tells its own story in this one-sided All-Ireland
U-21 Hurling semi-final between Down and Tipperary
played at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday
28th August with the Munster champions winning
pulling up on a scoreline of 4-20 to 0-5.
in class and experience was evident right from
the start as the Tipperary side raced into a eight
points lead after ten minutes play, and by the
interval they were almost ‘out of sight'
leading by 1-12 to 0-3. Try as they might the
gallant Down side just couldn't compete with their
opponents who scored three goals early in the
second-half to go for a resounding win in the
It was a
disappointing end to the season for the Down side,
but it was a huge ask to expect them to compete
against one of the real hurling powers in Tipperary
who have emerged from a very competitive Munster
campaign and must be favourites to go on and win
the All-Ireland title.
this heavy defeat won't dishearten the Mourne
players and officials, and to their credit even
when the game was ‘dead and gone'they continued
to battle to the final whistle.
R. Murray; D. Coffey, J. Doherty, C. Braniff;
C. Coulter, A. Dynes, P. Hughes; D. McCusker,
D. Flynn; J. McCusker 0-1, B. McGourty 0-3, G.
Flynn; P. Smith, E. Clarke, A. Bell.
Subs used – B. Johnston 0-1, M. Gilmore,
M. Ennis, S. McManus and M. Watson.
Referee: E. Morris from Dublin.