LIMERICK are in contention for a National Hurling League semi-final spot following a five-point victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium yesterday.
Ahead on double-scores at the interval (0-14 to 0-7), Limerick eventually came through 0-24 to 0-19 in front of another fine attendance of around 12,000. With anticipated wins over Westmeath (away) and Wexford (home), John Kiely’s side are fancied to qualify for the last four of a competition which Limerick most recently won in 2020.
Galway boss Henry Shefflin heaped praise on the winners.
He said: “Just the way they play. The way they move the ball, the way they move it through the lines, I think they were deserved winners and it probably looked like that all through. Obviously, we got it back to two points with a couple of minutes to go.
“There was a little period before half-time when we got it back to four at that stage and they pulled away again.”
Limerick’s star performer in the west was Tom Morrissey of Ahane, who chipped-in with eight points, five of which arrived from play, including some late-on when the visitors were under most pressure.
Kiely was particularly pleased with the solid performance of Kyle Hayes, who stroked over three lovely points. However, he was also fortunate to have avoided a second yellow card in the closing-half and thus dismissal when involved in an incident with Brian Concannon.
There was a minute’s silence observed before the match in memory of Tom Tierney, Dermot Kelly and Fr. Séamus Ryan, all of whom represented Limerick.