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Limerick 8-26 Antrim 1-15

Updated: Sunday, 01 Jul 2012 00:03 | Comments

Shane Dowling was the star of the show for Limerick
Shane Dowling was the star of the show for Limerick

Limerick hit eight goals as they tore Antrim apart in the All-Ireland SHC qualifier at the Gaelic Grounds this afternoon with a 8-26 to 1-15 success.

Shane Dowling scored 4-09 in the game and the home side took a 4-01 to 0-02 inside 10 minutes to effectively decide the tie.

Graeme Mulcahy (2), Sean Tobin and Niall Moran also found the net as Limerick secured a 32-point win with Neil McManus’ goal barely a consolation for the humiliated Saffrons.

Antrim were a goal down inside a minute as Tobin lashed the ball home following good play by James Ryan.

Neal McAuley registered a point for Antrim but two goals from Dowling and another three-pointer from Moran gave the Shannonsiders a 12-point lead with barely 10 minutes on the clock.

Antrim hit back with Shane McNaughton amongst their scorers but Graeme Mulcahy then netted for the home side.

Limerick led 5-07 to 0-13 at half-time with Liam Watson and McNaughton keeping Antrim in the game.

Limerick scored 3-15 in 20 second half minutes with Dowling enjoying plenty of freedom in his 21-point haul, and although Neil McManus goaled, it was a humiliating day for the Ulster side as they exited the Championship.

Scorers - Limerick: S Dowling 4-9 (0-5f, 0-1 '65'), G Mulcahy 2-4, S Tobin 1-3, D Hannon 0-6, N Moran 1-0, S O'Brien 0-2, R McCarthy, T O'Brien 0-1 each

Antrim: L Watson 0-7 (0-6f), N McManus 1-1, S McNaughton 0-3, B McAuley 0-2, N McAuley, E McCloskey 0-1 each

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O'Grady, G O'Mahony; J Ryan, T O'Brien; S Dowling, B Geary, D Breen; G Mulcahy, N Moran, S Tobin.

Subs used: D Hannon for Breen (16 mins), A Murphy for Quaid (half-time), S O'Brien for Geary (50), S O'Neill for Condon (51), S Hickey for McNamara (55).

ANTRIM: D Quinn; P J O'Connell, N McGarry, A Graffin; B McAuley, J Campbell, N Gethins; B McAuley, P Shields; E McCloskey, N McManus, B McFall; S McNaughton, L Watson, C Carson.

Subs used: J Kerr for O'Connell (20 mins), M Herron for Gethins (46).

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

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