Tipperary minor footballers continued their march towards the All Ireland final, with an impressive four point win over Meath in yesterday’s quarter final in Portlaoise. The Munster side were full value for their victory and proved that their provincial success was no fluke.
Bobby O’Brien and Philip Quirke swapped scores in the early minutes of a game where defences were on top. Bryan McMahon gave the Leinster side a one point lead after 17 minutes, and ten minutes later the teams were level again, after Michael Quinlivan pointed for the Premier County. The same player gave Tipperary the lead just before the interval, but Oliver Sheridan replied for Meath. A low scoring first half ended 0-3 apiece but Tipperary had the advantage of the strong breeze in the second period.
Bryan McMahon restored the Royal’s lead a minute after the restart but Philip Quirke responded for Tipperary. Ian Fahey gave Tipperary the advantage with a fine point after 38 minutes but again Meath hit back,and McMahon kicked a free to tie the contest. O’Riordan soon had the Munster men back in front and scores from Stephen O’Brien and John McGrath saw the Tipp boys open up a three point gap. Bryan McMahon and Anthony Forde hit back for Meath and suddenly it was a one point game again.
However, with the wind to their backs, Tipperary finished the stronger and Bill Maher and Quinlivan pointed to leave the Premier side three ahead with time almost up. Dylan Fitzelle kicked a stunning point three minutes into injury time to wrap up the win for Tipperary.