

Clare 0-11 Tipperary 0-11

Tipperary came away from Cusack Park Ennis this afternoon with a 0-11 draw apiece with neighbours Clare on a freezing day in the Banner county.


Keelan Sexton was the Banner hero as he kicked the levelling point with three minutes remaining but both sides will rue missed chances afterwards that could have seen them snatch victory.

By half-time Tipperary, playing with the breeze, had established a 0-7 to 0-5 lead but should have been further ahead with the quantity of possession they enjoyed. Entering the match the Premier were dealt a blow with the news that Steven O’ Brien had not sufficiently recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in a recent Sigerson Cup and he will be hoping to be back in time for Tipperary’s next game against Meath in two week’s time. Further bad news followed with full-forward Michael Quinlivan going off injured.


The second half saw both sides reduced to fourteen following the dismissals of Jamie Malone (Clare) and Josh Keane (Tipperary) while Clare’s David Tubridy and Eoin Cleary were also black carded.

Clare kicked two quick points from Jamie Malone and Pearse Lillis to draw level (0-7 each). Five minutes from time Conor Sweeney looked to have secured the points for Tipperary but Sexton equalised from a 40 meter free.


The other results in the division saw Down defeat Roscommon (0-7 to 0-12) and Cork get the better of Louth (2-11 to 0-10).


Tipperary’s next fixture is Saturday 24th against Meath in Semple Stadium at 7pm.

Evan Comerford makes a spectacular first half save


Shane Stapleton

We send our best wishes to selector Shane Stapleton who was hospitalised after the game following an incident in the 46th minute. Shane is an inspirational coach and held in high esteem by all involved in the set up and we can’t wait to see him back in Dr. Morris Park at training.

The latest news we have is that Shane is tired and groggy but doing well and is expected to be released tomorrow. We can’t wait to see him back on the sideline when we play Meath in two weeks time.

Shane Stapleton (left) was hospitalised after today’s game

Scorers for Clare: Keelan Sexton 0-3 (0-1 free), Pearse Lillis 0-2, Eoin Cleary 0-2 (0-2) ,Gary Brennan 0-1, Jamie Malone 0-1, Kieran Malone 0-1, Ciaran Russell 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 0-7 (0-6 frees), Bill Maher 0-1, Jimmy Feehan 0-1, Liam Casey 0-1, Liam McGrath 0-1.

Clare 1.Killian Roche (Cooraclare), 2. Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora), 18. Eoghan Collins (Ballyhaunis), 4. Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s, Miltown), 5 .Pearse Lillis (Cooraclare)
6. Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg), 7. Aaron Fitzgerald (Éire Óg), 8. Gary Brennan (Clondegad captain), 9. Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen), 10. Jamie Malone (Corofin), 11. Eoin Cleary (St Joseph’s, Miltown), 12. Gearóid O’Brien (Kilrush Shamrocks), 25. Seán O’Donoghue (Cooraclare), 14. Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane), 15. David Tubridy (Doonbeg)


Darragh Bohannon (Shannon Gaels) for Cathal O’Connor (36)
Alan Sweeney (St Breckan’s) for David Tubridy (BC) (48)
Kieran Malone for Gearóid O’Brien (55)

Tipperary 1.Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), 2. Shane O’Connell (Golden-Kilfeacle), 3. John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney)), 4. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers), 5. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), 6. Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers – captain), 7. Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule), 8. Liam Casey (Cahir), 20. Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers), 10. Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle), 11. Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), 12. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty), 13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), 14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), 15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)


Ian Fahy (Clonmel Commercials) for Michael Quinlivan (24 injured)
Kevin Fahy (Clonmel Commercials) for Jack Kennedy (36)
Emmett Moloney (Drom and Inch) for Liam Boland (45)
Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials) for Liam McGrath (62)
Seán Carey (Moyle Rovers) for Ian Fahy (69)

Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo).

To read Jeddy Walsh’s report in the Nationalist please click here.

Seamus J. King

We extend our congratulations to Seamus J. King who last week was honoured with a President’s Award from Croke Park by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghaill. Seamus has been a GAA stalwart all his life and has made a significant contribution to his native Lorrha and Dorrha as well as his adopted Cashel King Cormacs. He has published numerous books and articles on the GAA and plays a significant role in the annual Tipperary GAA Yearbook.

Kitman, Murt Kennedy, takes a break during today’s game