Séamus Callanan grabs hat-trick as Tipperary fillet Dublin
Premier County secure massive 22-point win over Sky Blues at Semple Stadium
Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan scores the second of his three goals in the All-Ireland SHC Round 2 qualifier against Dublin at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Tipperary 6-26 Dublin 1-19
Séamus Callanan collected a massive individual tally of 3-11 as All-Ireland champions Tipperary marched into the quarter-finals.
In what looks certain to be Ger Cunningham’s last game in charge, the Sky Blues were battered by 22 points in Thurles in this Round 2 qualifier.
Dublin were aggrieved at having to travel to Semple Stadium and left with their tails between their legs after copping a massive hiding.
Callanan was excellent but he was aided and abetted by John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer – who squared unselfishly for his colleague’s hat-trick goal in the final minute.
Tipp looked vulnerable defensively at times in the first half, particularly in the full-back line, but still led by 4-11 to 1-10 break, a 10-point advantage.
By half-time, Callanan and John McGrath had helped themselves to a brace of goals each, but much of that was down to rank bad Dublin defending.
Callanan looked particularly sharp early on and with less than eight minutes on the clock, he had posted 1-3, including 1-2 from play.
But Dublin were level by the 15th minute, Cian O’Sullivan netting to tie it up at 1-4 apiece.
Dublin were undone by awful defending after that as McGrath notched his first goal in the 19th minute after Paudie Maher’s long delivery wasn’t dealt with.
The Dublin shot-stopper did make some good saves throughout but he mixed the good with the bad – and a poor restart led to Tipp’s fourth goal approaching half-time.
Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher made inroads before picking out Callanan, who squeezed a ground-stroke home from a tight angle.
The game was done and dusted but Tipp pushed on – hitting an unanswered 1-7 to kick-start the second half.
Mikey Breen had the ball in Dublin’s net 19 seconds after the restart and in the final minute, O’Dwyer set up Callanan for his treble effort.
TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; D Maher, T Hamill, J Barry; Joe O’Dwyer, R Maher, Pádraic Maher (0-1); B Maher (0-1), M Breen (1-0); J Forde (0-4), Patrick Maher, D McCormack (0-1); John O’Dwyer (0-4), S Callanan (3-11, seven frees), J McGrath (2-2).
Subs: S Kennedy for R Maher (45 mins), N McGrath for B Maher (49 mins), S O’Brien (0-2) for D McCormack (49 mins), M Cahill for D Maher (56 mins), T Fox for Pádraic Maher (66 mins).
DUBLIN: C Cooley; C O’Callaghan, E O’Donnell, F Ó Riain Broin; S Barrett, C Crummey (0-1), S Moran; B Quinn, N McMorrow; D Treacy (0-11, eight frees), L Rushe (0-2), E Dillon; C O’Sullivan (1-1), R O’Dwyer (0-2), D Burke.
Subs: J Madden for Barrett (24 mins), F Whitely for McMorrow (h/t), D O’Callaghan (0-1) for Burke (h/t), T Connolly for Moran (50 mins), R McBride (0-1) for Treacy (58 mins).
Referee: A Kelly (Galway)