The wily Brian Fox wins it for never-say-die Tipperary
Louth led 1-5 to 0-2 early in the second half but David Power’s team fought back
Tipperary’s Brian Fox scored the winning point against Louth on Sunday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho
With less than 10 minutes on the clock and the wind at their backs, Tipperary trailed by four points, but they composed themselves enough to rattle off five unanswered scores to engineer victory.
Replacement Alan Moloney’s influence cannot be understated. With Tipp running out of ideas, Moloney found his range with two swirling points from distance in the middle of the scoring sequence to drive the visitors into the ascendancy.
The defeat was harsh on Louth, who were competitive throughout. Leading 0-5 to 0-2 at half-time they looked set for their first home win in a year when midfielder Tommy Durnin found the net upon the resumption.
Tipp knuckled down, though, and piled enough pressure on Craig Lynch’s kick outs to allow Fox to come up with the goods at the death.
Louth: C Lynch; D Corcoran, D Campbell, F Donohoe; E Callaghan, E Carolan (0-1), J Clutterbuck; J Califf, T Durnin (1-1, 0-1 mark); L Jackson, B Duffy, P Mathews; C Downey, C Grimes, S Mulroy (0-5, 0-2 frees, 0-1 mark). Subs: G Garland for Jackson (48 mins), E Duffy for Grimes (58 mins), C Early for Mathews (62 mins), O Murray for Corcoran (67 mins), A Mooney for Donohoe (69 mins).
Tipperary: E Comerford; A Campbell, J Meagher, C Shaughnessy; E Moloney, K Fahey (0-1), D Brennan; S O’Brien, C Kennedy; B Maher, J Kennedy (0-1, 0- 1 free), B Fox (0-2) L Boland (0-1), C Sweeney (0-3, 0-2 frees, 0-1 sideline), J Lonergan. Subs: K O’Halloran (0-1) for Lonergan (h-t), R Quigley for B Maher (h-t) A Moloney (0-2) for C Kennedy (54 mins), C Kennedy for Boland (61 mins).
Referee: J Hickey (Carlow)