Shock semi-final victory for Tipp
Tipperary footballers have made history after a shock win over Galway on Sunday put them through to the All Ireland semi-finals for the first time since 1935.
Although the team were beaten heavily by Kerry in the Munster final, the team have been raising eyebrows all year after stopping Cork from getting there after a two point win in June.
But Michael Quinlivan, who impressed with in the All Ireland club championships with Clonmel Commercials earlier this year, and Conor Sweeney played tremendously to obliterate Galway with a combined 3-6 score.
The result was all the more shocking after Galway were on the back of their own shock result after comprehensively beating the fancied Mayo in the Connacht football final.
The GAA published comments from manager Liam Kearns after the game, who is relishing the opportunity to play either Mayo or Tyrone next.
“Nobody gave us any credit for beating Cork,” he said. “It was all about Cork and how could Cork lose and they have so much talent, so much behind them and they’re winning All-Ireland under-21s and to lose to Tipperary is a disgrace.
“We got no credit at all for that game. We got a bit more for the Derry game, but we were boxed off as part of the romance, ourselves and Clare. “As I said to the lads before the game, ‘the script here now is that we’re supposed to drift away now and be happy for our day in the sun’. We’re not going to read the script. We were here to win. That was the bottom line.”
He also expressed his hope that there would be more of a support for the footballers in the next game, after a small following from the traditional hurling county in the win over Galway.
“There was only a small band there, we could do with a lot bigger band,” Kearns reflected.
“Tipperary’s a big county. I hope the players get the support they deserve because they’re putting in a massive effort on behalf of the county and they are doing the county proud.
“They are playing great football. I think they deserve more support.”
Elsewhere, Donegal mounted a comeback of sorts and finished strongest to see off Cork in their qualifier, beating the Rebels by three points after going behind in the first half.
Cork raced ahead in the opening stages, but some great scoring from Paddy McBrearty kept his side in the game as they went into the break 1-9 to 0-11 in Cork’s favour. The sides were level on five occasions but the Ulster finalists ultimately finished with more composure to book their place against reigning champions Dublin on Saturday.
Kerry beat Clare comfortably in their quarter-final, with Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice stating afterwards that his side may need to take on a more professional approach in the future, seeing as they will face the winners of Donegal versus Dublin. He also received a boost that Colm Cooper will be return to training this week and will be available for their next game.
“Dublin and Donegal will be a big game next weekend, I’d say, whoever comes through it will be a serious challenge for us,” he told the GAA website.
“If Donegal beat Dublin, they’ll surprise a lot of people and if Dublin do what most people expect them to do, well that’s the semi-final that most people have been expecting all year.
“As we saw, we have a lot of work to do on ourselves. If we can get ourselves right for an All- Ireland semi-final, we can have a real go at whoever’s there, it will take a good team to beat us.
“Maybe we’re a bit better than we think ourselves. All we can do is have a professional attitude to get the job done. In each of the three games so far this year, we’ve got the job done with a bit to spare. That’s just been the pattern.”
In the final football qualifier of the weekend Mayo beat Westmeath by two goals to book their place in this Saturday’s quarter final against Ulster champions Tyrone.
But it was not before they had to hold off a strong second-half Westmeath comeback to make their sixth successive quarterfinal. They led 2-10 to 1-5 at half time after goals from Jason Doherty and Cillian O’Connor.
Mayo only managed to score four points in the second half, and despite leading by 12 points at one stage in the second half, only held a slight three-point advantage as the game entered into injury time.