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Joe Canning & Anthony Daly Praise John Kiely For Brave Decision As Limerick Earn Tipp Draw

Joe Canning & Anthony Daly Praise John Kiely For Brave Decision As Limerick Earn Tipp Draw
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Tipperary and Limerick have played out a thrilling draw this afternoon, with the two sides finishing level on 0-25 apiece after a fantastic game in Thurles.

It was a game that was nip and tuck throughout, with neither team managing to open up a sizeable lead at any stage. There was some remarkable score taking from both sides in the first half.

That would continue after the interval, with the game very much in the balance in the closing stages.

The teams would continue to trade scores deep into injury time. Limerick scored two points as the clock ticked into the red to put themselves in front, although John McGrath would secure the draw for Tipperary with a last gasp free.



This result means that a win over Waterford next week will book a Munster final place for Tipperary, while Limerick will face Cork with a place in the All-Ireland series on the line.

Canning & Daly praise John Kiely for brave Limerick decision


Both teams will come away from this game relatively pleased with how it went. While they would have loved to get a win, a draw is not a disastrous result for either side.

Limerick showed great character to come back at Tipperary after an impressive opening half from Liam Cahill's men. John Kiely made a couple of big decisions early in the second half, taking off two key players in Cian Lynch and Gearóid Hegarty.


Graeme Mulcahy, who came off the bench during this period, would go on to play a key role in the game.

Speaking on RTÉ after the game, both Anthony Daly and Joe Canning praised Kiley for making such a big decision that ultimately turned out to benefit his team.

Daly: Great champions don't go down handy, do they? Look at the guys they took off, Kiely and his mentors. Graeme Mulcahy's contribution, it was an incredible contribution.

Canning: He was huge in the last few minutes, wasn't he? He won for our five balls there in the last few minutes, could have gotten another score on his weak side.

To make those changes, take off Cian Lynch so early and take off Gearóid Hegarty, that's your half-forward line nearly gone. Tom Morrissey stood up.

Limerick will be happy enough to get a draw at the same time. They were unlucky not to win it, but happy enough with a draw.

While Limerick now look like outsiders to secure a place in the Munster final, you get the sense that they may not mind securing passage straight into the All-Ireland series.

Speaking to RTÉ, Kiely said that he was happy with the impact that his substitutes made in the game after coming on.

I think the impact of our lads coming off the bench was huge for us today. In the last 20 or 25 minutes, everyone that came on made an impact. They won ball, created scores, won frees.

That's what we're looking for, so I'm delighted with that I have to say.

A couple of lads will be disappointed with their performances, but do you know what, that's for them to rally around this week and come back and be better for it.

Both sides will be pleased with their positioning after this fixture.

It was certainly quite the afternoon of hurling.

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