Morrissey relives historic point

November 06, 2018

Limerick's Tom Morrissey celebrates after scoring a goal in front of Gearoid McInerney of Galway during the All-Ireland SHC final at Croke Park.
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Tom Morrissey says the vital late point he notched against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final was “instinctive”.

The scores were tied going into injury time at Thurles in mid-July when Morrissey gathered possession and sprinted forward to slot the point that sent the Treaty County on the way to their first championship victory over the Cats since 1973. A month later, Limerick captured their first All-Ireland in 45 years.

“To be honest I haven’t had much time for reflection in the last few weeks,” Morrissey told The Irish Times. “I’d say it’ll be Christmas before I get to sit down and have a real recap of the year. It was a nice point to get and a crucial one but in the circumstances the main thing was to get over the line, not having beaten Kilkenny since we last won the championship in 1973. It showed how substantial an achievement – and how substantial a moment – that was for Limerick.

“When it happened it was all instinctive. I picked up the ball and if there had been a wing back in front of me I’d just have played the ball but there was space there and I just ran it. It was late in the game and maybe wasn’t the time for running the ball but I was alert to the opportunity that presented itself and I just went and took it. Maybe I was a small bit fortunate but I just went for it.”

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