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Tipp Miss Out On Final Place After Closely Fought Contest

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Limerick 1-14 Tipperary 0-14

TIPPERARY failed to progress to the Munster final on Sunday last after falling to Limerick in a hotly contested game in the County camogie grounds The Ragg.
This was a repeat performance of the 2014 Munster semi final but Tipp turned the tables on the Shannonsiders to beat them 0-11 to 0-7 the following year. Sunday's game was hugely disappointing for the home side who harboured a wish to progress to the final and getting a taste of the opposition who they meet again in the second round of the championship in June. Tipp were without doubt the favourites coming into the game, but seemed to carry perhaps too much confidence, and that was to cost them dearly. They wasted a lot of possession, had nine wides in total, seven in the first half, as opposed to four from Limerick overall.
In ideal weather conditions, Tipp took the game to their opponents, determined not to allow Limerick settle and had four points on the scoreboard after ten minutes, Nicole Walsh contributing three, one from play and Jenny Grace one. However, it was Dearbhla Egan's goal in the 14th minute that turned the game on its head and when their score taker in charge the deadly accurate Niamh Mulcahy brought the sides level for the first time three minutes later, the game took on a keen competitive edge from there.
The home side were wasteful sending three consecutive wide of target before Miriam Campion set up Orla O'Dwyer for a well taken point but it was short lived as Rebecca Delee equalised at the opposite end. Tipp continued to waste possession but all the time they were pressing for a goal and when Nicole Walsh dropped a free in the square, Limerick custodian Laura O'Neill made no mistake as she took control and fired back out to where Orla O'Dwyer won and fired back in and over.
Limerick won a penalty after Sarah Carey and Deborah Murphy attacked with Rebecca Delee threatening goal but she was taken down in the square where Caoimhe Costelloe settled for a point. The sides were level for the fourth time when Walsh and Costello traded scores minutes before the break. It was Karen O'Leary who won the dropping ball, crossed to Murphy who played to Caoimhe Lyons and she picked out Costelloe who split the uprights to put the visitors into a slender one point lead on the break, 1-5 to 0-7.
Limerick were first out of the traps in the last half and extended their lead to four, picking off three points over three minutes, from Mulcahy, Costelloe and Caoimhe Lyons. Tipperary's reply went astray as the usually accurate Nicole Walsh's 30m free in front of goal sailed narrowly wide but Cait Devane broke the staleness with a great point in the 37th minute. Tipp began to panic and spent time trying to grab a goal, but failed to get through strong defending with Ereena Fryday settling for a point. Chances went a begging, while changes were made with Roisin Howard and the young Grace O'Brien getting their name on the scoreboard and within minutes, just one point stood between the sides in the 49th minute. It was Limerick who powered on though with superb accuracy from Mulcahy on the placed ball and great defending while a late Tipp effort at goal was again saved and Walsh settled for a pointed free for the last puck of the game.
Manager's Reaction
Disappointed would be an understatement to describe how manager Brian Boyle felt. 'Like the league, we came here today thinking we had everything done right and we wanted to get to the final. We made an exceptional start and then we let ourselves down for fifteen minutes either side of half time and that was the key to the game as Limerick got most of their scores then. They got the start to the second half too that we were looking for' he said.
Commenting on the amount of wide ball Tipp clocked up, Boyle said 'we took a couple of wrong options and we talked about that at half time too, decision making needed to improve'. Looking forward to the championship Boyle commented that both sides know each other's form and with little or nothing between them 'they take one game and we take one over the years, so we will be hoping to win the next one. There's two competitions left in the year and we will be hoping to make our mark in it' he said.
Player of the match: Niamh Mulcahy (Limerick),
Scorers: Limerick: Niamh Mulcahy (0-8, 0-7 frees, 0-1 '45'), Dearbhla Egan (1-0), Caoimhe Costelloe (0-3, 0-1 penalty), Rebecca Delee, Caoimhe Lyons, Cliona Lane (0-1 each).
Tipperary: Nicole Walsh (0-7, 0-6 frees), Orla O'Dwyer (0-2), Ereena Fryday, Jenny Grace, Cait Devane, Roisin Howard, Grace O'Brien (0-1 each).
LIMERICK: Laura O'Neill, Fiona Hickey, Muireann Creamer, Sinead McNamara, Judith Mulcahy, Sarah Carey, Mairead Ryan, Karen O'Leary, Caoimhe Costelloe, Deborah Murphy, Niamh Mulcahy, Orla Curtin, Dearbhla Egan, Rebecca Delee, Caoimhe Lyons. Subs: Cliona Lane (for M. Ryan, inj., half time), Aisling Scanlon (for O. Curtin, 38 mins), Lisa Leonard (for D. Egan, 52 mins), Mairead Fitzgerald (for C. Lyons, 56 mins).
TIPPERARY: Orla McEniry (Cahir), Julie Ann Bourke (Borris-Ileigh), Gemma Grace (Burgess Duharra), Ciannait Walsh (Eire Og Annacarthy), Aoife McGrath (Drom Inch), Teresa Ryan (Borris-Ileigh), Mary Ryan (Captain) (Moneygall), Caoimhe Maher (Burgess Duharra), Ereena Fryday (Clonoulty Rossmore), Orla O'Dwyer (Cashel), Mairead Teehan (Moneygall), Nicole Walsh (Borris-Ileigh), Cait Devane (Clonoulty Rossmore), Jenny Grace (Burgess Duharra), Miriam Campion (Drom Inch). Subs: Roisin Howard (Cahir) (for M. Campion, 37 mins), Grace O'Brien (Eire Og Nenagh) (for C. Maher, 47 mins), Megan Ryan (Roscrea) (for J. Grace, 47 mins).
REFEREE: Cathal Egan (Cork).

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