Limerick 1-16 London 1-13

Updated: Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 18:18 | Comments

John Brudair's team are through to the next round of the qualifiers
John Brudair's team are through to the next round of the qualifiers

Limerick got their championship campaign back on track thanks to a 1-16 to 1-13 victory over London in the Gaelic Grounds.

John Brudair’s men can count themselves lucky as the teams were level with just seven minutes left to play, however, the Treaty County pulled it out of the fire and will march on.

Limerick scored first when Ian Ryan linked with captain, Seánie Buckley in the fourth minute, while Damien Dunleavy offered a reprieve two minutes later.

Slowly but surely Limerick were getting on top around their defence and it told as their forwards kicked into overdrive.

A wonderful point from John Galvin signalled their intent in the 12th minute and with Danny Neville, Ger Collins, Brian Scanlon, Killian Phair and Ryan, with two more, all finding the target in a devastating 15-minute spell, the signs were ominous.

Mark Gottsche’s introduction in the 24th minute gave the Exiles more impetus going forward and he got their account up-and-running again with a point four minutes later.

Joe Feeney and goalkeeper, Adrian Faherty, from a free brought London to within four points with five minutes left in the half only for Limerick to go in with a 0-11 to 0-06 lead at the break as Phair, Ger Collins and Ryan all scored.

London began the second 35 minutes in blistering fashion and by the 43rd minute they had taken a shock 1-10 to 0-11 lead thanks mainly due mainly to the sharp-shooting Dunleavy, and it was he that got their goal eight minutes after the break to surge into the lead.

Nevertheless, Limerick fought back and substitute Gearóid Hegarty soloed through to finish emphatically into Faherty’s goal and give his side a two-point lead with 12 minutes left.

Lorcan Mulvey and Tony Gaughan pointed for the visitors to draw them level and it was set for a grandstand finish, but that was as good as it got as Brian Scanlon, from a free and two points from Ryan saw Limerick ease to victory.

Limerick: B Scanlon (0-02f); J McCarthy, S O’Dea, M O’Riordan; I Corbett, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Lee, J Galvin (0-01); S Buckley, G Collins (0-02), D Tracey; D Neville (0-01), K Phair (0-02), I Ryan (0-08, 3f).

Subs: G Hegarty (1-00) for Buckley (16); M Brosnan for Treacy (43); E Hanrahan for Phair (48); S Lucey for Corbett (53); J O’Riordan for T Lee (58); J Lee for Neville (63)

London: A Faherty (0-01f); B Collins, S Curran, D McCarthy; P Butler, S Mulligan, S Hannon; A Bradley, M Carroll; G Crowley, D Dunleavy (1-05), L Mulvey (0-01); M Miskelly (0-01), T Gaughan (0-01), J Feeney (0-02).

Subs: M Gottsche (0-01) for Collins (24); B Mitchell for Feeney (55); S Kelly for Bradley (62); C O’Neill (0-01) for Crowley (68); C Carty for Hannon (71)

Referee: Pádraig O’Sullivan (Kerry).

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