HL1 semi-final: terrific Tipp trounce Dubs

21 April 2013

Tipperary's Brendan Maher and Conal Keaney of Dublin.
©INPHO/Cathal Noonan.
Tipperary 4-20
Dublin 0-17

It was a stroll in the park for Tipperary at Semple Stadium as they romped to a 15-point victory over Dublin to book their place in the Allianz Hurling League final.

The gulf in class between Division 1A and 1B was clear for all to see as Eamon O'Shea's men produced an impressive scoring performance to overwhelm the outclassed visitors. Seamus Callanan (1-7) and newcomer Jason Forde (0-5) were outstanding for a Tipp side that led from the second minute onwards.

In truth, the game was never a contest with goals from Shane Bourke, Patrick 'Bonnar' Maher and Callanan easing the Premier County into a 3-11 to 0-8 half-time lead. Dublin improved after the break, but never looked like making a game of it and their day was summed up when they conceded a fourth goal in injury-time following a terrible mistake by goalkeeper Alan Nolan.

A heavy shower of rain beforehand made conditions tricky for the two teams who lined out as selected. David Treacy had the Division 1B champions ahead inside the first minute from a free, but it proved to be a false dawn as Tipp responded with an unanswered 2-3 in the space of seven minutes to take a firm grip on proceedings.

Shane Bourke wasted little time in wiping out Dublin's early lead when he fielded Noel McGrath's high delivery on the edge of the square and flicked the ball past Shane Nolan for the opening goal. Jason Forde registered Tipp's first point in the fifth minutes before Noel McGrath and Seamus Callanan also raised white flags to give the home side a 1-3 to 0-1 lead.

Dublin were then dealt a second crushing blow when Patrick 'Bonnar' Maher fired home Tipp's second goal, despite being tripped as he took his shot. Danny Sutcliffe scored Dublin's first point in 12 minutes, but there was no respite for Anthony Daly's side as the Premier boys continued to find the target at will.

Lar Corbett collected a hand-pass from Pa Bourke to score his only point in the 16th minute. Bourke then pointed himself after Liam Rushe had failed to field a high ball. Goalkeeper Alan Nolan came to the Metropolitans' rescue when he saved from Seamus Callanan at the expense of a '65, which the Drom & Inch clubman duly converted to increase Tipp's lead to 10 points, 2-6 to 0-2.

Anthony Daly was forced into making the first of two first half substitutions in the 20th minute when former Tipp star Ryan O'Dwyer replaced Simon Lambert at midfield. It continued to be one-way traffic, though, as Shane Bourke emerged from a ruck of players to split the posts from close to the right sideline.

Callanan brought Tipp's tally to 2-8 from a 55-metre free before Dublin introduced Paul Ryan for Conor McCormack in the 24th minute. Within 60 seconds of his arrival, Ryan converted a free for Dublin's third point.

The Leinster side scored two more unanswered points from David Treacy (an excellent effort from the right sideline) and Ryan (free) to reduce the arrears. Callanan (free) and Danny Sutcliffe exchanged points before Tipp hit another purple patch which yielded 1-2 without reply.

Jason Forde sent a sideline cut straight between the posts and Callanan slotted from play after poor Dublin defending, before the rampaging Shane Bourke had his jersey pulled back by Ruairi Trainor as he headed for goal in the 33rd minute. Referee Brian Gavin awarded a penalty which Callanan crashed to the net to bring his haul for the afternoon to 1-5.

David 'Dotsy' O'Callaghan replied with a Dublin point before Alan Nolan prevented a fourth Tipp goal when he saved on the line after Noel McGrath's high delivery had broken dangerously. In the last action of the half, O'Callaghan grabbed his second point to leave 12 in it at the break.

Jason Bourke restored Tipp's 13-point advantage within 15 seconds of the restart. Midfielders Joey Boland and Noel McGrath traded scores before the previously untroubled Brendan Cummins was forced to make a full-length save to deny Danny Sutcliffe a goal. Paul Ryan pointed from the resultant '65 and Sutcliffe followed up with a point from play as Dublin finally started to show some fight.

But normal service resumed when Noel McGrath soloed through for a point at the other end. David Treacy nailed his second from play, only for Shane McGrath to reply for Tipp. After 45 minutes, Eamon O'Shea's charges were sitting pretty on a 3-15 to 0-12 lead.

Paul Ryan converted another free before Niall Corcoran was introduced to the Dublin defence in place of Ruairi Trainor. A poor Paddy Stapleton delivery went straight to Shane Durkin who pointed and then a fine long-range effort from Conal Keaney had the margin down to nine points, 0-15 to 3-15.

But that was as close as it got as Tipp upped the ante again with two quick Callanan points and further efforts from Pa Bourke (two) and Forde. Wing back Shane Durkin and Danny Sutcliffe replied with Dublin's 16th and 17th points (the latter coming after Brendan Cummins had saved a Ryan O'Dwyer rasper).

Cummins frustrated the Dubs again when he kept out Paul Ryan's 20-metre free before the visitors' misery was completed in injury-time when an Alan Nolan mistake produced Tipp's fourth goal.

The unfortunate Dublin 'keeper lost control of the ball after gathering Brendan Maher's high delivery and contrived to put through his own net after Tipp substitute Mikey Heffernan had applied the pressure.

Tipperary - B Cummins; P Stapleton, C O'Mahony, M Cahill; D Maher, Pádraic Maher, B Maher; N McGrath (0-3), S McGrath (0-1); J Forde (0-4, 1 sl), L Corbett (0-1), Patrick Maher (1-0); P Bourke (0-3), S Bourke (1-1), S Callanan (1-7, 1-0 pen, 2f, 1'65). Subs: C O'Brien for Cahill, J Woodlock for S McGrath, M Heffernan (1-0) for Corbett, T Hamill for Pádraic Maher, T Hammersley for S Bourke.

Dublin - A Nolan; P Kelly, P Schutte, R Trainor; M Carton, L Rushe, S Durkin (0-2); J Boland (0-1), S Lambert; C Keaney (0-1), J McCaffrey, D Sutcliffe (0-4); C McCormack, D O'Callaghan (0-2), D Treacy (0-3, 1f). Subs: R O'Dwyer for Lambert, P Ryan (0-4, 3f, 1'65) for McCormack, N Corcoran for Trainor, N McMorrow for McCaffrey, E Dillon for Treacy.

Referee - B Gavin.