Monday 24 July 2017

Limerick trounce Tipperary to advance to Munster U-21 Hurling Championship semi-final

Limerick 2-24 Tipperary 0-19

Barry Nash of Limerick in action against Seadna Morey of Clare during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final between Limerick and Clare at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Barry Nash of Limerick in action against Seadna Morey of Clare during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final between Limerick and Clare at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Limerick cruised into the semi-final of the Munster U-21 hurling championship with an impressive victory over Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds.

First-half goals from Tom Morrissey and Barry Nash ensured that Pat Donnelly’s side will play Clare in the final four of the competition.

Limerick made a fast start with points from Aaron Gillane, Cian Lynch and Colin Ryan to put them into an early three-point lead. That start got even better when Morrissey bundled the ball into an empty net in the sixth minute, after Brian Hogan made a stunning save from Nash’s original effort.

Nash was then in for Limerick’s second goal on 16 minutes when he collected Kyle Hayes’ long clearance and rounded Emmett Moloney, before batting the sliotar past a hapless Hogan.

Limerick’s dominance continued in the rest of the half as they tacked on a further six points to lead by 2-12 to 0-8 at the interval.

Tipperary had the aid of a strong breeze in the second-half and used it to land the first three points after the restart, with the impressive Ger Browne hitting the target twice for Willie Maher’s charges.

The Premier County managed to get within six points of the home side but Limerick upped the tempo from that moment on with four points on the trot. All of which came from Aaron Gillane.

Limerick continued to dominate from there with Peter Casey adding three sumptuous points towards the end that sealed an 11-point victory.

Scorers – Limerick: A Gillane 0-9, (7fs), T Morrissey 1-4, B Nash 1-0, P Casey 0-3, C Ryan, R Lynch, B Murphy 0-2 each, C Lynch, P Ahern 0-1 each; Tipperary: G Browne 0-5, L Fairbrother 0-5 (4fs), M Kehoe 0-3, C Darcy 0-2 (2fs), B McCarthy, W Connors, G O’Halloran, T Nolan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: E McNamara; S Finn, D Fanning, D Joy; R Lynch, K Hayes, J Adams; R Hanley, C Ryan; A Gillane, C Lynch, B Murphy; P Casey, B Nash, T Morrissey; Subs: C Boylan for Hanley 40, T Grimes for Adams 41, O O’Reilly for Murphy 48, L Lyons for Ryan 53, P Ahern for Gillane 59.

TIPPERARY: B Hogan; P Maher, E Moloney, Kevin Hassett; Robert Byrne, B McGrath, E Heffernan; B McCarthy, W Connors; A Coffey, M Kehoe, G Browne; D Gleeson, S Quirke, L Fairbrother; Subs: R Teehan for Gleeson 41, T Nolan for Connors 47, C Darcy for Fairbrother 47, P Ryan for McCarthy 53, G O’Halloran for Heffernan 59.

Ref – C Lyons (Cork)

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