Tipp are made to fight Gal the way
Galway 3-16 Tipperary 3-18
Published 21/04/2008 | 07:03
Tipperary triumphed in a thrilling Allianz National Hurling League final in Limerick after a game of super charged fare which more resembled the heat of championship battle at times.
Both sides produced individual stars and after the game Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy said: "It is great to win a league in mid-April, but we know we have a lot of hard work to do in the coming weeks."
Inside 12 minutes Tipperary led by three points, but Galway battled back and only a point separated the sides when Tipperary scored the first goal.
Two Galway defenders seemed to get mixed up and Benny Dunne raced through to crack a powerful shot past a helpless James Skehill. Eoin Kelly had the last point of an interesting first half to have his side 1-9 to 1-8.
But all the thrills were reserved for a classic second half. Lar Corbett of Tipperary and Joe Canning exchanged points, and it seemed that the game was over for Galway when Willie Ryan blasted in their second goal.
Brendan Cummins brought off a spectacular save in the Tipperary goal from Damien Hayes, but Galway refused to wilt.
Substitute Aongus Callanan grabbed a goal, but the highlight of the game was a superb goal by Joe Canning.
The teenage wonderkid had not been too prominent until he burst on the scene with what Ger Loughnane said will probably rank as a contender for goal of the year.
He left a number of defenders in his wake as he let fly a thunderous effort that Brendan Cummins could only admire.
Tipperary struck a purple patch between the 59th and 62nd minutes when they scored 1-3 without reply, the goal being a great effort by Lar Corbett.
Only a point separated them as the game entered stoppage time, but the superb Seamus Butler fitting had the final Tipperary point, his sixth in a great display.
SCORERS: Tipperary: L. Corbett, 1-3, S. Butler, 0-6, E. Kelly, 0-7, W. Ryan, 1-1, B. Dunne, 1-0, S. McGrath, 0-1.
Galway: J. Canning, 1-5 , D. Hayes, 0-4, F. Healy, 1-0, A. Cllanan, 1-0, K. Hynes, 0-3, J. Skehill, R. Murray, G. Farragher, 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: B. Cummins, E. Buckley, P. Curran, C. O'Brien; E. Corcoran, C. O'Mahony, S. Maher; B. Dunne, S. McGrath; S. Butler, R. O'Dwyer, J. Woodlock; E. Kelly, L. Corbett, W. Ryan. Subs, S. Callinan for R. O'Dwyer, J. O'Brien for Dunne, A. Byrne for Corcoran, D. Hickey for W. Ryan.
GALWAY: J. Skehill, C. Dervan, T Og Regan, F. Moore; S. Kavanagh, J. Lee, A. Cullinane; K. Hynes, R. Murray; G. farragher, F. Healy, N. Healy; D. hayes, I. Tannian, J. Canning. Subs, A. Kerins for N. Healy, D. Forde for Murray, A. Callanan for Farragher, K. Wade for Tannian.
Referee: B. Kelly (Westmeath)