Limerick minor footballers beat Tipperary in Munster championship

Limerick minor footballers beat Tipperary in Munster championship

THE Limerick minor footballers recorded their best win in years on Wednesday night when they beat Tipperary by 3-8 to 0-11 in Semple Stadium.

Following on from last week’s disappointing 0-9 to 1-5 loss to Clare in the opening round, this win is a huge boost for Limerick football.

In front of 729 in Semple Stadium with wind advantage, Limerick raced into 1-4 to 0-0 lead after ten minutes, their goal coming from Diarmuid Kelly in the 6th minute. The home side rallied somewhat by Limerick were still 1-7 to 0-5 up at the break.

Kelly hit a second goal (from a penalty) for Limerick early in the second half but Tipp began eating into the lead making it a very nervous period for Jerry O’Sullivan’s men.

The home side got the difference back to two points but a late goal from Eoin O’Mahony sealed the win for Limerick.

Limerick now play Waterford next week with the prize for the winners a semi-final against Cork on May 11.

SCORERS - Limerick: Diarmaid Kelly 2-2 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free), Eoghan O’Mahony 1-4 (0-2 frees, 0-1 ‘45’), James Ryan, Séamus Hurley 0-1 each; Tipperary: John Lyons 0-6 (all frees), Michael Barlow 0-2 (2frees), Adrian English, Ben Hyland, Colin English (‘45’) 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Aaron Murphy; Gearóid Brennan, Fionn Murphy, Daniel Enright; Séamus Hurley, Adam Kearns, Oran Collins; Josh Ryan, Diarmuid Kelly; Eoin O’Mahony, Colm McSweeney, Noel Callinan; Anthony Barrett, Adam Storan, James Ryan. Subs: Darragh Ranahan for Noel Callinan, James Kelly for Anthony Barrett (48mins), Luke Cardy for Josh Ryan (52mins), Seán Ryan for Adam Storan (59mins), Jason Kiely for Séamus Hurley (61mins).

TIPPERARY: Jack Dolan; Jack Harney, Paudie Feehan; Jake Flannery; Colin English, Daire Brennan, Stephen Nolan; Conor Cashman, Ben Hyland; Ryan Lambe, Calvin Boland, Daire Egan; John Lyons, Michael Barlow, Adrian English. Subs: Eoghan Ryan for Paudie Feehan (black card, 10 mins), Shane Ryan for Calvin Boland (23mins), Jack Delahunty for Conor Cashman (half-time), Andrew Vance for Ryan Lambe (53mins), Calvin Boland for Adrian English (56mins).

REFEREE: Eddie Walsh (Kerry).

- For a full report on this game, see the Monday and weekend print edition of the Limerick Leader.