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Good afternoon all. After the climax of yesterday’s action in Leinster, we’re turning our attention to all things Munster.

Tipperary sit top of the table unbeaten and unbowed with six points from six and +38 points difference – the best of the remaining four counties.

They take on Limerick, fresh off the back of their resounding 18-point win at at the LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick last Sunday.

The Banner will be hoping to bounce back as they take on Cork in the day’s other game and we’ll be following all the action right here.

Throw-in for both games is 2pm and we’ll know by the end of today’s action who will meet in the Munster final on 30 June.

It’s still all to play for in Munster.

As we’ve said, Tipperary are top with three wins from three and six points to their name.

Below them, Cork and Limerick are both locked on four points apiece, while Clare remain further behind on two points after last week’s tonking against John Kiely’s side.

You can find the permutations before this afternoon’s game from our piece published during the week.

Liam Sheedy’s Tipp will fancy themselves to make it to the Munster final but could miss out if they lose to Limerick and Cork beat Clare. A win will guarantee their place.

A victory for Limerick will guarantee them a Munster final berth, while Cork could make it to 30 June’s decider if they win and if Limerick lose or draw.

Let’s get to the team news then and we’ll keep you posted if there’s any late changes.

Liam Sheedy has drafted in a pair of defenders to his full-back line with James Barry and Seán O’Brien both handed starting spots.

2018 All-Ireland U21 winner Jake Morris is given the chance to impress with a place in attack.

Tipperary

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. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
11. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
12. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg)

13. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
14. Séamus Callanan (Drom-Inch – captain)
15. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

John Kiely, meanwhile, makes four alterations to his side for today’s game.

Among the notable changes team captain Declan Hannon and last season’s Hurler of the Year Cian Lynch make way along with the attacking pair of Gearoid Hegarty and Graeme Mulcahy.

Dan Morrissey comes in at centre-back, Darragh O’Donovan selected at midfield, Shane Dowling named at wing-forward and Seamus Flanagan drafted in at full-forward. 

Limerick

1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)

2. Sean Finn (Bruff)
3. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh)
4. Richie English (Doon)

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)
6. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)
7. Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock)

8. Darragh O’Donovan (Doon)
9. William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh)

10. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)
11. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)
12. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)

13. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)
14. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon)
15. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)

Cork remain unchanged after their win over Waterford.

Cork

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2. Seán O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)

5. Robert Downey (Glen Rovers)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)

8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)

10. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
11. Séamus Harnedy (St Ita’s – captain)
12. Luke Meade (Newcestown)

13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
15. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)

Clare, meanwhile, make one switch.

Diarmuid Ryan is named to start in attack at wing-forward and Aron Shanagher selected on the bench.

Clare

1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)

2. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber – captain)
3. David McInerney (Tulla)
4. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)

5. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
6. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
7. Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown)

8. Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
9. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)

10. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quinn)
11. Tony Kelly (Ballyea – captain)
12. Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe)

13. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)
14. John Conlon (Clonlara)
15. Podge Collins (Cratloe)

Noel McGrath before the game Noel McGrath arriving ahead of today's game at Semple Stadium. Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

An sign of things to come?

We’ve got all the Munster MHC scores right here:

- Tipperary 1-15 - 3-24 Limerick 

- Cork 2-11 – 0-18 Clare

A general view of Cusack Park ahead of the game Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Three changes for Clare this afternoon.

Jason and Aidan McCarthy come into the starting line-up this afternoon, while Seadna Morey also comes into the action.

David Fitzgerald, Shane Golden and Podge Collins are all out.

Cork remain unchanged.

Liam Sheedy tells RTÉ as the All-Ireland champions come to town: “For us, it’s just another game, throughout the Championship we’ve only really focused on ourselves.

“We’re really looking forward to it… It’s a good chance to understand where the panel is at.”

Liam Sheedy before the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Tipperary and Limerick line out as named.

Ready for action: Cork manager John Meyler arrives at Cusack Park.

John Meyler arrives Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Just moments away from throw-in.

A moments applause will take place for Johnny McGrath, the 1958 All Ireland winner, and Jimmy Noonan at Semple Stadium.

Seamus Callanan leads the team out Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

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We’re underway in today’s action

Tipperary 0-00 Limerick 0-01

Shane Dowling slots over for Limerick.

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Clare 1-01 Cork 1-00

Patrick Horgan and Shane O’Donnell exchange early goals in at Cusack Park.

Clare 1-01  Cork 1-02

Patrick Horgan slots over for Cork to put them ahead.

At Semple, John McGrath misses a good goal opportunity. 

Tipperary 0-00 Limerick 0-02

Aaron Gillane adds a point for Limerick to extend their lead.

Clare 1-03 Cork 1-02

Anthony Nash makes a saves for Cork.

In Semple, Tom Morrisey sends an effort wide for Limerick.

Clare 1-04 Cork 1-03

Alan Cadogan adds a point for Cork to cut the gap to one.

Tipperary 0-01 Limerick 0-02

Jason Forde gets Tipp’s first score after 10 minutes of play.

12Mins

Tipperary 0-02 Limerick 0-02

Noel McGrath draws Tipp level with a free.

13Mins

Tipperary 0-04 Limerick 0-02

Four on the spin for Tipperary as they take the lead at Semple, Seamus Callanan adds the latest.

15Mins

Tipperary 0-05 Limerick 0-02

Jason Forde slots over another point from a free. Sean Finn yellow carded for his troubles.

17Mins

Clare 1-05 Cork 1-04

Tony Kelly adds a point for Clare.

17Mins

Tipperary 0-05 Limerick 0-03

Aaron Gillane adds another for Limerick, their first point in about 10 minutes.

20Mins

Tipperary 0-05 Limerick 0-04

Another good bit of work from Limerick, Gillane slots another free and the Treaty County cut the gap to a point. Two scores on the bounce for him and Limerick.

20Mins

Clare 1-05 Cork 1-05

Daniel Kearney adds a point for Cork.

21Mins

 

Tipperary 0-06 Limerick 0-05

Padraic Maher slots over for Tipperary from distance. Diarmaid Byrnes responds with a point for Limerick.

23Mins

Tipperary 0-07 Limerick 0-05

Michael Breen scores for Tipp.

23Mins

Tipperary 0-08 Limerick 0-05

Jake Morris makes it two in a row for Tipperary.

24Mins

Clare 1-08 Cork 1-05 

Peter Duggan and Colm Galvin score for Clare.

25Mins

Tippearary 0-09 Limerick 0-06

Forde again scores for Tipp, Gillane answers with a free for Limerick.

27Mins

Jason Forde Jason Forde has kept the scoreboard ticking over for Tipperary. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

29Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-06

Another for Forde from the dead ball on the sideline.

Casey sends it wide for Limerick.

32Mins

Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-06

Alan Flynn comes in for Cathal Barrett, hamstring issue it appears.

32Mins

Clare 1-10 Cork 1-05

John Conlon slots over again for Clare – five the gap in Ennis.

32Mins

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Clare 2-10 Cork 1-07

Tony Kelly finds the net for Clare to extend their lead. Horgan adds a point for Cork.

35Mins

HT: Tipperary 0-12 Limerick 0-08

A late flurry before the break, Tipperary add two scores, while Gillane slots another free just before half time.

35Mins

HT: Clare 2-10 Cork 1-08

A late first-half goal from Tony Kelly sees Clare go in at the break with a five-point lead.

Tony Kelly Tony Kelly. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

35Mins

In the midst of the first-half action in Ennis, Gerry O’Connor of the Clare management team has been sent to the stands for an altercation with players on the pitch.

35Mins

As it stands, Tipperary and Limerick would go through to the Munster final, with Cork’s scoring difference keeping them progressing in third.

Flag 36Mins

We’re back underway for the second half…

Noel McGrath with an early wide for Tipp.

37Mins

Tipperary 0-12 Limerick 0-10

Gillane again for Limerick – Nicky Quaid makes a brilliant stop down the other end to keep Tipp out.

Graeme Mulcahy scores for Limerick. Gap is two.

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Tipperary 1-12 Limerick 0-11

GOAL! Seamus Callanan scores for Tipperary.

Tom Morrisey scores for Limerick in answer.

39Mins

Clare 2-10 Cork 1-11

Horgan adds two for Cork to drag the Rebels back into it after the break. Cadogan adds another.

40Mins

Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-12

Gillane slots over another free to keep Limerick in touch.

41Mins

Tipperary 1-14 Limerick 0-13

Jason Forde with another point from the dead ball. Morrisey responds in kind.

41Mins

Clare 2-11 Cork 1-12

Cork continue to close the gap, Cadogan and Horgan (2) with the points. Peter Duggan adds one for Clare.

44Mins

Tipperary 1-14 Limerick 0-13

Shane Dowling off for Conor Boylan.

45Mins

Tipperary 1-14 Limerick 0-14

Just a goal separates the sides after Gillane’s free.

47Mins

Tipperary 1-15 Limerick 0-14

John McGrath scores for Tipperary to reinstate their four-point lead.

47Mins

Tipperary 1-15 Limerick 0-14

Tipp Sub:

Robert Byrne on for Michael Breen.

47Mins

Clare 2-13 Cork 1-12

Peter Duggan scores three in quick succession for Clare.

48Mins

Clare 2-13 Cork 1-13

Cork Sub:

Daniel Kearney comes off for Shane Kingston.

50Mins

Tipperary 1-16 Limerick 0-14

Noel McGrath scores from distance.

Clare 2-13 Cork 1-12

52Mins

Tipperary 1-16 Limerick 0-15

Aaron Gillane with another free for Limerick.

Limerick Sub:

Pat Ryan on for Peter Casey.

55Mins

Tipperary 1-17 Limerick 0-16

Jason Forde from the sideline with a point for Tipp, keeping Limerick just out of reach.

Gillane makes no mistake from the dead ball to respond.

55Mins

Tipperary 1-18 Limerick 0-16

 

Cian Lynch comes on for Limerick as Tipp stretch their lead.

56Mins

Clare 2-17 Cork 1-14

Colm Galvin scores for Clare, as does Diarmuid Ryan. Horgan’s point precedes this series of scores.

The gap is six points in Ennis.

57Mins

Tipperary 1-18 Limerick 0-17

Tom Morrisey scores for Limerick. Four the gap between the side here at Semple Stadium.

Tipp with two wides on the bounce.

60Mins

Tipperary 1-19 Limerick 0-17

Tipp hit another wide, three on the trot. Limerick defence holding firm.

Callanan finally settles Tipp with a point.

60Mins

Tempers flare between John Conlon and Stephen McDonnell Tempers flare between John Conlon and Stephen McDonnell. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

66Mins

Tipperary 1-20 Limerick 0-18

’65 is converted for Limerick.

David Reidy on for Kyle Hayes – Limerick sub.

Tipperary score with Jason Forde.

66Mins

Tipperary 1-20 Limerick 0-19

Gillane slots over for Limerick.

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Clare 2-18 Cork 2-17

Seamus Harnedy with a point for Cork and a GOAL! for Patrick Horgan.

The gap is one point!

70Mins

Tipperary 1-22 Limerick 0-20

Tipp extend their lead. Limerick have a goal chance with Pat Ryan but it’s blocked.

Byrnes slots over the resulting ’65.

Four minutes added on.

68Mins

Clare 2-20 Cork 2-17

Galvin and Duggan score points for Clare to reinstate a three point gap. Closing stages there now as well.

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FT: Tipperary 1-22 Limerick 0-21

Lynch adds a late score for Limerick.

Both sides will meet in the Munster final on 30 June.

Clare 2-21 Cork 2-18

Into the closing stages at Cusack Park.

Patrick Horgan scores for Cork.

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FT: Clare 2-23 Cork 2-18

Cork progress in third with Clare crashing out despite their victory today.

So we now know out Munster final line-up:

Tipperary v Limerick on 30 June.

Cork progress to the All-Ireland series, while Clare’s season comes to an end.

Here’s how the standings finished up:

Table Source: The42.ie

That’s all from us here this afternoon, thanks for following.

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