Hurling: Limerick blast eight goals past Antrim
Limerick 8-26 Antirm 1-15: Limerick continued their rampage through the back door as they followed up their 25-point rout of Laois by thumping Antrim at the Gaelic Grounds.
“That's where we wanted to be. I'm very pleased that we're making progress,” said Limerick manager John Allen.
He already possesses a forward line brimming with confidence, but with Declan Hannon shining off the bench and Kevin Downes and Conor Allis still injured, Allen could have an embarrassment of riches in the coming weeks.
Despite Antrim failing to give them a competitive match, this Limerick showing will be noticed.
Shane Dowling was in devastating form in front of goal. He followed Niall Moran's example from the Laois game last week with a super hat-trick, while Moran himself bagged another two goals.
By the ninth minute, four of those goals had arrived and after the early barrage, Jim Nelson's side did well to muster any response.
“When you concede eight goals in any game you are never going to win it. But it is the devastating effect that it has on a team when you are conceding goal after goal after goal, and I think the heads went down a wee bit,” said Nelson.
“What can you say? Limerick were good and we couldn't match them.”
Holding a 5-7 to 0-13 lead at the break, Limerick began to pick off their points with style, Hannon, Mulcahy and Dowling all raising white flags before the next flurry of goals.
Dowling completed his hat-trick in the 39th minute and two more goals in two minutes from Moran and Mulcahy completed the rout by the 53rd minute.
Late on, Neil McManus bagged a slight consolation for Antrim.