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Tipperary Galway – Classic All Ireland SHC Quarter Final

Gearoid Ryan Celebrates Tipp Victory

From start to finish, it was a classic spectacle, as on at least ten occasions, a crowd of 27,864 watched both teams draw level and between them register six goals.
Tipperary were impressive from the start with 0-4 to 0-1 in front after nine minutes.
Eanna Ryan gave Galway a massive boost in the tenth minute when he burst through a gap in the Tipperary line to finish with a goal.

This score boosted Galway, given that Tipperary were slowly easing ahead with points from Patrick Maher and Lar Corbett.

Eoin Kelly also introduced himself to the score board with a free and had doubled his tally in the next attack, but his efforts were wasted when a long ball saw Hayes break possession and race through the ranks blasting the ball into the top corner of the net, leaving Tipperary’s  Brendan Cummins with no chance to save.

Following Tipperary’s goal from Kelly driving past Colm Callinan from Maher’s knock-down, Galway appeared to gain renewed impetus, scoring the next six points to go three points ahead and with excellent defending from Galway they kept Tipp scoreless for nearly 16 minutes, but Tipperary finished the half with a 1-02 burst to take a four point advantage coming towards the break. Kelly and Brendan Maher knocked over points, before Noel McGrath’s pass sent substitute Seamus Callanan through for a stoppage time goal and a 2-08 to 1-09 lead.

A sensational start to the second half saw Galway hit the front again. Damien Hayes stole a goal, and Farragher and Canning stole points making it 2-11 to 2-10, but then Gearoid Ryan raced through for Tipperary’s third goal on the 43 minute.

Lar Corbett gave Tipperary the added comfort of a four-point lead, but a fouled Joe Canning penality assisted by points from Damien Hayes, Kevin Hynes and Aengus Callanan put Galway back in the lead .

Last minute scores from John O’Brien, Ryan and Corbett saw Tipperary win this classic game which can only be described as fueled by sheer passion and quality skill from two totally committed teams.

Tipperary Team: B Cummins, P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill, D Fanning, C O’Mahony, P Maher, B Maher (0-2), D Young, G Ryan (1-2), P Maher (0-1), S McGrath, N McGrath (0-1), L Corbett (0-3), E Kelly (1-7).
Subs: S Callanan (1-0) for Young, J O’Brien (0-1) for N McGrath, C O’Brien for Fanning, P Bourke for P Maher
Final Score:
Referee: J Owens (Wexford).

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