The Tipperary team
The first part of this double was achieved last Sunday in Semple Stadium where Tipperary were good value for their three-point win. It was a game that David Power and his cabinet will take a lot of positives from but there were also just enough “false positives” to keep them honest. More on that later. For now, stick the kettle on, make yourself a mug of tay, pull up a chair and listen while I attempt to take you through proceedings in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.
People will tell you that “a good start is half the battle” and from the throw-in, Tipperary took the game to Leitrim. Conal Kennedy slotted over a classy point after just 45 seconds of action. Conor Sweeney added frees in the 3rd and 8th minute but despite dominating the opening exchanges, Tipperary found themselves only a point up after ten minutes and it could have been worse had Evan Comerford not produced a good save in the 9th minute.
You don’t have to be a Doctor of Football to diagnose why we were conceding scores. It had happened last week against Offaly and it was happening here again.
Last Sunday, Offaly had 25 kick-outs in the game, they won sixteen of them, got nine shots at our goal from those sixteen kick-outs and scored seven points.
It’s a stat that couldn’t and shouldn’t be ignored but it seems for the first 35 minutes it was.
Leitrim’s first two points in the game came from us conceding their kick-out. They had ten kick-outs in the first half and retained possession on all ten. I’m not sure if this was a deliberate tactic to concede the kick-out or if we just switched off when the ball went dead but whatever the reason, with stats like that the Leitrim keeper Brendan Flynn must have felt like Stephen Cluxton going in at half-time.
By the end of the game, Leitrim had scored six points within 40 seconds of retaining possession from their own kick-outs and when you add the five points they got from winning Tipperary kick-outs, then eleven of their fifteen scores yesterday came from this source.
The potential in this Tipperary team was seen in the 13th minute. A Jack Kennedy free found Conor Sweeney and with a lovely floated right-footed pass (that is not a misprint), Sweeney picked out Robbie Kiely in a parcel of space on the 21m line. Kiely’s dummy solo sent the defender for a hot dog before laying a hand-pass off to Michael Quinlivan. It looked as if Michael had run out of road but genius is as genius does and he somehow defied the laws of physics to get a left-footed pass across the goal and in the process take the goalkeeper and two defenders out of the game. This left Kevin O’Halloran with the simplest of tasks to kick into an empty net.
A Jack Kennedy free and the score of the game from Brian Fox in the 23rd minute saw Tipperary lead 1.05 to 0.03 and all of this while playing against a lively wind. The stage was set for us to moonwalk home or so it seemed. Nobody would have predicted that Brian Fox’s point would be our last score for twenty minutes.
It’s hard to know what happened. To simply say that Leitrim upped their game without looking at our own failures would be dishonest. From here to the end of the game we were slow, deliberate and predictable in almost everything we did.
By half time Leitrim had reduced the deficit to 1.05 to 0.07 and were level within a minute of the restart. They could have had a goal a minute later but Ryan O’Rourke fluffed his lines. Three further Leitrim points were cancelled out by three long-range efforts, two from the in-form Liam Boland and another from Michael Quinlivan to leave the score at the water break 1.10 to 0.13.
Brian Fox edged Tipperary ahead in the 60th minute and three minutes later Kevin Fahey and Liam Casey exchanged passes before Casey found the front of the net with a rocket from fourteen yards to put Tipperary four points up. Leitrim to their credit battled to the end and added two further points before referee Padraig Hughes signalled full stop.
Football matches are about winning and we are two from two since our return to action. Despite not being at our best, those wins were achieved because the important components of hard work and talent are still there.
I have often quoted the stat that 82% of the time the team that wins the turnover count wins the game. In old money, turnovers equate to hard work and over the last two Sundays Tipperary have worked hard and won the turnover battles. That’s always a good sign because once you have a team prepared to work hard then the rest is only window dressing.
Amazingly our problems are when we are in possession of the ball. Tipperary are at their best when they employ the same tactics that you would when running from a bull. Just go forward as fast as you can and don’t turn back. Too often yesterday we went lateral or backwards rather than forward.
Our kick-outs are woefully predictable and are spending more time in the air than a Ryanair flight. When we attack, far too often we leave the ball carrier isolated and while we do offer support on the wings nobody is trying to break the defensive line by offering the ball carrier support from off his shoulder.
We certainly have a lot to ponder but the reality is there is nothing wrong that isn’t easily fixed and if we can get Steven O’Brien out of the repair shop in time for the Clare game next Sunday, our chances of progressing deep into the Munster Championship will improve considerably.
posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Sun Oct 25, 2020
Two goals, one each either side of the half time break, were the difference between today’s opponents in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in what was a winner takes all encounter as David Power’s Tipperary side retained their Division 3 status for 2021.
Portroe’s Kevin O’Halloran had the easy task of kicking into an empty net after great work from Robbie Kiely and Michael Quinlivan to give the Premier a deserved 1-5 to 0-3 lead after twenty minutes while playing into a stiff breeze. However, despite this great opening, Leitrim kicked the last four points of the half to reduce the margin to the minimum entering the break.
Leitrim were determined to give themselves every chance of survival and in the ninth minute of the second period they edged two-points ahead, 0-12 to 1-7, and Tipperary were struggling to impose themselves on the game and take advantage of the favourable wind. Liam Boland, who exploded into the Offaly match last weekend after being introduced as a second-half substitute, had a similar effect today and kicked two points to level proceedings. Further points came from Brian Fox and Conor Sweeney before Cahir’s Liam Casey scored a bullet of a goal after an incisive run through the heart of the Leitrim backs to give Tipperary a much-needed cushion for the remainder of the game. To be fair the home side did not throw in the towel with Conor Dolan and Keith Beirne kicking points to leave just two between the sides when referee Padraig Hughes signalled full time.
Tipperary: Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, Jimmy Feehan, Colm O’Shaughnessy; Bill Maher, Kevin Fahey, Robbie Kiely; Liam Casey (1-00), Conal Kennedy (0-01); Jack Kennedy (0-02, 0-02 frees), Michael Quinlivan (0-01), Brian Fox (0-02); Kevin O’Halloran (1-00), Conor Sweeney (0-03, 0-03 frees), Rian Quigley.
Substitutes: Liam Boland (0-02) for Quigley (40), Colman Kennedy for Conal Kennedy (56), Jason Lonergan for O’Halloran (56), Alan Moloney for Fox (60), Emmet Moloney for Casey (70+4).
Leitrim: Brendan Flynn; Donal Casey, Conor Reynolds, Paddy Maguire; Cillian McGloin (0-01), Jack Gilheany, Aidan Flynn; Mark Plunkett, Donal Wrynn; Shane Quinn (0-01), Keith Beirne (0-06, 0-05 frees), Domhnaill Flynn; Conor Dolan (0-04), Ryan O’Rourke (0-01), Darragh Rooney (0-01).
Substitutes: Evan Sweeney (0-01) for Plunkett (HT), Niall Brady for Rooney (56), Oisín McCaffrey for O’Rourke (60), David Bruen for McGloin (70+4)
Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)
Well done @TippfootballGAA, tough battle in Leitrim, so important to retain division 3 status, would be great to get a championship win next weekend 👏👏
— Declan Browne (@dbrowne15) October 25, 2020
— Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol (@TippCumanNamBun) October 25, 2020
posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Fri Oct 23, 2020
This game can be watched live on www.gaago.ieposted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Sun Oct 18, 2020
Tipperary looked the more assured side in the opening quarter and were leading 0-5 to 0-3 at the water break and should have added a second goal to Conor Sweeney’s penalty after the resumption when Kevin O’Halloran saw his two shots, taken in quick succession, blocked on the line be an Offaly defender and the goalkeeper.
By half time the home side led 1-8 to 0-9 and would have been disappointed not to be further ahead as they allowed Offaly to score the last three points of the half.
With Offaly in danger of getting sucked into relegation trouble, John Moughans men worked tirelessly to get back in the match but Tipperary held firm and never allowed them to take the lead with our backs in particular in a defiant mood summed up by a superb double block by Alan Campbell denying them a certain morale-boosting point at a crucial stage of the game.
Liam Boland made an appearance as the game entered the last quarter and he made a huge impact, scoring two points to add to two monster efforts from Liam Casey as the Premier held out for a 1-16 to 0-16 win.
Next weekend Tipperary travel to Leitrim knowing a win will secure their place in Division 3. Offaly play Derry in Tullamore and should three teams finish level on five points, score difference will come into play involving just the games played by Offaly, Tipperary and Leitrim.
Tipperary: E. Comerford; A. Campbell, J. Feehan, C. O’Shaughnessy; B. Maher, K. Fahey, R. Kiely; S. O’Brien (0-01), L. Casey (0-02); J. Kennedy (0-03), M. Quinlivan (0-02), P. Austin; K. O’Halloran (0-01), C. Sweeney (1-05, 1 penalty, 2 frees,) C. Ryan
Subs: B. Fox for O’Brien 23, R. Quigley for Ryan, L. Boland (0-02) for Austin 45 mins, J. Lonergan for O’Halloran 52, E. Moloney for Maher 64mins.
Offaly: P, Dunican; D. Hogan, E. Rigney, N. Darby; E .Carroll (0-01), J. Moloney (0-01), C. Donohue; A. Leavy, J. Hayes; S. Horan, R. McNamee (0-01), C. Mangan (0-01); C. Farrell (0-04,4f), P. Cunningham (0-03,1f), B. Allen (0-02)
Subs: A. Sullivan (0-01) for Donohue ht, C. Doyle for Leavy ht, N. McNamee (0-01) for Farrell 50, C. McNamee (0-01) for Mangan 59, R. Egan for Moloney 69.
Referee: D. Murnane (Cork).
posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Fri Oct 16, 2020
1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
3. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
4. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
7. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
8. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
9. Liam Casey – Cahir
10. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
11. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
12. Philip Austin – Borrisokane
13. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
14. Conor Sweeney (Capt.) – Ballyporeen
15. Riain Quigley – Moyle Rovers
16. Michael O’Reilly – Clonmel Commercials
17. Tadhg Fitzgerald – Moyle Rovers
18. Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch
19. Paudie Feehan – Killenaule
20. Padraic Looram – Clonmel Commercials
21. Conal Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
22. Alan Moloney – Rockwell Rovers
23. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
24. Conor Ryan – Loughmore-Castleiney
25. Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials
26. Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers
Also, on Sunday the Tipperary minor hurlers open their Electric Ireland Munster Championship campaign with a quarter-final clash against Kerry in the LIT Gaelic Grounds. Throw-in here is at 1pm and manager Paul Collins has announced his side which lines out as follows
1. Jason O’Dwyer – Clonoulty-Rossmore
2. Danny Slattery – Clonoulty-Rossmore
3. Callum Lawrence – Cashel King Cormacs
4. D.J. McGrath – Kiladangan
5. Cathal Quinn – Cashel King Cormacs
6. Michael Corcoran (Capt) – Silvermines
7. Luke Shanahan – Upperchurch-Drombane
8. Darragh Stakelum – Thurles Sarsfields
9. Peter McGarry – St. Mary’s
10. Stephen Ferncombe – Clonoulty-Rossmore
11. Ciaran McCormack – Loughmore-Castleiney
12. Jack Leamy – Golden-Kilfeacle
13. Sean Kenneally – Moneygall
14. Tony Cahill – Drom-Inch
15. David Fogarty – Holycross-Ballycahill
16. Dylan O’ Grady – Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams
17. Colm Boyle – Borris-Ileigh
18. Robert Doyle – Clonoulty-Rossmore
19. Kenny Lee – Roscrea
20. Diarmuid Looby – Lattin-Cullen
21. Conor McKelvey – Silvermines
22. Darragh Minogue – Durlas Óg
23. Eddie Ryan – Borris-Ileigh
24. Pat Ryan – Upperchurch-Drombane
posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Mon Oct 12, 2020
Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
Gavin Whelan – Ardfinnan
Steven O’Brien – Ballina
Conor Sweeney – (Capt.) – Ballyporeen
Philip Austin – Borrisokane
Liam Casey – Cahir
Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
Colman Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
Conal Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials
Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
Michael O’Reilly – Clonmel Commercials
Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
Padraic Louram – Clonmel Commercials
Sean O’Connor – Clonmel Commercials
Emmet Moloney – Drom-Inch
Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
Dean McEnroe – JK Brackens
Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
Paudie Feehan – Killenaule
Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
Dáire Brennan – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
Mark Stokes – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
Conor Ryan – Loughmore-Castleiney
Joseph Nyland – Loughmore-Castleiney
Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
Jack Harney – Moyle Rovers
Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers
Riain Quigley – Moyle Rovers
Shane Foley – Moyle Rovers
Tadhg Fitzgerald – Moyle Rovers
Martin Kehoe – Mullinahone
Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
Alan Moloney – Rockwell Rovers
Paddy Creedon – Thurles Sarsfields
David Power – Manager (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
Paddy Christie – Head Coach/Selector (Ballymun Kickhams)
Charlie McGeever – Coach/Selector (Clonmel Commercials)
Joe Hayes – Goalkeeping Coach/Selector (Clare/Toomevara)
Tommy Toomey – Lead Analyst/Selector (Arravale Rovers)
James Griffin – Upperchurch-Drombane
Lorcan Cummins – Thurles Sarsfields
Tom Bourke – JK Brackens
Niall Duffy – Newport
Shane Neville – Fethard
Kevin Cahalan – Lorrha-Dorrha
James Morris – Clonmel Commercials
Sean O’Meara – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
Daragh Spillane – Fethard
Jack Nevin – JK Brackens
Ciarán Condon – Cahir
Oisin Treacy – Upperchurch-Drombane
Raymond Kelly – Arravale Rovers
Conor Wall – Durlas Óg
Emmet Butler – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
Oisin Maher – Cahir
Ciarán Woodlock – Durlas Óg
Toby Lambe (Capt.) – Holycross-Ballycahill
Conor Neville (Vice-Capt.) – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
Jack Buckley – Cahir
Caleb Hickey Molloy – Arravale Rovers
Declan Nee – Clonmel Commercials
Darragh McVicker – Clonmel Óg
Eoin Craddock – Holycross-Ballycahill
Cathal O’Donnell – Ballina
Liam Mc Cormack – Thurles Sarsfields
Tom Downey – Rockwell Rovers
Anthony Keeley – Clonmel Commercials
Dean English – Moyle Rovers
Cian Smith – Clonmel Commercials
Paul Mullen – Drom-Inch
Sean Ryan – Upperchurch-Drombane
Rory Collins – Moyle Rovers
Riain O’Halloran – Mullinahone
Johnny Nevin – Bainisteoir (JK Brackens)
Chris Ryan – Coach & Selector (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
Viv Downey – Coach & Selector (Upperchurch-Drombane)
Adrian Cooke – Goalkeeping Coach (Upperchurch-Drombane)
Declan Ó Raghalliagh – Strength & Conditioning Coach (Holycross-Ballycahill)
Johnny Hickey – Kitman & Logistics (Durlas Óg)
Brian Hurley – Physiotherapist (Ballina)