Waterford defeated Tipperary by 3-21 to 2-14 in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday in Fraher Field Dungarvan.
Waterford hit Tipp again
From the Irish Times newspaper
Waterford 3-21 Tipperary 2-14
U-21 HURLING MUNSTER SEMI-FINALS: JUST THREE days after their victory over Tipperary in the minor final, Waterford sent their neighbours crashing out of the under-21 championship with a magnificent victory in a thrilling provincial semi-final in Dungarvan last night.
It was hurling of the highest order, and while Tipp began as though they would sweep their opposition aside, they were made to play second fiddle to a rampant home side for most of the remainder of the game.
Tipperary eased into a lead thanks to a super goal by corner forward Pa Bourke, but Waterford replied with two quality goals in less than a minute from Thomas Ryan and Thomas Connors, and they led 2-6 to 1-8 at the interval.
A good game got even better on the turnover, but Waterford were calling most of the shots. Maurice Shanahan, the younger brother of Dan, was unerring from frees and play – he ended with 13 points – and despite the best efforts of Tipperary’s senior stars Noel McGrath and Séamus Callinan, Waterford steadily eased clear.
The killer blow for Tipperary was Ryan’s second goal a minute before the end of normal time.
WATERFORD: A Power; J Maher, S Fives, N Connors; P Mahony, S Daniels, D O’Sullivan (0-1); J Gorman, S O’Hare; P Murray (0-3), T Connors (1-1), M Shanahan (0-13); B O’Sullivan (0-1), S Casey (0-2), T Ryan (2-0). Subs: S Walsh for O’Hare; S Power for Shanahan.
TIPPERARY: B McCormack; D Maher, Padraic Maher, M Cahill; B Maher, T Stapleton, K Maher (0-1); S Hennessy, G Ryan; N McGrath (0-7), S Callanan (0-1), Patrick Maher; P Bourke (1-2), J O’Neill (0-2), S Burke (0-1). Subs: J O’Keeffe for D Maher; S Carey for G Ryan; M Heffernan (1-0) for S Bourke; J Coghlan for T Stapleton.
Referee: D O’Driscoll (Limerick)
The Tipperary U-21 team to play Waterford in the Munster U-21 Hurling semi-final on Wednesday, July 15th shows 2 changes from the team which defeated Cork in the quarter final. Michael Cahill and John O’Neill come into the team in place of Thomas McGrath and Michael Gleeson.
1. Bill McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields)
2. Donnagh Maher (Burgess)
3. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)
6. Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)
7. Kevin Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)
8. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
9. Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
10. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
11. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)
12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)
13. Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields) Captain
14. John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore)
15. Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)
Waterford (U21HC v Tipperary): A. Power; J. Maher, S. Fives, N. Connors; P. Mahony, S.Daniels. D. O’Sullivan; J.Gorman, S. O’Hare; P. Murray, T. Connors, M. Shanahan; B. O’Sullivan, S. Casey, T. Ryan.