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Hurling: Dublin defy odds to push champs Tipp all the way

By John Campbell

Dublin 0-18 Tipperary 1-19: Tipperary will fulfill part three of hurling’s most vaunted rivalry after seeing off Dublin in yesterday’s All Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final.

The men from the Premier county will square up to Kilkenny for the third year in a row on September 4 — but only after the Dubs had defied the pre-match odds to push the All Ireland champions all the way at Croke Park.

If the common wisdom was that Dublin would crumble if Tipp grabbed the initiative early on, it was soon disproved when the Dubs cancelled out Corbett’s strike.

Tipp shaded the opening minutes of the second half with two Eoin Kelly ‘65s’ and a point from play from Noel McGrath putting the champions 1-11 to 0-11 to the good.

McGrath and Ryan swapped scores as the sides levelled for the final time as Tipp restored a three-point gap by the 65th minute.

Shane Ryan came off the bench to reduce the gap for the Dubs but a superb sideline cut from Shane McGrath had Tipp in pole position as the final whistle loomed. Maher’s second was cancelled out by Kelly but Pa Bourke converted a late free to seal the win for Tipp.

Tipperary: B Cummins, P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; J O'Keeffe, C O'Mahony, Padraic Maher (0-2); G Ryan (0-2), S McGrath (0-1); N McGrath (0-3, 0-1 sideline), S Callinan (0-1), Patrick Maher; E Kelly (0-6, 0-2f, 0-3 ‘65’), J O'Brien, L Corbett (1-3). Subs: B Maher for S Callinan, P Bourke (0-1f) for Patrick Maher, B O’Meara for G Ryan, S Bourke for E Kelly

Dublin: G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly (0-1), P Schutte; M Carton, J Boland (0-1), S Durkin; A McCrabbe (0-1), J McCaffrey; C McCormack, R O'Dwyer (0-1), L Rushe (0-1); D O'Callaghan (0-1), L Ryan (0-1), P Ryan (0-9, 0-6f, 0-1 ‘65’). Subs: M O’Brien (0-1) for C McCormack, D Plunkett for A McCrabbe, S Lambert for P Schutte, S Ryan (0-1) for L Ryan, P Carton for S Durkin

Referee: C McAllister (Cork).

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