Limerick footballers beaten by UCC

A bad start to the new season for the Limerick senior footballers as they were over run by the students from Cork 1-19 to 0-10 in the quarter-finals of the early season competition.

A bad start to the new season for the Limerick senior footballers as they were over run by the students from Cork 1-19 to 0-10 in the quarter-finals of the early season competition.

In the end Limerick lost by 12 points in the first ever inter-county competitive game to be played in the new county ground in Rathkeale.

A largely inexperienced Limerick trailed 1-5 to 0-5 in Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale. But UCC then dominated the second half.

Limerick must now regroup ahead of the start of the Allianz Football League on February 5 when they travel to Carrick On Shannon to play Leitrim in the opening game in Division Four.

Manager Maurice Horan will be hoping to have some of his long list of injured players back in action with John Galvin, Jim Donovan, Stephen Kelly all among those missing for this McGrath Cup game.

SCORERS - UCC: M Collins 1-3 (0-1free), P Geaney 0-4, M Reen 0-3, B Coughlan, B O’Driscoll (1free) 0-2 each, K O’Driscoll, JB Spillane, D Nation, J O’Sullivan, A Greaney 0-1 each. Limerick: G Collins (1free), M Quilligan (3frees) 0-4 each, J Riordan, G O’Connell 0-1 each.

UCC: Darren Farry; Jamie O’Sullivan, Eoin O’Sullivan, Shane Enright, Peter Crowley, Niall Daly, Bart Daly; Kevin O’Driscoll, David Nation; Mark Reen, Marc Collins, JB Spillane; Barry O’Driscoll, Brian Coughlan. Paul Geaney. Subs: Adrian Greaney for Peter Crowley (52mins), Jamie O’Sullivan for David Nation (52mins), Shane Beston for JB Spillane (59)mins, Liam Jennings for Kevin O’Sullivan (59mins), Dara O’Sullivan for Marc Collins (59mins).

Limerick: Brian Scanlon; Mike McCorkack, Johnny McCarthy, Lorcan O’Dwyer; Eoin Barry, John Riordan, Pa Ranahan; Eoin Joy, Paul Kinnerk; Darragh Treacy, Mike Quilligan, Philip Maloney; Ger Collins, Graham O’Connell, Donagh Kelly. Subs: Seanie Buckley for Paul Kinnerk, inj (28mins), John Cooke for Donagh Kelly (40mins), James O’Meara for Philip Maloney (44mins), Cian Coady for Mike McCormack (48mins), Stephen Nix for Seanie Buckley, inj (58mins).

REFEREE: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary).

-for more on this game see the print edition of the weekend Limerick Leader.