Saturday 15 December 2018

Cahill salutes his side's spirit as Premier clinch final reunion with Cork

Tipperary 3-17 Galway 1-17 (BGE All-Ireland U-21 HC Semi-final)

Tipp’s Killian O’Dwyer drives forward. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Tipp’s Killian O’Dwyer drives forward. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Tipperary manager Liam Cahill paid tribute to his men for the way they bounced back after a 13-point drubbing in the Munster final against Cork.

They never trailed in a fiery All-Ireland semi-final in Limerick in which three players were sent off and have now set up a rematch with Cork in the decider in two and a half weeks.

"A crazy game, full of tension, full of errors. It is hard to analyse yet. We will have to sit down and look at it, but it was fairly frantic towards the end," said Cahill.

"There was huge heart and great composure from our fellas at the end and we have a great incentive to reduce that 13-point deficit from the Munster final."

The Tribesmen finished with 13 after having a man dismissed in each half, while Tipperary were reduced to 14 ten minutes into the second-half.

Tipperary were on top when they had played with the breeze in the opening half and went into the break leading by 2-13 to 0-9.

Jake Morris of Tipperary celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Jake Morris of Tipperary celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Galway's task suffered a big blow when senior player Brian Concannon was sent off after an off the ball incident.

By then Mark Kehoe had fired home Tipperary's opening goal after a superb run by Ger Browne after 26 minutes and the Premier also finished the opening half in devastating form with Jake Morris blasting a rebound home after Galway goalkeeper Eanna Murphy saved well from Kehoe.

Kehoe himself was sent off for a challenge on Galway goalkeeper Murphy after the sides twice exchanged points after the break and Galway soon got back in contention when a long delivery from Jack Grealish ended up in the Tipperary net when sub Jack Canning put full-back Brian McGrath under pressure.

That cut the margin to 2-16 to 1-15 with eleven minutes left but while Tomas Monaghan's three points did most to lift the Tribesmen, Tipp always managed to keep them as arms' length.

Ger Browne scores Tipperary's third goal despite the efforts of Galway's Darragh Gilligan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Ger Browne scores Tipperary's third goal despite the efforts of Galway's Darragh Gilligan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Morris pushed the gap to five in the closing stages before Galway's Cian Salmon was sent off for retaliating. Nonetheless, Galway got back to within three before Browne sealed the win with a superb goal drilled to the net.

Scorers - Tipperary: J Morris 1-9 (6f), G Browne 1-2, M Kehoe 1-1, C Darcy 0-2, R Byrne , C English, D Quirke 0-1 each.

Galway: E Niland 0-6 (6f), J Grealish 1-0, T Monaghan 0-3, B Concannon, S Loftus 0-2 each, S Bleahene, A Greaney, C Salmon, J Coyne 0-1 each.

Tipperary - B Hogan; E Connolly, B McGrath, K O'Dwyer; P Campion, R Byrne, D Quirke; G Browne, S Nolan; C English, J Cahill, P Feehan; J Morris, M Kehoe, C Darcy. Subs: C Stakelum for Nolan (47), P Cadell for Connolly (49), D Gleeson for Darcy (54), R McCormack for English (60).

Cian Salmon of Galway is shown a straight red card by referee Sean Cleere. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Cian Salmon of Galway is shown a straight red card by referee Sean Cleere. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Galway - E Murphy; S Bannon, J Fitzpatrick, I O'Shea; F Burke, A Greaney, J Grealish; S Loftus, T Monaghan; C Fahy, P Foley, B Concannon; K Cooney, S Bleahene, E Niland. Subs: C Salmon for Foley (half-time), D Morrissey for O'Shea (half-time), J Coyne for Cooney (39), D Gilligan for Murphy (42), J Canning for Bleahene (45).

Ref - Sean Cleere (Kilkenny).

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Tipperary's Dillon Quirke exchanges a handshake with Seán Loftus of Galway at the end of the game. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Tipperary's Dillon Quirke exchanges a handshake with Seán Loftus of Galway at the end of the game. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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