Saturday 26 May 2018

McCarthy keen to stay despite rout

Limerick 6-21
Laois 1-11
ALL-IRELAND SHC QUALIFIER

Former Cork dual star Teddy McCarthy intends to stay in charge of Laois next season despite a maiden championship campaign that ended with two hammerings.

Laois were sent packing from the Leinster championship by 22 points by Dublin and McCarthy's men were even further adrift as they exited the All-Ireland qualifiers at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday night.

Nevertheless, McCarthy, who was appointed for a three-year term with annual reviews last Autumn, said he was anxious to remain in charge.

He said he was pleased with the commitment he got "from the players that came", and that the display of the Laois U-21 side in getting to a Leinster final offered some hope.

"But they have won nothing yet. Time will tell, time will tell. But they are going in the right direction," he added.

surprised

His fellow Cork native, Limerick manager John Allen admitted he was surprised by the paucity of the challenge offered by Laois.

"We played them in the league earlier and there wasn't that much in it. It was a competitive game. Obviously, we were in different stages of preparation," said Allen.

Allen was pleased with the way his own side handled the task, admitting he had been concerned with how they would react after putting so much into the Tipperary game and coming up short.

"It was a game that was a right of passage," he said. "You had to win it to get on to play Antrim the next night. You never know where you stand when you are preparing for a month. We were so good for so long against Tipperary, you just don't know how you will perform a month later. But it was good to get off to a good start."

The crowd of 3,086 got little value for money as the game was over as a contest by the break, Limerick racing into a 2-10 to 0-3 lead.

After Graeme Mulcahy picked off four excellent points, full-forward Niall Moran -- who went on to record a hat-trick -- set David Breen up for the opening goal to push Limerick 1-6 to 0-1 in front after 16 minutes.

Wing-forward Willie Hyland ended up scoring all but a point of the Laois total as their challenge disintegrated.

Moran came in from the left to get the first of his treble after 24 minutes and he completed his hat-trick with two goals in little over a minute to make the score 4-16 to 0-8 after 54 minutes.

Hyland raced through for a fine goal for Laois, but Limerick completed the rout with further goals from Shane Dowling and Tommy Quaid, with Declan Hannon also looking sharp when he came on.

Scorers -- Limerick: N Moran 3-1, S Dowling 1-8 (0-6f, 0-1 '65'), D Breen 1-1, T Quaid 1-1, G Mulcahy 0-4, D Hannon 0-2, S Tobin, J Ryan, P O'Brien, T O'Brien 0-1. Laois: W Hyland 1-10 (0-6f, 0-1 '65'), S Maher 0-1.

Limerick -- N Quaid 8; S Walsh 7, R McCarthy 7, T Condon 6; W McNamara 6, D O'Grady 6, G O'Mahoney 7; J Ryan 7, P Browne 6; S Dowling 7, B Geary 6, D Breen 7; G Mulcahy 7, N Moran 8, S Tobin 7. Subs: P O'Brien 6 for Browne (25), D Hannon 7 for Tobin (44), S O'Neill 6 for Condon (55), T O'Brien 6 for Geary (58), T Quaid 7 for Mulcahy (67).

Laois -- E Reilly 7; C Coonan 5, D Maher 5, G Burke 5; N Unwin 5, M Whelan 6, M McEvoy 6; B Dunne 5, S Hanlon 5; S Maher 6, T Fitzgerald 5, W Hyland 7; W Dunphy 5, N Foyle 5, C Murray 5. Subs: A Collier 5 for Hanlon (35), B Reddin 4 for Fitzgerald (35), D Peacock 5 for Dunphy (55), S Lowry 5 for Reddin (67).

Irish Independent

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