Tipperary 00-08 Down 00-05
Tipperary have gotten their first league points of 2019 on the board as they edged out last year’s All-Ireland Intermediate Finalists Down in a very windy Rag on Saturday afternoon last.
This was a game in which scores were hard to come by with both sets of back coming out on top in what was a very even first half. Joanne Ryan gave the premier outfit a slender lead at the interval 0-4 to 0-3.
Tipperary came out all guns blazing in the second half but they just couldn’t extend their lead, but points from Andrea Loughnane, Joanne Ryan and Jenny Grace from place balls kept them in command of this match.
By the sixtieth-minute Tipp’s lead was reduced down to three points as Down had a chance to snatch a draw from a 20-metre free deep in injury time, but Tipperary cleared their lines and they emerged three-point winners in the end.
Tipperary: Sarah Quigley, Ciara Ryan, Sabrina Larkin, Beth Ryan, Cristina Brennan, Emma Carey, Clare Stakelum, Shauna Quirke, Nicola Loughnane, Ciara McKeogh, Jenny Grace, Andrea Loughnane, Roisin Corbett, Joanne Ryan, Aoife Moloughney
Down: Charlene Lively, Ciara Finnegan, Alannah Savage, Nicole Kelly, Blainid Savage, Dearbhla Magee, Catherine Rocks, Caitriona Caldwell, Aoife Keown, Aimee McAleenan, Deirbhle Savage, Maria Higgins, Sorcha McCartan, Catherine McGourty and Saoirse Sands
By Johnny O’ Connell