Martin Breheny: Galway must reverse form after barren spell against Premier
Published 13/08/2015 | 02:30
Confidence may have soared in Galway after their emphatic win over Cork in the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final but it will be tempered by the reality of a dismal record against Tipperary.
Galway have won only one of their last 11 Allianz League and All-Ireland championship games against Tipperary stretching back to 2008.
The Tribesmen's sole success came in last year's League when they won by three points in Pearse Stadium.
Galway drew a League game with Tipperary in 2008 but otherwise it has been Premier service all the way with nine wins.
The most recent came in this year's League when Tipperary won by three points in Thurles, having beaten Galway by nine points at the same venue in last year's qualifiers.
That was a particularly demoralising defeat for Galway, who led by six points after 50 minutes, before being out-scored 2-10 to 0-1 in the final 20 minutes.
The game brought about a significant change in Tipperary's defensive alignment, with Padraic Maher switched from full-back to the half-backs after a bad experience against Jonathan Glynn, who scored two goals.
James Barry was despatched to mark Glynn and did well, while Maher was happier in his liberated role further from goal, a role he has continued to occupy since.
Glynn did most of his damage from the half-forward line in a man-of-the-match performance against Cork last month, so it will be interesting to see if Anthony Cunningham attempts to re-engage him with Maher.
While Galway have a poor record against Tipperary over the last seven years, they have done well enough in the championship over the past 30 years. It's 6-5 to Tipperary in their last 11 championship clashes with Galway in that period.
GALWAY v TIPPERARY (2008-15)
2015: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 0-20 (NHL)
2014: Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2014: Galway 3-16 Tipperary 1-19 (NHL)
2013: Tipperary 4-22 Galway 1-20 (NHL)
2012: Tipperary 2-20 Galway 2-18 (NHL)
2011: Tipperary 4-23 Galway 1-14 (NHL)
2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2010: Tipperary 2-17 Galway 0-14 (NHL)
2009: Tipperary 1-17 Galway 1-15 (NHL)
2008: Tipperary 3-18 Galway 3-16 (NHL final)
2008: Tipperary 0-16 Galway 0-16 (NHL)