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Limerick prevail in epic Munster semi final against Tipperary

Limerick 3-16 Tipperary 3-14

Cian O'Connell

Published 16/07/2015 | 21:43

Limerick captain Diarmuid Byrnes, left, and Colin Ryan, celebrate after the game
Limerick captain Diarmuid Byrnes, left, and Colin Ryan, celebrate after the game

Limerick eventually won a wild and exciting semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds.

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Twelve points ahead in the opening period, Limerick then had to deal with a gutsy Tipperary revival which saw the Premier boys draw level.

But John Kiely’s charges got the job done in the end to set up a July 30 provincial decider with Clare.

With Cian Lynch and David Dempsey were full of energy in attack Limerick enjoyed a hugely productive first half before a Tipp rally trimmed the deficit.

Barry O'Connell, Limerick, is congratulated by his parents Elaine Twomey and Barry O'Connell
Barry O'Connell, Limerick, is congratulated by his parents Elaine Twomey and Barry O'Connell

Lynch’s splendid goal after 14 seconds signalled their intent, and they surged into a 1-7 to 0-2 advantage by the 22nd minute.

Then a swift move ended with a sublime Robbie Hanley goal in the 23rd minute. 

But Colin O’Riordan, a key figure for the senior footballers, blasted two goals either side of a Stephen Cahill point to give Tipp hope as they trailed 2-9 to 2-4 at the break.

After the restart Limerick’s Barry O’Connell was sent off for a second bookable offence, but Tom Morrissey’s goal put them five clear. 

Tadhg Gallagher replied with a Tipp goal which restored parity, but Limerick, with substitute Colin Ryan to the fore, finished strongly.

Michael Breen was sent off for Tipp at the end for a foul on Lynch before Ryan’s free sealed the deal.

Scorers – Limerick: D Dempsey, C Ryan (3fs) 0-4 each, T Morrissey, C Lynch 1-1 each, R Hanley 1-0, D O’Donovan 0-2, R Lynch 0-2 (1f, 1 ‘65’), J Kelliher, P Ryan 0-1 each.

Tipperary: J McGrath 0-6 (2fs, 2 ‘65s’), C O’Riordan 2-0, T Gallagher 1-0, S Cahill 0-2, B Maher, B Heffernan, T Hamill, J Shelley, J Keane (f), M Breen (f) 0-1 each.

Jean Dempsey congratulates her son David after the game
Jean Dempsey congratulates her son David after the game

Limerick – D McCarthy; M O’Callaghan, R English, M Casey; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, G Hegarty; D O’Donovan, P Ryan; R Hanley, R Lynch, D Dempsey; K O’Brien, T Morrissey, C Lynch.  Subs: C Ryan for Hanley (31), S Finn for O’Callaghan (32), L O’Sullivan for R Lynch (37), J Kelliher for O’Brien (56), A Gillane for Ryan (60).

Tipperary – P Maher; T Fox, M Breen, J Peters; R Maher, B Heffernan, T Hamill; B Maher, S Cahill; J McGrath, W Connors, C O’Riordan; B McCarthy, P Shanahan, T Gallagher.  Subs: J Keane for Connors (22), J Shelley for Shanahan (31 mins), A Coffey for McCarthy (50), P Maher for Gallagher (56.)

Ref – C Lyons (Cork).

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