THEY finished second bottom of Division 4 of the Allianz Football League and won only two of seven games – but Limerick pulled off a shock Munster SFC win last Saturday to set up a semi-final against Cork.
Very few expected anything other than a Tipperary win here, but the Treaty County turned the formbook on its head with a 3-11 to 1-10 victory.
This was Limerick’s first win in the Munster SFC since 2012 and the reward now is provincial semi-final against Ronan McCarthy’s Cork on Saturday, June 1st at Páirc Uí Rinn, at 7pm.
Considering Cork’s dismal Division 2 campaign that ended in relegation to Division 3, this upcoming semi-final is a potential banana skin especially as Limerick will be high in confidence after their seven-point win against a Tipp team that included Carbery Rangers’ Robbie Kiely.
The teams were level at half time, 0-8 apiece, but second-half goals for Limerick from Iain Corbett, Cillian Fahy and Peter Nash all helped the Treaty County cause an early shock in the provincial series.
Cork’s last Munster SFC game against Limerick was a resounding 3-17 to 0-8 quarter-final win in 2013. John O’Rourke, Brian Hurley and Pearse O’Neill grabbed the goals that day.
Kerry will face Clare in the other Munster SFC semi-final on the same evening, June 1st, after the Banner beat Waterford by one point, 0-9 to 0-8. Clare only scored one second-half point.