Tipp minors set the tone with demolition job
Tipperary 1-24 Limerick 0-10
Tipperary began their afternoon in Limerick in emphatic style when they recorded a one-sided win over the Shannonsiders at the Gaelic Grounds.
Limerick wilted after being reduced to 14 men early in the second half, when Brian Nash was shown a second yellow card.
Whatever chance Limerick had of whittling away a six-point half-time deficit (0-13 to 0-7) ended with the dismissal as the Liam Cahill-managed Tipperary hit some superb points.
Their goal came within three minutes of the restart when Jake Morris struck past Mark O'Kelly.
In a repeat of last year's final Tipperary set the pace from early on and two points by Lyndon Fairbrother helped them lead 0-3 to 0-1 after only five minutes. They kept their advantage throughout and it was evident that Limerick needed a bright start to the second half. But the opposite happened with the goal by Morris and the dismissal of Nash.
Morris finished with 1-4 while Fairbrother, who scored seven points in last year's final, did the same this time with four of his scores coming from play.
Substitute Aaron Kennedy had the ball in the Tipperary net but referee Rory McGann had already blown for a free.
Both sides move on to the All-Ireland series but Tipperary have shown remarkable improvement since the start of the year when they lost their first outing against Waterford.
Scorers - Tipperary: J Morris 1-4; L Fairbrother 0-7 (3f); D Walsh and B McGrath (2f) 0-3 each, G Browne, M Kehoe 0-2 each; R Doody, C English & S Neville 0-1 each. Limerick: P O'Brien 0-3 (3f), K Hayes, C Boylan 0-2 each, A Kennedy, J Flynn, C Magner Flynn 0-1 each.
Tipperary: C Barrett; J Cahill, M Whelan, K O'Dwyer; T Murphy, B McGrath, C Flanagan; P Cadell, G Browne; C Darcy, J Morris, R Doody; C English, M Kehoe, L Fairbrother. Subs: D Walsh for English (27), S Neville for Darcy (48), G Dunne for Flanagan (59), K Breen for Murphy (60).
Limerick: M O'Kelly; B Nash, R Connelly, B Timmons; J Adams, F Hourigan, M O'Grady; D Carroll, J Flynn; B Ryan, K Hayes; C Boylan; P O'Brien, C Magner Flynn, C Nicholas.Subs: J Boylan for Timmons (19), D Woulfe for Ryan (38), A Kennedy for O'Brien (36), C McCarthy for Adams (40), A Barrett for O'Grady (53).
REF - R McGann (Clare).