Munster under-21 Q/F: Tipperary beat Waterford

Bord Gáis Energy Munster Hurling U-21 Quarter Final

Tipperary 4-12 (24) v 1-16 (19) Waterford,Wednesday 1st June, Semple Stadium, 7.30pm

Match tracker
Full Time A strong first half see’s Tipperary through to the semi final of the Munster U21 Championship.
Added time O’Neill gets Tipp 4th goal. Thats in.
Added time Connors with a point for Waterford
Added time O’Sullivan scores a goal for Waterford
60min Sheedy scores for Tipp
57min Mahony get’s another point for Waterford, he has been accurate with the stick tonight
56min Scoring has slowed down – both sides make some changes – Sheedy on for Tipp / Madigan on for Waterford
50min Brian O’Sullivan gets his 4th of a solid shift.
49min Mahony steadies Waterford with a free
46min Ryan adds another point for the Premier county
43min maybe that was wrote too soon.. that should settle Tipp again after Waterford came out guns blazing
43min Spoke too soon, O’Neill gets another tipp goal
41min Good response as Dillon gets a point for Waterford, 4 points in it.
41min Disaster for Waterford as Owen Whelan has been sent off for getting a second yellow. Whelan was only as a sub.
40min Mahony and O’Neill swap points.
37min O’Sullivan with his 3rd point in 7 minutes brings Waterford right back in it, 3rd score in a row for Waterford.
35min Shanahan with his 4th of the night to reduce lead to 6 – Breeze not helping Tipp now who had a couple of wides there
32min Waterford first off the mark this half, O’Sullivan with a point
31min 2nd half underway, two changes O’Brien on for Barry in the Tipp team and Martin O’Neill, not the former Aston Villa manager, on for Waterford
Half time Tipperary head in at the half time whistle 8 points up thanks in no part to an early Noel McGrath goal and a Sean Curran effort. Tipperary have been on top and have been more clinical although Waterford have had a number of wides. The Deise Hurlers will have the breeze in the 2nd half so it might help them.
30min In to Injury time here at Semple Stadium and O’Sullivan scores for Waterford.
29min O’Dwyer scores for Tipp
28min Shanahan and O’Neill trade points.
25min Two in a minute as Mahony gets his third and Shanahan his second to give Waterford hope- lead down to 6
24min Aidan Ryan wil another point from play – Tipp on control.
21min Noel McGrath makes it 1-1 for the night with his first point
19min O’Meara get another tipp point
17min Waterford are 7 points behind in this, but it should be less, they’ve had 5 wides so far
16min 2 quick points for Tipp – Ryan and Murphy, both from play
14min Mahoney with his 2nd from a free reduces lead to 5
13min Tipp with a second goal – now 6 points ahead, Sean Curran scoring. Tipp mean business tonight
12min Maurice Shanahan scores a 2nd point for Waterford
11min Waterford off the mark Padraic Mahony opening his team’s scoring with a free
10min Waterford yet to get off the mark, Stapleton with a long point there for Tipp
5min John O’Dwyer with point from a free for Tipp
3min Tipp first off the mark – Brian O’Meara is fouled to win a penalty which Noel McGrath scores.
2min We’re off, quick change to tell you, Maurice Shanahan in for Eoin Madigan. No scores yet to report, both teams trying to get their hands on the ball
0min 3 minutes to throw in – Tipp win the toss and will play with the breeze in the first half
0min played The 2011 Bord Gáis Energy Munster Hurling U-21 Championship looks set to be a very keenly contested competition and this match between Tipperary and Waterford will be one of the best games in the series. Experts across the country are tentative, loathe to put their necks on the line and there are parties calling this one for both Tipperary and Waterford.

Team News
Tipperary: 1. P. Ryan, 2. C. Hough, 3. K. O’Gorman, 4. S. Maher, 5. B. Stapleton, 6. J. Barry, 7. P. Heffernan, 8. N. McGrath, 9. J. Gallagher, 10. S. Curran, 11. P. Murphy, 12. B. O’Meara, 13. J. O’Dwyer, 14. A. Ryan, 15. J. O’Neill

Waterford: 1. S. O’Keeffe, 2. J. Barron, 3. N. Connors, 4. P. Prendergast, 5. Philip Mahony, 6. D. Fives, 7. S. Daniels, 8. S. Roche, 9. M. O Neill, 10. E. Murphy, 11. A. Brophy, 12. Padraic Mahony, 13. B. O Sullivan, 14. M. Shanahan, 15. J. Dillon

Match Preview
Last time out, back in the 2009 Munster semi final, Waterford beat Tipp with 10 points to spare in Dungarvan. The fact that the match is being played in Thurles may prove the difference this time, although Waterford will be keenly conscious that some of Tipperary’s key players, including captain Noel McGrath, were involved in a tough match against Cork in the Senior Championship just two days ago.

All-Ireland Champions Tipperary have four players straddling U-21 and senior level this year, including Noel McGrath in midfield and Brian O’Meara, Paddy Murphy and John O’Neill amongst the forwards. The team to take the field tomorrow night includes seven of the team which started last year’s All-Ireland final against Galway.

Waterford can boast seven senior players on their U-21 team including full back Noel Connors, goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe and captain Philip Mahony. A big loss is full forward Maurice Shanahan, who scored 13 points against Tipperary the last time these sides met at this level. He is out with an injured arm.

This is knock-out and Tipperary will be hard pressed to loosen their grip on the Cross of Cashel trophy this early in the year.


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