From yesterday's RTE Sport.
Saturday, 29 July 2006 7:54
Tipperary looked a shadow of their former selves as Ciaran Duignan scored six points to guide Leitrim into the Tommy Murphy Cup semi-finals at Semple Stadium.
The absence of former All Star Declan Browne, who was busy marrying his partner Niamh Sheehan in Fethard, was truly felt by Tipperary this afternoon as they reliquished their grip on the Murphy Cup in a 0-14 to 1-06 defeat.
Browne scored ten points in Tipp's recent win over Waterford and also chipped in with 1-07 as captain in last year's Murphy Cup final success against Wexford.
But without the presence of Browne and Liam Mulvihill, Tipp looked anything but champions.
Leitrim had the winning of the game when they hit five unanswered points to move 0-08 to 0-03 clear just before the interval.
An injury-time goal from Benny Hickey shook Tipp up for a while, but Seamus McCarthy's men were utterly lifeless after the break. It took them 25 minutes of the second half to register their next score from a Michael Phelan free.
By that time Leitrim had moved five points in front with the impressive Duignan (0-06), Donal Brennan (0-03) and Ronan Gallagher (0-02) all showing well. The visitors did have wing back Shane Foley dismissed for a second yellow card, seven minutes from time, but they deservedly held on.
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