Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Irish Racing - BY DARAGH SMALL

CIL­LIAN FAHY starred as Lim­er­ick shocked the Premier County.

Wel­com­ing back a host of star names, this looked the per­fect fix­ture for Tip­per­ary to get their sea­son up and run­ning in Thurles.

But Lim­er­ick got their first win in Mun­ster since 2012 as they ad­vanced to face Cork.

It was 0-8 to 0-8 at half­time but Tip­per­ary were lucky to be level at the break. Lim­er­ick cap­tain Iain Cor­bett put his side in charge be­fore Fahy and Peter Nash can­celled out Michael Quin­li­van’s goal.

Jamie Lee tapped over Lim­er­ick’s open­ing free after three min­utes and Adrian En­right dou­bled their lead.

Quin­li­van fisted a Tip­per­ary point, be­fore Conor Sweeney scored his first and then Steven O’Brien put Tip­per­ary into the lead.

Cor­bett scored in the 16th minute but had to set­tle for a point and CLARE will face champions and red-hot favourites Kerry in the semi-fi­nal of the Mun­ster se­nior foot­ball


But they will need to show a huge im­prove­ment on their form in last night’s first round con­test with Water­ford at Cu­sack Park in En­nis

The Ban­ner went into the game as the firm favourites and they looked to be on their way to a com­fort­able win when they led by six points at half time in what was a most Lim­er­ick scored three in a row with En­right, Lee and Sean McSweeney (free) find­ing their range.

Liam Casey scored be­fore Lee added his third. Frees from Sweeney and Liam McGrath brought Tip­per­ary level.

Fahy scored but Quin­li­van’s sec­ond meant the teams went in tied at the in­ter­val.

Cor­bett scored a bril­liant goal in the top corner in the 47th minute and Quin­li­van’s strike was only a con­so­la­tion sand­wiched by ef­forts from Fahy and Nash.

REID ALL ABOUT IT TJ Reid scores his first goal of the game ver­sus Dublin THE FOG IS LIFTED Kilkenny’s Conor Fog­a­rty in a tus­sle with Dublin’s Shane Ben­net at Nowlan yes­ter­day

SHOCK TROOPS Lim­er­ick cel­e­brate their win over Tipp

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