Thursday 22 March 2018

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin)

Tipperary had several contenders, not least 'super-subs' Philip Quirke and Colman Kennedy, but the Castleknock star was immense throughout and kept making the right decisions when many of his team-mates were panicking.

Turning point

Dublin made some fatal errors in the last seven minutes, but Tipperary's penalty goal before half-time was the real game-swinger because it fuelled their self-belief and comeback.

Talking point

There were actually two talking points to this game: Dublin's extraordinary second-half profligacy and how gutsy young Colman Kennedy was to go for Tipperary's sensational late wonder-goal.

Ref watch

Padraig Hughes awarded only 35 frees -- just seven to Dublin in the second half -- and one minute of second-half injury-time seemed a tad short, but neither side complained afterwards.

What they said

David Power (Tipperary manager):

"This sends home a message that we can back up all the talk. We're after winning a minor All-Ireland and this is huge. We're going to enjoy this for the next couple of weeks, but the work only begins now."

Dessie Farrell (Dublin manager):

"We'd a very bad start and to get that back and go in up at half-time, we expended an awful lot of energy. Then late in the game there was a lot of weary limbs and a lot of bad decisions being taken."

Match statistics

Wides: Tipperary 7 (4); Dublin 12 (10)

Frees: Tipperary 19 (11); Dublin 16 (9)

Yellow cards: Tipperary 3 (Fitzelle 34, O'Brien 38, Quirke 52); Dublin 2 (O'Hanlon 30, Lowndes 35)

Red cards: 0

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