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Conor Sweeney and David Wynne in action at Croke Park.

Conor Sweeney and David Wynne in action at Croke Park.

All Ireland SFC Q-F: Terrific Tipperary triumph


All Ireland SFC Quarter-Final

Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-10

By Paul Keane at Croke Park

Tipperary's All-Ireland title dream remains alive after a famous quarter-final success, their first ever, secured thanks to a couple of thrilling cameo performances from Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney.

Quinlivan's first-half goal got Tipp on their way and Sweeney weighed in with two more after the break to ensure a remarkable win over the Connacht champions.

Tipp are through now to the All-Ireland semi-finals and will meet Tyrone or Mayo on August 21, a game they will feel they can win to secure a quite incredible final place against Dublin or Kerry.

Amazingly, a repeat of the Munster final between Tipp and Kerry could even occur next month with the southern duo still standing in the Championship.

Tipp's progression also means that they are the only county with teams still involved in both the senior football and hurling championships.

It was a terrific performance from Tipp who defended in stout fashion and provided a platform for their forwards to attack menacingly, something Galway were no match for.

It's the end of the line for Galway now though they have their provincial title at least and, in time, will regard the summer as a success.

Tipp took no negative vibes into the contest despite watching fellow first time quarter-finalists Clare receive a sound beating from Kerry in the earlier game.

Their heads still didn't drop after falling 0-4 to 0-1 down after 15 minutes either following Galway points from Danny Cummins, Shane Walsh and Eamon Brannigan.

In fact, it only seemed to spur them into action and they opened up with some exciting attacking football that displayed their full range of skills from there on.

In all, Tipp hit with 1-6 without reply between the 15th and 33rd minutes as the Galway defence found itself under siege.

It was thrilling from Tipp and Quinlivan in particular whose 17th minute goal when he palmed in from close range after good work by Robbie Kiely and George Hannigan was the spark.

Quinlivan added two points before free-taker Kevin O'Halloran opened his account and Sweeney then got in on the act.

Tipp led 1-7 to 0-4 approaching the break though Galway hauled themselves back into the contest with a brilliant Damien Comer goal.

He raced onto Paul Conroy's pass and powered past Alan Campbell before blasting to the net, leaving Tipp just 1-8 to 1-5 up the interval.

Galway's defence was always vulnerable though and Tipp exposed it time and again in the second-half as they soared to a famous win.

Quinlivan and Philip Austin both had goal chances though Sweeney wasn't to be denied and netted in the 38th and 47th minutes to put the Premier into a spectacular 10-point lead.

Bill Maher did the spade work for the first goal, playing in Sweeney after a solo run through the middle and Sweeney got his fist to Jimmy Feehan's long ball for the second.

Leading by 3-11 to 1-7, double scores, Tipp could afford to drop the intensity a notch for the closing 20 minutes or so and still win with plenty to spare.

Galway tried for goals, but couldn't get another and managed just two points from open play in the entire second-half, from Cummins and sub Paul Varley.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney 2-2, M Quinlivan 1-4 (1f), K O'Halloran 0-4 (2fs, 145), B Fox 0-1, R Kiely 0-1, P Acheson 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: S Walsh 0-4 (4fs), D Comer 1-0, D Cummins 0-3, E Brannigan 0-1, P Conroy 0-1, P Varley 0-1.

Tipperary: E Comerford; C McDonald, A Campbell, C O'Shaughnessy; B Maher, R Kiely, J Feehan; P Acheson, G Hannigan; J Keane, K O'Halloran, B Fox; P Austin, M Quinlivan, C Sweeney.

Subs: A Moloney for Keane (65), S Leahy for Maher (69), M Dunne for Hannigan (73), M Hanley for Quinlivan (75).

Galway: B Power; E Kerin, D Kyne, D Wynne; L Silke, G O'Donnell, G Bradshaw; P Conroy, T Flynn; G Sice, J Heaney, E Brannigan; D Cummins, S Walsh, D Comer.

Subs: A Varley for Sice (48), P Varley for Heaney (50), E Tierney for Brannigan (52), P Sweeney for A Varley (61), P Cooke for Walsh (63), E Hoare for Conroy (69 BC).

Referee: C Lane (Cork).

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