Friday 24 November 2017

Tipp turn on attacking style to gun down Cavan

Cavan 0-18 Tipperary 2-15

Liam Casey, left, and George Hannigan of Tipperary celebrate at the end
Liam Casey, left, and George Hannigan of Tipperary celebrate at the end

Francis Mooney

Tipperary unleashed their devastating attacking game to come from six points behind for a handsome Qualifier win at Kingspan Breffni.

Moving in spectacular fashion from a soul-less, dour defensive approach, they reproduced flashes of the form and flair that took them to last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.

Second half goals from Conor Sweeney and Robbie Kiely transformed this game totally and pushed Liam Kearns’ side through to tomorrow morning’s third round draw.

Sweeney was isolated up front as Tipp channelled men back, and their offensive forays were predictable, and too easy for the Cavan defence to deal with.

The Breffni men stretched their opponents with width, and after Sweeney and Jack Kennedy had shot early Tipperary scores, the home side began to move with menace.

Caoimhin, making his first championship start, was a constant threat, linking well with attacking wing back Conor Moynagh to create a handful of scores.

Moynagh was a key defensive lynchpin as well, making a couple of vital intercepts to set his side on the counter-attack.

Gearoid McKiernan and his midfield partner Tomas Corr steered over a couple of points each, and after taking the lead for the first time through Martin Reilly on 14 minutes, they never looked back.

Five points in a rowm including a lonr range effort from Moynagh, opened up a six points lead, although they did have alet-off when Tipp skipper Brian Fox smashed a shot against a post.

Robbie Kiely pushed forward for a fine score, but otherwise , the Munster men were dependent on Sweeney’s free kicks to keep them in it.

O’Reilly’s second point sent the home side in with a 0-12 to 0-6 interval lead, but the game changed dreamatically once Tipperary reverted to a more natural attacking approach, one with which their players were eminently more comforatable.

Brian Fox narrowed the gap to a point, and Philip Austin came off the bench to add power and directness.

He sent over a point, and won the free that Sweeney stroked home in the 56th minute to put them back in front.

All-Star full forward Michael Quinlivan, unable to start due to injury, was also introduced, but it was Austin who continued to be the tormentor, combining with Sweeney to send Robbie Kiely in to smash home their second goal on 57 minutes.

Quinlivan stretched the advantage to six, and late scores from Thomas Galligan, Seanie Johnston and Padraig Faulkner were not enough to save Cavan’s season.

Cavan scorers: G McKiernan 0-3 (1f), M Reilly, S Johnston (1f), C O’Reilly, T Corr, N McDermott (2f) 0-2 each, P Faulkner, C Moynagh, C Mackey, D McVeety, T Galligan 0-1 each.

Tipperary scorers: C Sweeney 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-5f), R Kiely 1-1, J Kennedy 0-3 (2f), K O’Halloran 0-2 (1f), M Quinlivan, P Austin, D Foley, B Fox 0-1 each.

Cavan: R Galligan; P Faulkner, K Clarke, J McLoughlin; J McEnroe, N Murray, C Moynagh; G McKiernan, T Corr; C Mackey, M Reilly, C Brady; C O’Reilly, L Buchanan, D McVeety.

Subs: N McDermott for Brady (12), R Connolly for Buchanana (h-t), T Galligan for Corr (47), J Dillon for McDermott (56), S Johnston for O’Reilly (59), N Clerkin for McVeety (BC 60)

Tipperary: C Kenrick; C O’Shaughnessy, A Campbell, E Moloney; B Maher, R Kiely, J Feehan; L Casey, G Hannigan; J Keane, K O’Halloran, B Fox; J Kenedt, C Sweeney,  L Boland.

Subs: D Foley for Boland (22), P Austin for O’Shaughnessy (h-t), M Quinlivan for Hannigan (47), L McGrath for O’Halloran (67), K Bergin for Maher (73)

Referee: F Kelly (Longford)

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