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Paddy Christie's Tipp book Munster semi-final spot while Waterford hit four goals to advance

There was plenty of drama in the U20 quarter-finals this evening.

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TIPPERARY AND WATERFORD have advanced to the semi-finals of the Munster U20 football championship, with the Déise putting four goals past Clare.

It finished 0-16 to 1-10 in favour of Tipperary in their quarter-final meeting with Limerick, where the Premier County needed to hold off a late fightback from the visitors to pick up their first win at the U20/U21 football grade in six years.

Limerick were trailing by eight points in the second half but grabbed a late goal through substitute Brian Ahern to set up a nervy finish.

But it was too late as Tipperary — who are managed by former Dublin footballer Paddy Christie — held out for victory with Seán O’Connor helping himself to seven points including five frees.

Meanwhile, Waterford prevailed by 4-5 to 1-9 against Clare in Fraher Field to progress to the last four of the competition. Tom O’Connell grabbed a hat-trick of goals for the winners before Henry Griffin also rattled the net late in the second half to secure the win.

Clare also scored a goal in the early minutes of the second half after Mark McInerney converted a penalty to leave his side trailing by three points.

McInerney later hit the equaliser from a free to leave the scoreline reading 1-9 to 3-3 after 45 minutes.

But Waterford reclaimed control in the final quarter, putting the result beyond doubt with a fourth goal and a pointed free by O’Connell.

Waterford will go on to meet Tipperary in the Munster semi-final next Thursday night.

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Munster U20 Football Results 

Tipperary 0-16 Limerick 1-10

Waterford 4-5 Clare 1-9

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