Two-time All-star Declan Browne inspired Tipperary to their first senior National title for 75 years today as they overcame Wexford in the Tommy Murphy Cup final.
The Moyle Rovers attacker scored a goal and seven points in the Croke Park showdown as Tipp claimed a 3-10 to 0-15 victory. It was a marked turnaround for Tipp as last year, their footballers withdrew from the championship and the second-tier Tommy Murphy Cup.
Pre-game favourites Wexford were poor from this afternoon's throw-in, hitting eight wides in the first half. Tipp got the ideal start as a Browne line ball was fisted to the net by a well-placed Aidan Fitzgerald in the seventh-minute.
Wexford, who scored just three points in the opening 25 minutes, trailed by 0-4 to 2-6 at the break. Eire Og's Damien O'Brien had palmed in Tipp's second goal, set up once more by Browne.
Wexford's own All-star Matty Forde did improve his side's chances in the second half, running his tally up to six points, but it was not enough as he also missed two goal chances.
They did reel the Munster men back to a single point, at 0-12 to 2-7, but Browne's 61st-minute goal, where he beat Wexford 'keeper John Cooper to a high ball, copperfastened the Tipp win.