Two wins on the trot for Limerick

Donnacha Ó Dálaigh of Limerick celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Allianz Hurling League match between Westmeath and Limerick. Photo: Michael P Ryan.

DONNACHA Ó Dálaigh grabbed a hugely impressive 1-4 in Limerick’s laboured 1-20 to 0-17 defeat of plucky Westmeath at Cusack Park, Mullingar.

The 21-year-old struck for the game’s only goal on the home stretch, a score that really settled the issue. To add to his seven point contribution in the opening round with over Antrim, Ó Dálaigh now has 1-11 from play to his credit in the competition.

The Monaleen talent is one of those handful of players desperately seeking to make John Kiely’s 36-person panel, which will be announced in the coming weeks. It currently numbers in the mid-40s.

In the midlands, the sides were level on plenty of occasions, including at the break, 0-9 apiece.

Importantly, substitutes Conor Boylan, Gearóid Hegarty, Mark Quinlan, and Paddy O’Donovan all chipped-in with key scores late-on for the visitors.

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Limerick are next up against Dublin at Croke Park on Saturday week, February 24 (5.15pm).

Thereafter, the Shannonsiders will face more serious tests against Tipperary and Galway, both listed for the Gaelic Grounds.