Wherever you were Sunday afternoon GAA action in the Déise didn’t fail to disappoint with the minors having an impressive second half against Tipperary to secure their win.
It was also good news or the Seniors with Pauric Mahony back on the scoreboard this week driving home the second goal and full forward Tom Devine driving home the first, it really was looking good for the Déise.
At one stage the Déise so themselves ahead by double digits, but during the second half, the premier county started to get their bearings and swiftly started to climb the scoreboard, with the Premier side securing their first goal.
A bad catch from Michael ‘Brick Walsh’ allowed Tipperary’s Jason Ford to pass it to Boner Maher who fires it into the bottom corner of the Déise net.
Waterford’s lead quickly started to shorten and to make matters worse Tipperary’s dangerous forwards were getting more possession on the ball.
And within the 63rd-64th minute, things looked very bleak for Waterford as a long range free from Tipperary’s Jason Ford headed for the top corner of Stephen O’Keeffe’s net but was quickly caught at the last minute by Conor Gleeson.
Was it on the line or was it a goal, the green flag was raised by one umpire, which brought the biggest controversy to this GAA game that will go down in history and saw Waterford’s lead shorten to by just one point.
A quick point by Pauric Mahony stretched the Deise’s lead back to 2 points but an easy free taken by Jason Ford shortened the lead back to one.
And a final free taken by Jason Ford levels the teams in the 74 minute and brings a very controversial game to its final whistle.
It has been described as a “ghost goal” for Tipperary which was there saving grace from being eliminated from the Munster championship at the weekend.
Referee Alan Kelly from Galway had to be escorted off the pitch at the end of the game, due to anger from fans over his controversial decision to award the goal to Tipperary.
Following the controversial Waterford V Tipperary game at the weekend which was packed full of action, we posed the question is goal-line technology like the ‘Hawke Eye’ needed across all GAA grounds and especially when it comes to such an important game.
In studio to discuss this was former Waterford player Stephen Frampton and Waterford former hurling coach Shane Ahern, who was commentating on the match during the weekend.
Listen To what the lads had to say about the game and the controversial decision below.