Premier class all too visible for Limerick
Tipperary 1-14 Limerick 1-2
Peter Creedon could have spent the last week stewing over Tipperary's agonising one-point defeat to Armagh in their opening fixture. Instead, he got his charges focused on round two and Tipp delivered an emphatic 12-point victory over Munster rivals Limerick in foggy Thurles yesterday.
Afterwards, Creedon joked that he had never heard the score of a game being called out while in progress but visibility was so poor during the second half that 513 spectators were kept informed via the PA system at Semple Stadium, as they were unable to see the Killinan End scoreboard. Conditions were grim but so was Limerick's performance as they failed to register a score until the 45th minute. The visiting Shannonsiders found themselves 0-0 to 0-8 behind at half-time, having registered seven first-half wides.
Limerick did threaten a revival when Iain Corbett's point was followed up by a well-taken Seanie Buckley penalty. But Tipp's response was emphatic as Ian Fahy buried a 49th-minute goal at the Killinan End for the hosts. Limerick managed just a single point in the final 22 minutes and referee Eamon O'Grady ended their misery by whistling for full-time 25 seconds early.
Creedon insisted that there is still room for improvement but he was pleased with his side's response to their Armagh experience, after which he was hugely critical of match referee David Goldrick. He said: "We weren't overtly pleased with how we were playing, we were slow at times but look it was probably hard to recover after last weekend. That was a tough weekend." Deflated Limerick manager John Brudair conceded: "We really made life hard for ourselves with our failure to execute scoring opportunities. "We didn't play near as well as we did against Sligo but up against probably stronger opposition, at this level, you have to be taking your scoring opportunities."
Man of the Match: S O'Brien (Tipperary)
SCORERS - Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-5 (3f), I Fahy 1-0, P Acheson, S O'Brien & B Fox 0-2 each, E Comerford (45), A Campbell & M Quinlivan 0-1 each. Limerick: S Buckley 1-0 pen, I Corbett & P Nash 0-1 each. Tipperary - E Comerford 7; A Campbell 7, P Codd 7, A Morrissey 7; S Kennedy 7, P Acheson 8, D Leahy 7; C O'Riordan 7, S O'Brien 8; G Hannigan 6, B Grogan 6, B Fox 8; C Sweeney 8, M Quinlivan 7, I Fahy 6. Subs: P Austin for 7 Fox (44), D Dwyer 6 for Leahy (56), D Lonergan n/a for Grogan (59), B Mulvihill n/a for O'Riordan (63), D Lynch n/a for Morrissey (65), L Casey n/a for O'Brien (66). Limerick - B Scanlon 5; S O'Dea 5, J McCarthy 5, R Browne 5; I Corbett 6, P Browne 5, S Cahill 5; T Lee 5, G Hegarty 6; D Tracey 4, D Neville 5, S Buckley 6; M Lyons 5, C Sheehan 5, C Fahy 4. Subs: K Phair 5 for Tracey (h-t), P Nash 6 for Fahy (h-t), W O'Donoghue 5 for Neville (55), J Riordan n/a for Lyons (59), J Mullins n/a for Sheehan (67). REF - E O'Grady (Leitrim)