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Monday, 28 March 2011 18:08

Tobin on double as Treaty men crush Carlow


LIMERICK maintained their 100pc league record as they carried too much hurling know-how for a plucky Carlow side at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.

The Limerick corner-forward Sean Tobin had a field day, hitting 2-4 as the Treaty County recorded their fifth successive win to remain very much on course for a return to the top flight.

Donal O'Grady's side showed greater speed, understanding and finishing power than Carlow, who never gave up the ghost but made too many fundamental mistakes.

Carlow missed four scoreable frees in that opening half, which seemed to affect their confidence as Limerick took late control to move ahead from an 0-8 to 0-6 advantage in the 23rd minute to 1-14 to 0-7 at half-time.

The goal came on 34 minutes when Tobin cruised through the home defence to shoot to the net.

In the second half Carlow remained competitive, but after a strong period of early pressure, which only produced a pointed free from Ruairi Dunbar, the visitors struck for another goal on 44 minutes when Tobin availed of some slack defending to bag his second.

Limerick scored a third goal when Richie McCarthy was provider for full-forward Paudie McNamara on 50 minutes as the league leaders assumed a 3-15 to 0-11 lead.

Carlow continued to give of their best and had their reward when midfielder Eoin Nolan shot a goal in the late stages.

But overall there was a clear difference in hurling skill between these sides -- Limerick's first touch and ability to pick out well-placed colleagues was superior to Carlow, who tended to over-elaborate in possession.

In all, eight Limerick players scored, with Donie Ryan making a camoe appearance for the final 13 minutes and recording two points from play.

Man of the Match: Sean Tobin (Limerick)

Scorers -- Limerick: S Tobin 2-4 (0-2f), P McNamara 1-2, R McCarthy 0-5 (3f, 1 '65'), B Hourigan, D Ryan 0-2 each, D O'Grady, J Ryan, N Maher 0-1 each. Carlow: R Dunbar 0-5 (4f), E Nolan 1-1, M Brennan 0-4, E Byrne, D Kavanagh (2f) 0-2 each, J Kavanagh 0-1.

Limerick -- T Flynn 7; D Reale 7, G O'Mahoney 7, T Condon 7; S Hickey 7, B Geary 8, W McNamara 7; D O'Grady 8, M O'Riordan 7; B Hourigan 7, R McCarthy 8, J Ryan 6; S Tobin 9, P McNamara 8, T O'Brien 6. Subs: D Moloney 6 for Reale (38), D Ryan 7 for J Ryan (57), N Moran 7 for O'Grady (65), S Walsh 7 for Hickey (65), S Lucey 7 for Condon (68).

Carlow -- K Kehoe 7; A Corcoran 6, S Kavanagh 8, J O'Hara 5; D English 5, D Kavanagh 6, R Coady 5; E Nolan 7, B Doyle 6; P Kehoe 5, E Byrne 5, K Kavanagh 5; A Gaule 5, M Brennan 7, R Dunbar 6. Subs: A McDonald 6 for Gaule (h-t), D Shaw 6 for Kehoe, E Kane 5 for O'Hara (47), J Doyle 6 for Byrne (57), A Brennan 6 for English.

Ref -- T Carroll (Offaly).


Thursday, 24 March 2011 12:51

McCarthy keeps Treaty record intact as Laois rue wides tally


Limerick manager Donal O'Grady was delighted with this result but conceded that if the visitors to the Gaelic Grounds had taken more of their chances, the result would have been different.

Two serious injuries upset the rhythm of the contest.

Limerick's Niall Moran was an early casualty with a suspected neck problem. Then, at the start of the second half, after Pat Tobin had blasted in Limerick's goal, Laois goalkeeper Patrick Mullaney was stretchered off, also with a neck injury, which required a nine-minute hold-up as he was removed to hospital.

It was a sluggish performance by Limerick, who had to rely on a strong closing 10 minutes to maintain their unbeaten record.

Laois had the benefit of a strong breeze in the first half. The sides were level five times before Sean Burke scored the last point to have Laois in front 0-9 to 0-8 at the break, thanks mainly to Willie Hyland and Owen Holohan.


Tobin's goal, from a lay-off by Kevin Downes, followed by a Richie McCarthy point when play resumed after the Mullaney injury, edged Limerick a goal in front, 1-9 to 0-9.

A Hyland free and a marvellous point by Eoin Costelloe left only a point between the sides with six official minutes remaining -- by which point Laois had 10 wides compared to nine for Limerick.

McCarthy, Seamus Hickey and McCarthy again had Limerick motoring well, but only a goal separated them following another Hyland point.

But two more McCarthy points and another by Paul Browne made it safe for the hosts, who had excellent performances by Tom Condon, Seamus Hickey, Brian Geary in defence and Donal O'Grady and Paul Browne in midfield. The attack, however, was not overly impressive.

Laois will be disappointed that they did not get a draw. Hyland's contribution was immense, but in general thay lacked cohesion and their final tally of 11 wides told its own story.

Man of the Match: Richie McCarthy

SCORERS - Limerick: R McCarthy 0-8 (3f), P Tobin 1-2, S Hickey, P Browne 0-2 each, B Geary (1f), D O'Grady, J Ryan, T O'Brien 0-1 each. Laois: W Hyland 0-6 (4f), O Holohan 0-3, J Walsh, S Burke 0-2 each, B Dunne, C Murray, E Costelloe 0-1 each.

Limerick -- N Quaid 5; D Reale 5, G O'Mahoney 6, T Condon 7; S Hickey 7, B Geary 6, D Breen 5; D O'Grady 6, P Browne 6; N Moran,4, J Ryan 7, R McCarthy 8; P Tobin 6, K Downes 5, S Tobin 4. Subs: T O'Brien 6 for Moran (23), A O'Shaughnessy 4 for S Tobin (52), P McNamara 4 for Downes (70), D Ryan 3 for P Tobin (70), B Hourigan 3 for Ryan (78).

Laois -- P Mullanney 5; J Delaney 5, B Campion 5, B Stapleton 6; J Fitzpatrick 6, M Whelan 5, B Galvin 4; J Walsh 6, S Burke 6; B Dunne 5, W Hyland 8, C Murray 4; O Holohan 5, J Purcell 4, J Brophy 4. Subs: E Relly 4 for Mullaney (36), N Foyle 4 for Purcell (25), E Costelloe 5 for Burke (53), Purcell for Dunne (74).

Ref -- D Kirwan (Cork).

Monday, 07 March 2011 11:04

Tobin helps Treaty men to turn tide


Limerick 1-25

Down 2-11

Allianz Hurling League Div 2

Monday March 07 2011

After leading Limerick for 58 minutes, Down collapsed in the final 12 as the Munster men came from behind -- scoring a goal and nine points to a single point by Down -- to retain their spot at the top of the table.

Played in bitterly cold conditions with a very strong breeze, Down took advantage of the elements. They pressurised the Limerick defence, scoring two well executed goals and lobbing over excellent points. However, Limerick's greater experience and power in the final stages gave them a flattering 11-point victory margin.

The sides were level at 0-2 each after 10 minutes with James Coyle scoring both Down points and Sean Tobin and Niall Maher replying for Limerick.

Down went ahead after 12 minutes with a Scott Nicholson goal and with Coyle and Benny Ennis scoring two points each, they took control.

A second Down goal after 20 minutes by Aidan Clarke saw them lead by 2-6 to 0-8 with Richie McCarthy keeping Limerick in touch with four pointed frees.

Points were then exchanged three more times as Down led by 2-8 to 0-11 at half-time. Assisted by the breeze in the second period, Limerick were level 12 minutes after the break with points from Tom Condon, Richie McCarthy and Sean Tobin.

Sunday, 20 February 2011 18:24

NHL Division 2 Result: Limerick v Westmeath

Limerick 1-20

Westmeath 0-15

Venue: Gaelic Grounds

Thursday, 17 February 2011 21:00

NHL Clare v Limerick

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