Tipperary 6-26 Dublin 1-19
Tipperary hammered Dublin on Saturday evening in a fine performance in Thurles. Michael Ryan would have been delighted with his side’s performance as they brushed Dublin aside with relative ease to set up an All-Ireland quarter final with Clare in two weeks’ time. Seamus Callanan was the scorer in chief as helped himself to 3-11 out of Tipperary’s score. The defeat now puts Ger Cunningham’s job as boss of Dublin into jeopardy and it is unlikely that he will be at helm come next summer.
Tipperary started the game very well and were in the driving seat after 8 minutes when Seamus Callanan netted. Tipperary lead by 1-04 to 0-02 at this stage, Dublin hit a purple patch though and they reeled off 1-02 in a couple of minutes to bring the sides level. It was Cian O’Sullivan who got the Dublin goal on 15 minutes after his jinking run through the heart of the defence ended up with him finishing past Darren Gleeson. However, the reigning All-Ireland champions responded in typical fashion and they soon had another three goals on the scoreboard. John McGrath getting the Premier County’s second goal after a long ball in from Padraic Maher wasn’t dealt with by the Dublin defence. McGrath wasn’t done though and minutes later he was assisted by Callanan with an expert pass before drilling the ball to the back of the net. Dublin then provided Tipperary with a goal chance as a poor puck out from Dooley was intercepted by Patrick Maher before he found Callanan who finished to the net with an excellent ground stroke.
The game was effectively over as contest at half time, but Tipperary didn’t let up and they hit 1-07 without reply. Michael Breen got the goal inside the opening 20 seconds of the half. The sixth goal from the superb Seamus Callanan who was back to his best, completing his hat trick 2 minutes from time. Several players were back to their best like Callanan, McGrath and O’Dwyer and it will please Michael Ryan going into the game with Clare on the weekend of July 22nd.
Player of the Match: Seamus Callanan