In what was ramped up to be a highly intensive match, Tipperary and Galway once again met in the Senior Hurling Championship. Tipperary came into this matchup in need of a victory to have a chance to make it to the Senior Hurling final. The teams were tied with a win each in their previous encounters over the season.
The match started out with a lot of back and forth early on in the game. It was Galway who would begin to build a lead though as points from Walsh and Burke would give Galway the lead. The game would slow down for a bit after this period as both teams were feeling each other out and sending the ball between the defensive lines. It would be James Sweeney who would even the game up for Tipperary with a great goal, and it was soon followed up by another goal from Conor Martin who got his side their first lead of the game. Both sides would go on after this point to have a number of wides, however, Galway would be that bit more accurate during this period and would score a number of points to leave the game level at half time with a score line of 2-7 to 0-13.
Tipperary’s Donal Burke would start the scoring for the second half with a point. However, Galway would reply quickly as John Moylan would score a goal off the rebound off Niall Walsh’s initial shot, which was saved by the Tipperary keeper. Tipperary would stay alive though, as Paddy Fitzgerald was pulled down in the square, and a penalty was awarded, which Donal Burke would take and score. Both teams would go back and foirth with points, and Tipperary would have a number of chances saved by the Galway Defence, one where the Galway keeper was caught off the line, and Aidan O’Sullivan would save the day with a great body stop, and another save from keeper John Coleman to keep them in the Game. Galway would go on to score a number of frees to give them the lead in which got them the victory with a scoreline of 1-23 to 3-15.
With this victory, Galway sealed their spot and Father Tom’s spot in the finals, and the teams meet each other next week for the final league game of the championship in a preview of the finals. Tipperary will be distraught with the loss, but will surely be back next year and be a force to be reckoned with as always
Galway : John Coleman, Aiden O’Sullivan, Mark Bermingham, Criobheann Bergin, Brian Kennedy, Ronan Burke, Danny Burke, Darragh Lawlor, Andrew Casey, Adam Kenny, Lorcan McGloughlan, John Moylan, Niall Walsh
Tipperary : Daragh Perry, Sean McGarr, John Hamilton, Darren O’Donovan, Cronan Dempsey, Kyle FIrman, Colin Currey, Greg Hilimi, Paddy Fitzgearld, Darragh Mooney, Donal Burke, James Sweeney, Conor Martin
Written By: Evan McDonagh