Tipperary steamroll Louth by 23 points in Thurles
Tipperary 3-21 Louth 0-7
PETER Creedon’s Tipperary put Louth to the sword with a massive 23-point victory at Semple Stadium yday.
The Premier County bounced back from their six-point Munster semi-final loss to Kerry with an emphatic rout of the Wee County.
Leading by ten points at half-time, Tipp inflicted further punishment on hapless Louth, who lost Eoghan Lafferty to a black card in the second half.
Colin O’Riordan’s 40th minute goal summed up Louth’s afternoon, as goalkeeper Craig Lynch fumbled his speculative long-range effort into the Town End net.
And the visitors went scoreless from the 26th minute until three minutes from time, when Ryan Burns registered their only score of the second half.
Tipp were cruising to victory by half-time, leading by 2-10 to 0-6.
The Premier County had six different players on target in the opening half, with Ger Mulhair and Conor Sweeney bagging goals.
Mulhair got through for the opening goal in the third minute before Sweeney netted a 28th minute penalty, awarded for a Tommy Durnin foot block.
Louth offered little resistance in the opening half, although they did fight back from four points down early on to level at 0-4 to 1-1.
Tipp asserted their dominance from that moment on although Louth wing-back Declan Byrne did manage to get forward for two fine points.
Operating at midfield alongside 2014 Allstar nominee O’Riordan, Peter Acheson kicked a brace from play, a feat matched by Philip Austin before half-time.
In truth, Louth provided poor opposition to a Tipp side without first-choice midfielders George Hannigan and Steven O’Brien, both ruled out through injury.
TIPPERARY: E Comerford; J Feehan, P Codd, C McDonald; S Kennedy (0-1), R Kiely, A Campbell; C O’Riordan (1-1), P Acheson (0-2); G Mulhair (1-0), C Sweeney (1-2, 1-0 pen, 0-1f), L Casey (0-1); K O’Halloran (0-7, 4f, 2 45s), P Austin (0-2), M Quinlivan (0-2).
Subs: B Fox (0-1) for Mulhair (43), C O’Shaughnessy for Kennedy (44), J Lonergan (0-1) for Casey (44), B Grogan (0-1f) for Austin (57), A Morrissey for Acheson (59), B Mulvihill for Kiely (62).
LOUTH: C Lynch; P Rath, A Williams, D Finnegan; D Byrne (0-2), D O’Hanlon, A Reid; T Durnin, J Califf; B Duffy, P Smith (0-1), C McKeever; C Judge (0-1f), R Holdcroft (0-1), R Burns (0-2, 1f).
Subs: E O’Connor for McKeever (24), C Grimes for Judge (26), E Lafferty for O’Hanlon (half-time), J McEnaney for Califf (43), D Maguire for Holdcroft (44), D McComish for Lafferty (b/c 51).
Referee: R Hickey (Clare)