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2022 oneills.com Munster Under 20 Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Limerick 0-27 Waterford 3-15
Limerick defeated Waterford by 0-27 to 3-15 in the oneills.com Munster Under 20 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday April 27th at the TUS Gaelic Grounds.
Limerick withstand Waterford comeback to reach Munster final
Report by Tom Clancy for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Munster U20 Hurling Championship semi-final
Limerick 0-27 Waterford 3-15
Limerick advanced to the Munster U20 Hurling final following a tense three point victory over Waterford at the TUS Gaelic Grounds. The Treaty dominated the second half point scoring but three green flags from Waterford kept this game alive.
Waterford remain without a Munster final appearance at this grade since it was changed to U20, last winning U21 provincial honours in 2016. Limerick return to the showpiece, having been narrowly defeated by Cork on Leeside last summer. Just like the senior clash last week, goals brought Waterford close, but Limerick ultimately won by three points.
Limerick trio Aidan O’Connor, Adam English and Shane O’Brien impressed, contributing a combined 15 points from play – five each. Limerick looked to be striding to victory but Waterford’s bench made an impact to keep this contest alive.
The visitors were quick to settle into this contest and had the chances to race clear. Hitting six wides in the opening six minutes, long distance scores from Seamus Fitzgerald and Joe Booth were Waterford’s early plus points.
Kilmallock’s Shane O’Brien levelled the game for the first time, notching his second after good work from Jimmy Quilty and Colin Coughlan. Aidan O’Connor soon fired Limerick ahead.
Limerick were accurate in the opening half, with five of their starting six forwards on target from play, while corner back Chris Thomas got his name on the scoresheet after 25 minutes to put over from 65 meters.
The Déise hit 10 first half wides, and would have been disappointed to have gone in level, 0-11 apiece.
Limerick hit eight unanswered coming out from the dressing room.
Substitute Cian Rellis goaled for Waterford in the 42nd. This was just their second score of the second half. Their second goal came when another sub, Jake Foley goaled on 54 minutes to bring them back into the contest.
The scoreboard read 0-23 to 2-13 at this point but Diarmuid Mullins’ side kicked on with Eddie Stokes, O’Connor (free) and O’Brien all finding scores.
Once again Gary O’Keefe’s side needed a goal and it arrived in stoppage time, as Patrick O’Connor’s 21-metre free found the net through a sea of bodies. This brought the gap back to three and the same player quickly added a point.
Ballybrown star Aidan O’Connor had the final say with a routine free after Patrick Kirby was fouled, O’Connor’s tenth point of the contest.
The final is slated for May 4th.
Scorers for Limerick: A O’Connor 0-10 (0-5 frees), S O’Brien, A English 0-5 each; E Stokes, C Coughlan 0-2 each; D Ó Dalaigh, C Thomas, P Kirby 0-1 each.
Scorers for Waterford: A Ryan 0-8 (0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65); Patrick Fitzgerald 1-2 (1-0 free); C Rellis, J Foley 1-0 each; S Fitzgerald, J Booth, W Beresford, Padraig Fitzgerald, S Callaghan 0-1 each.
LIMERICK: C Hanley Clarke; C Thomas, F O’Connor, E O’Leary; C Scully, E Hurley, C Coughlan; J Quilty ©, J Sweeney; A English, A O’Connor, E Stokes; S O’Brien, P Kirby, D Ó Dalaigh.
Subs: J Kirby for Sweeney (half-time), B Duff for Scully (50), B O’Meara for Quilty (54), P Reale for Ó Dalaigh (61).
WATERFORD: C Troy; C Foley, R Furlong, J Fitzgerald; J Booth, M Fitzgerald, R Power ©; S Fitzgerald, W Beresford; A Ryan, S Callaghan, S Walsh; C Berry, Patrick Fitzgerald, Padraig Fitzgerald.
Subs: C Rellis for Callaghan (37 mins), J Foley for Berry (48 mins), E O’Brien for S Fitzgerald (55).
Referee: C Doyle (Tipperary).
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General Admission – €10
Under 16s Free
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WATERFORD (v Limerick): C Troy (Ballygunner); C Foley (Abbeyside), R Furlong (Roanmore), J Fitzgerald (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg); J Booth (Colligan), M Fitzgerald (Passage), R Power (Ballygunner); S Fitzgerald (Kilrossanty), W Beresford (Abbeyside); A Ryan (Fourmilewater), S Callaghan (Abbeyside), S Walsh (Fourmilewater); C Berry (Ballygunner), Patrick Fitzgerald (Ballygunner), Padraig Fitzgerald (Kilrossanty).
LIMERICK: Conor Hanley Clarke (Kilmallock); Chris Thomas (Doon), Fergal O’Connor (Effin), Evan O’Leary (Ahane); Cian Scully (Dromin Athlacca Banogue), Ethan Hurley (Newcastle West), Colin Coughlan (Ballybrown); Jimmy Quilty (Blackrock), Joe Sweeney (Adare); Adam English (Doon), Aidan O’Connor (Ballybrown), Eddie Stokes (Doon); Shane O’Brien (Kilmallock), Patrick Kirby (Patrickswell), Donnacha O’Dalaigh (Monaleen)
Subs: Josh O’Reilly (Ballybrown), Brian O’Meara (Mungret St Pauls), Patrick Reale (Knockainey), Cian O’Donovan (Doon), John Kirby (Patrickswell), Barry Duff (Mungret St Pauls), Sean Whelan (Cappamore), Patrick Finn (Bruff), Adam Fitzgerald (Templeglantine).