Over 19,000 patrons packed into Nowlan Park today to witness a real classic between Tipperary and Wexford.
While the final scoreline of 5-18 to 1-19 may not do the Wexford challenge justice, Tipp showed their class by kicking on down the final stretch.
The game may be best remembered for Davy Fitzgerald’s intrusion of the pitch in the first half, but there was hurling at a championship pace on display.
Despite a quick Premier start, Wexford reeled the All-Ireland champions in after the break, and brought it back to just two points.
However, Tipp had an extra gear, as John and Noel McGrath and Brendan Maher fired late goals to give them an extra cushion.
Some exhibition of the skill of blocking by Pauraic Maher
— Joe Dooley (@DooleyJoe) April 16, 2017
The skills on show in both defense and attack have been amazing. Not since Baywatch have I been so fascinated by slow mo replays #tippvwex
— Oisin Langan (@oisinlangan) April 16, 2017
Wexford discipline far better than Tipperary’s but Tipp yet to score a free. Awarded one scoreable one. #GAA
— John Fogarty (@JohnFogartyIrl) April 16, 2017
Wexford, Wexford, Wexford rings around Nowlan Park.
— Wexford GAA (@OfficialWexGAA) April 16, 2017
— Ross Dunne (@Rosser_1986) April 16, 2017
— Lauren Guilfoyle (@GuilfoyleLauren) April 16, 2017
Tipp doing what KK in their pomp used to – killing teams with goals. Side has a real hunger for big scores about it. #AllianzLeagues
— Trevor Spillane (@TrevorSpillane) April 16, 2017
Tipperary are just ruthless. Their team unity to create goal chances is unmatched at minute. Vision for final pass for goals immense #GAA
— Joe Troy (@TheRealJT23) April 16, 2017
God help Cork in a few weeks time. Tipp looking frightening #GAA
— Derrick Lynch (@DLynchSport) April 16, 2017
What an absolute rout by @TipperaryGAA !! Forwards lethal. Davy’s outburst ridiculous ???!!!
— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) April 16, 2017