Limerick cruise to 17 point win over Laois

Limerick 2-22 Laois 0-11 

 

Limerick stormed into the semi-final of the league with an easy win over Laois at a wet O’Moore Park on Saturday evening. John Kiely opted to only start 6 of the 2018 All Ireland side but they still proved far to strong for Eddie Brennan’s Laois side.

The win was never in doubt to be fair after Seamus Flanagan netted after 4 minutes after man of the match Gearoid Hegarty and Conor Boylan assisted the big full forward. Boylan himself got a goal on the 30 minute mark, which helped the Shannonsiders to a 2-11 to 0-06 lead at the break. The Laois management will be dissapointed though considering they racked up a total of 12 first half wides.

Limerick eased into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead in the first half. Lee Cleere got the opening score of the game for Laois on two minutes. Laois centre forward Mark Kavanagh cut the gap to six points, after 24 minutes the score was 0-04 to 1-07 now. Laois failed to get any close than 6 points to their rivals as Limerick knocked over points at their will. Gearoid Hegarty and Peter Casey coming to the fore for the reigning All-Ireland champions.

It continued to be all Limerick in the second period with corner forward Barry Murphy pointing inside the opening minute, he knocked over 7 frees also on the night. Darragh O’Donovan scored a sublime sideline from around 55m out which was the highlight of the second half for me, Seamus Flanagan also pointed a long range effort from inside his own half.

Limerick are still unsure who they will be meeting in the league semi-final but that will not be known for another two weeks at least.  As the remaining quarter finals have to be played. The remaining group games take place tomorrow with Wexford facing Kilkenny, Galway playing Waterford and Tipperary playing Cork.

Laois: E Rowland (0-1, f); J Phelan, M Whelan,  D Hartnett; P Delaney, R Mullaney, L Cleere (0-1); J Kelly (0-1), S Downey; P Purcell (0-1), M Kavanagh (0-6, 5f), A Dunphy (0-1); M Dowling, N Foyle, S Bergin.

Subs: PJ Scully for Foyle (Blood – 23-27), PJ Scully for Bergin (45), S Maher for M Dowling (52), D Connolly for Downey (58), A Bergin for Foyle (65)

Limerick: B Hennessy; T Condon, D Morrissey, W O’Meara; D Byrnes (0-1, f), D Hannon (0-1), B Nash; D O’Donovan (0-1, sc), R Hanley (0-1); G Hegarty (0-3), D Dempsey (0-1), C Boylan (1-1); P Casey (0-3), S Flanagan (1-2), B Murphy (0-8, 7f).

Subs: A Costelloe for Condon  (HT), D Reidy for Casey (45), S Dowling for Hegarty (55), C Ryan for Hanley (57), A La Touche-Cosgrave for Byrnes (60)

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

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