Dublin 0-18 1-19 Tipperary
All Ireland champions Tipperary booked their ticket to the 2011 final after a hard fought four point victory over Dublin in this afternoon’s semi final at Croke Park. Despite being raging hot favourites, the Premier men had to work really hard to see off the National League champions.
Tipperary got off to a flying start and Lar Corbett scored a goal inside the opening 5minutes. That was a huge blow for the home side but they recovered well and points from Alan McCrabbe, Liam Rushe and Paul Ryan soon had them level. Lar Corbett was causing the Blues defence plenty of problems and he soon had the Premier men back in front. Joey Boland replied for Dublin and the All Ireland champions knew that they were in a game.
Eoin Kelly pointed to restore Tipp’s lead but Liam Ryan responded for the Dubs. Kelly pointed a free to make it a one point game once again before Paul Ryan hit back. Ryan, Dotsie O’Callaghan and Ryan again, then made it a three point advantage for Dublin. Padraic Maher and Lar Corbett narrowed the gap to one but Ryan scored another for Dublin. Shane McGrath and Ryan pointed for Tipp to tie the game and the sides went in level at the break(0-11 to 1-08).
Noel McGrath got the first score after the restart to give Tipperary the lead once more. Eoin Kelly then pointed a 45 to increase the lead to two points. The same player then pointed to make it three, before Maurice O’Brien narrowed the gap. Paul Ryan scored a free to reduce the gap to one once more as Dublin showed that they were not going down without a fight. The latter then tied the match before McGrath gave Tipp back the lead.
Paul Ryan and Padraic Maher then swapped points as the tempo increased even further. Eoin Kelly scored his fifth of the game to increase Tipperary’s lead to two points. Ryan O’Dwyer pointed for the home side to make it a one point game yet again. Gearoid Ryan pointed for Tipp to restore the advantage and Eoin Kelly made it a three point game when he pointed yet another free. However, Dublin never gave up and Shane Ryan pointed to make it a two point match again. Noel McGrath and Padraic Maher scored late points and Peter Kelly hit a fine point for the Dubs.Pa Bourke had the final score of the game as Tipp held on to win by four points.