Defeat for Limerick in NFL

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TIME is against Limerick in their bold bid to survive in Division Three of the National Football League.

It follows a 1-16 to 0-14 loss, their fifth of the competition, against neighbours Clare at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale.

To avoid the dreaded drop, Limerick must now win their remaining two fixtures, both away,magainst Wicklow and Offaly, respectively.

The home side were out of form in the opening-half on Saturday, and trailed 1-11 to 0-5 at half time.

On their return to action, however, Limerick showed a marked improvement and on the hour mark just a couple of points – through neat scores from the likes of hometown player Barry Coleman, James Naughton, Cillian Fahy, Colm McSweeney and Jamie Baynham – divided the teams.

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In the run-in, Clare settled again and emerged five point winners, which keeps the promotion bid alive for the Banner County.

The outing was refereed by Maggie Farrelly of Cavan.

Limerick: Aaron O’Sullivan; Jim Liston, Seán O’Dea, Paul Maher; Barry Coleman, Iain Corbett, Colm McSweeney; Tommy Childs, Cillian Fahy; James Naughton, Cathal Downes, Emmet Rigter; Jamie Baynham, Bob Childs, Peter Nash.