Red-hot Browne inspires Tipp victory

Tipperary 0-15 Roscommon 0-11

Browne scored five points from play as outsiders Tipperary surprised the fancied Roscommon outfit to qualify to meet Wexford in the final.

Little separated the sides at any stage. Tipperary opened brightly to lead 0-4 to 0-1 after 12 minutes but Roscommon soon settled and led 0-7 points to 0-4 after 23 minutes.

Tipperary came again and at the interval the sides were level 0-8 each.

Tipperary enjoyed the better of the exchanges in the third quarter and with Browne in top form went 0-12 to 0-9 clear at the end of the third quarter.

Roscommon tried hard to get back on terms but it was Tipperary who finished the stronger for a comfortable win.

While Browne was the star of the show for Tipperary, Benny Hickey, Brian Lacey, Brian Mulvihill, Damien O’ Brien and Niall Fitzgerald were others to shine.

For Roscommon, Steven Lohan, Karol Mannion, Brian Higgins, John White and John Rodgers caught the eye.

Scorers for Tipperary. D. Browne 0-7, B. Hickey 0-5, B. Mulvihill, B. Lacey and A. Fitzgerald 0-1 each.

Roscommon: S. Lohan 0-7, K. Mannion 0-2, B. Higgins and D. Hoey 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: P. Fitzgerald, D. Byrne, N. Curran, P. King, P. Morrissey, B. Lacey 0-1, R. Costigan, K. Mulryan, N. Fitzgerald, S. Murphy, B. Hickey 0-5, B. Hahessy, B. Mulvihill 0-1, D. Browne 0-7, D. O’ Brien.

Subs: A. Fitzgerald 0-1 for Murphy, E. Hanrahan for N. Fitzgerald.

ROSCOMMON: G. Claffey, J. Nolan, J. White, G. Aherne, J. Rodgers, D. Casey,

S. McDermott, S. O’ Neill, M. Finneran, K. Mannion 0-2, M. O’ Carroll, D. Hoey 0-1, B. Higgins 0-1, S. Lohan 0-7, J. Dunning

Subs: J. Tiernan for O’Neill, J. Callery for O’ Carroll, S. Daly for Rodgers, J. Egan for Dunning.

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