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Tipperary Ladies Footballers Advance To All Ireland Semi

Stalker Wallace Gaa Club in Limerick was the venue for Tipp's clash with Clare in the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship Quater Final on Sunday.

The premier counties ladies played into the wind in the first half and Clare showed that they were not going to lie down easily.

Tipp lead by 2 points to no return after the opening 5 minutes and on the 10-minute mark, they were awarded a penalty which was converted by Aishling Moloney.

Seconds later Clare christened their side of the scoreboard with a point from Roisin Considine before Orla O'Dwyer popping over a point at the other end.

At the halfway point of the first half, Niamh O'Dea hit the back of the net and brought Clare back within 2 points of Tipp.

The remainder of the half played out a battle with Tipp going in at the break one point up. ( Tipperary: 1-5(8) Clare 1-4(7) ).

Seamus Mulvihill of Kerry through in the ball for the second half and rain was on the way.

Clares Fidelma Marrinan opened the scoring for the second half with a point to draw the game level.

With 8 minutes played in the second half, Clare found themselves with a 2 point lead.

The game continued to seesaw and with 15 minutes left to play the game was once again level. (1-8 - 1-8) . It was at this point Clare began to empty the bench and kicked a few more points to seem them out in front by 2 points.

Tipp responded and continued to battle hard but on the 17 minute of the second half Niamh O'Dea slotted home for the second time in the game.

Two Aishling Moloney points one from play and one from a free saw the two sides level in this nail-biting encounter.

On the 23rd and 27th minutes of the game, she slotted over another 2 points to put Tipp in the driving seat and the clock winding down but unfortunately was sin-binned afterwards which the crowd thought was harsh.

Tipperary held on for a 1-13(16) to 2-8(14) win and now look forward to an All Ireland semi-final on August 17th in Nolan Park.

Photo Credit: Cahir Media