TIPPERARY AND OFFALY can count themselves somewhat lucky to remain in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship as both needed late comebacks to get this far.
However, win they did and Portlaoise was the venue as they clash in Round 2 of the qualifiers.
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Tipperary 5-25 Offaly 1-20
18.39 – Good evening y’all.
Steve O’Rourke has been held up by the Wexford Park über-drama so it is Patrick McCarry here to see us through the early stages of this qualifier.
18.40 – Here are your two teams, starting with Tipp.
1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)
2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)
3. Paudie Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
7. Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill)
6. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
5. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
8. Kieran Bergin (Killenaule)
9. James Woodlock (Drom & Inch)
10. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
14. Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch)
15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)
18.41 – And here is how The Faithful will line out.
1 James Dempsey (Kinnitty)
2 Niall Wynne (St Rynagh’s)
3 Rory Hanniffy (Birr)
4 Chris McDonald (Brosna Gaels)
21 Emmett Nolan (Birr)
5 Kevin Brady (Coolderry)
7 Cathal Parlon (Coolderry)
9 Sean Ryan (Birr)
14 Dan Currams (Kilcormac/Killoughey)
15 Joe Bergin (capt, Seir Kieran)
8 Conor Mahon (Kilcormac/Killoughey)
12 Colin Egan (Belmont)
13 Brian Carroll (Coolderry)
11 David Kenny (Belmont)
10 Shane Dooley (Tullamore)
18.51 – Sky Sports have a fancier way of showing you who is playing.
18.52 – Here is Seamus Callanan celebrating his late goal last weekend.
Source: James Crombie/INPHO
18.55 – Offaly boss Brian Whelahan: While we won the game [against Antrim]. we definitely could have won it more comfortably. That instilled a lot of confidence.
Tipp boss Eamon O’Shea: We’re fighting for our lives. The same attitude applies; the opposition doesn’t matter.
I must grab you a screen-shot of Jamesie O’Connor in the Sky Sports studio. The well-dressed compliments from his TV debut must have zoomed straight to his head. He is so dapper this evening. So, so dapper.
19.02 – National anthem is melodiously ringing around the ground. Poignant version. Nice.
19.03 – Tipp fans, this should cheer ye up. Your footballers beat Laois in the qualifiers today.
Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
19.04 – And we’re off. Early free but Callanan is left and wide from long-range. Bergin then has a pop but wide it goes too.
19.05 – Tipperary 1-0 Offaly 0-0 – 2 mins Lar Corbett fires home from 12 yards out after there was a two-on-one created.
19.08 – Tipperary 2-0 Offaly 0-1 – 4 mins They stream through again and Bonner Maher slashes home. Brian Carroll gets Offaly off the mark.
19.09 – Tipperary 2-0 Offaly 0-2 – 5 mins Another score for Carroll and this one from play. Found space and made it count.
19.10 – 7 mins - A bit of wind at Bergin’s back so he has a dart from 70m out but it goes wide.
19.12 – Tipperary 2-1 Offaly 0-3 – 8 mins Carroll is more accurate from right of the posts and 60m out. Over it goes. That should settle them after a very ropey start. Dennis Maher [on for Gearoid Ryan - blood ub] wins possession to knock over Tipp’s first point.
Just a quick update to let you know Wexford have beaten Clare 2-25 to 2-22.
19.14 – Tipperary 2-2 Offaly 0-3 - Simple free chance for Tipp and Callanan makes no mistake this time. Ryan patched up and back on.
19.15 – 11 mins - O’Dwyer left and wide from play. The Tipp man with a rueful shake of the head.
19.16 – 13 mins - Carroll should have lobbed that over but his free drops short. Cleared with little hassle.
19.18 – Tipperary 2-3 Offaly 0-3 – 14 mins O’Dwyer goes for goal but James Dempsey makes a great save. The sliotar eventually comes out to Woodlock and he bangs over an arcing point.
19.19 – Tipperary 2-3 Offaly 0-4 – 15 mins Curram chips in with a fine point from play.
19.20 – Tipperary 2-4 Offaly 0-5 – 17 mins Cathal Parlon the next to nick a point back for The Faithful but Tipp have a simple free coming up… Callanan dinks it over from 35m.
19.21 – Tipperary 2-5 Offaly 0-6 – 19 mins Shane Dooley sends over a beauty from the left wing. Great score. Bergin responds for the hosts.
19.22 – 19 mins - Great take in defence by Paddy Stapleton. He took a few raps in the process to earn a free out.
19.23 – 21 mins - Ryan is disgusted. Clear on goal but the ref calls play back for a free.
19.24 – Tipperary 2-5 Offaly 0-7 – 21 mins Carroll knocks over another free from slightly to the left of the sticks.
19.26 – 22 mins - Another wide for Tipp, this time from Noel McGrath. Mahon then has a low shot just skittling wide of the posts.
19.27 – Tipperary 2-5 Offaly 0-8 – 24 mins More indiscipline from Tipp and Carroll bisects the posts from out near the right touchline.
19.28 – Tipperary 2-5 Offaly 0-9- 24 mins Dooley with a hand-pass to Carroll and he scythes one over from out on the right wing. Lovely score.
19.29 – Here’s Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher scoring Tipp’s second:
Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
19.31 – Tipperary 3-5 Offaly 0-10 – 28 mins Superb, smacked goal from Corbett after Callanan’s flicked pass set him up. The response is a Carroll free.
19.33 – Tipperary 3-6 Offaly 0-10 – 30 mins Bonner Maher loses Brady, his marker, and uses the short-handled grip to send over his first point of the game.
19.36 – Tipperary 3-7 Offaly 0-11 – 33 mins Portlaoise playing host to both sides today, on an evening where summer has gone amiss. Carroll gets an inch, takes a yard and sends another score over. McGrath pops over a point but Callanan wanted a pass as he was unmarked.
19.38 – Tipperary 4-8 Offaly 0-11 – 34 mins So fluid, so graceful. Callanan has space out on the right and knocks over a fine score. Maher with the hand-pass moments later and in it goes, despite Dempsey’s brave efforts.
19.39 – Tipperary 4-9 Offaly 0-11 – 35 + 1 mins Callanan pops over an easy score and Tipp are coasting now.
19.40 – HALF-TIME
Scorers for Tipperary: Callanan 1-4 (3f), Corbett 2-0, P Maher 1-1, D Maher 0-1, Woodlock 0-1, Bergin 0-1, N McGrath 0-1.
Scorers for Offaly: Carroll 0-8 (5f), Curram 0-1, Parlon 0-1, Dooley 0-1.
19.43 – Righto, I will hand over this goalfest to Steve O’Rourke. G’d luck!
19.56 – THROW-IN -
The second half is under way.
19.57 – GOAL! Tipperary 4-9 Offaly 1-11 – 37mins: Colin Egan gets on the end of a speculative Brian Carroll and Offaly have given themselves a chance here.
19.59 – Tipperary 4-9 Offaly 1-12 – 37mins: Referee Alan Kelly signals that one of the Tipperary players handled the ball on the ground and Brian Carroll takes his point.
20.00 – Tipperary 4-10 Offaly 1-12 – 39mins: Seamus Callanan with Tipp’s first point of the second half to make it a goal and five for the full forward.
20.02 – Tipperary 4-11 Offaly 1-12 – 39mins: That’s a brilliant point from Tipperary. Lar Corbett with a little flick is picked up by Kieran Bergin and the Killenaule man points.
20.03 – Tipperary 4-11 Offaly 1-13 – 39mins: Shane Dooley points a 65 and the gap is seven points again.
20.04 – Tipperary 4-11 Offaly 1-13 – 44mins: Brilliant moment there watching Noel McGrath look for the sliotar even though his hurley was on the field about 20m away from him.
20.06 – Tipperary 4-11 Offaly 1-14 – 45mins: Joe Bergin with a nice score there for Offaly when he looked to have been crowded out of the game.
20.07 – Tipperary 4-11 Offaly 1-15 – 46mins: Offaly really getting back into this, Brian Carroll brings his total to 1-10 and the gap is now five.
20.09 – Tipperary 4-11 Offaly 1-16 – 48mins: Another Carroll free and it’s now a four point game. They can’t, can they?
20.13 – Tipperary 4-13 Offaly 1-16 – 52mins: Callanan gets Tipperary’s first score in nearly 10 minutes and Bergin follows up with another point. The lead is now six.
20.14 – Tipperary 4-14 Offaly 1-16 – 52mins: All of a sudden, Tipperary are racing ahead again, Callanan with another point from play.
20.15 – Tipperary 4-15 Offaly 1-16 – 54mins: John O’Dwyer sweeps another score over the bar. Tipp have scored four in a row now.
20.16 – Tipperary 4-16 Offaly 1-16 – 55mins: Lovely score from Lar Corbett as he gets his first point of the game.
20.18 – Tipperary 4-17 Offaly 1-17 – 57mins: Offaly have no answer for this again, Paddy Stapleton with Tipperary’s latest score.
Joe Bergin does get one back for the Faithful.
20.20 – Tipperary 4-18 Offaly 1-19 – 60mins: Callanan brings scores another free.
Carroll reduces the deficit to nine again but Offaly need goals.
20.22 – Tipperary 4-20 Offaly 1-18 – 61mins: It’s now an 11 point lead for Tipperary as Bergin and Eoin Kelly – on as a sub – score back to back points.
20.24 – Tipperary 4-20 Offaly 1-19 – 63mins: Another consolation point for Offaly and Brian Carrol. That’s not 13 points for the forward.
20.26 – Tipperary 4-21 Offaly 1-19 – 65mins: Denis Maher scores his first point of the game and the lead is 11 again.
20.28 – Tipperary 4-23 Offaly 1-20 – 67mins: Seamus Callanan brings his total to 1-9 before Jason Forde edges Tipperary closer to the handicap margin of 14 points as the rain descends in O’Moore Park.
Sean Ryan gets a point the other end to keep the gap at 12 points.
20.30 – Tipperary 4-24 Offaly 1-20 – 69mins: Another Tipp point, another free from Callanan.
20.31 – Tipperary 5-25 Offaly 1-20 – 70mins: Corbett brings his total to 2-2 as the lead is before Callanan grabs his second goal and the rout is almost complete.
20.33 – FULL-TIME -
And it’s all over. Tipperary have run riot in the end and it’s the Premier County who’ll play in the All-Ireland quarter-finals with a comfortable 17-point win.
20.34 – And that’s it from us. Thanks as always for joining us. We’ll have a report form this game up soon.
20.44 – Before we go, here are the scorers from O’Moore Park: