Semple Stadium – Tipperary Remain Hurling Champions of Munster

Score: Tipperary 4-14 – Waterford 2-16

ScallTipperary have successfully defended their Munster hurling title at Semple Stadium, Thurles, today with their five point win over Waterford.

The first half saw five goals in total, one each for John Mullane and Eoin Kelly,Waterford, and countered by one goal each  from Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan, Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly.

Tipp went to the dressing-room at halftime leading comfortably – 3-10 to 2-04.

Shortly after the break, Tipperary’s Lar Corbett scored the only other goal of the second half, seriously denting Waterfords resolve.

Waterford showed great character and fought hard to recover, highlighting a dangerous lack of inconsistency in the Tipperary team, not at all evident during the first half, however for Waterford, alas the target was too high and it was not to be.

Tipperary Manager Liam Sheedy was relieved, not only with this win but also with the apparent certain knowledge that a hamstring injury which forced Eoin Kelly to retire from the pitch, appears not to be as serious as was first believed.

Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald in an interview later with reporters in Semple Stadium stated:

“The 10 or 12 minutes before half time absolutely killed us, I think of the four goals they got, possibly three of them could have been prevented to be honest, but I’m not going to cast blame at this point..The easiest thing we could have done was fold up the tent and gone home, but I think we showed character, and we must now have a serious look at the way those goals were conceded”

Meanwhile festivities continue, celebrating not only this this result, but also the GAA’s 125th  Anniversary here in Thurles.


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