Tipperary 1-11 Mayo 1-19: Mayo finish strong to see off Tipp
By John Fallon
Last Updated: 24/06/18 8:32am
Tipperary came close to pulling off the shock of the summer but in the end Mayo had the experience and the resources to stave off a championship exit and book their place in the third round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers with a 1-19 to 1-11 win.
It was a superb contest at Semple Stadium in Thurles as Liam Kearns' men produced an excellent display of football which rattled the All-Ireland finalists.
But Mayo, all too familiar bed-fellows with the thrills and spills of the backdoor system, did not panic and they came from behind to outscore Tipperary by 1-08 to 0-00 in the final quarter of a great contest.
Tipperary seemed poised for a shock win when they deservedly opened up a three-point lead midway through the second half.
But a fortuitous goal from James Durcan was the breakthrough Mayo needed, when his shot for a point dipped into the top corner of the net.
That tied the sides at 1-11 each after 52 minutes. It was a devasting blow for Tipperary and they never recovered.
Mayo, on the other hand, knew this was a get-out-of-jail card and they took full advantage.
Kevin McLoughlin edged them in front shortly after to lead for the first time since the sixth minute.
Tipp's challenge faded and they failed to score in the final quarter as Mayo romped home with eight unanswered points in a devastating finish.
Jason Doherty was superb and by the finish 10 players had found the target for Mayo as they advanced to the third round of the qualifiers.
They will hope, like last year, that these tough tests up and down the country, will strengthen them for another assault on Croke Park.
But there is no doubt they were in trouble when they trailed by 1-7 to 0-8 at the interval.
Michael Quinlivan flicked home a super goal after 10 minutes to wipe out Mayo's early burst which yielded four points in the opening six minutes.
Tipperary were good value for their interval lead with Mayo suffering a double blow when Seamus O'Shea went off injured and Colm Boyle was black-carded on his 100th appearance for the county just before the break.
The Tipp supporters in the crowd of 11,257 gave them a standing ovation as they went in at the interval and it was clear Mayo were in difficulty.
Tipp were superb after the restart and points from Quinlivan, Liam McGrath and Conor Sweeney looked set to fashion a shock victory but Mayo, with Doherty excelling, came storming back to book their place in the third round.
A point from Doherty and a fifth free from Cillian O'Connor levelled the sides for the fourth time after 39 minutes.
Tipperary, however, took control again and three superb points in succession from Quinlivan, McGrath and Sweeney saw them lead by 1-10 to 0-10.
Durcan, with a goal chance deflected over, and McGrath swapped points but then came the breakthrough for Mayo when Durcan's effort from the right dipped into the top corner of the net.
It was a game-changer. Tipp's challenge faded and they failed to score in the final quarter as Mayo romped home with eight unanswered points in a devastating finish.
Scorers for Mayo: C O'Connor 0-05 (5f), J Durcan 1-2; J Doherty 0-03, K McLoughlin 0-03, A O'Shea 0-01, S O'Shea 0-01, P Durcan 0-01, A Moran 0-01, L Keegan 0-01 & C Loftus 0-01.
Scorers for Tipperary: M Quinlivan 1-02; L McGrath 0-04 (2f); P Austin 0-02, C Sweeney 0-02, J Kennedy 0-01.
1. David Clarke
4. Keith Higgins
3. Ger Cafferkey
7. Patrick Durkan
2. Chris Barrett
5. Colm Boyle
6. Stephen Coen
8. Seamus O'Shea
9. Lee Keegan
10. Kevin McLoughlin
11. Aidan O'Shea
26. James Durcan
13. Jason Doherty
14. Cillian O'Connor (c)
15. Andy Moran
25. D O'Connor for S O'Shea (30th minute);
12. C Hanley for Boyle (41st minute- black card);
23. E Regan for McLoughlin (38th minute to 46th minute - blood);
20. E O'Donoghue for Barrett (56th minute);
23. E Regan for C O'Connor (68th minute);
24. C Loftus for Moran (69th minute);
21. D Kirby for D O'Connor (72nd minute).
1. Evan Comerford
2. Shane O'Connell
3. John Meagher
4. Alan Campbell
5. Bill Maher
6. Robbie Kiely (c)
7. Jimmy Feehan
11. Jack Kennedy
9. Steven O'Brien
10. Josh Keane
12. Brian Fox
22. Philip Austin
13. Conor Sweeney
14. Michael Quinlivan
15. Liam McGrath
18. L Boland for Austin (58th minute)
8. L Casey for Kennedy (60th minute)
17. K O'Halloran for McGrath (64th minute)
19. K Fahey for Feehan (65th minute)
23. J Lonergan for Keane (68 minute)21. G Hannigan for O'Brien (72nd minute)