Sligo Travel to Semple Stadium for Round Two of the Allianz Football League06 Feb 2017
This Sunday the Tipperary senior footballers welcome Sligo to Semple Stadium for the second round of the Allianz National Football League, Division Three with throw in at 2pm.
Following on from last Sunday’s win over Antrim, Liam Kearns’ side will be hoping to continue their winning form and strengthen their promotion hopes to Division Two.
These two counties have only met twice in senior championship action, the first of which took place in 1923 when the Westerners were victorious on a 1-8 to 0-7 score line. Incidentally, while the game took place on September 9th, 1923, it was actually the 1922 championship and many of the Tipperary players would also have played in the infamous clash with Dublin on Bloody Sunday 1920.
Our last meeting with Sligo in the championship was Round 2 of the qualifiers in 2009 when Sligo, despite a late Tipperary fightback, prevailed by the narrowest of margins 1-13 to 1-12. With 44 minutes gone on the clock the Yeats county were in a comfortable nine point lead but the home side outscored their opponents 1-6 to 0-1 between the 46th and 64th minutes. A late Michael McNamara score extended their lead back to two and, despite a Hugh Coughlan point, Tipperary couldn’t draw level. The only other championship encounter between the counties, in any code or grade, was the 1935 junior football All Ireland final which Sligo also won 4-2 to 2-5.
The teams and scorers from 2009 are as follows:
SCORERS — Sligo: A Marren 0-5 (1f), S Coen 1-1, D Kelly, M Breheny (1f) 0-2 each, M McNamara, T Taylor, A Costello 0-1 each. Tipperary: B Grogan 0-6 (4f), B Mulvihill 1-1, H Coghlan 0-2, B Coen, D O’Brien, A Fitzgerald 0-1 each
Sligo: P Greene; P McGovern, N McGuire, N Ewing; M McNamara, R Donovan, J Davey; E Mullen, T Taylor; M Breheny, A Costello, S Coen; D Kelly, E O’Hara, A Marren. Subs: D Davey for Costello (53), G Gaughan for Ewing (69), B Kivlehan for McNamara (69)
Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; P Codd, C McDonald, C Higgins; C Aylward, H Coghlan, R Costigan; G Hannigan, K Mulryan; S Carey, P Austin, B Mulvihill; B Fox, B Coen, B Grogan. Subs: D O’Brien for Carey (45), A Fitzgerald for Aylward (48), B Jones for Mulryan (56), J Cagney for Austin (68)
Referee: M Deegan (Laois)
Last April the two counties clashed in Division Three and this time Tipperary’s late surge proved fruitful as an Alan Moloney goal and a stoppage time point from sharp-shooter Conor Sweeney saw Tipperary draw with Sligo 0-18 to 3-9. Peter Acheson (penalty) and Michael Quinlivan scored the other Tipperary goals.
Sligo: N Murphy 0-7 (4f); A Marren 0-4; K Cawley 0-3; M Breheny (1f), N Gaughan, B Egan, N Ewing 0-1 each Tipperary: A Moloney 1-3; P Acheson 1-1 (1-0 pen); M Quinlivan 1-0; C Sweeney 0-2; K Fahey, J Lonergan, E Comerford (1 ’45’) 0-1 each.
SLIGO – A Devaney, D Maye, K McDonnell, C Harrison; K Cawley, E McHugh, G O’Kelly-Lynch, N Murphy, A McIntyre, N Ewing, C Breheny, C Davey, K Cawley, A Marren, B Egan. Subs: N Gaughan for Davey (41), M Breheny for Breheny (46), L Henry for D Maye (55).
TIPPERARY – E Comerford, K Fahey, A Campbell, C McDonald, J Feehan, P Acheson, S Leahy, A Moloney, M Dunne, J Keane, B Hewitt, J Lonergan, C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, P Austin. Subs: G Hannigan for Quinlivan (41), B Fox for Lonergan (45), D Leahy for Hewitt (56), K O’Halloran for Dunne (65).
Ref – N McKenna (Monaghan)
We wish to thank all patrons who kindly purchased Friends of Tipperary Football membership outside the stand prior to throw-in and of course Kevin McLoughlin, Eddie Ryan and Aidan McNamara for kindly giving up their time to sell membership. This is a crucial fund-raiser for our inter-county footballers and the lads will be there again this Sunday.
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Two All Ireland Final Football tickets 2017
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Two All Ireland Club Final tickets 2017
Two National Football League tickets for each Tipperary League match 2017
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