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.