Date Time Competition Season
25 June 2023 2:00 pm All Ireland Intermediate Championship 2023

Match Report

Clare Secure Home Quarter Final In Longford Stalemate

Despite Grainne Rafferty scoring a late penalty, Clare booked a home tie in the Quarter-Finals via the head to head rule, as they played out a draw with Tyrone in Longford.

The top two in group 2, were always going to put on a show, the weather caused issued but we were treated to a great game of football, Clare may feel they should have held onto a four point lead going into the last minutes, but the prize of a home tie, travels with them back to Munster this evening.

They performed well, Siofra Ni Chonaill at the back was solid, their forward’s again potent, while Laurie Ryan covered every blade of grass at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Tyrone no slouches either, will be a force in the knockout stages.

It was a slow start to proceedings as the elements played a part in both sides missing some early scores, Tyrone however settled come the right minute, in a sixty second burst Maria Canavan found the opening score with a free before Emma Jane Garvin flicked home the opening goal, the midfielder quick to tap the loose ball home.

Caitlin Campbell made it a five point lead at the end of the opening quarter, before Aisling Reidy and Fidelma Marrinan got the Banner on the board, 0-5 to 0-2. Aoife Horisk was quick however to notch a further score for the Red Hand County.

Lizzy Roche got Clare’s third point, but after the score was forced off with injury after colliding with a Tyrone player, Aisling Reidy then drew Clare level with a fine worked goal on the half hour mark, Chloe Moloney and Maria Canavan swapped frees in added time to leave it 1-4 a piece at the break.

Sasha Byrne nudged Tyrone ahead with a point in the opening seconds of the second half, but scores from Amy Sexton and Marrinan had the Banner back in the lead minutes later, Marnian and Moloney kept up the scoring, with ten elapsed in the second half they built a lead, 1-8 to 1-5.

Megan Downes then hit the back of the Tyrone net and from that the lead was out to six points, but seven minutes later a high ball in from a long way out, saw Emma Jane Gervin grab her second goal, the midfielder was the one who played the pass, it was looking for Byrne inside, but bounced over her and Amy Lenihan in the Clare goal and into the net.

Back to a three point game, Laurie Ryan made it four as she kicked a late point, looked like a goal was on her mind but she fired over from close range, Tyrone stayed chasing and Grainne Rafferty pointed a late free to make it a three point game in the dying embers.

Drama late as Marrinan brought down Bryne in the area, the referee pointed for a penalty and Rafferty stepped up to dispatch the spot kick, a stalemate at half time, a stalemate at full time, but on head to head Clare will be happy to have secured their home status for the quarter final.


1Amy Lenihan Goalkeeper
2Aine Keane Defender
3Siofra Ni Chonaill Defender
4Grainne Harvey Defender
5Louise Griffin Defender
6Caoimhe Harvey Defender
7Sinead Considine 19 Defender
8Cliodhna Blake Midfielder
9Aisling Reidy Midfielder 30'
10Fidelma Marrinan Forward 17', 33', 38'
11Chloe Moloney Forward 30+4', 40'
12Amy Sexton 27 Forward 32'
13Laura Griffey 20 Forward
14Laurie Ryan Forward 54'
15Lizzy Roche 22 Forward 24'
16Jenna Murphy
17Caoilinn McCormack Defender
18Caoimhe Ryan Defender
19Caoimhe Cahill 7 Forward
20Ciara McCarthy 13 Forward
21Lauren Conway Forward
22Megan Downes 15 Defender 43'
23Shauna Harvey Defender
24Emma Healy Forward
25Roisin Looney Defender
26Emer Hynes Defender
27Orla Devitt 12 Defender
28Shauna O’Gorman Midfielder
29Rebecca Doohan Defender
30Joanna Doohan Defender


1Sinead McVey Goalkeeper
2Joanne Barrett Defender
3Caoimhe Magee Defender
4Eimear Quinn Defender
5Jayne Lyons Defender
6Caitlin Campbell Defender 14'
7Meabh Corrigan Defender
8Emma Jane Gervin Midfielder 8', 50'
9Aoibhinn McHugh Midfielder
10Aoife Horisk Forward 18'
11Grainne Rafferty Forward 60'
12Emma Hegarty Forward
13Maria Canavan Forward 8', 30+7'
14Sasha Byrne Forward 31'
15Aoife McGahan 26 Forward
16Caitlin Donnelly Goalkeeper
17Aimee Daly Forward
18Niamh McElduff
19Emma Loane
20Katie Murphy Defender
21Meabh McGleenan
22Mary Traynor
23Niamh Hughes Forward
24Emma Mulgrew Defender
25Rebecca Barker Defender
26Emma Conroy 15 Forward
27Emer McCanny Forward
28Áine Strain Defender

Past Meetings

(Relegation Final)
1-15 3-17
NFL Division 2
Glennon Bros Pearse Park


Glennon Bros Pearse Park
Pearse Park, N4 Retail and Business Park, N4 Axis Centre, Aghadegnan, Longford Rural ED, Longford, County Longford, Leinster, N39 V9W3, Ireland

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.