Busy week of action for Tipperary hurlers

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Busy week of action for Tipperary hurlers thumbnailMark Kehoe of Tipperary in action against Barry Murphy of Limerick during the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Quarter-Final. MT261005SF

IT IS a busy period of action for Tipperary hurling teams as championship fare hots up at all levels.
Unfortunately the under 21 team made their exit from the championship when going down to a fancied Limerick team at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick last Thursday evening.
This Thursday evening it is the turn of the minors when they take on Cork at Semple Stadium for a place in the Munster Final.
Then on Saturday the senior team returns to action after their loss to Cork when they face Westmeath in the first round of the All-Ireland qualifiers, also at Semple Stadium with a 5pm throw in.
The under 21 team got off to a slow start against Limerick in last week's quarter final and never really recovered. Two goals in the first 16 minutes put Limerick in the driving seat and they built up a 10 point half time advantage, 2-12 to 0-8.
Tipperary enjoyed their best spell immediately after the break when they cut the gap to six points, 2-13 to 0-13. And it could have been closer had Willie Connors' effort not come back off the woodwork.
But that was as good as it got for the Premier side and Limerick powered on again in the final 20 minutes and had 11 points to spare at the final whistle, 2-24 to 0-19.
“We were up against it coming down here tonight," said Tipperary manager Willie Maher. It's on the night and I suppose we were four to one outsiders for a reason and we gave away a very sloppy goal in the first half and that killed us. We had a chance when we were seven behind to go four down when we hit the crossbar. We needed everything but we got very little," said Maher.
“Even when it was 1-6 to 0-3 we missed four chances for handy scores which would have made it 1-6 to 0-7 but we gave it everything," added the Ballingarry man.
“We needed everything and got very little. The players gave everything but it didn't happen on the night. Limerick are a good team," admitted manager Maher.
Now the attentions turn to the minors and seniors and they will hope to keep the blue and gold flying and make further progress in this year's championship. See pages 70 and 71 for report of the under 21 game and previews of this week's games.


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