A fine, sunny evening for hurling on Leeside as Cork hosted Limerick in the first round of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Wednesday night.
Cork had a goal chance inside the opening minute but Aaron Sheehan fumbles the ball wide, having briefly been in on goal before the Treaty defense recovers and the ball bobbles wide.
Limerick play with the aid of slight breeze in the first half and take the lead on the minute mark from a 55 meter pointed free by Ronan Lynch. Cork 0-00 Limerick 0-01
Dillon Cahill squares it up on six minutes from a 65 after goalkeeper Darragh Stapleton made a fine save to put the ball behind.
On ten minutes; John Cashman gives the home side the lead for the first time from 35 meters. Cork 0-02 Limerick 0-01 Within a minute, Cahill points a 30 meter free to put the hosts two to the good.
Limerick respond with a 30 meter Barry Lynch free which is almost immediately replied to by a 20 meter free from the Rebels. Cork 0-04 Limerick 0-02
Griffin wins a free and dusts himself off to knock over the bar and put the minimum between the teams on 15 minutes.
Limerick then score the point of the night; a fine catch from Brian Finn and pass to Kevin O’Brien who levels the scores. Within 50 seconds the visitors are in the lead with a pointed free from midfield from Ronan Lynch. Limerick are on top just past the quarter hour mark: Cork 0-04 Limerick 0-05
Ronan Lynch then strikes a long range sideline cut over the bar. Great point. Cork 0-04 Limerick 0-07
Kevin O’Brien fires wide before a Pa O’Callaghan point stems the tide for the hosts on 20 minutes. Cork 0-05 Limerick 0-07
Patrick Collins then makes a great save from Brian Griffin before Pa O’Callaghan strikes a 25 meter free for the home side to put the minimum between the teams on 25 minutes. Cork 0-06 Limerick 0-07
Another close range free from Pa O’Callaghan levels the scores two minutes before the short whistle. Cork 0-07 Limerick 0-07
Having dominated most of the opening half; Cork are closing it the brighter with O’Callghan pointing another free and Limerick ‘keeper Stapleton making a good save from Rickard Cahalane in injury-time.
Limerick level it up on the stroke of the interval however with another pointed free from Lynch. Cork 0-08 Limerick 0-08 (Half-Time)
Limerick make one change for the second half with Darragh Donovan on for Evan Fitzgerald.
Cian Lynch opens the half with a classy score inside the opening 90 seconds of the resumption. Cork 0-08 Limerick 0-09 Ronan Lynch strikes another free over the bar and the visitors have a two point lead after five minutes of the second half.
Barra O Conell then notches a point for Cork to put the minimum between the teams. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave on for Eoin O’Farrell.
Another Ronan Lynch free puts Limerick two points ahead ten minutes into the second half. Finn then puts three between the teams with a marvelous score. Cork 0-09 Limerick 0-12
James McCarthy replaces the injured Stephen Murphy for Cork.
This is followed shortly after with a superb sideline cut from Ronan Lynch to open the gap to four for the first time midway through the second half. Cork have a lot to do to get back into this. Cork 0-09 Limerick 0-13
Twelve minutes from time Kevin O’Brien is fouled and Ronan Lynch scores his seventh point of the night from the resulting free. Cork’s race looks to have been run at this stage. Cork 0-09 Limerick 0-14
James O’Brien finally scores Cork’s second point of the second half ten minutes from time. Cork 0-10 Limerick 0-14 Within 50 seconds, O’Brien notches another to put three between the teams. This game isn’t over yet.
The game certainly isn’t over as Anthony Spillane nets a GOAL to level the scores four minutes from time: Cork 1-11 Limerick 0-14
Another Ronan Lynch free puts the visitors in the lead with the clocking hitting the 60 minute mark. Four minutes injury time to be played.
Dillon Cahill squares it up a minute into injury time and a replay looks likely. Cork 1-12 Limerick 1-15
A last gasp point from Liam O’Sullivan, with almost the last puck of the game gives Limerick a one point lead and the Rebels have no time to reply. Limerick are into the Munster semi-final.
Cork 1-12 Limerick 0-16 RESULT