O'Connell's late brace sees Waterford end 36-year wait for Munster SFC win over Tipp

April 07, 2024

Tipperary's Mark Stokes and Waterford's Michael Curry ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Tom O’Connell struck for 2-3 as Waterford recorded their first Munster senior football championship win over Tipperary in 36 years this afternoon.

It finished 2-7 to 1-5 at a wind-swept Fraher Field, where the home side thoroughly produced the second-half goods after having scored just a single point during the opening 35 minutes in Dungarvan.

Tipp’s goal came after just two minutes and the points of Stephen Grogan and Riain Quigley sent them towards a 1-2 to 0-1 half-time lead.

The Deise men started the second-half in promising fashion as points from Stephen Curry (2) and O’Connell brought them level and, after Teddy Doyle nudged the visitors back in front, a O’Connell goal with five minutes remaining surged Waterford ahead.

Two minutes into injury-time O’Connell would hit the net again and seal a famous win for Paul Shankey’s men as they successfully tore up the script and moved into the last four of the Munster championship.

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