Wednesday 26 April 2017

Tipperary score 1-2 in injury time to break Limerick hearts

Tipperary 4-15 Limerick 2-18

Niall Hoctor of Tipperary beats Limerick goalkeeper Bryan Curtin to score his side's fourth goal during the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Quarter-Final match between Tipperary and Limerick at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Niall Hoctor of Tipperary beats Limerick goalkeeper Bryan Curtin to score his side's fourth goal during the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Quarter-Final match between Tipperary and Limerick at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Photo by David Maher/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 tonight’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.

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 Tipperary.

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 admitted: “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.

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 and 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 (7f, 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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