'Bubbles' to the rescue as Tipperary salvage late draw with Galway in cracker
Galway 2-19 Tipperary 1-22
A late point by John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer earned Tipperary a draw in a great contest at Pearse Stadium.
It looked as if Joe Canning had won the day for Galway when he pointed a line ball in the third minute of stoppage time but Tipperary got one last chance which O’Dwyer accepted to snatch a vital draw between two sides with relegation worries.
Those concerns are still there heading into the last round next Sunday (Galway play Waterford; Tipperary play Cork) but both will take away several positives from a game which produced no fewer than 44 scores.
Canning scored 1-11 (0-8 frees, 0-1 line ball) while Galway’s other goal came from Iarla Tannian early in the second half. It gave Galway a two point lead at the start of a very even half where fortunes fluctuated on a regular basis. Galway were two points clear after 69 minutes but Tipperary drew level before Canning re-opened a narrow home lead, which O’Dwyer cancelled out.
Tipperary led by 1-10 to 1-9 at half-time, having been six points ahead entering stoppage time. However, a Jason Flynn point was followed by a brilliant goal by Canning, who ran 45 metres before whipping the ball to the net.
He closed out the scoring with a long range free, leaving Galway only a point adrift after a half where they were out-classed for long periods.
Niall O’Meara’s third minute goal gave Tipperary early momentum and they built on it over the next 25 minutes, during which they were clearly the better side. They led by 1-9 to 0-5 after 28 minutes before Galway ended a 16 minute scoring drought with a Canning point (free).
Their strong finish to the half set them up nicely for a second half where they hurled much better.
The attendance was 6,619.
Scorers: Galway J Canning 1-11 (0-8f, 0-1 line ball), N Burke 0-4, J Flynn 0-3, I Tannian 1-0, G Glennon 0-1.
Tipperary: J McGrath 0-6, N McGrath, M Breen 0-3 each, N O’Meara 1-0, J O’Dwyer, Adrian Ryan, B Maher 0-2 each, B Heffernan, C Barrett, D Quinn, P Maher 0-1 each.
Galway: J Skehill; P Hoban, Daithi Burke, F Moore; G McInerney, David Burke, A Harte; I Tannian, C Mannion; A Smith, N Burke, D Glennon; J Flynn, J Canning, C Whelan.
Subs: R Cummins for Tannian (54), E Burke for Whelan (61), P Brehony for Smith (62).
Tipperary: D Gleeson; C Barrett, T Hamill, M Cahill; B Heffernan, R Maher, P Maher; B Maher, M Breen; N McGrath, K Bergin, D McCormack; A Ryan, J McGrath, N O’Meara.
Subs: C O’Brien for Cahill (24), C Kenny for Bergin (ht), J O’Dwyer for McCormack (ht), D Quinn for Kenny (57), G Ryan for A Ryan (65).
Referee: J Owens (Wexford)