Limerick cruise to second U-21 title in three years
Aaron Gillane scores five from play as Limerick get the better of Kilkenny
Limerick captain Tom Morrissey lifts the cup at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho
Limerick 0-17 Kilkenny 0-11
Aaron Gillane shone brightly as Limerick avenged their 2014 minor final defeat to claim the All-Ireland U-21 hurling title at Semple Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Three years ago the Kilkenny minors secured a four-point win over their Limerick counterparts in the decider but Gillane hit an impressive seven points, as Limerick won their second title in three years in front of 15,485 fans.
Limerick captain Tom Morrissey won the toss and after deciding to play with the strong breeze in the first-half they held a 0-11 to 0-4 lead at the break.
In that time Limerick fired seven points - Gillane accounted for four of those - but their wide tally continued to mount and they ended the half with eight misses.
But Kilkenny didn’t take advantage of their chance to get back into the game at the start of the second-half and Eddie Brennan’s side faded.
Alan Murphy scored five points from placed balls after coming on early for Kilkenny but it was too little too late and Limerick cruised to their sixth title.
Limerick: E McNamara; S Finn, D Fanning, D Joy; R Lynch (0-3, 0-3 frees), K Hayes, T Grimes; C Ryan, R Hanley; T Morrissey, B Nash (0-1), C Lynch (0-1); P Casey (0-3), A Gillane (0-7, 0-2 frees), B Murphy. Subs: C Boylan (0-1) for C Lynch (39 mins), A La Touche Cosgrave for Morrissey (48 mins), O O’Reilly (0-1) for Murphy (53 mins), L Lyons for Nash (63 mins).
Kilkenny: D Brennan; M Cody, C Delaney, N McMahon; H Lawlor, J Cleere, T Walsh; L Scanlon, R Leahy; B Ryan (0-1), S Morrissey, L Blanchfield (0-1); J Walsh, J Donnelly (0-1), S Walsh (0-3, 0-2 frees). Subs: A Murphy (0-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 65) for Morrissey (25 mins), P Lyng for J Walsh (half-time), E Kenny for S Walsh (40 mins), M Keoghan for Ryan (42 mins), D Mullen for Leahy (45 mins).
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).