Wexford’s winning start to the Allianz League was brought to a halt at Semple Stadium as Tipperary ran out 3-21 to 1-21 winners after a good contest.
Jason Forde, suspended after an altercation with Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald when these two sides last met, led the way with a haul of 2-09.
Wexford rallied in the closing stages but were unable to preserve their unbeaten start to the league as Tipperary chalked up a second win.
There was little between the teams in the opening quarter but Tipperary then pulled away to open up a 1-15 to 1-08 interval lead.
Goal for Tipperary’s Jason Forde! pic.twitter.com/vZuRURz5Gw— The GAA (@officialgaa) February 17, 2018
Wexford were out of the blocks quickly and led by 0-04 to 0-01 after seven minutes, but only managed 1-04 for the remainder of the half.
Kevin Foley landed two of those early points from distance but Sean Curran, Jason Forde and John McGrath settled the Premier County.
Tipperary hit the front for the first time after 13 minutes when Sean Curran flicked the ball across and Forde lifted it and struck it superbly to the back of the net.
That lifted the Tipperary supporters in the crowd of 8,358 and Forde quickly followed with a free to lead by 1-04 to 0-05 after 15 minutes.
Paul Morris pulled back a point for Wexford and Aidan Nolan slotted an 18th minute penalty after Lee Chin was pulled down by Barry Heffernan.
Penalty for Wexford! Scored by Aidan Nolan! pic.twitter.com/tfB4QXzI2u— The GAA (@officialgaa) February 17, 2018
Morris followed with a free but Wexford only managed one point in the remaining 15 minutes of the opening half.
Tipperary took over and went on a scoring spree which yielded 0-11 in 15 minutes as all six forwards found the target before the break, Forde going in with 1-07 in the bag.
Lee Chin and Morris pulled back points in the opening four minutes of the second-half for Wexford, but Tipperary responded with an excellent score from distance by Ronan Maher.
David Dunne hit back for Wexford before John McGrath set Forde up for his second goal. The Silvermines man found the net with a bouncing shot to make it 2-16 to 1-11 after 43 minutes.
Tipperary’s Jason Forde with his second goal! pic.twitter.com/CJZeEzj5Z2— The GAA (@officialgaa) February 17, 2018
There were still eight points between them after 56 minutes after both sides landed three points each, before Forde landed a superb sideline to lead by 2-20 to 1-14 with ten minutes left.
Both sides missed good chances but Wexford rallied and hit four points in a row from Chin (two), Shaun Murphy and Rory O’Connor to leave five between them with five minutes remaining.
Another free from distance from Chin cut the gap further but Padraic Maher steadied Tipp nerves with an excellent point from out the field.
His goalkeeper Daragh Mooney produced a stunning save to deny Conor McDonald and then Tipp broke down the field for ‘Bonner’ Maher to wrap up the issue with a fine goal.
What a finish by Patrick Maher! pic.twitter.com/AYCu4k4MCO— The GAA (@officialgaa) February 17, 2018
TIPPERARY: Daragh Mooney; Sean O’Brien, James Barry, Donagh Maher (0-01); Barry Heffernan (0-01), Padraic Maher (0-01), Paudie Feehan; Brendan Maher, Ronan Maher (0-01); Sean Curran (0-01), Noel McGrath (0-01), Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher (1-02); Michael Breen (0-01), Jason Forde (2-09, 0-08f, 0-01 sideline), John McGrath (0-02).
Subs: Billy McCarthy (0-01) for Heffernan (53), Ger Browne for Curran (60), Mark Russell for Breen (65.
WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Damien Reck, Liam Ryan, Conor Firman; Paudie Foley, Matthew O’Hanlon, Diarmuid O’Keeffe; Kevin Foley (0-02), Shaun Murphy (0-01); Aidan Nolan (1-00, 1-00 pen), David Dunne (0-01), Jack O’Connor (0-02); Paul Morris (0-03, 0-03f), Lee Chin (0-10, 0-04f, 0-02 ’65), Conor McDonald (0-01).
Subs: Rory O’Connor (0-01) for Morris (48), Cathal Dunbar for Dunne (58), Harry Kehoe for Murphy (61), Eanna Martin for O’Keeffee (69).
Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)
Tipperary have beaten Wexford in round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League! Check out the full-time GAANOW highlights here! pic.twitter.com/V0AH2T6Sv7— The GAA (@officialgaa) February 17, 2018