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Goals from Austin and Grogan end Tipp's long wait for Championship win

The Premier footballers defeated Limerick by six points in the Munster SFC today.

Steven O’Brien of Tipperary bursts through a tackle from Seanie Buckley.
Steven O’Brien of Tipperary bursts through a tackle from Seanie Buckley.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Limerick 1-11

Tipperary 2-14

TIPPERARY HAVE SCORED a first victory in the Munster Senior Football Championship since 2003.

The long wait is over for the Premier County as a six-point success over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds tonight ends a luckless streak dating back eleven years.

Tipp, wit Peter Acheson driving the side forward from the half-back line, were full value for a six-point win on a glorious evening in Limerick city as Barry Grogan and Philip Austin scored the goals.

Peter Creedon’s classy visitors could even afford the luxury of a missed second half penalty along the way.

Grogan’s effort was saved by Donal O’Sullivan – who could have been black-carded for pulling down Ian Fahey.

Tipp led by 1-7 to 0-6 at the end of the first half, with Limerick managing just a single point from play.

That arrived courtesy of Ian Ryan just before half-time as the hosts stayed in touch with Peter Creedon’s impressive visitors.

Tipp had led by six points during their most impressive period of the game as Grogan’s tenth-minute goal put some daylight between the sides after they had shared the opening four points of the game.

And Tipp would have felt that they were due a break as Grogan rolled home a simple goal after Donal O’Sullivan failed to deal with a long delivery.

The Premier County had Ciarán McDonald black-carded as early as the fourth minute with Creedon forced to bring on John Coghlan as a replacement for the highly-rated corner back.

Tipp kicked on after Grogan’s goal as the Aherlow man added a pointed free, before Austin and senior championship debutant Colin O’Riordan kicked points from play.

Limerick were reliant on the free-taking of Eoin Hanrahan and Ryan to remain in contention but a first half tally of seven wides didn’t help their cause either.

Tipp will now play Cork in the Munster SFC semi-final on June 21.

Scorers

Limerick: Eoin Hanrahan 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), Ian Ryan 0-4 (3f), Iain Corbett, Darragh Tracey & Ger Collins 0-1 each.

Tipperary: Barry Grogan 1-4 (0-3f,) Philip Austin 1-2, Peter Acheson 0-2, Colin O’Riordan, Robbie Kiely, George Hannigan, Brian Fox, Conor Sweeney (f) & Michael Quinlivan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen); Sean O’Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), Colm Moran (Monaleen), Johnny McCarthy (St Kieran’s); Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest), Stephen Lucey (Croom), Padraig Browne (Fr Casey’s); Thomas Lee (Ballylanders), Darragh Tracey (St Kieran’s); Micheál Brosnan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest), Seanie Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford); Eoin Hanrahan (St Patrick’s), Ger Collins (Monaleen), Ian Ryan (St Senans).

Subs: John Riordan (Fr. Casey’s) for Sheehan (28), John Galvin (Croom) for Brosnan (28), Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen) for Browne (40), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s) for Tracey (55).

TIPPERARY: Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Ger Mulhair (Arravale Rovers), Paddy Codd (Killenaule), Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow); Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens), Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers); Steven O’Brien (Ballina), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty); Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), Barry Grogan (Aherlow).

Subs: John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy) for McDonald (b/c, 4), Brian Mulvihill (Moyle Rovers) for Fahey (56), Seamus Grogan (Aherlow) for O’Brien (57), Cathal Dillon (Aherlow) for Austin (66).

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow).

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