Morris nets hat-trick as Tipp down Deise men to clinch league semi-final spot

March 11, 2023

Tipperary's Jake Morris celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Waterford ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Jake Morris fired in three goals as Tipperary overcame Waterford to record their fourth win of the Allianz Hurling League campaign on a 4-23 to 0-25 scoreline in Thurles tonight.

Liam Cahill’s men extended their lead at the top of the Division 1 Group B table and sealed themselves a league semi-final berth by coming through a full-blooded Munster derby encounter that was settled by back-to-back goals from ‘Man of the Match’ Morris and Conor Bowe in the closing quarter.

Waterford had built up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead when Morris broke through and hammered home to level the game with his first major on seven minutes in and, from there, Tipp were able to push on as frees from Gearoid O’Connor sent them towards a 1-12 to 0-11 interval lead.

The visitors saw a huge goal chance at the start of the second-half blazed wide by Jack Prendergast and would have to settle for two points instead prior to Conor Stakelum getting the Premier men, whom lost Seamus Callanan to injury in the opening, motoring once again.

Iarlaith Daly and the excellent Calum Lyons helped Davy Fitzgerald’s men hit the front (0-17 to 1-13) but Tipp got level with a superb long range point from Jason Forde before Mark Kehoe robbed his opponent and fed Morris in for his second goal on 54 minutes.

Matters would get worse for the Deise men as an off the ball incident saw Jamie Barron dismissed and a minute later the sliotar would be in their net again via Bowe who had just be introduced off the bench by Cahill.

Morris killed the game off as a contest with by completing his hat-trick (see the goals in the highlights below) with two minutes left in regulation, cementing Tipp’s Division 1 semi-final place and helping condemn Waterford to their first defeat of the campaign.

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