Saturday 22 July 2017

Tuohy's home truths spur Limerick on to greater things against Tipp

Limerick 1-20 Tipperary 3-12

John Tuohy got the response he wanted from his charges after admitting “they didn’t do justice to the Limerick jersey” against Cork last week. Photo: Sportsfile
John Tuohy got the response he wanted from his charges after admitting “they didn’t do justice to the Limerick jersey” against Cork last week. Photo: Sportsfile

Daragh Ó Conchúir

Limerick kept their hopes of qualifying from Group 2 of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship alive as they edged out Tipperary by 1-20 to 3-12 .

John Tuohy got the response he wanted from his charges after admitting "they didn't do justice to the Limerick jersey" against Cork last week.

Skipper Niamh Mulcahy shot an incredible 15 points at Semple Stadium, while Sarah Carey excelled at centre-back, goalkeeper Laura O'Neill made a point-blank save from Orla O'Dwyer in the 52nd minute and Orla Curtin scored a crucial goal six minutes later.

"The girls played outstanding stuff from start to finish," said Tuohy. "Tipp are a very strong team. They expected to beat us, but to come back after being beaten by Cork showed the character of this team.

"Our performance against Cork wasn't acceptable. They didn't do justice to the Limerick jersey, I felt.

"There were a few harsh words between the players and myself, but it was all in good faith. The players know I believe in them.

Veracity

"You will have off days. Cork are a super side. They're flying at the moment and one of the favourites to win the All-Ireland this year."

Further evidence of the veracity of that last statement was provided in Páirc Uí Rinn as Cork became the first team to reach the knockout stages, dismissing Wexford with ease by 3-18 to 0-9.

The visitors were unable to land a glove on their hosts and trailed at the interval by 1-9 to 0-2. Orla Cotter, Katrina Mackey and Amy O'Connor were all multiple point-scorers before O'Connor was dragged down in the square just before the break. Goalkeeper Aoife Murray converted the penalty.

The Model County girls improved in the second-half with Linda Bolger, Una Leacy and Shelly Kehoe raising white flags, but Cotter, Mackey, Gemma O'Connor and Ashling Thompson all shot points for Cork before Niamh McCarthy and Leanne O'Sullivan pounced for late goals.

In Group 1, Kilkenny needed an injury-time point from Denise Gaule to deny Clare a famous victory at Nowlan Park, where it finished 1-14 to 3-8. The reigning player of the year held her nerve to convert from a free after Chloe Morey had landed a brace to edge the visitors in front.

It was a stunning effort by Trish O'Grady's side, but Kilkenny showed the mettle of champions.

Meanwhile, Galway were far too strong for Waterford, prevailing by 5-28 to 1-10 at Kenny Park. The home team had nine different scorers, with Ailish O'Reilly hitting 2-6 and Noreen Coen racking up 2-4.

Irish Independent

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