Waterford Crystal Cup Round-Up

In a week when Lar Corbett withdrew from the squad, Tipperary manager Declan Ryan suffered another setback when Patrick 'Bonner' Maher was carried off with a leg injury during today's Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final.

In a week when Lar Corbett withdrew from the squad, Tipperary manager Declan Ryan suffered another setback when Patrick 'Bonner' Maher was carried off with a leg injury during today's Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final.

Tipp were 0-26 to 1-19 winners over an understrength Cork side after extra-time at Templemore, but Maher's injury is a cause for concern with the Allianz Hurling League just two weeks away.

Ryan's charges opened well with points from Gearoid Ryan and John O'Brien on the way to a 0-7 to 0-6 half-time lead. Brian O'Meara, one of Tipp's liveliest forwards, helped himself to two of those points, while O'Brien and Pa Bourke (0-2) accounted for the others.

Cathal Naughton had opened Cork's account and Jamie Coughlan soon followed up with a pointed free. Sean Og O hAilpin and John Gardiner had a steadying presence in the Rebels' half-back line, clearing a number of balls downfield with Niall McCarthy and centre-back Ross Cashman closing out the first half's scoring.

There was precious little between the sides in the second period with Adrian Ryan, O'Brien, Coughlan (free) and Naughton exchanging points. O'Meara continued to impress up front for Tipp, but they were overhauled when Cork strung together points from Brian Corry, Pa Cronin and substitute Luke O'Farrell to take a one-point lead on the stroke of full-time.

Maher's injury led to additional stoppage time and Tipp held their nerve as another O'Meara score levelled the sides at 0-18 apiece and extra-time was required.

The Premier County outfit edged the first period of extra-time with substitutes Eoin Kelly and Sean Curran registering points as against a single effort from Cork midfielder Darren Sweetnam.

Tipp seemed to find an extra gear when Kelly (free), Curran and Johnny Ryan rattled off three points in succession. Cork, with their wides tally increased, gave themselves a life-line in the form of a goal from substitute Michael O'Sullivan.

But the result was sealed by late points from Pa Bourke, Conor O'Mahony and O'Meara, who hit 0-5 in all. Tipp's four-point victory booked a final clash with Clare at a Clare venue, with the date of the decider yet to be confirmed.

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald got one over on his former team Waterford at Walsh Park this afternoon. The Banner men earned a 3-17 to 4-9 win with Daire Keane (1-1), Aaron Cunningham (1-2) and Colm Galvin (1-1) sharing out their goals.

Colin Ryan (0-7) led the scoring for Clare who had goalkeeper Donal Tuohy to thank for a trio of excellent saves that Fitzgerald would have been proud of. Waterford closed the deficit late on with Martin O'Neill and Seamus Prendergast both finding the net.

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