Date Time Competition Season
20 May 2023 3:00 pm Tailteann Cup 2023

Match Report

Limerick On Course To Finish As Group 3 Winners

Limerick’s blistering start to the second half allowed them to take control of their Tailteann Cup group fate as they won 1-19 to 0-14 at a battling Carlow.

Jordan Morrisey notched the first point of the game inside the opening minute with Niall Hickey adding a swift second for Carlow.

If that was a shock to Limerick’s system, they soon asserted themselves on the first half, James Naughton’s trio of points sandwiched by James Liston and Cillian Fahy strikes to make it 0-2 to 0-5.

The visitors extended the lead to five when Brian Donovan’s point and two more from the influential Naughton cancelled out Colm Hulton’s home point.

Yet, Carlow, as evidenced by their comeback against Wicklow last weekend, are nothing if not dogged and gradually hauled back the deficit.

Two clinically fired frees from Darragh Foley and points from Ross Dunphy and Conor Crowley made it a one-point margin before Cathal Downes wastefully put a free wide for Limerick.

A third Foley free, continuing his scoring form in the Tailteann Cup after a seven-point haul against Wicklow, levelled the tie as half time arrived.

The interval though stalled Carlow’s momentum and a double Limerick substitution looked inspired as they burst into life. 

Paul Maher’s well-take goal was followed up by three points from Naughton, Downes and Donovan to re-establish a five-point cushion.

Peter Nash and Donovan pointed as Limerick extended a profitable spell, Donovan’s second score of the half their eighth in a row since the break in a match-defining period.

Foley’s fourth point made the difference seven points, but a skittish Carlow were unable to be clinical and reduce the gap further as the hour mark approached, with various bookings dished out for tactical fouls by both sides.

Dunphy’s second successful point gave the Cullen Park crowd a cheer but entering a frantic ten minutes, Limerick were in control with a seven-point buffer.

Peter Nash and Morrisey exchanged braces of points late on as the hosts pushed to finish with a flourish, Aaron Amond again a scoring substitute.

But this match was won by Limerick’s fast second half start and Nash’s third point of the half rounded off proceedings.

Limerick in pole position for an automatic QF place now whilst Carlow will take it to the wire in next weekend’s crunch final Group game with Longford as they bid to reach the knockout stages.


1Johnny Furey Goalkeeper
2Shane Buggy Defender
3Mikey Bambrick 22 Defender 48'
4Seanie Bambrick Defender 37'
5Shane Clarke Defender
6Mark Furey Defender
8Conor Doyle 23 Midfielder
9Jordan Morrissey Midfielder 1', 65', 69'
10Conor Crowley Forward 28'
11Ciaran Moran Forward
12Ross Dunphy 21 Forward 27', 58'
13Colm Hulton Forward 17'
14Darragh Foley Forward 24', 34', 36', 46', 71'
15Jamie Clarke 7 Forward
19Niall Hickey 20 4'
16Ciaran Cunningham Goalkeeper
7Jonah Dunne 15 Defender
17Liam Roberts Defender
18Liam Brennan
20Aaron Amond 19 72'
21Eric Molloy 12
22Dara Curran 3 Defender
23Finbarr Kavanagh 8
24Paddy Regan
25Cathal Kelly
26Bryan McMahon


1Aaron O Sullivan Goalkeeper
2Mike O Donovan Defender
3Sean O Dea Defender
4Brian Fanning Defender
5Barry Coleman Forward
6Jim Liston 21 Defender 5'
7Paul Maher Defender 36'
8Cillian Fahy Midfielder 14'
9Cathal Downes 24 Midfielder 39'
10Cian Sheehan Forward
11Brian Donovan Forward 17', 40', 46'
12Adrian Enright 17 Forward
13James Naughton 18 Forward 8', 12', 13', 20', 22', 38'
14Colm McSweeney 25 Forward 49'
15Peter Nash Forward 45', 64', 65', 74', 75'
16Donal O Sullivan Goalkeeper
17Hugh Bourke 12 Forward 62'
18Robbie Bourke 13 68'
19Gordon Brown Defender
20David Connolly
21Iain Corbett 6 Defender 58'
22Tommy Griffin Midfielder
23Davy Lyons Forward
24Tony McCarthy 9 Defender
25Darragh Murray 14 Midfielder
26Cormac Woulfe Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
0-13 2-11
NFL Division 4
LIT Gaelic Grounds