All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Final: Tyrone edged out by Tipperary

Tipperary's Maria Curley and Orla O'Dwyer tackle Tyrone's Niamh Hughes
Tipperary built a first-half lead in the intermediate final and Tyrone were unable to get on terms in the second half

Tyrone ladies' hopes of All-Ireland Intermediate Football glory was dashed as Tipperary clinched a 1-13 to 1-10 victory in the Croke Park decider.

Grainne Rafferty's 16th-minute goal gave the Red Hands a 1-1 to 0-3 lead.

However, Tipperary moved into a 0-5 to 1-1 lead before a Tyrone defensive mix-up was punished by Aisling McCarthy who coolly lobbed into the empty net.

After trailing 1-7 to 1-3 at the break, Tyrone never got closer than three in arrears in the second period.

Tyrone had a mix of youth and experience with Gemma Begley, skipper Neamh Woods, Shannon Quinn and Shannon Lynch survivors from the 2010 triumph as they aimed to secure the victory than would ensure their return to the senior grade.

Tipperary's victory topped off their unbeaten season after they won the Division Three League title and Munster championship.

The Premier County had an early scare as goalkeeper Lauren Fitzpatrick had to make a great save to deny Lycrecia Quinn.

However, Fitzpatrick did have to pick the ball out of her own net in the 16th minute as Rafferty finished off a fine move.

McCarthy's Tipp goal came after a misdirected handpass from Caoileann Conway deep in her own defence as Tyrone keeper Shannon Lynch was well off her line.

Lynch had to make a brilliant save moments later to prevent another goal for Gillian O'Brien and Mairead Morrissey settled for a further Tipp point just before half-time after the Tyrone defence had been left exposed once more.

Leading by four at the break, Tipp extended their lead to five on four occasions in the second half and despite fine scores from Chloe McCaffrey, Maria Canavan and Gemma Begley, Tyrone never really looked like getting on terms.

Tyrone's build-up to the intermediate decider had been overshadowed by a row over the decision to arrange two men's county club champions games for Sunday.

Meanwhile, Dublin ended a run of three successive defeats in the senior final as they defeated Mayo 4-11 to 0-11.

A crowd of 46,286 attended Sunday's finals which made it the best attended women's sporting attendance throughout the world in 2017.

The previous highest attendance at a women's sporting event this year was the 35,271 who attended the Women's FA Cup Final.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Finals - Croke Park

Junior Final

Derry 2-10 3-7 Fermanagh

Intermediate Final

Tipperary 1-13 1-10 Tyrone

Senior Final

Dublin 4-11 0-11 Mayo

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