Limerick 2-22 Cork 1-17
Limerick will contest their third Munster hurling closing in a row after a deserved eight-point semi-final win over Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Saturday night.
Late first-half objectives from Darragh O’Donovan after which Kyle Hayes helped the All-Ireland champions lead by six factors, 2-10 to 1-07 on the interval.
Limerick additional prolonged their result in win by eight to arrange a Munster closing showdown towards both Clare or Tipperary in two weeks’ time.
John Kiely’s males had recorded 10 wides within the opening 35 minutes, in comparison with Cork’s eight. And then when Cork, Munster champions three years in the past, hit again after the restart, Limerick, with the wind to their benefit, pulled away once more because the Leesiders started to tire within the closing quarter.
The 3,000 spectators allowed by the turnstiles had been handled to a aggressive championship hurling conflict in an overcast however heat Thurles as Cork had a slight breeze to their benefit within the opening half.
Aaron Gillane opened the scoring for Limerick within the second minute after Seamus Flanagan gained a free out vast. A minute later, Limerick had been two factors to the great as Peter Casey – put by by Cian Lynch – discovered area to fit over from 30 yards.
Richie English returned to the Limerick line-up at full again, making his first championship look since his facet’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Kilkenny in 2019.
The Doon clubman missed all the 2020 All-Ireland marketing campaign after struggling a cruciate ligament damage in a league match towards Galway on the Gaelic Grounds in February of final 12 months. He was the one fixed in John Kiely’s facet within the league video games because the Treaty males used 35 totally different gamers over their 5 group video games.
Current All-Star Dan Morrissey dropped to the bench for John Kiely’s star studded facet.
Cork had the sport’s opening purpose within the sixteenth minute. An outstanding run ahead by Cork defender Niall O’Leary stretched the Limerick defence earlier than Shane Kingston discovered the far nook of Nicky Quaid’s purpose from a decent angle.
With the momentum now in Cork’s favour, a superb over the shoulder Jack O’Connor level from a decent angle out vast put the Leesiders two factors forward on the first water break – 1-3 to 0-4.
Limerick had been briefly diminished to 14 males within the twenty sixth minute. Casey was alleged to have introduced down Horgan contained in the ‘D’ and was handed a black card – Quaid saved Horgan’s ensuing penalty.
On the half hour mark, either side had been degree for the primary time thanks to 2 well-taken Lynch factors. By the thirty third minute the edges had been degree for the second as Gillane slotted over his fifth free to make 1-6 to 0-9.
The sport’s two decisive objectives got here in fast succession in damage time as O’Donovan and Hayes each raised the inexperienced flag within the thirty sixth and thirty eighth minutes respectively.
Boosted by his first half damage time purpose, O’Donovan grabbed Limerick’s first level after the interval.
Sean Finn denied Cork their second purpose with 10 minutes gone within the second half – the Bruff man’s flicked block saved Limerick’s seven-point benefit.
Scores from Casey and Byrnes prolonged Limerick’s lead after the restart however Cork by no means gave up and Horgan added to his free tally to maintain the Rebels inside scoring distance.
Late factors from Casey and substitute David Reidy put the nail within the Cork coffin with the Drom-Athlacca man getting the ultimate say to place eight factors between the 2 sides.
LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Richie English, Barry Nash; Diarmaid Byrnes (0-2, one free), Declan Hannon (capt.), Kyle Hayes (1-0); William O’Donoghue (0-1), Darragh O’Donovan (1-0); Gearoid Hegarty (0-2), Cian Lynch (0-3), Tom Morrissey; A Gillane (0-06, six frees), Seamus Flanagan (0-2), Peter Casey (0-3)
CORK: Patrick Collins; Niall O’Leary, Damien Cahalane, Sean O’Donoghue; Tim O’Mahony (0-1), Mark Coleman, Eoin Cadogan; Darragh Fitzgibbon (0-3), Ger Millerick; Conor Cahalane, Seamus Harnedy (0-1), Robbie O’Flynn (0-1); Shane Kingston (1-1), Patrick Horgan (capt.) (0-5, 5 frees), Jack O’Connor (0-3)
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)