Sunday, July 29, 2012

Senior Hurling: Galway Dig Deep to Beat Tipp

Galway 3-13 Tipperary 1-15

Tipperary and Galway played out an entertaining 60 minutes of hurling on an unusually cool Sunday afternoon.  Galway looked like they would run away with the game at times, but Tipeprary closed the gap and made it interesting in the latter stages.  Galway did enough to hold off their opponents with some fine displays from John Moylan at corner forward and Cian McBride in the middle of the field.

Seamus Corry on the attack for Galway.
Galway went in at the break with a nice cushion thanks in part to goals from Moylan and McBride.  Moylan’s goal was the result of quick thinking from Eoin Guinan.  Guinan had a point for the taking, but hesitated and dropped the ball into Moylan who had stole behind his man.  Moylan made no mistake and Galway were off to a flying start.  Towards the end of the half, it was McBride who drilled from 21 yards.  The shot took a slight deflection and ended up in the back of the net.  The teams were even in the points column after 30 minutes.  The pick for Tipp was a Kevin O’Loughlin free from his own 65, and a minute later his fellow Dubliner, McBride, answered with a superb point from play.  With McBride playing well in the middle of the field, the Galway backs also did well, Chris Murphy and Brian Watkins in particular clearing their lines on several occasions.  Paul Haughey finished the half with 2 points as Tipp closed the gap slightly before the break, at 2-7 to 0-7.

John Moylan tries to escape two Tipp defenders.
Tipperary made some changes for the second half.  John Kindregan and Mickey Doyle entered the fray.  Doyle netted shortly after the restart to bring Tipp within a goal, but Galway got it right back.  Stephen Brown found room on the wing and passed to John Moylan in front of goal, Moylan did well to score his second, and Galway’s third, goal of the game.  Tipp did not panic and patiently took their points and kept in touch.  Daniel Edmonds and Paul Haughey brought Tipp within a goal once more, but Galway again kept their noses ahead with scores from Guinan and McBride.  McBride’s was another fantastic point as the St. Vincent’s man fired over from inside his own 65.  Tipp made it interesting over the final 10 minutes.  The game looked in the bag for Galway, but five Tipp points on the trot brought them within two points.  O’Loughlin, Bill O’Carroll, Sean McGrath, and Haughey chipped away and now a goal would deliver the game for Tipp.  Once again Galway lifted their game and did enough to hold off their opponents.  The lead was extended as Moylan intercepted a pass out of the Tipp defence and was fouled.  Guinan pointed twice from frees to make it a four point game at the final whistle.  Much satisfaction at the end from the Galway supporters who urged their boys on for the full 60.

Referee:  Jason Long (Corcaigh)

Man of the Match:  John Moylan (Galway)

Galway:  M. Mulrooney, D. Shaw, C. Murphy, B. Watkins, S. Nolan, S. Corry, C. McBride, B. McNamara, S. Brown, K. Canty, T. Bolger, E. Guinan, J. Moylan.  Tipp:  S. Delaney, J. Roche, B. O’Carroll, J. Dougan, J. Rigney, A. Hanigan, C. Dempsey, S. Norton, A. Callinan, D. Edmonds, K. O’Loughlin, P. Haughey, M. Ryan.

By Rory O'Donnell

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