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Wednesday 20 September 2017

O'Reilly strike seals convincing win over battling Tipp

Galway 1-22 Tipperary 0-10

'O’Reilly’s goal gave Tipp a mountain to climb, however, and with the wind at their backs, Galway put the game to bed as Ann Marie Starr, Niamh McGrath, Aoife Donohue and Kilkenny kept the scoreboard ticking over.' Photo: Stock Image/Sportsfile
'O’Reilly’s goal gave Tipp a mountain to climb, however, and with the wind at their backs, Galway put the game to bed as Ann Marie Starr, Niamh McGrath, Aoife Donohue and Kilkenny kept the scoreboard ticking over.' Photo: Stock Image/Sportsfile

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Galway boss Mark Dunne revealed it was a respect of the dangers Tipperary pose that saw his charges impose themselves in such deadly fashion early on, settling this Liberty Insurance All-Ireland quarter-final at Semple Stadium by scoring the first 10 points.

The westerners will play Cork in the semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds on August 19 and it is a challenge they will be looking forward to after this clinical display.

At their best, Galway possess many threats and Tipp were unable to deal with most of them.

To give Brian Boyle's crew due credit, they recovered well to trail by just seven at the interval, 0-12 to 0-5, but Ailish O'Reilly's goal early in the second-half finished the game as a contest.

"We came down here to get the win," said player of the match Tara Kenny on RTÉ2.

"We'll keep the head down for the next few weeks and go for it. We did lose focus there for a few minutes, but at half-time we regrouped."

The McGrath sisters, Siobhán, Orlaith and Niamh, were all prominent in the early exchanges, while Maria Cooney and the balletic Niamh Kilkenny were also too hot to handle.

Ciardha Maher and Orla O'Dwyer took the fight to Galway and when O'Dwyer pointed at the beginning of the second-half, it was just a six-point game.

O'Reilly's goal gave Tipp a mountain to climb, however, and with the wind at their backs Galway put the game to bed as Ann Marie Starr, Niamh McGrath, Aoife Donohue and Kilkenny kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Scorers - Galway: A O'Reilly 1-7(6f, 0-1 45), N Kilkenny 0-4, N McGrath 0-3, M Cooney, S McGrath 0-2 each, O'McGrath, A M Starr, A Donohue, C Finnerty 0-1 each. Tipperary: C Devane 0-3 (2f), Ciardha Maher, O O'Dwyer 0-2 each, M Teehan, Megan Ryan, R Howard 0-1 each.

Galway: Sarah Healy; S Dervan, R Black, T Kenny; H Cooney, R Hennelly, L Ryan; O McGrath, A M Starr; N McGrath, M Cooney, N Kilkenny; A Donohue, A O'Reilly, S McGrath. Subs: N Hanniffy for Cooney (51), C McGrath for Black (55), Shauna Healy for Kenny (56), C Finnerty for Donohue (58), N Coen for S McGrath 58)

Tipperary: O McEniry; C Walsh, G Grace, J A Bourke; A McGrath, Caoimhe Maher, C Quirke; E Fryday, Megan Ryan; O O'Dwyer, C Devane, N Walsh; Mary Ryan, R Howard, Ciardha Maher. Subs: M Teehan for McGrath temp (23, McGrath for Fryday 33), T Ryan for Caoimhe Maher (37), E Loughman for Bourke (37), M Campion for Walsh (53).

Ref - O Elliott (Antrim).

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