Sunday 25 February 2018

Galway to appeal for Leinster entry as Tipp land in 7th heaven

Tipperary7-12 Galway 2-12 All-ireland MHC

Cianan Fahy of Galway knocks the ball away from Tipperary's Jake Morris. Photo: Sportsfile
Cianan Fahy of Galway knocks the ball away from Tipperary's Jake Morris. Photo: Sportsfile
Jason Flynn of Galway in action against James Barry of Tipperary. Photo: Sportsfile
Cyril Donnellan of Galway has his hurley held by Cathal Barrett of Tipperary. Photo: Sportsfile
John McGrath of Tipperary in action against John Hanbury of Galway. Photo: Sportsfile
Man of the match Cian Darcy of Tipperary celebrates after the game. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Jeffrey Lynskey called for Leinster entry for his side after watching his Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling champions decimated by Tipperary yesterday.

Galway, who beat Tipp in last year's final, were on the receiving end of a goal glut, as the Premier County marched on to a final with Limerick on September 4.

Tipp beat Limerick in the provincial decider by 17 points and showed more ominous form yesterday as they had five goals to spare against the Westerners.

However, Galway were desperately undercooked after having just one previous game - a facile victory over Antrim - in this year's championship.

Despite a five-week layoff, Tipp were steeled from four tough outings in Munster and they carried that form with them to Croke Park.

Galway had seven players who featured in last year's final in from the start and while Tipp, in contrast, had just three survivors, one of them played a massive part.

Cian Darcy shot 3-2 as the floodgates opened and the Kilruane MacDonaghs player also provided a sumptuous assist for Mark Kehoe to hit the net.

Rian Doody helped himself to a brace and there was also a goal for Ger Browne as Tipp turned on the style and destroyed Galway's sweeper system.

They were 3-4 to 0-6 clear at half-time and while Cinian Fahy and sub Ronan Murphy netted for the Tribesmen, they played second fiddle throughout.

Lynskey argued: "If you learned lessons from today and had a game to come back, I promise you they'd be a different side, but we haven't got that and we haven't had it for the last 30 or 40 years, even going back 100 years.

"The county board need to put pressure on the provincial council and the HDC (Hurling Development Committee), to say 'look lads, it's not good enough any more'.

"It's not good enough that you're out in the wings, training all year long and the ratio of training to games is 70 training sessions for one competitive game - and then you're out."

Tipperary boss Liam Cahill put it succinctly: "We came up ready to hurl."


Scorers - Tipperary: C Darcy 3-2, R Doody 2-2 (0-1f), M Kehoe 1-4, G Browne 1-1, B McGrath (f), L Fairbrother (f) & S Neville 0-1 each. Galway: E Niland 0-6 (5f, 1 65), C Fahy 1-1, R Murphy 1-0, E Fahy 0-2, J Coyne, J Canning & L Forde 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY - C Barrett; K O'Dwyer, M Whelan, G Dunne; C Flanagan, B McGrath, J Cahill; P Cadell, G Browne; R Doody, J Morris, C English; L Fair brother, M Kehoe, C Darcy. Subs: D Walsh for English (h.t.), S Neville for Morris (45), D Ryan for Dunne (51), C Stakelum for Fairbrother (53), J Kelly for Whelan (57).

GALWAY - J Forde; R Glennon, J Fitzpatrick, S Molloy; P Foley, I O'Brien, R Maher; C Fahy, J Coyne; E Fahy, J Canning, E Niland; L Forde, K Cooney, M Lynch. Subs: C Salmon for Lynch (33), R Malone for P Foley (36), I O'Shea for Glennon (38), R Murphy for Cooney (45), R O'Neill for E Fahy (51).

Ref - C McAllister (Cork)

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