Limerick hurlers and footballers enjoy success

Steven Miller

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Steven Miller

Limerick GAA enjoyed a good day in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday as both the county senior footballers and hurlers had important wins in their National League campaigns.

Limerick GAA enjoyed a good day in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday as both the county senior footballers and hurlers had important wins in their National League campaigns.

Limerick GAA enjoyed a good day in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday as both the county senior footballers and hurlers had important wins in their National League campaigns.

Donal O’Grady’s hurlers maintained their unbeaten run in Division 2 with a hard-earned 1-18 to 0-16 win over Laois while earlier in the day, the footballers boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation with an impressive 2-14 to 0-15 triumph over Cavan.

The hurlers actually trailed by a point at the break, 0-8 to 0-7, but a goal from Pat Tobin within a minute of the restart pushed them in front and despite not fully impressing they stayed ahead for the remainder of the game.

“We’re happy enough with the two points,” said O’Grady afterwards. “We dominated midfield to an extent and our backs weren’t in that much trouble but we didn’t get much fluency in the forward line, especially in the first half.

“Had Laois converted half their chances (in the first half) they would have been way ahead. Their goalkeeper got injured after we got the goal and that sort of killed the game. It was a struggle but we’re glad to get the two points.

Limerick are now in a very strong position to reach the league final and are expected to win their remaing games against Carlow, Antrim and Kerry.

The footballers, meanwhile, capped a fine week with their first win of the season. Maurice Horan’s U-21 side had a good win over Clare in the Munster championship on Wednesday night last and the seniors followed it up with a crucial win over Cavan.

That gives them a fighting chance of avoiding relegation from NFL Division 3 but they will probably need to win two of their remaining three games. They travel to Louth next Sunday before home games against Westmeath and Wexford round off their campaign.

They led by 0-10 to 0-5 at half time against Cavan and although they played against the wind in the second half, goals from Pa Ranahan and Stephen Kelly saw them over the finishing line.

“We had to win that – there was no two ways about it,” explained a relieved Maurice Horan afterwards. “We said before the game that we had one target and that was to win the match,”

“That was very satifying and hopefully we can build on that from here on in. It’s great to see that things that we are working on in training are coming to fruitition.

“There were periods in the first half when we weren’t happy at all. I think it was level at maybe 0-5 each and then we pushed on, but we only played in patches. I thought in the second half we were great, even though they got level,”

The Limerick footballers now face another busy period as they travel to Louth next Sunday before the U-21s welcome Kerry on Wednesday week