Limerick down 14 man Antrim

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Updated: July 9, 2011

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Antrim 0-12 v 3-22 Limerick
Full time

Live match commentary:
Full time: The referee blows it there, Limerick are into the last 6 of the All Ireland and will now face Dublin. Despite scoring 3 goals and 22 points Limerick were poor in patches today with Antrim putting it up to the treaty county today. The sending off of Carol Stewart changed the direction of the game and swung the pendulum Limerick’s way.
70min James Ryan gets his second point of the day – 2 minutes of added time
68min Limerick marching on the quarter final – Limerick fans are leaving now to get on the road home. It will be a happy drive
67min Three minutes to go and Limerick adding points at ease, two more there in a minute it’s a 17 point game
63min another fine Limerick point
63min Limerick on their way to a clash with Dublin, they’ll need to improve
62min McMannus goes for goal but hits it wrong, he gets a point though
61min Gavin O’Mahoney nets another point – Stephen Lucey coming on/ Geary off
60min Another wide for Antrim – a 9th wide. Limerick cruising here despite struggling in patches
59min A fine point there for Limerick
58min Another Limerick goal, McCarthy netting there
55min Another Limerick point, well on top now. Antrim response is an 8th wide.
53min Manic couple of minute, David Breen gets a goal there – game set?
52min Another limerick point
49min Moran hits the crossbar there, 3 chances to score there. 65 to Limerick and it goes over
49min McMannus lets Limerick off the hook there as the ball sails wide
48min Antrim are playing the team with 15 men at the moment, they’re the better side. Antrim free 21 yards out
42min Limerick with their 2nd wide of the 2nd half,
40min Quaid makes a save there from but the ball comes out to McCann who scores – 2 scores to 1 this half to Antrim
38min Scullion is tackled but ref says play on and Limerick break – Ryan hits a wide though, their 5th
36min 2nd half underway, Antrim get the first score of the half – Hammill got it, a few seconds earlier McMannus had hit a wide
Half time: After a slow start by Limerick, they have gradually grown in to the game the longer its gone on. The sending off of Carol Stewart has certainly changed the direction of the game with Antrim losing their discipline, Limerick are getting a lot of frees. Limerick head in 5 points up at half time.
Added time: O’Grady with a long range point there for Limerick
34min Antrim gets a first score in 14 min
31min Moran scores a fine goal Stewart was the man sent off for Antrim
30min Had some technical troubles there, sorry back now – in the meantime Limerick have taken the lead, Declan hannon with a number of free’s. Antrim down to 14 men
21min McMannus gets his 5th of the day – three ahead now
20min they exchange points – Antrim still two up
18min Antrim are playing the better hurling at the moment
17min Limerick struggling at the back – McCloskey with a point from 45 yards. The short puck out didn’t work there
16min McMannus with another free for Antrim
14min the sides are level again after another Limerick free
13min Free to Limerick – in their own half
12min Neil McManus with his 2nd of the day, Antrim back in front
10min Antrim line ball – after a slow start the treaty county are back in this
8min Moran hits Limerick’s 2nd wide
6minLimerick off the mark with two in a minute
5minHe gets it – Antrim two up
4min Condon brings down McGann, Antrim free 21 yards out
4min good block there by O’Mahony, Limerick not settling yet, Antrim quick off the blocks
3min First wide of the game goes to Limerick playing into the breeze
2min First blood to Antrim – Tobin is down injured
1min We’re off – Limerick in possession
0min Anthem is just being played here, nearly throw in
0min We are five minutes away from the first match of really busy day on the GAA front.

Team News
Limerick team: N Quaid; D Moloney, S Hickey, T Condon; W McNamara, B Geary, G O’Mahoney; M O’Riordan, D O’Grady; N Moran, J Ryan, D Hannon; R McCarthy, K Downes, S Tobin.

Antrim Team: TBC

Preview:Limerick face Antrim in phase 3 of the All Ireland qualifiers at Parnell Park with both sides leaving behind home comforts for the first time in this stage of the All Ireland.

Antrim have face Westmeath and Carlow at home having bowed out of the Leinster championship at the hands of Wexford, who subsequently lost to Limerick in the last round.

Limerick will represent the biggest challenge for Dinny Cahill’s side to date with the Saffron’s having racked up two 8 point win’s over in their opening qualifiers, however they will be in fine fettle ahead of his encounter having claimed the Ulster Championship last week beating Armagh 2-20 to 2-12.

Limerick meanwhile bounced back from their thrilling Munster semi final defeat at the hands of Waterford to beat Wexford in convincing fashion at the Gaelic Grounds last weekend.

The league meeting between the two sides in April saw Limerick run out 12 points victors in a game that was marred by a touchline confrontation between Cahill and the Limerick substitutes while when the sides last met in the All Ireland series in 2005 Limerick ran out 4-25 to 1-09 winners.

Donal O’Grady makes two changes to his starting line up for this clash with Mark O’Riordan and Richie McCarthy coming in.

O’Riordan starts at centre-field in place of Paul Browne, who he replaced in the second half of the win over the Model County while McCarthy comes in at right corner-forward for the injured Graeme Mulcahy.

Limerick will look to Kevin Downes and young Declan Hannon, who scored 9 points against Wexford and has just finished his leaving cert as they look to book their place into the All-Ireland series.

Antrim will be relying on the skills of Neil McManus, who has scored 34 points in four games this year, Paul Shields and Karl McKeegan to help cause an upset.

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