Sunday 24 September 2017

Game At A Glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

John Fallon

Sean Armstrong (Galway)

He probably needed this big display every bit as much as Galway needed him to produce it. Was there when they needed leaders most.

TURNING POINT

Galway had a pep in their step from the outset of the second half and got the opening two scores to pull three points clear. But it was the 46th-minute goal from Michael Farragher that killed Tipp.

TALKING POINT

The Tribesmen were lucky to get out of this one. Their third-quarter display won it for them but they were in trouble for long periods. Will finally having won a qualifier game remove the pressure? Tipp will realise they should have added to Galway's tale of back-door system woe.

MAGIC MOMENT

Galway hadn't scored a goal in the qualifiers since 2007 so it was appropriate that when they ended the famine, it should be a decisive score. It certainly crowned Farragher's debut when he slotted neatly into the bottom-right corner.

REF WATCH

Kerry's Padraig O'Sullivan had a good match and wasn't afraid to make the unpopular calls. Liaised well with his officials and spotted a few off-the-ball incidents.

WHAT THEY SAID

Alan Mulholland (Galway manager):

"This was always going to be a tough assignment... Lucky enough, we upped it for the first 20 minutes of the second half, which was enough to get us over the line."

Peter Creedon (Tipperary manager):

"We were well in the game at half-time, could have been ahead at that stage and we are disappointed in the second half that we didn't push on that advantage."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Galway: 14 (9 first half);

Tipperary 14 (7).

Frees:

Galway 18 (11);

Tipperary 22 (12).

Yellow cards:

Galway 1 (J O'Brien 33); Tipperary 3 (S O'Brien 11, P Codd 16, H Coghlan 45) .

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