the game at a glance
Man of the match
Peter Acheson (Tipperary)
Alan Maloney scored 0-6 and Ciaran McDonald was the pick of a resolute defence, but Acheson was exceptional. Named in the full-forward line, he switched to midfield for the closing stages and was a tower of strength when needed most.
The sides were level in the 65th minute when Brian Mulvihill pointed for Tipp. Acheson pulled off a superb catch and fed sub Mulvihill, who slotted over.
What do the Tipp footballers have to do to get decent support? There were 2,563 spectators at Semple Stadium but again, the home fans were heavily outnumbered. €20 was a steep ticket price, but Tipp fans in the minority in Thurles is not just a recent trend.
Eddie Kinsella awarded 22 frees to Antrim and 13 to Tipp, but that was an indication of the amount of possession Antrim enjoyed. Kinsella didn't have any major calls to make.
What they said
Peter Creedon (Tipperary manager):
"We'd be pinching ourselves if you told us that we'd win three qualifier games. We've beaten three Division 3 teams -- we should be capable of doing that."
Liam Bradley (Antrim manager):
"It's not about managers -- managers come and go. I've no doubt that whether I'm there or not next year, Antrim will still be a force."
Wides: Tipperary 14 (3); Antrim 9 (7)
Frees: Tipperary 13 (6); Antrim 22 (14).
Yellow cards: Tipperary 3 (G Hannigan 4, M Quinlivan 28, P Austin 62); Antrim 2 (S McDonagh 57, J Crozier 69)
Red cards: 0
Tipperary will face Down next weekend in the fourth round of the qualifiers. Antrim's season is over.