NEWCASTLE West got their Irish Wire Products Limerick SFC title defence underway with a straight forward victory over Dromcollogher-Broadford.
The champions were 2-12 to 1-3 winners in Mick Neville Park.
And, the victory came despite 10 wides, compared to four for their opponents.
Played in thunder and lightening, Newcastle West were 2-5 to 1-2 ahead by half time.
All three goals came in a three-minute spell in the final quarter.
Eoin Hurley had both Newcastle West goals - either side of a fine Brian Aherne goal for Drom-Broadford.
With Hurley and Iain Corbett among the points, Newcastle West were six points clear at the break.
In the second half, Drom-Broadford scored just once - a Brian Aherne free.
Newcastle West had Corbett, Shane Stack and Diarmuid Kelly among the points to ensure a winning start for Mike Quilligan's men.
The trio of Hurley (2-3), Corbett (0-4) and Stack (0-3) dominated the Newcastle West scoresheet on a night when they kicked 2-11 from play.
Drom-Broadford must now regroup to play Ballysteen next weekend, while Newcastle West have a bye.
* See the print edition of the Limerick Leader for a full match report.
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