Championship round-up: Waterford end long wait for victory over Kilkenny
All-Ireland SHC round two: Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 (aet)
WATERFORD beat Kilkenny in Championship hurling for the first time since 1959 on Saturday and, in the process, ended the Cats' summer.
It may eventually have taken extra-time for the Déise to bury Kilkenny, but with 10 minutes of the 70 left, they led by 2-15 to 1-10. Kilkenny then did what seemingly always managed to do and stormed back into the game with an unanswered 1-5 salvo, 1-1 of that coming off the stick of TJ Reid, who eventually finished the game with 2-12 of the Cats' total.
If Waterford had an impending sense of doom, they managed to bury it in extra-time. Goals from man-of-the-match Jamie Barron and Maurice Shanahan edged them back in front and, this time, there was no resurrection for Kilkenny.
“The 58 years thing was spoken about,” said Waterford manager Derek McGrath of the agonisingly long wait for a win over Kilkenny.
“We referenced it last Monday, when the draw was made, then we just turned all the focus to the play. We felt that might burdened some teams over the years, concentrating on the whole 58 years thing, but this group have come on in terms of their whole approach, I don't think they're fuelled by that any more.
“But you go to two league finals, you go to two Munster finals, you don't turn up for last year's Munster final, you go to two epic All-Ireland semi-finals, last year, so the pressure was building on all of us, the management and players, to go the next step.”
McGrath added: “We're in the quarter-final now, but I suppose we're advanced in terms of the opposition we've beaten. The challenge for us it to just take it on again. That's the reality.
“There's nothing easy ahead of us. We'd be hoping there'll be some confidence gained from what happened here, but we'll enjoy it for a night, have a few pints, I think the lads deserve it.”
All-Ireland SHC round two: Tipperary 6-26 Dublin 1-19
DUBLIN were hit for six in Saturday's other hurling Championship showdown, with Tipperary seemingly rediscovering the form that led them to All-Ireland glory in 2016.
Séamus Callanan racked up a total of 3-11 for Tipp as they ran rampant in Semple Stadium. John McGrath was another hero for the Premier county on the day, hitting two goals in the first-half, which, when added to Callanan's brace of majors, had them out of sight by the short whistle.
David Treacy was the standout performer for the Dubs, hitting 0-11, but it wasn't enough to prevent him from being subbed late on. The men from the capital are almost certain to part company with manager Ger Cunningham after this result, which comes on the heels of a licking by Galway in the Leinster Championship.