All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 1 – Limerick 1-16 London 1-13

Limerick defeated London by 1-16 to 1-13 in Round 1 of the the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday June 21st at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Limerick come through London test

ALL-IRELAND SFC ROUND 1A QUALIFIER: LIMERICK 1-16 LONDON 1-13

Report from the GAA.ie web site

London – last year’s Connacht finalists – bowed out of the 2014 championship after a three point loss to Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday afternoon. Ian Ryan was the star of the show for Limerick as he scored eight points, three from frees to lead his team to victory. Limerick got things going when Ian Ryan linked with captain, Seánie Buckley in the fourth minute, while Damien Dunleavy scored in the sixth minute for London, yet that would be their last point for 20 minutes.

Slowly but surely Limerick were getting on top up front and with their defence rock solid they attacked at will. A fine score from John Galvin began the rout in the 12th minute and with Danny Neville, Ger Collins, Brian Scanlon, Killian Phair and Ryan, with two more, all finding the target in a devastating 15 minute spell, the signs were ominous. Mark Gottsche’s introduction for Brian Collins in the 24th minute gave the Exiles more impetus going forward and he got their account up-and-running again with a point four minutes later.

Joe Feeney and goalkeeper, Adrian Faherty, from a free brought London to within four points with five minutes left in the half only for Limerick to go in with a 0-11 to 0-6 lead at the break as Phair, Ger Collins and Ryan all scored. London were emphatic in the opening exchanges of the second-half and by the 43rd minute they had taken a shock 1-10 to 0-11 lead thanks mainly due mainly to the sharp-shooting Dunleavy, and it was he that got their goal eight minutes after the break to surge into the lead.

Nonetheless, Limerick did not panic and substitute Gearóid Hegarty soloed through to finish forcefully into Faherty’s goal and give his side a two point lead with 12 minutes left. Lorcan Mulvey and Tony Gaughan pointed for the visitors to draw them level and it was set for a grandstand finish, but that was as good as it got as Brian Scanlon, from a free and two points from Ryan saw Limerick ease to victory.
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Scorers for Limerick: Ian Ryan 0-8 (0-3f); G Hegarty (1-0); K Phair, G Collins and B Scanlon 0-2 each, J Galvin and D Neville 0-1 each.
Scorers for London: D Dunleavy 1-5; J Feeney 0-2; A Faherty 0-1 (0-1f), M Gottsche, M Miskelly, L Mulvey, E O’Neill and T Gaughan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; J McCarthy, S O’Dea, M O’Riordan; I Corbett, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Lee, J Galvin; S Buckley, G Collins, D Tracey; D Neville, K Phair, I Ryan
Subs: G Hegarty for Buckley (16); M Brosnan for Treacy (43); E Hanrahan for Phair (48); S Lucey for Corbett (53); J O’Riordan for T Lee (58); J Lee for Neville (63)

LONDON: A Faherty; B Collins, S Curran, D McCarthy; P Butler, S Mulligan, S Hannon; A Bradley, M Carroll; G Crowley, D Dunleavy, L Mulvey; M Miskelly, T Gaughan, J Feeney
Subs: M Gottsche for Collins (24); B Mitchell for Feeney (55); S Kelly for Bradley (62); C O’Neill for Crowley (68); C Carty for Hannon (71)

Referee: Pádraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Attendance: 607


Limerick footballer survive severe London test

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

THE Limerick senior footballers have advanced to the second round of the All Ireland SFC Qualifiers after a severe test from London. In the Gaelic Grounds this Saturday afternoon it finished 1-16 to 1-13. Limerick advance to round two on July 5 against one of the losing provincial semi-finalists; Galway/Sligo, Donegal/Antrim, Cork/Tipperary, Dublin/Wexford.

London led 1-11 to 0-12 entering the final quarter but John Brudair’s Limerick came back strongly in the end.It was 1-13 each with five minutes to play but late scores sealed the nervy Limerick win in front of just 607 spectators. Limerick were 0-11 to 0-6 up at half time. The home side had made all the early running but found it hard to break down a packed London rearguard. By the 12th minute it was only 0-2 to 0-1 to the home side, who were wearing blue.

Ian Ryan and John Galvin had those opening Limerick points. Then Limerick took over and by the 25th minute were 0-8 to 0-1 clear. Debutantes Killian Phair and Danny Neville were along this scoring streak as well as goalkeeper Brian Scanlon (free). But London then came to life with three points in a row. Indeed they were to out score Limerick 0-5 to 0-3 in the final eight minutes of the half.

The start of the second half was all London and they kicked 1-4 without reply to go 1-10 to 0-11 ahead for first time. An Ian Ryan free had Limerick off the mark in the 12th minute of the half. Inspired by goalscroer Damien Dunleavy, London kept pouring forward and held the lead until the 57th minute. That’s when Gearoid Hegarty had the all-important Limerick goal. But London had two points in replay to level up the contest with five to play.

But goalkeeper Brian Scanlon and Ian Ryan had Limerick frees to ease the tension. Then in injury time Ryan capped a fine individual performance with his fifth score from play.

SCORERS:
Limerick: Ian Ryan 0-8 (3frees), Gearoid Hegarty 1-0, Ger Collins, Brian Scanlon (2frees), Killian Phair 0-2 each, John Galvin, Danny Neville 0-1 each.
London: Damien Dunleavy 1-5, Joe Feeney 0-2, Mark Gottsche, Adrian Flaherty (free), Marcus Miskelly, Sean Hickey, Lorcan Mulvey (free), Tony Gaughan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon; Sean O’Dea, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Iain Corbett, Paudie Browne, Pa Ranahan; Tom Lee, John Galvin; Darragh Treacy, Ger Collins, Seanie Buckley; Danny Neville, Killian Phair, Ian Ryan
Subs: Gearoid Hegarty for Seanie Buckley, inj (15mins), Micheal Brosnan for Darragh Treacy (43mins), Eoin Hanrahan for Killian Phair (48mins), Stephen Lucey for Iain Corbett (53mins), John Riordan for Tom Lee (57mins), Jamie Lee for Danny Neville (65mins).

LONDON: Adrian Flaherty; Philip Butler, Stephen Curran, Donnacha McCarthy; Seamus Hannon, Tony Gaughan, Shane Mulligan; Aaron Bradley, Martin Carroll; Greg Crowley, Damien Dunleavy, Joe Feeney; Marcus Miskelly, Brian Collins, Lorcan Mulvey
Subs: Mark Gottsche for Brian Collins 24mins), Sean Hickey for Marcus Miskelly (44mins), Barry Mitchell for Joe Feeney (55mins), Sean Kelly for Aaron Bradley (62mins), Cathal O’Neill for Greg Crowley (69mins), Caoimhin Carty for Seamus Hannon (71mins).

REFEREE: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)


Fixture Details

All Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 1A
Limerick v London, Gaelic Grounds, 3.00pm
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan, Kerry
E.T. if Necessary



Team News

Limerick Manager John Brudair has named his starting team for All Ireland Qualifier V London on 21st June in the Gaelic Grounds at 3.00pm.

Limerick make 4 changes to the team defeated by Tipperary 3 weeks ago, in come Brian Scanlon, Pa Ranahan, John Galvin and Killian Phair who is making his championship debut for Limerick. There are also a number of positional changes. The team captain is Seanie Buckley.

Limerick: Brian Scanlon; Seán O’Dea, Johnny McCarthy, Colm Moran; Iain Corbett, Pádraig Browne, Pa Ranahan;Thomas Lee, John Galvin; Darragh Tracey, Eoin Hanrahan, Seánie Buckley (Captain); Ger Collins, Killian Phair, Ian Ryan (Vice-Captain)