Saturday 17 March 2018

Lucky Ahearne strike gives Deise edge

Waterford picked up their second win of the campaign after a bizarre goal from Robert Ahearne turned the tide in their favour on an atrocious night at Fraher Field.

"We got a fortuitous goal when the ball hopped over the 'keeper, but in saying that we missed four or five scores," manager Niall Carew said.

Darren Guiry was brought down for a penalty which Paul Whyte converted to put Waterford 1-1 to 0-0 clear after six minutes.

Three points on the trot revived Tipperary and left them only 1-4 to 0-6 behind at the midway mark. Peter Creedon's side drew level early in the second half, but Ahearne's three-pointer on 43 minutes, which bounced over 'keeper Paul Fitzgerald, swung the pendulum in Waterford's favour. Barry Grogan kept Tipperary in touch, but three late points wrapped up a home win.

Man of the Match: Robert Ahearne (W'ford)

Scorers – Waterford: P Whyte 1-4 (0-4f, 1-0 pen), R Ahearne 1-1 (1f), P Hurney, T Grey, D Guiry 0-1 each. Tipperary: B Grogan 0-4 (4f), C Sweeney (1f), P Acheson, B Fox, M Quinlivan, G Hannigan 0-1 each.

Waterford – S Enright 7; C Phelan 6, S Prendergast 6, M O'Gorman 7; T Grey 7, S Briggs 6, J Hurney 6; S Ahearne 7, T Prendergast 7; L O Lonain 6, C McGrath 5, P Hurney 6; D Guiry 7, R Ahearne 8, P Whyte 7. Subs: G Nugent 6 for McGrath (30), S O'Hare for Prendergast (65), J Veale for Hurney (67), S Dempsey for Guiry (70).

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald 5; J Coughlan 6, P Codd 6, A Morrissey 6; A Campbell 6, C McDonald 6, B Fox 7; G Hannigan 7, H Coughlan 5; P Acheson 6, L McGrath 6, D Leahy 5; A Moloney 5, B Grogan 7, M Quinlivan 6. Subs: B Jones 6 for H Coughlan (23), C Sweeney 6 for Moloney (h-t), R Kiely 5 for Morrissey (41), B O'Brien 5 for Leahy (50), A Matassa 5 for McGrath (50).

Ref – A Nolan (Wicklow)

Irish Independent

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