kicked on to twice lead by 13 points twice but Meath weren't finished and the Royals had the nerves of home fans jangling before referee Garryowen McMahon's final whistle.
Overall, looking at the odds on offer, I think that the bookies have underestimated the challenge that Waterford are going to put to Tipp
O'Leary and Codd restored some order with inspirational points but by then the balance was resting with Tipp
So far this year the underdogs have performed well in the championship and Wexford should put up a challenge to Tipp
Limerick hung in grimly as Kyle Hayes shot narrowly wide midway through the half but Tipp
, who had a big scoring contribution from sub Shane Neville, were doing enough to keep Pat Donnelly's charges at arm's length.
to manage his native county's senior Tipp
in the coming years, believes Tipp
are accustomed to producing big performances on big days.
For as long as I can remember Tipp
have had brilliant hurlers and fantastic hurlers; but sometimes lacking a bit of steel.
However, a stray handpass from Tipp
defender Colm O'Shaughnessy on halfway allowed Keith Higgins to intercept and drive at the defence before playing Jason Doherty in for the game's opening goal in the 27th minute.
Colin O'Riordan and Steven O'Brien looked set to form a thrilling Tipp
midfield for the next decade.
Three more players left for the US after the League but what's happened since is the stuff of dreams and next Sunday, a Tipp
senior football team will compete in an All-Ireland final for the first time since 1935.
Cork are rock bottom on zero points so can't avoid a play-off though Galway and Tipp
are locked on three each above them and one will survive.