Tipperary recorded their first win of the Allianz National Football League campaign for 2013 when they hosted London in Semple Stadium and bagged 1-6 in either half to see off the exiles challenge.
While this was definitely not a top drawer display from the Tipperary lads, it was certainly a marked improvement on their two previous outings and having secured their first points of the campaign they can now move forward with a degree of confidence as they travel to meet Mick O’Dwyer’s Clare in the next round on Sunday afternoon next.
Tipperary locked horns with the London lads with just 251 in attendance. And, the great pity is that Tipp actually played some very good football during the course of the game and were able to soak up the pressure thrown at them by London, especially in the first half.
Granted, London would not be considered top opposition and nobody will be getting carried away with the victory, but at the same time, Tipperary had business to do and they did just that, despite being without a number of influential regulars.
This was a real must-win game for Tipperary having fallen in their first two outings. Peter Creedon’s men had hoped to press hard for promotion to division 3, but the two early defeats severely dented their chances of advancing. However, a win against London could be just what the doctor ordered to get them back in the groove, especially since the third level games were completed and Tipp had, more or less, full compliment to choose from, apart from those injured.
Tipp had a number of changes from the selected side with Robbie Costigan and Michael Quinlivan both ruled out, while Brian Jones and Conor Sweeney were introduced. This meant a switch to midfield for Peter Acheson from his selected half forward berth, while Brian Fox reverted to number 10 with Jones coming in in his stead at centre forward.
Although London had the first score of the game through a Padraig McGoldrick pointed free, Tipperary started very brightly and were dominant for most of the half. They used the ball very well but were afforded a lot of room in the expanses of Semple Stadium as they carved open the London side time and again.
See Tipperary Star for full report.