The first round of the Munster Under 17 Football Development tournament took place on Monday evening October 7th. Limerick defeated Waterford while Tipperary and Clare played out a low-scoring draw. In Round 2 scheduled for Monday October 14th, Waterford will host Tipperary in Carriganore while Clare and Limerick will meet in Cooraclare – both games are fixed for 7:30pm throw-in times. See below the details of the squads involved in the opening round matches.
Tipperary v Clare
Tipperary and Clare played out a low scoring draw in the opening game of the Daryl Darcy Munster Under 17 Football Tournament in Dr Morris Park Thurles on Monday night 7th October. Conditions were mild but wet, which made handling difficult for the players. After early Tipperary pressure Clare were first to register with a good point from play by Éimhin Courtney following a good movement up-field. Tipperary replied with two pointed frees from Alan Tynan. Missed opportunities were the order of the day at this point but Tipperary did manage two further points from play from Anthony Leahy and Shane Lonergan to go in at half time leading on a score line of 0-4 to 0-1.
On the resumption Clare came more and more into the game and points from Conal O Hainiféin and Aidan Davidson brought them to within a point of Tipperary. A good point from play from Stephen Quirke restored Tipperary to a two point lead but further scores from Courtney (free) and Davidson from play made the sides level. A Michael O’Connor point from play put Tipperary one up coming into the closing stages. A late pointed free from Davidson got Clare level and that’s how it finished on a score line of 0-6 to 0-6.
A good work out for both teams with missed chances the main talking point at the end. So spoils were divided as both counties go into the next round with room for improvement.
Tipperary lined out with Jack Brady Ballina in goal, Ross Dennehy Commercials, Liam Ryan Commercials, Faolain Linnane Sarsfields, Stephen Kelly Commercials, Paul Maher Kilsheelan, Willie Connors Kildangan, Stephen Quirke (0-1 free) Moyle Rovers, Billy McCarthy Sarsfields, Ross Peters Commercials, Michael O’Connor (0-1) Cahir, Shane Lonergan (0-1) Moyle Rovers, Alan Tynan (0-2 frees) Inane Rovers, Anthony Leahy (0-1) Lattin Cullen, Michael Nugent
Subs used - Brian Norris Moyle Rovers, Jack Kennedy Commercials, Liam Duffey Newport, Phelim O Hagen Ballina.
Clare line out Eoin O’Kelly Cratloe in goal, Conor Downes Naomh Eoin, Pierce Lillis Cooraclare, Gary Meaney Coolmeen, Gary McMahon Kilmihil, Colm Pyne Killimer, Cian O’Dea Kilfenora, Conal O hAiniféin (0-1) Eire Óg Ennis, Conor Magner Naomh Eoin, Maccon Byrne St Breckans Lisdoonvarna, Éimhin Courtney (0-3) Eire Óg Ennis, Aidan Davidson St Breckans Lisdoonvarna, Cillian Cunningham Killimer, Michael Duffy (0-2) Kilfenora, Nigel Murray O’Currys
Subs used - James Murphy Naomh Eoin, Cathal Frawley Ennistymon, Eoin Callinan Kilmihil
Referee – J Murphy (Limerick)