By Daragh Small
TIPPERARY HAVE DASHED Galway’s treble dreams after Ger Browne’s late goal secured an All-Ireland U-21 semi-final victory at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.
Liam Cahill’s side were hammered 2-23 to 1-13 in the Munster final by Cork last time out but in a feisty encounter where three players were sent-off, goals from Browne, Mark Kehoe and Jake Morris helped Tipperary to victory.
Tipperary have not even featured in an All-Ireland final at this level since they dished out a 25-point beating to Galway in 2010. And they will renew rivalries with Cork in the decider.
Tipperary held a 2-13 to 0-9 lead at half-time after goals from Mark Kehoe and Jake Morris, while Galway senior star Brian Concannon was sent off just before the interval.
But Kehoe was sent off just afterwards. Galway came with a great comeback and Jack Grealish’s long ball when straight to the net but Browne’s goal ended it.
This game was re-scheduled from last Saturday after the Galway seniors had to replay their All-Ireland semi-final against Clare. And then throw-in was put back a further 15 minutes when the Galway team bus was delayed.
And Tipperary made the fast start with a couple of points from Jake Morris, his first arrived in the second minute. And they held a 0-4 to 0-1 lead by the ninth minute.
Tipperary’s Colin English and Sean Loftus of Galway.
Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO
Evan Niland scored Galway’s only point of the first nine minutes, but that was cancelled out by Cian Darcy and Robert Byrne. The Clarinbridge clubman hit back to double his tally but Darcy did likewise and Tipperary were 0-5 to 0-2 in front by the tenth minute.
Galway were too reliant on Niland’s free-taking and he drew them back within two at the end of the first quarter, before Morris and Ger Browne pushed Tipperary further clear.
Sean Loftus scored an inspirational effort for Galway but it was all Tipperary and they pulled clear with Browne on target for the second time. Morris scored his fourth and Kehoe grabbed his first for a 0-10 to 0-7 lead.
The first goal arrived in the 26th minute when Kehoe latched onto a pass from Browne and drove his effort low to Éanna Murphy’s bottom left corner.
Morris closed out the half with the last two points for Tipperary, but Concannon was sent-off for an off-the-ball incident in the 33rd minute and Galway were on the back foot heading into half-time.
Morris made that worse when he squeezed a shot into the Galway goal and Tipperary were 2-13 to 0-9 ahead at the break.
The teams traded scored after half-time but Tipperary still held all of the momentum, until Kehoe got red for a clash with Galway goalkeeper Murphy in the 40th minute.
Galway drove on after that and after Dillon Quirke scored to put Tipperary 2-16 to 0-11 up in the 43rd minute, Galway hit an unanswered 1-4.
Galway’s Jack Canning congratulates Cian Darcy of Tipperary after the game.
Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO
It was a stunning comeback and when Grealish drove in a high ball it was deflected to his own net by Brian McGrath in the 49th minute.
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Galway almost got right back into the game and only trailed by three deep into the seven minutes of added-time, but Browne’s late goal sealed it for Tipperary.
Scorers for Tipperary: Jake Morris 1-9 (0-6f), Ger Browne 1-2, Mark Kehoe 1-1, Cian Darcy 0-2, Robert Byrne 0-1, Colin English 0-1, Dillon Quirke 0-1.
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Scorers for Galway: Evan Niland 0-6 (0-6f), Jack Grealish 1-0, Tom Monaghan 0-3, Brian Concannon 0-2, Sean Loftus 0-2, Seán Bleahene 0-1, Andrew Greaney 0-1, Cian Salmon 0-1, Jack Coyne 0-1.
16. Barry Hogan (Kiladangan)
19. Eoghan Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs)
3. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
4. Killian O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
2. Podge Campion (Drom-Inch)
20. Robert Byrne (Portroe)
7. Dillon Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore)
8. Ger Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)
21. Stephen Nolan (Drom-Inch)
9. Colin English (Fr Sheehy’s)
10. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
11. Paudie Feehan (Killenaule)
14. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg)
12. Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
18. Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs).
17. Conor Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields) for Nolan (47)
6. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens) for Connolly (49)
13. David Gleeson (Ballinahinch) for Darcy (54)
24. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh) for English (60).
1. Eanna Murphy (Tommie Larkins)
2. Shane Bannon (Clarinbridge)
3. Jack Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly)
4. Ian O’Shea (Athenry)
5. Fintan Burke (captain) (St Thomas)
6. Andrew Greaney (Craughwell)
7. Jack Grealish (Gort)
8. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)
9. Thomas Monaghan (Craughwell)
10. Cianan Fahy (Ardrahan)
11. Patrick Foley (Clarinbridge)
12. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)
13. Kevin Cooney (Sarsfields)
14. Seán Bleahene (Ahascragh/Fohenagh)
15. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge)
20. Cian Salmon (Clarinbridge) for Foley (half-time)
22. Darren Morrissey (Sarsfields) for O’Shea (half-time)
23. Jack Coyne (Castlegar) for Cooney (39)
16. Darragh Gilligan (Craughwell) for Murphy (42)
18. Jack Canning (Portumna) for Bleahene (45).
Referee: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny).
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