Without a championship win since the Munster final in 2012, can Tipp overcome Limerick?

John O'Sullivan Sun, Jun 1

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    Welcome to the Irish Times live blog. We'll be keeping a close eye on Championship matters this afternoon from the Leinster Hurling Championship to the clash of Fermanagh and Antrim in Ulster football and then on to  the Munster Hurling showdown between Tipperary and Limerick.

    Before the action begins in earnest there's a little time for some cutesy pictures of animals dressed in county colours.  
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    First up we'll have a quick look at the opening match in Portlaoise this afternoon, part of a double header.

    Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final
    Antrim v Wexford, O'Moore Park, 2.0

    Antrim manager Kevin Ryan isn’t happy that his side’s cluttered fixture schedule in playing in the round robin series means they haven’t had a break as they enter this Leinster Hurling Championship quarter-final against Wexford this afternoon.

     Antrim looking are ‘fresh’ from a narrow 0-22 to 0-20 over Laois last week and take on a Wexford side that are making their seasonal championship bow. Ryan admitted: “here are a lot of tired bodies. The only thing we have is momentum in that we've got through some battles and tried to train through it.

    His Wexford counterpart Liam Dunne gives a championship debut to Liam Ryan at corner back while just eight player remains from last year’s qualifier defeat to All Ireland championships Clare.

    Antrim have made just one change from the win over Laois, with Michael Bradley coming into the defence, and Simon McCrory dropping out of the team.

    The winners of this game will play reigning provincial champions Dublin in the Leinster semi-final on June 14th.

    Antrim C O'Connell; O McFadden, C McKinley, M Bradley; A Graffin, N McAuley, N McManus; E Campbell, C Johnson; C McCann, C Carson, C Clarke; C Johnson, P Shiels, PJ O'Connell.

    Wexford: M Fanning; L Ryan, M O'Hanlon, K Rossiter; L Chin, A Shore, C Kenny; D O'Keeffe, H Kehoe; P Morris, P Doran, J Guiney; R Jacob, C McDonald, L Óg McGovern.


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    Laois v Galway, O'Moore Park, 4.0

    Galway won’t be taking this game lightly after events at today’s venue in last season’s semi-final when Galway only pulled clear in the last 15 minutes. Laois manager Séamus Plunkett will be hoping that his side can bounce back from last weekend’s two point defeat to Antrim.

    He watched nine of his side take part in an Under 21 game during the week against Dublin but has a clean bill of health for today’s game.

    That’s not the case for his Galway counterpart Anthony Cunning ham. His side were dealt a significant blow ahead of this game with the news that forward Niall Healy has been ruled out for the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained at the weekend.

    Cunningham will also be without Andy Smith (ankle) but Ronan Burke (calf) and Iarla Tannian (hamstring) are in contention to feature after recent injuries.

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    Ulster Foot Championship quarter-final: Fermanagh v Antrim Brewster Park (3.30)

    Fermanagh have never won an Ulster title while the last of Antrim’s nine came in 1951. These are the two lowest ranked sides in the provinces pecking order and coincidentally both are sponsored by Concrete firms, Tracey’s in the case of Fermanagh and Creagh for Antrim.

    Pete McGrath's Fermanagh – the former Down boss was appointed at the start of the season – will feel that anything less than a victory would represent a huge missed opportunity for them to reach a first Ulster semi-final in four years.

    Antrim manager Liam Bradley is able to welcome back Niall McKeever for the first time in five years having played AFL footie with the Brisbane Lions. He starts in midfield alongside Michael McCann.

     Kevin Niblock is named at full forward, having being involved with soccer club Cliftonville in recent months. Goalkeeper Patrick Flood is making his championship debut. Meanwhile, Fermanagh have named three championship debutants in their side. The Bellanaleck Cullen twins both start in the fullback line, while Paul McCusker plays in the half-back line, joining his brother Declan in the team.

    Fermanagh: C Snow; J Woods, C Cullen, L Cullen; D McCusker, R McCluskey, T McElroy; E Donnelly, R O'Callaghan; E Maguire, R Jones, P McCusker; S Quigley, B Owens, T Corrigan.

    Antrim: P Flood; K O'Boyle, R Johnston, N Delargy, M Johnston, J Crozier, J Laverty, M McCann, N McKeever, C Murray, M Sweeney, P McCann, B Neeson, K Niblock, T McCann.

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    Rory Jacob with a goal for Wexford in the first minute of their clash.

    Wexford 1-0 Antrim 0-0  
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    5 mins: Rory Jacob with his second goal, Podge Doran with a point. Antrim with a couple of points from Conor Johnson and Paul Shiels.

    Wexford 2-1 Antrim 0-2      
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    11 mins: Conor McDonald grabs a third goal for Wexford who are playing with the advantage of a strong wind in the first half.

    Wexford 3-2 Antrim 0-4  
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    Wonder how much fatigue is a factor for Antrim, their fifth game today in six weeks.
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    It's just the weekend that's in it. You couldn't go without mentioning former Belgrove National School Gaelic footballer Brian O'Driscoll.

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    Wexford continuing to motor as Rory Jacobs tags on a point.

    Wexford 3-7 Antrim 0-8  
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    Right continuing the rugby theme briefly. What about his pic.
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    It's half-time at O'Moore Park in the first match. Wexford in charge.

    Wexford 3-9 Antrim 0-10  
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    Okay for Antrim fans, remember that this side trailed by seven points to Laois last week at the same stage but then went on to win by two points.
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    It's still a little over an hour away but it's time to take a sneaky pear at the Munster Hurling clash of neighbours Tipperary and Limerick at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

    Tipperary have three Championship debutants for their Munster Hurling Championship clash with Limerick in Semple Stadium, Cathal Barrett, James Barry and Niall O'Meara start for the first time. .

    There is one change from the Allianz Hurling League final with Gearoid Ryan coming in at half-forward in place of Denis Maher.

    Limerick manager TJ Ryan has selected an experienced side for Sunday’s Munster hurling semi-final in Thurles and the first defence of the county’s provincial title. There are no championship newcomers in the side, which shows only two changes to the team that lost last year’s All-Ireland semi-final to eventual champions Clare.

    Back on the field, having sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury after just 15 minutes of that match is Séamus Hickey, who played wing forward last August but who is named in the position he started his championship career seven years ago, corner back.

    Stephen Walsh and David Breen are the players not included, as Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes start. An interesting aspect of the team is that when the counties met in Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds last year it was the home side’s replacements who made the difference.

    Three of the four forwards substitutions, who made such an impact when introduced both in the Tipperary match and the Munster final defeat of Cork will not be available on Sunday’s bench, with Downes and Dowling now starting whereas Niall Moran has retired.

    Tipperary: Darren Gleeson, Cathal Barrett, Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill, James Barry, Brendan Maher, Conor O'Mahony, Kieran Bergin, James Woodlock, Gearoid Ryan, Patrick Maher, John O'Dwyer, Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, Niall O'Meara.

    Limerick: N Quaid; S Hickey, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P Browne; S Dowling, D O’Grady (capt.), D Hannon; G Mulcahy, K Downes, S Tobin.


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    45 mins: Wexford 3-14 Antrim 0-13
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    A second goal for Conor MacDonald, Wexford's fourth.

    Wexford 4-14 Antrim  0-15
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    Waiting for the throw-in; father and son.
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    Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship between Tipperary v Limerick ends in a draw. There'll be extra time and so the Senior match between the counties has been  put back to 4.15.  
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    Late change for Tipperary, James Woodlock out with a virus and is replaced by Shane McGrath.
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    Antrim's Eoghan Campbell gets a straight red card for high tackle.
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    63 mins: Wexford 5-14 Antrim 0-20
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    Nine minutes to go to the throw-in at Brewster Park. Fermanagh make a late change with Paul Ward replacing Tomas Corrigan.
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    66 mins: Wexford 5-18 Antrim 0-20
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    No late changes to the Antrim Football team
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    70 mins: Wexford 5-19 Antrim 0-21
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    Antrim win the minor match at Brewster Park. Antrim 5-10 Fermanagh 2-08
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    Full-time: Wexford 5-19 Antrim 0-21.

    Early goals kill off this match. Rory Jacob and Conor MacDonald grab two apiece. Antrim looked a little leg weary in playing their fifth match in six weeks.    
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    Wexford now meet Dublin in Wexford Park in a couple of weeks.
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    Under way at Brewster Park in the senior match.
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    Sean Quigley point. Fermanagh 0-1 Antrim 0-0
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    Incidentally the Wexford will host the Dublin hurlers on Saturday, June 14th with a 7.0pm throw-in.

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    Brian Neeson with a brace of points for Antrim. Fermanagh 0-1 Antrim 0-2
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    Fermanagh 0-1 Antrim 0-4  
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    Who will get their first victory in an Ulster Senior Football Championship for athe first time in three years? So far it looks like Antrim as they lead 0-4 to 0-1.

    Fermanagh have had a goal disallowed  
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    Great picture by Brendan Moran. A final goodbye.
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    Fermanagh's John Wood is off injured and replaced by Marty O'Brien.
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    Late changes for Laois, Jimmy Walsh back for his first game after a year out and Joe Campion is also in.
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    Fermanagh 0-1 Antrim 0-5
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    BLACK CARD for Antrim's Conor Murray.
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    Love the fact that Midlands 103Sport radio's broadcast of today's match is sponsored by an Opticians.
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    25 mins: Fermanagh 0-1 Antrim 0-6

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    Three minutes to throw-in  at the Laois-Galway match.
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    In other sports news Katie Taylor has won her opening bout at the European Champions in Romania ana, Andy Murray won at the French OPen and Roger Federer is locked at two sets apiece with Ernest Gulbis.
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    Fermanagh are getting a right trimming at Brewster Park trailing Antrim by 0-9 to 0-1  
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    RUGBY: Martin Moore and Keith Earls are out of Ireland's tour to Argentina. They are replaced by Connacht tighthead prop Rodney Ah You and Leinster centre Noel Reid.

    Ireland forwards' coach John Plumtree will leave his position after the tour. More details follow      
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    What is going on at Brewster Park? Fermanagh 0-1 Antrim 1-10
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    Mini Fermanagh revival. Fermanagh 1-2 Antrim 1-10

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    The parade at Semple stadium
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    It's less of a nightmare now for the home fans at Brewster Park. Fermanagh clawed it back to 1-4 to 1-10 behind
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    TENNIS: Federer out of French pen. Beaten in five sets by Gulbis
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    Half-time: Fermanagh 1-5 Antrim 1-10
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    Ready to go at Thurles
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    Limerick captain Donal O'Grady with the first wide
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    James Ryan with the game's and Limerick's second wide
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    5 mins: Shane Dowling with a point from a free. Tipperary 0-0 Limerick 0-1
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    Laois lead Galway by three points 0-10 1-4 after 22 mins.
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    Gearoid Ryan responds for Tipperary. Tipperary 0-1 Limerick 0-1
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    Shane Dowling point free. Tipperary 0-1 Limerick 0-2
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    Laois have outscored Galway by 0-12 to 0-1 in the last minutes.
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    Tipperary's Seamus Callanan with a free. Tipperary 0-2 Limerick 0-2
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    Niall O'Meara with a great long range point. Tipperary 0-3 Limerick 0-2
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    Shane Dowling with a third free and the sides are level in Thurles. Tipperary 0-3 Limerick 0-3
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    Second half under way at Brewster Park.
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    15 mins: GOAL: Shane Dowling from a 21 metre free, his fifth ever in the Championship. Tipperary 0-3 Limerick 1-3
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    Limerick full forward Kevin Downes with his side's first point from play. Tipperary 0-3 Limerick 1-4
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    John O'Dywer point from a free. Tipperary 0-4 Limerick 1-4
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    Shane Dowling with another point from a free; that's 1-4 for him. Tipperary 0-4 Limerick 1-5
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    20 mins: Patrick Bonner Maher, great strength and a good finish. Dowling with another free. Much too soft from Tipperary. Tipperary 1-4 Limerick 1-6

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    Shane Dowling free. Tipperary 1-4 Limerick 1-7
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    Half-time: Laois 0-16 Galway 1-7. Yes that's not an error.
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    Declan Hannon point for Limerick, John O'Dwyer responds for Tipperary.

    Tipperary 1-5 Limerick 1-8  
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    YELLOW CARD: Limerick's Tom Condon. Tipperary's Seamus Callanan taps over a free. Tipperary 1-6 Limerick 1-8
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    Great block by Padraig Maher on Downes.
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    YELLOW CARD: Limerick's Shane Dowling. Seamus Callanan with his third point. Tipperary 1-7 Limerick 1-8.
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    A poor miss from Noel McGrath, Tipperary's fifth wide.
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    The sides are level for a fourth time. Callanan's first point from play and his fourth overall. There's the half-time whistle.

    Half-time: Tipperary 1-8 Limerick 1-8.  
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    It hasn't been the most free flowing hurling match but there's little doubt about the intensity and ferocity of the collisions in Thurles and it's been entertaining too.

    Tipperary will be happier as they finished the half strongly.    
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    Can Laois dare to dream as they lead Galway by 0-18 to 1-9 three minutes into the second half.
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    It's been quite an eventful 35 minutes for Limerick's Shane Dowling. He's scored 1-6 from frees and also received a yellow card for a late hit.
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    GOAL: Fermanagh's Barry Owens. Fermanagh 2-11 Antrim 2-17
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    GOAL: Fermanagh have another one. Two points in it. Fermanagh 3-13 Antrim 2-18
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    Ready to resume in Thurles. Tipperary have the strong breeze at their backs.
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    37 mins: GOAL Gearoid Ryan, super finish from an acute angle. Tipperary 2-8 Limerick 1-8
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    Couple of sloppy wides, one apiece.

    YELLOW CARD: Gavin O'Mahony  
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    Galway storming back, David Collins reduces the deficit to one point. Laois 0-21 Galway 1-17
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    Galway are level. Laois 0-21 Galway 1-18
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    Shane Dowling free is Limerick's second in succession. Tipperary 2-8 Limerick 1-10

    Donal O'Grady with the score of the match. The sides are level Tipperary  2-8 Limerick 1-11  
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    Another point for O'Grady. Tipperary 2-8 Limerick 1-12
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    A third point for O'Dwyer brings the sides level again, the sixth time I think. Tipperary 2-9 Limerick 1-12
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    Dowling with another superb free. He's now got 1-8. Tipperary 2-9 Limerick 1-13
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    Noel McGrath responds for Tipperary. Tipperary 2-10 Limerick 1-13
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    Georoid Ryan in acres of space. Tipperary 2-11 Limerick 1-13
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    O'Dwyer with another point, his fourth. Tipperary 2-12 Limerick 1-13
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    Guess who's just scored for Limerick? Dowling, that's 1-9. Tipperary 2-12 Limerick 1-14
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    Lar Corbett on for Tipperary, his 54th championship game.
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    Bonner Maher's run is stopped and uthe field Downes lands a second point. Tipperary 2-12 Limerick 1-15
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    Brilliant effort from Laois but they come up a couple of points short. Laois 0-22 Galway 1-22
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    Callanan with his fifth point for Tipperary. O'Dwyer with another point. Tipperary 2-14 Limerick 1-15
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    Limerick's Graeme Mulcahy with a point but Corbett strikes for Tipperary. Tipperary 2-15 Limerick 1-16
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    Goal disallowed for Mulcahy. Dreadful decision. No way that Dowling fouled. Limerick can feel aggrieved  
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    Watched replay of the disallowed goal. Should have been allowed to stand. Referee Barry Kelly got that wrong. He's had a fine game but that was an error.  

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    GOAL: Dowling, wonderful strike. Tipperary 2-16 Limerick 2-16
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    Great game, absolutely nail biting stuff. Injury time.
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    Another poor refereeing decision gives Tipperary a free. Noel McGrath takes the free. Wide.
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    Tom Ryan, the substitute puts it over the bar. Tipperary 2-16 Limerick 2-17
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    Seamus Hickey point. Tipperary 2-16 Limerick 2-18.

    Tipperary were unbackable favourites but Limerick, the reigning Munster champion s have won. Beating Tipp in the Munster Championship for the first time since 1973. Superb game.

    Full-time: Tipperary 2-16 Limerick 2-18    
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    Limerick's Shane Dowling with 2-10
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    Some of next weekend's fixtures.


    Ulster Football Championship: Armagh v Cavan, Athletic Grounds (3.30).

    Connacht Football Championship: Roscommon v Mayo, Dr Hyde Park (2.0)

    Leinster  Football Championship: Dublin v Laois, Croke Park (4.0); Kildare v Louth, Croke Park (2.0). Munster Hurling Championship replay: Cork v Waterford, Semple Stadium (3.30)                
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    Next weekend's fixtures part two.


    Leinster Senior Hurling Championship: Kilkenny v Offaly,  Nowlan Park (7.0).

    Leinster Senior Football Championship: Longford v Wexford, Pearse Park (7.0)

    Munster Senior Football Championship: Clare v Waterford, Ennis (7.0)                  
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    Thank you all for your company this afternoon. We'll be back next weekend with some mouthwatering clashes in both football and hurling, not to mention a glimpse of how Sky Sports handle their first GAA match, the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship meeting of Kylekenny and Awfully.