A TERRIFIC individual goal from substitute Tom Morrissey in the final minute of normal time helped Limerick’s minor hurlers earn a thrilling 2-19 each draw with Waterford in their Munster final shoot-out at the Gaelic Grounds today.
Limerick, seeking their first provincial title at this level since 1984, looked all set to endure further heartbreak when trailing by eight points, 2-18 to 0-16, with a little over 10 minutes remaining.
However, Brian Ryan’s side, cheered on by the large home support, were handed a lifeline in the 56th minute when top scorer Ronan Lynch blasted a 20-metre free to the net. Na Piarsaigh clubman Lynch finished with a terrific personal haul of 1-9, while the highly impressive Cian Lynch struck over four points from play in the opening half.
Limerick’s Pat Ryan and Waterford’s Stephen Bennett traded further points, before Morrissey netted the equalising score.
SCORERS – Limerick: Ronan Lynch 1-9 (0-8 frees, 0-1 ’65), Cian Lynch 0-4, Tom Morrissey 1-1, Barry Nash 0-3, Pat Ryan 0-2. Waterford: Patrick Curran 0-6 (0-1 ’65, 0-1 free), Stephen Bennett (1-2), Austin Gleeson 0-3, (0-2 frees), Micheal Harney 1-0, Colm Roche, DJ Foran (0-2) each, Shane Bennett, Conor Gleeson, Adam Farrell, Michael Kearney (0-1) each.
LIMERICK – Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen); Jamie Porter (Monaleen), Richard English (Doon), Sean Finn (Bruff); Stephen Ryan (Doon), Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen); Jamie Butler (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh); Barry Nash (South Liberties), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell); Dean Coleman (Doon), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Pat Ryan (Doon). Subs: Graham Whelan (Bruff) for O’Donovan (37 mins), Stephen Power (Ahane) for Flanagan (42 mins), Tom Morrissey (Ahane) for Coleman (47 mins), Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh) for Porter (50 mins).
WATERFORD – Gavin Power; William Hahessy, Kevin Daly (Capt), Cian Leamy; Tom Devine, Austin Gleeson, Shane Bennett; Michael Kearney, Michael Harney; Adam Farrell, Stephen Bennett, DJ Foran; Patrick Curran, Colm Roche, Conor Gleeson. Subs: Cormac Curran for Farrell (40 mins), Mark O’Brien for Gleeson (54 mins), Paul O’Connor for Harney (57 mins).
REFEREE – Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)