O'Brien the late hero for Limerick
SEAN O'BRIEN was the super-sub for Limerick as his late point gave the Shannonsiders a one-point (4-16 to 3-18) Allianz HL Division 1B victory over Wexford in a superb battle at Wexford Park yesterday.
Wexford led 3-9 to 2-9 at the interval courtesy of goals from Liam óg McGovern (two) and Jack Guiney, with John Fitzgibbon and Shane Dowling finding the net for TJ Ryan's (pictured) men.
With five minutes remaining to play Wexford still led by three but David Breen's close range goal brought Limerick level before O'Brien hit his valuable winner.
DESPITE their poor opening Waterford secured a 2-18 to 1-14 victory over Offaly at O'Connor Park, Tullamore with goals from Shane Bennett and Michael 'Brick' Walsh helping them to their seven-point win.
The Faithful County got off to an excellent start to lead by 0-7 to 0-0 inside 15 minutes, but they lost their way for the rest of the first half and went into the dressing rooms 1-7 to 0-9 in arrears, with Shane Bennett getting Waterford's goal.
Offaly drew level on the restart but the Decies took control to cruise to victory.
Waterford's first half tally of 13 wides was bolstered by a further nine in the second half but despite the poor shooting, the complete stranglehold they enjoyed in the second half ensured that they didn't concede a score for nearly 20 minutes in succession, by which time they accumulated a 2-16 to 1-12 lead.
Laois off the mark
SEAMUS 'Cheddar' Plunkett's Laois hurlers have got off the mark following their 1-18 to 1-14 victory over Antrim in Armoy yesterday with Zane Keenan hitting 0-9 (7f, 1 '65') for the O'Moore County.
Laois were deserving winners in a game in which no more than five points separated the sides over the 70 minutes.
In the final ten minutes unanswered scores from Paul Shiels, Niall McKenna and Michael Bradley brought Antrim to within two points but Paddy Whelan and PJ Scully tacked on insurance scores for the visitors.