The Limerick footballers were beaten 1-10 to 0-12 by Cork in the opening round of the McGrath Cup in Mallow this Sunday afternoon.
Two late points from Daniel Goulding helped Cork to the win after Limerick had been the better team for most of the game. A goal from Kevin O’Driscoll had the home side 1-5 to 0-7 ahead at the break but Limerick would have been in front had Seanie Buckley’s penalty not whizzed by the post and wide.
Limerick got their noses in front in the second half after points from Sean McSweeney, Iain Corbett, Danny Neville and James Naughton but Cork steadied and the experienced Goulding struck for the equaliser and winner.
This year’s competition is on a group basis and Limerick will play Waterford in Mick Neville Park on Sunday, January 17.
SCORERS - Cork: Daniel Goulding 0-5 (two frees), Kevin O’Driscoll 1-0, Séamus Hickey, Dan McEoin 0-2 each, Luke Connolly 0-1 (free); Limerick: Séan McSweeney 0-3 (one free), Stephen Kelly, Iain Corbett,
Danny Neville 0-2 each, Seán O’Dea, Brian Fanning, James Naughton (free) 0-1 each.
CORK: Micheál Martin; Colm O’Driscoll, Lorcan Harrington, Jamie Davis; Mark Collins (O’Donovan Rossa), Tom Clancy, Alan O’Donovan; Ian Maguire, Rory Deane; Shane Beston, Luke Connolly, Kevin O’Driscoll; Dan McEoin, Daniel Goulding, Séamus Hickey. Subs: Daniel Hazel for Lorcan Harrington (half-time), Killian O’Hanlon for Shane Beston (half-time), Peter Kelleher for Kevin O’Driscoll (56 mins), Bart Daly for Rory Deane (63 mins).
LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon; Johnny McCarthy, Paudie Browne, Paul White; Stephen Cahill, Iain Corbett, Seán O’Dea; Gearóid Hegarty, Darragh Treacy; Brian Fanning, Pa Ranahan, Seanie Buckley; Seán McSweeney,
Stephen Kelly, Danny Neville. Subs: Colm Moran for Johnny McCarthy (injured - 29 mins), Seán Flanagan for Paul White (injured - 41 mins), James Naughton for Pa Ranahan (52 mins), Kevin Moore for Stephen Kelly (70 mins).
REFEREE: Alan Kissane (Waterford).