Munster U-21 Hurling Semi-Final: Tipp romp to victory in fine showing

Noel Dundon


Noel Dundon


Tom Morrissey, Limerick, in action against Jack Skehan, Tipperary

Tipperary and Limerick were in action in Semple Stadium this evening in the Munster u-21 hurling championship.

Limerick had no answer to a well drilled Tipp side.

Tipperary 1-22

Limerick 1-13

Tipperary romped to victory over Limerick in the Bord Gais Energy Munster u-21 hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium last night with a powerful display which the visitors simply could not match.

Eleven of Tipperary's first half scores came from play in this game with wing forward Mark Kehoe accounting for four of those, full forward Jake Morris three of them and midfielder Colin English, two.

Tipp had out-fought and out-hurled the visitors in the first half and their 0-13 to 0-5 interval lead was well deserved. Limerick looked ill at ease in the game and were just not getting to the pitch of the play.

But, they were thrown a lifeline moments before the half time whistle, when centre forward Barry Murphy was fouled for a penalty. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to catch that lifeline with Murphy's penalty rattling off the crossbar to leave them eight in arrears by the break.

They had three points apiece on the scoreboard after resumption when Tipperary bagged the match sealing goal in the 9th minute through a fine finish from David Gleeson. Limerick had too big of a gap to make up and they were simply not playing well enough to make it up.

To add to their woes they had centre back Kyle Hayes red carded in the 31st minute and finished the game with fourteen men.

However, they did finish with a flourish when sub Kevin Howard bagged a late consolation goal in the 32nd minute.

This was a fine victory for Tipperary for whom Mark Kehoe, Brian McGrath, Jake Morris and Colin English were in outstanding form.