Tipperary 7-12 Galway 2-12
Jeffrey Lynskey watched his Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling champions ravaged by Tipperary yesterday and immediately called for change to the current structures.
In a repeat of last year’s decider, Galway leaked seven goals to red-hot Tipp but the young Tribesmen looked desperately under-prepared for battle.
Make no mistake, Tipp were at it right from the start but Galway barely raised a gallop, even with seven starters from the 20 players used last September.
Tipp, in contrast, had just Cian Darcy, Brian McGrath and Lyndon Fairbrother who started last year but Darcy was superb, bagging 3-2 and an assist for Mark Kehoe’s goal.
Afterwards, Lynskey explained how suggestions Galway enter into a round-robin style competition with early losers in Leinster, Munster and Antrim were not discussed by Central Council.
And he’ll now ask Galway county board chiefs to put the pressure on Leinster Council for entry to the provincial competition.
Lynskey argued: “If you learned lessons from today and had a game to come back, I promise you they’d be a different side but we haven’t got that and we haven’t had it for the last 30 or 40 years, even going back 100 years.
“The county board need to put pressure on the provincial council and the HDC (Hurling Development Committee), to say ‘look lads, it’s not good enough any more.”
Galway had a facile quarter-final victory over Antrim but were blown away by Munster champions Tipp – who beat Limerick in the provincial decider by 17 points before winning by 15 yesterday.
Lynskey added: “It’s not good enough you’re out in the wings, training all year long and the ratio of training to games is 70 training sessions for one competitive game – and then you’re out. But look, hats off to Tipp, they were a super force today.”
Darcy, Kehoe and Rian Doody netted in the first-half as Tipp led 3-4 to 0-6 at the break. Darcy completed his treble in the second-half, Doody added his second goal and Ger Browne also got in on the act as Tipp cruised into another final.
Galway’s consolation goals were scored by Cinian Fahy who got the last touch when Tipp full-back Michael Whelan turned the ball into his own net, and sub Ronan Murphy.
The margin of victory surprised Tipp boss Liam Cahill. But Tipp were too good and not even a sweeper at the back, Ian O’Brien, could stop the Galway dam breaking.
Tipp played with their own sweeper for a spell, Jerome Cahill, but realising that they needed to be more adventurous in the second-half, Galway reverted to a more conventional format but were still treading water to the finish.
Cahill said: “We came up ready to hurl and go about our business the way we’ve worked on the training field.
“Patches of it came off and there were patches of our play that were average as well. Ten or 11 wides at half-time would be a massive concern.
“A lot of our decision-making was poor as well – I’m putting it down to the majority of our players getting their first run-out at Croke Park and that they’ll improve a good bit from that.”
Tipp did register ten first half wides and that’s an obvious area that can be tightened up ahead of the Limerick rematch.
But having built up a lead against the breeze in the opening half, Tipp kicked for home and are now just 60 minutes away from a first Irish Press Cup success since 2012.
Scorers for Tipperary:
C Darcy 3-2, R Doody 2-2 (0-1f), M Kehoe 1-4, G Browne 1-1, B McGrath (f), L Fairbrother (f) & S Neville 0-1 each.
Scorers for Galway:
E Niland 0-6 (5f, 1 65), C Fahy 1-1, R Murphy 1-0, E Fahy 0-2, J Coyne, J Canning & L Forde 0-1 each.
C Barrett; K O’Dwyer, M Whelan, G Dunne; C Flanagan, B McGrath, J Cahill; P Cadell, G Browne; R Doody, J Morris, C English; L Fairbrother, M Kehoe, C Darcy.
D Walsh for English (h.t.), S Neville for Morris (45), D Ryan for Dunne (51), C Stakelum for Fairbrother (53), J Kelly for Whelan (57).
J Forde; R Glennon, J Fitzpatrick, S Molloy; P Foley, I O’Brien, R Maher; C Fahy, J Coyne; E Fahy, J Canning, E Niland; L Forde, K Cooney, M Lynch.
C Salmon for Lynch (33), R Malone for P Foley (36), I O’Shea for Glennon (38), R Murphy for Cooney (45), R O’Neill for E Fahy (51).
C McAllister (Cork)
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