Dublin took on Tipperary in the Allianz National Hurling League quarter-final in part one of a double-header at Croke Park.
Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of today’s Allianz National Hurling League quarter-final between Dublin and Tipperary at Croke Park.
A steadily improving Dublin side take on an ever-improving Tipperary, as Pat Gilroy’s charges look to put the haunting memory of that opening weekend defeat to Offaly behind them en route to a potential semi-final.
It will be a daunting test against Michael Ryan’s side, who have won three from five, beating Wexford, Waterford and Cork ahead of today’s meeting at HQ.
Let’s get started with the team news.
1. Alan Nolan
2. Paddy Smyth
3. Bill O’Carroll
4. Eoghan O’Donnell
5. Shane Barrett
6. Chris Crummey
7. James Madden
8. Rian McBride
9. Fiontán McGibb
10. Donal Burke
11. Conal Keaney
12. Danny Sutcliffe
13. Ronan Hayes
14. Ryan O’Dwyer
15. Paul Winters
1. Brian Hogan
2. Alan Flynn
3. James Barry
4. Michael Cahill
5. Barry Heffernan
6. Padraic Maher
7. Paudie Feehan
8. Séamus Kennedy
9. Ronan Maher
10. Seán Curran
11. Bill McCarthy
12. John McGrath
13. Michael Breen
14. Jason Forde
15. Cian Darcy
It seems that more pressure will be on the shoulders of Tipperary this afternoon. Their season fell apart in 2017 when a league final defeat to Galway was followed by a Munster quarter-final exit to Cork and an All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway again.
Dublin got off to the worst possible start this year with that deflating defeat to Offaly, but have impressed during wins over Laois and Antrim, on top of a narrow three point defeat to the All-Ireland champions on 25 February.
Who’s your fancy? Let us know.
No changes for the Dubs ahead of throw-in.
Dublin Senior Hurlers team news... no changes from selected starting 15 for NHL Quarter Final Div 1 v Tipperary— declan drake (@dubdec) March 25, 2018
Throw-in: We’re underway at Croke Park!
Dublin 0-1 Tipperary 0-0
1 min — An early score from Donal Burke right from the off. The Dublin number 10 takes possession from the throw-in, gets plenty of power behind his swing and pucks it over.
Dublin 0-3 Tipperary 0-0
3 min — Danny Sutcliffe slips past Alan Flynn with ease. The defender drops his hurl, as Sutcliffe eases into enemy territory before knocking over. Fiontán McGibb adds another and Dublin have a three point lead already.
Dublin 0-4 Tipperary 0-0
3 min — Conal Keaney takes possession following a neat pass from Donal Burke 60 yards from goal before scoring. Four points to no score sees Pat Gilroy’s men get off to a brilliant start.
Dublin 0-5 Tipperary 0-0
5 mins — Donal Burke knocks over another free, following a foul on Ryan O’Dwyer for Dublin.
Dublin 0-6 Tipperary 0-1
7 mins — Tipperary get on the scoreboard for the first time after six minutes. Jason Forde knocks a brilliant free between the posts from a considerable distance. Paul Winters replies straight away with another for Dublin and it remains a five point game.
Dublin 0-8 Tipperary 0-1
8 mins — A pair of scores from Danny Sutcliffe and another for Winters for Dublin extends their lead to seven. End to end at the moment, and no-one’s missing the target either.
Dublin 0-9 Tipperary 0-1
10 mins — Burke easily dispatches another free and it’s an eight point difference after ten minutes. Dublin are flying.
Dublin 0-10 Tipperary 0-2
11 mins — Cian Darcy takes possession before leaning towards the left wing. He shortens his grip and knocks over Tipp’s second score. Dublin reply right away via Shane Barrett at the other end.
Dublin 0-10 Tipperary 0-4
13 mins — Two points in quick succession for Tipperary and the second is an absolute peach from Darcy.
Dublin 0-10 Tipperary 0-5
14 mins — Tipperary have halved the deficit with another fine score, this time from Sean Curran. Dublin’s early dominance has temporarily subsided as the game opens up and becomes a bit more even-ended.
Dublin 0-11 Tipperary 0-7
18 mins — Both teams enjoy a breath of air to fill their lungs, as the scoring subsides for a moment. But it’s only a moment as John McGrath knocks one over for Tipp before Danny Sutcliffe responds in kind. And then another for Séamus Kennedy and there’s four points in it.
Dublin 0-11 Tipperary 0-8
18 mins — Tipp really rallying here as Sean Curran knocks over his second score of the afternoon, cutting the difference to within a single score beneath the crossbar. Shane Barrett is shown a yellow card for a rash challenge on the neck of John McGrath.
Dublin 0-11 Tipperary 0-9
20 mins — Ronan Maher with a fine individual score. He picks up the scraps after play re-started following Barrett’s booking. With a bit of space to boast, he doesn’t bother bringing possession any closer and is comfortable to knock it over from 60 metres out.
Dublin 0-11 Tipperary 0-11
23 mins — Tipperary are level for the first time this afternoon. Alan Nolan was forced to come from his goal to sweep up possession, however the goalkeeper’s pass only found its way into the hands of Séamus Kennedy, who points from close to the touchline. That was followed by another free from Jason Forde to bring it all square.
Dublin 0-12 Tipperary 0-11
25 mins — Dublin stem the tide and regain their lead following a prolonged period of being forced back into their own half. Donal Burke is the man who knocks over the free, scooping the ball up and knocking it over with no airs or graces. One point game again.
Dublin 0-12 Tipperary 1-11
25 mins — What a finish from John McGrath! He steals possession with the tip of his hurl before bearing down on goal towards the box. Ten metres out he picks his spot and fires a low shot past Alan Nolan and into the back of the net. Tipp take the lead for the first time this afternoon.
Dublin 0-12 Tipperary 1-11
28 mins — Danny Sutcliffe is shown a yellow card for Dublin.
Dublin 0-12 Tipperary 1-12
32 mins — Michael Ryan’s side have well and truly taken this game the scruff of the neck. A fine score from half-back Shane Barrett extends his side’s lead to three points. He came far to cover the distance, but made sure of the finish with a pinpoint strike.
Dublin 0-12 Tipperary 1-13
33 mins — Another for the visitors to the capital and they are really finding their groove right before the interval now. Jason Forde strikes again and it’s another fine free which flies over.
Dublin 0-12 Tipperary 1-14
35 mins — And another. Dublin have little response to this current tide. It’s been almost ten minutes since the boys in blue have gotten on the scoresheet. At the other end, Ronan Maher beats his man to the ball and fires over.
Dublin 0-14 Tipperary 1-15
35 mins — Gilroy’s men have found their scoring streak again. Fiontán McGibb with the point, before another for Ryan O’Dwyer for Tipp.
RED CARD! RONAN MAHER IS SENT OFF FOR TIPPERARY
Dublin 0-14 Tipperary 1-15
36 mins — Ronan Maher is sent off right at the end of the first half. He wraps his arm around Ryan Dwyer’s neck and is given his marching orders.
HALF-TIME: DUBLIN 0-14 TIPPERARY 1-15
A dramatic end to the first half sees Ronan Maher sent off for a second yellow card. It was silly more than anything else, however the referee will also state it was dangerous play to go anywhere near a player’s neck, as he did with Ryan O’Dwyer.
Dublin began like lightening, going into an early eight point lead before many fans had even taken their seats. Tipp rallied though, and didn’t let the heads drop, with John McGrath’s brilliant goal was the pick of the lot.
Which was is this game going to swing after the break?
Second-half: We’re back underway at Croke Park!
Dublin 0-15 Tipperary 1-16
37 mins — Both sides enjoy a strong start to the second half. Alan Flynn comes all the way from corner back to point, before Ryan O’Dwyer fires over at the other end from distance for Dublin.
Dublin 0-15 Tipperary 1-17
39 mins — John McGrath with a fine score on his left. He starts from very low on the ground but drives a powerful strike upwards which carries the ball all the way over Alan Nolan’s crossbar.
Dublin 0-15 Tipperary 1-17
43 mins — A couple of wides in succession for Dublin, before Ryan O’Dwyer goes down injured. He receives medical attention after colliding into the side of Padraic Maher — there was no malice involved from either player, however the Dublin full-forward took a nasty knock and is replaced by Paul Ryan.
Dublin 0-15 Tipperary 1-19
46 mins — Now, then. Two scores in-a-row for Tipp thanks to Jason Forde and, well, Jason Forde again.
Dublin 0-16 Tipperary 1-19
49 mins — A prolonged break in play as Chris Crummey goes off injured for Dublin after taking a nasty knock. The defender is replaced by Darren Kelly off the bench. Before that Donal Burke knocked over a well stuck free to cut the deficit to eight points.
Dublin 0-16 Tipperary 1-20
50 mins — Padraic Maher responds in kind with a point for Tipp. He is found with plenty of space around him before plucking the ball from the air and striking from the half-way line and over.
GOAL! MICHAEL BREEN SCORES FOR TIPPERARY
Dublin 0-16 Tipperary 2-20
54 mins — Tipperary are running away with this now. Michael Breen wanders into space, dummies inside to take the ball onto his left and strikes the ball with a short stick past Alan Nolan and into the back of the net. Ten points in it now, as Pat Gilroy replaces Paul Winters with Cillian Costello.
Dublin 0-17 Tipperary 2-20
59 mins — Wides at both ends now as the game slows down just a knot. Goalscorer John McGrath goes down and requires some medical treatment, but he seems to be okay now. Meanwhile Donal Burke tips over a free after Barry Heffernan was called up for a sloppy foul just outside the box. Nine point game.
Dublin 0-18 Tipperary 2-20
62 mins — A second score in a row for Dublin, who are beginning to find their feet again. They have been far and away from the all-beating side they were inside the opening 15 minutes, but haven’t given up hope here just yet. Conal Keaney with the score.
Dublin 0-19 Tipperary 2-21
65 mins — Jason Forde gets on the end of a Billy McCarthy pass and knocks the ball between the posts. At the other end Keaney adds another as his side rage against the dying of the light with time running out. Eight points in it now.
Dublin 0-19 Tipperary 2-23
67 mins — Another for Tipp as they begin to relax and take their scores with pressure easing off. Bubbles O’Dwyer is on off the bench and makes an immediate impact with a score. That’s followed by another Forde free.
Dublin 0-19 Tipperary 2-24
69 mins — Bubbles receives a massive chorus of applause from the travelling Tipp fans as he caresses a stunning point over — his second of the afternoon in as many minutes.
Dublin 0-19 Tipperary 2-24
70 mins — There will be five minutes of stoppage time to come, as Donal Burke swings a free wide to his visible disappointment. The game really just got away from Dublin as it wore on after that lightening start.
Dublin 0-19 Tipperary 2-25
73 mins — A foul on McGrath while competing for a high ball sees Tipp earn a free from 30 metres out. Forde knocks it over and there’s 12 points in it now with a few minutes to go.
Dublin 0-20 Tipperary 2-25
75 mins — A late final score for Dublin courtesy of Donal Burke cuts the deficit to 11 points. That should be that.
FULL-TIME: DUBLIN 0-20 TIPPERARY 2-25
Allianz Hurling League Quarter Final Tipperary 2-25 Dublin 0-20 (FT)— Tipperary GAA (@TipperaryGAA) March 25, 2018
Sluggish start but a comfortable win in the end for the Tipperary hurlers, even playing with 14 men for the second half.— Shane Brophy (@BrophShane) March 25, 2018
That won't be the case against Limerick next Saturday. Pre-championship battle