Tipperary claimed a historic All-Ireland minor football crown last September in Croke Park. This afternoon manager David Power and several players from that team returned to the venue for this year’s All-Ireland quarter-final clash against a Mayo team bidding to bounce back from their Connacht final loss to Roscommon.
We were live from Croke Park to record all the action.
RESULT: Mayo 0-19 Tipperary 1-8
15.00 – We’re getting set for throw-in and it’s Mayo who will be playing into the Davin End for the first-half, aided by the breeze in Croke Park. Interesting early positional changes for Tipperary see Colin O’Riordan into corner-back.
15.13 – Mayo 0-4 Tipperary 0-1: 12 mins – Mayo make a decisive burst with a quick flurry of points. Corner-forward Shane Hennelly and wing-back Patrick Durcan fire over from play before Adam Gallagher taps over a free. It’s been a largely scrappy opening with both teams committing mistakes and giving away possession. Tipperary are struggling to get into a rhythm but are not helped by the strong wind they are playing against.
16.09 – Mayo 0-15 Tipperary 1-7: 54 mins – Lovely point from substitute Conor Byrne when he races through and raises a white flag. Darren Duffy into the Mayo team for Brian Mullen.
16.21 – They were outsiders entering the game but Mayo were worthy victors as they improved their performance notably from their Connacht final loss to Roscommon three weeks ago. Their shooting was notably improved as they registered some excellent points. Favourites Tipperary simply never got going but were thrown a lifeline before the break when Philip Quirke found the net for the game’s only goal. Yet they could not build on that in the second-half and were hampered by the sending-off of Steven O’Brien during the second-half. Mayo capitalized on the extra man to pull clear by eight points at the final whistle.