Eight points down early in the second half, Limerick stormed back to snatch victory in injury time over Tipperary in the Munster Under 20 football quarter-final at Semple Stadium this evening.
Match-winner for Limerick was midfielder Jack Downey, who kicked the winning point from a forty five three minutes into injury time, but the star of the show was corner forward Noel Callnan who bagged 1-03 from play.
A bright opening by Tipperary saw them surge three points clear in six minutes but Limerick settled and were only one point adrift after 25 minutes despite losing defenders Jack Fitzgerald and Cillian Ferris to injury.
Tipp finished the half with a brace of Riain Quigley points for an interval lead of 0-08 to 0-05 but looked set for victory when, inside a minute of resuming, Quigley netted for them. They added two further points before the Limerick rally began.
Limerick hit three points in six minutes before Noel Callnan scored a smashing goal in the 44th minute to cut the deficit to two points. He almost had a second goal two minutes later but was crowded out by a retreating Tipp defence.
In a hectic finish, sub Niall McAuliffe's point leveled for Limerick with two minutes of normal time to go, and in the 63rd minute their heroic recovery was crowned by Jack Downey’s pointed 45 for a win that tees up a semi-final meeting with Kerry next week.
Callnan was the star of the show for Limerick but Barry Coleman, Adam Sharagher, James Molyneaux, and Jack Downey were also key figures.
Riain Quigley was Tipperary’s top performer with Jack Harney, Mark O Meara, Kevin Grogan and Conal Kennedy also to the fore.
Limerick: J Hickey; Jack Fitzgerald, D Woulfe, C Ferris; D O Grady, A Shanagher, L Woulfe; J Coyne, J Downey(0-4,4fs); K Moloney, B Coleman, R McCarthy; N Callnan (1-03), J Molyneaux (0-02), J Cummins (0-01);
Subs: J Hayes(0-03, 0-03f) for D Woulfe (6), Jamie Fitzgerald for Ferris (17), D Lane for O Grady (41), B Foley for L Woulfe (50), N McAuliffe (0-01) for Hayes (57), D J Stack for Cummins (63)
Tipperary: K Beben; L Cleary, J Harney, T McDonagh; M O Meara, D O Leary, E McBride; L Fogarty, C Kennedy (0-01); A O Neill, K Grogan (0-02), C Crowe; S O Connor (0-05, 0-04f), A McGrath, R Quigley(1-04, 0-02f);
Subs: S Doyle for McGrath (40); C Maher for McDonagh (46), A J Willis for O Neill (52), A O Neill for Kennedy (bc, 60);
Ref: J Bermingham, Cork
Only one point separated the teams in the other Munster U20 quarter-final clash with Waterford eking out victory against Clare in Fraher Field.
Killian Ruane had the visitors in front with a goal inside the opening minute but Darragh Corcoran hit back with a three-pointer 13 minutes later to level the scores at 1-02 apiece.
The game was a tit-for-tat affair thereafter with neither side ever stretching more than two points in front.
Tom Barron struck the winning point for the home side as the game ticked into injury time and Waterford held out in the five minute additional period to progress to the semi-finals.