Limerick’s U20 Football campaign came to a shuddering halt as the youngsters came up short against Cork on Leeside.
Shane Kelly’s side trailed 1-6 to 0-2 at half-time, with a free each from Diarmuid Ryan and David O’Shaughnessy. Limerick failed to score in the subsequent 23 minutes of the opening half, as Cork kicked 1-4 without reply. On target were Richard O’Sullivan, Olan Corcoran and Hugh O’Connor – with the latter burying a 26th minute goal.
The second half went along similar lines, with David O’Shaughnessy finally scoring for Limerick, 40 minutes after their last effort.
Cork added scores from their bench with Ross Corkery and Niall Kelly both impressing manager Bobbie O’Dwyer. Kelly also netted with seven minutes remaining, to put the final dagger into Limerick’s challenge.
Limerick football has clashes with Clare at U17 on Thursday and Senior on Saturday.
Scorers for Cork:
Hugh O’Connor 1-2 (0-1 free); Olan Corcoran 0-4 (0-1 free); Niall Kelly 1-1; Richard O’Sullivan, Ross Corkery 0-2 each, Seán Dore, Tommy Walsh, Liam O’Connell 0-1 each.
Scorers for Limerick: David O’Shaughnessy (0-4 frees) 0-4; Diarmuid Ryan (free) Darragh Murray (free) 0-1 each.
Cork: Callum Dungan (Carrigaline); Dan Twomey (Ballinascarthy), Jacob O’Driscoll (C) (Valley Rovers), Daragh Murray (Glanmire); Thomas O’Mahony (Castlehaven), Tommy Walsh (Kanturk), Seán Brady (Ballygarvan); Eoghan Nash (Douglas), Seán Dore (Ballincollig); Olan Corcoran (St. Mary’s), Liam O’Connell (Ballincollig), Richard O’Sullivan (Newcestown); Peadar O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), Hugh O’Connor (Newmarket), Tom Cunningham (Kilshannig).
Subs: Eoin de Búrca (St. Michael’s) for Nash (29), Ross Corkery (Nemo Rangers) for Cunningham (41), Paddy O’Driscoll (Gabriel Rangers) for Murray (42), Mikey Quirke (Ballinora) for Brady (49), Niall Kelly (Newcestown) for O’Connor (50).
Limerick: Craig MacInnes (St. Kieran’s); Tadhg Hourigan (Pallasgreen), Frank Corcoran (Mungret St. Paul’s), Diarmuid Buckley (Fr. Casey’s) (C); Jack McCarthy (Mungret St. Paul’s), Eoin McGrath (Galbally), Ciaran O’Sullivan (Castlemahon); Darragh Murray (Monaleen), Emmett Rigter (Newcastle West); Aaron Neville (Newcastle West), Mike Molloy (Knockaderry), Bobby Smith (Ballybrown); David O’Shaughnessy (Ballysteen), Ronan Quirke (Fr. Casey’s), Diarmuid Ryan (Feenagh-Kilmeedy).
Subs: Tommy Ryan (Dromcollogher-Broadford) for Molloy (29), ShaneRyan (St. Kieran’s) for O’Sullivan (half-time), Zach McCarthy for Ryan (39) Marc Nolan for Rigter (Inj – 40) David Boyce (Feenagh-Kilmeedy) for Buckely (inj – 41).
Referee: Niall Quinn (Clare)