Mayo v Tipperary

Mayo take on underdogs Tipp at Croke Park in the first All-Ireland SFC semi-final

Eamon Donoghue Sun, Aug 21
 
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  • Hello and Welcome... All-Ireland football semi-final day. Mayo versus Tipperary. The battle of the neutrals' favourites. Promises to be a real classic.

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  • All-Ireland SFC semi-final

    Mayo v Tipperary, Croke Park 3.30pm
  • Teams news (named teams)

    MAYO: David Clarke; Brendan Harrison, Kevin Keane, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Patrick Durcan; Seamus O'Shea, Donal Vaughan; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O'Shea, Diarmuid O'Connor; Jason Doherty, Andy Moran, Cillian O'Connor.

    TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Colm O’Shaughnessy, Alan Campbell, Ciarán McDonald; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan; Peter Acheson, George Hannigan; Josh Keane, Michael Quinlivan, Brian Fox; Kevin O’Halloran, Conor Sweeney, Philip Austin.
  • So if the teams play as per programme - Tipperary are unchanged from the fifteen who beat Galway in the last eight. Their first ever football quarter-final victory.

    While Mayo make one change. Kevin Keane comes in for Alan Dillon who was a late replacement ahead of throw-in in the Tyrone victory last time out.
  • Some pre-match reading for you there ..
    Malachy Clerkin on Tipp's fairytale season and how despite being burdened with second class status in the county - they are two games from Sam Maguire.

    While Sean Moran caught up with Kildare manager Cian O'Neill - his team were knocked out by Mayo this year. Both great reads.
  • So Tipperary are unchanged.

    While Barry Moran is in for Kevin Keane
  • So Barry Moran will slip into midfield where Tipperary were so strong against Galway. Donal Vaughan will drop into the back line . Where either he or Lee Keegan will fill into the fullback line.
  • Teams are completing the pre match parade - five minutes 'till throw in
  • I see Mayo having too much here. Tipp will need goals to make a game of it, so a good test for the Connacht county in a sector they've struggled in, in recent years.
    Tipp rely though on their midfield platform though, where Mayo are so powerful. And for me that battle will be decisive. And I expect Mayo to win out
  • Ball is in - game on! Mayo win throw in but first attack comes to nothing
  • Mayo 0-0 Tipperary 0-0 (1') Tipp kick long with first attack - it's broken away and Peter Acheson picks it up and shoots wide
  • Mayo 0-1 Tipperary 0-1 (3') Andy Moran gets Mayo underway - steps to the right and floats it over. Down the other end Tipp cut Mayo open after a fantastic catch from Acheson. Phillip Austin fists over
  • Kevin O'Halloran takes on a 55m free - well, well wide
  • Mayo 0-1 Tipperary 0-2 (7') Michael Quinlivan wins a free and points it himself. Lee Keegan is back in the corner picking him up
  • Mayo 0-2 Tipperary 0-2 (9') Robbie Kiely black card, huge loss. He drags back, and Cillian O'Connor floats the resultant free
  • Mayo 0-2 Tipperary 0-4 (14') Mayo can't match Tipp's intensity. They are winning the dirty ball and overlapping at pace. Quinlivan wins another free and again scores it himself. He's been really impressive
  • Barry Moran seems to be sweeping in front of the Mayo fullback line - to cover the high ball threat. But that leaves free men out the field and Mayo are being overran
  • Mayo 0-2 Tipperary 0-4 (18') Two wides in a row for Cillian O'Connor - both tricky frees. Mayo have hit three wides
  • Mayo 0-3 Tipperary 0-4 (20') Tap over free from Cillian O'Connor
  • Mayo 0-3 Tipperary 0-5 (22') Quinlivan's third free - Mayo though are grinding their way back into this. Mainly via Aidan O'Shea. Tipp need to capitalise on their superiority
  • Mayo 0-3 Tipperary 0-6 (24') Conor Sweeney on the loop adds his first from play
  • GOALLLL MAYOO
  • Mayo 1-4 Tipperary 0-6 (26') Turnover at midfield - Keith Higgins drives up the field, lays off to Jason Doherty. Who rolls it into the corner. Diarmuid O'Connor then adds a point
  • Mayo 1-7 Tipperary 0-6 (30') What a momentum swinger that goal was. Kevin McLoughlin through on goal but blazes over. Keith Higgins then adds another from distances. Mayo are on fire
  • Mayo 1-8 Tipperary 0-7 (33') Brilliant block by Donal Vaughan, falls to Sweeney who slots it over his shoulder. Down the other end though Andy Moran replies with his second point - and Aidan O'Shea adds another with two men hanging out of him
  • Mayo 1-10 Tipperary 0-7 (35) Andy Moran adds yet another score. He's been a constant outlet. Two minutes of first half additional time
  • HT Mayo 1-10 Tipperary 0-7 - That final 10 minutes of dominance seems to have killed Tipp's spirit - and half time couldn't have arrived at a better time for them
  • Tipperary are so reliant on their dominance at midfield and with Aidan O'Shea getting more involved, and just in general against a team like Mayo - you're not going to constantly dominate that area. And once Mayo had their period of dominance they twisted the knife. Eradicated Tipp's three point lead in minutes and now go in six ahead. A nine point swing
  • Mayo played Barry Moran as a sweeper - obviously worried about the long ball. But Tipp have been running at them. And while they have been opened up, especially early on .. In stopping that stream of long balls they have really reduced the Tipp goal threat
  • Mayo scorers -
    Andy Moran 0-4; Jason Doherty 1-0; Cillian O'Connor 0-2; Diarmuid O'Connor, Aidan O'Shea, Lee Keegan, Kevin McLoughlin 0-1 each
  • So seven different Mayo scorers - impressive
  • Tipp scorers -
    Michael Quinlivan 0-3; Conor Sweeney 0-2; Kevin O'Halloran and Phillip Austin 0-1 each
  • Teams are back out - and the ball is in
  • Mayo 1-11 Tipperary 0-8 (35') Long ball into Conor Sweeney, brilliantly caught. He's fouled and Quinlivan converts. Diarmuid O'Connor responds for his second point
  • Mayo 1-11 Tipperary 0-10 (39') Goal chance for Tipp is scrambled away. Lee Keegan then fouls Quinlivan again (picks up a yellow) - he scores it himself. He's yet to score from play though so Keegan is certainly in a game, yet despite the fouling he is doing very well
  • Mayo 1-11 Tipperary 0-11 (44') Quinlivan scores another free but moments earlier they could have had a goal - but David Clarke was out like a flash to slide out and clear the ball away
  • Mayo 1-11 Tipperary 0-12 (48') Another free for Quinlivan - then his effort from distance is adjudged wide by hawk-eye. Mayo backs against the wall
  • Tom Parsons is on for Mayo - Seamie O'Shea replaced. A fantastic optIon to be bringing in off the bench
  • Mayo 1-12 Tipperary 0-12 (56') Goal chance for Andy Moran - brilliant save by Evan Comerford. Then Colm Boyle from the next attack sticks over an inspirational score. It seemed as though that was in the air forever
  • Mayo 1-12 Tipperary 0-12 (61') Evan Regan and Conor O'Shea come on for Mayo. Patrick Durcan's point effort is wide off the post so with eight minutes left there's three points in it
  • Mayo GOALLL
  • Mayo 2-12 Tipperary 0-12 (64') Very fortunate goal. Evan Regan slips while shooting, the ball skids to Conor O'Shea who pulls on it blindly on the turn. Bottom left corner
  • Five minutes left and a six point game
  • Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-12 (67') Cillian O'Connor curls over a free from about 40m
  • Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-13 (69') Conor Sweeney leaves just the goals in it again with a close range free. Alan Dillon is in off the bench now too for Mayo - their bench is looking strong today. Chris Barret, Parsons, O'Shea, Regan, have all come on
  • We are a minute into six of additional time - Mayo playing keep ball
  • Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14 (73') Quinlivan's seventh free. Three minutes left
  • Yellow card for Diarmuid O'Connor - a late foul to slow things down further
  • And a black card for Donal Vaughan for a drag back
  • FT Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14 - Mayo are in the final. Semi-finals are for winning, but a five point win is certainly flattering
  • Andy Moran - "It's a great feeling - after we got beat by Galway in the semi-final ... It's great.
    "We've been in a few (finals) but we are sick of being consistent. The next four weeks now are the most important of our lives."

    Can Mayo win it?

    "Why not, why not!"
  • Tipperary were the better team for long stretches of that encounter - but ultimately Mayo's experience proved key.
    Bill Maher's questionable sending off on 65 minutes and that second, fortunate goal deflated the Tipp challenge.

    Nonetheless Mayo are in an All-Ireland final, still yet to peak. But with momentum built. Have they one big performance in them? This time saved for a final. Time will tell.
  • So that's that... Mayo are into a third All-Ireland final in five years. You certainly couldn't begrudge them making that final step, but they've plenty to work on to beat Dubkin or Kerry. The two teams who have knocked them out at the semi-final stage after replays in the last two years.

    We'll be back next weekend for Dublin versus Kerry - but until then, thanks for joining us, and keep an eye on the site for the match report and reaction from Croke Park.
    @DonoghueEamon
  • All-Ireland SFC semi final result
    Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14