LIMERICK and Cork played out a thrilling 0-17 each draw on Saturday evening in round one of the National Hurling League.
Limerick turned in a superb second half performance, despite the sending off of Graeme Mulcahy in the first half.
The Shannonsiders never led during the game and had Shane Dowling to thank for securing the draw with some fine late frees.
Cork were 0-9 to 0-6 ahead at half time after the home side flew from the blocks.
The were 0-8 to 0-2 ahead after 12-minutes - all scores coming from play.
Limerick had hit four early wides with Shane Dowling frees the only scores until Paul Browne pointed in the 17th minute.
Then in the 26th minute Graeme Mulcahy was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident with Killian Murphy.
At that point Cork were 0-9 to 0-4 ahead.
Indeed Cork didn’t score for the final 13-minutes of the half as Paudie O’Brien and Dowling cut the deficit to just a goal at half time, despite playing second fiddle for much of the opening half, which had seeen both teams register eight wides.
SCORES: Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-11 (8frees, 2 ‘65), Paul Browne0-3, Paudie O’Brien 0-2, Connor Allis 0-1. Cork: Pat Horgan 0-8 (3frees), Cian McCarthy, Conor Lehane, Stephen Moylan, Alan Cadogan 0-2 each.
LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy, Tom Condon; Paudie O’Brien, Wayne McNamara, Gavin O’Mahony; Paul Browne, Donal O’Grady; Thomas Ryan, James Ryan, Conor Allis; Graeme Mulcahy, Shane Dowling, Seanie Tobin. Sub: Kevin Downes for Thomas Ryan (47mins).
CORK: Anthony Nash; Stephen White, Shane O’Neill, Killian Murphy; William Egan, Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis; Daniel Kearney, Lorcan McLoughlin; Aidan Walsh, Cian McCarthy, Rob O’Shea; Patrick Horgan, Conor Lehane, Stephen Moylan. Subs: Alan Cadogan for Conor Lehane (37mins), Michael Cahalane for Aidan Walsh (46mins), Luke O’Farrell for Cian McCarthy (53mins), Michael O’Sullivan for Luke O’Farrell (57mins), Paul Haughney for Daniel Kearney (63mins).
REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford).
See the print edition of the Limerick Leader for a full report