Limerick defeated Tipperary by 3-8 to 0-11 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Playoff 1 on Wednesday April 20th at Semple Stadium Thurles.
Limerick minors bounce back to end Tipperary’s campaign
Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Tipperary 0-11 Limerick 3-8: They contested Electric Ireland Munster and All-Ireland minor football finals in 2015 but Tipperary will play no further part in this year’s campaign after being dumped out by Limerick in Thurles last evening.
The Shannonsiders were full value for a six-point win to set up a clash against Waterford next week, with the winners to play Cork in the Munster semi-final. It was Cork who defeated Tipp last week at Páirc Uí Rinn and a second defeat in a week for Mick O’Sullivan’s Premier County ends their 2016 campaign prematurely.
O’Sullivan was also sent to the stands in the second-half following a verbal altercation with an official on a forgettable evening for Tipp. But credit Limerick with an impressive display as the Treaty boys bounced back from their one-point defeat to Clare in Miltown-Malbay last week. And maybe this win shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise when you consider Limerick had 12 wides in the second-half of the Clare game.
They can create chances and while they missed a few last night, particularly inviting goal opportunities, they took enough to advance. Wind-assisted from the start, Limerick took on the challenge with gusto and were 1-4 to 0-0 clear within 11 minutes. Captain Diarmaid Kelly, who scored 1-1 in each half, waltzed through the Tipp defence for a fifth-minute goal and by half-time, Limerick were 1-7 to 0-5 clear.
This was a night when Tipp finished with just two points from play, one in each half, and Limerick added their second goal in the 34th minute when Kelly netted a penalty Jack Dolan got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Tipp’s best goal opportunity saw Dolan’s opposite number Aaron Murphy deny John Lyons but Limerick wasted some great chances before Eoin O’Mahony, scorer of 1-4, rammed home a clinching goal in the final minute. It allowed Limerick boss Jerry O’Sullivan breathe a little easier as Tipp had got to within two points, 0-11 to 2-7, with six minutes left. But Tipperary could never conjure enough attacking consistency to really compete, as a campaign dogged by talk of dual players that were unavailable petered out.
Tipp boss Mick O’Sullivan admitted: “I think the better team won to be honest, the more clinical team that took their chances in front of goals. I’d say if you looked back at the stats, we probably both created the same amount of opportunities, it was just on the night they took theirs and we probably didn’t take ours. They came out of the traps, they had the aid of a strong breeze. Fair play to Limerick they’re a good team, we were putting out fires all over the field but our lads showed great character to come back.”
Delighted Limerick boss O’Sullivan smiled: “It’s tough enough to come come up to Thurles any day of the week but to come up here and win is brilliant, great for the lads. It wasn’t so much the wides against Clare that bothered me, more the way we distributed the ball,” he added.
“I think I was more upset over that. I don’t mind kicking a wide if you’re in a scoring position, and it’s on but what killed me that day was that we brought it to the final third and we just didn’t execute it properly.”
Scorers for Tipperary: J Lyons 0-6f, M Barlow 0-2f, C English, B Hyland (45) & A English 0-1.
Scorers for Limerick: D Kelly 2-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), E O’Mahony 1-4 (2f, 1 45), S Hurley & A Barrett 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: J Dolan; J Harney, D Brennan, J Flannery; C English, P Feehan, S Nolan; C Cashman, B Hyland; R Lambe, C Boland, D Egan; J Lyons, M Barlow, A English.
Subs: E Ryan for Feehan (b/c 18), S Ryan for Boland (25), J Delahunty for Cashman (h.t.), A Vance for Lambe (54), Boland for A English (57).
LIMERICK: A Murphy; G Brennan, F Murphy, D Enright; S Hurley, A Kearns, O Collins; J Ryan, D Kelly; E O’Mahony, C McSweeney, A Storan; A Barrett, N Callinan, J Ryan
Subs: D Ranahan for Callinan (37), J Kelly for Barrett (49), L Cardy for J Ryan (52), S Ryan for Storan (60), J Kelly for Hurley (60+2).
Referee: Eddie Walsh (Kerry).
Adult General Admission: €10.00
Juvenile (Under 16 years of Age): Free of Charge
Student/OAPs: €5.00 rebate available at the venue on match day on full price ADULT tickets at the designated stile with a valid ID
All tickets for this fixture are UNRESERVED
The Tipperary team to play Limerick in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Semi-Final Playoff on this Wednesday night, April 20th in Semple Stadium Thurles at 7pm is unchanged from the side which started against Cork in the first round.
1. Jack Dolan – Fethard
2. Jack Harney – Moyle Rovers
3. Paudie Feehan – Killenaule
4. Jake Flannery – Galtee Rovers
5. Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
6. Daire Brennan – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
7. Stephen Nolan – Drom & Inch
8. Conor Cashman – Cahir (Captain)
9. Ben Hyland – Fr. Sheehy’s
10. Ryan Lambe – Clonmel Commercials
11. Calvin Bolan – Clonmel Commercials
12. Daire Egan – Galtee Rovers
13. John Lyons – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
14. Michael Barlow – Ardfinnan
15. Adrian English – Ballyporeen
16. David Croke – Holycross-Ballycahill
17. Eoghan Ryan – Loughmore-Castleiney
18. Shane Ryan – Galtee Rovers
19. Michael Purcell – Thurles Sarsfields
20. Stephen Quinlan – JK Brackens
21. Conal Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
22. Andrew Vance – Emly
23. Conor Murphy – Thurles Sarsfields
24. Oscar O’Dwyer – Arravale Rovers
— Limerick Footballers (@LmkFootballers) April 19, 2016
The Limerick minor football manager Jerry O Sullivan and his selectors John Clifford and Gerry Phillips has released their match day team and panel for this Wednesday Munster minor football championship playoff 1 game against Tipperary in Thurles at 7pm.
The Limerick minor football team and panel is as follows 1. Aaron Murphy (Fr Casey’s), 2. Gearoid Brennan (Claughaun), 3. Fionn Murphy (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 4. Daniel Enright (Monaleen) 5. Seamus Hurley (Newcastlewest), 6. Adam Kearns (St Senans), 7. Oran Collins (Adare), 8. Josh Ryan (Oola), 9. Diarmaid Kelly (Newcastlewest)(Captain), 10. Eoin O Mahony (Ballylanders), 11. Colm McSweeney (Gearld Griffins), Noel Callinan (St Kierans), 13. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 14. Adam Storan (Mungret St Pauls), 15. James Ryan (Athea)
16. William O Mahony (Oola), 17. Conor O Grady (Hospital/Herbertstown), 18. Sean Ryan (Athea), 19. Darragh Ranahan (Ballysteen), 20. Paudie Sheedy (Kilmallock), 21. Luke Cardy (Adare), 22. Eoghan Carew (Monaleen), 23. Jason Kiely (Claughaun), 24. James Kelly (Monaleen).
Extended panel members are Robert Childs (Galtee Gaels), Ciaran Laffey (Mungret St Pauls), Padraig McGrath (Galtee Gaels), Dara O Farrell (Croom), Dylan Corrigan (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), Tadgh Leddan (Hospital/Herbertstown), Evan O Donoghue (Ballysteen) and Conor Staff (Kildimo/Pallaskenry).