Galway secure home quarter-final with another impressive win

TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship

Galway 4-10

Tipperary 3-4

By Ivan Smyth

Galway secured top spot in Group 4 of the TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship and a home quarter final as they overcame a spirited Tipperary outfit at Moyne Templetuohy GAA Grounds.

Tipperary face Cork next with that tie deciding who finishes second in the group and progresses to the quarter final stage.

There were hail showers and thunder before the contest but it was Tipperary who made a lightning start as they found the net inside the opening 90 seconds. A patient move saw Niamh Martin’s long range delivery acrobatically punched to the net by Aishling Moloney.

Maghnus Breathnach and Fiona Wynne’s charges refused to panic though. The Leonard cousins – Tracey and Róisín – helped Galway draw level with the former firing over two scores while the latter curled over a neatly taken effort.

A superb long range Leanne Coen effort pushed Galway in front for the first time but the Tipperary response was emphatic. A flowing team move ended with Angela McGuigan’s long range strike flying to the roof of the net. Galway hit back in style as a rapid attack saw Tracey Leonard finishing to the bottom corner after being set up by cousin Róisín.

Shauna Brennan, Olivia Divilly and Róisín Leonard (free) slotted over before the break while Emma Morrissey grabbed Tipperary’s first point after 25 minutes with Galway leading 1-7 to 2-1 at the interval.

The third quarter saw Tipperary control possession as Emma Morrissey showed her class to strike over two superb long-range scores.

But Galway possess the class to cut through any defence in the country with Lynsey Noone finding the net after Kate Geraghty won a crucial turnover.

Despite Tipperary trying valiantly to push forward and carve out the scores to cut the gap on Galway, the Tribeswomen countered for a huge score as Louise Ward saw her long-range effort fly to the net.

Galway’s squad depth began to show as the ever dangerous Kate Slevin came off the bench to score their fourth goal after being set up by Olivia Divilly.

Moloney continued to be a threat for Tipperary and she got her second goal in the closing stages when the fisted the ball to the net.

Scorers – Galway: T Leonard 1-2, K Slevin 1-1 (0-1f), L Ward and L Noone 1-0 each, R Leonard 0-2 (1f), O Divilly 0-2, S Brennan, L Coen and E Noone 0-1 each.

Tipperary: A Moloney 2-1, A McGuigan 1-0, E Morrisey 0-3 (1f).

GALWAY: K Connolly; K Geraghty, S Ní Loingsigh, A Ní Cheallaigh; A Molloy, N Ward, S Brennan; L Ward, L Coen; L Noone, H Noone, O Divilly; T Leonard, A Davoren, R Leonard. Subs: K Slevin for R Leonard (39), S Divilly, for S Brennan (39), E Noone, for T Leonard (46), A Trill, for L Noone (55), E Gavin, for S Ní Loingsigh (55).

TIPPERARY: L Fitzpatrick; E Kelly, L Spillane, E Cronin; M Curley, L Morrissey, C O’Dwyer; E Morrissey, N Towey; C English, M Murphy, S English; A McGuigan, N. Martin, A Moloney. Subs: K. Downey for C. English (39), N Spillane, for M Murphy (39), R. Kiely for A. McGuigan (47), N Martin, for S English (52).

Ref – Garryowen McMahon (Mayo).

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