Tipperary claim Under-21 hurling crown

Updated: Saturday, 11 Sep 2010 20:47

James Barry celebrates an early Tipperary goal as the Premier County crushed Galway at Semple Stadium
James Barry celebrates an early Tipperary goal as the Premier County crushed Galway at Semple Stadium

Tipperary added the All-Ireland Under-21 title to their Liam McCarthy Cup triumph by routing Galway 5-22 to 0-12 at Semple Stadium.

A rampant Tipp side delighted their supporters with a scintillating display of attacking hurling, and while their 25-points winning margin may have been slightly flattering, there was never any chance that Galway would trouble a team stacked with senior stars.

Goals from Brian O’Meara, John O’Dwyer, Sean Carey, Patrick Maher and Noel McGrath drove home the advantage for an exciting young side that promises to keep the Premier County at the forefront for some years to come.

Just as they had finished the Senior final six days earlier, Tipp started this game with a goal rush.

Barely a minute had elapsed when Brian O’Meara banged in the first, and two minutes later, it was John O’Dwyer who added a second.

Seamus Hennesy blasted in the long delivery which was helped into O’Dwyer’s path by Brendan Maher, and the corner forward finished with precision.

Barry Daly got the Tribesmen off the mark in the sixth minute, but it was the Premier men who continued to press, and defenders Paul Gordon and Sylvie Og Linnane had to be alert to clear the danger on a number of occasions.

Points from Sean Carey, Michael Heffernan and O’Dwyer opened out a 2-04 to 0-02 lead by the 13th minute, and two minuets later they struck for a third goal.

Patrick Maher slipped the ball inside for Carey to drill a low shot to the bottom corner of the net.

O’Dwyer’s sweetly struck point opened up a huge 12 points gap, before full forward Gary Burke became the first Galway attacker to score.

But they enjoyed a productive spell, with midfielder Johnny Coen hitting his second point, and James Regan and Gerard Kelly also finding the target.

Galway substitute Anthony Cunningham almost made an immediate impact, but his first-time effort was superbly saved by James Logue.

Padraic Maher and Brendan Maher helped steady the ship at the back, but the Tribesmen finished the half strongly, with David Burke powering over a couple of long range frees to narrow the gap to seven.

Tipp led by 3-07 to 0-09 at the break, and stretched the lead with eye-catching scores from Noel McGrath and O’Meara.
But they needed another excellent save from Logue to deny Gerard Kelly, who fired in an angled shot on a breakaway raid.

Kelly was also denied by the crossbar, but there were no such problems for a rampant Tipp attack, who used those let-off as a springboard for another deadly surge.

Patrick Maher sliced his way through the Galway defence to fire home his side’s fourth goal.

With 15 minutes still to play, and 14 points behind, Galway were already desperately needing a goal, but they could find no way past the inspired Logue, who produced another wonderful save, this time to deny substitute Brendan Burke.

And they were caught out once again at the back, when Noel McGrath’s long range free deceived goalkeeper Finnegan and went all the way to the net.

Galway finished with 14-men after centre forward Niall Quinn received a straight red card seven minutes from the end.

And it was shooting practice for Ken Hogan’s side in the closing stages, with 11 different players getting their names on the scoresheet.

Tipperary: J Logue, K O'Gorman, Padraic Maher, M Cahill, J Barry (0-02, 1f), B Maher, C Hough, S Hennessy (0-02, 1f), N McGrath (1-03, 1-00f), S Carey (1-03), Patrick Maher (1-0), B O'Meara (1-03, 0-01f), M Heffernan (0-02), P Murphy (0-02), J O'Dwyer (1-03).

Subs: C Coughlan for O’Gorman, J O’Neill (0-01) for O’Dwyer, A Ryan for Murphy, J Gallagher for McGrath, K Morris 0-01, f) for Heffernan

Galway: C Finnegan, D Connolly, P Gordon, G O’Halloran, S Og Linnane, D Burke (0-02, 2f), N Donoghue, J Coen (0-02), B Daly (0-01), J Regan (0-01), N Quinn (0-01), E Forde, R Cummins, G Burke (0-01), G Kelly (0-01).

Subs: A Cunningham (0-01) for Forde, B Burke (0-01) for G Burke, J Grealish (0-01) for Donoghue, D Glennon for Cummins

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)