Tuesday 28 February 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match: Ross Munnelly (Laois)Cahir Healy, Darren Strong and Donie Kingston were contenders, while Tipp goalie Paul Fitzgerald deserves honourable mention, but Munnelly scored three points from play, set up Colm Begley's goal and was a constant menace.

The 2003 All Star is enjoying his best season for many years under Justin McNulty.

Turning point

Brian Coen's scuffed kick off the ground into the grateful arms of Laois goalie Eoin Culliton within seconds of the restart. It was the half-time sub's first touch, but had he scored, the margin would have been three points. When Colm Begley found the net at the other end of the field in the 53rd minute, it was all over.

Talking point

MJ Tierney's performance after Twittergate. He responded positively, slotting three '45s', two points from play and playing a big role in Darren Strong's first-half goal.

Ref watch

Maurice Condon drew the ire of the Laois support in the first half with a number of frees awarded against them for innocuous enough incidents, but was always in control.

What they said

Justin McNulty (Laois manager):

"The match was still very much up for grabs after half-time, but we had a massive push shortly after half-time and that's what killed off the game."

John Evans (Tipperary manager):

"Our backs stood up well to the pressure and our midfield held their own, but the scores didn't come for us."

Match Statistics

Wides: Laois 6(3); Tipperary 7(5)

Frees: Laois 17(10); Tipperary 17(7)

Yellow cards: Laois 0; Tipperary 2 (B Grogan 19, G Hannigan 21)

Attendance: 2,105

What next?

Laois play Kildare in the next round of the qualifiers on Saturday week; it's the end of the line for Tipp.

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