Second-half goals from Johnny Murphy and Conor Mullan gave Limerick a stunning 2-08 to 0-11 victory over Cavan in their Bank of Ireland All-Ireland qualifier replay at Cavan's Kinspan Breffni Park this afternoon. Having trailed by 0-10 to 0-05 early in the second-half, the Munster side staged an amazing comeback with Murphy and Mullan netting the crucial scores to give Limerick a deserved victory.
Limerick held the edge in the opening half as Cavan squandered numerous scoring opportunities. Limerick captain Michael Reidy was prominent in the opening exchanges with four points but Cavan held the advantage at the interval with a 0-06 to 0-05. Cavan, although facing the breeze in the second-half, played much the better football in the third quarter and good points from Larry Reilly, former All Star Dermot McCabe and Gerard Pearson edged the Breffni men five points clear with 51 minutes gone.
However, the game was transformed when Murphy, on as a substitute, struck a superb goal to register Limerick's first score for 34 minutes and Mullan then got through for a second goal minutes later to change the complexion of the game completely. Reidy, Patrick Ahern and Murphy added further scores as Limerick drove forward and there was no way back for Cavan as Limerick held firm to record a famous victory for Liam Kerins' side.
Filed by Shane Murray