Wednesday 26 November 2014

Tipperary too strong for Dublin in uninspiring quarter-final

Published 27/07/2014 | 17:46

27 July 2014; Patrick Maher, Tipperary, in action against Conal Keaney, Dublin. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Tipperary v Dublin. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Patrick Maher, Tipperary, in action against Conal Keaney, Dublin. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Tipperary v Dublin. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
John McCaffrey, Dublin, in action against Kieran Bergin, left, and James Woodlock, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Tipperary v Dublin. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Kieran Bergin, Tipperary, in action against Ryan O'Dwyer, Dublin. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Tipperary v Dublin. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Tipperary cruised to an All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Cork on August 17 with a 2-23 to 0-16 win over a toothless Dublin side in Thurles.

It was a game that failed to fire at any stage with Eamonn O'Shea's team able to keep Dublin at a safe distance throughout.

Dublin never carried the threat necessary to win the game today and they couldn't cope with the movement of the Dublin forwards.

Tipperary were in control of possession early on and Lar Corbett was purring as he hit two sublime scores early on.

Alan McCrabbe had the radar on and he register two points for Dublin who were playing into the wind in the opening half.

Seamus Callanan was edging his early exchanges with Peter Kelly and he was very accurate from placed balls putting Tipperary into a 0-8 to 0-4 lead after 20 minutes.

Shane McGrath produced an outrageous point from the right sideline before the first real goal chance of the game at Patrick 'Bonner' Maher galloped through but his shot deflected off Peter Kelly and went out for a 65 which Callanan converted.

Another Alan McCrabbe free and an inspirational effort from Johnny McCaffrey kept Anthony Daly's charges within touching distance.

Callanan ended an eight minute spell without a Tipperary score to puck over a 28th minute free but David Treacy responded with a fine swivel and shot.

Four on the trot for Callanan, John O'Dwyer, Noel McGrath and Gearoid Ryan meant that all eight players from the midfield up had scored in the opening half.

Alan McCrabbe grabbed a late free before the half-time whistle and Tipp led by 0-15 to 0-8 at the interval.

Gearoid Ryan and McCrabbe swapped early second half scores before a brace of Seamus Callanan frees stretched their advantage.

Brendan Maher produced an amazing save to deny Paul Ryan's penalty and Conal Keaney got a point from the rebound when he should have rattled the net.

Keaney grabbed another soon afterwards and suddenly their was just six between the teams.

Tipp sensed the danger and struck for the game's opening goal as brilliant work from Denis Maher and James Woodlock allowed Callanan to unselfishly find John O'Dwyer who flashed the ball to the net.

Subs Dotsy O'Callaghan and Eamon Dillon responded with points for Dublin before Gearoid Ryan and Paul Ryan exchanged points.

Seamus Callanan put Tipp eight in front with 10 minutes remaining as the rain started to fall in Thurles.

The game was sewn up in the 63rd minute as Alan Nolan denied the Bonner Maher with a tremendous save but the ball ricocheted to John O'Dwyer who found the net for his second goal.

Shane Burke and Seamus Callanan finished the scoring for Tipp with Liam Rushe getting the final score in injury time but they fell to a 13-point defeat.

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