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All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14

By Jonathan Cullen Sun 21st Aug

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14


Mayo defeated Tipperary by 2-13 to 0-14 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 21st at Croke Park.

All Ireland SFC S-F: Late Conor O’Shea goal seals Mayo win

Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park for

Stephen Rochford has guided Mayo to a third All-Ireland senior football final appearance in five seasons – but they had to work hard for it against Tipperary at Croke Park this afternoon.

The Premier County gave it everything in their first semi-final appearance in 81 years, but avoidable goals in either half proved crucial as Mayo moved on to a September 18 showdown with Dublin or Kerry. Mayo will know they will have to improve considerably for their first final since 2013 as surprise packets Tipp asked plenty of questions.

But the pre-match underdogs finished the game with 14 players when Bill Maher was issued with a straight red card for an off-the-ball offence in the 65th minute. It was another sickening blow for Tipp, who lost Robbie Kiely to a black card as early as the ninth minute for a foul on Jason Doherty.

Mayo had Andy Moran in excellent form but they struggled otherwise in front of 53,212 spectators at GAA headquarters. And for the game’s opening goal, scored by Doherty in the 27th minute, the Premier County were very much the architects of their own downfall.

Colm O’Shaughnessy coughed up possession inside his own half and Mayo broke with lightning pace, Keith Higgins cutting a swathe the middle before off-loading to Doherty. The forward’s finish was cool, as he side-stepped goalkeeper Evan Comerford before shooting into an empty net.

That goal helped to turn Mayo’s fortunes around in the first half, after they fell 0-3 to 0-6 behind against a fired-up Tipp. It was a fortunate break for Mayo as, in truth, they could have been further behind as Tipp missed some good early chances.

After scoring the goal, Mayo added four points to necklace 1-4 without reply, as a Conor Sweeney point in the 33rd minute stopped the rot for Tipp. But by half-time, they were six down attain as Andy Moran (two) and Aidan O’Shea collected points before the break.

After Conor Sweeney kicked Tipp’s sixth point in the 25th minute, they would add just one further score before the interval and in that time, Mayo hit 1-7.

Finding a more clinical edge, Mayo turned up the heat but Tipp opened the second brightly and by the 48th minute, they had cut the deficit back to two points. Mayo were 1-11 to 0-12 in front and Mikey Quinlivan’s effort, which was shown to be wide by HawkEye, could have had the margin back to the bare minimum.

Tipp goalkeeper Evan Comerford kept his side in it with a smart save to deny Moran 16 minutes from time, but Mayo did get their second goal in the 64th minute. Evan Regan’s mishit effort dribbled behind the Tipperary inside line and Conor O’Shea drew on the loose ball to find the bottom corner.

From there until the finish, Mayo had little trouble in closing the game out in their sixth successive semi-final, particularly when Tipp lost the services of Maher. Mayo had Donal Vaughan black-carded in the sixth minute of stoppage time – and finished the game with 14 players too after using all six subs – but they had the job done by then.

Scorers for Mayo: A Moran 0-4, J Doherty and C O’Shea 1-0 each, C O’Connor 0-3 (3fs), D O’Connor 0-2, L Keegan, C Boyle, K McLoughlin and A O’Shea 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: M Quinlivan 0-7 (7fs), C Sweeney 0-3 (1f), K O’Halloran 0-2 (1f), B Maher and P Austin 0-1 each.

Mayo: D Clarke; B Harrison, B Moran, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, P Durcan; S O’Shea, D Vaughan; K McLoughlin, A O’Shea, D O’Connor; J Doherty, A Moran, C O’Connor
Subs: T Parsons for S O’Shea (53), C O’Shea for Doherty (58), E Regan for Moran (63), C Barrett for Boyle (67), A Dillon for McLoughlin (69), C Loftus for C O’Connor (70+1).

Tipperary: E Comerford; C O’Shaughnessy, A Campbell, C McDonald; B Maher, R Kiely, J Feehan; P Acheson, G Hannigan; J Keane, M Quinlivan, B Fox; K O’Halloran, C Sweeney, P Austin
Subs: S Leahy for Kiely (b/c 10), A Moloney for Leahy (32), S O’Connell for O’Shaughnessy (56), I Fahey for O’Halloran (66), M Dunne for Keane (70+2).

Referee: D Coldrick (Meath)

Fixture Details

GAA Football All-Ireland Championship
Semi-Final 2016
Mayo v Tipperary
Throw-in: 3:30pm

Donegal v Galway
Throw in: 1:30pm

Team News

After an eighty one year wait the Tipperary team to play Mayo in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final in Croke Park, on Sunday next, August 21st has been announced by manager Liam Kearns. With some positional switches Liam keeps faith with the starting 15 that lined out in their recent All Ireland Quarter-Final success.

The Tipperary team lines out as follows;

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Peter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
12. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
13. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
14. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
15. Philip Austin – Borrisokane

The Mayo team for Sunday’s semi final game against Tipperary in Croke Park at 3.30pm is:

1. David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites)
2. Brendan Harrison (Aghamore)
3. Kevin Keane (Westport)
4. Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis)
5. Lee Keegan (Westport)
6. Colm Boyle (Davitts)
7. Patrick Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels)
8. Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy)
9. Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe)
10. Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore)
11. Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy)
12. Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber)
13. Jason Doherty (Burrishoole)
14. Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen)
15. Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber, captain).

Ticket Information
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Tipperary’s return to the GAA football All-Ireland senior semi-final for the first in 81 years will bring a fresh favour to Croke Park on Sunday when they line up against Mayo to decide who plays Dublin or Kerry in the final on September 18. Throw-in will be at 3.30 and the senior game will be preceded by the minor semi-final between Galway and Donegal at 1.30.

While Mayo are appearing in the semi-final for a sixth successive year, it’s Tipperary’s first venture in the last four since 18 August 1935 when they lost to Cavan (1-7 to 0-8). Cavan went on to win the All-Ireland, beating Kildare in the final. Tipperary finished sixth in Division 3 this year but beat Cork (Division1) in the Munster semi-final, Derry (Division 2) in a Round 4 qualifier before recording a great nine-point victory over Connacht champions, Galway (Division 2) in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Mayo’s bid for a sixth successive Connacht title ended when they lost to Galway in the semi-final but they have since won four games to arrive in the semi-final. They are bidding to reach the final for the first time since 2013 while Tipperary last reached the final in 1922. Both counties are under managers (Liam Kearns in Tipperary, Stephen Rochford in Mayo) who are in their first year.

Mayo 2-16 London 0-9 (Connacht quarter-final)
Galway 1-12 Mayo 0-12 (Connacht semi-final)
Mayo 2-14 Fermanagh 1-12 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
Mayo 2-17 Kildare 0-14 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 3)
Mayo 3-15 Westmeath 1-14 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 4)
Mayo 0-13 Tyrone 0-12 (All-Ireland quarter-finals)

Cillian O’Connor……2-25 (0-16 frees, 2-0 pen, 0-2 ‘45s)
Evan Regan……………1-16 (0-10 frees)
Jason Doherty………..2-4
Diarmuid O’Connor…1-7

Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 1- 7 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 3-17 Tipperary 2-10 (Munster final)
Tipperary 1-21 Derry 2-17 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 4)
Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Kevin O’Halloran……..1-24 (0-13 frees, 0-5 ‘45s)
Michael Quinlivan…….2-20 (0-9 frees)
Conor Sweeney………….3-7

Mayo are appearing in the semi-final for a sixth successive year, having won two, drawn two and lost three in 2011-2015. The wins were over Dublin (2012) and Tyrone (2013). The defeats were against Kerry (2011 and 2014) and Dublin last year while the draws were against Kerry in 2014 and Dublin last year.

2015: Dublin 3-15 Mayo 1-14 (replay)
2015: Dublin 2-13 Mayo 1-15 (draw)
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (replay – after extra-time)
2014: Mayo 1-16 Kerry 1-16 (draw)
2013: Mayo 1-16 Tyrone 0-13
2012: Mayo 0-19 Dublin 0-16
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11

Tipperary won nine Munster titles between 1888 and 1935 but All-Ireland semi-finals were not played in all of those years.
Tipperary’s most recent semi-final in 1935 ended in a two-point defeat by Cavan (1-7 to 0-8). Tipperary beat Clare and Cork to win that year’s Munster championship (Kerry did not compete.)

This will be the fourth championship clash between them, with the previous three ending as follows.
2002: Mayo 0-21 Tipperary 1-14 (2002 All-Ireland qualifiers)
1922: Tipperary 1-5 Mayo 1-0 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1919: Tipperary 2-2 Mayo 1-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Mayo 0-21 Tipperary 1-14 (2002 All-Ireland Round 4 Qualifier, Cusack Park, Ennis)
Mayo had four points to spare over Tipperary, who six days earlier, had lost the Munster final replay to Cork. Mayo later lost to Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final. James Horan, who later went on to manage Mayo was their top scorer on 0-5 while Declan Browne (0-7) and Peter Lambert (1-4) were top scorer for Tipperary.

Mayo: Peter Burke; Kenneth Mortimer, David Heaney, Pat Coyne; Noel Connelly, Alan Roche, Aidan Higgins; David Tiernan, David Brady; Colm McManamon, Trevor Mortimer, James Gill; Stephen Carolan, Brian Maloney, James Horan.
Subs: James Nallen for Roche; Ciaran McDonald for Gill; Marty McNicholas for Tiernan; Ray Connelly for K Mortimer; Shane Fitzmaurice for McManamon.

Tipperary: Philly Ryan; Benny Hahessy, Niall Kelly, Damien Byrne; Liam England, Kevin Mulryan, Willie Morrissey; Eamonn Hanrahan, Sean Maher; Paul Cahill, Fergal O’Callaghan, Damien O’Brien; Peter Lambert, Declan Browne, Benny Hickey.
Subs: Niall Fitzgerald for Maher; Michael Spillane for O’Brien

They have played 13 Allianz League (Div 1), Connacht and All-Ireland championship games, winning eight and losing five. They finished fifth in Division 1.
WINS: Monaghan, Down, Roscommon (League); London (Connacht championship), Fermanagh, Kildare, Westmeath, Tyrone (All-Ireland championship)
DEFEATS: Cork, Dublin, Donegal, Kerry (League); Galway (Connacht championship)

They have played 12 Allianz League (Div 3), Munster and All-Ireland championship games, winning six, drawing three and losing three. They finished sixth in Division 3.
WINS: Clare, Offaly (Div 3), Waterford, Cork (Munster championship), Derry, Galway (All-Ireland championship)
DEFEATS: Longford, Kildare (League); Kerry (Munster final)
DRAWS: Limerick, Westmeath, Sligo (League)


By Jonathan Cullen Sun 21st Aug


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