It was a game which never really came to life here at Semple Stadium, Thurles, this afternoon, as Tipperary calmly eased their way past Dublin with a 2-23 (29 pts) to 0-16 (16 pts) final score-line, in the All-Ireland 2014 Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final.
Earlier this afternoon and from the very same venue, disappointed Wexford hurling fans had limping home after being totally decimated by Limerick, in front of an attendance of some 43,000 plus.
The following, rather one-sided and sometimes sloppy Tipp / Dub encounter, saw Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer rifle home two goals in the second-half, thus setting themselves up for an All-Ireland semi-final showdown with old and respected rivals Cork, set for August 17th next.
Dublin, working into a stiff breeze, managed only to take the lead once during this match; when Danny Sutcliffe landed the first point after less than a minute from start. This was answered by Lar Corbett, with two points from opposite wings. Within the first 15 minutes Dublin would reduce their deficit to come within one point of Tipp; (Tipp 0-05 – Dublin 0-04), but this would be as close as they would come for the duration of the match.
Seamus Callanan, yet again, produced another unblemished and gifted display from placed balls and with points also coming from Bonner Maher, John O’Dwyer, Noel McGrath and Gearoid Ryan the Tipperary scoreboard was displaying a seven point lead at half-time.
Tipperary, now against the breeze, continued to lengthen this divide following the restart with both Ryan and Callanan grabbing the first scores of the second-half, leaving Eamon O’Shea’s men with nine points to the good.
Dublin did get a chance to reduce Tipperary’s rapidly rising margin, through a penalty following Barrett’s fouling of Dotsie O’Callaghan, however Brendan Maher was on hand to deny the intended goal, leaving the Dub’s Conal Keaney to gain a mere point from the rebound and Tipperary six points in the clear after 50 minutes.
From then on Dublin’s efforts were facing a stiff climb and Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer would now wrap it up with his first goal, aided greatly by the combined passing of Woodlock and Callanan. O’Dywer’s second goal would come just 16 minutes from full-time from a rebound following a save by Dublin goalkeeper Alan Nolan.
Tipperary march on.
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, P. Stapleton, P. Maher, C. Barrett, B. Maher, J. Barry, S. McGrath, K. Bergin, J. Woodlock, G. Ryan, P. Maher, J. O’Dwyer, N. McGrath, S. Callanan and L. Corbett.
Subs: D. Maher for P. Maher, D. Maher for N. McGrath, J. Forde for G. Ryan. E. Kelly for L. Corbett, S. Bourke for P. Maher and T. Stapleton for J. Woodlock.
Tipperary Scorers: Seamus Callanan 0-12, John O’Dwyer 2-1 (7 pts), Gearoid Ryan 0-3, Lar Corbett 0-2, Shane Bourke, James Woodlock, Shane McGrath and Noel McGrath 0-1 apiece.
Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly).
Tipperary are through to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals.
Tipperary ran riot over Offaly yesterday, registering a 17 points win at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise in front of 9,500 spectators, leaving the final score board reading – Tipperary 5-25 (40 pts) – Offaly’s 1-20 (23 pts).
Within the first five minutes of this game, Tipperary were demonstrating an altogether superior level of hurling, with Lár Corbett, Seamus Callanan and Patrick Maher waltzing around their opponents in classic Tipperary fashion.
Callanan set up Lar Corbett for his first opening goal and 90 seconds later Patrick Maher (Man of the Match) had made it 2.00 (6 pts) to nil, before even half of the Offaly team had got a feel of the sliotar.
Offaly eventually answered with 3 points courtesy of Brian Carroll, but these were quickly cancelled by D. Maher, S. Callanan and J. Woodlock, to leave the score at 2-03 (9 pts) to 0-03 (3 pts) after just 14 minutes of play.
Offaly responded with points from D. Currams, C. Parlon, B. Carroll and S. Dooley, but Corbett rifled home his second goal in the 27th minute to open up a five-point lead. Both Corbett and Callanan added further Tipperary goals before half-time with the final score at the first period reading, 4-09 (21 pts) to 0-11 (11 pts)
Offaly came on in the second half with obvious intent on rectifying earlier issues. Colin Egan tapped home a goal for Offaly within a minute of the throw-in and together with Carroll hauled the opposition back to within four points after 48 minutes.
With a score line which had reached 4-11 (23 pts) to 1-16 (19 pts) and Offaly in arrears, once again Tipperary sprung into action and in the space of less than six minutes had fired over six unanswered points via the stick work of Corbett, Bergin, O’Dwyer and Stapleton, thus restoring to Tipperary a 10 point lead.
Callanan would eventually ‘seal the deal’ with a fifth goal in injury-time, thus ensuring an overall 17 point margin before the full-time whistle. Latter player however was forced to go off injured after he was caught across the wrist area by Niall Wynne while driving this latter shot on target.
Tipperary Scorers: S. Callanan 2-10, (16 pts), L. Corbett 2-2, (8 pts), Patrick Maher 1-1 (4 pts), K. Bergin 0-4 (4 pts), D. Maher 0-2,(2pts) and J. Woodlock, J. O’Dwyer, N. McGrath, E. Kelly, J. Forde & T. Stapleton 0-1(1 pt) apiece.
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, P. Stapleton, P. Maher, M. Cahill, B. Maher, J. Barry, C. Barrett, K. Bergin , J. Woodlock , G. Ryan, P. Maher, J. O’Dwyer, N. McGrath, S. Callanan and L. Corbett.
Subs: D. Maher for G. Ryan; T. Stapleton for C. Barrett; E. Kelly for J. O’Dwyer; S. McGrath for J. Woodlock and J. Forde for P. Maher.
Referee: Alan Kelly. (Galway)
Thurles, European Town of Sport in 2012, got its current week long Sarsfields Festival of Gaelic Sport under way on Friday July 4th last, with same continuing until July 12th next, inclusive.
The festival got off to a flying start on Friday morning last with the first ever official ‘Indoor Target Bowling’ competition; with all 90 competitors in attendance playing for the Olden Cup and associated individual medals for runner’s up and winning team members.
This new game, designed in particular for wheelchair and special needs participants and developed by James O’Driscoll, proved extremely popular with teams and their sponsors representing Roscrea, Birr, Thurles, Nenagh, Templemore and other areas all taking part.
M/s Susan Greene Chairperson of the Irish Road Bowling Association (Bol Chumann na hEireann) was on hand in person to supervise the judging and present the medals.
Also in attendance and spotted in the large crowd present were Catherine Purcell (Rehab Care), Michael Dundon (Sarsfields Festival PRO), Michael Maher (Chairperson Thurles Sarsfields Club) and John Lanigan & Johnny Enright (Joint Festival Chairpersons).
Mrs Margo Olden (Thurles Guardian Angel School) was also in attendance to present, for the very first time the Olden Cup, which this year was won by a group representing Thurles Sarsfields and captained by Declan Ryan.
Tipperary claimed their first championship victory today, since their Munster Final win of 2012, while alas, 2012 All-Ireland finalists Galway are now left to reflect on another disappointing season.
Eamon O’Shea secured his first championship win at the helm, thanks to the unbelievably powerful finish from his team, which ended Galway’s involvement in the 2014 championships, with the score-line of 3-25 (34pts) to 4-13 (25pts).
Tipperary, in front of almost 18,500 spectators, came from six points down to beat Galway by nine points, in what can only be described as a truly thrilling All-Ireland qualifier. Galway were 4-12 (24pts) to the Premier County’s 1-15 (18pts) clear, however in the remaining 19 minutes plus stoppage time, the Premier County scored 2-10 (16pts) against their opponents, latter who manage just 0-1 during the same period of time.
Drom & Inch ace, Seamus Callanan, bagged two of Tipperary’s goals, earning personally in total, half of Tipperary’s overall final tally (17pts) at game’s end. John O’Dwyer added six points while Noel McGrath chipped in another five points from play.
Lar Corbett also came to life in the second half, landing two superb points into the Thurles town end of Tom Semple’s hallowed turf. Single individual points also came from the sticks of Woodlock, Bergin, Maher and McGrath, thus adding to the overall Tipperary final winning tally.
Today’s victory by Tipperary could yet kick-start that awaited September trip to Croke Park.
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, P. Stapleton, P. Maher, M. Cahill, B. Maher, J. Barry, C. Barrett; R. Maher, J. Woodlock, G. Ryan, P. Maher, N. McGrath, J. O’Dwyer, S. Callanan and L. Corbett.
Subs: K. Bergin for R. Maher; S. McGrath for G. Ryan and J. O’Brien for L. Corbett.
The Thurles Sarsfields International Festival of Gaelic Sport gets under way next weekend, beginning 4th – 12th July, inclusive.
The former 2012 European Town of Sport, will showcase the very best Ireland has to offer as a sports, tourism and shopping destination to the thousands of visitors expected to descend on Thurles, “The Home of the GAA.”
Ireland’s first week-long celebration of Gaelic sport, music and fun will see local businesses and tourism attractions all join forces to offer a wide variety of family friendly events and will offer special discounts for visitors to choose from, throughout this exciting festive period.
Expect traditional and modern music sessions, a Setanta Sports talk in LIT Tipperary, A “Fleadh agus Fáilte,” Fun Run with Thurles Crokes Athletic Club, Family events in The Source Theatre, Thurles Farmers market, The “Garth Brooks Experience” Concert, Open Golf Competitions and a Céíli Mór with The Annaly Céilí Band as just some of this year’s festival highlights.
Add to this free entry to Thurles Dog Track with a festival programme on race nights and special Dining and Accommodation rates in the Anner Hotel, Templemore Arms, The Horse and Jockey, Watermill and Supermacs Thurles. Special reduced rates also for entry to all Heritage Centres, namely St Mary’s Famine Museum, Lár na Páirce and Cormackstown Heritage Centre.