Sunday 9th March at 4:30pm in Ballyagran
Two late goals by Tipperary put an end to Limerick's hope of a Munster U16 A title. Limerick led at half time and the game was very much in contention up to the last 5 mins when Tipperary got the goals that put the game beyond doubt.
Limerick opened the scoring following great work from Caoimhe Lyons that earned Limerick a free which was converted by Aisling Scanlon. Tipperary won two frees of their own both of which were scored by the excellent Keely Linehan. Caoimhe Lyons then had shot on goal which went just wide. Keely Linehan then put over a point from play which was to be Tipperary's last score of the half. Limerick piled on the pressure and won two frees which were converted by Aisling Scanlon to level the scores. Dearbhla Egan then won the ball in space and played a dangerous ball into the square which was pounced on by Caoimhe Lyons who found the back of the net to leave the score at half-time Limerick 1-3 Tipperary 0-3.
Tipperary started the second half and immediately put the Limerick goal under pressure and only a great save from Aoife Barry denied them the goal. Keely Linehan pointed the resltant 45 and further points from Sinead Buckley, Kelly Linehan (free), Chloe KIrwan and Grace O'Brien not only wiped out Limerick's
half-time advantage but opened up a two point lead of their own. Limerick never gave in and their pressure led to a penalty which went over the bar for a point from Aisling Scanlon. Limerick were under relentless pressure and only great defensive work by Leah Riordan, Caoimhe O'Brien and others kept them at bay.
Then followed the goals from Emer Murphy and Orla O'Dwyer which sank LImerick's hopes. Keely Linehan added a point from a 45 and one from play to cap a fine performance and Limerick's Ellanna Mulcahy got a deserved reward for her performance with an excellent point from play to leave the Final score Limerick 1-5 Tipperary 2-10.
Tipperary progress to meet Cork in the Munster U16 A final while Limerick will meet Clare in the Shield Final on March 23rd.
LImerick's U16 B team meet Clare in the Munster U16 C Final at 3pm on Sunday 16th venue tbc.
Limerick: Aisling Scanlon 0-4 (3f, 1pen), Caoimhe Lyons 1-0, Ellana Mulcahy 0-1
Tipperary: Keely Linehan 0-7 (3f, 2 '45s), Emer Murphy 1-0, Orla O'Dwyer 1-0, Sinead Bucklet 0-1, Chloe Kirwan 0-1, Grace O'Brien 0-1.
1 Aoife Barry (Murroe Boher), 2 Liz Carmody (Newcastle West), 3 Marion Quaid(Bruff), 4 Rachel Lacey (Killeedy), 5 Caoimhe O'Brien (Bruff), 6 Leah Riordan (Ballyagran), 7 Sarah Corbett (Newcastle West), 8 Chloe O'Brien (Ballyagran), 9 Aisling Scanlon - captain (Killeedy), 10 Fanie Carmody (Treaty Gaels), 11 Siobhan Tangney (Croagh/Kilfinny), 12 Ellana Mulcahy (Killeedy), 13 Emily-Rose Mulcahy (Killeedy), 14 Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), 15 Dearbhla Egan (Crecora)
Substitutes: 16 Emma Herbert (Newcastle West), 17 Saoirse Barry (Murroe Boher), 18 Aoife Quinn (Ahane), 19 Shannon Gillane (Patrickswell), 21 Caileigh O'Reilly (Ballybrown), 22 Emma Barry (Patrickswell), 23 Cathy Maher (Cappamore), 24 Aisling Doyle (Monaleen), 25 Tanya Mc Namara (Ballyagran),26 Orla Ryan (Crecora), 27 Aoife Coughlan (Crecora)