Tuesday 25 April 2017

Hoctor goal saves Tipp

Tipperary 4-15 Limerick 2-18

Tipperary’s Niall Hoctor beats Limerick goalkeeper Bryan Curtin to score his side’s fourth goal. Photo: Sportsfile
Tipperary’s Niall Hoctor beats Limerick goalkeeper Bryan Curtin to score his side’s fourth goal. Photo: Sportsfile

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Tipperary manager Liam Cahill admitted that his charges pulled off a real smash and grab raid to floor Limerick in last night's Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium.

The Premier County trailed by two points before scoring 1-2 in stoppage-time to advance to a semi-final at the end of June.

Limeric's Ciaran Barry in action against Tipperary's Darragh Woods. Photo: Sportsfile
Limeric's Ciaran Barry in action against Tipperary's Darragh Woods. Photo: Sportsfile

Limerick had come from eight points down in the second half and looked set for some measure of revenge after losing last year's Munster and All-Ireland finals against Tipp.

But points from Anthony McKelvey (free) and Jake Morris levelled matters before Niall Hoctor, called off the bench in the 57th minute, struck a winning goal in the second minute of stoppage-time.

Cahill conceded: "I can't but feel a sense of luck tonight, to be honest. I'm sure Limerick will go home tonight thinking they should have got something from the game."

On this evidence, these sides might be seeing more of each other before the end of the campaign, and Limerick had a real star in O'Brien, who was name-checked by Cahill.

Tipperary's Anthony McKelvey action against Limerick's Conor Nicholas. Photo: Sportsfile
Tipperary's Anthony McKelvey action against Limerick's Conor Nicholas. Photo: Sportsfile

He scored 11 points for the Shannonsiders in front of 2,567 spectators, and his run of four without reply down the home straight had Limerick in the box seat, before Tipp came with that late surge.

At half-time, Tipp were 2-10 to 1-8 clear, but it was a slightly flattering scoreline as Andrew Ormond netted in stoppage-time at the end of the half.

Conor McCarthy, a late call-up, bagged Tipp's opening goal in the sixth minute but Dylan O'Shea struck for Limerick in the 27th minute to level matters at 1-8 each, before Tipp hit 1-2 before half-time.

Sub Willie Barry got Tipp off to the perfect start with a goal 16 seconds after the restart but after O'Shea grabbed his second goal, Limerick would only be denied victory by Hoctor's late, late intervention.

Scorers - Tipperary: C McCarthy 1-3, A McKelvey 0-5 (4f), A Ormond 1-1, W Barry, N Hoctor 1-0 each, C Bowe, J Morris 0-2 each, K Breen, C Bourke 0-1 each. Limerick: P O'Brien 0-11 (7fs, 1 '65'), D O'Shea 2-2, D Woulfe 0-3, D Minehan, R Connolly 0-1 each.
Tipperary - E Collins; M Purcell, M Feehan, J Cahill; C Morgan, P Cadell, J Gunne; K Breen, B O'Mara; C Bowe, J Morris, C McCarthy; D Woods, A McKelvey, A Ormond. Subs: W Barry for Woods (h-t), C Bourke for McCarthy (inj, 40), B Murphy for Gunne (46), N Hoctor for Ormond (57).
Limerick - B Curtin; C Flahive, C McNicholas, C Barry; M O'Brien, J Boylan, D Minehan; M O'Grady, R Duff; P O'Riordan, P O'Brien, D Woulfe; R Tobin, R Connolly, D O'Shea. Subs: K Byrnes for Tobin (46), P Maher for Minehan (56), B O'Grady for O'Riordan (60+2).
ref - N Wall (Cork)

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