Friday 19 January 2018

The game at a glance

Padraic Maher (Tipperary)

Tipperary needed their big men to stand up to the immense Dublin challenge and Maher was one of those who answered the call with an emphatic display of defensive excellence while also scoring two crucial points on attacking forays.

Turning point

None. It wasn't until Pa Bourke scored Tipperary's last point from a free in the 72nd minute that the defending champions were assured of a place in the final.

Talking point

What must Dublin do to convince the hurling world that they have arrived? Odds of 9/1 against the league champions were insulting and looked quite ridiculous as they went toe-to-toe with Tipperary all through the game.

Ref watch

A sensible performance by Cathal McAllister, who let play flow whenever possible. Only two players were booked, underlining the good spirit in which the game was played.

What they said

Declan Ryan (Tipperary manager):

"Kilkenny won't be too worried by anything they saw out there today. It was a dour enough game at times. The important thing is that we came through but we have an awful lot of work to do before the final."

Anthony Daly (Dublin manager):

"Near misses are hard to take. I'm proud and disappointed at the same time. Maybe some of our decision-making cost us at times. Tipperary were that bit more economical but then they have more experience at this level."

Match statistics

Wides: Dublin 8 (4); Tipperary 5 (3)

Frees: Dublin 13 (6); Tipperary 9 (4)

Yellow Cards: Dublin 1 (C McCormack 11); Tipperary 1 (B O'Meara 71)

Red Cards: Dublin 0; Tipperary 0

Attendance: 43,562

What next?

Tipperary play Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final on September 4; Dublin's seasons ends with the National League and Walsh Cups and confirmation that they are a real force.

Irish Independent

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