Limerick suffer opening NFL defeat

Limerick Senior Football manager Jimmy Lee. Photo: Brendan Moran.

LIMERICK went down to Antrim in the opening round of the National Football League at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale.

Jimmy Lee’s much changed side from last season were 1-7 to 0-4 in arrears in the interval but quick goals from captain Iain Corbett (penalty) and Tommy Childs put the contest very much in the melting pot.

The visitors, however, kicked for home thereafter and emerged 2-14 to 2-7 winners.

Limerick are away to Down next Saturday.

In the Ladies National League, Limerick preserved their unbeaten run with a 1-9 to 0-1 defeat of poor Kilkenny at Quaid Park, Coolyroe.

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The only goal of hour came from Karen O’Leary, while Caoimhe McGrath was superb in a contribution of seven points.

Limerick SF: Aaron O’Sullivan; Tony McCarthy, Seán O’Dea, Brian O’Sullivan; Colm McSweeney, Bob Childs, Paul Maher; Tom Childs, Tommy Griffin; Iain Corbett, Jame Naughton, Cillan Fahy; Barry Coleman, Daniel Daly, Peter Nash.

Subs: Emmett Rigter, Eoin Hurley, Cathal Downes, Andrew Meade.