Dublin advance to the League Semi Finals next weekend after victory over Tipperary in Thurles
1946 was the last time Dublin’s Senior Hurlers claimed victory over Tipperary in Semple Stadium. Yesterday they re-wrote their own history. And in doing so qualified for their first league Semi Final since 2015. Back then they beat Limerick to reach the last four before losing to Cork by a solitary point. And Limerick will be Dublin’s opponents next Sunday in a double header in Nowlan Park in Kilkenny (1:30pm).
New Dublin manager Mattie Kenny has praised his side for the manner in which they played and secured the win in rough heavy conditions yesterday in Thurles. Playing with the wind advantage in the first half, the Dubs got out of the traps quickly and were 1-04 to 0-02 up by the ten minute mark. They got their game plan spot on, and would probably have liked to be even further ahead at half time on 1-09 to 0-10. Tipperary missed nine chances to wides in both the first and second half, but did rally to level the game on three occasions.
“To be able to come down to Thurles, after seeing last week the quality of the Tipperary side, and get a good performance from our guys, it will stand to them.” Mattie told Official Dublin GAA.
“Their character was really tested in the second half.”
A real test of character as Tipp mounted a comeback
Capitalising the wind Seán Moran (2), Chris Crummey and Eoghan O’Donnell were all on target with vital long range scores to keep chipping away at the scoreboard. Cian Boland and Paul Ryan impacted the game as substitutes, scoring a brace of points each. Mark Kehoe levelled to game in the 67th minute and the small crowd started to wonder if Dublin would let the game slip out of their grasp. But a Sean Moran ’65 and a score from Paul Ryan pushed them back in front. Brendan Maher’s late score closed the gap to the minimum with three minutes of added time played. But the Dubs held on to secure the win and their path in the League continues.
“We brought a bit of an advantage in to the dressing room at half-time but Tipperary came out and blew that advantage away in three or four minutes.
“The next 30 minutes or so they had to dig deep, playing into a breeze, but our guys worked some nice scores.”