Allianz Football League Division 3 – Sligo 0-18 Tipperary 3-9

Sligo drew with Tipperary on a scoreline of 0-18 to 3-9 in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday April 3rd at Markievicz Park Sligo.

Moloney kick-starts Tipp revival

Sligo 0-18 Tipperary 3-9

Report from the Irish Independent web site

Conor Sweeney bagged the equalising point in stoppage-time for the visitors but it was industrious midfielder Alan Moloney’s close-range goal in the last minute – Tipp’s third goal of the afternoon – that sparked the visitors’ unlikely comeback. Sligo were four points clear by the 69th minute at 0-18 to 2-8.

Teenager Kyle Cawley appeared to put the icing on Sligo’s cake with two sharply-taken points in the last five minutes. But Sligo, who leaked two goals in the first half, were unable to keep Tipperary at bay.

Two Tipperary goals against the run of play, in a five-minute first-half spell, erased Sligo’s initially bright start. Michael Quinlivan’s fisted effort after 15 minutes, Peter Acheson’s flawless penalty conversion five minutes later and a fine point from raiding defender Kevin Fahey, put Tipperary four points up, 2-2 to 0-4, by the 23rd minute.

Then came Sligo’s best spell, as they went 0-10 to 2-2 ahead and were also grateful for goalkeeper Aidan Devaney’s point-blank stop to deny Quinlivan a second goal. But Tipperary stayed within reach with Jason Lonergan’s point before the break making it 0-10 to 2-3 at half-time.

Sligo: N Murphy 0-7 (4f); A Marren 0-4; K Cawley 0-3; M Breheny (1f), N Gaughan, B Egan, N Ewing 0-1 each
Tipperary: A Moloney 1-3; P Acheson 1-1 (1-0 pen); M Quinlivan 1-0; C Sweeney 0-2; K Fahey, J Lonergan, E Comerford (1 ’45’) 0-1 each.

SLIGO – A Devaney 6; D Maye 6, K McDonnell 7, C Harrison 6; K Cawley 6, E McHugh 5, G O’Kelly-Lynch 6; N Murphy 8, A McIntyre 7; N Ewing 9, C Breheny 5, C Davey 5; K Cawley 7, A Marren 6, B Egan 6. Subs: N Gaughan 5 for Davey (41), M Breheny 5 for Breheny (46), L Henry 5 for D Maye (55).

TIPPERARY – E Comerford 6; K Fahey 6, A Campbell 5, C McDonald 6; J Feehan 5, P Acheson 6, S Leahy 5; A Moloney 8, M Dunne 5; J Keane 5, B Hewitt 6, J Lonergan 5; C Sweeney 6, M Quinlivan 6, P Austin 5. Subs: G Hannigan 6 for Quinlivan (41), B Fox 5 for Lonergan (45), D Leahy 5 for Hewitt (56), K O’Halloran 5 for Dunne (65).

Ref – N McKenna (Monaghan)

Team News

In a tough away encounter against Sligo in Markievicz Park, in round 7 of the Allianz Football League on Sunday next, Tipperary manager Liam Kearns has named his side looking to secure their Roinn 3 league status. Forced to make one change, Kevin Fahey moves back to the corner while Shane Leahy is named at right half back.

The Tipperary football line-out is as follows –

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Shane Leahy – Arravale Rovers
8. Alan Moloney – Rockwell Rovers
9. Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Peter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers
12. Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Philip Austin – Borrisokane
16. Ciarán Kendrick – Moyle Rovers
17. Billy Hewitt – Ardfinnan
18. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
19. Liam Casey – Cahir
20. Donagh Leahy – Arravale Rovers
21. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
22. Donal Lynch – Clonmel Commercials
23. John O’Callaghan – Ballyporeen
24. Mark Hanley – Aherlow
25. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
26. Stephen Quirke – Moyle Rovers

Experienced Sligo forwards Mark Breheny and Adrian Marren return to Niall Carew’s starting XV for Sunday’s game with Tipperary at Markievicz Park.

Sligo: A Devaney; D Maye, K McDonnell, C Harrison; K Cawley, A McIntyre, G O’Kelly; N Murphy, C Breheny; N Ewing, M Breheny, C Davey; A Marren, P Hughes, B Egan.