Limerick’s Junior team secured a place in the Irish Daily Star League Division 4 Final with a 3-9 to 1-9 win over Tyrone in Edenderry on Sunday. Ger Curtin’s charges made it two semi-final wins out of two over the weekend as they built on some impressive performances in the group stages to secure a final clash with Kerry on May 4th.
Limerick opened the scoring in decisive fashion with a goal from Muireann Creamer after 9 mins to go into an early lead. But Tyrone proved to be determined opposition and exchanged points with Limerick to leave the score at Limerick 1-1 Tyrone 0-3 when just after the quarter hour mark Tyrone got a goal of their own through the impressive Aisling Corr to go into a two point lead. However Limerick responded well and two points from midfielder Caitrín de Bhál brought Limerick back level. Tyrone responded with two to restore the lead until Margaret Lynch hand-passed to Mairéad Clancy who hit the back of the net to put Limerick back in front for the first time in the second quarter. It was to be a lead they would not relinquish as they added two further points to go in at half time ahead by 2-5 to 1-5.
Limerick dominated the opening exchanges of the second half and stretched their lead through a point from Mairead Clancy, two from Murieann Creamer and a goal from Shauna Tobin. Tyrone pulled a point back and had a chance to close the gap when awarded a penalty in the 48th minute but Aisling Corr chose to put it over the bar. Rebecca Noonan scored Limerick’s final point and Tyrone added two before the close but it was too little too late and Limerick ran out deserving winners by 3-9 to 1-9.
The result sets up a rematch with Kerry in the Division 4 Final on May 4th. Kerry won the match by 1-7 to 0-6 when the two teams met in the group stages in March so Limerick will be under no illusions as to the challenge ahead. But ably led by captain Noreen Barry this team are well capable of bringing home the trophy.
Limerick Scorers: Muireann Creamer 1-2, Mairéad Clancy 1-1, Shauna Tobin 1-0, Caitrín de Bhál 0-3, Kristy Carroll 0-2, Rebecca Noonan 0-1
1 Catherine Fitzgerald (Adare), 2 Grace Lee (Newcastle West), 3 Noreen Barry. (Killeedy), 4 Catherine Neville (Croagh Kilfinny), 18 Marguerita McCarthy (Ahane), 6 Lisa Scanlon (Killeedy), 17 Neamh Curtin (Ballybrown), 8 Caitrin de Bhal (Feenagh Kilmeedy), 10 Kristy Carroll (Galbally), 11 Elaine Kennedy (Newcastle West), 12 Rebecca Noonan (Granagh Ballingarry), 13 Mairead Clancy (Ballybrown), 14 Shauna Tobin (Newcastle West), 19 Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), 15 Margaret Lynch (Granagh Ballingarry)
20 Lizzie O’Dwyer (Cappamore) for Shauna Tobin, 21 Brid Hannon (Croagh Kilfinny) for Margaret Lynch
16 Orla Condon (Knockaderry), 22 Rose Marie Rea (Ballyagran)
Ger Curtin (Manager), Teresa Noonan, Joe Quaid (Selectors), Patsy Hall (Trainer), Emma Noonan (First Aid), Mairi McMahon (Liaison Officer)