Pat Ryan of Limerick celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland PICTURE: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
LIKE Lazarus, the boys in green had come back from the dead in a crucial, riveting extra-time performance to take Limerick to their first All-Ireland hurling final in 11 years.
Despite a promising first half thanks to a startling goal from Patrickswell’s Cian Lynch, hope for Limerick began to dwindle after Cork quickly retorted to gain a competitive lead in the second half.
YYYYEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS ALL OVER WE ARE GOING TO ALL IRELAND FINAL— Limerick GAA (@LimerickCLG) July 29, 2018
Massive kudos again to our cool, calm and inspiring manager John Kiely, the brilliant Paul Kinnerk & the whole backroom team. They deserve to be in a final and they'll put their lives on hold for another three weeks. Win or lose they have our admiration & gratitude #LimerickAbú— Alan English (@AlanEnglish9) July 29, 2018
And THAT is why Hurling is one of the greatest sports on earth. What a game . Congrats #Limerick, we’re going to the final .— Rob collopy (@Caherdon) July 29, 2018
We’ve watched Limerick from Adelaide, Tasmania, Sydney, Townsville and Darwin thanks to @GAAGO and Melbourne thanks to @buff_egan but there’s no way we’re missing the next one #homewardbound #luimneachabú #honthetreaty #CuimhnighArLuimnigh pic.twitter.com/dP5R8T4fzb— Sile Moynihan (@silemoy) July 29, 2018
But a resilient Limerick did not let a five-point deficit, with 10 minutes to go, stop them from making one of the team’s most gob-dropping comebacks of the century.
After ending full-time with a draw, a fatigued sea of red rivals were unable to keep up with the unblemished exuberance of the Treaty boys, thanks to goals by Shane Dowling and Pat Ryan.
Limerick fans still in full voice on the Hill. And why not?— Michael Devlin (@MichaelDevlin11) July 29, 2018
Phenomenal game of hurling.
Phenomenal weekend of hurling. pic.twitter.com/u7rEXNzngt
What had appeared to be a heartbreaking journey home for the Limerick lads in the second half, the boys in green ended the semi-final clash 3-32 to 2-31.
Limerick will face either Clare or Galway in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park on August 19.
Follow the Limerick Leader website and Monday paper for full match report.