O’Mahony scores 0-13 as Waterford shock Tipperary in Nowlan Park thriller
Waterford 1-19 Tipperary 2-15
Waterford went into the second Allianz hurling League semi-final as underdogs but never showed the slightest sign of an inferiority complex in a superb performance which eventually wore down Tipperary in Nowlan Park.
Pauric Mahony shot 0-13, including the winning point from a free, as Waterford advanced to a final date with Cork next Sunday week. They did so in style, reining in Tipperary in the second-half.
Tipperary led by 2-8 to 0-11 at half-time, having pounced for both goals in the opening 15 minutes. ‘Bonnar’ Maher grabbed the first in the fifth minute and John O’Dwyer whizzed in for the second goal nine minutes later.
Tipperary, playing with the wind, were seven points ahead after 24 minutes but Waterford dug in and out-scored their opponents by 0-6 to 0-2 from there to half-time.
Mahony’s accuracy from placed balls was crucial for Waterford as as he helped himself to nine points in the first half, one of which came from open play.
Tipperary’s advantage was cut to two points in the 48th minute before Waterford hit a glory patch which yielded 1-3.
The goal came from Colin Dunford in the 54nd minute. Waterford led by four points after 55 minutes, but Tipperary battled back bravely and points by Seamus Callanan, Conor Kenny and Padraic Maher (two) brought them level after 67 minutes.
The winning point came in the 70th minute when Mahony held his nerve with a difficult free and knocked over an excellent point. Tipperary thought they had forced a ‘65’ in stoppage time but the decision went against them, much to the disappointment of their supporters in the
crowd of 16,445.
Scorers: Waterford 0-13 (11f, 1 ‘65), C Dunford 1-1, M Shanahan 0-3, J Dillon, J Barron 0-1 each.
Tipperary: S Callanan 0-8 (5f, 1’65’), J O’Dwyer 1-1, Patrick Maher 1-0, N O’Meara, Padraic Maher 0-2 each, J Forde, C Kenny 0- 1 each.
Tipperary: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, C O’Mahony, P Curran; M Breen, Padraic Maher, R Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; J O’Dwyer, B Maher, J Forde; S Callanan, Patrick Maher, N O’Meara.
Subs: J Barry for Stapleton (43), S Bourke for O’Dwyer (45), C Kenny for Forde (53), G Ryan for McGrath (58), J Meagher for Curran (66).
Waterford: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; T De Burca, A Gleeson, Philip Mahony; J Barron, K Moran; M Walsh, Pauric Mahony, J Dillon; C Dunford, M Shanahan, S Bennett.
Subs: B O’Halloran for Bennett (50), T Devine for Dillon (56), S O’Sullivan for Walsh (63).
Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)