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Good evening, ladies and gents. A place in next weekend’s National Hurling League final against Wexford or Kilkenny is at stake this evening as Tipperary and Limerick meet in Thurles. We’ll keep you updated here throughout the evening from the first of the 2018 semi-finals.

An important update to get us started:

This game was due to begin at 7pm, but due to extra-time currently being played in the curtain-raiser — Presentation College Athenry v St. Kieran’s College in the Croke Cup final — throw-in between Tipperary and Limerick has now been pushed back to 7.20pm.

9Mins

No word of any changes to either side yet. Here’s how they’re due to line out…

Tipperary: Darragh Mooney; Alan Flynn, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Barry Heffernan, Padraic Maher, Tomas Hamill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher; Sean Curran, Billy McCarthy, John McGrath; Michael Breen, Jason Forde, Willie Connors.

Limerick: Nicky Quaid; Sean Finn, Seamus Hickey, Richie English; Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Colin Ryan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Barry Murphy.

Before we get going at 7.20pm, let us know who you think will come out on top:


Poll Results:




The Croke Cup final ended in victory for St Kieran’s, by the way, which you can read about here.

Fifteen minutes until throw-in between Tipperary and Limerick.

Looks like both teams will start as selected, believe it or not.

These two teams will kick off their championship campaigns against one another at the Gaelic Grounds on 20 May, but for now it’s all about a place in next weekend’s National League final.

Off we go…

1Mins

Tipperary 0-1 Limerick 0-0

1 – John McGrath gives Tipp an early lead after a Seamus Flanagan effort for Limerick dropped short into the paw of Tipperary goalkeeper Darragh Mooney.

3Mins

Tipperary 0-1 Limerick 0-0

3 – Tom Morrissey with a wide for Limerick.

3Mins

Tipperary 0-2 Limerick 0-0

3 – Jason Forde doubles Tipp’s lead with a lovely score from wide on the left.

4Mins

Tipperary 0-2 Limerick 0-1

4 – Aaron Gillane’s long-range free gets Limerick up and running.

 

6Mins

Tipperary 0-2 Limerick 0-1

6 – Gillane has a go from wide on the right for Limerick but it goes well wide.

7Mins

Tipperary 0-3 Limerick 0-2

7 – Outstanding score by Ronan Maher for Tipp from a sideline cut. Seamus Flanagan responds immediately fro Limerick.

8Mins

Tipperary 0-4 Limerick 0-2

8 – John McGrath gets his second for Tipp.

12Mins

Tipperary 0-4 Limerick 0-2

12 – Savage intensity in the opening stages of this one. Both teams desperate for one more competitive outing before the championship.

13Mins

Tipperary 0-4 Limerick 0-3 

13 – Gillane again for Limerick and he reduces the gap to the minimum before a Diarmuid Byrnes long-range effort drops short.

16Mins

Tipperary 0-4 Limerick 0-4

16 – Crucial intervention by Alan Flynn for Tipp as he intercepts Gillane’s pass to Barry Murphy for what would surely have been a Limerick goal. Gillane converts the resultant 65.

18Mins

Tipperary 0-5 Limerick 0-4

18 – Brilliant Barry Heffernan score puts Tipp back in front.

19Mins

Tipperary 0-6 Limerick 0-4

19 – Jason Forde increases Tipp’s lead with a free.

21Mins

Tipperary 0-7 Limerick 0-4

21 – Tipp lead by three now thanks to a superb Willie Connors point.

 

22Mins

Tipperary 0-8 Limerick 0-4

22 – Tipp are motoring nicely now. Michael Breen with a lovely score from out on the right.

25Mins

Tipperary 0-8 Limerick 0-5

24 – Gillane with a free for his fourth point of the game.

25Mins

Tipperary 0-9 Limerick 0-5

25 – Jason Forde slots over a free for Tipp after he was pulled down by Richie English while racing through on goal.

26Mins

Tipperary 0-9 Limerick 0-6

26 – Fine score by Gearoid Hegarty for Limerick.

 

26Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-6

26 – Tipp hit right back through Ronan Maher.

 

29Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-6

28 – Four wides for Limerick so far, none for Tipperary.

28Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-6

28 – That’s now five wides for Limerick as Gillane misses the target.

31Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-7

31 – Kyle Hayes reduces the gap for Limerick as the break approaches.

32Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-8

32 – Another one for Limerick, this time via Seamus Flanagan after a nice pass by Gearoid Hegarty.

 

33Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-8

33 – Ronan Maher has another good effort from a sideline cut but this one is wide.

 

33Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-9

33 – Lovely play by Limerick finished off by Kyle Hayes. One-point game.

 

35Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-9

35 – Gillane with a free from halfway for Limerick but it goes narrowly wide.

35Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-9

35 – Or maybe not. Here comes HawkEye.

35Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-10

35 – In fact it was a point by Gillane. Limerick are level. Two minutes to be added on at the end of the first half.

 

35Mins

Tipperary 0-11 Limerick 0-10

35 – After a long-range Diarmuid Byrnes free goes wide, Ronan Maher goes up the other end to put Tipp back in front.

35Mins

Tipperary 0-12 Limerick 0-10

35 – Outstanding point by Breen on the stroke of half-time for Tipperary.

35Mins

It’s still all to play for after a very enjoyable first-half in Thurles. Tipp’s slightly better accuracy in front of the posts the only difference so far. We’ll be back shortly for more.

36Mins

Tipperary 0-12 Limerick 0-10

The second half is underway.

36Mins

Tipperary 0-13 Limerick 0-10

36 – Jason Forde converts an early free for Tipp.

37Mins

Tipperary 0-14 Limerick 0-10

37 – And another free from Forde.

 

38Mins

Tipperary 0-14 Limerick 0-11

38 – Gillane strikes back with a free for Limerick.

 

39Mins

Tipperary 0-14 Limerick 0-11

There were changes on both sides at half-time. Brendan Maher replaced Tomas Hamill for Tipp. For Limerick, Paul Browne is on for Colin Ryan.

41Mins

Tipperary 0-14 Limerick 0-13

41 – Barry Murphy gets his first of the game for Limerick and then Seamus Flanagan leaves just a point between them.

42Mins

Tipperary 0-15 Limerick 0-13

42 – Jason Forde makes no mistake with a long-range free for Tipp.

 

43Mins

Tipperary 0-15 Limerick 0-13

43 – Limerick’s issues in front of the posts continue. Wides for Kyle Hayes and Seamus Flanagan.

47Mins

Tipperary 0-17 Limerick 0-13

47 – First score of the game for Tipp’s Billy McCarthy, who’s then immediately replaced by Bubbles O’Dwyer. The brilliant Jason Forde then adds another for Tipp.

48Mins

Tipperary 0-17 Limerick 0-13

48 – An off-the-ball incident leads to yellow cards for Alan Flynn and Barry Murphy.

49Mins

Tipperary 0-18 Limerick 0-13

49 – Another Tipp score by — you’ve guessed it — Jason Forde.

50Mins

Tipperary 0-18 Limerick 0-14

50 – Gearoid Hegarty points directly from a sideline cut for Limerick. Sublime.

 

50Mins

Tipperary 0-18 Limerick 0-15

50 – Tom Morrissey adds another for Limerick as Pat Ryan replaces Barry Murphy.

 

51Mins

Tipperary 0-18 Limerick 0-16

51 – Huge score by Paul Browne for Limerick. Great spell for them.

 

51Mins

Tipperary 0-18 Limerick 0-16

51 – But then another wide through Diarmuid Byrnes. Eleven wides so far for Limerick, just two for Tipp.

54Mins

Tipperary 0-18 Limerick 0-17

53 – Gillane converts another placed-ball and there’s only a point in it.

54Mins

Tipperary 0-19 Limerick 0-17

54 – Michael Breen extends Tipp’s lead, although it looked like it may have crept wide.

55Mins

Tipperary 0-19 Limerick 0-17

55 – Brilliant sideline effort from Jason Forde is just off target.

55Mins

Tipperary 0-19 Limerick 0-18

55 – Kyle Hayes cuts the gap again for Limerick.

 

58Mins

Tipperary 0-19 Limerick 0-19

57 – Outstanding score from wide on the left by substitute Pat Ryan brings Limerick level.

57Mins

Tipperary 0-21 Limerick 0-19

57 – But just like that Tipp go ahead again through Bubbles O’Dwyer and then Sean Curran.

 

59Mins

Tipperary 0-21 Limerick 0-20

59 – Jason Forde with an uncharacteristic wide from a free for Tipp as Limerick bring in Graeme Mulcahy for Seamus Flanagan. Hegarty then reduces Tipp’s lead.

This has turned into some game!

61Mins

Tipperary 0-21 Limerick 0-20

61 – Barry Nash comes in for Aaron Gillane, who seemed to be moving a bit gingerly.

62Mins

Tipperary 0-22 Limerick 0-20

62 – John McGrath pulls Tipp further ahead.

 

63Mins

Tipperary 0-23 Limerick 0-20

63 – What an absolutely incredible score by Ronan Maher. A sideline cut from around halfway. Unreal!

64Mins

Tipperary 0-24 Limerick 0-20

64 – Jason Forde increases the gap from a free.

 

66Mins

Tipperary 0-25 Limerick 0-21

66 – Tom Morrissey points for Limerick before Cathal Barrett replaces Seamus Kennedy for Tipp. Sean Curran then gets his second point of the game.

 

68Mins

Tipperary 0-26 Limerick 0-23

67 – Diarmuid Byrnes with a point for Limerick after a superb bit of skill by Barry Nash. Ronan Maher responds for Tipp, then Cian Lynch points for Limerick. Frantic stuff!

70Mins

Tipperary 0-26 Limerick 0-25

70 – Back-to-back points for Limerick. Cian Lynch there, only a point between the,.

70Mins

Tipperary 0-26 Limerick 0-25

70 – Three minutes to be added on. Well holy God, what a game!

70Mins

Tipperary 0-26 Limerick 0-26

70 – They’re level! Tom Morrissey converts a free for Limerick!

 

70Mins

Tipperary 0-26 Limerick 0-26

70 – Ronan Maher looks to win it for Tipp with another sideline… but it goes wide. We’re heading into extra-time, folks.

71Mins

Tipperary 0-26 Limerick 0-26 

Two halves of 10 minutes each to be played.

Away we go…

71Mins

Tipperary 0-27 Limerick 0-26 

71 – John McGrath nudges Tipp in front.

73Mins

Tipperary 1-27 Limerick 0-27

73 – The first goal of the game comes as Forde intercepts Nicky Quaid’s attempted short puck-put. Barry Nash responds with a Limerick point.

74Mins

Tipperary 1-28 Limerick 0-27

74 – Forde slots over a close-range free.

76Mins

Tipperary 1-28 Limerick 0-27

76 – Forde mishits a free, then Ronan Maher strikes a wide.

78Mins

Tipperary 1-28 Limerick 0-28

78 – Tom Morrissey with a free for Limerick.

78Mins

GOAL FOR TIPPERARY! Tipperary 2-28 Limerick 0-28 (Jason Forde, 78)

79Mins

Tipperary 2-28 Limerick 0-28

79 – Forde flicks home his second goal after a scramble in the Limerick goalmouth. It’ll be tough for Limerick to come back from here.

80Mins

Tipperary 2-28 Limerick 0-28

80 – A minimum of two minutes to be added on at the end of this first half of extra-time.

80Mins

Tipperary 2-28 Limerick 0-29

80 – Tom Morrissey hits the target with another free for Limerick.

 

81Mins

Tipperary 2-28 Limerick 0-29

81 – Second half underway.

81Mins

Tipperary 2-29 Limerick 0-29

81 – John McGrath puts six between them again.

 

82Mins

Tipperary 2-30 Limerick 0-30

82 – Tom Morrissey converts a free for Limerick, but Sean Curran responds right away for Tipp.

 

85Mins

Tipperary 2-31 Limerick 0-30

84 – Jason Forde slots over a free for Tipp.

85Mins

Tipperary 2-31 Limerick 0-30

85 – Barry Nash with a possible goal chance for Limerick but he fires wide.

88Mins

GOAL FOR LIMERICK! Tipperary 2-31 Limerick 1-30 (Graeme Mulcahy, 77)

88Mins

Tipperary 2-31 Limerick 1-30

88 – What a strike from Graeme Mulcahy. It’s not over yet!

88Mins

Tipperary 2-31 Limerick 1-31

88 – A point for Limerick (apologies folks, couldn’t quite see the scorer)

 

90Mins

Tipperary 2-31 Limerick 1-31

90 – Tom Morrissey has a shot on goal but Darragh Mooney makes a vital save for Tipp.

90Mins

Tipperary 2-31 Limerick 1-31

90 – One additional minute to be played.

92Mins

After an incredible 90 minutes of hurling, it’ll be Tipperary to advance to next weekend’s National Hurling League final against the winner of tomorrow’s second semi-final between Kilkenny and Wexford.

Tough on Limerick to lose after registering 1-31, but they look in very good nick heading into the championship. One more competitive game for Tipp before the two counties meet again in Limerick on 20 May.

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Paul Dollery

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