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The Breathless Reaction To An Instant Classic In Páirc Uí Chaoimh

The Breathless Reaction To An Instant Classic In Páirc Uí Chaoimh
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

Any fears regarding the new provincial championships may well have been put to bed for good tonight as Cork vs Limerick turned into the first classic of this new era.

In Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork and Limerick played out a classic that has gripped all of those keeping an eye on proceedings. Cork's second draw in three games, the scoreline in the end was, Cork 1-25 Limerick 0-28

Reduced to 14-men after an inexplicable foul from Aaron Gillane threatened to undermine a classic-in-the-making, Limerick have laid down a marker on their intentions for the year ahead - even if only a point has been earned.

Going into the half-way mark two points and one man behind, Limerick would have been forgiven for a credible defeat to Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh tonight. Yet, this is something altogether unpalatable for a Limerick side John Kiely is still in the process of assembling.

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With a host of young talent, Anthony Daly, the two-time All-Ireland winner with Clare who worked with many of these players in his academy role with Limerick hurling, was onto something when he suggested that the "hang ups were gone."

Although greater tests may come by way of Kilkenny, or, particularly, Galway, this Limerick team have little or no fear of their Munster counterparts.

Ahead as the match headed into the final few minutes, Limerick may well rue not seeing out what would have been a valuable, and perhaps deserved win, against Cork.

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Yet, John Meyler's men are made of hardier stuff; Patrick Horgan imperious on free-taking duty, and scoring the game's only goal to boot.

Perhaps the brightest of all Limerick's young talents, Cian Lynch was once again instrumental in his new midfield role. Dictating the pace, and picking off scores, it looks a real breakthrough year for the Patrickswell man.

After such a breathless game of intense hurling, the reaction around the country has been startling.

See Also: Mike O'Brien Relives When Limerick v Tipperary 'Took On A Life Of Its Own'

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