Friday 15 December 2017

Tipp find solace in big-ball excellence

How ironic it will be if Tipperary end the season with an All-Ireland football, rather than hurling, title.

Excited Tipp supporters were predicting long-term hurling domination this time last year after the seniors dethroned Kilkenny and the U-21s destroyed Galway in the All-Ireland final.

However, all Tipp's hurling teams drew a blank on the All-Ireland stage this year, leaving the minor footballers as their last chance of landing a big prize.

Galway are attempting to do something that the county's U-18s have achieved only once before, back in 1934.

They won it when, after qualifying for the final, they were awarded the title on a walkover after it was discovered that Dublin and Tyrone, who had met in the other semi-final, had both played overage players.

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