Nicky English: Tipperary can’t pin penalty as main cause of defeat

Waterford and Cork wins mean we have the best four teams in this year’s semi-finals

Tipperary players gather round referee Colm Lyons after he awarded a penalty to Waterford during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tipperary players gather round referee Colm Lyons after he awarded a penalty to Waterford during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The early signs were ominous for Tipperary and that’s how it turned out. Waterford were just better, including in areas where I believed Tipp had an edge – like scoring efficiency.

Not only was their scoring rate not as good but Séamie Callanan and Jake Morris weren’t able to hold up the ball either. Callanan had two opportunistic and well-taken goals but Conor Prunty and Shane McNulty in the Waterford full-back line had the better of it over 70 minutes.

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