John McGrath returns for Tipp as Dubs unveil former Kerry star

Dublin edged out Tipp in an entertaining senior hurling challenge last night. 

John McGrath returns for Tipp as Dubs unveil former Kerry star

Tipperary 3-18 Dublin 2-22

John McGrath made his return to the Tipperary colours as Dublin claimed a one-point victory in a senior hurling challenge at Upperchurch-Drombane GAA club.

The game was held on an evening when the local club opened new facilities and McGrath caught the eye with 2-5 in the first half, as Dublin’s Colm Cronin posted 2-4.

McGrath missed the concluding stages of Tipp’s Allianz Hurling League campaign with a pelvic injury but his return is good news for manager Eamon O’Shea ahead of next month’s Munster semi-final against Clare or Limerick.

A brace from McGrath and another goal from cousin Liam helped Tipp to lead by 3-11 to 1-12 at half-time, in front of a bumper crowd on a night when former Kerry star Darragh O’Connell made his first start for the Dubs.

Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath (2-5, 0-2f), C Kenny (0-5), L McGrath (1-0), S Bourke (0-2), B Maher (0-2f), C Ryan, S McGrath, P Maher & P Ryan (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: C Cronin (2-4), P Ryan (0-4, 2 ’65s’, 1f), D Plunkett (0-3), C Dooley, D O’Connell, B Quinn, D Treacy & O O’Rorke (0-2 each), S Lambert (0-1).

TIPPERARY: D Egan, Pádraig Stapleton, J Barry, T Treacy; Bill Maher, T Hamill, P Heffernan; S McGrath, A Ryan; S Bourke, D McCormack, C Ryan; L McGrath, C Kenny, J McGrath.

Subs: T Comerford for Barry (20), K Morris for L McGrath, P Maher for C Ryan, K O’Dwyer for A Ryan, P Ryan for J McGrath (all half-time), Paddy Stapleton for Treacy (45), Brendan Maher for McCormack (56).

DUBLIN: A Nolan, N Corcoran, M Carton, S Barrett; S Stapleton, S Lambert, J Boland; B Quinn, D O’Connell; D Plunkett, C Cronin, P Ryan; D Treacy, C Dooley, O O’Rorke.

Subs: R O’Dwyer for O’Rorke (55), D Sutcliffe for Ryan (61), C Crummy for Carton (64), R McGowan for Barrett (66).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

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