Tipperary ladies football team beat Limerick 4-16 to 2-10 in the Munster championship at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary on Sunday.
It was a cracking display that sees Tipp advance in the championship.
Tipperary elected to play against the wind in the first half but opened the scoring within 30 seconds with a Lorraine O’Shea point from play.
Niamh Lonergan set up Aisling McCarthy for another point from play before Edel Hanley finished off an incisive Tipperary move to put the home side in front, Tipperary 1-2 Limerick 0-0.
Tipperary were determined to keep their lead and in the seventh minute Gillian O’Brien got another Tipperary point. Limerick were not going to give up though and they got their first score with a point by their impressive full-forward Dymphna O’Brien.
Eimear Ryan and Claire O’Riordan added further Limerick points to leave three points between the sides after the first quarter of play.
The second quarter was marred by a number of injury stoppages which necessitated 11 minutes of injury time at the end of the first half.
Tipperary maintained their advantage but Limerick added the last two points before the half-time whistle to leave just a point in it at the interval, Tipperary 1-7 Limerick 0-9.
In the second half Tipperary were playing with the wind and scored two points straight away. Tipperary suffered a blow in the fourth and fifth minutes as both Gillian O’Brien and Barbara Ryan received yellow cards and be sin-binned.
Limerick earned a penalty in the 35th minute and Claire O’Riordan gave Tipperary goalie Helen Kennedy no chance to score a goal and bring the sides level.
Although reduced temporarily to 13 players, Tipperary managed to add a couple of points to re-take the lead. Limerick were making good use of their numerical advantage and when Dymphna O’Brien scored a good goal followed by a quick point, Limerick were in front by two heading in to the final quarter.
Tipperary were now back to the full complement as the sin-binned players resumed their places and the key score arrived in the 47th minute. After some excellent passing out the field, Tipperary worked the ball through to Kelly Hackett who scored a goal to put the home side back in front.
This was the turning point in the game as now Tipperary began to exert their dominance, adding four points over the next eight minutes to go in to a commanding lead.
With Limerick’s defence now over-worked, Tipperary’s pressure paid off with late goals by Lorraine O’Shea and substitute Laura Dillon. When the final whistle sounded, Tipperary were fully deserving winners on a score line of Tipperary 4-16 Limerick 2-10.
Following this win Tipperary have almost certainly secured their place in the Munster Championship which will be held in Castletownroche on Saturday July 13th.
Tipperary will be well represented at this as two Tipperary Clubs, Ballingarry and Boherlahan will be playing in the Gaelic 4 Mothers at half time of the Senior Game and Moycarkey Borris GAA Club will represent Tipperary in the Cailíní Óga at the half time of the Intermediate game.
Tipperary: Helen Kennedy (Cappawhite), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Sinead Delahunty (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Katie Lyne (Moyle Rovers), Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Aoife Ryan (Cappawhite), Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite), Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Kelly Hackett (Moycarkey Borris), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir)
Subs used: Orlagh Walsh (Boherlahan), Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Laura Dillon (Ardfinnan), Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus).
Tipperary Scorers: Edel Hanley 1-3, Lorraine O’Shea 1-3, Gillian O’Brien 0-5, Laura Dillon 1-0, Kelly Hackett 1-0, Shellagh Carew 0-2, Mairead Morrissey 0-1, Orlagh Walsh 0-1, Aisling McCarthy 0-1