Sport Hurling

Sunday 20 August 2017

game at a glance

Man of the match

Brian O'Meara (Tipperary)

Thrown in at the deep end against Cork in the Munster championship, it

was easy to see why the Tipperary senior management were willing

to take a punt on him. Always a threat at full-forward from the moment he fielded above Paul Gordan and finished with a touch of class just 32 seconds in.

Turning point

How much did Galway talk themselves out it with the furore over the venue? They wouldn't have won, but their stance made it easy for them

not to compete.

Talking point

If more evidence was needed that Tipperary have the potential to

become the new dynasty in hurling over the next five years, it was

presented in Semple Stadium on Saturday night. Seven of the players have now collected All-Ireland minor, u-21 and senior medals in just over three years.

Ref watch

Westmeath official James McGrath didn't have much to police as the play flowed in the one direction for most of the match. However, when he did have to act he did so correctly in getting the red card right.

What they said

Ken Hogan (Tipperary manager):

"We came in at half-time disappointed because we had conceded the last three points before the break. We reiterated to the lads that it was back to basics -- we had to work and work hard. The guys showed a ruthless streak and you have to show a ruthless streak at this level."

Anthony Cunningham (Galway manager):

"It was always going to be difficult to play here. Tipperary are a fine team, and you have got to take your hat off to them. They got a great start -- maybe the first ball could have been a free out, but then we missed quite a bit."

Match stats

Wides: Tipperary 7 (5); Galway 11 (9).

Frees: Tipperary 13 (7); Galway 6 (2).

Yellow cards: Tipperary 1 (C Hough 31).

Red cards: Galway 1 (N Quinn 53).

Attendance: 21,110.

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