Wednesday 23 August 2017

Grimley leads Armagh rally to end Tipperary hopes

Armagh 1-17 Tipperary 1-15 - Semple Stadium

Armagh's man of the match, Niall Grimley Photo: Sportsfile
Armagh's man of the match, Niall Grimley Photo: Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Armagh knocked last year's All-Ireland semi-finalists Tipperary out of the 2017 race last night to reach the last 12 for the first time in three seasons.

An eight-point haul from man of the match Niall Grimley and a goal from Jamie Clarke in the 70th minute were the key scores as the visitors avenged the defeat they endured against Tipp in the last round of the league - a loss which cost them promotion.

Stefan Campbell of Armagh races past Tipperary's Paddy Codd on his way to score his side's 16th point Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Stefan Campbell of Armagh races past Tipperary's Paddy Codd on his way to score his side's 16th point Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Michael Quinlivan's goal early in the second half gave Tipp a four-point lead but they didn't score again from play until the eighth minute of injury-time.

Tipp kept their noses in front through most of the first quarter. They had a let-off in the 19th minute when Gavin McParland goaled, only for referee Paddy Neilan to whistle back for a free which Rory Grugan knocked over.

But Liam Casey, Josh Keane and Brian Fox - who hit five points between them in the first half - drove Tipp forward and they ought to have led by more than 0-10 to 0-8 at the break.

Armagh were first off the mark on the resumption with an excellent point from McParland. Then Tipp worked the ball up the left for Conor Sweeney to squeeze a pass through to Quinlivan, who drove the ball to the net.

Armagh's Jamie Clarke of Armagh celebrates scoring a goal Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Armagh's Jamie Clarke of Armagh celebrates scoring a goal Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

It took a brilliant save from Ciaran Kenrick to deny Andrew Murnin at the other end before the increasingly influential Grimley pointed a free.

He kicked the next three scores as well - one from play - as Armagh enjoyed their best spell of the game. Tipp's woes increased when Jack Kennedy was black-carded. The sides were now level and Tipp were still looking for their first point of the second half after 20 minutes.

Kevin O'Halloran butchered two chances as Tipp visibly wilted but they edged back in front in the 57th minute with a free from Josh Keane. But Armagh were on a roll and points from McParland and Clarke gave them the lead for the first time with nine minutes remaining.

Armagh wrapped up their place in the next round when they caught Tipp on the counter attack in the 70th minute. A brilliant foot-passing movement which criss-crossed the field ended with Clarke hacking the ball over the line.

Tipperary laid siege to the Armagh goals in the seven minutes of injury-time and kicked two frees, with Philip Austin finally getting their first point from play of the half in the eighth minute of injury-time. It was too little, too late.

The official attendance was 6,823.

Scorers - Armagh: N Grimley 0-8 ((5 f, 1 45), J Clarke 1-1, R Grugan (1f) G McParland 0-2 each, G McCabe, A Forker, S Sheridan, S Campbell 0-1 each. Tipperary: J Keane 0-4 (1f), M Quinlivan 1-0, C Sweeney 0-3 (3f), J Kennedy (2f), K O'Halloran (1f), L Casey 0-2 each, B Fox, P Austin 0-1 each.

Armagh: B Hughes; B Donaghy, J Morgan, C Vernon; G McCabe, P Hughes, A Forker; S Sheridan, N Grimley; C O'Hanlon, M Shields. R Grugan; A Murnin, J Clarke, G McParland. Subs: J McElroy for McCabe (28); S Campbell for O'Hanlon (46); C McKeever for Clarke (72); E Rafferty for Murnin (78).

Tipperary: C Kenrick; E Moloney, A Campbell, P Codd, B Maher, R Kiely, J Feehan; L Casey, G Hannigan; J Keane, K O'Halloran, B Fox (0-1); C Sweeney, J Kennedy, M Quinlivan. Subs: P Austin for Hannigan ht; Hannigan for Kennedy (BC, 46), L Boland for Moloney (48); D Foley for O'Halloran (72); L McGrath for Boland (72).

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)

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