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Limerick stun Tipp to book final berth

June 10, 2013 • Gaelic Games, Sport,

Tipp-Limerick,-Adrian-MeliaLimerick pulled off the shock of the hurling season yesterday as they stunned reigning Munster champions Tipperary by 1-18 to 1-15 to book their place in a first provincial final since 2007.

Limerick had lost the corresponding fixture last year when coughing up a five-point lead before eventually going on to lose by five. And it was redemption for the Treaty side who deservedly book a final date with either Cork or Clare

Man of the match Richie McCarthy, 25, recalled: “They got the goal last year and we lost the game. This year we bounced back. We got a point straight away. We learned a lot from last year. It really hurt us, losing in Thurles. We weren’t going to lose in the Gaelic Grounds.”

Tipperary boss Eamon O’Shea, meanwhile, was disappointed and defiant in equal measure, vowing that his team will still have a big say in this year’s Championship.

O’Shea said: “You are always concerned when you lose a match and to be honest with you we are going to have to look very closely at how hard we worked to win a game. But, you know, a lot of the lads gave everything to win out there, I think we used 20 players and we tried very hard, but the fact is Limerick were better than us.

“I think we have a game on July 6 but we are still alive. Tipp are still alive and it’s up to the management team to get back that momentum but I still have huge faith in this group. There will be twists and turns along the way and we will be part of those twists and turns.

“We are not out of it — we are one of those five or six teams that can challenge for the All-Ireland. I believe in the players and I believe we can get something from this but time will tell,” he added.”

:: Stalemate
Dublin and Wexford will meet again this Saturday to decide who face All-Ireland champions Kilkenny in the Leinster Hurling Championship semi-final after they played out a thrilling draw in Wexford Park.

An injury-time free from Jack Guiney snatched a share of the spoils for the home side to leave the teams level at 1-17 apiece at the final whistle, but it is Dublin who will have felt the real sense of relief as a late Eamon Dillon goal dragged them back from the brink.

“We started very well and went 0-6 to 0-1 up inside 11 minutes,” said Dubs boss Daly.
“We had our chances, missed a lot, but one could also same the say about Wexford. It was similar to our second-half fade out against Clare down in Ennis in the qualifiers last year.
“Our half-forward line lost their shape in the second half, dropped back too deep, which is only natural to help out the defence, but the Wexford half-back line stayed in position and picked up lots of ball.

“Our forwards found it difficult, but also credit to Wexford, they gave us no space. Our full-forward line was razor sharp in training, but that’s the way it goes in games, they were unable too break down the Wexford defence.’

Under Liam Dunne, Wexford have made dramatic improvement since their heavy League defeat to the same opposition earlier this year.

“In training over the past 13 weeks we have been trying to take a point off that 13-point league defeat each week. This was a game where we had our chances in the final 15 minutes to put Dublin away but we didn’t do it. But having fallen that point behind just on full-time we’ll take the draw,” he said.

The Wexford man added: “I don’t know what it was like to look at. It’s so different standing down there on the sideline. We, as a squad, went into this game believing we could win this game.

“There were aspects that had a big bearing on the result, perhaps we did not put our chances away when we led by three points five minutes from the end. But we’ll take the draw.”

The replay is most likely to take place in Parnell Park this Saturday, the winners of which will face a Kilkenny side that took a while to get going in their 0-26 to 4-9 win over Offaly in the weekend’s other quarter-final clash.

Offaly had raced into an early lead thanks to a Colin Egan goal within the first minute, and the Faithful led at the break by 2-6 to 0-11 after Joe Bergin bagged their second three-pointer.

It was all Kilkenny after the restart though, and scores from Eoin Larkin and Richie Power proved enough to see them home despite two Offaly late goals – from sub Dan Currams and the second the result of a mix-up between goalkeeper Eoin Murphy and full back JJ Delaney.

The Cats togged out in the Championship for the first time without Henry Shefflin in the Brian Cody era, and the Kilkenny boss now also fears losing veteran defender Jackie Tyrrell.

The corner back limped off with a quad injury, and Cody confirmed Tyrrell’s injury afterwards, saying the 30 year old is a doubt for his side’s semi-final.

Cody also admitted it was strange, for the first time in 62 matches and 13 years, to field a team that did not feature Shefflin.

“It was very tough on Henry not to be there obviously. We knew from a long time back and he knew from a long time back that there was no way that he was going to be there, so it’s no surprise,” said the Kilkenny manager.

“You wouldn’t be delighted,” he added of his side’s display.

“Very seldom you’ll win the game by conceding four goals and scoring no goal yourself, but that’s the way it transpired today.”

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