Tipperary advance as brilliant Browne demolishes Carlow

Carlow 0-13

After an indifferent first half during which Browne wasted a number of gilt-edged chances, he cut loose on the changeover, scoring a goal and six points to ensure his side are in the hat for the third round draw.

In all, the Moyle Rovers man finished the game with 1-9, which set him apart from his colleagues, but as his coach Tom McGlinchey said, he is only as good as the supply of ball that is played into him.

In that regard his outfield colleagues, particularly Fergal O'Callaghan and Eamon Hanrahan regularly hit the Tipp full forward with the perfect ball in the second half and he showed why he is one of the most feared forwards in the game scoring freely.

"It certainly was a game of two halves," said McGlinchey. "We were dreadful in the opening 35 minutes and clearly we hadn't got the Kerry defeat out of our system.

"A few harsh words were spoken at half time and our lads picked themselves up, got stuck in and from a position of no hopers went on to win the game.

"We scored 1-11 in the second half which was excellent, but there is plenty of room for improvement. Our main aim today was to win the game and stay in the championship for a while longer.

"Carlow were a lot fresher than we were and again it showed the disadvantage a team is under going into such an important game just six days after a defeat. That has to be looked at by those responsible for the championship.

"Of course we had Declan Browne on top of his form in that second half. He was well marked by the Carlow full back for the first 35 minutes, but once the good quality ball began to reach him, he was always going to score.

"A lot of the credit for our victory must also go to our goalkeeper Philly Ryan who made a number of vital saves which kept us in the game."

Carlow were the better side in the first half and it was reflected on the scoreboard when they led 0-7 to 0-3 at the break mainly due to the excellence of Brian Kelly and Simon Rea.

Four points still separated the sides after 40 minutes before Declan Browne finally began to get the service he thrives on and in a marvellous scoring burst, Browne's five points brought Tipperary to parity after 60 minutes.

One of those points should have been a goal but after he rounded the full back, he blazed over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat.

However the goal he had earlier threatened finally came two minutes later when he finished a splendid pass from Benny Hickey to the net and while Carlow put in a late rally they could find no way past Tipp 'keeper Philly Ryan who denied Brian Farrell an equalising goal a minute from time.

"We needed that win badly", said Browne afterwards.

"It would be fair to say we got out of jail, but we deserved it if only for the manner in which we got our act together in the second half."

Scorers for Tipperary: D. Browne 1-9 (0-3 frees); A. Fitzgerald 0-2; R. Doyle, E. Hanrahan, F. O'Callaghan 0-1 each.

Carlow: B. Kelly 0-5 (0-3 frees); S. Rea 0-4 (frees); D. Byrne, P. Nolan, M. Brennan, J. Kavanagh 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: P. Ryan; D. Byrne, S. Collum, R. Costigan; N. Fitzgerald, D. Fanning, L. England; E. Hanrahan, F. O'Callaghan; a. Fitzgerald, B. Hickey, K. Mulryan; T. Doyle, D. Browne. P. Cahill. Subs: B. Hahessy for Byrne; D. O'Brien for Doyle; N. Kelly for Costigan; L. Cronin for Cahill.

CARLOW: J. Clarke; C. McCarthy, B. English, J. Kavanagh; J. Hayden, J. Kehoe, W. Power; D. Byrne, T. Walsh; J. Nevin, M. Carpenter, W. Minchin; S. Rea, B. Kelly, P. Nolan.

Subs: S. O'Brien for Power; M. Brennan for Nevin; J. McGrath for Byrne; D. Walker for Minchin; B. Farrell for Nolan.

Referee: M. Daly (Mayo).

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