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Sunday 22 October 2017

Tipperary's super summer goes on

Tipperary's Barry Grogan. Picture: Piaras O Midheach/SPORTSFILE
Tipperary's Barry Grogan. Picture: Piaras O Midheach/SPORTSFILE

TIPPERARY footballers' super summer continues after they edged out Laois in a thriller All-Ireland SFC Qualifier Round 3A at O'Moore Park on Saturday, 3-17 to 4-9.

They'll play beaten Connacht finalists Galway now for a spot in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. And on the form they showed on Saturday, the Premier County are unlikely to have any inhibitions.

This foundations for their latest victory were firmly laid during an excellent first half after which they led 2-10 to 1-3, thanks to an uninterrupted scoring blitz of 1-9 from the 13th minute onward.

And when Laois lost their talismanic forward Ross Munnelly through injury, it looked bleak for the hosts.

To their credit however they fought hard and goals from James Finn and Conor Meredith just minutes after the resumption gave them hope. David Conway grabbed his side's fourth goal in the 57th minute to cut the gap to just two.

Evan Costello and Conway then levelled matters as Laois looked to have all the momentum.

But the winners didn't panic and points from Conor Sweeney and Barry Grogan came before the latter's goal sealed a truly superb victory for the Premier County.

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