Tipperary 2-11 Leitrim 0-15 NFL 2020

David Power’s Tipperary maintained their Division 3 status after a hard-fought win in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada this afternoon but were made work all the way by a determined Leitrim side

Jason Lonergan on the attack

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.

Michael Quinlivan brilliantly deflects the ball to a team mate this afternoon

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)


Conal Kennedy in action today

Sydney Swans star Colin O’Riordan this afternoon

Analyst Tommy Toomey videos from the stand

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