Munster Football Tournaments: Last week we had a very busy one in terms of inter county football tournaments.
Our under 14, 15 and 16 footballers were all in action competing in the Munster Football Tournaments
The U14 footballers travelled down to Waterford as reigning champions of the Jim Power tournament. It was the 20th hosting of this tournament and Tipperary were in group 1 accompanied by Waterford, Cork and Kerry North. Their league games were held at Dungarvan Club grounds. In the opening games Tipp were pitched against Kerry North and after an opening evenly contest got on top of affairs in the last period of the game to win on a score of 1-09 to 1-05.
In their encounter against Waterford Tipp totally dominated from start to finish and at end only conceded two points while amassing a total of 7-11.
Going into the final league game against Cork in the knowledge that a draw was sufficient to qualify for the final did not ease off. Their opponents commenced with the aid of the breeze but could not overcome the power and determination of the men in the blue& gold and at the interval Tipp were in front on a score of 1-06 to 0-05.Upon the resumption Tipp held Cork to a single point while adding seven more points to put the final score at Tipp 1-13 Cork 0-06.
In the final Tipperary were up against Kerry South who had topped Group 2.
It was the kingdom county that were first on the score board with goal after one minute from Shane O’Sullivan.Daire. Egan Egan pointed a free to open Tipps account..O’Sullivan got his second Kerry goal by converting a penalty to put some distance between the sides. However despite the initial shock of conceding two goals Tipp upper their work rate and started to make numerous raids into the Kerry defence area yielding two more points. On the eleventh minute they had the Kerry net rattled to put the score reading Kerry 2-00 Tipp 1-03 and an exciting contest was on.
Over the next few minutes Billy Courtney added two points to shore up the Kerry score. On the sixteenth minute the second penalty of the period came to Tipp which duly raised a green flag courtesy of Darragh Carroll and within a minute he had the Kerry net shaking again with his second goal to put Tipp ahead with a two point advantage. On the stroke of the half time whistle Courtney scored a point from a .45 to put the interval score Tipp 3-03 Kerry
Full notes in this week’s Tipperary Star.