Tipperary u-21 hurlers into Munster final

A great week for Tipperary hurling just got better on Wednesday evening when the u-21 hurlers beat holders Limerick in the Munster semi-final.

A great week for Tipperary hurling just got better on Wednesday evening when the u-21 hurlers beat holders Limerick in the Munster semi-final.

Three days after the seniors and minors completed a double in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, the u-21s now remain on course to complete an historic provincial treble of the three top titles - plus the intermediates play Clare in their Munster final next Wednesday.

In the final the u-21s play the winners of Clare and Waterford who meet in the other semi-final.

Tipp beat Limerick by five points, 1-16 to 1-11, but the win was more comprehensive than that as the Limerick goal came in added time with the result already decided.

Captain John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer from Killenaule hit nine points, all but one from frees, while man of the match Denis Maher from Thurles Sarsfields chipped in with 1-3 - his goal a smashing effort in the ninth minute following a great lay-off from Mullinahone’s Paul Curran.

Manager Ken Hogan praised the honesty and workrate of his team, especially the defence in which Willie Ryan, Brian Stapleton and Andrew Ryan were outstanding.

The only concern for Tipperary was the number of wides - eleven in the first half when playing with the breeze and five in the second.