Limerick's Ciaran Barry wins the race for possession against Darragh Woods of Tipperary during the Munster minor hurling championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium on Wednesday night
LIMERICK tasted a last gasp 4-15 to 2-18 defeat in their Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship opener at the hands of All-Ireland champions, Tipperary in Semple Stadium, Thurles this Wednesday night
A dramatic injury time goal from Niall Hoctor which sealed the win for the champions in this entertaining quarter-final clash.
All is not lost for Limerick however, as the Shannonsiders will face the loser of the Cork v Waterford clash in a play-off game next month, with the winner progressing to the Munster semi-final.
Played in front of 2,567, Tipperary led Limerick 2-10 to 1-8 at the break after finishing the first half strongly.
Conor McCarthy got their opening goal to put the home side 1-2 to 0-2 ahead after six minutes.
Tipp led by as much as six points mid-way through the period, but Limerick levelled the game when the got their opening goal.
A super run by Ronan Connolly pierced through the Tipp defence before the Adare man squared it to Dylan O’Shea who batted the ball home.
However, the Premier side scored 1-2 before the end of the half, with Andrew Ormond getting their goal after being played through to Jake Morris.
Tipp had a third goal within 20 seconds of the re-start, with substitute Willie Barry provided the finish.
However, within two minutes of conceding, Limerick had the ball in the net when Dylan O’Shea rose his second green flag.
Scores from Paul O’Brien and David Woulfe got Limerick level with time running out.
Then, O’Brien held his nerve put Limerick in front before Jake Morris levelled the game deep into injury time.
However, Tipp secured the win when sub Hoctor got their fourth goal in the final minute.
SCORERS: Limerick: Paul O’Brien 0-11 (0-7 frees, 0-1 ‘65); Dylan O’Shea 2-2; David Woulfe 0-3, Dan Minehan, Ronan Connolly 0-1,
Tipperary: Conor McCarthy 1-3; Anthony McKelvey 0-5 (0-4 frees); Andrew Ormond 1-1, Willie Barry, Niall Hoctor 1-0 each; Conor Bowe 0-2, Jake Morris 0-2, Cathal Bourke, Kieran Breen 0-1
LIMERICK: Bryan Curtin; Conor Flahive, Conor Nicholas, Ciaran Barry; Mikey O’Brien, Jerome Boylan, Dan Minehan; Michael O’Grady, Rory Duff; Paul O’Riordan, Paul O’Brien, David Woulfe; Dylan O’Shea, Ronan Connolly, Ryan Tobin.
Subs: Ken Brynes for Ryan Tobin (45); Paudie Maher for Dan Minehan (56);
TIPPERARY: Eoin Collins; Michael Purcell, Michael Feehan, Jerome Cahill; Joe Gunne, Paddy Caddell, Kieran Breen; Bryan O’Mara, Craig Morgan; Conor Bowe, Jack Morris, Ray McCormack; Andrew Ormond, Anthony McKelvey, Darragh Woods.
Subs: Willie Barry for Darragh Woods (ht); Cathal Bourke for Conor McCarthy (40); Brendan Murphy for Joe Gunne (45); Niall Noctor for Andrew Ormond (56)
REFEREE: Nathan Wall (Cork)