Off-pitch drama mars draw
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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.
BEST ON SHOW
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.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
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.