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Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Final Replay: Dublin 1-11 Tipperary 2-18

Tipperary were always in control against Dublin as they cruised to a big victory in their All-Ireland minor hurling final replay clash at Croke Park on Sunday.

The Premier County were fully deserving winners as they won their 19th All-Ireland title with 10 points to spare. Although Dublin fought hard until the end, they didn’t perform anywhere near as well as they did in the first game three weeks ago, and couldn’t live with a much improved Tipperary performance.

William Maher’s side led by 11 points at the break, with goals from Mark McCarthy and Tadhg Gallagher inside the first 15 minutes sending them on their way. The two goals established a six-point lead for Tipperary, and once they got that far in front, they never looked back as Dublin struggled to make any inroads on the gap whatsoever.

The second half was barely a contest as Dublin couldn’t get the scores they needed to make Tipperary sweat. Tipperary only added eight points to their tally in the second 35 minutes, but it was more than enough as they cruised to glory. Led by some excellent free-taking from the nerveless John McGrath, Tipperary led 0-3 to 0-2 after a few minutes and then pounced for the first goal through McCarthy.

McCarthy outpaced a couple of defenders, and bore down on goal from the left. The angle was acute by the time the chance to shoot came, and he didn’t connect first time with the ball. However, he struck it as it hopped and buried it past Cian Mac Gabhann to send Tipperary four clear after 10 minutes.

Two good points from James Roche for Dublin, brought in as a late replacement for Caolán Conway, brought Dublin back to within three, but then Gallagher grabbed the second goal. This time it came after a raid down the right. He raced past Dublin defender Shane Barrett and buried low to the net in the left corner.

Tipperary were playing the much more fluent hurling, were in much greater control of the sliotar, and hardly struck any wides in the first half. They added substantially to their lead before the half-time whistle, and with points from Seán Maher, Stephen Cahill and the continued scoring excellence of McGrath, they led 2-10 to 0-5 at half-time.

Straight away after the restart, McGrath powered over a beautiful point from play, nipping any potential Dublin comeback in the bud before it even started. That put 12 between the sides, and although Paul Winters clipped over a few frees for Dublin in the next few minutes, Seán Maher’s point for Tipperary after 45 minutes kept Dublin 12 points ahead.

Tipp inevitably eased off in the final 15 minutes, and Dublin profited from that when they struck for goal in the 53rd minute. Full-forward Oisín O’Rorke hit the goal, a sharp finish after a good ball inside. It was all they could muster though, and fittingly enough McGrath struck the last two points of the game to take his tally to 0-10 overall, and send Tipperary over the line with 10 points to spare.

Scorers for Dublin: P Winters 0-6 (6f), O O’Rorke 1-1, J Roche 0-2, E O’Donnell 0-1, C Costello 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath 0-10 (7f, 1 65), M McCarthy 1-2, T Gallagher 1-2, S Maher 0-2, S Cahill 0-1, B Maher 0-1

Dublin: C Mac Gabhann; E Lowndes, C O’Callaghan, S Barrett; E O’Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello, C Cronin; C McHugh, C Boland, D Gormley; J Roche, O O’Rorke, P Winters
Subs: K O’Flynn for R Murphy (HT), C Conway for C McHugh (39), S Treacy for J Roche (45), R Tierney for C O’Callaghan (60).

Tipperary: P Maher; R Maher, M Breen, J Peters; T Fox, T Hamill, B Heffernan; B Maher, S Cahill; J McGrath, D Fitzell, S Maher; T Gallagher, J Shelly, M McCarthy.
Subs: S O’Brien for S Maher (52), S Ryan for S Cahill (57), C Lanigan for T Gallagher (59), J Loughnane for M McCarthy (61).

Tipperary captain Bill Maher with the Irish Press Cup
Photo courtesy of Jerry Ring

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