HL1B: terrific Treaty wallop mediocre Model

February 13, 2016

Limerick's Paul Browne

Limerick opened their national hurling league campaign with a crushing 2-23 to 0-15 victory over Wexford at the Gaelic Grounds.

Apart from a lull after the restart, the hosts were completely dominant, with substitute Graeme Mulcahy's 50th-minute major putting paid to the Model County's mini second-half revival.

Mulcahy's major made it 1-17 to 0-11, after the Slaneysiders had reeled off seven of the first eight points of the second half.

Declan Hannon (1-4) bagged the second three-pointer shortly before the full-time whistle, before the impressive Diarmuid Byrnes closed the scoring with a trademark effort from distance.

Midfielder Paul Browne notched four points for TJ Ryan's charges, who led by 0-16 to 0-4 at the break. A series of Harry Kehoe frees kept Wexford ticking over but realistically there was only going to be one winner.

Limerick - N Quaid; T Condon, R McCarthy, R English; D Morrissey, D Byrnes (0-4, 3f), S Hickey; J Fitzgibbon (0-1), P Browne (0-4); B Nash (0-2), G O'Mahony (0-2), D Reidy (0-1); T Morrissey (0-2), D Hannon (1-4, 0-3f), C Lynch (0-1). Subs: G Mulcahy (1-1) for B Nash, D O'Donovan for J Fitzgibbon, S Tobin (0-1) for D Reidy.

Wexford - M Fanning; A Kenny, M O'Hanlon (0-1), J Breen; A Shore (0-2), L Ryan, P Foley; L Chin (0-2), H Kehoe (0-6f); C Dunbar, A Nolan, I Byrne (0-2f); D Dunne, S Tompkins, L Og McGovern (0-1). Subs: S Murphy (0-1) for C Dunbar, E Conroy for P Foley, E Moore for A Nolan, P Doran for I Byrne, J O'Connor for S Tompkins.

Referee - D Kirwan.


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