Rushe job at last minute grabs morale-boost­ing draw for Dublin

Dublin Tip­per­ary 2-15 0-21

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - National Hurling League Gaelic Games -

DUBLIN ARE still with­out a win, but An­thony Daly knows that shar­ing the spoils with Tipp in Croke Park on Satur­day was a form of vic­tory.

Af­ter play­ing im­pres­sively but los­ing by a point to both Cork and Kilkenny in re­cent weeks, Dublin looked to be head­ing for a sim­i­lar fate here when they were cut adrift in the clos­ing stages.

But the re­silient Dubs, still miss­ing a num­ber of play­ers, dug deep to sal­vage some­thing more than pride, with Liam Rushe soar­ing to grab the slio­tar and crash it to the net with the last puck of the game.

The point shared does not save last year’s league champs from the fate of hav­ing to play Waterford in a rel­e­ga­tion final in Di­vi­sion 1A next month. But the main thing for Daly was the fact their luck had fi­nally turned.

“It was im­por­tant to get a re­sult here. It looked like it was gone from us. I sup­pose we had a cou­ple of chances in the last two weeks to win, or draw at least, so in fair­ness we got the break,” he said.

“In fair­ness to Liam it was a great goal and a great fin­ish. We’re de­lighted to get some­thing out of it. We know we are in the rel­e­ga­tion final for sure now. In some ways that might be more in­tense than a league semi-final.

“It’ll be a great pre-run for the cham­pi­onship.

“We were shock­ing against Gal­way, but we are af­ter pro­duc­ing three hon­est dis­plays since. We asked for per­for­mances and we are af­ter get­ting three in a row.

“We only picked up one point from them but it is good to get some­thing out of it. Ev­ery­one is dis­ap­pointed that we find our­selves in this po­si­tion. But at the same time there is a lit­tle spring in the dress­in­groom there now.”

Tipp boss De­clan Ryan looked un­happy to have been caught at the death. But con­sid­er­ing they only started four of the team that started last year’s All-ire­land final, they’ll re­alise all is not lost.

“We would have set­tled for a draw 10 or 15 min­utes into the sec­ond half when we went a few points down. The guys bat­tled back well and it looked like we had the game won. The end re­sult was dis­ap­point­ing from our point of view. We could have done with the two points and it makes the Cork game a knock­out ef­fec­tively in the last round,” said Ryan.

Dublin started brightly, with Alan Mc­crabbe point­ing af­ter only 30 sec­onds and, de­ploy­ing their trade­mark in­ten­sity, they were 0-4 to 0-2 up af­ter 10 min­utes.

But once Tipp set­tled they matched Dublin’s phys­i­cal­ity and in a game dom­i­nated by de­fences they had a rock in Pádraic Maher.

With goal­keeper Dar­ren Glee­son mak­ing a cou­ple of fine saves, it wasn’t un­til Tipp moved Noel Mcgrath into full for­ward that they came to life and be­came more eco­nom­i­cal than Dublin to lead 0-9 to 0-7 at the break.

But Dublin hit back with 1-2 in three min­utes when John Mccaf­frey and David Treacy pointed be­fore Mc­crabbe set up Treacy to flash to the net in the 39th minute.

With Joey Boland again prom­i­nent and young star Danny Sutcliffe win­ning good ball, Dublin tried to drive on, but Tipp re­fused to buckle.

The turn­ing point came when their tow­er­ing for­ward Brian O’meara put his early lethargy aside and caught fire. The in­tro­duc­tion of John O’brien also turned the screw on a Dublin side who were lack­ing punch up front to make their pos­ses­sion count.

The sides were level in the 68th minute be­fore O’brien, Shane Mcgrath and O’meara all pointed within four min­utes and Tipp looked to have snatched the points. But with time run­ning out Boland lofted one last hopeful ball into the Hill 16 square. Rushe leapt and gath­ered and crashed for­ward and drilled low to the net for a draw Dublin fully de­served. DUBLIN: G Maguire; N Cor­co­ran, P Schutte, R Tre­anor; M Car­ton, J Boland, S Durkin; J Mccaf­frey (0-1), S Lam­bert; L Rushe (1-2), R O’dwyer (0-2), D Sutcliffe (0-2); E Dil­lon, D O’cal­laghan (0-1), A Mc­crabbe (0-3, two frees). Subs: D Treacy (1-2) for Dil­lon (h/t), N Mcmor­row (0-2) for Mc­crabbe (55 mins), S Sta­ple­ton for Lam­bert (57 mins), M O’brien for Schutte (inj) (57 mins). TIP­PER­ARY: D Glee­son; D Maher, P Maher, C O’brien; M Cahill, J Cogh­lan, T Stapel­ton; B Maher (0-1), J Wood­lock; G Ryan, N Mcgrath (0-4, two frees), P Bourke (0-6, five frees), J O’neill, B O’meara (0-5), S Bourke (0-1). Subs: J O’brien (0-2) for S Bourke (h/t), D Young for Cogh­lan (45 mins), J Ryan (0-1) for P Bourke 47, S Mcgrath (0-1) for Wood­lock (58 mins), T Ham­mer­s­ley for O’neill (69 mins). Ref­eree: B Gavin (Of­faly)

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