Three successive wins has put Tipperary back into the promotion hunt in the National Football League Division Four.
In Limerick on Saturday they surprised the home team, winning 0-15 to 0-9, and now lie joint second in the table.
Limerick still top the table despite the defeat but are now only two points ahead of Tipp and Offaly.
The Shannonsiders didn’t do themselves any favours by missing two penalties, one in each half.
Tipp boss Peter Creedon was delighted with the win - “It’s a good win. I’m not so sure we played particularly brilliant in the first half but we came out of it with a nice win. On reflection, if Limerick had got the two penalties it was a draw. You have to be honest in that regard.”
He added: “Our work-rate is back. Guys are beginning to think things out a bit better on the pitch. We got 0-15, which is good scoring against the best defensive team in the country. We’ll take that – especially missing a few good players but Robbie Costigan was immense coming back. He was superb.
“It keeps us in the hunt – Offaly won and Leitrim won. Everyone’s still in it. Eight points might still be enough (for promotion). There will be a few twists and turns yet.”
Creedon admitted that Tipp didn’t do themselves justice in their opening two League fixtures.
He explained: “We weren’t mentally switched on to be honest. We’ve knuckled down and we have three good wins on the trot now.
“We have a lot of performance indicators that we work towards and we’re hitting them.”
Scorers for Limerick: G Collins, E O’Connor & I Ryan (2f), 0-2 each, S O’Carroll (45), J Riordan & L O’Dwyer, 0-1 each
Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 pen), C Sweeney (2f), B Fox, P Acheson & M Quinlivan 0-2 each, G Hannigan & L McGrath, 0-1 each.
LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon; Cian Coady, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Stephen Lavin, Paudie Browne, Pa Ranahan; Darragh Treacey, Thomas Lee; James O’Meara, John Riordan, Seamus O’Carroll; Ger Collins, Eoghan O’Connor, Ian Ryan.
Subs: Lorcan O’Dwyer for Coady (20) Donal O’Sullivan for Scanlon (39), Seanie Buckley for O’Carroll (46), Iain Corbett for Treacey (54), Damien Quaid for O’Riordan (63).
TIPPERARY: Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers), Paddy Codd (Killenaule), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow); John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy), Robbie Costigan (Cahir), Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers); Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty), Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois), Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials); Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), Barry Grogan (Aherlow), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen).
Subs: Lorcan Egan (JK Brackens) for Morrissey (22), Brian Mulvihill (Moyle Rovers) for Matassa (44), Darren Lowry (Arravale Rovers) for Sweeney (47), Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) for Fox (63), Timmy Dalton (Arravale Rovers) for Quinlivan (70).
Ref: Damien Brazil (Offaly).