Ignore for a minute the empty stadium and the soft pitch and the winter chill and, unbelievely, absolutely nothing precious was lost. Given That the 1980s Tipperary and Galway has been one of tossing’s valued set-tos, and yesterday it ignited a championship that had actually been fumbling with a moist fuse for the last month. This was hectic and spell-binding.

When the live roulette wheel finally stopped the All-Ireland champs had actually been gotten rid of. Tipperary’s haunting run without back-to-back titles should stretch beyond 55 years now, and the core gamers in this decorated squad won’t have another opportunity. For spells in the other day’s video game they played better than at any time in the championship, without ever recuperating their best stuff from last season.

Having actually fainted in Croke Park last weekend, Galway