Victory for Tipp minor hurlers in Croke Park

Tipperary minor hurlers secured an appearance in the All-Ireland final in September when they defeated favourites Galway by five points in Croke Park last Sunday.

Tipperary minor hurlers secured an appearance in the All-Ireland final in September when they defeated favourites Galway by five points in Croke Park last Sunday.

Tipperary were already in control of the game when Galway full back Paul Killeen received a very harsh second yellow card which led to his dismissal with sixteen minutes left in the game.

Goalie Paul Maher pulled off a remarkable save in the closing stages to keep Galway out and the use of the spare man Ronan Maher as a sweeper thwarted Galway as they tried to claw their way back into the game.

Tipp were a point up at the break after recovering from a shaky start which saw them go a goal and a point down after just three minutes.They over elaborated ont he passing throughout the first half but were much more efficient with the possession they secured in the second half.

Prior to the dismissal Tipp sharpshooter Mark McCarthy scored a superb goal to give Tipperary a commanding lead.McCarthy was picked out with an intelligent pass from John McGrath who had gone on another surging run through the Galway defence. Stephen Cahill cleverly pulled wide to act as a decoy distracting the Galway defence and McCarthy powered home.

It was the decisive score in the game and when Galway suffered the setback of the Killeen sending off Tipperary were favourites to hold on for the win.

William Maher, who captained the county minors to All-Ireland success in 1996,said they had a lot of work to do now in the three weeks leading up to the All-Ireland final against the in form Dublin team.