U15 Premier Division: Shannon Hibernians 0-8 Limerick
Limerick made it three wins from three in the Under-15 Premier Division with an 8-0 victory over Shannon Hibernians at Ballycasey on Saturday afternoon.
The young Superblues arrived for the game full of confidence having bagged six points over the previous eight days, but it was Shannon who made the brighter start.
The hosts passed the ball well and competed strongly for possession while Limerick, in contrast, started slowly and appeared unsettled, with their normal passing game not in evidence.
However, after settling into the game, Limerick broke the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark when Jack Devitt-Stubbs’ strike from distance did enough to beat the Shannon ‘keeper.
That goal changed the game and John Grehan’s side quickly made it 2-0. Defender Cormac Kinahan went on an overlap run down the right wing and cut infield at the edge of the box before looking up and firing a superb left-footed shot to the net.
Shannon continued to battle hard and really put it up to Limerick with some creative attacking football.
But it was 3-0 on the stroke of half-time through a wonderful solo effort from Dylan Meehan. Meehan picked up the ball outside the box and made a diagonal run to the left, losing possession momentarily, but when he retrieved the ball he cut back onto his right foot and smashed a shot to the net off the underside of the crossbar.
Just three minutes into the second half, Devitt-Stubbs added a fourth, and the youngster completed his hat-trick on the hour mark when he collected the ball just inside the Shannon half and used his pace to get past three players before coolly finishing.
A minute later, it was 6-0 as Brandon Murphy made it four goals in three games, before substitute Dave Sweeney made an immediate impact with a remarkable 40-yard strike that broke the base of the net such was the force of the effort.
Late on, Sweeney got on the end of a training ground routine to round off the scoring.
Limerick would like to thank all at Shannon Hibs for a tough encounter, despite the scoreline.
The Limerick squad were delighted to see their injured teammate, Noel Callanan, make the long journey to Shannon. Speedy recovery Noel.
Limerick Team: Damien Keenan, Cormac Kinahan, Seán Madigan, Jakub Jastrzebski, Jack Crowley, Dave Buston, Brandon Murphy, Adam Lyons, Jack Devitt-Stubbs, Dylan Meehan, Junior Echeruwe. Subs: Nathan Kirrane, Dion Lynch, Dave Sweeney.
Report Date: Saturday 7 September 2013