- Tipperary 2-16 Clare 1-11
Tipperary and Liam Sheedy got off to a perfect start with a win in their opening league against Clare on Saturday under the lights at a blustery and wet Thurles. Tippersry led by Drom and Inch supremo Seamus Callanan who is captain of the side hit 2-07 in a fantastic display for the Premier men.
In a big crowd of just over 8,000 the game was played at ferocious pace. Tipperary had the strong wind in the opening half and they took advantage of it taking a 0-13 to 1-03 lead the break. It could of been even a bigger lead for Tipperary only for Callanan to see his third minute penalty saved by Donal Tuohy in the Clare goal. Callanan did strike five first half frees though but the main damage was to come in the second half from him. Loughmore man Noel McGrath impressed in the opening period, while Jake Morris also showed promise for Liam Sheedy’s charges. Alan Flynn also hit a lovely point in the opening period. Clare got a lifeline though on 28 minutes with a Niall Deasy penalty fired to the net. It was 0-13 to 1-03 at the break and Tipperary in full control .
The second half Donal McInerney and Gerry O’Connor opted to bring on Podge Collins, Peter Duggan and Colm Galvin, superb trio to spring from the bench in fairness. That briefly seemed to spur the Banner on but their chances of any sort of revival were allowed but ended when former hurler of the year Tony Kelly was red carded on 44 minutes following a collision with Padraic Maher of Tipperary. Callanan went on to net on 50 minutes having been assisted by Jake Morris. Morris then provided the assist yet again for Callanan on 57 minutes to finish to the net.
Good start to the league for Tipperary but still plenty to work on for both sides going into next weekend.