Grogan haul puts Tipp back in promotion hunt
BARRY Grogan notched 2-3 against Leitrim at Semple Stadium as Tipp claimed a fourth successive win.
Tipperary's latest success leaves them very much in the hunt for promotion – with the scene now set for a dramatic showdown with Offaly on Sunday week.
Grogan netted in the ninth minute and again in the first minute of stoppage-time at the end of the half as Tipp led by 2-10 to 0-4 at the break.
With Emlyn Mulligan to the fore, Leitrim improved significantly in the second half, outscoring Tipp by 0-10 to 0-5, but the hosts were never in real danger and held on comfortably.
Man of the match: B Grogan (Tipperary)
Scorers – Tipperary: B Grogan 2-3 (1f, 1 '45'), A Maloney 0-4 (2f), P Acheson, M Quinlivan 0-2 each, P Codd, B Fox, C Sweeney, A Matassa 0-1 each. Leitrim: E Mulligan 0-6 (3f), C Beirne 0-2f, T Beirne, P Brennan, G Hickey, R Cox, C Clarke, S McWeeney 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY – P Fitzgerald 7; J Coghlan 7, P Codd 8, C McDonald 9; B Fox 8, R Costigan 7, D Leahy 7; P Acheson 8, G Hannigan 7; C Sweeney 7, H Coghlan 7, A Matassa 7; M Quinlivan 8, B Grogan 9, A Maloney 8. Subs: D Lynch 6 for Leahy (42), B Mulvihill 6 for Quinlivan (53), D Lowry 6 for Matassa (54), B O'Brien 6 for Grogan (62), R Kiely for McDonald (66).
LEITRIM – B Flynn 6; G Reynolds 6, C Egan 6, P Maguire 6; P Brennan 6, E Williams 5, D Beck 6; B Brennan 6, T Beirne 6; B McDonald 6, E Mulligan 7, G Hickey 6; J Glancy 6, C Beirne 6, R Cox 6. Subs: F McMorrow 6 for Williams (32), S McWeeney 6 for McDonald (h-t), P McGowan 5 for Beck (54), C Clarke for Reynolds (59).
Ref – L Devanney (Mayo)