Off-pitch drama mars draw

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GAA - Eoghan Cormi­can

Al­lianz FL Di­vi­sion 2 IT MAT­TERED

Cian O’dea’s su­perb block Pre­vented Tip­per­ary’s Sehn Carey land­ing the win­ner right at the death, O’dea div­ing on to the foot of the Tip­per­ary sub to smother the shot. At the other end, sub Alan Sweeney re­ally should have done bet­ter from close range with the sides level.


It was around the 50-minute mark when Tip­per­ary se­lec­tor Shane Sta­ple­ton fell to the ground for a sec­ond oc­ca­sion. An am­bu­lance was called, with Liam Kearns ex­press­ing dis­ap­point­ment that it only ar­rived shortly af­ter the full-time whis­tle.


The visi­tors, though churn­ing out an er­ror-strewn dis­play, were most Pleased to de­part En­nis with a draw. They sit com­fort­ably mid-ta­ble.


The na­ture of the in­jury sus­tained by Shane Sta­ple­ton over­shad­owed the game it­self, de­spite Play con­tin­u­ing while he was at­tended to on the side­line by med­i­cal of­fi­cials from both teams.

SIDE­LINE SMARTS Tip­per­ary were un­able to cap­i­talise on the nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage they en­joyed for the clos­ing 25 min­utes. PHYSIO ROOM

Bruised ribs forced Michael Quin­li­van off in the first-half. Man­ager Liam Kearns said Quin­li­van was strug­gling Rto catch his breath” be­fore be­ing re­placed.


Clare’s Ciaran Rus­sell has been a busy man th­ese last few weeks, lin­ing out for the Garda Col­lege’s Siger­son and Fitzgibbon teams, on top of his in­ter-county com­mit­ments. He and fel­low Clare de­fender, Pearse Lil­lis, did well in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.


That ref­eree Jerome Henry was sur­rounded by four Clare foot­ballers and one Clare of­fi­cial as he made for the tun­nel at full-time said Plenty about his af­ter­noon. The Mayo whistler was ter­ri­bly in­con­sis­tent. His lines­man had a big say in the send­ing off of Jamie Malone for an al­leged Push on Tip­per­ary se­lec­tor Shane Sta­ple­ton. Henry cor­rectly sent off Tip­per­ary’s Josh Keane for two book­able of­fences.


Tip­per­ary en­ter­tain Meath on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 24. A day later, Clare travel to Newry for a must-win game with Down.

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