LIMERICK started their National Hurling League campaign with a 0-17 each draw with Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn.
Jerome O’Connell casts an eye over the performances of the Limerick players.
Nickie Quaid 8
Was quick off his line to unsettle Stephen Moylan when the attacker was though one-on-one in the 22nd minute. Got great length into puckouts but much of the time was short of ball winning targets.
Stephen Walsh 6
Was under first half pressure from the elusive talent that is Patrick Horgan, who finished with five points from play. Like most in the Limerick team, Walsh was back to his bustling best in the second half.
Richie McCarthy 7
Didn’t appear to enjoy the mobility of Conor Lehane, who scored points from both sidelines in the opening 20-minutes. Then again the delivery was accurate from out the field and in favour of the attacker.
Tom Condon 7
Just back from injury and needed to get the full 70-minutes into his legs. Not his usual prominent self. Was unfortunate to slip to allow marker Moylan through on goal in the 22nd minute but thankfully the shot blazed over.
Paudie O’Brien 8
Appeared to relish marking Cork ‘newcomer’ Aidan Walsh. Fired over two points from wing back and won come crucial possessions.
Wayne McNamara 8
Especially prominent when Limerick were on the back foot in the opening half. Dug out valuable ball and drove forward when others were in trouble.
Gavin O’Mahony 7
Dominated Cork debutante Rob O’Shea throughout. Really stepped up in the second half when the need was greatest.
Paul Browne 9
From start to finish was Limerick’s top performer - starting off where he left off in Croke Park last August. Hit three points for good measure but more importantly he won possession and flashes intelligent ball into the attack.
Donal O’Grady 8
Won’t catch many puckouts as important as the injury time ball that resulted in the free that secured the draw for Limerick. Came into his own when driving forward in the second half and set up a number of points.
Thomas Ryan 6
Given a start at wing forward and didn’t look comfortable in the role. Starring for UL at wing back in the Fitzgibbon Cup at present and that is possibly his natural home.
James Ryan 6
Not very prominent in general play but he did keep centre back Christopher Joyce quiet. Worked hard to try and cut off the Cork supply of possession into their attack.
Conor Allis 7
Great to see the Croom man injury free and fingers crossed he gets a run of luck. Scored one fine point when supporting Donal O’Grady up the right wing after missing an earlier chance.
Graeme Mulcahy 6
Hadn’t seen a lot of action in his 26-minutes on the field when he was sent off for the incident with marker Killian Murphy. Had one shot at goal but it sailed wide.
Shane Dowling 9
Performed his primary duty brilliantly when pointing with 10 of 12 placed balls. Showed great confidence to score seven our of seven in the second period when the pressure was on.
Seanie Tobin 7
Was asked to retreat out the field after the opening quarter as Limerick went with a three man midfield. Pretty much played as a wing forward for the game and while he worked tirelessly, he didn’t carry a scoring threat.
Kevin Downes 7
Played the final 25-minutes at wing forward. Had one shot at goal but also won a valuable free.