Antrim 0-12 3-22 Limerick

Mark O'Riordan and Michael Herron
Mark O'Riordan and Michael Herron in action as Limerick beat Antrim

Antrim lost to Limerick by 19 points in their All-Ireland Hurling qualifier at Parnell Park on Saturday night.

Antrim were well in contention for most of the first half but Karl Stewart was sent-off and Limerick found the net to leave it 1-10 to 0-8 at half-time.

Limerick pulled away in the second half, scoring two further goals in the process, as the Saffrons could only muster four points after the break.

Limerick will take their place in the All-Ireland quarter-final draw.

Early points from Eddie McCloskey and Neil McManus gave Antrim cause for optimism and although Limerick levelled, the Saffrons took a 0-7 to 0-4 lead.

Limerick nudged ahead with 19-year-old wing forward Declan Hannon their star performer.

Stewart saw a red card for an stamp on Brian Geary after the Limerick player had fouled the Antrim man.

It was a moment of madness for which Antrim never really recovered from.

The Saffrons trailed by five points at the interval despite McManus accumulating six first-half points.

Dinny Cahill's side closed to within three points at 1-11 to 0-11 but Limerick responded with three unanswered points and a David Breen goal.

Limerick went on to dominate further and increased their margin of victory substantially.

All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

Down 1-16 1-8 Leitrim

Antrim 1-13 2-9 Carlow

Limerick 3-13 0-15 Offaly

Longford 0-15 1-17 Tyrone

Armagh 0-19 2-13 Wicklow (aet)

Meath 0-11 0-10 Galway

Laois 0-10 3-16 Kildare

London 0-13 1-17 Waterford

All-Ireland Hurling Qualifiers

Cork 1-14 2-23 Galway

Antrim 0-12 3-22 Limerick

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