Galway 0-5 Tipperary 2-14
Tipperary sent a message to the other hurling clubs on Sunday afternoon by advancing to the Sheehan Cup Final with a convincing win over Galway. Tipp held the trump cards, and looked sharp and fit. The forward line did not need any breaking in time and from the beginning the scores flew over the bar. Galway made a better game of it in the second half, however, the outcome was never going to be in doubt.
|Galway faced an excellent Tipperary side on Sunday.|
Tipperary had the game in the bag by the time the half time whistle sounded. Both wing forwards pointed early on, Colm Galvin and Rory Sludds got Tipp off the mark. After Tipp went three points ahead, a goal came in unusual fashion. Galway keeper Ray Grealish swung to take the puckout, however, unaware that the hurley was cracked underneath the tape grip, the end flew off and the ball fell to a grateful Oisin Hickey who put the ball away. Tipp were in the ascendancy and continued to pick off the points from various angles and distance before Galvin netted a second from close range. At the break Tipp were 2-11 with Galway yet to score.
|Colm Galvin has a go for Tipp.|
Galway opened the second half brightly with a couple of points from Darren Donoghue and Darragh Murray, although at this stage the horse had bolted the barn. The objective at that stage was for a better showing in the second period while Tipp coasted, satisfied to maintain the distance between the sides. Tipperary looking like they will take some beating even at this early stage in the season and will meet Fr. Tom Burke’s in next week’s final after Tom’s handily beat Wexford Friday night.
Galway: R. Grealish, M. Lennon, J. Kinsella, W. Welch, P. Durcan, D. Swetland, D. Murray, C. Stack, C. Finn, L. Allen, D. Donoghue, M. Kelleher, E. Daniles. Tipp: S. Delaney, D. Moloney, S. McGarr, J. Healy, J. Rigney, Marty, P. Moriarty, C. Dempsey, C. Galvin, A. McRedmond, R. Sludds, K. Lee, O. Hickey.
By Rory O'Donnell