Tipp manager Peter Creedon quits following second half collapse against Tyrone
Tyrone 0-19 Tipperary 0-07
Peter Creedon stepped down as Tipperary manager following his side's 12-point defeat against Tyrone in round 3B of the All Ireland football qualifiers today.
The Premier County supremo confirmed that he is calling time on a tenure that dates back to 2012 when he replaced John Evens in the hotseat.
Mickey Harte’s Tyrone produced a clinical second half display where the hosts registered just a single point after the interval.
In what was labelled a ‘grudge match’ before throw-in, a blistering run of scores after half-time paved the way for a comfortable win as Tipp’s discipline completely failed them in the second half.
A dust-up before the break appeared to hinder more than help the Tipperary cause as they were demolished after the break.
Tyrone outscored Tipp by 0-12 to 0-1 in the second half, with Tipp’s only score a 66th minute Kevin O’Halloran free.
And the Premier County finished with a massive tally of seven yellow cards, one black and one red.
Sub Liam Casey was given his marching orders 14 minutes from time for what referee David Gough deemed a stamping offence on Colm Cavanagh.
Casey was on the pitch barely two minutes before he was sent off and Ciaran McDonald’s black card shortly after compounded Tipp’s misery.
But Tyrone looked good in victory and when they had the chance to put Tipp away in the second half, they made their superiority tell.
Having reached the last 12 of the All-Ireland series in two of the previous three seasons, this represents a major setback for Tipp.
They lost by six points to Kerry in the Munster semi-final but recovered to demolish Louth by 21 last weekend.
This step up in class was too much to cope with, however, as Tyrone romped into the next phase.
Tipp made three changes to the team originally listed to start, with Ger Mulhair, Robbie Kiely and Steven O’Brien all called into the starting line-up.
Tyrone made one switch as Conor Meyler came in to replace Rory Brennan.
A tempestuous affair wasn’t beyond the bounds of possibility, considering the All-Ireland U21 final clash between the sides earlier in the year.
On that occasion, Tyrone boss Fergal Logan was denied access to the losing Tipp dressing room after the game, with the Premier County claiming that their players had been sledged.
When the two counties were drawn out of the hat for this round 3B qualifier, interest in the tie piqued.
And a fixture that bubbled with needle throughout spilled over in first half stoppage time, when a number of players became involved in bout of pushing and shoving at the Kinane Stand side of the field.
Referee David Gough pulled out four players, two from each side, and issued yellow cards in an attempt to take the heat out of the situation.
But both teams had to be separated as they made their way to the tunnel at the break, with Tyrone 0-7 to 0-6 ahead.
Peter Harte and Sean Cavanagh were Tyrone’s key men in that opening half, kicking a brace of points apiece.
The visitors seemed to move the ball quicker from defence to attack, with the massed ranks proving difficult for Tipp to break down.
At one point, Tyrone had 14 men behind the ball as Tipp tried in vain to think their way through the blanket defence.
They did manage to do it on a few occasions but more often than not, Tipp runners were stopped in their tracks or turned over in possession.
It was Tyrone who got off to much the better start, leading by 0-3 to 0-0 before Kevin O’Halloran kicked the first of his four first half points, all from placed balls.
A Darren McCurry free had Tyrone 0-4 to 0-1 in front but Tipp rallied strongly and were level at 0-4 apiece by the 19th minute, thanks to a run of three unanswered points.
O’Halloran landed a 45 before Michael Quinlivan and Robbie Kiely added points from play for the home side.
Tyrone hit back through that man Harte, who was gliding effortlessly all over the pitch, and after Cavanagh put the Red Hands two points up, Harte was on target again to stretch the lead to three.
Back came Tipp approaching half-time as a brace of O’Halloran frees reduced the interval deficit to the bare minimum.
There were ugly scenes at the break as both sides made their way off and Tipp fell apart when play resumed.
Scorers for Tipperary: K O’Halloran 0-5 (4f, 1 45), M Quinlivan & R Kiely 0-1 each.
Scorers for Tyrone: D McCurry (3f) & C McAliskey (3f) 0-5 each, S Cavanagh & M Donnelly 0-3 each, P Harte 0-2, C McCann 0-1.
TIPPERARY: E Comerford; A Campbell, P Codd, C McDonald; S Kennedy, R Kiely, B Fox; P Acheson, C O’Riordan; G Mulhair, S O’Brien, P Austin; K O’Halloran, M Quinlivan, C Sweeney.
Subs: J Lonergan for Sweeney (40), L Casey for O’Brien (54), J Feehan for McDonald (b/c 59), B Grogan for Austin (61), B Mulvihill for O’Riordan (65), C O’Shaughnessy for Mulhair (67).
TYRONE: N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; R McNabb, J McMahon, P Harte; C Cavanagh, M Donnelly; T McCann, M Bradley, C Meyler; D McCurry, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey.
Subs: C McCann for McCurry (51), B Tierney for Meyler (58), C Clarke for C Cavanagh (61), R O’Neill for Bradley (61), P McNulty for Harte (63), C McShane for McAliskey (67).
Referee: D Gough (Meath)