|The Victorious Tipperary Senior Hurlers|
The first half was evenly contested with a goal for either side. Robert Bresnehan netted for
Galway shortly after the throw-in, but Tipp soon were
back on level terms with points from Kieran Morris, Dennis Maher and Morris
again. Kevin Kelly netted for Tipperary about 10 minutes into the game but such was the
to and fro nature of the game that Galway came
right back with a fine point from Sean Curran.
The Tipperary corner backs were having an
excellent 30 minutes, Robert O'Donnell and David Buckley were out first to
several balls into the danger zone, but for a time the clearances fell on
barren ground with the Tipp forwards not getting much out of the Galway back line. Galway put a string of points together from Richie Reid
(who could have had a goal), Reid again, and two great scores from Stephen
Brown as Tipp turned the ball over in the middle of the field. Then it was Tipp's turn to tip the scales in
their favour. O'Donnell burst out from defence after winning a ball and drove it over the bar, and Morris pointed three times
(2 frees) to put Tipp one to the good.
Before the break the sides traded points and it was all to play for
heading into the second half, 1-9 to 1-10 in Tipp's favour.
The key score came mid way through the second half when
Tipperary extended their
lead to 5 points after a John Roche goal.
Paul Connors had saved well from Denis Maher's initial shot, but Roche
was waiting for the rebound and put the ball away. Tipp were leading by 2 points at the time as
things clicked in the scoring end of the field for them in the second period. Morris kept the scoreboard ticking over from
the frees, and Neil Foyle scored a lovely point after Maher found him with the
lightest of measured passes. Galway kept in it thanks to a goal from Robert Bresnehan
who got the final touch on a high ball that broke in the box, but Galway's
effort appeared to be waning. The sides
exchanged points, then came the Roche goal.
Tipp added 3 points to one for Galway
to open the gap to 6 points with 2 minutes left. Galway gave
themselves hope after Bresnehan netted from inside the 14, but time was the
enemy of the tribesmen. With the final
whistle it was jubilant celebrations for Tipperary
and disappointment for Galway for the second
year in a row.
Referee: Pat Casey (
Man of the Match: Denis Maher (
Tipp: J. Logue, D. Buckley, R. O'Donnell (0-1), J. Prendergast, A. McRedmond, S. McGarr, C. Dempsey, S. Moriarty, K. Kelly (1-2), D. Maher (0-1), K. Morris (0-13, 7F), J. Roche (1-1), N. Foyle (0-2).
Galway: P. Connors, J. Fennelly, C. Murphy, R. Bergin
(0-1), P. Gahan, JJ Doyle, R. Reid (0-6), S. Curran (0-1), P. Lupton (0-1), P.
Ivors, S. Brown (0-4), J. Moylan, R. Bresnehan (3-0).
By Rory O'Donnell