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The Limerick footballers won their first competitive game since April 2015 in Belfast today

Goals from Ian Ryan and Sean McSweeney helped fashion a three-point win for Limerick over Antrim.

Limerick's Johnny McCarthy and Antrim's Kevin Niblock
Limerick's Johnny McCarthy and Antrim's Kevin Niblock
Image: Presseye/Declan Roughan/INPHO

Limerick 2-6
Antrim 0-9

THE LIMERICK FOOTBALLERS finally tasted success in a competitive game for the first time since April 2015 today when they saw off Antrim in their Round 1B qualifier clash at Corrigan Park in Belfast.

First-half goals from Ian Ryan and Sean McSweeney were vital in propelling Limerick to an ultimate three-point win.

The success sees Limerick finally end a losing streak that dates back to their win over Louth in Division 3 of the Allianz football league on 5 April 2015.

Since then they lost championship games to Clare and Tyrone last summer, two McGrath Cup games in January before being relegated from Division 3 this spring after losing six and drawing one of their league ties.

After losing to Clare last month in this year’s Munster quarter-final, they bounced back today with Ryan striking 1-2 and McSweeney bagging 1-3.

Kevin Niblock and Ryan Murray chipped in with 0-2 apiece for Antrim but despite playing on home soil, they exit the All-Ireland championship.

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