SH challenge: Kelly stars as Tipp hammer Dublin


Kelly-led Tipp rip Dubs apart to give Daly plenty of food for thought

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Independent newspaper


Tuesday May 11 2010

FIVE-time All Star Eoin Kelly shot 2-6 last night as Tipperary demolished Dublin by 25 points in a senior hurling challenge at Nenagh’s McDonagh Park.  Kelly marked his return to Tipp after a recent hamstring injury as the Premier County dished out some capital punishment to the travelling Sky Blues.  Munster champions Tipp showed some good form less than three weeks before the Munster SHC quarter-final showdown with Cork on May 30, while Dublin boss Anthony Daly was left with plenty to ponder following this massacre.  The Dubs are not in action until they meet Carlow or Laois in the Leinster SHC on June 6, but Daly was desperately disappointed by his side’s showing as they shipped five goals to a rampant Tipp.  Noel McGrath added two goals for the home side while Brian O’Meara bagged 1-2 and was the fulcrum of most of his team’s good work in the first half.

Operating at full-forward, O’Meara proved a most effective targetman and with just six minutes on the watch, he brilliantly fetched Padraic Maher’s long delivery and netted from 20 metres.  O’Meara’s club-mate Seamus Hennessy played a key role in Tipp’s two other first-half goals as his neat flick kept the ball in play and allowed Noel McGrath to profit midway through the half.  McGrath’s goal was brilliantly executed into the top corner, while Hennessy set up Kelly for another bullet finish in the 18th minute.  At half-time, Tipp led by 3-15 to 0-8 and the misery continued for Dublin shortly after half-time when McGrath kicked home a fourth goal.

O’Meara won a 39th-minute penalty which was blasted to the net by Kelly for the Mullinahone star’s second goal of the evening.  Centre-forward Seamus Callanan hit four points from play while Brendan Maher came off the bench to raise three white flags as 10 different players contributed to the scoresheet for Tipperary.  Dublin had a four-point haul from midfielder John McCaffrey, while Shane Durkin and Alan McCrabbe hit three points apiece in a dismal effort from the visitors.

Scorers — Tipperary: E Kelly 2-6 (1-0 pen, 0-4f), N McGrath 2-2, B O’Meara 1-2, S Callanan 0-4, B Maher 0-3, S McGrath, P Kerwick, J Brennan 0-2 each, D Fanning, P Fanning 0-1 each. Dublin: J McCaffrey 0-5 (0-2f, 0-2 65s), S Durkin, A McCrabbe (0-3f) 0-3 each, L Rushe 0-2, K Flynn, P Ryan 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY — B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Dunne, S McGrath; P Kerwick, S Callanan, S Hennessy; E Kelly, N McGrath, O’Meara. Subs: P Fanning for Kerwick (25), Patrick Maher for S McGrath (29), B Maher for Dunne (h/t), J Brennan for Callanan (44), D Egan for O’Meara (50), D Young for Fanning (50), C O’Brien for Padraic Maher (50), J O’Brien for Hennessy (57), M Heffernan for Patrick Maher (62).

DUBLIN — G Maguire; N Corcoran, T Brady, O Gough; S Hiney, R Fallon, M O’Brien; J McCaffrey, S Durkin; P Ryan, K Flynn, S Lambert; L Rushe, S Ryan, A McCrabbe. Subs: D O’Dwyer for Lambert (30), S O’Sullivan for Brady (47), J Kelly for Ryan (47), P Carton for Flynn (54).

REF — D Richardson (Limerick)

11 May 2010

Eoin Kelly put his recent hamstring problems behind him when he blasted 2-6 as Tipperary trounced Dublin by 25 points in a senior hurling challenge at Nenagh last night.

Tipperary 5-25
Dublin 0-15

The victory was revenge of sorts for Tipp, who suffered a surprise loss to Anthony Daly’s side in the recent NHL campaign. Current Young Hurler of the Year Noel McGrath also hit a brace of goals, while newcomer Brian O’Meara helped himself to 1-2.

With Kelly to the fore, Tipp were already out of sight at half-time when they led by 3-15 to 0-8. Things got worse for the visitors after the restart when McGrath booted home a fourth goal.
Seamus Callanan scored 0-4 from centre forward, while substitute Brendan Maher weighed in with 0-3 as 10 different Tipp players got on the scoresheet.

Johnny McCaffrey top-scored for Dublin with 0-4, but they had precious little to cheer about and on this evidence will struggle to get past Laois or Carlow in their Leinster SHC opener.

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