FRESH from an away win over Waterford, holders Limerick have Clare as visitors in the Munster Under-20 Hurling Championship at the Gaelic Grounds this Wednesday, 7pm.
At Fraher Field, Patrick O’Donovan stroked over six points, while Con Hayes grabbed 1-2 and there were a couple of points each from John Kirby and Aidan Fitzgerald.
In all, Limerick had ten different scorers in the 1-18 to 1-14 victory.
Manager Diarmuid Mullins has plenty of survivors from last year’s crushing All-Ireland Final loss to Kilkenny.
Clare tied, 0-20 apiece, with Tipperary in their opener at Cusack Park, Ennis.
Elsewhere tonight, Cork play Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
The championship is being played on a league basis, with the top side advancing to the Munster Final and the next pair contesting a semi-final.
In last night’s Munster MHC at the same venue, Limerick emerged 2-20 to 0-22 winners over Clare to remain unbeaten from two starts.
Darren Collopy of Murroe/Boher top-scored with ten points, while the goals arrived in either half from Seán Duff (Mungret St. Paul’s) and Robert O’Farrell, Kildimo/Pallaskenry. Hugh Flanagan (Garryspillane) also impressed with five points from general play.
Elsewhere, Cork were 3-19 to 0-15 home winners over Waterford.
Limerick are out next on April 18, away to Tipperary.
And, it has been confirmed that the Limerick/Kilkenny National Hurling League Final will be held at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Easter Sunday, with a 2pm start.
Limerick: Josh O’Reilly (Ballybrown); Ronan Lyons (Monaleen), John Fitzgerald (Na Piarsaigh), Evan O’Leary (Ahane); David Fitzgerald (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), Cian Scully (Dromin/Athlacca), Ethan Hurley, captain, (Newcastle West); Joseph Fitzgerald (Monaleen); Adam English (Doon); Fintan Fitzgerald (Mungret St. Pauls), Patrick O’Donovan (Effin), John Kirby (Patrickswell); Con Hayes (Newcastle West), Adam Fitzgerald (Templeglantine), Shane O’Brien (Kilmallock).
Substitutes: Killian Quaid (Murroe/Boher), Barry Duff (Mungret St. Pauls), Séan Whelan (Cappamore), Liam Dennehy (Glenroe), Oisín O’Farrell (Askeaton), Liam Lynch (Mungret St Pauls), Seán O’Neill (Blackrock), Jack Molloy (Knockaderry)
William Dore (Dromin/Athlacca).