Limerick v Cork Game at a Glance
Man of the match
Declan Hannon (Limerick)
His side's top scorer on 0-8, he mixed accuracy from frees (0-5), open play (0-2) and a line cut (0-1) in an impressive display of shooting on the biggest occasion of his career so far.
Patrick Horgan's dismissal just before half-time swung the balance Limerick's way. An extra man for a full half is always an advantage, all the more so on such a blistering hot day.
What impact did Horgan's sending-off have on the second half? Should he have been dismissed? Those questions will occupy Cork supporters all week. Limerick's only issue is figuring out how far this team can extend the adventure.
The rivers of green which flooded on to the pitch at the end will long be remembered in Limerick. It was the ultimate in an emotional release for the Treaty men who have endured so much heartbreak since their last Munster success in 1996.
James McGrath had no hesitation in giving Horgan a straight red but it's most unlikely that the entire refereeing fraternity would have done likewise. Cork could feel aggrieved that they didn't get a penalty for a foul on Luke O'Farrell.
WHAT THEY SAID
John Allen (Limerick manager):
"It's the players' achievement really. I'm just the conduit or the facilitator of what happens. It's a great achievement and just reward for a team that has been very honest in everything they've done."
Tom Kenny (Cork right half-back):
"If we had 15 (players) maybe we would have finished out the game stronger. Obviously it contributed to the final result. We will have to look at our own failings and try and move on from there."
Cork 16 (10 first half) Limerick 11 (5)
Frees Cork 10 (5)
Limerick 13 (7)
(L McLoughlin 22, T Kenny 29, S McDonnell 68);
(P Horgan 35)
Limerick will play in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 18; Cork will play Kilkenny in the All-Ireland quarter-finals on Sunday week.