Congratulations to Tipperary Footballers NFL Division 3 Champions

NFL Division 3 Final – Tipperary vs. Down – Match Reports

Gallant Tipp take Division Three spoils

Tipperary 0-18 Down 1-14 (AET)

From the GAA.ie web site

Saturday, April 25th

Sean Carey was the matchwinning hero as his point in the 90th minute gave Tipperary the NFL Division 3 title after a pulsating decider in Pearse Park in Longford this evening.

The sides were level on eleven occasions in a gripping affair that required extra-time to secure an outcome. But it was Tipperary who emerged victorious with Carey punching over a point in the dying moments of the game.

National Football League Division Three Final: Tipperary 0-18 Down 1-14

Down made five changes to their starting lineup beforehand, with ace forward Brendan Coulter along with U21 duo Peter Fitzpatrick and Paul McCumiskey amongst those sitting on the bench. It was one of the players drafted in who notched the opening score of the game, Brendan McArdle converting in the 4th minute. But Tipperary responded well with James Tierney and Barry Grogan showing coolness in converting frees to push them ahead, 0-2 to 0-1 by the 8th minute.

Those scores settled Tipperary’s nerves but sixty seconds later Down rocked the Premier challenge when Ronan Murtagh rolled a shot low to the corner of the net. Down built on that score by generating plenty chances but their shooting left them down. In contrast Tipperary were accurate and points by Brian Mulvihill and Tierney had the sides level 1-1 to 0-4 by the 21st minute.

Down moved back in front courtesy of captain Dan Gordon but Tipperary were moving well and could have goaled in the 25th minute, only for Barry Grogan to lash a penalty over the bar after he had been fouled by Luke Howard. Gaining confidence Tipperary went two ahead with a pair of splendid points by full-forward Brian Coen. Yet by the interval the Mourne men had regained parity once more, thanks to pointed efforts from Murtagh and Aidan Carr.

The tight nature of the game continued early in the second-half. Aidan Carr tapped over a 40th minute free for Down but a lovely score by Brian Mulvihill for Tipperary levelled it again. Brian Coen landed his third point of the match to put Tipperary in front but a Conor Magee score tied the sides at 1-6 to 0-9 by the 45th minute.

However Tipperary then took over and enjoyed a purple patch in front of goal. Substitute Damian O’Brien, Tierney and wing-back Christopher Aylward all found their range to send the Premier county 0-12 to 1-6 ahead by the 54th minute. Down’s reply was instant Dan Gordon and Daniel Hughes blasting points to reduce the gap down to one, and centre-forward John Boyle left them locked together 1-9 to 0-12 by the 60th minute.

The momentum lay with Down but they struggled to make it show, wasting good chances for points. Tipperary took advantage to forge ahead through a Grogan free yet the impressive Daniel Hughes ensured extra-time would be required with a 67th minute point.

Extra-time unfolded in a similar fashion to the rest of the action, the sides staying close to each other on the scoreboard. Aidan Carr converted a free to push Down in front, Tipperary replied with fine scores from Brian Coen and John Cagney that put them one ahead before a Carr free in the 78th minute left it 1-12 to 0-15. But Down went in at half-time of that additional period in the ascendancy thanks to a brilliant score by full-back Conor Garvey.

Tipperary moved ahead in the second-half of extra-time thanks to two frees by Barry Grogan but a brilliant 89th minute score by Aidan Carr left them level at 0-17 to 1-14. Yet there was still time for more drama with Carey proving the hero.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 pen), B Coen 0-4, J Tierney 0-3 (0-2f), B Mulvihill 0-2, D O’Brien, C Aylward, J Cagney, S Carey 0-1 each.

Down: A Carr 0-5 (0-4f), R Murtagh 1-1, D Gordon, D Hughes 0-2 each, B McArdle, C Magee, J Boyle, C Garvey 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; C Morrissey, C McDonald, A Morrissey; B Fox, H Coghlan, C Aylward; G Hannigan, B Jones; S Carey, N Fitzgerald, B Mulvihill; J Tierney, B Coen, B Grogan. Subs: R Costigan for A Morrissey (half-time), D O’Brien for N Fitzgerald (41), C Higgins for C Morrissey (55), J Cagney for Mulvihill (65), K Mulryan for B Jones (65), A Moloney for Coen (inj) (67), Coen for Tierney (70), M Phelan for Fox (inj) (80), E Hanrahan for Aylward (inj) (90).

Yellow Cards:

DOWN: M McAllister; C McGovern, C Garvey, L Howard; A Carr, P Turley, D Rooney; D Gordon, S Kearney; B McArdle, J Boyle, R Murtagh; C Magee, D Hughes, R Sexton. Subs: J Ireland for McArdle (half-time), D Rafferty for Turley (yellow) (43), M Cole for Rafferty (yellow) (53), P Murphy for Ireland (85)

Yellow Cards: Peter Turley (42), Damian Rafferty (53)

Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)

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Tipperary 0-18 Down 1-14 (AET)

From the RTE.ie web site

Saturday, 25 April 2009 21:32

Sean Carey was the hero for Tipperary after he punched a point seconds from the end of extra time to end Down’s resistance and win the NFL Division 3 final.

In an engaging contest, the momentum swung like a pendulum, with both sides repeatedly taking the lead, only to be pegged back time and time again.

Down started the brighter of the two sides, with Ronan Murtagh’s goal the highlight of the first half, but Tipp were not content to make up the numbers, and some clinical finishing ensured the sides went in level at half time, 1-4 to 0-7.

It was Tipp who looked the more likely to win in regular time, and they managed a three point lead at one stage, but Down clawed their way back into the match, and a Daniel Hughes point ensured that the sides finished the regulation period level, 1-10 to 0-13.

Extra-time looked like more of the same, with both sides managing four points, but just as it seemed nothing could separate the teams, Carey popped up to fist the crucial score.

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Down 1-14 0-18 Tipperary

From the BBC web site

Sean Carey’s fisted point in the last minute of extra-time condemned Down to defeat in Saturday’s Allianz NFL Division Three final at Pearse Park.

Ronan Murtagh scored a ninth minute goal while Sligo’s Barry Grogan missed a penalty in a tight first half which ended 1-4 to 0-7.

Tipperary surged ahead only for Down to fight back and a Daniel Hughes point made it 1-10 to 0-13 at full-time.

It remained close in extra-time until Carey’s last-gasp winner.

Grogan failed to claim three points from the penalty spot but he fired over the bar to add to Sligo’s tally.

An excellent point from Conor Garvey gave Down a 1-13 to 0-15 lead at the end of the first period of extra-time.

Two Grogan frees put Tipperary back in front only for Aidan Carr to equalise with two minutes left.

In fading light Carey fisted the ball just over the bar and seconds later the Munster men were celebrating.

It was a surprise result with Down going into the game as favourites.

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