What a finish…
The Allianz National Football League is back and so is the talent that we can expect to light up the forthcoming GAA season of 2018.
Tipperary travelled to Páirc Uí Chaoimh to take on Cork in their Division 2 opener this evening and the Premier County sprung what many would consider to be a surprise with a victory over the Rebels.
However, in truth this was a relatively inexperienced Cork side with new manager Ronan McCarthy set to use this league campaign as a trial period for young and fringe players in order to make a breakthrough before the championship this summer.
Tipp’s ability to find the net three times as opposed to just a solitary major for the Rebels was the difference, as the full-time scoreline of 3-16 to 1-16 will tell you.
It was Tipperary’s second goal which most of those in attendance at the newly developed Páirc Uí Chaoimh will remember this game for.
With 51 minutes on the clock, Tipp full-forward Michael Quinlivan received the ball in space with just one defender to beat, which he did in a fashion that made it look easy before sticking an absolute cracker into the top corner. The curled finish was worth the admission fee alone.
Followers of Liam Kearns’ side will remember Quinlivan being forced off injured in the first-half when these two sides met in last season’s Munster championship semi-final in Páirc Uí Rinn. The Rebels went on to scrape that result by the minimum of margins, which begs the question, what would have happened had the Clonmel Commercials star not been stretchered off?
Enjoy this clip of Quinlivan’s beauty tonight:
Great finish from Tipperary's Michael Quinlivan watch it here with GAANOW pic.twitter.com/JQnGzOJ6DK
— The GAA (@officialgaa) January 27, 2018