Galway 0-8 Tipperary 4-20
Tipperary secured another one-sided win in the junior A hurling championship with a victory over Galway. Within 10 minutes Tipp led by a goal and 5 to no score, and by half time it was a massive 4-15 to a point. Tipp forwards were picking off points at will, with Russell Quirke, Sean Stafford and Jimmy Maher having a field day. Galway managed to keep themselves from getting blanked thanks to a point from Cian Clifford.
|Shane Jordan and Cronan Dempsey|
Galway made a better fist of things in the second half, Clifford tagged a handful of points and with the job done, Tipperary made some changes and eased off the gas a little. Two big wins for Tipp in the opening rounds, tougher challenges to come for them with Tom’s and Offaly perhaps?
Galway: Ray Grealish, Michael Lennon, Dan O’Leary, David Lynch, James Tyrell, Seamus Loftus, Kieran Morissey, Aidan Murphy, David Lordan, Cian Clifford, Enda Feeney, Shane Jordan, Conor Nolan.
Tipp: Sean Delaney, Sean mcGarr, Cathal Madden, Paul Morris, Cronan Dempsey, Pat Moriarty, Simon Kennedy, Kieran Lowrey, Tom Conway, Jimmy Maher, Dinny Crosse, Russel Quirke, Sean Stafford.
Fr. Tom Burke’s 3-16 Offaly 3-19
Saturday evening saw Offaly and Tom’s get their respective campaigns off to an exciting start. In an open, clean game of hurling, Offaly got off to a great start and in the second half Tom’s made a tremendous comeback, but the Faithful county managed to keep ahead to secure the first points in their defence of the title.
Offaly started with a stiff breeze in their favour and looked like they had run away with the game. At half time it was 3-12 to 0-6 in favor of the champions. The second half was a mirror image with Tom’s using the breeze to pull themselves back within a point with 15 minutes still to go. Offaly did not register their first second half score until the final quarter, but when they did put 5 unanswered over the bar to open the championship with a win.
By Rory O'Donnell