Our Reeling in the Years of Limerick GAA continues today as we go back to 2009!
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National Football League
After flirting with relegation the previous year, Limerick would find themselves resigned to Division 4 in 2010 as points differential saw them finish second from botoom.
Limerick actually won three of their seven games to finish on six points, as did Louth, Cavan and Roscommon. But Limerick’s -8 was enough to see them relegated.
Their three victories came against Roscomon, Down and Longford.
Munster Football Championship
Limerick got their campaign off to a bright start as they defeated Tipperary 1-11 to 1-9 in the Munster quarter-finals.
Ian Ryan’s early goal helped Limerick into a 1-6 to 0-0 score lead which was pushed out to 1-8 to 0-1 before Tipp struck a goal on the stroke of half-time.
Despite a poor second half showing, Limerick held on against the Division 3 champions.
In the semi-finals, Limerick travelled to Ennis to take on Clare.
Once again a quick start was he basis for their win as they shot 1-3 in the opening five minutes.
Like Tipperary before them, Clare battled back from the brink but could not reel in Limerick who secured the 1-13 to 1-9 victory.
That set up a first Munster final since 2004, this time against Cork.
Agian it would be more heartbreak for Limerick, who deserved a draw at the least as they fell to a single point, 2-6 to 0-11 loss in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Limerick laid out their intentions from the start and responded to Cork’s eary score to take up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead.
Donnacha O’Connor’s goal from a penalty offered some restbite for the Rebls but Limerick soon restored dominance to take a 0-8 to 1-2 lead into the break.
Scores were hard to come by in the second half but Daniel Goulding turne the game with twenty minutes remaining, doubling his sides tally to push Cork 2-4 to 0-9 ahead.
Stephen Lavin equalised for Limerick but two more on the bounce from Cork had them leading heading into the home stretch.
Stephen Kelly would reduce the gap to one but Limerick couldn’t find the answer as they lost a third Munster final since 2003.
Limerick were drawn to play Meath in Round 4 of the Qualifiers in Tullamore.
After a heavy win the previous year over the same opponents, hopes were high that Limerick could reach a first ever All-Iireland quarter-final.
Nonetheless, Meath started the better and raced into a 1-4 to 0-2 lead with Cian Ward nothcing the goal
With just over 20 minutes to play, this lead was at 1-9 to 0-5 before Seanie Buckley’s goal breathed new life into Limerick.
Meath restored a five point advantage before Jim O’Donovan brought them to within two.
Meath were reduced to 14 men with five minuets to play but held on for a hard-fought 1-13 to 2-9 victory to end Limerick’s season.
National Hurling League
It would prove to be a mixed league campaign for Limerick who would finish with three wins and four losses.
Those wins would come against Clare, Dublin and Waterford as they finished sixth in Division 1.
Munster Hurling Championship
Limerick opened thier campaign against Waterford in the Munster quarter-finals.
In a dour contest under new manager Justin McCarthy, Limerick looked lost at half time, trailing the Deise by 0-9 to 0-3.
David Breen’s goal early in the second half gave Limerick hope as they eventually clawed back the lead to earn a 1-8 to 0-11 draw.
In the replay the sides played out a much better contest but it would be Waterford who would advance to the Munster final with Tipperary, winning 0-25 to 0-17.
While Waterford would win out by eight in the end, Limerick stayed in touch until late on with the score at 0-18 to 0-16 with just under ten minutes remaining.
Limerick were drawn to play Wexford in the second round of the qualifiers in Wexford Park.
In a close contest, Andrew O’Shaughnessy would lead the way with his goal proving crucial as Limerick won 1-13 to 0-14.
This set up a tie with Laois in the third round as O’Shaughnessy’s tally of 0-6 helping Limerick to a 0-20 to 1-14 win in Portlaoise.
Leinster finalists Dublin awaited in the quarters for Limerick.
Liam Rushe’s goal in the opening minute paved the way for Dublin’s dominant start but Paudie McNamamra’s goal for Limerick brought his side back into it as they levelled just after the 20 minute mark.
Dublin responded by Brian Murray’s goal on the stroke of half time from a penalty meant the sides went into the break level at 2-7 to 1-10.
Again Dublin found the lead but David breen would level on 54 minutes at 2-12 t 1-15.
James Ryan’s point on 60 minutes pushed Limerick ahead with Gavin O’Mahony’s sideline ten minutes later giving them a three point lead.
He would then seal the game with a long range free as Limerick won out 2-18 to 1-17.
Despite that terrific win against a youthful Dublin side, Limerick were not ready what would await them in the All-Ireland semi-finals in the shape of Liam Sheedy’s Tipperary.
The Premier County ran riot against Limerick in Croke Park and had 24 points to spare at the final whistle in a hugely forgettable game for Limerick that would lead to big issues in 2010.
In the end the game finished 6-19 to 2-7.
Dromcollogher broadford won their fifth Limerick SFC of the decade as they overcame Fr Caseys 0-9 to 0-7 in the final in the Gaelic Grounds.
The initial game was postponed after Limerick midfielder Thomas Chaill suffered a broken leg.
In the refixed game, reigning Limerick and Munster champions Drom showed all their class to outscore their West rivals.
Kilmurry Ibrickane would end thier hopes of retaining Munster in the quarter-finals.
A year after losing the final to Ballysteen, St Patricks would earn Intermediate honours as they defeated Na Piarsaigh 1-12 to 1-6 in the final.
Mountcollins were crowned Junior A Football Champions while Drom completed a double as they won the Junior B Championship.
Adare completed thier first ever three-in-a-row as they completely outclassed Na Piarsaigh 1-17 to 0-3 in their first ever final.
Na Piarsaigh opened the scoring but would not add to it in the opening half as Adare held a 1-17 to 0-1 lead at the break with Diarmuid Sexton getting the games only goal.
From here, Adare would coast to a fifth ever title. It is their last title at the grade.
South Liberties booked their place in the SHC for 2010 as they beat Ballybrown 2-14 to 1-15 in the Intermediate final.
Blackrock were Junior A champions while Rathkeale won out the Junior B Championship.