Conor Gleeson’s goal helps The Nire to convincing Munster championship victory
Limerick champions Ballylanders outgunned at Kilmallock
The Nire 1-11 Ballylanders 0-7
No Limerick club has won a game in this competition since 2008. Ballylanders started without their top scorer, Kieran O’Callaghan, but though he was brought in for the second half he could do little to halt the march of the Waterford champions.
A well-struck Danny Frewen point renewed hope for Ballylanders but after a point by Diarmuid Wall, The Nire struck for the game’s only goal. Waterford minor star Conor Gleeson wriggled his way through to blast a powerful shot past Ricky Slattery.
By halftime The Nire led 1-7 to 0-3 and they had eased on to I-11 to 0-5 when Maurice O’Gorman was black-carded after 48 minutes. He was replaced by Keith Guiry who in his first involvement wasted a great goal chance.
BALLYLANDERS: R Slattery; M Kelly, Shane Fox, G Casey; B O’Connell, D Kelly, S Walsh; Johnny Murphy, T Lee; M O’Connell (0-1), JB Murphy (0-4 , 0-2f), J Kirby; Steven Fox, E Walsh, D Frewen (0-2, 0-1f). Subs: K O’Callaghan and T Fox for Kirby and Casey (h-t), R McCarthy for Kelly (50 mins), J Lee for B O’Connell (56 mins).
THE NIRE: T Wall; J Walshe, T O’Gorman, T Cooney; D Wall (0-1), B Wall (0-1), S Lawlor; C Guiry (0-1), S Walsh (0-1); Michael O’Gorman, Maurice O’Gorman, J Barron (0-2); L Lawlor, S Ryan (0-2, 0-1f), C Gleeson (1-2). Subs: M Moore (0-1) for C Guiry (bc), J Guiry for Justin Walsh (40 mins), K Guiry for Maurice O’Gorman (bc, 48), D Ryan for Barron (55).
Referee: C Lane (Cork).