Goals in each half from RTE Sunday Game Man of The Match Micheal Reidy bulwarked a workmanlike Limerick victory over Carlow at Dr Cullen Park today. The Dromcollogher/Broadford man, back starting after an injury enforced absence having been on the bench for the Munster Championship defeat against Kerry, got his brace at crucial times for Limerick.

He blasted home the first when off balance and to the right of goal as Carlow defenders argued over with the referee over an earlier free award to open up the first lead of consequence lead for Limerick. The second, taken low and into the corner in the 60th minute, ended the match as a contest.

Muiris Gavin also played a key role for Limerick – notching three of his six points at the end of a bout of inaccurate shooting by both sides at the beginning of the second half. Gavin’s scores stretched his side’s advantage from 1-8 to 0-5 to 1-11 to the same score and took the wind out of Carlow’s recovery, which was already faltering as a result of some inaccurate.

Conor Fitzgerald was the other star of the show in the first half, getting 0-3 to help put Limerick in pole position and adding a further point in the second half for good measure.

Simon Roe, Mark Carpenter, Brian Carberry and  Mark Brennan and Roy Walker, who combined for Carlow’s best score of the evening, were among those to perform with credit on the losing side efforts were overshadowed by the many stars on the Limerick side.

Michael Crowley, John Galvin and Stephen Lavin all got on the scoresheet while John Quane, Galvin and Gavin can take much of the credit for setting the tone for an honest and hardworking victory.