Waterford's Pauric Mahony and his manager Derek McGrath both refused to attack the officials after a contentious second half goal awarded to Tipperary saw the Munster championship clash finish level in the Gaelic Grounds.

Wateford led by 11 points with just over 15 minutes remaining but a late flurry from Tipperary, sparked by substitute Patrick 'Bonner' Maher's goal teed up a grandstand finish.

On the 61st minute, a long range free from Jason Forde landed in the square. Austin Gleeson fumbled at it slightly but grabbed it again before it crossed the line. The umpire stooped to pick up the green flag and, after consultation with the referee, the goal was awarded. 

The game eventually finished level with both the referee and the umpires at that goal ushered off the pitch by the Gardaí. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport afterwards, Pauric Mahony passed up the chance to attack the umpires, saying they only had a split second to make decisions.  

"It was very hard to see from where I was. But I suppose our goalie and full back line were fairly animated. And I know from the highlights there that maybe it wasn't over the line. 

"But that's sport too. The umpires only have a second to make these decisions and it's tough on them too. "

Likewise, his manager Derek McGrath was relatively philosophical when speaking to RTÉ after the game. 

"I'm not sure. I think it has echoes of a Kerry goal against Tipperary 10 or 12 years ago. I think it hit the stanchion or something.

"Look, we've a point on the board. I think if we win our last two matches, we're qualified. From a position of not being in contention coming into the game, and then being 10 points up, the overall feeling for us is one of not seeing out the job.

"Tipp just hit us with a bit of a storm. The goal was probably crucial but, look, if it's a mistake, it's a mistake and we just move on."