Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Galway 2-19 Tipperary 1-22

Galway and Tipperary played out a draw in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 13th at Pearse Stadium Galway.

D1A: Galway and Tipperary finish level after thriller


By Declan Rooney at Pearse Stadium for

Both teams will need a win next week to avoid a relegation play-off after a brilliant finish at Pearse Stadium saw the sides finish all square on Sunday afternoon. Joe Canning and Iarla Tannian goals looked to have given Galway a second win of the campaign, but after Canning landed a late sideline cut, John O’Dwyer levelled the game with the final puck.

Niall O’Meara goaled early on for Tipp but once Galway settled late in the second-half they improved in the second-half and should have closed out the win. It was a very sluggish start from Galway as their inability to retain possession looked to have cost them dearly after seven minutes the home side trailed by 1-3 to 0-1 as Tipperary made he most of their host’s generosity.

Audio Interview with Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager Michael Ryan

Barry Heffernan got Tipperary off the mark with a point from the right wing in the first minute, and two minutes later Noel McGrath scooped the ball into the path of Niall O’Meara who beat James Skehill with ease.

Galway began to gain a footing in after ten minutes though, but they continued to struggle to win their own puckouts as Heffernan, Ronan Maher and Padraic Maher were well on top at half-back for Tipperary. Only a loose ball from Jason Flynn denied Galway a goal when Conor Whelan was driven wide to collect his teammate’s pass after ten minutes, but Flynn and Canning hit good points from play moments later to put two points between the sides.

The late withdrawal of John Hanbury forced David Burke out of midfield in the reshuffle that followed and Galway struggled to come to terms with Brendan Maher and Michael Breen in that area as a result. Both Tipp midfielders hit two points each from play before the break as five points without reply between the 15th and 28th minutes gave Tipperary a seven-point lead.

But Galway finished the half very well, and with Fergal Moore driving standards at the back they were soon back in contention. A couple of Canning frees cut the gap to five points and deep into injury-time Aidan Harte found Canning with a brilliant diagonal pass and the Portumna man shook off a couple of tackles and hit the net with a powerful shot.

That goal meant Tipperary led by 1-10 to 1-9 at half-time, but after Canning drew them level from a free, Galway took the lead for the first time when Tannian’s mishit shot found the bottom corner of the net after 42 minutes. The sides exchanged scores as Davy Glennon and Canning pointed from play for Galway and Cathal Barrett and John O’Dwyer did likewise for Tipperary.

O’Dwyer was twice denied by Skehill saves in the space of a minute – the first chance came from a loose Galway puckout – and the other end points from Flynn and Niall Burke gave Galway a two-point cushion. Tipp had a golden chance to take the lead ten minutes from time but Breen’s handling let him down as the goal gaped, and after Canning’s sideline, Tipp forced a draw when O’Dwyer scored from the right.


Scorers for Galway: J Canning 1-11 (8f, 1 sl), N Burke 0-4, J Flynn 0-3, I Tannian 1-0, D Glennon 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath 0-6 (4f), N O’Meara 1-0, M Breen 0-3, N McGrath 0-3, B Maher 0-2, A Ryan 0-2, J O’Dwyer 0-2, C Barrett 0-1, B Heffernan 0-1, D Quinn 0-1, Padraic Maher 0-1.

GALWAY: J Skehill; F Moore, Daithi Burke, P Hoban; G McInerney, David Burke, A Harte; C Mannion, I Tannian; A Smith, N Burke, D Glennon; J Flynn, J Canning, C Whelan
Subs: R Cummins for Tannian (55 mins), E Burke for Whelan (61), P Brehony for Smith (63),

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, T Hamill, M Cahill; B Heffernan, R Maher, Padraic Maher; B Maher, M Breen; N McGrath, K Bergin, D McCormack; J McGrath, A Ryan, N O’Meara
Subs: C O’Brien for Cahill (24 mins), C Kenny for Bergin (h-t), J O’Dwyer for McCormack (h-t), D Quinn for Kenny (58), G Ryan for A Ryan (65), J Barry for O’Meara (71).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A round 4 in Pearse Stadium, Galway at 2pm next Sunday, March 13th, has been announced by Tipperary manager Michael Ryan and shows three changes to the side that lined out the last week.
Kieran Bergin and Adrian Ryan get their first start in this season’s league, Kieran lines out at centre forward having returned to action as a substitute last week while Adrian lines out at right corner forward. The other change sees Niall O’Meara getting the nod at top of the left.

In relation to players coming back from injury, their progression is being closely monitored and they will be afforded every opportunity to prove their fitness right up to throw in should they be called upon for duty in the course of the fixture.

The full line out is as follows;
1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
6. Ronan Maher -Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
11. Kieran Bergin – Killenaule
12. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
13. Adrian Ryan – Templederry Kenyons
14. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
15. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs
16. Brian Hogan – Lorrha Dorrha
17. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
18. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
19. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
20. Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
21. Kieran Morris – Moycarkey-Borris
22. Conor O’Brien – Éire Óg Annacarty
23. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
24. Daire Quinn – Nenagh Éire Óg
25. Gearóid Ryan – Templederry Kenyons
26. Willie Ryan – Clonakenny