Tipperary senior hurlers enjoyed their second successive win under new boss Eamon O’Shea with a 1-22 to 1-13 win over Offaly in a challenge at Templemore on Sunday.
One of the most pleasing features for O’Shea will have been the return of Drom-Inch’s Seamus Callanan to the side for the first time since the Munster final and he put in an impressive display with 0-11, four from frees.
Others to impress were Mullinahone’s Sean Curran with three first half points.
Offaly led by 1-9 to 0-11 at the break but Tipp held the visitors to just four second half points with the Tipp goal from Shane Bourke after taking a pass from Timmy Hammersley.
Again, every player from midfield up got on the scoresheet, with Noel McGrath joining Johnny Ryan in midfield on this occasion.
Dublin are the visitors to Nenagh next Sunday for another challenge game while the competitive fare begins against Limerick or Mary I in the Waterford Crystal Cup on Sunday week, January 27
TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, J O’Keeffe; S McGrath, T Hamill, P Stapleton; N McGrath, J Ryan; M Heffernan, S Curran, A Ryan; S Bourke, S Callanan, T Hammersley.
OFFALY: J Dempsey; D King, C McDonald, P Camon; D Mooney, K Brady, M Cleary; S Gardiner, S Ryan; C Egan, D Molloy, C Parlon; S Dooley, J Bergin, O Kealey.
Subs: B Carroll for Gardiner (h.t.), T Carroll for Ryan (51), D Kelliher for McDonald (54), T Bulger for Molloy (63).