Tipperary shock Dublin and advance to All Ireland U21 final
Tipperary 0-14 Dublin 0-12
A rousing second half Tipperary comeback saw them dethrone reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin and march into their first All-Ireland U21 final.
The Premier men trailed by 0-8 to 0-3 early in the second half and looked to be on their way out of the competition but in a game that took several twists and turns in the second half, they held their nerve in the closing stages to topple Dessie Farrell’s fancied side.
Tipp pulled level with ten minutes remaining and the teams would be level twice more before the game’s end.
Ross Mulcahy looked to have won it for Tipp but Dublin’s David Campbell replied as the game ticked into injury time.
Extra-time looked on the cards but Tipp mustered another score when the excellent Stephen O’Brien pointed after Colin O’Riordan’s quick free before Kevin O’Halloran boomed over his fourth of the day from a free to seal a famous win.
Dublin’s Conor McHugh was the star of the first half as he helped himself to four points, including three from play that put the Dubs into a 0-7 to 0-3 lead.
Their advantage might have been greater but for the seven wides they kicked while playing with the aid of a breeze.
Tipp had their own problems in front of goal with their forwards finding it difficult to measure the breeze.
They put Dublin under sustained pressure at times with Conor Mulally lucky to have escaped a black card but they couldn’t convert their possession into scores.
A number of efforts fell into the grateful arms of Dublin goalkeeper Lorcan Molloy while they also missed some kickable frees.
Colin O’Riordan’s point in the 13th minute was their only effort in the first half from play as Dublin kicked the last two points of the half to give themselves that four point cushion at the interval.
However, Tipperary refused to go away and prevailed after an epic closing sequence that also saw Dublin's Martin Cahalane black carded inside the final quarter.
Tipperary: K O’Halloran 0-4 (3f), J Keane 0-3 (3f), S O’Brien, C O’Riordan 0-2 each, R Mulcahy, J Lonergan, L Casey 0-1 each.
Dublin: C McHugh (1f), C Costello (3f) 0-4 each, S Carthy 0-2, D Campbell, C Basquel 0-1.
Dublin: L Molloy; D Byrne, M Cahalane, R McGowan; A Farrell, E Lowndes, C Mulally; S Cunningham, S Carthy; N Scully, A Foley, C McHugh, C Costello, E Murchan, C Basquel SUBS: Shane Cunningham for Stephen Cunningham (24), S Clayton for Foley (45), E Fletcher for Cahalane, A Byrne for Basquel (both 49), D Campbell for Scully (52),
Tipperary: E Comerford; K Fahey, J Feehan, C O’Shaughnessy; R Mulcahy, L Boland, B Maher; S O’Brien, C O’Riordan; J Lonergan, I Fahey, L Casey; K O’Halloran, J Keane, P Maher SUBS: D McEnroe for P Maher
Referee: J Henry (Mayo).