Wednesday 25 April 2018

Sweeney stars in rout

Tipperary 2-15 Meath 1-10

Tipperary's Bill Maher. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Tipperary's Bill Maher. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Tipperary produced a fine display to chalk up their second win of their Division 2 campaign with a deserved success over a Meath side who never got ahead.

Tipp never trailed in the opening half and produced a superb second quarter for a 1-8 to 0-5 interval lead. They had a good start and led by 0-3 to 0-1 after five minutes as Josh Keane, Liam McGrath and Conor Sweeney kicked points.

Graham Reilly opened Meath's account after three minutes and they got back on level terms at 0-4 apiece at the end of the opening quarter, with Padraig McKeever converting two frees and Sean Tobin kicking a good point.

However, Tipperary enjoyed a productive second quarter as they created some good opportunities, with Sweeney and Michael Quinlivaan kicking excellent points. Another free from Sweeney and one from play by Liam Casey pushed them 0-8 to 0-4 ahead on the half hour.

James McEntee gave Meath hope with a point but Tipperary landed a blow just before the break when Josh Keane fed Sweeney down the left and his high ball was fielded by Quinlivan and he turned to blast the ball to the roof of the net to leave them six points ahead at the break.

Meath made a blistering start to the second-half with McKeever pointing a free and then James McEntee and Reill quickly added points to cut the gap to 1-8 to 0-8 after 38 minutes. But Tipperary hit back and Bill Maher soloed in from the left before drilling the ball low to the net.

Sweeney added a good free from the right directly afterwards and then one in front of the posts to lead by 2-10 to 0-8 after 50 minutes.

The Meath supporters in the crowd of 1,291 were given some hope when McKeever added another free to reduce the margin. But then Steven O'Brien intercepted a ball in midfield and soloed through to shoot a superb point for Tipperary and Liam Kearns' men never looked back after that as Meath fell to a second defeat of the campaign.

Scorers - Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-9 (6f); M Quinlivan 1-1; B Maher 1-0; L Casey, S O'Brien, J Keane, L McGrath, S Carey 0-1 each. Meath: P McKeever 0-4 (4f); B Menton 1-0; J McEntee, G Reilly 0-2 each; S Tobin & T O'Reilly 0-1 each.

Tipperary: E Comerford; A Campbell, S O'Connell, K Fahey; J Meagher, R Kiely, J Feehan; L Casey, S O'Brien; B Fox, J Keane, L McGrath; C Sweeney, B Maher, M Quinlivan. Subs: P Codd for O'Connell (36), L Boland for Fahey (61), G Hannigan for O'Brien (66), S Carey for McGrath (70).

Meath: A Colgan; S Lavin, C McGill, D Keegan; D O'Neill, M Burke, S McEntee; B Menton, H Rooney; J McEntee, G Reilly, E Wallace; S Tobin, P McKeever, C O'Sullivan. Subs: B Power for O'Neill (29), B McMahon for Tobin (34), D Lenihan for O'Sullivan (52), A Flanagan for Rooney (57), T O'Reilly for McKeever (57), B Conlon for S McEntee (68).

Referee: Niall Cullen (Fermanagh).

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