last-gasp Paudie Prendergast rescues a draw for Waterford
Limerick 2-16Waterford 0-22
SUPERSUB Paudie Prendergast struck late to rescue a draw for Waterford in this evening’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1B opener against hosts Limerick.
Prendergast popped over a previous leveller in the second minute of stoppage time to claim a share of the spoils for the visitors.
It could yet turn out to be a priceless result in the race for promotion as Limerick looked to have won it in the first minute of injury-time when full-back Richie McCarthy drilled over a monstrous long-range score.
But youthful Waterford refused to panic and engineered that late, late leveller for sub Prendergast, who had replaced injured wing-back Philip Mahony in the first half.
It was a seesaw battle on a chilly evening, as 3,502 spectators were richly entertained.
Waterford led by four points on six occasions and stormed back to lead again by three after David Reidy’s 48th minute penalty goal brought Limerick level.
But Limerick had the whip hand in the closing minutes, leading by two points before Austin Gleeson and leading scorer Pauric Mahony hauled Waterford level again.
There was time for the sides to trade those late scores and in a competitive Division 1B, this was the ideal way to kick off.
At half-time, Waterford were 0-14 to 1-7 clear, having recovered from the concession of a first minute goal, the first of Reidy’s two penalty strikes.
Mahony kept Waterford firing from placed balls while Gavin O’Mahony, cleared to play for Limerick by All-Ireland club finalists Kilmallock, was superb for the home side with four of his five points scored in the opening half.
In the second period, it was Paul Browne’s turn to lead the charge for Limerick, as he bagged three of his four points from play after the break.
Scorers for Limerick: D Reidy 2-3 (2-0 pen, 0-3f), G O’Mahony 0-5, P Browne 0-4, R McCarthy, T Condon, C Lynch & A Breen 0-1 each.
Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-11 (9f), J Barron, A Gleeson, B O’Halloran & P Prendergast 0-2 each, K Moran, M Walsh & Shane Bennett 0-1 each.
LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, S Hickey; D O’Grady, W McNamara, T Condon; C King, P Browne; N Moran, G O’Mahony, C Lynch; D Reidy, P Begley, A Breen.
Subs: T Morrissey for Moran (28), J Ryan for King (h.t.), D Morrissey for Begley (50), J Fitzgibbon for O’Grady (64), S O’Brien for Condon (65).
WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; T Bourke, A Gleeson, Philip Mahony; J Barron, T Devine; K Moran, Pauric Mahony, J Dillon; B O’Halloran, M Walsh, M Kearney.
Subs: P Prendergast for Philip Mahony (23), Shane Bennett for Kearney (42), Stephen Bennett for Dillon (48), M O’Neill for Devine (57), G O’Brien for Moran (69).
Referee: C Lyons (Cork)