Three points belies difference between Limerick and Wexford

Limerick 1-14 Wexford 2-8

Three points belies difference between Limerick and Wexford

Limerick 1-14 Wexford 2-8

Limerick moved to the top of the Division 1B hurling table thanks to a convincing three-point win over Wexford at the Gaelic Grounds.

Graeme Mulcahy's first-half goal and the sharp-shooting of Conor Allis ensured the home side kept ahead of Liam Dunne's side, despite two goals after the restart from Paul Morris and substitute Rory Jacob.

In a game played in damp conditions, Wexford looked bright in their build-up play for the most part, but without a breath of wind to consider, they would have been angered by their first-half tally of ten wides.

Jack Guiney got them up and running with an early free, but once Allis fired the equaliser in the sixth minute Wexford never led again after that.

Limerick led 1-6 to 0-5 at the break, and after Mulcahy's ninth minute bullet to the net, three quick points from Allis (2) and Mulcahy saw Limerick into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead.

But Wexford recovered well, and points from Harry Kehoe and Morris kept them in touch at the break.

That four point lead was trimmed to three when Jacob slotted his first point, and after Allis hit back, Morris' wonderful flick past Nickie Quiad meant a point is all that separated the teams.

Jacob landed his second point in the 46th minute to level the game at 1-7 each, but faced with the prospect of defeat, Limerick seemed to double their efforts.

Allis landed two quick frees, before Diarmuid O'Keeffe responded for Wexford, but five in a row from the home side, with Allis hitting four means they had the win wrapped up before Jacob's 70th minute goal for Wexford.

Limerick: N Quaid; M Carmody, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O'Brien, W McNamara, G O'Mahony; D O'Grady, P Browne; C Allis (0-10, 8fs, 1 '65), D Reidy, J Ryan; K Downes (0-1), G Mulcahy (1-2), S Tobin.

Subs: S Dowling (0-1f) for Reidy (59).

Wexford: M Fanning; K Rossiter, M O'Hanlon, B Kenny; W Devereux, L Chin, E Martin; D O'Keeffe (0-1), H Kehoe (0-1); S Tomkins, P Morris (1-2), I Byrne; J Guiney (0-2 fs), G Moore, L Og McGovern.

Subs: R Jacob (1-2) for Byrne (32), D Redmond for Morris (63).

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