CORK hurlers’ efforts to stop the Green Machine came up short as Limerick won back-to-back All-Ireland titles in sensational style at Croke Park on Sunday.
The defending champions were irresistible, especially in the first half as they surged 3-18 to 1-11 clear by half time. It was game over already.
Cork had no answer to Limerick as man-of-the-match Cian Lynch (0-6), Gearóid Hegarty (2-2), Aaron Gillane (1-6, 4f) and and Peter Casey (0-5) ran riot on the big stage. The first-half display from the winners is as good as it gets.
Patrick Horgan (0-12, 9f) and Seamus Harnedy (0-4) led the way for Cork, but the Rebels were no match for a ruthless Limerick team that has rubber-stamped their status as one of the finest hurling teams the game has ever seen. This was their third All-Ireland SHC success in four years, while Cork’s wait for this crown will now stretch to 17 years.