Limerick maintained their 100% record in the Allianz Football League Division 4 with a 5-10 to 1-14 victory over Wicklow at Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale.
Billy Lee's charges blitzed their visitors with three goals in nine first half minutes to take control and never looked back. They have now won four games from four and top the division.
Michael Donovan, Danny Neville and Robert Childs all hit the target, while Iain Corbett and Seamus O’Carroll raised green flags in the second half. Gearoid Murphy got a consolation goal for Wicklow late on.
Limerick led 0-04 to 0-02 when Donovan found himself in acres of space and he fired a shot past Mark Jackson for the opening goal on 11 minutes.
Points from Padraig Scanlon and Adrian Enright followed for Limerick with Rory Finn scoring for Wicklow in between.
Things got even better for Limerick on 18 minutes when Padraig de Brun caught Wicklow unawares with a quick free to Tommie Childs. The powerful midfielder then found Neville and he sidestepped his marker to slide the ball into the net.
Limerick had a third goal 60 seconds later after another slick move saw Robert Childs clear on goal and he made no mistake to give his side a 3-6 to 0-4 advantage.
Wicklow settled thanks to two Seanie Furlong frees and a long range placed ball from Jackson, but Limerick went in 3-8 to 0-7 ahead at the break through Enright and the dangerous Hugh Bourke.
Wicklow's hopes of an unlikely comeback were dashed three minutes into the second half after good work from Tommy Griffin set Corbett clear of the away defence. The Newcastle West clubman duly fired in Limerick’s fourth goal past Jackson.
Limerick then spent some time down to 13 men with Neville and Donovan sent to the sin bin and Wicklow duly began to dominate possession
However, they were unable to the goals they needed to fight their way back into the game and Limerick finished the game with a flourish.
Excellent work from Bourke saw him create a fifth goal courtesy of Seamus O’Carroll on 67 minutes before Murphy’s consolation for Wicklow.
Limerick: Donal O’Sullivan; Paul Maher, Brian Fanning, Michael Donovan (1-00); Robert Childs (1-00), Iain Corbett (1-00), Tony McCarthy; Tommy Griffin, Tommie Childs; Adrian Enright (0-02), Cillian Fahy (0-02), Padraig De Brun; Hugh Bourke (0-02), Danny Neville (1-01) Padraig Scanlon (0-02).
Subs: James Naughton for de Brun (57), Seamus O’Carroll (1-00) for Scanlon (61), Josh Ryan (0-01) for Griffin (62), Davy Lyons for Enright (71), David Connolly for Maher (73).
Wicklow: Mark Jackson (0-03, 0-03f); Jack Hamilton, Paddy O’Keane, Daniel Keane; Darren Hayden (0-01), Jamie Snell, Thomas Kearns; Padraig O’Toole, Rory Finn (0-02); Andy Maher, Mark Kenny (0-01), Dean Healy (0-01); Conor Byrne, Chris O’Brien, Seanie Furlong (0-04, 0-04f)
Subs: Oisin Manning for Hamilton (27), Eoin Darcy (0-01,0-01f) for Byrne (38), Fintan O’Shea for Kearns (ht), Gearoid Murphy (1-00) for O’Brien (ht), Paddy O’Rourke (0-01) for Daniel Keane (54).
Referee: Brendan Griffin (Kerry)
Wexford 4-15 London 1-09
Paul Galvin's Wexford side are second in the table after a comprehensive win over London at Chadwick's Wexford Park.
The hosts had scored 2-06 before the Exiles even managed a point as Eoghan Nolan and Mark Rossiter scored first-quarter goals.
Wexford led 2-11 to 0-02 at the break and added further goals from Rossiter and Glen Malone, Liam Gavaghan netting a consolation for London in time added on.
Wexford: I Meehan; C Carty (0-01), G Sheehan, J Rossiter; E Porter, R Barron, B Malone; E Nolan (1-01), N Hughes; J Bealin (0-01), G Malone (1-00)), T Byrne (0-02, 1f); C Devitt, M Rossiter (2-00), B Brosnan (0-08, 3f, 2 45s).
Subs: O Foley for Sheehan (48), R Crosbie for Brosnan (55), L Coleman for Hughes (56), S Ryan for Rossiter (61), J Dunne (0-1) for Nolan (61).
London: N Maher (0-01, 45); P Butler, M Moynihan, C O’Neill; R Slone (0-01), D Carabine, E Walsh; E Flanagan, C Doherty (0-01); S Nolan, J Hynes, T Clarke; Ferghal McMahon, C Duggan (0-02), L Gavaghan (1-02, 0-2f).
Subs: R Jones for Butler (18), R Forde for Clarke (ht), S Hickey (0-02) for O’Neill (ht), L Gallagher for Nolan (49), L Turley for McMahon (60).
Antrim 0-11 Carlow 1-08
Antrim scored the last three points of the game to secure a draw against Carlow in Glenavey.
Turlough O'Brien's men led by three at the interval, 1-04 to 0-04 following Sean Gannon's goal.
They looked poised for a second win of the campaign but a late rally by the Saffrons was finished by a free from Odhran Eastwoodenough.
The point keeps Antrim in the promotion mix but severely damages Carlow's prospects.
Come on Antrim! Eastwood point! pic.twitter.com/FqSfZ8rYPE— Antrim GAA (@AontroimGAA) February 23, 2020