Sunday 22 April 2018

Moloney kick-starts Tipp revival

Sligo 0-18 Tipperary 3-9

Tipperary's Conor Sweeney. Photo: Sportsfile
Tipperary's Conor Sweeney. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Thanks to Westmeath's loss against Longford Sligo and Tipperary were left smiling after a mistake-ridden draw at Markievicz Park yesterday.

Conor Sweeney bagged the equalising point in stoppage-time for the visitors but it was industrious midfielder Alan Moloney's close-range goal in the last minute - Tipp's third goal of the afternoon - that sparked the visitors' unlikely comeback.

Sligo were four points clear by the 69th minute at 0-18 to 2-8.

Teenager Kyle Cawley appeared to put the icing on Sligo's cake with two sharply-taken points in the last five minutes. But Sligo, who leaked two goals in the first half, were unable to keep Tipperary at bay.

Two Tipperary goals against the run of play, in a five-minute first-half spell, erased Sligo's initially bright start. Michael Quinlivan's fisted effort after 15 minutes, Peter Acheson's flawless penalty conversion five minutes later and a fine point from raiding defender Kevin Fahey, put Tipperary four points up, 2-2 to 0-4, by the 23rd minute.

Then came Sligo's best spell, as they went 0-10 to 2-2 ahead and were also grateful for goalkeeper Aidan Devaney's point-blank stop to deny Quinlivan a second goal.

But Tipperary stayed within reach with Jason Lonergan's point before the break making it 0-10 to 2-3 at half-time.

SCORERS - Sligo: N Murphy 0-7 (4f); A Marren 0-4; K Cawley 0-3; M Breheny (1f), N Gaughan, B Egan, N Ewing 0-1 each. Tipperary: A Moloney 1-3; P Acheson 1-1 (1-0 pen); M Quinlivan 1-0; C Sweeney 0-2; K Fahey, J Lonergan, E Comerford (1 '45') 0-1 each.

SLIGO - A Devaney 6; D Maye 6, K McDonnell 7, C Harrison 6; K Cawley 6, E McHugh 5, G O'Kelly-Lynch 6; N Murphy 8, A McIntyre 7; N Ewing 9, C Breheny 5, C Davey 5; K Cawley 7, A Marren 6, B Egan 6. Subs: N Gaughan 5 for Davey (41), M Breheny 5 for Breheny (46), L Henry 5 for D Maye (55).

TIPPERARY - E Comerford 6; K Fahey 6, A Campbell 5, C McDonald 6; J Feehan 5, P Acheson 6, S Leahy 5; A Moloney 8, M Dunne 5; J Keane 5, B Hewitt 6, J Lonergan 5; C Sweeney 6, M Quinlivan 6, P Austin 5. Subs: G Hannigan 6 for Quinlivan (41), B Fox 5 for Lonergan (45), D Leahy 5 for Hewitt (56), K O'Halloran 5 for Dunne (65).

Ref - N McKenna (Monaghan)

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