There were two goals each for brothers Billy and Darren Dennehy as Cork City saw off 10-man Limerick.
John Caulfield’s side went ahead when Darren Dennehy turned in an early Colin Healy corner, and they dominated thereafter.
Karl Sheppard was excellent up front and it was he who won the penalty from which Billy Dennehy doubled the lead on 17. Things got worse for Limerick when captain Shane Duggan was sent off on the half-hour.
Gavin Holohan, a first-half sub for the injured Garry Buckley, made it 3-0 in injury time with a 25-yard curler and Billy Dennehy’s second, and City’s fourth, came on 51 minutes when he slotted home after dispossessing Limerick sub Val Feeney.
Sheppard was unlucky not to get the goal his performance deserved, going close more than once, but Darren Dennehy had the final say, getting his second in the closing stages from Billy’s free kick.
CORK CITY - McNulty; Dunleavy, Bennett, D Dennehy, Gaynor; Healy (Kavanagh 76), Miller; Morrissey (Kearney 64), Buckley (Holohan 30), B Dennehy; Sheppard.