Munster SHC Round 3: Tipp come from 11 down to force a draw

Noel Dundon

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Michael Ryan

Tipp senior hurling Manager Michael Ryan.

Tipperary keep their championship hopes alive.

Tipperary 2-22

Waterford 2-22

Tipperary came from the dead to resurrect their championship season - helped by a  bad umpire decision which awarded a Premier County goal in the 27th minute when the ball had clearly not crossed the lead.

Eleven points down with 15 minutes to go, Tipperary came from the dead for the second week in succession to force a draw, but Waterford will really wonder how they did not win this game against a Tipp side down to fourteen men for all of the second half. 

This was Tipperary's third outing in successive weeks and the mixed results of the previous two outings meant that nothing short of a victory would suffice against The Deise - the Waterford lads had been buoyed by their minors storming comeback against Tipp in the curtain raiser, to turn a twelve point deficit into a one point win.

And, Waterford had been criticised for their performance in the championship so far, meaning that they too needed to win if they were to have any hope of staying alive in the championship. 

The Deise came strong as expected and two first half goals from Tom Devine in the 9th mnute and Pauric Mahony in the 26th gave them a 2-12 to 0-12 interval cushion. Tipp had battled back to get the deficit down to a single score just before O'Mahony's goal and the story was to get even worse for Tipp when corner back Michael Cahill received a second yellow card right on the stroke of half time and was dismissed. 

The story went from bad to worse for Tipp in the second half and when the gap extended to eleven points with fifteen minutes to go, it looked as the Premier race was run. But, Patrick Maher, on as a sub, goalled in the 23rd minute and then that controversial goal in the 27th from a Jason Forde free meant that Tipp hit 2-4 without reply to fire life into their challenge.

It made  for a hugely tense finish with Tipp finding Ronan Maher and Jason Force points deep into injury time to force the draw - their second of the championship, and their second having come back from the dead.

Next up for Tipp is a clash with Clare in Semple Stadium on Sunday afternoon next - a must win game.

See this weeks Tipperary Star for full report, reaction and analysis.