Monday 23 April 2018

Ryan shines for Limerick

Limerick 0-11
Carlow 0-7

IAN RYAN had his scoring boots on as Limerick maintained their winning start to the campaign with a thoroughly deserved victory at Kilmallock.

A run of four unanswered points early in the third quarter, three of which came from Ryan -- who finished with six points -- proved crucial.

Limerick overcame a sluggish start to go 0-6 to 0-2 in front approaching half-time. Carlow, though, rallied and two excellent long-range points from Brendan Murphy brought them to within three in first-half stoppage time, and they had a gilt-edged opportunity to level when Sean Gannon was fouled for a penalty.

However, Limerick's debutant 'keeper Brendan Moran produced a superb save to deny Simon Rea.

JJ Smith pulled back a free a minute after the restart, but Limerick kicked four quick points to pull clear.

The visitors grabbed the last three points of the game in a spirited finish.

Scorers -- Limerick: I Ryan 0-6 (0-5f), C Joyce-Power 0-2, J Mullane, G Collins, R Hayes 0-1 each. Carlow: JJ Smith 0-3 (0-1f), B Murphy 0-2, S Gannon, E McCormack (0-1f) 0-1 each.

Limerick -- B Moran; A Lane, C Mullane, M O'Riordan; S Lavin, S Gallagher, P Ranahan; J O'Donovan, E Joy; J Mullane, J Ryan, P Browne; G Collins, C Joyce-Power, I Ryan. Subs: R Hayes for Joy (8), S Kelly for Browne (45), B Fitzpatrick for Lane (48), P Mullins for J Mullane (58), J Cooke for J Ryan (67).

Carlow -- J Clarke; K Nolan, L Murphy, M Nolan; A Curran, J Hayden, T Bolger; B Murphy, S Gannon; W Minchin, J Murphy, JJ Smith; S Rea, M Carpenter, D St Ledger. Subs: P Murphy for M Nolan (26), S Redmond for J Murphy (h/t), B Kavanagh for K Nolan (49), E McCormack for St Ledger (53), J Kavanagh for Rea (68).

Ref -- P O'Sullivan (Kerry).

Irish Independent

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