LIMERICK’S clash with Clare on Saturday will be the final of the Munster Senior Hurling League after TJ Ryan’s charges defeated Waterford 3-16 to 1-17 at the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday night.
Limerick, who made 13 changes from last Sunday’s win over Cork, started brightly finding the net twice in the opening 11 minutes. Tom Morrissey got the first goal, latching onto the rebound after Seanie Tobin’s effort was saved.
David Reidy made it 2-5 to 0-2 after a Barry Nash run and pass set up the Dromin-Athlacca man who finished well.
A cracking goal from Austin Gleeson started a mini-revival from Waterford as they scored 1-4 without reply to end the first half.
Kevin O’Brien was introduced on 51 minutes and within five minutes of coming on scored an impressive solo goal. Waterford never recovered fully from their poor start giving themselves too much to do in the second half and fell just short.
SCORERS - Limerick: David Reidy 1-5 (0-2 frees); Tom Morrissey 1-1; Kevin O’Brien 1-1; Seanie Tobin 0-3; Thomas O’Brien, Diarmuid Byrnes 0-2, Gavin O’Mahony 0-2 each; Waterford: Maurice Shanahan 0-7 (0-5 frees); Austin Gleeson 1-0; Jake Dillon 0-3; Patrick Curran, Shane Bennett 0-2 each, Jamie Barron, Peter Hogan, Shane McNulty 0-1 each
LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Tom Condon, Richie McCarthy, Seanie O’Brien; Paudie O’Brien, Diarmuid Byrnes, Wayne McNamara; John Fitzgibbon, Paul Browne; Barry Nash, Gavin O’Mahony, Tom Morrissey; Thomas O’Brien, David Reidy, Sean Tobin. Subs: Barry Hennessey for Nickie Quaid (27); Darragh O’Donovan for John Fitzgibbon (ht); Graeme Mulcahy for David Reidy (51); Kevin O’Brien for Thomas O’Brien (51); Michael Reidy for Tom Condon (52)
WATERFORD: Ian O'Regan; Paudie Prendergast, Shane Fives, Noel Connors; Shane Roche, Shane McNulty, Conor Gleeson; Jamie Barron, Kevin Moran; Colin Dunford, Shane Bennett, Jake Dillion; Austin Gleeson, Maurice Shanahan, Patrick Curran. Subs: Gavin O’Brien for Shane Roche (23); Tom Devine for Kevin Moran (47); Shane O’Sullivan Jamie Barron (47); Peter Hogan for Colin Dunford (51)
REFEREE: Phillip Kelly (Tipperary)