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Nash brace seals deal as Treaty get title defence off to a flier

Limerick 3-17 Tipperary 2-11

Published 11/04/2014 | 02:30

Barry Nash – denied a point by Hawk-Eye in the All-Ireland semi-final last year – was Limerick's star as they made a successful start to the defence of their title at the Gaelic Grounds.

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Backed by the wind in the first half, Limerick had the opening three points courtesy of Cian Lynch, Colin Ryan and a long-range free by Ronan Lynch.

Limerick went on to lead 0-12 to 0-6 at the interval, with Tipperary managing just a single point from play by Tommy Nolan in that opening half. Paul Ryan pointed for Tipp within seconds of the resumption but Limerick hit back with Cian Lynch rifling in a goal after only two minutes.

Tipp had no intention of fading away and goals by Paul Ryan and Andrew Coffey left a point between them.

Then Nash blasted in the first of his two goals. He had the second two minutes from the end to put Limerick into the semi-final against Cork or Kerry. Nash finished with 2-2 while Cian Lynch had 1-3 in a promising Limerick performance.

All three Limerick half-backs got on the scoresheet, with Ronan Lynch pointing three frees and a '65'.

Tipperary have a lot of work to do but could conceivably meet Limerick again in the final.

Scorers – Limerick: B Nash 2-2, C Lynch 1-3, C Ryan 0-6 (3fs), R Lynch 0-4 (3fs, 1 '65'), L Lyons, C Fitzgerald 0-1 each.Tipperary: A Coffey (0-1f), P Ryan 1-2 each, S Hennessy 0-5 (4fs, 1 '65'), T Nolan 0-2.

Limerick – E McNamara; S Finn, D Fanning, J Porter; A La Touche Cosgrave, R Lynch, L Lyons; R Hanley, C O'Brien; S Flanagan, B Nash, C Lynch; T Morrisey, E Doyle, C Ryan. Subs: C Fitzgerald for Doyle (21), T Grimes for O'Brien (42), P O'Loughlin for Lyons (48), S O'Connell for Hanley (54).

Tipperary – B Hogan; C McCullagh, J Skehan, D Peters; B McCarthy, P Maher, C Ryan; A Coffey, W Connors; A Tynan, W Coffey, S Hennessy; T Nolan, S Quirke, P Ryan. Subs: L Fahey for Quirke (h-t), C Floyd for McCarthy (h-t), P Ryan for Connors (40), R Peters for Paul Ryan (60).

REF – J Larkin (Cork)

KAISER RULES ROOST

AS CLARE ADVANCE

Clare got their bid to make the Camogie League semi-finals off to a flier as they beat All-Ireland champions Galway 1-10 to 0-8 in the first of the play-off games at Corofin.

The sides were level at 1-3 to 0-6 at the break but Clare pulled clear thanks to Niki Kaiser's personal tally of 1-5 to set up a clash with Limerick. Three-in-a-row chasing Cork await the winners in the penultimate round.

Irish Independent

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