Limerick's Olivia Giltinane tries to block this shot by Tipperary's Brid Condon during Saturday's Munster Intermediate Championship game at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary town.
Tipperary 8-16 Limerick 1-3
The Tipperary Ladies Intermediate Football team opened their championship in fine style in Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town on Saturday with a huge win over Limerick.
Tipperary had the opening point from Aoibhe O’Shea, followed by goals from Evrena Everard and then Sarah Everard.
Mairead Morrissey added a point before attacking half backs, Brid Condon and Laura Dillon, scored further points.
With less than five minutes played, this early blitz had established a ten-point lead, 2-4 to no score.
Tipp were playing exceptionally well, with good support play from centre field and the half back line. There was very good movement and selfless passing within the forwards that created the scoring chances.
Limerick responded with two points but another goal from Roisin Howard effectively ended the game as a contest and the result never looked in doubt from here to the end.
Further goals followed from Laura Dillon and Roisin Howard as Tipperary scored freely to lead at half time by 5-10 to 0-2.
With the slight breeze to aid them on the turnover, Tipperary picked up where they left off in the first half.
Shortly after the restart Mairead Morrissey scored a goal, which was soon followed by a Catriona Walsh goal.
Tipperary introduced five substitutes while adding to their tally. The last score of the game fell to Roisin Howard, who rounded off a very good performance with a goal to complete her hat-trick.
Tipp had a number of players making their championship debuts on Saturday and they can be all pleased with their performances.
This was always going to a difficult assignment for Limerick. Forced to make three changes before the start, they met a well-oiled machine in this Tipperary team which is playing very well on all fronts.
Fresh from their League success, they completely outplayed Limerick and brought their unbeaten run in competition to eleven games.
Despite the big score difference the game was played in a very sporting manner all through.
From here Tipperary will hope to retain their Munster crown when they play Clare in the Munster Final, scheduled for Saturday July 8th, and all involved are wished the best of luck.
Tipperary - Patricia Hickey; Rachael O’Donnell, Maria Curley, Elaine Kelly; Brid Condon (0-1), Samantha Lambert (captain), Laura Dillon (1-1); Niamh Lonergan, Jennifer Grant, Sarah Everard (1-2), Catriona Walsh (1-4, 0-1 free), Evrena Everard (1-0); Aoibhe O’Shea (0-3), Mairead Morrissey (1-3), Roisin Howard (3-2).
Subs - Anna Carey for Aoibhe O’Shea (half time), Aine Fitzgerald for Evrena Everard (half time), Emma Buckley for Samantha Lambert (40 minutes), Alison Lonergan for Jennifer Grant (42 minutes), Aoife Corcoran for Elaine Kelly (47 minutes).
Panel - Lauren Fitzpatrick, Gillian O’Brien, Siobhan Condon, Aisling McCarthy, Caoimhe Condon, Aishling Moloney, Orla O’Dwyer, Nicola Loughnane, Maire Condon.
Manager - Shane Ronayne. Mentors - Alan O’Connor, Elaine Harte, Tony Smith. Physio - Marie Aherne.
Limerick - Meabh McCarthy; Emma McGuire, Olivia Giltinane, Sarah Ryan; Stephanie Nunan (0-1), Áine McGrath (1-0), Siobhán Moloney; Cathy Mee, Loretta Hanley; Caroline Hickey, Kristine Reidy (0-2), Jenni O’Malley; Niamh Holland, Ingrid Laffan, Cliodhna Ní Chellaigh.
Subs - Kate Kennedy for Jenni O’Malley (25 minutes), Shelly Walsh for Sarah Ryan (47 minutes), Kate Ryan for Siobhán Moloney (47 minutes), Ashley Creamer for Cliodhna Ní Chellaigh (56 minutes).
Referee: AJ Cronin (Cork).