Ryan leads Tipperary charge
TJ Ryan was the star of the show as Tipperary cruised into the semi-finals with a comfortable win at Kilmallock.
Corner-forward Ryan bagged six points and laid on a goal for Michael Quinlivan.
Quickfire points from Ryan, Quinlivan and Philip Quirke helped Tipp into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead. The visitors pulled further away when Ryan found Quinlivan unmarked behind the Limerick rearguard and the full-forward gave 'keeper David Condron no chance.
Limerick were denied a quick response when Gearoid Slattery pulled off the first of three wonder-saves, and Tipp led 1-6 to 0-3 at the break.
Limerick started the second half brightly, but Slattery's heroics kept them at bay and despite the efforts of Dara Treacy and sub Dean Lillis, Tipp won comfortably.
Scorers -- Tipperary: TJ Ryan 0-6 (3f), M Quinlivan 1-2, D Lonergan, P Quirke (1f) 0-2 each, L McGrath 0-1. Limerick: F O'Riordan (2f), D Lillis, D Treacy 0-2 each, J Quaid, D O'Dea, D Frewen 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY -- G Slattery; O O'Flynn, C O'Sullivan, A Maguire; B Maher, F Ryan, C O'Riordan, S O'Brien, D Butler; J Martin, L McGrath, I Fahy; P Quirke, M Quinlivan, TJ Ryan. Subs: D Lonergan for Martin (h-t), C Kennedy for Quirke (49), G Henry for Fahey (55), L Vance for O'Brien (58) and E Fitzgerald for Ryan (60).
LIMERICK -- D Condron, S Barrett (capt), K O'Donoghue, B McCarthy; E O'Donnell, S O'Connor, K Brosnan; D Treacy, T Griffin; J Quaid, D O'Dea, F O'Riordan, D Neville, K Larkin, D Frewen. Subs: W Shanahan for Larkin (34), D Lillis for Quaid (42), K Meade for Barrett (47), L Hanley for Neville (51) and N Mann for O'Dea (56).
Ref -- S Joy (Kerry).