Brendan Maher said Tipperary's ability to stick to the gameplan even after the blow of losing a man on 14 minutes was the key to a gritty Munster SHC semi-final triumph over Limerick.

John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer hit the showers after a swipe on Richie English, but the Premier never broke stride as they deservedly held off the Treaty challenge 3-12 to 1-16.

"We showed good character, good resilience and we stuck to our gameplan, played the game we wanted to play and that was a good testament to the strength of the panel," captain Maher told RTÉ Sport.

"Bubbles is a huge player for us but the competition for places is fierce. We knew that whoever was on the field, and we said it at half-time, whether it's 13, 14, 15, whoever's out on the field can do a job.

"That's what we tried to do. We just tried to work, stick to our gameplan, keep our structure and there was good resilience there as well."

Tipp can now look forward to a repeat of last year's provincial decider against Waterford. The Déise will be on a revenge mission after losing that collision 0-21 to 0-16, but Maher and Co have their tails up after a victory laced with spirit and quality.

“Going down to 14 men after 14 or 15 minutes or whatever it was, that was a mammoth task to be faced with for the remainder of the game," the 27-year-old added. 

"We said we weren’t going to go all defensive, we said we’d stay with the structure. It was only two inside instead of three inside. Obviously the goals helped us as well.

"Mikey Breen popped up in the right place for two goals. I gave him license to go forward - I think I might have to pull him back a bit now! It’s great that we got the win, we can look forward to a Munster final now."