Wednesday 26 June 2019

Tipp bounce back in style

Tipperary 3-15 Waterford 2-15

Cian Rellis of Waterford tries to hold off the challenge of Tipperary’s
Conor Ryan during the Munster MHC clash in Thurles yesterday. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Rellis of Waterford tries to hold off the challenge of Tipperary’s Conor Ryan during the Munster MHC clash in Thurles yesterday. Photo: Sportsfile

Tipperary got their provincial campaign on track with a deserved but laboured win.

Both teams needed a result, having lost their opening fixtures and it was Tipp who made the running, Jack Leamy pushing them towards a 1-9 to 1-6 half-time lead thanks in part to his penalty.

Waterford's goal in the first half came when Johnny Burke capitalised on some loose defending to shoot to the net.

Tipp drew further ahead early in the second half of a scrappy, stoppage-filled match when sub Conor McKelvey delivered an unstoppable shot to the top right corner.

But, despite their superiority, the home team couldn't shake Waterford off and the latter got their second green flag through Caolan MacCraith.

Another sub Stephen Ferncombe got in on the action in the 44th minute when he sent a ground shot straight to the roof of the net to give Tipperary some breathing space.

Scorers - Tipperary: J Leamy 1-8 (1-0 pen, 6f, 1s/l); C McKelvey 1-1; S Ferncombe 1-0; T Cahill 0-2; C Fogarty, K Shelly, P Kinane, J Campion 0-1 each. Waterford: R Halloran 0-5f; J Burke, C MacCraith 1-0 each; M Fitzgerald, A Ryan (1f), J Foley, C Rellis 0-2 each; C Berry, M Cummins 0-1 each.

Tipperary - S Gleeson; S Loughran, C O'Dwyer, J Duncan; E Marnane, M Corcoran, C Lloyd; L Shanahan, C Ryan; C Deely, J Campion, J Leamy; C Fogarty, T Cahill, P Kinane. Subs: C McKelvey for C Deely (13), K Shelly for L Shanahan (h-t), S Ferncombe for P Kinane (41), R Walsh for M Corcoran (48), C McCormack for C Lloyd (52).

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Waterford - R Hogan; J Ó Floinn, S O'Neill, C Daly; C Walsh, R Furlong, R Halloran; S Burke, J Foley; J Gleeson, A Ryan, C Berry; J Burke, M Fitzgerald, C MacCraith. Subs: J Booth for J Gleeson (22), E O'Brien for S Burke (34), C Rellis for C Berry (40), M Cummins for J Booth (57), B Frisby for J Burke (58).

Ref - N Wall (Cork)

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