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Round 1: Tipperary v Limerick - Semple Stadium, Thurles (5.00pm)

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Aisling McCarthy is back to give Tipperary a significant championship boost. The Cahir star spent the Spring with the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Women’s AFL, but will pull on the Tipperary shirt for the first time in 2019 when the Premier County tackle Limerick in Thurles.

This first round TG4 Munster Intermediate clash pits Tipp, who were relegated from the senior ranks last year, against Limerick, who earned promotion to the Intermediate grade after landing the All-Ireland Junior crown. Limerick will aim to consolidate in the Intermediate grade in 2019, while Tipp will start as one of the hot favourites to win the All-Ireland crown outright.

The Nenagh Guardian: 

A mis-match of extraordinary proportions this as Tipperary‘s ladies blitzed Limerick in a most one-sided Munster Intermediate Football Championship tie on Saturday.

What a 48 point difference does for either team is debatable but Tipperary could do no more than meet the challenge offered and they go forward to meet Clare in the next round with confidence on a high.

This was never a contest. With Cahir’s Aishling Moloney a towering figure leading the home attack, Tipperary had seven points on the board without reply when Moloney fed Aishling McCarthy who duly dispatched the ball to the net for Tipp’s opening goal after fifteen minutes.

A minute later Anna Rose Kennedy was the recipient of Moloney’s good work and netted number two and Moloney again was provider for Anna Carey’s 18th minute goal for Tipp who now led 3-8 to no score.

It didn’t stop there and Moloney herself finally got her  reward with a 26th minute goal as Tipp went into the break leading 4-13 to 0-3 Limerick’s first point coming from a Catriona Davis free in the 21stminute. Indeed Moloney might well have had a hat-trick of first half goals, the woodwork denying her on one occasion, with an earlier effort disallowed for an infringement of the square.

The one-way traffic continued after the break with Aishling Moloney racing through for goal number five after three minutes. Further goals followed from Caoimhe Condon (37), sub Angela McGuigan (45 & 58), Moloney (57 & 60) to round off a wonderful evening’s work by this very impressive Tipperary outfit.

Cahir’s Aishling Moloney was star of the show for Tipperary contributing 4-13 of their tally, only four points of which were from frees. She had a big hand in some of the other Tipp goals also in a performance that will take some replicating.

The work of Maria Curley, Samantha Lambert, Anna Rose Kennedy, Aisling McCarthy, and Roisin Daly was also of the highest calibre underlining the strength of the Tipp challenge to take provincial honours. Sterner tests lie ahead  for the Tipp ladies who recently retained their division one league status but right now they have to be optimistic looking to the future.

Junior All-Ireland champions in 2018 and beaten semi-finalists in the play-offs in division four of the National League, Limerick were expected to pose some problems for the Tipperary girls but they were clearly out of their class and will struggle to survive at this level of competition. To their credit they never gave up but their’s was a lost cause almost from the start. Ava Hartigan, Catriona Davis, Loretta Hanley, and Cathy Mee were their top performers but they have a difficult road ahead of them to survive in this grade.



Player of the Match: Aishling Moloney (Tipperary)

SCORERS – Tipperary: Aishling Moloney 4-13 (0-4 frees); Angela McGuigan 2-0; Anna Rose Kennedy 1-2; Caoimhe Condon, Anna Carey, Ashling McCarthy 1-1 each; Roisin Daly 0-2; Laura Dillon, Caitlin Kennedy 0-1 each.

Limerick: Catriona Davis 0-2 (1 free); Ava Hartigan, Mairead Kavanagh 0-1 each.


TEAMS – Tipperary: Lauren Fitzpatrick; Lucy Spillane, Samantha Lambert, Niamh Martin; Brid Condon, Maria Curley, Caitlin Kennedy; Anna Rose Kennedy, Aisling McCarthy; Roisin Daly, Aishling Moloney, Caoimhe Condon; Courtney Lonergan, Anna Carey, Ava Fennessy.

Subs: Emma Cronin for Spillane; Lauren Dillon for B Condon; Marie Creedon for Kennedy; Emma Morrissey for Lonergan; Angela McGuigan for Carey (all 40).

Limerick: Maire Lyons; Rebekah Daly, Ava Hartigan, Jenni O’Malley; Kristine Reidy, Niamh Ryan, Cathy Mee; Loretta Hanley, Megan O’Shea; Cliodhna Ni Cheallaigh, Mairead Kavanagh, Olivia Giltenane; Orlaith O’Donoghue, Catriona Davis, Caroline Hickey.

Subs: Ciara Ryan for O’Malley (18), Eimear Ryan for O’Donoghue (HT), Eimear Quinn for Giltenane (35), Amy Ryan for Daly (51), Siofra Keane for Kavanagh (53).

Referee: Eamon Moran (Kerry)

Round 2: Tipperary v Clare - Sean Tracey Park, Tipperary Town - May 25th

Tipperary 2-15 Clare 2-11 

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Tipperary served notice of their Championship intentions with a massive Round 1 victory over Limerick at Semple Stadium.

The Premier County can now seal a place in the provincial decider when they welcome Clare to Sean Treacy Park in Tipperary town on Saturday (2.0).

Aishling Moloney was in sensational form for Tipp in their first outing, and she’s a player that the Banner County defence will have to keep a close eye on.

Tipp were relegated from the Senior grade last year but are targeting a swift return to the elite championship ranks.

They’re many people’s favourites to land the TG4 Munster and All-Ireland crowns – but Clare have presented stiff opposition to Tipperary through the years.

A very capable outfit in their own right, Clare will look to the leadership qualities of Laurie Ryan and the firepower of Niamh O’Dea as they look to spring a surprise.

Clare also arrive in Tipperary with the knowledge that even if they come up short in this one, they have another chance to claim a Munster Final slot when they face Limerick in Round 3.

Munster Final: Tipperary v Clare - Cappamore, Limerick (12.00pm)

Tipperary 0-20

Clare 1-4

Tipperary are the LGFA Intermediate Munster Champions after their decisive defeat of Clare in the Munster Final decider played in Cappamore on Sunday last June 16th at 12 noon.


The sides are no strangers to each other having met in this provincial decider in 2016 and 2017 when Tipperary took the honours. However when the sides met in the opening round of this current championship Tipperary only defeated the reigning Munster Champions by four points.

The opening half was nip and tuck all the way and the sides were level mid-way through the half. However, a point each from Caoimhe Condon, Aishling McCarthy and Niamh Lonergan gave Tipperary a three point lead at the break when the scoreline read Tipperary 0-7 Clare 0-4.  Niamh O’Dea got Clare’s first three scores before Roisin Considine added another.

On the restart Tipperary were quick to stretch that lead with a point each from Aisling McCarthy and Aishling Moloney. However, Clare put themselves right back into this game when Niamh O’Dea was pulled down in the square as she advanced on goal. Clare’s Grainne Nolan converting the resulting penalty the scores now stood Tipperary 0-9 Clare 1-4. However, the penalty seemed to jolt Tipperary into life with a relentless wave of attacks on the Clare backs with Aishling Moloney leading the charge and stealing the show. The Cahir lady registering an individual tally of 0-10 from there until the end, putting Tipperary out of site.

Caoimhe Condon chipping in with a 0-1 of her own also near the end. Clare failed to register a single score after that 35th minute penalty.  Tipperary were crowned Munster Champions and Captain Samantha Lambert was presented with the Enda McDonnell Memorial Cup by Fergal McDonnell. 

It’s on now for Tipperary into the All Ireland Round Robin series where they will be seeded, but must wait until the conclusion of the all the other provincial finals to know who and when they will be playing. One thing is certain it is going to be a busy month of July for Tipperary Ladies Football.

Teams and Scorers


Lauren Fitzpatrick (Ballymacarbry), Lucy Spillane (Fethard), Maria Curley (Templemore), Emma Cronin (Moyle Rovers), Niamh Martin (Sliabh na Mban), Samantha Lambert (Capt) (Ardfinnan), Orla O’Dywer (Boherlahan), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Anna Rose Kennedy (Aherlow), Ava Fennessy (Clonmel Commercials), Aisling Moloney ( 0-14)(Cahir), Courtney Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials), Caoimhe Condon (Brian Borus), Caitlin Kennedy (Aherlow), Niamh Lonergan (Sliabh na Mban). Subs used Roisin Daly (Moyne Templetouhy) for N. Lonergan, Emma Buckley (Cahir) for O. O’Dwyer, Emma Morrissey (Aherlow) for A.R. Kennedy

Scorers – Tipperary: Aishling Moloney 0-14, Niamh Lonergan 0-2, Caoimhe Condon 0-2, Aisling McCarthy 0-2


Ciara Harvey (West Clare Gaels), Eva O’Dea (Banner), Ellie O’Gorman (Kilmhil), Grainne Harvey (West Clare Gaels), Carol O’Leary (NewmarketonFergus), Laurie Ryan (Capt) Banner, Siofra Ni Chonaill (St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield), Aisling Reidy (St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield), Eimear O’Connor (Cuil Gaels), Rosin Considine (Liscannor), Grainne Nolan (Banner), Niamh O’Dea (Banner), Catriona Callinan (Kilmhil). Subs used Amy Sexton for L. Ryan,  Sara Bohannon for A. Reidy, Roisin Looney for E. O’Dea.

Scorers – Clare: Niamh O’Dea 0-3, Grainne Nolan 1-0, Roisin Considine 0-1

All Ireland Championship - Round 1 Tipperary v Meath 

Ardfinnan July 14th 2pm

Tipperary 6-10

Meath 1-14

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Tipperary launched the first round of their Intermediate All Ireland campaign with a significant win over Meath on Sunday last July 14th in Ardfinnan. 

Tipperary blitzed their visitors in the opening minute of the game when they bagged two goals in quick succession one each for Aishling Moloney and Angela McGuigan. Aisling McCarthy added 0-2 of her own and Caoimhe Condon put Tipp 3-2 to no score before Meath registered their first score in the 12th minute when Emma Duggan goaled from a penalty. She quickly followed it up with a pointed free. Tipp though were in no mood for hanging around and in a fast paced move beginning with Caitlin Kennedy involving Niamh Lonergan and Aisling McCarthy charged back up the field again ending with  a Niamh Lonergan point. Tipp were relentless again McCarthy led the charge this time however the ball going wide. Meath were under pressure and from the resulting kickout Angela McGuigan and Aisling McCarthy launched the attack with the industrious Laura Dillon adding Tipp’s fourth goal in the 21st minute. Tipp were now 4-3 to Meath’s 1-1. Emma Duggan added two more pointed frees whilst her team mate Megan Thyme added Meath’s only point from play in the half. Again Tipp launched their attack this time Anna Rose Kennedy finding Aishling Moloney who weaved her way throw the Meath defence setting up Angela McGuigan who netted her second goal of the game. Anna Carey wrapped up the scoring of the half for Tipp with a point while Emma Duggan pointed another free. The half time score read Tipperary 5-4 Meath 1-5.

On the restart it was Meath who were quicker to settle Emma Duggan scoring 0-4 (0-3 from frees )   in the opening ten minutes of the half. With just six minutes of ordinary time left Meath had the margin down to just 6 points with points from Emma Duggan (0-2), Kelsey Nesbitt (0-1) and Vikki Wall (0-1). Tipp registering just 0-3 (0-1) each for Caoimhe Condon, Aishling Moloney and Aisling McCarthy in the same period.  However an Aishling Moloney converted free seemed to jolt start the Tipp machine back into action. She followed this up with  a goal Tipp’s sixth and her own second to seal the victory with Emma Morrissey and Ava Fennessy (0-1) each wrapping up the scoring for Tipp. Final score was Tipperary 6-10 Meath 1-14.    

Watch all the goals here:


Teams and Scorers

Tipperary: Lauren Fitzpatrick (Ballymacarbry, Waterford), Lucy Spillane (Fethard), Maria Curley (Templemore), Emma Cronin (Moyle Rovers), Bríd Condon (Aherlow), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Caitlin Kennedy (Aherlow), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir, 0-3), Anna Rose Kennedy (Aherlow), Laura Dillon (Ardfinnan, 1-0), Aishling Moloney (Cahir, 2-2, 0-2 frees), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers, 0-1), Anna Carey (Clonmel Commercials, 0-1), Angela McGuigan (Sliabh na mBan, 2-0), Caoimhe Condon (Brian Ború’s, 1-1). Subs:  Ava Fennessy (Clonmel Commercials, 0-1) for Caitlin Kennedy, Elaine Fitzpatrick (Templemore) for Niamh Lonergan,  Róisín Daly (Moyne-Templetuohy) for Anna Carey,  Emma Morrissey (Aherlow, 0-1) for Caoimhe Condon,  Emma Buckley (Cahir) for Bríd Condon.

Meath: Monica McGuirk, Katie Newe, Sarah Powderly, Orlaith Duff, Aoinbhin Cleary, Shauna Ennis, Megan Thynne (0-1), Máire O’Shaughnessy, Kate Byrne, Orlagh Lally (0-1), Emma Duggan (1-10, 0-8 frees, 1-0 penalty), Orla Byrne, Bridgetta Lynch, Kelsey Nesbitt (0-1), Vikki Wall (0-1). Subs:  Megan O’Brien for Kate Byrne, Annie Moffatt for Orla Byrne, Fiona O’Neill for Bridgetta Lynch, Shelly Melia for Emma Duggan,  Niamh Sheridan for Orlaith Duff.

Referee: Kevin Phelan (Laois).

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All Ireland Championship - Round 2 Tipperary v Longford

Sean Treacy Park Tipp Town July 14th 2pm

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