Sunday 22 October 2017

Limerick v Cork Game at a Glance

Man of the match

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Declan Hannon (Limerick)

His side's top scorer on 0-8, he mixed accuracy from frees (0-5), open play (0-2) and a line cut (0-1) in an impressive display of shooting on the biggest occasion of his career so far.

TURNING POINT

Patrick Horgan's dismissal just before half-time swung the balance Limerick's way. An extra man for a full half is always an advantage, all the more so on such a blistering hot day.

TALKING POINT

What impact did Horgan's sending-off have on the second half? Should he have been dismissed? Those questions will occupy Cork supporters all week. Limerick's only issue is figuring out how far this team can extend the adventure.

MAGIC MOMENT

The rivers of green which flooded on to the pitch at the end will long be remembered in Limerick. It was the ultimate in an emotional release for the Treaty men who have endured so much heartbreak since their last Munster success in 1996.

REF WATCH

James McGrath had no hesitation in giving Horgan a straight red but it's most unlikely that the entire refereeing fraternity would have done likewise. Cork could feel aggrieved that they didn't get a penalty for a foul on Luke O'Farrell.

WHAT THEY SAID

John Allen (Limerick manager):

"It's the players' achievement really. I'm just the conduit or the facilitator of what happens. It's a great achievement and just reward for a team that has been very honest in everything they've done."

Tom Kenny (Cork right half-back):

"If we had 15 (players) maybe we would have finished out the game stronger. Obviously it contributed to the final result. We will have to look at our own failings and try and move on from there."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides

Cork 16 (10 first half) Limerick 11 (5)

Frees Cork 10 (5)

Limerick 13 (7)

Yellow Cards

Cork 3

(L McLoughlin 22, T Kenny 29, S McDonnell 68);

Limerick 0

Red Cards

Cork 1

(P Horgan 35)

Limerick 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Limerick will play in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 18; Cork will play Kilkenny in the All-Ireland quarter-finals on Sunday week.

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