Tipperary have secured themselves a quarter final place in the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship after their comprehensive victory over Limerick on Saturday last in Mungret.
This was not a very one sided affair but a game of two halves. The first half was close with Tipperary getting the first score of the game, a point from Gillian O’Brien. Limerick were swift with their reply of a goal from Caroline Hickey in the second minute and a further two points shortly after. It was the eighth minute before Tipperary would resume scoring and they would get four unanswered points to make the game level for the first time in the twelfth minute.
The game would continue to be tight until the 28th minute when Lorraine O’Shea scored a good goal on the run to put Tipperary in to a two point lead. Edel Hanley scored a further two points to Limerick’s single point from Michelle Norris. The half time whistle was blown with Tipperary in front 1-10 to 1-7. At half-time, Limerick introduced their All-Star forward Dymphna O’Brien and for a brief period early in the second half, Limerick continued to put on the pressure. Cathriona Walsh opened the second half with a point from play for Tipperary and the sides would remain within three points of each other for the first ten minutes. In the 40th minute Limerick pointed their last score of the game and Tipperary became more settled.
While the points looked after themselves, Gillian O’Brien started the goal scoring, with the first of three goals hitting the back of the net in the 48th minute. Lorraine O’Shea found the back of the net in the 51st minute after a very good passing move out of the Tipperary defence. In the 56th minute Edel Hanley slipped in through the Limerick backs to find the net for the third time in the second half. Tipperary 4-20 Limerick 1-10 While this Tipperary team have played in many difficult situations due mainly to weather, Saturday’s match had to be held in one of the toughest pitch conditions. There was a lengthy pre match inspection of the pitch given the amount of surface sand and stone visible on the pitch. This inspection caused a delay in the throw-in time of 15 minutes before the game commenced, a disappointing back-drop for an important knock-out game for both teams.
The draw for the TG4 Intermediate All Ireland Championship Quarter Finals took place on Saturday last and Tipperary drew Longford with the match to be played on the weekend of August 17 at a venue to be confirmed during the week. Tipperary: Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Rachel Kennelly (Aherlow), Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite) Captain, Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) , Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow), Cathriona Walsh (Moycarkey), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir). Subs used: Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus), Aoife Ryan (Cappawhite), Sinead Delahunty (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Laura Dillon (Ardfinnan), Dara Walsh (Commercials)