Tipperary lose to late Waterford winner

Seamus Callanan was Tipp's top scorer in the defeat to Waterford.
A brilliant injury time point from captain Kevin Moran gave Waterford a one point victory over Tipperary in the National Hurling League clash at Walsh Park, 1-14 to 0-16.

A brilliant injury time point from captain Kevin Moran gave Waterford a one point victory over Tipperary in the National Hurling League clash at Walsh Park, 1-14 to 0-16.

Moran’s winner came from the last puck of an absorbing contest that keeps both teams in contention for a semi-final place.

A storming Waterford finish decided the game in their favour.

A great Seamus Callanan point - one of ten from the Drom-Inch player - put Tipp 0-16 to 1-8 ahead in the 59th minute but Tipp failed to score again as Waterford hit over five with reply.

Callanan was in top form for Tipp but his support upfront was lacking with four of the starting six forwards substituted before the end.

Despite playing with the benefit of a strong breeze in the first half, Tipp were only level with Waterford at the break, 0-9 to 1-6 with the Waterford goal from Jamie Barron.

The introduction of Brendan Maher for the second half sharpened up the Tipp performance and they scored the first three points of the second half and maintained their lead until the late Waterford revival when substitute Pauric Mahony proved vital from frees.

While Callanan was the Tipp star in attack, Conor O’Brien was outstanding in defence with Paul Curran, Thomas Stapleton and Padraic Maher also impressive.

Tipp can still qualify for the play-offs if they beat Clare in their final game.