Ryan seals deal for Limerick after Tipperary rally
Limerick 3-16 Tipperary 3-14
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.
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.
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).