Joel Slattery looks at some of the recent championship meetings between Limerick and Wexford - the good and the bad.
1996 ALL IRELAND FINAL
Wexford 1-13 Limerick 0-14
Wexford’s last All-Ireland title came after this hard fought two point win over Munster champions Limerick. Interestingly both teams current managers – Liam Dunne and TJ Ryan – played in this final. Limerick’s Brian Tobin had a goal controversially disallowed by Offaly referee Pat Horan for impeding a Wexford defender. Tom Dempsey scored 1-3 for Wexford that day as the Yellow-bellies won their sixth All-Ireland title. Wexford haven’t been in an All-Ireland final since, whereas Limerick have been in one – in 2007 where they were beaten by Kilkenny.
Wexford: Damien Fitzhenry; Colm Kehoe, Ger Cushe, John O’Connor; Rod Guiney, Liam Dunne, Larry O’Gorman; Adrian Fenlon, George O’Connor; Rory McCarthy, Martin Storey, Larry Murphy; Tom Dempsey, Garry Laffin, Eamonn Scanlon.
Limerick: Joe Quaid; Stephen McDonogh, Mike Nash, Declan Nash; David Clarke, Ciaran Carey, Mark Foley; Mike Houlihan, Sean O’Neill; Frankie Carroll, Gary Kirby, Barry Foley; Owen O’Neill, Damien Quigley, TJ Ryan.
2001 ALL IRELAND QUARTER-FINAL
Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15
The two sides only previous meeting at this stage of the competition was this narrow victory for Wexford in Croke Park.
A second minute Rory McCarthy goal had Wexford on the way to victory early on. However, two Barry Foley goals before half-time ensured that the crowd of over 36,000 would witness a classic.
Wexford goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry also scored two goals that day. Wexford would be beaten by eventual champions Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final.
For Limerick it was a case of what might have been and it would be another four years before they would reach the quarter-final again – the 2005 defeat to Kilkenny.
Wexford: Damien Fitzhenry; Rory Mallon, Darragh Ryan, David O’Connor; Liam Dunne, Larry O’Gorman; Adrian Fenlon, Nicky Lambert; Darren Stamp, Trevor Kelly, Paul Codd; Mitch Jordan, Larry Murphy, Rory McCarthy.
Limerick: Timmy Houlihan; Stephen McDonogh, TJ Ryan, Clem Smith; Damien Reale, Brian Geary, Mark Foley; James Moran, Ciaran Carey; Paul O’Grady, Ollie Moran, Mike O’Brien; James Butler, Brian Begley, Barry Foley.
2011 ALL IRELAND QUALIFIERS PHASE 2
Limerick 1-13 Wexford 0-14
On a wet day in Wexford Park, Limerick beat the hosts by the same score that they had lost the ‘96 All-Ireland final by in Croke Park. Paudie McNamara scored 0-4 from play that day.
A scrappy Andrew O’Shaughnessy goal proved to be the difference in the end. Wexford were beaten despite 0-6 from Diarmuid Lyng and 0-4 from play from Rory Jacob.
Limerick would go onto play the All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park that Summer, but were hammered by Tipperary on that occasion.
Limerick: Brian Murray; Damien Reale, Stephen Lucey, Mark O’Riordan; Seamus Hickey, Brian Geary, Mark Foley; Gavin O’Mahony, Donal O’Grady; James Ryan ,Wayne McNamara, Niall Moran; Donncha Sheehan, Paudie McNamara, Andrew O’Shaughnessy.
Wexford: Damien Fitzhenry; Malachy Travers, Paul Roche, Keith Rossitor; Darren Stamp, Richie Keogh, Ciaran Kenny; Harry Keogh, Diarmuid Lyng; PJ Nolan, Willie Doran, Rory Jacob; David Redmond, Eanna Martin, Stephen Doyle.
2011 ALL IRELAND QUALIFIERS PHASE 2
Limerick 1-22 Wexford 2-13
Nine points from Declan Hannon helped Limerick secure a six point win in the Gaelic Grounds.
A second half Graeme Mulcahy goal helped Limerick secure victory over a dogged Wexford side.
The Slaney-siders’ cause was helped by goals from Eoin Quigley and Rory Jacob. Limerick led by two points at the break but would push on in the second half.
However, Limerick would progress to beat Antrim before losing the All-Ireland quarter-final to Dublin. This phase II qualifier was played in front of nearly 14,000 people at the Ennis Road venue.
Limerick: Nickie Quaid; David Moloney, Seamus Hickey, Tom Condon; Wayne McNamara, Brian Geary, Gavin O’Mahony; Paul Browne, Donal O’Grady; Niall Moran, James Ryan, Declan Hannon; Graeme Mulcahy, Kevin Downes, Seanie Tobin.
Wexford: Niall Breen; Paul Roche, Matthew O’Hanlon, Keith Rossitor; Lar Prendergast Darren Stamp, Malachy Travers; Eoin Quigley, Mick Jacob; PJ Nolan, Harry Kehoe, Stephen Banville; Rory Jacob, Garrett Sinnott, Jim Berry.