GUINNESS ALL-IRELAND SHC QUARTER-FINAL:
FT: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18, Croke Park
Galway staged a dramatic Croke Park comeback, hitting a goal and six points in the final 13 minutes of the first of today's All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals, to edge out Tipperary and book their place in the last four.
Conor Hayes’ side looked dead and buried, having trailed by 0-10 to 2-09 at half-time, but rose defiantly at the death to beat long-time rivals Tipp for the first time in three championship tests.
Tipp, who had Eddie Enright back at midfield, looked too good in the first half for the Connacht men, easing out to a 2-09 to 0-10 half-time lead.
After Ger Farragher had sent Galway into the lead - 0-05 to 0-04 - for the second time, Tipp's route one tactics paid dividends with their first goal on 16 minutes.
Former captain Tommy Dunne latched on the breaking ball from a long ball into full-forward Micheal Webster to fire a rapier-like shot to the Galway net.
An Eoin Kelly point followed seconds later, but credit to the Tribesmen, they reeled the deficit back to a single point through scores from Niall Healy and Farragher (0-2).
Farragher could do little about Tipp’s second goal. Another long ball into target man Webster saw Ollie Canning cough up a penalty on 23 minutes and three-time All-star Kelly, who ended the half with 1-03, watched gleefully as his placed ball was deflected home by Derek Hardiman on the Galway line.
Farragher and Shane Kavanagh clipped over two closing points to keep Galway, who hit eleven wides in the opening half, in touch at the break.
Another Kelly point, seconds into the second half, pushed the Tribesmen six points in arrears.
Almost immediately, Galway rose a green flag through David Forde, who fired a rocket of a shot to Brendan Cummins’ net. Kelly's scoring feats - he bagged nine points to add to his 23rd-minute penalty - kept Tipp in front until just past the hour-mark.
Galway trailed 1-14 to 2-17 as referee Aodhan MacSuibhne's ticked past the 57th minute mark. Suddenly, the game's complexion changed - Damien Hayes fended off Hugh Moloney’s meek challenge ten yards out to rocket a second goal past Cummins.
Points from Alan Kerins and Richie Murray then levelled the game at 2-17 apiece for the fourth time. Tipp could only muster a single white flag from Diarmuid Fitzgerald to square it up again, before another Murray over - his third from play - and Farragher's ninth point confirmed Galway’s passage through.
Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18, Croke Park
Scorers: Galway: G Farragher 0-09 (7f, 1 ‘65), D Forde, D Hayes 1-00, R Murray 0-03, F Healy, D Tierney, A Kerins 0-02 each, N Healy, S Kavanagh 0-01 each
Tipperary: E Kelly 1-09 (1-00 pen, 4f), P Kelly 0-04 (1 ’65), T Dunne 1-00, B Dunne 0-02, G O’Grady, M Webster, D Fitzgerald 0-01 each
GALWAY: L Donoghue (capt); D Joyce, S Kavanagh, O Canning; D Hardiman, T Og Regan, D Collins; F Healy, D Tierney; A Kerins, D Forde, N Healy; G Farragher, R Murray, Damien Hayes.
Subs used: C Coen for Collins (44 mins), K Hayes for N Healy (61)
TIPPERARY: B Cummins; H Moloney, P Maher, P Curran; D Fanning, E Corcoran, D Fitzgerald; E Enright, P Kelly; C Morrissey, J Devane, B Dunne (capt); E Kelly, M Webster, T Dunne.
Subs used: C O’Mahony for Maher (half-time), G O’Grady for Devane (43 mins), J Carroll for Enright (62), P Morrissey for C Morrissey (64), B Egan for O’Grady (70)
Referee: Aodhán MacSuibhne (Dublin)