Corbett on target for Tipp in demolition of students
Tipperary 3-20 Limerick IT 0-5
Lar Corbett was among the goals as Tipperary crushed Limerick IT by 24 points in this preliminary round fixture in Nenagh.
Corbett came off the bench to score Tipp's third goal in the 69th minute, as Eamon O'Shea's side set up a quarter-final clash with Kerry in Tralee next Sunday. Corbett, linked with a buy-out of GAA birthplace Hayes Hotel, finished well from close range to put the seal on a comprehensive Tipp win.
But Limerick IT carried a depleted team to MacDonagh Park, with six inter-county stars absent from their starting line-up, including 2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly.
Tipp took full advantage to score a big win, as 472 spectators braved the elements. Despite playing against a strong wind in the first half, on a poor afternoon for hurling, Tipp led by 2-8 to 0-1 at half-time.
Shane Bourke scored the opening goal in the sixth minute, finishing a flowing move that went through the hands of captain Brendan Maher, Conor Kenny and Seamus Callanan.
And it was Callanan who buried Tipp's second goal from a 16th-minute penalty, after Denis Maher was fouled by a combination of Barry O'Connell and Brendan Egan.
The scoreboard at half-time made for bleak reading from an LIT perspective, with Padraig Hickey scoring their solitary point from a 12th-minute free, but it could have been even worse but for the heroics of goalkeeper Aaron Murphy.
Tipp scored 1-3 of their first-half tally from play and while that percentage lifted after half-time, top scorer John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer finished with 10 of his 12 points from placed balls.
Speaking after the game, O'Shea said: "Not a great day for hurling. We had a good win but it's very early in the year and we're doing a lot of work at the moment. The league is four or five weeks away -- we'll keep going like this for a while and then see what happens over the next two or three weeks."
On a difficult afternoon for LIT, Hickey finished as leading scorer for the students with 0-3, with Sean O'Brien and sub Padraig Robinson also notching points from play.
Once again, last year's Tipp captain Shane McGrath excelled at right half-back and there were solid performances from young corner-backs Cathal Barrett and Jack Peters, who have broken through from the underage ranks.
And O'Shea acknowledged: "The effort was good today. We had only 21 players today so I'm not sure how many players were injured and we have fellas playing for other colleges as well."
Scorers -- Tipperary: J O'Dwyer 0-12 (9fs, 1 '65), S Bourke 1-1, S Callanan 1-0 pen, L Corbett 1-0, D Collins, C Kenny, N McGrath 0-2 each, J Woodlock 0-1. Limerick IT: P Hickey 0-3 (2fs), S O'Brien, P Robinson 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY -- D Gleeson; C Barrett, P Stapleton, J Peters; S McGrath, P Maher, B Maher; J Woodlock, R Maher; D Collins, S Callanan, C Kenny; S Bourke, D Maher, J O'Dwyer. Subs: L Corbett for Bourke (h-t), N McGrath for Callanan (h-t), M Cahill for R Maher (67).
LIMERICK IT -- A Murphy (Limerick); B Egan (Galway), C Nolan (Clare), C Ryan (Limerick); E Boyce (Clare), B O'Connell (Limerick), M Moroney (Clare); S O'Brien (Limerick), E O'Neill (Kildare); M Gennery (Tipperary), P Begley (Limerick), P Hickey (Clare); O Hickey (Clare), P Ivors (Tipperary), S McGrath (Clare). Subs: B O'Reilly (Cork) for Moroney (29), D Gough (Clare) for Ryan (h-t), P Robinson (Galway) for P Hickey (52), G Guilfoyle (Clare) for Gennery (52), J Lynch (Limerick) for O'Neill (60).
Ref -- D Kirwan (Cork)