Limerick 1-17 Wexford 2-11
Limerick proved to strong for their opening encounter against Wexford in the National Hurling League on Sunday . It was Aaron Gillane who hit 1-05 for the reigning All Ireland Champions but they did have to withstand a late second half rally from Davy Fitzgerald’s charges in Wexford Park.
The game itself started with a bang with Wexford taking a lead. Cathal Dunbar got the opening goal of the game inside the first five minute and after 7 minutes Wexford led by 1-01 to 0-01 .Limerick were on level terms though after 10 minutes when Cian Lynch set up Gillane who fired past Fanning in the Wexford goal. Gillane and Peter Casey tapped over points before O’ Connor and McDonald levelled matters. Casey and Flanagan put the Treaty men ahead once again with nice points. Wexford once again responded though and O’ Connor raised a green flag for the hosts on 24 minutes.
Following this two players one from each side were given straight red cards by Fergal Horgan for involved in a melee on 26 minutes . These were Seamus Flanagan of Limerick and Liam Ryan of Wexford. Limerick led at the break 1-10 to 2-04 after points from Casey, Lynch, Gillane (three) and sideline from Colin Ryan.
Limerick had the lead out to 1-14 to 2-07 with about 10 minutes to go. But Davy Fitzgerald has instilled a believe in the Wexford side and they fought to the bitter end and fought back with points from Harry Kehoe, Paul Morris and Naomh Eanna man Conor McDonald. The former then hit the post in what was let off for Limerick, Liam Og McGoverns follow up rebound was blocked and knocked out for a 65. Jack O’Connor converted it. However Limerick upper the tempo in the final few minutes with Gearoid Hegarty coming to the fore for John Kielys men who begin live in Division 1 with a win. Wexford face a difficult task now going to Pairc UI Chaoimh next weekend.