Wednesday 24 January 2018

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

He turned in a really solid performance at midfield and surrounding areas and embellished all the hard work with two crucial points.

Turning point

None. The sides were level on 10 occasions in a thrilling encounter that gave the impression that if it lasted until nightfall, it would still be evenly balanced.

Talking point

Could this be the win which ignites Tipperary? Surviving in such a tight, tense finish will boost their confidence.

Ref watch

Both sides would claim they had frees awarded against them which should have gone the other way. However, James Owens did a good job in an energy-sapping afternoon as he tried to keep up with such a fast game.

What they said

Liam Sheedy (Tipperary manager):

"It looked as if it wasn't going to be our day when Galway went two points clear near the end, but our lads showed great courage and commitment. Their work rate was brilliant in the closing minutes."

John McIntyre (Galway manager):

"I hope the pundits and everyone else are fair to Galway. Our defeat was down to a break here and there. Maybe the experience Tipperary gained in last year's All-Ireland final made a crucial difference in the last few minutes."

Match statistics

Wides: Galway 6 (2); Tipperary 9 (3).

Frees: Galway 11 (5); Tipperary 12 (6).

Yellow cards: Galway 1 (T Og Regan 32); Tipperary 4 (G Ryan 25, P Curran 29, S Callanan 32, E Kelly 66).

Red cards: Galway 0; Tipperary 0.

Attendance: 27,864.

What next?

Tipperary play Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 15, while Galway's wait for an All-Ireland title heads for its 23rd year in 2011.

Irish Independent

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