Monday 25 March 2019

Gillane leads the Limerick charge as Antrim suffer

Limerick 3-21 Antrim 0-13

Man of the match Aaron Gillane Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Man of the match Aaron Gillane Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Limerick's hurlers kept their 100 per cent record in Division 1B intact with a comfortable 17-point win over Antrim at Cushendall yesterday.

Goals from Oisín O'Reilly, Graeme Mulcahy and Man of the Match Aaron Gillane put the game beyond the reach of the Saffrons, who trailed by just one point on 27 minutes.

In truth, the 0-7 to 0-6 scoreline gave a misleading impression, with Antrim surviving three gilt-edged goal chances, including Gillane's fifth-minute penalty which struck the upright.

Antrim goalkeeper Nigel Elliott picked up a yellow card for dragging down Seamus Flanagan, who had broken through the home defence to earn Gillane's penalty opportunity.

The Limerick goal arrived before the break when O'Reilly cut inside the Antrim defence and batted the ball to the net on 29 minutes, to give the Treaty a 1-7 to 0-6 lead and they were ahead by 1-13 to 0-8 at the break.

Gillane quashed any hopes of a Saffrons comeback with his side's second goal on 42 minutes.

Points from Colin Ryan, Paul Brown and David Reidy further extended the Limerick lead.

The third goal arrived on 73 minutes from Mulcahy with the points already in the bag for John Kiely's side, who now look forward to a promotion showdown with All-Ireland champions Galway.



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