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Late Ryan flurry key

A late scoring flourish from Eoin Ryan enabled Tipperary overcome Galway in an absorbing semi-final in Nenagh. Ryan scored 1-2 as Tipp bagged 1-4 without reply in the closing five minutes to pull clear.

The sides traded points early on before Niall O'Meara set up Tomas Cleary for Tipp's first goal in the 16th minute. Galway responded well, with Dara Burke, Paul Flaherty and Keelan Cullinane and Sean Sweeney giving them the lead.

Tipp fought back with Tomas O'Meara and Niall O'Meara both on target but Galway seized the lead right before the break when Conor O'Shea flicked Keelan Cullinane's close-range free to the net to make it 1-9 to 1-7 at half-time.

The ding-dong battle continued for the second half with the sides drawing level on four more occasions before points from Niall O'Meara and Tommy Heffernan, coupled with Ryan's impressive haul, clinched victory for the Premier County.

Scorers -- Tipperary: E Ryan 1-6 (5f), T Cleary 1-3, N O'Meara 0-4, T Heffernan 0-3, J Samson 0-1. Galway: K Cullinane 0-4, P Flaherty, D Burke (1 '65') 0-3 each, C O'Shea 1-0; K Killilea, S Sweeney 0-2 each.

Tipperary -- D Ryan; A Conran, C Bergin, C O'Riordan; J Ryan, E Hogan, M Collier; S Dooley, J Samson; T Heffernan, T Cleary, N O'Meara; J Bergin, E Ryan, J Ryan. Subs: J Shelly for Bergin (42), B Heffernan for J Ryan (55).

Galway -- S Mannion; O Teagle, D Bruen, C Morrissey; S Earls, M Horan, C Kennedy; D Burke, S Sweeney; K Cullinane, P Flaherty, C O'Shea; M Dooley, K Killilea, A Hurney. Subs: C Larkin for Dooley (60).

Ref -- B Gavin (Offaly).

Irish Independent