Tipperary 0-31 Waterford 2-15
Tipperary cruised to a 10-point victory against Waterford in this afternoon’s Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A clash.
The Premier County walloped the hapless visitors to Semple Stadium with a clinical display of sharpshooting.
A total of 43 shots at goal yielded a massive tally of 31 points, eleven wides and one save from Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe as the home side ran riot.
In the process, Tipp collected their second successive victory as Waterford slumped to a third defeat from three outings in this year’s competition.
Eleven Tipperary players were on the scoresheet as man of the match Noel McGrath and Pa Bourke scored seven points each.
In front of 4021 spectators in Thurles, Tipp led by 0-15 to 1-7 at half-time before they piled on the misery for Waterford in the second half.
Stephen Molumphy’s first half goal brought Waterford back into contention but Maurice Shanahan’s penalty with eleven minutes remaining proved to be a mere consolation for Michael Ryan’s charges.
Tipp’s huge tally of scores included 26 points from play on a glorious afternoon for hurling.
McGrath was in devastating form in the centre forward position, clipping over six points from play and a first half free.
At left half forward, Pa Bourke also helped himself to seven but his total included four converted frees.
It was a day when all six of Tipperary’s starting forwards scored from play and for the second weekend in a row, midfield pair Brendan Maher and James Woodlock scored two points each.
There was also a brace for substitute Shane McGrath, who replaced Woodlock with six minutes remaining, while Thomas Stapleton also helped himself to a point after coming on.
Afterwards, Waterford boss Michael Ryan admitted that Waterford’s display was simply not good enough and the Déise are firmly on course for a relegation playoff.
Waterford travel to Galway for next weekend’s fourth round of fixtures while Tipp will take on Dublin next Saturday evening at Croke Park in what is a must-win fixture for both teams, for different reasons.
League champions Dublin are also pointless after three games and need a result in an attempt to stave off the threat of relegation while a third victory for Tipperary would leave them in contention for a place in the semi-finals.
Tipp led from start to finish in today’s fixture, which was a repeat of last year’s Munster final, a game that Tipperary won by 21 points.
TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; J O’Keeffe, C O’Mahony, P Maher (0-2); B Maher (0-2), J Woodlock (0-2); J Ryan (0-1), N McGrath (0-7, 1f), P Bourke (0-7, 4f); J O’Neill (0-2), B O’Meara (0-3), S Bourke (0-2).
Subs: S Maher for O’Keeffe (h.t.), J O’Brien for O’Neill (55), S Curran for Ryan (60) T Stapleton (0-1) for P Maher (64), S McGrath (0-2) for Woodlock (67).
WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; D Fives, L Lawlor, Philip Mahony; T Browne, K Moran (0-1), J Nagle (0-1); M Walsh, S Molumphy (1-0); S O’Sullivan (0-2), S Walsh (0-1), G O’Brien (0-1); M Shanahan (1-4, 1-0 pen, 0-1f), M O’Neill (0-4f), P O’Brien.
Subs: J Dillon for O’Neill (49), E McGrath (0-1) for P O’Brien (55), T Ryan for S Walsh (68).
Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath).