All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18

Tipperary defeated Galway by 2-19 to 2-18 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 14th at Croke Park.

All Ireland SHC S-F: Tipp edge thriller

Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for

Two goals in as many minutes late on from Tipperary sealed a remarkable All-Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final win at Croke Park, securing a glamour final date with old rivals Kilkenny next month.

The Munster champions trailed a determined Galway side by two points with nine minutes to go, but showed both character and class to get the job done with crucial goals from sub John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and John McGrath.

The 61st and 63rd minute strikes put Tipp three ahead and Michael Ryan’s side held on despite late Galway points from their top scorer Conor Cooney and substitute Shane Moloney.

Ironically, it was Moloney who tipped the balance Galway’s way with a late winning point in last year’s semi-final, but Tipp held out this time for revenge and a third final place in four years.

O’Dwyer’s introduction was vital as he also played in Noel McGrath for an important point and he will hope to have done enough for a starting place on September 4.

Seamus Callanan hit nine points for Tipp though all were from placed balls and he was well shackled by Daithi Burke having hit 3-9 in last year’s semi-final and 3-8 in the qualifiers against Galway the previous season.

It was tough on Galway, the beaten Leinster finalists, as they lost talisman Joe Canning and Adrian Tuohy to injuries at half-time. Galway at least led by two points at that stage after a strong first-half when they bounced back from the concession of five points in a row with a six-in-a-row of their own.

Canning scored four of those from placed balls while David Burke and Joseph Cooney got the other to put them 1-10 to 0-11 up at the break. The Galway goal was scored by Conor Cooney in the seventh minute when he was played in by Johnny Coen from the left and shot back across the ‘keeper.

The injuries were costly though and defender Tuohy left the fielding cradling his arm after picking up an injury while in the process of clearing a ball while Canning pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury. They were two huge blows for Galway though they battled on well and increased their lead to three points in the 43rd minute when Joseph Cooney punished slack Tipp defending with a brilliant second goal.

Brendan Maher tried to play a one-two with Seamus Kennedy, but Cooney nipped in to intercept and sped clear down the left before releasing a brilliant low shot across the ‘keeper to the net.

With Canning out of the action, Conor Cooney took over the free-taking duties and converted four of them in the second-half. Those strikes and points from Jason Flynn and Conor Whelan kept Galway in the ascendancy entering the final 10 minutes when they led 2-15 to 0-19.

But those two Tipp goals ultimately decided the contest. O’Dwyer got the first, capitalising on a great pass by John McGrath to beat Colm Callanan with a shot off the turf from a tight angle along the right endline.

Less than two minutes later McGrath struck himself, Callanan this time providing the pass from the left and a heavy shoulder from McGrath on the ‘keeper gave him the vital space and time to blast in what proved to be the winning score.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 0-9 (8fs, 165), J McGrath 1-1, J O’Dwyer 1-0, N McGrath 0-3, M Breen 0-3, B Maher 0-1, R Maher 0-1, Padraic Maher 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: C Cooney 1-6 (4fs), J Canning 0-5 (3fs, 165), J Cooney 1-1, J Flynn 0-2, C Whelan 0-2, David Burke 0-1, S Moloney 0-1.

Tipperary: D Gleeson; C Barrett, J Barry, M Cahill; S Kennedy, R Maher, Padraic Maher, B Maher, M Breen; D McCormack, Patrick Maher, N McGrath; J McGrath, S Callanan, N O’Meara
Subs: T Hamill for Padraic Maher (25-27 blood), J O’Dwyer for O’Meara (45), J Forde for N McGrath (57), S Curran for Breen (68), Hamill for Kennedy (72).

Galway: C Callanan; A Harte, Daithi Burke, J Hanbury; A Tuohy, P Mannion, G McInerney; David Burke, J Coen; C Mannion, J Cooney, J Canning; J Flynn, C Whelan, C Cooney
Subs: A Smith for Canning (25-27 blood), Smith for Tuohy (h/t), C Donnellan for Canning (h/t), S Moloney for Whelan (66), N Burke for C Mannion (66), D Collins for Harte (68).

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

Team News

It’s as you were for Michael Ryan’s side as there are no changes in the first 15 to face Galway from that which started in last month’s Munster Final victory. Therefore, the Tipperary team lining out in Croke Park at 3.30pm is as follows –

1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
11. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
13. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs

Galway have named an unchanged team from the side which defeated Clare in the Quarter-Final

1. Colm Callanan — Kinvara
2. Johnny Coen — Loughrea
3. John Hanbury — Rahoon-Newcastle
4. Padraic Mannion — Ahascragh-Fohenagh
5. Gearóid McInerney — Oranmore-Maree
6. Daithí Burke — Turloughmore
7. Aidan Harte — Gort
8. David Burke — St Thomas’
9. Adrian Tuohy — Beagh
10. Conor Cooney — St Thomas’
11. Joseph Cooney — Sarsfields
12.Joe Canning — Portumna
13. Conor Whelan — Kinvara
14. Cathal Mannion — Ahascragh-Fohenagh
15. Jason Flynn — Tommy Larkin’s

Ticket Information
Sunday 14th August 2016
GAA Hurling Semi Final
Minor: 1.30pm Galway v Tipperary
Senior: 3.30pm Galway v Tipperary

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  • Cusack Stand – €40
  • Hill 16 – €25

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    Tipperary Semi Final Package
    Championships 2016
    The Tipperary Semi-final package entitles you to attend both:
    GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Semi-Final 2016
    Tipperary v Galway
    Sunday, 14th August 2016
    Senior Throw in: 3:30pm


    GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Semi-Final 2016
    Sunday 21st August 2016
    Senior Throw in: 3:30pm

    Ticket Prices:
    Hogan Stand: 
    Adult ONLY: €60.00 / £52.00

    Cusack Stand:
    Adult: €60.00 / £52.00
    Juvenile (Under 16 years of Age): €10.00 / £9.00

    ***Please make sure to retain your ticket and present for entry into both fixtures*** REPLACEMENT TICKETS WILL NOT BE ISSUED

    Tipperary Semi Final Package Tickets are no longer available to purchase online but are available via participating Centra and Supervalu stores

    They meet in the semi-final for a second successive year, with Galway having won by a point – 0-26 to 3-16- last August. This will be the 28th championship clash between them, with Tipperary having won 20 to Galway’s seven of the previous 27. However, it has been a much closer rivalry over the last 30 years, standing at 6-6 wins from 12 games.

    Galway 3-27 Westmeath 0-19 (Leinster quarter-final)
    Galway 2-19 Offaly 2-9 (Leinster semi-final)
    Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22 (Leinster final)
    Galway 2-17 Clare 0-17 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

    Joe Canning………..1-30 (0-21frees, 0-4 ‘65s, 0-1 sideline)
    Conor Cooney………2-10
    Joseph Cooney…….1-6
    Conor Whelan………1-5
    David Burke…………0-7
    Cathal Mannion……0-8
    Jason Flynn………….1-3 (0-1 free)
    Davy Glennon……..0-4
    Niall Burke………..1-1
    Padraig Mannion…0-3
    Cyril Donnellan…..0-3
    Padraig Brehony….0-1
    Shane Maloney……0-1
    Andy Smith………..0-1
    Johnny Coen………0-1
    Aidan Harte……….0-1
    Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
    Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
    Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13 (Munster final)

    Seamus Callanan………..2-25 (0-16 frees)
    John McGrath…………..3-4 (1-0 pen)
    Michael Breen…………..3-2
    John O’Dwyer…………….0-7 (2f 1`65)
    Noel McGrath…………….0-6
    Padraic Maher……………0-3
    Jason Forde………………0-2
    Brendan Maher………….0-1
    Kieran Bergin……………0-1
    Patrick Maher…………..0-1
    Aidan McCormack….0-1

    It’s 6-4 to Tipperary in their last ten championship clashes with Galway.
    2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2014: Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13 (All-Ireland qualifier)
    2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
    2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
    2003: Tipperary 1-18 Galway 1-17 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland final)
    2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
    1993: Galway 1-16 Tipperary 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    1991: Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    1989: Tipperary 1-17 Galway 2-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)

    2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16
    2012: Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17
    2005: Galway 5-18 Kilkenny 4-18
    2001: Galway 2-15 Kilkenny 1-13
    1996: Wexford 2-13 Galway 3-7

    2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16
    2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11
    2012: Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15
    2011: Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18
    2010: Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

    Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 (2015 All-Ireland semi-final)
    A late point by sub, Shane Moloney clinched victory for Galway. Seamus Callanan scored 3-9 for Tipperary but it wasn’t enough to sway the verdict their way in front of a crowd of 58,495. Galway led by 0-13 to 1-9 at half-time.

    Galway: Colm Callanan; John Hanbury, Padraig Mannion, Johnny Coen; Daithi Burke, Iarla Tannian, Aidan Harte; Andy Smith (0-1), David Burke (0-2); Jason Flynn (0-5, 0-1 free), Cyril Donnellan, Jonathon Glynn; Conor Whelan (0-2), Joe Canning (0-10, 0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65’, 0-1 sideline), Cathal Mannion (0-5).
    Subs: Joseph Cooney for Donnellan, David Collins for Smith, Greg Lally for Harte, Shane Moloney (0-1) for Cooney, Padraig Breheny for Hanbury.

    Tipperary: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Conor O’Brien; Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher, Kieran Bergin; James Woodlock, Shane McGrath; Jason Forde (0-1), Brendan Maher (0-1), Patrick Maher (0-1); Niall O’Meara, Seamus Callanan (3-9, 0-3f, 0-1 65, 0-1 pen), John O’Dwyer (0-2).
    Subs: Shane Bourke for Forde, Lar Corbett for McGrath, Noel McGrath (0-1) for Bourke, Conor O’Mahony (0-1) for Woodlock, Michael Breen for R Maher.

    Galway 2-19 Tipperary 1-22 (Allianz League, 13 March 2016, Pearse Stadium)
    A late point by John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer earned Tipperary a draw on day when Joe Canning scored 1-11 for Galway.

    Galway: James Skehill; Paul Hoban, Daithi Burke, Fergal Moore; Gearoid McInerney, David Burke, Aidan Harte; Iarla Tannian (1-0), Andy Smith; Cathal Mannion, Niall Burke (0-4), Davy Glennon (0-1); Jason Flynn (0-3), Joe Canning (1-11, 0-8 frees, 0-1 lineball), Conor Whelan.
    Subs: Richie Cummins for Tannian, Eanna Burke for Whelan, Padraig Brehony for Smith.

    Tipperary: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett (0-1), Tomas Hamill, Michael Cahill; Barry Heffernan (0-1), Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher (0-1); Brendan Maher (0-2), Michael Breen (0-3); Noel McGrath (0-3), Kieran Bergin, Dan McCormack; Adrian Ryan (0-2), John McGrath (0-6, 0-4 frees), Niall O’Meara (1-0)
    Subs: Conor O’Brien for Cahill, Conor Kenny for Bergin, John O’Dwyer (0-2) for McCormack, Daire Quinn (0-1) for Kenny; Gearoid Ryan for A Ryan.