Fitzgibbon to fore as Treaty's new regime starts with 10-goal victory
Limerick 10-17 IT Tralee 0-9 WATERFORD CRYSTAL CUP (SH)
Limerick's mixture of experienced and new players proved far too strong for IT Tralee in Rathkeale as the Munster champions set up a semi-final meeting against All-Ireland champions Clare.
It was a landslide win for Limerick and the losers managed only four points from play over the 70 minutes.
The students managed to lead twice inside eight minutes, but Graeme Mulcahy then began the Limerick goal rush and they never let up.
Captain Donal O'Grady, after 13 minutes, and John Fitzgibbon, 60 seconds later, had further Limerick goals and by half-time it was over as a contest, with the Treaty men in front by 5-10 to 0-6, thanks to further goals by Paul Browne, on 21 minutes, and Mulcahy again, just after the half-hour.
Limerick continued their goal-scoring spree in a lopsided second half which saw the students manage a mere three points
New Limerick managers Donal O'Grady and TJ Ryan will not have taken much from this futile exercise other than the experience given to the newcomers, with John Fitzgibbon producing a cracking display when scoring 2-7 (0-5 from frees).
Mulcahy was also in flying form for Limerick with 3-1, while John Egan notched 0-4 for IT.
Scorers -- Limerick: G Mulcahy 3-1, J Fitzgibbon 2-7 (5fs), P Browne, D O'Grady 2-2 each, W Hickey 1-1, J Ryan 0-2, N Quaid, R English 0-1 each. IT Tralee: J Egan 0-4 (3fs, 1 '65'), C Harty 0-2, S Healy (f), G O'Grady, C McDonnell 0-1 each.
Limerick -- B Hennessy; S Walshe, P O'Loughlin, R English; W McNamara, C McNamara, G O'Mahony; P Browne, P O'Brien; W Hickey, D O'Grady, J Ryan; G Mulcahy, M Ryan, J Fitzgibbon. Subs: D Kennedy for M Ryan (h-t), B Lynch for W McNamara (53), N Quaid for O'Brien (55)
IT Tralee -- N Delaney; S Lynch, A Fealy, C Farrell; B Murphy, M Cleary, J Walsh; C McDonnell, K Carmody; S Healy, G O'Grady, C Harty; G O'Doherty, D Wallace, J Egan. Subs: N Lynch for S Lynch (41) D Nolan for O'Doherty (45), A Gavin for McDonnell (56).
Ref -- F Horgan (Tipperary)