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Tipp pegged back by Dubs

THE game had ticked into injury-time.

Dublin were on the up, but they still trailed by two points. Ciara Berkeley converted a free to leave one in it.

Tipperary were holding on. All at Trinity Gaels were holding their breath. The ball was in the Dublin defence.

They needed a Cape Canaveral moment. Louise O'Hara provided it. The clearance eventually found Berkeley out on the right at the clubhouse end.

She arrowed over the equaliser – Dublin 1-15 Tipperary 4-6 in Division 1 of the National League.

Dublin's first point of the campaign. It was hard earned. The tie was level seven times. Every crumb was contested. There were some shiver the timber clashes.

Impact

Dublin hit the last six points of the contest. Tipp had a master crafts-woman in Cáit Devane. Nicole Walsh also exuded Premier class. Sabrina Larkin made a big impact off the bench.

Tipp already had a point in the bag, a draw against Cork. There's a youthful flavour to their side. The Dubs also had no shortage of young talent.

The hosts led at the break, 1-5 to 1-4. Tipp produced the opening goal on 18 minutes. Devane's delivery got the gentlest of flicks from Aoife McGrath for the sliotar to nudge against the inside of the right-hand post and steal over the line.

Dublin's goal came on 28 minutes when Áine Fanning's deep drive from the left skipped past the traffic. Ali Twomey's point gave the hosts the interval advantage.

Devane also created Tipperary's second goal, scored by Amy Kennedy. Walsh's thundering free then entered the home sack off the underside of the bar before Kennedy got her second goal when she was set up by Larkin.

With seven minutes left, Dublin trailed by the six points. But, on a breezy Sunday afternoon, they found their second wind, with Berkeley getting four points, and Aisling Maher and Claire Rigney also contributing to the mouth-watering six-pack.


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