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Friday 23 February 2018

Tipperary overcome Galway in Ballinasloe

Tipperary 3-20
Galway 2-16
(After extra-time)

A flurry of points from Tommy Heffernan and Niall O'Meara enabled Tipperary to overcome Galway in Ballinasloe and book a place in the final against Kilkenny.

This refixed semi-final -- Tipp won the initial meeting but fielded ineligible players -- looked to be heading Galway's way when they led by nine points at the interval in regular time.

However, Tipp rallied to level before pulling away in extra-time with three points apiece from Heffernan and O'Meara.

Scorers -- Tipperary: E Ryan 2-6 (1-4f), T Heffernan 0-5, J Bergin 1-2, N O'Meara 0-3, S Dooley, J Ryan 0-2 each. Galway: K Cullinane 1-3 (1-0 pen), S Sweeney, D Burke 0-4 (2f) each, S Cahalan 1-0, P Flaherty 0-3, M Dooley, T Mitchell 0-1 each.

Tipperary -- J Samson; C O'Riordan, C Bergin, A Conran; J Ryan, E Hogan, M Collier; S Dooley, B Touhy; T Heffernan, T Cleary, N O'Meara; J Bergin, E Ryan, J Ryan. Subs: J Cleary for Touhy (36); E Greene for Ryan (76).

Galway -- S Mannion: S Earls, D Bruen, C Morrisey; C Kennedy, M Horan, T Jakeman; S Sweeney, D Burke; C Larkin, P Flaherty, K Cullinane; M Dooley, K Killilea, A Hurney. Subs: S Cahalan for Larkin (49); T Mitchell for Hurney, (49); E Garvey for Dooley (55); D Headd for Horan (70).

Ref -- J McGrath (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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