Limerick ease past Tipp in SHC

Peter Casey in action against Bryan O'Mara during the Munster Hurling Senior Championship in TUS Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Brendan Moran.

FOLLOWING the demolition of Tipperary at a well-populated (attendance, 33, 475) Gaelic Grounds, holders Limerick are firmly on course for qualification from the Munster Senior Hurling Championship for the All-Ireland Series.

Only three teams are set to progress.

In the end, Limerick were streets ahead of Tipperary, winning through 2-27 to 0-18.

On that scoreline, it’s difficult, in hindsight, to comprehend that the teams were actually level on five occasions in the opening-half after which Limerick led 0-12 to 0-7.

Goals from Aaron Gillane and Peter Casey put the issue to bed.

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In his slick movement for goal, Casey suffered a serious injury, possibly one which will sideline him for some time.

With 1-2 to his credit, he was later selected as RTÉ’s Man of the Match.

On Casey’s behalf, the award was accepted by captain Declan Hannon. He said: “Obviously I don’t know the severity of the injury but it didn’t look great.”

“A game of hurling is a game of hurling but he’s obviously first and foremost in our thoughts.

”Peter was flying it obviously. Hopefully it’s not too bad, we’ll have to wait and see.”

Limerick: N. Quaid; S. Finn, D. Morrissey, B. Nash; D. Byrnes (0-2), D. Hannon, captain, K. Hayes (0-1); W. O’Donoghue (0-1), C. Lynch; G. Hegarty, C. O’Neill (0-3), T. Morrissey (0-3); A. Gillane (1-8), P. Casey (1-2), D. Reidy (0-2). Substitutes used: D. Ó Dalaigh (0-1), G. Mulcahy, A. English (0-4|), C. Coughlan, C. Boylan.