Hennessy finds range to maintain Deise's unbeaten run
The sides were level on seven occasions before Waterford emerged winners of this meeting of two unbeaten sides.
In the end, Waterford's Wayne Hennessy was the difference -- he scored six points, including the clinching free in stoppage time.
Limerick had the opening two points from James Ryan and Jim O'Donovan but by half-time the sides were deadlocked at 0-5 each.
Waterford scored the first goal through Robert Ahern midway in the second half to have his side 1-8 to 0-6 ahead. However, a free by Ger Collins and a goal from a penalty by Sean Buckley followed by another O'Donovan point had Limerick level. This set up a grandstand finish with a Collins free edging Limerick in front and they were level twice more before Hennessy's final word.
Scorers -- Waterford: W Hennessy 0-6 (2f), R Ahern 1-0, C McGrath, B Wall 0-2 each, L O Lionnain, Ml O'Gorman 0-1 each. Limerick: G Collins 0-5 (4f), S Buckley 1-1 (1-0 pen), J O'Donovan 0-3, P Ranahan, J Ryan 0-1 each.
Waterford -- T Wall; J Phelan, T O'Gorman, K Connery; N Hennessy, S Briggs, Maurice O'Gorman; M Ahern, T Prendergast; M Donnelly, C McGrath, B Wall; L O Lionnain, R Ahern, W Hennessy. Subs: Ml O'Donnell for Donnelly (45), S Cunningham for McGrath (58)
LIMERICK -- B Moran; J McCarthy, C Mullane, M O'Riordan; A Lane, S Gallagher, P Ranahan; J O'Donovan, R Hayes; P Browne, J Ryan, J Mullane; G Collins, J Cooke, S Buckley. Subs: S Kelly for Cooke (11), E Joy for McCarthy (16), C Joyce-Power for Mullane (43), G Noonan for Kelly (62), D Carroll for Lane (64).
Ref -- G Lynch (Kerry).
Clare maintained their 100pc record in the campaign at Ruislip, despite being without their Kilmurry Ibrickane contingent.
Though the home side hit the front through Ciaran McCallion, the Banner men got into their stride with points from Paul Reidy, David Tubridy, David Russell and Michael O'Shea.
But just when the visitors appeared to be in total control, former Carlow forward Derek Hayden buried the ball in the Clare net. It was the first goal Micheal McDermott's men had conceded in the league.
Clare responded with a goal from Alan Clohessy in the 25th minute and led by 1-11 to 1-6 at the break. Clare weathered a London storm in the third quarter but their win was never in doubt.
Scorers -- Clare: A Clohessy 1-2, D Tubridy 0-5 (0-2 f), D Russell, M, O' Shea 0-3 each, P Reidy, G Quinlan 0-2 each, B Toner, G Kelly 0-1 each. London: D Hayden 1-0, D Horan 0-3 (2f), C McCallion, K McMenamin (1f) 0-2 each, E O'Neill 0-1.
London -- E Byrne; D Conlon, E O Cuiv, D Egan; N Tuohy, C Beirne, B Comer; E McGhee, D Hagan; C McCallion, D Hayden, C Conneely; P Whelan, D Horan, E O'Neill. Subs: K McMenamin for P Whelan, K Phair for D Hagan, R Ormsby for C Conneely, J Niblock for N Tuohy.
Clare -- J Hayes; L Healy, S McNeilis, G Kelly; S Ryan, B Cummins, M Tubridy; G Quinlan, D Russell; G Brennan, D Tubridy, M O'Shea; B Toner, P Reidy, A Clohessy. Subs: C Dunning for B Cummins, S Kinnevan for P Reidy, G Lynch for B Toner, G Kelly for M O' Shea.
Ref -- P Finnegan (Louth).
EIGHT players shared in the scoring as Carlow beat neighbours Kilkenny by 17 points in this mediocre tie before a small attendance at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.
The Cats found themselves 1-13 to 0-2 in arrears at half-time but the visitors showed some resolve during the second period as they kicked four unanswered points.
But it was all a matter of damage limitation for the visitors as Carlow midfielder John Murphy hit 2-2 from play while his colleague Willie Minchin accounted for 0-3.
Left corner-forward Johnny Kavanagh scored 0-8 (0-6 from frees), while Kilkenny's No 13 Paddy Raftice accounted for half his side's total.
This result moves Carlow on to five league points while Kilkenny remain anchored at the bottom and pointless.
Scorers -- Carlow: J Kavanagh 0-8 (6f), J Murphy 2-2, W Minchin 0-3, S Gannon 0-2, A Curran, M Davis, K Doyle, D Dowling 0-1 each. Kilkenny: P Raftice 0-4 (2f), A Mackey, M Malone, C Foran (f), M Saunders ('45) 0-1 each.
Carlow -- M Hennessy; P Murphy, S Myers, K Nolan; J Hayden, A Curran, T Bolger; W Minchin, J Murphy; J Doyle, S Gannon, M Davis; M Carpenter, K Doyle, J Kavanagh. Subs: M Nolan for Hayden (h/t), E O'Toole for Davis (45), D Dowling for Gannon (48), B Kavanagh for P Murphy (56).
Kilkenny -- J J O'Sullivan; M Cody, R O'Hara, T Kehoe; D Grennan, S Kenny, A Mackey; S Mahony, M Farrell; C Foran, M Malone, M Saunders; P Raftice, J J Culleton, M Vereker. Subs: K Joyce for Vereker (41), S Ryan for Foran (48), P Naughton for Mahony (57), P Grace for Saunders (58), G Purcell for Culleton (67).