The Limerick minor footballers went down to Cork in the Munster minor championship on a scoreline of 6-15 to 1-7 in Pairc ui Rinn.
It was a hugely disappointing game for Limerick as they were well beaten by Cork. Cork had 3-10 on the board before Limerick got their first score and the home side were 4-14 to 0-2 in front just six minutes into the second half. Indeed the winning margin could have much greater had Cork maintained their intensity right to the final whistle.
Cork’s full-forward line of Michael Hurley, Damien Buckley and Shane Kingston scored 4-11 between them while their midfield pairing of Sean O’Leary and Brian Coakley were utterly dominant throughout.
A Mikey Morrisey goal was some consolation for Limerick but it was a harrowing night for Limerick, who will now play Clare in a qualifier game next week.
SCORERS - Cork: Michael Hurley 2-4 (0-1 free), Damien Buckley 2-2 (0-2 frees), Shane Kingston 0-5, Seán O’Donoghue 1-1, Christopher Moynihan 1-0, Séamus Ronayne, Brian Coakley, Maidhc Ó Duinnín 0-1 each; Limerick: Mikey Morrissey 1-2, Richard Hayes 0-2 (both frees), Tommy Childs, Gary McCarthy, Brian Hurley 0-1 each.
CORK: Colm O’Driscoll; Cian O’Donovan, Kevin Flahive, Seán Powter; Tom Bushe, Daniel Meaney, Cian Kiely; Seán O’Leary, Brian Coakley; Seán O’Donoghue, Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Séamus Roynane; Shane Kingston, Michael Hurley, Damien Buckley. Subs: David O’Neill for Cian Kiely (half-time), Christopher Moynihan for Seán O’Donoghue (half-time), Martin Collins for Daniel Meaney (41 mins), Michael Cottrell for Michael Hurley (45 mins), John Mullins for Tom Bushe (50 mins), Anthony Kidney for Colm O’Driscoll (53 mins).
LIMERICK: Andy Brudair; Luke O’Connell, Seán Murphy, Stephen Brosnan; Seán Ivess, Cormac Flanagan, Fiachra O’Grady; Tommy Childs, Mark Reidy; Mikey Morrissey, Richard Hayes, Kieran Daly; Shane Stack, Conor Bourke, Killian Ryan. Subs: Dara Noonan for Luke O’Connell (26 mins), Brendan Stack for Seán Murphy (half-time), David Hanly for Seán Ivess (half-time), Gary McCarthy for Conor Bourke (38 mins), David Macken for Fiachra O’Grady (50 mins), Brian Hurley for Kieran Daly (57 mins).
REFEREE: Séamus Mulvihill (Kerry).
- For more on this game see next week’s print edition of the Limerick Leader