National Hurling League Quarter-Final – Tipperary vs. Waterford

National Hurling League Quarter-Final – Tipperary vs. Waterford – Match Report
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From the GAA.ie web site

Waterford surrendered their Allianz National Hurling League title in a bruising battle against an impressive Tipperary side at wintry Nowlan Park on Sunday afternoon.

Tipperary march on to a semi-final date against Kilkenny next weekend, but on this evidence, the Premier men should hold no fears against the All-Ireland champions.

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Eoin Kelly scored 10 points for Tipperary, with seven of those scores coming from placed balls and a brilliant second-half point from play illustrated that he is back to his very best form.

Kelly hovered up an angled ball from Conor O’Mahony, turned his marker and fired over the bar from a tight angle to leave the Nowlan Park crowd gasping at his ability. 

Despite outstanding displays from Ken McGrath and Tony Browne, Waterford’s big names, Dan Shanahan and John Mullane, failed to click in attack.

Tipperary played with a strong breeze at their backs in the opening half, and duly opened a four-point lead at the break. 

However, that margin scarcely reflected the strength of the breeze that they were playing with in the first half.

Kelly scored 0-4 in the opening period for Tipperary, all bar one point coming from placed balls.

However, it was the free-taking ability of Waterford’s Dave Bennett that was the feature of the first few minutes of the game.

Bennett, who was supposed to start on the bench, was in fine form for Waterford, grabbing eight points in total for the league champions.

Bennett had two points before seven minutes had elapsed, but on both occasions Shane McGrath responded for Tipperary, his second the first point from open play in a edgy start to the game.

Shane O’Sullivan and Shane Casey pushed the Deise ahead, but it was tit for tat as Seamus Butler and Kelly responded for Liam Sheedy’s charges.

Butler was the instigator of the stand-out moment of the half, when he raced through the Waterford defence on 31 minutes, shortened his stick and stroked a great flicked shot beyond Clinton Hennessy to give his side a three-point lead.

Kelly added a further point from a placed ball to leave his Tipperary four points to the good at the interval.

The second half failed to deliver the fluent hurling that the healthy crowd were treated to, but the intensity remained.

A McGrath point from a long-range free brought Waterford back to within four points of their opponents on 39 minutes and Bennett chipped in with another point a minute later.

Two further Bennett scores reduced the deficit to two points after 53 minutes, but that was as close as the Deise came in a disappointing finale.

Tipperary centre-back Conor O’Mahony came into the game and provided an impregnable wall at the heart of his side’s defence.

Lar Corbett and a brace of frees from Kelly, edged Tipperary further ahead and the game should have been over as a contest when Michael Webster had a great chance of a goal after a Ryan O’Dwyer pass. However, his weak volleyed effort trickled wide.

Kelly added a late free in injury time to seal a five-point win for the Premier County, and more importantly, it means they have sealed a NHL semi-final spot.

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National Hurling League Quarter-Final – Tipperary vs. Waterford

National Hurling League Quarter-Final – Tipperary vs. Waterford – Team News

Tipperary will play Waterford on Sunday at 2:30pm in Nowlan Park Kilkenny in the National Hurling League Quarter-Final.  The game will be referreed by Brian Gavin (Offaly).

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Waterford in Sunday’s Allianz National Hurling League Quarter-Final has been announced. The side shows 4 changes from the team which defeated Laois in the last round. Brendan Cummins replaces Gerry Kennedy in goal while in defence, Eamonn Buckley returns in place of Paddy Stapleton at right corner-back. Up front, Ryan O’Dwyer and John O’Brien return in place of Joe Ceaser and the injured Pat Kerwick.

TIPPERARY (SH vs. Waterford) – Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange); Eamonn Buckley (Drom & Inch), Paul Curran (Mullinahone), Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty);  Eamon Corcoran (JK Brackens), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Shane Maher (Burgess);    James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), Seamus Butler (Drom & Inch), Ryan O’Dwyer (Cashel King Cormacs), John O’Brien (Toomevara); Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields), Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)
Subs: Gerry Kennedy (Killenaule), Alan Byrne (Shannon Rovers), Seamus Callinan (Drom & Inch), Joe Ceaser (Killenaule), Benny Dunne (Toomevara), Darragh Egan (Kildangan), Declan Fanning (Killenaule), Diarmaid Fitzgerald (Roscrea), Tommy Fitzgerald (Roscrea), Darragh Hickey (Boherlahan-Dualla), Paul Ormonde (Loughmore-Castleiney), Willie Ryan (Toomevara), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh), Micheal Webster (Loughmore-Castleiney), Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

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