Sunday 25 February 2018

Supersub O'Shea seals the deal

Waterford 1-13, Tipperary 0-15

Substitute Conor O'Shea was the Waterford hero in Killarney, but Tipperary will be kicking themselves for throwing this game away, having led by a point going into the last minute of normal time after playing with an extra man for the closing five minutes.

Waterford made an explosive start, with David Power getting a goal within 12 seconds of the throw-in. The sides were level on a 1-4 to 0-7 scoreline at half-time and, during a well contested second half, there was never more than a point between the sides.

With Tipperary leading 0-11 to 1-7, Waterford's cause took a blow when wing-back Ciaran Buckley received a second yellow in the 55th minute.

However, this seemed to only revitalise the Deise and after John Wall levelled from a free, it looked as if their 'keeper Thomas Wall had stolen the win in injury-time when he converted a '45'. But in one final attack, Tipperary won a free on the 65-metre line and Benny Hickey kicked a sensational equaliser to force extra-time.

The sides were level on three occasions in extra-time, but with two minutes remaining, O'Shea set up the final showdown with Cork or Clare.

Scorers – Waterford: J Wall 0-6 (4fs), D Power 1-0, J O'Mahony 0-2, T Wall ('45'), S Prendergast, B McGarr, B Phelan, C O'Shea 0-1 each.

Tipperary: B Hickey 0-8 (7fs), P Dalton 0-2, B Hewitt, TJ Ryan, L Coskeran, G Ryan, B Quinn 0-1 each .

Tipperary – J English; C Higgins, A Kelly, K Butler; P Dalton, C Morrissey, T Ryan; C McGrath, A Rockett; A Walsh, T Hanley, B Hickey; L Coskeran, G Ryan, B Quinn. Subs: B Hewitt for B Quinn (h-t), T J Ryan for A Rockett (43), D Heffernan for A Walsh (53), F Hayes for L Coskeran (58), L Coskeran for F Hayes (e-t) , A Walsh for T J Ryan (e-t), D O'Brien for B Hewitt (e-t)

Waterford – T Wall; C Bourke, M Prendergast, S Lannon; C Buckley, P Crowley, J O Mahony; S Prendergast, C Guiry; D Grey, B McGarr, B Phelan; J Wall, B Wall, D Power. Subs: M Curry for C Guiry (40), D Tuohy for D Power ( 52), C O'Shea for B Phelan ( 57), B Phelan for J O'Mahony ( 57), K Boland for C Buckley ( e-t), D Mulhearne for T Wall ( e-t).

Ref – E Walsh (Kerry)

Irish Independent

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