Murphy completes Limerick fightback
Limerick 2-14 Waterford 3-10 Munster MFC Play-off
Published 23/04/2015 | 02:30
Limerick pulled off a dramatic win in a thrilling finish at Newcastle West.
Few gave the home side much of a chance when they trailed by eight points, 3-6 to 0-7, at the interval.
Michael Culloo contributed two of the Waterford goals, one of them just trickling over the Limerick line as two defenders attempted to clear.
Shane O'Meara also got a first half goal, and when Conor Murray tacked on the first point of the second half to increase the Deise lead to nine points, Limerick looked doomed.
But the home side rattled off three unanswered points and wing-back John Wallace got through for a goal, and this opened up the contest.
Limerick cut the deficit to two points with eight minutes remaining.
Waterford were rocking at 3-10 to 1-14 as Limerick swarmed into attack.
The crucial winning goal came after 57 minutes when the other wing-back, Sean Murphy, surged forward to beat goalkeeper Kevin Dwane.
This set up a tense finish and four minutes from the end Waterford were reduced to 14 when their cornerback Darragh O'Grady was shown a second yellow card.
Limerick held on to qualify to meet Clare at Cusack Park next Wednesday night.
Whatever Limerick manager Jerry O'Sullivan said to his players at half-time certainly paid dividends and Murphy's late goal was fitting reward for a battling second-half display.
Waterford were disappointing late on but sparkled in the first half and might have been even further in front at half-time.
Limerick's defence settled much better in the second half after leaking those three first-half goals.
Waterford had an outstanding midfielder in Conor Prunty but it was the all-round team work by Limerick which eventually brought the dramatic end.
Scorers - Limerick: M Morrissey 0-7 (3fs), J Wallace, S Murphy 1-0 each, A White (2fs), D Kelly 0-2 each, C McSweeney, R Hayes (f), A Storan 0-1 each. Waterford: M Culloo 2-0, S O'Meara 1-2, D Looby 0-4 (3fs), C Murray 0-2, S Mitchell, C Prunty 0-1 each.
Limerick - A Murphy; D hanley, L O'Connell, F Murphy;J Wallace, S Ivess, S Murphy;A Kerins, M Whelan; A White, M Morrissey, E Sheehy; D Kelly, M Connolly, J Ryan. Subs: A Storan for White (14), C McSweeney for Sheehy H-T, R Hayes for Connolly (45), P Maher for F Murphy (55).
Waterford - K Dwane; D O'Grady, S Ryan, C McCarthy; C Barry, J Elstead, N Montgomery; C Prunty, C Looney; M Culloo, C Murray, S O'Meara; M Sweeney, D Looby, D Guiry. Subs: M Phelan for Looby (47), J McGuckian for Elstead (40), D McGrath for Montgomery (58).
S Mitchell for Looney (58),
Ref - D Murnane (Cork)