Monday 25 September 2017

Sweeney sweeps Tipp to title in style

Tipperary 3-19 Louth 0-19

Star man Conor Sweeney scores Tipperary’s second goal during the Allianz Football League Division 3 final against Louth. Photo: Sportsfile
Star man Conor Sweeney scores Tipperary’s second goal during the Allianz Football League Division 3 final against Louth. Photo: Sportsfile

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Tipperary footballers secured their second trophy at Croke Park in three seasons when they won the Allianz League Division 3 title for the first time with a thumping nine-point victory over Louth in front of a paltry attendance of 5,823.

In 2014, Tipperary won the Division 4 crown but having reached the last four in the All-Ireland series in 2016 they are definitely ascending the football ladder - and at a rapid rate.

Tipperary's Kevin O'Halloran in action against Padraig Rath, left, and Kurt Murphy of Louth. Photo: Sportsfile
Tipperary's Kevin O'Halloran in action against Padraig Rath, left, and Kurt Murphy of Louth. Photo: Sportsfile

Having lost at home to Louth earlier in the season, they were on a revenge mission and they effectively wrapped up this win in a five-minute spell in the second quarter when they hit an unanswered 1-4.

A feature of the contest was the scoring contribution from play of the four midfielders, who between them hit 1-7.

Liam Casey scored Tipp's first goal while Conor Sweeney - who top-scored with a brilliant 2-5 - hit their second in the 46th minute before wrapping up the victory with another maximum in the seventh minute of added time.

Though they were comprehensively beaten in the end here, overall it was been a satisfying spring for Louth who under the management of Colin Kelly have now secured back-to-back promotions.

The Tipperary players celebrate with the cup. Photo: Sportsfile
The Tipperary players celebrate with the cup. Photo: Sportsfile

It's just that Tipperary are further on in their development than the Wee County, and the Premier County certainly look capable of reaching a second successive Munster final - they meet the winners of the first-round tie between Cork and Waterford in the provincial semi-final.

Scorers - Tipperary: C Sweeney (3f) 2-5; L Casey 1-1; M Quinlivan (2f), K O'Halloran (2f) 0-3 each; J Kennedy 0-2; A Campbell, R Kiely, J Keane, L Boland, L McGrath 0-1 each.
Louth: R Burns 0-5 (4f); J McEneaney (3f), D Byrne, (1f), T Durnin 0-3 each; P Smith 0-2; D Maguire, A McDonnell, E O'Connor 0-1 each.
Tipperary: E Comerford; A Campbell, P Codd, W Connors; R Kiely, S O'Connell, B Maher; L Casey, J Kennedy; J Keane, K O'Halloran, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, E Moloney. Subs: G Hannigan for Moloney (51); L Boland for O'Halloran (60); C O'Shaughnessy for Connors (64); A Moloney for Kennedy (67); L McGrath for Keane (70); J Hennessy for Quinlivan (76).
Louth: C Lynch; P Rath, P Reilly, A Williams; D Maguire, J Bingham, J Stewart; T Durnin, A McDonnell; D Byrne, P Smith, B Duffy; A Reid, E O'Connor, R Burns. Subs: K Murphy for Reilly (ht); R Moore for Reid (45); J McEneaney for O'Connor (48); G McSorley for Burns (56), C McKeever for Durnin (63); J Califf for Byrne (70).
Referee: A Nolan (Wicklow).

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