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Tipperary crush Louth by 23 points to progress in All-Ireland football qualifier

A good day’s work by the Premier in Semple Stadium.

Colin O’Riordan and Eoghan Lafferty Tipperary's Colin O'Riordan and Louth's Eoghan Lafferty. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Tipperary 3-21
Louth 0-7

Fintan O’Toole reports from  Semple Stadium, Thurles

TIPPERARY CRUISED PAST Louth by 23 points to reach the next stage of the All-Ireland football qualifiers in today’s Round 2B clash at Semple Stadium.

Peter Creedon saw his side produce a formidable and impressive display as they bounced back from their Munster semi-final loss to Kerry.

It was the second strong showing Tipperary had produced in Thurles in the football championship this summer and on this occasion they went better than their 22-point win over Waterford in their Munster opener.

12 players chipped in on the scoresheet for Tipperary with a wide array of powerful performances ensuring they will contest Monday morning’s draw for next weekend’s Round 3B games.

Eoin OÕConnor dejected after the game Louth's Eoin O'Connor dejected after the game. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Kevin O’Halloran, a member of the Tipperary team that reached the All-Ireland U21 final, crowned his senior championship debut with a 0-7 haul while Michael Quinlivan sparkled along side him.

Ger Mulhair got Tipperary off to a perfect start when he cut through for a 3rd minute goal, Conor Sweeney expertly despatched a penalty for their second goal in the 24th minute and then they got a stroke of luck after half-time when Colin O’Riordan’s long-range shot for a point deceived Louth’s Craig Lynch and the ball dropped to the net.

Conor Sweeney scores a goal from a penalty Conor Sweeney fires home a penalty. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Tipperary went in front 1-1 to 0-0 after 3 minutes but Louth then reeled off four points without reply as Ryan Burns and Declan Byrne showed up well.

However Louth’s challenge collapsed after that, they only scored three points after the 9th minute of the match and only registered a solitary point in the second-half.

Tipperary’s defence was outstanding with Ciaran McDonald, Alan Campbell and Robbie Kiely impressing while Colin O’Riordan and Peter Acheson ensured they controlled the midfield exchanges.

Ger Mulhair and Declan Byrne Ger Mulhair and Declan Byrne. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Scorers for Tipperary: Kevin O’Halloran 0-7 (0-4f, 0-2 ’45), Conor Sweeney 1-2 (1-0 pen), Colin O’Riordan 1-1, Ger Mulhair 1-0, Peter Acheson, Philip Austin, Michael Quinlivan 0-2 each, Seamus Kennedy, Brian Fox, Liam Casey, Jason Lonergan, Barry Grogan (0-1f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Louth: Ryan Burns 0-3 (0-2f), Declan Byrne 0-2, Paraic Smith, Ronan Holdcroft 0-1 each.

Barry Grogan and Declan Byrne Tipperary's Barry Grogan and Louth's Declan Byrne. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Tipperary

1. Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

4. Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule)
3. Paddy Codd (Captain) (Killenaule)
2. Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow)

5. Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
23. Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers)
7. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)

6. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)
8. Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens)

17. Ger Mulhair (Arravale Rovers)
11. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)
12. Liam Casey (Cahir)

13. Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe)
14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
15. Philip Austin (Borrisokane)

Subs
10. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty) for Mulhair (41)
20. Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan) for Kennedy (43)
18. Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials) for Casey (43)
19. Barry Grogan (Aherlow) for AUstin (46)
21. Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers) for Acheson (59)
22. Brian Mulvhihill (Moyle Rovers) for Kiely (61)

Peter Creedon Tipperary boss Peter Creedon. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Louth

1. Craig Lynch (Naomh Mairtin)

2. Padraig Rath (Dreadnots)
3. Dessie Finnegan (St Patrick’s)
4. Anthony Williams (Dreadnots)

5. Declan Byrne (St Mochta’s)
6. Darren O’Hanlon (St Patrick’s)
7. Adrian Reid (Mattock Rangers)

8. Tommy Durnin (Westerns)
9. James Califf (Dreadnots)

10. Bevan Duffy (St Fechin’s)
11. Paraic Smith (Dreadnots)
12. Conal McKeever (Clan Na Gael)

13. Ryan Burns (Hunterstown Rovers)
14. Colm Judge (Newtown Blues)
15. Ronan Holdcroft (St Fechin’s)

Subs
23. Eoin O’Connor (Naomh Pádraig) for McKeever (20)
21. Conor Grimes (Glen Emmetts) for Judge (24)
18. Eoghan Lafferty (Naomh Pádraig) for O’Hanlon (half-time)
20. Jim McEnaney (Geraldines) for Califf (41)
22. Derek Maguire (Éire Óg Dundalk) for Holdcroft (43)
19. David McComish (Éire Óg Dundalk) for Lafferty (black card) (49)

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)

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