Sunday 25 February 2018

the game at a glance

Man of the Match

Conor O'Mahony (Tipperary)

Facing a seven-point deficit heading into the final quarter, Tipperary needed their leaders to exert themselves and nobody stood up taller or stronger than O'Mahony, who made a number of super catches, followed by crisp, accurate deliveries which layered the pressure on the Limerick defence.

Turning point

Limerick were under enormous pressure, clinging on desperately to a two-point lead in the 65th minute when Patrick 'Bonner' Maher's surge created a goal chance which Brian O'Meara finished to the net to give Tipperary the lead for the first time.

Talking point

The two sides of Tipperary in the second half. They lost the third quarter by 0-7 to 0-1 and won the final quarter by 1-11 to 0-3. Declan Ryan will be looking for a much improved performance next time out.

Magic moment

Tipperary's first goal in the 18th minute was a lesson in simplicity, yet a thing of beauty. John O'Brien fed Brian O'Meara who moved the ball on to Pa Bourke. His strike was true, giving Limerick goalkeeper Nicky Quaid no chance.

Ref watch

Limerick had some justifiable complaints over Tipperary's second goal as 'Bonner' Maher appeared to have over-carried as he bore down on the Limerick goal, but Tipperary had equal grounds for complaint when Barry Kelly didn't award Eoin Kelly a free as he raced in on goal in the 41st minute.

What they said

Declan Ryan (Tipperary manager):

"The subs that we brought on worked well. All the guys that came on made a great contribution. They brought a lot of energy to the game which was important on such a hot day. It was great that they made the impact that they did because we badly needed a lift."

John Allen (Limerick manager)

"The subs that Tipp brought on made a huge difference. Could we have closed the game out when we were six or seven points up? Maybe but Tipp hit a great spell after they brought on their subs. That game will bring us on a lot but championship matches are all about winning -- that's the reality."

Match statistics

Wides: Tipperary 11 (6 first half); Limerick 4 (2).

Frees: Tipperary 14 (5 ); Limerick 10 (8 ).

Yellow cards: Tipperary 1 (M Cahill 14); Limerick 5 (T Condon 19, S Dowling 42, S Walsh 48, G Mulcahy 50, R McCarthy 58).

Red cards: Tipperary 0; Limerick 0.

Attendance: 22,068

What next?

Tipperary play Cork in the Munster semi-final in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on June 24; Limerick head for the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Irish Independent

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