Tipperary defeated Clare by the minimum in this evening’s Electric Ireland Munster minor football semi-final in Thurles.
Points in the 59th, 60th and and 61st minutes edged Tipperary over the line against Clare at Semple Stadium, denying the Banner County a first provincial final appearance since 1994.
Clare had moved two points clear when captain Keelan Sexton popped over his side’s first score of the game from a free with eight minutes left.
But Tipperary hit late points from Tommy Nolan, Jack Kennedy and
man-of-the-match Brendan Martin, his fifth, to book a place in a fourth
final in five seasons.
Goals in either half had rocked Tipp back on their heels but they created enough chances at the other end to sneak over the line. Martin and Jack Kennedy hit five points each, with three of Kennedy’s from play, and the hosts also finished with 11 wides.
Clare’s first score of the game was a goal midway through the first half, a magnificent solo effort from Cormac Murray.
After Murray’s goal, when Tipp were punished for a turnover, Martin’s second point levelled matters before Clare surged into a three-point advantage with the breeze.
Darragh Bohannon kick started a run of three unanswered points before senior panellist Keelan Sexton and Murray were on target.
But Tipp hit back with three of their own before half-time to restore parity, with Emmett Moloney, minor hurling captain Stephen Quirke and Shane Power on target.
Danny Owens (right) captained Tipperary to victory tonight. Source: James Crombie/INPHO
Power’s point was a gutsy score as he was the player turned over by Clare’s Cillian Brennan in the lead-up to the Banner County goal, and Tipp were level at half-time, 0-6 to 1-3.
Clare’s second goal, created by sub Conor Lynch and scored by Sexton, handed Clare the early second half advantage and they would lead by three points on as many occasions before Tipp’s late supershow reeled them in.
Scorers for Tipperary: Brendan Martin & Jack Kennedy (0-3f) 0-5 each, Shane Power, Stephen Quirke, Emmett Moloney, Tommy Nolan, Brian McGrath & Ross Peters 0-1 each.
Scorers for Clare: Keelan Sexton 1-3 (0-1f), Cormac Murray 1-1, Sean Malone 0-2, Darragh Bohannon, Cillian Brennan & Conor Lynch 0-1 each.
Charlie Manton (Fethard), . Tommy Lowry (Arravale Rovers), Morgan Irwin (Moyle Rovers), Shane Power (Galtee Rovers), Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan Kilcash),
Killian Roche (Cooraclare), Conor O’Halloran (Éire Óg), Kieran Killeen (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Colm Pyne (Killimer), Liam Devitt (Ennistymon), Pearse Lillis (Cooraclare), Colin Hehir (MIlltown Malbay), Darragh Bohannon (Shannon Gaels), Cathal Downes (Naomh Eoin), Alan Sweeney (St Breckans)