Limerick temporarily moved out of the relegation playoff spot with a well-deserved 6-3 win over ten-men Waterford FC at the Regional Sports Centre.
First-half goals from Danny Morrissey and Karl O’Sullivan gave Tommy Barrett’s side a surprising but merited lead before Rory Feely grabbed one back for the hosts before the break.
Waterford’s night went from bad to worse as Stanley Aborah saw red after a two-footed lunge on Daniel Kearns.
An early second-half goal from Courtney Duffus heightened Limerick’s nerves before Mark O’Sullivan slotted home from close range on the hour mark but Duffus doubled his tally with ten minutes on the clock to ensure a nervy finish for visitors.
Maguire ensured victory for Barrett’s side before Billy Dennehy added to Waterford’s woes as he coolly slotted a penalty, with minutes to go.
Limerick FC: Brendan Clarke; Kilian Cantwell, Killian Brouder (Shaun Kelly 29), Eoin Wearen, Billy Dennehy; Daniel Kearns (William Fitzgerald 77), Barry Maguire, Conor Clifford, Cian Coleman, Karl O’Sullivan; Danny Morrissey (Mark O’Sullivan 45).
Booked: Kilian Brouder (31), Cian Coleman (45).
Goalscorers: Danny Morrissey (10, 13), Karl O’Sullivan (21), Mark O’Sullivan (60), Barry Maguire (85), Billy Dennehy (87).
Waterford FC: Lawrence Vigouroux; Rory Feely (Dean O’Halloran 82), Dylan Barnett, Kenny Browne, David Webster (Paul Keegan 45), Bastien Hery, Gavan Holohan, Stanley Aborah, Faysel Kasmi, Izzy Akinade, Courtney Duffus
Sending off: Stanley Aborah (19)
Goalscorers: Rory Feely (36), Courtney Duffus (47, 80)
Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork)