Forward power helps Tipp to fend off Laois comeback
Tipperary 1-16 Laois 1-10
Tipperary got the better of Laois in O'Moore Park last night with their more clinical set of forwards getting them over the line.
Laois opened the scoring after a little over a minute with a free from Donie Kingston, but Tipperary dominated the next 15 minutes. Conor Sweeney quickly drew them level with a point from play, before Jimmy Feehan kicked a cracking point from distance to put them ahead.
Laois were creating chances but their shooting kept letting them down, and Tipp made them pay. Sweeney tapped over a couple of frees before landing another from play, bringing his tally to four points.
Josh Keane then hit another free for Tipp and the visitors led 0-6 to 0-1, with Laois looking in real trouble.
Thankfully for Peter Creedon's charges, they tightened things up and gradually worked their way back into the game. Colm Begley and Niall Donoher kicked two excellent points to restore some confidence as Tipp led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break
Just as in the first half, Tipperary would dominate the start of the second half, with Sweeney's accuracy from frees helping them into a four-point lead, 0-13 to 0-9, with 17 minutes to go. Laois got a glimmer of hope with a brilliant goal from David Conway, but Tipp closed the game out well, with Kevin O'Halloran's fortuitous goal from a free sealing a six-point win.
Scorers - Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-7, K O'Halloran 1-0f, J Keane 0-2 (1f), P Austin 0-2, K Fahey, J Feehan, L McGrath, E Moloney, L Casey 0-1 each. Laois: D Conway 1-2 (0-1f), D Kingston 0-5 (2f), C Begley, J O'Loughlin, N Donoher 0-1 each.
Laois: G Brody; D Strong, D Booth, J Kelly; S Attride, C Begley, E Buggie; D Luttrell, S Ramsbottom; D O'Reilly, D Conway, N Donoher; J O'Loughlin, D Kingston, P Kingston. Subs: A Farrell for Ramsbottom (40), E Lowry for O'Reilly (47), R O'Connor for Donoher (54), J Finne for D Kingston (58, BC), R Munnelly for P Kingston (58), G Dillon for Luttrell (65).
Tipperary: E Comerford; W Connors, P Codd, R Kiely; E Moloney, A Campbell, J Feehan; L Casey, J Kennedy; B Fox, K O'Halloran, P Austin; J Keane, M Quinlivan, C Sweeney. Subs: L McGrath for Quinlivan (25, inj), K Fahey for Connor (50), G Hannigan for Casey (65), L Boland for Austin (67), A Moloney for Kennedy (70), M Dunne for O'Halloran (73)
Referee: N McKenna (Monaghan)
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