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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.


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)


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?


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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?


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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

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