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Tribe lost their way.

UP until five minutes to go on Saturday night the Tipperary v Galway game could have gone either way.

Galway looked to have had the upper hand, it seemed playing five weeks in a row suited them down to the ground and then all of a sudden Tipperary came good.

It's back to the drawing board for Galway while Tipp will be delighted with their victory, but it came with warning signs.

Tipp were very dependent on an in-form Seamus Callanan - scoring 3-8 of their total.

They also conceded four goals. The big teams still standing won't let them off the hook if it happens again.

Still, you'd have to see them as serious contenders if they can sort out their defence.

Yes Tipp were beaten by Limerick in Munster but Limerick are Munster champions and had beaten Tipperary last year, so why couldn't Limerick repeat the trick? Galway have had a poor year. They ran Kilkenny close in the end in the drawn Leinster semi-final but didn't come close to repeating it.

So they're very much title contenders. They have Lar Corbett back but they'll need more from him. But from here on in it's all about not conceding as easily as they did on Saturday because they'll be in big trouble if they do.

Galway will be very disappointed again. Hurling has evened out so much over the last year and there are now seven or eight counties who believe they have a chance of glory.

But the fact is Galway have slipped down the pecking order in Leinster and they have to go back to the drawing board yet again.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion Columns
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Jul 7, 2014
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