The Limerick minor footballers recorded their first win since 2010 when they staged a remarkable revival to beat Waterford by 2-14 to 3-10 in Newcastle West on Wednesday night.
Having lost 12 straight games in the Munster minor championship, Limerick had reasonable hopes going into this game following a positive showing in their opening round loss to Cork.
But those hopes looked to be shattered when they trailed by 3-6 to 0-7 at the break. However, Jerry O’Sullivan’s young side refused to give in and a fine second-half showing saw them eke out a thrillin win.
A goal from Glin’s John Wallace got them back to within three points. Richard Hayes, Mikey Morrissey and Colm McSweeney all pointed to keep Limerick in touch but they didn’t take the lead until late on when Sean Murphy poked home the winning goal.
Limerick now play Clare in the quarter-final next Wednesday, April 29, in Ennis. The prize for the winners will be a meeting with Tipperary in the semi-final on May 13. Cork and Kerry meet in the other semi-final.
SCORERS - Limerick: Mikey Morrissey 0-6 (three frees), John Wallace, Seán Murphy 1-0 each, Diarmuid Kelly, Andrew White (two frees), Richard Hayes (two frees) 0-2 each, Adam Storan, Colm McSweeney 0-1 each; Waterford: Shane O’Meara 1-2, David Looby 0-4 (3 frees), Michael Culloo 1-1, Ed Sheehy 1-0 (own goal), Conor Murray 0-2, Conor Prunty 0-1.
LIMERICK: Aaron Murphy (Fr Caseys); David Hanley (Ballysteen), Luke O’Connell (Mungret), Fionn Murphy (Kilteely-Dromkeen); John Wallace (Glin), Sean Ivess (Newcastle West), Sean Murphy (Newcastle West); Adam Kerins (St Senan’s), Michael Whelan (Hospital-Herbertstown); Andrew White (Rathkeale), Mikey Morrissey (Rathkeale), Ed Sheehy (Granagh-Ballingarry); Diarmuid Kelly (Newcastle West), Mark Connolly (Adare), James Ryan (Athea).Subs: Adam Storan (Mungret) for Andrew White (20 mins), Colm McSweeney (Gerald Griffins) for Ed Sheehy (half-time), Richard Hayes (St Senan’s) for Mark Connolly (43 mins),
WATERFORD: Kevin Dwane; Darragh O’Grady, Stephen Ryan, Conor McCarthy; Cárthach Barry, John Elstead, Neil Montgomery; Conor Prunty, Ciarán Looney; Michael Culloo, Conor Murray, Shane O’Meara; Michael Sweeney, David Looby, Dylan Guiry. Subs: Seán White for David Looby (43 mins), Darragh McGrath for Neil Montgomery (55 mins), Michael Phelan for Ciarán Looney (56 mins), Darren McGuckian for John Elstead (60 mins), Gavin Sheehan for Michael Sweeney (60m).
REFEREE: David Murnane (Cork)