Waterford and Clare progress to semis


Round-up:  Waterford will play champions Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final after a closely fought victory over Munster rivals Tipperary at Croke Park today.

Justin McCarthy's side played tenacious, eye-catching hurling and many will fancy them to surprise Cork who looked far from their best during the second half of their win over Limerick yesterday.

Ken McGrath and Dan Shanahan inspired the win in front of 46,000 spectators. 

Once again Shanahan raised his game suitably on the big stage and his 42nd minute goal put his side five points to the good.  McGrath, in contrast, was at his inspirational best at the heart of defence mopping up what came his way.

John Carroll and Eoin Kelly scored first half goals for Tipperary but still they trailed Waterford at the break on a 0-13 to 2-6 scoreline.

Shanahan's goal, though, afforded Waterford a cushion and try as they might Tipperary could never get on terms.  Carroll found the net with just minutes remaining but Tipperary were already beaten.

Earlier, Clare annihilated Wexford by 12 points and now progress to play Kilkenny in the semi-finals.

Diarmuid McMahon found the net for Clare while Tony Carmody, Tony Griffin and Niall Gilligan all weighed in with five points apiece to complete the rout in what proved a total mismatch.

Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-13
Clare 1-27 Wexford 1-15