All Ireland champions, Tipperary,proved too strong for National League winners, Dublin, in a senior hurling challenge played in Athy on Sunday evening.
The Munster men held off a late Dubs fightback,to emerge victorious on a 3-20 to 0-26 scoreline. Seamus Callanan and Noel McGrath proved a real thorn in the Dublin side , and scored nine points between them. Callanan, Shane Bourke and Pat Kerwick fired the goals that eventually made the difference.
Anthony Daly made a number of changes to his team in the second half and Dublin were much more stronger. The Blues look like they are capable of holding their own at the top level on this evidence.
Scorers – Tipperary: S Callanan 1-4, N McGrath 0-6 (2 ’65′s, 1f), S Bourke 1-1, B Dunne, J O’Brien 0-3 each, P Kerwick 1-0, C O’Mahony 0-2 (2f), J Woodlock 0-1 Dublin: P Ryan 0-10 (8f), S Durkin 0-4, C McCormack, M O’Brien, D O’Callaghan 0-2 each, P Kelly, C Keaney, D Treacy, C McBride, R O’Dwyer, D Plunkett 0-1 each
Tipperary – D Gleeson; J Coughlan, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, C O’Mahony, S Lillis; S McGrath, J Woodlock; N McGrath, S Callanan, B Dunne; S Bourke, J O’Brien, L Corbett. Subs: P Maher for Coughlan (56), P Kerwick for Callanan (56)
Dublin – G Maguire; P Kelly, N Corcoran, R Walsh; J McCaffrey, R O’Dwyer, S Durkin; M O’Brien, A McCrabbe; D O’Dwyer, C McCormack, C Keaney; D O’Callaghan, D Treacy, P Ryan. Subs: A Nolan for Maguire (h-t), P Schutte for Walsh (h-t), M Quilty for McCrabbe (h-t), S Ryan for D O’Dwyer (45), D Quirke for O’Brien (47), P Carton for Treacy (48), C McBride for O’Callaghan (60), J Sheanon for McCaffrey (60), D Plunkett for McCormack (65).