HOLDERS Limerick will face Waterford in a Munster minor hurling final replay for the second successive year after their pulsating showdown ended in a thrilling draw, 3-14 to 2-17, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh this Sunday afternoon.
Limerick looked all set to retain their title when leading their opponents by three points in added time in a free-scoring final. However, Waterford substitute Shane Ryan struck for a dramatic late goal for the All-Ireland champions to send the game to a replay. Twelve months ago, Limerick denied Waterford in similar fashion when bagging a last gasp goal in the provincial decider at the Gaelic Grounds on Munster final day to earn a share of the spoils. Brian Ryan’s Limerick side went on to win the replay.
That second meeting between the counties this year will take place at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Tuesday, July 22.
Limerick led 2-8 to 0-12 at half-time, thanks to goals from Barry Nash, a fine individual effort on 15 minutes, while full-forward Tom Morrissey raised a second green flag for the Shannonsiders on 22 minutes.
With the likes of Ronan Lynch, Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, Barry Nash, Cian Lynch, Tom Morrissey and Peter Casey showing up well, Limerick held the upperhand.
A run of 1-3 without replay between the 38th and 43rd minutes from Limerick appeared to give Limerick a vital edge. The goal came from Peter Casey on 42 minutes.
However, substitute Ryan rescued the day for Waterford late on.
SCORERS - Limerick: Ronan Lynch (0-6, 0-3 frees), Peter Casey (1-2), Barry Nash, Tom Morrissey (1-1) each, Seamus Flanagan (0-2), Cian Lynch, Edward Doyle (0-1) each.
Waterford: Patrick Curran (0-7, 0-5 frees), Shane Bennett (0-4, 0-1 sideline cut, 0-1 free), Cormac Curran, Shane Ryan (1-0) each, Andy Molumby, Peter Hogan, Aaron O’Sullivan (0-2) each,
LIMERICK - Eoghan McNamara (Doon); Sean Finn (Bruff), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), Jamie Porter (Monaleen); Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen); Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen); Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Cian Lynch (Capt) (Patrickswell); Conor Fitzgerald (Claughaun), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh). SUBS: Edward Doyle (Monaleen) for Fitzgerald (19 mins), Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen) for Lyons (52 mins), Brian Ryan (South Liberties for Hanley (55 mins).
WATERFORD - Billy Nolan; David Prendergast, MJ Sutton, Michael Cronin; Conor Prunty, Colm Roche, Jack Mullaney; Darragh Lyons, Andy Molumby; Shane Bennett, Conor Gleeson, Cormac Quinn; Peter Hogan, Aaron O’Sullivan, Patrick Curran. SUBS: Eddie Meaney for O’Sullivan (50 mins), Joe Allen for Molumby (55 mins), Shane Ryan for Curran (59 mins).
REFEREE -Damien Fox (Clare)