In brief: Callanan class denies Dublin
Tipperary held off a second-half comeback from Dublin to emerge victorious by 3-20 to 0-26 in last night's senior hurling challenge match held at Geraldine Park in Athy to commemorate the replayed All-Ireland final between the counties at this venue in 1909.
Seamus Callanan and Noel McGrath did most of the damage in the first half for Tipp, shooting nine points between them. Shane Bourke's eighth-minute goal sent Declan Ryan's men on their way to a 1-14 to 0-9 lead.
Anthony Daly made several changes in the second half and Dublin were much more competitive, but Callanan's 44th-minute goal kept Tipp in control.
Pat Kerwick's late goal and John O'Brien's brace of points meant Tipp were able to keep the Dubs at bay.
Scorers -- Tipperary: S Callanan 1-4, N McGrath 0-6 (2 '65's, 1f), S Bourke 1-1, B Dunne, J O'Brien 0-3 each, P Kerwick 1-0, C O'Mahony 0-2 (2f), J Woodlock 0-1 Dublin: P Ryan 0-10 (8f), S Durkin 0-4, C McCormack, M O'Brien, D O'Callaghan 0-2 each, P Kelly, C Keaney, D Treacy, C McBride, R O'Dwyer, D Plunkett 0-1 each
Tipperary -- D Gleeson; J Coughlan, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, C O'Mahony, S Lillis; S McGrath, J Woodlock; N McGrath, S Callanan, B Dunne; S Bourke, J O'Brien, L Corbett. Subs: P Maher for Coughlan (56), P Kerwick for Callanan (56)
Dublin -- G Maguire; P Kelly, N Corcoran, R Walsh; J McCaffrey, R O'Dwyer, S Durkin; M O'Brien, A McCrabbe; D O'Dwyer, C McCormack, C Keaney; D O'Callaghan, D Treacy, P Ryan. Subs: A Nolan for Maguire (h-t), P Schutte for Walsh (h-t), M Quilty for McCrabbe (h-t), S Ryan for D O'Dwyer (45), D Quirke for O'Brien (47), P Carton for Treacy (48), C McBride for O'Callaghan (60), J Sheanon for McCaffrey (60), D Plunkett for McCormack (65).
Ref -- B Gavin (Offaly).
- OFFALY hurler James Rigney has been left devastated by a fresh injury blow that looks set to rule him out of the Faithful County's entire championship campaign.
The Kinnitty defender (25) cracked his left arm in a training match on Friday. He's been ruled out for at least two more months.
- Galway's preparations for the Connacht SF Championship received a major boost yesterday when star forward Padraic Joyce returned to club action after an ankle injury.
Joyce scored six points for Killererin in a 1-11 to 2-7 win over St Michael's. His cousin Nicky Joyce, out since last year's Connacht championship, returned as a second-half sub to score 1-2, including the winning goal.