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Dowling and Hegarty star as Limerick hit 6 goals en route to 29-point win over Laois

A big win for John Kiely’s side in O’Moore Park.

Shane Dowling hit 1-7 for Limerick tonight.
Shane Dowling hit 1-7 for Limerick tonight.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Limerick 6-33
Laois 1-19

Steven Miller reports from O’Moore Park, Portlaoise

SHANE DOWLING AND Gearoid Hegarty were the scoring stars as Limerick picked up their third victory in Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling league thanks to a big win tonight over Laois in O’Moore Park.

Hegarty did as he pleased in the opening half as he scored five points from play and also hand a hand in the first two goals.

And the St Patrick’s club man added two goals to his tally after the break as Limerick eased home with Hegarty finishing with 2-6.

Shane Dowling also made a big contribution. On his first appearance of the season he had 1-7 scored by half time and he had another point to his name by the time he was called ashore before the 50-minute mark.

Last year’s minor captain Kyle Hayes also had a productive evening for Limerick, getting two goals in the first half and then adding two points after the break.

Limerick led 3-14 to 0-10 at half-way point with Laois keeping the scoreboard moving thanks to the excellence of Cha Dwyer and three impressive points from debutant Aaron Dunphy.

The home side rallied briefly early in the second half and got a goal when goalkeeper Enda Rowland converted a penalty but Limerick found another gear and eventually finished with a massive 29 points to spare.

Scorers for Limerick: Gearoid Hegarty 2-6, Shane Dowling 1-8 (0-6 frees), Kyle Hayes 2-2, Colin Ryan 1-1, Peter Casey, Ronan Lynch (0-1 free) 0-4 each, William O’Donoghue 0-3, James Ryan 0-2, (free), Dan Morrissey, Pat Ryan, Declan Hannon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Laois: Ross King 0-8 (0-6 frees), Charles Dwyer 0-5 (sideline cut), Aaron Dunphy 0-3, Enda Rowland 1-0 (penalty), Ben Conroy 0-2 (0-2 free), Wille Dunphy 0-1.

Limerick

Barry Hennessy

Stephen Cahill
Richie English
Sean Finn

Seamus Hickey
Declan Hannon
Dan Morrissey

Darragh O’Donovan
William O’Donoghue

Shane Dowling
Gearoid Hegarty
James Ryan

Kevin O’Brien
Kyle Hayes
Colin Ryan

Subs

Diarmuid Byrnes for Hannon (24 mins)
Tom Condon for Finn (41 mins)
Peter Casey for O’Brien (48 mins)
Ronan Lynch for Dowling (48 mins)
Pat Ryan for O’Donovan (50 mins)

Laois

Enda Rowland

Cahir Healy
Leigh Bergin
Dwane Palmer

Sean Downey
Paddy Purcell
Ryan Mullaney

Ben Conroy
Cian Taylor

Aaron Dunphy
Cha Dwyer
Paddy Whelan

Neil Foyle
Willie Dunphy
Ross King

Subs:

Aidan Corby for Whelan (48 mins)
Eric Killeen for Mullaney (58 mins)
Eoin Doyle for Downey (60 mins)
Stephen Bergin for Conroy (66 mins)
Paddy Keating for Taylor (70 mins)

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