Monday 24 April 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

He gave an exhibition of modern-day midfield play which was decorated by two first-half points.

Turning point

Tipperary captain Eoin Kelly won the toss and elected to play with the aid of a strong breeze. Tipp established a healthy 0-14 to 0-5 half-time lead, justifying Kelly's decision.

Talking point

Tipp's victory sets up a titanic All-Ireland quarter-final with Galway -- a clash between the two teams generally viewed as the best placed to challenge Kilkenny.

Ref watch

Cork referee John Sexton issued five yellow cards and the red flashed at Kevin Brady was fully justified for a late pull across Shane McGrath's legs.

What they said

Liam Sheedy (Tipperary manager):

"The lads struck some fabulous scores in the first half. That's where we set our platform for the victory."

Joe Dooley (Offaly manager).

"We missed too many chances in the first half but in fairness to Tipperary, they didn't miss anything."

Match statistics

Wides: Tipperary 8 (4); Offaly 12 (9).

Frees: Tipperary 16 (7); Offaly 20 (9).

Yellow cards: Tipperary 2 (E Kelly, M Cahill); Offaly 3 (D Hayden, D Molloy, J Brady).

Red cards: Tipp 0; Offaly 1 (K Brady).

Attendance: 13,888.

What next?

Tipperary will play Galway in this weekend's All-Ireland quarter-final. Offaly exit the championship.

Irish Independent

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