Wednesday 24 January 2018

Tipp top Faithful efforts


Jackie Cahill

PETER Creedon's Tipperary advanced to the second round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers with a comfortable five-point victory over Offaly at Semple Stadium last night.

Michael Quinlivan, a 2011 All-Ireland minor medallist, scored four points for the Premier County as they collected just a fourth victory from 13 qualifier outings since 2001.

This was Tipp's first win in the championship since beating Laois two years ago -- and 1,310 spectators were in Thurles to witness it.

The second half was impressive stuff from Tipp as they outscored a poor Offaly by 0-7 to 0-4 after the break, the Faithful County's entire summer season now over after two games.

Five of Tipp's six starting forwards scored from play last night and not even the pre-match introduction of marquee forward Niall McNamee could inspire Offaly, for whom Ken Casey kicked five points.

Tipperary held a two-point lead at half-time but it could have been more as Quinlivan saw his injury-time penalty saved by Offaly goalkeeper Alan Mulhall.

Peter Acheson scored Tipperary's goal in the 17th minute, touching the ball home from close range after Quinlivan had flicked on Alan Maloney's booming delivery.

Scorers -- Tipperary: M Quinlivan 0-4 (1f), A Maloney 0-3, P Acheson 1-0, P Austin, R Ryan 0-2 each, B Mulvihill 0-1; Offaly: K Casey 0-5 (1f), N Dunne 0-3 (2f), N McNamee 0-2.

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; B Fox, R Kiely, A Campbell; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; P Austin, P Acheson, D Leahy; A Maloney, M Quinlivan, R Ryan. Subs: B Mulvihill for Coghlan (43), S Scully for Leahy (62), L Egan for Hannigan (66), B O'Brien for Quinlivan (67), P Whelan for Maloney (68).

Offaly: A Mulhall; S Sullivan, J Moloney, S Pender; B Darby, M Brazil, E Rigney; R Brady, A McNamee; N Dunne, K Casey, R Dalton; A Sullivan, P Cunningham, N McNamee. Subs: N Smith for A McNamee (h-t), D Hanlon for Brazil (51), G Guilfoyle for Rigney (51), D Currams for Cunningham (64), D Kelly for Dunne (68).

Referee: C Lane (Cork)

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