The Tipperary minor football team pictured during the national anthem before their recent Munster championship meeting with Kerry at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photo: Eamonn McGee
A five-point win over Waterford (2-11 to 2-6) at Leamybrien in Waterford on Wednesday, April 25th propelled the Tipperary team into the semi-finals of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship against Clare - that last four clash will take place on Tuesday, May 8th at 7pm in Semple Stadium, Thurles.
In their opening game in this year's Munster championship the Tipperary minor football team lost to Kerry (0-4 to 1-15) at Semple Stadium, but Matt O'Doherty's resurgent men regrouped from that defeat and beat Limerick after extra-time (2-12 to 1-11) in Newcastle West on Wednesday, April 18th.
And, the Tipperary team to play Clare reads as follows:
1. Callan Scully (Nenagh Éire Óg)
2. Tommy McDonagh (Cahir)
3. Shane Lowe (Moyne-Templetuohy)
4. Christy McDonagh (Cahir)
5. Mark O'Meara (Grangemockler-Ballyneale, captain)
6. Gavin Meagher (Inane Rovers)
7. Johnny Ryan (Arravale Rovers)
8. Keith Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane)
9. Kevin Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris)
10. Max Hackett (Moycarkey-Borris)
11. Devon Ryan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)
12. Christy English (Ballyporeen)
13. Kyle Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris)
14. Seán O'Connor (Clonmel Commercials)
15. Eddie Daly (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)
16. Cian O'Mahony (Ardfinnan)
17. Rhys Byron (Galtee Rovers)
18. Billy Murphy (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
19. Conor Whelan (Mullinahone)
20. Alan Flannery (Galtee Rovers)
21. Jamie Holloway (Carrick Swan)
22. Paddy Creedon (Durlas Óg)
23. John O'Sullivan (Galtee Rovers)
24. Donagh Hickey (Arravale Rovers)
Speaking following the win over Waterford manager Matt O'Doherty said: “We are delighted to get over the line, but we also know that this performance won't do against Clare. We've a lot of work to do.
“I think we have to agree there's a huge improvement from the Kerry game - guys are getting used to playing with each other, we're getting used to playing games at a high tempo and good intensity, it has to bring you on. You can't beat games to bring you on.
“We have seen a lot of Clare from their game against Limerick. We haven't a lot of work done on them yet, but we'll get our video analysis guys on the case and we'll see what we can learn. We've come up against Clare in the last two years and we haven't been successful. We know they're doing Trojan work underage so we know we'll really be the underdogs in the semi-final, for sure.
“We haven't been playing minor football this late in the year for a couple of years. It's great, it's a Munster semi-final. The carrot (for the winners) is a place in the Munster final and All-Ireland quarter-final which means you're playing football until August. There's a huge carrot there for us next week. We know we're up against it, but the carrot is there for us. The lads' form is great, so hopefully we'll give it a lash next week and see what happens,” the Arravale Rovers man added.
The Tipperary minor football management team are: manager Matt O’Doherty (Arravale Rovers), coach Benny Hickey (Cahir), selectors Viv Downey (Upperchurch-Drombane), James Boland (Inane Rovers) and Johnny Nevin (JK Bracken's). The strength and conditioning coaches involved are: Jason Coffey (Ardfinnan) and Mark Butler (Loughmore-Castleiney).
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