THE Limerick U-21 footballers suffered a 16-point loss to Cork this Wednesday night in the Munster championship.
The game was played in Pairc Ui Rinn, with a fine score of Limerick 0-8, Cork 3-15.
Cork now meet Tipperary in the Munster final.
It was a dark night for Limerick underage football as they simply had no answer to Cork.
The procession of scores started in the opening minute with Cian O’Sullivan pointing and it could very well have been a goal.
Very soon it was apparent that The Rebels could carve through the heart of the defence and they were to have three goals on the scoresheet by half time.
They were 0-3 to no score clear when Jason Mullins opened the Limerick account in the 8th minute.
Then came the Mark Sugrue goal for Cork.
Danny Neville (free) and a fine Kevin Moore point left it 1-3 to 0-3.
But Cork then took over.
Alan Cadogan had their second goal in the 15th minute and four minutes late Dan McEoin again had the ball in the net.
That left it 3-3 to 0-4.
It was to be 3-7 to 0-4 before Danny Neville and Mike Fitzgibbon had the final scores of the half to leave it as a 10-point interval margin 3-7 to 0-6.
Limerick were to score just twice in the second half - a Kevin Moore free and a point from play from Mike Fitzgibbon in the final minute.
SCORERS: Cork: Dan McEoin 1-5 (0-1free), Alan Cadogan 1-4, Mark Sugrue 1-2 (0-1free), Cian O’Sullivan 0-2, David Harrington and Sean Kiely 0-1 each. Limerick: Mike Fitzgibbon, Danny Neville (2frees), Kevin Moore (1free) 0-2 each, Jason Mullins and Sean O’Dea 0-1 each.
LIMERICK: James O’Mara (Fr Caseys); Alan Finnegan (Na Piarsiagh), Kevin Brosnan (Monagea), Ryan Meagher (St Patricks); Tony McCarthy (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Kieran Larkin (Banogue), Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins); Gearoid Hegarthy (St Patricks), Sean O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen); Mike Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Danny Neville (Askeaton-Ballysteen), Ryan Glynn (Bruff); Kevin Moore (Glin), Jason Mullins (St Patricks), Sean McSweeney (St Kierans). Subs: Brian Finn (Bruff) for Stephen Cahill, inj (15mins), Darragh Treacy (St Kierans) for Sean McSweeney (26mins), Paul White (St Marys Sean Finns) for Ryan Meagher (34mins), Shane Cusack (Ahane) for Tony McCarthy (43mins), Eoin O’Donnell (St Marys Sean Finns) for Kevin Moore (51mins).
CORK: Michael Martin; Jamie Davis, Conor Dorman, Stephen Cronin; Kevin Fulignati, Seán White, Kieran Histon; Killian O’Hanlon, Ian Maguire; Mark Sugrue, Cian O’Sullivan, Sean Kiely; Dan MacEoin, David Harrington, Alan Cadogan. Subs: Sam Ryan for Conor Dorman (42mins), Cillian McIntyre for Ian Maguire (43mins), Darragh Murphy for Dan McEoin (43mins), John Corkery for Alan Cadogan (47mins), Alan O’Connor for Sean White (54mins), James McDonnell for Micheal Martin (56mins).
REFEREE: Rory Hickey (Clare).