Allianz HL D1: Limerick overpower Offaly
Allianz Hurling League Division 1A
LIMERICK 4-29 OFFALY 0-17
Limerick finished their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A campaign on a high with a very convincing victory over Offaly.
They had far too much firepower for the battling midlanders, with Oisin O’Reilly, Cian Lynch, Barry Nash, and Pat Ryan all hitting the back of the net.
Offaly made it as difficult for the All-Ireland champions as they could and fought to the finish, but the John Kiely’s team just had too much pace, power, and finishing ability for them.
It was O’Reilly who struck the first goal of the match after 11 minutes after being put clear by O’Donovan who himself then put Limerick six points up with a really well worked sore of his own.
Limerick lead by 1-16 to 0-10 at the interval, and then upped through the gears during the second-half to take complete control.
They hit five points without replay before Lynch struck for the second goal of the match put further daylight between the teams.
The men in green then finished with a flourish as Nash and substitute Ryan struck late goals to seal an impressive 24-point victory.
*Scorers for Limerick: *Aaron Gillane 0-12 (6f), Pat Ryan 1-2, Graeme Mulcahy 0-4, Barry Nash 1-0, Cian Lynch 1-0, Oisin O’Reilly 1-0 Gearoid Hegarty 0-3, Diarmaid Byrnes 0-3 (2f), Cathal O’Neill 0-2, Darragh O’Donovan 0-1, Tom Morrissey 0-1, David Reidy 0-1
Scorers for Offaly: Luke O’Connor 0-7 (5f, 1’65), Stephen Corcoran 0-3 (3f), Liam Langton 0-2,David Nally 0-1, Ciaran Burke 0-1, Leon Fox 0-1, Eimhin Kelly 0-1, Paddy Clancy 0-1,
LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Seán Finn, Mike Casey, Barry Nash; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon (capt.), Dan Morrissey, Cathal O'Neill, Darragh O’Donovan; Gearoid Hegarty, Cian Lynch, Tom Morrissey; Oisin O’Reilly, Aaron Gillane, Graeme Mulcahy (0-04)
*Subs: *Conor Boylan for Hegarty (44 mins), Colin Coughlan for Hannon 47 mins-50 mins, blood sub), David Reidy for Lynch (56 mins), Pat Ryan for O’Reilly (58 mins) Richie English for Casey (60mins), Adam English for Mulcahy (62 mins)
*Offaly: *Stephen Corcoran; Jack Screeny, Ben Connelly (capt.), David Nally; Ciaran Burke, David King, Killian Sampson; Adrian Cleary, Joey Keenaghan; Leon Fox, Jason Sampson, Eoghan Parlon; Eimhin Kelly, Paddy Clancy, Luke O’Connor
*Subs: *John Murphy for Fox (23 mins to 26 mins, blood sub), John Murphy for Burke (half time), Liam Langton for Parlon (half time), Padraig Cantwell for Keenaghan (44 mins), Eoghan Cahill for Cleary (52 mins), Dara Maher for Screeny (58 mins, inj) Rory Carty for Fox (66 mins, blood)
*Referee: *Sean Cleere (Kilkenny)