Limerick footballers advance to the quarter-final of the Tailteann Cup after eight-point win over Tipperary:

By Paul Shaughnessy Limerick Leader Sport

Limerick have advanced to the quarter-final of the Tailteann Cup after an eight-point over Tipperary on Saturday evening in Mick Neville Park.

Limerick hit the ground running early on where they raced into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead after nine minutes with Cillian Fahy, Peter Nash and Iain Corbett all on target. On 14 minutes Danny Neville made a great run and took on the Tipperary defence and Neville was off the mark. Amazingly, it was Limerick who were playing against the breeze in the opening period.

Tipperary were struggling to adapt to the breeze in Mick Neville park and on 15 minutes Peter McGarry registered the first score oif the day for the visitors.

After that, Limerick created two terrific goal chances but the home sides last pass was overplayed on both occasions.

The Premier county’s sharpshooter Sean O’Connor replied with a placed ball to make it a two point on 17 minutes.

Limerick’s Josh Ryan landed a 45 to have Jimmy Lee’s leading 0-5 to 0-2. The lively Peter McGarry responded for Tipperary with a neat point to keep them within touching distance.

On 30 minutes there was some fantastic link up play from Cathal Downes and Danny Neville to set up James Naughton for his first point of the day and Limerick led by three points once again. Soon after that, Tony McCarthy pushed Limerick into a 0-7 to 0-3 lead after a half hour.

O’Connor made no mistake from the placed ball again and then Tipperary squeezed the Limerick kickout which forced a misplaced from Josh Ryan. Tipperary won the ball in the middle third which resulted in Paudie Feehan raising the first green flag of the day and Feehan gave Ryan no chance placing the ball into the top corner.

Goalkeeper Josh Ryan nailed another 45 before the break to have Limerick leading 1-4 to 0-8 at the interval.

Three quick-fire points from James Naughton, Emmett Rigter and Josh Ryan had Limerick leading 1-04 to 0-11 three minutes into the second half.

Tipperary’s Stephen Quirke and Peter Nash swapped scores on 42 minutes. Tommy Childs sent over a tremendous score after that to have victors 1-05 to 0-13 ahead.

Paudie Feehan and the clincical Sean O’Connor landed the next three points to give Tipperary some hope on 51 minutes.

In the remaining 19 minutes, Limerick outscored Tipp 1-05 to 0-2 with the goal coming from the lively Emmett Rigter on 67 minutes to put the game out of sight for Tipperary and Limerick hung on for a comfortable eight-point victory in the end.

Emmett Rigter and Danny Neville stood out for Lee’s side scoring 1-07 between them. Limerick will now face Fermanagh, Sligo or Kildare in the quarter final of the Tailteann Cup next weekend.


LIMERICK: Emmett Rigter (1-3), Danny Neville (0-4) Josh Ryan (0-3, 0-2 45’s, 0-1 free), Peter Nash (0-2 frees), James Naughton 0-2, Tony McCarthy, Iain Corbett,Tommy Childs and Cillian Fahy 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Paudie Feehan (1-1), Sean O’Connor (0-5, 0-3 frees), Peter McGarry (0-2), Teddy Doyle and Stephen Quirke 0-1 each

LIMERICK: Josh Ryan (Oola),Cormac Woulfe (St Senans), Séan O’Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen),Tony McCarthy (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), Paul Maher (Adare), Cillian Fahy(Dromcollogher/Broadford), Iain Corbett (Newcastle West), Tommy Childs (Galtee Gaels), Cathal Downes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), Emmett Rigter (Newcastle West), James Naughton (St Seanans), Barry Coleman (Rathkeale),Danny Neville (Ballysteen), Robbie Childs (Galtee Gaels), Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskenry).

SUBS: Brian Ahern (Dromcollogher/Broadford) for Nash (54 minutes), Jim Liston (Gerald Griffins) for Woulfe (62 minutes), Colm McSweeney (Gerald Griffins) for Tommy Childs (65 minutes), Bryan Nix (Newcastle West) for Naughton (68 minutes), Darren O’Doherty (Newcastle West) for Maher (70 minutes)

TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford, Emmet Moloney, Jimmy Feehan, James Morris, Mark Stokes, Paudie Feehan, Stephen Grogan, Luke Boland, Stephen Quirke, Conall Kennedy, Jack Kennedy, Kieran Costello, Peter McGarry, Sean O’Connor, Eoghan Power.

SUBS: Shane O’Connell for Morris (nine minutes,injury) Conor Cadell for Stokes (30 minutes, injury) Teddy Doyle for Jack Kennedy (40 minutes, injury), Rory O’Dowd for Boland (53 minutes), Mark Russell for McGarry (59 minutes),

REFEREE: Seamus Mulhare (Laois)