Aisling Moloney on the ball for Tipperary in the semi-final win over Armagh.
Tipperary ladies advanced to the LIDL National League Division Two final with a never say die performance against a formidable Armagh side on a score line of 3-10 to 4-6.
This game had everything – goals galore, penalties, some great defending and periods in the game when both teams dominated.
In the end, it was the grit and determination of this Premier side that despite going nine points down early in the second half and having March Player of the Month Aisling Moloney sinbinned in the crucial last few minutes, emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins.
The game opened with a goal for Tipp from the throw in from the boot of Mairead Morrissey and this should have set Tipp up but before the half was over Armagh had showed their class and were six points to the good 2-6 to 1-3
Aimee Mackin bagged two goals in the first half, one from a penalty, to ensure they were in control going into the break.
The second half started as had the first when from the throw in Blaithin Mackin with just nineteen seconds gone found the back of the net to put nine points between the sides and make it an uphill battle for Tipp with Armagh 4-3 to 1-3 in front.
After three wides and some tactical changes Tipp started to dominate the second half.
Reverting to an orthodox fifteen and pushing up on the Armagh kick out, Tipp were winning the midfield battle and picking off their points. At the other end as in the first half Lauren Fitzpatrick brought off some great saves and this denied Armagh.
At the scoring end Roisin Howard and Gilian O’Brien breached the Armagh defence and with minutes left the sides were level. Up stepped young Kate Davey to pop the ball over the bar for the winning point and propel Tipp to the league final in Parnell Park on May 6th, part of a double header with the Division 1 final which is a repeat of the All Ireland final pairings of Dublin V Mayo.
This was a panel performance and none more so than Caoime Condon who operated middle of the field with Orla O’Dwyer who were both the added attackers when required but were able to get back and shore up the defence also. Condon for her display collected the Player of the Match award.
After the game a delighted and hoarse manager Shane Roynane complimented the squad and praised them for their “resilience to keep going and in the second half their attacking and support play, Lauren’s saves in both halves were vital and the performances of Anna Rose Kennedy, Caoimhe Condon and Orla O’Dwyer were an integral part of the win”.
Looking forward to the final Shane said “While Cavan will be a huge test we are thrilled to be in another final”
Tipperary: Lauren Fitzpatrick, Ballymacarbery; Siobhan Condon, Aherlow; Maria Curley, Templemore; Emma Buckley, Cahir; Brid Condon, Aherlow; Samantha Lambert, Ardfinnan; Caoimhe Condon, Brian Boru’s; Jennifer Grant, Brian Boru’s; Gillian O’Brien, Moyle Rovers; Anna Rose Kennedy, Aherlow; Mairead Morrissey, Brian Boru’s; Niamh Lonergan, Moyle Rovers; Orla O’Dwyer, Boherlahan Dualla; Aishling Moloney, Cahir; Roisin Howard Cahir.
Subs used: Kate Davey for O’Brien (45 mins), Rachel O’Donnell Cahir for Condon (54 mins), Sarah Everard Moyle Rovers for Lonergan (60 mins)
Tipp Scores –Aishling Moloney 0-6 (three frees), Mairead Morrissey 1-0, Orla O’Dwyer 0-3, Gillian O’Brien 1-0, Roisin Howard 1-0, Kate Davey 0-1