The use of resources from the bench was again a feature of a Tipperary victory in this years Munster hurling championship as they overcame a spirited Waterford challenge to retain their title.
Tipperary emerged victorious,(2.17 to 0-.16), by virtue of a finishing flourish that was enough to consign Waterford to the qualifiers.
Finishing stronger than their opponents has been a feature of their Munster championship clashes this year and again on Sunday Tipperary, settled by an opportunist strike from substitute Shane Bourke with his first touch,had the composure to see out the game.
Bourkes strike put Tipperary five clear and while Waterford responded by testing Brendan Cummins on the Tipp goal they squandered too many chances in the last quarter to put any real pressure on Tipperary.Substitutes Bourke, who reacted quicker than anybody else to a breaking ball in front of the Waterford goal when a free fell short, and Eoin Kelly both ignited the Tipperary attack at a crucial time in the contest.
Eoin Kelly was introduced just before half time and the game was still very much in the balance when Shane Bourke came in.Kelly’s first score of the game, a free after fifty one minutes edged Tipp two clear before Bourke pounced on the loose ball in front of the Waterford goal after the Waterford defence had failed to clear an Eoin Kelly free.Tipperary were now five points ahead with fifteen minutes to go.
It was the biggest margin between the teams all day and one that Waterford were unable to reduce for the remainder of the game.
Waterford had ample opportunities but were very wasteful in front of goal and they also found Brendan Cummins in majestic form.
The Tipperary goalie had one his busiest days between the posts for some time.He pulled off vital saves throughout the game as Waterford created far more goal scoring opportunities than Tipperary over the seventy minutes.
Tipperary had the composure to see out the game to clinch back to back Munster titles and an All-Ireland semi final slot.