Tuesday 21 February 2017

Casey's escape act as Limerick make wasteful Rebels pay


Darragh Small

Published 03/07/2015 | 02:30


Limerick qualified for a third straight provincial final when they pulled off a Houdini-like win at the Gaelic Grounds last night.

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Cork were on top for most of the hour but they squandered countless scoring opportunities.

The only goal came two minutes from the end at a stage when Cork led by a point. Peter Casey grabbed a long clearance by Conor Houlihan and raced in for a goal - taking his tally to 1-6.

Cork hit 17 wides, ten of them in a first half they dominated. They also created three good goal chances, but Limerick's Eoghan McNamara had a penalty saved by Declan Dalton on 46 minutes.

It was 0-7 each at the break and Cork continued to dominate, thanks mainly to the outstanding Mark Coleman.

Still, the sides were tied at 0-10 each before a McNamara free nudged Limerick in front. Frees by Dalton and Coleman had Cork back in front. Then came the penalty miss, and Coleman tacked on another point.

Casey's goal earned a win that his side hardly deserved, though they had only four wides in the hour. Limerick meet Tipperary in the final in Thurles on July 12.

Scorers - Limerick: P Casey 1-6 (0-4fs), D Carroll, K Hayes, T Grimes 0-2 each, E McNamara (f), B Ryan 0-1 each. Cork: M Coleman 0-7 (4fs), L Healy 0-2, E Dalton (f), D Fitzgibbon, T O'Mahoney, S Powter, C Cormack 0-1 each.

Limerick - E McNamara; T Hayes, C McSweeney, J O'Grady; C Byrnes, P O'Loughlin, C Houlihan; D Carroll, T Grimes; K Hayes, S Flanagan, B Ryan; P Casey, M Mackey, B Murphy. Subs: C Boylan for Carroll (53), W O'Meara for Mackey (50), P Ahern for Hayes (60).

Cork - D Dalton; S Smyth, D Griffin, C McCarthy; M Coleman, E Murphy, D Lowney; C O'Leary, D Fitzgibbon; L Healy, M O'Halloran, T O'Mahoney; S Powter, C Cormack, J Looney. Subs: J Cashman for O'Leary (h-t), B Dunne for Powter (45), B Hennessy for Looney (53).

ref - P Foley (Waterford)

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