Tipperary Lose Out to Sligo in Round 2 of the Allianz League12 Feb 2017
Tipperary lost out today to a spirited Sligo side in the second round of the Allianz National Football League but the manner of their second half fightback does give manager Liam Kearns grounds for optimism
Following on from last week’s win over Antrim, Tipperary entered the contest full of confidence but it was the visitors, who drew with Armagh in their opening league encounter, that started brightly and in front of 749 spectators they registered two first half goals through Kyle Cawley and Niall Murphy.
Cawley’s shot beat Evan Comerford in the ninth minute after great approach play from wing-forward John Kelly, who fed Niall Murphy and in turn he found the goal-scorer who left the Tipperary net-minder with no chance. Murphy and Cawley again combined for their second goal eight minutes from half time with the former blasting home this time.
Things got worse for the Premier men in the second period when in the 45th minute Jimmy Feehan saw two yellow cards end his involvement and Philip Austin was stretchered off after scoring a very brave point in the 66th minute following a collision with Sligo goalkeeper Aidan Devaney.
A Michael Quinlivan goal sparked a Tipperary revival with seven to play and they did manage to cut the margin to one but following Kevin O Halloran’s pointed 45, eight minutes into injury time, referee Niall Ward elected to blow the full-time whistle.
Up to this point the Yeats county were well on top and even led by ten midway through the second period however Tipperary’s spirited fightback just fell short as they unfortunately ran out of time in a frightfully freezing Semple Stadium.
Liam Kearns’ men now have two weeks to prepare for their next game, an evening time clash with Laois, in Portlaoise on Saturday February 25th, who are managed by former Tipperary boss Peter Creedon.
Scorers for Tipperary: Michael Quinlivan 1-2 (0-2f), Conor Sweeney 0-5 (3f), Kevin O’Halloran 0-4 (2f, 1 45), Alan Moloney 0-2, Brian Fox, Philip Austin & Liam Boland 0-1 each.
Scorers for Sligo: Kyle Cawley 1-2, Niall Murphy 1-1, Adrian Marren 0-4 (2f), Mark Breheny 0-3 (2f), Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch 0-2, Aidan Devaney (45) & Criostóir Davey 0-1.
1. Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
2. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)
3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule)
4. Willie Connors (Kiladangan)
5. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
6. Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers)
7. Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule)
8. Alan Moloney (Rockwell Rovers)
9. Martin Dunne (Moyle Rovers)
10. Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle)
11. Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
12. Brian Fox (Captain) (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)
13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)
14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
15. Philip Austin (Borrisokane)
17. Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe) for McGrath (h.t.)
20. Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch) for Fahey (50)
23. Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials) for Keane (58)
22. Liam Casey (Cahir) for Dunne (58)
21. Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers) for Austin (inj., 69)
1 Aidan Devaney (Calry/St. Joseph’s)
2 Ross Donavan (Eastern Harps)
3 Kevin McDonnell (Castleconnor)
4 Noel Gaughan (Tourlestrane)
5 Keelan Cawley (Coolera/Strandhill)
6 Neil Ewing (Drumcliffe/Rosses Point (Capt))
7 Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch (St. Mary’s)
8 Paddy O’Connor (St. Farnan’s)
9 Adrian McIntyre (Tourlestrane)
10 Criostoir Davey (Coolaney/Mullinabreena)
11 Mark Breheny (St. Mary’s)
12 John Kelly (Tourlestrane)
13 Kyle Cawley (St. Mary’s)
14 Adrian Marre (Curry)
15 Niall Murphy (Coolera/Strandhill)
17. Eoin McHugh (St Molaise Gaels) for Keelan Cawley (injured 32)
20. Stephen Gilmartin (Tubbercurry) for O’Connor (60)
19. Stephen Coen (St Mary’s) for Murphy (62)
21. James Hynes (St Farnan’s) for Davey (70+4)
25. Enda Connolly (St Patrick’s) for Donovan (injured 70+8)
Referee: Niall Ward (Westmeath)
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