LIMERICK overcame a sluggish opening-half display to eventually cruise past Carlow in yesterday’s (Saturday) Tailteann Cup encounter at Dr. Cullen Park.
The contest was tied at 0-8 each at the interval, but the visitors marched to victory in the closing half outscoring the home side 1-11 to 0-6.
Adare’s Paul Maher slipped home the only goal shortly after the restart, and the points flowed thereafter from James Naughton (St. Senan’s) and in particular Peter Nash of Kildimo/Pallaskenry, who hit five from play.
The introduction of joint-captain Iain Corbett of Newcastle West at half-time, following a period on the treatment table for a hamstring problem, drew the largest cheer from the loyal band of travelling supporters. Exciting prospect Cormac Woulfe was handed his debut in the closing stages, and he also caught the eye of Limerick fans.
It finished 1-19 to 0-14 in Limerick’s favour.
With two wins from as many starts, Limerick are already qualified for the quarter-finals of the second-tier competition, and an anticipated victory over Wicklow in a fortnights’ time will ensure a home last eight fixture for Mark Fitzgerald’s impressive bunch.
Early indications are that Limerick will make a bold bid for outright honours in the Tailteann Cup.