Three sent off in stormy clash as Waterford and Tipp whip up tempest in Thurles
Three players were sent off in the space of just seven minutes in a stormy Allianz League Division One hurling clash between Waterford and Tipperary this evening.
The South East may have escaped the worst of Storm Jorge, but the Déise and Premier rivals whipped up a tempest of their own in a feisty first half in Thurles.
Mount Sion man Austin Gleeson was the first to go in the 30th minute after he picked up two yellow cards for two strong challenges.
Things got worse for the Déise just two minutes later when Kevin Moran was given his marching orders to reduce Waterford to just 13 men when he appeared to dig at Jason Forde.
However, replays showed the decision to send Moran off looked to be a harsh one.
And the drama of the half didn’t end there. In stoppage time, an off-the-ball clash between Cathal Barrett and Dessie Hutchinson resulted in the Tipperary man becoming the third player in the space of just seven minutes to see red in this game.
The first half ended with Tipperary’s 14 men leading Waterford’s 13 by 0-14 to 1-08.
In the end, despite their numerical advantage, Tipperary managed to limp to their second successive win of their campaign.
Wasteful Waterford were left to rue ill discipline andno fewer than 11 second-half wides, despite impressing in general play after losing to of their key players in the first half.
Stephen Bennett scored Waterford’s second goal in the second minute of the second half after a Pádraic Maher error soon when Maher had just sent over his second point.
Dillon Quirke was excellent for Tipperary and helped his team back into the lead. He scored the first of three Tipperary points on the trot between the 54th and 60th minutes to go three up.
In the final minute of normal time, Jamie Barron’s second point of the game put one between the sides but Jason Forde sent over his 10th point of the game to give Tipperary a cushion they held to the end.