Monday 19 March 2018

The game at a glance

Man of the match: Lar Corbett (Tipperary),Eoin Kelly scored 2-6 (2-3 from play) but was still second behind the majestic Lar Corbett, who contributed 4-4 in a performance which was as close to perfection as it's possible to get.

Turning point

None. Tipperary bossed all the important sectors from start to finish and had victory secured by half-time, when they led by 17 points.

Talking point

How could there be such a difference between the sides? Tipp were odds-on favourites to win but nobody could have envisaged that Waterford would be so comprehensively demolished.

Ref watch

An easy day for Brian Gavin. Waterford 'won' the free count 20-6, a sign perhaps that it's easier get decisions when your luck is out on just about every other front.

What they said

Declan Ryan (Tipperary manager):

"A super performance. We came here expecting a very tough battle but it didn't materialise. We know we have the scoring power in attack and today all the goals went in. It doesn't always happen but it did today."

Davy Fitzgerald

(Waterford manager):

"It is very hard to take. We are absolutely all gutted. We are not as bad as that. If Tipp get two or three goals on you and smell blood then they will finish you. That is what they did today."

Match statistics

Wides: Tipperary 7 (3); Waterford 11 (5)

Frees: Tipperary 6 (3); Waterford 20 (10).

Yellow cards: Tipperary 2 (J O'Brien 13, P Maher 55); Waterford 1 (M Walsh 5).

Red cards: Tipperary 0; Waterford 0.

Attendance: 36,654

What next?

Tipperary qualify for the All-Ireland semi-final on August 14; Waterford play Galway in the quarter-finals on July 24.

Irish Independent

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