Fintan O’Toole reports from Semple Stadium
ANY LINGERING CONCERNS over Tipperary’s well-being in the summer of 2017 can be put to one side.
In the sunshine in Thurles, their home fans were treated to an exhibition this afternoon as they dished out a 22-point drubbing to Dublin and propel themselves towards the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
Held scoreless from play last week against Westmeath and substituted before the finish, Seamus Callanan roared back to life as his 3-11 haul spearheaded this destruction.
He hit 3-4 from play and was aided by his full-forward line colleagues as John McGrath struck 2-2 and John O’Dwyer amassed 0-4.
Dublin were staring defeat in the face at the break when they trailed 4-11 to 1-9 and this loss could have got even uglier but for goalkeeper Conor Dooley whose bravery saw him block three goalbound shots from Callanan, O’Dwyer and Dan McCormack at different stages during the game.
David Treacy top scored with 0-11 for Dublin while youngster Cian O’Sullivan capped an impressive run in the 15th minute with a goal that brought the teams level at 1-4 apiece.
However that was as uplifting as Dublin’s day got. This was a chastening experience for them and raises question marks over the future of manager Ger Cunningham after a desperately disappointing season in 2017.
Tipperary essentially settled the issue before half-time with McGrath netting in the 19th and 21st minutes – the second a delightful finish after a wonderful pass by Callanan – and then Callanan smashed home a 32nd shot after a bustling run by Bonner Maher created the chance.
Trailing by 11 points at the break, Dublin were further rocked upon resumption of the action after half-time when Breen accelerated clear and rocketed home Tipperary’s fifth goal.
Tipperary followed that up with seven unanswered points and with a 5-18 to 1-10 advantage by the 45th minute, the remainder of the game was played out to dwindling interest levels.
O’Dwyer unselfishly squared the ball to Callanan for the sixth goal in injury-time as Michael Ryan watched his team canter into the next stage of the All-Ireland series.
Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 3-11 (0-7f), John McGrath 2-2, John O’Dwyer, Jason Forde 0-4 each, Michael Breen 1-0, Steven O’Brien 0-2, Padraic Maher, Brendan Maher, Dan McCormack 0-1 each.
Scorers for Dublin: David Treacy 0-11 (0-8f), Cian O’Sullivan 1-1, Liam Rushe, Ryan O’Dwyer 0-2 each, Chris Crummey, David O’Callaghan, Rian McBride 0-1 each.
1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)
2. Donagh Maher (Burgess)
3. Tomás Hamill (Moyne-Templetuohy)
4. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
5. Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
6. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields – captain)
8. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
9. Michael Breen (Ballina)
12. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
10. Jason Forde (Silvermines)
15. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
14. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)
13. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
21. Seamus Kennedy (St Mary’s) for Ronan Maher (45)
23. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) for Brendan Maher (49)
25. Steven O’Brien (Ballina) for McCormack (49)
17. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields) for Donagh Maher (55)
20. Tom Fox (Éire Óg-Annacarty) for Padraic Maher (65)
1. Conor Dooley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
2. Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala)
3. Eoghan O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)
4. Fionn O’Riain Broin (St Jude’s)
7. Shane Barrett (Na Fianna)
6. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)
5. Sean Moran (Cuala)
8. Ben Quinn (Crumlin)
9. Niall McMorrow (Ballyboden St-Enda’s)
15. David Treacy (Cuala)
11. Liam Rushe (St Pat’s Palmerstown)
13. Eamonn Dillon (Naomh Fionbarra)
12. Cian O’Sullivan (St Brigid’s)
14. Ryan O’Dwyer (Kilmacud Crokes)
10. Donal Burke (Na Fianna)
17. James Madden (Ballyboden St-Enda’s) for Barrett (inj) (24)
21. Fergal Whitely (Kilmacud Crokes) for McMorrow (half-time)
24. David O’Callaghan (St Mark’s) for Burke (half-time)
20. Tomás Connolly (St Vincent’s) for Moran (50)
25. Rian McBride (St Vincent’s) for Treacy (58)
Referee: Anthony Kelly (Galway)
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