Bennett treble floors Trinity
Limerick IT 4-21 Trinity College 0-7
Waterford's Shane Bennett was the star turn as Limerick IT got their Group C campaign off to a winning start with a facile victory on home turf.
The hosts ran out massive 26-point winners against Trinity College as Bennett helped himself to 3-7 - including an 11-minute hat-trick of goals.
Limerick IT, managed by Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald, had the job done by half-time, leading by 4-8 to 0-4. Bennett's quick-fire blast, the second goal from a penalty, was good enough as Trinity leaked four goals in that 11-minute spell, David Dempsey also finding the net.
Beaten semi-finalists last year, Limerick will take some stopping as they boast a well-balanced team with Clare's Oisín O'Brien to come back into the mix.
Trinity had a six-point haul from Cian O'Sullivan but managed just a single point from play in the contest, Niall Redmond with a second-half effort.
SCORERS - LIT: S Bennett 3-7 (1-0 pen, 6f), D Dempsey 1-2 (1f), D Byrnes 0-3 (1 '65), P Killeen, P Duggan & J McCarthy 0-2 each, J Shanahan, B O'Gorman & J Campion 0-1 each. Trinity: C O'Sullivan 0-6 (4f, 1 ' 65, 1 s-l), N Redmond 0-1.
LIT - E Quilligan; C Cooney, K Bennett, C Nolan; W Ryan, B O'Connell, D Byrnes; D Reidy, W Connors; P Killeen, P Duggan, S Bennett; J Shanahan, J McCarthy, D Dempsey. Subs: M O'Malley for Connors (h-t), B O'Gorman for Duggan (41), J Quaid for Ryan (46), J Campion for Reidy (50), J Conway for S Bennett (59).
TRINITY - E Skelly; J O'Neill, D O'Donoghue, C Keating; Ciaran Heeney, M Malone, E McNamara; C O'Sullivan, F Ó Riain Broin; D Butler, N Redmond, C ó Dulaing; C Ó Riain Broin, C O'Carroll, S Ryan. Subs: E Kelly for ó Dulaing (h-t), Cillian Heeney for O'Neill (55).
REF - J Larkin (Cork)