Monday 9 December 2019

Tipperary signal their title intent with Offaly win

Tipperary 5-25 Offaly 1-20

Denis Maher, Tipperary, in action against Emmett Nolan, Offaly
Denis Maher, Tipperary, in action against Emmett Nolan, Offaly
Lar Corbett, Tipperary, scores his sides third goal
Eoin Kelly, Tipperary, scores a point after just coming on as a substitute against Offaly
Seamus Callanan, Tipperary reacts in pain after hurting his wrist near the end of the game against Offaly
Conor Mahon, Offaly, after the game
Seamus Callanan, Tipperary, celebrates after scoring the fourth goal against Offaly

Jackie Cahill

ON a day when the race for the All-Ireland senior hurling championship was blown wide open, Tipperary signalled their intent in Portlaoise last night.

Tipperary 5-25 Offaly 1-20

This was the expected turkey shoot - particularly in the second half as Tipp romped to a 17-point win. Seamus Callanan bagged 3-8 last weekend as Tipp gunned down Galway and he was at it again last night, collecting 2-10.

Beside him, Lar Corbett was in good scoring form, adding 2-2 as the yellow-helmeted pair finished with 4-12 between them. It was decent stuff but knitting it all together once again was Patrick 'Bonner' Maher at centre forward, while midfielder Kieran Bergin enjoyed a productive evening that yielded four points.

Eleven different scorers got on the scoresheet as Tipp preserved their winning streak against Offaly in the championship. Tipperary came to Portlaoise with their tails up following last Saturday night's remarkable come from behind victory over Galway at Semple Stadium.

Offaly were game in the opening half but Tipp appeared to be operating at a few gears below maximum. They were still moving well enough to open up a 4-9 to 0-11 lead at half-time - with Corbett netting two of those goals.

Tipp signalled their intent right from the start and before Offaly knew it, they were two goals down. Callanan fed Corbett for his first goal in the third minute before Maher scorched through for Tipp's second major a minute later.

Then Offaly made a game of it, with Brian Carroll impressive from play and placed balls. By half-time, Carroll had contributed eight of Offaly's points. But despite Cathal Parlon, Shane Dooley and Dan Currams chipping in with other points, the Faithful were swimming against the tide.

Corbett struck his second goal in the 27th minute, with Callanan again the creator, before Callanan raised a green flag of his own before half-time, with 'Bonner' Maher providing the assist on this occasion.

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Tipp continued where they had left off with another flurry of scores in the second half. Carroll flew the flag valiantly for Offaly but it was token resistance as Tipp piled on the misery and sealed the deal.

Scorers - Tipperary: S Callanan 2-10 (0-7f), L Corbett 2-2, Patrick Maher 1-1, K Bergin 0-4, D Maher 0-2, J Woodlock, J O'Dwyer, N McGrath, E Kelly, J Forde & T Stapleton 0-1 each. Offaly: B Carroll 0-13 (10f), C Egan 1-0, J Bergin 0-3 (1f, 1 65), C Parlon, S Dooley, S Ryan & D Currams 0-1 each.

Tipperary: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, Padraic Maher, M Cahill; B Maher, J Barry, C Barrett; K Bergin, J Woodlock; G Ryan, Patrick Maher, J O'Dwyer; N McGrath, S Callanan, L Corbett. Subs: D Maher for Ryan (temp 7-12), D Maher for Ryan (h.t.), T Stapleton for Barrett (47), E Kelly for O'Dwyer (59), S McGrath for Woodlock (60), J Forde for Patrick Maher (66).

Offaly: J Dempsey; N Wynne, R Hanniffy, C McDonald; K Brady, E Nolan, C Parlon; C Mahon, S Ryan; S Dooley, D Kenny, C Egan; B Carroll, D Currams, J Bergin. Subs: S Cleary for Kenny (31), K Connolly for Brady (h.t.), P Geraghty for Cleary (62), T Geraghty for Connolly (69).

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)

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