Down 1-13 Tipperary 0-11

Updated: Saturday, 28 Jul 2012 18:51

Down always had the upper hand to seal an All-Ireland quarter-final berth
Down always had the upper hand to seal an All-Ireland quarter-final berth

Down are through to next weekend’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals after defeating Tipperary 1-13 0-11 in this afternoon’s round 4 qualifier at Cusack Park, Mullingar.

The Mourne men smashed the six-day turnaround hoodoo by seeing off the Premier County by five points at the midlands venue.

No team since Dublin in 2001 had managed to win a qualifier just six days after losing a provincial decider but Down rewrote the record books.

And they had key players to thank for a spot in the last eight as Dan Gordon, Ambrose Rodgers, Mark Poland and Benny Coulter all excelled.

Gordon was a rock at full-back, while man of the match Rodgers and Poland scored four points each.

Coulter top-scored for James McCartan’s side with a haul of 1-2, including a crucial goal in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time.

Down were leading by 0-6 to 0-4 approaching the break but Tipp would have the wind advantage in the second half.

But Coulter’s goal changed the complexion of the game and gave Down a real buffer.

In the second half, the 2010 All-Ireland finalists were seven points clear before Tipp responded with a run of four successive points – including three from Alan Maloney.

But Down hit back with late points from Poland and midfield colossus Rodgers to advance.

3620 spectators were present at Cusack Park to watch this encounter.

Down opened with real intent and were 0-5 to 0-0 clear by the 23rd minute.

Tipp missed an early goal chance when Alan Maloney shot straight at Brendan McVeigh and registered their first score in the 24th minute, when Michael Quinlivan popped over a free.

Tipp built from there but Coulter’s goal, tapped home from close range, was a real killer blow for the underdogs.

But Tipp can look back on the 2012 season with a huge degree of pride.

They won three championship matches in a season for the first time since 1998 and went toe-to-toe with Division 1 opposition today.

DOWN: B McVeigh; N McParland, D Gordon (0-1), D O’Hagan; A Carr, C Garvey, B McArdle (0-1); A Rogers (0-4, 1f), K King; C Maginn, M Poland (0-4, 1f), K Duffin (0-1f); E McCartan, B Coulter (1-2), C Laverty.

Subs: K McKernan for Carr (48), L Doyle for McParland (52), D O’Hare for McCartan (55), A Brannigan for Duffin (60)

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; A Campbell, R Kiely, B Fox (0-1); G Hannigan, H Coghlan; R Ryan, P Austin (0-2), D Leahy; A Maloney (0-3, 2f), P Acheson (0-1), M Quinlivan (0-3, 2f).

Subs: B O’Brien for Ryan (h.t.), B Mulvihill (0-1) for Austin (54), R Costigan for Hannigan (55), M Dunne for Coghlan (61), J O’Callaghan for Kiely (62).

Referee: C Reilly (Meath)