All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Tipperary 3-21 Louth 0-7

Tipperary defeated Louth by 3-21 to 0-7 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 11th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Tipperary win one-sided encounter with Louth

By Eoghan Cormican for the breakingnews.ie web site

Tipperary 3-21 Louth 0-7

Tipperary comfortably accounted for a truly abysmal Louth effort in the opening game of the Thurles triple-header this afternoon. The home outfit were full value for their 23-point win in this massively one-sided round 2B football qualifier clash.

The writing was on the wall for Colin Kelly’s charges from very early in the second period, Colin O’Riordan’s goal on 41 minutes moving Tipperary 3-13 to 0-6 clear. O’Riordan’s speculative effort from 65-metres out slipped through the gloves of Louth ‘keeper Craig Lynch, summing up a truly miserable day at the office for the Wee County.

Kevin O’Halloran, Barry Grogan and Conor Sweeney landed points to swell the winners tally, with Louth failing to register a single score in the first 32 minutes of the second-half. Having played against the elements in the first period, Tipperary had put themselves in a superb position come half-time, leading 2-10 to 0-6.

Ger Mulhaire, who earned a late call up at the expense of Brian Fox, stole through for a second minute goal, with Tipperary’s second green flag arriving on 27 minutes. Tommy Durnin produced a foot-block to deny Conor Sweeney and referee Rory Hickey was in no hesitation awarding a Tipperary penalty. Sweeney dusted himself down to dispatch the place-kick.

Louth wasted two placed ball efforts approaching the break and, indeed, the visitors failed to add to their tally in the final 12 minutes of the first-half. For the home outfit, Peter Acheson landed two fine points from midfield, while Kevin O’Halloran was razor sharp from the dead-ball situation. The Portroe corner-forward finished the half with four points to his name.

Scorers for Tipperary: K O’Halloran (0-7, 0-4 frees, 0-2 ’45’s); C Sweeney (1-2, 1-0 pen, 0-1 free); C O’Riordan (1-1), G Mulhaire (1-0); R Acheson, P Austin, M Quinlivan (0-2 each); B Grogan (0-1 free), S Kennedy, L Casey, J Lonergan, B Fox (0-1 each)

Scorers for Louth: D Byrne (0-2); R Burns (0-1 free), C Judge (0-1 free), R Holdcroft, P Smith (0-1 each)

Tipperary: E Comerford; C McDonald, P Codd, J Feehan; S Kennedy, R Kiely, A Campbell; C O’Riordan, P Acheson; G Mulhair, C Sweeney, L Casey; K O’Halloran, M Quinlivan, P Austin.
Subs: B Fox for Mulhair (43), C O’Shaughnessy for Kennedy (44), J Lonergan for Casey (45), B Grogan for Austin (48), A Morrissey for Acheson (60), B Mulvihill for Kiely (62)

Louth: G Lynch; P Rath, D Finnegan, A Williams; D Byrne, D O’Hanlon, A Reid; T Durnin, J Cailiff; B Duffy, P Smith, C McKeever; R Burns, C Judge, R Holdcroft.
Subs: E O’Connor for C McKeever (24 mins), C Grimes for Judge (26), E Lafferty for O’Hanlon (HT), Jim McEneaney for Califf (43), D Maguire for Holdcroft (44), D McComish for Lafferty (51, bc).

Referee: R Hickey (Clare)



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Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Louth, in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2B, in Semple Stadium, on Saturday next July 11th at 2.45pm has been announced by manager Peter Creedon.

Peter has been forced to make a number of changes to the side that played Kerry in the Munster semi-final due to player injuries.

Four players coming in are from this year’s U21 side which reached the All-Ireland Final. Jimmy Feehan from Killenaule makes his Senior Championship debut at corner back, while Ian Fahey from Clonmel Commercials lines out in midfield.

Upfront, Liam Casey from Cahir and Kevin O’Halloran from Portroe make their full Senior Championship debuts also, with both having previously been introduced as replacements against Kerry, while Liam also got a run out against Waterford in the Munster quarter-final. Liam and Kevin bring their valuable U21 experience into the attack as Tipperary bid to make it one step nearer to an All-Ireland Quarter-Final.

Ruled out through injury are Steven O’Brien and George Hannigan who both lined at midfield the last day.

The team for Saturday lines out as follows;

Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan Kilcash
Ciarán McDonald – Aherlow
Paddy Codd Capt. – Killenaule
Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
Seamus Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
Peter Acheson – Moyle Rovers
Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
Colin O’Riordan – J K Brackens
Ian Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
Brian Fox – Eire Óg Annacarty
Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
Liam Casey – Cahir
Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
Philip Austin – Borrisokane

LOUTH TEAM TO PLAY TIPPERARY THIS SATURDAY IN SEMPLE STADIUM, THURLES

CRAIG LYNCH – NAOMH MAIRTIN
PADRAIG RATH – DREADNOTS
DESSIE FINNEGAN – ST PATRICKS
ANTHONY WILLIAMS – DREADNOTS
DECLAN BYRNE – ST MOCHTAS
DARREN O HANLON – ST PATRICKS
ADRIAN REID – MATTOCK RANGERS
TOMMY DURNIN – WESTERNS
JAMES CALIFF – DREADNOTS
BEVAN DUFFY – ST FECHINS
PARAIC SMITH – DREADNOTS
CONAL MCKEEVER – CLAN NA GAEL
RYAN BURNS – HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS
COLM JUDGE – NEWTOWN BLUES
RONAN HOLDCROFT – ST FECHINS