Galway 3-16 Tipperary 1-19
By Ciarán McGreal
Galway secured their second win of the Allianz League and plunged Tipperary into serious relegation trouble in the process at Pearse Stadium.
Goals from Niall Healy, Conor Cooney and Jonathon Glynn proved crucial for the home side before half-time while Seamus Callanan top-scored for the visitors with 1-11.
This result leaves Tipperary rooted to the foot of the table with just one game remaining, when they host Dublin next weekend.
Galway started well with three unanswered points in the first four minutes. Tipperary had a great goal chance after five minutes as Michael Heffernan burst through the Galway defence only to see his shot saved by Galway custodaian Colm Callanan.
Patrick Maher was first to the rebound but again Callanan denied Tipperary with an incredible point-blank save.
The teams traded a number of scores before Niall Healy bagged the game's first goal after 20 minutes after a pass from David Burke. And just five minutes later, the Tribesman grabbed their second through a Conor Cooney penalty after Jonathon Glynn was fouled.
Glynn scored a goal of his own with five minutes remaining in the first half. The Ardrahan man soloed through the defence before flicking the ball past Darren Gleeson. This gave Galway a 3-8 to 0-9 lead at half-time.
With the breeze behind them in the second half, Galway struck three points in quick succession before Tipperary's Shane McGrath grabbed two of his own to reduce Galway's lead. Galway's Padraig Brehony, impressive throughout, scored the point of the day after 49 minutes. David Burke fed the midfielder who exchanged passes with Cooney before splitting the posts.
Seamus Callanan kept Tipperary in touch with a number of frees and Galway led by nine points with eight minutes remaining. Galway's Iarla Tannian was shown a second yellow card in the 62nd minute and this was the catalyst for Tipperary's revival. Callanan scored three points before grabbing a goal from a 21 yard free to make it 3-16 to 1-19 with a minute to go.
Galway managed to hold on for victory despite not scoring for the last 10 minutes.
Galway: N Healy 1-4, C Cooney 1-3 (1-0pen, 0-3f), J Glynn 1-1, David Burke 0-3 (0-1sl), P Brehony 0-3, C Mannion 0-1, J Coen 0-1, I Tannian 0-1.
Tipperary: S Callanan 1-11 (1-8f, 0-1 '65), J O'Dwyer 0-2, S McGrath 0-2, K Bergin 0-2, N McGrath 0-1, M Heffernan 0-1.
Galway: C Callanan; F Moore, R Burke, D Collins; A Harte, I Tannian, Daithi Burke; J Coen, P Brehony; G McInerney, C Cooney, David Burke; C Mannion, J Glynn, N Healy.
Subs: N Burke for McInerney (41), J Flynn for Mannion (57), D Glennon for Healy (67), P Killeen for Harte (69).
Tipperary: D Gleeson; M Cahill, P Stapleton, C Barrett; B Maher, C O'Mahony, Padraic Maher; S McGrath, J Woodlock; N McGrath, J O'Dwyer, Patrick Maher; C Kenny, S Callanan, M Heffernan.
Subs: K Bergin for Woodlock (24), E Kelly for Kenny (32), D Maher for N McGrath (h-t), C O'Brien for Heffernan (44), P Murphy for Cahill (63).