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FLASHBACK: Tipperary v Armagh

Author: Media GPA/14 July 2017/Categories: Year 2015, Year 2016

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FLASHBACK: Tipperary v Armagh - Quinlivan helps Premier raids the Orchard As comebacks go Tipperary's smash and grab Division 3 FL defeat of Armagh earlier this year ranks right up there with the best as star forward Michael Quinlivan banged in a second-half hat-trick to produce his very own Roy of the Rovers moment.

On the back foot throughout, the Premier's hopes of promotion lay in tatters before All-Star attacker Quinlivan stepped forward like so many times in the past to seal a famous fightback and thwart Armagh's passage to Division 2.

The Tipp maestro has a remarkable knack of bailing teams out of tight corners with late goals as his injury-time winner propelled Clonmel Commercials to a famous Munster club final win over Nemo Rangers in 2015 and this was just as dramatic.

There were just six seconds left on the clock when the towering full-forward pounced to finish a brilliant team move and raid the Orchard.

“We just don’t tend to do things the easy way, I don’t know why that is," Quinlivan said afterwards. “I met my Dad after the Armagh game and I was like, ‘Jeez, we need to stop doing this’. But he said to me, ‘no, you don’t!’

“I suppose if we can have that sort of a tag that we are never gone, or a game is never too far out of reach, then isn’t that great. We’ve given some great excitement to a lot of people over the years and hopefully we can do it again in the future.”

“Maybe it’s that we have to feel under pressure to perform or maybe we have to go so far behind that we take the pressure off ourselves. It was daylight robbery, but I suppose you create your own luck too.

"If you are on top, and Armagh were on top you kind of need to put us away. We were still in the game. Two wonder scores bring us back into contention and the goal just happens. Suddenly the final whistle is blown, we led for what? Six seconds maybe.”

In terms of excitement it was up there with the 'five-minute' All-Ireland SHC final of 1994 between Offaly and Limerick but as Quinlivan mentions, Tipperary football supporters have become well accustomed to such scenarios in recent years.

They were treated to another last weekend away to Cavan and with the odds stacked against them once again, they delivered the goods to come from behind and slay the Breffni men booking a place in the Round 3 Qualifier draw.

It's only fitting that last year's All-Ireland semi-finalists were pitted against Armagh and Kieran McGeeney's side will be gunning for revenge as they renew acquaintances in Semple Stadium on Saturday (5.0).

Hold onto your hats, when the Tipp footballers are involved you're guaranteed to be left on the edge of your seat.


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