DOON were the big winners in round one of the county U-21 hurling championship as the club season got underway on Tuesday night.
The east Limerick side had 25 points to spare over Patrickswell, defeating the city side 4-21 to 0-8. It was a close contest in the early stages as Doon had a slender 0-4 to 0-3 advantage after a quarter of an hour.
However, when Barry Murphy and Tadhg Whelan both found the net within two minutes of each other, Doon had a strong foothold in the season opener. Murphy got his second goal and his team’s third after 22 minutes to make the score 3-7 to 0-3 – almost ending the tie as a contest.
The east outfit led 3-12 to 0-3 at the break after hitting five points in a row late on in the half. An early second half goal from Mikey O’Brien ensured there would be no remarkable come-back as Doon eased to victory.
That wasn’t the end of the pain for the ‘Well as they had Cian Lynch sent off.
There were also wins for Adare and Ahane who defeated Monaleen and Kilmallock respectively.
In the first game Tuesday evening there were no goals but a solid win for Adare, who defeated Monaleen 0-14 to 0-10.
That was the first game in a double-header in Mick Neville Park. In the second game, goals in either half helped Ahane secure a good 2-9 to 0-7 win over Kilmallock in group one.
The game between five-in-a-row chasing Na Piarsaigh and Mungret was postponed due to the Caherdavin sides involvement in the All-Ireland club semi-final at the weekend and will be played on February 14 at 12 noon at the Childer’s Road. Before that, the second round of fixtures takes place next Tuesday with four games taking place.