Monday 16 July 2018

Gleeson adds gloss for Tipp

Tipperary 1-22 Limerick 1-13

Limerick’s Barry Murphy’s helmet comes away from his head as he attempts to get away from Tipperary’s Brian McGrath. Photo: Sportsfile
Limerick’s Barry Murphy’s helmet comes away from his head as he attempts to get away from Tipperary’s Brian McGrath. Photo: Sportsfile

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Tipperary are one step closer to their first Munster U-21 title since 2010 after David Gleeson's goal helped them see off the 14 men of Limerick in this semi-final at Semple Stadium.

Liam Cahill's side held a commanding 0-13 to 0-5 lead over the reigning All-Ireland champions at half-time after a superb first half, where Mark Kehoe and Jake Morris hit for seven points between them.

Limerick's Barry Murphy missed a vital penalty just before the break and then Gleeson scored his decisive goal in the 39th minute.

And Limerick captain Kyle Hayes was sent off before Kevin Howard scored a late consolation. Tipperary made a fast start and raced into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead after just seven minutes. Tipperary senior Jake Morris reverted to the half-forward line and caused trouble there, while Limerick found it difficult to get into the game.

Limerick almost grabbed a crucial penalty goal before the break. But after he earned the penalty, Murphy blasted his shot off Ciarán Barrett's crossbar. Limerick had their comeback in the second half but Gleeson sealed an impressive win.

Scorers - Tipperary: M Kehoe 0-5, L Fairbrother 0-3f, B McGrath 0-3f, D Gleeson 1-0; J Morris, C English 0-3 each; G Browne 0-2; J Cahill, C Darcy, D Woods 0-1 each. Limerick: B Murphy 0-4 (3f), K Howard 1-0, M Houlihan 0-2f, P O'Loughlin 0-2f; B Ryan, C Boylan, W O'Meara, O O'Reilly, P Casey (f), all 0-1.

Tipperary - C Barrett; P Campion, B McGrath, K O'Dwyer; C Flanagan, P Cadell, D Quirke; G Browne, C English; J Morris, P Feehan, J Cahill; D Gleeson, M Kehoe, L Fairbrother. Subs: C Darcy for Fairbrother (51), C Morgan for Quirke (53) D Woods for Gleeson (56), C Stakelum for Cahill (58), M Purcell for Flanagan (61).

Limerick - J Power; B Timmons, J Adams, J Flynn; W O'Meara, K Hayes, T Grimes; P O'Loughlin, M Mackey; B Ryan, B Murphy, C Boylan; P Casey, S Flanagan, M O'Dwyer. Subs: D O'Connell for O'Dwyer (h-t), O O'Reilly for Flanagan (42), M Houlihan for Ryan (43), K Howard for Mackey (48), B O'Grady for Murphy (52).

Ref - R McGann (Clare)

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