With 43,084 fans in attendance at Semple Stadium, Thurles, today; for Waterford it was to be their first defeat of the hurling season and for Tipperary it was to be their first Munster hurling final title win since 2012. For both teams also it was to remain a game of ‘points’ only.
Tipperary opened the scoring with a long distance point from Niall O’Meara, with his team colleague Seamus Callanan popping over a second, from a rather soft awarded free and all within the first three minutes of the game. Colin Dunford was first to open Waterford’s account with a point.
Within the first fifteen minutes, points from Tipperary’s Callanan, Shanahan, O’Dwyer, Ronan Maher and Waterford’s Colin Dunford left the scoreboard reading Tipperary four points clear with Tipperary 0-06 to Waterford’s 0-02.
However by the twenty ninth minute Tipperary gains were to be levelled with Tipperary 0-07 Waterford 0-07, courtesy of Waterford’s Jake Dillon, a long-range point from fellow comrade Austin Gleeson, three points from Maurice Shanahan and all despite another beautiful strike from Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan,
On the thirtieth minute the scores are level again despite a rather dubious free expertly taken and driven over by Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer; followed by Waterford’s excellent long distance strike from Shane Fives. Waterford now take their only lead through their captain Kevin Moran, but Tipp full-forward Michael Breen splits the posts to tie up the game once again and with just one minute of added time in the first half, Seamus Callanan points over from a free from near the sideline.
Half-Time Score: Tipperary 0-10 Waterford 0-09.
First score of the second half came from Tipp’s Jason Forde, but received quick replies from Waterford’s Shane Fives and a Maurice Shananahan ’65, which, once again, left both teams level; Tipperary 0-11 Waterford 0-11.
By the 60th minute Tipperary’s hard work and superior physical fitness appears to make headway with points from Lar Corbett, John O’Dwyer, Niall O’Meara, and the accurate genius that is Seamus Callanan. With only one Waterford reply from Maurice Shanahan, tallies for both teams read Tipperary 0-17 Waterford 0-13.
In the sixty third minute Shanahan scores again but Waterford supporters know a goal is now a must and when Callanan’s ’65 goes between the posts hopes for a Waterford triumph begin to fade. Both team tallies read Tipperary 0-18 Waterford 0-14.
Before the full-time whistle; with two minutes of extra time added, Waterford gained two further points from substitute Patrick Curran and Austin Gleeson, but Tipperary were not wanting with answered points; added by Tipp’s John O’Dwyer, Patrick Maher and Shane Bourke.
Full Time Score: Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16
A defeated Waterford must now move on and focus on an All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin on July 26th next, while Tipperary must wait until August 16th for their All-Ireland semi-final.
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, C. Barrett, J. Barry, R. Maher, S. McGrath, Padraic Maher, K. Bergin, J. Woodlock, M. Breen, J. Forde, B. Maher, Patrick Maher, J. O’Dwyer, S. Callinan and N. O’Meara.
Subs: L. Corbett for M. Breen, S. Bourke for J. Forde and C. O’Brien for S. McGrath.