Last year Limerick outscored Tipperary by 0-09 to 0-02 in the final 20 minutes to claim a place in the Munster hurling final. A late salvo of 1-02 against the same opposition was the difference as the Shannonsiders again reached hurling’s time-honoured showdown.
Shane Dowling was the scorer-in-chief at Semple Stadium on Sunday. The upheaval of Donal O’Grady’s departure from the management team on Easter Sunday is a distant memory now.
TJ Ryan stayed on and he was quick to praise the character shown by Limerick in defying the odds and beating Tipperary on their own patch.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, the Treaty supremo said: “The lads showed super character. In the last couple of weeks, we were being written off, even though we were Munster champions. Winning takes character and I thought our players were outstanding."
Before the game it was mentioned to Ryan that his side were 3/1 to prevail.
“I thought it was good value and I think a bit of it was taken last night,” revealed the manager.
"That said, it’s a brilliant day for Limerick. It’s a good day for myself and great for the backroom team. We’ve worked really hard. It is important to remember that today was day one; we have three more. I’m now looking forward to the Munster final."