Limerick slipped to a heavy 3-16 to 0-9 National Football League (Division Three) loss away to Down at Páirc Esler, Newry over the St Brigid’s Bank Holiday Weekend.
Limerick breezed into an early three points lead, courtesy of scores from Peter Nash (2) and captain Iain Corbett. Thereafter, however, Down took over and by the interval the outing was decided, with the Northerners ahead 3-8 to 0-5.
Worryingly from a Limerick discipline perspective, two of those three-pointers came through the concession of penalties, both of which were well-executed strikes by Odran Murdock.
Limerick next host Sligo on Sunday week, with a win necessary here to avoid relegation trouble.
In the Ladies National Football League, Limerick were fancied to stretch their unbeaten run to four matches with a home victory over Longford at the weekend.
Such an outcome would put the Seán Kiely/Michael Qulligan side in pole position for league semi-final qualification.