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Seventh-heaven! Tipperary minors maul Galway to book their place in All-Ireland final

The Premier County booked their place in the final after putting seven goals past Galway in a wonderful display.

Tipperary 7-12 Galway 2-12

TIPP WILL MEET Limerick in the All-Ireland MHC final after they produced a demolition job Galway in today's semi-final at Croke Park.

The Premier County gained revenge for their defeat to Galway in last year's All-Ireland final in serious style, smashing home seven goals of the highest quality.
Cian Darcy was the star man with 3-2, while Rian Doody and Mark Kehoe were also devastating along side him in the Tipp forward line.
Ger Browne with Enda Fahy
Galway were forced to abandon the sweeper system at the beginning of the second-half, after they shipped three goals despite the aid of Ian O'Brien as a seventh defender.
Darcy, Doody and Kehoe all raised the green flash inside the opening half hour, ensuring Galway had a rethink at the interval. The Tribesmen went conventional, but they couldn't deal with Tipp's powerful attack.
The winners sliced through Galway's defence at will after the break as Darcy (two), Doody and Ger Browne all adding to the Connacht side's woe with three-pointers.

Tipp: Cian Darcy 3-2, Rian Doody 2-2 (0-1f), Mark Kehoe 1-4, Ger Browne 1-1, Lydon Fairbrother, Brian McGrath (free) 0-1 each.

Galway: Evan Niland 0-5 (0-4 frees), Michael Whelan (own goal), Ronan Murphy 1-0 each,
Liam Forde, Enda Fahy, Cianan Fahey, Jack Coyne, Kevin Cooney, Jack Canning 0-1 each.

Tipp..................1. Ciarán Barrett - Clonmel Óg
2. Killian O'Dwyer - Killenaule 3. Michael Whelan - Carrick Davins 4. Tom Murphy - J.K. Brackens
5. Cian Flanagan - Newport 6. Brian McGrath (Capt.) - Loughmore-Castleiney 7. Jerome Cahill - Kilruane MacDonaghs
8. Paddy Cadell - J.K. Brackens 9. Ger Browne - Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
10. Rian Doody - Cappawhite 11. Jake Morris - Nenagh Éire Óg 12. Colin English - Fr. Sheehy's
13. Cian Darcy - Kilruane MacDonaghs 14. Mark Kehoe - Kilsheelan-Kilcash 15. Lyndon Fairbrother - J.K. Brackens
Subs: D Walsh for English (h.t.), S Neville (0-01) for Morris (45), D Ryan for Dunne (51), C Stakelum for Fairbrother (53)
, J Kelly for Whelan (57).

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 14/08/2016 23:01:12   1901047

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What a year for Tipp. Sensational. Best of luck for the treble.

Terrorist (Donegal) - Posts:91 - 16/08/2016 10:28:12   1901634

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Tipp remain unchanged ahead of historic encounter against Mayo

The Premier County will be in their first All-Ireland football semi-final in 81 years on Sunday.

Tipp will enter the game as major outsiders to reach the All-Ireland final. Tipp will enter the game as major outsiders to reach the All-Ireland final.

TIPP's LIAM Kearns has resisted the temptation to make alterations to his history-making side for their All-Ireland semi-final clash against Mayo.
As a result, the Premier County will line out with the same 15 players for the fifth game on the bounce, as they enter the final four for the first time since 1935.

Tipp,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,1. Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)

2. Colm O'Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan) 3. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers) 4. Ciarán Mc Donald (Aherlow)

5. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) 6. Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers) 7. Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule)

8. Peter Acheson (Capt.) (Moyle Rovers) 9. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)

10. Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle) 11. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials) 12. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty)

13. Kevin O'Halloran (Portroe) 14. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen) 15. Philip Austin (Borrisokane)

Earlier in the day, Stephen Rochford made one change to his Mayo side with Kevin Keane coming in for Alan Dillon.

Mayo,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,1. David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites)
2. Brendan Harrison (Aghamore) 3. Kevin Keane (Westport) 4. Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis)
5. Lee Keegan (Westport) 6. Colm Boyle (Davitts) 7. Patrick Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels)
8. Seamus O'Shea (Breaffy) 9. Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe)
10. Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore) 11. Aidan O'Shea (Breaffy) 12. Diarmuid O'Connor (Ballintubber)
13. Jason Doherty (Burrishoole) 14. Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen) 15. Cillian O'Connor (Capt.) (Ballintubber).

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 20/08/2016 15:21:53   1903562

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Replying To Terrorist:  "What a year for Tipp. Sensational. Best of luck for the treble."
Yes the footballers have overtaken us all with their fantastic run. But in fairness an fantastic amount of work has gone in over over 12 years or so at under age in the schools where football has become compulsory and loads has been won inc AI minor.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 20/08/2016 16:58:12   1903595

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TIPPING THE BALANCE AGAINST THE FAVOURITES

Tipp weren't given enough credit for their resilience in overcoming a poor league and a depleted squad to down the Rebels. Even before the quarter-final Tipp were huge underdogs, with the old cliche that Galway teams love Croke Park being bandied about, despite the fact the Tribe hadn't delivered on Jones Road since 2001.
Liam Kearns' charges, who also had to upset the odds when they were shining at minor, U21 or at club level with Clonmel Commercials, who stunned Nemo last winter.
The county's All-Ireland minor title in 2011, more than any other success, was the launchpad of this golden era for Tipp football. The self-belief gained from taking on Dublin was immeasurable. This on the day their seniors recaptured Sam Maguire so Croker was packed with blue hoards. It was one thing defeating the likes of Cork and Kerry in the province, quite another to deliver in September.
That was a gifted crop of Dubs too. John Small, Cormac Costello, Jack McCaffrey, Paul Mannion, Ciarán Kilkenny, Eric Lowdnes and Emmet Ó Conghaile have all featured regularly, between league and championship, under Jim Gavin. For keeper Evan Comerford and target-man Michael Quinlivan, who have both been in All-Star form this summer, performing on Jones Road is simply what they've done since they were teenagers.
Tipp even franked the 2011 All-Ireland by retaining the Munster title in 2012, again putting the top dogs in the province back in their boxes arís. Granted, the likes of Colin O'Riordan (Aussie Rules), Steven O'Brien, Seamus Kennedy and John McGrath (all hurling), and scorer of the winning goal Colman Kennedy (soccer in the States), are all unavailable to the seniors, but 2011 laid down the marker.
Last year they reached the minor All-Ireland again. And even if it ended in a crushing loss to Kerry, it backed up the feeling within the football community in Tipp that their time was coming. This in the same season they'd pushed Tyrone all the way in the All-Ireland U21 final, having been victorious in Munster for the first time since 2010, when they were edged out by a Jim McGuinness coached Donegal in the All-Ireland semi.
Of course it's one thing being an underage powerhouse and quite another making an impression at the top tier. In his column in The Irish Times Darragh Ó Sé argued hurling is the biggest obstacle to football glory in the Premier County. We wouldn't have put him down a movie buff, but he compared Tipp's situation to that of Aidan Quinn in Legends of the Fall, always in the shadow of Brad Pitt.
The hurlers might have Pitt's magnetism but Tipp have played some sexy football this season. Across their 16 games in all competitions they've fired in 22 goals. They raised three green flags against Cork and Tipp this summer and could have scored more in both.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 20/08/2016 18:56:31   1903634

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Michael Ryan says footballers are 'the storyline of the summer'

Tipperary hurling manager Michael Ryan paid tribute to the county footballers' "super achievement" in reaching the All-Ireland semi-final tomorrow.
The Premier footballers face Mayo in Croke Park and last night Ryan saluted their achievement as "the storyline of the summer".
"It's not something we talk about, we focus on ourselves as a group, but we share Morris Park with those lads, we know their names, they're from our parishes... where we have hurlers, we have footballers.
"We're delighted for them, because it's there to be seen. They've been working hard and it's great to see them get a break.
"Since the minors made a breakthrough in 2011, I think that's been the impetus in Tipp football.
"Belief is a great thing and it's a reward for those guys who've been pushing football for years, and push it they do.
"Even in my generation, we played minor and U21 football and I played senior, and you saw it at first hand, that it wasn't supported. Whether it's just tradition, it just doesn't capture the support that hurling does, but that doesn't make it any less of a game. It doesn't mean that those guys immersed in it, and the players involved, that they're any worse for it.
"It's a super achievement to have the Tipp senior footballers in the All-Ireland semi-final and it is the storyline of the summer. We have no problem playing second fiddle to that."
Ryan confirmed that, at this point, Tipp have a clean bill of health as they count down to an All-Ireland SHC final with Kilkenny on September 4.
He said: "We had a few bumps and bruises [after the All-Ireland semi-final], as you'd expect, they were quite tired. That was absolutely to be expected. We have nothing beyond superficial stuff. We'd call that a clean bill of health, because those are ferocious games. Some of the hits were worthy of the Aviva Stadium in March."

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 20/08/2016 20:17:22   1903657

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Very very Best Wishes to Tipp Co Senior Football today in their Quest to get to the All Ireland Football Final.

Go out give your all and you will be there at the end.

Hip Hip Hurrah for Tipperary may your Banners never Fall you beat Galway Derry Cork and now for Mayo and them all.

Come Lads and Lassies it would be Fab if you could give them your messages of support or even a Like anything you want to do.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 21/08/2016 08:13:18   1903722

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Looking forward to a great game today day as a neutral. I would love to see the under-dogs Tipp win. I think it will be even at centre field, but the Tipp forwards will not get it as easy as they did against a feeble Galway. This is where Mayo will win the game. l Keegan will man- mark M Quinilivan, and make him redundant. Boyle and McLoughlin will sweep up any lose ball around. The O Connors and Moran will get enough scores to win.
However it will be a different scenario against Dublin or Kerry

HarryO
Galway fan

HarryO (Galway) - Posts:109 - 21/08/2016 09:28:16   1903737

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Replying To HarryO:  "Looking forward to a great game today day as a neutral. I would love to see the under-dogs Tipp win. I think it will be even at centre field, but the Tipp forwards will not get it as easy as they did against a feeble Galway. This is where Mayo will win the game. l Keegan will man- mark M Quinilivan, and make him redundant. Boyle and McLoughlin will sweep up any lose ball around. The O Connors and Moran will get enough scores to win.
However it will be a different scenario against Dublin or Kerry

HarryO
Galway fan"
Yes I know its an almost impossible task but it does not always go to plan and if there is a chance no better a team than Tipp to take it.
We got to have faith in our Boys.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 21/08/2016 13:08:02   1903773

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All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi Final

Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14

We may have lost today but you carved your name in PRIDE and the way is up up.
You played beautiful football and even outplayed your Mayo at times.
If it was not for a few misfortune incidents,
1 The wrong black card to Kiely,
2 The Mayo miss kick which lead to Mayo 2nd goal ‬

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 21/08/2016 18:00:25   1903958

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Well done Tipperary on a great year.Ye have done yourselves,your families,your clubs and your supports proud.Have a well deserved break and come back stronger next year and all the best from Mayo in the hurling final

Pacar (Mayo) - Posts:17 - 21/08/2016 23:36:46   1904225

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Very good footballer have Tipp. Hope ye keep at it and come back. Thought ye had decent support too. One man I spoke to from Tipp told me it was his first ever football game and that he would support them next year. Few things went against Tipp yesterday like the black card and sending off.

I think TIpp need to target promotion to division 2 and a Munster title now. Good luck in the Hurling final.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts:7700 - 22/08/2016 11:11:42   1904341

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Very good footballer have Tipp. Hope ye keep at it and come back. Thought ye had decent support too. One man I spoke to from Tipp told me it was his first ever football game and that he would support them next year. Few things went against Tipp yesterday like the black card and sending off.

I think TIpp need to target promotion to division 2 and a Munster title now. Good luck in the Hurling final."
Fair play to the Mayo lads. Yeah, promotion to division 2 has to be the goal now next season, and hopefully get back in some of the lads who left the panel this year. Peter Acheson won't be involved next year as he's moving abroad so he'll be a loss. Incidently, he played the whole game yesterday with a broken hand picked up in training, so that's another thing that went wrong for us yesterday! It also shows how thin our squad is.

fyfe79 (Tipperary) - Posts:3 - 22/08/2016 14:40:40   1904483

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Liam Kearns: Tipp were "bordering on heroic" in second half

Tipp manager Liam Kearns has said his team's second half performance, despite losing the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo, was "bordering on heroic
The Premier County came from six points down at the interval to trail by just two at one stage before a somewhat fortunate build up to Conor O'Shea's late goal had them in retreat again.
But Kearns said he was even prouder of them now than he was three weeks ago when they took out Galway in a quarter-final.
Ultimately their dearth of resources caught up with them, he acknowledged.
"I thought they were outstanding. I said to them at half-time, 'we're not lying down here', and no-one lay down. They went out and brought the game to them, as we have throughout this campaign.
Ultimately we didn't get the break, we had two injuries and the depth in our squad probably told against us in the end."
Kearns felt the loss of centre-back Robbie Kiely to a black card after nine minutes was "harsh" and hurt them.
"That was very hard for us to take and a red card (Bill Maher) at the finish. The second Mayo goal was a killer, he (Evan Regan) was going for a point, slipped and it ended up at the feet of the player who pulled on it for a goal.
"We didn't get the breaks but the players never gave up, they played to the end and played football the way it should be played. They put everything in, they're totally committed and I couldn't be more proud of it."
It was a huge loss (Robbie Kiely). We brought in Shane Leahy and he's a bit inexperienced, it was his first time on that stage, it was tough going.
"Diarmuid O'Connor caused us problems at wing-forward and unfortunately we had to take Shane off. It took us until half-time to sort things out in the dressing-room but we did sort it out.
"We got back within two points and I was confident we'd take it to the wire. It wasn't to be because we got a few more knocks and we probably can't sustain those knocks.
"When Robbie got the black card we were going well, I thought we should have been more up, but when they got a run on us they caused problems, Andy Moran caused us problems inside and they got on top in the middle third. They dominated there, that's where the damage was done."
Kearns believes Tipp have been comfortable on the Croke Park stage in their last two visits and can "aspire" to being regulars in the future.
"I'll let others judge if we can get back, but the boys have been very comfortable out here, they haven't left themselves down in Croke Park in the quarter or semi-final.
"Mayo have been in six semi-finals in a row, this is our first time here. My view is that Tipp can aspire to come back to this level on a regular basis, providing we get things right, total commitment - there's a lot of good players in Tipp who could have been with us today but weren't, so we need to get our set-up right back in the county.
"I'd hope this run will galvanise the players in the county, and the supporters, to get behind the football team. There's no reason the county can't compete in both - we've shown it this year, we've reached the football semi-final and the hurlers are in an All-Ireland final. So why not?"

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 23/08/2016 09:35:59   1904739

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Tipperary football All-Star watch - who are the leading contenders?

Who's in line to join Declan Browne as football All-Star winners for the Premier County?
The curtains closed yesterday on Tipperary's fairy tale run in the 2016 championship. Despite a valiant effort, Liam Kearns's men hadn't the experience or guile to keep pace with Mayo.
(I do not agree with that statement I think the boot was on the other foot Mayo appeared to me to be out on their feet trying to keep 14 Tipp Hero's at Bay)
On reflection, reaching a first All-Ireland semi-final since 1935 is a remarkable achievement for these players.
What it all means is that quite a few Tipp players stand a great chance of picking up their first All-Star awards at the end of the year. For a county that has only won two football All-Stars in its entire history (Declan Browne in 1998 and 2003), securing multiple awards would cap off a scarcely believable season.
Here's a look at the six front-runners to bring an All-Star back to the Premier County:

Evan Comerford
One of the real stars to emerge this year thanks to Tipp's rise. He has all the attributes required by a goalkeeper at the top level.
You could sum up Comerford's season in his performance yesterday. The Kilsheelan-Kilcash stopper used his body well to save a goal-bound shot from Andy Moran when the game was in the melting pot in the second-half.
His handling was sound but the most impressive part about Comerford's game is his distribution. His kick-outs were phenomenal yesterday and provided Tipp with a real platform around the middle third. The finest left peg on a goalkeeper not named Stephen Cluxton.

Bill Maher
Maher will hope his late red card yesterday won't harm his chances of landing an All-Star. The half-back line has plenty of stiff competition for the award, but he has enjoyed an outstanding year.
A club mate of Comerford's at Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Maher captained the county's minor hurlers to All-Ireland glory in 2012. His strong running from deep and boundless energy was a feature of Tipp's run to the last four.

Robbie Kiely
Tipperary missed Kiely's defensive know-how yesterday, particularly when Keith Higgins sliced open the heart of the Premier defence with a darting run. His black-card after seven minutes caused panic on the Tipp sideline with Shane Leahy introduced, only to be whipped off before half-time.
The Carbery Rangers defender was a ball of energy level at centre-back throughout the championship and he was immense in his defensive duties. Kiely's point off the outside of his right boot against Galway exuded class and confidence.

Peter Acheson
One of the driving forces behind the change in Tipp's football fortunes. Acheson stands at the front of the queue to take an All-Star, and it's no more than he deserves. A commanding influence at midfield all year, the 26-year-old showed us just how badly he wanted to be out there by playing through the pain barrier.
"I actually broke my hand during the week, playing with a heavy enough injection," he told Newstalk after the game. While he wasn't at his best against Mayo, the fact he was even out on the field said enough.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 23/08/2016 15:08:21   1904910

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John O'Mahony: Lesser teams 'don't get rub of the relic'


A Dublin or Kerry player wouldn't have been black-carded for the offence that saw Tipperary's Robbie Kiely black-carded in last Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final, claims former Mayo manager John O'Mahony.
And the double All-Ireland winning manager suspects a comfortable Dublin win in Sunday's second semi would mark the end of a Kerry era - though he is slow to rule out a Kingdom surprise.
"I was relieved with the victory, as a Mayo supporter. But my heart went out to Tipperary,"

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 23/08/2016 19:48:05   1905039

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Tipp football heroes look to the future after proud performance

Tipp senior footballer Conor Sweeney has issued a call to arms to all those who can make a contribution to The Premier County, to put the shoulder to the wheel and declare for the code.
With a theme of looking forward very much on the minds of the players in the wake of their championship exit at the hands of Mayo on Sunday, the comments of the Ballyporeen man were most telling.
"Once we get back in December or January our goal has to be to get out of division three of the league. To be playing in the top two division sides is crucial. We proved that we can compete with them but we have to be able to get out of division 3 first and then ultimately we have to get back to a provincial final again.
"If ever there was an incentive for players to come to us, it was with what we achieved this year. Lads will have to make up their own minds and we have an open door. We need everyone we can get and we will be starting from scratch again," Sweeney said this week.
Tipperary have looked mighty comfortable in Croke Park and they took great solace from Manager Liam Kearns telling them afetrwards that this was their setting, their place.
"Liam told us how proud of us he was and to hold our heads up high. We felt at home here in Croke Park. We liked the stadium and the grounds and we loved playing in front of the crowd. Today, it was a poor result but it was still an enjoyable day and the kind of games we want to be playing in," Conor said.
As for the manager himself? "My view is that Tipp can aspire to coming back to this level on a regular basis providing we get total commitment. There are a lot of good footballers in Tipp who were not available, so we need to get our set-up right in the county. You would have to sit down with the Football Board and the County Board to discuss it - there are loads of things that I could say here, but this is not the forum for it.
"I would hope that this run will galavanise the players in the county and even the supporters in the county to get behind the football team. There is no reason why this county cannot compete at both games. We have shown it this year - we got to an All-Ireland semi-final and the hurlers are in an All-Ireland Final so why not?
"I told the players that this was their stage, where they needed to be and where they needed to get back to, and that I was very proud of them.
"We didn't try to change the face of football - we tried to play it the way it should be played. I think we deserve a lot of credit for that. These boys have been very comfortable in Croke Park and have not let themselves down in the quarter or semi-final, playing the Connacht champions and playing a team which has been in six semi-finals in a row.
"We found it easier to play division one teams and were more confortable playing them because we were able to play more football. We have no problem playing against them - we played Cork, Kerry, Derry, Galway and now Mayo and we didn't feel inferior to any of them and put it up to them. I'll leave it up to others to judge whether there is a gulf there. Personally, I don't think that is the case," Liam said. See pages 70/71 for more

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2873 - 26/08/2016 11:21:34   1906262

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