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GAA | Limerick sweep Cork aside to retain Liam MacCarthy Cup

Updated: Sep 23

Limerick have beaten Cork by 3-32 to 1-22 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final at Croke Park.


The Treaty, who scored 3-18 in a devastating first half performance, produced a stunning display to retain their All-Ireland title, setting a new score record on their way to lifting the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the third time in four years.


Gearóid Hegarty found the net inside 90 seconds for John Kiely's men, before Shane Kingston scored Cork's only goal almost immediately at the other end.


Cork were unable to live with Limerick's power and pace, and Aaron Gillane punished the Rebels with an excellent goal in the 15th minute.


Hegarty struck his second goal in first half stoppage time as Limerick carried a staggering 13-point lead (3-18 to 1-11) into the interval in Dublin.


Cork needed something special in the second half, but Limerick continued to play a relentless brand of hurling to deny Kieran Kingston's men any way back into the final.


Cian Lynch played a starring role for Limerick, recording six points, while Cork captain Patrick Horgan chipped in with 11 points for the losing county.


Limerick captain Declan Hannon lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup, becoming the first skipper since Christy Ring to lift the trophy on three occasions as his team cemented their place as one of the great modern sides.


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