Waterford’s two goal hero, Michael Kiely. with Conor Whelan of Tipperary during their Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 20 Hurling Championship Semi-Final in Fraher Field tonight. Photo: INPHO/Morgan Treacy.
If ever a final scoreline didn’t reflect a game then this was it.
With almost six minutes of injury-time, Waterford looked set for a Munster Final but for a late late Tipperary goal to snatch the win from the Déise’s grasp.
A devastating first period of extra-time decided this game for Tipp as they scored 3-4 without reply. It was heartbreaking for the home side who had been the better team for sure in the opening sixty minutes.
Waterford, who went into this game against the reigning All-Ireland champions as underdogs, got off to the best possible start after three minutes when Abbeyside’s Michael Kiely goaled for Waterford.
It could have gotten even better a minute later but Kevin Mahony’s penalty was well saved.
By the first water break it was the home side that led by 1-4 to 0-2 but in truth it could and should have been more.
An Andrew Ormond goal helped Tipp back into the game in the second quarter and at the half-time whistle Waterford led by two, 1-8 to 1-6.
By the second water break Waterford had increased their lead to three on a score of 1-10 to 1-7.
Things got even better for the Déise with seven minutes to play when Michael Kiely bagged his second goal of the game from the penalty spot to put his side in the driving seat on a score of 2-13 to 1-11.
Waterford looked set for a Munster Final clash with Cork next Wednesday but with six minutes of the signalled six minutes of stoppage time on the clock, Max Hackett struck for a priceless goal for Tipperary to ensure that extra-time would be needed to decide the outcome of this cracking encounter. The final score was 2-14 apiece.
The first-half of extra-time was nightmare stuff for Waterford as Tipperary scored 3-4 without reply to lead at the midpoint of the extra period by 5-18 to 2-14.
The Déise boys never threw in the towel and scored a great goal from Cormac Power and held Tipp scoreless in the second period but alas it wasn’t to be on a night where it was very much a case of so near and yet so far away.
The final score read: Tipperary 5-18 Waterford 3-16.
It was a devastating loss for Stephen Gough’s Waterford who were also dealt terrible blows losing county senior, Iarlaith Daly and the outstanding Sam Fitzgerald to injury in the second-half and then man of the match, Michael Kiely, early in extra-time.
- Full report, reaction and analysis in the next edition of the Waterford News & Star.