THE LAST TIME, Dublin beat Tipperary in a championship clash was during World War I.
And that 90-odd year wait goes on for hurling officiandos in the capital this evening.
Anthony Daly’s side never really got going in a game that didn’t ever come alive, losing out on a scoreline of 2-23 to 0-16 in Thurles this afternoon.
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Daly will now face questions about his future with the Dubs after an admirable six-year run with the Leinster side. Even if the Clare native does decide to give it one more season, he will surely look to blood more youth into his well-travelled panel.
For Tipperary, the summer stretches into August once again. Eamon O’Shea will now prepare his outfit for the first-ever championship meeting in Croke Park of Cork and the Premier on 17 August.
The teams went in at half-time with Tipperary 0-15 t0 0-7 up and the hosts were well in control despite the Dubs’ efforts to stay in touch.
After the break, Paul Ryan saw a penalty saved when Dublin badly needed a goal. A green flag would’ve brought them within four but Conal Keaney followed up to point.
Then, just like that, John O’Dwyer hit two goals for Tipp — the second a killer blow. Dublin’s Alan Nolan produced a stunning save to deny Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher but O’Dwyer tucked it away ultimately.
And despite work by Keaney and others the Leinster side couldn’t claw their way into it from there.
Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-12 (0-9f, 0-1 ’65), John O’Dwyer 2-1, Gearoid Ryan 0-3, Lar Corbett 0-2, Shane Bourke, James Woodlock, Shane McGrath, Noel McGrath 0-1 each.Scorers for Dublin: Alan McCrabbe 0-5 (0-5f), Conal Keaney, Paul Ryan (0-1f, 0-1 ’65) 0-2 each, Eamon Dillon, Liam Rushe (0-1f), Ryan O’Dwyer, Johnny McCaffrey, Danny Sutcliffe, David Treacy, David O’Callaghan 0-1 each.
1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)
2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)
6. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
7. Cathal Barrett (HolycrossBallycahill)
8. Kieran Bergin (Killenaule)
5. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
3. Paudie Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
9. James Woodlock (Drom & Inch)
23. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)
10. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
12. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
14. Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch)
15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)
21. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) for Noel McGrath (60)
19. Jason Forde (Silvermines) for Gearoid Ryan (60)
20. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) for Corbett (62)
17. Shane Bourke (JK Brackens) for Patrick Maher (68)
26. Thomas Stapleton (Templederry) for Woodlock (70)
1. Alan Nolan (St Brigid’s)
18. Niall Corcoran (Kilmacud Crokes)
3. Peter Kelly (Lucan Sarsfields)
2. Shane Durkin (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
5. Stephen Hiney (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
6. Liam Rushe (St Pat’s)
7. Michael Carton (O’Toole’s)
9. John McCaffrey (Lucan Sarsfields)
11. Alan McCrabbe (Craobh Chiarain)
14. Conal Keaney (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
10. Danny Sutcliffe (St Judes)
12. Ryan O’Dwyer (Kilmacud Crokes)
26. David Treacy (Cuala)
20. Conor McCormack (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
15. Colm Cronin (Cuala)
13. David O’Callaghan (St Mark’s) for McCormack (25)
24. Paul Ryan (Ballyboden St Enda’s) for Cronin (ht)
21. Mark Schutte (Cuala) for Sutcliffe (inj) (41)
8. Joey Boland (Na Fianna) for McCrabbe (46)
19. Eamon Dillon (Naomh Fionbarra) for Treacy (55)
Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)