John McGrath hits hat-trick as Tipperary rout Waterford


Tipperary 5-19

Waterford 0-13

Inspired by hat-trick hero John McGrath, Tipperary cruised to a huge Munster final win over Waterford at Limerick on Sunday afternoon.

The Loughmore-Castleiney player (pictured) was immense and his contribution of 3-2 pushed Tipp to an unexpected large victory, 5-19 to 0-13.

Seamus Callanan chipped in with 1-11 as Tipp routed a disappointing Waterford.

So Tipp retain their Munster title and go through to an All Ireland semi-final.

The extent of the victory seemed unlikely at half time when Tipp led 1-7 to 0-8.

But they were the dominant side in the second half, despite the absence of star forward Bubbles O'Dwyer.

But his loss was offset by the stellar display of former minor star John McGrath.

See report, reaction, analysis and photographs in The Nationalist on Wednesday