THE Limerick footballers fell to a 1-14 to 1-2 loss to Tipperary in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday afternoon.
In a thick fog in an almost-empty Semple Stadium, Limerick enjoyed plenty of possession but they wasted an amount of scoring chances and Tipp were far more ruthless in front of goals to take a 0-8 to 0-0 lead into the break.
Iain Corbett finally got Limerick off the mark early in the second half and a Seanie Buckley penalty gave John Brudair’s side a glimmer of hope.
But Tipp responded immediately and Ian Fahy’s goal helped ease Tipp towards the finish line.
Limerick now have a three-week break before they play Armagh, at home, on Sunday, March 1.
SCORERS - Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 0-5 (3 frees), Ian Fahy 1-0, Brian Fox, Stephen O’Brien 0-2 each, Andrew Morrissey, Peter Acheson, Michael Quinlivan, Séamus Kennedy, Evan Comerford (‘45’) 0-1 each; Limerick: Seanie Buckley 1-0 (penalty), Iain Corbett, Peter Nash 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, Paddy Codd, Andrew Morrissey; Séamus Kennedy, Peter Acheson, Donnagh Leahy; Colin O’Riordan, Stephen O’Brien; George Hannigan, Barry Grogan, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Ian Fahy. SUBS: Philip Austin for Brian Fox (43 mins), Dean Lonergan for Barry Grogan (58 mins), Brian Mulvihill for Colin O’Riordan (62 mins), Donal Lynch for Andrew Morrissey (65 mins), Liam Casey for Stephen O’Brien (65 mins).
LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon; Seán O’Dea, Johnny McCarthy, Robert Browne; Iain Corbett, Pádraig Browne, Cillian Fahy; Tom Lee, Gearóid Hegarty; Darragh Treacy, Danny Neville, Seanie Buckley; Mikey Lyons, Cian Sheehan, Stephen Cahill. Subs: Peter Nash for Darragh Treacy (half-time), Killian Phair for Cillian Fahy (half-time), Jamie Lee for Danny Neville (54 mins), John Riordan for Mikey Lyons (58 mins), Jason Mullins for Cian Sheehan (inj 66 mins).
REFEREE: Éamonn O’Grady (Leitrim).
- For a full report, reaction and analysis on this game see the weekend edition of the Limerick Leader