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The Shocked Reaction To Galway's Absolute Pasting Of All-Ireland Champions Tipperary In League Final

The Shocked Reaction To Galway's Absolute Pasting Of All-Ireland Champions Tipperary In League Final
By Michael McCarthy Updated

Well, I don't think anyone expected that.

Galway 3-21 - 0-14 Tipperary. 

An unbelievable scoreline.

The All-Ireland champions have looked unbeatable at times this season, while Galway stumbled through Division 1B before good performances against Waterford and Limerick in the knockout stages of the competition.

Today, from the first minute, they looked like they were playing a different game than their opponents. Tipp, without Seamus Callanan, were lackluster in attack, scoring just twice from play in the first half and creating no real goal chance until the last minute of the game. A lot of the credit for that goes to the Galways backs who have had a lot of problems with the Tipperary goal threat in their recent championship encounters. They didn't give the likes of John O'Dwyer and John McGrath a sniff today.

In attack, Galway were actually wasteful for much of the game, missing chances in the first half that seemed crucial while we were all still waiting for the Tipp backlash that never came. Jason Flynn was responsible for a lot of those wasted chances, but he more than made up for it with two second half goals. Joe Canning was utterly dominant from centre forward, scoring four of his nine points from play and running the game at times, with the Tipp half back line giving him a perplexing amount of space. Conor Whelan though was probably the star of the day. He scored five brilliant points from play from corner forward and really had the game of his life.

It was Galway at their best, and probably Tipp at their worst, but the manner of victory and the scoreline will give them hugh confidence ahead of the Championship, as well as their first national title since winning the 2010 League.

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The reaction from the GAA world was one of shock, as well as being seriously impressed by Galway. All the while. nobody is ready to write Tipp off quite yet.

Galway Tipperary Reaction:

One sour point on an otherwise positive day for hurling (unless you're from Tipp), was the rather poor attendence figure at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Just over 16,000 for a national final is a poor return for what promised to be a cracking game.

 

 

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