Ryan shines for Limerick
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).