THE equation for Tipperary is now reasonably simple: on Sunday, April 17 (2.30pm) Declan Ryan’s men host Wexford in Semple Stadium knowing that a win could propel the Premier into a league final against Kilkenny if both Dublin (away to Cork) and Galway (away to Waterford) fail to win.
For now, however, Tipperary can bask in the warm glow of a sensational win against Galway in Pearse Stadium, Salthill of all places - a venue notoriously hard for supporters to get into and for ambitious teams to get out of.
The travelling support expected the Galway approach to be nourished by memories of last summer’s single-point All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Tipperary in Croke Park, but the performance of John McIntyre’s team bordered on the pathetic.
As the Lorrha man left the field his face was hung with a “do not disturb sign”.
John McIntyre had no time for the obvious answers to the obvious questions. An 18-point defeat to Tipperary, after all, is no laughing matter for a team who consider themselves contenders to land Liam McCarthy.
In stark contrast all heaven broke loose for a Tipperary side which had only played in patches prior to this outstanding performance.
Tipp were simply brilliant.
The backs squeezed the life out of Galway one breath at a time and ten different players forced their way onto the score sheet (Tipp scored 4-20 from play) while Shane Bourke exploded onto the inter-county scene scoring a ridiculous three goals and four points from play.
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star