Two goals inside the opening three minutes set Tipperary up for victory over Dublin this afternoon in the All Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship.
That early blitz of goals threw Dublin out of their stride and it wasn’t till the midway point of the first half before Willie Braine’s side settled into the game.
Dublin dominated the second quarter of the half to get themselves back into the game and Niamh Comerford who is developing the habit of scoring goals at vital times in games raised a green flag just before the break.
But another early scoring blitz by Tipperary in the second half which included their third goal of the game left Dublin chasing the game and despite a late goal from Comerford her second of the game, Tipperary ran out deserving eight point winners.
The game was only seconds old when Eimear McGrath buries the ball to the back of the Dublin net. Another sweeping move three minutes later was finished to the net by Rosanna O’Donnell to give Tipp a six point lead.
Dublin were at sixes and sevens at this point and Tipperary were dominating possession. They made it count pushing their lead to nine with points fromClodagh McIntyre, a converted free from Eimear McGrath and a fine point from play from Eimear Bourke.
Dublin finally got on the scoreboard with a well struck free from Cliodhna Nicoletti. Tipp restored their nine point advantage with ten minutes to go in the half with a point from Eimear Bourke.
Dublin then enjoyed their best passage of play in the game, two converted frees from Nicoletti reduced the deficit. With a minute of normal time left in the half Tipperary were awarded a free which Eimear McGrath struck over.
Cliodhna Nicoletti converted another free in the 30th minute, Dublin won the resultant puck-out and Niamh Comerford followed a high ball towards the goal and flicked the ball to the net.
That score left just four points between the sides as they headed to the dressing rooms with the half-time score 2-05 to 1-04.
Tipperary started the second half brightly and quickly extended their lead with points from Karin Blair, Eimear McGrath and Clodagh McIntyre. That lead was ten points by the 37th minute when Rosanna O’Donnell grabbed Tipperary’s third goal.
Dublin Captain Niamh Gannon picked up the ball around the 45’ turned inside her marker and struck over a nice point.
The game was end to end and the sides traded six points between them with the Tipp points coming from Eimear McGrath with two and Eimear Bourke and the Dublin points scored by Gabby Couch, Cliodhna Nicoletti with a free and Niamh Gannon with her second of the game.
But everytime Dublin looked to be reeling Tipperary in, the girls from the Premier County hit the scores to keep the Dubs at arms length.
Points from Clodagh McIntyre and Eimear McGrath put Tipp eleven points up with twelve minutes to go. Nicoletti struck a fine point to reduce the lead, but an equally impressive point from Eimear McGrath with just seven minutes to go left Dublin needing four goals to win the game.
It was too big an ask with time running out, Dublin did grab one in the dying seconds from Niamh Comerford but Tipperary were deserving winners in the end.
Speaking after the game Dublin Minor manager Willie Braine said his side started slowly and there was a lack of communication and concentration among his side in the early part of the game but himself and his management take responsibility for that but he also admitted he preferred it to happen now than in a possible semi final and there’s a lot to learn but he prefer it to happen now and they will now work on that before their next game against Galway in two weeks time.
13. Cliodhna Nicoletti 0-06 (5f)
14. Niamh Comerford 2-00
11. Niamh Gannon 0-02
12. Gaby Couch 0-01
11. Eimear McGrath 1-07 (5f)
14. Rosanna O’Donnell 2-00
15. Clodagh McIntyre 0-03
13. Eimear Bourke 0-03
12. Karin Blair 0-01
1. Ciara Jones
2. Issy Davis
3. Ellen Dunphy
4. Aoife Byrne
5. Ciara Clohessy
6. Elyse J Murphy
7. Celine Atanico
8. Caitlin Coffey
9. Anna Sullivan
10. Jody Couch
11. Niamh Gannon
12. Gaby Couch
13. Cliodhna Nicoletti
14. Niamh Comerford
15. Holland Kennedy
22. Kerry Milne for 3. Ellen Dunphy (9)
25. Katie McDonald for 9. Anna Sullivan (17)
24. Niamh McCormack for 15. Holland Kennedy (HT)
18. Megan Benson for 4. Aoife Byrne (HT)
23. Shauna McCarty for 6. Elyse J Murphy (55)
1. Aine Slattery
2. Laura Heffernan
3. Sorcha Ryan
4. Maria Connolly
5. Eimear Heffernan
6. Gemma Fox
7. Ciara Dwan
8. Laura Shinners
9. Grace O’Toole
10. Mary Flaherty
11. Eimear McGrath
12. Karin Blair
13. Eimear Bourke
14. Rosanna O’Donnell
15. Clodagh McIntyre
22. Grainne Long for 10. Mary Flaherty (42)
29. Meabh Elle Ryan for 4. Maria Connolly (48)
27. Jill Ann Quirke for 12. Karin Blair 27. (58)
26. Rachel O’Dwyer for 15. Clodagh McIntyre (60)
28. Ellie Ryan for 8. Laura Shinners (61)