Brendan Cummins - 7 out of 10
He made an error in the first half when his short puck out to Padraic Maher sailed over the head of the Sarsfields man and out of play. However his subsequent saves outweighed that mistake. He made an important block from Declan Hannon in the 26th minute and was alert to avert the danger when Seamus Hickey threatened shortly afterwards.
Paddy Stapleton - 6 out of 10
The Borris-Ileigh player can feel satisfied with his performance on his return from injury. He was part of a tight defence that did its best to stop the waves of Limerick attacks that increased in frequency in the last quarter of an hour as the Tipp forwards failed to win enough possession or threaten the Limerick goal.
Paul Curran - 7 out of 10
Doubts had been expressed about his effectiveness but this was a solid and surefooted display by the former captain. He made a vital block on Declan Hannon to prevent an almost certain goal late in the first half, and read the play very astutely.
Michael Cahill - 7 out of 10
A teak-tough defender with pace to burn. He and Paul Curran conspired to give away a free on the half-hour mark when he played a short sideline ball to the full back but that was the only blot on his performance.
Kieran Bergin - 7 out of 10
The Killenaule player rewarded manager Eamon O’Shea’s faith in him and was cool and assured on his senior championship debut.
Conor O’Mahony - 7 out of 10
He manned the centre back berth very capably and came into his own in the second half, especially during his team’s purple patch at the beginning of the half.
Padraic Maher - 6 out of 10
He somehow dug the ball out of ruck of players to start the move that led to John O’Dwyer’s third point almost 5 minutes into the second half. He made a double block from the rebound after Brendan Cummins had saved from Graeme Mulcahy 9 minutes from the finish but seconds later recklessly and needlessly conceded a free that Declan Hannon fortunately drove wide.
Brendan Maher - 6 out of 10
He did his best to combat the dominance of Limerick’s midfield pairing of Paul Browne and Donal O’Grady. He departed the arena limping heavily after falling awkwardly following a stout challenge by Stephen Walsh near the end.
Shane McGrath - 5 out of 10
This was another colourless performance by the captain, who is struggling to re-discover his best form.
Pa Bourke - 5 out of 10
The Sarsfields player remains an enigma. He scored a great point from a tight angle after Sean Tobin had found the net for Limerick but didn’t do enough overall. He was denied a goal by Nickie Quaid’s great save in the 21st minute and when he fluffed another chance 9 minutes into the second half he was promptly summoned ashore and replaced by Eoin Kelly.
Patrick Maher - 6 out of 10
The Bonnar’s influence wasn’t as pronounced as on other occasions. However he supplied the assist for John O’Dwyer’s goal and played another sweet pass to create a great chance for Seamus Callanan in the first half.
John O’Brien - 7 out of 10
He scored 3 points from play and was one of the best in a forward division that faded badly towards the end.
Shane Bourke - 5 out of 10
Like his namesake Pa, he has yet to explode in the championship in the manner in which he seems capable. He could have been distracted by an off-the-ball entanglement with Tom Condon in the early moments and will be disappointed to have been replaced at half time.
Seamus Callanan - 6 out of 10
His effort in the 14th minute, which was well saved by Nickie Quaid, was reminiscent of his miss in the 2009 All-Ireland Final against Kilkenny. He converted four frees but also missed a few.
Noel McGrath - 7 out of 10
A wonderfully gifted player and one of great vision, he played several incisive passes but will probably feel he should have contributed more than a single point.
John O’Dwyer - 8 out of 10
Bubbles turned in an effervescent display that saw him score 1-3 from play in just under a quarter of an hour. He showed great composure and accuracy when taking his goal and was central to a recovery that saw Tipp transform a 4-point deficit into a 4-point lead.
Eoin Kelly - 6 out of 10
He lobbed over a point from play and another from a free as his team struggled unsuccessfully to contain Limerick’s late surge.
Brian O’Meara - 5 out of 10
Buggy failed to make much of an impression from the time he replaced Seamus Callanan.
Conor O’Brien - Not on long enough to earn a rating.
Lar Corbett - Not on long enough to earn a rating.
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