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WE WERE LIVE from Nowlan Park for the second of this afternoon’s hurling semis. Would it be Tipp or Waterford who book their place in the league final on 3 May?

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Good afternoon and welcome back to Nowlan Park where we’re just about set for the second of today’s Allianz National Hurling League semi-finals.

We’ll have the team news for you shortly.

TEAM NEWS: Shanahan and Bennett start for Waterford; Curran in at corner-back for Tipp.

Tipperary

1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris Ileigh)
3. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
20. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

5. Michael Breen (Ballina)
6. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
7. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. James Woodlock (Drom & Inch)
9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
11. Brendan Maher (Borris Ileigh)
12. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

19. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)
14. Patrick Maher (Lorrha Dorrha)
15. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane McDonaghs)

Waterford

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)

2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)

5. Tadhg De Burca (Clashmore Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)

8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
22. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)

10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
12. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)

21. Maurice Shanahan (Lismore)
14. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

We’re underway. Who will meet Cork in this year’s league final?

1Mins

Forty seconds in and Michael Breen sends over the first wide of the day.

2Mins

Wayward backpass from Paddy Stapleton and it goes behind for a Waterford 65.

3Mins

Waterford 0-1 Tipperary 0-0: Pauric Mahony points it.

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GOAL FOR TIPP! Tipp 1-0 Waterford 0-2 Pauric Mahoney points the free but Tipp respond immediately and Bonner Maher fires past Stephen O’Keeffe for the game’s opening goal.

7Mins

Tipperary 1-0 Waterford 0-3: Mahony points his third placed ball of the day. All square after seven minutes.

10Mins

Tipperary 1-2 Waterford 0-3: Niall O’Meara points and then Callanan adds a free.

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GOAL FOR TIPP! Tipperary 2-2 Waterford 0-3 Pure class by Tipp and they might have this one wrapped up soon enough. Jason Forde does brilliantly to control the ball, and he plays it to Brendan Maher, who delivers it to Bubbles O’Dwyer for the finish.

16Mins

Tipperary 2-4 Waterford 0-3: Callanan points from play, and then from a free. Tipp lead by seven early on.

19Mins

Tipperary 2-4 Waterford 0-4: Colin Dunford races away from James Woodlock but his handpass is a bit loose. Barry Kelly gives Waterford a free in following a bit of a scramble and Mahony points.

20Mins

Tipperary 2-4 Waterford 0-5: Well-taken score by Maurice Shanahan, his first of the day and Waterford’s first from play, but he follows it up with a disappointing wide.

22Mins

Tipperary 2-5 Waterford 0-5: Callanan points a 65.

23Mins

Marvellous solo run by Austin Gleeson as he weaves his way through the Tipp defence. He tries to catch Darren Gleeson off guard by going for goal but the Tipp keeper gathers at the second attempt.

24Mins

Tipperary 2-6 Waterford 0-5: Bubbles does brilliantly to secure possession and he lays it off to James Woodlock in midfield for a simple finish.

26Mins

Tipperary 2-6 Waterford 0-6: This hasn’t quite had the intensity of the first semi and, to be honest, I’m not sure if I could have kept it up at that pace. Mahony points a free.

27Mins

Tipperary 2-6 Waterford 0-7: And now Colin Dunford gets in on the act, cutting Tipp’s lead to five.

28Mins

Tipperary 2-6 Waterford 0-8: Another Mahony free. That’s three unanswered now for Waterford and their best spell yet.

30Mins

Both of Tipp’s corner-backs are in Barry Kelly’s book now — Paddy Stapleton was shown a yellow card a few moments ago and now Paul Curran picks one up.

30Mins

Tipperary 2-6 Waterford 0-9: Pauric Mahony points another free. Three-point game, despite the fact that Waterford weren’t really in it for most of this first half.

33Mins

Jamie Barron fields the ball beautifully in midfield but his shot falls short.

35Mins

Tipperary 2-8 Waterford 0-10: Two scores in quick succession for Tipp before Pauric Mahony hits his first from play.

35Mins

Colin Dunford is flat on his back after clattering into Conor O’Mahony. O’Mahony is booked — that’s a full house for the Tipp full-back line.

Flag

Tipperary 2-8 Waterford 0-11

Mahony converts the free and there’s three between them at the break.

We’re back underway. Can Waterford close the gap in this second half?

37Mins

Scrappy start, neither side able to turn their possession into chances.

39Mins

Tipperary 2-8 Waterford 0-12: Mahony points a free for the opening score of the half.

42Mins

Tipperary 2-9 Waterford 0-13: Callanan knocks over an easy free but Jake Dillon responds for Waterford with his first of the afternoon.

44Mins

Tipperary 2-10 Waterford 0-13: Woodlock comes away with the ball after a Waterford attack breaks down, and he lays it off to Callanan to point.

46Mins

Tipperary 2-10 Waterford 0-15: Jamie Barron and Maurice Shanahan make this a one-pointer. HUGE roar from the Waterford crowd.

48Mins

Tipperary 2-11 Waterford 0-15: Jason Forde gets his first of the afternoon.

50Mins

Tipperary 2-11 Waterford 0-16: Maurice Shanahan fires over another big, BIG point!

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GOAL FOR WATERFORD! Waterford 1-16 Tipp 2-11: Colin Dunford has Waterford in front. Remarkable.

53Mins

Waterford 1-17 Tipperary 2-11: Waterford lead by three as Pauric Mahony points another free. What have Tipp got?

55Mins

Waterford 1-18 Tipperary 2-11: Maurice Shanahan is fouled and Mahony points the free.

Just before that, Stephen O’Keeffe made a great save to deny Niall O’Meara.

57Mins

Callanan has a sight on goal but he drops it short into O’Keeffe’s hands. Waterford are scrapping for everything and Tipp are being forced into potshots.

59Mins

Tipperary 2-12 Waterford 1-18: Conor Kenny points to bring Tipp back within three. They needed that — but they’re hitting far too many wides to really trouble Waterford.

60Mins

Austin Gleeson tries a monster but it drops into the side netting. It’s very tense here in Nowlan Park.

61Mins

Waterford 1-18 Tipperary 2-13: Callanan free. Two-point game again.

63Mins

Waterford 1-18 Tipperary 2-14: Callanan has a free from the half-way line… and he makes no mistake! One in it.

Again, a reminder: if this finishes in a draw, we will have extra-time.

65Mins

Michael Breen is responsible for the latest Tipp wide — that’s seven in this second half alone!

68Mins

Maher tries to do it again but it drops short to O’Keeffe. Two left…

70Mins

Gearoid Ryan fouls Kevin Moran. We’re into the last minute and Mahony has a free…

70Mins

Waterford 1-19 Tipperary 2-15: SCORES IT! Waterford lead!

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