Manager Liam Cahill is joined on the Tipperary under-21 hurling management team by John Sheedy, Seán Corbett, TJ Ryan and Michael Bevans.
Galway beat the Tipperary under-21 hurling team with nine points to spare in a thrilling challenge match played at MacDonagh Park, Cloughjordan on Thursday evening, May 17th - both sides employed experimental teams for this contest which featured some eye-catching hurling. Indeed, with MacDonagh Park is absolutely pristine condition we were treated to an absolutely smashing game which the Tribesmen deservingly won (4-23 to 3-17).
Galway led 2-12 to 2-9 at the break and although Tipperary fought back to take the lead (3-14 to 2-15) the Tribesmen absolutely dominated the final quarter when out-scoring the home side by eleven points (2-8 to 0-3).
Darragh Peters got through some solid work, especially once re-located to centre-back, while Paddy Cadell, Colin English, Robert Byrne, David Gleeson, Conor Stakelum and Shane Neville had their moments.
The Premier County fell behind early on before David Gleeson cracked home a terrific goal in the sixth minute (1-2 to 0-3). Galway responded with one of their own within a minute and with the Tipperary half-back line getting dragged out the field you feared the worst. Liam Cahill’s men, however, steadied themselves and a Rian Doody point drew them level by the 21st minute (1-7 apiece) while the Galway ‘keeper had already made two telling saves from David Gleeson.
Galway then hit 1-3 without reply to take a six-point lead, but a second David Gleeson goal, which feared a turnover and a brilliant touch, dragged Tipperary to within touching distance at the break (2-9 to 2-12).
With Shane Neville in outstanding form at left corner-forward Tipperary came roaring back into the contest immediately after the break. Indeed, three points from the Lattin-Cullen man between the 36th and 39th minutes tied the game before a Rian Doody ’65 presented the home side with the lead (2-14 to 2-13).
Galway got their noses back in front thanks to two successive points before Tipperary struck for their third goal in the 45th minute (3-14 to 2-15) - Rian Doody and Mark Kehoe combined to set up Shane Neville and although the corner-forward’s shot was saved Kehoe was on hand to fire home the rebound.
Galway stepped up their performance a level or three thereafter and although Conor Stakelum did his utmost to rouse Tipperary the Tribesmen dominated the final quarter utterly with their third goal materialising in the 49th minute and their fourth eight minutes later.
The Tipperary under-21 squad are preparing to take on Limerick in a Munster semi-final which is scheduled to take place at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Thursday, June 21st (7.30pm) - the Shannonsiders beat Clare in the preliminary round on May 7th (3-18 to 0-13).
Manager Liam Cahill (Ballingarry) leads the Tipperary management team alongside coach Michael Bevans (Toomevara) and selectors John Sheedy (Portroe), Seán Corbett (Boherlahan-Dualla) and TJ Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore).
Tipperary: Barry Hogan (Kiladangan), Jimmy Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Pádraic Campion (Drom & Inch), Tom Murphy (JK Bracken's), Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonagh’s), Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Cian Flanagan (Newport), Paddy Cadell (JK Bracken’s), Stevie Nolan (Drom & Inch, 0-1), Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash, 1-0), Robert Byrne (Portroe, 0-2), Colin English (Fr Sheedy’s, 0-2), David Gleeson (Ballinahinch, 2-0), Rian Doody (Cappawhite, 0-5, 0-2 frees, 0-1 ‘65s), Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonagh’s, 0-2, 0-1 frees). Subs: (HT) Barry Hogan, Tom Murphy, Cian Flanagan, Robert Byrne, Brian McGrath and Cian Darcy were all substituted during the interval while Ciarán Barrett (Clonmel Óg), Cathal Moloney (Thurles Sarsfields), Shane Neville (Lattin-Cullen, 0-3), Eric O'Halloran (Carrick Swans), Conor Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields, 0-2) and Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonagh's) were all introduced at the break, (47th) Darragh Carey (Templederry Kenyons) for Paddy Cadell, (49th) Billy Seymour (Kiladangan) for David Gleeson, (50th) Diarmuid Ryan (Clonakenny) for Jimmy Ryan.
Referee: Philip Kelly (Ballinahinch).
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