Tipperary staged a remarkable comeback last night in Semple Stadium to come from 11 points down against Kerry to win and book their place in the Munster Minor Football Championship. Liam McGrath got the winning score in an enthralling game to give Tipp the spoils by 2-12 to 3-8.
For much of the encounter it was Kerry that looked more likely to advance to the final. Three goals in sixteen minutes looked to have set the Kingdom well on their way as Tipp goalkeeper Gearóid Slattery had a nervy opening half for Tipp.
Trailing 0-2 to 3-4 at that stage of the contest Tipp faced an impossible comeback. Kerry were playing with the breeze and ruthlessly took any half chance that came their way. Pádraig Boyle, Ciarán Keating and Jamie Moriarty in particular stood out for the Kingdom in the first half.
In the second half Tipp were reborn. Seven minutes into the second half they scored their first goal of the game thanks to Michael Quinlivan set Tipp in motion. Another, stunning goal from sub Colman Kennedy brought the score to 2-10 to 3-7.
Tipp continued to press on and Kerry had no answer. It looked like the game was heading for extra time but ref James Bermingham added five additional minutes of injury time to be played. It would be enough for Tipp.
After some good play in midfield it was left to the nerveless Liam McGrath to slot over the winning point to give Tipp a first win over Kerry since 2002 and also a first Munster minor final since 2002. They will face Cork in the final which will take place on July 3.