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Monday, 26 April 2010 21:29

Scanlon delivers on cue for Limerick


MICKEY Ned O'Sullivan ran into a brick wall of Dublin defenders of which full-back Sean Doherty was the centre-piece at Croke Park in the 1975 All-Ireland final.

You might see it on TG4 reruns, but anyone who watched it live, shuddered at the impact. Mickey Ned, Kerry captain, was knocked out and taken to hospital while his team-mates went on to run the Dubs ragged.

The man from Kenmare might ponder the old saying 'what goes around, comes around' because 35 years later he was fully conscious to make a fateful decision that helped win Limerick's first piece of national silverware since their 1896 All-Ireland title. An intense final was delicately poised at 1-14 apiece with just three minutes of normal time left when Limerick won a '45.

Team captain Seanie Buckley stood over the ball, preparing to take a crucial kick. On the sideline, there was movement. Calls were being made. Buckley turned to see what the mentors were on about.

And then he saw goalkeeper Brian Scanlon loping up the field. Yes, Scanlon was being given the job of slotting the '45. He is the Limerick U-21 keeper and had only been training with the seniors for a couple of weeks.

Big moment. Big call by Mickey Ned and the sideline boys. Scanlon did not fail. He launched his kick and the ball arrowed like a heat-seeking missile as if locked onto the main bar at the Cat and Cage in Drumcondra. Point! Limerick lead!

Waterford kept battling but that score, coupled with the fatal miss of a goal chance just prior to the '45, combined to turn the game in Limerick's favour.

Scanlon had a hand -- literally -- in that episode too. He dived to parry a shot by Patrick Hurney. Tommy Prendergast's strike from the rebound beat the goalie but bounced back into play off the post.


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Wednesday, 01 April 2009 00:00

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Topic: Limerick Hurling 09

Topic : Limerick Football 09


Thursday, 22 April 2010 22:48

Limerick are in another football final. Had you noticed?

By Fintan O'Toole © Examiner Publications (Cork) Limited

TUESDAY night team releases are becoming an increasing rarity in GAA circles, but this week, Limerick bucked the trend by announcing their starting fifteen for next Saturday’s NFL Division 4 decider. 

That final ranks well down the scale in the eyes of the GAA populace but the side that Limerick named was still significant. Limerick have flitted below the radar this spring with good news screaming out of every other lowly corner in Munster. Clare have had a concerted push for Division 4 promotion and Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s showing in the All-Ireland club decider to reflect on. Tipperary finally inscribed their name on the Munster U21 football roll of honour and saw High School Clonmel claim an All-Ireland Colleges crown for the county. And Waterford topped Division 4 to seal promotion after some agonising near-misses in recent years.

In recent years Limerick have mounted the strongest challenge to the Cork and Kerry duopoly in Munster, but there has been a burgeoning sense this spring that their stock is slipping and the other lower-tier counties have found theirs simultaneously rising. Limerick’s form at the basement level has been patchy despite being installed as heavy pre-season favourites to ascend to the top of the Division 4 pile. They dropped points against both Waterford and Wicklow, and indeed were it not for Westmeath referee Sean Carroll’s incorrect interpretation of the rules in Pearse Park in February, then Longford would have claimed Limerick’s scalp.

However Limerick’s form can be largely explained by a ruinous streak of injuries that have plagued them this spring. Which is where this weekend’s team selection comes into the equation. Limerick boss Mickey Ned O’Sullivan is finally able to pick along familiar lines. John Galvin is back ruling the roost at midfield, Ian Ryan is back firing bullets in attack and Padraig Browne is back in his natural habitat of the half-back line. Stephen Lucey is back in the squad as well and Saturday should be one of the last times this season that he occupies a place on the bench at the start of a match. In the absence of established stars though it’s been heartening how Jim O’Donovan has commanded midfield battles, how James Ryan has slipped effortlessly back into a football groove after a hurling sojourn last season and how exciting youngster Eoghan O’Connor gives them another option up front.

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