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Sheedy volley for Farrell after Callanan's penalty miss


Seamus Callanan: Missed a penalty

Seamus Callanan: Missed a penalty


Seamus Callanan: Missed a penalty

Liam Sheedy was quick off the mark on Twitter yesterday.

Tipperary's 2010 All-Ireland-winning manager and chairman of the Hurling 2020 Review Committee thumbed a message aimed at former Galway boss and  It was roughly an hour after Seamus Callanan had missed a penalty for Tipperary against Wexford in a senior hurling challenge in Cashel.

Farrell is of the opinion that the new 'one-on-one' experimental rule in play during pre-season matches will tilt the balance very much in favour of the penalty-taker.  credence Waterford manager Derek McGrath, quoted on these pages last Friday, is in the opposite camp, suggesting that goalkeepers will still retain the advantage. 

During the second half at Leahy Park, Callanan was presented with the opportunity to put the new rule to the test. His effort from the 20-metre line was well-struck but low and Wexford goalkeeper Niall Breen made a comfortable save.

On social media, Sheedy asked: 'Seamie Callanan 1 v 1 penalty saved by Wexford Keeper today...What do ya think of that Cyril Farrell??'

Farrell will, no doubt, let Sheedy know in due course, but McGrath's prediction that forwards will find it more difficult than some people think to score a penalty, even when faced with just one player on the line, gained early credence. 

Callanan, who had struck two glorious points from play minutes earlier, shrugged off that setback to add two further pointed frees before full-time. 

The Drom & Inch hitman marked his seasonal bow with 3-7 against Mary Immaculate College in last Friday night's Waterford Crystal Cup opener in Thurles and he looked sharp again yesterday after coming off the bench. 

The 2014 Hurler of the Year nominee has picked up where he left off last September and Tipp need him fully fit and firing again if they harbour serious hopes of going one step better. 

Eight players who started against Mary I were listed from the start against Wexford and Tipp struggled against the breeze in the first half on a bitterly cold afternoon. 

This fundraiser for the local St John the Baptist boys and girls national school was headed very much in Wexford's favour approaching half-time, as the visitors led by 0-9 to 0-3 in front of a crowd estimated in the region of 600. 

But David Butler, scorer of four points against Mary I, notched a crucial goal two minutes before the break and after Paul Morris responded with a converted free for Wexford, a point from Butler had Tipp very much in touch at the break, trailing by 1-4 to 0-10.

And they were level within minutes of the restart as Conor Kenny's 35th-minute goal was followed up by a Butler point.

Tipp quickly roared into their biggest lead of the game, 2-13 to 0-12, after Callanan missed out on a fourth goal in two matches when Breen stood firm to repel his penalty.

That miss mattered little in the greater scheme of things but Sheedy had obviously taken note. 

Wexford, who had registered five unanswered points during their best spell of the first half, rallied with three in a row but it was not enough for the Slaneysiders as Tipp crowned a productive weekend with another win.

Scorers - Tipperary: D Butler & C Kenny 1-2 each, S Callanan 0-4 (2f), J Forde & John O'Dwyer (1f) 0-2 each, Joe O'Dwyer, T Stapleton & S Maher 0-1 each. Wexford:  P Morris 0-4 (3f), I Byrne 0-3, H Kehoe & P Doran 0-2 each, D Redmond, L Óg McGovern, A Kenny, J Kelly & R Clarke 0-1 each. 

Tipperary - D Gleeson; Joe O'Dwyer, P Curran, M Breen; S McGrath, C O'Mahony, G Ryan; T Stapleton, J Woodlock; D Maher, S Maher, C Kenny; D Butler, John O'Dwyer, N O'Meara. Subs: S Callanan for O'Meara (h-t), M Butler for McGrath (h-t), J Forde for John O'Dwyer (41), D Guinan for O'Mahony (52). 

Wexford - N Breen; E Moore, T Waters, C Kenny; P Foley, L Chin, R Kehoe; D Redmond, H Kehoe; P Morris, D Waters, I Byrne; R Clarke, P Doran, L Óg McGovern. Subs: W Devereux for Foley (35), S Donohue for Kehoe (43), A Kenny for Byrne (43), J Kelly for Clarke (44), M Walsh for Breen (53).  Ref - B Gavin (Offaly)

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