Wednesday 21 February 2018

Sweeney shines as Tipperary give Longford a hiding

Colm Smyth, Longford, in action against Brian Fox, Tipperary
Colm Smyth, Longford, in action against Brian Fox, Tipperary
Francis McGee, Longford, in action against Brian Fox, Tipperary
Longford's Paul Barden after his side's defeat

Jackie Cahill

PETER CREEDON’S Tipperary dished out a merciless hiding to Longford in a one-sided All-Ireland SFC round 2A qualifier in Thurles yesterday.

Tipperary 2-17 Longford 0-6

Tipp had 17 points to spare at full-time against a Longford side that had shocked Derry in their previous outing.

Michael Quinlivan and Peter Acheson scored the goals as Tipperary waltzed into the next round.

This was much easier than had been anticipated for a Tipp side that bounced back in style from their heartbreaking two-point defeat against Cork in last month’s Munster semi-final.

Tipperary led by 1-8 to 0-4 at half-time, with Quinlivan bagging his goal, the opening score of the game, in the second minute.

The 2011 All-Ireland minor medallist limped off after 11 minutes but not even that injury setback could knock Tipp out of their stride.

Conor Sweeney was in the mood from frees and play and the Ballyporeen clubman would finish as Tipp’s leading scorer with a haul of eight points, including five frees.

Acheson was excellent too, having been moved from the half-back line to centre-forward from the start.

John Coghlan came in for Ian Fahey and in the reshuffle, Acheson switched to attack and finished with 1-2 from play.

Acheson lashed over his two points in the first half before scoring the killer goal in the 44th minute, punching home Sweeney’s centre.

Jack Sheedy’s side had two second-half goals disallowed but, in truth, Longford were outclassed from start to finish and ended the game with just three points from play.

Scorers — Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-8 (5fs), P Acheson 1-2, B Grogan 0-4 (3fs), M Quinlivan 1-0, P Codd, B Mulvihill,

C Kennedy 0-1 each. Longford: B Kavanagh 0-2 (2fs), E Williams, M Quinn, P Barden, S McCormack (f) 0-1 each.

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; G Mulhair,

P Codd, C McDonald; C O’Riordan,

R Kiely, J Coghlan; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; P Austin, P Acheson, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, B Grogan. Subs: B Mulvihill for Quinlivan (13), C Kennedy for Austin (53), S Flynn for Grogan (64), I Fahey for Acheson (66), A Campbell for Mulhair (69).

Longford: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, F Battrim; CP Smyth, E Williams,

S Mulligan; K Diffley, B O’Farrell; M Quinn, F McGee, P Barden; S McCormack,

B Kavanagh, A Rowan. Subs: S Doyle for McCormack (40), N Mulligan for Diffley (48), M Hughes for Rowan (48), R McEntire for McGee (60), P Brady for Battrim (69), P Gill for Williams (70+2).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

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