Saturday 17 February 2018

the game at a glance

Man of the match

John O'Brien (Tipperary)

Any day a forward scores 1-3 from open play is a good day; when it happens in a Munster final it's special. O'Brien scored 1-2 in the opening quarter and added another crucial point at a time when Waterford were going well early in the second half.

Turning point

Tipperary's second goal, scored by sub Shane Bourke in the 54th minute, put them five points clear and on their way to another title. It was a bridge too far for Waterford, whose error rate increased dramatically in the final quarter.

Talking point

What if Maurice Shanahan's radar hadn't gone on the blink in the second half? He was very good from placed balls in the first half but missed three scoreable frees in the second half before handing over to Eoin Kelly, who wasted a '65' late on.

Magic moment

The ovation afforded to Tony Browne when he left the action after 62 minutes. Was it his last appearance in a Munster final? Now aged 39, it's quite likely -- then again, the same was said after last year's final.

Ref watch

Cathal McAllister had a good day overall, although Waterford could feel aggrieved to have conceded the free around halfway which led to Tipperary's second goal. It looked more like a slip than a foul, but the referee ruled in Tipp's favour and, seconds later, the ball was in the Waterford net.

What they said

Paul Curran (Tipperary captain): "There are a lot of people saying they'd like to get rid of the Munster championship. I'd say to them -- look at the crowds out there and think again."

Michael Ryan (Waterford manager):

"It's disappointing to lose a Munster final but it's over now. Now we have to learn the lessons from that game and re-group. We'll do that. We're not going away. We'll come back stronger, fitter and faster."

Match statistics

Wides: Tipperary 11 (9 1st half); Waterford 10 (3)

Frees: Tipperary 9 (4); Waterford 17 (7)

Yellow cards: Tipperary 2 (C O'Mahony 55, P Curran 64); Waterford 1 (M Walsh 64)

Attendance: 26,438

What next?

Tipperary have qualified for the All-Ireland semi-final on August 19; Waterford play in the quarter-final against Cork or Limerick on July 29.

Irish Independent

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