Liam Kearns' Tipperary sent packing from the Munster championship by Limerick
Tipperary 1-10 Limerick 3-11
Captain Iain Corbett scored 1-2 as Limerick stunned Tipperary to get their first championship win in seven years.
A sun-kissed Semple Stadium in Thurles was the perfect setting for a shock victory over Tipperary as the Munster SFC opened in dramatic fashion.
The 2,165 in attendance watched on as Limerick were far more efficient in the first half but had to settle for a 0-8 to 0-8 scoreline at the break.
Corbett scored the crucial goal shortly after half-time and then Cillian Fahy and Peter Nash hit goals either side of Michael Quinlivan’s finish.
Jamie Lee tapped over their opening free after three minutes and Adrian Enright doubled the Limerick lead.
Quinlivan could have shot low, when he got in behind for Tipperary’s first chance in front of goal, but he fisted an opening point instead.
Conor Sweeney scored his first point from a free and then Steven O’Brien put Tipperary into their first lead following a brief consultation with Hawk-Eye.
Corbett broke forward from centre back and almost hit the net in the 16th minute. He had to settle for a point and that was cancelled out by Tipperary captain Sweeney.
But Limerick would score three points in a row in a dominant six-minute spell. Enright, Lee and Sean McSweeney (free) all found their range for a two-point advantage.
McSweeney finally shot Limerick’s first wide and Liam Casey scored up the other end. Lee added his third of the half, another outstanding effort from play.
But frees from Sweeney and Liam McGrath brought Tipperary back level in the 32nd minute.
Cillian Fahy scored a fisted point for Limerick to retake the lead but Quinlivan’s second point meant the teams went in tied at the interval.
Corbett’s point on the resumption was exquisite and it served as inspiration for his Limerick teammates, but his goal was even better.
Neither team scored for another 11 minutes but when Darragh Treacy looked to be running out of room, Corbett appeared on his shoulder and blasted into the top corner.
It got even better in the 57th minute when Lee’s shot dropped short only for Fahy to claim possession and drive his shot into the roof of the Tipperary goal.
Limerick were 2-9 to 0-8 in front and after Sweeney’s brief reprieve, from a free, Lee extended the Limerick lead again.
Fahy added another point but Quinlivan placed a brilliant finish low past Donal O’Sullivan.
However, substitute Nash killed off the Tipperary challenge in the 69th minute to secure a shock win.
Scorers:Limerick: I Corbett 1-2, C Fahy 1-2, J Lee 0-4 (0-1f), P Nash 1-0, A Enright 0-2, S McSweeney 0-1 (0-1f),
Tipperary: M Quinlivan 1-2, C Sweeney 0-4 (3f), L McGrath 0-2 (2f), S O’Brien 0-1, Liam Casey 0-1.
Limerick – D O’Sullivan; B Fanning, S O’Dea, P Maher; C McSweeney, I Corbett, G Brown; D Treacy, T Childs; A Enright, C Fahy, M Fitzgibbon; S McSweeney, S O’Carroll, J Lee.
Subs: P Nash for Lee (62), S Keeley for Enright (70), P De Brún for Fitzgibbon (70).
Tipperary: E Comerford; A Campbell, J Meagher, S O’Connell; K Fahey, R Kiely, E Moloney; S O’Brien, L Casey; J Keane, P Maher, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, L McGrath.
Subs: B Maher for Kiely (half-time), L Boland for Maher (half-time), J Kennedy for Keane (49), D Brennan for Fahey (58), D O’Meara for Fox (66), J Feehan for Meagher (72).
Ref – James Molloy (Galway).