Moran leads the way for Limerick

Limerick1-18 Waterford 1-9

Limerick showed an encouraging level of commitment, but in stark contrast, Waterford looked lethargic and way off the pace. However, they had just one training session under their belt and it showed with only the top-class display of debutant Conor Carey to brighten the afternoon. The Passage East club man was a revelation, ending with a tally of 1-3 from play.

It all looked all so promising for Waterford early on, with Paul Flynn giving them a second minute lead and Carey and John Mullane adding on quality points to ease them into a double scores advantage, 0-4 to 0-2, midway through the half.

Gradually the Shannonsiders began to dominate, and when James O’Brien pointed in the 23rd minute to give them a 0-6 to 0-5 advantage, it was a lead they never relinquished.

Their defence, with Ollie Moran and Stephen Lucey outstanding, put up the shutters on a home attack where only Carey and John Mullane posed a threat, and with Niall Moran leading the way in attack, they quickly pressed home their advantage. Moran’s goal in the 25th minute exemplified their fiery play and they weren’t at all flattered by their four-point interval lead, 1-7 to 0-6.

Waterford resumed in style with points from a Paul Flynn free and a beauty from Mullane from play halving their deficit inside four minutes. Just as quickly however Limerick assumed control.

They introduced TJ and Donie Ryan into their attack - the latter with telling effect - and quickly snuffed out any hopes of a home victory with a string of quality points. Even wing back Willie Walsh got into the act with a super score.

Niall Moran (2), Mark Keane and Donal O’Grady added to their tally in the space of four minutes, before Carey gave Waterford just a glimmer of hope when his well-taken goal in the 53rd minute narrowed the deficit to five points, 1-13 to 1-8.

Once more Limerick responded with five rapid fire points, including a brace from Donie Ryan. Dave Bennett’s last minute pointed 65’’ was minimal consolation for the visitors.

Scorers: Limerick: N. Moran (1-5); M. Keane (0-3); J. O’Brien (0-2); D. Ryan (0-2); A. O’Shaughnessy, P. O’Grady, D. O’Grady, N. Collins, W. Walsh, O. Moran (0-1) each. Waterford: C. Carey (1-3); J. Mullane (0-3); P. Flynn (0-2); D. Bennett (0- 1).

LIMERICK: T. Houlihan; D. Moloney. S. Lucey. M. O’Riordan; W. Walsh. B. Geary. O. Moran; P. O’Grady. N. Collins; M. O’Brien. J. O’Brien. N. Moran; A. O’Shaughnessy. S. O’Connor. M. Keane. Subs: D. Ryan for J. O’Brien; D. O’Grady for Collins; M. Fitzgerald for Keane; TJ Ryan for S. O’Connor; E. Benson for Walsh.

WATERFORD: C. Hennessy; T. Feeney. J. O’Leary. D. Coffey; B. Phelan. J. Murray. E. Murphy; G. Power. W. Hennessy; J. Mullane. C. Carey. E. Kelly; D. Shanahan. S. Prendergast. P. Flynn. Subs:G. O’Connor for Shanahan; E. McGrath for Power; D. Bennett for W. Hennessy.

Referee: D Kirwan, Cork.

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