Friday 23 March 2018

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Niall Moran (Limerick)

Superb on the edge of the square, not just firing in 3-1, but the manner in which he looked for ball and laid it off. Laois could not handle him.

Turning point

The match was already slipping away from Laois but when David Breen took a pass from Moran and drove home a goal to make it 1-6 to 0-1 after 16 minutes there was only going to be one outcome.

Talking point

Would Laois not be better off dropping down to the Christy Ring Cup and hopefully come back stronger in a few years? Cork put 10 goals past them last year and now their two championship games this year have resulted in hammerings of 22 points and 25 points.

Magic moment

There were many but Graeme Mulcahy struck four points from play when the game was still a contest in the opening quarter -- one of which saw him round his man on the right-wing before pointing from a difficult angle.

Ref watch

Michael Wadding showed a good tendency to let play run and then go back and book a player where necessary. But it was a game full of loose hurling and was easy to referee.

What they said

John Allen (Limerick manager):

"Scoring six goals is pleasing as we don't see a lot of goals at times in hurling."

Teddy McCarthy (Laois manager):

"It was poor; a very poor performance. We didn't come down to play like that."

Match statistics

Wides: Limerick 7 (4 first half), Laois 8 (6)

Frees: Limerick 15 (6), Laois 16 (7)

Yellow cards: Limerick 0 (0),

Laois 4 (3) ( McEvoy 14, Burke 30, Unwin 35, Hyland 49)

Red cards: Limerick 0, Laois 0

What next?

Limerick play Antrim in the second round of Phase 1 of the All-Ireland qualifiers on June 30. Laois are out of the championship and will not play again until the Walsh Cup next January.

Irish Independent

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