The Limerick footballers went down a narrow 0-15 to 0-13 loss to Sligo in the opening round of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday afternoon.
Under new manager John Brudair, Limerick played some fine football in the opening half and were 0-8 to 0-5 up at the break as Seamus O’Carroll, newcomer Eoin Hanrahan and Ian Ryan all found the target.
With wind advantage in the second half, the home side fought their way back with Adrian Marren particularly impressive.
Limerick still continued to play well though but Ger Collins and Ian Ryan both saw goal chances go astray and Sligo pushed clear near the finish and held off one last Limerick attack by making a goal-line clearance to secure the two points on offer.
Limerick are now at home to Longford next Sunday in the Gaelic Grounds. Longford lost to Roscommon in their opening game on Sunday while the other Division 3 games saw Cavan beat Fermanagh and Wexford see off Offaly.
SCORERS - Sligo: Adrian Marren 0-8 (five frees), Mark Breheny (one free), Stephen Coen 0-2 each, Pat Hughes, Eoin McHugh, David Kelly 0-1 each; Limerick: Séamus O’Carroll 0-4 (two ‘45s), Eoin Hanrahan (one free), Ian Ryan (one free) 0-3 each, Micheál Brosnan, Mike Fitzgibbon, Ger Collins 0-1 each.
SLIGO: Aidan Devaney; Ross Donovan, Mark Quinn, Keelan Cawley; Charlie Harrison, Neil Ewing, Johnny Kelly; James Kilcullen, Conor Griffen; Pat Hughes, Mark Breheny, Eoin McHugh; Adrian Marren, David Kelly. Subs: David Rooney for Pat Hughes (55 mins), Danien O’Boyle for Mark Breheny (62 mins), Niall Murphy for Eoin McHugh (62 mins), James Hynes for Stephen Coen (63 mins).
LIMERICK: Donal O’Sullivan; Lorcan O’Dwyer, Johnny McCarthy, Mike Sheehan; Iain Corbett, Paudie Browne, Pa Ranahan; Tom Lee, Darragh Treacy; Micheál Brosnan, Eoin Hanrahan, Seanie Buckley; Séamus O’Carroll, Ger Collins, Ian Ryan. Subs: Mark O’Riordan for Lorcan O’Dwyer (41 mins), John Riordan for Mike Sheahan (47 mins), Mike Fitzgibbon for Micheál Brosnan (55 mins), John Mullane for Eoin
Hanrahan (62 mins).
REFEREE: Barry Cassidy (Derry).