Date Time Competition Season
14 May 2022 7:00 pm Munster Senior Football Championship 2022

Match Report

Munster SFC: Limerick advance to final

Limerick will face Kerry in the 2022 Munster Senior Football Final, after defeating Tipperary 2-10 to 0-10 this evening in Thurles.

Goals in either half ensured Limerick make their first final in 12 years, despite the free taking of Jack Kennedy for Tipperary, it was the goals that became the deciding factor.

Cillian Fahy with an exhibition in midfield for the Shannonsiders, as their fairy tale year continues into the provincial decider.

It was a slow burning opening half in Thurles, as both teams could barely be separated on the scoreboard and also on the field at times, the big score coming when Josh Ryan found the net after 12 minutes, but Jack Kennedy and Sean O’Connor helped to drag them over the line and keep them in touch with Limerick.

Fahy started the tie with intent as he pointed within the opening minute, a very possession based opening to the half, Kennedy levelled after four minutes before O’Connor kicked them ahead after ten minutes.

After Ryan had found the net, thanks to a rebound that fell kindly onto his boot, they started to get some breathing room, Fahy on the board for a 1-2 to 0-2 lead after 12 minutes.

Tipp replied well through Kennedy and O’Connor both adding their second points of the game, before Mark Russell drew the sides level after 28 minutes.

Scores were hard to come by as we waited large spells before the umpires were called into action, Hugh Bourke put Limerick ahead on the half hour mark a first score for 18 minutes, but deep into added time Shane O’Connell levelled the game for the third time, as they went the interval with the scoreboard reading Tipperary 0-6 Limerick 1-3.

Into the second half the men in green started to lay down the marker seeing them into the final, Brian Donovan raising the green flag which kept them comfortably ahead, as they picked off their scorers with Robbie Bourke, the man who starred against Clare, coming on to again bring vital scores.

Ryan and Adrian Enright signalled early intent that Limerick were in Thurles to win the tie, as they pointed for a two point lead just after the restart, but Sean O’Connell and the ever reliable Kennedy had them tied for the fourth time on the 50th minute mark, as Hugh Bourke missed his second goal chance minutes earlier.

Limerick hit the break before the hour mark with a great purple patch, Bourke had them a point ahead before O’Donovan struck to the net as the defence parted ahead of the forward to drive a shot into the net, Fahy would then add his third point minutes later, with Limerick ahead 2-7 to 0-8.

Kennedy finished the tie with 0-5, kicking two late points coming for a free and a 45’, but a black card for O’Connell saw a gap emerge in the Premier Counties backline, with the two Bourkes, Hugh and Robbie kicking late scores for a six point winning margin.


1Michael O’Reilly Goalkeeper
2Shane O’Connell Defender 35+3'
3Jimmy Feehan Defender
4Willie Eviston Defender
5Sean O’Connell Defender 48'
6Colm O’Shaughnessy Defender
7Jack Harney Defender
8Conal Kennedy Midfielder
24Mark Russell Midfielder 29'
10Luke Boland 23 Forward
11Jack Kennedy Forward 4', 15', 50', 65', 70'
12Teddy Doyle Forward
13Mikey O’Shea Forward 40'
14Conor Sweeney Forward
15Sean O’Connor 22 Forward 10', 20'
16Kuba Beban
9Martin Kehoe Forward
17Ciaran Cannon Defender
18Dean Carew
19Jason Lonergan Forward
20Tommy Maher
21Eanna McBride Forward
22Liam McGrath 15
23Stephen O’Brien 10
25Stephen Quirke
26Conor Ryan


1Donal O Sullivan Goalkeeper
2Sean O Dea Defender
3Brian Fanning Defender
4Mike O Donovan Defender
5Cian Sheehan Defender
6Iain Corbett Defender
7Paul Maher Defender
8Darragh Treacy Midfielder
9Cillian Fahy Midfielder 1', 12', 60'
10Adrian Enright Forward 45'
11Brian Donovan Forward 53'
12James Naughton Forward
13Peter Nash 26 Forward
14Josh Ryan 22 Forward 12'
15Hugh Bourke Forward 30', 68'
16Aaron O Sullivan Goalkeeper
17Jim Liston
18Luke Murphy Forward
19Colm McSweeney
20Gordon Brown
21Robert Childs Defender
22Tommy Griffin 14 Midfielder
23Padraig De Bruin
24Killian Ryan
25Diarmaid Kelly
26Robbie Bourke 13 53', 72', 74'
  • 74'

    Bourke kicks a free into added time, Limerick home and comfortable

  • 72'

    Robbie Bourke with another score for Limerick

  • 70'

    Five minutes added time

  • 70'

    Jack Kennedy slots over a 45

  • 67'

    Bourke adds the free

  • 67'

    Sean O'Connell is black carded for a trip, Tipperary down to 14 for the final few minutes

  • 64'

    Jack Kennedy adds another free

  • 60'

    Fahy adds another point on the hour mark

  • 53'

    Bang Limerick get a second goal Brian O'Donovan the scorer this time, easy for him to break and score

  • 53'

    Robbie Bourke adds another point

  • 50'

    Level for the fourth time as Jack Kennedy points a free

  • 50'

    Hugh Bourke with another goal chance but the shot is saved by Michael O'Reilly

  • 48'

    Sean O'Connell finds his range to make it a one point game

  • 45'

    Liam McGrath replaces Sean O\'Connor

  • 45'

    Adrian Enright extends the Limerick lead

  • 40'

    Mikey O'Shea goes into the notebook, joined by Conal Kennedy

  • 40'

    First score of the half and a first point for Josh Ryan coming from a free

  • 36'

    Half time sub for Tipperary, Steven O'Brien replaces Luke Boland

  • 36'

    The referee gets the second half underway

  • 38'

    Half Time in Thurles, the game tied as both teams look for an opening in the second half, Tipperary 0-6 Limerick 1-3

  • 38'

    Shane O'Connell levels the tie again

  • 35'

    Three minutes added time

  • 32'

    Blood Sub for Tipperary Liam McGrath replaces Teddy Doyle

  • 30'

    Hugh Bourke puts Limerick back ahead

  • 29'

    Mark Russell equalises for Tipp

  • 25'

    Tipperary have a goal chance through Mikey O'Shea but he misses the target

  • 20'

    O'Connor with his second point of the evening

  • 15'

    Kennedy reduces the arrears by one

  • 12'

    Fahy adds a second point of the evening

  • 12'

    Josh Ryan finds the net, saved by the keeper originally but Ryan finds the net

  • 10'

    Sean O'Connor kicks a free off his hands to put Tipperary a point ahead

  • 4'

    Jack Kennedy levels the tie with a well struck 45

  • 1'

    Cillian Fahy kicks Limerick ahead

  • 1'

    The Ball is thrown in and the game is on

  • Limerick look to be starting as per programme, however one change to the Tipperary with No 24 Mark Russell starting in place of Martin Kehoe.

  • For Tipperary, David Power has made two changes from the team that beat Waterford with Sean O’Connell and Luke Boland coming in for the injured duo of Bill Maher and Kevin Fahey, after suffering defeat at the hands of Kerry at the same stage last year, they will look to chase their Munster crown back, having won against the odds in 2020

  • Limerick have had a whirlwind season so far this year, promoted to Division 2 and a dramatic penalty shootout saw them defeat Clare in Ennis at the Quarter Final stage, they will feel motivated to reach the provincial decider

  • Thurles is the venue, the weather is fantastic and at stake is a place in the 2022 Munster Senior Football Final, Tipperary meet their neighbours Limerick in a rematch of their enthralling 2020 Semi Final, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will keep you updated on all the action once we have throw in at 7pm

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Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.