Tuesday 18 June 2019

All-Ireland champions Limerick round off glorious year with Fenway Classic win

Limerick 38, Cork 30

Limerick players celebrate with the Players Champions Cup and the Liam MacCarthy Cup after the Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Final match between Cork and Limerick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Limerick players celebrate with the Players Champions Cup and the Liam MacCarthy Cup after the Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Final match between Cork and Limerick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Séamus Flanagan of Limerick on the attack during the Aer Lingus Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Final match between Cork and Limerick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Limerick captain Declan Hannon is held aloft by his team mates as they celebrate with the cup after winning the Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Final match between Cork and Limerick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Patrick Horgan of Cork in action against Richie English of Limerick during the Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Final match between Cork and Limerick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Limerick's Aaron Gillane, left, and Cian Lynch celebrate after winning the Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Final match between Cork and Limerick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
A general view of action during the Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Final match between Cork and Limerick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

John Fallon in Fenway Park

All-Ireland champions Limerick rounded off a glorious year by capturing the Aer Lingus Fenway Hurling Classic.

Limerick never trailed in the final as they built on a blistering start to finish as they added the Players’ Champions Cup to their trophy cabinet.

Limerick captain Declan Hannon is held aloft by his team mates as they celebrate with the cup after winning the Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Final match between Cork and Limerick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Limerick captain Declan Hannon is held aloft by his team mates as they celebrate with the cup after winning the Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Final match between Cork and Limerick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Limerick led by 24-13 at half-time, having raced into a 21-0 lead after just eight minutes as John Kiely’s men blitzed the Munster champions.

Barry Murphy blasted home two five-pointers from short corners and after Tom Morrissey chipped in with two other goals, they pulled further clear with an excellent effort from distance from Hurler of the year Cian Lynch.

A general view of action during the Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Final match between Cork and Limerick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
A general view of action during the Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Final match between Cork and Limerick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cork eventually got moving and Patrick Horgan fired home a five-pointer and then added another three-point effort.

But Kyle Hayes extended Limerick’s lead before Cork cut the gap before the break when Shane Kingston found the net from a short corner to leave them eleven adrift at the interval.

They would have been further behind had Anthony Nash not produced a string of stunning saves which had the crowd of 12,674 on their feet.

Tom Morrissey and Bill Cooper exchanged three-pointers after the restart and Patrick Horgan cut the gap to 27-19 but Limerick goalkeeper Nickie Quaid was also in top form.

Another effort from distance from Lynch extended Limerick’s lead, with an effort from Andrew La Touche Cosgrave making 35-19 going into the final quarter.

Conor Lehane and Cooper reduced the margin before Barry Murphy hit back for Limerick to seal the win.

Scorers: B Murphy 13, C Lynch 10, T Morrissey 9, K Hayes 3, A la Touche Cosgrave 3.

Cork: P Horgan 16, B Cooper 6, S Kingston 5, C Lehane 3

Limerick: N Quaid, S Hickey, R English, S Finn, D Byrnes, D Hannon, D Morrissey, C Lynch, S Flanagan, G Mulcahy, T Morrissey, P Ryan, B Nash, G Hegarty, K Hayes, B Hennessy, A La Touche Cosgrave, O O’Reilly, A Gillane, B Murphy, P O’Loughlin, L Lyons, W O’Meara, D Reidy, C Ryan.

Cork: A Nash, S O’Donoghue, D Cahalane, C Spillane, C Joyce, E Cadogan, M Coleman, B Cooper, D Kearney, C Lehane, S Kingston, L Meade, T O’Mahony, P Horgan, J O’Connor, E Murphy, R O’Flynn, W Kearney, D Griffin, D Browne, J Coughlan, M Collins, C Twomey, S Murphy.

Referee: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny)

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