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Munster Hurling League – Tipperary 4-14 Limerick 2-17

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 4-14 to 2-17 in Round 1 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Friday December 14th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Tipperary give Liam Sheedy winning start against All-Ireland champions Limerick

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Limerick 2-17 – 4-14 Tipperary

A crowd of 3,224 is not what you expect for a first-round Munster SHL fixture on a cold and, at times, wet evening in mid-December. Then again, this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill pre-season blowout.

In one corner, you had a county who had not lost a competitive fixture since June 17, their string of victories thereafter captured and documented in the yearbook and DVD which were on sale underneath the Mackey Stand before throw-in.

In the opposing corner, you had a county who had not played a competitive fixture since June 10 and were without a win since March 31. Ironically enough, that victory had come at the expense of the team they provided with a guard of honour to this evening.

The spoils, in the end, went to Liam Sheedy and Tipperary; the former enjoying his first win as Tipp manager in eight years, his players bridging an eight-month gap to the last occasion they came out on top. Eight was also the number of players on the Limerick team who started the All-Ireland final win.

Tipperary, heavily reliant on Seamus Callanan for scores and having not found the target from play until the 14th minute, led by 3-6 to 0-11 at the break. Their four-point advantage was eked out in the three minutes before half-time, the visitors to the Gaelic Grounds taking their hosts for an unanswered 2-1.

With Aaron Gillane and Colin Ryan both having swollen their personal tallies to 0-3 to move the hosts in front (0-9 to 1-5) for the first time on the half-hour mark, Tipperary fired back with Callanan taking advantage of a Dan Morrissey slip to register his second goal. The delivery for that score was provided by Dan McCormack and it was roles reversed in the ensuing passage of play as Callanan teed up the Borris-Ileigh man for a point.

On 34 minutes, Sheedy’s charges bagged their third goal, Jason Forde and Callanan putting Mark Kehoe clear, with the All-Ireland U21 winner duly obliging.

Unfortunately, this three-minute burst of scores and fairly fluent hurling which accompanied it was out of kilter with an opening half which produced 20 wides (11 to Limerick, nine to Tipperary).

The visitors kept up the pace upon the change of ends, a Callanan free followed by a Patrick Bonner Maher goal on 37 minutes which shoved the Premier men 4-7 to 0-11 ahead. Not since January of this year had John Kiely’s charges been hit for four or more goals.

The game continued to move away from the All-Ireland champions as another Callanan free and a point from debutant Colin English put nine between the sides.

David Reidy buried the sliotar past Brian Hogan at the end of a free-flowing move involving fellow half-forwards Gearoid Hegarty and Barry O’Connell to put a dent in their opponents’ lead. And while Gillane and O’Connell succeeded in paring the margin to five (4-10 to 1-15), four in a row from the blue and gold took them across the line.

Limerick peppered Hogan’s goal with shots at the end, but only one, from Gillane, found its way across the white paint.

Tipp back to winning ways, Limerick back motoring. Everyone, well almost everyone, left satisfied.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan (2-8, 0-7 frees, 1-0 pen); P Maher, M Kehoe (1-0 each); R Maher, J Forde (0-2 each); C English, D McCormack (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: A Gillane (1-8, 0-6 frees); D Reidy (1-3); C Ryan (0-3); B O’Connell (0-2); A La Touche Cosgrave (0-1).

TIPPERARY: B Hogan; S O’Brien, J Barry, D Maher; B Heffernan, S Kennedy, T Fox; M Breen, W Connors; C English, R Maher, D McCormack; J Forde, S Callanan, M Kehoe
Subs: Patrick Maher for Kehoe (HT); J O’Dwyer for S O’Brien (49); J Morris for Breen (54); J Cahill for Connors (64); M McCarthy for Forde (65).

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Finn, D Morrissey, W O’Meara; A La Touche Cosgrave, D Hannon, P O’Loughlin; C Lynch, C Ryan; B O’Connell, D Reidy, G Hegarty; G Mulcahy, A Gillane, P Ryan.
Subs: S Flanagan for Mulcahy (29 mins, inj); C Boylan for O’Connell (56); O O’Reilly for P Ryan, D Byrnes for Hannon (both 60).

Referee: R McGann (Clare).


Fixture Details

Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League
Limerick v Tipperary @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Friday December 14th at 7:30pm


Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
U-16’s: Free
Students/OAP’s receive €5 concession at the designated stile prior to entry with valid id.


Match Preview


Team News

Tipperary will be contesting the Co Op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League for the first time since 2015, this Friday December 14th, in the Gaelic Grounds at 7:30pm. And ahead of this fixture, manager Liam Sheedy has announced his side which will line out against Limerick in Group A Round 1 and it is as follows;

1. Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
2. Seán O’Brien – Newport
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Donagh Maher – Burgess
5. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
6. Séamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s Clonmel
7. Tom Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
8. Michael Breen – Ballina
9. Willie Connors – Kiladangan
10. Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
11. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
12. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
13. Jason Forde – Silvermines
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom-Inch
15. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
16. Barry Hogan – Kiladangan
17. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
18. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
19. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
20. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
21. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
22. Mark McCarthy – Toomevara
23. Brian McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
24. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
25. Joe O’Dwyer – Killenaule
26. Killian O’Dwyer – Killenaule

Limerick Senior Hurling Panel for Round 1 of Co-Op Superstores Munster League 2019 v Tipperary at Pairc na nGael on this Friday evening @ 7.30pm.

1. Nicky Quaid
2. William O’Meara
3. Sean Finn
4. Richie English
5. Paddy O’Loughlin
6. Declan Hannon
7. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave
8. Cian Lynch
9. Colin Ryan
10. Gearoid Hegarty
11. Barry O’Connell
12. David Reidy
13. Aaron Gillane
14. Graeme Mulcahy
15. Pat Ryan
16. Barry Hennessy
17. Tom Condon
18. Lorcan Lyons
19. Aaron Costello
20. Ronan Connolly
21. Diarmaid Byrnes
22. Dan Morrissey
23. Michael O’Brien
24. Robbie Hanley
25. Tom Morrissey
26. Kyle Hayes
27. Conor Boylan
28. Barry Murphy
29. Oisin O’Reilly
30. Seamus Flanagan


Match Programme


Seamus O’Sullivan, Co-Op Superstores Ardagh Manager with Sean Finn Limerick Hurler and John Kiely, Limerick Manager at the launch of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2019 at Co-Op Superstores, Raheen, Limerick (the flagship store of Dairygold’s Retail Network in Munster).
Pic Arthur Ellis.

Marie Fitzgerald Co-Op Superstores Cahir Manager with Liam Sheedy Tipperary Hurling Manager and Seamus Callanan, Tipperary Hurler – At the launch of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2019 at Co-Op Superstores, Raheen, Limerick (the flagship store of Dairygold’s Retail Network in Munster).
Pic Arthur Ellis.