Monday 10 December 2018

Forde on form as Tipperary withstand Wexford comeback to claim league win

Tipperary 3-21 Wexford 1-21

17 February 2018; Jason Forde of Tipperary converts a sideline cut during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 3 match between Tipperary and Wexford at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
17 February 2018; Jason Forde of Tipperary converts a sideline cut during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 3 match between Tipperary and Wexford at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

A late Patrick 'Bonner' Maher goal sealed the points for Tipperary as they overcame Wexford in a tight Allianz Hurling League clash at Semple Stadium tonight.

Despite trailing by seven points at the break - and looking out of the contest on numerous occasions in the second half - Davy Fitzgerald's side trimmed the deficit to just three points entering into injury time.

However, All Star Maher finished powerfully to the net after a strong run down the right to wrap up the game.

Wexford raced into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead before the in-form Jason Forde found the net for the home side.

The visitors responded with a Lee Chin penalty but a run of points saw Michael Ryan's men take a healthy 1-15 to 1-8 lead in at the break.

The game looked over after Forde fired home his second goal from play early in the second half, but Wexford refused to surrender and had a glorious chance to reduce the gap to one late on, only for Tipp goalkeeper Darragh Mooney to deny Conor McDonald from close range.

Chin narrowed the gap to three from the following 65, before Maher's goal secured the win for the Premier County.

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