LIMERICK were dethroned as Munster and All Ireland U/21 champions last in Thurles following a 2-12 to 1-13 loss to Tipperaary in Thurles.
Limerick, with ten starting survivors from last year’s All-Ireland final, were shocked by Tipperary at Semple Stadium in a game played in wet and windy conditions.
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Tipperary substitutes Ronan Teehan and Jason Ryan made the difference as they collected 1-3 between them after coming off the bench to defeat John Kiely’s men, following a half time score of 0-8 to 1-4 at half time in favour of Limerick.
TIPPERARY: B Hogan; P Maher, T Fox, D Sweeney; J Shelly, R Maher, S Ryan; B McCarthy, W Connors; S Quirke, B Heffernan, A Coffey (1-2); J Keane (0-4, 3f), C Lanigan (0-2), M Russell (0-1). Subs: J Ryan (0-2) for Connors (47), P Ryan for Lanigan (48), R Teehan (1-1) for Keane (55), T Nolan for McCarthy (59).
LIMERICK: E McNamara; M Casey, R English, Sean Flanagan; C Ryan, C Lynch, A La-Touche Cosgrave; D O’Donovan (1-0), P Ryan (0-1); R Lynch (0-9f), B Nash (0-1), D Dempsey; P Casey, T Morrissey (0-1), Seamus Flanagan (0-1). Subs: B Murphy for Nash (temp 25-h.t.), O O’Reilly for Casey (43), L Lyons for Morrissey (43), B Murphy for Seamus Flanagan (45), J Quaid for La Touche Cosgrave (58).
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