Tipperary sent Galway packing from the Senior Hurling Championship after securing their first Championship win in two years after a 3-25 to 4-13 victory in Semple Stadium.
Galway led early in the second half by six points, but Eamon O’Shea’s side outscored the Tribesmen 2-10 to a point in the last 23 minutes to book a place in the next round.
Although Tipperary drew first blood through a Seamus Callanan point , Iarla Tannian’s high ball five minutes in saw Jonathan Glynn gather and his pass found Jason Glynn who fired into the net. Callanan responded with a free before Joe Canning got off the mark; 0-2 to 1-1 after six minutes.
Patrick Maher traded points with Canning before Callanan got his first of three goals, turning brilliantly to leave Fergal Moore for dead and firing past Colm Callanan; 1-3 to 1-2 after 12 minutes.
It was tit for tat as Tipp and Galway traded scores. First Tipp’s Noel McGrath and Galway’s Conor Cooney (free) traded points. McGrath and Cathal Mannion followed, before the stars of the show, Callanan (free) and Canning (sideline cut) added kept the game close. John O’Dwyer’s point was followed by points from Cooney (free) and Canning to tie the game 1-7 apiece after 25 minutes.
That’s how the first half continued as neither side seized control. O’Dwyer’s second was cancelled out by another Cooney free. James Woodlock put Tipp one ahead, but David Burke scored Galway’s second goal. Tannian again pumped a high ball in and Burke flicked the ball past Gleeson to lead 2-8 to 1-9. The half ended with O’Dwyer and Padraig Brehony trading points but two Callanan points kept the game level at half-time; 1-12 to 2-9.
Ronan Maher who was making his Championship debut at midfield was replaced by Kieran Bergin at half-time whie Joseph Cooney replaced Brehony for Galway. Conor Cooney started the scoring with a free and after good play from Lar Corbett, O’Dwyer levelled the game. Glynn then got in on the goal scoring action, leaping to gather ahead of Padraic Maher before firing past Gleeson; Galway led 3-10 to 1-13.
Points from Callanan and Noel McGrath looked to bring Tipperary back into the game but Galway responded with Glynn’s second goal, again beating Maher in the air before firing home; 4-11 to 1-15 45 minutes in. Davy Glennon put six between them but with just over 20 minutes remaining, Galway went into themselves.
Tipp started their comeback with their first point in 10 minutes, with O’Dwyer’s fifth point. Callanan narrowed the margin then when, after his initial shot was blocked by Colm Callanan, he rifled the rebound home. Galway’s two-point lead was cut out with a Callanan free and McGrath’s long distance effort; 2-18 to 4-12.
Lar Corbett was on the verge of being substituted by Eamon O’Shea as the game entered the final 10 minutes but two points in the space of four minutes justified the star forward’s inclusion. His two points either side of a Joe Canning point saw them edge ahead, 2-20 to 4-13. Callanan added a free and a Noel McGrath point from deep inside his own half saw them three in front.
Kieran Bergin pushed them into a four-point lead and out of reach as the game entered the final few minutes. Seamus Callanan added his third goal after he intercepted a sloppy Galway pass before racing clear and firing past Colm Callanan. Tipp added two further scores at the death through O’Dwyer and Shane McGrath.
Tipperary come into the game on the back of a Munster semi-final defeat to Limerick. Winning by three Eamon O’Shea’s side looked set for victory before a late Limerick 1-2 dashed hopes of a Tipp win. They were impressive for much of the defeat but were made pay the price for too many needless frees.
Galway failed to match their heroics in the drawn semi-final against Kilkenny as they were blown away by the class of Kilkenny. An early goal gave hope that the tribesmen started where they had left off after coming from 10 points down the previous week but they couldn’t live with the intensity of the cats. It wasn’t too dissimilar to the way they were outclassed by Kilkenny in the 2012 All-Ireland replay.
Lar Corbett v Joe Canning
After missing the league and playing 15 minutes against Limerick, the biggest question for Tipp is how much does Lar Corbett have left in the tank. The Thurles Sarsfield clubman recorded a point in his first taste of the Championship hurling and will be keen to show he is far from a spent force as he looks to guide Tipperary through the backdoor.
Joe Canning didn’t live up to his own heroics in Galway’s lacklustre performance against Kilkenny. He never got into the game and the absence of a high scoring tally from him saw Galway falter. It is almost a cliché at this stage to saw if Canning fails to shine, Galway won’t challenge but as each game passes the scoring prowess of Canning fails to be matched by team mates around him. If he’s in the game Galway will have a shout and how good a game he has will determine how close Galway are at the end.
Tipperary recall veteran star forward Lar Corbett in one of three changes while there is an new midfield partnership. Ronan Maher, brother of full back Pádraic Maher, is set to make his Championship debut alongside the fit again James Woodlock. Galway had no injury concerns following the Leinster semi-final defeat but Cunningham will need to freshen things up after a disappointing display in the replay.
Tipperary team: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill; James Barry, Conor O’Mahony, Brendan Maher; Ronan Maher, James Woodlock; Gearoid Ryan, Patrick Maher, John O’Dwyer; Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, Lar Corbett.
Galway team: Colm Callanan; Fergal Moore, Ronan Burke, David Collins; Johnny Coen, Daithi Burke, Iarlaith Tannian; Andy Smith, Padraig Brehony; David Burke, Joe Canning, Conor Cooney; Cathal Mannion, Johnathan Glynn, Jason Flynn.
Galway looked like All-Ireland contenders for 10 minutes in this year’s Championship. The intensity shown in reeling Kilkenny’s 10 point advantage in unfortunately wasn’t matched in their victory over Laois before it or their defeat to the Cats in the replay. The reliance on Canning will see them bow out as Tipperary with home advantage will edge it. It might be last chance saloon for Corbett and a player of his class can’t go out in a qualifier defeat. Galway by four.