Nash brace seals deal as Treaty get title defence off to a flier
Limerick 3-17 Tipperary 2-11
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.
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.