Early whistle angers Limerick as Tipp claim minor title
Tipperary 0-20 Limerick 0-17
Limerick cried foul after yesterday's Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling final defeat at the hands of Tipperary.
The Shannonsiders were denied a third successive provincial crown as referee Joe Larkin found himself at the centre of controversy at full-time. The Cork official blew his final whistle with 61 minutes and 20 seconds on the scoreboard, despite the fourth official indicating that there was an additional two minutes to be played.
But Larkin is understood to have told Limerick that there were two minutes extra played on his watch.
Limerick boss Leo O'Connor said: "They announced they were giving two minutes of stoppage time.
"It was blown up at 31:20, according to the Stadium clock.
"We asked him coming off the field and he said it was 32 minutes by his clock. I don't know which clock do you go by? That's it."
That late drama overshadowed a superb victory for Tipperary, their first provincial title in this grade since 2012.
Lyndon Fairbrother was Tipp's scoring hero, landing seven points in the second half alone against a Limerick side over-reliant on Peter Casey, who bagged ten of his 13 points from placed balls.
Tipperary had the greater spread of scorers in the first half, with seven players on target, but Limerick still held a 0-10 to 0-8 lead at the break.
Casey was the main man in the opening half, hitting eight points for Limerick including three from play. The Shannonsiders also registered seven wides in that first half, with Tipp racking up six of their own.
In a tie that was level 11 times, it was a strong Tipp finish that got them over the line.
They were 0-16 to 0-17 down before four unanswered points, including three from Fairbrother, closed the game out.
Limerick goalkeeper Eoghan McNamara went for goal from a 20-metre free at the death and with the Shannonsiders camped in the Tipp danger zone, Larkin terminated the game.
Limerick will attempt to regroup in the All-Ireland quarter-finals against Antrim.
Scorers - Tipperary: L Fairbrother 0-7 (4f), T Nolan 0-3, L McCutcheon, G Ryan & A Tynan 0-2 each, D Carey, C Darcy, D Gleeson & S Neville 0-1 each. Limerick: P Casey 0-13 (10f), T Grimes, S Flanagan, B Murphy & M Mackey 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY - P Hayes; E Heffernan, E Moloney, J Quigley; K Hassett; B McGrath, D Peters; D Carey, L McCutcheon; C Darcy, G Ryan, A Tynan; T Nolan, D Gleeson, L Fairbrother. Subs: J Skehan for Heffernan (41), G Dunne for Moloney (53), R Mulrooney for McCutcheon (55), S Neville for Darcy (56).
LIMERICK - E McNamara; T Hayes, C McSweeney, J O'Grady; C Byrnes, P O'Loughlin, C Houlihan; D Carroll, T Grimes; K Hayes, M Mackey, B Ryan; P Casey, S Flanagan, B Murphy. Subs: P Ahern for Hayes (40), W O'Meara for Mackey (54), C Boylan for Carroll (59).
Ref - J Larkin (Cork)