Munster champions Cork were taught a footballing lesson by underdogs Limerick as the Shannonsiders recorded a sensational 0-16 to 0-06 victory over the Rebels at Pairc Ui Chaoimh this afternoon. Playing into a stiff breeze in the first-half, Limerick went in at the interval five points in front and restricted abysmal Cork to a solitary score after the break to run out emphatic ten point winners in the end.
Captain Muiris Gavin was in inspired form from his half-forward berth, scoring nine points in all, eight from frees. Limerick dominated proceedings from the first whistle and made a mockery of suggestions that this year's provincial title would be a straight contest between perennial rivals Kerry and Cork.
Boasting several members of the Nemo Rangers side that won this year's All-Ireland club title, Cork were highly fancied to better last year's achievements, but on this showing Larry Tompkins has his work cut out. Limerick outclassed them in every department and showed greater hunger and determination from start to finish.
They were hard-working, organised and skilful and their convincing margin of victory was wholly deserved. Colin Corkery was well subdued by the disciplined Limerick defence who restricted him to just four points, with Noel O'Leary and Michaél O'Cronín adding the others.
Limerick will grow in confidence following today's faultless performance and will approach their semi-final clash with Clare on June 15 with relish. Cork, however, must go back to the drawing board if they are to make any progress through the qualifiers.
Filed by Shane Murray