Preview & live scores: Dublin v Limerick

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Updated: July 24, 2011

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Dublin 3-13 v 0-18 Limerick

70 min Played

Commentary:

70+3 min Full-time! Dublin are through to the All-Ireland semi final for the first time since 1948 after a 3-13 to 0-18 victory.
70+1 min Shane Ryan scores his first point for Dublin after coming on as a substitute. That should be the deciding score.
70 min Three minutes of injury time to play. Limerick haven’t scored in 10 minutes.
70 min Ryan O’Dwyer leaves the pitch on a stretcher.
68 min Ryan O’Dwyer is named the man of the match after scoring 3-2.
67 min James Ryan hits Limerick’s 15th wide.
67 min A long Declan Hannon sideline ball into the Dublin six yard box is struck just wide by Kevin Downes.
66 min Paul Ryan hits Dublin’s fifth wide.
65 min Ryan O’Dwyer scores a good point for Dublin after a determined run.
64 min Hickey shoots wide for Limerick. Some very wasteful wides for the Shannonsiders.
64 min Declan Hannon shoots wide. It was a good chance for Limerick.
63 min Breen hits a wide from an ambitious distance.
62 min Darragh Plunkett hits his second wide since coming on a substitute for Dublin.
61 min Gavin O’Mahony scores his second point of the match from a long-range free. Only two points separate the teams.
59 min Hannon shoots at goal but Gary Maguire saves in the Dublin goal.
58 min Paul Ryan scores a brilliant shot from a tight angle. Eight points for the Dublin forward.
58 min Declan Hannon scores from an easy free. The 18 year old has had an excellent day for Limerick.
57 min Dublin hit only their third wide of the match.
56 min Kevin Downes scores a quality point for Limerick.
55 min David O’Callaghan replies immediately for Dublin. Four point lead again for Dublin.
54 min Declan Hannon scores a great point from a free. Ten points now for Hannon.
53 min Paul Ryan scores from an easy free.
50 min Declan Hannon scores for Limerick. Nine points for the Limerick man.
50 min Niall Moran has the chance to take a point but runs into traffic and ends up hitting the sliotar wide.
47 min Paul Ryan shoots just wide from a difficult free.
44 min Paul Ryan scores again from a free. Six points for the prolific Ryan, continuing his run of impressive Championship performances.
43 min O’Mahony gets a yellow card.
42 min Gavin O’Mahony hits a wasteful wide for Limerick. Four wides in a row for the Shannonsiders.
40 min Paul Ryan scores a great point from a free on the sideline around the halfway line. Fifth point for Ryan. Badly needed score for the Metropolitans.
38 min Declan Hannon scores again from a free. Eight points for Hannon so far.
37 min Declan Hannon scores a great point for Limerick. Great start to the half from Limerick. Six unanswered points for Limerick.
37 min Gavin O’Mahony scores a good point for Limerick.

Half-Time Dublin lead by 3-6 to 0-10 after a competitive first half at Semple Stadium. Limerick started and finished the half the stronger team, but a sensational hat-trick from Ryan O’Dwyer has given Dublin a five point lead at the interval.

35+2 min Half-time.
35+1 min Seamus Hickie hits a wasteful wide from his own half. An overly ambitious shot from the Limerick man.
34 min Declan Hannon scores from a 65. Limerick are starting to come back into the game and have scored four points in a row.
32 min Graeme Mulcahy makes a great run down the wing but hits another wide for Limerick.
31 min Declan Hannon hits his fifth point of the day from a free.
29 min Kevin Downes hits his first point of the match.
28 min Declan Hannon scores confidently from a free.
24 min Goal for Dublin! O’Dwyer completes a first half hat-trick. David O’Callaghan makes a great run through the Limerick defense, but his shot is well saved by Nicky Quaid. O’Dwyer follows up and scores into an empty net.
23 min Goal chance for Limerick, but Gary Maguire makes a good saved to keep out Tobin’s shot.
22 min Declan Hannon shoots wide from a free.
20 min O’Dwyer scores a good point for Dublin. 2-1 for the Dublin half-forward.
18 min Dublin create a decent goal chance, but McCormack’s shot hits the ground and is saved.
18 min Liam Rushe hits a wide for Dublin.
17 min Liam Rushe scores for Dublin.
16 min Declan Hannon’s third point from play reduces the arrears to four points.
16 min Paul Ryan scores his third point from a free and fourth overall.
14 min Paul Ryan scores his first from play. Four point lead for the Metropolitans.
11 min Goal for Dublin! Ryan O’Dwyer scores for Dublin with a sensational shot!
11 min Limerick are level again after Declan Hannon scores for the Shannonsiders.
10 min Paul Ryan scores again from a free.
9 min Donal O’Grady scores a good point for Limerick.
8 min Niall Moran hits Limerick’s first wide.
7 min Paul Ryan scores from an easy free for Dublin.
6 min Declan Hannon scores the equaliser for Limerick.
5 min Ryan O’Dwyer scores a goal for Dublin! The sliotar falls to O’Dwyer ten yards out and the Dublin forward finishes well.
4 min Brian Geary scores again from a long free.
2 min Limerick lead after 90 seconds. Brian Geary scores from distance.
1 min We’re underway in Thurles.
0min Its a massive double header in Thurles today and it promises to be an exciting afternoon for hurling. Dublin will be reeling from the loss of Conal Keaney, who was injured in a bike accident on Friday and misses this game. A place in the semi finals against Tipperary is up for grabs for the winners. Despite the loss of their talisman Keaney, Dublin are still the favourites, with Paddy Power putting the men in blue at 8/13 to win. League Division 2 winners Limerick are 13/8 to beat the National League champions. It is a measure of how far Limerick have come under the leadership of Donal O’Grady that many are predicting them to pull off a surprise here.

Teams:

Dublin: Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte; John McCaffrey, Joey Boland, Shane Durkin; Liam Rushe, Maurice O’Brien; Conor McCormack, Ryan O’Dwyer, Michael Carton, Alan McCrabbe, David O’Callaghan, Paul Ryan.

Limerick: Nickie Quaid, David Moloney, Seamus Hickey, Tom Condon, Wayne McNamara, Brian Geary, Gavin O’Mahoney (Capt), Donal O’Grady, Paul Browne, Niall Moran, James Ryan, Declan Hannon, Graeme Mulcahy, Kevin Downes, Sean Tobin

Subs: Aaron Murphy, Stephen Walsh, Stephen Lucey, David Breen, Paudie O’Brien, Mark O’Riordan, Eoin Ryan, Richie McCarthy, Thomas O’Brien, Pat Tobin, Donie Ryan

Preview:

Dublin and Limerick face off in the first All-Ireland quarter final on Sunday afternoon. The match is the first of an eagerly anticipated double bill at Semple Stadium, where fans will also be treated to the encounter between Galway and Waterford.

The match is a repeat of the 2009 All-Ireland quarter final, when Limerick beat Dublin by 2-18 to 1-17. Dublin held a six point lead in that match, but a strong finish by Limerick helped them claim a four point victory. Another close match is expected on Sunday, as both teams have been relatively successful in 2011.

Dublin and Limerick won their respective leagues earlier in the year, with Dublin routing Kilkenny in the Division 1 final and Limerick winning every match in Division 2.

Dublin seemed to carry that form into the Championship as they beat Offaly 2-21 to 1-20 and secured an impressive 0-19 to 2-7 victory over Galway. Paul Ryan was the key contributor on those occasions, scoring 1-8 and 0-13. A crushing 4-17 to 1-15 defeat to Kilkenny in the Leinster final, however, derailed Dublin.

The defeat was a set-back for Dublin, who had beaten Kilkenny in the league final and the Walsh Cup. Encouragingly for Dublin, however, Paul Ryan continued his accurate free-taking and finished with 1-9.

Limerick produced a good performance against Waterford in the Munster semi final, but The Shannonsiders lost by 3-15 to 3-14, with Kevin Downes (2-1) being one of eight scorers for Limerick on that occasion.

Limerick rebounded well in the qualifiers, however. The Shannonsiders beat Wexford by 1-21 to 2-13 before O’Grady’s charges routed Antrim by 3-22 to 0-12. Declan Hannon was a regular contributor in both match, scoring 0-17 overall.

Dublin have made considerable progress in recent seasons and the Metropolitans are 8/15 favourites to reach their first All-Ireland semi final since 1948. A first All-Ireland final since 1961, when a Leinster title allowed the Metropolitans to advance straight to the final, would require Dublin to beat a rampant Tipperary in the semi final.

A genuine worry for Dublin will be their reliance on Paul Ryan, who has scored 2-30 in the Championship and is 30 points ahead of the next highest scorer Alan McCrabbe.

Limerick will hope to carry their impressive Championship form into Sunday’s encounter, while Shannonsiders have also won four and drawn one of their five Championship meetings with Dublin.

Limerick have made two changes to the side that beat Antrim in the qualifiers. Paul Browne comes in for Mark O’Riordan in midfield, while Graeme Mulcahy replaces Richie McCarthy in the full forward line.

Forward Conal Keaney will miss Sunday’s match after being involved in a crash on his way to work on Friday morning.

Team News:

Dublin: Unconfirmed

Limerick: Nickie Quaid, David Moloney, Seamus Hickey, Tom Condon, Wayne McNamara, Brian Geary, Gavin O’Mahoney (Capt), Donal O’Grady, Paul Browne, Niall Moran, James Ryan, Declan Hannon, Graeme Mulcahy, Kevin Downes, Sean Tobin

Subs: Aaron Murphy, Stephen Walsh, Stephen Lucey, David Breen, Paudie O’Brien, Mark O’Riordan, Eoin Ryan, Richie McCarthy, Thomas O’Brien, Pat Tobin, Donie Ryan

You can see highlights from their 2009 All Ireland clash here:

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