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Limerick sweep Tipperary aside 21 March 2024; Hurlers Declan Hannon of Limerick and Ronan Maher of Tipperary pictured at the launch of the Munster GAA Senior Hurling and Football Championship 2024 at Cahir Castle in Tipperary. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** Limerick sweep Tipperary aside 21 March 2024; Hurlers Declan Hannon of Limerick and Ronan Maher of Tipperary pictured at the launch of the Munster GAA Senior Hurling and Football Championship 2024 at Cahir Castle in Tipperary. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

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Fans out in force as Limerick sweep Tipp aside at the TUS Gaelic Grounds

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Fans out in force as Limerick sweep Tipperary aside at the TUS Gaelic Grounds. Hurlers Declan Hannon of Limerick and Ronan Maher of Tipperary pictured at the launch of the Munster GAA Senior Hurling and Football Championship 2024 at Cahir Castle in Tipperary. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Limerick sweep Tipperary aside with a convincing win at the TUS Gaelic Grounds, their second win in the 2024 Munster Championship

The Treaty side stepped up a gear to secure a commanding win over Tipperary in front of a crowd of 33,475 with a final score of 2-27 to 0-18 in the second weekend of Munster Championship Hurling.

The game seemed like it would be a slow burner going blow for blow as both teams exchanged points with Aaron Gillane and Jason Forde putting over early frees in the first three minutes.


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From play, Gearóid O’Connor fired Tipp ahead with a quick reply from Kyle Hayes bringing it back level for Limerick.

Limerick then pulled two ahead through scores from Cathal O’Neill and another Aaron Gillane free making it 0-4 to 0-2 to Limerick before a Jason Forde free minutes later brought it within one before Mark Kehoe levelled the game at 0-4 to 0-4 on 13 minutes.

The game would follow this tit-for-tat pattern up to 27 minutes in when an Aaron Gillane free started Limerick’s surge ahead as they clinically took every opportunity that came their way.

Scores from Gillane, Will O’Donoghue, and a long free typical of Diarmuid Byrnes gave Limerick a commanding half-time lead, a less nervy position to the previous week’s game against Clare. Limerick went in ahead 0-12 to 0-7 with another Jason Forde free keeping Tipp within touching distance.

A Cian Lynch pass to set up David Reidy in the opening minutes of the second half gave Limerick the start they hoped for, but Tipperary would not be easy to shake off as Mark Kehoe kept Tipp on their tail seconds later.

The game would play like this for the ensuing minutes, but Tipperary looked like they would hang on to cause some problems for the Treaty men. That was until in the 45th minute when Aaron Gillane facing away from goal scooped the sliotar up on the 21 and spun his marker, firing a laser past Barry Hogan making it 1-15 to 0-11. 

Fans out in force as Limerick sweep Tipperary aside at the TUS Gaelic Grounds

Limerick didn’t stop there as they pulled further away, putting 7 points away in the following 9 minutes to Tipps 2. This left the game at 1-22 to 0-13 before Peter Casey took the ball from a tight angle on the 54th minute making it a 15-point game.

Limerick fans didn’t have long to celebrate as Casey went down needing treatment, seeing the Na Piarsaigh man stretchered off left a cloud on the otherwise great day for Limerick, with all wishing the forward a speedy recovery.

It was all but done for Limerick from that goal on with the Treaty men seeing out the game comfortably with the 15-point margin, finishing up 2-27 to 0-18.

Speaking after the game, Manager John Kiely’s thoughts were immediately with Peter Casey, saying, “It’s Jekyll and Hyde, isn’t it? You know, devastation for Peter and his injury and nobody wants to see anybody get injured on any team.
“These boys are all putting a huge, huge shift, so it doesn’t matter what team it is, but he’s one of ours and obviously it’s a significant injury.  We will look after him the very, very best that we can and we’ll make sure he gets the best of treatment.”

The Limerick manager noted Casey had returned strongly from a significant injury before, saying, “He’s come back from a serious injury before and come back very strong and I’ve no doubt Peter has the capacity to come and do that again. 

“We’d rather not see him have to do that though, it hurts the group very much now to see that that has happened, but we’ll support him, we’ll rally around him. We’ll give him every assistance we can.”

Limerick scorers: Aaron Gillane 1-8 (7fs), Peter Casey 1-2, Adam English 0-4, Cathal O’Neill, Tom Morrissey 0-3 each, David Reidy, Diarmaid Byrnes (2fs) 0-2 each, Kyle Hayes, William O’Donoghue, Donnacha O Dálaigh 0-1 each.

Tipperary scorers: Jason Forde 0-9 (8fs), Mark Kehoe, Gearoid O’Connor (1f) 0-2 each, Eoghan Connolly, Alan Tynan, Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath, Johnny Ryan 0-1 each.

Limerick are back on the road next as they travel to Parc Uí Caoimh as they take on Cork on Saturday, May 11.

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