Goal by rookie saves Galway against Tipp

Galway 1-12 Tipperary 0-11

Goal by rookie saves Galway against Tipp

Galway 1-12 Tipperary 0-11

Debutant Michael Farragher rescued Galway when he fired home the only goal of the game at Pearse Stadium.

Galway’s dreadful run in the All-Ireland qualifiers looked set to continue when they failed to use the wind in the opening half.

Tipperary looked set for a shock win when they trailed by just a point at the interval having played against the strong wind.

Galway were unable to break them down with the wind at their backs but it was a much more accomplished performance from the Tribesmen after the restart.

They worked the ball into good positions and picked off some fine scores.

But it was Farragher’s goal which really put them in the driving seat, although manager Alan Mulholland will be worried with the way they allowed Tipperary to clay their way back in the final quarter.

Tipperary were unable to build on that strong start and were blown away by a great third quarter from Galway as the Tribesmen finally ended a losing run in the qualifiers that stretches back to 2004.

The sides exchanged points five times in the opening half before Sean Armstrong edged Galway in front at the break with his third point to make it 0-6 to 0-5 at the break.

But Galway made a great start to the second-half with points from Mark Hehir and Amstrong pushing them 0-8 to 0-5 and while Peter Acheson responded with a pointed free, Galway hit back.

Danny Cummins floated over a free and then lofted in another effort which goalkeeper Fitzgerald punched but it fell to debutant Michael Farragher and he slotted it low into the bottom right of the net.

It was Galway’s first goal in a qualifier match since 2007 against Meath and it put them ahead by double scores after 46 minutes.

Galway continued to dominate proceedings and Cummins extended the lead with his third point as the Tipperary challenge disintegrated as Galway ended their seven match losing run in the qualifiers and book their place in the second round.

Galway: M Breathnach; C Forde, F Hanley, K Kelly; C Doherty, G O’Donnell, G Sice: P Conroy (0-1), G Higgins; J O’Brien, S Armstrong (0-4), M Farragher (1-1); M Hehir (0-1), M Meehan (0-2 1f), D Cummins (0-3).

Subs: Subs: D O’Neill for Sice (64), T Flynn for O’Brien (68), F O Curraoin for Farragher (61), M Martin for Meehan (60).

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, J Coghlan; B Fox (0-1), D Lynch, D Leahy; H Coghlan (0-1), S O’Brien, L Allen; P Acheson (0-1, 1f), I Fahey; C Sweeney (0-5), P Quirke, G Hannigan.

Subs: B O’Brien (0-2) for Fahey 56, A Matassa (0-1) for S O’Brien 60, B Mulvihill for Lynch 49.

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry).

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