A University of Limerick team, heavily sprinkled with some of the most recognisable names in inter-county hurling, demolished DCU in yesterday's Group D round-robin match.
The gusting wind was always going to militate against a free-flowing game and UL struggled to get into any sort of rhythm in the first half, but goals from Tipp duo Kieran Morris and Joe Gallagher still helped them into a 2-4 to 0-8 half-time lead.
After the interval the teams were greeted by a driving, icy rain but UL made light of the conditions to produce some sparkling hurling.
Offaly's Joe Dooley and Cork's Pa Cronin were prominent as they ran at the DCU defence and picked off great scores and at the other end, Waterford's Michael 'Brick' Walsh repelled any sporadic DCU attacks.
Two more goals, from impressive substitute Tom Connors and Dooley, added more gloss to the final score.
And by the finish, UL's winning margin of 22 points was a fair reflection of the gulf in class between the two teams.
Scorers -- University of Limerick: S Dooley 1-6 (3f), T Connors 1-2, K Morris 1-1 (1f), P Cronin 0-4, J Gallagher 1-0, B Beckett 0-2, D Burke, P Kelly, A Quinn 0-1 each. Dublin City University: E Kent 0-4 (3f), P McAllister, E O'Mahony, D Horan, JJ Lennon 0-1 each.
University of Limerick -- T Lowry; M Malone, M Walsh, S Hickey; P Stapleton, B Bugler, K Joyce; D Burke, J Gallagher; P Cronin, B Beckett, S Dooley; K Morris, P Kelly, A Quinn. Subs: T Connors for J Gallagher (43), M Heffernan for K Morris (46), PJ Delaney for K Joyce (48), N Murphy for D Burke (50), D Lynch for M Malone (55).
Dublin City University -- B McCormack; S Kelly, A Moran, W Eviston; A Griffith, B Flaherty, W O'Brien; P McAllister, JJ Lennon; E McCabe, A Crane, E O'Mahony; D Horan, E Kent, C Foley.
Ref -- R Matthews (Antrim).