My Favourite Game: Top 10 Limerick Hurling games this Century- 10

With no sport to keep us entertained for the foreseeable future, it is time to get creative and reminisce about all sport has offered us over the years.

As such, I began to examine my favourite hurling games involving Limerick since I first attended the Gaelic Grounds in 2007 as a 10-year-old.

There has been some huge highs and many more lows in Limerick hurling circles over the past thirteen years and for each of the next ten days I will count down my top ten favourite Limerick games.

Yesterday I went through the honourable mentions, today we start with number 10 on the list.


10.

Limerick 1-18 : 1-15 Tipperary

9 June 2013 at the Gaelic Grounds

Limerick’s first Munster Championship win since ’07 was a seismic one as they overcame the 2010 All-Ireland Champions in a enthralling battle at the Gaelic Grounds.

Twelve months previous, Limerick held a five-point lead over the Premier County in Semple Stadium but could not see the game out.

Limerick started the brighter and held a 1-3 to 0-1 lead inside the opening twenty minutes.

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 9/6/2013 Limerick vs Tipperary Limerick’s Declan Hannon celebrates at the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

However, Tipp began to gain a foothold towards the end of the half and only trailed by three entering the break, with Nickie Quaid making two interventions to ensure his side maintained their advantage.

However it looked like the history of 2012 would repeat itself as Limerick let their 1-7 to 0-7 lead at half fall into a 1-13 to 1-9 deficit fifteen minutes into the second half.

On his debut, John O’Dwyer plundered 1-3 on his introduction at the half to totally turn the contest.

But, the 2013 side demonstrated their steel to outscore their opponents by 0-9 to 0-2 down the home stretch.

The sides were level at 1-14 apiece with ten minutes to play.

Shane Dowling and Niall Moran pushed Limerick ahead before Eoin Kelly replied for the visitors.

Limerick would have the final say with captain Donal O’Grady notching before Declan Hannon landed the final point of his 0-9 haul to seal the famous victory.

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 9/6/2013 Limerick vs Tipperary Limerick fans celebrate under the final score Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Scorers for Limerick: D Hannon 0-09 (5f, 1 65), S Tobin 1-01, D O’Grady 0-03, S Dowling 0-02 (1f), D Breen, J Ryan & N Moran 0-01 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 1-03, S Callanan 0-04f, J O’Brien 0-03, E Kelly 0-02 (1f), B Maher, N McGrath & P Bourke 0-01 each.

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; P Browne, D O’Grady; S Hickey, D Breen, J Ryan; G Mulcahy, D Hannon, S Tobin.

Subs: C Allis for Breen (42), S Dowling for Hickey (49), N Moran for Tobin (61), C King for Browne (66), K Downes for Ryan (69).

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; K Bergin, C O’Mahony, Pádraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; P Bourke, Patrick Maher, J O’Brien; S Bourke, S Callanan, N McGrath.

Subs: J O’Dwyer for S Bourke (half-time), E Kelly for P Bourke (44), B O’Meara for Callanan (49), C O’Brien for S McGrath (64), L Corbett for B Maher (67).

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