Tipp dismantle Daly's Dubs
Published 21/04/2013 | 15:38
The gap in quality between Division 1A and 1B in the hurling league was ruthlessly exposed as Tipp coasted to a 4-20 to 0-17 win over Dublin at Semple Stadium.
Tipp were in awesome form and dominated the game from start to finish as they easily qualified for the Division One decider in two weeks time.
Paul Ryan opened the scoring for Dublin with a Free but Tipp were soon into their stride as Shane Bourke met a long ball first time and blasted to the net.
Jason Forde then pounced on a breaking ball before firing over for Tipp and Noel McGrath and Seamus Callanan added to that.
It was looking ominous for Dublin when Patrick Maher pounced for Tipp's second goal.
Further points from Lar Corbett, Pa Bourke and Callanan stretched Tipp's advantage as they controlled every facet of the game.
Shane Bourke's second point from an acute angle made it an 11 point game with 22 minutes played and Callanan added a free soon afterwards.
Anthony Daly had made two substitutions by the 25th minute as he tried to spark a response and Paul Ryan added a free before David Treacy got the Dubs fourth point of the half.
Another Ryan free reduced the gap to nine points before Callanan and Danny Suttcliffe swapped points.
Jason Forde cut over a sublime sideline to restore the Premier County's double-digit lead.
Callanan added a free and then blasted to the net after Shane Burke had earned Tipp a penalty.
David O'Callaghan scored a brace of points for Daly's men but it was already looking like an exercise in damage limitation.
Jason Forde and Joey Boland swapped points after the restart before Noel McGrath pointed.
Danny Suttcliffe saw his goalbound effort wonderfully saved by Brendan Cummins, Paul Ryan scored the resultant 65 and then Suttcliffe raised a white flag of his own.
Noel McGrath and David Treacy traded scores before Shane McGrath got his name on the scoresheet for Tipp.
Points from Paul Ryan, Shane Durcan and Conal Keaney made it a nine point game with Dublin looking like a better side with the wind at their backs.
Tipp then sent over five unanswered points to pull away once more.
The embarrassment was complete on the stroke of full-time when Dublin goalie Adam Nolan put the ball into his own net when under pressure as Tipp strolled to a 15 point win.