Sport Hurling

Saturday 25 March 2017

The game at a glance

Declan Hannon (Limerick): The Adare teenager scored eight points and set up their first goal. He was the best hurler on the pitch.



Turning point

The sending off of Karl Stewart in the 28th minute turned this game on its head and completely stole the wind from Antrim's sails.

Talking point

Limerick will need to seriously improve on this display when they take on Dublin in the quarter-finals; their first touch and handling were way off the level required.

Ref watch

Wexford referee James Owens had one big call to make in this match and got it right on the Karl Stewart incident, which was clearly a red card.

What they said

Donal O'Grady (Limerick manager):

"We came up, we did the job. As Caesar said, 'veni, vidi, vici' -- and we'll leave it at that."

Dinny Cahill (Antrim manager):

"We are proud of our players, they fought hard."

Match statistics

Wides: Limerick 9 (4); Antrim 8 (4)

Frees: Limerick 10 (9); Antrim 10 (5)

Yellow cards: Limerick 1 (D O'Grady 15); Antrim 2 (C Donnelly 34, C McCann 41)

Red cards: Limerick 0; Antrim 1 (K Stewart 28)

Attendance: 3,000 (approx)

What next?

Limerick play Dublin in the All-Ireland quarter-final on July 23/24, most likely in Thurles. Antrim's season is over.

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