THE Limerick minor hurlers opened the defence of their Munster title with an impressive 3-17 to 2-11 win over Tipperary this Thursday night in the Gaelic Grounds.
With 10 survivors that played in Croke Park last Summer in the All Ireland semi final loss to Galway, Limerick were hot 1/2 favourites to win this quarter-final and justified the tag with a work-man-like performance.
Next up for Brian Ryan’s side is a Munster championship semi-final with Cork in the Gaelic Grounds in late June.
In front of 2,811 spectators Limerick were 0-12 to 0-6 up at half time after playing with the wind in the opening 30-minutes.
Limerick were 0-3 up inside four minutes with Captain Cian Lynch leading the way with the first score.
By 10-minutes it was 0-6 to 0-3 to the home side with two from Lynch and two from Colin Ryan.
A long range Ronan Lynch free and a fine Colin Ryan score had it 0-8 to 0-4 with 13-minutes to the interval.
A strong finish to the half saw points from Barry Nash and two from Colin Ryan help Limerick to a six point half time lead.
Limerick got the perfect start to the second half with a Cian Lynch goal in the third minute.
But back came Tipp and Paul Ryan goaled in the 37th minute to leave it 1-12 to 1-8.
A goal from Andrew Coffey and a further Ryan point had the lead down to a single point with 15-minutes to play.
But the Limerick response was impressive and Barry Nash hit two twos to seal the.
His first came in the 45th minute and the second in the final minute of the game.
Limerick finished strongly with 1-4 to Tipperary’s 0-1 in the final 10-minutes.
SCORERS: Limerick: Barry Nash 2-2, Cian Lynch 1-3, Colin Ryan 0-6 (2frees), Ronan Lynch 0-4 (3frees, 1 ‘65), Lorcan Lyons, Conor Fitzgerald 0-1 each. Tipperary: Andrew Coffey (1free) and Paul Ryan 1-2 each, Shane Hennessy 0-5 (4 frees, 1 ‘65), Tommy Nolan 0-2.
LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara (Doon); Sean Finn (Bruff), Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen), Jamie Porter (Monaleen); Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), Cian O’Brien (Mungret), Seamus Flanagan (Feoghanagh-Castlemahon), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell, Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Ed Doyle (Monaleen), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen). Subs: Conor Fitzgerald (Claughaun) for Edward Doyle (21mins), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh) for Cian O’Brien (42mins), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock) for Lorcan Lyons (48mins), Shane O’Connell (Doon) for Robbie Hanley (54mins).
TIPPERARY: Brian Hogan (Lorrha and Dorrha); Chris McCullagh (Moycarkey-Borris), Jack Skehan (Holycross-Ballycahill), Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs); Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Conor Ryan (Nenagh Eire Og); Andrew Coffey (Nenagh Éire Óg), Willie Connors (Kildangan); Alan Tynan (Roscrea), Willie Coffey (Toomevara), Shane Hennessy (Nenagh Eire Og); Tommy Nolan (Drom and Inch), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), Paul Ryan (Toomevara). Subs: Liam Fahy (Rockwell Rovers) for Stephen Quirke (h-t), Conor Flyod (Newport) for Billy McCarthy (h-t), Pa Ryan (Newport) for Willie Connors (40mins), Ross Peters (St Marys Clonmel) for Paul Ryan (48mins).
REFEREE: Joe Larkin (Cork).
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