An air of gloom, following the tragic death of young Tipperary player Darrel Darcy, surrounded this vital meeting of Waterford and Tipperary footballers in this keenly-contested clash at Fraher Field yesterday.
And emotions overflowed immediately after the game as the entire Tipperary panel, their mentors and supporters gathered in a huddle for several minutes in the middle of the pitch.
Waterford, who led from the sixth minute of the game, dominated throughout and it was only because of several missed opportunities that they went in up by a mere 0-6 to 0-3 at half time, having played with the assistance of a strong breeze.
However, a scrambled goal from wing back, Eddie Rockett, in the 42nd minute stretched their lead to 1-7 to 0-4 and they seemed to be in cruise control at that stage.
A breakaway Tipperary attack led to a Barry Grogan free out wide and his in-swinging cross was fistedto the net by the impressive Kevin Mulryan to reduce the Deise lead to 1-7 to 1-5 after 50 minutes.
Substitute Liam Lalor and Grogan exchanged a couple of points apiece to keep just two points between the sides as the game entered what was to be a dramatic period of injury-time.
Larry Coskeran raced onto a breaking ball and carved open the Waterford defence before putting Grogan through on goal and he finished with aplomb to give the Premier county a one-point win.
Scorers --Tipperary: B Grogan 1-6, K Mulryan 1-0, L Coskeran, N Fitzgerald 0-1 each. Waterford: E Rockett 1-0, M Ahearne, C Power, A Hubbard and L Lalor 0-2 each, E Walsh and P Hurney, 0-1 each.
Tipperary -- P Fitzgerald; A Foley, M Peters, N Curran; C Maher, R Costigan, L Coskeran; E Hanrahan, E Kearney; S Grogan, N Fitzgerald, S Stapleton; B Mulvihill, K Mulryan, B Grogan. Subs: C McDonald for Curran; C Dillon for Hanrahan.
Waterford -- S Enright; J Walsh, J Seaward, M O'Gorman; E Rockett, S Briggs, J Phelan; M Ahearne G Hurney; E Walsh, S Cunningham, P Hurney; C Power, A Hubbard, T Grey. Subs: L Lalor for Cunningham, M Ferncombe for Grey.
REF -- P Sheehy, Kerry.