Goal hungry Tipperary tore apart Galway at Croke Park on Sunday in the All Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final to set up an All-Ireland Final with Limerick on the 4th of September.
Corner forward, Cian Darcy scored a hat-trick and Rian Doddy chipped in with a brace as the Premier county gained revenge for last year’s final defeat against Galway. Mark Kehoe and Ger Browne also raised green flags. Tipperary, managed by Liam Cahill romped home to a 15 point win to earn them a final spot with Limerick who they thumped by 17 points in this year’s Munster Final.
The Tipperary side will go in as heavy favourites for that game one would suspect. At half time, Tipperary were 3-04 to 0-06 clear against a Galway team that played into Hill 16 with the aid of the breeze. Tipperary seemed to be stronger all over the pitch and their ability to score goals was the difference between the sides.
Tipperary had two goals inside the first 18 minutes, with man of the match winner Cian Darcy grabbing the first after 4 minutes. Ger Browne delivered a sideline into the edge of the square and Darcy was on hand when the ball hit the ground to pull first time into the bottom corner. Mark Kehoe got the second goal on 18 minutes. Jake Morris provided the assist with a diagonal ball to Darcy, who tapped down to Kehoe who expertly finished. The goal scoring in the opening half didn’t stop there though. On 32 minutes Rian Doddy grabbed his first goal, after a long ball in caused the Galway full back line problems.
Four more goals followed for Tipperary in the second half. Doody grabbed the first goal of the half when the Galway keeper spilled the ball into the air, to let Doody tap home with ease. Darcy, who started in last year’s final then claimed his second goal on 37 minute, before Ger Browne followed this up with Tipp’s fifth goal. The score at that point was 6-06 to 0-08, Tipperary leading by an incredible 16 points. Galway did get a consolation goal through centre back Cinian Fahy, but Tipperary soon had 7-07 on the board. With 13 minutes remaining, Darcy struck his third goal of the game finishing from a clinical air strike after goalkeeper Forde could only spill the ball into the path of Kilruane forward.
Galway did get a second goal though. Substitute Ronan Murphy grabbing the goal, but the game was over and Tipperary were just playing out the final few minutes. Galway used five players that started in last year’s final, while Liam Forde and Michael Lynch were used substitutes. However, it was Tipperary’s day as Cian Darcy, Brian McGrath, Rian Doody, Mark Kehoe and Ger Browne all put in massive shifts to see Tipperary through to a second successive All Ireland Final.
TIPPERARY: C Barrett; K O’Dwyer, M Whelan, G Dunne; C Flanagan, B McGrath (0-01f), J Cahill; P Cadell, G Browne (1-01); R Doody (2-02, 0-01f), J Morris, C English; L Fairbrother (0-01f), M Kehoe (1-04), C Darcy (3-02).
Subs: D Walsh for English (h.t.), S Neville (0-01) for Morris (45), D Ryan for Dunne (51), C Stakelum for Fairbrother (53), J Kelly for Whelan (57).
GALWAY: J Forde; R Glennon, J Fitzpatrick, S Molloy; P Foley, I O’Brien, R Maher; C Fahy (1-01), J Coyne (0-01); E Fahy (0-02), J Canning (0-01), E Niland (0-6, 5f, 1 65); L Forde (0-01), K Cooney, M Lynch.
Subs: C Salmon for Lynch (33), R Malone for P Foley (36), I O’Shea for Glennon (38), R Murphy (1-00) for Cooney (45), R O’Neill for E Fahy (51).
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)