Wednesday 17 January 2018

O'Dwyer on the double

Tipperary 2-32
Antrim 1-7

This Tipperary U-21 side is packed with potential and they swept into the All-Ireland final with a comprehensive victory in Tullamore on Saturday.

"What pleased us was that we didn't have to get the players up for the game, the players wanted to play themselves," said Tipp boss Ken Hogan. "All the senior players wanted to be involved and play on. That's a great credit to them."

John O'Dwyer's 20th-minute goal helped Tipp to a 1-18 to 0-1 interval lead and it was a similar story after the restart. O'Dwyer notched a second goal in the 46th minute and though Michael Armstrong responded with an Antrim goal shortly after, Tipp finished strongly to emerge 28-point victors and now face Galway in the final.

Scorers --Tipperary: J O'Dwyer 2-3, M Heffernan 0-6, N McGrath 0-6 (0-2f, 0-2 '65s'), S Carey 0-4, B O'Meara, K Morris (0-2f) 0-3 each, Patrick Maher, B Maher, P Murphy, Padraic Maher, A Ryan, J O'Neill, S Hennessy (0-1f) 0-1 each. Antrim: M Armstrong 1-2, T McCann 0-2, C Carson, J Campbell, D Hamill 0-1 each.

Tipperary -- J Logue; K O'Gorman, J Coghlan, M Cahill; J Barry, Padraic Maher, B Maher; S Hennessy, N McGrath; S Carey, P Murphy, Patrick Maher; M Heffernan, B O'Meara, J O'Dwyer. Subs: A Ryan for McGrath (31), K Morris for Patrick Maher (31), C Hough for B Maher (38), J O'Neill for Hennessy (40), C Coughlan for O'Gorman (49).

Antrim -- E Gillan; K Molloy, C Donnelly, S Shannon; L McAuley, M Donnelly, J Campbell; PJ O'Connell, E Laverty; M Devlin, T McCann, C Rocks; M Armstrong, C Carson, D Hamill. Subs: G Laverty for McCann (12), M Burke for McAuley (38), G Laverty for Rocks (49), C Brogan for Devlin (49), N Cunningham for Donnelly (50), M Lynch for O'Connell (58).

Ref -- T Carroll (Offaly).

Irish Independent

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