Saturday 23 September 2017

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Peter Acheson (Tipperary)

Alan Maloney scored 0-6 and Ciaran McDonald was the pick of a resolute defence, but Acheson was exceptional. Named in the full-forward line, he switched to midfield for the closing stages and was a tower of strength when needed most.

Turning point

The sides were level in the 65th minute when Brian Mulvihill pointed for Tipp. Acheson pulled off a superb catch and fed sub Mulvihill, who slotted over.

Talking point

What do the Tipp footballers have to do to get decent support? There were 2,563 spectators at Semple Stadium but again, the home fans were heavily outnumbered. €20 was a steep ticket price, but Tipp fans in the minority in Thurles is not just a recent trend.

Ref watch

Eddie Kinsella awarded 22 frees to Antrim and 13 to Tipp, but that was an indication of the amount of possession Antrim enjoyed. Kinsella didn't have any major calls to make.

What they said

Peter Creedon (Tipperary manager):

"We'd be pinching ourselves if you told us that we'd win three qualifier games. We've beaten three Division 3 teams -- we should be capable of doing that."

Liam Bradley (Antrim manager):

"It's not about managers -- managers come and go. I've no doubt that whether I'm there or not next year, Antrim will still be a force."

Match statistics

Wides: Tipperary 14 (3); Antrim 9 (7)

Frees: Tipperary 13 (6); Antrim 22 (14).

Yellow cards: Tipperary 3 (G Hannigan 4, M Quinlivan 28, P Austin 62); Antrim 2 (S McDonagh 57, J Crozier 69)

Red cards: 0

Attendance: 2,563

What next?

Tipperary will face Down next weekend in the fourth round of the qualifiers. Antrim's season is over.

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