Limerick arrived in Semple Stadium intent on doing serious damage to Munster champions Tipperary today. Despite signs of the All Ireland finalists being a little rattled at times, Tipperary did managed a comeback however with the final score Tipperary: 2-20 Limerick: 1-19.
Playing against the wind Eoin Kelly missed a couple of frees, but O’Meara finding an unmarked Bourke lead to a bottom left corner goal, thus levelling the scores at 1-03 to 6 points.
McGrath & Allis exchanged points before Downes restored Limerick’s lead after 23 minutes of play. Brendan Cummins having denied Mulcahy a goal earlier was forced to concede to the latter, to put Limerick 1-08 to 1-04 ahead.
Limerick led 1-09 to 1-08 at the break following four points from Bourke, Kelly and McGrath and a point from Limerick’s Sean Tobin in stoppage time.
The second half saw Tipperary rattled as Limerick’s Downes, Dowling, Breen, Mulcahy, Tobin and Allis appeared to dominate, building Limericks lead by 6 points without reply.
Limerick seemed all set to deliver a shock result, but the determination of Pa Bourke appeared to settle Tipperary down, reducing Limerick’s margin to two points before O’Meara acquired the magic goal which was to prove decisive.
Tipperary are now set for a Munster semi-final with Cork.
Tipperary Team: B Cummins, D Maher, (C O’Brien 48), M Cahill, P Curran, T Stapleton, Padraic Maher, C O’Mahony, J Woodlock (S McGrath 28), B Maher, G Ryan (S Callinan 50), N McGrath, P Bourke, E Kelly (Patrick Maher 42), B O’Meara, J O’Brien (S Bourke 63).