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It all boils down to this.

After clashing in the round-robin series two weeks ago, Limerick and Tipperary meet again. This time, the stakes are much higher as they battle it out for Munster supremacy.

Tipperary come into the decider with four wins from four, but will they be able to get the better of the All-Ireland champions for a second successive time?

We’ll have team news for you in the next few minutes along with along changes before the 2pm throw-in at the LIT Gaelic Grounds.

Here’s how Limerick are named to line out:

1. Nicky Quaid

2. Sean Finn
3. Mike Casey
4. Richie English

5. Diarmaid Byrnes
6. Declan Hannon
7. Dan Morrissey

8. Cian Lynch
9. William O’Donoghue

10. Gearoid Hegarty
11. Kyle Hayes
12. Tom Morrissey

13. Aaron Gillane
14. Graeme Mulcahy
15. Peter Casey

Subs:

Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock)
Tom Condon (Knockaderry)
Aaron Costello (Kilmallock)
Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)
Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon)
Barry Nash (South Liberties)
Darragh O’Donovan (Doon)
Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock)
David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca)
Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen)
Pat Ryan (Doon)

And here’s the Tipperary starting XV:

1. Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha)

2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
3. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
4. Seán O’Brien (Newport)

5. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
6. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
7. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Michael Breen (Ballina)
9. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)

10. Jason Forde (Silvermines)
11. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
12. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)

13. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
14. Séamus Callanan (Drom-Inch)(C)
15. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg)

Subs:

16. Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy)
17. Ger Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)
18. Robert Byrne (Portroe)
19. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
20. Willie Connors (Kiladangan)
21. Alan Flynn (Kiladangan)
22. Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)
23. Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
24. Séamus Kennedy (St. Mary’s)
25. Donagh Maher (Burgess)
26. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

The Limerick lads just chillin’

Members of the Limerick team watch the minor game The Limerick senior hurlers. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Who will win the 2019 Munster SHC?


Poll Results:

Limerick (87)
Tipperary (63)
Draw (12)



A key factor in deciding this game could revolve around the absence of Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, who has suffered a season-ending cruciate ligament injury.

He’s replaced by Dan McCormack for today, but will that be enough to get them over the line?

Let us know what you think.

Results from earlier today:

Leinster MHC Final: Wexford 3-14 Kilkenny 3-10

Munster MHC Final: Limerick 1-17 Clare 1-10

The fans are out in force!

Limerick fans, Kyle Greaney, Dan Hurley, Jamie Butler and Sean Keane Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Aaron Dempsey, Aaron Tobin and Jamie Grant from Clonmel Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Glenn Stackpoole, John Hannon, Frankie Glynn and Karina Graham from Limerick City Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The Limerick team buss arrives Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

President Michael D. Higgins arrives for the game Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Seamus and Nora Kennedy do a jig alongside a local musician Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Tipperary change: Seamus Kennedy will start in place of Cathal Barrett.

President Michael D Higgins is on the pitch now to greet the players. We’re getting closer and closer, folks.

1Mins

1 min: Limerick 0-0 Tipperary 0-0

And we’re off! Jason Forde took an early shot at the posts but it sails wide.

1Mins

1 min: Limerick 0-0 Tipperary 0-1

Noel McGrath gets Tipperary off the mark with a well-taken free.

2Mins

2 min: Limerick 0-1 Tipperary 0-1

Gearoid Hegarty muster an immediate response with a lovely point. Two scores in two minutes – great start. 

2Mins

2 min: Limerick 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

John O’Dwyer is the next player to put his name on the scoresheet. Brilliant start to the Munster SHC final

4Mins

4 mins: Limerick 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

SAVE!!

Cian Lynch fires a shot at Brian Hogan, but the Tipperary keeper is equal to the effort. Kyle Hayes tries to tap it off the rebound but Tipperary clear their lines.

6Mins

6 mins: Limerick 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

Bad miss from Limerick midfielder William O’Donoghue. He was in acres of space after a nice pass from Lynch.

Noel McGrath misses a shot at the posts moments later.

7Mins

7 mins: Limerick 0-3 Tipperary 0-2

Kyle Hayes levels up proceedings. He gathers the ball and races into space before drilling his shot between the posts.

Peter Casey follows that up with a nice score to edge Limerick in front.

7Mins

7 mins: Limerick 0-3 Tipperary 0-4

Points from Ronan Maher and Dan McCormack regain the lead for Tipperary

13Mins

13 mins: Limerick 0-4 Tipperary 0-5

Noel McGrath misses a free, which brings his side’s wides tall to five after 13 minutes.

Cian Lynch replies from the next play with a great point.

20Mins

Limerick 0-6 Tipperary 1-6

Peter Casey finds his range to bring Limerick back to within three of Tipperary.

25Mins

Limerick 0-7 Tipperary 1-7

Aaron Gillane ensures Limerick keep in touch with Tipperary. Callanan comes very close to getting his second goal in the Munster final from the puck-out.

He tries to lob the ball over the head of Nicky Quaid but it sails over the bar.

29Mins

Limerick 1-8 Tipperary 1-8

Game On!

Peter Casey finishes the ball to the Tipperary net to clinch the equaliser. There’s nothing between these sides as we edge closer towards the half-time break.

31Mins

Limerick 1-9 Tipperary 1-8

Diarmaid Byrnes edges the All-Ireland champions in front from a long distance free. It looked like Tipperary were starting to move through the gears but Limerick have really come into this game in the last few minutes.

33Mins

Limerick 1-9 Tipperary 1-8

Hegarty swings a shot wide. That move really deserved a score after some lovely interplay between Hegarty and Aaron Gillane.

35Mins

Limerick 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Ronan Maher hits his second point of the game with a great shot from distance. It comes a few moments after another wide from Hegarty.

It was a score that Tipperary needed before Tom Morrissey replies with a score in the next passage of play.

Two minutes of injury time to be played.

36Mins

Limerick 1-11 Tipperary 1-9

Byrnes lands another lovely free to leave Limerick leading by two at the break.

First half highlights

Tipperary's Seamus Callanan scores a goal Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Peter Casey scores his sides opening goal Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Ronan Maher and Gearoid Hegarty Source: James Crombie/INPHO

William O’Donoghue celebrates winning a free Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Mike Casey with John McGrath Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

35Mins

Tipperary half-time change: Michael Breen replaced by Niall O’Meara.

36Mins

Limerick 1-12 Tipperary 1-9

Byrnes starts the second half as he finished the first. That’s his third point of the afternoon as Limerick lead by three.

39Mins

Limerick 1-13 Tipperary 1-9

Gearoid Hegarty collects a pass from Kyle Hayes before hitting Limerick’s second point on the bounce in the second half.

Tipperary really need a score to get back into the game.

40Mins

Limerick 1-13 Tipperary 1-9

Bubbles O’Dwyer gets a yellow card for a late challenge on Diarmaid Byrnes Byrnes. Byrnes stands over the free, but his shot tails wide.

41Mins

Limerick 1-13 Tipperary 1-9

SAVE!!

Brian Hogan produces a brilliant save to keep out shot from Kyle Hayes. It didn’t look like Hayes connected with the ball properly but Hogan did well to respond to the awkward bounce of the ball.

Huge let off for Tipperary.

43Mins

Limerick 1-13 Tipperary 1-10

A Jason Forde free cuts the gap to three points. That’s their first score of the second half.

45Mins

Limerick 1-14 Tipperary 2-10

Casey puts Limerick back in front, but what about that goal from John McGrath? A lovely effort to the roof of the net at a time when Tipperary really needed it.

Sheedy’s side are back in this contest and this is going right down to the wire.

49Mins

Limerick 1-15 Tipperary 2-10

Gillane taps over an easy free after Brendan Maher was adjudged to have committed a foul.

Limerick edge into a two-point lead, but we still have a long way to go.

50Mins

Limerick 1-16 Tipperary 2-11

Peter Casey brings his tally to 1-4 so far followed by a fifth point from Jason Forde.

51Mins

Limerick 1-17 Tipperary 2-11

Graeme Mulcahy announces himself to the stage with his first point of the day. All six Limerick forwards have now scored as they hold a three-point advantage.

54Mins

Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 2-12

Tom Morrissey keeps the Limerick scoreboard moving after some super defensive work from Sean Finn.

Jake Morris points at the other end to maintain that three-point gap.

57Mins

Limerick 2-18 Tipperary 2-12

Kyle Hayes sticks the ball in the Tipperary net. Could that be the killer score?

Peter Casey engineered that opportunity with a great flick on James Barry. Hayes pounced to rob the ball before shortening the grip and applying the finish.

60Mins

Limerick 2-21 Tipperary 2-12

Points from Gearoid Hegarty, Peter Casey and Cian Lynch push Limerick nine points ahead.

It could have been very different though had Séamus Callanan scored a goal at the other end. Credit to Nicky Quaid though, who pulled off an exceptional save.

62Mins

Limerick 2-21 Tipperary 2-12

Here’s that stunning goal from Kyle Hayes 

66Mins

Limerick 2-21 Tipperary 2-12

And here’s the John McGrath goal

67Mins

Limerick 2-22 Tipperary 2-12

Tom Morrissey with his third point of the game. Tipperary haven’t scored since the 54th minute and time is almost up.

69Mins

Limerick 2-22 Tipperary 2-12

Five additional minutes will be played at the end of the 70. Incredibly, there’s 10 points between the sides now.

We certainly didn’t see this coming.

71Mins

Limerick 2-25 Tipperary 2-12

Tom Morrissey finds the target once more followed by a score from Barry Nash. It’s just shooting practice now for Limerick.

75Mins

Limerick 2-26 Tipperary 2-14

Jason Forde Jerome Cahill score, but there’s not much of a response in the crowd. They’ve been well and truly beaten today.

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Full-Time: Limerick 2-26 Tipperary 2-14

Well that’s that! The end result was on the wall for a lot of the second half. Limerick were immense today, scoring an incredible 2-20 from play.

Tipperary just didn’t have an answer. John McGrath’s second half goal offered them hope but they couldn’t build on it. Seamus Callanan looked to be in for a second goal but was denied by a brilliant save.

Had that gone in, it could have been a different story. But this is Limerick’s day.

So, Limerick are now league and Munster champions. They will certainly be favourites to retain their All-Ireland crown after that performance today.

Before you go, have a read of Fintan O’Toole’s match report, and then head over to our liveblog of the Leinster SHC final between Wexford and Kilkenny.

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