The Limerick Senior football team in their changed kit. Pic: @LmkFootball on Twitter
The Limerick Senior footballers opened their 2019 Allianz Football league campaign with a 0-11 0-10 win over London in Ruislip this afternoon. Billy Lee's men went one better this season, having drawn with the exiles in the League in 2018.
The hosts raced into a 0-4 0-1 lead mid way through the opening half, but a response from Limerick before the short whistle, with points from Sean McSweeney and Tommie Childs, saw the visitors go into the break level at 0-5 to 0-5.
Limerick's momentum carried into the second period as they kicked four unanswered points to go into a 0-9 to 0-5 lead. Peter Nash (2) and Sean McSweeney (2) were the provides of what looked like a game Limerick could win easily.
London are made of more however and they replied with points from Killian Butler and substitute Adrian Hanlon to leave the score at Limerick 0-9, London 0-7 entering the last 10 minutes.
However points from Peter Nash and Seamus O'Carroll were enough to secure Limerick the two points, even if a late point from Liam Gavaghan did see the game end in a nervous fashion for the Shannonsiders.
Next up for Limerick is a round two tie on Sunday Feb 3 at home against Waterford.
Limerick: Donal O’Sullivan, Sean O’Dea, Gareth Noonan, Paul Maher, Colm McSweeney, Iain Corbett, Cillian Fahy, Darragh Treacy, Tommie Childs, Peter Nash, Jamie Lee, Davy Lyons, Sean McSweeney, Patrick Begley, Seamus O’Carroll Subs: John Chawke, Oran Collins, Michael Donovan, Jim Liston, Gordan Browne, Tony McCarthy, Adam Kerins, Stephen Keeley, Brian Donovan, Michael Fitzgibbon, Kieran Daly.
London: Gavin McEvoy, Philip Butler, Matthew Moynihan, Michael Clarke, David Carrabine, Aidan McGarvey, Ryan Jones, Ryan Forde, Liam Feerick, Liam Garvaghan, Matt Gottsche, Barry Tully, fearghal McMahon, David Dunne, Killian Butler.