An historic day for certain in Mayo as Tipperary travelled up to play Mayo in the Glen Dimplex Premier Junior Championship last Saturday in Tooreen.
A beautiful sunny day greeted them after the long journey and a Mayo team keen to put their defeat by Clare in Round 1 far behind them.
Both teams were keen to the match underway and it was point for point for much of the first half. The Mayo forwards kept the Tipperary rearguard very busy all the way through and caused many problems. Both Saoirse Delaney and Fionnuala McLaughlin injected much pace into the game whenever they got the ball and were able to turn their markers and move the ball on.
Tipperary through Aoife McLoughney and Grace Moloney tagged some points late in the first half to give them a little space on the scoreboard going into half time.
Half time Scores: Mayo 0.06 Tipperary 0.10
The breeze that was present for the first half very much abated for the second thus increasing the heat on the pitch.
Tipperary didn’t begin to pull away until well into the second half when their point scoring ability from distance began to pull through. Aoife McLoughney playing at corner forward put 8 points on the board all from distance.
No goals were conceded by either team and it is a mark of the extreme hard work that was evident from both back lines. Goalkeeper Aoibheann Crawley had a busy day and made some great saves and along with her hardworking back lines kept out any goal chance that Tipperary were trying to get through.
Mayo didn’t give up the fight at any stage and a credit to each and every player that they were at no point intimidated by the Premier county during the match. They ran at the Tipperary forward lines and took the ball forward many times.
Next weekend sees Round 3 being played and Mayo will take on Waterford down in the sunny south east.
Final Score: Mayo 0.07 Tipperary 0.18
Mayo: A Crawley, A Doherty, A Mulkeen, G Delaney, S Golden, A Lambert, Caoimhe Delaney, M Delaney (C), R Lyons, F McLaughlin, H O’Malley, S O’Brien, S Delaney, L Scahill, Ciara Delaney
Subs: E Delaney, N Kennedy
Scorers: M Delaney (0.02 f & ‘45), F McLaughlin (0.03), H O’Malley (0.01), Ciara Delaney (0.01f)
Tipperary: C Holohan, M E Ryan, A Sheedy, N McCormack, A Crosse, R Maher, E Fogarty, C Stakelum, C McKeogh, C Horgan (C), C Cummins, S Meagher, A McLoughney, G Moloney, A O’Mahony
Subs: L O’Connor
Scorers: A McLoughney (0.08), S Meagher (0.02), A O’Mahony (0.02), G Moloney (0.04), C Cummins (0.01), L O’Connor (0.01)