Kevin Moran’s injury-time point gave Waterford a dramatic 1-14 to 0-16 win over Tipperary at Walsh Park in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A.
Tipp’s Seamus Callanan, who scored 0-10, started sharply yet Jamie Barron’s 18th-minute goal kept the hosts in the hunt and it was 1-06 to 0-09 at half-time.
Callanan helped Tipp, who benefited from a strong bench, lead by five points with 12 minutes remaining.
But Pauric Mahony’s free-taking reduced the arrears and points from Barron and Jake Dillon set up an exciting finish.
Wind-assisted Tipperary started brightly and led by 0-04 to 0-01 after 15 minutes. Michael Walsh was holding firm at centre-back and he dragged the home side back into the contest.
On 18 minutes, Maurice Shanahan set up Jamie Barron who drove a low shot across Brendan Cummins and into the corner of the net for the game’s only goal.
Martin O’Neill followed that up with a free to put Waterford ahead. With Callanan looking threatening, Tipp regained control and opened up a three-point gap.
Waterford finished the half strongly, however, and a Jake Dillon point from play along with a pair of Martin O’Neill frees left the sides level at the interval.
Tipp manager Eamonn O’Shea made a double switch at the break and the Premier County came out with intent. Three Callanan frees gave them a healthy advantage at an early stage of the half and they pressed home their superiority.
Lar Corbett and Brian O’Meara added points before Callanan struck over his tenth of the afternoon to put Tipp 0-16 to 1-08 ahead in sight of the hour mark.
Waterford dug in however and Michael Walsh led a strong defensive effort in the closing stages to shut down that lively Tipp attack.
Their pace at the other end drew a succession of frees and substitute Pauric Mahony converted three in-a-row to give them hope.
In the final minute of normal time, Barron scored from an acute and Dillon tagged on another to set up that pulsating finale.
A Corbett effort fell short before Waterford launched one last attack. Urged on by a vocal home support, they laid siege to Cummins; goal.
In the first minute of injury-time, Moran seized possession 65 metres out and from the stand sideline, he split the posts to decide the game and send the Déise followers away in upbeat mood.
WATERFORD: I O’Regan; S Fives, L Lawlor, S Daniels; J Nagle, M Walsh, K Moran (0-01); S O’Sullivan, P Prendergast; B O’Halloran (0-01), S Prendergast, M Shanahan (0-01); J Dillon (0-02), M O’Neill (0-04, 0-04f), J Barron (1-01).
Subs used: P Mahony (0-04, 0-04f) for O’Neill (55 mins), B O’Sullivan for Shanahan (59), D Fives for O’Halloran (65).
TIPPERARY: B Cummins; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; C O’Brien, T Stapleton, P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath (0-01); B O’Meara (0-02), N McGrath (0-01), A Ryan; S Bourke (0-01), S Callanan (0-10, 0-04f, 0-01 ’65’), L Corbett (0-01).
Subs used: E Kelly for Ryan, B Maher for N McGrath (both half-time), J O’Dwyer for S Bourke (49 mins), P Bourke for Woodlock (62), J Forde for O’Meara (67).
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)
The GAA have introduced a new rule known as the Black Card Rule. Basically this means that if a player is deemed to have committed a cynical foul then he could be issued a black card and will be ordered to leave the pitch. However he will be replaced by a substitute in contrast to if he had received a red card and will not suffer any further punishment. For more details on the subject have a look at the recent article published on the Irish Independant
Tipperary put in a strong performance in the National Hurling League with a convincing win of 4-22 to 1-20 against Galway
We travel to Ballina this Sunday at 3pm to play Ballina in the next game of the County League. We will be leaving Goatenbridge at 1.30pm.
It was a great game but perhaps the referee could have let it flow a bit more. 2 harsh sending offs for Kilcormac left them out on their feet and in the end St. Thomas ran out winners for their first ever All Ireland Title.
Best of luck
Best of luck to Ardfinnan under 21’s who are playing the South Under 21 ‘A’ football final against Ballyporeen today.
Club meeting next Thursday night at 8pm to discuss the next 5 years of the club. Please attend if possible.
Earlier today we played in the Liam Kiely memorial 7 a side tournament in Cahir. We were hoping to retain our crown as we won this tournament this time last year. 8 teams in total contested the tournament with 2 groups of 4. In our first game we played local old rivals Newcastle which we won, we were then beaten by a strong St. Mary’s outfit before we defeated Cahir in the last group game. As we had 2 wins under our belt we progressed to the semi final to play Rockwell Rovers who had won all of their group games. We defeated them in a close game, which meant we went on to the final to play St. Marys who had defeated Ballygunner in the other semi final. Unfortunately St. Mary’s were a much stronger team on the day and ran out easy winners in the end. We would just like to thank Cahir GAA for holding this tournament for the second year running and thanks to all who participated. It was a great tribute to Liam Kiely who would have loved to be there to play the game he loved so much.