Munster U21HC semi-final: Limerick v Tipperary, Gaelic Grounds, 7.30pm
Tipperary come in to this semi-final tie fresh from their last gasp win against Cork in the previous round. With just six minutes remaining the Premier men were trailing by 4 points and looked to be heading out of the championship, but they showed remarkable composure and character to claw back the deficit and prevail by one point in the end.
Team captain John O’ Dywer, Niall O’ Meara, and Sean Curran all delivered huge performances in the quarter-final and Tipp manager Ken Hogan will look to these men to hurl with distinction again tonight.
Limerick conversely enter this tie without any championship game to gauge their form. However their key performers have been busy with the Senior squad in recent weeks which should offset this disadvantage somewhat.
Declan Hannon has been selected at centre back and this is a clear indication of the confidence manager John Fitzgerald has in his forward line. What a luxury to have. Na Piarsaigh clubmen Kevin Downes and Shane Dowling are the main attacking threats for Limerick. Senior panellist Mark Carmody and corner forward Willie Griffen are two other players to watch out for.
This is certainly not a vintage Tipperary side, but they have excellent management and their record of success in underage hurling always gives them a chance. They are facing a serious Limerick team who boast some of the most exciting young hurlers in the country. No doubt they will be hungry for more success after getting a taste last season.
1. Paul Ryan (Upperchurch Drombane)
2. Stephen Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
3. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)
4. Pa Ryan (Clonakenny)
5. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)
6. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)
7. Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
8. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
9. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
10. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) Captain
11. Sean Curran (Mullinahone)
12. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
13. Eanna Murray (Templederry Kenyons)
14. Cian Hogan (Lorrha & Dorrha)
15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
1. Aaron Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown)
2. Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh)
3. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)
4. Stephen O’Reilly (Ballybrown)
5. Robert Egan (Kilmallock) – Captain
6. Declan Hannon (Adare)
7. Tom Ryan (South Liberties)
8. Shane Kenny (Ballybrown)
9. Seanie O’Brien (Patrickswell)
10. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)
11. Niall Kennedy (Granagh/Ballingarry)
12. Mark Carmody (Patrickswell)
13. Mikey Ryan (Murroe/Boher)
14. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh)
15. Willie Griffin (Adare)