Galway and Tipperary, who played the last game of the season in the championship final last year, met in the opening game of the senior hurling championship. Tipp came away with the win again, but not without Galway making a push late in the first half and for most of the second. Tipp pulled away towards the end of the game with six unanswered points in quick succession to win the game.
|Paul McGrath in posession for Tipp.|
|Tipp's Paddy Fanning and Galway's Andrew Brennan contest.|
Galway: K. Finnegan, K. Murphy, M. Malone, G. McNamara, A. Brennan, A. Callnan, N. McCree (0-2), P. O’Keefe (1-0), G. Burke (0-1), S. Brown (0-1), P. Guinan (0-1), J. Moylan (0-2), E. Guinan (1-5). Tipp: S. Delaney, J. Kindregan, J. Roche, B. Howley, C. Leahy (0-1), A. McRedmond, S. Lambert, D. O’Connell (0-6), B. Gaffney (0-3), P. Fanning (1-2), P. McGrath (0-1), B. Hartnett (0-3), O. Kealy. Sub: E. Hayes (0-3).
By Rory O'Donnell