Gavin and Horan get Monaleen off to flier

Monaleen 1-13 Fr Casey's 0-9

Fr Casey’s sensed they were in for a battle after just 15 seconds when former Mayo player and current Limerick panelist Maurice Horan was teed up by Brian Geary for a cracking goal from the edge of the square.

With Gavin slotting over the points, they headed Fr Casey’s 1-6 to 0-5 at the interval.

Their form dropped afterwards and Fr Casey’s threatened to make a contest of it when John Lenihan, Dave Prendeville and Paud O’Donnell cut the deficit to a point. However, Casey’s heads dropped again when Gavin had four points on the trot and that was the end of their challenge

Monaleen withdrew Owen Keating early in the first-half when he suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury.

While the winners played some attractive football they will be concerned that it was left to Gavin and Horan to notch all but one point of their scores.

Scorers: Monaleen: M. Gavin 0-9, M. Horan 1-3, O. Keating 0-1. Fr Casey’s: P. O’Donnell 0-3, J. Weir, D. Collins 0-2 each, D. Prendeville, J. Lenihan 0-1 each.

MONALEEN: P. O'Halloran; D. Burke, J. Cormican, B. Fitzpatrick, F. Melody, J. Marsh, F. Nash; B. Geary, A. McEntee; M. Horan, A. Kitson, M. Houlihan, O. Keating, J. O'Brien, M. Gavin. Sub. M. Cummins for Keating.

FR CASEY'S: P. Curtin; S. Lenihan, C. McCarthy, M. O'Connor, S. Murphy, K. O'Connor, G. O'Connor; P. Browne, T. Cahill; D. Fitzgerald, P. Fitzgerald, P. O'Donnell, J. Weir, J. Lenihan, D. Collins. Sub. D. Prendeville for Collins.

Referee: M. Meade (Ballylanders).

Adare 0-12 Gerald Griffins 0-9

CONOR FITZGERALD, who has not played competitive football for six months, put himself back in the frame for a place in Limerick’s championship squad with a six points haul in Adare’s first round win over Gerald Griffins.

Griffins, taking their inspiration from Eoin Curtin, had the better of the opening half and led 0-5 to 0-2.

But Adare got their act together afterwards and, with Fitzgerald, Paul Griffin and Peter Lavin on target, took control, despite being reduced to 14 men towards the end.

Scorers: Adare: C. Fitzgerald 0-6, P. Griffin, D. Lavin, P. Lavin 0-2 each. Gerald Griffins: E.Curtin 0-6, P. Mullane 0-2, S. O'Connor 0-1.

Ballylanders 0-18 Hospital-Herbertstown 1-10

BALLYLANDERS, favoured to make a strong impact in the championship, showed mixed form in getting the better of 14-man Hospital-Herbertstown, at Bruff.

In the opening five minutes, Stephen Fox (Ballylanders) and Colm Hickey shared four points, but the winners stepped up a couple of gears and, with Stephen Fox claiming four points, went on to lead 0-9 to 0-5 at the break.

Hospital-Herbertstown appeared to have blown their chance after they had a player dismissed coming up to the break. To their credit, they kept going and had narrowed the gap to two points, when they squandered a penalty.

With time running out Bob Fenton found the net for them, but at that stage Stephen Fox and Johnny Murphy had secured victory for Ballylanders.

Scorers: Ballylanders; S. Fox 0-10, J. Murphy 0-2, JB Murphy, M. Walsh, T. Fox, P. Fox, M. Mansell, E. English 0-1 each. Hospital-Herbertstown: B. Fenton 1-3, C. Hickey 0-4, PJ Garvey 0-2, M. Burke 0-1.

Minister for Sport John O’Donoghue will officially open the €12m redeveloped Gaelic Grounds this evening.

The Limerick footballers will play Cork in the opening game at 5pm, followed by Kilkenny and Limerick in hurling.

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CourtsGaaPlace: HerbertstownPerson: GavinPerson: HoranPerson: Fr CaseyPerson: Muiris GavinPerson: Maurice HoranPerson: Brian GearyPerson: John LenihanPerson: Dave PrendevillePerson: Paud O’DonnellPerson: CaseyPerson: Owen KeatingPerson: M. GavinPerson: M. HoranPerson: O. KeatingPerson: P. O’DonnellPerson: J. WeirPerson: D. CollinsPerson: D. PrendevillePerson: J. LenihanPerson: MonaleenPerson: P. O'HalloranPerson: D. BurkePerson: J. CormicanPerson: B. FitzpatrickPerson: F. MelodyPerson: J. MarshPerson: F. NashPerson: B. GearyPerson: A. McEnteePerson: A. KitsonPerson: M. HoulihanPerson: KeatingPerson: J. O'BrienPerson: M.Person: P. CurtinPerson: S. LenihanPerson: M. O'ConnorPerson: S. MurphyPerson: K. O'ConnorPerson: G. O'ConnorPerson: P. BrownePerson: T. CahillPerson: D. FitzgeraldPerson: P. FitzgeraldPerson: P. O'DonnellPerson: CollinsPerson: M. MeadePerson: Gerald GriffinsPerson: AdarePerson: GriffinsPerson: Eoin CurtinPerson: FitzgeraldPerson: Paul GriffinPerson: Peter LavinPerson: C. FitzgeraldPerson: P. GriffinPerson: D. LavinPerson: P. LavinPerson: E.CurtinPerson: P. MullanePerson: S. O'ConnorPerson: Stephen FoxPerson: Colm HickeyPerson: Bob FentonPerson: Johnny MurphyPerson: J. MurphyPerson: JB MurphyPerson: M. WalshPerson: T. FoxPerson: P. FoxPerson: MansellPerson: B. FentonPerson: C. HickeyPerson: PJ GarveyPerson: M. BurkePerson: for SportPerson: John O’DonoghueOrganisation: MonaleenOrganisation: LimerickOrganisation: MayoOrganisation: AdareOrganisation: BallylandersOrganisation: HospitalOrganisation: HerbertstownOrganisation: Gaelic GroundsOrganisation: CorkOrganisation: Kilkenny
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