Tuesday 18 June 2019

Waterford's championship left hanging by a thread as Tipperary turn on the style in another resounding win

Tipperary 2-30 Waterford 0-18

19 May 2019; Barry Heffernan of Tipperary in action against Maurice Shanahan of Waterford during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2 match between Tipperary and Waterford at Semple Stadium, Thurles in Tipperary. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
19 May 2019; Barry Heffernan of Tipperary in action against Maurice Shanahan of Waterford during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2 match between Tipperary and Waterford at Semple Stadium, Thurles in Tipperary. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Vincent Hogan

Vincent Hogan

A rampant Tipperary sent out of a resounding championship warning in Thurles today with this 18-point destruction of Waterford.

Picking up where they left off against Cork a week ago, Liam Sheedy's men just piled on the misery for visitors who now face a desperate fight to keep their summer alive after defeats on successive weekends.

Tipp's attack was unplayable at times with Jason Forde, 'Bubbles' O'Dywer and John McGrath in unstoppable form and Michael Breen contributing a remarkable 0-6 from play against outclassed opponents.

Tipp thundered out of the blocks with such each venom, Waterford manager - Paraic Fanning - was fire-fighting from first whistle.

Within six minutes of the start, he'd switched Conor Prunty off Seamus Callanan and on to John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer, the Killenaule man continuing the scintillating form he'd shown against Cork by nailing two points with his first two touches.

That meant Conor Gleeson picked up Callanan, but things got no better for Waterford, O'Dwyer, John McGrath and midfielder Breen, scoring almost at will as Tipp stayed resolutely on the front foot.

Incredibly, Jason Forde and Ronan Maher both scored with line-cuts in a quick burst between the 15th and 17th minutes, by which time Tipp led 0-9 to 0-4 and were threatening to slip out of reach.

Two Tommy Ryan points and others from Jamie Barron, Stephen Bennett and Paraic Mahony did keep Waterford just about in touch, but they got no traction on the their inside attacking line with Cathal Barrett excelling for the Premier county.

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Tipp led 0-13 to 0-6 approaching the half-hour when Waterford then suffered the hammer blow of seeing Conor Gleeson ordered off for a second yellow after hauling Patrick 'Bonner' Maher to the ground as the Lorrha man raced towards Stephen O'Keeffe's goal.

There looked no way back from there for Fanning's men, Tipp eight points to the good as the first-half slipped into injury-time. But two Paraic Mahony frees just about kept them in touch and it might even have been a good deal better had Patrick Curran's 39th minute shot not snapped back off a post with Tipp 'keeper, Brian Hogan, beaten.

It was a big escape for the home team who, thus, led 0-16 to 0-10 at the break. Seemingly in control, but not entirely out of reach either.

Worryingly for Waterford, though, three of the Tipp attack - Callanan, 'Bonner' and Dan McCormack - had yet to score.

Remarkably, that would remain the case until the 72nd minute when Callanan finally got his name on the scoreboard, given a goal-chance on a plate at the Killinan-end where Forde had already beaten Stephen O'Keeffe's with a brilliant 54th minute goal.

Waterford had threatened to come into the game when getting the margin back to three points by the 51st minute, but that was as good as it got for Fanning's men, out-scored 0-1 to 2-10 from there to the finish.

SCORERS: Tipperary - J Forde 1-9 (0-3 frees, 0-1 line 'cut'), M Breen 0-6, J McGrath 0-5, J O'Dwyer 0-4, S Callanan 1-0, N McGrath 0-2 (0-1 free), R Maher 0-2 (0-1 line 'cut'), B Heffernan and J Morris 0-1 each.

Waterford - Pauric Mahony 0-9 (0-7 frees), T Ryan 0-3, A Glesson 0-2, T de Burca, B O'Halloran, J Barron and Stephen Bennett 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: B Hogan, C Barrett, J Barry, R Maher, B Maher, Padraic Maher, A Flynn, N McGrath, M Breen, J Forde, Patrick Maher, D McCormack, J O'Dwyer, S Callanan, J McGrath. Subs - B Heffernan for B Maher (half-time), R Byrne for McCormack (48 mins), W Connor for N McGrath (60 mins), J Morris for O'Dwyer (66 mins), G Browne for Patrick Maher (70 mins).

WATERFORD: S O'Keeffe, C Lyons, C Prunty, N Connors, Philip Mahony, T de Burca, K Moran, J Barron, C Gleeson, T Ryan, A Gleeson, Pauric Mahony, J Prendergast, P Curran, Stephen Bennett. Subs - M Shanahan for Curran (half-time), Shane Bennett for Stephen Bennett (50 mins), J Bennett for Philip Mahony (56 mins), B O'Halloran for Pauric Mahony (62 mins).

Referee - J Keenan (Wicklow).

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