Galway and Tipperary met in a preview of next Sunday’s quarter final. There was little at stake in the game except to perhaps get a feel for the opposition ahead of next Sunday’s big game. There were some spectacular moments and well taken scores, but it was fairly tame stuff in advance of the more intense action to come a week from now.
|Tom Devine gets his shot off.|
At the break it was Tipp a point to the good, seven points to six. Greg Lally at center back put some impressive scores over the bar for Galway. Paul Holden, Rory Hickey, and James Regan followed suit. For Tipperary Rory Sludds, Mark Kavanagh and Jack Kelleher pointed as the game trotted along at three quarter pace.
The punters were treated to some spectacular moments however. One was in the form of a fabulous Clinton Hennessy save from Ger Malone who shot inside the 21. Odhran Floyd accounted for a couple of well taken points to put Galway into a one point lead, and Lally’s display of shooting was something to behold. A Tom Devine goal for Tipperary, with a cheeky finish, was cancelled out by a James Skehill 21 yard free that skipped off the turf and into the net. Paul Holden frees put Galway into the lead late in the half as the tribesmen took the points and officially second place in the standings.
|Galway finished second in the standings and will meet Tipp|
next week in the semi-final.
The teams meet at 3:45 next Sunday to decide who will advance to meet Fr. Tom’s in the final.
Galway: J. Skehill, P. Dowling, C. Murphy, D. Sweetland, G. Lally, JJ Doyle, O. Floyd, J. Regan, P. Wolden, R. Hickey, G. Malone, B. McNamara, M. Lennon. Tipp: C. Hennessy, L. Varley, S. mcGarr, J. Kindregan, P. Flaherty, S. Nally, C. Dempsey, R. Sludds, K. O’Brien, P. Moriarty, M. Kavanagh, J. Kelleher, T. Devine.
By Rory O'Donnell