Tipp snatch draw with injury-time point
TIPPERARY snatched a dramatic draw in Newry last night, with Barry Grogan scoring an injury time free to level the game.
Division 2 promotion chasers Down were poor as they struggled to overcome the Tipp challenge.
Brian Mulvihill's scrappy goal, which seemed to be saved by Down 'keeper Brendan McVeigh -- but was given by the umpires -- separated the sides at half-time.
The Mourne men were more composed in the second half, but couldn't hold on for the win despite Aussie Rules returnee Martin Clarke starring.
His link play and eye for a score were the difference as the home side got on top, but Down were unable to put away the opposition and were ripe for the picking.
Some soft frees allowed Tipp to get back in the game, and Down were made to pay with that late equaliser.
The last grasp free meant a share of the spoils, with Tipperary the happier side at the end.
Scorers -- Down: M Clarke 0-5 4f, C Laverty 0-3, J Clarke 0-3, P McComiskey 0-2 2f, C Maginn 0-1. Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-5 4f, B Grogan 0-3 3f, B Mulvihill 1-0, C Aighleart 0-2,, P Austin 0-1,
Down: B McVeigh; D McCartan, B McArdle, D Rafferty; K McKernan, J Colgan, C Garvey; A Rodgers, K King; C Maginn, M Clarke, P McComiskey; C Laverty, J Clarke, B Coulter. Subs: P Fitzpatrick for K King HT, S Kearney for C Maginn 40, M Poland for C Laverty 57, G McCartan for P McComiskey 67.
Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; N Curran, C McDonald, A Morrissey; C Aylward, R Costigan, C McGrath; G Hannigan, S Grogan; B Mulvihill, P Austin, J Cagney; C Sweeney, B Coen, B Grogan. Subs: S Hahessy for B Coen HT, S Carey for J Cagney 42, P Acheson for P Austin 52, A Rockett for S Grogan 68,
Referee: J Curley (Meath)