Limerick win first silverware of the season
The Shannonsiders picked up the first piece of silverware in the 2018 campaign with a six point win over Clare in the Munster Hurling League final.
It was a typically error-strewn game of hurling in January, with both sides hitting a heap of wides as they played out a nip and tuck first half, with the home side going in at half time with a two point lead.
Three early second half points from Clare put them into the lead for the first time, but Limerick stormed back, hitting eight points without a whimper from Clare and eased to a 0-16 to 0-10 win in the Gaelic Grounds.
Last year’s U21 All-Ireland winning pair Aaron Gillane and Tom Morrissey stood out, with the former notching eight points. This was a pre-season tournament in every practical sense, but picking up a trophy this early into the season is not to be sniffed at.
Kerry hurlers beat Cork for the first time ever
In front of 433 spectators, the Kerry hurling unit bested an admittedly weak Cork line-up for the first time at senior level in the county’s history.
It may have been a dead rubber game in the Munster league, but Kerry ran out winners by ten points, beating the Rebels 1-23 to 1-13, and is a benchmark moment in the history of Kerry hurling.
As for Cork, this is their third defeat in a row and – dead rubber or not – John Meyler will have to get the taste of winning back to Cork palettes during the National League in spring.
Wexford defeat 14-man Dublin
In Leinster’s Walsh Cup competition, Wexford beat Dublin by 1-20 to 0-16.
It was a mix of youth and experience for the Yellowbellies, while Pat Gilroy continued to sound out his new panel, with Danny Sutcliffe amongst the returnees after taking a leave of absence last season.
Dublin’s Paul Winters was sent off ten minutes into the second half for two bookable offences, allowing Wexford to exploit the extra space, notching 1-9 without reply.
This sets up a final with Kilkenny, meaning Davy Fitzgerald and Brian Cody will have an early 2018 meeting before the league and championships commence. As for Gilroy, it was a good run out for his charges – even if they failed to score for the final twenty five minutes until a late injury-time score.
Elsewhere in hurling
Wicklow B 4-19 Longford 1-6
Louth 3-13 DCU-St Patricks 1-12