Limerick hurlers powered past Tipperary in the opening round of the Munster championship at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday to set up a crunch game against near-neighbours, Cork, (who won against Clare) next Saturday week, 2nd June.
A crowd of over twenty thousand gathered in Pairc na nGael for this eagerly anticipated meeting of old rivals. The game may not have reached the fervour and passion of previous encounters, possibly due to the new round-robin format where nothing is decided until everything is decided. However, having been starved of All Ireland success since way back in 1973, Limerick fans were jubilant and ran on to the pitch at the final whistle to salute what they hope may be a new generation of hurling heroes.
Tipperary led by 1-10 to 0-12 at half time thanks a pointed free from Jason Forde just before the break. It was Forde’s seventh pointed free of an opening half where the sides were level nine times. They were level five more times after the restart but then Limerick pulled away and Barry Murphy raced through and neatly flicked the ball to the Tipp net three minutes from the end.
LOCAL NOTES 21st May 2018