|Kieran Morris on the attack for Tipp.|
The first half was a well contested affair marked by some well taken points, two goals, and a schmozzle.
Galway looked to be pulling away with a
string of points from John Moylan, Dan McCormack, and Sean Curran in the early
going. Ten minutes into the game there
were awful scenes as a melee broke out.
Referee Paddy Ivors gave the players time to cool down and issued 3
yellow cards, the players concerned would be forgiven for considering
themselves very fortunate to be allowed remain on the field. Stephen Brown and Philip Ivors for Galway and Morris Power for Tipp were cautioned. Ivors then netted for Galway
and the tribesmen looked like they were in full control, Tipp were very much
playing second fiddle. Tipp inched back
into it however. Lifted by the efforts
of Kieran Morris, the man from Maycarley also put a handful of frees over the bar, the gap on the
scoreboard narrowed to the point where the teams were level near the end of the
half. The goal was recovered thanks to
an attempted short puckout gone wrong.
The ball ended in the hands of Denis Maher inside the 14 yard line and
the wing forward placed the ball past Martin O'Connor. By the time the short whistle sounded it was
Tipp with a one point edge, 1-8 to 1-7.
|Contesting a puckout.|
Tipp took the initiative early in the half with an unlikely goal from Eanna Murray.
Galway had drawn level after Curran and Moylan pointed
and Morris had put one over for Tipp.
After the goal Galway were playing from
behind and chasing the game. Peadar
Boran extended the Tipp lead by another point, and Galway
tried to rally the troops. Moylan almost
netted, but James Logue pulled off a fine save from the low shot. Each time Galway
got within 2 points, Tipp seemed to be able to put a point or two over the bar
to keep the distance between the sides. With
the game still in the balance Tipp put three unanswered points over the bar
from substitute David Butler who entered the game mid way through the
on full points after 3 games with Galway a
close second, and Wexford and Fr. Tom's
to decide who will claim the third spot at the half way mark next Sunday.
By Rory O'Donnell