Despite a spirited second half comeback Tipperary just fell short of a famous win over Kerry at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Saturday evening in the Munster junior football championship, losing 1-11 to 1-9.
Although Benny Hickey and Martin Dunne were outstanding for Tipperary, a 23-minute period in the opening half when the Premier were hold scoreless cost Jim O’Meara’s men very dearly. Tipperary trailed 0-4 to 1-8 at the break; a seven-point deficit that they just could not claw back.
They fought back to within two points in the second half but the stronger Kingdom outfit just held on for victory.
Tipperary: Jack English (Ballyporeen), Pat Hally (Rockwell Rovers), Richard Power (Moyle Rovers), Ger Mulhaire (Arravale Rovers), Thomas Hanley (Aherlow), Robert Murphy (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), Michael O’Sullivan (Ardfinnan), Martin Dunne (Moyle Rovers), Eoghan Ryan (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Benny Hickey (Cahir, 0-4), Adrian Walsh (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Brian Quinn (Burgess), Daniel O’Regan (Ardfinnan, 0-1), Gavin Ryan (Rockwell Rovers), Damien O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill, 1-3, 0-2 frees). Subs: (17th) David Buckley (Inane Rovers) for Pat Hally, (40th) Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan, 0-1) for Robert Murphy, (57th) James McGrath (Cahir) for Brian Quinn, (59th) Michael Dillon (Fethard) for Daniel O’Regan.