Limerick 2-17 Tipperary 4-14
Liam Sheedy's second spell in charge of the Tipperary senior hurlers got off to a winning start as they defeated All-Ireland champions Limerick in the Munster Hurling League clash in the Gaelic Grounds.
The visitors afforded John Kiely's all-conquering side a guard of honour at the outset but proceeded to riddle them with goals in the opening half.
Limerick, who began with eight of the team who started the 2018 All-Ireland final with Na Piarsaigh's Conor Boylan the only debutant, pointed freely from play in the first half.
However, Seamus Callanan (2) and Mark Kehoe rattled home goals to give Tipp a 3-06 to 0-11 advantage at the break.
Callanan had given Tipp the lead inside a minute, whipping a penalty to the net. but the home side enjoyed the better of things for much of the half
They nudged ahead in the 29th minute, and with frees were helping to keep the visitors in touch.
However, Callanan and Kehoe plundered a couple of goals late in the half and Tipp suddenly boasted a four-point advantage.
Patrick 'Bonner' Maher added another goal two minutes into the second half to give the visitors a substantial lead.
However, with the game slipping away from the All-Ireland champions, David Reidy goaled to reduce their deficit to six points at 4-09 to 1-12.
Tipperary, to their credit, staved off any comeback, and Aaron Gillane's goal came too late in the game to properly threaten the outcome as Sheedy's side registered a three-point victory in front of 3.224 spectators.