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Saturday 3 December 2016

Steven O'Brien is immense for Tipperary as Waterford outclassed

Tipperary's George Hannigan, left, and Steven O'Brien, after victory over Waterford. Munster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Waterford v Tipperary. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Tipperary's George Hannigan, left, and Steven O'Brien, after victory over Waterford. Munster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Waterford v Tipperary. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

TIPPERARY outclassed Waterford, 1-24 to 0-5, in yesterday's Munster SFC quarter-final in Thurles.

The Premier County will face reigning All-Ireland champions Kerry in two weeks time and certainly enjoyed plenty of target practice in Semple Stadium.

The only bad news element of the story for Tipp was the sight of U21 star and 2014 All Star nominee Colin O'Riordan limping off with a hip injury in the second half.

O'Riordan was one of three under-21s on senior duty, along with goalkeeper Evan Comerford and the impressive Steven O'Brien, who scored six points from play.

If he is absent against the Kingdom Tipp's chances of an upset would be massively hit.

DYNAMO

O'Brien was the dynamo for Tipp from the middle of the field and by the half-time interval they had moved into a commanding 1-13 to 0-3 lead, despite playing against the breeze.

Tipp's goal arrived in the 25th when Michael Quinlivan fisted home from close range after Conor Sweeney's attempted point from a free struck the upright.

As Tipp continued to keep the scoreboard clicking, Waterford managed just three points in the first half, two from Michael O'Halloran and a JJ Hutchinson free.

In front of 1,641 spectators, Tipperary restarted with intent with Peter Acheson, O'Brien, Austin, Seamus Kennedy and George Hannigan all slotting points in this one-sided non contest.

Fermanagh battle to win

A LATE flurry of scores sealed the deal for Fermanagh in yesterday's Ulster SFC quarter-final.

An unanswered 1-3 in the concluding seven minutes helped saw the Ernesiders overcome 14-man Antrim in an uninspiring duel at Brewster Park.

Seán Quigley's injury-time penalty sealed a flattering eight-point victory, Fermanagh advance to face Monaghan in their Ulster semi-final.

Antrim's Seán McVeigh received a red card on 31 minutes, as Fermanagh went on to lead by two points, 0-6 to 0-4, at the half-time interval.

Antrim still trailed by two on the hour mark before Fermanagh's late flourish secured victory and their date against the Farney County.

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