Sport Hurling

Thursday 14 December 2017

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Johnny McCarthy (Limerick)

Many contenders, but the criminally unheralded McCarthy reminded us once again what a serious operator he is. Longford talisman Brian Kavanagh was eventually substituted, having made no impact whatsoever. McCarthy also came up from full-back to score a critical point.

Turning point

Brian Scanlon's 63rd-minute save from Francis McGee. Longford were three points ahead and a goal then would have buried Limerick.

Talking point

The influence of Limerick's young players, despite the fact that the county has endured difficult times at underage level in recent years.

Ref watch

A few quirky decisions from Padraig Hughes that perplexed both sides but he did his best to allow the game to flow. Glenn Ryan had no problem with either sending-off.

Magic moment

Francis McGee's 30-metre diagonal pass with the outside of the right boot that set up Niall Mulligan's 35th-minute goal. A thing of beauty.

What they said

Maurice Horan (Limerick manager):

"We trained very well since the Clare game. We were prepared. We said to keep backing ourselves, have a cut."

Glenn Ryan (Longford manager):

"You can't fault them for effort, but we didn't perform to anything like we're capable of."

Match statistics

Wides: Limerick 7 (2, 4, 0, 1); Longford 12 (8, 3, 2, 0)

Frees: Limerick 22 (6, 7, 4, 5); Longford 22 (7, 10, 2, 3)

Yellow cards: Limerick 3 (J O'Meara 28, M Sheehan 69, E Barry 76); Longford 4 (D Reilly 26, 84; D Barden 55, 88)

Red cards: Limerick 0; Longford 2 (D Reilly 84, D Barden 88)

Attendance: 3,622

what next?

Limerick find out today who they will play next Saturday in Round Three, but Longford fall at the same stage as they have in the last three years.

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