Allianz HL D1: Tipperary overcome Waterford
Allianz Hurling League Division One Group A
TIPPERARY 0-24 WATERFORD 2-16
By Shane Stapleton at Semple Stadium
Tipperary put themselves back in the league hunt with an impressive two-point win over 13-man Waterford in Thurles.
They now travel to Galway next weekend with the winner progressing to the knockout phase of the competition.
Austin Gleeson (two yellows) and Kevin Moran were sent off in the 30th and 34th minutes for the Deise, before Tipp’s Cathal Barrett was shown the line in injury time of the half.
It led to a disjointed second half, and no doubt Waterford manager Liam Cahill will be agonising over the 16 wides his side had during the clash.
The star turn at Semple Stadium was wing-forward Dillon Quirke who fired over 0-4 for the Blue and Gold, but also assisted for a number of chances.
Tipp had nine different scorers but few will be happy with their day’s work, whereas Cahill can at least be satisfied with how his men responded after going to down 13 men.
Peter Hogan hit 1-2, Stephen Bennett pitched in with 1-1, and more accurate free-taking might have sealed two points for the visitors.
The first half started with some fine hurling and lovely scores.
Cian Darcy came on as a blood sub on 28 minutes, and went back off two minutes later after a challenge from Gleeson.
Moran was soon dismissed for making contact with Jason Forde, much to the Waterford man’s frustration.
Then, in the 38th minute, Barrett was shown the line after tangling with Dessie Hutchinson.
Thanks largely to placed balls from Jason Forde, Tipp had established a three-point lead by half-time, with Paudie Maher extending it to four just after the restart.
Moments later, Maher was a little too casual when looking to pick up a loose ball in defence and had his pocket picked by Stephen Bennett, who rifled low past Brian Hogan.
The sides traded points throughout the second half, with a Quirke double keeping Tipp just ahead, and the Deise letting the hosts off the hook with errant shooting.
Stephen O’Keeffe made a number of fine saves for Waterford to stay in the hunt, but they could never quite reel in the hosts.
Cian Darcy clipped over the Premier’s final score from play in the 60th minute, before Forde hit over two more placed balls — with Neil Montgomery, Bennett and the impressive Jamie Barron finding the range for Waterford.
With Tipp going through a heavy training period just now, Liam Sheedy will be happy to take away the spoils.
Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 0-11 (5 65s, 4fs) Dillon Quirke 0-4, Paudie Maher, Seamus Callanan 0-2 each, Cathal Barrett, Noel McGrath, Niall O’Meara, John McGrath, Cian Darcy 0-1 each.
Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-7 (6fs), Peter Hogan 1-2, Stephen Bennett 1-1, Jamie Barron 0-2, Conor Gleeson, Dessie Hutchinson, Neil Montgomery, Kevin Moran 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: Brian Hogan; Cathal Barrett, Ronan Maher, Brian McGrath; Alan Flynn, Barry Heffernan, Padraic Maher; Paddy Cadell, Michael Breen; Jason Forde, Seamus Callanan, Dillon Quirke; Noel McGrath, John McGrath, Niall O'Meara.
Subs: Cian Darcy for John McGrath (blood 28-30 mins); Bryan O'Mara for B McGrath (42 mins); Jake Morris for Breen (49 mins); Darcy for J McGrath (58 mins); Craig Morgan for Flynn (62 mins); Paul Flynn for O’Meara (62 mins).
WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Kieran Power, Conor Prunty, Shane McNulty; Shane Ryan, Austin Gleeson, Kevin Moran; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson; Jack Fagan, Pauric Mahony, Mikey Kearney; Peter Hogan, Stephen Bennett, Dessie Hutchinson.
Subs: Calum Lyons for Ryan (22 mins); Jack Prendergast for Fagan (55 mins); Darragh Lyons for Power (58 mins); Neil Montgomery for Hutchinson (60 mins); Patrick Curran for Hogan (67 mins).
REFEREE: Sean Stack (Dublin).