The Limerick footballers secured their place in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League thanks to a 1-13 to 1-12 win over Offaly on Sunday.
Eight points from the boot of St Patrick’s man Eoin Hanrahan and a crucial goal from sub John Riordan helped Limerick to the narrow win. And with results elsewhere going in Limerick’s favour - Sligo beating Longford and Fermanagh getting the better of Wexford - Limerick are certain of staying up even with one game still to play.
Limerick dominated the opening half with Hanrahan particularly impressive but a penalty from David Hanlon meaning the sides were level at the break.
Offaly pushed on in the second half but subs Riordan and John Galvin combined for Riordan to get Limerick’s goal and they held on for a hard-fought win from there.
SCORERS - Limerick: Eoin Hanrahan 0-8 (four frees, one ‘45’), John Riordan 1-0, Ian Ryan 0-2 (one free), Iain Corbett, Ger Collins, Micheál Brosnan 0-1 each; Offaly: Niall McNamee (three frees), Anton Sullivan, Joe Maher (two frees) 0-3 each, David Hanlon 1-0 (penalty), Peter Cunninghan 0-2, Ciarán Hurley 0-1
LIMERICK: Donal O’Sullivan; Colm Moran, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Michael Sheehan, Pádraig Browne, Pa Ranahan; Tom Lee, Iain Corbett; Gearóid Hegarty, Danny Neville, Seanie Buckley; Eoin Hanrahan, Ger Collins, Ian Ryan. Subs: John Galvin for Michael Sheehan (half-time), Micheál Brosnan for Gearóid Hegarty (42 mins), John Mullane for Danny Neville (55 mins), John Riordan for Iain Corbett (57 mins), Stephen Lucey for Eoin Hanrahan (69 mins), Cian Sheehan for Ger Collins (71 mins).
OFFALY: Alan Mulhall; Daithí Brady, David Hanlon, Joseph O’Connor; Niall Darby, Johnny Moloney, Michael Brazil; Ruairí Allen, Niall Smith; Pauric Sullivan, Anton Sullivan, Joe Maher; Niall Geraghty, Niall McNamee, Peter Cunningham. Subs: Ciarán Hurley for Pauric Sullivan (47 mins), Graham Guilfoyle for Niall Geraghty (51 mins).
REFEREE: Shane Hehir (Galway).