RESILIENT Limerick set up a Munster intermediate hurling final showdown with Clare next month after proving two points too good for a fancied Tipperary side in their provincial semi-final clash at a wet Semple Stadium yesterday.
Goals in either half from David Dempsey and Pa Ryan proved crucial as Limerick took a giant step towards a first Munster title at this level since 2008.
Ryan’s goal, scored five minutes into the second half, was especially key as it arrived just as Tipperary appeared to have gained an important initiative having drawn level.
This was Limerick’s second successive win over Tipp in this grade.
Should Limerick overcome Clare in the Munster final on July 6, the Shannonsiders will advance directly to the national final as just Kilkenny, Wexford and Galway entered to compete in the Leinster IHC.
SCORERS: Tipperary: Aidan McCormack (0-5, 0-3 frees), Brian Stapleton (0-3), Stephen Quirke (0-2), Brian Hogan (free), Tom Fox, Andrew Coffey, Mark Russell, Justin Cahill (0-1) each. Limerick: Aaron Gillane (0-6, 0-4 frees), Pat Ryan (1-2), David Dempsey (1-0), Barry Murphy, Will O’Donoghue, Kevin O’Brien (0-1) each.
TIPPERARY: Brian Hogan; Ger Fennelly, Jack Peters, Paul Maher; Brian Stapleton, Tom Fox, Sean Ryan; Andrew Coffey, Willie Connors;Jack Shelly (Capt), Billy McCarthy, Stephen Quirke; Aidan McCormack, Mark Russell, Tommy Nolan. Substitutes: Conor Hammersley for Nolan (half-time), Pa Ryan for Connors (38 mins), Justin Cahill for Shelley (45 mins), Tadhg Gallagher for Stapleton (52 mins), Josh Keane for Quirke (57 mins).
LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara (Doon); Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Barry Lynch (Feohanagh), Jody Hannon (Adare); Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen); William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen); David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Mike Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh), Pat Ryan (Doon); Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), Dean Coleman (Doon). Substitutes: Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh) for Hannon (injured 16 mins), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh) for Coleman (half-time), Barry Murphy (Doon) for Dempsey (35 mins), John Fox (Ahane) for Fitzgibbon (47 mins), Stephen Cahill for Carmody (58 mins).
REFEREE: Damian Fox (Clare)