A Look Back at the decade 2010 – 2019
Today 2018 (Part 2) The Path to The Final
A look back at the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Preliminary Quarter Final, when Limerick traveled to play Carlow at Dr Cullen Park in the middle of a heatwave, on Saturday 7th. July, with very little grass on the pitch, Limerick scores a victory to reach the Quarter Final.
Semple Stadium, Thurles was the venue on Sunday 15th. July, when Kilkenny were the opponents in the Quarter Final game and what a gripping game that saw Limerick emerge victorious by a two point margin 0.27 to 1.22, the Kilkenny goal came late in the game giving them a 1.21 to 0.22 lead with less than six minutes remaining but Limerick fought back to earn a well deserved win and a place in the Semi Final.
Sunday 29th. July, Croke Park, Limerick v Cork in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final, played in front of 71,073 spectators, What an Occasion, What a Game, who will ever forget, Limerick trailing by six points and fought back to go a point clear, before Cork got a late equalizer from a free to earn a draw and extra time, will we ever forget Nickie Quaid’s great save, Cian Lynch’s goal, Aaron Gillane’s free taking as the Scoreboard read Corcaigh 1.27 Luimneach 1.27
So into extra time, and Limerick added three points to two for Cork to lead at the half time break, 1.30 to 1.29. The second half of extra time saw Limerick stretch their lead with a penalty goal from Shane Dowling four minutes into the half, followed three minutes later with their third goal coming from Pat Ryan, both sides exchanged points before Cork scored a late goal but it was too little too late as Limerick won by 3.32 to 2.31 to qualify for the All Ireland Final