By Noel Dundon
‘An rud is anamh is iontach.’
The old Irish phrase could have been written for the Tipperary minor footballers who won their first ever All-Ireland title on the field of play on Sunday last in ther most dramatic of circumstances in Croke Park - what’s rare really is wonderful.
David Power’s men downed the mighty, and highly fancied Dubs, with a gritty display of football which saw them recover from a five point interval deficit, to snatch victory right at the death - Colman Kennedy blasting a wonder goal in the 27th minute of the second half, to send shockwaves throughout Hill 16.
Tipperary’s footballers, after unprecedented celebrations in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel hosted by the Tipperary Association in Dublin on Sunday evening, returned home to the Cathedral of the Assumption on Monday where a huge crowd braved the elements to welcome back their heroes. And what a reception they received.
Blue and gold jersey, flags, banners and bunting decorated the scene as the players made their way from the team bus, through the Archbishops Palace and out ontp the steps of the Cathedral - a day earlier they had climbed the steps of the Hogan Stand - the wonderful structure named after the late Michael Hogan who died on Bloody Sunday wearing the Tipperary jersey having been shot by the Black and Tans.
The only killer shots fired on Sunday though came from the boots of captain Liam McGrath, full forward Michael Quinlivan and super sub Colman Kennedy when they tested the strength of the Croke Park nets with superb goals which helped sink the Dubs .
It was real David and Goliath stuff and just like the Titanic sank when it’s hull was breached, so too did the Dublin fight go under, when Kennedy fired the final parting shot across their bows - his Dad John, former Tipp hurling centre back and senior selector, must surely have been impressed. Dessie Farrell’s charges found themselves anchored to the Croke Park sod as Tipperary sailed on to a most glorious victory - the kind which will be remembered for many decades to come.
See our extensive coverage inside on page 2, Section 1; and pages 5, 19 and 20 of Section 2 where they is detailed match reports, analysis, commentary, the homecoming and victors banquet.
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