Cork v Kerry, Thursday, Pairc Ui Rinn, 7.30pm. Live on TG4
Cork and Kerry meet on Thursday night at Pairc Ui Rinn at 7.30pm. The game is live on TG4. The winner of the game will progress to the All-Ireland semi-finals also.
Cork come into the game with confidence brimming for sure. They racked up 5-23 in a commanding 31 point over Waterford. That game will probably not have prepared them quite so well for the game with the Kingdom which will be a different kettle of fish and a lot closer. Keith Ricken will look to his inside full forward for the scores which performed quite well against Waterford. He will look to Mark Cronin, Cathal O’Mahony and Damien Gore.
Kerry have multiple All-Ireland winning manager Jack O’Connor as the U20 boss which is great as he knows how to get the best out of players. Kerry were easy winners over Limerick in the Munster semi-final 0-18 to 1-03. An improvement in the performance will be required and possibly a goal or two will be required. In defence Dylan Casey, Patrick Warren and Sean O’Leary will be key players. In attack Fiachra Clifford, Cathal Ferriter and Donal O’Sullivan will be key players.
Teams are yet to be announced but we have predicted teams below
Cork: Josh O’Keeffe; Michael O’Mahony, Maurice Shanley, Paul Ring; Gearoid O’Donovan, Shane Hickey, Peter O’Driscoll, Brian Hartnett, Eanna O’Hanlon; Colm Barrett, Blake Murphy, Mark Hodnett; Mark Cronin, Cathal O’Mahony, Damien Gore.
Kerry: Brian Lonergan, Dan McCarthy, Dylan Casey, Michael Potts, Cian Gammell, Patrick Warren, Sean O’Leary, Joseph O’Connor, Barry Mahony, Killian Falvey, Sean Horan, Adam O’Donoghue, Fiachra Clifford, Donal O’Sullivan, Cathal Ferriter.
Kerry are 2/5 favourites, while Cork are priced at 5/2. The draw is 15/2. I fancy Kerry to win Kerry -3 at 11/10 looks a good bet.
Cian O’Neill has stepped down as manager of the Kildare senior footballers on Tuesday. O’Neill a former footballer with Moorefield clarified his position at a meeting of the Kildare County Board and told them he would not be continuing as Lilywhites boss for 2020.
O’Neill was a selector with Kerry in 2014, before he took up the mantle as Kildare boss in 2015. He took over from Jason Ryan and he showed massive signs of progression in his first few years bringing his side to successive promotions in the Allianz League. O’Neill has also coached the Mayo footballers as well as the Tipperary hurlers. His biggest moment as Kildare boss was no doubt in 2018 when he led the Lilywhites to win over Mayo in the qualifiers to get to the Super 8’s. However, 2019 turned out to be a different story for Kildare as they were beaten in Leinster by Dublin, they eventually exited the championship to Tyrone in Round 3 of the qualifiers.
A statement was released by the Kildare County Board on Tuesday which was obviously on behalf of O’Neill in which they said “Having recently informed the players, management, and backroom, I met with the County Board yesterday to inform them of my decision to step down from my role as Kildare Senior Football Team Manager. O’Neill said he was honoured to manage the side and work with some superb players. The Moorefield man continued As a proud Kildare man, it was an honour and privilege to have been given the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of players, each one of us doing our best to represent our clubs and county with distinction at all times. “Unfortunately, the successes of consecutive promotions from Division 3 to Division 1, a first Leinster Final in eight years and progression to the Super 8’s in 2018 was met with equal disappointment across these four years where frustratingly we didn’t always reach our potential as a group. “As a manager, this is my greatest regret and ultimately my responsibility, and this undoubtedly informed my decision to step away from this role. ” This will hopefully leave time and space for my successor and the chosen group of players to take the challenge to a new level under a new direction.”
O’Neill could well come to another counties rescue in 2020, with a couple of vacancies set to arise. Monaghan and Wexford are currently without managers whether he would consider either of these teams I’m not so sure. We wish Cian all the best in what he does next.
It was with very heavy hearts that have learnt of the passing of the man who is undoubtedly the voice of Greyhound Racing, Michael Fortune.
It is fitting that his son Ian lead the tribute to him on Talking Dogs.
“For over fifty years it was his great joy to report the news. Sport has always been his passion, greyhound racing was in his blood, it was a way of life, a first love and he was lucky enough to make it his career.”
Read Ian’s full tribute to his father now below.
These are the hardest words I’ve ever had to write, but on Monday evening Michael Fortune, my father, passed away.
For over fifty years it was his great joy to report the news. Sport has always been his passion, greyhound racing was in his blood, it was a way of life, a first love and he was lucky enough to make it his career.
Through his work with titles such as the Irish Press, Evening Press, Irish Examiner, Racing Post, Sporting Press, Irish Greyhound Weekly and the Irish Independent he wrote tens of millions of words about our sport and never took that responsibility lightly.
In 1978 he began a 40yr undertaking, producing the first Irish Greyhound Review. With the help of Frank Quinn, Margaret Walsh and so many others, it was to become the sports main reference guide, a detailed review of each year’s action and, as time passes, a constant and accurate guide to the sport’s past. The 2019 annual, which came out last November, would be his forty first and last.
He was also the voice of Irish greyhound racing on RTE, both TV and radio, for many years and he saw it as an honour to share his love for the sport to anyone who would listen. He also thoroughly enjoyed his time presenting, commentating and reporting for Greyhound View.
For so many of my generation and subsequent generations he provided the soundtrack to some of the greatest greyhounds to ever race. His commentary of College Causeway’s 2009 Derby success is often cited as his best, but he was most proud of his call on the Cool Performance Derby in 2001.
Shelbourne Park was his second home, a special place with special memories and it’s difficult to picture the place without him. While his health was fading in the past week, I asked him what he missed most while stuck in hospital and his answer was a simple one. “I miss doing a bit of work, watching some sport, going to the dogs. I’d love to be going to Dundalk on Friday.”
That Saturday morning, while struggling to keep awake, I told him Killmacdonagh had won the International and he replied, “She’s had some year”.
His involvement with
greyhounds wasn’t just in a working capacity, of course. He also owned greyhounds for many years with the highlight being the victory of Cool Survivor, who he owned with his great friend Phonsie King, in the 1995 Oaks.
In recent times the Night of Stars took up much of his time. He came up with the idea many years ago, but it was only this decade that it finally came to fruition. The work that he and his partner in crime, Pat O’Donovan, put into the night made it the success it was.
Those who knew my father well would know my mother, Rita. They were a pair, rarely separated, travelling companions, lost without each other. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
He was a brilliant dad to myself and my sister Michelle and in recent years a loving granddad. It’s our greatest regret that he won’t get to see his grandchildren, Cara, Aoife, Conor and Saoirse, grow up.
He also leaves behind him a great number of friends, most of whom he met at greyhound tracks up and down the country and all of which he shared a drink and a laugh. In recent weeks he got a kick out of Priceless Blake winning the English Derby for Ireland and his friend Paul Hennessy, while Wexford beating Kilkenny in the Leinster final raised his spirits no end.
Lastly, I’d like to take this opportunity, on a page that he put so much of his heart into, to thank Dad. He introduced me to greyhound racing, fed my appetite for the sport and passed on [much of] his wisdom.
He was a great father, grandfather, husband, friend, colleague and companion. He lived his life like a champion, he knew how to enjoy himself and was the best company. He was my best friend and I will miss him forever.
Rest In Peace, Dad.
Funeral details to follow.
Wexford v Kilkenny, Wednesday, 7.30pm, Wexford Park, Live on TG4
Wexford and Kilkenny meet in the Leinster U20 Hurling Final on Wednesday evening. The sides have met at senior and minor level this year already with Wexford winning the Leinster Finals in both codes. The Slaneysiders will be hoping for a clean sweep here.
Looking at Wexford they are coached by Wexford 1996 winner and All-Ireland panelist MJ Reck. They come into the game on the back of an impressive over Offaly in Tullamore 2 weeks ago. Wexford won by 5 points that day, 2-20 to 1-18. Shelmaliers man Ross Banville was superb on the night registering 0-10 that day with three from play. I expect Wexford to continue with the same team. Therefore, Eoin Molloy, Michael Kelly, and Conor Scallan will be key players in defence, while Charlie McGuckin and Eoin Murphy will look to have good games in midfield. Banville, Conall Clancy, and Sean Keane Carroll will look to have big games in the attack.
Kilkenny come into the game on the back of an impressive 1-19 to 1-15 win over Galway in the Leinster semi-final. DJ Carey’s side will know a better performance will be required to beat Wexford who has been spurred on by the minor and senior success in recent weeks. A massive crowd will also be roaring on Wexford which is worth a couple of points to them. Kilkenny will look to James Brennan and Michael Carey and the pivotal full back and centre back positions. Evan Shefflin will be a key player in midfield. In attack senior star Adrian Mullen will be once again the key man along with the impressive Eoin Cody.
Teams are yet to be announced but here are our predicted teams
Wexford: James Lawlor; Cathal O’Connor, Eoin Molloy, Eoin O’Leary; Niall Murphy, Mike Kelly, Conor Scallan; Charlie McGuckin (capt), Eoin Murphy; Sean Keane Carroll, Ross Banville, Conall Clancy; Sean O’Connor, Jack Reck, Diarmuid Doyle.
The All-Ireland quarter-finals were played on Sunday. Kilkenny were victorious over Cork and now go on to play Limerick in the semi-final on July 27th, while Tipperary had too much to spare over an excellent Laois side, Tipperary will play Wexford on July 28th in what will be a cracking encounter. Let’s take a look at our team of the week below.
Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny) – Despite conceding three goals which he couldn’t do anything about Murphy made a superb save keeping Alan Cadogan at bay. He also saved a couple of 21 yard frees towards the end of the game.
2. Lee Cleere (Laois) – A good performance from Cleere who done well on John McGrath. He will be happy knowing his side will be in the Leinster Championship in 2020.
3. Eoin Cadogan (Cork) – Faired out okay against Colin Fennelly although the Ballyhale man did get 1-01. Cadogan did well as Fennelly is one of the best in the game.
4. Cathal Barrett (Tipperary) – Put in a good performance in defence and will look forward to a semi-final in two weeks time.
5. Jack Kelly (Laois) – The Sunday Game selection for the man of the match, he was the driving force in the Laois back line and set up some nice scores.
6. Padraic Maher (Tipperary) – A solid performance from Maher who also hit a nice point.
7 Ronan Maher (Tipperary) – Hit a couple of nice scores from play. Will need another big performance against Wexford.
8. Conor Fogarty (Kilkenny) – Fogarty fired over a couple of nice points as well as getting back to help his defence when he could.
9. Paddy Purcell (Laois) – Mr consistent for Laois with another massive performance always gives 110% no matter what.
10 Richie Hogan (Kilkenny) – Showed the quality that we all knew he had once again knocking over 1-02 from play in the win over Cork.
11 Jason Forde (Tipperary) – Hit 1-12 for Tipperary in a fine performance. More of the same the next day.
12. Colin Fennelly (Kilkenny) – Tormented the Cork defence and scored a crucial goal.
13 Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) – Chipped in with 1-02 from play. He will know an even bigger challenge faces him the next day.
14. Patrick Horgan (Cork) – 3-10 from the Glen Rovers, says it all. A shoe-in for an all-star.
15. Alan Cadogan (Cork) – Knocked over a couple of beautiful scores, a constant torment to the Kilkenny defenders.
Another big weekend has passed and it was the first weekend of the Super 8’s where plenty of big games were played. Dublin and Cork battled it out in Croke Park, with the Dubs winning by 13 points, Kerry hammered Mayo by 10 points, while Donegal beat Meath and Tyrone overcame Roscommon. So with big performances across all games, we have come up with our best 15 of the weekend. Tell us what you think!
Stephen Cluxton (Dublin) – Another formidable performance from the master of the kick-out. He didn’t manage to keep a clean sheet but made some good saves in the win over Cork.
2. Philly McMahon (Dublin) – Good performance from the Ballymun man that raided forward with every opportunity kicked two points from play also.
3. Ronan McNamee (Tyrone) – A solid performance marking Conor Cox, limited him to only a couple of scores.
4. Eoghan Ban Gallagher (Donegal) – A solid performance for Ban Gallagher who got forward at every opportunity
5. Ryan McHugh (Donegal) – The Kilcar man was his usual busy self as he kicked two points in a good display for Donegal.
6. Jason Foley (Kerry) – Standout performance in defense did everything right in a big win in Killarney for the Kingdom over Mayo.
7. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin) – Man of the match performance against Cork went forward at every attempt and got a well-taken goal.
8. David Moran (Kerry) – A big performance in midfield bossing Aidan O’Shea. More the same next weekend and Kerry will be looking to a semi-final.
9. Michael Murphy (Donegal) – The Glenswilly man as he so often does come up with the goods. Won a lot of kick-outs when Donegal needed a player to stand up in the final 15 minutes.
10 Jamie Brennan (Donegal) – Three points from Brennan in the win over Meath in another solid performance.
11 Niall Sludden (Tyrone) – His strong running helped Tyrone breakdown Roscommon. He scored three points also
12 Stephen O’Brien (Kerry) – Another consistent player that does the hard work. His running towards goal anytime he got the ball was superb. Kicked 0-03.
13 Paddy McBrearty (Donegal) – Man of the match performance from McBrearty as he kicked 1-06 in a magnificent performance against Meath.
14 Cathal McShane (Tyrone) – McShane is becoming one of the best in the game. He kicked 0-08, 0-03 from play in a good win for the Mickey Harte’s men.
15 David Clifford (Kerry) – Clifford was once again unmarkable. He scored 5 points from play for the Kingdom in the 10 point win over Mayo.
England were led by a man born in Dublin but this team had so much more than the luck of the Irish. It was a multicultural team built in the image of the nation.
Led by Morgan, raised on the east coast of Ireland, inspired by Cantabrian Ben Stokes and turning to Bridgetown’s Jofra Archer in the Super Over, it was the diversity of this team that helped England to a first ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup victory.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid told Morgan that they even had Allah on their side as a country united around these men who have come from all parts to play a fearless, ambitious brand of cricket.
And for Morgan, that diversity was never more evident than under the biggest pressure of a Super Over in the final of a World Cup.
He said: “I spoke to Adil, he said Allah was definitely with us. I said we had the rub of the green.
“It actually epitomises our team. Quite diverse backgrounds and cultures and guys grow up in different countries and to actually find humour in the situation we were in at times was pretty cool.”
That England were able to smile and laugh as they prepared for the Super Over is testament to the confidence in the group.
Morgan has urged his players throughout this World Cup to embrace the occasion, not to shy away from the biggest moments.
When it came down to it, and a World Cup was going to be decided by six balls, Morgan’s team did just that.
“I encouraged them to smile, laugh, enjoy because it was such a ridiculous situation, where there was quite a lot of pressure in that particular moment of the day, never mind the rest of it, and the fact it got to a Super Over and we had that to defend,” he added.
“It was a matter of trying to put smiles on the guys’ faces to release a bit of tension and the guys responded brilliantly to that.”
If Archer epitomised that carefree attitude more than anyone, seemingly unfazed by the pressure of the biggest over of his life in his first season of international cricket, it was Stokes who will be the abiding image of this final and this World Cup.
Three years after Carlos Brathwaite had launched him into the Kolkata night four times in as many balls to wrest the ICC World Twenty20 from England’s hands, Stokes did the same to New Zealand with his unbeaten 84 followed by eight of England’s 15 in the Super Over.
All Morgan could do was admire him.
He added: “To come through it is extraordinary. (Ben) is almost superhuman. He really carried the team and our batting line-up. I know Jos (Buttler) and his partnership was extraordinary, but to bat with the lower order the way he did, I thought was incredible.
“The atmosphere, the emotion that was going through the whole game, he managed to deal with that in an extremely experienced manner. And obviously everybody watching at home will hopefully try and be the next Ben Stokes.
“I have said this a number of times about Ben. I think a lot of careers would have been ended after what happened in Calcutta.
“Ben on numerous occasions has stood up individually and in a unit for us. He leads the way in training, in any team meetings we have, and he’s an incredible cricketer. And today he’s had a huge day out and obviously we are thankful for that.”
Morgan enters hallowed territory as an English World Cup-winning captain, joining the likes of Bobby Moore and Martin Johnson.
He was quick to play down those comparisons, insisting he will be happy to continue the quiet life, even after leading England to a victory whose repercussions for cricket in this country will continue long after his career has come to an end.
He added: “There’s no Mount Rushmore. Primrose Hill, that’s about it.
“I’m not sure (my life has changed). I hope it hasn’t changed that much. I enjoy my life.
“I lead quite a quiet one, so I hope it hasn’t changed too much. I would love it to change for everybody else who wants it to change, but I enjoy my life.”
Donegal put this game to bed in the final 15 minutes with a devastating 1-06 without reply. The game was level on 58 minutes 1-13 apiece but Declan Bonner’s men stepped up the gears with Michael Murphy and Paddy McBrearty outstanding for the hosts.
It was 0-05 to 0-04 after 10 minutes of play. Cillian O’Sullivan and Jamie Brennan traded the opening scores, but McBrearty and Murphy pointed to put the Tir Chonaill men into a 2 point lead. Jason McGee and Bryan Menton replied before Jamie Brennan edged Donegal ahead. O’Sullivan and Newman registered points for the Royals but Ryan McHugh pushed Donegal ahead by two points once more. James Conlon made it 0-6 to 0-05 with a well-taken score after some good work by Donal Keogan. However, Donegal got a crucial score minutes later as Paddy McBrearty got in behind the Meath defence to finish past Andy Colgan. Niall O’Donnell made it double scores with 27 minutes played. However, Meath to their credit registering points through Newman and McMahon. Michael Murphy and Michael Langan but landed white flags in added time to ensure Donegal went in at the short whistle 5 points clear.
James McEntee got Meath off to a good start on the resumption with a nice point, but they could have had a goal through James Conlon but his effort came back off the post. Meath were denied a goal then when Gavin McCoy was deemed to be in the square. McBrearty kicked a brace for Donegal but Meath would have a penalty minutes later. Donal Keogan the man that was fouled by McHugh, before Newman stepped up and slotted the penalty into the left-hand corner. Bryan McMahon and Menton then kicked quickfire points as Meath ran drew level with 46 minutes on the clock. Darragh Campion knocked over a nice score as Meath went ahead, but from here on Donegal upped the gears and took charge. Jamie Brennan restored Donegal’s lead before Oisin Gallen doubled the gap. McBrearty who put in a man of the match performance knocked a free and a point from play in a couple of minutes. Michael Murphy kicked over a 45 and Gallen finished off the game with Donegal’s second goal of the game in injury time. Next up for Donegal is Kerry in Croke Park where the winner will more than likely progress to an All-Ireland semi-final.
Donegal: Shaun Patton; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Paul Brennan; Ryan McHugh (0-2), Odhrán McFadden Ferry, Eoghan Bán Gallagher; Hugh McFadden, Jason McGee (0-1); Ciaran Thompson, Niall O’Donnell (0-1), Jamie Brennan (0-3); Patrick McBrearty (1-6, 3f), Michael Murphy (0-3, 1 ‘45’), Michael Langan (0-1). Subs: Dáire Ó Baoill for P Brennan (43mins), Eoin McHugh (0-1) for Thompson (48), Oisin Gallen (1-1) for O’Donnell (48), Frank McGlynn for J McGee (60), Eamonn Doherty for O McFadden Ferry (68), Caolan Ward for McMenamin (70)
Meath: Andrew Colgan; Seamus Lavin, Conor McGill, Shane Gallagher; Donal Keogan, Padraic Harnan, Gavin McCoy; Bryan Menton (0-2), Shane McEntee (0-1); Ethan Devine, Bryan McMahon (0-2), James McEntee (0-1); Cillian O’Sullivan (0-2), Michael Newman (1-2, 1 pen, 1f), James Conlon (0-1). Subs: Shane Walsh for Conlon (43mins), Darragh Campion (0-1) for Devine (45), Sean Curran for S Gallagher (57, BC), Graham Reilly for McMahon (62), Adam Flanagan for S McEntee (65), Thomas O’Reilly for C O’Sullivan (69)
Kerry proved far too strong for Mayo as they won by 10 points at a sunny Killarney on Sunday. Kerry will now travel to Croke Park next weekend for a mouth-watering tie with Donegal in a game that if they win would almost guarantee them a semi-final spot. Mayo, on the other hand, will have to get a win against Meath next weekend or their ambitions of reaching an All-Ireland semi-final will end for sure.
Kerry led by 0-07 to 0-03 after 10 minutes. Lee Keegan opened the scoring for Mayo, but Kerry kicked four points in a row through Sean O’Shea, David Clifford (2), and Paul Geaney. Darren Coen and Fionn McDonagh kicked scores and the gap was down to one. However, Sean O’Shea kicked over three frees to give the Kingdom a lead of four points. David Moran kicked a sublime score on 24 minutes before Stephen O’Brien knocked over another score a minute later. It was 0-11 to 0-04 and it was plain sailing for Kerry. Clifford scored a nice free from right on the sideline, Mayo were really struggling with the high intensity. Geaney knocked over another Kerry point. Coen knocked over a nice Mayo point to try to get something going in the attack, but Kerry through O’Brien responded immediately. Cillian O’Connor knocked over a free to end the scoring for the half.
Cillian O’Connor opened the scoring in the second half but Fossa man Clifford fisted an effort over the bar in response. Sean O’Shea stretched the gap out to 10 points with a free, 0-17 to 0-07. Coen and O’Shea traded scores before Cillian O’Connor pointed a brace to become the all-time championship scorer passing out Kerry legend Colm Cooper. However, this as good as it got for Mayo in Killarney as the hosts piled on the misery for the large travelling supporters in the green and red. Paul Geaney palmed the ball to the net after been assisted by Stephen O’Brien on 56 minutes, The game was long over before that though. Cillian O’Connor was denied a goal from the penalty spot. It just wasn’t to be for Mayo. Andy Moran, Boland and Treacy all knocked over scores but it was far too late for Mayo. Man of the match David Clifford chipped over his 7th point of the day on 66 minutes before Graham O’Sullivan closed the scoring. A massive improvement is needed for Mayo next weekend in Croke Park against Meath.
Kerry: Shane Ryan; Tom O’Sullivan, Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley; Paul Murphy, Shane Enright, Gavin Crowley; David Moran (0-1), Adrian Spillane; Gavin White, Sean O’Shea (0-7, 6f), Stephen O’Brien (0-3); Paul Geaney (1-2), David Clifford (0-7, 2f); James O’Donoghue (0-1). Subs: Dara Moynihan for O’Donoghue (HT), Graham O’Sullivan (0-1) for Enright (50mins), Diarmuid O’Connor for Spillane (57), Brian Ó Beaglaoich for Foley (62), Micheál Burns for Geaney (68), Mark Griffin for Crowley (70).
Mayo: David Clarke; Keith Higgins, Brendan Harrison, Chris Barrett; Lee Keegan (0-1), Stephen Coen, Colm Boyle; Donal Vaughan, Aidan O’Shea; Fionn McDonagh (0-1), Kevin McLoughlin, Jason Doherty; Cillian O’Connor (0-6, 3f, 1 pen), Darren Coen (0-3), James Carr. Subs: Seamus O’Shea for McDonagh (HT), Andy Moran (0-2) for Carr (46mins), Ciaran Treacy (0-1) for McLoughlin (47), Fergal Boland (0-1) for Coen (51), James McCormack for Keegan (59), Eoin O’Donoghue for Barrett (65).
Tipperary beat Laois by 10 points to set up a semi-final with Leinster champions Wexford in two weeks time at Croke Park, where I will imagine a large crowd will be in attendance. All the credit must go to Laois here though as they were written off completely by everyone myself included. Eddie Brennan’s men put in a fine 70 minutes and could have left with their heads held high after a superb season.
It was Laois that made a superb start to the game. Mark Kavanagh and Aaron Dunphy raising white flags either side of a score from Jason Forde. Ger Browne registered a nice point, but Laois through Kavanagh made it double scores 0-04 to 0-02 after 7 minutes. Jason Forde then dispatched a penalty after he was fouled. Seamus Callanan would raise the second green flag of the day as Tipperary looked like they were going to put up a big score on Laois. However, Laois refused to give in to Tipperary and Mark Kavanagh and Aaron Dunphy brought them back into contention. Ross King scored a goal then on 34 minutes which ensured Laois went in at the break just trailing 2-11 to 1-10.
Tipperary continued to notch scores on the board on the resumption with Jason Forde stretching the gap. Laois suffered a massive setback when Aaron Dunphy was sent off on 38 minutes following a second yellow. Jason Forde and Padraic Maher extended the lead to 2-14 to 1-10. Tipperary failed to pull away though and although they were comfortable 10 point winners they will still need to improve to beat Wexford. Jason Forde had the final say in the game with a free bringing his tally to 1-12 for the day. Michael Breen was sent off as Tipperary were reduced to 14 men.
Tipperary: B Hogan; C Barrett, J Barry, A Flynn (0-1); B Maher, P Maher (0-1), R Maher (0-2); N McGrath (0-3), G Browne (0-2); D McCormack, J O’Dwyer, N O’Meara; J Forde (1-12, 1 pen), 1 65), S Callanan (1-2), J McGrath. Subs: M Breen for Flynn (48mins), M Kehoe for O’Dwyer (54), J Cahill for Browne (57), B Heffernan (0-1) for Barry (62), J Morris for O’Meara (68)
Laois: E Rowland; L Cleere, M Whelan, J Phelan; J Kelly (0-2), R Mullaney, P Delaney; J Lennon (0-1), P Purcell (0-1); A Dunphy (0-2), M Kavanagh (0-11, 11f), E Lyons; W Dunphy (0-1), C Dwyer, R King (1-0). Subs: E Killeen for Phelan (HT), S Maher for Dwyer (44mins), C Phelan for Lyons (58), S Bergin for Dunphy (60, inj), E Gaughan for Lennon (67).