LIMERICK withstood a strong finish from Clare to earn a valuable draw in last night’s hugely exciting Munster Under-20 Hurling Championship at the Gaelic Grounds.
In front of a crowd of around 1,800, Diarmuid Mullins’ Limerick were 1-19 to 1-16 at full-time only for the visitors to reel-off the last three points in overtime and tie the fixture.
Limerick now move on to three points – the competition is being run-off on a league basis – having overcome Waterford in their opener.
Next-up for Limerick is a clash with Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh at the start of May.
Limerick led 1-9 to 0-9 at half-time, the goal from the stick of Doon’s Adam English.
That Limerick led for the most part was largely due to the brilliance of Patrick O’Donovan of Effin, who emerged with a handsome contribution of 12 points, many of which arrived from open play, and from a variety of angles.
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 (Newcastle West); Joe 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 used: Liam Lynch (Mungret St. Pauls), Barry Duff (Mungret St. Pauls), Liam Dennehy (Glenroe), Seán O’Neill (Blackrock).
Referee: Nicky Barry (Waterford).