Galway 3-21 Tipperary 0-14
Galway left the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday evening as league champions having easily turned on the style to crush the reigning All-Ireland Champions by 16 points. Micheal Donoghue’s side have had a fierce rivalry with the Premier County in the last few seasons with a point only separating the sides in the last two championship meetings by a point. The last league meeting between the sides ended in a draw, and the opening quarter there was little to separate the sides. However, after the opening quarter, Galway took control.
They led at half time 0-11 to 0-05 thanks to six first half points from Joe Canning. Galway were 0-06 to 0-03 up after 23 minutes after they hit three points in a row. Brendan Maher hit Tipperary’s first point in 8 minutes, for Galway responded again with four in a row, with three coming from Canning. Ronan Maher slotted a free over, but Canning had the last say of the half with another point to leave the scores 0-11 to 0-05 at the break. On the resumption, Jason Flynn got Galway’s first goal inside the 1st minute. He blasted to the roof of the net. The sides traded scores after that which meant Galway were still in control.
Daithi Burke was outstanding in defence and on 57 minutes the game was well and truly put to bed thanks to Flynn’s second goal. Johnny Glynn and Cyril Donnellan were late re-introductions, while Cathal Mannion sealed the win with a third Galway goal with three minutes to go.
The best three players on the day for Galway were Jason Flynn, Conor Whelan and Joe Canning, while for Tipperary, Ronan Maher, Michael Breen and Noel McGrath played well.
Player of the Match: Conor Whelan – with 0-05 from play Whelan was superb at corner forward.